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OMG! SEATTLE ARTS GET $7.7M BOOST FROM WALLACE FOUNDATION
The Seattle arts community will get a $7.7 million boost from the Wallace Foundation, a New York-based philanthropy created by the founders of Reader's Digest. Nine Seattle arts groups will get $6.1 million in grants and another $1.6 million will go toward creating a learning network for all Puget Sound area arts organizations. Receiving Wallace Excellence Award grants ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 are: Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame; One Reel; On the Boards; Pacific Northwest Ballet Association; Seattle Art Museum; Seattle Opera; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Seattle Youth Symphony; and SIFF.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT COMING TO SEATTLE!
America's Got Talent is currently planning a massive nationwide audition tour for season 4 of the series. The auditions will be held in eight major cities, including Seattle. What makes the show unique is that any talent goes. America's Got Talent wants to see anything and everything...no matter how zany, bizarre or unusual. The talent is search open to any act of any age. Pre-register on the website so you can receive updates about the official casting days as well as information about the casting process and what you will need to prepare.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
The sun is setting at 4pm, so it must be time for NWFF's annual Holiday Party. Join them on December 4th for this free, fun-filled evening featuring DJs, holiday TV shows, games and so much more. The film community is coming out for some holiday cheer and you can join them for dancing, camaraderie and the second annual building-wide eggnog competition.
SEATTLE ARTISTS MAKE NPR's TOP 10 CD PICKS
It wasn't the best year for music, but 2008 sure churned out a lot of it: In a marketplace flooded with more music than ever, there's rarely been less of a consensus. Big shout out to Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes coming into fifth and sixth place respectively for the top 10 albums on NPR's 'World Café.'
SLOVENIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008
This festival of recent Slovenian feature films and short subjects, is synchronized to take place on December 1-3, 2008 in scores of locations worldwide where Slovenian language is taught. This festival is sponsored by the University of Ljubljana and the Film Foundation of the Republic of Slovenia. Free and open to the public, be sure to check it out at The University of Washington.
IN MEMORY: JOHN SPALDING
John Spalding, a talented Seattle musician and a wonderful human being, passed on to a new life this past Sunday evening after a four year battle with colon and lung cancer. He was 33 years old. Until his illness slowed him down, John was active in the local music scene, playing guitar in art-punk bands Ninety Pound Wuss and Raft of Dead Monkeys during the mid-to-late 90s. He spent his final weeks finishing off a record under the name LoveLand that he had poured his heart and soul into over the past several years. Entitled The Beautiful Truth, John's music is an unabashedly honest, poignant, and heartfelt proclamation of a man ready to move on to another phase of existence.
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP SEEKING ANNUAL FUND MANAGER
The Annual Fund Manager oversees fundraising activities (including an annual gala) designed to generate $700,000 in individual gifts. This is a single annual fund position with no supervisory responsibilities. Apply now!
EDGE PROGRAM FOR FILMMAKERS FINAL PRESENTATIONS
Join Artist Trust on December 5th to the final presentations of eleven Seattle-based filmmakers who are completing the inaugural program of EDGE for Filmmakers. Join arts enthusiasts and Artist Trust supporters for a showcase of these artists' film projects, and help celebrate their graduation from the EDGE Program. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, EDGE Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE PREMIERE OF WHERE GOD LEFT HIS SHOES
Winner of the Humanitas Prize for Best Sundance Feature Film, Where God Left His Shoes is the story of a homeless family on Christmas Eve that refuses to break apart during the darkest time of their lives. On December 9th, join members of the Seattle Seahawks, United Way, Family Services, Church Council of Greater Seattle and other organizations aligned to tackle family homelessness at this special movie event. A short panel discussion on homelessness in Seattle will follow the screening. Limited seating is available, so reserve your tickets soon.
FRYE ART MUSEUM'S CRITICS WRAP
A panel of some of Seattle's keenest and most contentious film critics convenes in the fourth annual Critics Wrap, a lively evening of the best and worst of Movie Year 2008. Robert Horton, host of the Frye Magic Lantern series, moderates the gold-star panel including Jim Emerson (scanners.com), Kathleen Murphy (MSN.com), and Andrew Wright (The Stranger). Film clips accompany the discussion. This is a free program. Free tickets to Critics Wrap will be distributed from the Frye Information desk one hour prior to the event on a first come, first served basis.
INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE AT THE CROCODILE
The Crocodile is looking for an intern! Preferably somebody with a background in the Communications field or shows interests in the entertainment industry, marketing, promotions and/or production. The candidate will have the opportunity to experience the entertainment industry from the perspective of a venue or 'behind the scenes'. Student will gain vast knowledge in both the communication and music industry fields. They would have the ability to attend all events at the venue at no expense to them. It is an opportunity that the general public never gets to see. For more information please email the address above.
SUPERSUCKERS 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Join Mike Thrasher for Supersuckers' 20th anniversary concert at the Showbox this Saturday. Be sure to check out the free in-store concert at Sonic Boom in Ballard earlier that day for a chance to win tickets to the party.
ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF EVERGREENFILM.ORG!
What do the head of Washington's quietest billion dollar company, the world's greatest grunge rock band, the U.S. Senate's energy maven and the President-elect of the United States all have in common? They're all in Evergreen: the Washington Clean Tech Story. Evergreenfilm.org features highlights of over forty conversations with clean tech leaders in the state of Washington including the Governor, mayors, entrepreneurs and green collar job holders, as well as an extended visit with an underdog presidential candidate who came to "the other Washington" to share a vision of a clean tech future. Evergreenfilm.org is where the images, ideas, strategies and power of clean tech are coming to life. Log on today and join the community!
GET READY FOR NFFTY 2009!
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth showcases work by filmmakers 22 and under from across the U.S. and the world. NFFTY is the only Film Festival that provides young filmmakers (elementary to college age) a "full feature" festival experience with state-of-the-art venues, access to industry professionals, broad public exposure, and an inclusive atmosphere. Founded in 2007, NFFTY is now the largest youth film festival in the country. For 2009, expect 75+ youth-made films, filmmaking panels and workshops, concerts and parties, networking with Hollywood professionals and much more. Submit your film today!
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE DEBUT DELUXE LIMITED EDITION REISSUE ALBUM ON BARSUK RECORDS
On November 25th, Barsuk Records re-issued Death Cab for Cutie's classic 1998 debut album, "Something About Airplanes." This limited deluxe 10-year anniversary CD edition includes a bonus disc featuring a recently-unearthed recording of the band's first-ever Seattle show, a February '98 set at the legendary venue The Crocodile Café. The reissue also features beautifully redesigned artwork, including extensive liner notes by noted musician and writer Sean Nelson. Additionally, in the next few weeks DCfC's most recent Atlantic Records release, "Narrow Stairs," will finally become available on deluxe 180 gram vinyl via Barsuk.
4CULTURE INCREASES FUNDING TO INNOVATIVE AND IMPACTFUL PRINCIPALS' ARTS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
4Culture's Arts Education Funding Program is proud to announce a $30,000 award to ArtsEd Washington. The support builds upon a four-year partnership with the non-profit organization for their award-winning Principals' Arts Leadership program (PAL). This outstanding program helps principal-led elementary school teams create annual ongoing plans for arts education. Twenty King County schools participate in this program along with 18 more schools from Pierce and Kitsap counties. The 4Culture award will allow ArtsEd Washington to continue to broaden the participation of King County schools in the PAL program and strengthen the potential for greater sustainability of arts education in the future.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BENEFIT CONCERT CELEBRATING THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Come to Neumos on December 10th to take part in a special evening with a stellar line-up of rock, world and jazz music. The concert celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and will include performances by The Minus 5, Tuatara, Rahim Alhaj, The Wayward Shamans, Jovino Santos Neto Trio, and Thione Diop and Yeke Yeke. All proceeds benefit Amnesty International, and presented by Art for Amnesty and KEXP 90.3 FM.
JENNIFER ROTH COMPLETES TWO MOVIES IN "AWESOME" SEATTLE
Jennifer Roth, Northwest Film Forum board president and local film producer, shares her experiences producing "World's Greatest Dad" and "The Whole Truth" in Seattle this year. Roth notes, "It's not news that Seattle is awesome, for me working in our hometown has been amazing. By far the best part has been meeting working with so many wonderful qualified local people. We have serious talent in this city."
