The vibrant worlds of art, technology and culture are all part of Portland's genetic code. But they’ll be especially held up to the light this month for The Wild, a showcase that celebrates our ingenuity and our crafty inclinations. Here’s a rundown of some of the more exciting events.
Monday, May 13–Thursday, May 16
Four nights of guerilla fashion shows will display the new styles of Portland’s designers. The line-up includes Holly Stalder, Lisa Rietz, Emily Ryan, Reif, Brady Lange, and Pendleton’s Portland Collection. The organizers even mention a secret collaboration under the name “Immaculate Martin,” although anyone who's been following Portland fashion will quickly recognize these two veterans. $20 for all four shows. 6–8 p.m. Monday at White Owl Social Club, Tuesday at Produce Row, Wednesday at Rontoms, Thursday at Dig a Pony.
Tuesday, May 14
Build: A Day at ADX
Work alongside Portland's premier wood and metal fabricators to design and build your dream project. A CNC router, laser engraver, and 3D printer will all be at your disposal. Keep your goggles on! $190.10:00-4:30pm. ADX, 417 SE 11th Ave
Wednesday, May 15
Font Detective Extra Bold
Font consultant (yes...) Thomas Phinney is the Sam Spade of typeface, and the inventor of the super cool Hypatia Sans which looks almost as sexy as its name. Here, he recounts some of his more memorable cases, including a forged will, a seemingly fake rabbi, and President Bush’s forged National Guard Service memos. $10–15. 6:30–9 p.m. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
Friday, May 17
This mini-conference and lecture series hosts an interactive art project fueled by the biological clock of artist Mira Kaddoura, intended to attack this taboo subject. They even have an app for your personal clock. Seriously. Free. 8:30–10 a.m. Ziba Auditorium
Keep Portland Wired! A Tour of Portland’s Tech Community
Get on the bus and check out Portland’s wired side—from internationally recognized tech companies to emerging start ups. The tour includes the Portland Incubator Experiment, Tektronix, Second Story, Nike+Accelerator, and Free Geek. The resulting static electricity is best gotten rid of with a wire hanger run over your clothes, unless you want to keep it to remember the good tech-times. $20–25. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Bus leaves from Ziba Design
Object Focus:The Bowl, Engage+Use and Soundforge
The bowl is a pervasive object in our lives and deserving of some long overdue love. This interactive show allows audiences to handle the many diverse elements of this timeless form.
Soundforge is a multi-media installation and the product of metalsmith Gabriel Craig and composer Michael Remson. The art of metalsmithing is translated into video, audio, and sculptural forms. Free with museum admission. 11:00a.m.-12p.m. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St
NW Animation Fest
With over 150 international submissions, the 3-day fest is now the biggest animation showcase in the country. $50. Friday–Sunday. Hollywood Theater
Saturday, May 18
24 Hour Comics
A crowded collaborative effort between illustrators, artists, and writers, all given 24 hours to create a full-blown comic, including coloring and proofreading the whole shebang. Free. Saturday 10 a.m. to Sunday 10 a.m. Things From Another World
Sunday, May 19
Hackathon for Social Good
Web and mobile experts focus their programming energy to assist non-profits organizations by inventing and tweaking brand new applications. Free. 9–6 p.m. OpenSourcery
Tuesday, May 21
The Future for Indie Lit, Comics, and Graphic Storytelling
A conversation between local authors and zinesters about digital publishing, moderated by Justin Hocking, executive director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Free. 7–8:30 p.m. Independent Publishing Resource Center
Wednesday, May 22–Friday, May 24
This is the TEDx for all things focused on the future of the web, mobile design, digital media, and technology. Speakers include Jason Kunesh (UX Director, Obama for America), Carolyn Chandler (Manifest Digital), and Ethan Nicolle (co-creator of Axe Cop!) $400–525 for three-day pass. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Oregon Convention Center.