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HAPPY HOUR TWO WEEKS AWAY
The Seattle Office of Film + Music if proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 30th. 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. And we, the office staff, emphatically promise that James Keblas will be there. Alive if possible.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
GET A MUSIC LICENSE PLATE FOR YOUR CAR
Music Aid Northwest has developed a self-perpetuating fundraising proposal to help support school music programs through sales of a distinct new license plate, available through the Washington State Department of licensing. Music Aid Northwest's mission is to enhance and promote music awareness and performance throughout the region. Through this new initiative, they hope to invest in our most precious resource for our future, our children and their musical education. To make this happen, they need to raise $35,000 in start up costs and 3500 signatures from registered Washington State drivers who would like to show their interest in purchasing a Music Plate when they become available. Help them out by downloading the signature sheet from our website here. Print them out, fill them with signatures and simply mail them back to Music Aid Northwest at 5806 119th St, Suite 226, Bellevue, WA 99006. They are also accepting monetary donations (tax deductible) at the same address. This is a great organization and we hope you'll support them as they strive to promote youth music education. For more information, please visit the link at the top of this article.
NIGERIAN AUTHORITIES RELEASE AMERICAN FILM CREW FROM CUSTODY
Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell's office has just received word that the four Americans and one Nigerian citizen who have been held in custody since Saturday by Nigerian authorities have been released to American Embassy personnel in Abuja. The U.S. Ambassador in Abuja, Nigeria told Cantwell's office that the Seattle-based filmmakers were picked up by a van from the detention center and taken to a hotel where they will spend the next two nights before "final processing" by Nigerian authorities.The film crew had been issued a visa to return to Nigeria to complete a documentary about the impact of oil production on the Niger Delta. They were taken into custody on April 12th at a military checkpoint before being transferred to Nigerian State Security. Authorities claimed the film crew was violating laws by traveling in a restricted area. Attorneys for the Americans insisted that no laws were broken. The families of director Sandi Cioffi, producer Tammi Simms, and photographers Sean Porter and Cliff Worsham are awaiting telephone calls from them to confirm their safe release.
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT SARATHAN RECORDS
Sarathan Records is looking for internet-savvy interns to do online marketing and promotion of some of their exciting new artists including KEXP darlings Feral Children, LA based War Tapes, and former EastMountainSouth member and DreamWorks artist Peter Bradley Adams. Send resume and cover letter to Chris Adams firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
ON SCREEN MAGAZINE LOOKING FOR WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS
On Screen Magazine is recruiting writers and photographers for its upcoming SIFF special issue. They will be running magazine-style interviews and features on ALL of the Seattle-based filmmakers screening at the festival this year. Prefer writing experience and/or knowledge of local film. They are not looking for film reviews -- they want objective interview-based reporting on the filmmakers and the filmmaking process. The deadline will be tight: May 2. You will receive a byline and articles will be published in print and on the Web. All writers and photographers must be located in the Seattle area. If interested, please contact editor Adrian MacDonald at email@example.com with a 1 sentence note on your journalism background, and 1-2 directors from the following list you would like to write about.
Tiffany Burns (Mr. Big), John Andres (Creative Nature), Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin (Good Food), Joe Lia (Sweet Thing), Rufus Williams (Butterfly Dreaming), Cornelia Durye Moore (The Dark Horse), Jared Drake (Visioneers), Stuart Townsend (Battle in Seattle), Terence Brown (Bailey Boushay House: A Living History), Bao Tran (Bookie), Semih Tareen (Yellow), Brady Hall (Tits and Blood), Salise Hughes (Shiny Things), Sean Pecknold (The Strange Hunger), Robert Stevenson (Iron Forest), Karn Junkinsmith (Interpretive Sites: Kosmos), and Sandy Cioffi (Sweet Crude).
FAMILY WORLD MUSIC PARTY AT FISHER PAVILLION
The season concludes with a world music party at the Seattle International Children's Festival. The performance features Afro-Columbian singer Petrona Martínez performing the traditional style known as Bullerengue-rhythmic songs originally sung only by pregnant women. Also on the bill is Reem Kelani, one of the foremost scholars and performers of Palestinian music. Reem and her band (some of the finest London-based traditional and jazz players) feature traditional songs and her own compositions. Special prices are available until May 1st only.
TOM VARNER TENTET CONCERT ON KPLU
Excerpts from the world premiere of "Heaven and Hell" for tentet composed by Tom Varner will air on Jazz Northwest Sunday April 20 at 1 pm PST on 88.5, KPLU and www.kplu.org. Recorded at this month's Art of Jazz Concert at the Seattle Art Museum, the 13-part work was conducted by Mr.Varner who also played French Horn. The Art of Jazz Concerts are presented on the second Thursday of each month. The program is also streamed to the internet and available as a podcast after the airdate from kplu.org.
