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NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2009 MAYOR'S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
Office of Economic Development
Beginning today, the Office of Economic Development is accepting nominations for the 2009 Mayor's Small Business Awards. The Mayor's Small Business Awards have honored the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle for more than 20 years. Over the last two decades, the awards program has recognized more than 240 small businesses, including Starbucks Coffee Company (1984), Uwajimaya (1984), Ezell's Fried Chicken (1989), the Dilettante (1990) and City People's Mercantile (1993). The deadline to submit nomination forms is Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Town Hall on October 13, 2009. For application guidelines please follow the above link.
OFFICE OF FILM + MUSIC SEEKING FALL INTERN
Office of Film + Music
The Film + Music Office will be accepting applications until July 24th for an internship position that will start in August. The position is a six month commitment and requires at least 20 hours of work per week. Prior background in film or music is not required. Candidates must have strong communication, writing, and organizational/research skills, as well as being self-motivated. As an intern you will become a member of the Film + Music team and be responsible for a host of ongoing duties as well as special projects. For more information about the position, visit the link above or contact our current interns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
BE A PART OF WASHINGTON FILMWORKS' VIRAL VIDEO!
Hero Labs in Bellevue seeks local movie/film productions to include in Washington FilmWorks' viral video. With a grant from WFW, Hero Labs will create :30 and :60 commercial spots promoting Washington State to the movie industry. Hero Labs is seeking a good variety of features, indie and commercial, music videos, advertisements, documentaries and anything that showcases local talent. If you know of an interesting production that will take advantage of one of Washington's fabulous locations, or you are on a crew you think would enjoy being featured, then please help make a connection so Hero Labs can visit your set. Productions shooting between now and August 23rd will be considered. Productions in the Seattle area will be given priority. For more information contact: Staci Bernstein email@example.com.
EMP|SFM'S LATE NIGHT EXHIBITCHIN
Experience Jim Henson's Fantastic World at EMP|SFM's Late Night Exhibitchin', Saturday, August 1 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. EMP|SFM's new afterhours dance party will feature live music, cheap drinks and super duper surprises throughout the evening and into the morning. Start the night out right, and get your inner-Muppet on for an Animal drumming competition! Drums and sticks will be provided. Dance to music by local rap-pop-rock legends The Saturday Knights, the deliciously funky Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme and wunderkind spin master DJ Electro Wolf. Jim Henson's Fantastic World is currently on display at EMP|SFM through August 16th. This limited-run exhibition, organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and Smithsonian Institution, takes a comprehensive look at the creative genius and cultural phenomenon, Jim Henson. Tickets are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com. If you are a Seattle City of Music™ friend, a special discount is available. Just enter the Ticket type: CityofMusic and Password: seattlerocks, for an awesome discount.
DOWNTOWNSEATTLE.COM PUTS SUMMER IN THE CITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Summertime is heating up in Downtown Seattle and starting July 1st, DowntownSeattle.com is the only place to get in on all of the action. With information on hot merchant deals, a calendar of all of Downtown's great summer events, transportation assistance, and exciting details about the 30th year of the popular Out to Lunch Concert Series, DowntownSeattle.com is the portal to the perfect Downtown summer experience.
2009 ALL CITY TEEN DANCE
All City Teen Dance
On Thursday, July 16th, youth from around the city will converge for Seattle's first All City Teen Dance. This free event at the Showbox Sodo is made possible with support from AEG Live and the City of Seattle as a gesture of support for the teens in the community who are tired of the violence and the petty issues that are dividing the community. To receive a free ticket to the event, each youth must be sponsored by an adult that is not a family member, must fill out a contact card, and must sign a pledge statement as a commitment to a peaceful and violence free summer in Seattle. Application forms for tickets are available at the All City Teen Dance website, Community Centers across the city, and other community-based organizations such as the Rotary Boys and Girls Club.
