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  • Japan’s chrysanthemums: More than symbol of autumn Nov 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there’s a flower for every time of year, and right now, it’s the chrysanthemum, celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, the chrysanthemum, called “kiku” in Japanese, symbolizes the season, but more than that, it’s a symbol of the country itself. The monarchy is referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne and the imperial crest is a stylized mum blossom. That seal is embossed on Japanese passports. The flower is also a common motif in art, and it’s seen in everyday life depicted on the 50-yen coin.

  • Mark Twain’s town by the river a trip back in time Nov 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mark Twain only lived in Hannibal, Missouri, for 13 years, but many of his most famous stories were inspired by this humble Midwestern city. A visit to Hannibal today, with its excellent museums, preserved historic sites and old-timey antiques shops, offers a way to appreciate the impact this place had on one of America’s best-known writers. And of course, Hannibal sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, which figured so large in Twain’s life and writing.

  • Kansas prairie park preserves vanishing tallgrass Nov 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    Stand here in a field of tall, windblown grass and wildflowers, and twirl around like a child. It’s like being inside a prairie snow globe: You’re surrounded by a sea of green, brown and yellow grass, with a blue-sky dome above. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas is one of just a few places in the country where you can immerse yourself in this serene but vanishing landscape.

  • Go for the food: Make an odyssey of 1 meal, 1 chef Nov 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    So you’ve landed in a foodie destination, a happening city brimming with top-tier restaurants and chefs sporting scary-good culinary cred. You want to make the most of your time. As a veteran of many on-the-road meals, I’ve developed a novel approach to dining that allows me to sample a wide array of restaurants without entirely embracing gluttony. The principle is simple: Don’t eat a full meal in any one place.

  • Globetrotter Pico Iyer makes case for staying put Nov 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Pico Iyer has spent the past several decades on the move, incessantly hopping from one far-flung destination — Ethiopia, Morocco, Indonesia — to another. But the globetrotting travel writer is now convinced the most exciting place to go is nowhere at all. In his new book “The Art of Stillness,” the British-born, California-raised son of Indian parents preaches sitting quietly in one place as an antidote to our constantly connected, multitasking, airport-hopping lifestyles.

  • Museum tells Helena Rubinstein’s story in art Nov 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Judgmental, autocratic and wholly self-made after fleeing pre-war Poland as a teen, Helena Rubinstein built a cosmetics empire on the notion that beauty is power. Known to all as Madame, she was a collector of African, Oceanic and Latin American art, eclectic home decor and couture fashion as the face and force of her brand for seven decades. The diminutive powerhouse from Krakow died in 1965, and is the subject of a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York that highlights her rise, interests and acquisitions in 200 objects.

  • Virginia taps natural resources to drive tourism Nov 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sometimes, money does grow on trees. Dotted by charming small towns from the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east, Virginia is renewing efforts to tap its natural resources to help drive tourism. While summer remains the peak for tourism, state officials are working to shoulder the busier months with increased tourism other times of the year, especially fall, when leaves change from green to orange, yellow and red.

  • Museum unveils rich story Jewish of life in Poland Nov 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    In the two millennia between ancient Israel and its modern rebirth, Jews never enjoyed as much political autonomy as they did in Poland, a land that centuries later would become intrinsically linked to the Holocaust. The story of this great flourishing of political and cultural life is part of a 1,000-year history told in a visually striking new museum, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened its long-awaited core exhibition to the public recently.

  • Exhibit on Paul Simon’s life debuts at Rock Hall Nov 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    An exhibit chronicling Paul Simon’s career recently debuted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock Hall said that “Paul Simon: Words & Music” features a first-person narrative from Simon. It is a first for the museum.

  • Rural Tennessee museum a success in first year Nov 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a “mini-Smithsonian” to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year. They were short by about 120,000. School groups and repeat visitors attracted by fun, educational exhibits have led attendance figures to blow past expectations for this one-of-a-kind museum located in Union City, Tennessee, a town of 11,000 located a few hours’ drive from Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy said about 270,000 have visited since the museum opened Nov. 1, 2013.

  • A visit to Liverpool brings Beatles fans back to their roots Nov 2, 2014 6:45 AM
    The Beatles — they were just another boy band, a gaggle of teenagers with too much energy. Fans can see where it all began with a visit to Liverpool, England. In fact, visitors can tour the homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, visit the Casbah Coffe Club where the band that became the Beatles got its start in 1959, see Strawberry Field, which is immortalized in song, and catch a show at the Cavern Club.

  • 5 free things to do and see in Baltimore Nov 1, 2014 6:30 AM
    Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of a number of memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to the famed poet who penned “The Raven,” along with some other fun things to do — including not one but two major museums that offer free admission.

  • On the road: See double at MCA’s new ‘Body Doubles’ exhibit Oct 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago recently opened “Body Doubles,” an exhibition that explores the relationship between the body and identity and the various ways artists have used the body to confront boundaries. Fall sports fans are invited to indulge in two of their favorites — food and football — Chicago style with Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel’s new football package available through Jan. 1.

  • Mussolini air raid shelter opens to tourists Oct 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    A Roman villa’s wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian dictator’s family, is opening its anti-gas, double steel doors to tourists. The shelter was quickly constructed in 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, in what had once been the wine cellar of a noble family who lived there before Mussolini took up residence during his Fascist rule. Visitors at a preview Saturday saw the iron-rung ladder used for emergency exits and a rusting contraption to purify air in case of a gas attack.

  • Exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum features Cezanne Oct 24, 2014 6:15 AM
    An exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art showcases a group of impressionist and post-impressionist works amassed by a private collector who described the pursuit and acquisition of the pieces as an adventure. The exhibition, “Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection,” includes 50 pieces, including works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.

  • Hot Springs, Arkansas: 5 free things to see and do Oct 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a history-lover’s dream. Over the years, visitors to this city of 35,000 in central Arkansas have ranged from baseball stars to notorious gangsters, all drawn by one thing: the naturally occurring warm mineral water that gives the area its name. Here are five free things to see and do while visiting Hot Springs.

  • Rare ancient Chinese bronzes go on display in U.S. Oct 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the mysterious people of China’s Sanxingdui packed up and moved away 3,000 years ago, they left behind no written language and no indication of who they were, where they were going or why. What they did leave was a gigantic cache of intricately fabricated, larger-than-life bronze art works, which are now on display at Southern California’s Bowers Museum, the first stop on a rare U.S. tour.

  • Go for the food: Bryant’s barbecue in Kansas City Oct 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    I learned an important lesson from a food blogger in Kansas City: Talking about barbecue in these parts may involve “fightin’ words.” Case in point: When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant’s barbecue restaurant while another said their sauce was "gross." Meanwhile, blogger Mary Bloch, along with a local acquaintance, confirmed that Bryant’s has earned its kudos across the decades and remains one of the best barbecue places in town.

  • Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage Oct 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year. As war goes, gunfire could be heard just beyond the hills and most men were off fighting in World War I. On Friday in London, Pol Roger will auction off one of those 1914 bottles — minus the mold — with the proceeds going to the recently renovated Imperial War Museum.

  • Kimono’s evolution reflects changing Japan Oct 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years. Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan’s aesthetic, social and even political history. “Kimono: A Modern History,” on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015, is a tour de force in textiles.

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