CMU School of Drama

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Studiocraft - Technical Drawing

SatNightAlrit4Drfting (10:43:28 PM): hey PlayinCivIV, does our construction drawing need to be in 1" scale? or can it be in 1/2"?
PlayinCivIV (10:43:43 PM): hey?
PlayinCivIV (10:43:53 PM): 1/2" is fine
SatNightAlrit4Drfting (10:43:54 PM): its SatNightAlrit4Drfting, sorry
SatNightAlrit4Drfting (10:43:59 PM): ok, thanks

Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week in Tools

Toolmonger: "If you’ve been spending time in the shop, too, and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:"

Local stage hands union celebrates a big birthday

San Jose Mercury News: "From turn-of-the-century projectionists and vaudeville helpers to opera workers and those who light up the Shark Tank, 100 years have really changed what stage hands do in Santa Clara County.
This weekend the union that represents folks who lug scenery and work high-tech lighting systems turns 100."

Experienced maskmaker needed for stage production of new Dracula play

Craigslist: "The Rage of the Stage Players, a Pittsburgh-based, not-for-profit theatre group dedicated to offbeat stage productions including horror, mature fantasy, and black comedy, is seeking a dedicated, VOLUNTEER artist/maskmaker to offer their services in the creation of multiple reptilian masquerade pieces for use in our upcoming original/modernized stage production of Dracula, entitled 'Dracula: Dragon Prince'"

Chocolate Christ art exhibit cancelled

Boing Boing: "Artist Cosimo Cavallaro's 200 pound, milk chocolate sculpture of Christ was to be exhibited next week at Manhattan's Lab Gallery but the Roger Smith Hotel that houses the exhibition space cancelled the show today. After hotel officials bowed to pressure from pissed off Catholics, Gallery director Matt Semler resigned. "

Manage Stress with Daily Goals

lifehack.org: "You’ve got your big project to work on. The deadline for your goals is looming over your shoulder. You are starting to feel it’s hot breath of guilt whenever you aren’t working. Socializing with your friends, taking a break, even just going to sleep now seems like it is just wasting time. "

Flaming Lips bringing "Yoshimi" to life as musical

Yahoo! News: "The Flaming Lips are known for their outlandish stage shows, which can involve fake blood, mock UFOs, giant bubbles and scores of people jumping around in animal costumes. Now, the group is hoping to bring that sensibility to Broadway with a musical based on its 2002 album 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.'"

Live Nation - Theater

New York Times: "“As part of our strategy to focus on our core global music business,” read Live Nation’s quarterly statement last month, “we have launched a process to divest the majority of our North American theatrical business assets.”
With that, the end was in sight of one of the most high-profile attempts to align Broadway and Wall Street."

Stage Review: 'La Tempete' has magical images, curtailed sense

Post Gazette: "When have these famous lines from the magician Prospero's great valedictory speech in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' ever had quite the feeling they do in 'La Tempête,' the version by Montreal's 4D Art that opened a two-night visit at the Byham last night?"

TV lures moonlighting playwrights

Variety.com: "Conventional wisdom used to be that if playwrights went to television, the theater would lose them forever.
Recently, however, there's been a surge of writers successfully straddling both industries. And it appears that instead of suffering, legit may be gaining something from the cross-pollination."

Americans take Edinburgh spotlight

Variety.com: "A clutch of companies from the U.S. takes pride of place in the theater program of this summer's Edinburgh Intl. Festival, running Aug. 10-Sept. 2."

Friday, March 30, 2007

j-o-b

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is accepting applications for the fulltime, year around position of assistant technical director which includes a competitive salary and generous benefit package. Position answers to the technical director and is responsible for oversight and coordination of carpentry and paint staff, construction drawings, scheduling work loads, cost estimations and budget management, ordering and tracking materials and supplies, facility maintenance, attending tech meetings, assisting with load ins and outs, and hands-on in the shop as required. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience with a thorough working knowledge of AutoCAD (3-D modeling), hand drafting, automated systems, technical design, time and materials estimation, construction techniques and materials, rigging, budget management and personnel management. Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non profit performing arts industry. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, short-term and long term-disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, and a 401(k) matching retirement program. Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 current references to Russell Poole, technical director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1010 Kolmar Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651 or email to rpoole@steppenwolf.org No phone calls please. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Smoking's bad for your career

Marketplace: "A study of women in the Navy has found that smokers are less successful in their jobs, especially those who light up daily. "

Happiness is the Best Productivity Tool

lifehack.org: "Not to discourage the use of any productivity system around, Positive Sharing would like to stress the importance of being happy in what you’re doing, and how beneficial it is to your work."

CMU festival explores art, copyright boundaries

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Artist, say hello to the many-tentacled monster that is American copyright law. It's there to protect you and your creative energies, but it's about as confusing as the tax code, and possibly even less fun."

Small screen stars take on the big stage

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Familiar performers from daytime drama and television as well as Broadway performers and former area residents are among those who will be headlining shows in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera 2007 season."

CLO names more actors for season

Post Gazette: "Pittsburgh CLO has announced its first helping of stars for its six-show 2007 season, joining Michael York, already announced as King Arthur in the touring production of 'Camelot' (July 17-22)."

Thursday, March 29, 2007

j-o-b

I wanted to spread the word around that we have a part-time summer TD position open if you have any qualified students who may be interested.
The job is posted on Pitt's website at www.pittsource.com (position # 0800960).
It's a part time summer gig that is basically just looking out for our spaces/equipment while PICT is here over the summer.
Thanks--spread the word!

CFA Announcements

Click link for next week's calendar:

http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ecs/CFA28.pdf

Events ________________________________________________________________

The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama New Works Festival:

"Chasing the Dragon"
by Michael Herman
Directed by Allegra Libonati

Thursday, April 5, 8:00 PM
Friday April 6, 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 8:00 PM

"Three Ways to Tie a Noose"
by Michael Scotto
Directed by Dana Friedman

Wednesday, April 4, 8:00 PM
Friday April 6, 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 4:00 PM

All performances are FREE, available one hour before the show.

