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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

VIDEO: Bend Roots Revival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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This last weekend, the popular local music event Bend Roots Revival staked their claim to a new home thanks to host Deschutes Brewery. Several stages on the backside of Deschutes Brewery near Les Schwab Amphitheatre were erected and music lovers turned out to either support their favorite local band or discover a new one. Below is a look at a handful of performances that happened Saturday afternoon.

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A blues song by Just Us.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Bend City Council Approves OSU-Cascades Site Plan with Conditions

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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Following a five-hour appeal hearing, the Bend City Council voted unanimously to approve the OSU-Cascades site plan, with some conditions, essentially upholding the findings and decision of Deschutes County Hearings Officer Ken Helm. Will have more details on the hearing, the decision, and what it means for the future of the university in this week's issue. City Council will approve the final language of the decision at its Oct. 15 meeting.
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Hutch's: Best in the land! Confirmed!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Last week, Hutch's was crowned with the title as (one of) America's Best Bike Shops.

Congrats, and thanks for keeping our wheels true. 

From their press release: "Hutch’s Bicycles is proud to announce that we were selected as one of “America’s Best Bike Shops” for 2014 by the NDBA, the National Bicycle Dealers Association. We are one of only five bikes shops in Oregon to get this award, and the only bike shop in Central Oregon to receive this honor.  We were judged on store presentation, customer service, product knowledge, community involvement, bicycle outreach, and several other factors. Hutch’s Bicycles is proud to have been judged the best in these categories."
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Five Things to Know About Today's OSU Appeals Hearing at Bend City Council

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

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The battle over the west-side site for OSU-Cascades' proposed expansion into a four year campus reaches another milestone this afternoon, as the Bend City Council hears an appeal filed by the Truth in Site Coalition opposing the OSU-Cascades site plan application. The plan has already been approved by City staff and a Deschutes County hearings officer in early September.

The hearing will be held at noon in the City Council chambers and is likely to be standing-room only. (The City will live stream the hearing online and air it on COTV 11.)

Here's what you need to know about the future of OSU-Cascades' planned 10-acre campus in southwest Bend.

1. While the hearings officer limited the appeal to the discussion of (just?) 20 points, council has consolidated those concerns into three larger topics: master planning, parking and traffic. 

2. The term "master planning" doesn't mean the same thing in all contexts. Within Bend City Code, it refers to a specific series of steps to be undertaken when a property owner is planning to subdivide land that they own. Truth in Site seems to be working with a more general definition, akin to to planning for the entire scope of the intended project (the 50-plus acres OSU hopes to eventually own and develop), not just the part in the immediate future (the 10-acre site). Why does this matter? OSU leaders say they can't and shouldn't technically master plan the adjacent land for a number of reasons, including that the current owner won't give them permission and that they don't want to waste any funds planning for a site they don't yet own.

3. Today's ruling is not likely to be the end of the road. No matter what the decision from City Council, it is likely the losing party will appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals. From there, the case could be appealed to the Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately the Oregon State Supreme Court (if they chose to hear it).

4. It will take more than a lengthy appeals process to dissuade OSU Cascades from developing the 10-acre site. University leaders say that the only way they would choose a different site (the stated goal of Truth in Site) is if one of the ruling bodies imposed requirements so cost-prohibitive that they're budget couldn't accommodate them, like having to put in a roundabout, or if they were required to use all 10-acres of the site for parking (they are already planning to use one-third of the site for parking).

5. This is all, essentially, par for the course. Oregon has stringent land use laws, and OSU Cascades leadership says they would expect this sort of process no matter where they decided to build the campus. 

Following today's appeal hearing, City Council will deliberate and announce its decision no later than Oct. 15. Stay tuned for more.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

PICK: Last Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

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Last Saturday at Iron Works
ART—An amalgamation of creative intention, Armature, Cinder Cone, Stuarts of Bend and The Workhoue, are all-open late with music, eats, drinks and art for everyone. This summer, the Workhouse has taken up teaching arts classes like recycled scrap metal reworking and art business pitching only widening the variety of mediums that show themselves in the creative spaces. 6 pm. Old Iron Works, 50 SE Scott St. Free. 
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PICK: Swinging With the Stars

Posted By on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

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DANCE—A fundraiser for the Sparrow Club of Central Oregon, Swinging with the Stars takes on the model of the hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” AKA embarrassing the crap out of local celebrities by partnering them with professional dancers, and forcing them to perform excessive ballroom numbers in sparkly costumes. At least it’s for a good cause! 6:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $25-45.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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In this double-sized Friday Mixtape, the music trek advances from all kinds of pop—rock, EDM, and soul—to pit stops with R&B and hip hop; eventually meandering to lo-fi indie and alternative rock. It’s quite the nearly two hour playlist stretching out over 30, mostly brand new tracks from 2014.

Joyful music lovers will embrace synth-heavy dance tracks like HOLYCHILD’s “Happy with Me” and “Swim” by Fickle Friends.

Anyone reeling from a breakup—even simply one with summer—should be comfortable wallowing in the experimental and sullen sounds of “Lir” by Garden City Movement as well as Brooklyn’s Baby Alpaca and their modern take on the music of The Smiths with the moody song “Sea of Dreams.”

Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal turns in an impressive rapid-fire, alphabet-inspired cut that needs to be heard to be believed and lo-fi punk rockers King Tuff continue churning out new tracks with the mid-century tinged “Eyes of the Muse.”

All but metal-heads and classical/jazz aficionados should find something they love here, but even they will likely find it hard to resist the infectious sounds of U.K. band Thumpers and the decidedly British pop rock sound of their track “Unkinder (A Tougher Kind of Love);” a song making its second appearance in a Friday Mixtape because, well, it’s just that good.

