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Everything in Life Is Only for Now As ‘Avenue Q’ Closes After 16 Years

“Nothing lasts,” a line from the musical “Avenue Q” tells us, and that now goes for the Tony Award-winning show as well. The show’s last performance is Sunday evening and the denizens of Avenue Q will live on in regional productions and tours as well as in our hearts and minds.
As sunny as the show’s opening song is at first, theatergoers immediately start to realize they’re not on Sesame Street …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima is now in its fourth generation, which went on sale in late 2015. It was designed by Kia Chief of Design Peter Schreyer, who cut his teeth at Audi.  Schreyer also designed the game-changing previous generation of Optima. A facelifted design was introduced at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and
The new Optima shares a platform with the Hyundai Sonata and, for its midlife …

Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil: Luzia – A Waking Dream of Mexico at Citi FIeld

While many people think of Cirque du Soleil as a show they saw in Las Vegas, few realize that Cirque reinvented the industry in the 1980s and 90s with a theatrical, character- and story-driven approach with an absence of traditional circus animals.
Cirque, which attempted to take Broadway by storm, has settled for something a little less ambitious, and far away from the Great White Way, namely an off-off-Broadway production in …

Photo Essay: The TWA Hotel at JFK, A Memorable Midcentury Time Capsule

The iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport was reborn as the TWA Hotel on Wednesday when it opened its doors to guests.
The 1962 TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen, was declared a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1994, and the hotel is a faithful restoration of the Finnish architect’s masterpiece.
“The memories of working here decades ago flooded my mind,” said, …

Review: ‘High Button Shoes’ at Encores Great American Musicals at City Center

More often than not, musicals of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s are being updated and reflect a more contemporary outlook on life. Be it when Billy Bigelow hits Julie Jordan, Henry Higgins molds Eliza Doolittle in his image, or Fred tames Lilli, the musicals “Carousel,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Kiss Me, Kate” represent what is considered by many an outdated point of view on male-female relations and adjustments were made.
Enter …

United Airlines Economy Plus New York LaGuardia-Chicago O’Hare – Flight Review

New York to Chicago is one of the busiest air routes in the United States, No. 3 after New York-Los Angeles and Los Angeles-San Francisco, which are ranked first and second, respectively. The flights attract both business and leisure travelers and airlines offer shuttle and shuttle-like schedules to meet the need, with over 24,100 flights in the period March 2018 through February 2019 operated by four carriers carrying some three …

Retelling the Horrors of Auschwitz at a Museum in New York

Outside, a freight car of the kind used by the National Socialists to deport Jews, gay men, and Roma to the ghettos of occupied Poland and to concentration and extermination camps throughout Europe.
Inside, tiny children’s shoes, eyeglasses, a gas mask used by the SS, the desk used by Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, and pots and pans that would have been extremely ordinary had their owners not perished in the Holocaust.
These …