Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jeff Awards Plan Steps to Diversify, Integrate with Theater Community

PerformInk: The Jeff Awards have released the results of an independent research project to identify areas for improvement, and action steps the committee is considering to address the findings. Taproot+, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono services by volunteer professionals, conducted the study, which consisted of phone interviews with 21 leaders of theater organizations, and a survey that was provided to every Jeff-participating theater.

Review: Holiday spirit soars in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: While the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” is undeniably a family treat, it’s the matinees that truly bring out Marie wannabes and Sugar Plums aplenty in the audiences at the Benedum Center.

Clickspring Design Helps Comic Con VIPs Party In The Future

Live Design: Known for its unique characters and mixture of art, storytelling, and fandom, Comic Con celebrates a broad section of popular culture including comic books, videos games, movies, and television.

ETC Tops $300K in Pledge-a-Product Donations to Behind the Scenes

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: On the LDI show floor this year, ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a check for $24,873.84, representing this year's proceeds from the company's iRFR and aRFR focus remote applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC's mobile app sales have generated an impressive $322,825 in donations, helping the charity bring assistance to many ill or injured entertainment technology colleagues and their families.

The Future of Technology—and Engagement

Church Designer Magazine: As a church designer, you probably don't buy the hype that more moving lights, bigger LED screens and giant speakers are the answer to where technology is going. And as it turns out, evidence suggests that the future isn’t about "big" at all.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sexual Harassment Panel Offers Definitions, Strategies

Animation World Network: Under a projected image of disgraced Hollywood studio mogul Harvey Weinstein, a panel of experts convened Wednesday night in Burbank at the IATSE Local 80 union building to define sexual harassment, explain people’s rights and responsibilities, and discuss strategies for how to create safer work environments for the animation industry.

Former Charlie Rose Producer Rebecca Carroll on Working With the PBS Host

www.esquire.com: In 1997, I joined the production team of Charlie Rose’s popular interview show. I was the only black journalist on staff. At the time, there was little to no recognition of what it meant to be black and female in a workplace dominated by white men. Twenty years later, in this watershed moment of examination and reckoning as one powerful white man after another is disgraced following allegations of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault, we’re still not talking about the ramifications for black women—or the broader connection to structural racism in America.

How to Motivate Workers to Save More for Retirement

Nasdaq.com: Suzanne Shu, an associate professor of marketing at UCLA, has done extensive research into why we save--and why we don't. While studying for her PhD at the University of Chicago, she worked closely with Richard Thaler, who won the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his pioneering research in behavioral economics.

Radio twist brings 'A Christmas Story' to life on stage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: They say Christmas comes but once a year, but it sure seems like more as the year turns quicker and quicker. This tends to fray some familiar Christmas traditions. It’s one of those good news-bad news things: here comes “A Christmas Carol,” and here comes “A Christmas Carol.”

Why All of Us Should Be Fundraising in Nonprofit Arts

www.clydefitchreport.com: Nonprofit arts organizations face a long list of challenges these days, from declining participation to increasing competition from a broad range of live and digital options. And then there’s Baumol’s cost disease, which suggests that because there are no productivity gains over time in the way that art is created, and given that costs are always increasing, producing organizations are falling further and further behind every year in terms of their financial sustainability. This means, through no fault of their own, that arts organizations have to raise more money each and every year just to stay even.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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

What I Learned By Letting My Mood Dictate How I Worked For A Month

www.fastcompany.com: My job has two basic parts, and chances are yours does, too:
Generating ideas
Implementing them
In my case, as a writer, the challenge is to come up with something to write about in the first place, and then turn that idea into some sort of coherent, engaging piece of content. The first half requires creativity, and the second requires me to focus without distraction. Many if not most knowledge workers’ roles are set up similarly: First you’ve got to come up with a solution or an action to take, and then you’ve got to put it into action. Nailing both steps is the real productivity challenge.

