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>> so we wait.they call intermi new flavor. these cups are just about 2 months old. according to the world wildlife because the show will fund there were only about 500 eventually go on. of them left in the world. these were the 1st to be born at the zoo. the newborn cubs have not been named yet, so the zoo is asking the public to weigh in and suggest names on social media. on today's zip trip we are taking in a local concert. ktvu fox 2 news.'s. that is why it is so important to support these artists and and discovering the bay organizations. they will be there when they area's best museums. are finally able to return. i know you have performing arts experts in your family and pill >> they don't. >> if there was ever a time to find something you can donate or happily pay for an online performance this is that time. >> because we are raising a >> just be there in support glass to toast our local artists. >> we have been innovating a lot during this time. >> see how they are keeping their craft alive. >> and sharing it with all of us. >> we like to play music for audiences. >> we are wanting to connect physically and what we do on tv with people. >> this is a ktvu fox 2 special as well picture support and let them know that people love them and care about them. i agree with you totally. strip one of the nation's zip trip. the power of community. premier theater and drama cams is going all digital now.
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talking about the young actors theater can't. normally it is held in the santa cruz mountains. now they are offering registration for their virtual >> good morning to you and sessions through august 14. welcome. there is no prettier picture we could find them san francisco. this was originally built as a students between the ages of 8 and 18. a chance to learn acting, dancing, costume design, even writing comedy sketches. the faculty was made up of a temporary structure, but thank goodness it was saved is become one of symphysis most beloved star-studded group of teachers. and quietly beautiful icons to including broadway in tv stars the arts. matthew morrison and jim o'hara. just great. to learn more about registering for the young actors theater camp just go to ktvu.com and click on web links. home events over the years. get the information and they now all is quiet. however, the art scene is still very active in san francisco and beyond in ways we could have never understood when this was built more than 100 years ago. >> welcome to the 9. we are not hitting the road. i remember we had a lot of fun could be a great performer just like you. because you are good. >> look. i am soaking up all of the arts that are online. i do not think there is a stream i have been checked out last summer meeting a bunch of people and going places, but between ballet, opera, symphony, comedians. this your obviously it is a it is all open to us now.>> have you been watching some of little different. we are still doing our thing. these?
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>> you bet. i know you like the opera. have you been watching a lot? >> almost every night. i think the focus is the same. we are focusing on things ant t i know san francisco opera is putting up a number of their performances. the met opera has a new one every night, so check it out if you haven't. >> it is amazing how the life of us in the performers and arts has just changed narrowing it down to an hour because our region is rich overnight. it is like you wonder will it ever get back the same?>> i sure hope so. i am looking forward to actually being in a crowded theater. with organizations and supporters of the arts. we are all definitely missing those in person performances, but we found ways to get our artifacts other ways. >> a really good way. there's so much to talk about and so much we miss live in a p now have moved to a virtual being at a crowded art fair. i really want that to happen eventually, and i know it will, space. we will tell you what the but it will take some time. ballet dancers, opera singers, i hope you enjoyed our zip and musicians are doing instead trip. do not forget to check at our during this time of temporary intermission. plus opens on grammy award- next trip a couple of weeks from now on july 24. winning artist talks about his hitting up the best beaches in our backyard along the california coast. stay with us. there is more news at noon, and experience during the pandemic. wendy williams is up next.
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we will chat with him live about his social distancing inspired song , chocolate samurai, and what is next on ♪ now, here's wendy! his musical journey. teaching music and art and during the pandemic. [cheers and applause] ♪ how they continue to connect ♪ young people to their mexican heritage and to each other using the digital space. >> wendy: come on, let's go! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ in any live performance it ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] is someone's art that bring strangers together for a shared experience. reset shoulder to shoulder with thank you for watching! people we may never otherwise say hello say hello to my cohosy meet. many artists and studio organizations are getting their work is still a during this pandemic. even though the cat but audience in. >> san francisco ballet was forced to cancel their season due to the covid-19 pandemic. dancers are making do at home
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in the ballet is opening up their treasure trove of performances to the public online. >> it has definichange. i have been taking class in my bedroom. trying to work out as much as i can. we can city has kind of taken these precautions. in the sense we are also getting to reach a larger audience with all of the streams we are putting out and seeing the greater community that we woul now. >> i have been so moved by the generosity of our patrons donating their tickets. supporting our critical relief fund. really supporting the artform.