HITTING THE HIGH NOTES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
In 2008, Bernadette Bascom and James Geiszler created the Music Project Foundation. Their aim? To create a program of music education for underserved youth, a program that trained the students and allowed them an opportunity to perform at a high-level. For roughly $8,000, five professional musicians train the students how to play blues and perform a concert. And at the end of four weeks, they perform, leaving their audiences yelling for encores. "We've had kids with social anxiety disorder, tourettes syndrome, and other challenges. These kids relished the attention and really shone onstage," summarizes Geiszler. The Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $100,000, funds which will go directly to bringing professional sound, video, recording, photography, lighting, and music professionals to underserved youth. Don't forget to check out the short documentary video for an in-depth look at the power of the Music Project Foundation.
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC'S 2009 SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
Light In The Attic loyalists, rejoice: for the low, low price of just $150 a year (roughly 15 dollars per CD, including shipping and handling in North America) dedicated fans can be the owners of 10 albums released on CD in 2009. You will not only receive the albums earlier than your envious friends, but Light In The Attic subscribers will also be rewarded for their dedication with certain goodies only available to those involved in this amazing program. 2009 will be as exciting a year for Light In The Attic's catalogue as any that have come before it, and would love you to be along for every step of the way.
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TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 11/17 - 11/23
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Various Artists - Live at KEXP: Volume 4
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Fences - Fences
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP
- Rosie Thomas "Very Rosie Christmas"
- Pearl Jam - Live From Easy Street
- Jake One - White Van Music
SUBSCRIBERS GET MICROSOFT ZUNE PASS BREAK
Microsoft's Zune still isn't going to catch Apple's iPod, but you've got to give the group credit for creative approaches to music licensing. Zune announced that subscribers to its $15 per month Zune Pass will be able to download and keep 10 songs a month. It also cut device prices earlier this week, with the base 4 gigabyte model falling to $99 from $129. The Zune Pass "hybrid" model could make its subscription cost more palatable to consumers.
ARE YOU READY TO ROCK, WEST SEATTLE?
Co-proprietor Jeff Gilbert and his two business partners will open The Feedback Lounge in the former space of Beveridge Place in January. The new bar will feature "above average pub food" and themed music days like "Sinatra Sundays" and "Motown Mondays." There will also be a few live concerts scattered throughout the year, both inside and outside in the communal parking lot shared by Zeek's pizza.
SEATTLE MUSIC LABEL BARSUK JOINS eMUSIC
Indie digital retailer eMusic announced they have added the labels Righteous Babe, Barsuk, and Domino to their catalogue, bringing the total number of tracks available on the site to 4.5 million. The company also announced they have now sold 250 million downloads since they launched in 2003.
SEATTLE DOMINATES AMAZON'S BEST-OF
In a very preliminary survey of some "Best of 2008" lists floating around, it appears that Seattle musicians have fared well. Amazon.com, in particular, dished out some love for the Northwest. On it's list of the year's top albums, as chosen by its editors, Fleet Foxes' self-titled full-length was ranked third, Death Cab for Cutie's Narrow Stairs was sixth, and Throw Me the Statue's Moonbeams came in at 16th. Jake One's White Van Music came in at number four on the hip hop list. Congratulations!
HISTORIC FORMER HOTEL IN BELLTOWN SOLD; ONCE HOUSED MOVIE STARS
A historic Belltown building that once was the center of Seattle's film industry has been sold to a real-estate investment company that plans to renovate it and probably turn it into a hostel or hotel - its original use. The William Tell, originally known as the Lorraine Hotel, was built in 1925 in the middle of what then was Seattle's "Film Row." Major Hollywood studios all had distribution centers in Belltown, where Northwest theater managers would come to preview films and decide which ones to book in their theaters, according to the city's 2007 historic-resources survey.
10 WELL-DOCUMENTED DAYS IN THE LIFE OF HEAD LIKE A KITE
A seven-man film crew has accompanied Seattle band Head Like a Kite for a marathon ten day, six city tour. The entire tour - the van, the gas, the gigs, the film crew, the big box of costumes, the pounds of confetti, the snazzy video phones Einmo and Moorman have been using - it's all sponsored by AT&T and Broadband Enterprises for the purpose of TV. Reality TV, in fact, on the Internet, for a Web show called "On the Brink."
