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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Is This the One Productivity Tip Guaranteed to Work for Anyone? I love to find new ways to be more productive. Simple productivity tricks. Or ways to work smarter, not harder. Or more ways to work smarter, not harder. Or simple steps for exceptional daily productivity, easy ways to streamline your workday, and even ways to make your employees more productive.
Clearly I'm into productivity, whether personal or professional. (Wait, is there a difference?)
So when an audience member asked for my favorite productivity tip, one that anyone could use, I had to stop and think.
And then it hit me: Always leave yourself a fun place to restart.

Orange Jumpsuits Are Too 'Cool" For Jail The power of pop culture is resulting in changes to one aspect of the American prison system. No, it is not the plague that is for-profit prisons or the slave labor many inmates are forced to perform. Pop culture is spurring a change in jail uniforms.

Casting a Rubber Hammer

Prop Agenda: I recently came across the Brick in the Yard Mold Supply YouTube Channel, which has well over a hundred videos on molding, casting and finishing techniques. I started off by watching this one on casting a rubber hammer.

How To Build a Life-Size Dragon

Tested: I love video games and video game culture, and last year was stoked to be asked to be a part of a team doing the Zombie makeups for Capcom's Dead Rising 3 booth at E3. It was there that I befriended the creative services team in charge of all of these cool trade show events and displays. Jump ahead to a few months ago, when I received a call from the team lead at Capcom to bid on the making of a display sculpture for one of their upcoming games: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate!

Review: Strong dancing saves Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's 'Cats' from its aged self

TribLIVE: According to lore, cats have nine lives.
So far, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has offered Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats” eight lives as a producer or presenter. As its advertising slogan “Now and Forever” suggests, popular demand will see to it that “Cats” exceeds its limited warranty.

Dewalt Multi-Level Mobile Tool Storage Combo

ToolGuyd: The new Dewalt DWST20880 is a mobile multi-level workshop that stores your tools, supplies, and jobsite accessories. At first glance it looks like this is a new take on a tried-and-true format, but a deeper look shows that it might just be a rebranded version of the Stanley 020800R work center.

4 AFTA Attendees Share What They’re Doing Differently

ArtsFwd: A few weeks ago, I traveled to Nashville to the Americans for the Arts annual convention, where I connected with a wide range of leaders in the arts from across the country. While there, I conducted a few quick interviews to get a better sense of what challenges these leaders are facing in their organizations and local arts communities, and to learn about how they are thinking and doing things differently to respond to the constantly evolving arts field.

Meyer Sound Launches User Training Videos For LYON Line Array System

Pro Sound Web: Meyer Sound has released four online video tutorials to support users of the LYON linear sound reinforcement system, the newest addition to its LEO Family of line array products.
Covering topics that range from system design and rigging to optimization, the video modules are available for viewing on the company’s video page

Third 'Midnight Rider' Filmmaker Surrenders To Police Midnight Rider executive producer/unit production manager Jay Sedrish turned himself in this morning to the Wayne County, GA police and was booked and released after posting a $27,700 bond. This comes after his fellow filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin turned themselves in earlier this week. All three were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. They were also charged with criminal trespassing for filming on a train trestle when, according to police, they had no permit to shoot on the tracks.

We Don’t Know How to Talk About Holler If Ya Hear Me

Letters from the Mezzanine: It’s rare that a Broadway musical is culturally important and socially aware, and for that, Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new show using the songs of Tupac Shakur, is to be commended. The road to Broadway is a long, slow one. Shows are usually 10+ years in development, worked into Off-Broadway and regional incarnations. Financially, original shows can be fickle things, and producers love surefire hits that won’t rattle or turn off too many potential ticket buyers.

Saints on the Dollar

Public Books: hat would happen if you asked Gertrude Stein about the difference between culture and capital? Well, of course, dollar bills would fall from the heavens like flurries, all below would fan snow angels in the leaves of green, and eventually T. I.’s rap song “Bring Em Out” would blast in the background as if from nowhere.

Copyright Is Over – If You Want It

Billboard: Christian Marclay's massively popular artwork "The Clock" is comprised of thousands of preexisting film clips strung together into a 24-hour minute-by-minute cycle. It's been widely celebrated, attended by crowds around the globe. Critical praise has been heaped upon it: The New York Times hailed the piece as the ultimate work of appropriation art, and it dovetails with memes like supercuts ("fast-paced montages of short video clips that obsessively isolate a single element from its source, usually a word, phrase, or cliché from film and TV").

Milwaukee 13-Inch Work Box

Tools of the Trade: Recognizing the need for a tool carrier that can do double duty as a work stool, Milwaukee developed the 13" Work Box, a square tool box with a removable lid that functions as a comfortable seat.

Monday, July 21, 2014


STUDIO for Creative Inquiry: Created by Evan Shimizu, Lumiverse is a software framework designed for managing and controlling lights in a theatrical or installation environment. It aims to provide programmers, designers, and artists with an intuitive interface for working with lighting devices while also giving them the ability to integrate lighting control into other programs with minimal effort.

What will be the next wave of classroom technology? At orientation this past week, I was talking with an incoming freshman and her family about an app we’re working on "for students with smartphones." Her 16-year-old brother's immediate reply was, "who doesn't have a smartphone?" It's hard to believe, but today’s incoming freshmen were going into 7th grade when the iTunes App Store launched. So now that apparently "everyone" has a smartphone, it begs the question of "what's next?"

Klein Journeyman Work Glove Review

Pro Tool Reviews: We got the chance to sample the Klein Journeyman Work Glove lineup. I was very curious to take a look at this new family of PPE gloves. After college, I spent a summer working for Progress Energy (now part of Duke Energy) in Crystal River, Florida. While the experience was worthwhile, I learned to hate personal protection equipment during my time there.

PLASA Focus Returns to Texas This September

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus: Austin 2014. Taking place at the Palmer Events Center September 9 - 10, this will be the second time PLASA Focus has returned to Texas since the launch of the event series in North America in February 2012.

Trump Plaza Casino Announces Closing; Atlantic City Market Continues Downward Spiral

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: In another alarming sign for the casino business in the American Northeast, the Associated Press is reporting that the owners of the Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City are planning to close on September 16.

The Broadway actors who’ve played the same roles for over 10 years

New York Post: The first time Donna Marie Asbury stepped onstage in “Chicago” crying, “He ran into my knife — 10 times!” her daughter was in diapers.
That was 16 years ago. Daughter Jacqueline, 18, heads to college in August, but Asbury’s still playing a character named June. Along the way — over the course of more than 6,600 shows — she’s seen 20 Velma Kellys, 26 Roxie Harts and 38 Billy Flynns come and go. That she’s still here, sharing a small dressing room with four other, less seasoned “merry murderesses,” surprises even herself.

Sure you get a refund if an above-the-title star is out, but what about . . .

The Producer's Perspective: Although it’s not a publicized policy (and why isn’t it again?), if a star that is billed above-the-title in a Broadway show is out due to illness, vacation or a b.s. claim of mercury poisoning, a ticket holder is entitled to a full refund or exchange.

Colorful Street Art on the Train Tracks of Portugal by Artur Bordalo

Colossal: If the artwork is on train tracks, is it still called street art? Rail art? Either way, we’re loving this series by Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo in which he cleverly converts the horizontal lines of train tracks into a canvas. The series, which have been popping up on railways throughout Portugal since early this year, often use bright, neon colors which create a nice contrast between the dull gray rocks and tracks.

24 Of Design's Most Important Principles, Animated

Co.Design | business + design: Although not anyone can be a designer, everyone who wants to can learn the elements of visual design: contrast, transparency, hierarchy, randomness, and so on. In fact, it doesn't even take all that long. Just watch this 50-second video.

