Admiral Going Down?: Thanks to digital advances in film distribution and a slew of serious maintenance challenges, West Seattle's charmingly ramshackle discount second-run cinema may not be long for this world.
Intiman, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, Angels in America, and HIV Vaccine Research: This summer, Intiman is re-staging parts one and two of Angels in America, 20 years after the play made its regional-theater premiere at Intiman. (Tony Kushner talks about that anniversary, and how Republicans, climate change, and HIV—some of the major themes of the play—look to him two decades after the fact in this interview.) Fred Hutch does extensive HIV vaccine research and Dr. James Kublin, its principal staff scientist in the vaccine and infectious disease division, did his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1988, where some of the scenes in the play take place. There will be discounts for family and friends of Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, as well as post-show opportunities to learn more about Seattle-based research for an HIV vaccine. More than anything, this is an awareness-building partnership, but there's nothing wrong with that.
Your Digital Future: Today, Courtney Sheehan, the program director for Northwest Film Forum, shared with The Stranger the trailer for an event called Digitally Rendered Mind (DRM). The idea basic behind DRM, which is curated by Nic Wilson and involves 11 artists, is this: "[It] puts a playful twist on the protocol of digital rights management to contemplate its cognitive/social ripple effects." The images in the trailer are gorgeous, and its score rocks the techno hard. DRM happens at the Northwest Forum on July 12.
How to Make Republicans Care About a Book: Costco dropped, and then restocked, copies of conservative loon Dinesh D'Souza's book America: Imagine a World Without Her.
Worry About George R. R. Martin Finishing the Game of Thrones Series? George has a message for you.
D&D&LGBTQ: The new Dungeons & Dragons rules encourage players to consider all sorts of different expressions of gender and sexuality while creating characters:
"You don't need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender," the new rules state. "You can play as a male or female character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture's expectations of sex, gender and sexual behavior. For example, a male drow cleric defies the traditional gender divisions of drow society, which could be a reason for your character to leave that society and come to the surface."
That is the most D&D-like passage about gender and sexuality ever written.