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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Google's Head Of HR: These Are The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make On Your Résumé

Business Insider: A bad resume can knock you out of the running for a job that you deserve, no matter how illustrious your work history.
Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations for the past eight years, would know.
Google sometimes gets more than 50,000 resumes in a single week, and Bock has personally reviewed more than 20,000.

Is Diagon Alley really a game-changer for the theme park industry?

www.themeparkinsider.com: Universal Orlando's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley clearly sets a new standard for themed entertainment environments in the United States. No other theme park land in the country so thoroughly infuses its space with all the elements that transport visitors into its narrative.

The World Wide Theater at Our Fingertips

HowlRound: Theater practitioners have a conflicted relationship with internet technology as it relates to performance. Sure, it’s great for conducting ticket sales, but most people in the industry have taken a stance against internet-using in a theatrical space. Whether it’s “tweet seats,” streaming performances, or social media management, the internet has been stigmatized in the theater industry as a necessary nuisance. However, this is in reaction to a clunky attempt to integrate the internet into the theater. What if we rethink the very nature of the web’s potential to shape theater?

Stagehands the foundation of Made in America

Philly.com: Nothing stopped stagehand James Pisano, 25, from reporting for work at Made in America for a 5 a.m. call Sunday.
Not his Saturday shift, which ended at 3 a.m. Sunday, just two hours before his start time. Not the 90 minutes of a break that he spent in the hospital with not much of an injured wrist.
"Stagehands heal fast," he joked, waiting backstage to unload one of seven two-ton tractor trailers packed with gear for Sunday night's headliner, Kings of Leon.

5 Ways to Get On Your Professor's Good Side

hackerspace.lifehacker.com: I've been teaching intro courses of one form or another for a couple of years now, so I'm gonna share a few tips on how to endear yourself to the average instructor. My hope is that if you're on hackerspace/lifehacker, you're probably the sort of proactive student who's gonna read 'em and go "duh".

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Henry Hewes Design Award Winners Named

Stage Directions: The Henry Hewes Design Awards named their 2014 honorees: Bob Crowley (Scenic Design, The Glass Menagerie), Linda Cho (Costume Design, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play) and G. Lucas Crane and Keith Skretch (Notable Effects, This Was the End). Selected from more than 200 Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions, the awards recognize not only the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design, but also “Notable Effects,” which includes sound, music, video, puppetry and other effects. The winners will be honored at a lunch on Oct. 6.

Q&A: Anthony Mattana On Hooke

Sound content from Live Design: Sound designer/composer Anthony Mattana has discovered a way to capture 3D sound with Hooke. Live Design chats with him about his invention

Controlled Chaos: House & Monitor Sound For Pharrell Williams Live

Pro Sound Web: Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest music stars on the planet. His resume speaks volumes, and his recent hits “Happy” and “Get Lucky” (with Daft Punk) seem almost ingrained on the brain (well, my brain, anyway). His stage show is energetic, his melodies are contagious, and his live sound is smooth, full of fidelity. I recently met the men behind the consoles that share Pharrell’s 24/7 work ethic and help make it all happen: Kyle Hamilton and Jeremy Peters.

Nominations Open For USITT 2015 Young Designers & Technicians Awards

Live Design [primary-term] press release archives: Nominations are now open for USITT’s 2015 Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts. The YD&T Awards are sponsored by industry leaders to annually recognize up-and-coming theatrical artists.

Student or early career designers and technicians can be nominated for 11 awards -- in lighting, sound, scenic, costume, and makeup design, technical production, stage management, and craftsmanship.

Everything You Need To Know About Investing In A New Loudspeaker System

Pro Sound Web: It’s a good time to invest in a new loudspeaker system. The economy is stabilizing and clients who had pulled back on events are showing signs of life.

Your inventory is tired and may be outdated. The new technologies are genuinely impressive. Better yet, manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get you into a new system.