10 Things You're Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care"

Fast Company | Business + Innovation: We’ve all been at a restaurant where the waiter forgets your special request and looks as though he’d rather be just about anywhere else in that moment. Then there’s the grocery store clerk who avoids eye contact and is annoyed with your coupons. Clearly these people don’t care, but is it possible we’re sending similar signals at work without realizing it?

Burning Man census reveals surprising demographics at the desert festival

Culture & Features « Peninsula Press: A week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada at the end of summer may not sound like fun to many people. But tens of thousands — this year, 55,000 — make it an annual tradition by attending Burning Man, an arts festival and temporary city built by participants and operated under a gift economy and principles such as self-reliance, self-expression, and leave no trace behind.

MAP Visibility Estimation Many traditional challenges in reconstructing 3D motion, such as matching across wide baselines and handling occlusion, reduce in significance as the number of unique viewpoints increases. However, to obtain this benefit, a new challenge arises: estimating precisely which cameras observe which points at each instant in time. We present a maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate of the time-varying visibility of the target points to reconstruct the 3D motion of an event from a large number of cameras.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

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

Are you a Millennial leader?

LinkedIn: From the moment of their conception, millennial children seem to be wired differently.
They are smarter, more efficient, more technologically oriented, and while baby boomers are still trying to figure out the blinking clock on their VCR, millennials can work out any gadget or device in just a few minutes of their spare time without having to read the instructions.

The Limits of Practice I started playing the French horn in sixth grade. I was a rule follower, and so I practiced regularly, in addition to performing at concerts and parades and all the other glamorous events to which a teenage French horn player is routinely invited. And yet, six years later, I was only marginally less terrible than when I began.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Your College-Bound Kid

Consumerist: So your kid is finally set to leave home and head off to college. You might be tempted to splurge on all manner of purchases to ensure that he or she will be able to study, eat, sleep, and dress properly. But some of those commonly bought items are just money down the drain.

Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp.

How to Handle Social-Media Criticism "Keyboard courage" has some people posting cruel things they would otherwise not say to someone's face. Hiding behind a screen is not a shield.
As a social-media consultant and strategist, I have seen my fair share of rude behavior on various platforms and personally experienced this on several occasions. Everything from gossiping, not following through with deliverables and jealousy has come my way. While my first reaction is to fire back, I have learned this isn't an appropriate response. By firing back in social media, this is exactly what feeds the beast. Don't feed the beast!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Hometown Hero Nominations: A Sneak Peak

PLSN: Last week, PLSN’s newsletter called for nominations for regional lighting production companies worthy of receiving the Parnelli Award for Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year. PLSN readers responded almost instantly, with a steady influx of names including a variety of well-known companies along with some others who are being nominated for the Hometown Hero award for the first time.

Pros and Cons of Routers for Joinery

Popular Woodworking Magazine: Although routers were originally designed to create moulded shapes, they can be excellent joinery tools. In fact, they’re better in some ways than table saws, professional quality mortisers or dado cutters when it comes to cutting joints. There are several reasons routers have an advantage

Debt Sentence

American Theatre – July 2014: Freddy Arsenault is living the dream. He’s appeared on Broadway; his nonprofit credits include shows at the San Diego’s Old Globe, Virginia’s American Shakespeare Center and Manhattan Theatre Club. But he is also $165,000 in debt, a holdover from having to borrow to attend the graduate acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Over iced tea in midtown Manhattan in April, Arsenault recalls receiving his first bill from Citibank, his private loan lender, shortly after graduation. “I owed about $1,200 that month. I panicked. I went into a cold sweat. I started thinking, ‘How am I going to maintain a career like this?’”

11 Things You Never Thought to Do With Your Effects Chain

Pro Sound Web: In today’s world most people are mixing and tracking in the box. With this comes a lot more flexibility then in the past, yet I find the understanding of signal flow isn’t as strong. (Youngsters these days!!)
I suppose I’m at an advantage as a guitarist. I have pedals to tinker with. Over the years I’ve moved pedals around, trying many different chains. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes on accident.

