|News from the Film + Music Office
HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
Wednesday September 24th, 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
CITY SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION
The city of Seattle is seeking candidates for the Seattle Arts Commission. The citizen commission advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs on arts and cultural policy, advocates for arts initiatives and approves funding awards to artists and organizations. Eight seats are open on the 16-member commission. Commissioners serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for up to three terms. Several Commission members include leaders in the business and educational community, artists, arts professionals and residents with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle's cultural sector. Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Commissioners serve without compensation. The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month. To be considered, submit a letter of interest and resume by Monday, October 20, 2008. E-mail your letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRUE/FALSE FILMS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The True/False Film Fest is heading into its sixth year of celebrating non-fiction film, and is seeking out groundbreaking documentaries from all over the globe. They are particularly interested in films that walk the line between fact and fiction, commenting in some way on our world and on filmmaking itself. On February 26, 2009, Columbia, Missouri will transform itself into a Midwestern Shangri-La of independent film; between panels and parties, conversation and screenings, filmmakers and the town will come together and enjoy what is becoming one of the most talked-about film fests in the country. If your film is accepted you will receive travel and lodging, a festival pass and an unparalleled experience. Deadlines and Entry Fees are as follows. Earlybird: September 30th, Feature: $20, Short: $15; Regular: November 15th, Feature: $25, Short $20; Late: December 1st, Feature: $30, Short: $25. Submit at www.withoutabox.com and receive $5 off of your entry fee. Submission formats: DVD or VHS (NTSC, VHS, or SECAM).
SEATTLE COLD READERS NEEDS ACTORS!
Seattle Cold Readers debuts at the Alibi Room at Pike Place Market, Thursday, October 16th. Writers submit scripts and actors read them cold in front of a live audience. Join them every month for new scripts and good times. Take up the opportunity to network with Seattle finest filmmakers and theater crowd, and you can enjoy a live performance and cold drinks at the Alibi Room. Doors open at 7pm, Cold Reading at 8pm. Cover is only $6. This is your chance to show off your acting chops in front of a live audience. Actors of all experience levels are encouraged to come out. If you're interested in reading, please send a resume and performance age range to email@example.com. The Alibi Room is a 21+ venue.
ALLEN'S VULCAN PRODUCTIONS TO MAKE GEORGE WASHINGTON MOVIE
Paul Allen, billionaire owner of the Seattle Seahawks, said his Vulcan Productions movie company will make a movie about the life of George Washington. Allen has tabbed writer Nicholas Meyer to write the screenplay. "Washington was the indispensable man, the physical embodiment of America's revolutionary ideals and identity. As we consider America's role in today's ever-changing world, understanding the man who had a pivotal role during the birth of our nation is essential," said Allen in a statement. Others involved in the movie will be Nick Wechsler, producer of "Reservation Road," and Seattle-based Vulcan Production executives Richard Hutton and Michael Caldwell.
QUINCY JONES PERFORMANCE CENTER DEDICATION
Seattle Public Schools and Garfield High School cordially invite you to help dedicate the brand new Quincy Jones Performance Center on Friday, September 26th, 2008. Mr. Quincy Jones will be the honored guest at this event. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. and the 60-minute Dedication will start promptly at 4:30. Tickets to the Dedication are free but required with a limit of 2 per family. You can get your tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - be sure to include your mailing address.
AMAZON MP3 SERVICE WITH T-MOBILE GOOGLE PHONE
You could also call it the B1, since it's coming from Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA and HTC, the Taiwanese phone company with U.S. headquarters in Bellevue. The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with a new application developed by Amazon.com that gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3, Amazon.com's digital music download store with more than 6 million MP3 tracks. Using the new application, T-Mobile G1 customers are able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly to their device. The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded. Pre-orders began yesterday. The G1 will be available and in stores starting October 22nd. T-Mobile also announced that it has finally launched its fast 3G network in Seattle, so customers won't have to wait too long while browsing and downloading from their G1s.
