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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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This week, whether on the road headed for home, sitting around a fire stuffed with, well, stuffing or calling up loved ones on the phone from a distance, queuing up this Friday Mixtape ought to provide the perfect accompanying music.

The playlist centers around music from Florida based singer/songwriter Ben Cooper—who records as Radical Face—and his project The Family Tree. With two of the trilogy’s albums released thus far, Cooper is on the verge of completing the ultimate musical delineation of heritage and familial tribulation. It appears to be a bit of an extension of the song that got Cooper’s Radical Face noticed back in 2009; the swooning anthem “Welcome Home, Son.”

Along with Cooper’s music are other songs with a homeward bent, including “A House is a Home,” a lovely duet by Ben Harper and his mother Ellen from their new album Childhood Home. There are other new songs sure to conjure up the same kind of ideas as well from the likes of Talisco and brother/sister duo Angus & Julia Stone.

Classics from Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash are also here as is perhaps the most popular song about home released in recent memory that isn’t by someone named Skylar; namely “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes.


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Crossword Puzzle Answers 11/26

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Social Justice Center Plans Ferguson Solidarity Vigil

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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The Central Oregon Social Justice Center will hold a vigil in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., at 4 pm Friday at the corner of Wall Street and Newport Avenue (the "Peace Corner").

In an email to members and supporters, SJC Coordinator Bruce Morris said that the timing of the protest happening across the country in response to a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Mike Brown is particularly poignant when contrasted with the upcoming holiday season.

As often happens in the human condition, we are in a time of paradox. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a day when most of us gather to feel and express our gratitude for family, friends, and community. We are entering a season, however flawed, in which we take time to celebrate, to adorn ourselves, our homes and public spaces with color and light during the darkest days of the year.

And these are not just literally dark days. Our nation is dealing with a tragedy of humanity and a tragedy of justice in the fatal police shooting of the unarmed, 18 year-old Michael Brown: shot dead in the street, denied justice in an aberrant process, and demeaned, without any opportunity to defend himself, in a gratuitous public statement by a callous prosecutor. All along traumatized local people were met with militarized suppression of their fundamental rights to assemble and protest. These cumulative tragedies have moved people all over the country to take action, to harshly question our legal and justice systems, and to demand change.

What's your take on the events in Ferguson? Share your thoughts in the poll (and comments) below.


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MORE proof that Redmond is the next "it" town: An ice rink!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The City of Redmond sent out a press release today announcing the opening of their ice rink: 

"Redmond, OR- The City and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District have put the finishing touches on the rink, the village houses, hung the holiday lights and cued up the music. The Redmond Ice Rink will open at 5:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, November 26, 2014).

The approximately 4,000-square-foot rink will be open to the public seven days a week until the end of March, weather permitting. There will be free skate hours from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday –Thursday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday. You must have your own skates and the rink will not be staffed during these times.

The rink will be open with skate rentals available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday,
2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday. The entrance fee will be $1, with rental skates available for another $3. A family rate of $12 is available for persons residing in the same household, up to six people. A reduced rate will be available (75% reduction) for qualifying families through the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District’s scholarship program.

The rink will maintain normal operating hours during the holiday weekends.

The City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District partner to operate and maintain the portable ice skating rink and provide an economical and fun activity for families to enjoy during the winter season
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Perennial Council Candidate Ron Boozell Joins Lawsuit Against Casey Roats and City of Bend

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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A lawsuit spearheaded by local attorney Charlie Ringo, seeking to prevent the certification of councilor-elect Casey Roats, has gained a new plaintiff—one of Roats' three opponents in the race for position 6, Ron "Rondo" Boozell.

Ringo says the move was made in response to court concerns that the original plaintiff, Foster Fell, did not have standing as a voter to challenge the election.

Boozell, who has previously called for city councilors who endorsed a candidate in the four-way race to recuse themselves from ruling on Roats' qualifications or appointing a replacement, says he is taking a stand for fairness. 

He tells the Source:

"It is my position that the City of Bend has not yet facilitated a fair election this year for the seat of position six on our Council. Most of our sitting Councilors actively involved themselves or publicly endorsed candidates in campaigns for a council candidate on the ballot in my race. The City of Bend has a simple residency requirement for filing for office. This is not how we define residency; Business Address, PO Office Box, Strange-neighbors, nor is residency defined by intent. The story has already been told. The confession has been heard. Lisa and Richard and I qualified. The residents and businesspeople of Bend have legitimate questions why the one candidate who did not qualify gets special closed-door consideration. The people of Bend wonder why one class gets special treatment by this Council...and why others always seem to get shut out."