Apps Aim to Prevent Sexual Assault, Rape on Campus

ABC News: A slew of new apps aim to prevent assault and rape on college campuses, under the assumption that students are never too far from their smartphones.

Two are in development at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. One, NightOwl, is actually a party-planning app that lets students upload guest lists, photos and a playlist, while also keeping tabs on suspicious activity. Guests can send an alert to the host or to other guests to alert them of potentially dangerous situations.

The World Wide Theater at Our Fingertips

HowlRound: Theater practitioners have a conflicted relationship with internet technology as it relates to performance. Sure, it’s great for conducting ticket sales, but most people in the industry have taken a stance against internet-using in a theatrical space. Whether it’s “tweet seats,” streaming performances, or social media management, the internet has been stigmatized in the theater industry as a necessary nuisance. However, this is in reaction to a clunky attempt to integrate the internet into the theater. What if we rethink the very nature of the web’s potential to shape theater?

Mobile Event App Heresy: Three Signs You're Doing It Wrong

meetings-conventions.com: This may sound like heresy, but if your conference attendees are looking intently at your mobile event app, if they're "checking in," if they're competing for points in your gamification feature by posting photos of the conference center, well, you're doing it wrong.

Wait, what?! Don't you want people using your app? Don't you want them checking in? Isn't the whole point of gamification to encourage engagement? The answer is yes and no.

Are Our Event Apps Discouraging Face-to-Face Interaction?

tradeshowinstitute.com: It’s not often you hear the CEO of an Event App company rant about how mobile event apps are ruining the attendees’ conference experience. However, that’s what Pathable’s CEO Jordan Schwartz was doing in a blog post he wrote for Meetings & Conventions magazine titled “Mobile Event App Heresy: Three Signs You’re Doing It Wrong.”

Customizing a "Wow" Moment for DeVos Performance Hall

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "For almost twenty years our venue has been using a very minimal, practically homemade sound system we were able to piece together. It wasn't even in stereo, but it worked;" after years on the road, David "Dansir" McCullough settled in at DeVos Performance Hall back in 1998. In the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 2,400-seat auditorium hosts hundreds of performances annually, ranging from opera to ballet, rock, Broadway style, spoken word, and perhaps most often, The Grand Rapids Symphony.

Stagehands the foundation of Made in America

Philly.com: Nothing stopped stagehand James Pisano, 25, from reporting for work at Made in America for a 5 a.m. call Sunday.

Not his Saturday shift, which ended at 3 a.m. Sunday, just two hours before his start time. Not the 90 minutes of a break that he spent in the hospital with not much of an injured wrist.

"Stagehands heal fast," he joked, waiting backstage to unload one of seven two-ton tractor trailers packed with gear for Sunday night's headliner, Kings of Leon.

San Diego Opera Downsizes to Survive

NYTimes.com: The offices of the San Diego Opera once filled the penthouse atop the Civic Center Plaza, with 12-foot ceilings and sweeping views of this city and its harbors. No more. These days, opera executives toil away in the decidedly less glamorous former offices of the public defender, with hallways stacked with boxes and unhung pictures lined against the walls.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Google's Head Of HR: These Are The Biggest Mistakes You Can Make On Your Résumé

Business Insider: A bad resume can knock you out of the running for a job that you deserve, no matter how illustrious your work history.

Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations for the past eight years, would know.

Google sometimes gets more than 50,000 resumes in a single week, and Bock has personally reviewed more than 20,000.

Is Diagon Alley really a game-changer for the theme park industry?

www.themeparkinsider.com: Universal Orlando's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley clearly sets a new standard for themed entertainment environments in the United States. No other theme park land in the country so thoroughly infuses its space with all the elements that transport visitors into its narrative.

Are You Following The South Williamsport Spamalot Controversy?

