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Do you want to be an extra in a Head & the Heart concert scene?

You are in luck! This just in from the filmmakers behind the project:

Greetings to all fans of The Head and the Heart, St. Kilda, Seattle Films, and FREE SHOWS!

The Head and the Heart and St. Kilda will be featured for a concert scene in LUCKY THEM, a new film from Seattle’s own Megan Griffiths. It’s about a 40-year-old rock journalist who is given an assignment to track down her ex-boyfriend, a former rock icon who disappeared mysteriously ten years earlier.  What we need is to fill this concert scene with a bunch of extras to make it look like awesome local show. The demographic should feel like regular concert going ladies and gents and that means YOU.

We can’t offer any financial compensation for your time, but it’s gonna be a free concert and you get to be on film, which you can totally brag about to all your friends! The scene scheduled to be shot on Wednesday February 6, at a Belltown venue in Seattle and we would need people to commit to a full day of being on set. (Typically 7am-6 pm.) Parking and food will be provided.  So come on out, have a good time, see a FREE SHOW, and BE IN A MOVIE!

If interested, please send an email with the subject line ” SHOW EXTRA” to luckythemfilm@gmail.com with info (name, phone #, email, and a recent pic) and we will add you to our list and keep you updated with more detailed information as the date draws closer. Friends are welcome–we definitely want the “concert” to feel well-attended! :)

 

 

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Bands on the Big Screen

We are super excited to partner with Team Up For Nonprofits to present this great night of local talent!

On January 31st, Team Up for Nonprofits presents “Bands on the Big Screen” a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife dedicated to showcasing the talents of five local filmmakers working with local music.

Directors Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg will present music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Allen Stone, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and many more.   The 90 minute screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with the directors.

Date:
Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00

Price:
$15.00 for all seats (no discounts)

Venue:

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Presenters:

Team Up for Nonprofits - www.teamupfornonprofits.org

Northwest Folklife - www.nwfolklife.org

SIFF - www.siff.net

 

 

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The First Festal of 2013!

Seattle Center just shared the exciting details of Festal 2013‘s first event: the Tet Festival! Here’s what you need to know:

 

Lion Dances, Firecrackers and Festive Entertainment
Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Seattle Center Festál presents Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, in Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion. Join us as we explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through music and dance performances, hands-on activities, Vietnamese food, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and much more.

The Vietnamese Lunar New Year welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. The celebration offers an atmosphere and entertainment offerings that are unique to this 2013 Seattle Center Festál series opener.

Visitors are invited to relive one thousand years of Vietnamese history. Generations young and old will delight in the Vietnamese cultural beauty and charm that fill the two-day festival. The weekend features local talents, a glittering fashion show, celebrated Vietnamese singers and vibrant children’s performances.

Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 celebrations presented by community organizations with support from Seattle Center, considers themes of importance to ethnic cultures in our region, revealing their common forms of tradition and expression, while highlighting their unique contributions to the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Tet Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year is produced in partnership with the Tet in Seattle. For more information, visit tetinseattle.org. To learn more about Seattle Center Festál and other outstanding public programming offered at Seattle Center, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál 2013 presents a series of 22 world festivals on weekends throughout the year highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca-Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks, and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and the City of Seattle.

Photo by Doug Plummer.

Special Radio Documentary Series Debuts Today on KBCS

In the summer of 2012, Northwest Folklife began a partnership with a Somali Community in Renton. Jack Straw Productions documented the effort to create new opportunities for this growing community to participate in arts and culture in our region. Tune in to KBCS 91.3FM every day this week at 4:20PM to listen to this special five-part radio series entitled “Until We Meet Again.”

See photos from the performance on our Facebook page>

The Backwards Glance: The Making of a Somali Cultural Showcase from Doug Plummer on Vimeo.

Here’s more information about the Community Engagement Mentorship Project:

Photo by Doug Plummer.

The Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project is a new project for Northwest Folklife and a potential model for future year-round programming for the organization. Northwest Folklife hosts the annual Folklife Festival during Memorial Day weekend. Over 250,000 attendees participate in the Festival each year. Festival attendees are not only passive observers; many are also participants in the presentation and performance of traditional arts.  In order to continue to grow participation in the Festival, it is essential that Northwest Folklife actively cultivate communities who are new to the region and have not yet participated.  Through the Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project, Northwest Folklife will support the development, production, and documentation of two community showcases of traditional and emerging Somali arts. This project will build a pathway for the long-term engagement of the Somali community in regional arts programming.

