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WHERE SHOULD THE CITY SPEND ITS MONEY? TAKE THE SURVEY
In the face of potential cutbacks, City Councilmember Tim Burgess is asking for your opinions regarding budgetary priorities for 2009. Take the one-question survey on his personal website at the link above and let City Council know what city programs and departments you value most.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ROTARY CLUB'S EFFORTS TO SUPPORT MUSIC IN SEATTLE
Rotary Club Seattle has made it their goal to acquire 1,200 musical instruments suitable for 4th and 5th grade music students that will allow Seattle Public Schools to expand from 36 percent to 50 percent student participation. If you are interested in supporting this amazing campaign, come to their First Annual Rotary Music4Life Champagne Reception & Auction held at the Seattle Repertory Theatre this Monday evening, June 9th @ 5:30 pm. In addition to knowing that you will be supporting a wonderful cause, as an attendee of the event you will be treated to an evening of bubbling champagne, tantalizing appetizers from Kaspars, great live music from Seattle Public School performers and a wonderful silent and live auction featuring concert & event tickets, hotel lodging, certificates from great Seattle area restaurants and much, much more.
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY BEGINS JUNE 11TH!
Noise for the Needy, a Seattle-based non-profit organization whose goal is to raise money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows, is proud to present this year's bigger-than-ever-before event. The five-day festival kicking off on June 11th at Neumos will feature performances by Math & Physics Club, Talib Kweli, Two Gallants, The Black Angels, The Warlocks, Yacht, and Matt & Kim. Proceeds this year will benefit Urban Rest Stop, an organization that provides a clean, safe and welcoming facility where homeless individuals and families can come and use restrooms, shower and laundry facilities in Seattle at no cost to patrons.
FASTCOMPANY.COM CALLS SEATTLE ONE OF THE "BEST CITIES FOR INNOVATION"
Fastcompany.com's June issue named Seattle in their list of twelve cities across the planet likely to be "nodes of creativity and innovation this year and beyond." They specifically cite the high proportion of engineers and the art museum's recent expansion and the opening of the $85 million Olympic Sculpture Park.
THE RESULTS ARE IN FOR PITCHFEST
The results are in for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild's PitchFest. The format used was like that of the Austin Film Festival, where Bill True and Dean Hyers listened to 90 seconds of a pitch, then provided feedback, all in front of an audience. Betty Ryan took first place, with her pitch for "The Guy's Girl," while Randy Webb was the runner up with "Ordinary Joe."
BUMBERSHOOT: EXPANDS LINEUP!
The annual Labor Day weekend Festival has announced more acts to the lineup including T.I., Keyshia Cole, Minus the Bear, Adele, Battles, Sondre Lerche, The Whigs, The Blakes, The Girls and many more. Additional released info includes comedy from Zach Galifianakis, Doug Benson and Aziz Ansari and a brand new comedy pass system (allowing more comedy fans a guaranteed seat at one of the three comedy stages). More artists as well as regional and national comedy shows will be revealed mid-July.
NFFTY FILMS NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND
The wait is over! Comcast subscribers in the Puget Sound can now enjoy many of the films featured at NFFTY 08. Go to Channel 1 On Demand, click "Get Local" and then "Around the Sound." New films will be added so check back often.
RHAPSODY "INNOVATORS OF MUSIC" CONTEST
Rhapsody (part of the locally-based RealNetworks, Inc.) is sponsoring a competition called the "Innovators of Music" Coors Light Songwriting Contest. Rhapsody is looking for people (non-professional songwriters) to submit song lyrics for "Catch the 4:53," a song meant to convey the feeling of the time of day when one would prefer to be relaxing with friends. The winner will receive $5,000 and have their song performed by Seattle indie band Westerly, who will also be picking the winner. The contest runs through June 15th.
SUMMERTIME BECOMES SHOWTIME WITH CONCERTS AT CITY HALL PLAZA
Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series at City Hall (July 3 - Aug. 28), is sure to sizzle this summer with outdoor performances by leading Seattle-area performers every Thursday on the City Hall plaza. Audience members can also pick up a free copy of the Seattle Presents Volume Two sampler CD, featuring live performances by Gabriel Teodros, Visqueen and others.
SIFF LOCAL SCREENING: "THE DARK HORSE"
Sponsored by 4Culture, the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Washington State Arts Commission, Cornelia Durye Moore's locally-shot feature "The Dark Horse" will debut tonight at the Seattle International Film Festival. Moore will be in attendance for the film about a Seattle ballet teacher who returns to her childhood home on Orcas Island upon learning of her father's mental illness.
