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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In The Studio: How To Charge For Your Time

Pro Sound Web: One of the things that musicians, engineers and producers sometimes have trouble with is how much to charge for their time. Here’s an excerpt from The Music Producer’s Handbook that covers the pros and cons of all the alternatives. It’s aimed at producers, but just as applicable to engineers, musicians, and any professional trying to decide how much to charge.

'The Chair' documents the making of comedy films around Pittsburgh

TribLIVE: There have been a lot of movies shot in Pittsburgh, and a few TV shows. “The Chair” is unusual in that it's both.
It's a TV show and a movie — actually, two movies. It's a documentary-style reality-TV show about the making of two separate films, with different crews, working from the same script, with the same budget ($800,000), the same time frame (20 days) and same resources.

Honoring the artistry of themed entertainment: A look at France's 'Le Carrousel des Mondes Marins' Themed entertainment isn't just for theme parks anymore. The lessons that creators of theme parks and their attractions have learned over half a century now influence artists and designers throughout the world. Want an example? Take a look at what's happening on the banks of the Loire River, in Nantes, France.

Career Connections - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU: Aman Khanna (E'03) knows that landing a dream job requires the right skills, experiences and connections.
He teamed up with Sanjeev Agrawal, former head of product marketing for Google, to launch Collegefeed in 2013.
Carnegie Mellon University will become the first university to launch a Digital Career Fair with the company April 21–25.

bjarke ingels group plans vast indoor maze for the national building museum bjarke ingels group has unveiled plans for a ‘BIG maze’ to be constructed at the national building museum in washington DC. constructed from baltic birch plywood, the 18-foot tall structure comprises a series of twists and turns, allowing guests to explore the vast labyrinth. referencing european hedge mazes from the 17th and 18th centuries, the 345 square meter design will be situated in the west court of the institution’s historic great hall.

Inside Marvel's Top Secret Weapons Warehouse Marvel’s secret weapon is the man who makes them: propmaster Russell Bobbitt.
Now at work on his sixth film for Marvel Studios, Bobbitt builds the objects that save (and sometimes threaten to destroy) the world: Thor’s hammer. Iron Man’s glowing ARC reactor. Captain America’s vibranium shield.

Making a Scene, Onstage and Off For years, the crystal chandelier that Eugene Lee salvaged back in the 1980s, when the original Helen Hayes Theater in Times Square was being demolished, presided over Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center, adding a little elegance to the rarefied air around “Saturday Night Live” cast members like Eddie Murphy and Dennis Miller.

BenQ Launches BenQ Cares With Colorific Projector Upgrade

Live Design Magazine [primary-term] press release archives: BenQ America Corp., the fastest growing display brand in North America(1) and the world's No. 1 DLP(R) projector manufacturer, today announced the launch of its new "BenQ Cares" community outreach program. To kick off the campaign, the company is inviting those in need of a projector revamp, including consumers, businesses, schools, and organizations across the U.S., to enter BenQ's Colorific(TM) Projector Upgrade for a chance to win a projector makeover worth up to $5,000. The upgrade is available to LCD projector owners looking to improve the imaging experience of their space.

Architectural Sketching [or How to Sketch like Bob]

Life of an Architect: Architectural sketching is becoming a thing of the past – at least that’s how it seems to me most days. I graduated eons ago back in 1992, back in the days that pre-date computers in the studio. This doesn’t mean that everyone who graduated in my era could sketch – far from it. What it means is that we learned how to think and communicate our ideas slightly different from the product of today’s architecture programs. Now that I’ve been at this “architect” thing for a little while, I can look back at my sketches, all the way back to my time in school, and see how my sketch technique has evolved and how that technique has shaped my architectural solutions.

Theater Project's 20th anniversary gala held in West Orange celebrates 20 years On Thursday, May 15, devoted theater lovers will celebrate two decades of the best in contemporary theater in New Jersey. The 20th Anniversary Gala for The Theater Project, a professional theater company, will be held at the Wilshire Grand in West Orange. The evening will include a cocktail hour, sit down dinner, silent auction and conclude with an entertainment program.

