Thursday, October 8, 2009
Date night at the Armory
Inside the Armory.
Glass "Wall of Fire" art installation.
The set for Ben Franklin: Unplugged. Because the Ellen Bye Studio is small, all the seats are great!
At intermission, you can get a mean cappuccino…
and a cookie! Mine was lavender shortbread!
A few months ago I mentioned that David and I saw a great show at Portland Center Stage in the Armory building. Thanks to the persistent calls of a very friendly staffer there (Hi, Adam!), we now have subscriber tickets to their smaller stage, the Ellen Bye Studio. We realized that for the price of dinner and a movie, we could occasionally go see live theater. Because it's not the main stage, these tend to be small, lesser known productions. But that's what makes it fun. It's sort of a cultural grab bag — we never know what we're going to get. Last night was our first such date. We saw a one-man show called Ben Franklin: Unplugged by Josh Kornbluth. It was fun, funny, educational, and we had a great time.
The Armory itself is a beautifully restored building. We learned last night that it was the first historic rehabilitation on the National Historic Register, and the first performing arts venue to be Platinum LEED Certified (I love Portland).