Monday, October 30, 2017

Bend Tops Another List. Sorta.

But things aren’t as rosy as they seem

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 4:56 PM

  • WalletHub


old your horses.

Bend’s made another list—this time in the top 91 percentile— but it ranked far below other cities in terms of affordability, education and even safety.

WalletHub, a personal finance website said it analyzed approximately 1,200 U.S. “small cities”—those with populations between 25,000 - 100,000— and scored each small town across 33 key livability criteria.

Though it was the first Oregon city to make the list, Bend didn’t even make it into the top 100 with Princeton, New Jersey taking top honors overall, closely followed by Lexington, Massachusetts, north of Boston and Leawood, Kansas rounding out third place.

And although Bend fared well with a overall 34 “quality of life” rank, it came 579 overall in poverty levels and an astonishing 940 in affordability. Education and economic health was also average at just 433 rankings and 565 with safety coming in a bit higher at 322.

Check out the overall list here:

Source: WalletHub

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , ,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Check out the ScareGrounds haunted houses this Halloween weekend!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Soph the zombie is not amused.
  • Soph the zombie is not amused.
There's nothing that screams "Halloween" more than a haunted house filled with zombies, hillbillies and killer clowns.

And you're in luck. The ScareGounds in Redmond has three haunted houses open for business, all with a different flavor, between now and Halloween. Pick your poison, or explore all three—"Attack of the Zombies," "Hillbilly Hell and "3D Terror."

The Source was given a peek inside the "3D Terror" haunted house—which uses a combination of blacklights, panels painted by local artist Mike Yruegas and 3D glasses to keep you second guessing what you see. Add a few clowns in neon costumes and well... you get the picture.

ScareGrounds is a labor of love of Jim and Sheri Stirewalt, who have been putting on the event for the past 12 years. They're all about Halloween—they opened a Halloween store in 1996, but closed it in 2011 to focus all of their efforts on the haunted houses.

All of the haunt actors are volunteers, mostly from local high schools and middle schools. But don't let their age deter you—they all go through scare training to make sure your night is full of frights. That being said, the haunts are recommended for ages 12 and older.

You can catch all three haunted houses tonight and tomorrow night starting at 7pm, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story stated proceeds from the event were to benefit the Oregon Athletic and Educational Foundation—which is incorrect. We apologize for the error.

ScareGrounds Haunted Houses

Deschutes County Expo Park

3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond
Parking Lot "A"

Fri., Sat., Mon. & Tues. 31st, 7pm

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seen the "You Matter" signs around town? Prepare to see more.

Awesome Bend pitch night winner will temporarily employ houseless people as part of the project.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 2:44 PM

In case you've missed it thus far, Awesome Bend is a local organization with a mission to "inspire and support ideas that make Bend an even better place to live, work and play."

Part of the Awesome Foundation, Awesome Bend awards a $1000 grant to a local organization or individual fulfilling that mission. This time around, the winner is Judie Geiss, who's behind the "You Matter" signs you may have seen posted in yards around Central Oregon. 
Judie Geiss' "You Matter" sign project can be found around Bend, but it's also a movement that Geiss says is happening nationwide. - AWESOME BEND
  • Awesome Bend
  • Judie Geiss' "You Matter" sign project can be found around Bend, but it's also a movement that Geiss says is happening nationwide.

“My project is to bring more uplifting signs to Bend, signs that encourage people who are suffering from depression and those who want to give up on life to keep going because they matter,” Geiss stated in a release from Awesome Bend Oct. 18. “The words ‘don't give up’ ‘you matter’, ‘mistakes don't define you’, ‘you are worthy of love’ reach out to hurting people. This project has spread across the U.S. and Europe and I believe Bend would be even more awesome if more people were helped because the signs were in more places, reminding us all that we matter.  As you read them, they bring a smile to your heart or your face.”

Geiss won't be using the money to simply post more signs around town. In addition, Geiss will use the funds to employ people who live at the Shepard's House, a rescue mission in Bend, to put the signs up around town.

Like past Awesome Bend pitch nights, contenders give a brief pitch of their project before a live audience, and then a panel chooses a winner. There's also an audience choice award, which this time, went to the Inspirational Vessel Project, which distributes jars containing information about services available to the houseless through the Backdoor Cafe Day Center in Bend.

Awesome Bend is currently accepting applications for proposals for the next pitch night, with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2018. The event will take place Feb. 6 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Summit Saloon in downtown Bend. Visit or email to apply. 