RED BULL BIG TUNE WILL CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPION IN NEW YORK CITY
Red Bull Big Tune has spent the year scouting the nation in search of the next true talent with the "big tune." The unstoppable music producer battle and education program is quickly approaching its final face off of 2008. A pool of nearly 100 emerging U.S. music producers battled in regional competitions from Los Angeles to Detroit in the hopes of advancing to the national finals in New York City on December 3rd. Originating in Seattle in 2005 as a partnership between event producers Vitamin D and Jonathan Moore, Big Tune was created as a platform to showcase the musical talents of emerging and established producers in a fresh and forward-thinking way.
36 HOURS IN SEATTLE ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
The New York Times recommends checking out Capitol Hill club Neumos on a quick tour through Seattle's highlights. The article notes that "as the faithful Web listeners of KEXP know, the city that gave us Nirvana and Pearl Jam moved onto newer sounds long ago, with acts like Band of Horses and other Sub Pop Records performers."
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP OFFERS HALF-PRICE TICKET SALE
In keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, the Seattle Theatre Group is giving back to its customers this holiday. The theater group and presenter is offering half off its ticket prices for shows at the Paramount and Moore theaters, for all tickets sold from 10 am Thanksgiving morning to 10 pm Friday, November 28th. Shows eligible for the discount include, The New Year's Eve Extravaganza with the Presidents of the United States of America, with such guests as the Saturday Knights and Vince Mira and Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays.
I'M WITH THE BAND
Rockin' and rollin' Seattle parents demonstrate that even in midlife, the beat goes on. The group of parents enjoying an afternoon with their kids at Ballard's Webster Park looked like any other you might find clustered at the fringes of play structures in Seattle. But in fact, virtually every adult at this gathering was either in a band, married to someone in a band or had recently attended a concert in which a fellow parent had performed. Nationwide, more and more parents in their 40s and 50s are playing in bands during their limited spare time-a trend The New York Times recently deemed a new outlet for the classic midlife crisis. Like younger musicians, virtually all these bands promote themselves through web sites and MySpace pages. But the music/family convergence has created a new category of desirable gig: the community-oriented venue. In the Ballard area, local schools hold "Parents Rock" fundraisers and parent bands headline school auctions.
LONG WINTERS LIVE DVD DUE 12/9
The Long Winters' homecoming show at the Showbox at the Market from April of 2007 was recorded for a DVD, and now has an official release date of Tuesday, December 9th. The show was recorded by Dorsia Films and the filmmaker, Adam Pranica, is also hard at work on a documentary of The Long Winters called Through With Love. Don't' forget to check out the trailer of "The Long Winters: Live at the Showbox."
MIRAH AND SPECTRATONE INTERNATIONAL: SHARE THIS PLACE
Share This Place features a multi-media performance with original live music by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson of Spectratone International and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, and stop-motion films by Britta Johnson. Based on the writings of the French scientist/poet, Jean Henri Fabré, the show explores the sordid, tragic, and triumphant lives of insects. The evening begins with a conversation about Adapation and an interview with Goldston, Hanson, Johnson, and Zeitlyn about the process of adapting Fabré's writings, followed by a performance. The project Share this Place was made possible with support from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. This event celebrates the K Records release of the DVD Share This Place.
MYSPACE MUSIC NAMES PRESIDENT
MySpace has found its top music man. News Corp.'s social-networking site has named Courtney Holt prexy of MySpace Music, the music offshoot it launched in September with the backing of all four of the biggest record companies. Holt, who formerly served as exec VP of digital music for MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, takes the reins on January 5th. He will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the MySpace Music brand and will relocate to Los Angeles from Gotham to take the post.
DIGITAL SALES SURPASS CDs AT ATLANTIC
Since MP3s first became popular a decade ago, music industry executives have obsessed over this question: when would digital music revenue finally surpass compact disc sales? For Atlantic Records, the label that in years past has delivered artists like Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin, that time, apparently, is now. Atlantic, whose artists include the Southern rapper T. I., the rock band Death Cab for Cutie and Kid Rock, says it has reached a milestone that no other major record label has hit: more than half of its music sales in the United States are now from digital products, like downloads on iTunes and ring tones for cellphones.