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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Not As Simple As They Look?

ProSoundWeb: Besides sound quality, there really isn’t much to think about when it comes to microphones, right? Well, guess again!

Like all elements of a sound system, mics present their own unique set of special problems.

Fortunately, a lot of these problems are relatively simple to solve. It’s just a matter of identification and appropriate action.

Metallica WorldWired Tour, Part Two

www.livedesignonline.com: In addition to the world’s first indoor swarm of LED-equipped drones provided by Verity Studios, Metallica’s current WorldWired Tour, designed and directed by Dan Braun, also features a 44' x44' stage-in-the-round, custom built by TAIT.

“The in-the-round-concept is something I have liked since being a kid,” says Braun, who feels it’s the only way to take the worst seat in the house and make it a good seat.

Sarah Laiwala Profile

Carnegie Mellon University Online Community: Sarah Laiwala (E 2008) is the director of digital experiences at the Walt Disney Company, currently responsible for innovation, apps, websites and a budding virtual assistant platform for Parks & Resorts worldwide. Sarah believes that the seed of her success on her journey to where she is today is her master's degree in software engineering and development management from CMU's Silicon Valley Campus in 2006. This is when she began exercising her innovative mind, entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature.

Packing Essentials for USITT 2018

Stage Directions: Packing can be a tedious, time-consuming task for even the smallest trip. There are many items such as toiletries, clothing, and plane tickets that are important to remember. Then there are items that will prove essential once you arrive but may not be on the top of your list whilst packing. Follow this list and you’ll be at the top of your game at USITT 2018, allowing you to make connections, get the most out of sessions, and cover major ground at Stage Expo.

How Closed Trade Deals Ratchet Up the Copyright Term Worldwide

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Although copyright is a subject of international law—principally the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s Berne Convention from 1886 and its Internet Treaties from 1996—it is still implemented and enforced primarily through national laws. Those laws differ from one country to another in significant ways. One of the most significant differences is the length of the term of copyright protection, which varies from the life of the author plus 50 years (the Berne Convention's minimum requirement), up to life plus 100 years (in Mexico).

The Larger Lessons of Mark Wahlberg's $1.5 Million Salary on 'All the Money in the World'

The Atlantic: When All the Money in the World was fast-tracked into reshoots to replace scenes featuring Kevin Spacey (who has been accused of sexual assault), Michelle Williams saw it as a powerful sign that Hollywood was changing. At the director Ridley Scott’s insistence, the studio was spending upwards of $10 million to recast Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the role of the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. As the film’s lead actress, Williams immediately signed off on the decision. “They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted,” she said at the time. “Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.” To Williams, the reshoots were a statement, but to her co-star Mark Wahlberg, they were an opportunity.

Movies Turn to Stunt Professionals to Keep Action Real

Variety: Filmmakers use visual effects to create spectacular images, but the technology has yet to be devised that can replicate all human movement. For that reason, many of today’s biggest and most ambitious films still use stunts for their most memorable action moments.

Portland’s KATU-TV will face a union picket

nwLaborPress: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 600 will hold an informational picket Saturday, Jan. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at KATU TV, 2153 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland. The union represents 24 workers at the station who have been working without a contract since October 2015.

The Artist Co-Op To Live Stream “Sexual Harassment In The Theatre"

Live Design: The Artist Co-op (TAC) will be holding its first live community conversation, “Sexual Harassment in the Theatre,” on January 19, 2018, hosted by Claire Karpen (actress and director working with TimesUp movement and a National Councilor of Actor’s Equity) and streamed live via Facebook.

Stage preview: City Theatre mystery sheds light on community collaboration

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Leonard Pelkey could sing like Julie Andrews and dance like Britney Spears. He knew how to dress a salad and all the women of Neptune, N.J., a place he called home for a short time in his short life.

Leonard Pelkey was 14 when he disappeared. A Shakespeare-quoting cop took the case, and that’s where we pick up the story at City Theatre on the South Side.

Assessing Your Life In Entertainment

TheatreArtLife: In an industry that is evolving, competitive, and demands so much of an individual’s passion, creativity and attention, it can be near impossible to recognise when we have lost sight of our personal needs. We put ourselves second, or often not even in our top 5 priorities. Which industry am I talking about? Well, to be frank, all of them.

