FrontRunners: Roald Rules

Quark Expeditions (800. 356.5699, http://www.quarkexpedi is inviting 108 intrepid travelers to join its crew this winter in a quest to surpass Norwegian Roald Amundsen’s record for the most southerly position ever reached by a ship. The Great Antarctic Explorers, a voyage scheduled for January 20 through February 14, 2006, will set off from Lyttelton, […]

FrontRunners: Met Doubleheader

The father of American portraiture and the father of the United States of America are featured in two complementary exhibits this winter at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art ( Gilbert Stuart, the most popular American portraitist of his day (1755–1828), painted everyone who was anyone—including George Washington more than 100 times. It is said […]

FrontRunners: Take Heart

Offices, luxury sedans, yachts, and private jets may be filled with cutting-edge implements, but how many are equipped to save a person’s life following cardiac arrest? Pegasys (203.426.8186,, a medical equipment company in Newtown, Conn., has introduced the Public Access Defibtech AED (automatic external defibrillator), a 4-pound personal defibrillator that just about anyone can operate. […]

Front Runners: September in Chicago with Georges

Sunday in the Park with George, the 1985 Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, told the story of Parisian artist Georges-Pierre Seurat as he painted his most famous work, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, which showcases the dots, dabs, lines, and dashes of color for which he is known. Now the Art Institute […]

FrontRunners: Art Deco on Display

The aristocracy of Art Deco, the streamlined design style that swept the world in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, is represented in a show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (617.267.9300, from August 22, 2004, through January 9, 2005. Coco Chanel, Cartier, Lacloche, Norman Bel Geddes, Jacques Lipchitz, and others designed the jewelry, fashions, […]

Best Things First: Chess Sets

When you are ready to invest in an heirloom chess set for you and your family, Elizabeth Gann is the specialty dealer to see. Chess-lover Gann offers antique chess sets from acknowledged master artisans as well as unusual, finely crafted modern sets destined to become heirlooms.   Among the latter are Piero Benzoni’s Renaissance set […]

Best Things First: Pet Groomer

If you bring your dog or cat for a grooming at Karen’s for People + Pets in Manhattan, don’t be surprised if he comes back to you sporting airs: While he was having his hair washed, clipped, and combed, he may have been hobnobbing with the pets of some very important people. In business now […]

FrontRunners: Health Yourself

Carl Pratt tells you that he wants nothing more—or less—than to change your life, and he may succeed if you take four days out of your crowded schedule to attend the Executive Health Program at Canyon Ranch (800.742.9000, spa in Lenox, Mass., or Tucson, Arizona.   Pratt, managing director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, […]