Cinema 21 Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Seats

The 88-year-old movie house hopes to raise $70,000.

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Movies & Television
Fresh off an expansion that added two new screens, Cinema 21 has begun raising funds to install new seats in its main auditorium. The 88-year-old theater on Northwest 21st Avenue launched a Kickstarter campaign today, with the goal of raising $70,000.Manager Tom Ranieri estimates the main auditorium’s current seats—dingy and not terribly comfortable—are about 60 years old. “We can’t get parts, ...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Will Vinton Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Broadway Musical

The Oscar-winning animator and lifelong Oregonian seeks $85,000 to bring his Frog Prince riff to the stage.

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Arts & Books
Ten years ago, Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight. That studio would go on to become Laika. Vinton has spent a decade dabbling in graphic novels, other animated film projects and plastics. Now, the Academy Award-winning animator is planning a Broadway musical.Last week, Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $85,000 for their new ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Carl Wolfson Passes $40,000 Radio Fundraising Goal

Pledges donations to shooting victims' families

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News
Carl Wolfson got his Christmas gifts early. It took less than a week for Wolfson to raise $40,000 he was seeking to start an Internet talk radio show. The former morning host on progressive talk station KPOJ-AM 620 surpassed his Kickstarter fundraising goal last night, six days after launching the campaign. As of this morning, 681 people have donated $40,538 to a 90-minute streaming web broadcast, ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Launching Internet Radio Show

Former KPOJ host begins raising funds on Kickstarter

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News
 Former KPOJ-AM 620 progressive talk host Carl Wolfson is preparing to revive his radio show—this time on the Internet. KPOJ’s owner, Clear Channel Communications, canceled Wolfson’s three-hour morning drive-time show right after Election Day and flipped the station’s format to Fox Sports Radio, igniting a furor among Wolfson’s listeners who suspected a vast right-wing conspiracy. Wolfson ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Andy Baio Announces the XOXO Festival

Can he bring Etsy, 4Chan and Kickstarter to Portland?

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Arts & Books
Andy Baio is one of Portland's most influential geeks. The former Chief Technology Officer of Kickstarter, he's been writing his hugely influential blog waxy.org for a decade and done a bunch of other stuff you can read about on his Wikipedia page.This morning, Baio—along with Belfast-based Build festival organizer Andy McMillan—launched one of his most ambitious projects to date: a "disruptive ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Dr. McNinja's Radical Adventures!

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Features
Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Since 2005, webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja has been regaling readers with tales of a ninja who is also a doctor, fighting evil mimes, space dinosaurs, lobster men, and of course ninjas' natural enemies, pirates. Local start-up game studio Fat Cat GameWorks has taken to Kickstarter to turn ...   More
 
Friday, April 20, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Portland Man "Embarrasses Apple"

Raises $165,000 in 24 Hours

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Arts & Books
Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Portland designer Casey Hopkins has just created the fastest-growing Kickstarter project to date: he hit his goal of $75,000 in eight hours, raised $165,350 in 24 hours, and is now sitting at $373,714—and he still has 52 more days of fundraising to go.His "Elevation Dock" project isn't especially mind ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Decentralized Dance Party

20,000 ghetto blasters can't be wrong

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Arts & Books
Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Tom Kuzma and Gary Lachance are a couple of Canucks who, as the Vengaboys used to say, like to party. They've been throwing impromptu public dance parties around that country above the United States for two-and-a-half years, powered only by an iPod, a radio transmitter and, sometimes, a Nintendo Power Glove. ...   More
 
Monday, December 12, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Fucking James Franco

It's funnier than Fucking Ryan Gosling

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Arts & Books
We're all generally big fans of Kickstarter, the "crowd-funding" website that allows people to follow through on brilliant and/or ridiculous project ideas through cash pledges from benevolent online donors. It probably comes as no surprise that Portland is one of Kickstarter's biggest markets, what with our hoards of underemployed creative types and militant support of all things local (even Sam Adams ...   More
 
Friday, November 25, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Reflections on the XOXO Festival

The new SXSW? God, I hope not.

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Features
Ritual declaration of self interest: I attended this festival on a press pass. That means I paid nothing. Some of the speakers were also acquaintances of mine. So you probably shouldn't trust a damn word I write."This is SO much better than South by Southwest!""This is like the first year of South by Southwest!"I must have heard these phrases dozens and dozens of times through XOXO, the new "disruptive ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 RUTH BROWN

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