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SEATTLE BRINGS THE CITY OF MUSIC TO AUSTIN'S 2010 SXSW MUSIC CONFERENCE
City of Music
The Seattle Party is back and bigger than ever for the 2010 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas. Formerly SxSeattle, this year's Seattle Party committee presents a free, unofficial day party packed with 15 acts directly from the City of Music. The main stage will feature performances by The Cave Singers, The Dutchess & The Duke, Fences, The Lonely Forest, The Moondoggies and Rocky Votolato. Grand Hallway, The Maldives and The Staxx Brothers will perform on the second stage. Seattle's vibrant hip-hop scene will also be celebrated with a Hip Hop Showcase featuring performances by Dark Time Sunshine, Dyme Def, Grynch, Macklemore, Mash Hall (formerly known as They Live!) and THEESatisfaction. The Seattle Party will take place in Austin on Saturday, March 20 from noon to 6:00 pm at Beauty Bar. Whether or not you're heading to Austin, mark your calendars and come out to support Seattle bands at the local Send-Off Parties: Thursday, March 4 at The Tractor Travern with Dyme Def, Thee Emergency, Grynch, Pearly Gate Music and THEESatisfaction; and Friday, March 5 at Neumos with Visqueen, Hey Marseilles, Mash Hall and Fences.
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF SEARCH
Office of the Mayor
The public is invited to offer feedback and help draft assessment criteria for Seattle's next Police Chief during several upcoming public forums and through other means, including a dedicated telephone line and a new website that launched this past Monday. The first of three public hearings devoted to the Police Chief search is at 5:30 pm tonight, February 10, at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE). The first two hours of the meeting will be dedicated to public comments, with another hour set aside for the Seattle Police Chief Search Committee to begin developing competitive selection process and assessment criteria. For information about the search, dates for upcoming public forums, or to provide input, follow the above link.
LISTEN TO NEW SEATTLE ONHOLD MUSIC
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The new Seattle OnHold music mix features a diverse array of Seattle talent. You can sample the music if placed on hold while calling City of Seattle offices, or you can sign up for the podcast and receive a few songs a month from local artists including guitarist Omar Torrez, singer Courtney Fortune and reggae-rockers Kore Ionz. Click the above link to go to the Seattle OnHold website, share comments and suggest bands.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SOUND OFF! MUSIC COMPETITION BEGINS THIS WEEKEND AT EMP|SFM
For the ninth year, EMP|SFM hosts Sound Off!, the Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands competition for musicians 21 and under. The competition support the local underage music scene by giving young artists from all different backgrounds a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come together and play their original music in an all-ages atmosphere. There are three rounds of semifinals that take place the next three Saturdays, with Semifinals #1 on this Saturday, February 13. The Finals round will happen on Saturday, March 6. Doors are at 7:00 pm each night, with the shows starting at 8:00 pm. Click the above link for more information and to read more about and listen to tracks from each contestant.
SXSW FILM LINEUP FEATURES WORKS OF LOCAL TALENT
SXSW Film Conference and Festival
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival recently announced its lineup and among the 119 features and 130 shorts is a hefty showing of Seattle talent. Seattle director Travis Senger's short documentary White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug chronicles the career of one of hip-hop's greatest DJs working in the Bronx in the early 1980s and his tragic death. Katie Aselton's feature film The Freebie, shot by Seattleite Ben Kasulke and starring local Sean Nelson, will screen at SXSW after premiering at Sundance last month. Also screening at the festival is the music video for Apes & Android's "Golden Prize," directed by Seattle duo That Go (Noel Paul and Stefan Moore). Noel Paul's Annie Goes Boating, produced by Seattle-based Joy Saez, is also included. The film was shot in the Washington Park Arboretum and stars Davie-Blue (Bass Ackwards), Alycia Delmore (Humpday) and Alessandra Torresani. If in Austin next month, be sure to check out these films!
