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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Taming of the Shrew, This Time Told By Shrews For all its apparent issues with regards to celebrating the silencing of women (at least at face value), there is no denying that Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a succinct lesson in the easy way misunderstandings and stereotypical gender dynamics translate to humor. What other reason could explain its many famous updates, whether 10 Things I Hate About You or Kiss Me Kate? But Phyllida Lloyd’s new, famously all-woman production of the play at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park takes those tropes and pushes them to the point of absurdity.

I said “No Comment”, but here is my comment. In regards to Profiles Theater and the Chicago Reader article.

TheCreativeCompass: My name is Emily. I’m the actress in the Chicago Reader article (, the article that exposes the professional and sexual abuse, and predatory nature of Profiles Theater, who threatened to leave a production (Kid Sister). I originally declined comment when the journalist approached me, but had I known that the article would be such a thoughtful, eloquent display of journalism, I would have opened my voice. Now I am.

7 CNC Fixturing Tips for a Small Shop One of the challenges of getting started with CNC routing is deciding how to hold down parts reliably. As a luthier, I make a lot of odd-shaped parts out of a variety of materials, and I’ve developed methods that work well for each situation. They’re also applicable to many other kinds of prototyping or manufacturing in the small shop. Making fixtures for your CNC is a great way to get to know your machine, and it will open your eyes to all the great things you can do with it!

50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Ed Sheeran, Led Zeppelin… Are These Copyright Lawsuits a Good Thing for Music?

Flavorwire: On June 17, TMZ broke the story of Brandon Parrott, the producer who helped craft 50 Cent’s breakout 2003 hit “P.I.M.P.” and is now suing both 50 and the record’s producer, Dr Dre. Parrott says he sent 10 tracks to Dre in 2001, hopeful that Dre might use one of the tracks for his Aftermath Entertainment artists, such as 50 or Eminem. One of the tracks was indeed used, and while he wasn’t informed before the song was released, Parrott says he got a call from an Aftermath producer admitting his song “BAMBA” was used in “P.I.M.P.,” and it was an oversight that he wasn’t credited.

Jury Deliberations Begin in "Stairway to Heaven" Copyright Trial

Hollywood Reporter: After five days of trial, rock 'n' roll history is in the hands of eight jurors who will decide if Led Zeppelin stole the iconic guitar intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from late 1960s rock band Spirit. Francis Malofiy, who is representing the estate of songwriter Randy Wolfe, has toed the line of judicial impropriety for the better part of a week — drawing more than 100 sustained objections and multiple warnings from U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner. During closings arguments Wednesday morning, Malofiy's tone was much more deferential — although even his discussion of witness testimony drew Led Zeppelin's counsel to interrupt with more objections. Klausner allowed him to continue.

'Chicago' pros to head up CLO production

TribLIVE: After nearly two decades on Broadway, six Tony Awards, countless national tours and a 2002 film adaptation that received six Oscars, “Chicago” gets a homegrown production from Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Sante Fe - Wow!!!

Control Geek: I took time out of storm chasing my way to and from Infocomm to stop by Sante Fe, New Mexico and see Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return. And holy crap am I glad I did!

Brexit Is 'Likely To Be Devastating' For Film And Television Industry In The U.K.

ThinkProgress: The night is dark and full of terrors: Though some are already expressing buyers’ remorse and/or frantically Googling to find out what, exactly, they just signed up for, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The vote could still be blocked or overturned — “no backsies” is apparently not a policy on the other side of the Atlantic — but such a move seems unlikely, even after the resignation of Prime Minster David Cameron, who right now must be casting his gaze forlornly into the middle distance like Ben Affleck on the Batman v. Superman press tour.

The Section of Mystery: What’s behind the door?

The 412 - June 2016: Hidden behind a half-sized wooden door in Bird Hall — a hallway on the museum’s third floor that is (unsurprisingly) lined with bird taxidermy — is The Section of Mystery, a display featuring 3-D holographic technology. A new permanent exhibit, The Section of Mystery is part of the museum’s efforts to modernize and adapt to new ways of how people learn. - See more at:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Why the Imperial System of Measurement is the Worst

Interesting Engineering: Most places in the world use the metric system of measurements, however, the USA, Burma, and Liberia are the 3 countries that still use the imperial system. Now, I must admit, I am an engineer in the US and I use the imperial system on a daily basis. I also use the metric system on a daily basis, which means strange conversion after conversion. While I, unfortunately, have grown fond and accustomed to imperial units, it is a TERRIBLE system of measurement.

