Tish Wells

How architecture has affected the lives of Americans

“10 Buildings That Changed America” is a history of something so taken for granted that you may never look at a shopping mall or a skyscraper again in the same light. | 05/08/13 13:08:59 By - Tish Wells

Chinese phoenixes soar at D.C.’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

There’s nothing wimpy about Xu Bing’s phoenixes. Even the two fragile, broken clay models on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery here show the power of the mythical birds. | 04/30/13 13:13:13 By - Tish Wells

At D.C. gallery: Japanese illustrated books a precursor to manga

The Japanese comics known as manga have a long history, with roots dating back to books produced in the 17th century. Those roots are on display in a new exhibit, “Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer’s Japanese Illustrated Books” at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Aug. 11. | 04/09/13 08:03:11 By - Tish Wells

'Spies of Warsaw': Mission not accomplished

In BBC America's adaptation of "Spies of Warsaw," David Tennant plays Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a French military attache attached to the embassy in Warsaw during the run-up to World War II. Unfortunately, despite a valiant attempt, Tennant never quite pulls off the Frenchman. | 04/01/13 11:56:07 By - Tish Wells

New season of ‘Doctor Who’ starts a year’s celebration

On Nov. 23, 1963, a black-and-white science fiction show with laughable special effects premiered on the BBC in Great Britain. It was called “Doctor Who.” The latest season starts in the U.S. on March 30 on BBC America with “The Bells of Saint John.” It will be available on iTunes the day after broadcast. | 03/27/13 14:15:49 By - Tish Wells

Debunking the myth of King Arthur

The myth of King Arthur, his queen, Guinevere, and the knights of the Round Table is too ingrained in our collective psyche to be overthrown by mere facts questioning his very existence. But British academic Professor Guy Halsall tries anyway | 03/27/13 11:25:03 By - Tish Wells

New books for children

Why do children get all the pretty books? While beautiful to look at, most kids’ books usually import some kind of knowledge, whether it be a gentle lesson of a sapling growing into full-grown tree, or teaching the meaning of a Chinese word. | 03/13/13 18:31:24 By - Tish Wells

The animated series “Star Wars: the Clone Wars” is heading towards the end

Because of changes at Lucasfilm, and the new direction that “Star Wars” saga will be taking, “other things have to wind down and come to a close, and that’s what we’re going to do to be doing with ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’” says Dave Filoni, supervising director of the series, in a video posted Monday to the Star Wars channel on Facebook. | 03/11/13 17:41:31 By - Tish Wells

Cyrus Cylinder on display through April at D.C.’s Sackler Gallery

It’s about the size of an American football and made of clay. It’s chipped, cracked and is even missing a chunk. But the Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most important pieces of pottery in history. On loan from the British Museum, it is on display in a small two-room exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through April 28. | 03/11/13 11:32:42 By - Tish Wells

D.C.'s National Gallery of Art spotlights Pre-Raphaelite painters

Just in time for the spring influx of school trips and Easter vacations, the National Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting two exhibits about the Pre-Raphaelites painters of 19th century England. | 02/21/13 14:23:25 By - Tish Wells

In time for the New Year, cruise 'The Spendid Chinese Garden'

For many, there is nothing more beautiful than a garden. For some, there is no greater beauty than a Chinese garden. And for those people, there is “The Splendid Chinese Garden” by Hu Jie. | 02/06/13 12:36:08 By - Tish Wells

Lincoln revived in Stashower’s ‘The Hour of Peril’

Today’s political conflicts pale when compared with the danger faced by Abraham Lincoln on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration in 1861. He had to travel through Baltimore. | 01/30/13 11:27:03 By - Tish Wells

Tips on beating the casino house

First published in 2010, Cory “the Oracle” Marcinuk, has written an amusing book, “How to Beat the Casino,” about gambling — casino, blackjack horse racing, roulette, craps and other kinds. His style flows easily. | 01/30/13 11:24:50 By - Tish Wells

PBS documentary explores the life and achievements of Henry Ford

After watching PBS’ “American Experience” on Henry Ford you see what he was as really about. Control. He controlled his company, he controlled his workers, and he controlled his “everyman” image as much as he could. Like many controllers — and inventors — he changed the world. | 01/25/13 11:43:46 By - Tish Wells

‘Wardrobe Wakeup’: Fashion after 40

The key phrase in this book comes on page 64 — “Fashion life after 40.” This is what “The Wardrobe Wakeup” promises and provides. | 01/16/13 08:22:50 By - Tish Wells

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