Arts Did You See On the Boards’s Marquee Today?
Here’s what it looks like:
What’s that about, you ask? Well, as intrepid Slog readers and P-I reporters can tell you, On the Boards has won the Stranger Genius Award in the organization category this year. (You may recall Brendan Kiley’s profane praise of On the Boards from a couple months ago.) On the Boards got its cake announcing the good news yesterday during a staff meeting and, according to sources, spent the rest of the meeting trying to figure out how they could thank us. They decided to put a message up on their marquee, take a picture of it, and get the picture frosted onto a reciprocal cake. Which was delicious, by the way.
Who are the other four winners? Well, this year we decided to return a little of the fun and mystery to this part of the process, so we didn’t invite the P-I in on the cake delivering. (The recipient in the literature category, a well known writer who lives on Queen Anne, came to his front door disheveled, unshaven, and wearing socks, and sent an email afterward thanking us for not surprising him with a reporter and photographer, which would have exposed him “as the loony psychopath I really am when I’m writing.”)
There are five Genius Awards—organization, literature, film, visual arts, and theater. Each winner receives $5000 and a party in his/her/its honor on Oct. 21.