My time at Profiles

with harmony: I worked at Profiles for two years. While there I was an actor, assisted with casting, and assistant directed three productions. I had heard the same rumors everyone else heard before I got cast in Sweet and Sad. I decided to make up my own mind, knowing that if something inappropriate began to occur I would be out of there right away. “I’m tough,” I thought. “I’m a Navy girl. I know how to handle myself. I’ll be fine.” My friends warned me to watch out for Darrell. Some even said things like, “don’t sleep with him even though you’ll want to.” I laughed all of this off. That’s a normal warning that girls give other girls that are starting a show with a womanizer. “Don’t sleep with (fill in the blank).” It’s such a common thing to hear.

Producer Michael Salmon jailed for fraud

Carousel, News | The Stage: Theatre producer Michael Salmon has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to four counts of fraud totalling nearly £65,000. The Cardiff-based co-director of Waking Exploits Theatre Company was jailed on June 17 for making fraudulent claims for grant aid from a number of bodies between May 2015 and February 2016. Cardiff Crown Court heard that he spent more than £9,000 on himself, mainly on trips to London.

Kinky Boots Donates to Our Fund Foundation

Stage Directions: Kinky Boots will donate a portion of all proceeds from tickets to the sold-out Sunday, June 26 performance (during Pride weekend) to the “Our Fund Foundation,” which promotes a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBT community in Southern Florida, to help the victims and families of the recent Orlando tragedy.

Outlander Costume Design by Terry Dresbach

Tyranny of Style: The hit drama Outlander, currently in its second season on Starz, crosses several different genres. Based on the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon, the show follows the story of Claire, a WWII British nurse who unexpectedly finds herself transported back in time to 18th century Scotland, and must quickly learn to navigate her new surroundings as well as her new marriage to a Highlander named Jamie.

See How A 1550 Square Foot Custom Carpet Is Made

CONTEMPORIST: When we feature projects, we always see the beautiful end result, but every so often we come across something that gives us insight into how something is made. Meet Alexandre Kehayoglou, an artist and designer from Buenos Aires that creates nature-inspired rugs and carpets. Here she is designing a custom carpet for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten, for one of his fashion shows.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Collaborator Party Sells Out Across the U.S.

Stage Directions: The Collaborator Party—the good-spirited but on-point reminder to the Tony Awards that sound designers are artistic creators, too—blasted through their attendance records, selling out their flagship New York City parts as well as six others held across the U.S. “We have been completely blown away by the overwhelming response around the country from people who want to celebrate all of the many wonderful artists who make up the theatre community,” said John Gromada, one of the founders of the party.

Dancers perform vertical routine across Boston building facade Performers from experimental dance company Bandaloop leap, flip and spin across the glass facade of a 17-storey tower at Boston's Fan Pier in this choreographed acrobatic act (+ movie). The aerial performance took place to celebrate the opening of 100 Northern Avenue – a 534,000-square-foot office building (49,600 square metres) on the city's waterfront.

Taking Flight: How Sarah Ruhl’s ‘For Peter Pan’ Got Off the Ground

AMERICAN THEATRE: When is a person truly a grown-up? Is it when they get a real job, when they have a child of their own, when their parents die? Is “never” really an option? These questions are at the heart of Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, which takes the tale of the boy who never grew up for a new spin while telling a story about something we all have in common: death.

Smash Hit Sensation “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” Returns to Chicago This September

Showbiz Chicago: Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, beginning Thursday, September 22, 2016 and running through December 30 only. Tony ‘n Tina played an incredible 14 years in Chicago, and during that time entertained more than one million audience members of all ages.

New Dance Council head looks to push the envelope — eventually

Dance + Live Performance | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper: Randal Miller, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s new director of dance programming and special events, learned the ropes largely under Paul Organisak, who resigned in August after 12 years as the Trust’s vice president for programming.

FilmL.A. Issues Third Annual Feature Production Study

Below the Line | Below the Line: FilmL.A., the not-for-profit film office serving the Greater Los Angeles region, today announced the release of a new report prepared by its research division. The 2015 Feature Film Production Study analyzes a sample of 109 U.S. feature films released theatrically last year, identifying where they were filmed and how much was spent to produce them. The report also examines California’s top competitors and year-over-year trends in film production yield.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How the White Walkers on 'Game of Thrones' are made

Business Insider: While winter is always just "coming," the White Walkers are actually here on "Game of Thrones," and their ice-hardened, scary faces aren't going anywhere. The HBO show's Emmy-winning prosthetic designer Barrie Gower demonstrated the complexity of the process it takes to turn an actor (actually, a stuntman) into a White Walker in the Nerdist's latest "Bloodworks" video.