The Best Leatherman Multi-tools for EDC

Everyday Carry: For many EDCers, Leatherman needs no introduction. The multi-tool maker has been covering bases and getting things done with their impressive array of tools for decades. But while they have plenty of options in their catalog, some multi-tools are better for EDC than others. Given how useful their tools are, it's a daunting task to pick the best one to carry, but we're here to help.

Please Stop Complimenting Me On My Body

www.refinery29.com: These past couple of weeks have been the most meaningful of my life. Not only do I get to continue to live my dream every single night on Broadway with the most talented, radiant company, but I'm also lucky enough to be in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s deeply human, hysterical, heart wrenching, magical film. And yet, with all of these insanely wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences happening, I have been a little confused lately. You see, people seem to have a lot to say to me. That alone is not that surprising; I’m a dreamy conversationalist! It is the topic of conversation that is puzzling. Everyone keeps commenting on something that I haven’t thought about in years: my body.

pantone announces 'ultra violet' as 2018 color of the year

www.designboom.com: following marsala in 2015, rose quartz and serenity in 2016, and greenery in 2017, pantone has announced that its 2018 color of the year is… ‘ultra violet’. described as ‘inventive’ and ‘imaginative’, the color experts say that the shade communicates ‘originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’.

Can't Pay Your Student Loans? In Some States, That Means You Can't Work Either.

Hit & Run : Reason.com: Shannon Otto took on thousands of dollars in student loan debt to pay for nursing school before an unexpected medical issue left her unable to work for more than a year. While she was recovering, her loan payments lapsed into default. When Otto was ready to go back to work, she got more bad news: The state of Tennessee had revoked her nursing license, leaving her unable to work legally in the field she'd spent years mastering. Getting her license restored would require an additional payment of $1,500.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Pittsburgh Public Theater names new leadership team to replace Ted Pappas

TribLIVE: The Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced a new team to lead the troupe when producing artistic director Ted Pappas leaves next year after 18 seasons.

It is promoting Louis A. Castelli to managing director and named Marya Sea Kaminski, the current associate artistic director at Seattle Repertory Theatre, as artistic director.

UK Musicians Mental Health Support Line Launched

Pollstar: A 24/7 mental health service dubbed Music Minds Matter is for “anyone working in the music industry,” according to Help Musicians UK, the charity behind the initiative.

Qatar's modular shipping container football stadium can be disassembled

www.dezeen.com: Modified shipping containers are being used to construct Fenwick Iribarren Architects' Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Doha for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The Spanish architecture practice's modular design means the stadium can be dismantled and moved to a new location after the football tournament.

What I Learned By Letting My Mood Dictate How I Worked For A Month

www.fastcompany.com: My job has two basic parts, and chances are yours does, too:

Generating ideas
Implementing them
In my case, as a writer, the challenge is to come up with something to write about in the first place, and then turn that idea into some sort of coherent, engaging piece of content. The first half requires creativity, and the second requires me to focus without distraction. Many if not most knowledge workers’ roles are set up similarly: First you’ve got to come up with a solution or an action to take, and then you’ve got to put it into action. Nailing both steps is the real productivity challenge.

Annie

Pittsburgh in the Round: I often commit the unfortunate preconception-based error of relegating certain plays, musicals particularly, to a realm of untouchably fey. Annie—originally adapted from Thomas Meechan’s book and Harold Gray’s comic strip for Broadway by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin—along with musicals like Hairspray and Sound of Music function in my memory as pieces that are so performatively sentimental and over-the-top that I cannot access their relatability or edge. I was taken aback, then to be confronted, in the best sense possible, with the acerbic wit and sonorous bleakness of Annie at a small theatre’s recreation of the piece.

Academy Lighting Consultants: Lighting designers welcome

et cetera...: At Academy Lighting Consultants, founder and president Jeff Engel sticks to a winning formula that gives control to their ten designers and security for their clients: great talent and a deep pool of knowledge.

