Archive for March, 2012

Gee, Who Does This Make Me Think of All of A Sudden?

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That or Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly. Either way, it’s not inconceivable. Share and Enjoy

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    It’s Magic!

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    The great Magic Johnson and a group of other investors has bought the Dodgers from the not so great McCourts.  This is an outstanding day for Los Angeles and anybody who cares about the vitality of baseball. The Dodgers, let me remind you, are the team of Jackie Robinson, of Branch Rickey, of the O’Malleys, […]

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      Bad Data, Good Intuition and Enchanting the Citizens of Munchkinland

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      The other day, in a meeting here at Goldstar, someone justified a decision they were announcing on the basis of some data that was supposedly “proven” by something we had tested before in the company. Ok, that’s so vague, I’ll make up something ridiculous to use instead of real facts and names.  Let’s start again… […]

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        Extremely Public Displays of Privacy

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        A couple weeks ago, I wrote something about the live industry in general (and theatre and performing arts specifically) needing to find a way to broaden the business model by delivering content outside the confines of a live performance.  I stumbled across this and had to mention it.  They’ve done several things, but the one […]

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          Why Do You Care if You Sell Out or Not?

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          There’s a phenomenon in live entertainment marketing that’s fundamentally childish, and yet on some level, just about everyone who markets our products falls victim to it. It’s the desire to “sell out.” I put “sell out” in quotes because everyone who markets live entertainment professionally understands that this term can be defined in all kinds […]

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            Waiting for Godot

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            Last night, I saw Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Forum in LA, and it was interesting because although I read and even had to write about the play in college, I’d never actually seen it performed. I love the Taper because the seats are all great and every customer feels like he or […]

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              Rock of Ages-Hair Bands and Jazz Hands

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              So after years of selling this show all over the country, I finally saw Rock of Ages last night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. In a way, the more you talk about Rock of Ages, the more it disintegrates, like a spider web or cotton candy.  Honestly, were you expecting an explication?  This show […]

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                From Now On, If I Say Anything Untrue, It’s “Theatre”

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                Mike Daisey has recently and very famously been busted fabricating stuff for his one-man show (which has been on Goldstar recently) The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. For my taste, the content of the show is a little too screamingly fanboy about Apple, but I have to admit that I was drawn in […]

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                  Why People Love the NCAA Tournament

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                  Here’s the first clue: it sure as hell isn’t because they love college basketball. In fact, college basketball is in crisis.  The best players go to the NBA after a year in college, which creates a bizarre “rent-a-player” phenomenon for these schools, wherein they bust their tails to get a superstar athlete to come to […]

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                    When’s a Good Time to Start a Business?

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                    If you want to know my thoughts, check out the piece I wrote for IdeaCafe. Share and Enjoy

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