Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Critic's Choice tours differ from the Post-Gazette's traditional ShowPlanes in their smaller group size, informality and fewer frills. Led by theater critic Chris Rawson, the group will stay at the Kenilworth Hotel, a Radisson Edwardian property only a block from the British Museum and a short walk from Covent Garden and the West End theater district."
In “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” which will have its United States premiere at Performance Space 122 on Jan. 9, computer-assisted film and animation provide the scenic backdrop and supporting cast, of sorts, for live performers. In tales of luckless cats and mutinous gingerbread men, the performers interact with images on the screen, the filmed and live movements synchronized. When a woman mimes smoking a cigarette, her onstage lips blow on-screen smoke rings."
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Things are looking good for the producers. So what should the AMPTP do now?
I gave a speech to 500 businesspeople recently. I asked for a show of hands of how many knew of the writers' strike. About 100 raised their hands. I then asked how many people had heard of the AMPTP. Not one hand was raised. Nobody outside of LA. and NYC knows who they are, and nobody cares."
The little guy is mute, but oddly, this speechless 'bot' is one great communicator.
That's the point Marek Michalowski, a 27-year-old doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, is proving with two YouTube videos featuring Keepon's uncanny ability to dance."
Phillips has served as interim director at the Festival since December
of 2005, and will now step up as the official replacement to the
Festival’s founder Fred C. Adams, who retired in 2005 after leading
the Utah Shakespearean Festival for 44 years."
'Easy, guys, EASY!'
Mike Afflitto, business manager of the local stagehands union, appears out of stage right. He waves to me, disappears backstage, then emerges again at the side of the theater."
They take a boat ride across a massive lake into Bethlehem, where they mingle with the townspeople who greet them with fresh water, fruit and assorted cheeses. Roman soldiers on white horses lead them along a lighted path, where they encounter the Three Wise Men with a live camel resting at their side. They look on as the archangel Gabriel appears at the Virgin Mary's home and tells her that she is carrying a child. They watch an evil King Herod, who plots to kill the newborn. Finally, they arrive at the manger, standing close enough to touch the crying baby Jesus.
The dazzling journey provides spectacular entertainment for visitors for just $5. But there is a bigger payoff for the church that puts on the production. At the end of the hour-and-a-half trek, pastor Cam Huxford stands on a stack of hay in front of the group and extends an invitation for them to attend services at his church."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
This is off-Broadway -- way off Broadway."
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Winners will be posted tomorrow.