FILMMAKERS: LEARN MORE ABOUT HIGH SPEED DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY AT IFP FILM+ EVENT
With the advent of digital cinematography, a new system has emerged as a economical option while performing high speed feats of magic. At this month's IFP Film+ event, leading Northwest cinematographers and assistants will discuss their experiences with the Phantom Gold by Vision Research, share clips and give a little hands-on time with the system. Join them on February 16 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Koerner Camera (101 Nickerson Suite B 500); doors will open at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
WATCH "IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE" SERIES FEATURING YOUTH FROM SEATTLE'S YOUNGSTOWN RECORDS CLASS
Eight youth from Youngstown Records - a collaborative after-school program of Arts Corps' MusicianCorps Program and Youngstown Cultural Art Center - have been invited to attend the White House historic concert and education event on February 10 entitled "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." These students come from a variety of Seattle high schools and backgrounds and are talented and committed musicians who share a passion for social justice and independent youth voice. The invitation to attend the White House celebration came from the Grammy Foundation through Experience Music Project and Kathleen Allen, community arts liaison with Seattle Public Schools, who was moved by the students' recent performances at the Frye Art Museum. The music special, part of the PBS "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on February 11 at 9:00 pm on KCTS 9. To read the full story, follow the above link.
SUB POP AND STG PRESENT "DEFRIENDING CANCER" BENEFIT FOR LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
On Thursday, February 11, well-known comedians from New York and Los Angeles will come together to perform at Seattle's Moore Theatre. The event, "Defriending Cancer," is a variety show hosted by Todd Barry with special performances by the following stand-up comics: Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, Eugene Mirman, and Tig Notaro. There will also musical performances by James Mercer (of The Shins) and Isaac Brock (of Modest Mouse). All proceeds from this event will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information or to purchase tickets, follow the above link.
LET NETFLIX KNOW YOU WANT "BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK: THE RISE OF THE RAT CITY ROLLER GIRLS"
Tracing the rise of the Rat City Roller Girls, Seattle's women's roller derby league, this documentary profiling the group's best athletes, bitter rivalries, intense matches and amazing growth will become available to rent on February 23. The film focuses on the league's first two seasons and is an inside look at the sport's resurgence. Directed by Seattle filmmakers Lainy Bagwell and Lacey Leavitt, Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Roller Girls features skaters Burnett Down, Kitty Kamikaze, Miss Fortune, Shovey Chase and Dirty Little Secret. Add it to your queue so Netflix will see the demand.
FEMALE FILMMAKERS: APPLY FOR NEW FILM PROJECT GRANT FROM WOMEN IN FILM SEATTLE
Women in Film Seattle
A newly created grant is available to local women filmmakers. Women in Film Seattle announced the launch of the 2010 Professional Grant this week, which will award one deserving woman filmmaker's project $1,000 in cash, as well as in-kind donations from the Northwest film industry, promotional support through Women in Film and a theatrical screening of the finished piece. The grant is open to current or new professional Women in Film members in the Seattle Chapter. Submissions are underway now with a final application deadline of March 1, 2010. For more details, visit the above link.
NEW "SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIVE MUSIC + CLASSIC FILM + VINTAGE COCKTAILS" LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK
The Triple Door
The Triple Door is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival and Remy-Cointreau. The Speakeasy Series: Live Music + Classic Film + Vintage Cocktails launches on Tuesday, February 16 and will continue every Tuesday in the Triple Door Lounge. The series will be themed by city, each lasting for four to six weeks. For each theme, SIFF will present two films either shot in or set in the selected city, with live music accompaniment presented by the Triple Door's roster of performers. The premier edition features Chicago and will run from February 16 to March 23. For this inaugural run, SIFF has chosen Howard Hawks' classic His Girl Friday and noir thriller Call Northside 777; Useyr Signal will provide live music. Click the above link for more information on this exciting new series.
YOUNG WOMEN FILMMAKERS: REGISTER FOR REEL GRRLS' MID-WINTER BREAK ANIMATION CAMP
Reel Grrls is accepting applications for its Mid-Winter Break Animation Camp open to young women ages 9-19. Beginning and advanced animators are welcome to learn new animation skills and styles from professional women animators. Explore different styles of animation and complete a short animated film in an all-girl non-competitive environment. The camp takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from February 15-19 at Reel Grrls New Media Lab. Click the above link for more information and for the registration link.
