Jennifer Jasper Wins!: In January, local writer and performer Jennifer Jasper wrote a lovely ten-minute play called Etymology for 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival. This past weekend, the play was performed as part of Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival in NYC, where it was one of six winning works that will be published in a Samuel French anthology of short plays. Congratulations, Jennifer and 14/48!
A Colorless Party: Have you read Patti Smith's review of the new Murakami novel? (Yes, that Patti Smith.) It should whet your appetite for tonight's midnight Murakami sale at Elliott Bay Book Company, which features a Murakami trivia contest. There will also be a prize for best black-and-white costume, and a few lucky buyers of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will get copies signed by Murakami himself.
Book Cover Enrages Twitter Users: Guess which modern classic this book cover is supposed to be for:
Publishing as a Penguin Modern Classic for the first time. Can you guess which tasty tale this cover belongs to? pic.twitter.com/FxLXT8Jw8W— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) August 6, 2014
Macklemore Murdered by Arrows in Pool Full of Rolling Stones: Here's the new video for the Fences song "Arrows" featuring Macklemore, directed by Jason Koenig and John Keatley. You can argue with the content of the video—seems a bit early in Macklemore's career for him to be whining about fame, doesn't it?—but you gotta love the closing title card that reads "MADE IN SEATTLE."
Crisis On Infinite Mixtapes: Good news! The Hood Internet has released their eighth Mixtape. If you haven't listened to The Hood Internet before, their mixtapes are works of wonder in which two or three summer jams are smashed together into one off-the-hook pop song from another dimension. The whole tape is gold, but highlights include mashups of Bell Biv Devoe and Disclosure, Chvrches and Alex Metric and Oliver, and the wonder that is Digital Underground and St. Vincent's "Digital Humpty." The Hood Internet will be playing at Nectar on Friday September 19th.