MARKETING INTERNSHIP OPENING WITH ONE REEL
Non-profit arts and events organization One Reel is looking for an intern to create original content for the Bumbershoot website and manage their social sites. The intern will be responsible for writing or coordinating fresh content such as original articles, artist interviews, Festival "insider" blogs, artist blogs and contests. Ideal candidate would be a journalism major who is also a big music fan. The internship is unpaid but offers school credit.
ZIPCAR IS PROMOTING AMATEUR FILMS OF FOLKS IN THEIR VEHICLES
Zipcar is looking for the best of the best in amateur filmmaking to help launch the newest zipcar.com feature, Z-TV. The rules are simple: post your video on YouTube and then submit the link to your Zipcar video to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your video is chosen for showcase on Z-TV, you'll get $25 in driving credit. If your video is chosen as the creme de la creme, the "Picture of the Year" if you will, you'll receive $500 in driving credit. The deadline for submission is May 12th, so get rolling!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/7 - 4/13
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Colin Meloy - Colin Meloy Sings Live
- Grand Archives - Grand Archives
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Sex/Vid - Nest 7"
- Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
- Presidents of the United States of America - These Are the Good Times People
SIFF TO KICK OFF WITH "BATTLE IN SEATTLE"
Organizers of the Seattle International Film Festival have stated that the event will open with "Battle in Seattle," a drama about the 1999 World Trade Organization protests. The film will be shown May 22 with stars Charlize Theron and Martin Henderson in attendance at McCaw Hall. Director Stuart Townsend will also be on hand.
HONORING IMMIGRANT COMPOSERS
The Seattle Symphony's Spring Festival, set for May 28-June 7, will be called "Coming to America: Composers in Pursuit of a Dream," and will celebrate the work of immigrant composers in full-orchestra and chamber programs. Among the highlights: the opening-night performance of the "Genesis Suite" by several composers (including Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Milhaud), presented in its entirety for the first time since 1945 and featuring visuals by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Narrators for the "Genesis Suite" will be Oscar winners Patty Duke and F. Murray Abraham. The festival also co-presents Kurt Weill's "The Little Mahagonny," produced with Cornish College of the Arts," and a "Coming to America, for Kids" concert featuring 18-year-old pianist Jeong Choe, in addition to a chamber concert of contemporary immigrant composers.
SPONSORSHIPS TOP $1 BILLION IN '07
According to research by Chicago-based IEG Sponsorship Report, North American-based companies will spend an estimated $1.04 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals, tours and concerts this year, a four percent increase from 2007. They say that companies not traditionally involved in music are increasingly partaking in that sponsorship. As an example this year, Crocs, Inc. signed new deals with roughly 30 music festivals and venues, including Milwaukee's Summerfest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, Seattle's Bumbershoot, and Manchester, Tenn.'s, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
OH HUMBLE NIGHT: DALAI LAMA, DAVE MATTHEWS, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Humility shone bright at a Friday night kickoff concert for the Seeds of Compassion festival at KeyArena. From the Dalai Lama's foam maroon visor to Dave Matthews' everyman demeanor, the stage was rid of ego. Even the super-popular band Death Cab for Cutie, which made a surprise opening appearance, modestly introduced itself.
Many wondered how the night would work out, starting with the conversation with the Dalai Lama first, and the concert following. But Matthews' humor and openness was enlightening. While the Dalai Lama elaborated on his philosophies, Matthews brought the teachings closer to home.
SEATTLE BAROQUE ENDS SEASON ON COMIC NOTE
The Seattle Baroque Orchestra, which closed its season this weekend, has had a year of superb, invigorating programs, encompassing 17th-century songs, a jazz collaboration, Handel's "Messiah" at Town Hall, and music tied together by its use of similar bass-line patterns, or ground bass. Saturday night at Nordstrom Recital Hall was one of its most stimulating, enlightening and fun programs with a comic opera, "La serva padrona," by Giovanni Pergolesi.
SUB POP 20 ANNIVERSARY PARTIAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED
The SP20 Festival is happening July 12 & 13 at Marymoor Park just outside of Seattle in Redmond, WA. In addition to reunited bands, acts currently on the label's roster, and everything in between, the festival will also host a half-pipe featuring both Nike and Girl + Chocolate sponsored skaters. While the full day-by-day line-up will be announced in the coming months, the festival will include Beachwood Sparks, Comets on Fire, Fleet Foxes, Flight of the Conchords, The Fluid, Foals, Grand Archives, Green River, The Helio Sequence, Iron & Wine, Kinski, Low, Mudhoney, No Age, Pissed Jeans, Red Red Meat, The Ruby Suns, Seaweed, Wolf Parade, and more to be announced.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tickets don't officially go on sale until Friday at 10 am, but you can get yours early with this pre-sale code. Go to ticketswest.com/promos/pc. The pass word is BLOCKPARTY. The Block Party will feature acts including Les Savy Fav, Vampire Weekend, Kimya Dawson, Girl Talk, Pwrfl Power, and more.
