Editor’s Note: I’m back! Clearly. And there’s a lot to catch up on. —LD.
TELEVISION AMC has renewed its serial drama The Killing for a second season, which means 13 more episodes of rain, fake Seattle shots, rain, Linden-Holder banter, and rain. I still expect to find out who murdered Rosie Larsen in the season finale on Sunday—but maybe there’s a new case in the works. To quote TV exec David Madden, who had the week’s most unintentionally creepy line: "May The Killing never stop." (The Hollywood Reporter)
THEATER If you missed the Tony Awards on Sunday (not like there was a basketball game on or anything), this is all you need to know: Daniel Radcliffe can dance, Neil Patrick Harris can rap, and The Book of Mormon was the runaway winner with nine awards, including best musical. An interesting Seattle tie-in: Mormon’s codirector Casey Nicholaw, who won the Tony for best direction of a musical (along with Trey Parker), will direct the new musical adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin, at 5th Avenue Theatre starting July 7. (5th Avenue Theatre Backstage Blog)
FILM Spanish period piece Paper Birds, about a traveling troupe of vaudevillian actors finding lightness in the shadow of Franco’s dictatorship, won this year’s Golden Space Needle audience award for best film at Seattle International Film Festival. Didn’t see it? Me neither. But it’s replaying this weekend at SIFF Cinema during the Best of SIFF 2011 recap. Find the full list of 2011 fest winners at siff.net. (SIFF)
STAFF CHANGES After 30 years with Seattle Opera, general director Speight Jenkins will step down on September 1, 2014, shortly after the production of Wagner’s comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. SO will also bring back Wagner’s Ring cycle (the popular Pacific Northwest-inspired version from 2001, ’05, and ’09) in August 2013. (Seattle Opera blog)
Meanwhile, Richard Hugo House announced a few new appointments in the wake of executive director Sue Joerger’s resignation: Nonprofit consultant Barbara Green will serve as interim exec director until the fall; marketing and events director Brian McGuigan (he of Cheap Wine and Poetry fame) was promoted to marketing and programs director; and Rebecca Brinson was promoted to development director. (Hugo House)