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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Olivier Awards: Small theatres flex muscles in West End

BBC News: Islington's Almeida Theatre emerged triumphant at Sunday's Olivier Awards with a combined eight wins for its West End transfers of Chimerica and Ghosts.
Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, inspired by events in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989, had the most wins for a single production - five in all, including best new play, best director for Lyndsey Turner and best set design for Es Devlin.
Chimerica opened at the subsidised 325-seat Almeida before transferring to a bigger commercial West End venue - the Harold Pinter Theatre near Leicester Square.

Play Titles and Casting Announced for "Take Ten" Festival

Playbill.com: Theater Masters will present its eighth annual "Take Ten," eight ten-minute plays from award-winning MFA graduate playwriting students from across the country, April 22-26 at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s The American Theater of Actors.

How to Transport An Entire T. Rex

Popular Mechanics: The Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex is a dinosaur with many names. The fossil's namesake is Montana rancher Kathy Wankel, who discovered the specimen on a national wildlife refuge in 1988. The dino's technical name, MOR 555, refers to the T. rex’s home for more than two decades, the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mt. But now, the dinosaur is known by a different name: "the Nation’s T. rex". The near 65-million-year-old specimen arrived this morning at its new home at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where he will be part of $35 million planned dinosaur hall and become the most viewed dinosaur fossil in the world.

Pittsburgh Public Theater will be staging George Bernard Shaw classic 'Candida'

TribLIVE: It's been 20 years since a play by George Bernard Shaw has been part of a Pittsburgh Public Theater season.
That's far too long, decided producing artistic director Ted Pappas, who chose Shaw's “Candida” to correct this lapse. He's also directing the play, which will run through May 18 at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.

Tom Lehrer, Culture And Copyright After Death

Techdirt: But what caught my attention was some discussion that Lehrer has had with certain fans concerning the copyright on his works, whether or not it's okay to put them online and what happens to them after his death. The simple answer seems to be that Lehrer couldn't care any less about all of it.

Another Part of Hollywood Where Women Are a Minority: Lighting

Public Spectacle | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly: Andrea Sachs is much more comfortable controlling the spotlight than she is underneath it.
She had a hand in the light that dappled the frogs in the series of mid-'90s Budweiser ads, and in the soft, eerie glow that perpetuates Diana Ross' music video "Pieces of Ice."
Sachs is a gaffer, the head of the lighting department on a film set. She currently works on Carls Jr. commercials.

Point Park-produced doc series to air on STARZ

Blogh | Pittsburgh City Paper: The new documentary series produced by Point Park University has found a home. The Chair will air on STARZ this fall.
The Chair is a 10-episode series, shot in Pittsburgh, that follows two first-time feature-film directors making their films based on the same source material. More details are here.
Filming — of both the dueling features and the documentary series — took place in February and March at various locations around town.

How to Save Money When Studying Abroad

MyBankTracker.com: Studying abroad can be a life-altering and massively enriching experience. Getting out of one’s comfort zone and into a learning environment that includes cultural exchange, new surroundings, and gaining a broader world view can be a wonderful experience for students of any age. That experience can also cost a lot of money, and careful planning is crucial to avoid running short or making some bad financial moves after the journey has started, or worse, having to come home because of unexpected financial issues. Here are some tips for keeping costs down and planning well.

‘Evil Dead The Musical’ has its moments in either of its venues

Las Vegas Review-Journal: It’s not Part 2, but “Evil Dead The Musical” squared.
The cult musical based on a cult movie is the only show in town that bombards its audience with stage blood, F-bombs, middle fingers and bad puns. And now it’s the only one staged in two places: upstairs and downstairs venues inside The V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood Resort.

Simple Guide To Recording Keyboards

Pro Sound Web: Some of the most popular instruments in many genres of music are keyboards, so let’s look at some techniques to capture a grand piano, upright piano, Leslie organ speaker, digital keyboard or synthesizer.

Behind Barbed Wire, Shakespeare Inspires a Cast of Young Syrians

NYTimes.com: On a rocky patch of earth in this sprawling city of tents and prefab trailers, the king, dressed in dirty jeans and a homemade cape, raised his wooden scepter and announced his intention to divide his kingdom. His elder daughters, wearing paper crowns and plastic jewelry, showered him with false praise, while the youngest spoke truthfully and lost her inheritance.

