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2013 Autumn Music Events

Live music is a great way to jump into autumn.  Upcoming shows around the state will satisfy any Oregonian, no matter your music persuasion.
BandSwap: Quick and Easy Boys with Muskateer Gripweed | September 20 |
Don’t miss BandSwap, a meeting of the musical minds making waves in the two metropolitan areas. The Alberta Rose Theatre plays host to hometown favorites The Quick and Easy Boys, who will share the stage with Fort Collins’ Musketeer Gripweed. Shake your tail feathers at this radical collaboration of feel-good rock and roll before the Boys travel to Colorado to reciprocate on the Mustakeer’s home turf.
7th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert | October 5 |
Commemorate the stalwarts of our fair state’s musical legacy at this year’s Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction celebration. Recipients include pop-rock icons Quarterflash and Americana quartet Richmond Fontaine, who will perform live alongside The Kingsmen of “Louie, Louie” fame. Expect a packed house of musical royalty and share the love by bidding on rare autographed guitars in support of music education in Oregon schools.


1859 Fashion: Emily Katz

In her recorded song ‘Buckskin and Cashmere,’ Emily Katz croons, ‘I have lots of lovely things, pretty dresses and diamond rings.’ The designer’s garments, too, include pretty dresses and gemstones sewn into the fabric.


1859 Fashion: Adam Arnold

‘My soul is imprinted with 1972,’ says designer Adam Arnold. ‘I feel like rather than a certain aspect of the ’60s and ’70s, it’s more about embodying that period of time to just do your thing. You mix all that and magically, it turns into clothes.’


1859 Fashion: Jasmine Patten

Though her mother and grandmother both knew how to sew, Jasmine Patten didn’t learn the craft while sitting at their feet. When she came home from University of California Santa Cruz one vacation and eager to learn, her mom had these endearing words for her, “I’m busy,” and then pointed her daughter to the sewing machine.


1859 Fashion: Sandy Varzarschi

  Sandy Varzarschi had planned on a legacy of designing landscapes rather than garments when tragedy struck. In 2008, her eleven-year-old son was killed in an accident while playing flag football at school. “My world turned upside down,” she says. “I had no goals anymore.” A year later, she found out she was expecting and started to design and make clothes to keep herself occupied while on bed-rest. She soon realized that she had a knack for designing and a new goal. She attended a fashion show in Los Angeles and was inspired to start over. She opened Silkwood, a boutique in Beaverton through which she sells apparel, including her designs. More recently she opened another Silkwood shop in Portland’s Pearl District. The Varzarschi collection includes garments made from natural fibers, such as bamboo, cotton, wool and linen. She describes her clients as “a stylish woman seeking the unique.” Next…


1859 Fashion: Portland Collection

  A 150-year-old company synonymous with wool and the West, Pendleton was looking for a fresh look. The dilemma was how to update an icon known for its attachment to the past through Native American wool blankets. In 2010, it drew on the experience of three young designers from Portland. John Blasioli, Rachel Turk and Nathaniel Crissman had the right chemistry for the classic company hoping to get hip. Blasioli had been designing under his own label since 2009. His clean style could play as nicely on the prairie as in town. Likewise, the classic lines of pieces in the collection of Turk and Crissman—under their label Church & State—would be as comfortable on the trails as Portland’s urban rails. Together, they formed Pendleton’s Portland Collection. The trio use Pendleton’s vast archives of designs and blankets as the inspiration for the new collection, especially drawing on its 1970s Lobo series….

1859 Fashion: Renne Phillips

One need only glimpse the tailored couture collection of Renne Phillips to understand why she sees herself as more of a “dress sculptor” than a designer. These gowns embrace the arc of the breast and the curve of the hips before cascading to their formal length.