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COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020: When Crises Collide

A new week: The streets of many cities are in flames. The White House went dark over the weekend. And a new crisis has consequences for the pandemic.

Cities across the country worry that protests related to the killing of George Floyd may lead to a new spike in infections: tinyurl.com/ybgoyhl6.

The pandemic causes food prices spike to the highest point in 46 years: tinyurl.com/y9gg47cw.

Still, even with the economic costs, a majority of Americans prioritize controlling the outbreak to jump-starting the economy: tinyurl.com/yabalulp.


The film studios brainstorm how to get audiences back into cinemas: tinyurl.com/y7v72ct8.

With his tour postponed, Kenny Chesney admits to feeling a little lost: tinyurl.com/yazzheul.

Around the country:

In California: The band Switchfoot plans a drive-in concert in San Diego: tinyurl.com/yc8h3hdq.

In Colorado:

The Telluride Film Festival is still on: tinyurl.com/yd4ffhvy.

But the Denver Center for the Performing Arts cancels its 2020 - 21 season: tinyurl.com/y8xqerky.

In Florida:

The number of new COVID-19 cases spikes: tinyurl.com/y94kcotu.

The state okays the opening of Disney World and SeaWorld: tinyurl.com/y8gx9zdw.

Several Universal Studios hotels open tomorrow, offering guests first on the parks before they officially open: tinyurl.com/y7k2je2x.

When the coronavirus intersects with other events: Miami-Dade beaches won't reopen today, because of the damage caused by riots over the killing of George Floyd: tinyurl.com/ybc9zvlq.

In Missouri:

A person at that notorious Lake of the Ozarks party tests positive for the coronavirus, setting off the race to trace contacts: tinyurl.com/ydbraj79.

In New York:

As the city plans to reopen, can people be persuaded to take mass transit? Should they? tinyurl.com/ydaa4goj.

In Vegas:

Fremont Street Experience will reopen the pedestrian mall and access to adjacent hotel casinos and retail stores when they reopen on June 3 at 9:00am. Leading up to the reopening of FSE's casino partners, the world's largest single video screen, Viva Vision, will display a 144-hour countdown that will conclude at the exact moment gaming operations restart at 12:01am on June 4. Adhering to the guidelines put forth by the Global Association for the Attractions Industry (IAPPA), SlotZilla zipline will also reopen in downtown Las Vegas on June 4 at 4:00pm. A statement reads, "To ensure the safety of visitors and employees, FSE will disinfect the pedestrian mall, parking garage and SlotZilla towers twice a day with environmentally friendly and highly effective products that are immediately safe for human contact."

As the Strip plans to open, many questions remain, thanks to rules imposed by the state's Gaming Control Board. For example, "The new requirements included an order for resorts to provide a holding area for people who aren't cleared to check in to a hotel. That means guests who may have flown thousands of miles to go to their favorite Las Vegas resort instead will be counseled by a health professional who isn't their doctor and possibly shuttled off to a nongaming hotel for quarantine." For more: tinyurl.com/y92umn46.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will remain closed indefinitely: tinyurl.com/y728sbeq.

Around the world:

In Canada:

The Shaw Festival, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, cancels all July performances and events.

In Germany:

Theatres plan to reopen with social distancing. Can the plan be made to work? tinyurl.com/ycznp3sj.

In the Czech Republic:

A company experiments with drive-in theatre. And we don't mean movies: tinyurl.com/y8fk4n7j.

In New Zealand:

The government will provide relief to the local arts sector to the tune of $175 million: tinyurl.com/ydx4cszl.

Food for thought:

How to bring the economy back? A symposium: tinyurl.com/y97xhc9a.

How to make cruise ships safer -- doctors weigh in: tinyurl.com/y8o83obz.


New Christie webinars: "Christie Pandoras Box: Mystique Integration" will be held Wednesday June 3, 10:00am EDT. Did you know Christie Mystique integrates directly with Pandoras Box? See Mystique's camera-based auto-alignment capabilities for flat and curved screens with multiple projectors and the Pandoras Box Manager workflow. "Christie Widget Designer: Phidgets Integration" will be held Friday June 5, 10:00am EDT. Learn how you can juggle data with Widget Designer version 6.1.2 and Phidgets VINT Hub, as well as other Phidgets devices. Register at tinyurl.com/y8s9na7b.

Lighting designers Sooner Routhier, Cory FitzGerald, and Travis Shirley are set to share their valuable insight into concert and live event lighting on the June 3rd Elation Hour, hosted by Elation national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs live on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00am PST. Register at tinyurl.com/yag2vjku.

New IES webinar on June 4 at 12:00pm ET: "Show Me the Data: Characterizing the Performance of Color-Tunable Light Sources." Color tunable light sources provide tremendous flexibility in terms of spectral power distribution, but the resulting range of variation in chromaticity, color rendition, and other characteristics poses a challenge for product characterization and specification. The millions or billions or trillions (or more!) of spectral power distributions that can be created from one luminaire enables designers to meet various design intents and influence the visual appearance of spaces. However, in contrast with characterizing the performance of a fixed-output luminaire, there are no established methods or guidelines for characterizing performance over the tuning range for the variety of SPD-related metrics, which can impede engineering and specification of color tunable products. Using a massive dataset generated with high-performance computers, this webinar will discuss new methods to convey the extent to which color rendition can be varied, and how different factors (number of LED channels, type of LEDs) influence the range of performance. Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Register at tinyurl.com/y96kgjz8.


In the wake of the protests roiling the nation, the Drama Desk Awards were postponed yesterday: tinyurl.com/y7nsgk6s.

The celebration of Broadway set to run online on Sunday, in lieu of the Tony Awards, has been postponed, for the same reason: tinyurl.com/y873e7m3.


Here's this week's schedule of productions being streamed for free from the Metropolitan Opera: tinyurl.com/ycut6pl5.

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30pm EDT, The Center for Contemporary Opera is offering Alienati, a new opera produced remotely by the Teatro Coccia in Novara, Italy. Go to www.fondazioneteatrococcia.it/.

Weekdays at 4:00pm, Long Beach Opera offers Artist Afternoons, featuring shows produced by artists in their homes. Go to tinyurl.com/y7baxzvj.

For your pleasure:

The worldwide cast of Beautiful performs "You've Got a Friend:" tinyurl.com/ybqovnrz.

That's all for today. Stay safe. - DB

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(1 June 2020)

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