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  • Vol. 12, No. 48

News

  • Local News
  • A One-Way Trip?: Bend's transit supporters weigh next move in the face of cuts

    Chase Hovan is the kind of bus rider who drives Annis Henson crazy. An 18-year old COCC student who is learning to play piano and studying music production, Hovan uses the bus to get to and from his classes almost everyday. Standing at a bus stop outside the local Ace Hardware store on Third Street, Hovan has a snowboarder-style hoodie pulled up against the morning chill. A shock of red hair sticks out from underneath his ball cap; he could probably pass for boarding star Shaun White - or at least as his brother. Asked what he thought of the fledgling bus system, Hovan was quick to speak for its necessity. "It's awesome," he said. "I don't know what I would do if I didn't have it." But when asked if he voted to preserve the bus with a local property tax increase just a few weeks ago, Hovan conceded that he had not.
  • Local News
  • One Way or Another: After losing election, Barram wins council appointment

    In what may be one of its last official actions, the lame duck city council named a fellow "progressive" to fill a vacancy created when councilor and former Mayor Bill Friedman died earlier this month after complications from back surgery. On a "party line" vote councilors took Jodie Barram over Don Leonard and Robin Vora. The three candidates had been culled from a list of more than a dozen applicants for the open spot. It's one of five positions that has been or will have to be filled between November and January through election or appointment as part of an unprecedented turnover on the city council.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • eHarmony comes out of the closet: Sarah Palin's turkey take, Obama's mythology, more

    Re-Nailin' Palin Who you callin' turkey?Even though we've devoted a lot of Upfront and WTF space to Alaska's most endearing governor Sarah Palin and we're pretty sure that 75 percent of readers would like nothing more to never hear her name again, we couldn't resist. Short of Palin actually dressing up in a stars and stripes bikini and shooting a moose with a rifle while waving to the Russians, Palin's recent "Thanksgiving Turkey Massacre" video, which has become a staple of YouTube e-mail forwards says it all. Some background: As part of her duties as governor of the great state of Alaska, Mrs. Palin must pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. Unfortunately, the rest of the turkeys at the Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside of Wasilla, were not as lucky. The scene: While Palin talks about her VP run and her appreciation for "good Americans who are just desiring of their government to kinda get outta the way and allow them to grow and progress and allow their businesses to grow and progress," a turkey is stuffed into a killing cone where its throat is slit and it's bled out into a trough. While Palin answers a question about budget cuts, another unfortunate fowl is crammed down the cone.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • UGB is a Recipe for Sprawl

    This week's letter comes from former city councilor John Schubert who asks a question that's been on a lot of people's minds lately: "What's with the massive urban growth boundary expansion proposal?" An advocate of smart growth and alternative transportation planning, Schubert questions whether the city's past subsidies to the building community have led to the current fiscal crisis in Bend. Thanks for the letter, John. You can claim your prize for this week's winning letter at the Source headquarters, 704 NW Georgia. I recently I flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Moscow and marveled at how clearly the land use patterns unfolded below me. Compact town led to open agricultural land led to forest land, and then the pattern repeated, over and over, mile after mile. No rural sprawl as in Deschutes County; no fuzzy boundary between city and farmland as in Bend; no homes in the forest. Later in the trip I remarked on my flight observations to a German acquaintance I met. I asked why he thought this was so. Without a second hesitation, he said, "It is most certainly because to do anything else is incredibly wasteful of government money and natural resources."
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Imperialism 101

    In preparing a nation for war, imperial war leaders have to create a visible and highly charged emotional sense of injustice and righteousness to secure national cohesion. Their challenge is to overcome the natural human opposition to early death and the destruction of civilian life. The need to invent a cause for war is especially important with imperialist countries, because their national territory is not under threat. There is no visible occupation army oppressing the people in their everyday life nor does the "enemy" disrupt normal life. The task of imperial rulers is to fabricate a world in which the enemy to be attacked is portrayed as an "invader" or "aggressor." Since all US imperial wars are fought overseas - far from any immediate threats, attacks or invasions - US imperial rulers have the special task of making the reasons for war immediate, dramatic and self-righteously defensive.

Culture

  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 11/26-12/4

    Thanksgiving Eve! wednesday 26 This isn't a specific event, per say, but rather recognition of a widely celebrated yet hardly mentioned holiday called Thanksgiving Eve. Every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, revelers from in and out of town flood the bars with the knowledge that they have the following day off (even if it means some semi-stressful family get-togethers).

