Friday, April 27, 2012

Mickey Hart is Coming to Bend and We Want to Give You His New CD

Win a copy of Hart's new album by telling us the best Dead era in terms of their keyboard player. Read on for more info.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Mickey HartCalling all deadheads!

Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, is playing at the Tower on May 7 and we have an extra copy of his new CD, Mysterium Tremendum to give away.

Hart's spacey/world-beat jams are easy on the ears and at least one of us here on the Source's editorial staff is psyched for the upcoming show.

So, put down the bong long enough to read how to win a copy of his new album that is sitting on my desk this very minute.

Being Dead fans, we have a favorite Dead-era. To win the CD you have to tell us what were the best years to see the Dead/when were they making the best music.

And! You must do so by referencing said years in terms of their keyboard player (they had a lot of them, most of them are now dead—you didn't want to play the keys for the Dead. It's a cursed position, apparently).

Got it? It's easy. Share our Facebook post and leave your answer as a Facebook comment. There is only one correct answer! (according to us). The first person to answer correctly will be notified via the bookface and can then come down Shakedown Street Bond St. to pick up a shiny new Mickey Hart CD.

You can read our interview with Hart in next week's issue. And if you want tickets to the show, they're available at the Tower's website ($41).


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Finding Portland: Another neat video from Uncage the Soul Productions

Lovely. A pleasant way to end you work day.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The footage from the Timbers game is particularly cool, as are all of the Portland-at-night shots.

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Afghani Civil Rights Leader Tonight at the Tower

Here's the short list of reasons Sima Samar has interesting things to say tonight at the Tower about her native country, Afghanistan...

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Here’s the short list of reasons Sima Samar probably has interesting things to say tonight at the Tower  about her native country, Afghanistan:

  • She was one of the first female doctors in the somewhat anti-female country of Afghanistan.
  • She’s been forced to flee countries for her safety.
  • She founded an organization to provide heath care to Afghani women and girls.
  • She served as Deputy President in the interim Afghani government after U.S. invasion.
  • She then became the Minister for Women’s affairs there.
  • She was forced to quit that job after receiving death threats.
  • She has been the target of additional public and private harassment by religious conservatives in Afghanistan.
  • She was the first Afghani nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2010.
  • She now heads the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Samar’s presentation, called The Question of Afghanistan is presented by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of the COCC Foundation, which worked with the World Affairs Council of Oregon to bring her here and it’s really kind of a big deal that they were able to make it happen.

Only 50 seats left at the moment!

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Want to Look Good at Our Party? Here's How to Ride a Mechanical Bull

Come party with us Friday night. But first, watch this video.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

By now you should know about our Source staff Urban Cowboy party at Maverick's this Friday. It's going to be radical. The forecast is calling for drunkeness. In fact, one staffer (who may have been inebriated at the time) claims there is "no one in this bike-happy town who can drink as much bourbon as me." Come on out and prove he/she wrong.

Anyway, if your curious how to excel at mechanical bull riding, here are some pointers from a professional. Seriously. Apparently there are professional mechanical bull riders. 

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HA! He wears a glove to prevent blisters...Wuss.

Also, don't think we're endorsing this D-bag. He says that "for some reason" women are better at bull riding. No shit? Women are good at something? Thanks, redneck.

And, for a laugh, check out this video of bull riding gone wrong. Fast forward to 1:50 into the video.

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Anyway, maybe these videos will help you get your timing down for Friday night's showdown (8pm!). If you haven't registered for the bull riding comp, do so now! It's free at but we only have 20 spots open and they're filling fast.

Also! Music from Boxcar Stringband and Harley Bourbon at 10pm, drink specials and beers with us! This is a no brainer! We'll see y'all there.

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The Head and the Heart: Undercover from the A.V. Club

Awesome covers by awesome bands. Listen to this!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

The Head and the HeartThe concept behind the A.V. Club's Undercover project is pretty simple: 25 bands, 25 cover songs, one small round room.

Damn! Why didn't we think of that!

Bands are invited to a storage closet turned recording studio at The Onion's office in Chicago where they perform a cover of their choosing from a list assembled by staff and A.V. Club listeners. As the bands choose their songs, the list shrinks - meaning that the last band invited is forced to play the one remaining cover.

The Head and the Heart, who will be playing the Les Schwab Amphitheater on Friday May 25, was invited to the round room. Here is a link to their bad assversion of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way."

The rest of the 2012 list includes some choice selections including the infamousTop Gun theme "Danger Zone"by Kenny Loggins and party jam"Ignition Remix" by R. Kelly. New videos are posted weekly as bands roll through the studio and give some old favorites a new twist. Check this shit out!

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Local Columnist Lily Raff Gets Op-Ed in NY Times

One thing you should do today is read Lily Raff's op-ed about hunting and the NRA, published in the New York Times on April 24.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

One thing you should do today is read Lily Raff’s op-ed about hunting and the NRA, published in the New York Times on April 24.

The longtime Bulletin reporter and columnist lays out one hell of a well-researched and well-written argument for why hunters and NRA members are not one and the same.  

Raff has written a book about hunting—learn about it in this week’s issue of the Source—called Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner. It’s a great read that changed my perspective on the topic and we highly recommend you pick up a copy when it comes out in June.

In her op-ed and in her book, Raff describes that, for her and for many other gun owners, hunting isn’t about the guns. It’s about learning to read landscapes and understanding the animals that live in them. Her op-ed is full of such smart comments and worth the time to read it. Well done, Lily.

