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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Mic a Zombie

www.avnetwork.com: Zombies exist solely in the realm of fiction — or do they? Audio-Technica thinks it better to be safe than sorry. Surviving a zombie apocalypse relies on preparedness in every aspect of life. Yes, that includes microphone technique.

Chicks Rule

Systems Contractor News - November 2014 [28 - 29]

Know a Theatre: Quantum Theatre of Pittsburgh, Pa.

AMERICAN THEATRE: This mid-sized Rust Belt city isn’t just the home of 446 bridges criss-crossing three rivers and a reasonably healthy tech sector that’s done its part to take up some of the post-industrial slack; it’s also the birthplace of Andy Warhol, Martha Graham and Rachel Carson. That independent, even oppositional spirit would seem to inform the ethic and aesthetic of the outward-looking, persistently site-specific Quantum Theatre, which has staged avant-garde European dramas and operas in translation, as well as spiky new English and American plays, as well as hard-to-define multimedia hybrids, in spaces ranging from the former Heppenstall Steel Plant to, appropriately enough, the Andy Warhol Museum.

(Almost) Everything We Think About Managing Millennials is Wrong. Here's Why.

LinkedIn: Today’s workplace should look more like a jazz band (yes, that’s a pic of me) rather than a Dilbert-style bureaucracy that looks more like a dysfunctional marching band. As Dilbert pointed out (in the best selling management book of all time) our approach to talent management is deeply flawed.

'Master of Mayhem'

The Roundup News: He walks into the dimly lit theater and there’s a feeling of assurance that he is the director whose name is printed on the poster.

His dominating presence exudes experience and passion for the art of theater.

Robert Cucuzza, the “master of mayhem” according to The New York Times, is an actor, filmmaker, acting teacher, and director.

Method To The Madness: The Anatomy Of An Audio Rack

Pro Sound Web: Prior to hitting the road with Soundgarden on tour a couple of years ago, Dave Rat documented his front of house racks.

This collection of gear was deployed with a main system of L-Acoustics K1 line source (3-way) loudspeakers in flown arrays, K1-SB (2 x 15-in) subwoofers, and LA8 amplified controllers.

20+ Beautiful Modern Staircases

Design Milk: We’re constantly running across photos of truly jaw dropping staircases. So much of the time, stairs look as if they were ignored until the last minute of the design process, but not in these cases.

9 New Products from the R|D|J Show Floor

Remodeling: If you found yourself in the unfortunate position of missing the 2014 Remodeling Show | Deck Expo | JLC Live event in Baltimore last week, fear not! Our editors were on hand to scour the show floor and bring some new product highlights. Check out these new products for your next remodel or deck project.

3-D Printing Design: Five Tips to Achieve Additive Manufacturability

Technology content from IndustryWeek: 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is quickly becoming a widely embraced technology, with companies using it for prototyping and low-volume part production and hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers purchasing smaller machines for creating customized parts on their own.

Changing of the Guard

wolfbrown.com: Many people have written about the need for non-profit arts and culture groups to have board-approved succession plans for addressing planned or unplanned leadership transitions. Foundations often require grantees to have up-to-date succession plans, as a governance “best-practice” metric and, sometimes, as a subtle prod to those with long-time leaders, especially founders, to plan for the future.

In-booth Standards Presentations Return to LDI

PLSN: Standards on the Stage will take place on Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22 during LDI show floor hours and will feature educational and informational sessions on new standards, established standards, and draft standards from PLASA’s Technical Standards Program.

A Look At The Twitter #Music Website That Never Launched

⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community: Twitter's introduction of the "Audio Card" last week makes it easy to forget that Twitter #Music was at one time a separate app, and the company's cornerstone attempt to harness one of its most consistently popular topics of conversation: music.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tips On Efficiently Wiring Up The Band

Pro Sound Web: Ideally, a band on tour should wake up to a late brunch, hit the hotel health spa, shower and head over to the hall where everything is plugged in and ready for an extended sound check/jam session.

