As Texas, Florida and Tennessee have all proven in recent years, if you build it, they will come.
Even before the food arrived, our levels of bliss were skyrocketing and the locally sourced creations reinforced our happiness.
What if your class grade depended on making people smile? MBA students in Marketing Professor Raj Raghunathan's "Creativity and Leadership" class at The University of Texas at Austin recently put their ability to spread happiness to the test, as part of a project that involved "altruistic pranks" -- creative and unexpected acts of kindness directed toward strangers.
Beer gardens (or "bier gartens" depending on your hipster level) are not new inventions. Nor are they a purposeful invention. In fact they are an acci...
With hot temperatures to greet the athletes and spectators (plenty of whom made the trek from California) and the introduction of a music festival featuring the likes of Kanye West and Pretty Lights, there was plenty of fashion sense to go around.
Be fool enough to be kind even when it gets you nothing. Be fool enough to do what you love. Be foolish enough to dream loudly! Be fool enough to dance. Be a fool.
Whether you live in Portland, Oregon, Asheville, North Carolina, Oakland, California, or some place so cool we haven't even heard of it yet, be on the lookout for these telltale signs that your city's becoming a boomtown.
In Austin, where classic venues like Emo's and Antone's have been forced out of their downtown locations in part due to rising operating costs, music festivals can be seen as a partial if not a root cause of less patronage to these businesses over the last decade before their closings.
What are the new norms, if any? Is it possible to have an ideal neighborhood in 2014 -- and if so, what are the drivers?
Today with cell phones, texting, Skype and the relative ease of air travel (OK, I know the security lines are awful but I'm referring to all the flight options), living in different parts of the country than your grandchildren can work. But, if you want a few extra visits, you might want to consider being near certain locations as a bit of a draw.
If your tank's on empty, but you're not convinced it's time for Cabo, consider the totally unscientific argument we're making for not getting the hell out of dodge.
When I originally offered to help with my daughter's first book club, it was as a simple show of support for my 7-year-old bookworm. Flash forward four years and nearly 50 books later, the club has become one of the most valuable volunteer gigs of my parenting career.
Pacifist remake of the song "Over There" Over Here from Jasmina Tesanovic on Vimeo. Yankee wants some fun with a gun wants some fun always on the r...
Hoppy IPAs, robust ales, and refreshing pilsners are just some of the offerings on parade. So pack the kegerator and find a willing D.D. because it's time for a brew-cation.
In 2003 Mike Birbiglia was just another comedian making the rounds throughout the New York clubs. In 2004 he began workshopping a one-man show called Sleepwalk With Me, and everything changed.
Countering the long, mixed history of comedians opening for musicians, it was promising to see a Brit-punk trio open for Late Night with Seth Meyers...