• Last week at the Frye Art Museum, the three finalists for the 2013 Genius Award in film showed clips and took questions. Scott Blake said he made the 25-minute western Surveyor "because I hate westerns." Cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke talked about the vastly different ways different directors explain what they want: "Many directors are like most of us—they don't have all the words." And International Sign for Choking director/star Zach Weintraub talked about taking very long shots and just seeing what happens. The audience included some of the most interesting and productive artists in the city, including filmmakers Lynn Shelton and Rob Devor, composer Chris Jeffries, and graphic novelist Ellen Forney. Three more talks with 2013 Genius finalists: August 7, the finalists in art; August 14, in literature; and August 21, in performance (all at the Frye). (In other Lynn Shelton news, she was knighted at Seafair and may hereafter be referred to as "Duchess of Divine Directing, Effervescent Laughter, and Joyous Sets.")

• Speaking of Stranger Geniuses, 2011 film winner Gary Hill's freakish production of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, will play at the Edinburgh Festival this weekend. Hill's Fidelio involves psychedelic video, characters riding around on Segways, and Harry Martinson's 1950s science fiction poem Aniara. "People could come here and think they've come to the wrong opera," Hill told the Scotsman. Of the production, the newspaper wrote, "It will either thrill or shock you." Cheers to weirdness.

• Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post on Monday. The Post has been owned by the Graham family for four generations. At press time, nobody knew what the fuck Bezos could possibly be thinking.

• In a clever and useful article on the website BuzzSauce, Ashley John predicts the contestants on the forthcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race by tracking down high-profile drag queens who've abruptly gone quiet on social media (which is forbidden for Drag Racers during filming). On the list: Seattle treasure Ben DeLaCreme, the glamour-camp queen who's reportedly been silent on Facebook since May 16. According to multiple birdies, the rumor is true. In the words of the immortal Latrice Royale: May Ms. DeLaCreme get up, look sickening, and make them EAT IT.

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• Seattle artist Naoko Morisawa has been awarded a Puffin Foundation grant. The Puffin Foundation, based in New Jersey, is a fairly unusual funder. For 25 years, it's directed money to artists and arts orgs "excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy"—artists who would otherwise be endangered like the puffin, the foundation's website says. Morisawa makes intricate wood mosaics made of hundreds of oil-dyed wood chips. Congratulations!

• As of last Thursday, only a few glorious sparkles were left uncovered on the nyan cat mural we've loved above Ding Ho Cleaners on Madison—the entire thing appeared to have been painted over. Tear dropping. recommended

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