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  • Mar 6-12, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 10

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Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Blacked Out of the Debate

    I recently sent this e-mail to NBC, parent company of MSNBC: I have a philosophical issue concerning your showing of the recent Democratic presidential debate. In my home town, Bend, Oregon, the only way to watch this debate was to subscribe to a premium cable package. This seems to be counter to the way democracy is intended to work.

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Getting in Touch With My Inner Geek at Gallifrey: A weekend with my fellow Doctor Who fanatics

    A deadly Dalek threatens to EX-TER-MI-NATE other convention-goers. Why aren't they scared?Question: What's geekier than a Star Trek convention? Answer: The 19th annual Doctor Who convention, held a few weeks ago in Southern California. So what was I doing there with more than 1,000 sci-fi geeks at the LAX Marriott hotel? I was looking for a story, but I was also fulfilling a childhood fantasy. I discovered Doctor Who in the late 1970s during the "dark ages" before cable TV. As a latchkey kid, I watched the super campy series after school on PBS. I loved everything about it: the psychedelic intro, the British humor, the tin-foil aliens. It was like tripping on acid at the tender age of 10. The campy, sci-fi series first hit British airwaves in 1963, running for two and a half decades before being cancelled abruptly in 1989.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Hearing Voices: The Summit serves up the latest O'Kane building grub

    The best bangers and mash in town at the Summit.Local legend has it that downtown Bend's O'Kane Building is haunted by the voices of long departed souls. But it's a different kind curse that has vexed many of the recent tenants who have struggled and ultimately failed to gain a foothold in what should be a prime location. Stuft Pizza had a good, long run in the huge restaurant space facing Oregon Avenue. But when rents went north they hightailed it to Highway 97 and died a slow death. Legends, while always packed on weekends, seemed to struggle with consistency and imaging problems. Then came the short-lived catastrophes of On the Rocks and Bend City Grill.
  • Chow
  • Hearing Voices: The Summit serves up the latest O'Kane building grub

    The best bangers and mash in town at the Summit.Local legend has it that downtown Bend's O'Kane Building is haunted by the voices of long departed souls. But it's a different kind curse that has vexed many of the recent tenants who have struggled and ultimately failed to gain a foothold in what should be a prime location. Stuft Pizza had a good, long run in the huge restaurant space facing Oregon Avenue. But when rents went north they hightailed it to Highway 97 and died a slow death. Legends, while always packed on weekends, seemed to struggle with consistency and imaging problems. Then came the short-lived catastrophes of On the Rocks and Bend City Grill.

Screen

  • Film
  • Short and Sweet: Mountainfilm fest brings a weekend of globetrotting films

    A taste of the wonderment that is the Mountainfilm fest.This is your chance to vicariously scale the globe. Mountain bike through an old growth forest, ascend Colorado's Black Canyon, or go fly fishing in Baja, all from the comfort of your Tower Theater seat. Bend-based nonprofit reSource hosts the touring film festival, Mountainfilm on Tour, as a fundraiser for the organization. With an emphasis on sustainable living, the event is also intended to encourage Central Oregonians to make everyday choices that reduce our impact on the environment. Play lists include 7-8 short films per night. Here's are some particularly eyebrow-raising films from the weekend schedule.

Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Fantastic Fiddles: Dropping our jaws with the Celtic Fiddle Festival

    The more strings attached the better when you're talking about Celtic Fiddle Festival.Holy crap, it's March. That means that yet again, it's almost St. Patrick's Day. And that also means that it's quite apt to talk about Irish-influenced music. But before all you snot-nosed Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy punks get your suspenders in a twist of anticipation, let's make clear that the following is entirely about traditional Celtic folk music, which can still be cool. And it's especially cool if the folk music is provided by the Celtic Fiddle Festival - which to the less fiddle-familiar individuals out there is not actually a festival, it's a band comprised of some of the world's finest four-string bowers. The group isn't entirely Irish, as one might expect, but actually features a player from Quebec as well as one from a Celtic region of France. To add to the geographical and nomenclature-related confusion we've likely created thus far, Kevin Burke, the fiddle pioneer known as one of the best living players still touring, actually lives in Portland. So, in short, Celtic Fiddle Festival plays Irish-inspired music, without really residing in or near Ireland.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home!: Taking advantage of natural pesticides

    Transverse Lady Beetle doing its thing: pigging out on aphids.In late summer, my wife and I take a small group to Lava Beds National Monument and neighboring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge to tag Monarch butterflies. While we're about it, we observe thousands of lady beetles gobbling up aphids on the Monarch's food plant, narrow-leaf milkweed. That's OK; that's what lady beetles do - eat pestiferous insects that cause great harm to Monarch caterpillar food and the agricultural and landscaping business. The problem is, as is often the case with the way Man does things, if a little is good, we think that a whole lot more is better - like pesticides. Not so with lady beetles. Unfortunately, the free enterprise system that we all operate within, depend on to make a living and find things in the grocery store got carried away with ladybugs.
  • Outside Features
  • Local Birkebeiners Go Big: Plus 51,000 vertical feet and trail running champs pick Bend

    James Balog Wins Rowell Award The powder returns and luckily there are brave souls to ski it.The Rowell award is given out each year to celebrate the lives of Galen and Barbara Rowell, who died in a plane crash in 2002. The Rowells, with their athletic abilities and adventurous spirits, traveled and climbed all over the world. They captured awe-inspiring photographs wherever they went. When traveling through Bishop, Calif., stop in at the Rowell Gallery to take in hundreds of their breathtaking images. Lupine fields in front of Fitz Roy in Patagonia, gnarled Bristlecone Pines in California's Sierra Nevada 'Range of Light,' skiing in the Alaska Range, and cultural photos of Tibetans, Pakistanis, and Nepalese are just a few of the images chronicling the Rowells' lives.

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