ESCAPE TO NEW YORK: Portland movie directors James Westby and Ian McCluskey both have invites to premiere their latest projects in Manhattan next month. Westbyâs breakup horror-comedy Rid of Me and McCluskeyâs skinny-dipping short documentary Summer Snapshot have both been selected to compete at the Tribeca Film Festival April 20 through May 1.
BIG BREAKS: Artists Rep announced its 29th season last Friday, and it looks like weâre in for some very artistically ambitious productions: Beginning with Yasmina Rezaâs hit God of Carnage in September, the company will cram in a classic Pinter (No Manâs Land) before the obligatory holiday comedy (Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol). Next year brings an adaptation of John Websterâs TheDuchess of Malfi by former Portland playwright Joseph Fisher; Annie Bakerâs Obie-winning acting-class drama, Circle Mirror Transformation; the terrific musical Next to Normal and David Mametâs latest, Race.
EAT THE RICH: Foodies, food-industry folk and old rich people packed into the Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday for the second-best finger-food event of the year (after WWâs own Eat Mobile, naturally; see below), James Beard in Oregon. The fundraiser saw some of Oregonâs top chefs serving up small bites of their signature dishes to raise money for the Oregon Culinary Institute. Crowd-pleasers included Le Pigeonâs smoked eel pot-au-feu, Nostranaâs lasagne with truffles and prosciutto, and Park Kitchenâs boudin blanc burger. But the unanimous favorite was the free-flowing local wine and cocktails, resulting in a very sorry-looking crowd at the next morningâs JBF Awards Nominees announcement, which are basically the Oscars of the culinary world. Portlanders gaining a nomination nod were baker Kim Boyce, Pok Pokâs Andy Ricker, Nostranaâs Cathy Whims, GrÃ¼nerâs Chris Israel, âselmelierâ Mark Bitterman and Le Pigeonâs Gabriel Rucker.
EAT MOBILE IS BACK: Prepare yourself for greasy, spicy, fried and wood-fired glory. WWâs fourth annual Eat Mobile food cart festival is happening Saturday, April 23, under the east end of the Morrison Bridge, and weâve got the full lineup of 40 food carts and trucks right now. This year, youâll be able to sample the wares of newbies such as 808 Grinds, CrÃ¨me de la CrÃ¨me, Emameâs Ethiopian Cuisine, EuroTrash, Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Slice Brick Oven Pizza and Robbâs Really Good Food, as well as old faves like FlavourSpot, Garden State, Koi Fusion, Sawasdee Thai, Whiffies and more. Tickets are $15 (there are a very limited number of early entry tickets, which cost $45) and go on sale today, Wednesday, March 23, at our office (2220 NW Quimby St.) and wweek.com/eatmobile. Proceeds benefit Mercy Corps Northwest.