FRANKLIN HIGH ARTS ALUMS INVITED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL - AND SING
Franklin High School teacher Mary Smith estimates she has put about 5,000 students on the stage over the years, singing, dancing and acting. If all goes as she hopes, some of those students will relive that high-school rite of passage, performing in the musical she wrote, "Bye Bye Miss American Pie." Smith is making it easy to participate. Alumni can attend just one rehearsal Saturday or show up one hour early the night of the performance, when they will learn the lyrics, where they stand and their entrance and exit.
CRYING ROOMS LET PARENTS CATCH NEW MOVIES WITH TOT IN TOW
As a general rule, most film buffs don't appreciate crying in movie theaters. That's why many parents of young children often give up all hope of seeing first-run films in the theater before they go to DVD. But it no longer has to be that way. Thanks to special screenings at a couple of local theaters and crying rooms at a few others, it's possible for parents of toddlers to attend the latest cinematic experience -- with their children in tow and without risking disapproving stares from film fans.
CAN SASQUATCH'S "CARBON NEGATIVE" EFFORTS HELP SAVE THE PLANET?
Since 2002, the indie-rock festival held at the Gorge on Memorial Day weekend has attracted a long list of top-notch performers. But between the fuel used by the artists and fans driving several hours to the Gorge, not to mention the energy used to power the amphitheater, Sasquatch has also been responsible for its fair share of pollution. Last year, Sasquatch joined a growing number of companies in offsetting those carbon emissions by investing an equal amount of money in renewable energy resources, and going "carbon neutral." The festival is doing it again this year, but taking it a step further: aiming to be "carbon negative."
STARBUCKS GIVING AWAY MUSIC AGAIN
Starbucks Corp. said it will give away music again, allowing customers to download one free song a week from Apple Inc.'s iTunes store. Last year, the Seattle-based coffee giant and the Cupertino, Calif. computer company ran a similar promotion and gave away 6 million songs. The latest promotion is expected to give away 1.5 million downloads every week and will feature music from Carly Simon, Duffy, Counting Crows and others.
"LITTLE MAESTROS" SERIES
The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra has launched a new "Little Maestro" Series for children from birth to age 6, with works from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" to Dvorák's "New World" Symphony, designed to introduce young children to classical music. Like similar interactive programs presented by the Vancouver and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Little Maestro Series is presented in partnership with "Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda," from musicians/presenters Lisa Grace Allison and Linda Sebenius. The concerts will take place in such Eastside venues as the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Arts Museum, Kirkland Performance Center and Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
NADINE SHANTI PRESENTS "A TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH" WITH THE EVERETT SYMPHONY
When Burt Bacharach and Hal David linked up with Dionne Warwick, a distinctive sound was born: the sound of '60s pop. Nadine Shanti presents "A Tribute to Burt Bacharach" at 8 p.m. Friday at the Everett Civic Auditorium. Paul-Elliott Cobbs will conduct the Everett Symphony in the pops concert. Shanti has arranged and will sing eight Bacharach numbers, what she calls "perfect little nuggets of harmony, melody and lyrics."
NORM BOBROW, SEATTLE JAZZ CHAMPION
Norm Bobrow, a well-known Seattle impresario and champion of Seattle jazz, died Sunday of cancer. A disc jockey, Seattle Times columnist and singer/bandleader who presented Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, among others, Mr. Bobrow had a career in popular music and jazz that spanned seven decades. He was 90 years old.
THE STRANGER'S BAND OF THE WEEK: SHENANDOAH DAVIS
After landing in Seattle about a year ago, Shenandoah Davis has self-released a 7-song EP entitled 'milagros' and has been refining her truly unique blend of classical piano, folk, klezmer and ragtime. Drawing her influences from art and literature more than 'modern' music, she is committed to creating something a little more fibrous than your average young musician.
THE ROUND WITH ERIC HOWK, SHANE TUTMARC, AND STAR ANNA
Last Wednesday's edition of the Round, the series bringing music, poetry, and visual art together in the basement of Fremont Abbey Arts Center the second Tuesday of every month, was another great example why the Round is becoming a popular event in Seattle. It's a relaxed, friendly night of mellow music, jokes, poetry, all warmed by flickering candlelight and an appreciative audience. The next Round is May 13th with musical guests Carrie Akre, John Roderick (of The Long Winters), and one more to be announced.
FLEET FOXES AND BEACH HOUSE LINK UP FOR TOUR
Best New Music buddies Fleet Foxes and Beach House will join up this June to wrap the UK and Ireland in layers of reverb on a co-headlining tour. For Beach House, these new shows come after their other U.S. and European dates in support of sophomore album "Devotion." Fleet Foxes, however, have shows sandwiched on both sides, including appearances at the Pitchfork Music Festival and the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival.