CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTER SCIENCE PEDAGOGY Tuesday, 7 November 2006 3:00 pm -- Newell-Simon Hall 3305

CHRIS STEPHENSON Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


This presentation examines the issues currently affecting K-12 computer science education and provides information on key concern such as the Advance Placement xam, the No Child Left Behind legislation, and continuing problems with teacher certification. It will also describe the activities of the Computer Science Teachers Association and the resources it is now putting into place to address these issues.

Bio: Chris Stephenson is the Executive Director of ACM’s Computer Science Teachers Association. She joined ACM after 16 years of working at the University of Toronto's Computer Systems Research Institute and the University of Waterloo’s Mathematics and Computing Department where she designed instructional resources and professional development for high school educators. Since 2000, Stephenson has served as the chair of the annual Computer Science and Information Technology Symposia and as the chair of the review committee for computer science for the National Educational Computing Conference. She is the former chair of the International Society for Technology in Education's Computer Science SIG and of the ACM K-12 Task Force. Stephenson has numerous research publications in the field of computer science education and adaptive technology and has written several high school textbooks.

Toronto IATSE Calls Out Blue Man Group

Backstage: "A Canadian arm of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on Monday urged the Blue Man Group to recognize stage hands at its controversial Toronto production."

John Wells: Writing on the Wall

Backstage: "At some point in any Hollywood career, there is a crossroads: Go home or push on. John Wells came to such a crossroads one summer as a young man, staying at his parents' Colorado home. 'I ended up needing pocket change and got a job in a motel as a motel maid."

Stage Review: A macabre stripe marks Tiger Lillies

Post Gazette: "Freaks, drugs, blood, matricide and worse were the chosen subjects of the Tiger Lillies, a British musical trio that made its Pittsburgh debut Saturday at the Byham Theater."

Theater alliance helps new plays get rolling "They say 99 percent of all plays written never see a first production, which is being generous. 'And 99 percent of those that do never see a second production,' said playwright Dan Dietz, author of Curious' upcoming world premiere staging of 'tempOdyssey.'"

Smoking ban's day in court "In Curious Theatre's upcoming world premiere staging of 'tempOdyssey,' it's not the presence of cigarette smoke that makes an artistic point.
'It is the absence of smoke,' said director Chip Walton."

Tobacco can't play into works on stage "After a hearing that was at times as theatrical as any play, a Denver District judge refused Monday to exempt Colorado's theater companies from the statewide smoking ban."

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL CANADIAN ZOMBIES ROAM NEW YORK "The show, which heralds from Canada, is a spoof of the 1981 Sam Raimi-directed horror cult hit Evil Dead and its 1987 sequel, about five college students on vacation in a deserted cabin who meet a gruesome fate at the hands of so-called Candarian demons, after they stumble upon the Book of the Dead."

Network refuses to pay scribes for Web content

News: Show Business Weekly: "NBC Universal, the parent company of the Sci Fi Channel, is refusing to pay residuals or give any credit to the writers of 10 online 'webisodes,' which were created along with the new season of 'Battlestar Galactica.' "

`Mary Poppins' flying again - Entertainment: "The big Disney musical resumes performances Thursday in New York and London after technical difficulties forced the cancellation of performances in both cities Wednesday night."

Shakespeare's R&J

STLtoday - Entertainment - Stage: "You know 'Romeo and Juliet.' Everybody knows 'Romeo and Juliet,' Shakespeare's enduring tragedy of star-crossed love.
But you have never seen 'Romeo and Juliet' like this.
Joe Calarco adapted 'Shakespeare's R&J,' which opened on Friday at Off-Ramp. Calarco stays close to Shakespeare's script but inserts a few key changes: Gender. Time. Place.
The whole cast is composed of four young men. They portray students at a rigid prep school, playing a secret game. At night, they act out 'Romeo and Juliet.' "

ESTA Bestows Second Annual Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Awards

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "ESTA announces the 2006 Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes extraordinary effort by a volunteer or group of volunteers during the previous year. The ESTA Board of Directors presented the 2006 award to Ken Vannice for his work on leading the development of the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Examination and to the RDM Task Group for their work in developing ANSI E1.20, the Remote Device Management standard."

ESTA Announces Winners of 2006 Dealers' & Manufacturers' Choice Awards

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "The Dealers' Choice Customer Service Awards offer ESTA's Dealer Members the opportunity to publicly recognize those Manufacturers that provide consistently good customer service throughout the year. These awards recognize superior performance in four main areas: Customer Service, Shipping and Billing, Technical Support and Quotations / Project Management. "

Mike Wood Receives ESTA's Highest Honor

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "ESTA (the Entertainment Services and Technology Association) announces the 2006 Eva Swan Award was presented to Mike Wood for the profound impact he has had on every aspect of the Association through his volunteer service. The award was presented at ESTA's Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 19, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada."

Monday, October 30, 2006

Production Planning - Paints Assignment

I am working on my painting assigment. I am using the same paint for some items. How should I consider it in the Unit Estimating Sheets if I am using one pint for all units? Can I say I am using 1/8 of one pint?
An Answer:
You can either...

List the fraction on each sheet


Just list once full unit on one sheet and omit it from the others.

There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach.

Technical Direction - Purchasing Project

TDStudent (1:18:01 PM): hi, i have 1 question and 1 opinion for you
TDTaskMaster (1:18:16 PM): k
TDStudent (1:20:28 PM): the question, well more like problem is im finding the subcontractors, but i cannot get any information unless i have an actuall something for them to do, for the powder coater i gave him a vegue example for some car frame i wanted to be coated and he gave me a very rough estimate, its that ok if things are very vague?
TDTaskMaster (1:20:41 PM): yup
TDStudent (1:22:22 PM): the steel frabricator was very rude to me, im talking to people who i think everyone is calling and i think they are getting annoyed with us, so my opinion is next time, maybe we should not look for stuff in pittsburgh, but another city where is doesnt matter what they think of us
TDTaskMaster (1:22:50 PM): at one point
TDTaskMaster (1:22:57 PM): I had people list who they had already called
TDTaskMaster (1:23:03 PM): so we wouldn't doouble up
TDTaskMaster (1:23:09 PM): but I wouldn't worry about it
TDTaskMaster (1:23:19 PM): remember their phone rings 30-40 times a day
TDTaskMaster (1:23:26 PM): so even if 9 of them are us
TDTaskMaster (1:23:34 PM): which is unlikely
TDTaskMaster (1:23:42 PM): it still isn't really significant
TDStudent (1:23:49 PM): i stoped saying i was from CMU and started making up other names
TDTaskMaster (1:23:53 PM): its more about actually being prepared to make the call
TDTaskMaster (1:24:07 PM): thats fair enough
TDTaskMaster (1:25:01 PM): some people get cranky as soon as they hear its a school
TDStudent (1:25:21 PM): maybe for next year you should give some examples of projects so people have something prepared if they ask for what you need to be done
TDTaskMaster (1:25:27 PM): or
TDTaskMaster (1:25:29 PM): maybe
TDTaskMaster (1:25:44 PM): the students should think about reasons they might need something before they pick up the phone
TDStudent (1:25:51 PM): that too
TDTaskMaster (1:25:51 PM): and discovering that
TDTaskMaster (1:25:56 PM): is part of the assignment
TDStudent (1:26:17 PM): well i figured that out
TDTaskMaster (1:26:27 PM): part of the idea here is that you want to start to develop an appreciation of the kinds of things the bendors will be looking to hear

List of Free Software for Microsoft Office "If you are a Microsoft Office users, this resource is quite useful for you. The blog The Road to Know Where consolidates a list of over 150 pieces of free software, add-ins and templates for Microsoft Office. It covers Office system, Access, Excel, Frontpage, OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Project, Visio, and Word."

88 Tips for Succeeding in College "For people who are currently attending college, you may find it is quite different to your high school life - the expectation, life and study style are new to you. OEDb has gathered 88 tips on every common aspects of students may find problem on their early college life and make them to excel quicker. "

Civic Light Opera announces season

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Area residents can look forward to a 'White Christmas.'
But they'll have to wait until July.
That's when Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera will open its live stage production of the classic Irving Berlin musical 'White Christmas' (July 3-15) for a two-week run as part of its 2007 six-play season at the Benedum Center, Downtown."

