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thursday 10

Tim Snider

RAWKIN' VIOLIN—Swinging between the classical precision of Itzhak Perlman and the free-rocking of Dexys Midnight Runners (really? you don't remember "C'mon Eileen"?), Tim Snyder is a touch high-strung (ha! get it?) and a bit cheeseball, but a highly prolific, dynamic and fun violinist. 7 pm. Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond. Free.

friday 11

BMX Northwest Nationals

BMX MADNESS—What makes BMX racing better than Evel Knievel, stock car racing and snowmobiling is that these guys are athletes, powering their stunt bikes over ramps, jumps and bumps with nothing more than sheer muscle—well, muscle and a touch of madness and major cojones. The best of the boldest: The Great Northwest Nationals. 1:30-9 pm. Friday; 7 am.-7 pm. Saturday; 8 am.-3 pm. Saturday. Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond.

friday 11

Spring Festival

STREET PARTY—It could be snowing, it could be raining, it could be sunny and beautiful; all three have happened during the annual Spring Festival. In fact, all three have happened in one spring day in Central Oregon. Back at home after a nationwide tour, Larry and His Flask plays Friday at 9:30 pm and The Shook Twins headline Saturday's festivities at 9:30 pm, but the party lasts all day. 11 am, Fri.-Sun. Northwest Crossing. Free.

saturday 12

The Autonomics and a Happy Death

ROCK—A duo of hard-rocking Portland bands crank the volume in a junkyard. A Happy Death, the surf rock junkies with a penchant for reverb, and young, former Bendites, the Autonomics—think Jack White meets The Strokes meets Black Keys—play this benefit for Rise Up International. 8 pm. Pakit Liquidators, 903 SE Armour Rd. $5.

saturday 12

Prince and Michael Jackson Experience

DANCING—Bay Area DJ Dave Paul pours on a fully functional early-'80s dance party by chopping, screwing and cutting together a Frankensteinian-mix of pop royalty. Come dressed as the King of Pop or the Purple Prince of Funk and get in free. 10 pm. Dojo, 835 Brooks St. $5, $7 couples.

saturday 12

David Tull Trio

JAZZ—There was a time before bebop took over jazz and it's that time in the genre's history that crooning drummer David Tull mines with his trio. A sideman for a long enough period of time to have worked with everyone from Chuck Mangione to Michael Bublé, the percussionist issued his first album as a session leader back in 2011. Pianist Randy Porter and bassist Tom Wakeling, both hailing from the Portland area, round out the troupe. 7 pm. Greenwood Playhouse, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. Sold out.

monday 14

Media Salon

TALK SHOW—With a powerhouse lineup of guests—city councilmember Jodie Barram, MUSE founder Amanda Stuemer and OSU-Cascades VP Becky Johnson—this month's Media Salon brings exciting perspectives about what qualities are important for women to be successful professionally and personally—and discuss their own definition of success. 7 pm. Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane. Free!

sunday 13

Third Seven

MUSIC—Electro-acoustic experimentation is nothing new. But Billy Mickelson, a local musician who performs as Third Seven, throws in a twist: He jams cello through a series of effects, looping the whole thing and creating a stirring mass of sound. It's alternately pastoral and effortless or poignant and dark, but always engaging. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.

wednesday 16


VOCAL—Harmonies flower when this Oakland, Calif., trio gathers to sing songs that sound old enough to predate recorded music. When the T Sisters—and yeah, they're actually sisters—complicate their compositions with a bit of instrumentation, there's a 1930's vibe wafting off the whole thing, inviting comparisons to jazzy vocal groups of the era. It's all love songs and sucrose, but even with some predictable material tossed in, Rachel, Chloe and Erika Tietjen sport impressive pipes. 8pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.

wednesday 16

The Wheeler Brothers

MUSIC—There's either too much rock in its country or the other way around for The Wheeler Brothers to be properly assessed. Recorded works shift moment to moment, taking on a lackadaisical country approach before electric guitars kick in. And then maybe some xylophone. 7 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. Free.

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