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, October 13, 2017

Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author Beth Macy

"Reporting From The Margins" at the Tower Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 17

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

We talked with New York Times Best Selling Author and journalist Beth Macy about her experience writing her non-fiction books "Factory Man" and "Truevine" as well as her 30 years as a newspaper journalist.

Beth Macy
  • Beth Macy
“Truevine,” a book Macy spent over two decades researching and writing, is the story of two African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks and their 28-year long battle to get them back. Her book “Factory man” tells the story of John Bassett, a feisty small factory owner who launched an anti-dumping petition against Chinese manufacturers—and won.

Source Weekly: “Factory Man,” at its roots, is a compelling story. After first hearing about
John Bassett, did you immediately reach out to him?

Beth Macy: I asked a friend of mine who knew him. I was like, well, is he a good storyteller, is he a good talker? And he said, “Are you kidding?” He says things like, “the fucking Chi-
comms aren’t going to tell me how to make furniture!” And I was just, oh my God, not only did he file this case, he won it and he used the money to keep the factory going—but on top of that he’s like something out of a Faulkner novel. He’s really totally unique and kind of badass. So then I prepared to go meet with him. If it’s somebody that I feel is pretty important, I usually try to find a go between. I was able to find a friend of mine who has an aunt that worked for him in the factory. And he sort of put in a good word.”

SW: Before writing this book, you didn’t have a background in business or
economic journalism—was it difficult gaining his trust that you were the person
to tell his story?

BM: When I got there, I felt John was really surprised about just how prepared I was. I knew everything about the family, I had spent a week researching the company that he was born to inherit and the little factory town that he came from. Not only that, I knew about why he was no longer at that company and why there had been a big family feud. It was just funny. I was just writing a piece for the newspaper at the time and then when the piece came out, the day the story came out, he called me and was all choked up. He had been, sort of, made fun of for years about this because everybody was like, “it was a globalized world!” You know, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills—this guy, why would he think he could succeed if nobody else has been able to? When he called me to say that he liked the article or whatever I told him I was thinking of writing a book proposal and he said well sure. I don’t think he ever thought he’d see me again.

SW: Did you contact him after he had already won, or was this after during the

BM: So he had already won once, and then the case has to be reconsidered every 5 years and he has just won a second time. The more that I figured about how truly complex and complicated it was, the more I realized after I sold the book that I didn’t know much at all, that I really had only done 10 percent of the research. So I spent the next year reporting and writing—about a year and a half. It’s like anything, as it gets more complicated it’s kind of challenging and you get nervous at first, it’s like oh god I have to up my game. But it’s always ultimately more interesting when you can not only entertain the reader with a great yarn but you can teach them something about why these little communities, like I’m driving through right now, look the way they do, why all the jobs are gone.

SW: How did it take you from writing the initial article to sending the book in to be

BM: The article came out in Feb. 2012. I sold the book in June of that year and then I had a year after that to write it and then I won a prize and that gave me a little more time. I actually did some research in Asia for the book. So I guess about 18 months, which is very quick.

SW: What kind of research did you do in Asia?

BM: So there is a moment early on in the book where this displaced factory worker, this woman who had worked for this one company for 37 years, lost her job. It was the only place she had ever worked, straight from high school to the furniture factory...I sure would like to know what it’s like on the other side of the world—about the people that replaced me, what their lives are like.” That just gave me the thought, well gosh we have to try to answer that question. She also wanted to know what her bosses lives were like because they were traveling back and forth from Asia all the time.

It took me just about eight months just to convince a company to let me go to where
their furniture was made in Asia. They let me go, but they were very nervous about it.
“Well, we’ll let you go, but two things: we don’t’ want you to write about the worker
conditions and we don’t want you to write about our executive’s lifestyles in Indonesia. I’m thinking, you have people in your PR department that gave you that advice? Of course I’m looking into worker conditions and the lavish lifestyles of  Indonesia! You’ve got to give them credit, they let me go see it. They kept me on a tight rope. It was really interesting.
They were able to send their kids to school, it was neat because they were grateful for the work.

I asked one of the middle designers, a mid-level worker, what Wanda had asked me,
“Do you ever think about the people that you replace?” They looked at each other and kind of laughed, like what a dumb question lady. Then they looked at me like, sorry for being rude, then they said, “No, but we do worry about the people that are going to replace us.”

They were very aware that as their wages went up, there was a chance that somewhere in Africa or somewhere else in Asia with a cheaper labor pool could very easily take their jobs. So that was interesting. It was kind of an unexpected moment.”

SW: “Truevine” took decades to research and write. How’d you hear about the
story and what drove you to tell it?