A SUMMER OF MUSIC
There's something special about summer in the Northwest. It's not just the sun and the breezy, warm evenings. Summer's also the time of fresh cords and cool licks. From Bumbershoot to the Capitol Hill Block Party, the summer music scene is hot indeed. This Friday, KUOW's Weekday show will feature a panel of music geeks to tell Seattle about their favorite music of the summer. Guests will include Josh Powell, program director at the Vera Project, Liz Riley, co-founder and editor of Three Imaginary Girls, and Larry Mizell, member of the local hip hop group Cancer Rising. Tune in Friday July 17th, 9:00 to 10:00 am.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2009 SPOTLIGHT AWARD
IFP/Seattle is now accepting applications for our 2009 Spotlight Award program. The Spotlight Award grants a filmmaker thousands of dollars of in-kind goods and services to make a short film. The application is designed to challenge filmmakers to produce a comprehensive and compelling film package that includes a script, breakdown, budget and marketing strategy. The goal of the Spotlight Award is to highlight up-and-coming local talent, giving them the tools to create a professional short film to act as a "calling card" to help jumpstart their filmmaking career. The winning project shall be selected based on strength of the script, artistic content and overall feasibility of completion. Applications are due August 5th.
DOPE EMPORIUM ANNOUNCES FREE ROOFTOP CONCERT
The Dope Emporium, Seattle's only Hip Hop Festival operated by the Seattle Hip Hop Community, in conjunction with Spoons Urban Apparel and Town Entertainment, will host a free rooftop concert that showcases Seattle's most talented and committed artists. The concert will take place on the roof of Spoons Urban Apparel, July 25th. Performances will feature Steelo, Inkubiz, Suntonio Bandanaz, DJ's Luvva J and Peg, Orbitron, M-Famous, 80P and DJ Gumbaeux.
CRY'S CALL FOR FILM ENTRIES
CRY America Seattle Action Center & Tasveer present "My Vision and Dream for Children" - a short film competition. Illiteracy, child labor, malnutrition, preventable diseases, gender discrimination and child abuse are injustices faced by millions of children on a daily basis. CRY America believes in a just world where all children - regardless of gender, class, caste, faith, color, race, physical and mental ability - have an equal opportunity to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. Participate in CRY America's 'My Vision and Dream for Children' campaign - tell them what your vision/dream is for children. Deadline for submissions is September 16th, 2009. The winning entries will be shown at the International South Asian Film Festival organized by Tasveer in October. For competition details and rules visit their website.
KBCS MUSIC DIRECTOR POSITION OPENING
KBCS 91.3FM is a listener supported radio station serving the Seattle Metro market. KBCS is licensed as a public service to Bellevue College , but is not a typical student station. KBCS programming is a mix of locally produced music shows focusing on Americana, International, Jazz and conscious Hip Hop. This newly created full time position will work closely with each music programmer and the Program Director to develop music programming unique to the Seattle area. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person with a broad musical background to work with a station with tremendous potential and a rich history of programs featuring Americana, Folk, Jazz, and International. Initial review of applications begins July 29th and first consideration will be given to those applications received by that date. For more details and the application process, visit the link provided.
YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS RETURN AT ROBYN HITCHCOCK'S URGING
Wouldn't it be great if you could just ring up your favorite band, the one that hasn't made a record in eight years, and say, "C'mon, we're going in the studio!"? You can if you are Robyn Hitchock and the band is the Young Fresh Fellows. The Seattle combo's Hitchcock-produced album, 'I Think This Is,' hit stores last week. College/indie heroes in the late '80s and early '90s, the Young Fresh Fellows are, as Hitchcock's tells Spinner, "a great, really great, American band. Up there with Sonic Youth and The E Street Band."
