Sally Field as Norma Rae

Union!

I began my #45 birthday list by watching the film Norma Rae. It is based on the true story of a Southern woman who spearheads a unionization effort at the textile mill where she and her family work. I was excited to watch it because I helped unionize my coworkers and was involved in the […]

Downton Abbey exhibit kitchen

Back to Downton

I’ve missed you, dear readers! I spent the summer packing, moving, unpacking…and we’re still unpacking… I have 10 more things left to do for this year’s birthday list, and at least 10 that I haven’t reported on yet, so let’s begin. The only TV show I’ve watched religiously in years is Downton Abbey. What anglophile […]

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Starstruck: John and Julianne

A friend and I saw John Cameron Mitchell on his “Origin of Love” Tour a couple of months ago. He performed many songs from his musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and also shared life stories in between songs. I’ve only seen the musical (theater and film versions) a handful of times, so I was […]

Love in New England and Berlin

After reading an article about Ali McGraw recently, I decided that I should watch the film Love Story. As the opening credits rolled with music in the background, I immediately saw myself standing in my parents’ bedroom, maybe 30 years ago, playing a music box of my mother’s that had the words “Love Story” on […]

Theater for All

When I came across reduced tickets to a production of Billy Elliot the Musical, I immediately bought them—not only because I love the film and musical, but also because it was being produced by a theater company that I hadn’t been acquainted with yet. Wheelock Family Theatre is on the campus of Wheelock College. The […]