2. ETCP Council
4. MC Escher
5. Moises Kaufman
6. They wouldn’t give his wife the lead
7. They are performing on a barge
8. Three from: Douglas, Gray, Hahn, Harris, Hines, Kline, Pino, or Warman
11. Look Solutions
12. Mark Rylance
13. La Cage aux Folles
14. Film subsidies
15. Point Park
16. Milan Stitt
18. Equity Showcase
19. By partnering with a university
20. Weekly Grosses
21. The actors can’t commit to schedule due to a possible Hollywood writers strike.
22. That Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare’s plays.
23. It opened, of campus, in spite of the request of the Bishop of Central Florida.
24. Head of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.
25. A fellow of the Carnegie Mellon Studio for Creative Inquiry and the creator of echo::system.
26. It is bi-lingual in English and German.
27. Varying the crew during the install.
28. IA 480 – New Mexico.
29. Left a bunch of nooses hanging about.
30. They are “sound plays” – downloadable through iTunes.
31. August Wilson’s boyhood home.
32. A Japanese principal puppeteer.
33. PNC Broadway Across America, at the Benedum.
34. A platform for viewing and collaborating on digital drawings without having the program.
36. Jed Harris.
37. Renewal of their AZA Accreditation.
38. The weak American Dollar.
40. Minneapolis/St. Paul
41. Los Angeles
42. Korean martial arts spectacle
43. New York Innovative Theatre Awards, which honors the best of Off-Off Broadway
44. "Batman: The Dark Knight"
45. Projection Designers, principals in MODE Studios
46. They are Irish Wolfhounds
47. IN THEIR OWN WORDS & 110 IN THE SHADE and THE MOLIERE PROJECT & THE WHITE DEVIL
48. Opera Theatre
49. Noted Australian Festival artistic director – here doing workshops
50. Fired by the Lyric Opera Chicago for missing rehearsals.
51. Designs fountains.
52. Attack Theatre
53. In a swimming pool.
54. It is TCG’s “Free Night of Theatre.”
55. Challenger and Christa McAuliffe.
56. “Mother Teresa is Dead”
58. The CLO and The ASCAP Foundation
59. How install calls are structured.
60. The Cultural Trust’s “Australia Festival.”
62. Point Park – The Pittsburgh Playhouse
63. Madison Square Garden Entertainment
64. Pittsburgh Opera
65. Live Nation
66. Pittsburgh Opera
67. They are planning to disrupt feature animation writing, which is IA jurisdiction.
68. Design Awards for Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off Off Broadway.
69. October 21st.
70. They want to protect “white space” spectrum typically used by wireless mics.
71. Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.
72. Altria Group.
73. Pay disparity.
74. Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Bricolage Theatre
75. A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival.
76. Proprietor of Hudson Scenic Studios.
77. Underwritten a $20 ticket program.
78. Suzan-Lori Parks
79. December 1st.
80. The Broadway yellow card determines the yellow card for national tours.
81. “Things need to go where they need to go.”
82. “The Typographer’s Dream” or “The Dark Lady of Sonnets”
83. Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
85. The stage collapsed during set up.
87. They are using recorded music.
89. Founder of Quantum Theatre.
90. Disruption of the area community due to fires.
91. On average people are heavier than when it was designed and the boats are bottoming out.
92. A filing system with 12 folders for months and 31 for days.
93. New rules with regard to event scheduling, damage deposit, and heavy equipment will make the festival impossible.
94. November 7th
95. Black playwrights with White directors and vice-versa.
96. Writers Guild of America with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
97. Head of IATSE
98. CMU Professor of Robotics – head of Tartan Racing.
99. Aaron Sorkin
101. A writer who is also a producer.
102. Los Angeles.
103. Pittsburgh CLO
104. Producing Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.
106. IATSE (841) and Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople (ACFC West)
107. a spokeswoman for the League of American Theatres and Producers
108. President of IATSE Local #1
110. It was the first $100 ticket.
111. It’s a New York transfer and is not able to play in its theatre because of the Local#1 strike.
112. “Dinosaurs in their time” at the Carnegie.
113. The employees of La Scala (in Milan).
114. The Pittsburgh Opera (“Elixir of Love”)
115. 10 years.
116. City Theatre
118. Pittsburgh Public Theatre
119. The producers have a separate contract with Local #1 due to a 12 performance a week schedule.
120. A weaker US dollar may keep audiences from traveling.
121. Disney labor lawyer who was added to the Local #1 negotiations this week.
122. "Nina Hartley's Guide To Better Cunnilingus," "Nina Hartley's Guide To Couples' Sexploration," and "Nina Hartley's Guide To Better Fellatio."
123. Patricia MacKay, the founder of LDI.
124. "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!"
125. Broadway Theatrical Wardrobe Union
126. CLO Cabaret
127. CMU Alum, new Associate Artistic Director at City Theatre
128. Steven Cosson
129. So prosecutors could decide what to charge them with.
130. Alan Ayckbourne
131. The New Frontier Hotel
132. The city’s 250th birthday!
133. that Local One struck the Nederlander theaters as a means to pressure the League of American Theatres and Producers to settle with the union, which, in turn, makes the strike an “unlawful secondary boycott.” (Nederlander theatres have a separate contract)
