Archive for Category: "Music"

22Feb
2013

Carnival in Trinidad Party Report

As promised, my coverage of Carnival in Trinidad continues. Below is my “Just Back From” post I penned for Fodor’s Travel that details the Carnival highlights, from whining, liming and feting to everything in between. Also, you can learn what exactly those Trinidadian English terms mean in the Fodor’s post linked here: Just Back From: Carnival in Trinidad I talked a bit about high-energy, have-to-move-your-body, soca music in the post. In the video below you can hear more of the […]

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19Feb
2013

Images from Trinidad Carnival 2013

I am recently back from celebrating Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly in Port of Spain, the two-island nation that calls the claim to fame of being the “Home of Carnival.” I spent a close-to-sleepless (couldn’t miss anything!) week there, partaking in all the Carnival revelry I could. It was a crazy week packed with cultural “fêting,” or partying/celebrating as they call it there. The Trinidadians know how to Carnival, and this is coming from someone who spent Carnival 2012 […]

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16Oct
2012

A local guide to Buenos Aires

The editors at the online magazine The Culture-ist contacted me to pen the Buenos Aires installment of their “Get Cultured” city guides. For this, I was on the other side of the interview, answering rather than asking, and you can check out the full piece Get Cultured: Buenos Aires – A Guide to Exploring the Best of the City on their site. Below is what I had to say. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: Buenos […]

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28Dec
2011

Gaga’s Workshop at Barneys New York

New York City’s fanciest Fifth Avenue department stores take a populist turn every December and become something for everyone, regardless of budget limitations with the ornate store window displays that are integral to the city’s holiday cheer. Outsiders and insiders pass the windows for weeks after they are unveiled, always to great excitement, and appreciate them for the fashion-centric public art displays they are. This year Barneys took the holiday season as a chance to create something a bit different […]

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5Dec
2011

El Motivo Tango Práctica at Villa Malcolm, Buenos Aires

I’ve edited and uploaded a video from the El Motivo Práctica at Villa Malcolm I reference in my prior blog post about milongas in Buenos Aires, as well as in my BBC Travel article The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see. The dance in the video actually is the dance I wrote in as the opening in the story. Unfortunately, the video it’s a bit dark, but I hope does an ample job of conveying the sentiment of the performance […]

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30Nov
2011

Milongas in Buenos Aires

For my latest piece on Buenos Aires for BBC Travel, I spent time a bit of time exploring the city’s underground tango milonga scene. A milonga (also often called a práctica) is any place where people gather to dance tango. As I detail in the article, the and the city’s collective milonga scene comprises this nocturnal world where the tango lives, thrives and evolves. BBC Travel article: The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see Below I’ve included some photos I took when […]

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10Aug
2011

On the Road Again

My blogging silence ends with my recent arrival in eastern Europe. I write from the desk of the Hotel Le Meridien in Vienna at midnight. My room overlooks the opera house from behind the hotel sign’s lettering. How poetic. Today was the first in Vienna after a three-day stint in Prague–too short, but anyone would agree a few days is better than none at all. Tomorrow brings a tour of some of Vienna’s most famous landmarks, including the Spanish Riding […]

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9Jun
2011

Tango and Salsa in Buenos Aires

From the packed and thumping boliches (nightclubs) to the sultry tango, dance is an important facet of Argentine culture. While I didn’t grow up in tutus or performing in dance recitals, I do love to dance, and living in Buenos Aires has given me the opportunity to indulge that and attempt to actually add some technique to my grooving. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and while it is the obvious choice for shows and lessons here, it’s salsa […]

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20May
2011

The Buenos Aires Podcast

I’m keeping today’s post short, because I’m directing you instead to a place that has already done the work of packaging up Buenos Aires insight and condensed into podcast form for your listening pleasure. It’s called the Buenos Aires Podcast, or B.A. Cast. I stumbled upon the B.A. Cast a couple months into my time in Buenos Aires and listened to all the (as of then) released episodes in one sitting. The hosts of the 20-ish minute podcasts—which are in […]

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