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2017 Spring Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

Spring is finally in the air after several false starts and our thoughts turn to great products that could serve as gifts to family, friends, graduates, and most importantly, to ourselves.
Giving a gift is easy but finding one that will be appreciated may present a challenge, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you by scouring the globe for the best gift ideas.
From delicious Lebanese chocolates to fruit-infusing water bottles …

Review: ‘The View UpStairs’ at Lynn Redgrave Theater

On June 24, 1973, fire gutted the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, killing 32. It was the final day of the fourth Pride Weekend following the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
Because the UpStairs Lounge was a gay bar in the French Quarter and it was the 1970s, the pogrom – which until the 2016 massacre at Pulse in Orlando remained the largest slaughter of gay people in history – wasn’t investigated. No …

4 Tips on How to Travel Safely Abroad This Summer

While Europe beckons with favorably exchange rates, many travelers harbor lingering concerns about the safety of going abroad for their holidays.
Attacks in cities favored by tourists from Paris to Munich to Stockholm have indeed taken a toll on tourism, which remains down overall in Europe. Still, as we’ve found having visited these cities and others after the attacks, there’s lots to explore and the cities are just as safe as …

Lobby Bar – May 19: Sedating Passengers, Parachute Connections, and In-Flight Hammocks

The Lobby Bar – A Curious Concoction of Travel News and Reviews, Extra Salty
Fly to fly. Join Jonathan Spira in Delta One’s business class cabin from Los Angeles to New York. Mr. Spira’s connecting flight from Kona, Hawaii was delayed an hour, but he still made the flight to JFK thanks to the help of a Delta flight attendant, a quick parachute descent over LAX, and the strong arms of …

Lobby Bar – May 12: In-Flight Scuffles, Bette Midler Tries Rapping, and How to Become Famous

The Lobby Bar – A Mellifluous Melody of Travel News and Reviews, Now in E Flat
Animals matter. Join Jonathan Spira at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for “The Little Foxes,” a play that is not about foxes at all. The play’s original title “Grumpy Old White Ladies,” more accurately described the plot, but ended alienating audience members. Due to the play’s revised title, however, foxes and their friends have all …

Review: Six Degrees of Separation at Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Paul Poitier, meet Frank Abagnale Jr. of “Catch Me If You Can.” You owe him a small debt of gratitude in your masterful series of scams.
Not to be left out is 19-year-old David Hampton, whose story is the basis for “Six Degrees of Separation” and who, in the 1980s, infamously posed as Sidney Poitier’s son, calling himself David Poitier. Armed with a stolen address book containing the names of well-off …

‘Come From Away,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Sweep 2017 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2016-2017 Broadway season were announced Monday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and cover Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Oslo” and “Come From Away” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Play and Outstanding New Broadway musical, respectively, while “Hello, Dolly!” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
Christopher Ashley won Outstanding Director of a Play for his direction of “Come From Away,” while Warren …