134. Two stuntmen were burned during the filing of “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.”
135. 'Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold'
'A Musical Christmas Carol'
'This Wonderful Life'
'A Tuna Christmas'
'A Lyrical Christmas Carol'
'A Christmas Carol' in Washington
'A Christmas Carol' in Johnstown
'Nativity: A Christmas Gift'
'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
'Christmas Is Comin' Uptown'
'A Funny NUN-ny Christmas ... Nuns Gone Wild'
'Scrooge Has Left the Building'
'Beauty and the Beast Christmas'
136. 19 days
137. Ten Little Indians
138. Pittsburgh Opera
139. December 9th
140. City Theatre
The strike got Broadway more publicity than all its hit musicals combined. Suddenly, theater was front-page news and all over the Internet. But the cost to producers, the city and theater-related businesses was enormous. Estimates of losses ranged upward of $40 million during what is usually one of the most lucrative times of the year -- the Thanksgiving holiday.
So who won?"
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January 14, 4:30PM
Faculty Panel: Getting the Most Out of Lecture Peter Room, UC This panel of faculty members from different colleges will help give pointers on how to get the most out of lectures, from note-taking tips, to getting to know how to work better with faculty and TAs.
January 14, 9:00PM
Reception: First Day Down Reception
Peter Room, UC
This reception is a time for students to come together over coffee and hot cocoa, to discuss their first day back from Winter break and their hopes for the semester to come. Interested faculty and advisors welcome!
January 15, 4:30PM
Workshop: Stress Management
Peter Room, UC
Join a representative from CAPS for this holistic approach to handling what has become an overwhelmingly common complaint of many students, stress.
January 15, 9:00PM
Info Session: It’s Not too Late to Get Involved McKenna Room, UC Do you know why Student Activities hosts an Activities Fair in the second week of classes in the spring semester as well? Because it’s never too late to get involved and this session will help you decide how to become more involved in student organizations and what to consider when becoming involved.
January 16, 4:30PM
Workshop: Living a Healthier Life
Peter Room, UC
Student Health Services presents a workshop perfect for those how had a rough semester as well as those with a healthy new year’s resolution. Our Nutritionist and Health Educator will help you think about health, particularly exercise, nutrition, sleep, and hygiene, in a new way so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle.
January 16, 9:00PM
Workshop: Time Management
Dowd Room, UC
Academic Development presents a workshop on time management. For all the times you have thought, There just isn’t enough time, you might have been wrong.
January 17, 4:30PM
Info Session: How to Find an Internship
Peter Room, UC
The experts from the Career Center will present a riveting session on how to tackle the wide world of starting a career, by starting with internships.
January 17, 9:00PM
Workshop: Setting Goals for Spring
McKenna Room, UC
After a week of opportunity to think about this new semester, we want to help you put it into perspective. Join us for a workshop on goal-setting that will help to motivate you as you dive into the semester ahead.
January 18, 4:30PM
Info Session: Undergraduate Research & Grants Peter Room, UC The experts at SURG have created an engaging and informative overview of the growing world of undergraduate research opportunities on campus and grants available to students locally, as well as internationally.
January 18, 9:00PM
Late Night: Winter Gala Remix
Throughout the UC
It’s more fun than you can shake a guitar at! Winter Gala, the biggest Late Night of the year, returns for its sixth year as a “Remix”, with fun activities and events throughout the University Center, all themed around music from around the globe and across the ages! The night of fun will end with a large raffle, with prizes for those who have won tickets through participating in the night’s activities.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The day after the WGA indicated it would not grant a writers waiver to the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, the effects began to ripple across town.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Prods., which co-own the Globes, on Tuesday sought to prevent picketing at the show by trying to cut a signatory agreement similar to the one being discussed between the WGA and Worldwide Pants to bring back 'Late Show With David Letterman' and 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.'"
At least that’s what Peter Parnell has Darwin say in his new play, “Trumpery,” which opened this month at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York."
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Meanwhile, the producers main trade group railed against the economic impact of the writers strike action, which entered its seventh week."
