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    A Primer for Parents

    For our annual Spotlight on Young Performers, Back Stage talked with talent agents and personal managers on what it takes for young people to have a career in the performing arts. Choosing which type of professional would work best for your child is an important first step.

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    Upcoming Free Seminars

    The Actors' Fund of America will present several free seminars on healthcare issues for members of the entertainment industry.

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    American Dreams: An In-Yer-Face Musical

    "American Dreams: An In-Yer-Face Musical" presented by and at the Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Ave., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Apr. 1-May 7. $10-15. (818) 508-3003.

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    Obituaries

    Mitch Hedberg (1968–2005)

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    The Carpetbagger's Children

    "The Carpetbagger's Children," presented by and at West Coast Ensemble, 522 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Tue.-Thu. 8 p.m. Mar. 22-Apr. 7. $13-15. (323) 525-0022.

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    Standup comics often send me their five minutes at the mike. Comedy is such a subjective thing. One comic's comedy might strike one agent's funny bone and leave another totally cold. When viewing these tapes, I look for the following: Is the comic relaxed, appealing? Does he or ...

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    Hart Sees Value in 'Dirtbags'

    David Duchovny's big-screen debut as director and writer comes with the faintest whiff of Oedipal complex: His wife, Tea Leoni, plays his mother in "House of D."

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    'Baby' Wins Oscar Prize Fight

    Although The Aviator lifted off early in the evening, by the time the 77th Annual Academy Awards reached its final round, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby was declared the champ. Eastwood's modest drama, in which the boxing ring serves as the stage on which a father figure/daughter ...

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    Vintage Year at Indie Spirits as 'Sideways' Wins

    The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards took a big drink of Sideways Feb. 26 as Fox Searchlight's wine-soaked comedy picked up six trophies, including best feature, to become the darling of the indie-film set. Under an all-embracing tent in a parking lot off the beach in Santa Monica, the ...