Nearly 60 years after its hotel heyday, Cuba is back in business with U.S. hospitality companies. Earlier this month, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International were among a slate of hospitality and travel companies to gain approval from the U.S. Treasury Department to operate in Cuba.
On a Sunday afternoon in 2010, the Oakland-based cartoonist Daniel Clowes wanted to watch a movie. But not just any movie. "I began thinking, 'I wish there were more of those that I could rent,'" he said. "'I guess I'll do my own.'" Five years later, Clowes emerged from his home studio with Patience.
Glynn Washington thinks America is suffering from an empathy gap. "We can't imagine anymore what it's like to be someone else," said the host and executive producer of the popular NPR radio show Snap Judgment. "And unless we're able to do that, unless we're able to understand someone else's story, I think we're lost."
In a closet-sized darkroom in the back of Photobooth , a tintype portrait studio in San Francisco’s Mission District, Michael Shindler carefully holds a shiny 3-by-5–inch black aluminum plate on the fingertips of one hand. Glass bottles containing yellow- and amber-colored collodion — a mixture of liquid nitrocellulose, ether, and alcohol — are clustered on the countertop.
“Watch your step,” Nick Saraceni tells me right before he stops and looks at the bottom of his black Nikes. The 24-year-old graffiti hunter and I are standing along the side of a brick warehouse in an industrial part of Berkeley, California. Below our feet lies an uneven pile of plastic sheeting, loose wooden planks, and, as Saraceni has discovered, nails.
Hall Newbegin, the founder of the natural fragrance company Juniper Ridge, is in the middle of leading a 15-person group of employees and guests on a wild harvesting hike through the Sierra Madre Mountains just north of Ojai when he stops to pick up a piece of dry cougar scat. He lifts it to his nose and inhales deeply.
Located in a squat wood-paneled building, streaked white and gray with age, Audium stands in sharp contrast to its showy Victorian neighbors and the fortresslike church that anchors this San Francisco block. No neon sign lights up the entrance. No windows offer a peek inside. Only the soft glow of a single bulb shines on the steps between the gate and the door.
From renaissance landscape painters to site-specific sculptors like Andy Goldsworthy, artists have long mined the natural world for creative fuel. But scenic inspiration isn't limited to the masters. Travelers of any talent level can gain a richer sense of place with these art classes offered in memorable locales.
When you’re on the road, your phone can feel like your closest companion. Load it with a crew of travel apps, and that connection becomes even more rewarding. There’s an app for just about every step of a trip, from helping you decide what to pack to finding a room at the last minute. “The biggest trend in travel apps is toward intelligent travel assistants,” says Norm Rose, president of Travel Tech Consulting Inc., which specializes in how emerging technologies impact the global travel industry.
Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director at the L.A. -based design firm wHY, believes museum architects should act like matchmakers. “You set the atmosphere so that both [the art and people] will be comfortable ... and then you leave the room,” he says. Yantrasast, who describes his design philosophy as “very human,” has been creating inviting, sunlit places for people and art to mingle for close to 20 years now.
In 2007, Lisa Costa moved across the country for a harvest internship at a renowned producer of single vineyard pinot noirs in the Russian River Valley. She had fallen in love with winemaking in her early twenties while working at small farm wineries in New York's Hudson Valley. The internship promised a chance to work with some of the most expensive fruit being grown in the United States.
To say Mows (or @Mows510, as he's known on Instagram) doesn't look like a stereotypical "vandal" would be an understatement. On the night we met, the 54-year-old tech worker was dressed in light blue jeans and sensible brown walking shoes; glasses hung from the neck of his beige fleece. Despite his decidedly Dad vibe, the father of three has created sixty illegal, albeit adorable, street installations on walls and telephone poles in Alameda and Oakland.