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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Broadway Revival of Evita, Starring Ricky Martin, Did Not Recoup Investment

Playbill.com: The Tony-nominated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, which played its final performance Jan. 26 at the Marquis Theatre, failed to recoup its initial investment, according to Bloomberg.com. The production, which cost $9.6 million, had initially raised $11 million from investors. The revival ran for 46 weeks; Bloomberg.com states that a 63-week run would have been necessary for recoupment.

Ropes, Bodies, and Physics

TheatreFace: This week, I tried something I'd never done before, but was always interested in doing: rock climbing. Purdue's recreational sports center debuted a new climbing facility last semester, and I finally took the plunge this week and started climbing. True confessions: first, I'm not very good yet (I've climbed exactly twice!). Second, I'm pretty afraid of heights. (I know, I know! A theatre technician afraid of heights?! I don't like them, but I get over it when I have to for my job.) So all of this is pretty far outside my comfort zone. Maybe that's why I started thinking about the ways climbing overlaps with much of what we do in theatre--as a way to feel less uncomfortable. Regardless of the reason, I have been thinking about what I have been learning in terms of what we do on stage, and I am fascinated by the connections.

What It Means When Your Role Is Cut During Previews

www.backstage.com: When Jordan Dean lost his job, columnist Michael Riedel responded with characteristic reserve. From his perch at the New York Post, Riedel had campaigned to have Dean’s character Skipper excised from the new Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” starring Scarlett Johansson as Maggie the Cat and Benjamin Walker as Brick. Why the fuss? Because Skipper, an old football buddy of Brick’s, isn’t present in Tennessee Williams’ original work. He and his suicide are referenced often in the play, but he never showed up onstage until previews of this newest incarnation began Dec. 18.

Sondheim, Prince, Rivera to Receive 2013 Jerome Robbins Award

www.backstage.com: Broadway director-producer Harold Prince, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and dancer-actor Chita Rivera are the recipients of the 2013 Jerome Robbins Award, the Jerome Robbins Foundation announced Jan. 25.

Autodesk University 2012 Classes Now Online Free

(Between the Lines): If you want to learn from some of the best in the industry on Autodesk products and technologies then Autodesk University “AU” is the center of the universe. If you attended AU 2012 but were unable to attend some classes or didn’t attend, you can now get the great Autodesk University 2012 classes online and free now.

Iris van Herpen's 3-D-Printed, Laser-Sintered Couture |

Co.Design: business + innovation + design: Though she’s known first and foremost as the herald of 3-D-printed haute couture, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has always dealt in theater as much as technology. Now in her fifth year as a fixture on the runways, van Herpen’s flair for drama has never been stronger. At Paris Fashion Week on Monday, she opened her Spring 2013 presentation (appropriately titled Voltage) with a model dressed in a metallic bodysuit swaying atop a Tesla coil as columns of purple electricity gusseted from her limbs.

School of Music presents The Tender Land

The Tartan Online: Opera has traditionally been perceived as the land of fat ladies in Viking helmets, passionate love affairs, and duels to the death. It’s not a medium that often brings to mind farmers in the American Midwest during the ’30s. Last week, the Carnegie Mellon School of Music put on a production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, an American opera about a Great Depression-era family, and its broken hopes and future dreams. The opera focuses on the conflict between Laurie Moss, a young woman who wants to see the world and be free of her overprotective family, and her mother and grandfather, who have provided for Laurie over the years and only wish to guarantee her a bright and successful future.

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Equity buys L.A. digs

Variety: Actors' Equity Assn., the national stage thesps union, has purchased a building in North Hollywood that will become the org's new West Coast digs early next year. At 18,000 square feet, the freestanding, single-story building will allow Equity to create an audition center similar to the popular centers at Equity's Gotham and Chicago offices. The edifice also will have a parking lot that will accommodate around 50 cars, resolving longstanding parking issues at the offices the org currently rents in Hollywood.

Dance preview: Pillow Project lights up with free-wheeling dance program

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pillow Project artistic director Pearlann Porter is all about the unexpected. In her world, an empty space can become an intimate lounge for spontaneous jazz dance and live music, choreography is a negotiable road map and dancers' bodies are instruments. Her latest work, "Backlit in a Whole New D," follows suit, promising to whisk its watchers "into a new dimension" with an hour of 3-D light effects and Beastie Boys music. "It's a light show with people," she says.

