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  • Exhibit on Kahlo, Rivera shines welcome spotlight on Detroit museum Mar 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    In July 1932, Frida Kahlo ended up in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where a complicated pregnancy came to a painful end. Frida’s husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, referred to the event as “Frida’s tragedy,” and a self-portrait Kahlo made shortly after shows her glassy-eyed, with a frightened and drawn expression. The drawing appears in an absorbing exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year the two artists spent in what was then the industrial heart of America. “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” weaves together two narratives, the emergence of Frida as an individual and daring artist, and the creation of one of the last century’s great mural cycles, “Detroit Industry,” painted on the walls of a covered courtyard in the DIA’s new home.

     
  • Penn & Teller to return to Broadway this summer Mar 21, 2015 6:30 AM
    Penn & Teller are hoping they’ll be able to make tickets disappear on Broadway this summer. The comedy-and-magic duo said Thursday they will play the Marquis Theatre from July 7-Aug. 16. Tickets go on sale on April 16.

     
  • Midwest travel: Get cured at Baconfest Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    ACME Hotel Company is bringing home the bacon in April as the hotel partner for Baconfest Chicago 2015. It begins with the second annual Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party at the hotel's Berkshire Room with bacon-inspired cocktails from some of Chicago's top bartenders.

     
  • Plan a spring getaway that’s out of the ordinary Mar 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    Looking for a unique trip this spring that doesn’t involve chain hotels and restaurants? If you want to escape to a cozy inn or rustic cabin, here are some options: the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Cleveland and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. And, even better, they’re all within driving distance (or a short flight).

     
  • A ‘Mad Men’ exhibit welcomes visitors to Don Draper’s world Mar 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    You don’t need to be mad about “Mad Men” to savor “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men” at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. This collection of hundreds of props, dozens of costumes, two full-scale sets and scads of notes and scripts from AMC’s glorious drama series will surely thrill all “Mad Men” fans as they brace themselves for its final seven episodes (starting April 5).

     
  • At 50, Rockefeller’s island luxury resort remains a shore thing Mar 19, 2015 6:00 AM
    In 1965, visionary financier and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller overcame some of the era’s greatest infrastructure odds to open what would become one of the world’s most famous beach resorts, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. As it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer — and offers a 5-night VIP package for $50,000 — we look at how this hotel opened up tourism on Hawaii’s Big Island and served as a model for luxury development.

     
  • Lincoln assassination artifacts reunited at Ford’s Theatre Mar 18, 2015 6:00 AM
    Beyond his famous words, the artifacts President Abraham Lincoln left behind after his assassination were scattered for decades from Washington to Chicago. Now for the first time since 1865, curators have brought together most of the artifacts from the night the 16th president was shot at Ford’s Theatre just blocks from the White House.

     
  • Apptitude: iExit helps make the most of your road trip Mar 14, 2015 7:00 AM
    The iExit app offers a directory of services and businesses within 1.5 miles of the next 100 exits you will pass. This eliminates much of the guesswork that goes into road trips. Should you stop here, or will there be better food coming up? How far is the nearest gas station? Will there be a hotel in about half an hour? Now you know.

     
  • Midwest travel: Explore Chicago’s Little India on Spice of Life Tour Mar 14, 2015 6:45 AM
    Spend an afternoon exploring Chicago's Indian community on the Chicago Detours and Spice of Life Tours Saturday, March 28. Try South Asian cuisine, learn how to ring a “singing bowl,” visit a Sikh temple and more. If you'd rather venture farther from home, the Mission Creek Festival is a weeklong celebration of music, literature, food and art in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.

     
  • Travel series serves food for thought in global hot spots Mar 13, 2015 6:00 AM
    The ambitious, borderline-explosive formula for "Breaking Borders" lands a journalist and a chef in a global hot spot, where they host dinner for guests locked in conflict. "Breaking Borders" is a travelogue, cooking show and dining-table summit all in one. And somehow it works, at least to judge from the first of its 13 episodes, airing at 8 p.m. Sunday.

