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Friday, November 21, 2008

Weekend Warrior!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Friday Night 11/21:

Will Durst at the Tower Theatre

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Yeah, yeah, don't give me any more BS about how you're so "worn out" by this year's election to talk about or hear anything about politics. Get yourself to the Tower Theatre tonight and take in the political hilarity of self-described "raging moderate" Will Durst. This dude is both smart as hell and funny as hell. If you don't believe me, check out our feature from this week's Culture section. 8pm, 21 and over. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $25/advanced, $28/door.

DJs Rada and Defekt at the Bendistillery Martini Bar

After you laugh your silly little heart out at Will Durst, round the corner and get your dance on with DJs Rada and Defekt. This might be a relatively small locale, but it's been the site of plenty o' quality dance parties as of late. Music starts around 10pm. Bendistillery Martini Bar, 835 Brooks St.

Saturday Night 11/22:

Britt Leis and Lia Koehn Benefit Show

Britt and Lia.
  • Britt and Lia.
Britt and Lia.
Check out this local lineup: Person People, Anastacia, Larry and His Flask, The Mostest and The Dirty Words. Yeah, pretty impressive. But it all makes sense because these bands are getting together to raise cash to cover the medical expenses of Britt Leis and Lia Kohn who were attacked while traveling through Ecuador. Oh yeah, and they're auctioning off a Vespa as well...suhweeeet. Kicks off at 6pm. $15 suggested donation. Tulen Center, 20 NW Greenwood Ave.

Tentareign CD Release Party at the Tower Theatre

Tentareign: born to rock.
  • Tentareign: born to rock.
Tentareign: born to rock.
The Blender told you about this show the day it was confirmed earlier this fall, but now the day has finally arrived when rock and roll takes over our historic downtown theater. Tentareign has all sorts of goodies lined up for you during this rock explosion including acoustic and electric sets as well as a look at new local band Goodbye Dyna. Rock and roll! $10. 8pm, Tower Theatre.


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Keller Williams Video

Our review of the Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe show from last week won't be in the paper for another few days, but

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Our review of the Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe show from last week won't be in the paper for another few days, but we couldn't wait any longer to get this to you. Here's some video of Keller rapping about the importance of getting up early for a day of snowboarding. Pretty hilarious stuff and it should keep your snow-starved mind off the fact that we've somehow returned to summer...in mid-November.



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Friday, November 14, 2008

Weekend Warrior! This Weekend in Music

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Friday Night 11/14: The Dirty Words CD Release Party

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The buzz growing around this thing has gotten pretty big this week, so expect a nice amount of folks of all ages (it's an all-ages show) up at the PoetHouse as The Dirty Words celebrate the release of their new record The International Machine. Also on the bill is killer indie rock from Space Hoax and rad-i-cal hip-hop from Mosely Wotta. 8pm. PoetHouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota (above the Wine Shop). $5.

Saturday Night 11/15: Tentareign...Acoustic?

One of Bend's hardest rocking bands is playing...at the Silver Moon? That's right, the metalicious members of Tentareign strip down for an acoustic show before their big Tower Theatre gig next week. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Sunday Night 11/16: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

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If you're a live music junkie who typically uses Sunday night to recharge from the previous two nights of sounds, stop and think for a moment...Bela flippin' Fleck is in town and you need to be there. This very well might be the most talented band in the country, so go check it out. 7pm. $36-$70. Tower Theatre. 835 NW Wall St.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Grove, Village...Vegas?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 3:15 PM

It was The Grove, then the Village Bar and Grill, and now the space at 1033 Bond Street is now known as Seven.

The Blender just caught word that the establishment officially changed hands today and new owner Brian Timme, better known as DJ Metal (who put on several dance nights at Jokers - which is now Boondocks), says that Seven is set up as "an upscale nightclub."

"It's a really Vegas-ey type thing," Timme told the Blender.

Go ahead, toss out your favorite Swingers line.

Replacing the Village Bar and Grill, that only lasted about a year in the location, Seven already is rolling out a starkly different look than both the Village and it's uber popular predecessor, The Grove. But they are, however, keeping the Village's expansive television set up and plan to maintain a steady sports bar (albeit somewhat high-end) presence. Co-owner and veteran bartender Megan Klezk says Seven will be high-class, but will try to keep prices reasonable.

Timme also owns nightclubs in Lincoln City and Newport and has about 20 years of experience in the nightlife industry. He says Seven will soon feature a steady lineup of known DJs and bands and will as often as they can keep the venue free of a cover charge.

The Blender isn't quite sure if this is exactly the time to opening up a high-end nightspot, especially at a location that's seen such rapid turnover. Seven seems to be hunting out a specific demographic that the owners apparently see underserved in the Bend nightlife scene and maybe that's the secret to nightlife success in Bend. But hey, we like the nightlife, and yes, we also like to boogie from time to time, so we wish them the best.


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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Weekend Warrior

Starting today, The Blender is going to do our damndest to bring you a guide for the weekend to come every Friday. We're not saying

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Starting today, The Blender is going to do our damndest to bring you a guide for the weekend to come every Friday. We're not saying that our readership is out of touch and needs a blog post to direct them toward non-sucky weekend events, but rather lending a helping hand in whittling down that long mental list of things to do you've compiled while slaving away in your cubicle.