Heyl: Carnegie Mellon University admits dyeing error

TribLIVE: So it was unusual when CMU disclosed something on Wednesday that amounted to the tacit admission of a mistake: The water in toilets and urinals in the Gates-Hillman Centers housing the School of Computer Science is dyed blue.

The Old Soundman: Witty Phrases Designed To Tame A “Rack Monster”

Pro Sound Web: I’ve read your articles with great amusement, and have always admired your witty yet direct prose.
Go to the head of the class – flattery wins, every time!
I hope you can help me with a small predicament. I’m the monitor engineer for a reasonably successful rock band that uses in-ear monitoring systems…

Monday, April 14, 2014

AutoCAD 2015: Ribbon Galleries

AutoCAD Insider: With each release of AutoCAD, the ribbon offers additional contextual tabs helping you access relevant tools with minimal effort. For example, when you select an attached object in the drawing such as an xref, image, or PDF file, a contextual ribbon tab displays tools to edit and manipulate that particular type of reference object. Similar contextual ribbon tabs are displayed for other objects, such as hatches, giving you the tools you need right at your fingertips.

The Promise of Fully Tapeless Production

TVTechnology: Applied Technology: The promise of fully tapeless production has been in the air for quite some time. And while many productions are in fact capturing, editing and possibly even distributing at the file-based level, there are still many gaps in a true end-to-end workflow. More often than not, they have just traded one form factor, that of video tape, for another, that of a hard drive, without fully realizing the potential economic and workflow benefits that are possible in such a dramatic paradigm shift.

Going iPad-only: How to do it with the right apps and accessories If you have been thinking about of going iPad-only or making your iPad your main computer – you’re not alone. I’ve been going through similar thoughts and for a few weeks I’ve been experimenting with going iPad-only.
I’ll be going over my experience with using the iPad as my main workstation and how you can make the iPad an integral part of your day-to-day workflow.

Respecting Your Team by Micromanaging your Processes

Top Stories | New Equipment Digest: When we view management as a system to control people, then looking closely at what we do feels like too much control. When we conceive of management as teaching, then it is unimaginable that a manager would stay at arm’s length, only paying attention to team members when they are not making the numbers.

Habit List

Habit List: Habit List includes everything you need to reach your goals, wrapped in a beautiful and intuitive interface. It motivates you, helps you stay focused, and keeps you on track. It’s for all the little things that make a big difference.

Your GPA Could Impact Your Income

LinkedIn: It's no secret that if you goof off in college and end up with a low grade point average, you will probably kill your chances of going to an elite graduate school. But did you know that a lower GPA would likely cost you in salary and bonus as well?
That certainly seems to be the case, according to a new study of compensation in investment banking by The study is based on the responses of 3,401 employees of both large and small investment banking firms who voluntarily reported their pay to the website.

Pixar gives a closer look at how it animates big hairy monsters

The Verge: The GPU Technology Conference isn't for everyone, but anyone can enjoy the inside look one Pixar engineer gave into the famed company's animation process. It starts with Presto, Pixar's internal animation system that allows the company to manipulate Monsters University's characters with an incredible degree of precision. The Pixar engineer illustrated how with a few clicks, an animator can move Sully's arms, legs, eyes, nose, and lips — 1500 animation controls in all — and do it in real-time without dropping a frame.

5 Smart Things to Do AFTER You Leave a Job

LinkedIn: Chances are, you are going to have multiple jobs in your lifetime. Recent studies suggest that young people today will have 16 jobs by the time they are 37. (Yes. That is bonkers.) You gave that job your time, your energy, your ideas. That wasn't just a current paycheck, hopefully it was also an investment for the future. All those former employers are valuable to you--as a reference, as source of deal flow, etc. How do you make the most of a past employer?

Watch Janelle Monae and M.I.A.'s Hologram Stage Duet

Rolling Stone: M.I.A. and Janelle Monae performed two live duets last night – even though they were playing on opposite coasts. Aided by futuristic (and, let's face it, terrifying) technology, hologram images of Monae (in Los Angeles) and M.I.A. (in New York) were beamed onto each other's respective stages for a show-closing collab, set up by the folks at Audi as part their new A3 launch.

Job Interview Questions You Should NOT Answer (Or Ask)

LinkedIn: There are a number of questions that are clearly off-limits in a job interview. It always astonishes me when I learn that people have been asked inappropriate or even illegal questions and I thought it might be useful to re-iterate some of the questions you shouldn’t answer in your job interview.

