Thursday, April 11, 2013

David Sedaris Has Followed a Long Road to Success and DeVos Performance Hall

David Sedaris has been described as one of the top American humor writers of his generation.  He has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list on multiple occasions.  He has over seven million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 different languages.  He was named “Humorist of the Year” by Time magazine in 2001.

One of Sedaris’ short stories has been adapted into a full-length film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  To say his satirical and witty writing style has been a smashing success would be an understatement at this point.  However, this kind of mainstream success isn’t something David has always been familiar with.

Before becoming a best-selling author, Sedaris jumped around from place to place and odd-job to odd-job. He briefly worked for a moving company in North Carolina, and he has spent countless mornings working as a maid in New York, scrubbing toilets and cleaning cat litter boxes for $10 an hour.

He attempted to earn a degree from two different universities before finally graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  After he finally earned a degree in 1987, he began reading from his personal diary at a small club in Chicago.  It was at this club that he would be “discovered” by radio personality, Ira Glass.

Keeping a personal diary proved to be a habit that would serve him well as Glass eventually asked Sedaris to come on his show to share some excerpts.  After a little success on the show, Sedaris read his essay “SantaLand Diaries” on NPR in December of 1992 and was quickly dubbed a “minor phenomenon” when the New York Times put him on their unofficial watch-list.

He began recording a monthly segment for NPR in which he read other stories and essays from his diary, and he quickly wound up with a book deal.  After being flooded with offers from TV shows and soap operas, he chose to stick with the diary instead. About a year and a half after “Santaland Diaries,” Sedaris released his first book, Barrel Fever.

Sedaris, who has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, will bring his humor and story-telling to DeVos Performance Hall.  Set to release his ninth collection of stories and essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, a live reading with David Sedaris carries much more fanfare than it did before he first appeared on NPR a little over 20 years ago.

From stories of his various odd jobs to anecdotes about family members, Sedaris amuses and delights his audience with his humorous essays, observations about life, and excerpts from his personal diaries that haven’t quite made it into a publication yet.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls will be released on April 23, 2013, only nine days after his appearance at DeVos Performance Hall on April 14th.  Michigan Radio presents An Evening with David Sedaris will begin at 7:00 PM, and is sure to provide quite a few laughs.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What You Need to Know About Paperless Ticketing

Reported several years ago, a company in Texas was found managing over 100 computers with their own software programs. That sounds perfectly fine at first glance since computers can be found virtually at every company across the globe. The problem here was that these computers in particular, had been programmed to purchase tickets to shows in bulk the instant they became available.

After tickets to numerous events and shows had been purchased, a ticket broker—who’d prearranged to purchase those tickets from the company—ultimately aimed to sell them back to the public. Sometimes, a ticket broker has their own computers. Tickets can change hands two to three times with every one of them looking to gain profit. So regardless of the process, the objective is the same—drive up the price.

Those darn scalpers.

The reality is people have been scalping for a long time—modifying their approach to modernize the way they make profits.  The latest technologies provide faster and faster ways to get tickets. One method is automated computer software programs such as the one in Texas.

Often seen as a victim-less crime, those profits do pay a price. And that price falls on true fans. Once the broker has tickets, prices skyrocket. The broker sometimes can make it practically impossible for the average Joe to get a seat to his favorite band when prices are marked up to over 200%.
Another problem this poses is the uncertain validity of tickets purchased on the secondary market. Sure, you may be able to fork over a couple extra hundred bucks to take your girlfriend or boyfriend to the Kid Rock show or take your spouse and kids to the spectacular “Wicked” Broadway show coming into town, but how do you know they are legit?

Here is where paperless tickets come into play.

Paperless ticketing is an alternative method of purchasing tickets and continuing to gain access to the shows you want to attend. Instead of receiving your tickets ahead of the event, the credit card used to make the purchase will serve as your ticket. All you need to attend the show is the credit card you used to purchase the ticket and a valid, government-issued ID (such as a driver's license, state ID or passport).

Promoters are employing the use of paperless tickets more and more successfully at some of the largest venues throughout the world, by many of the most popular artists including the likes of Kid Rock and more. Simply put, this measure best ensures that fans can buy tickets at the price they initially set for the event all the while enjoying the added convenience of not having to risk losing or misplacing paper stubs.

When patrons arrive at the venue, just go directly to the gate and/or ticket-taker and present the credit card used to purchase the tickets along with a government-issued ID. Upon scanning your credit card to validate your order, a seat locator slip for each ticket ordered will be printed off for each seat purchased in your order.

But say you’re purchasing tickets for others and don’t intend on attending the show?

If you buy tickets for friends or family, sometimes you only have to go to the gate, not through the gate. Simply accompany them to the venue and show your credit card and ID to get them in.

If you happen to lose your credit card after your purchase was made, simply bring a print out of your confirmation email or online order history from Ticketmaster with your government-issued ID to the box office. The box office will then verify the order and make sure the names match. If they do not match, entry will not be permitted.

Paperless tickets take the ease out of a ticket process that has for too long been manipulated at the cost of the artist all the way down to the common fan.

Click here to learn more about paperless ticketing.