Vol. 6, No. 44
April 3, 2013                                                                                       View our photos on flickr Like us on Facebook Visit our blog Follow us on Twitter
CITY NEWS

CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE

CITY HALL 

Ever wondered what our Mayor's office looks like? Here is your opportunity to meet Seattle elected officials and tour city hall offices while enjoying local food and entertainment. The annual City Hall Open House is this Saturday, April 6 with city department tables and tours of the Mayor's office, City Council offices, and City Council chambers. Featured entertainment and activities include cupcake and hat decorating by the South Seattle Community College culinary arts program, acrobatic performances by Sanca, the Massive Monkees Dance crew, food trucks, adoptable dogs and critters, and more. Bring the whole family and don't forget to stop by the Office of Economic Development and Office of Film + Music table!
'ART ZONE' WITH NANCY GUPPY AIRS FRIDAY, APRIL 5

This week on Art Zone's all-interview episode, Nancy talks to musician & raconteur John Roderick, lead singer of The Long Winters. Also interviewed is choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Dayna Hanson, whose feature film "Improvement Club" premiered at the 2013 SXSW Festival. Art Zone premiers Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m on The Seattle Channel and forever online.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES

LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a nine-day festival featuring over 50 feature-length and short films, many of which are either shot in the Northwest or directed by Northwesterners. Black film luminaries from across the nation will convene in Seattle from April 13 to 21 at the newly renovated venue. The festival begins with John Sayles' film Brother from Another Planet. A filmmakers panel on April 21 will be a thought-provoking discussion on the Black independent filmmaker experience, including topics such as online fundraising, Black characters in narrative film, and the ever-changing film distribution model.

GIRLS JAZZ DAY OFFERS FREE WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

SEATTLE JAZZED

Seattle JazzED is offering a free one-day workshop Saturday April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Columbia City. The workshop is open to middle and high school female student musicians from any school. Girls will improve their jazz musicianship and confidence in soloing in a supportive setting of female jazz peers. Students will work with some of Seattle's tremendously talented professional women jazz musicians and teachers, including Kelly Barr Clingan, Naomi Siegel, Kate Olson, Dawn Clement and Samantha Boshnack. The workshop is free but registration is required. 

EMP'S POP CONFERENCE WILL ANSWER YOUR BIGGEST MUSIC QUESTIONS

The EMP Pop Conference, launched in 2002, brings together academics, critics, performers, and dedicated fans for a rare collective discussion. The Seattle event will take place April 20, with the theme Begging to Differ: New Visions, New Sounds. Panelists will engage in a discussion through debates throughout the day, like "Which Beatles album is Actually the Best?" and "Who's Got the Best Music Scene: Seattle, Austin, or Portland?" Discussions on songwriting, telling a band's story, and plenty of others will also be a part of the event. 

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE SEEKING EVENT COORDINATOR INTERN

Northwest Folklife is seeking applicants for an Event Coordinator Internship. The internship requires collaborating with almost every department and aspect of Northwest Folklife, and therefore is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to learn more about the event planning world. The primary focus of this internship will be to assist with the planning of their donor/VIP First Look, as well as their Saturday Night Participants Party. Additionally, this intern will oversee front desk functions (answering the phone, processing mail, etc.) and assist with some volunteer and community outreach responsibilities.

ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

The lineup for this year's Capitol Hill Block Party looks to be one of the best the festival has put together. It features top-notch local and national acts. The lineup so far includes national acts like The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, A Trak, Frightened Rabbit, Cults, Chromatics, El P + Killer Mike, Danny Brown, and Star Slinger, featured alongside Seattle acts like Pickwick, Monogamy Party, Fly Moon Royalty, Naomi Punk, and many moreThe festival takes place July 26 - 28, with more acts to be announced closer to Summer. 

SIX YOUNG MUSICIANS SELECTED FOR PRESITIGOUS NATIONAL ORCHESTRA

Six young musicians from the greater Seattle area have been selected to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a group assembled by Carnegie Hall to represent the best teenage musicians in the country. The orchestra has a total of 120 members from 42 states, ages 16-19, and this Summer they will perform in Washington D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London. The Washington musicians are: Joseph Lorang of Seattle (violin), Marianne Martinoli of Monroe (violin), Sophia Stoyanvich of Bainbridge Island (violin), Audrey Chen of Redmond (cello), William Langlie-Miletich of Seattle (bass), and Karl Ronneburg of Sammamish (timpani and percussion). 