The Fortune Teller

New York Times: "It looks like a giant wooden dollhouse. Its front door creaks open to reveal a portly alligator: a lawyer named Silas Leech who narrates in sinuous, plummy tones the story of seven men gathered to hear the reading of a will. Occasionally he mispronounces a word: “tawed” for “thawed,” “myoptic” for “myopic.” Is it intentional? So acute is the eye for detail in “The Fortune Teller,” the puppet play by Erik Sanko at the Here Arts Center, that it almost seems intentional."

New CLO season has family fare and 'Full Monty'

Post Gazette: "Word about 'Disney's High School Musical,' which opens the season on May 31, came out Sept. 20, when CLO was chosen to be among a handful of theaters nationwide to premiere the stage version of the hit TV movie. And word about 'Cats' slipped out during the summer, in the midst of jockeying by many theaters to secure the newly available regional rights for a show that is still touring nationally."

PRG Launches PRG Video Division

LIVEDESIGN: "Production Resource Group, (PRG) LLC has launched PRG Video, a new division complementing its audio, scenic, and lighting operations. The new division was introduced to the industry at a two-day demonstration event, October 12th and 13th at New York’s Manhattan Center."

Total Structures To Aid Behind The Scenes

LIVEDESIGN: "Total Structures, Inc., announced a new initiative to benefit The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes Program. Total Structures will donate $10 to Behind the Scenes for every Lodestar and Prostar Columbus McKinnon hoist they sell."

When simply putting on plays isn't enough

Chicago Tribune: "Outside, Topinka's bashing Blagojevich, Peraica's assailing Stroger, and Roskam's strafing Duckworth. It's a political season and Election Day's sweat-close. Inside a certain Starbucks in Uptown, however, the only figure with a really compelling political message is Aristotle."

Will `Pirate Queen' sail too early?

Chicago Tribune: "'The Pirate Queen' officially opens for critics to review Sunday at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, ending a month of previews, rumors, sometimes caustic Internet complaints and word-of-mouth predictions ranging from triumphant to disastrous."

Zombies' popularity has been rising... "According to Kim Paffenroth, associate professor of religious studies at Iona College in New York and author of 'Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth,' the interest isn't solely tied to Halloween. To Paffenroth, gatherings like the ones in Toronto and Austin indicate an enduring fascination with zombies. "

Empty Space Theatre closes after 36 years

The Seattle Times: "In a move few in the local theater community expected, Empty Space Theatre will close immediately, the longtime Seattle theater's board of directors announced Friday."

Discussing the tough stuff of political drama

The Seattle Times: "Famed British dramatist Sir David Hare has pledged he'll help any U.S. theater that mounts his politically charged, backstage-at-the-White House drama, 'Stuff Happens.'"

November Theater: 'Romeo and Juliet' with a twist "Hardy and Roberto Prestigiacomo, who is directing the Trinity show, are coming at the tale of star-crossed teenagers from different angles. Hardy is setting his show in Brazil in 2010; Prestigiacomo is setting his in the present, in San Antonio during Fiesta."

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Technical Direction - Pruchasing Project - its Deano approved

TDStudent (2:41:36 PM): Hey Dave..sorry to bother you, but under services provided, do you want us to provide all of the services the vendor provides? or just the service regarding to the item/service you listed for the project
AnActualTD 2:42:01 PM): its good to know if they do more than one thing
TDStudent (2:42:08 PM): ok good
TDStudent (2:43:01 PM): thanks a lto
AnActualTD (2:43:12 PM): np

AStudent (6:42:21 PM): Hi Dave..sorry one more question...what would exactly define a natiaonl vendor...a vendor that is located in more than one state, right?
ATeacher (6:42:35 PM): no
ATeacher (6:42:44 PM): a vendor who is not local
ATeacher (6:42:49 PM): who ships anywhere
AStudent (6:43:00 PM): So it could be a vendor with ONE office in california, but can ship everywhere
ATeacher (6:43:06 PM): right
AStudent (6:43:14 PM): but what if the local vendor can ship everywhere as well
AStudent (6:43:23 PM): as long as it's in pittburgh it counts as a local
ATeacher (6:46:27 PM): you can use a pittsburgh vendor as a national vendor
ATeacher (6:46:37 PM): as long as if you weren't in pittsburgh you could use them
ATeacher (6:46:50 PM): but then you have to come up with a second vendor for the local vendor
AStudent (6:55:52 PM): hm thanks a lot..
ATeacher (6:56:05 PM): np

AnotherStudent (6:46:05 PM): are stores like party city, homedepot etc. considered lacal vendors as long as there is a loaction within a one hours drive?
SameTeacher (7:18:51 PM): yes
AnotherStudent (7:19:34 PM): cool, thanks

QuestionYetAgain (8:05:45 PM): by product range/tear sheet..for ex-you'r etalking about sizes/material available for the specific item, right?
Teach (9:43:40 PM): a tear sheet is like a one page explanation of an item, like a catalog page for it
Teach (9:44:00 PM): product range can mean the various ways one thing can come/be done
Teach (9:44:16 PM): or it can mean the range of products or services available form that same vendor

Anthony Daniels

hey all - as don has mentioned, anthony daniels will be with us all next week, and he will be giving a talk on main campus on monday...

he will be presenting in mcconomy at 4:30 (doors will open at 4:15) the talk will be around 1 hour followed by q&a... this is a great opportunity to hear in industry veteran discuss the ins and outs of the field...

to help get etc folks up there, there will be a cmu bus leaving for main campus at 3:30 (you can catch this bus or drive yourselves) for those who are wrapping up their mock interviews, the 4:30 shuttle will wait until 4:35 to get you up as well...

following the presentation the cmu bus will then help back to the etc at
6:05 (or then there's the 7:oo shuttle)

and so, this talk is free and open to the public, so feel free to spread the word...

IMDb: "Anthony Daniels"

An act of faith

New Statesman: "La Candelaria, in Bogotá, is the Colombian capital's historic heart. The district's brightly painted Spanish colonial houses are set on cobbled lanes, filled with students and street sellers, that rise steeply into the Andean mist. Along with universities and libraries, it was a cradle of experimental theatre in the 1960s, and houses one of South America's most renowned companies. Teatro La Candelaria began 40 years ago, says its artistic director, Santiago García Pinzón, with the aim of 'making a theatre where you can read the reality of Colombian society'. "

Moving a Hit Off-Broadway Show to Broadway

New York Times: "First things first: Why make the move in the first place? All three of this fall’s transfers have been dogged by the notion that, in their scale or subject matter, they have a particular quality of what you might call Off Broadwayness. Even the creative team behind “Spring Awakening,” which had six years of readings and workshops before its successful run at the Atlantic, wasn’t sure about a move uptown."

Bronx Museum, Harlem Stage - Art and Theater

New York Times: "FOR weeks, Holly Block and Patricia Cruz have been trying to BlackBerry a dinner date. Friendly from the downtown arts scene, they’re near-neighbors in Chinatown. And now they also have a kind of shared identity: they are the new headliners uptown."

Audience participation invites risks and humor

Post Gazette: "Giving up a level of stage control, and demonstrating the ability to get it back, are essential ingredients of stage shows that include audience participation. Singers teeter on the brink of losing control every time they take audience requests. On Broadway, Bill Irwin's 'June Moon' had an entire audience participation playlet."

Stage Preview: 'Putnam County Spelling Bee' has help from audience

Post Gazette: "In the touring musical, which stops this week at Heinz Hall as part of the PNC Broadway Across America series, six young people flush with pubescent hyperactivity compete in a spelling bee overseen by a sometimes childish teacher, and they discover that winning isn't everything and losing isn't necessarily as bad as it sounds. Early in the show, which won Rachel Scheinkin the 2005 Tony for best book of a musical, several members of the audience are brought on stage to participate in unscripted portions."


Post Gazette: "Monty Python's Eric Idle is looking to equal his success with the Tony-winning 'Spamalot' by taking on, believe it or not, Handel's 'Messiah.' The oratorio -- with the famous 'Hallelujah Chorus' -- will be combined with the Python film of 1979, 'Life of Brian.' The stage comedy will be titled 'Not the Messiah.'

