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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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Review: A Radio City Christmas at PPAC

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular , at the Providence Performing Arts Center through November 28, should be called Santa Claus and the 18 Leggy Showgirls . They could have packed the place with hubbies.
High-kicking holiday spirit
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010

Crossword: ''Movie Madness''

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Be kind, can't rewind
By MATT JONES  |  June 18, 2010
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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Tapperina's tales

The frontispiece of Shoot Me While I'm Happy reproduces a poster for a New York Tap Fringe Festival performance in 2005.
Jane Goldberg hoofs her way through
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 14, 2009
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Mr. Peepers in Mumbai

Here's something Chris Kattan probably rarely hears in real life: "In Night at the Roxbury, you were awesome!" Such, however, is the encomium proffered by two young Indian fans toward the beginning of IFC's somewhat random but not altogether terrible ne
Can Chris Kattan be a Bollywood Hero?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 07, 2009


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Wising up

Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008

Never say die

George M! is a trip back to a time when entertainers were bigger than life, and flag-waving patriotism set off applause as easily as puppies and cute babies prompt aaahs.
Revisiting George M !
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 24, 2008
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Mastering the masterpieces

It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008
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No bull

There was nothing campy or kitschy about Herb Alpert’s local appearance this week, and in a way that’s a shame.
Herb Alpert at Scullers
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 19, 2008
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Fusion forms

Modern dancers who aren’t tethered to a specific technique can forage the whole world for useful movement and effects. We saw three completely different examples recently.
Lorraine Chapman, Kinodance, Black Grace
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2008


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When Jacko was king

Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008

January 2008


Monthly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 31, 2007
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Tumult at the Town Beach

An interesting brouhaha involving a bit of homophobia has emerged in Narragansett.
Superior denizen bites back after metaphoric sand-kicking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 22, 2007

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By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 29, 2007
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Sleight of hand

Ricky Jay laughs when I tell him he reminds me of Fred Astaire.
Ricky Jay releases an album
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 20, 2007


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Crossword: 'Nice doing business with you'

Click here for solution
From the boardroom to the bathroom.
By MATT JONES  |  June 15, 2006
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Mix and match

They were a study in contrasts — in personal styles, in modes of masculinity, in American musical-comedy legacies.
Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly at the Brattle
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 18, 2006
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Pensées mal gardées

Boston Ballet’s second production of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée made it clearer than ever what a fractured fairy tale this is. The pastoral scrim that’s revealed when the curtain goes up sports a surly Demeter bearing a sheaf of grain and
Plus, fantasy Filles
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 14, 2006

Flashbacks: February 10, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 09, 2006

Crossword: 'Rounders'

7 Down: Studio whose early stars included Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn.
No sharp corners here.
By BY MATT JONES  |  February 09, 2006