Stage Review: PICT's 'In the Company of Wilde' offers a biographical sketch of the embattled playwright

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Never match wits with a master. That is to say, when reviewing a genius wit like Oscar Wilde (and who is there like him?), don’t try to be witty yourself. You can’t measure up.

So what to say about “In the Company of Oscar Wilde”? Insofar as it channels Wilde’s wit, insight, passion and despair, it is pretty much beyond any critical tools I can wield. In a potpourri of aphorisms, excerpts from poems and plays and, to conclude, an eloquent and deeply painful excerpt from his final, bleak view of his own life, “De Profundis,” it gives us a Wilde both sprightly and somber, with the ultimate emphasis on the latter.

Experts: racketeering suit against Weinstein faces uphill legal battle

Business Insider: Six women on Wednesday filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the companies associated with him, alleging that their coordinated efforts to cover up a pattern of egregious sexual misconduct amounted to racketeering.

The women accused Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, members of its board, and Miramax of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act, a law passed in 1970 that was designed to prosecute massive criminal enterprises like the Mafia.

The Best Leatherman Multi-tools for EDC

Everyday Carry: For many EDCers, Leatherman needs no introduction. The multi-tool maker has been covering bases and getting things done with their impressive array of tools for decades. But while they have plenty of options in their catalog, some multi-tools are better for EDC than others. Given how useful their tools are, it's a daunting task to pick the best one to carry, but we're here to help.

pantone announces 'ultra violet' as 2018 color of the year

www.designboom.com: following marsala in 2015, rose quartz and serenity in 2016, and greenery in 2017, pantone has announced that its 2018 color of the year is… ‘ultra violet’. described as ‘inventive’ and ‘imaginative’, the color experts say that the shade communicates ‘originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’.

Studio Drift's swarm of drones illuminates Miami Beach

www.dezeen.com: Amsterdam-based Studio Drift has choreographed 300 drones to mimic a flock of birds over the beach during this year's art week in Miami.

Presented by Future\Pace gallery and BMW, the Franchise Freedom installation debuted last night outside the Faena hotel complex in Miami Beach.

Unmuffling a Culture of Silence

AMERICAN THEATRE: It begins innocently enough: A theatre artist asks another theatre artist to dinner. In an industry where ideas are discussed, and deals often made, in dimly lit restaurants, such meetings are considered essential for networking. Such was the case for a New York-based actor when the literary manager of a Tony-winning regional theatre asked her out for a post-show drink.

Can These Apps Help You When Your HR Department Fails?

www.fastcompany.com: No matter what the issue or challenge, there seems to be an app-based attempt at a solution. And workplace issues are no exception. Now, employees with issues ranging from sexual harassment and difficult coworkers to wage theft and labor regulation violations have several apps to which they can turn for help.

“The Old Man and the Old Moon” at City Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler: I’d be hard pressed to identify a favorite from among the many moments of sheer theatrical magic in PigPen Theatre Company’s The Old Man and The Old Moon. Would it be that early, audible-gasp-invoking episode in the story when the Old Man (Ryan Melia) first climbs to the top of a ladder with a bucket of light to refill the moon (an effect achieved by ensemble member Curtis Gillen, with a large flashlight and, as best I could determine, a piece of paperboard), accompanied by the amplified sound of liquid pouring into a bucket, courtesy of ensemble member Arya Shahi? The sudden shift in scale as a monstrous, bony, shadow-puppet fish circles ominously around the tiny shadow of the old man sinking into the watery depths, just before the fish devours him? The delightful transformation of a wall of glass bottles into a xylophone? The flight of the glowing, water-gallon-bottle dirigible? The excited panting of the bleach-bottle-and-mophead dog (lovingly animated by Dan Weschler)? The flapping of the shoe-last fish?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Spiegelworld’s next Strip show: ‘Opium’ at the Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Harry M. Howie sits us down at his office in a decommissioned RV in downtown Las Vegas. The place is a brilliant mess of decades-old gadgets, dusty folding chairs, and maps of our city where twine literally connects the dots.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is noted on that map. So is Caesars Palace, and the nearest McDonald’s.

