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Tall Tale From Times Square: Vista Spyder Crawls Walgreens’ Wall

WalgreensA lofty 15 feet off the ground and 340 feet into the air, in luminous Times Square, the Walgreens company proudly makes its mark with a new multi-media display that will be seen by an estimated 1.6 million passers-by every day.

To process and distribute the massive amount of data necessary to feed the supersign, digital display engineering and manufacturing company D3 LED – the company that engineered and manufactured the spectacular – has chosen Vista Systems’ Spyder.

Elevated in the New York skyline, the display draws attention to Walgreens’ new three-level emporium located in the ground floor retail space of One Times Square, home to the famed New Year’s Eve Ball drop. more

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Stage Research Offers Theatrical Design Interactive Software: Intuitive Instruction, Illustration, Articulation

stageStage Research, theatrical sound-and-lighting treasure-chest for a discerning industry-at-large, proudly offers a complete range of Theatrical Design Interactive discs (the cross-platform learning software) on their website.

Each selection is a comprehensive package designed to help students and stage-tech crew members attain and retain theories, concepts, facts and figures vital to their intricately-labored craft(s). As end-users of the program(s) develop and hence broaden their skills, their arsenal of knowledge and depth (attuned to the arts and sciences of the stage) is slated to grow insurmountably. more

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grandMA Closes The Campaign … Cheers At Obama Victory Speech ’08!

ObamaThe votes are in, and Chicago’s Grant Park will never be the same. Barack Obama’s riveting 2008 victory speech rang through crowds, as MA Lighting’s grandMA consoles (supplied by overall Lighting Contractor – Christie Lites) took front row. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

States lighting designer Bob Peterson: “The Obama campaign provided the statement for the directive, which was to elegantly transfer from the exuberance of the campaign to the seriousness of the presidency. What that meant to me,” he explains, “was to deem victory night a serious and strong historical evening.” more

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Scharff Weisberg Supports Colorful National Design Awards Gala At The Cooper-Hewitt Museum

CooperScharff Weisberg worked closely with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum to bring colorful, innovative scenic elements from David Stark Design & Production to life with audio, lighting and video support for the 2008 National Design Awards gala on October 23. The glittering evening, which took place in a tent connected to the museum, numbered New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dennis Hopper, Lauren Zalaznick and Martha Stewart among its guests. more

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Christie Launches New LCD Projector With 4DColor™ Technology: The Christie LX700

LX700Continuing its role as an innovator in the imaging marketplace, Christie introduces the new Christie LX700 with 4DColor(tm) technology. This new, four-panel LCD projector offers an incredible combination of real color and high brightness in a compact size. At 7,000 lumens and XGA resolution, the Christie LX700 is ideal for large venues, educational facilities, retail environments, corporate boardrooms and training, rental staging and houses of worship. more

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Coemar Infinity Wash XL Lights Raise Jay-Z Performances To New Heights

Is there a better way to ensure rock-solid tour lighting than with Coemar Infinity Wash XLs’ powerful mastery? Don’t think so. A powerful master himself, Rock-A-Fella/Def Jam/Universal recording artist Jay-Z is glad the Infinitys came along for the flights.

From Philadelphia to Charlottesville to Boston to East Rutherford for radio festival support, then on to Cleveland for a Barack Obama benefit, the lighting industry’s relied-upon ralliers gave each superb show a superb shine.

According to lighting designer/programmer/director Patrick Dierson, the plan for the five shows, produced by the Phoenix Music Group, started out as something simple but then quickly turned into a “large-scale production that had to shapeshift from day to day. And at some of the locations,” he recalls, “there were other artists who needed to be accommodated.” more

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Christie Projectors Help Bowen Technovation Pay Homage To Blues Legend At The New B.B. King Musem

bbBowen Technovation selected Christie projectors to bring the life and story of blues legend, B.B. King to the B.B. King Museum and the Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.

The 20,000-square foot museum traces the artist from his roots in the Mississippi Delta to international fame as the King of Blues. It blends traditional artifacts from B.B. King’s 60-year career with graphics and interactive media to celebrate his unique legacy and the rich musical history of the Delta. more

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Scharff Weisberg Lights Up The Star While Chris Botti Jazzes Up The Pops ’08

BottiScharff Weisberg worked on a unique lighting job for two performances by Columbia Records’ jazz wonder Chris Botti (with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops), featuring Sting and Steven Tyler.

The Scharff Weisberg team had been sought after to light the shows, to be held at Symphony Hall Boston on September 18th & 19th, 2008, with an array of lights required to help create what assistant lighting designer David Marcucci calls a “smokey jazz look.” And, because a DVD, Blu-ray, and subsequent PBS broadcast of the event had been planned, special illumination considerations were to be accounted for. more

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grandMA Treats Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour To A Tasty Triumph

MadonnaA maverick meld of old and new – Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, rolling across Europe and the Americas fall and winter 2008, depends upon MA Lighting’s grandMA lighting consoles to fill the dish for a dazzling display. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America. more

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Scharff Weisberg Installs Sound System For Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts

PaceScharff Weisberg has completed the installation of a new comprehensive sound system for the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, the principal theater on the campus of Pace University.

The 743-seat theater is one of the largest in Lower Manhattan. Since September 2005 it has hosted the award-winning Bravo television series, “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton; previously, it was home to the late Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre. The Center is also a founding venue for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Theatre Festival; and hosts events of the River-to-River Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. It is also where the University’s theater students are showcased in dramatic and musical productions. more

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