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.
Friday, July 14, 2017
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
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.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
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
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Saturday, December 31, 2016
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.
November 7 Willamette Week article showing Indigenous artwork going on Bus #1
November 10 KGW Channel 8 News video about the build-out of Bus #1
November 21 Oregonian/Oregon Live article about Bus #1 arriving in Bozeman, enroute to Standing Rock.
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)
Heaters & Tanks 700
Benches & Coat Racks 160
from first fund-raising campaign GoFundMe Goal 13,380
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Video by Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions
Thursday, December 29, 2016
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
Botanical Medicines, Book illustrations, Educational Watercolors, Hire for Commissions & more. http://hilarycostello.com
Monday, September 12, 2016
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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
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.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
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
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...