Photo: courtesy Chad Batka.

Kate Whoriskey heads back to NYC.

THEATER After a little over a season with Intiman, artistic director Kate Whoriskey parts ways with the struggling theater and returns to New York as a freelance director. (NYTimes Arts Beat )

FILM Seattle International Film Festival will open this year (May 19) with heartwarmer The First Grader, about an 84-year-old man who takes advantage of a new education initiative in Kenya to go back to school. Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) will be in house on opening night. (SIFF )

VISUAL ART Canadian painter Andrew Dadson wins the Henry’s second Brink Award: $12,500 and an exhibit at the gallery. That’s two for two for Canada. (Slog )

BOOKS & TALKS Richard Hugo House is looking for a few new writers-in-residence; authors and teachers have until June 6 to apply. (Hugo House )

RIP, Kim Ricketts.

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