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Monday, August 20, 2012

Can't Wait for the Face-Kini Trend to Hit Bend

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:41 AM


More reasons to slap one of these on, according to The Indian Express is they are,"also extremely effective at repelling insects and jellyfish."

Read about even racier Face-Kinis here:

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A New Way to Protect That Gorgeous Mug of Yours

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Sick of the claustrophobic greasy cloud of sunscreen, fellow sun bunnies?  It drips into your eyes if you're active and sweating and sometimes has a pasty white sheen, but in Bend sun protection is mandatory.  

The other problem is the way it makes you feel like you're being buried alive.  There's also the fact that to stay healthy you're slapping a bunch of chemicals on your skin, which is absorbed and funneled on down through ye old organs.  Yeek.

How about giving the Face-Kini a try?  They're all the rage in China.  Not only is the Face-Kini a bionic sun block, but it's also just the thing to put some razzle-dazzle into your tired wardrobe. 

Other possible uses might include:


  • Bad mood social barrier
  • Anti-wind chap autumn bike mask
  • Make your lover think it's their idea to break up
  • Get a rise out of Mom and Dad next Sunday dinner, accessorized with toy gun
  • Parent-teacher meeting go-home-early card


There are so many cool designs and ways to match it up with your lifestyle.  Just don't wear it to the bank.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bust a Love Move Today

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Staff Picks

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Have you ever heard a person play the lip-trombone? I thought not.

Witness that and more from the talented lips of appropriately named Lipbone Redding Friday at Silver Moon Brewing. Redding keeps it interesting by blending humor, inventive guitar playing, percussive vocals and throat singing (?) bass and beat-boxing and of course the lip-trombone. Show starts at 9 p.m. $5.

Luke Redfield rolls into town to play the Horned Hand with Brave. You can check out Redfield’s sound on his recently released LP Tusen Takk. His folksy, bohemian, wanderer, philospher vibe comes through in songs like Don’t Care and Ides of May. Show starts at 9 p.m.

If you missed the Quick and Easy Boys last night at Munch and Music you can catch them tonight at Players Bar & Grill. Because honestly, who couldn’t use a little funky, R&B, psychedelic, garage pop with a pinch of honky-tonk to kick off the weekend? Show starts at 10 p.m.




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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Family Affair: Tango Alpha Tango at McMenamins Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Tango Alpha TangoTango Alpha Tango sound like Tallest Man on Earth and The Pixies teamed up to write a blues-style soundtrack for an independent documentary about strip clubs. All doused with a good helping of North West indie music styling, their songs range from the straight heavy blues rock on “Kill and Haight” to soft acoustic breakup jams like “I Have Stopped Thinking About You."

Despite their range of style, there is nothing inauthentic about Tango Alpha Tango, they know what they’re doing and they’re doing it well from crooning pop melodies to firing off sexy, distortion coated guitar riffs. The finesse of their songwriting is a testament to the musical expertise of brothers, Aaron and Nathan Trueb, and Nathan's wife, Mirabai, teamed up with unrelated drummer Walker Beckman. Their powers combined, Tango Alpha Tango write songs to be admired and put on one hell of a live show.

Their two albums (released in 2008 and 2011) are both under 10 songs, but what they lack in length they make up for in quality. Over the course of their recordings you can hear the music develop from more conventional indie-pop into a whole new animal, with a country hi-gloss and a bluesy edge tied together by skillful songwriting. The band is currently working on recording their next full length release at Supernatural Studios in Oregon City. Preview a few tracks from their new album on their Bandcamp and hear them live at McMenamins, FOR FREE. 


Tango Alpha Tango

Wednesday August 1

7pm, FREE

Old St. Francis McMenamins,  700 NW Bond St.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Seattle Indie Take Over: Lemolo and Bryan John Appleby Tonight!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

LemoloLemolo is back! These powerful Seattle rock goddesses will be in town tonight and tonight only! If you missed this cloying duo when they opened for Hey Marseilles at McMenamins back in May, it’s your lucky day. Here’s your second chance to catch their unique brand of simplistic, dreamy synthpop.

Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox play sweet and cleverly written tunes that transport their listener to an overcast dream world. They have the tonal quality and catchiness of early Florence + the Machine with an underground, reverb-filled twist.

Bryan John ApplebyTheir full length debut, The Kaleidoscope, was just released last week but the girls are already widely renowned in the Seattle scene and were named one of Seattle’s "Best New Bands" by Seattle Magazine. Welcome back to Bend, ladies!

Listen to their music here, or watch their video for "Open Air" below. You won’t be disappointed.

Lemolo will be playing with Bryan John Appleby, singer songwriter from Seattle who will rattle your bones with his haunting acoustic originals. His musical style sounds like a mixture of David Bazan’s dark spiritual themes with an eerie Fleet Foxes quality. 

