Vol. 6, No. 40
March 6, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS
'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, MARCH 8

ART ZONE  

Art Zone shoots on location this week at Gibson Guitar Showroom in Belltown where Abbey Simmons, co-founder/managing editor of 'Sound On The Sound,' will provide a preview of the upcoming SXSW music festival. They will also highlight local jazz drummer D'Vonne Lewis and have live music from Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. 

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

THREE 'KCTS 9' REEL NW FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED IN PBS FILM FESTIVAL

KCTS 9

The Pacific Northwest will be represented at PBS' second annual Online Film Festival. Three short films from KCTS 9's Reel NW series: "Capsule," "Honor the Treaties," and "The House I Keep" are among the 25 short films that have been chosen for the Online Film Festival, which will be accessible beginning March 4 on all PBS digital platforms, YouTube, and PBS social media channels. Viewers may vote for their favorite short film in the festival from March 4 through March 22; the film with the most votes will receive the People's Choice Award. The winning film will be announced in early April.

FAIR TRADE MUSIC SEATTLE MEETING ON MARCH 18

FAIR TRADE MUSIC SEATTLE

On March 18, Fair Trade Music Seattle will hold an event free and open to the public to discuss the legal rights of working musicians. A presentation will be given by Dmitri Iglitzin, Seattle Attorney and advocate for musicians, with valuable information for those in the industry. There will be an open question and answer session after the presentation. If you are a musician with questions about contracts, cash payments, non-payment, or anything else, this is an opportunity to ask a professional labor attorney.

KING FM HOST LISA BERGMAN TO RECEIVE 2013 GRACIE AWARD

BALLARD NEWS TRIBUNE  

Lisa Bergman, on-air host of Classical King FM, was named the recipient of the Gracie Award for 'Outstanding Host for Entertainment and Information.'  Bergman hosts the nightly segment "Exploring Music" which is a two-minute adventure in music designed to introduce all ages, including children, to the often fascinating and unusual stories behind classical music.  The Gracie Awards is presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and honors accomplishments of women in the media.  Bergman will receive the award on June 26 in New York City.

VERA PROJECT GALA NETS $100,000

THE VERA PROJECT  

With help from community partners Sub Pop, Macklemore, Pearl Jam, Pagliacci, Boeing, Fin Records, Caffe Vita, The Stranger, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Eyes on Fremont, Billy O'Neill and more, The Vera Project proudly raised nearly $100,000 in net revenue at its annual Viva Vera Gala. Held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Triple Door, this is the most the event has raised since the inaugural Viva Vera Gala in 2007. Funds from this year's gala will underwrite Vera's educational, concert, and arts programs at its Seattle Center venue.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING TWO INTERNS 

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL  

The Social Justice Film Festival highlights film and video work being done to institute change around the world. Social justice themes include such issues as incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racismSeattle's Second Social Justice Film Festival is looking for two part-time interns to help with logistics for the event happening the second weekend in October. Internship responsibilities include screening submissions, lining up venues, organizing programming, managing ticket sales, conducting outreach, and publicizing the festival. Festival experience or progressive activist background preferred. Positions are unpaid and hours are flexible. Résumés and cover letters should go to anne@socialjusticefilmfestival.org.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEKING VP OF COMMUNICATIONS 

SEATTLE CHAMBER 

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is looking for an experienced communications professional to lead the organization's communication functions, including branding, message development, social media, media relations, and marketing. The Chamber is the largest business association in the Puget Sound region representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000. The position requires a strong background in communications, marketing, and public relations. The deadline for applications is March 11.
SEATTLE-MADE '21 AND OVER' HITS THEATERS

IMDB 

March 1 was the opening date for 21 and Over, a comedy by John Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind 2009's The Hangover. The comedy was shot in Seattle and was highlighted as the Film Production of the Week in October 2011. Much of the film was shot on the University of Washington campus, and several Seattle neighborhoods. Over 100 Washington cast and crew were hired for the production. Seattle music also has a connection to the film; rapper Spac3man and R&B singer Marissa are featured in the film and on the soundtrack as well.

