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SEATTLE MUSIC COMMUNITY'S ANNUAL A DRINK FOR THE KIDS! STARTS TONIGHT
The 6th annual A Drink for the Kids, put together by Seattle's music community and the 21-and-over crowd begins tonight to benefit The Vera Project. Events take place all around the city go nightly until the grand finale show at Neumo's on Saturday the 11th. So, pick a spot in your neighborhood, and by simply ordering a Redhook or Dewars and coming to a great show you can lend your support for the Vera Project, Seattle's all-ages, volunteer-run music and arts space. Special guests host includes our very own Rachel White at King's Hardware in Ballard and not so special guest host, James Keblas at Linda's Tavern on Capitol Hill. Check out the schedule on the website, and get tickets to the concert.
"SOUNDS OF SEATTLE" FEATURED IN GERMAN TRAVEL MAGAZINE
The September/October issue of the German travel publication "America Journal" includes a report on Seattle's famous music culture. "Sounds of Seattle" features unique local hotspots like Chop Suey, The Triple Door, Dimitrious's Jazz Alley, and the Experience Music Project. After checking out this article, you'll be proud to say "Ich bin ein Seattleite!"
CONCERT MARKETING INTERNSHIP AT STG
The Seattle Theater Group has an internship opening. Assist the concert marketing manager to promote concerts, speakers, comedy, and more. You will work closely with staff to execute public relations, advertising, and promotions initiatives. Key functions include writing, proofing, and reviewing marketing materials and press releases, conducting research projects, coordinating archival information and invoices, posting calendar listings, working with record labels, and helping on site at performances, in addition to other general marketing administrative duties.
"LIONESS" FREE SCREENING AT SIFF CINEMA
"Lioness," a new film by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, tells the untold story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Against official policy and without the training given to their male counterparts, but with a firm commitment to serve as needed, these dedicated young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Yet these women are rarely-if ever- mentioned in news accounts of those battles. The new documentary screens for free at SIFF Cinema on Saturday, October 25, 2008. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local female veterans of U.S. wars and U.S. conflicts as well as staff from the VA Puget Sound Health System Women's Clinic.
THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS HEADLINING FREE SHOW AT NEUMOS
The Saturday Knights will be headlining a free show at Neumos on Thursday, October 16th. That's right, no moolah is needed, just the desire to see an awesome hometown line up, including other local favorites The Cops and MONO in VCF.
ORAL HISTORY LIVE! IN HONOR OF THE GRETSCH COMPANY'S 125TH ANNIVERSARY
Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame are hosting workshops and Oral History Live! in honor of The Gretsch Company's 125th anniversary. On Saturday, October 18th come to the anniversary celebration for one of the world's best-known guitar and drum makers. The Gretsch Company's guitars and drums have been played by the biggest names in music for decades, from the Beatles' stateside debut on the Ed Sullivan show to the 2008 Super Bowl with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Festivities will include an Oral History Live! event, a Q&A with The Gretsch Company's Fred and Dinah Gretsch, Stephen Ferrone and TV Jones, as well as music workshops led by Stephen Ferrone and TV Jones. The workshops and Oral History Live! are open to the public.
VERVE, ARTIST-PORTRAIT FILM SCREENING AND PARTY!
Please join the NW Film Forum today, October 8th to watch short film-portraits of some of Seattle's most creative people, from the series, "Verve". The "Verve" film-portraits allow viewers to enter the artists' worlds, their creative processes, their work, their day to day lives and who they are as people. These portraits aired on the Seattle Channel, were shot by Gabriel Miller, edited by Patricia O'Brien and produced by O'Brien, Miller, Nancy Guppy and Lisa Devlin. All the artists from the series will be invited, and Johanna Kunin and Evan Flory-Barnes will perform. Come celebrate Seattle's wealth of creativity, the artists, and a new arts documentary project from Gabriel Miller and Patricia O'Brien.
BE A "CLAM STAR" AT IVAR'S IDOL CONTEST
Be the next Ivar Idol! Ivar's Seafood is looking for the next "Clam Star" to remake Haglund's infamous ballads from his "Ivar's Love Affair with Puget Sound Songs & Ballads Songbook." The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of Ivar's judges, but popular votes and comments for your posting will be taken into consideration as well. Your post will be evaluated on how creative and relative to Ivar Haglund (and Ivar's Restaurants) it is. Prizes include Ivar's Gift Cards and inclusion in future radio commercials, ringtones, and press releases.
