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AUDIOSOCKET MUSIC SHOWCASE SPONSORED IN PART BY WASHINGTONFILMWORKS
As the sun sets on our sizzling summer season, let us keep our creative industries socializing, networking, and building community! At the intersection of film and music is an interesting and potentially explosive creative connection. That is why WashingtonFilmWorks is inviting you (and the entire film community) to Audiosocket's first annual Music Showcase. The evening will feature the musical talents of Awesome, Carrie Akre, Kj Sawka, The Bad Things, Gayle Cloud, and DJ Danny Massure. Showcase is September 18, 2008. Show starts at 8pm at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont.
LOCAL ACTORS, SITES MAKE MOTION PICTURE HISTORY
North Seattle residents will recognize many faces and locales in Robin Williams' upcoming dark-comedy movie "World's Greatest Dad," which finished its month-long filming in local neighborhoods on August 15th. The cast and crew members numbered in the hundreds, with actors from throughout the Greater Seattle area in supporting roles. Numerous North Seattle locations figure prominently in the movie, which was filmed almost exclusively in North Seattle. "They fell in love with the City," said James Keblas.
NIGHTCLUB SECURITY TRAINING; SIGN UP FOR SEPTEMBER 28TH!
The Seattle Police Department's 8-hour comprehensive course in entertainment security has one more scheduled class for 2008. Sign up soon before space runs out! The purpose of this course it to provide entertainment security personnel with realistic, useful training that will reduce liability and promote professional relationships with customers, the community and local law enforcement. Many clubs have already had their security teams go through this training and have given a lot of positive feedback. Cost is $40 per attendee. Contact Bob Peth 206.684.8661 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Spaces fill quickly so don't wait!
SHAKESPEARE FILM CHALLENGE!
In celebration of the "Shakespeare on Film: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On" series October 10-15, 2008, SIFF Cinema is challenging media and drama students (aged 13-18) to create short dramatic films interpreting scenes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. A selection of the best student-produced films will be screened at SIFF Cinema before the October 14, 7:00pm screening of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Each film submitted will receive four free ticket vouchers to see any film playing in the Fall 2008 calendar at SIFF Cinema. If selected to screen, the winning film will receive ten free ticket vouchers and a free popcorn pass for the Fall 2008 calendar at SIFF Cinema. Challenge submission deadline is October 7, 2008.
SIXTH ANNUAL BUSKER'S FESTIVAL SEEKING PERFORMERS
The Pike Market Performers' Guild represents street performers at the Pike Place Market. Now in the fifth year of their existence, they have succeeded in becoming a voice for performers in the market and in the city beyond, mediating between merchants and buskers. In 2004, the Seattle City Council proclaimed "Seattle Buskers' Week" to celebrate Street Performers city wide. This culminated in the Pike Place Market Buskers' Festival, which celebrates buskers from around the NW and beyond. Performers are encouraged to apply online for this year's festival which starts Sunday, September 16th.
WASHINGTON SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to the top three finishers in the 2008 WA State Screenplay Competition! The grand prize winner goes to "Castaway Vacation" by Deborah Kellogg of Woodinville, NWSG Member and Former President. Runner up goes to "Crawl" by David Rech of Seattle, NWSG Member. First runner up goes to "Gravity Gaming" by Ruth Mary Kulstad of Seattle, another NWSG Member. The winning script will be read during the Local Sightings Film Festival, October 3-8. Check www.localsightings.org on September 15 to find out when!
THE SPROCKET SOCIETY, A SUNDAY MATINEE GROUP AT NWFF
Spencer Sundell and Brian Altar founded the Sprocket Society, Seattle's newest film group, to promote the experience of "mechanical cinema." The two-man Sprocket Society is bringing back that old-time popcorn fun to the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). The new Secret Sunday Matinee begins at noon each Sunday at NWFF, 1515 12th Ave. The series began last week and runs through Nov. 23. Tickets range from $5 for NWFF members to $8.50 for the general public. Follow the link to their website to learn more, http://www.sprocketsociety.org/.
