Art & Music in Our Town

My wife and I moved to Bend in 2001. Our goal was to start a family in a small town, away from the problems—crime, home prices, traffic—of big-city living. We smiled at the amount of new families who flocked to Drake Park for events, enjoyed out first home on half an acre, and marveled at the fact we could get anywhere in town in under 20 minutes. Our only concern centered around the lack of cultural diversity—aka art and music events—in our new hometown.

As Bend—and our daughter—grew, we appreciated the influx of art, music, and cinema offerings. New galleries began to open and First Friday Art Walk became a once-a-month community event. Murals would pop up at random spots in town and roundabouts received sculptures. Well-known bands began to book shows in Central Oregon—not just as a stopover before Portland—and hotels transformed into jazz clubs. We even had our choice of plays or independent art films to attend on the weekends.

These days, population control and smart growth are buzzwords leading to intense discussions from longtime residents and newcomers alike. But, while lamenting over more cars on the road or hikers on your favorite trails, remember that it was Bend’s growth that led to the town’s increased cultural diversity. And while you’re at it, take some time to appreciate the many events around town this month.

ART

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Downtown Bend
March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Free
DowntownBend.org

SECOND SATURDAY ART RECEPTION
Artists Gallery Sunriver
March 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Free
ArtistsGallerySunriver.com

THE OLD IRONWORKS LAST SATURDAY 
AT THE WORKHOUSE
The Workhouse
March 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Free
TheWorkhouseBend.com

MUSIC

Mariachi Divas
Tower Theatre
March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
$28/$38/$48
TowerTheatre.org

RIVERHOUSE JAZZ WITH KING LOUIE’S 
PORTLAND BLUEs REVIEW
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
$48
Riverhouse.com/Jazz

SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL 2017 
WINTER CONCERT SERIES
Sisters High School
March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
$55
SistersFolkFestival.org/Tickets

HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC 
CONCERT SERIES
Bend Church
March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
$40
HighDesertChamberMusic.com

THEATER

“Arcadia”
Cascades Theatrical Company
March 3 – 18 at 7:30 p.m.
$20/$16/$13
CascadesTheatrical.org

“Almost Maine”
2nd Street Theater
through March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
$16/$19
2ndStreetTheater.com