All performances take place in the John Wells Studio in the Purnell Center for the Arts.
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Wednesday, April 11
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic
Juan Pablo Izquierdo, conductor
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 8 pm
Tickets $5 at the door
students free with ID
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Sunday, April 1
Junior Recital
Colin Brush, baritone
Aubrey O¹Connor, mezzo-soprano
Kresge Recital Hall 2 pm

Sunday, April 1
Senior Recital
Amanda Russo, mezzo-soprano
Kresge Recital Hall 5 pm

Sunday, April 1
Senior Recital
Eric Longo, tenor
Kresge Recital Hall 8 pm

Tuesday, April 3
Junior Recital
Drew Griffin, viola
Noah Barkan, piano
Kresge Recital Hall 8 pm

Saturday, April 7
Senior Recital
Helen Gruner, soprano
Kresge Recital Hall 6 pm

PGH Events ________________________________________________________________

GAMES OF STEEL ­ a dance/rock opera
In these Games of Steel, it¹s not who wins, it¹s who loses the least!

"Games of Steel", Attack Theatre's award-winning dance/rock opera, finishes its seven-city tour in Pittsburgh at The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater on April 27, 28 and 30. Attack Theatre with Red Star Ironworks, Grammy nominated Dave Eggar, four athletic dancers and a live band onstage create an "edgy, biting, sexy, provocative and inspiring" (Lively Arts) world of passion and intrigue.

When: April 27, 28, 30 at 8pm with a late-night 10:30pm show on Saturday, April 28th.
Where: Kelly Strayhorn Theater (East Liberty)
Tickets: $15/student/senior, $18/pre-sale, $22/at the door. For tickets, call ProArts tickets at 412.394.3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org.
Information: For more information on ³Games of Steel² or Attack Theatre, call 412.441.8444 or visit www.attacktheatre.com.
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ARTIST TALK with LINDA CONNOR & LONNIE GRAHAM Friday, March 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, supported in part by American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, is proud to present an Artist Talk with acclaimed photographers, Linda Connor and Lonnie Graham. This Artist Talk is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Silver Eye Center for Photography. Photographs by Connor and Graham are included in Art
Within: 20 Year Commemorative Exhibition on display at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild through April 8.

Linda Connor is resident faculty in the Photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her photographs are in notable collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Victoria Albert Museum, London, UK. Connor¹s work has been published in monographs including On the Music of the Spheres, Visits, Luminance, and Spiritual Journey, the latter published for her mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Lonnie Graham, former Director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, is a Professor of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University. He is also visiting professor at the San Francisco Art Institute and Haverford College, Philadelphia. Graham attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and took advanced degrees at San Francisco Art Institute. He has received numerous grants and awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts travel grant for travels to Ghana, and is a three time Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship winner..

MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN'S GUILD | 412-322-1773 | 1815 METROPOLITAN STREET | NORTH SIDE | PITTSBURGH, PA 15233 | _______________________

CITY THEATRE PRESENTS
the World Premiere of
The Missionary Position
Keith Reddin¹s new comedy rips into current affairs with satiric bite.
Final New American Trio play commissioned by City Theatre.

PITTSBURGH (March 23, 2007) Tracy Brigden directs the world premiere of The Missionary Position, commissioned by City Theatre from acclaimed playwright Keith Reddin. The Missionary Position runs April 12 ­ May 20, 2007 in City Theatre¹s 110-seat Lester Hamburg Studio.

This new satiric comedy features Tony Bingham, Jeffrey Carpenter, Tami Dixon, and Rebecca Harris. The design team includes Gianni Downs (Scenic), C.T. Steele (Costumes), Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting), and Elizabeth Atkinson (Sound). The Dramaturg is Carlyn Aquiline. The Production Stage Manager is Alicia DeMara.

Where: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham and 13th Streets, on Pittsburgh¹s South Side.
Tickets: $15 to $45.
Students and age 25 and younger can reserve $15 tickets in advance.
Senior rush (age 60 and older) begins at the Box Office 2 hours before showtime.
Tickets are available at 412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org

COLLOQUIUM ON COMPUTER SCIENCE PEDAGOGY

Tuesday, 3 April 2007
3:00 pm -- Newell-Simon Hall 3305

ONLINE EDUCATION: Using the Computer Where it Helps

Guest Speaker:

RICHARD SCHEINES
Head, Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy, Machine Learning and Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University
A number of faculty at CMU have developed and deployed online courses
through the Open Learning Initative. Professor Scheines and many others
have developed a course in Causal and Statistical Reasoning that involves a
virtual lab, and which has been used at over 40 institutions by several
thousand students. He will discuss where the computer is helpful in
teaching and where it is not. He will also discuss the OLI environment and
project.

Equity to Hear from Candidates April 13

Backstage: "Actors' Equity Association will hold a national meeting April 13, at all three of its branch offices, to hear from candidates running in the upcoming election. The offices are located at 165 W. 46th St., 14th floor, in New York; 125 S. Clark St., Suite 1522, in Chicago; and 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Promenade Suite One, in Los Angeles."

Taking The 'Break' Out Of Commercial Periods

Yahoo! News: "An episode of According to Jim features the characters sitting in the family living room watching TV. The shot narrows to the TV set, on which a commercial begins to run. A few seconds in, the ad grows to fill the entire shot, and presto, before the viewer realizes it, without any musical swells or fading to black, he's watching a commercial."

Productivity & Organizing Myth #10 – We need to be at all those meetings!

lifehack.org: "Myth: We need to be at all those meetings and events that have made their way onto our calendars.
Reality: We can succeed at work and be happy with a modest number of meetings and activities. "

4 Productivity Secrets from Another GTD Book

lifehack.org: "There’s the well known Getting Things Done, by David Allen, and then there’s Edwin Bliss’s Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management.
The latter is definitely less reveired. However, LiveClever digs up a few goodies from this 1976 guidebook."

Teaching Musicians to Be Entrepreneurs

Business Week: "In most areas of higher education, entrepreneurship has long lost its stigma as a career path for those without one (see BusinessWeek.com, Fall, 2006, 'Hitting the Books'). But at the nation's top music conservatories that stigma is still very much alive, despite the fact that the 'traditional' career path for classically trained musicians—one that ends with steady employment in a symphony orchestra—is difficult."

Visionaries Blend 2-D and 3-D Actors on Stage

Post Gazette: "Actors frequently phone in their performances, but few have performed live for an audience thousands of miles away without leaving the comfort of their office or local studio. Confused? On March 6, actors on stage at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley University campus in Peoria, Ill., performed opposite live co-stars from as far away as Florida and Canada."

