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Friday, December 22, 2017

NYE 2018: Events in Central Oregon

Find the perfect place to ring in the New Year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Looking for something to do this New Year's Eve? If you're staying in Central Oregon to ring in the new year, this roundup is for you.

*updated Dec. 29, 2017

Music & Dancing


Velvet's best party of the year is almost here! DJ's Byrne & LAShawn get the floor bouncing at 10PM. Lots of bubbles to go around. Come early before we hit capacity. No cover.

NYE celebration! Larry and His Flask are a high energy, five-piece carnival of a band that incorporate rock, folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk and alt-country into their own unique sound. $15/adv.

Yak Attack in the Theater and Broken Down Guitars in Father Luke's performance for anyone 21 and older. $10/door.

Don't miss this epic NYE party at the newly-renovated Silver Moon. Bigger dance floor and awesome celebratory vibes! Featuring live Latin music by ¡Chiringa! 9pm to midnight. 8pm dance lesson by Andrés 'Andy' García. Includes a free champagne toast at midnight and a performance by Latin Dance Bend. 21+. $10-20 sliding scale.

Ring in the New Year with DJ N8ture! No cover.

▶︎ Friday: Retro Costume Dance Party with 70's, 80's & 90's Music till midnight. Wear your best retro costume for prizes. ▶︎ Saturday: We begin with UFC 219 & Breakfast at Tiffany Costume Party. ▶︎Sunday: Our Speakeasy 1920's Costume Party. $10-$12.

DJ Ambush 10pm-2am. Spirit-Animal masks highly encouraged. Cover includes glass of champagne. $10/after 9pm.

Local sultry siren will be rockin' the evening and filling your body with groove to say farewell to the past and cheers to the future. Bring a friend to the downtown living room and celebrate the locals way! Champagne toast included. No cover.

Featuring Day of Rest, Unto The Plague, Black Karma Social Club and Open Defiance. 21+. No cover.

Rock and soul. She Said He Said opens at 6pm. Three D, 9:30pm.

Come rock in the new year!


Dance music from all genres. $5.

Come "ring in" and dance in the New Year with us! Great music, friends and fun! Classic rock. No cover.


The Sugar Beets will be heading back to their favorite mountain getaway to host a not-to-be-missed New Year's Eve Party. $16/adv., $20/door.

Dan Crenshaw, Award winning Guitarist & Founder of the L.A. Metal Band "Garden of Eden," brings his tribute to the hair and metal bands of the 80's & 90's to Hardtails for a New Year's Eve party. No cover.


This will be a great HWY 97 show! Ring in the New Year with the American Legion and the best classic rock band in Central Oregon! No cover.

Dinner & Cocktails

Get dressed up to the nines and head out to the Range Restaurant & Bar for an elegant adult only three-course prix fixe dinner. The farm-to-table dinner will be highlighted by the seasons' bounty with festive dishes, quenching beverages and holiday decor throughout the restaurant. $75/adult.

Slide those dancing shoes on and enjoy the NYE dance party in the barn featuring live music by the Chris Merrill Band. We will be serving signature cocktails and local craft beers along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. 18+. $40/adult.

Start off the evening celebration with a stunning 5-course plated dinner crafted by our award winning culinary team. Reservations are required. 36-hour cancellation policy. Call 541-593-3740 for reservations. $89/adults, $36/kids 6-12, 5 and under are complimentary.

Five course prix fixe experience. Live piano set by George Bouhey. Bar open until midnight. Reservations required. $85/person. $105/w suggested wine pairing.


Lifts run 9am-9pm. Music by Leroy & The Sidekicks from 6pm-midnight in the lodge. Dance the night away at the Hoodoo Snow Ball on the Three Creeks Brewing patio outside with music by One Dollar Check. After the lifts stop running, join us for a firework show shortly after 9pm.

