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    Irish Reading Series to Support Irish Plays

    The first of a new staged reading series, created to support new Irish plays, will be presented later this month.

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    La. Asks Filmmakers to Keep Working There

    Far from New Orleans, the Louisiana film industry and politicians appealed to agents and producers attending the Toronto International Film Festival Monday to keep making movies in their state.

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    The Great American Trailer Park Musical

    A blue mylar sky sparkles behind a chain-link fence that backs the five trailers in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a tuneful, campy, ultimately shallow show.

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    Route 66

    "Route 66," presented by Music & Theatre Artists of San Diego in association with and at Ramona Mainstage Theatre, 626 Main St., Ramona. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Feb. 5-indefinite. $28-$32. (760) 789-7008.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    California's Employment Development Department announced March 21 that employment in the motion picture and sound recording sector rose 8.7 percent in February to 114,300. The state noted that jobs in the information sector rose by 9,000 to 194,800, with most of the gain due to ...

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    Pisano Out? Hessinger In?

    The Screen Actors Guild has called a special meeting of its national board of directors for this weekend, apparently to discuss the possible resignation of Robert Pisano.

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    It's Academy Awards week, which means Oscar

    It's Academy Awards week, which means Oscar parties are blossoming all over West Hollywood and in your friends' living rooms. So why not celebrate the event by honoring an Oscar-nominated film from the 1975 Academy Awards? Known to many as "the scariest comedy of all time," Mel Brooks' ingenious ...

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    Aida

    "The Mikado," presented by Lyric Opera San Diego at the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Thu.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Oct. 14-30. $26-40. (619) 239-8836.

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    Cruz's New Roles Combine Beauty and Brains

    Penelope Cruz may have stayed away from Los Angeles early in her career because of the difficulty actresses can have finding roles that combine beauty and brains. Or maybe, as she puts it, it was simply because dinner arrived at the wrong time.

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    DGA Tells SAG, WGA 'Don't Strike'

    The DGA president has shivered at the thought of a 2003 or 2004 walkout--not by directors, but by actors or writers--in her January report posted on the DGA website.