Do you long to speak in a British accent all day? Do you feel comfortable in tights or cod pieces? Are you a huge fan of crying children who kick you in the shins, annoying teenagers who yank on your clothing and busty wenches? Well, my good fellow (or me lady), we may have just the thing for you be ... More >>
They're not called soap operas for nothing. For decades these overripe melodramas may have been steady fare on daytime TV, but they can definitely trace their parentage back to the Romantic opera houses of Italy, with the bel canto ("beautiful singing") works of Bellini, Donizetti and Ro ... More >>
Penn State and the Catholic ChurchBella figura can mean many things, but at its core is presentation...how one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MetzgarPeking duck with white buns, shredded green onions and plum sauceWith his drink- and food-induced gout, King Henry VIII was a master of feasting. Sure, we overeat in the 21st century, but do we feast? Feasting involves multiple courses, a big table, and some grandiosity ... More >>
Joel BernsteinThere isn't much mystery to Graham Nash.
Not that that's a bad thing at all. In fact, if you want to know how the British expat with the distinctive tenor vocals feels about anything - political and social issues, fellow musicians, his wife and children even religion - it's all ... More >>