Kickstart my Heart: Fucking James Franco

It's funnier than Fucking Ryan Gosling


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.


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

Headout: Create Disruption

Kickstarting The Arts With XOXO Festival.

It’s easy to make fun of Kickstarter. God knows we do: A project involving vegan cookies delivered by unicycle is a running joke in the WW office. But setting cynicism aside for one page, it’s   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Kickstarted: The Portland Sessions


The project: The Portland SessionsWho's behind it? A stalwart collective of volunteer videographers, sound engineers, and code geeks who have been filming intimate performances by bands from all over the world. To date, they've captured Joe Henry, Elliott Brood, Deleted Scenes, and Josh and Mer (among others) on camera. Why do they want your money? The idea is to knock out another six episodes ...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Kickstarted: Showbread: Cancer


The project: Cancer, a "rock project" or "a science fiction concept album with an elaborately detailed universe fleshed out with music, lyrics, visual art and a movie." Who's behind the project? Christian punkers Showbread Why do they want your money? The band already went through a successful Kickstarter campaign to record and release their last album Who Can Know It?, which, as they proudly proclaim ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Scoop: James Franco Fanfic, Tanuki Returns and Portlandia LIVE

Gossip gobbling down tofurducken

FUNDING JAMES FRANCO: We’re big fans of “crowd-funding” website Kickstarter, which allows people to follow through on brilliant and/or stupid project ideas through cash pledges from generous ’   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 WW Cultural Staff

Help Into the Woods Stay Alive

When Into the Woods launched in January, I wrote that they raised the bar for the medium of online music videos. Nearly one year and 85 (!) videos later, it's safe to say that there is still no one in Portland—or across the Internet, really—that is doing things quite like these guys. But the collective's original idea of taking a band outside of its natural environment and creating a document ...   More
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Last week, I wrote an article for the paper about Portlanders using crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help finance a variety of weird and wonderful creative projects. Due to word limits—every journo's mortal enemy—I was only able to feature one music project: Blue Crane's tour by train idea, which I chose because it was recent, original and because they did such a good job of crafting ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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