The entertainment industry demands ever-greater spectacle, which means ever-greater demands on stage lifting technology. Julian Champkin

The entertainment industry demands ever-greater spectacle, which means ever-greater demands on stage lifting technology. Julian Champkin is stage-struck. Sustaining illusion is a necessity of stage-craft. The machinery that is involved should not distract from the entertainment. Lifting apparatus for stage, concerts and entertainment venues must be safe; it must also be unobtrusive—silent, and all but invisible. Of course we know that when Peter Pan and Wendy fly off stage at the end of the pantomime they are actually suspended on wires from some kind of hoist, but the less we see of the mechanisms the happier the audience will be. Wirral-based Hoist UK have been in the field of theatrical lifting for a decade. As well as being a distributor for Verlinde stage lifting equipment they also make and supply their own, including such specialised products as winches for aerial performers—acrobats, circus performers, and the likes of Peter Pan. They can be used for single line pendulum flying from a single winch, which is the standard configuration for aerial performance or for single point lifting in a theatre. Alternatively, 2D bridled flying using two winches gives more control ove...

Tribune editorial board: Here are our ideas to make downtown La Crosse even more fun | Editorial

Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly during the morning. High 89F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.. The development of corporate offices, first-rate housing, hotels new and refurbished, eateries and entertainment has created a vibrant city center. Our editorial board recently held a spontaneous discussion about ways to make our downtown even more fun. More signage for tourists: The recent state track meet was a wonderful example of tourism potential. Yet it was almost comical watching the parade of cars heading down dead-end streets trying to find Grandad Bluff, for instance. One smart way to make sure tourists come back is to make sure they have a good time while here. Making it easier for them to navigate all of our attractions would help. A good place to float your boat: The Mississippi River has been flowing through La Crosse for a few years now, and it’s time we figure out how to put boat docks along the river near downtown to welcome visitors. We can welcome the Mississippi Queen; we can’t dock a single boat near downtown. It makes no sense. More fun ways of getting around by water: As we continue planning to develop Riverside No...