If this scenario is unfamiliar to you, then more efficient methods of connecting your equipment at the last second may be exactly what you need. It certainly can’t hurt.

Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka

CNET: In Franz Kafka's novella "The Metamorphosis," Gregor Samsa famously wakes to discover he's been transformed into a giant insect. In a decidedly modern theatrical take on the surreal story, Samsa wakes to find he's a robot. A gangly, metallic, white-faced robot.

Jim Tetlow Receives Alumni Achievement Award from Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

Stage Directions: The Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association honored W. James Tetlow (College of Fine Arts ’77), an Emmy Award winning lighting designer, with the Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes expertise and leadership in their field while also representing important creative effort or accomplishment with societal or educational value.

Why Germany is so much better at training its workers

Quartz: At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6%–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to find workers with the skills to man new machines and manage new processes.

38th Annual Shakespeare Competition Rewards High Schoolers

Stage Directions: The 38th Annual Shakespeare Competition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City pitted 3,000 high school students against each other in competitions of acting and backstage skills.

The Bass Mixing Basics

Pro Sound Web: There is no one bass mix to rule them all. Each music style calls for a different bass mix. Songs within a genre call for unique bass mixes. The bass is more than just a low-end addition.

If you’ve ever listened to a bass solo in jazz or rock, it’s obvious it has a unique sound. This comes from how the musician is playing the bass and the genre of music.

SDC and Off-Broadway League Reach New 5-Year Agreement

Stage Directions: The new five-year agreement between the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Off-Broadway League covers commercial Off-Broadway producers as well as the not-for-profit theatres that are members of the Off-Broadway League and includes provisions for compensation increases over the life of the agreement, recognition of developmental activity (readings, workshops, etc.), and more.

Exit, Stage Left, Grasping Cane; Enter, Sprinting

NYTimes.com: During the first half of “Smokefall,” a critically acclaimed new play at the Goodman Theater here, the actor Mike Nussbaum portrays a 77-year-old who is so wobbly that he needs help walking down a staircase. Later, the character is shown in his 50s, with Mr. Nussbaum bounding up those steps like a sprinter.

Mixing In Stereo: Adding Width And Depth To Recordings

Pro Sound Web: When it comes to discussing the fine art of mixing music, I tend to approach the subject with some trepidation.

After all, compared to many of the topics I’ve written about, this one is rife with subjectivity — one person’s idea of a great sounding mix may be another’s sonic nightmare. And what works for one genre of music will be decidedly wrong for another.

Sting and Jimmy Nail on the Musical ‘The Last Ship’

NYTimes.com: Jimmy Nail was having an out-of-body moment. His lanky frame was folded in an armchair in the low-ceilinged basement lounge of the Neil Simon Theater for an interview, but his tired eyes suddenly searched the room’s four corners, as if he were trying to see beyond its walls: back to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, back to the shipyards where he and the men of his family once toiled.

'The Circus In Winter' At Goodspeed's Chester Theater

CTnow: Running away to join the circus is one of the great romantic ideals. "The Circus in Winter," a new musical about how circus folk spend their downtime, has run away from Indiana to seek fame and fortune on the East Coast.

Sarah Jones: Cinematographers Guild Launches App For Reporting Unsafe Shoots

Deadline: The death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones continues to spark a safety movement in Hollywood. Today the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) launched their own “ICG Safety” app designed to help members anonymously report unsafe working conditions on film and TV sets across the world. Jones, who was killed at the age of 27 in February in a train accident on set in Georgia, was an ICG member.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Downloading a Monument Sign

Signshop:Over his thirty years in the sign industry, Roger Brown has acquired a lot of data on signs and how to make them. So he took this information and started his one-man shop, A-B Sign Systems in Rembert, South Carolina, about a year ago.

The shop doesn’t have a production facility, so Brown partners with other manufacturers, installers, and contractors to help him get jobs done. “I find out the budget, and I try to determine what their real need is and then match the two together,” he says.

