Cunnilingus, Valentines, Suckers, and the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge!
• Landmark Theaters had been hyping Starlet, an acclaimed indie drama that was scheduled to open at the Harvard Exit on November 30. But the run was mysteriously canceled. Could it have been that this heartwarming film about the unlikely friendship between two women (one twentysomething, one eightysomething) contains footage of cunnilingus? Landmark says the film "may or may not" be rebooked.
• In response to last week's rumor that the Capitol Hill Half Price Books was in danger of closing, Half Price regional manager Anne Von Feldt e-mailed that "the rumors are unfounded and no decisions about closing the store have been made."
• Amazon.com has published Sucker's Portfolio, an exclusive e-book collection of seven previously unseen stories by Kurt Vonnegut. This will be the first Kindle book certain Stranger staffers will buy.
• Meanwhile, in Los Angeles: Beverly Hills Caviar, "a renowned luxury food concierge service," has installed three caviar vending machines in LA malls (a spokesperson says the response has been "good"). Meanwhile, in reality: Slog, the world's best blog, has launched its annual Northwest Harvest drive, the Slog vs. Kenny G Holiday Charity Challenge—see page 13, and give at thestranger.com/give!
• Pike Place Market home-of-awesome-pasta Il Corvo has shut down, but it'll reopen in 2013 in Pioneer Square. Matt Dillon will also open Bar Sajor there in the new year. So begins the rebirth of a neighborhood—and gallery-goers are psyched.
• Velocity Dance Center has just launched an online journal of choreographic culture called STANCE. Velocity head Tonya Lockyer says it will cover "the organization of movement in space and/or time," including "dance studies, art history, philosophy, anthropology, political science, gender studies, cultural studies, performance studies, neurology," and more. STANCE (velocitydancecenter.org/stance) has a new focus every two months, and there's a podcast ("It's artists talking to artists—we have one coming up between Zoe Scofield and Brian Rogers from the Chocolate Factory in New York"). STANCE is volunteer-run and accepting submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Consider holiday shopping at the Henry Art Gallery's pop-up shop in conjunction with the Jeffry Mitchell exhibition Like a Valentine. Items for sale: throws by Mandy Greer, skateboards by Eric Eley, "Great Northwest" quilt by Joey Veltkamp, knit paintings by Paul Komada, prints, ceramics, and a new book of 30 essays about Mitchell written by fellow artists—not the official catalog but an intimate paper valentine.
• Already known as a testing ground for pre-Broadway and world-premiere musicals, the 5th Avenue Theater is extending its generative reputation and now accepting applications from writers for a two-year development program. Three teams will be selected, receive professional support, and get a full reading of their one-act musicals. Deadline is December 15; 5thavenue.org.