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  • May 20-26, 2010
  • Vol. 14, No. 20

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • The Trolls Invade the Mountain

    The closing weekend at Mount Bachelor has become a pleasant Bend tradition - two days of fun, games and high spirits to celebrate the end of another ski/snowboard season and the beginning of another summer.

Culture

Food & Drink

Screen

  • Film
  • All Out of Love: Letters To Juliet is not funny or romantic, but it is a romantic comedy

    The Taylor Swift song "Love Story" plays over the trailer for this movie, and as Letters To Juliet reaches its climax, the lyrics "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess/It's a love story, baby, just say yes" thunder out over scenes of rolling Italian fields. If you don't like that song, you won't like the film. It is packed with hackneyed one-liners about believing in true love, destiny and happy endings that sound much like the country singer's choruses. Just as Swift finds it hard to imbue her songs with passion, sounding instead as though she were reciting the contents of her to-do list, this film plays out with little conviction. The actor's voices trail off at the end of their lines, fill spaces up with "hmmms" and "yeahs" and otherwise lack focus. Their eyes are always settled just off screen, like how trained animals concentrate on the treat-waving trainer. One imagines the stars' agents holding up plates of pasta and glasses of wine, willing their clients to make it through to the next scene. In a way we can't blame them, surrounded by beautiful scenery, making this movie must have seemed like a terrible way to ruin a perfectly good vacation.

Music

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Students Speak: Local kids and their teachers step outdoors

    In these days of short money and educational communities wondering how they're going to keep going on what they have, finding teachers getting the best bang for the buck is fantastic! If you were in Bend last Thursday, happened to walk into the theater at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and took a minute to see and hear what was happening, you wouldn't have left until it was over. Students from around Central Oregon were gathered for one of the most exciting meetings you could hope to find: "Students Speak: A Watershed Summit." Every buck spent on that exciting event went into preparing children for their role as mover-and-shakers in the world of natural resource management, or stated another way, "stewards of our Earth."

Blogs

  • Off Piste
  • Printemps: sure signs that it's spring in Central Oregon

    The first thing you have to remember when it comes to spring in Central Oregon is that it's always the season of weird weather. And while the international news services carried a piece earlier this week about it being the warmest spring worldwide in recorded history, the weather information gatherers must not have called Bob Shaw or asked any locals how things were weather-wise here this spring.
  • Off Piste
  • Technobabble: fading further out of the electronic age

        This week I attended a gathering that further helped me realize that I am ill suited for the electronic age. Not only am I a luddite but also not the least bit interested in wasting my time trying to keep up with the latest electronic gadgets, gizmos and stuff.
  • Off Piste
  • I'm Confessing: Floyd Landis comes clean and implicates others

    Well, it took a few years filled with denial but pro cyclist Floyd Landis finally came clean this week and confessed to using Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and testosterone on his way to his to his winning and then losing his 2006 Tour de France title and being banned from cycling for several years. According to news stories, Landis simply, "couldn't live with myself any longer.
  • Off Piste
  • Spring Fling: giving back at its best

    Every May for the past several years, the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) has sponsored an event called The Spring Fling. It's a day devoted to volunteer work building or maintaining local trails.
  • Off Piste
  • Nice MTB Ride: Praising Peterson Ridge

    A couple of years ago you would have had to really twist my arm or offer me a serious bribe to get me to ride the Peterson Ridge trail system in Sisters. That trail system was, as far as I was concerned, a mishmash of dusty fairly uninteresting singletrack.
  • The Blender
  • Win the New Horse Feathers CD, "Thistled Spring"

    As you probably know by now, Horse Feathers are playing in town on Tuesday night at the Tower Theatre to kick off the PDXchange concert series. Here's my profile of the band, which ran in this week's print edition of the paper.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Keep an Eye Out for Dark-Horse Dudley

    Wow, what a weird election that was. In Deschutes County, voters tossed out a district attorney who'd been in office for two decades (Mike Dugan), rejected a bond to expand the jail, gave the boot to one county commissioner (Dennis Luke) and kept another (Tammy Baney).
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  • The Wandering Eye
  • All the News That Fits Their Agenda?

    The voters gave The Bulletin and the Source a smack upside the head on Tuesday, rejecting their and our editorial recommendations to re-elect veteran Deschutes County District Attorney Mike Dugan and instead replacing him with Patrick Flaherty. The Source’s editors took the rebuke calmly and quietly.
  • The Wandering Eye
  • Deadbeats, Dudley's Dud and Jazz Heresy

    Oregonians who like to get angry at their state government should aim some righteous outrage at this: According to a story that appeared in Saturday’s issue of The Oregonian, “tax scofflaws and assorted deadbeats” are cheating the state out of $2 billion a year in revenue. A 2009 report by the Legislative Fiscal Office said the annual amount of uncollected revenue has doubled over the past eight years.

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