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  • Issue of
  • Apr 16-22, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 16

News

Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Rent Vs. Reality

    I start by saying I love the Source Weekly-it brings some great things to light. Like the article a couple of weeks ago about homelessness
  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Slippery Slope

    Ostensibly, the potential implementation of DUI checkpoints/roadblocks in Oregon is a righteous moral mission undertaken by the state to liberate sober drivers from the overwhelming
  • Letters to the Editor
  • A Different Tale

    "A Bend Chimp Lover" is right. Chimps are not monkeys, they are Great Apes. Monkeys, however, are primates and are closely related to man. Apes
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Jesus Bashing

    Steven Humphrey's tongue in cheek (hoof in mouth) tirade bashing Jesus in this week's Source makes me wonder if he really is a) as stupid

Culture

  • Culture Features
  • Laughing in L.A. L.A. land: Randy Liedtke finally returns from Los Angeles to give us some comedy

    He wants you to know he doesn't always wear a bow tie.Randy Liedtke is a funny guy. But when the hefty, fire-red bearded Redmond-raised comic talks about his new life in Los Angeles and says that he got a day job as a prep cook at a gay bar in West Hollywood, he isn't joking. After hosting a string of packed shows in the winter of 2007-2008 at the Summit Saloon and Stage, Liedtke packed up and headed south to Los Angeles in the hopes of making a career out of his quirky one-liners. It's now been more than a year since Liedtke left Central Oregon and his show at the Summit on April 22 is his first trip back to town. Why so long between visits? Well, he's been busy hosting a monthly comedy show at the famed Knitting Factory that has featured names like Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt while also appearing in cable television comedy sketches and is currently being considered for an appearance on a Comedy Central program. And that's on top of his West Hollywood cooking duties, of course.
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 4/15-4/23

    The Prairie Rockets friday 17 New to the Bend's Americana scene, but bursting out of the gates with a solid hold on the genre, this all-female trio of pickers seems on-spot with three-part harmonies. Their music is folky as a whole, but also hits heavily on bluegrass and a little bit of blues. Nice old-timey meets space age name, as well, might we add. 7pm. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St. Alley Oop Block Party friday 17 It's only April, but how about a block party? The alley between the wine shop and Thump Coffee is lighting up this (hopefully warm) spring night with a lineup of six different bands highlighted by Bend veterans Sagebrush Rock. And thus, we hereby begin the outdoor music season. $5. The Wine Shop & Tasting Bar Alley, 55 NW Minnesota Ave.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Giuseppe's one-stop shop for food and fun

    It's a clam bake.It's Friday night after a hard week. You're looking for an indulgent meal with some good wine, a few cocktails beforehand, maybe some live music after. But you're spent, rendered incapable of making decisions or traveling far. Well, no need. Somehow, right under our noses, Giuseppe's on Bond has slowly morphed into just such a dining and entertainment emporium where you can work that plan to its full fruition without leaving the premises. A downtown mainstay since 1985, the restaurant's most recent redesign successfully conveys a wine cellar feel with brick walls, wine racks, a long corridor of high-backed wooden booths and lots of good source lighting. Goomba's, the bar and lounge in the back of the restaurant, was added in 2001 and the outdoor "Urban Patio" last year, both great spots for an aperitif. And now, the new Sessions Wine Bar and Music Stage just past the entrance is in full swing with live acts every Friday night transforming the front dining area into something resembling a supper club for the over 30 set.
  • Chow
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Giuseppe's one-stop shop for food and fun

    It's a clam bake.It's Friday night after a hard week. You're looking for an indulgent meal with some good wine, a few cocktails beforehand, maybe some live music after. But you're spent, rendered incapable of making decisions or traveling far. Well, no need. Somehow, right under our noses, Giuseppe's on Bond has slowly morphed into just such a dining and entertainment emporium where you can work that plan to its full fruition without leaving the premises. A downtown mainstay since 1985, the restaurant's most recent redesign successfully conveys a wine cellar feel with brick walls, wine racks, a long corridor of high-backed wooden booths and lots of good source lighting. Goomba's, the bar and lounge in the back of the restaurant, was added in 2001 and the outdoor "Urban Patio" last year, both great spots for an aperitif. And now, the new Sessions Wine Bar and Music Stage just past the entrance is in full swing with live acts every Friday night transforming the front dining area into something resembling a supper club for the over 30 set.

