Monday, February 28, 2011

Free Cappuccinos Tuesday at Lone Pine

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Head down to Lone Pine Coffee tomorrow to get cappuccinos on the house!

In celebration of its second anniversary on Tin Pan Alley, Lone Pine Coffee Roasters is giving away free cappuccinos. The coffee house says, "It's our small way of saying, 'Thanks for seeking us out! For bringing your friends! For trusting us with your daily coffee! For making the trek down the alley no matter the weather!'"

Cappuccinos will be served all day long starting at 7 a.m. at Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, 845 Tin Pan Alley.

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PUSH Skatedeck Art Auction Packs Boomtown Friday Night

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

PUSH Skatedeck Art Auction Packs Boomtown Friday Night
  • PUSH Skatedeck Art Auction Packs Boomtown Friday Night
The PUSH skatedeck art show, held at the old Boomtown location on Greenwood Ave, proved a few things last night:

1. Boomtown is one of the coolest venues in Bend.

2. No matter what event you go to in Bend there will be at least sixty children.

3. There are way more great artists in Bend than I realized.

4. A bunch of people want Bend to have an awesome skatepark.


The PUSH skatedeck art auction, in its third year, brought out hundreds of people, packing Boomtown's industrial space in support of the Division Street skatepark.

Over fifty artists from Bend, Portland and beyond donated skatedecks for the auction. Organizer Travis Yamada estimates around 800 people came out on Friday, braving the subzero temps. Yamada says he's still tallying the numbers, but it looks like this year's PUSH surpassed last year's net of $8,000 by a few thousand dollars.

"We definitely have enough money now that we can start a phase of the project," says Yamada. He hopes to start building the skatepark this summer.

Below is video from the event, courtesy of Eric Jensen:

PUSH 2011 - Division Street Skatepark Auction from Eric Jensen on Vimeo.

Photos courtesy of Jason Brownlee.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon Tonight if You Can Brave the Cold

If you're brave enough, Bend's Polar Plunge takes place tonight at Riverbend Park.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:59 PM


In case you laid in bed all day, like I wanted to, you might look out your window and think, "Oh, it looks nice out there." In this instance you would be wrong. Don't let the sun trick you, it's arctic cold out there and for those of you participating in tonight's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon, I don't envy you.

Last year, Source staffer Sara Roth took a dip in the icy Deschutes River to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon. Her training might not have been the most effective, but in the end, she drove right in and were we ever proud - because the rest of us are admittedly a bunch of chickens. 

Over 30 Plunge events take place in over 15 states throughout the country in order to show support and raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Tonight's event takes place at Riverbend Park, which is off Columbia St. on the Westside. Check in starts a 4:30pm, and there will be a costume contest at 6pm. Opening Ceremonies and the Polar Plunge itself begins at 6:30pm. There will no doubt be plenty of creative and hilarious costumes to witness, so throw on your parka and go out to support a great cause.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Poetry Slam Tonight at Poethouse Art

The Bend Poetry Slam takes place at Poethouse Art in Bend, Oregon tonight.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:04 PM

If you've never been to a poetry slam at the Poethouse, tonight may be the perfect opportunity. The Bend Poetry Slam is the product of former slams at Townsend's Tea House and Silver Moon Brewery, combining together into one super powered, all ages slam.

Don't know what a poetry slam is? Competitors participate in three rounds, presenting poems in less than three minutes. Audience members vote for the best slam poetry piece and at the end of the night a winner emerges. Both competitors and audience members win though, as they get to hear some creative, original pieces by local poets.


If you aren't quite brave enough to throw down with the best of them, the event features an open mic prior to the slam. The slam winner is rewarded with a cash prize. This month features Erin, the host of Portland's Poetry Slam. 

Admission is $5, students at $3, and competitors get in free.

Tonight from 8pm-11pm.

Poethouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave (Above the Wine Shop).

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The Traveling Camera: Big Air at WinterFest

Flying through the snow at WinterFest.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Christian Heeb is a travelling photographer based in Bend. We'll have one of his photos posted each week hereon Bent. He and his wife, Regula, are the founders of the Cascades Center of Photography, a workshop center, gallery and studio here in Bend.


Winterfest could not be more wintery. Shooting the event, the biggest challenge was to keep the cameras dry and the fingers warm.

To capture the mood of the action at the Rail Jam. I pushed the ISO of my camera to 1250. You need to keep your shutter speed high if you want to catch these guys in the air. I used my flash to illuminate the snow coming down which  added to the drama of the effect.

I positionened myself so that the snowboarders would be in cool action before they hit the floodlight and get washed out. Still, I wanted to light in the picture to backlight the scene and work as a key element in the composition.

It was an awesome night for taking pictures but then I thought how easy shooting in the Caribbean is...well that will be my next trip in March.

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New Wine Shop Downtown?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM

A notice of application for a liquor license was posted downtown

recently, in the building next to Joolz on Wall Street. 

The business looks to be Bend D'Vine LLC. If we had to make an educated guess, we'd say it looks like a wine bar or wine shop. I know, we're incredibly intelligent around here. Seriously though, we're excited to see another business give downtown a go, and with Volcano Vineyards moving to the Century Center, we'd love downtown to become a wine-shop trifecta (with The Wine Shop and The Good Drop) once more.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to Walk Outside Today

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM

This morning, I walked outside of my house and noticed that, due to Snowpocalypse 3: The Reckoning, my steps and driveway had turned into an outdoor ice skating rink. Now, this would be awesome if I was Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, and had two bumbling burglars trying to rob my parent’s empty house. But I was just trying to get to work and I don’t have health insurance.

