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SOUNDS OUTSIDE 2008
The Monktail Creative Music Concern is proud to lead a growing coalition of community sponsors and volunteers to bring you Sounds Outside 2008. The City of Seattle recently renovated Cal Anderson Park and the organizers want to ensure the park is a place of positive use, where they continue to build Seattle's community. This year's festival will take place on July 19 and August 23. Seattle leads the nation in creative and jazz music development. Concert series such as Sounds Outside keep our vibrant music scene on the cutting edge, while celebrating our creative community at large. Click on the link above for a list of the artists performing.
"I DIE DAILY" OPENS AT 911 SEATTLE MEDIA ARTS CENTER
On July 18, 911 Seattle Media Arts welcomes special effects artist and documentary filmmaker Matthew Wallin to its gallery with a video and sound installation based on his forthcoming film "I Die Daily: The Making of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle." The installation will run through August 30 and features never-before-seen footage of Matthew Barney at work on the piece that inspired the New York Times to call him "the most important artist of his generation." The film is described as the definitive document on "The Cremaster Cycle" as well as the most comprehensive study on the rise of Barney as a star in the contemporary art world.
UW EXTENSION FILM & SCREENWRITING PROGRAMS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The University of Washington Extension's Independent Filmmaking and Screenwriting Certificate Programs are now accepting applications. Programs begin in September 2008 and are designed for the aspiring filmmaker or screenwriter who wants a "hands-on" approach to writing, producing, directing and editing features, documentaries and commercials. Instructors are professional filmmakers and screenwriters. For more information, please visit these two websites or call 206-685-8936.
NWSG HOSTS PILAR ALESSANDRA, SCRIPT CONSULTANT AND DIRECTOR OF "ON THE PAGE"
Northwest Screenwriters Guild is pleased to host Pilar Alessandra, script consultant and director of "On The Page," Friday July 11th and Saturday July 12th. On Friday, July 11th from 7-9:30PM, Pilar Alessandra will sit down with NWSG President, Aadip Desai to discuss the ins and outs of screenwriting, talk about her new DVD, how to present yourself as a writer in the industry, and how to develop your career.
ARTIST TRUST'S EVENT & WORKSHOP CALENDAR
Artist Trust invites you to post your organization's events on their online Event & Workshop Calendar. Posting is free and easy and reaches thousands of artists and arts enthusiasts across Washington State.
"CINEMA ON THE LAWN" TO SUPPORT KEXP AND SIFF
South Lake Union's "Cinema on the Lawn" kicks off this year on July 11th with a screening of "Heathers" on the lawn behind the SLU Discovery Center. The festivities will include music, a Red Hook beer garden, gourmet treats from Whole Foods, a themed photobooth, movie trivia, and much more. This year's series is intended to support KEXP and the Seattle International Film Festival.
THE SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
The Seattle 48 Hour Film Project kicks off its 4th year in Seattle on Friday July 11th. Teams will be challenged with four required elements to create a 4-7 minute short film in just two days. All competing films will be screened at the Neptune Theater July 15th and 17th to a real film going audience. For more information on forming your own team, please visit the website above.
LIVE READING OF "ABILENE" AT NWFF
Local talent will be reading a new work from Seattle screenwriter Michael Raymond on July 21st at Northwest Film Forum. The piece, "Abilene," concerns a free-spirited and cynical young woman seeking redemption from a recent tragedy by confronting her three biggest fears - her new romantic interest, her mother, and herself. Virginia Bogert will direct, and the reading will be followed by a discussion.
LOCAL FILM TO OPEN AOF FILM FEST IN PASADENA
Eric Colley's locally-shot "GPS" is opening the Action On Film International Film Festival on July 25th, 2008. The thriller follows a group of adventure-seeking college students who embark on a GPS treasure hunt in the Northwest wilderness, but find themselves a part of something much darker.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/23 - 6/29
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Head Like a Kite - There is Loud Laughter
- My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
- Whore Moans - Watch Out for This Thing
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
SEATTLE FILMMAKERS REACT POSITIVELY TO MAYOR'S ARTS OFFICE 2008 GRANTS
The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced that it will award $225,000 in grants to 38 Seattle film, media, literary and visual arts projects through the CityArtist program. Among the recipients are Seattle filmmakers Lynn Shelton, Robert Lawson, Jen Marlowe, Heather Ayres, NWFF's Adam Sekuler, Shaun Scott, Chad Morris, Gabriel Miller, Salise Hughes, Britta Johnson, John Helde and Andrew Hida. More information on the projects of these filmmakers can be found here.
