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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cascade Lakes Highway Opens Tomorrow

Cascade Lakes Highway opens June 1.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Bikers, hikers, fishermen, sunday drivers and all lovers of our high lakes country, tomorrow is a very good day.

Cascades Lakes Highway will open for the summer season at noon tomorrow, June 1!

Keep in mind that the road will probably still be icy. Also, there will be limited parking available at Devil and Sparks Lake.

Yay for summer!


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Lives on the Line Photos

We're working to get photos up ASAP.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Hey all,

We're working quickly to get the pieces from the Lives on the Line exhibit onto our website. Technical issues are gumming things up but we'll get them posted as soon as possible.

Learn more about the exhibit from our culture story in this week's issue and see the real thing Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend.

Thanks for your patience!

 


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Deal Will Save Redmond Call Center Jobs

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Just weeks before more than 500  T-Mobile employees in Redmond were set to join the ranks of the Oregon unemployed, another cell phone company has inked a deal to take over the call center, potentially preserving many of the jobs.

Consumer Cellular, a Portland-based carrier, announced Wednesday that it will be taking over the T-Mobile building in Redmond. Under a letter of intent that was signed by both parties today, Consumer Cellular will take over the lease of the 77,000 square foot building on Aug. 1. The deal drew praise from local officials as well as Gov. John Kitzhaber, whose predecessor flew to Bend less than a decade ago for T-Mobile’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are very pleased to join as a partner with Consumer Cellular and help return hundreds of jobs to Deschutes County. The swift reopening of this facility will mean less disruption and hardship for Central Oregon and the workers who faced unemployment,” Kitzhaber said in a new release Thursday.

Consumer Cellular operates call centers in Portland and Phoenix and will use the space in Redmond to accommodate its growing customer base. The company markets and sells phones under no-contract plans and is the exclusive cell partner of the AARP.


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Got Mutt? The Source wants your dog for an upcoming issue

We’re taking out cue from all that puppy love and asking dog owners to nominate their dogs as potential models for an upcoming project in the Source.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Bend’s reputation as a dog friendly town is one that’s been well earned. By some accounts Bend has a per capita dog population that rivals any other town in the country. We’re home to several dog-related businesses and an active pro-dog lobbying group.

We’re taking out cue from all that puppy love and asking dog owners to nominate their dogs as potential models for an upcoming project in the Source. “Winning” dogs will take part in a photo shoot and have their mugs plastered on one of our biggest issues of the year. We’re looking for dogs with a lot of personality that represent Bend’s varied population. We just ask that you nominate dogs that are friendly and would be comfortable with things like grooming and playing dress up. To nominate your pooch for this project email editor@tsweekly.com. Send us a couple photos your four-legged pal and a couple of lines about why he or she should be a Source mascot.


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Sasquatch 2012 Recap (with all the photos)

Here it is. A recap of the popular Sasquatch Music Festival including all the photos from the event and a list of bands you should never miss if you see they are performing near you.

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM

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I'm exhausted. I'm also a little sad that my fourth consecutive Sasquatch Festival is over. This was my first year attending the festival as media and I've got to say that working the event is way more tiring than merely attending the event. Finding time to hang out with friends, jump from stage to stage to photograph the performers, and of course just plain taking time to enjoy some of the great music over the course of a four day festival is actually quite daunting. Nevertheless, I did it and I loved it. 

Based on the performances I saw this Memorial Day weekend, here are the bands I would say you should never EVER miss should you have a chance to see them in concert. At the end of the post are links to photo coverage for the event, including some taken by Christopher Nelson at the Sasquatch main stage, a special set featuring Nate Ruess of Fun., and some of the people who attended the 11th annual edition of the festival.

  • Yellow Ostrich: The unique sound achieved by building layers of looped guitar and vocals when paired with wildly creative lyrics make for a strong and powerful performance whether seeing them in a small venue or at a big festival. 
  • Explosions In The Sky: How emotionally charged can an instrumental rock band be? Based on witnessing this band's opening night set on the Bigfoot stage, there is no limit. Crazy energy and wicked arrangements mean that when you close your eyes at one of their shows... you can travel anywhere inside your head. 
  • Jack White: At this point in his career, it's safe to say that Jack White has solidified pure legendary status. Blazing guitar solos and heartfelt rock dominate at his solo shows and his stage presence is larger than life. 