'As the 'Messiah' was to the Bible, so 'Not the Messiah' is to 'Life of Brian,' ' Idle told The Times of London. 'I promise you that it will have more jokes than Handel.'

The spoof will premiere in Toronto in June, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the pit. Idle won't miss the chance again to incorporate the showstopper from the film, 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,' also included in 'Spamalot.' (Andrew Druckenbrod)"

Independent local television production seeking various individuals

Craigslist: "One More Time Productions, an independent production group (co-op with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Point Park University), is currently seeking a variety of individuals to aid in the production of INSIDE THE CRITIC’S MIND, a single camera style comedy pilot.

We are seeking the following:
Camera Operators
Sound Technicians
Assistant Director
Production Assistants

Must be available Mid November Nov 13th – Nov 20th, (and possibly parts of December and January). "

Independent local television production seeking co-producers

Craigslist: "One More Time Productions, an independent production group (co-op with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Point Park University), is currently seeking up to three producers to aid in the production of INSIDE THE CRITIC’S MIND, a single camera style comedy pilot. "

Word domination

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The national touring production that opens Tuesday at Heinz Hall recruits audience members to appear alongside cast members as contestants in the spelling bee that is the organizing premise of this Broadway musical."

The Pirate Queen Sails Into Her Chicago Opening Oct. 29

Playbill News: "Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's new swashbuckling slice of Irish history, The Pirate Queen — featuring Stephanie J. Block in the title role —opens Oct. 29 in a world-premiere engagement in Chicago."

A new kind of habit "For the new musical 'Sister Act,' a holy alliance has developed between two not-for-profits -- as well as with outside commercial investors. They're hoping the tuner could have a born-again (and again) life beyond its sibling stages."

Saturday, October 28, 2006

University Lecture Series

Monday, October 30th

4:30pm Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall

The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

Ann Gibbons

Correspondent, Science Magazine

The First Human…this dynamic chronicle of the race to find the “missing links” between humans and apes transports readers into the highly-competitive world of fossil hunting and into the lives of the ambitous scientists intent on pinpinting the dawn of humankind. The quest to find where and when the earliest human ancestors first appeared is one of the most exciting and challenging of all scientific pursuits. The First Human is the story of four international teams obsessed with solving the mystery of human evolution and of the intense rivalries that propel them.”

Ann Gibbons has been a correspondent for more than a decade for Science magazine, where she has specialized in writing about evolution. With a name like Gibbons, it was perhaps inevitable that she would write about primate evolution, including the evolution of humans. Her research has included many hours observing highly evolved scientists in their familiar habitats, whether upright in the lab sequencing DNA or prone on the ground excavating fossils from ancient graves.

She has taught science writing in the English Department at Carnegie Mellon and has written articles for the New York Times, Discover, Insight travel guies, and other publications.


International Festival Full details at


Thursday, November 2nd

4:30-5:30pm: Epidemic Vulnerabilities In A Connected World
McConomy Auditorium
Donald S. Burke, M.D. is Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and UPMC–Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health.

Friday, November 3rd

10-11am: Slow-Food International McKenna Room
Marlene Parrish has enjoyed a long personal relationship with food and cooking. Currently, she writes about food and travel for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other newspapers. Food editor of Pittsburgh Magazine, restaurant reviewer, Phantom diner for KDKA-TV, marketing director for a restaurant group and owner of a cooking school are some of the other positions she has held. As co-leader of Slow Food Pittsburgh, she promotes sustainable agriculture and the pleasures of the communal table. Parrish is a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology.

10:30-11:30am: Autogenic Training Workshop
Connan Room
Autogenic Training is a powerful mind body technique that is used to help people reach deep levels of relaxation and thereby tap into the healing powers of the body. It was originally developed by the German psychiatrist Prof. Johannes Schultz as a form of training that originates within the self. Karin Arnds, Dipl-Psych, LMFT, is a native German, and completed her Masters degree in Psychology at the University of Marburg, Germany. She is on staff at Carnegie Mellon’s Student Counseling Center (CAPS) and also provides family and couples therapy in her private practice in Shadyside. She has taught Autogenic Training as a relaxation technique to many different populations in Germany and the United States.

11am-12pm: Privacy Implications of Public Health Informatics
Peter Room
Information Technology is being widely deployed in public health settings for applications ranging from disease monitoring to generating community health indices. Data for these applications are collated from a variety of sources such as hospitals, pharmacies, payors, and so on. Professor Rema Padman of the Heinz School for Public Policy will provide an overview of the trade-offs between societal benefits and the privacy implications of such data-intensive applications that are becoming increasingly contentious.

11am-12pm: Quality of Life Technology
Wright Room
Jim Osborn, Executive Director of the Quality of Life Technology Center will speak about the newly created center’s work. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh both have long-standing traditions of technical excellence, interdisciplinary research and working together to solve problems for the betterment of society.
Emily Zipfel is a graduate student in the school of Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She works with Dr. Rory Cooper at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), an interdisciplinary lab devoted to the research and design of wheelchairs and assistive technology (AT) for people with disabilities. She will discuss work done at HERL related to research, design and technology transfer of AT to developing countries.

12:30-2pm: Keynote Lecture & Lunch: Living in a World Without Borders
Rangos Ballroom
Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of Doctors Without Borders, will offer the International Festival keynote lecture. Lunch will be provided to all in attendance. Tickets are free and are available at the University Center Information Desk.

2-3pm: Stress, Social Networks, Social Status & the Common Cold
McKenna Room
Over the last 20 years Dr. Sheldon Cohen, Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology, has been interested in how psychological and social factors influence susceptibility to disease, especially the common cold. Much of his work uses a unique paradigm in which he assesses psychological characteristics in individuals and then intentionally exposes them to viruses that cause colds and flu.

2:30-3:30pm: Fearlessness: Zen and the Art of War
Wright Room
Reverend Kyoki Roberts of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and a founding member of the Order of the Prairie Wind (OPW), will speak on Zen Buddhism Meditation.

3-4pm: Place and Health: How Where You Live Matters Connan Room
This session will look at how the social and physical environment shapes health behavior and ultimately health. Tamara Dubowitz is an Associate Policy Researcher at RAND and was trained in Social Epidemiology with concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and Public Health Nutrition.

3-4pm: Kill Two Chickens and Call Me In The Morning: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Health and Illness Dowd Room
Dr. Marie Norman serves as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History as well as Teaching Consultant and Research Associate at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. While her research has focused on tourism and caste relations in Nepal, one of her primary interests is medical anthropology, and she has taught courses at Carnegie Mellon and on Semester at Sea dealing with cross-cultural approaches to health and illness..

3:30-4:30pm: Risk & Opportunity: AIDS, Injection Drug Use, & Public Health Outreach Peter Room
Caroline Jean Acker, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon, is a historian of medicine and public health. She is the author of Creating the American Junkie: Addiction Research in the Classic Era of Drug Control (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) and co-editor, with Sarah W. Tracy, of Altering American Consciousness: the History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2004). In 1995, she co-founded Prevention Point Pittsburgh, Allegheny County’s needle exchange program. She continues to volunteer with the program and serves as the president of its board of directors.

3:30-4:30pm: Optimism, Coping and Health
Rangos 3
Michael Scheier, Professor and Head in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center will present. For a number of years now researchers have explored the impact of positive expectancies on psychological and physical well-being.

4-5pm: Diabetes and Culture
Wright Room
Janice Dorman, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, will present on the World Health Organization (WHO) Multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes (WHO DIAMOND Project), which has been developed to investigate and characterize global incidence, mortality and health care.

5:30-6:30pm: Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet & Global Health
Connan Room
Ronald LaPorte, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications at the WHO Collaborating Centre, will lead a presentation on Supercourse, a global repository of lectures on public health and prevention targeting educators across the world. Supercourse has a network of 38000 scientists in 151 countries who are sharing for free a library of over 2742 lectures.

Saturday, November 4th

9:30-10:30am: Refugee Health and Reproductive Rights
Wright Room
Khadra Mohammed, Director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Center, will discuss refugee health and reproductive rights.

