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HAPPY HOUR ONE WEEK AWAY
Wednesday August 27th, 5-7pm at Sole Repair on Capitol Hill
You are invited to the Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Film + Music, WashingtonFilmWorks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and Washington Interactive Network.
Seattle has been a growing hub for film, music, and digital media over the past several years, and it is vital for these three communities to interact for our city to continue to thrive. This Happy Hour offers just such an environment for people from these industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community.
Happy Hour is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7pm, and is hosted at Sole Repair, located at 1001 East Pike Street on Capitol Hill (near the corner of 10th and Pike). Must be at least 21 or older to attend. We hope to see you there!
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
ENJOY ECLECTIC LINE UP OF FREE, FALL CONCERTS AT SEATTLE CITY HALL
Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series at City Hall, will bring an eclectic range of music to City Hall this fall. The line up will feature Seattle Opera's rising young artists in a one-act performance, Brazilian guitarist Eduardo Mendonça, jazz French horn pioneer Tom Varner, American composer Robin Holcomb, musical explorations of democracy from Simple Measures, and other Seattle performers not to be missed. Visit the link above for more information.
TOWN HALL MAKES FUN OF JAMES ON "QUIZ SHOW"
Emcee and raconteur David Silverman returns with musical sidekick Rob Witmer and his accordion for another season of fun in Town Hall's comedy, cabaret quiz show on September 9th at 7:30PM. Participants this time include businesswoman and motivational speaker Sunny Kobe Cook, steel drum band The Tucans, and yours truly, James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film and Music. Audience members join in the hilarity, competing with politicians and media personalities for valuable prizes.
REDMOND ARTS FESTIVAL: CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Redmond Arts Commission proudly presents its first Digital Arts Festival on October 4th and 5th at the Redmond Performing Arts Center, the DigiPen Institute of Technology, and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. People of all ages and experience levels will be participating in hands-on workshops, learning about new work in the digital arts, and meeting game artists and designers, digital sculptors, musicians, painters, animators and more. All presentations and hands-on workshops are free but registration is required as space is limited. The festival is also accepting art submissions for their digital art (still) and movie (animated or filmed) categories. 3D prints of digital models are also accepted and highly encouraged. The deadline for submissions is August 31st.
"MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE" NOW ON DEMAND
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton's feature "My Effortless Brilliance" is currently viewable through "Video on Demand" on all cable carriers now through early October. For more details and to watch the IFC trailer, go to the link above. A DVD release date is also said to be forthcoming.
JFS PRESENTS: "MY LEFT HAND," A FILM BY JOSHUA ISAAC
What do you do when you're 31-years old, married with two young children, and facing cancer, the loss of your left hand, and possibly your life? If you're Seattle native Joshua Isaac, you get a camera and make "My Left Hand" - a thought-provoking and ultimately triumphant film. Jewish Family Services will hold a screening as part of their fall healing programming on Monday September 8th at Northwest Film Forum. A panel discussion and dessert reception will follow the film.
SATURDAY FAMILY CONCERTS: ELIZABETH MITCHELL
Town Hall's third season of Saturday Family Concerts opens with one of the leading children's artists. Elizabeth Mitchell makes some of the sweetest children's music around, performing older traditional songs and unlikely rock tunes. With her husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey, Mitchell re-imagines every song in a wholly original way. Her CDs include "You Are My Little Bird", "You Are My Flower" and "You Are My Sunshine." Presented with Seattle International Children's Festival.
NADA SURF MUSIC VIDEO CONTEST
Nada Surf is looking for a video for "Weightless", the third single off their current release Lucky. Aspiring and/or established auteurs need only check out the song at their MySpace, shoot and edit a video, and upload it to the Youtube link above before the contest entry deadline of September 19th, 2008. The contest winner will be chosen by a panel of judges with a proven track record of excellent taste, and Barsuk Records will award the winning entry $3,000.00 cash. Second and third place winners will receive copies of the forthcoming Nada Surf vinyl box set (due for release this fall, and including all five of the band's studio albums on vinyl, packaged together with a retrospective book of poster art, lyrics, and liner notes), an assortment of Nada Surf t-shirts and CDs.
ROBBEN FORD AT JAZZ ALLEY
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents four time Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Robben Ford for four nights, September 11th through 14th. He will be backed by band members Travis Carlton (bass) and Tos Panos (drums). The veteran musician, who has been called one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by the magazine "Musician," and has played with the likes of Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Miles Davis, Greg Allman, Phil Lesh and Larry Carlton, puts that observation into practice on his third and latest Concord Music Group album, "Truth."
ADMIRAL THEATER HAS NEW DIRECTOR, LOOKING TO SHOWCASE FILMS
Dinah Brein has recently taken on the role of Director of Entertainment at the historic Admiral Theater. The venue's current live program is strong with music, burlesque, and comedy offerings. They are interested in becoming more involved with the local film circuit and having the venue act as host for film festivals.
