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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Watch "Orange is the New Black." It's Impressively Good.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The new Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black," is phenomenal. And I've only watched one of the 13 episodes. Others in the office, already addicted to the hilarious yet poignant, well written/scripted/acted series about a late 20s upper middle class white woman who goes to prison for a decade-old drug offense, say it only gets better.

It's from the creator of "Weeds," another addictive dark comedy/drama and stars Taylor Schilling and Jason Biggs. The characters and their situations are believable (ish) and entirely relate-able. Suddenly, chatter about the series, which was released earlier in July, is everywhere. Google it. You'll see. Then start watching. (Also, "House of Cards," if you haven't yet blown through that whole series). Oh, last week Netflix renewed "Orange is the New Black" for a second season. So, more to come.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Fire Photos We Couldn't Fit in the Paper

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Last week we sent a writer to the Warm Springs fire. She talked to fire management officials, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials, wildland firefighters and community members. Then she wrote a feature for this week's issue (on stands late tomorrow!) about what she saw, heard and learned. She snapped a lot of photos.
Below are her images of the Sunnyside Turnout fire, which consumed 51,340 acres before it was 100 percent contained.
All photos courtesy of Kristine Swann.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Teaser For This Week's I Luv TV: SHARKNADO!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

This week, our favorite I Luv TV columnist, Wm.™ Steven Humphrey, reminds us that next week is the best week of all the weeks, it's Shark Week!

He also reminds us that the only thing cooler than a week of sharks is a tornado full of them. Here's the trailer for the SyFy commissioned B-horror-flick that Humphrey is referencing, SHARKNADO! Watch it, and read his column online or in the Source on Wednesday.

What have we learned? Los Angeles isn't exempt from having sharks hurled at them by nature, and the Discovery Channel should just give up because this is the best film made about flying sharks to date. Also, Tara Reid is still alive!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Community Bill of Rights

Posted By on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

We're not sure whether this is grab the pitchforks-and-torches meeting, or a more pleasant let's-help-each-other-out-with-their-vegetable-beds, this evening is intriguing "Community Bill of Rights Workshop."

Paul Cienfuegos identifies himself as "the West Coast's leading community rights activist" (although his website doesn't do much to explain that claim; er, 1000Fires.com) and says he will explain how local communities can reclaims their power. We're curious . . .let us know how?

https://www.facebook.com/events/565552366842138/

Monday, July 29
6-9 PM, Central Oregon Locavore, 1216 NE 1st

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Lead in the Case of the Disappearing Bees

Posted By on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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Much has been made of the troubling spike in bee deaths and resulting scarcity of the industrious little pollinators. The bee-shortage, which we wrote about two weeks ago (See: Bend's Buzzing), is a big deal because A. bees pollinate 40 percent of the food we consume, and B. that's $30 billion worth of crops. Scientists have hypothesized that both parasites and pesticides are to blame for the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which has, according to Quartz this most recent study, "wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives."

What was found is that its both parasites and pesticides which are causing the bee apocalypse. It turns out at least eight different pesticides are causing bees to become more susceptible to a specific type of parasite, called, Nosema ceranae.

Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, fungicides had been thought to be harmless for bees as they’re designed to kill fungus, not insects, on crops like apples.

“There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own and I think what it highlights is a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals,” Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, told Quartz.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Music Editor Ethan Maffey's Hat Trick

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Our music editor Ethan Maffey is famous! He and his wedding party are the front page of the Goorin Bros. Hat Shop webpage!

Lookin good Maffey.
  • Lookin' good Maffey.

Angela Raines, our cover artist for next week's paper happens to work at Goorin Bros. on 23rd St. in Portland. What a coincidence! Here is one of her bunny-centric pieces called "Blue Magician."

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Angela Raines

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Shirley, You Can't Be Serious?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Attention passengers, this is your captain speaking. I have turned off the fasten-your-seat-belt sign (‘cause its Friday!). We are currently cruising at an altitude of 3,623 feet. Attendants will begin offering in-flight service shortly. Entertainment and cuisine offerings include fresh honky-tonk from Son Volt and comestibles from the Cascade Culinary Institute paired with a variety of fresh, local and organic free-range music.

Friday
Astro Lounge offers outlaw-country punk star Brandon Antakk for your listening pleasure. At Dojo’s, locals Botsford and Swift are throwing themselves a birthday bash and you're invited. The gBots and the Journeymen start the jam at 10pm. The River Pigs play Kelly D’s at 7:30pm, Jackson's Corner has bluegrass band the Prairie Rockets starting at 6pm, Fun Bobby makes it rain at the Northside Bar & Grill at 8:30pm and Willow Grove and Cheyenne West play the Silver Moon Brewery at 9:30pm.

