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The Historical & Verdant Sites to See in Ireland

 St Stephen’s Green

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so Ireland is on the mind of people everywhere! Here are some of our picks for great travel destinations in the Emerald Isle:


  • St Stephen’s Green: One of the great public parks of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green makes for a pleasant morning stroll after a hearty breakfast. See its ornate arches, gazebos, and numerous memorials.


  • Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: With an extensive permanent collection of Irish artists throughout history, the gallery also houses a reconstruction of Francis Bacon’s studio, making this gallery a must for art aficionados.   

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens: For those looking for a day trip outside the city, take in sprawling Powerscourt. Located in County Wicklow, Powerscourt is known for its 47 acres of gardens, which were voted the “3rd best garden in the world” by National Geographic, along with the palatial mansion which dates back to the 18th century.


  • Guinness Storehouse: The legendary brewery in heart of Dublin houses a museum tracing the history of Guinness along with a tasting room and bar overlooking the city.


  • Trinity College: Steeped in over 400 years of history, Trinity College houses the Book of Kells, a 9th century medieval manuscript along with ornate architecture and sprawling library.



Gogol Bordello, Patti Smith & More Put on Benefit for Ukraine Concert


Post-punk sensation Golgol Bordello, along with Craig Finn & Franz Nicolay, Patti Smith, Jesse Malin, Lady Lamb, Marc Roberge, Matisyahu, Stephin Merritt, and Suzanne Vega converge at City Winery New York (25 11th Ave, at Hudson River Park) for A Benefit For Ukraine. City Winery will produce a limited edition, custom labeled wine which will be available for purchase online and at the benefit concert. Proceeds from both ticket sales and wine sales will benefit the Come Back Alive foundation. Since its birth in 2014, Come Back Alive has become the largest foundation providing support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

For those of you that can’t attend the show live, tickets are also being sold for a livestream of the show.

To learn more, go to:

A Benefit for Ukraine Featuring Gogol Bordello & Friends
March 10, 2022

City Winery New York City
25 11th Ave, at Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011


Fabienne Delacroix Presents a Nostalgic Jaunt Through Paris at Hugo Galerie

"La Chapelle"

While you’re busy with holiday shopping and the winter cold, you can take a break for a quick jaunt to Paris and the Seine, all while on Broadway. Hugo Fine Arts Galerie on Madison Avenue will be presenting Oh! Les Beaux Jours, presenting the works of French artist, Fabienne Delacroix. Running December 2 to January 2, 2022, Delacroix is internationally known for her charming and nostalgic depictions of France and her paintings have been big sellers since she was only 12 years old. 

To learn more, go to:

Fabienne Delacroix: Oh! Les Beaux Jours
2 December 2021 – 2 January 2022

Hugo Fine Arts Galerie
472 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012


The Experience of the 9/11 Attack Lives In All of Us

Photo by Michael Foran, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
A few days before 9/11, my father died. On September 3rd, I was at the world science fiction convention in Philly and got a call to come back to Cincinnati. That I did and on the morning of the attack, I was coping with my mother coping with his death.
There I was watching the TV, planning my flight back to New York when I saw the first tower burning, smoke billowing out everywhere. It was unbelievable. Then the second plane struck and I was as speechless as nearly everyone else throughout the world.
Though I didn’t know it consciously at the time, that attack was life-changing for millions, maybe billions — as much in some ways as for those at the site or in the immediate area. I was stunned and not sure how to deal with such devastation.
There, in Ohio, I was helpless to respond in any meaningful way. Or so I thought.
Ultimately, it was a personally life-altering event. It changed my career path and changed me philosophically, as a writer, a thinker and as creator. I had written primarily about music, interviewing musicians, producers, and the like. But at that moment, I picked up the phone and called a newspaper editor  who had asked me to write a media column.
I told him I would write about the coverage of 9/11 as it was viewed from afar and on the TV.
After three weeks, I came back to Manhattan and haven’t returned to Cincinnati since.
At the time, I had an office near the site. Acrid smoke still permeated the air even after I returned three weeks later. The poisonous air quality was so bad I didn’t go back to the office for months. I even received some 9/11 funds to cover the rent since it was impossible to return.
I did visit the location and, as a result, transformed the media column into a platform for covering indie film, political events and much more. As a journalist, I was able to go to the site when President Bush visited it and see the destruction up-close. 
I shifted from print to online media work. I became a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and launched my own website. I was now a full fledged master of the internet, less concerned with collecting clippings and more concerned with URLs.
Without boring you about my personal history any longer, I have to ask, 20 years later where am I? 
I was reborn into communicating through this new form — cyberspace. I now exist in the digital stream. And with Covid 19 accelerating a process that had been underway, we are using the online pipeline more than ever.
So where are the rest of us?
The war in Afghanistan is over — however well it was executed or not. There is a whole generation of Gen-Zers who never knew the world as it was before. Many were born around the time of the attack and have never known the previous world.
In a way, 9/11 became a dividing line for so many things in the arts, politics and our culture. Multi-culturalism is in play, Gay life is as much a part of daily activity as anything else and the idea of traveling into space doesn’t seem so remote anymore. 
With this 20th anniversary at hand, it behooves all of us to take a moment of reflection and think, how did that attack affect me? — not just politically, but spiritually as well.

So please, let this occasion change us once more.

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