Are you a Millennial leader?

LinkedIn: From the moment of their conception, millennial children seem to be wired differently.
They are smarter, more efficient, more technologically oriented, and while baby boomers are still trying to figure out the blinking clock on their VCR, millennials can work out any gadget or device in just a few minutes of their spare time without having to read the instructions.

A Simple Tool Roll If you are like me, you end up with a lot of little hand tools cluttering up the gig bag. And if you have access to a sewing machine, a few hours of work can save a remarkable amount of hassle later on. I did this thing to learn more about my new Bernina, but it has paid for itself many times over in the sheer convenience of keeping everything I need sorted and easy to transport to the theater.

Leah Buechley: Crafting the Lilypad Arduino

MAKE: I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Lilypad Arduino. I was astounded and said, “You can make LEDs light up and you stitch it with conductive thread? How does that work?” It wasn’t until years later, after experimenting with the board that I finally got to meet Leah Buechley, the inventor. She was giving a talk at University of the Arts in Philadelphia about artisanal technologies. She amazed me with her discussion of mixing classic crafts with electronics, and better yet, it was said in a lyrical tone which reminded me of my favorite teacher from 8th grade. Who was this woman that made art and technology magically merge? I was determined to learn more.

Learning to Shout

HowlRound: In true dramaturgical fashion, I came to my first Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) conference prepared, poring over the conference schedule weeks in advance, scribbling questions in the margins of my notebook, even reaching out to previous attendees for advice. Out of all the insight I received in the weeks before I flew to Boston, the most valuable advice came from my undergraduate mentor and advisor: “Spend time with the young 'ins like yourself. They will be your peer group and cohort moving forward and it is important to be friendly yet competitive with them.”

3D Calligraphy by Tolga Girgin

Colossal: I just stumbled onto the Instagram account of Tolga Girgin, a Turkish graphic designer and electrical engineer who experiments with calligraphy. His latest pieces involve a number of 3D lettering pieces that use shadow and perspective to make it appear like the letterforms are lifting off the page. Very cool.

These Classic Japanese Toolboxes Are Finally Available in the U.S.

Cool Material: Unless you’re a toolbox connoisseur (is that a thing?), you probably aren’t familiar with Trusco. The wildly popular Japanese toolboxes haven’t really been seen stateside. Marked by their bright blue enamel, the sturdy and affordable toolboxes will stand out among the ketchup red kits you see in every hardware store in the United States.

3 Ways Your Facebook Profile Can Help You Get A Job

TheGrindstone: Typically when you’re job hunting, you’re worried that your Facebook profile will keep you from getting hired. But it turns out, the more you have on your Facebook profile, the easier it may be to get a job. How? Recruiters say it works in three ways.

Friday, July 18, 2014

When Clients Ask, ‘What’s Your Markup?’ Say This

Remodeling: One of the questions I would hear periodically when selling remodeling services was “What’s your markup?” Here are some thoughts and suggestions about how to handle that question, which I learned and/or developed over time.

The Problem with Booth Babes: How ‘Casual Sexism’ Hurts the AV Industry Those of you who follow me on Twitter might have seen a hashtag I use frequently: #AVHallOfShame. It's one I use for the cringe-worthy AV moments: sloppy wiring; soundbars in places from which sound can't possibly carry to viewers; badly-sized or badly-placed displays; etc. This week I tagged Purelink's booth at Infocomm with the #AVHallOfShame hashtag. What was my issue this time? Take a look at the image to the right, from their marketing email.

Safety: The Unrecognized Strategic Lever

Safety content from IndustryWeek: Not many leaders today are talking about safety as a strategic lever. And the government does not trust organizations to embrace safety, so they legislate things we should do and audit us for compliance.
I propose that safety should be any CEOs first concern.
Not only is safety the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.

