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NIGHTCLUB SECURITY TRAINING
Nightclub Security Training
Sign up for the Nightclub Security Training class if you have not already. May 31st is the last security training before summer kicks in! Visit the Security webpage to register. Deadline for registration is close of business May 27th. Spaces will not be held or reserved, registration is required.
HAPPY HOUR NEXT WEEK AT 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. Last month was our first Happy Hour at Barca, where we had a successful event with over 200 guests! Happy Hour is next week, Wednesday May 27th, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. There will be free appetizers for the first hour on the second floor. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SIFF BEGINS TOMORROW!
The 35th Annual Seattle International Film Festival kicks off the festivities with the SIFF Opening Night Gala tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st, at the Paramount Theatre. Be a part of the premier film event in the Pacific Northwest by coming to the Gala and attending one of the 418 films showing at eight Seattle venues from May 21st - June 14th. For a full listing of this year's lineup and to purchase tickets, visit the SIFF website or download their new free iPhone app.
GREENSPOKE SELECTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IRELAND
Greenspoke The Movie
Greenspoke, Tom McIntire's environmentally themed sci fi short, is an official selection of the 2009 International Film Festival Ireland. Shot entirely in Seattle, Greenspoke stars Mikano Fukaya, Tim Gouran and Marcel Davis and is supported by a strong local supporting cast and crew. Greenspoke was a semifinalist in the 2008 Shriekfest short script competition.
CHOP SUEY SEEKS FILM SUBMISSIONS
Chop Suey is looking for music videos, shorts, films, and oddities for an ongoing Film Night series. Please submit your web links or DVDs to Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison Ave. Seattle WA 98121 attn: film series for consideration. For more information, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS INCENTIVIZES FIVE FILMS AT SIFF
The Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday and promises to be another amazing 25 day movie marathon showing over 400 films from 60 countries! Five films that WashingtonFilmWorks has given funding assistance to will be at this year's event. The five films include The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, True Adolescents, World Greatest Dad, Finding Bliss and The Whole Truth. Purchase your tickets in advance as many of these screenings will be sold out!
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS COME ALIVE AT 911!
911 Media Arts Center
From young independent filmmakers learning media literacy to future directors learning to sail, shoot and edit digital video as they make films related to boats and the water, 911 Media has a summer program for any young future filmmaker. 911 Media Arts Center presents Media Pirates AHOY! And the Young Producers Project as their 2009 Summer Youth Programs. Young people will have fun forming crews, writing story boards, directing, shooting, and editing short videos of their own personal community as they learn more about the voice and power of filmmaking. Visit the 911 Seattle Media Arts site to register for a session, and to see a short film made by students last year!
THE GREATER SEATTLE VINTAGE GUITAR SHOW
Come experience the 18th annual Greater Seattle Vintage Guitar Show at a new location, the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. It will be an extravaganza of buying selling and showing of new, used and vintage guitars, basses, amps, effects, parts, keyboards and other musical instruments. Show time is from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Sunday May 31st. A free set of Dean Markley Strings will be given to the first 300 guests. Attendees can enter to win amazing prizes from ESP Guitars, Ibanez basses, Kustom Bass Amps and more!
WEST SEATTLE FEST ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS
Less than two months now until West Seattle Summer Fest, the street festival in The Junction. They've already reported on the big-name headliner for Night one, Mudhoney - but now, the rest of the music slate is "nearly complete," and booker Jason Fitzgerald - who enthuses, "This is by far the best lineup yet!" - is sharing the news on who will be playing during the festival's three-day run July 10th - 12th, including Mudhoney, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, The Magic Mirrors, The Dimes, McTuff, 70 Proof, Thee Sgt Major III and many more! Check out the whole list at their website.