Picket line comes to Hualalai: With no new deal, Golf Channel workers still on strike for Big Island tournament

West Hawaii Today: The kind of scramble played last weekend at Waialae Country Club on Oahu was a no-win situation.

Before the final round of the Sony Open teed off on Sunday morning, union workers responsible for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out over stalled negotiations for a new contract. The move severely impacted the broadcast, which featured a heaping serving of blimp shots from overhead, no ambient sound or on-course interviews and a lack of close-up shots of the players.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Costume designer makes a new wing for an injured monarch butterfly so it can fly again

Boing Boing: Romy McCloskey of Faden Design Studios (Instagram, website) makes stunningly gorgeous costumes for movies, television, and private commissions. She also is interested in butterflies, and so she put her talents and interests together to repair the badly damaged wing of a monarch butterfly.

Resort Producer RWS Eyes Broadway With Theatrical Development Unit

Variety: Long Island City may be a quick subway jaunt from Midtown Manhattan, but for a lot of New York’s Broadway-centric theater industry, it feels about as far away as Long Beach, Calif. That’ll change, if RWS Entertainment Group has anything to say about it.

An interview with lighting designer Max Keller

et cetera...: A leading pioneer in the theatre lighting industry, Swiss-born Max Keller has been offering creative and technical solutions for the stage for more than 40 years.

Keller’s comprehensive knowledge and experience on some of the world’s most famous stages make him the definitive source for experts and those new to the field of stage lighting. His book, Faszination Licht, has been translated into multiple languages and is recognized as an indispensable handbook among the stage lighting community. In acknowledgment of his outstanding achievements, Keller was recently awarded the Federal Cross of Merit – a reward for loyal German citizens, equivalent to Britain’s Knighthood and France’s Legion of Honour.

Birthing Opera: The Next Generation of Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative

DC Theatre Scene: This coming weekend Washington National Opera will showcase its most vital work: insuring the future of the form by developing young creative talent through its American Opera Initiative (AOI), a process that includes getting short operatic gems up on their feet.
Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and her company invite the audience into this process January 19-21. The mini-festival promises to be an exciting three days where artists and audience together witness the birth of three twenty-minute operas and the world premiere of the hour-long Proving Up.

Caryl Churchill and Lucy Kirkwood recognised in Writer's Guild Awards

WhatsOnStage.com: The winners of the 2018 Writers' Guild Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Caryl Churchill was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award to honour of her extensive body of work.

Churchill said she was 'overwhelmed' and that it meant a great deal "to be recognised by my writing colleagues and the Writers' Guild".

Actors' Equity Association Declares January 17, 2018 Third Annual 'National Swing Day'

www.broadwayworld.com: Actors' Equity Association will mark its third annual "National Swing Day" with a social media celebration on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Using the hashtag #EquityTeamSwing, the event will flood Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with posts and discussions honoring Swings.

Matt Damon Apologizes for #MeToo Comments

Variety: Matt Damon apologized for his controversial remarks regarding the #MeToo movement and recent sexual misconduct revelations on the “Today” show Tuesday morning.

While discussing Damon’s upcoming Super Bowl ad, Kathie Lee Gifford asked the “Downsizing” actor about the backlash he received over comments made on ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers,” where he said sexual misconduct should be judged on a “spectrum of behavior.” “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon told Gifford.

Spring Drama Season Opens with “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama: On stage this spring at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama will be a mix of farce and dark political satire, providing humor and food for thought to Pittsburgh audiences.

“From political intrigue and drama at its most tempestuous, to the joy and delight of a musical fantasia, this spring the School of Drama showcases why it is one of our country’s leading conservatories,” said Peter Cooke, head of the school.

Preview: Opera 'The Long Walk' shines a spotlight on PTSD

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “The long walk” is military jargon for Explosive Ordinance Disposal — the harrowing experience of a soldier defusing a possibly live bomb.

In 2012, Iraq War veteran Brian Castner published a memoir of his experiences in the field and the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffered after returning to civilian life. An electrical engineer, Mr. Castner was an Air Force captain who led an EOD unit in Kirkuk in 2006, though he never did the actual walk himself.

