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Matt Hopper

thursday 11

MUSIC—It's a mystery why Alaska's Matt Hopper isn't a household name. The illustrious singer-songwriter has accomplished a handful of pretty amazing things over the past decade: opened for Cold War Kids, lost his apartment to Bobby Bare Jr. and named his last album, Jersey Finger, after Richard Swift's (Shins) bum digit. Vandella, a SF roots-rock band, opens. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.

Crazy About Me

friday 12

THEATER—Written by local playwright Suzan Noyes, "Crazy About Me" follows a young artist who, in 1985, seeks shelter from his schizophrenia in an old-timey apartment. The young fella's life is further complicated by his overwhelming desire to finish med school, an overprotective family and a mysterious blonde neighbor. Opening night with champagne reception at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Runs through April 27. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. $18.

Larry and His Flask

friday 12

MUSIC—Even if you miss the rest of NorthWest Crossing's Spring Festival, don't skip out on Friday's lineup of local favorites: Pitchfork Revolution at 5 p.m. and Necktie Killer at 6:30 p.m. But save some energy for the high priests of folk-punk fun, Larry and His Flask, at 8:30 p.m. Catch the Flask before the boys depart for their European tour, which kicks off next week. 5 p.m. NorthWest Crossing/Mt. Washington Drive intersection. Free!

BMX NW Nationals

friday 12 – sunday 14

BIKES—They may look like 10-year-olds on kid's bikes, but make no mistake—this is a sport dominated by über-athletes. BMX racers can turn those pedals over like it's their job. And, for some, it is. This weekend's championship races are for pros as well as amateurs. Go watch 'em rip up Redmond. Races start at 5 p.m. Friday. Hooker Creek Event Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond.

Guest Chef Series

saturday 13

FOOD—Attendees will taste a dozen dishes in this elaborate five-course, wine-paired lineup from the executive chef of the luxurious Jerome Hotel in Aspen. The spring-inspired menu includes Dungeness crab and Lobster Louis with avocado puree, shaved asparagus, lemon basil and sweet-hot mustard vinaigrette. Exquisite. Call 541-693-5300 for reservations. Hors d'oeuvres start at 6 p.m. Chantrelle at Pronghorn. $90/person.

Disc Go Ball

saturday 13 - sunday 14

SPORTS—Something like 500 flying disk fanatics will descend on Pine Nursery Community Park for one of the first disc golf tourneys of the season. The USA Ultimate and Professional Disc Golf Association event is temporarily transforming the nine-hole course into a 27-hole setup. The comp also coincides with a 16-team Ultimate showdown. And there's a player's party Saturday night. Action starts at 10 a.m. Pine Nursery Community Park, 3750 NE Purcell Blvd. $30-$70.

Mad Men & GOT

sunday 14

TELEVISON—The complaint that watching TV is antisocial is completely bunk in Bend: The new season of Don Draper stumbling through the '60s screens with weekly "Mad Men" episodes at Volcanic Theater (6 p.m., 70 SW Century Dr. Free!), and the hottest show on television, the epic (D&D dork alert!) "Game of Thrones" screens at Tin Pan Theater, 8 p.m., 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $3 food voucher.

Pato Banton

tuesday 16

MUSIC—Pato is a reggae legend. And the Birmingham, England, superstar was big-time way before reggae became popular (again). If it's been awhile since you've heard, "Bubbling Hot" or "Don't Sniff Coke," give those classics a listen and then buy an advance ticket. Fun fact: Banton is slang for "heavyweight DJ." The Annex, 51 NW Greenwood. $16 on bendticket.com.

Ed Viesturs

tuesday 16

SLIDESHOW—Ed Viesturs is the man. The Seattle resident is one of only a handful of human beings who've climbed all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. He is the first American to have done so. In this lecture/slideshow, the 53-year-old will explain how to set goals and persevere until they're reached. 6:30 p.m. Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr. $20.

Benyaro

thursday 18

MUSIC—Benyaro's is a top-notch duo. The two create sublime songs, and have been fawned over as "acoustic David Bowie"—a not entirely unapt comparison, with operatic vocals that soar over well-organized but complex arrangements of mournful standup slapping bass lines and explosions of soulful guitar pickin'. 8 p.m., The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.

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