HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
The Mayor's Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 30th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
NEW FACES AT WASHINGTONFILMWORKS
WashingtonFilmWorks is pleased to welcome Ruthann Taylor as the organization's new Administrator. A true patron of the arts, Taylor has dedicated the early part of her career to organizations such as the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle International Film Festival. With a wealth of non-profit knowledge, Taylor is a welcomed addition and WFW is thrilled to have her as part of the team!
NEUMOS SEEKS MARKETING AND PRODUCTION INTERNS
Neumos, Moe Bar, and the VIP Room are looking for two interns, one to be based in marketing and the other in promotion. This is your chance to become familiar with these three venues and become an integral part of the Seattle nightlife community. Given Neumos' status as one of the top music venues in the US, the experience gained from interning would be invaluable to a resume and to a future career in the music industry.
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS LOBBYING TO PASS NEW LEGISLATION
WashingtonFilmWorks is currently working with lobbyist Jim Hedrick to pass legislation that strengthens the production tax incentive program. If passed, the bill will help make Washington State more competitive with our Pacific Northwest neighbors and the more than 38 states nationwide with similar programs in place. WFW doesn't want this bill to be amended in committee and are asking for your help! Please visit the News & Press section of the WFW website for information about how you can help.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2008 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS
The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. Nominations must be received by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs by April 7th.
YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL GETS 501(C)(3) STATUS
The Talented Youth, NFFTY's parent operating organization has received its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS! This news helps to solidify NFFTY/The Talented Youth as an up and coming youth arts organization in America and will enable them to bring year-round programs and events to Seattle and beyond. It also means it's an excellent time to make your tax deductible donation to NFFTY!
REEL TO REAL FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
On February 22nd from 11:30-1:30, the Reel to Real Film and discussion series continues its program with "Scandalize My Name, Stories from the Blacklist." The film tells the hidden stories of African Americans like Paul Robeson, Hazel Scott, Jackie Robinson and Harry Belafonte, whose loyalties were questioned, whose careers were shattered and whose struggles for social justice were subverted. Light refreshments served.
9TH ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST STUDIO SUMMIT
In conjunction with The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, the Pacific Northwest Chapter will produce the 9th Annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit.
Grammy-nominated producers Bob Ezrin and Alan Parsons will discuss their experiences producing "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "The Wall", two of Pink Floyd's landmark recordings. The day will also include equipment demonstrations and networking. Following the event there will be a networking reception at Solo Bar.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/4 - 2/10
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Chris Walla - Field Manual
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Kimya Dawson - Remember That I Love You
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Brandi Carlile - Story
- Black Mountain - In the Future
- Dyme Def - Space Music
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- J. Tillman - I Will Return
CHIMING IN ON SEATTLE'S DEAD NIGHTCLUBS
Did you see nightclub reporter Tom Scanlon's story last week about all the clubs that used to live in Belltown and downtown Seattle? Lots of readers connected with it, and dozens have posted their thoughts on the subject (everything from "condos and development are destroying Seattle's club scene," to "Stop whining! The live music is there if you look for it").
HOLLYWOOD WRITERS HEADED BACK TO WORK
The Writers Guild of America said its members voted Tuesday to end the three-month strike that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill. Writers will be back on the job today after voting in Beverly Hills and New York. An overwhelming 92.5% of the guild members voted to resume work.
THE STRANGER PREPARES ANNUAL MUSICIAN'S DIRECTORY
The Stranger's annual Musician's Directory, a Rolodex of every single local band, is expected to come out in the beginning of March. Bookers, promoters, and other bands can use this resource to get in touch with one another. It will run online as well as in the paper and, in the words of The Stranger, "if you're not listed, you don't exist." For complete instructions, go to http://www.thestranger.com/bandform. You can also upload songs and photos to your page, and all bands who have a band's page are eligible to get played on The Stranger's Setlist.
SEATTLE'S KEXP-FM, NYC STATION TEAM UP
KEXP-FM/90.3 announced Monday a partnership through which the Seattle station will provide 39 hours of music programming a week to a radio station operated by the city of New York. The partnership, called Radio Liberation, will launch March 24 on WYNE-FM. WYNE will air a three-hour weekday music show, produced by KEXP, during New York's morning drive. That will be followed by a simulcast of KEXP's own Seattle-based morning drive show, hosted by DJ John Richards. Also on the schedule are a one-hour, seven-nights-a-week show to air at midnight New York time and a two-hour music variety show on Thursdays, hosted by KEXP Programming Director Kevin Cole.
TAD DOYLE LOOKS BACK AT HIS WILD RIDE
Tad led by burly, flannel-clad ex-butcher Thomas "Tad" Doyle - was the big thing on the Seattle scene. Or maybe you've forgotten. It's been a while. A new DVD educates those who missed it and refreshes the memories of those who witnessed the crazy musical ride of Tad. "Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears," a documentary on Tad has been screened at the U District's Varsity theatre and will be released on dvd, February 19th. Folks like Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, journalist-author Charles Cross and Doyle himself reminisce about the good old days, and some bad old nights.
NEW LIFE FOR UNITED HOLLYWOOD
United Hollywood, the community site that became an online water cooler of sorts for writers during the strike, will live on in a new incarnation after the strike ends. United Hollywood 2.0 will be launched as a community site for Hollywood writers looking to work in and learn about digital media, functioning as a kind of lab for writers as they break into the medium. The site will gather information and articles aimed at traditional talent interested in writing for digital media, offer experiences from writers who have done it and provide a guide to various digital platforms and business models.
