This week marks the first Design Week Portland, a multi-venue, multidisciplinary celebration of design in its myriad forms, with talks, films, exhibitions and workshops—many of them free, almost all cheap—around the city. Instead of writing about it (dancing about architecture, and all that), we thought we'd show you some of the actual designs created by the people who will be speaking and exhibiting.
GO: Design Week Portland runs through Oct. 13 at various venues around Portland. See designweekportland.com for more info.
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[THEATER] In this election year, Portland Playhouse looks back on American political historyâwaaay back. The company stages its first musical, an emo-rock tale about the man behind the Trail of Tears. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 205-0715. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. $15-$38.
[BOOKS] Like Comic-Con for the lit crowd, the annual literary celebration Wordstock has returned for four days packed with author appearances, panel discussions, writing workshops and probably a Fifty Shades of Grey drinking game at the after-party. Catch your favorite authors, learn to self-edit like a pro and finally break out that Jonathan Franzen costume. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 235-7575. Various times, see page 24. $7.
[POLITICS] Republican Paul Ryan does dramatic readings from Atlas Shrugged and the Bible. 5 pm. Broadcasting live at Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside St., and Back Stage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Both free.
[MUSIC] Infatuated with the gloomy melodicism of â80s Britpop as much as the pulverizing crunch of metal, Deftones wereâdespite coming to prominence in the age of Limp Bizkitâthe last of the big, bulldozing acts of the alternative era. As natural selection kills off less-evolved peers, the band maintains a fervent cult through its aggressively cathartic live shows and a sound that continues to mature. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 221-0288. 8 pm. $32.50-$44.50. All ages.
[MOVIES] From the director of 2008's hilariously poignant
comes this heavy-meta crime comedy, which is pretty much just hilarious. When you've got a sympathetic Colin Farrell playing a blocked-up screenwriter and Christopher Walken at his most Christopher Walken-y, who needs emotional complexity?
[MUSIC] Mexicoâs answer to Daft Punk, these members of Tijuanaâs Nortec Collective fuse electronic dance music with the traditional sounds of banda and norteÃ±o, envisioning a futureâmuch like their cyborg French cousinsâwhere robots and humans can party together in harmony. The pair makes a rare appearance in the Pacific Northwest as part of the Portland Latin American Film Festival. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 8:30 pm. $25.