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Julya Jara

Attic Rep is staging a very unusual production starting next week. I spoke to its Director.

“I am Roberto Prestogiacomo and I am the Producing Artistic Director of Attic Rep.”

 Attic Rep is the resident theatrical organization at the Tobin. This production is called From the Mahabharata—The Great Dance-Off. What makes this production unusual is…well, just about everything. Its source idea begins with the Mahabharata, which he describes this way.

Actress, Comedian, Beloved Wife And Mother, Anne Meara, Passes Away

May 25, 2015
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LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara’s “husband and partner in life.”

“The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said.

Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years older and four inches shorter.

As Stiller and Meara, they appeared in comedy routines that joked about married life and their respective ethnic backgrounds. They logged 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and were a successful team in Las Vegas, major nightclubs, on records and in commercials (scoring big for Blue Nun wine with their sketches on radio).

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CONCORD, N.C. — The wife of American Sniper author, the late Chris Kyle, was honored with the Stonewall Jackson Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600.

Taya Kyle was introduced to the crowd before NASCAR’s longest race Sunday night.

Kyle said her late husband became a NASCAR fan and a supporter of racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. after getting to go behind the scenes at an event as a former member of the military.

The Stonewall Jackson Award is given out by the speedway for those individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of patriotism.

Chris Kyle, who was shot to death at a Texas gun range in 2013, was a Navy SEAL sniper who authored his memoir, American Sniper.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature has approved fines for governmental entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where licensed Texans are allowed to carry them.

Authored by Tea Party-backed Republican Sen. Donna Campbell, the plan passed both chambers with little debate, despite opposition from some municipal groups.

Saturday’s House approval 116-23 sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

Local governments and other official entities would be fined if they post signs that might intimidate license-holders who are within their rights to carry weapons.

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AUSTIN — Texas is on the verge of scrapping its controversial “pick-a-pal” grand jury system, after the House gave final approval to a sweeping overhaul.

The state is currently the only one in America where judge-appointed commissioners nominate prospective jurors, rather than picking randomly selected residents.

The U.S. Supreme Court has criticized the system. But some small-county Texas judges oppose changing it, worried that jury pools may shrink too much.

Without debate Sunday, the House voted 79-59 to approve a bill changing the system, sponsored by Houston Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton.

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