The Right Chemistry: A tarantula bite won’t make you dance

Undoubtedly, being bitten by a tarantula is not a pleasant experience. Yet while it may cause some pain, it isn’t going to cause the victim to go into a dancing frenzy. Unless the victim believes that it will! That is just what happened in episodes of “tarantism” that broke out on a number of occasions between the 11th and 18th centuries in the province of Taranto in southern Italy. People...

Review: Leonard Cohen’s spirit moves us on Thanks for the Dance

It’s a bit much.I mean, how much Leonard Cohen can we take? Well, if it’s this good, keep it coming. Three years after his passing, our city’s venerated poet and baritone songsmith continues to pump out the hits with this week’s release of his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance.The cards were stacked squarely against this being an album of note. Cohen hit it out of the park with what...