Gentlemen’s Quarterly “GQ” Magazine’s Alan Richman has written a story about the Portland food scene for the November issue, seeking to answer the question: “How did Portland ascend to its status as the most fascinating gastronomic city in America, the all-around champion in the category of food and drink?” Richman visited the likes of Pok Pok, Gravy, Le Pigeon, Olympic Provisions and Voodoo Doughnut.

His piece is “Cloudy with a Chance of Stinging-Nettle Flan and Tomato Coulis.”

An excerpt: “Where food is concerned, Portland attracts individuals with peculiar ambitions. it has become the promised land for young people who want to cook but lack the savings, the training and perhaps the resolve to pursue traditional restaurant careers, the kind based on French-inspired drudgery. They arrive and are greeted by a populace that instantaneously lines up for the food, the only stipulation being that it doesn’t cost too much. Nothing else is demanded, not even experience preparing the food they plan to sell.”

The story can be read at or in the magazine.

“ZooZoo” being retired

Innovative Imago Theatre plans to close its world-acclaimed production “ZooZoo” after its next run starting Dec. 7 and a planned 2013 tour to pursue other theatrical endeavors.

Creators Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad have explored mask theater for three decades. But they want to focus on productions next season that will feature dance, movement and comedy — with real faces as part of the shows.

PCS open house

Portland Center Stage will play host to a 25th anniversary open house, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Gerding Theatre, 128 N.W. 11th Ave. Live entertainment, warm beverages, snacks, a craft market and a photo booth will be part of the free festivities. The open house coincides with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival branch’s opening of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For more info, go to

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