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A date with Jane: Jane Powell remembers Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, and more

Surrounded by artist Michael Mazur's monumental drawings of the Memorial Drive sycamores in an upstairs alcove of the Charles Hotel, pixie-ish MGM musical star Jane Powell looked even more petite than she seemed on the big screen.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 22, 2013
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Stone Soup at 30

The earliest people on the planet probably built bonds of community when they pounded on goatskins. That same sense of creative wonder existed among a young group of musicians and music lovers back in 1980, when Joyce Katzberg, Bill Harley, and Debbie B
Keeping it real
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 07, 2011
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Review: Bebe Gilberto | All In One

There couldn’t be a more apropos title than the one Bebel Gilberto has given her fourth album.
Verve (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 25, 2009
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Dainty cabaret

Larry Keigwin’s genial take on the perennially popular theme of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) didn’t add anything profound to the cosmic intelligence.
Keigwin + Company bring the elements to Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008
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Une Vieille Maîtresse|The Last Mistress

Catherine Breillat’s film is an adaptation of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 19th-century novel and perhaps her first that doesn’t transform sex and cinema into punishment.
A novel adapted as softcore S&M porn
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 23, 2008
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Cherchez les femmes

Women have always dominated French cinema — just not from behind the camera.
Women dominate the 13th Annual Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008


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Strange fruit

Consider the banana: that ambassador of potassium, patron saint of portable snacks, fundamental unit of slapstick, euphemiser of dementia.
Peter Chapman examines the rise of the banana
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008
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Noir comedy

As in Casablanca , whose transient denizens are waiting for visas, most of Macao is just waiting — as if for Godot.
Adrfit in Macao lives up to its name
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008
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Love bites

Noël Coward may not have been born in a trunk, but he moved into one early.
A Marvelous Party; Mr. Marmalade; Misalliance
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 18, 2007