Brooklyn Nutcracker 2016: Ballet of Light

The Nutcracker is one of the icons of ballet, even if it is often somehow denigrated as being ‘only’ appropriate for the Christmas season. Dance companies around the world have shaped their own arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s music, some diverging very far afield. The Brooklyn Nutcracker is a gem among reimaginings, a fusion of ballet, hip-hop, […]

A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ah, ‘tis the season: Lights on trees, snow on the ground, the smell of pine and balsam in the air, the sounds of jingling bells, and holiday mayhem at all the stores. But there’s one phenomenon that uniquely captures the winter holiday style, and that is the ugly Christmas sweater. When did this phenomenon start, […]

The Importance of Dreadlock Maintenance

Dreadlocks have long been associated with Rastafarians. Later, the look was co-opted by white hippies and members of the grunge movement who thought it looked cool. Just because they are loosely associated with grunge and hippies doesn’t mean that they are low-maintenance and don’t require effort and care. To maintain your dreads and take care […]