July 5, 1997 |
As the latest battle over the future of the National Endowment for the Arts looms, supporters and even a fierce critic of the 33-year-old agency are predicting that it once again will escape the Republican chopping block. "Unfortunately, I think the agency will rise from its ashes," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), an NEA foe. He recently derided as "absolutely disgusting" many of the artworks the agency has helped fund and is among those wanting it to receive essentially a "close-out" budget.
November 10, 1997
The California Arts Council has approved 16 1997-98 California Challenge Program grants totaling $672,500. Among the organizations receiving the grants, which are given to groups with budgets of at least $100,000, are public radio station KCRW-FM ($70,000), Pasadena's Armory Center for the Arts ($27,500), the Museum of Jurassic Technology ($25,000) and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ($25,000).
August 17, 1995 |
In the wake of last week's Senate vote to cut the National Endowment for the Arts budget by one-third, local artists and arts organizations have begun speculating what accommodations they may have to make--as well as considering the possible fallout from a planned restructuring of the agency that, among other things, calls for the elimination of grants to individual artists. "[Losing] a third of the arts budget is out of whack with increases at the Pentagon, you know?"
October 24, 1995 |
Long Beach Civic Light Opera, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, has been given a grim prognosis by its erstwhile producing artistic director Luke Yankee. "I don't see how it can come back unless a major donor gives it a million dollars," Yankee said Monday. He said the organization, which focuses on star-studded revivals of musical theater classics, has an ongoing debt of approximately $275,000.
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April 21, 1999 |
A top executive of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana on Tuesday became the latest of at least a half dozen officials to leave there in the past 18 months. "I was excited about the challenges the Bowers faces and the role I could play in helping Bowers achieve its goals," Margaret Mooney, vice president of marketing and sales, wrote in a memo to the staff Tuesday. "However, I feel that I cannot be effective here at this time." Mooney would not comment further.
September 9, 1999
L.A. Opera's new production of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" (borrowed from San Francisco Opera) continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Sunday and Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sept. 18, 21 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Denyce Graves sings the role of Dalila at all performances. As Samson, Placido Domingo sings Sept. 18, and American tenor Gary Lakes takes the role Wednesday and Sept. 21, 24 and 26. Lawrence Foster is the conductor, Nicolas Joel the stage director.