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Opera a la Cart Shows Another Way the Arts Can Go Mobile

First it was food carts, which allowed chefs to start an eatery more easily and allowed diners to try a variety of dishes without going to upscale restaurants.Now in Portland, a city filled with food trucks and food carts, comes "Opera a la Cart." As OregonLive.com reports, it's just what it sounds like: A mobile cart with a stage, a handful of props and a cast of opera singers ready to perform songs to order. The songs are mostly well-known...

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Audiences Behaving Badly? Depends on Whom You Ask

Talking, eating loudly and answering mobile phones: These are all behaviors that can be considered inappropriate for a theater audience. While some people prefer to speak out against audiences behaving badly, others -- like Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who appeared in Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s theatre -- suggest that criticizing young fans could kill theater.The Guardian's Amelia Hill reports that Harington recently said: “I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die...

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What Your Venue Can Learn From the Pokemon Go Craze

It's official: The Pokémon Go game has taken over the country. Skift.com reported that 26 million people played the game on July 14th alone and that the app has more daily active users than Twitter. Of course, the excitement levels are unlikely to last forever, but in the meantime businesses across the country are getting in on the fun by participating in the game and offering deals for players. Goldstar also joined in the craze by putting together a list of Pokémon-friendly...

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Apple’s New Camera Tech: A Blessing or a Curse for Live Entertainment?

Have you heard about Apple's latest patent? While it hasn't been officially released, Variety writes that it would "reportedly allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable a mobile phone’s camera, preventing users from taking videos and photos." There are quite a few entertainers that support this idea, from Adele to Jack White and even Benedict Cumberbatch (who broke character during Hamlet to tell the audience to stop recording him). Some performers have already used a different version of this idea, like...

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Goldstar Sets the Stage for Romance With #LetsGoOut Program

It's no secret that Goldstar has tons of date-worthy live events happening every day. But we wanted to take things a step further. Instead of simply selling event-worthy events, we're setting people up on blind dates to go to those events. The program is called #LetsGoOut and features short videos with our blind date couples on Goldstar's social media channels. You can see the first video over on our Facebook page. In it, we sent Michael and Jackie to see...

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Jim Talks Biz Growth Tips on Entrepreneur’s Radio Show

Travis Lane Jenkins, host of The Entrepreneur's Radio Show, recently interviewed Jim about biz growth tips.The Entrepreneur's Radio Show features conversations with high-level entrepreneurs that that grow your business. Listen to Jim's two-part interview (and find out what Jim's favorite books, tools and quote is).Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.Subscribe to the Selling Out mailing list.

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Why Joel Peterson’s 10 Laws of Trust Are Good for Business

Much like Jim's message that good service is the best marketing money you’ll ever spend, Joel Peterson has a golden rule for business that he shares in his new book, The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great.Why trust? Because, as the JetBlue Chairman and professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business assures, "Trust works to everyone’s benefit -- individual contributors, work groups, customers, suppliers, vendors -- and the betterment of the whole organization."His...

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Live Video Chat With Two Cirque du Soleil Performers — Ask Them Anything!

What started as a small group of street performers in Montreal has grown into the largest theatrical production in the world, with shows all across the globe. Now, with the latest Coffee With Goldstar chat you can get a glimpse inside the magical world of Cirque du Soleil.Goldstar will be talking live from under the Big Top Tent in Atlanta with two of their performers, hand balancer Andrii Bondarenko and singer Eirini Tornesaki, who will share what it's like to work...

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Liberty, Justice and Hamilton for All

Remember when Jim called for a live televised performance of Hamilton on July 4th?Broadway World reports that the hip-hop musical will possibly be filmed with its current cast prior to the departure of the show's star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at the end of July.While watching a taped production isn't the same experience as watching a livestreaming performance, people would get to witness the original cast, and, as reporter Caryn Robbins writes, "fans around the world [would get] a...

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Jim’s TEDxEast Talk Friday, May 6

As the organizer and emcee of five TEDxBroadway events, Jim has plenty of experience preparing speakers for their talks. Now, it's Jim who is prepping an "idea worth spreading."Jim is one of the presenters at TEDxEast on May 6, 2016 in New York City. The theme of the day is "Re" (as in re-imagine, re-purpose, re-build, re-activate, re-visit, re-adapt, etc.). The event begins at 10:00am and runs until approximately 4:30pm, with musicians, comedians, economists, rappers, architects, legends, storytellers and...

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