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it is so beautiful to see how important san francisco ballet is to the bay area community. >> the artistic director is putting everything he has into getting the answers back on the state and in front of an audience. >> this is just like nothing ever before. that is what makes it so challenging. with an audience that feels comfortable coming into watch us again. >> i think this is something we are struggling with, and we will find a way. >> the san francisco opera also had to cancel their season and are offering performances online for free. they are also intimate performances online. in a series call ode to joy. >> the artists want to connect with people and right now being online and connecting through g wonderful way to express our gratitude for everyone who wants to listen.
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>> san francisco symphony is also increasing its virtual offerings. who is stepping aside after 25 years. the pandemic forced the sudden cancellation of the symphony season, and a world to -- a world tour in their honor. >> it was sad not to be able to go to europe and share the music with all of the regular performers with my colleagues in for our beloved patrons are just making music together and bringing it to everybody that loves to listen to it. >> would like to spend our time playing music for ected to our audience and not being able t
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do it for them. we practice at home with some es remotely and sometimes with clones of ourselves on split screens. it is really not the same as connecting with our audience. it has been very hard. >> you can tell they miss us as much as we miss them. we have a long list of performances from these organizations and others that you can see online for free. that is waiting for you over on ktvu.com. you have heard me say how mu-- dad going to our 1st opera. performance at the san francisco opera are already
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thinking about being performance ready when they eventually go back on the stage. i want to talk now within the s more than 30 years. he is with me not. so good to see you, my friend. you are over and pacific. i know this has been a devastating time for youthe sea you and your colleagues and you will be the face of your colleagues at the upper right now. how difficult has this been to handle? >> good morning, dave. thank you for having me on. my colleagues and i like to work. around the world all of the artists and musicians -- >> okay. i am temporarily missing your voice right now. he has been performing for 30 years. can you hear me now? okay. we do have a temporary problem
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with him. we will talk to him more about it. he has some very unique ideas. we will get back to him momentarily. coming up. we are getting a sneak peek at the winchester mystery house before it welcomes back visited. in our next half hour. exploring the dozens of rooms inside this mansion. 1st, turning to lawmakers to save the arts in the bay area. up next. we catch up with one of the movers and shakers who is leading the charge to provide relief funding.
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welcome back. let's go back to the longtime
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cellist with the san francisco opera. talking about the impact of canceling the operas season. you were talking about this and how it has affected you and your colleagues. >> yes. i hope you can hear me better now. there is an overnight stopping of everything they do. this is our workplace. the gorgeous opera house. that is my office. i was told to stay home. >> it looks like i temporarily lost you again. one of the reasons i wanted to talk to him is i know how passionate he is about his music and the opera. i feel bad that we won't be able to finish this particular conversation, but i know that he and his colleagues anxiously want to get back with the san francisco
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opera in we will chat with him at another time. just a wonderful man too. the pieces i have seen so at we can see it, but definitely when you have something and it is taken a way good for the arts. it's a life-changing time and i so many different ways. >> in the arts and --? we know that all of them have been canceled because of the pandemic. it has really made it tough for artisans.
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>> would you believe over a dozen families she is supporting? the joint project. they are doing amazing work in the north bay. covid-19 has slowed him down, but i have to tell you that there is no stopping this nonprofit. >> basically the normal way i do business came to a normal halt. >> she has been making and selling jewelry for 8 years. the profit margin is slim. covid-19 washed nearly all of that away. shutting down just about every crafts fair in the country. >> all stores were closed in all events and did, which is about 95% of our sales. >> there is no quit because she is not only feeding herself, but families in india. her julie project is a nonprofit that raises money for poverty-stricken families in new delhi. she is both a teacher and a mentor.
