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    cisco announces its 25th anniversary season. Included are Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas (Nov. 25-Dec. 24), the company's annual holiday musical in a new adaptation; Ntozake Shange: Salute to the Spoken Word (Feb. 2-19, 2006), a collage featuring the pioneering works of this poet-playwright (author of For ...

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    The Art of Dining

    "The Art of Dining," presented by Red Banister Productions at Two Roads Theatre, 4348 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. June 20-July 6. $20. (818) 631-2763.

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    Players Make a Move

    In yet another sign that Hollywood, the geographical neighborhood, is once again becoming synonymous with Hollywood, the industry, the Academy Players Directory earlier this year moved from its longtime home in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Beverly Hills headquarters to a spacious building on the corner of ...

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    Theatre Mag Shake-Up

    Despite the fact that New York City has been unable to support a four-color theatre magazine since the demise of InTheater in 1999, Clear Channel Entertainment, the showbiz conglomerate, is getting ready to launch a new magazine, Show People, this September. And, as if to complement that move, Playbill magazine ...

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    AFTRA vs. AFTRA

    Talk about a family feud: The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is opposing a proposed $8 million court settlement that its health and pension funds want to make with 15 recording artists—who are union members.

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    SAG Prosecutes Voucher Scammer

    Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert announced Monday, along with Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, that the first criminal prosecution in the history of SAG membership scams is underway. The union has spent months compiling evidence against an alleged scam artist who profited from forging vouchers that actors thought ...

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    Let There Be Light: Designers Discuss Their Craft

    To illustrate just how elusive lighting design is, consider what three major lighting designers view as useful talents for their profession. Jennifer Tipton, a former dancer, says, "Dance taught me to see space. But anything that hones a sense of composition is helpful."

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    DGA Preps for Producers

    The Directors Guild of America's committees and councils have started to formulate the demands that will guide negotiators in upcoming contract talks, guild President Michael Apted told members in the latest issue of DGA Magazine.

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    ABT Names Chappell New Executive Director

    The American Ballet Theatre has a new leader at its helm. Wallace Chappell, 60, comes on board as executive director after a 15-year term as Director of the Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa, a well-respected leader in the commissioning and presentation of new works.

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    Equity-League Production Pact Vote Nears

    As the Aug. 31 ballot deadline approaches, the union has issued more specifics on the tentative four-year pact.