FILMMAKER CHARLES BURNETT TO SPEAK AT L.A. REBELLION FILM SCREENING

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM 

Legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett is in town this Saturday, March 9 to speak at part of a free month-long film series, L.A. Rebellion. Hosted by Northwest Film Forum, L.A. Rebellion include free public conversations about race, filmmaking and social change through the month of March. This event will be screening a landmark series of films made by African American directors in the '60s and '70s. Other local speakers include curators from the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and Sistah Sinema, a founding member of the Seattle Black Panthers. 

THE NEPTUNE THEATRE AVAILABLE TO UNDERREPRESENTED ARTISTS FOR FREE

STG  

The Seattle Theatre Group (STG) has announced a new initiative, Nights and the Neptune: A People's Theatre Joint, offering underrepresented artists and community organizations an opportunity to create and perform a public arts event of their own design at The Neptune Theatre. Eight selected projects will be offered the space free of charge and will be supported by The Neptune Theatre staff with public relations and marketing efforts. This initiative will increase access to the theatre space for groups and individuals who otherwise wouldn't have a place to showcase. The program will select projects who are concerned with issues of race, social justice, marginalized population, and/or youth. Deadline for project proposals is April 1, 2013.

LOCAL VENUES SEND OFF ARTISTS TO SXSW

SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC BLOG  

The list of Seattle bands going to the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive festival keeps on getting bigger. Neumos and Chop Suey helped send-off shows for a handful of them earlier this week. Aside from the heavy-hitters like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Allen Stone, a ton of other Seattle artists like Lemolo, Hey Marseilles, and Low Hums will be performing around Austin, Texas. Fin Records will be hosting a showcase in Austin with an all-Seattle bill as well.  

ORIGIN RECORDS CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY AT BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL

BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL  

Started by Seattle drummer John Bishop, Origin Records helps in the design, production and distribution of jazz recordings made by significant Northwest artists. Origin's catalog has grown to 400 recordings by 260 artists from around the globe and has become one of the jazz world's premier labels. Now in its 11th year, the Ballard Jazz Festival began in 2003 as a joint venture between Seattle's Origin Records and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce to create a community-building cultural event and a showcase for distinctive Northwest jazz artists. This award-winning festival runs April 17-20 with tickets starting at $15. 

SEATTLE FILM 'R/EVOLVE' PREMIERES AT BFI LONDON LESBIAN + GAY FILM FEST 

Local Director Billie Rain and Producer/Screenwriter Basil Shadid are premiering their new film at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on March 17.  R/Evolve is a fictional story that follows couple Lucas and Lincoln and their lives during the recent passing of Referendum 47 which made gay marriage legal in the state of Washington.  This is the second film by Rain's Dual Power Production that has been a part of the London festival (Heart Breaks Open was a part of the festival last year).  Both films were shot locally and focus on the LGBTQ scene in Seattle.  

SUB POP RELEASES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN AUDITIONS FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE

FUNNY OR DIE  

Tom DeLong, Duff McKagan, Aimee Mann, Weird Al, and whole slew of famous musicians appear in a never-before seen 2002 audition reel for the Sub Pop Records group the Postal Service.  The clip gives us some insight on what the band would be with Jimmy Tamborello teaming up with likes of Moby. The Postal Service is set to do a summer tour promoting the reissue of their first album Give Up, which was released on January 22, 2013.   

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 2/25 - 3/4  

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom Records (Ballard) and Easy Street Records (West Seattle).