12-1pm: We Are More Than Just Fast Runners: A Look at Kenya Today
Dowd Room
Join Soila Pertet, Ph.D. student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as she shares her home country of Kenya’s rich cultural traditions and discusses how those traditions are maintained in light of current medical, political and social conditions. Soila will also discuss the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kenya and how culture has influenced and been influenced by the pandemic.

12:30-1:30pm: Medical Service Learning Experiences Abroad
Connan Room
Carnegie Mellon students share their unique study abroad experiences with medical service learning in this panel discussion. Malasa Jois, senior biological sciences and psychology major, did a preceptorship abroad in various clinics in Oaxaca, Mexico through the Child Family Health International program during June 2006. Sheila Prakash, senior biological sciences major, went to Kenya with International Service Learning, a program that allows students to join international health care teams and provide medical treatment to villages and communities where medical facilities are inadequate or completely unavailable.

1-2pm: South Africa, AIDS, Theatre and Me McKenna/Peter Room
Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, Head of Acting/Music Theatre in the School of Drama will talk about her work with AIDS affected children in South Africa and the Theatre program she helped to created with World Camps.

1:30-2:15pm: Global Perspective on Local Introspective: An Israeli, a Middle Eastern, or a Jew?
Dowd Room

Ido Roll, a Ph.D. student in Human and Computer Interaction, will share her personal journey.

3-4pm: Nonmaterial Aspects of Health: Mind and Spirit Dowd Room
Humankind is more than just molecules in motion. There is a strong coupling between mind and spirit and human health. Gary Patterson, Professor of Chemical Physics and Polymer Science, will lead a panel discussion on the relationship between social, psychological and religious factors and physical wellbeing.

3:30-4:30pm: The Practice of Tarantismo in the Salento Area of Southern Italy
McKenna/Peter Room
Franco Sciannameo, College of Fine Arts Distinguished Scholar in Multidisciplinary Studies and interim director of its Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) programs, will present a lecture on his research on Tarantismo.

Miro String Quartet and virtuoso guitarist Eliot Fisk

There is a special performance in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 30th, in Carnegie Music Hall at 8:00pm of the Miro String Quartet and virtuoso guitarist Eliot Fisk. They will perform a composition by Leonardo Balada (CMU University Professor of Music Composition) entitled, “Caprichos N.1”.

The Pittsburgh Music Society has reduced the normal ticket price to CMU faculty and staff from $35 to $10!

offer is good for up to two tickets per CMU ID
- box office opens at 6:45
- normal ticket price is $35
- Carnegie Music Hall

presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
Monday, October 30 at 8PM
(pre-concert talk with Leonardo Balada and the musicians at 7 PM)

Charismatic guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk joins forces with the Quartet in a fiesta of premieres by Spanish composers, crowned by Leonardo Balada’s "Caprichos No. 1". A Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society opening night not to be missed!

ARRIAGA: String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major
ALBENIZ: From Suite Española No. 1: Granada, Cádiz, Asturias
Guitar solo: Eliot Fisk
PAGANINI: Capriccio 24 in A minor
Guitar solo: Eliot Fisk
BALADA: Quintet for Guitar and Strings, “Caprichos No. 1”
BOCCHERINI: Guitar Quintet in D major, G. 448

For additional information, please contact Leonardo Balada at

Technology Consulting in the Global Community

Information Session on the Technology Consulting in the Global Community Program
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2006
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wean Hall 5409

Technology Consulting in the Global Community (TCinGC) is a unique summer opportunity for Carnegie Mellon students to work as technology consultants for partner organizations abroad. The program is open to undergraduate, graduating, and graduate student applicants and program expenses are funded so that it is a break-even deal for students. At this information session past student participants will highlight their experiences and potential applicants can ask questions about the program and application process. Recent TCinGC partner locations include: Chile, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Sri Lanka. The TCinGC program is a part of TechBridgeWorld at Carnegie Mellon University.

Speakers: Joseph S. Mertz, TCinGC Program Director, TechBridgeWorld Associate Director and Associate Teaching Professor, School of Computer Science and H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University along with several Summer 2006 TCinGC Student Participants

Friday, October 27, 2006

Conservatory Hour

Mon, Oct. 30 Conservatory Hour

"HAMLET" in mask and movement
performed by the Senior Movement Class
masks designed and built by the Design for the Stage class

5:00pm in the Wells

Berlin to stage canceled opera after security review

Yahoo! News: "A Berlin opera house said on Friday it would after all stage a Mozart opera in which the severed head of the Prophet Mohammad is seen, after police reversed their earlier view that it posed a security risk."

Actors' minimum wage up to £350 per week

The Stage: "Actors across the UK have won a £50 a week pay rise, bringing the minimum rate for commercial theatre in the regions to £350 and paving the way for similar wage increases in the small-scale and subsidised repertory sectors."

Surprise union deals with Blue Man Group cause rift in coalition "Two local unions confirmed yesterday they've struck deals with the controversial Toronto production of Blue Man Group, ending, in part at least, a deadlock that's hobbled Blue Man ever since the notoriously union-resistant New York-based troupe announced early last year that it would do its famous show here without agreements with local theatre organizations."

All aboard for 'Two Trains' "'Two Trains Running,' the second offering in the Signature Theater Company's August Wilson season, has sold out its originally skedded run and extended by a week -- before the production has even begun previews."

Senators Propose Tax-Relief Bill for Actors

Backstage: "One of the cruel jokes played on actors who try to make a living with their art is that, come April 15, they can owe money on an annual income as low as $16,001. However, a bill proposed by U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) could change that. The legislation would allow actors and other performers who earn up to $30,000 a year to deduct their career-related expenses without itemizing, in addition to receiving the standard deduction ($5,000 for individuals last year)."

Strike Looms Over U.S. Production in Canada

Backstage: "A strike threat looms over U.S. film and TV shoots in Canada after domestic actors on Thursday said they could take to picket lines to fend off North American producers' demands for steep pay cuts.

Why work? "Imagine something with me for a moment. You are unbelievably wealthy and debt-free. You don’t have to work for the income it brings you, but still, you do work. Because you aren’t concerned with the amount of your paycheck, you are able to choose the work you want to do for the pure joy and pleasure of it. What would you choose? What would you do?"

Improve your resume layout "Chanpory Rith at LifeClever gives 4 steps to improve your resume into more elegant."

Get Rid of Your Clutter! "Some of the most tedious tasks that we need to do at times is to sift through all the paper, bills and faxes that we accumulate over time. This chore that throws itself on ourselves is a time guzzler that we can all gladly do without. The endless slips of paper that we gather around us pile up day after day to become unending ream of paper that one day scream to be sifted through and junked or filed."

Stage Review: Poetic, strange 'Real' is road worth taking

Post Gazette: "Right now at Open Stage, you can. They don't get more major than Tennessee Williams, and although 'Camino Real,' written and re-written in 1946-53, right amid 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' 'Summer and Smoke,' 'The Rose Tattoo' and 'Orpheus Descending,' has never exactly been lost, have you ever seen it staged?"

All-Female Version of Molière's The Imaginary Invalid Starts Oct. 27 in NYC

Playbill News: "Rebecca Patterson directs the all-female cast take on Molière's classic work, which begins previews Oct. 27 and opens Nov. 3 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre. Resonance artistic director Eric Parness stages the new Mee work, which is set to start Oct. 29 toward a Nov. 4 opening."


eTool: "DEWALT, a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, announced the introduction of its new 10' compact job site table saw (DW745), providing users with a small, lightweight saw that has the ability to complete a variety of applications. The DW745 is ideal for a wide range of end users including interior and exterior trim carpenters, deck builders, and installers of hardwood floors, stairs, cabinets, doors, and windows to name a few."

Preview: Project E: An Explosion, Battersea Arts Centre, London

Independent Online Edition: "'Sadly it is no longer possible for emerging artists to properly experiment with theatrical form without funding,' says Tom Morris, associate director at the National Theatre. He was part of the judging panel which picked the winning show out of more than 100 proposals."

Did Critics Fall for Dirty Dancing in the West End? "A stage version of the 1987 cult film Dirty Dancing has boogied into the Aldwych Theatre, where it has reportedly achieved the largest advance in West End history. Eleanor Bergstein has adapted her autobiographical story, set in the summer of 1963 at a Catskills holiday resort in which a 17-year-old girl Frances “Baby” Houseman falls for dance instructor Johnny Castle. Did critics have the time of their lives watching it?"

