Search
Username
  • Issue of
  • Jun 11-17, 2009
  • Vol. 13, No. 24

News

Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • One At A Time

    I certainly agree with K. Golding about drivers who don't want to pass leaving no room for those that do, but she, and many others,

Culture

  • Fire Walk With Me: How I took a stroll on a field of hot embers and lived to tell about it
  • Culture Features
  • Fire Walk With Me: How I took a stroll on a field of hot embers and lived to tell about it

    It's early Saturday morning, and I awake with a start. Throwing back the covers, I pull off my socks and examine my feet. My socks, which were soaking wet when I went to sleep, are bone dry and smell like a campfire. My feet appear normal, except for a small red smudge on the top of one toe; not quite a blister, this is what is apparently known as a fire kiss. A hint of gray ashiness is the only other evidence of what happened the previous night. I whisper to myself with a grin, "I walked on fire." For weeks, I had noticed fliers hanging up around the Mandala Yoga Center announcing a firewalking clinic. The morning of the clinic, instead of glancing, I paused. In a split second I decided, matter-of-factly, this is exactly how I should spend my Friday night.
  • Tags:
  • Our Picks for the Week of 6/10-6/18
  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 6/10-6/18

    Barry Lopez thursday 11 Oregon author Barry Lopez has been called the "nation's premiere nature writer" and we tend to agree with that assertion. His non-fiction book Arctic Dreams earned him a national book award in 1986 and in 2004 his novel Resistance was the winner of the Oregon book award. So, yeah, he's definitely not light in the resume department. At this event, Lopez will read and also be on hand to sign your books. 7pm Thursday, Jun 11. Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St. Holden Young Trio thursday 11 Both funky and rootsy, Holden Young and his Boulder-based trio descend on the Moon for what is almost guaranteed to be a perfectly danceable night. The band jumps genres but seems rooted in Colorado groove-based roots rock. 9pm. $3. Silver Moon Brewery, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
  • Tags:

Food & Drink

  • Industry Round Up: 10 Barrel Passes on Rising Star
  • Chow
  • Industry Round Up: 10 Barrel Passes on Rising Star

    It seems like there's always something going on with our local pub/brewing scene. But as you may have noticed it can sometimes be difficult to separate rumor from fact in this gossip-hungry town. This past week we chased down one of the juicier rumors that had been fermenting for several weeks - that new kid on the block 10 Barrel Brewing was going to take over the lease at the former Rising Star building to launch a homegrown McMenamins-style pub just south of downtown. Such a possibility would no doubt be intriguing, alas the guys over at 10 Barrel said the deal for the Rising Star building is off the discussion table - and likely for good - for the same reasons that Rising Star folded, primarily the dismal economic climate. "We had a really cool plan, but it's not exactly the small homey kind of easy-to-operate place. It's a little more of a chunk than we felt comfortable biting off right now," said Garrett Wales, one of three partners in 10 Barrel who also serves as the operations manager.
  • Tags:
  • Industry Round Up: 10 Barrel Passes on Rising Star
  • Chow
  • Industry Round Up: 10 Barrel Passes on Rising Star

    It seems like there's always something going on with our local pub/brewing scene. But as you may have noticed it can sometimes be difficult to separate rumor from fact in this gossip-hungry town. This past week we chased down one of the juicier rumors that had been fermenting for several weeks - that new kid on the block 10 Barrel Brewing was going to take over the lease at the former Rising Star building to launch a homegrown McMenamins-style pub just south of downtown. Such a possibility would no doubt be intriguing, alas the guys over at 10 Barrel said the deal for the Rising Star building is off the discussion table - and likely for good - for the same reasons that Rising Star folded, primarily the dismal economic climate. "We had a really cool plan, but it's not exactly the small homey kind of easy-to-operate place. It's a little more of a chunk than we felt comfortable biting off right now," said Garrett Wales, one of three partners in 10 Barrel who also serves as the operations manager.
  • Tags:

Screen

  • Miss Direction: In The Taking of Pelham 123, Scott continues hijacking Denzel Washington's career
  • Film
  • Miss Direction: In The Taking of Pelham 123, Scott continues hijacking Denzel Washington's career