SEATTLE CHANNEL PREMIERES NEW ALDEN MASON DOCUMENTARY
Alden Mason is a one of a kind regional treasure who is a contemporary Northwest master who taught painting at the University of Washington for over 30 years. His own paintings have taken many different styles over the years and the new Seattle Channel documentary Alden Mason Artist produced and directed by John Forsen, is a rare chance to see this all of this work together. His upbeat, inventive figurative work and the Burpee Garden series of big colorful abstract oil paintings that are his greatest success are featured along with interviews with art critics, artists, gallerists and collectors. Tune in on Thursday October 9th at 9pm for Alden Mason Artist, exclusively on the Seattle Channel. The program repeats on Friday, October 10th at 8pm and Saturday, October 11th at 10pm.
EXPERIENCE HENDRIX: 2008 TRIBUTE TOUR
A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. "Al" Hendrix, Jimi's father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year's Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year's seven sold out performances. Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.
HOT GRITS: A PUNK ROCK PLAY ON MUSIC
Dirty girl productions presents Hot Grits, the new punk rock play on music guaranteed to bring Seattle to its knees! Hot Grits is an all black female concept punk rock band and multidisciplinary theatre piece. The story reveals the rise and fall of four Black women who dare to enter into the punk rock world where they are ironically not necessarily welcome. Lola, Jordan, Amber and Kenya find one another through a common love of punk rock music. This raw 4-some of gritty ladies are ready to burn all in their path. You have seen them around town, you read about them in the paper, so now go down to the Re-Bar to see them.
LYNN SHELTON'S "MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE" ON IFC
Last chance to watch "My Effortless Brilliance" on cable TV! It will be available for viewing via IFC Video on Demand until October 11, 2008. Produced, written, and directed in Seattle by Lynn Shelton, "My Effortless Brillance" tells the story of a complicated friendship set in the picturesque backwoods of Washington State.
TEATRO ZINZANNI TO SERVE 1,000,000TH GUEST IN NEXT TWO WEEKS
Norm Langill, Seattle-based artistic director of Teatro ZinZanni, announced today that the ten-year-old cabaret phenomenon will serve its 1,000,000th and 1,000,001st guests sometime in the next two weeks. "It's hard to believe that a million people have been to our two tents [San Francisco and Seattle] since we started this project back in 1998," said Langill. "That's a lot of bowls of soup!" One lucky guest and his or her party will be selected from an upcoming performance in each city within the next two weeks. He or she will also receive the "Ultimate ZinZanni Package," and be invited to attend TZ's Anniversary celebrations in March in San Francisco and in April in Seattle.
EXPOSED: AN EVENING WITH COMPOSER BEAR McCREARY
EMP|SFM, in partnership with The Warren Report, presents a new film series, Exposed: Inside Film. On October 15th at 7pm, popular composer Bear McCreary will show clips from Battlestar Galactica, as well as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and discuss how his scores enrich the characters and plotlines of the shows. Warren Etheredge will host the evening.
FEDERAL TAX INCENTIVES FOR DOMESTIC FILM PRODUCTION EXTENDED
The House and Senate voted to pass Section 181, legislation to modify and extend federal tax incentives for domestic film production, as part of the $700 billion financial markets rescue plan earlier this week. The new version of Section 181 expands the program by applying the tax incentive to the first $15 million of all films and television productions in the United States. Second, the provision extends the tax incentive through December 2009. Third, the provision is retroactive to January 2008, allowing many productions to take advantage of the tax incentive that had not previously been eligible under the $15 million cap. According to DGA President Michael Apted, Section 181 "will finally fulfill its potential by creating a small but significant benefit for film and television productions that choose to remain in the United States."
MUSIC & POLITICS ON CURRENT TV
With an historic election upon us, CURRENT TV presents a special edition of Music and Politics '08. It's a collection of opinions from a variety of musicians, from Death Cab for Cutie to Rage Against the Machine to up-and-coming hip-hop artist Charles Hamilton and Seattle's own soldier-songwriter, Joshua Morrison. Hear their perspective on issues they see as critical to our country, and find out what they are doing to get involved from street poverty to street art, blogging to battle.
FIFTH ANNUAL ARTS EDUCATION FORUM: THE STATE OF ARTS EDUCATION IN SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Take part in an evening devoted to strengthening arts in our city schools. Learn about the first year of the city of Seattle's Arts Education Partnership Initiative with the school district. Hear about next steps for putting the arts back in education. Featured speakers include Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Chief Academic Officer Carla Santorno and District Manager of Visual and Performing Arts Carri Campbell. Enjoy visual art and performances by Seattle students.
