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Roadhouse: The Musical roundhouse kicks its way to Pawtucket and WBRU's Rock Hunt returns for another clash of local rock and roll titans.

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WBRU Rock Hunt Semi-Finals
The annual rock and roll smackdown is back. See the first of two semi-final rounds in WBRU's long running Rock Hunt. First up are Mona Mele,  Oliver Penn and No Plateau performing at Newport Blues Cafe on Friday night. Saturday will find Le Roxy Pro, No Recall and Moment of Clarity slugging it out at The Parlou in Providence. $5, 21+. Friday, 286 Thames St, Newport. Saturday, 1119 N Main St, Providence. More info...

Vudu Sister, Palace People and Alec K. Redfearn at Aurora
This Saturday, Aurora is hosting a night of new music and local performances. Nearing the completion of their new album, Mortis Nervosa, Vudu Sister will be performing, as well as Palace People, a new project by Michael Samos. There will also be a special solo performance by Alec K. Redfearn. Don’t miss out on this night of awesome local music. Saturday. $7. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. More info… 

Roadhouse: The Musical
Are you a fan of Rowdy Herrington’s film Roadhouse or Patrick Swayze? Are you at least a fan of good music and funny performances? If so, the Bucket Brewery has something for you. This Saturday, Bucket Brewery will be hosting a performance of Roadhouse: The Musical, a country, blues and rock musical that reimagines the 1989 film. Since its inception, the show has been evolving, developing more characters, more songs and more thrills for audiences to experience. Saturday. $22.09. 100 Carver Street, Pawtucket. More info… 

Providence College vs. DePaul University
This weekend, Providence College’s men’s basketball team will be facing off against DePaul University at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. With 19 wins under their belt, Providence College’s men’s basketball team has had an amazing season this far, and the seats for this event are selling out quick! Make sure to grab those tickets while you still can, and support Providence College. Saturday. $6-$248. 1 LaSalle Square, Providence. More info… 

Firstworks’ Urban Bush Women
For three decades, the Urban Bush Women have been performing and gracing theaters with the powerful presence of African culture. This weekend, the VETS will be hosting the Urban Bush Women as they salute John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” George Caldwell, a Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer, has created new music to surround Coltrane’s classic jazz tunes, allowing for amazing and unique performances that you won’t want to miss. Saturday. $38-$75. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. More info… 

Columbinus at URI
Inspired by the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, URI Theatre is hosting the United States Theatre Project’s columbinus, a study of the events surrounding the shooting and adolescent culture. Columbinus is a play that combines discussions with survivors of the massacre, as well as parents, community leaders and police that maybe be able shed light on areas of American adolescence that need to be explored in detail. Compelling and emotional, Columbinus is an important piece to see. All Weekend. $15-$20. URI J Studio Theatre, Kingston. More info... 

2nd Annual Go Red or Go Home
This Friday, the American Heart Association will be hosting its second annual Go Red or Go Home event. The event is about “going red for women,” raising awareness for heart disease and stroke in women. The night will be filled with live music, a silent auction and plenty of refreshments. This year, the event is being held at the Varnum Memorial Armory in East Greenwich. Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price, and include two free drinks, so be sure to order now and help raise awareness. Friday. $20-$25. 6 Main Street, East Greenwich. More info... 

On Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series
As part of the fifth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt, Laura Myerson, professor of Restoration Habitat and Restoration Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources and Sciences at URI, and Richard Enser, an Ecosystem Biologist, will be addressing two questions: “can we go back to the future?” and “what does restoration mean in the age of global change?” Seats are limited, so reserve a seat online to sit in on this discussion about changing the direction of our environment. Sunday. Free. 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. More info… 

24th Annual Fakes & Forgeries
This weekend is the last time you can see the creations of the 24th Annual “Fakes & Forgeries” exhibit this year. Displayed by Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, Fakes & Forgeries is an exhibit in which artists attempt to create accurate copies of famous works, or create a humorous reinterpretation of known artwork in both two and three dimensional form. The exhibit has become very popular, and is now a very much anticipated event in the area. When an exhibit has a painting titled Woman in Blue looking at Her iPhone 6 after Vermeer, you know that it’s worth attending. All Weekend. Free. 55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. More info… 

Extensions Dance Company at Casino Theatre
Salve Regina University’s Extensions Dance Company will be performing at the Casino Theatre this weekend. The dance company presents a range of contemporary dance choreography, and features many special guests, including Joe Celej, who performed with the critically acclaimed Elisa Monte Dance company, and Jackie Nowicki, who continues to perform with the Pilobolus Dance Theater. Friday and Saturday. $5-$15. 9 Freebody Street, Newport. More info…