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JAMES KEBLAS: BACK IN SEATTLE
As some of you know, I have been out of the office the past month traveling Europe. I just returned to Seattle this week and am getting back into the swing of things. For those of you who don't know, in late 2007 I was named a Marshall Fellow of the U.S. (www.gmfus.org) and was awarded an incredible opportunity to travel Europe to promote greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and abroad. It was a tremendous experience and I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. There were 16 of us from the U.S. convening with E.U. leaders to discuss the most pressing transatlantic themes and examining ways in which transatlantic cooperation can address a variety of global policy challenges. I traveled to Washington, DC; Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Bratislava, Slovakia. In addition to global issues, I had professional film and music appointments in every city, which included a site-visit of Europe's [soon to be] largest soundstage complex, an incredible music business center developed with private/public partnership and more. I blogged the trip with a daily journal that you can check out above. It is good to be back home and I look forward to implementing some great ideas.
SEATTLE FILM + MUSIC OFFICE WELCOMES NEW INTERN
The Seattle Film + Music Office is proud to welcome intern Michel Tran to the team. Originally from Paris, France, Michel graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Fine Arts. A current student of film, he has been involved in local film productions, as well as having interned at KCTS. Michel has already proven himself a valuable asset and we at the Film + Music Office are happy to have him aboard!
HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK 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, March 26th. 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.
SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS SECURITY TRAINING CLASSES FOR NIGHTLIFE EMPLOYEES
SPD has re-vamped its Security Training Program and is offering monthly classes from April to September of this year. The program is an all-day training, and has been well received in past years by attendees and business owners. A highly-trained staff, ready to deal with difficult situations, is vital to the safety of both patrons and employees of nightlife establishments. These classes are not just for security personnel, but also for employees who regularly interact with customers. For more information and to obtain enrollment forms, contact the Music + Nightlife Program Coordinator, Rachel White, at email@example.com or 206.684.8504, and sign up today!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
EMP|SFM SUMMER DAY CAMPS OPEN FOR K-11
Students K through 11 are invited to take a journey of artistic exploration and self-discovery this summer at Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame! Several unique programs have been designed to accommodate campers' varying ages, skill levels and interests. Campers receive support for their artistic passions and are encouraged to imagine new possibilities for their talents.
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S APRIL FILM SERIES RETURNS
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents "I Love The Nightlife!" as their 2008 April Film Series at the Northwest Film Forum, every Thursday in April at 7 P.M. This retrospective film series focuses on the portrayal of the underground gay social scene through vintage queer film.
NWFF AND THIRD EYE CINEMA PRESENT FILMS BY KARN JUNKINSMITH: DANCE OUTSIDE AND OTHERWISE
Join the Northwest Film Forum and Third Eye Cinema as Seattle choreographer Karn Junkinsmith presents her slate of experimental dance films. Several of the films will be accompanied by live music by Jeff Junkinsmith and friends that will have you dancing in your seats.
CITY HALL SPRING CONCERTS TO FEATURE FLAMENCO, KLEZMER, CLASSICAL STRINGS AND SPIRITUALS
Celebrate spring with an eclectic lineup of free performances at City Hall. The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs presents the lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series year-round. All concerts are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Lobby, 600 Fourth Ave. For more information, visit the website or call (206) 684-7171.
ANJUMAN CD RELEASE PARTY THIS SATURDAY
"Where Rumba meets Raga." Anjuman is an Indian/Afro-Cuban Ensemble that has found a unique and uncompromised way of combining North Indian Classical music with the rhythmic vitality of Afro-Cuban drumming. They are celebrating the release of their new CD this Saturday, March 22nd at the Columbia City Theater.
THE SEE AMERICA TOUR 2008
AmericaTheBeautiful.com is planning The See America Tour 2008, which will feature the people and places that best portray - "The Patriotic Spirit of America". This is a bus tour going cross country trying to
find and film stories of communities with character and charm. They are looking to feature stories of the people, places, pride and patriotism seen in different regions.
TERRENE'S "UNWELCOME" UP FOR YAHOO! VIDEO AWARD
Seattle act Terrene has their music video "Unwelcome" competing for the 2008 Yahoo! Video Award for "Best Indie Music Video." Polls close March 21st.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/10 - 3/16
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Presidents of the USA - These Are the Good Times People
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Earth - Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Scull
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands - Cody's Dream
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM SXSW
Last week, more than 60 bands with Northwest connections took part in the annual music blowout, South by Southwest (SXSW), held in Austin, Texas. Between gigs and gawking, several contributed to the Seattle Times' SXSW blog, including The Feral Children, Throw Me the Statue, DJ Sabzi, Choklate, and MC Geologic. Several of these contributing bands also played at the SxSeattle Music Showcase, which was a great success! Congratulations to all the Seattle bands who represented our world class music city in Austin, TX.
