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Let’s Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?

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Say you want to escape the doldrums of daily life — but you can’t quite afford a trip to Hawaii. Why not to head to your local tiki bar for a sample of the South Seas? These faux-Polynesian, palm-thatched rum palaces that were all the rage in the 1960s are now making a comeback. Leading this nouveau-tiki movement are Lost …

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Much More Than A 5-Year Mission: ‘Star Trek’ Turns 50

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For Star Trek’s George Takei, it was one of the worst predictions he ever made, and one of the best strokes of luck in his life: Takei, known to fans worldwide as helmsman Hikaru Sulu, originally thought the show would only last one season. “When we were shooting the pilot, Jimmy Doohan [who played engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott] said to …

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Like These TV Shows? Here Are 70+ Things You Might Also Like …

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Welcome to the third installment of Read, Watch, Binge! our summer recommendation series. As you may recall from our first list, we were tired of algorithms that only matched books to books or movies to movies. So this month, we’ve enlisted the help of real live humans to pair TV series with movies, musicals, books, comics, podcasts and more. (You …

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Anna Netrebko’s Mournful ‘Mamma Morta’

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Opera geeks are always charged with excitement, and a little anxiety, when a favorite singer releases a new album. (Has her voice changed? How will it fit the repertoire?) Netrebko, arguably today’s most touted soprano, is about to issue a new album, Verismo — and we’ve got a sneak peek. As her plush voice has added darker, richer colors over …

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Songs We Love: The Westerlies, ‘Saro’

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Many stylistic winds blow through the repertoire of The Westerlies. The unconventional brass quartet from New York (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) embraces jazz, classical, new music and dance — and in this case, puts a new spin on an old British ballad. “Pretty Saro,” as the song is best known, is …

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