After the Spring, Arab Art Blossoms

Middle East Institute: In a historic first, three Arab films—all dealing with the political and social challenges faced by Arab youth—were nominated for Academy Awards this past March for best foreign language film (Omar, Palestine), best documentary feature (The Square, Egypt), and best documentary short (Karama Has No Walls, Yemen). Though none took home the Oscar, their recognition by Hollywood is a tribute to the high quality of Middle East filmmaking and, by extension, the importance and value of supporting and empowering Arab artists and their work.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quantum Theatre keeps its production of 'Pantagleize' moving, funny

TribLIVE: Two popular sayings kept running through my head during “Pantagleize”: The Beatles' lyric “You say you want a revolution?” and the cautionary warning, “Be careful what you wish for, for surely it shall be yours.”
Quantum Theatre's bitterly funny production, which is playing inside a vacant office space in Point Breeze, is a fresh and free adaptation of Michel de Ghelderode's 1931 play “Pantagleize.”

Sony Hopes ‘Heaven Is for Real’ Continues Religious Movie Hot Streak

Variety: Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.

Let's talk about the word 'potential'

bestoftheblogs.com: In the world of pro sports, it's used most often as a bet-hedger by general managers, who see raw talent in a player whom they also think lacks the discipline or other psychological necessities to be a star at the top pro level. See Johnny "JFF" Manziel in college football. See the idea of "phenom" among baseball scouts. (That's you, Clint Hurdle, though you're doing more and more to redeem yourself as a manager.)

Death and Art in Palestine: Nabil Al-Ra’ee and The Freedom Theatre

HowlRound: Nabil Al-Ra’ee, artistic director of The Freedom Theatre in Palestine’s occupied territories, has been arrested and interrogated by both the Israeli army and the Palestinian Authority and faces the constant threat of reprisals for his work. The danger is unequivocal. The Freedom Theatre’s former director, Juliano Mer Khamis, an Israeli/Palestinian actor and director (who used to say he was 100 percent Palestinian and 100 percent Jewish), was shot dead two years ago by a masked man as he left the theater. According to a Human Rights Watch report, “Israeli occupation forces have repeatedly raided the theater and beaten and arbitrarily arrested employees.” The theater is under siege from all sides—by the forces of the occupation, religious conservatives opposed to change, and the Palestinian Authority.

‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘Chimerica’ Score at London’s Olivier Awards

Variety: North London’s 326-seat, not-for-profit Almeida Theater was the runaway winner at the 2014 Olivier Awards, along with the West End version of the Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon.”
The Almeida and Headlong co-production of Lucy Kirkwood’s new play “Chimerica” netted five awards, the largest haul of the night, plus three for Richard Eyre’s production of Ibsen’s “Ghosts.” Both shows were transferred to the West End by Sonia Friedman whose exceptional tally climbed still further — to a remarkable total of 14 — comprised of her four tuner wins for the London production of “Book of Mormon” for which she is lead producer, and two for “Merrily We Roll Along” which won Best Musical Revival and shared Best Sound with “Chimerica.”

“Pantagleize” at Quantum Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler: Revolutions are tricky business. As we’ve seen in recent years, in the example of the Arab Spring, the Syrian conflict, and even recent events in the Ukraine, revolutions inspire hope and optimism. Yet when their aims get muddied, their motives become sullied by realpolitik, and they devolve into chaos, violence, and endless bouts of recrimination and revenge, they also engender confusion, cynicism, and despair. A revolution shines light on the oppressiveness of totalitarian regimes and provokes our individual sympathy for the people who suffer under those regimes; at the same time, it often also reveals the complicity of our own national foreign policy in keeping those regimes in power in the name of regional stability.

What Has Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec "Disgusted and Fuming"?

The Vampire Diaries | Wetpaint: Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec is expressing outrage on Twitter when news broke that production will go ahead on Midnight Rider. Production on the Gregg Allman biopic was suspended in February after 27-year-old crew member Sarah Jones was struck by a train and killed on set. Sarah had previously been a part of the TVD crew, and her death shocked and saddened not only those who knew and worked with her, but the entire industry.

'Midnight Rider' to Resume Production in Los Angeles, IATSE Says

Hollywood Reporter: Filming on the Gregg Allman biopic was suspended in February when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed while shooting on a train track. Now, however, a producer from Unclaimed Freight Productions has informed the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of plans to resume the project, with preproduction beginning in a couple of weeks.

