Intiman announced most of its 2006 lineup and a malevolent monarch looks to be the highlight. Artistic Director Bartlett Sher, who has a way with rattling the Bard's bones, should love nothing more than getting his hands into Richard III to show us a scoundrel we only thought we knew. Sher is also set to helm Shaw's Man and Superman, and the theater continues its American Cycle with the downfall of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's Native Son. One promised new play is still to be announced, but the real question mark is Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias, a comic account of the artistic chaos behind the scenes of Gone With the Wind. Despite an engaging premise, Hutchinson's play, which premiered at the Goodman in 2004, hasn't uniformly generated the kind of critical sparks that could set Atlanta on fire (though Variety's Joel Hirschhorn was a fan). Perhaps the company's biggest drama may be whether its intended crowd pleaser can vow that the Intiman will never go hungry again. STEVE WIECKING.
Seattle's gallery scene is having a growth spurt. King County's Gallery4Culture moves into the Tashiro-Kaplan complex on Prefontaine Place South in October, and Sam Davidson will branch off the painting and sculpture department of his gallery at T-K the same month. Thursday, Sept. 1, Catherine Person, a freelance art consultant to Microsoft, Safeco, and Swedish Medical Center, opens a new gallery just up the street from James Harris on Third Avenue South. She'll represent Seattle artists Drake Deknatel and Linda Davidson, among others. Also in the works is an intriguing project from Scott Lawrimore, who's striking out on his own after five years as manager of Greg Kucera Gallery. Details are sketchy, but sometime this fall Lawrimore plans to open a space in SoDo near Western Bridge. (Not exactly an inviting locale, but perhaps the two venues can generate some art-scene synergy.) Lawrimore's first show will be from the architecture-art duo Lead Pencil Studio, followed by the prankster-artist team of Sutton, Culler, & Beres. He'll also be the first Seattle gallery to represent sculptor Cris Bruch, and talks are in the works with Miranda July and German artist Daniel Roth. ANDREW ENGELSON
BOOK LUST FOR BEGINNERS
On Sunday, Aug. 28, Nancy Pearl, Seattle's prophet of book lust, was spotted at Ballard novelty shop Archie McPhee, where her deluxe action figure set—which includes a library setting, book cart, reference desk, and computer—is now on sale. Pearl signed books, posed for photos, and urged passersby to take her winter UW Extension course, Book Lust 101. On the curriculum: techniques for putting good books into the hands of patrons, a librarian's basic function. The following quarter she teaches Book Lust 102, in which students discuss genre literature. For more info, go to www.extension.washington.edu/ext. JOANNE GARRETT