• Last week saw high drama at Seattle Musical Theater when the board of directors fired actor Vanessa Miller from its current production of Gypsy after she came to the May 4 show with a cold and could not complete the production. According to a flurry of Facebook posts and e-mails to The Stranger, the board did not consult with the director of the show and fired Miller in a voice mail for breaking her contract. (One person familiar with the company said SMT's leadership has been tense and something like this was bound to happen.) After a public hue and cry, the board rehired Miller and issued a lengthy Facebook apology, stating: "We have failed to uphold our values of transparency, integrity, and respect for our artists... we were wrong and we are sorry."
• Rumor has it that Microsoft is looking to spend one billion dollars to buy Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book business. If it happens, this would mean that two of the biggest e-book sellers in the country, and possibly the world, would both have headquarters in the Seattle area, and it would pit Microsoft directly against Amazon for market share. Hooray?
• Wednesday, May 15, is GiveBIG, Seattle Foundation's annual online fundraising blitz, which last year brought $7.4 million to nonprofits in a single 24-hour period, and that money was "stretched" with $800,000 from the foundation. The more you give to your favorite org—and they're all there, from the Frye to Jack Straw to, hey, the Stranger Genius Awards! (through Shunpike)—the more matching money it gets. Visit seattlefoundation.org.
• Congratulations to Nathan Williams and producers Ian Bell and Gevin Booth, recipients of Washington Filmworks' first-ever Innovation Lab grant, which will help them bring to the screen The Servant, Williams's film about a politician who suffers a brain injury and supernatural visions. Preproduction starts any minute.
• At Inscape over the weekend, experimental-theater makers Satori Group threw an indoor party involving bands, beach balls, and inflatable pool toys. Pressed for Satori gossip, artistic director Caitlin Sullivan said the piece they're making for the Northwest New Works Festival is new territory because it's "the first time we've built something for a more epic scale." It will involve 15 performers on the main stage at On the Boards, June 15 and 16, and it's about hate and violence.
• Hugo House's ridiculously popular reading series Cheap Beer & Prose won third prize in LitBridge's annual reading-series contest, earning the series $50, which would be enough to get five people blackout drunk at a CB&P reading.
• Northwest Film Forum's gala last week on the hottest night of the year (so far!) put the organization at 69 percent toward its fundraising goal to convert to digital cinema exhibition. Three days later, it was at 72 percent. The gala included locally based producer Jennifer Roth (Black Swan, The Wrestler) introducing the short film of 12-year-old Brendon Hickley, whom executive director Lyall Bush described as "bound for glory."