Supertall skyscrapers and glamorous museums can boost architects’ reputations or put a struggling industrial town back on the map, but as far as architecture is concerned, one type of building should never be overlooked: the theater. As the backbone of urban culture, theaters in the United States have been gathering places for centuries. From operas to ballets to movies, the arts required buildings that were as beautiful as the performances they housed. Early 19th-century theaters were temples to ornamentation, clad in over-the-top chandeliers, heavy drapes, and with a penchant for gold. Today, the theater remains a crucial part of a city’s lifeblood, even as the types of performing arts have expanded. Modern theaters are technological marvels, pairing innovative architecture with state-of-the-art acoustics and video programming. While this new class of auditoriums, performing arts centers, and concert halls prove that a theater can take many forms, they all underscore … [Read more...] about The 21 most spectacular theaters in the U.S.
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Every time he drives to the construction site of his team’s new stadium, Los Angeles Rams executive Kevin Demoff can see the future getting clearer, piece by piece. The roof is going up. The concrete has been poured for the seats. The facility is more than 60% complete, on track to open in the summer of 2020 as part of a giant sports and entertainment project estimated to cost more than $4 billion, all privately financed. “You see this beautiful stadium that has been on your drawing board for a while now and is coming to life in front of you,” Demoff told USA TODAY Sports this week on the way to the stadium. “It’s just an unbelievable feeling.” So is going to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Less than four years ago, the Rams played in a rundown dome in St. Louis and hadn’t had a winning season there for 12 consecutive years. Three years ago, the Rams relocated to Los Angeles, finished with a 4-12 record and fired their … [Read more...] about Most expensive stadium in U.S. history 60 percent done as Los Angeles Rams head to Super Bowl
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Arizona made the list! Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Arizona's destinations and people are recognized nationally in a variety of ways. For better or for worse, here are some recent lists Arizona landed on. Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic Fullscreen FINDING A JOB: A 2018 study by WalletHub ranked Scottsdale the No. 1 place in the U.S. to find a job. The Republic Fullscreen NATIONAL CAPITAL OF COFFEE POD MAKERS: Gilbert, Arizona, has the highest share of households that own a single-cup or pod-brewing coffee maker, at 24.5 percent, according to WalletHub. The personal-finance website also reports the coffee industry in the U.S. is valued at $48 billion. No surprise there. Keurig Fullscreen MOST SCENIC: Four Arizona restaurants on OpenTable's list of '100 Most Scenic' for 2018: Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Paradise Valley (pictured); Vivace … [Read more...] about STUDY: Scottsdale ranks No.1 in U.S. for job seekers
Iowa is the best state in the nation when it comes to infrastructure, healthcare, opportunity and education among other topics, according to a new report. U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa No. 1 in the country in its Best States rankings released Tuesday — which evaluates all 50 states across a range of criteria. This is the second year U.S. News has ranked states. Last year, Iowa was sixth overall. According to this year's report, the rankings show how each of the 50 U.S. states perform in 77 metrics across eight categories. Those categories include: Health care Education Economy Opportunity Infrastructure Crime Fiscal stability Quality of life The data behind the rankings came from McKinsey & Company's Leading States Index, the report said, and results from the eight categories were based on the average of two years' worth of data from an annual national survey that asked more than 30,000 people to prioritize each subject in their … [Read more...] about Iowa ranks as the best state to live in America, U.S. News says
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Hawaii cruise: The allure of a voyage around the islands Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The biggest player in Hawaii cruises is Norwegian Cruise Line, which has a ship based year-round in the islands. The 2,186-passenger Pride of America sails every Saturday out of Honolulu to the islands of Maui, Hawaii and Kaui. Danny Lehman, ©Danny Lehman Fullscreen Cruises to Hawaii often include a visit to Honolulu on the island of Oahu. sorincolac / Getty Images Fullscreen One of most popular attractions in Hawaii for cruisers is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. It's just a short taxi ride away from the city's main cruise pier. Shutterstock.com Fullscreen The Hanalei River on the island of Kauai can be visited during port calls at the island. Getty Images Fullscreen Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island … [Read more...] about Hawaii cruises: What you need to know in the wake of this year’s volcano eruption