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The Arts: Spoleto Festival USA

Posted by on Nov 6, 2009 in The Arts | Comments Off on The Arts: Spoleto Festival USA

Many cities and towns have arts festivals, often quite impressive ones. But Charleston, South Carolina’s Spoleto Festival USA stands...

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The Arts: John Steinbeck

Posted by on Oct 24, 2009 in The Arts, Writers | 1 comment

O ye aspiring writers, harken unto the story of John Steinbeck. Who dropped out of college. Who moved to New York to be a writer, but got...

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The Arts: O. Winston Link

Posted by on Oct 13, 2009 in Artists, The Arts | 2 comments

Probably not a name you’re familiar with. But if you’ve seen his photography, you know what magic the man could work with a...

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The Arts: Georgia O'Keeffe

Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Artists, The Arts | Comments Off on The Arts: Georgia O'Keeffe

When Georgia O’Keeffe first pursued her art, she found herself stifled by the demands of imitative realism, the style taught in art...

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The Arts: e.e. cummings

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in The Arts, Writers | Comments Off on The Arts: e.e. cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings kicked the staid world of poetry in its assonance. anyone lived in a pretty how town (with up so floating many bells...

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Music: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009 in Music, The Arts | 1 comment

Has it been 25 years since your first record was issued? Have you been influential in rock history? That’s okay, I knew you wanted to...

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The Arts: Ansel Adams

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009 in Artists, The Arts | Comments Off on The Arts: Ansel Adams

It’s easy to appreciate the wonderful nature photography of Ansel Adams, its crisp focus, perfect contrast, and balanced composition....

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Travel: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Americana, The Arts, Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Metropolitan Museum of Art

I have the same feeling with this entry that I have when I encounter The Met: I don’t know where to start. Visit New York, go to the...

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Music: Rodgers and Hammerstein

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Music, Theater | 1 comment

Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are, well, as corny as Kansas in August. But is there anything better than some good old corn, every once...

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The Arts: Mark Twain

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in The Arts, Writers | Comments Off on The Arts: Mark Twain

We all know the contributions Mark Twain made to American literature. Instead of a biography, let’s enjoy some of his wit and...

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