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  • At your liberty: Statue of Liberty to reopen July 4

    At your liberty: Statue of Liberty to reopen July 4
    On a sun-splashed afternoon that marked the second day of summer, I joined a diverse throng of men, women and children, all waiting to board the Staten Island Ferry — a hulking orange vessel that provides free commuter service between Manhattan...
  • Top 5 non-art museums

    Top 5 non-art museums
    When you mention the word "museum," many travelers imagine the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the lines of people trying to sneak a peek at the "Mona Lisa" at the Louvre. Though art may be the first thing to come to mind, many other subjects...
  • Thomas Jefferson: 1 man, many portraits

    The bronze figure of Thomas Jefferson rises 19 feet in his Pantheon-style memorial in Washington, D.C. It suits the third president's oversize life. And it underscores the ongoing debate about his stature, examined in five new books about him. "Thomas...
  • A real-life adventurer

    A real-life adventurer
    Listening to novelist and political commentator Mark Helprin recount his life is a bit like listening to Forrest Gump — an eloquent, New York-born Forrest Gump. Helprin is hardly slow-witted, but like the titular hero of the Oscar-winning 1994...
  • 'Refugee Hotel': Refugees learn to breathe free

    Airport hotels are this era's Ellis Island, providing respite to refugees who have traveled thousands of miles and often survived horrific circumstances. New immigrants are greeted not by the Statue of Liberty but by the glow of fast-food restaurants...
  • Overloaded production sinks this love story

    Overloaded production sinks this  love story
    Philip Dawkins, a hugely talented Chicago writer, has, in his newest work, "Failure: A Love Story," penned a Chicago tale full of emotional riches. Alas, this potentially moving drama about three ill-fated sisters in the 1920s has been saddled with a...
  • Studying the percentages

    I have now become the Ellis Island for bisexuals. I tried to avoid it, but they are drawn to me. Consider my recent experience at the Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip: I go there to hang out with some of the comics and watch the show. It's a very...
  • Statue of Liberty reopens for a New York kind of Independence Day

    Statue of Liberty reopens for a New York kind of Independence Day
    NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of...
  • Review: Romance powers Mark Helprin's 'In Sunlight and in Shadow'

    -------------------- In Sunlight and in Shadow A Novel Mark Helprin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 720 pp., $28 -------------------- It's been 17 years since Mark Helprin's last novel, "Memoir from Antproof Case," and he's lost none of his gift for...
  • PBS' 'Latino Americans' aims to expand on a complex U.S. history

    PBS' 'Latino Americans' aims to expand on a complex U.S. history
    When Jeff Bieber was growing up as "a Jewish kid from Queens," his awareness of Mexican American border culture largely consisted of owning a Davy Crockett coonskin cap. "I suppose you knew about the Alamo, but the word 'Tejano,' I had no clue," says...
  • American Opera Initiative's second season includes premiere of Baltimore team

    American Opera Initiative's second season includes premiere of Baltimore team
    The American Opera Initiative, a worthy project launched last year by Washington National Opera, will be back this season with more premieres. Three 20-minute operas on American subjects, including a work by the Baltimore team of composer Joshua...