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September 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (Sept. 6-8)

See barbecue masters at work in Selah, Yakima County, this weekend. (photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times archive)

See barbecue masters at work in Selah, Yakima County, this weekend. (photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times archive)

Is your basement flooding? Need to get out of town and dry out? Here are some good reasons to go this weekend:

GO SOUTH

Catch the final days, through Sunday, of MusicfestNW, Portland’s six-night, mostly indoor music festival featuring more than 150 bands at 16 clubs and other venues throughout the city. (Time magazine dubbed it “one of 50 authentic American experiences,” and who would want to miss out on an authentic American experience?) For an outdoor concert on this sunny (so they say) weekend, head for downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to catch the experimental psychedelic sounds of Animal Collective on Friday, or the indie folk The Head and the Heart on Saturday. All-show wristbands start at $90; individual tickets available for some shows. Full schedule and details here.

GO NORTH

Vancouver’s Fringe Festival of independent theater kicked off Thursday and brings more than 600 performances by 89 artists over 11 days, through Sept. 15.  The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique — the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. Among offerings Saturday is “Naked Love,” described on the website as

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