It's time once again for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth! Started by Seattle's Jesse Harris (a highly talented youth himself), NFTTY has swiftly become the largest youth film festival in the world. This year, NFFTY will showcase 200 films (culled from a record-breaking 700 submissions) from 20 countries, all directed by auteurs 22 and younger. The lineup includes work by more than 30 local filmmakers, including 14-year-old Ben Kadie, a film fanatic from Bellevue who has competed annually in NFFTY since he was 9 years-old.
Good morning! For those of you who slumbered through the Royal Wedding last night (or maybe, like us, you haven’t been to bed yet!), here’s a quick update of the play-by-play reactions and the insane, fun and funny comments from our virtual Royal Watching party with Seattle Bride magazine.
A Haiku Review of "O Lovely Glowworm," an absurd, wistful story by playwright Glen Berger, told from the twisted but sweet perspective of a taxidermied goat and performed by New Century Theatre Company.
Lyrical writingActing, directing superbI love that dead goat
We can't keep this news under our hats any longer! The recipient of the 2011 Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is... Seattle-based producer Jennifer Roth. Hooray! Roth will be presented with the award at SIFF's opening night on May 19th. She's receiving the prestigious award because she has played a crucial role in getting big budget movies filmed in Seattle, and also because of her tireless dedication to local indie filmmakers.
The idea of training for a triathlon can be more intimidating than the race itself. As overwhelming as it sounds, signing up for a race and training for one is easier than you think. Lucky for you, Seattle is an ideal place to train for your first triathlon with our long spring and summer days, clean lakes, and year-round running and cycling routes (as long as you don’t mind a little rain). A few tips for getting started:
Haiku Reviews: For arts lovers short on time!
A Haiku Review of This:
The playwright loves wordsNearly chokes her actors, butNick Garrison rules.
Melissa James Gibson's contemporary relationship drama,This, plays at the Seattle Rep through May 15th.
Must JoinColumbia City Bakery’s CSBNeed a brioche, stat? Columbia City Bakery’s Community Supported Bakery (CSB) program delivers baked goods weekly to members at one of nine Seattle pickup sites (host your own site and get a 10 percent discount). The next six-week season begins on April 12, so sign up online for specialty loaves, biscotti, macaroons for Passover, hot cross buns for Easter and more (minimum order: $100/season). Sweet! columbiacitybakery.com/csb
Must SeeEMP's Nirvana Exhibit
My love for Capitol Hill rapper Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) is no secret--in fact I gave him a 2010 Spotlight Award last September. Since then he's only been gaining in acclaim, and tomorrow, he'll sing "My Oh My," his touching tribute to Dave Niehaus, at the Mariner's Opening Game. Go Ben! (Oh, and go Ms, too.)
If you want to learn more about this local superstar before he hits the field, read my profile from last year.
Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten.
I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee. A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education.
Seattle’s beloved Intiman Theatre has announced an urgent fundraising campaign, thanks to severe financial mismanagement by former managing director Brian Colburn (who resigned suddenly in November citing personal reasons). According to Intiman Board president Kim Anderson, “Unless we are able to raise $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September, we cannot continue.”
The press release includes tthe following summary of the errors leading to the emergency situation:
Must VoteA.W.A.R.D. Show1/27–1/30 (Thursday - Sunday) - Grab your tix quick for the second annual A.W.A.R.D. Show, in which 12 up-and-coming local dance companies compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (See our Spotlight story on page 46.) Just as they say on the reality shows, it’s up to you, America! A series of live Seattle audience votes will determine the winner. 8 p.m. Prices vary. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org
MUST FIGAROThe Barber of Seville