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SAVE THE DATE: THE FILM, MUSIC + DIGITAL MEDIA HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEDNESDAY
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. The monthly Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network and build a unified community. This month's Happy Hour is June 29 from 5:00 - 7:00 at Spitfire in Belltown. See you there Seattle!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
2011 SUB-POP LOSER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Sub Pop Blog
Sub-Pop Records' annual "Loser Scholarship" awards local up-and-coming artists with supportive scholarships to help them pursue their artistic dreams. This year's round of scholarships were awarded to burgeoning artists involved in the mediums of music, film, sculpture, visual art and photography. First place scholarship recipient Shorewood High School's Javier Caceres became a YouTube sensation after his choreography-rich video "Shorewood Lip Dub" went viral. The second place scholarship was awarded to Tanner Smith, a multi-talented songwriter, drummer and sculptor. The third place scholarship went to Theodora Shure, a chair member on The Vera Project's VERArt Gallery and a photographer, singer and visual artist.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ARTIST TRUST'S 2011 ARTS INNOVATOR AWARD
The largest award available to Washington State artists of all disciplines is Artist Trust's Arts Innovator Award (AIA). Two artists will receive $25,000 each for their display of originating new works, experimenting with fresh ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their fields. This is the first year that the AIA, previously a nomination-only process, is accepting open applications. So if you are a Washington State artist over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in any degree program, get your application in by July 25.
NEW SEATTLE STARTUP LAUNCHES SIR-MIX-A-LOT SOCIAL MEDIA GAME
A Seattle-born company focused on social media fan engagement tools for celebrities, Giant Thinkwell launched its first official celebrity-branded game "Mix-N-Match" featuring Seattle hip-hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot. Prizes are rumored to include something that should bring a smile to SWASS fans of a certain age: A ride down Broadway in Sir Mix-A-Lot's Lamborghini with a potential stop at Dicks Drive-In. Xconomy Seattle has an in-depth article on Giant Thinkwell and other start-up companies that are connecting the entertainment industry with the technology and gaming expertise concentrated in the Puget Sound region.
BEACON ROCKS! FREE OUTDOOR MUSIC SERIES KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY
Looking for a free and fun day of local music presented in the beautiful Seattle summer sun? This weekend kicks off the June edition of local outdoor music performance series Beacon Rocks! at Roberto Maestas Festival Street, adjacent to the Beacon Hill light rail station. Performances take place on the last Sunday of June, July and August, from 1:00-5:00 PM. Beacon Rocks! is presented by Beacon Hill Music, a community group formed to promote music, musicians and fans of music in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
JACKSON STREET MUSIC HISTORY PROJECT GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Jackson Street Music History Project
The opening celebration of the Jackson Street Music History Project happens this Saturday from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Blanche Lavizzo Park. The history project is a public art installation that honors musicians from the Central District's rich history of jazz, funk, soul, and hip hop; much of which took place in music clubs that used to line Jackson Street. Many of these musicians are still alive and active in our community and this event pays homage to their many contributions in a festive and family-friendly setting. The opening ceremony will include a message from Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and the musical bill boasts Seattle's '70s funk/soul sensation Wheedle's Groove, among others.
RED, WHITE AND DEAD WALK & ROCK CELEBRATES ZOMBIE CULTURE AND LOCAL MUSIC
Start practicing your best "walking dead" impression now. The 3rd annual Red, White and Dead walk takes place in less than two weeks. This year Seattle is reclaiming the Guinness World Record for the largest zombie walk, this time from New Jersey. While cavorting in your best undead duds, catch performances all afternoon and evening from local musicians like Death Star Hip-Hop, Rushden & Diamonds, Spawn Atomic, The Staxx Brothers, and Kultur Shock. Part of the event's proceeds will also benefit Reel Grrls, an organization that mentors young female filmmakers.
FREE CONCERTS AT CITY HALL START IN JULY
Starting next month, City Hall becomes a live music venue during lunchtime. Seattle Presents brings back the popular outdoor music concerts happening every Thursday at noon. The series kicks off on July 7 with soulful singer Choklate, who is known for her fiery live performances and rich voice. Other performers include the reggae-tinged grooves of Kore Ionz, retro-pop harmonies from Curtains for You, and playful takes on classic French songs from Rouge. Concerts will be moved indoors to the City Hall lobby in case of rain.
KPLU SCHOOL OF JAZZ RECEIVES SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AWARD
KPLU School of Jazz
KPLU's School of Jazz project began in 2005 as a mentorship program linking jazz professionals with public high school jazz bands in Western Washington. The culmination of their efforts goes into the production of a CD, which is sold to benefit local school music programs. Since its inception, School of Jazz has raised over $50,000. KPLU was recently recognized for the School of Jazz program with a Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF). "We are so proud of the amazing talent displayed by the jazz students every year," said Brenda Goldstein-Young, KPLU Marketing/Promotions Director and KPLU School of Jazz project manager. "The kids' experience working with the mentors and recording the CD is an important part of their musical education and their appreciation of jazz."
CALL FOR ENTRIES: SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
EMP and SIFF are teaming up to bring to life the 7th annual Science Fiction +Fantasy Short Film Festival. Taking place January 29-February 4, 2012, the festival will screen a wide selection of live-action and animated films with science fiction and fantasy elements. Prime candidates are films that focus on futuristic stories, space adventure, folklore, magic, or mythic adventures. Films that think outside the box and push boundaries are always welcome (blending sci-fi and fantasy could produce some interesting results), but horror films will not be accepted. All films must also have been produced after 2007 to qualify for entry.