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Bend Fish Company: Choosing substance over style

    Fish and a smile, what else can you ask for?At Bend Fish Company, no energy is squandered on the superficial. It's all about the food. Besides the stylized fish in the logo, the only other decorative touches in the place are a plastic blue marlin mounted on the wall and a small collection of toy dinosaurs displayed in the window of the sushi counter. Instead of fine china and candles, you get red-checkered paper and fluorescent lights. If it's warm enough, you can opt out of the cafeteria-like interior and take a table on the patio, but even then you'll have to settle for a view of the Blockbuster across the street. However, if you love seafood, you won't mind the lack of ambience. You may hardly even notice. Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the extensive and rather eclectic menu of seafood favorites from around the world, and for those who prefer their own preparations, the beautiful filets of fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, and other delicacies are for sale behind the glass in the front.
  • Chow
  • Happy Hour: Bistro Corlise

    To anyone who has been there, Bistro Corlise happy hour may sound like an oxymoron or some sort of ruse. It's hard to imagine enjoying
  • Chow
  • Bend Fish Company: Choosing substance over style

    Fish and a smile, what else can you ask for?At Bend Fish Company, no energy is squandered on the superficial. It's all about the food. Besides the stylized fish in the logo, the only other decorative touches in the place are a plastic blue marlin mounted on the wall and a small collection of toy dinosaurs displayed in the window of the sushi counter. Instead of fine china and candles, you get red-checkered paper and fluorescent lights. If it's warm enough, you can opt out of the cafeteria-like interior and take a table on the patio, but even then you'll have to settle for a view of the Blockbuster across the street. However, if you love seafood, you won't mind the lack of ambience. You may hardly even notice. Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the extensive and rather eclectic menu of seafood favorites from around the world, and for those who prefer their own preparations, the beautiful filets of fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, and other delicacies are for sale behind the glass in the front.

Screen

  • Film
  • Look What Happens: A mild-mannered skewering of Hollywood big shots

    Cry it out. This fun little movie is actually a light-hearted look at Hollywood back stabbings and financial dealings. In other words, this could have been a scathing expose on Hollywood corruption, but What Just Happened just lets it happen and allows us to be the judge. Robert De Niro plays Ben (yes, just "Ben"), a producer trying to balance his work while juggling a messed-up life involving two ex-wives and kids to go with them. Ben has two big deals in the works: one is a Cannes entry entitled, "Fiercely," starring Sean Penn (as himself), directed by indie filmmaker Jeremy Brunell (a superb Michael Wincott). We only see snippets of the cruel and violent ending scene of "Fiercely," which the producers insist should hit the editing floor. Jeremy takes it badly, promoting tension between producers and himself. The second deal is an action picture starring Bruce Willis (as himself). Here, the dilemma is that Willis, contrary to all advice, has put on weight and grown a Grizzly Adams beard, adding extra girth for his concept of the role then refuses to shave his beard.
  • Film Events
  • Gears of War 2: Grinding through another shooter sequel

    War! What is it good for?When the Xbox 360 was put into the hands of gamers, the one title that was to ride its wave was Halo 3. That was true for the most part, but another shooter has made a lot of gamers happy, the original Gears of War, which was released back in the fall of 2006. The game sold more than five million copies and garnered a huge following. The fact that so many gamers continue to play the original Gears online despite a lot of competition from newer games in the same genre says a lot about the game's strengths.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Blues, Buckets, Repeat: Making sense of Bend's love for Hillstomp

    Prepare to be stomped...again.You can overstay your welcome here in Bend. And I'm not talking about your ski bum cousin who slept on your couch for three months last winter. Rather, I'm referring to out-of-town bands that reappear in town over and over, eventually losing their appeal after that new band smell wears off. We've seen it with reggae bands from Eugene and jam bands from the Bay area. But there are a few bands that we don't mind letting lounge around the figurative couch that is our music scene. Perfect example: Portland's gritty blues rock duo Hillstomp. By this publication's count, the band's show at the Domino Room on Saturday is its fourth appearance in the last year. One might expect the numbers to dwindle with each show, but that isn't the case - these guys are gathering larger crowds each time they cross over the Cascades.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • This Week in Rap: Cramming big hip-hop names into a single week

    Insert ego-stroking self reference. The phenomenon of the multi-platinum, mega-famous rap star is somewhat of a dying trend, but you wouldn't know it by what's on the marquee at Midtown for next week. The venue is host to not just one large-scale rap show, but two in a row. It's former G-Unit member Young Buck headlining a "Hip-hop Comedy Jam" on Tuesday night, then three members of the storied rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony taking to the stage on Thursday night. We've spilled a good amount of ink in the past couple of months about the influx in indie hip-hop making its way through town, we haven't done the same for the big-name, commercial acts like Young Buck and the Bone Thugs guys. This is largely because mainstream hip-hop acts don't stop off in town too often. But this isn't to say there isn't a want for these sort of tours. Hell, even if we're not all that urban, we can still get all crunked up when we find it necessary.

Outside

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • Empty Space Orchestra Video

    On Saturday night, Empty Space Orchestra pretty much destroyed the Domino Room stage (not literally) with a freakishly tight set before Portland' Hillstomp further decimated
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