Robe Robin Series Lights This Is Brazil at Edinburgh Fringe

Jacob Coakley

Robe moving lights lit up The Pleasance venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with Pointes, 600E Spots, MMX Spots, MMX WashBeams, MMX Blades and LEDWash 600s working in the 23 pop-up venues operated by The Pleasance. Matt Britten, Pleasance technical operations manager and Dom Knight, Pleasance Edinburgh head of lighting chose the Robe fixtures, which were supplied by Black Light, a sales, rental and installation specialist based in Edinburgh. One of the bigger shows for The Pleasance was This Is Brazil, which took place in the Pleasance Grand, a 750-seat theatre, and featured 10 LEDWash 600s, six MMX Blades and six MMX WashBeams all from Robe’s ROBIN series, which were used extensively throughout the show to help create atmosphere and add color and striking effects.

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Ashly Audio Powers Our Lady of Lourdes Academy’s Multipurpose Gymnasium

Jacob Coakley

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami, Fla. recently spent $15 million on renovations to their school, including a multi-purpose gym that will hold classes, assemblies and performances in addition to athletic activities. Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), an A/V specialty electrical and integration firm, was awarded the contract for the audio, video and intercom portion of the project. The project team placed a huge priority on ease of use to handle all these needs easily at the school, so Revelation Sound chose Ashly Audio KLR-series amplifiers and an 8 x 8 Ashly ne8800 networked audio processor.

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United Performing Arts Fund Allocates $9 Million

Jacob Coakley

The United Performing Arts Fund will distribute $9,075,300 to its member organizations and affiliates. The $9 million is a nine percent increase over 2013 and the most in UPAF history. The record-setting 2014 UPAF Campaign was co-chaired by Bob Arzbaecher, chairman of Actuant Corporation; Therese Burkhart, community volunteer; and Glen Hackmann, vice chairman of Robert W. Baird and Co. The allocation numbers are determined by an independent committee, which was expanded this year to increase representation of UPAF's largest corporate donors. The UPAF Allocation Committee utilized the allocation process that was established in 2013 to ensure transparency and objectivity while maintaining prudent stewardship of donor dollars.

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Yamaha Audioversity Brings Live Sound Reinforcement Program to Chicago

Jacob Coakley

Yamaha Audioversity will focus on sound reinforcement/live sound in Chicago with three days of classes November 3-5. Day 1 will focus on digital mixing consoles for sound (featuring CL and QL series consoles); Day 2 will cover digital audio networking (fundamentals in the context of a common home network, and expand into features required for full scale Dante network provisioning and configurations) and Day 3 dives into speaker systems (with new Nexo and STM products). Attendees will be eligible to receive CTS credits for each of the three-day sessions.

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Philips Selecon and Vari-Lite Fixtures Make Edinburgh Fringe Festival Debut

Jacob Coakley

The Philips Selecon  Rama LED Fresnel and Vari-Lite VLX Wash were new additions to the lighting rig at the C South venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Rama LED Fresnel luminaires took care of the warm and cool Front of House wash light two VLX Wash luminaires were installed as key light FOH with two additional luminaires providing back key light. Owen Horton, theatre manager at C south, praised both luminaire’s “beautiful dimming curves” that “dim all the way down to zero without a bump at the bottom.”

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Robert Juliat Partners with Licht-Technik Vertriebs to Create Line of Motorized Fixtures

Jacob Coakley

Robert Juliat partnered with Licht-Technik Vertriebs of Germany to create motorized versions of Robert Juliat’s Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Licht-Technik Vertriebs’ range of motorized yokes and barndoors, color changers and dimmer shutters will complement Robert Juliat’s fixtures in new fixtures aimed at theatre and studio installations.

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Michael Riedel Loses Bet, Gets Doused With Ice

Jacob Coakley

In a fun story about the politicking and press that happens in the big-stakes Broadway world, longtime New York Post gadfly and Broadway gossip columnist Michael Riedel lost a bet to Finding Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein, and had a bucket of ice water poured over his head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. After Riedel wrote a column criticizing Finding Neverland (which is playing at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., in a run-up to a Broadway debut) without having actually seen the show, the producer Harvey Weinstein invited him to see the show for himself and offered him a challenge: if less than 80% of the audience did not love the show, Weinstein would do the ALS ice bucket challenge. However if 80% or more of the audience loved it, Riedel would have ice dumped on him. The show was surveyed and the results were verified by accounting firm Ernst and Young. After 96% of the audience voted they loved the show, Weinstein doused Riedel. (Read the whole press release after the jump for a few more great digs at Riedel—including one from himself.)

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Tony Kambic Promoted to Lex West Facility Site Manager

Jacob Coakley

Tony Kambic is the new site manager for Lex Products’ West Coast office. Kambic has been with Lex Products for six years, and will be charged with the planning and coordination of sales, marketing, procurement and production initiatives. Along with Jeff deRecat, Territory Manager, and Pat Legler, Inside Sales Representative, he will be an additional point of contact in supporting Lex Products' customers in the Los Angeles area.

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Draft American National Standard for Canadian Power Feeder Cables Available for Public Review

Jacob Coakley

BSR E1.51 - 201x, a draft standard with the hefty title of "The Selection, Installation, and Use of Single-Conductor Portable Power Feeder Cable Systems for Use at 600 Volts Nominal or Less for the Distribution of Electrical Energy in the Television, Film, Live Performance, and Event Industries in Canada E1.51, is now available for public review.

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Theatre Bay Area Announces Finalists for Inaugural Awards

Jacob Coakley

Theatre Bay Area has announced the finalists for their inaugural awards program. The awards aim to honor the highest caliber of theare across the Bay Area and will take place on Monday, Nov. 10. Some 180 productions from 78 participating theatre companies were evaluated by 270 adjudicators, who recorded close to 3,000 ballots to select the final slate of finalists.

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