Robin Rosemond/Turnagain Times
Pok Pok is all the rage in Portland, OR. Especially the Spicy Wings!
By Robin Rosemond
Turnagain Times Correspondent
I’m working as a dresser on the touring production of ‘Wicked’ in Portland, Oregon. I’m homesick for Alaska. Did you know Alaska is the most beautiful place on the planet?
There’s a couple of upcoming festivals this month: April 9-15 - Alaska Folk Festival, April 20, Skagway International Folk Festival.
The Anchorage Symphony is having its final performance of the season Saturday, April 14 in the Atwood Concert Hall. The Symphony Orchestra is featuring Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Paul Rosenthal and Zuill Bailey in the Season Finale.
The summer of 2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Festival. This past year Paul Rosenthal passed the role of Artistic Director to internationally acclaimed cellist, Zuill Bailey. The evening of music takes us through new territory with the World Premiere of this season’s Musica Nova commission by Grammy-nominated composer George Tsontakis.
The 2011/12 season ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. This symphony premiered in 1813, at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. It received instant popularity, especially the second movement, Allegretto, which the audience demanded be encored at its premiere. ASO Music Director, Randall Craig Fleischer, agrees with the accolades this symphony has received. “I think it is the best symphony ever written. What a way to end the season and, at the same time, begin to welcome everyone to next season!” For tickets to the ASO Season Finale click here or call 263-ARTS(2787).
Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse is presenting, Eleemosynary March 30-April 22 by Lee Blessing. Directed by Krista M. Schwarting, this play is about a relationship between a strong-willed eccentric grandmother, her brilliant daughter, and a daughter of exceptional intellect and sensitivity. Eleemosynary is intelligent and well written. Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, 413 D Street. For more information call: (907) 274-2599.
The Whipsaws at Blue Fox on Wednesdays!
Poc Poc, a restaurant created by Andy Ricker, who was winner of the James Beard Foundation Best Chef in 2011. Ricker is still wowing the world with his culinary mastery and Poc Poc is still one of the hottest spots in Portland. Ricker has opened several newer versions of his kick ass Thai Cuisine Restaurants in Portland and now, New York City. Chef owner Andy Ricker says, “I want Americans to think of Thai food as one of the world’s great cuisines, deserving a greater level of respect than it gets now. My hope is that as people realize there’s more to it than what we get in the West, the demand will grow for a greater variety of high-quality Thai food in the U.S.” All this writer can add is, “I love the spicy wings!” Poc Poc 3131 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon. For more information: 503 232-0102.
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