Articles in Journeys

Review: ‘The Escape’ at BMW Films

BMW's headquarters building in Munich

As part of its introduction of the new BMW 5 Series, the Bavarian automaker had its newest sedan vanquish a Volvo truck, destroy a helicopter, and rescue a young girl – all in under ten minutes.
“The Escape” resurrects the BMW film series “The Hire,” a series of eight short (on average ten-minute) films that debuted some 15 years ago. After the first eight, the series was discontinued due to its high cost but …

Lobby Bar – October 21: Get a Travel Buddy, Surviving the Ice Age, and How to Deal with Too Much Fish


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Fire and sound. Because the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is subject to spontaneous combustion, many airlines have started carrying fire-containment bags. The …

Review: ‘Oh, Hello on Broadway’ at Lyceum Theater


Oscar and Felix, you’ve been replaced. Give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two gentlemen whose mission is to bring 1970s shabbiness to today’s rather Disneyfied Great White Way.
The eclectic set by Scott Pask typifies the Upper West Side. There’s the front door and stoop from the Huxtables’ brownstone (for some unknown reason, no one wanted Bill Cosby’s stoop), a staircase from an unnamed …

Review: ‘Holiday Inn’ at Studio 54


One could easily be forgiven for assuming “Holiday Inn,” which opened at Studio 54 last Thursday, was a revival of a Broadway musical of yore. Surprisingly, the 1942 Bing Crosby film, which bestowed upon the world the Irving Berlin song “White Christmas,” remained a movie musical until writers Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge brought it to the stage at the Goodspeed Opera House two years ago in East Haddam, Connecticut, …

5 Cities Across the Globe You Should Definitely Visit

One of Iceland's many gravel roads

Fancy a visit to somewhere off the beaten path, away from the crowds? The onset of cooler weather in much of the United States and Europe guarantees you’ll miss the multitudes and take in excellent food, rich local culture, and unparalleled sights.
Here are our picks for your next journey.
Austin, the capital of Texas, is a place entrenched in a culturally rich and live, happening atmosphere. The fourth most populous …

Lobby Bar – October 14: Indoor Cars, Broadway Takes Flight, and Parachuting to the Bay Area

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Icebreaker. Paul Riegler heads to California and checks into the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Rather than using alarm wakeup calls, the hotel dispatches a butler to use the ice machine nearest your room at the hour you request. The mechanical grinding sound of ice being crushed is far more pleasant than the phone’s ringtone, the hotel insists.
Mini stereos. Jonathan Spira …

Broadway Shows Hit the Road, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You


Over the next 12 months, hundreds of actors will travel from metropolis to hamlet, bringing Broadway shows to the stage in communities large and small including cities known for a vibrant theater scene such as Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia as well as Charlotte, North Carolina; East Lansing, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri.
Here are four of our favorites shows from the past season that are coming soon to …