Monday, January 31, 2011

Fleet Foxes Release New Single

Fleet Foxes release the first single from their new record, "Helplessness Blues."

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

After three years of waiting, Fleet Foxes fans finally have a reason to rejoice today now that the band has finally released a new single, "Helplessness Blues," the title track from their new record, which won't be out until May 3.

The band is playing in Portland and Seattle around the release date...maybe they'll squeeze in a Bend show? Pllleeeeeeaaaassssseeee?

Take a listen to this strong offering from the record.


Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues by subpop

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Video of Mosley Wotta's Trip to the Sundance Film Festival

A look at Mosley Wotta's trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 5:53 AM

As I wrote about last week, Mosley Wotta -- Bend's much-buzzed-about live hip-hop band -- was invited to play at the Sundance Film Festival. Here's some footage they put together from the trip, which began with a show in Portland before heading out to Utah.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Camalli Book Co. Discusses James Baldwin

Book discussion about James Baldwin's Go Tell it On the Mountain.

Posted By on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

James Baldwin
  • James Baldwin

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, Camalli Book Co. will discuss James Baldwin’s classic coming-of-age saga, Go Tell It On the Mountain on Thursday, February 3rd beginning at 6:30 pm.

Every first Thursday the book club, facilitated by local aspiring author William Akin, discusses modern books that are both challenging and lend themselves to multiple opinions.

This club is great for readers who enjoy a roller coaster of tangents, as past meetings have focused on modern authors vs. classics, the difference between good storytelling vs. good writing, and whether or not Sandman author and beloved creature of the night Neil Gaiman is the second coming. Host and bookstore owner Tina Davis provides age-appropriate beverages and a light snack or two, since what can be better than talking about books over wine and chocolate cookies?  


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Friday, January 28, 2011

KPOV Pays Tribute to Bendite Dave Sheldon on Saturday

Bend's community radio station pays tribute to one of the city's finest members this weekend.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Dave Sheldon
  • Dave Sheldon
In December, Dave Sheldon, a longtime Bendite who was incredibly active in the local community, was killed when a tree fell atop the van in which he was sleeping. He'd been over in Roseburg for work and decided to sleep in his vehicle, as he often did during these frequent trips, rather than making the drive back home.

Now, a month after Sheldon's death, KPOV (106.7FM), Bend's community radio station, is paying tribute to this deeply missed member of our community with a two-hour show tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m.

The special program will feature conversations about Sheldon with representatives from the Central Oregon Environmental Center, the organization with which Sheldon was quite active. You'll also hear some music recorded by Sheldon, who was a talented musician, and commentary from his longtime friend and fellow musician, Joe Leonardi.

A memorial for Sheldon will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at the First Presbyterian Church.


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Mudfest: Warm weather doesn't equal good mountain bike trails

The mid-winter warm weather hasn't made for the best mountain bike riding around Bend.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

After the past week of mild weather, avid mountain bike riders are probably of a mind that the trails at the Maston, for example, are dry and mud-free. Think again. The Maston trails are still extremely muddy in sections from the daily freeze/thaw cycles that are drawing up all the moisture from deep in the ground and depositing it on the surface.

So the riding at Maston isn’t ideal, and worse, the number of ruts being carved into the muddy sections of trail are going to take a long time to smooth out once the weather either gets colder and a freeze occurs, or when the trails finally dry out come spring.

A suggestion is to give riding the Maston trails a rest for at least a week, or if in the area, go to the north trailhead and ride east on the “red road” and south when you come to the gray cinder road for a nice, and not muddy, out-and-back trip.

Apart from the Maston, mudfest riding is also the name of the game at Horse Ridge and Horse Butte. Daily freeze/thaw cycles are yet again the culprit.

However, the Peterson Ridge trail system in Sisters is riding well according to Phil of Phil’s Trail fame, who rode there on Thursday afternoon.

So head to Sisters for the best mud-free riding and, if possible, keep off the other popular winter singletrack so they won’t be deeply rutted and not much fun to ride when conditions get back to normal.

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How to Be a Good Neighbor: Suzanne Schlosberg Shows Us through Food

Suzanne Schlosberg shows us how to be a good neighbor through food.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Suzanne Schlosberb
  • Suzanne Schlosberb

Author Suzanne Schlosberg will be talking about her new book, The Good Neighbor Cookbook at Camalli Book Co. on Tuesday, February 1 starting at 6:30 pm.

The Good Neighbor Cookbook focuses on the concept of rebuilding a sense of community one meal at a time. Schlosberg believes that sharing food can turn strangers into friends, boost spirits, and create lasting memories for every kind of event, from baby showers to book clubs. Plus, if that book club discussion ever gets too hot and heavy (Yes, some of us actually hate Eat, Pray, Love), Suzanne can quell the fire with comfort food recipes for sweet potato soup and zucchini and Parmesan frittata.

Suzanne is the author of several  books, including the acclaimed The Curse of the Singles Table: A True Story of 1001 Nights without Sex, which the writer and executive producer of the Sex and the City franchise praised for her fresh, unique voice. If Suzanne can hold her own with the fictional Carrie Bradshaw, who knows what kind of intriguing concoctions she can dream up in her kitchen.

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Doitchin Krastev (aka Jason Evers) Sentenced to Two Years

It looks like the whole Doitchin Krastev/Jason Evers story.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Jason Evers Doitchin Krastev
  • Jason Evers Doitchin Krastev
It looks like the incredibly bizarre tale of Doitchin Krastev, the Bulgarian national who stole the identity of a dead toddler (Jason Evers) then somehow got a job as a regional manager with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, is finally over.

After pleading guilty in November to aggravated theft and passport fraud, Krastev was sentenced today in Portland to two years (and one day) in federal prison. After that, he'll likely be deported.

On top of all this, he apologized to the family of Evers, who were on hand for the sentencing.

So, this is probably the last of many, many, many articles on the entire Evers/Krastev fiasco we'll publish...unless he somehow escapes from prison and surfaces as the mayor of Topeka, Kansas or something like that.


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pimps of Joytime Tonight in Bend. For Free!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Topping off a nice mid-week stretch of live music in Bend are The Pimps of Joytime, the genre-crossing, world-music rock act that will bring their big ol' dance party to McMenamins tonight.

And it's a free show, y'all. Things kick off at 7pm.

If you haven't heard POJ, you might as well head to this show anyway because the Brooklyn-based band is essentially an entire bucketload of fun. And who doesn't like bucketloads of anything...let alone fun?

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Ellen Waterston in Redmond Tonight

Ellen Waterston is this month's guild feature.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Ellen Waterston
  • Ellen Waterston
Local author Ellen Waterston will be the featured presenter at this month's Central Oregon Writer's Guild meeting. If you enjoy hearing about our region chronicled through the eyes of a well-known nature poet, you will enjoy Waterston's talk.

Perhaps because of the anticipated higher turn-out than their usual monthly meetings, the guild will host Waterston at the Redmond Public Library tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Past guild meetings have included the featured speaker's presentation, plus a few writing exercises aimed at helping boost the morale of local writers. The meeting is free and, as always, open to the public.

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Will Ferrell to Appear on "The Office"

Steve Carell and Will Ferrell together on "The Office?"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Will Ferrell The Office
  • Will Ferrell The Office
Are you planning on watching The Office tonight to see how in the hell they're planning on ushering Steve Carell's Michael Scott out of the show? I am. And no I don't think the show has jumped the shark, like some of you believe. I mean, did anyone else see the Nard Dog's air fiddle roller skating session last week?

Anyway, there was some interesting news today about how the last few months of Michael Scott's tenure with Dunder Mifflin -- Will Ferrell will be on the show.

According to, Ferrell approached the show's producers with the idea of coming into the cast for a few episodes. Apparently, Ferrell will play a manager from the corporate office, and it looks like he'll be just as much of a moron as Michael Scott.

The only thing we can hope is that The Office gets the funny Will Ferrell and not the Land of the Lost Will Ferrell. Here's hopin'.

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June in January: What's up with this warm spell in Bend?

This winter is getting weird here in Bend, Oregon.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

In my three-and-a-half decades here I don’t recall a warmer January. Of course, I may be entirely wrong, but I remember a lot of Januaries when the month started with a prolonged cold spell. That’s cold spell as in minus 20 and even minus 30.

February used to be the month when temperatures would head into the mid fifties and people would start talking about an “early spring.” Two weeks later they would be shoveling snow.

One February we experience the biggest low-pressure gradient and a cold spell that lasted for a week with temps diving into the minus 20 range.

It was so cold that when four of us went for a ski tour at Swampy Lakes that we did so wearing expedition down jackets, face masks, down-filled mitts and insulated warmup pants. All that apparel didn’t help as we got cold and called it quits after a half hour skiing on fluff that was Utah-like in its dryness.

A couple of days later, several of us headed over to Mount Hood Meadows for a two-day ski demo. We headed directly from Bend to the demo after calling ahead to book into a motel in Hood River for the night.

Tired and ready for a hot shower, we left the demo in mid-afternoon only to arrive at the motel to find that all its pipes were frozen. There was no water let alone hot water. We headed to the bar smelly and in need of fluid.

It got a few degrees below zero that night in Hood River and AAA was working overtime the next morning starting cars. We had along an old Svea 123 backpacking stove in our car’s emergency box and got it going and up under the engine block for fifteen minutes. The car started easily.

Back in Central Oregon, the cold hung on with winds struggling to scour it out. Eventually it moved on and was replaced by several days of rain.

Weird weather has always been a hallmark of this region and from what we’ve seen this January, it will always be weird.

Meanwhile, down in Squaw Valley, California, which experienced near-record snowfall in December, hasn’t seen a snowflake the entire month of January.

Back here, as to what’ll happen weather-wise this spring, I predict a ten-day long cold spell in late February and early March followed by…who knows?

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Introducing the Teen Werewolf: Lauren Kessler comes to Bend

Lauren Kessler comes to Bend to read from her new book.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Lauren Kessler
  • Lauren Kessler
Lauren Kessler will be reading from her book,  My Teenage Werewolf, at the Deschutes Public Library on Saturday, January 29 starting at 3pm.

Those of you familiar with the Edward Cullen vs. Jacob-the-Werewolf push and pull saga of the Twilight series will be surprised to know that the teenage werewolf Kessler refers to is her own pre-teen daughter. Kessler observed her daughter's ascent, or is that descent, into teenagerdom for 18-months, then wrote a book that chronicles the mutual struggle and reward.

Whether or not a translucently handsome vampire makes a surprise appearance in this memoir is up for debate, but parents of teenagers will enjoy Kessler's wit.

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