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2110, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie: Serious and Showy

By | October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

In 1985, as a newly arrived music curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, I was given virtual carte blanche to collect as I wished. What should I seek first? I decided to invite one of jazz’s foremost living innovators—Dizzy Gillespie—to donate his previous “bent” trumpet. [...]

2110, 2017

Futsal: Like Soccer, Only Faster

By | October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Commuting complicates any workout routine. Ari Greenberg learned that firsthand when he tried to keep weekly soccer and running club commitments at home in Washington, D.C., while launching a startup with his brother, Benji, who lives in Chicago. “The weekly flights and client dinners started to take their [...]

2010, 2017

'Only the Brave' Review: A Family of Heroes

By | October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

‘Only the Brave” could hardly be more timely, since its larger subject is the wildfires that have been bringing grief and devastation to vast areas of the nation with what seems to be increasing frequency. To dramatize the courage and dedication of the crews that fight these conflagrations, [...]

2010, 2017

Floor-to-Ceiling Chandeliers: Seriously. They're a Thing.

By | October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

THOUGH IT’S somewhat hackneyed, the adage that one can never be too rich or too thin certainly applies to the latest “it” chandeliers, which are both exceedingly lanky and fashioned of opulent materials. Many are meant to hang from ceiling to floor and—in the manner of certain nosy [...]

1910, 2017

'Putin's Revenge' Review: He Wanted to Make Russia Great Again

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

This two-part “Frontline” film on Vladimir Putin’s life and career begins with a scene at once moving, ominous and very Russian. Here is President Boris Yeltsin, who yearned to bring democracy to Russia, making an announcement that he’s resigning—and that he asks forgiveness because so many of the [...]

1910, 2017

How-To Makeup Videos: Now, For Mature Viewers, Too

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

SOME 10 YEARS ago, before YouTube launched in 2006, women had limited options when it came to learning how to apply makeup. They could look at magazines’ beauty pages, or subject themselves to a makeup-counter makeover; perhaps ask a know-it-all sister how to wield a sable blush brush. [...]

1910, 2017

What Can We Do to Help California's Wine Country?

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

THE WORDS “wine country” usually evoke a verdant landscape of vineyards and rolling hills, not burned-out buildings and scorched earth. But that’s what parts of California look like right now. Napa and Sonoma have been under siege by fires these past two weeks. As winery owner Sam Coturri [...]

1910, 2017

Chevy Bolt: Meet the First Practical, Mass-Market Electric Vehicle

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

WELL, THAT was easy. Twenty years and a million tears after General Motors’ senior scientists built a fleet of nimble, lovable all-electric cars (the EV1) and then crushed them—an episode told in Chris Paine’s film “Who Killed the Electric Car?”—GM has delivered the world’s first affordable, long-range EV, [...]

1910, 2017

A Spooky Floral Arrangement Inspired by Edvard Munch

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

IN LIGHT OF approaching All Hallows Eve, I decided to use this month’s arrangement to channel the fear and spooky angst conveyed by the paintings of Edvard Munch (1863-1944). The Norwegian expressionist, an exhibit of whose work opens at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Nov. 15, [...]

1910, 2017

Esteemed Museum or Louis Vuitton Store? The Lines Are Blurring

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

IF FALL’S MUSEUM fashion exhibitions put you in the mood for a shopping spree, you won’t have to go far to flex your Amex. The institutions’ gift shops have been stepping up their game after the success of shows like the 2011 blockbuster “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” at [...]

1910, 2017

Developers Sell Century City's Glamorous Past

By | October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Movie star Burt Lancaster had a condominium in Century City, as did Ruth and Elliot Handler, co-founders of the Mattel toy company. Ronald Reagan, while he was president, maintained his “Western White House” there. Today, celebrities including actor Matthew Perry and chef Nobu Matsuhisa look over Los Angeles [...]