In a rare exhibit, treasures from a Chinese emperor's private retreat in the Forbidden City are on display at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Curator Nancy Berlinger's rare access began with shipping a humble 200-year-old Chinese home to Salem, Mass.
Robert Plant's new album 'Band of Joy,' PBS documentary on 'Cuba: an Accidental Eden,' sculptor Patrick Dougherty's new book 'Stickwork,' and more recommendations.
'Casino Jack' documentary about Jack Abramoff out on DVD, Martha Stewart now on Hallmark Channel, free pass to museums on Museum Day Sept. 25, and more recommendations.
Storefront booths, such as East Village Radio in New York, reach millions online – if they can cut legal static.
Brian Wilson sings Gershwin, 'Prime Suspect' comes out on DVD, Stuart McLean's storytelling is like Canada's answer to Garrison Keillor, and more recommendations.
In Second Life's Al-Andalus, a virtual world patterned after medieval Andalus in Spain, avatars of Muslims mix with avatars of Jews and Christians to strive for a more perfect union.
'Losing Paradise,' a new botanical art exhibition of 44 rare species, illustrates the art form's enduring value – even in this age of digital.
Esperanza Spalding's new album, 'Chamber Music Society,' three unseen Ken Burns documentaries on pbs.org, adult drama 'City Island' on DVD, and more.
'Red Horse' CD from three of folk music's warmest voices, 'The Sartorialist' – a blog for the fashion cognoscenti, an eye-opening documentary on the bottled-water industry, and more.
Classic Daffy Duck toons out on DVD, mouthwatering 'Fresh From Maine' cook book, 'Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti' CD, and more top picks.
'Mi Alma Mexicana' CD celebrates Mexico, Architectural Digest steps into the exotic in its August issue, Paola Mendoza's film 'Entre Nos' comes out on DVD, and more top picks.
In a new exhibition, Ansel Adams's iconic nature images are contrasted with Edward Burtynsky's industrial scapes of rock quarries, coal heaps, and rusty ships.
Highlights of Crossroads Guitar Festival in local movie theaters, a marvelously inventive Belgian animated film on DVD, AMC's new espionage series, and more top picks.
Randy Newman's 'Toy Story Favorites' on CD, Chicago's Grant Park music festival, raising awareness of violence in the Congo through music, and more top picks.
PBS documentary about service dogs on DVD, book about climate displacement, a donation that changes the world, and more top picks.
'Whales Tohorā' at Boston's Museum of Science, Justin Cronin's vampire saga 'The Passage,' veggietrader.com for backyard vegetable growers, and more top picks.
Vietnam adopted the old Soviet model and offers a monthly salary to children as young as 4 who excel in tournaments.
A network of after-school programs draws teens into the world of spoken-word and slam poetry.
'The Last Station,' featuring Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy on DVD, PBS hosts 'A Capitol Fourth' from Washington D.C., the annual Tanglewood music festival begins, and more top picks.
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