‘Roseanne’ in the Trump Era

www.vulture.com: I’m not great at tweeting about politics because it takes me too long to emotionally process news before I can come up with a witty, quippy, retweetable tweet. By last summer though, I was finally able to accept the election results and get my brain functioning enough to get back to tweeting in a timely fashion. After a couple of months of unanimously positive feedback, I had a chilling realization: There was a lack of negative comments when I posted anything critical of our current administration. Trolls are abundant online, so why wasn’t anyone lashing out against me, calling me a “libtard,” a “snowflake,” or “lacking common sense”?

The Joyce Foundation names Links Hall a 2018 Joyce Awards recipient

Showbiz Chicago: The Joyce Foundation announced today that Links Hall and dancer/choreographer Onye Ozuzu have been awarded a 2018 Joyce Award to activate their community engagement art collaboration in Chicago.

The $50,000 award will support the commission of a new work called “Project Tool” by dancer and choreographer Onye Ozuzu. The commission by Links Hall will survey histories of black migration and the connections between Chicago, Louisiana, and Haiti by examining the ways that labor shapes the movement of a people over time, space, and geography.

Female Lighting Designers: Past, Present, and Future

THE INTERVAL: Women lighting designers started in the spotlight. In the last century, women were at the forefront of lighting design’s major changes, both technological and conceptual, and yet men have dominated its ranks. One would think that a profession created by women would remain in the hands of women, but for theatrical lighting design that has not been the case, and questions persist in the minds of many of today’s lighting designers: Can women hold on to their legacy? Are they disappearing from the profession?

Post-Harvey Weinstein, is America in a sexual harassment 'reckoning'?

www.usatoday.com: America is in the middle of "reckoning" on sexual harassment we have been told for months now.

The issue loomed over this month's Golden Globe Awards, prompting CNN's Brian Stelter to write a post under the headline "First a reckoning for harassers, now a reckoning for awards shows.

"Hollywood was on-message — saying this reckoning must be about action, not just talk," Stelter said.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Study Finds Increasing Diversity on Broadway

The New York Times: Diversity is increasing onstage on Broadway, according to a new study by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition.

The study, released Monday, examined the 2015-16 season and found it to be the most diverse the group has reviewed so far, with 35 percent of all roles going to minority actors, up from 30 percent the previous season and 24 percent the year before that. The coalition has now compiled 10 years of data on diversity on New York stages.

Vegas enters new dimension of entertainment with Twilight Zone mini golf

InPark Magazine: Christina Vitagliano, founder of Monster Mini Golf®, wasn’t necessarily thinking Vegas when she and her husband Patrick started the company 12 years ago. The company concept was straightforward: franchise blacklight indoor mini-golf courses with a spooky monster theme. But an opportunity came up to develop a co-branded facility in Vegas themed to the rock band KISS. The golf course, now located at the Rio resort, has stood the test of time. So when Caesar’s approached Christina about an additional space available at their Vegas Bally’s location, she decided to pursue it.

3 Techniques For Miking An Audience

ProSoundWeb: If you’re recording a live performance, then you want to pick up some of the audience to make it sound realistic. Here are some techniques and considerations culled from the latest edition of my Recording Engineer’s Handbook.

Lifetime Showrunners Talk #MeToo and Meaningful Change for Women

Variety: The #MeToo movement has the potential to not only expose the continuing scourge of sexual harassment but also to bring meaningful changes to the business landscape for women in Hollywood.

Robert Brustein Doesn’t Understand Consent: The Dangers of the White Male “Genius”

Bitter Gertrude: As a very young woman, I haunted thrift stores, which, in those days, were chock full of amazing finds. Thrift store book sections filled my library, and I would buy anything related to theatre and devour it to supplement the reading I was doing in my theatre classes. Eventually, a slow, sinking realization started creeping in at the edges as I read book after book by theatrical “geniuses,” all white men. I remember paging through Robert Brustein’s Theatre of Revolt thinking, He does not consider women people.

