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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
Office of Film + Music
The monthly Happy Hour networking event is more popular than ever, and if you haven't made it to our new location at the Barca Lounge, tonight is the perfect opportunity! Happy Hour is tonight, Wednesday July 29th, so we hope you can make it! Barca will be open exclusively for this event from 5:00 - 7:00pm, and will provide happy hour food and drink specials. Barca is located at 1510 11th Ave between Pike Street and Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Hope to see you there!
12 LOCAL MUSIC MP3'S COMPLIMENTS OF THE CITY OF MUSIC
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Seattle is the City of Music™ and we appreciate your support. Please enjoy 12 local music MP3's from Seattle Presents Volume Three - a local music sampler featuring artists performing live at City Hall. This code is just for you, but friends and family can get their own free download card at the Seattle Presents free outdoor concerts. We look forward to soaking up the music and sun with you this summer at City Hall! REDEMPTION WEBSITE: www.dropcards.com/seattlepresents ACCESS CODE: 65SXCGRPN2
SUMMER NIGHTS MEAN FREE MOVIES AND MUSIC
Take advantage of the warm summer nights with free outdoor movies and concerts on Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre lawn. Here's what's in store in August. Picnic by moonlight and enjoy favorite flicks, from the romantic, fairy tale comedy The Princess Bride to the film version of the hit Broadway musical about 1950s teen angst, Grease. Movies at the Mural begin at 9:00 pm. Also, Seattle Center teams up with KEXP to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of all-ages shows featuring favorite acts on the local independent music scene. Concerts are Fridays, 6 to 8:00 pm. The KEXP BBQ, Saturday, Aug. 8th, will feature bands from 2:00 to 9:00 pm. The lineup includes experimental folk rock band Blitzen Trapper, indie rock band The Dodos, and hip-hop artists Dyme Def and Fresh Espresso. For complete film or concert listings please visit the above link.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
CITY INVESTS $225,000 IN YOUTH ARTS TRAINING
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Fifteen high school students will create a public artwork from recycled materials at Jimi Hendrix Park next summer, thanks in part to a $3,208 city youth arts grant awarded to the Northwest African American Museum. A $10,000 award will allow 12 youth with critical health needs to create audio stories at Jack Straw Productions. And a $2,000 grant will help expose three dozen young people to Haida tribal traditions, including lessons in carving a canoe at the Center for Wooden Boats. The grants are part of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs annual Youth Arts program, which awarded $225,000 to 36 youth arts programs that provide arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth. Youth Arts provides up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead training programs in all arts disciplines, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.
WEEKLY MUSIC MENU
Down Town Summer
The Metropolitan Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Seattle Association is proud to present the 30th anniversary of the Out To Lunch Concert Series. This series is free to the public and features an array of genres ranging from Jazz and Soul to Country and Folk, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
July 31st- The Dusty 45s (Americana, Swing, Rockabilly) @ the Harbor Steps
August 5th- Opera per tutto (Opera) @ Two Union Square
THE CAROUSEL FILM FESTIVAL NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Carousel Film Festival
The Carousel Festival is an all-ages, three-day event celebrating the Northwest DIY creative community as a whole. Carousel Festival features 35-40 regional bands, film, workshops, and other arts, hosted at DIY spaces. The festival's mission is to bring together the creative forces of Seattle, and bridge gaps in the film and music community. This year, all proceeds will go to Urban Rest Stop and Hollow Earth Radio. The Carousel Festival is now accepting entries for the film portion of the festival which will take place at Gallery 1412 from August 28th to the 30th.
HIP HOP CONGRESS 2009 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Hip Hop Festival
Wednesday July 28th marks the opening event for Hip Hop Congress's 8th annual National Conference. The conference will focus on solution-based skill and network building to create sustainable social and economic progress for the Hip Hop generation. In the spirit of coalition building and community support, Hip Hop Congress has partnered with such groups as the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, Dope Emporium, Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council, 206 Zulu, SportnLife, and many more. The conference workshops will be hosted at various locations in the Central District of Seattle. Through trainings, film screenings, and workshops ranging from "Marketing in the Digital Age" to "Hip Hop and Healthcare," the conference will provide tools for artists and entrepreneurs to strengthen their knowledge on the independent Hip Hop industry, as well as provide strategies for using Hip Hop as a platform for human rights advocacy, education, community organizing, and youth leadership. The kick off celebration will be this evening at Waid's on 12th & Jefferson at 6:00 pm. For more information on workshop registration and support, visit the website.
THREE DAYS OF FILM & POETRY AT THE HENRY ART GALLERY
In association with the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Wave Books is organizing and hosting three days of poetry, August 14th through 16th, featuring film screenings, a book arts presentation, art exhibitions, local bookstore discounts, and readings by Wave's stable of contemporary poets. Each afternoon, rare footage from the San Francisco State University Poetry Archive will be playing in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium. This footage has been expertly reproduced: black and white, few edits, no splicing or second takes. Most of the footage comes from the National Educational Television Outtake Series, produced from 1965-1966. The schedule of films is available on the festival website.
