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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, director Julie Taymor and actor Mark Rylance gathered Tuesday in Brooklyn to help cut the ribbon for a jewel box-sized, shiny new theater, the first permanent home for Theatre for a New Audience in its 34 year existence.

It is the city’s first new theater designed expressly for Shakespeare and classic drama since 1965, and is the first permanent home for the itinerant company, which was founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz. He estimates it will attract an audience of between 30,000-to-40,000, many public school children.

“Friends, Romans, Brooklynites,” the mayor intoned inside the $69 million theater, which was created with public and private pledges. “Lend me your ears. We come not to praise Shakespeare, but to stage him.”

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Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged.

E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday — her 33rd birthday — in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter North West, in June. A photo posted on Instagram shows a screen at the stadium that reads “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” — in typical West font — above a black-clad orchestra. Another shows Kardashian showing off a diamond ring with a smiling West behind her.

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Hollywood may be cutthroat, but Elle’s Women in Hollywood celebration is all about sisterhood.

The magazine honored Reese Witherspoon, Melissa McCarthy, Marion Cotillard, Naomie Harris, Shailene Woodley, Eva Marie Saint and director Nancy Meyers at its 20th annual event Monday at the Four Seasons hotel.

All were introduced by admiring colleagues, and each shared how women had helped them succeed. Chelsea Handler said Witherspoon helped her get a movie role. McCarthy was introduced by Kathy Bates, whom she cited as an inspiration. Meyers said studio heads Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal supported her career, and it’s up to women to everywhere to vote with their wallets to support projects helmed by and starring women.

Associated Press

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 70. Director Ang Lee is 59. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 57. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 57. Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is 54. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 49. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 47. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 47. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 39. "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley is 37. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 37. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 30. Actress Masiela Lusha ("George Lopez") is 28. Singer Miguel is 28. Actress Jessica Stroup ("90210") is 27.

ASSOCIATED PRESS