Mark Wahlberg Donates His $1.5 Million Reshoot Pay To Time's Up

www.thegrindstone.com: It’s well documented that Mark Wahlberg is kind of an asshole, but he’s taken a lot of steps within the last two decades to at least publicly correct that.

There was a public uproar when it was revealed that Wahlberg made 1,000 times more money for re-shoots of All The Money In The World than co-star (and multiple Oscar nominee) Michelle Williams did. However, that doesn’t necessarily make Wahlberg the bad guy here: Re-shoots were written into Williams’ original contract, not Wahlberg’s, which is a big reason why he charged such a hefty fee for his.

Wahlberg, in light of the public backlash against the pay disparity, donated the entire $1.5 million sum to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Five Shows with The Management Trust's Jake Gold

Amplify: The Management Trust’s Jake Gold can remember the exact day his career in music took off. Over 35 years ago, Gold’s passion for music led him to have many friends who were musicians and one asked him to be the manager of his band.

Iro3d 3D Prints in Powdered Metal

Hackaday: Printing with plastic and even resin is getting fairly common. Metal printing, though, is still in the realm of the exotic. A company called Iro3D is aiming to change that with a steel printer that you can buy in beta for about $5000. That seems steep when you can get plastic printers for under $200, but it is sheer bargain basement for something that can print in real metal.

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

theconversation.com: Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.

It’s time to seriously address harassment and abuse

Protocol: DURING A RECENT City Arts and Lectures program, Tom Hanks was asked by interviewer Dave Eggers to comment on the sexual harassment and abuse cases coming to light in Hollywood. He launched into a well thought out and poignant observation about the current rash of accusations in Hollywood and elsewhere.

He pointed out that, in the workplace, those in charge assume (incorrectly) a certain privilege because of their status that they believe allows them to make the rules and to demand and expect that their requests, demands, and desires be obeyed. He admitted that this was not a new phenomena, but, while it may actually stem from some primordial male trait, it is inexcusable, not only in the workplace, but in civilization.

I have yet to meet a woman who can tell me that she has not experienced at least harassment, if not worse, at work. They get it not only from their bosses and others in positions of power, but from men they work with and strangers on the street. It is pervasive.

In The Studio: What's The Bit Rate?

ProSoundWeb: Whenever we deal with uncompressed audio formats such as WAV, AIFF or Red Book Audio, we talk about sample rates and bit depths. But when we talk about compressed formats such as MP3, AAC, or FLAC its bit rates.

Hypervsn Wall is the hologram of your dreams

www.cnet.com: It's like something straight out of Star Wars. This holographic effect display is wowing crowds at CES 2018.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Women jazz musicians are using #metoo and taking a stand against sexism

theconversation.com: Every year since 1986, the Les Victoires du Jazz Awards selects France’s best jazz musicians. In 2017 all the nominees in all categories were men. Two decades ago this would not have been a story, but today it stands out and shows that there is something off and obsolete about this old boys’ club. It may have also been the case that, 20 years ago, female jazz musicians may have been reluctant to kick up a fuss. Fortunately, not anymore.

New York Theater and Diversity, Latest AAPAC Report

New York Theater: Thanks to such shows as Hamilton, The Color Purple, and Allegiance, the 2015-2016 New York theater season was the most diverse on record.

That is the conclusion of the latest annual report from the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC), Ethnic Representation on New York City Stages 2015-2016, which has been conducting such studies for ten years. AAPAC found that 35 percent of all roles on Broadway and in the 16 largest non-profit theater companies in New York City went to actors of color and disabled actors.

Dear NBC: Straightwashing is Not OK

The Mary Sue: There are so many important, interesting, inspiring stories within the LGBTQIA community. If only the producers and television executives telling those stories actually acknowledged where they came from. In the case of the upcoming NBC drama Rise, its protagonist, based on a real person, will be missing a key element of his identity. The person is gay, but the character will be straight.

Spotlight on Education: Cobalt Studios

Guild of Scenic Artists: Located in White Lake, New York two hours northwest of NYC, Cobalt Studios is situated on 28 acres of fields and woods. Having opened their doors more than 25 years ago, Cobalt Studios was founded by Rachel Keebler and Howard Jones, with the intent of training future scenics in the mold of the guilds from the Renaissance. For example, their Artist in Resident Program combines classroom projects, lectures and demos with real world job experience as apprentices on professional projects.