Adaptistration: The 8/26/2014 edition of Slate published an article by columnist and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts Interim Director, Howard Sherman that examines the decision by South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Junior/Senior High School administrators to cancel an upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot by Eric Idle due to what the school’s principal, Jesse Smith, described as the musical’s “homosexual themes.” Smith’s decision was upheld by South Williamsport Area School District administrators even after Sherman’s article produced evidence that the principal and school superintendent, Dr. Mark Stamm, deliberately obfuscated and misinformed the public on their “homosexual themes” issue serving as a cornerstone for their validation.

Spamalot: Pennsylvania school cancels production because of “homosexual themes.”

www.slate.com: “Just think,” says Sir Lancelot, of his nuptials to a young man named Herbert in Monty Python’s Spamalot, “In a thousand years time, this will still be controversial.” The administration of the South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Junior/Senior High School seems determined to prove the gallant knight prescient, as it has canceled a planned 2015 production of the musical due to its “homosexual themes.”

A Message from Richard Thomas

2AMt » Blog Archive: A production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot, slated for the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School in Pennsylvania in 2015, was canceled by the school’s principal due to “homosexual themes.”

» High School Theatre Wickedness In The Eye Of The Beholder Howard Sherman

www.hesherman.com: Years from now, when the musical Wicked is eventually made available for school and amateur productions, will some high school administrator declare it inappropriate? After all, among its many plot strands is the story of (spoiler alert) the manipulative Madame Morrible, a school headmistress who schemes against those in Oz who don’t conform precisely to her standards, be they green girl or anthropomorphic animal. It’s a terrible portrait of pedagogy gone wrong and surely doesn’t foster the collaborative, supportive relationships that school leaders must seek with each successive generation of students, as well as with their faculty and staff. From that perspective, it’s seditious.

New York Street Fair Offers Rare Look Inside Film and TV Production

Variety: After a seven-year hiatus, Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, and Kaufman Astoria Studios have brought back New York on Location, a free event that offers a behind-the-scenes look at film production in New York.

The day-long affair will take place Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens; at the nearby Museum; and on surrounding streets.

Meet The Filmmaker Exploring Physics With Haunting VFX

The Creators Project: Polish artist and academic Andrzej Dragan is a solitary force in both the scientific and creative communities—possibly the only quantum physics PhD who's also photographed David Lynch holding a chicken. Before earning his doctorate from Warsaw University and receiving grants and scholarships from the likes of the the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FPS), he was an acclaimed composer, winning several international music competitions throughout Europe. He began taking photos in 2003 while he worked on his thesis, and within three years had become a well-known photographer, including a nomination for a Cannes Lion in 2006.

mixmotion presents kamiko: an interactive kinetic sculpture of origami

www.designboom.com: the project finds its origins in the form of fortune tellers, the small objects kids fold and decorate to humorously predict the future and tease each other. as multiple modules of the origami are combined, tactile surfaces and geometries are developed. the insight is that with the right design, even a simple piece of paper can create a range of dramatic emotions

AMC Sees Stand-Up Gains from Fully Reclining Seats

Variety: The AMC theater chain is seeing strong revenue gains as it starts converting about a third of its 5,000 U.S. auditoriums to fully reclining seats — and is accelerating its spending on that front.

The chain reported Thursday that admissions revenues per screen increased by 33% and adjusted EBITDA more than doubled at the 44 locations that have been converted to fully reclining seats.

As a result, the company’s board increased its capital expenditures by approximately $39 million this year to accelerate the rollout of its on-going “customer experience” initiatives — including the larger reclining seats, its McGuffin cocktail bars and Imax screens.

Want to Go to a Public University? You May Be Forced to Do a Sex Quiz

jezebel.com: Here's the good news. Colleges are taking Title IX seriously and asking that students be well-versed in substance abuse and sexual assault prevention. Here's the bad news: You may have to disclose how many people you've gone down on in the last three months.

