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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT AT BARCA
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and to accommodate the 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 tonight, 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. Hope to see you there!
HARNESS THE NIGHTTIME ECONOMY!
For the first time, the Film + Music Office joins the Responsible Hospitality Institute to present a 1-day Regional Forum on harnessing the economic power of the nighttime economy. RHI showcases local and national solutions to nighttime economy challenges through Networking Conferences, Leadership Summits, Regional Forums and Live Webinars. RHI focuses on a holistic approach to effectively address public safety and quality of life impacts in a nightlife district. For this reason, RHI Events are uniquely designed for both interdisciplinary interactions and peer-to-peer networking among city teams comprised of planners, police, business district managers, licensed beverage businesses, among others. The Seattle Regional RHI Forum will be held July 15th in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, and will be a great opportunity to network and discuss situations in your district. A keynote presentation by Elizabeth Peterson will showcase how the integration of policy, policing, practices and promotion can enhance the nighttime economy. A panel of Seattle's leaders will share insights and strategies on the evolution of policy, education and organizational strategies to enhance the city's nighttime economy. We encourage members of the private and public sectors throughout the Northwest to attend. Register now!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
WFW HIRES PRODUCTION SERVICES MANAGER
WashingtonFilmWorks welcomes new Production Services Manager, Lindsey Johnson! Lindsey worked in numerous local film productions including Bobcat Goldwaith's World's Greatest Dad and MTV's The Phone. Before her stint in production, she worked at the State Film Office as Interim Manager. WashingtonFilmWorks is the State's Film Program and manages Washington's 30% Film Incentive Fund. Congratulations Lindsey!
SIFF STARTS OUT WITH A BANG!
The 35th Annual Seattle International Film Festival kicked off last week with a gala celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Be a part of the premier film event in the Pacific Northwest by attending one of the 418 films showing at eight Seattle venues through June 14th. This is the 35th year of the world's longest running film festival, and there are lots of great movies to see! For a full listing of this year's lineup and to purchase tickets, visit the SIFF website or download their new free iPhone app.
NW Film Forum
Ever wonder who is behind those Karaoke videos you sing along to at the bar on Friday nights? Well here's your chance to become one of them. Grab a camera, pick a song, and leave your mark in the first annual Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema Seattle Karaoke Challenge! Content is open to interpretation; each submission must have a designated singer for the screening, which takes place on August 11th at 9:00 pm. The project is open to all levels of skill and experience. Submissions are due July 31st. For more information email Adam Sekuler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN'S FOR THE ARTS DEADLINE EXTENDED
In response to a large number of requests from arts organizations across the country, Americans for the Arts has decided to extend the general registration deadline for the 2009 Annual Convention to this Friday, May 29th. Because the economic climate has made the decision to attend the Annual Convention perhaps more difficult than in the past, they hope this small step provides even further opportunities for our members, advocates, and stakeholders to attend. With more than 1,000 arts professionals already registered for Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities, the Convention promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all to engage and learn best practices in sustainability of all kinds-both for the health of our arts organizations and the communities they serve.
HANDS-ON ANIMATION LAB: STOP MOTION
911 Media Arts Center
Stop motion animation is an animation technique to make physically manipulated objects appear to move. This workshop introduces and covers the basics. Including drawing, working with clay or any non - drawn objects, including toys, blocks, and dolls. If puppets and characters are your interest, you can explore character and puppet construction technique as well. Emphasis is placed on the use of camera and lighting for effective storytelling. This class is open to young and old animators, and all skill levels. Students receive an extra 4 hours of animation time at 911 with the Animation Lunchbox. What a deal! The class is limited to 12 participants, so be sure to sign up soon.
HEALTHY TIMES FUN CLUB CONCERT FOR 826 SEATTLE
Healthy Times Fun Club Concert
The Healthy Times Fun Club will host a benefit concert, YUSOFYNE, for 826 Seattle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving youth writing skills. Seattle-based bands The Pica Beats and Truckasauras will headline the show May 30th at the Healthy Times Fun Club in Capitol Hill. The show will serve as a benefit for 826 Seattle's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and all of the proceeds from the show will go directly to funding next year's YAB. Doors will open at 8:00pm, with the first band set to begin at 8:30 pm.
SIFF CLASSROOM : DIGITAL MEDIA LAB
SIFF presents a place for filmmaking enthusiasts to learn from industry professionals about everything from screenwriting to digital workflow in 12 unique classes. Classes are free, but ticketed registrations are available through the SIFF Box Office. All classes held May 30th and 31st at the Seattle Center Alki Room. Explore the variety of course offerings here at their site.
SEAHAWK DOCUMENTARY PREMIERS AT STIFF
Intimately shot with one camera in ten cities over five months and starring top NFL rookies Antoine Cason, Beau Bell and notorious facemask-breaking college walk-on turned EA Sports Video Game cover athlete, Seattle Seahawks' Owen Schmitt, The Call takes a candid look at the most crucial period in the life of an NFL hopeful and the most grueling part of the job for any agent - the harsh reality that all the training, preparation and pain comes down to a draft day phone call that may never come. The Call has recently received the STIFFY for Best Sports Documentary, and premiers on Friday June 5th at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Owen Schmitt will be in attendance.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/17 - 5/24
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- Jeremy Enigk "OK Bear"
- Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Moondoggies "EP"
- Deranged Diction - No art, No Cowboys, No Rules
- The Intelligence "Fake Surfers"
- Dyme Def "Panic EP"
- Pearl Jam - "Live from Easy Street"
- Telekinesis "Telekinesis"
DESPITE RECESSION, CONCERTS THRIVE
Recession? What recession? When it comes to live music, Seattle-area concerts are selling steadily despite the economic downturn. "All ticket sales in this area are up," said Jeff Trisler, president of Live Nation Northwest. "We're very happy doing so well, particularly in this rough economy." Phish sold out two shows at the Gorge Amphitheatre in record time - less than half an hour. Coldplay's Gorge date sold out in a day. And both the Billy Joel-Elton John show at KeyArena in November and July's Death Cab for Cutie show at Marymoor Park sold out their first shows and had to add a second.
GUIDE TO SUMMER FESTIVALS
The Memorial Day weekend unofficially marks the start of summer. And you know what summer means. Summer means it's time to slather yourself in SPF 30, pile as many of your friends into one car as possible, and elbow your way through armies of like-minded music fans so that you can bat beach balls around while waiting for the Prodigy to take the stage. It's festival season! Check out the whole list here.
SEATTLE BANDS IN JIM JARMUCH'S NEW FILM
Bill Herzog, one of this city's most talented stand-up bass players has landed himself prime placement on the soundtrack of Jim Jarmuch's forthcoming film, The Limits of Control. What's more, it sounds like Seattle players are all over the soundtrack, including members of Earth and former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil. Most of The Limits of Control soundtrack is from bands on the Southern Lord record label which is owned and run by Greg Anderson, who is originally from Ballard. Check out the trailer!
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHARE THE SIFF SPOTLIGHT
The Seattle International Film Festival is placing a special emphasis on local films this year: The Northwest Connections program includes 16 full-length films and 17 short films. Here are brief descriptions; for SIFF dates and more information. Check out the entire list here!