Children welcome. Free supervised arts activities and pizza provided for school-age children.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/29 - 10/5
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Moondoggies - Don't be a Stranger
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Pica Beats - Beating Back the Claws
- Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess He's the Duke
- Damien Jurado - Caught in the Trees
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Jeff Ament - Tone
MIKE LEIGH SCREENS HIS NEW FILM IN SEATTLE
Mike Leigh, the five-time Oscar-nominated director of "Secrets & Lies," "Topsy-Turvy" and "Vera Drake," will bring his latest film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," to Seattle for a one-night-only screening at SIFF Cinema Wednesday, October 8th.
SLAM! SEATTLE LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with three nights of contemporary Latin American classical music. Founded by Seattle pianist Cristina Valdés, Seattle Latin America Music Festival returns for a second year with a focus on solo, chamber, and electro-acoustic music by Latin American composers of our time. Taking place October 8-10, all concerts start at 8:00pm; presented by SLAM! and Nonsequitur, with support from 4Culture and the Viva la Musica Club.
SEATTLE GAMER COMPETING IN FINALS OF WORLD CYBER GAMES
Seattle gamer Austin Throop, who also writes a Web comic and composes music, is competing in the national final of the World Cyber Games, considered the Olympics of gaming. He will compete in the "Guitar Hero III" category in Los Angeles this weekend for a spot on the national team. If he makes it, he'll head to the grand final November 5-9 in Cologne, Germany. More than 1 million people from more than 70 countries compete in the yearlong tournament, which includes online and offline events. Last year's final was held in Seattle.
SOUND DESIGN WITH KELLY BERRY
The Stranger talked to Kelly Berry, one of Seattle's finest sound engineers. Berry owns and operates the sound systems at Neumos and Chop Suey and maintains and helped design the systems at King Cobra and Re-bar. He is also Mudhoney's sound engineer, traveling with them to do their concert audio reinforcement. Kelly approaches what he does as a musician with sympathy for the needs of those onstage.
NIRVANA MANAGER'S BOOK TELLS OF LIFE IN THE ROCK 'N' ROLL TRENCHES
Danny Goldberg was the manager of Nirvana. In his long career in the music business, he also covered Woodstock for Billboard; did PR for Led Zeppelin; managed Bonnie Raitt and Warren Zevon, among others; headed two of the biggest record companies of the 1990s; and now runs Gold Village Entertainment, a management company that counts Steve Earle, the Hives and Tom Morello among its clients. His latest find: Care Bears on Fire, three 13-year-old girls from Brooklyn whom he hopes will be the next preteen faves, a la the Jonas Brothers. In his new book, "Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business," Goldberg tells of his adventures in the music business with insight, humor and compassion.
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AGREE TO DIGITAL THEATER ROLLOUT
Five Hollywood studios have agreed to help pay for a $1 billion-plus rollout of digital technology on about 20,000 movie screens in North America, a precursor to showing movies in 3-D. Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, a consortium of major theater chains, announced the deal Wednesday. The rollout in the U.S. and Canada, covering about half of all screens, is planned to start early next year. To help offset the costs - about $70,000 per screen - the studios plan to pay the consortium slightly under $1,000 per movie per screen, roughly the same amount it costs them to print and ship a celluloid film copy. Adding digital equipment is the critical first step in the technological upgrade to being able to show 3-D movies. The studios in the deal include The Walt Disney Co., Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
CELLO WUNDERKIND JOSHUA ROMAN RETURNS AS TOWNMUSIC RINGMASTER
"The great thing about programming this series is that it's music I want to hear. It's new music, stuff I'm into," says Joshua Roman, 24-year-old director of Town Hall's TownMusic program. Heading into his second season running the TownMusic chamber-music series, Roman - a solo cellist of growing international renown, and former principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony - is a favorite in this city.
ON RADIO: STATIONS EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNOLOGY
The pressure on radio to move beyond the traditional delivery channel helps explain a flurry of experiments and new ventures that stations and programmers in this market are trying to attract, retain and connect with their audiences. Pacific Public Media (the umbrella organization for KPLU-FM/88.5 and its broadcast and online affiliates) recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Strachan as director of public media. Her new job consists of figuring out how, where and when to deliver KPLU's news and jazz programming to listeners beyond the basic radio signal, how to let listeners customize the content they receive and how to move "from one-way communication to more collaborative interaction with the audience." KPLU could, for example, act as a host for listeners to post audio, video or text content they generate, and to form communities with other listeners who share their interests. In one already launched experiment, KPLU put a mapping program on its Web site connected with its Jazz24 channel heard online and on HD-equipped radios. Audience members could post notes on where they were listening from. "It got enormous response in less than a week," Strachan says.
