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  • Apr 30 - May 6, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 18

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Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Torture Just Backfires

    Torture is wrong because it doesn't work. Societies must, at times, walk into questionable moral territory, but when that happens, you should at least get
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Do What You Can

    I was saddened to read the personal story about the closing of Santee Alley (Leaving Downtown: Contemplating the end of an era and a dream).

Culture

  • Our Picks for the Week of 4/29 - 5/7
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 4/29 - 5/7

    Pay It Forward - Catherine Ryan Hyde thursday 30 Many of us remember the film Pay it Forward, that starred a cute-as-hell Haley Joel Osment (whatever happened to him?) and Kevin Spacey. But the film was actually based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, who will be in town for two separate presentations and book signings. In addition to being a successful author, Hyde is also the founder of the Pay it Forward Foundation, a group that encourages children to realize that they can make a change in the world. Camalli Books in Bend at 4pm. 7pm at the Riverhouse, 3075 N Hwy 97. 389-8810. $10/students, $15/adults. Tech N9ne and Murs friday 1 The parade of return hip-hop offenders continues as Kansas City wild-ass rapper Tech N9ne return to the Midtown, this time with prime lyricist, Murs, who is touring in support of his Murs for President album, which he recently released on Warner Bros. Given that Tech N9ne is known to put on a raucous live show here in Bend, this is a don't-miss show for C.O.'s throngs of dedicated rap fans. And get there on time because local hip-hop brainiac Mosley Wotta opens the show. 8pm. $23/adv, $27/door. Midtown Music Hall, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
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Screen

  • The Mind's Ear: Outstanding cast boosts The Soloist
  • Film
  • The Mind's Ear: Outstanding cast boosts The Soloist

    What's right with this picture?About two weeks ago, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez spoke on Capitol Hill about issues related to homelessness in American cities. Specifically, he discussed his personal and professional relationship with mentally ill musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, played by Jamie Foxx in The Soloist. It wasn't exactly the standard late-night talk show type of appearance you expect in advance of a studio movie, but then again The Soloist isn't your usual Hollywood rags-to-riches redemption story. With The Soloist, director Joe Wright scorches the screen with the same mixture of fantasy and grungy reality that he used in Atonement.This is probably the first film of 2009 that has serious Oscar aspirations. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Lopez, the intrepid columnist who spies Ayers in a not-so-chance meeting by a statue of Beethoven in downtown Los Angeles. From there, Lopez learns that Ayers is a former Julliard student with tremendous promise whose life was turned upside-down by voices in his head. An interesting newspaper column idea evolves into something more personal and profound that grows into friendship.
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Music

  • Comedy, Folk and Crayons
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Comedy, Folk and Crayons

    Emma Hill. Not pictured: Her totally awesome Gentleman Callers. Laughing and listening, we do both here at Sound Check. We also play checkers, draw crayon depictions of famous U.S. landmarks (we do a friggin' awesome East St. Louis Public Library) and like to take our shoes off under our desks when no one is looking, but that's all probably beside the point. But anyway, we started this news cycle (that's what we call a "week" when we're trying to impress people like you) by getting the last couple seats at Randy Liedtke's comedy show at the Summit Saloon and Stage. The packed room got its laugh on early with a set from loveably drunk comic Kyle Kinane who told jokes about suicide, drunken driving and leaving babies in hot cars, which was hilarious...but you kinda had to be there.
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  • Gypsies in Mariachi Clothing: Creating geographical confusion with Diego's Umbrella
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Gypsies in Mariachi Clothing: Creating geographical confusion with Diego's Umbrella

    Raise your freak flag..."We're huge in Holland," says Tyson Maulhardt, the guitarist for the San Francisco band Diego's Umbrella, adding a quick laugh. Every internationally touring band has some out-of-the way country where they claim to be "huge," so this isn't necessarily a strange comment...but Holland? Really? We've heard Japan more than enough times and Spain also gets tossed around, but this is a first for Holland. But with a sound that encompasses the music of at least three different continents, why wouldn't Hollanders go crazy when this quirky yet musically solid band lights up their local stages? The Hollanders go nuts for them, but the Germans? Not so much, says Maulhardt, as he and fiddler Jason Kleinberg discuss the band's third European tour, which kicks off in September. "The Germans like to sit there and listen with their hand on their chins and then they'll come up to you after the show and share their in-depth observations," says Maulhardt. Since beginning with Mexicali ambitions in Santa Cruz in 2001, Diego's Umbrella has prided itself on melting together a mish-mash of world influences into a surprisingly modern sound. The band's instrumentation includes a fiddle and accordion and at times their product is that of a wandering Eastern-European band of minstrels who were abducted by flamenco masters, and yeah, it's weird, but incredibly accessible. Call it world music for beginners, if you will. And this is how Maulhardt says the band has always operated.
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  • Making it Epic: Sitting in with Empty Space Orchestra
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Making it Epic: Sitting in with Empty Space Orchestra

