OBSESSION The Oregon City Soda Company produces small-batch, handcrafted sparklers—including sunny ruby grapefruit, mysteriously deep root beer, and smooth ginger ale—that fizz with all-natural ingredients. find them at Clarklewis, Gru?ner, and a few other restaurants, or via direct order. “I’m keeping it small,” says owner-brewer Chuck Carey. “I can’t get product out fast enough as it is.” ocsodaco.com
BAND OF THEMINUTE Portland (via northern California) singer Alela Diane debuts her band Wild Divine (which includes both her husband and her dad) on a self-titled album enriched by Diane’s lush voice and stripped-down folkie songwriting. Available April 5.
EXPORT Portland’s Erik Arlen shakes up iPhone overprotection with four bright designs for Case-Mate, including interchangeable colored bands to encourage switching and sharing. “They start a fun conversation,” Arlen says. case-mate.com/erikarlen
BIGIDEA Every other April, 160 photographers gather in a bustling picture bazaar far more fun than its drab title—the Portfolio Walk—would suggest. Rotating in three hourlong shifts, art photographers and documentarians set out their wares in the Portland Art Museum’s sunken ballroom, answer questions, and create a welcome departure from the usual gallery scene. “It’s a unique opportunity,” says local photographer Grace Weston (photo above). “Artists get to make connections. Everyone gets to see a ton of diverse, exciting work.” April 14, 6–9 p.m. Free.
IMPORT At California’s TED Conference, global blue-chip thinkers expound. TEDx Portland, an authorized spin-off, aims to provide similar inspiration from northwest brainiacs. Our picks include Ecotrust’s Spencer Beebe (above); Nell Newman of Newman’s Organics; and our very own restaurant editor, Karen Brooks. April 30 at the Gerding Theater, tedxportland.com