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  • Vol. 13, No. 12

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Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Cheney Vs. Reason: The return of the Veep, AIG bonuses, and Other Stimulating News

    So Very Stimulated Missing robot. Reward offered if found.Hear that? The sweet sound of shovels clunking at frozen ground from sea to shining sea - Obama's $787 billion Stimulus Bill is in full effect! Only the murmur of the mob giggling in backrooms, divvying cement contracts and dead fishies, can overwhelm the anxious silence as billions of dollars flood our nation to rebuild roads, grids, bridges and bruised egos. Only South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford isn't content: The White House recently rejected his request to use up to $700 million to pay down his state's debt. Huh? You will remember that Sanford was one of the "unsmart" GOP loyalists to earlier refuse any stimulus dollars; in an annoying about-face, Sanford then asked for a waiver to pay retirement debt that plagues South Carolina like enslaved labor once did. Now Sanford is saying he (again) won't accept any stimulus dollars, which his constituents will surely appreciate - South Carolina has an unemployment rate of 10.4%, the second highest in the country.
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Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Climbing for a Cause: Jonathan Fessler heads to Nepal, camera in hand

    Heading for the peak...Last Friday afternoon, Jonathan Fessler was working busily to finish up some editing work on local television commercials. But in a little more than two weeks later, Fessler will be in Kathmandu, Nepal and prepping for a climb of a 20,000-foot peak. It's a quick change, to say the least, and not just in elevation. Fessler, 26, a Bend-based filmmaker who had been working for KTVZ and also shot and edited the recent locally made short film "Age, Sex, Location," is part of a team headed to Nepal for a project tentatively titled "Climbing for Heathcare." Fessler is the producer and director of a documentary headed up by Les Zollbrecht and the Mountain Leadership Institute, following six men traveling to Nepal to raise awareness about the need for healthcare in an area where residents must endure a nine-hour walk in order to receive care at a hospital.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 3/18 - 3/26

    American Nobody w/Anastacia thursday 19 This guy, whose real name is Brian Granse, turned some ears when he breezed through town in February. Now, he's back again and kicking off another Central Oregon jaunt with this show in Sisters with Anastacia. Hey, did you hear she won the Source/Far From Earth Films Music Video contest? 7pm. $4. Three Creeks Brewing Co., 721 Desperado Ct, Sisters. Crystal Dragons friday 20 This will be the third installment of this insanely innovative artistic presentation that features music, visual and performing arts and spoken word. The show, which has a whimsical space man theme, is produced by local artistic wizard Joe Kimmel and features the narration of Jonathan Ludwig. Chalk this up as one of the coolest things you'll ever see around here...even if you do have to head up to Redmond to see it this time around. Doors at 7pm. 7:30pm-9:30pm Friday, Mar 20. Evergreen Studios, 435 SW Evergreen Ave. $5.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Fireside Red: Reignited and brighter than ever

    Firesid red-back in the game, back on the plateThere were a lot of disappointed diners back in December when word got out that Fireside red's brief but bright flame would be prematurely extinguished. The deluge of closings downtown didn't help dispel the rumors. But as management insisted all along, a couple of months later from the ashes emerged, well, Fireside red-largely unscathed and not palpably all that different. A short period of retooling produced a variety of subtle-yet-notable improvements, but the overall feel of the place is largely intact. The interior received a makeover, though the before-and-after comparison is not striking at first glance. On closer inspection, however, while the palette and some of the detail is the same, the layout is actually quite different and much more user friendly. The bar area has been cordoned off with a bank of red booths and expanded, apparently a very wise move as it seems to be the first area to fill. There's also a chef's counter with bar stools where diners can watch the kitchen in action. And the dining room, which was formerly a wide-open space with rows of tables, is now divided into blocks of tables and booths that make the room cozier and the seating more comfortable. The amazing outdoor deck overlooking the Deschutes is thankfully unchanged. The wide-screen TVs are also still there and still a little too prominent for my taste, but they have loaded the two in the dining area with a slide show of alternating quotations and works of art. It's a start, but wouldn't hurt to turn them off on occasion.
  • Chow
  • Fireside Red: Reignited and brighter than ever

    Firesid red-back in the game, back on the plateThere were a lot of disappointed diners back in December when word got out that Fireside red's brief but bright flame would be prematurely extinguished. The deluge of closings downtown didn't help dispel the rumors. But as management insisted all along, a couple of months later from the ashes emerged, well, Fireside red-largely unscathed and not palpably all that different. A short period of retooling produced a variety of subtle-yet-notable improvements, but the overall feel of the place is largely intact. The interior received a makeover, though the before-and-after comparison is not striking at first glance. On closer inspection, however, while the palette and some of the detail is the same, the layout is actually quite different and much more user friendly. The bar area has been cordoned off with a bank of red booths and expanded, apparently a very wise move as it seems to be the first area to fill. There's also a chef's counter with bar stools where diners can watch the kitchen in action. And the dining room, which was formerly a wide-open space with rows of tables, is now divided into blocks of tables and booths that make the room cozier and the seating more comfortable. The amazing outdoor deck overlooking the Deschutes is thankfully unchanged. The wide-screen TVs are also still there and still a little too prominent for my taste, but they have loaded the two in the dining area with a slide show of alternating quotations and works of art. It's a start, but wouldn't hurt to turn them off on occasion.

