This might be stating the obvious but…the desert is hot. Really hot. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting poolside at the Desert Riviera, swanning around Palm Springs, or hiking to the top of Mt. Ryan in Joshua Tree, whatever you’re doing, you’re going to work up a thirst – and we think the best way to slake it is with a brew from Coachella Valley Brewing Company.… Continue Reading →
One of the hallmarks of a great civilization is the ability to undertake massive waterworks projects so that its citizens don’t die a tragic, horrible and swift death from cholera or typhus. The Romans had their massive aqueducts, the Americans their Chicago River Project and the Parisians their sewers.… Continue Reading →
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” –Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali’s life was about transformation.
Transformation from a scrawny kid in a Louisville boxing gym to an Olympic gold medal winner (and eventually the heavyweight champion of the world).… Continue Reading →
The core of Minneapolis is St. Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River. The city’s explosive growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s was fueled by mills utilizing this waterfall to turn cotton, wood and most importantly – wheat, into consumer products for a growing nation.… Continue Reading →
One of the charms of the Walker Art Center is that you never know what you’ll see there. The exhibits encompass painting, sculpture, video, multi-media and performance art. The programming changes frequently and is a mix of past master retrospectives and bleeding edge contemporary work. (My personal favorite is Kim Beom’s Yellow Scream (2012) which manages to be hilarious, smart and cool at the same time — no easy feat.)
After you have taken in the indoor art, take it outside. … Continue Reading →
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is perhaps most famous for its iconic fountain/statue Spoonbridge and Cherry, but this 11-acre garden houses over 40 works by modern masters.
Personally, my favorite work is Frank Gehry’s Standing Glass Fish located in the heart of the Cowles Conservatory. This monumental sculpture rises from a lily pond and soars above the viewer in a virtuoso marriage of art and engineering.… Continue Reading →
I have wanted to go to Scotland ever since I was a little girl. As a teenager I devoured my grandmother’s copies of Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles and Outlander*. As an adult, I came this close to Scotland, with trips to England and Ireland, but never made it to the promised land.… Continue Reading →
The Jewish Museum in Prague documents the Jewish experience in Czech lands (Bohemia and Moravia) for the last thousand years. Exhibits spread across six different sites describe the history and traditions of the Jewish people in the region.
The museum was created when the Jewish Ghetto (Josefov) underwent redevelopment at the turn of the last century.… Continue Reading →
When the Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga) was built in 1270 it was originally called the New Synagogue, because there were older ones to compare it to. However, by the 1500s, the older synagogues were gone and newer ones had been built, so the New Synagogue became known as Old-New Synagogue.… Continue Reading →