• Berlin seems to be shaping up as the next Williamsburg for Seattle. Not only do rumors say that former Northwest Film Forum programmer Adam Sekuler plans to relocate there, but it's become home in recent years to at least two Stranger Genius winners, visual artist Alex Schweder and Implied Violence performer Mandie O'Connell, plus writers like Steven Blum, a former contributor to this paper. In 2007, Blum wrote about helping a veterinarian squeeze a dog's anal glands for The Stranger, and more recently caused something of a scandal among the Jewish intelligentsia worldwide with a piece called "Tackling Casual Racism in the Berlin Startup Scene." Who will be the next Seattleite to move to Germany's capital?
• E-booksellers including Amazon.com are reportedly cracking down on self-published authors who specialize in "erotica" with graphic titles including Animal Rape and Lactation Sex with My Two Dogs and Daddy Rapes Me. Self-published authors are up in arms over online booksellers cutting those books from their backlists, but the booksellers fear the prospect of those books attracting the attention of the mainstream media. There's literally no one to cheer for in this story.
• Sinner Saint Burlesque decided not to hold its upcoming postshow talkbacks at Storyville Coffee in Pike Place Market after learning of the cafe's ties to creepy, superconservative Mars Hill Church. "As a feminist performance group, we have no affiliation with Mars Hill Church, nor do we wish to establish one," they said. They'll announce the new location for the discussions at their "The Inheritance Series" shows at the Can Can, starting October 24.
• The new Ballard location of Bauhaus is open on Market Street and is Ballardy and adorable. The baristas are friendly and sweet, the space is airy and well windowed, and they've been handing out free cookies decorated with that Bauhaus motorcycler. Twice Sold Tales is set to open next door in a matter of weeks, and the B&O already has its Ballard spot nearby. The Capitol Hill Bauhaus is set to reopen next month in the former Capitol Club space on Pine.
• While his previous feature Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel continues its hit monthly screening at Central Cinema, Seattle filmmaker Wes Hurley has announced the core creative team for his next feature, an "autobiographical queer epic" about growing up gay in the collapsing Soviet Union, starring burlesque star Lou Henry Hoover as the young Hurley, celebrated stage actor/Stranger Genius Marya Sea Kaminski as his mother, and the ace producer duo of Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt behind the scenes.
• Poet Sandra Simonds wrote an open letter to the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation accusing the nonprofit organization of squandering a $200 million endowment on things like a new building and an online collection when it could be benefiting "the welfare of the many poets facing unprecedented economic challenges in this unstable economy." A Change.org petition has gathered a thousand signatures, and local poets including Rauan Klassnik are agitating on social media.