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Join Goldstar in Feeding the Hungry This Thanksgiving

Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving! Before you go dive headfirst into a giant plate of mashed potatoes and stuffing (my plan for tomorrow), take a moment and join Goldstar in helping feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.You can find a food bank or homeless organization in your area here and quickly and easily donate money to help feed anywhere from 10 to 110 people this Thanksgiving. And if you have another minute, please spread the word to your friends and family -- the...

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Does Your Show Need a Clickbait Title?

They're all over Facebook, Buzzfeed and practically every blog and content site: clickbait headlines. Sneaky, sometimes misleading, grabby bits of text that compel you to click (at least, until you get sick of the gimmick).Now, clickbait is moving beyond the screen, thanks to a bookstore in Dallas that's using the trick to encourage readers to give the classics a try. PSFK.com writer Sara Roncero-Menendez reports on the store's efforts, which hope to expand customer's literary tastes.Here are a few fun...

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A New Reason to Go to That Tribute Band Show

Nostalgia is big business these days (Pokemon Go, '90s TV show revivals, Netflix's Stranger Things series), but it turns out it can also have some mental health benefits.Psychology Today contributor Christopher Bergland recently reported on studies that show hearing songs from your youth is revitalizing. "What seems to happen is that a piece of familiar music serves as a soundtrack for a mental movie that starts playing in our head," [said Petr Janata, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis]....

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‘Dorm Room Chef’ Shows How to Blend Food and Entertainment

As Jim has said in a previous post: "Food is entertainment, more than ever, and that changes things throughout the industry."And it turns out that foodie entertainment is coming from some unlikely places, including a dorm room at Columbia University. Forbes contributor Eve Turow Paul reports on "dorm room chef" Jonah Reider, a recent graduate who's taking the food is entertainment concept to new heights. Here's the concept for one of his recent events: “So I’m planning an event for...

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Get the Most Out of Your Millennial Employees [Infographic]

Do you have millennials on your team? While it's popular to hate on the demographic, they do have plenty to offer arts organizations -- if their managers know the best ways to work with them.If you'd like some guidance, check out this infographic from HubSpot. It's geared towards sales teams but we think the lessons would apply no matter what department your millennials are in.Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

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See the Escape Room That Started a Worldwide Trend

Even if you haven't tried one personally, you've likely heard of escape room events. Where groups of people get locked in a room and have to solve puzzles and find clues in order to escape?It's a world-wide trend that's popped up in nearly every city on the globe (you can find plenty of them on Goldstar), but do you know where it all began?Atlas Obscura recently visited the original escape room in Hungary, created in 2011 by Attila Gyurkovics. “Of...

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How Painting Became Live Entertainment (And What You Can Learn From It)

Typically, when you picture a girls' night out, it involves a club, some dancing and, in an homage to Sex and the City, plenty of cosmopolitans.However, two entrepreneurs had an idea to change up the typical girls' night out by swapping the dancing at a club for painting in a bar or restaurant (but wisely kept the booze). Paint Nite works with local artists to run classes, where you learn how to re-create a famous painting and enjoy some...

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Want New Fans? Pop Up Somewhere Unexpected

Here on Goldstar, we list shows that blend science and theater, like Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science and MythBusters, which can bring new audiences to the theater.Another way to find potential new fans is to go somewhere you haven't been before. Here's an example: According to BBC News, "The World Music Festival, Womad, hosted a science pavilion this year. It's the latest attempt to reach non-scientific audiences by bridging the gap with the arts."You never know who or...

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Boost Your Productivity and Mood With One Easy Step

With everything you do today, think about how you can mix it up a little.That's advice from Inc. contributing editor John Brandon, who asks, "What if you added some extra flair to that email, including an extra hashtag no one has ever used before (because you just invented it), or showed up to the meeting carrying a few boxes of cupcakes?"Brandon explains that putting a twist on something doesn't take much effort, and here's what happens:"For starters, it boosts...

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Draw Bigger Crowds by Going Mobile (Literally) — Like Minnesota in a Box

Last week, we wrote about Portland’s "Opera a la Cart" -- a mobile cart with a stage, a handful of props and a cast of opera singers ready to perform songs to order.This week comes news of Minnesota in a Box. "Explore Minnesota Tourism tricked out a pair of steel shipping containers for an immersive campaign that invites prospective visitors to 'sample' a pair of the state's diverse attractions and share their experiences via social media," reports Adweek.The 8-by-8-by-8-foot...

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