Genius Mr. Pants, Geniuses and You
posted by September 5 at 16:09 PMon
This is just a reminder that next Saturday, the 13th, is the 2008 Stranger Genius Awards. This year it’s at the Moore Theatre, from 9 pm until the apocalypse, and it’s absolutely free.
There are many reasons to attend, not least of which would be to see the entire editorial staff of The Stranger drunkenly hand $5,000 and nifty awards to the newest batch of Geniuses. (In years past as a spectator, I took part in bets to determine which editor was on which controlled substance. This year, I will be participating in the awards ceremony, and if I were you, I’d put a lot of money down on paint-huffing.)
Our slate of Geniuses is amazing this year—I’m especially excited about Sherman Alexie, but then I’m biased that way. But playwright Paul Mullin and director Lynn Shelton have been doing fine work for a while now and it’s exciting to see them finally get some recognition. I’ve been a fan of Wynne Greenwood’s ever since I first saw Tracy and the Plastics, and Implied Violence has done a lot of great stuff this year, too.
But! But! The Geniuses are, paradoxically, not the only reason to attend the Genius Awards party. Dyme Def, who are fucking amazing, will be performing, along with Daedelus and the fantastic Emerald City Soul Club. Also: this guy: will be headlining the night. If you’ve never heard of James Pants, you should really read Kurt B. Reighley’s great profile of him from a few months back. This is the first time the Awards have been held in a venue with a whole lot of seats, so it should be a great way to get your first taste of Pants action.
You should go.