Pitfall for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as workplace accident nets $5K fine The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has faced the music and admitted responsibility for its part in a workplace accident that sent a stagehand to hospital suffering broken bones to his face and hands.

The WSO pleaded guilty in court Thursday to failing to provide a safe workplace and was fined $5,000.

A Great Negotiator's Essential Advice

Harvard Business Review: The Program on Negotiation (PON), an active Harvard-MIT-Tufts consortium, draws lessons from the world’s best negotiators. This year, PON honored Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore as its 2014 “Great Negotiator.” PON has annually granted this award to a range of remarkable men and women such as former Secretary of State James Baker, Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein, and U.S. Special Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky.
Tommy Koh became the youngest ambassador ever appointed to the United Nations and later served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States. During his remarkable career, described in detail here, Koh played central roles in some of the most complex international negotiations ever held.

Hitachi Raises The Bar With Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors

Live Design [primary-term] press release archives: Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors - four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.

The Secret to Making Every Meeting More Useful (and Fun!)

The Muse: If you don’t know Michael Dearing, you should. In a fantastic story by Leigh Buchanan in Inc’s March issue, Dearing, who’s on the faculty of Stanford’s design school, riffed on the eternal entrepreneurial topic of how to scale your company without losing the cultural idiosyncrasies that make you a special startup.

Childhood Ruined: Disney Character's Face Falls Off During Live Show Do you want to terrorize young, unsuspecting children when they are at their happiest? Follow this video as a guide!
Filmed during something called Super Party Dance Show at Disney World, the video shows The Incredibles Elastigirl coming out onto stage. Suddenly, her face falls off.

Toni Collette: Hollywood’s gender imbalance is a grave problem Toni Collette –Emmy winner for “United States of Tara” and Oscar nominee for “The Sixth Sense” — is hitting big screens again with “A Long Way Down,” an adaptation of the work of Nick Hornby, but she said that she gets recognized most often for “Muriel’s Wedding,” the second movie she ever made.

Film Professor Creates Low-Cost Production Program at Santa Monica College

Variety: In 2010, Santa Monica College launched a nationwide search for a full-time faculty member to form a film department — a program that was a long time coming for a school that tops the state in transfer rates, and which offered critical studies courses that included film, but lacked an official production course of study.

Popcast: Can Hip-Hop Thrive on Broadway? “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the ambitious and flawed Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, is scheduled to close on Sunday, after just 17 preview performances and 38 regular performances, losing most of its $8 million capitalization.

Staging a new musical is risky - so should reviewers take it easy on them?

Stage | Are critics too hard on new British musicals? Well, not on Matilda or Billy Elliot they weren't. The five-star reviews came thick and fast for those delights, both of which are still running in the West End and may well for years to come. Most critics loved London Road, now being made into a movie by Rufus Norris, and recognised its ground-breaking contribution to the genre. Sheffield's This is My Family is being remounted in the autumn after ecstatic reviews.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fear of audience participation The explosion of participatory theater — or at least my seeming inability lately to attend a show that does not include some degree of audience interaction — has set my skin in permanent rash mode.
I suspect that I am not alone out here, equating the theater with hives these days. The situation has become so anxiety-inducing that I have turned jittery and become ever vigilant — even as I write this in an office cubicle, I half-expect a cheerful actor waiting around the corner, eager to steer me by the elbow toward a stage.

Literary Tourist’s Top Nine Literary Things to do in Pittsburgh

Literary Tourist: Go for supper somewhere nearby and then check out what 9). The Quantum Theatre has on offer. We took in a very intense, engaging performance of Jon Fosse’s Dream of Autumn. Listen here to the Literary Tourist interview with Karla Boos,

New Hazlett includes four dance performances in an eclectic new CSA season

Pittsburgh Dance | Next month begins the 2nd season of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA program. The “Community Supported Art” is a creative take on the popular farm-share model, with fresh and local performers every other month throughout the season.

