The Triple Door was lively during The Film School’s Oscar party gala. Always love The Film School Gala. And Leo and Brie!
Amy Lillard, Washington Filmworks Executive Director, actor Tom Skerritt and Office of Film + Music Director Kate Becker.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped their new record ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ Friday night at Neumo’s with a free show for their hometown fans. It streamed live on Amazon Music. This was an incredible night, filled with poignant social commentary about affordability, equal marriage, white privilege, losing friends to drug abuse and so much more. It was an absolutely brilliant performance from the stage. So much Seattle hometown love from and for these guys as they head out on a European tour.
I write this as I am on the plane headed back from the GRAMMYS to the Mayor’s State of the City address. I’ve had the good fortune to go to the GRAMMYS three years in a row. My husband works for the Recording Academy, so amazingly, get to be his +1 to the GRAMMYS. It is always so exciting to be there with the nominees from the Seattle area. The intensity of the anticipation is palpable.
One of the crazy thrills of my GRAMMY +1 perk is that I get to go to the nominees’ reception at the gorgeous Wilshire Ebell.
Seattle was seriously representing!
One of the things I only fully realized about the GRAMMYS once I went is that there is a giant premiere show where many awards are presented in advance of the telecast. It all starts at noon.
Eight nominations are Seattle nominations, so of course, we were rooting for them. It is agonizing to be sitting with excited nominees as they realize they haven’t won. And it is thrilling to be there when they win. Seattle brought home one GRAMMY this year for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Seattle Symphony Board Chair Leslie Chihuly jumped out of her seat when it was announced. Huge congratulations to Seattle Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot and violinist Augustin Hadelich for winning a GRAMMY for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes. Amazing! Thanks for making our City of Music(TM) shine!
Two years in a row, the Seattle Symphony has brought home a GRAMMY.
Here are a few photos from this extraordinary evening….
Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film and Music, released the following statement in response to the Paris attacks.
“The tragedy in Paris on Friday illustrates how important it is to celebrate every day of life as the gift it is. The City of Seattle’s Office of Film and Music family wants to extend our sincerest condolences to the people of France and the family and friends of the victims of this horrific tragedy.
“Music is a way humanity transcends borders and distance. Like our friends in France, Seattleites recently attended an Eagles of Death Metal concert when they performed in Seattle on September 2 at the Showbox.
“The events of Friday the 13th, 2015 are tragic for so many reasons, but one that continues to echo in my thoughts is the stark contrast between what one feels when dancing and cheering to a favorite band and the terror that ended up becoming their night.
“As I, like so many of you, grapple with the events in France, one thing is clear; I will not let a small group of extremist terrorists change my behavior. I will continue to see shows, I will continue to dance, I will continue to attend clubs because I am free and alive. Celebrating music is how I plan to rebel against extremism, and I hope you will join me.
“Never stop dancing. In fact, there is not a better way to honor those who were lost or injured in France, than to dance the night away.”