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HAPPY HOUR MOVING TO BARCA!
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and to accommodate our growing crowd we have moved down the street to the beautiful and spacious Barca lounge. The next happy hour will be Wednesday April 29th, so be sure to mark it on you calendar! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5 - 7pm and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill.
NIGHTLIFE SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS GUIDE
The 2007 Washington State Legislature changed the definition of nightclubs requiring retroactive installation of fire sprinklers,and extended the deadline for compliance to December 1st, 2009. This can be a major cost to your business if it is required and not already in place, so please take a look at this online guide for contacts and best practices to make the transition go smoothly.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MAYOR NICKELS PROCLAIMS APRIL 25TH SPEIGHT JENKINS DAY
Mayor Greg Nickels has just proclaimed April 25, 2009, as Speight Jenkins Day in honor of Speight Jenkins' 25th Anniversary season as General Director of Seattle Opera. The mayor has urged Seattle's citizens to join him "in commending this exceptional individual for his immeasurable contributions to the city's cultural arts and civic life." Seattle Opera will be celebrating Jenkins' twenty five years at the helm on April 25th at a special tribute dinner.
CITY COUNCIL LAUNCHES WEBSITE FEATURING SEATTLE COMPOSERS
City Councilmember Nick Licata announced today the launch of "Seattle Composer", a new City website that presents local music compositions typically not available through mainstream media and distribution channels. The website offers visitors the ability to click "listen" links to hear music written by Seattle artists. Users can also read artist biographies, purchase artists' music, and post comments on the site. Seattle music organizations and music experts nominated compositions for Seattle Composer from a number of artists. Compositions will periodically rotate. Works that have been rotated off will remain available for listening in an archive section on the website. Local composers are encouraged to submit their music for posting on Seattle Composer. Musicians, music experts, organizations or institutions that wish to nominate a composer are welcome to send an email to Frank Video at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEATTLE NAMED CITY OF THE YEAR
Seattle's multifaceted economy and forward-thinking business climate have granted the city the honor of being named "City of the Year" by Fastcompany.com. Seattle has become a nexus of computerized creativity, with myriad startups and VC firms funded by some of the 10,000-plus millionaires minted here over the past three decades. Fastcompany notes that Seattle's creativity goes beyond computers; the city boosted its municipal arts budget as the economy stalled in 2008, and radiates cultural inspiration. "There's the Intiman Theatre, and the art-glass scene. This is the birthplace of grunge and Sub Pop Records."
CHOP SUEY SEEKS PART TIME INTERN
Chop Suey is currently looking for an unpaid intern to come in 2 or 3 times a week during office hours, 12:00pm-6:00pm, and help out with postering, promotions and whatever other fun projects on site! Email Info@Chopsuey.com for more details.
MEET YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TOMORROW
Every month, the Washington Bus throws the Buzz, a happy hour/political meet-up. Tomorrow the Bus and the Stranger are throwing a City Council-specific Washington Buzz happy hour from 6:00-8:00pm at Moe Bar. The event is all about the upcoming Seattle City Council races, and every declared city council candidate will be in attendance. This is your chance to get the scoop from the folks who will be running this town in the years to come.
RECORD STORE DAY TRAFFIC, SALES UP
Record Store Day
Thanks to 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kick off Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume this year will exceed figures for last year's inaugural event. "It was my best day by far," says Eric Levin, owner of Criminal Records in Atlanta and the head of the Association of Independent Media Stores coalition. "We had 600 people in the store; it was well-controlled chaos. My vinyl sales alone yesterday were larger than last year's total Record Store Day take." Michael Kurtz, executive director of the Music Monitor Network, tells Billboard that from the stores that he heard from, "the majority of the stores had matched last year's volume by mid-afternoon."
BOOKIE AT OKANAGAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Bookie the Movie
The winner of best short at the Asian Film Festival in Dallas is headed to British Columbia, Canada, this week and will screen at the Okanagan International Film Festival, where it has been nominated for Best International Short. Directed by Seattle native Tran Quoc Bao, Bookie is the noir-edged tale of an illegal bookie working in an R&B bar in 1963 who gets involved in a lover's dispute with his gangster boss and a beautiful waitress. The film features Seattle actors and musicians and has received rave reviews at multiple screenings and film festivals.
ADMIRAL THEATER JOINS SIFF THEATER VENUES
The Historic Admiral Theater in West Seattle is proud to announce its association with the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival. Now in its 35th year, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 attendees annually. Listed by Variety as one of the world's "50 do not miss film festivals," SIFF continues to be recognized as one of the top festivals in North America and combines the best aspects of a casual film marketplace with a well-established reputation as a great audience festival that filmmakers love to attend.
