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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.

Day Room Window at the New Hazlett Theater

Pittsburgh City Paper: The show was born from Cohen’s time counseling nine girls incarcerated as adults in a corrections center in Washington state. The girls’ lack of rehabilitation horrified and stuck with Cohen. Ten years later, she wrote this play to give the girls a voice.

Fans expect marathon concerts from artists

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: When the Beatles invaded Pittsburgh in 1964 it lasted all of about 25 minutes, with a 12-song set for a ticket price of $5.90.

Imagine Paul McCartney running out now and bashing through just a dozen songs when the price right on the ticket goes as high as $262.50.

The promoters would have some very angry 60-somethings on their hands.

Marx Brothers meet Agatha Christie at CLO Cabaret

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The 90-minute comedy — tagline: “They put the ‘laughter’ in manslaughter” — won Chicago’s best musical honors in 2011 and earned Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle nominations when it debuted off-Broadway last year. The New York Times called it “an ingenious miniature musical in the form of a snazzy vaudevillian double act.”

Review: 'Book of Ezra' a thought-provoking night of theater

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Whether or not you're up on The Book of Ezra in the Old Testament, when Leslie Ezra Smith tears into the rhymed opening of his own "Book of Ezra," you feel the presence of a rabid prophet (think Jeremiah, Ezekiel or a Roman equivalent, Juvenal) who has been living on loco weed out in the desert and comes raving into the city to denounce evil.

How August Wilson Made Kinky Boots Star Billy Porter a Playwright

Playbill.com: With his debut as a playwright, the Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning star of Kinky Boots presents a new look at black life in Pittsburgh in the Primary Stages production of While I Yet Live. This inspiration came from playwright August Wilson.

Mixed media: Movie theaters have changed, but murals remain a staple

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: When a new movie theater opened last month in McCandless, media coverage emphasized the state-of-the-art technology of its auditoriums and the fact that alcoholic beverages are available in addition to standard movie concession fare.

Any attention paid to the mural above the lobby bar at the new Cinemark North Hills and XDcq was an afterthought.

How times have changed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

www.engadget.com: Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls "one of the more obscure titles in the Marvel universe," has been completely re-imagined for parent company Disney.

Home Court Advantage: Lighting The US Open

Concerts content from Live Design: Tennis pros battle for years to make it to center court at the prestigious Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, NY. Lighting designer Christien Methot, principal at design one in New York City, walked right onto center court armed with fixtures rather than rackets and aced his task of illuminating the opening ceremonies for the tennis tournament, as he has done for the past three years.

Study examines Denver audiences' 'risk tolerance' for new cultural experiences

CPR: When purchasing a ticket to an arts event, Brandon Boldt says he prefers to have some connection to the artist.

That’s what motivated the 27-year-old brewmaster to drive from Lafayette to attend a concert last weekend at University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts by the Manhattan-based jazz ensemble Hot Sardines: Boldt is a close friend of the band’s percussionist.

Surrounded By Light: Drai's Nightclub In Las Vegas

venues content from Live Design: Drai’s Nightclub, the brainchild of owner and Nightclub Hall of Fame inductee Victor Drai, is located on the 11th floor roof of the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas. The new club, which opened on May 22 with a lighting and video design by Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting, is an indoor/outdoor rooftop environment that creates a truly immersive experience by surrounding clubgoers with sound, light, and video elements. “We are creating a 360° experience,” says Drai. “Wherever you turn, you will be awed by the design, the technology, the music, the service, and, most importantly, the experience.”

Projection mapping onto a family home

PROJECTION MAPPING: Advertising agencies are increasingly being asked to use projection mapping, whether it be for giant billboards, political rallies or meetings, etc. Another source of interest is its use to broadcast messages on urban surfaces.

Behind the Scenes UK Kick Started at PLASA 2014

News content from Live Design: The industry stepped up at PLASA 2014 to care for its own by supporting Behind the Scenes UK, the new charity that will provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury. Fundraising kicked off on Sunday evening at the Knights of Illumination Awards Ceremony when Clay Paky’s commercial director Pio Nahum presented a check to lighting designer Rick Fisher for Behind the Scenes UK. Nahum explained to the large gathering that one of the last things approved by the late Pasquale Quadri was this generous contribution to the new charity.

