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Mope Rock Goes Flamenco: Genre mixes flamenco, Morrisey and The Cure into a mysteriously excellent musical cocktail San Diego native Genre plays flamenco covers of songs by The Cure, Morrissey, and Depeche Mode. April 06, 2011
The Golden Dumpster: Inside Bend's freegan movement “In the course of a week, I’ve found whole pizzas, wrapped sandwiches, bags of onions, garlic, shallots, salad mix, boxes of donuts and cookies and all kinds of vegetables,” says a 20-something Bend resident who is also an on-and-off dumpster diver. December 01, 2010

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  • Awakenings: Actor Derek Sitter draws on his own struggles for new film project

    Local film writer, Derek Sitter tells about a man and his journey with a bipolar disorder.
      Panic attacks, psych wards, medications and mental illness are usually the stuff of deep, dark family secrets. But in his film-writing debut, Bend local, Derek Sitter, shines a light on these themes as he tells the story of a man's struggle with bipolar disorder and the would-be cures offered by the pharmaceutical industry. Sitter, whose life has been rent by his own anxiety and depression, drew on his experiences to forge the scenes in Second Sleep, Sitter's short film, which chronicles a night in the life of Seth Leer, a middle-aged man who volunteers for drug research in exchange for cash. The still-in-production short film is a test balloon for a bigger project and Sitter's goal is "to gain momentum in the festival circuit to make a feature-length film."
  • Tommy, Can You Hear Me?: 2nd Street Theater Brings The Who's classic rock opera to life

    The Who's rock opera comes to like in Bend.
      With a Union Jack painted in a Day-Glo mod swagger across the floor of 2nd Street Theater and a pinball machine poised in the far corner, director Sandy Klein and musical director Stan Roach are bringing The Who's rock opera, Tommy, to town. I sat in on a rehearsal of the cast and band last week, and from the first notes of the overture I was hooked. As a long-time Who fan who recently saw Roger Daltry perform Tommy in L.A., I was immediately transported by the band to the world inhabited by a deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes first a pinball wizard, then a messiah. The Who's Tommy is known as the first rock opera. It spawned a multigenerational fan base drawn to the stunning rock God-ness of Daltry coupled with Pete Townsend's lyrics, which pitch and yaw between the mystical romanticism of youth and the acerbic viewpoint of the quintessential outsider.
  • Pushing the Envelope: Derek Sitter's weirdness propels Fuddy Meers

    A local production of Fuddy Meers comes to Bend.
      Fuddy Meers is a rollercoaster ride. Directed by Derek Sitter, professional actor and founder of both the Actor's Realm and Volcanic Theatre, this David Lindsay-Abaire piece is one of the darkest plays to hit a Bend stage in recent memory.
  • Solving an Early Mid-Life Crisis With Sugar and Guitar in "tick, tick...Boom!"

    Tick, tick...Boom! embraces growing older with an autobiography of Rent creator Jonathan Larson.
      Innovation Theatre Works' new production, tick, tick... Boom! is the rock and pop autobiography of Jonathan Larson, best known as the creator of Broadway sensation Rent. Fans of musical theater will enjoy the pitch-perfect singing of main character Jon, played with enthusiasm by Matt Lutz, who commands the stage with the frenetic energy of a wind-up toy smack in the middle of an early midlife crisis. His girlfriend Susan, played by porcelain songbird Olivia Cherryholmes, presses Jon to give up his dreams and settle into East Hampton domestic bliss as the age of 30 ticks ever so near. John navigates his existential pangs and soothes his Peter Pan complex by condensing his life into rollicking rock show tunes that canonize everything from his jealousy over not driving a BMW to his borderline shameful love of the Twinkie.

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