The product of curatorial selections from this city's sharpest writers and artists, Finder is Willamette Week's annual magazine-style guide to the Portland that's worth a damn. This week, the Portland that's worth a damn just happens to be the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby, featured in Finder on page 155. To marvel at the other 161 pages, find a free copy of Finder at one of our coffee-shop release parties, or visit wweek.com/finderlocations.
Do It Yourself Build a Soapbox Racer
By Brian Creany, 10-year veteran of the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby, as told to Natasha Geiling
THURSDAY, AUG. 11
[MOVIES] TOP DOWN: THE OUTSIDERS
A fine homage to Nicholas Ray and a great excuse to gaze upon the denim-strangled packages of Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez and the Karate Kid. Hotel deLuxe parking garage, Southwest 15th Avenue and Yamhill Street. 8 pm. $9.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12
[MUSIC] QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL, DAY ONE: KYP MALONE, TOM GREENWOOD AND MORE
A two-day, all-ages, cheap and beautifully curated festival with smart local acts and big names alike (Kyp Malone from TV On the Radio? Stephen Malkmus!?). Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave. 8 pm. $7 (or $12 weekend pass). All ages.
[FOOD] BITE OF OREGON
It's a wonderland of food-related fun, with bites from more than a hundred of the state's restaurants, plus craft beer, wine and dessert pavilions. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison and Northwest Glisan streets. 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-8 pm Sunday, Aug. 12-14. $10 one-day pass, $15 weekend pass, $5 early bird (before 2 pm Friday).
[DANCE/MUSIC] BLUE CRANES/NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT
Two of Portland's most original and compelling performing-arts groups reconnect after winning raves in their collaboration last year. Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 SW Kingston Ave., 823-3636. 6 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13
[DRINK] POK POK SOM PARTY
House Spirits hosts a pucker-faced release party for Pok Pok's legendary drinking vinegars, which you can now get in adorable little 16-ounce retail bottles. The distillery promises mini-cocktails and food from Pok Pok. House Spirits, 2025 SE 7th Ave., 235-3174. 11 am-6 pm. Free.
SUNDAY, AUG. 14
[MUSIC] EXPERIMENTAL MINIFEST OF NEW MUSIC
The much-anticipated Contemporary Portland Orchestra Project makes its debut here, in the company of other bold sonic adventurers. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 8 pm. $6-$12.
MONDAY, AUG. 15
[MUSIC] SADE, JOHN LEGEND
Take one of the most influential divas of the last 25 years and pair her with the most socially aware R&B superstar of his generation—this might be the Rose Garden's best show of 2011. Rose Garden, 1401 Wheeler Ave. 235-8771. 7:30 pm. $49.50-$149.50. All ages.