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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
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 tonight, 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.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR HERITAGE ORGANIZATIONS AND EDUCATORS: 2008 APPLICATION DEADLINE
4Culture is running a funding opportunity, the 2008 Heritage Cultural Education program, for heritage organizations and individual heritage specialists. The application deadline is Monday, April 7, 2008. The program supports those interested in partnering with K-12 schools to deliver innovative classroom-based heritage education projects. Free public workshops will be held, offering prospective applicants an opportunity to meet with program staff and other applicants, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.
LAWYERPALOOZA® ROCKS OUT ON APRIL 24
Lawyerpalooza®, the sixth annual Seattle law firm "Battle of the Bands" contest that benefits local elementary school music programs, will be held at the Showbox on April 24, 2008.
A MUCH BROADER BROADCAST FOR KEXP
KEXP's own profile is about to rise. Starting Monday March 24th, KEXP's shows will air on WNYE-FM in New York, exposing the Seattle station to as many as 14 million listeners. The partnership should also benefit local listeners, giving the station better access to the New York music scene.
YOU ASKED FOR IT!
The Northwest Film Forum is hosting its Annual Spring Gala, this year entitled "You Asked For It!" Become the sponsor of a fabulous night of celebration with the local film community on April 26, 2008. It is an incredible event that brings together filmmakers, talent, industry vendors, exhibitors, investors, production and post-production professionals.
SLAYING THE GORGON
Local writer and media scholar Joe McHugh brings his "Slaying the Gorgon" multi-media presentation to 911 in a rare appearance for the general public at 6:30PM on March 27th. Joe shows how images and sound are increasingly supplanting the authority of the printed word, making it critical for today's storytellers to stay current with audio and image technology. Where do your stories fit in this rapidly changing media landscape? Come prepared for a lively discussion.
ROTARY MEMBERS AIM TO COLLECT 1,200 INSTRUMENTS
David Endicott of the Rotary Clubs of Seattle is helping lead a program to help low-income kids discover music. The Rotary Club effort ties into a larger push in Seattle Public Schools to expand instrumental music.
911 MEDIA: CURRENT TV SCREENING
In partnership with 911 Media, Current TV is inviting you to an exclusive screening and Q&A for independent filmmakers on March 26th. Current will screen examples of their programming and meet one on one with filmmakers to discuss pitches and answer questions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about Current and network with the Seattle film community.
LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center will host its Fifth Annual African American Film Festival, featuring a powerful lineup of documentaries, narratives, film shorts and animation. It runs nine consecutive nights from April 12th - 20th. The festival includes a record number of entries from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.
NFFTY STARTS FRIDAY!
Don't miss 73 fantastic youth-made films from across the country, 9 free filmmaking panels and 2 concerts! Screenings start 5:00pm Friday at the Seattle Center and run through 5:30pm Sunday. Grab a seat to Opening Night for the total VIP experience: Films, food, music and prizes!
MAYOR NICKELS SEEKS YOUNG ADULTS FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for people aged 18-29 interested in making a difference through public service this fall. The Get Engaged program aims to give young adults a voice in city government & foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government on a variety of issues including human rights, historical preservation, city planning and the arts.
AMAZONIAN: HUGE NEW HQ, 3000 MORE EMPLOYEES
Amazon's Seattle headquarters is getting bigger. The new and spacious headquarters in central Seattle will enable the company to bring together its 4,000 local workers. Those employees are currently scattered about in five separate facilities around town, linked by buses continually shuttling between the buildings.
MAKE ROOM FOR ART: COUNCILMEMBERS HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON CULTURAL OVERLAY DISTRICT
Councilmembers will hold a public forum titled: "Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle." A cultural overlay district is a land-use designation that allows cities to promote and preserve the arts in certain neighborhoods. The focus of the April 2nd forum will be on whether to establish Capitol Hill as the City's first cultural overlay district. Councilmembers will hear suggestions from Seattle residents, representatives of arts and entertainment venues and organizations, property owners, developers, and other government officials.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 3/17 - 3/23
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Presidents of the United States of America - These Are The Good Times People
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Gutter Twins - Saturnalia
- Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
KEXP ON NEW YORK'S WNYE
WNYE (91.5 FM), long one of those shadowy stations floating around the lower left side of the FM dial, decided to become a player. On March 23rd, it broke out with "Radio New York," a format that features indie music anchored by six hours of live programming every morning. There is an hour-long nightly world music show at midnight and a two-hour show every Thursday evening, all produced in conjunction with Seattle's hip alt-music mecca KEXP.
MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE GOES TO SXSW
The film is called "My Effortless Brilliance." Directed by Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton and cowritten (and largely improvised) by her and the cast, including Basil Harris, Calvin Reeder, Jeanette Maus, and Sean Nelson, it won in the narrative features competition at the SXSW Film Festival.
OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR PAUL SCOFIELD DIES
Paul Scofield, the towering British stage actor who won international fame and an Academy Award for the film "A Man for All Seasons," has died. He was 86.
A MOMENT WITH ... IRA SACHS, FILMMAKER
An interview with Ira Sachs about his upcoming feature "Married Life," he talks about the cast, the period and that subtle alchemy of tone and genre. But the biggest revelation was the film's never-identified setting: "Married Life" takes place in Seattle!
HERE COME THREE PROMISING UP-AND-COMERS
Tom Scalon writes: Those who follow Seattle music know about the hot young acts. Perhaps a more interesting challenge is to find talented musicians flying under the radar. While these unknowns might not be polished and slick, they have the potential to grow and flourish. Three diamonds-in-the-rough are prowling on the fringes of Seattle clubs this week: John Tsunam, Lords of the North and Half Light.
CRISIS AT THE GRAND ILLUSION?
A concerned reader and avid Seattle filmgoer recently relayed to the Seattle Weekly a fundraising appeal from the U District's non-profit Grand Illusion Cinema. The reader's email sounded pretty dire, reminding of emergency roof repairs that forced the theater to shut for several weeks last December.
TRIO OF STELLAR PIANISTS HEADED TO SEATTLE
Seattle will host some powerhouse pianists in the coming days, and the keyboard community has been buzzing over the impending arrival in Benaroya Hall of Lang Lang, Barry Douglas and Horacio Gutíerrez (all in separate events).
Calling the city of Seattle any time soon? When they put you on hold, you'll be able to hear a mix of Seattle artists because, as the mayor says between songs "Seattle enjoys an amazing and diverse music scene." You can hear their stream of hold music via their Government website.
"SHELTER" A PERCEPTIVE FIRST FEATURE BY FORMER SEATTLEITE
Hartl writes: Jonah Markowitz's "Shelter," which won top honors at last fall's Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (best picture and director), takes a different approach. Although it never discounts the impact of prejudice on a romantic same-sex relationship, it convincingly reaches for a less-tragic conclusion.
JAZZ FANS LAMENT RECORD STORE'S CLOSING
Bud's Jazz Records is going out of business after nearly 26 years as a hangout for Seattle jazz musicians and fans. Known for its unstinting support of local musicians, the store consistently plugged discs by Seattle artists - often unknown - and piles of their CDs crowded the counter.
JAZZ GRANDE DAME MCPARTLAND TURNS NINETY
Marian McPartland celebrated her 90th birthday in a style befitting the "Grande Dame of Piano Jazz" with a little help from friends like Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center. "Getting up here is really a job," McPartland quipped. But the years fell away once her hands touched the keyboard.
APPLE SAID TO WEIGH UNLIMITED MUSIC DEAL
Apple Inc. is mulling a plan to upend its iTunes business by giving people unlimited free access to the music library if they're willing to pay more for the iPod and iPhone devices they use for playing and storing the digital media.
THE CANNES PLAN COMES TOGETHER
The official lineup for the Festival de Cannes won't be announced until next month, and the fest itself doesn't kick off until May 14. But already the slate is starting to take shape -- and continuing a trend of recent years, it appears to be a particularly polyglot prospectus.
INTERVIEW WITH AMY HECKERLING
Over the course of Amy Heckerling's career as a writer and director, she's carved out a niche for herself making broad mainstream comedies like 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' and 'Clueless.' Heckerling's latest feature film 'I Could Never Be Your Woman' was finished in 2005, but due to the financial troubles with some of her backers, sat in limbo, and finally showed up on DVD earlier this year. Heckerling speaks about her career-long struggles with studios, and what her film has to say about the Hollywood beauty mill.
MOVIE THEATERS LURE VIEWERS WITH LUXURY
Even as movie attendance remains flat nationally, Cinetopia in Vancouver, WA sometimes has to turn away moviegoers on Friday and Saturday nights. Owner Rudyard Coltman thinks he's just begun to tap into the grown-up market for quiet theaters with comfy seats, digital super high-def projection and a wine bar.
CUBAN MUSICAL LEGEND, ISRAEL "CACHAO" LOPEZ, DEAD AT 89
Cuban bassist and composer Israel "Cachao" Lopez, who is credited with pioneering the mambo style of music, died Saturday. Known simply as Cachao, the Grammy-winning musician had fallen ill in the past week and died surrounded by family members at Coral Gables Hospital.
