I lived in London over 25 years ago as a young composer. During my two years there I attended a couple of concerts a week which gave me a good sense of the English musical landscape, attended some theatre, and got to know at least parts of the city well.
Why read about 18-century London? It's an instructive read for those bothered by poverty and injustice. Though social conditions for the many have surely improved, the roots of the problems are remarkably and troublingly the same.
Despite the local multicultural traditions that the annual Notting Hill Carnival upholds and its aim of fostering community, many residents experience the raucous event like the prospect of an out-of-control party, and pack up their bags, leave, and brace themselves for the worst.
One would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried. Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is the United States and its allies that need to worry. And let me tell you why.
A reach out to anyone who has lived through the solitude a concrete jungle deals its city-makers, artist Francisco Centofanti materializes the relentless sense of loneliness felt within a cityscape, when one might not necessarily be physically alone.
One of the oddest aspects of Barack Obama's presidency is its sometimes quite strange mix of the ultra-politically correct and the anti-politically correct. They've led to some of the most crashingly boneheaded things this White House has done.
In a city as diverse and expansive as London, there's no shortage of things to do when visiting. But if you want to explore the city beyond Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, there are any number of tours that delve a bit deeper into London's unique and interesting history.
To understand the motivation of the financial types who brought down the economy in 2008, where better to go than the novel? Nonfiction gives us facts and their fallout, but novels (and plays) probe motivation.
As a child, Kris was a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where she was treated for a blood disorder, Hereditary Elliptocytosis. During this time at the hospital, Kris drew everything from her visitors, the nurses and the things that spun from her imagination.
With the failure of governments to act in the name of the voters in anything other than war and death it's up to the LGBT community to take action on our own, we have to stoke this fire and fan the flames until people do listen.