Paint-by-numbers murals, choose-your-own adventure stories and Chinese street art—the Projects is not your little brother’s comics festival.
That’s kind of the point, explains co-organizer Jason Leivian.
“The inspiration was my friend Dunja Jankovic, who’s one of the organizers and puts together a comics fest in Croatia [called Skver],” says Leivian. “The model of European comics festivals is totally different. There’s no tables, you don’t sell books. You come and meet the artists and make art with them. Everyone crashes together in the same place. It’s a real bonding experience.”
Leivian, who also owns downtown comic store Floating World, is hoping to re-create that kind of environment in Portland: an event that is free, open and accessible to the general public, and focuses on creation rather than commerce.
He and the other organizers have recruited artists from France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and all over the U.S. to make collaborative art projects and run workshops at the three-day festival, which will also incorporate Floating World’s annual animation festival, live music, exhibitions and panel discussions.
GO: The Projects is at IPRC, 1001 SE Division St., and other venues on Oct. 19-21. See theprojectspdx.tumblr.com.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 17BETH ORTON
[MUSIC] In a recent New Yorker profile, British singer-songwriter Beth Orton said she’s dealing “with some people who just want to hear what I did before.” If those folks exist, they are sadly missing out on the brilliance of Sugaring Season, Orton’s first new album in six years. Recorded in Portland with Tucker Martine, the LP is a stripped-down collection that showcases her feathery vocals. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8:30 pm. $23 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY OCT. 18REBEL CRAFT RUMBLE
[CRAFTS] Good ol’ felt gets the Iron Chef-style treatment in this artsy battle: Four contestants face off, with only fabric scraps, bits of trash and glue guns at their disposal. Heckling, distracting costumes and heavy drinking encouraged. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm. $10. 21+.
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT
[MUSIC] If the chemistry displayed on Love This Giant, the horny—as in, buoyantly brass-fueled—collaborative album by the iconic Talking Head and young indie-rock siren, is any indication, then this May-December musical odd couple is a match made in Bizarro Heaven. Arlene Schnitzner Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8 pm. $43-53.50. All ages.
FRIDAY OCT. 19TURKISH STAR WARS
[MOVIES] Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, the Turkish version of the Space Western, stole footage from the original and has everything the original lacked, including fight scenes in mosques and Wookiee carnage. Filmusik is performing the soundtrack live. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 281-4215, 7 pm. $12.
SATURDAY OCT. 20HANDMADE BICYCLE SHOW
[BIKES] As the rain starts falling, thousands of Portland bikes turn from reliable mode of transportation to gallery piece. See some bikes that actually deserve the tarp. Bonus points for braving Swan Island by cycle. Vigor Industrial Building, 5555 N Channel Ave. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday, October 20-21, $10. ohbs.oregonframebuilders.org.
MONDAY OCT. 22KILLER PUMPKIN FEST
[BEER] The Brewpublic beer blog hosts a week of sudsy fun, including this pumpkin beer tasting at Green Dragon. Your first and best shot at trying hard-to-find pumpkin brews from Beer Valley, 10 Barrel, Fort George and Buckman Botanical. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th St., 4 pm, Beer prices vary.