Lobby Bar – June 16: The Arctic Theatre, USB-Powered Air Conditioners, and United Apologizes… Again

by Jesse Sokolow

Lobby Bar – The Place We Go Every Week When We’re Done Trying
Ratings games. The 2017 Tony Awards took place last weekend, so find out which of your favorite shows received accolades! We won’t spoil anything for you, but “Hamilton” has decided that it needs to step up its game, and rumor has it that the American history musical will be killing off another historical figure in a spin-off next …

Petition Calls for Delta to Retire Last Boeing 747 by U.S. Carrier in Pan Am’s Colors

by Jesse Sokolow

A group of aviation enthusiasts led by Alfonso Vazquez, an executive pilot currently living in Mexico who is a member of the popular Remembering the Pan Am Worldport Facebook group, has launched a petition calling for Delta Air Lines to commemorate the last Boeing 747 to be operated by a U.S. airline by repainting it in Pan Am’s livery.
The enthusiasts also request that United Airlines paint the last of its 747s …

Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Paper Mill Playhouse is ‘Practically Perfect’

by Blaise Buckley

Gliding through the air powered by an umbrella, everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins, is back in the New York area, that is until the wind changes course.
The Paper Mill Playhouse version is a vast improvement on the production that graced Broadway not too many moons ago. The cast is stronger, the book by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame is tighter, and the score has the revisions that critics and …

5 Tips for Surviving a Heat Wave This Summer

by Jeremy Del Nero

The calendar may still indicate “spring” but, with temperatures reaching over 90° F (32° C) in many parts of the United States, summer is clearly upon us.
While many enjoy the scorching weather, it’s nonetheless imprudent not to take certain precautions, especially for those spending a significant amount of time outdoors.
Here are five tips for staying healthy in the hot summer sun.
1.) Drink water.
Consuming copious amounts of water helps lower your …

Review: ‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ at Tony Kiser Theatre

by Jonathan Spira

Back in his day, Ernest Shackleton was not only a famous explorer but a master of quickly responding to constantly changing circumstance. His well-known voyage to Antarctica may have begun as a mission of exploration, but it turned into a matter of survival. Through the miracle of theatre, he, in the slightly icy form of actor Wade McCollum, returns 100 years later to help a modern day damsel in distress …

New Generation of Scanners Could Eliminate Need for Laptop Ban

by Jonathan Spira

The recent threat of an expanded ban on the use of laptops and other larger personal electronic devices, following the original ban on bringing such devices into the cabin on flights from multiple so-called Muslim-majority countries, has loomed on the minds of travelers who cannot bear, oftentimes for very legitimate reasons, to be separated from their laptops and tablets for long flights.
Widening the scope of the ban would have a …

2017 Tony Awards: ‘Oslo’ is Best Play, ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Best Musicals

by Paul Riegler

The 71st Tony Awards took place Sunday evening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with “Dear Evan Hansen” taking home the prize for best new musical, while “Oslo” won best play.
A year after “Hamilton” dominated the 70th Tony Awards, itself a somber affair in the shadow of the devastating shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, there was something for everyone this year and the mood was …