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  • Jan 15-21, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 3

News

  • Local News
  • Patterson's Golden Parachute

    Mike Patterson - felon. After two years of intermittent verbal and physical abuse at the hands of her husband, Mike, things came to a head

Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Stick That List

    In keeping with our newly minted tradition of highlighting the best (and worst) reader call outs for the Letter of the Week, we're spotlighting this
  • Letters to the Editor
  • So Long, Farewell...

    Hi, I want to thank Bend for giving me an opportunity to explore the countless mountain biking trails in and around Bend. As a biking commuter I will be relocating to California since I can bike commute 12 months out of the year without the worry of iced up bike lanes.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Mr. Big Shot

    I found it interesting how the settlement concerning the litigations involving the minuscule compensation to KFXO TV by BendBroadband coincided Tuesday evening...logic tells us some

Culture

  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 1/14-1/22

    Too Slim & The Taildraggers friday 16 Check out the sound section for more on this longstanding Northwest band that is self-described as "whiskey blues with a southern rock beer chaser." As far as alcohol-based analogies go, this is pretty damn spot on. 9pm. $14/advance, $16/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. End of an Error friday 16-tuesday 20 With Obama's inauguration coming up (see writeup on this page) the last thing many of us want to do is think about the past eight years. But what this past administration has done is inspire a steady wave of protest, which this display puts front and center with photos of protests, a slideshow, protest signs and more. You can also swing by the location on Tuesday for an inauguration watch party. Fri 7pm-12am, Sat-Mon. 10am-10pm, Tues 8am. Old Mill Marketplace, 550 SW Industrial Dr. (between Webcyclery and Curiosity Shop). Free.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Hong Kong's Bamboo Makeover

    Hong Kong has long been known by locals as one of the Bend's stalwart Asian restaurants offering up consistently solid takes on Cantonese, Szechwan and
  • Chow
  • Hong Kong's Bamboo Makeover

    Hong Kong has long been known by locals as one of the Bend's stalwart Asian restaurants offering up consistently solid takes on Cantonese, Szechwan and

Screen

  • Film
  • Stillborn: Bonehead evil lurks behind blue eyes

    Do you find me creepy?The Unborn is not scary enough to be good and too serious to be "so bad it's good." The flick is a gab-fest generic possession story that goes beyond absurd and way beyond caring if it makes sense or not. The convoluted mess of a plot doesn't even try to win you over; it just employs one sad old trick after another; a crumbling insane asylum, tricky mirrors and doorways-there's even the medicine cabinet mirror trick that I have complained about so often. The newest twists thrown in are some hints of Jewish folklore, the Kabbalah and crickets from Jerusalem. The snappy and clearly intended-to-be-witty dialogue tries to distract, but it's so off the hook that you'll want to run out and rent your favorite horror movie to wash the memory out of your eyes.
  • Film
  • Get Off My Lawn: Eastwood's performance drives Gran Torino

    I finish things. In Hollywood, there's following convention, defying convention, and then there's Clint Eastwood, who created his own set of conventions, and is now shredding them to pieces in the last decade of a career spanning more than 50 years. I'm required to say this whenever I review an Eastwood film. That said, Gran Torino probably ranks in the bottom half of Eastwood's past six or seven films, which is sort of like saying Oprah isn't quite the richest woman in the world. And while I've been tempted to conclude that his directorial outings fare better without him in front of the camera, this film is Exhibit A in the case to prove me wrong.
  • Film Events
  • Purple Dragons, Oh My!: Spyro Dawn of the Dragon

    Puff on this dragon.Ever since Mario took the game scene by storm there have been many attempts to steal the limelight from the-little-plumber-that-could, with little success. One exception is Spyro the Dragon. The first Spyro game was released in 1998 on the original Playstation. The game was a straightforward platform game with Spyro freeing fellow dragons from their crystal prisons. The game won praise from gamers and spawned several sequels. Now comes the latest Spyro adventure, which is really more of a remake. The game uses an all-star cast of actors playing the main characters, including Spyro and sidekick Cynder. The game concludes much like the original game wherein Spyro must defeat his archenemy Malefor, the Dark Master.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • One for the Vault

    Ryan Adams and the Cardinals Cardinology Lost Highway Records At 34 years old, Ryan Adams has achieved a good deal as a musician. From punk roots in a hot North Carolina music scene in the early '90's, he grew into an alt-country songwriter as a founding member of the renowned underground country band Whiskeytown.
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  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Still Punk: Twenty years of doing things the Guttermouth way

