Thursday, March 31, 2011
Council gave preliminary approval to the city's first-ever lighting code, which Councilman Bill Peduto said will set technical specifications for streetlights and bring equity in lighting to city business districts and neighborhoods.
The tale of homecoming, redemption and forgiveness opens Thursday as a production of The Rep, Point Park University's professional theater company.
It began life as a 10-minute play written and staged for one of Bricolage's annual B.U.S. (Bricolage Urban Scrawl) Festivals that take plays from the first scriptless meeting of writers, directors and performers to first performance in 24 hours.
'I really liked it and decided to turn it into a full-length play,' Hartman says.
I first tested the Senco Fusion finish nailer a few months ago and then used it for a few recent projects. In between my own evaluations, I passed the Fusion to a few nailer-wielding colleagues to see what they thought about it.
But even in a bad economy some jobs are just not worth it. Are there any telltale signs you should be looking for when trying to decide if you throw in the towel? Here are ten signs to look for to determine if it’s time to find a new job
The government-funded Arts Council England must cut 15 percent from the amount it gives to art, music, theater, dance and literature groups by 2015—which still leaves it with almost 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) to hand out.
The council said that instead of 'salami slicing'—cutting 15 percent from everyone—it wanted to create a smaller but stronger portfolio of groups. So some have been cut off entirely, while others have seen their funding increase.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Seeing the different paths that lead us to each of these people was a little like having an out-of-body experience. It was a cool look into the other side of the equation, and one that left me with a better understanding of marketing my own services as a photographer.
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Leigh, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has previously been seen on stage in productions of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “42nd St.,” “Into the Woods,” “Grease,” “Mame,” and “Les Miserables.”
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Denver Post: "Colorado's theater companies are thinking small. So small that if you added up all the people it would take to pack the state's 10 tiniest live theater venues, you still couldn't fill the first 12 rows of the Denver Center's Buell Theatre. More and more, new startup companies are opting to make a go of it in performance spaces no bigger than the Denver Center's coat check.Posted by Dale at 3/28/2011 01:52:00 AM <-- Comments HerePlaybill.com: "Bret Michaels, who performed with the cast of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock of Ages at the 2009 Tony Awards and suffered an injury when a set piece descended on him following his performance, has filed a lawsuit against CBS and the organizers of the Tony Awards, according to the Associated Press.Posted by David at 3/26/2011 03:48:00 PM <-- Comments HereNYTimes.com: "The geeks are gone. In the first major change confirmed for Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the critically panned Geek Chorus of narrators — a strategic device in the musical — will be cut altogether during the show’s hiatus this spring, three members of the production said on Thursday night.Posted by David at 3/26/2011 03:48:00 PM <-- Comments HereLifehacker: "It's hard to get anything done if it needs to be perfect, because if you're constantly criticizing the work there is always more work to be done. But the real problem comes in when you don't even want to do the work because making it perfect seems too daunting.Posted by David at 3/26/2011 03:43:00 PM <-- Comments HereThe Tartan Online: "A group of first-year art students used a hacksaw on the Fence Monday afternoon to carve away some of its layers of paint. In response, Tim Hieter, a master's candidate in materials science and engineering, created a Facebook event — 'Operation Heal the Fence' — which attracted hundreds of students to the Cut that night to reclaim and repaint the Fence.Posted by David at 3/28/2011 02:38:00 PM <-- Comments HerePittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Quantum Theatre has postponed its opening of 'Maria de Buenos Aires' that was to have opened tonight in the former YMCA building in East Liberty.Posted by David at 3/27/2011 03:21:00 PM <-- Comments Here
Performances had been scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The answer is the Pittsburgh Opera's stunning new production of 'Turandot,' Puccini's opera in which the titular princess offers fatal riddles to princely suitors.
That's why Pittsburgh's artistic leaders spend one to three months a year on the road looking for new talent to delight audiences at home.
'There's a visceral connection in a live performance that is simply impossible to achieve in any recorded medium,' Paul Organisak, executive director of Pittsburgh Dance Council and vice president for programming for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, says. 'We're working in the live arts. It has to be experienced live. We're not presenting recorded dance.'
Yes, for the real thing, says Pam Lieberman, executive director of Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and Festival and the manager of children's theater programming at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Produced by Opera Theater in association with the August Wilson Center, Lee Breuer and Bob Telson's adaptation of Sophocles' drama filled the August Wilson Center stage with 156 singers and a quartet of musicians.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Performances had been scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Sometimes, a fresh approach can be helpful with a genre more than 2,500 years old, as the Greek tragedies are.
'Doing it as gospel does strike a chord in an American genre that overlaps in many ways with Greek theater,' says Opera Theater Pittsburgh's artistic director Jonathan Eaton.
'There is so much activity. Everybody is involved from 10 in the morning to 10 at night, three services a day. Usually in the theater, you have six weeks for a big production, but we have three weeks here,' says Barbe, who designs sets and costumes. 'It is fascinating for me to see the involvement of people who have been doing this for 20 years.'
For curators, the task of bringing art to Pittsburgh's galleries and museums still means traveling out of town to see it for themselves.
Face time with artwork provides a perspective that simply can't be duplicated with the internet, says Murray Horne, curator of the Wood Street Galleries in the Cultural District.
The EIF, running from August 12 to September 4, combines with the Fringe and the city's International Book Festival and military tattoo to offer the world's biggest annual extravaganza of the arts.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
In many locations, the day is marked by a concert, a reading, a play or a performance. In Pittsburgh, the occasion is marked by all of these and more.
What's a Pittsburgher to do between musical theater gigs?
