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This Fest is Lit

OSU-Cascades hosts a multi-day festival centered around the written word
Even with its relatively small population, Central Oregon has something of an embarrassment of riches when it comes to concerts, events, restaurants—and also, cultural wealth of other forms. With events centered around writing and reading happening over a three-day span, the upcoming literary festival, "Rendezvous with Risk," put on by Oregon State University-Cascades' Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program—is just one example of this profusion.

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Base-less Strategy

Advice & Fun

Free Will Astrology—Week Of June 13

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the 1960s, Gemini musician Brian Wilson began writing and recording bestselling songs with his band the Beach Boys. A seminal moment in his development happened while he was listening to his car radio in August 1963.

Advice & Fun

Legislating Morality Through Land Use

County Commission witnesses a festering fissure
After five months of watching his co-Commissioners scour all marijuana land-use and site-plan applications for potential frailties, Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone seems to have had enough. During a June 5 deliberation, the Commission was discussing an appeal of a previously-approved application for a marijuana dispensary in Tumalo.

Smoke Signals

Shining a Light on Accessibility

As Central Oregon grows, ASL interpreter services are stretched thin
Bend is growing exponentially in population, and while Deschutes County may be more urban than surrounding areas, Central Oregon is still predominantly rural—and lacking in some of the services afforded to bigger metro areas. While some may lament the lack of dependable public transit, or lack of affordable housing in relation to the job market, another service is sorely lacking in Central Oregon, and directly affecting the deaf community: qualified and certified American Sign Language interpreters.

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The Pathogen Of Least Resistance

Science & Advice Goddess Amy Alkon's weekly advice column
I live with my girlfriend, who's really picky about how clean and tidy the house has to be. God forbid I put a bowl on the dish rack that isn't perfectly immaculate or leave tiny bits of hair in the sink after I shave.

Advice & Fun

Artist Panel at Volcanic Theatre Pub

Bend Creative Laureate continues to grow community
Local artist and musician Jason Graham, aka MOsely WOtta, is almost halfway through his tenure as Bend's inaugural Creative Laureate. For much of the past year, Graham's been all about town, meeting with artists one on one, gathering them in groups to ask them about their experiences, trying to understand how best to bring the community together and continue to build it.

Art Watch

Magical Additions

At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, staging shows outdoors brings an element of the unknown
It's almost dark when a crow shoots across the sky, making its signature "caw" during a pause in the dialogue of "Macbeth." As much as it endeavors to curate the audience experience, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival can't control everything that happens in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre—the outdoor space which saw the opening of its summer season June 7.

Culture Features

This Modern World—week of June 13

Advice & Fun

Mild Abandon—week of June 13

Advice & Fun

Sotally Tober & A Body At Rust

Sotally Tober I spent years on and off drugs and alcohol, but I've been sober for six years.

Advice & Fun

Employee Art Shines at Deschutes Brewery

An eclectic art show that highlights pub employees
June is anniversary month at Deschutes Brewery. To honor that, they're showcasing the creative talent of 23 of their pub employees in a group art show.

Art Watch

You've Got Love – and Music Too

Lonely opposites attract in "She Loves Me"
Richard Choate's vision was mostly achieved, he says, once a cadre of fine players was cast for "She Loves Me," a romantic, musical comedy opening this weekend at the Cascades Theater. When a director finds a winning cast, Choate says, only a small part of the challenge remains.

Culture Features

Free Will Astrology—Week Of June 6

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Some birds can fly for days without coming down to earth. Alpine swifts are the current record-holders, staying aloft for 200 consecutive days as they chase and feed on insects over West Africa.

Advice & Fun


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