Filed under: Music | Tags: bands, beat connection, capitol hill block party, CHBP 2011, local, Music, My Goodness, ravenna woods, SPIN
Gearing up for this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), SPIN has hand picked 6 Northwest bands playing the three-day festival that music-lovers should keep their eyes and ears on. Of the 70 plus bands playing the CHBP, the majority call Seattle their home. Some favorites pointed out by SPIN include the garage-influenced duo My Goodness, electronic wunderkinds Beat Connection, and the rollicking acoustic trio Ravenna Woods.
Filed under: Music | Tags: capitol hill block party, CHBP, local, Music, news, Nikki Benson, Q13 Fox, seattle, SSG Music
Capitol Hill Block Party takes place July 22-24 in (you guessed it) the Capitol Hill neighborhood between Broadway and 12th Avenue East. Once a small one-day affair, the event has expanded into a three-day extravaganza of local and national acts that draws crowds from all over the country. Q13 Fox News spoke to SSG Music editor in chief Nikki Benson about the history of the festival, her website, and what acts to catch at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Columbia City, Department of Neighborhoods, jazz, live music, local, Rainier Valley, SEEDArts, Valley Vibes Jazz Series
Valley Vibes Jazz
Starting July 8, you can catch free jazz concerts at the Rainier Cultural Center as a part of the Valley Vibes Jazz Series taking place in Columbia City through November. After the performance, stick around for a post-concert reception and artist conversation that addresses topics like jazz and ethnicity, jazz and gender, jazz education, and the jazz tradition. The event is put on by SEEDArts, an organization that works to maintain the diversity of arts and cultural options in Columbia City. Wayne Horvitz’s Sweeter Than the Day gets things started next week, along with the Jazz Night School Ensemble. Valley Vibes is made possible in part by funding from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: documentary, Doug Pray, EMP, Experience Music Project, Fastbacks, Film, grunge, Hype!, local, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, soundgarden, Tad
Hype! came out in 1996 soon after the, um, hype surrounding grunge music pushed the genre into the mainstream and simultaneously thrust Seattle into the national spotlight. Director Doug Pray masterfully captured the history and development of the movement and how the subsequent media exposure eventually led to public backlash. Documented are key interviews and performances by bands that put grunge on the map, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tad, Fastbacks, and many more. An excellent companion piece to the EMP’s current exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, the museum will screen Hype! next week with Pray in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q & A.
Filed under: Film | Tags: animation, experimental, Film, local, northwest film forum, nwff
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is made up of 12 creative-minded individuals with a knack for realizing narratives in unusual and jarring ways. Their work will be shown next week at the Northwest Film Forum as a part of “Inter-Action,” an exploration of short animations that explore the action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Animator Tess Martin, whose short film Plain Face debuted at SIFF last month (and will play again at “Inter-Action), presents the works of her SEAT cohorts like Britta Johnson (Two Dots), Drew Christie (The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln), Amanda Moore (Bridging Wounds) and Bruce Bickford (The Comic That Frenches Your Mind). Animation does not always mean a film is cute and cuddly; each short in the program addresses such topics as love, insanity, faith and murder. So think twice about bringing underage individuals to the screening.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Andrew Schwartz, Film, kickstarter, local, recession, Shaun Scott
100% OFF – A Recession-Era Romance Kickstarter
Local filmmakers Andrew Schwartz and Shaun Scott (Seat of Empire, Waste of Time) are teaming up on a modernity-infused romantic-comedy that sets its characters into a time and economic situation not so different from our own. The film 100% OFF: A Recession-Era Romance follows the passion and the pitfalls of two mirrored relationships in the age of the Great Recession. On the film’s Kickstarter page producer Schwartz notes, “The film is intended to portray a generation of young people, in love and inspired, at a time of diminished expectations – a generation that started high school with the destruction of the Twin Towers, enrolled into college during two unpopular wars, and entered young adulthood confined to the pernicious parameters of a collapsed global economy.” This is Schwartz’s first feature-length film and the story is saturated with personal poignancy from the recent graduate’s frustration with the current job market. Click the “Seattle Kickstarter” buttons for information on how you can support this and other local Kickstarter projects.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Film, Greg Brotherton, local, Mel Anthony, racing, Shoreline Community College, vintage cars
If the thought of living into your eighties is frightening, let Mel Anthony convince you otherwise. The 86-year-old subject of the film Smoke, Sand and Rubber is addicted to one thing: racing fast cars. Local filmmaker Greg Brotherton (Render Me Dead) documents Anthony as he joins a vintage racing club and gets behind the wheel of a midget race car for the first time in 54 years, with his son Dennis turning the wrenches. The film also features great archival footage of car racing in the 1940′s and 1950′s, plus commentary from both Mel and Dennis Anthony. The free world premiere screening will take place tonight at 7 PM at the Shoreline Community College Theater. Mel, Dennis, and Brotherton will be on hand for a Q&A afterward. Smoke, Sand and Rubber will screen with two other documentaries about racing in the Pacific Northwest. Click the link above to read more about the film and to watch a trailer.