EMP|SFM CELEBRATES A WEEK OF WOODSTOCK
Dust off those tie-dye shirts and visit EMP|SFM for a week of Woodstock remembrance! During August 17th - 23rd, 2009, EMP|SFM will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the preeminent music and art festival. A $3 admission discount will be given to visitors who don tie-dye apparel. Throughout the week, memorable Woodstock performances will play on the hour in Sky Church featuring Jimi Hendrix, Santana and others. In addition, Woodstock artifacts related to Jimi Hendrix will be on display as well as concert memorabilia. Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd, EMP|SFM will screen Woodstock in the JBL Theater. Directed by Michael Wadleigh and edited by a young Martin Scorsese, Woodstock is a landmark concert film that offers an intimate look at the three-day festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969.
DUCK DOWN SIGNS BLUE SCHOLARS
Walking away from numerous record label offers, Blue Scholars will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership formed with Duck Down Records, and Seattle's Caffe Vita Coffee Co. On August 25th, 2009 Blue Scholars will release "OOF!" their newest collaborative multi-media project and the first release to be distributed through their new venture. The sales and distribution model developed by the group for their upcoming releases will allow them to maintain complete ownership of their music and total control over how it is marketed, sold, and even given away. Instead of signing a standard artist/record label deal, Blue Scholars hired the label Duck Down to run point on marketing for all of their upcoming releases. As a major player in the current and ever-changing record label industry, Duck Down Records saw this deal as an opportunity to get creative and experiment with strategies for record labels to continue evolving as viable businesses
NWFF'S DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE: ALEXANDER OLCH
Northwest Film Forum
What do you call a documentary composed of elements of somebody else's unfinished diary film? Homage? Portrait? Assemblage? Case study? The Northwest Film Forum will be hosting a discussion this Friday and Saturday with Alexander Olch, director of the late Richard Rogers' autobiography. Richard Rogers was a first-rate independent director and a gifted film teacher. But he was also a tortured neurotic soul torn between narrow class loyalties and broader professional goals and political values. Though Rogers found the time to juggle multiple relationships with the skill of a world-class Lothario, he was unable to complete an autobiographical film he had worked on for 25 years. His former student Alexander Olch brings together the material left after Rogers' death to create The Windmill Movie. This presentation will be shown along with Richard Rogers' first film, Quarry.
IF... WOMEN'S PRISON PROJECT
The IF Project
The IF Project is a documentary that features Inmates at the Washington Corrections Center For Women, who answer a question posed by Detective Kim Bogucki, "If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?" The inmates' hope and belief is that through their voices and writings, a documentary, interactive website and class presentations will be created to reach and educate both youth and adults. The IF project organization will be hosting a trailer screening and fundraiser this Thursday at the Watertown Café from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
NFFTY FILMS AT SEATTLE CENTER MOVIES AT THE MURAL
See short youth-made films from the 2009 National Film Festival for Talented Youth! Films play prior to the feature presentations at Seattle Center Movies at the Mural running every week in August starting this Saturday!
SOUTH LAKE UNION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Discover South Lake Union
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 next free summer concert is this Friday, July 31st at 11:45 am and will feature Byron Vannoy's Meridian, a local jazz fusion group featuring drummer Byron Vannoy and several other talented artists. This concert will be held at the Upper Plaza at 2200, corner of Westlake Ave. and Denny Way, above Whole Foods Market.
NEW LOCAL MUSIC MIX ON CITY PHONE LINES
Seattle OnHold features a new diverse music mix, including nu-jazz from The Pegues Project, an original clarinet/piano duo performed by Florie Rothenberg, soulful pop/rock by Alyse Black , and smooth R&B from Toni Hill. OnHold plays a rotation of music by Seattle artists when callers to the city are placed on hold. Listen to a free podcast of the new OnHold mix at their website. The OnHold music mix changes four times a year. Have a favorite local band you think should be featured? Drop Seattle OnHold a line!
AUGUST CITY HALL CONCERT BILL
Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Enjoy some fresh air, summer sun and free music on the City Hall plaza, Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., through Sept. 17th. This August check out smooth R&B from Toni Hill, Lindy Hop and Tap from the Century Ballroom and the sensational and zany a capella from The Bobs. For a complete Seattle Presents lineup, check out their website!
LOCAL RECORD LABELS' DOUGHNUT EATING CONTEST
The 3rd annual Doughnut Eating Contest is this Saturday August 1st at the downtown Top Pot! Sub Pop, along with a few other Seattle Record Labels will be there, as well as fans of competitive eating. One record label representative will be teamed with a volunteer from the crowd for a tag-team take on the contest. The participating labels include Sub Pop, Barsuk, Hardly Art, Suicide Squeeze and Light In The Attic. Come down and cheer your favorite local label and enjoy live entertainment provided by the Unnatural Helpers and live DJ's!
LIVE MUSIC AT THE CENTRAL CINEMA
Come Down to Central Cinema, where you can eat, drink, watch a great local short film, and be broadcast LIVE on the web. Three cameras will be on hand (plus one "Twitter" dedicated cam) catching the live bands, DJ's, Films, and live interviews being instantly uploaded, where you can immediately link to your Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, etc. STIFF showcases a feature film prior to the main event, so if you want great indy features, catch the flick, then join Central Cinema after for some great live entertainment and a live satellite upload of the proceedings!
