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  • Dec 31, 2009 - Jan 6, 2010
  • Vol. 13, No. 53

News

  • Local News
  • Glasses Up. Curtain Up. Why performing plays in pubs might be just what Bend's theater scene needs

    This may not be an absolute truth, but the lines of Bobby Gould in Hell very well may be funnier when read by a group of beer-sipping amateur actors lounging on a couch on the bottom floor of an Awbrey Butte home than in a high-end, big city playhouse. The David Mamet one-act play is being read by members of Volcanic Theatre, all of whom project their voices when reading from the comedic script despite the fact that the only audience in the room is a turned-off television set, some exercise equipment and a rabbit that doesn't seem all that keen on showing its face outside of its cage. The play, or at least the portion the group rehearsing on this night, is funny - sometimes crass but consistently smart - and the players and their director think that Bend will be lapping it up when they take it not to the local playhouses, but into our town's pubs and bars.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • Holy Days Indeed: Underwear bombs, holy daze, smugglers blues and more!

    The author has been sent on the road to discover a lost country formerly known as America. He is reporting from a TSA screening checkpoint, proudly standing naked and asking for that puffing device again, on assignment for Or-Bust.com and The Source Weekly. So your dad walks into the American embassy and narcs on you, saying you've fallen in with a bunch of n'er do wells and acting kind of extreme - What do you do? If you're Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (already refused a visa into Britain for inventing a college he was going to attend) you strap on your special underwear with 80 grams of the explosive substance PETN sown into the crotch (you know he was determined, ouch!) then catch a Northwest flight to Detroit. Not to mock TSA screeners but this beloved reporter has a dog named Stu who is a registered service dog ("Important for emotional stability" reads the letter from my shrink) so I see the holes in the system; still the debate rages which database Umar was on - the one with 18,000 or 500,000 names of a-holes who shouldn't be flying, especially Nigerians with Al Qaeda connections in Yemen. Speaking of a-holes, Republican Peter King used a football analogy for the near catastrophic Christmas day bombing attempt of flight 253, saying, "He [Umar] got right to the 1-yard line." As Republicans personally blame Obama for all Muslims trying to bomb us (in addition to the economy, "As the World Turns" being cancelled, and why Miley Cyrus can't pose nude, yet) evidence is emerging that this single event may not be so singular, and a payback of sorts. In addition to waging war throughout the Middle East, we're also targeting "extreme" Yemenis, online scammers in Nigeria, turd farmers in Sudan, and Juan Valdez, the Columbian coffee picker, because his beans aren't offering the white-hot-rush that other Columbian exports offer on New Year's Eve.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • The City's Land Grab

    While the final report is still pending, the Department of Land Conservation and Development has indicated that it is getting ready to throw the city of Bend's growth boundary expansion back in Bend's lap after finding what appear to be numerous fatal flaws with the document. Most notably the expansion is totally overblown.
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Culture

  • Book Talk
  • Wishes: Between the Covers

    "It's going to be a total bummer," Saenz said. "It made me wish I had shopped there more." - A Quarter-million People Without One Bookstore The Associated Press, December 19, 2009 "It's the life you live, not what you say/" - Bishop Grace C. Osborne My friend, Fisher, his buddy Dave and I moved me into a little gray house on Bend's West Side on June 1. I ate my first meal in Bend at Jackson's, came home, set up my computer on the old roll-top desk I'd faithfully lugged from Rochester, N.Y. to Flagstaff, Ariz. to Twentynine Palms, Calif. to Luna Mesa in the ravaged and glorious Mojave Desert to here. I looked out my west window to the top of a little fir and sky the exact blue of lapis.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Après Ski Pub Crawl! - Eat and drink your way down the mountain for a song

    There are pros and cons to situating a ski resort on National Forest land, but one of the biggest cons for Mt. Bachelor - that last call for food and alcohol coincides with the last chair at around 4 p.m. - can also be a huge pro. Since après ski up top lasts only a few minutes, local businesses all the way down the mountain and into town roll out some excellent happy hour options to lure in passers-by looking for post-play refreshments. Whether you're a vacationer or a local, a hungry winter sportsman or simply a bargain hunting day-drinker looking for a deal, there's après ski merriment to be found around every corner. Set yourself up with an appetite and a designated driver and embark on your very own après pub-crawl down the hill - a must for any winter in Bend. Here's one possible route, in geographical order:
  • Chow
  • Après Ski Pub Crawl! - Eat and drink your way down the mountain for a song

    There are pros and cons to situating a ski resort on National Forest land, but one of the biggest cons for Mt. Bachelor - that last call for food and alcohol coincides with the last chair at around 4 p.m. - can also be a huge pro. Since après ski up top lasts only a few minutes, local businesses all the way down the mountain and into town roll out some excellent happy hour options to lure in passers-by looking for post-play refreshments. Whether you're a vacationer or a local, a hungry winter sportsman or simply a bargain hunting day-drinker looking for a deal, there's après ski merriment to be found around every corner. Set yourself up with an appetite and a designated driver and embark on your very own après pub-crawl down the hill - a must for any winter in Bend. Here's one possible route, in geographical order:
  • Beer & Drink
  • The Mighty Fine 2009