Watch Gal Gadot's Critics' Choice Awards Acceptance Speech

The Mary Sue: The Critics’ Choice Awards were held last night, and the event was full of great moments. To start, James Franco wasn’t there. Despite being nominated for Best Actor, he skipped the night for obvious reasons.

The focus on the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment problem didn’t end at the Golden Globes. (Although I do wonder if the stars onstage know the degree to which harassment plagues the critical community as well.)

Republicans’ tax attack on actors

NY Daily News: You can call me a multitasker; I’m a working actress, an accountant and also a tax attorney. My resume may sound a little unusual, but when April 15 hits, I will fit in with tens of millions of working Americans who have been hurt by sweeping changes in the tax code.

Hollywood Theater in Dormont sold to Pittsburgh-based Theatre Historical Society

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh-based Theatre Historical Society of America, whose mission is to keep the legacy of historic movie theaters alive, has entered into an agreement to purchase the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Understanding EVITA from an Indigenous Perspective

OnStage Blog: Ah, yes. White-washing and EVITA, two roaches that never seem to die.

Last Fall, when North Shore Musical Theatre in Massachusetts announced their production of EVITA, “controversy” (one of my least favourite buzzwords, because it clouds the validity of legitimate concerns) erupted over its lack of Latinx actors cast in any of the leading roles. When North Shore issued its statement that “race is not part of the narrative” as a response, I was legitimately floored. Everything in Latin America has to do with race, because everything in Latin America it is a direct result of colonialism, slavery and genocide. (This isn’t exclusive to Latin America, obviously). Race is irrevocable from any narrative set in the Americas, especially in Latin American countries where race and racial identification are class distinctions.

Truth And Lies

HuffPost: esterday, Eliza Dushku published her account of having been molested during the shooting of the movie “True Lies,” in which I played her mother. She had shared that story with me privately a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened then and still am today.

We have all started to awaken to the fact that the terrible abuses now commonplace in daily news reports have been going on for a very long time. Unconscionably, those reports frequently come along with claims by the perpetrators that, as adults, those perpetrated against had some part in it.

Eliza’s story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children.

Production Notes: Duplication

Nevada Film Office: Duplication is a post-production process that involves making a copy of the film so that the original can be preserved while any other post-production effects can be applied to the copies. From open / closed captioning to frame rate conversion, transcoding, and more, duplication is an important part of the post-production process to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the original film.

The Public Domain Starts Growing Again Next Year, and It’s About Time

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Have you ever wondered how it’s possible for there to be two Jungle Book movies to be in development at the same time? Why everything seems to be based on a work by Shakespeare? Or why it always seems like someone is telling a version of The Wizard of Oz? The answer is that these works are in the public domain, meaning that copyright law no longer prevents other artists from adapting them to create new works.

Cirque du Soleil picks up speed with new ice show

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cirque du Soleil is always looking for new worlds to conquer. So, it was only natural that the entertainment giant that has offered everything from a Beatles-themed Las Vegas show to an “Avatar”-inspired extravaganza should take to the ice.

Cirque’s arena-sized spectacle is “Crystal,” a version of what we’ve come to expect from the Canadian company. Bringing together the acrobatic and skating worlds has added elements of speed and danger, even for a company that incorporates high-flying aerialists and BMX riders into performances.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Women's Voices Theater Festival: 2 months to see 24 plays by women

DC Theatre Scene: Beginning this month, the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival will highlight 24 plays (13 world premieres and 11 American or regional premieres) produced in the greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas over a two month period. Two local playwrights will bookend the festival. Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Queens Girl in Africa opened at Mosaic Theater January 4th. Nu Sass’s production of Hope Villanueva’s The Veils, at Anacostia Arts Center, closes March 4th.

Baldwin-Whitehall teen produces musicals to benefit Make-a-Wish

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Baldwin High School junior Mikayla Davic still has one year remaining in her five-year effort to raise $50,000 before she graduates for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

But the 17-year-old is just about there.

That’s because, despite the frigid weather last weekend, a new attendance record was set at the fourth musical the teen has written, produced, directed and acted in since 2014.