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PICK: Roots Festival

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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LOCAL MUSIC—The Bend Roots Revival brings together over 80 bands and local artists for a weekend of Oregon-centric, family friendly and totally free fun. This year the event will be held on the Deschutes Brewery lawn with an opening show featuring Ashland’s Patchy Saunders at Volcanic on Thursday. The festival continues through Sunday. 6 pm. Deschutes Brewery, 399 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Free.
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PICK: God of Carnage

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

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THEATER—In what boils down to an 80-minute argument between two sets of parents, this originally French play by Yasmina Reza spans the spectrum of human emotion, social class and philosophy. After a tooth-loosing altercation between the couple’s sons, the pairs from different sides of the tracks are forced together to resolve the conflict. 7:30 pm. Cascade Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood St. $15. 
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Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson Debate Today in Sunriver

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson will face off in their second gubernatorial debate today at 11 am in Sunriver. The debate, sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, will air live on KTVZ (TV), KBND (radio) and C-SPAN (TV and online). 

To prep, be sure to read our interviews with Kitzhaber and Richardson. Then live-stream the interview here and sound off in the comments to let us know what you think.
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INTERVIEW: More from Justin Froese

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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This week the Source published a piece about singer/songwriter Justin Froese and his infectious pop tune "Finally Here."

There was much more to our interview with the ultra-friendly, porkpie-hat-wearing nomad and you can read it below before you catch his show this Sunday at Volcanic Theatre Pub.

On his love of hats...

You feel different in a hat, like you feel when you're wearing a suit. You hold yourself differently. You're also seen differently. The hat helps me keep my cool and is a barometer of who else in the room has good taste. Goorin hats are my favorite right now. I've had three and have even performed in the Seattle Goorin shop. Love Goorin!

On working solo versus collaborating...

I've been performing solo and with bands for the same amount of time; since I was 11. The solo act and the band act are really different beasts each with their own challenges and rewards. The ideal is to reap a little in one of what you sow in the other. I'm always most intrigued by how simple a band can play and how big a soloist can sound. It's a feat to get everyone contributing onto the same page musically, emotionally and energetically, but when the band is of one mind the results can be powerful.

On his time in Seattle...

My time in Seattle has been some of the best years of my life yet. I've made some amazing friends there. It's not that large of a city and the music community is pretty tight. It can also be clique-y, but that's just life. I entered the scene as The Head and The Heart had blown up at Conor Byrne Pub and this indie, folksy Fleet Foxes sound of three-chord acoustic guitars, tamborines amd oh-oh sections was all the rage. Everyone was dabbling with that. I saw a lot of people wanting to ride the coattails of others. Ultimately that scene didn't continue to inspire me enough and that's what I'm tryin to get down to now on my creative journey. Where it doesn't matter what other people are doing or not doing or how they're doing it; the focus is, what do I want to do? So, lots of coming out of my shell in Seattle, and making the final transition from serving others' dreams and reacting to others' dreams to serving my own.

On living in Austin...

Austin was a little rough at first. I moved there in the middle of wrapping up my album. It was hot, my car didn't have A/C, I didn't make many connections off the bat like I did in Seattle. I spent three months there before starting the tour I'm on now. The vibe of Austin is very much like Portland to me. I feel Austin is a better hub for live music and creativity. It's closer to the density of the south, it has an edgier, rootsy indie rock vibe, it has better breakfast tacos [and there's] nothing like a southern woman. I know I have to give it more time, and will.

On getting his start in music...

My background is not that of the struggling artist. It's not some, I-lost-my-job-so-I-had-no-choice-but-to-face-my-art kinda thing. I started playing when I was five, I guess because my dad played and it just found it's way into my hands naturally like any other object of youthful curiosity. My first real job was actually playing classical guitar for an art gallery show. I had an amazing mentor, Peter Pupping, who I studied with for 8 years. He got me my first gig at age 16, enrolled me in college level guitar classes and through his encouragement got me 10,000 plus hours of guitar practice under my belt by age 18. In my college summers I did work as an outdoor adventure guide and camp counselor in the Rockies helping kids learn to trust themselves and discover their own strength, but that was one of those kind of 24 hours per day jobs where you weren't ever really off and it didn't pay much.

On his approach to songwriting...

The music really comes first for me. The music has the emotional information within and the lyrics help root that sonic element. I long for that simplistic potency of Leonard Cohen. And I feel sometimes that my technical proficiency at the guitar gets in the way of pure song craft because it's so easy for me to develop and speak through a guitar, partly from all of that classical guitar training.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Local Artist Natalie Fletcher WINS Skin Wars!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:02 PM

We're finally on the map Bend! Local body painting artist Natalie Fletcher is the first Skin Wars champion! 

On tonight's final episode of the GSN reality show, Fletcher came in first of the three finalists (the others being Dutch Bihary and Shannon Holt) securing a prize of $100,000, a year-long supply of body paint and a featured guest artist slot at body-painting trade show IMATS. Judges RuPaul (OMG YES! That RuPaul!), Rebecca Romijn (OMG Mystique!) and body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina awarded Fletcher the prize. 

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Here is a video of her winning moment from the PACKED Doubletree Hotel #inBend! Natalie is there in the middle with her boyfriend Todd, although you can barely see her through her friends and family celebrating. 


The Source Weekly
will have a follow up with Fletcher online soon. Congratulations to our favorite local body painter! We can't wait to see what you do next! We can't stop using exclamation points!

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