FIRST ANNUAL HOT ROD MONSTERS FILM FESTIVAL
911 media presents two nights of zombies, choppers, monsters & hot rods! Sponsored by Go-Kustom Rekords & Films, the Hot Rod Monsters Film Festival is creating an independent platform to connect Hot Rod, B-Movie, Kustom Kulture Documentary, Campy Horror and Sci-Fi Themed Film Makers with an appreciative audience. HRMFF carefully selects the best of the best in regards to shorts, features, animations, documentaries and music videos in this newly emerging Kustom Kulture Genre. Screening will be on Saturday July 18th & Sunday July 19th at the 911 Media Arts Center.
SEATTLE WEEKLY SEEKS REVERB INTERN
Seattle Weekly is seeking hard-working and enthusiastic promotions interns for Fall/Winter 2009. Interns may look forward to assisting the promotions manager with the planning and production of the REVERB music festival, as well as experiencing the ins and outs of working at a highly respected Seattle institution. Interns will be chosen based on experience, potential, enthusiasm, and, in many cases, familiarity with Seattle and/or the Northwest. This is an unpaid internship and is for class credit only. Please send resume and cover letter, including why you'd like to intern at Seattle Weekly, to Debbie Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIRLS ROCK! SEATTLE SHOWCASE AT THE VERA PROJECT
Girls Rock! Seattle will hold their first-ever showcase of camper bands at The Vera Project on July 25th. The showcase is at 3:00 pm, and all ages with a $10 admission. The Girls Rock! Seattle camper showcase concludes a week of rock n' roll summer camp for girls ages 9-16. While the showcase is at The Vera Project on July 25th, camp takes place at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center July 20th-24th. During the course of one week, girls learn to sing or play guitar, bass or drums, they form bands and they write an original song together. The showcase is the culmination of a week's worth of music-making, DIY workshops and confidence-building activities. It will undoubtedly be an emotional and entertaining event not to miss. For tickets and more information, please visit the Girls Rock! website.
LOCAL ARTIST SOUGHT TO DESIGN TRAFFIC SIGNAL DECALS
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seek a neighborhood artist to design artwork for metal traffic signal boxes at intersections in the Central District, Judkins Park and Squire Park neighborhoods. The selected artist will create two to three designs for reflective decals the city will place on traffic signal control boxes in the neighborhood. There are no set themes, however, images relating to the history and culture of the neighborhood and to traffic safety, pedestrians and bicycle riders are encouraged. The artist will receive $2,000 for their designs. To be considered, local artists must submit an application by 5 p.m., Friday, July 24th. Application guidelines are available on the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Web site.
LAYNE STALEY: EIGHTH ANNUAL TRIBUTE & BENEFIT CONCERT
Road Runner Records
Live's Ed Kowalczyk and Second Coming have been confirmed for the eighth annual Layne Staley Tribute & Benefit Concert, set to take place on August 22nd, 2009 at Showbox at the Market. Every year in mid-August, Layne Staley Fund celebrates Layne's birthday by putting on its annual tribute and benefit concert. The tribute team takes extra care to create a close, personal experience that shares its love of Layne and its message of hope to everyone by having special guests and surprises throughout the evening. Raffles, a silent auction, and the merchandise booth will debut the official Layne Staley Fund tribute poster, t-shirt and calendar designed especially for the tribute year. Proceeds from the tribute, merchandise sales, raffles, and donations go toward funding heroin recovery in the Seattle music community. For more information on the concert and donation, visit the Road Runner Records website.
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S SIMONE PORTER PART OF BRITISH SERIES
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's violinist Simone Porter is one of five musicians featured in a three-part series entitled "The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies" on Britain's Channel 4 Television station broadcasted on June 8th. The series follows Alex Prior, 16-year-old prodigy composer-conductor as he travels across three continents seeking gifted musicians even younger than himself. It culminates at The Sage in Newcastle, England on April 2009 with Alex conducting his final four choices in the concert, each playing the first movement of a concerto and then the premiere of Alex's "Velesslavitsa," a concerto composed to showcase his discoveries - the 10-year-old pianist Zhang ("Jack") Xiaoming from Shanghai, and three American string-players, the violinists Simone Porter and Michael Province, 12 and 13, and the 15-year-old cellist Nathan Chan, all joined by the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra.
