Saturday, May 31, 2008
Legiters estimate that when you factor in the coin made by resellers, as much as $200 million could be added to the annual Broadway gross of nearly $1 billion."
Friday, May 30, 2008
Granted, the content of 'Bust,' Lauren Weedman's one-woman play at City Theatre, is interesting (and sensational) enough: feckless volunteer visits inmates at Los Angeles County Jail, population 18,000, and jail culture proves as shocking to her as it is to us, while a small parallel story about her stage auditions and writing for Glamour magazine throws everything into satirical relief.
Add to that, the show is very funny. Really. Trust me."
Both the writer and the performer for this solo performance, Weedman mines the humor and drama of her experiences as a Hollywood actress and her work as a volunteer advocate for women incarcerated in the Los Angeles County Jail."
So it seems appropriate that the season's final play, the world premiere of the musical 'Eastburn Avenue,' is not only about a family but written by one of its own family members, Marcus Stevens, a 2003 graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts."
The economy, your location, industry trends — even the hiring manager’s mood — can influence whether or not you get a job.
Still, as nice as it would be to blame your lack of offers on external factors, you can’t forget that common denominator in your job hunt — from the résumé to the interview — is you.
Here are 25 ways you might be unknowingly sabotaging your own job search:"
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The creative team will also include choreographer Christopher Gattelli and music director Tom Kitt. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin July 28."
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
That's 22½ pounds of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere for every gallon of diesel fuel burned by the trucks that crisscross the nation moving shows from one road venue to another."
In unveiling the five plays being presented, Center Theater Group artistic director Michael Ritchie termed the fifth season of the Douglas as 'distinctly American in character.'"
Here's what I've noticed: heavy on the outdoor, a bit of radio during tight times, occasional full page NY Times ads that look like editorial announcements . . . and street fairs."
Sunday, May 25, 2008
'They're younger guys,' said playwright Brian Mann. 'They're kind of philosophical, kind of lazy, and they drink a lot.'
Sounds normal enough. But the pair differ from their fellow characters in Mann's political satire in an important way: 'They know who and what they are,' he said. 'They know they're characters in a play.'"
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GALLERY INSTALLATION/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon
Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Seeking motivated, dedicated and skilled students from all academic departments to work as Gallery Installation/Production Assistants at the Miller Gallery.
Supervisor: Reports to Exhibitions Coordinator.
Job duties include:
Designing/fabricating exhibition props, furniture; installing and de-installing exhibitions; safe-guarding artwork and facilities; performing gallery maintenance: painting walls, pedestals and cases for new installations; keeping tool room organized and safe; operating and trouble-shooting audio-visual equipment: DLP projectors, computers, bucket-lift and other equipment; opening and closing the gallery, understanding and using gallery alarm system; interacting with staff, public, artists, curators, using good judgment in difficult social situations; working openings and special events (helping with set-up and clean-up; washing dishes; sweeping floors; taking out trash); running errands; performing office tasks; and other duties as assigned.
Technical (CAD/DXF, CNC router operation, A/V, video- editing, proficient with Adobe CS2/3 Mac and PC extensive knowledge of computer operation), construction (basic carpentry: building walls and pedestals, proficient with power tools: table saw, chop saw, framing saw, etc., comfortable using ladders and bucket lift, working at 20 ft. height, basic familiarity with electrical circuits), organizational (experience in gallery setting, art handling, making labels and mounts), and administrative (experience interacting with the public, familiarity with FileMaker Pro, working as part of a team).
Heavy lifting, as much as 50 lbs. at a time, good communication and positive attitude in learning and performing duties listed above.
Art gallery experience preferred. Work-study eligibility preferred.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11:30-5:00, night and weekend hours required on specific projects and events.
Download the PDF from our website www.cmu.edu/millergallery, click on the “Get Involved” heading and then click on “Opportunities.”
Other necessary qualifications:
* able to take direction and learn new skills
* disciplined and self-motivated
* flexible to last-minute changes
* dedicated to working at an art gallery
Develop the ability to achieve goals independently or as; part of a team by communicating effectively with co-workers; providing leadership when necessary; and demonstrating personal initiative, learn to research and manage information so that it is clearly organized and easily retrievable, understand the principles and practice of ethical and professional conduct involving personal responsibility; honesty; and confidentiality.
Fill out form and drop-off resume in room G-302, Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, or e-mail application to email@example.com with “GALLERY INSTALLATION/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Search” in the subject line.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.
The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon has sought to support the creation, understanding, and growth of contemporary art through exhibitions, projects, events and publications since January 2000.
