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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.

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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Think beer globally, drink beer locally, pair beer with food thoughtfully

Every major industrialized nation has A BEER (you can’t be a Real Country unless you have A BEER and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear...

Menu Items: All the food was Greek to me, and gratefully so

Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on 7 November 2021. --- “Edibles & Potables” is Food & Dining Magazine’s Sunday morning slot for a merry...

REWIND: “This week in solipsistic beer narcissism” (2014)

Lightly edited to remove a couple of obscure topical references. --- Are you fed up with words you don’t understand? Tired of scrolling down to your favorite...