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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
The Seattle Office of Film + Music is proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar
(925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 25th. Come down, meet
new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues in
Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business
opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy
Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.
DSA PRESENTS: OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES
The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District are proud to host the 29th season of the 2008 Out To Lunch Concert Series presented by Starbucks and Safeco. The free concerts run weekdays from July 7th through August 22nd between noon and 1:30pm. Locations vary, so check out the link above to find locations closest to you!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
SEATTLE SOUND'S SECOND ANNIVERSARY SHOWDOWN!
Thursday, June 26, Sound Magazine will be celebrating its 2nd Anniversary at the High Dive in Fremont and would like to invite you to come and commemorate the publication that you have helped thrive. The night promises to be a joyous occasion, filled with an exceptional people. Blue Giant, Mark Pickerel, Siberian, and Ghost of Kyle Bradford will be performing. Congratulations to Sound on another successful year with many more to come.
"DEAR LEMON LIMA" LOOKING FOR INTERNS, SMALL BUSINESSES
Feature film shooting in Seattle this summer seeks dedicated, hard-working interns. No pay, but a great opportunity to work with a talented cast and crew and gain invaluable experience. Positions in a variety of departments are available. The production is also seeking sponsorship from local businesses who, in exchange for their donations, will receive product placement in the film. Contact email@example.com for more information about all of these opportunities.
A RUN FOR THE KIDS
This Saturday, June 28th at 10am, there will be a 2.8 mile walk/run around Greenlake to benefit the Vera Project. Prizes will be given to the biggest fundraisers, the best pro-Vera costume, and for first finisher. For more information about participation and sponsorship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN: STORIES FROM ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY
Belle & Wissell is pleased to present "Accidents Will Happen: Stories from Rock Photography," an exhibition examining the evolution of music photography in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organized by Belle & Wissell resident curators Gabe Kean and Marq Dean, together with EMP curator Jacob McMurray and photographer Curt Doughty, "Accidents Will Happen" explores the creative process of masters of the genre through video, photographs and digital media. The exhibition runs from June 13th-July 13th at Belle & Wissell Co. (6014 12th Ave South).
ROTARYMUSIC4LIFE FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT A SUCCESS
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is helping launch a new initiative to open up music education opportunities for more students in Seattle Public Schools. RotaryMusic4Life raised almost $26,000 for music instruction at a benefit auction held on June 9. Maestro Gerard Schwartz of Seattle Symphony and SPS Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson spoke warmly for the cause. Thanks to many of Seattle's music and arts organizations that donated auction items. A partnership of SPS, the Rotary Clubs of Seattle and Northwest Youth Music Association, RotaryMusic4Life is looking for donated instruments, supplies and contributions to insure that all children have the choice to study music.
"THE GITS" DOCUMENTARY TO SCREEN AT NWFF, PRODUCER IN ATTENDANCE
Kerri O'Kane's new documentary exploring the rise and tragic fall of Seattle punk outfit The Gits will screen from July 4th through the 10th at Northwest Film Forum. Producer Jessica Bender will be in attendance for a Q&A on Thursday, July 10th. The film includes intimate live footage as well as interviews with the surviving band members in an effort to examine the mystique of the band and the mystery of front woman Mia Zapata's murder.
WIF-SPONSORED CECILIA MINIUCCHI INTERVIEWED IN FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
Cecilia Miniucchi, the filmmaker sponsored by Women in Film at last year's Seattle International Film Festival talks with Filmmaker Magazine about her upcoming feature "Expired," starring Samantha Morton and Jason Patric. Miniucchi discusses her new film, her eclectic artistic background, and the great directors who served as her mentors.
TRIBECA LAUNCHES TFI SLOAN FILMMAKER FUND
The Tribeca Film Institute recently launched the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They are now putting out a call for entries in an exciting opportunity to secure funding of up to $40,000 per project. This Fund supports compelling filmmakers (screenwriter, directors, producers) who have projects at any stage of development, production or post-production that have themes or characters broadly relevant to science, technology or mathematics.
COME TO COLUMBIA CITY FOR A BIG NIGHT OUT WITH KEVIN JOYCE!
You've seen it on TV and the web, now come in person to "Big Night Out" -- Seattle's only TV variety show. It's fun for the whole family. Enjoy food and drink, and the best local performers around on July 2nd at 8pm at the Columbia City Theater.