Harvard's First Performing Thesis: Shirley, A New Musical by Julia Belanoff

TheatreArtLife: Julia Belanoff (playwright, Shirley) first met the late Shirley Temple Black while trick-or-treating as a young girl in her neighborhood of Woodside, California. She fondly remembers seeing Temple power-walking the neighborhood with her friends, in matching track suits no less, and looks back on time spent singing along to the songs in her movies.

Stage Review: Kinetic Theatre's 'Love, Love, Love' examines generational affections

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: You may get that the title, “Love, Love, Love,” is borrowed from the Beatles’ song where it is insistently celebrated as “all we need.” But the sour intelligence in Mike Bartlett’s sharp new British comedy reports that love is really not enough, not even in triplicate. Among the other things we might need are skill, luck, timing, parents, responsibility and money, not necessarily in that order.

'Tis The Season To Be A Rockette: Part 1

TheatreArtLife: Having been a Radio City Rockette on and off for ten years, I consider myself lucky that I was hired by four different Director/Choreographers. Each one created a different atmosphere and had a slightly different mission statement for the show. Being a Rockette and a member of this iconic “lady gang” is a tremendous honor and this comes with a great amount of responsibility.

Pittsburgh Public Theater names Marya Sea Kaminski of Seattle Rep as next artistic director

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ahead of her interview to become artistic director of Pittsburgh Public Theater, Marya Sea Kaminski took a stealth trip from Seattle to take the measure of the Steel City. She had been told about the view when coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnels and was still blown away by it on a clear October Friday. She saw “Equus” — “an exquisite production” — at the Public’s O’Reilly Theater, then walked over the Roberto Clemente Bridge and sat down to enjoy a slice of pizza while looking back at the city lights.

That was the moment she knew she was home.

Festool CT 36 E AC CleanTec Dust Extractor Review

Pro Tool Reviews: When you start looking for a quality dust extractor to supplement your work, there’s a lot more to consider than just price. The Festool CT 36 E AC is a top choice among Pros, but what attracts so many to it?

Hang around Festool for very long and you’ll hear them talk about tools as systems. The amount of care our German friends put into their designs crosses the border of obsessive. And that’s exactly the kind of mentality you want when you’re producing high-quality results.

Here's what happens behind the scenes of 'The Nutcracker'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The beloved holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” is in full swing this month at Benedum Center.

This marks the 16th season that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has danced artistic director Terrence Orr’s Pittsburgh-flavored adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 tale about a girl’s favorite toy coming to life and whisking her away on a fantastical adventure. Mr. Orr has woven Pittsburgh landmarks and lore throughout the show, which is set to Tchaikovsky’s signature “Nutcracker” score.

5Qs: Jeffrey Cady, Hippotizer Expert

Live Design:
The lighting and projection designs of Jeffrey Cady have been seen all over the world, from Chicago to Seoul. He has designed regional productions for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and more, as well as national tours for Columbia Theatre Artists and Theatre Leagues. He was head projections programmer for Cirque du Soleil’s Wintuk, Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Broadway production of American Idiot.

Milwaukee M12 Crown Stapler 2447-21

Pro Tool Reviews: I’ve been looking for a better stapler for over 20 years. I’ve used them all, from the plain silver Stanley and Arrow models, to the reverse handle Powershot products. All of them do the job with some degree of efficiency, but over time hand fatigue always sets in. And let’s not talk about hammer tackers and jams! Milwaukee Tool has a great solution for Pros in the siding, flooring, and insulation trades…or anyone doing renovation.

2017 Pro Tool Innovation Workwear & Safety Awards

PTIA: Workwear and safety gear is essential to jobsite performance. One is required by OSHA, the other by common sense. I’ll let you decide which is which. From the clothing we wear to the lighting that aids vision and everything in between, these are the most innovative solutions the 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards found.

Best OSHA-Compliant Dust Extractor Shootout

Pro Tool Reviews: Looking for the best OSHA-compliant dust extractor? So are we! But what makes a dust extractor OSHA-compliant these days?

To answer that question, we have to look at several things, but the most important is the application. In this head to head review, we’re looking for dust extractors that meet OSHA’s silica dust requirements for working in masonry applications. In order to be compliant, your dust extractor needs to have a filter cleaning mechanism and a HEPA filter to be good across the board.

Submissions Now Being Accepted for 2018 Theatre Education Award Presented by Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University

www.cmu.edu/news: The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will once again recognize an exemplary teacher with the "Excellence in Theatre Education Award," to be presented at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, 2018. CMU alumnus, actor and producer, Zachary Quinto, will serve as the award's official ambassador and will take part in the selection committee.

Please Stop Complimenting Me On My Body

www.refinery29.com: These past couple of weeks have been the most meaningful of my life. Not only do I get to continue to live my dream every single night on Broadway with the most talented, radiant company, but I'm also lucky enough to be in Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s deeply human, hysterical, heart wrenching, magical film. And yet, with all of these insanely wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experiences happening, I have been a little confused lately. You see, people seem to have a lot to say to me. That alone is not that surprising; I’m a dreamy conversationalist! It is the topic of conversation that is puzzling. Everyone keeps commenting on something that I haven’t thought about in years: my body.

Black Bodies, White Writers

AMERICAN THEATRE: I felt my body tense up. A black man—rather, a mannequin of a black man—lay headless, forgotten, on the side of the stage. I wanted to leave the theatre, but as a critic I couldn’t. The show wasn’t over yet. Last month Elevator Repair Service premiered its adaptation of Measure for Measure at the Public Theater. Though the production would have otherwise been an inventive but harmlessly flawed take on one of Shakespeare’s notorious “problem plays,” whatever interesting or innovative elements the show introduced were quickly overshadowed by what struck me as its racial insensitivity.

Health and Safety Info on a Budget

Guild of Scenic Artists: In my first article, I talked about the need for greater attention to health and safety in the arts and how we as an industry need to respect ourselves, our skills, and our purpose enough to put a high value on protecting those assets. I’m aware that this can be easier said than done. Many, if not most, small theaters have zero dollars in the budget allocated for any kind of safety program. And if your technical crew is staffed even partially by independent contractors or volunteers, it is arguable whether or not they would technically be covered by such a program.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

“Love Love Love” at Kinetic Theatre Company

The Pittsburgh Tatler: Kinetic Theatre closes its production season with a deceptive confection of a play. Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love might best be described as an generational comedy wrapped around a family tragedy, a bitter pill delivered in a spoonful of comedic honey.

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine

The New York Times: HARVEY WEINSTEIN BUILT his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing. He courted those who could provide the money or prestige to enhance his reputation as well as his power to intimidate.

Denver wants artists to live, work in safe spaces and has $300,000 to make it happen

The Denver Post: Denver Arts & Venues knows there are artists living and working in unsafe buildings and has set up a $300,000 fund to spur tenants and landlords to make repairs.

White Christmas

Pittsburgh in the Round: One can’t help but feel the warm glow of the holiday spirit watching the endearing production of White Christmas at the Palisade Playhouse in Greenfield. The playhouse is a converted Presbyterian church, which lends itself to rebirth as a theater space with the pulpit turned stage. Typical theater seats are solo and separated, everyone jostling for armrest territory, whereas the seating arrangement of pews embodies the borderless, bringing theatergoers together in warmth and solidarity.

Four ESTA Standards in Public Review

Event Safety Alliance: Four documents are available for public review on ESTA’s TSP website. One is an existing standard that is being considered for reaffirmation, while three are new standards. All are available for review at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php, and the review is free.

Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct

TheaterJones: In the Dallas Theater Center’s early seasons at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, which opened in 2009, a Southern Methodist University student who performed at the theater says that Lee Trull, then a DTC casting director and a Hal and Diane Brierley Resident Acting Company member, repeatedly harassed her. At one point he “put his hand on my butt and grabbed it hard,” said the actress, who wishes to remain anonymous. This behavior continued—and worsened.

