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Sarah Bahr

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Nytimes
01/18/2021
Matthew Lewis Can't Believe He's a Romantic Lead, Either

The actor, best known as the clumsy Neville Longbottom of "Harry Potter" fame, is a dashing suitor in the PBS reboot of "All Creatures Great and Small." Matthew Lewis's face is everywhere. On the wall to his right, grinning on a poster for the 2012 West End revival of "Our Boys," a play by Jonathan Lewis.

Nytimes
12/20/2020
Christmas Without Music? Churches Are Finding a Way

At churches like St. James in Louisville, Ky., services this Christmas will not have in-person choirs or orchestras. But music directors are finding ways to persevere. In a normal year, Phil Hines takes a deep breath, lays his hands on the keys of the 135-year-old pipe organ and begins to play.

Nytimes
12/11/2020
New Star of 'The Prom' Sees a Chance to Make L.G.B.T.Q. Characters Visible

Like her character, Jo Ellen Pellman identifies as queer, and she is making her film debut in the Netflix musical alongside A-listers like Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. During her second day ever on a film set, Jo Ellen Pellman came face to face with an irate Meryl Streep.

Nytimes
12/11/2020
Piano Bars and Jazz Clubs Reopened, Calling Live Music 'Incidental'

Before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moved to ban indoor dining again in New York City, several music clubs had begun offering performances again that they claimed were background music. Although most indoor live performances have been banned in New York since the coronavirus began its deadly spread in March, about a dozen people turned up Wednesday night at Birdland, the jazz club near Times Square, for a 7 p.m.

Nytimes
11/23/2020
Dinner Is No Longer Served: Theater That Built Careers Is Gone

The Westchester Broadway Theater was one of the last remaining professional dinner theaters in the country. It was a closing night at the Westchester Broadway Theater unlike any other. The theater marquee still read "All Shook Up."

Nytimes
10/18/2020
The Conners Return to Confront the Coronavirus

This ABC sitcom has dealt with real-world challenges since its earliest days as "Roseanne." In its new season, those include the pandemic and its fallout. When "The Conners" returned to set in mid-August after a lengthy pandemic delay, John Goodman had no doubt that every safety precaution had been taken.

Nytimes
09/29/2020
How Richard Nixon Became an Accidental Archivist

When the son of David Frost went looking for missing tapes of his father's interview show, he found many of them in an unlikely place. After his famous father died in 2013, Wilfred Frost set out to track down old tapes of "The David Frost Show," which had aired between 1969 and 1972.

Nytimes
07/24/2020
The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley? The strangest part of Matthew Helderman's video call came when he bit into an apple. Or rather, what followed. "What kind of apple is that?"

Nytimes
08/26/2020
Is New York's Arts Diversity Plan Working? It's Hard to Tell

While the CreateNYC program increased funding for smaller neighborhood arts organizations, it never required institutions to disclose the demographic data that would help measure progress. It was born of high hopes: a program for cultural institutions that receive New York City funding and operate on New York City land.

Nytimes
07/09/2020
How André Holland and Company Brought 'Richard II' to Radio

What was meant to have opened Shakespeare in the Park's season has found new life as a four-part audio play with resonance in the wake of Black Lives Matter. On the list of questions you've probably never considered is how to describe what spitting sounds like. Phlegmy? Yes. Wet? Sure.

Indianapolis Monthly
05/11/2020
Ms. Understood: Barbie Turns 60 - Indianapolis Monthly

The woman in charge of The Children's Museum's new Barbie exhibit never played with Barbie. The willowy blonde doll held no interest for Jennifer Pace Robinson, who wore glasses as a child and was something of a tomboy. Instead, the museum's vice president staged Star Wars action-figure invasions in her friend's Barbie Dream House.

Indianapolis Monthly
04/01/2020
Does Carmel Have A Spending Problem? - Indianapolis Monthly

Tim Hannon wanted answers. The freshman Carmel city councillor had just discovered that Hotel Carmichael, Carmel's 122-room luxury hotel slated to open next month, was more than $18 million over budget. It was the latest cost overrun for a city-subsidized project that, at $58.5 million, was now 46 percent over its original estimate.

Indianapolis Monthly
01/27/2020
Inside The City's $550 Million Flub - Indianapolis Monthly

Less than three years ago, the future of the General Motors stamping plant site looked as shiny as a new Chevy Camaro. Although the 103 acres across the White River from downtown had been vacant since 2011, the city and a trust formed to oversee the land were determined to attract a transformational development.

Indianapolis Monthly
11/14/2019
Ten Point Coalition's Turf War With The City's East Side - Indianapolis Monthly

After four straight record-setting years of homicides in Indianapolis, Reverend Charles Harrison was hardly in a mood to celebrate. As the president of the city's Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that aims to combat gun violence among young black men, walked through a gravel parking lot toward Fervent Prayer Church off 38th Street last June, he knew he would be congratulated.

Nytimes
08/28/2019
Discount Me In: How I Saw 30 Shows on a Student Budget

A summer stage binge reminded one young journalist of the power of great storytelling, and that cheap tickets are out there if you know where to look. My boss at The New York Times suggested two shows I had to see this summer: "The Ferryman" and "My Fair Lady."

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