HOLY GOLDEN GNOME and Shanah Tovah, Seattle! Last night's Genius Awards were a blast. There's probably a pretty strong inverse correlation between how great everybody looked last night and how bad everybody feels this morning (turns out an all-you-can-drink Sparkle Donkey Tequila bar really greases the skids for a world-ending hangover), but I'd do it all over again if I could. Wait. What's that you say, my little golden gnome hangover ghost-hallucination? We have digital cameras that allow us to remember what happened through the hangover blur and indulge in sweet, sweet instant nostalgia? Hallelujah!
For those whose minds were erased by the pure joy of celebrating some of the greatest artists in this city: Here's what your memories of last night should look like. For those who didn't snag tix in time, here's what you missed.
Mary Ann Peters is "known for making art tied to her family's native Syria, now Lebanon and the no-man's-land between them, a zone as metaphorically fruitful as it is visually bare," Jen Graves has written.
As she stepped to the microphone last night, she said she's going to use the $5,000 to buy plane tickets. "I'm going to buy airplane tickets to places the government doesn't want me to go," she said, to thunderous applause. And then she's going to split whatever money's left over and give it to fellow art nominees Dawn Cerny and Klara Glosova, she added.