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FashioNXT 2014 Recap

The runway is gone, the tents are put away and the buzz in the Pearl has returned to its normal routine, but FashioNXT’s nights haven’t been forgotten. The four-night event running from Oct. 8-11 in the tents at Northwest Ninth and Northrup held a fashionable crowd waiting to see  what styles will be next season’s trends. With Shen Zhen designers from China, to Seth Aaron’s quasi-futuristic white show, to Michelle Lesniak’s throwback of Depression Era designs, the runways were a mix of taste and style. With the Emerging Designer contest and a Wearable Technology Fashion Competition, you had four nights packed with something for everyone. The tents were comfortable, the lighting was good, and people seemed to have no problems with the logistics of things. The bar was always packed. It seemed as if the VIP seating/standing area may have been a bit overcrowded. (Portland is one of the only…

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PDX Design Week

Portland’s mecca for all types of creatives The mission of DWP is “to explore the process, craft and practice of design across disciplines as seen through the lens of our city’s most vibrant independent programming.” This week allows makers and creatives to attend workshops, lectures, hands on activities and interactive guides from people who have a passion and an eye for design. It also gives people working in the design industry a chance to open up their studios and spaces to the public. All in all, it is an opportunity for people to educate themselves in the ways of design and craft, even those who have been doing it for years. The people who benefit from this week are those looking to explore hidden corners and ideals of Portland, as well as those who may be looking to open their own start-ups. Entrepreneurs and artists use this week as a…

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Blackhat – Movie Review

Michael Mann’s latest film is as exciting as you’d imagine computer coding to be. When a mysterious cyber-terrorist causes a nuclear reactor meltdown in China, United States and China partner to prevent future attacks. Curiously-casted Chris Hemsworth -aka Thor- plays Nicholas Hathaway, a coding genius turned convict who is granted furlough in exchange for his help in the investigation. With his MIT roommate (Leehom Wang) and his sister (Tang Wei) in tow, Hathaway jumps from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Jakarta in search of the perpetrator. The first half of the film is hard to follow and particularly drags, with the criminal unidentified and unseen until well into the latter half. To fill the void, several shots of the inside of a keyboard and information traveling through circuits consume the screen. Due to the inherent lack of excitement in watching somebody type on a computer, the film relies on…

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The Boxtrolls – Oscar Nominated

Today, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences has nominated The Boxtrolls  for best animated feature film of the year, produced by LAIKA, a Portland based motion picture production company. “One word – HONORED! We are honored and humbled to accept this nomination in recognition of our amazingly talented cast and crew – the artists, actors, craftspeople, and freaks who brought The Boxtrolls to life. We are eternally grateful to them and to our fearless leaders, producers Travis Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka, for making it all possible. Thank you so much, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for including us in this great list of nominees! We would be thrilled to sit in the dark and clap for any one of them.” Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of The Boxtrolls. “What an odd andlovely way to greet the day. I’m overjoyed that the Academy has honored us with this nomination.…

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Modernism Week Palm Springs

How To Escape The Gloom Portland is hip, Palm Springs is Cool It’s December, it’s raining and The Gloom is back. It’s time to plan your escape to Palm Springs. I understand. I live in Palm Springs. Every May as the temperatures start climbing from pleasant to hot, towards inferno, we solar refugees decamp to Portland for relief. This north–south ebb and flow has been happening for generations. We live in a big country with big weather and sometimes we just need to take a big break. We springers and Portlanders have a shared understanding born of common experiences. For instance, we both live in places that have resurrected themselves. Portland is now so “hip” it’s the place where young people make huge sacrifices just to enjoy the Portland lifestyle. Today Portland is to America what California was in the 1960s. Palm Springs has also resurrected itself and today is…

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