  • Childish Gambino: Is he acting? Is this the real Donald Glover? Who knows. But what you'll see when the sitcom star takes the stage with his hip-hip persona is nothing short of genius. The guy never stops going. His flow is impeccable and his tongue-in-cheek lyrics will make you smile and sometimes make you exclaim "whoa" under your breath. 
  • The Staves: There was no act at this year's Sasquatch Festival (that I saw anyway) more beautiful than the set by UK sister trio, The Staves. I know that a lot of people fell to pieces during The Head and the Heart's main stage performance, but music from The Staves invades your heart like a slow moving fog rather than boldly declaring its presence. Their harmonies vibrate in your chest and the intelligent lyrics stay with you long after the music has stopped. 
  • Zola Jesus: This Wisconsin singer's performances are just as much an art form as her music. In a word, she if flat out- captivating. This was easily the most fun set to photograph and while her music isn't for everyday listening and should be reserved for just the right moment. Her haunting shows should never be missed. 
  • Fun.: Alright, so I'll be the first to admit that I am quick to disown music once it becomes mainstream. I've been following Nate Ruess (the man behind Fun.) for a long time now. I was sad when he announced his band The Format would no longer be making music but even sadder when I head his follow-up band, Fun.'s song "We Are Young" during a Super Bowl commercial. I knew the kids would love it and that I would stop listening. Yet, I must say that the energy packed shows Ruess puts on are fantastic and super entertaining. So don't be surprised if you're at one and you see this 35 year old in the crowd with you singing along. 
  • The Cave Singers: I saw these guys open for Fleet Foxes a year ago at the Crystal Ballroom and I knew then that their music was special and their performances were heart shaping. But the work this group turned in Monday evening on Sasquatch's Bigfoot stage was a level of energy I didn't know they had in them. It could have easily been a stadium show. If you see their name on a concert bill in your town, whether they are opening or headlining, just buy a ticket. You're welcome.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

HCD Hires New Executive Director

The Human Dignity Coalition has hired a new executive director.

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The Human Dignity Coalition has hired a new executive director.

Melissa Adams Gianoplus, assumed that role in early May, in time to assist in the final planning stages of the organization’s largest annual event, the Bend Pride Celebration.

That event will happen June 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at Riverbend Park near the Old Mill.

Adams, who had been a volunteer with HDR and identifies as bisexual, comes to the organization with a master’s degree in social work and plans to diversify the organization’s services.

A website redesign, clinical counseling, support groups and domestic violence services for those in the LGBTQ community are initiatives she hopes to get underway in the coming months.

She is currently hosting meet and greet “coffee drop ins” every Friday in an effort to get to know the queer community in Bend.

Meet her this Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at HDC headquarters in the Spectrum Building, 354 NE Greenwood Ave.


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OSU-Cascades Collects Cash for University Effort

A major local effort is underway to collect $1 million in just over a month to show support for a four-year university in Bend.

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

A major local effort is underway to collect $1 million in just over a month to show support for a four-year university in Bend.

The dream of developing a four-year school in Bend is not new, but recently the state set a goal that 40 percent of Oregonians will hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

There is not currently capacity at Oregon’s universities to accommodate that number of students.

This deficit has spurred Oregon State University officials to push for developing OSU-Cascades into the four-year school state and regional leaders seek.

The $1 million OSU-Cascades officials hope to raise in one month will indicate to Oregon University System leaders and state legislators widespread community support for a four-year school here.

OSU-Cascades President Becky Johnson told a packed house at an Accelerate Bend event at the Tower Theatre on May 24 that half the money has already been raised.

The Bend Chamber of Commerce pledged $50,000 last week.

The organization is encouraging chamber members to give, as well, and will match up to $50,000 in contributions, bringing the total chamber donation to a possible $150,000, said chamber Director Tim Casey.

“Now is the time for the business community to come together and show its support for OSU-Cascades,” said Casey in a news release. “With our combined voices, we can make a great impact on the community.”


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sasquatch Festival: Day two in photos

Photos & thoughts from day two of the 2012 Sasquatch Music Fetival.

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

What makes a music festival great? Getting better with age. That has certainly been true of the Sasquatch Festival year to year, but also true each year, day to day. 

The second day of music this year was flat out amazing. Top honors for outstanding performance easily go to Childish Gambino. One of the stars of NBC sitcom Community, Donald Glover brought some serious heat to the Sasquatch main stage yesterday. His rhymes were tight and his energy level was through the freaking roof! There is no way that this new comer to the hip-hop scene is going to be a flavor of the week. In fact, he is so talented, you're likely to hear more from this guy. I wouldn't be surprised if after dominating comedy and now getting into music, we'll see him performing serious dramatic roles in movies. He's that good at producing different personas. 