Leaving The Comfort Zone

Pro Sound Web: Like the majority of people working in the audio biz, I love music. Growing up in the 1970s, I was fortunate that my favorite FM radio station played a pretty diverse selection of musical styles, including folk, soft rock, pop, disco, R&B, rock, and even heavy metal.

‘King Charles III’ Causes a Stir in London

NYTimes.com: The Queen is dead. Charles, paranoid and power obsessed, dissolves Parliament and parks a tank outside Buckingham Palace. While Prince William dithers, his steely and pragmatic wife, Kate, orchestrates a palace coup to save the monarchy and prevent Britain from sliding into civil war.

Marcus Gardley’s ‘The Box: A Black Comedy’ Comes to Brooklyn

NYTimes.com: Marcus Gardley had been rewriting through the night. The next morning, it was time for a pep talk to the five actors in a scruffy rehearsal space who were clutching Draft 18 of “The Box: A Black Comedy,” his satire about black men and prisons both literal and metaphorical.

‘Casa Valentina,’ Fierstein’s Play About ’60s Cross-Dressers

NYTimes.com: Before rehearsals began for the new Broadway play “Casa Valentina,” the seven men in the cast were asked to come to work a few days early. They arrived to find a huge table covered with ladies’ wigs in ’60s-era hairdos — flips, bobs, French twists. Nearby was a long rack of colorful house dresses and white slips and brassieres. Yet no one made a move. The actors shared small talk, sipped coffee, checked their smartphones and looked around as if the room were empty.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Contenders for the New Musical Tony Are Anyone’s Guess

NYTimes.com: Practice usually makes perfect, but not for this season’s new Broadway musicals. Eleven of the 12 new shows had tryout runs in an effort to get them right, only to find a tepid reception from critics and audiences when they finally opened on Broadway.
The 12 shows are such a mixed bag that this year’s race for the top prize, the Tony Award for best musical, is wide open for the first time in recent memory. In question is not just that award, but also (and this is truly rare) the four or five nominations for that category, which will be announced on April 29.

Incorporating Rescue Into a Fall Protection Plan

Occupational Health & Safety: A fall protection plan is commonplace for most employers, but does it include a rescue plan? Even with the best fall protection plan and equipment in place, accidents do happen. How can you protect your workers at height in the event they need a way to save themselves or rescue a co-worker?
Falls continue to be one of the most common accidents in the workplace, according to NIOSH; however, fall protection equipment is only half the answer to keeping workers safe at height. The other half involves rescuing workers to get them safely to the ground in a timely fashion to avoid additional injuries while suspended.

Attack Theatre's Dirty Ball attendees get creative with attire

TribLIVE: There was a spectacle unfolding within an otherwise nondescript warehouse on Jane Street in the South Side the evening of April 12, one that began with a plea to check your coat and shoes and seemed to peak when glasses were no longer necessary for drinking the champagne.

Savoyards celebrates 75th anniversary of singing satire

TribLIVE: There are lots of theater groups in the United States and elsewhere that devote themselves to performing the works of William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
But, few have been around as long as The Pittsburgh Savoyards.
On April 26, the semi-professional, community-based, nonprofit theater company will mark its 75th anniversary.

Montreal Gazette: “Kurios: A Glimpse for the Curious”

www.cirquefascination.com: Nouveau circus is about to go “Steampunk” antique with Kurios, Cirque du Soleil’s latest tent show scheduled to open April 24 at the Old Port in Montreal.
The look is late 19th century and the locale is a faux village installed at the Paris Exhibition of 1900. The performers arrive by train (of the steam locomotive era), gramophones circle the playing area like ghosts, and a pre-Wright brothers airplane soars above the crowd.

Hitachi KC18DKL/JB 18V Cordless Li-ion 2 Piece Kit

www.toolstop.co.ukk: Having two of the power tools you rely on the most in one tough carry case, both running the same type of battery, is the sensible way to go. These twin packs aren't a new idea, and there are loads available on the market.
Typically you'll save cash by buying both tools in one pack and you'll benefit from at least 2 batteries and a fast charger.

Appeals Court Denies SeaWorld’s Attempt To Overturn OSHA Violation

Consumerist: The main reason that people nominated and voted for SeaWorld in our recently concluded Worst Company In America tournament was the controversy — highlighted in the documentary Blackfish — over its treatment of orca whales and, more precisely, the multiple deaths that have been tied to one particular whale. SeaWorld has been fighting workplace safety citations issued following the 2010 death of a trainer, but today a federal appeals court ruled against the park.

