Archive for February, 2011

LIGHTBAR PINK NIGHT: Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Q: Is it really tomorrow night?
A: Totally! Saturday Feb 26th!

Q: What is it called?

Q: What is The Bizarro Hour?
A: Bizarro-flavored readings and outfreakings by Eraserhead Press authors Jeff Burk, Cameron Pierece, Carlton Mellick II and Mykle Hansen! 8pmish!
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The Lights of LIGHTBAR

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


It takes energy to create light — just ask The Sun, which burns four million tons of hydrogen every second to produce the wide, smooth spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that earthlings crave.

But I’m a normal guy; I do not own even one million of tons of hydrogen. Instead, I’ve borrowed several of LIGHTBAR’s ever-shifting palette of fixtures from well-lit friends, and scrounged the rest from thrift stores and junk shops. Some of these needed repair, rewiring, better housings or nicer diffusion. I love electricity and tinkering in general. LIGHTBAR has made me a bit of a lamp mechanic.
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The latest in LIGHTBARS …

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


LIGHTBAR enables my inexplicable obsession with temporary architecture once again this year. But I hope this time I’ve built something that will last.
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The LIGHTBAR Report: Opening Night!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

IN 2009 there was a ton going on at LIGHTBAR and I managed to document quite a bit of it.  This year I’m way behind. In all honesty, I’ve felt a bit rushed until now, just getting the building done and set up, and organizing things and people, and finding good locations … in fact, up to the afternoon before opening night I must admit to some serious pre-party anxiety.

I shouldn’t have worried.

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LIGHTBAR High Culture Night … in PINK!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

LIGHTBAR, in association with Eraserhead Press, presents …


Saturday February 26th,
7pm until the wee hours

9317 SE Stanley Ave, Milwaukie

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fine wine, challenging hors d’oeuvres, bizarro literary hijinks, high-speed competitive performance art, Japanese pop, weird movies, physical culture and dancing, dancing, dancing!

WHAT TO WEAR: Pink! Hoity-Toity!  Extra points for monacles and snoods.

WHAT TO BRING: Something to drink!  Something to share!  Your favorite camera!  And a five-minute performance art piece of your own devising.



Midnight Mystery Lightbar!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

FRIDAY NIGHT, Febuary 11, in conjunction with The Midnight Mystery Ride, LIGHTBAR proposes …

Midnight Mystery Lightbar! (BLUE NIGHT)

The Midnight Mystery Ride is a monthly bicycle adventure in Portland. Join us at the Alleyway Pub after 11pm. At midnight, we ride to a LIGHTBAR in an undisclosed location and rage ’till dawn!

THIS IS A BIKE RIDE. The secret location is not accessible by car. Please don’t ask.

PLEASE BRING ALL OF THE FOLLOWING STUFF: Blinky lights! Boom boxes! Something to drink, something to share, something to burn! Dancing shoes! And an ashtray for your cigarette butts.

WHAT TO WEAR: Something borrowed, something blue!

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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