Kurt Cobain's a Doll

New action figure immortalizes the rock star in plastic. Plus: Compendium closes, and festival news.


After seven months of performances in her basement, playwright-director Ki Gottberg is bringing down the curtain on The Compendium of Nastiness. The show— a celebration and spoof of 19th-century melodramas performed by Elizabeth Kenny—has now played to about 600 people, 15 at a time. Gottberg, who says she and Kenny are ready to move on to new projects (including perhaps another downstairs drama later this year), says she's been amazed at the wide variety of people who've been willing to come to "this strange venue, my home," since last October. Perhaps it's the bubbly, served in the kitchen before every performance. "I've had people tell me that if they served champagne at the Rep, they'd go there more often," Gottberg says. The final show is Sat., May 13. For info: 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com . LYNN JACOBSON


As Bumbershoot programming gets more and more mainstream, it's up to the Seattle International Children's Festival to import the weird and wonderful to Seattle Center. This year, Third Rock From the Sun actor (and children's author) John Lithgow shares the stage with Mongolian throat singers, a trick-roping yodeler, and a brass band from Benin. Also on the weeklong lineup (May 15–22): clowns, dancers, musicians, and a multimedia introduction to Japanese anime. Single tickets are on sale now. For info: 206-325-6500 or www.seattleinternational.org . . . . Seattle International Film Festival (May 25–June 18) will shine its spotlight on Denmark this year, home planet of director Lars von Trier (Manderlay, Dancer in the Dark) and his ascetic Dogma filmmaking pals. But SIFF is looking beyond the usual Danish suspects to include directors of genre films and animated features. On the slate are 14 films (five of them North American premieres) and, no, none by von Trier. The complete SIFF lineup will be announced May 11. For details: www.seattlefilm.org . LYNN JACOBSON


Grunge-era survivors, take note: Remember the world- (or at least MTV-) changing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video? Soon you'll be able to own a replica of that clip's Kurt Cobain in all his ragged glory, down to his vintage Fender and stripy shirt. New Jersey firm National Entertainment Collectibles Association promises that the action figure will be out by late June: "Many other musical icons have been brought to plastic and NECA is proud to be able to bring that same respect and admiration to Kurt Cobain's memory." We can only hope that a full cast of "Spirit" replicas will follow—Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, A-for-anarchy cheerleaders, and of course, Old Janitor Guy. RICKEY WRIGHT


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