Sure, it’s overcast, but cool doesn’t have to wait for summer. Pendleton and local eyewear maker Shwood teamed up to produce a limited run of 1,000 wayfarer sunglasses—featuring gray polarized lenses, a custom laser-cut design, and a matching Pendleton wool pouch. shwoodshop.com.
Cartoonist/journalist Joe Sacco is no stranger to stories of war and violence, but his new “book” is his most ambitious yet. The Great War, a single, 24-foot-long illustration, depicts the first day of World War I’s bloody Battle of the Somme. Sacco talks to Portland Monthly’s Randy Gragg at Powell’s City of Books on November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Shouldn’t working with numbers be as easy as working with text? The forthcoming app Equals, developed by Portland entrepreneurs Elia Freedman and Rick Huebner, essentially allows users to write out problems they might otherwise use spreadsheets to solve. “People tend to cringe at the notion of working with numbers,” Freedman says. “With Equals, you can write ‘I drove 335 miles on 10 gallons of gas,’ and it will figure out your miles per gallon.” equalsapp.com.
One-man DJ outfit Emancipator (a.k.a. Doug Appling) falls somewhere in the “electronica” genre—but his style is as unclassifiable as it is infectious: a downtempo blend of hip-hop beats, jazzy riffs, and quivering violins. Emancipator plays Memorial Coliseum on November 23.