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! $100/person.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New on Bend Ticket: Flobots, Karl Denson, drag shows & more

In case you missed it—here are shows you should know about

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Bust out your calendar—here are the newly-announced Bend and Central Oregon shows, courtesy of


This is the third year of this story slam—with stories will ranging from the hilarious to the hair-raising. True tales from locals that will entertain and may even land a little too close to home! The evening’s theme, “the past never dies” will offer taletellers the opportunity to share personal stories—from cringe to hilariously relatable. Storytellers include on air personalities from KPOV, an actor, an optometrist, a realtor, a writer, a waiter, and others.  // $14 at

This solid Led Zeppelin tribute features four ladies who live and breathe Zeppelin. Clementine, the founding member of Zepparella, tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own emotionally powerful style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront. Gretchen Menn lends her genre-bending guitar melodies—mixing elements of classical, rock, progressive, jazz and metal. On bass, Angeline Saris offers influences ranging from flamenco to rockabilly and singer Noelle Doughty traces her love for Zeppelin all the way back to listening to her older brothers rock out. // $20/adv. at


This is their last show in Central Oregon for 2017, so don't miss it! This is not your run of the mill drag show! This Portland production features a night full of debauchery, raffles and amazing off the wall performances all rolled into one.  21+ // $15/adv. at

Unless you were living under a rock in 2008, you probably know Flobots from their hit single, "Handlebars." But in case you missed it, MCs Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit offer a delightful blend of alternative rock and hip-hop with a generous helping of political activism. // Tickets: $12/adv, $15/door at

Highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will be showcasing material from their long-awaited forthcoming studio album, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings such as 'New Ammo' and 'The Bridge.' All ages. // $25/adv., $30/door at

The gritty soul sounds of this band will have you on the dance floor sweating until the last beat. // $15/adv. at

Womack is probably best known for her  2000 hit song "I Hope You Dance" and her album of the same name. While she has recorded a few albums between then and now, it's been a few years since we've heard new material from the country music sweetheart. Her 2017 album, "The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone" is a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues — that comes from Womack’s core. // $42/adv., $50/meet & greet (doesn't incl. ticket) on

A decade into his career, singer-songwriter and former professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter has learned to listen to his heart above all else. His brand of soft and surf rock is sure to delight. 21+. // $20/adv., $25/door at

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Show Preview: Marco Benevento Brings Pop to New Heights, 4/11

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:01 PM

For nearly 20 years, Marco Benevento has been a key figure in the shaping of the New York music scene. His diligence has let him amass an arsenal of fantastic music that can only come from self-made artists.

Last year, Benevento released the concept album "The Story of Fred Short" under his own label. His work was chosen to be featured in the Woodstock Sessions, a series of live recordings by standout artists. In front of a sold-out crowd, Benevento performed and recorded the entire Fred Short suite in one take. Recently, he has also been performing various Bowie covers.

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Stylistically, Marco’s music is eclectic and distinct. His tracks don’t clearly fit into the confines of any established genre, but he clearly takes inspiration from psychedelic, rock, and pop tunes. He has a tendency to electronically alter the raw sounds of his instruments, resulting in a sound that is hard to believe comes from a three-man band. The Story of Fred Short is easy to listen to without feeling ordinary, a combo that makes for some great live performances.

You can listen to one of his 2016 tracks, “In The Afternoon Tomorrow" here.

Marco and company will be at The Capitol on Tuesday, April 11. The show will consist of tracks from the recent Woodstock album and several other of Benevento’s best songs. He will be accompanied by Andy Borger on drums and Karina Rykman on bass. Borger has worked alongside Benevento since 2012.

Benevento’s reputation as a top-notch live performer makes this one of spring’s most exciting shows.

Marco Benevento
Tuesday, Apr 11, 9pm
The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend

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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, November 7, 2016

Burn Some Calories Before You Eat Turkey

Proceeds will go to Girls on the Run of Central Oregon.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

This year's race starts and ends in Bend's Old Mill District. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • This year's race starts and ends in Bend's Old Mill District.
The Bend Thanksgiving Classic has been a staple of the holidays in Central Oregon for nearly a decade. The race, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Bend, serves as both a fun community event and a fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Central Oregon. Girls on the Run helps to promote physical activity, community involvement and positive social interactions, and also trains young girls to successfully run a 5k. This year’s Classic will take place the morning of Thursday, Nov. 24 and will start along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Roughly 1000 participants are expected.

