Stylist Noel Plemmons applies makeup to conceal the gender of lead actor Allison Tigard.
Stylist Noel Plemmons applies makeup to conceal the gender of lead actor Allison Tigard.

In the May issue of Portland Monthly, culturephiles will:

← Get the story behind this month's new stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's gender-bending sci-fi classic The Left Hand of Darkness from Hand2Mouth Theatre and Portland Playhouse.

◊ Open up the Trophy Case filled with May's best locally-made stuff, from a Portland-centric art pop-up in New York to Black Prairie's Led Zeppelin cover.

◊ Listen in on an interview with food politics guru Michael Pollan as he discusses his new book, Cooked: a Natural History of Transformation.

◊ Read our review of Radiation City's new album Animals in the Median, packed with bossa nova whimsy and a dozen sophisticated pocket-orchestra pop songs.

◊ Get our picks for your calendar this month, from Mythbusters' Explosive Exhibition at OMSI to Wonder Northwest (think Comic-Con, but with “regular” people).

◊ Dive into Benjamin Percy's second novel Red Moon, a monster-packed allegory set in the Pacific Northwest.

◊ Read our Q&A with local playwright Andrea Stolowitz, whose military-focused play Ithaka premieres at Artists Rep this month.
◊ Take a brief look at the amazing 85-year career of world-renowned violinist Ida Haendel.

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