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Catch all the action at the High Desert Stampede at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3/25 & 3/26.

Catch all the action at the High Desert Stampede at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3/25 & 3/26.

Thursday 24

Pimps of Joytime

PLAY PALS—This collection of funky individuals makes for a good time when fun and funk take center stage. Dancing will be inevitable from the time they start to the time they saunter off stage. Bendites don't have to wait till the weekend to have a good time. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $13 adv., $15 door.

Friday 25 & Saturday 26

High Desert Stampede

YEE HAW—It is the first-ever tour for this event. Rodeo season is kicking off nationwide and the celebration in Redmond will be no different! The tour will feature 80 of the biggest rodeo stars in the world, come and pick out a favorite. 7:30 p.m. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. $20-$100.

Friday 26–Sunday 10

Laguna Beach, Ohio

WRITE & STAGE RIGHT—Having recently won the national playwright competition put on by the American Association of Community Theaters (AACT), this play can already boast of having been awarded before anything has been started. So a winner right off the bat! See our calendar for more information on dates and times. First showing is at 6:30 p.m. 2nd Street Theatre, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. $16 student & senior, $19 adult.

Saturday 26

The Smithereens

YOSEMITE JAM—Joined together since 1980, these talented musicians that fine-tuned their sound. Playing all kinds of rock, from alternative to hard, they have been known to draw their music from a variety of music from all generations, stating they just want to play music that they deem worthy. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. Res. seating: $18, $33, $48.

Saturday 26

Lil' Smokies

NEWGRASS—After quitting day jobs, these 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition winners are exploding onto the bluegrass scene, with no signs of stopping. Performing just a week after receiving funding through Kickstarter for the band's second album, fingers crossed for a sneak peek at some new tunes! 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10 adv., $12 door.

Sunday 27

Dog Easter Egg Hunt

BARK BASKET—For seven years well-behaved pups that are leashed and current in their vaccinations are rewarded with an all-dog-hunting event. Hidden eggs will contain allergy friendly dog treats that are sure to make any dog drool. Every dog is said to have its day, just wasn't aware that day was Easter. 2 p.m. Bend Pet Express Eastside, 420 Windy Knolls Dr., Bend. Suggested pet food donation.

Sunday 27

Easter Keg Hunt

BEER & EASTER—A mini-keg has been stolen from Deschutes Brewery the Easter Bunny is the culprit! Be the first to find the missing keg somewhere on Mt. Bachelor and win a $120 gift certificate to Deschutes. It's a pretty big mountain though, so luckily Mt. Bachelor will provide clues via their Facebook throughout the day. 9 a.m. Mt. Bachelor, 1300 Century Dr., Bend. Free to participate.

Tuesday 29

Igor & The Red Elvises

RUSSIAN ROCKABILY—This group is primarily based on fun. They play funk rock, surf, disco, reggae, and any other danceable and/or enjoyable sound that could present itself. Founded by two Russians living in California, this group is a worldly experience all in itself. 9 p.m. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $7 adv., $10 door.

Wednesday 30

B. Dolan

ARTIVIST—Known for his hard-hitting lyrics and up-to-date slams, raw emotion and knowledge fuel this artist, activist, and multimedia composer. On tour for his latest album "Kill The Wolf", this is an experience that should be known. 8 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5 adv., $8 door.

Wednesday 30

Flaural & Marshall Poole

NEW WAVE—Based out of Denver, Flaural is a newly formed quartet that brings what was best out of various past projects to a whole new sound. Spring of 2015 was when the contemporary blend of new wave and psych pop birthed this totally original and must-hear music. 10 p.m. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St., Bend. No Cover.

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