Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at the BVA’s Browning Barn

Saturday night, we showed Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at the West Chester Guerilla Drive-In. We had planned to show the movie at Baldwin’s Book Barn, but rain moved us to the wonderful old wooden barn at the Brandywine Valley Association.

Highlights of the show were the Tequila dance class that Kristen taught (with toe stands in Matt’s silver platform shoes!) and our special musical guests the Spinto Band, who came and played Danny Elfman’s overture, as well as a few of their own songs — and, of course, “Deep in the Heart of Texas!”

Here’s 37 seconds of video that Chris Young pieced together from the photos and video that folks took at the show! Thanks, Chris!


Guerilla Drive-In Projector ProblemsBefore and during the show, my 16MM projector broke down no less than three times, in three different ways; you can click the photo at left to see the gory details. Fortunately, we were able to fix it three times, and I’ve sworn to study and faithfully follow that projector’s service manual.

I had a great time, and am very grateful to all the folks that came out to help. Our last movie this year will be in October! If you want to know where and when, all you have to do is get out there and find the MacGuffin!

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at the BVA’s Browning Barn

Oliver’s Crying Spock

Oliver's Crying Spock

My brother Oliver, who is spending six weeks as artist-in-residence here at the Barcode Building in West Chester, surprised me with this watercolor when I came in to the office this morning. I think he painted it this weekend before (after?) he visited Frank Frazetta. It’s a watercolor about 10″x14″. You can see it larger on Flickr.

This deserves a better photo/scan than this iPhone snapshot. I’ll look into local art-photography services (any suggestions?)

What do you think Spock is crying about? Science fiction shows where the spaceships make noise?

UPDATE: in case you need to tell someone that they are making Spock cry, you can link the photo at

Oliver’s Crying Spock


In January, I wrote about the “Green2Steam” mad-scientist tea party that Randy, Eric, Harold and I had at Harold’s studio: “Like a tea party. With fire. For MANS!“.

Eight months to the day later, Jim and Ellen hosted a second version of the “let’s make the most complicated cup of coffee possible” party on their deck. Eric and Sue roasted beans in his custom-built hot-air roaster. Harold Ross brought his hand-crank grinder and a freestanding clamp stand, so we could mount my siphon brewer over a white-gas coleman stove. Randy cranked. Andy Rodriguez’ friend Lana stirred the “upstairs” siphon precisely four times without touching the side of the siphon. There was a mountain of scones! Pots of eggs! Fresh homemade kombucha, waiting in never-been-opened bottles that might explode! All in all, I had one HELL of a time.

Fueled by three cups of freshly-roasted rocket fuel and Ellen’s elderberry kombucha, Chris Young made this fantastic video of the morning’s event!

Thanks very much to everyone that came. Parties where we do something are my favorite kind of party. Especially when that something is as complicated as possible. Maybe we can have Green2Steam III at Seven Stars Farm, and milk the cream for the coffee ourselves!

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicOliver even came up with an official “Green2Steam” logo, since making logos and domain names is the twenty-first-century equivalent of doodling band names on the canvas cover of your three-ring notebook. So I’ll make some Green2Steam T-shirts, and some Green2Steam coffee mugs. I’ll also order some more siphon brewer parts, since the siphon bulb cracked from the lava-like heat of the Coleman stove that we put under it.

Once we’re up and running, we’ll do this again — follow @green2steam on Twitter if you’d like to find out about the next one!


The Guerilla Drive-In on team: sidecar 101
Last week, we showed “The Great Outdoors” at Northbrook Canoe Company, with special celebrity guest, my high-school friend Chris Young.

We had a really, really wonderful time — highlights for me were the NINETY-SIX OUNCE STEAK(!!!) that Mary Bigham of West Chester Dish brought and grilled, as well as the old ninety-sixer eating competition, where we weighed each team on Northbrook’s old feedlot truck scale before and after dinner, seeing which team could come the closest to gaining exactly ninety-six ounces. content producer Sam Greenspan and his colleague Matt came out from Los Angeles to see the show, shoot some footage, and ride around in a Shoei Rebel motorcycle helmet.

Here’s the piece they just put live on the site (embed below):

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