GRAND ILLUSION THEATRE PLAYS FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT
Both lowbrow romp and art film, this Japanese compendium of 21 short vignettes plays like a three-way date movie for Björk, Matthew Barney, and Benny Hill. Some of it resists translation. Some of it is universal.
RECESS MONKEY ROCKIN' WITH KIDS - AND, SOON, THE DALAI LAMA
News of Seattle's Recess Monkey, a band of three private-school teachers with a growing fame based on their purveyance of kiddie rock/pop, has reached the ears of the Dalai Lama.
BEATLES SUE TO BLOCK RELEASE OF '62 BOOTLEG
Lawyers for the Beatles sued Friday to prevent the distribution of unreleased recordings purportedly made during Ringo Starr's first performance with the group in 1962.
AT CINEPLEXES, SPORTS, OPERA, MAYBE A MOVIE
Movie theaters are not just for movies anymore. Coming soon will be broadcasts of live baseball games, rock concerts, classic TV shows and an array of other offerings not associated with the silver screen. From nickelodeons to drive-ins to multiplexes, American movie theaters have always evolved with the times. But the latest evolution, set off by stagnating attendance and advances in digital technology, marks the first time that movie theaters have reinvented themselves without motion pictures as the centerpiece.
ROCK HONORS: THE WHO, AND ONLY THE WHO
VH1 holds The Who in such high regard that the rock group is the only act being honored at its upcoming Rock Honors. Now in its third year, the Rock Honors typically celebrate a handful of momentous rock groups and artists: previous honorees have included ZZ Top, Genesis, Kiss and Queen.
RECESSION, POST-STRIKE BLUES GRIP TOWN
The wave of euphoria that swept over Hollywood following the end of the WGA strike has been replaced by a whole new set of emotions: anxiety, depression, fear, nervousness -- and anger. One month after scribes put down their pickets, a March malaise has set in, with folks in town wondering when -- or if -- things will get back to "normal."
SANTAOLALLA GIVEN BMI ICON HONOR
Gustavo Santaolalla, who won back-to-back Oscars for his scores to "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel," will receive the BMI Icon award at BMI's 15th annual Latin Awards on June 12.
SONY TO OFFER ONLINE MUSIC SERVICE
The CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment says that the company is developing an online music subscription service that would give users unlimited access to its music and be compatible with a host of digital music players.
GRAMMY WINNER EMILIO NAVAIRA CLINGING TO LIFE
Even if he survives a horrific head injury suffered in a bus crash, Grammy-winning Tejano singer Emilio Navaira faces a long recovery and an uncertain future, his doctors say.
NAME THAT TUNE-IN: WHO WILL EMERGE AS THE FUTURE OF RADIO?
As the audience for AM and FM radio declines, start-up entrepreneurs and giant media companies alike search for the "next radio" -- a way to make money by helping listeners discover new music. Online music providers give an early glance at that next chapter in radio history.
IMEEM OPENS ITS MASSIVE MEDIA CATALOG TO THIRD PARTIES
Like MySpace and Facebook before it, imeem will allow third-party software developers to create applications that run on its music-oriented social network. This puts imeem's massive catalog of licensed music at developers' disposal. The service has deals with major labels and many indies that allow its users to legally post just about any song for others to enjoy.
THE SEATTLE VIOLONCELLO SOCIETY CELEBRATES BACH'S BIRTHDAY WITH A CELLO MARATHON SATURDAY
The Cello Society, as it is more informally known, has lined up 26 of the Northwest's finest cellists under the leadership of Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel, faculty cellist at the University of Puget Sound, and Seattle Symphony cellist Roberta Hansen Downey, to perform Bach's six solo Cello Suites Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.
COURT RULES 'CRASH' PRODUCER CAN'T SUE FOR OSCAR
A California appeals court has ruled that a producer of the movie "Crash" can't sue to get an Academy Award retroactively. Bob Yari was one of six credited producers for "Crash." He sued after the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named only two people as producers for purposes of Oscar credit.
ACTOR RICHARD WIDMARK DIES AT 93
Richard Widmark, who earned a best supporting Oscar nomination for his first movie role in the 1947 gangster film "Kiss of Death," has died after a long illness. He was 93. Widmark, who often played heavies, received his Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a laughing psychopathic murderer who pushed a crippled old woman down a flight of stairs.
FILMGOERS GET A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
A recession may be looming, but a group of investors thinks Americans are ready to pony up $35 for a movie ticket. Each complex will sport theaters featuring 40 reclining armchair seats with footrests, digital projection and the capability to screen 2-D and 3-D movies, as well as a lounge and bar serving cocktails and appetizers, a concierge service and valet parking.