Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Worth a Look

Here are some articles from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

Long Reach Long Riders Finishes Successful Pacific Northwest Tour for Behind the Scenes

Stage Directions: The Long Reach Long Riders finished their 2,000-mile (and 52 nautical knot!) journey on August 11 in Seattle, Wash. The charity motorcycle ride was their ninth annual outing and this year journeyed through the Pacific Northwest to raise money for Behind the Scenes. This year the ride had seven Harleys, six Hondas, four BMW’s and two Suzukis—along with two chase cars and two ferries. You can still support the ride and Behind the Scenes, they’re accepting donations until August 31!

Students perform at FringeNYC

The Tartan Online: Imagine yourself fresh off the bus from Pittsburgh to New York. You have a bag of clothes and a bag of puppets, props, and makeup. It’s one week before you perform in the New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America that features around 200 shows in a two-week period.

Critic's Notebook: real world concerns about a fantasy 'Nightingale'

latimes.com: Are we really living in a post-racial world? It seems like we’re back in the 1990s, when all hell broke loose on Broadway after the British star Jonathan Pryce was cast as the Eurasian lead in “Miss Saigon.” The “multicultural” casting of “The Nightingale” at La Jolla Playhouse has provoked a similar backlash, with leaders of the Asian American theater community decrying the way a work set in ancient China has been cast with only two Asian American actors out of an ensemble of 12.

Use a Photo to Make a SketchUp Model

popularwoodworking.com: With SketchUp, you can use a photo of a piece of furniture to make a model of the piece. From that model you can develop your plans for building a reproduction. Here’s an example using the Shaker Stepback Cupboard made by Glen D. Huey for our April 2010 issue. I swiped the image off the cover, and I know the overall dimensions. Images from the web are often too low a resolution to be really useful, and the best photos are ones you take yourself. If you can get a dead-straight view from the front and side, the process will be easier. Otherwise, you’ll need to take into account the perspective of the photo when you take dimensions in SketchUp and make the model. The first step is to import the model into SketchUp.

Seek Entries for Tech Expo 2013

usitt.org/sightlines: Interested in submitting an article for the 2013 Tech Expo? It is time to look back on the past years of production challenges and pick one or more that are the most accomplished or the most interesting to write about and share with the rest of USITT. The entries can come from all areas of production. They can be extravagant solutions to specific production needs or simple devices for any shop or backstage. Successful Tech Expo entries have explored new technologies, new materials, and creative uses for materials that are already in everyday use for production.

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