BREAKING NEWS | London’s Apollo Theatre Ceiling Collapses, 30+ Injured

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Unfortunately, the ceiling dome at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End has collapsed, injuring an estimated 30+ people.  The Apollo was having a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and around 8:15-ish, some crackling noises were heard and the ceiling came down on top of theatregoers.

We hope that everyone is ok, and we’ll report as much as we can find about the incident.  Roxy and I are sending our best positive karma to the Apollo Theatre right now.  There’s some crazy tweets coming out of London:

From The Guardian:

People left the building crying, coughing and helping each other away. Many were trying to make contact with family members as some were still trapped inside the building.

One 29-year-old man, who would only give his name as Ben, said: “It was about halfway through the first half of the show and there was a lot of creaking.

“We thought it was part of the scene, it was a seaside scene, but then there was a lot of crashing noise and part of the roof caved in. There was dust everywhere; everybody’s covered in dust.

“We got out fairly quickly, I think everyone was quite panicked.”

A 38-year-old said: “We were in the stalls. It’s a balcony that’s come off. Some of the structure’s come down.”

Police were on the scene within minutes and began cordoning off the theatre.

London fire brigade confirmed that eight fire engines had been sent to the scene.

Martin Bostock, who was in the audience at the Grade II listed theatre with his family, said he suffered a head injury after he was hit by falling debris.

He told Sky News: “I was in the lower stalls with my family in the early stages of the show. It was just terrifying and awful.

“I think the front part of the balcony fell down. At first we thought it was part of the show. Then I got hit on the head.”

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – Emergency services were called to London’s Apollo Theatre on Thursday after people were injured by falling masonry, police said.

“We are aware of casualties,” a police spokesman said.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said emergency vehicles had blocked off the street where the theater is located.

A witness told Sky Television that part of a balcony in the auditorium appeared to have collapsed.

“I think the front part of the balcony fell down,” Martin Bostock, who was in the audience, told Sky. “It was hard to see anything through the dust.”

The Apollo is currently showing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

(Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Update, 5:01pm EST Thursday, 12/19/2013 — all those trapped under the ceiling in the Apollo have been freed:


Some news footage:

Let’s hope that everyone’s ok, there haven’t been any reports of fatalities.

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LDI 2013 in Photos

A fun show happened this year in Las Vegas — lots of beams, lots of friends, and I met my goal to share hug karma with 20 new people!

I’ve heard a few people now call LDI something like “LED-I.”  After making me giggle like a dumbass like I’m known to do, it’s not like it’s far off the mark — the industry is dominated with LED wash fixtures, LED pixel mappers, LED moving head spot AND wash fixtures, and all kinds of other diode-powered light makers.  Strobes, too — LED strobes are intensely appropriate, but they deliver a different kind of stab than a Xenon strobe.  They’re not better or worse, just different!  The industry still has the gamut of discharge, incandescent, and other non-LED sources as well, but there is less push generally on these types of fixtures.

I find that such an interesting paradigm at the LDI show – lots of companies have non-LED stuff and they show it, but there is  definitely a large LED offering in our industry (as is the case in most industries of light right now).  Sometimes I wonder if there are less non-LED beams bouncing around because that’s what the industry wants or if it’s because of the cost savings of NOT having those non-LED sources en masse.  Power is expensive stuff at these shows, and so is drayage on all of the heavy gack that goes along with larger draw 208 gear and dimming.  Most LEDs anymore allow you greater flexibility with 208V power too, making the power linking possibilities even better.  I only had one 48-way PD for the CHAUVET Professional booth, and that powered everything I had designed into the rig, video panels and all.

I programmed the booth I designed on the Avolites Sapphire Touch, which has become my new favorite desk.  I finally found an interface that was designed the way that my brain wants to program.  This has been a joyous time in my programmer life!  It’s nothing like the old Avolites way, they’ve made the flow so unbelievably amazing that it is literally a joy to program.  I just had it again on the Concert Lighting Master Classes this last week, but I’ll be writing a separate post about that this week.

Check out some photos from the show, and I was glad to see you if I saw you at this year’s show!  If I didn’t see you, I’m sorry — we’ll see each other next go round or soon, you know how this business goes!  I was bummed that I didn’t get to see the Fox family.  This show kept me busy, I barely made it out of the booth except for about an hour to walk the floor.

Click on any photo below for the larger images in an *awesome* light box!

 

Sometimes Life Gets In the Way, But We’re Still Live!

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Good morning and good day, JimOnLight readers!  It’s “o’ dark thirty” as my dad always says, and guess what?  I’m at an airport getting ready to fly somewhere for a gig!  Say it ain’t so!   I just had my 78th trip to Las Vegas for LDI since 2000…  it seems like just yesterday…  actually no it doesn’t, I’ve been to Vegas WAY too many times for anyone’s good!

You’ll have to pardon my long pause here on the site…  I have been adjusting to a new gig (which is awesome) and to having my wife out of the country while we work on immigration issues.  You’d think Canada and the US would have a little looser restrictions on bringing your loved one to the states when you’re married, right?  Wrong.  Immigration is the single most confusing thing I have ever dealt with in my entire life, and I’ve been divorced twice!  Wacka wacka!

