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Hotel Review: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf

The Wharf is making its mark as a destination in Washington, D.C.  The new entertainment district – somewhat akin to Hudson Yards in New York City – is home to several new hotels and multiple restaurants that are attracting attention in a city with countless nightlife options, along with hundreds of new apartments and a reinvigorated harbor life.
The possibilities are seemingly limitless, from fine dining at Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s new …

Theater Review: ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ at A.R.T./New York Theater

Filming a television commercial can be tough. Filming one where the sole actor appearing in it will be dinged and knocked out by cherry red gumballs of an indeterminate weight is even tougher.
Such is the story of “Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson,” a play by Rob Ackerman directed by playwright Theresa Rebeck (“Bernhardt/Hamlet”) that opened June 18. This Working Theater production is based on “a sort of true story,” as …

Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Classic. Iconic. Few vehicles are deserved of such exultations as the fourth generation Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Continental Convertible.
Introduced in 1961 with the marque’s first rear-hinged doors in a decade, the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible was America’s only four-door convertible, not just in that model year but for the entirety of its run. Indeed, it was the first – and the last – four-door convertible in the post-World War II …

Theater Review: ‘Working: A Musical’ at Encores Off-Center at City Center

This summer, City Center’s Encores Off-Center series of revivals first presentation is a rather introspective version of “Working: A Musical,” an updated version of the musical based on Studs Terkel’s highly acclaimed book of interviews of the working man and woman.
First staged at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1977, the show opened on Broadway in 1978 at the 46th Street Theatre (now called the Richard Rogers Theatre) and starred …

WorldPride Kicks Off in New York City with Opening Event Featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Porter

WorldPride opened in New York City with a star-studded event Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which was bathed in rainbow lights.
The WorldPride Opening Ceremony was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, who gave a stirring speech on this history of gay pride, followed by a film looking at its history. It served as a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTI youth, for SAGE, or Services & …

Theater Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Paper Mill Playhouse

Singing dishes. Talking candlesticks. Enchanted castles. A witch’s spell. It’s no wonder that the Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” was Broadway’s tenth longest-running production and remains popular in tours and regional productions.
The musical, based on the Disney film that is based on the 1740 fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête,” by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his servants who fall …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance of a two-door truck.
Fast forward to the current model, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show …