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Spotlight On … Vulcan Lyric

There's a new arts organization in Philly: Vulcan Lyric. Maybe not exactly new, but after a two-year hiatus, Center City Opera is back with a new name and mission, according to David Patrick Stearns for The Inquirer. According to company general director Andrew Kurtz, the new name significantly omits the word opera because he plans to give equal time to musical theater. Last week, Vulcan Lyric kicked off its Summer Festival, offering four productions running through mid-August. Read more here about how...

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Spotlight On … Wolf Trap Opera

Kim Pensinger Witman understands that not everyone is born loving opera. And she's doing her part to try and change that. As senior director of the Wolf Trap Opera and classical programming at Wolf Trap, she does everything from making casting and repertoire choices to ... blogging. That's right, the head of Wolf Trap Opera has been posting daily this summer, reports Anne Midgette in The Washington Post. In Witman's own words: “One of the reasons that I have the blog is...

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Spotlight On … fireWALL Dance Theater

How do you rewrite the cliché story of dancers running off to New York and Los Angeles once they finish school? You create your own company to support a growing local dance scene. Sara Bauknecht at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured three such fledgling companies that are making moves in the Pittsburgh area. One of the companies is fireWALL Dance Theater, run by the same wife-and-husband team behind Off the Wall Productions theater company. According to the article, "The mission of...

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Spotlight On … Dorrance Dance: The Blues Project

In his post What Does a Ticket Really Get You? Jim suggests that when you buy a ticket to attend a live event, you're buying a physical ticket (often), the anticipation of the event, the entertainment of the event, the memories and reflections that follow the event, including talking about it with other people, and a change in yourself — an upgrade. He writes: "If you go see Warhorse or the NBA Finals, you’re making yourself into something slightly different. If you...

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Spotlight On … Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

America loves the athleticism of football athletes, but is it right to also love the bone-crushing, head-banging and body-bashing nature of the game? Playwrights KJ Sanchez and Jenny Mercein tackle this very topic in their new drama, X's and O's (A Football Love Story), now playing at Thrust Stage at Berkeley Rep. On Super Bowl eve, this NPR feature covered the inspiration behind the fascinating and hard-hitting docudrama and where its headed in the future. The article concludes: "Sanchez says she hopes...

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Spotlight On … The Pan Am Experience

In one of Jim's past posts, he wrote about Experience Design. "In other words, it’s not just the product (bed, food, show, whatever), but the entire experience around it that matters." Vintage Pan Am 747 Dining & Tour Experience lets you step into a golden age Pan Am 747 for a nostalgia-filled dining experience. Upon check-in at the gate, you'll be handed your '70s-style boarding pass before being invited into the Clipper Club, where you can take in an exhibit of...

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Spotlight On … The Festival 2014

Here we are again discussing Food IS Entertainment. It's a topic that seems to be popping up in the news lately. People are turning their yearning for a taste for food and drink into fun and successful live entertainment. Like The Festival 2014, a beer festival focusing on "a bevy of international producers and American craft brewers seldom seen on the West Coast," according to this Los Angeles Times article. A large number of brew lovers showed up to Crafted...

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Spotlight On … Coffee Con, Inc.

In his post, Food IS Entertainment, Jim wrote: Years ago, I declared that food had become entertainment, but at that point it was still pretty crude. The occasional appearance by a celebrity chef, or a class on how to roll sushi, that kind of thing. We’re way past that now, and if you’re in the business of either producing or selling live entertainment, you need to pay attention to this. This past Saturday, about 1,000 coffee lovers poured into Mack Sennett Studios...

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Spotlight On … Ten Thirty One Productions

Last October, Melissa Carbone scored the biggest deal in Shark Tank history for her company, Ten Thirty One Productions. Investor Mark Cuban saw great potential in her company's attractions -- the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and Great Horror Campout. A couple months later, we asked the CEO and founder about her formula for winning. Fast forward one year, and Business Insider catches up with Carbone to "see how she's used the Shark to push forward her plan for total domination...

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