Homestead native Tunie returns here from Broadway to produce

Post Gazette: "Tamara Tunie has been in town for a couple of days. The Homestead native, CMU '81, is a well-established actor on stage ('Oh, Kay!' and 'Julius Caesar' on Broadway) and especially on TV, where she's played attorney Jessica Griffin on 'As the World Turns' since 1987 and medical examiner Melinda Warner in more than 100 episodes of 'Law & Order: SVU.' But she's in town now as a producer -- the only active African-American producer on Broadway."

Stage Preview: The illusionists

Post Gazette: "Pittsburgh has had its skirmishes in the digital music wars over the replacement of live music with synthesizers and recordings. Now there's a parallel phenomenon -- actors facing off with their virtual counterparts."

Stage Review: Chekhov one-acts tumble happily into farce

Post Gazette: "Everyone lets down their hair on occasion, including Chekhov, who's famous for his four final (1896-1903) tragi-comedies but doesn't always get enough credit for their rich comedy of social observation and deeper currents of humane humor."

Singers, dancers turnout for Derry's musical 'Millie'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "When Cindy Baltzer heard that 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' was available for high school productions, she knew it would be the perfect show for the students at Derry Area High School."

Virtual reality

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Lemieux and fellow artistic director Victor Pilon created and directed 'La Tempete,' that combines traditional live stage performances with digital technology and holographic projections that allows dramatic and imaginative interactions between live actors performing in real time and their fellow cast members who appear as projections of recorded images."

Edinburgh - New festival chief shows he's up for a risk

Scotsman.com News: "FROM medieval music to rock opera and vaudeville, a bold new era began yesterday as the 2007 programme for the Edinburgh International Festival was unveiled."

Explaining the Accreditation Debate

Inside Higher Ed: "Accreditation operates through a “peer review” system in which an individual institution studies and critiques itself (according to the accrediting agency’s standards) and the accreditor and its team of reviewers, using their “professional judgment,” gauge whether the institution is meeting its own goals and the agency’s broadly defined standards. The process is used largely to help institutions improve themselves, but it also serves as the closest thing higher education has to an externally applied stamp of approval. Although it rarely happens, the agencies have the authority to pull an institution’s accreditation, and with it the ability of its students to receive federal financial aid."

Chinese 'I Love You' sets dates

Variety.com: "The Mandarin-language production of Off Broadway long-runner 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' has set dates for a pit stop in Gotham, playing 23 perfs at the Westside Theater (the American version's venue) beginning May 9."

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Booking Agent Baci's Liquidated Assets May Go to Ticket Holders

washingtonpost.com: "A theatrical booking agent that left thousands of theatergoers holding tickets to shows that were never staged has filed for liquidation under the federal bankruptcy code."

The Impact of Merit Scholarships

Inside Higher Ed: "Merit scholarships have a real impact on the yield of top admitted students, but unless those scholarships are exceptionally large, the yield is likely to remain small. That is the conclusion of a new study of an unusual experiment in which a private college created a random sample and control group to test the effectiveness of merit awards."

NAMT Announces Grants, Helping Five Theatres Develop New Musicals

Yahoo! News: "The Producer-Writer Initiative is a program that awards five grants to NAMT member theatres, who apply on behalf of their organization and a musical theatre writing team with whom the members wish to work. The goal of the Producer-Writer Initiative is to build relationships between writers and producers working on the development of new musicals throughout the U.S. and to foster the development of new work."

Having trouble with GTD? Try WSD

lifehack.org: "WSD is a simpler form of staying organized which is based on making sure you have a writing utensil and note card on you at all times."

Elements of Great Managing

lifehack.org: "He recently finished an in-depth review/summary of Gallup Press’s new book Twelve: The Elements of Great Managing. He posted a lengthy write-up of each chapter, which I have rounded up below, for your perusal, dear reader."

UPG productions take a serious turn

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "
Stephen Schrum, assistant professor of theater arts at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, keeps a list of plays that he wants to direct someday.
He turned to that list in choosing 'Mother Courage and Her Children' for the university's spring production."

Greasepaint Players mine 'Calamity' for comedy

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The classic storybook tale of 'King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone' takes a wacky twist when told by Greensburg Civic Theatre's Greasepaint Players."

Ground Zero Arts Center Loses Theater Company

New York Times: "In a new twist to the juggling act at ground zero, the city said yesterday that the Signature Theater Company would not be included in a performing arts center to be designed there by Frank Gehry, leaving the Joyce Theater, which presents dance, as the building’s sole resident."

Stage Review: 'Riverdance' compels admiration with its flashing feet and percussive music

Post Gazette: "To tell the truth, I went to 'Riverdance' Tuesday at Heinz Hall because I wasn't sure I'd ever seen it, as opposed to one of its many related variants ('Lord of the Dance,' etc.). Or maybe I'd just seen so many TV clips as to amount to the same thing -- have you ever thought you've seen a movie and then realized you only saw the trailer?"

American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC Program Seeks College-Age Show Folk

Playbill News: "According to ATW, 'A concentrated pre-professional training course for college students planning careers in the theatre, SpringboardNYC provides the job-seeking skills, insight into the business of theatre, and the urban survival tools necessary to translate academic training into a productive career.'"

Edinburgh festival focuses on 400 years of opera

Reuters: "Edinburgh turns this year to a celebration of the exuberance of opera to mark the 60th anniversary of its international festival of the arts, founded in 1947 the dark days of austerity following World War Two."

Metal Sculpture / Artist Needed

Craigslist: "We are looking for a local artist to create a piece of artwork that will be on display, and possibly worked on/completed during our opening reception, 'A Night of Heavy Metal' on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. This piece will then be the featured item in the silent auction at the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2007. The proceeds from the auction will go towards manufacturing education in our region. "

Mezzulah, 1946

Pittsburgh City Paper: "Your reaction to the world premiere of Michele Lowe's Mezzulah, 1946 at City Theatre can be gauged by the following: Upon seeing a poster with a kitten hanging by its paws from a metal bar, with the legend underneath exhorting 'Hang In There, Baby!' your response is to (a) smile, or (b) kill yourself."

Mother Courage and Her Children

Pittsburgh City Paper: "I hate to say this, but I'm coming around to the belief that maybe the work of Bertolt Brecht is no longer producible. And that makes nobody sadder than me, because I do love him and what he was trying to do. His 'theatre of alienation' -- in which sentimentality is ruthlessly rejected in favor of intelligence -- is, in a world gone mad with 'feelings,' a blast of fresh air. But considering the number of Brecht shows I've seen over the years, and how few of them actually worked, Brecht might be one of those artists better on the page than the stage."

