Portland fashion can be baffling—at least judging from the hodgepodge of hiking boots, cycling shorts and painstakingly planned thrifted ensembles you see sauntering down our city's sidewalks. But on Saturday, nearly 20 homegrown designers are literally using our streets as their runway for the Alley 33 Fashion Show, an event that will convert the skinny alley at Southeast 33rd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard into a hotspot for fashionistas like Amai Unmei, Dress Up Alice and Rio Wrenn's R.A.W. Textiles. The event's producers say the show is an opportunity to increase community awareness about the positive impact of designers who produce handmade garments in small batches.
"Fashion by its nature, in Portland, is a little bit exclusive. We were like: Let's bring this directly to the community," says event co-producer Cassie Ridgway, who owns adjacent local art and design shop Mag-Big.
It couldn't get more direct than this: A 45-foot raised runway will extend the length of the alley, with silk canopies and textiles from designers stretched between buildings. In true Portland style, there will even be a beer garden run by nearby bar Gold Dust Meridian. "It's pretty magical," says Ridgway. "This is about having a fashion show that is totally in the public space."
GO: The Alley 33 Fashion Show takes place in the alley at Southeast 33rd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. 4 pm doors, 6 pm show Saturday, July 23. $10. Tickets and info at hawthornefashionshow.wordpress.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
[MOVIES] MISSILE TO THE MOON
The parking-garage al fresco cinema of Top Down begins with Filmusik performing a live soundtrack to the 1959 cheeseball epic of ladies who launch. Hotel deLuxe parking garage, corner of Southwest 15th Avenue and Yamhill Street. 8 pm. $9.
Portland Center Stage's playwright workshop is back, culminating this weekend in eight free performances at the Gerding Theater. 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700, pcs.org. 4 and 8 pm Thursday-Sunday. Free, advance reservations required.
[STORIES] BACK FENCE PDX
Stories from lawyer Dayvid Figler, Loose Girl author Kerry Cohen, 12-year-old drummer Lucinda Jane Holscher and more. Proceeds benefit Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., backfencepdx.com. 7:30 pm Thursday. $15. 21+.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
[MUSIC] THURSTON MOORE, KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
Rather than overpriced nostalgia from a rock veteran on the reunion circuit, tonight promises an engaging batch of new solo material from Moore. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
[FOOD] FIRST ANNUAL KENNY & ZUKE'S PICKLE THROWDOWN
Gorge on Portland's briny best, including goods from Olympic Provisions, Picklopolis, Garden State, Biwa, Grüner and more. All admission proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank. Kenny and Zuke's SandwichWorks, 2376 NW Thurman St., 222-3354. Noon-5 pm. $5.
SUNDAY, JULY 24
[MUSIC] YUCK, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Both Yuck (from London) and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (from Portland by way of New Zealand) have ascended to their current renown on tidal forces of buzz strong enough to level a coastline. In both cases, these best-kept secrets are more than deserving of the hype. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
[MOVIES] BULLET BALLET: JOHN WOO HONG KONG ACTION DOUBLE FEATURE
Hong Kong director John Woo's kinetic action sequences have far too often been described as balletic, when what they resemble more than anything is a Rube Goldberg machine—albeit one made of tender meat and bullets. Here's Hard-Boiled and The Killer. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:15 and 9:30 pm. $7.