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August 1, 2012
                                                                                 
CITY NEWS

INCREASING MUSIC EDUCATION IN SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

The Film + Music Happy Hour returns Wednesday, August 29 at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 pm - 7 pm. Fueled by a $1 million Wallace planning grant, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will be pursuing music as one of two disciplines in developing in a comprehensive Arts Plan. Come join SPS Visual and Performing Arts Manager, Carri Campbell, and Planning Project Manager, Audrey Querns to learn how SPS will be implementing their new musical approach to ensure that ALL of Seattle's students can participate fully in Seattle's music-rich culture. 

KEXP AND SEATTLE CENTER PRESENT CONCERTS AT THE MURAL

Brought together by a shared commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming, KEXP 90.3 FM and Seattle Center have teamed up to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of eclectic concerts on some of the summer's sultriest weekends. The four free admission all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area's independent music scene. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP's favorite artists, including this weekend's show with Sallie Ford, Legendary Oaks, and Fly Moon Royalty.   

SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY OPENS WITH NEW MUSIC AND INTERACTIVE FILM

Seattle Center Armory, built in 1939, has evolved over the many years as a community gathering place and affordable family destination. Newly updated with a look that unifies the space and reveals its historic roots, the "Center of the Center" now features fresh, local foods and beverages. Friday, August 3, the Armory will host a preview of the update alongside 2012 KEXP and Seattle Center Presents Concerts at the Mural and the premier of a new water-based multimedia series called "Fountain of Light" at the International Fountain. The free event features projected film and video onto the fountain water, featuring original short films and video mash-ups.  

DANCE TO SAMBATUQUE AT CITY HALL'S PLAZA

OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS        

Dance to music from Brazil and the Caribbean with Sambatuque, this Thursday, August 2, at Seattle City Hall's outdoor plaza. The show is part of Seattle Presents, a free, lunchtime summer concert series. Sambatuque (samba-too-kie) draws upon the rich and subtle beauty of Brazilian harmonies and the powerful rhythms of Brazil and Cuba to create songs that are uplifting and infectious.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FAIR TRADE MUSIC GENERAL MEETING
FAIR TRADE MUSIC   
Fair Trade Music is a grassroots campaign of NW musicians, supported by the Musicians' Association of Seattle. Through advocacy, education, and recognition, Fair Trade Music is working to build a sustainable music scene, extend musicians' rights, and forge partnerships. Join Fair Trade Music and the Musicians' Association of Seattle for their General Meeting on Monday, August 13, 7 pm, at the Seattle Labor Temple. 
ONE REEL HIRING CITY OF MUSIC INTERN

ONE REEL  

One Reel is a Seattle-based non-profit arts, cultural, and special events producer specializing in events that inform as well as entertain. Right now, One Reel - alongside City of Music partners, including KEXP, Sub Pop, the Seattle Office of Film + Music, and more - is developing a program called City of Music Career Day. As part of the program, One Reel seeks one talented intern to work on the event from August 6, to early October. The intern will gain valuable insight and experience in event coordination, including planning, partner, sponsor and vendor cultivation, and on-site coordination. City of Music Career Day will take place on September 27 at Seattle Center.
GUIDE TO THE 'OUT TO LUNCH' DOWNTOWN CONCERT SERIES

OUT TO LUNCH      

Still looking for a way to spend your summer in Seattle? Check out the Downtown Seattle Association's (DSA) summer event guide, including a preview of this summer's Out to Lunch Concert Series, which began July 11 and continues throughout the summer. The series will be holding free concerts every Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm in various locations around Downtown. This week Michael Powers will be performing on Wednesday and Greta Matassa and Susan Pascal will be playing on Friday

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE HIRING PROGRAM COORDINATOR

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE        

Northwest Folklife, an independent year-round nonprofit organization, is hiring. The Northwest Folklife Programming department is seeking a Programs Coordinator to join their hard working Programming team in October 2012. The Programs Coordinator is one of the public faces of Northwest Folklife and works closely with all of the communities and performers who support the work of the organization. The Programs Coordinator will organize and oversee the Hands-On Activities Area of the Festival, which focuses on family-friendly programming.

CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES FALL 2012 EVENTS SEASON

CORNISH COLLEGE        

Cornish College of the Arts produces and presents more than 150 arts and cultural events each year, all open to the public. This year, Cornish events range from an exhibition of contemporary Northwest artists in Old ghost ranges, sunken rivers, come again, the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock, a new play by Simon Stephens, one of Britain's hottest new playwrights, directed by Cornish alum Wayne Rawley, and Cornish Dance Theater performing choreography by Danielle Agami, Camille A. Brown, Pat Hon, and Wade Madsen. 

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.

 

Swingset Showdown's Debut Album - August 2 (1 days)  
A high-energy piano-punk variety band that puts heavy emphasis on turning even the most mundane evenings into dance-parties is releasing their first album. 

