Portland’s ADX is a big ol’ warehouse where the Etsy-inclined pay $40 a day to bring their designs into the third dimension using facilities not unlike what you’d find in a high school shop class. Those “makers” create some oddly practical contraptions—alarm clocks that look like bombs, for starters. You’re welcome to peruse them at GIFTED: A Maker’s Marketplace, which the group says caters to “the anti-consumer who still needs to buy things.” A few highlights:Coat
The Napsack is a sleeping bag that doubles as a dress for ladies or a cape for outdoorsy superheroes. It wears as jiggy as a puffy jacket and has both a chest pocket for your phone and a hole for the headphones. Poler, polerstuff.com. $130.
The Chronulator is a clock that uses old-school analog, mechanical meters to show the time. The kit includes hour and minute dials and fits into repurposed objects, like a fish tank or an old cable modem. The Bombulator looks like one of Wile E. Coyote’s IEDs, though it was made with less-combustible dowel rods coated in red spray paint and bound together with rubber bands. Sharebrained Technologies, sharebrained.com. $49.
Meghan Keegan uses traditional letterpress to create nifty stationery that harks back to the good old days. Paper lovers will like the work she’s done for clients such as the Farm Cafe and Forktown food tours. KeeganMeegan & Co, keeganmeeganco.com. $10 and up.
Greg Jones’ company 54/40—that’s the latitude/longitude of the boundary of Oregon and British Columbia, subject of a big battle settled by the 1846 Oregon treaty—laser cuts plywood and lays each piece by hand to create wooden topographical maps of Oregon and 47 other states. He’s still working on Alaska and Hawaii. 54/40, fiftyfourforty.com. $20 and up, depending on the state.
GO: GIFTED: A Maker’s Marketplace is at ADX Warehouse, 417 SE 11th Ave., adxportland.com. 11 am-5 pm Saturday, Dec. 17.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14THE KNUX
[MUSIC] These days, most rappers want to be rock stars. But the Knux are rock stars without even trying. The New Orleans-bred duo goes big with a rock/rap/dance/hip-hop/electro-pop fusion that parties as hard than Ke$ha while actually making good music. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15ORGAN GRINDERS: THE UNKNOWN
[MOVIES] Lon Chaney Sr. plays a killer carny (“small hands...”) with a live soundtrack by aptly named band the Subterranean Howl. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 8 pm. $12.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16PGC3 EPIC WINTER FORMAL
[NERDS] This get-together of Portland geek groups is what the Apalachin Meeting was for the Mafia—except with sock puppets and console gaming. “Costumes encouraged,” by the Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030, geekportland.com. 7 pm. Free.
[MOVIES] Charlize Theron plays a filthy drunken whore, in a movie written by Diablo Cody (Juno). It’s a little like The Lost Weekend with Replacements songs, and it reminded our critic of some dark times in his life—which, sadly, did not involve Charlize Theron. Multiple locations including Regal Lloyd Center 10, 1510 NE Multnomah St., 287-0338. $10.
PORTLAND BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, CAPPELLA ROMANA
[MUSIC] The one truest Messiah. First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., 222-6000, pbo.org. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 4 pm Sunday and 2 pm Monday, Dec. 16-19. $26-$69.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17SPOOKIES
[MUSIC] It has been a long year without WW’s 2007 Best New Band, the Shaky Hands, so we were happy to hear that three ex-Hands (and a less-Shaky friend) started a new band, Spookies. Early demos show them to be lo-fi, campy and entirely rocking. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. Cover. 21+.
[HOLIDAYS] For nearly 20 years, New Yorkers have gathered to rove through the streets blaring a four-part Christmas composition by Shortlist-nominated composer Phil Kline. The event, Unsilent Night, started with boomboxes playing cassettes, switched to CDs and evolved to MP3s. Now, it’s an app and happening in Portland for the first time. Meet at 6:45 pm at the South Park Blocks (corner of SW Park Avenue and Salmon Street). Bring loud, battery-powered speakers and a copy of the track. Info at unsilentnight.com.