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    Latest in 9 letters for Berwick responds to Globe endorsement

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at gmail.com. Here are nine supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. What Globe endorsement misses While making some good points, The Boston Globe’s endorsement of Steven Grossman for governor* is misleading in diminishing Don Berwick’s qualifications. It refers to Berwick as “a medical professor and pediatrician by trade,” glossing over not only his public policy education but also his executive career as founder/leader of a globally impactful nonprofit, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and leader of an $800 billion federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ...

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    New school year -- old educational questions

    Education. We pretend it begins for youngsters in September, when the leaves turn, but it continues through all of our season, every minute of every day, for everyone. Learning persists for two reasons -- human curiosity and technological change (you can't stop either one, but notice which is first). Shouldn't a third factor be classroom teachers? Good ones can have a lifelong effect, but our curiosity is the best guide, as technology draws us, often in too many directions, in the classroom that is everywhere. As Arlington schools open Tuesday, Sept. 2, what happens there is sliver of the educational story, albeit a key one for residents. Still, let's take a quick look at the new school year -- and then peer more broadly beyond it. Opening-day info >> ...

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    Spaced out? Many artists, but resistant owners

    Does Arlington have the imagination to embrace co-working? The town is trying to find out and held a forum in June attended by about 30 people. Read a summary of comments from some of the attendees here >>  See what properties in town may be available here >> Following publication, Eric Love, present at the forum, provided a brief critique. His LARP Adventure Program, aims to spur imaginations. ...

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    Review, ‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s crew back at shenanigans

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at TBMeek3.wordpress.com. Elmore Leonard, the beloved master crime and western novelist, transcended seamlessly the divide between pulp and celluloid. His career is littered with great novels that became great movies (“Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” to name a few), a smattering of original screenplays (“Joe Kidd”) and even took a few turns as producer. Cormac McCarthy might be his only peer. ...

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    Searching for an Arlington poet laureate: YOU?

    Are you a poet -- and you do know it? What have you written? Anything published? Inquiring minds want to know. Rumor has it that Arlington could have its own poet laureate, perhaps next year. Could that be you? ...

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    New law curbs domestic-violence reports: What about sexual-assault case?

    A new law, signed Aug. 8 by Governor Patrick, requires law enforcement to keep domestic-violence cases off public police logs initially, and the Arlington police department is complying. That means details about domestic violence reported to police are not immediately available to the media -- or to you. Had the law been in effect June 1, information about a sexual-assault case in East Arlington would have been delayed. Chief Fred Ryan reached out to area media outlets Aug. 12, alerting them about the law and asking for feedback. He explained: ...

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 Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014 |  10:05:51 p.m.
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Arlington Friends opf the Drama logoAFD Theatre is seeking musical directors, stage directors and choreographers for its 92nd season, in 2014-15. For more information, contact James Grana at actorone_2000 at yahoo.com. For more information about AFD Theatre, visit www.afdtheatre.org.

Arlington Friends of the Drama board of directors has announced AFD Theatre’s 2014–2015 season, a year of productions that explore the arc of human experience, from navigating the ups and downs of young adulthood to embracing new challenges during the golden years of retirement.

Next year's season opens in October 2014 with the Tony-award-winning musical Avenue Q, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty.

The season will continue in January/February 2015 with Good People by David-Lindsay Abaire and winner of the 2011 New York Drama Critics’ Award for best play.

In April 2015, AFD Theatre will stage the spectacular musical Nine, written by Arthur Kopit with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and winner of six Tony Awards in 1982 and an additional two for the 2003revival.

The season will close in May/June 2015 with Quartet, written by Robert Harwood and winner of the Laurence Olivier Theater Award for best play in 2000.

Avenue Q
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez
Book by Jeff Whitty
AFD show dates in mid-October to early November
AFD Theatre is seeking a musical director and a stage director for Avenue Q. The stage director will also need to provide direction for stage movement/choreography.

The following description of Avenue Q is adapted from Music Theatre International (MTI). For more information, see www.mtishows.com and search for Avenue Q.

Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city. Although the show addresses adult issues in a humorous way, it is similar to a beloved children's show, a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony Award for best musical, best score, and best book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. It tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York City apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Together, Princeton and his new neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Good People
Written by David-Lindsay Abaire
AFD show dates in January
AFD Theatre is seeking a stage director for Good People.

AFD Theatre had great success with David Lindsay-Abaire’s last play, Rabbit Hole. This time he pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind. The scrappy characters have tremendous appeal, and the moral dilemma they grapple with — is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determine a person’s fate?—holds special significance in today’s sobering economic climate. For more information, visit www.dramatists.com and search for Good People.

Nine
Written by David-Lindsay Abaire
AFD show dates in April
AFD Theatre is seeking a musical director, stage director, and choreographer for Nine.

Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life, which will become the material for his next film, a musical version of the Casanova story.

What is extraordinary about Nine is the richness that has been imagined and how all the pieces fit together. It continues to be such a special piece of theater with its mixture of straightforward narrative intertwined with memories and dreams as if they were all one. Ultimately the blurring of the boundaries between reality and fantasy make it innovative and challenging. Nine owes much to the worlds of opera, concert, and theater. For more information, visit www.samuelfrench.com and search for Nine.

Quartet
Written by Ronald Harwood
AFD show dates in June
AFD Theatre is seeking a stage director for Quartet.

The following description is adapted from Samuel French. For more information, visit www.samuelfrench.com and search for Quartet.

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on Oct. 10, the residents stage a performance to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play by the author of Another Time and The Dresser. The Broadway production was nominated for the Tony Award for best play and best actor in 2012, Dustin Hoffman directed a movie version that starred Maggie Smith.


This story was published Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

 

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