 

Jen Wood's New Album - August 5 (4 days) 
Help support the release of guitar/piano artist Jen Wood's new album. 

BFE - August 8 (7 days) 

This film looks into the lives of several characters who are struggling to overcome their own inertia, struggling to play the hand they were dealt, and struggling to turn the lemons life keeps giving them into lemon aid. 

 
Locally Grown - August 11 (10 days) 
A comedy web series that celebrates quirky characters and their entertaining situations at a local farmers market.  

 

THE PHYSICS: TOMORROW PEOPLE - August 17 (15 days) 
Tomorrow People is pretty much about raps, beats, and hooks. 

 

THE 3RDi KIT - August 18 (16 days) 
The 3RDi (Third-Eye) is the world's first complete high end camera kit for an iPhone 4/4S. 

 

Dressing Up - August 19 (17 days) 
Dressing Up is a short comedy shot in spectacular Seattle with local actors, crew members, artists, vendors and locations. 

 

DECIMATION - August 25 (23 days) 
Set in 1942, Decimation finds 10 Russian soldiers who have been accused of cowardice on the Eastern Front and are being temporarily imprisoned. 

 

Secrets in a Black Deaf Family - September 7 (36 days) 
A psychodrama and surreal story about a hard-of-hearing teenager who juggles family, peers and culture conflicts, while in search of her own sexual and identity freedom and self-realization.

TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 7/23 - 7/29               

OFM 

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

 

1. Brandi Carlile - "Bear Creek"   

2. Lemolo - "Kaleidoscope" 

3. Young Evils  - "Foreign Spells"

4. Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - "Old Gold EP" 

5. Pickwick - "Myths +2"

6. Donnie and Joe Emerson - "Dreamin" 

7. Absolute Monarchs - "1"

8. Wild Flag - "Wild Flag"

9. The Blakes - "The Art of Losses"

10. Allen Stone - "Allen Stone" 

FILM PRODUCTION OF THE WEEK: "BANK OF AMERICA"

ANONYMOUS CONTENT 

If you were in downtown or on Eastlake Ave last week, you likely passed a location being shot for a national commercial campaign for Bank of America.  The Los Angeles office of award-winning production company Anonymous Content brought producer Aris McGarry and director Andrew Douglas to town to film at several downtown Bank of America branches, at Serafina restaurant, and at several other regional locations.  The production worked closely with the City's DOT, City Light, and Police departments to coordinate several high impact on-location shots.

 

"Anonymous Content has been shooting Bank of America packages for several years in LA  and decided they wanted a different look," said location manager Doug Dumas.  "The proximity to LA, the incentive package, and the unbeatable scenic beauty made Seattle a natural choice.  Almost the entire crew and most equipment was secured locally, keeping all the money here.  The producer and director were very much impressed with the quality of the Seattle crew and speed with which the City were able to turn the permits around."

 

The production hired over 50 Washington-based cast and crew and worked with numerous local vendors during the 3-day production.

SHORT FILM FRIDAY: "ALLERGY TO ORIGINALITY" 

THE STRANGER 

The short for this Friday, August 3rd, will be "Allergy to Originality," a new New York Times Op-Doc by Drew Christie, a local animator and filmmaker who is the Genius Awards shortlist for film. Christie explains: "In honor of the recent Jonah Lehrer plagiarism and quote invention resignation scandal, the New York Times has published my new animation on originality, unoriginality and everything in between."

SCARECROW ON SEATTLE: THE OUTDOORSMEN: BLOOD SWEAT AND BEERS (2005) 

With the 2012 Olympics rolling along over in England, let us not forget about a home grown sporting competition, albeit one that features ten beer-soaked participants who freely admit they are "not great athletes." Originally started by some guys who graduated from the same Everett high school, the annual event was in its fourteenth year when this 2005 documentary was made. Looked at as a break from the 9 to 5 world, the tournament is an escape into "Mother Nature's playground" coupled with heavy doses of testosterone, bacon, and-the great equalizer-beer. Needless to say, there is an abundance of cussing and smoking with some minor injuries and quite a bit of puking. The competition takes place in the beautiful Cascade foothills just a couple hours east of Everett and consists of 15 challenges with numerous timed "bonus beers" and the occasional "recreational beer." Objects are tossed (rocks, eggs, tires, hatchets), some things are carried (logs, other dudes, etc.) and cases of Budweiser are consumed. Notable trials include Death Race 3000 (which involves a run through a chilly creek with several beers to guzzle along the way), an obstacle course, a tug-of-war, and (my favorite) Blind Man's Beer, where blindfolded competitors crawl on the ground feeling around for beer cans which they then have to chug. Though some time is devoted to the gentlemen's individual backgrounds, most of the film is dedicated to the sudsy shenanigans. The Outdoorsmen occasionally touches on some deeper thoughts like what it means to be a man and why somebody would want to engage in such a crazy activity but, for the most part, the film is good for some laughs and offers up a unique look at offbeat sports competitors.