Be a Motivator, Not a Dominator

Remodeling: In my early days as a business owner and leader/manager of employees I was a piece of work. I typically noticed only what was done wrong. There was little praise being delivered by me to those deserving of it. My stress level was high, so I tended to “catastrophize” just about anything that didn't go perfectly, creating unneeded anxiety in myself and consequently those working with me.

It took a lot of work on my part to become more of the person I wanted to be as opposed to staying the way I happened to be at the time. The small changes added up over time and I eventually got somewhat better at being both a leader and a manager.

Don’t Call it “AV Networking,” Call it Networking

www.avnetwork.com: Our business has gone through a change, which accelerated drastically around 2010. We are starting to see system designs that place all devices on networks for control, media transport, and media routing. I used to think that the heart of every AV system was the matrix switcher, the audio processor, or the control system, but these days, it seems like the heart of every AV system we are designing is the network switch. If that is truly the case, regardless of the debate as to who is providing said switch, we all need to accept the fact that our systems are now just networks.

Blended Learning or Classroom Training – Are Both Equally Effective?

Occupational Health & Safety: The North American Council for Online Learning defines it this way: “Blended learning means many things to many people, even within our relatively small online learning community. It is referred to as both blended and hybrid learning, with little or no difference in the meaning of the terms among most educators. In general terms, blended learning combines online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalize learning, allow thoughtful reflection, and differentiate instruction from student to student across a diverse group of learners.”

Simon Stephens: why my Cherry Orchard is a failure

Stage | theguardian.com: Three years ago Katie Mitchell suggested that I write a version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. I told her I would never dare.

The Cherry Orchard is my favourite play. It is a complex exploration of a culture on the cusp of disappearance, the Russian aristocracy as it enters the final decade, before the revolution. Chekhov is my favourite writer. In his plays and short stories he excavated the human condition with more tenderness and honesty than anybody else I’ve read. Startling in his economy, he sees into his characters and their capacity for contradiction and silliness and despair with a clarity that staggers me.

Performance Network's 'Driving Miss Daisy' and Michigan theater's big race problem

Stage | Detroit Metro Times: Let us start off by explaining that this is not a review, at least not in the traditional sense, of the Performance Network's just opened production of Driving Miss Daisy. We cannot and do not want to comment on the actors' performances or the director's choices or the play's production values. We're sure they're fine. In fact, the Detroit Free Press and Ann Arbor News have complimented the theater for delivering a competent if not engaging production, with John Monaghan at the Freep writing that the show is "an audience pleaser and a nice, safe launch pad" for the company's new director.

The Marketplace Is Speaking …

Selling Out: You must just be covering your ears and going, “la la la la!”

Some things are mysterious and difficult to solve. Watson and Crick had to bust their extremely intelligent humps to figure out what DNA looked like. Finding the Unabomber was a multi-decade puzzle for law enforcement. Just finding Waldo is tough for me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goodman Theatre Names 2014-2015 Playwrights Unit Members

Stage Directions: The Goodman Theatre named Scott T. Barsotti, Mia Mccullough, Bonnie Metzgar and Carlos Murillo to their 2014-2015 Playwrights Unit. As members, the Chicago-based writers will meet twice per month with members of the Goodman’s artistic team to discuss their plays-in-progress and provide feedback for one another. The program culminates in summer 2015 with staged readings of their completed works at the Goodman.

USITT Creates Wally Russell Mentoring Award

Stage Directions : USITT and the Wally Russell Foundation have partnered to create an award that will recognize someone who embodies the guiding spirit of Wally Russell, one of technical theatre’s most generous mentors.

Church Sound: Don’t Cross The Streams

Pro Sound Web: One of my favorite scenes in Ghostbusters is when Egon gives the guys a warning about crossing the streams. As we know, it’s not good. Not good at all.

The art of upgrading active patrons

ARTSblog: I want to point your attention to the most important patrons in your audience. They’re not necessarily the ones who have given or attended the most over their lifetime. They’re your “right now” patrons—the audiences that are participating and engaging with you for your most current event and could do any number of things in the future.

The Rite of Spring,’ Basil Twist’s Spin on Stravinsky

NYTimes.com: The puppeteer and director Basil Twist is a silk whisperer.

“It’s sort of odd, because I still am kind of baffled by silk,” he said in an interview near his Greenwich Village studio. “I think it’s mostly that I have a respect for it. The great thing about silk is you don’t want to tame it. You don’t want to flatten it and stretch it and pull it. You want to let it be wild. And you have to just create the conditions where it can do that and then stand back.”

