Mercy Studios (537 SE Ash #25) is the new, communal 2,000sf studio of Andy Lifschutz, Janeane Marie, and Nialls Fallon, jewelry designer, apparel designer, and artist respectively. This Friday, starting at 6 pm, they're breaking in the space with a grand opening party, "Experiement No. 1," and I'm already looking forward to "Experiment No. 2" because A) I will be out of town on Friday and B) they are pulling no punches here: Lifschutz, who I met for the first time at Content, is supremely talented—he has just been asked to participated in Berlin Fashion Week, so you might want to pick some of his work up at Local35 before he blows up and out of your price range. Or better yet, he'll be selling at Friday's party at 25% off. And, if you haven't familiarized yourself with Janeane Marie, she is one of the most rapidly rising stars on Portland's apparel scene (you could get me her "gravity dress" for Christmas if you want). Fallon, meanwhile, is a gifted photographer who has shot everything from warm portraits of pretty girls in bed to stark documentation of Hurricane Katrina. If that's not enough they've also hooked up live painters and modern dancers, music starting at 10 pm from DJ Hanukkah Miracle and Doctor Adam, food from Clyde Common and Olympic Provisions, and lots of donated drink-ables. Please go and enjoy it on my behalf.

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