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December 2013

Tim Wenzel, affectionately known to some as the honorary Mayor of Belmont, has a new show up this month entitled Ride the Snake, full of his iconic visual work. Much of Wenzel’s music and art is rooted in humor and the absurd, but it’s also poignant, heartfelt, intuitive and really, really good.WenzelCafe-halfnhalf


His visual art is in the same spirit as Dadaist photomontage work of artists like Hannah Höch, Max Ernst and Raoul Hausmann. It’s rare for artists to make work like this by hand anymore, but his pieces remind what magic can come from the limitation of found images and utility knives over infinite internet archives.

Wenzel’s process is unlikely to change anytime soon. “For one, I hate sitting,” he says, about his aversion to digital media. “I don’t like computers because they frustrate me and I just never found them very interesting.”  He’s only recently started using the internet at all because he discovered YouTube. “Now I love YouTube”, he laughs. “Like 10 years past the fact, I’m like ‘YouTube rules!’ Of course, I’m like a 5-year-old kid typing in ‘daddy farted.’”

He’s worked for Stumptown for 12 years and is somewhat of a legend around these parts. (You may remember some of his work from amazing Stumptown Ads of the past.) He has also just released a new record under the moniker White Glove, a band he plays in with another long-time Stumptowner, Deja Sparks. White Glove is a departure from his last project, a well-loved Euro-Casio-techno project called MSG, which featured life-affirming dance cuts like “Macchiato” and  “Do You Like to Party?” Both records are the kind you unearth in a record store years later and feel as if you’ve struck gold.


We stopped by his bright house for breakfast and a tour of his basement studio, walked through his winterized pepper patch, and talked to him about his new work.

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NMcK.dillard.webOn view December 15, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Reception Sunday, December 15 (5-7p.m.)

For Legends of the Game, Nathan Mckee’s new work on basketball, the artist has visited some of his favorite moments in the NBA. Using just an X-Acto knife and paper, McKee hopes to reproduce the excitement of the game and to share his admiration for the court’s already established legends, as much as for the young up-and-comers.

Nathan McKee lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His illustrations and paper cutouts utilize simple lines and flat color, and are inspired by comics, sports, music, and other elements of popular culture. His works have been included in the Adidas Dikembe Mutombo campaign, as well as exhibitions in Portland, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Boston, and Switzerland. McKee has studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and currently runs the website www.fakeyrowndeath.com.

More of his work can be seen on www.nathan-mckee.tumblr.com

For more information and images, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com

Join his facebook event here.

Stumptown is looking for a killer candidate to be an installation and service tech in the NYC area. The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • Strong customer service skills, and the ability to maintain good rapport with customers
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Computer literate
  • Strong logic and reasoning skills
  • Able to listen and follow instructions
  • Great communication skills
  • Self-starter
  • A great attitude and professional demeanor
  • Clean driving record and a valid NY driver’s license
  • Specialty coffee background and experience is a plus
  • Plumbing and Electrical knowledge is a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 100 pounds occasionally
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes nationally to perform installs with new accounts or special events

Essential Functions:

  • Service existing accounts by analyzing work orders, planning daily travel schedule, investigating complaints, conducting tests, scheduling and performing preventative maintenance, and resolving problems.
  • Service new accounts by performing preinstall site scopes, gathering components and parts, and completing installations.
  • Maintain rapport with customers by examining complaints, identifying solutions, suggesting improved methods and techniques, and recommending system improvements.
  • Maintain rapport and communication with all departments within Stumptown by keeping them informed of all service issues related to their particular department job functions (sales, retail, etc…).
  • Determine whether issues are entirely technical issues vs. training or technique and relay all non-technical problems to the proper department for correction if necessary.
  • Keep personal equipment, vans, etc. operating by following operating instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, maintaining supplies, performing preventive maintenance, and calling for repairs.
  • Document service and installation actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and records.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications.


  • Pay commensurate with experience.
  • Health benefits after three full months of employment.
  • Performance based reviews consistent with all Stumptown schedule.

If interested please email a resume and cover letter to Alex.

Jenny Simmons_PCOn view December 2nd – January 6th
Opening Reception 4 – 6pm Sunday, December 15th


My first camera was a cheap little point and shoot given to me by my uncle. I was 8 years old and on my first trip to Taiwan, the birth place of my mother. Receiving this gift while visiting a new and foreign land sparked an early compulsion to document my explorations through photographs.

Having traveled the world I decided to spend this past year focusing on places closer to home. States with which I have a personal and spiritual connection. Documenting them through the eye of the camera much the way I have with my travels since early childhood. I took a second look at landscapes I thought I knew. This journey has brought me closer to what I already cherished and what I consider “My Coast.”

The concept of a nature study is dear to me as it focuses on the beauty and appreciation of one’s surroundings rather than the scientific formalities. I liken this to my methods of photo taking – the technical side being less important than the composition of the subject and the connection I feel whilst taking photos. I choose to be informal and uninhibited by rules. It is more about an idea and an art rather than a science, keeping it free and unrestrained, right where I like it.

- Jenny Simmons

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