Las Vegas stagehand had his moment — as a corpse

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Say Tim Redsull’s acting career is as dead as the day it was born. He won’t disagree.

Call him a one-hit wonder. He doesn’t mind.

But what a hit it was.

As he greeted curious visitors during the recent Mob-Con 2014 at Palace Station, the 63-year-old Redsull looked to be in the picture of health. The photos he autographed for fans at the mobster convention told another story entirely.

Trusty Sidekick Presents Immersive Pieces at Park Ave. Armory

NYTimes.com: CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE experiences like “Sleep No More” and “Then She Fell” are attracting college-age and 20-something audiences to the theater. Two new immersive pieces at the Park Avenue Armory this month aim for an even younger demographic: the grade-school set and their families.

Highest dB Level? Fact, Conjecture & Urban Legends

Pro Sound Web: I’ve been told that a church in L.A., with 8.000 seating, hit something like 172 dB at the console. Is this possible? Someone else told me there’s no way to exceed 130 dB at the board. So I’m looking for the highest dB level anyone’s seen at the house console.

Man Sentenced to Nearly Three Years for Defrauding ‘Rebecca’ Producers

NYTimes.com: With a producer he duped watching from the gallery, a former Long Island stockbroker was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for defrauding the backers of a planned Broadway musical by pretending he knew investors who could rescue the financially struggling show.

Six Tasklights to Brighten Workspaces

residentialarchitect Magazine: Exposure to natural light during the daytime may enhance employee performance, but many work areas lack access to sufficient daylight. Rather than running the overhead electric lights at full power, consider adding user-controlled tasklights at workstations. We’ve rounded up the latest fixtures whose innovative technology and streamlined design takes desktop illumination to a new level.

‘The Fortress of Solitude’ Arrives as a Musical

NYTimes.com: Drums lay down a fast, metronomic beat, while the electric guitar throbs on an open E, its lowest note. Then the band and the singers rush in, over a primal, Ramones-y chord progression: “I don’t wanna go to high high high school/I just wanna get high.” This is the anti-anthem favored by white punk-era teenagers at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, in the new musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel “The Fortress of Solitude,” now in previews at the Public Theater.

Pricing Discrimination: Should Your Performing Arts Org Price Based on Demand?

npENGAGE: Have you ever paid $6 or $7 for a bottle of water at a theme park? How did you feel about it?

In the late 90’s, Coca Cola decided to experiment with their pricing and customer’s willingness to pay. They created a “smart” vending machine: this vending machine knew how badly you wanted that coke, and charged you accordingly. Well, actually, the vending machine detected the temperature and assumed you were willing to pay more when the temperature was hotter. On the flip side, you paid less when it was colder outside.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The state of dynamic pricing

Blog - Arts Marketing Association: Might ‘dynamic pricing’ be coming of age in the cultural sector? There is plenty of relevant evidence about implementation and impact in the US across a wide range of commercial and not for profit organisations, and growing adoption now in the UK and Europe. Is it time to learn and understand from that experience?

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.”

Moxon Vise Omnibus

www.popularwoodworking.com: The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer; there’s simply not time enough for me to track down and link to everything we have written about the Moxon vise, or the many posts on other sites about the same. But I’ve taken a stab at it, because at least once a week, I get a question about the vise – how to build it, its utility, hardware options, etc.

Novelty’s Limitations: A Eulogy For Older Technologies

Pro Sound Web: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

“Those who reject the achievement of past innovations are due a smack.” — George Tucker

Ours is an industry driven by change. Margins and growth are, more often than not, based on a premise of installing what’s new in place of the old.

Straight or Spiral

Popular Woodworking Magazine: In the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I wrote an article outlining the router bits I consider to be the core of any powered shop. The workhorse bits of that core set are the straight bits.

Straight router bits come in three varieties: Spiral-upcut, spiral-downcut and straight-cut bits. The choice of which to use comes down to the specific job and your preferences.

‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike Over: Editors Ratify Deal With Ryan Seacrest Productions

Deadline: Just under two weeks after the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees slapped Bravo with unfair labor practices charges at the Labor Relations Board, it looks looks like everything is now over – in a good way. “The crew of Shahs Of Sunset voted unanimously to ratify a union agreement, ending the month-long strike,” said the Motion Picture Editors Guild tonight.