Appleby just announced a tour in late 2012 with Seattle buddies The Head and the Heart and Portland alt-country rockers Blitzen Trapper, so take this will most likely be one of the last opportunities to see him play in a tiny bar before the masses get a hold of his moving tunes.

Listen to his music here. Check out the video of him playing the heartbreaking "Noah’s Nameless Wife" below. 

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Lemolo and Bryan John Appleby

Wednesday July 11

8pm, $5

The Horned Hand 507 NW Colorado Ave. 

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tour De France - Stage 7

Posted By on Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Wow, what a great races today! Now that we are done with the hectic first week of the tour we can get down to the real GC battle!

Chris Froome won the first summit finish of this tour, and that is no small matter.  It may be that Bradley Wiggins' (picked by many to win the tour) biggest challenge will come from his own teammate...

Froome Takes the Win

Froome set the pace up the final climb, trying to put regining champion Cadel Evans into difficulty, but Evans held fast. When the road tipped up dramatically in the final 1k, Evans put in a dig to gain seconds and win the stage, but it was Froome, not Wiggins who countered and won the stage. It showed that Wiggins is not the strongest climber in the field, which we kinda  already knew. Never the less, he grabbed the yellow jersey as Prolouge winner Fabian Cancelarra could not maintain the pace up the steep finishing climb and faded to 22nd overall.

What today really showed is that presumptive winner Wiggins has a serious chink in his armor and that Evans is going to do his upmost to exploit it. Sure, Wiggins did not lose anytime to Evans, but I don't think Evans was really trying to put any time into Wig gins today. Rather, Evans was testing the water, and what he found is that the mighty Sky team may have a problem. Just like in the Vuelta Espana last fall when Froome placed 2nd and Wiggins 3rd, they may be backing the wrong horse. If Sky had thrown it's support behind Froome last fall, I think they would have won that race, and we might see the same thing happen in this Tour.

With only 3 summit finishes in this tour, you can bet that Evans is going to attack  on the mountainous days that don't feature a summit finish but rather technical descents, something Wiggins is notoriously poor at. Both Evans and the current 3rd place rider on GC, Vincenzo Nibali are very good at. Let's see if Sky opts to protect and defend Wiggins at all cost, while Evans and Nibali gain time on him with the daring descents and explosive climbs we will see tomorrow in stage 8!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tour De France - Stage 5

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The Gorilla won his second stage in as many days, winning a rather uneventful long day of racing in northern France.


Yesterday, Greipel's win had a little asterisk next to it due to a late crash taking out world champion Mark Canvandish. That was not the case today. Cavandish's team Sky even worked to give him a lead out but the big german was able to pull away in the find 50 meters to score his second win in as many days.

Tomorrow's stage should again produce a field sprint and we may well see a repeat of today's action. There is a little bump 10k from the finish which may give an opportunity for an escape artist, but my guess is we will see Cavandish make up for today's failure and get the win.

The real GC battle begins Saturday when the peloton heads into the mountains with the first summit finish on the mighty Planche des Belles. Expect some serious racing from everyone hoping for a shot at the final podium.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Old Bella Cucina Building Update

Old Bella Cucina building will be the new location of Central Oregon Audiology.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

All that tearing down of trees and backhoeing of concrete at the old Bella Cucina building on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Third Street is prep work for turning the location into the new home of Central Oregon Audiology.

The hearing clinic’s Bend office is currently located near the hospital at 2698 NE Courtney Drive, Ste. 100. The move allows the business to expand and offer more services, like the first long term tinnitus program in Central Oregon, said a representative of the clinic.

The building on Franklin Avenue had served as the location of restaurants for decades, but those businesses, including Mexicali Rose and O’Healy’s Neighborhood Pub, were plagued by parking and access problems, said Howard Friedman, of Compass Commercial, who represented the seller of the property.

Central Oregon Audiology is scheduled to open the new office in September.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bobby Bare Jr. at McMenamins Tonight: Don't miss this!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM

photo by Joshua Black WilkensAs small as the Bend music community is, we are very lucky to get so many phenomenal musical acts playing in our little scene. Many of these artists come through Central Oregon as a part of the Great Northwest Music Tour hosted by McMenamins. These shows fill the never-large-enough Father Luke Room to the brim with eager listeners almost every Wednesday. This week will host the truly legendary Nashville artist, Bobby Bare Jr., who will grace us with his blend of poetic indie, folk rock and roll.

