Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Taste of Summer at 900 Wall

900 Wall gives us a sample of its new lunch menu.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Lee Perry of Lay It Out Digs into the Carnegie
  • Lee Perry of Lay It Out Digs into the Carnegie
After a long winter hibernation, the chairs and tables are again popping on downtown sidewalks and restaurants are dusting off their lunch specials in anticipation of spring and summer crowds.

One of the first to jump back into the game is 900 Wall, which revived its seasonal lunch menu this week. General Manager Mike Millette opened the doors for lunch on Thursday just in time for a sneak, if short-lived preview of the spring weather. While the ubiquitous sidewalk tables hadn’t yet taken their places under 900’s Wall Street windows, Millette assured that they would be arriving soon.

The newly minted lunch hour waitstaff was just getting up to speed on Thursday afternoon, but our group was greeted with attentive service. The new lunch menu which features a sampling of 900s standbys as well as variations of some of its Happy Hour with a little more than half a dozen sandwiches and four pizzas, as well as a mix of small plates and apps.

Millette wisely pointed our group in the direction of the Carengie Deli Pastrami, which comes garnished with a juicy red beet, it works, honest, and gruyere. The sandwich was one of the first items to disappear from our shared plate. The menu also features the 900 Wall Burger, a Portobello and prime rib sandwich. We settled on the wild shrimp sandwich, a happy hour variation, that comes served with avocado, chili paste and aioli, romaine and two slices of bacon for good measure.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with 900’s wood-fired pizza oven pies and we scarfed a rotisserie chicken pizza (more bacon, yum – plus gorgonzola)

 A big thanks to Mike and the crew at 900 for a sneak preview at the menu. We’re looking forward to more lunches and summer-like weather on Wall street.

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Win Tickets to See Leif James at Three Creeks Brewery on Saturday Night

Win tickets to see Leif James perform at Three Creeks Brewing Co. in Sisters.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Last week you may remember we gave away tickets to see Poor Man's Roses at Three Creeks Brewing Co. in Sisters. You're in luck because we'll be giving away tickets to the next eleven shows at Three Creeks, and this week the lucky winner will receive two tickets to see local gritty Americana singer Leif James and a voucher for two free appetizers. If that isn't a screaming deal, I don't know what is. 

Here's how you win: go to Three Creeks Brewing Co.'s Facebook page and like them. Then go to  The Source's Facebook Page and Like us, if you haven't already. This week we're going to do something a little different. The first person to post the following statement on The Source's page, with the blank filled in, wins!

My favorite beer from @Three Creeks Brewing Co. is _____ and I would love to win tickets to see Leif James on Saturday, April 2.

Fill in the blank with your favorite Three Creeks brew and don't forget to tag Three Creeks in your post. Keep your eye on the Bent blog and The Source's Facebook page for upcoming giveaways to Three Creeks shows.

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Behind the Scenes of the Source Fashion Shoot

Taking spring style photos when it's 38 degrees outside can be tough.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM


It was a cold March day in Bend when I went to photograph Alicia Renner for the Source's arts and style issue (which is out on the streets now).

After getting some easy shots of her in her studio where she designs and sews her cloth, Mike, the arts and culture editor, suggested a shot with her bike in Tin Pan Alley. Since we were shooting spring fashion, the dresses were, well, not exactly comfortable for a freezing winter day.

I wanted to shoot as fast as possible to get her back into the warm studio. I had her pose in front of a brick wall with the light coming at her in a 90-degree angle from the left. I did not use any extra lighting to keep a hard contrast. This really brings out the structure of the wall and the bike as well.

In Photoshop I desaturated the colors and applied a high contrast look.

See more of Christian Heeb's work, visit

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Central Oregon Homeless Count Numbers Released: More homeless children than ever

The 2011 homeless count in Central Oregon found that startling number of homeless children.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM

At a press conference today at the Deschutes County building in Bend, organizers from the Homeless Leadership Coalition announced the results of the annual homeless count, which took place on January 27.

In all, the coalition -- made up by a number of regional agencies and volunteers -- counted 2,271 individuals in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties who identified themselves as homeless. That number is similar to 2010, but the surprisingly statistic that came out of the count was the uptick in the percentage of that number that are children.

More than half of those counted were under the age of 18. 

Another group that saw its numbers rise were veterans. Chuck Hemingway of Central Oregon Veteran's Outreach said that 105 veterans were counted in the tri-county area.

The comprehensive statistics will be released on the website of the Homeless Leadership Coalition on Friday.


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Thanks for Putting a Damper on March Madness, Frontline

Frontline digs into the big money behind college basketball.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Actually, this report from last night's edition of Frontline was a startling, if not shocking, look at the business behind the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.

While this year's tournament has been crazier than just about any year prior, the report outlined the big money behind this sport. In fact, some 90 percent of the NCAA's annual revenue (for all its sports) comes from the three-week tournament. The television rights alone for the tourney send some $700 million to the NCAA.

Then there's the merchandising, the video games, the tickets and all that stuff...and the players don't see a penny of that. As the documentary shows, many of them live in poverty while their coaches make three-to-four-digit salaries. So yeah...I'm a little disillusioned with my favorite sport right now. But I'll still watch Saturday's games of course.

Anyway, hit this link to watch the segment in its entirety.

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Common Table To Host Japanese Fundraiser Dinner

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Common TableBendites can help Japan’s Earthquake victims by simpling raising a fork at Common Table this Sunday. The downtown restaurant/non-profit is hosting a fundraiser dinner featuring Japanese cuisine prepared by local Japanese women.

The evening’s menu includes, Miso Soup, Sunomono Salad, Edamame, Curry, Maki Sushi, Vegetable Yakisoba, Chicken Teriyaki, Steamed Rice, and Dessert.