Screen

  • Film
  • Take a Right: Relying on brute force Revenge-spree remake lacks substance

    YOU WAVIN' TO ME?From the remnants of what was one of the most offensive, sadistic and warped revenge flicks of the '70s, the grimy remake of The Last House on the Left limps into theatres. The 2009 version gives us a gruesome yet watered-down film, rendering it completely unoriginal in every way. Wes Craven directed the 1972 original with a creepy, seedy home movie effect that made us wonder if all the horrid things happening were actually real. Craven (credited as producer here) based his tale on Ingmar Bergman's Virgin Spring, using the slow-moving psychological dilemma to opposite extremes putting all the stomach-churning cards on the table. The result was one of the top drive-in classics: not only did you gasp in disbelief at the extent of the sadistic rape and murder; you shuddered at the vile techniques of revenge.
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  • Film
  • Art This is Not: Sketch comedy troupe proves YouTube is not meant for the big screen

    DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? OH RIGHT...When you fork over nine bucks for Miss March, you're signing up for graphic viewings of explosive diarrhea, deformed male genitalia, animals pissing into champagne glasses, abuse of coma patients, jokes about epilepsy, jokes about epilepsy combined with fellatio, racist stereotypes, and about two dozen more isolated attempts at eliciting cheap laughs from ... someone? To paraphrase Winston Churchill: Never have so few punch lines been owed to so many setups. If you spend too many bored hours scouring the Internet or the Independent Film Channel ("IFC" on your Bend Broadband dial), you may already know the perpetrators of Miss March: It's the "Whitest Kids U Know" sketch comedy team, helmed by writer/director duo Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger. After a brief overview of videos on their website and YouTube.com - along with sitting through their first feature-length film - it's difficult to imagine them conjuring up a joke that doesn't involve some aspect of the male member and its various uses.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Pushing Through: Steve Kimock revs up his Crazy Engine

    Nice barn!One way to describe Steve Kimock's career is that he became well known for being unknown. Why? Well, once upon a time, Jerry Garcia called Kimock his favorite unknown guitarist, and, as you'd expect, Kimock became exponentially less "unknown" soon thereafter. Kimock isn't exactly a household name even today. Rather, he's sort of a musician's musician - a guitarist whose skills are as admirable as the music he produces. He's also the sort of musician who is often brought up whenever the always-contentious Rolling Stone's Greatest Guitarists of All Time debate of 2003 is reprised. And after years of playing in an array of bands, many of which are branches of the Grateful Dead family tree (Heart of Gold Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Rat Dog and others), the past decade has seen Kimock achieve a senior statesman status within the jam rock world. And now, he is taking his new ensemble, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, out on the road this spring, playing what the guitarist implies is good times music for what some people might consider bad times.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Bringing the Peaks Indoors: Poor Man's Whiskey and Blue Turtle Seduction lend 4 Peaks a hand

    Poor Man's Whiskey: Just another five bricks in the wall...It won't be outside. And it won't be summer. You won't be able to bring your own lawn chair and you also won't be able to walk back to your tent when it's over. There won't be anyone selling veggie burritos and you won't be advised to wear sunscreen or reasonable footwear. No, Saturday night's Spring Fling Tour stop at the Old Stone Church won't be the 4 Peaks Music Festival, but as far as music goes, it will get us as close to the jammy outdoor music festival - the exact future of which is uncertain - as we're likely to get in late March. And this is due, of course, to the show's bill, which includes Poor Man's Whiskey and Blue Turtle Seduction, two bands that have played both installments of the festival.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Scot's Folk

    Huge in Scotland.We've already learned over the past few years that the Sisters Folk Festival means business when it comes to booking and their Winter Concert Series is no exception. Just this year, we've already seen Sisters Folk wrangle in traditional bluegrassters Steep Canyon Rangers as well as emerging folk stars Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst. Now, the Winter Concert Series has gone across the Atlantic to bring to Sisters one of Scotland's most respected musicians in Dougie MacLean. Some have gone as far as to refer to MacLean as Scotland's "preeminent singer-songwriter" leading us to wonder if perhaps MacLean is to Scotland what Bob Dylan is to the U.S. For those of you who enjoy SAT analogy format, here's another way to phrase our proposed analogy...Dougie MacLean : Scotland :: Bob Dylan : United States.
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • MDC: Rocked Against Reagan

    Punking it old school.If you think punk rock got political during the G. W. Bush administration, you're way off. For example, let us introduce you to MDC (whose initials stand for the superbly offensive - to some - Millions of Dead Cops), a band that was rocking against Reagan for crying out loud. That's right, back in 1982, MDC was already railing against Reagan and playing with bands like the Dead Kennedys and other forefathers of punk rock. From there, MDC cultivated a hardcore punk following that helped the band survive until 1995, when they went on hiatus until 2000. But now, the band, calling Portland home, are back on the road and with front man David Dictor, now 52 years young, still holding the mic and flanked with other original members.

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Fun in the H2O: Solid or liquid, take your pick

    Team "Learning to Fly" flew through the Hoodoo SnowathalonGiven its nickname, the High Desert is not exactly known for its water-based recreational opportunities, but it's one of our little secrets. What's cool about springtime here is that you can usually take your pick between solid or liquid, even in the same weekend. Last Friday, the mercury rose to 63 degrees in town. As I strolled along the River Trail in the warm sunshine, I spotted Jayson Bowerman trolling the river on his standup board, grinning, barefoot and shirtless. I spent the next day in a blizzard at Hoodoo.

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • 4 Peaks Spring Fling Video

    The organizers of the 4 Peaks Music Festival said that they were using the Spring Fling tour with Poor Man's Whiskey and Blue Turtle Seduction
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