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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Restoring Sovereign: Oregon Historical Society







The Oregon Historical Society and Randall Investment Group team up to renovate Portland's 1922 Sovereign Hotel, including the famous Richard Haas trompe l'oeil mural. 
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Friday, April 21, 2017

DIGGABLE MONKEY PODCAST: CHET LYSTER GUITAR PLAYER EXTRAORDINAIRE



Listen Here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/kevin-balmer/podcast-chet-lyster-guitar-player-extraordinaire/

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RESTORING SOVEREIGN: REVIVING THE TROMPE L'OEIL MURAL


Dan Cohen and Christopher Wunderlich step us through what it takes to restore a four wall trompe l'oeil mural on an old historical building in downtown Portland, Oregon.  

Produced and Directed by Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions
http://diggablemonkey.com

Saturday, December 31, 2016

THE BUNK BUS: MOBILE INFIRMARY FOR STANDING ROCK



Two coots and a dedicated team of climate activists in Portland, Oregon, are converting a second old school bus for use as a warm, dry shelter for the Medics and Healers at Standing Rock. We've done this once before, putting Bunk Bus #1 (above, with coots) in service at Oceti Sakowin on November 24. Please use the links below to learn about that effort.
This time, we've had the great benefit of the hospitality, expertise, labor and tools of the good people at Manifestations, a maker space in Southeast Portland. Thank you, Manifestations!
Bus #2 is more heavily insulated than Bus #1 and will have fans to circulate warmed air throughout the interior. The electrical system will be simpler, but still set up to plug into solar panel and/or wind turbine sources.
The bus is scheduled for completion by January 6. Depending on the weather enroute, it could be in use on site by January 10.
We believe the fight at Standing Rock is everyone's fight. The weather there is extreme and life-threatening. The need for shelter is urgent . Please help us make this happen.
The Indigenous people who are holding space to protect the water deserve all the support we can come up with. Please donate to this cause.
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November 7 Willamette Week article showing Indigenous artwork going on Bus #1
wweek.com/news/2016/11/07/portland-climate-activists-are-building-a-medical-bus-and-sending-it-to-standing-rock/
November 10 KGW Channel 8 News video about the build-out of Bus #1
kgw.com/mb/news/local/portlanders-send-bus-to-standing-rock-reservation/350920528
November 21 Oregonian/Oregon Live article about Bus #1 arriving in Bozeman, enroute to Standing Rock.
oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2016/11/standing_rock_bozeman_protest.html
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Budget
Bunk Bus #2:
Purchase (actual) 3,200
Registration & Insurance 850
Mechanical Repairs 2,400
Partitions, Insulation and Panelling 4,500
Storage and Shelving 400
Heat System 1,800
Electrical System & Generator 3,000
Window Shutters 750
Interior Paint 200
Exterior Graphics and Paint 900
Outhouse Tents (two of each)
Platforms 280
Tents 1400
Heaters & Tanks 700
Lighting 240
Benches & Coat Racks 160
Delivery 2,600
Contingency 3,500
TOTAL 26,880
Cash-On-Hand 13,500
from first fund-raising campaign GoFundMe Goal 13,380
Please share this with friends.
Thank you for your support.
Help spread the word!

Please donate here:
gofundme.com/bunk-bus-2

Video by Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions
http://diggablemonkey.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Standing Rock Bunk Bus 1.0



With the help of Portland community members, Mike Horner and Harlan Shober convert a school bus into a medical treatment facility for the Water Protectors of Standing Rock. A 2nd Bunk Bus is currently under construction and they could use a little help. Click the link to the Go Fund Me site below, if you want to contribute much needed dollars. https://www.gofundme.com/bunk-bus-2

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HILARY COSTELLO - Artist. Visual Scientist. Physician.