Cost for the dinner is $20 for adults and $8 for children with all proceeds going to the Japanese Relief Effort through the Red Cross and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at the diner's discretion.

The dinner kicks off at 5:30 at Common Table,  150 NW Oregon.

Call Common Table for more information, and/or reservations, 639-5546.

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Hola! Sunriver is Open

Hola! opens a new Sunriver location.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

It was a Monday night, but that didn't stop busloads of Bendites were shuttled down to join Sunriver snowbirds to open the latest Hola! location in the space formerly occupied by Trout House. Fans of the Eastside and Old Mill locations arrived in droves thanks to co-owner Marcos Rodriguez's Facebook post.

The new location brings the same distinct flavors of Peru and Mexico, this time with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. For those devoted to longstanding margarita favorites including the (I'm glad it's not local) Red Cactus margarita, fear not - the bar menu and margarita service (a half-full shaker comes with every margarita) remain the same. Other highlights include my first taste of Chef Jose's Paella, which combines fresh, flavorful seafood with perfectly seasoned rice, and heroic bartender, Gene, jumping behind the bar to mix margaritas during the overwhelming influx of Monday night arrivals.

The ribbon to tie the whole evening together? Live music featuring a female Latin singer who was as beautiful as she was talented. Here's to a great reason to say hello again to Sunriver. Or should I say Hola?

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The Ascetic Junkies In Bend Tonight!

Get your dancing legs ready! The Ascetic Junkies are here to rock your Wednesday night!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 2:37 PM


"People get ready... there's a train a comin'. Don't need no ticket... just get on board"
Jump aboard the FREE Ascetic Junkies dance car tonight at McMenamin's Father Luke's Room, for a ride that will return you to the station legs weary and heart full. Tonight The Ascetic Junkies will be playing some new songs as well as cuts from their latest album This Cage Has No Bottom. Joining them as an opening act will be Portland beat popster Boy Meets Drum Machine. (If you didn't catch his opening set for Empty Space Orchestra at Silver Moon Tap Room in missed a lot!)
The show gets underway at 7pm and if you're coming...bring your smile or don't show up at all! You can catch some video of The Ascetic Junkies last Bend show here.



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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Video of Bigfoot in North Carolina

Is this a Sasquatch crossing the street in North Carolina? If so, he appears quite friendly.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM looks like he's waving to the camera.

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Sadly, I'm 95 percent sure this isn't a real Sasquatch.

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Moving On: Just Joe steps away from concert series

After 29 installments, the Joe Rohrbacher is stepping away from his Jazz at Joes series.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM

After staging 29 jazz concerts in his Jazz at Joe's series, first at his store south of town and for the past two years at the Cascade Theatrical Company, Joe Rohrbacher is stepping away. Away from what he calls, “the most rewarding project I have ever been involved in. The sense of community and good will has been nothing shy of touching.”

Rohrbacher never set out to be a full-time promoter.

“My aim was always for a self-sustaining cultural benefit to our community. I believe that together, we have properly set the stage and are realizing that goal,” he says.

It’s was a wonderful ride for local jazz fans and young music students who not only got a clinic from the performing musicians, but also free admission to the concerts.

And there were so many memorable performances from well-established international talents like singer Rebecca Kilgore and vibraphone master Chuck Redd to locals sitting in with top-of-the-line Northwest players.


In presenting music, Rohrbacher was a fanatic for details and fretted for weeks over ever concert.  But as time went along, he notes, “it has become increasingly clearer that it’s time for me to pass the baton. I simply need to pay closer attention to my store and time management. The past couple of years have also been an extreme challenge for many small businesses; Just Joe’s Music is no exception. I must re-dedicate myself to building a more solid future as a band and orchestral music store. Central Oregon and its students deserve nothing less.”

Even as Rohrbacher steps asides, the concert series will continue on under the same name but under the direction of Duncan McNeill.

McNeill, a former software specialist who has become deeply immersed in playing music, “shares our passion for the music, is a student of the music and has been with us from the first note. I’m confident that Duncan will carry on in the spirit in which we now enjoy. Jazz thanks you for extending Duncan your loyalty and well wishes.”

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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Traveling Camera: Patagonia

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM


We drove into  the little service town of El Chalten late one afternoon in March. The day was overcast and you could not see much besides some brown hills and a few hotels, restaurants and wood-paneled houses. I asked the girl in the hotel lobby where the famous mountain Fitz Roy is. She just shrugged and pointed behind her into the grey sky.

Next morning I got up before sunrise and walked out into the dirt road outside.

High up in the western sky I could see the mountain towering over the town.

I shoot the images with my 80-300 mm zoom. The camera mounted on a tripod. The light did not need any further enhancment later. Thanks to the low clouds the red of the first light was nice and orange red. The mountains of Patagonia are incredibly spectacular and a nature Photographer's dream.

Click here for more photos from Patagonia.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Dirty Words Celebrate CD Release Tonight in Bend

The Dirty Words play the Old Stone tonight for a mere $5.

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

The Dirty Words
  • The Dirty Words
Congrats to all of those loyal readers who won tickets to tonight's Dirty Words CD release show. But for the rest of you, there's definitely reason to check out this gig at the Old Stone Church where The Dirty Words will be rocking the bejeezus out of the place along with fellow Bend-turned-Portland act, The Autonomics.

The Dirty Words' new record, Cain, is now available online, for only $5. And it's pretty rad, if I do say so myself.

Speaking of which, the cover to get in this 21-and-up show is only $5. The tunes kick off around 8pm and don't be late -- you don't want to miss the fiery indie rock sounds of The Autonomics.


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