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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Haters Gonna Hate, Lovers Gonna Love.

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 2:07 PM

There is a pretty interesting piece over at Birth Movies Death about the death of pop culture fandom. Author Devin Faraci makes some excellent points about the consumers attempting to take control of the creative process by heaping giant piles of hate (via social media) on writers, artists, filmmakers, etc. 

Recently, there was a twist in the newest Captain America comic that sets up Steve Rogers as not only a Hydra agent, but a secret one for almost his entire life. We have no idea what the arc of this story is or where it is going, but fandom has decided that the writer is a nazi and that he has undone 60 years of what has made Captain America great. It's a bold and controversial character choice to be sure, but isn't that what we want from comic books nowadays? An actual attempt at a story comic collectors haven't seen before?

What I found the most interesting was that writer Nick Spencer and Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort have started receiving death threats over the matter. Over stories being told about fictional comic book characters. Here's one Brevoort received via Tumblr:

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"As a Former Active Duty US Marine and a Disabled Veteran, I want you to know that when I joined the Marines back in 95’ I did so under a strict Code of Ethics. Truth, Honor and Justice. This Code was inspired by Steve Rogers. I knew I could never be the person he was, I just wasn’t mentally built for it, but it gave me something to strive for. Yes, the Character of Steve Rogers AKA Captain America is a fictional one, but it is also one that emboydies what the Idea Human Being, not just American should strive to be. Steve Rogers never claimed to be perfect, but he tried his best every day to do the right thing no matter what.

For the last 21 years I have modeled my own Moral Code after the belief that I would NEVER tell a Lie, No matter the consequences. There is no such thing as “a little white lie”. My Honesty, and My Honor was everything to me. It kept me from becoming the Monster that I could have easily become. Thanks to your idiocy and disregard for what an American Symbol stood for, you have made it “OK” to disregard those Ideals. It apperantly is ok to Lie, Cheat, Steal and Murder, because Fuck It, who cares right? Steve Rogers aka Captain American has been doing it for 75 YEARS.

Fine, congradulations, you have made the last 21 years of my life and the Code I lived by, the hardships I endured because I refused to sacrifice that Code MEANINGLESS. You have disgraced what Joe Simon and Jack Kirby had the character stand for. The whole point of that Character was to showcase the potential of what human beings could be. Dispite the Odds stacked against them.

So, thanks to you two I will be throwing away my Moral Code, and become The Monster, that people feared I might become, that I myself feared I would become. I will use every resource at my disposal, every avenue that I can to locate and track you down. I WILL find you eventually, and I WILL kill you in the most painful way possible that I can think of. The ONLY way to stop me is to have me killed. But hey, that should be a walk in the park for you right? I mean I am just one disgruntled Marine, what is one more life compared to the MILLIONS of LIVES you just dismissed by making Captain America a Hydra Agent ALL ALONG. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING you say will erase what you have done, HYDRA was ALWAYS SYNOMOUS with NAZIS. You CANNOT seperate the two. So enjoy your “Fame” while you are able to still draw breath. It’s just a matter of time before I find you."

This could be a serious threat or someone who has taken trolling to an entirely new level. Regardless, this is a staggering amount of care and effort taken to make someone afraid for their lives over a creative choice they are making. When did loving something so fiercely that it made you feel part of a tribe become knuckle popping anger about not liking how another kid is playing with your toys? 

The point of this isn't just to say "Why can't we all just get along," but to just shed some light on the fact that pop culture creations do not make us who we are. Defining ourselves by the things we like can sometimes be fun, but when threatening lives and contemplating murder become an offshoot of fandom, we're missing the forest for the trees (or just burning the entire forest down to spite it). 

Watching movies in the theater have definitely proved to me that common courtesy is a dead language, but there's still a chance to save decency. Sure, be upset about how your favorite comic character is being treated, but guess what? This is comic books. After one writer does a 6-12 issue arc, someone else comes on and changes everything altogether. If you don't like the weather, wait for it to change. Don't try to murder the clouds because of the rain drops.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making local habits a priority

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Taped to the register at Bend’s Workhouse in the Old Ironworks Art District is an old tea bag tag that says “Together we can do what we can never do alone.” Owner Cari Dolyniuk told me that this little nugget of wisdom sums up the way that she and the other three shop owners at Bend's Old Ironworks Art District approach their vision for the dynamic arts center they have created at the intersection of Colorado and Scott avenues. I visited their art mecca over two days last week to see for myself what can happen when a group of hard-working, retail-minded artists work together to establish an infrastructure that supports craft, fine art, creative innovation, and the local economy.

As I sat in Chad Fox's Cindercone Clay Center, throwing woodchips for his longhaired shaggy dog named "Bird," we talked about whether Bend is ready to embrace a new model for art retail and production at a time when some fine art galleries struggle to keep their doors open. “This is definitely something Bend needs; especially at the rate we're growing," he said. "This could potentially be something that thrives and becomes something as society and culture as a whole changes.”