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>> i work with them to help families affected by hiv. i do find all of the pieces and teach them to make them and the money goes back to them. just a great group of women. it has been great to work with them. >> the feeling is mutual. her jewelry was all made by these women in india. she provides the know-how and materials and parts -- so that when united states. the prophets have fully supported 15 women, and their families, for the last 5 years. with the pandemic she is now dipping from her own funds to sustain these women who are doing their level best to learn a trade. >> the reason bracelets and necklaces. here are some earrings. these are woven. this is a bracelet. it is all bead weaving and wire
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wrapping and that kind of thing. >> i can imagine when you go there you must be a rock star. they must be very appreciative. >> it makes me feel really good to be able to do something i love. making jewelry. sharing that with them. intern it helps them provide for themselves, and they have a sense of confidence. they feel really good now that they have a skill and they can provide for their families. >> that is the most important part. the money is the byproduct of building self-esteem in these women and becoming independent. you just cannot put a dollar signal on that. the average wage in india is about $2 per hour. you could imagine just how important this is. if you like to help out or take a look at the jewelry they start from about $10 to $40. bracelets and earrings and that kind of thing. we put a link at ktvu.com. take a look at that. coming up. turning to lawmakers to save
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the arts here in the bay area. we will catch up with one of those leading the charge by relief funding.
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pushing to pay for the arts is artists all over the bay area are struggling to make ends meet. how they are leading the way here in the push to fund the arts. deborah, thank you for joining me. there is something i want to get you right away, and that is a letter written by members to congress asking for congress to fund the arts. it was started right here in san francisco. can you tell me more about this effort?>> i can, and thank you so much for having me. the san francisco arts alliance worked with the mayor who
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proposed a resolution, which was adopted last week. the resolution calls on congress to take prompt action to ensure they can be covered. that the nations economic or arts and culture sector can be a part of the recovery and also to your point really i feel like it is not one way we are missing our connections or relationships. we are also gaining a serious understanding the role they play in helping us stay with one another and feel more connected and have social confusion and trust again to be in a public space. these are the things that they are doing every day. the resolution -- >> deborah, --
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>> i was going to tell you little more what is in the resolution if you want to know. >> i wanted to ask you specifically about the letter. the specific relief efforts. what are the mayor's asking for congress to do? >> so far 26 mayors have signed on. adopted the resolution that includes a request -- through the calendar year 2022. we make an adjustment to the fund or any other mechanisms that support nonprofit employers. including things like loan forgiveness. extending the patent protection program. really thinking about how we can deploy artist and art workers in direct service of
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recovery. those are just a few of the things we are asking for. >> deborah, i imagine you're pretty proud of san francisco for taking the lead in this. they have been known as the city that supports the arts. do you think because it started here and has been successful here that other cities who may not have a strong foothold will follow the lead? >> i think that is right. i believe that we can really lead the way. i am proud to be able to connect them with the san francisco arts alliance and the mayor's economic recovery task force. also governor newsom's task force. this shows the strength of california and the way we can work with cities across the state and across the country. one of the things we are working on right now that i am
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excited about is a statewide arts town hall. i would love to see thousands of people who are arts workers or engaged in the arts engaged at the state and house makers.? i am proud to have a mayor that really understands the power de i want to ask you howthing they go to the nearest arts organization and donate or is it something a little more specific where they should go to a specific lease to donate?>> there are several advocacy organizations including californians the arts. that are working year-round on these issues. i think that the most important thing is if you care about an organization or an artist
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support them directly today. this sector is one of the hardest hit. the 1st 2 close and last 20 and. it will be very difficult for us to sustain. do not take it for granted.yolo >> you are the cochair of the san francisco alliance. thank you so much for joining us on this zip trip morning on fox 2. >> thank you for having me. this week 8 nonprofit that supports 800 artists and 7 cisco began in a whole new way. opening studious 2020 bellowing visitors to see artists work online and have video chats with them in their studios. they are also continuing to host a virtual art receptions. artist mixers and workshops. ktvu has been happy to help them raise money to support
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local artists. so far they have been able to give funds to more than 50 artists , and the work does not stop there. if you can donate a little or if you are in the position to donate a lot we hope you will consider doing so because at ktvu.com /giving day you will learn much more about all of the nonprofits we are featuring. i liken it to going to the farmers market. when i go to the farmers market i talked to the farmer who grew the strawberries and picked them and delivered them to me. having the one on one with an artist helps you understand that much better, and gives it to the artist as well. >> and living with one i see it upfront, and have passionate it is within. also how difficult it is to get the funding and whenever st to
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their art. your interview was very good. really important that they can get the help they need. >> it also reminded me to always think you -- you always remind me to think the artists for what they do pick even that goes a long way. >> good tip. >> absolutely. coming up. saying a big thank you to one of oakland's own artists. continuing to shine bright even during the pandemic. next. the views that is resonating with people all over the world. other local musicians are lifting people spirits across the bay area. one neighborhood at a time. we will let you know the inspiration behind these.