More allegations surface as theaters cut ties with director Lee Trull over 'inappropriate behavior'

Theater | Dallas News: Lee Trull, Dallas Theater Center's director of new play development, was fired Monday night after the theater investigated a complaint about "inappropriate behavior."

Scene In Nevada: Tanked

Nevada Film Office: Tanked is a long-running Animal Planet reality television series starring Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) and their custom aquarium projects and acrylic exhibits. Owned and operated by two brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer, ATM started in 1997 in Las Vegas, NV and within a few short years, the company became one of the most renowned custom aquarium & fish tank design companies across the globe.

Women in Leadership: It’s About Time

AMERICAN THEATRE: “Show of hands. How many people started their own scrappy theatre company with their friends from college?” asked Hana Sharif, associate artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage, during a plenary session at the Berkshire Leadership Summit. Half the room raised their hands. “That’s my story too,” she said. I laughed in recognition, because that is also how I started, and managing that company is still how I choose to spend my free time.

White-hot fury: an interview with playwright Robert Schenkkan about Trump, fear and ‘Building the Wall’

The Seattle Times: Robert Schenkkan has won the shiniest awards a living playwright can hope for.

His scripts tend to be long-simmering, meticulously researched projects (“The Kentucky Cycle” won a Pulitzer; “All the Way,” about the backroom politics behind the 1964 Civil Rights Act, won a Tony), but “Building the Wall” was a fast gut shot.

A better understanding of NFPA 70E: It will mak...

NFPA Xchange: With all the time and effort it takes to keep employees safe from electrical hazards in the workplace, what people concern themselves about is confusing. A controversial topic has moved to the top of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® employee safety issues. Comments have been made so often that a blog must be dedicated to it to clear up the issue. You may be thinking that you must be out of the loop since you are unaware of any pressing electrical safety issue. What could be so controversial? The answer may surprise you.

Love, Love, Love at Kinetic Theatre Co.

Pittsburgh City Paper: In what must be classified as a most brazen bit of holiday-season counterprogramming, Kinetic Theatre Co. presents the regional premiere of Mike Bartlett’s corrosive 2011 comedy Love, Love, Love. Believe me, there aren’t coal mountains in West Virginia big enough to produce the lumps so richly deserved by the characters in this play.

PICT goes Wilde with three-part program at The Frick

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: This weekend, there will be two scandalous Victorian shows at The Frick Pittsburgh: the “Undressed” exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and “Wilde at the Frick,” a five-day deep dive into the life and work of Oscar Wilde by PICT Classic Theatre.

Erté and the enduring appeal of Art Deco

Creative Review: Erté was the pseudonym of Russian-born Frenchman, Romain de Tirtoff (1892-1990), an artist, illustrator and designer whose lavish Art Deco creations enjoyed a wide range of applications – from fashion and magazine design, to sets and costumes for theatre, opera and film.

Highlights of TEA presence at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017

TEA - Themed Entertainment Association: It was another great year for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and for the industry that TEA serves - visibly so as the international community came together in record numbers at the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando in November 2017.

Appeals Court Rules 'NBA 2K' Players Lack Standing to Sue Over Face-Scanning

Hollywood Reporter: In the past few years thanks to various court decisions, it's become tougher to mount a class action lawsuit with appellate judges tightening what plaintiffs must show in order to have standing to sue. That's especially important as digital services collect all sorts of data on their users and as many worry about privacy breaches. The latest news on this front came Tuesday at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals as some of those who created personalized virtual basketball players in NBA 2K15 and NBA 2K16 got mostly bad news in their legal effort to sue video game maker Take-Two Interactive over biometric collection.In the past few years thanks to various court decisions, it's become tougher to mount a class action lawsuit with appellate judges tightening what plaintiffs must show in order to have standing to sue. That's especially important as digital services collect all sorts of data on their users and as many worry about privacy breaches. The latest news on this front came Tuesday at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals as some of those who created personalized virtual basketball players in NBA 2K15 and NBA 2K16 got mostly bad news in their legal effort to sue video game maker Take-Two Interactive over biometric collection.

