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MAYOR NICKELS, SUB POP FOUNDERS IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Mayor Greg Nickels recently appeared with Sub Pop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in the August 2nd issue of Billboard Magazine. They were photographed along with Executive Director Ben London of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy and EMP senior curator Jacob McMurray during the presentation of Sub Pop's "Oral History Live!" session.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
THE POWER OF PLAY: TRENDS, INNOVATIONS AND THE IMPACT OF TODAY'S ECONOMY ON THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY
The Video Game Industry has been labeled recession proof in the past, based on the thought that during a recession, people tighten belts and go out less. Video games offer a good value source of entertainment. But is the video game industry immune to the effects of an economic slowdown? The industry has undergone dramatic changes over the past few years and shown remarkable resiliency with more revenue being generated than ever before. New revenue and distribution models, virtual worlds, social networks, convergence of content, acquisitions and consolidations -- what does it mean for our region's independent developers? EnterpriseSeattle's upcoming Economic Update Lunch will convene a panel of industry executives to explore the State of the Industry; the trends and innovations coming our way; and the opportunities it creates for our region.
ANNOUNCING THE 11TH ANNUAL LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL
Northwest Film Forum's premiere showcase of Northwest filmmaking is back, bigger than ever, October 3-8, 2008. The festival, which happens at NWFF's theaters in Seattle, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations, short film programs, special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation, and parties. The line up of films will be announced and posted on the website on September 20.
YOUNGSTOWN ARTS CENTER PRESENTS "SKIFFLE"
The Youngstown Arts Center joins forces with Rock School, Arts Corps, the Service Board, and Blank Canvass to host a fundraiser to support afterschool classes at Youngstown on Thursday, August 21st, at 6 PM. The night will feature some special guests (members of Pearl Jam, Presidents of the United States, Guns and Roses, and the Dusty 45's), as well as youth and teaching artist performances. There will also be an auction of collaborative artwork created that day, including work by Modest Mouse, and members of Youngstown's staff and tenant organizations. All of the proceeds will cover the cost of space and teaching artists so that Youngstown can continue to offer their afterschool classes for free.
SEATTLE COUCH FEST FILMS
Couch Fest Films is a unique DIY film event that takes place in people's living rooms around Seattle on September 27, 2008. If you like where you live, films, and strangers, share your unshakable fever for film with other compulsive cinephiles! Couch Fest Films is looking for Seattleites who are willing to open their home to host a short film program for a one day community film event. Honorable hosts will be showing a 30-minute shorts film program that will play every hour from 11am to 5pm.
THE AFTERMATH PROJECT ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT COMPETITION
The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to help tell the stories of war torn regions well after most media outlets have gone and the people of these regions are left to rebuild their lives. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. In addition, the Project seeks to help broaden the public's understanding of the true cost of war- and the real price of peace. For those interested, the project will provide two grants for the upcoming year. Please visit the website for application details.
107.7 THE END ANNOUNCES ENDFEST 2008 LINEUP
Endfest 2008 at Marymoor Park is a day-long politically-themed concert featuring a mix of local and national artists. The show will include an appearance by Governor Christine Gregoire along with several political groups. The September 13th afternoon concert will feature Bad Religion, The Presidents Of The United States of America, Atreyu, The Faint, Everlast, The Ting Tings, The Airborne Toxic Event, and Siren's Sister.
SEATTLE FILMMAKER'S SCREENPLAY GETS NOTICE FROM SUNDANCE, NICHOLS FELLOWSHIP
"Touch," the futuristic tango-based screenplay by Ward Serrill (writer-director of the locally-shot documentary "The Heart of the Game") has made its way into the quarterfinals of the Nichols Fellowship in Screenwriting, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His was one of 250 screenplays invited of 5,225 submitted. "Touch" has also been invited into the second round for consideration to the Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab.
LEÓN DE LA ROSA AND THE SEATTLE POETRY SLAM: "SOMETIMES I SURPRISE MYSELF BY HAVING NOTHING TO SAY"
Mexican video artist and poet León De la Rosa comes to 911 Seattle Media Arts Center on August 22 & 23 to show his innovative "VideoRant" installation, "Sometimes I Surprise Myself By Having Nothing To Say." The VideoRant form, pioneered by De la Rosa, uses a collage of experimental video clips and short pieces of slam poetry to build a single, lyrical narrative. Visitors will experience the piece at 911 on 8 video screens.
PRAVDA SEEKS EXPERIENCED EDITOR
Pravda Studios is looking for a seasoned editor with five or more years experience telling stories. The ideal candidate is first and foremost a story-teller with a great passion for both business and entertainment, must have a vast knowledges of editing packages and motion background experience, and must have a knowledge of the online communities built around entertainment businesses. To submit a resume or reel, contact Peter Delacruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEARL JAM GUITARIST MIKE McCREADY LENDS HIS TALENTS TO TWO SEATTLE BENEFIT CONCERTS
In addition to performing with Dave Dederer, Duff McKagan, and members of the Dusty 45's at the Youngstown Arts Center fundraiser on August 21st, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will lead his own band, Shadow '86, at a benefit for Soulumination at the Tractor Tavern on August 27th. Soulumination is a non-profit public organization that celebrates the lives of children facing life-threatening conditions by providing professional photographs, free of charge, of the special individuals and their families to ensure a positive record of the child's brief life, and provide a loving legacy for the children of parents lost to terminal illness.