    Lindsey, you forgot your glasses.About a story underground and lounging amongst scattered drum cases and other instruments, the entirety of Empty Space Orchestra is gathered in silence while a surging whirlwind of an instrumental rock song thunders through the room. Lindsey Elias is tapping her feet with the rapidity of the last bounces of a ping-pong ball, matching the complex rhythms booming from the computer speakers, which makes sense, because she's the drummer. Leaning back in a chair in front of a computer supplying the aforementioned song, Shane Thomas unleashes a grin from the side of his mouth as a heavily distorted guitar melts into the song, which makes sense because he's the guitarist. Bassist, and the band's newest member, Patrick Pearsall and keyboardist Keith O'Dell stare at the floor, taking in the song, which they tell me is called "Clouds." This is a live recording of a recent rehearsal in the underground practice space that they share with a number of other local bands, but the new sound of Empty Space Orchestra comes through clear. It's a tougher, bigger, beefier, faster sound than on the exclusively instrumental debut disc, Big Bang, which it should be mentioned, won't hit the streets until the band's McMenamins show on May 6. A band starkly changing its sound after only a year in existence isn't typical, and perhaps not particularly wise, but for Empty Space, a staggeringly unique rock/jazz/everything else band that's achieved almost un-rivaled popularity in Bend, it's all understandable.
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  • Nershi Gives Us a Little Slice of Cheese
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Nershi Gives Us a Little Slice of Cheese

    Nershi's been letting it grow long since SCI.One of the best things about the scheduled String Cheese Incident reunion this July at the Rothbury Festival in Michigan is that we no longer have to refer to Bill Nershi as the "former String Cheese Incident front man." Well, of course there are some ancillary benefits like, well, the fact that SCI is back together, albeit for one show, but together nonetheless. You'll have to fly out to Michigan to see the real-deal SCI in 2009, but Nershi is bringing his fast-picking guitar and trademark folksy vocal stylings to Bend when he teams up with Portland's Piano Throwers, an all-star cross-genre Americana troupe. The Piano Throwers are comprised of guitar hero Scott Law (who plays guitar and mandolin in Nershi's other, other band Honkeytonk Homeslice), former Leftover Salmon bassist Tye North and Carlton Jackson, a revered Northwest drummer. So yeah, there's plenty of skill to be had in that camp.
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Outside

  • California Dreamin': Soul Surfing and Riding Down Memory Lane
  • Outside Features
  • California Dreamin': Soul Surfing and Riding Down Memory Lane

    Surfing Santa CruzThe Mamas and the Papas pop into my head about this time every year: "All the leaves are brown And the sky is gray I've been for a walk On a winter's day. I'd be safe and warm If I was in L.A. California dreamin' On such a winter's day." When Winter is clinging onto Central Oregon like gummy klister, I like to kick start spring with a sojourn south. So, last week, I piled my road bike, mountain bike, surfboard and dog into my van and roadtripped down to Santa Cruz for some surfing and then continued on to Palo Alto for some riding. Nothing was going to stop me from getting much-needed saltwater therapy and a Vitamin D infusion - not even the tire schrapnel on I-5 that ripped off my bumper grill and took out the air conditioning on the 92-degree day that began our journey. SURFIN' SANTA CRUZ Santa Cruz is a 10-hour drive from Bend and a surfing epicenter. Birthplace of O'Neil Wetsuits, board shops line the city streets and the Surfing Museum sits atop a pink and yellow iceplant-blanketed bluff overlooking reknowned Steamer Lane, a world-class point break. (Sadly, the city has shut down the the museum for economic reasons, and a local group is trying to raise $30,000 to keep it alive.) Once you're a surfer, places like this feel like home. For me, even more so, because the ashes of my dear, dear friend Dave Stevenson ride the waves at Steamer's.
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