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The April 2018 Digital Edition

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Articles from the April 2018 Issue

Mixing Visuals Live

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Vickie Claiborne •
  • April 2018
  • Video Digerati
• April 16, 2018
The term VJ (a.k.a. Video Jockey) primarily refers to any type of show where the visuals being played are created in real-time through combining image layers with effects, transitions and a variety of other types of visuals. These VJs are not simply playing back pre-recorded images, they are creating something completely new and organic in […] Read More...

Spring Planting

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • Editor's Note
• April 11, 2018
I had some good fun in March, and April is shaping up nicely. I got to go down to the Rock Lititz compound for the first time, and it was quite impressive. Taylor Swift or some giant star was rehearsing in the studio. I was visiting friends over in Pod B, where a bunch of […] Read More...

LD Dan Lastovka with Foreigner

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Debi Moen •
  • April 2018
  • On the Road
• April 12, 2018
DESIGN: “I have several plots as we’re doing different versions of shows: the 40th anniversary tour, the orchestra tour, and this summer the Juke Box Hero tour with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham. We’re not carrying gear on this one. I love having the ability to walk into a place and rent a couple dozen movers […] Read More...

Designing on the Fly

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Bryan Reesman •
  • April 2018
  • Inside Theater
• April 12, 2018
I usually cover Broadway and other large-scale productions for PLSN, but there is often much to be learned from more modest shows, particularly those faced with a very tight budget. Experienced designers often jump back into the off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway world not just to keep working, but also to try something different. Learning to work […] Read More...

Pink’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ Show Soars

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • April 2018
  • Production Profile
• April 12, 2018
Designer Baz Halpin and Team Create a Stunning Visual Show The sets were operatic on a Wagnerian level. The dancing was choreographed better than most Broadway shows. The flying and acrobatics were comparable to a Cirque du Soleil experience. There was an epic three-story puppet that seem poised to bust out of the arena. We […] Read More...

Jacky in Wonderland

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Frank Hammel •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
VER Supports Five Elaborate U.S. Shows Showcasing Chinese Singer Jacky Cheung As part of his ongoing “Classic” world tour, Hong Kong-born singer/songwriter Jacky Cheung, 56, drew capacity crowds with five shows in the U.S. in February, with three shows at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, CT, Feb. 2-4 and two more at the MGM […] Read More...

At RodeoHouston, a Star is Born

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Mike Wharton •
  • April 2018
  • Event Production
• April 11, 2018
Houston Livestock and Rodeo 2018 Gets a New Look The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), also called RodeoHouston, is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. The rodeo runs for 20 days, attracting over two million people each year, and has committed over $450 million to the youth of Texas since 1932. […] Read More...

Queens of the Stone Age “Villains” Tour

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Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • April 2018
  • Wide Angle
• April 12, 2018
Queens of the Stone Age are touring in support of their newest album release, Villains, bringing high energy to the stage in a lighting design that is also programmed and directed by Emmanuelle “Gigi” Pedron, who has also crafted looks for Jack White, Ryan Adams and At The Drive-In. Before Pedron joined the tour to […] Read More...

Parnelli Awards and NAMM Commit for the Long Term

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Kevin M. Mitchell •
  • April 2018
  • Features
• April 12, 2018
The 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA proved to be the most successful ever by almost any measure. NAMM’s embrace of the live event world and partnership with PLSN/FRONT of HOUSE magazines and the Parnelli Awards adding a contributing factor to a significant spike in the numbers from last year: Attendees: 115,085 (+7.6 percent) Exhibitors: […] Read More...

“National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey” in Manhattan

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Bryan Reesman •
  • April 2018
  • Installations
• April 12, 2018
A Virtual Journey Under the Sea Located in a multi-floor, 60,000-square foot facility in the former New York Times building on West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey features various rooms that take guests on an incredible underwater adventure across the Pacific Ocean. The journey starts in the Solomon […] Read More...

A Chat with Chris Weathers

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • PLSN Interview
• April 12, 2018
For anyone who has toured through the Chicago area plenty of times, you have probably met Chris Weathers. He got a start in this business 30 years ago and has worked his way up to the top, holding his position as Director of Productions for the central region of the U.S. for Live Nation. Read More...

Columbus McKinnon at Rock Lititz

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Nook Schoenfeld •
  • April 2018
  • Company 411
• April 12, 2018
On March 7, Columbus McKinnon (CM) opened their latest facility at the Rock Lititz Entertainment Campus near Lancaster, PA. The worldwide leader in chain hoist manufacturing for the industrial and entertainment business invited PLSN to attend. Approximately 100 fellow employees in the entertainment field were on hand as CM demonstrated their latest wares and explained […] Read More...

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