Coming and Going: Hot Broadway Shows, WiFi on the Rails and More
BROADWAY OR BUST
The Tony-est Shows
Tonight, the Tony Awards will bestow honors on the best play, musical, revivals, actors, score, choreography, etc. In the mood for some theater and dance, CoGo hit up New York producer Ken Davenport, whose Broadway productions ("Blithe Spirit," "Speed-the-Plow" and "You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush") received four nominations, for suggestions on shows worth our time (two hours, plus intermission) and money (for discounts, see http:/
-- "Billy Elliot, the Musical" (Imperial Theatre, 212-239-6200, http:/
-- "Next to Normal" (Booth Theatre, 212-239-6200, http:/
-- "Blithe Spirit" (Shubert Theatre, 800-432-7250, http:/
-- "Chicago" (Ambassador Theater, 212-239-6200, http:/
-- Off-Broadway: "Off-Broadway is like the independent film of the New York theater scene," Davenport explains. Among his favorites: "Stomp" (Orpheum Theater, 212-477-2477, http:/
DEPT. OF PROGRESS
Okay, let's see if we've got this straight. You can get WiFi on a $20 bus traveling the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington to New York, but you can't get it on Amtrak. Really?
For years, travelers have wondered why the nation's premier rail company couldn't provide wireless Internet service to its passengers, especially on Acela trains, which are heavily patronized by business travelers. Most national train services in Europe provide WiFi, as does Canada's Via Rail.
But hey, don't give up hope yet.
"Presently Amtrak is testing systems on the Acela express train, and we hope to have some results on that front soon," said Cliff Cole, spokesman for the rail line. "Our goal is to provide WiFi service," he confirmed, although no launch date has been announced.
For now, passengers can use T-Mobile service in the train stations, including Washington's Union Station and New York's Penn Station. Stay tuned to CoGo for updates.
WORLD OF VOLUNTEERING
Armchair Peace Corps
CoGo was once young and idealistic, harboring fantasies of living in an African hut or Mongolian yurt, teaching the villagers about water filtration systems, health care or basket weaving. But alas, CoGo could never get beyond the multi-page Peace Corps application. However, those who did and are in the midst (or start) of their two-year commitment are sharing their experiences online through the recently redesigned Peace Corps Journals, founded by Peace Corps alumni. The online diary/therapy session aggregates the personal blogs, photos and videos of thousands of volunteers in nearly 90 countries. About 150 writings and 200 images are posted each day. Here are some excerpts, to be enjoyed from the comforts of your La-Z-Boy chair, by the air- conditioning unit and flush toilet.