Editor's Note

Economic Indicators

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PLSN editor Justin LangOur economy is one of the driving forces behind our happiness and well-being.  Since the late 2000s, the entire country has been on edge with the fear of the dreaded “R” word, Recession.  And for good reason: a Federal Reserve report released two years ago showed that the median net worth of U.S. households dropped 39 percent —$126,400 to $77,300 — in the three-year span from 2007 to 2010. Add a comment

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On the Road

LD Mark Wheatley with Ian Anderson

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LD Mark WheatleyTour: Singer/flautist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame

Tour Dates: U.S. to Nov. 10, Europe to Nov. 30, Australia in December; Continues in 2015.

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Features

2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny Collins

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2014 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Benny CollinsIf you don’t want to know the truth about something, don’t ask Benny Collins. Because he will tell you. That trait — at odds with the stereotype of those who get close to the stars — has taken him far in the live event business, a career that started with him hauling a Hammond B-3 in a truck as a teen to circling the world running Michael Jackson’s most audacious tours.

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Features

In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70

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In Memoriam: Patrick Stansfield, 70Patrick Stansfield, 70, tour manager for Neil Diamond, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tina Turner and scores of others, died in the early morning hours on Oct. 28, 2014 from kidney failure. Along with his prominence in concert touring, Stansfield was the production mastermind behind the transformation of Dodgers and Yankee Stadiums for papal visits in 1987 and 2008 and was co-founder of the Parnelli Awards, named in memory of his good friend Rick "Parnelli" O'Brien. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center here in the days before his death.

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Inside Theatre

Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal Scales Up "This Is Our Youth" for Broadway

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This Is Our Youth photo by Brigitte LacombStarring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, This Is Our Youth focuses on three college age rich kids dealing with interpersonal friction, identity issues and their hard-partying ways in the early 1980s. It’s a dramatic show set in a studio apartment setting on the Upper West Side, but looming above it is a few stories of a building edifice that emphasizes the larger landscape these self-involved youngsters are a part of. Scenic designer Todd Rosenthal worked on the show staged by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company this past summer in Chicago before it made its Broadway debut in at the Cort Theater in September, and he dealt with the challenge of taking a smaller production into a bigger space while keeping the material up close and personal. Add a comment

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Production Profile

Foster the People

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Matthieu Larivée and Lüz Studio brought the band’s quirky album aesthetics to the stageMark Foster is another one of those talented musicians who worked for many years to become an overnight sensation. One day you’ve never heard of them; the next day, they’re everywhere. Like thousands of hopefuls, Foster moved to Los Angeles after high school to chase a career in music. After several years of onerous odd jobs and stillborn bands, he landed work with audio production house Mophonics as a commercial jingle writer, giving us immortal works for California Tourism, Cadillac and Muscle Milk.

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Production Profile

25 Years of Lighting Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre in Austin, TX. Photo by Debi MoenThink about it: The Beatles had no lighting designer on tour. The thought boggles the mind.

This year, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 landing in New York and the launch of Beatlemania. On their three 1964-66 tours, the world’s most popular band may have had a followspot operator, but otherwise were stuck with poor house lights or, in the case of stadiums, industrial fixtures meant to light the field, not the Fab Four. Forget “stage design.” One promoter lined up 200 folding chairs onstage — and directly behind the band — to squeeze in more of the screaming girls and society celebrities for over-capacity ticket sales.

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Production Profile

Reventón Super Estrella

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Reventón Super Estrella photo by Erika Diaz. The Latin rock extravaganza got a visual assist from Global Trend Productions and othersThe seventeenth annual Reventón Latin rock festival drew close to 18,000 to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 19, 2014. Organized by KSSE Super Estrella 107.1 FM, Reventón featured a lineup that included largely accessible, if fairly diverse, Spanish-language acts, such as Caifanes, La Ley, Fobia, Roco Pachukote de Maldita Vecindad, Enrique Bunbury, La Unión, Víctimas Del Doctor Cerebro and La Santa Cecilia.

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Designer Insights

Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014

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Linkin Park Carnivores Tour 2014 photo by Steve JenningsFollowing the mid-June release of Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party album and 30 Seconds To Mars’ Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in mid-May, “The Carnivores” tour, which also featured opening act AFI, took shape this year. The 25-date arena and shed trek kicked off in early August at the Cruzan Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL) and we caught up with the tour where it wrapped up Sept. 19 at the Concord Pavilion (outside San Francisco).

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Showtime

Brighton High School Homecoming Dance 2014

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Brighton, MI High School Homecoming DanceLighting Co
Visionary Sound Productions

Venue
Brighton High School
Brighton, MI

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