IMAGE: Ruth Brown
- NOT FULL YET: What did local restaurateur Nick Zukin do after eating 72 burgers in three months? Dessert, of course. The food blogger and Kenny & Zuke’s co-owner downed 10 deep-fried hand pies in 30 minutes on Sunday to be crowned the new “Pie Champ” of the Whiffies Fried Pies cart on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. “I’d been calling the previous record of nine bullshit for ages,” Zukin shrugged. So when his two teenage brothers came to visit from California for the weekend, he decided it was finally time to shut his pie hole and claim the title for himself. He easily beat the previous record in only half an hour, systematically downing four coconut and chocolate chip, four barbecue beef brisket and two mixed-berry pies. “I could probably eat one more…,” he said after claiming his new title, “but I’m not gonna.”
- SPIRITED AWAY: Ace Hotel co-owner Jack Barron is opening a sports-themed bar in the building at the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Lloyd Street that last housed American Cowgirls. Rumor has it that Spirit of 77 (named for the Blazers’ only NBA championship) will be designed by tile guru Ann Sacks and have food conceived by Clyde Common and Olympic Provisions co-owner Nate Tilden.
- FOR THE WIN! President Obama got Lukas Ketner a comic book deal. Well, to be specific, the buzz from the Portland-based artist’s illustration of a sexy, bare-chested Obama striding out of the Willamette River, commissioned for WW’s own spring 2008 endorsement issue, helped Ketner and WW freelancer Brandon Seifert land a spot for their medical horror comic Witch Doctor as the very first comic to be published by Skybound, a new imprint from indie comic mainstay Robert Kirkman.The deal, which got some ink in The New York Times on Sunday, will be announced this week at Comic-Con. >> In related, totally shameless self-promotional news: WW’s arts staff nabbed major kudos from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards this year, with a first place in Special Sections for WW assistant arts and culture editor Ben Waterhouse’s Restaurant Guide 2009 and a second-place finish in Arts Criticism for Aaron Mesh’s movie reviews (bested only by The Village Voice’s J. Hoberman).
- BEST OF PORTLAND, BESTED: Read about local b-boys, metal chicks, Stormtroopers, musicians, acrobats and therapy llamas in this week’s Best of Portland issue. Then, on Thursday, July 29, see them all live and performing in person at WW’s first BEST OF PORTLAND EXTRAVAGANZA variety show! It all goes down at 8:30 pm Thursday, July 29, at the Wonder Ballroom. $7 at the WW office or $8.25 at wweek.com/store.
- GONE BUST: Portland Center Stage has subbed out Itamar Moses’ Love/Stories in favor of actress (and former Daily Show correspondent) Lauren Weedman’s one-woman show Bust This will be Weedman’s second PDX run of Bust, which she performed at The Woods in April. The show, about Weedman’s experiences volunteering in women’s prisons, opens April 26, 2011.