Lynn Shelton’s New Film Outside In Will Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September: The drama about an ex-con returning to small-town life was shot in Granite Falls, WA, and stars Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ben Schwartz. There was also a host of amazing local talent involved in making the film, including (Stranger Genius Award nominee) Mel Eslyn, and Lacey Leavitt, who produced it.
The Coolest Women in Seattle Are Now All in One Band: Who Is She? is Seattle’s newest supergroup, featuring drummer Bree McKenna of Tacocat, vocalist and guitarist Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, and Robin Edwards of Lisa Prank. Their new album is out in October but since you’re probably itching for some fun, punky toonage, check out their new single (it’s about MYSPACE!) here.
RuPaul Queen Robbie Turner Is Leaving R Place: If you were at Kremwerk last Saturday night, you were the first to know. Cucci Binaca blurted from the stage, “The real T is that Robbie Turner is leaving R Place. And R Place doesn’t know that yet." Robbie Turner will be heading up nightlife at the not-yet-open Queer/Bar, which is taking over the old Purr space.
Aw Dang, Artists Derek Erdman and Ashley Armitage Are Leaving Town: Major sad-face emoji. But you can check out their going-away art sale and make off like a bandit with some rad art by the man who brought us a luxury condo graveyard and highly entertaining prank phone calls. Rich Smith says: “In high Erdman style, the event will be sponsored by Haribo, Rainier, Stumptown, and Nathan's Hot Dogs. There's going to be bowls of gummy bears everywhere, plus free beer/coffee and hot dogs (meats/non-meats) for as long as supplies last.”
A Worthy Seattle Psych Rock Band Has Been Rediscovered: Freakout Records co-owner Skyler Locatelli found hidden treasure when sifting through records from two Seattle labels active in the '60s and '70s: two singles by the Bumps, a Seattle psych rock band. Freakout and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready's HockeyTalkter label will be re-releasing the songs, one of which Dave Segal describes as “a gently fuzzed, shivery slice of psych-pop.”
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Here Lies Love Did Well: The Rep took a big risk producing David Byrne’s musical last spring. They spent $1 million to build the show’s discotech, doubled ticket prices, and doubled the length of the run. It looks like that risk paid off. “Here Lies Love met and exceeded the Theatre’s revenue goals, as well as its fundraising/development goals,” a spokesperson said. They hope to make more money on the show as it tours around the country.
New Electronic Music Festival Kremfest Is Happening September 21-24: There’s a void in the fall electronic music festival calendar, and Denny Triangle club Kremwerk is filling it with Kremfest. With similar events like Decibel and Chance of Rain on hiatus, Kremfest looks to satisfy the craving for international-class electronic action. Toward that end, Kremfest’s organizers have booked Voiski, Paint (Huxley Anne + Tsuruda), Vektroid, Black Milk, Doctor Jeep, Josey Rebelle, Throwing Snow, Greazus, with more to be announced. Tickets can be purchased here.
Borderlands will host a protest sign-making workshop for teens this weekend: The exhibit, currently housed at King Street Station, explores themes of identity, nationalism, allegiance, and resistance from the perspectives of indigenous artists, artists of color, and women. On Saturday, teens can come by and learn the art of making protest signs—including calligraphy, textography, and letterform—from activist and public artist Henry Luke. Children are the future!
The Mayor Has Dropped Some Dough On Scarecrow Video After Accidentally Promising Them $50,000: Matt Lynch of Scarecrow Video informed us that while the store didn't get the $50,000 Mayor Murray mistakenly promised during fundraiser in May, they did get something from the city - "a sizeable contribution from the Mayor's office and the Office of Arts and Culture." (The exact amount was not shared.)