Watch: Here's How You Get the Job Writing 'Sharknado'

Movie News | Movies.com: Before screenwriter Thunder Levin wrote about Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling killer sharks during a freak hurricane in Los Angeles in Sharknado, he was scribbling Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood (starring C. Thomas Howell, natch) and penning other low-budget indies. The writer talks about his career trajectory in this video we spotted on Filmmaker IQ.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aerial Cinematography Firm ShotOver Bringing Changes to Business Model

Variety: Whether swooping between skyscrapers or soaring over the seacoast, a day with an aerial cinematography team can revive the romance of flight. No wonder some directors can’t wait to get up in the air.

5 Ways to Get On Your Professor's Good Side

hackerspace.lifehacker.com: I've been teaching intro courses of one form or another for a couple of years now, so I'm gonna share a few tips on how to endear yourself to the average instructor. My hope is that if you're on hackerspace/lifehacker, you're probably the sort of proactive student who's gonna read 'em and go "duh".

Murder is a laugh in new Apple Hill Playhouse production

TribLIVE: Fans of English mysteries, old “Pink Panther” movies and their leading funny-man detective Inspector Clouseau should find “Secondary Cause of Death” just their cup of tea.

Karin Maresh, who directs the comedy at Apple Hill Playhouse, says theatergoers who laughed their way through last season's “Murdered to Death,” the prequel to “Secondary Cause of Death,” will be happy to find some of the same characters back again.

Maresh is happy to be back, as well.

Theatre Factory's 'Nunsense' is homecoming, reunion all in one

TribLIVE: Pittsburgh actor Rita Kelly performed the role of the Reverend Mother Regina in “Nunsense” in hundreds of performances before she moved to Ocala, Fla., eight years ago.

When her daughter, Erin Seaberg, signed on as director for the Theatre Factory's production of the musical comedy and asked her mother to fly north to play the nun in the show, she says her mother couldn't refuse — once again proving that old habits die hard.

Stage of Innovation

Pittsburgh Magazine - September 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA: On the evening of May 2, Michael Hollinger was in a quandary. Preview performances of his new play “Hope and Gravity” were to start at City Theatre the following night, but he still wasn’t sure if the second scene was ready.

Hollinger turned to his director, Tracy Brigden, and asked if he could take one last stab at a revision.

“I love that she said yes,” Hollinger says of his conversation with City’s artistic director. “She made a curtain speech before the first two previews explaining why the actors would be performing the scene holding scripts and celebrating the fact that City Theatre is all about developing new works. The play is all the better for it.”

A Radical New Way to Collaborate, From the Makers of 'Paper'

WIRED: An empty canvas is great if you’ve got the imagination to do something with it. Sometimes, though, it takes a little push to get the creative mojo going.

That’s the thinking behind Mix, a new collaborative platform from FiftyThree, makers of the popular iPad sketching app, Paper. Built right into the app, it’s based around a continuously expanding pool of shared content that’s available for anyone to mix, remix, and draw inspiration from.

CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

Hollywood Reporter: The National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians in the network’s New York and Washington bureaus, compensate more than 200 others wrongly paid at lower wage rates, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as the bargaining representative of the affected employees.

Judi Dench laments that young actors are held back by wealth divide

Stage | The Observer: Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Laurence Fox … the ever-growing list of public school-educated actors dominating British film and television is often offered as proof that posh actors are squeezing out working-class talent. Acting, some fear, is increasingly the preserve of those with cut-glass accents whose parents can afford to bankroll them when starting out.

The Woman Who Created The Bechdel Test Is Officially A Genius

ThinkProgress: The 2014 MacArthur Fellows were announced today, and among the pack of very impressive (and impressively diverse; nice work, MacArthur people!) brainiacs is ThinkProgress favorite Alison Bechdel.

How Many Women Work Off-Broadway?

The Clyde Fitch Report: The League of Professional Theatre Women has released the results of a new gender parity study regarding women employed Off-Broadway from 2010-2014.

