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Re: “Honey & Jupiter

The show is at 7 PM, not 8!

Posted by itsnotme on 10/29/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Time for a change

As far as I've heard, the union isn't actually making demands. The city is trying to remove certain protections that they already have, and they are fighting to maintain status quo. I might be wrong, I haven't bothered to actually read first hand sources, but I think that's worth considering before condemning the union and the drivers. This all seems like an election year staging to me - His Worship will save the day at the last minute, and we'll all be very impressed.

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Posted by itsnotme on 01/24/2012 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Breaking news: CBC's Mainstreet discusses the Atlantic Fringe Fest issue with Ken Pinto and Stewart Legere

Bruce - Thank you for your comments.

I just want to correct one thing which may be misunderstood by some - the artists involved in the Fringe Festival are not paid by the Fringe Festival. Technicians, venues, suppliers yes - but the artists rely solely on the proceeds from their show (minus the $1 per ticket which goes to the Fringe Festival). In my experience (having been involved in 3 Fringe Hit shows, Fringe Hit, for those who don't know, meaning the top selling show at that particular venue), proceeds cover not much more than costs (publicity, costumes, props, venue and technical costs are covered by the Fringe). Even in those lucky circumstances when a few extra dollars are left over for the artists, I would consider it honorarium, not payment.

To be clear - this isn't a complaint - you don't do the Fringe for the money! I just want to make sure that those out there who are unfamiliar with the process don't get the wrong idea.

And secondly - I understand the idea of advisory board, and that's fine...but when it comes to something like shutting the festival down for 2 years, that is not a decision that that an employee, no matter how dedicated and important, can make without clearance from the board. That's, at the very least, massively irresponsible.

That being said, I share your hopes for finding a solution to keep this valuable event going. I look forward to Sunday.

Posted by itsnotme on 04/13/2011 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Ken Pinto drops by the Coast office to discuss the Fringe Festival

I would like to point out a few things - as a both a member of the "theatre community" and also, shockingly, a "normal person".

1. I have never seen a Fringe Festival quarterly volunteer meeting published or advertised anywhere. Considering Theatre Nova Scotia provides a free advertising/bulletin service, The Coast has a free classified section, and countless other organizations maintain newletters and various Facebook/Twitter pages, this seems a little strange to me. It also seems strange that one would judge interest level based on something that is not widely advertised and no one actually knows about.

2. Whatever Ken and the Atlantic Fringe Festival board considers itself, however difficult it is to schedule meetings, you are a registered company, responsible for public money, and you have responsibilities, to the company, and to the public. Every other theatre company manages to do this.

I too hope that some sort of arrangement can be reached - Fringe Festival's are incredibly exciting, and the Atlantic version just isn't living up to it's potential - particularly if its viewed as the the kind of thing which can be dispensed with when more important things come along.

Posted by itsnotme on 04/13/2011 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Ban Dancing

under our current draconian liquor license system, there has to be a special clause in your license to allow dancing - it is, technically, prohibited, in a lot of licensed premises.

so depending on where you were (ie, not a bar with a dance floor, where dancing is usual - at a restaurant, or certain lounges, or a venue with a special premises license) they could have been just covering their ass.

Posted by itsnotme on 03/22/2011 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Nasty Manager

I don't understand why people get so angry about tipping - its not developed as a way to rip you off - its a way for you to control how much you pay for service. If restaurants had to pay higher wages, you'd just have to pay more for your food, whether you had great service or not. I prefer to have a choice.

autograts, when they're used, are added for large groups, you'll generally be at notified either at the time of reservation or on the menu, and if you have an issue with it, you can always ask to speak to the manager. I personally almost never used autograts (even when they were restaurant policy), I found, when serving large groups, I usually made more than the 15% autograt would have been.

In this case, I wish I could say I didn't believe it is real, but it honestly doesn't surprise me that much. That being said, bad move by the manager. As shitty as it is, the way to handle it, particularly considering this person identifies themselves as a regular, would be to make sure that the next time they came in with a large group they knew about the "new" autograt policy. Give the poor waitress a break on her tip-out, and maybe a meal & a drink or two.

I appreciate the thought, speaking out against a complete moron, but that ain't the point of the job. It's one of the biggest challenges, in a way, keeping your mouth shut when people act like idiots.

Posted by itsnotme on 03/08/2011 at 3:46 AM

Re: “Provs to reinstate arts council

Pretty sure it was dissolved in 2002, by Hamm. In either case, MacDonald wasn't premier until 2006.

But I am looking forward to this Arts Council unfolding. I am nervous that this a distraction to disguise cuts in, but there is certainly a lot of possibility here.

Posted by itsnotme on 02/15/2011 at 2:47 PM

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