NFFTY 2009 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Calling all filmmakers 22 and under! The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) announces the call for entries for the 2009 festival. NFFTY is 3 days of youth-made films, panels, workshops, concerts and more! Early deadline Oct. 17th, final deadline Jan. 30th. For complete rules and more information on submitting a film, visit the website.
NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL 2009 NOW ACCEPTING PERFORMER APPLICATIONS
The Northwest Folklife Festival focuses on the traditional arts of Pacific Northwest communities and artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and British Columbia. Applications from performers are being accepted until November 5th, 2008.
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WELCOMES NEW COMMUNITY ARTS LIAISON
Seattle Public Schools welcomes a new community arts liaison for Seattle Public Schools, Kathleen Allen. She is the second member of the district arts leadership team taking shape under the Arts Education Partnership Initiative launched this year by the city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools. Kathleen is the primary contact for cultural groups interested in working in Seattle schools. She will solicit and manage grant funding, provide support to teachers and administrators, develop opportunities to showcase student work, and increase communication with arts education stakeholders. Kathleen has worked as a consultant with organizations including Arts Impact, Powerful Arts Coalition, Experience Music Project, Seattle Architecture Foundation and the Washington State Arts Commission. She also managed school and teacher programs at the Seattle Art Museum.
THE KING FM ARTS CHANNEL STARTS BROADCASTING THIS WEEK
KING FM 98.1, Seattle's Classical Choice, is pleased to present The KING FM Arts Channel, first streaming day on September 8th. The KING FM Arts Channel is a true broadcast (not a podcast) dedicated to promoting the arts in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. It paints an audio picture of our arts community. Listeners will hear the voices of those who make up this diverse group -- artists, arts experts, arts educators, and those who work behind the scenes - directors, designers, technicians, writers, and more. A rotating series of features, airing 24 hours a day, will include conversations and interviews, readings, performances, educational features and music. The new channel will help keep the public informed and educated about the arts in our region. Access the KING FM Arts Channel online from the KING FM website. The channel will also be available to local audiences in HD radio on 98.1 HD-2.
ART / FILM STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FEATURE FILM
Northwest Film Forum is looking for volunteers to help with art work, including paper cut outs for animation, during post production of a forthcoming feature film. They seek motivated individuals who can commit substantial amounts of time to the project. They expect to have various opportunities throughout September, and are hoping to get people started immediately. For more information, please email volunteer coordinator David Morgan at email@example.com.
JAMES JILES BAND "SLICE OF HEAVEN" CONCERT SEPTEMBER 27TH
The James Jiles band and the NW Connection Gospel Singers are holding a free concert at Seattle First Presbyterian Church this September 27th. The purpose of the event is to reflect the gospel message in the authentic music and personal story of James Jiles. Doors are open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm.
LOCAL FEATURE CTHULHU OPENS SEPTEMBER 12TH
Cthulhu is a local feature film directed by filmmaker Dan Gildark, based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It opens at Metro Cinemas in Seattle this Friday September 12th. Also on opening day is a crew, cast, and friends reunion hosted at More Dust Than Digital, 1305 NE 45th Street starting at 9pm.
JOB OPENING FOR CONTENT ACQUISITIONS SPECIALIST AT SCREENPLAY INC.
Screenplay, Inc. is a fast growing, well established internet/entertainment Company that currently has an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to contribute to their acquisitions department as a Content Acquisitions Specialist. The job involves acquiring a wide range of new/catalog music videos to build ScreenPlay's content library while growing relationships with record labels and other content providers. The employee must be able to communicate verbally with ScreenPlay, Inc. staff, outside vendors, and clients. Some travel by personal vehicle to client sites will be required. Email resume and cover letter to their HR Department at Jobs@ScreenPlayInc.com.
