Monday, September 26, 2016

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Want to Be an Artist? Be Passionate and Realistic About Your Career

NEA: I almost didn’t become an artist. Throughout school, I acted but never envisioned it as a vocation. As a Sri Lankan woman immigrant, I didn’t have role models who looked like me out there in public. My own experience didn’t give me the courage to pursue theater as a profession. When I was playing a supporting role as a bag lady in an eighth-grade production, the director pulled me aside and said, “You have talent. Stick with it. You have such an expressive face.” I was flattered but wondered, Then why did you cast me as the bag lady?

When A Tree Falls in Athens and Rises in Camelot, Whose Design Is It Anyway?

Arts Integrity Initiative: There’s a very large tree that has been traveling around the Dallas-Fort Worth region in Texas. There’s no need to worry, as the tree hasn’t acquired independent mobility and become sentient, but rather, it has made major appearances in two theatrical productions in the area in a short span of time. Designed originally by Bob Lavallee for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Texas Christian University, it just finished a run center stage in Camelot at Lyric Stage.

How “N*W*C” Became Drama Non Grata On A California State Campus

Arts Integrity Initiative: To start at the end, or at least where we are today: Michele Roberge, executive director of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, has resigned, effective yesterday. Why? Because the school’s president, Jane Close Conoley, insisted upon the cancelation of Roberge’s booking of the comedy N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk, a show that has toured extensively for more than a decade to performing arts centers on and off college campuses. In fact, it played to a sold out house of more than 1,000 seats last year at the Carpenter Center. When Conoley raised a red flag earlier this year, Roberge made it known that if Conoley forced the cancelation, she would resign on principle. And so when the axe fell, she did.

It Only Takes Six Seconds To Hear The World’s Most Sampled Song

FiveThirtyEight: Fans know that when a new Beyoncé, Kanye or Diplo track drops, it will likely contain a musical sample — an instrumental or vocal nugget from a song of yesteryear. That nugget will be rearranged, looped or otherwise given new context. Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” for example, didn’t just introduce us to an unusual dance style; its sped-up sampling of an 1972 R&B hit reintroduced the world to Timmy Thomas and the distinctive beat of “Why Can’t We Live Together.”

If You Build A Censorship Machine, They Will Come

Electronic Frontier Foundation: If you have the power to censor other people’s speech, special interests will try to co-opt that power for their own purposes. That’s a lesson the Motion Picture Association of America is learning this year. And it’s one that Internet intermediaries, and the special interests who want to regulate them, need to keep in mind.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Stagehands at ZACH Theatre ask city to step into wage fight

Austin Monitor: Although they’re used to being behind the scenes, the stagehands from ZACH Theatre are going public with their requests for more equitable pay.

On Sept. 1, representatives of the stagehands asked City Council to put stipulations on cultural organizations like ZACH Theatre requiring that they pay fair and stable wages. This is the first campaign for a newly forming stagehand’s union at the theater. At the heart of their fight, they say, is Austin’s creative community’s struggle to secure a stable living so it can afford to stay in the rapidly growing city.

Mark Bly in conversation with Katalin Trencsényi: "Questioning Spirit”—Dramaturgy in America

The Theatre Times: Mark Bly is an American dramaturg, editor, and lecturer. He was the chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004, while being the associate artistic director at the Yale Rep. He taught dramaturgy at Yale and was the director of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College from 2011-2013, and is currently adjunct professor in the MFA Playwriting Program at Fordham/Primary Stages. Over the past thirty-five years, he has served as a dramaturg, director of new play development, and associate artistic director at venues such as the Arena Stage, the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Seattle Rep, theYale Rep and on Broadway, dramaturging and producing over two hundred plays.

Theater Director at Cal State-Long Beach Quits After Racially Charged Play Is Canceled

The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education: Michele Roberge resigned this week as theater director at California State University at Long Beach after 14 years in the post, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Her resignation followed a disagreement with administrators over whether the university’s performing-arts center should host the racially charged play N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk.

From the Executive Director: Dirty Words

Theatre Bay Area: Early in the spring, conversations began to circulate around a local upcoming production of The Mikado by Lamplighters Music Theatre. In the past few years the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite has become a touchstone for protest and controversy. A Seattle production in 2014 inflamed and bitterly divided the city's artistic community, drawing attention from the national press.

Artists are Salvaging Train Stations' Analog Departure Boards

Atlas Obscura: For years, noisy analog departure boards have been disappearing from Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. These boards, most remarkable for the flapping, clacking sound they make as their split-flap cards flip to reveal new information, are often called Solari boards, after the Italian company that invented them. New York Penn Station lost its original one around 2000. Boston replaced its board, which was breaking twice a day, the Globe reported, in 2008. New Haven and Baltimore took theirs out of commission in 2010.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

For its Next Act, Cirque Goes to China AFTER entertaining millions of people in dozens of countries over the years, China offers a new realm of possibilities for acrobatic dance troupe Cirque du Soleil.

During his visit to China earlier this month, Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre confirmed the entertainment company’s expansion plans in China. In April, Fosun, China’s leading investment group, joined American investment firm TPG to become one of Cirque du Soleil’s largest strategic partners in a deal that will facilitate its global business development.

Women to Watch

THE INTERVAL: Despite the dearth of women writing, directing, and designing on Broadway, there are a lot of fabulous women making theatre and changing the theatrical landscape beyond the Great White Way. We asked women who had been featured on The Interval, and those in the know in the theatre community, to recommend emerging female theatre artists who they’re excited by and who deserve more exposure and support. So here are 16 female writers, directors, designers, and producers who the theatre community should be watching

Scholar: Shakespeare Didn’t Coin Many of the Words Attributed to Him

Flavorwire: In addition to his insights and his memorable poetry, Shakespeare is widely credited with inventing many words and phrases that can’t be found further back in the historical record. But perhaps he’s been given too much credit as an originator of words and phrases. Dr. David McInnis, a Shakespeare lecturer at the University of Melbourne, says some of this fallacy is due to the Oxford English Dictionary’s early editors being “biased” towards Shakespeare, ignoring previous uses of certain phrases. Examples of phrases originally attributed to the Bard that can be found earlier include wild-goose chase and it’s Greek to me, according to McInnis’s research.

Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew

HowlRound: Perhaps the best place to preface a critique of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all-male Taming of the Shrew is the end: Katherina (Kate) delivers her final speech with unflinching honesty, bemoaning that women “seek for rule, supremacy, and sway/ Whey they are bound to serve, love, and obey.” She implores Bianca and the Widow to join her, creating a silent, encapsulating snapshot: three women prostrate before their husbands, hands extended to be crushed beneath their companions’ feet. Regardless of the corseted actors’ gender identities, Shakespeare Theatre Company leaves audiences with a searing image of female submission to men—about as traditional an interpretation of Shakespeare’s play as one can find.

Feast your eyes on the 2016 incarnation of Burning Man

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Where the rows of tents and RVs end, a virtual outdoor museum begins. Stretching over two miles into the open desert, structures large and small rise from the pale dust: a cluster of lighthouses, the front half of a 747 airplane, a net of undulating lights. In every direction there’s something new to feast your eyes upon, or even climb or crawl into. At nightfall, the installations become illuminated or otherwise transform and present an entirely different landscape to explore.

Friday, September 09, 2016


Does this game count or is it preseason?  Looks like it counts...  Don't think we'll be charging out to upgrade our phones...  Had one of those twitter posts today that I had to unpost.  Much more appropriate for the walled garden of my Facebook feed...  It is possible that Johnson could have spun his Aleppo gaffe into an explanation of Libertarian priorities.  Doesn't look like he will though...  TD 3 this year is turning out to be more like TD Seminar.  It is possible that is a good thing...  They're paying $200,000 per day to have the Liberty Bridge closed.  You'd think that would be a fairly strong motivator...  Haven't been in my car in longer than I can remember...  In other news, I really am not that fond of the bus...  Lots of Star Trek news today.  I'm not sure but I think the show is cool all of a sudden...  Our fantasy league commissioner may have dropped the ball a little.  The season started tonight, our draft is Saturday...  Lego sales have been so good that the Lego people have been trying to get people to buy less so they can keep up...  The whole school assembly that I thought was potentially problematic turned out to be just fine...  North Korea detonated a nuke yesterday.  So that makes me feel so much better about the state of the world...  What is it with my computer that it is so hitchy?  Is it time for a new computer?  I just don't get it...  I'm not sure that requiring apps will give us the freedom from the cable box we deserve...  Right now I think I would predict a 50% chance of the NFTRW Podcast happening this year...  I watched some of Trump last night.  I probably shouldn't do that...  I spend a whole lot of time sitting in a chair in the boy's room.  Parent tip: pick a comfortable chair...I wish the cable news shows would devote at least 50% of their time to something other than the election.  Or maybe I should just stop watching cable news... 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


