Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a gorgeous mountain playground with a vibrant mix of cultural arts and historic treasures. The photo above is the towering Roanoke Star, which beams atop Mill Mountain as a symbol of the city’s progressive spirit. Check out my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
Whether you are traveling to Japan or an armchair aficionado, “Kimono and the Colors of Japan” is a different sort of guidebook. It’s an exploration of Japanese color theory through the lens of the country’s most iconic and traditional fashion, the kimono. Written by renowned Japanese stylist and kimono antiquarian Katsumi Yumioka, the book looks […]
Since it first opened in 1910, the Blackstone Hotel on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue has hosted presidents, mobsters and celebrities. Any tales you have heard about the hotel, which was named for railroad executive and philanthropist Timothy Blackstone, are probably true: Yes, GOP bosses in 1920 met late into the night, chomping on cigars, in […]
TRUE STORY: It was the morning of the day the young woman was to fly home to America after a most pleasing week in Paris. She wrestled her enormous suitcase into the hotel’s minuscule elevator and onto the street, where her taxi and traveling companion awaited. “I’ll be right back,” she told the driver, and […]
You don’t have to be an auto enthusiast to be dazzled by the collection of innovative luxury Italian cars on display at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. It will just happen. “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance 1945-1975” presents some of the finest post-WWII Italian-designed and -built automobiles. Among them are 19 cars […]
At first glance, a precise replica of the iconic Parthenon smack dab in the middle of Nashville greenspace seems to be an oddity. But there it is, overlooking the vast acreage of Centennial Park and surrounded by gardens, athletic courts, events shelter, band shell and more. Then you learn the story behind the enormous structure, […]
For most people, a day of exploring the art and artifacts of Milwaukee will center on the Milwaukee Art Museum on the Lake Michigan shore. It’s a natural itinerary. The massive wings crowning the Quadracci Pavilion—actually, a movable sun screen that unfolds and folds twice daily—by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava command an audience. But that’s […]