Dear Victoria Inox, I love you. Your slender...

EDC is Everyday Carry: In reality, the brand of Swiss Army Knife we all know and love is a portmanteau of the founder’s mother’s name (Victoria) and the French word for stainless steel (inoxydable). There was a real Victorinox, and I can’t help but feel indebted to her as the namesake of some of my most cherished knives. Victorinox makes many a splendid tool, but among their best are those that do away with the traditional lipstick-red handles in favor of ribbed aluminum ones, a material Victorinox calls Alox. This more durable material both slims the knife down and manages to retain its sleek appearance even after absorbing an amazing amount of damage compared to its cellidor counterpart.

The Different Types Of Reverb

Pro Sound Web: There are five primary categories of reverb, all with a different sonic character; three of these are actual acoustic spaces, one is an analog way to reproduce one, and one is not found in nature but can really sound cool.
The reason why there’s a difference is that just like everything else in music and audio, there are many paths to the same end result. You’ll find that every digital reverb plugin or hardware unit provides its own version of these sounds.

What’s A Watt? Clarifying Audio Power & The Amplifier/Loudspeaker Relationship

Pro Sound Web: Years ago, only car stereo makers would advertise “2,000 Watts Of Earth-Shaking Power!” But with the recent shift to switching power supply amplifier topology, we’re now seeing this with many pro-oriented products.
What’s behind the hype? And what about properly matching power amplifiers and loudspeakers? Answers start by focusing on the fundamental unit of measure in audio, the watt.

OSHA Wins SeaWorld Case

Occupational Health & Safety: OSHA has won the appellate case involving its enforcement case against SeaWorld of Florida LLC following the death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau on Feb. 24, 2010. A 2-1 decision issued April 11 by a panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that SeaWorld "recognized its precautions were inadequate to prevent serious bodily harm or even death to its trainers and that the residual hazard was preventable."

After winning a Tony and a Grammy, Billy Porter still thrills them on Broadway, and now here comes an album

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: This is Billy Porter's time, and he's not wasting a second of it.
He won Tony and Grammy awards last year for his starring role in Broadway's "Kinky Boots" and continues in the role that got him there, singing his heart out nightly as the dynamic drag queen Lola. The show has had a recent changeover in Mr. Porter's co-stars but continues to play to near or capacity houses, while celebrities such as Billy Joel and Robin Roberts drop by regularly offering kudos and seeking photo opps.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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

Theater Director Responds Perfectly to Anti-Gay Patron

The Bilerico Project: It was supposed to be a routine performance of Deathtrap, a popular 1978 play by Ira Levin that holds the record for the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. The production, mounted by the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, has garnered favorable reviews and a strongly positive response from the community. But one patron was so upset that she grabbed her teenage son, left at intermission, and demanded a refund for the rest of the season.


Actress Lashes Back After Being Sued for Refusing Nude Sex Scene

Hollywood Reporter: Two years ago, Anne Greene sued Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and producers True Crime claiming that she was bullied into performing nude scenes, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment on the set of Femme Fatales.


Going iPad-only: How to do it with the right apps and accessories

www.asianefficiency.com: 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.

Updated: The French Move To Protect Workers From After-Hours Email

Fast Company | Business + Innovation: There are many ways to distance yourself from the crushing tidal wave that is your work inbox. You can, for instance, impose an email sabbatical, which is supposed to be good for your mental health. Or you can plow through all of your emails in one go with the savvy use of search filters.


A Simple Trick to Always Keep Your Resume Updated

The Muse: Picture this: That dream job suddenly becomes available, you have an opportunity to secure a promotion, or your annual review sneakily shows up on your calendar. You realize you haven’t updated your resume in, well, too long. After putting in all the work, you want to ensure your biggest accomplishments are reflected. But, well—what are they?


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pittsburgh hotels cater to movie stars and crews

TribLIVE: As filmmakers continue to set their sights on the Steel City, area hotels are becoming accustomed to hosting movie A-listers and crews.
“When the (Pittsburgh) Film Office calls and says a film wants to come to Pittsburgh, we drop everything,” says Tom Hardy, past president of the Pittsburgh Hotel Association and current general manager of the Sheraton Station Square, which is undergoing a $15 million renovation. “It's become a very, very large part of our business.”

Andy Warhol Museum nearly done with repurposing, redesign

TribLIVE: If you haven't been to the Andy Warhol Museum recently, it's time for a second look.
After 20 years in its North Shore home, the museum is nearing completion of a project to redesign and repurpose its galleries and public spaces with a new vision and visitor-friendly exhibits.

Musicians Union Holds Rally to Protest Outsourcing of Film Scoring Jobs

Variety: Using the Kevin Costner film “Draft Day” as an example, the American Federation of Musicians on Thursday launched a campaign designed to stop producers from sending scoring jobs to musicians outside the U.S.

At a Westwood rally attended by about 75 musicians and members of other unions, AFM president Ray Hair contended that Lionsgate accepted $5 million in Ohio tax credits but then “outsourced” the music by recording it in Macedonia.

Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

How Accessibility Works at the Wheelock Family Theatre

HowlRound: Wheelock Family Theatre is the most comprehensively accessible theatre in the Boston area, and I spoke with Kristin Johnson, WFT’s inclusion specialist and in-house ASL consultant to get a full menu of what they have available, and how each of these works.

▶ DON'T LOOK DOWN: The real Mad Men of New York advertising

YouTube: Imagine strapping in, clipping on, and jumping off the roof of a building - every day. In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude.

'Six Characters' bridges reality and the stage world

TribLIVE: A half-dozen unexpected visitors barge into a stage rehearsal in a production of a 1921 Modernist play by Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello.
It turns out the family is merely “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” which is both the title of the play and the reason for their disruption. They proceed to tell the original cast that the author of their play abandoned the work before it was completed.

Movie magic rolls in Pittsburgh 'like a military operation'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: On Wednesday morning -- Day 17 of a scheduled 37-day shoot for the movie "Fathers and Daughters" -- crews assembled as the sun peeked over the rooftops of million-dollar homes in Shadyside. They were there to film two scenes inside Mansions on Fifth Hotel.
Five large production trucks, five trailers and a "honeywagon" -- a nicer-than-generic port-a-potty mobile bathroom unit -- lined both sides of Westminster Place. Along Amberson Avenue, which runs perpendicular to Fifth Avenue, were four huge 18-wheelers, two smaller trucks and a variety of cars.

Enough with the Shakespeare? 8 Playwrights You Ought to Know About

Studio 360: An old article from the Seattle Stranger keeps making the rounds on Facebook among theater people: “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” Thing #1: “Enough with the goddamned Shakespeare already.”

'Generous' Contracts Could Be San Diego Opera’s Biggest Liability

KPBS: As the San Diego Opera prepares to possibly shut down at the end of this month, its contracts with General Director Ian Campbell and his ex-wife, Ann, may be one of the company’s biggest liabilities.
But a former head of the Internal Revenue Service's nonprofit division told KPBS that it’s not just the potential for severance payouts that could be problematic.

Theater Director Responds Perfectly to Anti-Gay Patron

The Bilerico Project: It was supposed to be a routine performance of Deathtrap, a popular 1978 play by Ira Levin that holds the record for the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. The production, mounted by the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, has garnered favorable reviews and a strongly positive response from the community. But one patron was so upset that she grabbed her teenage son, left at intermission, and demanded a refund for the rest of the season.

Fancy a spot of lunchtime theatre?

Stage | theguardian.com: In the 1980s, there was plenty of lunchtime theatre at London venues, including the King's Head in Islington and what was then called the Soho Poly, before it relocated to the Soho theatre. Maybe people's lives were less fraught, and there were fewer electronic distractions. But at the St James theatre in Victoria an attempt is being made to revive lunchtime theatregoing, and it seems to be a hit.

Is fandom the future? Orlando Jones and Veronica Mars think so

Tech News and Analysis: In the emerging media landscape, what one group of people might hold the most power? After last Friday’s Transforming Hollywood, the tempting answer is “the fan.”
The conference known in previous years as Transmedia Hollywood cast its eye towards the future of the industry. What emerged was a sense of how fans, and more importantly, fan communities are about more than just a group of people who are passionate about a particular TV show or film.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Why National Tours May Spend More Time in N.Y.