SEEDARTS SHOWCASING HOMEGROWN DOCUMENTARIES THIS WEEKEND  

Indie music lovers, reformed juvenile delinquents, hippies and a woman searching for identity are some of the compelling characters you'll meet during the SEEDArts Cinema Series, "Made in Seattle: Homegrown Documentaries" on April 5 and 6 at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Columbia City.  Each documentary is followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and Rustin Thompson, the Restless Critic.

NEW REEL GRRLS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Reel Grrls' new after-school program for girls ages 13 and up, Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out (HOMAGO), is a space for young women to enlist the assistance of adult mentors on film projects, homework, resumes, college applications. It is also a space to work on a blog, make a video, poem, song, or just socialize and meet other inspiring young folks. It is open to Reel Grrls participants, friends and mentors who identify as female, transgender, and gender non-conforming. The program is free and runs every Wednesday from April 24 to June 19 from 4-7 p.m. 

SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE HOSTING OPEN HOUSE AT NEW BUILDING

Seattle Film Institute (SFI) is hosting an open house on April 6 at their brand new location on 16th Avenue West. This event is a chance to learn about the new building, meet faculty and hear about SFI's programs, and see work from students. On the same day, two free workshops will take place: "Green Screen on a Budget: Great Results for Small Bucks" and "Funding the Independent Film: Writing in Seattle-Selling to Hollywood."

12 TIPS FOR ENTERING THE COMMERCIAL PHOTO & FILM WORLD

CHASE JARVIS BLOG

A recent blog post on Chase Jarvis' Blog answers the question "how can I work my way into the industry?" Producer Megan Schaut describes what the "Best Production Assistant in the World" should be doing to achieve success. They include being the first on set, knowing when to be quiet, have no ego, remain calm under pressure, among other well-explained advice. Hear a producer's perspective on how you can make a good impression.

SEATTLE CENTER SEEKS CAMPUS MANAGER

Seattle Center is seeking qualified professionals for the position of Campus Manager. This position manages business development, event servicing, and facilities for the Seattle Center Campus business area. The Campus business area includes meeting and exhibition spaces such as the Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall and Next Fifty Pavilion, plus acres of outdoor event space including the International Fountain, Fountain Lawns and the Mural Amphitheatre.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 3/25 - 3/31   

OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC 

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

 

1. Cave Singers Naomi

2. Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine  

3. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels

4. Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist 

6Caspar Babypants - I Found You!
7. Milk MusicCruise Your Illusion

8. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff 

9. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

10. Soundgarden - King Animal

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.
 

JOB HUNTERS SEASON TWO -  April 6 (3 days)
In a dystopian world, it's not about who you know, but who you kill. After college, citizens fight in an arena from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, hoping to be placed into a career. Will you help the creators make season 2 bigger?

This film follows the incredible and honest journey of a truly remarkable individual managing the beginnings of gender re-assignment. Help bring the film to a festival near you!


They've funded the production, mixing and mastering of the album themselves. They've ventured out of town, from Orcas Island to Portland, and have consistently impressed listeners. Now they need your help to get their first LP in your hands and spread the word to new listeners. Will you help?
 
FRINK - A SUPERNATURAL THRILLER - April 14 (11 days)
A newly-wed couple moves into a secluded home atop the cascade mountains to escape the outside world, only to find its dark secret. Will you contribute to this supernatural Seattle project?
 
Pianist Chelsea Bloomberg is recording an album of works by Liszt and Schubert. Will you help her fund the album?
 
MCTUFF: VOLUME 3 - April 17 (14 days)
McTuff is an instrumental Hammond organ trio that performs jazz, funk, and rock in an energetic and spontaneous style all their own. Help them put out their third album!

Rocker Leona X is making a totally independent album through Kickstarter. See if you want to help her record her own album.

LADY BE GOOD - April 19 (16 days)
Female musicians have been contributing to jazz for a very long time, facing all types of obstacles along the way. Will you help tell their amazing stories?
 