Stage Owner Settles Indiana Violations

Pollstar: The company also agreed to prepare a safety plan for future stage projects and provide additional training for employees, while admitting no wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement.
State Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble said in a statement the agreement was “a positive outcome for everyone involved” that would “create a safer workplace for Indiana event production workers.”

One Thing Productive People Do Before Reaching for their Phones

LinkedIn: In a recent study reported in TIME magazine, people check their phone on average 110 times a day. Some people checked it as much as 900 times a day; that’s once every minute of every waking hour of the day. Given those extremes, I don’t believe it makes me a Luddite to suggest it may be more productive – and certainly more Essentialist - to reach for a pocket notebook or journal before your phone.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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

SFX: making rain, 3D printing & blow-up green screens

fxguide: Here at fxguide we don’t always get the opportunity to discuss the incredible advancements in practical special effects, but lately we’ve come across a number of innovations in special fx that interested us. Here’s a look at just a few – from the practical rain in Noah that was controlled by an iPad app, to how New Deal Studios incorporates 3D printing for its miniature work, to the ‘rise’ of inflatable greenscreens, and award winning car flipping tech.

Shooting Challenge: Shadow Puppets Shadows. They're ghoulish entities that come and goes with the whims of the sun. But shadow puppets are what happens when Man harnesses the sun, or artificial light, and creates life of his own.

What would you pay for unlimited Broadway shows a month?

The Producer's Perspective: I’ve got an incredibly informed group of investors who are always sending me news about ahead-of-the-curve stuff, from technology to marketing, to nifty new products. And one of the most savvy recently told me about a program he just signed up for called MoviePass.

A tiny Arduino laser cutter

The MicroSlice: A few years ago I saw an Instructable where Groover had used a pair of DVD-RW drives to make a pocket laser engraver. Inspired by the idea, driven by the recent purchase of a full-sized 50 watt CO2 laser cutter, and roused by the launch of the Microcontroller contest I took the decision to have a crack at making my own mini laser engraver.

Was Your College Major The Biggest Waste Of Money Ever? You already know that college is expensive. In fact, a lot of you are yikes.still paying off your student loans (and even more of you may be paying those off for a really long time). But two certain college majors may be a lot more expensive over time than others.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shooting Challenge: Shadow Puppets Shadows. They're ghoulish entities that come and goes with the whims of the sun. But shadow puppets are what happens when Man harnesses the sun, or artificial light, and creates life of his own.

6 Steps To Building A Killer LinkedIn Profile

Fast Company | Business + Innovation: Two every second: That's how many people join LinkedIn as new members, many of whom hope to exploit the platform's rich resource for industry contacts. That means that by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have on average 250 people and counting to compete with for the professional world’s attention.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

English Russia: A vintage Soviet panoramic cinema was found to be still working in Moscow. Here is a story about the place, as told by Irina M. who currently works there. The facility that was built in 1959 included twenty two cinema projectors and twenty two screens running simultaneously. Nine speakers were installed in the floor to create surround sound. Back in 1959., the movies were created with a special rig of synchronised cameras placed in circle.

Media Servers from d3 Technologies Fly High on Rocky

Stage Directions: The musical Rocky has debuted on Broadway, and the scrappy Italian fighter received an assist on staging from the d3 4U v. 2.5 media server from d3 Technologies. The media server delivers content to a pair of 12-foot-by-10-foot flying video walls throughout the show, provides aquarium content for 24 video monitor “fish tanks” and the helps set the mood during Rocky’s famous training montage. Three d3 4U servers, provided by Sound Associates in Yonkers, New York, are currently used on the show; another is on hand as a hot-swappable back up unit. Dan Scully and Pablo Molina partnered for video design for the show.

Steppenwolf Raises $60k for Education Programs

Stage Directions: Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council raised close to $60,000 for Steppenwolf’s arts education program, Steppenwolf for Young Adults. The Red or White Ball fundraiser was held at Chicago’s Venue One and Tarell Alvin McCraney, a playwright and MacArthur “Genius Grant” award winner, was the honorary host. The annual Red or White Ball serves as the primary fundraiser for the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council, a community of more than 100 dynamic young professionals who strengthen the theater's ability to advance artistic experimentation and collaboration by developing new financial resources and new audiences for the creation and presentation of innovative theater.

