Thursday, October 31, 2013
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On this holiday all state, county and city government offices are closed, along with most schools and libraries. Some private businesses, like banks, also close at their discretion. In Nevada's capital, Carson City, a parade is held through the heart of downtown, as well as a carnival and several other events.
In 2000, following two successful referendums by the state's population, the Nevada Legislature decided to celebrate the holiday on a Friday, hoping that a three-day weekend would generate more interest. Nevada Day is now observed on the last Friday in October. But most of the big events in Carson City, including the parade, occur on the following Saturday. This was shortly followed by Las Vegas and Henderson adding up to three Nevada Days throughout the year in addition to the actual holiday which are determined by city council vote during the first week of each legislative year.
Until 2000, Halloween was observed in Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, and Storey County on October 30, so as to not conflict with the holiday.
The vote of the people was geographically one sided, with booming Clark County and its heavy California import population, voting overwhelmingly for a three day weekend, whereas the remainder of the state voted strongly to keep the date on the historic October 31st.
Since 2000, Carson City's newspaper, Nevada Appeal, has sponsored a month-long "treasure hunt" each year in October (except for 2003 and 2004) to celebrate Nevada Day. Beginning on the first Monday, a clue is posted on a web site set up for the contest each weekday, which help narrow down the search area. The clues all have to do with Nevada history, and so it encourages people to study it in order to find the "treasure". Upon finding it, the treasure (which is a small plaque referred to as a "medallion") can be redeemed for up to $1000. 
In 2003 and 2008, the legal holiday for Nevada Day fell on October 31, the actual day of admission.
Nevada Day is presently a state holiday recognized on the last Friday in October with the parade on the Saturday following.
Nevadans love a parade and what better way to celebrate our heritage! Each October, Nevadans turn their attention to Carson City, Nevada's state capital, home of the Nevada Day Parade.
The 2011 Nevada Day Parade
is Saturday, October 29, 2011
is Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sources: Nevada Day website, Nevada State History (UNR textbook), Wikipedia.
Las Vegas Sun: Zombies in casinos: Game manufacturer to debut 'Walking Dead' slot machine
Zombies are lurching toward Las Vegas -- and they're seeking slot players. Australian-based gaming manufacturer Aristocrat has inked a licensing agreement with cable channel AMC to develop a slot machine based on the hit show "The Walking Dead." The company plans to release the title in early fall to coincide with the show's highly-anticipated fourth season.
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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL 4D adds Halloween performance - and some special surprises
Las Vegas, NV, September 16, 2013: Las Vegas' only show with a Splatter Zone is stepping up its game for the Halloween season, and is adding an additional performance on Thursday, Halloween night, October 31st.
"The show is a natural for this time of year," says director and producer Sirc Michaels, "And one of the biggest requests from fans is that we do a Halloween performance. The fans ask, and we respond."
In addition to the show's normal Friday and Saturday night shows, the team behind the most unlikely hit on the Strip have worked with the V Theater to offer an additional performance on:
Thursday October 31st at 9:00pm
Tickets are on currently on sale for the additional show, and are already selling strongly. The Halloween performance is expected to sell out in advance, so people are encouraged to get their tickets before they are all gone.
Because of the special time of year, there are some special surprises in store for people attending. The cast and crew will be incorporating the Halloween spirit into the show with some special touches, including a costume contest and special additions to the show itself.
About Evil Dead: The Musical
Evil Dead: The Musical is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression. Performances can be seen at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino every Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
Sirc Michaels / Mark LoProto
Sirc Michaels Productions
Panel Examines New Frontiers in New Media
New Frontiers in New Media, held at the SAG Foundation’s Actors Center in Los Angeles, aimed to familiarize actors and filmmakers with the opportunities available in this new digital world.
The panel included Mark Friedlander, SAG’s national director of SAG New Media; Anthony Batt, president of Katalyst Films; Christopher Kubasik, creator of Booth at the End; Chris Horton of Sundance Institute’s Artist Services; and Drew Baldwin, the co-founder of Tubefilter. The discussion was moderated by SAGIndie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson.