How Not To Soundproof Your Studio

Pro Sound Web: Recently I received a number of questions about home studio soundproofing, and they all seem to revolve around using certain materials like mattresses or carpet to do it. These aren’t very good solutions however,

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

NPR Ed : NPR: At Denny's, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?

In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the teacher.

Student ratings are high-stakes. They come up when faculty are being considered for tenure or promotions. In fact, they're often the only method a university uses to monitor the quality of teaching.

I'm done working with Jerks

LinkedIn: I vividly remember the first jerk I met when I started my career. I’ll bet you do too. Everyone else in the office had been so supportive helping out, showing me the ropes, pointing out the politics, where the mailroom was, the vending machines; you know….the important stuff. Then I met Jorge.

Training and the Millennial Generation

Occupational Health & Safety: If you haven't noticed, the workforce is increasingly growing with people of the millennial generation. People like me; that's right, I'm a millennial. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, millennials represent 36% of the U.S. workforce and will represent 75% by the year 2025.

Small But Significant: Are Huddle Rooms the Right Fit?

www.avnetwork.com: Over the past few years colleges, universities and corporations have adopted a more agile approach to meetings and working in groups. One of the ways companies are making this change is by implementing huddle rooms, which allow for more flexibility, and better opportunities to collaborate or to meet, whether it’s a decision making meeting or a group brainstorming session

London theatre worker paralysed after falling through unmarked, unlocked trapdoor

London - News - London Evening Standard:

A stage hand for an award-winning London theatre company was left paralysed after walking through an unmarked “Juliet” door and tumbling 10ft onto the stage below.

Rachael Presdee, 38, spent six months in hospital and was left paraplegic following the accident at Soho Theatre in central London, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#NFTRW 10-9-2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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

Laser-Cut Sculpture Casts Intricate (Prize-Winning) Shadows

The Creators Project: Artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been awarded a historic total of $300,000 for winning both the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize and the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize at the ArtPrize international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Intersections, Agha's carved wooden cube sculpture bathes the walls of the its exhibiting room in floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall patterns.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Will Recreate The Berlin Wall

The Creators Project: You won't get very far driving from Berlin towards Kreuzberg on the second weekend of November. At "Checkpoint Charlie," the infamous Cold War-era border crossing, the road will be blocked by a wall of illuminated 11-foot-high balloons.

New GaffGun Simplifies Process Of Laying Gaffer’s Tape Over Cables

Pro Sound Web: The new GaffGun, introduced at the 2014 WFX Show in Dallas last week, saves valuable time and simplifies the job of laying gaffer’s tape over cables.

The device was created by GaffTech, a Seattle-based company “made up of some people who hated laying gaffer’s tape,” according to a company statement.

Create a Binding Agreement With Yourself, Just for Today, and Defeat Complacency

www.entrepreneur.com: Imagine how much you would be able to get done if you had an agreement with yourself that you had to produce to the best of your ability and give maximum effort -- just for today. If you didn’t accomplish the core basis of what was in the agreement, that particular day counts as a big loss. No one likes to lose.

Sixteen People Die Falling Through Grate at South Korea Concert

Rolling Stone: At least 16 South Korean music fans plummeted more than 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor K-pop concert by the group 4Minute on Friday when a ventilation grate collapsed. The grate, which the victims had been standing on, had covered a concrete shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven others were seriously injured in the accident, according to The Associated Press, which cites information from an official in Seongnam, a city to the south of Seoul. The BBC reports that the number of those killed and injured by the collapse could rise as investigations continue.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Unearthed

Variety: Archaeologists have rediscovered a 15-foot-tall, 91-year-old giant sphinx used as a prop in “The Ten Commandments” hidden in the sand dunes of Guadalupe, Calif., Live Science reports.

The plaster sphinx was one of 21 featured prominently in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 epic. The legendary director remade the silent film in 1956, starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

Sixteen People Die Falling Through Grate at South Korea Concert

Rolling Stone: At least 16 South Korean music fans plummeted more than 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor K-pop concert by the group 4Minute on Friday when a ventilation grate collapsed. The grate, which the victims had been standing on, had covered a concrete shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven others were seriously injured in the accident, according to The Associated Press, which cites information from an official in Seongnam, a city to the south of Seoul. The BBC reports that the number of those killed and injured by the collapse could rise as investigations continue.

‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Cites Negligence in Refusal to Pay Claim

Variety: The insurer of the “Midnight Rider” production says that it doesn’t have to pay a claim, in part because of negligence on the part of the film’s producers.

New York Marine on Friday responded to the producers’ lawsuit seeking to recover losses after the film shut down following a Feb. 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others. The movie was to have depicted the life of singer Gregg Allman.

The Last 20 Years of Best Musical Winners: A By The Numbers Infographic

The Producer's Perspective: If you want something in this business life, it’s important to study the patterns of that thing that you desire, to see how others have achieved it. That’s why people read biographies of successful business folks, or political leaders, etc. We learn from the paths trodden by others.

And the Best Musical Tony Award is no different.

Archiving the Past, Present, and Future of Teatro

HowlRound: This summer, I was awarded a research fellowship from the Center for Mexican-American Studies-Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. While researching my project, “Bridging Women in Mexican-American Theater from Villalongín to Tafolla (1848-2014),” I was fortunate to learn more about the history of Latina/o theater through having an opportunity to examine original documents, including correspondence, playbills, playscripts, play drafts, notes, and pictures, among many other sources like broadsides, posters, and ticket stubs. My research has inspired me to find new ways to coalesce, communicate, and advocate for the future of Latina/o theater through examining the past.

Turning Your 3D Printer Into A 2D Printer

MAKE: “Bam” on the lulzbot forums shared an interesting project recently. He printed a small mount for his extruder that allows it to hold a pen, essentially turning his 3D printer into a standard plotter, or 2D printer. A few custom settings in the software package Cura allowed the gcode necessary to keep drawing on the paper to be created quite easily.

Powerstrike Framing Hammer - Review

Tool Snob - ToolSnob.com: The Powerstrike Framing Hammer is easily the strangest hammer I've ever seen. With it's exposed welds, its nuts and bolts vibe, and the hollow metal handle, there is nothing about it that says "normal operating procedure." They sent me a couple to check out and I've been pounding on them for at least a month now. They're great too, maybe not perfect, but really nice.

Create a Binding Agreement With Yourself, Just for Today, and Defeat Complacency

www.entrepreneur.com: Imagine how much you would be able to get done if you had an agreement with yourself that you had to produce to the best of your ability and give maximum effort -- just for today. If you didn’t accomplish the core basis of what was in the agreement, that particular day counts as a big loss. No one likes to lose.

Bosch Introduces Wireless Charging Cordless Tools

coptool.com: It is no surprise, given their track record in electronics outside the world of power tools, that the Robert Bosch company will bring serious advances from the world of consumer electronics to the world of power tools. You may remember seeing items like the PowerMat for sale a few years ago, which offered you the ability to charge your electronic devices simply by placing them on a mat rather than having to plug a charger into a specific port.

Use Google Sheets for Multilingual Chat - Talk in any Language

www.labnol.org: You can only speak and write English so how do you converse with a person in China who writes Mandarin but doesn’t understand a word of English? Google Translate is no doubt a good option but it is going to be tedious for you (and your Chinese friend) to translate each and every sentence manually before sending them through any messenger.

Message of self-acceptance coming to Pittsburgh-area stages with 'Skippyjon Jones'

TribLIVE: Cats, noted for their pride, usually don't have an inferiority complex about being cats. But not the fictional Siamese kitten Skippyjon Jones, who wants to be anything but a cat.

The comical adventures resulting from this identity crisis and the kitten's imagination will play out on several Pittsburgh-area stages during the next two weeks with “Skippyjon Jones,” a musical production of New York City-based Theatreworks USA.

Creating a 2D Film with 3D Printed Frames

hackaday.com: In the early days of film, there was a time when French 3D Cinema was called “Relief Cinema”. The word, Relief, however brings the idea of something physical to mind when we hear it, which is why the name was later tweaked to include the more intangible term, 3D. Playing on this fact, French Artist [Julien Maire] has designed and built an over-sized projector for his installation titled “Relief“, that creates an animation by passing light through a series of individual 3D vignettes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Secret

Dimmer Beach: So here it is. One of the big secrets of tour…

Wait a second, did you think I was just going to blurt it out? No back story, no explanation, no nothing? Where is the fun in that?

When people would come visit me at shows, they always seemed amazed at how hard everything looked and how difficult it must be to do. It would make me think about how hard it actually is. Then my mind would go back to my time in Marine Corps Boot Camp and how hard that was.

