Archive for the ‘off topic’ Category

A one-page BendFilm schedule that’s easy to print and carry with you as you bounce around the festival

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

A little off topic, but: The ninth annual BendFilm Festival begins tomorrow night and runs through Sunday at various venues around town that are good for watching movies.

Our coverage of the festival has already begun, and we’ll have all the nuts and bolts of the event — when, where, what to see and more — in Friday’s GO! Magazine, plus an easy-to-use, one-page schedule of all the films showing at the festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In fact, we think the schedule is so great, we added the Thursday-night screenings, got it all to fit on one regular-sized sheet of paper, and created a PDF!

You can view and print that schedule by clicking here.

Circle your “must see” flicks, fold it up, and head out knowing that you’ve got everything you need to know at a size that’ll fit in your pocket.

And seeing as how this is a music blog, here’s the trailer for the film I’m going to try to catch, “An Affair of the Heart,” a documentary about the enduring celebrity of pop/TV star Rick Springfield and his, um, passionate and dedicated fans. This looks pretty great, I think. It’s showing at 8 p.m. Friday at Regal Old Mill cinema and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

High Desert Madness!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

For the past three weeks in The Bulletin’s Community Life section, we’ve been whittling down 64 very Central Oregon people, places, events and abstract concepts in a tongue-in-cheek tournament to determine our region’s quintessential “thing.”

If you haven’t been following along, or you have but you missed something, here’s all the links you need!

See the full, completed bracket here.

Read a region-by-region preview of the whole field here.

Read a recap of the first two rounds and preview of the Sweet 16 here.

Read a recap of the regionals, the Final Four and the championship, which was won by a crafty veteran that’s deeply rooted in Central Oregon.

Click here to check out the online bracket challenge we ran in conjunction with High Desert Madness, and here (scroll down) to read about the family that won.

Take a drive through Bend in the late 1960s

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This is way off-topic, but I thought it was too cool not to share. Click below to take a drive through Bend in 1967 or 1968, via the magic of 8 mm film. You’ll drive into town from the north on Third Street, turn west on Franklin Avenue, loop through downtown and get a peek at the long-gone Pilot Butte Inn, and then turn down toward Drake Park.

I think it’s pretty nifty. Look at all those gas stations and hotels downtown! Credit goes to David on Vimeo and I saw it on Joe Schulte’s Facebook…


Monday, March 28th, 2011

If you don’t already know, now you know: I am a lifelong, diehard fan of the University of Kentucky basketball team (Lexington native, class of ’99, etc.), and last night, my beloved Wildcats defeated North Carolina to advance to their first Final Four since 1998. And since this is their first Final Four since I’ve had a blog (I dunno, I might’ve celebrated the ’98 championship on a usenet newsgroup in UK’s computer lab or something) and since this is my blog, I’m going to use up some bandwidth telling you what an awesome weekend this was — UK beat the top-rated team in the country and the hottest team in the country in two pressure-cooker games over three days — and how excited I am for next weekend, when they’ll play for the National Championship. Well, first they will play Connecticut in the national semifinals, but hopefully they’ll win that one and play for the big trophy. Anyway …


Oh … music content? OK, here’s Jay-Z hangin’ with the team in the locker room after yesterday’s game. Boom!

Off topic: Look at this sandwich

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Have you been to Letzer’s Deli, a new-ish sandwich place over on the weird little part of Division Street between Reed Market Road and Third Street? You know … kinda in between Jackalope Grill and Tortilleria Reyes?

Anyway, I went there for lunch. Look at this freakin’ sandwich:

(Please note that I named that .jpg “beefton”.)

I am no food expert, or restaurant reviewer, but I do eat food and I like food, and I can tell you that Letzer’s Deli’s corned beef sandwich does pretty good.

Mushroom hunting with The Dirtball

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

In today’s Outing section of The Bulletin, you can read about my trip into the woods near Bend to hunt mushrooms with Bend-based rapper and mycophile — and recent addition to the Kottonmouth KingsThe Dirtball, aka David Alexander. Here’s an excerpt:

The Dirtball shows off a king bolete mushroom he found last weekend in the Swampy Lakes area near Bend. Photo by Ben.

Alexander has been hunting mushrooms for 15 years. He was introduced to the pursuit by his mother, Marlene. At one time, he sold morels to local stores and restaurants to make ends meet.

These days, he hunts mushrooms mostly for the fun of it. He dries his mushrooms and eats them throughout the year. He also sends bags to friends in the music industry.

For Alexander, though, it’s all about the joy of the hunt, which he calls a “chaotic art” for a reason.

