The following is quoted from the April 20, 2018 issue of ESTA Standards Watch.
The Stage reported yesterday that "The European Union is considering banning tungsten halogen lamps in entertainment lighting, due to environmental concerns over their energy inefficiency." There are so many reasons this is hopelessly misguided. Let me list a few.
ESTA and PLASA have announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER). The document, which is an outline of actions to be taken at each stage of rigging, from pre-design through removal from the venue, is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper. ICOPER was created to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model sequence of considerations and actions. The focus is on arena rigging, however it is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. Regulations and standards differ around the world, so ICOPER is not prescriptive. However, it provides a series of guidelines that, if followed, are expected to produce predictable results and enhance safe practice.
Throughout the south there are schools, universities and professional theatres with electrical equipment that has been submerged in flood waters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They're biggest question is, "What can I dry out and use, and what do I have to replace?" NEMA (the National Electrical Manufacturers Association) has a guide for this (NEMA GD 1-2016 Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment) that you can download here.
Earlier this year we started working with New York's Target Margin Theater on converting a two story warehouse into a new studio theatre, rehearsal spaces, and office space. Two acoustically isolated rehearsal rooms were built at the beginning of the summer. When bids for the resilient stage floor were twice as high as expected the team decided that TMT could build it themselves.
Kevin Willmorth has a long and interesting article on his blog in which he argues for the recognition of professional lighting designers, and what a professional lighting designer is and is not. The post echoes Chapter 1 of Designing With Light, and many of the things I've written in the book’s blog, including promoting the lighting design profession, the value of professional lighting design, the need for projects to use a professional lighting designer (here, here and here), and those other than professional lighting designers making design decisions, among other topics. I don't have much to add to Kevin's post, except to say that it's well worth reading.
ESTA and USITT announce the New World Rigging Symposium, on March 13-14, 2018 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.