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'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

A revival of the Hammerstein-Kern classic showcases once again the rich tapestry and timeless themes of an American saga that changed the course of musical theater — and confronted audiences with painful truths about our history.
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Matt Groening's Mother, Inspiration For Marge Simpson, Dies

Margaret Groening was born a Wiggum, a name familiar to fans of The Simpsons. She died in her sleep on April 22. She was 94.
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Why Britain Has Gone Mad About Baking

Some 9 million Britons have taken up baking in the last year alone. A TV program showcasing home bakers is a runaway hit, and sales of baking goods have skyrocketed. Then there are the cake clubs, where the rules call for pacing yourself — and sampling as much as you can.
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Scorsese Talks 'The Language Of Cinema'

In a talk he titled "Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema," the famed director spoke passionately about the history of cinema and the films that stoked his love for the medium.
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'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.
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Book News: Freud's Couch Succumbs To Despair, Ennui

Also: Margaret Atwood on dreams; Martin Amis and Brooklyn hipsters; and previously unseen Hemingway papers.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 7

You can see a series of films honoring our men and women in uniform, or you can see a public art exhibit at a local library.

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Crowd Funding Effort Seeks To Save Venice's Everyday Gondolas

There are two types of gondolas in Venice — the fancy, expensive tourist boats, and then the traghetto, the everyday boat used by locals. But the traghetto is quickly disappearing, and gondola enthusiasts have harnessed 21st century technology to save this ancient form of transportation.
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Sandwich Monday: Fried Peanut Butter And Banana

Peter Sagal's in New York, so what did he go get for this week's Sandwich Monday? A classic New York hot dog? A pastrami sandwich from 2nd Avenue Deli? No, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.
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Linney Mines 'The Big C' For Serious Laughs

On Showtime's dark comedy series, Laura Linney plays a terminally ill cancer patient. The actress's own father died from lung cancer while the series was being made; her mother was a cancer nurse when Linney was young. These experiences, she says, inform her performance.

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