Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs:
City Hall becomes concert hall. Lunchtime becomes showtime. Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features free noontime performances year round at City Hall. This month’s lineup includes blues woman Alice Stuart; experimental musicians and violinist Ela Lamblin and Eric Chappelle; and selections from the musical “Sunday in the Park with George” performed by the 5th Avenue Theatre Company.
Digital cinematography has grown up in the last few years and now hits puberty with the advent of the Red One. Growing pains aside, the new system offers exciting opportunities for filmmakers in any budget range. Join IFP/Seattle for an illuminating discussion on all things Red with industry professionals including cinematographers, rental houses and digital media technicians. You’ll also get a chance to put your hands on the system and screen recently produced clips shot on the Red. Discussion begins at 7:00 pm at the Northwest Film Forum. Free for IFP/Seattle and NWFF members and $5 for general public.
New York Times:
In the high-tech industry, you live for the day when your product name becomes a verb. “I Googled him.” “She’s been Photo shopped.”Amazon, however, is hoping that its product name, a verb, becomes a noun. “Have you bought the new Kindle? The Kindle is the most successful electronic book-reading tablet so far, but that’s not saying much; Silicon Valley is littered with the corpses of e-book reader projects. A couple of factors made the Kindle a modest hit when it made its debut in November 2007. First, it incorporated a screen made by E Ink that looks amazingly close to ink on paper.
As expected, the RIAA today filed a notice of appeal in the the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Copyright Royalty Judges’ order on the final determination for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms. While the notice of appeal doesn’t get into specifics it says the CRB order
is “contrary to law, clearly erroneous, arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence.”
Registration is now open for the 2009 Pop Conference April 16-19 at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. This year’s theme is “Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic,” which will explore erotic, taboo and sensual issues in different music styles and eras. More than 100 presenters will appear at more than 40 sessions and panels. Keynote speakers include Nona Hendryx (7:30 p.m. April 16) and Diane Warren (6 p.m. April 17). Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
WashingtonFilmWorks congratulates Gabe Koutlas, the winner of the first annual WashingtonFilmWorks’ Oscar pool! As the winner, Gabe has chosen to the donate the $700 to Independent Feature Project/Seattle, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a more sustainable infrastructure that supports independent filmmaking. When asked why he chose IFP/Seattle Gabe said, “After seeing Slumdog Millionaire sweep the Oscars I realized that you don’t have to have huge Hollywood budget to make a great movie. An organization like IFP/Seattle is just one of those organizations in our community that can help independent filmmakers get their project to the big screen.” Thanks to the more than 70 people that participated in the Oscar pool And for more information on IFP/Seattle visit www.ifpseattle.org.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was on Jon Stewart the other night to promote the second iteration of his popular Kindle electronic reader device. But, damn, Bezos thinks Stewart is funny. Even the comedian seems uncomfortable with so much laughter, and at such volume. You can find a video of the whole interview here at Comedy Central.