Quick facts about Bobby Bare Jr. that will make you want to attend his show tonight:

  • He was nominated for a Grammy at the age six for a duet with his Father, Bobby Bare, called “Daddy What If” but lost the award for “Country Duet of the Year” to the Pointer Sisters (what!?).
  • He has toured with an eclectic mixture of super talented artists including Dr. Dog, The Walkman, The Decembrists, Bob Dylan, Areosmith, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird and Drive By Truckers.
  • He wrote with, and had his songs critiqued by Shel Silverstein until Silverstein passed away in 1999. Silverstein also penned “Daddy What If” and was a childhood mentor of Bare Jr’s.
  • He has been playing the same acoustic Gibson J-45, which he purchased for $600 and three teddy bears, since mid 1970’s and has every artist he has ever toured with sign the back of the guitar.
  • He has a reputation for being an all around jovial and good natured dude. Stories of Bobby Bare Jr. chatting with just about anyone about music all the way up until closing time are myriad.

Get down to McMenamins and let Bobby Bare Jr. tell you a story with his rambling Americana music. Show starts at 7pm, it's all ages, AND IT'S FREE. Also, check out the culturally relevant and hilarious "Rock and Roll Halloween" below. 

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Helping Hands Needed For Scouts' Chicken Coop Raising

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Attention handymen and handywomen.

The Bend Community Center is looking for volunteers to help with a chicken coop and greenhouse raising project this weekend, which also happens to be Earth Day.

The project is spearheaded by a pair of local middle school girls who coordinated the group effort as part of their Girl Scouts’ program. Audrey Parks, 14, and Beth Bennett, 13, came up with idea of chicken coop and greenhouse that could provide fresh poultry and produce to the community center as part of their scout troop Silver Award. The pair secured a $1,000 grant from Deschutes County to help pay for the materials. They also secure donations from Country Feed and Pet Supply, Safeway, Celebrate the Season and Longboard Louie’s, which will be providing lunch.

All they need now is some extra hands to help with the proverbial heavy lifting and hammering, which is set for tomorrow (Sat.) morning at 10 a.m. The project requires roughly 15 volunteers who are asked to gather at 1016 NW 15th St. on Bend’s westside.

Information, BCC 541-312-2069

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Riding Dry: good times at the Maston

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If you're into taking an easy winter mountain bike ride, seize the moment and head out to the Maston Allotment where the riding of late has been excellent. Get out there soon as the continued dry weather and winds are already starting to turn some sections of the trail from hardpack into loose sand.

The word is obviously out as to how good conditions are at the Maston as this past Sunday the parking area was filled to capacity with the overflow vehicles parked along Newcomb Road.

If you're unfamiliar with the Maston Allotment it's a swath of 4,100 acres of BLM land located just off the Cline Falls Highway as you head north out of Tumalo. The acreage covers an area from Cline Falls Highway east to the Deschutes River canyon and south towards Eagle Crest.

After turning off the highway onto Newcomb road, look for the informal parking area about a quarter mile distant on the left.

The trailhead is in the parking area and by following the well defined trail tread you can make a loop trip lasting anywhere from just over and hour to and hour and a half in duration. Many Maston regulars think the trail rides better counterclockwise. That means making a right turn when you get to the first fork in the trail not far from the trailhead.

There are other options besides the big loop at the Maston some of which are shown on trail maps left in a Ziploc bag nailed to a old juniper at the main trailhead. Others trail options simply take some exploring to findor piece together.

The Maston trail system is restricted to mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trail running. This restricted use is clearly marked on trailhead signage.

It wasn't always so as the area was popular with of-road motorcyclists for many years. A few motorcyclists still show up on the trails and invariably plead no knowledge of the change in usage or of seeing the restrictive signage.

A new trail network being added across the highway at Cline Buttes will give off-road motorcyclists more miles of more challenging riding.

The Maston first started getting mountain biker use three years ago and s that use has increased so has the tread has firmed up measurably. That noted, the trail reverts to its sandy self once winter ends and the chances of a rain or snow are greatly diminished.

And chances of heavy rain or snow at the Maston aren't promising Oregon because of its microclimate zone location. It can be raining or snowing like crazy in Bend only to be clear, snow and rain-free, and several degrees warmer at the Maston.

So how did the area come in to being? Years ago a development was planned on the land. The land was subdivided into large parcels suitable for farming.

The key to the development's success was having water. So, a canal system (over which much of the current trail system runs) was constructed to carry water to landowners. It, in turn, was to be fed by an arterial canal linked to Tumalo Reservoir.

As good as the idea looked on paper, it didn't work as when the water was let loose from the reservoir it disappeared into the ground never reaching the Maston canal system. The development was doomed.

Eventually, the BLM purchased the property and turned it into one of their grazing allotments. Thus it remained until motorcyclists started riding there until the area became part of the BLM's 2009 Cline Buttes recreation plan.

If you haven't checked out the Maston do it sooner than later. It's the mellow winter riding, running and hiking alternative to Horse Ridge.

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