In the opening sequence of 2015’s Spectre, James Bond, dressed as a calaca – a skeleton – stalks his target through Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Mexico City. A bit of Hollywood cultural appropriation perhaps, but, like the films of Tim Burton, a popular introduction for those unfamiliar with Mexico’s “Day of the Dead,” an ancient holiday that celebrates […]
There are so many nooks, crannies and mysteries that lie unexplored in the streets of the neighborhoods we pass through as travellers and locals. They can be tucked away or in plain sight and somehow we don’t see them until we have cause to go looking or otherwise stumble across their path. While under the auspices of sex […]
So, I could tell you all about how the roots of burlesque derive from literary, dramatic or musical work that caricatures its serious counterparts. Or how the Minsky brothers brought burlesque to New York in 1908 then moved it to Las Vegas in the 50’s. I can spout figures on speakeasies, discuss laws governing public nudity and […]
The corset is probably the most controversial garment in the entire history of fashion, according to Valerie Steele, author of The Corset: A Cultural History. It has been promoted by popular culture as a coercive instrument of women’s oppression that crushed ribs and internal organs, caused diseases, and reduced them to ridiculous slaves of fashion with their attempts at the […]
As they say, it’s all about location, location, location. To catch the latest blockbuster movie releases, duck into the darkness of your local multiplex. But if you like your movies in a scenic venue with a side of sociability, it’s time to spend your spring and summer nights under the stars catching some classic cinema.
CEO Michael Gazalah of Manhattan-based City Running Tours explains why exploring a city with the locals makes all the difference. Magellan: City Running Tours is based in New York but offers personalized running tours in cities across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. Would you talk about where your big idea came from? About how you got started? […]
Books. Food. Drinks. You can rearrange those three words in whatever priority is most important to you, but the outcome is the same: the holy triumvirate of an interesting social experience known as Lit Crawl. It was the brainchild of San Francisco’s Litquake Literary Festival in 2004 and additional venues have launched in Manhattan, Austin, […]
Jane’s Walk is a festival of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs. The events take place in cities and towns around the world the first weekend of May. While the epicenters of Jane’s Walk are New York City (over 100 walks) and Toronto, chances are there are events scheduled in your […]
Southern California is the epicentre of American car culture and provides some of the most spectacular and well-known driving routes in the U.S. Bring your own vehicle or rent an exotic or a Harley and take advantage of the exceptional weather. Santa Monica is the perfect place to start.