Revolution Hall rooftop view, looking west
At 4:00 PM on Oct. 15, after everyone has talked all day, the UNDERGROUND USA after party will take place at Marthas in Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street.
Before it was a performance venue, Revolution Hall was Washington High School. But even then, show business ran in its veins: Washington alumni include underground filmmaker Penny Allen (PROPERTY, PAYDIRT) and Jack Ely, the lead singer for The Kingsman.
The co-owner of Marthas, Jim Brunberg, is himself a musician.
Unable to answer his daughter’s question, “what is a hippie?” Brunberg recently undertook a series of interviews with first person eye witnesses, including Wavy Gravy and Ken Babbs.
Revolution Hall/ Washington High School, built in 1924, is located eight blocks from the building which housed the Scribe offices at 215 SE 9th.
This building went up in 1928. The Scribe office was on the second floor. Not sure which set of windows!
UNDERGROUND USA is a public history/art education event made possible in part by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation and by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. It is presented by Oregon Cartoon Institute in partnership with UO Comics & Cartooning Studies and PSU Comic Studies, with support from Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins.
Comic City USA, the first exhibit to look at Oregon print cartooning history, is at Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, through Jan. 31, 2017.
“People who read them when they first came out remember the initial impact — like getting whacked in the head with a two by four.” Patrick Rosenkranz, on underground comics