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  • Feb 19-25, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 8

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Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Other Side?

    Why are there no arguments in favor of measure 9-70 in the voters' pamphlet? It seems like a responsible action to require homes to be
  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Broad Brush

    For some time I have heard around town about the Bend police and Deschutes County Sheriff's department being rather abusive of their power. However, recently
  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Stud Convert

    Wow, what a mean-spirited, arrogant letter from B. Graham regarding studded tires. Despite the fact that the author tries to use carefully selected science to

Culture

  • Our Picks for the Week of 2/18-2/26
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 2/18-2/26

    Mass Transit, Mindscape, Gainon the Illyrical friday 20 Start off the weekend with a free night of local hip-hop headlined by the eclectic beats of Mass Transit. The show is hosted by Mindscape, who many of you probably know as Fish from Person People, but he's got a sweet game of his own. Oh yeah, and it's free, did we mention that. 9pm. Players Bar & Grill, 25 NW Century Dr. Cicada Omega, Larry and His Flask friday 20 This Portland band brings a special brand of Kentucky fire and brimstone coupled with rock, soul and blues...and plenty more. Read more about them in the Sound section. 8pm doors, 9:30pm show. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5.  
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Food & Drink

  • Quick Bites - Restaurant Rebound
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  • Quick Bites - Restaurant Rebound

    The once bustling merenda space will reopen as 900 Wall in April. After being courted by several big name chains, the space formerly occupied by Merenda has a new tenant in 900 Wall, a local group spearheaded by former Merenda GM Mike Millette who plans to open his new restaurant in early April. The restaurant will include some minor touchups of the restaurant's interior, which has sat unused since Merenda closed its doors in early January. Millette said the restaurant will be instantly recognizable to Merenda fans, but will feature a retooled menu, which former Merenda and Deep chef Cliff Eslinger is testing right now. The new menu will put focus more on dishes that are accessible and recognizable to the general public. Millette said the restaurant would like to expand from its base of upwardly mobile urban diners to casual and family diners. "Jody's food was tremendous, but there are some people who were really not that knowledgeable about food," Millette said. "We're still a meat and potatoes town."
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  • Quick Bites - Restaurant Rebound
  • Chow
  • Quick Bites - Restaurant Rebound

    The once bustling merenda space will reopen as 900 Wall in April. After being courted by several big name chains, the space formerly occupied by Merenda has a new tenant in 900 Wall, a local group spearheaded by former Merenda GM Mike Millette who plans to open his new restaurant in early April. The restaurant will include some minor touchups of the restaurant's interior, which has sat unused since Merenda closed its doors in early January. Millette said the restaurant will be instantly recognizable to Merenda fans, but will feature a retooled menu, which former Merenda and Deep chef Cliff Eslinger is testing right now. The new menu will put focus more on dishes that are accessible and recognizable to the general public. Millette said the restaurant would like to expand from its base of upwardly mobile urban diners to casual and family diners. "Jody's food was tremendous, but there are some people who were really not that knowledgeable about food," Millette said. "We're still a meat and potatoes town."
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Screen

  • Money Walks: Run Lola Run director misfires with bloated bank thriller
  • Film
  • Money Walks: Run Lola Run director misfires with bloated bank thriller

    Owen and Watts make a lonely run on the bank. I have never been to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, but I imagine the trip would be a heckuva lot more fascinating with non-stop Uzi fire and fountains of spurting blood. That is one thing The International understands pretty well. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a firm grasp on much else. Tom Twyker, the German-born director of 1998's cult hit Run Lola Run, helms The International with the intention of producing a film that is equal parts James Bond and political thought piece. The problem with trying to straddle two very different worlds is that you usually end up with a cramp in your groin and fall flat on your face. That's sort of what happens here.
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  • Jason No-Die! - Friday the Umpteenth adds nothing new to formulaic concept
  • Film
  • Jason No-Die! - Friday the Umpteenth adds nothing new to formulaic concept

    Ahoy there!The same team responsible for the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is back again with less fervor and a rote take on an already tired genre. With the newest Friday the 13th nothing has changed to reinvigorate the worn-out formula. Jason, it seems, has been resurrected for the sole purpose of raking in box office revenue. (Which he did, by the way to the tune of $24 million over opening weekend - tops at the box office) What the film sorely lacks is something dastardly different. Slasher flicks depend on originality because we've seen it all before. While I found it sacrilege to remake TCM, Friday the 13th sinks to new depths.The original film added suspense to the grisly killings with a secret killer whose identity was revealed at the end. Only in serialized sequels does the saga of hockey-masked Jason Voorhees commence. Here in redux land we get a mini intro explaining the decapitation death of Jason's mom and his subsequent rampage. The first part of the movie is strong, reminiscent of 2002's Cabin Fever. Marginally interesting characters actually seem like they're interacting, and the inevitable demise of the oversexed, weed smoking campers is hilarious, frightening and, true to any early slasher flick, ripe with abundant sex, gore and nudity.
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  • Any Way You Slice It
  • Film Events
  • Any Way You Slice It

