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HAPPY HOUR IS NEXT WEEK!
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. Happy Hour is next week, Wednesday 24th, 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. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MAYOR ANNOUNCES 2009 ARTS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
This week, Mayor Greg Nickels announced the recipients of the seventh annual 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards. "Now, more than ever, we must show the value of the arts in our community. Arts and culture spur our economy and are vital to our quality of life in Seattle," said Nickels. "Collectively, this year's award recipients tell an extraordinary story and reflect the diversity of arts and culture in our city." The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed a record 360 public nominations and recommended five recipients to the mayor. The recipients of the 2009 Mayor's Arts Award are: Artist Trust, visual artist Jesse Higman, Seattle Opera Director Speight Jenkins, Northwest Tap Connection and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. The recipients will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at Seattle Center's Northwest Court on September 4th.
WASHINGTONFILMWORKS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY!
WashingtonFilmWorks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that offers production assistance to commercials, television and feature films shooting in Washington State as well as manages the production incentive program. Currently, WFW is seeking a part-time Intern with a minimum 3-month commitment of 20 hours per week. Prior background in film not required, but individuals must be self-motivated with strong communication, computer,writing, and organizational/research skills.WFW will provide a $250/month stipend and access to informational interviews and mentorship possibilities with members of the local film industry. Send a brief letter of interest, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. WFW will be accepting applications through June 30th, 2009 for a start date in early July.
SEATTLE AD AGENCY WINS "BEST OF SHOW"
Five advertising companies from Seattle won major national honors at the annual ADDY Awards show in Washington, DC Saturday night. The biggest award of the competition went to Seattle advertising agency Publicis in the West, which won "Best of Show" honors for the top overall advertisement in the country for 2008. The agency was honored for its TV commercial "Birds" which was created for Washington's Lottery.
NUEMOS CELEBRATES FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Come celebrate five years of shows at Nuemos in Capitol Hill! The party is slated for Thursday June 18th and features performances from Helio Sequence, Grand Hallway, and Palmer Electric Co. Neumos Crystal Ball and Reading Room, most often referred to as Neumos, is a mid sized music venue in Capitol Hill. The venue was originally opened as Moe's Mo'Roc'N Café in 1992 and re-launched in 2003 as Neumos
NETWORKING EVENT FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS
Join Temporal Studios, Sonnet Realm Films and 3rd Eye Films for a networking event for filmmakers, performers, musicians, writers, actors and other creative individuals 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the BalMar, 5449 Ballard Avenue NW, Admission is free. RSVP to email@example.com.
NON-PROFITS: WIN A PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED VIDEO
Seattle-area non-profits are encouraged to apply for a chance to receive an all expense paid non-profit promotional video valued at $10,000 from Reel Grrls. The Reel Grrls Summer Apprenticeship Program consists of 15 girls paired with experienced mentors producing videos. All videos are produced on professional equipment and adhere to industry standards while maintaining a fresh youth perspective. Reel Grrls and Comcast are accepting applications from non-profits until June 18. A panel comprised of Reel Grrls staff and youth and Comcast staff will review all applications and the non-profit will be notified at the end of June.
SEATTLE CENTER AND KEXP BRING YOU A FREE SUMMER MURAL CONCERT SERIES
Brought together by a shared commitment to innovative and culturally diverse programming, KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center have teamed up to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of eclectic concerts on some of the summer's sultriest weekends. Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP's favorite artists. The five free all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area's independent music scene. The concert series will take place over three weeks this summer at the Mural Ampitheatre in the Seattle Center, starting July 31st. Artists performing include: Blitzen Trapper, Dyme Def, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Japandroids, The Dodos, Army Navy and Fruit Bats.
ORIGIN RECORDS NOMINATED FOR JAZZWEEK LABEL OF THE YEAR
Honored once before in 2007, Seattle's Origin Records is again among six labels up for Jazz Label of the Year at the 7th annual JazzWeek Awards in Rochester, NY. JazzWeek, the definitive national jazz radio airplay chart, is also a forum for hundreds in the jazz industry from radio, press, record labels, distributors, and artists. Nominees and winners are voted upon by radio stations, disc jockeys, program syndicators, and satellite and cable broadcasters who supply airplay data to JazzWeek, as well as record labels and promoters who subscribe to JazzWeek's data services. Also nominated in the label category were Concord, Palmetto, Heads Up, HighNote, and Sunnyside Records.
HUMPDAY AND LITTLE DIZZLE TO SCREEN AGAIN IN SIFF'S BEST OF 2009 WEEKEND
Missed some of the award winners at the Festival this year? Curious to watch some of those popular films you heard so much about but didn't see? Check out the Best of SIFF '09 Weekend at SIFF Cinema June 19th-21st to see some of the most popular and award-winning films from the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival. Two Seattle productions, David Russo's The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and Lynn Shelton's Humpday were top vote getters and will be among the thirteen weekend screenings.
911 MEDIA DOCUTALK
911 Media Arts Center welcomes local documentarians to the 911 documentary community group: DocuTalk@911. Every fourth Tuesday of every other month 911 provides an opportunity for documentarians to network, share knowledge, find feedback and mentoring opportunities, and gain support in the pursuit of their work. It's a potluck! Bring a dish and come prepared to be inspired and make connections with regional documentary filmmakers and all others who love the documentary format. Documentarians are welcome to present their work (finished or in-progress) and to gather supportive feedback. The next Docutalk will be on Tuesday, June 23rd from 7:00-10:00 pm.
SEATTLE'S MUSIC COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR ALL AGES MUSIC
A Drink for the Kids
For the seventh consecutive year, Seattle's music community will come together to show their support for all-ages music and art at The Vera Project by throwing back a few drinks at their neighborhood bar and checking out a great show. ADFTK 2009 happens Sunday, July 5th -Saturday, July 11th 2009. the grand finale show on July 11th at 8:00 pm will feature a very special solo performance by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, and Throw Me The Statue at Neumos. Folks can visit any of the several fine host-establishments listed on the website, order the special A Drink For The Kids beer or cocktail, and the proceeds go to support the Vera Project.
FATHER'S DAY FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL FILM MARROW
Sisyphus Productions: Marrow
Northwest filmmaker Matt Wilkins and acclaimed musician Wayne Horvitz have joined forces for Wilkins' film Marrow, filmed in the Pacific Northwest with local talent and crew. To raise money for the recording of the score, Horvitz and his band will play a fundraiser and neighborhood event hosted by Marrow lead actor Todd Jefferson Moore this Sunday, June 21st, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at 3402 Wetmore Ave S. The event will feature screenings of footage from the new film, musical performances by Wayne Horvitz, Sweeter Than the Day and Varmint with Keith Lowe and much more. Admission is free.
FATHER'S DAY KIDS DANCE PARTY!
Join KEXP's Kids Dance Party this Father's Day, June 21st, 12:00-3:00 pm at Showbox Sodo. Games, activities, cupcakes, break dancing lessons, and of course DANCING with KEXP DJs Darek Mazzone, Kid Hops and Riz. Proceeds benefit KEXP. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
TOTAL IMMERSION CONCERT
Total Immersion 2 (TI2) is much more than just a performance; it's a journey into a world of downtempo electronic music by amazing artists who will be performing original music in surround-sound, to multi-screen visuals in a rare and unique artistic setting. "Rare" is the operative word here... Live music that's performed in surround is something that's uncommon, even in major centers around the world. It's often regarded as too difficult to pull off. EMC, however, has mastered the art and goes further to combine melodic downtempo compositions with lush and immersive visuals. The concert will be on Saturday June 13th 2009 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/10 - 6/17
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Viva Voce "Rose City"
- Jeremy Enigk "OK Bear"
- Lonely H "Concrete Class"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
- Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- The Moondoggies "Don't be a Stranger"
- Thermals "Now We Can See"
- Portland Cello Project "Thao & Justin Powers Sessions"
SUB POP ON JEOPARDY!
Last night, the $1000 answer on jeopardy was this: "This Seattle label, the first to release Nirvana & Soundgarden albums, turned 20 in 2008." Unfortunately, no one got the question. Host Alex Trebek was obliged to answer with, "What is Sub Pop Records?" Other labels mentioned in the category included Apple and Motown, which is great company to be in.
LOCAL FILMMAKER JAMES LONGLEY DETAINED IN IRAN
James Longley, the filmmaker of Iraq in Fragments, was detained by Iranian riot police on Sunday. Longley has been living in Tehran for a while and now equipped with his camera finds himself in the middle of the election-Iranian style. Read his whole account in the Huffington Post. Longley is a winner of the 2006 Stranger Genius Award and the Mayor's Film Award.
CAVE SINGERS FEATURED IN WASHINGTON LOTTERY COMMERCIAL
It's good to know the Washington State Lottery is using locally-made music in its new advertising campaign. Cave Singers provided the soundtrack to Washington Lottery's "Dog" commercial as a follow-up to the terribly heartwarming commercial where chickens and ostriches get to fly. Lottery has created multiple ads about people with newly-won riches doing good things for animals. This time around, a man builds a frisbee-throwing machine for his dog. A link to a video of the commercial is in the article.
FANS SOLD ON ZOOTUNES FAMILY PICNIC CONCERTS
Hosted by Woodland Park Zoo, the popular outdoor summer music series features such artists as the Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Amos Lee and Jewel. "People love the atmosphere," said Rebecca Whitham, Woodland Park Zoo public relations coordinator. "It's very laid-back. You can bring your kids and be comfortable with them. And, it's a great place to catch an evening picnic and music." Close to half of the 13 dates are already sold out, including next week's kickoff show with The B-52s on Wednesday. For more information and a full list of shows, please follow the above link.