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Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010
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Photos: Jim Henson's Fantastic World

Photos from Jim Henson's Fantastic World at the National Heritage Museum
At the National Heritage Museum through June 27, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 07, 2010
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Hidden in plain sight

In a larger new home and with its most impressive roster in years, the Maine Jewish Film Festival can already boast a successful 2010.
The Maine Jewish Film Festival explores identity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY + DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010
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Nickelodeon to screen local flicks

Eddy Bolz, a projectionist at the Nickelodeon Cinemas, wants local filmmakers to send him their feature-length movies for possible showing on the big screen.
Show Your Work
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 05, 2010
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Pink Martini | Splendor in the Grass

The members of Portland’s Pink Martini have covered plenty of well-known songs in their decade and a half together, like “Que Sera, Sera” on their 1997 debut, and the theme from I Dream of Jeannie in their early live shows.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 30, 2009
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Walk on the wild side

With Douglas Adams dead, where have we to turn for quirkily unconventional questions about life, the universe, and everything?
 Inner beasts are unleashed in Avenue Q
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2009


Crossword: ''What are the odds''

You may be luckier than you think
You may be luckier than you think
By MATT JONES  |  October 16, 2009
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Cirque du Dieu

Charisma, daring, showmanship, whimsy — these are just a few of the character qualities expected under any given Big Top. But they might be just as at home in the discovery and passing on of religious ideas, as a teacher delivers and seekers explore the
Arundel Barn's Godspell
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 03, 2009

Crossword: ''Flippin' Sweet''


That's how it's gonna be.
By MATT JONES  |  August 27, 2008
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Cry babies

The top brass at Disney knew full well what they were about to unleash when the original High School Musical premiered on the Disney Channel two years ago.
Teen talent wails on High School Musical: Get in the Picture
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 19, 2008

Crossword: ''Repeat after me''


I solemnly swear that's how it works.
By MATT JONES  |  April 30, 2008


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Strings attached

FirstWorks is going year-round.
FirstWorks sends in the puppets
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 15, 2008

Crossword: ''When in Rome''


Letters and numbers
By MATT JONES  |  April 02, 2008
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Breaking boundaries

Expanding the range of venues for artistic dance in southern Maine, the City Theater in Biddeford will host the second annual New England Dance Project on March 29.
Speaking with the New England Dance Project
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 19, 2008
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After Sesame

Where does Gen-X move when it’s way too old for Sesame Street and way too poor for Park Avenue?
Avenue Q  is the street where you live
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 14, 2008
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Dancing queens

Conceived as a spinoff from the vintage BBC kids’ show Doctor Who , Torchwood has since come into its own
BBC America’s Torchwood
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 22, 2008


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Cheerleaders of the pack

There’s one thing the Go! Team’s cheerleading frontwoman, Ninja, does not like to do: walk.
The Go! Team, Paradise, October 25, 2007
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 30, 2007
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Masters of Muppets

Here are some of our fave muppet musical moments.
The 20 best musical moments on the original Muppet Show .
By CARLY CARIOLI AND RYAN STEWART  |  August 27, 2007
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DJ clearinghouse

Of course, with such a hefty herd of MP3s, separating the sheep from the goats can be a Herculean endeavor.
"Blentcasts" from the "People's Mix Click Collective"
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  August 20, 2007
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Marketing magic

When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 15, 2007
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All sewn up

Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 24, 2007


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Send in the clowns

They might as easily have titled it Half and Half by Sondheim .
Side by Side by Sondheim; Disney High School Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 12, 2007
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Playlist: July 6, 2007

The Pointer Sisters, Escape from New York , Squids, and more.
Ben Sisto’s five favorite YouTube videos
By BEN SISTO  |  July 03, 2007
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Feels like teen spirit

Forget Tony and Maria, or Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski.
Disney's High School Musical graduates to the stage
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 29, 2007

Crossword: ''Music preservation''


Spreading the love
By MATT JONES  |  May 09, 2007
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Walk on the mild side

In 1970, William Wegman was making short videos — jumping around in his underwear with purses hanging all over him, that sort of thing.
William Wegman at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2007


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Very funney

Early William Wegman videos on YouTube are grainy black-and-white mini-musings on watching and being watched.
William Wegman at the Addison, Ed Ruscha and Raymond Pettibon at WAM, and John Ruskin & friends at the Fogg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 27, 2007
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Snakes in the grass

The Bleeding Queens, Coconut Riot, Fail and Fail Again . . . These are some of the names that will never be given to the competing tribes on Survivor .
Survivor 14 and The (White) Rapper Show
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 13, 2007
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Real-world follies

For hard rock, heated debate, child-care tips, and latex puppetry, 2006 was a banner year in television. Who says the culture’s going to the dogs?
A year in television
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 18, 2006
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Texas two-step

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the late ’70s musical getting an entertaining staging at URI Theatre, is quite a curious little time capsule.
URI stages a wholesome Whorehouse
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2006