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A tour of the galaxy!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Sincere thanks to everyone who made LIGHTBAR’s opening night so sparkly and delicious!  As promised, here is a brief outline of this month’s planned events.  Watch this space for specific details on each event.

(As mentioned previously, LIGHTBAR is a spaceship that lifts off.  So please, don’t come to my house for any of these remaining events.  We won’t be there.)

Join us on FRIDAY/SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11th for Midnight Mystery Lightbar!  Show up at the Alleyway Pub and ride your bike to a stunning secret location!   Wear BLUE!  Bring something to share!  And your blinky lights and your favorite FM-radio-compatible boombox.  (And a bicycle — no exceptions!)

FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18-20 is the weekend of Minibike Winter, an outdoor festival of ridiculous sports.  LIGHTBAR will be taking the weekend off, but we hope to see you there!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26th: LIGHTBAR returns with BIZARRO NIGHT — an enchanted evening of literature, music, Japanese pop culture, strange behavior and the color PINK.

SATURDAY march 5th MARCH 19th is BOAT NIGHT!  Bring us your canoe, your dinghy, your motorboat yearning to be free.  Together we will sail to dark and distant isles!  More info as the river rises. (Sorry, RESCHEDULED for next year.)

What to wear in outer space?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

This year, LIGHTBAR explores the cold, uncharted outer reaches of the Portland system, in search of solar radiation and good times.  As any Portlander knows, there’s no such thing as an inhospitable planet if you’ve got the right outerwear.  Therefore, as a service to our crew members, here’s a handy list of LIGHTBAR fashion dos and don’ts. Read the rest of this entry »

LIGHTBAR LAUNCH! Saturday, February 5th!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

What's that blinding orb in the sky?

Darkness sucks! Light is awesome! Spring is coming!

It’s Opening Night at
L I G H T B A R !
5536 NE 27th Ave

Please come christen our interurban spaceship, before we launch it directly at the sun!
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The Canonical List of LIGHTBAR needs

Friday, January 14th, 2011

… as promised days ago, here is the official place where I’m going to keep track of the official things LIGHTBAR is officially looking for.

Because people are so helpful, this list is subject to change at any time!  And because I’m an airhead, I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things.  So bookmark this page!  Watch it grow and change.

BAMBOO: I’m making this structure out of bamboo.  I have about 1/3 to 1/2 of what I need.  Bamboo grows like weeds around here, doesn’t it?  I am looking for 40 sticks about 1″ thick for the roof, and 40 sticks about 1.5″ thick for the inner wall.  I can cut & collect it at your location, or the location of your absentee landlord.

BOAT: If you are the pilot of a boat big enough to carry people or things across a river, and would enjoy the job of ferry driver for an evening. we could erect LIGHTBAR on one of Portland’s many charming islands!

LIGHTS: Always looking for beautiful, interesting and/or wide-spectrum lights to hang at LIGHTBAR.  Portability is key this year: I’m especially fond of lights that can be laid on the ground & can survive mild jostling.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS: Still open to your concepts for LIGHTBAR events!  The more locations we can manage, the more events we can have.  Movies, music, dancing, feats of strength, mesmerism, lectures, all that!

TRUCK/VAN/MULE TEAM: The portable lightbar will need to be ported.  Either we draft a mule-team of bicycle cargo trailers, or I may have to borrow someone’s van.  Ideally I would have this for the whole month of February, using it to store all the LIGHTBAR apparatus between events.

A MILLION DOLLARS: If I had a million dollars, I would spend about $700 of it on an experimental smart-light installation that Paul Stoffgren of DorkbotPDX is designing.  I am about to launch a little Kickstarter campaign to try to make that happen.  (With the remaining $999,300,  I would purchase ponies!  Ponies for everyone.)

Happy Stick Day!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Today was the best baby-Stickday of the century: 1/11/11 !  In celebration, here are a bunch of sticks:

The fifth wheel ... more of a record needle.

Gorgeous, long, strong, straight bamboo that Brian Garretson & I cut from Ross Blanchard's place.

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Frequently Asked Questions about LIGHTBAR

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Q: What is LIGHTBAR?
A: LIGHTBAR is a Seasonal Affective Disorder treatment center and cocktail lounge. Visitors are exposed to wide-frequency light fixtures, light entertainment, light conversation and light beer. Sometimes we light things on fire.

Q: When is LIGHTBAR?
A: February! On Saturdays in 2011, and on other days TBD.

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Lightbar 2011 Volunteers Potluck!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Demand for LIGHTBAR is at an all-time high!

I have promised LIGHTBAR and I will deliver LIGHTBAR.  But I need help.

Kinds of help I need include:

  • Cultural events of every kind!
  • A large quantity of strong bamboo.
  • Volunteer assistance in January with the construction of LIGHTBAR
  • Volunteer assistance in February with the operation of LIGHTBAR
  • A portable generator capable of supplying several thousand watts
  • Various types of wide-spectrum lighting.
  • Candles!
  • Boom-boxes!
  • Documentarians to record the whole event
  • smoke, lasers, explosions, anacondas

Portablility has always been part of my vision for LIGHTBAR.  LIGHTBAR should never be taken for granted, should always appear unexpectedly.  It should be a glowing thing that arrives and vanishes mysteriously, a truly temporary autonomous zone, a spaceship of sorts.

This spaceship will need a crew, to help with set-up, breakdown and the exploration of strange new worlds.  My goal is that one truck or some small number of cargo bicycles will be able to transport all the main components of LIGHTBAR, setting up and breaking down in 30 minutes or less.  In 2011 we will combine the LIGHTBAR aesthetic with the technologies and ethics of ultra-light camping — discovering public spaces, inhabiting them, leaving them in better condition than we found them.

In support of all this, and as an excuse to huddle in this particularly cold part of the year, I’m hosting a meeting of the volunteers, potluck-style, at my house.  Monday January 10th, 7pm.  Nothing is mandatory, but  do drop by if you’re feeling helpful or curious.  Bring something to share if you can, but check in with me so we don’t end up with twenty pasta salads.  We will eat, drink and socialize.  I will unveil my ideas for LIGHTBAR 2011 and beyond, and you can unveil yours.


Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

LIGHTBAR has taken many forms: pyramids, spheres, imaginary castles, saggy blobs.  But this year’s goal is to create a glowing fun-structure that is portable, foldable and re-useable.  So I’m returing to one of my favorite structures: the ingenious Mongol/Cossack Ger, a.k.a. Yurt.
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LIGHTBAR presents: Words & Music & Snacks & Drinks with Franz Nicolay & Mykle Hansen

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Franz Nicolay

Come visit our living room for a relaxed evening of stories and songs from writers who musician, hosted by Mike Daily, Portland’s maddest word-scientist.
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Bamboo Dome Tips

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Fuller's bamboo dome, composed of RR and RB crosses.

Fuller’s bamboo dome, composed of RR and RB crosses.

I’ve found many online references to Bucky Fuller’s bamboo dome design, but no reports of anybody actually building it.  Here’s my impressions, and a few things I learned.  (But keep in mind that my dome fell over.  Caveat Surfator.)

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