About Town

When ex–Weekly impresario David Brewster retires in September as executive director of the city's arts and lecture–driven Town Hall, that institution will fall into the hands of a prized returning local. Wier Harman, 38, most recently held the post of executive director of New York's Obie-winning Foundry Theatre. But in the early 1990s, he was the marketing director of Seattle's adventurous Annex Theatre. Harman worked at Annex during the company's glory days, with a core group that included actor Paul Giamatti(Sideways) and director Alison Narver, who went to Yale with Harman and now helms the Empty Space. "I think it's the best thing for Seattle that he's coming," says Narver, recalling Harman's savvy. "He would launch campaigns for Annex that were so stylish and sophisticated and dead-on. He thinks like an artist, yet he's always been passionate about politics, civics, and community. He's going to add so much to what's going on at Town Hall." STEVE WIECKING

STEP ONE

Pacific Northwest Ballet's new artistic director, Peter Boal, is already making moves. The company confirmed this week that he has hired Carla Körbes away from his former employer, New York City Ballet. The Brazilian-born ballerina is reported to be a stunning dancer—impressive in the Balanchine repertory as well as in contemporary works—and the announcement of her departure stirred up a great deal of regret among NYCB fans. She's the first female dancer PNB has hired at the soloist level or above since Kaori Nakamura in 1997 (the company prefers to bring up its soloists and principals through its own ranks). But you can bet she won't be Boal's final hire. With the retirement of Oleg Gorboulev, the company has only one male soloist (Casey Herd). In an art form that prizes symmetry, the 1-to-4 ratio is awkward at best, and makes partnering an unusual challenge. SANDRA KURTZ

BY AND BYE?

Will Alki Beach's three-day Seattle Music Festival be the next arts event to go the way of the Seattle Fringe Festival and BookFest? Organizers say the 10-year-old showcase of local bands will wave goodbye if they can't raise $45,000—about half of the fest's projected costs—within the next week or so. Last year's big sponsor, the NBA, pulled out this year, and while there have been some "strong near misses," no new major funder has stepped forward, says Adam Sheridan, executive director of producing organization Northwest Programs for the Arts. Sheridan's hoping that interest in this year's headliner, They Might Be Giants, will spur donations. Among the nearly 20 bands also hoping to play Aug. 12–14: United State of Electronica, Karma, Post Stardom Depression, Ms. Led, and Common Heroes. LYNN JACOBSON

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