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Torrent Engine 18 is transforming a 19th century Boston firehouse into a flexible theater/art gallery space
Torrent Engine 18 is transforming a 19th century Boston firehouse into a flexible theater/art gallery space
362 backers pledged $23,181 to help bring this project to life.

WE MADE OUR GOAL!!! (plus press, new rewards, & getting dirty)

Hello patrons of the arts,

We made our goal of $10,000 with nearly two weeks to spare!

*confetti, streamers, ticker tape, CANNON BOOM!!*

We couldn't do it without YOU!

Note: we'll be making a special announcement on the GALA PARTY soon! If you want to attend, you can always up your pledge to $125+ and secure your spot (please read carefully to make sure you are picking the correct reward).  The limited gala party guest spots will only be available through this Kickstarter--no tickets will be sold at the door, so be sure to adjust your pledge as needed by November 30th at 9pm.


Boston Phoenix - "Out of the rubble: Torrent Engine 18, Boston's new art space"

Boston College's The Heights - "Firehouse Converted To Artist Haven"


For a pledge $500 or more, you can receive a RARE Squirrel Machine book with personalized drawing by its author Hans Rickheit. This is a signed, hard-cover first edition of Squirrel Machine with a unique personalized drawing of Torrent Engine 18 on the inside. The critically-acclaimed graphic novel by Rickheit tells the story of two young inventors coming of age in a New England small town, and contains thinly disguised biographical details referring to Hans Rickheit and E. Stephen Frederick's actual youth in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. The first printing is sold out, and these copies have been generously donated from Hans' personal stash. You will also receive a Empire SNAFU/Torrent Engine 18 T-shirt, webpage thank you, Empire SNAFU card, and music in addition to the book. This reward is limited to three.

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Some of you have asked about a work party--YOU GOT IT. We are having a demolition party tomorrow (Saturday, November 17, noon-6pm). We're busting up and throwing out old crappy stucco and other atrocities from the 1970s. Bring work gloves, dust masks, snacks, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Moar details in the Facebook invite (it's public, you should be able to see it whether you are logged in FB or not).

Dumpster Dive Demolition Party at Torrent Engine 18

All my love,

Katherine Bergeron of Torrent Engine 18

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