BM: It was like 1991, a photographer had told me the story. This made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. He told me there was this story of these two brothers that had been kidnapped and sold to the circus because they were albino and there was talk that their mother had gotten them back. But he didn’t know really anything about it, he had grown up hearing this story. He told me that the caregiver (for Willie, the surviving brother) ran this soul food restaurant. “It’s the best story in town, but she won’t let anybody get it.” And I said, "Well, I’m going to charm my way into her life."

Well, it wasn’t that easy. It took a lot of convincing.

BM: With that story, I had a lot of archival research, because they were quite famous. In their heyday, they were written about thousands of times across the country in Canada, other countries. So there was a lot to find out about attempt. But the showman often changed their names. So I would find little wrinkles in their stories by looking at these clippings from 19-teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, they didn’t retire until the early 60’s. Much the way in the way I did “Factory Man,” I’m trying to tell this history—in this case racial history, Jim Crow history—and trying to do it through one family.

SW:  What is different about writing books versus writing a newspaper article? Do
you feel you are reaching a different audience with a book?

BM: I feel like it is just deeper reporting. You know the writer, Robert Caro, he says, “time equals truth.” So there are things that I can learn about the brothers or about John Bassett because I have a whole year, 18 months or almost two years, or in the case of George and Willy (“Truevine”) almost 25 years to be thinking about. Then to be learning new things and bouncing those things off of a subject that is still alive. Your tapestry that you’re trying to paint is just so much richer because you have all this time.

To me that’s the real value of a book. You can read about someone taking a knee or riot in some city or police brutality and a community being really upset about that. But to understand it when you know the little stories that come before it of the ancestors of African Americans today—who are still fighting for some of the same things—why they feel it so much differently than white people feel it. I just feel it is our job as the white community to know this history too. As a journalist it is my job to sort of explain this and I hope to imbue people with empathy.

Macy’s new book “Truevine,” will be available on paperback on Oct. 17.

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: October 3- The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:18 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.


October 3- The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Black and white. Haunting. A monochrome nightmare of brackish blood and dead-eyed gibbering terror. A young girl sees her mother chopped to pieces by a psychotic drifter and grows up to be a little bit...strange. As a woman, she has a few bad habits like a complete disconnection with death and humanity.

Not for those easily disturbed, "The Eyes of My Mother" has left imagery seared into my brain that I doubt will ever go away. It's a horror masterpiece for those deeply entwined in the genre. Newcomers need not even try. Watch it and let it live inside you like a twin you ate in the womb.

Available on Netflix
  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , ,

31 Days of Halloween: October 2- The Devil's Candy (2015)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.


The Devil's Candy (2015)

If you like your horror with a little bit of metal, then your search has come to an end. "The Devil's Candy" follows a struggling painter (Jesse, played by Ethan 'Empire Records' Embry) and his family move into a new house with a dark past. Soon after they move in, Jesse starts hearing voices and the family starts getting visits from the previous tenant, a creepy round man played by the perfectly cast Pruitt Taylor Vince.

The film is perfect for those who are a bit squeamish since it never becomes unbearable dark and always manages to stay fun and extremely fast paced. Director Sean Byrne is also responsible for "The Loved Ones," another classic little horror flick. This might not scare you, but you'll certainly have a blast.

Available on Netflix

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , ,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stay Warm, C.O.!

A winter coat drive is coming

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Pine Mountain Sports, FootZone and Patagonia @ Bend are bringing the heat to Central Oregonians in need this winter with a winter coat drive and sleeping bag drive!

click image coat_pexels-photo-54200.jpeg

Drop off your gently used winter coats and sleeping bags to any of these locations and they donate the coats to the Bethlehem Inn and and style you out with credits to use in all three stores. Promo ends Oct. 31!

Pine Mountain Sports
255 SW Century Dr., Bend

FootZone Bend
842 NW Wall St., Bend

Patagonia @ Bend

1000 NW Wall St., Bend

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, October 6, 2017

Q&A with BendFilm

Ahead of the 2017 fest, a word with the festival's leaders

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:58 PM

The 14th annual BendFilm festival is almost here!

Ahead of the fest, Source Editor Nicole Vulcan sat down with BendFilm Director Todd Looby and Festival Programmer Erik Jambor to talk about what they're looking forward to (everything, of course!), films that speak to a Central Oregon audience (all of them, duh!) and other stuff.

Here's an excerpt of that interview.