The Touring Rut

Dimmer Beach: You may be asking what I’m trying to get at. Our line of work can be very exciting, but for the most part, it is long days that you just grind through. And when you grind through eighty shows on a tour, somewhere around show thirty you can want to grind to a halt. If you’ve never experienced this before (I’m looking at you, Road Pups), you will, and it is okay. The load-ins and outs will be running smoothly. All the tweaking to the show will be done. The only thing that changes is the venue and the daily stagehands.

Julie Taymor Announces 3 Recipients of World Theatre Fellowship

AMERICAN THEATRE: Julie Taymor has announced the three recipients of the inaugural World Theater Fellowship, a prize for young theatre directors to travel for one year to Central/South America, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East. The winners are Zachary Dorn, Hector Flores Komatsu, and Jesca Prudencio.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NYC Has Never Been Better for the Working Actor

Backstage: If there was ever any doubt that New York City is one of the greatest hubs for actors and entertainers of all kinds, June 8’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting about sealed the deal.

Filmmaking Tips and Tricks for Cinematographers and Grips I am currently reading Michael G. Uva’s The Grip Book, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a must-read for all of those considering getting into filmmaking and video production. This book is full of photos and detailed illustrations showing you everything from clamps and camera mounts to safety ties and taco carts. There are even accompanying how-to videos on the Focal Press website.

Star Trek Fan Film Lawsuit Will Live On

Consumerist: While the makers of the crowdfunded Star Trek fan fiction film Axanar had once hoped to reach a settlement with Paramount and CBS over a lawsuit accusing the filmmakers of copyright infringement, the much discussed lawsuit will live to see another day, as the two companies told a California federal judge this week that their action remains pending.

When there's an active shooter, can lighting save lives?

PBS NewsHour: In the first few nights after a gunman opened fire at gay nightclub Pulse, killing 49 people, many mourned with light.

Rainbow light shone on across the New York City skyline, from City Hall to the spire of One World Trade. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was lit, top to bottom, with the colors of the rainbow. And on Monday, hundreds of people stood outside Stonewall, where a 1969 riot against police launched the modern gay rights movement, and raised their cell phones and candles in solidarity as a speaker read the names of the victims in Orlando.

The Kilroys List 32 Unproduced Works by Women and Trans Playwrights

AMERICAN THEATRE: The Kilroys have released the third annual edition of “The List,” which features 32 industry-recommended new plays by female and trans playwrights. The L.A.-based cohort of playwrights and producers is committed to working toward gender parity for playwrights in the American theatre. According to the Count, an ongoing study funded by the Lilly Awards and the Dramatists Guild released in 2015, just 22 percent of productions in regional theatres over the three years prior were written by women.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Important new drama 'Oak Tree' looks racial violence right in the eye

Chicago Tribune: Precisely why Harry Lennix — television star, movie actor, producer, friend of President Barack Obama — is working in a tiny space on the third floor of the Athenaeum Theatre does not take long to reveal itself. The new play on which Lennix quietly is working, "A Small Oak Tree Runs Red," is an exceptionally gutsy, powerful and potent drama from Lekethia Dalcoe, a playwright without much of a profile beyond a few workshops and some minor festivals. That's about to change.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

How Do You Direct A Play About Rape Survivors? Talking To The Tony-Nominated Director Of 'Eclipsed'

ThinkProgress: There are no men in Eclipsed. You can’t see them, anyway. You can feel them. The five women onstage can feel them, too. You’ve probably heard this about the show, which is nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Play. It is the first of its kind: The first Broadway play with an all-black, all-female cast; the first play on Broadway with an all-female cast, period. It was written by a woman, Danai Gurira, and is directed by a woman, Liesl Tommy.

Safe to Act: How to Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Theatre Community

HowlRound: Chicago's comedy scene received some much-needed scrutiny when the Tribune published an article admonishing the iO Theater's initial response to sexual harassment claims. The issues came to light on social media, when several improvisers shared their experiences about aggressive scene partners and inappropriate advances from instructors. News sites picked up the story from there, and many women spoke publically about their experiences.

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