This study, part of their initiative called Women Count, covers 355 productions from 22 theater companies. The thirteen employment categories included in this study range from playwrights, directors and stage managers to choreographers, sound designers and set designers.

Listening for Unheard Voices—Syria: The Trojan Women

HowlRound: After premiering in December 2013 in Amman, Jordan to international acclaim, the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, founded by Ambassador Cynthia Schneider from the School of Foreign Service and myself, has planned to host these remarkable women this week in their first North American performances as part of a two-week residency to launch Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival, a two-year project that is part of the Building Bridges Campus Community Engagement Program—Expanding Awareness and Understanding about Muslim Societies through the Performing Arts, from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

17 Pieces of Advice from ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

Backstage: For the last decade, Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio” has offered fascinating glimpses into how some of our greatest actors approach their craft. Here are 17 pieces of acting advice James Lipton has coaxed out of his fabulously talented guests.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bob Marley Musical Set for Baltimore's Center Stage

NYTimes.com: “Marley,” a new musical about Bob Marley, the Jamaican reggae star who died in 1981 at the age of 36, will have its premiere next year at Center Stage in Baltimore, the company announced on Tuesday. The show will feature music composed by Marley, including the songs “Exodus” and “Rastaman Vibration,” with a book and direction by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Center Stage’s artistic director.

Is Formal Training Needed for AV Design?

www.avnetwork.com: I am often asked what my career is. After trying to explain all the intricacies of working with an independent audiovisual design consultant in one or two sentences, it is inevitably followed by “So how did you get into that?” For many of my colleagues and me, it is this question that requires a long and convoluted response describing intertwining gigs and jobs in related industries or fields.

The 8 Must-Have Elements to Make Your Presentation Rock

www.entrepreneur.com: Being selected as a subject-matter expert presenter can be high praise. However, you need to do well because your reputation—and your company’s reputation—is on the line.

Whether you’re presenting in person or online, follow these steps to keep your audience’s attention and avoid the far off, unfocused sea of eyes in the room -- or worse, the people that "slyly" duck out (yet everyone notices).

Jeff Award Nominations Announced

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: The Equity Jeff Award nominations for the 2013-2014 season were announced August 21. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony, paying tribute to professional theatre produced in the immediate Chicago area, will be held Monday, October 13 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Leading the design awards with three nominations each are The White Snake from Goodman Theatre and Dorian from The House Theatre of Chicago. For Snake, the nominations include T. J. Gerckens for Lighting Design -- Large, Shawn Sagady for Projections/Video Design, and Mara Blumenfeld for Costume Design -- Large. Dorian's, nominees are Rebecca A. Barrett and Lee Keenan for Lighting Design -- Midsize, Kevin O'Donnell for Sound Design -- Midsize, and Portrait Artist Jeff Klapperich for Artistic Specializations.

The Arts in a Civic World Upside Down

Jumper: In their article, Thinking About Civic Leadership, David Chrislip and Edward O’Malley convey that in the nineteenth and early-to-mid-twentieth century what generally was meant by civic leadership in America was “those at the top organization levels” that were “part of an elite, guiding force for civic life.”[1] In other words, a network of white powerful men who knew what was best for their communities, and had ability to get things done. They operated from a position of authority, the authors write, doing things for their communities without input from their communities-at-large.

ESA Plans First Event Safety Summit for Dec. 2-5, 2014

PLSN:The Event Safety Alliance noted plans for its inaugural Event Safety Summit, to be held at Tait Towers’ headquarters here from Dec. 2-5, 2014. Safety topics covered include severe weather, effective command systems, event safety plans and procedures, safe access training, legal issues, coordinating safety planning with public safety officials and working effectively with your insurer. The $1,750 registration fee covers instruction, materials and food; participants will be responsible for lodging and airport transportation costs.

Tidewater Opera Initiative: Small budget, big dreams

HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com: In an era when mainstream opera companies are struggling, a robust breed of small-scale presenters is rising.

