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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
Mayor's Office of Film + Music
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!
SXSW SEATTLE SEND OFF PARTY NEXT MONTH
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. 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. Check out all our SXSW coverage at the link above, including a complete schedule of all the Seattle bands, films, and interactive speakers!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE'S INAUGURAL ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Seattle's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon is set to kick off the city's annual Seafair summer celebration, and will travel from Tukwila to Seattle on Saturday, June 27th, 2009. The event is expected to draw between 15,000 - 20,000 runners and walkers and feature over 70 live bands along the marathon and half-marathon courses.
After crossing the finish line outside of Qwest Field, runners will be treated to a post-race headliner concert Saturday night at Marymoor Park. All runners, walkers and event volunteers receive free entry to the concert with their race number. Organizers are still looking for local bands and high school cheer squads interested in performing along the course. Seattle's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is a City of Music Civic Partner.
NOMINATION FOR MAYOR'S ART AWARDS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2009 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 public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. The mayor will present the seventh annual 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival at SeattleCenter on Friday, September 4th. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, April 8th.
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS INTERN OPPORTUNITY
WashingtonFilmWorks is seeking a part-time intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 20 hours per week. Prior background in film not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer, writing, and organizational/research skills. As an intern you will be responsible for a host of administrative duties as well as some special projects. WFW will provide a $250/month stipend and access to informational interviews and mentorship possibilities with members of the local film industry. They will be accepting applications through March 6th for a start date mid-March.
THE OLD FIREHOUSE CLASSIC ROCK-A-THON
The Old Firehouse
Redmond's Old Firehouse Teen Center is holding their Third Annual Classic Rock-A-Thon this year! The Rock-A-Thon features bands aged 13-19 performing classic rock music in front of a live audience and industry professionals. Bands win prizes including studio recording gear, instruments, gift cards, and more! If you'd like to perform in the Rock-A-Thon, download an application or drop by the Old Firehouse before March 23rd!
SEATTLE PARKS SEEKS ARTS FOR DOWNTOWN PARKS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Parks-Specific - a new program to activate downtown parks - seeks up to three curators or curatorial teams to program art at three downtown Seattle parks. The curator or team will create and present a five-month series of free arts events from June 1st to October 31st in VictorSteinbrueck Park, Westlake Park and Occidental Park. All arts disciplines are welcome. The production budget is $10,000 per park for artist fees and project expenses. Application deadline is Friday, March 6th. Applicants must have demonstrated curatorial or event production experience. SeattleParks and Recreation is managing the selection process.
EXQUISITE CORPSE FILMMAKER CHALLENGE
Northwest Film Forum
This quarter's filmmaking challenge is a film version of the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse. Participants will be free to film anything they want, but will begin and end their segments with images chosen randomly out of a hat. The finished films will be shown in sequence with the chosen images anchoring the films together. Stop by the NWFF offices to pick your beginning/end from a hat. All films will screen on May 12th at NWFF. Films are due by April 28th and should not exceed 5 minutes.
ALKI COMMUNITY CENTER SEEKS BANDS
Alki Community Center in West Seattle is planning a series of Music in the Park events for the summer of 2009, and is looking for bands who are interested in playing on dates in July, August, and September 2009. Bands should play music that families will enjoy. Interested bands should call MaryPat Byington at 206-684-7430 or e-mail her at email@example.com by Monday, March 16th, 2009.
PECHU KUCHA NIGHT SEATTLE
Artist Trust and Pecha Kucha Night Seattle have teamed up for the ArtsFund "Take Part in Art Festival." Pecha Kucha gathers creative curators, filmmakers, puppeteers, designers, visual artists and other luminaries to share their work and ideas. Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each, keeping presentations concise and the interest level up. Pecha Kucha Night will take place tonight, February 25th, at Ouch My Eye Gallery.
CALL TO CONSCIENCE: A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY
Join Musica Entertainment at the Museum of Glass on February 28th to celebrate Black History Month! This year's event will challenge the community to volunteer one thousand hours of community service to selected charities. The night will include keynote speeches, musical performances, displays, vendors, and more!
FREE JAZZ FILM SCREENING
Icons Among Us
Local filmmakers will be test screening the first episode of their four-part film series devoted to jazz on March 4th at 7:30 at the JBL Theater at EMP. Footage is culled from over 7 years of production and includes rare moments of performance and interview with some of the greatest players performing today. Included in Episode One are such musical luminaries as Nicholas Payton, Herbie Hancock, John Medeski, Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, the Bad Plus, Avishai Cohen, Russell Gunn, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, and Terence Blanchard. Screening will be followed by a survey and a short focus group. Admission is free!