These Are the Cover Letter Mistakes That Keep You From Getting an Interview

lifehacker.com: We’ve all had the experience of applying for a job online—you submit your resume and cover letter into the dark abyss of some online hiring portal and, aside from an auto-generated “Thanks for applying!” email, you never hear another peep from the employer.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

When Tribes Ruled the Streets

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's vividly remembers the 1976 rampage in Washington Square Park that inspired his new drama Downtown Race Riot, currently running at Off-Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center. "I was 14 and had a lot of friends who went to school downtown," says the playwright who was raised on the Upper West Side. "There had been problems with some black guys in Washington Square Park selling bad drugs, so a bunch of people went to beat up anyone who was black or Spanish. I knew some of the kids who were peripherally involved. Years later I woke up one day thinking about it and about the idea of tribalism. To me, the play is about the cost of being part of a tribe."

This Is How To Thrive In The Gig Economy

www.fastcompany.com: If you listen to your parents or grandparents talk about their work history, you’ll probably see an alarming trend–they didn’t go anywhere! They stayed at the same company year after year, often decade after decade. Compare that to the average job length as of January 2016: just 4.2 years. When it comes to the job landscape, a lot has changed in the past 50 years. Flexible work arrangements continue to shake up the traditional workplace environment. Job hopping is becoming more and more common. Freelancing continues to rise, constituting 35% of the U.S. workforce in 2016.

The Sexual-Abuse and Harassment Scandals Blowing Up on Broadway

thedailybeast: The young woman said she did not have stage fright. She was looking around the room to see if the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault she had endured was there.

“I don’t say that just as a victim, but also a witness of an assault,” she said.

Can't Pay Your Student Loans? In Some States, That Means You Can't Work Either.

Hit & Run : Reason.com: Shannon Otto took on thousands of dollars in student loan debt to pay for nursing school before an unexpected medical issue left her unable to work for more than a year. While she was recovering, her loan payments lapsed into default. When Otto was ready to go back to work, she got more bad news: The state of Tennessee had revoked her nursing license, leaving her unable to work legally in the field she'd spent years mastering. Getting her license restored would require an additional payment of $1,500.

Penn Jillette: Brandeis censored Lenny Bruce

www.usatoday.com: I didn’t go to college. I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, but that was just a trade school for fools. When I was 18, I chose to eat fire, juggle, do magic, make jokes, and ruin my voice forever rather than pursue a higher education.

Historical Musical Theatre in the US and Mexico

OnStage Blog: Musical theatre in both American and Mexican cultures has turned around and showed us that historical musical theatre can succeed. America has productions like "Hamilton and in Mexico's case, we have "Josefa".

"Josefa" was created by the author, composer, and producer José Dolores Gonzalez in 2010. This musical shows the story of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, a woman that gave her life for the independence of Mexico.

Adam Savage Learns About Creature Prop Restoration

makezine.com: One can only imagine how on-the-fly movie making is, how props, animatronic creatures, costumes, and sets are only made to be held together long enough for their close-ups. We all know the many stories of famous vehicles, spaceships, and other movie props that ended up tossed onto junk heaps, re-furbed and reused in other productions, or scavenged for parts.

Who Owns Pepe the Frog? The Alt-Right vs. Cartoonist Matt Furie

Hit & Run : Reason.com: Is Pepe the Frog a symbol of free speech or artwork hijacked by racist hate groups? This iconic amphibian has been labeled a Nazi, condemned by a presidential candidate, and now is at the center of an important First Amendment battle in an era of unlimited replication, imitation, and mutation. It's a fight that involves the alt-right, Trump voters, a powerful Washington, D.C.-based law firm, and the anonymous online image board 4chan, a.k.a., the "asshole of the internet."

