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NorCal Tours San Jose Theatre

The recent renovation, expansion, and restoration of the historic California (Fox) Theatre in San Jose, California will host a special tour for USITT members and guests on Saturday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

All USITT and Northern California Regional Section USITT members are invited to attend this very special session that includes Steve Pollock, Theatre Consultant and Principal with Auerbach + Associates, Greg Little, IATSE Local #134 House Electrician, representatives from ELS Architects, Berkeley, California, and representatives from the principal user, Opera San Jose.

The facility is located in downtown San Jose on South First Street between San Carlos and San Antonio Streets. Free parking is available at the garage or lot between Third and Fourth Streets at San Carlos. For additional information, please contact or call 408-924-4411.

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New York Area Networking Party

The New York Area regional section will hold a "meet and greet" networking event at the Entertainment Technology Department of New York City College of Technology.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a portfolio, either on paper or CD ROM, business cards, favorite model, brochures and such. Tables will be available to set up portfolios and models for all to see.

A video projector and Windows computer will be setup to view CD presentations. The computer lab has Vectorworks for those of who wish to show drafting work.

The party begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 7. For directions to the Brooklyn location, visit

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Desert State Presents Cover Your Behind

Cover Your Behind: Legal, Insurance, and Contract Essentials For the Theatre will be held 9 a.m. to noon March 5 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Stage 2, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The program, sponsored in part by the Desert State Regional Section, is for theatre owners, technicians, operators, stagehands, students, volunteers, teachers, school administrators, and risk managers. The program is designed to help learn about the legal and insurance issues involved in theatre education and management and in the presentation of live theatre. Many of these issues are not understood until it is too late.

This presentation is of special interest to schools and community theatres.

The presenters are Joel Iannuzzi of Cleary, Shahi, and Aicher of Rutland, Vermont, and Neil Huff of PRISM, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina.

Mr. Iannuzzi was admitted to the New York Bar and the U.S. District Courts of New York (Southern and Eastern) in 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, and the Vermont State and Federal Bars in 2003. He has been a practicing insurance defense litigator for more than 20 years. He has also represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Mr. Iannuzzi has handled cases involving the entertainment industry.

Mr. Huff, an insurance broker, is the owner of PRISM Inc., insurance provider for the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), the trade association of theatrical manufacturers and dealers. His firm provides insurance broker services for manufacturers, dealers, performers, and venues in the entertainment industry.

The program is free to all, but space is limited.   For more information or to reserve a space for this important program, e-mail or call 480- 837-9401.

Presenters are Desert States Section of USITT; Local 336 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees; Barbizon – Phoenix; Ackermann Lighting; and Theatre Safety Programs.

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