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    States' Arts Funding Falls $82M

    The nation's state arts agencies have seen a third straight year of dwindling appropriations, with an accumulative fiscal year 2004 loss of $82.1 million.

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    Chinese Theme Park in Florida Closing

    A theme park that displayed miniature replicas of China's historic landmarks will close Wednesday after a 10-year run, a victim of bigger competitors and a tourism slowdown.

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    NBC Says Aloha to 'Pearl City'

    NBC is waxing up the surfboards for a cop show set in Hawaii. Sources said the network is close to greenlighting a pilot from writer-producer Jeff Eastin, tentatively titled "Pearl City."

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    Jackson Set for S.B. Fest Honor

    A trio of world premieres, five U.S. premieres and a special tribute to director Peter Jackson are among the expected highlights of the 19th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which announced its lineup Wednesday.

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    I Am My Own Wife

    Whether Charlotte von Mahlsdorf's story as told by Doug Wright in "I Am My Own Wife" is true or not, this one-man play that has moved from Playwrights Horizons to Broadway is riveting theatre.

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    The Musical of Musicals

    Most musical writers develop a signature style over the course of their careers.

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    All The Help You'll Ever Need

    "All the Help You Need," presented by Blue Sphere Alliance at the Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. Wed.-Thu. 8 p.m. Nov. 5-Dec. 11. $15. (323) 957-5782.

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    Back Stage welcomes letters on performing arts

    Back Stage welcomes letters on performing arts issues. Each letter must include the writer's address and phone number, is subject to editing, and must be limited to 250 words. Write to Editor c/o Back Stage, 770 Broadway, 4th fl., NYC 10003 or e-mail seaker@backstage.com.

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    Nominations Out for People's Choice Awards

    Bill Cosby, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks are the "favorite all-time entertainer" nominees for the 30th People's Choice Awards, honoring stars of film, music and television.

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    Eighteen

    "Eighteen," presented by Meadows Basement Theatre at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Nov. 7-Dec. 14. $15. (323) 782-6218.