Why Failing Orchestras Are the Problem of Every American

David Donnelly: As the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra faces a lockout between its management and musicians, we find a troubled industry in the news once again. Orchestras are falling like dominoes. The mood is tense and the forecast is dismal. An erosive force, continual and subtle, is eating away the core of a cultural institution. You may have heard this story before: classical music is in decline, music education is so important, but why should you care? Failing orchestras create severe economic, social, and cultural repercussions for our nation as a whole. This is very much your problem.

Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds

ScienceDaily: Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published this week by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.

Good News, Art Students: Your Degree Is Actually Paying Off

Mic: The news: With many Americans still feeling the effects of the Great Recession, a frequent refrain about college education is that an arts degree simply isn't worth it. Studying the creative arts is economically risky: Sure, you'll spend four years poring over famous paintings and releasing your creative energies, but your post-graduate life will be one of low income, low employment and misery as a "starving artist."

Five Freaky Welding Videos

Tools of the Trade: To the non-welder, welding is a mysterious process hidden from view by a blinding ball of light. The welder sees more, being close to the action and able to look through the visor. But before the invention of high-speed camera no one saw anything like this—ultra-slow-motion video of what happens when metal is joined by welding.

Event Safety Summit to Feature Indianapolis State Fair Investigators

PLSN: Scott Nacheman and Charlie Fisher will be featured speakers at the Event Safety Alliance’s first Event Safety Summit, set to take place here in early December. They will offer their perspectives on the mechanical and operational failures that were implicated in the 2011 structure collapse at the Indiana State Fair, which killed seven and injured 58.

Announcing PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: Free registration is open now for PLASA Focus: Orlando 2015. This will be the second PLASA Focus event to take place in the Sunshine State, taking place on Tuesday, February 17 and Wednesday February 18, 2015 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

2014 PLASA Show Report

PLSN: PLASA ranks as one of the premier shows of its kind, presenting groundbreaking technology to an international audience of pro audio, lighting and stage technology experts. Here are some highlights from this year’s event, staged for the second year at London’s ExCeL Convention Center.

All Aboard, Part One: Scenic Design Of The Passenger

Theatre content from Live Design: There are few productions that can truly inhabit the massive and imposing space of the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. At this year’s Lincoln Center Festival, in a co-production with the Park Avenue Armory, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger arrived for its New York debut, ready to fill the space. Director David Pountney, whose Die Soldaten was also presented in the Armory in 2008, has filled the brutal and enormous space with powerful music.

PSW Webinar Available For Viewing: Key Elements Of Column Loudspeaker System Design

Pro Sound Web: The Community Professional and ProSoundWeb webinar entitled “Key Elements Of Successful Column Loudspeaker System Design” is now available for viewing.

Go here to view the webinar. Note that those who pre-registered for the live event will be able to go directly to the webinar; those that did not will need to register.

ETC Theater Upgrade Program Gives UNCSA Venues Fresh Start

Live Design [primary-term] press release archives: Earlier this year, ETC unveiled the 2014 Theater program, which allows venues to upgrade their existing ETC lighting systems without the need for a costly retrofit. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) was one of the first to participate in the program, getting updated ETC dimming systems for several of their theaters.

Selling Out with Gail Jackman

Selling Out: Knowing what to charge for tickets is one of the toughest tasks the live entertainment industry faces. Providing a little insight into the issue is Gail Jackman, President of Reach Research, a full-service market research company specializing in marketing analysis and insights.

Jackman has more than 25 years experience researching markets and is an avid supporter of the arts. She’s worked with organizations such as the Business Committee for the Arts, the League of Historic American Theaters, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Berkeley Rep and many more. Now, she’s sharing some of her pricing wisdom to help all of us answer the tricky question of pricing.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week...

26 Creative Business Cards That Aren’t Even Cards

TwistedSifter: Contact information has gone digital but that doesn’t mean the traditional business card no longer serves a purpose. Business cards these days are used to make an impression. They can be great marketing tools for your services and a memorable ‘card’ can lead to new opportunities.