The Writers Guild of America, West, will not allow its members to write for the Golden Globes on Jan. 13 nor the Academy Awards on Feb. 24."
Monday, December 17, 2007
This six-day professional training week includes courses for lighting programmers, technicians, and electricians, as well as for arena and stage riggers. Some of the courses carry re-certification credits for ETCP certified electricians and riggers.
Courses offered in the Rigging Track are Arena Rigging Math Fundamentals taught by G. Anthony Philips and the two day Stage Rigging Fundamentals with Jay O. Glerum. The Lighting/Electrical Track offers the three day Entertainment Electrician Training with Richard Cadena and two days of grandMA console training presented by A.C.T Lighting.
For more information or to register go to http://www.estafoundation.org/seminars/eventdetails.php?eventID=83 or contact The ESTA Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-244-1421.
But 2007 will be remembered as the year several high-profile entertainment disputes went all the way -- to trial. In the process, they provided rare open-air peeks at some of the industry's most private parts."
The DGA said Thursday that it would begin meeting with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers about the directors' next contract soon after Jan. 1 unless the WGA re-engages with the studio group before then. On Friday, AFTRA followed the earlier lead of IATSE and publicly applauded the DGA announcement."
“It was with much trepidation that I took this job,” Rosen said through a half-smile. “I think I tried to talk them out of it four or five times.”"
But recent events suggest that, at least where plays rather than musicals are concerned, the line between these two halves of the American theater business have collapsed to the point where the distinction is no longer as meaningful. Prodded by fiscal necessity, non-profit theaters have become ever more entrepreneurial and star-conscious; producers are taking more risks to support serious, weighty and frequently new drama."
State Film Commission staffers have nearly two dozen applications from producers eager to film in Missouri and grab some of the $4.5 million available for 2008."
It's a gift that can be tailored to a variety of prices, ages and interests."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
"“El Volador” is currently thrilling visitors at the Bellewaerde Theme Park in Belgium and other places around the globe. This latest ride consists of a narrow tower with a horizontally spinning gondola, which holds up to 40 passengers and twists around the tower right up to the top at around 20m high."
“Even if the AMPTP wanted to give the WGA jurisdiction (over) animation writers they couldn’t. It’s not theirs to give,” he said."
The decision runs counter to almost every large-scale wireless deployment, where a company in effect standardizes on one vendor. CMU IT staff are well aware that the choice of Aruba Networks for the academic buildings and common areas, and Xirrus for the outlying ring of dormitories, poses a unique set of challenges."
Pardon the whiplash on that last one, but the fact is, many parents are investing in real estate close to campus for their college-bound offspring. Oftentimes, it's preferable to shelling out dormitory fees or apartment rent."
That was the rueful question posed around Hollywood on Monday, three days after the dramatic breakdown in contract talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers."
If, as an industry, we can come together in three days and answer with $40,000 dollars, then surely by New Year’s Eve we can raise the remaining $10,000. During this season of hope, we know that our industry will not leave our colleagues in the dark."
"Hair and makeup artists, set decorators, grips, prop specialists and hundreds of others who work in television and film production marched through the heart of Hollywood on Sunday morning urging an end to the 5-week-old writers strike."
Friday, December 14, 2007
If you have been to the theatre in the recent past, you must have realised the mess in Uganda's oldest form of entertainment. As soon as you enter some of our theatres today you are met by the empty staring seats, old curtains and flood lights (instead of stage lights)."
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
"John sez, 'Every year at the holidays, Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort builds a 16-foot real gingerbread house in the lobby."
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The Board of the New York Drama Alumni Clan invites you to join them in celebrating the holiday season and the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth "Bes" Kimberly's annual Holiday Cocktail Party. For 50 years, East Coast based alumni have been gathering at the famed Sardi's restaurant in the heart of
Wednesday December 12, 2007
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sardi's Restaurant -
Special Student Price - $10
Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
We look forward to seeing you there!