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It’s time to vote for the 2014 Women of Influence award given out by Venues Today. The award honors three women who have made a difference in the sports, music, and convention industries. You have to be a subscriber in order to vote, and you can vote for five women on the ballot.
Congratulations to everyone nominated, including the following IAVM members:
Jan Addison, CFE
Vicki Hawarden, CMP
Donna P. Julian
Chris Kibler, CPA
Kathy Kramer, CMP, CFE
Kerry Painter, CFE, CEM
Cheryl Swanson, CFE
Karen Totaro, CFE
Dawn R. Ullrich
I’m a huge fan of the TV show Portlandia, so when I found out that this year’s VenueConnect takes place in the city where the dream of the 90s is still alive, I got super excited. After the conference, should I go to the feminist bookstore first? Buy some vintage clothes? Visit a restaurant and ask if the chicken is local?
Eating where the show’s characters do is a lot easier now, thanks to Bon Appétit magazine.
“The IFC comedy series is all about food: raw food, coffee snobbery, birthday dinners, and biker bars,” Ashley Hoffman wrote. “Which only makes sense, since the bizarro world dreamed up by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein is not all that far removed from Portland, Oregon, itself. But how far removed, exactly?”
The magazine rewatched all three seasons and some of the forth season and created a map that matches the fictional food locations with their real locations. Now you, too, can sit in the real James John Cafe and one-up your friends on what you’ve read lately.
(Image: From Portlandia’s Facebook page)
Arcade Fire played in a warehouse in Brooklyn late last year and loved how it felt. That’s when the group turned to its tour production manager, Richard Stembridge, and asked, “How can we take an arena and make it feel like a club?”
One way he did that was to lower the lighting rig above the audience and the band.
“It creates a vibe,” said band member William Butler. “Having that ceiling over your head makes you feel like you’re in a club.”
Part of Arcade Fire‘s success stems from how easily they break down the wall between band and audience.
“The audience is an aspect of the performance, if not the largest aspect,” said musician Dan Deacon, who performed as an opening act on Arcade Fire’s current tour. “You don’t feel you’re in an arena. I feel like I am just playing a giant house.”
Playing to the amount of audience they have, they have to use giant spaces, such as arenas, said Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Perry.
“How do we use them in a way that makes us feel comfortable and makes it cool for the audience?” he said.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below to learn more about Arcade Fire’s current tour and venue production and how they’re making it fun for themselves and the audience.
Stress is nothing to laugh about, except that you should. A new study by researchers at Loma Linda University in California shows that laughter can reduce stress by decreasing the hormone cortisol. Excessive cortisol levels can damage your ability to learn and memorize.
The researchers showed a 20-minute funny video to a group of healthy, elderly participants and a group of elderly individuals with diabetes. Both groups were asked to complete a memory assessment, measuring learning, recall, and sight recognition. Cortisol levels for both groups were measured before and at the end of the experiment. A control group of elderly participants also completed the assessment, but did not watch the video.
Cortisol levels decreased in both groups who watched the video, and there was a greater improvement in all areas of memory assessment compared to the control group that didn’t watch the video.
“Due to decreased cortisol levels, elderly and diabetic elderly individuals that watch a humor video that induces mirthful laughter vs. not watching a humor video have greater enhancement in: 1) capability to learn, 2) have greater recall, and 3) improve visual recognition in short term memory function,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.
In other words, less stress equals better memory.
“Humor reduces detrimental stress hormones like cortisol that decrease memory hippocampal neurons, lowers your blood pressure, and increases blood flow and your mood state,” said Dr. Lee Burk, the study’s co-author and a psychoneuroimmunology humor researcher. “The act of laughter—or simply enjoying some humor—increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain, which provides a sense of pleasure and reward. These positive and beneficial neurochemical changes, in turn, make the immune system function better. There are even changes in brain wave activity towards what’s called the ‘gamma wave band frequency,’ which also amp up memory and recall. So, indeed, laughter is turning out to be not only a good medicine, but also a memory enhancer adding to our quality of life.”
The next time you find yourself laughing, remember that it’s good for your health.
IAVM is offering a free one-hour webinar about the Mentor Connector Program on Tuesday, April 29, from 2-3 p.m. (CDT).
You are invited and encouraged to participate, especially if you are participating in the program this year or if you are just curious about how the program works. Remember, your participation in the Mentor Connector Program earns you CFE points. Plus, it is a great opportunity for growth for the protégés and for the mentors, sharing your wealth of experience in and knowledge of the venue management industry. Be sure to schedule time to participate in this very informative opportunity.