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Friday, December 09, 2016

Scenic and Media Designer Bryce Cutler Announced As Winner Of The 2017 Rising Star Award The Rising Star Award, established by LDI/LiveDesign magazine, is given annually to a young professional at the beginning of his or her career. The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in scenic, lighting, sound, projection design, and convergence of these design disciplines.

Congress passes BOTS Act to ban ticket-buying software

Ars Technica: Using software bots to buy concert tickets will soon be illegal, thanks to a bill passed by Congress yesterday.

The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act makes it illegal to bypass any computer security system designed to limit ticket sales to concerts, Broadway musicals, and other public events with a capacity of more than 200 persons. Violations will be treated as "unfair or deceptive acts" and can be prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission or the states.

EPISODE 17: John Huntington pt 1: Author of Show Networks and Control Systems

The Cue – A Show Control Podcast: John Huntington is a Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology, also known as Citytech, which is part of CUNY. Through his company Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an author, entertainment and show control systems consultant, and sound designer/engineer. He is also an award-winning photographer.

Huntington’s book Show Networks and Control Systems is the leading book in the field. The book was first published as Control Systems for Live Entertainment by Focal Press in 1994, and was revised in 2000 and 2007. In 2012, Huntington started self publishing the book, renamed it, and extensively expanded the networking coverage.

Video of the Month: Laser Cutting With AutoCAD 2017 Using a chess set as an example, the “3rd Dimension and Laser Cutting with AutoCAD 2017” video goes through the process step-by-step — from AutoCAD file prep to configuring the laser cutter. Featured files are in 2D, so AutoCAD LT users can glean information for their own use. The webinar also discusses where and how you can access laser cutters.

WGA West President Blasts Trump Over Attack on Steelworkers Union

Variety: Writers Guild of America West president Howard A. Rodman has issued a blistering condemnation of President-elect Donald Trump over attempts to intimidate Indiana union official Chuck Jones.

Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, had noted that 550 of his members at Carrier plants would lose their jobs in spite of Trump’s deal to keep another thousand jobs from moving to Mexico. Trump responded by attacking Jones on Twitter.

Judge Rules 'Midnight Rider' Producer Can't Collect on Insurance Due to Criminal Acts

Hollywood Reporter: A California federal judge has rendered a big ruling on the insurance dispute that emanated from the fatal train accident during the 2014 shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in Georgia. In a summary judgment opinion released Thursday, the film's production company is denied a bid to force its insurer to cover losses. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright concludes that criminal acts have been properly excluded under the film company's policy.

Against Entrepreneurship

HowlRound: The picture has been painted for us. Adapt or die. We in the theatre know this much is true: jobs are scarce, good pay and benefits scarcer. Funding, like audiences, seems to be dwindling. The solution, we’re told, is just as clear—embrace the market, become creative entrepreneurs. This may be a stopgap measure to survive this state of precarity, but it doesn’t alter that state. Indeed, this proposed solution short-circuits the questions of why audiences are dwindling, of why we aren’t paid well for our work. What if, instead of changing ourselves and our art practices to fit the market, we could alter the conditions of the field itself? It is possible. Indeed, it is necessary for the survival of our field.

A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas

Pittsburgh in the Round: To paraphrase a bit of country hero Forrest Gump, “Community Theatre is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”.

It would seem logical since we have lots of holiday shows; A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and Holiday Inn to name a few, that there should be a Christmas show away from the pretense of city folks. That is the logic and inspiration behind A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas. The logic however stops there.

Colorful light to illuminate London's river bridges Artist Leo Villareal and his team have been chosen to develop a series of installations that will light up the bridges along the River Thames in London, UK. Their contest-winning proposal, "Current," envisages colorful lighting installed on the 17 bridges from Tower Bridge to Albert Bridge.

Your Next Birthday Party Needs This Life-Size Balloon Animal T-rex Skeleton Mark Verge makes balloon animals, but his creations aren’t limited to just tiny poodles and flowers like some yellow pages birthday clown. As YouTube’s Coolest Thing channel reveals, he instead builds mammoth creations using nothing but balloons, including a life-size version of a T-rex skeleton.

