Merilyn Jackson

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  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    When I was 16, I met a handsome guy with a perfect shiny black pompadour who told me his name was Alan Conti. Three weeks later he confessed that his real name was Alan Waldman. He was Jewish, not Italian, and had been afraid I wouldn't go out wit...

  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    Picture this: Director Sam Pillsbury is shooting a Western-style movie in New Zealand and, as the gunslinger crashes through the saloon doors, he's not shootin' blanks. The weapons he draws from his holsters make loud pops as he uncorks them -- a ...

  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    When I first moved to Arizona a decade ago, I'd been crying for two months. I didn't want to leave home but my husband's job called. Back in Philly, we had a life filled with family, friends and food. And since we worked in the arts, we were alway...

  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    Sometimes finding great Mexican food turns out to be an adventure.One of the most amusing versions I've ever had was in Krakow, Poland, last year. In a spiffy new restaurant on the fashionable Rynek (Market Square), I ordered a beef taco: gloppy g...

  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    On a brutally icy afternoon last February, my husband and I wandered the streets of Manhattan's Tribeca, looking for warmth and something light to eat a couple of hours before a dinner date."I know where we can get martinis and munchies," I shoute...

  • 14 years ago | Theater

    Audiences for STOMP, the dance and percussion spectacle that swept the globe in the 1990s, range in age from toddler to octogenarian.It's no accident these hooligans of dance have such broad appeal. Before STOMP, there was stomp from A to Z: Appal...

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