SOUTH LAKE UNION SUMMER CONCERTS
What could be better than enjoying live local music on a sun-drenched summer afternoon against the backdrop of Space Needle views - for free? Throughout July and August, the inaugural SLU Summer Concerts at 2200 Series will feature an eclectic mix of live music performances spanning jazz, funk, rock and more brought to you by Cornish College of the Arts. The concerts will feature the Cornish Jazz Faculty Group, Byron Vannoy's Meridian, McTuff and Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto. The fun begins on July 17th and continues on 3 other Fridays in the Upper Plaza at 2200 at 11:45 am. Visit the website for more details including dates and times!
FREE PARKING OUT ON DVD
Local director Laura Cronin just released her film Free Parking on DVD through Indie Flix this week. The subtle difference between sibling love and strife are explored in this poignant story of two young sisters. The story takes place in the 1970's and was filmed in Monroe and Whidbey Island with a local crew featuring Seattle DP Ryan Purcell.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/9 - 7/13
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Young Fresh Fellows "I Think This Is"
- The Gossip "Music For Men"
- The Minus 5 "Killingsworth"
- Tiny Vipers "Life on Earth"
- Maktub "Five"
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Builders & the Butchers "Salvation is a Deep Dark Well"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Shabazz Palaces "Of Light"
NO DEPRESSION RECAP
Ear Candy Beat
The No Depression Festival made its case as one of the best festivals of the summer this past Saturday at Marymoor Park, and this is only its first year. The daylong rootsy Americana fest provided the perfect soundtrack for a beautiful day in Redmond. Highlights included the psychedelic alt. country of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, the Seattle Roots Music All-Stars (featuring Kristen Ward, Star Anna, Mark Pickerel, 1/3 of The Maldives, Serah Cahoone, members of North Twin and a few others), Justin Townes Earle and many more.
TWO NEW DJ NIGHTS LAUNCHING AT TRIPLE DOOR
The Triple Door's Musicquarium Lounge will host two new monthly DJ nights starting July 15th. Back to Ours debuts that night (and will happen every second Wednesday), showcasing the upper crust of Seattle Dj's and tastemakers in a rare opportunity to hear what they listen to when they aren't rockin the club! Deep-sea crate diving will be the name of the game and genre is no obstacle: rare groove, soul, classic electronic, new-wave, hip-hop, ambient, rock, pop and just about anything in between. The other new monthly event is called 125, beginning July 25th and continuing every fourth Wednesday of the month. 125 Wednesdays is built on the premise that mid-tempo electronic music leads a vagabond existence in Seattle, without a shelter to call home. Thus, 125 is committed to furnishing a permanent nest to sophisticated electronic textures that you won't find at regular local club events.
SPY AND THE SPARROW IN HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The Hollywood Reporter
Garrett Bennett's Spy And The Sparrow which premiered at SIFF this year is being praised by the Hollywood Reporter as, "an engrossing, superbly acted movie that will please audiences who manage to catch it." Reviewer Stephen Farber says, "Director Garrett Bennett builds considerable suspense while also doing justice to the tortured human drama, and Julio Ribeyro's cinematography is first-rate. One scene in which a drunken Josephine smashes her car into a power line that causes all of Seattle -- including the Space Needle -- to go dark is an amusing tour de force. The film's technical achievements are impressive, but the more crucial accomplishment is the insight into all of the characters in this densely layered mosaic."
TRENT REZNOR OFFERS ADVICE FOR UP AND COMING ARTISTS ON HIS BLOG
This post on Trent Reznor's NIN blog is a must read from an artist who wants to re-write the rules of modern music marketing. Check out the invaluable advice he gives to any artist looking build their fan base and establish themselves in the ever evolving music industry.