So, here we go!

FRIDAY 11/7

PUSH art show: Treefort, 114 NW Minnesota Ave.

The First Friday Art Walk has been increasingly packed with quality art for the past few months, and we're not just talking about bear-and-eagle Northwest nature scapes (although those are cool in their own right). There's been an emergence of more out-of-the-box art exhibits and one of the most interesting of tonight's walk is the PUSH show - a fundraiser for the Division Street Skatepark Project which features innovative designs from local and regional artists on the decks of skateboards.

SATURDAY 11/8

Moon Mountain Ramblers: Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave. 8pm, $7.

It's the Source Weekly's 2008 "Best Local Band" back in action at it's home venue, the Silver Moon. It's always a hootin', hollerin' time when these guys and gal fire it up on their home turf. Also, there's word that they have a CD coming out soon, so swing by and see if you can get a preview of some of those tracks.

Lava City Roller Dolls: Smokin' Ashes vs. Prima Donnas: Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, 20795 High Desert Ln. 5pm.,

The hometown Smokin' Ashes go head to head with Olympia's Prima Donnas in a knock-down-drag-out roller derby match. But hey, it's kid friendly!

SUNDAY 11/9

Sagebrush Rock: Scoots Bar and Grill 175 N Larch St. Sisters

These guys are quintessential Central Oregon rockers with a long standing reputation for dead on covers and head bobbing originals. Bend is really quiet on this night, so head out to Sisters and get Sagebrush Rocked. Wow, that was a pretty stupid pun.


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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Early Turns on Mt. B

Throughout much of the day yesterday the sky was spitting out snow, much of it mixed with rain, but up on Mt. Bachelor it was

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Throughout much of the day yesterday the sky was spitting out snow, much of it mixed with rain, but up on Mt. Bachelor it was dumping. Even though we had one of the warmest Octobers in recent memory, we've seemed to have jumped straight from Indian summer to winter, completely skipping over fall. There's a good couple feet of snow up on the mountain and keeping with a well-known early season right of passage, Alex Kaufman and company climbed the cinder cone for some post-Election-Day turns.

Thanks for the video, Alex!


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Night Mix Tape

Election Day is a strangely stressful time for some yet perhaps a relieving moment for others who would just as soon put their hand in

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 5:25 PM

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Election Day is a strangely stressful time for some yet perhaps a relieving moment for others who would just as soon put their hand in a waffle iron rather than watch another nasty TV attack ad. Depending on your views, tomorrow night is either going to be a time to pour a celebratory glass of champagne or an emotion-numbing goblet of bourbon to prepare you for the next few years of the political landscape.

Here at the Blender, we don't take a partisan stance. OK, we do. Actually we totally do, pretty much all the time...isn't that the point of having a blog? But hey, all politics aside (not really) we'd like to set you up with an Election Day Play List to get you through the day and the night.

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" - Stevie Wonder: This one is a pretty easy choice for the Obamanians-it's the track played at the conclusion of every Obama rally. Play it in the background as you call your neo-conservative cousin in Idaho, you know, just to rub it in.

"Bushleaguer" - Pearl Jam: Hey, either way, at least this guy's out of here.

"Stranger than Fiction" - Bad Religion: If things get weird and McCain pulls a mavericky upset, this punk anthem should be a good theme song for Matt Damon's nightmare Sarah Palin Disney movie come to life.

"The Weight" - The Band: What does this have to do with politics? Nothing really. It's just got a nice apocalyptic ring to it that should go well with an Obama loss.

"Take Your Mama" - The Scissor Sisters: Again, this has nothing to do with politics, but it's probably the happiest song I know and good for cutting loose as you try to kiss Wolf Blitzer through the TV screen.

"Can't Buy Me Love" - The Beatles: Great if the community funded Bend City Council candidates prevail against the special interest fat wallet candidates.

"It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" - REM: If you're a devoted FOXNews fan, this is probably how you'll feel if Obama is elected. But hey, just like the song, you'll feel fine eventually, that is once you realize that no one is coming to take your gun away or make you shave your mustache.

"Bang the Drum All Day" - Todd Rundgren: This is the one with the chorus: "I don't wanna work..." Perfect to cheer on Chuck Burley's next term of missing even more votes in the state house.

"The Times They are a Changin'" - Bob Dylan: OK, OK, this is pretty corny. But after a few years of hearing about change, now you can sing about it...hopefully.

"The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" - Weezer: Play this while contemplating how Gordon Smith lost his US Senate seat.

"Don't Believe the Hype" - Public Enemy: Again this one's for the red dogs in the house looking to dissuade youthful Obama Hopers. Maybe you can play this catchy hip-hop number outside of the county clerk's office in a last ditch effort? You gotta try something, right?

"We Are the Champions" - Queen: Horribly cliché? Yes. But will it seem cliché at 1am as you sway back and forth in front of the Obama office with your freshly bought Obama '08 T-shirt as you pretend you're one of the hardworking volunteers you're singing along with? Nope.


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