I’m heading out to Los Angeles for the Concert Lighting Master Classes this week — I’ll be programming for Jeff Ravitz, which is WAY cool for me, I’ve been a fan of Jeff’s work for many years, and I’ve interviewed him before for the website.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the Customer Engagement and Education Manager (and Lighting Designer!) for CHAUVET Professional down here in Sunrise, Florida — I came on board back in August 2013, and I’ve been working myself ridiculous for Berenice and Albert, who are amazing people with a drive that matches none other I’ve met.  It’s quite amazing to have a mentor like Berenice, she literally pushes her people to greatness.

In other news, I have a digital stalker!  Anyone have a good lawyer they can recommend?  Shit’s getting ugly.

Have an amazing day, everyone!  JimOnLight is back.  Sorry for the pause, sometimes life gets in the way.

LEGO Fun – LEGO Guns and Roses Stage!

I just cannot get enough of these LEGO creations.  When I was a kid, we had TONS of these things around the house, and it was always a game to make sure Dad never got one of these lodged into his foot.

This one is a LEGO Guns and Roses creation, from MOC Pages user Steve Grant.  Check it out!  It’s not quite as extensive as the LEGO Concert Rig I posted last week, but nevertheless it is awesome!  It even comes standard with a crappy overpriced venue food stand!

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Thanks, Steve!

Follow the band on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/gunsnroses

Official Guns N Roses website:
http://www.gunsnroses.com/

Guns N Roses Tour Dates:
http://www.gunsnroses.com/tour

TICKETS for Guns N Roses!
http://www.ticketmaster.com/Guns-N-Roses-tickets/artist/735218

 

Maiko Takeda – Naked Light in its Purest Form with Fashion

I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Let me back up:  This is the work of Maiko Takeda, and she blows my mind.  Maiko takes fashion, incorporates the idea of pattern projections based on fabric, and turns them into unbelievable works of human art.  Maybe this is why I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Check this out:

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Right?

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Riiiiiight?!

From Maiko’s portfolio page, about Maiko:

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces. It’s a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos. But do not be afraid to indulge, as at the end you will always find that the common denominator stands (right there at the bottom where it belongs).

Maiko Takeda grew up in a post boom Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt. This meant that she more and more looked to areas outside of fashion and pop culture for impulses, exploring the city by foot, finding inspiration in the smallest and most random of things.

Within the pieces, there is the juxtaposition of various elements. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.

After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon.

Enough talking.  MORE MAIKO!

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In case you’re feeling frisky, check out Maiko’s photography collections page, and definitely check out Maiko’s Camera Obscura work.  Unreal!

 

Let’s Nominate Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions for a 2013 Parnelli Award!

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We have about three methods out there in the entertainment lighting industry for lighting designers to be showcased.  One of those yearly methods is the PLSN Parnelli Awards — it’s like the Oscars for the production industry!

This year, I think we should nominate one of the best LDs for the best bands out there with the best set of production:  Jefferson Waful, Umphrey’s McGee, and ECTO Productions, who supplies UM’s tour kit.  This is my opinion, of course — but if you share this opinion, let’s get Jeff and UM on the bill for one of the best events in the industry to showcase some true talent in this business.

Here’s a look at the form you’ll want to fill out:

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Parnelli Awards nomination site:  http://www.parnelliawards.com/nominate.php
  2. Under “Lighting Designer of the Year,” type in JEFFERSON WAFUL — under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE
  3. Under “Lighting Company of the Year,” type in ECTO PRODUCTIONS – under “Show:” type in UMPHREY’S MCGEE

When you’re ready to submit, your form will look like this:

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It’s that easy.  Let’s show our love for one of the TOP acts on the touring market with one of the top LDs out there in the business!

 

 

Dancing with Light, Literally

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Are you kidding?  OF COURSE when Fox posts something I’m posting that stuff over here, especially when it’s tres awesomesauce!

This is a video short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, in which a dancer, Lucas Boirat, fights different geometric forms of light.  This is what I offer to fire up your Tuesday morning!

Nuance from Marc-Antoine Locatelli on Vimeo.

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STUMP Tour Time-Lapse – Umphrey’s McGee and STS9’s Joint Tour! #UM #STS9

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This is excellent, and we’re keeping with the whole stop motion theme today.  This is a video uploaded by the UMVideo account on YouTube — the music you’re rocking out to during the video is Umphrey’s McGee’s Wizard Burial Ground.

Enjoy!

Here’s a bonus bit of rock and roll for you on this fine Thursday… Women, Wine, and Song at Alpharetta, GA! Why? Well, WHY THE HELL NOT?!

LEGO CONCERT RIG Stop Motion VIDEO!

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That’s right sports fans, yesterday’s Lego Concert Rig post was spectacular!  I found this gem yesterday from Germany of ANOTHER Lego Concert Rig stage setup, but this time in STOP MOTION.  This thing is absolutely freaking awesome.

Check it out!

The Daily Lamp – The Satechi Touch USB Lamp for Alcoholics

Today’s Daily Lamp falls under the “phoning it in” category.  If you’re someone with a bunch of bottles hanging around, you too can have any kind of lamp you want.  Just empty the bottle, stick this lamp in before OR after you wash the nasty ol’ thing, and boom — instant lamp.  Meet the Satechi Touch USB lamp, which allows you to plug any empty bottle that’ll accept a standard width bottle at the minimum (which, consequently, is 2 3/8″):

Crazy, no? It’s only $25 bucks, so who cares if it’s ridiculous?

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You can go over to Satechi’s website and buy your own, but you have to supply the bottle.