The Geniuses

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Benjamin Kasulke

Film

IS:

The premier cinematographer working in Seattle-and perhaps all of independent cinema-today.

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Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney

Music

USE:

Viola, voice, Persian poetry, erhu, tuba, time, space, eyeglasses.

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Rodrigo Valenzuela

Visual Art

IS MOST KNOWN FOR:

Making photographs of two landscapes-say, North America and South America-stitched seamlessly into one

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Maged Zaher

Literature

HAS WRITTEN POEMS ABOUT:

Helicopters, investment bankers, ancient Arab poets, revolution, porn.

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Zoe Scofield & Juniper Shuey

Performance

CREATE:

Unsettling dance dreamscapes that make theaters feel like bottled lightning.

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Megan Griffiths

Film

HAS:

Surprising range.

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Lori Goldston

Music

DESCRIBES HERSELF AS:

Classically trained, rigorously de-trained, semiferal.

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Sarah Bergmann

Visual Art

THINKS A LOT ABOUT:

Bees, bats, birds, butterflies, nodding onions, Nootka lupines, woolly sunflowers, yarrow.

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Ellen Forney

Literature

MAKES:

Memoir cartoons you have probably encountered in The Stranger.

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Grady West

Theater

IS:

The performance artist responsible for Dina Martina.

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Gary Hill

Film

Makes videos that:

Are sculptures.

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The Intelligence

Music
presented by SmartWater

Captures:

A golden mean between noise and pop.

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DK Pan

Visual Art
presented by Chihuly Garden and Glass

Has made art out of:

Motels about to be torn down, decommissioned bathhouses, salt, the letters of strangers, his mother's voice.

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Lesley Hazleton

Literature
presented by amazon.com

Is working on:

A biography of Muhammad.

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John Osebold

Theater

Wrote and starred in:

Two lo-fi musicals in the last nine months.

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Charles Mudede and Robinson Devor

Film

Once got scriptwriting advice from:

The guy who wrote Charlie's Angels.

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Shabazz Palaces

Music

Are named after:

The ancient scientist from whom all Africans are descended in Nation of Islam lore.

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Susie Lee

Visual Art

Has made art out of:

Clay, paper, sand, water, light, burning twine, Bach.

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Jim Woodring

Literature

Has invented creatures including:

A grieving frog, twin lizard-faced demigods named Betty and Veronica, and a pet that looks like the roof of a Turkish castle with legs.

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Marya Sea Kaminski

Theater

Has played:

A suffering princess, a Palestinian-rights activist, Laura Bush, a little girl whose imaginary friend is a cocaine addict, herself.

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Zia Mohajerjasbi

Film

Has made music videos for:

Blue Scholars, Gabriel Teodros, Jake One, Common Market, and Macklemore.

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The Cody Rivers Show

Theater

Looks like:

Two wholesome hippies.

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Jeffry Mitchell

Visual Art

Has no "e" in his first name because:

It escaped through the gap between his front teeth.

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Stacey Levine

Literature

Is disgusted by:

Men who have women's first names as last names.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet

Organization

When it had to find a new artistic director:

Hired a young, soft-spoken artist with little administrative experience but strong artistic vision.

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Lynn Shelton

Film

Has made movies about:

Girls, boys, wilderness, the past, anal sex.

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Paul Mullin

Theater

Writes plays about:

Science, death, radiation sickness, sex, amnesia.

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Wynne Greenwood

Visual Art

Makes:

Videos, sculptures, performances, music, and alter egos, often in a single work of art.

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Sherman Alexie

Literature

By the End of the Year Will Have Finished:

24 Books in 16 Years.

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Implied Violence

Organization

Are not afraid of using:

Fake blood, live chickens, fresh produce, intimidation tactics, buildings no one else is using.

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Linas Phillips

Film

Loves:

Werner Herzog, Andy Kaufman, when mentally handicapped kids make fun of other people, Jesus, aliens.

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Cary Moon

Politics

Is reading:

Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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Strawberry Theatre Workshop

Organization

Often produces:

Plays in which scientists are undone by businessmen.

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Alex Schweder

Visual Art

Dresses like:

An architect, a bird, a body without organs.

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Heather McHugh

Literature

Has published:

Seven books of poetry, a book of essays, and four translations.

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Amy Thone

Theater

Used to eat:

A lot of beef.

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James Longley

Film

Has made documentary films about:

Russia, Iraq, Palestine.

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Jennifer Zeyl

Theater

Designs sets using:

Chicken wire, telephone poles, shellacked crabs, water.

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Lead Pencil Studio

Visual Art

Makes:

Installation art, sculpture, drawings, buildings.

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Jonathan Raban

Literature

Has written about:

Deep-sea monsters, traveling to Arabia, crack on the streets of New York City, the KKK, driving to Mexico.

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On the Boards

Organization

Likes:

Talented freaks, cross-genre pollination, curiosity, artistically integrated nudity.

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