Category Archive: culture

Ira Glass & why storytelling matters, part 2

This weekend, in between bouts of cross country skiing and running errands, I saw Ira Glass, the creator of NPR’s This American Life speak at Harvard’s chapel-like Sanders Theatre. Called “the nation’s storyteller”… Continue reading

creativity & improvision (the art of winging it)

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm – Colette My first post about creativity (“The Creative Habit: Use It or Lose It”) discussed how creativity is the result of being… Continue reading

one iPad per child?

I dashed into work this Wednesday to hear Nicholas Negroponte, the visionary who combined technology and philanthropy to create One Laptop Per Child. One Laptop Per Child, now in its fifth year, has… Continue reading

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

I caught Dweezil Zappa’s incredible show, “Zappa plays Zappa” at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston last night. Frank Zappa was a mad musical genius, a legendary guitarist, a star-brother… Continue reading

Black Swan

Are you ready to watch a ballet-thriller? When my friend Michele Baker texted me, “Should I do Black Swan or 127 Hours?” for her talk at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Off the Couch”… Continue reading

Fresh Ink

Catching a smaller-scale museum exhibition is a perfect thing to do if you want to soak up a quick dose of culture and don’t want to get overwhelmed by the whole museum thing… Continue reading

The Royal We

Global economic turmoil? Taxpayer bailouts of banks, the auto industry, Ireland? Who gives a toss? The royals are getting married! Babykins and Big Willie (their nicknames, not mine) are tying the knot in… Continue reading

Boston’s MFA: off the wall

Have you been to the new Art of the America’s Wing yet at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? You should go. From the outside, the new wing doesn’t look like much.… Continue reading

The Moth Ball: why storytelling matters

Went to the Moth Ball last night in NYC at Capitale on the Bowery. The Moth, a nonprofit organization devoted to the “art and craft of storytelling,” is a showcase for true stories,… Continue reading

Boston Bhangra

The Orpheum Theatre hosted Boston Bhangra‘s sold-out 7th annual competition on Saturday night, with teams representing MIT, Rutgers, UVA, Cornell, and BU. Independent teams from NYC, Vancouver, California, and others also participated. Bhangra,… Continue reading