The Genius Awards are fast approaching. For our 10th anniversary, we're celebrating the greatest artists in the city with the most glamorous awards show we've ever thrown, anchored by a 50-piece orchestra. The show will include a live dance piece and award presentations by past Genius Award winners Lynn Shelton, Jeffry Mitchell, Susana Welbourne (of the Intelligence), Jim Woodring, and Sarah Rudinoff. None of them—and none of us here at The Stranger, except the head of our accounting department, who is counting the ballots—know who this year's winners are until they are announced from the stage.
VIP tickets are only $50 and get you free drinks and snacks at the infamous Genius cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7:30. (That $50 counts as a donation to the Genius Awards and goes straight into supporting artists.) If you would rather skip the VIP reception and just attend the 8 pm awards show, a general admission ticket is only $12 advance, and the awards show is where it's at this year. Seattle Rock Orchestra is performing soaring orchestrations of works by this year's music finalists, as well as a pop musician of their choice (it's a surprise). Plus, you'll get to see an original dance piece created just for the Genius Awards by Kate Wallich, a teaching artist and creative resident at Velocity.
There are only two weeks left until the show, so get your tickets squared away now. And once you've done that, start freaking out about what you're going to wear. The more festive, the better.