Graceland or Bust


Just the other weekend, my aunts were discussing a possible trip to Graceland. There are a million and ten places I would like to visit across this wide world we live in, but the home of Elvis is just not on the list. However, the fact that a visit to this mecca is not one of my To Dos apparently puts me in the minority.

What draws hundreds of thousands of people to places like Graceland every year? That complicated question is exactly the topic the Loyola University Museum of Art plans to tackle this Tuesday at their event: “Elvis (and George Washington) Lived Here.” DePaul University history professor, Amy Tyson, will explore the lure of cultural sites (i.e. Graceland) and patriotic shrines (like Mount Vernon) while delving into the history of pilgrimages to such destinations. This event should not only be an interesting discussion, but might also serve as inspiration for your next vacation.

For those of you unable to make it to Chicago tomorrow night, what famous house museum/cultural mecca is your favorite to visit? Or, which one is on your To Do List?

LUMA // Tuesday, October 26 // 6:00pm // Free for Members; $4 for everyone else

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Picasso Ponderings


“I paint the way some people write their autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary, and as such, they are valid. The future will choose the pages it prefers. It’s not for me to make the choice.”

-Pablo Picasso (c. 1946)


Puzzling Pleasure at Pacific Sci

Scattered puzzle pieces next to solved fragment

On Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to get a sneak peak of the upcoming exhibit, Mindbender Mansion, at Pacific Science Center. Now, I’m a bit of a puzzle freak, so I was a little excited to see this puzzle-centric exhibit. After a tour with PacSci’s own Wendy and Jamie, I found my expectations for the exhibit met and exceeded. I had a wonderful time.

If you would like to read my preview of Mindbender Mansion, check out my posting on Seattlest today…