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August 10, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press


* El Dia de Latino Comedy: Los Angeles audiences are giving a grand welcome to two recent additions helping to fill the void of Latino TV programming. The Friday premiere of "Comedy Compadres," an all-Latino stand-up comedy show on KTLA-TV Channel 5, won its 11:30 p.m. time slot, scoring an 8.4 rating (each point represents 49,657 homes) and drawing 24% of the audience watching TV at that time, according to the Nielsen ratings. Meanwhile, "Culture Clash," the KTTV/Fox 11 variety series featuring the local Chicano comedy trio of the same name, was No. 1 in its 7 p.m. Saturday time period for the second straight week, with a 5.6 rating and 13% of the audience. If the shows continue to do well in Los Angeles, both may be picked up in other markets.

* Good for the Environment: The third annual Environmental Media Awards will be presented Sept. 28 at Fox Studios with three CBS shows--an episode of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and two episodes of "Northern Exposure"--as finalists in the TV drama category, while three ABC programs--an episode of "Coach" and two installments of "Dinosaurs"--are the contenders for the TV comedy award. Other nominees include HBO's "Earth and the American Dream," Nickelodeon's "Nickelodeon Special Edition: Plan It for the Planet" and the Disney Channel's "This Island Earth" in the television special category; and segments of CBS' "60 Minutes," TBS' "Day One" and the syndicated "Home Show" in the newsmagazine category. "A River Runs Through It," "Distinguished Gentleman" and "Once Upon a Forest" are finalists in the film category.

* New Culture Mag: MTV Productions will produce "Real Time," a syndicated daily newsmagazine show scheduled to premiere in the fall of 1994. Described as a "truly comprehensive look at popular culture," the program will cover entertainment, fashion, sports and lifestyle stories. Regular segments will include music reports by MTV news anchor Kurt Loder and lifestyle reports by model Cindy Crawford.


* Foster/Gibson Pairing: Jodie Foster went looking for a comedy and found a starring role opposite Mel Gibson in the Warner Bros. movie "Maverick." Foster will play Gibson's romantic interest in the comedy-Western film, which marks the first time the two popular actors will be paired together. But Foster has appeared with the film's other co-star, James Garner. He and Foster both starred in the 1973 Disney film "One Little Indian." "Maverick," which is based on Garner's 1950s TV show of the same name, begins filming this month.


* Friedrich Work on View: Minor conservation work to clean and repair a small tear has been completed on Caspar David Friedrich's small painting "A Walk at Dusk" (1830-35), which the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired at auction in May for $3.6 million. The picture has now been installed in the museum's galleries, where it becomes one of only two in America by the great German Romantic painter.

* San Francisco Curator: Gary Garrels, senior curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has been appointed Elise S. Hass chief curator and curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Succeeding curator John Caldwell, who died in March, Garrels will also assume responsibility for programming in the museum's new building, scheduled to open in 1995. As chief curator, he will direct the museum's expanded program of exhibitions, education and acquisitions.


* Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has pulled out of a Black Sabbath reunion tour that would have brought together the group's four original members. Planning of the tour, which was scheduled to begin in November, was in negotiations for nine months. . . . L.A. Festival Artistic Director Peter Sellars will speak and take audience questions during a Town Hall of California program at the First Interstate World Center at 6 p.m. today. . . . Singers Bonnie Raitt, the Beach Boys and Raffi were recognized by the environmental group Earth Communications Office on Monday for their efforts to bypass the long box and use alternative packaging for their compact disc releases. Awards were also given to "Ban the Box" founders Rod Simonds and Martin Folkman. . . . Pop group Bon Jovi has given $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for flood victims. The money was raised at booths set up at 12 Bon Jovi concerts.

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