Dear White People: Justin Simien Interview

Flavorwire: Here’s a film pitch: A coming-of-age story about four college students coming to grips with their true identities despite peer pressure and parental influence, that culminates in a wild Halloween party gone awry. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s basically the premise of Superbad. What if the four students were black, though, and that Halloween party was actually a race party thrown by a group of white students attending the same university? Listen to the crickets chirp.

1 Place To Expand Your Vocal Characterizations

Backstage: “All they have to do is show up,” said director of NY BookPALS’ Maria Cabezas. “They learn some tricks to further engage the students in the classroom, and then we look at some books. The volunteers always walk away [from training] with at least two or three books. We give everything to them; they just have to be willing to volunteer their time.” And your morning or afternoon will be well spent reading to dozens of children. As the program’s website points out: “Who better to bring the magic of stories to life than performers?”

Ultimate Fog Chiller

MAKE: Chilled fog creates an appealingly eerie blanket on the ground. Most homemade fog chillers use a drink cooler and PVC tubing, but that design doesn’t keep the fog in the holding area long enough to chill it properly. Our fog chiller is very easy to build and does a great job of cooling the fog.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Will Recreate The Berlin Wall

The Creators Project: You won't get very far driving from Berlin towards Kreuzberg on the second weekend of November. At "Checkpoint Charlie," the infamous Cold War-era border crossing, the road will be blocked by a wall of illuminated 11-foot-high balloons.

architects could become like "game designers or filmmakers"

www.dezeen.com: architecture education is failing to understand how technology is changing our cities says Keiichi Matsuda, who foresees the profession “splitting into two parts” thanks to digital advances (+ movie).

The ubiquity of laptops and smartphones means the old architectural maxim that form follows function “doesn’t exist any more,” Matsuda adds, since building users now carry functionality with them as they move around the city.

WGA East Members Ratify Public TV Contract

Variety: Members of the Writers Guild of America East have ratified a two-year contract covering public TV programs that includes increases in minimums and in employer contributions to the guild’s pension plan.

The contract covers such PBS staples as “Nova,” “American Masters,” “Frontline” and “American Experience.” Most of the shows are produced by WGBH Boston and WNET New York, the largest producers in the PBS lineup.

TEDxBroadway 2015: How’s This for a First Batch of Speakers?

Selling Out: It’s been announced to previous years’ buyers for a few weeks now, but today is the official launch day. The event will be held on February 23, 2015, at the New World Stages in New York City! (The New York Times reports on TEDxBroadway here.) It’s our fourth annual version of the event, and, I have to tell you, I’m more and more excited about the event every year. The people at Goldstar and at Situation Interactive and everybody else who’s on the TEDxBroadway all-volunteer team have already been hard at work topping last year’s EGOT, accordion, cookie, jazz, dance break and smartness-filled get together.

Settlement resolves criminal charges, clears way for sale of August Wilson Center

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A settlement was announced late Thursday to resolve criminal charges against the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and pay local stagehands who worked there the money they are owed.

Court-appointed conservator Judith Fitzgerald said she and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. had reached the settlement. Her announcement came after several days of talks.

Laser-Cut Sculpture Casts Intricate (Prize-Winning) Shadows

The Creators Project: Artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been awarded a historic total of $300,000 for winning both the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize and the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize at the ArtPrize international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known as Intersections, Agha's carved wooden cube sculpture bathes the walls of the its exhibiting room in floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall patterns.

The Great Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery

The 412 - October 2014: In a bit of strange local news, hundreds of protractors have been hidden throughout the city, superglued to signposts, curbs, utility boxes and other public spaces. Yet nobody appears to know from where they came or why they’re there in the first place. The protractors come in a variety of colors; each is numbered, presumably starting at one and going up to 456 — though some protractors in between have yet to be found. There’s even still debate as to whether or not these unmarked tools are protractors or just pieces of plastic shaped like protractors resembling the arc of our iconic yellow bridges.

Script Analysis: No Screaming Matches, No Riot Police

HowlRound: Minutes before going in to teach my first Script Analysis class, with butterflies in my stomach, new to this university, new to this community, I was troubled by the predictable hustle-and-bustle of a new school year—business as usual. I was struck by how easily we move on with our own lives without acknowledging loss and turmoil elsewhere. In this case, though my feet were in Salt Lake City, my mind was in Ferguson, Missouri.

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