Stage review: Music carries Kuntu's ambitious 'Chelsea Arms'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Kudos to Ernest McCarty for creating (words and music) and directing a brand new musical, "The Chelsea Arms," and to Kuntu Theatre for producing its premiere. More accurately, "Chelsea Arms" is a play with music, and that distinction gets at both its particular interest and what currently feels unfinished -- not unusual with the premiere of something so ambitious.

Unseam'd takes two different looks at Shakespeare

TribLIVE: The Unseam‘d Shakespeare Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary with two different approaches to the works of William Shakespeare. The season will begin Feb. 14-March 2 with the irreverent comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged”) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

'Seminar' is a high-value night of theater

TribLIVE: If PBS were shopping for a sitcom to produce, Theresa Rebeck‘s “Seminar” would be a good place to start. It‘s sharp, funny and filled with the kinds of observations, opinions and characters that appeal to those of us who subscribe to The New Yorker and often dip into the stories and articles that fill the spaces around its cartoons.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Talking Talent | Laurie Metcalf

NYTimes.com: The theater veteran Laurie Metcalf, best known as Jackie, Roseanne Barr’s high-strung sidekick sister on the popular 1990s sitcom “Roseanne,” is back on Broadway. Metcalf, an Emmy Award-winning actress, is currently reprising her leading role as Juliana Smithton, a biophysicist battling dementia in Joe Mantello’s “The Other Place,” running through March 3 at Manhattan Theater Club‘s Samuel J. Friedman’s Theater. In the show — and in approximately 80 minutes — Metcalf takes the audience on a gut-wrenching ride as her nefarious disease leaves a path of heartbreaking destruction. Her performance is haunting and left T with many questions, which Metcalf generously answered.

Was the Shaw Festival profitable (and popular) in 2012?

The Globe and Mail: The Shaw Festival’s audience may have shrunk in 2012, but the southern Ontario theatre company has ended up in the black after two years of large deficits thanks to a “right sizing” that reined in expenditures.

Equity Council Ratifies New SET Agreement

www.backstage.com: Actors and stage managers working on certain union touring productions will be getting a raise this year, according to the terms of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League’s new collective bargaining agreement for short engagement tours. The Equity Council ratified a new four-year Short Engagement Touring Agreement, or SETA, at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominees Announced (Full List)

www.backstage.com: With five nods apiece, “Silence! The Musical,” Center Theatre Group’s revival of “Waiting for Godot,” and South Coast Repertory’s “Jitney” collected the most nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, which Jan. 24 announced its nominees and special award recipients for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for 2012. Actors John Hurt, Christine Lakin, and JoBeth Williams, playwrights David Ives and Danai Gurira, and choreographers Bill T. Jones and Christopher Gattelli are among the individual nominees.

This Clever Resume That Looks Like an Amazon Page Is So Good I Would Buy It

gizmodo.com: Making your resume stand out from a pile of papers or a bunch of pixels on a screen is hard as hell. How can people who went to similar schools and worked similar jobs and have similar skills differentiate themselves? By being clever. Like Philippe Dubost. He turned his resume into an Amazon product page. It's brilliant!

Add These to Your Bucket List

www.toolcrib.com: What? Add this to my bucket list? Yup, you really need to get these new Husky products from The Home Depot. I have always kept my tools in either a drawer in my tool cabinet, or in a toolbox. You know, the toolbox you can’t close because all the tools aren’t in the perfect alignment to close the lid. So, the other day I saw this new twist on an old product. A bucket. A bucket? Yes, Husky has made a tool storage solution that will fit on any standard 5 gal bucket, and you can’t imagine how many tools this thing will hold.

Les Mis shines on stage

The Tartan Online: The movie adaptation of Les Misérables may be garnering plenty of critical acclaim, but last weekend Pittsburghers had the opportunity to see the musical as it was meant to be viewed: on the stage. PNC Broadway Across America presented a 25th anniversary production of Les Mis at the Benedum Center and proved that, despite the advantages big-budget Hollywood productions may have, there is magic in a live production that cannot be captured on screen.

