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New To Me: Pianorquestra

Music Doer Bill presents a new feature to the blog, “New To Me” where he highlights great music that he discovers in his travels as Brown Paper Ticket’s Music Doer. This week he highlights Pianorquestra from Brazil.

I was contacted by the management for the group Pianorquestra a couple weeks ago. They were looking for help in getting more performances outside of Brazil. Before the meeting, I took a look at the links and videos and was, frankly, blown away. These guys are wonderful. I have heard of “Prepared Piano” before (where a piano has its sound altered by placing objects on the strings, hammers or dampers) but I have never seen it like this.

I am very excited to work with these guys and bring them to the U.S. next year. Keep an eye out for them. They are definitely worth the price of admission.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Doers, Music, Music

 

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The FCC Demonstrates There’s Room for More LPFMs on the Airwaves in New Report

On Thursday, January 5th, The Federal Communications Commission released a report confirming that the presence of low power FM stations (LPFM) do not impact the advertising or audience of full power FM radio stations.

Currently there are 838 LPFM stations in the country operating at 100 watts or less and reaching a radius of three to ten miles. In 2007, bipartisan legislation was introduced to increase the number of available LPFMs. It was then that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) came out strongly against the introduction of what they called “thousands of micro-radio stations to the FM band”. It is possible that several hundred nonprofits will apply for new LPFM licenses when the application window opens in fall 2012 and the NAB has been concerned that they will interfere with full power stations. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Doers, Radio

 

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Maker Doer Tamara Clammer: In With the New

Hello, I’m Tamara Clammer Brown Paper Ticket’s Maker Doer. I’m a leatherworker, specializing in wearable art masks and hand sewn leather cases and a self-proclaimed ‘hand tools type.’ I never expected that I would use 3D or laser technology. However, recently, I went to Maker Faire Detroit and met Jesse and Hans from Autodesk, a company specializing in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

Meeting them peaked my interest in 3D design and I was anxious to learn more at the Bay Area Maker Faire. While I was there, I checked out the new laser cutter at TechShop, a membership-based workshop that provides its members with access to tools, equipment, instruction and a community of creative and supportive people. TechShop could also be called a hackerspace, where like-minded individuals can get together, collaborate and bring their visions to life. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Art/Maker, Doers

 

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Alternative Sports Doer Bob Noxious On Roller Derby’s Meteoric Rise

The Brown Paper Tickets office is still buzzing about the Roller Derby World Cup that was held in Toronto earlier this month. One can’t understate the significance it had to the derby community. The event was the first international gathering of derby teams and supporters and it’s been amazing to watch the sport grow from scrappy, DIY beginnings to international notoriety.

Our Alternative Sports Doer Bob Noxious has been with the derby revival pretty much since the beginning. I talked to him recently about the Derby World Cup, his history with the sport and how derby’s growth has mirrored Brown Paper Ticket’s growth. He had lots of interesting things to say. I thought I’d share those with all you derby fans out there.

Ladies and gentlemen, Bob Noxious!

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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Alternative Sports, Doers, Roller Derby, Sports

 

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New York: How Can I Help You?

I’ve worked for Brown Paper Tickets for about 2 years now, It’s a great place to work and I’m glad to be a part of this team. We ticket so many different types of events, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the diversity!

Personally, I’ve helped hundreds of event producers. I’ve provided producers with different perspectives on their businesses; ideas to increase their sales; or sometimes, I’ve just trained them on the tools available to them to increase their success. I’ve helped set up advanced seating options, checked IDs at doors, solved last minute issues and even donated my time to help non-profits list and promote their events. These unique experiences have provided me with a certain, uncommon, skill set which allow me to offer exclusive insights into event production. If I’m not familiar with the type of event you do, I know people who are!  I must say that my co-workers are amazing and inspire me daily with their experience and knowledge. They’re a great resource. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in BPT, Event Promotions, New York, Workshops

 

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Theatre/Education Doer Colleen Embarks On A New Project

Hello! I am the Theater/Education Doer. I am presently working on a new project that will allow young people to tell their personal stories on the stage via art, poetry/prose, song, physical enactment, etc. Here is the extended version of my mission:

When I was a teenager I was involved in the drama program at my high school. There was a class that I particularly enjoyed called Children’s Theatre. During this class, the high school kids would walk over to the local elementary school and consult the librarian regarding which books were the most popular that year. There would always be some old classics (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Where The Wild Things Are), but there would often be newer stories as well (The Stinky Cheese Man, Snot Stew). We would check these books out from the library and bring them back to the theatre with us, where we would then work on transcribing the stories into one-act plays for the stage. After reading through the scripts as a class, we would vote on which stories we wanted to perform, and then (after several rehearsals) we would spend a day or two traveling and performing for various local elementary schools. The kids loved seeing their favorite stories on stage and we were “drama geeks,” happy to perform for any audience (and the fact that we were released from school for the day on a field trip didn’t suck, either). Our end-of-year project consisted of our class pairing up with a class of 3rd graders, two 3rd graders per drama student. Here we had the opportunity to show the kids how to do what we had done – we helped them pick a story, re-write it for the stage, and directed them as they assumed their very first roles as actors. This was one of our favorite projects to work on, the kids would always remember us each year and the parents loved it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Doers, Theatre/Education

 

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Radio Doer Sabrina Says “Defend Public Media!”

Hey everyone! It’s Sabrina. As the Radio Doer here at Brown Paper Tickets, it’s essential that I advocate for public media. Therefore, in response to the recent threats on public media funding, I sent this letter to the editor of the Seattle Times expressing my concerns:

In my job and in my social life, I work to support public broadcasting and community media.

In our region, we’re fortunate to have several public media institutions. The House Appropriations Committee is proposing to wean NPR off federal funding by 2014. How will this impact KUOW and KPLU?

The attacks on public media funding have inspired many to get out in front of this issue and take action. I encourage you to do so as well. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Doers, Radio, Radio

 

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