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  • Sep 22-28, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 38

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  • Return to Sender: The USPS gets pinched in Central Oregon

    There isn't much to see in Brothers, Oregon. In fact, there's pretty much only one thing in the tiny outpost along Highway 20 - the Brothers Stage Stop. On the other hand, this isn't just "one thing," really. Inside its weathered walls is the only store, café, gift shop, gas station, saloon and post office you're going to find for about 50 miles in either direction. But one of the functions of this perfectly Americana shop, and perhaps its most important function for nearby residents, could be disappearing - and that's the post office, which has been operating in the high desert town since 1913. Dixie Hanna, along with her sister, Jerrie, has owned and operated the Brothers Stage Shop for the past seven years, and during that time Dixie has also served as the postmaster of the closet-sized post office inside her business. Leased by the U.S. Postal Service, the space is home to post office boxes for 30 homes, some of which are an hour or more away. This rural, mostly elderly population relies on the Brothers post office, not just to hold their mail, but, perhaps more importantly, perform shipping services and ensure that specialty deliveries like mail-order prescriptions are handled appropriately.

Opinion

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Meet the Koch Brothers

    According to Rolling Stone, at a recent plutocrat's gathering, one of the Koch Brothers, heavy financers of the Tea Party "movement," called President Obama, "Saddam Hussein." Rolling Stone claims to have it on tape.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Fire Safety

    For shame, Eric Flowers! Asking at the end of your article on foreclosures if anybody has a match is dangerously inflammatory. While it maybe true that if every foreclosee burned down his house, the banks would very quickly stop foreclosing and start mortgage modifications instead, arson is against the law and carries heavy prison sentences, whereas selling subprime mortgages and bundling them or selling second mortgages to folks who can't pay for them is evidently perfectly legal and carry no such penalties, however immoral such actions may be.

Culture

Food & Drink

Screen

  • Film
  • Cultivating Familiarity: A somewhat reverent attempt at Straw Dogs remake still plays out as sacrilege to the hilt

    Without the genius of director Sam Peckinpah, there would be no John Woo or Walter Hill movies. There would never have been The Wild Bunch, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia or Straw Dogs without Peckinpah. Now we have Straw Dogs without Peckinpah. Some may say "homage," I say "blasphemy." Peckinpah's 1971 Straw Dogs was his most enigmatic, open wound of a movie, complete with commentary on bigotry, racism, social and religious dysfunction, (and if you look deep enough, health care). Peckinpah's hard drinking and hard life influenced his filmmaking style and perpetual "last man standing" theme, be it against the changing time, the protection of one's home or the preservation of self-respect. It wasn't just the stories; it was Sam's vision through cinematic styling that made his films shine with a kind of dignity. He has every right to be spinning in his grave.
  • Film
  • To Live and Drive in L.A.: Drive is the grownup movie you've been waiting for

    It's been a weird summer for blockbusters. I should know. I've watched most of them, 95 percent of which were superhero movies. After being bombarded with Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, Conan and Cowboys and Aliens, I was starting to get this nagging suspicion that I was a stupid grownup and couldn't get sucked into these worlds like I once did. What I didn't realize is that the reason I wasn't enjoying these movies was because they didn't have any characters I felt invested in. After watching Drive, not only did I feel like I'd seen a true superhero movie, but I felt like I'd seen the best one made in my lifetime with a hero I truly cared about... even though he's sort of a sociopath. A super anti-hero, if you will. Drive is a throwback to every mid-to-late '80s character-based action film like William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. or Michael Mann's Thief. It makes the city of Los Angeles just as much of a character as anyone while exploring the hidden nooks and crannies of a city that never gets shot like this anymore. Director Nicolas Winding Refn shoots L.A. like it's a crumbling empire, still at the height of its power, yet rotting underneath its façade. Anyone who is interested in the language of film should study Drive as well as the earlier works of Refn like his Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising. This guy is our next Kubrick, Cronenberg and Peckinpah rolled into a hyper stylized ball of genius.
  • Film Events
  • Christina Ricci's Forehead

    It's a big week for television, and we're gonna talk about some of the new Fall shows in just a moment - but first? Christina Ricci's forehead. Can someone please tell me what's going on with it? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a moment to Google search "Christina Ricci's forehead." I'll wait. (Pause. Pause. Pause.) I KNOW, ISN'T IT AMAZING?? You could play Canadian rules football on that forehead! Her forehead is so big, it's a "fivehead." You could write the entire Star Wars prologue on that forehead. Her forehead is so big, Republicans want to drill for oil on it. Hey Christina, IMAX called. They want to rent your forehead. Her forehead is so big, it's got it's own zip code (9021-oh shit, that's a big forehead!). In 1974, Evel Knievel tried to jump her forehead. Christina's forehead is where the National Association of Foreheads hold their annual forehead convention. What did Moses say to Christina Ricci? "Dude, I spent 40 years wandering around your forehead. So back off, I'm mad at you right now." SHE... HAS... A BIG... FOREHEAD!!
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Music

Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Biking Far, Running Farther: Reflections and a look ahead at the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

    Marathon Methodology Surprise! Local riders crushed at the 52-mile Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships last Saturday in Bend. Not exactly a shocker, really. We have plenty of talent here in Central Oregon, both professional and amateur and it showed. Again. Adam Craig added another national championship jersey to his growing collection after holding off good buddy, longtime teammate and Bend native Carl Decker by a measly 12 seconds on a course that contained more than 4,000 feet of climbing and sent riders up past Wanoga Sno Park before bringing them back to the finish in the Old Mill. Craig and Decker rode away from the rest of the elite men's field early and used their intimate knowledge of our local trails to stay well in front of the hard-charging pack.

Special Issues & Guides

  • Extras
  • The Focused Brain: Learning the basics of Qigong with Kristina Bak

    “It is what you make of it” would be a good introduction to some of qigong teacher Kristina Bak’s core philosophy. Bak says there is ample research suggesting that “focused attention affects outcome, and that our thoughts appear to literally change neural structures in our brains.

Blogs

  • Bent
  • Of Vodka and Cyclocross

    A cyclocross race at Bendistillery? I am so there. Not even a head cold, and the best efforts of my three year-old to thwart my sleep the night before, deterred me.
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