Art Around the Clock

Only six hours into the Center on Contemporary Art's 24-hour painting marathon last Friday evening, artist Travis Stanley was already boozing. "We've got a couple of kegs, and there are mixed drinks upstairs," he said, taking a beer break from grafting 2-D genitalia onto cutout pictures of male models from fashion ads. Nearby, however, painter Patricia Hagen was sticking with green tea while she crafted small, colorful watercolors inspired by electron microscope images of cancer cells and viruses. Stanley and Hagen were both first-timers at CoCA's annual fund-raising event, but this was Alan Fulle'sfifth marathon. "It's kinda like art boot camp," Fulle said, "but what's really exciting is the sense of community that's built, the friendships that are formed." At 10 p.m., all three artists—along with more than a dozen others—were still going strong. But Fulle expected the real test to come at 3 or 4 in the morning: "That late, late, late energy is kind of fun," he said, "but it starts getting hard to see." LYNN JACOBSON

WINNING WRITERS

Last Wednesday saw 10 winners of the Washington State Book Awards honored at the Central Library. Not all are household names or top sellers at Barnes & Noble (though Stephanie Kallos and Broken for You are doing pretty well). The two titles that really stand out, apropos the recent boom in disaster lit and surge in Katrina consciousness, are David Laskin's The Children's Blizzard, about a Midwestern snowstorm in 1888 that killed hundreds of pioneer kids; and Peter Ward'sGorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History. Not exactly bright and cheery, these reads are also made topical by global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice cap. To rephrase the old adage—everyone talks about the weather, but not everyone can write a good book about it. You can visit the Seattle Public Library Web site, www.spl.org, for the full list of winners. BRIAN MILLER

ETCETERA

Did the Grinch steal Doctor Dolittle? The tour of the musical about the man who talks to animals was canceled recently by its producers, leaving the 5th Avenue Theatre without a holiday show. But the singing Von Trapps (or at least their fictional equivalents) have hiked in to fill the gap; The Sound of Music now opens at the 5th Ave on Nov. 29. . . . Seattle Opera hoped to raise $12,000 toward a new dye vat at its mammoth public costume sale last weekend, but those Valkyrie getups proved more popular than expected. At last tally, the take was $30,000. . . . Broadway's Viriginia Theatre, on West 52nd Street in New York City, became the August Wilson Theatre on Oct. 16, in honor of one of the country's most revered playwrights, who resided in Seattle until his death earlier this month. . . . Seattle-bred singing talent Sam Smith's life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at God's Pentecostal Temple (150 16th Ave. S., 206-323-9573). He died of cancer Oct. 11. LYNN JACOBSON

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