arts

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook is perhaps best known for her Broadway roles: she was the original Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, Cunegonde in Candide, and Amalia in She Loves Me. And her cabaret and concert interpretations of Stephen Sondheim's songs have no peer. But now, nearing the age of 85, the legendary singer and Kennedy Center honoree has taken a far jazzier approach.

Gianofer Fields

During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

Michel Bayne

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

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We don’t often give a lot of thought to our clothes or where they come from.

Aaron's Hammer

May 3, 2012
Gianofer Fields

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

A Mighty Welder

Apr 19, 2012
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What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

Cathy Lybarger/Etsy

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

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Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of how material culture meets sense of place.

Gianofer Fields

Our new contributor studies Material Culture, or what the objects in our lives say about us.

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