Pacific Symphony wants you to follow Twitter during concert

[from Los Angeles Times (Culture Monster blog)]

The Pacific Symphony’s “Tweetcert” event is modeled, in part, on Houston Symphony’s June Tweetcert and National Symphony Orchestra performances held last summer at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA.

[N.B. - The venues for all three organizations’ performances are amphitheatres, not enclosed, indoor (dark) concert halls, so concert-goers looking at their phone (or iPad) screens aren’t likely to be too distracting to the folks sitting near them.]

Performing arts trend likelihood: high.

Oil Spill Donations Are Small, but Some Companies Step Up --

“Now Pepsi is donating $1.3 million through its Pepsi Refresh Project, which uses a Web site,, to determine grant winners by popular vote. That sum is in addition to $20 million that Pepsi has vowed to give away in 2010 in the cause marketing effort, the term for collaborating with nonprofit organizations to bolster both charities and the reputations of companies.

Related: See "Funding should not be a popularity contest,” with links to this post and others.