April 5, 2014 |
In an industrial corridor outside Palm Springs, silent and still after most everyone had fled with the sunset, Grant Calkins and his wife, Janna, crept into a warehouse. They peered around, wondering if they were in the right place. Grant had stumbled upon the website of an underground supper club, and, intrigued by photos of the group's previous gatherings, the couple paid nearly $100 each for seats at PS Underground's event. They had no inkling as to what or where they would be fed. They had received only a one-word clue: craft.
April 3, 2014 |
When amateur filmmaker Tom Berninger's rock-star brother Matt, frontman for Brooklyn quintet the National, invited him to be a roadie on his band's biggest tour, Tom had never even been on a tour bus. His lack of experience did not serve him well during his initiation into the business, but a funny thing happened on the way to the concert hall: Tom turned defeat into a documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious. In "Mistaken for Strangers," a fresh revamp of the music-doc template, the National's angsty songs are mere backdrop to a story whose true subjects are sibling love and rivalry and the thorny matter of creative success - here explored through the tension between achievement and striving, or, as one observer puts it, alpha male versus underdog.
April 3, 2014 |
As New Englanders thaw out from a winter they'd probably like to forget, the opportunities to see where history was made in Boston during the American Revolutionary War are growing. The number of daily walking tours along the Freedom Trail doubled from two to four on April 1 and will climb to 10 come May 1. During the 90-minute “Walk into History” tour, visitors see 11 historic sites along the Freedom Trail -- easily identifiable by the line of red paint down the sidewalks -- between Boston Common and Faneuil Hall.
April 1, 2014 |
The hula is sometimes performed by dancers in grass skirts, but the connection between the dance and the land goes well beyond that, as visitors can discover next month when a hula master and a botanist team up for a field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii. Much of that day, April 11, will be spent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . At the Kilauea Overlook, hula master Ab Kawainohoikalai Valencia will lead a walk among the native grasses and flowering plants essential to hula.
HOME & GARDEN
April 1, 2014 |
Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine. April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818)
March 31, 2014 |
Central Park, one of New York's most beloved landmarks, is a masterpiece of landscape architecture filled with lawns, lakes and woodlands. To make sure visitors get the most out of their exploration, the Central Park Conservancy has launched a series of tours of its 843 acres; tours vary by subject, location and length. The 45-minute welcome tour focuses on the history and design of the park and is a good introduction for first-time visitors. The 90-minute premier tour gives visitors an insider's look at the Conservatory Garden, the landscapes around Belvedere Castle or the Andirondack-style features of the North Woods, among other areas.
March 29, 2014 |
The characters in Brandy Clark's songs aren't necessarily where they thought they'd be in life. There's the woman buying pharmaceuticals out of some guy's trunk in "Take a Little Pill. " There's the woman living for religion and lotto-winning dreams in "Pray to Jesus. " And there's the married woman, in "What'll Keep Me Out of Heaven," standing in front of a hotel elevator, contemplating a rendezvous with a married man. "Ten floors up he's waiting with Champagne and candlelight," Clark sings, her voice leaking both hope and preemptive regret, "What'll keep me out of heaven will take me there tonight.
March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
March 27, 2014 |
What do stuffed turnips have to do with Middle East peace? Practically everything, if you ask Elisa Moed and Cristina Samara Moed, an Israeli Jew, and Samara, a Palestinian Christian, are the co-founders of Breaking Bread Journeys , which describes itself as a "cooperative Israeli-Palestinian tour program providing travelers with the opportunity to tour Israel and the Palestinian Territories. " At its heart, Breaking Bread employs food - from those who cook it and sell it to those who love it - to provide visitors a taste of life from both sides of the borders.
March 27, 2014 |
Christine McVie will reunite with her Fleetwood Mac bandmates and tour for the first time in 16 years for nearly three dozen shows across North America, beginning Sept. 30 in Minneapolis and reaching Southern California for two nights at the Forum in Inglewood on Nov. 28 and 29. “ It was so comfortable being back onstage with them, as if no time had passed, and then we all started talking, and it feels like the time is right,” McVie said in a statement, referring to her guest spot with Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood last year at London's O2 Arena.