BE AMONG THE FIRST TO HEAR THE SASQUATCH! 2010 LINEUP LIVE AT THE CROCODILE
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival Launch Party presented by Esurance and sponsored by Jack Daniel's happening on Monday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crocodile. For the first time in the festival's history the lineup will be announced live at this event featuring performances by Surfer Blood, Atlas Sound and Fresh Espresso and hosted by Luke Burbank. Prize packages from Esurance and Xbox will be given away all night, along with limited-edition festival posters and more. Free tickets are available by listening to 107.7 The End all week to win, or by stopping by either Easy Street Records locations starting Friday, February 12 at 9:00 am (limit two per person).
SEATTLE'S DIGABAND OFFERS BANDS FREE ONLINE SERVICES DURING BETA TESTING
Seattle's DigABand invites Northwest independent musicians to sign up for free use of DigABand beta software. DigABand features simplified online administration with a central dashboard by which to update the band's social networking accounts, events, and blog. Designed for bands without significant label or booking support, DigABand's Gig Exchange software should allow bands to network with other working musicians to get more gigs, share fans, and develop opportunities to play in new venues and markets.
CONGRATS TO KIRKLAND FILMMAKER AND TEAM ON AWARD AT NYC MIDNIGHT GRAND PRIX 100 HOUR FILM RACE
Last week, Kirkland filmmaker Keith Rivers and his team won Best Film in the NYC Midnight Grand Prix 100 hour film race for their short film Gone Goodbye. The national film festival included over 60 films from teams competing to create a film in 100 hours with the theme of privacy and with a balloon as a prop. Click the above link to view the short film.
JOIN SIFF FOR AN INTIMATE FIRESIDE CHAT WITH THE CZAR OF NOIR EDDIE MULLER
Join SIFF at the Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room for an intimate chat with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, in celebration of the 4th annual Noir City Festival, screening at SIFF Cinema February 19-25. As President and Founder of the Film Noir Foundation and a writer, filmmaker and noted noir historian, Eddie has a long and interesting relationship with the genre of film noir and many fascinating stories to share. This lively conversation will be moderated by freelance writer and film critic Sean Axmaker. This event is free and open to the public on Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 pm. Seating is first come, first served.
MUSICIANS AND SOUND ARTISTS: APPLY FOR 4CULTURE AND KING COUNTY METRO TRANSIT PUBLIC ART PROJECT
4Culture & King County Metro Transit seek an artist to create audio work that will explore and enhance the experience along a new rapid transit bus corridor. The selected artist/artist team will survey the first route of King County's new rapid transit service, the RapidRide A Line which will span Pacific Highway South from Tukwila to Federal Way, and create a route-specific soundscape. Intended to create a sonic sightseeing experience, the artist-created soundscape may include route-sourced and route-inspired words, found sounds, and/or digitally created sound and music. The soundscape will be accessible as downloadable audio files through the 4Culture website - while onboard WiFi-enabled RapidRide buses and through broad internet access - and through Listen4Culture, an audio cell phone program. This is a great opportunity for an artist with experience and continued interest in creating audio work, and for self-selecting inter-disciplinary teams including sound artists, literary artists, spoken word artists, and musicians to collaborate with one another and with community members to reflect varied interests and expertise in a layered, audio-exploration of place. The deadline to apply is March 22. For more information on guidelines, follow the above link.
VIDEO PRODUCTION FROM SHORELINE HIGH SCHOOLS GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Shorecrest Hjigh School's video production class created a music video recently challenging their Shoreline District rival Shorewood High to top it. The videos have garnered national attention and thousands of YouTube viewings. Shorewood teacher Marty Ballew and student Javier Caceres have bee guests on a national talk show, providing a shining example of the magic of Career and Technical Education programs. Watch both videos at the above link.
ATTEND FREE COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT SCREENING AND LECTURE BY CURTIS TAYLOR
Jack Straw Productions
Narrative filmmaker Curtis Taylor, currently in residency at New City Theater in Seattle, will show his two new short music films and give a talk this Wednesday, February 10 at Jack Straw Productions. The two short films, Bachianas No. 5 and Church Weather, were made possible by Jack Straw's Artist Support Grant. The brief lecture will cover the incompatible vocabularies of cinema and opera, the compatible vocabularies of cinema and automobiles and the secret of music. As part of the Composer Spotlight Series, this event with Curtis Taylor is presented by Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum and is free and open to the public, beginning at 7:30 pm. For more information, click the above link.
