With the 2014 Bridgetown Comedy Festival fast approaching, the creative hackles of Portland’s comedy community have been alert and stirring in all manner of related ways, especially so in the crowd funding arena. Earlier in the year we saw the inklings of the first documentary dedicated to exploring the origins of the festival spearheaded by local indie filmmakers Adam Smith and Shannon Hunt. Now with the fest just under three weeks away a new Kickstarter has popped up, in pursuit of creating the first ever run of screen printed posters for the festival.The project is run by local Portland comic, graphic designer, and generally tall person, Danny Felts.
After acting as one of the working graphic designers for the festival, Felts approached the organizers of Bridgetown with the intention of making a large format print that would highlight the festivals performers.
“If you look at other events like Bumbershoot, Bonaroo, or SXSW, you’ll notice one of the backbones of these festivals is a large flatstock poster festival built into the festival whose sole purpose is for screen printers and designers to get there work out there. In the past I think screen printing has been perceived more as a way to create t-shirts and mass produced stickers and what have you, but over the last decade or so there’s been this surge of just AMAZING artists who have created just some of the most beautiful pieces of work I’ve ever seen. The best part is because screen printing is essentially intricate stencil work, these pieces are easily reproducible and can be sold at much cheaper prices than conventional paintings. At their very best, a good poster can can articulate the feeling of a festival/band/artist in a neat 18×24 print.”
If you’re here during the festival you can pick up a print in person for a cool $10, and if you’re real sporting you can pledge $100 and Felts’ will call you on your birthday for 5 years. And of course you get the poster. Check it out here.
As of 3/20/2014, the Open Mic List is updated with all the most current goings ons, with mics currently populating 6/7 days of the week, (still nothing on Friday, but I kind of like it that way). That being said, if you or your friend or someone you know has a mic and wants it to be added to the list, please contact the goodly Danny Felts, (me), and let me know when, where, and how often your mic happens in addition to any other little press release style blurbs that could be used to describe it. Hit me up on FB, or if you’re a social media free person you can send me an e-mail at dannyfelts dot gmail dot com. Good tidings!
Hey, random internet stranger. Looking for something hella positive, astounding and innovative to do on Wednesday night in the inner North Portland area? Why not plunk down some pay-what-you-will-and-hopefully-that’s-five-dollars and check out Secret Weapon, which has been running for a few months and consistently turns out a great group of comedians for a pretty awesome good time?
Here is the event listing on the Portland Mercury website.
The brainchild of the incomparable Andie Main and the often-incorrectly-compared Christian Ricketts, Secret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza turns the intimate side-stage of a pizza place with excellent drinks (try the whiskey ginger — it contains actual ingredients the title implies) into a boozy old-school comedy club. In an earlier decade this space could easily have been a smoky kind of vaudeville venue, but thanks to the liberal Nazi anti smoking regimes of the last few years it is now less cancerous and more pizzaliscious. Thanks, Obama.
The price is right for your recession woes and the comedy line up for this installment of the every-last-Wednesday showcase is stellar.
In addition to the aforementioned hosts and collaborators, you get to see the sexpot song stylings of Delaney and Paris, recently seen opening. You get the now-officially-ruined-by-Vine-fame Steven Wilber (seriously though his Vine is why you should get Vine. And never post because he will still beat you.) You will get the Frank Zappa of Portland Comedy, Nariko Ott, fresh off of injuring his thumb while pulling his pants down at a comedy show (ROCK AND ROLL etc). And your headliner for the evening is Anthony Lopez, a regular host at Helium Comedy Club with a heart of gold and more swag than a Nike store.
It’s gonna be tremendous, you can’t beat the price, and since this edition is named Holy Cow This Show is Going to be Hilarious you can be assured that a bovine will be sacrificed on the altar of comedy.
Secret Weapon at Mississippi Pizza
Wednesday September 25th at 9:30pm – $5