New Century Theatre Is Done After 10 Years: The fine group that gave us an all-woman production about interracial lesbian love, fantastic set designs by Jennifer Zeyl (now the artistic director of Intiman), and 2007 Stranger Genius Award winner Amy Thone is disbanding. This is only a few months after they cleared out of their 12th Avenue Arts Space, citing busy lives and freelance projects. It was a good run.
A New Director for Whim W'him: Well, not exactly new—Krina Turner, who was serving as the dance company’s interim executive director, has stepped up to the permanent role and will focus on raising the profile of contemporary dance in Seattle. "People are confused about what contemporary dance is," she told Rich Smith in an interview. "Even a very small level of outreach would help."
Garrison Keillor Fired Over Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior: The former public radio host, who recently defended Al Franken in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, says his firing was "kind of bewildering" to him and there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Minnesota Public Radio is killing The Writer's Almanac and will be changing the name of his signature show, A Prairie Home Companion.
And let's not forget about Lake Wobegon...
Vanishing Seattle Is Teaming Up with Eighth Generation for a Pop Up Shop: It will be at Pike Place Market in the Busted Knuckle Gallery of the Native-owned and operated Eighth Gen store, and will feature the work of local street artists No Touching Ground and @besoseattle. You can get your holiday gifts and also add to their photo display of “Seattle places loved and lost.”
VinylHub Is Tracking the Number of Record Stores in the World So You Don’t Have To: VinylHub, the sister site to the heavily trafficked Discogs, is keeping tabs on the world’s physical record stores—a task that’s getting easier with the decades-long trend of closures, but is still no easy feat. To perhaps nobody’s surprise, the U.S. leads the planet in music shops by a wide margin—1,482 (probably larger, as new ones open frequently), followed by the United Kingdom at 537 and Germany at 453. North Korea and Cuba lag way behind with a paltry four and two, respectively. How do people even live in dire conditions like that?
Watch a Live Haircut and Color Become a Drawing: Recent Betty Bowen Award winner Jono Vaughan will illustrate artist Claire Cowie’s purple and blue cut-and-dye by hair genius Keri Scherbring. The performance, according to Vaughan, will “highlight the material transformations that we enact on bodies through dyes.”
Conceptual Artist Natasha Marin Has a New Project: It’s called BLACK IMAGINATION: The States of Matter, and it’s described as “a live ‘storybanking’ project meant to center and engage black-identified creatives working across disciplines in and around Seattle.” She’s seeking stories for her project here, and it will be part of an exhibit at Core Gallery in January.
Not One White Man Was Nominated for the “Album of The Year” Grammy Category: This is the first time this has happened since 1999. The nominees are Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Lorde.
Gage's Annual Drawing Jam Will Feature Drag Queens This Year: “Expect art nerds, comic book characters, nude models, food trucks, cool bands, and—this year—some of Seattle's best drag talent,” says Chase Burns in this charming interview with the organizer and queens Harlotte O'Scara and Butylene O'Kipple.