Mar 30, 2009
I went to the coast two weeks ago with Matt, Bethany and Joseph. I had my first yurting experience and am a little unconvinced, frankly. However, I am convinced of the seafood restaurant in Newport that we went to, although I forget the name of it. I am also convinced of beach treasures and my desire to start drawing sea foam!
In general, I love an open kitchen - a device that seems to be more and more commonly used in the contemporary restaurant. I like sitting at a bar, watching the action, seeing humble and exotic ingredients alike transformed. My favorite place to go out to eat in Portland is Evoe, where Kevin makes simple yet delicious food for lunch. Unlike other open kitchens, however, his is not much more than a hot plate and butcher block to watch. This tension, making something with virtually nothing, and the unclear relationship between the customer and the staff, indeed the spectator and performer, which is more like walking into someone's house and asking for a sandwich than being in a restaurant, makes Evoe a very special place.
One such meal, a late February lunch with Jacqueline and I welcoming Pete to Portland and trying to woo Virginia back, over a meal of cheese, charcuterie, oyster stew, a warm razor clam salad, braised leeks with local black truffles and a bottle of Granbazan Albarino.
Mar 25, 2009
I have developed a German fantasy of directing a small production of Hansel and Gretel as part of the Endless Summer festival at CoHo Productions this summer. I am thinking maybe with children, as a workshop... It is such an evil story! (Yet has a peculiarly happy ending for a fairy tale.) And imagine, all that forest and candy!
Mar 11, 2009
I have been involved with a small theater in NW PDX called CoHo Productions for the past year and a half. The theater uses a pretty cool co-production model - where anyone in the community can propose a project and the board chooses three of them to produce for the next season. The board works with the teams that proposed the projects in the first place to realize the works artistically. I am excited about the 2009-2010 season, which we selected this past weekend: Fool for Love (Sam Shepard), Hamlet, and This Lime Tree Bower (Conor McPherson). In the more immediate, however, we are planning a potential summer festival that will be more of an in-house project. Theoretically slated for all of July and August as "Endless Summer," we are interested in creating continual programming (as in, every night) that will showcase smaller projects: workshops, staged readings, one-acts, etc. I am jazzed! We are meeting this Sunday to plan this - what should we do? What do people want to see? Who knows of people that want to perform things? What should I propose for myself???