At this point, pretty much everyone in America knows that it's better—for the economy, for the environment, for families, for your soul—to shop local. Sometimes things like convenience and ignorance stand in our way of making sound retail choices. But when I saw the huge scope of items for sale in the Old Ironworks District—everything from vintage-inspired swimwear at Stuart Breidenstein's shop Stuart's of Bend, to moon-faced incense burners at Cindercone, to upcycled jewelry at Workhouse—I realized that the neighborhood offers much more than fine art galleries and gift shops. The folks who work and sell in the Old Ironworks District are dedicating themselves to craft and handiwork by creating quality goods that people can use and enjoy for years.
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Brendstein said, “It’s up to us to make useful things too, for artists and crafters to not just make cool gifts that get set aside.” He and the other shop owners—Dolyniuk, Fox, and Armature's Tambi Lane—want to see their growing art colony manufacture quality goods that are capable of turning around the economy, both for artists and for the greater local economy. It makes sense when you realize that a dollar spent supporting a local artist stays in the Bend economy; the artists themselves are local-minded folks and are more than likely to turn around and spend that money in the neighborhood too. 

Bend is at a crucial moment that is both exciting (for those of us who moved here from someplace else) and unsettling (for the born-and-raised Bendites) as the city's population booms and industries take off. We have the opportunity to play a role in the shaping of our city's identity. Bend is internationally known as a place for beer, cycling, outdoor adventuring—why not work to make our fair city an art town too? Places like Sante Fe, NM and Jerome, AZ have built entire tourism industries around buying local art. Couldn't we use our dollars to vote for the kind of culture and economy we want our city to generate?

Next time you're getting a coffee and pastry fix at Sparrow, take some time to check out the shops in the industrial brick buildings just across the courtyard. You'll be supporting local craft and the idea that Bend is a place where innovative, arty, weird, and cooperative ideas can thrive. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Have A Dream

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

"What will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation," begins Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And, 50 years later, those words still hold true.

On Saturday, a march commemorating that great march and "I Have a Dream" speech will begin in Drake Park and work its way to Crow's Feet - a march to recognize all that has and hasn't happened for civil rights and equality since then.

7 pm.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jay-Z on Marriage Equality

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM



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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pup Crawl Continues Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Drink delicious beer and support the Humane Society of Central Oregon. This is a no-brainer. I mean, you were going to drink beer tonight anyway, right? Go to Cascades Lakes Brewing Company tonight, buy a HSCO pint glass and get a free pint! Drink it down and smile knowing that you're supporting homeless pets in Central Oregon.

Pup Crawl!
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Cascade Lakes Lodge Pup Crawl, 4-8pm TONIGHT!
The Pup Crawl continues tomorrow at 10 Barrel and ends Thursday at Worthy Brewing.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dan Savage on Bullying: Listen on OPB Today

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Nationally syndicated sex advice columnist Dan Savage, of Savage Love, is on OPB's Think Out Loud today discussing bullying. The Seattle Stranger editor is responding to the death of 15-year-old Jadin Bell, a gay La grande teen who recently committed suicide. Bell had been on life support after hanging himself on Jan. 19. He died in a Portland hospital this past Sunday.

You can find the live stream, with Savage, here:

And here's more on Bell, a teen who brought joy to the lives of others, despite the fact he was bullied continuously:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kid President Knows What's Up

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

So this Kid President video is everywhere right now. If you haven't seen it, but enjoy awesome, adorable and inspirational things, you should watch it now.

Kid President is obviously the man. His facial expressions, dances, tone—everything. Perfect. But he's clearly had some great direction and script writing. SoulPancake, the media company behind the video, was founded by Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight), part-time Sisters resident and funny man from NBC's The Office. According to the website, SoulPancake was "designed to open your mind, challenge your friends, and feel damn good." So far, so good.

There's a series of Kid President videos out there, but the pep talk is the best. "Not Cool Robert Frost!"

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday with a Clean Conscience

Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Today's that day that everyone freaks out about. Black Friday.

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  • Madness.

By now surely all of us are aware of its alternative, National Buy Nothing Day, a protest against the consumer-driven day of holiday sales. We're also hip to its off-shoots, like why it should be called Jdimytai Damour Day. Click the link if you need a reminder. People go crazy on Black Friday.
If you must shop today, use the meticulously curated, socially responsible/environmentally sensitive/non-violent short list below. If there are other interesting local events we should know about, leave us a friendly comment.
And keep an eye out for next week's issue where we'll tell you all about where to find unique hand-crafted gifts here in Bend. There's a lot!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Help Local Veterans With the Source Charity Auction

Our annual charity auction is open for bidding.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Just a few hours ago, the annual Source Charity Auction went live, meaning you can now begin bidding on the bevy of items we have available. All 150-plus items were donated by local businesses and the proceeds from the auction -- all the proceeds -- will be given to the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO), a local nonprofit that assists military veterans in the region.

We profiled the organization this spring and again in the issue that hit the streets today. A special thanks to our office manager, Susanne Flynn, who once again orchestrated an amazing auction. And thanks to the businesses that donated, too.

Needless to say, this is a good cause and we hope you'll get online and begin bidding.

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