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Queer bars offer sacred space for LGBTQ community

Jan. 26, 2023 15:24 PM EST

(RNS) — When actor Daniel Franzese visited Jerusalem in November, he looked for God in all the usual places. But it wasn’t at the Western Wall or Mount of Olives where he encountered the divine, but in a hole-in-the-wall ’80s-style gay bar that was hosting a “David and...

Couture season ends with clubbing, celebrity and glamour

Jan. 26, 2023 13:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The experimentalism and audacity of 1980s club kids inspired Valentino, one of the last high-octane shows of this Paris Fashion Week couture season. Thousands of fans lined the Pont Alexandre III bridge on a chilly Wednesday night to scream as their idols went in and...

Monterey Park, an Asian cultural hub, shaken by shooting

Jan. 26, 2023 13:07 PM EST

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — For decades, Monterey Park has been a haven for Asian immigrants seeking to maintain a strong cultural identity — and a culinary heaven worth visiting for anybody near Los Angeles craving authentic Asian cuisine. Signs across the vibrant suburb are...

A fridge too far? Living sustainably in NYC by unplugging

Jan. 26, 2023 11:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There are those for whom recycling and composting are not nearly enough, who have reduced their annual waste to almost zero, ditched their clothes dryer or given up flying, and are ready to take the next step in exploring the frontiers of sustainable living. For...

Controversy, frivolity mark day one of Paris Fashion Week

Jan. 26, 2023 10:24 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The pioneering Black performer Josephine Baker — who left the United States to find global fame in Paris in the 1920s — was Dior’s muse for an old school spring couture collection of archetypal classicism. With her caressing velvets and silks, embroideries,...

Airline, hotel elite status: Harder to get (or keep) in 2023

Jan. 26, 2023 09:06 AM EST

For the past couple of years, hotel and airline loyalty programs have extended elite status in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in 2023, that’s coming to an end. A tsunami of downgrades will wipe out some travelers’ elite status because pandemic-era offers are expiring and loyalty...

Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Jan. 26, 2023 08:36 AM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — The warm glow of Svalbard Kirke’s lights gleams on the mountain slope from where the church stands over this remote Norwegian Arctic village, cloaked in the polar night’s constant darkness. A century after it was founded to minister to the coal...

Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Jan. 26, 2023 08:31 AM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — The warm glow of Svalbard Kirke’s lights gleams on the snow-covered mountain slope from where the church stands like a beacon over this remote Norwegian Arctic village, cloaked in the polar night’s constant darkness. A century after it was founded to...

Jill Biden donates inaugural wear, face masks to Smithsonian

Jan. 25, 2023 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden says her Inauguration Day outfits, now featured in a Smithsonian museum exhibit about first ladies, were a “voice for me on one of the most important days of my life.” The dresses — one blue, one white — with matching coats and face masks...

Elie Saab's spring couture in Paris dreams of Thai escape

Jan. 25, 2023 18:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Elie Saab whisked his guests away to Thailand for a Paris Fashion Week couture show Wednesday that gleamed with gold and intricate silk embroidery. Sheer diaphanous cloth floated around the runway in Le Marais’ Carreau du Temple amid wafting perfume, as “Emily in...