December 11, 2005 |
IN Switzerland, the land of watches, trains really do run like clockwork. "If I'm 30 seconds late, the train is gone," said Michelle Kranz, who commutes daily into Lucerne, where she works for the tourist board. Step across the border, and you're in a different universe. Italy has two rail schedules: the one printed in the brochure and another, flashing updates, on a board in the station. The first may be a fantasy; the second, reality.
April 3, 2014 |
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver. Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an “entirely aboriginal-themed hotel.” The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society . Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
May 3, 2010 |
If you haven't already, you still have time to vote. The deadline for casting ballots for Dunkin's Next Donut is Monday at midnight. It's the latest in the let-the-people-decide craze. The doughnut chain has asked you and me to design and vote on newfangled goodies the company can sell. A panel of judges has narrowed the competition down to an even dozen (get it?) finalists, and now it's up to Mr. and Ms. America to go online to choose whether the Mango Fandango (topped with pink and orange sprinkles)
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January 6, 2001
Re James Pinkerton's Jan. 2 column, "The Stork Now Delivers a Stark Reality": At the beginning Pinkerton writes, "Only a racist would worry about the skin color of upcoming Americans, but if demographics is destiny, then the future will be determined by those who have children, and not those that don't." Further, he cited specific examples by writing, "But, of course, there's not much chance that Italian language and culture will survive such an ethnic occupation." What gibberish. I am Jewish; we have been persecuted, murdered and God knows what else over the length of human history.
April 21, 2013 |
BOSTON -- Boston's Catholic archbishop marked the city's renewed sense of community after the marathon bombings but warned of the “culture of death” that led to the tragedy, calling on the faithful to “build a civilization of love.” At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley offered Sunday's Mass, which was attended by the city's police commissioner, “for the repose of the souls” of those who died as a result of...
January 8, 2013 |
Get a dose of culture during the day and dance all night at Santuario, a new entertainment center in Mexico 's Nuevo Vallarta, a resort community about 15 minutes outside Puerto Vallarta. "We view Santuario as a gateway into education and entertainment for all of our guests," said El Kadri, director of entertainment for Grupo Vidanta, a hotel and resort developer. “We also view it as a gateway into the Nuevo Vallarta resort property.” Nuevo Vallarta , a planned residential-resort community that was organized by the Mexican government more than a decade ago, offers resort amenities on three miles of white sandy beach.
March 21, 2011 |
First a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami. Now a battle with an out-of-control nuclear reactor facility. How much can one people take? Though there's obviously a limit to what anyone can bear, cultural features of a society can clearly influence psychological resilience, experts say. As the tragedy drags into a second week, they warn that prolonged stress will lead to heightened trauma for many Japanese people and that levels of sadness...
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November 11, 2009 |
'Banjo Fred" Starner, an economics professor and banjo-playing folk singer who documented hobo music and culture, has died. He was 72. Starner, of Winnetka, died Oct. 25 at a West Hills rehabilitation facility of complications from pneumonia and the autoimmune disorder sarcoidosis, said his wife, Barbara. "Fred Starner was very much a musician of the people, taking his cue from his mentor, Pete Seeger," said Mary Katherine Aldin, a folk music historian. "A great percentage of his concerts were benefits for causes in which he believed.
August 7, 2013
Before the idea of independent cinema arose, there were underground films, cultivating a taste for the out-there, the unusual and a hunger to push the boundaries of shock culture. It is in that tradition that filmmaker Jon Moritsugu has been working for about 25 years. His first feature film in more than a decade, "Pig Death Machine," feels like a purposefully retro throwback, shot on digital video - but frequently shifting between images distorted to look lo-fi trashy - and colors given a crisp, acid-burn pop. The film is co-written by Moritsugu's usual star (and wife)
January 18, 2014 |
I had the good fortune of moderating a fascinating panel called, "On the Road: Traveling for Music and Festivals" at the L.A. Time Travel Show on Saturday. My panelists (who will be joining me again at noon Sunday) were Betto Arcos, host of KPFK's "Global Village"; music video director Nigel Dick; and Rick Farman, founder of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Each guest brought their own insight into the ways that travelers can connect with the culture of a place through its music. Arcos was passionate about the music of Latin America, particularly the Samba in Brazil.