Carve anything out of metal or wood with Carvey

gigaom.com: The home creating space is increasingly moving from the garage to the desktop, and the latest evidence is Carvey, a CNC machine the size of a microwave that can carve pretty much anything you want out of wood, metal and other materials.

How To Persuade Anyone Of Anything In Ten Seconds

LinkedIn: You’re on the most important elevator ride of your life. You have ten seconds to pitch- the classic “elevator pitch”.

Love or Hate. Money or Despair. And you may never get this chance again. As PM Dawn says, “I feel for you. I really do.”

Get organized to run meetings effectively

Unclutterer: There are a lot of things I like to do in this world, but running a meeting isn’t one of them. Years ago, I had a boss who would call me into his office and talk for a good half hour. As I walked back to my desk, I’d think, “So, what just happened in there?” Now, when I’m in charge of a meeting, I worry: will my attendees walk away with a clear idea of what was said and what, if anything, needs to be done?

Everyone Can Become An Electronics Wiz Thanks To littleBits

Big Think | Design for Good: Ayah Bdeir had a dream - take electronics out of the hands of experts and large companies and put them in the hands of ordinary people in order to make them inventors, builders, designers, and experimenters. Today, her dream is a reality. Her company, New York based littleBits Electronics, makes electronics accessible to kids, adults, geeks, and amateurs, and has been gaining increasing popularity, critical acclaim, and investors attention.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BFAMFAPhD

BFAMFAPhD Census Report: Of all arts graduates in the U.S., 18% work in sales and other office occupations, 17% are educators, 14% have not worked in the last five years, 11% work in various professional fields, 9% are managers, 8% make a living as artists, 8% work in service jobs, 5% work in various blue collar occupations, 4% are working in business and finance, 4% now work in science, technology or engineering, and 2% now work in medicine.

Tested Asks: How are Holograms Made?

Tested: While in New York, Norm stops by Holographic Studios, one the last remaining independent holography galleries and holography studios still operating. Its founder, Jason Sapan, has spent almost 40 years practicing the art of holographic imagery.

The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School

HowlRound: I was six years old when the entire student body of Miss Murray’s Dance Academy was recruited for a local production of Gypsy. I wasn’t allowed to take ballet, but tap was okay for a boy—this was one of many compromises my parents would make over the years in their efforts to both foster my artistic growth and curb my effeminacy. I identified as female, but the world saw me differently.

Get organized to run meetings effectively

Unclutterer: There are a lot of things I like to do in this world, but running a meeting isn’t one of them. Years ago, I had a boss who would call me into his office and talk for a good half hour. As I walked back to my desk, I’d think, “So, what just happened in there?” Now, when I’m in charge of a meeting, I worry: will my attendees walk away with a clear idea of what was said and what, if anything, needs to be done?

Watch A Choreographed Drone Create Floating Trails Of Light

The Creators Project: In his fresh new music video for Marconi Union's floaty, atmospheric tune, "Weightless," filmmaker Richie Johnston turned a single LED-enabled drone into a ghostly fleet of glowing dancers. Using a video technique similar to Pelle Cass' timelapse crowd compilations, Johnston replicates and repeats the lonely drone's movements, turning a single glowing dot into a massive, floating stream of light.

1 Reason Laugh and Let ‘Loose’ Over Bad Casting Notices

Backstage: We’ve all seen the casting notices written with complete disregard to cardinal rules like using proper grammar, steering clear of racist, sexist, and misogynistic descriptions, and y’know, actually letting people know what you’re specifically looking for in an actor.

Autodesk to Call Its 3D Printer “Ember,” Premiering in Paris Next Week

MAKE: Autodesk, one of the world’s most prominent creative software companies, is launching its first piece of hardware this year. And now the printer has a name — Ember.

Everyone Can Become An Electronics Wiz Thanks To littleBits

Big Think | Design for Good: Ayah Bdeir had a dream - take electronics out of the hands of experts and large companies and put them in the hands of ordinary people in order to make them inventors, builders, designers, and experimenters. Today, her dream is a reality. Her company, New York based littleBits Electronics, makes electronics accessible to kids, adults, geeks, and amateurs, and has been gaining increasing popularity, critical acclaim, and investors attention.

