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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 15, 2001
Suzan-Lori Parks writes challenging plays filled with poetry, politics and history. Until now, Baltimore hasn't had a chance to see her work. But AXIS Theatre has corrected that oversight with an intriguing production of Parks' boldly theatrical "Venus." The 1996 play is loosely based on the true story of Saartjie Baartman, an African woman with enormous buttocks who was exhibited Elephant Man-style in England in the early 19th century as the Venus Hottentot. Parks tells Venus' story in flashback, beginning with the announcement of her death and interspersing the narrative with historical and medical passages read by a character called the Negro Resurrectionist (a reference to his former occupation of digging up corpses for medical studies)
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April 8, 2013
"The True Story of The Three Little Pigs" will be performed by the Dallas Children's Theater on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Amoss Center in Bel Air. Hear the wolf's side of the story in this hilarious musical courtroom dramedy: Alexander T. Wolf is accused of deplorable crimes and he's about to face a jury of his piggy peers on trial. The audience will determine the ending of the play in this fun musical that will blow the hair off your chinny chin chin. Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available at tickets.harford.edu, the Harford Community College Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or by calling 443-412-2211.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 1, 1992
Serena Scott Thomas and Tony Award nominee David Threlfall, both Brits, will star as Princess Di and Prince Charles in NBC's four-hour miniseries "Diana: Her True Story."
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By Garrison Keillor | November 25, 2009
W e now interrupt Mrs. Palin's book tour to bring you Thanksgiving, a grand old holiday, and we in the book business are thankful for her, that a busy woman who wanted to tell her story chose the medium of ink and paper between hard covers. Her tour is not about politics. It's about books. Those big crowds waiting in the cold outside bookstores were looking forward to cozying up to her book and savoring the intense, intimate pleasure of a memoir, the feeling that you and the author are close personal friends.
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July 5, 2000
When you read "Moonstruck: The True Story of the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon," we asked you, What was the final part of the training for the jump over the moon? Charles Hill of Leith Walk Elementary told us the right answer: clearing the Wall, which the cow did on the first time out.
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By CHARLES D. BURGESS | October 4, 2005
The game of golf seems to be a popular, reoccurring theme for Hollywood movie makers over the years, whether as part of a drama or comedy, or simply as the background setting in dozens of films. Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore quickly come to mind as entertaining comedic golf films; Tin Cup was an entertaining underdog story; and nearly every movie made by the golf-loving Farrelly Brothers contains a few golf scenes. The Legend of Bagger Vance and Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius represent recent more serious, dramatic portrayals of a fictional and a genuine golfing marvel, respectively.
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By Tamara Ikenberg | June 14, 1998
It can't be real. But it's true: MTV is about to inflict upo viewers a seventh season of its insufferable "The Real World." It starts Tuesday, this time set in Seattle.For six seasons now, audiences have endured the craftily edited "true stories" of seven attractive, strategically stereotypical young people with various personality disorders plunked into luxurious domiciles in one cosmopolitan locale after another. Once there, they proceed to whine incessantly.Enough! What are the spoiled brats complaining about, anyway?
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By A Reader's Guide to Twentieth Century Writers | January 24, 1999
Toni MorrisonBorn as Chloe Anthony Wofford in Ohio in 1931, both Morrison's maternal and paternal family were sharcroppers.When Morrison was 2 years old her family's landlord wanted to raise the rent and so set fire to their apartment while they were still in it.She later graduated from Howard University and later returned to teach English.Morrison wrote "Beloved," a book based on a true story about a woman who kills one of her children to protect it from slavery. The book has recently been released as a motion picture.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 5, 2006
Is there really enough of a niche market for boots designed for transvestites and drag queens to keep an entire shoe factory afloat? That's just one of the many questions posed, but not answered, by Kinky Boots, a comedy based on the true story (we are assured) of a Northamptonshire shoe factory that averted being shut down by targeting just such a specialty market. Here's betting the real story is a bit more complicated than that. Kinky Boots (Miramax) Starring Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
For proof of how fast TV can grind out a movie based on current events, take a look at USA tonight."The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m, WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Woman With the Most Irritating Voice In the World goes on a Caribbean cruise in this repeat. CBS."The Sentinel" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Some dude is stalking this R&B singer, and it's up to The Sentinel to protect her. Only it doesn't seem she's that interested in being protected. UPN."Ghost" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13)
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | November 27, 2008
To get to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, you have to drive right past the Watergate Hotel. The complex squats like a giant, gray concrete toad near New Hampshire and Virginia avenues, where it looms both literally and figuratively over the production of Frost/Nixon being staged barely one block away. The Watergate is visible from the Kennedy Center terrace. Stroll outside either before or after the show, and it's easy to imagine that you can peer into the windows of the former Democratic National Headquarters, where a botched burglary in 1972 eventually toppled a presidency.