Runners can choose to participate in either a 5k or 10k race with registration fees going for $30 and $35 respectively. Register online, at the event site, or from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Dutch Bros. Coffee Eastside. The course runs through Riverbend Park and Les Schwab Amphitheater. 5k runners will only complete one loop, but more ambitious 10k participants can opt to take two laps.

Registration is open up until the day before the race, but prices will rise as Thanksgiving gets closer.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall Repair Café Coming Nov. 15

Fix Your Broken Stuff and Recycle

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 4:43 PM

For over 25 years, the Environmental Center has worked to encourage the people of Bend to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into their daily lives. Their Rethink Waste Project has been setting up Repair Cafés across Bend since 2013, helping to eliminate waste by repairing over 200 items.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m the organization will hold their Fall Repair Café at the local makerspace, DIYcave. Volunteers at the Fall Repair Café are prepared to fix a wide variety of household items including electronics, appliances and furniture, but also outdoor gear and more. DenFor the first time we will also be including a Hair Repair station. They have been done at Repair Cafés in other locations, and when a local hair stylist attended the event last spring she was open to trying it out. She will be doing minor things like trimming bangs, fixing self-cuts, and other quick things to fix people’s hair styles,” says Denise Rowcraft, Rethink Waste Project Manager.

The Repair Café will help fix furniture, electronics, and other faulty products. - PEXELS.COM
  • The Repair Café will help fix furniture, electronics, and other faulty products.
The timing of the event lines up with America Recycles Day, a national initiative that helps organize events in smaller communities. Attendants of this season’s Repair Café can trade in old compact fluorescent (CFL) lightbulbs for free LEDs. CFL bulbs contain mercury and are unusually difficult to recycle, so the event offers attendants an easy way to safely get rid of their old lightbulbs. Although the use of DIYcave usually requires a membership, attendance of this season’s Repair Café is free. DIYcave offers training and provides the use of their wide variety of equipment.

“We're excited to be hosting the Repair Café again. DIYcave is a perfect place to have this great event because we're all about using the resources we have to make something great,” said co-owner Dave Danek. “The goal of the Repair Café fits right in with that ideal.”

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Friday, May 29, 2015

INTERVIEW: Orange is the New Black's Piper Kerman talks prison reform—and who she'd want to bunk with

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Tonight, Piper Kerman, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison—now a popular Netflix original series entering its third season—speaks in Bend tonight as part of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation's Author! Author! series. I chatted with Kerman for a profile in this week's issue, but she had more to say than fit in print. Check out our full interview below, in which Kerman talks about alternatives to incarceration, her work teaching writing to inmates, and what qualities she would look for in a prison bunkmate.

Source Weekly:
Oregon is one of the states that’s pushing to “ban the box,” and help end job discrimination against people with criminal convictions. Have you encountered any difficulties with that personally?

Piper Kerman: For me, I was so incredibly fortunate. I had this strong network of family and friends and former employers, and a guy that I new ran a company and he hired me and I started work the week after I came home from prison. And it’s impossible to overstate the importance of that first job I had coming home from prison. The data also shows that whether someone gets to work right away and whether they earn a living wage, obviously, has a huge impact on recidivism. It’s my point of view that the other thing that’s important, not just the money that you earn for yourself and your family, also, I shed my skin as a prisoner and regained my place as a citizen because of that job. It’s so important. And this is the number one thing that hear from other people who, like me, have a felony conviction. They just apply for hundreds and hundreds of jobs and they can’t get a break.

SW: You mention that privilege pretty early in the book. In what ways do you feel your relative privilege impacted your experience with incarceration and in what ways do you feel like incarceration had a leveling effect?

