From 1944 to 1946, as the world pivoted from the Second World War to an unsteady peace, Americans in more than two hundred cities and towns mobilized to chase an implausible dream. The newly-created United Nations needed a meeting place, a central place for global diplomacy—a Capital of the World.
But what would it look like, and where would it be? Author Charlene Mires share the history with us.
It was the decade that gave us OJ, Lewinsky, Seinfeld and Titanic, but also a robust economy and relative peace, and now the 1990s are getting their due.
National Geographic Channel is airing a six-part miniseries called The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?, which examines the politics, pop culture and emerging technology of the era. Few television programs were as influential then as The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons, spawned two movies, and had Americans looking to the skies.
List: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell The Vacationers by Emma Straub My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia Tween Hobo: Off the Rails by Alena Smith (event at Rhinebeck store, Fri, 7/18, 7pm) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Weston Playhouse is Vermont’s oldest professional theatre. This season they present four shows on their Mainstage and three shows on their Other Stages. Two of the Mainstage shows are Analog and Vinyl – a new musical by by Paul Gordon which is currently running in its world premier production, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang which won The Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and runs at Weston July 17-26.
Analog and Vinyl is set in a vintage record store and follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.
In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.
Sarah Stiles plays Rodeo Girl in Analog and Vinyl and David Bonanno plays Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. They join us now along with Steve Stettler - Producing Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse.
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most recognizable monuments in the world: a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. In her new book, Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty, journalist Elizabeth Mitchell tells the story of the envisioning, funding and building of the Statue of Liberty - dispelling long-standing myths around its creation.
We all know the legend that the statue was a gift from France, but that implies that the government of France gave it to the government of America. In reality, it was the inspiration of the French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, hungry for fame and adoration.