8:49 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Twin City Stage Presents "The Outsiders" as Part of Youth Production Series

(l-r): Trevor Britt (Two-Bit), Stephen Howard (Dallas), Beau Reneger (Johnny), Quinn Bankson (Ponyboy), Patrick Burke (Sodapop), and Michael Stewart (Darry)
Shawn Hooper

Twin City Stage’s Youth Production Series is back with The Outsiders by Susan Eloise Hinton. The Youth Production Series aims to develop young, motivated theatre enthusiasts with storylines that interest them. Director Cheri Van Loon says The Outsiders, written when S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old says the powerful play about rival gangs in 1960s Oklahoma hits the mark. Actor Stephen Howard agrees.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Book News: China Said To Blacklist Authors In Response To Hong Kong Unrest

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

In a move seeming designed to ramp up pressure on Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, Chinese authorities have detained one scholar and banned the books of eight writers, according to Reuters.

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Author Interviews
4:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup

Oliver Jeffers Courtesy of Philomel Books

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 4:58 pm

Kids love a good alphabet book. But what if each letter had not just a word and a picture, but a whole story? So, instead of "'C' is for 'cat,' " you'd get this:

Cup lived in the cupboard.
It was dark and cold in there
when the door was closed.

He dreamed of living over
by the window where he'd
have a clear view.

One afternoon, he decided
to go for it.

Unfortunately, he forgot that
the counter was a long way
down and made of concrete.

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Monkey See
4:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in Clouds of Sils Maria, a film about a world-famous actress who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous.
Courtesy of IFC Films

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:05 pm

Bilal Qureshi has covered the Toronto International Film Festival for several years and, back in Washington, works for All Things Considered.

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Author Interviews
10:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:01 pm

Neil Patrick Harris' new memoir describes the surprising twists and turns of his life and career, from becoming a child actor to starring in two hit TV shows to winning a Tony. But Harris wrote his memoir, Choose Your Own Autobiography, in an unconventional way: The book is based on the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series in which young readers decide which plot to follow.

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