Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Source's Favorite Viral Videos of 2016

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Every minute 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube, with 4,950,000,000 videos being viewed every day. The video sharing website is an endless land where you can explore new music, learn how to change a tire, watch bad lipreading and most importantly, take a break from the day with a laugh.

We combed through some of the top viral videos for 2016 to bring you our favorite list:


Candace Payne, a mother from Texas, brought tears of joy to our eyes when she showed off the key feature of her recently purchased Chewbacca mask—the growl. Her hysterical reaction and pure delight puts a smile on anyones face.


BBC's much anticipated Planet Earth II aired this past fall and with it the suspenseful chase between marine iguanas and attacking snakes. Two-minutes of unbelievable heart racing footage that much to our delight concludes with a happy ending!


Back at it again with the white Vans! Daniel and Josh, two high-school students, became viral from a series of simple, yet hilarious, Snapchat videos. Their endearing internet stardom was also rewarded with a visit to the Ellen Show and a lifetime supply of Van shoes (


Oh, brothers...hate them because they took advantage of your compromised mental state and convinced you that you now live in an apocalyptic world or love them because their elaborate prank was laugh out loud funny and sailed you to instant internet fame? Tough call. Over 22 million people have watched one little sister react to being told a zombie outbreak has hit their city and unfortunately she just had her wisdom teeth removed. Our favorite part? When her true feelings about cats vs. dogs come out.


Late-night TV show host James Corden's smash-hit car karaoke series is always a treat, but it hit the nail on the head when Adele stepped into the car. The harmonizing, banter and not to mention Adele's rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Monster" is perfection. We feel every year should begin and end with Adele.

Tell us what we missed!
We'd love to hear your favorite videos of 2016 and encourage you to keep the laughs and creativity flowing.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Show Preview: The Shaolin Warriors Return 2/7/17

The Shaolin Warriors will visit Bend's Tower Theatre on February 7.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Mount Song sits 4,961 feet above sea level in central China’s Henan Province. Nestled among its peaks sits the Shaolin Monastery, a 1,500-year-old institution of meditation and martial arts. Resorts are popping up in the foothills surrounding the temple, and Shaolin is becoming one of the world’s best known monasteries, bringing in an average of 6,000 tourists a day.

In 2007, Russian President and martial arts enthusiast Vladimir Putin became the first global leader to visit the monastery. Despite some conflict over how to regulate religious practices in the temple, the monastery is spending more and more time in the public eye. However, you don’t have to board a plane to China to witness the intense, ancient practices of the Shaolin monks.

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Since 1999, a small group of Shaolin monks have been touring the world, showing off their jaw-dropping dedication and athleticism. Their shows tell the stories of the monastery’s early history, highlight some of the key principles of Chan Buddhism and bring their unique brand of kung fu to the masses. Many of the Shaolin Warriors performances seem to break the limits of human strength and pain tolerance while others demonstrate movements done in mesmerizing unity. One of the most impressive stunts features the breaking of bricks on a man laying on a bed of nails.

The Shaolin Warriors show will return to Bend on February 17, offering a glimpse into an ancient world. The monks haven’t visited Bend since 2012, so fans of martial arts and adrenaline junkies alike should grab tickets while they still can.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Snow's Coming! Here's a request from the fire department

Hydrants are not just for dogs anymore

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Hydrants: They're not just for dogs anymore! (OK, we know they never were...)

A winter storm is headed our way again this week—and with it, a call for help from Bend Fire and Rescue, asking you to keep the areas around hydrants free from snow. (And shoveling your sidewalks never hurts...)
Clearing sidewalks and hydrants helps everyone stay safe during winter conditions. - BEND FIRE & RESCUE
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  • Clearing sidewalks and hydrants helps everyone stay safe during winter conditions.

"Snow plows cannot always direct the snow away from hydrants," the department said in a statement Dec. 13. "You can help by keeping snow cleared away for at least three feet around fire hydrants when you notice they are obstructed. Also, keep a path clear from the hydrant to the road. By doing this, firefighters can quickly find and use the fire hydrant to fight a fire. If this is not done, precious time will be lost, which may jeopardize lives and property."

The department also reminds you to keep a path clear to and from buildings—which helps them do their jobs, but also helps the rest of us get around, walk to work and avoid ending up in the ER when we're supposed to be scrambling around shopping.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bend and the surrounding cities, in effect from 4am December 14 to 11pm that night, with snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches expected. Snow will start early Wednesday morning and should end Wednesday night.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Show Preview: Reggae Star Mykal Rose in Bend 1/19

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Often home to rising talents, Bend will soon be hosting one of reggae’s longest running stars. Mykal Rose, the leading voice of Black Uhuru, emerged onto the global stage when the group's album “Anthem” won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album—the first time that award was given out. After a few more years with Black Uhuru, Rose broke off to start his own solo act, putting out records such as “Crucial World” and the recently released “Rasta State”.