CHILDHOOD CANCER BENEFIT CONCERT
Brown Paper Tickets
Columbia City Theater, Childhood Cancer Sucks, and Scorpio Rising present an unforgettable evening of great music performed by some of Seattle's hottest bands. The show is to raise funds and bring awareness to Childhood Cancer Research. Bands performing include Guns of Nevada, Lucky Suns, BATTEY, and more! Special Guests Gypsy Queens will be adding their unique flavor of entertainment while hosting the show on March 13th.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD HIP HOP/SPOKEN WORD
Northwest African American Museum
Tre'dmarks Music Group and Northwest African American Museum host the Underground Railroad hip hop and spoken word show, a friendly family event in response to the recent wave of youth violence in Seattle and also to continue to celebrate the black history that is The Underground Railroad. Performers include: Q Dot, Fame Rilla and Silver Shadow D plus others. The performance begins at 1 pm on March 7th at the Northwest African American Museum.
ELECTRON LOVE THEORY SIGNS WITH KOCH
Electron Love Theory
Seattle's Jeff Leisawitz, the man behind Electron Love Theory, just signed with Koch Records! Koch picked up three albums by Electron Love Theory, including the recently produced "In The Shadows of U2," an electronic tribute album featuring fourteen great Seattle female vocalists. The album is currently released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
SEATTLE ONHOLD MUSIC SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Seattle On Hold
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking a broad selection of music recordings by local artists for Seattle OnHold. This innovative program treats callers to local music when they call the city and are placed on hold. More than 10,000 city phone lines feature the music. Seattle OnHold also offers a free local music podcast. Listeners can buy music via iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.com and link to featured musicians' Web sites and concert calendars on the OnHold Web site. Submit an application by Friday, March 13th to be considered in the next OnHold review cycle.
NEW VENUE FOR WOMEN IN FILM FIRST TUESDAYS
Women In Film Seattle
Every first Tuesday of the month find out what's happening at WIF. Network, share stories of your most recent gig, bring a DVD to show off either a work in progress or finished video/film, have a glass of wine and snacks, and donate to the WIF kitty. The next event on March 3rd will be held at the VIP room at Spitfire in Belltown.
MUSICIANS' UNION OF SEATTLE FINDS NEW HOME AFTER 50 YEARS
Musicians' Union of Seattle
The Musicians' Association of Seattle will relocate to 3209 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102 on March 1st, 2009. The union has been located in Belltown at 3rd and Cedar Street for over fifty years. The union purchased a 2000 square foot condominium office space in the Eastlake Building. The Union is getting some help in configuring the space for their needs - it should be much more attractive and comfortable than their old home. The Musicians' Association of Seattle looks forward to greeting the Music Community in their new quarters soon. The office hours will remain the same. 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.
TAOS PICKED UP FOR DISTRIBUTION BY GAIAM
TAOS the Movie
TAOS, a feature film shot on location in Seattle and in Taos, New Mexico and local filmmaker Brandon Schmid's directorial debut, has recently been picked up for limited distribution by Gaiam's Spiritual Cinema Circle. Spiritual Cinema Circle is a community of conscious filmmakers and film-lovers with monthly DVD distribution in more than 80 countries. Gaiam picked up TAOS following successful festival screenings at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Santa Fe Film Festival in December, where TAOS won the Tamalewood Award for Best New Mexican Film.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 2/17 - 2/23
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Sleepy Eyes of Death - Dark Signals
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be a Stranger
- Point Juncture, WA - Heart to Elk
- Whore Moans - Hello from Radio Wasteland
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Duchess, He's the Duke
- Star Anna - Crooked Path
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
SEATTLE FILMMAKER LYNN SHELTON WINS SPIRIT AWARD
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton won the Acura Someone to Watch award at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night. The award, given to Shelton for her second film My Effortless Brilliance, includes an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The award was created, in Film Independent's words, "to honor a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not received appropriate recognition." Shelton's third film, Humpday, had its world premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. It is scheduled for theatrical release in August. According to an interview in Variety, Shelton's will collaborate with novelist Sherman Alexie for her next project.
MURDER CITY DEVILS TO PLAY COACHELLA, SASQUATCH
Just reported via the band's Twitter feed this morning: "We are excited to announce that on April 19th we will be playing Coachella...Well you know what, why just play one show in the desert, how about we hit up the Gorge for Sasquatch. That will be May 24th." The Murder City Devils recently played two nights of reunion shows the Showbox and are now on a West Coast tour.
MUSICIANS DEVELOPING IPHONE APPS
Kyte, a digital media technology company aggressively targeting the music industry, launched a new platform, called the iPhone Applications Framework, for artists interested in developing iPhone applications.The Kyte.tv mobile phone video system lets artist quickly upload new content online, and now the iPhone as well with the new service. The platform lets participating artists update their iPhone apps with not only new content submitted through the Kyte service, but also add interactive features like fan chat and rating, Twitter feeds, RSS subscription capabilities and integrate both their iPhone and online applications at once.