The 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death brings a flurry of exhibitions. This month, the Beaux-Arts Museum in Mons, Belgium—a 2015 European Capital of Culture—explores the artist’s formative years (January 25–May 17). In May, Oslo’s Munch Museum(May 7–September 6) finds parallels between the Dutch and Norwegian masters. And van Gogh is the inspiration for further events in Amsterdam, Paris, and Arles, France.
Fifty years ago today one of the biggest pop acts in history touched down at John F. Kennedy Airport for the first time. They were whisked into a press conference at the Pan American Airlines International Arrivals building, as dubious journalists tried to figure out if these guys were for real, and 4,000 adoring fans waited outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of the new British band, The Beatles.
Ahead of Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand’s new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, front man Alex Kapranos shows T+L there’s more to touring than partying like a rock star.
Q: What are some perks of traveling as a musician? A: You pick up all sorts of musical influences. I love Colombian cumbia and Peruvian chicha. The melodies have great melancholy, but the rhythms are lively.
Q: Do you bring home souvenirs? A: I try to collect unusual instruments. My favorite is an earthenware bowl used at weddings in Peru. It has a space between two layers that’s filled with fine stones. After you eat, you shake the bowl to make a percussive sound while everyone dances.
You’ve got lemon wedges, beer, and a table of freshly steamed, seasoned crustaceans. Now what? Bill Breaux, owner of waterside restaurant Schooners($$$), a favorite in Oxford, Maryland, shares his tried-and-true method.
1. Place crab belly-side up. Twist legs off at base; set aside. With a paring knife, pull back tab-shaped “apron” at its narrow end.
2. Pick up crab with apron pointing up; using thumbs, pull off top shell and discard. Scrape away gills and other inedible contents.
3. Insert thumbs into center cavity and break body in half. Split each half in two again. Extract the meat and eat.
4. Split claws at joints. Place knife on top of claw and tap with mallet to crack claw. Break apart with fingers and pull out the meat.
5. Separate legs at joints and squeeze each section like a tube of toothpaste to withdraw more meat. Still hungry? Give up and order crab cakes.
Superstorm Sandy and her little sister Athena recently wreaked havoc across the northeast, including on the bay-facing boardwalk of Atlantic City, but that hasn't deterred the East Coast's Las Vegas from unveiling its latest initiative, ARTLANTIC, a five-year multi-phase public art project that is overtaking large, abandoned lots of leased land along the boardwalk and converting them into open green spaces and impressive public art installations.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, expect a line–a very long line–out the door at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and learn to deal with it; it’ll be a fixture on the West 53rd streetscape for a while.
For the next six months, MoMA is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the work of Norwegian Symbolist painter Edvard Munch whose iconic portrait, The Scream (1895) the show's centerpiece, and a lucid depiction of modern existential angst, is on display in a single gallery on the fifth floor, alongside other works from the same period gathered from the museum's permanent holdings.
Members of the band, from left: Ed Droste, Chris Bear, Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen
Ed Droste—front man of the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Grizzly Bear, whose long-awaited fourth album Shieldscomes out on September 18—reflects on some of his favorite destinations and findings from around the world.
Q: It’s been three years since the band’s last album, what can we expect from Shields? A: It’s charged, and sort of raw, energetic and exposed. I started out work shopping ideas in Todos Santos, Mexico with our drummer Chris Bear. We often go on little writing retreats together. We went there for a month and wrote ten songs, then the whole band reconvened in Marfa, Texas for a month to start recording.
Inter Ikea, the parent company of the Swedish budget furniture store, is planning to enter the boutique hotel market. The group is currently scouting out locations in Europe and plans to open 100 budget design hotels over the next few years, starting with two in Germany in 2014. While the hotels won't carry the brand's furniture or name, they will maintain the brand's populist appeal, selling high-concept design at a low cost. Read more about the venture here.
Marguerite A. Suozzi is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.