Secretary of the Arts

I've seen the following floating around the blogosphere for a little over a week. It was forwarded to me courtesy of the Victory Theatre Center.

“Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts–now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.”

For the petition, click here. (I think we could all use a secretary about now.)


Theatre of NOTE is staging its 14th annual Performance Marathon this Saturday, January 17th, 2 p.m. until dawn. In case you've never seen it, it's a Hollywood store-front variations on what the Germans call “durational art” — hour after hour of ecclectic acts. You can sit in on some, you come, you go out for a drink, you return. Featured artists announced so far are Culture Clash, The Dark Rob, Rochelle Fab, Rip Taylor, John Fleck, Phranc, Frank Moore's Cerotic All Stars, Ten West and hostess Alison Angrim (Nellie Olson from Little House on the Prairie. 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hotline info (323) 856-8611. 


Announcement of the nominees for the 30th annual L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards – it'll be the benchmark of a now changing era in local theater. More on that to come.

At your fingertips: this week's Comprehensive Theater Listings, which contain the weekend's New Theater Reviews.

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