Be Prepared: Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid

Occupational Health & Safety: Safety is a critical consideration for any welding project. Arc welding is a safe occupation when proper precautions are taken, but if safety measures are ignored, welders face an array of hazards that can be potentially dangerous, including electric shock, fumes and gases, fire, explosions, and more.

Millennial Enterprise Excellence

Lean / Six-Sigma content from IndustryWeek: Lately we hear so much negative publicity about Generation Y folks who grew up attached to PCs, iPhones, iPads, video games and a variety of other take-it-for-granted technology. Where does this all leave the future of American manufacturing?
There are critics who claim that millennials are becoming less social, more introverted, more instant-gratification focused, and are using technology to escape their real world. Personally I would prefer that my son spend more time on homework than "Call of Duty."

Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp.

Take An Electrifying Look Inside The World's First Light Art Museum

The Creators Project: For the first time, the Centre for International Light Art Unna, is launching the first annual International Light Art Award 2015, which will light up the life of a young artist each year. The artistic competition strives to promote artists working within the field of light art, offerring a first place prize of $13,500, and three other awards for other worthy candidates.

Super Combo Scissors Vampire Professional Tools, first of Vampliers screw pliers and now of the Super Combo Scissors, should have hired the same person to name the latter who they did to coin the former. Or they should have hired me. I would have told them to call these wire-, leather-, paper-, fabric-, rope-, CD-, thin-film- cab-tire-cable-, and branch-cutters Vampire Inscissors. You know, like incisors. Like as sharp and capable of cutting through anything as a vampire's incisors.

New MakerBot and Home Depot 3D Printing Retail Partnership

ToolGuyd: Home Depot and MakerBot have joined up to bring 3D printing to select retail locations in California, Illinois, and New York. Select Home Depot locations will be showcasing MakerBot’s newest Replicator printers and their Digitizer 3D scanner.

Lizzy Caplan on ‘Masters of Sex’ Costumes: Good for Posture, Bad for Intestines

Variety: Dr. William and Mrs. Elizabeth Masters were in the house at Wednesday’s cocktail party for Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” where cast, crew and TCA journalists gathered on the set of the Masters home on the Sony lot. Guests at the 1950s-themed fete, which included Annaleigh Ashford and director Michael Apted, clinked martini glasses brimming with vodka and topped with plump olives, and partook of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres in the way of ants on a log, deviled eggs and bite-sized mini-cheeseburgers.

An Open Letter to TV Showrunners: There Are Over 1200 Experienced, Accomplished Women Directors Waiting to Be Hired

Women and Hollywood: I have known many of you over the years as colleagues, bosses and friends. I know you to be a group of professionals with the highest work ethic and a mindful approach to your families and the issues you find socially relevant. So I can't help but wonder, where is your social consciousness about gender equity in Hollywood?

‘An American in Paris’ Musical to Open on Broadway in 2015

Variety: The brewing stage adaptation of the 1951 MGM movie-musical “An American in Paris” has booked its Broadway home, scheduling a spring 2015 opening at the Palace Theater, which is soon to be vacated by Tupac Shakur musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me.”
As the latest stage production from a global team of producers, the incoming show serves as another example of the growing internationalism of the Broadway business model. The musical will have its world premiere at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet this fall prior to its move to New York.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

StippleGen 2

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories: Two months ago, we introduced StippleGen, a program that can generate stipple diagrams and “TSP path” art from images, using Adrian Secord’s algorithm of weighted Voronoi stippling. It’s a great (and free) tool for turning a photo into CNC-ready artwork, for use on the Eggbot or in other contexts.

TV Production Up 33 Percent in L.A., Will It Last?

Backstage: TV production is up more than 33 percent in Los Angeles over the second quarter of last year. The numbers seem to be a bright spot in what has been a dismal run of statistics for southern California’s entertainment industry. But officials with FilmL.A., a not-for-profit that tracks production figures through permitting for local productions, immediately tampered down expectations.

Dollar Bank to foreclose on August Wilson Center on Oct. 6

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dollar Bank intends to foreclose on the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in October if no deal is reached to sell the building.
Eric Schaffer, Dollar's attorney, told Judge Lawrence O'Toole of Allegheny County Common Pleas Orphans' Court today that the bank, which holds the center's delinquent mortgage, will schedule a sheriff sale for Oct. 6.

Bitch: A Play About Antigone

DC Theatre Scene: “Why does your sister have to be such a . . . bitch?” Cleon rhetorically asks Ismene after learning of her sister’s methods to overthrow his reign. “Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Shit!” yells a frustrated Haemon as he frantically searches around for the elusive Antigone in Ismene’s quarters. I’m not sure if an ancient Greek like Sophocles ever imagined Andy Boyd of Naked Theatre Company would riddle his play with so many dirty words, but I’m sure he’s digging it. Well, mostly digging it.

The Limits of Practice I started playing the French horn in sixth grade. I was a rule follower, and so I practiced regularly, in addition to performing at concerts and parades and all the other glamorous events to which a teenage French horn player is routinely invited. And yet, six years later, I was only marginally less terrible than when I began.

So you want to enter a Theatre Festival – but which one?

The Producer's Perspective: One of my go-to recommendations for my writer consultation clients with new works is to hit the festival circuit.
While there are definitely some cons to being one show in a sea of so many others (can’t choose your venue, physical production limited to the set-up/strike time, etc.), the long list of pros usually makes it worth at least submitting the application to see if you get in (and if you don’t, you’ve learned something already – maybe it’s time to do a redraft).

Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of new holography technology developed by Tel Aviv University researchers.

The ultimate VIP pass: Go above and below, as well as backstage, at The Royal Opera

News — Royal Opera House: When we are in the audience for an opera we are aware of the artists on stage and in the pit, we are hopefully caught up in the drama of the performance and pulled in by the power of the music. What is invisible – unless something goes wrong – is the team working behind the scenes to put the production on stage; managing and driving what could be described as the ‘opera machine’.

Potential buyer of New York City Opera objects to delays

Reuters: A creditor who hopes to rescue the bankrupt New York City Opera filed an objection on Monday to delays in consideration of his bid and called for an independent trustee to be put in charge.
Businessman Gene Kaufman made an undisclosed offer six months ago to buy "the people's opera" and salvage the venerable cultural institution. He now says the opera's board is "stuck in neutral" nine months after filing for bankruptcy and canceling the season, and should relinquish control of the process.

The Art Directors Guild’s Gallery 800 Announces “Tuesday Drawing” Art Exhibit The Art Directors Guild's (IATSE Local 800 /ADG) Gallery 800 announces its fifth art exhibition of 2014, “Tuesday Drawing,” opening Friday, July 25, 2014, with a hosted reception from 5:00 - 8:00 pm where the public will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists and preview their work. Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, Gallery 800 showcases ADG members' art in a series of shows throughout the year. Gallery 800's previous exhibitions - Three Artists You Should Know, Still Life, Valley Watercolor Society and The Old West & The New West - opened to industry and art enthusiasts’ acclaim.

To Tell the Truth-Smyth Two weeks ago, my friends Charles Warfield and Ed Christian had the difficult task of testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that is looking into music licensing issues. Charles, as Joint Chairman of the NAB, represented local broadcasters and Ed, as Chairman of the Radio Music Licensing Committee, spoke from his experience guiding that group. Both of these gentlemen did a yeoman’s job of attempting to focus on the benefits that the present free airplay/free promotion system has generated for the American consumer, and to caution about the unintended consequences of upsetting the status quo.

Creating a Dark, Shadowy and Intimate World for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Director Matt Reeves helms the newest installation in the Planet of the Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which shows off the latest in motion capture technology as veteran MoCap actor Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) reprises his role as ape Caesar.

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