A new theater company, Clever Enough, has started in Portland and will launch with a production of “Hamlet.”

Valerie Asbell is the founder and artistic director. For info:

New concert series

The new Tree of Life Concert series will debut with rock violinist Aaron Meyer performing at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Lampros-Hedinger Performance Hall at Edwards Center, 4375 S.W. Edwards Place, Aloha. Tickets are $125.

The concert series will benefit Meals on Wheels supporters.

Visit for info.

Nu tour

The Portland band Nu Shooz plans another “Super Freestyle Explosion” tour, starting May 23 in Dallas. Other shows are booked in Denver, Houston, San Antonio and Ontario, Calif. The band will take the stage with fellow 1980s stars Lisa Lisa, Stacey Q, Expose, Shannon and Pretty Poison.

Nu Shooz will be playing in Portland at Plazapalooza, an outdoor show at the Oregon Convention Center on Aug. 28.

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Top doughnuts

Our friends at the Lake Oswego Review asked appropriately named Lake Oswego Police Lt. Doug Treat, “All cliches aside, does Voodoo Doughnut really have the best doughnuts in Oregon?”

Treat’s answer: “I have been a police officer for a little over 20 years now, and we all know the stigma that follows us with doughnuts and, because of that, I had a 17-year streak of not eating a doughnut. Not a single one — not even a doughnut hole. That was because I was forced to buy doughnuts for a meeting in uniform in 1996. Not just a few doughnuts, but two dozen doughnuts. You can imagine my horror as parents pointed to me and told their children, “See, police really do eat doughnuts!” However, that streak ended last summer when my wife forced me to take a bite of her bacon maple bar from Voodoo Doughnut. It was well worth the wait — mmmm. But your question is if Voodoo doughnuts are really the best in the state. Being a police officer automatically makes me an authority on doughnuts and having sampled doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven, various mom ‘n’ pop doughnut stores, organic doughnuts, gluten-free doughnuts (Kyra’s Bake Shop makes the absolute best), whatever that was sitting on the back counter that looked like a doughnut, I can unequivocally say that Voodoo Doughnut has some of the best doughnuts in the state. Especially their chocolate old-fashioned and blueberry doughnuts ... although you will probably never catch me eating one, at least not in public. And if you’re going to visit Voodoo Doughnut, be sure to visit their east side location in Portland — there’s never a line ... at least in my experience!”

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