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November 23, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Summerdance Santa Barbara, an annual three-week contemporary dance festival, is shutting down after 10 years. Organizers offered no reason other than that they felt "a strong sense of a cycle completed." "We believe we fulfilled our mission in creating new audiences for dance and in providing space and time for artists to create new work," said a statement from Executive Director Dianne Vapnek, Artistic Director Laurie Burnaby and board President Megan Matthieson.
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November 23, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Summerdance Santa Barbara, an annual three-week contemporary dance festival, is shutting down after 10 years. Organizers offered no reason other than that they felt "a strong sense of a cycle completed." "We believe we fulfilled our mission in creating new audiences for dance and in providing space and time for artists to create new work," said a statement from Executive Director Dianne Vapnek, Artistic Director Laurie Burnaby and board President Megan Matthieson.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1997 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dancer entangled with a potted tree is not usually an image associated with modern dance. But then, neither is a Spike Jones tune. Put the two together, though, as Doug Varone and Dancers did last Sunday at the Carrillo Recreation Center in Santa Barbara, and it makes perfect sense. Jones' "Cocktails for Two" was one of 16 songs from the 1930s and 1940s that Varone's company performed to during "Let's Dance, The Cabaret."
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July 17, 1997 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dancer entangled with a potted tree is not usually an image associated with modern dance. But then, neither is a Spike Jones tune. Put the two together, though, as Doug Varone and Dancers did last Sunday at the Carrillo Recreation Center in Santa Barbara, and it makes perfect sense. Jones' "Cocktails for Two" was one of 16 songs from the 1930s and 1940s that Varone's company performed to during "Let's Dance, The Cabaret."
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July 1, 1999
* Theater. "Merton of the Movies," George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly's zany love letter to the silent film era, opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, playing Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 and 8:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Also July 21, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 1. $30 to $40; July 21 matinee, mezzanine seats available for $25. (310) 208-5454; (213) 365-3500. * Theater.
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July 2, 1998 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dancer Doug Elkins was born to a mother who was half Chinese, was put up for adoption, raised in a Jewish household, began dancing to the African American rhythms of the hip-hop scene, quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hindu philosophy and David Lynch with equal grace, and lives in New York. So he has just the right background to be a contemporary dance choreographer.
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