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SLDC 2012: Resources Page Added

SLDC 2012: Resources Page Added

It’s getting close to the holiday season! Most students have already headed home for the break.  What a perfect time to start working on your Student Lighting Design Competition entry!  If you have not done so already, head over to the SLDC page and download the required software, Vectorworks 2012 and the demo version of […]

Events: Super Saturday – Save Even MORE on Registration

Events: Super Saturday – Save Even MORE on Registration

Are you on the right coast?  Drop all your plans January 22nd and head to New York, IT’S SUPER SATURDAY! No, it is not the Super Bowl, or the Super Heavy Weight Fight of the Year, it’s the Saturday when Lighting Designers, Professionals and enthuses come together to talk, share, learn and celebrate the best […]

Bouncing Balcony – Scary as Scary Can Be!

Bouncing Balcony – Scary as Scary Can Be!

I follow Erich Friend’s blog, Theatre Safety Blog and you should too.  Erich writes about some pretty scary things that he finds in theatres and venues.  The Theatre Safety Blog really opens your eyes to some major issues that can cause serious problems. I am re-posting a very scary video from Erich’s blog from a […]

#LDI2010: Are You Prepared?

#LDI2010: Are You Prepared?

Can you believe it, we are already in October!  That means that the LDI Show is right around the corner in Las Vegas.  In just a couple of weeks, everyone from around the industry will converge on Las Vegas to learn, grow and see some damn cool stuff on the show floor.  But the question […]

LDI2010: Get a Deal on a Hotel For the Show

LDI2010: Get a Deal on a Hotel For the Show

I received an email from Live Design.  If you are still on the fence about coming to Las Vegas in October for LDI, this should help easy some of the cost of attending. Book in the official LDI block by Monday, September 27th and get: • Exclusive rates starting at $59 per night • Coupon […]

#LDI2010: PLSN & FOH Parnelli Celebrity Golf Classic before LDI

#LDI2010: PLSN &  FOH Parnelli Celebrity Golf Classic before LDI

Oh how I wish I was getting to Las Vegas earlier on Thursday.  I love playing golf!  If you like playing golf and are getting to Las Vegas early for the LDI Show in October, you should sign up to play in the PLSN & FOH Parnelli Celebrity Golf Classic! What a great opportunity to […]

Occupational Hazard: Our Eyes Are Pretty Important, You Only Get One Set

Occupational Hazard: Our Eyes Are Pretty Important, You Only Get One Set

Something we don’t think about to often is our own health and well being.  Sure, we know that things hurt, get a pain here or there.  But honestly, when was the last time you went to the doctor? I’ll be the first to admit it, I hate “wasting” time to go see the doctor, I […]

Greatest Stage on Earth: “Rule #1”

Greatest Stage on Earth: “Rule #1”

What is Lighting Rule #1?  Always light the talent. It doesn’t matter how flashy your show is if the talent is in the dark. What is Lighting Rule #2?  Rule #1 applies to your show too. Whether you’re lighting a corporate meeting, a rock concert or a church pulpit; your client has to be visible.  […]

Lighting in New York City – It’s More Beautiful Then You Think

Lighting in New York City – It’s More Beautiful Then You Think

Before I go on about the Broadway Lighting Master Classes, I wanted to share something that all of you have inspired me to do. It has been a very long time since I have taken out the camera and just started shooting.  With all of the work and amazing photos that everyone has shared either […]

HUGE Savings on Automated Lighting, 2nd Edition Book!!!

HUGE Savings on Automated Lighting, 2nd Edition Book!!!

Yesterday, I released my review of Richard Cadena’s latest book, Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance and Entertainment: 2nd Edition.  Right before USITT, Focal Press, the publisher of the book, announced the release of the book.  I am totally in love with the ladies at Focal Press.  They […]

Tips for Applying for an Internship

Tips for Applying for an Internship

My favorite time of year is fast approaching here in Washington, DC, the time where hordes of high school and college students descend upon Washington as interns.  I have meet some interesting people over the years that were interns.  Heck, even my wife was an intern! So on with it… Are you looking for an […]

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting – Even CHEAPER!

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting – Even CHEAPER!

Late last night I got an email about a new discount off Steve Shelley’s book, A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, 2nd Edition from Focal Press.  It seems that Amazon really wants you to purchase his book and save money at the same time. First, here is the boiler plate on Mr. Shelley’s book: Construct […]