The national trend of tiny-budget, artist-driven opera companies has landed in Hampton Roads in the form of Tidewater Opera Initiative.

Tidewater Opera, known by its initials, TOI – “toi! toi! toi!” is the backstage opera equivalent of “break a leg” – opens its season tonight at Norfolk Collegiate School’s Meredith Center for the Arts.

Attaining The “Perfect” Volume

Pro Sound Web: Last year, a worship leader named Jordan Richmond wrote a post on Thom Rainer’s blog. The post is entitled, “How Loud Should Our Church Music Be?” and it incited no small number of comments. In fact, if you have some time, go read the comments; some are quite amusing.

The Rigging Book Of The Century

Staging content from Live Design: With the switch from manual to motorized rigging systems in both permanent and touring productions, the entertainment industry has seen vast changes for rigging technology in the past decade, including an increasing focus on standardized safety practices. Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century explains what is happening, why, and how, with details on technology and methodology that is accessible for both riggers and non-riggers.

3D Printing Takes Hold

Builder Magazine: You may have seen it at your local Home Depot: An informational kiosk that shows real-world applications of what used to be considered a futuristic technology.

The retailer currently is marketing 3D printers from MakerBot in 12 stores across the country, mainly in California, New York City, and the Chicago area as well as on its website. Customers can see live 3D printing demonstrations, check out sample prints showcasing practical applications for 3D printing, and take home 3D printed souvenirs. The machines range from $2,900 for a fifth generation model to $1,375 for a mini desktop model.

Designers On Directors: Barreca, Crouch, And Dodge Discuss

Theatre content from Live Design: When a scenic designer approaches a play, what defines his or her process? The style and substance of the play? His or her own style? How about the director? Does the vision or approach of a director affect a designer’s process or the kind of work he or she’s likely to accomplish? Christopher Barreca, Julian Crouch, and Alexander Dodge—Barreca and Crouch also direct—talk about the way they work with directors.

Wake up! How to give boring safety briefings a shot in the arm

Workplace Safety Blog: It’s happened to the best of us. You’re standing in front of a room of people, tasked with the job of delivering a safety briefing. You’ve put on your best suit, practiced your presentation and double-checked your data. Yet as you look out at your audience, you are confronted by a sea of bored faces, shuffling their chairs, itching to leave. You don’t get it. After all, the things you’re saying are vitally important – possibly life saving! Yet for whatever reason, the message just isn’t getting through…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Realistic Olympic Bobsled Replica Created with Solid Printing

Signshop: Working with a tight deadline and a challenging assignment, Color Ink delivered its client realistic 1:1 scale models of Olympic bobsleds in time for the Olympics. Established in 1984, Color Ink, Inc., employs over 120 people working in 100,000+ square feet of production space in Sussex, Wisconsin. They have a well-deserved reputation as an industry leader in new technologies. Their customer base includes national as well as local accounts.

Theater prepares for memorial show amid reconstruction

Appeal-Democrat: Colusa Sun Herald: With the peeling '70s faux wood paneling torn down and more renovations to come, Colusa County's community theater started auditions for an upcoming memorial show.

Stagehands, Colusa County's nonprofit community theater at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, began auditions on Friday for "Rumors," a play first directed at the theater by the late Jim Reading. The Stagehands Theatre Board decided to do the piece again to honor Reading's memory as a director, performer and community enthusiast.

A Day in the Life

Security Today: Students, staff and instructors begin their day at a reasonable hour during a work day, but for security, time has no meaning. The criminal element does not watch the clock and often strikes when there is opportunity. Safety and security go hand-in-hand, no matter the hour of the day or night.

Pittsburgh Playhouse's REP opens 2014-2015 with Of Mice and Men

Pittsburgh Stage and Screen | Examiner.com: The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, opens its 2014-2015 season with Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s timeless and heartwrenching tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression.