PK: I think it had a huge amount to do [with it]. I always say that the most unusual thing about my story is not that I committed a crime. Because we know that middle class people and wealthy people commit crimes, they’re just much less likely to be held accountable than poor people. And 80 percent of people accused of a crime are too poor to afford a lawyer to defend them in court, even though that doesn’t necessarily match to everyone that commits a crime. So the most unusual thing about my story is that I was policed and that I was prosecuted and that I was punished with prison. And that has a lot to do with privilege—class privilege, racial privilege. And you know, that’s readily apparent to anybody who looks at the criminal justice system, and it’s ironic because of course we have this expectation that the system will treat all Americans equally and that every American will get a fair day in court, but that just doesn’t match up to reality. So we have a lot of work to do.

While you’re incarcerated, there’s a degree of leveling—everyone’s got eight numbers next to their name—but of course, if you have a family on the outside that is able to come and visit you and to put money on your commissary books, those things make a huge difference. Those lifelines to the outside world are important in terms of people returning home successfully and it seems like being able to afford soap and toothpaste and stamps and phone time are all really important as well.

SW: You’re obviously a big advocate for prison reform. Are there a few reforms you’d most like to see move forward?

PK: I think the number one most important thing is for us to stop putting so many people in prison and jail in the first place. I think there are many people who currently fill up our prisons and jails who shouldn’t be there for a variety of reasons. Either their offense is really low level and doesn’t warrant confinement, [or] in some cases, people’s primary issue may be substance abuse or mental illness, and prisons and jails do nothing really to address those problems. And so, when somebody comes back to the community, which the vast majority of people do, those issues are best solved in the public health system not in the criminal justice system. So there’s a lot of opportunity to get people out of prisons and jails who don’t need to be there without impacting public safety. We know, actually, that the states that have reduced their prison populations the most have also seen the biggest declines in crime, so no one should imagine that having a big prison population is doing a lot to increase public safety, in fact the opposite may be true. So I think that’s the single most important thing.

SW: What do you think are the alternatives to incarceration?

PK: I think that victims of crime have to have a strong voice in what alternatives to incarceration look like because it’s incredibly important to make sure that victims of crime, that the harm to them is recognized and that the system, and also the offender themselves, make those folks whole to whatever extent is possible. That’s important, but it’s also important to recognize that our idea of who is a victim of crime is a little off, because the people who are most likely to be victimized by violence are young men of color, and we rarely think about them as victims of crime and we rarely ask them what needs to be done to make them whole when they get victimized by violence or other crimes. So it’s important to sort of recognize that crime and violence do affect different communities differently and the criminal justice system as it currently functions doesn’t address those things real well. We know that for low level offenders—people who’ve committed low level drug crimes, low level property crimes—that interventions that don’t include incarceration generally get better outcomes.

And so there’s programs like Justice Home, which is run by the women’s prison association where I’m on the board, that’s in New York. Women who are looking at at least a year or more in prison when their district attorney agrees, they get the opportunity to stay in their homes, stay with their kids, go through whatever programs are necessary for them—and it varies—it might be mental health, it might be substance abuse, it might be parenting classes. There’s a variety of things that come into play. And if they complete their program successfully, sometimes they get the chance to actually have their record expunged. And that program has been incredibly successfully. It costs about $17,000 per family, per woman, and incarceration in New York state costs $60,000 a year per person. So it seems to me like a no brainer.

In the Pacific Northwest there’s some really interesting programs that have been done. There’s one in Seattle called LEAD, which stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. And this focuses on certain neighborhoods in Seattle where the local police have been seeing what are often called “frequent fliers,” people who are arrested again and again and again, often for very low level offenses. And LEAD creates an intervention where the cop themselves, the law enforcement professional, maybe catches someone committing a crime or is going to arrest someone for committing a crime, and has the opportunity to give them the opportunity to go into treatment services or get other kinds of help and interventions that they might need rather than being arrested and going to prison. And the program has been in place for several years and the results are quite impressive.

SW: What do you think are the barriers to having more programs like these? As you said, it’s not more expensive. Do you buy into the idea that we’re kind of reliant on the money that the system makes?