He called his mentor, Ken Gargaro, and asked if there might be a part for him in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's current show. That way, Mr. Delcroix could stay a while with his family in West View and hang out at PMT, which he considers his second home in Pittsburgh.
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But it takes an international community to create a tango operita.
Elements of tango, opera, poetry and video will come together in an immersive experience with Quantum Theatre's production of 'Maria de Buenos Aires' that begins performances Thursday on the second floor of the former East Liberty YMCA.
With some 35 productions at various community theaters during the past five years on his resume, Crosby says he wanted the opportunity to gain experience in another aspect of theater. He is especially interested in sharing his love of his craft with young actors and pairing them with veteran actors so the youngsters' enthusiasm is infectious.
The group's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice Broadway rock musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' brings together an all-star cast of the company's veteran performers, including Vince Tresco as Jesus, Scott Sambuco as Peter and John Noble as the high priest Caiaphas.
Friday, March 25, 2011
He was the creator of one of the first official art payloads transported to space by NASA in 1989. He has bounced holograms off the moon for a work that joined Galileo's Notebook at a prominent exhibition in Paris.
'All my work on Earth has had cosmic connections going back to the 1960s,' says Burgess, sitting in his studio on Gold Way in Oakland, surrounded by art. 'NASA is not arts prone, but they are very supportive of me,' he says humbly.
That's murder for a good cause.
Founded in 2001 by South Park resident Cory McCaffery Sigler, the nonprofit theater group McCaffery Mysteries, based in the South Hills, has performed interactive murder mystery shows here and in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, New York and Ohio.
Personally, I have a tendency to overschedule myself–which is normally a good thing because clients usually take longer than they think they will to get the project to me. However, every so often it seems everyone does decide to start their projects on time and I end up working 15 hour days with little sleep.
No one likes working overtime, least of all a freelancer, so what do we do when we have too much work? How do we get our schedules on track?
Thompson believed the story would make for an inspiring TV movie about the power of faith and forgiveness, but he knew the dark subject matter would be a tough sell in Hollywood.
Here is how HE did it.
That's because Catmull and Pixar's directors think it's better to fix problems than to prevent errors. 'My strategy has always been: be wrong as fast as we can,' says Andrew Stanton, Director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, 'Which basically means, we're gonna screw up, let's just admit that. Let's not be afraid of that.' We can all work this way more often.
Because one point this horrible, wretched movie (which I am in no way judging) made well was when one of the characters jumped up and said “Don’t you get it? All of this is to turn guys on!”
Which, well, yes. Got that.
Yes, I know the war didn't end in 2015, you misplaced-modifier hawks. In fact, the Civil War didn't end at all: what do you think those Tea Party people are on about? That's what makes the City Lit project so gripping: that its exploration of the themes of the Civil War are necessarily conversations about the nation--or nations--we live in today.
As recently as five years ago, said Preston Bailey, the Manhattan event designer, “I had to convince all of my clients of the importance of bringing in an outside lighting company.” Now, he said, many of the clients who can afford to hire him to create striking centerpieces and backdrops are also prepared to hire someone to illuminate those features.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Jeffrey David Sears recently joined the cast as an ensemble member/puppeteer and understudy for lead character Princeton. Each of the main actors operates a Muppet-style puppet in this musical whose language and adult topics clearly distance it from that other well-known puppet thoroughfare, 'Sesame Street.'
The touring company will perform twice Sunday, March 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Center for the Arts.
putting a bulls-eye on your back as part of a larger campaign whose target is all working families and everything we hold dear.
And now that so many American school districts –– even whole states –– are facing reductions in school funding, more and more, it is athletics that are being cut back. Sometimes now, public school sports survive only by the grace of private donations, from parents and fans.
Of course, it's not just sports that are prime prospects for elimination, but also art and music. After all, sports, art and music, the S-A-M of school –– what I call the SAM activities –– are known as extracurriculars, emphasis on the 'extra.' They're the logical expenses to slash before you take down the educational basics: reading, writing, arithmetic.
It’s become an accepted part of the Junos’ 40-year mythology that the nation’s largest institutional celebration of homegrown music fled this city in 2002 for the receptive arms of St. John’s — and, during the years since, seven other enthusiastic host cities — because busy, buzzing Toronto didn’t really give a damn whether it hosted the Juno Awards or not.
According to the California Film Commission, the $500 million, five-year California Film and Television Tax Credit program has generated more than $2 billion in economic activity - and more than 40,000 jobs - since its introduction less than two years ago.
Sometimes the story of the process is as exciting as the product itself. Two alumni working in the entertainment industry – Frank Janesh (CFA'01) in Los Angeles – and the news industry – Nitya Chambers (H&SS '01) in Washington, D.C. – talk about what it takes to go from an idea to a completely polished work. They'll share the lifecycle of projects such as the Grammy Awards and media coverage of Presidential elections, and they'll discuss the importance of the creative problem solving they do every day.
Nitya Chambers is ABCNews.com's Coordinating Producer of Special Projects. She works on the integration and presentation of breaking news and planned coverage, particularly regarding social media and content feeds, and coordinates with the tech and design teams on how best to present stories.
Frank Janesh is a Principle at The Scenic Route, a full-service production company providing design, consulting, implementation and support for film, television, live events, museums and industrial installations. He is primarily responsible for day to day operations and project management. Clients have included the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Kids' Choice Awards, museum exhibits, trade show installation for GE, Paul Mitchell and the US Army.
Show+Tell is free and open to all members of the Carnegie Mellon community.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:30 p.m. - Dessert Reception
7:00-8:30 p.m. - Presentation
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