NEW ADS FROM "THE ARTS. ASK FOR MORE." PSA CAMPAIGN DEBUT
Americans for the Arts, along with The Ad Council and the NAMM Foundation, announce the launch of a new series of public service advertisements designed to promote the benefits of arts education. These ads are part of the second phase of Americans the Arts' award-winning PSA campaign, "The Arts. Ask for More." Created pro bono by Leo Burnett, these television, radio, print, and Web ads feature a new creative strategy that encourages parents to "feed their children the arts" with a bowl of "Raisin Brahms" or a serving of "VanGoghgurt" for breakfast. The ads speak to the benefits of getting a daily dose of the arts, which include increased test scores, better creative thinking, patience, and determination, all skills that are fundamental to a child's education and development.
COUNCILMEMBERS LICATA AND GODDEN DISCUSS NIGHTLIFE POLICY
The Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas interviews City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Jean Godden. Among the many topics the three cover, Licata and Godden respond to accusations that the city is cracking down on Seattle's nightlife establishments. The nightlife discussion begins around 18 minutes into the program.
THE SONICS TO PLAY THE PARAMOUNT
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) presents THE SONICS with Special Guests on Friday, October 31, 2008 at The Paramount Theatre. A rock & roll band from Tacoma, WA, The Sonics formed in the wake of the early-'60s success of local favorites the Kingsmen and the Wailers (whose Etiquette label they recorded for), the Sonics combined classic Northwest-area teen band raunch with early English band grit, relentless rhythmic drive, and unabashed '50s-style blues shouting.
FIRST EVER ALL SEATTLE/NORTHWEST HIP HOP TOUR ALREADY UNDERWAY!
Sportn' Life Records and Kublakai today announced the upcoming launch of a NW Hip Hop tour, showcasing Seattle's hottest acts, starting in May and running through July 2008. "206 Degrees and Rising" is not the typical tour; it's a first of its kind series of weekend road trips across the Pacific Northwest with the goal of expanding the local and national network of NW Hip Hop fans. "Previously known for its grunge and indie rock music talent, Seattle and the NW is building quite the groundswell as the next place to blow up as a Hip Hop music hotbed, and we're starting to attract real national attention," said Sportn' Life Records Owner and Tour/Program Co-Curator DeVon Manier. The line up of stellar hip hop talent includes Cancer Rising, D.Black, Kublakai, and Neema.
DSA ANNOUNCES SUMMER LONG "OUT TO LUNCH" CONCERT SERIES
Trying to reach out to Downtown Seattle Association workers? Out to Lunch is a great way to do it. With approximately 30 shows throughout the summer, Out to Lunch attracts thousands of people to its concerts at various Downtown venues. Sponsor packages include Title, Presenting, Series sponsors (Jazz Series, Classical Series, etc.) and single show sponsors.
MARK O'CONNELL'S "MAGNUSON PARK FEBRUARY" ONLINE
Seattle filmmaker Mark O'Connell's "Magnuson Park February" is now online in beautiful high definition. His work has been sponsored by Washington's Artist's Trust organization, the Seattle Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and 4 Culture.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/26 - 6/1
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Common Market - Black Patch EP
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Mudhoney - Lucky Ones
- Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Vince Mira - Cash Cab Sessions
- KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 4
- Blue Scholars - Bayani
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
THE HORROR: THE MAKING OF "CTHULHU"
Grant Cogswell, screenwriter, fundraiser, and much more for "Cthulhu," relates his harrowing experience in the wold of independent filmmaking and how it nearly killed him.
SUMMER "MOVIES ON THE WALL" IN THE JUNCTION - THE FINALISTS!
You sent in your suggestion(s) via their special page on the West Seattle Blog or via ballot boxes in local businesses - now organizer Lora Lewis from Hotwire Coffee has unveiled the list of finalists from which the "Movies on the Wall" outdoor-film lineup in July and August will be chosen. Read on at the link above, then leave a comment about which ones you would most like to see.
JAGUAR LOVE IS ON THE PROWL
If you miss punk outfit the Blood Brothers, you're not alone. They called it quits last November after 10 years together and amassing a wide audience and international acclaim. However, fans need not worry about getting their fix. Seattle music scene veterans Johnny Whitney (vocals and piano) and Cody Votolato (guitar and bass), formerly of the Blood Brothers, joined J. Clark (drums, bass and keyboard) of also-defunct Seattle band Pretty Girls Make Graves to form Jaguar Love.
THE NEW SEATTLE SOUND IS PRETTY, PASTORAL AND MELLOW
Appearing in this article about the sound of Seattle will be only a single instance of the g-word. Here it is, in a quote from Mat Brooke, front man of the band Grand Archives: "It seems like Seattle is finally realizing that we don't have to be grunge, and we might just end up with a new, credible scene going on."
