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HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK
Wednesday February 25th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour 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 Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community. Attendance at this event is limited to industry representatives and not open to the general public. You must be 21 + to attend. We hope to see you there!
SXSEATTLE LINE UP ANNOUNCED
The Film + Music Office is proud to co-sponsor the Second Annual SxSeattle day party at the 2009 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 21st. Having outgrown the image of simply being the home of "grunge," Seattle continues to shine with such bands as Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, The Shins and Fleet Foxes, who recently appeared on Saturday Night Live and who also headlined the SxSeattle party last year. SxSeattle's 2009 lineup includes Blue Scholars, Common Market, Past Lives, Barcelona, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, New Faces, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band, Dynah, and Hey Marseilles. Whether or not you'll make it to Austin, come out and support the artists at the 2009 SxSeattle Send-Off Party next Friday, March 6th at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. All door proceeds from the send-off show will go to the performing bands.
CITY OF MUSIC CITED AS AN EXAMPLE OF ECONOMIC SUCCESS
In this story from WireTap Magazine, Allied Media Projects examines several ways to transform Detroit's declining economy with community-based media. The article singled out the City of Music campaign as an example of local music economic cultivation.
"Seattle is confronting the current economic challenge with its 'Seattle City of Music' campaign, which puts municipal funds into the local music economy. The money supports everything from music venue construction to free outdoor festivals, music education and record labels. It's important that music-based development models be rooted in, and accountable to, the existing music community."
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INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CELEBRATE OSCAR NIGHT WITH WASHINGTONFILMWORKS!
Join WashingtonFilmWorks to celebrate Hollywood's biggest night of the year at Spitfire in Belltown! Got a knack for predicting the winners? Join the Oscar pool and show off your skills! Doors open at 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 22nd. Proceeds from the $10 cover charge will be donated to a charity of the Oscar pool winner's choice.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ACQUIRING "POLICE BEAT"
The Museum of Modern Art is acquiring Police Beat as part of its permanent collection. Police Beat, directed by Robinson Devor, follows a rookie bicycle cop in Seattle as he investigates a series of quirky crimes. The film was critically praised upon its release in 2005. "Police Beat" has a final museum committee to impress before it joins the museum's holdings in two weeks.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH ARTS FUNDING
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting funding applications for its Youth Arts program. The program supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours in all artistic disciplines. Individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and/or youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 for projects that take place between September 2009 and September 2010. The application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2009. The Youth Arts program will also hold several applicant workshops in March.
CHECK OUT SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS E-NEWS LETTER
Seattle Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts monthly e-newsletter is now listing summer arts opportunities. In the February Arts eNews, you can find professional development classes, summer institutes, and fellowships available for teachers, as well as summer camps and classes for students.
UPCOMING WASHINGTON TECHNOLOGY EVENTS
Join Washington Technology Industry Association this month for two exciting events about the future of interactive games. Tonight at Herban Feast, industry leaders will provide updates on Washington state's booming video game industry. On February 26th, the panel Return to Ravenhearst: A Post Mortem and Discussion will feature experts from Big Fish Games discussing their achievements on the latest release in the successful Mystery Case Files franchise.
ADMIRAL THEATER LISTENING ROOM SERIES
In the Admiral Theater's Listening Room Series, artists are free to discuss their stories about their craft, a particular motivation or emotion about their songs, and interact with the audience in general. This month's performance on February 21st includes Jonathan Kingham, Holly O'Reilly, and Clinton "Basie" Fearon. Don't miss this chance for a great acoustic, intimate performance.
LOCAL FILM AT SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The world premiere of The Day My Parents Became Cool, a movie written and directed by local filmmaker Steve Edmiston, will show at the Sedona International Film Festival and the International Family Film Festival this month. More than 100 students from Highline, Mount Rainier, and Federal Way high schools were involved with the movie as extras, script consultants, music composers, and production assistants. The Day My Parents Became Cool was funded by contributions from community members and grants from King County 4Culture, the City of Burien and the Federal Way Arts Commission.
WATCH IT : CASPER BABYPANTS AKA CHRIS BALLEW
This week's Art Zone in Studio with Nancy Guppy includes an interview with Chris Ballew, lead singer of the Presidents of the United States. Ballew has released his first album for children Here I Am! and created a new identity for himself: Casper Babypants. His message to the children of the world : "Don't grow up!" The rest of the show rocks too, with art from Kate Endle, interviews with Phyllis Fletcher and Lyall Bush, and a musical performance from Ivory in Ice World. Watch now or tune in to Seattle Channel on February 19th at 8 pm.
MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY AT NWFF
Barry Jenkins' critically acclaimed Medicine for Melancholy will be playing at Northwest Film Forum from February 20-26. Medicine for Melancholy is a love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. Director Barry Jenkins will be in attendance from February 23-26.
LOLITAMOON PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT
LolitaMoon Productions, a Seattle production company, has announced its collaboration with the Seattle Bug Safari on their new project, a fantasy short film entitled "Esperanza, Wing Thief, Flutterby". Written by local filmmaker Ileana D. Vasquez, it is the story of a young girl, her love of insects, and an extraordinary gift which she has yet to discover. Vasquez will also be directing the live action short which also contains elements of animation.
STIFF NIGHTS FEBRUARY SCREENING
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival's monthly screening for February will be Entry Level by local filmmaker Douglas Horn. Entry Level tells the story of a former chef who tries to start over in corporate American after losing his job. The filmmaker will be in attendance at the February 26th screening at Central Cinema.
SEEKING WRITERS & ACTORS FOR SEATTLE COLD READERS EVENT
Ever want to see how your play would read by professional actors? Ever wanted to get your screenplay shopped around by Producers and Directors? Seattle Cold Readers can help you take the next step. Let actors interpret, improvise, and play off your script at the Seattle Cold Readers 3rd Thursday monthly event at the historic Alibi Room in downtown Seattle. Next event is February 19th.
TAPROOT THEATRE COMPANY HIRES NEW DIRECTORS
Taproot Theatre Company celebrates the beginning of its 2009 Mainstage season with two new directors. Darrell Johnson joins the team as Taproot's first development director in four years. Johnson's position has been made possible by a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Nikki Visel, the new marketing director, brings a wealth of experience from her former post as Restaurants Unlimited's marketing manager. Taproot just began its 2009 Mainstage season featuring three regional premieres with a subscriber base that already surpasses last season's total.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/10 - 2/16
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something about Airplanes
- Sleepy Eyes of Death - Dark Signals
- Star Anna - Crooked Path
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- AC Newman - Get Guilty
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Murder City Devils - Broken Bottles, Broken Hearts
- Whore Moans - Hello from Radio Wasteland
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
SASQUATCH 2009 LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper, and Kings of Leon are just some of the bands that will headline this year's Sasquatch Music Festival. As usual, the festival includes a great lineup of Northwest bands like Fleet Foxes and The Decemberists. Sasquatch is held from May 23-25, and tickets go on sale February 28.
CNN PROFILES SUB POP RECORDS
By any reasonable standard, Sub Pop should no longer be in business. The iconic label, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008, made its name nearly two decades ago with such classic albums as Nirvana's Bleach and Mudhoney's Superfuzz Bigmuff, but its brand of off-kilter, rib cagerattling independent rock eventually fell out of vogue. Yet despite self-destructive impulses and changing trends in the music scene, Sub Pop survives. The company declines to disclose revenues but says 2008 was a good year, with a surge in digital sales (which now account for 37% of its business) and strong releases from both the Seattle band Fleet Foxes and the HBO-connected Flight of the Conchords.
HEAD LIKE A KITE ON THE BRINK
In the online reality series On The Brink, bands are challenged to play six gigs in six days in six different cities with no knowledge of the location of their next show. In the latest episode, Seattle's Head Like a Kite wrap up their chaotic West Coast tour with four hometown shows. Check out their awesome performances at Meany Middle School, the EMP, a prom-themed house party, and Neumos over the course of two crazy days. Congratulations to band members Dave Einmo and Trent Moorman on pushing "past the brink!"
SEATTLE'S VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY UP IN DOWN ECONOMY
Consumers may be cutting back on entertainment, but they're still spending on videogames. The videogame sector was up 13% in January, collecting $1.3 billion in coin, driven mostly by hardware and software sales from Redmond-based Nintendo. Nintendo's Wii was once again the top selling console, moving 679,000 units, while its handheld DS device sold another 511,000 units. Microsoft's Xbox 360 is still besting PlayStation's console sales, with 309,000 systems sold versus 203,000 for the PS3 and another 101,000 for the PS2.