Sunday, May 04, 2014

Worth a Look

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

To present Equity or non-Equity in Dallas, that is the question

Dallas Morning News: Patrons who had never seen Disney’s Beauty and the Beast before seemed happy with the show at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
If you’d seen the original national tour, however, you might have wondered: Why do the performers list shows in their program credits without saying where they performed them? Where are the “No Matter What” and “Maison des Lunes” songs? Where is the battle scene between the villagers and the enchanted objects? Why are we seeing painted pictures of books rather than the Beast’s library? Why are there only 10 musicians?
A simple answer reflects a growing reality in the country.

The Morality Police in Your Checking Account: Chase Bank Shuts Down Accounts of Adult Entertainers

Electronic Frontier Foundation: In the latest example of a troubling trend in which companies play the role of law enforcement and moral police, Chase Bank has shut down the personal bank accounts of hundreds of adult entertainers.
We’ve written before about the dire consequences to online speech when service providers start acting like content police. These same consequences are applicable when financial services make decisions about to whom they provide services.

Are You Checking Work Email in Bed? At the Dinner Table? On Vacation?

Mother Jones: My airplane home from Boston is delayed for takeoff, so the woman next to me pulls out her phones to get some work done. Like many of us, she has two—an iPhone for her personal life and a BlackBerry paid for by her employer. "It's a dog leash," she jokes. "They yank on it and I respond. If somebody from work emails me on Friday at 10 p.m., they're pissed if I don't write back in five minutes." When I ask whether she ever just turns it off, she shakes her head in annoyance, as though I'd uttered something profane. "My team leader would kill me," she says.

Today, Children, We’re Not Going To Do A Show The Washington Post seemed to be first on the case, with a story titled, “Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.” That pretty much set the tone and I jumped into the fray, sharing it online with introductory words including “dumb” and “shame.” I happened to be e-mailing with a producer at CBS News on a personal topic and passed the article along to her, and I tweeted it in the direction of a reporter at The New York Post, knowing how they like to take umbrage at things. I wanted people to see how ridiculous this was, and is.

Tony Awards Will Add New Educator Honor Starting in 2015

Variety: The Tony Awards have teamed with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University to inaugurate a new national honor for theater educators.
The kudo, which will be awarded every year to one educator teaching at a K-12 grade level, is part of a new partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the Tonys, which have named the university its “exclusive higher education partner.”

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