C'MON, AMERICA, THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS ARE A HIP-HOP MARVEL
America can't handle the Saturday Knights. In Seattle, though, we can't get enough. If we had to pick a musical mascot for the city, consensus would likely be the multi-culti trio of a certain age. Since the band's four-song EP came out in early 2007, every local publication - large, small, print, online, alt, mainstream - has lathered the band in praise. Doesn't matter if you're into hip-hop or pop or punk or funk (all of which TSK twist like balloon animals into something bright, funny and bouncy as hell) - their unabashed positivity and cool-kid smarts are disarming and dangerously infectious.
ANDERSON HOME AVOIDS FORECLOSURE
The home of Seattle jazz stylist Ernestine Anderson is no longer in danger. It was reported in a number of publications a few weeks ago that a mortgage company in California had put Anderson's home in foreclosure. The cutoff date for the $45,000 needed to bring her mortgage current was June 30. But according to Carmen Gayton, a real estate agent in charge of selling a next-door bungalow owned by Anderson, $50,000 has been raised by fans and friends and the home is no longer in foreclosure. Gayton said Grammy and Oscar award-winning musician Quincy Jones, who attended Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote the first check.
ZOOTUNES KICKS OFF THE SEASON IN A PLAYFUL MOOD
The blues doubleheader opening Woodland Park's 25th anniversary of Zootunes was as mellow as the Green Lake breeze that cooled Tuesday's sunny afternoon. "We don't want to play too loud and upset the animals," headliner Keb Mo explained. "They might start charging. And the last thing you want to do is get chewed up by a hippo." Keb's light and playful funk was a far cry from the devilish wail coming off the hellbound train of blues antiquity. It was just fine, though, for a family picnic.
Q&A: PETER BLECHA, FORMER EMP CURATOR
This week, Seattle's "Experience Music Project" marks its eighth birthday. Much has changed inside the shiny, critic-polarizing hulk since 2000-the addition of a not-exactly-related Science Fiction Museum comes to mind-but the focus is still on the "exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music." Curious about its origins and evolution, "Sound" asked local music historian, "rock archaeologist" and original EMP curator Peter Blecha how it all came together.
OUTDOOR MOVIES PERFECT FOR SUMMER NIGHTS
Presented with a range of choices of outdoor film series this summer - from programs featuring comedy classics such as "The Goonies" and "The Princess Bride" to more adult-themed horror films such as "The Shining" and "Cloverfield" - you'll have no trouble choosing a night to suit your tastes.
THE SEATTLE SOUND
In the early 90s, everyone knew the Seattle Sound. Guys with stringy hair made it, and it was really loud. Still, it wasn't the only music coming out of Seattle. Is there a Seattle Sound today? Are there several? KUOW asks about what makes a sound emerge, whether it does so organically from a musical community or if it is simply a marketing tool. Josh Powell from the Vera Project, Dana Bos of Three Imaginary Girls, Larry Mizell of The Stranger, and Tony Kiewel of Sub Pop share their views on the topic.
UNDERAGE: THE BANDS OF BEND-IT
Asked why it's important to have an all-ages queer festival amid all the chaos of Pride weekend, Bend-It Festival organizer Chris Ando says, "It's important that kids can participate in something, queer or not, so they know that it's all right to support the radicalness of being who you are." Bend-It's positive, outreach-oriented mindset makes the annual weekend of workshops and music something truly special.
MORE ON THE CHOP SUEY SALE
For the last year, Chop Suey's national booking has been handled by Neumo's co-owners/talent buyers Steven Severin and Jason Lajeunesse. In light of the news that the club has been sold to the owners of Japanese nightclub called "K's Dream," now comes the word that those booking duties will now become Pete Greenberg's responsibility and the club will once again have to compete head-to-head with Neumo's. Part of K's Dream's mission is to send Seattle bands to Japan and bring Japanese bands to Seattle as part of a cross-cultural music exchange.
