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PARKING PARTNERS

Articles by Katherine Ouellette

  This past year, full of horrific events like the Aurora shooting (July 2012), the Sandy Hook shooting (December 2012), the Boston Marathon bombings (April 2013) and the DC shootings (September 2013) has shown us how communities come together after times of tragedy to start the healing process and ensure remembrance. In the midst of tragedy, we have seen our community members look out for each other, care for each other, and mourn together. Emerson…

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  With Maurice Hines reminiscing about those who influenced him, we thought we’d stop and do our own reminiscing…on Boston. The Hub has quite the vibrant history when it comes to its legacy of jazz, big band and tap dance. Read on to learn more about Boston’s own tap and jazz greats. JAZZ 1940s Perhaps one of the most influential leaders of modern jazz in Boston was Charlie Mariano, famous for his explorative and innovative…

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  FILMS The Cotton Club (1984) Check out Maurice Hines’ film debut in The Cotton Club. Delve into 1930s Harlem; at this jazz club, the musicians are black and the customers are white. Mobsters run the Cotton Club and help its dancers rise to fame in Hollywood, but love and jealousy from the performers and their families tangle them all up on the wrong side of the mob. Who will win in this scramble for…

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  FILMS The Trojan Women (1971) The 1971 film adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, starring Katharine Hepburn as Hecuba, opens with the women of Troy grappling with their imminent enslavement after their city is reduced to ruin. Hecuba has not only lost her son Hector, but now must protect her daughter Cassandra from her selection for King Agamemnon’s concubine since Cassandra has devoted her life to the gods. Together with Hector’s wife Andromache, they will endure…

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  FILMS Machuca (2004) Revolution and change are in the air when Chile elects Socialist President Salvador Allende in 1973. He brings forth ideals of bridging the gap between the rich and poor into the social consciousness, but these ideals crumble, giving way to a tense military coup. Meanwhile, the friendship between two adolescents—the slum-raised Pedro Machuca and the well-off Gonzalo Infante—is tested as their compatriots fiercely defend their economically polarized society. Echoing the Tsarist…

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