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Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

On The Road With NPR Music: Matt Fleeger At KMHD, Portland, Oregon

On The Road With NPR Music: Matt Fleeger At KMHD, Portland, Oregon Apr 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling, largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all...

On The Road With NPR Music: Gwen Thompkins At WWNO, New Orleans, Louisiana

On The Road With NPR Music: Gwen Thompkins At WWNO, New Orleans, Louisiana Apr 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: We love music here at Gadling, and this month is Public Radio Music Month, which is why we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all month. Today we're headed to the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. But New...

Why Chicago Beats New York

Why Chicago Beats New York Aug 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Years ago, when I told a group of colleagues in New York that I was moving to Chicago, the reaction ranged from bemusement to outrage. "Chicago?" one began, tentatively, as if they'd heard of the place but couldn't quite place it. "Why would you want to live there?" Another co-worker was more blunt. "Chicago's a dump," he said. "You'll be back in New York in a year." Like many New...

Jazz for French Cows

Sep 11th, 2011 at 2:30PM: There's something about the French countryside that draws writers and photographers to the farm scene, maybe because of the idyllic fields and lovely landscapes or maybe because people just love animals. Wander over to Flickr and type in "France Cow" and you get almost 12,000 hits. Try that with "America Cow" and you get 8,500. My own sister has cow-chasing pictures taken in Italy, and I'll be...

Harlem: neighborhood revitalization paves way for a new Renaissance

Harlem: neighborhood revitalization paves way for a new Renaissance Jun 9th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Harlem. The very name of this former Dutch settlement conjures up a contrast in images: the cultural Renaissance years of the 1920's and '30's, when the "New Negro Movement" attracted writers and other literary types from all over the world. The rise of a middle and upper middle class of black Americans. The Golden Age of Jazz, when legends like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Jelly Roll...

Vail: Eight free ways to rock snowless slopes

Vail: Eight free ways to rock snowless slopes Jul 13th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Your skis are jammed in the closet, and you're more concerned about traffic en route to the beach than you are about getting out to the Rockies. Well, it's time to change your thinking. Dash off to Colorado this summer, and you can escape the heat and find some exciting ways to recharge away from home. Oh, and you won't have to pull out your wallet when you get there. Check out these free ways...

Canadian airline forced to remove smelly passenger from plane

Canadian airline forced to remove smelly passenger from plane Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:00PM: We've already been told that being too fat will have you kicked off the plane, but now "too smelly" is apparently also a (very) good reason to be sent back into the terminal. Not much is known about the specifics, but several weeks ago, Canadian airline Jazz had to remove a passenger because of his "brutal" stench. I've been in the unlucky situation of sitting next to a stinker, and it...

November is the month for arts in Madrid

November is the month for arts in Madrid Nov 8th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Two major festivals in Madrid this month are enough to keep any culture lover happy. The first and biggest is the Festival de Otoño, an annual extravaganza of theater, dance, music, and even a trio of circuses. The plays are all in Spanish, but dance and music are universal languages so you can still enjoy this festival even if you don't speak the the local lingo. The styles lean towards...

Get out and go: Events around the world (September 30-October 1)

Get out and go: Events around the world (September 30-October 1) Sep 30th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Happy Hump Day, Gadling'ers! It's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world, and this week has a particularly international selection of happenings. If you're close and have time, then you have no excuse to get out and go! Victoria (Australia) - Spring Racing Carnival: The Spring Racing Carnival will take place today at various race courses in Victoria. The carnival...

In Monterey this fall: 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival

In Monterey this fall: 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival Sep 15th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Something must be in the air in Monterey this fall, because there are so many anniversaries and celebrations it would be hard to pass up a trip to California's coast to catch some art and culture with a little history mixed in. This September 18-20, the longest-running jazz festival in the world will be held in gorgeous Monterey, California. The festival is what General Manager Tim Jackson deems...

