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"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

What does it take to make it on Broadway? Talent, hard work, a Kevlar-plated ego.

And how about a degree from Yale.

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How Moving Your Kid's Finger Paintings Could Cost $500

Moving Art

Not everyone might think they need a specialist to move their painting. It's a piece of canvas in a frame resting on a hook, and you probably hung it on the wall yourself. Paying someone hundreds of dollars to take it down and shuttle it around seems potentially, you know, precious.

But there's a thriving industry of art handlers, and--no surprise here--they say the service is a necessary part of owning and moving art.

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Rizzoli Bookstore

On a recent Friday afternoon at the Rizzoli Bookstore in midtown Manhattan, a woman carrying an orange Hermes "Jypsiere" handbag flipped through interior design books on the store's ground floor.

She turned to two clerks standing nearby. "You know," she said, "Richard works just across the street."

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Outside Mullingar

"I never wanted to write about the Irish," writes John Patrick Shanley. He even insists in the introduction to his new play, "I’m not Irish." For half the price of a weekend in the country, you can catch him out in this whopper, and have a very good time doing it.

At first, "Outside Mullingar," now playing on Broadway, is everything you’d expect from a classic Irish comedy. It starts in a farmhouse kitchen just after the death of a neighbor, which gets the farmer thinking about the inheritance of his own land and sparks a big fight, most of it in the rain. A rift between farmer and son means emotions are keen, but outbursts aren't tolerated. Cue the line "A man with feelings should be put down." So it all comes out in razored sarcasm -- the meaner, the funnier -- or straight into a cup of tea, the source of all wisdom and solace.

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How Close Can You Cut Valentine's Day?

Bouquet of Flowers

Do you find yourself, at this critical moment, unarmed with flowers, champagne or chocolate? The Department of Heartland Security recognizes three levels of preparedness:

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Well, there's dinner. Restaurants are offering special Valentine's Day prix-fixe menus. But there's an unsung fixed-price dining option, called "cooking at home," which can be more intimate than eating amid a scrum of other couples. We're not talking about a 10-course meal, with two hours of dining preceded by three hours of panic. We're talking about finding some easy, delicious recipes. A good place to start looking is the Saveur website, maybe followed by an excellent homemade dessert. Try the Pastry Studio blog, which has a variety of sweet, easy-to-follow options.

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Chocolates

Life isn't like a box of chocolates anymore, thanks to Ryan Sutton, Bloomberg's New York food critic. Now when you buy a sampler, you'll know exactly what you're getting, because Sutton submitted to a blind taste test of Valentine's Day sweets.

"Make 'em good!" he said, with no small relish, imagining an array from one of the city's tony confectioners. But where's the fun in testing a $4 truffle? (Yeah, yeah, it's delicious.) The man is already spoiled rotten by his "job."

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Nautica Tacks From Prep to Punk   

Nautica

The house music is blaring. The floor is changing colors. Hundreds of people are waiting to get in.

Hot club? If only.

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When Does a $3,500 Watch Cost Less Than a $1,200 Suit?

Cartier Tank Watch

If the answer were easy, management consultants wouldn't be thriving. So spare a moment for "The Shock of the New Chic," the 2014 luxury report from Boston Consulting Group.

As Jean-Marc Bellaiche, head of BCG's Luxury, Fashion and Beauty practice, narrated a PowerPoint presentation about the report, he mentioned that watches are often one of the first purchases of the "newly affluent." They last longer than other luxury purchases (a safari, say), offering the biggest bang for your buck over time.

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Jazz Great Benny Golson Is Young Again

Benny Golson

Viktor Navorski, Tom Hanks’s character in "The Terminal," spent nine months in an airport waiting to get tenor saxophonist Benny Golson’s autograph. The least Loot could do was brave New York's frigid streets to see Golson’s sold-out show at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

The Saturday-night gig may have looked like countless others in a 55-year jazz career, but this was a special occasion. For Golson’s 85th birthday, the Benny Golson Quartet went back in time, donned their sharpest pocket-squared suits and played their set, "Stories From the Past," as their younger selves.

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Germany's Olympic Uniform

Thinking about drawing an interesting parallel between Nazis or terrorists and anything else?

Here's a thought: Don't.

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