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Articles from the December 2017 Issue

Carrie Cavins joins ETC as Architectural Field Project Coordinator

Nook Schoenfeld • On the Move, December 2017 • December 28, 2017

MIDDLETON, WI – ETC bolstered its growing architectural lighting division with the addition of Carrie Cavins as an Architectural Field Project Coordinator. Cavins will provide support, advice, and education for ETC’s architectural line of products to their extensive network of reps, dealers, and specifiers. While technically part of the ETC Hollywood office, Cavins will mainly work from her home office in Houston.

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ESTA Announces Transition to the Next Generation of Staff Leadership

Nook Schoenfeld • On the Move, December 2017 • December 26, 2017

NYC - ESTA is very pleased to announce that it has named Erin Grabe to succeed Executive Director Lori Rubinstein in what is expected to be a year-long transition. Erin is currently ESTA’s Assistant Technical Standards Manager and part of the transition involves replacing her in that role. Erin is uniquely positioned to step into the role of Executive Director. She has been working in technical production in live events since the age of 15, including nine years working for Grand Stage Company as a sales associate, purchasing agent, and project manager.

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Martin MAC Encore Performance

Martin MAC Encore Performance

Richard Olson • Articles, Road Tests, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

I recently got a chance to test the Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures from Harman, which are available in two versions — the WRM, or “warm” version, and CLD, or “cold” version. (As of last month’s LDI, Martin added the MAC Encore Wash, also in warm and cool versions, but here, I’ll just focus on the two versions of the MAC Encore Performance.) After playing with the Performance, I concluded that it is perfect for working with cameras.

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The high school staged its 2017 Homecoming event in mid-September, with 2,000 students partying in the gym.

Naperville North Homecoming

PLSN Staff • Articles, Showtime, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
V2 Productions

Venue
Naperville North High School
Naperville, IL

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Robe BMFL fixtures backlit Sheryl Crow’s portal drop.

The Scenic Wizardry Behind Jeremy Roth’s Designs

Nook Schoenfeld • Articles, Features, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

We sat down to chat with Jeremy Roth as one of his acts, Wilco, just flew in to town to perform three sold out shows at the local theater, finishing up a run that lasted over a year. Along the way, Roth picked up a couple more clients, Ray LaMontagne and Sheryl Crow, whom he designed touring set and light designs for.

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Paging All Playbacks

Paging All Playbacks

Brad Schiller • Articles, Feeding the Machines, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Automated lighting consoles have many great programming and playback features that provide many useful functions. One of the more clever functions has to do with expanding playback capabilities. Instead of being limited by the number of physical buttons and faders on a console, most make use of pages (or banks) to increase the playbacks immensely. The page functionality can be used for much more, such as organizing songs or scenes, adjusting playback styles, expanding capabilities and more. It is important for lighting programmers to understand the paging functionality of their console.

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Pictured here - the show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Sept. 26

Angus & Julia Stone ‘Snow’ Tour

PLSN Staff • Articles, Showtime, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
MPH Australia

Venue
Various (U.S. and Australian tour)

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Vanguard, formerly Aeson, is a young company on the move.

Vanguard LED Displays – Leading the Way

Mike Wharton • Articles, Company 411, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Michael Wiener, founder and CEO of Vanguard LED Displays, is first and foremost an entrepreneur in its truest sense. Originally a CPA by training from Montreal, he’ll be the first to tell you that the pattern of his string of business ventures in his early years was pretty much that of a yo-yo, as he experienced many ups and downs.

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“Christmas On The Potomac” in Maryland. Photo by Chris Werner

Lighting Up for the Holidays and Lighting On the Road

Debi Moen • Designer Watch, Articles, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Within the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor, MD, LD Chris Werner and his Los Angeles-based design team installed a holiday light show for the venue’s “Christmas On The Potomac event. The team created a centerpiece using a 55-foot tall tree enhanced with 19 double-sided video stars, each measuring 12 feet.

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The 1980’s boy band members (and twins) reunited and performed (sans bandmate Craig Logan) at O2 Arena in London this summer.

Bros (Matt & Luke Goss)

PLSN Staff • Articles, Showtime, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
VER

Venue
O2 Arena
London

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Elation Proteus Fixtures played a key role in the nightly shows for the 2017 State Fair of Texas. Photos by Interlaced Productions

Lighting the State Fair of Texas’ ‘Illumination Sensation’ Spectacle Shows

Thomas S. Friedman • Articles, Event Lighting, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

The State Fair of Texas has been an institution in the Lone Star State since 1886. Held annually at 277-acre Fair Park in Dallas, this year’s fair ran from Sept. 29-Oct. 22. Although the fair’s nightly spectacular, “Illumination Sensation,” hasn’t been around for quite that long, it’s become one of the big draws of the yearly event. Lighting designer/programmer Nick Belley and show producers Interlaced Productions upped the shows visual appeal for 2017, incorporating effects from Elation Professional’s IP65-rated Proteus series moving heads, along with other Elation gear.

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Illustration by Andy Au

The Subtle Art of Self-Promotion

Chris Lose • LD at Large, Articles, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Tooting your own horn in public can be very successful, as long as you toot properly. I have had to toot my own horn to get where I am today. Learning how to walk the line between blasting a trumpet from the rooftop and noodling on a kazoo can be tricky. The world of self-promotion can be a real entanglement for the corporate artist type.

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