The Craft Mafia sounds like something that could have been invented in Portland, but it wasn't. And while one could scarcely say that Portland's craft scene has suffered from the lack of a Craft Mafioso presence, the fact that Portland has joined the mob is big ol' belated no brainer. Still, for the crafter who wants to take their business to the next level, there is a lot of support to be found in the arms of the mafia. (Gosh, that sounds exciting, doesn't it?) Interested crafters should peep this to find out how to "get made"--the new chapter is actively seeking members. For those who simply love a good craft fair, hold tight: The first Portland Craft Mafia event takes place on the 27th of this month at the Secret Society Ballroom (116 NE Russell). There's a $2 cover charge for the all ages event (with a bar on hand for the big kids who like to combine therapies).

Louie here will make sure you get squared away with paying your dues.