High End Systems Announces Hog Factor Competition

Naomi Crews

The Hog Factor is a national collegiate lighting programming competition from High End Systems. Teams of lighting designers from recognized colleges are asked to create a performance lighting piece on either an existing Hog desk or via Hog 4 PC. The grand prize includes a Hog 4 console (MSRP $44,000), a $20,000 scholarship for their school and an internship at High End Systems, with the opportunity to join the company full time following a successful trial period.

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In Memoriam: Bob See, 67

Kevin M. Mitchell

Bob See, one of the founding fathers of the modern live event industry, a true pioneer of event lighting, died Feb. 10 in his sleep. He was 67.

“He was a trooper, and a gifted soul,” said lighting legend and 2004 Parnelli Lifetime Honoree Chip Monck. “He gave more than he took — a lot more. Now he goes to his reward … no more three-course proscenium brick walls … thanks, Robert, for all you’ve done. Thanks a lot.”

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Cal Performances Launches New Intitiative for Arts Literacy, Berkeley Radical

Jacob Coakley

Cal Performances, the UC Berkeley-based presenting, commissioning and producing organization for world-class music, dance and theatre events is launching a new initiative to create new access to the arts and increase public arts literacy called Berkeley Radical. The program will include a residency component for commissioned artists to explore known works and create new ones. During the residency artists will work with students on campus and off in learning programs. Additionally, there will be post-performance distribution of such things as creative process, education, research and scholarship endeavors delivered via various media platforms—starting with a dedicated iTunes destination. The first to be named Berkeley Radical artists are conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

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USITT Announces Recipients of the 2015 YDT Awards

Naomi Crews

USITT named the 11 winners of the 2015 Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts. The annual YD&T Awards give young theatrical designers and technicians a leg up in their careers, come with free registration to USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo and up to $1,000 in cash prizes from sponsors of the awards.

One surprise from the awards: NO ONE nominated a student for an award in Sound Design -- so no sound design student won the award. Students -- approach your mentors and professors about nominating you next year. And sound design professors: Step it up to help your talented students get the recognition they deserve!  

 

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