Screen

  • Film
  • Manic Impressive: Rogen's crazy mall cop is a protagonist we hate to love

    Where's Guttenberg and Bobcat?In the Jody Hill-directed comedy Observe and Report, Seth Rogen plays a bi-polar, egomaniacal security guard who beats up children. So yeah, Rogen fans can be forgiven if they think their hero is being cast against type. But then again, Observe and Report doesn't adhere to many rules at all. In some ways, it's a drama about a grown-up kid finding his way through manhood without a father. Then it's a farcical, slapstick comedy about inept stooges who somehow convinced even more inept powers-that-be to entrust them with authority. There's a sweet, romantic subplot involving a pair of underdogs who seem born for each other. Finally (and most weirdly) it's a vicarious, Chuck Norris-like action vehicle. Any other day and I'd say that there are too many movies cooked up in this mess. But each one has such an entertaining lift, I refuse to be unimpressed.
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  • Dog Days: Wendy and Lucy goes existential in Oregon

    Auschwitz? No, just Oregon. At first glance Wendy and Lucy seems to revel in simplicity. Wendy (Michelle Williams) is a girl. Lucy is a dog. Together they seem inseparable. But what unfolds is an intimate look at a road-weary girl's predicament and her marooned isolation. Wendy and Lucy is a tale of things going wrong and the resulting whirlpool of consequences. Wendy is on her way to Alaska to work at a fish hatchery and en route gets stranded in Wilsonville, Oregon, losing her dog in the process. One bad thing leads to another. The irrepressible dent it leaves on Wendy is mesmerizing to witness. This movie's realism is almost painful. Time seems to slow down. This is not nail biting stuff. It's more like watching laboratory animals squirm. In a weird voyeuristic effect, the audience is forced to root for her while fighting the urge to jump in and help. The surrounding characters do their best to steer Wendy in the right direction, but are too immersed in their own hard times to get involved. Watching Wendy's big dream getting smaller every second adds to the calamity. When Wendy's car breaks down it's truly the car hell we all can relate to.
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  • Film Events
  • Warm Fuzzies: New Crystal Chronicles draws from the best

    "I'm dead." "Just a minute, I'll be right there. I have to kill these... things." The things in question are cute, furry orange creatures with fox-like tails. Called mu, they aren't very dangerous. They mainly hop around, pouncing on me at inopportune moments. But a gang of them murdered my friend, and I don't want to resurrect him until the threat is gone. Mu, like most monsters, can be vanquished in a variety of ways. There's the standard beatdown, which is accomplished while standing next to them (and thereby allowing them to beat me back). I can also jump on top of them, whacking at them beneath me. And (perhaps most entertainingly) there's the grab-and-bash, which involves picking up a monster and whacking them against a nearby wall.
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Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • CD Review: William Elliott Whitmore

    William Elliott Whitmore Animals in the Dark Anti Records Authenticity: How do you measure or even capture it? It could be argued that once a musician records their songs some of the true original spirit is already lost. The pure inspiration must be recreated, photocopied for the studio recording session making it difficult to capture the authentic feeling.
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  • 'Grass Town, USA: Mountain Standard Time's accelerated trek from Nederland, Colo. to your eardrum