ARTIST TRUST RECEIVES $100,000 AWARD FROM WASHINGTON WOMEN'S FOUNDATION
Artist Trust is proud to be the recipient of the 2008 Washington Women's Foundation grant of $100,000, the highest amount WWF has ever awarded to an arts and culture organization in its 12-year history. The award will support Artist Trust's grants programs and enhance its professional development and information services for individual artists of all disciplines throughout Washington State.
THE BEND-IT EXTRAVAGANZA
A free arts festival for-and-by queer young people and their friends. This event is an alternative to mainstream Pride, a space that is free, sober, youth friendly, creative and politically progressive. Several local bands will be performing, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema is co-presenting the queer-themed film program.
COMMUNITY STRESSES ARTS IN DISTRICT'S MEETINGS ON STRATEGIC PLAN
Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee members attended all of the May community meetings convened by Seattle Public Schools to review the district's new Strategic Plan document. The Committee led the effort to draft arts goals for the previous Five-Year Plan, and set a goal to ensure that the new plan will continue to recognize the importance of access to arts for all students. As seen in the district's summary of the community input, the arts were among seven areas of concern that were raised consistently in all community meetings. These values, including arts, were acknowledged in the final draft of the plan. The School Board formally adopted the new plan, "Excellence for All," at its meeting on June 4.
FILM PRODUCED BY MUSEUM OF GLASS DOCUMENTS THE LIFE AND CAREER OF LINO TAGLIAPIETRA
The Museum of Glass presents a new documentary about the life and career of Lino Tagliapietra, the maestro from Murano who changed the face of glass art in the United States and around the world. Produced in High Definition by the Museum and Emmy-award winning producer Todd Pottinger ("Big City Dick"), the 48-minute film, "The Time of Lino" airs this Saturday, June 28th at 7:00pm on KCTS.
POV HEADS EAST
Persistence of Vision Films, headed by local filmmakers Tran Quoc Bao and Nick Risinger, is proud to announce the upcoming East Coast premiere of their short film "Bookie," which screened at SIFF earlier this month. "Bookie" will play in New York City as part of the Asian American International Film Festival on July 17th, and at the Stony Brook Film Festival in Stony Brook, NY on July 22nd.
ONE LOVE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: GLOBALISTAH
The World Music Night at Spitfire on Fridays is a one of a kind night in Seattle. Featuring African, Latin, & Caribbean music with a rotation of international DJs, World Music Night is the place to enjoy exciting international flavor.
LOCAL SHORT TO BE EXPANDED AT SUNDANCE INSTITUTE
Local filmmaker Mike Standish has been invited to participate in the Sundance Institute's Independent Producers Conference, which runs in Park City from July 31 to Aug. 3. Sundance invited Standish after reading a proposal for a feature version of his short film, "Fortune Hunters," which shot in Seattle and played at last year's SIFF. Each year the Institute picks 80 participants for the conference, which includes intensive sessions conducted by top industry professionals. Congratulations Mike!
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/16 - 6/22
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Mudhoney - Lucky Ones
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
- Head Like a Kite - There is Loud Laughter
- Brandi Carlile - Story
- Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
WASHINGTON STATE FILM OFFICE LANDS A NEW DIRECTOR
Though its survival has seemed at times uncertain in recent years, the Washington State Film Office has rebounded with a new director and plans for a second staff member soon. The state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development selected Mary Trimarco to fill the vacancy left by former Film Office Director Suzy Kellett, who left March 21. Kellett was at the office for a decade. For the past several months, Lindsey Johnson was interim manager of the office. Trimarco comes to Washington from the Western North Carolina Film Commission. Before that, she worked as a television commercial producer in Washington, D.C.
SEATTLE'S "SUMMER OF FILM"
The city of Seattle is set to enhance its reputation as THE place to make independent film this summer as no fewer than eight shoots are set to take place. Seattleites will start seeing crews and lights popping up around the city as a combination of the magnificent scenery, the talent pool and the state and city incentives lure film makers here. Amy Dee, Executive Director of WashingtonFilmWorks told Prost Amerika, "the State is already seeing the benefit of the legislation that came into effect last week. Four of those films between them will bring over $7 million into our State's economy. Film is already paying back the trust of the Washington State legislature."
WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST MUSIC LINE-UP
West Seattle Summer Fest is a free 3-day street fair (July 11th through the 13th) hosted by an organization of local area merchants, the West Seattle Junction Association. Now in its 26th year, West Seattle Summer Fest is host to dozens of bands, hundreds of merchants and artists, and over 30,000 attendees. Complete with food courts, beer gardens, and family activities, this is a true community celebration in the heart of West Seattle. The band lineup will include The Saturday Knights, Mark Pickerel, The Maldives, and many more that can be found at the link above.
ROCK ON, MR. LIEBOWITZ
Marty Liebowitz, of the Madrona Company, says he's planning a four-story building that will contain up to 30 rental units in the top floors (several for low-income tenants), office space on the second floor, eight storefronts on the street level, and eight music-practice spaces in the basement. "The rock-and-roll kids only make 10 to 20 thousand dollars a year," says Liebowitz. "So we're trying to create a scenario where they can live, a place to practice their music, and maybe a venue where they can perform." He says the musicians can't afford to live on Capitol Hill, so he's building affordable rentals and spaces for inexpensive restaurants in the Central District.
THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS ARE OUT THERE TO SHARE BEATS AND HAVE SOME FUN
The Saturday Knights, Seattle's premiere hip-hop party band, is about to experience the biggest week of its career. The Seattle music press has been salivating over the group's new album, "Mingle," ever since advance copies began arriving last winter, and kudos for the trio have recently turned up in Entertainment Weekly and MSNBC's "New Artists You Need To Know Now."
WOMEN'S LIFESTYLE TALK SHOW SEEKS ITS AUDIENCE ONLINE
WhitneyandWyatt.com is not the stuff of YouTube. It's not the shaky, hand-held-camcorder variety of videos you see there. Nor is it the stuff of TV newsmagazines. It's something in between -- but leaning more toward the quality of a TV production. This does not mean that Whitney Keyes and Wyatt Bardouille are media divas. They co-host a "TV show" on the Internet, but these former corporate executives get down and dirty with their crews. They lug around heavy equipment, write their own scripts, and set up all the interviews and shots. The appeal is simple: They're the career girls next door.
AN EVENING WITH BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT
Northwest Film Forum is hosting an evening with Bobcat Goldthwait on Tuesday July 1. Mr. Goldthwait is in town shooting the Film World's Greatest Dad and has kindly agreed to come to NWFF to introduce the Hal Ashby film The Landlord (he is a big Hal Ashby fan) at 9:30. In addition to hearing this inimitable introduction, the brain trust at Northwest Film Forum invites you to be part of a small group that has a private drink with Bobcat Goldthwait in an exclusive event at Grey Gallery on Tuesday, July 1 at 8pm.
HIGH TIMES AT HIGHLINE HIGH
This past weekend, some local high school students were more than just another brick in the wall. Local filmmaker Steve Edmiston wrapped shooting "The Day My Parents Became Cool" at Highline High School in Burien. It features more than 100 students from Highline, Federal Way and Mount Rainier high schools as extras. Filming began Friday and continued through Sunday. The 15-minute short is the story of a cosmic catastrophe that causes all adults on the planet to become "cool," adopting teen fashion and body image.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: SOME RESPONSES TO "THE MAKING OF CTHULHU"
A crewmember and an audience member respond to Grant Cogswell's article ("The Horror") about the making of his and Daniel Gildark's "Cthulhu."
NEW FACES SIGN TO LOVELESS
New Faces won Sound Off 2008 earlier this year, and their success just keeps going-the Port Townsend trio just signed to Loveless Records. Their new full-length, "Two Years," will be released on August 26th. You can see them at the Block Party on Saturday, July 26th. New Faces made a name for themselves on the Seattle music front when they were named the winners of the 2008 Sound Off! competition, the Experience Music Project's 21-and-under battle-of-the-bands.
KOMO CANCELS 'NORTHWEST AFTERNOON' AFTER 24-YEAR-RUN
KOMO/4 announced Monday that it will pull the plug on "Northwest Afternoon," the locally produced talk and entertainment show that has been on the air for nearly 24 years. A station spokesman said poor ratings are the culprit. "NWA" goes head to head in the Seattle market with "Rachael Ray" on KIRO/7 and "Dr. Phil" on KING/5. The station said on-air personalities will remain with the station "and be integrated into news and other programming."
SP20 - WHO GETS THE MONEY?