Life X 3

Pittsburgh City Paper: "One is always seeking (if one happens to be a theatrical producer) the small-cast, one-set domestic comedy that'll cost nothing to put up and run forever. Said show should be funny but not ridiculous, clever without being brainy, and pointed but never edgy. French playwright Yasmina Reza's Life X 3, in a translation by Christopher Hampton and now at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, is, alas, not it."

Baroque drama gets modern vibe

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Stage: "When Jose Rivera was commissioned by the Hartford Stage to adapt Pedro Calderon de la Barca's baroque drama 'Life's a Dream,' he immediately said yes.

Then he read the play."

Equity-League Offices Consolidate

actorsequity.org | News #038; Media: "As part of an overall plan to consolidate the operations of the Equity-League Pension, Health, and 401(k) Trust Funds, as well as improve service and effect financial savings, the staffed Chicago and Los Angeles Regional offices will soon close and all functions will be centralized in New York. The closed offices will be replaced by 'virtual walk-in centers,' or kiosks. They are being tested thoroughly and should be up and running by the time you read this."

Patty Griffin Musical Plans Opening

NY Daily News :: Entertainment: "Now the off-Broadway company has another musical in the works - '10 Million Miles' - with a score by singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, whose most recent album is 'Children Running Through.' The show will open June 14 at the Atlantic's Chelsea theater. Preview performances begin May 11."

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Computer Applications - AutoCAD - Design Drawing A

CADNoob (9:52:42 PM): for the set design for CAD, how do you want it printed out?
CADNoob (9:52:53 PM): plan, elevations?
CADAnswers (9:53:07 PM): yes
CADNoob (9:53:17 PM): thank you

Shows This Week

“Frozen” directed by Bobby May

Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
Wednesday, March 28 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 29 at 8 pm
Friday, March 30 at 4 pm and 8 pm

Tickets available at the door one before curtain

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New Works Festival

Wednesday, March 28 at 8 pm - Chasing the Dragon, by Michael Herman
Thursday, March 29 at 8 pm –Three Ways to Tie a Noose, by Michael Scotto
Friday, March 30 at 4 pm - Chasing the Dragon, by Michael Herman
Friday, March 30 8 pm –Three Ways to Tie a Noose, by Michael Scotto
Saturday, March 31 at 4 pm –Three Ways to Tie a Noose, by Michael Scotto
Saturday, March 31 at 8 pm - Chasing the Dragon, by Michael Herman

Tickets available at the door one before curtain

Cirque du Soleil, Angel teaming

Variety.com: "Cirque du Soleil and the Luxor Hotel will partner on a new production show featuring magician Criss Angel that will be directed by Cirque du Soleil. Show is slated to open at the Luxor in summer 2008."

How to Ace Your Finals Without Studying

lifehack.org: "He states there is a learning style called holistic learning, which is an opposite approach to learning by memorizing and practicing by repetition and force (compartmentalized learning)"

"Mermaid" casting, sales make splashy week

DenverPost.com: "It was a huge week for the Denver-born, Broadway-bound 'The Little Mermaid,' as principal casting was announced and ticket sales got off to a blazing start.
'All of us are all really excited with our cast,' said director and former Denverite Francesca Zambello, 'and of course it's an incredible event of serendipity that Sierra is a Denver native.'"

Local theater awards are given

STLtoday - Entertainment - Stage: "The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis walked away from the Kevin Kline Awards Monday night with an embarrassment of riches: 18 of 23 awards. Even the category with a tie, costume design, resulted in two awards to the Rep."

Computer-based Testing Quarterly Application Deadlines Lifted for ETCP Rigging and Electrical Exams

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "ETCP announces that, due to new arrangements with its testing company, the quarterly deadlines for submitting applications for computer-based exams have been eliminated."

George C. Izenour Dies at 94

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: "Izenour was professor emeritus of theatre design and technology and director emeritus of the electro-mechanical laboratory of Yale University's School of Drama, where he served for 38 years. He contributed many inventions to theatre technology, including the basic inverse polarized rectifier electronics dimming circuit, the electronic multi-preset lighting control system, the synchronous winch system, articulated acoustical sub-structures, and related analog and digital control systems."

Monday, March 26, 2007

Misquoting Jesus

The Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (organized through CMU English) and the University of Pittsburgh's Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies are proud to present:

BART EHRMAN (UNC Chapel Hill)

"Misquoting Jesus:
Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know"

Thursday, March 29th at 4 pm in Frick Fine Arts auditorium (across from Carnegie Library)

We do not have the original copies of any of the books of the New Testament. The surviving manuscripts were for the most part produced centuries after the originals, by medieval scribes who were copying texts that had already been changed - sometimes significantly - from the originals. Most of these changes were accidental, but some were evidently made in order to make the text say what it was already thought to mean.
This lecture will consider the kinds of changes made in the manuscripts over the centuries, both to see if it is possible to reconstruct an "original" text and to consider the reasons behind the alterations of the text.

Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, including a college-level textbook on the New Testament, two anthologies of early Christian writings, and a Greek-English Edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library. Two of his many recent books are Truth and Fiction in the DaVinci Code (2004) and Misquoting Jesus (2005).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center and Department of Religious Studies.

New job: Stage Manager Needed

Stage Manager needed for an exciting new work this summer at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh, PA\\\'s North Side.
Work with some of Pittsburgh, PA\\\'s most talented artists on a project that will tie together theater, poetry and visual art. Looking for someone with stage management experience and the desire to be part of a unique artistic team.
Will need to be in Pittsburgh from July 1st through August 19th.

Please email letter of interest and resume to: Producer/Production Manager
Alison Paleos
ali.paleos@gmail.com

Dates: Jul 1, 2007-Aug 19, 2007
Pay: negotiable

Making a case for known faces

Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com: "The voice came from the middle of Row F in the orchestra section at Sacramento's Community Center Theater during a recent matinee performance of 'Twelve Angry Men' — rather loudly, in fact:
'Can you look at him and not think of 'Cheers' '?"

Does the n-word have a place in theater?

DenverPost.com: "Its offensiveness is finally so widely acknowledged that only those who were once its targets dare utter it in polite, contemporary America. But its shameful place in history is affixed in chains - any honest depiction of the black experience in America that shies from it is a lie."

Theater closes doors

Variety.com: "After ailing for years, the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater has breathed its last. Reps have announced that the company has disbanded and vacated the Bouwerie Lane Theater, its East Village home since 1974."