PK: Yes. I think that we have built the biggest prison and jail population in human history, and when you build something so big, suddenly, a lot of people start to draw benefit out of it. And I think that is probably the single biggest obstacle to doing more common sense criminal justice, is that a lot of people are making a lot of money off the current system. So it’s incredibly important to address the fact that folks are making a lot of money off the status quo if we want to change the status quo.

SW: Did you encounter a lot of women who were in prison because of their efforts to survive?

PK: Yeah. I mean, again, we see such a vast number of people who are accused of a crime in the court system who come from the poorest communities. And who really are in very desperate straights before they’re arrested. I think that’s true across the board. Certainly if you look at women and girls in the system, you see that to be true. And you see, women do not tend to commit violent offenses. Two-thirds of women and girls in the system are there for non-violent offenses, so they do tend to be drug offenses and property crimes.

SW: To bring it back to the book, can you talk about why you felt moved to write it and why you took that leap to turn it into a now very popular television show?

PK: I just thought that if anybody experienced the things I experienced and saw the things I saw, they would think really differently about the criminal justice system. And they would think really differently about who’s in prison and why they’re there and what really happens to them there, which from my experience, really departed from what many people assume. Many people assume that, first of all, most people don’t necessarily think of women first, people assume that everyone who’s locked up in prison is there for a violent crime, which is not the case. And many people also assume that there’s a lot of rehabilitation happening in prisons and jails, and there’s just not. There’s a lot of warehousing of people. So I hoped that if people thought a little bit differently about the real people who fill up our prisons and jails that they might ask for things to be done differently. And it’s really important for people who are fortunate and who might be lucky enough never to have their lives touched by the criminal justice system to advocate and ask for a better system. Because the people who are most impacted by the criminal justice system tend to come from communities with the least political power.

SW: Did you ever worry that the after the book came out, that it could affect your career or other prospects?

PK: I just always felt like I was fortunate to be able to be straightforward about my past, about my mistakes, and the fact of my incarceration. During that entire six years between pleading guilty and actually being sent to prison we spent a lot of that time trying to keep that under wraps and nobody wants to be living a lie, people want to be able to be honest about themselves, but they also want to be able to move past their past and be able to move forward, that’s a really important opportunity.

SW: What was the biggest mental shift between your perceptions of prison and your experience? What did you learn that you weren’t expecting, or what myths were busted for you?

PK: The thing that I feared, of course, was violence, because that’s associated with prison and prisoners. And some American prisons and jails are extremely violent and dangerous places, but you know, I never saw any violence while I was incarcerated. There’s plenty of conflict because prisons are crowded and prisons are scarce—and scarcity by design is part of what prison and jail is—so there’s always gonna be some conflict, but I didn’t experience violence while I was incarcerated and that was a big difference between what we currently think about.

SW: Is there anything you miss from that time of your life?

PK: There are people I miss. There are people depicted in the book that are still in my life in some way and I stay in touch with them and those friendships are really important to me. There’s nothing I miss about the experience of being incarcerated but there are definitely people I think about and I’m like, I wonder how she’s doing. Not every single person in the book is in touch and obviously I didn’t write about every single person I encountered in the book because obviously I was incarcerated with hundreds and hundreds of women.

SW: Is there something specific you’re hoping people in Bend will walk away with from the Author! Author! presentation?

PK: I just hope that people come away and recognize that our current situation really isn’t serving them well and that’s why its well worth it for them to speak up or take action in some way to get some improvement in Oregon’s system and obviously in the national system as well.

SW: Tell me something you’re excited about in the third season of “Orange is the New Black.”

PK: I’m really excited about the third season, there’s all kinds of great stuff. Great character development with the folks that people are already in love with and some new characters as well. The thing I’m personally most excited about is there’s a story line in the new season, which reveals something about the American criminal justice system many people don’t even know about, they’ve never heard of it. So I’m excited about that.

SW: Do you have a favorite new character?

PK: Everybody asks that, it’s so hard to pick. I can’t pick. There’s just too many. It’s an embarrassment of riches.

SW: If you could choose a prison bunkmate who would you pick?

PK: You want somebody who’s got a lot of skills. Let me think about this for a minute. Who would be good, who would be good...

