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First Thursday | May June 04 2013

We love First Thursdays for several reasons. Not only does it mean winter is officially over, but it allows us to relax and hang out with some of our favorite bands and customers.

Big thanks to Denver for providing the soundtrack for the evening and Windmer Bro's for the complimentary beer.  






Bad dreams were kept away with the dreamcatchers hand made by our friends and featured artists Carma and Scott. Truly breathtaking.






















We're doing it all over again this Thursday, June 6 from 7-9pm.

Music: Palace Fiction
Artist: Ryan McClure
Non-Profit: Dress for Success

See you all there!







Artist Profile: Ali Gradischer April 03 2013

We are excited to announce our 1st First Thursday artist of 2013, Ali Gradischer. Her collection ARTEMIS will be displayed for the month of April at Lizard Lounge with the opening reception on April 4th from 7-10pm. Ali is a designer, maker, and a conscientious ojecteur based in Portland, Oregon. Her current work explores space, place, and psychogeography through alternative photographic techniques, object-making, and repair. She graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art + Oregon College of Art and Craft.

You can view Gradischer's work on her website and on her bog

Statement from the artist:

ARTEMIS is a collection of cyanotypes created during the months of January and February 2013 when I was an artist resident at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. Through experimentation and deep observation, this new body of work explores how darkness, wild grit, and remoteness can be catalysts for creating meaningful work. The end product commemorates a season of process, story telling, and spirituality in the steady journey of finding one's soul voice. 

ARTEMIS is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Cultural Council through a Professional Development Grant. 


Woolrich Event March 15 2013

Celebrate the release of Woolrich's Made in USA blankets at Lizard Lounge

Complimentary cocktails from House Spirits
Complimentary beer from Hopworks
Food from Koi Fusion 
Live music from Fair Weather Watchers

RSVP to the event on Facebook

About Woolrich

Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Woolrich Woolen Mill, located at the company's headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, is the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the United States, producing renown made in USA woolen fabrics sold to discerning brands worldwide. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at www.woolrich.com

For updates follow Woolrich's Twitter and Instagram @WoolrichINC


Art Contest March 12 2013

Twenty very talented students from Christopher Shotola-Hardt's art class at Wilsonville High School are showing their artwork for the month of March at Lizard Lounge. Come in and vote for your top three favorites. The prizes for the winning students include $50, $100, and $200 gift cards to the store. The winners will be announced at the end of the month. All artwork is inspired by Lizard Lounge. There will be a reception on Sunday, March 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. We will be posting images of each piece of artwork on our Facebook page throughout the month of March.



Our Film Pick: Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki is the ultimate adventure flick on the high-seas without any eyeliner wearing pirates. The film follows ethnographer and rookie seamen, Thor Heyerdah, on his 4,000 mile journey across the Pacific on a wooden raft to prove his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by South Americans. Based on Heyerdahl’s own documentary and book about his real-life adventure, the movie’s cinematic grandeur and edge-of-your-seat suspense will keep you and your date’s hearts racing. Catch a screening of Kon-Tiki at Whitsell Auditorium on February 17th at 7:30pm or Regal Lloyd Center 4 on February 19th at 6:00pm.

Valentine's Day Look for Her

Portland's International Film Festival only comes once a year, so it's the perfect opportunity to dress up for the movies. Layer a floral silk dress with a military inspired wool sweater for the perfect mix of sweet and bold. Add a pair of nude heels and matching shaped jewelry for the finishing touches.
Valentine's Day Look for Women
QSW Blue Stone Floral Dress, Maison Scotch Boxy Sweater, Nau Shroud of Purrin Trench, Swedish Hasbeens Grandma Boots, Sahlia Michelle Earrings, Julie Nolan Bracelet, Melange Roll-On Perfume, Seaecho Clutch

Our Music Pick: ACS

The triple threat jazz group, ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding), combines three of the best female jazz musicians today, and is a must see at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival. Grammy Award winners and masters at their craft, ACS pushes the boundaries in the contemporary jazz realm. Catch their performance at Newmark Theater on February 24th at 7:00pm.

