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Ariana DeBose, Ana Isabelle and Ilda Mason make a compelling case for watching the new “West Side Story,” made in 2021 by Steven Spielberg, with new choreography by Justin Peck. Photo from IMDB

From Stage to Screen: Three Groundbreaking Musicals

If you love musical theater or want to introduce it to your kids or grandkids, here are three landmark shows that can be streamed.


Rodgers and Hammerstein reinvented the musical in 1943 with “Oklahoma,” the first show to integrate the book — and a rather dark one — with the songs.

Ryan and Tatum O’Neal bicker their way across Kansas and Missouri in the 1973 film, “Paper Moon.” Photo from IMDB

Come Along for the Ride on Aug. 12 with ‘Paper Moon’

The Boondocks Film Society (BFS) is a curious little family, one that has no apparent roots but has enormous love — for the diverse members of its film-fan community and for the cult films that those members love to watch, together.

Berkshire International Film Festival will show “Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance & Bravery During World War II” on Aug. 2. Photo from Jewish Partisans Film

The Fight of Their Lives, in a Film at BIFF

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) and New Moon Films will offer the New England premiere of the award-winning “Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance & Bravery During World War II.”

Even the most modern families can enjoy watching old- fashioned family classics like “That Darn Cat” from 1965. Image from IMDB

The Lost Art of Innocent Summer Fun

Every August for 19 summers, my family and I would pack up my grandparents’ car and embark on our annual family vacation to Rhode Island.

It’s been almost seven years since our last trip together, but I can still picture our favorite beaches, summer rentals, traditions and routines as if we’d never left the beach.

Varoujan Froundjian has made an experimental film featuring the random patterns he sees, like cloud shapes, in the streets and sidewalks of Lakeville, Conn. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

The Pavement as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Once childhood and childish games of hopscotch and “don’t step on the crack” are a thing of the past, most of us stop looking down as we walk. Certainly there are many reasons to hold one’s head up: The sky, the trees, the interesting architectural details, here and in Manhattan.


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