Beth Lizardo

The Smithsonian Craft Show, now in its 27th year, has never failed to highlight the best in fine crafts. And starting this Thursday, the show will make its grand return to the National Building Museum. Here people will be able to browse–and purchase–one-of-a-kind work by 120 accomplished craft artists from across the country. What’s more,…

Sudoku Traveler: China

Since its rise to popularity in 2005, the number game Sudoku has produced an overwhelming array of addicts. And last week, when National Geographic Games’s new online game, Sudoku Traveler: China, hit the market, I joined the ranks of happily addicted Sudoku players. After all, the only thing better than losing yourself in a game…

On a wet, dreary night in March last year I got a phone call from my parents. They were having dinner on the beach in Cabarete, a small Caribbean beach village on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. I could barely hear my mom over the voices and music in the background. “You would…

Driving along Highway 177 in north-central Oklahoma, your eyes wander across seemingly endless stretches of open prairie and sky. So it may come as a surprise when they fall upon an oversized barn made of rock. You can perceive the outline of this local landmark miles before you actually confront it; and when you finally…

One lazy Saturday afternoon this summer, my boyfriend and I wandered into what we were told was the best new barbecue joint in Manhattan: Hill Country. I tend to be skeptical of recommendations adorned with superlatives, but the food at this newbie, which is marketed as “music to your mouth,” really does sing. (And that’s…

Whenever I travel back to Boston (my hometown), I’m lucky enough to be taken out by my friend who works as an event planner in the city. The best part of her job — at least in my opinion — is that she is required to be in the know about pretty much every restaurant…

Cebu, a province of the Philippines, has long been a holiday destination for its beaches and warm weather. But now people are finding another—quite unusual—reason to visit the island: Dancing inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. The prisoners skyrocketed to Internet superstardom last year when a video of them dancing to Michael…

A Bloody Good Shakespeare Marathon

Shakespeare aficionados will be happy to learn that the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is performing all eight of the bard’s history-themed plays over the next few months. The plays—which span over 100 years of history—include Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II and III, and Richard III. …

Japan! in D.C.

It’s inside, outside, and even trickling out into the parking garage—it’s Japan! Culture+Hyperculture, the latest exhibition to take over The Kennedy Center. Made up of over 450 artists, 40 performances, and over a dozen free events, this interactive exhibition showcases all things Japanese: theater, dance, music, fashion, art, photography, literature, and, of course, toys. According…

Cabaraoke: Rocking Out On The Road

For those with the desire to take the karaoke party beyond the bar and onto the road, one Kansas City cab driver has the answer for you: cabaraoke. The force behind this movement is the Yellow Cab driver called Papa Bear, who, for a standard cab fee, gives you a ride and a full-on karaoke…

Ancient Egypt Arrives in London

The city of London was met with an unusual sight a few weeks ago when a 25-foot statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, made a trip down the Thames on the back of a cargo ship. The fiberglass statue’s journey ended in Trafalgar Square, where it rested for three days before being…

Sustainable Chefs

It used to be that eating organic was the ticket to healthy living. But chemical-free doesn’t necessarily connote freshness and quality, and there is an increasing demand to both purchase and consume produce that are not only organic but has also been carefully tended to. As Jen L. Karetnick points out in an article she…

We’re not going to lie: IT loves a bar with a good happy hour. And if the bar is eco-friendly? Well, we’d be fools not to show our support! Last week IT ventured over to Dupont Circle to investigate happy hour at Hotel Palomar’s trendy Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar. “Reminiscent of a modern-day Tuscan…