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Artful Supporters

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There’s a black and white photograph in my high school yearbook. It’s of people in winter gear hanging around a railing at the skating rink where our hockey team played. A banner of the team’s name, Trojans, hangs on the railing. The picture is captioned “Athletic Supporters.” Sure, it’s sophomoric. It’s a high school yearbook. Because I was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook, I was called ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Time To Rethink A Certain Reindeer Story

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It’s December and the ubiquitous holiday music – playing since mid-November – reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner.  I’ve always been troubled by one particular Christmas carol I first learned at the tender age of 4: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know the story, right? Young buck born with funny nose. Ostracized and bullied for it. Naturally, an extenuating circumstance (“one foggy ...

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When Intelligence is Artificial

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If you follow the popular tech press, it’s likely you’ve seen a number of stories about artificial intelligence.  The term “artificial intelligence” is somewhat loosely defined.  It fits under the category of “we’ll know it when we see it.” The mathematician Alan Turing defined artificial intelligence as an “imitation game.”  If a human couldn’t tell if the origin of the responses on the other side ...

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Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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The-Artist-Formally-Known-As-“The-Artist-Formally-Know-As-Prince” is no more, having died today, April 21, 2016.   Like David Bowie, who died only a few months ago, Prince was his own musical style and his own sexual style.  And, like Bowie, he was still making music to the end. Unlike Bowie, Prince passed before even making it to age 60. Prince always had an ethereal aspect to him and it made him ...

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The Bechdel Test and the Art of Politics

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Have you heard of the Bechdel test?  It was developed to formalize an observation made by Virginia Woolf about the simplicity of women’s characters in literature.  A piece of fiction passes the test if, and only if, three conditions are met: The work has at least two women in it who talk to each other about something other than a man. Given the simplicity of ...

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UPDATED: Pay-for-Play Auditions

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Last year, the new Bitter Lemons policy of “pay-for-play,” paying the publication to get them to send a reviewer, created a national debate on the practice – and near-universal condemnation.  (Bitter Lemons is again promoting a pay-for-play review system for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that a pay-for-play mentality is taking over Hollywood casting sessions. The arguments for this happening ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

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“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

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The Anonymous Creator

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If you’ve ever walked through a museum like LACMA or the Norton Simon, it’s likely you’ve run into art objects from antiquity.  These objects are not signed.  There’s no clue as to the artisan’s name.  They are of anonymous origin. And yet the objects are undeniably true works of art, representing aesthetic sensibilities and skills requiring years to develop. I was reminded of this anonymous ...

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