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    Mayor Tells DCA to Cut $1.8M for FY97Giuliani Projects 15 Percent Reduction for Fiscal 98

    New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has called for a 2.5 percent, or $1.8 million, cut in the city Cultural Affairs Department (DCA) budget for fiscal 1997. He has also projected a 15 per cent reduction in the DCA budget for FY98, which begins July 1,

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    Free "Much Ado About Nothing"

    As part of the West Side Community Garden's Arts and Crafts Festival on Sat. Sept. 26, the Manhattan Shakespeare Company will present an outdoor script-in-hand performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" at 2 pm.

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    ACTORS WE LOVE - Kenneth Branagh: Vaulting Ambition

    OK, so he plugged his own movie, Love's Labour's Lost, at the Tonys. And yes, there were an inordinate number of close-ups of him as Berowne in it. Probably he was the dumper and winsome Emma Thompson the dumpee in that defunct marriage. So Brit crits and others ...

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    OBITUARIES

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    Student Oscar Nominees Have Reel Values

    Thirty students have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 26th Annual Student Academy Awards national

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    Quick-Choice Artist

    Warming up to cold readings means looking at them as little

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    Bit Parts - Amas' "Babies"

    A winner of the 1997 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre comes this month to Amas Musical Theatre. "Barrio Babies" is a musical comedy chronicling adventures of Latino actors and writers trying to break the Hollywood mold of stereotyping ethnic artists. With music by Fernando Rivas and book and lyrics ...

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Fabulous Females

    I definitely hit the group show jackpot in April, catching some of the funny female shows that are out there. The first show I ever reviewed in this column, that used funny females as its theme, was produced by Sunda Croonquist, who has featured many comics. I'm glad to ...

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    DANCE DIARY - Glorious Dance in NYCB's "Coppelia"

    Balanchine always claimed that New York City Ballet's Coppƒlia, which he and Alexandra Danilova staged in 1974, was based on memories of the Marius Petipa production of their youth. He also claimed that "authenticity" was never in the exact sequence of steps but rather in the spirit and style ...