A flexible boom lets you position the mic away from beards
A flexible boom lets you position the mic away from beards

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: 3 Ways to Mount Mics Near Beards

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Mounting headset microphones on bearded speakers and actors can get a bit hairy. If your subject usually uses a headset and decides to sport a beard, you’ll likely grow concerned about scratchy sounds from the mic boom. Here are a few solutions to get you through without resorting to shaving the actor.

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LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

A Look Back at the LACMA Exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

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A year ago this week, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angles opened the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. The exhibition concentrated on Marc Chagall’s designs for four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloéby Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967). The exhibition featured the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which had never been exhibited since they appeared on stage. Though you might have missed the exhibition it is worth getting a look at the exhibition in this video that brings together the worlds of art, music, and costume design to reflect on Chagall's designs for the ballet and opera. Featuring costume designer Albert Wolsky, costume historian Bobi Garland, visual artist Frances Stark, opera director and Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibition designer Yuval Sharon, LACMA installation specialist Melinda Kerstein, and LACMA curators of Costume & Textiles Clarissa Esguerra and Kaye Spilker. 

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ETCP Announces Changes to Portable Power Distribution Technician Eligibility Requirements

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After an extensive survey of stakeholders, employers, and subject matter experts, it was determined that candidates could acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to qualify to sit for the Portable Power Distribution Technician examination with a less stringent work requirement. Effective immediately, the ETCP Certification Council has lowered the eligibility requirements for candidates applying to take the PPDT examination to 20 points from the original 25 points.

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Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus
Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

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This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: {youtube}v=dU78EGjZLHY{/youtube}

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Danielle Preston
Danielle Preston

Danielle Preston: Costume Design & Identity

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I met Danielle Preston through a Facebook group. Danielle Preston is a freelance costume designer based in Washington DC. Danielle has designed for The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Theater for Young Audiences, The Lincoln Center, Theater J, Triad Stage, Theater Alliance DC, 1st Stage, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Bristol Valley Theater. Danielle was a recipient of the William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center in Costume Design and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design Education. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and United Scenic Artists Local 829. She holds a BA in Theater Production from Meredith College and an MFA in Costume Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: How Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Happens

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The human sense of hearing is downright amazing. A person with healthy hearing can hear sounds as quiet as 0db and withstand short-term exposure to sound as loud as 85db without sustaining permanent hearing damage. The frequency range at which we can detect sound is also wide, ranging from about 20Hz to 20kHz. Most of us take our hearing for granted, that is until it’s gone or damaged.

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Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.
Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.

Shure Receives 2018 Global Excellence Award

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The Global Presence Alliance (GPA), the “Star Alliance” of the Integrated Audio-Visual Experience Industry, has again recognized Shure as a 2018 Global Excellence Award winner. As a reflection of the leading audio, visual, and UC manufacturers and vendors, the annual Global Excellence Awards honor vendors that exhibit the highest level of commitment to delivering superior experiences to GPA members and global customers. Shure was previously honored with this prestigious achievement in 2017 and 2016, shortly after the Company joined the GPA’s Accredited Vendor Program.

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The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva
The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva

Justin Townsend Lights Acclaimed Jagged Little Pill

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The world premiere of Jagged Little Pill, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette, ran for 79 sold-out performances – May 5th to July 15th – at American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA. This was the longest run of any production at the theater. The show, which incorporates music from Morissette’s 1995 Grammy Award-winning album such as “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know,” is an original story that deals with some of today’s most significant issues like opiate addiction, gun control and gender identity.

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