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Monday, October 30, 2017

DIGGABLE MONKEY PODCAST: JASON WELLS AUDIO ENGINEER MUSICIAN




Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as sound engineer, mixer, designer, and composer in audio-post production, Jason has established his company AUDIOWELLS as one of the most trusted audio post studios for Film, TV and Radio. Wells is a multi-instrumentalist and performing cornetist, guitarist, and singer in popular Portland groups such as MarchFourth, Trashcan Joe, The Libertine Belles, The Nowhere Band, and The Saloon Ensemble. In every performance – from a local pub to an epic multi-day festival – Wells' passion for music shines through in every performance.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DIGGABLE MONKEY PODCAST: MANOJ MATHEW DJ EVENT PRODUCER




With musical roots in Portland going back to early 90’s, Manoj is one of the pioneer DJ’s of American west coast dance culture. He has produced and co-produced countless large-scale music events in the Northwest region including his popular Uplift and Curve music series, the Black Rock Boutiques’s annual fund-raiser, White Out and Howl, the annual Halloween event to benefit the City Repair Project.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Figure Plant: Paul Bunyan Statue



Here's a fun one! Though largely a community-based funding effort, the folks at Kenton's Figure Plant were the crew that actually rocked the recent Paul Bunyan restoration. Unlike some other iconic statues in Portland, you can put this guy on your magazine cover and in your TV show all day long. He belongs to no one and everyone simultaneously. Indeed, a true Portland enigma... 

See more Diggable Monkey video here: https://diggablemonkey.com

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Steve Buhaly Launches Money Tips... For A Better Life!




Diggable Monkey and Steve Buhaly have undertaken an educational, not-for-profit endeavor to raise awareness on financial literacy and empowerment for young adults.
Steve's created a YouTube channel that covers topics such as savings, debt, and investing (and we’re working on a few others that include job hunting, interviewing, negotiating, etc). These videos will be released regularly and are free for public use with no advertisements.

Attached are three videos that comprise our first release topic: Savings. We're writing to ask for your help in spreading the word by doing one or more of the following:
  1. Watch and circulate the videos
  1. Subscribe to the Youtube channel
  1. Like the Facebook page
  1. Leave a positive review (either directly on Youtube, or on Facebook...or both!)
Our primary purpose in circulating these videos is to help educate young adults on how they can secure a healthy financial future in an entertaining and engaging way. This is the official release and we want to build momentum and get these videos where they will be as helpful as possible.
If you know of any educational organizations or financial literacy programs that could benefit from these videos, please also feel free to forward them along as you see fit.
Stay tuned for our next release topic on investing basics coming out later this month!
Your help is much appreciated,

Savings Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlfQ6U06eZA

Website: www.sbmoneytips.com
--> Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJDU3tcoYgXMZFLymnKRpw/videos

Friday, July 14, 2017

DIGGABLE MONKEY PODCAST: MIZU DESIERTO BUTOH DANCER





Mizu is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Water in the Desert (WITD) and The Headwaters Theatre. She is a performer, choreographer and educator whose work explores themes of identity, truth, culture, ecology and transformation. Mizu’s artistic works have been commissioned by The City of Portland and Portland Center Stage and her projects have received funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland Development Commission, Oregon Arts Commission, The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition & The Oregon Cultural Trust. As an educator, she has worked as adjunct faculty in dance at Prescott College and Portland State University. Recently she was awarded a residency at Playa Summer Lake.

The Fair-Haired Dumbbell: The Weather Makes a Difference



Mural painter Chris Wunderlich describes how painting in cool overcast weather makes for a easier day on the Fair-Haired Dumbbell.
For more info on the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, visit: Guerrilla Development


Video produced by Diggable Monkey Productions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fair-Haired Dumbbell - The Painting Begins


The Fair-Haired Dumbbell is Guerrilla Development’s 56,000 SF speculative office building with ground-floor retail in the heart of the Burnside Bridgehead.  At the eastside intersection of Burnside Street and the Willamette River, the Bridgehead is home to some of Portland’s most exciting new architecture and development
The project consists of two canted six-story towers decked in hand-painted original artwork on all eight of its elevations.  At each level, sky bridges connect the ~4,000 SF office spaces, giving the creative companies who work there the ability to own their own floor (or two).  No two elevations are the same; Tenants and visitors alike will take in impressive views of Portland through windows of varying size.  At the ground floor, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell will compliment its neighborhood with unique retail offerings and creative landscaping.

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