IT'S TIME: A HIP HOP CONGRESS
Hip Hop Congress 09
This year, Hip Hop Congress is proud to announce its 2009 National Conference to be held in the Central District of Seattle. In the spirit of Coalition building and community Support, Hip Hop Congress has partnered with such local groups as the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, the Seattle Youth Council, Dope Emporium, 206 Zulu, the 45th Parallel Zulu, Global Fam, Oseao Music Group, B-Girl Media, the Bassmeant, Mothers Outreach Movement, Reclaim the Media, Urban Teachers Network, Silicon Valley DeBug, Hip Hop Without Borders, and other local organizations and collectives. The conference will be hosted at a series of neighborhood institutions in the CD near the Historic Garfield High School, where legendary producer Quincy Jones once attended.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Noise for the Needy
Seattle-based nonprofit Noise For The Needy, an organization that raises money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows, has announced its full lineup for this year's festival. Headliners include the 1990s, Art Brut, The Constantines, Point Juncture WA, Grand Archives, Crystal Antlers, Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, Adam Stephens and The Finite Plain, I was a King, New Faces, The Whore Moans, Throw Me The Statue, and more. This year's shows will take place at several venues across Seattle June 10th through 14th benefits Transitional Resources, a licensed mental health center that provides recovery oriented services and affordable housing to adults with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness who would otherwise be incarcerated, hospitalized or homeless. Check out the whole line up on their site!
FREE HANDS-ON FRAMEFORGE 3D WORKSHOP AT SIFF
TheFilmSchool is proud to present Exploring FrameForge 3D, a free hands-on workshop featuring the premiere of FrameForge Pre-viz Studio 3 at the 35th Seattle International Film Festival's Digital Media Lab in the Alki Room at the Seattle Center on Saturday May 30th at 12:00 pm. FrameForge Pre-viz Studio 3 is the program that's redefining storyboarding and previsualization. Ken Schafer, lead developer and creator of FrameForge 3D, will demo how every filmmaker can benefit from taking a script to an easy and affordable optically accurate previsualization.
THE TRIPLE DOOR SEEKS MARKETING ASSISTANT
This individual would be responsible for creating sales opportunities and promotional ideas, correspondence with local media, management of all print materials, website maintenance, and supervising a street team. They are searching for a mature, confident self starter and creative thinker. Qualifications: Extensive knowledge of popular music: including knowledge of diverse genres and audiences, radio and print sources relative to market, general knowledge of production and restaurant operational challenges, dynamic written verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, strong affinity with computers and information systems: Microsoft Office and company database systems, and a mature, professional attitude. For more information or to send in an application, please contact Scott@thetripledoor.net.
ILIKE ADDS FREE CUSTOM IPHONE APPS
iLike recently launched their impressive suite of free digital music marketing tools including integration with Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and Ticketmaster, as well as, a system to easily create and distribute custom artist iPhone apps. The company has also added a Premium Artists Stats service offering reports on fan interactions across their syndication network. Some of these digital tools can be found elsewhere, but iLike is offering them in a free, integrated and easy to use package.
BATTLE OF THE TECH BANDS
Washington Technology Industry Association have teamed up with Xconomy to bring you Seattle's first ever 'Battle of the Tech Bands'! If you are part of a band whose members are involved in the technology industry and would like participate, please see the 'Battle of the Bands' tab and get jammin' for the selection process! There's few better ways to enjoy a hot summer day then spending time with friends, a cold beer and good chow, and great music from local bands. So, join them for the must attend event of the summer!
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO NIRVANA
The Rough Guide to Nirvana uncovers the magic and tragedy of this iconic 90s grunge band - from small-town gigs to the last days of Kurt Cobain, it delves into the story of the life (and afterlife) of this extraordinary, all too short-lived group. This essential guide for Nirvana fans is written by Gillian G. Gaar, a Seattle music journalist who has personally interviewed many of those involved in the story. No other book explores and documents Nirvana's history, critiques every Nirvana album, single, EP and compilation, including the rare, stray Nirvana tracks and solo projects, and summaries the array of other Nirvana books and Nirvana films, in one volume.
STG ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE SEASON
Seattle Theatre Group is proud to announce its 2009 - 2010 performance season with 34 extraordinary engagements at the historic Paramount and Moore Theatres, as well as the Falls Theatre at ACT. Shows range from performance art and comedy to legendary musicians, dance and silent film. Musical acts coming this year include Jersey-bred punk legends WIFS, performing a rock opera avant-garde band The Tiger Lillies, Zakir Hussain & The Masters of Percussion and many more.
THE CREATIVE INSPIRATIONALIST
The Creative Inspirationalist
The purpose of The Creative Inspiration list is to encourage, inspire, and inform creative beings everywhere. Emphasis is placed on supporting the local artist. The core philosophy is that creativity is an innate human characteristic, and should therefore be cultivated, respected, and honored as a social priority. This is a great way to get involved in the community and meet with new artists.
