By Tara PepperVisiting a great museum doesn't have to mean enduring crowded lines of pretentious would-be art connoisseurs in bustling cities. A plethora of smaller galleries lurk near windswept beaches, in idyllic rustic villages, and other out-of-the-way locales, and many house remarkable treasures.
Stars have always relied on borrowed frocks to give them the edge on the red carpet. Now a new breed of high-end rental showrooms is making it easier for the rest of us to dress up in style without making a long-term commitment to a gown or shelling out thousands for a bag that's out of fashion by its second outing. "Let's face it: most women don't want to wear the same thing to an event more than once," says Joanna Doniger of the London-based evening-wear-rental company One Night Stand.
When Michelin published its first-ever guide to New York City restaurants and hotels last week, the name Nicholas Chauvin popped into my head. Chauvin was that 19th-century French soldier whose hyperpatriotism spawned the term "chauvinism." And the Michelin's coveted star list is one Chauvin would love.
The laconic opening of Zadie Smith's new novel may seem familiar to readers of English novelist E. M. Forster. "One may as well begin with Jerome's e-mails to his father" is Smith's postmodern reworking of the famously casual first sentence of "Howards End": "One may as well begin with Helen's letters to her sister." It is an elegant hint of what lies ahead in "On Beauty" (445 pages.
Omar Marzouk, a Muslim comedian from Denmark, had but one request at last month's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "Tell me if you don't find my jokes funny," he told his audience. "I don't want to die--I'm not that kind of Muslim."Poking fun at the world's religions was de rigueur at Edinburgh's annual stage jamboree.
TECHNOLOGY: DRESS UP IN HI-TECH CLOTHAnyone who's worked in an office knows the uncomfortable challenge summer poses for stuffy, traditional suits. It's hard to look suave in an air-conditioned conference room when you're still sweat-drenched from a commute and, until recently, warm-weather office-wear options were limited.
At first glance it seems the big new shows hitting London's West End stages this autumn couldn't be more different. "The Woman in White," Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, is set in an adult web of intrigue, marriage, lawyers and secrecy. "Mary Poppins," the latest offering from the West End's other theater titan, Cameron Mackintosh, takes place largely in the children's realm of polite teas, kites and walks in the park.
Near the gaudy banners advertising "The Lion King" and "Mamma Mia" in London's West End, a new billboard recently heralded a small musical revolution. In this epicenter of middlebrow entertainment, the world's first commercial opera company, the Savoy Opera, is staging works by Mozart and Rossini, more usually heard at the rarified Royal Opera House.
TURKEYSavagery in IstanbulWho bombed the synagogues in Istanbul? Despite initial claims of responsibility from an obscure Turkish Islamic fundamentalist group known as the Islamic Great Eastern Raiders' Front, or IBDA-C, Turkish security sources are pointing the finger at an outside organization such as Al Qaeda.