• Issue of
  • Sep 18-24, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 38

News

  • A Fine Line
  • Local News
  • A Fine Line

    A revamp of state ethics laws has closed the door on lavish gifts and trips for lawmakers. However, it doesn't prevent members of Crook County's

Opinion

  • The Schools'  Corporate Sell-Out
  • Editorial
  • The Schools' Corporate Sell-Out

    America already has the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the FedEx Orange Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl - not to mention the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl,
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Fair and Balanced

    I found Sunday's editorial by John Costa "Convention Coverage Was Fair" to be laughable. I believe every publication has the right to espouse their beliefs,

Culture

  • Under Pressure: Atelier 6000 gets things rolling ... literally.
  • Culture Features
  • Under Pressure: Atelier 6000 gets things rolling ... literally.

    Last Sunday afternoon, a group of 27 artists, art aficionados and curious bystanders crowded into the parking lot of Atelier 6000 - a small art studio/workshop in the Old Mill District whose name was derived from the French word for "workshop"-to watch an enormous steamroller run over wooden plates that the artists spent as many as four weeks working on. With the very real chance that the steamroller would crush the plates and leave nothing but a mess of paint, wood splinters and carpet padding, the crowd anxiously waited for the steamroller to back away from the printing surface. Owner Pat Clark along with Bruce Emerson and artist Dawn Emerson approached the area, pulled back the padding and lifted the large white sheets of paper from the plate. Emerson's design, a horse, survived the steamroller's crushing weight and the resulting print drew applause and "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd. Clark, an emeritus professor from the California State system on a "failed retirement" says she wanted to do an event like this because it gave artists an opportunity to create prints on a larger scale and showed the community another side of print making.

Food & Drink

  • Sushi for the Masses: Mio brings the dollar down on Japanese cuisine
  • Chow Features
  • Sushi for the Masses: Mio brings the dollar down on Japanese cuisine

    Mama Mio, affordable sushi in Bend? Bonzai!When someone mentions sushi as an option, the dollar signs often start flashing in diners' minds. That's because the commonly held notion is that this Japanese culinary treat is expensive and not really that filling. Mio Sushi is trying to put an end to that perception and is doing so not with mini boats, conveyor belts or pre-made rolls, but with freshly made dishes ranging from traditional nigiri sushi to Americanized house rolls. A welcome addition to Cascade Village Mall, Mio Sushi is located across from The Bungalow Tropical Bar and Grille and is the first of the Portland-based chain to open outside the Portland area. The interiors are very similar to the Portland locations-clean, cool colors, modern fixtures, an ample sushi bar and LOTS of staff yelling "irasshaimase" (please come in!) when you walk in the door. We started out our meal with the kid-pleasing miso soup ($1.50) and edemame ($2.94). Slurping savory soup right out of the bowl and popping salt beans from the pod kept our two kindergarteners happy while we filled out our sushi order.
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  • Quick Bites - The Walk of Wine: Promenade du Vin
  • Chow Features
  • Quick Bites - The Walk of Wine: Promenade du Vin

    Pouring a little out for a cause. One event that helped put Bend on the culinary map is the annual Sagebrush Classic, a golf tournament that hosts a lavish feast featuring famous chefs from around the country. With no shortage of golf courses, or those who love to golf, other such events have sprouted up in Central Oregon such as the Ghost Tree Classic. This year the prominent wine tasting fundraiser, formerly known as Wine by the River, paired up with the Ghost Tree Classic and changed its name to Promenade du Vin. Organized before the Friday dinner that commanded $300 per seat, the Promenade du Vin was casual, affordable and benefited a great cause: the Hospice Center of Bend and La Pine. Stretching out over the lush lawn in front of Pronghorn's grand clubhouse, wineries hosted tastings under white tents. Over 25 wineries displayed their wares, offered tastes and gave event goers a chance to talk with wine makers. There were seminars on chocolate and wine and a Master Wine Competition. Along with wine makers there were also a few artisan cheese makers, including Tumalo Farms, which sampled its fabulous Remembrance and Classico, and an Irish dairy called Kerry Gold. Moonstruck Chocolates added some sweetness to the mix, as did Extreme Chocolate and Meeteetse Chocolatier.
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  • Quick Bites - The Walk of Wine: Promenade du Vin
  • Chow Features
  • Quick Bites - The Walk of Wine: Promenade du Vin