City Council will hold a special session to deliberate and decide on whether Roats' is qualified to serve on City Council. If qualified, his election will be certified during the Dec. 3 City Council meeting. If he is not qualified, the Council will have 30 days from the date Jodie Barram vacates her seat to appoint a replacement. For more on this story, see this week's issue, on stands and online tomorrow.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Beer News: The Ascendency of Craft Beer, Personal Kegs and Turkey Day Pairings

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

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All Hail King Craft

Once upon a time, Budweiser was (literally) the King of Beers. But while Anheuser-Busch brewed an impressive 30 million barrels in 2003, it dropped down by nearly half over the next decade—to 16 million barrels in 2013. For the first time, craft beers eked out a victory over the macro brew giants, producing 16.1 million barrels last year. According to Budweiser's parent company AB/InBev, almost 44 percent of the 21-to-27-year-old market has never even tried Budweiser. Is it any wonder the company wanted to buy 10 Barrel?

I'll Tap That

The Kickstarter crowd funding page for the uKeg Pressurized Growler (effectively a travel keg), created by Portland-based GrowlerWerks, has blown its fundraising goal of $75,000 out of the water. With 13 days still to go, the project is approaching the $1 million mark (currently more than $900,000 has been pledged). It reached its goal in one day. That impressive response, which would seem to indicate an untapped market (pardon the pun), does not yet earn it a spot among the most-funded Kickstarter projects. (The top spot on that list is held by a cooler.)

Birds and Brews

What craft brews pair best with turkey and all the Thanksgiving fixings? Paste magazine asked the founders of a few craft breweries for their recommendations. IPAs ranked highly among the 33 suggestions from the likes of Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and New Belgium. What local brews are you stocking up on the for the holidays?




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Mirror Pond Plaza Survey

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

The Mirror Pond Plaza Committee has posted a survey about the condition of the Mirror Pond Plaza, the public space between Crow's Feet Commons and Dojo at the top of Drake Park. 

MATT FOX
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Take the survey here. 

The survey questions include:

"Are you happy with the current atmosphere of the Mirror Pond Plaza?"
...and includes space for public comment. 

"The Plaza is a public space that is available for rental for activities. What would you expect to pay to use the Mirror Pond Plaza?"
...which makes it sound as if the city is considering renting the space for events. 

"Do you see a problem with one business or entity controlling the events in Mirror Pond Plaza"
...which sounds like a referral to the recent termination of the lease that Crow's Feet Commons held on the plaza. Read the full story here. 

What do you think the city should do with Mirror Pond Plaza? Comment below. 
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ralph Lauren Magazine Features Dogwood Cocktail Cabin Holiday Drink

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The Holiday edition of Ralph Lauren Magazine features Phoebe Pederson's (owner and bartender at Dogwood Cocktail Cabin) 'Paradise Found' cocktail in a list of "proper Thanksgiving cocktails."

With ingredients including Fenugreek seed–infused whiskey, Angostura bitters and apple cider, we're glad to have Pederson right up the street from our office, ready to mix us up the perfect holiday cocktail. 

It looks slightly more snowy at Dogwood now, and the seasonal drink menu is in full swing with wintry favorites.
  • It looks slightly more snowy at Dogwood now, and the seasonal drink menu is in full swing with wintry favorites.

Click here to see the full article, Phoebe and Dogwood are featured down near the bottom. 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF 11/21: What to do This Weekend #inBend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Here are our picks for the weekend in Bend, have a good one all you nine-to-fivers! 


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Champagne Charlie
MUSIC—Colorado-based Champagne Charlie is a musical trifecta—Dixie band trumpets, Big Band boisterous and the fighting spirit (not to mention standup bass) of the Stray Cats. And Ryan “Peepers” King’s voice? That voice! A froggy and full bellow that would make Louis Armstrong tip his top hat. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.

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High Desert Chamber Music Series
PIANIST—Like Rocky, when he travels to the USSR to bring his soul and passion to defeat the infinitely better trained boxer, Robert Thies is a simultaneously bold and gentle piano player—and, yes! God bless America! The first American player in four decades to win the famed International Prokofiev Competition in the Soviet Union (er, Russia). Joined by violinist Isabelle Senger. 7:30 pm. First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond. $35.

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters Comedy Benefit
COMEDY—Nothing takes the winter chill off quite like laughing for a good cause (except maybe winning a year’s worth of beer). The 17th annual Comedy Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon offers the chance to do both. With a three-course meal from 5 Fusion, live and silent auction packages, and a heartwarming “Bigs and Littles” presentation, this event will be handing out smiles like they’re going out of style. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $50.