'Flute' lacked magic on opening night

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The new version of 'The Magic Flute' that opened Saturday night at the Benedum Center is a co-production, the first collaboration of Pittsburgh Opera with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Responsibilities were divided, with one company providing the musical performers, the other the dramatic interpretation including costumes and set."

Playwrights invite public to join in the drama

Post Gazette: "Local playwrights are gathering Friday and Saturday at the Pittsburgh Public Theater for a Dramatists Guild Town Meeting, and the theater-loving public is invited to join in. The invitation has been extended by playwrights Tammy Ryan and Rob Zellers 'to all playwrights and friends of playwrights in Pittsburgh and regionally.'"

Underwood’s return more than a sentimental journey

Pittsburgh Courier: "Blair Underwood’s return to Pittsburgh will mark a milestone in an already extensive acting career. He is directing his first feature film, “The Bridge To Nowhere,” starring actor Ving Rhames. The movie is set to start shooting March 26 and filming should be completed within a month. "

It's a game, it's musical--who can resist?

Chicago Tribune: "Starting this month at the Apollo Theater, forget all about the kind of theater that requires you to sit quietly in the dark for two hours. With 'Bingo: The Winning New Musical' -- the comedy with the self-explanatory title -- you, the theater-goer, get to play along with the cast. There's also a storyline about a trio of Bingo-obsessed gal pals, interwoven with the games. But more importantly, audience members who win during the Bingo portions get actual prizes. Top that, 'Wicked.'"

Seattle Rep cancels Pulitzer-winning play

Seattle Times Newspaper: "Due to a snafu by Dramatists Play Service, the company holding the stage rights to 'I Am My Own Wife,' the Seattle Repertory Theatre will not mount a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play next season, as announced earlier. However, the much smaller, West Seattle drama venue ArtsWest will."

Latin company sees universal themes in Moliere classic

The Dallas Morning News | Performing Arts: "Some folks might be taken aback by Cora Cardona's decision to stage a French classic from the 17th century. After all, she's the founder and artistic director of a company that has staked its claim to the theatrical traditions of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula."

Alluring Plans for Pittsburgh

MetropolisMag.Com: "For Pittsburgh’s historic North Side—where historic nineteenth century row houses remain among the concrete scars of 1960s Urban Renewal—the “Charm Bracelet” ideas competition proposes a wide-range of interdisciplinary revitalization schemes."

Word of Mouth Review: Curtains

Broadway.Com: "What do you get when you combine an fresh score from legendary Chicago and Cabaret songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb with a 31-person cast of triple-threats, led by the likes of David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk? Well, we sent three of our Word of Mouth panelists to find out! Billed as a big, brassy new musical comedy, Curtains is the stuff of musical theater lovers' dreams. Watch on to find out what our regular theatergoers thought of this new show."

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Rigging Seminar - Design Factor

WorkingOnRigging (3:15:47 PM): Hi EProf,
WorkingOnRigging (3:15:56 PM): for the rigging assignment
WorkingOnRigging (3:16:18 PM): "under-hanging an electric from the tension grid"
WorkingOnRigging (3:18:14 PM): which definition of underhanging are we using
WorkingOnRigging (3:20:49 PM): and in general, does the rule of design factor being 10:1 if it is over the audience's head still hold true even if there is a structure there to catch it if it fails
WorkingOnRigging (3:48:24 PM): and when something has been proof loaded, you still take treat it with the same safety factors?
EProf (6:25:50 PM): underhanging
EProf (6:25:58 PM): like, hanging, under
WorkingOnRigging (6:26:18 PM): ok so it is actually under the grid
EProf (6:26:24 PM): yes
EProf (6:26:47 PM): and then, no, if it can't get to the people then 8:1 is fine
WorkingOnRigging (6:27:02 PM): k
EProf (6:27:19 PM): and with proof tested gear, it's judgment call
EProf (6:28:00 PM): but all you know is potentially .000001# less than a failure
WorkingOnRigging (6:28:33 PM): ok...so if i still have a normal design factor, it is still correct
WorkingOnRigging (6:28:39 PM): though may be overcautious
EProf (6:28:51 PM): something like that, yes
WorkingOnRigging (6:29:03 PM): ok thank you

Rigging Seminar - Design Factpr

Question:

If something is proof loaded to 1000#, and we want to use it in a system with a 10 to 1 design factor, how does the 200% of the proof test interact with the 10 to 1 design factor? Do we end up with a 500# WLL for the part since we proofed it at 200% of that, do we end up with a 100# WLL under the logic that the Ultimate Breaking Strength must be greater than 1000# and we are using the more conservative design factor (10 to 1 rather than 2 to 1), or do we end up with a 50# WLL, since the item's WLL is 500# from the Proof Test, and we want to build a 10 to 1 design based on that?

Answer:

So, there's a judgment call here. But if you have a shop built piece of gear that you pull to 1000# without a failure, all you know is that it has gone to 1000# without a failure. In the strictest sense you might then say 1000.0000000000001# could be the minimum failure load and so with a 10:1 design factor the WLL would be 100#.

But for a purpose built piece of gear the rule of thumb is to proof test to 200%. So if I needed something to hold 500# I would pull it to 1000#.

In terms of "confidence" you would need to evaluate the loading condition, look at the potential hazards and decide whether you need a strict interpretation of 10:1 or if the 200% proof test is sufficient.

Play About Iraq War Divides a Connecticut School

New York Times: "For the spring semester, students in the advanced theater class took on a bigger challenge: creating an original play about the war in Iraq. They compiled reflections of soldiers and others involved, including a heartbreaking letter from a 2005 Wilton High graduate killed in Iraq last September at age 19, and quickly found their largely sheltered lives somewhat transformed."

Slow Down, Multitaskers, and Don’t Read in Traffic

New York Times: "Several research reports, both recently published and not yet published, provide evidence of the limits of multitasking. The findings, according to neuroscientists, psychologists and management professors, suggest that many people would be wise to curb their multitasking behavior when working in an office, studying or driving a car."