SW: Maybe this question is easier. Is there a prison in America that, if you had to go back, wouldn’t be as bad?

PK: I’m teaching writing right now at a men’s medium security [prison] in Ohio, which does more rehabilitation than any prison I’ve ever seen. It’s still not a place you’d ever want to spend a night, but still they’re doing some really interesting and innovative things there.

SW: How’s the teaching going?

PK: Great. My students are great. I’m also teaching at one of the women’s prisons in Ohio as well. So I’ve got a men’s class and a women’s class and they’re writing nonfiction and it’s great.

SW: Do you have a favorite prison memoir?

PK: Were reading a huge number of prison memoirs as part of these classes. All the books we’re reading are first person narratives grounded in the criminal justice system. So probably it would be Joe Loya’s The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell.

SW: Is there a movie or other media portrayal that you think does a good job showing with the criminal justice system is like?

PK: “Orange is the New Black!”

SW: Did you have any other thoughts on that bunkmate question?

PK: I keep on thinking of Queen Latifah, but I wouldn’t want another African-American woman locked up in prison. I never want that.

Author! Author! presents Piper Kerman
7 pm, Friday, May 29
Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Bend 2030 Hosts Transportation Forum

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM

BEND 2030
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Bend is growing whether you like it or not, and with more people comes more traffic. If the city grows to 110,000 by 2030, as population models predict, how will they all get around town? This is the question the Bend 2030 Transportation Forum seeks to address.

“How we respond today to Bend’s future needs will have an enormous impact on one of the big reasons people move here in the first place—livability,” said Jim Roberts, Bend 2030 Transportation Forum committee member and Vice-Chair, City of Bend Transportation Safety Advisory Committee in a release. “Traffic impacts our livability every hour of every day. This forum will let our community help shape traffic solutions that provide the livability we want, the convenience we desire and the safety we all need.”

The forum, running from 9 am to noon tomorrow (Saturday, April 11) at Ponderosa Elementary School, include three interactive workshops: The Community’s Vision for a Great Transit District, Safe and Interconnected Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure, and Designing a City to Maximize Our Transportation System. It's free to attend, but advance registration is required. 

Among those presenting are City Manager Eric King, City Councilor Victor Chudowsky, OSU's Kelly Sparks, and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council's Scott Aycock and Judy Watts. The event includes refreshments and free childcare and a shuttle will run from Hawthorne Station at no cost.

And while we're on the topic, why not share your thoughts on public transportation with us in the poll below?

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Saving Grace Takes Back the Night to Raise Awareness About Sexual Assault

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 2:53 PM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and cities around the world are hosting Take Back the Night events to raise awareness about violence in their communities. With roots in anti-violence demonstrations in the 1970s, Take Back the Night events often include marches, rallies and vigils. In Bend, Saving Grace hosts a family-friendly event aimed at providing education and resources. 

We chatted with Saving Grace Development Director Lauren Biskind about tonight's event and the importance of talking about an often taboo subject.

Source Weekly: What are some common misconceptions about sexual assault?

Lauren Biskind: That somehow victims contribute to getting sexually assaulted. That people should just get over it, like it is something they should just be able to move on from. Most rapists are punished for the crime, that the legal system will take care of it. That rape and/or sexual violence only happens to sexy, beautiful women. That victims frequently lie about being sexually assaulted.

SW: How does Saving Grace define consent and why is it important?
LB: It is the presence of a “yes” when “no” is a viable option.

SW: Why is it important to raise awareness about these issues in our community?
LB: The more we talk about this issue, the more educated and aware our community will be in preparation to help survivors. With sexual assault affecting 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in their lifetime, it is not an issue we can just glance over. For many it is uncomfortable topic to discuss, but the more we talk about it, the better off we are together to stand up against violence and assault and let our community know we do not tolerate that type of behavior.

