Thursday 10 & Friday 12
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
THEATER— This is truly one of the funniest plays in history. Three actors do all of Shakespeare's shows in 90 minutes while they play just about all the characters between them. "Hamlet," "Othello" and The Scottish Play ("Macbeth") have never been this funny. This is a perfect primer for everything Shakespearean. 7:30 p.m., 2nd St. Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend, $10-$16
Mark Ransom & The Mostest
DRINKING MUSIC—People who write about alcohol, or more importantly, beer, have a good thing going already: general acceptance. That's not it though. There is a whole assortment of people who come together to make the mostest out of their music. 7 p.m.,McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. No Cover.
Keez & Co.
SYNTHETIC SOUND— Bring a sweat rag, or bands, a dark colored t-shirt or just be ready not to care about the amount of sweat that will be obviously coming out of every pore, because dancing won't be an option, but more like an involuntary reaction at this CD release party. Appropriately enough, the album of topic is called "Water Creatures." How very applicable. 10 p.m. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $10 adv. $13 door.
Friday 11-Saturday 26
"Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike"
THEATER—Taking place in Bucks County, PA, "Spike" tells the story of a pair of siblings who mostly sip coffee on their porch and complain about their lives. A dire warning from their prophetic housekeeper, Cassandra, shakes them from their comfort zone and sets them on a path of intriguing shenanigans. 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m., Cascades Theatrical Company, 48 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend, $13-$20
Bend Lady Roughriders Rugby
SPORTS— Here is a chance to watch Bend's Lady Roughriders Rugby Team take on the Portland Pigs in the first women's rugby match of the season. This match in particular has a rivalry, with both teams anticipated to play their guts out and fling each other across the pitch, so expect a great showing. 1 p.m., High Desert Middle School, 61111 27th St., Bend, FREE
St. Patrick's Day 5k Dash
RUN— This is the perfect St. Patty's Day family 5K, mostly because it isn't actually on St. Patty's Day. That makes sense: It's a run, not a stumble. This green-colored holiday isn't really known for its cardio or family friendly activities, so if running with your kids in all green sounds magical, well then! Go for it. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deschutes Brewery Public House, 1044 NW Bond St., Bend. $35 adults, $15 kids.
Legendary Shack Shakers
ROCK SHOW— A self-described Southern Gothic band with rockabilly and blues influences, The Legendary Shack Shakers are supposedly unbelievable live. They've toured with The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Hank III and Rancid, while being hailed as a rockabilly version of the Sex Pistols. 9 p.m., Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. , Bend, $12
THREE MO' WINS— This Grammy Award-winning singer is known for his take on post-modern blues style. Having been influenced by a variety of eras and genres that have changed continually for more than 30 years, Mo' has adapted his music into the unusually familiar. 7:30 p.m., Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Res. Seating $28, $38, $58.
ROCK SHOW— TAUK hails from Oyster Bay, NY, and brings a fusion of heavy instrumental and rock to Central Oregon on the heels of a just-released live album called "Headroom," mixed by Robert Carranza, the genius behind some of the engineering for The Mars Volta. Sounds like a match made in heavy heaven. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend, $8-$10
Jonathan Richman feat. Tommy Larkins
SONGS WITH SUBSTANCE—Known for lighthearted lyrics about anything from drinking to lesbians, this duo has been referenced as masters of punk. Don't let the doe eyes and permanent grin fool you. Richman can totally rock. Socks on for show: optional. 8 p.m., Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.