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NEXT HAPPY HOUR ON DECEMBER 17TH
Wednesday December 17th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
Please note that we are not holding a Happy Hour this month but join us in December for a special holiday Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour. The event is sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network. 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. This event is not open to the public and attendees must be 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you next month!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
INDUSTRY UPDATE WITH WASHINGTONFILMWORKS
Get an update about Washington's film industry and our state's new production tax incentive program! WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) that is dedicated to helping filmmakers bring their vision to the small and big screens by offering funding assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State. Offering up to a 20% return on all qualified in-state expenditures (including Washington based labor and talent), they raise $3.5M annually to incentivize production statewide. Come discuss the local film industry in this free event on December 3rd.
SEATTLE SEEKS ARTIST FOR FREMONT BRIDGE RESIDENCY
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, seeks an artist or artist team for a unique project-based artist residency in one of the bridge towers on the Fremont Bridge. The selected artist(s) will undertake an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge and create an art project in response to the experience. The artist may create work in any media, including video, film, sound, performance, installation or other diverse media. The art project should go beyond a straight representation of the landmark bridge and represent or illuminate some aspect of the bridge or bridges in general, be it real or metaphorical.
SEATTLE OPERA'S BRAVO! CLUB BREAKS MEMBERSHIP RECORD
Seattle Opera's BRAVO! Club, an organization for opera-goers in their 20s and 30s, has just reached a new membership record. Currently, 650 young opera lovers are a part of this exciting group-the highest number since its inception in 1996. One of the Club's most popular events, the Laser Opera, will be held on December 4th at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This annual event, now in its fourth year, juxtaposes two unlikely partners: opera - usually confined to performance halls - and laser shows - historically set to rock or other popular music.
EMP|SFM TO HONOR ROBBIE ROBERTSON AT FOUNDERS AWARD CELEBRATION
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to honor legendary musician and producer Robbie Robertson at its second annual Founders Award Celebration on Wednesday, November 19. The 2008 Founders Award will pay tribute to Robertson, who is most famous for his role as songwriter and guitarist in The Band. Robertson, born in Toronto, Canada, began songwriting and playing the guitar in his formative years. His skills earned him membership in several bands, including The Hawks and the Toronto-based Little Caesar. He later became the guitarist and primary songwriter in The Band, which performed with Bob Dylan during his 1965-66 world tour. Robertson has since worked as a music producer for several films, including Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" and "Gangs of New York."
BUMBERSHOOT NOW SEEKING WORLD'S BEST INTERNS FOR 2009
Want to know what it's like to help create Bumbershoot, and work on the inside of your favorite festival? One Reel is now accepting applications for a wide range of spring / summer internships. No matter if your interests lie within marketing or accounting, programming or legal, production or HR, chances are there's an internship that's just right for you! View the openings and apply today.
TFI SLOAN FILMMAKER FUND CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund will provide up to $170,000 in support of innovative and compelling filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician in fresh ways. The fund is seeking exceptional narrative work of all genres except science fiction or fantasy with scientifically accurate themes or characters. Selected projects from eligible directors, screenwriters and producers will be highlighted at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2009. In addition to funding, grantees will receive professional guidance and industry exposure as needed.
SEATTLE OPERA RECEIVES A TECHNOLOGICAL BOOST WITH A $750,000 WALLACE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Seattle Opera announced today that the company will receive a $750,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation over the next four years to increase accessibility to opera through new and innovative practices. "We are honored to be one of the recipients of the 2008 Wallace Excellence Awards," said Seattle Opera Executive Director Kelly Tweeddale. "Seattle Opera has long been committed to exploring new technologies to enhance our audience's experience and to increase exposure to our art form. We just finished a year-long exploration of how technology can enable us to deepen and broaden audience participation. The Wallace Excellence Award will allow us to take the recommendations and findings of our technology task force and turn them into real and practical applications."
A HEARTWARMING LOVE STORY...ABOUT A TYPEFACE
A special free screening of a love story for the season, "Helvetica," will unspool on Saturday, December 6 at SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center. Born in 1957 of Swiss origin, Helvetica was a typeface for the modern age. Sleek, streamlined and simple, it became the font that launched a thousand corporate logos-from Melbourne to Minneapolis to Munich. As neutral as the country of its birth, Helvetica was capable of being invested with the aspirations of millions of consumer products, a typeface whose meaning was created in the eye of the beholder.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/10 - 11/16
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Pearl Jam - Live From Easy Street
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- The Dandy Warhols - Earth to Dandy Warhols
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
THE BALLARD JAZZ WALK: A TAILOR-MADE MUSICAL, SOCIABLE STROLL
As much a civic exercise as musical event, the Ballard Jazz Walk commences Thursday night on the streets of downtown Ballard, less than two weeks after the end of the city's largest and longest jazz festival, Earshot. The jazz walk is both a complement and antidote to Earshot. If the latter is a fine wine sipped slowly, the jazz walk is a raucous cocktail downed in a gulp. Many of the area's top musicians will lead their own groups and share the stage with one another, including Hadley Caliman, Greta Matassa, Jay Thomas, Mark Taylor, Thomas Marriott, Cuong Vu, Wayne Horvitz, John Hansen and Phil Sparks among others.