TRIPTYCH: A SHORT PLAY INSPIRED BY SYSO
Next Stage, a new theater company, has asked its playwrights to use a non-profit organization that they felt strongly about as a jumping-off point for a 10 minute play. Paul Mullin's has written a metaphorical work, "Triptych," inspired by our very own Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. The play will be performed on opening weekend Saturday, August 16 at 9:30 p.m., Sunday, August 17 at 7:30p.m. Opening weekend is part of the "First Week Free Initiative," in which the opening week of every production is free to the public on a first come, first served basis.
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday August 14th - Barcelona at Victor Steinbrueck Park
Friday August 15th - Clumsy Lovers at Victor Steinbrueck Park
Monday August 18th - 80's Invasion at Starbucks Center Front Porch
Tuesday August 19th - Blake Lewis at Westlake Park
Wednesday August 20th - Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band 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 8/04 - 8/10
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
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Glistening Pleasure
- Jesse Sykes - Gentleness of Nothing
- Head Like A Kite - There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
ROCK PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY
In the past few years, the rise of digital photography has given birth to thousands of concert photographers, constantly striving to further the art. Working with some of the strongest local talent, Seattle music journalist and KEXP DJ Hannah Levin will showcase three up and coming concert photographers starting Thursday, August 7 with a show titled "You Say Good-Bye, I Say Hello" at Ballard's Tigertail. Curated by Levin, the show's theme brings together representations of goodbyes, rebirths and homecomings with photos taken by Jenny Jimenez, Laura Musselman and Sarah Joann Murphy. The gallery features photos of Sleater-Kinney, Mudhoney and Death Cab for Cutie and will be on display through September 30.
SEATTLE 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
"Journey to the Center of Bush's Brain" by Red Shed Films and "Post Mortem" by Focus Media dominated the recent Seattle 48 hour film challenge awards. The 48 Hour Film Project is a weekend in which filmmakers make a movie-write, shoot, edit and score it-in just 48 hours. On Friday night, they get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in the movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week. A full list of winners can be seen at 48 Hour Film Project Seattle Website.
MEDIA OUTLAW CRAIG BALDWIN LANDS AT NWFF ON FRIDAY!
Underground filmmaker Craig Baldwin arrives in Seattle this Friday to present his latest creation "Mock Up On Mu." Baldwin's works are mounted from found footage, most of which Baldwin claims to find in dumpsters - film leftovers, outtakes, documentaries, educational films, B-movies, old newscasts, home movies etc. He takes these fragments and pieces them together to create new, subversive, political and funny films that are not easily classifiable either as documentaries or as fiction. His latest work, "Mock Up On Mu," spins sci-fi and history into a subversive spiral.
FLEET FOXES' J. TILLMAN GIVES SOLO LPS DIGITAL RELEASE
J. Tillman, the kindly looking bearded fellow who has been manning the skins for Fleet Foxes and adding to their chorus of heavenly harmonies for a few months now, has released all four of his solo records digitally for the first time. Three of the four LPs arrive online via Aquarium Drunkard's Autumn Tone Records, while the other comes courtesy of Undertow. In addition, Tillman already has a fifth album in the works, entitled Vacilando Territory Blues.
BRANDI CARLILE'S "SECRET" SHOW
Next weekend, local darling Brandi Carlile will be back in town for KMTT's annual Mountain Music Festival at Marymoor Park (along with Pat Monahan and Landon Pigg).
SOUNDGARDEN INADVERTENTLY REUNITES AT AREA CINNABON
Members of the popular 1990s grunge band Soundgarden shocked critics and fans alike Tuesday, appearing together publicly for the first time in more than a decade after accidentally running into one another at the Northgate Mall Cinnabon.
AN OPERATIC "IDOL": 8 INTERNATIONAL FINALISTS IN SING-OFF OF WAGNERIAN ARIAS
After a year-long process, The International Wagner Competition, better known as "Wagnerian Idol," selected its finalists. This Saturday, Seattle audiences will be able to listen to those eight finalists selected by Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins and Asher Fisch, Seattle Opera's principal guest conductor. The eight singers will perform two Wagner arias judged by a panel of six international authorities, including acclaimed Wagnerian tenor and Seattle favorite Ben Heppner and Artistic Director Peter Kazaras of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program.
"SHREK" REACHES A NEW STAGE
"Shrek the Musical" will play at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in a pre-Broadway run Aug. 14-Sept. 9, 2008. With a magical set and costume design by Tim Hatley, the stage production draws inspiration from the classic William Steig book "Shrek!" and from "Shrek," the 2001 DreamWorks film.
A NATIONAL TOUR FOR THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE
Seattle-based band "The Dutchess and the Duke" celebrated the release of their LP by playing a show at Sonic Boom Records last Saturday. They are going on tour starting August 13 with a San Francisco show scheduled.
KURT COBAIN MEMORIAL SHOW ANNOUNCED
A Kurt Cobain tribute show has been set to take place in Hoquiam, WA on September 13th. All proceeds from the show go to the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, a non-profit dedicated to memorializing the late singer.