June 9, 2013 |
QUSAIR, Syria - A line of unmarked cars and pickup trucks ferried weary Hezbollah fighters back to Lebanon on Sunday as stunned residents began returning to this war-ravaged town, in Syrian government control again after a fierce three-week battle that ended last week. Syrian officials staged a boisterous victory rally amid the rubble, but the town they captured bore little resemblance to the one they lost to rebel forces more than a year ago. Every building within several blocks of the town's center appeared to have been badly damaged or destroyed.
May 25, 2013
By Kari Howard This week, I came across a website called Six Word Stories . The website, its creators say, was inspired by a bet from Ernest Hemingway's pals that he couldn't write a story in six words. So I thought I'd do six-word versions of this week's five Great Reads. (No, I'm not giving Hemingway's story until afterward. It would be like having the Beatles as your opening band.) “She was done with hate. Freedom.” “Papa. Mama. Why did they leave?” “The big break, with $10 water.” “Pi are squared?
April 22, 2013 |
There were two questions heading into the xx's set on the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night. Could a band that's evolving by stripping more out of its songs hold the attention of a large festival crowd? And would R&B singer Solange make a guest appearance for a second week in a row? Both were clearly answered. Solange unfortunately didn't appear, once again making Weekend 1 the hotter ticket, but the xx continues to transfix by turning its songs into mini pieces of performance art. The xx didn't duet.
April 12, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, veteran caver Chris Nicola received an offer from a Ukrainian friend to explore the well-known gypsum giant caves in the western part of the European country. Nicola quickly accepted the invitation. "My family on my mother's side had Cossack roots and they were known to come from the Ukraine," the New Yorker said over the phone this week. "I thought in the back of my mind I could do some family research. " But his main reason was to visit the 77-mile long Priest's Grotto cave, which is part of an extensive gypsum cave system.
April 11, 2013 |
Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries: "No Place on Earth. " Director Janet Tobias uses a successful mix of storytelling methods as she details the strands of this remarkable, harrowing chapter. For 511 days, between 1943 and 1944, 38 members of two related Jewish families - the Stermers and the Wexlers - eluded the Nazis by living underground in two caves in western Ukraine, the fairly accessible Verteba followed by the far deeper Priest's Grotto.
April 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Nick Cave, the moody Australian statesman of majestic post-punk folk rock, was only midway through answering the second question of an early interview in Manhattan when he stopped the conversation to try to clarify a point. Settling in at a corner table in the sumptuous lobby of a boutique hotel downtown, dressed in a striped satin shirt and black sport coat, Cave had been describing the improvisational approach he and his band, the Bad Seeds, took to writing the nine songs featured on their latest studio album, "Push the Sky Away.
April 8, 2013 |
Federal biologists on Monday confirmed the presence of a lethal fungus known as white-nose syndrome at Alabama's Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest wintering colony of endangered gray bats. With more than 1 million hibernating gray bats, Fern Cave is the most significant hibernaculum for the species. Documentation of the disease in its maze of chilly sinkholes and galleries “is extremely alarming and could be catastrophic,” said Paul McKenzie, endangered species coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
March 14, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- There's no shortage of grizzled veterans at South by Southwest this year, from Depeche Mode to Iggy and the Stooges to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the last of whom opened NPR Music's jam-packed showcase Wednesday night at Stubb's. For a good 45 minutes, in fact, Cave and his not-so-merry men were playing at the same time as the Stooges, right across Red River Street at the Mohawk. Alas, an old-dude bro-down never took place. Maybe next year. Wearing his customary slim-fit dark suit, black hair swept back from his high forehead, Cave sauntered onstage at Stubb's before sundown, which as you can imagine was not ideal.
March 12, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Outspoken rock 'n' roll balladeer Nick Cave traced his beginnings from “rural Australia” to the more comforting confines of his own imagination in a sprawling, hour-long chat at the South by Southwest music conference here. The standing-room-only Tuesday conversation focused largely on Cave's biographical history. The facts of the real world, however, weren't of as much interest to Cave as the more abstract matters of art. Speaking of his relationship with spouse Susie Bick, Cave said, “I feel that I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life.” Speaking of wanting to leave rural Australia for Melbourne, and then later Melbourne for London and then London for New York, Cave said, “Culturally, life has been a series of disappointments.
March 2, 2013 |
Dana Baldwin visited the Ajanta Caves, about 200 miles northeast of Mumbai, during a trip to India in November. The caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were carved out of a cliff about 2,000 year ago and house early Buddhist artworks, some of which are said to present the start of classical Indian art. "I don't use the world 'awesome' much, but it applies here," Baldwin said. The La Jolla resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.