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Nonprofit model transforms Trafalgar

Variety: If you can't beat 'em, take their business model. Over the past few years, London's commercial theater sector has watched U.K. nonprofits generate hit after hit and nab award after award by offering bold new shows with top casts at lower cost, and lower ticket pricing. Producer Howard Panter, creative director of Ambassador Theater Group, the country's largest, with 39 venues in London and outlying regions, is aiming to mix the subsidized sector's creativity with his commercial savvy in order to modify, or at least augment the way the West End produces shows.

Point Park now giving Pittsburgh Playhouse relocation star billing

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A plan to move the Pittsburgh Playhouse from Oakland to Downtown could be on a fast track. Point Park University has now made the relocation of the playhouse to the site of the former Honus Wagner Co. sporting goods store on Forbes Avenue the priority for the next phase of its $244 million academic village initiative. "We have decided to focus right now on the playhouse," university spokeswoman Mary Ellen Solomon said.

Two Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School students to compete in international competitions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The path from hopeful dancer to distinguished artist is the substance of dreams and story lines. In reality series such as Lifetime's "Dance Moms," young girls and boys move their bodies the best they can. In documentaries like 2011's "First Position," ballet dancers from across the globe represent their countries at prestigious competitions.

Stage Right's latest production is in the pink

TribLIVE: Stage Right is getting ready to transform Greensburg Garden and Civic Center into a pretty shade of pink this weekend. The professional theater company is staging a contemporary children‘s musical production, “Pinkalicious,” that tells the tale of a little girl‘s passion for all things pink — especially pink cupcakes. “Pinkalicious” is based on the award-winning picture book series by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.

Arts programming cycles mean some busy weeks, some light

TribLIVE: Actress Mae West may have thought that too much of a good thing was wonderful. But Pittsburgh arts patrons can find it frustrating. Those who frequent dance, theater and music events need look no farther than their calendars to know that some weeks are crammed with so many must-see shows that it‘s impossible to see them all.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Les Misérables at Broadway Across America

Theater Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh City Paper: Vive la révolution! Meet me at the barricade, comrades, and we'll overthrow the nasty French aristocracy! But first, let's sing about it for three hours. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, the fourth national tour of Les Misérables pulls into town as part of the PNC Broadway Across America series. The sweep! the saga! the spectacle! ... haven't necessarily made it onto the tour bus, but God knows you get a hell of a lot of music.

Broadway's Spider-Man producers, Taymor, near settlement, again

Reuters: The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" and Julie Taymor, the musical's ousted director, are once again ready to settle their long-running court case, a court filing showed on Wednesday. "We anticipate notifying the Court within the next week that a final settlement agreement has been executed," attorney Charles T. Spada, who represents Taymor, wrote in a January 22 letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan.

TV review: A thrilling look at 'Shakespeare Uncovered'

latimes.com: Loving Shakespeare with a love so immoderate it would take a Shakespeare to describe it, I was pretty well pre-sold on "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part analytical-historical gambol through several of his plays, beginning Friday on PBS. By the same token, I am liable to be more critical of the product; but as it turns out, it's a treat.

'Sound of Music' actress says Maria character a complicated one

TribLIVE: How do you solve a problem like creating a character for Maria?

If you‘re Lara Hayhurst, you just follow the lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II penned for “The Sound of Music.”

Maria is a complex character with often-conflicting personality traits, explains Hayhurst, who will play her in the Pittsburgh Musical Theater production of the musical that will play Thursday through Feb. 3 at the Byham Theater, Downtown.

Actors Perform With No Words In 'The Man Who Laughs'

www.backstage.com: For some actors, practicing a stage kiss for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. For Dave Droxler, star of The Stolen Chair Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “The Man Who Laughs,” the task was downright impossible. That’s because Droxler plays Gwynplaine, a man whose mouth was violently transfigured into a permanent grin. In order to embody the character’s disfiguration, Droxler wears a special prosthetic: a headgear that wraps around the back of his head, with hooks on either end that pull back the corners of his mouth into a smile.

Dance review: Pillow Project shows great vision

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It's been a long and winding road on Pearlann Porter's latest choreographic journey to search for a singular jazz improvisational style, one that is nearing a decade of invention.

But Ms. Porter always had a big vision. The official beginning of The Pillow Project, the result of Ms. Porter's ultra-imaginative idea way of dreaming on her personal pillow, started in 2004 at Attack Theatre's old haunts in Garfield, where 20-plus Point Park University students followed her lead in a program that, at the last minute, turned into a double performance due to audience demand.

