Musical Chairs, Dour Teenagers, Traitors, and 12th Avenue Arts
• Last Thursday, the once-stodgy, now-edgy Frye Art Museum announced that adventurous former gallery owner Scott Lawrimore will take over the head-curatorial role that Robin Held used to revolutionize the museum before she moved on to lead Reel Grrls at the end of last year. Then on Friday, Reel Grrls announced it has hired longtime Henry Art Gallery organizer/spokesperson Betsey Brock as its outreach and communications director. And Monday, Seattle Art Museum announced that a yearlong search since the departure of Derrick Cartwright has culminated in hiring a new director: Kimerly Rorschach, a Yale-and-Brandeis-educated 18th-century English painting scholar who in eight years turned the Nasher Museum at Duke University into a national force. She starts in the fall. Seattle museums haven't had this much shuffling since ever: Welcome to your new chairs, everyone. Let's get this era started.
• Before it opened in the former site of the Metro movie theater in the University District, Sundance Cinemas promised to renovate the theater into a deluxe experience, with assigned seating, an eager staff, and other improvements. But recent visitors have found the same drab movie house with one notable decrease in quality: The Sundance is now staffed by a group of dour teenagers instead of the friendly, knowledgeable staff that used to enliven the Metro experience.
• Last Friday night's first-ever Totally Stacked Video Contest at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, presented by Capitol Hill Block Party and featuring locally made shorts about the culture of Seattle, crowned the movie Love, Seattle as its winner, especially celebrating cinematographer Rachel Klein. Onstage, Klein said she's moving to Austin. Then on Sunday, at his first solo art opening in Seattle, menacing-sculpture-maker Mike Simi revealed he's moving to Chicago. SOMEBODY CLOSE THE GATES.
• It's looking like Decibel Festival will hold some events at Q, a Capitol Hill club slated to open this summer on Broadway near Pike Street. Word has it that Q will be equipped with a world-class Funktion-One sound system.
• Though it wasn't as wild as APRIL's Capitol Hill Lit Crawl, last Friday's Five Alarms Greenwood Summer Crawl left dozens of perambulating lit-lovers exhausted and happy. Highlights include Willie Fitzgerald's al fresco reading of a short story about a strange wall, Robert Lashley and Brian McGuigan's back-to-back servings of tough-but-sensitive poems about being tough-but-sensitive guys, and, especially, Kate Lebo's readings from a new project in which she makes erasures from Wikipedia. Lowlights know who they are.
• Capitol Hill Housing has announced the three theater companies that will join its 12th Avenue Arts project—a plan to build 88 affordable apartments and a theater on what is now a police parking lot. Those three theaters are: Strawberry Theater Workshop (itinerant), New Century Theater Company (ditto), and Washington Ensemble Theater (in a small theater on 19th Avenue for nine years). 12th Avenue Arts is scheduled to open in 2014.