Month: October 2008

MLK in the news

Hey readers, thanks for your patience… I’m co-organizing a dance event this weekend, and all of my free time lately has gone to practicing and teaching the dance to folks. I have a moment here and wanted to mark a couple of things.

First, the Garlington Center (3034 NE MLK) caught fire the other day. Police label this fire “suspicious,” according to the Oregonian; part of the center burned, and Cascadia (operator of the Garlington Center, which serves “mental patients” [terminology used by multiple news organizations covering the fire]) aims to have it reopen as soon as possible. Undoubtedly, I will get photos of the building up as soon as possible.

The Willamette Week ran a story today about “40 Days for Life,” the campaign to protest the proposed Planned Parenthood on MLK, which found a new construction firm to build it after protesters ran off Walsh Construction.

And lastly for today, the Vista Business Center at Vanport Square (5257 MLK) today and tomorrow hosts a ‘mini-conference and tradeshow’ hosted by the Differently-Abled Business Association, which aims to support entrepreneurs with disabilities in Oregon.

Curious Comedy Theater opens

From the Portland Observer:

Curious Comedy Productions, a non-profit comedy theater and film production company based in northeast Portland, has announced the grand opening of its new home in Vanport Square at 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd…

Entirely devoted to the art of comedy, Curious Comedy Theater may very well be the first facility of its kind in Portland. A five production schedule this fall involves a cast and crew of over forty artists donating their time and talent to the mission of the company – to improve the lives of kids, adults, and seniors through the art of comedy…

The first program is designed to boost literacy, like skills, and self-esteem with children, the second is focused on longform improvisation and satirical sketch comedy directed at adults, and the third provides entertainment and validation to the elderly through performances at retirement communities…

For more details and schedules of classes and performances, visit

The theater opens this weekend, and since I’m too sick to go anywhere near it for the moment, here are a couple of not-very-good photos of the space that CCT has at Vanport Square: