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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. Happy Hour is tonight, Wednesday June 24th, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Hope to see you there!
SEATTLE ROCK N' ROLL MARATHON THIS WEEKEND - LOCAL MUSIC GALORE
Rock n' Roll Marathon
The excitement is building for Seattle's very first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon being held on Saturday, June 27th, 2009. Seattle has never seen anything quite like the spectacle about to take place, with 25,000 marathon and half-marathon runners converging at the start in Tukwila and finishing in downtown Seattle at Qwest Field. If you're a runner or just a spectator, you'll get to hear live music by local Seattle bands played on 40 entertainment stages, ranging from the Vera project to improvised stages on off ramps. For more information check out the link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
LOCAL FILMMAKER DAVID RUSSO TO DIRECT BLUE MAN GROUP MOVIE
Blue Man Group and producer Charlotte Huggins have set Seattle director David Russo (The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle) to take the helm of the yet-to-be-titled Blue Man Group movie. According to Variety, the IMAX 3-D feature will be scripted by Lisa Robinson. The film will be the first to star the Blue Man Group, which has been seen onstage in hundreds of cities around the world and in commercials. The original Blue Men -- Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman -- will star. Russo said the comedy will be about "the Blue Men entering the brain of a socially and creatively congested person and observing his neural patterns and his habitual brain functions and memory and altering it in a way that helps him bring his inside life outside." Visual development is under way and will continue for several months. Production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010
GRANTS FOR ARTISTS SPACE
LINC is proud to announce the MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Award. The Award is a competitive national funding program that recognizes outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable spaces for artists. The program emphasizes the benefits artist spaces yield for both artists and their communities. In November 2009, the MetLife Innovative Space Awards will announce awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to provide support for up to five winning projects. For more information or to apply online, please follow the above link.
CITY FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL SEATTLE ARTISTS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2010 CityArtists Projects program that supports Seattle-based individual artists working in visual, literary and film/media arts. Funding awards range up to $10,000 to support projects in 2010. "During these challenging financial times, the arts are part of the solution," said Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "They make our cities places where people want to live and work. The cultural sector is part of the economy just like any other industry with workers who pay taxes and contribute in other ways." For more information on this project or to apply online please visit the above link.
KEXP AND THE SEATTLE CENTER PRESENT CONCERTS AND FILMS AT THE MURAL
KEXP and the Seattle Center are proud to present a great line-up of out door concerts and films at the mural in the Seattle Center this summer. Concerts include Blitzen Trapper, Dyme Def, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Dodos and The Fruit Bats. This years' movie line up promises to be just as fun with great family films such as The Princess Bride, Grease, Kung Fu Panda, Iron Man and Mamma Mia.
THESIXTYONE IS BUILDING A DIGG FOR INDIE MUSIC
Thesixtyone is an innovative music streaming site that features tracks self-uploaded by indie artists and music labels. Visitors can listen to the full stream of each track and vote their favorites up the rankings by hitting the "heart" button. The results are highly listenable playlists by genre, tag, or just what's hot right now.
CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Northwest Film Forum
Attention Filmmakers: The Northewest Film Forum is now accepting entries for the 5th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, to be presented January 22nd-31st, 2010 at Northwest Film Forum. Last year, Children's Film Festival Seattle presented 86 films from 25 countries. Children's Film Festival Seattle 2010 will take place in Northwest Film Forum's two cinemas, with screenings offered to both the general public and school groups. Check out the link for more information about guidelines and entry forms for the fest.
FLEET FOXES THANK PIRACY FOR SUCCESS, PLEDGE TO STAY INDIE
One of the breakout indie bands of 2008 was Sub Pop's Fleet Foxes, and the band openly credits online piracy for providing both inspiration and a promotional boost for its 200K+ selling debut album. "As much music as musicians can hear, that will only make music richer as an art form," singer Robin Pecknold told the BBC. "I think we're seeing that now with tons of new bands that are amazing, and are doing way better music now than was being made pre-Napster."
COUCH FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Couch Film Festival
Celebrating its second annual year in 2009, Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people's houses. On Saturday, November 7th, 2009, each Couch Fest Films house will have its own genre of short movies that play on rotation all day. Ideally, submissions should be under 6 minutes, any genre is acceptable and, of course, there is the chance to win $2500 in cash prizes. For more information please follow the link.
YOUNGSTOWN SEEKS A COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN COORDINATOR
Youngstown is excited to announce a call for a Communications and Design Coordinator who has significant experience and is enthusiastic to work in a high-energy, collaborative, progressive and dynamic cultural arts center. Youngstown seeks a part-time Communications and Design Coordinator who is interested in applying his or her skills towards: website development; designing, branding, and producing outreach materials for Youngstown programs; digital archival and tracking; and being an active member in a vibrant multigenerational community.
RECESS MONKEY TO KICK OFF FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT CITY HALL
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
School's out for summer and one of Seattle's favorite kid-pop bands, Recess Monkey, will open the free Seattle Presents summer concert series at City Hall next Thursday, July 2nd on the City Hall plaza. The outdoor plaza will sizzle with a total of 11 summer concerts by leading Seattle-area performers, Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., July 2nd through September 17th.
RAWSTOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL
Hosted by The Central Heating Lab at ACT, the RAWSTOCK Summer Film Festival includes an all-star lineup of independent Seattle filmmaker premieres. David Lowery's evocative and sublime feature film, St.Nick, is a 70-minute tone poem that evokes Malick in its bittersweet chronicle of a runaway brother and sister and their symbiotic relationship. This feature length Seattle premiere is preceded by a program of all new shorts from cutting-edge local filmmakers, including Shawn Telford and Jason Reid. Directors David Lowery, Shawn Telford, and Calvin Reeder will be in attendance for a pre-screening Q&A. This event will take place on July 24th.
SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2010 CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Science fiction and fantasy cinema filmmakers will have the opportunity to submit their films for Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame's 2010 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival beginning, June 1st, 2009. EMP|SFM, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, is encouraging original and creative science fiction film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length for the festival. The festival will accept original entries created no earlier than January 2005. The final deadline for submission is August 15th. Visit the EMP|SFM website for submission details, rules and regulations.
JIM RIGGS TO ACCOMPANY TRADER JOE'S SILENT MOVIE MONDAYS ON THE MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is proud to announce that internationally acclaimed theatre organist Jim Riggs will accompany The Godless Girl and Seventh Heaven on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ for Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays at The Paramount. For a full list a films and show times please follow the above link.
826 SEATTLE PRESENTS THE "WRITE LIKE I DO" WORKSHOPS
With last year's inaugural season of How To Write Like I Do, 826 discovered that Seattle is full of folks who wish to write like someone else and they did in writing exercises led by writing luminaries such as John Moe, Kathleen Alcala, Ryan Boudinot and Garth Stein, and even a drawing luminary, David Lasky. Each workshop presents the opportunity to spend two hours with local and national writing luminaries, learning their secrets. You also get to have books signed by said luminaries and drink coffee with them. If you would like to attend a workshop or get more information about this event, check out the link.
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. Folks can visit any of the several fine host-establishments, order the special A Drink For The Kids beer or cocktail, and the proceeds go to support the Vera Project
SEATTLE YOUTH CONFRONT MEDIA ISSUES IN AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
Generation of Consolidation
Reel Grrls is proud to announce that A Generation of Consolidation, a short documentary created by Seattle teen filmmakers Sami Muilenburg and Brooke Noel, has recently won several prestigious awards, most recently including the Seattle International Film Festival's Grand Jury WaveMaker Prize and the FutureWave Audience Award. Generation explores the impact of media consolidation on news content and its effects on youth. The film was created in the Reel Grrls 2008 Thesis Program with the support of Seattle media justice organization Reclaim the Media.
LOOKING FOR A PA? WHY NOT TRY A PA TRAINING SEMINAR GRADUATE?
If you are looking for a PA for an upcoming commercial shoot, consider A PA Training Seminar Graduate. All Gradutes have passed a two-day seminar and test on the basics of being a PA. For more information about this program and it's graduates, follow the link.
SEATTLE'S ORIGIN RECORDS NAMED JAZZWEEK'S 2009 "LABEL OF THE YEAR"
Seattle's Origin Records was recognized as the 2009 Jazz Label of the Year at the JazzWeek Awards, held June 20th in Rochester, NY during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The JazzWeek awards are voted on by several hundred members of the jazz industry including radio program directors, disc jockeys, program syndicators, satellite and cable broadcasters, record labels and promoters. The six-time Grammy-nominated Origin Records has released nearly 250 albums from 150 artists over its 12 years on the scene. Started in 1997 by drummer John Bishop, he and partner Matt Jorgensen added another jazz label in 2002, OA2 Records, the classical imprint Origin Classical in 2008, and they produce the annual Ballard Jazz Festival, now heading into its 8th year.
SEATTLE WEEKLY'S ARTOPIA FEATURES FILMS & MUSIC, FOR FREE!
Where better to showcase emerging arts talent than Georgetown, the neighborhood that's made "on the cusp" a form of greatness? This year, SW's annual Artopia event has merged with the Georgetown Music Fest to deliver a full day of free sounds, stunts, family fun, and weirdness. There'll be 25-cent dances, boxers on roller skates, and a great slate of local bands. The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival is highlighting many of this year's entries at ARTOPIA as well. Other film projects include American Collectors, presented by Binary Studios at MIX; Poet by Gyre Productions at Belle & Wissell; and an art installation by Lisa Pisoni, who will be interviewing festival-goers about art. See it all on Saturday, June 27th 2:00 - 10:00 pm.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/17 - 6/24
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"
- Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
- The Moondoggies "Don't be a Stranger"
- Dave Matthews "Big Whiskey & the Groogrux King"
- Big Business "Mind The Drift"
- Death Cab For Cutie "Something About Airplanes"
- PDX Pop Now 2009 "PDX Pop Now 2009"
- Shabazz Palaces "Shabazz Palaces"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
LYNN SHELTON FEATURED IN THE LA TIMES
In this era of guy-centric bromantic dude-fests, who would have thought the future of Hollywood comedy just might be a married, fortysomething mother from Seattle? With her film Humpday, which has been turning the festival circuit on its ear since its premiere at Sundance on its way toward hitting theaters in July, Lynn Shelton has managed to both outdo the dudes and create a style all her own. Since January, Shelton has picked up a special jury prize at Sundance, took home the Someone to Watch Award at the Spirit Awards, won Seattle's Mayor's Film Award, and found herself one of only three American filmmakers selected for the Director's Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.
OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AGAIN PROMISES TO ENCHANT EARS, EYES
The Olympic Music Festival opens its 26th season of "Concerts in the Barn" in Quilcene next Saturday. The event promises the chance to listen to great chamber music while feeding donkeys carrots. Performed Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the programs this year cover a wide range of classical repertoire along with one 20th-century masterpiece, Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor. The event opens on June 27th-28th.
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE PLOT REUNION TOUR
It's true: Sub Pop just announced that the original emos of Sunny Day Real Estate will reunite for a fall tour. Sub Pop will reissue both Diary and LP2 on September 15, and the band will tour in support of the re-issues, including an October 16 stop at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.