     
  • Will lost luggage be yesterday’s gripe? Mar 12, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lost luggage may soon become as rare as lost airline tickets -- or, at least, you’d think so when you talk to someone like Randal Collins. Collins, a flight attendant based in Chicago, left his iPad on a recent flight. He had tagged it with a $25 device called Tile that emits a wireless signal up to 100 feet. It also uses a network of other Tile users to help owners find missing objects. Collins reported the iPad missing, and a few weeks later, another Tile user picked up its trail, displaying its likely location in a terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare.

     
  • Cool off from crowds at NoBe, the locals’ Miami Mar 12, 2015 6:00 AM
    A Miami Beach vacation doesn’t have to be all about music blasting from outdoor bars. If, like us, you’re in search of an alternative to South Beach’s noise, $30 valet parking, packed sands and traffic, do what we do: Stay in North Beach. The area extends from 63rd Street to 87th Street, encompassing the oceanfront hotels along Collins Avenue, and reaches west to Normandy Isles’ Biscayne Bay. Nicknamed NoBe (a counterpoint to South Beach’s moniker SoBe), North Beach is a find -- and at no time more than during spring break.

     
  • One of the most beautiful beaches a 15-hour drive away Mar 10, 2015 6:00 AM
    With its 27 miles of white sand beaches, Panama City Beach, Florida, makes my list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And it's only a 15-hour drive from Chicago, which also makes it a reasonable spring break destination if, like me, you crave sand and surf but not the prospect of buying plane tickets for a family.

     
  • Midwest travel: Fest celebrates Good Food in Chicago Mar 7, 2015 5:45 AM
    The 11th annual Good Food Festival & Conference celebrates our appetites for local sustainable food as well as taste and presentation. Attend panel discussions, cooking demos and workshops and visit Localicious, a premier food and drink tasting event. Runs Thursday to Saturday, March 19 to 21.

     
  • How to climb Mount St. Helens in peak season Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lone Fir is a popular layover for hikers on their way to climb Mount St. Helens, in Skamania County, Washington, and, not being much of a planner — and having no desire to sleep in my car — I ponied up for the last room at the chipper little lodge. At Lone Fir, climbers can pick up their permits and log into the climbing book prior to their ascents. Permits are required year-round, but between May 15 and October 31st, only 100 climbers per day are allowed up the steep slopes, which makes them a hot commodity.

     
  • Disneyland memorabilia auction brings in $1.7 million Mar 2, 2015 10:02 PM
    A Disneyland memorabilia collector has taken a cue from Elsa and decided to “Let It Go.” Van Eaton Galleries says nearly 1,000 items — including a bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room show and an original skeleton from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction — brought in $1.7 million during a weekend auction held online and in Sherman Oaks, California. Bids came from around the world. The top seller was a green 1970s-era animatronic Tiki Room bird, which fetched $153,400. The 1967 Pirates skeleton, which holds a cutlass and chugs from a bottle, went for $129,800. Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from it’s a small world and poster artwork for “Captain EO,” a short 3-D film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

     
  • How to keep from being fleeced on a trip Mar 1, 2015 5:30 AM
    Before going touring on a vacation in a foreign country, check with the concierge about safe places to walk. Ask about any events that might be happening. Don’t be taken in by the quaint and picturesque village, because there are thieves looking for easy targets there, too.

     
  • Midwest travel: Art abounds at Radisson Blu Aqua Feb 28, 2015 5:00 AM
    One of the big trends in hotel amenities over the last few years has been on-site art and art galleries that often exhibit local and well-known artists. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago kicks it up more than a notch with its first hotel art tour mobile app: The Art of Blu. Guests can experience the hotel’s excellent art gallery space with a curated, self-guided tour — something previously offered only by museums.

     
  • Make a winter escape to the real Caribbean: Anguilla Feb 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Dreaming of some place warm, some place in the Caribbean right now? The tiny island of Anguilla met my demands for peace and quiet. Here I found the real Caribbean, not an overhyped version of what a tropical island should be. Just 35 square miles, it boasts 33 beaches with long stretches of sugar-white sand between sunbathers. So what's there to do? Relax. Read a book. Sip a tropical drink under a palm tree. Sound good?

     
  • Visa wants to track your smartphone to combat fraud Feb 21, 2015 7:31 AM
    Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end. Visa will roll out a new feature this spring that will allow its cardholders to inform their banks where they are automatically, using the location function found in nearly every smartphone.

     
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