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People Who Died 2013: Jane Henson

December 30, 2013
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People Who Died 2013: Jane Henson

Jane Henson, mother of Orlando’s Ibex Puppetry founder Heather Henson and widow of Jim Henson, died in Connecticut April 2.
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Franklin bashed: Whatever happened to the first black Muppet?

August 14, 2013
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Franklin bashed: Whatever happened to the first black Muppet?

Time for a pop quiz: Can you identify the character pictured at left? If you answered “Roosevelt Franklin,” you know your vintage Sesame Street. More specifically, the pic shows a Roosevelt Franklin hand puppet that was marketed and sold at retail in the early 1970s. And therein hangs our lesson for today. A few weeks...
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Photo Gallery: Labyrinth Interactive Sing-Along at Brooklyn Academy of Music

November 11, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Labyrinth Interactive Sing-Along at Brooklyn Academy of Music

You won't find my usual Live Active Cultures column in this Wednesday's issue of Orlando Weekly because I've been out of town in New York City for the past week working on a very special project. On Friday November 8th, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted the New York premiere of a live interactive...
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Christmas Crazy: The Muppet Christmas Carol — Brian Henson (1992)

December 17, 2011
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Christmas Crazy: The Muppet Christmas Carol — Brian Henson (1992)

The success of Jason Segel’s Muppets reboot rests in part on the accepted wisdom that the three Muppet features made after Jim Henson’s death are inferior to the three that were released while he was still alive. And that’s essentially true. But the best of the second trio is clearly The Muppet Christmas Carol,...
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