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  • Feb 5-11, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 6

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Opinion

  • Stalemates and Check Mate A city council showdown,  Daschle dashed, and more!
  • Editorial
  • Stalemates and Check Mate A city council showdown, Daschle dashed, and more!

    The City Standoff Heads or tails. Upfront has been entertained by the new Bend city council's standoff start to the new year. As of Monday councilors remained evenly divided over whom to tap for the seat recently vacated by Chris Telfer, who departed in early January for the state legislature. By law councilors have until Feb. 7 to select Telfer's replacement. That person will serve out the two years remaining on Telfer's term. But several councilors who spoke with Upfront about the stand-off said they didn't foresee any compromise before the deadline, which would force the city to settle the question with a special election (estimated cost $13,000) or with the flip of a coin - a relatively rare but well established political tie-breaker. One councilor who spoke with Upfront on Monday said he thought the council would go with the later method to avoid a costly and politically divisive special election.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • American Mythology

    The letdown after Christmas is a natural time to think about some questionable American customs and thought processes, and perhaps to see the fallacies therein.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Do The Math

    I thank Ken Czepelka (Jan. 29 issue) for responding to my Jan. 22 letter, "The Solution." I don't personally argue with Ken on what he
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Stocking Stuffer

    I have in my possession a document that ensured this Pittsburgh Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XLIII as of Christmas Day 2008. (As you are

Culture

  • Our Picks for the Week of 2/4-2/12
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 2/4-2/12

    My Own Two Feet thursday 5 We thought we'd take another stab at getting the word out about the premiere showing of this snowboard flick that forsake flashy helicopter shots and snow cat transportation for simple human power...as in walking and such. A DJ will start spinning after the screening as ski and snowboard films play in the background to keep the dance party pumping. Oh, and there's plenty of free stuff to be given away! 6pm, The Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. $6, $10/two. Reading the Wonder of Kesey's Notion thursday 5 Here's something you probably didn't know: one of the greatest American novels was written and takes place right here in Oregon. We're talking about none other than Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion and at this discussion, University of Oregon professor David Scott Arnold takes an in-depth look at the novel. 6:30pm. Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St.
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Food & Drink

Screen

  • Scared Skinny: South Korean thriller retread is good for token frights
  • Film
  • Scared Skinny: South Korean thriller retread is good for token frights

    Rub a dub dub. By the time young Emily Browning - the Australian waif who stars in The Uninvited - sees her 8th or 9th scary, decaying corpse come to life I begin to wonder if anyone ever considered late-stage anorexia as a cause for these hallucinations. Between last month's The Unborn (featuring the sharp-hipped Odette Yustman) and this movie, I am now certain that a steady diet of pizza and pancakes can ward off ghosts. Unfortunately the requisite beanpole heroine isn't the only well-beaten path that this film walks. Like other post-holiday horror releases we're treated to basic thriller formulas, teen drinking, PG-13 half-nudity - along with more scared-stiff and seemingly starving protagonists who should probably stop at a deli on the way to the police station.
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Music

  • Straight Pimpin'
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Straight Pimpin'

      It's somewhat difficult to take a band with an intentionally goofy name like The Pimps of Joytime all that seriously. But you should because the Brooklyn-based troupe can seriously funk your face and ass right off your body. Seriously. Well, not literally, but you get the point. Fronted by guitarist, vocalist and all around studio hound Brian J, the band, which features a live lineup as culturally diverse as the band's sound, offers up not just a dance party, but a sophisticated dance party. Funk-laced music oftentimes runs the risk of falling back on the conventions of its genre, and while it's usually skillfully played and danceable, some funk sounds poured straight out of a can. What the Pimps do is spread their funkiness across a span of genres including salsa, hip-hop and soul while Brian J ties it all together in the studio with an edgy modern approach to his production.
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Outside

  • Mid-Winter Stoke: A Postcard from Disney World
  • Outside Features
  • Mid-Winter Stoke: A Postcard from Disney World

    Dear Readers, Greetings from sunny Orlando, Florida! Driving away from the airport through a dead flat sea of urban sprawl on a jam-packed highway tossing quarters into tollbooth baskets, I thought about how much I missed Bend already. I'm here with Meg and Dave Chun to spend four days at Surf Expo, the biggest trade show for the surf industry, selling Kialoa stand-up paddles. Working in the surf biz is a pretty good gig, but even so, you sometimes have to pay your dues. Here, in the land of amusement parks, it's all about escaping reality. My love of surfing is all about connecting to the ocean, oneness with the water, the sun and the moon (what else would you expect from a Pisces?). Ironically, we couldn't be farther from that inside the cavernous, windowless Orange County Convention Center surrounded by thumping music, aisles of stickers and wax flotsam, and a flotilla of surfboards. But, some mid-winter stoke is a very good thing and I thought I'd send some along to the surfers in the crowd.
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Blogs

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