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  • Smoky Jazz Looks for Chris Botti, in a Flash

    PLSN Staff | News | November 13, 2008
    BOSTON — Scharff Weisberg helped LD Marc Brickman and assistant LD David Marcucci light two performances held at Symphony Hall Boston by Columbia Records’ jazz artist Chris Botti, performing with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops in shows that also featured Sting and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. The design needed to work for DVD, Blu-ray and a subsequent PBS broadcast as well as for the live audience — with no time to spare. Read More...
  • LDs Test ACDC’s Big Rig at Upstaging

    PLSN Staff | News | November 13, 2008
    SYCAMORE, IL — There’s nothing unusual about Upstaging Lighting flying their touring light systems while prepping them. But Upstaging recently flew ACDC’s current touring structure in their warehouse. This required 71 motors to lift five 100-foot-wide arched trusses that formed a curved array of lights using custom hinges and 59 sections of Upstaging’s Hud Truss, each 10 feet long, where most of the moving lights are permanently mounted. Read More...
  • Daktronics Expands Product Testing Facility

    PLSN Staff | News | November 13, 2008
    BROOKINGS, SD — Daktronics announced an expansion of the testing facility at its corporate headquarters, which is intended to help provide customers with more reliable products and also to bring new product designs to market more quickly. Read More...
  • ESTA, USITT Announce Training Sessions

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008LARGO, MD — The ESTA Foundation and USITT announced Vectorworks Spotlight, theatrical rigging and electrical training sessions will be held at Prince George’s Community College over a six-day span from Jan. 26 through Jan. 31, 2009. The training event will be hosted and co-produced by that school and by IATSE Local 22. Read More...
  • 3D Hologram Lets Ryder Cup Namesake Serve as Emcee

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    LOUISVILLE, KY — Samuel Ryder may have died in 1936, but that didn’t keep his projected 3D likeness from serving as emcee for the recently held Ryder Cup Gala. Using the Musion Eyeliner hologram from Digital Illusions LLC, Ryder was able to walk, talk, and play golf like he did nearly 100 years ago. Read More...
  • Crew and Console Keep Madonna Lit for Fans, DVD

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    DENVER — The crew for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour is hitting the road once again with lighting control by grandMA. It’s “our board of choice,” said lighting programmer Troy Eckerman. Also used on Madonna’s tour last year, the console is being used to control some additions to the touring rig, including Martin’s Stagebar 54 LED luminaires. Read More...
  • E3 Winners Attend WFx Show

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    HOUSTON — Elation Professional presented the winners of the 2008 Elation Educational Experience (E3) contest with their awards at the 2008 WFx Show. Pictured here are, from left, Elation’s Scott Davies, winners Frank Meyer, Yoshihito Takahashi and Josh Johnston, and Elation’s Eric Loader. Read More...
  • LEDtronics Names New Architectural Product Sales Manager

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    TORRANCE, CA — Citing increasing demand for LED products from the entertainment and hospitality industries, LEDtronics, Inc. named Greg Krymer as product sales manager for architectural lighting.  Krymer had been the company’s southern California district sales manager.
  • Lighting System Grows with New Opera House

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008
    WEXFORD, Ireland — The new Wexford Opera House is on the same site as its predecessor, the Theatre Royal, but at 83,420 square feet, it is 4.5 times larger, and now offers almost twice the seating capacity and a 130 percent increase in stage area. Read More...
  • ESP Vision Announces Vectorworks 2009 Plugins

    PLSN Staff | News | November 12, 2008LAS VEGAS — ESP Vision announced that modeling plugins for use with Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 on Windows and Mac OSX operating systems are now available. The company noted that Vectorworks is the only modeling program that currently is available on both Windows and Mac environments. The plugins will let LDs create Vision data files using Vectorworks Spotlight 2009 running on the PC and Mac. Read More...
  • Internal Projection Lights Coldplay’s Spheres

    PLSN Staff | News | November 11, 2008
    ATLANTA — Lasers, moving lights and imagery from Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings archive aren’t the only elements adding visual interest to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour. (See “Wide Angle,” PLSN, Oct. 2008). A collaboration between LD Paul Normandale, XL Video and Pufferfish and others has resulted in internally projected spheres looming above the performers. Read More...
  • Staind Tours U.S. and Europe with New Gear

    PLSN Staff | News | November 11, 2008
    UNCASVILLE, CT — Staind is using new gear including Martin’s 1,500-watt MAC III Profile for the band’s tour of the U.S. and Europe in support of their latest release, The Illusion of Progress. Michael Cooper, lighting designer and programmer, had used Martin gear previously and was willing to give the new profile spots a try. Read More...
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