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO PARTICIPATE IN THEFILMSCHOOL'S SUBSTANCE AND SALE SEMINAR
TheFilmSchool is offering a scholarship to this year's "Substance and Sale Seminar: Taking your Script and Yourself to the Next Level," taking place February 26-28 and led by Warren Etheredge and John Jacobsen. The weekend-long seminar takes you through an in-depth script development process, asking the same questions that a good producer would. This year's speakers include Dan Dubiecki (producer of Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You for Smoking and Jennifer's Body); Pilar Alessandra, the director of the Los Angeles writing program 'On the Page'; and Liz Glotzer, president of Castle Rock Entertainment. For details on program and how to register, follow the above link. To apply for scholarship, indicate "scholarship" in application materials.
CHIEF SEALTH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS NATIONAL VIDEO CONTEST
Molly Freed, a junior at Chief Sealth High School, was the only winning entry in her age group from the United States in a video contest designed to educate others on climate change sponsored by ePals. Freed was one of 10 high school winners worldwide. She was studying the issue of climate change in her Global Leadership class at the time she produced the video. Her winning entry was part of a DVD compilation shown to delegates at the Copenhagen Climate Conference December 7-18. To watch the one-minute video, follow the above link.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR WEEK OF 1/28 - 2/3
Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- Various Artists "Give Seattle"
- Pierced Arrows "Descending Shadows"
- Maldives "Listen To The Thunder"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers "Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers"
- Cave Singers "Welcome Joy"
- Pearl Jam "Backspacer"
SEATTLE-BASED PRODUCTION COMPANY THINKLAB RECORDING STAGED WORKS FOR THE WORLD TO SEE VIA ONTHEBOARDS.TV
New York Times
For some Cinderellas a fairy godmother delivers a prince. For others? A high-quality film of a theatrical performance. "It was like a dream come true," the playwright Young Jean Lee said of the invitation by On the Boards, an adventuresome Seattle theater with a nascent high-definition recording arm, to film her acclaimed production "The Shipment." Ms. Lee's play is one of seven theater and dance works to be made available through OntheBoards.tv, the first online, pay-per-view series dedicated to presenting progressive contemporary performances from around the world. "The Shipment" was recorded by four HD cameras and a sound technician during its run in October at On the Boards and edited, with her input, under the direction of Matt Daniels of Thinklab, a Seattle production company. Read the full New York Times profile at the above link.
ENCORE MAGAZINE PROFILES JANIE HENDRIX, PRESIDENT/CEO OF EXPERIENCE HENDRIX
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Forty years after his untimely death at 27, Jimi Hendrix's musical legacy continues to be appreciated by his fans while attracting new followers, and transcending generational boundaries. While Hendrix's catalog has been continuously repackaged over the years we will now hear much more from the legendary singer/guitarist. Last year, Seattle-based Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by Al Hendrix, Jimi's father (and now headed by Jimi's stepsister Janie Hendrix as its president/CEO) struck an eight-year worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Encore Magazine recently spoke with Janie Hendrix about the new album, future releases, lawsuit tribulations, growing up as Jimi Hendrix's little sister and the massive task it is to oversee Jimi's legacy. Click the above link to read the full interview.
SEATTLE FILMMAKERS SHINE BRIGHTLY AT SUNDANCE
Nothing could top Seattle's showing at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which spotlighted an unprecedented three Northwest-based feature films. But the 2010 festival demonstrated that this region's filmmakers are quietly building on their success. Writer/directors Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and David Russo (Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle) have followed up with new projects: Shelton directed a series of shorts for MTV's $5 Cover: Seattle, and Russo is now working on a project with the Blue Man Group. Last year's festival also boosted such local producers as Jennifer Roth, who helped finance the 2009 Sundance feature World's Greatest Dad and who is now a producer on Director Darren Aronofsky's next film. Read more of the Seattle Times' coverage of Seattle's showing at Sundance at the above link.
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