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Puppet Show As Equalizer

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The New York Times covers the struggling Bob Baker Marionette Theater on 1st Street, taking the angle that the theater, which may be shut down because of financial difficulties, is a place where race and wealth go unnoticed: "In a city where children’s movies are often screened in a Hollywood theater with white-glove popcorn service and the organic certifications of birthday cakes are debated at length on Web sites aimed at parents, Mr. Baker’s theater is a charming throwback...The theater is one of the few places in Los Angeles that routinely attracts racially and economically diverse groups of children." Given all the press about the theater's imminent closure, will a Hollywood bigwig end up pulling out a checkbook? [NY Times]