2008 dB CONFERENCE
Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at the Northwest Film Forum. This year's dB Conference will be bringing together a broad assortment of workshops ranging from digital audio sequencing / plug-ins to online video streaming. Each workshop will be hosted by product specialist and offer hands on experience with leading edge audio/video technology in a comfortable seated-theater environment. The 2008 conference features Ableton, Native Instruments, Sonic Charge, Audiofile Engineering and bands.tv hosting workshops at the 2008 conference. In addition, both days will begin with a panel discussion focusing on music journalism (Friday) and music licensing (Saturday). All dB Conference events will be held in a workshop theater and networking area complete with product and merchandise booths.
2008 PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVAL
"The Delivery" is one of the films screening this Friday and Saturday evenings at the 9th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival September 26-28. A film-lover's block party celebrating great films and filmmakers, you don't want to miss out on this event. Visit the website and buy your ticket today!
OPERATION WARD 57 AND SUBURBAN NOIZE RECORDS
Now in its second year, Operation Ward 57 was started to have a direct way for individuals and companies to show their support and raise funds for wounded service members recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Southern California based Suburban Noize Records and their artists on the "Strange Noize" Tour recently brought the message of Operation Ward 57 to thousands of young people around the country. Doug Cox, owner of the locally based national street marketing company, posterGiant, teamed up with talented designer Alex Lewis of the Mazui Foundation in Seattle to create a one-of-a-kind tour poster inspired by Walter Reed Medical Center for the Suburban Noize Records Summer Tour 2008.
SEATTLE WEEKLY ANNOUNCES 2008 REVERBFEST, A SHOWCASE OF ALL-LOCAL MUSIC
Seattle Weekly, the Northwest's leading alt-weekly paper, has announced the lineup for the 2008 incarnation of their annual local-music showcase, REVERBfest Presented By Kokanee. As with the past two years, this year's lineup was booked by Kwab Copeland based on recommendations from Seattle Weekly music writers and his own extensive knowledge of the local music scene. Over 60 acts, all hailing from Puget Sound, will converge upon downtown Ballard on Saturday, October 4th in ten venues, including those restricted to 21+ as well as all-ages venues. Advance wristbands are available now, $8 for adults and $5 for minors. A complete schedule can be found at the link above.
50-HOUR FILM MAKING COMPETITION IN RENTON
The Renton Community Marketing Campaign proudly presents the first annual Renton FilmFrenzy this October. Filmmakers will have from 5:00p.m. on October 17th through 7:00 p.m. on October 19th to write, shoot, edit, and submit a film. Films can be up to four minutes in length and must be shot completely in Renton. The films will be judged by local filmmakers, film critics, and a representative from the Renton Municipal Arts Commission. Top films will receive "Curvees" and cash prizes during an awards presentation on October 28th at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. All films will be screened at various locations on October 29th and 30th during the Downtown Renton FilmWalk. The registration deadline is October 13th at 5:00 p.m. Specific information is available at the link above.
GRUDGE ROCK: ROCK N' ROLL FAMILY FEUD!
The first Monday of every month, Professor Jake Stratton hosts two of the top bands in Seattle as they go head-to-head playing the classic game show Family Feud, with the added twist that all the questions are music-related. Here's how it works: They play a half-hour of "The Feud," whichever band is behind in points at the end of the half becomes the opening act. The band that has the most points at the end of the second half is the winner, taking home the grand prize of all the door money! The other band gets fabulous consolidation prizes. The debut show is Android Hero vs. Steel Tigers of Death on October 6th at Re-Bar.
mtvU PREMIER'S COMMON MARKET'S NEW VIDEO
Common Market launches the music video for the single "Trouble Is" from their new album Tobacco Road (Massline/ Hyena) with an exclusive world premiere on mtvU on today, Wednesday September 24. The video will play on the mtvU network every hour for 24 hours starting at 6:00 am and will also be featured on mtvU.com. It was directed by the brilliant young Seattle director Zia Mohajerjasbi who also directed all three of Blue Scholars' recent videos. Watch the video at mtvU.com at the link above.
