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BRILLIANT! Paddling season gets some fresh footwear in the form of Columbia Sportswear’s Powerdrain Shoes. Available for men and women, the shoes are light, flexible, and swiss-cheesed with drainage. columbia.com

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Image: Courtesy The Great Northwest

CINEMA SCENE Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick’s “experimental documentary” The Great Northwest re-creates an amply scrapbooked 1958 road trip, revisiting locations to reveal both regional constancy and the speed of change. Screening May 2 and 3 at Northwest Film Center

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Photo: Courtesy Randall Garcia

EXPORT Designer Melanie Parr graces the spring line from her Ruki label with this mint-licious Caverna Dress—made and lined with 100 percent silk, enlivened with sleeve cutouts and sharp, subtle tailoring. www.etsy.com/people/myruki

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BAND OF THE MINUTE The stark-but-theatrical songwriting of ex-Menomena member Brent Knopf gets a showcase on Prophet, the new album by his Ramona Falls project. Barsuk Records; releases May 1

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Photo: Courtesy Churchkey Can Co

REVERSE INNOVATION Meet Churchkey, the first flat-top steel beer can produced in 50 years. Yes, you need an opener. From Portland? Of course. churchkeycanco.com

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Photo: Courtesy Joe Diemer

WORKSHOP Q: Joe Diemer, why do you make insanely exquisite birdcages? I love architecture. This way I can express that without getting permits.How do you make them? Resistance welding, braising, electropolishing … How much? From $600 to $6,000, depending on clients’ desires. Do people put birds in them? About one in five do. They’re all functional. handmadebirdcages.com

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