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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In Culture News: The Seagull Project Flies East, Lenny Goes to Google, and Amy Poehler Continues to Be Awesome

Posted by and on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Playwright Beats Poet, Novelist, and Drag Queen: The surprise winner of last night's A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen competition was playwright (and Stranger contributor) Spike Friedman, who delivered a monologue from the point of view of Business, which someone at the reading described as "sort of like Montgomery Burns meets an incensed Bob Odenkirk." Sarah Galvin, who The Stranger considered to be the odds-on favorite to win the event, leapt out of a suitcase during her presentation. This event was part of the weeklong APRIL Festival; you can read about all the other upcoming events in Suggests and in the book section.

Seagull Flies to Uzbekistan: The Seagull Project, a Seattle-based company that lives the old-world dream by rehearsing Chekhov plays for months and months, is taking its production of The Seagull to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to perform at the Ilkhom Theater. Ilkhom came to Seattle back in 2008, just six months after its artistic director Mark Weil was murdered at the entrance to his apartment building, possibly for political reasons—Weil and Ilkhom had a history of outraging Communist apparatchiks, Muslim fundamentalists, and members of the Uzbek dictatorship. The Seagull Project's methods were inspired, in part, by Weil—their trip is a kind of homage.

Too Many Goddamned Readings This Week: It was overshadowed by APRIL Festival events, but if you're looking for a fun reading tonight, you should also consider attending Lit Fix at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater, which features very good readers Maged Zaher and Nicole Hardy, among others. This is Lit Fix's best lineup yet, and we wish the series best of luck with their next year of programming.

Canada Shames America Again: Canada is putting Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro's face on a $5 coin. I'm still waiting for my William Faulkner fifty cent piece, America.

The Vice Bubble: Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith suggested that his company could become as valuable as Twitter. Melville House's indispensible Moby Lives blog points out that this is pretty much impossible. Good luck playing the stock market, Shane!

We Approve of This Ceremonial Title: Amy Poehler has been named the Honorary Chairperson of World Book Night 2014. To learn more about World Book Night, follow this link.

"He can code like you’d think it was two men." Over at McSweeney's, Thomas Scott re-imagines Of Mice and Men for the digital age.

 

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dnt trust me 1
No need to worry about being shamed by Canada, we're still mighty proud bloggers.
Posted by dnt trust me on March 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM · Report this
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Lenny Goes To Google?
Posted by que? on March 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM · Report this
fletc3her 3
I enjoyed seeing The Seagull performed by The Seagull Project very much. I'm looking forward to their production of The Three Sisters next year and am going to try to catch Uncle Vanya by the Akropolis Performance Lab. But, I find The Great Soul of Russia a bridge too far.
Posted by fletc3her on March 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM · Report this
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Lennie, not Lenny.
Posted by Mouse Small on March 26, 2014 at 5:37 PM · Report this
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The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM · Report this
delirian 6
Good for Canada, but we still put a Nobel Peace Prize laureate on a mountain.
Posted by delirian on March 27, 2014 at 2:42 AM · Report this
rowan redwing 7
We need Goldy back...
Posted by rowan redwing on March 27, 2014 at 3:22 AM · Report this
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Re: Alice Munro: Do collector's coins really count as putting someone on currency? If most people are never going to handle the coin, it doesn't seem like as much of an honor.
Posted by aurora f on March 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this

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