| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:26 AM
To dive into the new year, here are a few tidbits about the City Beautiful a century ago, courtesy of Eve Bacon's "Orlando: A Centennial History."
Lake Eola's first fountain
The original fountain at Orlando's Lake Eola Park bubbled for the first...
| Jan 5, 2014
Tickets to the 36th season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Coming this summer, the festival will revive "Illyria," a musical version of "Twelfth Night" written by John Briggs and Eric Frampton, and "Julius Caesar,"...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly — in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Snow in Connecticut is as common as the head cold.
Amid our sizable inventory of snowstorms, however, there are a shovelful that stand out for reasons as diverse as their intensity, size, duration, timing, early or late arrival, even their political...
| Jan 12, 2014
Just a month ago, scientists announced that they'd found the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau where it was minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit. After last week, some Chicagoans may want to nominate a few places closer to home....
| Jan 12, 2014
| 10:56 AM
Gentle, warm days and cool, pleasant evenings—January in Central Florida can bring weather that makes August a damp memory. This is the time of year when, long before air-conditioning, Northerners sought winter respite in the Sunshine State.
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:40 PM
“Stagecraft: 50 Years of Design at Hartford Stage,” Hartford Stage's 50th anniversary touring exhibit comes to Hartford’s Mark Twain House & Museum Jan. 21 to March 5. “Stagecraft” consists of a selection of costumes, props...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate."
Obsessive readers will recognize that the above PR quote on the...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 12:58 PM
Mark Twain wrote of the cat that sat down on the hot stove lid that she would never again sit down on a hot stove lid, but she would never again sit down on a cold one either.
The Republican Party seems to have the opposite tendency: having been...
| Dec 13, 2013
Q: What's a four-letter word that's about half a foot wide and 3 feet tall, rolls up in a can and is an inspired and inspiring gift for many people on your holiday list?
A: "Tree: A Calendar for 2014," the latest in the calendar-in-a-canister series...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Wrapping paper is superfluous when it comes to books. Traditional books — physical books you can hold in your hands — are ideal packages already. The gift lies between covers: the meaning and feeling conveyed both by the book itself and by the...