Rigging Seminar - Design Factor

SundayRigger (1:03:09 PM): hey, can I ask you a couple of questions about the design factor assignment?
SundayAnswers (1:03:13 PM): ok
SundayRigger (1:04:01 PM): for hanging the header flat of a portal, would you consider it above the audience because that is where it would most likely fall?
SundayAnswers (1:04:27 PM): depends where the portal is, yes
SundayAnswers (1:04:37 PM): portal usually over the stage
SundayRigger (1:06:05 PM): when rigging a new lineset, do you use the highest design factor because you do not know what it will be used for in the future?
SundayAnswers (1:06:35 PM): you have to anticipate what it might be used for
SundayRigger (1:08:52 PM): alright, and in class you said proof test to 250% then changed it to 200%, which should we be using?
SundayAnswers (1:09:08 PM): 200
SundayAnswers (1:09:15 PM): 250 is ok
SundayAnswers (1:09:18 PM): miniumum 200
SundayRigger (1:10:20 PM): ok, thank you
SundayAnswers (1:10:32 PM): np

Avenue Q - Casting

New York Times: "The neon lights and hyped-up fans of that televised competition could hardly be more different from the atmosphere on a recent morning at Chelsea Studios, a warren of casting and rehearsal rooms on West 26th Street, where casting was under way for the first national tour of “Avenue Q,” the Tony-winning musical comedy mixing actors and puppets. Anxious young performers lined the corridors, battling their nerves in eerie quiet."

Notion - Digital Orchestras

New York Times: "AMONG the uncommon pleasures of the 2003 Broadway revival of “Wonderful Town” was that you could actually see the orchestra, arrayed like a decorative garland of brass and polished wood across an onstage bridge. Another was that there was enough of an orchestra to be worth seeing. Nearly matching the original 1953 instrumentation, the show’s producers sprang for a hefty complement of 24 musicians. At least at first."

Stage Review: London 'Boeing Boeing' is launchpad for laughs

Post Gazette: "Who would waste a precious London play slot on a dated farce like 'Boeing Boeing,' which played just 23 performances on Broadway in 1965 and suffered the indignity of being made that same year into a Tony Curtis-Jerry Lewis movie?"

Rylance a real Renaissance man

Post Gazette: "When Pittsburgh last saw Mark Rylance, the actor was playing the Duke in 'Measure for Measure' with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre of London, of which he was founding artistic director. That was in December 2005, and the end of that American tour saw the end of Rylance's 10 years with the Globe."

Fox Chapel man joins 'Riverdance'

Post Gazette: "Fox Chapel resident Garrett Coleman is scheduled to make his debut in the midst of the company's run, beginning Tuesday at Heinz Hall. The Central Catholic graduate postponed his college education at Princeton University to make good use of a long resume of Irish step-dancing that includes two-time World Champion, six-time National Champion, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts silver medalist and Presidential Scholar."

Chorus Line Offers Special Actors' Fund Performance March 25

Playbill News: "The 7:30 PM performance of the Marvin Hamlisch-Ed Kleban-James Kirkwood-Nicholas Dante musical A Chorus Line will benefit the non-profit organization. The revival of the Tony-winning musical plays the Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street."

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week in Tools

Toolmonger: "If you’ve been spending time in the shop, too, and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select:"

Student Pugwash

Student Pugwash presents...
ETHICS of EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CONFERENCE
Friday March 30th - Saturday March 31st

Subtopics include:
Genomics and Privacy,
Ethics and Nanotechnology, and
Design, Robotics and Quality of Life

Plenary Panels and Lectures:
Friday March 30
9:00am - 9:45am
Plenary Session
"Ethical Perspectives on New Technologies: Science Studies and Research Ethics"
Keynote Speaker, Karin Ellison, Arizona State University

10:00am- 11:30am
"New Technologies, New Questions?"
A Panel Discussion
Robotics and Quality of Life: Illah Nourbakhsh
Nanotechnology: Phil Leduc
Genomics and Privacy: Rebecca Long


The Ethics of Emerging Technologies
Conference Agenda

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change*

Friday, March 30, 2007

8:00am - 8:45am
Registration Opens, Continental breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am
Welcome from President Jared Cohon

9:00am - 9:45am
Plenary Session
"Ethical Perspectives on New Technologies: Science Studies and Research Ethics"
Keynote Speaker, Karin Ellison, Arizona State University

10:00am- 11:30am
"New Technologies, New Questions?"
A Panel Discussion
Robotics and Quality of Life: Illah Nourbakhsh
Nanotechnology: Phil Leduc
Genomics and Privacy: Rebecca Long

11:30pm- 1:30pm
Lunch

9:00am - 9:45am
Plenary Session
"Ethical Perspectives on New Technologies: Science Studies and Research Ethics"
Keynote Speaker, Karin Ellison, Arizona State University

10:00am- 11:30am
"New Technologies, New Questions?"
A Panel Discussion
Robotics and Quality of Life: Illah Nourbakhsh
Nanotechnology: Phil Leduc
Genomics and Privacy: Rebecca Long

Saturday, March 31, 2007

8:00am-9:00am
Breakfast

9:00am- 10:00am
Plenary Session
"Genetic Privacy and Genetic Prophecy"
George Annas, Boston University

10:15am-12:00pm
Working Group Session

12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm
Working Group Session

3:30pm- 5:30pm
Participant Presentations
Closing


Please note that ALL plenary sessions are open to the community!

Theatre Joins Grocery Store for Fundraiser

Backstage: "The Company of Angels theatre group and employees of the Trader Joe's grocery store in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood will initiate a fundraiser on April 1 for Trader Joe's crew member Adam Authier, 32, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in February. The net proceeds of the event, to be held at the Grand Avenue Club in downtown L.A., will go toward helping Authier pay his medical bills."

Recharging Your Batteries

Backstage: "Acting training programs have proliferated in academia in recent decades, with undergraduate and graduate departments sprouting nationwide. Young actors embark on an intensive -- and expensive -- course of study, and after graduation they tend to put the lessons and books behind them, needing jobs in order to establish themselves and pay off those annoying student loans. Consequently, they may not be flocking to private ongoing classes with the same enthusiasm as earlier generations. 'I think they're studied out,' Kornman says. 'They've had it for a while, and who can blame them?' "

American Theater, Lost and Found

New York Times: "When the lights went down at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center for a series of readings earlier this week, characters like Pocahontas took the stage in new short plays with vintage twists. The works had drawn from the hugely neglected legacy of American popular drama from the American Revolution to World War I, which gave birth to many of the themes and characters that still linger in popular culture."

Queen of the Night bowing out of 'Flute'

Post Gazette: "Soprano Amanda Pabyan, who was to be the Queen of the Night in the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute,' has withdrawn due to complications from an injury. She has a hairline fracture in her leg from twisting her ankle several weeks ago and re-injured it recently."

