It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if you happen to live in a cold climate.
But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are going indoors to produce tomatoes and other veggies in demand during the winter months. "There's a huge increase in greenhouse operations," Harry Klee of the University of Florida tells us.
Blues is so much a part of the fabric of American music and American culture — not only as a defined musical form, but also as a springboard for all kinds of creativity — that it seems crazy to try to encapsulate it in any way. Bear Family Records, though, has just released a 12-disc survey of electric blues called Plug It In! Turn It Up! that does a great job of illuminating one particular aspect of the blues.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:13 pm
It all goes back to Martha Stewart. At least, that's who Christopher Dawson cites as the inspiration for his series, Coverage. In 2004, America's iconic "homemaker" had just been sentenced in an insider trading case, Dawson says.
"The media's attention to that case was enormous," he writes. "At the same time ... the situation in Iraq was rapidly disintegrating, and I couldn't reconcile that with the disproportionate attention the Stewart case received from the American press."
Life of Pi is a movie I’d been looking forward to for a very long time. I had read the book years ago and the visuals that author Yann Martel vividly describes always struck me as perfect for the big screen. When master director Ang Lee was pegged to helm the film adaptation it was a match made in heaven. Lee’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” is still one of the most visually stunning films ever made. Lee doesn’t disappoint, "Life of Pi" is full of breathtaking visuals that bring the written word to life.
Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 1:07 pm
The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:34 pm
"Dense" and "lush" have long been necessary adjectives for anyone attempting to describe Yeasayer's sound. The band's approach entails folding many disparate elements together, twisting and pulling them until they decide to play nice. Although its first two albums, 2007's All Hour Cymbals and 2010's Odd Blood, don't sound terribly similar, they at least have this wide-reaching approach in common.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:46 pm
Yes, he talked about the negotiations over taxes and spending cuts. Yes, it was a holiday photo op. But what really struck us about Vice President Joe Biden's this morning to Washington, D.C.'s first Costco store was how, once again, he just seems to have so much fun.
Mercury is not the first planet to come to mind if you were searching for ice in the solar system. After all, the surface temperature across most of the planet is hot enough to melt lead.
But at the poles on Mercury it's a different story. Almost no sun reaches the poles, and as a result, temperatures can drop to less than -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, three papers in the journal Science suggest there really is ice at the bottom of craters near the poles on Mercury.