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING HARDER THAN SIFF? TRY STIFF
If SIFF is like film college, then STIFF is like film recess. That's how the organizers of Seattle's True Independent Film Festival explain their ongoing decision to stage their event at the same time as the Seattle International Film Festival, the nation's largest and longest. Starting its fourth year Friday, the 10-day fest features 138 long and short low-budget indie works of every stripe at three spread-out locations - Central Cinema, the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous and the Capitol Hill Arts Center. Also returning: STIFF licks, live local music and comedy following the evening screenings at the Jewel Box.
WEST SEATTLE WINNERS
Penny Dreadfuls Productions' "Annie's First Dates" won the grand prize at the "3-Minute Masterpieces" competition at SIFF.
A SHOOTING CRIME
Seattle filmmaker Sandy Cioffi recounts her experience in Nigerian military prison during the shooting of her oil production documentary "Sweet Crude."
I PLAYED IN GLENN BRANCA'S "HALLUCINATION CITY" AND ALL I GOT WAS MASS HYPNOTIC TRANSCENDENCE
Ross Simonini offers a review of his experience playing in Glenn Branca's orchestra of one hundred guitars at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The final count was actually closer to 47-still an impressive number of guitarists willing to spend three 10-hour days playing a piece of avant-garde chamber music at a Seattle Art Museum party for zero pay. According to Simonini, the experience offered other rewards.
TO APPRECIATE WEILL PIECE IN SYMPHONY-CORNISH PROGRAM, DO SOME ALT-ROCK RESEARCH
Operatic pieces don't often get covered by the likes of the Doors, David Bowie and Bette Midler, but that's exactly what happened with Kurt Weill's "Alabama Song." Originally part of the 1927 song cycle "Mahagonny," the song was later incorporated into Weill and Bertolt Brecht's opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny." Seattle Symphony and Cornish College will offer a staged production of Weill's song cycle later this week as the closing program on its Coming to America series, focusing on immigrant composers.
A MOMENT WITH ... CAROL ROSCOE / ACTOR
The Seattle International Film Festival premiere of Cornelia Moore's "The Dark Horse," Seattle theatergoers will recognize many faces, most prominently the film's lead, Carol Roscoe. The Seattle actor/director often is seen in plays at Intiman, Book-It Repertory and Seattle Children's Theatre. Roscoe plays a ballet teacher returning to her parents' Orcas Island home, bridging family and crisis through a fiery Friesian horse. A locally produced effort, it also features veteran Seattle actors Seán Griffin and Kathryn Mesney.
BLIP: TWITTER FOR MUSIC
Blip, developed by Fuzz, is a new micro-blogging service with an integrated music search engine and audio player. They are working with the locally-based Light in the Attic Records as well as other labels and artists in an effort to expand and improve the service.
SERIES FINALE WASN'T MERE CHILD'S PLAY
The Seattle Symphony "Coming to America" Festival, which opened Thursday night at Benaroya Hall, is a pretty high-minded affair. But not so much that orchestra officials forgot the children in their midst. Thus, "Coming to America for Kids" this past weekend, which became the concluding chapter in the orchestra's highly successful Discover Music Series this season.
DESPITE CHALLENGES GENESIS SUITE IS AN ENJOYABLE ROMP
Thursday evening's Seattle Symphony concert marked the start of a series of signature events highlighting this season's focus on émigré composers. With the exception of Schoenberg and Stravinsky, two of the composers tasked to write a movement for the Genesis Suite, the composers featured have mostly been forgotten. Luckily, Schwarz has proven to be a vigorous advocate for composers and music too easily overlooked by both conductors and orchestras.
CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY ADDS FLEET FOXES, THE CAVE SINGERS AND MORE
The Capitol Hill Block Party has added performers to its lineup for the July 25-26 music festival: Seattle's Fleet Foxes, the Cave Singers, Throw Me the Statue and Schoolyard Heroes, plus Portland's Menomena and Jaguar Love, and airborne toxic event. This is in addition to such stellar bands as Vampire Weekend, DeVotchKa and Kimya Dawson, the Olympia singer behind the soundtrack of "Juno." Sound Off! winner New Faces, from Port Townsend, is also on the lineup.
MUDHONEY CONFRONTS ITS CRITICS
Seattle rock heroes Mudhoney-the last band standing from the grunge era-celebrate their 20th anniversary this year with a new studio album, The Lucky Ones. On the phone from his new home of Portland, guitarist Steve Turner gave us his take on some recent reviews.
INTERVIEW: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Seattle Weekly recently caught up again with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla, who had lots to say about the quartet's new album, Narrow Stairs, the band as a brand, and Metallica.
ROOTS ROOSTS: FIREFLY CONCERT SERIES
When Jennifer Kallen, a former radio DJ, moved to Seattle, she missed having the opportunity to surround herself with great music. She wanted a venue where people got together and talked before the show, where there was good food and wine, comfortable seating, some level of community about the place. Finally, in 1999, she decided to stop wishing for the venue, and create the first Firefly Concert Series in her own home.