This got me thinking about shoe choices. Below are some of my suggestions for what to wear when boots just don’t cut it:


1. YakTrax


These are probably the most practical options. You slide them onto the outside of your shoes, and unless you are on 100% ice, the metal coils keep you pretty steady on your feet.

2. Crampons


A little burlier, these are like YakTrax on steroids – but instead of metal coils, there are claw-like knives that grip the ice. Luckily, as this is Central Oregon, your neighbor probably has some you can borrow.

3. Ice Skates


Normally, I wouldn’t recommend wearing ice skates to work. But when else can you do figure eights down the street? Plus, you can bodycheck people and blame it on the influence of your footwear.


And if you’re a bike commuter, might we recommend:

The Ice Bike


Practical and stylish. 


Have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments.



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Bend Snowpocalypse 3: The Reckoning

We're getting another snow blast this week.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 6:47 PM

First it was Bend Snowpocalypse last Tuesday (hit the link for my story about how we got the paper out that day), then we were treated to the sequel on Saturday, Bend Snowpocalypse 2: The Revenge.

This week, it looks like we're in for Bend Snowpocalypse 3: The Reckoning. Forecasters are saying we'll get another six inches or so by Friday morning, before it gets super cold (as in zero degrees at night) for the weekend.

Also, if you think you have a name that's better than Bend Snowpocalypse 3: The Reckoning, let me know in the comments. FYI, Snowclustereff 2011 has already been suggested, and subsequently trademarked, by the Source staffers.

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Walgreens wants YOU to drink cheap beer

The arrival of a 50 cent beer from Walgreens demands a closer look, or maybe even a taste?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:45 AM

Big Flats 1901 Beer
  • Big Flats 1901 Beer
As a formerly disgruntled Walgreens cashier (read: ex-employee, still disgruntled) I witnessed curious marketing choices made by the faceless corporation first-hand. I remember the individually wrapped pickles near the register, the countless automatons and the brief appearance of Venus fly traps.

So was I surprised to see something at Walgreens resembling beer recently with a sign boasting two 6-packs for $5?

Actually, yes. I'm one to spot beer branding from a mile away. I can spy the girl with a big hat sitting on the moon, a blue ribbon or an ubiquitous mountain range without blinking an eye. So when I saw these new cans, very cleverly designed ones with a waterwheel, I was as perplexed as I was curious. Big Flats 1901: It's the water that makes it. Was this a trick? A sick joke? Was it non-alcoholic? It looked like other cheap beers, but where did it come from? 

The cashier told me that she had some at home but hadn't tried it yet because she, "likes to chase her beer with tequila." This woman might have been onto something.

Soon I realized that I was not alone in these thoughts when Big Flats 1901 made it to the big show, the Colbert Report.

After tasting this beer, I had two thoughts; it tastes like how bowling alley ashtrays smell and why do I not hate it?

I wanted to dislike this beer, but I can't help but think it's might a sign of the times. And while times are tough, I think I'll stick to making local brews habit. 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Making Music: The classical music is alive and well in Central Oregon

The Central Oregon Symphony continues to play excellent music in Bend.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Despite the continued portrayal of Bend and Central Oregon as a mini epicenter for indie, folk, rock, metal, hip-hop and pop music, thanks to the excellent musicianship of the Central Oregon Symphony under the able direction of maestro Michael Gesme, classical music remains alive and well in our community.

Playing to packed houses at Bend Senior High School this past weekend, the symphony proved once again that it can perform at a high level as it continues to offer great orchestral music as well as serve as a springboard for young solo talents. In the case of the three weekend concerts, 17-year-old flautist Nick Loeffler and 12-year-old violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman.

Both young artists played flawlessly and with poise well beyond their years. Loeffler’s skill, particularly during the cadenza of Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute in D Major” was astounding.


For her part, Saito-Beckman made Henryk Wieniawski’s “Polonaise Brilliante” sparkle with energy.

Prior to the two soloists efforts, the evening opened with Rimsky-Korsakov folk tune inspired “Russian Easter Overture.” It has been said of the composer that he, “was urged by a rhythmic force and vivid sense of orchestral color.” And that’s exactly what the Central Oregon Symphony delivered in their interpretation of the overture.

Taking up the entire second half of the program was Shubert’s “Symphony No. 9,” in C Major, aka, “The Great.”

This wonderful “warhorse” symphony with overtones of Schubert’s mentor and friend Beethoven phrasing, remains a highly accessible and romantic work given a solid, lush interpretation by Maestro Gesme and the Symphony.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Lyrics Born Video from WinterFest

Berkeley-based rapper Lyrics Born performs at the 2011 Bend WinterFest.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM

WinterFest sure was wintery, huh? Not only was the weekend a winter wonderland, due to plenty of snowfall, but the festival itself proved to be an excellent time for locals and visitors alike. Mike Bookey shot tons of video this weekend, which I plan on editing together into a mini-documentary this week. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime check out these videos from the Lyrics Born show on Saturday night. 

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Notice in this second video the crazy kid without his shirt on. My toes were frozen and they were in cozy snow boots, I don't know how this guy was able to hang out in the open air sans shirt like that. Brrrr!

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Punk Rock Monday with the Vampirates

The Vampirates keep the holiday weekend going tonight at the Mad Happy Lounge.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Whether you have the day off today or are slogging along like we are over here as we recover from a long and fun WinterFest weekend, there is some fun to be had tonight -- just in case you're the sort of person who really likes to get the most out of your three-day weekends.

The fun I'm talking about can be found down at the Mad Happy Lounge where Reno's Vampirates are their hardcore punk rock. The band has rolled through town a few times over the years, always delivering some raw rock and roll aggression. The show is at 10pm tonight. 21 and up.

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