Editor's Note

A Look Ahead

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Justin Lang welcomes Nook Schoenfeld as the new editor of PLSN magazine.As we close out 2014 and I reach the end of my tenure as editor of I want offer some insight going forward in our industry. As you can gather from the past four years of my time at I am a technology junkie, always looking for new and exciting things that can make our work and personal lives that much better. Part of my daily routine is to read through press releases from around the industry. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve been making a habit of checking in on information from more than 300 news sites, technology blogs and websites. Sounds like a busy morning, right? It normally takes two to three cups of coffee to get through it all.

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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 Louis Oliver and Chvrches

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LD Louis Oliver and ChvrchesTour Dates: January 2013-December 2014

Your lighting approach:

"I draw up everything in Vectorworks. My lighting approach looks at the larger picture; I treat each project as installation art. I was given the band’s artwork as a starting piece; this we turned into some fantastic looking set pieces which have been the foundation of this album’s campaign from early on. Using lighting, lasers and video we managed to produce an ever-changing, ever-improving show."

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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 Awards Gala Filled with Emotion, Surprises

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2014 Parnelli Awards Gala Filled with Emotion, Surprises. Fee Waybill served as emcee for the gala.LAS VEGAS – It was Vegas, after all, so the bet was on. "We were all voting when Benny [Collins] would start crying, and I said he wouldn't make it through the introduction, and I won," laughs production professional and friend Steve Thomas. Thomas, with Michael Ahern, presented the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award to Collins, the live event industry's highest honor. Collins took the stage choked up and shed some tears in giving his appreciation to all he's worked with and made friends with over the years. It was a fitting end to an evening filled with emotions, laughs and tears.

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Features

2014 LDI Post-Show Report

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Elation Professional debuted its Sniper and won plaudits for its booth design.I have attended perhaps five LDI conventions over the years. Usually I see a lot of rehashed products mixed in with a few new ideas. 2014 seemed to bring a big reversal in this trend; I viewed so many new products that I felt like a kid in Disneyland. With more than 300 exhibitors and 8,000 people in attendance, it was certainly a packed house. There was never a dull moment as I ventured from booth to booth.

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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

The Country House: Peter Kaczorowski Lights with Rustic Radiance

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Production photos by Joan MarcusLighting designer Peter Kaczorowski enjoys working with naturalistic sets, as evidenced in productions like No Man’s Land, That Championship Season and Born Yesterday. Even in a more surreal show like Waiting For Godot or a big musical like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, he prefers some restraint. In Donald Margulies’ new play The Country House, about a group of actors retreating to a Berkshires home to ponder their place in the world and with each other, Kaczorowski gets to play with light in a radiant way.

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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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