Leftist Students Shouted 'F*ck You B*itch' at the Gay Director of a Pro-Trans Movie, Boys Don’t Cry

Hit & Run : There was a time not so long ago when the people shouting "fuck you bitch" at a gender-fluid gay filmmaker would have been bigoted right-wing conservatives. But because we currently live in the year 2016, the people who heckled Kimberly Peirce—director of Boys Don't Cry, a groundbreaking film about a transgender man—during her recent appearance at Reed College were far-left students.

Our top 10 Broadway shows of 2016

Chicago Tribune: The 2015 musical "Hamilton" continued to suck up a lot of the Broadway oxygen in 2016 — first during the spring award season and then during the political fallout of the late fall. But theater artists created other, mostly quieter shows that were striking in the depth of their exploration of modern life. "Dear Evan Hansen" took on social media. "The Humans" explored the legacy of Sept. 11, 2001, which lurks in the American psyche. And "Shuffle Along" reminded us that racism is not in our past but alive in the American present.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

TV Showrunners Talk Rape-As-Character-Development

The Mary Sue: In most storytelling, from films and TV to comics, the sexual assault of female characters is an oft-used plot device that is often a frustrating “shorthand” for character development. It’s made even more frustrating by the fact that too often, it’s used not in the interest of developing the female character to whom it happened, but to motivate the male characters around her to action. Thankfully, there are television showrunners who are just as tired of Rape-As-Plot-Device as we are!

Well, Pantone's Color of the Year 2017 Is Optimistic

The Creators Project: Today, Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority on color, named their Color of the Year 2017: 15-0343 Greenery. Described as "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, when nature's greens revive, restore and renew," the vibrant green with yellow undertones provides rejuvenation and a reconnection to both nature and something larger than oneself.

[Premiere] Have a Near-Death Experience… with Puppets!

The Creators Project: What starts as a polite dinner party among friends soon devolves into existential crisis and a comedy of manners in the latest episode of The Creatures of Yes. The series, created by brothers Jacob and Caleb Graham, follows a group of puppets as they go about their life and times, and distinguishes itself with its throwback recording equipment and careful production design. This week’s episode, “Near Death Experience,” showcases what the series is best at: subverting expectations and complicating plotlines while remaining family friendly. There’s even a sense of gentleness to these videos that is rare for the modern wave of “must-shock” puppetry aimed at viewers above seven.

Soundly Launches Cloud-based Sound Effects Service & Editing Application

Sound & Picture: Soundly, a startup audio technology company, today released Soundly, a cloud-based sound effects library and workflow tool. Soundly represents a completely new approach to sound effects access and editing. A cloud-based sound library with access to thousands of premium sound effects and a powerful workflow tool, Soundly lets video and audio editors instantly search the cloud or local sound libraries, customize sounds, and place them to picture instantly, wherever they have an Internet connection. Traditional sound effect libraries can be expensive, hard to use, and not very portable. Content creators know that good sound can make or break a video or film, and Soundly was created to give affordable access to thousands of sounds along with access to a community of specialist sound designers.

Stepping Into Star Wars: ILMxLab’s Plans for Virtual and Mixed Reality

Variety: Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab wants to turn “Star Wars” and other movies into portals for destinations that can be visited with virtual and augmented reality headsets, executives said during a panel at the Virtual Reality Intelligence conference Wednesday. “We are thinking very heavily about creating a dynamic destination where stories flow through,” said ILMxLab Executive Creative Director John Gaeta.

Playwright Rosary Hartel O’Neill Reflects on Paris

Breaking Character: Rosary Hartel O’Neill is a regaled playwright and scholar who is currently juggling several different plays being performed in venues across the globe. One of her most promising works, Degas in New Orleans, focuses on the real-life experiences of the renowned French painter Edgar Degas who travelled to New Orleans in the years after the Civil War in attempts to help his finically struggling American family. Rosary, who was raised in New Orleans and is bilingual, hopes that the play will be performed in both English and French. In September of 2016, she traveled to Paris where she discussed the future possibilities for the work and her newest play, Beckett at Greystones Bay, which follows a period in the life of famed writer Samuel Beckett. Below, writer Meagan Meehan chats with Rosary about these experiences.

