POLAROIDS: Elizabeth Soule
Every December, the entire city of Portland magically morphs into one giant Saturday Market, teeming with tiny craft fairs and cheap art shows, all designed to tempt you to part with your paycheck in the name of awesome, locally-created gifts and, often, Portland charities. Who could resist? Psst: Like your stores less transitory? Check out WW's own neighborhood gift guide inside in this week's issue of the paper!
Sunday Best Holiday Sale
Once again the letterpress mistresses of Studio Olivine pick and choose their fave PDX artisans for a small-batch gift show including pretty goods like Rachael Donaldson's intricate Demimonde jewelry, Elizabeth Soule's quirky gnome- and deer-related Polaroid art and Trish Grantham's awesomely whimsical works. Bonus: Stumbling distance away from a Clyde Common burger. Ace Hotel Cleaners, 403 SW 10th Ave. 11 am-7 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday Dec. 4-5. Info at sundaybestholidaysale.blogspot.com.
Gimme Shelter 2010: Artists Benefiting Survivors
Stock up on local art including Nancy Wessels' crayon-colored photos, Piper Ewan's flower adorned designs and MapleXO's fun recycled skateboard jewelry while simultaneously helping support families escaping domestic violence. Bonus: Artists donate 15 percent of proceeds to Raphael House programs. Art Department, 1315 SE 9th Ave., raphaelhouse.com. 5-9 pm Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday Dec. 3-4.
3rd Annual Big 100 Art Show Benefit
If you can't find the perfect picture for your loved one at Chris Haberman's epic local art blowout, you're doomed: More than 1,800 pieces from 100-plus artists (including Jesse Reno, Dan Ness and Rio Wrenn) for only $50 each. And it all benefits the Oregon Food Bank and Cascade AIDS Project. Bonus: It's a bar and there are DJs—so you can drink and dance while you shop. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292. 4 pm-2 am Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4. Info on Facebook.
Give Good Art Holiday Sale
Mississippi Studios trades art for music on Sunday, with a cavalcade of local paintings and jewelry, from Laura Berrutti's funky sterling silver rings to Swirly Girlie's wearable art. Bonus: Bar Bar's running a 16-ounce draft beer special for $3 for thirsty shoppers. Plus, buyers are entered in a raffle to win two tickets to Mississippi's New Year's Eve bash with Helio Sequence. Mississippi Studio, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 11 am-4 pm Sunday, Dec. 5. Cash preferred. Info at pdxpipeline.com.
Radius Studio Holiday Sale
Local potter Laura Cooke joins forces with woodworker Todd Kimmich and artist Jon Wagner, who makes funky can art among other projects, for a crafty gift show at Radius, a new gallery across the street from Montage. Bonus: Live bluegrass music and a "pingpong table with hand-carved paddles." Radius Studio, 322 SE Morrison St., 231-4145. 6-9 pm Friday, Dec. 3.
French American International School Holiday Market
The Frenchies boast a market chock full of candles, handmade soaps, jewelry and French linens set in a space decorated with a "distinctly European village flair." Eat quiche and swill French wine when you tire of shopping. Bonus(?): Children's choral performance and hammered dulcimer solo. French American School, 8500 NW Johnson St., 292-7776. 9 am-4 pm Saturday, Dec. 4.
The granola set rejoices as the Friends of Tryon Creek throw a big "forest market" with Oregon honey, vegan truffles, crafts and "handwoven basketry." Bonus: Free, pre-shopping guided nature hike at 10 am on Dec. 4. Nature Center in the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5.
DaVinci Arts Middle School Arts Fair
Thirty percent of all proceeds raised from this mega craft fair, boasting more than 70 genuinely talented local artisans, benefits arts education at da Vinci. Bonus: Children's craft area; prepare to compare with professional artisans wares and chortle. Da Vinci Middle School, 2508 NE Everett St., davinci.pps.k12.or.us. 10 am-6 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday, Dec. 4-5.
Prints for PICA
The contemporary art giant's eighth annual, one-day sale of one-of-a-kind monoprints from local artists is back. Bonus: Hobnob with arty types while nabbing a work that no one will get to buy again. Ever. Goldsmith Building, 20 NW 5th Ave. 6 pm Saturday, Dec. 11. Free. Info at pica.org.
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale
The behemoth among local crafting extravaganzas returns to the convention center with more than 250 artisans selling every adorably fascinating reconstructed, sustainably made, hand-knit, -glued, -soldered and -stitched product ever conceived of by a human being. Probably with a bird on it. Bonus: Goodie bags for early day shoppers. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Exhibit Hall C. 11 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 11-12. Free. Info at craftywonderland.com.
Guzzle winter beers under gas-heated tents at the base of the city's Christmas tree.
Rissa Riss hosts a showcase of local women stand-up comics: Belinda Carroll, Veronica Heath, Lisa Myers, Holli Pappan, Carmen Trineece and Marcia Belsky. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm. $5. 21+.
Funky tap man Smith and company bring along a live jazz trio for their improv-laden show.
[SCREEN] MY DINNER WITH A.J.
Former WW movie critic David Walker debuts a movie, a conversation piece that does not have its own action figures. Yet. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7 pm. $5.
[MUSIC] TENDER LOVING EMPIRE WINTER FORMAL
Bust out your ugliest holiday sweater and kick back with the TLE crew for a night of folk rock, slow-dancing and prizes. The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 9 pm. $15 (or free with the purchase of any holiday item at the TLE store). 21+.
Shante Anthony Franklin does everyman stoner rap better than anyone not named Snoop Dogg, and he even name-drops Clyde Drexler on the record. Get this man a Blazers jersey!
Barfly's boozy holiday party comes with a piñata full of bacon, $2 Ninkasi beers and dirty Santa presents from Taboo Video.
Pablo de Ocampo curates a bill of melodramas and meta-melodramas, including a one-man remake of
It's a Fassbinder mind-bender!