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SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES RESOLUTION TO EXTEND NIGHTLIFE SERVICE HOURS

City of Seattle
The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today supporting efforts to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) for extended nightlife service hours. This move pushes forward Mayor Mike McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative, which addresses public safety concerns along with the needs of businesses and the market demands of both residents and visitors. A two-step process for extending service hours requires that a resolution be sent to the LCB to set a regulatory framework to allow for these extended hours and, if these proposed rule changes are adopted, for Mayor McGinn, the City Council and the City Attorney to work on a specific proposal for Seattle. Nightlife establishments are currently not allowed to serve alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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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.



SEATTLE SYMPHONY’S GERARD SCHWARZ TO BE HONORED WITH A STREET NAMING CEREMONY

Seattle City Council
To commemorate the retirement of Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz, the Seattle City Council will adopt a resolution to give University Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue the honorary name of “Gerard Schwarz Place.” A ceremony hosted by Councilmember Tom Rassmussen will take place today outside Benaroya Hall. A longtime fixture of the classical music community, Schwarz dedicated 26 years to the Seattle Symphony and was integral in the creation of Benaroya Hall, which opened in 1998. Under his leadership, the Seattle Symphony received 12 Grammy nominations and won two Emmy Awards for two self-produced television specials, Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall in 2007 and Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall: Brahms, Kernis and Kodaly in 2008. Schwarz also worked closely with the Seattle Opera and the Mostly Mozart Festival over many years. Following his retirement, Schwarz will assume the title Conductor Laureate and will continue to conduct the Seattle Symphony for several weeks each season.

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STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL SHARES A “GRASSROOTS” STATUS UPDATE

After wrapping up 30 days of filming in Seattle last summer, hardly a peep has been heard from Stephen Gyllenhaal’s political comedy Grassroots. Starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Joel David Moore (Avatar), the film based on the quirky 2001 Seattle City Council race between Grant Cogswell and Richard McIver is showing signs of life. Gyllenhaal recently posted a video to the Grassroots YouTube page that answers some burning questions from fans. What we can say for sure: the film is in the final editing stages and has definite distribution, but it will not be premiering at SIFF, which takes place next month. Gyllenhaal does promise a big Seattle premiere for the film in support of the struggling Washington film incentive program. He also pointed at a release date around January 2012 to tie into the election primaries. So what can people expect in the meantime? Gyllenhaal hints at some Grassroots-themed contests leading up to the release of the film. Stay tuned (or, to quote the director, “involved”) to hear about future Grassroots updates.

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