    Pouring a little out for a cause. One event that helped put Bend on the culinary map is the annual Sagebrush Classic, a golf tournament that hosts a lavish feast featuring famous chefs from around the country. With no shortage of golf courses, or those who love to golf, other such events have sprouted up in Central Oregon such as the Ghost Tree Classic. This year the prominent wine tasting fundraiser, formerly known as Wine by the River, paired up with the Ghost Tree Classic and changed its name to Promenade du Vin. Organized before the Friday dinner that commanded $300 per seat, the Promenade du Vin was casual, affordable and benefited a great cause: the Hospice Center of Bend and La Pine. Stretching out over the lush lawn in front of Pronghorn's grand clubhouse, wineries hosted tastings under white tents. Over 25 wineries displayed their wares, offered tastes and gave event goers a chance to talk with wine makers. There were seminars on chocolate and wine and a Master Wine Competition. Along with wine makers there were also a few artisan cheese makers, including Tumalo Farms, which sampled its fabulous Remembrance and Classico, and an Irish dairy called Kerry Gold. Moonstruck Chocolates added some sweetness to the mix, as did Extreme Chocolate and Meeteetse Chocolatier.
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  • Sushi for the Masses: Mio brings the dollar down on Japanese cuisine
  • Chow Features
  • Sushi for the Masses: Mio brings the dollar down on Japanese cuisine

    Mama Mio, affordable sushi in Bend? Bonzai!When someone mentions sushi as an option, the dollar signs often start flashing in diners' minds. That's because the commonly held notion is that this Japanese culinary treat is expensive and not really that filling. Mio Sushi is trying to put an end to that perception and is doing so not with mini boats, conveyor belts or pre-made rolls, but with freshly made dishes ranging from traditional nigiri sushi to Americanized house rolls. A welcome addition to Cascade Village Mall, Mio Sushi is located across from The Bungalow Tropical Bar and Grille and is the first of the Portland-based chain to open outside the Portland area. The interiors are very similar to the Portland locations-clean, cool colors, modern fixtures, an ample sushi bar and LOTS of staff yelling "irasshaimase" (please come in!) when you walk in the door. We started out our meal with the kid-pleasing miso soup ($1.50) and edemame ($2.94). Slurping savory soup right out of the bowl and popping salt beans from the pod kept our two kindergarteners happy while we filled out our sushi order.
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Outside

  • Ticked Off by Lyme Disease: Staying safe in the waning days of tick season
  • Natural World
  • Ticked Off by Lyme Disease: Staying safe in the waning days of tick season

    Female ticks pre and post meal. Summer is quickly sliding away, fall is soon to arrive and by October we'll see the end of the so-called "tick season." Although rare, tick-borne diseases can leave us with serious medical problems, perhaps one of the worst is the dreaded specter, Lyme disease (LD). This illness is no laughing matter for the victim or the medical personnel trying to figure out what to do about it. If allowed to remain in our bodies for long, so many things can go wrong it becomes almost impossible to know how to combat all the ailments, or what they are and where they came from. The "good news" is that the ticks in the above photo are local wood ticks, and as of today, are not known to carry Lyme disease bacterium. That distinction falls to the deer tick, a close cousin.
  • Gratitude: Surviving a close call
  • Outside Features
  • Gratitude: Surviving a close call

    I'm grateful to be alive. On Labor Day, I decided to go for a quick little late-afternoon out-and-back ride on Skyliner. I was just about home, cruising down Galveston toward the Flaming Chicken, when a beige Toyota Prius in the oncoming lane suddenly turned left directly into my path. The scene has been replaying itself over and over in my mind in slow motion. I braked hard, but there was absolutely nothing I could do. My bike and my body slammed into the front quarter panel and passenger side door, ripping off the side view mirror. I somersaulted across the windshield and crash landed on the other side. Intense pain set in about 10 seconds later. People were instantly there as I lay on the asphalt, clutching my left shoulder and moaning in pain. I remember yelling "Call an ambulance!" and then repeating two phrases: "Can someone give me pain medication?" and "It's not fair." A person in the small crowd came up to me, I think his name was Bill, and said, "I'm a first responder." He started the process of assessing me for head trauma and spinal cord injury and stabilizing my spine.

Screen

  • Time to blow more stuff up! - Mercenaries 2:World in Flames
  • Film Events
  • Time to blow more stuff up! - Mercenaries 2:World in Flames

