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thursday 9

Calamity Cubes!

MUSIC—It is surprising that Calamity Cubes hasn't added a jug and spoons to its lineup of self-described "thrashicana" songs—acoustic punk ditties that ponder murder and rough love with porch-sitting banjo picking, roughly harmonized crooning, and yearning harmonica chords. I'd say it's beautiful if I didn't think they punch me in my nose. 8 pm Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.

friday 10

The Boom Booms

MUSIC—Baby-making music! Like baby-making on a slowly spinning, satin-covered round bed while champagne bubbles mix lazily with big bass lines, wah-wah guitars, and easygoing, high-pitched '70s soul vocals. Yeah, baby! The Boom Booms. 10 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. $3.

friday 10 & saturday 11

Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons

MUSIC—Tough, unrelenting chords, biting lyrics, and mesmerizing likability, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons follow the tunesmith tradition of sharp, craftsmanship-minded pros like Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon, and Nick Lowe. Buckle your seatbelt for this show. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century. $10.

friday 10-sunday 12

Great Northwest Nationals

BMX BIKING—Last year, Alise Post clipped at the heels of the Mariana Pajon for the national title, but fell just a spoke or two short. With high-flying, wheel-churning machines, the BMX battles continue this weekend with head-to-head competitions on the bumpy indoor track. 10 am Friday, 6:30 am Saturday, 7 am Sunday. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. Free to spectators.

Friday 10-sunday 12

Spring Festival

PARTY—The occasional snow flurries can be mistaken for cherry blossoms floating in the breeze. It must be spring. The longer days and louder birds are worth celebrating and NorthWest Crossing plays host to three days of festivities including music from the likes of Fruition, Staxx Brothers, and Mbrascatu, as well as art, food, and family-friendly activities. 5 pm Friday to 5 pm Sunday. NorthWest Crossing, 2754 NW Crossing Dr. Free.

saturday 11

Wanderlust Ball

PARTY—Think of the children. For the sake of the future (aka the children of Bend's Waldorf School), you may be called upon to bid on a weekend getaway to Bainbridge Island. You may have to listen to the sweet sounds of the aptly named Wanderlust Collective (featuring members of Tone Red). You might even have to suffer through the charm and talent of emcee MOsley WOtta. Woe is you. 7 pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. 21 and over. $25 plus fees.

saturday 11

Women in Japanese Buddhism

WORDS— Scholars have worked to reconstruct a robust history of the religious lives and institutional contributions of women in Japanese Buddhism. Jessica Starling, assistant professor of religious studies at Lewis & Clark College, explores that history, beginning with the first full Buddhist clerics in Japan, and spanning the political and cultural changes that took place before, during, and after the Pacific War. 1-2 pm, Sisters Public Library, 110 N. Cedar St., Sisters. 4-5 pm, Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.

saturday 11

Pints for Pits

BEER—Let's face it. You're probably going to be throwing a few back anyway, why not make them count? Help pit bulls keep it in their non-existent pants by giving $1 from every beer to Bend Spay and Neuter Project's Pit Bull Spay/Nueter Program. Seriously, pits are cute and all, but it's twitterpation season and you don't want all those adorable puppies landing in a shelter. 6-8 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.

sunday 12

Bingo for Fido

FUNDRAISER—Fences for Fido is a nonprofit group that works to unchain dogs in yards throughout the Northwest by building fences, dog shelters, and offering dog-care education. McMenamins is hosting a bingo fundraiser with all proceeds going to support this dedicated organization building fences for a chained dogs in the local area. Prizes for winners. RSVP requested: ladwolf2@yahoo.com. 4-6 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. $5.

wednesday 15

Once Upon an Opera

OPERA—As part of the University of Oregon Music Festival in Bend—set aside your sports ball allegiances, this is art—the UO Opera Ensemble performs scenes from Cendrillon and Rusalka that are rarely heard in Oregon. If you're an opera enthusiastic, it's kind of a big deal. If you're not, it's still beautiful music. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. Free, ticket required.

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