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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

“Funeral,” by Tigercub

This might seem an odd admission, but I pay too little attention to song lyrics or song titles, until I finally do, which often...

Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, et al (Part Two)

You'll notice I reversed their names in the title for the second installment. This 2007 film by Robert Levi helps provide context to the...

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, et al (Part One)

 A Duke Named Ellington was a two-part "American Masters" film on PBS in 1988. Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) was a musician and orchestra leader...

Van Morrison, “the only gazillionaire rock star to be a pandemic-denier besides Eric Clapton”

The pandemic seems to have deprived Van Morrison of his karma. Or maybe he already was running low. Musically, the new album isn't unpleasant at...

My year in music, at least so far

I remain wedded to the CD format, but these days I stream music first, then purchase the physical discs of those new releases that...

On the late James Levine

The conductor and pianist James Levine died earlier this month, and yesterday's obituary in the The New York Times is here. Levine was renowned,...

A pint of bitter, please, because it’s The Dubliners at the The Wheeltappers and...

In which three fascinating Anglo-Irish topics collide amid my frequent references to the adjective "elegiac." It's the mid-1970s lineup of the Irish folk band The...

Big bands: A book about Bunny Berigan, his life and times

Originally this was an "ON THE AVENUES" column from July 25, 2017. It has been lightly updated.  I was born in 1960, and grew up...

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40 Years in Beer, Part Fifteen: A clash of titans (with Elephant Beer) in...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Fourteen: Pilsner Urquell pilgrimage, locked gates, and a taxi driver’s day off. Back home again in Indiana, the year...

40 Years in Beer, Part Fourteen: Pilsner Urquell pilgrimage, locked gates, and a taxi...

The inaugural pilgrimage to the Pilsner Urquell brewery in 1987 was an epochal day even though we were denied entry. I’ve tasted thousands of...

40 Years in Beer, Part Thirteen: In 1987, it was almost “impossible to find...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Twelve: Those first ever draft Pilsner Urquells in Prague, 1987. When Barrie and I arrived in Czechoslovakia, it became...