“The world has changed in the entertainment industry,” said Abby Dylan, chair of the SAGIndie Committee. “People aren’t watching content the same way and filmmakers need to know how to get their product out there. They can do it on their own; they don’t need to go through a studio anymore. They don’t have to go through those channels. And we want to help them do that so more actors can work.”
Friedlander said it was important to reach out to content producers to help them understand the process of working with unions in this new and untested area.
“New media is growing at an unbelievable rate. It’s a tremendous chance for actors and creatives of any discipline to learn about the opportunities for growth both creatively and economically in this space — it’s the future.”
From left, SAGIndie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson; Anthony Batt, president of Katalyst Films; Drew Baldwin, the co-founder of Tubefilter; Mark Friedlander, SAG’s national director of SAG New Media; Christopher Kubasik, creator of Booth at the End; SAGIndie Committee Chair Abby Dylan; and Chris Horton of Sundance Institute’s Artist Services.
Michael Plaisted's Empress Workshop, featuring the 7-Step System,
at The Meadows Senior Homes Clubhouse located at 2900 So. Valley View Blvd.
The Empress Theatre workshop is returning to its earliest policy of not charging for the workshop but accepting donations from those who wish to contribute. This is because the current economy has placed difficult financial situations on many people. Participants should feel free to contribute nothing but if you can put in a couple of dollars that would help toward paying the rent and other expenses.
Email Mike Plaisted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 871-9750 (Home) or 218-1759 (cell).
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
My name is Kevin Lewis and I am the Production Coordinator for the Criss Angel BeLIEve show that is currently airing on SpikeTV. We have one more major stunt for this show on November 13 and I am looking for 4 Production Assistants to work on that day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or you can call me directly at 702-505-7785.
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Orson Welles radio depiction of H.G. Wells classic, The War of the Worlds.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
My name is Joseph Dean Coburn and I teach acting. Once in a while, when meeting someone new, I am asked, "What kind of acting do you teach?"
"Good acting." is my response.
So, what's the difference between Good and Bad acting?
Good acting is so simple. The late, Sanford Meisner would say, "Disabuse yourself of the horrible need to be good." In class, I will say, "Who you are, as a human being, is good enough." These are things that a teacher says in response to forcing, faking, indicating, posing, or trying to put on a performance -- BAD acting. It's your simple, truthful, human response that makes up good acting. When you see someone trying too hard it's a lot like being on a bad date, you just get uncomfortable and want it to end -- NOW.
Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, and Rod Steiger, were all asked the question, "What's the difference between great actors and good actors. All three gave the same answer, "For the great actor, it's really happening to him." Brando was asked that by Connie Chung in the 70's, Brando in the 80's during a print interview and Steiger was asked the same by Charlie Rose in the 90's. So, three GREAT actors, decades apart, and they all gave the same answer. It shouldn't need to be pointed out that they did not collaborate on their answer.
So, you want to be a GREAT actor, do you not? Well, then train in a way that builds the same habits that all great actors share and have shared. Listen, take personally what you see and hear, allow those things to affect YOU (You cannot turn yourself into someone else, some character, you just look foolish). Finally, permit your truthful, instinctive, emotional response.
So, good acting is a game of permission. Permit yourself to listen and watch your partner acutely (that's called "connected" or "chemistry" when you see it on the screen). Permit what you see and hear to affect and emotionalize you (contrary to "Don't take it so personally" that you were taught as a child). Permit your truthful, instinctive, emotional response (the one that happens TO YOU, not the one you MAKE happen). Those are the fundamentals shared by good actors and great actors alike. Make a habit of working that way and you will elevate your acting to "Good."
You want to get GREAT?
Do all that for 8 shows a week, every week, for about 6 years. Then you can start auditioning against world class players for the highest paychecks and greatest fame. Does it sound a little like competing in professional sports? It IS the same approach. Fundamentals, Discipline, and Respect for the game. That's old school and it works every time.
Anyone who says differently is lying to you and trying to steal your money. You cannot be taught acting, you can only learn it. Learn good acting and you will become a good actor. Learn bad acting and the results are just as predictable.