    Who's that guy in the van waving at?There is a place in Colorado called Nederland. If you listen to bluegrass or any of the myriad of styles that orbit around that genre, you probably know about this little mountain town. I've never been there, but this is how I've often pictured it: Everyone is playing a banjo, a mandolin or a double bass and some people are playing two of those things at the same time. I picture people picking together on street corners, stopping only to wave at passersby and saying something folksy like, "Have a good day, ya hear!" In reality, the actual town of Nederland most likely isn't anything like that, but it is the home of members of Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident, as well as Vince Hermann of Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi fame. Now, you can add another name to the ever-growing roster of Nederland bands, Mountain Standard Time, a sextet that's touring the West Coast (which includes stops at Saturday's Earth Day celebration then another show at the Silver Moon that night) and hitting up the summer festival circuit before ever releasing a record.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • In Its Place: Land Trust is putting Whychus Creek back where it belongs

    Monday, March 23rd was a big day for the Land Trust's Camp Polk Preserve; tour leaders and docents met at the preserve to learn the details of the restoration of Whychus Creek, a project that will be kicking into high gear this spring and summer. Crews are slated to begin breaking ground to restore the historical meandering creek channel, after which the meadow will be hopping with activity throughout the summer and fall. Back in 1964, over Christmas time, Whychus, then known as Squaw Creek, went on a rampage when lots of warm rain fell on a wet snow-pack resulting in the creek going over its banks, flooding Sisters, killing 7 people and costing around $157 million to repair the damages. Needless to say, that got a lot of people upset and as the saying goes; the "stuff" hit the fan. The "government had to do something!" In those dark ages, fish habitat, stream health and riparian zones were terms very few people understood, or cared about. Like old growth forests that would be around "fo-ever," "fish would be forever as well, so the Powers-That-Be said, 'Lets fix that creek so it won't flood no more!'"
  • Outside Features
  • Be a Draft Dodger

    Oh come on, relax. We're not being unpatriotic, but are rather talking about the NFL draft, which although not until next weekend has already overtaken the sports websites and taken up entire hour-long segments of valuable ESPN2 time which could easily be used to air "Sports Century: Charles Barkley" in its entirety. We here at the Left Field desk do indeed care about the results of the NFL draft, it's the draft itself that we just simply can't invest our valuable sports-watching hours in. Sure, we might watch to see who the Lions take as the overall number one pick and what unheard of offensive lineman the Seahawks squander their first-round pick on, but we just can't justify watching the whole damn thing. But as for the rest, we'll just pick up a newspaper and see who went where and call it good until training camp starts up.
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  • Outside Features
  • Spreadin' the Love: Aloha Spirit and the "Shave & Taper"

    Whew, taxes are filed-time to play! Forget about 1040s and Schedule Es and feel the love for Central Oregon and all it has to offer. HOORAY FOR THE BUBBLEHEADS Corduroy Carpet to Moon MountainKudos to the Sisters Sno Go-Fers Snowmobile Club. Last Friday night they groomed the #6, #7 and #8 roads linking Dutchman Flat to the Three Creeks Sno-Park. Skier Larry Katz circulated an e-mail around the nordic community earlier in the week and by Saturday morning I had scored a ride to Dutchman and a pickup at Three Creeks from a friend. Another group of skiers we passed coming the other way had orchestrated a key exchange, somewhere around Moon Mountain, I suppose. By getting an early start, we were all treated to 18 miles of idyllic white corduroy winding through spectacular Cascades backcountry. With the Nordic center closing Sunday and Meissner grooming coming to an end, it was a wonderful grand finale to skate season. The diehards still have the PPP course and crust cruising, but I'm happy to finish on a high note and get out some other toys. In regards to the snowmobilers, Katz said, "Several of us have met them on the trail and they are good people and are happy to share the trail with us." I want to echo that sentiment. I'm all about human-powered recreation. More than anything else, I ski at Wanoga with my dog all winter and 99.9% of my encounters with snowmobilers have been positive. We step off to the side of the trail and wave and they slow down and signal how many in their group. I'm grateful for the friendly permission from the Moon Country Snowmobile Club to share their groomed trails. Yeah bubbleheads!

Blogs

  • The Beacon
  • BAF #2

    The second installment of BAF TV. The crew hits the coast and does some sandboarding.
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    Tomorrow is the third Saturday in April, which means, of course, that it's Record Store Day. This holiday, which began in 2007, is a national

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