Who’s Really Scalping Ticket Buyers

TicketNews: When concerts are sold out minutes after going on sale, primary ticket sellers like Ticketmaster and artists themselves have been quick to point the finger at the secondary ticket market for buying the best tickets and pricing them above face value. They have even supported legislation in attempts to limit secondary ticket websites’ influence in the market. But a recent story in the Huffington Post pulled the curtain back on a little known fact in the live entertainment business; many artists are scalping their own tickets.

Michael Cera, Kieran Culken and Tavi Gevinson to Open in ‘This Is Our Youth’

NYTimes.com: Late one June night, in the offices of the Steppenwolf Theater Company here, long after the audience had left and the lights were mostly turned out, Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin were busy with an after-hours project: teaching their co-star Tavi Gevinson how to chug.

Financial firms don't connect with millennials, study finds

TribLIVE: There are several reasons that firms have been unable to reach younger consumers, the survey said. One is that firms haven't developed products that connect the rewards of saving to the present. Nearly three-quarters of the millenials surveyed said they would save more for retirement if they were rewarded in some way.

It's a lot to ask a 20-something to hand over their hard-earned dollars and not be able to touch any part of it for several decades, said Don Marinelli, the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center who has studied the millennial generation.

On Broadway Today, a Name Above the Title Isn’t That Hard to Get

NYTimes.com: At 11:02 p.m. on June 8, at Broadway’s annual Tony Awards ceremony, Rosie O’Donnell announced the winner of the most coveted prize in theater — the Tony for best musical — and a flash flood of men in tuxedos and women in gowns gushed down the right aisle of Radio City Music Hall. None of them were famous, none recognizable. They were the small army of major investors that Broadway increasingly depends on to finance shows, in this case the winning musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” And for many of them, a dream came true when they reached center stage: collecting a Tony on the national CBS broadcast.

Hand Safety Matters

Occupational Health & Safety: Workplace hand injuries are a leading cause of lost workdays and emergency room visits around the globe. From minor to life-threatening and everything in between, these injuries can be costly to employers and life-changing for employees.

Rules for Investing in a Broadway Production

NYTimes.com: Broadway shows often rely on dozens of investors to finance their costly budgets. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” for example, had 130 investors providing between $25,000 and $850,000 for a total capitalization of $7.5 million.

Let’s say you want to become a Broadway investor.

Hyde 17-in-1 Painter's Tool

Tools of the Trade: I used to work with a former painter who could do just about anything with an ordinary putty knife. In addition to the usual prying, scraping, and spackling, I once saw him use one to open and eat a can of tuna at lunch break. One can only imagine what a guy like that would do with a 17-in-1 Painter’s Tool—maybe build a skyscraper or something.

‘Finding Neverland’ Opens at American Repertory Theater

NYTimes.com: As long-suffering authorities like the Wright Brothers and Icarus could have told you, becoming airborne is never easy. That’s the lesson being contemplated, on several levels, by “Finding Neverland,” the ever-evolving, highly determined Broadway-bound children’s musical that opened on Wednesday night at the American Repertory Theater here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Harvard Lampoon president Alexis Wilkinson on how writers’ rooms should deal with gender and race

Salon.com: Last week, Harvard’s 138-year-old comedy mag, The Harvard Lampoon, launched its first Internet parody site, the Huffington Psst. It’s a mirror-image of Arianna Huffington’s traffic monster, with content taken down a notch or ten.

The project came to fruition under the leadership of Lampoon president Alexis Wilkinson, a woman who made headlines earlier this year for becoming the first black woman to lead the organization. Wilkinson, who has seemingly brought the venerated comedy institution into the 21st century with a new interest in Internet parodies and a heightened awareness of race and gender issues, recently opened up to Salon about her year as president, her observations about diversity in the comedy-writing world, and where the Lampoon may be headed next.