Oakland Mayor Pledges $1.7 Million After Deadly Fire

Rolling Stone: Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf pledged $1.7 million to create and sustain "affordable, safe spaces" for local artists and arts organizations following the warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people last Friday. The Ghost Ship art collective warehouse was a home and performance space in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.

New Bot-Blocking Legislation Could Make It Easier To Score Tickets To Popular Events

Consumerist: About a week after New York barred scalpers from using bots to scoop up tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other popular attractions, the U.S. Congress has sent its own anti-bot legislation to President Obama to sign.

The Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016, otherwise known as the BOTS Act, was passed by voice vote on Wednesday. Much like its New York counterpart, the legislation would put the kibosh on computer software used by scalpers to grab a lot of tickets at one time.

Artists Send Symphony to the Stars Since the beginning of time, people around the world have looked up at the vast sky and wondered, "Is anybody out there?" Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Art and pioneering space artist Lowry Burgess thinks so, and he's banking on the fact that life forms in space appreciate the arts the same way humans do.

Parenting and Playwriting: How to Comfort Our Daughters

HowlRound: It shouldn’t have been a surprise that my children’s elementary school elected Donald Trump in their mock election. Kansas hasn’t gone to the Democrats since 1964, yet when the announcement came over the loud speakers as I perused the annual book fair after school, I found myself astonished. The kids at the fair cheered, and I died a little. I tried very hard not to boo aloud. They are, after all, children.

Children who vote like their parents.

My Theater Management Rule of Three.

The Producer's Perspective: As a Producer, General Manager, Company Manager . . . or Manager of Anything (including a family, by the way). . . keeping your company/actors/employees/KIDS happy and productive is an integral part of being an effective leader.

You’ve heard the expression, “Happy wife, happy life.”

Well, I always say, “Happy staff, happy accountants when they look at your P/L statement for the year.”

(Ok, that didn’t really have the right ring to it, but you get the idea.)

The Lion in Winter

Pittsburgh in the Round: It’s well into the holiday season and there’s a chance you’ve either had or will have a tense family dinner. No matter your family situation, you’re probably not going have as tense a Christmas as King Henry II and his family. In James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, Henry, his wife, his sons, and his mistress all gather round for a fun holiday of constant manipulation and harsh betrayals. PICT Classic Theatre opened their new production in the appropriately castle-like Union Project in Highland Park, and they invite you to spend a tense holiday with a family that will most likely make yours seem better.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Attack Theatre's "Unbolted"

Program Notes: If you’re a dance fan in Pittsburgh, I probably don’t have to tell you about Attack Theatre. The city’s most tenured independent contemporary-dance company is also perhaps its most ubiquitous, with frequent site-specific shows, community performances, and collabos with other arts groups supplementing its own theatrical season.

“The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” at Quantum Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler: Imagine what life would be like if you could see the shapes and contours and colors of things, but your brain could not organize those shapes and contours and colors into recognizable objects and people. Your vision would be in perfect order, but you would be effectively blind, incapable of making sense of the lines and patterns that make up the visual field.

Behind the Scenes Look at NBC’ ‘Hairspray Live!’

Variety: It’s just two weeks before the Dec. 7 debut of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is (cheer)leading the troupe of performers through rehearsal on a soundstage on the Universal lot.

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” is the musical’s show-stopper, the final song, which features the entire dream-team cast — from Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) to Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle) to Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton) — meticulously assembled by executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. It’s a high-energy number, which Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), who wrote the teleplay, has dubbed “You Can’t Stop to Breathe.”

Orange County Choppers Designs an All-Electric Bike Using Fusion 360

DESIGN DIFFERENTLY: Earlier this year, Pohl met a member of the Autodesk staff who encouraged him to try Fusion 360 for a design. “I was a SolidWorks guy,” he admits. “I was terrified to switch. It’s like jumping into the deep end of the pool.” Once he started using it, though, he thought “Wow, this is incredible. It is really a magic show.” In comparison to everything he had used before, it was “cleaner” and “snappier.” As he puts it, “You don’t really wait on anything—it just happens.”

CFA Winter Festival Celebrates the Arts at CMU Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) will showcase its students’ work during the Winter Celebration weekend.

From 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, the Miller Gallery and the School of Design will host a reception for the current exhibitions, “Climactic: Post Normal Design” and the “FOCUS: CMU School of Design Senior Exhibition.” The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibitions run through Sunday, Dec. 11.

Race and representation on Chicago stages In July 2006, this very magazine asked a provocative question on its cover: Why is theater in Chicago so white?

I didn’t have a hand in that story—it was written by then-staffers Christopher Piatt and Novid Parsi—but as Time Out Chicago’s chief theater critic for nearly eight years now, the question is never far from my thoughts. And how could it not be on my mind, when people bring it up all the time in private conversations, on social media, at conferences or over drinks at the bar, telling me how much it meant to them to see Chicago theater’s segregation problem addressed so directly.

Hysterical classic 'Tuna Christmas' is coming to Greensburg Civic Theatre

TribLIVE: Everyone has pre-Christmas stress this time of year — but not like the citizens of Tuna, Texas.

In Greensburg Civic Theatre's holiday production, “A Tuna Christmas,” their problems seem insurmountable. Bertha Bumiller's drunken husband hasn't come home and she's trying to hold her family together. A mysterious “Christmas Phantom,” who is known for vandalizing holiday decorations, is threatening the town's annual lawn display contest. There also have been UFO sightings in Tuna.

On Festivals: Curatorial Thought in Process

The Theatre Times: The curator’s role in the performing arts area seems to be, for many—including the curators themselves—inaccurate. Regardless of the multiplication of festivals and shows, the word “curatorship” remains controversial and under construction. According to the word’s etymology, “curate” means “to look after.” The word is widely used in the visual arts. For the professor and art reviewer Roberto Teixeira Coelho (2012), it originally designated the process of organizing and assembling a public exhibition for a group of works made by an artist or by a group of artists.

3D-printing software reshapes musical instrument design When most of us think of a musical wind instrument, we generally picture what is essentially a tube with a mouthpiece at one end – something like a flute, recorder or saxophone. And while that's a tried and trusted design, the fact is that wind instruments can take almost any form. Weirdly-shaped instruments are more difficult to design, however, which is where a new computer program called Printone comes in.

Former Neo-Futurists Speak Out Against 'TML' Creator, Charge Abuse Of Power

Chicagoist: Greg Allen sent the Chicago theatre world reeling last week with his announcement that he’s pulling the rights to the show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind from the local Neo-Futurists group in order to revamp it as a more explicitly political show that supports women and minorities. But several former Neo-Futurist ensemble members say that a pattern of bullying behavior—the kind that allegedly prompted his suspension from the show in 2012—casts doubt on his credibility to do so.

In wake of controversial shows, theater artists gather to discuss equitable casting

News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper: This past July, Little Lake Theatre Company staged a production of Anna in the Tropics, Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer-winning 2003 play about Cuban immigrants, and cast all the roles with white actors. That casting provoked a response on Facebook from Sol Crespo, a Puerto Rico-born, New York-based theater artist who often works in Pittsburgh. Seeing white actors in roles written for people of color “makes me feel like I don’t matter, like I’m invisible, like my voice doesn’t need to be heard,” she later said.

What Does A Christmas Carol Mean in 2016? A History of ACT Theatre's 41-Year Tradition

Theater - The Stranger: It's easy to be cynical about A Christmas Carol. Hedonistic Victorian-era ghost stories? Sure. But blah blah Scrooge, blah blah Tiny Tim, blah blah plaid-clad children frolicking in the halls of the theater. Please. As if the theater needed any more children.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Best Cordless Reciprocating Saw Shootout!

Pro Tool Reviews: If you’ve been with us for a few years, you may remember our Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw Shootout from a while back. Things really haven’t changed much in how the classic demo saw is used, but the saws themselves have changed drastically, particularly thanks to battery technology. Whether you’re here to see how your favorite brand did or are looking for the best cordless reciprocating saw for your needs, we’ve got eight of the most popular brands lined up with their highest performing cordless saws.

Oakland Fire Was a Rare Mass Casualty Blaze. Fire Codes Help Explain Why.

The New York Times: The fire that killed at least 30 people in a warehouse-turned-performance space in Oakland, Calif., on Friday was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years, a tragedy that highlighted both the importance of fire safety codes and the vital role they have played in turning mass casualty blazes into rare events.

They have become infrequent thanks to safety measures that started to emerge at the turn of the 20th century, when fires at theaters and nightclubs not infrequently killed hundreds of people.

NFPA President Reacts to Recent Tragic Fires

NFPA Xchange: First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out from NFPA to the families, communities and first responders who are impacted by the number of recent fire tragedies filling the headlines. For those of us who devote our careers to making the world safer from fire, these stories shake us to our core.

Tamara Tunie: Legends from the ‘Burgh

NEXTpittsburgh: Live cabaret, Burgh pride, and iconic songs will heat up the Main Stage for a very special limited-run at City Theatre Company this weekend.

After taking her hit cabaret show, Legends from the ‘Burgh, on a critically acclaimed national tour and packing houses in NYC, Pittsburgh native and CMU graduate Tamara Tunie returns home to perform American standards and jazz songs composed by hometown legends.

'Beauty and the Beast,' laughing through their own story

Chicago Tribune: This outre "Beauty and the Beast" at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art is the work of radical artists, intent on working at the margins. And, please be warned, it is as sexually explicit a live piece as you ever are likely to see, unless you, dear reader, traverse an unusual path through our hearty Midwestern city.

Oakland's Ghost Ship fire is nightmare scenario for promoters, governments and music lovers

LA Times: The fire that ripped through an electronic music concert at an Oakland warehouse-turned-art space Friday night was a worst-case scenario for anyone who attends such events.

As of Sunday morning, 24 bodies were recovered, with more people unaccounted for. Officials fear the death toll could rise to 40. It might be one of the worst disasters in the history of live music in North America.

It Could Have Been Any One of Us

KQED Arts: There are no words to convey the heartbreak felt by those closest to the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire. At the moment, 36 are confirmed dead, with search crews still sorting through the ashes of the site. As stories and details of the fire are shared, and while thousands await news of missing loved ones, a phrase keeps coming up: “It could have been any one of us.”

Mr. Marmalade

Pittsburgh in the Round: Perhaps the most compelling aspect of CMU’s production of Mr. Marmalade is the actors’ ability to take on the roles of children. Specifically, a four year old. Aleyse Shannon, as the character Lucy, becomes a child in such a subdued, but critical way. She approaches the role with genuine curiosity and the unfettered brashness of a confident, precocious little girl.

The Getaway tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Moment Factory: It was an honour to collaborate on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Getaway Tour. The fruit of this collaboration was revealed in September 2016 with the launch of the Peppers’ arena tour, in Budapest.

Enthusiastic about the thought of working with the legendary group, we had a formidable challenge: to help craft a rock show of epic proportions. To add to the complexity, the band famously spurns pre-determined set lists--thus requiring the entire ‘rock show’ to be adaptable and allow for improvisations like jam sessions, solos, and unanticipated shifts.

Flame and Pyro Survey Results

Prop Agenda: Every answer has at least some variety. Perhaps the closest ones with any sort of “consensus” were burning paper and a hot plate. But it goes to show just how different every venue could be. Even within the venues, the requirements could change on a show-to-show basis. A lot of what is “allowed” comes down to the fire marshal’s approval, and that can change depending on which fire marshal visits your theatre, or even how you present the effect to the fire marshal.

Light the Song with Sense and Color: A Conversation with TAIT You couldn't miss it. When Phish took their usual places onstage in St. Paul to kick off their 2016 summer tour they had some impressive new hardware at their disposal. First, behind them in a half-circle, stretching from stage right to stage left, was a five-and-a-half-foot tall wall of light-emitting diode (LED) video screens. Second, above their heads was another huge, rectangular screen, facing down and toward the audience. As the show started, colors and images began playing across both screens. For the entire first set, the overhead array stayed in a compact rectangle. But when things got cooking at the start of the second set—during the throbbing minor-key “Mike’s Song” jam—the big rectangle fragmented, spreading apart into a patterned array of smaller screens, a look reminiscent of the hordes of perpetually attacking spacecraft from classic arcade games like Space Invaders and Galaga.

Ars Nova Introduces Fair Pay Initiative

Playbill: Ars Nova, the non-profit Off-Broadway theatre company responsible for launching the original incarnation of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, held its annual gala, the Nova Ball Remix, December 5 downtown at Capitale.

At the event, Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Rachel Bonds, whose Sundown, Yellow Moon will premiere in spring 2017, announced the establishment of the Ars Nova Fair Pay Initiative. “Since 2014 Ars Nova has been slowly and steadily raising base pay for artists,” she said. “They’ve increased their operating budget by over $300,000, dedicating over a third of that increase each year towards raising fees, salaries, and benefits for all of the artists who work on their readings, workshops, and productions.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Chicago’s Longest-Running Stage Show Is Ending. Now What?

Chicago magazine | Arts & Culture December 2016: Chicago took a hit Wednesday when, after 28 years, former Neo-Futurist Greg Allen pulled the company’s rights to Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Founded by Allen in 1988, the show of 30 plays in 60 minutes had become synonymous with the Andersonville ensemble, and regularly sold out its late-night weekend time slot.

Cirque makes every effort to keep its staff safe, CEO says It’s not the kind of phone call anyone wants to have to make.

In his car on the way home from the premiere of the Cirque du Soleil touring show Ovo at the Bell Centre Tuesday night, Cirque chief executive officer Daniel Lamarre learned that Olivier Rochette, a technician working on the show Luzia in San Francisco, had been killed that night. He was struck by a telescopic lift as it was being taken off stage before the show.

Rochette’s father is Gilles Ste-Croix, one of the founders of the Quebec circus and someone Lamarre has worked closely with for more than a decade. Lamarre’s next call that night was to Ste-Croix, who was at his winter home in Mexico.

Autodesk Expert Elite Highlight Series

AutoCAD Blog: Each month, the Autodesk Expert Elite Highlight Series—see links, below, to all entries since February—serves up rich, Autodesk product-related content on AutodeskHelp. Makes sense. Autodesk Expert Elites are marked by their product expertise and their commitment to sharing knowledge, providing leadership, and collaborating in ways that strengthen our community to everyone’s benefit. And AutodeskHelp is your one-stop shop for the latest solutions, breaking news, and behind-the-scenes access to the world of Autodesk support.

Sculpting Gas Masks and Helmets from Sneakers!

Tested: We meet artist Gary Lockwood, aka Freehand Profit, who transforms sneakers into stunning gas masks and helmets. We take a look at his sculptures and learn how he breaks down a pair of shoes into the patterns and materials needed to craft helms for sneakerheads.

Choosing and Using Structural Adhesives

Adhesives content from Machine Design: There are several reasons why structural adhesives are chosen for a wide variety of assembly operations. Unlike mechanical fasteners, they don't damage substrates by needing drilled holes, and there's no heat distortion (a risk with welding). They can also join dissimilar materials without galvanic corrosion, work with different geometries, and don't concentrate stress at a few localized spots, thus increasing fatigue resistance. And after the joining processes, structural adhesives don't require refinishing steps or leave protrusions, so they are aesthetically more pleasing.

PARAMOUR to Close April 2017! Broadway is making way for Harry Potter, literally.

The cavernous Lyric Theater will be dramatically reconfigured — shedding one-fifth of its seats — to create a home for the most-coveted theatrical tenant of the moment: the two-part play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is expected to open there in spring 2018.

Making a Star Rise: Chi-Town Rising Returns When you start a New Year’s Eve tradition on a massive scale in the third largest city in the country, you need to make a statement.

To ring in 2016, Arena Partners connected with Chicago Flyhouse and others to create Chi-Town Rising; an event and memorable night for the nearly 100,000 in attendance waiting for a New Year to begin.

How could this event rival other established events around the world? The answer is simple: feature a Chicago icon rising.

