Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:17 +0000One Way to Visit Bhutan Is By Way of El Pasohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-way-to-visit-bhutan-is-by-way-el-paso-180955065/After making its debut at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a temple from the Himalayan kingdom is uniquely reincarnated on a Texan university campusFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:17 +0000Filipino Cuisine Was Asian Fusion Before "Asian Fusion" Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/filipino-cuisine-asian-fusion-180954947/A wave of Filipino families in Las Vegas is putting a Pacific spin on fried chicken, hot dogs and Sin City itselfThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Taking Stock of 75 Years of McDonald'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/taking-stock-75-years-mcdonalds-180954950/Has the original fast-food restaurant finally reached the end of its success?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Nylons' Run is Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-nylon-run-over-180954954/They were a craze when they debuted 75 years ago, but have since been replaced by new social normsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Russell Crowe Takes a New Look at an Old Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/russell-crowe-takes-new-look-at-battle-gallipoli-180954962/The Australian actor/director's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish sideThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finding a Voice for Iranian Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-voice-iranian-women-180954963/Artist Shirin Neshat uses Persian poetry to reveal the conflict between tradition and modernityThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of "2001: A Space Odyssey"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/personal-writings-arthur-c-clarke-reveal-evolution-2001-space-odyssey-180954967/Works donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novelThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is Paris Still a Haven for Black Americans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-still-haven-black-americans-180955082/The City of Light once drew thousands of black expats across the Atlantic, but does it still have the same appeal?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:52:22 +0000Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inuit-wisdom-and-polar-science-are-teaming-save-walrus-180955078/Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammalThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why We Should Teach Music History Backwardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-we-should-teach-music-history-backwards-180955053/Rock fans do their own investigative work to understand their favorite groups’ influences. So why can’t the rest of us get with the program?Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:28:48 +0000Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tactical-urbanists-are-improving-cities-one-rogue-fix-at-a-time-180955049/And city governments are paying attention, turning homemade infrastructure changes into permanent solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:35:11 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/From sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this yearThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-gorgeous-mosaics-made-from-real-animal-specimens-180954976/Artist Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000As Part of a Museum Dance Off, National Museum of American History Breaks it Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/second-annual-museum-dance-off-national-museum-american-history-breaks-down-180954992/Twenty-eight museums around the world vie for the ultimate honorWed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:26 +0000Only a Handful of People Can Enter the Chauvet Cave Each Year. Our Reporter Was One of Them.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/only-handful-people-can-enter-chauvet-cave-each-year-our-reporter-was-one-them-180954981/A rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memoriesTue, 14 Apr 2015 17:07:08 +0000The World's Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/libraries-world-eight-most-interesting-and-accessible-collections-180954974/From the Magna Carta to Winnie the Pooh, what you can see at some of the world's great librariesTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:40:18 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-civic-responsibility-protect-cultural-treasures-during-wartime-180954887/With the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000The Set Designer From Game of Thrones Hints at What's to Come in Season Fivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/on-set-game-of-thrones-building-the-kingdoms-sketch-screen-180954919/Production Designer Deborah Riley discusses the influences behind the intricate and imposing sets of the hit HBO showFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000Kyrgyzstan’s Otherworldly Cities of the Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyrgyzstan-ancestral-cemeteries-180954829/Photographer Margaret Morton traveled to the remote corners of the Central Asian nation to document its city-like ancestral cemeteriesThu, 09 Apr 2015 19:33:43 +0000Where to Go to Visit the Oldest Breweries in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-national-beer-day-visiting-oldest-breweries-america-180954894/To commemorate National Beer Day, throw back a cold one for historyTue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:31 +0000What Makes Billie Holiday's Music So Powerful Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-billie-holiday-so-powerful-today-180954893/Musicians including Cassandra Wilson pay homage to the jazz legend with new albums for Lady Day's 100th birthdayTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:18:38 +0000How the India Pale Ale Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-india-pale-ale-got-its-name-180954891/A look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer todayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:50:43 +0000Planned Afghan Cultural Center Will Honor Ancient Statues Destroyed by the Talibanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/winning-design-honors-ancient-statues-taliban-destroyed-180954840/The winning design will memorialize two ancient Buddha statues demolished in 2001Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:17:05 +0000The Year of Jackie Robinson's Mutual Love Affair With Montrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-jackie-robinsons-mutual-love-affair-montreal-180954878/Before he became a major leaguer, Robinson spent a formative year in the more hospitable environs of CanadaMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:13:59 +0000These Breathtaking Photos of Vietnam’s Caves Bring Out the Armchair Spelunker in Everyonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-breathtaking-photos-vietnams-caves-bring-out-armchair-spelunker-everyone-180954879/Photographer Ryan Deboodt discovers beauty in this subterranean realmMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:12:20 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000The Passion of Christ, As Seen in Murals Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/passion-christ-seen-murals-around-america-180954861/Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara looks at depictions of Jesus in murals across AmericaFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-you-can-see-fabled-imperial-russia-faberge-eggs-180954863/Remnants of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the worldFri, 03 Apr 2015 12:05:43 +0000Why I Still Skydivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-i-still-skydive-180954844/The author found a new life’s calling in skydiving and continues to jump to this day, despite losing her life partner to the sportThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:23:19 +0000This New Collection of 12,000 Photographs Chronicles the American Jazz Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sneak-peek-new-collection-stunning-photos-chronicle-american-jazz-scene-180954831/A donation from the family of photographer and historian Duncan Schiedt captures the music's "essence"Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:20 +0000LeRoy Nieman Pulled Together a Dream Band for His Epic Portrait of Jazz Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-appreciation-month-dream-band-and-25-million-keep-music-alive-180954811/The iconic