Seattle Office of Film + Music


MAYOR MIKE MCGINN ANNOUCES PLANS FOR EXTENDED SERVICE HOURS FOR SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE

City of Seattle
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city’s plan to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) to extend service hours for city nightlife as part of the Seattle Nightlife Initiative.  He cited the problem of a mass 2 am push out of people when bars close, challenged police resources, and the overall growth of Seattle as an entertainment and culture hub as reasons for this change. If the petition passes, it would set a precedent for rolling closing times for bars and clubs, and eventually allow some establishments to stay open 24 hours a day. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess and City Attorney Pete Holmes both spoke in support of the measure at the conference. The petition to change current service rules will be submitted to the LCB by August 31, where the LCB will have 60 days to decide whether to begin making changes to the existing rules. Mayor McGinn hopes to have the new policies in place by early 2012.



HARD ROCK CAFE SEATTLE: ROCK AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY OF MUSIC

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The Seattle Tour of Music
Seattle City of Music
In partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will serve as the City of Music’s Rock Ambassador. Now visitors can pick up a brochure at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s Rock Shop that introduces some of the city’s top live music venues. Additionally, visitors can book The Seattle Tour of Music at the cafe. Hosted by White Moustache Urban Adventure Company, the two-hour tour takes guests through the streets of Seattle to see where legends created the music that made our city famous. Featured musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Heart, Pearl Jam, Ray Charles, and more. At the end of the tour, guests will return to the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle and view memorabilia specific to the Seattle music scene. “We love that people who come to the Hard Rock Café will learn about Seattle’s history of music before going to see history in the making at our live-music venues,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. The City of Music Initiative was conceived in October 2008, its purpose being to honor Seattle’s rich music history, to celebrate its ongoing importance to the city’s economy and culture, and to further enhance Seattle’s renowned music culture. The initiative is led by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission and strives to grow Seattle as a city of musicians, live music, and music business by creating action that enhances the climate for the music industry. Click the links above to learn more about the Hard Rock Cafe, The Seattle Tour of Music, and the City of Music Initiative.

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PHOTOS FROM MAYOR MCGINN’S INAUGURAL CELEBRATION AT SHOWBOX SODO

The Stranger
Check out these great shots by Kristen Blush of Mayor Mcginn’s inaugural celebration at Showbox SODO this past Saturday night. The evening featured performances by The Maldives, Wheedle’s Groove, Hey Marseilles and Gabriel Teodros and was a free, all-ages event.



SEATTLE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SPEAK TO SUPPORT OF FILM, MUSIC AND ARTS

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs – Art Beat
Seattle Channel’s C.R. Douglas sat down this week with the mayoral candidates to talk film, music, arts and culture. Learn more about their personal tastes and hear what the candidates have to say about arts education, affordable cultural space, dedicated funding for the arts, the City of Music initiative and more. Click the above link to read the candidates’ response to an arts and cultural questionnaire issued by the Washington State Arts Alliance and to watch the video. Watch the video interview with Mallahan here and the interview with McGinn here.