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    NEA Grants $61 Million Across Country

    The National Endowment for the Arts, in its second major grant announcement of the 2005 fiscal year, has awarded more than 800 grants totaling over $61 million to national, regional, state, and local arts organizations across the country.

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    Victoria Gotti Performing in Musical

    As she stands alongside her vocal coach, her impossibly blond hair cascading down her black-as-midnight knit top, Victoria Gotti sings the scales.

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    A New Room Debuts, as Do Two New Performers

    The opening of any new room is always a cause for celebration in cabaret. The Encore Piano Bar/Showroom, with general manager Lennie Watts at the helm, is the theatre district's hot new club and the latest addition to the cabaret and piano bar landscape in Manhattan.

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    The Skinny

    Hopefully you are not letting the rain flag your motivation. Just think: If you were a New York–based actor, you'd be fighting a severe nor'easter to get to your auditions rather than a few lousy raindrops. Consider yourself lucky and keep plugging away.

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    Method Fest Moves North

    After six years in the Los Angeles area, The Method Fest Independent Film Festival will kick off April 1 in the city of Calabasas. "It's a great move for us; I can't emphasize enough the tremendous support of the city," said the festival's executive director, Don Franken ...

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    Woman Before a Glass

    Lanie Robertson's "Woman Before a Glass" manages to entertain with some saucy speechifying, some fascinating detail, and a vivacious performance from Mercedes Ruehl.

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    Bono, Pitt Among A-list Celebs on New PSA

    WGA West proposed a merger with its affiliated union in the East at a weekend meeting that otherwise dwelled on their $1 million dues dispute.

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    The End of an Era

    Sadly, we've recently experienced some endings that make it feel as if a comedy era has come to a close. On a national level, many (including myself) felt great sadness with the recent passing of Johnny Carson.

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    ABC Renews 'Housewives,' 3 Other Series

    ABC said Tuesday that freshman hits "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" will be back next year, as well as "Alias" and "Boston Legal."

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    The Waverly Gallery

    "The Waverly Gallery," presented by New Village Arts Theatre at The Studio Space at Jazzercise, Inc., 2460 Impala Dr., Carlsbad. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Mar. 26-Apr. 30. $12-18. (760) 433-3245.