EXPOSED: OF ALL THE THINGSS
The Warren Report
Dennis Lambert may be not be known by name in the States, but the hit singles he's written for others have certainly crossed your lips - whether you're proud of it or not - including "Nightshift," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "One Tin Soldier," and "We Built This City (On Rock And Roll)". On Tuesday night, April 21st, The Warren Report will showcase Of All Things, a rock doc by Jody Lambert, son of the film's subject (Dennis Lambert). The film will feature his tour of the Philippines playing multiple concerts, and culminate in a packed-arena show in the capital city. Screening will be at the JBL Theatre inside the EMP|SFM at 7:00pm.
SEATTLE OPERA PRESENTS THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Seattle Opera's production of one of Mozart's most successful works, The Marriage of Figaro, opens at McCaw Hall on May 2nd, and runs for nine performances through May 16th. This sparkling comedy features the innovative staging of director Peter Kazaras, who leads an international cast of singers in an opera considered by many to be "the perfect opera." The international cast features singers from the United States, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand and Poland.
ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON SOLD OUT!
Rock 'N' Roll Seattle
As of 5:00pm last Tuesday, the Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon is officially sold out! The Rock 'n' Roll marathon is excited to have 25,000 runners and walkers from every part of the country experience a musically charged run (or walk) from 'Tukwila to Seattle' and a Seafair kick off! The band lineup will be announced in May.
STIFF NIGHT SCREENING OF SUMMER SCARS
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival's monthly screening for April is Summer Scars by Julian Richards. The film follows six fourteen year old kids who skip school to play in the woods. They crash into Peter, a disheveled drifter, who is delighted to have a group of children to hang out with. First he gains their trust by joining in their games, but then his behavior begins to change. Check out the screening on Thursday April 30th, 7:00pm at the Central Cinema.
BALLARD JAZZ FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
Ballard Jazz Festival
Starting as a community event in 2003 to highlight the thriving neighborhood of old town Ballard and Seattle's world-class jazz musicians, the Ballard Jazz Festival quickly grew into a nationally recognized festival featured in JazzTimes & Modern Drummer magazines and in an MSNBC report on international jazz festivals. The Festival runs from April 22nd to April 25th, and features dozens of talented local acts.
SWEET CRUDE FREEDOM MIX BENEFIT CONCERT
Sweet Crude Movie
Seattle Filmmaker Sandy Cioffi and her crew will take part in a concert event tonight, "Raise It! Sweet Crude Freedom Mix Benefit Concert: Celebrating One Year Free." Last year, Cioffi and four of her crew were taken into custody in Nigeria during production of "Sweet Crude," a documentary about Nigeria's Niger Delta and the effect of 50 years of oil extraction on its people. Tonight's concert will feature musicians playing covers of the songs Cioffi and the others listened to on an iPod during the truck ride to jail in the custody of the Nigerian State Security Services. You can see the show twice tonight, at the Triple Door. The event is all ages beginning at 6:00pm all ages and 21+ after 8:30pm.
NFFTY STARTS FRIDAY
Experience 113 films from young directors from across the world, filmmaking panels, parties, concerts and more! Plus don't miss the FREE Filmmaker Networking event this Saturday from 10:00am-11:00am in the Planet Illogica Lounge inside EMP|SFM. The National Film Festival for Talented Youth occurs each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes 100+ film screenings, filmmaking panels, concerts by youth bands, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other.
COLUMBIA CITY THEATER HOSTS FUNDRAISER CONCERT FOR THE HOMELESS
Harmonic Humanity a local music outreach organization, has formed a strategic partnership with The Real Change Newspaper, to put music CD's into the hands of homeless, disabled and low income residents of the "City of Music" to sell and keep the profits from. Harmonic Humanity will conduct a CD release party and fundraiser on April 30th, from 7:00pm to 2:00am at Columbia City Theater, with notable Seattle musicians in attendance whom have supported the volunteer organizations outreach efforts since 2005.
DECIBEL FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER GALA AT THE TRIPLE DOOR
You are cordially invited to the first-ever Decibel Festival Gala Fundraiser, Wednesday, May 6th, at The Triple Door. Enjoy a unique artistic and culinary experience in a spectacular setting that will dazzle you and amuse the senses. Since Decibel's inception in 2004, the four-day music and arts festival held in Seattle bridges the gap between technology and creativity through visual art, workshops, panel discussions and cutting-edge electronic music performances. This fundraiser will help develop the 2009 festival edition. Doors open at 5pm and the program begins at 7pm the event is 21+. Admission is $50 and includes a gourmet dinner selection and live music performances.
911 MEDIA ARTS UPCOMING FILM CLASSES
911 Media Arts has two upcoming classes for aspiring local filmmakers. Producing Documentaries, which runs Saturday, April 25th, 10:00am - 6:00pm, is a one day seminar on what it takes to successfully produce a documentary, taught by award winning filmmaker John De Graaf, a producer at KCTS for 25 years. Integration - Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro runs for five Tuesdays, with the first meeting on April 28th, from 6:30 - 9:30pm. This class combines lecture with hands-on teaching. Learn how all these applications work together to create slick looking videos. Beginners and Intermediate level will gain valuable information from this workshop.
