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Lettuce, Birds of Chicago, Renegade Roller Derby, La Boheme & More

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La Boheme

Friday and Saturday 10-11

OPERA — Transport yourself to the streets of Europe with this ancient opera set at the turn of the century. La Boheme is a tale of lovers and artists in bohemian Paris. Although sung in Italian, knowledge of it isn't needed, as English subtitles will caption the show. Michael Gesme, maestro from the Central Oregon Symphony, conducts. // 7-9pm, Ridgeview High School, 4555 SW Elkhorn Ave, Redmond. $15-35.

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Todd Haaby and Sola Via

Friday 10

SPANISH GUITAR—If the current state of the nation has ignited your fiery spirit, then you'll be in good company at this show that includes the fiery passion of Latin music and the Spanish guitar. Call it "Nuevo Flamenco," if you want—but any way you categorize Haaby's sound, it's sure to get you moving. // 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $30-40.

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Birds of Chicago

riday 10

GOSPEL SOUL FOLK — Debuting tracks from their upcoming new album, Birds of Chicago returns to Sisters for the first time since 2013. With an infectious sound, they weave soulful gospel melodies into bluegrass tradition that is both rich and raw in its telling. Expect moving, insightful performances in this entrancing ensemble that now performs as a quintet. // 8pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main Street, Sisters. $12 adv., $15 door.

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The Staxx Brothers

Friday 10

SOUL — Shake that thang! It's about to get extremely funky in here with this Seattle brand of "hardass" soul. With a mix of Motown, rock 'n' roll and some harmonica twang, this is a seriously hip-shaking, funky time that will leave you wanting more. Get ready to grooooooove. // 10pm. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave, Bend. Free.

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Cascade Crest Nordic

Saturday 11

SKI RACE — With 50km and 25km skate races, a 10km skate or classic race and a 4x12.5km skate relay, there's something for everyone at this fun Nordic event! This year's event takes you near Broken Top and around Dutchmen Flat and Todd Lake, so you'll get your views along with your exercise. // 9am. Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Registration fees vary.

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Renegade Roller Derby

Saturday 11

SKATIN' — Make no mistake, this is going to be one killer rematch of the infamous Zombie vs Unicorn battle. Touted as the no holds barred rally, will it be the undead or the magical that win the grand title? Watch these athletes go at it in this all- ages event. Did we mention, it's the blacklight edition? Get your fluoro on! // 6pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. $8.

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Juniper Loves 5K Run

Saturday 11

CHARITY RUN — Spread a little love in this 5k run for Jericho Road, a Redmond nonprofit that provides hot meals for the homeless as well as a backpack program for school-age children. A very much needed resource in the community, it's a family-friendly event that shows you too can provide financial emergency housing support for those in need. // 9am. Juniper Golf Course, 1938 SW Elkhorn Ave, Redmond. $25.

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Lettuce with Russ Liquid Test

Sunday 12

FUNKY SOUL — Bringin' down the house for over two decades, this legendary band hits the stage for a Sunday-funday. With musical influences from 90s hip-hop to classic psychedelic, their soulful grooves are absolutely infectious. Prepare to shake them hips. // 8pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. $25 adv., $30 door.

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No Man's Land

Sunday 12

#LIKEAGIRL — If you're a female adventurer or you appreciate the power of the female athlete, this is the event for you this week. Coming out of Colorado, this film event showcases the amazing efforts of women athletes on the big screen. All genders welcome, of course! // 5pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $16.50

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Shamrock Fest

Sunday 12

FESTIVITIES — Get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit with this family-friendly extravaganza! Featuring Five Pint Mary, an Irish/Celtic/Eastern Euro Rock Band (who knew those existed) that plays a unique blend of rock with an edge of punk. A kid's corner features activities and a face painting station while adults can enjoy Irish drink specials and live trivia. Fun for all. // 12-7pm. Washington, 900 NW Mt. Washington, NW Crossing, Bend. Free.

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