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The Road Uphill

thursday 18

FILM—One time grand-tour contender Andy Schleck has tumbled from Tour de France favorite to peloton punching bag. He spends more time drunk than at the front of bike races, and his brother Frank is still serving a 12-month ban. This is the film that RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel doesn't want you to see. Benefits COTA. 9 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. $5.

Michael-Jacks-A-Thon

friday 19

MUSIC—There are few experiences quite as giddily fun as putting on a glitter tube top and getting up close and personal with dozens and dozens of other sweaty MJ fans for a hard core night of dancing to the King of Pop's hits from the '60s through the '90s. Bring on the white gloves and red jackets. MC Mystic DJs. 10 pm. The Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. No cover.

Earth Day Fair and Parade

saturday 20

COMMUNITY—It's a Portland-worthy spectacle: Giant papier-mâché spiders; children dressed as piles of leaves; circus people on stilts. All set to the soundtrack of live local music and conversations at dozens of booths highlighting regional environmental issues and organizations. There are even more events at the Environmental Center. 11 am-3pm. Downtown Bend. Free.

Beats Antique

saturday 20

MUSIC—Bringing a little Burning Man to Bend, Beats Antique pumps world fusion electronica with the addition of live horns, accordion, strings and a smokin' hot belly dancer, Zoe Jakes. The Bay Area band's catchy, dub-glitch gypsy music is definitely dance-friendly. 9 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $25-$35.

BANFF Film Fest

sunday 21

FILM—The irony of the BANFF Mountain Film Festival is that each film is so inspiring it makes sitting quietly in a theater downright impossible. While the festival's grand prize went to Crossing the Ice, about a grueling Antarctica trek, Gimp Monkeys is a teeth-clenching short about three climbers, with missing limbs, trying to summit El Capitan. 6 pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $20.

Light of Hope 1K/5K/10K

sunday 21

RUN—Get out for a good cause. The USATF certified 5K/10K and 1K run/walk benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) it snakes along the Deschutes River before turning uphill toward Century Drive. Register at casaofcentraloregon.org. Packet pick-up is on Saturday at Fleet Feet or on race day. 9 am. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. $10-$40.

SHUFFLE Concert

tuesday 23

MUSIC—Imagine going to a concert where the audience requests and the performers oblige. These guys whip up tunes—from classical to pop—and do so with gusto. The talented young performers, who've played big cities across the country, offer a song menu that includes everything from The Little Mermaid to "La Boheme" to Sting. 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $20.

Bombadil

wednesday 24

MUSIC—Bombadil's music is as quirky and playful as the band's namesake, Tom Bombadil, J.R.R. Tolkien's rhyming old-timer from the Lord of the Rings series. This North Carolina band's carefree folk-pop is smart and danceable with an emphasis on surreal lyrics and dreamy percussion. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. Free!

Yonder Mountain String Band

wednesday 24

MUSIC—The Yonder Mountain String Band moves at double-time. With rapid-fire fiddle and staccato guitar picking, the Colorado bluegrass quartet hits hyper-speed and jumps into the passing lane. This isn't a show for anyone wanting a mellow evening loafing in the rocking chair. This is a three-alarm jam! 8 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $21.

Shooting Star

thursday 25

THEATER—A play that looks at the space between first kisses and the 50th wedding anniversary. Follow the unlikely reunion of two past lovers who are reunited while waiting at a snowed-in airport. Both parties question how they became middle-aged so quickly. 7:30 pm. Cascade Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. $12-$24.

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