A Chorus Line Continues Wednesday Talkbacks into April

Playbill News: "The revival of A Chorus Line will continue its Wednesday talkback series into April, with talkbacks on April 4, 11, 18 and 25, following the 8 PM performances on each night.
The talkbacks give audience members a chance to ask the stars of the show about the characters they play and about the performers' own experiences acting on Broadway."

Public Theater adds 'Darfur'

Variety.com: "The Public Theater is getting political, adding a developmental production of Winter Miller’s “In Darfur” to its spring sked.

Set in the violence-ridden Sudanese region, topical tale follows the intersecting lives of an aid worker, a journalist and Darfuri woman."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Carnival Announcement

Dear Carnegie Mellon Alumni -

Spring is right around the corner and that means Spring Carnival can't be far behind! Hopefully you've already made plans to return to campus April 19-21 to check out midway and cheer on your favorite team in the buggy races.

Alumni Relations is excited to have you back to campus and wants to make sure you know about all of the events that are happening. In addition to booth and buggy, here’s just a sampling of other alumni events:

  • "Look Who's Here" Party, PHI, Thursday
  • Career Networking Event, Danforth Lounge, Friday
  • Young Alumni Party, Schatz Dining Room, Friday
  • Art Show, University Center Art Gallery, Friday and Saturday
  • Registration, Alumni Lounge & Buggy Finish Line Tent, Friday and Saturday
  • KidZone (family programming), Buggy Finish Line Tent, Saturday
  • Variety of affinity gatherings, including Kiltie Band, Greek organizations and several others

Be sure to check in with Alumni Relations staff at either registration area on Friday or Saturday and get your free gift! There are also a bunch of receptions happening over the weekend where you can catch up with friends and re-experience campus all over again. Visit the Alumni Relations Spring Carnival Web site to view the entire weekend schedule (with links to the Student Spring Carnival site), get information about hotel rates and register on-line. You can also register by phone at 1-866-401-9529. The registration deadline is April 13th.

We are looking forward to celebrating this Carnegie Mellon tradition with you!

Sincerely,
The Alumni Relations Staff


J-o-b ATD

CITY OF VISTA
PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

JOB DESCRIPTION
COMMUNITY SERVICES SPECIALIST V
MOONLIGHT TECH SPECIALIST

Under the direction of the Technical Director, assists with the overall planning and operation of Moonlight Amphitheater and Moonlight at the Avo Playhouse Productions, including scheduling, stage setting, rigging, lighting, A/V, facility maintenance and rental supervision. Assist in the Supervision and coordination of the technical staff in the completion of daily tasks required by each production. To be responsible for the safe and orderly operation of the stage and backstage area

Examples of Duties:
  • Assists Technical Director with all scheduling of load ins, technical rehearsals, and strikes.
  • Assists with the scheduling and supervision of all crews for Moonlight productions.
  • Assists with planning and preparation of rigging needs at both Moonlight Amphitheatre and Avo Playhouse.
  • Assists with the repair and maintenance of rented equipment during the summer and winter season.
  • Maintains equipment owned by the City, including lighting, audio, and video equipment
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education-Must be working toward or have obtained a Bachelor's degree in theatrical production, or have equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience-Two years of applicable theatrical management and/or technical experience.
  • Supervisory experience in a theatre production environment.
  • Valid current Driver's License.
EXPERIENCE:
  • Must have knowledge of stage lighting and audio techniques and equipment, and skill in their use.
  • Must have knowledge of stage rigging and scenic construction techniques and hardware.
  • Commensurate with supervisory experience; some demonstrated ability to motivate groups in complex tasks.
  • Ability to work in potentially adverse conditions which may include heights, loud noise, large crowds, darkness, and confined spaces.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and/or carry objects that may approximate 50 lbs. or more.
  • Must be able to do work requiring strength, dexterity, and endurance.
  • Must be able to work safely and comfortably at heights of 25'--0" or more.
  • Can work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings.

7 Ways to Avoid Pointless Meetings

lifehack.org: "Ben Yoskovitz, from the Instigator Blog, has a great list of ways to avoid pointless meetings. If you find yourself not wanting to avoid pointless meetings, you should read this book. If you do want to avoid them, read Ben’s post instead"

Seven Questions That Will Change Your Life

lifehack.org: "Self-reflection is the name of the game. When you look back at your week, are you happy with what you’ve done? Was it productive or wasteful?
Alex Shalman asks himself seven questions each week to keep him on track. Whether or not you think all seven are necessary, looking back at your actions objectively will work in your favor. Try them out now"

'Magic time'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Dramatic conflicts will be heightened in 'The Magic Flute' when Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh team to present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's masterpiece starting Saturday night at the Benedum Center."

Curtain goes up on Shadyside teen's musical

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "When the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' premiered in 1997, Evan Katz was 7 years old.
Being a 'Buffy' fan inspired Evan, 17, of Shadyside, to create his first full-length musical production."

RiverParc development will force relocation of opera

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Pittsburgh Opera is facing the biggest move of its 67-year history.
The opera will be forced to vacate its Downtown headquarters, which houses its administrative offices and rehearsal space, when its lease expires in March 2008."

Spring Awakening - Onstage Seating

New York Times: "IT doesn’t always take talent to be on a Broadway stage. Sometimes all you need is $31.50.
At “Spring Awakening,” the rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, that fee, along with some courage, is all it takes to sit in one of 26 seats arranged on the sides of the stage at every performance."

Staging of musical marks teen's debut as writer/director

Post Gazette: "And now, at the ripe old age of 17, the senior at Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts is directing his own musical, to be performed this afternoon for students at the school and at 7 tonight for the public."

Tales from the front line

New Statesman: "The playwright Gregory Burke has revitalised Scottish theatre. He talks to Mark Brown about his Iraq war drama Black Watch, Hampstead liberals and why he'd never vote SNP"

Method or Madness? Jury Decides Hamlet's Fate

NPR: "Was Hamlet criminally responsible for mistakenly killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Polonius? That is the question argued in a mock trial Thursday, as part of a Shakespeare festival in Washington, D.C., where lawyers Abbe Lowell and Miles Ehrlich presented oral arguments before a jury."

Tool Test: Cordless Drill/Drivers

ToolsOnline: "Twenty years ago, I worked with a Makita 9.6-volt pistol-grip drill/driver, a standout among cordless tools of the time. Since those early models, things have come a long way: more powerful motors; keyless, one-handed chucks; variable-speed triggers; automatic brakes; and batteries that just keep improving."

