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Costume Symposium Deadline Extended

Although the official deadline has passed, there are a handful of spots remaining in the 2008 USITT Costume Symposium, so the deadline for applications has been extended until June 6, 2008.

Guest artists Janet Bloor, Jeffrey Lieder, Lori Hartenhoff, and Colleen Muscha will lead hands-on workshops in fabric modification from July 30 to August 1at the event which will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from July 30 to August 2.

The symposium is limited to 40 participants. Click here for a pdf of the Costume Symposium brochure and registration form or contact the USITT office at 315-463-6463 or 800-938-7488 to register.

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Found Items Still Unclaimed

Several articles found at USITT's Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston remain unclaimed.

Anyone who recognizes one or more of these items is asked to send an e-mail to including the name of the owner (if it is not you) and a brief description of the item.

Still looking for owners are a Moleskine notebook (roughly 8 ½ x 5 ½) with journal entries that begin in October 2006 and continue through to the Conference (anyone researching a trip to Paris?); a ring (solid band style, appears to be a man's); and tortoise shell sunglasses (designer maker) in a case. We welcome members' assistance in getting these items back to their owners.

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Revised DMX 512-A in Public Review

A revised version of ANSI E1.11 - 2004, Entertainment Technology-USITT DMX512-A, Asynchronous Serial Digital Data Transmission Standard for Controlling Lighting Equipment and Accessories, is available for public review on the ESTA web site at through July 7.

ANSI E1.11, and this revised draft version, BSR E1.11, describes a protocol for transmitting digital data used to control entertainment lighting equipment and accessories including dimmers, robotic luminaires, color changers, robotic mirrors, dousers, color wheels, motion effects wheels, and pattern rotators. The revision is being done to correct errors, clarify text, and add an Alternate START Code for UTF-8 transmission so that languages other than English can be used for sending diagnostic text messages.

In addition to being asked to review the BSR E1.11 document to see if it is technically correct and clearly written, reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standard. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, Technical Standards Manager, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001; 1-212-244-1505; fax 1-212-244-1502; or e-mail

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