SEATTLE'S UNBUNNY FEATURED IN NPR'S "SECOND STAGE"
Unbunny is primarily the work of singer and songwriter Jarid del Deo. In his 12-year career under the Unbunny name, he found time to release five pop albums, as he hopped all over the United States, moving from Washington State to Illinois to New Hampshire and back again. Now he's once again based out of Seattle and has recently released Sensory Underload, a compilation of previously unreleased material, reaching back to 1996.
WORKING TO KEEP THE MUSIC GOING IN SEATTLE
The conflict of music versus art rages on, but some Seattle artists are happy to work a day job so they can keep playing. Joshua McNichols interviews locals with dreams of music stardom to find out what else they do to pay the bills in this Marketplace Morning Report. In this City of Music, you never know if you'll see your waitress, dentist, or bus driver on the cover of Rolling Stone one day.
PITCHFORK INTERVIEW: FLEET FOXES
Check out Pitchfork's interview with Seattle band Fleet Foxes, recent winners of the 2008 Uncut Music Award. In addition to having cross-generational appeal, the band's lush blend of old folk sounds and tight harmonies has brought them success that promises, or maybe threatens, to propel them into the margins of the mainstream. And it's all happened within the past calendar year: the popular MySpace tracks in January, a well-received EP in February, a full-length in June that ranks squarely among the year's best, and a tour that seems to be playing to ever larger audiences.
ROLLING STONE'S 100 GREATEST SINGERS OF ALL TIME
Rolling Stone's blue-ribbon panel of 179 experts ranked music's finest vocalists. Seattle is proud to see Ray Charles and Kurt Cobain on that list among many other prominent artists of our time.
LABEL SPOTLIGHT: SPORT'N LIFE RECORDS
Check out this history of Seattle hip hop label Sport'N Life Records on Seattle Subsonic. The label got its start almost 6 years ago in Seattle's Central District. An area that once thrived with hip hop culture saw itself disintegrate in the mid to late '90s due mostly to drugs and gang violence. This led founder DeVon Manier to take it upon himself to set out and put it back on the map. Sport'N Life put out its first compilation focusing on Central District artists in 2003 and the town took notice.
ROCK N' ROLL MARATHON COMES TO SEATTLE
The Rock N' Roll marathon takes places in several major cities around the U.S., and now the race is coming to Seattle. On June 27, 2009, competitors can run a half or a full marathon beginning in Tukwila and traveling through all the attractions in Seattle, ending at Qwest Field. What makes it stand out from your run-of-the-mill marathon is that musical acts will perform at every mile of the race. The line-up hasn't been set yet, but most bands will be local Seattleites. Every genre of music will be present, from jazz to country and even cover bands. Local music is amazing in Seattle and if you race, you also get free admission to a headliner concert in Marymoor Park that night.
THE CUMULUS FESTIVAL
Seattle's post-rock community will get its own annual festival starting January 2009. Organized by the Luna Moth bassist Levi Fuller and some of his friends, Cumulus Festival will showcase some of the Northwest's most adventurous rock groups at Chop Suey, King Cobra and Vera Project.
AMAZON EXPANDS ARTIST PAGES
Seattle based Amazon expanded its online music sales efforts to include more than 100,000 artist-specific pages, or stores. Each store lists an artist's full discography, biographies, images, and links to buy music in any format - CDs, MP3, or vinyl. The launch comes in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Amazon selling music online, which it is celebrating with a special CD compilation. Amazon will donate $1 from each CD sale to benefit the Grammy Foundation.
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND SIGN TO DEAD OCEANS
Emerging from the molten wreckage of Seattle rockers In Praise of Folly comes Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, who've just signed on with fellow berzerkers-of-nature Dead Oceans. The group recently self-released an EP called Weepy, co-produced by Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective), and will issue a full-length with Colburn's assistance in the spring from their new imprint. With 13-year-old drummer and budding physiologist Marshall Verdoes in tow, the band hits the road along the West Coast this month and next.
TICKETMASTER FLIRTS WITH NO-FEE TICKETS
Ticketmaster Entertainment is looking into selling concert tickets without convenience fees and will experiment with no-fee tickets for a forthcoming concert by The Eagles, the Wall Street Journal reported. Convenience charges have long been the bane of many concert-goers and can add as much as $185 to the cost of a high-end ticket. The fees are typically split between Ticketmaster and the venue. As of yet, its not entirely clear how Ticketmaster will profit from such a scheme, if the fees will merely be built into the face value of a ticket, or if they are moving towards a model more similar to what Live Nation is building.
"FUEL" FILMMAKER JOSH TICKELL FINDS THE "WOW" IN ALGAE
"Fuel" is the successor to "Fields of Fuel," a shorter work that won the Sundance Film Festival's 2008 Audience Award for Best Documentary. Director Josh Tickell began filming in 1997 while driving his biodiesel-powered "Veggie Van" around the country and gaining press notice (the van is motoring into Seattle this week). His passion for clean energy is rooted in childhood experience. "The film was 11 years in the making, and turned out to be part of the zeitgeist," says Tickell, the day after a recent Seattle preview and panel discussion that included Congressman Jay Inslee.
MITCH MITCHELL, HENDRIX DRUMMER, DEAD AT 61
Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for Jimi Hendrix's seminal 1960s rock trio that melded blues, avant-garde jazz, folk music and electronic noise, has died. He was 61. Mr. Mitchell was touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast portion of the tour, which stopped last Thursday at the Paramount Theater in Seattle.