At long last, Design Week Portland makes its official kickoff tonight with a packed schedule of events teeming across the city through the week.If you were smart, you got your tickets to tonight's opening party at the Ace Cleaners long ago, because as of now they are sold clean out. However, as an alternative, there's the casual, BYOB Fullscreen PM at Instrument (6:30-9), where people are invited to bring their latest projects, whether photo, illustration, design, or beyond. You can sign up to give a short presentation once you arrive or, you know, not, shy guy. Either way it's a mellow way to test the waters.

If you'd prefer to jump straight into the serious stuff, there is a free discussion happening at Mercy Corps (7-9 pm) led by Sergio Palleroni, Professor of Architecture at Portland State University, with a group of PSU Master of Architecture students and working designers. In conjunction with Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, the evening will revolve around an exhibit called "Rethinking Shelter" and the issue of youth homelessness.

Finally, YU is hosting the first of two nights of films by Rose Lowder, a French experimentalist, in a program called Petits Poèmes Fleuris:

The technique she developed for her film Les tournesols (Sunflowers) involves adjusting the focus for each individual frame of film, moving to the next subject rather than using a zoom. The effect is a simultaneous feeling of movement and stability, creating a series of jumps and overlaps of bright sunflowers. In Voiliers et coquelicots (Poppies and Sailboats), one sees a surprising cross between Impressionism and Structuralism where colors are forced side by side, like the deep orange of the poppies in one frame and the cobalt blue of the water in the next. At times the frames seem to multiply onto the image and at other times they seem to divide. Then suddenly for a moment the sailboats are gliding among the poppy fields.

There is, of course, much more to come in the next five days, so read up here, here, and here to make your game plan.