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good morning and welcome back. we are looking live at one of my favorite places. the palace of fine arts in san francisco. this is a trendy lesson picture. one of the most beautiful and anywhereue locations in san wonderful performing arts location. anytime i get a chance to be around there i always go. there is nothing like the palace of the fine arts in san francisco. we are of the live this morning for you here on the 9. >> oakland's own has not stopped making music during the covid-19 pandemic. one of the 1st new songs he released during shelter in place had to do with the pandemic is sold to the video features people all over the world coping with the sudden
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restrictions as he asks have you lost your mind yet? we are so happy to welcome back to the 9 oaklands owned. thank you for being with us. >> good morning. thank you for having me. good to be back on ktvu. >> absolutely, so have you lost your mind yet? you were supposed to be in the middle of a world to a right now. instead, you are back in oakland, but still making music. >> i kind of lost my mind, and that is why i made the album. human expression. it is the greatest thing. >> how did you get the idea to reach out to your fans? we see people cooking and dancing in the living room. i always tell my boys we are in this together. everyone is kind of miserable in the same way. is that part of what you wanted
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to show? >> i did not want to really focus on them being miserable. i wanted to focus on what we are doing with these challenges . how are we seeking higher ground, and how are we looking for ways to find joy and looking for ways to occupy our time in a way that is therapeutic and constructive? i put on -- i played on 6 continents last year. i thought why don't i just reach out to all of those people in the world? we have videos from south africa, brazil, germany, france, switzerland, oakland, japan, korea. from all over the world. i just thought it would make me feel better to see what my people were doing out there.
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what my fan base was doing, and how we were coping with this isolation. have you lost your mind yet? have you? >> right. i have lost my mind 100 times a day and other days i think we are so lucky to be together and safe and healthy, so i sort of go up and down. is it safe to say that this new album that you have been able to put out was therapeutic for you in a way that you are still a working artist? >> yes. absolutely. i am extremely blessed to still be able to put out content. the biggest thing is people supporting it. i have i had a tour, but i have lived through my store. my online store is basically feeding and clothing myself in my little tribe. i am very grateful. it is very moving. the support that i get online from people. i am extremely fortunate, and i do not take it for granted. people, go there and check out the store. there is something for you. >> we have followed your story here 4 years now. it was not
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that long ago that you were playing for passengers at bart stations and gratefully accepting donations. fast forward to now. you have 2 grammys under your belt. you are known worl lien times in the not so distant past are you not as concerned about what the future could ring financially, or are you still very concerned about whether or not people will be able to come and see you in tha station. i'm joking. i feel pretty good about the way people treat me, and i like my chances out of there. i think that -- i do not think i ght now i am here with my
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kids and my neighbors and friends. staying socially distant. i tried to just focus on what is happening right now. as far as finances. again, when we are facing challenges we just have to find a way. the good news is that there is always a way. i think for artists here now finding a way whether it is online stores or virtual touring. we are thinking about doing virtual tours with the album. i have collaborated with many people and that is a massively. collaborating. when we get together we are stronger. whether it is music, community, family, friendship, business. when we are together we are much
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more formidable force. >> i agree 100%. fantastic. we could talk for hours it feels like. i just wanted to say thank you for making this time for us. you are welcome back on ktvu anytime. >> thank you so much for having me. i love you guys. >> all right. when nightclubs and bars shut down in march local musicians certainly had nowhere to play. some are finding new ways to play to entertain people even if it means getting creative. it is in your friday night tradition in neighborhoods throughout alameda. professional musicians who used to play at local clubs, bars, and music venues have taken to giving free concerts all over the island. on stage this evening, and indie band. >> happen to be