Tips on Auditioning for Cruise Lines

Backstage: Actors craving a life of adventure and musical theater on the high seas don’t need to live near an ocean to be cast in onboard cruise ship productions. Casting directors for the major cruise lines hold auditions in cities around the world on a rolling basis.
“We just did our New York auditions for ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Rock of Ages,’ and we have auditions coming up in L.A. next month,” Robert Dean Hertenstein, Norwegian Cruise Line’s manager of theatrical operations, told Backstage.

Job Interview: Why Only 3 Questions Really Matter

LinkedIn: Of course, you can never predict how an interview will go and what questions you will get. You might get an interviewer who fires one tough question at you after the other, or one that turns the interview into a more comfortable, natural two-way conversation. Preparing, therefore is difficult. In most cases we practice the answers to a long list of possible questions. The problem is that this can leave you over-prepared and as a consequence your pre-conceived answers can come across a bit robotic.

5 Professional Podcast Production Apps for Live Audio Content

Corporate Tech Decisions: Distributing podcasts is one of the best ways to publish content and stay connected with your audience. Podcasts can be planned or spontaneous, specifically the story or information you need to share can be created whenever. Having the option of recording podcasts on the go means that you can create content at anytime without purchasing expensive studio equipment or waiting to publish your much needed content.

Opera votes to postpone closure Following a nearly five-hour emergency meeting, the San Diego Opera’s board of directors voted Monday to reset the clock on the opera’s looming liquidation.
Rather than close shop and begin selling assets on April 14, the day after its fourth and final production of “Don Quixote” closes at the Civic Theatre, the opera is giving itself two additional weeks to re-evaluate its financial condition, consider additional options and possibly find a way to go forward for at least another season.

Lord Lloyd-Webber splits theatre group to expand on a global stage

Telegraph: The Really Useful Group, the theatre company wholly owned by composer Lord Lloyd-Webber, has split into two as it chases growth in the Far East through lucrative copyright deals.
Under a demerger, revealed in the company’s latest accounts, the six London theatres owned and managed by the group are now run by Really Useful Theatres (RUT).

Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev Face National Issues On Feb. 12, the charismatic Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel led a youth orchestra in Caracas to celebrate the 39th anniversary of El Sistema, the government-supported program that has organized hundreds of thousands of children across Venezuela into instrumental ensembles, serving as a model of using music education for social uplift. As the performance was underway, a crackdown on peaceful demonstrations was being enforced in the streets. People were protesting the policies of President Nicolás Maduro’s government, along with the pervasive crime, crippling inflation and scarcities that plague Venezuela today.

City’s donor woes resurface amid Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego Opera dramas Who the hell is advising the relics over at San Diego Opera? Perhaps the same people behind the Balboa Park Centennial debacle? If ineptitude were a valued skill, these folks would be earning their hefty paychecks in spades!
But it isn’t—repeat, San Diego: Ineptitude is not a valued skill— and now the world can look upon our sunny city once again with a puzzled face, an eyebrow raised.
Just how goofy must we look from the outside?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ordinary Machines: Ghost Riding

Features | Pitchfork: “God created Ol’ Dirty Bastard,” the man himself declares in his signature warble. “His walk, his talk, his movement, his step, his feet, his everything.” This soliloquy is one of the most memorable moments in Rock the Bells, a documentary chronicling the hip-hop festival’s first show in 2004. It’s also Dirty’s only triumphant moment in the film; elsewhere he’s seen in a state of depressingly severe decline. The concert is billed as the first official Wu-Tang Clan reunion in almost a decade, but it almost doesn’t happen because Dirty is too high to make it out of his hotel room. He finally shows up at the last minute, only to spend most of the performance sitting down, uncharacteristically silent and nearly out-of-view. It would be the last time all core members of Wu-Tang performed together. Four months later, on November 13, 2004, ODB was dead.

Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Partner with Institute to Benefit LGBTQ Youth

Stage Directions: The producers of the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have started a long-term charitable partnership with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, “the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential.” The Broadway production of Hedwig will donate a portion of each ticket sold to the HMI, home of Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where some of the city's most at-risk youth can learn without the threat of physical violence and emotional harm they faced in a traditional educational environment. The partnership will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support.

SFX: making rain, 3D printing & blow-up green screens

fxguide: Here at fxguide we don’t always get the opportunity to discuss the incredible advancements in practical special effects, but lately we’ve come across a number of innovations in special fx that interested us. Here’s a look at just a few – from the practical rain in Noah that was controlled by an iPad app, to how New Deal Studios incorporates 3D printing for its miniature work, to the ‘rise’ of inflatable greenscreens, and award winning car flipping tech.

Kurt Cobain Musical Theater Production 'Very Likely,' Courtney Love Says

Music News | Rolling Stone: Courtney Love has big plans for Kurt Cobain's legacy – if she can make them happen. The Nirvana frontman's widow recently said that she hopes to make a biopic, documentary and musical about him. The latter production, she told NME, is "very likely" to happen. Moreover, it's something she and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, are hopeful could be done well.

Team Leap Day Sweeps Rose Brand / USITT Action Design Competition

Stage Directions: Team Leap Day was the winner of this year’s Rose Brand / USITT Action Design Competition at USITT Expo. Team Leap Day consisted of: Costume Designer, Jodie Daniels, University of Houston; Lighting Designer, Amanda Warren, Stephen F Austin State University; Scenic Designer, Rachel Bennick, The University of Texas at Austin; Technical Director, Hillary Collazo Abbot, Ohio Northern University. In a contest first, the students also won all the individual prizes for top scenic, costume, lighting designers as well as TD.

Movies With Women in Prominent Roles Earn More Money

Variety: Despite Hollywood’s love for testosterone-dominated movies, a recent study has found that movies with a strong female component actually perform better at the box office and cost less to make.
Nate Silver’s ESPN blog FiveThirtyEight used the Bechdel test, a barometer of gender equity invented by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, to scrutinize 1,615 films released between 1990 and 2013. It compared the number and significance of female roles in a film to the movie’s budget and box office haul.

The LRLR Raise Funds For Behind The Scenes With USITT Raffle

Briefing Room content from Live Design Magazine: The Long Reach Long Riders celebrated their 11th ride with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Conference in Fort Worth last week. Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised just over $12,000 for the charity.

So Long, Interview Suit: Here Comes the Virtual Career Fair

WSJ: Recruiters, meet computers.
As tech-savvy Millennials reshape the work world, employers and college career-services offices are bringing the job-search process online with tools like virtual career fairs and finely targeted email feeds of job opportunities (for students) and candidates (for employers).
Later this month, tech startup Collegefeed Inc. will host a “digital career fair” for students at Carnegie Mellon University. Participating companies–38 have signed up so far–will identify what positions they’re looking to fill, and will be matched with students whose profiles fit the bill. The week of the event, employers will contact the students they’re interested in interviewing.

7 suing magician David Copperfield in overtime dispute

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Seven men allege they worked more than 40 hours a week as stagehands for David Copperfield’s magic show at the MGM Grand without receiving overtime compensation.
The men filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 15 that accuses Copperfield, as well as four companies he controls, of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and Nevada law.

What Really Defines Good Bass In Sound Reinforcement?

Pro Sound Web: These days, concert loudspeaker systems can sound very good over most of the frequency range. Things have improved a lot in recent years. But to my ears, bass sound hasn’t made nearly as much progress.
How often have do you go to a show, particularly a fairly loud one, and feel that you’re listening to a war between the upper and lower halves of the spectrum? It all sounds pretty good at low levels, but when things get cooking, up comes the roar from below.

How 'Midnight Rider' Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life: A Train, a Narrow Trestle and 60 Seconds to Escape

Hollywood Reporter: The Feb. 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider outside Doctortown, Ga., spread grief and anger through Hollywood. It has led to an industrywide reckoning on safety standards and inspired some Oscars attendees to wear black ribbons on their lapels in her memory. Many of the details of the accident remain murky and unknown. But now a THR reconstruction, based on an exclusive eyewitness account and interviews with Jones’ parents and others, reveals harrowing new details of what happened when a 20-person film crew tried to shoot a scene on a live train track.

