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  • Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 4

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Opinion

  • Soldiering On: New editor aboard, High Desert Journal  finds plenty to share
  • Editorial
  • Soldiering On: New editor aboard, High Desert Journal finds plenty to share

    The High Desert Journal recently released its 12th issue. This biannual literary magazine continues to focus on its mission statement of "dedicating itself to further understanding the people, places and issues of the interior West" though in my opinion, the journal is going off in new and exciting areas that may have seemed absent in earlier issues.
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  • That Was the Poop That Was
  • Editorial
  • That Was the Poop That Was

    Monday, Jan. 17 Kumbaya time: In the wake of the Tucson massacre, members of Congress try to be more civil. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Chuck Shumer (D-NY) say they'll sit together for next week's State of the Union address. No word on whether they will hold hands ... Sidelined: Apple mogul Steve Jobs, 55, announces he's taking indefinite leave of absence for health reasons ... Quarterback Brett Favre, 41, announces retirement for being-over-the-hill reasons. Sources say he means it this time. No, honest ... Hey, nobody's perfect: The New Yorker reveals Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), in charge of investigating the Obama administration, has skeletons rattling in his own closet, including arrest for possessing unregistered gun and accusations of car theft and arson ... Reassuring: Natalie Portman, accepting Golden Globe award for best actress, tells the world that fiancé Benjamin Millepied "totally wants to sleep with me."
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  • The Republican  Meat Cleaver Strategy
  • Editorial
  • The Republican Meat Cleaver Strategy

    "There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible and wrong." - H.L. Mencken The Republicans in the Oregon Legislature believe they've found a problem: Businesses are burdened with too many state regulations, and that's holding back economic growth and stifling job creation.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Where's My Smears?

    Namaste Source Weekly and blissful 2011 to all! I'm wondering where The Smear Sheet went in your latest issues?? I miss the rants of Brad Lockwood, especially after his column was moved from Up Front to the rear of the paper, and the tone and quality of Up Front dropped rapidly.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Don't Believe the Health Care Hype

    Republicans in Congress claim that health care reformwill kill hundreds of thousands of jobs. They even called their bill "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." It turns out that the Republicans are misrepresenting an August 2010 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that estimated about 0.5 percent of workers could retire early, thanks to the reduced cost of their health care.

Culture

  • Chainsaw Art:  Carving masterpieces in the Sisters wilderness with Skip Armstrong
  • Culture Features
  • Chainsaw Art: Carving masterpieces in the Sisters wilderness with Skip Armstrong

    The drive to chainsaw sculptor J. Chester "Skip" Armstrong's house and studio in Sisters is rural, to say the least. Armstrong's home, where he lives with his wife, singer-songwriter Anastacia Beth Scott, is located beyond Sisters Middle School on a dirt road off of another dirt road. When I visited him during the second week of January, it was unplowed and covered in a thick layer of ice. While many might find the location isolating, it provides him with a connection to nature and, as he says, it's as close to urban sprawl as he'll ever be comfortable with.
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  • Theater
  • Local Theater Round Up

    The local theater scene is currently a buzz with activity. Whether you're looking for comedy, musical, Shakespeare, or classics, it seems local thespians have got the answer for your theatrical needs.
  • Our Picks 01/26-02/03: Eliot, Adventure Galley, Empty Space Orchestra, and more!
  • Picks
  • Our Picks 01/26-02/03: Eliot, Adventure Galley, Empty Space Orchestra, and more!

    Vintage Ski Night Friday 28 Ever wonder how many neon snowsuits you can fit in a bar? Well, you'll find the answer to that very query on Friday night at the Mountain's Edge Bar's Vintage Ski Night, featuring several hours of ski movies from the days of yore. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded with prizes, so dig out all your 1991 gear and get down there for this benefit for the Environmental Center. $5. 7pm-9pm Friday, Jan 28. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S Hwy 97.
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Food & Drink

  • Little Bites: Food Events Abound
  • Chow
  • Little Bites: Food Events Abound

    On the heels of Spork's pop-up restaurant at Café Sintra comes spin on sit-down dining, this time from 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar. On Thursday, Feb. 3, 5 Fusion will kick off its monthly supper club with a Chinese New Year celebration. This particular dinner will be a little spendy - $100 - but it's fully inclusive and the proceeds go to charity, in this case the Kid's Center. Judging from the success of Spork's pop-up, 5 Fusion shouldn't have a hard time filling the place. Diners will be treated to a traditional eight-course Chinese New Year dinner, including cocktail pairings from Oregon Spirit Distillers spirits. According to owner Lilian Chu, eight is a universally lucky number in Chinese culture, hence the eight courses. We're pretty sure we'll be feeling lucky too after putting down eight courses and cocktail pairings. Seating is limited to 30 people and tickets can be bought through the Kid's Center by calling Joni at 541-383-5958.
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  • Gas Station Cuisine:  When good food happens in strange places
  • Chow
  • Gas Station Cuisine: When good food happens in strange places

    You probably didn't know that there's this rule in the How To Piss Off Your Customers manual, under the "Eateries in Airports and Gas Stations" chapter that reads, "Under no circumstances should you serve a customer a food item that is actually edible." It goes on to encourage eateries in airports to charge "at least two to three times" the expected price for food.
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  • The Coupe DeVille
  • Beer & Drink
  • The Coupe DeVille