    Who's up for a jog?On a Friday morning, Guttermouth front man Mark Adkins talks for more than an hour over the telephone from his home in San Clemente, Calif. about, politics, honesty, distance running, guitar down strokes, Hot Topic stores, paddle boarding, real estate values, self-imposed racial segregation and several other topics related or un-related to punk rock. Adkins is funny, knowledgeable and courteous, but is also supremely confident in his opinions. In a strange way, the Guttermouth front man is punk rock and anti-punk rock all at once. The 42-year-old Adkins is known for his boisterous stage antics and his practice of gently (and sometimes not so gently) harassing his audience, but he's also deftly intelligent and in supreme physical shape. He says that after our conversation he's going to run between eight and 10 miles. How punk rock is that? But it seems that Adkins has struck a balance after 20-plus years of playing in Guttermouth and gladly celebrates his two decades in punk.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Fighting the Winter Blues: Too Slim and the Taildraggers play blues for all seasons

    Blues through the fisheye.Tim Langford has seen some of the wildest weather of his life in the recent weeks. More than a foot of snow fell outside his downtown Seattle home, which forced someone to abandon a city bus in front of his house. Not long afterwards he was dealing with flooding from the melting snow. And the road didn't offer any refuge for Langford, better known as Too Slim, who had a large-scale Christmas show slated in Spokane canceled before the holidays when some five feet of snow fell on that city - which happens to be his hometown. But with I-5 reopened and a freakish warming trend hitting the Northwest, all looks good for Too Slim and the Taildraggers' show at the Domino Room on Friday night. With the tumultuous weather behind him, Langford is excited to get back on the stage - something he's been doing for much of his life and more than 20 years alone with his current band.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Owl Quiz II: Another test of your owl knowledge

    Give a hoot.If you are wondering what happened to the second part of our "little" Owl Quiz, the answer is it got too big. So, if you still want to have a good time with the quiz, you'll have to wait until my website, www.northwestnaturalist is up and running, which should be in about a week. In the meantime, let's discuss six of the remaining eight, one of them a newcomer, the barred owl. This pugnacious alien wandered into the Northwest from eastern areas of Canada and the U.S. It's one of the owls I grew up with, the other being the great horned - which I had to eat when my grandfather said, "Whatever you shoot, Jimmy, you eat." Barred owls, as far as I know, are the only owl in North America with an eight-note call. The northern spotted owl comes close, because they are genetically and physically very similar, but once you've heard them both, there is no question whooo-is-whooo-t-whooo.
  • Outside Features
  • Winter Tidbits: A Tri, Give it a Try, Hoodoo and Roos

    WINTER TRI Iced up at Bachelor.Some people just don't learn. Which is why it looked like a reunion of Masochists Anonymous when I showed up at the start line for the 2009 USAT Winter Triathlon National Championship last Sunday at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. Most of the faces were familiar from last year's event, also held at Mt. Bachelor, with competitors flying in from places like Colorado and Alaska to vie for berths for the World Championships in Gaishorn, Austria coming up in February. One new face in the crowd was Ned Overend, the first ever world mountain biking champion, which was pretty cool. Conditions were much better this year for the run/bike/ski event, with a bike course that was firmer and more rideable. Brian Smith from Gunnison, Colo. finally dethroned perennial champion Mike Kloser from Vail. Local professional bike racer Carl Decker, who had been sighted actually running in a velour warm-up suit earlier in the week, took third place. In the women's race, Olympic Nordic ski racer Rebecca Dussault, also from Gunnison, won handily. Sarah Max was the top Bend finisher in fifth place. I got passed by Kloser's 15-year-old son Christian during the bike leg. Nice genes.

Blogs

  • The Beacon
  • Clean Pipes

    Bachelor got their pipe cut just in time for this weekend's Enter The Dragon competition. The park crew has really been putting in the hours
  • The Beacon
  • January Sun

    Our region has been bombarded by sun recently. Unfortunately sun in January usually means ice, and this is no exception. One ill advised run on
  • The Blender
  • Music Video Contest Voting Starts Thursday

    Due to technical difficulties, the voting for the Source Weekly/Far From Earth Films music video contest will begin tomorrow, rather than today, as originally posted. Sorry about this, but we promise to have all the tracks posted tomorrow.

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