James Franco's alleged inappropriate behavior is subject of LA Times report

Business Insider: On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published a report detailing five accusations of "inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior" against actor James Franco.

After Franco won a Golden Globe award for his performance in "The Disaster Artist" on Sunday night, he was criticized on social media for showing solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct by wearing a Time's Up pin. Franco was also accused of sexual misconduct himself by several women on Twitter.

“These are not natural events”: Ariel’s Technodramaturgy in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest

HowlRound: In one of the weirder annals of theatre history, the playwright and notorious Shakespeare iconoclast Sir George Bernard Shaw was solicited in 1949 by the Malvern Marionette Theatre to write a ten-minute comedy for two of the company’s most eminent puppets—Shakespeare and Shaw himself. The result is the profoundly silly Shakes Versus Shav, wherein the puppet Bard and Bardolator engage in a battle of wits (and fists) over their respective theatrical legacies. Rest assured—it’s not his most incisive work.

Study finds that the number of women directors hasn’t really changed in 20 years

Salon.com: A new study confirms why Time's Up — a movement born in Hollywood — doesn't just have to help end sexual misconduct in the workplace or close the gender pay gap. There's also a strong need to make sure women are represented equally in leadership and decision-making roles in the entertainment industry as well.

New Year Rings in New ESTA Rigging Standard: Its Impact on Inspections

Wenger | J.R. Clancy: The U.S. entertainment industry reached a milestone in April 2017. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) released its first ANSI-accredited industry standard for inspecting theatrical rigging, both manual and automated.

Moira Donegan, Creator of the "Sh*tty Media Men" List

The Mary Sue: First, there was the “Sh*tty Media Men” list, a Google spreadsheet where women in media could anonymously warn other women about abusive men in their industry. Cut to the spreadsheet going viral, becoming both lionized and demonized. Then, an upcoming Harper’s story by Katie Roiphe (who seems to believe that rape on college campuses is “exaggerated.”). Roiphe was rumored to know who created the list, and the Internet quickly and strongly advised her not to reveal the name, with good reason. However, rather than wait to be outed, the creator of the “Sh*tty Media Men” list has come forward herself.

At long last, open video formats are triumphing

Boing Boing: Apple was the last major holdout on proprietary video codecs, the only major industry player that hadn't signed onto the Alliance for Open Media, home of the AV1 video format, a successor to On2's groundbreaking open formats of the early web years, which led to the company's acquisition by Google in 2010.

How Nicole Kidman Learned to Speak Californian

www.vulture.com: Like any good and dedicated teacher, Liz Himelstein keeps detailed notes of her pupils’ strengths and particular challenges. In Himelstein’s notebooks, however, the pages log the progress of students like Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Naomi Watts, David Oyelowo, Emma Watson, Colin Firth, and Oprah.

How a Bunch of Americans Preserved a Dying Chinese Tradition

The Theatre Times: Traditional Chinese shadow puppetry is one of the country’s most spectacular folk arts. Behind a large screen, backlit so that it’s translucently illuminated, handmade donkey-hide puppets dance across the stage, acting out a wide range of stories from China’s formidable canon of classics.

Fort Lauderdale to Host USITT 2018 in March

InPark Magazine: USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo is coming to Fort Lauderdale March 14-17, 2018, and with it, over 5,500 members of the technical production industry and lots of action to the Broward County Convention Center.

USITT 2018 will be the organization’s biggest event of the year and its biggest year yet. It will showcase the world of live entertainment design and technology with exhibitors of the latest technology for creating live shows, plus over 250 presentations, demonstrations, and celebrations of work by top artists in the field.

Playhouse on the Square Executive Producer Steps Down for Sexual Misconduct Investigation

www.broadwayworld.com: After being accused of sexual misconduct last month, founding and executive producer of Playhouse on the Square, Jackie Nichols, has stepped down from his position, pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Quick Look at the Shaper Origin Handheld CNC!

Tested: We have the new Shaper Origin CNC machine in our workshop! This is a handheld CNC that uses computer vision to align itself to the material you're routing, like plywood or MDF. We take it for a spin with a simple test project to show you the basics of how it works and the quirks of its operation.