Botanical Medicines, Book illustrations, Educational Watercolors, Hire for Commissions & more. http://hilarycostello.com



Monday, September 12, 2016

DIGGABLE MONKEY PODCAST: MATTHEW McCUNE PORTLAND ARCHITECT





PODCAST: MATTHEW McCUNE PORTLAND ARCHITECT

Matthew has not only developed a reputation as a skilled architect and draftsman, but as a well-respected community-builder through his collaborative approach to these art-based construction projects. His creative design work and large-scale artworks have been featured at summer festivals such as Burning Man and the Oregon Country Fair.http://http://www.mccunedesign.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Diggable Monkey Podcast: Flora Bowley




 
It was fun to circle back with Flora Bowley and get all caught up. Tune and get the skinny on what's she's been working on!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RESTORING SOVEREIGN: Diggable Monkey and the Oregon Historical Society





The Restoring Sovereign film project aims to contextualize the relevance of the 93-year old building's renovation through stories shared by individuals closest to the work. These include the building's new and prior owners, architects, builders, managers, tenants and craftsmen, each of whom bring perspective and experience to the restoration project. In bringing these varied stories together in a legible and engaging way, we form the foundation of the documentary's narrative. Of particular interest to the Sovereign's renovation story are the building's Richard Hass murals. These paintings visually depict scenes of Oregon history using the trompe l'oeil painting technique, translated from French as, “tricks the eye”. Originally dedicated in 1989, these massive paintings will be faithfully restored over several months as the building remodel moves toward completion. http://diggablemonkey.com

Friday, May 13, 2016

PODCAST: MATTY V PORTLAND BASS GUITAR





Matt Voth is no stranger to Portland music. His last 18 years since moving here have been a bit of a blur as a busy bass guitar player with the likes of Trash Can Joe, Robin Jackson, High Drive Revival, Buddy Evans, Lewi Longmire and Little Sue. Always the great story-teller, Matty knows how to describe the meandering experience from a specific place in time.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

The High Drive Revival


HDR plays tonight at the O'Neill Pub on Glisan @ 9:30PM. No cover. Your people will all be there! ‪#‎hdr‬

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Where the Drumming Began - Brent Baguio






For some, 1984 is just the name of an Orwell book or a great Van Halen record. For me, it's the year I learned how to play Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' on the drums! Indeed, it's not everyday you get to surf the space/time continuum and experience the time machine. On a recent trip back the Philippines, I got the chance to revisit Brent School in Baguio City. It was there that the music lessons began... 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PODCAST: NOAH MICKENS SHOW PRODUCER





I first recall meeting Noah Mickens about 10 years ago at Branx/Rotture. He aided my production team and helped turn Portland's first major steampunk-themed event into a monstrous success. Fast forward to 2016 and he's still pounding the pavement like there's no tomorrow! He works hard, loves his work and just can't wait to get another show on stage. Here's our conversation from a couple of weeks ago...  


Friday, April 1, 2016

PODCAST: MELISSA CASBURN on SOAK Burning Man Regional Event






Melissa Casburn is a lead production planner for Portland's regional summer event gathering called SOAK. The 2016 edition is SCIENCE! Take a deep dive into the local NW Burning Man event's evolution and how she and her team aspires to further grow its outreach to our local community. 


Listen to the podcast: 

https://soundcloud.com/diggable-monkey/diggable-monkey-podcast-melissa-casburn-burning-man-regional-soak-event

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Diggable Monkey Podcast: Dan Stauffer Talks March Fourth





Join us this week for a chat with Dan Stauffer, tour manager and musician with Portland's big band spectacular, March Fourth. Dan discusses the band's cross country adventures, new record project and what to expect from the band in the coming year.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Diggable Monkey Podcast: Dan Cohen's Paintings Are Massive





Dan Cohen is one of the few pro commercial large-scale mural painters in the nation. He is a Lead Painter at the Portland-based company Art FX Murals, which has him working full-time in NYC and LA on massive hand painted Hollywood film and other corporate product advertisements. 
More on Dan's work here: dc-creativelabs.com