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Travel: Sequoia National Park

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Featured, Travel | 1 comment

Ever been somewhere, looked up, and thought, That’s a really big tree. Well, unless you were standing in Sequoia National Park, or...

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Theater: Jersey Boys

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Featured, The Arts, Theater | Comments Off on Theater: Jersey Boys

Were the Four Seasons really that interesting? Maybe. In the hands of writers Marshall Brickman (who co-wrote Annie Hall with Woody Allen)...

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Sports: Satchel Paige

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Satchel Paige

How many baseball games did pitcher Satchel Paige win? A lot. But it’s impossible to know just how many. Paige would pitch for a team...

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Singer: Dion

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Featured, Music, Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Dion

Dion came along during that awkward period between the explosion of rock and roll in the mid 1950s and the British Invasion. He took a...

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Architecture: The Jefferson Memorial

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Architecture, Featured, The Arts | Comments Off on Architecture: The Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson admired neoclassical architecture, bringing its formal style to both his Monticello home and his design for the University...

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Music: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Featured, General, Music | Comments Off on Music: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Take the blues quality of African music. Play it on instruments mostly invented in Europe. Filter it through the African-American...

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History: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Featured, History | 1 comment

Five Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the American flag on the worthless island of Iwo Jima near the end of World War II, and the image...

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Food: Boston Cream Pie

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Featured, Food | 1 comment

I know this isn’t a highbrow dessert. It doesn’t have accents going every which way like crème brûlée. There’s no...

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Film: Annie Hall

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Featured, Film | Comments Off on Film: Annie Hall

Roger Ebert calls Annie Hall “just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie.” Well, it’s not mine. (Manhattan.)...

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Americana: Radio City Music Hall

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Americana, Featured | Comments Off on Americana: Radio City Music Hall

Imagine every man, woman, and child in America inside the art deco palace called Radio City Music Hall. Wait! Not all at once! My latent...

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