Seattle Office of Film + Music


CLASSICAL-MUSIC EVENTS ALREADY BUBBLING UP IN SEATTLE
August 28, 2009, 11:42 am
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Seattle Times
With summer chamber festivals winding down and the big concert-hall season yet to begin, things are a little slow on the classical-music front. Still, there’s some curious local activity bubbling up in oddball corners of town. This week, the Early Music Guild and the Seattle Composers’ Salon offer, respectively, programs that range from stately baroque to ear-stretching avant-garde.



IN SEATTLE SEASON OF MTV SERIES, ART WILL IMITATE LIFE

Lynn sheltonSeattle PI
The MTV online series “$5 Cover,” which award-winning Seattle director Lynn Shelton is filming, will finish shooting in Seattle in the next two weeks.The series is a fictional account of a typical weekend in the lives of a handful of Seattle bands, including Whisky Tango, The Lights, The Moondoggies, Champagne Champagne and The Spits. Shelton, who was given complete control over the project, picked them not only for their music but also for their relationships. From story to setting, art imitated life. Most of the stories were either adapted from things the bands had gone through or could have, Shelton said, or the locations were cast as carefully as the bands, with starring roles for venues such as Chop Suey, the Tractor, the Blue Moon Tavern and Wild Rose. Read up on “$5 Cover” at its MTV site. The Seattle season is set to premiere some time this winter.



CHOP SUEY SEEKING INTERNS
August 27, 2009, 11:51 am
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Chop Suey
Chop Suey, one of Seattle’s most popular music venues, is looking for interns to help out with marketing and office duties. Apply for great opportunity to learn about the music industry inside and out! You must have a love of all kinds of music, be punctual and organized. 21+ preferred. The internship is unpaid, but you get free entry to shows. Send your resume and a short explanation of why you would like to work at Chop Suey to info@chopsuey.com. No phone calls or drop ins please.



TARGET TEAMS WITH ITUNES FOR PEARL JAM’S “BACKSPACER” DIGITAL RELEASE
August 27, 2009, 11:49 am
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Rolling StonePearl Jam
In June, news broke that Target stores had secured the exclusive big-box retail rights for Pearl Jam’s upcoming album “Backspacer.” But while Walmart has its own digital music store and Best Buy owns Napster, Target doesn’t have a notable digital music presence. To level the playing field, Target and iTunes announced on Tuesday that the two vendors will team up for a new Target-exclusive section on the iTunes Music Store. Fittingly, the first album that will be offered up in this new pact will be Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer,” due out September 20th.



FILM TO DOCUMENT SEATTLE’S VINTAGE FUNK & SOUL SCENE

The Stranger
Director Jennifer Maas’, whose latest project was co-producing Lynn Shelton’s Humpday, is working on a feature-length documentary called Wheedle’s Groove, which will explore Seattle’s underrated funk and soul musicians from those genres’ late-’60s/early-’70s heyday. According to the film’s website, the filmmakers have tracked down and interviewed musicians from the scene as well as interviewing Seattle noteables including Quincy Jones, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) The film is nearing completion, with a release slated for 2010. Here is a little preview of what to expect from the doc:

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REVIEW: ‘WORLD’S GREATEST DAD’ A FEARLESS COMEDY
August 27, 2009, 11:41 am
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Seattle PI World's greatest dad
This is tricky: How to talk about “World’s Greatest Dad,” the latest comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait, without giving away all its twists and twisted details? It’s extremely dark and daring and definitely not for everyone, but it shows that with his third film as writer and director, Goldthwait is honing a unique and fearless voice, and that’s exciting to see.



FREE CUBAN-MUSIC CONCERT AT SEATTLE CITY HALL

Seattle Times
Havana-born Pedrito Vargas has toured with Cuban-music legends Los Van Van and Barbarito Torres. Now at home in Seattle, Vargas and his group, Ashé, are bringing their blend of contemporary Cuban music, with its hints of salsa, jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop, to City Hall’s free noon lunchtime concert series today. When not jamming with Ashé, Vargas runs Paladar Cubano, a Cuban-food truck on the corner of North 90th and Aurora Avenue North.



YOUR NWFF FALL CALENDAR IS READY FOR DOWNLOAD!
August 26, 2009, 1:17 pm
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Northwest Film Forum
This fall, instead of getting the quarterly calendar delivered to your door, you can download your very own PDF by visiting this link. You can also browse the calendar online here.



AFRICA BAAMBATAA’S SON PRAISES SOUND MUSIC COVERAGE

Sound MagazineTC Izlam
Featured in the most recent issue of Sound Magazine, TC Izlam, son of one of Hip Hop’s pioneers, praised the magazine for its coverage of local talent. “I love that I can pick up Sound and get into what’s happening in this city.” The music enthusiast claims that he may even consider moving to Seattle because of its “Dope Northwest Hip-Hop and Rock scene”. Pick up the latest issue of Sound Magazine to read Izlam’s full letter to the editor.



FLASH MOB COMES TO SEATTLE TO CELEBRATE MICHAEL JACKSON
August 26, 2009, 1:12 pm
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Flash Mob
This Saturday, the world celebrates what would have been the 51st birthday of pop icon Michael Jackson. Following in the footsteps of Stockholm and Paris, hundreds of Seattlites will randomly appear in various places in the city center to perform popular Michael Jackson choreography in his honor. Flash mobs pop up in the middle of crowded cities, perform, and then disappear into the crowd. Warm-up and choreography will begin at Cal Anderson at 10:00am, then a dress rehearsal at 11:45am, followed by 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm performances at secret locations in the city. The times/locations of each mob will change. Participation requires presence at the Saturday practice – the actual locations and times will be provided then. Visit the group’s facebook for more details!