Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Shubert Theater

by Jonathan Spira

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning and controversial 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” – a book that tackles the difficult topic of race in America as well as class, courage, and values – has largely withstood the test of time and book bans over almost seven decades.
To bring “Mockingbird” to the Broadway stage of the late 2010s, however, somewhat of a renovation was required: a reworking significant enough that the …

53 Days Until Brexit. What Will Happen Then?

by Jonathan Spira

If there’s one thing the topic of Brexit has done, it has been in uniting the British people, not that there is a consensus by any means.
The British people are united in that practically everyone has a strong opinion about Brexit, be it in favor of staying in the European Union or exiting. Strong may, however, be an understatement. Practically everyone has an opinion on, for example, Prime …

Lobby Bar – February 1: Carol Burnett, British Apologists, and ‘I’ll Take Crazy Rich Norwegians for $100,000, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
We’re mad as dogs and not going to take it anymore.  American Airlines’ fleet is undergoing some major revisions in the next three years. The MD-80, known as the Mad Dog and once the mainstay of the airline’s fleet, is being retired.  The retirement came after the Society for the Prevention of Character Assassination of Canines asked the airline to
Flying …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2019

by Jesse Sokolow

February, the shortest month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, is the last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and the only month to have fewer than 30 days
The month’s name, February, is a divisive issue when it comes to pronunciation, although both FEB-roo-ary and FEB-yuh-ri are both accepted in North American and British English.
February takes its name from the Roman month Februarius, named …

Review and Test Report: Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress

by Basilio Alferow

Shopping for a mattress is, effectively, shopping for a better night’s sleep, whether it’s because of a move or simply time for an upgrade.
One thing may be different than the last time you looked for a mattress: The rise of online, direct-to-consumer mattress sellers has largely upended the retail landscape for beds. From subway to banner ads to television commercials, it can be difficult to feel confident you are making …

In-Depth Analysis: United Airlines’ 2019 Fleet Plan

by Anna Breuer

United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline by passenger traffic, will make a number of significant changes to its fleet in 2019.
The Chicago-based airline operates a mostly Boeing fleet of narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet along with a small number of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The total number of aircraft in the fleet was 773 as of January 2019.
In 2012, United became the first U.S. airline to …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

by Paul Riegler

Few events are as highly anticipated as the annual arrival of a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The mid-autumn arrival of the Targa-like sports car brought with it mixed emotions as it was a painful reminder that summer is behind us although not too late in the year to drive an open-topped vehicle.
Since its introduction in 1989, it’s become the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history and Mazda has continued to …