Bounced Czech

Time Out New York: "The first time dissident playwright Václav Havel visited the United States, Joseph Papp was artistic director of the Public Theater and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated in Memphis. Havel’s The Memorandum received critical acclaim at the Public; he protested the Vietnam War in Central Park and he hopped Greenwich Village bars with filmmaker Milos Forman. "


New York Post Online Edition: "On Wednesday night, for the second time in a week and a half, the 'Mary Poppins' set malfunctioned, forcing the cancellation of the show shortly after the start of Act II. "

International Festival

Carnegie Mellon News 8 1/2 x 11 News: October 26, 2006: "—Thursday, Nov. 2 - Saturday, Nov. 4: International Festival. The University Center will be transformed into a world of exploration with workshops, lectures, discussions and performances. For a full calendar of events, see"

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Technical Direction - Purchasing Project

What do you do if the vendors you call keep saying to fax in the drawing of what you want done? I tried to basically bs a project, but they keep saying fax it in, bring a drawing of it to get a price range.

Things like scaffold rental I could get a price range, but a lot of "fabrication" services-they say it's impossible to do it over the phone. I got other useful information, like the type of services they provide, but that's pretty much it.

Is that ok?
all you can do is ask.

sometimes you can get someplace asking for a roungh number for square foot purposes - if its something that makes sense for square feet.

sometimes they can give you a rough price based on an example piece, so like a powder coater might tell you the cost of doing an average motorcycle frame.

if they're being twitchy, best to tell them the pricing is for your being able to do rough estimating on future projects, as opposed to a quote you are going to show up tomorrow and demand they live up to.
TDProf (2:30:53 PM): what are you asking them about?
BuddingTD (2:31:15 PM): neon fabrication
TDProf (2:31:37 PM): that will be a tough one for them to give you a pricing estimate
TDProf (2:32:03 PM): unless you want to send them something to bid
BuddingTD (2:32:45 PM): I mean, they gave me information on the PROCESS. like, I'd have to send in a basic sketch via fax..and then pricing is determined by size and color
TDProf (2:32:45 PM): you could send them the "DRAMA" letters image and tell them you want a neon outline 24" tall pro width
TDProf (2:33:00 PM): up to you how much you want to chase
BuddingTD (2:34:54 PM): hmmm
BuddingTD (2:36:42 PM): I kinda told her something like that-and she said she'd have to know what the sign was made out of
TDProf (2:36:59 PM): then I guess don't worry about it
TDProf (2:37:05 PM): or ask what the options are
TDProf (2:37:07 PM): but
TDProf (2:37:11 PM): you could say
TDProf (2:37:41 PM): just green neon tubes outlining the letters, mounted on clear plexiglass - to be used in an interior setting only
BuddingTD (2:39:51 PM): I'm gonna try that..thanks TDProf

CFA Announcements

Design Lecture Series 06-07
Thursday, October 26
Breed Hall (MM 103)
4:30 pm
Reception to follow

Lira's research and design interests are at the intersection of architecture, furniture, interaction design and pervasive computing, aiming to understand how social situations are restructured in presence of technologies.

She received her PhD from the Design and Computation program at the School of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab and also holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia, and a MSc in Building Design from Arizona State University. She has worked at the Strategic Design Department at Philips Design in The Netherlands and at Philips Research Labs in Briarcliff NY.

Regina Gouger Miller Gallery_____________________________________

Please join the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery for an opening reception Tomorrow Friday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery presents
3 Exhibitions
Dean Kessmann, Pamela Howard and Paul Dickinson October 27 - December 17, 2006

For more information view the online invitation

Contact the gallery at
412.268.3618 or view the website at

PGH Events____________________________________________________

The 25th annual Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, runs from November 2 through November 16. This exciting 15-day event features over 40 films ­ independent American cinema, documentaries, films made in Pittsburgh, shorts, restored classics played to live music, and cutting-edge international films. For ticket information and a schedule go to:

Discount Tickets______________________________________________

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents

Monday, October 30 at 8PM
(pre-concert talk with Leonardo Balada and the musicians at 7PM) Carnegie Music Hall 4400 Forbes Avenue
- box office opens at 6:45
- normal ticket price is $35

With two recent additions to its long list of awards and accolades ­ an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Cleveland Quartet Award ­ the Miro Quartet builds on its reputation as one of the foremost quartets of its generation.
³Šthe Miro sounds like one large string instrument with a seemingly endless variety of tone and huge depth,² states Strings magazine.

Charismatic guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk joins forces with the Quartet in a fiesta of premieres by Spanish composers, crowned by Leonardo Balada¹s "Caprichos No. 1". An Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society opening night not to be missed!

ARRIAGA: String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat major
ALBENIZ: From Suite Española No. 1: Granada, Cádiz, Asturias Guitar solo: Eliot Fisk
PAGANINI: Capriccio 24 in A minor
Guitar solo: Eliot Fisk
BALADA: Quintet for Guitar and Strings, ³Caprichos No. 1²
BOCCHERINI: Guitar Quintet in D major, G. 448


Now through Sun., Dec. 17 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art-Three exhibitions by Dean Kessman, Pamela Howard and Paul Dickinson run until Sun., Dec. 17 in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Tues., Oct. 31 5 p.m. Art-Lecture by Douglas Fogle, McConomy Auditorium

Wed., Nov. 1 6 p.m. Art-MassArt visiting artist lecture by E.V. Day, Trustees Room, 11th Floor of the Tower Building

Fri., Nov. 3 8 p.m. Music-Carnegie Mellon Trio will perform in Kresge Recital Hall

Sun., Nov. 5 3 p.m. Music-Faculty Recital performance in Kresge Recital Hall

Higher Education at Risk?

Inside Higher Ed: "What have we learned from our experience in K-12 education reform that would help us in evaluating the Spellings Commission report? That history warns against putting too much emphasis on the economic context of higher education. It also shows that quick, “top-down” fixes for reforming education at any level are unlikely to work."

DAB should be the new wave, not medium wave

Guardian Unlimited Technology: "There are not many areas of technology where we have failed to advance the market in the past 20 or even 25 years, but with audio technology, you can at least argue the case. DAB digital radio sounds worse than the ancient FM variety, and far from having gone away, vinyl records and valve amplifiers are enjoying a resurgence."

Waiting for Godot "Vladimir and Estragon are back in town, albeit for a brief six-performance stint. The Gate Theater, Dublin, production of 'Waiting for Godot,' which caused a stir in a few perfs as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in 1996, has returned in Beckett's centenary year. This 'Godot' is considered by many to be definitive, which no doubt will set Beckett fans flocking to the NYU campus at Washington Square."

Looking Good on Paper

Backstage: "So let's talk about what you can control, what you can literally touch and shape -- that 8-by-10 piece of paper that sums up who you are: the resume. According to agents, casting directors, directors, and educators -- in other words, the people who sift through hundreds of headshots a week -- a resume should function just as an actor should at an audition: clearly, honestly, and with an absence of fuss. "

Stage Right does the 'Time Warp' again

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "For its fourth season, the production finds appropriate quarters in a former liquor store behind the Westmoreland Mall. The location is next door to the Halloween Adventure Shop, which should make props easy to find for the audience."

Waiting for Godot

New York Times: "Time does not feel so “accursed,” to invoke Samuel Beckett’s own grim word, as it passes painlessly by in the Gate Theater Dublin’s production of “Waiting for Godot,” which has returned to New York for a brief visit to honor the 100th anniversary of Beckett’s birth and the 50th anniversary of the play’s United States premiere."

Stage Review: Black & White Festival is a vivid evening of plays

Post Gazette: "It took six hours Saturday to watch what was in effect the dress rehearsal for both five-play programs of this year's Black & White festival -- and it was time very well spent. The 10 plays are remarkably good, including at least five that are fully satisfying and only a couple that aren't, a very high percentage in a new play festival."

Stage Reviews: High schoolers' plays are imaginative, complex, fun

Post Gazette: "What a difference a couple of years in a teenager's life make. Last week's three plays by middle school students in City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival were entertaining, but this week's three by high school students show a leap in coherence, not to mention some historical imagination, moral complexity and inventive fun."