 

1. Ivan & Alyosha - All The Times we Had

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist 

3. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

4. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace

5. Pickwick - Myths

6. Grave Babies - Crusher

7. Ben Gibbard - Former Lives

8. Head & The Heart - Head & The Heart

9. Caspar Babypants - I Found You!

10. Nirvana - Bleach

HELP "KICKSTART" SEATTLE FILM AND MUSIC PROJECTS

Kickstarter is an online "crowd-funding" resource that helps musicians, filmmakers and producers of artistic projects reach out to friends and fans for financial support. Kickstarter allows artists the opportunity to give back to funders with special rewards, such as an exclusive album pre-release, a producer credit in a film, or even getting to meet the artist in person. Seattle is a hotbed for film and music projects, and you can be a pivotal part of the production process by backing a project and spreading the word. Current Seattle-based Kickstarter projects are listed below, in order of imminence, from soonest-ending project to furthest out. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.
 
CAST OF KINGS PODCAST - March 8 (1 day)
Dave and Joanna desperately want to bring back their "Game of Thrones" podcast for Season three. Are you willing to pay the iron price? 
 
BEN FISHER FULL-LENGTH LP - March 10 (3 days)
Ben Fisher is ready for the studio with Noah Gundersen in the producer's chair. Lend a hand and be a part of making the record!
 
Seattle's electro-space rock band Surrealized is finishing a new album and planning a first tour. Music, robots, and art await you!

Seattle independent filmmakers Riley Morton and Nils Cowan have filmed a feature documentary on last year's road to marijuana legalization. Help them get the film out there!

SEEING BLIND'S NEW ALBUM - March 20 (14 days)
Local band Seeing Blind recorded music with producer Jack Endino of Nirvana fame, and now need help publishing the album. Will you see the project through?

LITTLE SECRETS - March 21 (15 days)
Several Seattle Central Community College students are submitting their film festivals around the country. Will you help them spread the story?

EXTENDING THE PLAY - March 22 (16 days)
This documentary follows two American men who are top basketball players in Luxemburg. Will you dish an assist to the filmmakers?

Seattle group Project Lionheart has their album mixed, mastered and ready to go. All they need to do now is print it and promote it. Will you help?

HOUSE OF GLASS: SEASON 1 - April 2 (25 days)
A new action drama webseries will pull Greek myth into the modern day with main characters Apollo and Ariadne. Will you help them?

Why Kickstarter and not IndieGoGo?

The overwhelming basis for promoting Kickstarter as a project fundraiser stems from the tool's clear and complete structure.  It is a system that ensures artists approach each and every venture with a comprehensive business plan.  The debatable result, wherein artists may or may not keep the funds they raise based on whether or not their project is funded fully, interests us because it protects project backers. IndieGoGo, although a great money-generating platform, does not provide the same level of investor protection when projects go by the wayside. At least for the time being, our office has decided to continue supporting Kickstarter.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'ONTOLOGY OF ABSENCE' 

THE STRANGER  

This week's Short Film Friday will be "Ontology of Absence," a short directed and written by me, Charles Mudede, and shot and edited by Adam Sekuler. The short is part of an installation for an exhibit, Green Gothic, that opens this Friday, March 8, at Hedreen Gallery. The music is a sample from Max Roach's "Driva Man" and the poem is inspired by Nabakov's Lolita.

MEDIA DIGEST

SEA-TAC AIRPORT MUSIC INITIATIVE GAINS TRACTION WITH NEW UPGRADE   

SEATTLE TIMES 

Columnist Monica Guzman had a refreshing experience while waiting for her flight at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this week. Instead of watching CNN while waiting in the terminal, she found the monitors displaying facts about local music groups like Hey Marseilles and Campfire OK. As a part of the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, travelers are introduced to the music culture that puts this city on the map and new upgrades to the web player give airline passengers the ability to discover local music. There are now more Northwest artists featured in the web player than ever before, with 400 tracks streaming for free in select terminals. The Port of Seattle partnered with the Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork to bring these ongoing developments to the traveling public. Along with the music playing in terminals, musicians lend their voices to airport announcements. Quincy Jones, Macklemore, and Sir Mix-a-lot, among others, welcome travelers to the Pacific Northwest.
CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLAHS WITH LIVE MUSIC AND BEER AT PENUMBRA BASH

SEATTLE MET  

March 16 is the last day of winter and also the day of a new music festival in Mt. Baker. Penumbra Beer Bash will have its inaugural festival and bring in a new kind of event that focuses on local bands and local breweries. For $25, guests will receive, along with entrance, seven drink tokens to taste the 26 craft breweries that will be available. The curated music line-up includes many local, punk-pop bands like Catheters, Pleasureboaters, and Wimps. Penumbra also offers a VIP pass that gives access to a beer infusion completion at the Pine Box on Capitol Hill.

