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The Most Important Phrase to Know When Visiting Costa Rica

Where: Costa Rica
July 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

First-time visitors to Costa Rica will notice a particular saying that flows from the lips of every local, one that seems to be very flexible in terms of its use and meaning.

Pura Vida (pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah) literally means "Pure Life," but the meaning of the phrase goes well beyond its simply translation. In fact, it has many loose translations to go along with its direct one. Practically, it is used as a salutation, farewell, thank you, descriptor, and state of being. More contextually, it represents the idea of living a peaceful, uncluttered existence amongst nature, family, and friends, and that life, no matter how much or how little you have, is wonderful.

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Let's Talk Tallinn: When Distances Aren't Exact on the Culture 'Kilometer'

July 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (4)

Who goes to Estonia?! Well, our roaming correspondent John Walton does and, all this week, he's been filling us in on what's up way up there in this world capital on the Baltic Sea.

It's almost time, sniff sniff, to leave Tallinn, and we're kind of heartbroken. We've come to love this tiny city in the far north, but before we go, let's go for a walk along the fascinating Kultuurikilometer—Tallinn's 2.6km-long Culture Kilometer, a walking/biking path that links up a set of nifty things to see and do towards the northwest end of the city center.

Most of the area was a military restricted zone during the Soviet period, since it was a strategically important area on the Baltic Sea. Since Tallinn was European City of Culture in 2011, there's all kinds of awesome stuff scattered along the Culture Kilometer, from murals to art exhibits to random cafés and hipster hangouts.

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Can't Go to SXSW? Try These Three Music and Film Fests Instead

January 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't be bummed if you can't attend this year's SXSW in Austin, Texas. Sure, it's become a massive event full of cool films and rockin' bands, but it isn't the only festival to honor both mediums. There are lesser-known music-movie alternatives where you can get your fill.

Check out our three picks for music and film fests after the jump.

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The Three Most Dangerous Broadway Shows (Other Than 'Spider-Man')

December 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark may be getting all of the attention for its dangerous stunts after another cast member was severely injured last week, but it's not the first show to feature a few risky moves. Here's a look at three of the (other) most dangerous shows on Broadway.

Marry Poppins

Spider-Man isn't the first show to launch one of its actors into the air and "fly" them over the audience, Mary Poppins been doing that for years. And Mary doesn't just fly over the audience with her famous umbrella; she also dances on rooftop sets and spends most of the show jumping and spinning in high energy dance numbers that feature dozens of dancers, a recipe for disaster if just one of them steps out of place. You can purchase tickets to see all of the high-flying action at Disney.go.com.

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Three Memorial Day Trips for Getting a Dose of Culture

May 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Memorial Day is about three weeks away, which means one thing: vacation time. While lazing on the beach is always tempting, you should probably go some place where you can learn something. We'll help you culture vultures can make the most of your extended weekend.

See our picks for Memorial Day culture getaways after the jump.

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Come Artists And All To Cinema Arts Festival Houston

October 21, 2009 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Austin gets all the credit for being the arty city in Texas, and Houston residents probably like it that way: When no one's depending on you to bolster your state's reputation, you get a lot more work done! But the city where "Reality Bites" and "Rushmore" were filmed is stepping into the limelight with next month's Cinema Arts Festival Houston.

Held November 11 to 15, the fest says it focuses on "films by and about artists," offering events like a conversation with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel") Nov. 13 and a screening of the new documentary "Yes Men Fix The World" with one of the Yes Men, who have been wreaking havoc in Washington D.C. this week with fake press conferences and silly costumes—that's on November 14 and 15.

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All Of The Nation's A Stage For A Free Night Of Theater On Oct. 15

October 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gleeks and other theater nerds will be thrilled to know that they can catch complimentary shows in more than 120 cities across the country on October 15, the designated Free Night of Theater. But theater newbies benefit, too. They get a chance to dip their feet in the theater pool instead of having to dive right in and become full-fledged patrons of the arts.

