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Focusing on multi-culturalism as much as music, Folklife showcases the colorful dress, vibrant music and local history of the Puget Sound’s Jewish, Slavic, Indian, Filipino and Korean communities, along with many others. Produced by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center, it hosts more than 7,000 participants, over 20 stages and venues, roughly 1000 performances, and an audience of approximately 250,000 at the Seattle Center. Participants immerse themselves in four days of music and dance performances, visual arts and folklore exhibits, symposia, workshops, craft and cooking demonstrations and films. Local bands Speaker Speaker, Pillow Army and Sound Off! winner Hooves & Beak play this weekend, in addition to numerous local country, bluegrass, swing and other distinctly American sounds. Sprinkled among the music festivities, there are readings, artist workshops and a “Liar’s Contest” on Saturday. The Festival is free and runs today through Monday at the Seattle Center.
Filed under: Film | Tags: children's film festival seattle 2011, film festival opportunity, northwest film forum
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum has announced a call for entries to Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2011. The largest competitive children’s film festival in the Pacific Northwest, Children’s Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of films from more than 25 countries. The festival’s programs include live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2011 will take place in Northwest Film Forum’s two cinemas and it will be Friday, January 28 through Sunday, February 6. All films submitted to Children’s Film Festival Seattle will also be considered for the 6th annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, to be presented by Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in Los Angeles, California in 2011.The deadline for submissions is September 27. Follow the above link for more information and submission guidelines.
Filed under: Music | Tags: blue scholars, D. Black, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, jake one, KEXP, macklemore, ra scion, seattle hip hop, shabazz palaces, theesatisfaction, vitamin d
This week KEXP launched a new 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound.” They picked ten of Seattle’s hottest local acts and are doing short radio stories on them. These ten talented performers will be profiled in the coming weeks: Blue Scholars, D Black, Vitamin D, Jake One, Fresh Espresso, RA Scion, THEESatisfaction, Macklemore, Dyme Def, and Shabazz Palaces. In these episodes, producer Michele Myers sits down with each artist and asks them to tell stories, talk philosophy or just rap. Then in the editing room, they illuminate the most memorable points with their music. The first episode is on the duo Blue Scholars, made up of MC Geologic and DJ/Multi-instrumentalist Sabzi. They talk about how their music is based on storytelling, what the “Seattle Sound” is for hip-hop and also give props to local producer Vitamin D and his former band The Ghetto Children, the people who laid the foundation for today’s new hip-hop scene. The intro to each episode is a rundown of Sea-town’s hip-hop history, told by the “Mayor of Seattle Hip-Hop,” Jonathan Moore. To listen to the first episode, follow the link.
Northwest Film Forum
Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum’s premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival, which happens at Film Forum theaters, features great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. The annual festival includes feature film presentations as well as short film programs and special events with live film performances, installation art, audience participation and parties. Also in this year’s festival will be the usual assortment of fiction, documentary and experimental films as well as a featured presentation of a historical Seattle film, and an opening party. The deadline for submission is July 1.
Pitchfork recently gave Damien Jurado’s latest album Saint Bartlett a glowing review saying, “Jurado claims ownership of Saint Bartlett‘s achievements simply by turning in his strongest songwriting to date… The songs on Saint Bartlett would be considered an achievement for any artist, but the fact that they come 13 years into a career makes the album even more of a triumph.” Read the full review at the above link.
4Culture provides the region’s arts organizations with operating support totaling $1,658,400 through the 2010 Sustained Support program. This program supports King County-based arts organizations with a minimum three-year history of producing high quality public programs in all arts disciplines, including: music (66), theater (52), visual art (24), dance (22), education (18), media (14), service organizations (12), literary (11), festivals (9), presenting organizations (10), other (2). Organizations may use the funds to offset operating costs, and make programs more accessible to the residents of and visitors to the county by offering free programs or providing discount ticket/admission/class prices. Congratulations to all this year’s award winners. For a full list of recipients and to find out more about 4Culture follow the link.