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Celebrate Fall With Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Bars

The following post was originally featured on The Fitnessista and written by Gina H., who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Let the avalanche of all …


The Devil's Food Cake Recipe That Everyone Should Have

There are cake recipes, and then there are cake recipes -- the kind your grandma passes down to you, which you either cling to with great secrecy or share with those you love dearly. But in the world of devil's food cake, mediocre recipes abound, and great ones are hard to come by.

So we got a little …


Sara Mearns Keeps Dancing

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Selena Gomez vs. Cara Delevingne Start Slideshow

The star talks about her multifaceted projects.

Since being promoted to principal in 2008 at New York City Ballet, a company she joined as an apprentice in 2003, Sara Mearns has been, by turns, a …

Oscar de La Renta

The worst things about being a classical music-loving Millennial

You’re always the youngest member of the audience. By 47 years

I thought I once saw another young person at the symphony, but then I realised they …

The Arts

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I thought that I knew just about every peanut butter recipe out there. Like, simple and easy no-bake type of peanut butter recipes. In my family, we …


Shakespeare's rags-to-riches story is exposed as a myth

• John Shakespeare was said 'a wealthy alderman who fell on hard times'• 
But that theory has been discredited by research from David Fallow

The American Who Saved Shakespeare: Henry Folger’s First Folio Quest

One coffee heir rounded up most of the surviving copies of the Bard’s earliest works. In Andrea May’s new book, the story of Henry Folger’s obsession with rescuing the genuine article.

Imagine an Elizabethan playwright named Shaxpere who wrote a soliloquy that began like this:

To be, or not to be,

Great Books

10 Emmy-Winning TV Shows That Feature Classical Music

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Spoiler alert! Some elements of plot will be discussed for these shows, so proceed at your own peril if you’ve never seen some

A Facelift for Shakespeare

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will announce next week that it has commissioned translations of all 39 of the Bard’s plays into modern English, with the idea of having them ready to perform in three years. Yes, translations—because Shakespeare’s English is so far removed from the English of 2015 …


Dark Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake from ‘Theo Chocolate’

This week we’re taking a break from healthy recipes to focus on one of our favorite, anti-oxidant rich ingredients: chocolate. Below, we’ve chosen an


Chocolate Chip Pecan Skillet Cookie Sundaes Recipe by Carla Hall - The Chew

• 1 stick butter (unsalted, softened to room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon)
• 1/2 cup pecans
• 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
• 1/2 cup light brown sugar
• 1/4 cup …


Daniel Levins, Classically Trained Ballet Dancer, Dies at 62

Daniel Levins, a dancer sometimes known professionally as Daniel Levans, who gained notice as a teenager in Eliot Feld’s acclaimed American Ballet Company and as a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater in the 1970s, died on Sept. 15 in Brooklyn. He was 61.

His husband, Eugene Gabriel-Thomas …


When Shakespeare Is the Subject, Not the Scribe

Shakespeare in love? How about Shakespeare in a jam?

That is the scenario in “Equivocation,” a dark, thoughtful comedy by Bill Cain that is currently enjoying its Garden State premiere at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in Madison.

It is 1606, and Shakespeare — here called Shag; short for …


Multi-million dollar Sleeping Beauty ballet sparkles amid arts funding gloom

In the midst of Australia's current arts funding debate, a sparkling, extravagant ballet production emerges. Books and Arts does the numbers on The

Australian Art

Erica Bartlett's Chocolate Chip Cookies - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Erica Bartlett’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 teaspoon


This recently surfaced medieval map captures the geography of love

The modern age offers myriad guides to the search for love. This year, Alessandro Michele, the creative director breathing new life into Gucci, has unearthed an ancient way to find it: a map.

Carte de Tendre, an illustrated 17th-century guide to romance, inspired the designer’s spring 2016 …


Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why? According to a Columbia University professor, because:

Most educated people are uncomfortable admitting that Shakespeare's language often …


Homeland season 5 premiere synopsis out: Carrie's life at risk as she reunites with Saul, Quinn in episode 1

Showtime's political thriller Homeland is swaying away from its usual Islamabad terrorist storyline for season 5, and will strive to address several …

Edward Snowden

Homeland: EW review

The best thing about Homeland has become the worst thing about Homeland. During the first season, the drama’s portrayal of Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) bipolar disorder was wrenchingly realistic. Her manic episodes have been shaped by Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm, whose sister suffers from the …

Claire Danes

Snickers ice cream cake recipe


This delicious Snickers ice cream cake is maximum impact with minimum effort. Make it for your next special

Ice Cream

'Ballet really isn't girly': inside the world's only all-male ballet school

The director of the London Boys Ballet School tells Jonathan Wells why he wants to teach boys the power of dance

The London Boys Ballet School is unique. Founded in 2014, this one of a kind, all-male institution is championing ballet for boys by focusing on strength, skill and power. And in doing …


Now Maisie Williams' is claiming Kit Harington's Jon Snow spoiler was ‘fabricated'

'It was totally false'

Just when you thought Jon Snow was a dead cert for some sort of resurrection in Game of Thrones season 6, Maisie Williams has …

Jon Snow

Halloween Desserts Don't Get Much Easier to Make Than These Oreo Eyeballs


I couldn't find red candy melts, so I tinted white candy melts with gel food coloring (liquid food coloring isn't strongly pigmented enough). …

Food Coloring

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe by Carla Hall - The Chew

• 1 3/4 cups cake flour (spooned and leveled)
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
• 1/3 cup boiling hot water
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter …


Carnegie Hall chairman steps down | Classical Music


Ronald Perelman has resigned as chairman of the board of trustees at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The billionaire financier left his post after just …

Classical Music

'Homeland' Season 5 Premiere: Why We Can't Wait For Showtime's New Cast And Plot

"Homeland" season 5 premieres in just a few short weeks, and we can't wait to watch it. Here are five reasons to look forward to Showtime's upcoming …

Claire Danes

Exclusive: Claire Danes Takes Us Inside ‘Homeland’ Season 5

Watch the Emmy-winning actress take us behind the scenes of the fifth season of Showtime’s acclaimed spy series, teasing Carrie Mathison’s chaotic journey.

Homeland is (almost) back.

Yes, the fifth season of Showtime’s critically acclaimed series will return on October 4, and picks up where the …

Claire Danes

What to Expect From Carrie in 'Homeland' Season 5

At the end of its third season, Homeland reached a stalemate. Would it simply stop now that Carrie and Brody’s car-crash relationship had been brought …


Happiness is white chocolate bread pudding in your slow cooker

Crock-pot, magic oven, mama's little helper — call it what you'd like. Did you know that more than 80% of households own a slow cooker? There's a reason for this. It's one pot cooking, and you don't even have to do the cooking part.

Sure you can make a great dinner in the slow cooker, but you don't …


Simply Nigella: Dark and sumptuous chocolate cake



This cake. It confounds me. It delights me. I almost want to leave it there.

But I should explain: I never ever thought I would be in …