Also of note yesterday was the Jack White set. During his performance last night I found myself unable to shake the question "When the heck did this guy grow up?"Maybe it's just me, but I guess I just kept seeing him as a young brash rocker and it seems that almost over night he has become this mature fixture in music and is on the road to absolute legendary status. While performing stuff from the new solo record, hits from The Raconteurs. and even a Hank Williams cover song, White wielded his guitar and used the stage with such precision, no one could have mistaken his work for anything other than greatness. 

The Roots, Dry The River, and tUnE-yArDs had fantastic sets as well. And if your unfamiliar with any of their music, listen to tracks from all of the bands day two of the Sasquatch Festival had to offer. Then check out photos from Saturday below. 

 

 


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sasquatch Festival: Day one in photos

Day one of the Sasquatch Music Festival. Pics and thoughts.

Posted By on Sat, May 26, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Despite a little SNAFU with my camping situation, the first day of Sasquatch is turning out to be a success (Pretty Lights have yet to take the main stage). Sunshine dominated most of the day and many of the bands were bringing their "A" game today.
Case in point, Yellow Ostrich. I saw Yellow Ostrich last year at Portland's Mississippi Studios. A very small and dark venue. The show was strong and subdued in a way that made me wonder if something bigger was lurking under the surface. Well... today, they proved that there was. Performing on Sasquatch's second biggest stage, Yellow Ostrich flat out rocked. Thanks to their vocal/guitar looping technique, their sound is already deeper than it should be, but this three piece from Brooklyn stood out on the Bigfoot stage as today's best performance. (It should also be noted that the Bigfoot stage sound engineer has got the levels dialed in perfectly for the first time since I've been coming).
Runner-up in the performance category goes to Santigold. Her unique upbeat sound coupled with mid-century inspired tropical outfits on not only her, but her dancers as well, produced the first major dance party of the festival. (photos of that will be coming later). Minneapolis group Polica was also pretty good and though i wasn't there for it... I just saw fireworks going off at the mainstage to end the Girl Talk show. Basically, if you aren't here at Sasquatch... you should be, because it's only going to get better.
So, while you wait for tickets to go on sale for 2013... go ahead and check out the slideshow below and then listen to music from the bands that performed today.

 


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Tenacious D is a Maxxinista

Jack Black spotted at TJ Maxx, reports a reputable caller to the Source.

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Jack Black spotted at TJ Maxx in Bend, reports a reputable caller to the Source. Soon after, a bothersome fan insisting on a photo drove him away, reports caller. Source cannot confirm.

 


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Jackalope Grill: Opening downtown soon! Seriously!

The Pacific Northwest haute cuisine restaurant looks to open downtown by the end of June.

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

It's been awhile—longer than owner/chef Tim Garling would have liked.

But after the usual number of setbacks and delays associated with new construction, the Jackalope Grill is close to opening its doors downtown. Garling expects his Pacific Northwest haute cuisine restaurant to be open for business by the last week of June.

Situated on Lava Rd., next door to Visit Bend, Tim and Kathy Garling’s new spot should attract more foot traffic than did their previous location on S.E. Third St. Garling says that business has been slow and he assumes it’s because most folks are under the impression that Jackalope is closed. Not true. The restaurant, which for years has sourced seasonal, local and organic ingredients, will continue to operate from its eastside location until June 15.

Once out, the actual move shouldn’t take more than a week or two. Garling, for one, is excited about the new spot. Among the highlights at the new downtown location is a full bar with bar seating and an outdoor patio that will seat 40. The downtown location will be intimate, a must for Garling who was professionally trained in France, and is very close in size to the old spot.

Garling also plans to have a bar menu with small plate items priced at $10 and under. 

The mom and pop fine dining spot should prove a worthy companion to The Blacksmith, Zydeco and other such downtown establishments.

Photos of the new location:

The bar!

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The Patio out back (and Chef Garling)!

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The Dining Area!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Adventure Galley: "Weekend Lovers" Video

New music fo' yo ass.

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM


Adventure GalleyAdventure Galley, former Bend locals and crew of party- hungry hipsters, released their first music video on Friday for their song "Weekend Lovers." Synth heavy and catchy as hell, "Weekend Lovers" is a great example of what the band does best— make fun, indie-pop music that makes everyone want to get up and dance.

The video was filmed in a 100-year-old church in Portland known as the "Funky Church" and we’re really jealous that we weren't around for this party.

Watch the awesome video and listen to Adventure Galley's EP "The Right Place To Be" on Spotify.

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