This project is the first time Northwest Folklife has offered resources directly to a community to specifically support the development and production of community arts showcases in an effort to build arts participation. The Somali community’s traditional arts are an integral part of their culture; however the community has lacked the resources to focus on the performance and production of their traditional and emerging arts. This project will allow Folklife to assist the community in creating an opportunity to let their cultural traditions flourish in their new home, while building a path-way for future engagement through the Northwest Folklife Festival in 2013.

In partnership with Jack Straw, KBCS, and local videographer Doug Plummer, this project will also create opportunities for the future engagement of additional communities.  Jack Straw will record an audio documentary of the project for broadcast on KBCS and Doug Plummer will record a video documentary for inclusion in Folklife’s Northwest Stories series. This is another innovative component to the project. Broadcasting these pieces will give the Somali community an opportunity to solidify a sense of identity in their new community while also exposing itself to other Somali communities in the region.

Northwest Folklife’s mission is to create opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. The Community Arts Engagement Mentorship Project will cultivate a new audience in the Somali community by providing an opportunity for participation in their own cultural traditions. In assisting this community with the development of their own arts programs, Folklife will simultaneously cultivate a new audience for the annual Folklife Festival.

King County is home to the third largest Somali population in the United States. The majority of the 30,000 Somalis living in King County arrived as refugees. As the Somali community continues to make a new home in the Pacific Northwest, Folklife is committed to working to ensure this population’s traditional arts and culture have a voice and are preserved and shared with the entire region. The Somali community needs support in building arts participation in their community.

Folklife hopes to learn what is necessary to engage fringe ethnic communities in the broader cultural and artistic community. Additionally, Folklife hopes to gauge the feasibility of reusing this model as a regular year-round program.

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Now Hiring Programming Interns for 2013 Festival

Northwest Folklife is looking for two music-loving interns to help us produce the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to get behind the scenes at a major music festival!

Interning at Northwest Folklife can be the experience you need to gain a career in event planning, festival production, the music industry, nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising and a whole host of other fields. Interns at Northwest Folklife take on a significant role in executing the largest free community arts festival in the nation and learn how to increase visibility and strengthen the sustainability of a nonprofit organization.

Read more:

Programming Internship>
All-Ages Programming Internship>

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Wintergrass Launch Party at Nectar

Special announcement from our pals at Nectar Lounge:

 

Just wanted to let you know of a fantastic opportunity for the community to gear up for WINTERGRASS 2013 at Nectar Lounge!!!

 

2.20 Wednesday (Bluegrass)

Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat.
Barleywine Revue
Pickled Okra
The Howdy Boys
Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos

6pm doors
7pm Show

21+

 

But that’s not all, folks! Check out these other killer Bluegrass/Americana jams coming up at Nectar Lounge!

 

1.23 Wednesday (bluegrass/jam)
Nectar Presents:
GOOD GRAVY
Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce
$5 adv / $7 dos
8pm
21+

2.1 Friday (Americana/rock/blues/jam)
Nectar Presents:
TAPWATER
Tumbleweed Wanderers
Heels To The Hardwood
$7 adv / $10 dos
8pm
21+

 

2.5 Tuesday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
KaraokeGrass!!!
Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER
7pm Doors
7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR
8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!
21+

 

2.16 Saturday (bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
POLECAT
Buzz Brump
Kate Lynne Logan
$7adv / $10dos
8pm
21+

2.19 Tuesday (Americana/Blues)
Nectar Presents:
Terry Robb Band
Ethan Tucker
Brad Mackeson
$6adv / $8dos
8pm
21+

2.20 Wednesday (Bluegrass)

Wintergrass and Nectar Present:
WINTERGRASS ’13 LAUNCH PARTY feat.
Barleywine Revue
Pickled Okra
The Howdy Boys
Blueberry Hill
$5 adv / $8 dos

6pm doors
7pm show

21+

2.22 Friday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS
w/ VERY special guests TBA
$7 adv / $10 dos
8pm
21+

3.5 Tuesday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
KaraokeGrass!!!
Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style
feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Pickled Okra) and friends…
NO COVER
7pm Doors
7PM – 9PM HAPPY HOUR
8pm – 11pm Karaokegrass!!
21+

3.21 Thursday (Bluegrass)
Nectar Presents:
HENHOUSE PROWLERS
Warren G Hardings
Pickled Okra
$7adv / $10dos
8pm
21+

4.3 Wednesday (Folk Rock)
Nectar Presents:
THE MATINEE
Judd Lewis and the Loose Cannons
special guests TBA

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour Launches on Feb. 21

You’ve been asking, and now we know! This just in from Seattle Center HQ:

Between work and play, there is Happy Hour. Seattle Center launches into 2013 with the Best. Damn. Happy Hour. Ever., starting on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Seattle Center Armory.