 

The majority of the movie's running time takes place around the campsite and the surrounding forest. As usual, the Pacific Northwest woods are a beauty to behold, even with a bunch of drunken guys stumbling around barfing and chucking rocks. Early on, as we meet the participants, we are shown their home and work lives. A couple of the guys chat as they stroll along the Everett waterfront and they eventually go for a boat ride in Possession Sound. The competition's founder works at a local casino and favorably compares Everett to Las Vegas. They all seem to be fairly responsible family men who condense a year's worth of partying into one over-the-top concentration of binge drinking and physical self-abuse. As one of the participants delicately puts it, this is "one weekend in your life that you dedicate to balls out s**t."  
 
- Spenser Hoyt 
MEDIA DIGEST

BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE ROCKET'S 33-1/3 ANNIVERSARY  

CITY ARTS      

Published from 1979 to 2000, The Rocket was a free alternative newspaper that covered music and culture in the Northwest.The Rocket established the Northwest's musical character as much as the bands it covered. On the eve of its 33-1/3 anniversary, longtime editor and publisher Charles R. Cross talked to City Arts' Leah Baltus about the newspaper's trajectory and legacy. If you ever submitted to, wrote or took pictures for, or loved The Rocket, visit the anniversary party on August 5 at Feedback Lounge in West Seattle. 

MACKLEMORE SPEAKS OUT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

THE STRANGER 

Seattle fixture Macklemore, finally registering on big-time national hip-hop's radar, more ears tuned in to him than ever before, just recently released the first single - entitled "Same Love - from his upcoming album. The song was released in conjunction with Music for Marriage Equality and Sub Pop in support of Referendum 74, which would approve a law to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington. In this week's issue of The Stranger, Macklemore talks with Larry Mizelle Jr. about music, family, and his support for marriage equality in Washington State, and across the country.

"BEST OF SEATTLE" HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE'S MUSIC, FILM, AND NIGHTLIFE 

SEATTLE WEEKLY      

Seattle Weekly's annual Best of Seattle issue celebrates the very best people, places, and products our talented town has to offer, as voted by the newspaper's staff and readership. This year's issue showcases the very best of Seattle's film, music, and nightlife industry. Some of this year's winners include Bumbershoot (Best Festival), Thee Satisfaction (Best Hip-Hop Artist), Damien Jurado's Maraqopa (Best Album), The Neptune (Best New Venue), Local Sightings Film Festival (Best Film Festival Besides SIFF), and Starbucks (Best Record Store).  

AMAZON EXPANDS CLOUD MUSIC AFTER DEALS WITH TOP FOUR U.S. LABELS

BLOOMBERG   

Amazon.com Inc. has reached licensing deals with the four major U.S. record companies for a music service that lets users store songs remotely and play them online, competing with Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Songs from Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, Sony Corp.'s music business, EMI Group Ltd. and billionaire Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group are now available through the Amazon Cloud Player, the Seattle-based online retailer said today in a statement.

BE A PART OF THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ALEX CLARE'S "TOO CLOSE"

Alex Clare will be in Seattle filming his new music video for the song "Too Close" at The Moore Theater on Sunday, August 5, and you're invited to dance your butt off at the front of the stage!  The video is being produced by Seattle native Keith Rivers, and shot by award-winning cinematographer Alejandro Lalinde. Check-in begins at 10:00 am on Sunday.

IS MOVIEHATCH BRINGING BACK INDEPENDENT FILM?

HUFFINGTON POST  
MovieHatch.com was established with the premise that talent identification - specifically in the world of "independent film" - should be facilitated and encouraged by a larger audience than the insular Hollywood studio system of the past. The idea of funding and assisting in producing can also be absorbed by a more general population through the recent addition of crowdfunding to the site. 

SEAFAIR EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP THROUGH 2015  

SEATTLE TIMES      

Albert Lee Appliance has agreed to serve as the title sponsor of the Seafair unlimited hydroplane race through 2015, a key step in ensuring the stability of the event for the next few years. Seafair president Beth Knox and Albert Lee III each said that recent negotiations concluded with the company agreeing to another three-year deal to take it through 2015. Lee called it "a good fit for both," while Knox said the agreement "helps the sustainability for Seafair and it gives that long-standing partnership and investment into the community that is so crucial for us to continue forward in a positive way."

QUICK LINKS
Seattle Office of Film + Music Staff
James Keblas, Director
Chris Swenson, Film Program Coordinator
Rachel Sawyer, Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator
Romir Chaudhuri, Intern
Dominika Marczak, Intern
Sam Mouser, Intern
Ken Strocsher, Intern