The Five Thirty Eight did a post today that read, to me, like a horror story...  I'm liking my new office keyboard, but typos are on the increase...  First assignment was due today.  Almost everyone did it...  I'm on my own with the boy and my in-laws this week...  I really wish the AC wouldn't run so much...  Met the neighbor today, their basement took last week harder than ours...  The bus is really crowded at 10am...  Season Four of Orange is the New Black became very OZ-like...  I don't know when it happened, but the garage floor is almost completely visible...  Firefox on my laptop has become so, so, slow...  If you are keeping track I still haven't finished that room in the attic...  My work Twitter picked up a bunch of followers this week.  Could have something to do with that account suddenly following a bunch of people...  I have three syllabi to complete this semester, so far I have finished one.  Guests make finalizing schedules difficult...  The guy that come to do an estimate on grading the back yard hasn't sent me the bid.  I think I shouldn't hold my breath...  I wrote an IFTTT recipe today that could save me like an hour every week.  I'll keep you posted...  The lines for food on campus have been way too long this week...  My wife has told me I have to do fantasy football this season because I won last season...  I've been thinking a lot about getting to the next work plateau.  Not sure what to make of that...  The boy has the first prolonged cold I can remember.  His ability to produce snot is impressive...  I turned off a bunch of my Twitter 'bots.  I figure if they were annoying me they must have been annoying others - of course that assumes anyone was following that account in the first place...

Monday, September 05, 2016

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Broadway Plays Contradict #TonysSoDiverse

HowlRound: The 2016 Tony Awards Ceremony was a historic night when four actors of color won all of the best performance awards in a musical category. That, along with the slew of wins for Hamilton, reinforced the notion that “Diversity is the theme of the entire season.” Well, for musicals that is.

National Labor Relations Board Dings Opponents of AEA’s New Rules for 99-Seat Theaters; Appeal to be Filed

@ This Stage: In round one of a filing by plaintiffs in the Asner, et al versus Actors’ Equity Association against the national stage actors and stage manager’s union, Actors’ Equity Association, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dismissed the unfair labor practices complaint on August 30.

The filing with the NLRB was independent of the lawsuit, and has no bearing on the Motion to Dismiss (the lawsuit) filed by the union, in response to that lawsuit being filed and served. A hearing for that Motion has been set for mid-September.

Così Fan Tutte: racial and sexual abuse should shock audiences, not the titillation The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to all ticket holders offering a refund “due to the adult nature of some of the scenes” and its unsuitability for younger audiences.

“Seven Guitars” at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler: Only in Pittsburgh.

Only here could a small, scrappy theater company stage a production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars in the very setting he had in mind when he wrote the play: the backyard of his childhood home on Bedford Ave. in the Hill district.

That home has sat tragically abandoned and decaying for decades. But rather recently, a local group, spearheaded by Wilson’s nephew Paul Ellis, began rehabilitating it and transforming it into the Daisy Wilson Artist Community, a center for artists and performers.

And, for just one more weekend, it plays a starring role in Mark Clayton Southers’s surehanded interpretation of the play.

PETA Has Lost Its Monkey's 'Next Friend' In Its Crazy Copyright Case

Techdirt: The ongoing saga that is the monkey selfie lawsuit has continued to move forward, with the lawyers for photographer David Slater filing their brief in response to PETA's. As you probably recall, PETA had teamed up with a primatologist named Antje Engelhardt claiming to be "next friends" for the Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto, who is alleged to have taken the following selfie with David Slater's camera.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


New post on new mechanical keyboard - probably lots of typos.  I'm still adjusting...  Another summer of precollege is nearly in the books, just one day of interviews left...  The boy can work the locks on the doors, good thing we have some keys...  Is it just me that cringes every time the a/c kicks on?  Probably...  The suspensions at the top of the NFL season are making me rethink my participation in a fantasy league this year...  Evernote is going to make me pay.  I hope I can get work to cover it.  Which of course has me thinking about a half dozen other freemium apps I use...  Freemium is apparently not a word...  I'm looking for a new backpack, something small on the outside but big on the inside.  I'm not sure such a thing exists...  Bob the Builder has taken a real chunk out of Thomas the Tank Engine's time in my life...  It's tough to make decisions when you really don't know why you're doing something...  Now that I have a new office keyboard I wonder if I will need to get a matching unit for home...  A couple of years ago I wrote a post called "not today true believer" or something close to that.  The same sentiment is going to apply to this fall's election for sure...  I'm glad I didn't make a to-do list at the top of the summer.  Saves me from having to look at everything I failed to accomplish...  Having the DNC and RNC conventions back to back might not be the greatest scheduling.  Next time maybe a week in between so we can recover...  If you have peanut M&M's in your office you will eat them...  Blogger thought I was a bot today.  That's a lot of posts...Sometimes I feel like I need to apologize for the tweet pace of the @NFTRW_Feed account.  The IFTTT recipes sometimes cause it to erupt...  I rewatched "Torchwood: Children of Earth" recently.  It's very different if you have a child...  Actually I corrected all the typos...