REEL GRRLS PRESENTS THE VARIETY PACK SHOW
Sugar and spice and everything... pretty much everything nice! A concoction of live music, animation, spoken word, film, DJ-ing, VJ-ing, and the unexplainable. Featuring The Nextdoor Neighbors and Dearboy, this show has free food and open to all ages! The show is Saturday, May 30th At The Vera Project. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm.
NORTHWEST MUSIC EXPO 2009
Northwest Music Expo
The Northwest Music Expo 2009 is the first annual trade expo for, by, and about those in the music industry in our area. Bringing together working musicians, hobbyists, collectors, and fans alike for a day of exhibits, interactive displays, seminars, live music, food, and drink. Spread out over the 20,000 square feet in the historic Showbox - SoDo, the event will include 50 exhibitors, two stages with ten bands performing, a beer garden, two bars including the restaurant/lounge, seminars and guest speakers. The event will be held on August 29th.
STIFF CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY
Seattle's True Independent Film Festival will ignite the Capital Hill area for the fifth year running, with its unique combination of short and feature length films, "STIFF Licks" music performances and comedy acts, including free admission to a surprise concert performance for annual badge holders, during its 5th anniversary, June 5th - 14th, at Central Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, and The Rendezvous. The 10-day festival has earned a loyal following in Seattle by giving voice to innovative, independent films, regardless of production budgets or star billing, accepting local submissions free of charge, and keeping ticket prices affordable for fans.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/10 - 5/17
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Jeremy Enigk "Ok Bear"
- Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- Moondoggies "Record Store Day EP"
- Big Business "Mind The Drift"
- The Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Deranged Diction - "No Art, No Cowboys, No Rules/ Life Support"
- Dyme Def "Panic EP"
- Flexions "Leisure Time"
- Star Anna "The Only Thing That Matters"
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC ROADTRIP 2009
Light In the Attic Records is sending 4 guys on the road to drive from Seattle to San Diego and back, stopping at virtually every record store on the coast! They will have massive amounts of vinyl and cd's to bring to these awesome record stores, and they will be blogging and sending videos along the way. What kind of craziness will they encounter on the road? Keep up with Troy, Cody, Sandy, Tyson and their progress at lightintheattic.net & twitter.com/lightintheattic.
VOLUNTEERING AT SIFF
It's hard work putting on a big event of any sort, especially a huge festival like the Seattle International Film Festival, and one of the key requirements for success is having enough people on hand to do all the jobs, big and small, that need to be done. In addition to their full-time staff, SIFF relies on volunteers to help keep everything running as smoothly as possible. There are about 50 - 80 volunteers who help out at SIFF throughout the year, says SIFF Volunteer Coordinator Monica Hinckley, who help out at SIFF Cinema and distributing their SIFF Cinema catalogs throughout the city. That number swells to 600 to 800 during most festival years, but this year they have over 900 active volunteers. Festival volunteers fill many roles from the obvious, like box office will call staff and ushers, to the positions like guest relations driver or bartender. SIFF volunteers introduce films, photograph the events, represent the festival as part of the street team and much more. There's a position for just about anyone.
TELEKINESIS FEATURED IN ROLLING STONE
Twenty-two-year-old Michael Benjamin Lerner, who got his teenage kicks playing drums in Seattle bands like Toy Guns before writing and recording his own tracks under the name Telekinesis about three years ago. A stint opening for Death Cab For Cutie caught the ear of that band's guitarist Chris Walla, who agreed to handle production for Telekinesis' eponymous debut on Merge Records. With fuzzed-out guitars, hyperactive rhythms and sun-kissed vocals masking a serious melancholic streak, Telekinesis is classic '70s-style power-pop, as played by a child of modern indie-rock. Infectious tracks like "Look to the East" and "Awkward Kisser" owe as much to Sloan and Teenage Fanclub as they do Big Star and The Raspberries.
SEEKING SUGGESTIONS FOR WEST SEATTLE MOVIES ON THE WALL
West Seattle Blog
Another excuse to think "sunny ... warm ..." in the middle of today's drippy chilliness: The virtual suggestion box is now open for the West Seattle Junction Outdoor Movies on the Wall series, which draws hundreds of people to the courtyard (seen above in a photo from last summer) between Dr. Wolff and Hotwire Coffee for six summertime Saturday nights. As announced by Hotwire's Lora Lewis, this year's dates are on Saturdays July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, and August 22nd. The movies should be family-friendly, though that doesn't necessarily mean they have to be G-rated. Send your suggestion(s) to email@example.com.