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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