Jazz, America’s gift to the world, continues to evolve and cut new musical terrain at this premier festival in the East Bay hills. by Suzanne Rodriguez At its best, summer is a time for play, freedom, spontaneity, improvisation and celebration. This summer—as happens every year—jazz festivals take place across the planet, from familiar locations like […]
California, Carmel: Through The Looking Glass
A beach town preserves its more civilized past. Carmel’s legacy lives on, a beacon for travelers. by Donna Peck Time and space expanded in surprising ways on a brief trip to Carmel. Below the surface of this postcard-pretty beach town, 120 miles south of San Francisco, is a hard-earned tale of endurance. I stood at […]
Ireland: Celtic Pride
Down the centuries, the Irish have had moments of greatness. Historic sites reveal elements of the Irish psyche, which hold true today.
Italy: Puccini’s Lucca
Learn the story behind the heroines driven to tragic ends in Puccini’s greatest operas: Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and Turandot.
Oregon: A Trip to Faerie
A midsummer idyll in Oregon, uncovering its genteel side. Savoring countryside pleasures and classy urban nests.
“Dark Universe” Unraveled
People hardly take the time to wonder what’s going on in their neighborhood let alone out in the universe. Going to a planetarium changes that. Everyday concerns dissolve in the dimly lit, dome-shaped theater. The visuals pop on screen and you take off, soaring into space and back in time. Soaring on a beam of light […]