Getting Better

Dimmer Beach: When I was in high school I played tennis. I wasn’t the best tennis player on the team, but I improved quicker by playing people who were better than me, and I carried that mindset with me throughout my life.

If you surround yourself with people that are more talented or skilled than you, they push you to be better.

Another good example of this is in the game of chess (games in general, really). You will be pushed by a more experienced player. Yes, it might be frustrating to lose, and lose often, but your skills will grow, and that’s the important thing.

Interview with the songwriting team of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, whose ‘Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album’ is set for release in January 2017 “Junie B. Jones” is a fictional character created by author Barbara Park. Park's "Junie B. Jones" books, chronicling Junie's adventures with her group of quirky friends, have sold more than sixty million copies across the globe. In 2005, the series was re-created as musical theater set to melodies written by the award-winning songwriting team of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. Goldrich and Heisler worked closely with Barbara Park to remain true to the essence of the series. The comical, family-friendly show follows Junie through a new school year that includes new glasses, bossy classmates, singing lunch ladies, kickball tournaments, juggling biscuits and much more.

How the Hypocrites Made a Feminist Cinderella Even More Feminist

Chicago magazine | Arts & Culture November 2016: As an esteemed composer in the mid-1800s, Pauline Viardot Garcia was a living oxymoron. Through the 19th century, the title “female composer” was about as common as "airplane pilot"—and on the rare occasion women were recognized for their work, it was under a male pseudonym รก la Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

Theatre DIY Don’ts: Don’t Settle for Your Venues

HowlRound: The main venue for my first forays into production was a small hippie nightclub that was used to hosting indie rock and electronic music acts downstairs in its basement. There was a tiny rickety stage supported with a multi-thousand-dollar sound system and a few lights. There were no chairs, but there was a skateboard half-pipe along the back wall. It was painted in all kinds of colors, and dark and cold all the time. For a death metal concert or rave with scores of mosh pit regulars, this would have been the perfect place. For a theatre troupe it needed some work. On top of that, they did some work promoting each show; because we were the only theatre group on their list, they didn't really know how to promote us. So why was this the spot that I chose to place my productions? They didn’t ask for the money up front. Back in my greenhorn days that was a huge bonus to me.

A New Scholarship Aims to Inspire More Female Game Designers

The Creators Project: The image of the teenage boy in a dark room playing shoot 'em up video games is an entrenched stereotype, yet studies now show that women enjoy video games nearly as much as guys do. But if there are so many girls playing games, why are there so few of them developing them? Females developers account for just 22% of the industry.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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Equipment operator dies in accident at Cirque du Soleil in SF

SFGate: A Cirque du Soleil technician was killed Tuesday night when he was struck by a lift during a pre-set of the “LUZIA” show near San Francisco’s AT&T Park, authorities said.

The accident was reported at 6:43 p.m., said Officer Carlos Manfredi, in a tent in Lot A south of the ballpark, where the show is being staged until Jan. 29.

Stephen Sondheim Approves an Updated 'Company' for an Era of Single Women

The Atlantic: Before the Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company in April 1970, American musicals mostly had a single purpose: to bring a man and a woman together in romantic (and melodic) harmony. But Company upended this tradition, offering instead a collection of vignettes featuring marriages in different states of (un)happiness, seen from the perspective of a flaky 35-year-old bachelor named Bobby.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into Broadway in 2018 with a unique new look

The Verge: Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on London’s West End, US fans have wondered when the show would make the jump across the Atlantic. We finally know where it will run, and have a general idea of when.

Ok Go's latest music video was filmed in four seconds A series of digital triggers set off several hundred events in the video for Ok Go's The One Moment, which was filmed in just four seconds.

The video for the band's new track was directed by lead singer Damian Kulash, who wanted to create a literal visual representation of the song's title.

Race & Theatre: That Awkward Moment When You Realize Your Show is Racist

OnStage: One of theatre’s most wonderful features is its ability to breathe new life into old works. The downside is that sometimes these older works represent outmoded ideas and prejudices, particularly concerning race. As modern artists, how are we to respond when faced with potentially being affiliated with a show which contains racist content due to being produced at a time when such attitudes were common?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Rob Halliday: ESTA needs your help to maintain global technical standards

Opinion | The Stage: The thing about a good standard is, you’ve probably never thought about it. It seems obvious and sensible that the plug goes into the socket and the radio gets power without you being electrocuted.

