MOCA isn't the only prominent L.A. arts organization facing a financial crisis. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater needs at least $30,000 to catch up on its mortgage.
Located between the skyscrapers of downtown L.A. and Echo Park, the theater has been staging whimsical puppet shows under the careful hand of owner and master puppeteer Bob Baker for 49 years.
The difficult situation was thrown into a tailspin last week when a well-meaning friend of the theater sent out a dire warning that if Baker didn't come up with the money by Dec. 3, then the theater would shut down.
"That's not true!" Baker said. "We're not closing, we're not selling the building and we're not in foreclosure. We do need $30,000. But if we don't get it by Dec. 3, the theater will not be sold."