Casio's $50,000 Printer Can Turn Paper Into Faux Leather, Wood, and Alligator Skin

gizmodo.com: As a rule, we rarely post news about printers here on Gizmodo because, as a rule, they’re mind-numbingly boring. But Casio’s new Mofrel system does something truly innovative: it can add 3D textures to your printouts, turning flat paper into faux leather, stone, wood, and even simulate embossed stitched fabrics.

World's First Official "Saw" Movie Escape Room to Open in Las Vegas

Theme Park University: No matter how many times I bring up escape rooms, I keep hearing the same thing. “You know what would be really cool? If they have a “Saw” Escape Room based on the movie and you had to escape Jigsaw’s traps!” Well, friends, it looks like your prayers have been answered.

Golden Globes Shows Gender Parity Fight Starts With the Greenlight

Variety: The #MeToo and time’s up movements have galvanized powerful women in the entertainment industry to work harder to effect social change and combat sexual
misconduct in the workplace. But on the heels of a historic night at the Golden Globe Awards, insiders are still questioning whether that progressive spirit will extend all the way up to the most supreme power in Hollywood: the greenlight.

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GREATEST SHOWMAN Among Nominees for 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

www.broadwayworld.com: Nominations were announced for The Costume Designers Guild's 20th annual CDG Awards, which recognize excellence in film, TV and shortform costume design. The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at The Beverly HIlton on February 2nd.

Obama Had Officials Pay for Their Own Makeup Before TV Appearances; Trump Has the Taxpayers Doing It

www.theroot.com: If you’ve ever wondered to yourself, “Who is the person who makes Kellyanne Conway look less like a corpse?” Or, “Who makes Sarah Huckabee Sanders look less like a goofy troll-like succubus?” Well, I have the answer: It’s the White House’s full-time hair and makeup artist, Katie Price.

The Dangerous Complicities in Community Theatre

OnStage Blog: Since starting this blog in May of 2014, from time to time we have reported and commented on various unethical behavior happening in community theatres all over the world. From copying set designs without permission to whitewashing shows to sexual harassment, if it's reported to us, we're likely going to comment on it.

Woman who started the ‘s****y media men’ list outs herself

ThinkProgress: A woman who says she started a spreadsheet compiling alleged male sexual harassers and harassers in American media outed herself online in an apparent attempt to preempt any doxxing from an upcoming Harper’s Magazine expose.

Cirque du Soleil tops itself again — this time on ice

TribLIVE: Cirque du Soleil currently has 21 different productions either in residence — with seven in Las Vegas alone — or touring in theaters all over the world.

Its latest offering adds a new dimension to the Montreal, Canada-based artistic company's repertoire. “Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience,” is its first acrobatic show that is performed entirely on ice.

Hollywood Women Launch Initiative To Stop Sexual Harassment

Houston Public Media: Some of Hollywood’s most powerful women have teamed up to launch an initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment inside and outside their industry after an avalanche of allegations set in motion by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

3 major arguments happening around the Hollywood pay gap, explained

www.usatoday.com: In the aftermath of the All the Money in the World pay gap controversy, infighting has broken out — on Twitter, on TV, over coffee and in Hollywood — on who is to blame for Michelle Williams being paid less than 1% of what Mark Wahlberg commissioned for the film's reshoots. Here's a look into the three most common arguments.

Teatro ZinZanni pulled up stakes in Seattle and moved to Redmond. How’s it doing in its new, temporary home?

The Seattle Times: Before you dig into the appetizer of roasted pumpkin and winter squash with fresh ricotta cheese, or sip your first cocktail, jugglers and clowns drift by your table, pausing now and then to engage in a little comic repartee with diners. And by the time you’ve tucked into your rich chocolate dessert, a swoon-worthy couple (Duo Madrona) has swung above you on the flying trapeze, Postmodern Jukebox chanteuse Ariana Savalas has serenaded you, and a nearly 7-foot-tall lady yodeler (Manuela Horn) has pranced around in dominatrix gear.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NBC Sets Advisors, Submission Process for Female Forward Directors Initiative

Variety: NBC has assembled an advisory council and submission process for its Female Forward director development program.

NBC Commits $500,000 to Support High School Theater Programs with Launch of R.I.S.E. AMERICA

www.broadwayworld.com: Inspired by the network's upcoming Jason Katims drama RISE, which premieres Tuesday, March 13 and follows the effects a high school theatre department has on its surrounding community, NBC is launching R.I.S.E. America, a program that grants a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country.

Publisher Denies Radiohead Lawsuit Against Lana Del Rey

Pollstar: According to Radiohead publisher Warner/Chappell, Radiohead never planned to take Lana Del Rey to court over a copyright complaint, nor did it asked for 100 percent of her publishing.

The Hollywood Reporter Is the Latest Publication to Erase Women From the Weinstein Narrative

jezebel.com: On the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter you’ll see a glamorous photo of Ronan Farrow, lit like the lead detective in a forgotten noir film, above the headline “The Prince Who Torched the Castle.” The profile inside walks readers through Farrow’s life story, his reporting that helped take down Harvey Weinstein et al., and suggests a future in journalism and the media that is brighter than bright.

UK Ticketing Fraud Figures Increase

Pollstar: The UK’s Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR) has released new figures showing that the number of reported ticket fraud cases has increased, while the average value loss per victim decreased.

Film depicts birth of New York’s Lincoln Center

New Pittsburgh Courier: Resplendent in a plaid turban, green cowl-neck muffler, pearl necklace and silver-ridged earrings, an icon of opera sits in a straight-back chair and reminisces about her career.

Leontyne Price (who turned 90 after this interview was conducted) is astonishingly precise in her memory as she discusses opening the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966 and making a historic debut at the old Met five years before that.

NBC's 'Rise' is a new kind of high-school musical

www.usatoday.com: Imagine if Glee met Friday Night Lights, and you'd have a TV show like Rise, NBC's latest attempt at musical drama.

Due March 13, the series stars Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) as an earnest high-school drama coach who recruits a reluctant football player to appear in the controversial school musical, Spring Awakening. If that sounds like Glee, you may recall that the Fox series' star, Lea Michele, appeared in the original 2006 Broadway cast of Awakening.

CBS All Access mystery thriller '$1' to film in Pittsburgh area

TribLIVE: Add "$1" to the list of television thrillers filming in Pittsburgh.

CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, announced last summer the pickup of the new mystery thriller by that name that will tell the story of a one-dollar bill changing hands among a group of characters who wind up embroiled in multiple murders.

Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious

The New York Times: The playwright Adrienne Kennedy never wanted to move to Virginia. She spent 30 years living on the fourth floor of a brownstone on West 89th Street — her “little Victorian palace,” she called it. But the rent went higher. Her breath on the stairs came shorter. Just before she turned 80, she traveled down to Williamsburg, Va., to visit her younger son, Adam Kennedy, and she stayed.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been here six years,” she said. “I hate it.”

Meow Wolf Announces Plans for Massive Permanent Exhibition in Denver

Westword: Meow Wolf is about to make a purrfect landing in Denver. In one of the worst-kept secrets in town, at 10 a.m. today, January 4, the ten-year-old Santa Fe arts collective and its new partners will announce where they'll build Meow Wolf's first permanent exhibition in a major market. And it's a major project, too: a $50 million, four-story (plus mezzanine), 90,000-square-foot building that will hold 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, three times the size of Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, along with a restaurant, bar and retail and support spaces.

Vectorworks Sponsors Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

LightSoundJournal.com: For the second year, global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. will sponsor awards at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The festival recognises the diverse work of young entertainment designers, and from January 9 to March 3, 2018, thousands of talented student artists, from eight regions across the United States, will have the opportunity to showcase their work.

Fox Won't Remove TJ Miller from "Deadpool 2"

The Mary Sue: Fox reportedly won’t remove T.J. Miller from Deadpool 2, after allegations surfaced that the actor sexually assaulted a woman while in college. Miller had played a character named Weasel in the first Deadpool, and he was brought back to reprise his role for the second. When asked whether the film would be replacing or editing out Miller in light of the allegations, 20th Century Fox producer Lauren Shuler Donner said to Rotten Tomatoes, “We’re in the final editing. I don’t think so.”