MOR FREE OCTOBER 11 CONCERT - "SHEM└"
Music of Remembrance (MOR) begins the fourth season of its Sparks of Glory outreach series on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces program, MOR is exploring the work of contemporary American composers-for this concert, Simon Sargon's ShemÓ-in response to the Holocaust. The performance starts at 2:00 p.m., and as usual features some of the Northwest's top chamber musicians, along with the region's leading young vocalists. MOR will be performing at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). As usual at the 90-minute Saturday afternoon performances, MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will introduce the musical works and their composers, and offer social and historical contexts for the pieces. Miller will discuss SAM's Black Art exhibition, and how art and music can reflect identity issues, stereotyping and discrimination.
SCION ROUTE FREE INDEPENDENT MOVIE SCREENING
Please join Obese Productions for the next Scion Route Independent Movie Screening / Party at the Harvard Exit Theater in Capitol Hill. Watch a free screening of Richard Glatzer's "Quincea˝era," with free beverages, popcorn and a welcome cocktail reception with music by DJ Cide. Doors open at 8pm and the movie will start at 9pm. Must RSVP to gain entry. Follow the link above to reserve your spot.
TOWNMUSIC PRESENTS JOSHUA ROMAN: 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN MASTERS
Joshua Roman returns to Seattle for his second season as music director of Town Hall's chamber music series with a program featuring works from the pantheon of American composers. Roman performs George Crumb's Cello Sonata. Roman and clarinetist Bill Kalinkos, who wowed the Town Hall audience last season with his performance in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, are joined by an ensemble of adventurous New York-based artists performing works by John Adams, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich.
PEARL JAM'S STONE GOSSARD DEBUTS NEW MUSIC FROM FORTHCOMING SOLO PROJECT EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE
Stone Gossard and the Hank Khoir plus Special Guests will perform at eco-themed concerts in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in October. Seattle native Stone Gossard is set to release exclusive new music from forthcoming solo project online as of September 17th at the website above. Gossard's digital release helps to kick-off Timberland's DIG IT campaign; a multi-city initiative bringing together eco-minded, activists and artists for daylong re-greening efforts and a nightly musical celebration with Stone Gossard and the Hank Khoir (featuring notable Northwest artists Barbara Ireland and the Roy Kay Trio). Scheduled for release later this fall, Stone Gossard's new music project marks his second solo effort following his 2001 debut album, Bayleaf.
22 ARTISTS ADDED TO 4CULTURE'S TOURING ARTS ROSTER FOR 2009
4Culture is pleased to announce 22 artists and ensembles have been invited to join the 2009 edition of the Touring Arts Roster (TAR), a juried directory of some of King County's most diverse and talented performing artists who are available for regional bookings. The roster offers presenters a convenient way to identify King County artists available to perform in festivals, commercial venues, schools, libraries, conventions and parties. New additions to the roster are added each year following an application and audition process in the late summer. The audition panel selects ensembles and artists with the primary criteria focused on demonstrated artistic quality and feasibility of the performers to tour. The 2009 TAR will boast over 100 artists and ensembles representing a diverse range of performing disciplines and genres.
COMMUNITY CINEMA SEATTLE KICKS OFF FOURTH SEASON AT SIFF CINEMA
The fourth season of Community Cinema Seattle kicks off at SIFF Cinema on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at 4:00 PM. After three successful years at the Northwest Film Forum, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and KCTS9 Television will expand its ground-breaking free documentary screening series to fill the beautiful SIFF Cinema. "Chicago 10" written and directed by Brett Morgen presents contemporary history with a forced perspective, mixing bold and original animation with extraordinary archival footage that explores the build-up to and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. Set to the music of revolution, then and now, "Chicago 10" is a parable of hope, courage and ultimate victory, the story of young Americans speaking out and taking a stand in the face of an oppressive and armed government. This event will include local Seattle activists and politicians in a post-film discussion and activity.
AMERICAN LETTERPRESS: THE ART OF HATCH SHOW PRINT
Come celebrate the public opening of this remarkable collection of uniquely American posters produced by one of the nation's oldest operating print shops. The exhibition includes posters advertising everything from vaudeville shows, state fairs and stock car races to the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley and Herbie Hancock. American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print opening day, October 11th at the EMP/SFM, features performances by Michael Vermillion in Sky Church at 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Opening day also includes a letterpress workshop in Learning Labs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, where participants can create their own letterpress posters.
SINGLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR SEATTLE OPERA'S ECLECTIC 2008/09 SEASON
Single tickets are now on sale to the public for all remaining productions in the Seattle Opera 2008/09 season as well as for all Young Artists performances. After opening the season with Verdi's masterful Aida, Seattle Opera's eclectic 2008/09 season continues with Strauss' Elektra and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. In February, the Seattle Opera will present the widely celebrated double bill of Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung, created by Robert Lepage (Cirque du Soleil's KÓ and the Met's new Ring). The season closes with Mozart's classic The Marriage of Figaro. For ticket information, visit the website above.
SEATTLEIAM.COM VIDEO JOURNALISM PROGRAM
The IAM Network is a ground breaking, city focused network of social media websites which promote and sponsor the creation of local, user-generated Internet TV and Video Journalism. The websites present authentic news and coverage of events and topics that 18-34 year olds might find important. They have recently launched VJIAM.tv, a weekly half hour television show focused on local video journalism created throughout the IAM Network. SeattleIAM.com is now live with the addition of a Video Journalism Program Assignment Desk in which they provide emerging Video Journalists and film students with great assignments (some paid, some with media credentials) and all the tools they need to succeed.
SEATTLE CHANNEL PRESENTS: BIG NIGHT OUT! BE PART OF THE VARIETY SHOW AUDIENCE
It's your last chance of the year to be part of Seattle's only local variety show! Come and join the fun and insanity with host Kevin Joyce as the Seattle Channel presents Big Night Out. The merriment happens Wednesday, October 1st, 8 p.m. at the Columbia City Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Don't miss the exciting, captivating and thrilling entertainment lined up for you which includes, the wild ethnic sounds of Seattle's Orkestar Zirkonium, the musical comic genius of Lisa Koch, the dangerously unpredictable Jet City Improv and so much more! Buy your tickets here.
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 9/15 - 9/21
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Common Market - Tobacco Road
- Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
- The Dutchess & The Duke - She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke
- Moondoggies - Don't Be A Stranger
- Live at KEXP - Volume 4
- Damien Jurado - Caught in the Trees
- Jeff Ament - Tone
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Dandy Warhols - Earth to the Dandy Warhols
- Mad Rad - White Gold
"BATTLE IN SEATTLE" BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF WTO RIOTS
"The Battle in Seattle," a feature film based in the 1999 WTO riots in Seattle, opened last Friday. Reporter David Postman, who covered the riots for The Times, has seen the movie and talked to writer-director Stuart Townsend. Postman wondered whether the film would accomplish what writer-director Stuart Townsend hoped it would. When he began the project several years ago, he said he wanted to make something that would show "the meaning and limits of democracy." Postman believes "Battle in Seattle" does that. It is an ensemble movie featuring Charlize Theron, Andre Benjamin and other stars. But the WTO unfolds as the major character. Townsend does a nice job of creating scenes evocative (though this isn't photo-realism) of those days at the end of the last century that changed the politics of international trade.
NFFTY PRESENTS SEATTLE PREMIERE OF "GO"
Makers of Invisible Children Invite You to Follow-up. NFFTY invites you to a free screening of GO on Thursday October 9th at SIFF Cinema. Invisible Children was a powerful movie that gave birth to an inspiring youth movement with a radical mission: to change culture, policy, and lives. GO is about 20 young American students who travel to Africa in the adventure of a lifetime, to help give thousands of students in war-torn Uganda the opportunity of a lifetime: a quality education. Now its makers have completed GO: The School for Schools Documentary. No need to do anything in advance. Just show up. Screening is scheduled for 7.30pm. Watch the trailer here.
WANNA BE A MUSIC INTERN FOR THE STRANGER?
Do you like opening mail, sorting promo CDs, compiling calendar listings, and fact checking? But how about getting on the list for shows, getting the keys to Line Out, and maybe getting your work in the Stranger? If so, email email@example.com with a resume and some writing samples.
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE BIG AKIMBO RECORD RELEASE SHOW
Seattle heavy handed long-timers Akimbo are celebrating the release of their new album, Jersey Shores and their 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 27th at King Cobra on Capitol Hill. Three Imaginary Girls is proud to join the likes of KEXP and Sound Magazine to present the full tilt bill: Akimbo (10 Year Anniversary + Jersey Shores Record Release Show), Harvestman (Featuring Steve Von Till of Neurosis), and Helms Alee (Featuring Members of Lozen & Harkonen). TIG has a pair of tickets to give away to the show. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Akimbo-licious" in the subject line by noon Thursday, September 25th to be entered to win!
SANDISK'S NEW SLOTMUSIC: BUT WHY?
As the world seems to march toward downloaded or streamed digital music, SanDisk unveiled a new physical medium for music. It's called slotMusic, and it's basically an album on a thumbnail-size microSD card. Four of the major music labels - Warner, Universal, Sony, EMI - are supporting it with MP3, unprotected music. So you'd go into a Wal-Mart, pay about $10 for the card, and slip it into your cell phone or any other gadget with a card slot. SanDisk says it will be almost as simple to use as putting a CD in a player. The MP3 songs can be moved around or copied anywhere. And you can write to the card, adding more of your own music into whatever storage space is left.
RIAA DECRIES ATTORNEY-BLOGGER AS 'VEXATIOUS' LITIGATOR
The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a "vexatious" litigator. The association is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system. Lory Lybeck, a Washington state defense attorney leading a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing the RIAA of allegedly engaging in "sham" litigation tactics, said the RIAA's motion comes from the same organization that has sued about 30,000 people over the last five years for file sharing, some of them falsely. It's the same organization, he said, that has sued dead people, the elderly and even children - all while using unlicensed investigators.
EDDIE VEDDER WRITES SONG FOR THE CHICAGO CUBS
Seattle Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder has been penned a song in honor of the baseball team. "All The Way," which Vedder performed last month at a solo show in Chicago, has already popped up in Chicago sports bars and radio stations, with a download coming "in the next few days," according to the Pearl Jam site. The song features lyrics like "Our heroes wear pinstripes / pinstripes in blue / give us a chance to feel like heroes too" and "We are one with the Cubs / with the Cubs we're in love / we are not fair-weather but foul-weather fans."
RECORDING INDUSTRY, ONLINE RADIO REACH ROYALTY DEAL
The recording industry and online music services have reached a landmark royalty deal for streaming music. Interactive streaming services and limited downloads will generally pay a mechanical royalty of 10.5 percent of revenue, less any amounts owed for performance royalties. The Recording Industry Association of America, the Digital Media Association, the National Music Publishers' Association, the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Songwriters Guild of America have all agreed to the new rate.
U.S. SENATE PASSES FILM PRESERVATION LEGISLATION
This past Tuesday night, the United States Senate passed H.R. 5893, the bill reauthorizing the National Film Preservation Board and National Film Preservation Foundation. The bill now moves on to President Bush for his signature and is expected to become law within the next 2-3 weeks. Follow the link to learn more about this bill, www.leahy.senate.gov/.
GROWN-UP BANDS CRAFT KID SONGS
For many, the idea of music for kids conjures up memories of long road trips spent trapped in a crowded car with sing-along songs that become more annoying with each subsequent listen. But in recent years, there's been an upswing in the quality of children's music, aided by the recent trend of artists with careers in other, more adult-oriented genres creating albums that appeal to kids and adults alike. The Board of Education, a side project of the Seattle band Central Services, turned to kids' music because one of the songwriters was once an elementary school science teacher. Their music combines "a sort of smart indie-pop sensibility and educational bent."
SERIES TV SHOWING MORE GAYS, LESBIANS
Broadcast television will have 16 gay and bisexual regular characters in prime-time series this fall, more than double the seven of a year ago, a new study has found. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said it was a positive sign of networks making their shows more representative, although more work needed to be done. These characters accounted for 2.6 percent of all the regular characters in TV series, up from 1.1 percent last year and 1.3 percent in 2006, according to the study, released Monday.
YOU'RE LOOKIN' AT COUNTRY
Join the NWFF for a rollicking second edition of You're Lookin' at Country, featuring rarely seen footage of country music giants in their heyday, narrated by Texas troubadour and celebrated Sirius Radio "Outlaw Country" DJ, Dallas Wayne. Wayne will transport you to a bygone era filled with big hair, Nudie suits, jamborees, and cheerful songs about alcoholism, despair, family feuds, murder, and couples in trouble. This program will feature such greats as Hank, George, Porter, Johnny, Willie, Buck, and Loretta, singing a blissful mix of high lonesome and down dirty. The film presentation will be followed by a short live performance by Wayne, whose songs will not only take you back to the glory days of country music, but also give you hope for its future. Tickets $10/NWFF members, $12/general. Buy them online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, M'LUD!
Well troops, you're all creative, you've written the script, learned your lines and then one day, you have to deal with the big bad world of business. Who do you get to watch your backs? A lawyer of course! Lance Rosen has been practicing entertainment law in Seattle for longer than he would tell us. Before that Lance was a professional actor with many television, film and stage credits. He also founded two theatre companies, where he produced and directed several plays. Lance Seth Rosen counsels clients on the diverse business and legal aspects of the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Rosen has a broad range of experience in, and intimate knowledge of, the many industries that produce and deliver arts, entertainment and information, in all formats and media. To read the full interview, follow the link above.
DECIBEL FEST PODCAST ON KEXP
KEXP DJ Alex Ruder has put up a podcast featuring artists who are appearing in the forthcoming Seattle electronic-music/digital media festival, Decibel (September 25-28). You can access it through iTunes or by going here.
MESSIAEN ORGAN SERIES IS OFF TO A GLORIOUS START
The music of Olivier Messiaen covers vast terrain, at once familiar and not familiar. Spanning almost the whole of the 20th century, he made music like no one else in France, his native country, or the world. His organ music, stretching over a 40-year period, was particularly associated with the Catholic Church and its liturgy. St. James Cathedral on First Hill has joined forces with St. Mark's Cathedral, the Episcopal cathedral on Capitol Hill, for a joint series of six concerts over 10 weeks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.
MEDIA OUTLETS UNITE ON ARTS + LABS
Viacom, NBC Universal and the Songwriters Guild of America have teamed with Cisco, AT&T and Microsoft to form a new tech-meets-showbiz advocacy group called Arts + Labs. The group has a multifaceted mission: pushing for enhanced Web content on safe, reliable networks, seeking fair compensation and protection for content creators, and steering consumers toward good content and away from Web menaces like spyware and spam.
BLUE SCHOLARS LOOK BACK ON A BIG YEAR, FROM SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST TO ROCK THE BELLS
Blue Scholars, a Seattle hip-hop duo, had an amazing year, going from their sold-out five-night stand ("The Program") at Neumo's in 2007, to sharing a bill with hip-hop legends like The Pharcyde and Mos Def at the recent Rock The Bells at the Gorge.
NEW FACES AT HOME
It's a rare treat to see a band's CD release in their home town. New Faces did just that in their tiny, close-knit community of Port Townsend. Of course, playing in a small town surrounded by peers they've grown up with can't be all fun and games. After the show, band member, Janssen admitted "It's hard to play here, when so many of the people in my lyrics are standing right in front of me." But the crowd didn't seem to mind a bit, but lauded the success of their friends-turned-celebrities.