The 9,000 square foot space functions as a showcase for experimentation, examination, discovery, and discussion. The gallery aspires to engage diverse audiences, to create and strengthen communities through art, and to stimulate, provoke, and encourage contemplation of the visual arts of our times.
Over the last eight years, the Miller Gallery has exhibited work by Laylah Ali, Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, Michael Bevilacqua, Enrique Chagoya, Catherine Chalmers, Michael Ray Charles, Minerva Cuevas, Nicole Eisenman, Inka Essenhigh, Neil Farber, Karen Finley, Rachel Harrison, Arturo Herrera, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Larry Miller, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Shirin Neshat, Christy Rupp, Al Souza, Sarah Sze, TermiteTV, Kara Walker, Olav Westphalen, Gail Wight, and Sue Williams. Notable Carnegie Mellon School of Art alumi including Mel Bochner, Jacob Ciocci (Paper Rad), John Currin, Cassandra C. Jones, Shana Moulton, and Fereshteh Toosi have also exhibited here.
The Miller Gallery is a non-collecting, public art gallery located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Forbes Avenue, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon in Oakland, Pittsburgh. It is a unit of the College of Fine Arts, and is named for Regina Gouger Miller, avid art collector, alumna of the School of Art, and principal donor.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The park, which has been closed for more than a year and a half, will reopen on May 30, slightly ahead of schedule, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gov. Ed Rendell and other dignitaries."
Yep, that's right, the 'trailer' (as it's commonly referred to), will take credit cards when the new location opens in Duffy Square (a year and a half behind schedule).
My response to this adoption of credit card technology? Welcome to 1983, TKTS booth!"
Ms. Haas announced yesterday that she has accepted a position as executive director of the Louisville Science Center -- in large part to be closer to her family."
'The school has run a large deficit for a number of years and it is up to me to rein that in,' said Noel Zahler, the head of the School of Music."
Friday, May 23, 2008
Everybody's tallying up their votes, bad-mouthing the competition, howling when the press dismisses their chances of winning.
Here are a couple of snapshots from the land of the lovable lunatics"
Thursday, May 22, 2008
She wanted to do volunteer work that was worlds away from her career as a Los Angeles-based actress."
That's the promise made by Point Park University, which recently unveiled a dramatic plan to expand its Downtown campus into an Academic Village, what president Paul Hennigan calls 'a vibrant living, learning and community hub.'"
'High School Musical: Spotlight South Africa!,' produced by EdenRage Media, will be the first talent search for a local Troy and Gabriella, played by Zac Effron and Vanessa Hudgens in the original TV version."
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The overall winning submission came from:
Todd managed 75 out of 100 correct answers, beating the next entrant by a significant margin. Congratulations Todd!
Here's the whole enchilada...
1 Where will the new musical based on Shreck preview?
2 What union struck a deal with the AMPTP this week?
3 Who is Tom Cruise's partner at United Artists?
3 Paula Wagner (A'69)
4 Who was the beneficiary of CM's Chain Hoist Raffle at LDI?
4 Behind the Scenes
5 What was the LA Convention Center the first major West Coast venue to do recently?
5 Require ETCP Rigging certification for supervisors.
6 What shop is building Bette Midler's Vegas Show?
6 Tait Towers
7 Who is Rocco Landesman?
7 President Jujamcyn Theatres - Producer
8 How will the next person to play Elle Woods in Legally Blond be cast?
8 MTV reality show
9 What's got people riled up about the Sydney production of /Corpus Cristy/?
9 Jesus is depicted as gay
10 What does the play /Life in a Jar/ have to do with the Nobel Peace Prize?
10 The inspiration for the lead character lost to Al Gore this year.
11 What device did Disney recently set up for use as a Disney World park guide?
11 Nintendo DS
12 Who sold off the last of their theatre businesses to Key Brands?
12 Live Nation
13 Mark Rylance and Robert Bly collaborated on what play running in Minneapolis?
13 Peer Gynt
14 What's wrong with James Srodon's complaint against Blue Man Group?
14 The camera doesn't actually go in the person's mouth
15 Theatre By The Blind is now calling themselves what?
15 Theatre Breaking Through Barriers
16 What Canadian show is being cast through a reality TV show?
16 The Sound of Music
17 What were the subjects of the two rigging standards ESTA released for public review this week?
17 Standard Counterweight Systems and Fire Curtains
18 Where in town is Sweeney Todd running?
18 PNC Broadway at Heinz Hall
19 The FCC says ABC stations should be fined for an episode of NYPD Blue that showed what "sexual organ?"
19 A rear end
20 What's got people abuzz about Albee's The Zoo Story?
20 Nearly 50 years after premiering, he's written a second act
21 What is the difficulty with Chicago's About Face Theater Company's production of Little Dog Laughed?
21 The playwright is upset they cut the nudity
22 What local company is about to mount the premiere of "Breakfast With Mugabe" on the second floor of the former downtown Lazarus store?
