Take Our Thanksgiving Week Travel News Quiz and Win Pan Am and Cunard Memorabilia

by Paul Riegler

Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and with it, our Thanksgiving Week Travel News Quiz.
Travel over the river and through the woods and find out if you have paid sufficient attention here by taking this quiz. By doing so, you could win a piece of travel history including memorabilia from Pan Am and the Queen Elizabeth 2.
Simply scroll down, have fun, and share the quiz with your friends to see who …

Theater Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at New York City Center

by Jonathan Spira

When “A Chorus Line” opened at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975, it became an almost unprecedented box office and critical hit, receiving 12 Tony Award nominations and garnering nine.
The show, set on a bare stage of a Broadway theater and focusing on 17 chorus boys and girls in an all-day audition for a spot on the chorus line of an unspecified Broadway musical, was itself a “singular sensation” …

Lobby Bar – November 16: Leg Men, Stooges in Cabinets, and ‘I’ll Take Floor Wax and Dessert Toppings for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: So Clever You Won’t Understand a Word
Out of order. A video in China showing housekeepers at leading hotels using the same cloth to clean cups, glasses, sinks, and toilets was viewed over one million times. Several hotel general managers were quoted off the record saying, “We told them to clean the toilets first, goddamit!”
Send in the clowns. Just hours after the British cabinet approved the negotiated deal for …

Here Comes Flu Season: 4 Tips for Staying Healthy

by Anna Breuer

Flu season is making its annual return in the northern hemisphere after a particularly bad season last year. It’s always worse for frequent travelers who are exposed to germs in small aluminum tubes hurtling through space as well as in restaurants and conference halls.
More than 80,000 people in the United States died of the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season, the highest number in well over a decade, according to …

Review: ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost at Shake & Bake Theater

by Jonathan Spira

Many of Shakespeare’s works – “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” come to mind – are reinterpreted multiple times as the centuries march on. But when it comes to such reinterpretations, Shake & Bake’s new production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” takes the cake. Literally.
In the story that follows, King Ferdinand of Navarre (Darren Ritchie) and his two companions, Longaville (a mischievous Oge Agulué) and Berowne (Matthew Goodrich), attempt to …

Armistice Day After 100 Years: How a Trade War Over Pigs Led to ‘A War to End All Wars’

by Jonathan Spira

The Great War – also known as the First World War – ended at 5 a.m. on November 11, 1918 when an armistice with Germany was signed at Compiègne, a small city in northern France.
At 11 a.m. on November 11 – “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” – a ceasefire came into effect, ending “a war to end all wars.”
Prior to that, the collapse of …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht

by S Franklin Spira

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.
March 13, 1938 was of course the Anschluß. The Austrian Chancellor, Kurt …