The Classicism of Modernity II

(Continued from “The Classicism of Modernity” on 20 June 2014) The birthplace of Dionysian legends, Greece is rightly proud of its ancient roots and rich heritage. Whereas during the


In my opinion, wine connoisseurs are not people who buy the most expensive bottles they can get their hands on. They are individuals who focus on value for money, taking

Bellini’s opera opens Friday in Macau | Hard to play Norma

* Movies: Two Faces * Books: Strong Darkness  by Jon Land * Music: The Mozart Album  by Lang Lang * Wine: The Shades of Green * Food: pink for Revolution   DOWNLOAD

‘Two Faces’ builds tension, has nice cast

Who can say no to a good Patricia Highsmith adaptation? Though her 1964 suspense thriller “The Two Faces of January” is not the easiest story to bring to the screen.

Jon Land delivers with ‘Strong Darkness’

In 1883, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong, assisted by the state’s famous “hanging judge,” Roy Bean, is on the trail of a serial killer who butchers Chinese railroad workers by

Pianist Lang Lang tackles Mozart

This double-CD set is the first all-Mozart recording from the Chinese-born piano virtuoso Lang Lang, who at age 32 has achieved something approaching matinee idol popularity for his performances of

MDT FEATURE | Italian theatre brings Vincenzo Bellini’s opera ‘Norma’ to town

In Roman occupied Gaul, Norma is a powerful Druid priestess who compromises her ideals in the name of love. Upon discovering her lover’s infidelity, Norma’s tragic fate is secured, as

The Shades of Green

Situated in the northwestern edge of Portugal facing the Atlantic Ocean, Vinho Verde is a little world of intrigue unto itself. First mentioned by Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca and


It’s the time of year for the ‘Plush for PINK’ campaign at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central again! From now to the 31st of October 2014, the hotel will offer its

Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

* Movies: Tracks * Books: Tennessee williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh by john lahr * Music: Partners  by barbra streisand * Wine: The Carthaginian Resurgence III * Food: Red for passion white for

‘Tracks’ leaves a mark

The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran’s excellent new film “Tracks,” into the deepest

Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams

When “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in

Streisand’s timeless ‘Partners’ soars

Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” isn’t just about star-powered duets, but partnerships of love and family. It’s a love album for the ages, as fit for your anniversary as your parents’ or

TRAVELOGUE |Port wine in Portugal and Douro River vineyards

Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River. Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked

The Carthaginian Resurgence III

(Continued from “The Carthaginian Resurgence II” on 11 July 2014) Located at the northern tip of Africa, Tunisia is merely 155km away from the Sicilian city of Marsala, or 225km away


Martin’s company was set up in 2008 to offer clients the privilege of acquiring bottles of “VDP Grosse Lage” Riesling and Pinot noir wine from the Nahe region, one-hour southwest

Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

* Movies: Them * Books: Tokyo Kill by Barry Lancet * Music: You Mean the World to Me by Jonas Kaufmann, * Wine: The Idyllic Treasure * Food: the Korean Touch   DOWNLOAD

Chastain, McAvoy make ‘Them’ a worthy trip

All the lonely people. Where do they all belong? You won’t hear that line in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” (more on that title in a moment), a highly

Lancet imbues new novel with vivid sense of Japan

Art, social issues, culture and, yes, war — all the things that make or break a society — converge in Barry Lancet’s exciting second novel about antiques dealer Jim Brodie,

Opera’s Kaufmann turns to lighter fare

Is there anything Jonas Kaufmann can’t do? The great German tenor has long since conquered the worlds of grand opera and classical recital. Now he turns his talents with equal

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