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Standing in the footsteps of jazz greats

Standing in the footsteps of jazz greats

“A Great Day in Harlem” building 17 East 126th Street New York, NY On a cool morning in 1958, many of America’s greatest jazz artists posed on these steps for the famous Esquire photograph, shot by Art Kane. Dizzie Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Marian…

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Isaiah Zagar’s urban mosaic wonderland

Isaiah Zagar’s urban mosaic wonderland

Isaiah Zagar Artists dates unknown 1020 South Street Philadelphia, PA Mosiac environment Jawdropping good stuff everywhere you turn is how I’d describe what Isaiah’s tile work. Because there’s so much of it and it’s so damned beautiful. He’s been doing mosaics on and inside buildings…

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2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

2013 calendar of cool events. Plan your road trips, now!

It’s cold. Days are short, and slowly getting longer. A perfect time to start planning your road trips!  I am plotting a spring getaway, and started to get a bit side-tracked. Hopefully, you will benefit from my google meanderings. And of course, be sure to…

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Have a three-way at Hard Times (chili)

Have a three-way at Hard Times (chili)

(sorry) There is something about chili. Cincinnati has their chili, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, allspice or chocolate. Texas eschews the bean, sticking with the meat, only. The Texan subset, Terlingua is redder in color and has a spicy kick. And even the vegetarians have their…

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Saucy’s Ribs in VA are better than Jack Stack in KC!

Saucy’s Ribs in VA are better than Jack Stack in KC!

There, I said it. I had shipped the renowned Jack Stack’s BBQ from Kansas City for Christmas dinner, and realized that I probably needed a couple more slabs for feed everyone. Luckily, Saucy’s Walk-Up (a favorite of the “Lincoln” film crew) was walking distance from…

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Metropolis Metro

Metropolis Metro

Most of the DC Metro stations were designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese, and remind me of of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. The underground stations were built with cathedral-like arches of concrete, highlighted by soft, indirect lighting. In 2007, the design of the Metro’s vaulted-ceiling stations…

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Ride the dragon

Ride the dragon

Located in front of the Smithsonian castle, this colorful carousel was built in 1947 by the Allan Herschell Co. It was placed on the Mall in 1891 and features 60 horses (including my favorite, a Sea Dragon.) Before the carousel arrived, it was a popular…

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Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

View gallery Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. Best in Travel 2013 already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf…

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Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Animal Heads

Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Animal Heads

Internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. The heads are meant as a statement on China’s communist government…

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Tunneling to the Library

Tunneling to the Library

After we visited the Capitol, we took the tunnel over to the Thomas Jefferson Building which houses the Library of Congress for a jaw-dropping visual feast, including a Gutenberg bible and over-the-top marble, granite, iron and bronze interior based on the Paris Opera House. The…

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