TV Tryouts

Joining (hopefully) the ranks of boob-tube breakouts Card Sharks, Love Connection, and Weakest Link: Seattle School's Iron Composer. Dean Korby Sears and his cohorts have signed a development deal with Sony's Game Show Network (GSN) to produce a series based on the heretofore monthly live-action local performance that pits two songwriters against each other as they face musical challenges, dizzying visuals, booze, booze, booze, and a rabid audience. Seattle School reports that GSN would like to keep the show live and local; an exhibition show is planned for network executives on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Crocodile Cafe. Doors open at 8 p.m.; anyone who's attended before knows that those wishing to play a part in the "rabid audience" best arrive well before that and take their place in line. . . . Not to be outdone, local band Kane Hodder are making their play for TV fame: Their song "Aboard the Leper Colony" has been selected as the theme song for MTV's Viva La Bam spin-off show, Homewrecker—a kind of "home-unimprovement" show in which a team of designers anti-decorate various interiors. The show premiered Sunday, Oct. 30, on MTV (check local listings). LAURA CASSIDY

ABCS OF ART

About 200 supporters of arts in education showed up for a discussion and School Board candidates forum organized by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs on Oct. 25. The event was held at West Seattle High's new auditorium, which is watched over by photos of school alums including composer Earl Robinson ("I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night"; class of 1928), architect Jane Hastings (first woman president of the American Institute of Architects, Seattle; class of 1945), and film actress Frances Farmer (1931). Will future artists of this stature graduate from West Seattle? Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas said it will take more than good intentions to make that happen. "It's going to take more resources; we need to be together on that," he stated. LYNN JACOBSON

ACHIN' FOR AIKEN

It was a big week for local fans of Clay Aiken. First, they made joyful noise at the departure of Aiken-bashing Seattle Weekly staffer Steve Wiecking (see Letters). Then they united to put Aiken's cute, freckled face on the cover of The Seattle Times' Ticket section this Friday, Nov. 4. In a Times reader poll, a whopping 80 percent voted to award the spot of honor on the paper's Friday entertainment guide to the American Idol loser. (Take that, Steve!) Of the choices offered in the poll (including Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and Disney's Chicken Little), we would've preferred the indie musician Bright Eyes—but that's why we at Seattle Weekly hog the editing duties ourselves and don't let readers vote. . . . In other Weekly news, we welcome arts writer Sue Peters to our staff. Peters, who has worked for San Francisco Chronicle Publishing and Salon, among other publications, will cover visual arts for the paper. LYNN JACOBSON

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