    C.H.U.D. III hits theaters this week. Look, I'm not making any inappropriate allegations. All I'm saying is that if Tony Scott does have any scandalous photos of Denzel Washington, that might explain a lot. Since their first collaboration on Crimson Tide in 1995, Washington and Scott have teamed up in recent years for Man on Fire, Dèjá Vu and now this remake of 1974's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, with yet another film together scheduled for 2011. Stewart/Hitchcock! DeNiro/Scorsese! Depp/Burton! Washington/Scott! One of these things is not like the others... It's not that Washington suddenly turns into a hack-by-association in his Scott-directed films. Here he plays Walter Garber, a New York Transit Authority employee who has the bad luck to be on the other end of a radio dispatch when a subway train is hijacked. A guy calling himself Ryder (John Travolta), leading a quartet of gunmen, has given the city one hour to deliver $10 million. While fears of a terrorist attack spread, Garber and Ryder play the kind of cat-and-mouse game that you get in movies of this kind.
  • Tags:
  • Morons on the Loose: Raunchy Vegas tale spins weird and wacky
  • Film
  • Morons on the Loose: Raunchy Vegas tale spins weird and wacky

    I wanna hold your hand. Todd Phillips, director of the GG Allin documentary Hated, and the testimony to immature behavior, Old School, now brings us The Hangover, a journey down a path of tasteless jokes and weird slapstick that will keep you strangely riveted as you try to find out what's next. This is Bachelor Party meets Memento. The gist of the plot is a bachelor party in Vegas gone askew. Four dudes go to Vegas: There's a dentist, Stu (Ed Helms), who lies to his wife; Phil (Bradley Cooper), a school teacher/cool guy happy to get away from the wife and kids; the nice guy groom, Doug (Justin Bartha), and Doug's brother-in-law, Alan (Zach Galifianakis), an oddball/weirdo/idiot savant/moronic pest. After a night offscreen partying they wake up in shambles-the hotel suite is trashed, a chicken, a tiger and a baby have all appeared out of nowhere and one of them (Doug) is missing. Neither they nor the audience has a clue as to what led to the wreckage. Then the race is on to nurse their hangovers, put some pieces back together, find their friend and get back to the wedding in time.
  • Tags:
  • A Real Puzzler: Puchi Puchi just doesn't compute
  • Film Events
  • A Real Puzzler: Puchi Puchi just doesn't compute

    Puzzle games are oddballs. They're the only videogames that lack avatars. An avatar can be a virtual person (a Mii or Master Chief) or a set of tools (such as a home in The Sims). In puzzle games, players don't enter a gameworld, so they don't need avatars. The puzzles exist in the real world. The falling blocks in Tetris and the colored gems in Bejeweled are really falling blocks and colored gems (albeit pixelated ones). Fiddling with them requires no digital intermediary. This makes the Nintendo DS the ideal puzzle game machine. With its touch-sensitive screen, players are in direct contact with the graphics. In Puchi Puchi Virus, those graphics take the form of "viruses"-colored hexagons that gradually fill the screen. The player's job is to touch three viruses of the same color, linking them into a triangle. Once the viruses are triangulated, the player can pop the triangle, causing the viruses to disappear.
  • Tags: ,

Music

  • Stretching our Rubber Souls: Loving, liking and sorta enjoying the Beatles
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Stretching our Rubber Souls: Loving, liking and sorta enjoying the Beatles

    Mop tops welcome. A close friend of mine once wrote - in delicate cursive handwriting nonetheless - that the fact that the Beatles ever existed is remarkable in and of itself. The author, now a Ph. D. candidate in classics at the University of Pennsylvania, asserted that the notion of four so ahead-of-their-time musicians (well, three really - we all know that Ringo doesn't count) living in the same working-class town at the same time is on plane with sorcery. And, the fact that they came together to form a band, as my Ivy League comrade insists, is nothing short of a sign of divine intervention. Volumes have been written on the Beatles. Some have gone as far as to claim the band's music is more spiritual than some religious texts and others have used the band as a backdrop for the cultural rift created by the 1960s. Even with all of this having been written, there are actually people who don't like the Beatles. Seriously, there are people who just plain don't like the Beatles. Just as I don't like Dane Cook, or Bud Light, or NBA officiating, some people don't like the Beatles. But most people do which, too, might be just as strange when you consider that the band hasn't been playing together for almost 40 years.
  • Tags:
  • On Stage: Guns N' Poses
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • On Stage: Guns N' Poses

