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Mayor Menino Gives Boston the Gift of Music

The holiday season can be an expensive time, because let’s face it, when it comes to spending time with family and friends, it’s easy to have that spare-no-expense attitude. But, with time and money devoted to buying gifts and preparing feasts, how will you actually enjoy the company and festivities? ...more...

Las Vegas Architecture- Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Center

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the collaborative project between Larry Ruvo, the owner of the largest distributor of wine and spirits in Las Vegas and Frank Gehry, the California based, Toronto born architect.  Together they have created a world renowned institute for brain research and health, officially the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  It is hard to miss this impressive structure located in just off the …more…

Record-breaking Holidays with the Boston Pops

On a crisp, cool morning in December of 2010, a group of festive Bostonians gathered outside the Prudential Plaza along Boylston St. singing tunes and spreading cheer. It was your average holiday caroling group, right? Well, almost—in this case the “group” was comprised of several thousand and was lead by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they tried to set the Guinness World Record for the most carolers in …more…

Holiday Theatre with a Twist in Portland

Seasonal theatre is notoriously nostalgic. All jingle bells and hot cocoa with extra marshmallows. Be honest, how many productions of the Nutcracker have you seen? But damnit if that Tchaikovsky doesn’t get you weepy-eyed and grinning every time anyway.

If you have a taste for something sugarplum sweet with a spin, Portland’s got it. In true “keep it weird” tradition, several Portland theaters are producing holiday classics with a twist to …more…

Omaha’s Hot Shops Art Center Winter Open House

Hot Shops is located at 1301 Nicholas Street in Omaha

The first time I had the opportunity to wander around Hot Shops was for a charity event, and I completely fell in love with the eclectic, inspirational spaces throughout the building. December 3rd (noon-8 PM) and December 4th (noon-5 PM), Hot Shops opens its doors to the public for a free event that will include art demonstrations from the various …more…

The Best Holiday Jazz Recordings (An Early Present)

Sad Christmas Tree is Sad.

Call me grumpy, call me undeservedly crotchety in spite of my years, call me what you want, but hearing Christmas music on the radio BEFORE Halloween this year was just too much. It could also be that I had a terrible cold and wished I could’ve been out there in the freezing rain impressing people with my witty costume commentary on Occupy Wall Street instead …more…