Interview with Jay Duckworth

Prop Agenda: When I called Jay Duckworth and explained that I was the student from Emerson who would be interviewing him, I was greeted with an “Oh my God! Hi!”, and I knew the conversation was off to a good start. I heard him call to one of his colleagues, Sara Swanberg, asking what he should tell me: her prompt response was “I suck!”.

Old Navy #Selfiebration is a Contraption That Turns Selfies Into Halftone Balloon Portraits

petapixel.com: To celebrate its 20th birthday, Old Navy has created what it’s calling a #Selfiebration machine. What is a Selfiebration machine you ask? Why, it’s a 15 foot contraption that turns Twitter selfies into ephemeral pieces of balloon art, à la halftone stylization.

A Look Inside Design at Evernote

Thoughts on users, experience, and design from the folks at InVision.: We’re tracking down InVision users inside the world’s most amazing companies to discover their favorite tools, books, methods, and the philosophy behind what makes them so awesome. This week we interviewed Joshua Taylor, a UI Designer at Evernote in Redwood City, CA.

Review: Pict's 'Macbeth' doesn't rise to ultimate heights

TribLIVE: Shakespeare's dark tale of reckless ambition and murder gets an even darker reading in Pict Classic Theatre's “Macbeth.” Director Alan Stanford, scenic designers Michael Thomas Essad and costume designer Michael Montgomery created a spare, sharp edged and very black world where spritely singing witches gambol and ambitions spin out of control.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Additions and Promotions at IAAPA

InPark Magazine: The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has added three new employees and promoted two others. Felicia Fett is now IAAPA’s board of directors and committee administrator; Melony Bildhauer joins the IAAPA team as director, meetings and special events; and Alma Aguilar is the new an administrative assistant for Latin America. Fett and Bildhauer report to IAAPA’s headquarters office in Alexandria, Virginia, while Aguilar will work from IAAPA’s Latin American regional office in Mexico City, Mexico.

Biography of an Inflatable Tube Guy

re:form — Medium : They dance on street corners and used car lots, waving their stubby arms in the wind. Tirelessly they shimmy, collapse, and bob up again, stupid grin permanently glued to their stupid faces. They are wacky inflatable tube guys, a ubiquitous advertising product that manages to be mesmerizing, hilarious, and existentially bleak, depending on your mood.

USITT Working to Define Essential Skills

www.yourperformancepartners.com: Let’s say you’re a technical director at a regional theatre. You’re looking to fill an entry-level electrician position on your staff, and you receive two resumes from recent college graduates. Each of these resumes shows that the applicant has a theatre degree, and they’ve each had some hands-on experience as electricians for campus productions.

Standing Ovation At Met Opera Despite Protest

Pollstar: Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met glorifies terrorism” before the company’s first performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Romola Garai on Sexism in Film and Theater and Feeling Like a "Commodity"

Women and Hollywood: When we saw the announcement of Romola Garai’s casting in Indian Ink, we e-mailed The Roundabout right away -- seriously, like within ten minutes of the announcement -- to ask if we could speak with her. Her appearance on the New York stage (she’s British) is one of the most exciting things to happen this season -- her work in Indian Ink is brilliant (both in the American and British use of the word).

26 Creative Business Cards That Aren’t Even Cards

TwistedSifter: Contact information has gone digital but that doesn’t mean the traditional business card no longer serves a purpose. Business cards these days are used to make an impression. They can be great marketing tools for your services and a memorable ‘card’ can lead to new opportunities.

'Chorus Line' a kick for new generation

TribLIVE: A new generation of kids will get an opportunity to join the line when students from Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Richard E. Rauh Conservatory Theater Company perform “A Chorus Line” from Oct. 23 to 26 at the Byham Theater, Downtown.

