Puccini’s Turandot

In the midst of celebrating its 40th season, Knoxville Opera opens its spring calendar with a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, an opera that was left without its conclusion due to the composer’s untimely death.  Thankfully, one of…
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Pigskin Panic

The University of Tennessee football program might well be operating in panic mode the rest of the season. Getting steamrolled at home by a longtime SEC rival – with a head coach already teetering in a precarious predicament – can change…
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Winter Wish Book

In early November, storefront windows of New York City are magically transformed into fantasies. Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdale’s continue a famous rivalry of grand window scenes that began in the 1800s.…
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Toys for Tots

It’s a classic Christmas story. The children wake up at dawn waiting anxiously at the top of the stairs. They peer over the banister down to the family room below, wondering which from the dozens of brightly wrapped presents they will open…
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The Best Ever

I have noticed that people love lists. They especially love lists about what others think are the very “best.” “The Best 25 Places to Retire,” or “The Top Ten Places to Hide From the Police,” for example. I recently read an article…
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Authentic Agrarian

When Mary and Stanley Griffin were designing their Agrarian-style home in Arcadia, they tapped into the origins of Agrarian design, when homes were built with local wood and stone. These homes are an acknowledgement of their place, and are…
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