22 Quantum Theatre
23 Who recently got a piece of the profits from the revival of A Chorus Line?
23 The dancers from the original workshop
24 What recently completed Philadelphia arts center may be having a renovation?
24 Kimmel Center
25 What do the Thea Awards recognize?
25 “The annual Thea Awards
26 What was interesting about the UCF Conservatory Theatre's production of Alice Experiments in Wonderland?
26 It involved three theatre companies in three cities collaborating on the same show in real time.
27 What is the plot inspiration for the new ballet Meltdown?
27 Recent events in the life of Britney Spears
28 What was peculiar about the positive review of Peer Gynt that ran in the Sunday Minneapolis Star-Tribune?
28 It was an ad purchased by the company, showing an ad from another paper
29 What is the mission of the LA based Unusual Suspects Theatre Company?
29 Does workshops for incarcerated and foster youth
30 What recent Carnegie Hall show featured a fat pole dancer and a man in a diaper?
30 Jerry Springer -- The Opera
31 What is VITA
31 Volunteer Information Tax Assistance (Sponsored by Equity, among others)
32 Why is London's Arcola Theatre notable at the moment?
32 They've converted power systems to a hydrogen fuel cell.
33 Whose retirement at the end of the 08/09 academic year was recently announced?
33 Milan Stitt
34 What play did Arkansas Tech cancel recently, and why?
34 Assassins, because of the guns and the shootings at NIU
35 What is notable about the current NYC production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?
35 All Black cast
36 Who, locally, is doing The Vertical Hour?
36 Playhouse REP
37 What does Bessie Nelson do for a living?
37 She's Broadway's go-to beader
38 What play did the Classical Theatre of Harlem recently perform in town?
38 Romeo & Juliet
39 What award did the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences recently give to Look Solutions?
39 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences technical achievement award.
40 What is Shakespeare's Global Globe?
40 A website hosted by CMU English that lets people share the experience of reading Shakespeare.
41 Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., is asking the House Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate something, what is it?
41 The sources of the bodies in "Bodies" shows.
42 Dozens of bars in Minnesota have started having "Theatre Nights", why?
42 To circumvent a state public smoking ban
43 Plus or minus $300,000, how much was cut from the NEA budget for next year?
43 16.3 million dollars
44 Who is the director of the upcoming production of MacBeth at the Folger Theatre in Washington?
44 Teller, of "Penn & Teller"
45 What two shows received the first Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway awards?
45 Les Miserables and 110 in the Shade
46 Locally, where would you recently have gone to see The Drowsy Chaperone?
46 The Benedum -PNC Broadway Across America
47 What is Rosco using to size an annual donation to Behind the Scenes?
47 Sales of Roscolux #359 Medium Violet
48 What school has the most USITT award winners this year?
48 Tie: UCONN and NCSA
49 What is the theme of next years SOD season?
49 The dichotomy of men and women
50 What is the new play Betrayed about?
50 Iraqis who worked for the US in Iraq
51 Who is Mary Blair
51 She designed "Its a Small World" for Disney
52 What do Frankenstein, Ghostbusters, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force have in common?
52 They all use the same "Castle Thunder" sound effect
53 Where is Toy Story:The Musical premiering?
53 At sea on the cruise ship Disney Wonder
54 Name two films currently or recently filming in Pittsburgh.
54 Two from: Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Shelter, Feast of the Seven Fishes, The Road, She's out of My League
55 What of note happened just recently at the Stratford Festival?
55 Two of their three Artistic Directors quit
56 What does IALD stand for?
56 International Association of Lighting Designers
57 What has stagehands at Las Vegas' Orleans casino upset?
57 Nine months after certifying with IA 720 they still don't have a contract
58 Why will tour bookers have to start looking more carefully at the dates they are booking in various cities?
58 Truckers are driving slower to save gas
59 Where will Gone With the Wind: The Musical premiere?
59 London's West End
60 What was the CMU connection to the Live Design article "Project Yourself?"
60 It featured Narelle Sissons
61 What did website talkinbroadway.com recently say it would no longer publish?
61 reviews/reports of dress rehearsals/gypsy run-throughs
62 What is “FuseCal?”
62 FuseCal, a new web application, allows you to combine multiple calendars and create one master calendar.
63 How did the US House of Representatives help domestic arts organizations this week?
63 the House of Representatives voted this week to speed up the visa approval process for some foreign artists and entertainers