A PARTICULARLY STARRY MIDNIGHT - April 25 (22 days)
When physical attraction proves to be an obstacle rather than an opportunity, a man and woman are compelled to look to the stars for answers. Are the stars aligned for your involvement with this film?
 
THE HIVE - April 29 (26 days)
The 619 Western Ave Building in Pioneer Square was once a lumber and supplies warehouse. It grew into a thriving space for art of all types- from fine art to avant garde to Marvel comics. Will you be inspired to help produce this documentary? 
SHORT FILM FRIDAY: 'SURVEYOR' 

THE STRANGER  

I'm very excited to announce that this week's short will be "Surveyor," an "anti-Western" by the local director Scott Blake. The film is set in the Western frontier at the end of the American-Mexican war (1848). Everything about "Surveyor," which is 25 minutes, is just great--the cast (David Kulcsar, Jay Hill, Nathan Fisher, Tom Brophy), the photography (Clyde Garrido), the music (Charles Henri-Avelange), the sound design (Jason Alberts), and the story (which is by the director). Now this is what I call cinema!

MEDIA DIGEST

PODCAST: JASON DODSON OF THE MALDIVES ON KUOW

Seattle band The Maldives have performed everywhere from the back of a flatbed truck to the stages of Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, and SXSW. Late last week lead singer and guitarist Jason Dodson joined KUOW to perform some music and talk about what's inspiring him right now. The portion of the program with Jason Dodson begins at about the 25-minute mark.  

SEE "COUNTRY DAVE" AT SEA-TAC AIRPORT 

Dave Harmonson of Seattle, also known as "Country Dave," performed in the A gates at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday. Last week kicked off live music performances by local artists in different sites around the terminals as part of the Sea-Tac Airport Experience The City of Music program. Two performers will be featured at the airport each day, Monday through Friday, for the next 12 weeks. Harmonson has played in several bands around town and counts artists like The Byrds and California country-rock sound as influences, and will be participating in a Merle Haggard tribute show April 11 at the Columbia City Theater. "I'm a fan of the old country music, not much of the new stuff," he said. "There's an endless supply of good old music around."

MUDHONEY: AFTER 25 YEARS, THE BAND IS 'NOW'

If it seems like the international explosion of the Seattle grunge music scene happened only yesterday, think again - this year marks 25 years since the debut of bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Mudhoney. Sub Pop, the record label that put out many of those original releases, is also celebrating its 25-year anniversary later this summer with a multiday festival in Georgetown, and by reopening a "Mega-Mart" record store temporarily in the neighborhood. For a moment, it will feel like 1988 all over again.

PODCAST: MACKLEMORE TALKS SUCCESS AND LIFE

Macklemore sat down with Nerdist Podcast for a very honest hour-long interview. Macklemore talks about success, staying true to your art, and living outside of your comfort zone. He is candid and open about the music industry, the competition that comes with being a rapper, and why Seattle produces such intense and successful musicians.

HEART'S ANN AND NANCY WILSON ARE STILL DOING IT

Heart have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. They've logged Billboard Top 10 albums in the '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2010s. Songs like "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," "Straight On," "What About Love" (mullet warning), and "These Dreams." The Stranger's Norman Seeff spoke with Ann and Nancy recently about their careers and the music industry. From their strangest concert experience (a roof collapsing on them in Kyoto), to being women in the music world, to their love of The Head & The Heart and Alabama Shakes; this interview covers a lot of ground with the Hall of Fame musicians. 

5 PHILOSOPHIES TO KEEP CREATIVE MINDS CLICKING

Creativity is tough to come by, so it's natural to want to make sure it flows as easily as possible. Lifekraze CEO Ben Wagner runs a team of software developers and designers and he has some advice for you to stay productive and creative. Knowing what time of day you operate best can let you keep creativity flowing. It's good to work in bursts when you're 'in the zone' and the juices are really flowing, but be sure to leave some in the tank. Wagner also says that working out can be a great way to think things through, refresh your mind, and also keep balance in your life.

QUICK LINKS  
CITY BUSINESS CASUAL - Returns April 11 with a "What's Next for Green Business" Theme!