Valentine's Day Look for Him  

Dress to impress at the Portland Jazz Fest with a fitted button-down, wool vest, cable-knit sweater and slick black boots. Opt for colored jeans instead of regular blue, and don't forget the finishing touches with some pomade and a touch of cologne for a polished look.  

Valentine's Day Look for Men

LVC Shawl Collar Cardigan, What Goes Around Comes Around Jacoba Vest, Nau Interwoven Shirt, West Third Brand Marche De Tabac Cologne, Imperial Gel Pomade, Nixon Chronicle SS Watch, Wolverine Addison Boots, Baldwin Denim - The Reed Duck Canvas, Billykirk 12" Carry All

PDX Collective Sale January 31 2013


Join us this weekend at The Cleaners next to the Ace Hotel along with 10 other local boutiques for some major sale shopping. We're bringing men's and women's spring clothing, shoes and accessories discounted up to 75% off. You won’t want to miss this event! Make sure to like the PDX Collective Sale page to stay updated on future events.







Black Friday | Little Boxes November 21 2012

This year Lizard Lounge is doing Black Friday a little different.

On top of offering 20%+ off the entire store, we, along with 170+ other small businesses, are teaming up with Little Boxes for their second annual city-wide shopping event.



So how does it all work?
By visiting any of the participating stores Friday-Saturday, you are instantly eligible to fill out a raffle ticket.  Visit 20 stores, get 20 raffle tickets. Sounds pretty good to us!

But wait, we're just getting started...
When you make a purchase at a store you get a stamp on your map. The more stamps you collect the more bonus tickets you get:

1 stamp = 10% off all participating stores
4 stamps = 15 tickets
8 stamps = 20 tickets
12 stamps = 30 tickets

90 prizes are being raffled off from iPads, shopping sprees, gift cards, services, etc...  For the full list visit here. It's seriously worth checking out.

For more information on how to play visit LittleBoxesPDX.com

Good luck this Black Friday and may the odds be ever in your favor.



Mr. Man: A Pop-Up October 30 2012

Barbers, booze, bikes, oh my! 

Indulge in some of your favorite retailers (your's truly, included) at the Mr. Man: A Men's Only Pop-Up hosted by the Good Mod November 16-17th.

In honor of the event, we've featured some of our favorite dapper icons that have inspired us through out history.

Ernest Hemingway

John F. Kennedy

Albert Einstein

Muhammad Ali

Ralph Lauren

Steve Martin

Detective Sherlock Holmes

Clint Eastwood

Theodor Roosevelt

Tickets available here.

Fall Festivites October 11 2012

It's one of our favorite times of year.  Sure, come November we'll begin to mourn the loss of summer, but October is not the month for that.  And why should it be?  The leaves will be turning vibrant shades of reds and yellows soon, seasonal beers are being reintroduced, and it's time to unpack your favorite boots and beanies.  In honor of our favorite month, we've shared our top ways to celebrate the new season.

1. Sauvie Island 



Spend one October in Portland and chances are you've made a trip Sauvie Island. Complete with a pumpkin patch and a haunted corn maze, this 40 minute drive is the perfect destination to get you into the Halloween spirit.
The maze can get pretty muddy so rain boots are essential, especially if you plan on doing the maze at night.  Our Tretorn's helped us get out alive.
For more information visit PortlandMaze.com

2. Shanghai Tunnels Ghost Tours


Declared the most haunted place in the Oregon and possibly the entire West Coast by the Northwest Paranormal Investigations, the specialty version of the Portland Underground tour needs to be booked a week in advance.  To book a tour visit: Shanghaitunnels.info

The tunnels can get pretty chill, we suggest layering up.

3. Run Like Hell 




Every year the Run Like Hell half marathan, 10k and 5k race participants dress up according to the annual theme.  This year (October 21st) it's your chance to revive those child hood memories of saving the world because this year's theme is Superheros! Stay warm and in character post-race with Nau's Down Sweater.


