Ditch the roses and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and
check out Portland’s two classiest festivals this month, the Portland Jazz Festival and the Northwest Film Center’s International Film Festival. We’ve picked
out a few of our favorite events, and created a style guide with items from the
store so your V-day will be a no brainer this year.
Our Film Pick: Kon-Tiki
Kon-Tiki is the ultimate adventure flick on the high-seas
without any eyeliner wearing pirates. The film follows ethnographer and rookie
seamen, Thor Heyerdah, on his 4,000 mile journey across the Pacific on a wooden
raft to prove his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by South
Americans. Based on Heyerdahl’s own documentary and book about his real-life
adventure, the movie’s cinematic grandeur and edge-of-your-seat suspense will keep
you and your date’s hearts racing. Catch a screening of Kon-Tiki at Whitsell Auditorium on February 17th at 7:30pm or Regal Lloyd Center 4 on February 19th at 6:00pm.
Valentine's Day Look for Her
Portland's International Film Festival only comes once a year, so it's the perfect opportunity to dress up for the movies. Layer a floral silk dress with a military inspired wool sweater for the perfect mix of sweet and bold. Add a pair of nude heels and matching shaped jewelry for the finishing touches.
QSW Blue Stone Floral Dress, Maison Scotch Boxy Sweater, Nau Shroud of Purrin Trench, Swedish Hasbeens Grandma Boots, Sahlia Michelle Earrings, Julie Nolan Bracelet, Melange Roll-On Perfume, Seaecho Clutch
Our Music Pick: ACS
The triple threat jazz group, ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne
Carrington and Esperanza Spalding), combines three of the best female jazz
musicians today, and is a must see at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival.
Grammy Award winners and masters at their craft, ACS pushes the boundaries in
the contemporary jazz realm. Catch their performance at Newmark Theater on February 24th at 7:00pm.
Valentine's Day Look for Him
Dress to impress at the Portland Jazz Fest with a fitted button-down, wool vest, cable-knit sweater and slick black boots. Opt for colored jeans instead of regular blue, and don't forget the finishing touches with some pomade and a touch of cologne for a polished look.
LVC Shawl Collar Cardigan, What Goes Around Comes Around Jacoba Vest, Nau Interwoven Shirt, West Third Brand Marche De Tabac Cologne, Imperial Gel Pomade, Nixon Chronicle SS Watch, Wolverine Addison Boots, Baldwin Denim - The Reed Duck Canvas, Billykirk 12" Carry All
Join us this weekend at The
Cleaners next to the Ace Hotel along with 10 other local boutiques for some
major sale shopping. We're bringing men's and women's spring clothing, shoes and accessories discounted up to 75% off. You
won’t want to miss this event! Make sure to like the PDX Collective Sale page to
stay updated on future events.
It still feels like winter in Portland and our favorite
cold weather record right now is Holiday,the first full length album by Port St.
Willow, aka Nick Principe. A follow up to the project’s first EP, Even//Wasteland (2010), Holiday was recorded over the course of
a year at Principe’s Portland studio. Full of falsetto, guitar echoes, driving
percussion and layers of ambient sound, Holiday
accomplishes as much intrigue in the swells as it does in the empty spaces. Written, recorded and produced by Principe, the album represents all that is
good in the DIY Portland music scene. It's the perfect record to take with you on a winter escape to the Oregon coast.
Principe describes the album as meditative, “Holiday is
a love record to no one. A recognition of an ending, and an awakening of the
self - unarmored and honest.” The digital album is available to download
on the Port St. Willow website, and the hand-stamped limited edition CD is
available to order until the end of the month (images below). Listen to one of our favorite tracks on the record, "North".
Hailing from Arcadia, California, Railcar Denim is the
latest addition to our hand-picked premium denim collection at Lizard Lounge.
Railcar Fine Goods uses originally designed patterns and crafts their denim
using older, traditional, manual and rare vintage sewing equipment including
black Union Special and Singer machines.
Railcar Fine Goods founder Steven Gang got his start at the
Los Angeles Metro fixing and repairing passenger trains. His mechanical background
is reflected in his work, “Every stitch has a function, every angle has a
function and with function comes beauty.”
Look for the two styles of Railcar Denim at the Lounge:
The Spikes X001 made of 13.5oz American Cone denim with a red
line selvedge edge
The Spikes X009 made of 16oz Japanese denim with a red line
Oregon has its fair share of haunted places, although none are quite as intentional as one of the newest city funded public artwork on SE Grand. The project titled Inversion: Plus Minus features “ghost structures” at sites where industrial buildings once stood like The Phoenix Cast Iron Foundry on Hawthorne. These public artworks are managed by Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and selected by a panel of local artists and community members as a part of the city’s 2% for Art program.
The skeletal steel sculptures are re-imaginings of buildings past by Seattle-based artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio. Graduates of the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts, Han and Mihalyo use weathered steel angle iron to create the mysterious structures. The artists received the 2007-08 Rome Prize for Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Both sculptures are slated for completion by the end of the year.