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 »
Google the fourth “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood —you will learn that she’s scored seven Grammys, broken country music records with six number-one albums and that her hunky hockey player husband makes headlines for knocking opponents’ teeth out—and you might concede she’s earned that adorably smug smirk on the cover …Read More »
A Less-Touristy Tuscany A journalist and his bride seek out the quiet, quirky romance of less traveled Barga.
My iPhone vibrates me gently awake just before 7, and a rustic beamed ceiling comes into focus above me. I’m lying in the back bedroom of a 16th-century house in the North Tuscan hill town of Barga. After pushing open a shuttered window for a quick peek, I dress quietly …Read More »
It isn’t so much that my husband, Ben, and I are drinking a bottle of wine (OK, a second bottle of wine). Or that we’ve sprung for an expense-account array of appetizers, shareable entrees and sides. Or even that we’ve been bogarting this corner of the patio for more than …Read More »
Rainbow Connection A writer rediscovers two legends-and falls for two newcomers-on a colorful weekend in New York City.
The dance floor rotates at a snail’s pace. A ringside crowd, dressed to the nines, longs for the Count Basie orchestra to begin. Under a chandeliered 23-foot dome, vintage wine and Champagne flow as if it is New Year’s Eve, not an ordinary Friday night. We are seated in the …Read More »
Ten years after The Color Purple first graced the stage at the Broadway Theatre, the musical adaptation of author Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns with an all-star cast. Director John Doyle, whose minimalist interpretation of the show received rave reviews in London, has tapped Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to play …Read More »
To market, to market, to taste the delights of Chef Eli Kulp. May not have the same ring as Mother Goose, but when you consider that in just one year High Street on Market scored the No. 2 spot on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant list, it’s worth singing about. …Read More »
After a two-year renovation, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopens on November 13 with WONDER, an immersive exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists who’ve turned the entire building into an artwork itself. Encounter installations made of unconventional materials like saplings, brightly colored insects, marbles, index cards and rubber tires. A swanky new …Read More »