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saturday 22
Solo Speak: Adoption
STORYTELLING—Five writers—three locals and two from Eugene and Portland—share stories about how their lives have been touched by adoption: as an adopted child, as a mother who gave a parent up for adoption, as a mother who wonders how her life would be different if she had. It’s the first installment of Solo Speak’s third season. Be sure to bring tissues for a night of emotional storytelling. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Cascades Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood. $15 online, $18 at the door.


saturday 22
Jazz at the Oxford
JAZZ—Although much of the hype for this edition of “Jazz at the Oxford” focuses on the versatile piano playing of Tizer, keep your eyes on the backbeat, Raul Pineda, a Grammy winning percussionist whose beats so exact the soul and sounds of Cuba. 5 pm, 8:15 pm. Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $49.

saturday 22
Harmony4Women
MUSIC—Central Oregon’s Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, the Upbeat! Quartet and the Harmony4Women Community Chorus lift their voices to raise funds for local women-focused nonprofits, including Grandma’s House, the Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International of Bend, and Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $19 adults, $10 children.

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Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

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The third installment of the Hunger Games franchise reaches theaters this week and with it comes another soundtrack filled with hip artists who will earn whole new audiences simply because one of their songs appears on the album.

Previously, relatively unknown bands like The Weeknd, Mikky Ekko, The Civil Wars and The Secret Sisters have benefited by being featured in the music accompanying the dystopian films, and that trend continues with the release of music from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

This time around, power synth pop group CHVRCHES—who turned in one of last year’s best albums—get a turn at mass exposure with their song “Dead Air” and melancholy songstress Lorde returns for her second Hunger Games offering with the Kanye West remix of her song “Flicker.”

Or course, bands benefiting from soundtrack appearances is nothing new, serving to launch or re-introduce careers as well as—in the case of Kenny Loggins—keep them going. Sometimes, soundtracks have proved so prolific that they have been honored with awards for their completeness and quality of original work, as it was with O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

This Friday Mixtape takes a look at some of those Hunger Games songs as well as notable soundtrack appearances from the past including Suicidal Tendencies from the cult classic Repo Man, Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” from Less than Zero as well as 1990’s introduction to Pearl Jam via the movie Singles.


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GMO Labeling Measure Appears Headed for Recount

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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The most expensive ballot measure in Oregon history may be headed for a recount. Currently in the defeat column by a margin of about 1,500 votes, Measure 92 (to label foods containing GMOs) appears to fall within the recount margin of 3,000 votes.

According to the Oregonian, the already close race moved into recount territory after voters cleared up a significant portion of the more the 13,000 ballots across the state that were challenged (and therefore, previously uncounted) due to inconsistent or missing signatures.

The challenge ballots apparently leaned in favor of the labeling measure. Do you think a recount will change the results?

Read more here.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pie-Off Winner: Donn'a Britt's Country Blueberry Pie

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

This month's Source Weekly Media Salon challenged our readers to submit their favorite pie recipes and participate in a bake-off to determine the best pie in Central Oregon. We learned something about you, readers...while you may be great bakers, you're still too busy enjoying the rest of Central Oregon to sit in a beer shop for an hour on a Monday night! We had one delicious, delicious pie entry that we happily accepted and tasted paired with some delicious brews last Monday...Donna Britt's Aunt DeeDee's Country Blueberry Pie. While you were riding bikes or drinking beer elsewhere, Donna was winning a $50 gift certificate to Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters.

Thank you as well to our judge, Nickol Hayden-Cady, owner of the newly opened Foxtail Bakeshop on Galveston! Read the Source's review of Foxtail here. 

"While you might not think of Blueberry Pie as a holiday pie, this particular pie, with its homey spice mixture of cinnamon and cardamom is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas, especially with a dollop of fresh whipped cream! I got this recipe from one of my favorite aunts – Aunt DeeDee," said Britt. 

PHIL BUSSE
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Here is her phenomenal recipe, which she said recently had cardamom added to it on the suggestion of her husband. Try it out for your early holiday gatherings and let us know what you think! We loved it. Congratulations, Donna.  

Aunt DeeDee's Country Blueberry Pie

Filling:

¾ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

½ cup water

3 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and water. Add to a sauce pan and heat rapidly until thickened. Set aside to cool as you prepare the pastry. Once cooled, add the berries and lemon juice.

Pre heat oven to 400.

Pastry:

1 cup flour

½ Tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, chilled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 Tablespoon shortening, chilled

1-2 Tablespoons water

Combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter and shortening. Stir water in with a fork 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture starts to come together. Press into a ball and chill for at least 15 minutes. Turn onto lightly floured surface and roll out to fit into your pie plate. Press into pie pan.

Pour filling into dough lined pie. Sprinkle streusel on top. Adding extra right in middle. 

Put pie onto baking sheet and bake for 50-55 minutes until streusel is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let cool and then refrigerate for at least six hours.

Serve with a dollop of fresh cream if you want to! 

Streusel topping:

¾ cup roasted, unsalted almonds

½ cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

6 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Combine almonds, flour, sugar, zest and cardamom in food processor. Pulse a few seconds to evenly grind almonds and combine ingredients. Add butter: pulse until streusel clumps in spots. If it doesn’t clump, add another bit of butter and pulse again. 
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