'Forever Plaid' launches Civic Theatre season

TribLIVE: A feel-good musical in four-part harmony will open the 63rd season for Greensburg Civic Theatre. “Forever Plaid” takes audiences back to the 1950s, when boy bands such as the Four Freshmen and the Four Aces melted young girls' hearts with romantic tunes like “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Moments to Remember,” “Shangri-La” and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.”

'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

Hollywood Reporter: In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons.

Carve anything out of metal or wood with Carvey

gigaom.com: The home creating space is increasingly moving from the garage to the desktop, and the latest evidence is Carvey, a CNC machine the size of a microwave that can carve pretty much anything you want out of wood, metal and other materials.

ONOD 3: “Through the Eyes of One, We Explore the Lives Of Many”

www.cirquefascination.com: One Drop celebrated the third-annual “Walk for Water” last weekend at Springs Preserve presented by UFC with a 2.7-mile walk kicked off at Symphony Park by the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and ended with a celebration at Springs Preserve. The event paid tribute to the 780 million people who lack access to water and are forced to walk miles every day to retrieve it. Keynote speeches about our growing lack of water and need for conservation were made by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, One Drop CEO Catherine B. Bachand, UFC Hall of Famer and former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and other concerned residents. Robin Leach spoke at length with Catherine Bachand about the work of ONE DROP and what we can expect at Cirque’s next benefit performance, on March 20, 2015 at The Beatles LOVE Thaeter at the Mirage.

I Went to a Hatsune Miku Concert and It Was Fucking Amazing

jezebel.com​: On Saturday, I watched a not-particularly-realistic 2D projection of a teenaged girl in teal pigtails singing in a computer-generated voice mesmerize a concert hall packed with teens. For two hours. And it was actually pretty fucking amazing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Design Is Eating The World

The Creativity Post: Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a radical shift toward design as a fundamental source of value. It used to be that design was a relatively narrow field, but today it’s become central to product performance and everybody needs to be design literate. To get an idea of where its all going, I looked in on how Autodesk is promoting design as a basic skill.

artist empowers people with disabilities through mind-generated paintings

www.designboom.com: chinese artist jody xiong has collaborated with 16 handicapped people — recruited via social media — in the artistic and technological realization of the ‘mind art’ installation. the project participants were asked to choose a winsor & newton paint color, which was placed in balloons equipped with tiny detonators. large canvas panels surrounded the balloons on all sides.

Bricolage's 'SCarrie!' splashes together parody with cult classic

TribLIVE: You may already know “Carrie” from Stephen King's 1974 thriller, director Brian DePalma's 1976 movie or the 2013 remake. Maybe you bought tickets to one of the 21 performances of the now-legendary 1988 Broadway musical or the reworked version that played off-Broadway in 2012. You may even have met it as the unauthorized spoof “Scarrie! The Musical.”

'Clue' follows audience's lead — to a point

TribLIVE: The price of admission to “Clue the Musical” buys more than just a seat in the audience. There may be a small role, as well.

Based on the classic board game, “Clue the Musical” sings and dances around the solving of a murder at a mansion. The audience joins in by selecting from cast members the cards that determine the murderer, the weapon used and the room it went down in, thus creating a different show each time out.

Pittsburgh Ballet starts 45th season with classic 'Sleeping Beauty'

TribLIVE: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will celebrate the opening of its 45th season with one of the jewels of its repertoire, a popular and iconic ballet it last presented five years ago.

“‘The Sleeping Beauty' is just one of those very special ballets, starting with the story but also because of the music,” artistic director Terrance Orr says. “Tchaikovsky's score is phenomenal. What it did to dance is to take music at that level and match it to the ability of the dancers. It's very important to me that we do it with a live orchestra.”

Directors Guild Leaders Approve Deal on Commercials Contract

Variety: The Directors Guild of America’s national board has voted unanimously to approve a tentative three-year commercials contract to be sent to the membership for ratification.

If ratified, the successor deal would go into effect on Dec. 1, going through Nov. 30, 2017.

The deal is similar to the DGA’s new contract for film and TV, which went into effect in July.

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