RODRIGUEZ INTERVIEW, SONG OF THE DAY ON KEXP
It's been a fairly amazing week-or-so for newly rediscovered folk-funk-anti-establishment singer-songwriter Rodriguez. He spent last week in New York, playing two shows (one at the intimate Joe's Pub, the other at the launch party for Fader Magazine's new issue), and even managed to squeeze in a fascinating interview with the good people over at WNYC's Public Radio Soundcheck. In other radio news, Rodriguez's amazing single "Sugar Man" was picked by public radio-giant KEXP to be featured as today's "Song of the Day". Eager listeners can head on over to the KEXP.org website to sign up for a daily subscription to the "Song of the Day Podcast."
APPLICATION AVAILABLE FOR 2009 NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY ARTS FUNDING
The Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) funding program, administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, helps Seattle's neighborhood art councils and community-based groups produce festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture. Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that have been in existence for at least one year may seek annual support for a recurring festival or event occurring in 2009 that has a significant arts and cultural component is open to the public and takes place in Seattle. Applicants are not required to have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status. Funded organizations each receive $1,200 to support direct project expenses, including artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, venue and equipment rentals or other production-related expenses. Funds may not be used for fund-raising or organizational administrative expenses. To learn more about the Neighborhood & Community Arts program, attend a "Meet & Greet," 5 to 7pm, Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 24th to Paul Rucker at (206) 684-7084 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A new online application is available at http://www.seattle.gov/arts/. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 27th.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/1 - 9/7
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- The Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Brandi Carlile - Live at Easy Street
- Dandy Warhols - Earth to the Dandy Warhols
- Common Market - Black Patch War
- The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
- The Saturday Knights - Mingle
- Neko Case - The Virginian
HAPPY HOUR REVIEWED BY THE STRANGER
The Film, Music, and Digital Media Happy Hour, co-sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Film + Music, gets an article review in the Stranger.
2008 FALL ARTS GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The Seattle Times and the Seattle PI have released their Fall Arts Guide 2008, their annual guide to arts in the Northwest. You can pick up a copy of today's Seattle Times for full listings or find their online calendar here. The PI can also be accessed online here.
CROCODILE CAFÉ EXPECTED TO REOPEN
The Croc lives! Seattle's best and most-famous rock club, the Crocodile Café, will reopen in "late January/early February," said spokeswoman Kerri Harrop. What's going on until the club reopens? "Construction." When that's done, "I anticipate capacity will be around the 400 mark." There will be two businesses in the building and two entrances. According to Harrop, Via Tribunali will sell pizza "where the back bar was," and the wall separating the concert area from the cafe area will be knocked out. Perhaps most important, "Jim Anderson will still be running the sound," Harrop said. In the past, he made the Croc Seattle's best-sounding rock venue. "All efforts are being made to make sure the room sounds and looks perfect," she said.
5 QUESTIONS FOR SIFF'S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CARL SPENCE
Carl Spence has served as the artistic director of the Seattle International Film Festival for the past five years, in which capacity he oversees the content of America's largest and longest film festival. During his successful reign, SIFF has expanded into a year-round event, offering Seattle moviegoers a regular lineup of innovative programming in its Seattle Center venue, the SIFF Cinema. Next year, his organization expects to fulfill its longtime dream of opening its own, multiuse permanent home in Seattle Center: the SIFF Film Center. To read the full interview, follow the link above.
PAGLIACCI CROWNS CHAMPION, RAISES FIVE GRAND FOR VERA
Monday night, Pagliacci Pizza continued their tradition of shutting down all their stores early to let their employees party battle of the bands style at Neumos. Eight bands, all featuring at least one Pagliacci employee, performed 20 minute sets for their friends, family, co-workers, and a highly esteemed panel of judges. The winner was the last band of the evening, Rad Touch, a bombastic and loud metal/heavy rock hybrid and judging by applause and cheers, the crowd seemed really stoked about Rad Touch taking home the trophy. All in all, even though it was tagged a battle of the bands, the night felt less like a competition and more like a Pagiacci party. Plus, the evening raised $5,000 for the Vera Project.
HENDRIX MEMORABILIA UP FOR AUCTION
A guitar that was burned onstage by Jimi Hendrix is up for sale Thursday. Auctioneers predict bidding could run to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The music instrument is a Fender Stratocaster that Hendrix set alight during a concert at London's Astoria in March 1967. The musician burned another guitar at the Monterey Pop festival later the same year, where the stunt was caught on film. The Fame Bureau says the scorched guitar was found last year at the home of a relative of Tony Garland, Hendrix's former press officer. It is predicted to sell for up to $900,000.