For an artist who has been performing for nearly 30 years, Rose’s continued success is nothing short of impressive. Rose is one of the most popular reggae artist since Bob Marley, but his style leans further into the hardcore Jamaican genre than Marley’s laid-back sound. That’s not to say, though, that tracks like “Judgement” don’t offer their fair share of upbeat tunes. Rose and his unique take on classic reggae will hit Bend on Jan. 19. As of this writing, tickets for the show at The Capitol are still available.

Rose hasn’t toured North America in nearly three years, so this is a show that you shouldn't pass up. Doors will open at 10pm to a performance that shows off the best of reggae’s past, present and future.

Mykal Rose
Thursday, Jan 19, 7pm
The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend

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Show Preview: Robert Earl Keen at the Tower 1/19

Robert Earl Keen's guitar gently weeps

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM

What the hell is “Americana” and why is it something we use to describe things? Does it mean that something is intrinsically “American?” I know when the word is used to describe music it means a hodgepodge of folk, country, blues, bluegrass, rock and R&B, but isn't that just spouting off different genres of music and trying to make them the same? Can a French band combine those genres and still be considered “Americana” and, if not, aren't we being a little exclusionary with our music America? Robert Earl Keen is described as an “Americana” musician, but really he has the voice of a bluesman, the mandolin skills of a bluegrass player and the songwriting style of an old-school country crooner. He bounces between genres whenever he feels the need because after 18 albums and 32 years in the business he can do as he damn well pleases. He's not checking boxes, he's writing and playing the music that means something to him. 
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Keen's new record, “Live Dinner Reunion,” is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of his most famous album, “ No. 2 Live Dinner.” The energy of the live recording is palpable and the audience is beside themselves over each track. With guests like Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Bruce Robison, Cody Morrow and Cody Canada, the album is varied enough to keep Keen's music endlessly entertaining. As one of the godfathers of Texas country music and singer/songwriters in particular, Keen is an effortless storyteller and musician. “Live Dinner Reunion” sees him at his best whether he's shooting the breeze with the audience about the weather or nailing his classics like “I Gotta Go” and “Amarillo Highway.” It's a fun and high energy album that should make him a few new fans and solidify some old ones. Call his music whatever you would like to... except maybe “Americana.”

Robert Earl Keen
Thursday, January 19, 7pm.
Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St, Bend
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Monday, December 5, 2016

New Year's Events

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 4:28 PM


New Year's Shows

Thursday, Dec. 29

2nd Street Theater Untitled Improv Company's Year End Extrava-JAM-za Come join us for an end of the year party with long form improv followed by our jam, where you can put your name in the hat and try your hand at improv on the stage! 9 pm. $8.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Broken Down Guitars Band from Bend with roots in blues, folk and classic rock with a jam sensibility. 7 pm. No cover.

The Summit Saloon & Stage
Roast of 2016 Central Oregon Comedy Scene is getting it's best and brightest together to roast a year that deserves to burn. Special guest Dave Clemens. Roastmaster Jake Woodmansee. Starring Chelsea Woodmansee as 2016. 7-9:30 pm. $10.

Friday, Dec. 30

McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Shady GroOove A charismatic blend of musical genres from the worlds of rock, blues, funk, Americana, jam, jazz,and classical- conveyed through the melodic voicing's of violin, keyboards and the rhythmic drive of bass and drums. 7 pm. No cover.

Old Stone Performing Arts Center
Salsa Salutations Ready to dance your way into the new year? Announcing a New Year's celebration with Portland-based SalsaNova at The Old Stone followed by DJ Roger Rumba! 20% of the ticket revenue will benefit one of the many deserving agencies serving the Latino community. 8 pm-1 am. $35. 21+.

The Capitol The Quick and Easy Boys Power-trio out of Portland, Oregon that creates their own blend of rock and roll. Imagine the Minutemen, the Police, and Band of Gypsies rolled into one 10 pm. No cover.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Vokab Kompany & Dirty Revival Vokab Kompany is a genre-defying collection of sound comprised of vocalists Rob Hurt and Burke Baby. With live accompaniments by their five-piece band, they use heavy synths, guitars, saxophone, bass and drums to create an innovative sound that blankets audiences and leaves them in a musical stupor. 9 pm. $10.

New Year's Eve — Saturday, Dec. 31

The American Legion Post 45 The Bad Cats Dine, dance and ring in the New Year with live music by the Bad Cats. Dinner starts at 5pm, $15 steak or chicken, and includes dessert and champagne at midnight. Music starts at 8pm. Local free bus service available too! 8-11:45 pm. $15, includes dinner.

