Culture

By Larry Olmsted In the past few decades, Las Vegas has gotten to be much less about chips and felt, and much more about food and entertainment. So, if you are headed to Vegas today, there is a very good chance you plan to take in a show, or two

Story & photos by Michael Kiefer Castelluccio di Norcia sits like a fairy-tale castle on a hill above tree-line, 4700 feet up in the Apennine Mountains of Central Italy. Until last October it was a tourist stop-over, an idyllic, out-of-the-way village that was also famous for lentils, or more exactly

By Bobbie Leigh “It’s such a zany, New Yorky, bizarre, fun, unique thing to do,” says clinical psychologist William K. Braun.  So it’s no surprise on a rainy Saturday night in December, a group of people carrying huge bags and backpacks lined up in front of a dimly built building

  Story & photos by Kim D. McHugh I’m admiring a candy apple red, 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Roadster, one of over 400 items on display at “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”, an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Built by the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn,

By Eleanor Berman With colorful films, dramatic displays and fresh insights into history, the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is a lively account of how a ragtag volunteer army managed to overcome British might to found our nation.  Many personal stories helps bring the history alive and

By Bobbie Leigh Botticelli’s Venus. We know her best standing in an open shell looking delicate and sublime, almost too perfect for this world.   That painting, dubbed “The Birth of Venus,” is about as iconic a painting as you can get.  It is celebrated in Art 105 college classes around

By Bobbie Leigh In his poem “Return of the Native” Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), after years of wandering declared himself “the painter from Maine.”  In the late 1930s, after decades of travels in the United States and Europe returning to Maine intermittently, Hartley goes home and stays there.   Back home,

By Ruth J.  Katz Quintessential New York:  Christmas. The ormolu-dotted Grand Tier of the Metropolitan Opera House, chandeliers gleaming.  The sky gently bruised a soft gray.  Twinkling snowflakes landing silently in the Lincoln Center Plaza.  In the distance across Broadway, a Christmas tree glimmering with seasonal cheer. In this cinematic

  By Everett Potter One of the joys of living the travel life is the chance to experience reborn buildings, be they hotels or homes, especially in this age of  allegiance to Air BnB and VRBO. As someone who is fairly addicted to contemporary architecture, I’m thrilled to report that

By Everett Potter Since the early 1960’s, I have spent part — usually the better part — of my summers in Western Maine. The distinctive mountains, pine trees, granite outcroppings and deep blue lakes that I know so well were all subject matter for the Maine painter Marsden Hartley (1877-1943).