• As usual, SIFF's opening-night gala was way too heavy on preshow speechifying, leaving hundreds of excited Joss Whedon fans bored and dejected for a full hour before their movie god took the stage. Multiple attendees say Whedon was visibly grumpy about the snoozy preshow. To first-time SIFF-goers who were turned off: Don't judge the whole festival by the one epic display you saw of SIFF patting itself on the back—most screenings do not include stultification.

• On May 14, Seattle Arts & Lectures hosted nonfiction writer Susan Orlean, who spoke to a happy full house of admirers at Benaroya. SAL seemed to be the only confused party in the room. On its website, SAL described Orlean repeatedly—in a description still persisting a week later—as a novelist.

• Speaking of Seattle Arts & Lectures, Joan Didion has canceled her scheduled appearance on June 5, citing an "unforeseen personal conflict." Incidentally, Unforeseen Personal Conflict would be a great title for a biography of Joan Didion.

• Long after the 2005 shuttering of his gallery in Pioneer Square, the curtain rises on Bryan Ohno's new gallery in the International District (521 S Main St). The 4Culture advisory board member and former Chihuly business manager plans to show art "that blurs the lines between science and art," and he also gets a new chance to spell his artists' names correctly (we see you, Lynda Benglis). The first show is research-based paintings inspired by study in Phnom Penh by Adrianne Smits, opening June 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Congratulations to Stranger Genius Award–winner Megan Griffiths, whose razor-sharp human-trafficking drama Eden just swept the Milan International Film Festival, winning best film and best director awards. recommended