Memorial Day travel expected to spike

Memorial Day travel expected to spike

From Travel Pulse The unofficial start of summer has many Americans eyeing a getaway. Approximately 39.3 million to be specific. That’s how many travelers AAA projects will venture at least 50 miles from home this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The estimate is the highest it’s been in 12 years and is up from 38 million […]

The world’s first Nutella Cafe is opening in Chicago

The world’s first Nutella Cafe is opening in Chicago

CHICAGO — Walking into the first-ever, brand new Nutella Cafe on Michigan Ave. is like walking into a jar of Nutella itself. The warm creamy white color on the walls is complemented by the dripping Nutella-colored embellishments on the ceiling, accented by hanging lights in the shape of flowers of the hazelnut plant. Everything in […]

Franzi on Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Franzi on Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX Bachianas Brasileiras #4 Solo piano, 1939; orchestrated version premiere 1941 “Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was a gigantic talent who created music of originality and communicativeness, music of immense force…” Henry Fogel,longtime annotator for the Chicago Symphony. Villa-Lobos’ total output is staggering. Over 2000 compositions in almost every form –symphony, opera, chamber, […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

By Eric Peters Everyone knows Rocky – the movie character. Not many people know Chuck Wepner – the real-life boxer who went 15 rounds with Ali – and knocked him down, too. Wepner became the inspiration for the movie character. Similarly, almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STi – the all-wheel-drive Rally Race drifter. Fewer […]

Eric Peters: Irreparable damage

Eric Peters: Irreparable damage

By Eric Peters You’ve heard the saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? True enough. But there are also things you can’t fix once broken. The car will never be quite right again – and may be a lot wrong. These Irreparables include: * Water damage – This has always been a killer; […]

Paul Davis: ‘The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War’ book review

Paul Davis: ‘The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War’ book review

THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS: HEMINGWAY, DOS PASSOS, AND A FRIENDSHIP MADE AND LOST IN WAR By James McGrath Morris Da Capo Press, $27, 288 pages Although the late, great writer Ernest Hemingway has many detractors, he remains popular and is still read, written about and discussed today. Not so for Mr. Hemingway’s contemporary, the late novelist […]

Bob Garver: ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ movie review

Bob Garver: ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ movie review

By Bob Garver In amongst the jokes and the cheesy 80’s soundtrack, a theme of redemption ran throughout 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The team was comprised of various lowlifes who finally got a chance to do something decent and found out that they actually liked it because they’re all big softies at heart. Now […]

A summer of classic films set for Tucson’s Temple of Music & Art

A summer of classic films set for Tucson’s Temple of Music & Art

By SoAzNewsX With Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) mainstage 2016-17 season completed after the run of the world premiere of Holmes and Watson, ATC has decided to leave the Temple of Music & Art theater dark this summer because it’s the best way to watch movies, particularly the classics. So, ATC has scheduled Summer Classic Films […]

A third ‘Hellboy’ is coming without Guillermo del Toro

A third ‘Hellboy’ is coming without Guillermo del Toro

A third “Hellboy” movie is happening and it’ll be rated R — but short Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman. The new adaptation of the demonic superhero’s story will star “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour as the red Man-Beast, the comic’s creator, Mike Mignola, announced late Monday. Horror director Neil Marshall, who has worked on […]