The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Jun 19, 2008
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  • Jun 19-25, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 25



  • Editorial
  • Bonus Coverage: Hanks crosses Pope, Source takes to the air and more

    They don't care how big tom hanks is. Vatican to Hanks: Get Lost The Vatican has told Tom Hanks it doesn't want him in church. It's not his religion they have a problem with - it's the movie he's making. The producers of Hanks' new movie, Angels and Demons, had asked permission to shoot inside two of Rome's historic churches, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria. Fuhgeddaboudit, said the diocese of Rome. Angels and Demons is a prequel to the 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code, based on the blockbuster novel of the same name by Dan Brown, which espoused the controversial (at least to orthodox Christians) theory that Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and had children. Monsignor Marco Fibbi, a diocesan spokesman, told Reuters that the diocese had denied the filmmakers access to the churches because of the movie's subject matter. "It's a film that treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment," Fibbi said. "Normally we read the script but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough."
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Not To Beat A Dead Chipmunk...

    Seems there's an issue about a feral feline at The High Desert Museum and the effect on the other species sharing its environment. Sound familiar?   Why do we always whine about the glowing ember while ignoring the raging forest fire we created behind us? Which species has destroyed and endangered more fellow creatures than any other, including feral felines? Who is wiping out wolves with helicopters and destroying the habitat, not to mention the polar bear species, of our northern regions? Who has destroyed countless species of plants and potential herbal remedies by clear-cutting rainforests? Who created DDT? Which species wiped out the cod fisheries off the east coast of our country? Why don't we all just open our eyes, our minds, and put our mouths and pens to more effective, long-term gains than the future of chipmunks?Yep, I know this would require intelligence and maturity, which may be asking too much of the human species, but why not give the kitty some slack and start cleaning up our own (bigger) mess? One who tries to see the tree from the forest.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • ID Theory Is Science

    Sooner or later everyone asks the question, "Where do we come from?" The answer carries profound implications. Until this question is answered we cannot solve


  • Book Talk
  • Sisters Rode-Ode

    Sisters Rode-Ode By Brad Lockwood The "biggest little" rodeo is in town "The Greatest Show on Dirt!" According to JJ the Clown. Imported princesses, Fort Dalles, Umatilla, Jefferson... Peer and praise until they're done. Denim on denim, top to toe. Wrangler pleats like rails, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 6/18-6/27

    Anastacia wednesday 18 Formerly of the band Threes, Anastacia has a new project going and this free McMenamins performance is her first appearance in a while. Rumor has it that, along with her all-star band of local musicians, she'll be dishing out a brand new bag. 7pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. 382-5174.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: Obama, wine, and you

    tSW's wine column remained neutral through the primary season, but with Senator Barack Obama now the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, and the rhetoric between the
  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: Obama, wine, and you

    tSW's wine column remained neutral through the primary season, but with Senator Barack Obama now the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, and the rhetoric between the


  • Film
  • Not Happening: M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller is all scenery and no substance

    mark Wahlberg and the world's largest bowling bag on tour. M. Night doesn't make horror movies; he makes long Twilight Zone episodes. Shyamalan is known for his narrative twist and turns and surprise endings, but he can't conjure his way out of The Happening's poorly executed script. Most of M's tricks are here but the gimmicks are starting to resemble an aging genre hack. Even his obligatory Hitchcock-esque cameo isn't onscreen-the credits are the only place you'll find him. Unfortunately right when the film gets eerie, it also gets stupid. Underdeveloped characters are complemented by dismal performances from the actors. The initial scene with Elliot (Mark Wahlberg) and Julian (John Leguizamo) is about as phony as movie dialogue gets. And Elliot's marriage to Alma (Zooey Deschanel) isn't remotely convincing. Soap opera dialogue runs rampant with idiotic attempts at tension-releasing comedic banter. The relationship between the two leads is so cute and demeaning that I almost left the theater. Wahlberg plays a guy who keeps it together in the face of doom, but his wimp voice and crybaby attitude dominate the entire evacuation sojourn. He more or less just walks through the role. He had a few chances to chew up the scene. Instead he's a perpetual one-note grimace. Deschanel just runs around batting her baby blues like some kind of coma victim showing us vapidity gone wild. Responding to the theory that terrorists have devised a toxin to make people kill themselves, Alma utters the ridiculous line, "Just when you think no more evil could be invented..."


  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Austin's Latest Drama Show

    Shearwater Rook Matador Upon the first few listens of Shearwater's Rook, I wanted to synch up the tracks to the cartoon version of Watership Down or The Last Unicorn, ala Dark Side of the Moon/Wizard of Oz. Rook is an album worth immersing yourself in, front to back. The Austin-based indie band (which began as a side project of the equally dramatic Okkervil River) has created a vast lyrical narrative that is darkly beautiful and visually apocalyptical. Opening with the lines "From the wreck of the ark to the fading day of our star," lead singer Jonathan Meiburg's voice oscillates between choirboy delicate and forceful, while complex arrangements consisting of strings, harp, piano and bugle tell the story of a world gone wrong. The rockin' title track describes scenes more ominous than a Hitchcock film. The song "Century Eyes" warns: "You are not the last of this house, or the first to go over the side." And "I Was A Cloud" holds no empathy for the naivety of our sad hero with lines like, "Your frantic waving did not provoke feeling/But this little one/Steady your wings now sparrow."
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  • Outside Features
  • Hitting the Trails: Spring Fling adds more MTB trail miles, Dirty Half, more

    The best riding is still ahead of usMore Techy Trail? You Bet   Thanks to the efforts of the 150 volunteers and 21 trail crew leaders who showed up to work during COTA's annual Spring Fling, there's a lot of new trail under construction as well as some revitalized existing trail and some promising reroutes. One of the more interesting reroutes is on COD just above the Inn of The Seventh Mountain on the south side of Century Drive. There, a relatively boring and sandy section of trail has been blocked off and a reroute offering much more technical challenge has been added. "The Forest Service was much more amenable to having a more technical section of trail when we walked the land to lay out the reroute," said COTA trail building and maintenance honcho, Chris Kratsch.


  • The Wandering Eye
  • Smith Cancels His Golf Date

    Gordon Smith - perhaps stung by Democratic criticism of his penchant for buying ultra-expensive golf clubs and hanging out with fat-cat lobbyists - has canceled

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