Bartlett All of the bands/artists/comedians participating in Sub Pop's various 20th anniversary revelries have agreed to play for free in the hopes of raising money to give to a number of worthwhile organizations. The money will be pooled and divided amongst everyone playing and each band/artist/comedian picks a recipient of the proceeds. Sub Pop has listed the artists and their selected charities at the link above.
BREAKING NEWS: CHOP SUEY SOLD
Chop Suey booking agent Pete Greenberg informed Seattle Weekly recently that the club has been sold to a Japanese company that also runs K's Dream, a nightclub based in Chiba City, Japan. Bookings and staff will reportedly remain the same.
CELLIST'S SSO SOLO DEBUT MAKES PARTING EVEN SADDER
It was a bittersweet moment at the Seattle Symphony Thursday night at Benaroya Hall as the orchestra and the audience began to say their farewells to the symphony's principal cellist, Joshua Roman, who was the soloist for the night. The bitterness came with the realization the orchestra is losing a fine musician after only two years in Seattle. He arrived as the youngest member of the orchestra, at 22, made a huge impression, then announced earlier this year he was leaving to pursue a solo career. The sweetness is the memory of his contributions to the city's musical life and wishes for a good future.
MEANY HALL CONCERT IS A CELEBRATION OF CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
The idea of an orchestra, a large ensemble of musicians directed to play together, is a Western concept, basically unknown in China until the middle of the 20th century. Since then, especially once the country got past the horrors of the Cultural Revolution, China has been busy creating all sorts of orchestras -- those that play Western music and those that try to be Chinese in spite of Western appearances. The Chinese Arts & Music Association, an umbrella group for several ensembles founded by Warren Chang in 1984, falls into the latter group and as such presents its annual concert Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Meany Hall.
IT'S TIME FOR SEATTLE TO GIVE BACK TO JAZZ ICON
The mortgage and housing market crisis has ensnared a lot of household names across the nation. Now we can add a Seattle music icon to the list. Jazz vocalist great Ernestine Anderson, who lives in the Central District, is in danger of losing her home, which is in foreclosure proceedings. Friends and supporters citywide are trying to raise $45,000 by a June 30 deadline to prevent the 79-year-old woman's six-bedroom family home from being auctioned.
SEATTLENOISE: THE SNAKEBITES
The Snakebites, a Seattle "garage-rock lounge band" featuring Skky Phoenix (guitar and vocals) and Starr Harris (drums and tambourine), returns to local stages after an eight-month hiatus. They blend grinding punk, twangy country and snarling surf-rock. The band lists AM radio, the 1970s, church music, lounge acts, strange towns, truck stops and small, soft animals among its influences.
HEY, REMEMBER THAT TIME WE PLAYED "EL SCORCHO" WITH WEEZER?
On Saturday evening, around 6 pm, 200 lucky Weezer fans brought instruments to the Vera Project and recorded a record with the band. For the past week, the band has been hosting their first annual "Hootenanny" tour in a few cities on the West Coast, and Saturday was Seattle's turn.
THE SHINS RELEASING NEXT ALBUM ON FRONTMAN'S LABEL
The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were released by Sub Pop. "The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," Shins manager Ian Montone tells Billboard. "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music. It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us." Says Sub Pop general manager Megan Jasper, "The Shins have been a huge part of Sub Pop's story. We'd love to continue working with them."
SOUNDS FROM THE SEATTLE UNDERGROUND - GLOBAL SEEPEJ 12TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
Seattle record label Global Seepej Records is celebrating their 12th anniversary this week with their 12th CD release: "Sounds from the Seattle Underground." The album's premise is simple: bring exposure to independent musicians in the Puget Sound area through the power of community. Seattle music lovers can get an advance copy of the CD this weekend at one of three shows. The listening party is this Thursday, June 26th at Mars Bar, and the anniversary celebration continues on Friday at The Sunset in Ballard, and Saturday at the High Dive in Fremont.
WHEN IT COMES TO NEW JOBS, SEATTLE IS THE LEADING CYBERCITY
The Seattle area added the greatest number of high-tech jobs in 2006, outpacing Boston, San Francisco and more than 50 other U.S. cities, according to the Cybercities report from the American Electronics Association.
STARBUCKS TO FURTHER DECAFFEINATE THEIR MUSIC PRESENCE
Once viewed as a potential heavyweight in the industry, Starbucks continues to scale back on their music presence, this time ridding most stores of their music retail offerings.