Serial Vandal Defaces National Parks with Acrylic Paintings

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly We like to imagine that “outdoor recreator” and “nature lover” are mutually inclusive terms. Unfortunately, some people are not so humbled by nature that they feel inspired to treat the wilderness with respect. That, and/or their parents failed to teach them manners. (Examples: Those Boy Scouts who tipped over an ancient rock…

Out of Town 7/31-8/7

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly portland saturday 2 Oregon Burlesque Festival Headlined by Canadian burlesque star Lydia De Carllo, the inaugural Oregon Burlesque Festival packs a professional punch with producers Tana the Tattooed Lady, Holly Dai and Ellie Darling. The weekend-long event kicks off Thursday at the Funhouse Lounge with a newcomers and local talent…

OZ IS REAL!

Dorothy’s house discovered in Central Oregon By Erin Rook, Source Weekly About five miles north of Bend, tucked between the trees on the east side of Highway 97 on a piece of property owned by Gene Carsey, Jr., is the top half of an old farmhouse. Its roof is covered in weather vanes, its windows…

Out of Town 7/23-7/31

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly portland saturday 26 Cannibal! The Musical From the creator of “South Park,” The Book of Mormon andTeam America comes what aims to be the “first intelligent musical about cannibalism”—a void in the arts world clearly waiting to be filled. In the spirit of Evil Dead: The Musical(itself in the spirit of Blue Man Group),…

Source Weekly: Out of Town 7/17-7/24

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly portland thursday 17 Tiny Ruins New Zealand indie folk band Tiny Ruins started out as a solo project by Hollie Fullbrook, and even though the group’s second album features a full band, its languid, dreamy sound is still carried by Fullbrook’s bird-like warbling. Alternately channeling the sound of a whistle…

Closer to Finally Grown Up: Indigo Girls bring iconic folk-rock to Hullabaloo

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly It’s been a long road, but Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have traveled it together since they were kids. The now-iconic Georgia-raised folk-rock musicians first met in elementary school, began performing music together in middle school and finally became the Indigo Girls while attending Emory University. Their 30-year friendship has…

Out of Town 6/26-7/3

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly portland friday 27 David Sedaris Known for his self-deprecating autobiographical essays and uncanny ability to make life’s awkward moments laugh-out-loud funny, David Sedaris is a national treasure. Nominated for the 2014 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (read: best audio book) for his most recent collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes…

Central Oregon Gets Gay for Pride Week

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Central Oregon’s LGBT Pride Week kicked off Sunday with a BBQ and picnic in Farewell Bend Park and continues tonight with events for all ages and inclinations. Here’s the rundown of all the ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Central Oregon Pride (as well as the Bend’s non-discrimination ordinance)…

Out of Town 5/18-5/26

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly ashland sunday 22 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Director Sarah Rasmussen flips the script of the classical all-male portrayals of Shakespeare’s works with fully female casts in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It may be the oldest romantic story in the book—boy meets girl, boy…

Out of Town: 6/12-6/19

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly portland saturday 14 Mystery Box Show Bedtime stories—emphasis on bedtime. A group of storytellers share their best tales of woe and wonder under the sheets and everywhere else things get sexy and strange. More than just a voyeuristic kiss and tell, these brave souls range from bestselling authors to sex industry professionals….

Fields of Fabric: Art quilts capture tangible landscapes

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Quilts are generally considered more of a craft than an art. But local quilters like Sheila Finzer are working to change that perception. “Most people think it’s your grandmother’s quilt,” she says, “but it’s not.” She continues, “I started out making traditional bed quilts like most people start out with,…