Yankee Ingenuity

Some applause and encouragement for local stage actors making forays into local film and TV gigs. Juan Cejas of ACME recently shot a role in the film Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, ACME's Pete De Leo will be seen in the first episode of NBC's South Beach series, and AREA stage veteran Allan Poe starts a weird and witty series The Mr. Poe and Mr. Stock Show on Channel 35 Wednesday at 3:00, Thursday at 9:00 p.m., and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Maybe all these newly arrived L.A. producers will do more than just take advantage of Florida's cheap production costs. Maybe they'll hire some local talent, which we certainly have. Stay tuned.

Finally, you should know that the Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, which just three years ago had the third largest statewide budget in the nation A about 19 million bucks A stands on the verge of losing every sou of the $9.9 million in its coffers, courtesy of Tallahassee. Technology's fine, folks, but if the arts are financially dismissed, society might as well replace its soul with a microchip. Honest, it's getting scary out there.

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