Arts & Culture | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/arts-culture/RSS feed for Arts & CultureenFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-first-jazz-recording-made-group-white-guys-180962246/A century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-hollywood-glamour-was-sold-local-department-store-180962262/During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-video-game-capture-magic-walden-180962125/Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000The Lasting Influence Matisse Had on Richard Diebenkorn's Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lasting-influence-matisse-richard-diebenkorn-artwork-180962117/The great American painter owed a luminous debt to the French ModernistTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-winemaking-techniques-armenian-karas-renaissance-180962212/A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karasesThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:28:23 +0000Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nothing-says-i-hate-you-vinegar-valentine-180962109/For at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cardsFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:08:34 +0000Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-riffel-top-chef-south-africa-food-cuisine-cultural-travel-180961652/South African food culture fosters connection, he saysThu, 09 Feb 2017 18:58:42 +0000Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-france-food-classic-meal-french-cuisine-gastronomy-cultural-travel-180961653/Two food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be foundThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ballad-boombox-what-public-enemy-tells-us-about-hip-hop-race-and-society-180962095/Thirty years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Soprano Who Upended Americans' Racist Stereotypes About Who Could Sing Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-elizabeth-taylor-greenfield-americas-first-black-pop-star-180962077/ Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was in many ways the nation's first black pop starWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:37 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/margarita-carrillo-arronte-chef-mexican-food-unesco-world-heritage-cultural-travel-180961644/Meet the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisineWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:00 +0000Stunning, Surreal Concepts Cast a Spell on the Fairy Tales Architecture Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/surreal-concepts-spell-fairy-tale-competition-180962066/Ukrainian architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko came in first this year for his sci-fi meditation "Last Day"Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:39 +0000Take a Tour of France’s “Bestiary of Machines”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-tour-frances-mechanical-animal-theme-park-180962076/Enter Les Machines de l'île’s Mechanical Animal Theme ParkTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:33:21 +0000Why the Scrumptious Date Is So Important to the Muslim Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-date-is-so-important-to-muslim-world-180962011/The Prophet Muhammed said that Ajwah dates—grown in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia—are from paradiseMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pharaonic-feast-afterlife-history-cultural-travel-180961617/Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000Nine New Must-See Museums Opening This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-museums-2017-180961757/From the American Revolution to fashion design, these are the new museums to see in 2017Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:38:45 +0000Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-instagram-food-photography-180961643/Hailing from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no bordersTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:13:55 +0000How Beatrix Potter Invented Character Merchandisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-beatrix-potter-invented-character-merchandising-180961979/Faced with rejection, the author found her own path to fame and fortuneTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:23:32 +0000When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-stop-absinthe-happy-hour-19th-century-paris-180961650/When the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absintheMon, 30 Jan 2017 22:31:02 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raise-glass-meet-smithsonians-new-beer-scholar-180961961/Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/claudia-roden-interview-middle-eastern-cooking-180961649/For Roden, food is a lens to understand historyThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:26:25 +0000The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-ingenuity-behind-goodnight-moon-180961923/Author Margaret Wise Brown used new theories in childhood education to write the classic children’s bookThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:53:31 +0000The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ever-expanding-world-wines-cultural-travel-180961654/Never before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globeMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:07:28 +0000Much of the Cuisine We Now Know, and Think of as Ours, Came to Us by Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-cuisine-war-tradition-food-history-cultural-travel-180961610/The long and winding road that brought "local" dishes to our platesMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:31:22 +0000Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neurosciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/revel-these-wondrous-drawings-father-neuroscience-180961881/A new book and exhibition pay homage to Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s impressive powers of observationMon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000To Bear Witness to Japanese Internment, One Artist Self-Deported Himself to the WWII Campshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bear-witness-japanese-internment-one-artist-self-deported-himself-wwii-camps-180961853/The inhumanity brought on by Executive Order 9066 spurred Isamu Noguchi to actionThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-hollywood-titan-foresaw-horrors-nazi-germany-180961828/Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape EuropeTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:18 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/master-chef-tony-lu-restaurant-vegetarian-china-cultural-travel-kitchen-stories-food-180961613/Master chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000A Brief History of Food as Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/From subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ramen-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-food-history-180961651/In Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-artifacts-music-legends-share-stage-180961764/Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/michael-jackson-donald-trump-and-other-famous-americans-who-escaped-brushes-death-180961707/The roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarceratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/everyday-struggle-child-parents-incarcerated-180961438/With more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/far-reaching-effects-american-incarceration-180961435/Three photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-obama-prepares-leave-white-house-180961430/Commissioned for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroadsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-documentary-david-byrne-explores-wonder-color-guard-180961431/The dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlightWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:26 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/march-joyous-raucous-beat-sonic-boom-south-180961436/College football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000This Is the "Jass" Record That Introduced Millions of Americans to a New Kind of Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/first-jazz-record-introduced-millions-records-jass-180961427/The record that introduced millions of Americans to a new kind of musicTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Top History Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-history-books-2016-180961616/Here are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/evangeline-captures-emptiness-longing-nova-scotia-180961401/Photographer Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bug-had-world-seeing-red-180961590/How a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000