Human Rights History and Comfort Food in Central New York

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We grew up in Central New York (CNY), and lived there for 24 years. But for all our years living in there, it has taken several of our return trips to visit family for us to take advantage of many of the region’s attractions and cultural opportunities. We had visited some of these attractions when [Read more …]

Visiting the Taipei Treasures of Emperors in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum for the Emperor’s Treasures exhibit was in town so we had to go explore it. This is a collection of masterpieces that were commissioned, owned by, and in some cases, even created by Chinese emperors and the royal families from the Song through the Qinq Dynasties. These treasures, which are [Read more …]

New York City Spring 2016–Restaurants and a Surprise (at least for us)

Restaurants Theater and Museums are always on the top of our list when we go to NYC. But so is food. Before each trip, we contact our foodie friends (some of whom live in NYC) to get their thoughts on the newest places to try. We managed to squeeze as many as we could [Read more …]

New York City Spring 2016–Neue Galerie and the Chelsea Galleries

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On our Spring 2016 trip to New York City, we also visited the Neue Galerie and the Chelsea Galleries. Neue Galerie This museum, which focuses primarily on the arts of Germany and Austria, has two exhibitions in which we have a particular interest. “Munch and Expressionism”, which highlights one of the versions of Edvard Munch’s [Read more …]

Pinot Days San Francisco--2016

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Pinot Noir is one of our favorite wine varietals. We always look forward to the annual arrival of the San Francisco Pinot Days which celebrates of all things Pinot. And we especially look forward to the pre-event dinner that The American institute of Wine and Food ( organizes as a fund-raiser. We began this special [Read more …]

New York City Museums Spring 2016–The Met

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New York City is filled with museums. On our Spring 2016 trip, we also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art aka the Met. Since we only had time for only a few stops at this museum, we focused primarily on a few temporary exhibits in which we had particular interest. These included: “Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)” [Read more …]

New York City Met Breuer Museum - Spring 2016

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As always when we go to NYC, we check out the museums. Our Spring 2016 trip was no exception. Our first stop was the Met Breuer. This recently-opened modern wing of the Metropolitan Museum that has taken over the building previously occupied by the Guggenheim. Although we did not have enough time to do justice [Read more …]

New York City Theater Scene Spring 2016

We had a very short 3 days for our semi-annual getaway to NYC theater, museum, gallery and restaurants. But we were able to see 4 plays. Here are our thoughts on them: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. We saw the 2002 production with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. The current production, [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Booming Contemporary Art Scene

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Most of San Francisco’s art oxygen is rightly being consumed by the May 2016 reopening of the fabulous SFMOMA (see our blog on our visit). But, as spectacular as the museum and the addition of the huge Fisher Collection is, this is but the tip of the Bay Area modern and contemporary art scene. The [Read more …]

Rejoicing in the Return of SFMOMA in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s modern art scene has been eclipsed by the five years of dusk resulting from the closure and reconstruction of SFMOMA. The much anticipated May 2016 reopening has not only lifted the pall, but has also exposed an innovative new design for museums and provided the public with access to the incredible Fisher Collection. [Read more …]