Climbing opera's ladder: Selective resident program offers well-rounded foundation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: You're a 23-year-old doctoral candidate in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Connecticut.

You've grown up in a family of scientists, and it's a career decision you feel comfortable with, except sometimes you think you need a break and maybe should take some voice lessons "just for fun."

So what happens?

‘Can-Can’ shimmies to B’way

Variety: The 1953 musical "Can-Can" will shake a leg on Broadway, with a revival gearing up for a 2014 run.

Jonathan Burrows, nephew of the tuner's original book writer Abe Burrows, will produce the show to be directed by David Lee, who also pens a revised book with co-scribe Joel Fields. Patti Colombo choreographs.

The Shifting Landscape of Theater for Young Audiences: Searching for (and Creating) New Maps

HowlRound: In the world of theater for young audiences, the ground is shifting under our feet: unstable and unfamiliar, far less funding, and the zeitgeist is way different than just a few years ago. As we look ahead, we have little idea what the future will look like. This is very scary. And very exciting.

Cirque du Soleil, a victim of the economic crisis

Daily Press: The economic crisis has certain consequences, even in the entertainment industry. Cirque du Soleil announced on Wednesday that it would eliminate up to 400 jobs – mostly at its headquarters in Montreal – because of the Canadian dollar exchange rate, the economic crisis and rising production costs for its performances, informs lefigaro.fr. The Canadian dollar has been soaring in the past years against the U.S. dollar, cutting the profits of the company.

University increases tuition

The Tartan Online: An email sent to the student body by Vice President for Campus Affairs Michael Murphy last Thursday announced a 4 percent increase in new undergraduate tuition rates for Carnegie Mellon’s 2013–14 academic year. For 2013, tuition for incoming undergraduate students will be $46,670. Housing costs will be set at $7,070 and board costs at $4,920, which are increases of $260 and $180, respectively.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS



DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL (Vermont) offers 2013 summer internships in stage management, production, lighting, sound, costumes, wardrobe, scene painting, set construction, props, audience services, box office. Interns work directly with professional theatre staff and nationally known actors, directors and designers, many with Broadway credits. Two years College (or equivalent) is expected, plus prior work in area of interest and willingness to work long hours as part of a team. Charming proscenium theater (with shops on site) in beautiful rural location. Weekly stipend is $150, housing is provided. Letter, resume and references to Michael Giannitti, Producing Director at production@dorsettheatrefestival.org.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL in Vermont seeks experienced professional technical director for its 2013 summer 4 play season (late May to mid-August). Designers, directors and performers are nationally known; most have broadway credits. Charming 300 seat proscenium theater (with shops on site) in beautiful rural location. Competitive salary; Housing is provided. Letter, resume and references to Michael Giannitti, Producing Director at production@dorsettheatrefestival.org.

MASTER CARPENTER
DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL in Vermont seeks experienced Master Carpenter for its 2013 summer 4 play season. Contract dates are June 4-August 18. Designers, directors and performers are nationally known; most have broadway credits. Charming 300 seat proscenium theater (with shops on site) in beautiful rural location. Competitive salary; Housing is provided. Letter, resume and references to Michael Giannitti, Producing Director at production@dorsettheatrefestival.org.

SHOP CARPENTER
DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL in Vermont seeks experienced professional technical director for its 2013 summer 4 play season. Contract dates are June 4-August 18. Designers, directors and performers are nationally known; most have broadway credits. Charming 300 seat proscenium theater (with shops on site) in beautiful rural location. Competitive salary; Housing is provided. Letter, resume and references to Michael Giannitti, Producing Director at production@dorsettheatrefestival.org.

Kennedy Center set to expand

Variety: The Kennedy Center will build a major addition, expected to cost $100 million, to its iconic building along the Potomac River in order to accommodate needed rehearsal and education spaces as well as an outdoor performance area. The institution's chairman, billionaire David M. Rubenstein, has pledged half the funding.

Monday, January 28, 2013

News From the Real World Podcast



This week's stories:
  • Drexel Introduces Kiosk that Dispenses MacBooks
  • Table Saw Safety: Why the British Think We're Crazy
  • 6 Ways to Focus Without Taking Adderall
  • This Mind-Boggling Installation Breaks The Laws Of Physics--Or Does It?
  • 5 Things I Learned About Australian Theater
  • The Staging of Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man'
  • Why most "work made for hire" agreements in theatre don't work.
  • Les Mis Film Used DPA 4071 Lavalier Mics to Capture Audio
  • Opera About Walt Disney Refused Permission To Use Disney Images
  • A Way Without Words: Mummenschanz Mimes Celebrate 40
But probably not in that order.

