A Recap of the 2014 Genius Awards

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Nice write up Dave, but one important correction: the sparkly lady in the photo with Brendan Kiley is the beautiful and insanely talented former Genius Performance Awardee Jennifer Zeyl. This is Juniper Shuey.
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$5,000 each from Amazon, Alaskan Airlines, and Microsoft to your awardees ? I guess you hope someone in the PR department for those companies doesn't read your SLOG articles on their companies.
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goodness, Charles, who dresses you?
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It looks like a grand night, sorry to have missed it!
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What do you call this post if it were a little pamphlet describing
how to commit delicious crimes?

Bethy Crocker Crookbook.
6
Did I miss the corporate sponsor for the Performance category, or is it the Stranger? (@2, you forgot the Space Needle for Music.)

This studied eclectic rumpledness is rather endearing. Any idiot can manage an impeccably pressed shirt and suit.

Also, "Jennifer" and "Juniper" have been next-door neighbors in my memory banks since, oh, about 1968.
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Re: "Next up, Industrial Revelation joined forces with SRO on a composition that sounded like classic David Axelrod-esque spiritual jazz funk." During this act, the trumpet player began a solo, but he sounded tentative and unsure of himself, like his improv genie had been left in the bottle. Perhaps because of this, he cut out of the horn playing pretty quickly, and then squatted down and started tinkering with some objects on the stage in front of him. We were seated up in the nosebleed section, so it was impossible to make out the nature of the objects, but he sure seemed to find ‘em fascinating. (My wife ventured a guess that they were Lego pieces.) In any case, this mystifying tinkering went on seemingly for ages, as SRO's musical accompaniment soldiered on, eventually becoming sort of arrhythmic and tedious. I kept waiting for the soloist to return to his horn, but it never happened. WTF was he playing with on that stage floor? And why did some of the audience cheer on this awkward display? Just being polite? Was it intended as this on as some sort of performance art? Anyone know?
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Sorry, question from the end of that previous comment was supposed to ask "was it intended as some sort of performance art?"
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@8
I encourage a genius to answer that question. My retarded interpretation would be yes, it was performance art, but only if, and only if, you indeed underwent a nosebleed during the rat circus you were watching.
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@6, I have yet to see any articles against the space needle. The three I named have been recurring SLOG targets for anti-corporate posts of some reason or another.
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@10, I suppose this or this would qualify, but no doubt these companies have figured (as I would) that the occasional potshot from the scrappy alt-weekly in the constantly-burying-itself blog or the dead-tree paper-paper is far outweighed by the positive coverage from multiple sources for the underwriting.
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@8, the trumpet player was tinkering with guitar effect pedals, manipulating a sample of the solo he had just performed, adding an interesting electronic element to the texture of the orchestra (although what he was doing didn't seem to be loud enough in the house mix to make this obvious to the audience). His initial entrance wasn't a tentative beginning to a solo, but a precomposed melody meant to simply set a beautiful mood before the piece increased in intensity. I take no issue with the fact that the trumpet didn't make another appearance; good on him for giving his bandmates some time to shine, and to the band as a whole for creating a jazz piece with an atypical form.
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rob!, for my part I'm pretty happy with a little benign sponsorship, since I figure every dollar saved goes toward Keck paying a writer to kick us another story or blog post. Or to spring for a certain someone's Suncadia travel.
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@13 Yes!
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I'm @2 - Oh my god, the horror! You better go tell 'em quick!
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-I'm.

I hate when my comments are poorly executed.