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October 1, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has apologized for cussing out the head of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts over the phone in mid-September, in response to a demand to stop overlooking Latinos in the annual Kennedy Center Honors awards. Felix Sanchez, chairman of the Washington-based group, had said last week that Kaiser swore and hung up after no more than three minutes when they spoke Sept. 14 - two days after the Kennedy Center had announced a roster of 2012 honorees that, for the 33rdyear out of 35, included no Latinos.
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December 11, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Deborah Rutter, who grew up in Encino and began her career as an orchestra executive in Los Angeles, will be the next president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rutter, 57, has been president of the Chicago Symphony since 2003, having previously been executive director of the Seattle Symphony and, from 1986 to 1992, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She learned the ropes of arts administration from 1978 to 1986 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, rising from administrative assistant to orchestra manager under the tutelage of the Phil's highly-respected longtime top executive, Ernest Fleischmann.
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December 11, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Deborah Rutter, who grew up in Encino and began her career as an orchestra executive in Los Angeles, will be the next president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Rutter, 57, has been president of the Chicago Symphony since 2003, having previously been executive director of the Seattle Symphony and, from 1986 to 1992, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She learned the ropes of arts administration from 1978 to 1986 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, rising from administrative assistant to orchestra manager under the tutelage of the Phil's highly-respected longtime top executive, Ernest Fleischmann.
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May 17, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
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May 17, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
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March 10, 1999 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michael Kaiser started work in November at the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden as its fourth chief executive in less than two years, the British press likened his mission to joining the procession of Henry VIII's wives. As it turns out, the 44-year-old New Yorker hasn't lost his head or his heady reputation for turning around ailing arts groups.
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February 16, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year. Efforts by some lawyers to plan a careful strategy for which cases to push forward to the high court have largely been put aside amid a rush of lower-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage. The most recent came Thursday in Virginia, the first such ruling in the South.
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December 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, which closed earlier this year due to poor finances and lack of insurance, will reopen Saturday with a new executive director. Laveen Naidu will assume the executive position when the 35-year-old school reopens, spokeswoman Ellen Zeisler said Tuesday. The South African-born Naidu enrolled on a scholarship in 1989, rose to principal dancer at the company and later became an administrator.
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October 1, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has apologized for cussing out the head of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts over the phone in mid-September, in response to a demand to stop overlooking Latinos in the annual Kennedy Center Honors awards. Felix Sanchez, chairman of the Washington-based group, had said last week that Kaiser swore and hung up after no more than three minutes when they spoke Sept. 14 - two days after the Kennedy Center had announced a roster of 2012 honorees that, for the 33rdyear out of 35, included no Latinos.
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March 10, 1999 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michael Kaiser started work in November at the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden as its fourth chief executive in less than two years, the British press likened his mission to joining the procession of Henry VIII's wives. As it turns out, the 44-year-old New Yorker hasn't lost his head or his heady reputation for turning around ailing arts groups.
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September 30, 2003 | From Reuters
Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert with its American counterpart and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Washington, as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural exchange program, the Kennedy Center said Monday. "They're incredibly dedicated musicians and we're very excited about them coming here," Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser said. "The role of learning about people through art is central."
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June 5, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Time is money, so today I'm going to save you both by telling you what happens when your Facebook and Gmail accounts get hacked and how to avoid that fate, which is especially important for travelers. Until this happened to me, I thought strong passwords were for other people. Now a hacker knows where I went to school, where I bank and the names of my cats. Using free Wi-Fi hotspots while traveling and having weak passwords may have made me more vulnerable. I've spent countless hours trying to explain to everyone in my contact list that I am not stranded in London and those emails asking for money weren't from me. "Passwords should be long and strong," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on cyber security awareness and education.
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