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SECOND ANNUAL SEATTLE SOUNDBITE
The Seattle Chapter of the Washington Restaurant Association presents the second annual Seattle Soundbite. This one-of-a-kind food and music event will feature thirteen Seattle restaurants serving up "street-style" versions of their signature food, alongside performances from five of the city's restaurant-employee rock bands. Special guest band Helio Sequence will headline the show. Seattle Soundbite will be held March 19th at the Showbox SoDo. Proceeds benefit The Vera Project, ProStart® and the WRA Seattle Chapter. Seattle Soundbite is a Seattle City of Music event, a designation that acknowledges the city's rich musical tradition and support of local artists.
SXSEATTLE SEND-OFF PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS!
Thanks to all the supporters who sold out the SxSeattle Send-Off Party last Friday! If you're heading down to Austin next week, don't miss the Second Annual SxSeattle day party at the 2009 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 21st, co-sponsored by the Film + Music Office. 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. On Thursday, March 19th, be sure to stop by the Mt. Fuji Records Party at the Longbranch featuring Telekinesis, Past Lives, Champange Champagne, and more. For more SXSW parties and a complete schedule of all the Seattle bands, films, and interactive speakers, check out our full SXSW coverage at the link above!
SECURITY TRAINING FOR NIGHTCLUB EMPLOYEES
The Seattle Police Department offers a Security Training Program with classes open to the public several times a year. These classes are not just for security personnel. Security training is imperative for individuals who work physical security or screen patrons at the door. It is also extremely beneficial to any employee who regularly interacts with your clientele. Maintaining a highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both your patrons and your employees. The 2009 classes will be held April 19th, May 10th, and August 16th. Registration is required.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
BUMBERSHOOT GIVES BACK: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Beyond the work to make Bumbershoot a carbon-neutral Festival (including a full roster of eco-actions) the Festival is also working to help the sustainability of the community through its Bumbershoot Gives Back program. Simply put, Bumbershoot aims to support other local non-profit organizations in hands-on, meaningful ways that will contribute to immediate and long-term goals. If you work at an area non-profit that could use some extra hands, apply today for Bumbershoot Gives Back.
2009 SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Slamdance will be accepting entries for its feature screenplay competition starting March 20th. The grand prize winner will receive $7,000. And don't forget to submit entries before March 17th for the Teleplay competition! The Teleplay competition accepts pilots for drama, comedy, and documentaries or game shows with a grand prize of $3,000.
DUTCHMAN FUND BENEFIT SHOW
The Dutchman Fund
On January 8th, 2009 the Dutchman rehearsal studios and Calleye recording studios were destroyed by fire. The Dutchman and Calleye were established in 1984 providing low-cost rehearsal and recording services for over 24 years. Throughout that time proprietor Gary Mula has given his time and talents generously, helping fellow artists pursue and develop their crafts. On March 12th, come to the Funhouse for a Dutchman Fund benefit concert featuring The Pleasure Elite, The Zack Static Sect, LD & Her Pretty Pretties, and Witchburn.
THE CREATION PROJECT
The CREATION Project is a new works and professional development program created by the CD Forum for African-American performing artists based in King County. A panel will select up to four participants representing a range of performing arts disciplines. Each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend to be used towards the creation of a new work and participate in professional development seminars, facilitated peer discussions and a showcase in May 2010. Application deadline is May 22nd.
TEEN TIX WELCOMES SEATTLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Teen Tix, Seattle Center's innovative arts access program for teenagers, is pleased to announce the addition of Seattle Symphony Orchestra as a Participating Venue. Teen Tix members may attend eligible Seattle Symphony events at a special rate for the remaining 2008-09 season, and the SSO will be included in a range of Teen Tix media. Teen Tix engages young people in the arts in ways that encourage and support further arts exploration. The hope is to expose teenagers to new creative experiences, while building future audiences for the arts.
