May 2, 2013 |
"You've arrived a day late," said Khyra, the local singer we befriended outside a bar on our first night in Cape Verde. "Yesterday was the big night here in Praia. " In the capital city of this West African island nation off the coast of Senegal, it appears that Friday is the Sunday of the weekend. When people here want to go out to hear some music, dance and drink grogue, the island's potent sugarcane-based spirit, they do it on Thursday, or sextinha (little Friday, as it's known locally)
May 5, 2013 |
Street Address A : A big tan house in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; the corner lot of a woody cul de sac near a bike path populated by joggers in Lululemon. Quiet and country charming, a well-landscaped American achievement. This is the house where Katherine Russell grew up, with her parents and two sisters. Street Address Z : An apartment in a rowhouse in Cambridge, Mass., the most run-down structure on an otherwise cheerful block. A building with cracked window panes on the second...
March 2, 2012 |
T here I was, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, looking down at the Colorado River. Animal tracks in the snow made a dotted line beside the water. But where, I wondered, were the bighorn sheep? The black bears? I pressed my nose to the glass and followed the tracks carefully, expecting — any second now — to see wildlife. I was in my 40th hour aboard Amtrak , nearly 2,000 miles into a 3,218-mile cross-country adventure. I'd packed five books, my laptop, several movies and hours of music,...
March 4, 2013 |
Most people know how the story ends: "Singer Marvin Gaye shot twice by father on the eve of his 45th birthday. " But not as many know the lifetime of events that culminated on that fatal afternoon in 1984 in a 25-room Hollywood mansion, when Marvin Gay Sr. retrieved a .38-caliber revolver, pointed it at his son and squeezed the trigger, shooting Marvin twice in the torso, once at point-blank range. Among fans of Marvin Gaye — the R&B icon who sang about love, pain, war...
April 4, 2013 |
A rmeane M. Choksi acknowledges he's a bit of a "gadget freak" in explaining his need for an uber-connected house. Whether he's sitting in his second-floor home office or vacationing out of the country, Choksi can control just about every major component of his mansion in Northwest Washington by touching the screen of his smartphone or tablet. He can preset his drapes in his dining room, living room and south side area of his family room to open at 4 p.m. and close at 10 a.m. to protect his rugs and furniture...
May 6, 2013 |
What emerged instantly from Sunday's Bach Sinfonia program of exuberant Latin American baroque music was the powerful urge to move. It was, after all, Cinco de Mayo, a time to kick up your heels and sing. Conductor Daniel Abraham led his chamber-size group of choristers, vocal soloists and instrumentalists through recently discovered and, as yet rarely heard, music from the New World of Central, Caribbean and South America. Until a few scholars discovered piles of forgotten musical...