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CHICAGO LOOKS TO SEATTLE AND MAYOR NICKELS FOR INSPIRATION
Seattle's been busy on the music front lately. Primarily through the office of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, the city has used political action and clear, sustained policy direction to make music a force for positive economic and cultural development. This work has culminated in the "Seattle City of Music" marketing campaign, with Mayor Nickels proclaiming, "Music is a part of Seattle's identity; it gives our city soul. We don't just make or listen to music; we live it."
MAKE THE CITY OF MUSIC LOGO YOURS!
Seattle City of Music
The Seattle City of Music logo is yours to use! Add the City of Music logo to flyers, websites, blogs, or t-shirts. Anyone can participate and identify themselves as a proud citizen of the City of Music. For more ways to get involved with the City of Music initiative, visit the Seattle City of Music website.
SXSEATTLE PACKS IN THE MUSIC FANS!
Over 2,000 people showed up for the second annual SXSeattle party at SXSW in Austin, TX. This impressive turn out was due in part to the great anticipation surrounding the high caliber of talent coming out of Seattle this year. The event, co-sponsored by the Film + Music Office and many other local music industry businesses, brings a great deal of attention Seattle as we continue to grow as a City of Music. It also emphasizes the continuing growth and reputation of Seattle as a place for innovative musical talent and music business.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS VIRAL VIDEO CAMPAIGN
Attention Washington based filmmakers! Help WFW establish Washington State as the premier west-coast filming location. They're seeking five local filmmakers to create dynamic and entertaining viral videos. These viral videos will promote the state's diverse locations and topography as well as the seasoned local talent and crew. $1000 grants will be given to the five selected filmmakers to put towards production.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2009 MAYOR'S ARTS AWARDS
Arts & Cultural Affairs
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle's communities through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2009 Mayor's Arts Award. The deadline is 5pm on April 8th. Mayor Greg Nickels will present the awards, Friday, September 4th at Seattle Center in partnership with Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival.
SUCCESS FOR LITTLE DIZZLE AT SXSW
Animator Emily Hubley's first feature length film is an offbeat hybrid that plays on the themes of time, memory, loss and yearning. She will be in attendance for special screenings of the The Toe Tactic, preceded by two of her short films "The Pigeon Within" and "Set Set Spike," on March 21st and 22nd at the Northwest Film Forum.
THEFILMSCHOOL'S SPRING SESSION IS APPROACHING
The application deadline for the Spring Session of TheFilmSchool's unique three-week-intensive Screenwriting course is approaching! The session runs from April 4th - April 25th, with an application deadline of March 27th. TheFilmSchool is Seattle's populist response to the Sundance Institute, a three-week screenwriting intensive. A limited number of scholarships are available.
FINAL CUT PRO WORKSHOP
This three-day Apple Certified course is a hands-on introduction to the primary feature set and basic interface of the Final Cut Pro film editing program. The full day classes are run by Ann Mendenhall of the 911 Seattle Media arts center and are held Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th, from 10am - 6pm.
BACH TO BYTE: TECHNOLOGY AND THE PERFORMING ARTS
Brown Paper Tickets
The current economic crisis is confronting symphony orchestras, opera companies, chamber music societies and small ensembles with their greatest challenge - and their greatest opportunity in decades: How to survive and prosper in a time when technological advances are redefining how we transmit, buy and market classical music and opera. The conference is being held May 7th at Benaroya Hall and will feature leaders in this area, including YouTube, Microsoft, and the Metropolitan Opera among others.
HONK!FEST WEST 2009
Honk!Fest West, a Vera Sponsored Project, returns to Seattle this year April 10th - 12th. Honk!Fest West, the northwest counterpart to the 3 day brass band festival founded in Somerville, MA, is a celebration of the music of street bands from around the world. This year over 15 bands from around the continent will join in the festivities, including Stanford University's nationally-acclaimed scatter band. Honk!Fest West begins Friday, April 10th in Ballard, venues in Georgetown Saturday evening, a brunch potluck at Gasworks Park Sunday afternoon, and culminates in an all-band line up at The Vera Project.
'DIFFERENT TRAINS' COMES TO WALLINGFORD
Music Of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance's (MOR) free Sparks of Glory outreach series concludes its fourth season on Saturday, April 18th. The free-to-the-public concert, Different Trains, featuring Steve Reich's landmark work and a song cycle by Seattle native Daniel Asia, will be performed at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford's Good Shepherd Center.
ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE
Icons Among US
Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense is a documentary film series that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical evolution.
YOUNG ARTISTS' SPRING PRODUCTION PROMISES ONE MAGICAL EVENING
Each date will include a day of activism alongside partner organizations benefiting the homeless and service groups and an evening of music with Morello, featuring a variety of very special guests, including Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Ben Sheperd, and Mudhoney's Mark Arm. The show is on March 24th at the Crocodile.
ARTS ORGANIZATIONS INVITED TO SCHOOL DISTRICT ARTS BRIEFINGS
Seattle Public Schools
The Seattle Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department will host discipline-based meetings to follow the April 7th briefing on data and key findings of new research on arts learning and teaching in Seattle Public Schools. District arts staff invite representatives of community arts organizations to a series of April meetings broken out by arts discipline. Attendees will network, learn about the district's arts education goals and discuss how they can collaborate with the district to achieve the goals.
JACK STRAW MEET THE ARTIST NIGHT
Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is proud to present another installment of our Meet the Artist Night, featuring performances, discussion and recordings from three of our 2008 Artist Support Program projects. These three artists exemplify the diversity and depth of the work being created through this program. The program includes Brian Cobb, Beth Fleener, and Srivani Jade.
What do you get when you mix a video game tournament, improv theater and interactive video? Wiimbledon, that's what! And it's happening on April 11th as a benefit for 911 Media Arts Center. At Wiimbledon, you'll watch real Wii Tennis aficionados compete for prizes while interacting with a crazy cast of umpires and commentators, ball girls and mascots. It's a tongue-in-cheek spoof of modern sports, with the entire spectacle "broadcast" on the big screen for all to see. You've never seen anything like this before!
SEATTLE FILM INSTITUTE GREEN SCREEN WORKSHOP
Seattle Film Institute
Seattle Film Institute Offers free workshop on shooting green screen for youtube followed by an open house for spring. The Seattle Film Institute offers full and part-time classes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Film History, Documentary Filmmaking, and Digital Video. Spring classes start in April. An Open House for the Seattle Film Institute's Spring classes will be held Saturday, April 4th, at the Seattle Film Institute.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/16 - 3/22
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
- M. Ward - Hold Time
- Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Say Hi - Oohs and Aahs
- Blitzen Trapper - Furr
- Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks
- Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's The Duke
- AC Newman - Get Guilty
- Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who like Bad News
EMP|SFM NAMES NEW CEO
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum has named Christina Orr-Cahall its new CEO and director. Currently CEO and director of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., she will take the helm at EMP/SFM on or before July 1st. Orr-Cahall will be taking over from interim CEO Josi Callan at a time when the museum is clarifying its focus, trying to reach out more to the community and working to get accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
XBOX 360 SALES UP 53 PERCENT
Microsoft sold 391,000 Xbox 360s in the U.S. in February -- marking the video-game console's biggest non-holiday month outside of the September 2007 "Halo 3" launch, according to numbers released today by the NPD Group research firm. The result represents a 53 percent increase over the same month last year. Overall industry sales of hardware, software and accessories were $1.47 billion for the month, a 10 percent increase over February 2008.
SEATTLE'S CROCODILE CAFÉ REOPENS ITS DOORS
At a time when local night spots are falling victim to the struggling economy, one club is making a comeback. The Crocodile Café was a dingy nightclub that became a second home for local musicians during grunge rock's heyday. Many of Seattle's most famous bands, including Nirvana and Pearl Jam, played there during its 16-year life. Money troubles shut down the Croc in December 2007, but the live music venue reopened on Thursday night, thanks to nothing short of a miracle.
THE 12 BEST SUB POP RELEASES YOU (PROBABLY) IGNORED
The Three Minute Masterpiece (3MM) digital-film contest is back. And while the movies may be small, the payoff is big. The best reader-submitted short films will see their entries shown at the Seattle International Film Festival in May. Use your digital-video camera to make a film on any subject you like, as long as it's suitable for a family-newspaper audience. Winners will be shown on The Seattle Times Web site and at the Seattle International Film Festival. The grand-prize winner will get two full-series passes to this year's film festival.