Backstage: New York actors getting ready for a major tour will get longer to say goodbye thanks to a new tax incentive.
Beginning next year, producers who ready their shows for touring (a process known as “teching”) in New York’s upstate facilities will be eligible for a 25 percent tax credit.
State lawmakers included the incentive in their recent budget after Louisiana, Illinois, and Rhode Island began luring nascent productions away with their own live-theater incentives.

Actress Lashes Back After Being Sued for Refusing Nude Sex Scene

Hollywood Reporter: Two years ago, Anne Greene sued Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and producers True Crime claiming that she was bullied into performing nude scenes, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment on the set of Femme Fatales.

Kelpies Timelapse: Watch the Construction of Andy Scott’s 100 Ft. Steel Equine Statues

Colossal: Although major construction on Andy Scott’s imposing ‘Kelpies’ sculptures near Falkirk, Scotland ended last November, this new timelapse from the Helix captures the enormity of the project in vivid detail. The gargantuan horse head sculptures completely dominate an otherwise flat landscape over the Forth & Clyde canal and promise to be a major attraction when they open to the public on April 21.

Updated: The French Move To Protect Workers From After-Hours Email

Fast Company | Business + Innovation: There are many ways to distance yourself from the crushing tidal wave that is your work inbox. You can, for instance, impose an email sabbatical, which is supposed to be good for your mental health. Or you can plow through all of your emails in one go with the savvy use of search filters.

Artists in Residence at Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop

autodesk.blogs.com: "The artist-in-residence (AIR) program gives artists, designers and Instructables authors a chance to work with us in our lab and workshops to explore, create, and document innovative projects with our tools and resources and share them with the DIY community.

“Live Theater”: As Opposed to What, Dead Theater?

The Clyde Fitch Report: I do know that whenever I first heard it—as well as every time since—it’s been an assault on my ears. Why? The answer should be obvious: It’s absolutely meaningless. What else is theater, if not live? Unless linked with “movie,” as in “movie theater,” indicating a building where films are screened, or as in “theater of war,” part of the definition of theater is that it’s live. It’s not the same as the term “live television,” which means an event broadcast as it’s occurring, as opposed to events previously recorded.

Uplifting musical 'Godspell' to be staged by Armstrong Masquers

savannahnow.com: Talk about miraculous.
What started as a school project undertaken by students at Carnegie Mellon University eventually became an off-Broadway hit more than 40 years ago.
The project was a musical named “Godspell,” and from April 10-19, it will return to a campus setting when it is staged by the Masquers of Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Presenting the Best New Products of NAB 2014

Streaming Media Magazine: Anyone looking for themes at the 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show currently underway in Las Vegas, Nevada, doesn’t have to look far. For the video-over-IP companies filling South Hall, it was the year of 4K, HEVC, and end-to-end video workflows.

RiftCycles Project

The Arcade Man: Thanks to an amazing little device that allows us to be “inside a game” and the project I’ve developed in the last month, I think I can say that we are in a very good way to materialize a great part of Kevin Flynn’s dream…
I present you the RiftCycles Project.

How To Succeed In Marketing Without Really Trying (Actually, you can’t)

The Knight Canney Group: With apologies to J. Pierpont Finch, these days, there is no “book voice” narrating a step-by-step guide to business or marketing success. Audiences are narrower; means of reaching them must be better targeted, and we must know who the audience is. And where the audience is—and where it is not.

Don’t Think Pink (in Reverse)

Selling Out: It doesn’t feel like very long ago that marketers were being admonished about their shallow perceptions of how to appeal to women. The assumption was that marketers, mostly being men, would make naïve and patronizing overtures to a female audience, epitomized by “pink think.” This is where you take the thing you made for a man and make it pink or in some other way, pretty and dainty. (Not that this has stopped entirely. The “Bic for Her” phenomenon is a recent example.)

National Theatre decision to ditch War Horse musicians sparks dispute

News : The Stage: Musicians from the West End production of War Horse are in dispute with the National Theatre after the organisation terminated the performers’ contracts.
All five musicians were made redundant from the show’s New London Theatre run last month, in a decision the NT says was supported by the show’s creative team.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moving ‘it’s a small world’ Across the Country and Back Again

Disney Parks Blog: Disney Parks has kicked off a global celebration for the 50th anniversary of the opening of “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Have you joined the celebration yet? Just go to SmallWorld50.com to record your sing-along video and create your own doll to benefit UNICEF!
In preparing for this celebration, I had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of “it’s a small world” here at Disneyland park – during which I discovered something pretty incredible.

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