4. Tacos and Tarot


Looking for a mellow way to stay in spirit? On October 18th (and every other third Thursday) creep down to Cruzroom to have your future told by the Psychic Terror Tarot Card Readers.  Can't make it? Fear not! The ladies are available for private, group, and party readings.


Keep note of what your future hold with Field Notes or discover what the star's hold yourself with Julie Nolan's zodiac bracelets. 

Swedish Hasbeens September 04 2012

Once upon the seventies, in the south of Sweden, lived a woman named Anita.  She was a Camel smoking, curler-wearing mother who was, above all, fabulous.


Fast forward to the summer of 2006.   Not far from where Anita lived,  300+ pairs of red, white, and black of her clogs were discovered in a basement of an old clog factory.  This was the start of our new favorite shoe line, Swedish Hasbeens.


Last weekend, Lizard Lounge hosted a Swedish Hasbeens Trunk Show with 20% off all Hasbeens and gift with purchase plus Krogstad aquavit bloody marys from House Spirits DistilleryBowery Bagels,


The hardest part of the day was trying to pick a favorite....




 



Bike For a Cure August 11 2012

For more information on the event, visit www.jdf.org.


Starting tomorrow... July 19 2012



First Thursday | July 2012 July 12 2012

Oh, what a week! Between the 4th and First Thursday, July started off with more than a bang from the fire works.

Art by Jason Brown and Chris Haberman.

10% off all sales during the event went to our non-profit of the month, Right Brain Initiative.  They focus their efforts in bringing back the arts to Portland public schools.  We always loved doing creative projects growing up, so we were very excited to have them!  For more information on how to get involved click here!

This month we had Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger performing and damn did they kill it!
Want even more?? 
You can find them on Facebook or check them out live again for their first all-ages show at Backspace on July 25.




Since July 5th always seems to mark the begining of Portland's summer, we were very excited to see what everyone was wearing...



We can't get enough of the vintage Hawaiian prints!


  
 Looks like we weren't the only paparazzi that night.




Meet the two newest members to our Lizard Lounge family:  Har Rai and Matt!

See you in August!
(Photos courtesy of Sterling Blake)

First Thursday | May 2012 May 28 2012

Even though the Summer days last longer in Portland, time seems to go by faster. That proved true when we realized it was time for May's First Thursday (we swear we just finished April's!) But as the saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun"!

As always we'd like to thank our friends at Widmer Brewing. 



Personal confession: I volunteer to work First Thursdays specifically for the Koi Fusion cart connivence. 

Celilo did not disappoint with their self described "bootgazing Indiecana, psych-folk dream pop" sound.



For more info check about upcoming shows and performances, please visit their Facebook.

This month's we featured photography duo Jeremy Pelly and Randall Garcia's work. We love the juxtaposition of the photos with the simple, geometric shapes. 

| Street Style |
Rugged Tretorns against unexpected, polished layers makes for an effortlessly cool look.

By far the cutest duo of the night! 



Oh my, bow tie. How can you not smile with some patriotic flare?

10% of this month's event went to the non-profit p:ear.
p:ear helps the homeless ages 15-24 create healthier lives and self-worth through education, art, and recreation.
For more info please visit their Facebook.


(Photos courtesy of Boone Rodriguez)


First Thursday | April 2012 May 03 2012

It's finally Spring here in Portland, which also means it's officially First Thursday season.  For those unfamiliar with the occasion, First Thursday is an art walk located in the Pearl district held on, you guessed it, the first Thursday of every month.


This month's artist was our very own employee, Ashley Conde and her two friends, Sara Cross and Ellen Webber.  The featured photographs are a self portrait series of the individual artists depicting their personal reflections and different life stages.

Below: Men's buyer Bob Davis with photographer Ashley Conde


If you were in attendance then your ears were lucky enough to have experienced Chris Price and Shane Alexander.


Weren't able to make it this time (or you just want some more)? You can check out their websites:



10% of all sales during April's first Thursday went to Creative Commons, an organization that promotes creative reuse of copyright. 
For more information please visit: http://creativecommons.org/

We'd like to thank our friends at Widmer Brothers and Koi Fusion.

For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook.
(Photos courtesy of Boone Rodriguez)