FOR OLD TIME'S SAKE: GRAND ARCHIVES GO BACK TO THE FUTURE
As time passes, old methods spawn new ideas that ultimately enrich our lives. At least that's the idea. But in the modern music marketplace, today's treasure is tomorrow's garage sale. That's when a band like Grand Archives opens the door to revisiting the little simplicities forgotten along the way. Led by battle-tested frontman Mat Brooke (vocals/guitar), this quintet of Seattle music veterans released a self-titled debut earlier this year that also happens to be one of the better albums of 2008. But more than anything, Grand Archives is fun.
"MY WINNIPEG": FILMMAKER'S UPBRINGING GETS A WILDLY INVENTIVE DO-OVER
Who gets to vivisect his own childhood?" Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin, that's who. He did it once in his 2003 feature "Cowards Bend the Knee." And now he's doing it again - as both narrator and director - in this so-called "docu-fantasia."
THE LATEST ON A LOCAL FILM REMAKE, NEW WORK FROM THE LLAMAS' FARM
Hannah Levin offers a column which covers Richard Lefebvre's self-financed remake of "Calamari Union," a 1985 cult film, as well as Aviation Records founder Kerry Zettel's recent ventures.
JAZZ PIANIST DAN NIMMER SHARES THE KEY TO HIS SUCCESS
Dan Nimmer, the 26-year-old pianist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, talks about developing young jazz talent - including students at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. Nimmer, the 26-year-old pianist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform with the 15-piece group at Benaroya Hall Tuesday, under the direction of legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The show is part of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra's SummerFest program, a diverse series of music events scheduled through mid-July.
SUB POP ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR SP20
With the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary shows right around the corner, Sub Pop has announced the almost complete schedule for the shows at Marymoor.
BOP STREET RECORDS FORCED TO MOVE
Bop Street Records in Ballard is in the midst of a location change. The vinyl record store has been given a two-year deadline after Second Ascent purchased their building a few months ago.
By all accounts, Earth's most recent album should have never happened. It's good it did, because it may have saved the band's mastermind, Dylan Carlson. This year's Americana-tinged and curiously-titled "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" may also be the best album the legendary Seattle-based drone doom band has ever made.
NEW OWNERS FOR CONOR BYRNE
Conor Byrne Pub on Ballard Avenue, which two years ago found its business marred by a celebrity death match, are under new ownership. The building was quietly sold as longtime bar manager Diarmuid Cullen recently partnered up with his "Mooncalf" bandmates Pat Wellnitz and Matt Millet to assume full proprietorship.
THE EARLY DAYS OF HENDRIX, SWIL KANIM, AND MUSICAL MILESTONES
Jimi Hendrix didn't make it big until after he left Seattle. But fans and critics still debate about the influence Jimi took away from the local music scene. Peter Blecha is the author of Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond, and he recently visited KUOW to make a case for the early Hendrix recordings - songs that give a glimpse of a legend in the making.
LOCALLY SHOT "VISIONEERS" EARNS POSITIVE REVIEW
Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter calls the Seattle-shot "Visioneers" a "tender Orwellian satire" that "proves unexpectedly moving."
PONEMAN THROWS THE FIRST PITCH
Sub Pop head honcho Jonathan Poneman is scheduled to throw the first pitch at the Mariners game on July 6th.
PEARL JAM RAISES THREE MILLION AT PRIVATE SHOW
Pearl Jam packed arena-sized power into New York's 2,800-capacity Beacon Theater on Tuesday night, rattling off an eclectic 26-song set list during a private show that raised $3 million for the Robin Hood Foundation's poverty fighting initiatives. Frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, some of whom had paid $2,250 for floor-level seats, that he required a steroid shot in his posterior to get him stage-ready for the evening, the last show of a mini-U.S. tour for the Seattle band. Pearl Jam had played a 2 1/2-hour set the night before in Boston.
RHAPSODY GOES DRM FREE AND UNVEILS PARTNERSHIPS
As of today, you no longer have to use the Rhapsody application to purchase music from the company, and all of the single song downloads in its store are available as unprotected MP3s. Rhapsody's offering differs from that of Amazon MP3 because prospective buyers can preview full tracks -- up to 25 of them per month -- before deciding whether or not to purchase them on Rhapsody or one of its partner sites. The new service will roll out to Rhapsody's new partners as well, iLike, MTV Networks and Yahoo.