Think we’re kidding? Think again. Think music by DJ D’Nelski (KEXP’s DJ Alex). Think deals on specialty cocktails and delicious foods from an array of new Armory eateries. Think mini golf, think giant Jenga, think trivia. Think fabulous prizes like tickets to concerts and shows at Seattle Center.

We told you we weren’t kidding around. New Year. New Armory. New reason to be happy. Third Thursday of each month from 5pm – 8 pm in the freshly renovated Seattle Center Armory.

No cover | 21+ | seattlecenter.com/happyhour

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Your Question Answered: Design of the Festival Guide

With  the launch of our refreshed website, we’re excited to offer a new feature: Ask Folklife a Question.

With this easy tool, we invite you to ask us anything you’d like to know about the annual Festival and year-round organization. Why is the Festival always held on Memorial Day Weekend? What’s it like to have an office at Seattle Center? What will the Cultural Focus be in 2014?

We’ll post answers to the big questions as they come in here at our blog. And our first question in this series is a great one to start with.

Karen from Seattle writes:

I am a student at [name withheld]. We are using your Folklife Festival guide as a project. A large part of our assignment is dealing with the printed schedule. I’m curious as to how many people attend the festival on how many days. I understand that many people attend from year to year. I’d also like to know how people use the guide — Do they use the paper pdf or the mobile app? My guess is that typically people attend for one day out of the four festival days. I’m thinking that a schedule would best be served online with the attendees ability to print out the full days schedule rather than than having a guidebook with more information that they need. Also, it seems difficult to manage the guide as is with different event venues on the same day listed in separate places in the guide. Again this is based on my guess that the majority of attendees would attend a day and would want all of the information. I realize you must be very busy in the planning of the 2013 festival, but it would be incredibly helpful to have your input on these questions.

Well, Karen, this is a big question, and something we’re always thinking about, but here’s our answer:

  1. Most people seem to really like the printed guide, possibly because they are “old timers” who like things the way they’ve always been, or possibly because our mobile app isn’t super fancy or easy to use (though this improves each year as tools become more accessible). People last year seemed to like a compromise of sorts: they downloaded a PDF from our website and printed the pages they wanted at home.
  2. We have about 235,000 visitors each year. We print about this many programs, and insert about half in the Seattle Times and have the rest on grounds. We also direct mail a few hundred to our supporters, and distribute copies by hand to local libraries and coffee shops.
  3. Many people come to the festival for just a casual few hours; many people also fly in from Canada and attend every single day.
  4. The guide serves many purposes for us; it is more than just a schedule. For that reason we print many pages beyond just the schedule grid. People are welcome to simply refer to the grid, or read the rest of the context more thoroughly. We think it’s a helpful tool, with lots of other tips and information. It is also not cumbersomely large, though patrons are welcome to rip out the pages they want to refer to and leave the rest at home.
  5. We are always looking for the best way to present our information, especially since we have 32 venues to keep track of. Many people have the reaction when they see the grid that it is imperfect and should be easy to improve. However, we’ve found over the years that even the most experienced designers are stumped! Some of our limitations are because of cost, and some are simply practical. Though it would be ideal to have, say, all of Friday on one page, we have not found a way to have all 32 venues clearly listed on a page spread in a font size that all eyes (including the elderly!) can read. For this reason, we have recently separated our educational programs from our live performances, so Friday technically appears in two separate locations and cannot be scanned in just one place. We are working with our designers at the Seattle Times on new ideas for this year that we think are promising. If you think you have the solution, by all means, let us know!
  6. The size of our piece is due to printing costs (I believe we use a paper size that doesn’t need to be cut), and to be an easy insert into the Times, like a circular. We’ve considered doing a coupon-style magazine format, but I think I actually like this better. We are adding an extra page for the grid this year, and we’ll see how that goes. One priority is using a bigger font so our older patrons can read it more easily.

Do you have a question for Northwest Folklife? Submit it here!
Read other submitted questions here