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Great Moments in Travel History – August 2018

The month of August, named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. August is the eighth month of both the Julian and Gregorian calendar and was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar. The month was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest triumphs including the conquest of Egypt took place in this month.
August is …

Review: The Avenue Q 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Fifteen years ago, theatergoers met Princeton, Rod, Kate Monster, Brian, Christmas Eve, and a rather down-and-out Gary Coleman as the hit musical “Avenue Q” took the world by storm.
In this coming-of-age parable, Princeton wonders out loud, “What do you do, with a B.A. in English?” as he searched for his purpose, while he and his friends on Avenue Q experience and try to conquer the anxieties of becoming adults.
On Monday …

5 Tips on How to Have a Great Vacation Without Giving Up Your Smartphone

Taking a vacation without your smartphone might be akin to… well it’s hard to imagine just what it would be like.
Without my smartphone, how would I take photographs, navigate to destinations, share striking sunsets and vistas with friends on Facebook and Instagram, compensate for jet lag, and even wake up on time in the morning?
Smartphones also have a downside. The barrier between one’s worklife and private life has long been …

Theater Review: ‘Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope’ at Encores Off-Center at City Center

The third and final musical in the Encores Off Center Series at City Center, “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” completes the trilogy of shows for the season that have a theme but no real plot.
The first – “Songs for a New World,” Jason Brown’s brilliant 1995 opus – was a revue that repeatedly teased us with a plot, almost like a false cadence. The second, “Gone Missing,” served more …

Lobby Bar – July 27: Danger Will Robinson, Roof Inspections, and ‘I’ll Take Housewives of New Jersey for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Don’t Touch That Dial, We’ll Be Right Back
Cutting the line. There are many ways of avoiding long lines when traveling but the most effective one, as Paul Riegler discovered, is to not bathe for several weeks prior. Riegler reported success in getting to the front of the line, but he was subsequently denied boarding by the airline after several other passengers complained of certain noxious emanations.
Code violation. …

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ at Argyle Theatre, Babylon

Welcome to Baltimore ca. 1964.  “Hairspray,” an adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 movie of the same name, looks back at rock ‘n’ roll and race relations in the seaport city and recently opened at the renovated Argyle Theatre in Babylon, Long Island.
The Argyle production features a commanding Jason Simon in the role originated by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway (and Divine in the movie) and Katy Geraghty as Tracy Turnblad, the …

Theater Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene

Theodore Bikel would have approved.
The powerful new production of “Fiddler on the Roof” that opened recently at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, is an authentic and, at times, extraordinarily moving experience.
Bikel, whose first stage appearance was in Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye the Milkman” (one of Aleichem’s stories on which the musical was based) and who performed the role of Tevye in “Fiddler” more than any other actor although he wasn’t the …