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thursday 12

Dearly Departed

WORDS—A good book can transport you to another time and place. Return the favor and bring your favorite (deceased) author into the present at this tribute to authors of yesteryear, organized by the OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program. Readers will channel their favorite writers in word and in dress. When else can you hang out with Jack Kerouac and Virginia Wolf? 7 pm. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. Free.

thursday 12

"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane"

THEATER—Dark, yet playful, and as much about the waning of vaudeville as it is about two rivaling sisters. Wonderful staging and toe-tapping show numbers make the darker themes go down easily. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette. $19 general, $16 student/senior.

friday 13 and sunday 15

The Magic Flute

OPERA—Bend Opera presents the classic collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emanuel Schikaneder. Beloved throughout history and known for roles requiring an impressive vocal range, the opera has seen many adaptations over the years, including one featuring traditional Cambodian dance and one set in post-apocalyptic rural Alaska. See where Bend Opera takes it. 7 pm. Pinckney Center for the Arts, 2600 NW College Way. $20-$45.

friday 13

St Pattie's Shamrock Run

RUN—After all, St. Patrick's Day was originally a celebration about the patron saint escaping from his pirate captors and running away; why shouldn't the springtime festivity be celebrated with pounding the pavement instead of pounding green beer? (Or both, but we recommend one before the other.) 5k and 10k trail runs available. 6 pm. Sisters Athletic Club, 1001 Desperado Trail. $25 for 5k, $30 for 10k.

saturday 14

Warriors vs. Beasts

DERBY—In a battle of the survival of the fiercest, Renegade Roller Derby goes primal in a bout pitting warriors against beasts. Blame spring fever, or the unexpectedly warm weather, but these derby dames are chomping at the bit. Will animal instinct be able to overcome the cunning of the hunter? There's only one way to find out. 5 pm doors, 6 pm bout. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $8 adv., $10 door.

saturday 14


MUSIC—With a bouncy hodgepodge of bands, the Belfry fills up this evening with feel-good music and a fundraiser for arts education. No humbug allowed. Leif James, The JZ Band, The Mostest with their easy going vocals pattering over easy going guitar chords, and Anastacia, the short stature singer that belts out anthems like she is as tall as the Empire State Building. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $10.

saturday 14

Warren G

HIP-HOP—It's been two decades since Warren G's single, "Regulate" (with Nate Dogg), dropped. Whether you were living in Warren G's eastside L.A., or just another white kid in small town Oregon, it likely had heavy rotation the summer of '94. Well, the Regulator is back (and apparently coaching Korean hip-hop group BTS). Don't be surprised when all the Bend bros over the age of 30 start singing along. 8:30 pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20.

sunday 15

Jake Shimabukuro

UKELELE—While the word virtuoso is typically reserved for players of more "classical" instruments, there's no doubt ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro deserves the title. He's been compared to greats like Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. So set aside your snobbery of all things hipster-adjacent and give the guy a listen. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $48.50-$59.50.

tuesday 17

St Patrick's Day

CELEBRATION—With a name like McMenamins, of course they throw everything but the Irish kitchen sink at this holiday: Bag pipes, Irish stout, Irish coffee, fiddlers and Five Pint Mary, a rollicking Celtic band that punks out their music with thundering drums and hard-edged banjo playing. Starts at 3 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond. No cover.

wednesday 18

Ural Thomas & The Pain

ROCK LEGEND—Ural Thomas has lived the blues as much as he has sung them. An opener for the Rolling Stones' first American tour, and a stage singer with Otis Redding's last tour, the gritty yet graceful now-75-year-old singer recently revived his career as a solo artist. His shows are like a time trip back to the Apollo Theater's heyday. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond. Free.

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