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    SSDC, League Face Contract Talks

    The current collective bargaining agreement between the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) and the League of American Theatres and Producers expires Aug. 31. Both sides, perhaps mindful of the publicity and divisiveness surrounding the recent contentious talks between the league and Actors' Equity Association, are being quiet regarding ...

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    Children's Letters to God

    This undeniably charming, solidly acted children's musical will entertain and stimulate children, though most adults won't be especially engaged.

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    The World Goes 'Round

    "The World Goes 'Round," presented by Woodland Hills Theatre at the West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 29. $20-22. (818) 884-1907.

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    Talking About 'Frogs'

    On Tues., July 20 at the Juilliard Theatre, composer Stephen Sondheim and director-choreographer Susan Stroman will talk about their current collaboration, "The Frogs," a musical based on the play by Aristophanes, which began previews on June 22.

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    Obituaries

    Gary Stevens, 88, Publicist and Producer

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    ACTRA Agrees To Proposed Commercial Pact

    The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has reached terms of settlement on a new three-year National Commercial Agreement with the Canadian ad industry. The pact includes increases in the residuals scale and in late-payment fees.

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    A.R.T./NY Announces Mellon Grants

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which in the aftermath of Sept. 11 created a special $50 million fund to "assist New York cultural and performing arts organizations" directly affected by the attack, has announced a new round of grants going to 39 not-for-profit theatres totaling $1,157,500.

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    Action on Media Ownership

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is supporting a Seattle-based coalition calling for a host of changes to our nation's commercial and public radio landscape, including support for ownership limits, artists' rights, community media access, content diversity, and local accountability.

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    Elton John Unveils 'Billy Elliot' Songs

    Elton John showed off his latest project, a musical based on the film "Billy Elliot," in a recent performance of four of 17 songs he has written for the production.

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    Signing Off

    Unless you've been hibernating under a rock in Bulgaria for the last year, you may have heard something about the hit sitcom Friends ending its 10-year run this year. Of course, the recent final episode was accompanied by enough fanfare and hoopla to put Christmas Day to shame. With ...