Briefly Noted: ‘The Overwhelming Weight of Happiness’ at Katzspace, London

by Blaise Buckley

Five stars for “The Overwhelming Weight of Happiness,” a new one-hour hilarious play, that ran last month at Katzspace, a new 50-seat theater in the heart of London Bridge.
The two-person play, written and performed by Molly Dooner and Tim Harris, will have its third short run in London again at the Albany performing arts space in Southeast London on August 5, 6, and 7 at 7:45 p.m..
The quirky original comedy …

Cesar Pelli, Designer of Iconic Airports and Buildings, Dies at 92

by Paul Riegler

Cesar Pelli, a distinguished architect whose work ranged from Washington National Airport to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 92.
Mr. Pelli was a frequent traveler who held strong opinions about airports.
In a 1997 interview with the Washington Post at the time of opening of the terminal he designed in D.C., he defined what a great airport should be, although …

Today Is National Ice Cream Day: Here’s The Scoop on Free Cones

by Jesse Sokolow

Pass the sprinkles, please.  Today, July 21, one of the hottest days of the summer in many parts of the country, is National Ice Cream Day, a holiday that celebrates the sweetened and flavored frozen dairy treat.
What was referred to by some as “frozen snow” goes back to Persia and Ancient Greece where flavors were combined with ice to produce a refreshing summertime treat. The ancient Chinese are credited with developing …

5 Tips for Surviving the Mid-July Heat Wave

by Jeremy Del Nero

Forecasters expect temperatures to reach the high 90s in much of the United States in the coming days and, in some cases, accompanied by severe weather.
While many enjoy the scorching heat, it would be unwise 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 lots of water.
Consuming copious amounts of water helps …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

by Jonathan Spira

The Volvo S90 – first unveiled in 2015 – continues to stand apart when it comes to design and passenger comfort four years later.  The striking exterior seems as fresh as it was at launch and the interior continues to be a benchmark for tasteful and functional design.
The S90 – the Swedish automaker’s flagship vehicle – comes with two powertrain options: the T6, which we drove, features an inline four-cylinder …

Blackout Darkened Broadway, But Shows Starting with the Letter ‘B’ Carried On

by Anna Breuer

New York City may have had a blackout, but it somehow exempted Broadway plays and musicals starting with the letter “b.”
The blackout that ran from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River, may have stopped movies in mid-sentence, emptied shops, left diners in restaurants with only the glow of their smartphones, and caused the Great White Way to go dark somehow exempted four …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

by Paul Riegler

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the plant’s museum.
The original Beetle, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler …