Monday, September 20, 2010

Mondays are Dark

IATSE disagreement costs Kravis a Client.
The Palm Beach Daily News reports that The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will be relocating its talks to the Convention Center rather than ask speakers to cross lines to appear at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, currently being picketed by members of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts  Local 500.
A federal appeals court in December 2008 upheld two lower court rulings that the center had engaged in unfair labor practices when it threw the stagehands union out in 2000. Since then, the two sides have been trying unsuccessfully to negotiate a new contract. A final session is scheduled for Friday.
- Palm Beach Post, Sep 16 2010
The Palm Beach Post reported that senatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek have already declined to attend a scheduled debate at the Kravis Center over the matter.

It's been nearly two years since the Kravis Center was ordered by the court to work it out.  This matter has been a black stain on their reputation, and it's not getting any better.  It's past time for their board to end this embarrassment once and for all.

Jobs are Jobs
Lighting designer Jeffery E. Salzberg notes on Facebook that we shouldn't be in a quandary to ask for funding in the current economy:
In the United States, more people attend professional arts events than attend professional sports. I've seen estimates that every government dollar that goes to arts funding has between six and seven dollars  of  economic impact.
It's a must-read.

Conundrum Stages has had to re-schedule its upcoming reading of Jame's Baldwin's The Amen Corner.

Not Just a Tourist Destination Anymore... reports that Arts at St Johns will be presenting Miami Beach - The Musical! October 1-3.  It's the world premiere of an all-original musical history of Miami Beach.  Not to be confused with South Beach; The Musical.

Promoting Promoteo
The Miami Theatre Examiner tells us a little more about Joann Maria Yarrow and Promoteo Theatre.

Cabaret's a-coming reports that Entre'Act Theatrix will be presenting the musical Cabaret at the Caldwell Theatre October 14-24.  This is the same group that presented Hair a few months ago.

Raising Cane
TC Palm's Marilyn Bauer is excited about Florida Stage's new project, Cane.  It's the first of what they are calling "The Florida Cycle."

Another Move in Palm Beach
The Shiny Sheet reports that Steven Caras has moved on from Palm Beach DramaWorks in order to pursue a new endeavor:
Steven Caras has left his fund raising job at Palm Beach Dramaworks to devote his time to promoting a new film documenting his life story.
Steven Caras: See Them Dance has recently wrapped up filming, with a premiere by Arizona PBS scheduled in March.  Palm Beach DramaWorks is planning a move to the larger Cuillo Center in fall of 2011. 

Speaking of Moving
Boca Magazine is enthusiastic about the Palm Beach Dramaworks move, and cites all the moving - Florida Stage's move to the Kravis Center, and GableStage's expected transformation into The Coconut Grove Playhouse - as proof that the South Florida theatre scene is more robust that ever.

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