    In a world in which Riedel Crystal uses science to create tulip-shaped fish bowls perfected to enjoy the delicacies of an Oregon Pinot and sexy hour-glass stemware flawlessly crafted so that neat spirits can scintillate one's palate, one must wonder why the latest cocktail glass craze isn't one of these modern-day marvels of craftsman, but rather a glass purportedly created as a replication of Marie Antoinette's perky A cup.
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  • Beer & Drink
  • Full Sail's Black Gold

    Most weeks, Microcosmos likes to keep our focus on Central Oregon, but a press release from our friends up at the Full Sail brewery caught our attention. The brewery announced this week that it's preparing to release its limited edition Black Gold cask-aged Imperial Stout.
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Screen

  • Between the Sheets: No Strings Attached teases sex and friendship
  • Film
  • Between the Sheets: No Strings Attached teases sex and friendship

    As someone who appreciates well-done romantic comedies, as well as any film with Natalie Portman and - gasp! - laughing out loud in movie theaters, I was eagerly anticipating No Strings Attached. After having seen Portman make out with Mila Kunis and dance her crazy heart out in Black Swan last month, we know she can do absolutely anything. No Strings Attached marks the actress' first foray into the romantic comedy genre while raising the question: Can this multi-dimensional actress get laughs?
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  • And Then There  Were Three: Stunning photography enhances straightforward story in The Way Back
  • Film
  • And Then There Were Three: Stunning photography enhances straightforward story in The Way Back

    The Way Back is a grueling, stunningly photographed story of a group of prisoners who escape a Siberian gulag and walk... yes that's right, walk, 4,000 miles through five hostile countries to freedom in India. This sometimes-riveting film is grand scale entertainment though the tediousness of the trek is often disconcerting. Six-time Oscar nominated director Peter Weir (Truman Show, Dead Poets Society) returns to the screen after a seven-year absence with an epic yet by-the-numbers film adaptation of Slavomir Rawicz's novel, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. The veracity of Rawicz's story has been challenged, so Weir and co-writer Keith Clarke try to address the authenticity by giving us the straight story.
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  • TLC: Best/Worst  Network Ever!
  • Film Events
  • TLC: Best/Worst Network Ever!

    Okay, fine, whatever, I'll admit that running a network may not be the easiest thing to do - BUT MY LIFE STINKS, TOO, YA KNOW!! It's not exactly easy spending entire days sprawled on a filthy couch, clothed in oddly stained underpants, surrounded by empty liquor bottles and half-eaten Totino's Pizza Rolls while half-consciously flipping through hundreds of TV shows per hour. See? I'm doing MY part! It's those networks! They're the lazy bastards!
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Music

  • Deerhoof: Deerhoof vs. Evil
  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Deerhoof: Deerhoof vs. Evil

    Deerhoof vs. Evil isn't the first time Deerhoof has tackled evil's ugly face. On Apple O', the band took a scattered look at Adam and Eve and the mess they made in the garden. On The Runners Four, Deerhoof alluded to the flood and the ark that saved Noah. On their new one, the underlying theme isn't necessarily Biblical, but certainly goodness centered (look at the friggin' heart on the cover!). Evil is also synonymous with other Deerhoof records (i.e. playful, heady amount of sonic dabbling, to the point, great beats, well-placed noise, humorous, fragmented melodies). On "Secret Mobilization" you get slow burning riffs coupled with a desire to bounce and their take on a "Let's Dance the Jet" is basically James Bond rescuing the world from an H-bomb and making it home for supper.
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Outside

  • Goldfinches of Winter: They're not just summer birds anymore
  • Natural World
  • Goldfinches of Winter: They're not just summer birds anymore

    Mary Smith, photographer, quilter and president of the Sisters Camera Club, lives about four miles from me, as the goldfinch flies, and each of has had goldfinches on our respective feeders throughout winter. To me, this is somewhat remarkable, as I tend to think of goldfinches as summer residents. Many people, from Bend to Sisters, have created butterfly and bird habitat by planting bird-friendly plants. My wife, Sue, has modified the sagebrush, rabbit brush, juniper and bunchgrass habitat around our place dramatically with her native butterfly-friendly plantings, and Mary has done likewise. All it takes is heat and water - which reminds me of a framed sign I saw on the rotting floor of an old homesteader's cabin:
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  • Take a Knee:  Learn to telemark ski at Mt. Bachelor
  • Outside Features
  • Take a Knee: Learn to telemark ski at Mt. Bachelor

    I've been skiing since I was two. I had those little Traks you could attach to your snow boots with floppy straps, so it was a combination of Nordic and Alpine at the same time. My parents had the brilliant idea to just let me go at the top of our "wicked" steep driveway in New Hampshire and see how I fared on the way down. They were proponents of the "learn by doing" philosophy. We lived in North Conway, N.H., and with at least five ski areas in a 30-mile radius, this was serious business, even for toddlers.
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Blogs

  • Be a Farmer for a Day With Central Oregon Locavore
  • The Blender
  • Be a Farmer for a Day With Central Oregon Locavore

    You may have heard of WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), volunteer farmers on organic farms who trade labor for housing and food. Central Oregon Locavore, an online community and marketplace for local farmers, is creating a similar project, called WWOLFs - substituting "local" for "organic" (although most of the farms are organic, too).   If you've ever entertained the idea of farming or just want a good workout and homemade meal, join WWOLF for a day on Rainshadow Organics' farm in Terrebonne on February 13. It may seem a bit early to be growing vegetables, but, according to farmer Sarahlee Lawrence, "We'll be building the soil for all the goodies it will produce in the coming months."
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