Stage Review: 'Nine Parts of Desire' humanizes costs of Iraq war

Post Gazette: "The Lyric Stage of Boston's production of Heather Raffo's 'Nine Parts of Desire' is more than a play. What is harder to explain is why it is, at the same time, less than a play and nonetheless a sweeping, affecting, jarringly poetic piece of theater which should touch any American."

Mary Poppins Grinds to a Halt Oct. 25; Performances Resume Thursday

Playbill News: "At the 10th of 31 planned previews for the musical at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the mechanized Banks house set came to a halt about 10 minutes into Act Two. Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney's theatrical division, the show's co-producer with Cameron Mackintosh, announced a brief intermission so the problem could be explored, but the remainder of the performance was cancelled soon after."

"Like a Rolling Stone": Tharp's Dylan Musical Opens on Broadway

Playbill News: "The design team for The Times They Are A-Changin' comprises Santo Loquasto (scenic and costume), Donald Holder (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound). Musical direction is by Henry Aronson. Orchestrations are by Dylan and Michael Dansicker — who also provides musical adaptation and supervision."

Seeking someone to work on my Website

Craigslist: "I am looking to have work done on my website. I have a splash page really up right now until I can find someone to do work to it. "

2006 Parnelli Awards Held In Las Vegas

Projection, Lights and Staging News: "Timeless Communications, Inc. presented the 2006 Parnelli Awards on Friday, October 20, at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Named in honor of production and tour manager Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien, the awards are meant to acknowledge the achievements of the best in the business, and this year’s ceremony accomplished precisely that. "

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Production of "Side Show"

Carnegie Mellon Press Release: October 25, 2006: "Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present a production of 'Side Show,' a musical that brings to light the freak hiding behind our so-called normal facades, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 5-9 at Carnegie Mellon's Philip Chosky Theater. Based loosely on the life of Vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins linked at the hip, 'Side Show' takes audiences through a circus world of freaks, fame and unbreakable family ties. Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, one of New York's rising young directors, will direct the musical."

A Flat 'Frankenstein,' And Not Just on Top "Less is less in Jon Spelman's take on 'Frankenstein,' Round House Theatre's staggeringly misguided dramatization of Mary Shelley's novel. Discarding some of the classic's key characters and motifs, as well as most traces of sensationalism, storyteller and performer Spelman has whittled the 1816 tale down to a rather touchy-feely 90-minute fragment."

Vox Populi: Best practices for file naming

43 Folders: "Tags, files, and — dear Lord — the innumerable assets associated with making web sites, graphics, audio, and video projects; it’s all a hopeless jumble unless you have some kind of mature system in place for what you call your stuff and its various iterations. Of course, if you’re like me — and I hope that you are not — you still have lots of things on your desktop with names like “thing-2 finalFinal! v3 (with new changes) 05b.psd“."

What was beneath Chalayan's morphing dresses

We make Money not Art: "Earlier this month, Hussein Chalayan wowed the Paris runway audience (and the blogs!) with five dresses that twitch, move, and morph through decades of their own accord. Zippers closed, cloth gathered, and hemlines rose."

Get organized with GTDTiddlyWiki

Lifehacker: "Everyone has to find their own killer personal organizational app, and for me, it's a single, free HTML document called GTDTiddlyWiki. The self-contained standalone mini-wiki is packed with features but it doesn't dictate how you work - it provides a canvas on which you can design your own process improvements and workflows."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Academy Chamber Orchestra

The BACH CHOIR will be performing the Mozart REQUIEM this weekend at Trinity Cathedral on Sixth Street downtown.

Thomas Douglas will be conducting the Academy Chamber Orchestra and an international roster of soloist.

Performances are Saturday, October 28th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 29th at 2:00. You will probably not miss any of the football game.

Student tickets are $10 at the door and further reduced if you are in Thomas' current classes.


Michelle Sherry of the Civic Entertainment Group in New York called the SOD office. They are having a traveling game show here in Pittsburgh (at Heinz Field in the East Room) on October 29-30 and are looking for some students to help load in the lighting and sound for it. It would be 8 am to noon on Sunday the 29th, and 8 pm to midnight on Monday the 30th, for $15 an hour.

Contact info is:

Michelle Sherry

Spirit Unfolding–The Performing Arts

Saturday October 28: 7:30 p.m
Spirit Unfolding–The Performing Arts
Kresge Theatre | College of Fine Arts | Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave | Pittsburgh, PA | 15213

Huang Xiang: Poet on Fire:
An extraordinary Chinese poet in exile, who transforms himself into his
poems, and touches our core, our universal humanness.

Huang Xiang has been described as "a poet on fire, a human torch who burns as a lamp of freedom and enlightenment." Huang is a refugee in Pittsburgh, invited by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh which provides refuge to notable creative writers under threat in their home countries. His poetry touches chords of one's soul and plays on a wide range of human experience–from the wild beast to the ephemeral sublime, where life and death are one.

Life in Balance: Performs music to amplify energy and deepen relaxation

The instrumental group Life In Balance will play throughout the evening. Using the high-frequency transmission of Quartz Crystal Bowls and enhanced Shakuhachi for pure vibrational energy restoration, Life In Balance creates a sonic environment for deep personal exploration. Ami Sciulli says: "I feel in resonance with the healing energies when activating the Quartz Crystal Bowls. In so doing, I become a conduit, sonically showering the listeners with the potential for expanded consciousness, enhanced synchronicity and sublime joy. (

Mimi Jong: Plays the ancient Chinese Erhu

Mimi Jong, a Pittsburgh resident and acclaimed architect of Chinese descent, heard her father playing the erhu while growing up in Indonesia. Mimi was trapped in a concentration camp in Indonesia after a visit to support the refugees because it became unsafe to return to her family in the city from the countryside. She has tuned into human suffering, and has devoted many of her activities to "nurture cross-cultural understanding through arts." She has a deep understanding of Huang Xiang's poetry and will accompany him and improvise sounds on the two-stringed ancient Chinese instrument, Erhu to augment and resonate with Huang Xiang's poetry.

William Rock: Paintings will be displayed at the Zebra Lounge Gallery during the performance

The paintings of William Rock express the unmanifest realms of existence that are beyond life and death. The regions his sublime images serve to connect irritate the boundaries that western, as well as art culture tends to implement. The artist's transcendent images resonate with life, and yet point to another realm of existence, a state wherein "the grosser mind becomes inactive allowing the subtler mind to become more active" and unfolding.

By Descending: Performed by Allie Greene, Choreographed by Joan Wagman, with video projections by Liana Dragoman and lighting by Drama MFA canidate Daniel Chapman.

Allie Greene will perform a dance choreographed by Joan Wagman. The dance's name "By descending," is inspired by kabbalah. It focuses on the body being in the moment, being in awareness during prayer. It describes a sense of joy that comes out of this awareness and a sense of connection with the fundamentals through losing one's particular identity, a raw energy emerges and a sense of being under the wings of the divine."

Yoga: To demonstrate union and communion of mind and body, yogis from Yoga On Centre will perform yoga poses under the direction of its founder, Sara Azarius,
For more information please call Dr. Tova Tarr @ 412-363-3777
or visit

"There are some artists that have unfolded the deepest level of awareness; an awareness discovered with earnestness and solitude that connects the artist with everyone and everything. Stepping outside of society to go inside, to go so far inside that the illusion of self is understood. The self becomes something that is merely witnessed as it acts out its destiny." ~ William Rock

Giving away a fortune

Marketplace: "Andrew Carnegie spent half a lifetime amassing great wealth, and the other half trying to give it away. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with author David Nasaw about his biography of the famed businessman and philanthropist."

IATSE organizes 'Dream' "Organizers from Locals 478, 600 and the IATSE successfully obtained an agreement following two days of negotiations. IATSE said over 90% of the crew signed authorization cards and most of the non-union crew accepted applications into their local union."

B'way auds from all over

Variety.comr: "Tourism remained a strong force in Broadway biz over the 2005-06 season -- although it was receipts from New Yorkers and suburbanites that rose most noticeably during the frame."

Presenting to the Fortune 500 "“Why doesn’t my staff understand how much more effective their trainings would be if they would include some visuals?”"