    You're in the jungle, baby. I have a score to settle with Guns N' Roses, which really has nothing to do with Appetite for Deception, an Oregon band playing Boondocks on June 18 that looks, sounds and probably drinks bourbon like the actual band. The real Guns N' Roses, or at least the band that Axl Rose likes to call Guns N' Roses, ruined a long list of bets and/or claims I have made over the years with a number of friends, acquaintances and ne'er-do-wells. You see, I've been using the phrase "When Guns N' Roses finally release Chinese Democracy" in place of the common adage "when pigs fly" for about nine years now. It seemed like a safe bet as Axl had holed himself up in some clandestine studio emerging only to make some zany threat to whoever may have leaked an alleged Democracy song. Then, the damn thing finally came out, forcing Dr. Pepper to give away a free soft drink to everyone in America (except for Slash) and me to admit that, in no particular order: I will someday buy a Creed album, I'll support the removal of the designated hitter and that actual Chinese democracy will occur. That effing album turned my world upside down.
  • Tags:

Outside

  • Spray Ain't The Way: Our tent caterpillar dilemma
  • Natural World
  • Spray Ain't The Way: Our tent caterpillar dilemma

    Western tent caterpillars (Malacosoma sp.)This may be a banner year for tent caterpillar infestations on Antelope Bitterbrush, Purshia tridentata (Pursh), fruit trees and ornamental shrubs. But, please, don't grab up the chemicals to attack them. Think before you spray! This is a pest that can be looked at in several ways. For one, they have been here long before us, and no matter how many colonies you kill, they will still be here after we've gone out among the stars-they may be pests, and not much fun to look at, but they are survivors. On top of that, they are one of the favored targets of tachinid flies, helpful insect parasites that are always looking for a delicious host. Most often, if you spray tent caterpillars, you will also kill the "Good Guys." Another point is, as adults, tent caterpillars take to the wing as moths that are the favored prey for a number of bats, nighthawks, Flammulated Owls and other night-time insect feeders. In the short-term view, tent caterpillars may seem repulsive and cause damage to plants, but in the long run-which is how Nature looks at things-they ain't so bad.
  • Tags:

Blogs

  • The Blender
  • The Return of Club 97?

    Well, no, not actually. But the space that previously housed the once-popular Club 97 is opening soon as The Underground.
  • The Blender
  • RTL, Weekend Instructions

    OMG, RTL! First it was seeing local singer songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence's name on the lineup for the Rothbury Festival up in Michigan alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, the Dead, String Cheese Incident, The Black Crowes, Broken Social Scene and more, now we click over to MySpace Music and see RTL listed next to Kanye West on the videos page. The page has the video for Lawrence's song "Music" which was shot here in Bend by Rage Productions and features some quintessentially Bend moments including but not limited to cruiser bikes and a backyard barbecue accompanied by a reggae-ish, summery groove.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Metolius

    The most important piece of legislation around the Metolius Basin went down earlier this afternoon according to Blue Oregon Blogger Carla Axtman who blogged about

Narrow by Type

Browse by Year

Recent Comments

  • Re: City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

    • The reporter doesn't walk along Mirror Pond very often. If he did, he'd know that…

    • on May 23, 2019
  • Re: City Says Mirror Pond Should be a Parks Project

    • Here's a clip from the 2013 dam inspection done by Roger Raeburn, P.E - Chief…

    • on May 23, 2019
  • Re: The Food Cart Guy

    • Good for you and your family to recover. Be strong, that's what private enterprise is…

    • on May 22, 2019
  • Re: May Election Results

    • Foster: Perhaps another interesting element here: None of the races this election were partisan, so…

    • on May 22, 2019
  • Re: May Election Results

    • In the past in Bend, the candidates who prevailed in low turnout May elections were…

    • on May 22, 2019
  • More »

Top Viewed Stories

Source Weekly Newsletter

Fresh from the press: Get all our print stories, delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation