Seattle Office of Film + Music


GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA FUNDRAISER TAKES PLACE TOMORROW

The Stranger
The Grand Illusion Cinema will hold its second annual fundraiser tomorrow evening to support the volunteer-run theater residing in the University District. Last year’s sold-out event saved the cinema from nearly closing its doors. Open since 1968, the Grand Illusion Cinema has specialized in showing classic, cult and art house films to a diverse crowd. Tomorrow there will be screenings of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Each showing will be preceded by a reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can also bid on silent auction items or enter a raffle for prizes donated by SIFF, Criterion Collection, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Sounders FC, and more.

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KURT COBAIN HONORED WITH PATCH OF LAND
July 29, 2011, 12:52 pm
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One Thirty BPM
City Council in Aberdeen, Washington, had an atypical decision to make this week. Efforts to name a bridge where late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain could be found sleeping in the height of his glory days were squashed; the council voted 10-1 against the proposal. Although titling the initial landmark was vetoed, his legacy still made the cut elsewhere in his small hometown. A petite patch of land in the Wishkah River, a location that inspired the title From The Muddy Banks Of Wishkah, is now named after the famed and troubled talent. Die-hard fans rejoice!

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THE SEATTLE TIMES WEIGHS IN ON EXTENDED BAR HOURS

The Seattle Times
Following the news that the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a proposal to apply to the Washington State Liquor Board for extended bar hours, The Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur contemplated the pros and cons of this potential change in her latest column. Her biggest concerns? Patrons continuing to drink and bar crawl through the extended hours created, disrupting neighborhoods already impacted by high pedestrian traffic from nightlife businesses. But talking with nightclub owner Marcus Lalario, who also sits on the Seattle Music Commission, Brodeur puts forth the benefits that can occur from extending nightlife hours in Seattle. In addition to the possible $3 million extra revenue, it will ensure that people are more easily able to catch cabs, give restaurants the choice to extend their hours too for more nighttime business, and draw more tourists to the city. Also included in Brodeur’s column is a conversation with the Downtown Seattle Association’s Jon Schole and a study done by the Responsible Hospitality Institute that examines how Seattle would react to a pilot program of extended bar hours.

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WATCH TRAILER FOR LOCAL FILM IRA FINKELSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS
July 28, 2011, 3:43 pm
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Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, posted with vodpod

Who doesn’t love Christmas? And honestly, who doesn’t love a good Christmas flick? In Ira Finkelstien’s Christmas, a Christmas-infatuated Jewish boy plots a strategic conspiracy that will bring him close to all the holiday festivities he aches after from afar. Local director Sue Corocan, vice-president of Seattle’s Women in Film (WIF), brings us this charming and comical feature-film about a boy whose perseverance and drive to experience Christmas never die. Much of the film is currently being shot in our very own backyard, as well as in nearby Leavenworth, Washington. Check out the trailer and expect to see familiar sites in full length film.

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NEW iPHONE APP BRINGS LISTENERS CLASSICAL MUSIC
July 28, 2011, 12:50 pm
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New Classical Music Apps
Commercial radio used to be the almighty power in providing free music for people.  However, with the rise of the smart-phone empire, radio has slowly begun to transform in appearance, mostly wearing the cloak of mobile applications.  There are several new FREE iPhone apps such as Classical Music I: Master’s Collection Vol. 1 (a limited edition) and Classical Music Radio(free on Apple and Android). For the classical music inclined, these new-wave “radio stations” offer carefully curated playlists flowering with popular performances.  Genre-specific apps like these keep listeners’ ears hip to the genres they love most, and best of all, they don’t cost a dime.

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SPIN CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NIRVANA’S NEVERMIND
July 28, 2011, 10:21 am
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SPIN
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind was released, forever changing our musical landscape. The August issue of SPIN is a big love letter to Nevermind and gives a lengthy retrospective of how the album and the band affected both musicians and popular culture alike. It even explains Nirvana’s influence on the rap scene. Included online is a free download of a Nirvana tribute album curated by SPIN titled Newermind. It features covers from some of Kurt Cobains personal heroes like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, along with newer artists such as Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Amanda Palmer, Seattle’s own Telekinesis, and many more.

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FREE FENCES SHOW TONIGHT AT SONIC BOOM
July 26, 2011, 10:54 am
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SSG Music
Monday was a day of rest and recovery after the exhilarating mayhem of the Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), but the Seattle music scene never wants to take too long of a hiatus from its faithful listeners.  No rest for the weary–local band and CHBP main stage performers Fences take the spotlight again at the Ballard Sonic Boom RecordsTo keep your ears sharp with local sound, show up before 6pm this evening and soak up some melancholic pop melodies in a more intimate setting.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER HIGHLIGHTS SEATTLE PRODUCTION

The Hollywood Reporter
Based on the best-selling young adult novel by K.L. Going, Fat Kid Rules the World is the story of troubled and overweight teen Troy Billings, who is saved from committing suicide by Marcus Macrae, a young punk rocker. The two form an unlikely friendship that shapes the rest of their lives. The film is currently being shot in Seattle and is the directorial debut of actor Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream, SLC PUNK!). The Hollywood Reporter highlighted the film in a recent casting brief, which reported that actor Billy Campbell (Once And Again, The Killing) has joined the film to play Troy’s father.

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SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES RESOLUTION TO EXTEND NIGHTLIFE SERVICE HOURS

City of Seattle
The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today supporting efforts to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) for extended nightlife service hours. This move pushes forward Mayor Mike McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative, which addresses public safety concerns along with the needs of businesses and the market demands of both residents and visitors. A two-step process for extending service hours requires that a resolution be sent to the LCB to set a regulatory framework to allow for these extended hours and, if these proposed rule changes are adopted, for Mayor McGinn, the City Council and the City Attorney to work on a specific proposal for Seattle. Nightlife establishments are currently not allowed to serve alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAP: CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.

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