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performing on the lawn. this local musician organize this at his house. he says he used to play more than a dozen gigs a month, and missed it, so he spontaneously began playing his guitar one night on his front steps. even try to with an entire band. it was an instant hit. >> plate let's said let's do it every friday to give people something to look forward to. i started cycling through the bands i would normally be playing with and i have not gotten to the end of the list yet. >> at the end of the list was andrew griffin, who said he was happy to play again. >> i have been okay most of the
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time, but i miss it. i miss making music with other people. >> there is plenty of room here to social distance. different than something on other porches and streets nearby. people here told us they appreciate the diversion. most relaxing a live show in a traditional setting anytime soon is unlikely. >> friendly people drove by and wave and smile. it is friendly. >>
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the quality of the music is great. every time him on one of the awards shows it makes me feel proud that he is from right here and still doing
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great things. always glad to see him. >> still ahead. we have a lot more to talk about. gearing up for visitors to come back to this place in san jose. we let you know about the new experiences there and how to get tickets. strengthening personal resilience and family connections. the nonprofit that continues to help the area youth during these very uncertain times.
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putting a personal touch on these walls here creating digital artwork of their family members, which is then printed on tiles to arrange on the wall. the mcbee art there helps the kids cope with being isolated. it also helps them communicate really difficult emotions. stricken announcement earlier this week clears the way for a return for some summer century businesses to reopen. here to tell us about something that is happening in the south bay, and reopening. >> that is representative your good morning to you and happy friday to everyone. a couple of months ago the winchester mystery house closed due to the covid-19 virus. they did a partial reopening
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and they did some virtual tours. this was all a stopgap measure until they could reopen fully. that time has come. reopening starts monday. >> i cannot even put it into words. it is exciting to walk around this mansion that i am seeing right now. it really comes alive when people are here. >> this week managers and staff are preparing for a full reopening july 13. since may, only virtual interior tours or exterior self- guided tours of the victorian gardens were available. this week state officials accepted santa clara county's variance application. allowing them to move forward into a phase 3 reopening. >> we can apply our new risk reduction health officer order with some flexibility. we can enable them to come
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online. they would not have been able to come online without the variance. >> the move means winchester is rehiring upwards of half the staff laid off during the shutdown. making this work for is one of dozens of long timers now back on the payroll. >> we are all excited and cautious. we are focused on making the safe so we can keep going. >> they say that new roles for reopening means smaller groups between 2 and 6 people maximum with everyone socially distance and everyone wearing a mask. additionally, sanitizing stations will be sprinkled throughout the mansion. also, these tours will be self-guided with mansion hosts available to answer questions. >> it will just be you. there is going to be a few in between. you can take your >>they say th time for destinations to recover, but this small step is the next step in months long process. >> this is i would say a growth
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and upward direction of gradual building. that is always good news. >> we hope that is further loosening of the shelter in place order happens we welcome more and more back. >> if you would like to go the tickets go on sale to dave for the monday reopening. the full reopening and you can also buy them online to give you have any questions you can check out our website, . officials at winchester say they want put a timeframe on exactly when they will get to full financial liability but the hope but by the end of the year they will have recovered fully from covid-19, guys. the pandemic can be hardest on our kids, but if they have a community group to rally behind it can make their world different. training for more than 30 years here. traditional mexican music. that continues. they chat about their work with
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founder and director, eugene rodriguez. i saw the video that you made and i really loved it. the covid-19 pandemic has not -- you had no thoughts of ever slowing down, did you? >> it never occurred to us to stop it. it only occurred to us how do we keep going even more during these times?>> tell me a little bit more because the front man -- 1st of all, how did you get him to help you and the kids out with some of these projects? >> david is really a part of our family. we have known him for a number of years. when i did this project i reached out to him and he immediately accepted the invitation to it was great to have him there because he is really a brother of hours. >> you have traditional mexican music, and being of the