The Resume Section That Matters More Than You'd Think

The Muse: What section headings do you have on your resume? Let me guess: “Experience,” “Education,” “Additional Information,” and maybe a “Summary” section. That about covers it, right?

Well, if your resume doesn’t have a “Skills” section, you’re seriously missing out on an opportunity to showcase, you know, your skills. In fact, this is the most straightforward way for you to show to a hiring manager what you can accomplish in the position on day one.

Watch a video about the history of stop-motion animation

Movies News - Digital Spy: Stop-motion animation has been used for years to make some of film and TV's most iconic characters come to life.

A YouTube user has made a video called Stop Motion Animation: A History to celebrate some of the best animated films to have used this form of animation.

Prop baby goes from CLO to Broadway

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Once upon a time there was a baby doll who was adopted by actors. He traveled the country, enchanting everyone he met. Fans followed his every move on social media and eventually on Broadway. And, as with so many great names of musical theater, the legend was born right here.

“I have a Pittsburgh story for you,” was how Matthew Gardiner began the tale.

No death knell: Pittsburgh symphony and opera strive to attract newcomers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: On a Thursday evening in May, a couple hundred patrons dressed in jeans or formal wear filed into the ornate lobby of Heinz Hall.

They weren’t there for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert. They were there for happy hour.

It was nothing fancy: Guests sampled snacks provided by Downtown restaurants and sipped wine as the White Tie Group, a jazz band made up of symphony musicians, performed.

Elation Professional Launches the SNIPER, a Multi-Effect and Laser Simulator

iSquint.net: Over the weekend, Elation attended the PRO Show @ BPM in Birmingham England to introduce their latest product to the world. Those attending witnessed Director of Sales, Eric Loader introducing the Sniper, a multi-effect and laser simulator. The rest of us, we had to wait the weekend out for the big announcement to make it over the pond. Was this a ploy to get us to attend the PRO Show to see it live and in person… it kinda worked!

Unsurprising News That Still Sucks: Hollywood Has Some Homophobia Problems

The Mary Sue: A new study surveying 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has shed light on some of the less-savory aspects of the Hollywood machine that LGBT performers face every day. While the study wasn’t entirely negative, it does show that discrimination and harassment in the entertainment industry is still a prevalent issue (in case you still needed convincing of that fact).

A 5-Minute Hack to Finding Your Life's Work

Live Your Legend: While in theory no one knows you better than you, oftentimes we get so deep in our own head, thoughts and fears that we subconsciously blind ourselves from seeing the obvious.

So instead of putting all the pressure on yourself, ask the people who know you best. Because sometimes the honest perspective of an outsider is all we need to finally see the light that’s been shining the whole time.

höweler + yoon's swing time illuminates boston park

www.designboom.com: ‘swing time’ by höweler + yoon architecture is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. designed in three different sizes, the welded polypropylene swings enable users to engage, exercise and play as individuals or in groups. the installation activates the temporary urban park and creates a community area between the boston convention, exhibition center and D street.

Viola Davis is Still Waiting to Be Seen

Women and Hollywood: Despite doing work that’s won her two Tony Awards, two Academy Award nominations, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, a Golden Globe nod, and a spot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list, actress Viola Davis is still waiting to be seen by Hollywood. She will finally get her due this September, not on the big screen, but in ABC’s latest show from Shonda Rhimes’ company, How To Get Away With Murder, which premieres September 25th.

Coming Soon: Bosch Wireless Battery Charging System

ToolGuyd: Bosch’s 18V wireless battery and charger are now available for preorder on Amazon, indicating that they’re just about to hit the market.

As you might recall, the inductive charging technology works when the compatible wireless battery – either by itself or attached to a drill or driver – is placed on top of the charger.

Toronto Film Festival: Smaller Deals Show Tough Market for Indie Film | Variety

Toronto Film Festival: Smaller Deals Show Tough Market for Indie Film | Variety: For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.

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