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City Seen: Vital 5 Productions, Seattle Book and Paper Show

Murder by PRStephanie Coen’s team at Intiman got creative promoting “psycho-thriller” Crime and Punishment (closes May 3). First came the minimalist YouTube teaser featuring Raskolnikov alongside Ted Bundy, O.J. and Jack the Ripper, then came...

Murder by PR

Stephanie Coen’s team at Intiman got creative promoting “psycho-thriller” Crime and Punishment (closes May 3). First came the minimalist YouTube teaser featuring Raskolnikov alongside Ted Bundy, O.J. and Jack the Ripper, then came the playhouse’s first movie-style trailer, playing online and at SIFF Cinema and Central Cinema. On April Fool’s Day, Coen’s press release claimed that SAM’s Hammering Man was the killer, Penn and Teller were starring in Joan Didion’s tragic Year of Magical Thinking, and, thanks to the economy, Intiman’s 2006 Tony Award was for sale on eBay.

Dancing, Writing, Cooking . . . Whatever

A 2009 Arbitrary Art Grant could be yours the next time you’re at the grocery store. Just build a sculpture from the store’s inventory in your shopping cart for a chance to grab a randomly awarded five-hundred-dollar grant. This sculpture grant is the first of twelve (each in different art forms) presented by Vital 5 Productions. The grant series is organized by Greg Lundgren, who likes to shake things up.  But why a shopping cart? “Because it helps remind people that art can be made anywhere, for free, by anyone,” says Lundgren. “It doesn’t make it great art, but it is important that people are reminded of their creative potential, their freedoms and the thrill of breaking routine.” For fast-approaching deadlines and submission guidelines in all categories, visit vital5productions.com.

Book the Date

Antique maps from Germany. Signed documents from the Confederacy. A plethora of books dealing with nothing but polar exploration. A fine first edition of a Mark Twain novel. These items, and many more, will be found at the Seattle Book and Paper Show, held May 30 – 31 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Prints, maps, posters, postcards, ephemera and, yes, books will be stocked for collectors to stalk.

Blog Digest

Mark Trahant “tweets” in rhyme — and still manages to sound smart — “Remember the red, blue divide? / Before economy’s big slide? / Now fifty states are in decline, says Philly Fed / America is all together; we’re red.” Jeremy on Seattlest eloquently describes William Kentridge’s
hit lecture at Henry Art Gallery: “Video Kentridge distracts real Kentridge, who then chases him off, and then tries to return to his lecture, except he’s lost his place, his notes are shit (he complains endlessly about incomprehensible details he’s included in the ream of papers he has that he can’t make heads or tails of) … ”
Chiming in about the great Harry Potter v. Twilight debate, we agree with commenter Brenda on seattleweekly.com: “They are novels.” (Translation: let it go).

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