DOCUMENTARY "THE CHURCH ON DAUPHINE STREET" TO SHOW AT THE GRAND ILLUSION
"The Church on Dauphine Street," a documentary by Seattle-based filmmakers Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson on post-Katrina New Orleans, will be showing at the Grand Illusion Cinema in the University District August 22-28. It will also be broadcast on many PBS stations in honor of the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, including KCTS (at 9pm on Tues, Aug 26 and 7pm on Fri, Aug 28).
HELPING JERRY'S KIDS
Tacoma VideoWorks and producer/director Craig Kelly are slated to produce the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon again this year. The show, which is broadcast live on Monday September 1st, is being held at the Jonas Jensen Fremont Studios again this year for the seventh time since 2001. The legendary "Northwest Voice of Seattle" DJ Gary Crow - the "voice of the MDA" for Western Washington is also involved in the Telethon. More information about the services that the MDA has to offer is found on their website.
THE VOICE PROJECT PRESENTS: MELISSA CROSS AND HER "ZEN OF SCREAMING NEW BREED VOCAL SEMINAR"
Learn to sing, scream, and survive at the vocal event of the year with Melissa Cross and her "Zen of Screaming New Breed Vocal Seminar" in Seattle September 13th. The 3½ hour seminar includes a Q&A session with various artists from Divine Heresy, Snot, Fall from Grace, From Aphony and Rustmine. An industry after-party follows the event.
LOCAL FILM PRODUCTION DESIGNER, JASON PUCCINELLI, FEATURED ON KUOW
Local Film Production Designer and Art Director Jason Puccinelli is not a priest. Still, he's found a surprising emotional release by bringing confession booths to places like Bumbershoot. He tells us how the reaction to his public honesty experiment was more than he expected in this segment of KUOW's "Sound Focus."
JONATHAN PONEMAN IS GUEST ON "WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME!"
Listen to Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman play a game of three questions about pop superstar Celine Dion on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" show.
THIS WEEK'S OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS Thursday August 21th - Po'Girl at Westlake Park
Friday August 22nd - Type A! 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 8/11 - 8/17
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
- The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Glistening Pleasure
- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- Mad Rad - White Gold
- Head Like a Kite - There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
- Cave Singers - Invitation Songs
- Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
CONCERTS AT THE MURAL
KEXP is currently sponsoring the "KEXP Concerts at the Mural." The free events feature some great local acts playing at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre on this Friday and Saturday evenings.
HOPEFULLY THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IN SEATTLE
When one media company comes out with a successful product that uses another media company's content, you can bet a fight over compensation is coming soon -- especially if the latter media company is a music label. So just as the music industry went after MTV and peer-to-peer networks and streaming Internet sites and then YouTube, it's now after the videogame industry.
FILM SALOON: ADAPTATIONS & REVISIONS
Thursday August 21st at 8pm, sit down with some of Seattle's own filmmakers who have chosen to make work based in part or in full on someone else's previous work. Some filmmakers attempt to remain faithful to the original text and illustrate by supplying images to the text (or sounds) from the author. Others choose to reinterpret the source material to fit an alternative or more modern perspective of a well-traveled work. This panel discussion will feature a bevy of local film artists, showing clips of their work and discussing the topic, led by our inimitable moderator, Andy Spletzer. Come with your own opinions and decide for yourself if these artists are walking in the footsteps of greats or merely stomping on graves. Also on the panel: Dan Gildark (Cthulhu), Drew Christie, Curtis Taylor, and Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat).
NFFTY GOES INTERNATIONAL
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle, will announce an International Category for its 2009 program. The international category was added because of the large number of foreign filmmakers that asked if they could be part of the festival. The international category will be self contained, somewhat separated from the US films. This is because the NFFTY's mission remains to provide resources for US based filmmakers above all. International filmmakers will still be eligible for audience awards and an international award, but jury awards will still be reserved for US filmmakers only. In a separate announcement, the age limit for qualification has been raised to 22 to include all filmmakers through college age.
FORMER SEATTLE ACTRESS MISTY UPHAM FINDS A GREAT ROLE IN "FROZEN RIVER"
Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," opening Friday at the Harvard Exit, is a story of adventure, peril and suspense. It's also a story of two women, both mothers, struggling to make ends meet, determined to do whatever is necessary to take care of their children. It is, needless to say, like nothing else in theaters right now, and that uniqueness drew former Seattle actress Misty Upham to the story.
CABARET WITH BLUES AND ROCK SENSIBILITIES
Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff are at the core of "We Are Golden," a year-old project that commingles their talents into saucy mini-dramas backed by clarinet, cello, piano, guitar, upright bass and drums. Their self-titled, five-song debut EP flaunts a rich, klieg-lit sound akin to strings-laden indie crossovers like Beirut and DeVotchKa, or theater-geek indie innovators like Stephin Merritt and Baby Dee.
MARK TAYLOR QUARTET: A FOUR-PART FUSION OF FRIENDSHIP AND MUSIC
Mark Taylor and Gary Fukushima, who are products of the area's extraordinary high-school jazz programs, met as music students at the University of Washington 15 years ago. Having just recorded their first album together, they are scheduled to play August 15th at Tula's as the Mark Taylor Quartet.
A MOMENT WITH: NEW FACES
Since they won Sound Off! - the annual underage battle of the bands put on by Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame - Port Townsend's New Faces haven't stopped to take a breath, balancing their school load with the demands of an up-and-coming band.
THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS ALBUM FREE FOR DOWNLOAD
Light in the Attic Records is releasing the entire "Mingle" album, from local hip hop group The Saturday Knights, for free, downloadable at the link above.
HEADLINER BRANDI CARLILE RETURNS HOME TO GIVE KMTT MUSIC FESTIVAL A NEEDED BOOST
The Mountain Music Festival beat the Saturday heat with some pretty cool music, accompanied by more than a few lukewarm moments. In a triumphant homecoming, Brandi Carlile provided much of the coolness as she headlined the annual fete by KMTT-FM/ 103.7 at Marymoor Park. But there were other highlights in what nearly turned into a locals-only celebration.
MEGAN SELING NAMED NEW HOST OF THE END'S "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS"
The Stranger's own Megan Seling, long-time local all-ages booster, podcaster extraordinaire, and regular guest on the End's local music show, "The Young and the Restless," will be taking over said show in a matter of weeks. The show airs Sunday nights from 8-10pm.
RAINN WILSON GOES FROM "OFFICE" DORK TO AGING "ROCKER"
Local celebrity, Rainn Wilson who plays the annoying co-worker on "The Office," is snatching the spotlight on the big screen, too. His new movie, "The Rocker," opens today. The film is about an aging drummer attempting to school all those around him.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN PETTIBONE OF HIMSA
John Pettibone is interviewed on the break up of Himsa, the lawsuit over writing credits, and the toll that years of touring have taken on the metal band frontman.
CHAMBER FESTIVAL NEEDS A HOME
For more than a quarter-century, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, which ended its 27th season on Friday, has been happy amid the pastoral calm and gentility on the grounds of Lakeside School, about 10 miles north of downtown Seattle. This bit of summer magic, however, is endangered. Next year is the last year for the festival on this campus. Lakeside officials had alerted the festival that summer-school offerings would be vastly expanded, but no timetable had been set. The difficulty is finding the right combination of ambience, size, acoustics and availability.
NEXUS PROJECT GIVES VOICE TO A DOZEN PLAYWRIGHTS
This event by NextStage, one of two resident theater companies at the literary arts center, is designed to promote and benefit local charities. Each playwright selected a non-profit organization and developed a 10-minute play inspired (often very loosely) by the charitable group's work. The plays are directed by a roster of Seattle's proven theater visionaries. The project runs Thursday - Sunday through September 7th.
PRELIMINARY REVERBFEST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
Local newspaper and independent booking agent Kwab Copeland are working together in diversifying the schedule for annual REVERBfest "There's something very powerful and touching about the reality that we can put together such an amazing line-up using nothing but local artists," says Hannah Levin of Seattle Weekly. REVERBfest takes over multiple music venues and clubs throughout Ballard on Saturday, October 4th. More ticketing info and scheduling details will be announced soon.
FALLEN TREE KILLS SEATTLE MUSICIAN
Seattle musician Joseph Shikany was killed by a falling tree brought down by lightning on Monday while sitting on the porch of a house at a lake in Spokane. Shikany played guitar and bass in several Seattle bands, including Magic Bus, The Davanos, and Spike and the Impalers. He was scheduled to perform this week in Seattle, Shoreline and Bothell. Shikany had also toured in England and Holland.
ART STRAIGHT UP, HOLD THE OLIVE
A new trend in the art business is flourishing at a moment when the economy is tight and sales are slow at galleries around town. What's the idea? Add a bar. What's sprouting up now is something different, though. These aren't bars with art added: Now, the gallery is the main focus, with a separate lounge adjoining. That way, artworks can be displayed to their best advantage and stay somewhat protected from the more uninhibited bar scene. It all comes down to the bottom line. A bar can provide instant income, while a gallery often takes years to turn a sure profit and establish a clientele.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO RÖHM - GERMAN BORN ACTRESS SET TO BE SEATTLE'S LATEST STAR
Seattle's next blockbuster film, Heart Break Productionz's "The Whole Truth" is set to begin shooting in the fall and none other than German born "Law & Order" star Elisabeth Röhm will be taking the lead.
EMERALD CITY SHORT FILM SCREENING AND PARTY
Emerald City is a short film by Henry Darrow McComas, co-produced and edited by Colin McLoughlin. It has been selected to be part of the Cannes Festival division "Short Film Corner," is a semi-finalist in the Action/Cut Film Festival, and is an official selection at Raindance 2008 in London. A film screening and party will take place at the Boxcar Ale Friday August 22nd at 8PM.