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The December 2017 Digital Edition

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Articles from the December 2017 Issue

LD Susan Rose. Photos by Debi Moen

LD Susan Rose with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

Debi Moen • On the Road, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

TOUR: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

DESIGN: “This is my 15th year as touring lighting director/programmer for Jeff Ravitz’s design for Ringo. My most important cues: light the audience, and light Ringo! The six other musicians are all stars as well, so they are also constantly in the light of their own lekos."

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Lighting levels had to be balanced for the human eye and camera. Photos by Joan Marcus

Capturing ‘Holiday Inn’ for Posterity

Bryan Reesman • Articles, Focus on Theater, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

The Art of Recording a Live Play on Camera

For theater lovers, nothing beats the experience of witnessing a show in person. But when one does not have the opportunity, watching it onscreen is the next best thing. BroadwayHD has begun capturing more and more shows for posterity and streaming them live from their website. One of the latest musicals to receive renewed digital life is Holiday Inn, the bright, peppy, colorful show inspired by Irving Berlin movie musical that wowed Broadway audiences last holiday season. It was first streamed live from Studio 54 last year.

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The band is pictured at their Oct. 10 tour stop at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The tour began May 5 and runs through July 2018. Photo by Steve Jennings

Depeche Mode ‘Global Spirit’ Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Articles, Showtime, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
HSL

Venue
Various (Tour)

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

Noticeable Improvements

Nook Schoenfeld • Editor's Note, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

I love when people raise the bar, and a lot of that was done this year. It has become quite evident that discharge bulbs are quickly going the way of fossil fuels. Only the old folks will still think there’s money to be made in these things. Heck, one look at the LED Engin series of light sources that Osram has shows us how committed manufacturers have become.

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PLSN Dec. 2017 Buyers Guide -Strobes

Strobes

Nook Schoenfeld • Articles, Buyer's Guide, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

The days of xenon bulbs in strobes is just about over. Diversitronics, the one-time leader in the market, has stopped making fixtures, but they still sell bulbs. Solaris Strobe still offers one, and you may still be able to find a Lightning Strike in a Hollywood shop. The GAM Star Strobe (marketed by Rosco) is now a double-ended xenon flicker, but everyone else is now LED. The Martin Atomic got itself an Aura. The Ayrton MagicBurst is a strobe machine unlike any other. GLP may just be the leader these days with lots of functions — and a strobe with a tilt function. And all these babies are bright. Happy shopping, and be glad you’re just looking a photos and not actual units fired up at 100 percent.

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The Bebe & Bassy co-headlining tour paired Bebe Rexha with Marc E Bassy. It ran from Oct. 16-Nov. 19, hitting 23 cities.

Bebe Rexha/Bebe & Bassy 2017 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Articles, Showtime, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Lighting Co
Aspect Lighting

Venue
Various (Tour)

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PLSN's 2017 LDI Show Report

PLSN’s 2017 LDI Show Report

PLSN Staff • Features, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

The LDI exhibition returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 17-19, and with more than 350 exhibitors using the event for some of their most significant product launches of the year, there was plenty of innovation for the 16,000-plus attendees to check out.

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Wiess Energy Hall within the Houston Museum of Natural Science has become a showcase for advanced projection-mapping techniques. RabCup used Green Hippo technologies met the complex projection needs. Photos courtesy Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Bringing Energy City to Life

Mike Wharton • Articles, Features, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

The most comprehensive energy exhibit in the world, the Wiess Energy Hall, opened Nov. 20 in the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). More than two years in the making, the highlight of the exhibit is Energy City, a 2,500-square-foot 3D landscape designed and fabricated by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting (PBE), the design company selected to create the
Wiess Energy Hall.

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2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Awards

2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Awards

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

Over the course of 2017, the staff at PLSN checks out every new product that has to do with the live event industry and beyond. Besides the wide variety of lighting categories we have these days for fixtures, there are great innovations in everything from touring video systems to clamps and gadgets that aid us in our pursuit of the perfect tools for our shows.

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Ultra-high-res projection-mapping extends from four to eight of the venue’s proscenium arches, and all native 14,000-by-14,000 pixels were mapped for the FOH projection. Photos courtesy Radio City/MSG.

NYC’s Radio City Christmas Show Gets Even More Spectacular

Thomas S. Friedman • Articles, Features, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

Since it premiered in 1933, the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has always wowed the New York City crowds taking a break from gawking at the big tree and window-shopping the holiday offerings lining the streets near New York’s Rockefeller Center. But the 2017 show can make a credible claim to being the most spectacular show to date, with an assist from a complete technical overhaul that includes a new 8K LED video wall and 14K digital projection-mapping extending to all eight of Radio City Music Hall’s iconic prosceniumarches.

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Smeeton has been a pioneer since the Psychedelic Sixties.

Parnelli Profile: Jonathan Smeeton, Visionary Award Winner

PLSN Staff • Features, December 2017 • December 14, 2017

It’s not just that 2018’s Parnelli Visionary honoree has worked with a lot of acts — it’s the artistic diversity of those acts that underscores the artistic diversity of a designer who is always reinventing himself. Jonathan Smeeton pioneered the concept of visually enhancing a concert beyond throwing some lights with gel on them, and he is quite likely the first LD to take a lighting show on the road. He went on to build by hand key lighting components, and was also an early designer of one of the first big festivals in England, the Bath Festival.

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Ash Nehru, co-founder and chief technology officer of disguise (formerly d3 Technologies)

Ash Nehru – Co-Founder and CTO of disguise

Michael S. Eddy • Articles, December 2017, 1000 Words With... • December 14, 2017

Ash Nehru, one of the founders of d3 Technologies — which officially changed its name last month to disguise — is considered by many in the industry to be somewhat of a visionary.

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