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth attracts young filmmakers from all around the world, but not everyone can afford to travel to Seattle. This year, NFFTY is launching their travel assistance program Go NFFTY by putting together travel stipends and a home stay program. If you would like to help, donate today or volunteer a spare bed for an out-of-town filmmaker. NFFTY also launched a brand new interactive website where you can find tons of information about the film festival held April 24th - 26th.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: SKATEBOARD FILM FESTIVAL
The Skateboard Film Festival
The Skateboard Film Festival serves to promote independent film making in the skateboard community at large. It is open to the entire public by way of video and film submissions, and there are several categories by which each filmmaker can submit his or her video short or full-length movie. Winning films will be carefully selected by a panel of judges and shown August 14th - 16th in SIFF Cinema's state of the art theater right next to Seattle's new Sea Skate Plaza. Enter your film for free before March 31st!
DISTRICT-WIDE ARTS SURVEY KEY FINDINGS
Please join the SPS Visual and Performing Arts Department for the first District-wide review of arts learning and teaching in Seattle's schools. Key findings and recommendations are based on analysis of the data in five areas: arts instruction and activities; resources for arts teaching and activities; barriers to the arts; policy and assessment; and attitudes regarding the arts. Two meetings have been scheduled to address specific stakeholders on April 6th and 7th. The meetings will occur at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence and refreshments will be served.
ART ZONE IN STUDIO
On last week's Art Zone, the weekly Seattle Channel arts show hosted by Nancy Guppy, KEXP's Sharlese Metcalf talks about three of her favorite local bands. And on this week's show the musical guest is Manooghi Hi, the Indian/American pop fusion group. On April 2nd, Arts Zone will include a special tour of KEXP hosted by Tom Mara.
SEATTLE SHORT "BOOKIE" WINS AT FESTIVAL
Bookie the Movie
Persistence of Vision Films is proud to announce that "Bookie" was awarded Best International Short at Beloit International Film Festival in Beloit, WI. "Bookie" tells the story of a gambling bookie who risks everything for a waitress down on her luck in 1963 Seattle. The short has screened at eighteen festivals across the country and will show at the Vietnamese International Film Festival and the San Joaquin International Film Festival this spring.
"THE DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL" HIT AT SEDONA
The Day My Parents Became Cool
The world premiere of The Day My Parents Became Cool, a movie written and directed by local filmmaker Steve Edmiston with the support of over 100 Seattle high school students, sold out at the Sedona International Film Festival last month. The film also won the award for Best Comedy Short at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles.
UNDER FULL SAIL HOME VIDEO PREMIERE
Silent Film Concepts
Silent Film Concerts announces the release of Under Full Sail - Silent Cinema on the High Seas, a new DVD silent film project produced by noted silent film restoration expert David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates. Recorded at Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre, the project features popular touring silent film organist Dennis James in his solo film score DVD debut that includes a restored version of the 1927 classic The Yankee Clipper.
SPEND YOUR SUMMER WITH KERMIT
EMP|SFM is looking for volunteers that enjoy interacting with people, love puppets and want to learn more about Jim Henson. As a volunteer you will work within a Jim Henson inspired puppet theater/TV studio specially designed for this summer's Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibition. Mudgarden Muppets Interactive Volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public and children and be knowledgeable on EMP|SFM's exhibitions, history and specifically about the Jim Henson Fantastic World exhibition. Responsibilities include demonstrating puppet performances and operating video cameras and show lighting.
SIFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL
Pacific Northwest Broadway Ballet
SIFF Cinema joins Pacific Northwest Broadway Ballet in a salute to Broadway! From March 13th to 15th, SIFF will present a small sampling of films based on Broadway musicals: On Your Toes, Carousel, and West Side Story. Show your Pacific Northwest Ballet Broadway Festival ticket and receive a 20% discount off a regular priced SIFF Cinema ticket!
LAKE CITY MUSIC PROJECT
The Lake City Chamber of Commerce presents the Lake City Music Project on March 21st. The concert features music legend Albritton McClain, Washington Blues Society's 2006 Performer of the Year. The Paul Green School of Rock Music show band will open with cuts from the Monkees to the Ramones. Come and enjoy a variety of music and the sense of community that only music can bring. Part of the net proceeds will go to the Mennonite Church and the School of Rock.
TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI
How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Ask Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In 1977, she suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy - and brought Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. This March 28th screening, part of ITVS Community Cinema, is free and open to the public.