Graphic Products for Interior Décor

Signshop: As consumers progressively turn to magazines, design shows, and social media to exchange interior décor ideas, there is increased demand for products that allow people to cost effectively customize their homes and add personality to a space.
As a result, vinyl graphic products for indoor home décor usage are spiking in popularity.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

O'Hara's Stage Right pokes fun at the genre in 'Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)'

TribLIVE: Whether you've never seen a musical before or you've seen a million of them, “Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” will leave you laughing. So says Sarah Ivins, the director of Stage Right Community Theater's latest production.
As its title suggests, the show is an over-the-top send-up of musical theater. Stage Right will present the show over two weekends April 3 to 5 and 10 to 12 at the Boyd Community Center in O'Hara. Tickets are $15.

Apr. ’14: Five Red Flags to Avoid on Your IRS Return

Signshop: It is no secret that one of the biggest fears that people have is receiving an audit notice from the IRS. It ranks right up there with being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Of course, the IRS does nothing to alleviate this fear because the more frightened you are, the less likely you will be to cheat on your taxes.

Take prehistoric tour of 'Erth's Dinosaur Zoo'

TribLIVE: Kids can go on a tour through prehistoric Australia on April 5 at the “Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live” show, playing at Shady Side Academy's Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Fox Chapel.

A tiny Arduino laser cutter

The MicroSlice: A few years ago I saw an Instructable where Groover had used a pair of DVD-RW drives to make a pocket laser engraver. Inspired by the idea, driven by the recent purchase of a full-sized 50 watt CO2 laser cutter, and roused by the launch of the Microcontroller contest I took the decision to have a crack at making my own mini laser engraver.

SAG-AFTRA Presses on With Talent Managers Code

Hollywood Reporter: Undeterred by opposition from talent managers associations, SAG-AFTRA is continuing to promote its voluntary Personal Managers Code of Ethics and Conduct, which was released last month. The union announced Monday that it has set a bicoastal member meeting on the topic for April 15 at 12 p.m. PT.

What would you pay for unlimited Broadway shows a month?

The Producer's Perspective: I’ve got an incredibly informed group of investors who are always sending me news about ahead-of-the-curve stuff, from technology to marketing, to nifty new products. And one of the most savvy recently told me about a program he just signed up for called MoviePass.

Free Online Figure Drawing with Craftsy

Colossal: Get instant lifetime access to step-by-step instruction by Patricia Watwood, a world renowned artist who has twice landed the cover of American Artist magazine. Enjoy success as you progress from a simple block-in sketch, to a gestural drawing, to a polished piece with depth and dimension. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to make custom toned papers to add a unique touch to your work.

LIGHTFAIR Intl. 2014 Will Stage Two New Lighting Forums

Signshop: LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) will stage two new Forums as a part of the 2014 Conference—LFI Healthcare Lighting Forum and LFI Hospitality Lighting Forum—each aligned with LFI’s growing focus on healthcare and hospitality lighting trends and technologies.

DIY residencies: a career in the arts on your own terms

Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional: Last week, US rail company Amtrak officially began offering writing residencies on its trains after writers mounted a lively social media campaign sparked by an interview with author Alexander Chee, in which he floated the idea. The announcement attracted headlines around the world and put a mainstream spotlight like never before on the role that residency programs can play in fostering the development of both artists and their art.

NEA Captures Data on Artists with Day Jobs Not long ago we wrote about a study that took up the question of who is an artist, examining some of the ways in which defining creative workers is difficult. One of those issues stems from employment — whether the label “artist” refers only to people who work as such full time. On Monday the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) added to the conversation by releasing a new data set called “Keeping My Day Job: Identifying U.S. Workers Who Have Dual Careers as Artists.”

Cause of downtown fire released

Woodstock Sentinel Review: Improperly disposed of rags used to stain a table is the cause of the downtown fire that destroyed most of Woodstock Theatre’s props and sets and heavily damaging two small businesses March 20.