DEATH CAB GIG PRIZE IN VOTER REGISTRATION COMPETITION
Forget the BCS championship; for civic-minded college students, this fall, the real competition is all about voter registration. MySpace has teamed up with a coalition of non-partisan organizations, including Rock the Vote, HeadCount, Declare Yourself, Student PIRGs, and Why Tuesday?, for the Ultimate College Bowl. The Ultimate College Bowl is a nationwide competition to see which college can register the most voters by the time the U.S. presidential election rolls around (November 4th). There are various incentives and prizes involved, including scholarships and video games provided by "Guitar Hero", as well as the kicker: a free Death Cab for Cutie concert at the college that registers the most votes.
SHORT FILM FESTIVALS ABOUND
Short filmmakers, that is makers of short films, not vertically challenged makers of feature films, should be aware there are a few festivals to be aware of. Currently open for entries are the 2009 New York Festivals Film & Video Awards, Bend Film Festival, Portland Latin American Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival. For more information on the other festivals please visit Bend Film Festival, Portland Latin American Film Festival, and Ashland Film Festival for further details.
ENDFEST '08 MOVES TO EMP
KNDD-FM's EndFest '08, originally scheduled Saturday at Marymoor Park, is now a free "unplugged" event (by invitation only) at 8 p.m. at EMP's Sky Church. The lineup includes The Presidents of the United States of America, Bad Religion, Everlast, The Ting Tings and The Airborne Toxic Event (Bad Religion will also perform Saturday night at El Corazon). To "win" free tickets to EndFest, listen to the station at 107.7 FM or go to 1077theend.com.
CORNISH COLLEGE NAMES NEW MUSIC CHAIRMAN
Cornish College of the Arts announced that Kent Devereaux has been appointed the new chair of the music department. Previously, the composer and stage director served as vice president and dean at Kaplan University, as well as the senior vice president in charge of editorial at Encyclopaedia Britannica. Devereaux has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His appointment coincides with the development of a new performing-arts complex for the college, which includes state-of-the-art music and dance facilities, as well as enhanced performance spaces.
SEATTLE BROADCASTER PUTS CAREER ON HOLD TO WRITE MEMOIR
Eric Slocum spent much of his broadcast career on TV, although he was a radio guy at heart, and he spent 32 years in broadcasting despite being a writer at heart. Slocum, the co-host of KOMO-AM/1000's afternoon news, is leaving the station at the end of September to work full time on a memoir. "In Danger" (working title) will chronicle how he has dealt with alcoholism (sobering up in 1993 with a rehab stint), obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and the decision to come out of the closet as a gay man. "Acceptance of myself was really a struggle," he says. Slocum believes readers don't have to have dealt with any of those issues personally "to relate to the human ramifications of those challenges."
THE COATHANGERS SIGN TO SUICIDE SQUEEZE
Fearsome female foursome "The Coathangers" have signed to Seattle imprint "Suicide Squeeze." The Seattle-based label released the band's 7" record earlier this year. They are currently writing and recording a new album for a spring 2009 release.
STUDY MATCHES PERSONALITY TRAITS TO MUSICAL PREFERENCES
Researchers at the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh asked over 36,000 music fans via Peopleintomusic.com to describe their personalities and matched it with their musical tastes. A new study has concluded that fans of indie music have low self-esteem and little motivation, but generally describe themselves as creative. Fans of rap music thought well of themselves and were extremely outgoing, reports the Independent. Follow the link to learn more about the study.
ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MONOTONIX
It took a couple of years for the word to spread, but everyone seems to love the "Monotonix" now. After all of the hysteria around their last Seattle appearance at Bumbershoot, their next show on September 27 at the Comet is going to sell out in a heartbeat, so you better get your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets. The Comet has never sold advance tickets for anything, but they are this time.