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS' STRATEGIC PLAN ANNOUNCED
Americans for the Arts
For the past two years, Americans for the Arts has been engaged in a strategic planning process to reflect upon the impact the organization has had over time and in the future. This process enabled them to capture the thoughts of over 6,000 stakeholders through surveys, focus groups, and dialogue. Americans for the Arts were preparing to release the results of this extensive examination of the arts environment, their field, and their own organization when the current economic crisis shook the nation and the world. As a result, the organization has created a new strategic plan that calls for a renewed focus on core audiences and the vital programs that serve them. Read more about their new vision at their website!
LANGSTON HUGHES FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH CELIA THE QUEEN
Langston Hughes Black Film Festival
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival continues April 26th at 4pm with Celia The Queen, The story of legendary Afro Cuban diva Celia Cruz a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation. Her reign as the queen of Salsa, surrounded her with some of the most important 1970s-era figures of the genre. The film features interviews with Quincy Jones and Wyclef Jean. Filmmaker Joe Cardona will be attendance.
ADLER & ZENITH EXPLORE SEATTLE
Adler & Zenith
"Adler & Zenith" is a monthly web series created by John Portanova and Jeremy Berg. The comedy series follows Rob Adler, a love-starved twenty something with a short fuse, and a laidback Peter Zenith as they explore Seattle. The creative team behind the show is looking to expand beyond its internet roots. The series will now also have special episodes made for local film competitions and festivals, which will then go to the website after screening. Whatever rules set up by the competitions will be followed, but the stories will include the characters from the "Adler & Zenith" universe. The first of these shorts will be shown on May 12th as part of the Northwest Film Forum's Exquisite Corpse Film Challenge.
THE WHOLE TRUTH TO PREMIER AT SIFF
The Whole Truth will make its world premier at this year's Seattle International Film festival! Rick Overton and Pisay Pao will be on hand to see the movie for the first time themselves. Now in its 35th year, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from over 60 countries to an audience of 150,000 attendees annually.
911 MEDIA ARTS UPCOMING FILM CLASSES
BACH TO BYTE TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!
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.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 4/15 - 4/22
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Moondoggies - EP
- Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
- Thermals - Now We Can See
- Death Cab for Cutie - Open Door EP
- Decemberists - Rake's Song 7
- Pearl Jam - Ten
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs - Only Thing That Matters
- M. Ward - Hold Time
- Say Hi - Oohs & Ahhs
FATAL LUCCIAUNO SPEAKS OUT
You've heard the term starving artists. But sometimes, artists and musicians give up things other than food to make ends meet - like health care. Now, a unique program hopes to change that trend for performers in Washington. Now, there's a one-year pilot program to help artists in that range. The Artist Clinic is a collaboration between the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project (WAHIP) and the Country Doctor Community Clinic in Capitol Hill. Performers making two to four times the federal poverty level - roughly $21,000 to $42,000 a year, can stop in for a couple of subsidized checkups, up to $75 per visit, said clinic officials.
WATCH 5 NFFTY FILMS ONLINE!
Watch and rate 5 NFFTY Films for Free, now until midnight on April 25th. You decide the winner of a preferred 90/10 distribution deal. Get a sneak peak at the few of the films you can check out at the 2009 festival.
MPAA STUDY: SHOWBIZ IS BIG BUSINESS
The movie and TV industry contributed 2.5 million jobs and $41.1 billion in wages to the U.S. economy in 2007, according to an MPAA report. That's up from more than 1.3 million jobs and $30.2 billion in 2005 as reported by the trade group in its inaugural report a couple of years ago. The impact study, most of whose data is for 2007 despite the inclusion of some 2008 figures, shows that more than 285,000 people were employed in the core business of producing, marketing, manufacturing and distributing films and TV shows. The industry also boosts the cash in state and federal coffers -- a key argument in debates over the value of production tax incentives. Taxes paid by film and TV workers in 2007 and sales taxes on goods and services amounted to $13 billion, up $3 billion from 2005.
ARTIST EMBRACES 'NAME-YOUR-PRICE' STRATEGY FOR TOUR
Toronto-based hip hop artist K-Os will do for live concerts what Radiohead did for recorded music sales. Backed by an idea developed by his manager, Nettwerk Music Group chief executive Terry McBride, k-os will start a 10-date Canadian tour kicking off April 30, where fans will be able to pay what they want after witnessing the show. Telecommunications giant Rogers Wireless will also have 100 promotional tickets and are underwriting 60% of the costs, McBride says. Venues for the shows range up to 2,500 in capacity.