Art Cervi, Detroit TV’s Bozo the Clown in the 1960s and ’70s, dies at age 86

Art Cervi shaped musical tastes of Detroit baby boomers as talent coordinator for the dance show “Swingin’ Time,” then found a new career by hiding in plain sight behind Bozo the Clown’s bulbous red nose and entertaining countless thousands of younger fans.

Cervi, who reached an enormous audience that never knew his name, died Monday at his home in Novi. He was 86.

Several Bozos appeared on Detroit television between 1959 and 1980. Cervi played the character the longest — from 1967 until 1975 on Channel 9 (CKLW-TV) and then on Channel 2 (WJBK-TV) until he, and Bozo, left the air in 1980.

The size of Cervi’s audiences as Bozo probably makes him one of the biggest stars in Detroit TV history. No one in Detroit, however, would have recognized Cervi on the street. He had a clause written into his contract requiring that he be chauffeured to the station

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Elijah Moshinsky, Met Opera Director With Fanciful Touch, Dies at 75

His anti-picture-book concept, with a stark set, proved a more effective fit for the vocally powerful, dramatically volatile Mr. Vickers. The production (which can be seen on video) and Mr. Vickers’s performance, were triumphs, and changed the general understanding of the opera.

The next year, Peter Hall, the director of the National Theater in London, invited Mr. Moshinsky to direct a production of Thomas Bernhard’s play “The Force of Habit,” which Mr. Moshinsky described in the BBC interview as a comedic parable in which a “group of circus performers try to play Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, but can’t.” The production was a dismal failure, running for just six performances.

But that same year Mr. Moshinsky found his footing with an acclaimed production of Berg’s “Wozzeck” for the Adelaide Festival, presented by the Australian Opera (now Opera Australia). Over subsequent years he directed more than 15 productions for the

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Boca Raton theater legend Jan McArt dies

BOCA RATON — Jan McArt’s six-decade career took her to venues around the country and the world, singing opera and acting on Broadway stages and in supper clubs, appearing on national television shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “The Merv Griffin Show.”

Eventually, she ended up at Lynn University in Boca Raton, where in 2004 McArt because the first and only director of the theater arts program development.

But in South Florida, McArt may be best known for opening several theater venues, most notably the Royal Palm Dinner Theater in Boca Raton in 1977. That was the same year she moved there from New York. In doing so, she became a trailblazer in bringing locally produced professional theater to a region that saw little of that. The 250-seat venue in the round survived a fire in 1993 before closing in 2001. With good food and excellent

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British designer Sir Terence Conran dies aged 88

Sir Terence Conran - Jeff Gilbert
Sir Terence Conran – Jeff Gilbert

Sir Terence Conran, who shaped much of the way domestic Britain looks today, has died at the age of 88.

The designer, retailer and restaurateur passed away peacefully on Saturday at his home in Barton Court in Berkshire, his influence on furniture and homeware design could be felt in a generation of homes.

In a statement his family described Sir Terence as “a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain”.

They added: “A proud patriot, Sir Terence promoted the best of British design, culture and the arts around the world and at the heart of everything he did was a very simple belief that good design improves the quality of people’s lives.

“From the late forties to the present day, his energy and creativity thrived in his shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and

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