WORLD SERIES BRINGS CLASSICAL MUSIC'S BEST TO SEATTLE
While orchestras in and around Seattle prepare for the upcoming classical music season, the University of Washington World Series is preparing for a season of a different sort. The UWWS happens annually at Meany Hall, and during the three decade history of the series, has become an integral part of campus life and University District cultural life.
HELMS ALEE'S LATEST WORK
With their new album "Night Terror," Helms Alee solidifies their place in the Northwest's musical lineage. From an aural perspective, Helms Alee possesses all the traits of Seattle's trademark bands. Their sound exploits the entire rock spectrum, but draws their primary inspiration from the less-refined and humble niches of pop culture. Like the grunge icons of the early '90s, the band displays both brain and brawn. Like our high profile indie bands of recent years, they understand the marriage of atypical songwriting and a good hook. Helms Alee play Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma on Saturday, September 13th.
IN ITS 10TH YEAR, THE SEATTLE COMPOSERS' SALON STILL REVELS IN ITS INFORMAL ROOTS
Seattle Composers' Salon opened its current season last week at the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center. The salon, informal in nature, meets on the last Friday of every other month and features completed works, previews and works-in-progress. It is among a handful of groups that provide a forum for composers eager to share their newly created music with an audience.
PEREZ HILTON DISCOVERS NATALIE PORTMAN'S SHAVED HEAD
Celeb-blogger posted the video for the song "Sophisticated Side Ponytail," which no doubt earned the local beard-obsessed band a whole slew of new attention. According to perezhilton.com, "This has got to be one of the best band names ever. Say hello to Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. We are LOVING these kids from Seattle, Washington and their kickin' electro beats! Super fun. Super camp. Super ridiculous. And, they have quite a way with clever titles."
"THE HUMAN CONDITION" - A TRUE MASTERPIECE AT SIFF
Masaki Kobayashi's three-part epic is one of the very finest movies ever made. "The Human Condition" is being shown in glorious new 35mm CinemaScope prints, beginning with part one this week at the SIFF Theater (7 pm daily). "The Human Condition" follows up SIFF's success with Bondarchuk's "War and Peace" in 2007, revealing a mastery of humanist thought through aesthetic provocation rarely seen in movies made in the past few decades. Focusing on a Japanese work camp for Chinese labor in World War Two, the dialogue is incessantly challenging, and the struggles between labor and owners and men and women and the races are just as universal and contemporary as they are now.
LONG-AWAITED MYSPACE MUSIC STORE LAUNCHING SOON
Social-networking giant MySpace will open its long-promised music store later this month, allowing fans to download and stream millions of songs - including new music and back catalog - from three of the four major labels. In an attempt to differentiate themselves from the two leading digital-music retailers - Apple's iTunes and Amazon's MP3 Store - MySpace Music will let fans share music through their pages and build communal playlists, as well as purchase merchandise and tickets. "It's not the same kind of listening you do with iTunes," says the site's co-founder Tom Anderson. "It's about sharing songs with your friends and checking out what they are listening to." Songs will be available as unprotected MP3s, and prices will be competitive with other services.
WARREN REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON PODCAST
The Warren Report is launching a free podcast for those who cannot attend its events. Viewers can now catch up on-line, seeing and hearing edited and unabridged clips of Warren's post-show dialogue with actors, directors, authors and academics. New podcasts will be added every Wednesday and Sunday, with longer pieces debuting in the weekend slot.
MICROSOFT ADDS MORE WI-FI OPTIONS, BIGGER HARD DRIVES FOR ZUNE
In an effort to move in further on Apple's market share, Microsoft revealed some upgrades for its Zune music player. First, the line expanded to include a 120-gig player. Additionally, Zune users will now be able to buy and download music onto their Zune from any WiFi hotspot. Another upgrade allows users to "tag" songs they hear on the Zune's FM receiver. From there, you can download the song from a hotspot. Other updates include genre-specific playlists programmed by music critics, software that introduces new music to the user and a new online music social network called Zune Card. All upgrades are expected to go live on September 16th for all new and existing Zunes.