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Lobby Bar – July 3: Macaroni Madness, Time Stands Still, Trump Does Yoga, and a Founding Fodder

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Lobby Bar – A Largely Misunderstood Summary of FBT News and Views
Did you feel that? If you noticed, June 30 was a bit longer than usual, due to science.  In that extra second, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Moscow, a Broadway play, and a five-hour nap.
Sweet necessities. Jonathan Spira flies in Transaero’s Imperial Class from New York to Moscow.  All passengers in Imperial Class receive a throne …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2015

An El Al 747 at JFK.  El Al's first international flight was July 3, 1949

On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earhart, the …

‘The Audience’ Final Performance at Gerald Schoenfeld Theater – Review

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth with her prime ministers

Helen Mirren will see you now.
That isn’t, of course, a line from the play “The Audience,” although the show, which opened in March for a limited engagement, featured Mirren in her second role as Her Majesty (the first was in the movie “The Queen,” for which she received an Oscar).  The final performance of the play was Sunday.
The premise of “The Audience” is the weekly meeting between Elizabeth II and …

Lobby Bar – June 26: Priority Lavatories, Airport Zits, and Stealing Italy

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Lobby Bar – A Poorly Translated Summary of FBT News and Views
Witness history.  Join Jesse Sokolow for a tour of the best parts of Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice.  We recommend visiting Venice in 1950, when Roosevelt authorized the air lifting of several canals out of coastal Italy and into Los Angeles.  You can borrow our time machine for $15,000 an hour, plus fuel.
Two-face.  Follow Jonathan Spira to the …

What’s Doing in Santa Monica and Venice

Santa Monica Pier

Two of the country’s most cultural and lively towns, Santa Monica and Venice, California, are, like the rest of Los Angeles, graced by picture-perfect weather year round. The neighboring beach towns offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life in Los Angeles, and are the city’s most frequented beaches.
Part of Los Angeles’ Westside community, Santa Monica was populated by early settlers in the late 1800s, with the …

‘Into the Woods’ Original Cast Reunion at Brooklyn Academy of Music – Review

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In at least one case, “once upon a time” is twenty-eight years later.  That’s when much of the original cast of a show based in part on children’s fairy tales joined the show’s creators, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The show, “Into the Woods,” takes themes and characters from the familiar fairy tales of “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Rapunzel” …

Lobby Bar – June 19: Supramarkets, Diamond Pretzels, and Cuddling with Strangers

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Check it in. Don’t be alarmed; that carry-on suitcase restriction you read about last week is not actually coming to be. In reality, the International Air Transport Association will be limiting the measurements of carry-on items to 3”x1x”4”, which means you’ll have to start packing your iPhone in checked baggage soon.
Easter Egg. Find out how to solve your storage …