Judging from the offerings area theaters, fine art galleries and other arts organizations have planned for 2018, the future is looking bright. Below, we’ve compiled some of the goodies ahead in the arts. Scan, skim, tear out, photocopy, fax or otherwise save and share this preview.

Visual arts

One of Bend Art Center’s bigger upcoming shows is “Glacier: Insistent Ice in Motion,” featuring Seattle artist Anna McKee’s ice landscapes and focus on Alpine glaciers in the Pacific Northwest. It opens with a reception during the March 2 First Friday Gallery Walk and displays until April 1. It will be quickly followed by “Zamenhof’s Trials: Prints and Printstillations by Sukha Worob.” Worob’s interactive installation will explore the structure of communication and belonging, April 6 through May 27. Details are still being worked out, but Bend Art Center expects to host a Fine Art Print Fair in late April. The monthly Cheers to Art talks, held at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, will continue. Art historian Lorna Cahall will be giving talks on Bernini, Delacroix, the Acropolis, Picasso, Homer and Adrian’s Villa. For more details, see bendartcenter.org.

April will see the return of seventh annual juried High School show at artist-run Red Chair Gallery, 103 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. The monthlong show includes Bend, Mountain View and Summit High student works for show and sale. All students become members, and have the opportunity to become interns, for the month, helping to jury the show, host the First Friday Gallery Walk reception and more. redchairgallerybend.com.

Art in the High Desert will return Aug. 24-26. Artist applications opened in December and close March 8. So far, artist applications have been coming in from Bend to the East Coast. Based on the applications, “so far the 11th version of AHD looks to be outstanding again,” Dave Fox, co-founder of AHD, told GO! Once again, AHD will give the public an inside look at the jurying process of a major art show: Jury weekend is April 6 through 8, with the Public Preview of artist applications at the Riverhouse Convention Center from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6. artinthehighdesert.com.


Sunriver Stars Community Theatre will perform the comedy “Seniors of the Sahara” in early March, directed by Gail Gibson. Sunriver Stars is also in the planning stages of a theater workshop experience for children, allowing them to learn some basic theatrical terminology, and acting techniques. sunriverstars.org.

Playwright Bill Cain’s “Equivocation,” which imagines William Shakespeare being tasked with writing about the Gunpowder Plot, will open 2nd Street Theater’s season in January. Following that, “The Lost Virginity Tour,” by Bend Playwright Cricket Daniel, will open Feb. 23. “Disaster! The Musical” opens April 13, and will be directed by Dennis Giacino, creator of “Disenchanted!”. The murder mystery “Accomplice,” by Rupert Holmes, opens in June, and will be followed by Michael Slade’s “Under a Red Moon.” In the fall, “The Addams Family Musical,” based on the popular TV series, will open. For more information: 2ndstreettheater.com.

Cascades Theatrical Company will continue its 2017-18 season when “Radiance: the Passion of Marie Curie,” opens Jan. 19. The drama, written by Alan Alda, runs through Feb. 4 and features two actresses, Julee Vadnais and Annie Tappouni, taking turns at the role of Curie. “It’s an opportunity not only for their castmates to explore different dynamics in performing the play, but also for the audience to experience something truly special if one chooses to see both portrayals,” director Marla Manning explained in CTC’s December newsletter. All Aspects Teen Theatre, under the direction of Brad Thompson, will present “The Mouse that Roared,” Feb. 8 through 10. The combative Weston family takes the stage next in “August: Osage County,” directed by Sandy Silver, running March 9 through 25. Thompson returns to direct Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” the murderous story of 10 secretive strangers summoned to a remote island, April 27 though May 13. Look for laughs and Dolly Parton tunes in the comedy musical “9 to 5,” running June 15 to July 1. Meanwhile, you can catch longtime Bend improv troupe, Triage, at 8 p.m. Jan. 12. cascadestheatrical.org.

The Tower Theatre’s 2018 gets off to a nimble start with the Golden Dragon Acrobats performing Jan. 16 and 17, followed by the sonorous pitch of the Ten Tenors on March 21. Broadway in Concert returns June 15 through 17. Thoroughly Modern Productions, which produced “Guys and Dolls” in 2017 for the first iteration of Broadway in Concert at the Tower, returns to present “Evita” with a full cast, songs, costumes and live orchestra. towertheatre.org.

The folks at Thoroughly Modern have a rather full slate for 2018. Starting off with Jason Robert Brown’s comic coming-of-age musical “13,” in performance May 19 and 20 by TMP’s teen students. After “Evita” comes the musical “Mary Poppins,” Aug. 17 through 26 and the Broadway classic “Cats” Sept. 14 through 22. In January 2019, the Sharks battle the Jets in “West Side Story.” thoroughlymodernprod.com.

Bend playwright and bon vivant Clinton K. Clark’s Guerrilla Shakespeare Company returns with its third outdoor Bard show, “Taming of the Shrew,” aka “Shrew to You” (alternate titles are a tradition for the company, which called “Hamlet” “Ham on Rye,” for example). Look for a total of nine performances July 19 through Aug. 4 around Central Oregon — possibly at some of the company’s past haunts, which have included Deschutes Historical Museum, Deschutes Memorial Gardens and Maragas Winery.

Classical music, opera

Maestro Michael Gesme will lead Central Oregon Symphony and the winners of its 2017 Young Artist Competition in the Winter Concert. Featuring soloists Jenna Tu (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2), Nicholas Dill (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto) and Christopher Yoon (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1), performances will take place Feb. 24 through 26 at Bend High School. The Spring Concert (May 19 through 21) will feature internationally renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti and Tchaikovsky’s monumental — “and flippin’ cool,” said Gesme — Symphony No. 5. The Fall Concert will kick off the Symphony’s 2018-19 season in October with a commissioned work about the Malheur Nature Preserve by Bend resident Christopher Thomas. cosymphony.com.

High Desert Chamber Music, flush with a recent $10,000 Oregon Community Foundation grant, is pulling out the stops for its Valentine’s Day concert at the Tower Theatre, which will feature the first horn player (Laura Brenes) in 10 years of Concert Series. The pre-concert talk will be given by KWAX Classical Oregon Music Director Peter Van De Graaff. highdesertchambermusic.com

OperaBend will present “The Secret Garden” at the Ridgeview Performing Arts Center on March 23 and 24 and Madras Performing Arts Center March 25. In June, OperaBend will perform Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at Ridgeview Performing Arts Center on June 29 and July 1. Want to help support OperaBend? Consider heading to Operaganza! on Feb. 16 at Elevation, the student-run restaurant at Central Oregon Community College in Bend. The evening features a three-course meal, wine, silent auction and plenty of singing, including soprano Kari Burgess and bass Nick Boragno, both seen in “La Boheme” last season. Tickets to Operaganza are $75. operabend.org.

Central Oregon Mastersingers will wrap up its first season with new artistic director Christian Clark with April’s “Classical Treasures” concert. Featuring choral works from the Classical era, performances will take place on at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 3 p.m. April 22 at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bend. For the 2018-19 season, Mastersingers will present “American Voices,” featuring composers of the Pacific Northwest, Oct. 13 and 14, also at Nativity Lutheran. Its Dec. 15 and 16 Christmas performances will be at the Tower Theatre in Bend. centraloregonmastersingers.org.


Bend’s beloved indie-flick institution, BendFilm Festival, returns for its 15th year in October. Should his schedule remain free between now and then, filmmaker Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “Nebraska”) will be the 2018 First Features filmmaker, which in the past brought John Sayles (2016) and Peter Gilbert (2017) to Bend. The Festival will also see the return of some prominent BendFilm alums to serve as jurors, and should grant funding be secured, the advent of a women- and Native American-led film program. “If successful we will host prominent Native and women filmmakers and screen up to 24 films by independent native and women filmmakers,” Executive Director Todd Looby told GO!

Also, look for year-round offerings from BendFilm. January will see the continuation of this year’s In Case You Missed It screening program, featuring screenings of films from the previous Festival, starting with “Big Sonia” winner of 2017’s “Most Lovable Character,” at 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. doors) on Jan. 11 at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 5, BendFilm and Central Oregon Community College’s Culinary Institute will partner to screen “James Beard: America’s First Foodie.” The Culinary Institute will host a pre-screening reception, followed by the film’s showing at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. See more on BendFilm’s year-round offerings at bendfilm.org. Editor’s note: This article has been corrected. The original version misidentified where food will be served for the BendFilm screening of “James Beard: America’s First Foodie.” The Bulletin regrets the error.