VIPER ROOM SCOUTS SEATTLE, BELLEVUE
With downtown Bellevue trying to build a nightlife, Seattle and Bellevue could be rivals for yet another national chain: The Viper Room. The famed Sunset Strip nightclub, founded 15 years ago by actor Johnny Depp, is under new ownership that plans to build the Viper Room into a national brand. Popular with young Hollywood, the Viper Room helped rock bands from Guns N' Roses to Pearl Jam to The Stone Temple Pilots gain national prominence.
A NEW LEASE ON NIGHTLIFE AT 10TH AVE AND PIKE
Welcome to 10th and Pike - "the epicenter of Seattle rock 'n' roll," as one local boasted. Live music is blasting on these adjacent blocks, from indie-rock heavyweight Neumo's and metal-loving newcomer King Cobra to old-timers the Comet Tavern and Wildrose, both of which have pumped up their music offerings in recent months. And there is more to this suddenly vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood than rock bands and hard-partying fans. Several new establishments on or just off Pike have the two blocks between Broadway and 11th Avenue booming - and transforming.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO STAGE THIS AMBITIOUS LINEUP
The Village Theatre's 2008-09 season will feature a new regional staging of the big Disney musical "Beauty and the Beast," as well as two lesser-known contemporary tuners, an Oscar Wilde comedy and a vintage Broadway show. This ambitious season for the Village, which opens shows with a run in Issaquah and then transports them to the Everett Performing Arts Center, will start in September with "Saint Heaven," a bluesy new work scored by Keith Gordon and written by Martin Casella about love and religion in small-town Kentucky during the 1950s.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT SANG FOR SEATTLE FANS THURSDAY NIGHT
Rufus Wainwright has one of pop's best and Seattle's favorite voices, but audiences around this city also love his theatrical stage shows - which have featured surprise drag appearances - and eat up his engaging, catty personality. Thursday night at The Paramount, Wainwright performed an 80-minute set sans the fantastic band that joined him a few months back at The Moore. He played solo, accompanying himself on piano and acoustic guitar for a nearly sold-out theater.
FILM SERIES AND VIDEO SCREENINGS
The Seattle PI has once again compiled a list of film-related events and screenings in the Seattle area. Highlights include: Godard's "La Chinoise" at NWFF, and "Dead Man," in which Johnny Depp stars as an accountant that heads into the Western frontier and begins a spiritual journey where he is an outlaw with bad luck at Metro Cinemas.
CONCERT MARKS QUINCY JONES' 75TH BIRTHDAY
Quincy Jones celebrated his 75th birthday last Sunday at a concert at the Paramount Theatre. The concert was the culmination of this month's opening of the Northwest African American Museum and Jones received the museum's first Lifetime Achievement Award.
AMID OLD SONGS AND NEW, PRESIDENTS, FANS FEEL RIGHT AT HOME
The Presidents of the United States of America show at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night was a bit of a homecoming. From a reporter's perch in the wings, it was like finding the "Cheers" bar - where fans knew every word of the songs and even the band's children took the stage. It was good to kick things off at home before the band went on tour, said frontman Chris Ballew.
LISTEN UP: SERA CAHOONE
Jesse Sykes, Brandi Carlile and Amy Blaschke make up the vanguard of the roots Americana movement that is about to change the perception of Seattle's music scene from a grungy logging town to a mecca of the modern West. Add to that list Sera Cahoone, former drummer turned singer-songwriter, whose sophomore album of laconic, country-flavored musings documents the mood of urban America: tired but bright; heartbroken but hopeful; weary and yet full of wonder.
THIS BAND GATHERED NO MOSS AFTER IT PLAYED SXSW
Ross Simonini of local band Trespassers William wrote an article about his experience "off the beaten path" at South by Southwest.
BLUE MOON OWNER WINS LA TIMES' LIMERICK CONTEST
Gustav Hellthaler, owner of the Blue Moon Tavern, wrote a topical composition on the life and times of private dick Anthony Pellicano, winning the LATimes limerick contest in the process.
TALBOT TAGORA: VAGUE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Young rockers Talbot Tagora talk to the Stranger about their music, their politics, and the conflicting interests of being white artists in the Central District while speaking out against gentrification.
KURT COBAIN SADLY COMING TO A FOOT LOCKER NEAR YOU
Converse had already used the likenesses of Hunter Thompson and Sid Vicious in their "All Your Dead Heroes Are Our Marketing Tools" campaign, and now they've decided to go for the gusto: they're producing a limited edition series of Kurt Cobain Converse. It's all approved by the estate of the tragic Nirvana front man, i.e. Courtney Love.