artist's large-scale painting of this century's music greats debuts at the American History Museum, kicking off Jazz Appreciation MonthTue, 31 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmers-can-shell-coffee-fraction-time-with-this-bike-powered-machine-180954806/A team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/closed-to-the-public-the-iconic-joseff-of-h/Joseff of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th centuryFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/don-drapers-gray-suit-and-fedora-are-among-mad-men-props-donated-smithsonian-1-180954772/Members of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/Sunlight triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/journey-to-mingering-mikes-magical-musical-world-180954751/A new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/importance-mountains-environmental-sustainability-180954520/After 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dame-angela-lansbury-spirited-return-stage-180954694/Noël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000Where to Catch Tulip Maniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-catch-tulip-mania-180954717/The Netherlands isn’t the only place for glorious tulip displays Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:58 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000Make a Pilgrimage to the Brand New John Wayne Birthplace & Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/john-wayne-birthplace-museum-180954679/Opening in April, a museum to match the movie star's legacyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:37:29 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-works-nam-june-paik-discovered-smithsonian-american-art-museum-180954571/While inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/doris-raymond-vintage-frock-stars-the-way-we-wore-los-angeles-180954641/A Smithsonian Channel series features the team behind Hollywood's beloved vintage boutiqueThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:50:34 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/terrible-beauty-glaciers-melting-oceans-rising-180954588/Daniel Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 11 Most Endearing Small Streets Worth Visitinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/top-ten-small-streets-worth-visiting-180954589/These tiny corridors around the world invite you in with their charm and surprising level of bustleThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Rome's Very Short Street With a Long, Magnificent Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rome-very-short-street-180954580/Taste the food life on the Via Margutta, once home to Fellini and since 1953, the scene of Americans' sweetest Roman HolidayThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Retracing the Footsteps of China's Patron Saint of Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/retracing-footsteps-china-patron-saint-tourism-180954581/Travelers are discovering the Ming dynasty's own Indiana Jones, an adventurer who dedicated his life to exploring his country's Shangri-LasThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finally, the Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/france-chauvet-cave-makes-grand-debut-180954582/A high-tech recreation of the immortal artworks shines a new light on the dawn of human imaginationThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Remembering the Astrodome, the Eighth Wonder of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/remembering-astrodome-eighth-wonder-world-180954585/Fifty years after its grand opening, the spectre of the Houston stadium still looms largeThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000See Street Art Around the World via Googlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-street-art-around-world-google-180954605/Thousands of new images help preserve the art formTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:41:35 +0000Should We Be Wearing Blue on St. Patrick’s Day? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/should-st-patricks-day-be-blue-180954572/Before green came on the scene, blue was the color associated with the Saint and the Emerald IsleTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:34:14 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-one-really-knows-what-shamrock-180954578/The three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000A Ghostbusters Board Game, Lights That Respond to Music and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ghostbusters-board-game-lights-that-respond-to-music-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954564/Also, a sensor that uses thermal technology to track the amount of gas left in a tankFri, 13 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000It Was Only a Matter of Time: Drones Get Their Own Film Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/it-was-only-matter-time-drones-get-their-own-film-festival-180954560/Hoping to clean up the tarnished image of drones, a filmmaker shifts the focus to their potential for changing how movies are madeFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:59 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indiana-almost-made-pi-equal-32-and-other-pi-day-facts-180954521/As you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the Story of Cinderella Endures and Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-world-need-yet-another-cinderella-180954549/A Smithsonian folklorist follows the ancient tale with a particularly American twistFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:52:39 +0000Why Can’t Romance Novels Get Any Love?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-cant-romance-novels-get-any-love-180954548/The genre is long overdue to be the focus of serious study from academicsThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:19:34 +0000The World is Full of Circleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-full-circles-180954529/In honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +0000The Amazing Results of Putting a Light Inside Fruits and Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/radu-zaciu-fruit-light-180954435/Romanian photographer Radu Zaciu makes these farmers' market foods glow from withinWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:05:21 +0000Are We Re-Entering a Golden Age of American Bartending?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-we-re-entering-golden-age-american-bartending-180954474/At the turn of the century, America was a hotbed of cocktail innovation—then Prohibition happened. Now, bartenders are trying to reclaim the golden age.Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:46 +0000The Ridiculous World of Magna Carta Kitschhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ridiculous-world-magna-carta-kitsch-180954515/Throughout the United Kingdom, retailers are going mad over an 800-year-old documentTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:38:37 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-drawings-show-strange-beauty-phages-bacteria-slayers-180954507/Phage viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000Holi 2015: Stunning Photos of Holi, the Festival of Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/holi-2015-stunning-photos-holi-festival-colors-180954496/Celebrated all over India and around the world, the Hindu festival heralds the beginning of springMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:39:08 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wellcome-image-awards-2015-goats-stomach-never-looked-so-good-180954475/Eleven venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-cosmic-visions-include-mars-ocean-and-supernova-quartet-180954498/The red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000How Close Are We to Creating a Real-Life Chappie?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-close-are-we-creating-real-life-chappie-180954495/Despite the potential danger, some scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before autonomous sentient robots walk among us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:22:47 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/See the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beautiful-canadian-rockies-shine-photography-chris-burkard-180954417/Known for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new worldMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:15:10 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-leonard-nimoy-passing-why-star-trek-fans-loved-him-180954430/Nimoy, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000