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February 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for this weekend (March 2-3)

Are you just fed-the-freaking up with the yapping dog next door? Do you need to find a nice quiet hotel room where you can catch up on your sleep? Here are three draws to get you out of town this weekend:

GO SOUTH

White Pass Ski Area is the setting for a winter carnival this weekend. (photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It’s the annual White Pass Winter Carnival this Saturday and Sunday. A gigantic “interactive” snow castle and snow sculptures take over some of the lower slopes at White Pass Ski Area, and there will be games, races, live music, a torchlight parade, fireworks and more.

GO NORTH

It’s the final weekend of Vancouver, B.C.‘s annual Chutzpah! Festival, showcasing emerging Jewish talent in the arts. This weekend, catch a Saturday night musical performance of Yemen Blues, described as an “explosive, 21st century brew of Yemenite-Jewish song and poetry, West African grooves and American jazz, blues and funk.” You won’t find that just anywhere.

GO EAST

Eastern Oregon could be the next hotbed of innovation in cinema. Find out for yourself at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Thursday-Saturday in La Grande, Ore. (kind of rhymes with “Sundance,” really). Saturday, see the Oregon premiere of “The Men of Dodge City,” synopsized thusly: “Twentysomething J. and two of his close friends are in the process of realizing their utopian dream: turning an abandoned cathedral into a grant-powered, environmentally sustainable art space.” All-festival pass: $55.

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