Posts tagged Seattle
I think there’s no better time to reflect on Seattle’s 2011 Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival, which I had a three-day pass to, than exactly four weeks after the start of the festival. Instead of writing detailed reviews for everything I saw, I decided to break it into what I thoroughly enjoyed, what I didn’t love and what I wished I saw.
I thoroughly enjoyed:
- The Improvised Shakespeare Company
- MarchFourth Marching Band
- YACHT (music)
- The Trey McIntyre Project (dance)
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Dan Savage and Terry Miller: It Gets Better (words and ideas panel)
- Manos: The Hands of Felt by Puppet This
- 1 Reel Film Festival - Frankly Female films: Election Day, Worn, 0507
I didn’t love:
- Why Censorship? Why Revolution? Why Now? (words and ideas panel)
- Kristin Hersh: Paradoxical Undressing (music/monologue one-woman show)
- 1 Reel Film Festival – Frankly Female film: Connect To
- Visual art: The Magic Show, Skaters Gauntlet, Bumber by Number
I wish I saw:
- Spectrum Dance Theater
- Vendetta Red
- Lots of 1 Reel Film Festival: Best of SIFF 2011 Jury Award Winners, Best of SIFF Audience Award Winners, Around the World in 50 Minutes
Image taken without permission from official Bumbershoot site.
Nyhus Communications founder and CEO Roger Nyhus has worked as a communications director and advisor for the new U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke. Therefore, Roger was in a couple Seattle television news segments last week, embedded below with permalinks to their spots on the Nyhus blog.
I couldn’t find much U.S. news coverage of Locke on Tudou or Youku, so in case my China readers can’t view the above, I give you this Tudou playlist of Locke’s appointment: http://www.tudou.com/playlist/p/l11595087.html.
I attended a PRSA Puget Sound focus group last Thursday intended to unearth ways to increase Chapter participation among public relations professionals with zero to five years of experience. I have been a hardcore PRSSA/PRSA fan for four years now, but I agree that this is an experience level that our local Chapter needs to better address.
Hopefully we’ll see concrete additions to programming and communications as a result of what seemed like an enlightening meeting. A handful of board members including the programming director and Chapter President attended, which to me shows dedication to this topic and promise of change. Unfortunately, the only employers represented among the early career professionals were Edelman (the host) and Weber Shandwick, with special guest Brian Seitz from Microsoft, whom Karianne Stinson recruited because he’s passionate about the focus group topic. At least my opinion was heard, right?
Here are some of the highlights of what we discussed in regard to programming for early career professionals:
- Programming topics are more of a draw than prestigious speakers or exclusive venues.
- In terms of topics, we want to see more that appeal specifically to our career level, such as how to get your boss to trust you during a public relations crisis as opposed to how to create a crisis communications plan yourself. We see a programming gap between what’s useful for students and what’s useful for professionals who are years and years into their careers.
- Preference for in-person programming over webinars, even if it means a less famous speaker
- Events that simulate tweetups or Cold Pavement in that they are interactive and networking focused and have a low cost or registration barrier
- Events starting at 7 p.m. or later, but not late evening unless it’s Thursday. We like events with “happy hour” in the name, and everyone in the focus group raised our hands when asked “How many of you go to happy hour?”
Here are the highlights of our event publicity improvement suggestions:
- Overall, we think the Chapter could greatly improve its online presence, including the Chapter site and its social media use.
- Revitalize the blog, cultivate relationships with Twitter advocates/ambassadors who will spread the word about Chapter events, and encourage event Twitter hashtags for live tweeting.
- Best case scenario would be something like a Chapter phone app integrated with the Chapter website.
- Create a point-person for event publicity at each Seattle agency because people are much more likely to attend an event that they find out about from a coworker.
Is there anything you would add to these lists? Do you think these desires are specific to the Seattle area or to early career public relations professionals nationwide?
Image courtesy of Kathleen Baxter
Correction: Picasso in Seattle did not contain Musée Picasso’s complete works, only 150 of them.
I recently caught the tail end of “Picasso in Seattle”, a documentary by local PBS station KCTS 9. Before watching, I assumed that the exhibition was like the Pacific Science Center‘s Harry Potter: The Exhibition in that it was worth paying more than usual to go see but not unique to Seattle. I was wrong. Seattle is the first American city to show the Musée Picasso‘s complete works, which are travelling the world while the gallery undergoes renovations.
It seems that most of the documentary is a general biography of Picasso focusing on how his life, especially love life, influenced his art. However, the most fascinating part to me is on why Musée Picasso chose the Seattle Art Museum over other hosts, quoting the Musée Picasso’s director that she chose Seattle because it has a “new brand” as a city. It just so happens that KCTS 9 uses this segment as the documentary preview video on their site:
One of the most exciting aspects of watching this documentary is the obvious public relations participation by the Seattle Art Museum required to make the documentary’s production happen. I’ve admired the museum’s public relations efforts ever since its reopening and simultaneous re-branding driven by Pyramid Communications.
I joined the site Yelp.com shortly after it started in summer 2007 as part of an internship. I then didn’t use it for 3 years because I first went back to school in Eugene, Oregon, which didn’t have the review option, then immediately went to China where the site is not present at all. I recently started writing reviews again after much pressure from my good friend Aaron E. who has made many friends through Yelp.
Of course two of the first places I’ve reviewed are Chinese restaurants in Portland and Seattle. Check out my reviews for Portland’s Vegetarian House and Seattle’s Purple Dot Cafe. In both cases you have to scroll down to see my review.
Check out my Yelp profile and more of my reviews at http://bethevans.yelp.com.
Update 11/23/2010: For those of you visiting my blog’s Web site as opposed to experiencing it through RSS feed, you’ll notice I now have Yelp “bling” that shows off my East Asian Food Snob list. I plan to keep updating it as I try new restaurants and grocers.
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After living in Beijing during every season but spring, I’m never complaining about weather on the United States’s northwest coast ever again. Okay, maybe I’ll complain if the occasional blizzard shuts down a major airport, but I’ll take Seattle’s worst season over Beijing’s any day. It’s not that Beijing’s weather is horrible, but Seattle’s weather is pretty good on a worldwide scale.