Obvious and sensible can be complicated. The plug and socket fit together because they were designed to. But making that design a standard means it has to be independently reviewed to be reliable and safe, and can be adopted everywhere. If a standard is backed up by law, the cheap, dangerous knock-off can be made, but it can’t, legally, be sold. Arguably, you owe your life to standards.

Hands-On with the Glowforge Laser Cutter!

Tested: It's finally here! We have a pre-release model of the Glowforge laser cutter in our office to test, and have been running it through its paces. Adam and Norm show off its features and run through a few test cuts, including tracing one of Adam's drawings

What Can Theatre Do? A Post-Election Colloquy, Part 2

AMERICAN THEATRE: We received so many substantive responses to our field-wide query of playwrights and artistic directors about their response to the recent election that we made this a two-part effort. The questions we asked them all were: What are you hoping or intending to do in response to the election? And what can theatre do to shape or direct the national conversation?

Createquity Podcast Series 4: Approaching Cultural Equity

Createquity.: In surveying the history of the movement for cultural equity, it became apparent to Createquity researchers that the term itself can mean many different things to different people, often simultaneously. Understanding these diverse perspectives can help us have a more honest and meaningful conversation about what it is that we collectively want to achieve. In this series, we take a look at four different visions of success for cultural equity, and consider several real-life examples of how pursuing these visions of success has played out in practice.

Stephen Sondheim Approves an Updated 'Company' for an Era of Single Women

The Atlantic: Before the Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company in April 1970, American musicals mostly had a single purpose: to bring a man and a woman together in romantic (and melodic) harmony. But Company upended this tradition, offering instead a collection of vignettes featuring marriages in different states of (un)happiness, seen from the perspective of a flaky 35-year-old bachelor named Bobby.

Film, TV Shoots Start to Adopt Environmentally Friendly Practices

Variety: Oct. 7 at the Vancouver Intl. Film Festival, four sustainability execs from major Hollywood studios gathered to participate in a packed forum on sustainable production, with keynote speaker and “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter opening the one-day event.

“Vancouver will become a model for green production in North America,” Carter said. “When word gets out, productions will flock here. You’re going to have to build a wall. It will be huge, made out of recycled materials. And yes, the Americans are going to pay for it.”

Sonlit director Maurice Attard jailed for 10 months over accident that left teen Vlada Krevchenko confined to wheelchair A company director has been sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment after a court declared him responsible for the 2008 collapse of a lighting scaffold which left a young partygoer paralysed from the waist down.

Women in Animation Aim to Boost Female Creative Talent in the Biz

Variety: Animation is often seen as a part of the industry friendly to families and women because the longer production cycles for each feature – typically three to five years – mean more steady employment and opportunity to attend to life’s demands outside of filmmaking. But women still have a long way to go before they’re equally represented in animated features and television shows.

Greg Allen pulls ‘Too Much Light’ from Chicago’s Neo-Futurists Greg Allen, the founder of the Neo-Futurists, dropped a bombshell Wednesday afternoon, announcing in an emailed press release that he intends to revoke his former company's rights to perform its flagship show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and relaunch it himself as a more activist endeavor—an announcement that took the Neo-Futurists themselves by surprise.

Octavia Spencer, Dev Patel on Diversity in Film, Typecasting

Variety: Octavia Spencer won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Minny Jackson in “The Help,” and although she’s willing to play a maid again, she has yet to find a character that tops that one.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into Broadway in 2018 with a unique new look

The Verge: Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on London’s West End, US fans have wondered when the show would make the jump across the Atlantic. We finally know where it will run, and have a general idea of when.

ICYMI: Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Dig Into 'Fences' With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Colorlines: NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saw tremendous contemporary urgency in Denzel Washington's ("Flight") upcoming film adaptation of August Wilson's "Fences." He said as much in the introduction for his Q&A with stars Washington (who also directed the film) and Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder").

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