This week's participants are: Taylor, Chris, Cat, Dale, Margo, and Lauren.

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week:

Underweight models BANNED in Israel to fight anorexia: New law forces women in ads to stay healthy (and faked images have to be identified too)

Mail Online: Ultra-skinny models are to be confined to history after the a law came into effect in Israel for the start of 2013. Only healthy looking models with a Body Mass Index of more than 18.5, such as the country's most famous export, Bar Refaeli, will be able to work there.
-- 12 comments here


Go Bionic With These Wearable Arduino Projects

Wired Design | Wired.com: The emerging field of smart textiles, known as "Wearables" or e-textiles, has gained considerable momentum in the past few years as enthusiasts continue to build more and more complex projects with microcontrollers that keep growing in power while shrinking in size. The LilyPad Arduino microcontroller board helped bring a large developer community into Wearables with its debut in 2007; since then it has allowed many of those who dream of blending technology and everyday clothing to build out their ideas.
-- 11 comments here


Interactive theatre: five rules of play from an audience perspective

Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional: Interactive theatre is not a new genre, but its popularity has exploded. Tricky to define but characterised by an active, physical relationship between audience and production, it often incorporates a site-specific venue around which the audience is free to roam. Shunt, arguably the daddy of this genre, has inspired countless other companies, all wrestling for space on the fringe.
-- 10 comments here


Ohio High School Fires Director for Staging Legally Blonde Musical; Creators and Parents Comment

Playbill.com: An Ohio high school that fired the woman hired to direct its musicals is reassessing the goals of its drama program after school administrators expressed concerns over a production of the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde. Loveland High School, located 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati, presented a November production of Legally Blonde, the 2007 stage musical based on the Golden Globe-nominated 2001 film of the same title.
-- 10 comments here


Video: George Lucas Talks Future of 'Star Wars' and Lucasfilm

Rolling Stone: After Disney acquired Lucasfilm last October, Star Wars creator and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and president Kathleen Kennedy sat down for a series of interviews on the future of the sci-fi universe and franchise. The fifth and final part surfaced today, but the pair let slip revealing news as early as the first segment in October. Lucas has already worked out treatments for Episodes Seven, Eight and Nine, with plans for more.
-- 8 comments here

Philly Stagehand Strike Continues

www.backstage.com: The stagehand strike in Philadelphia continues to rage on. Negotations between the Philadelphia Theatre Company and Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union representing its 27 stagehands, dissolved Jan. 22 after six hours, PTC Artistic Director Sara Garonzik told Backstage.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Live Sound: Expansive DiGiCo/Optocore Network Helps Propel Streisand “Back to Brooklyn”

Pro Sound Web: No matter your musical predilection, there’s no denying that Barbra Streisand is one of the biggest talents in show biz. Yet the notoriously stage-shy artist’s performances have been few and far between; the beginning of her 2012 Back To Brooklyn tour marked only her 82nd performance in a six-decade career.

Underweight models BANNED in Israel to fight anorexia: New law forces women in ads to stay healthy (and faked images have to be identified too)

Mail Online: Ultra-skinny models are to be confined to history after the a law came into effect in Israel for the start of 2013. Only healthy looking models with a Body Mass Index of more than 18.5, such as the country's most famous export, Bar Refaeli, will be able to work there.

"But you're so young to be a playwright!"

A Rehearsal Room of One's Own: I'm not sure why the also-fairly-young actress felt the need to tell me I was "young" to be a playwright, why she thought that was the appropriate follow-up to my telling her I was a playwright. Maybe she hasn't done many new plays? Maybe she has it in her head that "playwrights" are Mamet and Albee and hasn't yet worked with a playwright my age? In any event, I excused myself from the conversation rather quickly and did not talk to her for the rest of the party.

Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman owe ‘Les Miserables’ voices to Chicago coach

Chicago Sun-Times: If Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman are hitting all the right notes in the hit film “Les Miserables,” they have one talented Chicago area resident to thank for their vocal prowess. That would be Roberta Duchak, the Jeff Award-winning musical director (“Miss Saigon,” “Ragtime,” among many others, and the upcoming “Sunset Boulevard”) at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. Duchak, who owns a voice studio in Chicago and also teaches fundamentals of musical theater singing at Columbia College, put the two megastars through their vocal paces, working with Crowe from the audition through the actual filming — which in an unprecedented movie musical move featured the cast singing live as the cameras rolled.

Video: George Lucas Talks Future of 'Star Wars' and Lucasfilm

Rolling Stone: After Disney acquired Lucasfilm last October, Star Wars creator and Lucasfilm founder George Lucas and president Kathleen Kennedy sat down for a series of interviews on the future of the sci-fi universe and franchise. The fifth and final part surfaced today, but the pair let slip revealing news as early as the first segment in October. Lucas has already worked out treatments for Episodes Seven, Eight and Nine, with plans for more.

Stagehand hurt on Twain's new show struggles to recover

News - ReviewJournal.com: Matthew Moore sits in his Pahrump home, his arm in a cast and his neck in a brace. The 35-year-old stagehand remembers nothing about how he ended up in this position. He just knows it has something to do with that day working on the set of "Still the One," the Shania Twain show at Caesars Palace. "Everybody was being pretty safe. I was getting comfortable with the crew," he said, "and then one day I woke up in a hospital bed."

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How Are Arts Organizations Using Digital Technologies?

Watch How Are Arts Organizations Using Digital Technologies? on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Art Beat | PBS NewsHour | PBS: Have you ever live-tweeted during a classical music performance? Used a museum's mobile app? "Liked" a cultural event on Facebook? Done a yarn bombing? A new study, "Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies," published Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, looks at the ways in which cultural organizations -- theater companies, orchestras, museums -- are using the Internet, social media and mobile apps to grow, promote and enrich the things they do. The survey, taken by 1,244 arts organizations that have received funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, examined everything from budget demands and staffing to live-tweeting events and cell phone interruptions.

USITT Presents Offers More Training in 2013

Stage Directions: USITT will offer specialized training in sound, lighting and design products throughout 2013 in one- and two-day sessions entitled “USITT Presents…” The first two sessions will be partnerships with Meyer Sound and High End Systems/Studio Gear in February and March. The first will take place February 20 at Meyer Sound in Nashville, Tennessee, with the next happening March 18 and 19 at Studio Gear in Milwaukee, Wisc., just a few days before USITT holds its annual Stage Expo there. The Meyer Sound workshop, USITT Presents: Quick System Setup and Alignment, will teach methods for quickly and efficiently designing, installing and optimizing basic to complex sound systems for various applications on tight deadlines, using such Meyer tools as MAPP Online Pro, Compass and M Series. USITT Presents: Hog 4 Course Training, will offer introductory training on the new software for the High End Systems Hog 4 lighting control console.

Recording: In The Studio: Seven Obscure Mixing Techniques Used By The Pros

Pro Sound Web: Most of the time there is an obvious choice. Need more mid-range? Grab an EQ and boost the midrange. Need more control of the source? Volume automation or compression. Easy. But sometimes we face strange challenges — like how to get more bass in the kick without running out of headroom. Or how to make something sound brighter that doesn’t have much harmonic content above 7 kHz except hiss. Well, where there’s a will there’s a way. Sometimes the way is just a little less predictable.

BLUEGRASS BANDS RELY ON HIGH-QUALITY MICROPHONES

www.entertainmentengineering.com: By blending traditional bluegrass technique with modern songwriting theme, Boston-based group, Della Mae, brings a fresh perspective to their music. They recently stepped up the quality of their live performances by choosing DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to work with.

Christie Technology Weaves a Magical Holographic Image of Tribal Storytelling at Tillicum Village

Briefingroom on LiveDesignOnline: Christie® is bringing the past to life at Tillicum Village, a Native American cultural experience, with holographic images powered by two Christie HD10K-M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors. Using built-in Christie AutoStack™ and Christie Twist™, the projectors cast holographic images onto a Musion screen of a storyteller interacting with live actors and drummers throughout the performance on stage, helping capture unique tribal traditions. Located on Blake Island in Puget Sound, Washington, Tillicum Village and its Long House Theater present the history, tradition and culture of the Coast Salish tribes located along the state’s western border.

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