Posts Tagged ‘independent’

Neon Frontier on 107.1 FM: Skatepark Revolution

By the  early 90’s, skateboarding was in a slump again.  The sport had really gotten to a new level in California in the 70’s when skaters brought surf-style moves to the empty swimming pools and decaying urban infrastructure that littered the edges of towns like Venice Beach. But then, street skating ran into a lot of community opposition in most parts of the country, and skate parks were having liability issues.  Mark Scott, Dreamland Skateparks owner and one of the original builders of the Burnside skatepark, sat down with me to discuss how it took a DIY community of Portland skaters building an indie skatepark under the Burnside bridge, in cooperation with the local business community and retroactively approved by the city, to kick off what Mark described to me as the skatepark revolution.

Check out the podcast on 107.1 FM here.


Neon Frontier on KZME 107.1FM: Reading Series Get National

 

People often have mixed feelings about readings. Readings can be long and boring, Or they can be performances, parties, political rallies, scenes.  Portland, like a lot of other cities, has a long history of underground readings through many cultural moments, from Ken Kesey’s Poetry Happenings to today, when Portland is on the national tour circuit.  I sat down with 90′s slam host Reuben Nisenfeld, Smalldoggies‘ Matty Byloos and Carrie Seitzinger, Bad Blood’s Zachary Schomburg, Literary Mixtape’s Erik Bader, and Loggernaut’s Erin Ergenbright, Jesse Lichtenstein and Paul Toutonghi on Portland series then and now.

Listen to the KZME podcast here.


Neon Frontier on KZME 107.1FM Debut: Sid Miller with Crow Arts Manor

 

Neon Frontier, my new radio segment on KZME 107.1FM’s Artclectic show, debuted on September 11th with an interview with Sid Miller, Burnside Review editor and director of Portland’s newest writing/arts center, Crow Arts Manor.  Neon Frontier will explore how Portland’s cultural space has evolved through conversation with the artists and makers who have shaped it.  I sat down with Sid to talk about what it means to start a DIY instituition, kind of by pulling up your own bootstraps.

Take a listen to the KZME podcast here.



LIVE at the Body Show Benefit: Danielle Fish

Danielle Fish plays vintage R&B covers of Wanda Jackson, the Beatles and more. The benefit was a premiere for The Body Show:The Humble Egg, an experimental short film by Nora Robertson and Jason Bahling about a kitschy 60’s cooking show for housewives that hurtles the host into a private world of tangential madness and repressed memories of her grandmother. Hosted by Mark Russell. Documentation by Karl Lind of In the Can Productions.

LIVE at the Body Show Benefit: Danielle Fish from Nora Robertson on Vimeo.


LIVE at the Body Show: Nathaniel Boggess

Nathaniel Boggess tells an early version of his recent Portland Center Stage show, “I Was a Fat Kid. I Was a Really Fat Kid” at the Body Show Benefit. The benefit was a premiere for The Body Show:The Humble Egg, an experimental short film by Nora Robertson and Jason Bahling about a kitschy 60’s cooking show for housewives that hurtles the host into a private world of tangential madness and repressed memories of her grandmother. Hosted by Mark Russell. Documentation by Karl Lind of In the Can Productions.

LIVE at the Body Show Benefit: Nathaniel Boggess from Nora Robertson on Vimeo.


Chloe Eudaly’s Kickstarter for Reading Frenzy

I don’t know about you, but my most pivotal cultural experiences growing up didn’t happen at the art museum, the ballet or the symphony.  —Chloe Eudaly

Reading Frenzy, if you don’t already know it, is a Portland treasure.  Located across Burnside from Powell’s, it is a specialty bookstore that has been supporting and promoting independent publishers and artists, with a special focus on “zines, mini comics, alternative and d.i.y. culture, progressive politics, rebels, renegades and full on freaks,” since 1994. This support includes an open door consignment policy for all local authors and publishers, dozens of free literary events every year and monthly art shows. To be able to continue bringing all this goodness together, owner Chloe Eudaly of Reading Frenzy could use a little help.  Here’s a video made by Karl Lind of In the Can Productions to get the word out through Kickstarter.

More testimonial from Christopher Peralta here.