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    NEA, in Double Kiss, Gets Ivey, Republican Help

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which has withstood the past year's Congressional funding tug-o'-war with the flexibility of Plastic Man, received two boosts of support before legislators adjourned for the Memorial Day break:

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    Wilson, Alexander Keynote Twin-City Arts Congress

    Two controversial and highly-honored artists--August Wilson and Jane Alexander--will be among keynote speakers for "Linking Americans and the Arts: An Arts Congress," to be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, June 7-10.

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    IN SHORT

    A Renaissance Man

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    SAG To Honor Its Own

    For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting

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    Critic's Picks

    ¥ ACME Schmacme, presented by and at the ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Through July 25. (213)

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    SAG Extras Are "Extras" No More

    Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members may need hiss no more at being called "extras," at least if the actors have their way. The 91,000-member union seems to be changing the traditional nomenclature to "background

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    "laura nyro project," mus'l

    2/13 from 1-4PM at Musical Theatre Works, 440 Lafayette St., Studio 3E and 3F, NYC.

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    Though the ensemble recognized by SAG includes onl

    Though the ensemble recognized by SAG includes only four people (Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, and Jamie Draven), the performing power of these gifted actors more than fills the screen with emotional fervor. The individual relationships and collective interactions illustrate the very human bonds shared by what could be ...

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    Unions Address Diversity, DisabilitiesRing Lardner Jr., 85, Screenwriter Ruth Mitchell, 81, Producer Stephanie Lawrence, 50, Actress

    Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, starring in "Kiss Me, Kate" on Broadway until January, will deliver the keynote address at a two-hour Actors' Equity-sponsored forum on Diversity in Casting Tues., Nov. 14, beginning at 5 pm.

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    Broadway Melody of 2000

    It's like a scene out of a Busby Berkeley movie musical: a cast too massive to fit on any Broadway stage takes to the very streets of Times Square. There, with towering buildings forming a glittering backdrop, they perform song after song as thousands cheer.