USITT 2010 – Kansas City Pics from the Show Floor


The view from the hotel room in Kansas City – as far as midwest hotel scenes goes, not too bad!

I’m back from USITT 2010.  I had a very huge fun time, most of it with the great readers of JimOnLight.com.  I’m constantly saying that JimOnLight.com readers ROCK, and this last week I was reminded just how much you all rock.  I met so many people that I have only known digitally, and got to see people that I haven’t seen in a while.  An awesome week, to be sure.

Oh yeah, and I took a mega-ultra-super-metric-ton of photos and video.  Get ready.  Here’s a taste:

The illustrious @a_mandolin holding one of Luxim‘s wonderful LIFI sources at the excellent SeaChanger booth.  I love my Toms!

Electronic Theatre Controls‘ CEO Fred (Foster) and Bobblehead Fred:

The line for the Mag Lite giveaway – holy cow were those things popular!

Evening Kansas City from my hotel room window:

Amanda Lynne playing in City Theatrical‘s fake snow:

More of the Mag Lite line – wow, indeed, again:

Everybody’s favorite @LekoGirl with Bobblehead Fred:

This guy, @aronaltmark, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite guys:

People flocking to Amanda Lynne:

Jim (OnLight) trying to look thug next to @NoahCraft looking thug next to @JimOnLight:

Stay tuned.  More to come!

USITT Opens in A Few Hours

That’s right.  It’s not even open yet, but we’re all here feeling our absolute best and waiting for it to start.

I’m still a bit amazed that Sally Struthers is the keynote for USITT’s 50th Anniversary show – mostly for relevance’s sake and all – but I didn’t come all the way up here for Sally.  I came up here to meet and appreciate the thousands of students and JimOnLight.com readers who are here and ready to expand their minds.

The Gaff Dress Challenge is also going to be in full effect today, and our lovely participants are ready to show the dresses that they’ve made completely from gaff – I’ll be snapping photos and getting some video ASAP.  Stay tuned – and if you’re here, look for the bald guy with the JimOnLight.com t-shirt!

JimOnLight.com and iSquint.net Announce USITT 2010 Kansas City’s Evening Party Plans

So over the last several months we’ve been talking about that convention that’s happening in Kansas City next week, and how @lekogirl and @a_mandolin are going to be going head-to-head in a Gaff Dress Challenge at the BMI Supply booth (which is booth 1010, by the way).  Even though apparently none of the lighting bloggers in this world are cool enough to report on the USITT convention in Kansas City, we’re still gonna be there having a good time!

We’ve been discussing the idea of having a one-night Gaff Dress Prom event for all of us crazy entertainment industry people to get gaffed up and have a great time together, do some networking, you know – standard fun stuff.  What I’ve come up with to solve the problems of convention evening scheduling, trying to find a place that will not only let us party but also work on our lighting blogger’s budget (which is typically negative $14 bucks).

Instead of disappointing the masses by having one party night, we’ve decided that we’re going to have a party EVERY NIGHT of USITT, at a different establishment in close proximity to the conference hotel and convention center so that everyone can walk to and fro!  There are some events scheduled between the expo floor’s closing and 10pm most nights, I think, so we’re going to start partying around 9pm each night and go until we’re partied out!

Did I mention that if you come to the party dressed to the nines in gaff tape, you’ll get entered in for some prizes to be given away each night?!  Also, Justin and I will buy you a beverage!  If you’re over 21, it’ll be whatever you want.  Under 21?  Then I will buy you sodas all night!

So:  What have you REALLY got going on that you can’t come hang out with us EVERY NIGHT YOU’RE AT USITT?!

We’re going to announce each location during that day, so keep your eyes on Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #KCGaffCrawl to pop up and get RT’ed all over the place!

Stay tuned!

The 2010 Gaff Dress Challenge!

Whoa.  It’s like three weeks away!  I have to ask, where in the world did January and February 2010 go?!  Wasn’t it just Christmas?

The last six days have been some of the busiest of the last few years.  At one point last week I felt like I was busier than when I wrote my Master’s thesis.  That will make sense to a lot of people out there, methinks.

A news bump – coming up at a little Theatre Technology conference coming up March 31-April 3 in Kansas City, MO:

@lekogirl vs. @a_mandolin for 2010 – who will throw down next year?  Who has the creativity to take 2010?

There will be an event at USITT that will be a Gaff Tape Prom-type deal, but we’re working on having it offsite of the conference center.  Stay tuned.  Aww yeah.