Arts Fifth Annual Stranger Genius Awards: The Night in Photos
posted by September 17 at 10:33 AMon
Photos by Peter Kearns.
The 2007 geniuses meeting each other before the party—Heather McHugh, mid-joke; Greg Carter; Linas Phillips, hatching some kind of evil plan; Amy Thone, shoving Alex for some reason; and Alex Schweder.
Librarians are sexy.
A snapshot of the VIP pre-party. Everyone’s gathered around the bar.
Linas Phillips accepting his award. Before he went onstage, he told me the last time he was in the library he was looking for homeless people to star in his latest project, Great Speeches from a Dying World.
Alex Schweder accepts his award from Jen Graves.
Brendan Kiley explains what he loves about Amy Thone, then goes for it. Thone’s husband is in the crowd.
The crowd would not stop cheering for Amy Thone. It was a while before she could speak.
Greg Carter looking not unlike a preacher—wearing all black, waving a golden book around…
Heather McHugh, seconds before going onstage to accept the first ever Genius Award summa cum laude. I was onstage with her, nervous as hell, so it’s all a blur, but I remember her—how she got to this point no one recalls—saying, “Some of my friends will fuck anything that moves. But I don’t see any reason to limit yourself.”
The entrance to the party. That’s John Sutton at the back.
Partiers on three levels. Meanwhile, outside, there’s a line around the block. You can’t really tell in this photo, but those vinyl blow-ups of the profiles of Alex Schweder and Heather McHugh hanging on the wall there are 11 feet wide by 15 feet tall.
Corianton Hale looking cuter than the posters he designed.
Velella Velella, rocking out.
The Blow at the beginning of her set. By the end—she closed with “True Affection”—the crowd was begging for more. “One more! One more!” they kept chanting. All good parties come to an end.