SEATTLE BUG SAFARI FUNDRAISER FILM PROJECT
The Seattle Bug Safari will sponsor a Bug Safari Party on August 15th, 2009 to raise funds for LolitaMoon Productions' upcoming film project Esperanza, Wing Thief, Flutterby, a short film about a young girl that encounters a parallel world while on an insect hunt. Tickets may be purchased at the Seattle Bug Safari on the day of the event. Three percent of total funding raised during the event will benefit the non-profit organization, Center for Biological Diversity, which works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Local companies will offer free stuff for kids and all who attend.
STAR WARS: IN CONCERT
Star Wars: In Concert is a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores. Narrated live by Anthony Daniels (the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films), the production features a full symphony orchestra and chorus, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen - one of the largest ever put on tour. The live music and film elements are synchronized in order to create a full, multi-media, one-of-kind Star Wars experience.
AUDIOSOCKET PRESENTS: OFF THE STAGE
Audiosocket presents the first round of artist forum sessions organized around the question: What is a Performing Rights Organization? PRO's can be confusing. Learn, listen and network with fellow artists in the music community. Audiosocket's featured guest speaker is music industry veteran, David Brewster. David Brewster has spent the bulk of his career in the entertainment industry. Most recently as Director of Hear Music at Starbucks and SVP of Creative Services at PlayNetwork, where he lead innovations in business development, branded music experiences and licensing. This event will be hosted at the Elliott Bay Cafe located at 101 S Main Street.
UW EXTENSION FILM & SCREENWRITING PROGRAMS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
University of Washington
The University of Washington Extension's Independent Filmmaking and Screenwriting Certificate Programs are now accepting applications. Programs begin in early October 2009 and are designed for the aspiringfilmmaker 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 the website.
WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
Washington Blues Society
Join the Washington Blues society and the New Orleans Creole Restaurant for the kick off of the International Blues Challenge. This competition will send local winners to compete in Memphis. The event begins August 9th with the solo/ duo competition and will feature performances by Mark Riley, Craig Dye & Bruce Lang, Peter Spencer, Sam Marshall, Nick Vigarino, and Mia Vermillion & Orville Johnson.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 7/20 - 7/27
Seattle Office of Film + Music
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Tiny Vipers "Life on Earth"
- Fresh Espresso "Glamour"
- Maldives "Tequila/Someday EP"
- Neko Case "Middle Cyclone"
- Pearl Jam "Live From Easy Street"
- Raggedy Anns "Raggedy Anns"
- Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
- Shane Tutmarc "Shouting at a Silent Sky"
- Shankbone "Shankbone"
- Fresh Espresso "Fresh Espresso"
NPR ASKS THE POSIES: HOW DO BANDS MAKE MONEY NOW?
The Posies' members were barely out of their teens when they got a major-label record deal and saw their power-pop records storm commercial radio. But that was 15 years ago, and they've been absent from the airwaves for a while now. Still, they've managed to continue making a living with music, even through fluctuations in the industry and in their own careers. To read the full profile check out the above link.
THE FOUR BEST SEATTLE BANDS YOU DON'T KNOW
SPIN magazine visited Capitol Hill Block Party last weekend and identified four Seattle bands to look out for: They Live!, Wild Orchid Children, Past Lives and the Moondoggies. To read the full profile, check out the above link.
SEATTLE BREAK DANCERS TO STAR ON 'AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW'
Seattle's just cranking out reality contestants lately. We've had a teen trio and a singing radiologist on "America's Got Talent." Now Seattle break-dancing troupe Massive Monkees is taking its act to MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." The group will appear on Season 4 of the popular reality contest when it premieres Aug. 9th. The group gave a shout-out to Seattle in its audition clip. "The mayor supports us. People all over the community support us," one of the dancers said. "A big thing that I want to do is represent the city and give thanks for all the support we always get," said another.
LARRY MIZELL HOSTING KEXP'S STREET SOUNDS
The Stranger's Larry Mizell Jr. has taken over hosting KEXP's Street Sounds. He hosted his first show Sunday night, and you can listen to it here.
BUSINESSES USING MUSIC TO DETER CRIME AND LOITERING
The classical music blaring from speakers mounted on the light posts in a Rainier Beach parking lot keeps Richelle Reason walking. She never stops to hear the next song in the storefront symphony. "It's kind of annoying," she said of the music in the Saar's Market Place parking lot on South Henderson Street. That's exactly the point. The market started using classical music about three years ago to repel loiterers and vandals from their buildings. Dr. Daniel Levitin, professor of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, and author of "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession," said that musical mind games such as this are similar to the way department stores using different genres in each department attract diverse demographics. But Levitin cautioned about being elitist or ethnocentric in linking good behavior with classical music and other fine arts. "I think hip-hop or R&B or heavy metal, in the right circumstances, can make someone feel kind, sensitive or inspired," he said.