SW: What actions can people take to prevent sexual assault and support survivors?
LB: Actions people can take to support survivors are to get more education, understand the myths and facts around sexual violence, speak up about the issue whenever possible, support victims by believing them and ensuring that they feel supported, learn more about Saving Grace and our services so that you can share with those who may be impacted by sexual violence. What we need to do for prevention is to focus more attention on programs that educate boys and men around respect and honoring their partner’s wishes around sex and sexuality; what healthy, loving relationships look like

SW: What can folks expect at tonight’s event?
LB: At our Take Back the Night event we will have various stations for people to visit to learn more about this topic. Our goal is that you will leave the event feeling more educated and aware of what sexual assault is and how you can help. The stations are fun activities that will hopefully spark conversation and get people talking with one another.

SW: What services does Saving Grace offer survivors of sexual assault?
LB: Saving Grace offers advocacy at the hospital and health department for sexual assault survivors that come in for a SANE exam, as well as follow-up support. We also offer one on one peer support, safety planning, individual counseling services, legal advocacy and a support group.

SW: Where can people go to learn more about this topic?
LB: You can learn more by attending our Saving Grace Volunteer training, or attending any of the events offered through COCC for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

SW: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
LB: We hope everyone will join us tonight at our Take Back the Night Event at the Old Mill District (former Orvis Building) at 6 pm and also visit our website ( to learn more about Saving Grace and our work in Central Oregon.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Dearly Departed" brings authors of yesteryear to Tin Pan Theater

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm a group of wildly famous, uber-talented authors will be hanging out at Bend's Tin Pan Theater. And, get this, they're all dead. Writers such as Oscar Wilde, Gerturde Stein, and Dorothy Parker will be brought to life again by students of the OSU Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing MFA Program—and hopefully a few non-student lit-geeks—as part of their "Dearly Departed" tribute to authors of yesteryear. The cost is a mere $5 suggested donation and if you act fast, you might still be able to join the roster. 

I interviewed Irene Cooper, Creative Writing MFA student who will be making her impostor debut as American satirist and poet Dorothy Parker.

Source Weekly: How does "Dearly Departed" support the MFA Program's philosophy— to "teach ourselves to play outside our comfort zones" and "celebrate our own and each others' adventures in self-expression"?

Irene Cooper: "Dearly Departed" is a whimsical way to tap into some of our literary lineage. I say whimsy, but costumes are a funny thing. Some people feel liberated by costumes, some feel protected by them and others feel entirely exposed by dress-up. "Dearly Departed" is a fabulous opportunity to explore our literary icons as people to whom we have a connection, without worrying about egos, because, you know, they're dead.

This demure lady's got one sharp tounge - DOROTHY PARKER VIA PHOTOPIN (LICENSE)
SW: Who will you be channeling and how will you prepare for the event?

IC: I am almost completely certain I will come to play as Dorothy Parker. I have selected a few poems that may be read under the allotted time (I sense that Mrs. Parker was punctual, among her other celebrated qualities). I screened Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle a while back and I watched Anne Hathaway read one of Parker's essays (no help at all). I have a wig.

SW: What kind of creative and artistic license does this kind of literary event afford participants and audience members that a more traditional reading does not?

IC: There is a certain protocol to a so-called traditional reading that is hard to put aside without some major shift. If the reading is of someone else's work, I think the reader aims to honor the writer in a sincere manner. So, someone stands at the front of the room, others sit and listen respectfully. One might shake it up by changing the space or in some way re-drawing the boundaries.The costume, here, is the shift. It provides a chance to embody the artist, to run some blood and oxygen through the material, and to perhaps take a little liberty with one's interpretation. We love them, we respect them, but again, they're dead, and we're not, and most of this stuff is now public domain.

Irene Cooper is a Creative Writing graduate student at the OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Film Event: Archaeology Channel Film Fest

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

The best archaeology-related films in the world are coming to Bend! Come to see some outstanding films and help us support TAC Festival 2015 by enjoying our mini-festival for four evenings (a different 2-hour show each evening). These are the top films from The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival that took place last May. All of them are award winners from this international competition.

Friday, Feb. 27, 7-10 pm and Saturday, Feb. 28, 7-10 pm. Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way. $7.

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