In Marie's thread, <a href=http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=8;t=000091 target=_blank>Guerilla Dance - Backstage Trench Wars
</a>, we touched upon uncooperative venues. Well, here is one that has long had a reputation in the SF Bay Area for its unprofessionalism, exorbitant fees and small-town attitude. In the following article I would trust the comments from the artists even if one of the other interviewees seems to put down artist "attitudes" (we all know that city officials and businessmen board members tend to be somewhat politically savvy, unlike bridge-burning artists who tell it like it is
The Regional Center: Does it play too hard by the rules?More
Blair Tindall, Contra Costa Times
Success often comes with a price. At Walnut Creek's Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, the cost is a growing competition between community and regional groups for performance dates, and charges that management is inflexible and runs the premier venue with an iron fist.
But although demand for space is a contentious issue, once performers land the dates, they complain that they must contend with the RCA's labyrinthine rules, meant to control backstage traffic jams. But some performers wonder why they are paying rent to be subjected to what they call rigid access regulations, uncooperative stage crews and a consistent lack of respect from RCA staffers.
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