FREE CONCERT FOR KIDS
The Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, the largest community choruses in the U.S., are teaming up with Jet City Improv to put on an entertaining free concert for kids on Saturday, March 29, at McCaw Hall. Skits and games will keep the kids engaged, and the multimedia event will encourage audience participation.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: BOB DYLAN LIVE AT THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL WITH MURRAY LERNER
EMP|SFM, in partnership with The Warren Report, presents a new film series, Exposed: Inside Film at EMP|SFM. In March, "The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival" will be screened followed by a conversation with Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner. Jasen Emmons, director of curatorial affairs for EMP, will host the evening.
FREE MUSIC? ONLY WITH A FIGHT
Like most purveyors of media, music labels are flailing about for a new business model even as their old one is quickly becoming outmoded. One proposed solution - giving music away online, supported by advertising - was the subject of a panel discussion this week at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Tex. The discussion quickly became a debate between Ted Mico of Interscope/Geffen/A&M records and Peter Rojas of the music blog RCRD LBL.
FILMMAKERS FIND FRESH TALENT ON MYSPACE
in July 2006, Gus Van Sant created a MySpace page for his film "Paranoid Park" and posted a casting call for genuine high school students to act in his film. It worked. A whopping 2,971 Portland-area teenagers turned up for cattle-call auditions. Among them: the film's star, Gabe Nevins. Van Sant is one of an increasing number of movie makers to use the internet as a casting tool.
ADVERTISERS SHUN USER-GENERATED VIDEO
Anyone can become a director or star through video-sharing sites like YouTube, but not everyone can make money. Although more money is going to online video advertising, relatively little of that is subsidizing user-generated video - the short, often-wacky clips from amateurs. Many advertisers, for now, are staying away for fear their ads could inadvertently appear with clips that have nudity, foul language or perhaps criticism of their brand.
BAND OF HORSES ISSUE NEW SINGLE
The MySpace-proclaimed "healing & easy listening" work of Band of Horses continues with release of the single for "Cease to Begin" tune "No One's Gonna Love You". The 7" is out now on Sub Pop, and on its B-side it features a cover of Them Two's "Am I a Good Man" that was recorded live for Seattle radio station KEXP.
SHY CHILD SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS, MAKE NOISE IN U.S.
The ostentatious electro-punk duo Shy Child has signed with the Kill Rock Stars crew, who'll issue the band's 2007 LP "Noise Won't Stop" in North America for the first time May 5. The disc, produced by White Rabbits/Les Savy Fav knob-twister Chris Zane, features MC Spank Rock on the tune "Kick Drum". And keytar! So very much keytar.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SEATTLE CENTER PLAN
Want to know more about the new plan for Seattle Center? The Century 21 Committee has scheduled community meetings today and Wednesday to explore the plan. Check it out at 6:30 p.m. Tonight at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. in Seattle.
TRAVEL GURU LENDS VOICE TO SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
PBS travel authority Rick Steves has been invited by conductor Dennis Coleman to be the guest artist in the Seattle Men's Chorus spring production, "A Foreign Affaire." Steves joins a long list of guest artists, including Judy Collins and Bobby McFerrin, to guest with the chorus, the largest gay men's chorus in the world. This concert features 230 voices. "A Foreign Affaire" plays Saturday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, then March 29-30 at Seattle's McCaw Hall.
OSCAR WINNER MINGHELLA DIES AT 54
Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella, who turned such literary works as "The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain" into acclaimed movies, died Tuesday of a hemorrhage following surgery. He was 54. Minghella's publicist, Jonathan Rutter, said the filmmaker died at London's Charing Cross Hospital. He said Minghella was operated on last week for a growth in his neck, "and the operation seemed to have gone well. At 5 a.m. today he had a fatal hemorrhage."
2008 JEFFERSON AWARD NOMINEES
Five people will be selected from this nomination list to receive Jefferson Award medallions honoring their contributions to community service. They will be profiled in the Seattle P-I next Tuesday, March 25, the day they are recognized at a CityClub luncheon.
BOOK DETAILS A GIFTED MUSICIAN'S BRIEF, PROLIFIC LIFE
While attending Mercer Island High School, Clay Eals was faced with a choice: take journalism class or join the school band. After a careful examination of class schedules, he realized that, by skipping lunch, he could take both. Such is the nature of the 56-year-old writer who dedicated eight years of his life to "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music," an 800-page biography of a musician who, despite being one of the best-loved songwriters of the 1970s, never achieved fame. Goodman died in Seattle of leukemia at age 36.
MODERN FILM SCORES ARE TERRIBLE, SAY COMPOSERS
Most film music written today is terrible, with few scores lingering in the memory like the underwater menace of "Jaws" or the whimsical "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," top composers have told The Times. Hans Zimmer, who wrote the music for the Hollywood box-office hits "Gladiator" and "The Lion King," dismissed the majority of contemporary screen compositions as unmemorable. "They drift around like cows grazing. So many scores sound like nobody really thought about them."