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Gilmore Girls: All the callbacks to the original series in A Year in the Life

BY SAMANTHA HIGHFILL, KELLI BAMFORTH, JESSICA GOODMAN
November 28, 2016 — 5:08 PM

In addition to pop culture references and guest stars, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was rife with cheeky wink-winks and nudge-nudges to the original series, which ran for seven seasons from 2000-2007. Continue reading…

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Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ continues to delight

By Jeffrey Gantz GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  NOVEMBER 28, 2016

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When the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann published his fairy tale “Nussknacker und Mausekönig” — “Nutcracker and Mouse King” — in 1816, he can hardly have imagined that, beyond entertaining children and adults alike, it would alter the future of ballet. There isn’t even any dancing in the story. What’s more, the “Nutcracker” ballet that debuted in St. Petersburg in 1892, based on Hoffmann’s tale, with a Tchaikovsky score and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, was not a success. But in the second half of the 20th century, the ballet became a Christmas season staple, and not least in Boston, where “The “Nutcracker” is now as much a part of the cultural landscape as Handel’s “Messiah” and Holiday Pops.
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