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TOVAH IS LEONA! Starring Tovah Feldshuh (SHS '66) Returns

Six-time Tony and Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh will return to the Mizner Park Cultural Center on March 28th and 29th for four performances only with her Broadway-bound musical Tovah is LEONA! The show, in which Feldshuh assumes the persona of real estate mogul and hotelier Leona Helmsley, played to sold-out houses in early January.

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Arte calls up Submarine, Pumpernickel for Douglas Rushkoff (SHS '79) digital docuseries

European cultural broadcaster Arte has ordered a four-part docuseries about the digital economy from Amsterdam and LA-based producer Submarine, France’s Pumpernickel Films and media expert Douglas Rushkoff.

Exponential follows Rushkoff as he takes viewers on a journey from the beginning of the digital age through its transformation by big business to the possibilities for a more human-centred future.

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Political journalist Mara Liasson (SHS '73) to speak at Shasta College

NPR political correspondent and Fox News panelist Mara Liasson will present at the Shasta College Theater at 6 p.m. March 16.

Liasson will draw on her decades-long, award-winning career to provide an engaging evaluation of the canvas of American politics and the 2020 election followed by a Q&A session and a meet and greet. The event is free and open to the public.

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Jon Stahl's feature documentary JACOB is now available on Amazon Prime

Watch SHS '92 grad Jon Stahl's feature documentary, JACOB, about fellow '92 grad, the uber-prolific Jacob M. Appel on Amazon Prime

In this charming, award-winning documentary, you'll meet Jacob and see and hear about the many reasons that make him the most unique person known to everyone who knows him.

You've never heard of Jacob M. Appel before. You'll never forget his name after hearing his story.

Click here to watch.

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Jeffrey Grossman (SHS '73) named head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Join us in congratulating Jeffrey Grossman, the Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems and a MacVicar Faculty fellow, who has been appointed the new head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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Tovah Feldshuh Returns to Feinstein's/54 Below This February

Acclaimed Broadway, film, and television star Tovah Feldshuh ("The Walking Dead", "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") returns to Feinstein's/54 Below by popular demand with her show, Aging is Optional ('Cause G-d I hope it is!) this February 6, 7, and 8 at 7pm.

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Michael Masarof (SHS '97) Releases His First Feature Film

A 1997 grad of Scarsdale High School has just released his first feature film. Michael Masarof both wrote and directed the film, First Love, which played for a week in Los Angeles at the Arena Cinelounge Hollywood and is also streaming online on Amazon Prime.

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Remembering Richard Holbrooke and His Contributions to the Congo

Twenty years ago, I was catching my breath after a whirlwind trip through central and southern Africa. I had been traveling with my boss, Senator Russ Feingold, whose expertise on African affairs eventually led to his appointment as a special envoy to the Great Lakes in the Obama Administration. Senator Feingold had agreed to join then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke on a mission to bolster the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Aaron Sorkin interview: the West Wing creator on staging To Kill a Mockingbird in the Trump era

It was, Aaron Sorkin assumed, an attempted murder. Scott Rudin, godlike stage and screen producer, had asked him to turn To Kill a Mockingbird into a play. “I thought, ‘Oh, this is how Scott’s finally going to kill me. This is a suicide mission.’”

Harper Lee’s novel stands alongside Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a sacred American text. It is about racism in Alabama in the 1930s. To tinker with it is to invite popular and professional death, even if you happen to be America’s supreme screenwriter. Nevertheless, Sorkin took the job — he desperately wanted to do a play.

 

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Barbara Kopple nominated for a Gotham Award

The 2019-2020 movie awards season got underway on Monday night, December 2, with the presentation of the Gotham Awards for independent film. Presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), these prizes are decided by juries of industry peers and have honored Oscar winners like “Sideways” (2004), “Capote” (2005), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016). So who took top honors this year? Scroll down for the complete list in all 10 categories, updated live as they were announced.

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