Marco Chitti: Who Decides that Roads Lead to Rome?

We citizens love to connect with each other by lamenting the exorbitant taxes we pay to wasteful governments and the inflated prices of consumer goods and services.  But how often do nuanced arguments about transportation infrastructure figure into those conversations? Probably never; roads, bridges, railways… we just take them for granted, right?  However, the status of itsContinue reading Marco Chitti: Who Decides that Roads Lead to Rome?

Chieko Okabe, Jorma Silvasti & Kaisa Makkonen: Opera from Savonlinna

The City of Savonlinna is what many of us picture when we imagine Finland: it is small, hospitable, surrounded by forests and lakes, and filled with cultural activities.  The Olavinlinna Castle is the center of the City and also a fortress island that symbolizes the heart of the Saimaa Lake Region, one of the largest bodiesContinue reading Chieko Okabe, Jorma Silvasti & Kaisa Makkonen: Opera from Savonlinna

Tanya Tomkins: What are Period Instruments to Classical Music?

Cellist Tanya Tomkins performs classical music on two different instruments: one “period” the other “modern”.  Both instruments are crafted from the same kind of wood and have four strings; except for the convex shape of her “period” bow, non-connoisseurs would have a hard time telling the two apart.  So, what makes for a “period” or “modern” performance?  IsContinue reading “Tanya Tomkins: What are Period Instruments to Classical Music?”

Izzy Shill: Are Sex Comedies Funny?

Actress Izzy Shill has starred in series and films known to households everywhere, like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Orange is the New Black.  But it’s her work as film writer and directress that has made for the most colorful dinner-table conversations.  In her Pandemic-era hit, Face to Face Time, the naïve and dedicated Claire prepares a romantic video-callContinue reading “Izzy Shill: Are Sex Comedies Funny?”

The Honorable Christopher C. Rosenquest: What Does a City Mayor Do?

Trump, Clinton, Biden… curiously, when citizens in Western countries go into “voting season,” the elected positions farthest removed from voters’ daily lives are usually the most fervently contested.  Yet it is the local elected officials who are responsible for making sure the streets are paved, the police force and fire brigades are responsive and well managed,Continue reading “The Honorable Christopher C. Rosenquest: What Does a City Mayor Do?”