KEXP DJ / SEATTLE WEEKLY ROCKET QUEEN TO OPEN BAR
Hannah Levin, beloved KEXP DJ and author of Seattle Weekly's music column Rocket Queen, is opening a fancy new bar in Greenwood! It will be called Gainsbourg and be located at 8550 Greenwood Ave. N. Hannah and partner JJ Wandler, also of Asian-inspired chillout bar Tiger Tail in Ballard, have been hard at work exposing brick and covering the bar in zin, at the former Northside Grill location. The cuisine is said to be French and small-plated and the decor will be fabulous. Gainsbourg will be opening the first week of November.
APPLE iTUNES LIVES ANOTHER DAY
Royalties paid to publishers and songwriters for the sale of digital downloads remained unchanged at 9.1 cents per download last Thursday. Apple had threatened to pull the iTunes plug if the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board increased the fees paid to publishers and songwriters, who feared that the three-member panel might lower the royalties for a five-year period. They had requested an additional 6 cents while the labels wanted to recast the entire pay structure - a proposal opposed by the songwriters and publishers who feared that plan could reduce their royalties. Apple, which has mightily resisted tampering in any way with its 99-cent price point for tracks, said that if the rate hike goes through and the labels refuse to absorb the entire resulting increase, the iTunes music store would become unprofitable and shutter.
SENATE PASSES BILL THAT COULD SAVE INTERNET RADIO
There is new hope for Pandora and other webcasters, but any deal is far from done. The U.S. Senate approved the Webcaster Settlement Act and sent it to the President to be signed. The bill authorizes internet radio services and Sound Exchange (as agents for copyright owners and performers) to negotiate new royalty agreements retroactive to 2006. A new deal could settle rates through 2015. The House of Representatives passed the bill September 28.
RHAPSODY AMERICA RE-LAUNCHES LISTEN.COM AS LOCAL MUSIC DESTINATION
Rhapsody America has re-launched listen.com as a local music blog. Initial coverage via a hook-up with alternative newspaper chain Creative Loafing includes Chicago, L.A., New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Charlotte, Tampa and Washington D.C. The site will feature: Local music news, reviews and features; local playlists, free music playback using Rhapsody 25; select Rhapsody radio channels and videos; free MP3s from emerging local artists and much more. As the site expands, so will the number of cities covered and features will expand to include music discovery; media galleries, community and commerce.
TACOMA'S OWN SQUEAK & SQUAWK FESTIVAL
Tacoma is now getting in on the action, with a little music festival of their own. The very first Squeak & Squawk Festival is happening October 16 through the 20 with over 30 bands in four locations. The Portland Cello Project will begin the festivities at noon on the 16th in the lovely Wright Park. The concert is curated by The Helm Gallery and The New Frontier where the majority of the shows will be taking place. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/squeakandsquawkfestival.
ALASKA AIRLINES RESCUES PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Money was tight. Organizers had already canceled the Portland Jazz Festival, and staffers were ready to cut off the office phone when "The Call" came. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines was on the phone. The company wanted to help save the festival at the eleventh hour. Bailen Smith announced Wednesday that the sixth-annual Portland Jazz Festival is back on for February 13-22, after Alaska Airlines donated $100,000 over the next two years. The large donation has also helped the festival raise tens of thousands of dollars from other donors, who were originally skeptical that organizers could raise enough to save the festival, staff members said.
A SUBURBAN MOM'S ROCK-STAR MOMENT
Jessica Ketola, of Edmonds is a 37-year-old mother of four, church music director, songwritin' daughter-of-a-preacher man. And, in this story, she's far from the suburbs. She's at The Gorge, last summer. She's sweating in the 90+ degree heat. And she's frantically trying to change her clothes. Though Ketola has a reputation as a singer/songwriter in the Christian music community, she never expected that she'd leave her husband on their 17th anniversary, mind you, and take up with another man. On stage. In front of 20,000 people. But what's a gal to do when she's literally plucked from a chorus line and thrust into the spotlight of the concert stage to share a microphone with Sting and the Police?
APPLYING THE EBAY MODEL TO MUSIC LICENSING
Sensing an inefficiency in the market, an Israeli start-up hopes to do for music licensing what eBay did for just about everything else, by creating a database-driven environment to introduce recording artists to advertisers, videogame developers, filmmakers and hobbyists that cuts through the licensing world's red tape. Ostensibly, it should now be possible for anyone who owns music to license it for a profit - and for anyone who needs legally licensed music for a video project to get it without a lot of hassle.
Don't Stop Believin' Records has confirmed the unfortunate truth that one of Seattle's most promising young punk bands, Pleasureboaters is breaking up. Former frontman Ricky Claudon and his wife are moving to Chicago.