Festival Director Todd Looby and Festival Programmer Erik Jambor get silly with BendFilm's award statues during our interview in Bend's Drake Park. - NICOLE VULCAN
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • Festival Director Todd Looby and Festival Programmer Erik Jambor get silly with BendFilm's award statues during our interview in Bend's Drake Park.

Source Weekly: First things first, what are you excited about at this year's festival?

Erik Jambor: Overall, I think what we’re excited about is the festival presents a really broad range of things, so we can say “Oh it’s got something for everybody, but we do that by having a lot of generic things that appeal to everybody kinda, 

but by having a lot of cool things that deal with people specifically, and hopefully you’ll find your favorite new film that you didn’t even know existed.

So we’re trying to get people to get curious and explore and see something they know they’re gonna like and maybe try something they’ve never tried before.  So, a couple things I’m excited about are new world premieres that obviously no one else has shown before.

One of them is called “Dog's Best Friend” and the director is flying in from New Zealand to present the film here. I think it will be really strong for Bend because everyone here loves dogs, or most people have dogs, and it’s about a guy who’s rescuing pit bulls who are kind of beyond the point of help, like they’re gonna be euthanized, and he goes in and fixes them and saves them. He’s like a dog whisperer, and I think people really enjoy seeing that. It’s of course fun having someone travel across the globe to show it.

The other one is “Perfect Bid, the Contestant Who Knew Too Much”, and the director, is actually a BendFilm alumni from about 10 years ago, CJ Wallace is his name, and he’s driving from Canada to show it and the subject of the film, Ted Slauson, he’s also coming in. It’s Ted’s story about becoming this Price is Right guru memorizer guy. You notice that price is repeated on Price is Right, he memorizes them all, and then he’s been on the show 25 times, as an audience member 35 times, some crazy number. He’ll go and ask people to yell out prices and he’s helped a ton of people win things and then you get to see him finally get up there and you can see this scandal that pops up when he’s yelling out numbers and someone gets the show down to a dollar and they had to shut the show down to try and figure out what’s going on. It’s pretty exciting, it’s got some conspiracy undertones, and everyone loves game shows. The director was able to get new interviews with Bob Barker who, I hadn’t seen since he was doing the show. And now he’s mid-80s, early-90s, almost unrecognizable.

Those are very cool and I keep saying it’s the funniest line-up yet , there’s plenty of dark, sad, depressing things mixed in but overall it’s a very funny line-up.


SW: Was a focus on comedy an intentional choice?

EJ: Yeah, I think comedies are pretty accessible and a good way to get people to enjoy a festival. I think film festivals do, in danger of giving things that are too
dark and depressing because a lot of things people make are dark and depressing.
We do want to make sure we have enough things in the mix. We didn’t mean to
make it the funniest ever, but you can spend the whole festival just seeing
things that will make you laugh pretty much all the way through. 


SW: Was there any influence between what’s going on nationally and politically that we need that lightness?

Todd Looby:
Perhaps there is something happening nationally that people did want to laugh. 
We have one film that kind of speaks exactly to that, it’s called “The Misogynists,” that’s a comedy essentially set on election night. It’s pretty much real time and that kind of may be what a lot filmmakers were directing, and perhaps people were in more of a mood to laugh. At the same time you have that crop of serious or issue-based or other movies coming out as well. You want to ride that wave of seriousness and get people where they’re at. It’s good to have that balance, that emotional equilibrium. That way you can experience a whole bunch.

SW: When you’re choosing what films go in, how are you assessing the audience that exists here?

Erik Jambor: You want to have films that can be hooks for people that aren’t coming just because they love movies and they want to explore what we’re doing. You’ve got some outdoor hooks such as “ The Tenth Step.” People move here because of the outdoors and they love the climate, so that’s on that kind of hits that specifically. We know there’s a big dog culture so we know the dog one is gonna have a big audience. Those specific ones are always kind of a nice angle, like, what do we know people like? There’s also feature actors that people might recognize, like “Dog Years,” with Burt Reynolds and “Lucky,” with Harry Stanton. They’re actors that people might recognize and they might not care about the film festival but they know these actors and they’ll come and see that movie and that’s how they catch them. They might find these weird ones that are great filmmaking and they don’t know any actors. They get to be on the cutting edge and maybe meet the new Goldberg or Tarantino, it’s kind of cool to be on the forefront of new art like that.


SW: Is your strategy to try to push people, or meet them where they’re at?

