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Catherine Opie honored at REDCAT's Anniversary Gala

March 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times

Jack Black's REDCAT debut is a gala for Catherine Opie, Disney Co.

By Ellen Olivier

As emcee for the REDCAT Gala on Saturday, Jack Black said he had always hoped his debut at the multidisciplinary theater would include a performance of his “special post, post-modern interpretive dance,” complete with a “big dynamic gymnastic finale.” He pointed out, however, that instead of the usual stage at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, the venue that night had tables filling the room wall to wall.

“I know that CalArts and REDCAT encourage artists to take risks,” Black said, “but I don’t think that injuring the gala patrons is what they had in mind.”

For those wondering how the star of “Bernie,” “School of Rock” and “Kung Fu Panda” came to host the gala, Black said he married into the CalArts family. Black’s wife Tanya Haden studied experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts, and her father, jazz bassist Charlie Haden, founded the CalArts Jazz Program.

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