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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

A Christmas Wish List, Fulfilled

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

It’s the start of a new year, and I wish you all a great upcoming one. I will always be a lighting designer foremost, even if I don’t practice the craft as often as I did before becoming an editor. So my Christmas wish list is always for new lighting toys. I’m glad to see the birth of some new lighting products in the last year as well as the retooling of some old fixtures that have come back from the dead. I took a few minutes to list some of the new tools in my toy box that I personally would love to get my hands on.

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X Ambassadors photo by Foster White
X Ambassadors photo by Foster White

X Ambassadors: Rolling Renegades

Will Romano
Wide Focus

Everyone in the music industry feels the crunch of the digital revolution. Used to be a band would tour the world in the hopes of attracting interest in their new album or latest creation. These days, however, it seems up-and-coming artists who circle the globe place less emphasis on earning royalties from record sales than in racking up revenue from concert tickets.

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Litec's Libera Alusfera truss, built as a domed roof structure
Litec's Libera Alusfera truss, built as a domed roof structure

Area Four Industries: Tomcat, James Thomas Engineering, Milos and Litec Team Up for Efficiency

Richard Olson
Company 411

Competition between vendors in any business is commonplace. But the entertainment business has long been known as a cutthroat place where saving dimes can amount to earning thousands of dollars in the long run. So many companies make similar products that a buyer can easily shop around for the best deal. Companies spend serious cash on R&D for a new product, only to find other companies copying their ideas a year later. The business of metalworking — especially truss manufacturing — is no different.

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The show featured a lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg
The show featured a lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg

'The Illusionists' on Broadway

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

The magic spectacle of The Illusionists — Live On Broadway recently offered that rare break from plays and musicals for something more offbeat and interactive. Featuring seven magicians with different skills — from the comedy hijinks of The Trickster to the death-defying stunts of The Daredevil to the fast-paced moves of The Deceptionist — the two-hour plus show is packed with all manner of dazzling illusions and is one of those rare shows that flies by. It begins its national tour in February.

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Laura Frank at FOH for the 2015 Latin Grammys, which were staged at the MGM Grande in Las Vegas.
Laura Frank at FOH for the 2015 Latin Grammys, which were staged at the MGM Grande in Las Vegas.

Luminous FX Owner Laura Frank

Nook Schoenfeld
PLSN Interview

Laura Frank is the proprietor of Luminous FX, a company that specializes in dealing with getting the properly formatted media to the proper projectors or LED walls at an event. In these days of having a dozen or more surfaces on one stage covered with pixels, she has created a niche’ for herself. While she is not the only person in the entertainment business tasked with her job, it’s the unique way her company operates that sets her apart from the rest of the world.

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The Weeknd tour photo by Steve Jennings
The Weeknd tour photo by Steve Jennings

LeRoy Bennett's Design for The Weeknd's Fall Madness Tour

Michael S. Eddy
Production Profile

The Weeknd recently wrapped up the sold-out The Madness Fall Tour, which was in support of the artist’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness. Known by the stage name The Weeknd, Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer Abel Tesfaye wanted to build on the success of the album with the tour through extremely effective use of production elements to support his music. Production and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett, one of the principals in Seven Design Works, was asked to realize that goal.

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PLSN Jan 2016 Buyers Guide - LED Pars
PLSN Jan 2016 Buyers Guide - LED Pars

LED Pars

Nook Schoenfeld
Buyer's Guide

The first LED pars came on the scene over 10 years ago. Then, as in now, the actual par was a misleading term. There are no parabolic reflectors involved anymore in these pars as they were designed for. It’s just LEDs mounted on a circuit board facing the opening of a light enclosure. The fact of the matter is that there are all kinds of different sized and shaped LED Pars that differ in brightness these days. From the cute little GLP X4 Atom which boasts a single 20w COB light source and the ability to snap together with other Atoms, to AAdyn Tech’s Daylight Punch Plus which provides 3500 watts of raw light, they are all here. We have architectural, event, party and TV models for all your viewing pleasure.
To download a PDF of PLSN’s Jan. 2016 Buyers Guide on LED Pars, CLICK HERE.

Vocalist Shawn Christopher, a Chicago native who sings at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, performs with Willow Creek worship leader Matt Lundgren.
Vocalist Shawn Christopher, a Chicago native who sings at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, performs with Willow Creek worship leader Matt Lundgren.

Willow Creek Church Marks 40 Years with Event at Chicago's United Center

Brian Galante
Event Lighting

Significant milestones deserve memorable celebrations. For most organizations, a rented ballroom or restaurant space is sufficient. The game changes when the organization is among the nation’s largest and well-known mega churches. In the case of the South Barrington, IL-based Willow Creek Community Church, its 40th anniversary celebration called for a much larger space — Chicago’s 20,000 capacity United Center arena. The goal was to deliver the same immersive visual experience that congregants had come to expect from the church’s worship services.

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