Todd Looby: I think it’s a little bit of both, I think that’s what they want. They rely on us and more specifically, the films find new things. The audience looks to us to introduce them to new things. This year is the first year we’re letting the virtual reality lounge. The technology helps you empathize and see things that you wouldn’t normally, like one program lets you see the inside of a Syrian refugee camp. It’s a more engaging
marketing tool as well. People also wanna see the films they like that they wouldn’t see elsewhere. Some of the ones we’re showing wouldn’t be at the Tower or Tin Pan.

SW: What’s your strategy to get newcomers interested?

Todd Looby: As much as much of the town knows about us, but there are many more that will say “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go and never have,” so you have so many of those people. Maybe we’ll have 4,000 people come through but 90,000 in town so
there’s a large segment that hasn’t taken  the step to come and we understand it because you look at the book, and for someone who’s never been to a film fest, where the heck do you start? So we always say pick one that’s really interesting and that isn’t for a particular segment of the population, this is for everyone, this is for the town.  So there’s something in here that everybody will appreciate. We try to highlight those films, or work with particular organizations that have interest in the content of the film. Having a program in The Source a week before the event like what’s this thing, so you flip
through it and hopefully find something that seems cool. This helps too because
it reaches people who might not know about the festival, or others who might
never have come, but we might have a film about their favorite thing. 

SW: Let's talk a bit about "No Man's Land," the film at the festival covering the Malheur occupation.

TL: Judge Grasty has an interview for the movie... I know he has strong feelings about what happened, as do many people in Burns. I think it was really important to get someone from the town who had a stake and who was intricately involved and kind of tell Bend what it was like to be in a situation like that. Because you know, Burns was, there was a peaceful coexistence between people working for BLM and ranchers, there was I think this had people talking. What you see in the film is how deeply it affected the community. So I think it's going to be a really interesting conversation about what happens when something like this happens. 

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: October 1- Creep (2014)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Hey! I'm watching a horror movie a day for the month of October. I'm gonna try and only watch ones I haven't seen, but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. They will at least be ones I think more people should watch that aren't high on the list of most non-horror movie fanatic's radars.

Without further ado, lets get started.


Creep (2014)

There's just something so weirdly captivating about this found footage gem that takes the shaky-cam concept to its most logical conclusion. Co-writer, director and star Patrick Brice plays a down-on-his-luck videographer who is hired to record a lonely man named Josef (Mark Duplass) for a single day.

The joy from this movie comes in the slow realization of Josef's reasoning behind hiring Patrick and the slow meltdown of their blossoming friendship. The final 10 minutes carries so much tension that the film is almost unbearable to witness but, even at its darkest, "Creep" always has a sly and depraved sense of humor. Rumor has it this will be the first of a trilogy, so dive into this deliriously twisted world before everyone else catches on.

Available on Netflix.

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , , ,

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Heartbreak: Tom Petty Confirmed to Have Passed Away at 66

Long-time manager, Tony Dimitriades confirms singer's death on behalf of family

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 2:28 PM

  • ***Tom Petty
Update: 9:26pm: Long-time manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirms the singer's death on behalf of his family to CNN.

** This is a developing story. Earlier reports stating Tom Petty has died are now unconfirmed as the cited source from the LAPD say they have no jurisdiction in the case. We will update once a statement is released.*

———— Original Story Below ————-

The enigmatic crooner of The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty was reported to have passed away today, Mon., Oct 2, sources stating he was found unresponsive but with a pulse, in a state of full cardiac arrest before paramedics transported him to hospital. CBS confirmed — but later retracted — the death at 1pm EST with website TMZ citing law enforcement sources (the LAPD) stating Petty was on life support at UCLA Santa Monica before the decision was made to pull the plug. His condition remains unknown.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan — a friend of Petty’s and a Traveling Wilbury's bandmate said — It’s shocking, crushing news...I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the l"ght, a friend and I’ll never forget him."

Petty had just finished a 40th anniversary tours with The Heartbreakers on Sep., 22. A mainstay in the rock scene, Petty and his band have sold 60 millions albums with 12 albums hit the Billboard Top 10 charts since the first — Damn the Torpedoes — hit number two in the late ‘70s. Some of his greatest works were what are now dubbed as classic rock hits, “American Girl,” “Free Fallin,” and “Refugee.” His last album, Hypnotic Eye was released in 2014 to much critical acclaim.

Before embarking on his last tour with The Heartbreakers, Petty told “Rolling Stone” that he thought it might be his last tour. “...I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one,” he said. “We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

What are your favorite songs or concert moments of Tom Petty’s? Share below!

  • Pin It
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , ,

Source Weekly Newsletter

Source Weekly Newsletter

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation