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Mardi Gras is only the beginning.

Byline: BUZZWORTHY The Register-Guard

It's late winter, which can only mean one thing:

It's time to let the party out of your head.

Thankfully, this week, you've got lots of excuses to celebrate.

The obvious place to start is with one (or all) of the many February bashes on the calendar.

You've got your choice of Mardi Gras, carnival, Maslenitza (see Best of ..., this page), Fat Tuesday and, of course, who could forget Shrovetide.

See this week's entertainment calendar for a host of Fat Tuesday events. Celebrate carnival Saturday at Cozmic Pizza with Carnaval Brasil, a fundraiser for Brazilian street kids with music by Sun Bossa, Calango, Macaco Velho and Samba Ja.

The Oregon Asian Celebration offers an entirely different kind of party Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds. Check out the drum ensemble Portland Taiko, see the sumo robots go circuit to circuit or learn to cook Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Filipino and Korean food.

In a related event, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will be playing the uke as you've never heard it before today at the Shedd Institute. The 30-year-old Hawaiian is known for paying homage to Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison with his fiery performances.

Speaking of flames, Nicholas Cage turns into a burning, super-powered skeleton and goes after the son of the devil in "Ghost Rider." The film adaptation of the Marvel comic book opens today at Cinema World and Cinemark.

And if all these late winter fireworks make you yearn for something a little more autumnal, check out Sam Bond's on Monday.

Wilco spinoff the Autumn Defense brings its warm, 1970s-AM-radio-inspired sound to town in support of a new self-titled release. Led by bassist John Stirratt, The Washington Post says the alt-country, folk-rock act is "reminiscent of Wilco, but with more tranquil musical timbres."
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 16, 2007
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