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heritage i know what it is, but a lot of people who are maybe not familiar with a can you tell us more about what we are seeing in this video that we are showing?>> most of the students are preteens and teens who have been with us most of their lives. we have been teaching them online because we can't have classes. i thought let's capture them in different places isolated in family groups using social distancing and masks and all that. later they put it all together. it is a bit of a technical challenge, but we like a challenge. then we sent some guys down to david's house in southern california and put it all toge >> so have u fod that a lot of your latino students are connecting with their heritage by learning this traditional
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music? >> absolutely. this particular video is from him, but we do other styles of music. it is very important to us that they connect not only to the music, but also their grandparents and parents and uncles and aunts and most importantly to their selves.>> i findthat when i was a teenager and i come from a latino household i was kind of rejecting for a bit. the latino ways. then i came back to it. i wish that i would have had a program like yours to give me
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back sooner. is that what you find you are doing for these kids? >> it is also for me because i grew up with all sorts of music. it was really some folks like that who brought me a refreshment to our culture as well be with the kids we do not try to indoctrinate them or tell them who they are. we try to give them the options because we are all of the above. i think it is an important part of our program.>> eugene rodriguez. very well played, sir. thank you for being with us. i appreciate what you are doing for the children. >> thank you very much for having us.>> i was telling dave and eugene that. when you have something in grow up in a household like that you think that his mom and dad stuff. i did come back to it, and i am glad i did. >> it is great. i grew up around the same thing. i really 8 -- i really
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appreciate people like eugene and the other adults who work so hard. it is a lot of time and thankless and tiring, but they do it with love and passion. >> absolutely. i think we have all rolled our eyes, when our parents sing songs to us, but when you sing that to your loved one connection made. i love it. and it keeps on going forever. aren't we lucky to hear their stories? we have much more arts coverage coming up. coming up in a minute i know we are all mourning the loss of in person concerts. next time we get to watch a live production and feel how this venue is preparing for the changes once they get the green light to return.
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of the past are we have sunny creative new ways to still enjoy your favorite art form. want to give you an idea of what it might be like when we can finally get back into theaters and concert halls. we checked out what is happening with the american conservatory theater about what lies ahead. >> the theater is a place filled with art, expression, and a bit of magic. before covid-19 hit nothing beat a full house. >> how are you holding up? >> it is really tough. we bring gather to create live theater. we cannot do for them, march ju
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selling. >> when we had to shut down basically we had just opened on march 11 i think it was and we had to close on thursday, march 12. >> coming back is complicated, in the theater will look different. >> we will do temperature checks and require masks to be worn. look at point of entrance and exit so people do not cross paths is much or as tightly as before be we are examining all of those things. >> the revered full house is for now a thing of the past. >> we did schematics of both of our main theater spaces. the gary theater that typically since 1000 could have social distancing and assume people might come in pairs. that narrows it down to only
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200 seats that we can fill in key people appropriately distanced. the theater that we have on market street seats 280 or so typically, and would narrow it down to only 70 seats. >> the future will depend on the bottom line. they usually will come about 200,000 patrons a year with 7 mainstay shows. 7 more conservatory program shows, and about 8 performances a week. all year long. >> the fiscal year just ended with half the season canceled and a $5 million revenue loss. that is on top of already thin margins. >> the economics really do not work. we can't have a full house. ticket sales only cover about half of our expenses. >> what happens next is unclear. but what is happening now are digital performances.
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single performer shows, training readings of plays, and a chance to interact at home. the show tony stone found its way to digital. long-term though. nothing beats a together?
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