The fifth annual Free Night aims to expose theater to the masses, especially those demographics that are typically underrepresented in theater audiences. It's the perfect time to try out a new company that you've been meaning to see or one that you've never even heard of. Offerings include everything from experimental companies to musical-theater troupes, and ballet companies to classical music concerts.

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Proof That Hugh Jackman And Daniel Craig Are Really On Broadway Together

Where: 236 W. 45th Street [map], New York, NY, United States
September 30, 2009 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having trouble distinguishing between movies and plays? In a movie, the characters don't berate you if your cell phone goes off, as one Broadway audience member found out this week while watching Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig tread the boards together.

Jackman and Craig are currently starring in "A Steady Rain," a Chicago-imported drama about two cops who get into some off-duty trouble. Last Wednesday, they didn't even break accent (Jackman's is better, for the record) to call out an etiquette-challenged patron who didn't turn off a ringing cell phone (which proceeded to go off again). Thanks to TMZ, you can watch the video here, and we beg you, do not be that guy. Or, for that matter, the guy videotaping an entire show from his seat—this isn't U2 at Giants Stadium!

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Our Top Three Play Picks For San Diego's Shakespeare Festival

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
September 16, 2009 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Patrick Page plays the nasally-well-endowed titular character and Dana Green stars as Roxane.

If you are looking to wind down the season with one more alfresco outing, head to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre for the Summer Shakespeare Festival. The 74th annual fest offers Bard classics Twelfth Night and Coriolanus and in a break with tradition, Cyrano de Bergerac, the first non-Shakespeare play the theater has featured since it revived the festival five years ago.

The three productions rotate nightly in the Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre through September 27. This way, if you're in town for a couple of days, you can catch all three. But if you can only make a day or two, here's a rundown of the shows to help you decide which play to see:

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Hugh Jackman And Daniel Craig On Broadway Makes For A Theatre-Crazy August

August 14, 2009 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

The glitz and the glamour of the Great White Way has dazzled many a visitor to New York CIty, but you want something... more. You don't mind seeing a little of the magic dissipated if it means you get a glimpse into what goes on when the show must go on. Prove you're not the average Playbill-collecting fan with these New York theater excursions:

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The Show Can't Go On: '9 To 5' Joins Musical Closures On Broadway

August 3, 2009 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (2)

Now they can stay in their pajamas all day: The cast and crew of Broadway's movie-to-musical version of "9 to 5," cowritten by Dolly Parton, will be out of work by Labor Day as the poorly attended musical is scheduled to close. Based on the 1980 female-empowerment comedy costarring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, "9 to 5" opened April 30 but never found its audience, failing to break 70 percent capacity in the house this past week.

Our recessionary theory: A depressed job market has no place for fantasies about getting revenge on your sexist boss. After all, he could read your mind (or your tweets) and fire you, and then where would you be? More likely, the show's producers wildly overestimated the popularity of the movie (and Parton's drawing power when she's not onstage) when they sunk $14 million into the show; without marquee names either for Broadway or the movies—Allison Janney, we still love you—tourists steered clear.

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Recession Hits Disney as Broadway's 'Little Mermaid' To Close

July 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Mouse just couldn't mint that money fast enough: The Broadway production of "The Little Mermaid," one of three Disney shows currently running on the Great White Way, will close August 30 and seek its fortunes on a national tour.

"The Little Mermaid" opened in November 2007 after a very mixed out-of-town try-out in Denver and never gained the hearts and minds of critics, while its siblings were either mostly ignored ("Mary Poppins") or unduly celebrated ("The Lion King"). Stung by the stagehands' strike and widespread mockery of the production's use of rollerskates to make its actors "swim" about the stage, the show nonetheless outlasted box office predictions and as of last week was still at 85 percent capacity, while the critically acclaimed play "Mary Stuart" languished at 55.3 percent. (The second-last show in grosses, "Blithe Spirit," is closing this week.)

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