“There are so many factors going into finding mushrooms. You’ve got time of season, temperatures, elevation, direction of growth and, you know, luck,” he said. “They grow at different areas and different times, so when you think you know where they are, you really might not.

“It’s a chase,” he continued. “It’s a mind game!”

We didn’t find a lot of mushrooms, but it’s more about the journey than the destination, right? In this case, I think that old adage applies, because I had a good time despite coming up empty.

I hope you’ll read the whole article by clicking here.

Frequency’s second annual NBA Finals preview with Top Shelf!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The NBA kicks off its championship round tonight, and on Frequency, that means one thing: Local hip-hop duo Top Shelf is back with its second annual NBA Finals preview. Pay attention, because MCs Amsterdam and Middle know their roundball, and they love to talk about roundball. Translation: This is long and packed with knowledge, so be sure to click below for the whole enchilada. And, if you’re interested, here’s last year’s preview.

From left, Middle and Amsterdam


Amsterdam: The 2009-10 NBA Playoffs have been headlined by two big stories: The Los Angeles Lakers’ continued dominance of the Western Conference and the Boston Celtics’ resurgence to greatness after a dismal regular season in which they finished their final 54 games going 27-27. Kobe Bryant’s individual brilliance has been the key for Los Angeles, with many around the world saying they’ve never seen him play better. For Boston, the story has been the poise and execution of the Celtics’ veterans as well as the emergence of Rajon Rondo as the team’s best player. Heading into tonight’s Game 1 of the Finals, Boston has played 17 consecutive games in which a different player has led the Celtics in points. This is a rivalry with years of history behind it and potentially could make for one of the best Finals in recent memory. As some of you may know, I’m a diehard Celtics fan, so this preview just might contain a moderate amount of (Len) Bias. That said, Middle is a certified Kobe fan(atic) and can’t necessarily be trusted either.

Middle: When Diggy told me it was that time of the year again to give our breakdown of the NBA Finals, I got excited, seeing as how Diggy’s the biggest Celtic fan around. I let him know I couldn’t wait to explain why we (the Lakers) would beat him (the Celtics). Why is that? Four letters, one word: KOBE! That being said, let’s break down the starting line-ups…


Classic new Kobe/LeBron Nike commercials with KRS-One, Lupe Fiasco

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

These Kobe/LeBron puppet commercials are generally pretty good, but there’s a new set out in which the guys accompany Santa Claus to a game of 3-on-3 against some reindeer. And they are AMAZING.

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco voices Blitzen and hip-hop legend KRS-One handles Santa. The attention to detail in these productions (clearly inspired by this video) is pretty astounding, and the beats and rhymes aren’t too bad, either. Here are all three, in order. You should watch them all.

Tonight’s performance of “The Santaland Diaries” canceled (Update: Friday, too.)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Tonight’s performance of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend has been canceled because of a death in the family of Derek Sitter, the man behind the play.

You can read more about “Santaland” and Sitter here. But again, don’t go to Silver Moon tonight expecting to see it, because it’s canceled. Silver Moon booking guru Cassie Moore says she hopes to reschedule the play in the coming weeks.

No word yet on Sitter’s planned show Friday at The Wine Shop in Bend. I’ll update this post as soon as we hear something.

A planned show Friday at The Wine Shop is also postponed, Sitter says.

The power of Twitter, or how I saw Dave Chappelle live in my house in Bend last night

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

On Tuesday morning, rumors began to surface on the Internet that popular, enigmatic comedian Dave Chappelle would perform at midnight that night in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.

By Tuesday evening, those rumors were roaring around Facebook, Twitter, and other social media spots. The frenzy grew as the clock approached (and passed) midnight, and “dave chappelle portland” became the hottest search trend on Google. Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered downtown, just in case the rumors were true.

By 12:45 a.m., the tweets from Portland indicated that folks figured they’d been had, and they started heading home. And then, just before 1 a.m., the tweets took on a whole different tone:

“Chappelle is here!!!!” said @nevafeva — the first such tweet that I could find. Shortly thereafter, @riotgrrrl6161 posted proof:


There were reports that Chappelle showed up with a tiny amp and could not be heard beyond the first few rows of people. Within minutes, I could see and (not) hear it for myself, thanks to this guy, who posted a live stream of the whole thing using his cell phone.


From Twitter rumor to a live cell-phone stream on my computer in Bend in about 12 hours.


By about 1:30 p.m., Chappelle’s name was a “trending topic” on Twitter, which means lots of people were tweeting about him. And with that came a flood of posts by people using his name (and trend status) for their own gain.

It was sort of a study of human nature at the speed of Internet. And it was fascinating.

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