• At the opening night of ACT's Middletown (an absurdist wonder based on Our Town that you should definitely go see), there was no preshow reminder to turn off your cell phones, FOR ONCE, which made attendees feel like capable, sentient, considerate beings instead of nanny-state big dumb babies, FOR ONCE. Then some guy's cell phone rang in the middle of the first act. Twice.
• Up-and-coming dance star Kate Wallich will perform at the Genius Awards on September 28 at the Moore Theater, backed by Seattle Rock Orchestra's rendition of "Dear Prudence." Wallich describes the choreography she's working on as "like a beach fire at sunset... but filled with some baller dance moves, of course."
• For the past year, Seattle's Massive Monkees have run the hiphop dance academy the Beacon out of the old Milwaukee Hotel in the International District. Facilitating the residency: Seattle Storefronts, the Shunpike-run program connecting arts groups with empty retail spaces. Typically, such placements are strictly temporary, but the Massive Monkees' first year of classes went so well, the Beacon's been invited to stay put, with MM signing a long-term lease with building owner Coho Real Estate. SUCH GOOD NEWS.
• Genius Award finalist APRIL Festival is hosting a new book club, starting October 6. The first selection is local author Matthew Simmons's excellent collection of short stories, Happy Rock. For more information, visit aprilfestival.com.
• The New Foundation is moving into a building in Pioneer Square, across the street from Platform and SOIL and G. Gibson Gallery. Shari and John Behnke, the collectors behind the New Foundation, bought the building at 123 Third Avenue South—let's just name it now: the 123 Building—and plan to make it an exhibition venue for contemporary art. They'll release plans in 2014, says director Yoko Ott. Meanwhile, another philanthropist-driven space, Mad Art, is under development in South Lake Union. Stay tuned.
• Amazon has announced an ingenious new book-to-e-book bundling program, in which Amazon shoppers are offered deeply discounted or free e-book versions of physical books they've bought through the site since its launch in 1995. The name of the program is MatchBook, continuing Amazon's troubling trend of naming its digital services after book-burning imagery—e.g., Kindle, Fire.
• After 28 years at the Seattle Repertory Theater, managing director Benjamin Moore announced his retirement last week. The world didn't seem to notice. But it might mean a new spring at the Rep if the board hires a future-minded someone to rethink how big theaters should function.
• Debbie Harry was seen mostly nude during a screening of Videodrome at the Grand Illusion.
• University Audi has begun enriching uranium, claim anonymous UN sources.