64 Who is Anthony Walker?
64 The Pittsburgh Opera’s music director (last week he sang the tenor part from the podium)
65 What’s the theatrical significance of April 23rd?
65 Shakespeare’s birthday (444)
66 Who currently has IATSE Local 6 and Local 143 locked out?
66 St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission/America’s Center
67 What opens in Pittsburgh May 3rd?
67 55th Carnegie International
68 Who is the author of “August: Osage County”
68 Tracy Letts
69 Who is the AMPTP currently negotiating a new contract with?
70 Who, locally, opened their season with “King Lear?”
71 What is the "Tartan Square" concept?
71 CMU development of Craig Street
72 Where did ETC just open another branch campus?
72 Osaka, Japan
73 What is the nature of the Star Wars legal fight in Britain?
73 The original fabricator of Stormtrooper armor is selling replicas, Lucasfilm says he can't
74 Why won't the producers of the BBC (and SciFi Channel) TV show Doctor Who be televising in High Definition?
74 It will show off craftsmanship issues with their sets
75 Who is Phil Lin
75 Designer for QVC, was here for a visit this week
76 Who, locally, just ran Romeo & Juliet?
76 Point Park
77 What is the nature/genre of work done by Project Bandaloop?
77 They "dance" on buildings of cliff faces, suspended by ropes
78 Who is Ken Brannigan?
78 House carpenter at the Benedum Center
79 Who, locally, is producing an "Evening with Alfre Woodard" 4/25-26?
79 August Wilson Center for African American Culture
80 Why, according to the company, did the New York Theatre Workshop lay off its production staff this week?
80 With royalties from Rent about to end, they have to trim $1 million dollars from their operating budget
81 Who is the featured speaker for CMU commencement?
81 Al Gore
82 Who, locally, just produced Cymbeline?
83 What is the name of the Louisville, KY festival of new work?
83 Humana Festival
84 How many writers resigned from the WGA during the strike?
85 What is the name of the current Broadway play starring Mark Rylance & Bradley Whitford?
86 Who is Mary O'Brien?
86 Local scenic artist who received a Behind the Scenes grant
87 What is the name of Mike Daisy's current one man show?
87 How Theatre Failed America
88 Who is Aliza Shvarts?
88 Yale Art student with a somewhat controversial piece
89 Why is Steve Wynn significant to theatre?
89 He keeps booking legit theatre into Las Vegas
90 Who, locally, recently produced A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum?
90 Scotch & Soda
91 What was the play Russian "authorities" just banned from performance about?
91 The seige of the Moscow theatre
92 The AMPTP just filed an "unfair labor practices" complaint against the WGA, why?
92 For publishing the names of people who resigned from the union to cross
93 How big is a "Flogo?"
93 2 feet long and a foot wide
94 What does Equity want people to know about "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy?"
94 The production has not contracted with AGVA
95 What John Waters play just opened on Broadway?
95 Cry Baby
96 Where did "August: Osage County" move?
96 Next door (to the Music Box)
97 Who was just recently announced as an inductee to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame?
97 Dr. Fritz Sennheiser
98 Who was Jerome Robbins?
98 Prolific Broadway choreographer and director
99 Syntic Theatre won a Helen Hayes award for their production of MacBeth, what city did it run in?
99 Washington DC
100 What organization just announced they will join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust?
100 Pittsburgh International Children's Theatre
"As a follow-up to my posting about learning about bubbles that 'glow in the dark' under UV light during the recent museum conferences in Denver, I should point out that the Tekno Bubbles company sells the special formulation that makes the bubbles that glow under a blacklight."
A relatively new entrant to the market is 5pm, a product is built by a very small team. Even without venture funding, the 5pm team has built a visually attractive project management utility, but how does it stack up to the competition?"
"Irwin’s 25′ Strait-Line tape measure features a pencil-less, quick-marking tip. Simply measure out your distance, press the bottom of the tape against your material, and mark your line. I wouldn’t recommend using this for precision work, but for rough marks I’d use it all day long."
Monday Master Class: How to Build a Knowledge Vault and Avoid Wasting an Entire Semester's Worth of Work
It is human nature to want to live in the past: to savour accomplishments or to wallow in defeats. However, you will not effectively move forward if you are constantly looking backwards.
There is a law of diminishing returns at work here. Take encouragement or learn a lesson from your past experience and use it to move on to new challenges and opportunities."
"How do you create a round mortise that’s larger at the bottom than at the top, and how do you fit a similarly shaped tenon in the mortise? Most importantly, why the heck would you do such an infernally confounded thing? To answer the last question, such a joint would be so strong, the wood would have to fail before the joint. To answer the how-to part of it, Rockler created the Tenon-Lok cutter."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Musical will aim to land on Broadway in May 2010."