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Savor the Flavor
On Thursday, we wrote:
Our LA Flavorpill newsletter for May 31- June 6 landed in our mailbox on Tuesday. It's taken a while to digest their list of "hand picked" happenings, but we noticed that LA Flavorpill favors the Merce Cunningham Dance Company twice. First there's the wrap around ads for Dance at the Music Center's presentation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Ahmanson Theatre June 2-6. While Flavorpill Productions states in its "About Us" materials that "All publications' content is based on intrinsic worth, and is never paid for or promotional," the entry for the June 1st activity is a film by and about...Merce Cunningham at the Redcat as part of the Dance Camera West Film Festival. What may just be a coincidence supporting a very worthy artistic endeavor still feels like double dipping...
To which Toby Warner of Flavorpill explains:
This is not the case! The event in question is a discussion forum about Merce Cunningham's works on film hosted by Dance Camera West, while our advertiser is Dance at the Music Center, which is promoting the Cunningham dance performance "Split Sides." The panel discussion we covered has absolutely nothing in common besides Cunningham's name....
Your accusation was doubly shocking to us because we were preparing to cover both Merce Cunningham events this week -- the forum and the dance performance -- but when we learned that the dance performance was actually our advertiser for the week, we cut the listing altogether (even though it was really good).
We're proud to say that all listings are pure editorial, never paid advertisements. We've never accepted a dime to write about something, andnever will. It's good to see that some people have read our mission and are actively holding us to it!