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thursday 2

Be Calm Honcho

MUSIC—Like Best Coast, Be Calm Honcho seems to adore California, and play guitar-forward anthems about the state's carefree mindset, songs beset with just the right mix of LA surf and SF psychedelic influences. Most notable is Shannon Harney sweet, but saucy voice. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5.

thursday 2

Pinedrops IPA Celebration

BEER—For the first time, local favorite Pinedrops IPA is being bottled and Deschutes is throwing a party to celebrate. Expect sample trays, a photo booth, food specials, and swag giveaways. Starting at 7:30 pm the soul-meets-hop-hop band Dirty Revival will also play in the taproom. No Bend party is complete without costumes and one partygoer can win an undisclosed big prize for the best impersonation of a hop! 11 am – 10:30 pm. Deschutes Brewery Public House, 1044 NW Bond St., Bend. Free.

thursday 2

Scott Pemberton Trio

JAM BAND—The ratio of bearded fans at a Scott Pemberton Trio concerts often rivals the facial hair at a logger camp. A moldy sound of swamp blues and flannel grunge, Scott Pemberton's guitar—and good humor—cuts through the jam band clutter like a chain saw through a birch tree. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. Free.

friday 3

N8, Matt Wax & Royal Louis

DEEJAYS— It is not clear exactly whose "last night" this is, but elusively, Dojos has branded this deejay party as "one last night." The late-night bar, restaurant, and spot for top shelf drinks has been a cornerstone for downtown weekend nights (and casual week day evenings) for the past two years. End of a chapter? 10 pm. Dojos, 852 NW Brooks, Bend. Free.

friday 3

Smokey Brights

MUSIC—The self-described "vintage rock" of Smokey Brights is a sort of multi-layered time travel, like listening to Pink Floyd bleed into the Joy Division on the jukebox in a smoke-filled dive bar. Even as it makes sound collages out of old issues of Rolling Stone, Smokey Brights' hypnotic soundscape carries the listener through Oz-like fields of dreamy poppies. If you miss the band in Bend, you can catch them at Sasquatch. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5.

friday 3 & saturday 4

A Novel Idea

KAMIKAZE— Portrayed as both brave soldiers and brainwashed fanatics, Ken Ruoff, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University, explores exactly who were the young Japanese men ordered to fly suicide missions during WWII. Friday, noon, Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Saturday, 11 am, Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond. Free.

friday 3 & saturday 4

A Tribute to Baseball

BASEBALL AS ART—From "Casey at Bat" to Bull Durham, the sport of baseball has served as an artistic muse for decades. These two evenings are presentations of poetry and one-acts from a teenage acting class. Regular season MLB games start on Sunday! 7:30 pm – 10 pm. Cascade Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend. Free.

saturday 4

Comedy Extravaganza

LAUGHS—Springfield-based comedian and motivational speaker Frank King has made a living making jokes about everything from air travel to hunting (is it really a "sport" if you don't even have to squint?), all aimed at lightening the mood. He'll be joined by Eugene's Alex Elkin, who's been at the comedy game since before he was old enough to get into the clubs. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $23-$51.

sunday 5

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs

FIDO FUN—Now in its 6th year, the Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs gives your fluffy friend free reign of Bend Pet Express' eastside store to hunt out eggs containing allergy-friendly treats and—in a select few—gift cards. Just be sure your little killer is vaccinated, well-mannered, and leashed. 2-3:30 pm. Bend Pet Express Eastside, 420 Windy Knolls Dr., Bend. Free. Donation Suggested: Please bring a pet food item to donate to the HOPE food bank for pets.

wednesday 8

The Giving Tree Band

BANJOS—If you're anything like us, Wednesday is just another word for halfway to cracked out crazy. After staring at screens, The Giving Tree Band's old-timey tunes are a welcome respite from a tech-obsessed world. Added bonus: The band uses instruments built from fallen or reclaimed wood and follows a vegan diet. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.

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