A&E Roundup: ‘Portlandia’ Renewed, Grammy Surprises, and Intiman’s Troubles
Good news, from the Seattle Times: New IFC sketch show Portlandia —a hilarious send-up of the city’s flannel-loving counterculture by SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein—has been renewed for another 10 episodes, bringing the grand total to 16. Sadly, the new sketches won’t air until January 2012. For more on the show, check out our sister publication Portland Monthly’s chat with Brownstein at the Portlandia premiere.
Bad news, from Intiman Theatre: Late on Friday afternoon, in an open letter to the arts community, Intiman’s board president Kim Anderson announced that unless the theater can raise $1 million by September, it "cannot continue." This news comes three months after former managing director Brian Colburn resigned suddenly, prompting disclosure of the gross mismanagement of Intiman’s finances, unpaid bills, and a looming fundraising goal of $2.75 million total for the 2011 season (according to the Times). Intiman needs to bring in $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September to continue operating, and has made a public appeal for assistance. In the video below, artistic director Kate Whoriskey—whose debut 2010 season boasted record-breaking ticket sales for drama Ruined —weighs in on the state of the theater. More on this tomorrow. (Updated 2/16/10: Over at Intiman, time to put on a happy face.)
News that makes you go "hmm": Nashville trio Lady Antebellum cleaned up at last night’s Grammy Awards, taking home five trophies—including record of the year with Need You Now, the sole country submission in a rap-heavy category rounded out by Eminem feat. Rihanna (Love the Way You Lie), Cee Lo Green (F*** You), Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (Empire State of Mind), and BoB feat. Bruno Mars (Nothin’ On You). A bit disappointing for Eminem, who only won two of the 10 awards he was nominated for (best rap album and best rap solo performance), and whose comeback album Recovery was the favorite going into the evening. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs beat Recovery for album of the year. For the full list of winners, go to grammy.com/nominees.
Oh, by the way: Lady Gaga arrived at the Grammys inside an egg. She was incubating.