Museums Dither on $15: Seattle Art Museum had nothing to say about whether it supports a potential $15 minimum wage, and now the Henry Art Gallery and the Frye Art Museum are similarly noncommittal. From the Henry: "As a small nonprofit, the Henry would be affected by this proposed change, if it is implemented. We have not run the numbers yet, and therefore don't know the full extent of the potential impact on the organization. We'll continue to watch this issue carefully.” From the Frye: "I/we would like to help you, of course, on the $15 discussion. However, our finance people are trying to find answers to a fluid field of questions: What will the law say? How quickly will increased limits be phased in? What will be treated as part of an employee's compensation? Which employers will be covered? Doesn't this kind of make your head hurt?! Though museums are perhaps even more complicated non-profit businesses than theatres—in addition to exhibition and education programs, many museums run restaurants and retail stores and also have unusual facilities and maintenance needs, along with unique and highly specialized security requirements—we naturally are in agreement with our theatre colleagues quoted in Brendan’s fine story. Income equality and providing the best possible working conditions for all staff, while serving the community and ensuring the future of the institution, are entwined, important, and complicated concerns of Frye Art Museum Trustees and leadership.”
Genius Wins Award: Stranger Genius of Literature Jim Woodring's most recent comic Fran has won the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize.
Maybe Not Today, Maybe Not Tomorrow: Last night, at the beginning of her 826 Seattle benefit reading with Dave Eggers, local author Maria Semple thanked Stranger Editor-in-Chief Christopher Frizzelle for his kind introduction and then told the audience, "I'm always waiting for The Stranger to turn on me. The Stranger is known for two things: They run legalized marijuana ads and they turn on people." Semple said the waiting for The Stranger's eventual betrayal was grating on her nerves, and that she'd like us to turn on her sooner rather than later.
Paul Allen Spreads It Around: In 2006, at the first public viewing of Paul “Billions" Allen’s secretively guarded private art collection at EMP, I wrote, "It shouldn't be necessary to praise Allen for unlocking his vault. Hoarding objects that are valuable to entire societies is bad behavior. Still, art needs air, and Allen is trying to give it some. Why not take it to a real museum next time?” And that’s exactly what’s happening now. An exhibition of 40 works (the EMP show was 28) co-organized by Seattle and Portland Art Museums and the Allen Family Collection premieres in Portland in October 2015, finishes in Seattle in early 2017, and spends the interim at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. It’s called Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, and the works span five centuries, from Jan Brueghel the Younger to David Hockney. I hope there are surprises over and above what we saw in 2006.
Lede of the Day: Melville House reports on Book Expo America's diversity problem:
All of the thirty-one announced guest speakers at the newly rebranded BookCon portion of this year’s Book Expo America are very white. Even the cat. Even the goddamned cat is white.
Sorry, Ladies: After 131 years in print, Ladies Home Journal is folding.
Jem Actors Not Alive When Jem Was on the Air: Here are Jem and the Holograms from the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie.
Vid Night at the Oasis: Tonight is the first ever VideOasis at Northwest Film Forum, an event VJ'd by City Arts writer Jonathan Zwickel. On the program are videos from some of Seattle's hottest and best musicians. This is a chance to see them on the big screen.