    Back in 2005, game developers Pandemic and LucasArts released Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction on the original Xbox and PlayStation 2 systems. This game was one of the few that was able to take the sandbox game-play of the Grand Theft Auto series and put a fun and exciting spin on it. As in the first game, Mercenaries 2 is a third-person sandbox game with a few additions and improvements including an online co-op play mode, an upgraded physics game engine, the ability for characters to swim and a cool option to burn stuff in hopes of creating more chaos. The game has three characters from the previous game to choose from including Chris Jacobs, Jennifer Mui and Mattias Nilsson. You get to choose what character to play and each has his or her own unique abilities to get the job done. The story places the player in pursuit of a drug lord named Solano who contracted the services of a mercenary (that's you) and then gives you the finger instead of paying you your hard-earned cash. With the overthrow of the Venezuela government, Solano takes the reins as a dictator, and thus takes control of the country's oil supply. As this chaos ensues, other factions arise against Solano and as a betrayed mercenary, you side with any of them to seek your revenge and maybe make some pocket change along the way. At its heart, Mercenaries 2 is a game about finding trouble and blowing stuff up.
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  • Hell and Back Again: Lakeview Terrace doesn't add anything new to a familiar thriller sub-genre
  • Film
  • Hell and Back Again: Lakeview Terrace doesn't add anything new to a familiar thriller sub-genre

    There's a place where I can go...It took Lakeview Terrace to remind me that we didn't know how good we had it in the early 1990s. The Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall had crumbled, leaving post-Cold War America without a real international threat; terrorism was a vague concept. Yet if you were to judge by the movies, we were all buckets of free-floating anxiety convinced that everyone around us would stab us in the neck with a letter opener if we looked at them sideways. Yes, it was the golden age of the "fill-in-the-blank from hell" thriller-that time when your babysitter (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), your roommate (Single White Female), your co-worker (The Temp), the girl next door (The Crush) or your kid's new stepparent (Domestic Disturbance) was a psycho-in-waiting. Lakeview Terrace appears in an age when paranoia seems just a bit more justified, and you'd think that there would be room to re-explore the genre in light of this. Instead, we get more or less what we would have gotten 18 years ago: middling melodrama too concerned with providing visceral kicks to uncover anything truly psychologically insightful.
  • Self Righteous: DeNiro and Pacino take on water at every turn
  • Film
  • Self Righteous: DeNiro and Pacino take on water at every turn

    Even the dynamic duo can't save this disaster. Expectations abound for a movie co-starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Their only recent movie together, Heat, although considered brilliant by most observers, had just one scene in which they were on screen together. In their new film Righteous Kill, they are Siamese twins, cop buddies, together in virtually every scene. And let's be honest, these two can carry a mediocre film on their collective backs. They both have careers which need no buoying up, and if any two actors working today could be called living legends, it's probably these two. What's not derivative these days in a cop movie? We start with the killings of people whom the world would not miss: child rapists, Russian mobsters, a seedy collection of low lives whose deaths probably serve to improve the lives of others in New York.

Music

  • Anywhere, Anytime: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad's bold movement
  • Sound Features
  • Anywhere, Anytime: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad's bold movement

    An American Band in Jamaica, part I.Taking your all-white, six-piece reggae band to Jamaica is a bold move. It certainly takes some balls. In some respects, this is akin to growing up in Norway crafting since the age of seven what you believe is an authentic and high-quality country western act, then taking your show across the Atlantic to Nashville. So, it was with a bold stride that drummer Chris O'Brian and the five other members of Rochester, New York's Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad arrived in the birthplace of reggae a little over a year ago. "As a large reggae ensemble of Caucasians from upstate New York, we tried not to let ourselves get singled out for playing this music that has spread all over the world in a short amount of time. We don't take it heavy, we don't take it lightly, we just don't even take it when people come with their funny look on their face," O'Brian says rather assertively while driving on the Massachusetts Turn Pike on the way to what will be GPGDS' second festival appearance of the day.
  • Hip-Hop on Parade: Trading E-mail with Aesop Rock
  • Sound Features
  • Hip-Hop on Parade: Trading E-mail with Aesop Rock

    You need goggles like that when you send these kind of e-mails.Aesop Rock is coming to Bend along with the esteemed gentlemen of the Hieroglyphics crew and a gaggle of other hip-hop all stars for what very well might be the most prolific hip-hop event this town has seen since we got that shipment of water-damaged Sir Mix A Lot cassettes in '91. I wanted to get some phone time with Aesop Rock, but was told that Mr. Rock prefers questions be directed his way in the form of e-mail. I obliged and here's what Aesop Rock had to type about Tom Waits, curtain installation and reading National Geographic: tSW: A slightly pedantic question: Indie hip-hop, or alternative hip-hop or however you want to "genre-ify" it, seems to be increasingly drawing on influences outside of the hip-hop arena. What's your most significant non-hip-hop influences past and present? Aesop Rock: Probably either the Mountain Goats or Tom Waits. They both happen to strike that chord in me that usually only a savage MC can get to. They both are masters at their craft, they put a massive amount of effort into the lyric-writing aspect of all of this, and each have distinct deliveries that work hand-in-hand with the way they write. I'm a longtime fan of both. Tom Waits' albums have such unique production, and overall drunkenness to them. I dunno, I could go on about them each forever.

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