Top Safety Features? Even High-Performance Hoists Need Them

In designing our new high-capacity hoist, the design team at J. R. Clancy focused on speed, increased travel … and the top safety features required to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 79: Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery, and ANSI E1.6-1 – 2012 – Entertainment Technology – Powered Hoist Systems We started with the benefits our customers want: Titan® High-Performance Hoist provides a reliable head block for long, trouble-free life, and a zero-fleet angle that allows venues to install this compact, efficient hoist in just about any setting. Depending …

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Q&A Spotlight: Sound Advice @ LDI

We caught up with Denny Meyer, Acoustics Product Manager with the Wenger Corporation, who is attending LDI2014 this week in Las Vegas. YPP: What is an acoustical banner? Meyer: It’s a relatively new solution for providing variable, passive acoustics in performance venues. Variable acoustics means the performance space can be tailored to the specific type of performance, whether it’s a large symphony, small ensemble, drama or lecture. Passive acoustics uses architectural wall/ceiling shapes and surface treatments to improve acoustics by diffusing and absorbing sound. YPP: Can sound be absorbed like …

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Saluting a Texas Military Band

36th Inf Div Band -- from FBook

In honor of Veterans Day, we’ll salute a military band we visited last December, just a week after their renovated facility opened at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Updating History. For more than two decades, the 36th Infantry Division Band, part of the Texas Army National Guard, had used a building designed in 1918. It was built as a quick, cheap and temporary structure — basically just a wooden hangar – and it badly needed updating. In the project, materials from the original building were reused, including pine siding, roof …

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Election Day: Vote for Arts, Schools

Vote for Arts

If you’re concerned about the future of arts funding across the country – and there’s good reason for concern* – be sure to exercise your democratic power today. Vote for officials who share your views and offer visionary solutions that will nurture our nation’s rich cultural heritage. [*When adjusted for inflation, public funding for the arts has decreased more than 30 percent the past 21 years.] And while it’s easy to get excited about sparkling new performing arts centers, theaters or civic centers, don’t forget about also supporting your local …

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Kennedy Center President Inspires

Earlier this month, Deborah Rutter spoke to the weekly luncheon of the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, D.C. Thanks to the transcript posted on NPC’s website, we almost feel like we were in the audience [applause] – except we’re still hungry! [laughter] Rutter took on the prominent role of Kennedy Center president in September, and is the first woman to hold that position. While her remarks received some national media attention, here are a few interesting highlights we took away: Art Tells Stories. In the manner of all good …

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USITT Working to Define Essential Skills

J.R. Clancy Rigging

Let’s say you’re a technical director at a regional theatre. You’re looking to fill an entry-level electrician position on your staff, and you receive two resumes from recent college graduates. Each of these resumes shows that the applicant has a theatre degree, and they’ve each had some hands-on experience as electricians for campus productions. Does that give you enough information to select one over the other? It’s not nearly enough, notes David Grindle, executive director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and it’s time to do something …

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Q&A Spotlight: Rejuvenate Your Festival

Mentor Ohio Beach Aerialist

Interview with Jill Korsok, Recreation Program Manager, City of Mentor, Ohio. Korsok is a presenter at this week’s National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress; her session is titled: Rejuvenate Your Festival: How to Avoid McFestivalization. YPP: Why is “McFestivalization” a bad thing? Korsok: Any recurring event – large or small – can become boring if the elements never change. In the fast food industry, standardization is great because people expect to be able to order the same exact thing at each location, but that’s not the case in the …

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Forget the Alamo: Tobin Center Grabs Spotlight

The biggest splash in the U.S. performing arts scene is the new $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which opened last month in San Antonio. We’ll highlight this beautiful facility more in the future, but today we’ll showcase excerpts from news coverage: Sir Paul Approves. Exactly 45 years to the day after the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album was released, Paul McCartney performed a fundraiser concert Oct. 1 to benefit the Tobin Center, with ticket prices ranged from $250 to $3,500. After just two songs, he told the crowd …

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Controversy-Free Met Opera News

Maybe it’s the art form of opera that attracts controversy? The Metropolitan Opera grabbed the media spotlight in recent months, first with rancorous labor-management negotiations and recently with uproar about upcoming performances of “The Death of Klinghoffer” – decried by some Jewish groups for endorsing terrorism. We’re glad the union agreements were reached, so opera lovers in New York City – and around the world via the Met’s “Live in HD” outreach – can enjoy the shows. This week we’ll explore several interesting, controversy-free Met stories: What’s a Field Worth? …

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Two Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

Are you familiar with the current standards for the installation and safe operation of fire safety curtains? For that matter, are you aware that there are documented standards for fire curtains—and for many other kinds of stage equipment? PLASA, the international trade association for entertainment technology professionals, brings together the top minds in the industry to develop standards for theatre equipment and procedures. Its Technical Standards Program—accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—promotes safe working conditions at every level of production. You can find standards here for the use …

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