    How to kill a ninja: You can always kill a ninja with a flurry of indiscriminate sword-swings. But ninjas are resilient little suckers-almost as durable as you are. It can take a lot of sword-swings, which just isn't practical when you're facing a whole pack. If you really want to put a ninja to rest quickly and efficiently, you'll want to bisect them.
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Music

  • Warming Up
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Warming Up

    Sound Check would like to announce that the winter music lull has finally come to an end. We can say this with confidence thanks to the massive pile-up of music that hit town last weekend. It began with a Thursday night jaunt to a packed and delightfully sweaty Silver Moon Brewing Co. where That 1 Guy was using his patented Magic Pipe (which is probably not actually patented) to stir the assembled masses into a funked-out fury. He did the same for the under-21 crowd that packed the sidewalk to get a look at That 1 Guy (real name: Mike Silverman) and his magic tricks, metal breakdowns and constant smiles. Oh yeah, and he turned his homemade instrument into a fog machine on two separate but equally impressive moments.
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  • Studio Tested, Mother Approved: The real Tyler Fortier stands up, and for a good cause
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Studio Tested, Mother Approved: The real Tyler Fortier stands up, and for a good cause

    Thinking of his next album...alreadyPam Fortier didn't have to search too extensively to find musical talent for the benefit she was putting together for her non-profit organization that provides advocates for abused and neglected children. In fact, she didn't have to look past her own family tree to book her son, Tyler Fortier, a Eugene-based singer songwriter who at 23 has already solidified a reputation as a tenacious recording studio hound. "He'd actually mentioned that [CASA] should do a music event and that's kind of what planted the seed in my mind," Pam says. She adds that it wasn't hard to convince Tyler to fill a spot on a bill that also includes local musicians Doug Michaels (who helped arrange the show) and Bo Reynolds. The show is a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Central Oregon, the non-profit organization of which Pam is the executive director.
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  • Sounds from the Squeezebox
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Sounds from the Squeezebox

    Who knew Weird Al had kin in Oregon?Jason Webley plays the accordion and that's probably the first thing you'll notice about him. The next thing that you'll realize is that the Jason Webley Trio, in the spirit of so many other bands that play on the McMenamins' Great Northwest Tour, doesn't fit all that easily into any sort of prepackaged genre. The Seattle-based Webley leads his band through largely up-tempo numbers full of accordion, of course, and laden with a gypsy influence that runs through much of Webley's music. At times the tunes touch on the sort of gypsy fervor made famous by bands like Gogol Bordello, but other tracks like "Almost Time to Go" show Webley's indie-folk tinged songwriting talents. And the full extent of his band is showcased on more rocking cuts like "Ways to Love" that bring to mind the soaring storytelling stylings of bands like The Decemberists or maybe the Mountain Goats. And the accordion isn't a novelty in Webley's act - he knows exactly how to fit it into his songs and also knows when it's time to shift to guitar.
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  • Four Kentuckians in Oregon: Cicada Omega is out of place, but hardly out of tune
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Four Kentuckians in Oregon: Cicada Omega is out of place, but hardly out of tune

    Perhaps we should have got instruments before blowing the budget on these suits.Cicada Omega is a band of Kentuckians living in Portland. The four Southerners are musical expatriates of sorts. They're playing a complicated blend of styles that's anchored in blues but touches on gospel and roots rock in a city where people sometimes might merely stare and wonder what the hell the quartet is doing. Dave Rue is one of Cicada Omega's two percussionists and says that he often finds his band, which is arguably one of the city's most original acts, nonetheless buried within Portland's music scene. "I wouldn't say that it's been really easy for us here. It kind of seems like a lot of the music going on here in Portland isn't like what we're doing," says Rue, an admitted "music junky" whose day job has him working in a world music store.
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Outside

Blogs

  • Division Street Skate Park
  • The Beacon
  • Division Street Skate Park

        On Friday night The Poet House hosted an art auction to raise money for the construction of the Division Street Skate Park.     The donation only event was a silent auction for skate decks painted, heat transferred, screen-printed, photo emulsified and developed, and a myriad of other mixed media art.
  • The Blender
  • WEEKEND WARRIOR 2/20-2/22

    The weekend warrior is back and here again on Friday afternoon to give some helpful pointers for the weekend. Without further adieu: FRIDAY NIGHT - 2/20 Cicada Omega, Larry and His Flask at the Silver Moon Brewing Co.

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