• Last week, there was a giant reading and art exhibition for the soon-to-be-vacated block at Melrose and Pine that's been a haven for artists and writers for years, centered around Bauhaus. The novelist Rebecca Brown read a tumbling, wordplaying, bittersweet vigil she'd written for the occasion: "A vigil is waiting with a light or something for something that you may not want but that is coming anyway... The end of Melrose and Pine is. The mellow rose is fading. We ought to put it in a box made of pine." She was followed by greats Maged Zaher, Sarah Galvin (who wrote her first poem at Bauhaus, she said), and Rich Smith, who read, "You fuck like a broken toy," which you might want to use someday. Amazingly for a one-night event, most of the 100 artists had made their pieces especially for the show. A mirror shaped as if it had been squeezed into a trapezoid was printed with the words "YOU ARE FUCKED." It was by Kelly O, The Stranger's staff photographer, who had found the frame in the free bin when someone was moving out of her apartment building on Capitol Hill because they, too, couldn't afford it anymore. Graham Downing made a framed piece that was just a brown-paper background with a scrap of a newspaper headline torn out and placed in the center, with the word "grief" above the word "city."

• Cinerama's 70 mm festival starts September 13. Just seeing the opening scene of Patton on the Cinerama's giant, gorgeous screen will make your nether bits tingle.

• The Stranger published a negative review of memoirist Nicole Hardy's book Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin a couple of weeks ago. Cienna Madrid, who reviewed it, thought it needed more editing and that it didn't delve deeply enough into the issues it was ostensibly exploring. Last week, the Boston Globe published a positively glowing review of the same book. So the question is, who do you trust? The Stranger? Or the paper of record for a two-bit town that will never be anything more than a New York City with training wheels for self-important prudes?

• After a number of impressive works created for the New York Times' Op-Docs series, Seattle animator/filmmaker Drew Christie is jumping in a poppier pool, producing the series "Vanity Code" for Vanity Fair. The first installment concerns etiquette for swingers' parties and can be found at vanityfair.com.

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