The Blacksmith Restaurant She Said, He Said Come on down for some fun jazz-inspired music with She Said, He Said! 5-9 pm.

Brasada's Range Restaurant & Bar
New Year's Eve Send 2016 out with a bang and ring in 2017 in style at Brasada Ranch. Celebrations for all ages include family crafts, kids' cosmic pool party, and Chef Ryan's New Year's Eve dinner. Adults can enjoy the New Year's Eve party outside the Range Restaurant. 6 pm-12:30 am. $200 a couple (Includes dinner and access to NYE party) or $119 a couple (NYE party access only).

The Capitol Bedroom Trax & The Squad Beat Lab Radio presents BedroomTrax from Eugene and local support from Matt Wax, B2B, WelterWeight, Signal Bath, DJ Lonely Stacks and Illi Muzic. 10 pm. $5.

Checker's Pub Highway 97 Rock. 8-11:30 pm.

Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
New Years, Sprit-Animal, Mask-Uerade Ball Join The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin for an annual New Year's, spirit-animal, mask-uerade ball! Party jams hosted by DJ Ambush 10pm-2am. Show your inner animal (mask). 7 pm-2 am. No cover.

Domino Room Absorb Ring in the New Year with Nasty Nasty, Burufunk, Sigrah, Onhell, Nato Feelz, Dot Diggler, KC Jonez, Nykon, Supertask and Lyfe. All ages, bar with ID. 10 pm. $15 adv., $20 door.

E BarGrill New Year’s Eve Party—The Silver Foxes Come ring in the New Year at EBarGrill with The Silver Foxes for a night of dancing to country/classic rock and blues. 9-11:45 pm. No cover.

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards
NYE Celebration—Mango Stew Spend your New Years Eve dancing the night away at the Vineyard! Price includes two champagne toasts, a three course buffet, live music, and party favors. This celebration is not one to miss! Call to reserve your tickets! 7-11 pm. $70.

Hardtails Bar & Grill New Years Bash—Tommy Hogan Tommy Hogan and his band rock Hardtails sixth annual New Years Eve Bash! Free champaign toast and balloon drop at midnight. Food and drink specials. 9:30 pm. No cover.

J DUB New Year's Eve Bash Help us ring in the new year with raffles, great signature cocktails, Coffee 4 Kids and a live performance by Mark Ransom & The Mostest! 9 pm-12:30 am. No cover.

M&J Tavern Northwest Compromise Local Southern rock, blues and folk rock group. 9 pm.

Maverick's Country Bar & Grill Boots & Bling Ladies and gents are advised to come dressed in your best country attire! Show off your spirit with your best cowboy boots, best boot cut jeans, button up shirts, dresses and of course, your favorite cowboy hats! Dress to impress! 9 pm.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School World's Finest & Elektrapod World's Finest in Father Luke's Room, Elektrapod in the Theater. World's Finest has bridged the gap between ska, Americana, dub and bluegrass. Elektrapod fuses funk, soul, disco and riff rock with groove and jamband sensibilities 9 pm-12:30 am. $10 door for both bands.

Old Stone Performing Arts Center
Bend Burlesque & Company Grand NYE A NYE party and show! Come support local art, music, comedy, and entertainment! You won't be disappointed! Come dressed to impress, and dance! We have a full burlesque show planned, live DJ, and live band! 8:30 pm-2 am. $25.

Pleasant Ridge Community Hall Alcoholics Anonymous New Year Eve Dance New Years Eve Dance, snacks and punch provided, finger foods welcome. Raffle and prizes. Free speaker meeting at 8pm. Dance to follow. First meeting of the year at 12:15am Jan. 1. 8 pm-midnight. $10.

Pour House Grill Bomberos Come Rock the New Year with Bomberos. Enjoy tasty food and libations. 9 pm.

Rat Hole Brewing at Sunriver New Year's Eve Party Come bring in the New Year with great times, music, fun and food plus champagne toast at midnight! 8 pm-1 am.

Redmond VFW Hall New Year's Eve Party Roaring '20s themed New Years Eve party! The will be an awesome DJ. 21+. 8 pm-1 am. $15 couple, $10 single.

Seven Nightclub
LUX: New Years Eve Party Make your plans now to join us for our annual New Year's Eve party...LUX. All gold everything. Music by UltraDJGirl from 9pm on. Free champagne toast at midnight. party favors and giveaways. Cocktail attire or better. Dress to impress. 8 pm-2 am.

