Tucked away inconspicuously in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, a shiitake’s throw from Philadelphia, lies the town of Kennett Square, the self-proclaimed Mushroom Capital of the World. Kennett Square, however, has the bona fides to back up its boast, annually cranking out 404 million pounds of white buttons, portobellos and …Read More »
Saturday night, and the restaurant is so jumping it’s all my wife, Jill, and I can do to snag the last two seats at the bar. Next challenge: which of the three stellar dishes set before us to dive into first. There’s a bowl of steamed clams, tender and …Read More »
At Washington, D.C.’s newish Pineapple & Pearls, you’ll find not only sophisticated cuisine, artful coffee drinks and intrepid cocktails, but also a striking work of art by Baltimore-based Jowita Wyszomirska. Located adjacent to the ultra-popular Rose’s Luxury, P&P opened its restaurant component this past spring (it previously operated only as …Read More »
Vampires of South Beach When a 50-something mom takes her new college grad daughter to South Beach, she wonders if she can still rock the club scene—or even stay up past midnight.
It is a sunny Friday morning in South Beach: Parakeets perch above me in swaying palms as I sink into an easy chair and sip hot coffee. All the while Latin music pulses through this oasis of a garden at the beautiful Shore Club Hotel. At 8 a.m., the music …Read More »
Woot! When you consider that Whoopi Goldberg is a respected actor on both large and small screens—as well as a theater thesp—but also (quite obviously) a comedian… and talk show host with producing credits to her name (oh, and let’s not forget that she’s a member of the EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, …Read More »
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins turned America on its head in 2014 when his OBIE Award-winning play, “An Octoroon,” debuted. “An Octoroon” reboots the plot of the 19th-century play “The Octoroon” by Dion Boucicault. Jacobs-Jenkins adds humor to the melodrama about a forbidden love story and smartly inserts himself among the characters. …Read More »
Prepare to rock harder this month when AC/DC and The Who both descend upon the Verizon Center (albeit separately—the early-to-rise capital probably couldn’t handle them at the selfsame show). AC/DC takes to the stage first—on March 17. The banging Australian band will play sans founding member Malcolm Young (due to …Read More »
Jax to the Max A frequent visitor to Jacksonville, Fla., sees the city shift from cultural wasteland to wonderland.
When my dad moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1999, to take a job, my stepmother and younger sisters in tow, it was like many other port cities at that time—a place with a great location on the water but past its prime. The downtown did look impressive with its skyscraper …Read More »
Linda Lavin—an accomplished triple-threat actress in film, television (who, over 35, can forget “Alice”?) and theater—returns to the stage in the world premiere of the dramedy, “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” by Richard Greenberg. Opening on Broadway later this month at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, “Our Mother” is the story …Read More »
The first postage stamp debuted 176 years ago—it featured the Queen of England’s regal profile and was valued at a penny, earning the name “Penny Black.” Soon after followed the postage system as we know it, and with that, one of the oldest and quirkiest groups of collectors: philatelists. The …Read More »