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world Aug 24th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Music has a way of taking you on a journey. Like any great trip, the songs that inspire us are filled with joyous highs and sobering lows, unexpected revelations and exotic uncertainties. It's only natural then that each of us seeks out music during our travels. Whether it's a CD stand in a bustling market in Morocco or a classically-trained violinist playing on a street corner in Paris, music...

Big in Japan: A night out at Tokyo's jazz clubs

Big in Japan: A night out at Tokyo's jazz clubs Jun 18th, 2008 at 9:40AM: While first timers on the Tokyo night scene can't seem to get enough of Roppongi and Shibuya, at some point the binge drinking and skirt-chasing has to stop. So, if you're looking for a slightly more sophisticated night out on the town, here's a quick introduction to Tokyo's blossoming jazz scene... Jazz is an American musical art form that originated in the early 20th century in the southern...

Forget Times Square, Go Jazz at Lincoln Center

Forget Times Square, Go Jazz at Lincoln Center Feb 3rd, 2008 at 3:30PM: For all the time I spend in NYC, last night was the very first time I've seen Jazz at Lincoln Center, at it's "new" $128M home, the Time Warner building, at Columbus Circle. The center moved here in 2004 from its digs a little further north, and, let me tell you, it is a terrific venue for music. Definitely worth the trip for tourists visiting Times Square for a show. The mid-sized Allen Room is...

Big in Japan: Japanese monks down pints in the name of Buddha

Big in Japan: Japanese monks down pints in the name of Buddha Dec 28th, 2007 at 10:00AM: What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Zen Buddhist monks? If you guessed raked pebble gardens, immaculately poured cups of green tea and the continual search for inner peace and enlightenment, you're wrong! Starting this week in Japan, a trio of Buddhist monks have secured a regular spot at the Chippie Sound Music Bar, a popular Tokyo jazz club. Here, they seek to...

A Canadian in Beijing: Hou Hai and All That Jazz

A Canadian in Beijing: Hou Hai and All That Jazz Jun 4th, 2007 at 3:56AM: Hou Hai is a popular tourist region of Beijing. It's situated around Hou Hai lake and consists of restaurants, cafes, bars and beautiful hutongs filled with souvenir shops and specialty stores that wind around and spit you out on busy modern streets. When you're wandering in the Hou Hai district, it really feels like you've stepped outside of the geometric grid that defines this city's streets....

Blogging New Orleans Covers the 2007 Jazzfest

Blogging New Orleans Covers the 2007 Jazzfest May 1st, 2007 at 3:30PM: New Orleans is one of my favorite towns of all time. It's like a second home to me; there's no other city I've visited more without actually living there. It's unfortunate that I've never been during Jazzfest, though, because our sister-site, Blogging New Orleans, sure makes it look like a blast. They've spent the past weekend partaking in all of the festivities, and meticulously documenting every...

Jazz in Nawlins for the Katrina Anniversary

Jazz in Nawlins for the Katrina Anniversary Aug 28th, 2006 at 12:07PM: Jazz Times Magazine has an article on some of the Katrina anniversary events taking place today and tomorrow. Should tickets still be available for the event tomorrow evening it looks as though trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be performing live. Having joined forces with Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Marsalis, a United Nations Messenger of Peace organized the three day event and concert aims to build and...

Le REX Hotel

Le REX Hotel Aug 9th, 2006 at 11:18PM: A lucky little poot of a friend of mine gets whisked away to France for the Jazz in Marciac festival to play with Wynton Marsalis and does me the favor of sending this link to Le REX Hôtel where he is presently camping out. Hisssss... Boo! Puh! No, no, what I mean is I'm happy for him. Really! With the link he states that the hotel is some thing rather amazing and from that point I found...

Sounds to Sail to the Islands

Sounds to Sail to the Islands Jun 27th, 2006 at 9:25PM: Sit listening to my music collection on party shuffle  for an hour and you'll find I'm all for jarring sound transitions. Follow me closely here. Music is about movement. It's about the flowing, swaying, and gyrating movement of bodies rocking harmoniously on packed dancehall floors in places with little ventilation. Sometimes it's sudden and spur of the moment while others it's calculated....

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