ESCAPE TO NEW YORK: Portland movie directors James Westby and Ian McCluskey both have invites to premiere their latest projects in Manhattan next month. Westby’s breakup horror-comedy Rid of Me and McCluskey’s 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 we’re in for some very artistically ambitious productions: Beginning with Yasmina Reza’s hit God of Carnage in September, the company will cram in a classic Pinter (No Man’s Land) before the obligatory holiday comedy (Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol). Next year brings an adaptation of John Webster’s TheDuchess of Malfi by former Portland playwright Joseph Fisher; Annie Baker’s Obie-winning acting-class drama, Circle Mirror Transformation; the terrific musical Next to Normal and David Mamet’s 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 WW’s own Eat Mobile, naturally; see below), James Beard in Oregon.
The fundraiser saw some of Oregon’s top chefs serving up small bites of
their signature dishes to raise money for the Oregon Culinary
Institute. Crowd-pleasers included Le Pigeon’s smoked eel pot-au-feu, Nostrana’s lasagne with truffles and prosciutto, and Park Kitchen’s 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 morning’s JBF Awards
Nominees announcement, which are basically the Oscars of the culinary
world. Portlanders gaining a nomination nod were baker Kim Boyce, Pok
Pok’s Andy Ricker, Nostrana’s Cathy Whims, Grüner’s Chris Israel,
“selmelier” Mark Bitterman and Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker.
EAT MOBILE IS BACK: Prepare yourself for greasy, spicy, fried and wood-fired glory. WW’s fourth annual Eat Mobile food cart festival is happening Saturday, April 23, under the east end of the Morrison Bridge, and we’ve got the full lineup of 40 food carts and trucks right
now. This year, you’ll be able to sample the wares of newbies such as
808 Grinds, Crème de la Crème, Emame’s Ethiopian Cuisine, EuroTrash,
Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Slice Brick Oven Pizza and Robb’s 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.