Category: Focus On

Tucson: A Gallery in the Sun

Art galleries abound in Tucson but one, a bit off the beaten path, embodies the native spirit of this city like no other. Celebrating its centennial this year, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a must-see, not just for the art but for the place itself: a series of adobe structures built by the hands and imagination of one eccentric, very spiritual artist.

Kyoto: Hotel Screen, Peeling the Layers

In Kyoto, 13 designers try their hand at solving the city’s special koan. At Hotel Screen — its very name is redolent of both the iconic Japanese room divider and the latticework architecture of Kyoto’s storefronts — design is used to subtly transmit mood and ideas.

Luxembourg: Cafe Central at the Grund

The scene greeting us at a certain Cafe des Artistes could have been in Paris, Berlin or Amsterdam or any number of European hot spots. In the dark, smoky room, a chanteuse, young and lovely, yet already world weary, sat perched on a high stool by a piano. With the requisite lit cigarette. . . .

Basel: Artful Whirligigs

A master of kinetic sculpture, Jean Tinguely created ingenious works from all sorts of everyday materials, including scrap metal, plastic, and discarded wheels. In art-filled Basel, a museum pays homage.

Philadelphia: On Bike and Skate

Philadelphia was designed for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages, and this makes it nice for bikers and skaters too. Bicycling there has doubled since 2005 and, with newly-announced dedicated bike lanes, it’s about to get even more popular. An overview of the best ways to tour Philadelphia and surroundings on two wheels or four.

San Francisco: The Multi-Faceted Presidio

In San Francisco, an old army base offers unparalleled views, nature walks, a military cemetery, a municipal golf course, and even a “clothing-optional” beach. A new museum, dedicated to — of all things — the life and work of Walt Disney draws renewed attention to this most unusual national park.

Venice: Molino Stucky, Europe's Largest Restoration

On Giudecca, just across the way from the main Venetian archipelago, the distinctive red brick complex has been a city landmark for years. A four-year, 200 million-Euro restoration has carefully incorporated its original factory architecture with all the mod-cons of contemporary hostelry, including those, like a rooftop pool, that are new to Venice.