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Lyrids meteor shower

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Photographer Brad Goldpaint is a night owl for good reasons. He creates stunning images of the night sky. "Beyond the Rim" was taken in Crater Lake National Park during the Lyrids meteor shower on April 20/21. It is made up of 9 images and includes the Milky Way rising behind Crater Lake, reflecting off the water, and a lone Lyrid meteor passing overhead.”
Read more about his amazing photography: Brad Goldpaint

Brad Goldpaint has a Free Presentation at the Cascade Center of Photography on July 28. 7pm.

His latest image (below) “Beyond the Rim” was chosen as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) and is displayed today, April 25, 2012 on its website.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Local Food Getting Easier to Find

Two locally grown food-related organizations are launching parallel campaigns that aim to connect food buyer with local producer.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM


It's getting easier and easier to find local food and I'm not just talking about CSAs.

Two locally grown food-related organizations are launching parallel campaigns that aim to connect food buyer with local producer.

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council is launching a new campaign called "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" that should make it easy for people to tell what food at a business is locally produced.

Buy Fresh, Buy Local will also put out a directory. So, if you are looking for goat meat or locally grown basil, you can look it up in the directory and know which grocery stores and restaurants are selling that thing.

You can go to the campaign kick-off next Friday. It starts at 4:30pm at Jackson’s Corner, 845 NW Delaware.

At the same time Central Oregon Locavore, an online farmers marketplace and it’s nonprofit, Local Commerce Alliance, are beginning a $25,000 fundraising campaign that will allow them to move to a new location, which they hope to call a “Local Food Hub.”

In the new location, Locavore founder Nicole Timm and her team will connect farmers with buyers sometimes in a very direct way including having food in the shop for purchase. Locavore has been operating an online marketplace where buyers and growers can connect, but the new location will give them room to grow into something more like a community group focused on local food.

You can donate to the project at, through Kickstarter, or by calling founder, Nicolle Timm at (541) 633-0674.

Source reporter Laura Kessinger contributed to this blog. Thanks, Laura!


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Coachella 2012 Recap!

A full slate of Coachella 2012 coverage! Features photos, videos, and more!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM


I finally finished putting together all of my post Coachella coverage from the first weekend of the festival. Below you will find a full slate of links to photos, videos, streaming music, and my very own survival guide (if you're thinking about going next year). It was a fantastically well run festival and just in case anyone is wondering... the best performance I saw was M83 and the best experience I had was the show by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. (you should definitely check out music from both of those groups). Enjoy!
Coachella Photos

Coachella Ferris Wheel

Coachella Performances (video)
Coachella Survival Guide

Coachella Spotify Playlist (streaming)
Palm Springs Cell Phone Collage

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Listen to Tracks from Eric Tollefson's New Album: Out today!

The Polar Ends is ready for a listen.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The Bend singer-songwriter's new album, The Polar Ends, drops today, and you can listen to one of the hits from the eight-song record at Tollefson's site.

The track "Whose Love," features a impressive horn performance by Brooklyn dance band, Rubblebucket and is now streaming on E.T.'s homepage. You can also stream it on Spotify, along with the rest of the songs on the album.

Also on Tollefson's site is a link to download the entire album. Check it out, or support the up and coming pop star by purchasing it from iTunes.

Here's the video from the track "Before You Go," the sixth song on The Polar Ends. Look for a write up on Tollefson's album, his second, in this week's issue.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

May Primary Registration Deadline is Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

If you plan on voting in the May Primary and don’t know if you’re registered, or feel like playing politics ala Mitt Romney and switching your registration to vote in the “other” party’s primary, you’re running out of time to do so.

Tomorrow (April 24)is the voter registration deadline for Oregon's May election.

Prospective voters can register at the county clerk’s office, any DMV location and the Secretary or States office. Save yourself some time by downloading the paperwork here.

If you do plan on switching teams temporarily, word is that you may not be alone. We heard from one insider that a number of D's are pinch hitting for the GOP to influence one closely watched race that we recently covered.

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Why Tart Mattered

Fond remembrance of a closed restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Editor's Note: Joe Benevento is former head chef at Tart and writes the Source's Kitchen Chronicles.

I miss duck wings. There, I said it. I can't take it any longer, the truth must be told to the world. I miss me some lip-smacking good, confit duck wings. Truth be told, it had to be said for a lot of people. Since closing its doors over a month ago, Tart Bistro has left a longing in the hearts of many.

But, why all the sadness?

In this world of revolving door restaurants, how can it be a shock that yet another restaurant closed? Why does it even matter?

Because, simply put, Tart was different. Tart had some magic about it that did its thing on virtually anyone entering the door. We were captivated by its charm, by its je ne sais quoi.

Tart, which opened to little fanfare and attention, built its fan base the old-fashioned way, through being awesome and taking care of their people. A little place such as this surely operated from a budget, and could have gone the more tried-and-true route. Offer a predictable menu, cater to the cheap drink lovers of the world, and you will make money. That would have been the "safe" bet, and the one all too many restaurants have taken.

Tart didn't do this. Tart dared to offer what was delicious, even if it was different. Tart didn't comprise quality or vision for the sake of what's expected. The public is saturated with people who want to shop with their impulses and Tart didn't try to dumb it down, or cater to the crowd that wants everything "Americanized." Authenticity was paramount.

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