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    Equity to Enter Merge Talks With SAG, AFTRA

    As the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) enter the final furlong in their long journey toward merger, Actors' Equity has begun making overtures about joining the union

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    NEWS WIRE - Kids Get a Free Ride This March

    More than 30 theatres in the L.A. basin will host the inaugural "Kids' Week at the Theatre," March 1-8. Presented in a partnership between Theatre L.A. and A.S.K. Theater Projects, the event offers families two free children's tickets (18 and under) per paying adult to ...

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    "TWO DOORS DOWN"

    Kevin Obsatz (dir.) is accepting submissions for Two Doors Down, a sync-sound digital film for USC about everyone being a stranger. Prod. Erik Aadahl. Seven-day shoot starts Mar. 12. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    NYSCA Awards $7.8M; Emerging Theatres Benefit

    The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded $7.8 million in performing arts grants. Theatre groups reaped $2.1M, of which $74,000 went to emerging theatres under the new Theatre Advancement funding

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    DANCE DIARY : Russia's Enthralling "Tchaikovsky"

    Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg gave two of Artistic Director-choreographer Boris Eifman's creations during its recent one-week stay at Manhattan's City Center: Red Giselle and Tchaikovsky. I was able to see only the latter, on April 12, and was quite enthralled with the entire

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    The Meeting Is Called: Heeding August Wilson's call to strengthen black theatres, the African Grove Institute kicks off strategic agenda in L.A.

    Convening more than 100 theatre professionals, mostly but not exclusively African-American, for five days of serious organizing and strategizing, the African Grove Institute for the Arts (AGIA) unveiled to the West Coast its initial plans to become the "NAACP for the arts" at a three-day private retreat and a two-day ...

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    THE METHOD FEST: Official Guide

    Opening this week in Pasadena, the Method Fest Independent Film Festival is not your average festival. Taking its name from the "Method" school of acting, the festival salutes the actor rather than the director by screening films whose stories are fashioned around character and driven by performance.