SEATTELEST INTRODUCES TICKET SALE CALENDAR
Lots of media outlets will remind you when a show is coming up, but rarely do they keep track of when tickets are going on sale. Seattlest is introducing a weekly feature that aggregates all of the tickets going on sale for future shows. A service like this helps immensely when considering those coveted Fleet Foxes tickets for the band's September show or iconic 80's band Erasure performing at the Neptune Theater in October.
DONATE GENTLY USED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO KPLU'S INSTRUMENT DRIVE
KPLU Instrument Drive
If you have a musical instrument in good condition that you no longer play, consider donating it to KPLU's Instrument Drive. All donated items will go toward supporting Seattle JazzED, a non-profit organization that provides jazz education and performance experience to Seattle students aspiring to get involved in music. Well-known jazz educators such as Clarence Acoz, Robert Knatt and Wayne Horvitz are the artistic directors behind Seattle JazzED. People can drop off their gently used instruments at various Kenelly Keys Music and Prosser Piano & Organ locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.
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 ordered by time remaining. Click on the Kickstarter buttons to check out these local projects and discover even more happening around Seattle.
The There There: A Film By Jason Ryan - 6/25 (3 Days Left)
Luc and the Lovingtons - Making their 2nd Album - 6/30 (8 Days Left)
In Between the Raindrops: A Jazz Documentary - 7/6 (14 Days Left)
The Waif - 7/17 (25 Days Left)
Seattle Teen Music - Volume 1 Compilation CD - 7/18 (26 Days Left)
The Tempers: Vol. 2 EP - 8/3 (41 Days Left)
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 6/15 - 6/22
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Eddie Vedder - "Ukelele Songs"
- Death Cab for Cutie - "Codes & Keys"
- Head and the Heart - "Head and the Heart"
- Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
- Seapony - "Go With Me"
- Grand Hallway - "Winter Creatures"
- Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - "Vs."
- Caspar Babypants - "More Please!"
- My Goodness - "My Goodness"
- Neko Case - "Middle Cyclone"
SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.
Hype! is an insightful documentary about that whole grunge rock thing that happened a few years ago. The film follows the development of the genre, which first started getting rolling in the 80s when local bands combined elements of punk rock and heavy metal. Eventually this sound got packaged as a new northwest rock style called "grunge" and the music industry publicity machine over-hyped the scene to a ridiculous level. The film contains interviews and performances by a bunch of different bands, some of which became quite famous (Pearl Jam) and others who ended up mostly forgotten (Coffin Break). The filmmakers also talk to lots of folks involved behind the scenes, like record producers, the Sub Pop guys and Megan Jasper who created the hilarious "lexicon of grunge" prank. Numerous extinct rock clubs (like The Colourbox, RKCNDY, Squid Row, and the Odd Fellows Hall) are shown and there are also glimpses of the charming "weird" Seattle many of us fondly remember (The Dog House, The Cyclops Café in its old Jell-o mold building location, and the venerable Fallout Records). Also featured is lots of "classic" Seattle footage including shots of the Space Needle, foggy cityscapes, Pike Place Market, numerous sites along highway 99, ferries in Elliott Bay, misty forests and more. The filmmakers make some other stops along the I-5 corridor and Bellingham, Tacoma, Bothell, Portland and Olympia are all represented. If you are a fan of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, Hype! is a must see but the film also serves as a cinematic time capsule of early 1990s Seattle which was in the midst a massive facelift courtesy of the dot com bubble.
SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE DEBUTS IN NOVEMBER
Seattle is following in the pioneering footsteps of Austin's SXSW music, film and interactive conference with the announcement of the first-ever Seattle Interactive Conference. Scheduled to take place in November at the Washington State Convention Center, the event will be a two-day affair aimed at bringing together the most innovative minds in technology, creativity and business into one place. Expect rousing keynote speakers, informative panels, lively debates, citywide networking events, and plenty of parties. In a nod to true Seattle culture, there will also be a "Battle of the Geek Bands" to honor hometown heroes Pearl Jam on their 20th anniversary as a band.
NEW SHABAZZ PALACES ALBUM STREAMING ON NPR
The highly anticipated new album from Shabazz Palaces Black Up, releases on June 28, but haven't you waited long enough Seattle? Once again, NPR Music has got your back and Black Up is streaming free as part of their exclusive First Listen program. As you queue up the album, make sure you have plenty of time and space to dedicate to the intergalactic grooves and danceable rhythms of Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. The lyrical stylings of Ishmael Butler are infectious and profound, but can pack a fierce punch and parental advisory is suggested. Check out an excellent City Arts article with Shabazz interviews by Jonathan Zwickel. You can also catch Shabazz live at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records for a free and all-ages album release party in-store performance on June 28.
KING FM AND SEATTLE OPERA TEAM UP TO PRESENT SATURDAY NIGHT OPERA PROGRAMMING
The Everett Herald
Can't swing those prime box seats at the opera? You can go the economic route instead and tune in to KING FM Saturday nights for a different opera performance each night. Curated by the Seattle Opera, the program will feature live broadcasts, performances from other leading opera companies, and classic recordings. "KING FM's transition to listener-supported radio means more music, including more opera with our partners at Seattle Opera," said Bryan Lowe, KING FM Program Director. "It's a big win for everyone, especially opera fans of the Northwest." KING FM will also continue to broadcast a live performance from each of the five operas from Seattle Opera's regular season.
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel White, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Jonathan Hughes, Intern
Tiffany Wan, Intern
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