Saturday, March 31, 2012

Get Pumped for the Final Four: Michael Jordan UNC Mixtape

Remember MJ's game-winning shot in 1982?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Dope. Enjoy the final four y'all.

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Where is everyone watching today's games?

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Old Mill's Newest Creative Space To Host Open (Work)house on Sat.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM

In these economic times sometimes things can feel a little dire. However, all over the country people are looking for, and sometimes finding, the pewter lining. Right here in Bend a pair of local artists working on a new formula that is designed to deconstruct artistic and economic limitations with a bold new experiment in commercial art, design and production, dubbed, fittingly The Workhouse.

Rooted in grass roots solutions, combining community, creativity, resourcefulness, and hard work to help redefine "the good life". Belying the origins of it's name, The Workhouse, love child of Stuart Breidenstein and Cari Dolyniuk, defines this union of elements.

Opening to the public on Saturday, March 31st, it is located in The Old Ironworks District, right next to Sparrow Bakery. It offers eight large work stations/studios, a community table/runway, and an equipped fashion lab which designers can rent by the month, geared to retail sales. As Cari describes it,

Come out and support the birth of this inspiring creative economic model. The grand opening is Saturday, March 31st, from 5pm-10pm at 50 Scott Street . Come prepared to enjoy free live music, with cash to purchase food from the debut of Wide Open Foods, and a beverage cup made by local potter Chad Fox ( one of the founders of the adjacent Cinder Cone Clayworks )  which entitles you to a free beverage,(eliminating disposable cups, are you hearing the theme here? ) as well the locally sourced Work of the denizens of The Workhouse.

If you can't make the opening, regular business hours, starting April 4th,10 - 5 are Wednesday - Sunday. email -


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Bend Singer Chris Beland Prepares Third Album

Bend singer/songwriter Chris Beland is recording his third album and using Kickstarter to make it happen.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM


It's been just under a year and a half since local singer songwriter Chris Beland made news when at age 31 he met his father (former Flying Burrito Brothers guitarist John Beland) for the first time. Just a couple of days later, the two of them took the stage together during Chris's sophomore record release party at The Kilns Bookstore in Bend.

Today, Chris is drawing from that experience and the months that followed by creating new songs for a third album, currently in the early stages of production. I sat down with him last week to chat about what we might expect, but even more importantly... the help he needs to make it happen at all.

Chris is using the popular site, Kickstarter to make his album a reality and currently has 38 days left to collect money from enough backers to continue moving forward. It's a unique way of getting everything from tech projects, to films, to records funded and typically, the people requesting the money don't get a dime unless they raise the total amount needed. Chris is hopeful that taking advantage of this new medium for raising money will help him finish making the album and if all goes well, it should be released early this Fall. But even if that doesn't happen... the recording will likely go on, just at a much slower pace.

During the week, you can catch Chris playing live shows around town at places like Jackson's Corner, Bend d'Vine, and Five Fusion & Sushi Bar.

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Foodie Crawl to offer a cornucopia of delights

I don't know about you, but the idea of having 16 different dishes, created by 12 of Central Oregon's best chefs, at 11 locations, in one day excites the beejeezus out of me.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 7:38 AM

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

About the Cover: The cameraman behind the shot

Our photographers at work.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Special thanks to photographers Derek Oldham who shot this week's cover image of local Blacksmith Hunter Dahlberg. 

In our rush to get this week's issue on the stands we forgot to credit Derek for his iconic and excellent image. Our bad. However, if you would like to see more of Derek's work on his Flickr or Facebook pages. 



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Not So Quick: Opponents to challenge Nestle's Gorge bottling plant

Take your chocolate chips elsewhere, say critics.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Opponents that include organized labor, local forest advocates, a physicians group and the Sierra Club are calling on Gov. John Kitzhaber to wade into a controversial plan for a bottled water plant in the Columbia Gorge.

Multinational food corporation Nestle recently won approval from the state’s notoriously lax Department of Water Resources for a bottling plant in Cascade Locks that the company has sold as an economic boon to the small community. (It's worth noting that it was Kitzhaber who thwarted Cascade Locks attempt to build an off-reservation casino in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.)

According to The Oregonian, Nestle is promising to create 50 permanent jobs at the roughly 25-acre bottling plant that is expected to double the small town’s property tax base.

Critics, including the D.C.-based Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club say that’s a poor trade off when considering a permanent surrender of a finite resource like the state’s water. They have successfully defeated similar proposals by Nestle in California and Washington.

Critics have also raised concerns about creating more plastic bottle waste in Oregon where the state just recently weighed a ban on plastic bags because of concerns about litter and pollution. Organized labor is opposing the plant because of Nestle’s plan to use non-union workers at the site.

Not surprisingly Cascade Locks officials are frustrated by the notion of loosing another economic development project. As the excellently named mayor, Lance Masters, told The Oregonian in Thursday’s paper, “they could be dealing a death blow to a town that’s really struggling for its survival.”

A Kitzhaber aide told the paper that the governor has not taken a position on the plant and has not yet given direction to the state agencies reviewing the proposal.

In the meantime, Food and Water Watch’s appeal is set to go before an administrative law judge sometime this spring or early summer.

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New Brewery is on the Rise: Crux Fermentation Project, photos

Construction is coming along at the new brewery run by Sidor, Evers and Wilson.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

(photos: ©2012 Photo by Brian J. Bulemore, ABACUS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Crux Fermentation Project (formerly, "yet to be named brewery" owned an operated by Larry Sidor, Paul Evers and Dave Wilson), located in the old AAMCO Transmission shop, appears to be coming along nicely.

The latest happenings are A) they now have a name (Crux Fermentation Project) and B) they recently raised the grain silos that will house their beer fixin's.

Check out this cool bird's-eye video of the grain silo installation. It'll also give you a better idea of where they're located. This is information you'll need if you want to make it to their grand opening, slated for June (three months!).

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To learn more about the new brewery, check out part of their press release below:

What is our capacity?
Not much. Initially, we’ll only have a few thousand hectoliters of capacity. With added fermenters and bright beer tanks, we could push that to 11k hectoliters. We’re committed to being a purely metric brewery, but if you’re looking for the conventional barrel as a measurement, we will max out a few years from now in the ballpark of 9,000 barrels. But limited capacity excites us too. With smaller batch sizes, we can experiment and push some brewing boundaries that might not be approachable with larger batch sizes.

How will our beers be offered?
Your best bet is to come to our Tasting Room and take in the brewery and a variety of beers first hand. We’re working hard to create an experience that connects beer lovers to the brewing process— when you visit us you’ll get to hang out in an actual operating brewery. You’ll take in the rich aromas of the mash, the waft of warm spent grain and, of course, the fruits of all the labor in all the exciting new brews. Beers will be served in 500ml and 300ml pours. Bring your growler (1,900ml), too.
We will also offer our beers in draft at fine craft pubs and in bottles in three sizes at bottle shops and specialty grocery stores. In the near future, you’ll be able to check our website for locations near you. Our expected initial footprint will be in Oregon and on the opposite side of the country— the Northeast. Go figure.

What will be the prices of our bottled offerings?
We’ll offer some beers at about $6 for a 500ml bottle. Other brews will be more complex and would be priced at around $16 for a 750ml bottle of those. Our highest end we expect to sell for $13 for a 375ml—but those won’t be ready for a year or two as they’ll be barrel aged. We’re not after scale. We’re not trying to win with the masses. Our focus is on producing small batches of thoughtful high quality brews that have higher ingredient streams and more complex processes and aging.

When will you be ready to share our beer?
We’re working hard to make beer available in June. That’s what we’re chasing.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Four bands for Five Bucks: Tonight at the Hand

Kick ass show for all you spring breakers.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM

ReVoLt ReVoLt and Jumping SharksIndie, indie, indie! The Horned Hand presents ReVoLt ReVoLt and Jumping Sharks with River Whyless and Petoskey, four vastly different, but equally awesome bands.

Despite their suggestive name, Jumping Sharks are not involved in any Fonzy-style shenanigans, not that we're aware of anyway. They just play psychedelic-indie surf rock. Not big deal. ReVoLt ReVoLt are reviving the alt-rock revolution and embody the grungy, simplistic LOUD garage rock of the early 1990’s. 

River Whyless and Petosky bring powerful leading ladies and generous helpings of vocal harmonies.  Petoskey writes sweet and simple songs with refined lyrics and catchy melodies that have an effortless energy. All the way from Asheville, N.C., River Whyless boasts a lead singer who has a degree in music and a background in classical violin that lends a polished effect to their modern folk indie songs. The band is fresh off their gig at SXSW. Check out this video of them playing in Austin:

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It will be the best party on a Wednesday night during spring break in Bend. Don’t miss it.

$5, 8pm, The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.

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Director of Human Dignity Coalition to step down

Bruce Morris will leave position as director of the Human Dignity Coalition in April.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

The executive director of the Human Dignity Coalition announced yesterday that he will leave the organization.

Bruce Morris, who has led the nonprofit devoted to equality for members of the LGBTQ community since January 2011, said he will leave his position in mid-April to return to his career in law with a firm where he was formerly employed.

“I have been deeply honored to serve this community as HDC’s Executive Director, and am grateful for all the support and encouragement our community showed me and the Human Dignity Coalition during my term,” wrote Morris in an email outlining his decision.

He cited the need "to seek other employment to better provide for my family's increasing needs" as his reason for leaving the position. He added that he will continue to volunteer for the organization.

The coalition is now accepting applications for the executive director position through April 2.




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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Big-Ass Ski Competition Comes to Mt. Bachelor in May

The Sammy Carlson Invitational is slated for May 19.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Sammy Carlson InvitationalThe Sammy Carlson Invitational is coming to Mt. Bachelor on May 19. This is big news in the ski world.

Here's why: Carlson was the first skier ever to land a switch triple flip, a move he stomped at Mt. Hood in July of 2010. And, as reported by ESPN yesterday, his invitational includes such big name slopestyle/freeskiers as Sean Pettit, Alex Schlopy, Kaya Turski, Dane Tudor and more.

We're pumped for this, despite Bachy's new and reduced spring hours—a move that has drawn the ire of skiers, snowboarders, snow-tubers, snowshoers, nordic nerds, dog mushers and most of the rest of Central Oregon's snow enthusiasts.

See Carlson getting rad below—actual footage of his switch triple rodeo 1260:

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Portland String Trio The Bottlecap Boys at the Tower Theater

Video of fun string trio, The Bottlecap Boys playing at the Tower Theater in Bend.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 3:48 AM

This last Saturday night, Bend favorites The Ascetic Junkies performed at Tower Theater for the first time... and they brought some friends with them. Opening the show was former Bend resident Sara Jackson-Holman and following her were The Bottlecap Boys. Below is a video of The Bottlecap Boys toward the end of their very fun Avett Brother's style set. They ended up pretty popular with the crowd (even getting a room and board invite from a woman in the audience) and if you watch their animated faces closely, you'll see a bit of why people loved them so much. After you watch the video, you can also check out a photo roll of the entire evening.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

How Drunk Were We?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Here’s an interesting glimpse into Bend’s drinking habits. According to the Bend Police Department, most St. Patrick’s Day revelers who volunteered to take a breathalyzer test were, contrary to popular opinion, at or below the legal threshold for intoxication (or at least the standard developed by the state for enforcing DUI laws).

Of the nearly 90 party goers who offered to take a demonstration test, just under 20 people measure above .1 on the intoxilyzer (a press release from the Bend PD did not differentiate those who were at .08, the legal limit and those at .09 just above the legal limit for driving).  Nearly half of all voluntary participants tested at .06 or below, though a significant chunk of the population sample (23 people) turned up right in the gray zone, between .07 and .09

Police set up the demonstration booth at the corner of Wall and Oregon and the Wells Fargo parking lot and conducted the tests between 7 pm and 9:30pm.

As an aside, it would have been interesting to see how revelers fared on the test if it had been conducted between the hours of say 11pm and 1 am. We’re guessing maybe, not quite as well.




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