JON IRWIN OF RHAPSODY ON THE REINVENTION OF MUSIC INDUSTRY

TECH CRUNCH  

In a recent interview with tech crunch during the SFMusic Tech Conference, Jon Irwin, President of Seattle-based Rhapsody music streaming service, talks about the reinvention of the music industry.  With the advent of smart phone technology, the industry is shifting its business model from the sale of product to what he calls "streaming as a platform," noting the increasing dominance of subscription services like Rhapsody, Spotify, and Pandora.  The big new business opportunities, Irwin says, both lie with the collection of data about consumer behavior and with enabling artists to build much more intimate relationships with their fans. A video of the Tech Crunch interview is available online.

STAR-LADEN SHORT FILM PROMOTES CODING IN THE U.S.

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle entrepreneur Hadi Partovi is on a mission to transform computer science in the United States, beginning with his newly-formed nonprofit Code.org. There's a widespread consensus that more needs to be done to train new computer scientists. Partovi has unveiled a new video that he hopes will draw more attention to the issue. Directed by Lesley Chilcott (producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth), the film features everyone from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Microsoft's Bill Gates to NBA All Star Chris Bosh (who studied computer science at Georgia Tech before leaving for the NBA). The message is clear: coding is cool (and it can make you a lot of money).  

CITY ARTS' BEST NEW MUSIC FOR 2013

CITY ARTS 

City Arts asked over 80 local music industry professionals to name the five best acts they discovered over the last year. After reviewing 200 acts, the 10 with the most points have made it to their 'Best New Music List' for 2013. Lemolo took the number one spot, followed by Reignwolf and Deep Sea Diver. Kingdom Crumbs, Wimps, and La Luz also made the cut.  

SEATTLE STARTUP HELPS ADVERTISE RELATIONSHIP STATUS AT SXSW

PSBJ  

Seattle startup LikeBright is going to SXSW and handing out bracelets that not only promote the brand but also provide visual representation of ones' relationship status.  Green bracelets indicate to the crowds that you are single and pink bracelets indicate you are taken. Each time a person snaps a picture of the bracelets and posts it on a social network using the hashtag #Lovewins, the company will donate $1 to Seattle-based domestic violence prevention program New Beginnings.  LikeBright is also one of 11 companies to pitch at the SXSW Interactive Accelerator Program.  They will join the program with two other Seattle companies, Yabbly and DiscoveryJar.    

SPRING PARTIES SHOWCASING SEATTLE MUSICIANS

SEATTLE MET 

Seattle Met highlights the top 10 galas and parties for this Spring with many featured local film and music performances. Geo from Blue Scholars and Thig Natural of The Physics host a large Rappers W/ Cameras party at Town Hall on March 21. The performance includes improvisational music along with a photo exhibition of their photography. At Benaroya Hall on April 9, Ann and Nancy Wilson return to Seattle for a concert scheduled just before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sub Pop Records will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a free event on July 13. Be on the lookout for details on who in the music scene will be rockin' this party. 

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS 'POP TAGS' ON SNL

ROLLING STONE 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rolled out some snappy threads and hyperkinetic moves for their musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live. With vocalist Wanz singing the hook on their multi-platinum hit "Thrift Shop," the Seattle duo brought a high level of energy to their ode to second-hand treasure. For the second set, they brought on Ray Dalton for vocals on "Can't Hold Us," another track from their 2012 album, The Heist.

QUICK LINKS  
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns March 14 with a Women Entrepreneurs Theme!