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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE SEATTLE CHANNEL
The Seattle Channel and the Department of Information Technology have openings for a "Communication, Marketing & Outreach Liaison" and a "Video Specialist." See the link above for more information.
SEE NFFTY FILMS THIS SUMMER
Have you been craving for all your favorite films you saw at NFFTY 08? Did you miss the festival entirely? Well you're in luck! NFFTY has partnered with the Seattle Center and Sidewalk Cinema to screen a different youth-made film from NFFTY prior to all their fantastic outdoor movies this summer! All screenings are free and should provide a fun night for film lovers of all ages.
THIRD ANNUAL SEATTLE BIKE-IN
Northwest Film forum teams up with Sustainable Capitol Hill to bring you this year's Seattle Bike-In on Sunday July 20th at 4pm. Entering its third year of supporting alternative transportation in the city, this year's partnership includes an all day event called Imagine Capitol Hill, where Sustainable Capitol Hill and its partners provide information and entertainment about sustainability issues facing Capitol Hill residents. Imagine Capitol Hill takes place at the Broadway Farmers market and is followed by a bicycle parade to Cal Anderson Park for music and movies! Music begins at 4, movies at dusk.
EXTRAS WANTED FOR DANCE CLUB SCENE
Pound pictures is looking for extras of any gender for a "ladies' night" scene in Laura Jean Cronin's short film "One Night." The shoot will be on Sunday July 13th from 12pm until the late afternoon at The Mercury (1009 E Union). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FTAC WANTS CONGRESS TO STOP THE OUTSOURCING OF FILM JOBS
The Film and Television Action Committee is asking you to send a letter to Congress, voicing your feelings regarding the outsourcing of film jobs to Canada. See the link above for more information.
SUB POP'S FUN-FILLED 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
Sub Pop Records gives a thorough briefing of the events happening during the coming anniversary extravaganza weekend.
SABJ MEDIA ACCESS WORKSHOP FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
On Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists will host a workshop in the Communications Building of the University of Washington. This event has been customized for Arts & Culture Organizations. This is a small, hands-on laboratory for individuals and organizations that can benefit from assistance in increasing the odds of getting their stories told. Featured speakers will include Kevin Henry ("Life Talk"), Jeffrey Hirsh (City Arts Magazine), Deborah Horne ("In Color") Vivian Phillips (Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center), and Raina Wagner (Seattle Times).
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday July 10th - Tennis Pro at Occidental Square
Friday July 11th - Eilen Jewell at Occidental Square
Tuesday July 15th - Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands at Westlake Park
Wednesday July 16th - Michael Powers at Westlake Park
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 the link above for locations closest to you!
The Out to Lunch Concert Series continues this week with the following artists:
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 6/30 - 7/6
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- Head Like a Kite - There is Loud Laughter
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ACQUIRES LIMITED RIGHTS FOR "LA FRANCE"
Northwest Film Forum has acquired limited rights to Serge Bozon's "La France", winner of the prestigious Jean Vigo Award. Bozon's new film is a World War I-set musical that has eluded US distribution since its premiere at Cannes Film Fest Directors' Fortnight last year. In a unique new model of film releasing, NWFF will take the film to ten North American cinemas beginning July 12, 2008, kicking off with a one week run at Anthology Film Archives in New York on July 12 and reaching Seattle on September 5th. "The tour was predicated on the lack of theatrical release for what many non-profit cinemas see as a commercially viable film," said NWFF program director Adam Sekuler, who negotiated the acquisition.
GRAND HALLWAY SHINES AT THE TRACTOR
The eight members of Grand Hallway played a stirring set of their intricately beautiful orchestral pop on Tuesday the 2nd at Tractor Tavern. In only seven songs, Grand Hallway managed to fit in tracks both old and new, opening with "Pearrygin" from their 2008 EP "We Flew Ephemera." Stand-out songs from their 2007 full-length "Yes Is The Answer" drew excited murmurs from the crowd.
ON THE SET WITH LYNN SHELTON
Kathy Fennessy at SIFFBlog recently had the opportunity to visit the set of Lynn Shelton's new feature "Humpday," which stars Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project") and Mark Duplass (co-director of "Baghead") in a story of "male bonding taken too far."
SEATTLE SYMPHONY PROGRAMS BRING KIDS, MUSIC TOGETHER
The Seattle Symphony offers programs designed to develop music appreciation and skills in children. One way the symphony reaches out to kids is through pure entertainment, says Tom Philion, SSO's executive director. Another is through education on various levels. There are also offerings aimed at cultivating future symphony audiences.
