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What Did Hamilton Drink?

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 07.25.2016 | Entertainment
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

As I sipped my Nederlander Theater Hamiltini during the intermission for Hamilton, I wondered what Alexander drank. Well, I figured the actors in thos...

United Is Far From Our National Heritage

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hardly any politician does not extol his or her commitment to unifying the country while lamenting, sometimes in extraordinarily harsh language, the divisive nature of his or her opponent.

Vote Your Conscience

Steve Gertz | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Steve Gertz

Rather than casting our vote out of fear of the "other" this election, let's be true to our consciences and write in the candidate of our choice. If that means choosing Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, fine, vote for them.

The Surprising Facts Of Independence Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

One seemingly mythic fact is surprisingly true: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day -- July 4th, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of Dunlop's dating and printing of The Declaration of Independence.

If History Had Twitter...

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

Hipster Greek Statues courtesy of BuzzFeed Setting aside all precedence of logic, spelling, and grammar, Donald Trump has waged his political campaig...

Making History, Our First Woman Presidential Nominee "Remembers the Ladies"

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Early in the creation of our Constitution, Abigail Adams in March 1776 wrote to her husband John Adams, a leading Founding Father, and famously appeal...

'1776:' Dressed Down But Unbowed

Barry Singer | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

1776 is the most perfectly written musical that I know of and the best damn musical without a dance chorus that I have ever seen.

Will the Confirmation Process Ever Get Beyond Politics?

James Heffernan | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.

Stumbling Through Lent: My Crush on a Very Dead Poet

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

John Donne was three hundred-plus years dead when I first encountered him, but that didn't stop me from falling for him, passionately. I was twenty years old, an English major at the University of Michigan, and in love with this poet-priest.

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.

A Rehearsal Break with Martin West - Music Director of San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.12.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

"Provocative" - the theme of the Opening Night Gala at San Francisco Ballet - proved both appropriate and pinpoint perfect.

The Manner Is Ordinary

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The key is that the experience of God is not confined and God can be found in all things. With this framework, ordinary life becomes rich, as it is a place where one can encounter God and the extraordinary can be found.

First Ladies' Legacies

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Studies show that college freshmen are familiar with First Ladies, even if they can name few other women throughout U.S. history who were not celebrities or sports figures.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

David McCullough: A Two Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Who Loves His Wife, Family, History and Is Simply a Nice Guy

Cathy Chester | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Cathy Chester

Speaking for over 90 minutes without notes or slideshows, Mr. McCullough relied on his extraordinary intelligence and ability to tell a good story the way Will Rogers could spin a good yarn.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

Sounds and SoundBox: Shaking It Up at the San Francisco Symphony

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

It seems safe to say that Michael Tilson Thomas -- or MTT, as he's been known since street banners announcing his appointment as music director of the San Francisco Symphony, 20 years ago, went up all over town -- had a spectacular birthday weekend recently.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Joyce Beatty Defeats John Adams In 2014 Ohio Midterm Election

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) defeated Republican John Adams on Tuesday. Beatty and Adams were facing off to represent Ohio's 3rd District. Below, ...

Discussing the 'Death of Klinghoffer' or Stepping in It

Francis Levy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Getting involved in the current debate about the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer ("With New "Death of Klinghoffer," Furor Only Grows," NYT 1...

Another Arrest In Holly Bobo Case

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Tennessee have charged a fifth person in connection with the Holly Bobo case. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Jo...

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.