Editor's Note

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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PLSN editor Justin LangThis summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge created a sensation on the Internet and social media. The ALS Association, which works to spread awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease, and raise funds for research in hopes of reducing its impact, perhaps even finding a cure, launched the campaign. By late August, the association noted that total donations had topped the $100 million mark.

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On the Road

LD Joe Paradise and 311

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311 in 2014 photo by Joe ParadiseTour Dates: June 26-Aug. 16, 2014

Describe your approach: "For this run, the majority of the gear is provided locally. Because of 311’s large, diverse song catalog there is quite a bit of punting or busking going on. One of the most important tasks was to make sure that every cue and palette would translate properly and could be “cloned” easily from day to day without a lot of extra programming."

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Features

Calzone Cases vs. Garbage Truck Compactor on TV's "Unbeatables"

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For TV's In a recent episode of National Geographic’s reality show, Showdown of the Unbeatables, the producers put one of Calzone Cases’ road cases to the ultimate torture test: the crushing pressure of a state-of-the-art garbage truck’s compacter.Hosted by Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey, the series pits opposing companies who square off and do battle.  Add a comment

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Inside Theatre

Designing the Hurt for "Hedwig"

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch photo by Joan MarcusThe acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which originally debuted off-Broadway in 1998 and then became a cult film in 2001, has been fueled by the punk-ish charisma of its star Neil Patrick Harris. (The show now stars Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells.) A story that was too controversial for the Great White Way 16 years ago — a rocker flees East Berlin by becoming transgender and marrying a U.S. military officer, comes to America, and falls for future rock star Tommy Gnosis, who eventually takes their songs and abandons her for a life of fame and fortune — is very timely now.

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Production Profile

Motley Crue: The Final tour

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Motley Crue Final Tour photo by Todd MoffsesCleverly named The Final Tour, Mötley Crüe’s final tour began July 2 in Grand Rapids, MI. And final it is. In January, under a banner proclaiming “All Bad Things Must Come to an End,” the iconic band’s members held a press conference in Hollywood, complete with a New Orleans-style funeral marching band, at which they publicly signed a legally binding “cessation of touring” agreement. It prohibits them from going on the road together or individually under the Mötley moniker after their current 18-month worldwide victory lap ends. No biennial reunion tours, no country fair oldies circuit, no package cruises.

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Production Profile

Sarah McLachlan Shines On

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Sarah McLachlan Shine On tour photo by Steve JenningsReady to launch into the next song, Sarah McLachlan suddenly stops and squints into the spotlight. A fan has come to the footlights with an ill-timed request. Lifting up her T-shirt, the fan asks: Would McLachlan autograph her bra? McLachlan repeats the request into the microphone with surprise and a laugh, while the audience collectively groans at the fan’s faux pas. McLachlan calls for a pen and signs. Now the fan lifts up her boot. She has another request. At this point, security guards grab the gal and guide her away.

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Designer Insights

Lady Gaga ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour

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Lady Gaga Artpop Ball tour photo by Steve JenningsLeRoy Bennett’s resume of clients is any designer’s dream. In just the last few years alone, his work as production and lighting designer has included the likes of Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, Nine Inch Nails, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson, and that’s not even the full list. Returning to the stage on her Artpop Ball Tour of 2014 is Lady Gaga. Bennett’s first venture with her was back in 2010 on her Monster Ball Tour and, since then, handled visuals for her DVD and iTunes Festival shows. Along with a few words with Bennett, PLSN touched base with touring lighting director Whitney Hoversten about the latest Gaga extravaganza.

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Showtime

KCON K-Pop Music Festival

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KCON K-Pop Music FestivalLighting Co
Visions Lighting

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Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
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Showtime

Feed Me

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Feed Me 2014 tour photo by James CollettaLighting Co
VER

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Various (Tour)

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Showtime

Steely Dan

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Steely Dan 2014 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
Upstaging Inc.

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Various (Tour)

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