I’ve been working, somewhat shambolically I must admit, on organizing a first-ever, hopefully-inaugural Urban Honking lecture and reading event. This is something I have been wanting to do ever since I gave a Universe Power Point (on Unarius) at the “Talk Talk Talk” night that the L.A. Historical Girl’s and Boy’s Club used to put on in my ol’ hometown, Los Angeles. It was such a good idea: getting smart people together in a bar until all hours, listening to short presentations and talks like taking part in a symposium was the most evident thing in the world.

This will be slightly different, but no less worthy of your attention, Portlanders. The idea is to give people involved with the Urban Honking medium a chance to step out of the digi-sphere and enact their ideas in a 3D space, hopefully inviting new people to join the ongoing conversation that is the Internet.

It is taking place on MAY 10th, at the Mississippi Ballroom in North Portland, on Mississippi and Shaver, at 7 PM. It will be weird. I will be giving a short talk on Midcentury Design and screening a glut of Charles and Ray Eames films (rare!). There will also be an art history class taught by Greg Borenstein of Ideas for Dozens, a lecture from local art pundit and writer Matthew Stadler — who curates the Using Global Media blog here on “UrHo” — and something from Aaron Flint Jamison, New Media pioneer and editor-in-cheif of Veneer Magazine.

That’s all I can say for now.


  1. #1 richjensen
    May 3, 2007

    Wish I could come. I’ll be in Las Vegas. I love saying that. I was in LA a month or so ago and picked up a recent Taschen reprint of the classic “CASE STUDY HOMES” book: Southern California architects (almost all) imagining (and in some cases building) relatively affordable ‘contemporary’, ‘Post-War’ housing. Of course the Eames’ residence was one of the cases.

    Rock on fully, Post-Americans.

  2. #2 JaclynJean
    May 4, 2007

    those eames films are great. i showed tocatta for toy trains to the boy i nanny for and he LOVED it. i’m partial to the kaleidoscope jazz chairs. what a good idea to screen them!

  3. #3 lucie
    May 4, 2007

    So awesome! I am so sad I don’t live in Portland. There is so much awesomeness there.

  4. #4 Emily
    May 4, 2007

    This sounds awesome. Wish I could go to it, AND the Backline benefit, AND the thing I’ll actually be doing on the 10th. I hope it’s a great success & there are more of these in the future that I can attend!

  5. #5 Adrian
    May 4, 2007

    This is very exciting.

  6. #6 Tim
    May 4, 2007

    I want to go to this. Great line-up of people who are sharing.

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