    This is the week the bar manager doesn't sleep, the lead up to what is the biggest night of the year when bar records get broken. Every angle must have an exit strategy, as it is an evening where anything can happen and the impossible will. It's the only night that it wouldn't be a surprise for the electricity to go out, the sprinkler system to spray water everywhere, the refrigerators to all stop working, and to have some crazy a-hole drive his car through the front door right as the balloons drop. The preparation for such a night is fervent with panicked last minute runs to Cash and Carry, passionate apologies because we can't accommodate anyone else, and crazed ruckus as we try to find space for triple the usual amount of ingredients. For fourteen hours we will run at full tilt under unbearably stressful conditions to make the magic of New Year's come alive.
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Screen

  • Film
  • Blue Sky Thinking: George Clooney rebrands unemployment for Up In The Air

    In this sure-fire Oscar contender, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a man hired by companies to fire their employees. Or rather George Clooney plays George Clooney as a man criss-crossing the country to let people go in the smoothest and easiest way possible. The film begins, and ends, with a collage of actors and non-actors responding to being told that their position is no longer available. Clooney breaks the news, takes their abuse and then offers consolation with platitudes about the possibilities that await them once they cast off the chains of full-time employment. Some ask in exasperation, who are you? To which, we always expect him to reply, "I'm the movie star George Clooney and I'll be using all the winking, side-smiling and head-tilting charm I've got to make you feel a whole lot better about the economic recession." And this actually works for the full run time, plus an hour or so.
  • Film
  • Rock 'em Sock 'em Sleuths: Action and dull wit dominate Sherlock Holmes

    Ye gad! Guy Ritchie made a kid's movie in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean. Sherlock Holmes gives the feeling of a Disney ride - this Ritchie number features uncharacteristically straightforward storytelling and zero cursing. As Sherlock homes would say, "It boggles the mind." In the action-packed opening scene, Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) are on the tail of occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Their pursuit continues beyond the grave, hampered by criminal seductress Iren Adler (Rachel McAdams) and Scotland Yard's semi-bumbling Chief Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan). This is not the sort of intellectual brain teasers brought forth by of other Holmes sagas nor does it feature the super sleuthing of past Holmes performances that range from the likes of Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Christopher Plummer, Nicol Williamson and even Michael Caine. Rather, Downey's depiction is a buff, brawling, self-medicating, masochistic and supremely reclusive Holmes, humorously conducting experiments on himself and Watson's bulldog.

Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • The Best Band That Never Was: Wildwood Ave.'s first show was also their last, but it was a good one

    "You have to play a show." "Why?" "You just have to play a show. What's the point of having a band if you're not going to play a show?" "Where would we play?" "I dunno, but you have to play a show." This back-and-forth replayed itself on a loop for a good hour in my kitchen. It was long after 1 a.m., making it officially my birthday, which gave me license, it seemed, to blur the boundary between friend and music writer. I'd already failed in an attempt to identify Olympia, Rainier and Pabst in a blind taste test earlier in the night, so I had nothing else to lose.

Outside

  • Natural World
  • Birds: 8 - Hunters: 0: Christmas bird counters clash with illegal hunters

    Saturday, December 19, was the official day for the annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), an event that's been going on for more than 100 years. Participants throughout the U.S., Canada and 19 other countries in the Western Hemisphere count birds in a 15-mile circle. Armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, the volunteers join scientists in this long-term conservation project, identifying and recording different species. The Bend count circle is centered at Pioneer Park and covers an area south from the Arnold District near Knott Landfill, north to Hatfield Lakes, the sewage effluent ponds beyond the airport. Most CBC participants have been counting a specific area for several years, as is the case of a mom and her son from Bend. (Names withheld to protect the innocent.) She and her son have been doing the Hatfield Lakes area since the kid was in diapers, and most always come in with the highest counts for waterfowl. But things were different this year - illegal duck-hunters got there first.
  • Outside Features
  • Once in a Blue Moon: Timing is everything

    HAPPY BLUE MOON! A Blue Moon is "an event of timing," says Conrad Jung, a staff astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. A full moon occurs every 29.5 days. If there is a full moon early in the month, there is a possibility that a second full moon will appear at the end of the month. This occurrence, called a Blue Moon, takes place approximately every 33 months. This New Year's Eve is especially special. Not only will the moon be full, it will also be blue. The last time that happened on a New Year's Eve was 1990. Our next Blue Moon will occur in August 2012, but our next New Year's Eve Blue Moon won't appear until 2028. So, live it up now! Ski into Meissner shelter, snowshoe up Tumalo Mountain, or, if you were smart enough to reserve a cabin a year ago, celebrate at Elk Lake.

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Ringing In The New: Predictions for 2010

    2010 is here and with its arrival every pundit in American is making predictions as to what the new year holds. Not be outdone, I offer my fearless predictions based not on fact but on gut feel and hunches.

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