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  • Bill Requiring Outdoor Staging Permits, Inspections Passes Indiana State Senate

    PLSN Staff | News | January 28, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s lawmakers, undoubtedly mindful of the Aug. 13, 2011 Indiana State Fair staging collapse that killed seven people, made progress in late January toward the establishment of a new state law that will govern the use of outdoor staging. Senate Bill No. 273 passed and was forwarded to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration. Although it may be modified further in the House, it will most likely require permits for any event after June 2012 where staging structures are in use.

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    Vectorworks Tutorial Released for Scenic, Lighting Design

    PLSN Staff | News | January 27, 2012

    COLUMBIA, MD - Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. announces the publication of a new training guide for users of Vectorworks software: Entertainment and Lighting Design with Vectorworks Spotlight. The manual was written by Kevin Lee Allen, a well-known lighting and scenic designer whose work includes theater, film, television, museums and corporate environments. The tutorial is part of the prize package for the iSquint.net and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC). Entries are due March 16, and the winner will be announced March 29 at the USITT Conference.

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  • Burn Notice

    Special Effects Guru Chooses Look Solutions for “Burn Notice”

    PLSN Staff | News | January 27, 2012

    WILLIAMSPORT, MD - Special effects guru Kevin Harris uses Look Solutions’ foggers and hazers every chance he gets, especially on the USA Network hit series “Burn Notice” where he serves as special effects coordinator. Harris says they are small and easy to hide, whether it’s for a big explosion effect or for example, making an appliance appear to malfunction.

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  • Paul Simon

    Locklin, Fallon Choose Vari-Lite for Paul Simon

    PLSN Staff | News | January 27, 2012

    DALLAS - LD Rich Locklin and lighting director Steve Fallon recently completed work on the latest Paul Simon tour.  Tasked with creating a design that worked in harmony with the music instead of overpowering it, Locklin and Fallon teamed with Authorized Dealer TMS who supplied them with VARI*LITE luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

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  • Draft of Powered Rigging Standard in Public Review

    PLSN Staff | News | January 27, 2012

    NEW YORK - BSR E1.6-4 - 201x, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is available for public review until March 26 on the PLASA website. The control systems covered are most often used to control one or more chain hoists being used to fly equipment or scenery in shows or events being done in arenas and convention centers. Read More...

  • Earl Girls First to Purchase New MA onPC Command Wing

    PLSN Staff | News | January 25, 2012

    LOS ANGELES – Earl Girls Theatrical Equipment in Egg Harbor City, NJ, has become the first dealership to place an order for grandMA’s new MA onPC command wing, which paves the way for mobile use of the grandMA2 control system. Designed as a hardware complement to the free grandMA2 onPC software, the MA onPC command wing emulates the look and feel of the command section of a grandMA2 console as closely as possible.  It provides a portable 2,048-parameter control solution that may be used in nearly any location.

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  • Ziquid

    Elation, American DJ Put Ziquid Lounge into the Spotlight

    PLSN Staff | News | January 25, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - The owners of the Ziquid Lounge in San Antonio wanted to create an international-style club that appealed to clientele on both sides of the border.  Event Ignition chose American DJ and Elation lighting for the club's interior and exterior, including the Nucleus LED, a tri-color LED with six scanning heads used as a centerpiece on the dance floor.

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  • RB USITT design flyer

    Rose Brand and USITT Host Design Action Competition

    PLSN Staff | News | January 25, 2012

    SECAUCUS, NJ - Rose Brand is now accepting applications for students wishing to compete in the Design Action Competition at this year’s USITT Conference, to be held March 28-31 in Long Beach, CA. The competition will consist of up to four different teams of students competing against each other to create the best scenic environment.  Teams will consist of a student scenic designer, technical director, lighting designer and a costume designer. They will be given a 10’ x 10’ space and 3.5 hours within to work. The deadline for applying is March 1.

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  • Hollydazzle 2011

    Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up Hollydazzle

    PLSN Staff | News | January 24, 2012

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA — The 2011 edition of Hollydazzle, an annual lighting and fireworks show staged at Newport News’ City Center at Oyster Point, featured a 45-foot-high LED Christmas tree, a fireworks display and light effects from 20 of Clay Paky’s Sharpy light fixtures supplied by Main Light Industries, Wilmington, DE. The Sharpys swept across the five-acre fountain where the fireworks originated and shot their beams into the sky to the accompaniment of holiday music and the pyrotechnics. Read More...

  • Look Solutions

    PLSN Staff | News | January 24, 2012WILLIAMSPORT, MD – Special effects guru Kevin Harris uses Look Solutions’ foggers and hazers and uses them every chance he gets, especially on the USA Network hit series “Burn Notice.” Harris also put his Unique2 hazer at work on the upcoming film “Rock of Ages,” starring Tom Cruise, and the new Starz network series, “Magic […] Read More...
  • Bowmer Theatre

    Robert Juliat Lucy Followspots Light Up Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    PLSN Staff | News | January 24, 2012

    WALLINGFORD, CT – The Angus Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland has taken delivery of three Robert Juliat Lucy 1200W HMI followspots from Musson Theatrical, Inc. of Santa Clara, CA.  The fixtures were chosen for their compact size and ability to fit into the theatre, which typically doesn’t accommodate followspots. They’ll debut in the February performance of “Animal Crackers.”

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  • RSN Helps Make Wishes Come True

    PLSN Staff | News | January 23, 2012

    PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ - The Rental and Staging Network (RSN), a network of geographically-diverse rental and staging companies with complete event capabilities, showed their commitment to charitable giving through in-kind and monetary donations totaling $646,413 in 2011. Make-A-Wish Foundation was the biggest benefactor.

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