Silver Moon Brewing Moon Mountain Ramblers New Years Eve Party Moon Mountain Ramblers with a new CD just released bring their high energy acoustic party rock to New Years Eve. This years special guest includes members from B-Side Brass band. Free Champagne toast at midnight. 9 pm-1 am. $8. 21+.

Sunriver Resort Rockin' New Years Eve If you haven't spent a New Years eve with the Soulsearchers at Sunriver Resort then you have definitely missed out. One of our highly anticipated gigs of the year. We are back again to help you bring in 2017. 9 pm.

Velvet DJ bPollen BPollenMusic is eclectic inviting electronica. Creating a deep menagerie of Soulful infused bassline rhythms, immersed with blends of Pacific NW honey. Join us for a great night of music, champagne and great people. 9 pm-1 am. No cover.

Volcanic Theatre Pub Balle Erotique (Masquerade Ball) Immerse yourself in the innagural masquerade ball. This is a 21+ event with wild slideshows, performances, go go's, all rolled into one. Costume contest, over the top performers and diverse crowd will keep you on your feet all night long. Dress to impress to win cash in the costume contest—costumes highly recommended. 8 pm-2 am. $25 adv., $30 door for single. $40 adv., $50 door for couples.


Family Friendly New Year's Events

Starfest From Thanksgiving to New Years enjoy Starfest, a mile long animated holiday light exhibit adjacent to the Lodge along Falcon Crest Drive. Everyone is welcome to take a complimentary self-guided tour of the light show or ride on a guided horse-drawn wagon every Friday and Saturday. Through Dec. 31, 4-10pm. Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Rd. 541-923-2453. $10 adults, $5 children for wagon rides.

Carriage Rides Enjoy complimentary carriage rides with Cowboy Carriage, brought to you by the Old Mill District. They will pick up and drop off between Francesca’s and Ben & Jerry’s (weather permitting). Donations and tips will benefit Kids Center, a local non-profit that helps prevent child abuse. Thurs, Dec. 29, 1-4pm. Old Mill District, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr.

Countdown to Noon - Redmond Hear stories, make noisemakers and count down to noon! Dec. 30, 11am-12:30pm. Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond. Free.

Countdown to Noon - Bend Stories, noisemaker crafts and a count down to noon! Dec. 31, 11:15am. East Bend Public Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd. Free.

Freeze Your Fanny Short 3 mile run/walk. Race begins at 10am. Biathalon, 3 mile run followed by 500 yard swim, race begins at 10am. Prison Breakout, 8 mile run. See below for course map and elevation, race begins at 9:30am. Kids swim free. Dec. 31, 9am-noon. Madras Aquatic Center, 1195 SE Kemper Way. 541-322-6820. $25.

New Year's Eve Bonfire on the Snow Ring in the New Year with family and friends at a bonfire in the snowy forest! This will certainly be a New Year's celebration you won't soon forget. Snowshoe with your Wanderlust Tours guide to bask at a glowing bonfire in the middle of an amphitheater hand-carved into the snow! Dec. 31, 9pm-1am. Wanderlust Tours, 61535 S Hwy 97. 541-389-8359. $100.

New Year's Eve Party Light up your new year and wear your neon! Enjoy a fun-filled night of skating, warming up by the fire, hot drinks and a special neon photo booth. Complimentary glow bracelet/necklace provided with admission. Dec. 31, 6-9pm. The Pavilion, 1001 SW Bradbury Way. 541-389-7588. $10 youth, $12 adult per person, includes skate rental.
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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Selected as the 2017 Community Read

Deschutes Public Library Foundation reveals the next “A Novel Idea” selection at annual public celebration in Bend

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM


 the first novel from author Yaa Gyasi, has been announced as the selected book for The Deschutes Public Library "2017 A Novel Idea" program.

Now in its 13th year, "A Novel Idea...Read Together" is the largest community read program in Oregon. The program gives residents of Central Oregon a common forum to discover culture, discuss ideas and explore differences as well as similarities with other readers through four-weeks of programs based around ideas in the book.

"A Novel Idea" talks, presentations and events begin Saturday, April 8, 2017 but "Homecoming" is already available to readers now at Central Oregon libraries. The programming culminates with a presentation by author Yaa Gyasi on Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm at Bend High School for free.

tells the story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, born into different villages in Ghana in the eighteenth-century. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in a Cape Coast Castle in comfort. Unknown to Effia, her sister, Esi, is sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her following generations will be raised in slavery.

One storyline of "Homegoing" follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. "'Homegoing' makes history visceral and explores how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation," says the press release from DPL. A New York Times 2016 Notable Book, "Homegoing" takes readers to new places and times.

To learn more about the program and past novel selections take a look at the Source article published before the selection announcement party: "A Novel Idea."

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