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March 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (March 15-17)

With the stock market on a party binge, did your boss finally pony up with that bonus that’s been overdue since W’s first term? So celebrate and get out of town. Here are three ideas to get you into a new place and new space this weekend.

GO SOUTH

The 57th annual Portland Roadster Show brings more than 400 highly tweaked, more-custom-than-your-fingerprints and more-detailed-than-“War and Peace” cars and motorcycles to Portland’s Expo Center this Friday through Sunday. General admission is $15, or free for kids 12 and younger, plus $8 for parking. (Stop at a Portland-area Les Schwab Tires for discount coupons.)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Biathlon is among the competitions visitors may watch at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. (photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

GO NORTH

Head for British Columbia and the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival, where you can watch more than 800 Olympic and world-championship medalists go head to head at Whistler Olympic Park in biathlon, cross-country ski racing, para-nordic and ski jumping events. This is the Canadian National Championships, our northern neighbors’ last big national event in these sports before next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Spectators are

welcome and events are free, starting Friday and continuing through March 30.

GO EAST

If that bonus is really burning a hole in your pocket, hop on a commuter plane to Sun Valley, Idaho, for a weekend of powder skiing and the Sun Valley Film Festival, now through Sunday. See films such as writer/director Joss Whedon’s new version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” capsulized thusly: “Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.” And much more.

 

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