Caitlin Etherton

Autism-Friendly Austin

Violet sunsets, a wide variety of live music, a beatnik crew of Longhorn/political/musical/techie/spunky types, and the nation’s largest natural swimming pool in an urban area are sure to keep Texas’ capital all sorts of weird for a long time to come. But for all those working to keep Austin weird, there are just as many…

1. The Old Bay steam that drifts up from a cup of Maryland crab soup when you eat it outside under red and orange sugar maple trees in Easton’s colonial downtown square in mid-November. 2. The hot crabcakes and warm mulled cider that complement the Old Bay steam rising off of your cup of Maryland…

Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn first worked together while filming a documentary for MTV about hip hop in the favelas (Brazilian slums) of Rio and São Paolo. They’re still making their mark in Brazil, but this time they’re not using video cameras, they’re using paint. The “community-driven art interventions” of their Favela Painting Project are providing…

You Are What You Eataly

New Yorkers can stock up on the freshest of the fresh from olive oil to oysters at Eataly, the expansive new slow-food Italian marketplace located just across the street from Madison Square Park. Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti have come together to create a world of Italian cuisine…

Berlin flips on the switch tonight for the grand opening of their eleven-night-long 6th Annual Berlin Festival of Lights. Visitors can take a Lightseeing tour by bus, boat, balloon, horse-drawn carriage or limo to see more than 60 of the city’s most famous landmarks lit up with enormous and innovative multi-colored light installations. Highlights: Early…

Dead Poets Remembrance Day

This Thursday, October 7th, poetry-lovers across the country will gather for the first annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a unique opportunity to meet at the graves of American poets and read their verse aloud. Walter Skold, founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, developed the idea for the holiday after taking a 15,000 mile…

Go Climb a Tree

This arrival of cooler temperatures has visions of fall road trips dancing through my head – winding through mountain tunnels into red and yellow speckled valleys in Pennsylvania with my Mom, or curving around the steep roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a bunch of friends to meet the rising autumn sun at the…

The World is a Book

“…and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine Travel-loving bookworms take heart: Online bookseller Better World Books has extended their Labor Day book sale through today, Wednesday, September 15th, in celebration of International Literacy Day. Better World Books is a creative and responsible global bookstore that collects and sells books (both…

Daily Radar: 9.10.10

The ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be commemorated this Saturday with the return of the “Tribute of Light” double light installation at West and Morris Streets. Eighty-eight searchlights make the monument visible from spots all over the city, including the Staten Island Ferry. [Jaunted] Sleep out on the Mississippi this weekend…

In the past, Margaret’s Grocery in Vicksburg, Mississippi may have been the perfect place for someone to pull over and get a gallon of milk on the way home. Nowadays those pulling out of the grocery driveway are more likely to leave with a couple quirky photographs and a newfound understanding of sanctification. But the…

Daily Radar: 08.17.10

Check out South African airline, Kulula’s new plane design. Not only are the planes lime green, but they’ve gone ahead and labeled the landing gear (“standard with supa-fly mags”) and used the design to give poetic license to the head pilot (“captain, my captain”). [lostateminor] While planning my parents’ trip to Germany, my mom keeps…

Brussels’ Green Thumb

Emory University may not have a football team, but they do have the Dalai Lama as a professor. And that means that while going to college at Emory, I got to watch this happen multiple times. Stepping into the room where a mandala is being worked on feels like stepping into a beehive. The gold…

Forget the chessboard – this summer, people throughout Europe from Barcelona to Berlin are picking up their paddles for street-side table tennis. Cities across England, and in London in particular, are beginning to install Ping-Pong tables in public places in order to build up excitement for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ping-Pong Parlour, a…

Daily Radar: 08.06.10

Too cool for the pool? Well just in time for the last big swing of summer, the Huffington Post has put up a list of 7 Spectacular Swimming Holes in the United States, complete with photos. Some are easy access – like downtown Austin, Texas’ Barton Springs, a picturesque three acre natural spring whose year-round…

Daily Radar: 07.26.10

One glance at Arkansas’ 100 Free Things list proves the state worthy of its nickname, “The Natural State.” You can hike to waterfalls, marvel at river-side limestone bluffs in the Ozarks, take a dip in Hot Springs, boat down the great Mississippi, or visit kid-designed Peabody Park, complete with climbing rocks, underground tunnels and a…

A Horse Is a Horse

… unless you’re in Australia – then it’s a “brumby.” This summer Chincoteague Island, Virginia, will be celebrating its 85th Annual Fireman’s Carnival, Pony Swim and Auction. Sometime during the morning of July 28th (wild ponies are not known to run on schedule), the equine inhabitants of Assateague Island will make their way across Assateague…

Starting even before the dawn of Henry Perry’s slow-cooked ribs (wrapped in newspaper and sold out of an old trolley barn in the 1900′s), Kansas City has long been recognized for its mouthwatering barbecue. Today Kansas City is home to over one hundred different BBQ joints and the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the “world’s largest…

Well Hey, Santa Fe

What brings together the highest capital in the U.S. with the highest capital in the world? Only the giant of all summer folk art events – the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which will be celebrating its seventh colorful year the weekend of July 9th, 10th and 11th. Check out New Mexico Magazine’s video…

It seems the coin toss will be the deciding factor concerning who has the advantage as Nigeria takes on Greece in day seven of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (ESPN will begin live coverage at 9:30 a.m. EST.) Both teams lost in their first games of group matches — to Argentina and the Korea Republic…

Capital Poetry

The escalator ride descending into Dupont Circle Metro Station (20th & Q Sts. NW) never ceases to amaze me in its steepness – and it’s not even the tallest one in Washington, D.C. (that would be Wheaton Station, which, at a whopping 230 feet, makes it the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere). I cringe…