• A bill now sitting before the Washington State Senate (SB 5111) would make it legal for theaters to allow their audiences to bring beer and wine from the lobby into the auditorium. Theaters that currently allow it are living on the gray side of the law.
• Last week, the APRIL literary festival rounded up "A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen" for a storytelling competition at the Sorrento Hotel. Before a packed house, poet Elissa Ball, playwright Neil Ferron, and novelist Peter Mountford brought their best to the theme "Going Back for Seconds," but the night's winner was the drag queen, Cherdonna Shinatra, who presented her insane story—involving personal musings, Oliver reenactments, and spastic dancing—by lip-synching to a recording of her own voice.
• There were in fact many outstanding events at the APRIL festival (Matthew Rohrer! Heather Christle! Rebecca Brown! Matthew Dickman!), but something must be said about Thomas Walton's PageBoy reading at Vermillion. Walton announced that he could neither sing nor play the ukulele. Then he proceeded to sing and play the ukulele. For what felt like 15 excruciating minutes. PageBoy is one of the better magazines in town, and we have attended some very good events curated by Walton. But just about everyone in the audience at this freak show, full of crappy readers who apparently hadn't practiced, left feeling embarrassed. Boo.
• For the last six cycles of Seattle Opera's Ring, or approximately one zillion hours of music, Jeffrey Fair has been the Wagner tuba in your ear (an instrument that's a combination between a horn and a tuba). For a decade, he's also been Seattle Symphony's assistant principal horn. Now the symphony has promoted him to principal. Listen for the sounds of his multitalented lips at Benaroya. Next, we demand a solo recital involving comical switching between tuba and horn.
• Sharp-tongued, theory-headed Shawn Brixey was central in forming and leading the University of Washington's semi-secret spy-like arts-and-tech program DXARTS (Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, with the only PhD program in new media arts in the nation) since its start in 2002. On July 1, Brixey leaves to become dean of the faculty of fine arts at York University in Toronto, Canada. Congrats, sir, and may an equal fill your emptied place.
• With new forces like Kickstarter and new faces on the scene, too, the old guard of Seattle arts fundraising—PONCHO, 50 years old and $35 million raised—is closing up shop. Its remaining endowment will go into a Legacy Fund at the Seattle Foundation.
• Two Sundays ago, there was a great big spectacle that shut down First Avenue outside Seattle Art Museum: the unveiling of international art star Doug Aitken's permanent video installation on the museum's facade, MIRROR, involving constantly morphing video footage shot around the Pacific Northwest that the museum director and mayor called "landmark," "exciting," "auspizzzzzzzz..." In cooler news, Terry Riley, the Santa Claus of musical minimalism, was on hand to perform his actually landmark 1960s work In C.
This article has been updated since its original publication.