• Nyan cat mural! A perfect mural of a nyan cat—an internet meme that's a pixelated cat with a Pop-Tart for a body, trailing a rainbow as it rides endlessly through space to super-chipper tunes—has appeared above Ding Ho Cleaners on the Trader Joe's building on Madison. If you don't know what the hell this means, look up nyan cat on the webs and have joy.

• Sunday's performance/party by Saint Genet at Jensen Studios was like an esoteric footnote to a book we haven't read yet. The details were exercises in contradiction: The live organ and guitar music sounded, at times, like a joyful dirge; a bed made of small gold pyramids that undulated softly was both attractive and sinister; the sight of a dancer who swayed for long minutes in an unbuttoned union suit, with a golden helmet that looked like a well-populated pincushion, was both boring and magnetic. Even the prices at the upstairs bar were strange: $5 for a whiskey, $5 for a beer, $5 for a whiskey and a beer. "Are you enjoying yourself?" one audience member whispered to another. "No," the second answered, "but I don't think that's the point."

• Three years ago this May, Howard House, one of Seattle's best contemporary art galleries, shut down. It had spent its peak years at 604 Second Avenue, a long, narrow place where the owner, Billy Howard, sat at a desk located between two concrete-floored, high-ceilinged rooms. (Cracks in those floors were made into icons in a monumental drawing by Amanda Manitach.) Now, opening May 2, James Harris Gallery—another leading contemporary gallery—is moving into 604 Second Avenue, three blocks north of Harris's current location, where rent was rising out of his range. Will it feel like Harris is at Howard's desk for a while? Maybe. But "I'm redesigning it," Harris says. He's signed a five-year lease.

Pamela Belyea, the world's most likable generalissima, is stepping down as executive director at Gage Academy of Art. Along with her husband, the painter Gary Faigin, Belyea ("belly-YAY") cofounded the classical art school in 1990 in Santa Fe, moving it to Seattle the following year. Gage now is a sophisticated operation on north Capitol Hill, with thousands of alums and high-functioning ateliers, classes, and a talks and exhibitions program. "I want to be part of the budding charter-school movement in Seattle," Belyea says of her plans for a new career. A national search for her successor starts soon; she leaves Gage on July 1.

• The selection committee of the Prize Formerly Known as the Orange Prize, which is now the Women's Prize for Fiction, announced their long list last week. This list features two novels by Seattle authors who were praised by The Stranger last year: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson and Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Either book is worthy of the not-Orange Prize. recommended