Sunday, August 31, 2008


Where do I begin? The walls have been primered... or primed... or painted white to prepare for the actual painting...
The steel framing is getting bordered and walls are being created...
Both the ticketbooth and the stairway have been walled... with particleboard. The drywall comes next... I think? (this is actually a picture of the bathroom / storage area where all our power is housed)
Our fire sprinklers have been installed!
Look! A greenroom wall (and the mezzanine floor!)
Our good friends Matt and Brandi have come to town and have seen our space... so if you're in chicago and need a verbal description, look them up. Matt, the bar isn't in working order just yet... Matt, you can't get a drink... Matt, the bar... nevermind.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


We have had a crazy, crazy week but so much has gotten done.
-We've purchased a large amount of the kitchen equipment we need - used! 
-I drove a truck for two days picking everything up from Troutdale and Hillsboro.
-I am FINALLY ordering the curtains tomorrow. A terrifying prospect as they will be our number one biggest expense for a single item. They are also going to be beautiful.
-We are set on most of the interior design colors and items.
-We've expanded our grassroots fundraising efforts and I've been truly moved by the donations and other kinds of support we have received. It means a ton to us whether we get $15 or $1500 or advice or words of encouragement and love. We still have a long way to go, but we're moving in the right direction. 
-The construction efforts are in full force. Momentum is rolling and the space is radically transformed every day.

We will post more photos soon!

Thanks everyone, for being there for us. This project is thrilling and terrifying and exciting. I hope - and believe - we are building a space where a great community will feel at home and wonderful work will be done and that will be filled with great amounts of laughter and joy.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lots of Work getting done

Sorry for the slow updates. We have been busy building and priming, preparing for the painting.
This was the ticketbooth area four days ago: Then here it is the day after: We had to work around a lot of things in order to prime the walls for painting.

After we started the priming, the construction of the mezzanine began - which forced us to abandon priming the back wall (which will not be visible to the public anyway.

The space is starting to resemble a barn, with a deck for hay storage in the back...
Next up on the list will be the purchase of paint, followed by slapping it up on the walls. It's in great shape. The construction is solid and we're moving full speed ahead. It's going to be crazy getting these doors open in the next 6 weeks!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

theater update

It's been a while since I updated the blog on our theater progress.
A lot has been happening. We have a bunch of wood ready for the framing of our Kitchen / Bar / Bathroom and Greenroom:

The concrete holes have been filled in, so our plumbing is all set (well, it's drying for now)!

We even had a kitty living in our space for a day! (that's got to be some sort of good luck, right?)

There has been plenty of activity, both here in the space as well as work-wise.
More news to come...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Losing Patience

Curious Comedy Productions recently competed in the Portland 48 Hour Film Project.
Taking a weekend to write, shoot and edit a 7 minute short film.
Screenings and awards are this week. More news to come.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

48 Hours

This weekend Curious Comedy Productions took on the challenge of creating a film for the 48 Hour Film Project here in Portland Oregon. On Friday at 7pm I got the genre of Horror. We were then assigned specific elements that had to appear in our film:
character: Jake / Jane Gravenstein. Wellness Practitioner
object: Jumper Cables
line of dialogue: "okay, I think I got it straight"

We ended up creating a 7 minute and 13 second short film titled Losing Patience.
Thank you to
Scott Rogers
Kathryn Durkin
Jeffrey Kauffman
David Saffert
Nathan Loveless
Bri Pruett
Bill Cernansky
Tucker Johnson
Robin Johnson

The movie will premiere at the Hollywood Theater this Thursday at 9:30 pm. After which, I will post it to youtube and put it on the blog. But come out and see it on the big screen!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Feature: water feature

While the space is continuing down the path at a good pace, I don't have any pictures to update the work, so I figured I'd feature a great part right outside our front doors - the Water Feature!
I don't think I've posted any WF pictures on this blog yet, so why not put them up now. It recycles rainwater as it runs, and it looks great!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

lying pipes

Over the weekend the trenches were filled with pipes that will be connected to the water source - so we can have running water through all the places we need it.

2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 bar and an office.

Also, Arlo...
(he makes a great inspector.) We are moving right along.