Empire State Theatre Production Tax Credit Approved

Stage Directions: New York has become the fourth state to offer financial incentives to investors who originate live productions within New York State, effective for tax year commencing January 1, 2015. The program will offer a 25% tax credit to producers who tech their shows in New York's facilities. Al Nocciolino, The Broadway League’s Vice Chairman of the Road and President & CEO of NAC Entertainment, specializing in the presentation of Touring Broadway in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Elmira and Albany, said, “With other states offering aggressive tax incentives for theatrical production, New York’s venues have struggled to stay competitive and attract new shows. However, this incentive levels the field and will, without question, drive millions of dollars into New York.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Was Your College Major The Biggest Waste Of Money Ever? You already know that college is expensive. In fact, a lot of you are yikes.still paying off your student loans (and even more of you may be paying those off for a really long time). But two certain college majors may be a lot more expensive over time than others.

Energizer® Hard Case® Professional® Lights

Tool Box Buzz Tool Box Buzz: Starting in November of 2014, an updated line of Energizer® Hard Case® Professional® lights will be hitting the market. The first generation of these lights were really great, so I was eager to check out this new updated line. Energizer sent me two of the new lights to check out including the Task Light and Project Light.

Download AutoCAD 2015 Free The Autodesk 30 day full trial of the new release of AutoCAD 2015 is now available for download. The 30 day full trial is the full product for you to test drive it and put it through its paces as well as see how your customization and files work in it.

How Can I Build a Resume When I Have Nothing to Put On It? There are a few things you can do with your resume to beef it up, no matter what you've done—or haven't done. If you're worried you don't have any references, or the references you do have might backfire on you, we can help you out with that, too. Let's turn that quarter-page resume into something that can help you get a job.

Interns are now protected against sexual harassment in New York City Interns of New York City, rejoice. You are now protected against sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation in the workplace.
Plus, The New York Times will now pay you minimum wage, New York University is making a greater effort to protect you and Columbia University has told companies it expects its interns to be paid.

3 Ways To Screw Up Salary Negotiations & Lose Your Job Offer Negotiating a salary is tough, and salary negotiations often can make or break a job offer. Here are three ways to get your job offer reneged by messing around with your compensation expectations.

Bob McCarthy Accepts USITT Sound Design Award at 2014 Conference

FOH online: Author and audio engineer Bob McCarthy received the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Sound Design at USITT’s 54th Annual Conference & Stage Expo here on March 26. USITT Sound Commissioner Curtis Craig presented the award to McCarthy in honor of his many contributions to sound design for live entertainment.

Millennials would spend tax refund on electronics, clothes, Carnegie Mellon University survey says

Pittsburgh Business Times: Tax refunds are another sign of spring and the Integrated Innovation Institute at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University surveyed 2,000 millennials, asking how they’d use a $1,000 check from the IRS.

Sessions Probe Technology’s Role in Advancing Media and Entertainment NAB Show Super Sessions offer attendees perspectives on the trends and technologies driving media and entertainment. Featuring discussions with thought leaders and visionaries, these sessions are designed to explore innovative concepts, strategies and technologies that shape the future of the marketplace. The following Super Sessions were planned at press time.

New York Tax Credit to Encourage Theater Productions Upstate New York has passed a tax credit aimed at persuading Broadway producers and others to use upstate theaters as rehearsal halls and construction shops for shows going out on national tour. The 2014-15 state budget, passed by the legislature on Monday, includes a credit that would cover 25 percent of production-related costs for shows that prepare their road tours at theaters outside of the five boroughs. Theaters in upstate cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Elmira and elsewhere are most likely to be used, given their size and availability.

‘The Mysteries’ Rewrites a Medieval Tradition The show that Ed Sylvanus Iskandar had in mind was a theatrical event of biblical proportions. To make it happen, this director needed four dozen playwrights.
The task for each of them: Adapt a play from the medieval York Cycle, which dramatizes the Old and New Testaments, from “The Fall of the Angels” to “The Last Judgment.”

In Audiences on Broadway, Fewer Guys Among the Dolls More men are steering clear of Broadway, and not even this spring’s ultimate bro show — “Rocky,” the new musical about the beloved boxing underdog — has found a way to fill seats with them.
While men have been hanging back for years, their current scarcity, at a time when overall Broadway attendance is down, is particularly stark. Only 32 percent of audience members last year were men, or 3.7 million, compared with 42 percent (or 4.2 million) in 1980.

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