OLD MEN RIVER
Local rock legends Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm, Alex Vincent, Steve Turner, and Bruce Fairweather reunite their long-defunct rock band Green River for a hotly anticipated one-off, in celebration of Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary. "We've practiced twice," says Fairweather. "The last time was about six weeks ago. Then 25 years ago before that-no, 21 years!"
FREE LUNCHTIME AND AFTER-HOURS CONCERTS OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
A beloved local tradition, "Out to Lunch" is the Downtown Seattle Association's annual summer series of free music events. Its shows run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at various locations. They're an opportunity to get out of the office, enjoy lunch in the sun and share a good time with co-workers, fellow music-lovers, tourists and passers-by. The concert series, which starts Monday and continues through Aug. 22, boasts a strong, eclectic lineup of local stars, including "American Idol" finalist Blake Lewis, playing Aug. 19 at Westlake Park. Other Out to Lunch favorites include jazz pianist Deems Tsutakawa, guitarist Michael Powers, gospel legend Pat Wright, rock singer Carrie Akre and jazz vocalist Greta Matassa.
FOLLOW THE WEB TO AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Seattle bands, this is your chance to grab the spotlight. The popular "Austin City Limits Music Festival," which annually showcases more than a hundred bands of all genres, is holding an online band contest called the "Sound and the Jury." Bands are invited to compete for national exposure, prizes and a chance to star on the Dell Stage of the September festival. Now through Aug. 22, bands can upload their music onto the contest site.
MUDHONEY DEFINED GRUNGE
Krist Novoselic sheds light on the background of Mudhoney, a band which defined the term Grunge by "conjuring the Stooges wrapped in the sensibilities of American Hardcore of the early 1980s."
FLEET FOXES: STUNNING AND HUMBLE
From the moment they took the stage at Washington, DC's "Black Cat," Fleet Foxes seemed surprised by all the attention. The members of Fleet Foxes like to say they're not much of a rock band, but they are one of the year's breakout acts. The group's debut has earned universal acclaim for its timeless mix of folk, choral and rock. It's both a revival and a reinvention of roots music, with inspired attention given to melody and harmony.
BRENDAN FRASER LAYS OUT THE 12 STEPS TO AN ACTION MOVIE'S SUCCESS
In the next month, moviegoers will have a double-shot of Fraser, who graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in 1990 and interned at Intiman Theatre before becoming a movie star. The actor gives us the twelve rules that make a successful family adventure movie.
DISREGARD THE NAME: NATALIE PORTMAN'S SHAVED HEAD IS A GLISTENING PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head releases their debut album "Glistening Pleasure" next Tuesday, July 15th. From the first track "Me + Yr Daughter" to the short "Sophisticated Side Ponytail," their music will make you dance. There will be a CD release show at Easy Street Records on the 15th, and they will also be performing at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 25h on the Vera Stage.
INTERVIEW: BRUCE PAVITT AND JONATHAN PONEMAN
Sub Pop were not the first independent record label, but they were the first to deal with so much success so quickly-- and its aftermath. But despite having to grow up with the whole world watching, they've endured to enjoy more success than ever after 20 years. The two music fans who started it, Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, both offer their own candid take on the label's history and present state.
CHAMBER-MUSIC CONCERT: LOOKING IS OPTIONAL
Sumi Hahn reviews the opening night performance of Seattle Chamber Music Society's 27th Summer Festival, saying that violinist Stefan Jackiw "possesses supernova star quality, something that cannot be easily dimmed for a chamber-music setting." She adds that "the Brahms Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor ended this wonderfully entertaining evening with a bravura flourish. Violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist David Harding, cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Jeremy Denk created a model chamber performance, beautifully muscular and controlled like one sinuous beast.
IT'S AMERICAN BRANDSTAND: MARKETERS UNDERWRITE PERFORMERS
The hip-hop and R&B producer Jermaine Dupri has discovered best-selling acts like Kris Kross and Da Brat, has produced hits for Mariah Carey and Jay-Z, and now runs the urban music division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. He's also looking for fresh talent for a new label financed by a company new to the music industry: Procter & Gamble. The consumer goods giant is part of a wave of companies getting into the music business to promote their own products, essentially becoming record labels themselves.
LISTENING POST'S TOP 10 HOTTEST MUSIC SITES
Change is the only constant in the music business, and that goes double for the digital music business. Wired.com has assembled a list of the 10 hottest digital music websites on the internet today. Criteria were simple and admittedly subjective: Sites were chosen based not only on what they currently do for music fans, but also on their potential to impact the future development of the music industry.