SEATTLE'S MUSICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SXSW
Seattle is making an impressive showing at this year's SXSW festival in Austin. Highlights include: The Coconut Coolouts, The Saturday Knights, and Tacoma's Lozen.
BACK TO BLACK: NOIR CITY RETURNS TO SIFF CINEMA
The "Noir City" film series opens February 15th at SIFF Cinema. Hosted by Eddie Mueller, president of the Film Noir Foundation and acknowledged by many as "the Czar of Noir," this weeklong festival features 14 classics of the film noir genre, originally released between 1943 and 1953.
SIGNS OF LIFE FROM SEATTLE'S MANY SCHOOLS OF ROCK
The city hasn't always been kind to its musicians, but things are looking pretty darn good at the moment. Tacoma has its nationally renowned School of the Arts, a thriving public school that embraces the performing arts on a practical level. The Vera Project is an outright triumph of grassroots, civic-minded ambition, providing young people with a safe, sonically enviable venue that is peer-driven and community-supported. The School of Rock recently opened in North Seattle, and is off to an excellent start, offering instructional programs that give kids real-world experience with live performance while simultaneously challenging their technical and creative abilities.
NAME THAT TUNE FOR THE PRESIDENTS!
You make up a title, and the Seattle Times will put the best ones up for an online vote. The Presidents of the United States will write a song around the winning entry. Now that's democracy in action!
SAG IN THE HOT SEAT
Leaders of the Screen Actors Guild are being pushed by high level talent, studios and other unions to defuse fears that actors could mimic writers and go on strike. Several top stars are planning on going public with their campaign to persuade SAG leaders to commit to negotiating a deal as early as possible, rather than wait until May or June to start talks. No talks have been scheduled yet for the SAG-AFTRA contract on feature films and primetime TV, which expires June 30.
HOW A RESURRECTION FEELS: PAST LIVES GET REBORN
Past Lives rise from the rubble of the Blood Brothers (among other bands)-Jordan Blilie sings; Morgan Henderson plays guitar, sampler, and synth; Mark Gajadhar is on drums; and Blood Bro from way-back-when Devin Welch plays guitar. They share a lot of past. Their six songs ranged from the steel drum and bass groove of opener "Beyond Gone," to churning punk, to the almost-bluesy wail and stomp of their as-yet-untitled closing song. Common to all the songs is a satisfying balance of thrash and groove.
POPS PROGRAM FOR 2008-09 SEASON
Seattle Symphony principal pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch has announced plans for five pops programs in the 2008-09 season, the Symphony's 10th in Benaroya Hall. Hamlisch, a triple-threat conductor, composer and pianist, begins his two-year appointment as principal pops conductor at the start of the season in September, and will lead the orchestra in three of the five pops programs next season.
THE STRANGER'S BAND OF THE WEEK: LONESOME RHODES & THE GOOD COMPANY
Lonesome Rhodes is Brian Pake, who also plays in Seattle based bands Spook the Horse and With Friends Like These. Best described as "harmony-filled, Neil Young-inspired folk, drenched in piano and electric guitar," this project, from the start has been based on Pake's ambition to include and collaborate with as many friends and musicians as possible.
LEGENDARY CINEMA CAMPAIGN ARTIST JOHN ALVIN, 1948 - 2008
Alvin's big break came with the job to create the movie poster for Mel Brook's "Blazing Saddles" in 1974. This campaign led to Alvin creating the images for numerous other Brook's films including "Young Frankenstein." His prominence in this medium was soon after established with his creation of the movie posters for Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner," Steven Spielberg's "E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial" and Blake Edward's "Victor/Victoria." In all, Alvin created the posters for over 135 movies in a 35 year career. He is considered to be an innovator in this genre.
ARTISTS WITH LOCAL TIES SCORE AT THE GRAMMYS
Three nominees with Northwest links won Grammys Sunday. The Foo Fighters, classical violinist James Ehnes and comedy recording group Flight of the Conchords - part of the artist roster of Seattle-based Sub Pop Records - all picked up awards.
HORN CONCERTO MUSIC TO THE EARS FOR COMMISSIONING CLUB
Here in the Northwest, the 2-year-old Seattle Commissioning Club is underwriting its first major project: a new Horn Concerto by Samuel Jones, the Seattle Symphony's resident composer and the creator of a highly popular Tuba Concerto two years back. The club, a group of five couples, got its inspiration from a similar club in Minnesota that commissioned a new work at the Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival at the Lakeside School a few years ago.
SOUND OFF! PROVIDES THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR YOUNG BANDS TO BE SEEN AND HEARD
Sound Off! is an annual music competition hosted by the Experience Music Project/Sci Fi Museum. Entering its seventh year as the Pacific Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands, musicians must be 21 and younger to qualify. A dozen bands are competing -- whittled from 84 applicants -- for the spoils that go to the winners: a slot at Bumbershoot, a live on-air performance on KEXP, song production, studio time and a Gibson Les Paul guitar and amp. The three bands that emerge from the semifinals will duke it out at the EMP's Sky Church on March 1.
KURT COBAIN NATION
The Seattle Art Museum is mounting an exhibit about the influence of Nirvana in 2010. This exhibit will include a 16mm film by Jennifer West called "Nirvana Alchemy Film." Taking its cues from various Nirvana songs, the black and white film negative was soaked in lithium, mineral hot springs, pennyroyal tea, mud, bleach, cherry antacid, and laxatives.
100 BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS
From "A Fistful of Dollars" to "Some Like it Hot," from Mozart and Wagner to Rodgers & Hammerstein... Telegraph presents a list of cinema's greatest scores.