'The Boys Next Door' offers a glimpse of different lives

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The 1987 off-Broadway play focuses on the lives of four mentally challenged men living together in a group home and a young social worker named Jack who looks after them."

Women Still Majority of Theatregoers, Day-of & Internet Sales Rise, Ethnic Attendance Up Per League Demographics

Playbill News: "In May The League of American Theatres and Producers announced that the 2005-2006 Broadway season saw more than 12 million visitors. Now the organization has revealed the findings of its latest annual demographics report."

Fire destroys flashy prop cars "Chase scenes typically convert expensive cars and boats into fireballs in Hollywood films — but not this time."

War gives fire to two fine, and very different, dramas

The Boston Globe: "With the New England premieres of two fine plays about the war in Iraq, the Lyric Stage Company and Zeitgeist Stage Company are pursuing one of theater's highest missions: to serve as a public forum for the free expression and exchange of politically significant ideas. But if that sounds like eat-your-oatmeal drama, rest assured that these productions are also engaging, provocative, and, yes, even entertaining works of art."

Vote on Election Day 2006 | News #038; Media: "Although AEA does not endorse political candidates or political action committees, we encourage you to make your voice heard in elections at the local, state and national level."

EMC Day | News #038; Media: "National Equity Membership Candidate Day will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. This is an opportunity for Actors, seasoned or those just beginning their careers, to learn more about the EMC Program and what AEA has to offer. "

MTV picks Pittsburgh scene for cutting-edge drama series

Carnegie Mellon Clips_News: "MTV is bringing its brand of short attention span programming to Pittsburgh for a new experimental drama. This week, the cable music channel began production here of 'Chloe,' a short-form soap opera depicting a young woman starting her adult life after college. "

We Got Game

Carnegie Mellon Clips_News: "Etcetera is rolling out that forklift simulation--known in the industry as serious gaming--for Alcoa this fall. And speaking of serious gaming, creating video games is poised to be an innovative growth industry for the Pittsburgh region. The pieces are all there: Carnegie Mellon University's pioneering Entertainment Technology Center, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s game and art design curriculum, efforts by the Pittsburgh Film Office to link area game companies to California's major players and finally a growing roster of local firms that draw, design and program a wide range of games for entertainment and for training."

Game kiosk eases pain

Carnegie Mellon Clips_News: "Sammi Ryan giggled as she watched the pink dragon, which she had digitally painted with her fingertips, bounce across the screen while an animated green dog chased a purple cat with a vacuum cleaner hose. ... A team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center invented the games and built the kiosk as part of Project ER, a semester-long school project to make it less stressful for the 60,000 children who visit the hospital's emergency room each year. 'The goal was to transform the patient experience using technology for education and entertainment,' said the team's academic adviser, Jessica Trybus, edutainment director at the technology center and CEO of Downtown virtual training company Etcetera Edutainment Inc."

Horses Died On Set Of 'Flicka'

The ShowBuzz: "The association's Web site said the deaths were accidental and occurred in 2005. One horse fractured his tibia during a well-rehearsed running scene in Simi Valley, Calif., and the other horse tripped on a lead rope and broke its neck after a fall. "

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Movie Nights, a Cabaret

Coming soon to a theater near you!

The Junior M.T. Cabaret Class proudly presents: MOVIE NIGHTS, A Cabaret

This show is sure to entertain all audiences with a thrilling program of musical selections spanning from the family classics, to the chart-toppers of yesterday's box office hits.

A $5.00 donation is all it takes to secure your seat at this season's first Final Friday, so be sure to pick up your tickets starting at noon on Friday. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Senior Showcase, so come on out and show your support!

MoMA and Met Opera Led in Arts Donations in 2005, Survey Says "MoMA in New York raised $239.2 million in its 2005 fiscal year ended June 30, a 106.5 percent increase over the previous year, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey of the top 400 recipients of donations scheduled to be published today on its Web site. That year, the museum received its largest gift ever, $100 million in cash, from philanthropist David Rockefeller."

Our mania for awards - and what it says about us

Guardian Unlimited Books: "The proliferation of prizes is perhaps greatest in the movie industry, where there are now twice as many cinema prizes (about 9,000) as there are feature films produced each year. The troubled pop star Michael Jackson has won more than 240 awards. The architect Frank Gehry has won 130. The novelist John Updike has won 39. Where will it end? Can it end?"

Performance: Researchers Test Meditation’s Impact on Alertness

New York Times: "Meditation is often credited with helping people feel more focused and energetic, but are the benefits measurable?"

Productivity and Screen Size "Jakob Nielsen gives a stab on recent Apple’s study on 30″ LCD Productivity Benchmark (source). He argues that Apple’s study focused on measuring the wrong level of work"

What’s Your List Type? "One thing I’ve found interesting is that most folks tend to fall into 4 distinct types of list makers. Now, like most type profiles, there is some overlap, and some have more than one. But a few months back, I began keeping an eye on how different people make lists. What I found is that the real productivity boost comes from identifying what type of list you prefer, and using it to your advantage."

Study: N.Y. Film, TV Biz Is Booming

Backstage: "New York state's entertainment industry boom might have been grossly underestimated. A new study by the New York Film, Television and Commercial Initiative says the economic impact of film, television and commercial production in the state totaled an estimated $13.3 billion in 2005, more than double the $5 billion often cited by government officials."

'Most-ers!' tops New Works awards

Post Gazette: "'Most-ers!' by Matt Smith, produced by the Gemini Theater Company, won the Donna Award for best production and three Donnas overall in Sunday's awards gala of the 16th annual Pittsburgh New Works Festival. The play's other awards went to Todd Betker for best director and James Michael Shoberg for best featured actor."

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Dalton carpenter travels country with ‘Mamma Mia!’

The Times-Tribune: "“I get to travel the country and get paid to do it,” said the Dalton resident, who is serving as head carpenter for the touring production of “Mamma Mia!,” the smash musical featuring the music of the iconic Swedish pop group."

Experts: City can handle the cuts

LA Daily News: "'For every dollar spent on employment in the entertainment industry, it multiplies out three times,' said Thom Davis, business representative for IATSE Local 80, which represents Hollywood behind-the-scenes workers."

Life, Meet Art: Pinter’s Last Stand

New York Times: "The old man rose painfully as the performance ended. The applause built slowly from a single clap of hands to a tumult. Harold Pinter, playwright and actor, weakened by the years and by illness, had just performed “Krapp’s Last Tape,” by his friend and fellow Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett."

A director's hand is more felt than seen "Performers, designers - their work is on display for all to see and praise. But a theater director writes in invisible ink. If she's lucky, theatergoers meeting her will say something vague, such as that they enjoyed the show."

Slobs at the Top

New York Times: "“The rule for too many people these days is that you have to dress like a homeless person once you’ve made it big,” said Simon Doonan, a writer and the creative director of Barneys New York. “But what could be more fun than making a mistake by getting tarted up?” Of course, Mr. Doonan has it easy. He is a New Yorker and lives where people still try hard to look their best and enjoy doing so. What’s more, he’s a gay man from Greenwich Village who sometimes appears in his lobby dressed as Queen Elizabeth."

Everyday objects reimagined

Boing Boing: "Swiss design firm challenged designers to repurpose everyday objects in imaginative ways"

Joanna Glass' New Race-Themed Play, 'Palmer Park,' Gets Ford's Reading

Yahoo! News: "The play is 'a provocative look at race relations in America and a community's efforts to pursue harmony between blacks and whites,' according to Ford's, the not-for-profit Washington, D.C., company devoted to works that show the range of the American experience."

Allen voted SAG's executive director

Yahoo! News: "The
Screen Actors Guild board of directors voted unanimously Saturday to hire former NFL players union executive Doug Allen as the organization's national executive director and chief negotiator."

Erik Sanko and ‘The Fortune Teller’

New York Times: "YOU can probably tell by looking at me that I like old things,” said Erik Sanko, loosely dressed like a 1920’s journeyman in coarse cotton overalls, bib-chest shirt and leather work boots. He was sitting in the TriBeCa apartment that he shares with his wife, the artist Jessica Grindstaff, and a considerable collection of Victorian-era taxidermy. "

Folksbiene Yiddish Theater

New York Times: "GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S song “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” may be one of the most repeated and parodied melodies in musical history. Only last month, the NBC series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” updated the lyrics to poke fun at the fictional sketch-comedy show where its characters work: “We’ll be the very model of a modern network TV show.” But in 127 years, no one has done a full-blown production of the entire operetta from which it comes, “The Pirates of Penzance,” in Yiddish."

Concert Review: PSO displays Quixote with style

Post Gazette: "That's the key to why the many musical representations of Quixote work so well, such as the two works performed last night at Heinz Hall by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Richard Strauss' 'Don Quixote' and Manuel de Falla's 'Master Peter's Puppet Show.' Conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, these two works take action from various chapters in the novel, but gain their strength from a depiction of the Knight-Errant's spirit and persona."

The comeback of cabaret

Post Gazette: "There's no place to hide in cabaret. The simplicity of the structure requires sophistication of the performers. It's easy to do, hard to do well. Maybe that's part of the reason cabaret was virtually absent from Pittsburgh for decades."

Ruth Willis celebrates 15 years with Open Stage

Post Gazette: "'Being shaken up a little bit is good for you -- having to shift gears,' says Ruth Willis, looking back on the bumpy journey of Open Stage Theatre, of which she is artistic director and co-founder, now starting its 15th year."

Puppets help bring Don Quixote to life

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Only 26 years separate the composition of the two pieces the Pittsburgh Symphony played Friday night at Heinz Hall, yet there's a world of difference in the way composers Richard Strauss and Manuel de Falla took inspiration from the famous novel 'Don Quixote,' by Miguel de Cervantes."

Need a dose of opera? You've got options

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Pittsburgh Opera's decision to open its season with only 'I Pagliacci' -- a short opera usually part of a double bill -- emphasizes the fact that the company just doesn't produce enough opera for either opera enthusiasts or its own artistic health."

Side Show's Ripley and Skinner Reunite at Town Hall Oct. 21

Playbill News: "Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who received a joint Tony nomination for their performances as Violet and Daisy Hilton in Side Show, reunite at Town Hall Oct. 21 for a one-night-only concert engagement."

Too many spoonfuls of sugar? "with three Mouse House musicals already on the boards, some industry watchers wonder if yet another will stretch the company's audiences too thin -- particularly those of 'Tarzan,' Disney's recent addition to its Broadway contingent, which hasn't soared at the box office since its May opening."

Friday, October 20, 2006

Political Theater

New York Times: "Uptown at the Triad, President Bush spends time as a chimp, because “jungle” rhymes with “bungle.” At the Red Room in the East Village, he vehemently denies being a chimp, but he’s eating a banana when he does it. At the Actors’ Playhouse in Greenwich Village, although there is a monkey in the cast, the president himself doesn’t do anything chimplike. He does, however, do a softshoe with Jesus."

The Shakespeare Wars

New York Times: "Ron Rosenbaum’s impressive book “Explaining Hitler” (1998) was the very model of cultural history-writing at its most insightful and provocative. By re-examining a spectrum of scholarly writings about the Nazi leader, Mr. Rosenbaum showed how historians, philosophers and psychologists have projected their own agendas and preconceptions onto their portraits of Hitler, and in doing so he was able to examine the consequences that recent developments in academic thinking — most notably, relativism, Freudianism and neo-historicism — have had for our thinking about evil, free will, personal responsibility and the clanking machinery of history."

Free Nights and Frequent Theatre Miles

Backstage: "Theatregoers who are interested in benefiting from their loyalty and attendance now have a few new options to explore. Like grocery store shoppers or frequent fliers, arts patrons can earn bonuses through Audience Rewards, a new program created by Broadway theatre-chain owner the Nederlander Organization. And patrons across America can take advantage of Theatre Communications Group's Free Night of Theater 2006, taking place Oct. 19 in 11 metropolitan areas and five additional states. Both represent the latest push from savvy theatre organizations to boost attendance and successfully market theatre online. "

Stage Review: Seize the day and see 'Waiting for Godot'

Post Gazette: "If you've never seen 'Godot,' it's a chance to discover what it is that makes this spare mix of vaudeville humor and cosmic speculation the most influential play of the 20th century. If you have seen it, this is a chance to see it anew, from an Irish company that recalls Samuel Beckett to his Irish roots, showing what seasoned pros can do with material they know with deep, weathered, sympathetic familiarity."

Controversy not hurting 'Corrie' biz "Off Broadway's 'My Name Is Rachel Corrie' has been selling well enough to prompt an extension through Dec. 30, indicating that the thorny political nature of its subject matter isn't keeping auds away."

Waiting for the consummate 'Godot'?

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "
Godot failed to show up Wednesday night at the Byham Theater."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hollywood Brings Its Cameras To a New New York

The New York Sun: "Once a rare spectacle, the giant flood lights held up by cranes, the 'Spiderman III' acrobatics on downtown skyscrapers, and the eerily empty scenes of 'I Am Legend' seem as common as Con Edison construction work. According to some residents, so far a minority, these productions have also become an inherent obstacle in city life, as the sets can obstruct parking, delay traffic, and make it difficult to get home or to work."

The Wire - Behind the Scenes - On the Set

HBO: "The team of talented believers who create The Wire are not your average Hollywood types. So just how do they create a drama series so unique that it is routinely called the best on television? takes you On the Set for an exclusive, insider's view of how a season comes to life."

CFA Announcements

Regina Gouger Miller Gallery_____________________________________

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery presents
3 Exhibitions
Dean Kessmann, Pamela Howard and Paul Dickinson October 27 - December 17, 2006

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.

For more information view the online invitation

Contact the gallery at
412.268.3618 or view our website at

Win Tickets____________________________________________________

To win two free tickets to the December 5 performance of the School of Drama's production of "Side Show" answer the following question:

Name the Carnegie Mellon alumna who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as "Daisy Hilton" in the production of "Side Show" on Broadway in 1997
- 1998?

CALL the School of Drama box office between noon - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 412-268-2407 if you know the answer. The first 5 callers win!

Discount Tickets_____________________________________________________

Attack Theatre presents The Kitchen Sink, an unforgettable 10th anniversary performance featuring dance, live music, multimedia, interactive lobby adventuresŠand even the kitchen sink. 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, and 7:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14. New Hazlett Theater, Six Allegheny Square, Northside, Pittsburgh. $18 advance / $25 at the door. Student and senior discounts available. For tickets, call ProArts Tickets at 412.394.3353 or buy online at

Monday, November 10 is College Night. Join us for a Q&A session with the artists after the show. Students tickets for this performance are $10 with valid ID.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers discounts to the following events; Tiger Lillies, Capitol Steps, Acoustic Africa, Les Mysteres Des Voix Bulgares, Random Dance at the Byham Theater and MAMMA MIA! at the Benedum Center. See attached ticket sales sheet for the discount.

'Finding Nemo' to Become Stage Musical

Backstage: "Disney is converting the undersea tale of Marlin's adventurous search for Nemo, who is scooped up by a diver, into what company officials are calling a 'Broadway-caliber short-form' stage musical."

NBC to Cut 700 Jobs in Overhaul

Backstage: "NBC Universal said Thursday it would cut 700 jobs and streamline its news operations as part of an overhaul that is aimed at exploiting new forms of electronic distribution. NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., said it expects the revamp to save $750 million in operating expenses by 2008. The job cuts would represent about 5 percent of its work force."

When Emailing Think Press Release "He sent me some information on how to write in the press release style as a way to be helpful to all the emails I’ve been sending the new boss (who, by the way, gets well over 500 emails a day)."

Preview: Black & White fest bridges racial gap

Post Gazette: "The Theatre Festival in Black & White is settling in and growing. In its fourth year, it has attracted more established playwrights, including Rob Zellers (co-author of 'The Chief'), David Turkel ('Holler,' 'Wild Signs') and the festival's artistic director, Mark Clayton Southers, represented by his first one-act play and by another under his pseudonym, Austin Sills."

Stage Reviews: Middle-school plays reveal vivid characters and ironic humor

Post Gazette: "City Theatre's seventh Young Playwrights Festival actually began last week, with readings of three middle school semifinalists, but it swings into high gear this week, with staged versions of the three winning middle-school plays. The high school plays follow next week."