Relax with some old favorites

With a hectic holiday weekend ahead, watching a movie may be just the ticket to some by-the-fire relaxation. Here are a few favorites on broadcast and cable television this weekend. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) What would the holidays be without a chance to savor this classic from director Frank Capra? With great care, he introduces us to a town … read more

Into the Woods captures the Sondheim magic

Yes, Into the Woods can still sing. On its inspired journey from stage to screen, this musical from Stephen Sondheim retains all of its magic from the stage as it transforms into a rich visual experience. Rather than recreate the theatricality of the original, director Rob Marshall reimagines the material. The result is a musical dream from start to finish. … read more

Escape from 'Black Friday' at Macedonia Brook

My wife suggested that my column this month begin with a nightmare. In this nightmare I would be dressed for hiking, down to my pack and trekking poles. And I would be walking, though dazed by bright lights and a thousand voices. I’d be jostled by other people who were walking, running even, though they are not in hiking gear. … read more