ALL THE SLAIN PRESIDENT'S THESPIANS

New York Post Online Edition: "THERE'S nothing like an assassination to put a damper on a fun backstage comedy.
Such is the case with 'Our Leading Lady,' Charles Busch's new play about a group of thespians shortly before and after their performance of 'Our American Cousin' at Ford's Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was shot."

Peter Brook: Of masters and masterpieces

Independent Online Edition > Features: "To his fans, he's a theatrical colossus. To his critics, he has his head in the clouds. Is this why the ageing Peter Brook is directing one of the great African political dramas? Kate Bassett met him"

Women Take Their Place Behind the Camera

VOA News: "Women were a major presence throughout last month's Academy Awards ceremony, from the host, comedienne Ellen Degeneres, to film industry executive Sherri Lansing, who received the Jean Hersholt award for her contributions to the film industry. Women artists shared the honors in the makeup and set design and costuming categories. But never has a director of photography walked up those steps to accept an Oscar wearing high heels and an evening gown."

Edward Scissordance

TIME: "It was meant to be a musical; it was always a dance. When Tim Burton and writer Caroline Thompson first discussed their ideas for a movie about a boy with scissors for hands, they figured they'd need songs to push the audience into the fantasy mood the story required. That didn't happen; the authors decided to trust the audience to take this wild ride with them, and Burton summoned all resources of movie magic — his own seductive sense of ethereal weirdness, Bo Welch's gift for parodying suburban architecture, most crucially Johnny Depp's gorgeous otherness — to make Edward Scissorhands sing. No lyrics needed."

Were Critics Gentlemanly About The Lady from Dubuque?

Theatre.com: "Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque is now enjoying a long overdue West End premiere, having first debuted on Broadway in 1980. Albee's tale of a terminally ill young woman, her friends and family and the enigmatic Lady whose visit upsets the balance of their existence is playing at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Featuring the return to the London stage of the estimable Dame Maggie Smith in the title role supported by a mostly American cast, was this Lady in luck with the critics, or did they throw the book at Dubuque? "

On the offensive

Time Out New York: "If age and experience haven’t exactly mellowed playwright Adam Rapp, they’re certainly propelling him to new places. One of those is midtown, where the author of some of the rawest dramas to hit Off Broadway in years—including 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter—is receiving his first production in the Theater District. "

ARRR FOR REWRITE

New York Post Online Edition: "Is she the QM2 - big, flashy, maybe a little bulky, but worth the price of an outside cabin? Or is she the Edmund Fitzgerald, that ugly, lumbering freighter that sank to the bottom of Lake Superior in 1975?"

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Walt Mossberg Asks Congress To Rewrite The DMCA

Techdirt: "A year and a half ago, famed Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg wrote up an opinion piece about problems with copy protection technology. He's now written a very similar piece blasting the DMCA and asking Congress to rewrite copyright law."

StudioCraft - CAD - Technical Drawing A

FTFifWeWantTo (8:12:51 PM): Classmate and I have a question. For where the seems of the 4x8s meet is it a seem catcher flush to front or just the 2 edges of the flats.....aka 2 1x3s on edge next to each other?
PrefersDoubleToggle (10:11:01 PM): well that would depend on if it is one flat or two, yes?
FTFifWeWantTo (10:11:17 PM): yeah
PrefersDoubleToggle (10:12:03 PM): if you are just catching a lauan seam
PrefersDoubleToggle (10:12:07 PM): then you can do a ftf
PrefersDoubleToggle (10:12:24 PM): or you can do a double toggle
FTFifWeWantTo (10:12:49 PM): ok
FTFifWeWantTo (10:13:20 PM): great thanks
PrefersDoubleToggle (10:13:32 PM): np

StudioCraft - CAD - Technical Drawing A

WhatDidYouSay? (6:52:35 PM): Didn't you say the stiles could be 4'-0" apart?
UpTo24by48 (6:52:49 PM): uhhuh
WhatDidYouSay? (6:52:49 PM): or did i imagine that conversation
WhatDidYouSay? (6:52:50 PM): ok
WhatDidYouSay? (6:53:00 PM): but the rails are still 2'-0" on center
WhatDidYouSay? (6:53:02 PM): ?
UpTo24by48 (6:53:10 PM): toggles
WhatDidYouSay? (6:53:14 PM): yes. toggles.
UpTo24by48 (6:53:35 PM): and the stiles can be wider
UpTo24by48 (6:53:43 PM): you just then need a vertical toggle
WhatDidYouSay? (6:54:16 PM): how much wider
WhatDidYouSay? (6:54:25 PM): i have them at 3/4 just like everything else.
UpTo24by48 (6:54:51 PM): wider spaced
UpTo24by48 (6:54:56 PM): not wider board
WhatDidYouSay? (6:54:57 PM): ah ok
UpTo24by48 (6:55:05 PM): you can do a 6' wide flat
WhatDidYouSay? (6:55:09 PM): because Hardwareman said before it should be 2'
UpTo24by48 (6:55:14 PM): it just needs a vertical toggle
WhatDidYouSay? (6:55:30 PM): so if I had a 4X8 it would have a vertical toggle
UpTo24by48 (6:55:54 PM): 4' doesn't require a vertical toggle
WhatDidYouSay? (6:55:55 PM): ok.
UpTo24by48 (6:55:58 PM): but some people do them
WhatDidYouSay? (6:56:05 PM): alright
WhatDidYouSay? (6:56:26 PM): i didn't put them in because i swore you said not to but i was double checking because everyone seems to have done it differently
UpTo24by48 (6:56:44 PM): Hardwareman would tell you to do them
UpTo24by48 (6:56:51 PM): but I learned it differently
WhatDidYouSay? (6:56:51 PM): yea
WhatDidYouSay? (6:56:54 PM): but you're grading it
WhatDidYouSay? (6:56:56 PM): not Hardwareman.
UpTo24by48 (6:57:03 PM): tru nuff
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:08 PM): alrighty
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:23 PM): i was about to flip if i had to go change the file
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:41 PM): because i made all my flats 4X8
UpTo24by48 (6:58:46 PM): that might be fun to see
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:44 PM): or under
UpTo24by48 (6:58:54 PM): maybe I should tell you that anyway
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:55 PM): lol
WhatDidYouSay? (6:58:57 PM): THANKS UpTo24by48