Saturday
Honky-tonkers Son Volt are at the Tower Theater (read more about them in this weeks Sound section). Caribbean Moon plays the Volcanic Theater Pub at 9:30pm. Local favorites Broken Down Guitars play a free, outdoor show at Elk Lake and the Jazz at Joe’s series continues at Second Street Theater with veterans Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg. Last Saturday at the Old Mill Iron Works has the Isles, Sara Jackson-Holman and the gBots (boy, they really get around).

There are TWO opportunities to eat well in support of local non-profits tonight. Get to Elevation for the Cascade Culinary Institute’s annual fundraiser Farm to Table for a reception, educational demonstrations and nummy-nums. You can support our beloved Deschutes by attending The Deschutes River Conservancy’s Riverfeast at Mary McCallum Park (adjacent to the Sunriver Marina).

Sunday
The Summer Sunday Concert series continues at the Les Schwab Ampitheater with perennial favorite Tony Smiley at 2:30pm (and it won’t be too hot). Los Ratones play from 7-9pm at the Broken Top Bottle Shop and Dirk Quinn fuses funk and jazz together seamlessly at the Sound Garden at 6pm. Says the Snake headlines a metal show at Third Street Pub with Exfixia and Lore Uprise opening.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we start our descent into the weekend, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in a comfortable and reclined position and all baggage is stowed underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM

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Summer of Love!

As a way of celebrating the third album from Hip Hop DJ turned R&B crooner Mayer Hawthorne, this week's Friday Mixtape features a collection of his music.

His smooth soulful tracks recall summers past and simpler times. Whether it's songs about embracing love or watching it go out the door, Hawthorne has got a track perfect for the situation.

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Nerd Alert!: Fight Club to have Graphic Novel Sequel

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Author Chuck Palahniuk (Portland resident with a disturbing imagination and a knack for fiction) announced at this weekend's Comic-Con that everyone's favorite split-personality duo, Tyler Durden and Jack ofFight Club, will return in a sequel to the book/movie in the from of a graphic novel.

Palahniuk's first, and most comerically successful novel, Fight Club was best burned into the pop-culture consciousness by Edward Norton Jr.'s button-down psycho portrayal of the unnamed narrator and Brad Pitt's Herculean abs as Norton's alter-ego in the 1999 film directed by David Fincher.

Yes, those abs.
  • Yes, those abs.

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Sign Up for Same-Sex. . .

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

It is time: Get your signature on the record as supporting same-sex marriages. On Friday, Basic Rights Oregon has a statewide roll out of their signature campaign (well, in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Ashland; no word about La Pine). Stop by and give your signature and/or pick up petitions to gather friends' signatures.

Or, heck, even if you still haven't made up your mind (really? jesus!), at least put your signature down as supporting the idea of letting democracy sort of the matter. Just go sign the damn piece of paper, okay?

Where? Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving.

(And If we may be petty for a moment, Basic Right Oregon ignored our suggestion to post themselves at the pavilion near Boken/Dojo and Crow's Feet where we thought they'd get better visibility and good foot-traffic - not to mention good food. Oh well. What do we know?)

Time? It doesn't make complete sense to us, but they say something about 10 am and 3 pm.

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Did the fire look at you?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

With fires to the north and south, the Source has sent out writers to report back from the front lines. Those stories will appear in next week's special "fire prevention issue."

In the meantime, our recommendation for movies about firefighters:

Gold medal: Backdraft (1991)— A family of square-jawed Chicago firefighters (including William Baldwin) struggle with egos, overinflated hoses and crashing buildings in what is the highest grossing film about firefighters ever; $150 million worldwide! Its success is understandable as no movie has personified fire in the way this Ron “Richie Cunningham” Howard film has, bestowing human characteristics and a certain devious villainy to the various fires that plagued a budget constrained Chicago. Which is all worth it for the one line, said earnestly brother to brother: “Did the fire look at you?” (@ 1:51)


Runner-up: "Roxanne." Steve Martin is a fire chief for a hapless company in the Pacific Northwest.

Bronze medal: "Always" Yes, Richard Dreyfus is a badass hot-shot, who (ala Ghost) communicates with his girlfriend after his death. A slender and sober John Goodman turns in a sizzling performance.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TONIGHT! Tom Vandenavond at Blue Pine

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:41 PM

The former Player's Bar and Grill hosts the timeless smoky vocals and rambling guitar of Tom Vandenavond, tonight at 8 pm. Here is a taste of what you'll get for NO COVER CHARGE to compliment your dinner and drinks.

One of the first Horned Hand productions since their closure in late June, Vandenavond played the former venue several times in their two year run. Keep an eye out for more from Horned Hand productions in the near future including a Mead, Music and Motorcycles event at Nectar of the Gods Meadery on August 3.

On top of the great music, Blue Pine has a high-end pub menu including delicious Creole seasoned, grilled FROG LEGS! Best washed down with a light beer.

Tom Vandenavond
Blue Pine Kitchen and Bar, 25 SW Century Dr.
8 pm.
Free.

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