Five Shows with UTA's Tim Borror

Amplify: United Talent Agency’s Tim Borror discovered his love for live music amongst the DIY punk scene in Philly. His obsession began with the music then he went to the live shows and found a calling.

“I was fairly obsessed with the punk lifestyle. It was a network of authentic people who were really about the music first,” Borror told Amplify. “The energy at the shows were pretty electric. A lot of the rules that are involved in shows these days in terms of barricades and insurance and all the good things that come with keeping a show safe, were a little more rough around the edges then. It was a different kind of excitement.”

Returning 'Awake and Sing!' to Its Yiddish Roots

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: When New Yiddish Rep artistic director David Mandelbaum decided to produce Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros, he had to commission special Yiddish versions. But with Clifford Odets' 1935 classic Awake and Sing!, currently running at the 14th Street Y, he had three preexisting translations to choose from. "The one we're using is by Chaver Paver and was originally commissioned by the WPA Federal Theatre Project," Mandelbaum says, referring to the federal program that funded live performances during the Depression. But even though Awake and Sing! originally debuted on Broadway in English in a production mounted by the legendary Group Theatre, the play has always had strong Yiddish roots.

7thSense Design Introduces New Media Technology to Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular

InPark Magazine: 7thSense Design has delivered updated video technology for the 2017 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase. The full system technology upgrade has transformed the world’s largest proscenium theater and has enabled video content to be displayed on all eight of the venue’s iconic proscenium arches. 7thSense has provided video systems for Radio City since 2011.

The CAD Insider - Facing the Storm as Autodesk Stock Plunges

www.thecadinsider.com: Autodesk’s stock looks like it fell off the edge. Share prices were down 20% this morning. This after the recent Q3 announcement that the company lost $120 million.

You’ll be feeling bad if you are invested in Autodesk. You’ll be feeling worse if you were one of the 1150 Autodeskers being laid off. They were told last week.

One of them tries to put a brave face. She’s doing fine, she says. She is lifting her spirits with a friend over a salad at a trendy Hayes St. eatery in San Francsico. “But did they have to do it right before Christmas?”

Caught in a wave of sex-abuse allegations, James Levine puts the existence of the Met Opera at risk

Salon.com: The Metropolitan Opera, the most esteemed and popular company of its sort in the United States, has suspended its long-standing, acclaimed conductor and music director James Levine after accusations of sexual abuse against him surfaced.

Art & Assault: Feeling & Aesthetic Value

The Creativity Post: One interesting issue in aesthetics is whether the ethics of the artist should be considered relevant to the aesthetic value of their work. Obviously enough, what people think about an artist can influence what they feel about a work. But how people assess works and how they should assess works are two different matters.

A Theater Visionary ‘Nourished by the World’

NYTimes.com: At 9:30 on a nippy late-November morning, the avant-garde director Ariane Mnouchkine stood in the doorway of her theater, urging the stragglers in her troupe to hurry up and come in. “Dépêche-toi!” she yelled across the lawn to one, like a school principal urging on a dawdling student.

Gender Parity in NEO

HowlRound: During a stint on a play selection committee, a man I consider a friend, as well as someone aware of and knowledgable about diversity issues, scoffed at my suggestion that the theatre produce two female-led plays in the upcoming three/four show season. Certain many of the theatre’s past seasons contained multiple male-lead productions, I created a spreadsheet charting the gender composition of the theatre’s playwrights, directors and cast from 2010 to the present. The results were as I had predicted.

Gender parity in media has received more attention of late, and theatre is no exception.

Gretchen Carlson on Sexual Harassment Reckoning

Variety: As 2017 comes to a close, the landscape of sexual harassment claims and the manner in which companies are handling them are changing at breakneck speed.

Over the past 17 months, we’ve seen more and more women all across the country mustering the courage to speak out en masse, and amazingly, they’re no longer being instantly called liars and having their stories pushed aside.

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