CLASSIC KING FM 98.1 TO BROADCAST SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) is pleased to announce that KING FM 98.1 will be broadcasting the March 8th Seattle Youth Symphony concert as part of KING FM's Northwest Focus. The broadcast will take place tonight at 8:00 p.m. Classic KING FM's Steve Reeder and SYSO's Executive Director Dan Petersen will host the broadcast. The March concert repertoire includes: Gershwin's "Cuban Overture," Britten's "Sinfonia da Requiem" and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14."
NWFF UNBRIDLED STIMULUS PACKAGE
Northwest Film Forum
You are invited to attend Unbridled Stimulus Package, an evening of dinner, bidding opportunities, performance, games, and froth to benefit Northwest Film Forum. The dinner will be held on April 18th at China Harbor, and seating is limited and by reservation only. Festival attire is heartily encouraged!
SPECIAL WENDY AND LUCY SCREENING
Ever been down and out with few options? Coming to the Rose Theatre this week is Wendy and Lucy - the story of a young woman and her dog on the road to Alaska, where better times are possible - a best feature nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards. Seattle-based actor Walter Dalton will appear at the Rose Theater for a Q&A session following the March 14th screening of Wendy and Lucy.
PERSPECTIVES IN POSTER DESIGN
Join EMP|SFM tonight for a panel discussion on the evolution of poster design in the Northwest. The evening will include prominent local graphic designers discussing everything from poster art and design process to unsung graphic heroes and influences, all illustrated with examples of their work and others. Panelists include Barry Ament, Coby Schultz, Don Clark, Ryan Clark, Art Chantry, and Jeff Kleinsmith.
WACO PERFORMS MONTHLY AT TOST
WACO (Washington Composers Orchestra) could be called a "wild post-downtown non-traditional big band for folks that don't normally like big bands." The band is a northwest incarnation of the New York Composers Orchestra, started by Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb in NYC in the 80s, and now features Tom Varner, who played in the original band, as well as top Seattle creative players such as Thomas Marriot, Mark Taylor, Phil Sparks, Eric Barber, Byron Vannoy, Chris Stover, Greg Sinibaldi, and Samantha Boshnack. WACO will perform monthly at ToST on the last Sunday of every month.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/2 - 3/8
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
- The Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
- Say Hi - Oohs & Aahs
- The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- J. Tillman - Vacilando Territory Blues
- Pearl Jam - Live from Easy Street
- The Whore Moans - Hello From the Radio Wasteland
- John Spalding's LoveLand - Beautiful Truth
DYNO JAMZ WINS EMP SOUND OFF!
Dyno Jamz won the 2009 EMP Sound Off!, one of the largest battles of the bands in the Northwest, in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night. About 1,000 fans decided the fates of the underage bands performing that night, with Dyno Jamz, a Seattle hip-hop-jazz band, taking both first place and the audience response prize. The eight-man band includes horns, drums, bass, keyboards and an MC, and a combination of influences from Miles Davis to Tower of Power.
HARD ROCK STILL ON TAP TO OPEN IN JULY
The Hard Rock Cafe planned for downtown Seattle will open in July as scheduled, despite economic conditions, Hard Rock International said Monday. The cafe will feature the chain's signature rock 'n' roll memorabilia, including items from Seattle musicians. "Seattle truly is a city of music - always has been, going back to the '20s and '30s, had a roaring jazz scene, '70s - rock 'n' roll, '90s - we all know what happened with grunge rock," Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman David Blandford said Monday. "If any city in the world deserves a Hard Rock Cafe, I think Seattle does."
THE PHONE FULL TRAILER
Film + Music Media Blog
Check out the full trailer for the reality TV series The Phone, produced by Justin Timberlake and filmed in Seattle this year. The Phone makes it's debut April 21st on MTV. The new promo includes car chases in Pioneer Square, explosions on the waterfront, and terrified twentysomethings hanging off the Space Needle.
NO MORE UNRELEASED NIRVANA SONGS
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has some sad news for fans of the grunge icons: There are no more unreleased Nirvana songs. "There's not going to be any new Nirvana records," Novoselic told the Washington State's Legacy Project. "What there is, is video. There's a lot of video." Novoselic wouldn't elaborate the content or nature of the videos, nor did he have any release dates in mind. He did, however, say that he and Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, are no longer on bad terms.