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  • Oct 9-15, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 41

Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Ben Is My Guy

    As a long time resident of Bend, this election seems to be evolving to be one of the most "sit up and take notice" events,
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Grow a Heart

    In reference to your Upfront article last week, the column entitled "World Gone Wild," I can't believe what a callous and demeaning statement Ric E.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Freaked Out

    Frankly, it scares the heck out of me that someone like Sarah Palin, who desires to be Raptured, has a possibility of being in control

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Get Your Eyeballs Ready for BendFilm

    Big Names at BendFilm There are several facets of a film festival, but in one respect, the festival can be split into two areas: there's the excitement of film buffs taking in day after day of independent cinema and then there's the filmmakers who show up in town to well, watch other people watch their films. Oh, and those filmmakers are hoping that the big names also in attendance take notice of their work. This year's BendFilm features the most significant gathering of industry powerhouses in the festival's existence. The most notable name appearing is Tony Safford, head of Acquisitions Worldwide for Twentieth Century Fox, which means he's been behind films like Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You For Smoking. Before getting into the world of acquisitions, Safford was the program director at the Sundance Film Festival. So yeah, this guy knows how the festival world works - and filmmakers are certainly hoping Safford takes a look at their flicks.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the week of 10/8/08

    BendFilm Festival thursday-sunday 9-12 Movies, movies, movies. Documentary movies, feature-length movies, short movies, tall movies, round movies, square movies.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • The Other BBC

    It's What's for DinnerThere's probably been no clearer example of the changing economics of Bend's restaurant landscape than the recent closing of fine dining favorite
  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: The Dive Brunch

    After a long weekend of revelry, the mantra that goes through many of our heads is some variation on the Replacements lyric All I want
  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: The Dive Brunch

    After a long weekend of revelry, the mantra that goes through many of our heads is some variation on the Replacements lyric "All I want
  • Chow
  • The Other BBC

    It's What's for DinnerThere's probably been no clearer example of the changing economics of Bend's restaurant landscape than the recent closing of fine dining favorite

Screen

  • Film
  • Reviving the Western

    Somewhere in the slipstream, between nostalgia and morality, resides the American western. It's proved to be a worthy packhorse for values clarification and sagas about
  • Film
  • Blind Man's Bluff

    Blindness is a strange movie. It's like a diary of someone paralyzed by fear, a metaphor for socio-politico human tendencies, plus a vision of personal
  • Film Events
  • A Base on Balls: Mario Super Slugger is a decent addition, but no home run

    Over the years there have been many Mario games that feature Mario in different sports, including Mario Super Baseball, which was released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2005. Like many other Mario sports games it had a fun arcade feel, great graphics, comic voices, special super moves and lots of fun stuff to do. Now the Wii gets its own turn with Mario Super Slugger, a game that has its share of fun for the baseball and Mario lover Publisher Namco has done a great service by making this game feel like a first-party Nintendo game by using all the great Mario characters with a nice polish. Following in the footsteps of Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Super Sluggers takes the best part of its predecessor and molds them to the Wii's controller. You can play exhibition games on Princess Peach's new baseball island resort, or in a RPG-type challenge mode where that rascal Bowser Jr. causes players mayhem. There is also a collection of mini games that hone your basic baseball skills and a welcome return of Toy Field, which adds a dash of darts to the pitch-and-hit experience.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Big Sounds in Small Rooms and Rain in the Outback

    Silver Moon in a Can? Hey there Jake Bellows, You wanna Miller Lite?When Jake Bellows, the front man for increasingly buzzed about band Neva Dinova (see last week's issue for a full feature on the Omaha band), pulled a can of Miller Lite from behind his amp on the Silver Moon Brewing Co. stage and took a long pull, the crowd (Sound Check included) that had just had its attention super-glued to the triple guitar attack of the band cringed politely.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Have a Pint with Gaelic Storm: World music chart-topper pays first-ever visit to Bend

    Wait, are you calling the fashion police on yourself?Ever have one of those nights where the house band in some Irish pub is so much fun to sing along with and dance to that the night could stretch into sunrise and not only would it be all right, the idea actually makes sense because several pitchers of beer and that one group of friends - you know the one - told you it would be OK? Gaelic Storm is that band. They're infectious. They're the definition of fun. They're meant to be seen rather than heard. They have the ability to make a show played at a venue the size of Bend's Tower Theatre, where they'll perform Monday, feel like it's actually taking place inside some hole-in-the-wall bar where the only drink choices are Guinness, Harp and Irish whiskey. They're a sing-along, dance 'till you drop, make-it-up-as-they-go, Celtic band whose music sticks in your head for days after hearing it.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Seated, But Not Sitting Out: The subdudes go low key and lowercase

    The subdudes dress for the occasion.According to the subdudes guitarist and lead vocalist Tommy Malone, the band has decided to take a seat for a while. And he means that literally. Just like their intentional lower-casing of their band's name, the five-piece roots rock band with plenty of soul is stepping back from their electric instruments to sit down in a quieter, softer stage approach. "We're liking this configuration so much that we're thinking of making it a permanent thing," Malone says of the band's seated and acoustic take on their current tour, which can be seen on its new concert DVD to be released just three days after the subdudes' Sunday night appearance at the Riverhouse Convention Center as part of local radio personality Elise Michael's birthday party.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Rats, Fleas and History: And why the plague is a total bummer

    Golden mantle ground squirrel mooching at Crater Lake.A little while back, I went to the defense of our much-maligned rodent-eating reptilian friend, the Western Rattlesnake. In that piece, I asked people to be considerate of where they go and how they act while in rattlesnake country. The same holds true when among rodents. No one in their right mind would invite a rattlesnake into their lap to munch on a rodent, the same holds true for our friendly - sometimes way too friendly - peanut-eating, Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel, Spermophilius lateralis. Rattlesnakes injure and kill people by biting and injecting venom; ground squirrels kill people by sharing their fleas that in turn bite people and inject one of the deadliest diseases to infect humanity: the Black Death. And, so you get the point, the fleas that carry the disease can be found on several species of rodents living throughout Central Oregon.
  • Outside Features
  • Farewell, Kimbo

    There's plenty to catch up on in the sports world. Baseball playoffs are in full swing (no pun intended) with Boston securing the final spot in the championship series on Monday night with an extra innings win over Anaheim, most NFL teams are nearly a third of a way through the season, the NHL officially starts domestic play on Thursday night and the NBA preseason is just getting underway. But that's not what Left Field is tuned into this week. No our attention was fixed on the world of mixed martial arts (i.e. ultimate, i.e. cage) fighting where former street fighter, porn industry body guard and Internet sensation Kimbo Slice was cut down just 14 seconds into a match with a stand-in fighter on network television.
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  • Outside Features
  • FAT City: Fat Tires and the Skinny on Body Fat

    Fat fun on the Metolius Windigo.The organizers of Bend's Big Fat Tour (BBFT) called me up recently to invite me to ride in their 14th annual mountain biking event October 17-19th. Unfortunately, I had to take a rain check, but I'll be there next year for sure simply because founder Paul Thomasberg waxes so poetic about it:

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • Outback Fest Photos

    So, this week's Sound Check told you about the Outback Festival down in Paisley, but didn't give you much visual representation...and visual representation means "pictures"

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