Thursday, July 14, 2016


So much for upping the tempo.  I'd have to look but I bet that's the lead the last several times...  Emmy nominations today.  Actually have some former students in the mix...  My little corner of the internet isn't all that thrilled with Mike Pence...  I think our cat finally misses the other cat...  I think partly why I haven't been posting is that I am really just at a loss for words.  Just typing "STOP SHOOTING PEOPLE" over and over doesn't seem to do the trick...  Getting set for the next Rochester trip.  This time with a few day stop over in Chicagoland...  We're probably going to some pickle thing tomorrow, but if Leo had his choice he'd go to the Toy & Train show.  However, he doesn't really get a vote...  I made it through Prime Day without buying anything.  Based on how many of my keys are sticking I should have bought a keyboard...  Speaking of, does anyone know anything about mechanical keyboards?  I feel like I should have one but I'm not sure why...  The yard really needs dethatching, aerating and overseeding - like on an industrial scale.  Not sure we're up to that.  Maybe it isn't too early to start putting off projects into next spring...  Vegas in October is looking more and more likely, but it looks like I will likely miss the LDI show proper...  I got all worried about doing a cantilever for this loft I involved in and then I remembered it would need a ladder where the leg would want to be anyway...  I can't fathom why people hate Hilary so much.  I can understand not wanting to vote for someone, but this is so much deeper than that...  Now that it appears that the Ghostbusters reboot is going to be successful I hope Paul Feig will take a serious look at that Soul Sisters casting I sent him...

Tuesday, June 07, 2016


We expedited handling the AC disaster, so naturally it is like 60 degrees outside tonight...  I think there will be no more important position this election cycle than audio technician for HRC...  Went to Target for socks today.  Should have spent maybe $12.  My receipt said I saved $19 dollars today.  Shouldn't go to the store when bored...  The boy can now pick up the cat.  That's a patient cat...  I'm being shifted off a USITT committee I've been on for more than a decade through a rules change - me and about a dozen other people...  Three episodes into Sense8 and I think it has legs.  It's kind of like Cloud Atlas on steroids...  I apparently let the Greenpage lapse for several days.  Oops.  That's all I've got...  Dealing with said AC disaster changed up the solution to a home project I have been stalling on for two years.  I guess it turned out to be a good thing I hadn't done it...  I think I'm now ready to entertain argument that Sanders should step aside without rolling my eyes...  Mrs. TANBI made Wapple Pie the other night.  You should try Wapple Pie...  People keep missing the dimension to the Stanford sentence that it is also jail and not prison.  It makes a difference...  Haven't made it down to the 3 Rivers Arts Festival yet.  I've got high confidence for Thursday though...  I now have dozens of pictures of Thomas the Train track layouts.  I'm sensing a new blog label...  If people start to think about it Trump is rapidly going to run out of judges he thinks can give him a fair hearing...  Nice to see the Pens up 3-1.  I hope someone from their cohort followed the Golden State/OKC series...  I'm trying to keep post tempo up, I really am...

Friday, June 03, 2016


So, the AC crapped the bed.  So much for the emergency fund...  Watching the NBA Finals suggests to me that being an NBA coach must be one of the most frustrating jobs in existence...  Now that the boy can get out of bed himself bedtime has become somewhat more complicated...  I have a tote of Craigslist Lego to sort, but no place to put it.  The former bit is slowing me down...  Turns out a "health cut" on a large oak tree can be quite expensive (although not as expensive as a new central AC unit)...  The end of the fiscal year is coming up at work.  I should find some things to buy sooner than later...  I guess the Supreme Court seat is just going to sit open.  That's fairly depressing...  Pushing the boundaries of the waffle iron again tonight.  I'll let you know how it goes...  My brother in law got the boy an SI Kids subscription for his birthday.  The first issue arrived today and was destroyed in less than a minute...  I'm fixing that sculpture my dad made again.  Gonna have to come up with a strategy for when it's back on display so it doesn't get broken again...  I went to see if I could use my snazzy controller with an iPad game I bought a while ago only to fin that the game isn't supported anymore...  Doesn't seem like the cat misses the other cat, and neither does the boy...  Three weeks until I am officially back to work.  I wonder if I'll get anything done in the meantime...