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By DAVID STEELE | December 23, 2007
Now can we all stop taking the simplistic, easy-to-swallow approach to steroids in baseball? Can we all admit that this is way more complex than we've been treating it over the years? All of us. Baseball and union officials. Fans. Media. The Justice Department. Congress. It is obvious now, more than ever, that we don't know what we're dealing with. How much more proof do we need that we, the entire baseball-observing public, have handled the issue of performance-enhancing drugs all wrong?
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun reporter | December 5, 2007
John Lamb was tracing his great-great-grandfather's involvement in the Civil War when he came across reports of a 19th-century killing machine. The former Harford County resident and Civil War buff soon turned his interests toward the so-called Winans Steam Gun. A shiny, black, oversized metal contraption, the steam gun was made by an Ohio inventor who boasted that it could take out an entire regiment in one sweep, firing up to 400 rounds a minute from...
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August 24, 2007
THE QUESTION Of the movies you watched this summer, which do you think are Academy Award contenders and why? WHAT YOU SAY The movie that will "walk off" with an Oscar in the category of musical/comedy will be Hairspray, excelling as both a musical and a comedy. From the opening shot of quintessential Baltimore neighborhoods, we are hooked, taken back in time and thoroughly entertained for the remainder of our stay. Director Adam Shankman cleverly opens with a close up of Nikki Blonsky's eyes, immediately engaging us to this talented young woman.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | January 5, 2007
Freedom Writers is the rare inspirational-teacher film that is filled with genuine, jaw-dropping coups of real-life poetry. Set in the early '90s, it's based on the true story of black, Asian-American and Latino gangs who disrupted the upper-class, white demographic of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., in the first years after busing. Faced with a clueless faculty, they exploded the placid atmosphere. In the xenophobic frenzy that followed the Rodney King verdict, they turned the school into a war zone.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Columnist | November 30, 2006
There are now something like 10,000 reality shows on TV, and the whole stupid concept shows no signs of going away soon. Apparently no subject is too ridiculous or mundane that it can't be turned into a reality show anymore. With the click of the remote, you can now watch people sing badly, traipse through mosquito-infested jungles, get their cheeks sucked out and their stomachs tucked, and have their houses made over by professional design geeks. You can watch wives swap families, fat people lose weight, cops pull over drunk drivers, and celebrities dance the tango.
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By NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH, EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO. AND BILLBOARD MAGAZINE | April 13, 2006
TELEVISION 1.American Idol - Tuesday, Fox 2.American Idol - Wednesday, Fox 3.CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS 4.Grey's Anatomy, ABC 5.Desperate Housewives, ABC FILMS 1.Ice Age: The Meltdown, Fox 2.The Benchwarmers, Revolution/Columbia 3.Take the Lead, New Line 4.Inside Man, Universal 5.Lucky Number Slevin, MGM SINGLES 1.Bad Day, Daniel Powter 2.Temperature, Sean Paul 3.You're Beautiful, James Blunt 4.What You Know, T.I. 5.Be Without You,...
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June 23, 1996
"Wild Swans" by Jung Chang is a true story about three generations of Chinese women and "A Mother's Ordeal," by Stephen Moser. It's also a true story about a Chinese woman and the country's one-child-per-family-policy. They're excellent books. We're adopting a baby from China and these are great for anyone who's interested in what it's like to be a woman there.- Kelly StrzeleckiSalman Rushdie's "Imaginary Homelands." I want to read his "Satanic Verses" but I need to get used to his style before I jump into that.
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By RICK MAESE | June 9, 2006
On the day the Ravens became a contender again, the phones at radio stations rang off the hook, office productivity screeched to a halt and fans began making postseason plans. There was certainly a lot that was said yesterday, particularly at the afternoon news conference announcing the Ravens' trade for quarterback Steve McNair. But there was just as much that was left unsaid. Fortunately, my tape recorder picked up both: What was said: "I know what this team is capable of doing. The defense is already spoken for. They have a great defense.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 5, 2006
Is there really enough of a niche market for boots designed for transvestites and drag queens to keep an entire shoe factory afloat? That's just one of the many questions posed, but not answered, by Kinky Boots, a comedy based on the true story (we are assured) of a Northamptonshire shoe factory that averted being shut down by targeting just such a specialty market. Here's betting the real story is a bit more complicated than that. Kinky Boots (Miramax) Starring Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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