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"A PAINTER, A POET AND A PHILOSOPHER WALK INTO A BAR. IT'S NOT A JOKE, IT'S ACT TWO." SO GOES AN AD FROM YET ANOTHER CAMPAIGN INTENDED TO MAKE OPERA ACCESSIBLE TO THE MASSES WHO STAY AWAY IN DROVESTHIS TIME FROM CITRON HALIGMAN BEDE CARRE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERABUT THIS SERIES BOASTS THE ADDED BENEFIT OF BEING STYLED AFTER TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (ILLUSTRATIONS BY MINNEAPOLIS' KARI ALBERG), A BIG POSTER BOY WITH SMOOTH OPERATORS. "WE WANTED TO BE FUNNY, WITHOUT BEING DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OPERA," EXPLAINS AD DEEANN BUDNEY, WHO WORKED WITH WRITER STEVE MORRIS AND CD MATT HALIGMAN. ANOTHER "LA BOHEME" HEADLINE:
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