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Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff is the entertainment, lifestyle and travel editor for The Washington Times. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Althoff studied at the University of Southern California, and he has worked in film, television and publishing in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining The Times in 2014, he wrote for Brides magazine, Black Belt, Pasadena Magazine, Set Decor, Hustler and elsewhere. He has spoken several times at the annual convention of the American Copy Editors Society.

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Articles by Eric Althoff

The Dallas skyline as seen from Dealey Plaza, the infamous site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

At play in the Big D: Dallas offers history, cuisine, craft beer and more

Since everything is bigger in Texas, perhaps it's little wonder Dallas residents call their hometown "the Big D." The Lone Star State's third-largest city by population has seen history both glorious and ignominious since John Neely Bryan hammered down stakes on a small plot of land along the Trinity River in 1841 in the then-Republic of Texas-- a settlement he called Dallas. Published July 24, 2017

The Watergate Complex is seen in Washington, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The Watergate Hotel, part of a complex made famous by a presidential scandal, is heading to the auction block Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Iconic District chef Palladin to be honored at Watergate dinner

The District's iconic Watergate Hotel will host an all-star chef dinner Tuesday to honor French culinary expert Jean-Louis Palladin, whose restaurant has been a staple of the hotel since 1979. Palladin ran the restaurant until his death in 2001 from lung cancer. Published July 20, 2017

Bassist Billy Sheehan (right) and Mr. Big have a new album called "Defying Gravity."  (B.B. King Blues Club)

Nope, not the one from 'Sex and the City': Mr. Big bassist Sheehan chats new album 'Defying Gravity'

The band Mr. Big was at one time so popular that they managed to knock both Michael Jackson and Prince out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart thanks to power ballad "To Be With You." The song "1992" and 10 others comprise the tracks on Mr. Big's new album, "Defying Gravity," which will bow on Friday. It's the band's first disc since "Stories We Could Tell" from 2014 and their third since reforming in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus. Published July 20, 2017

This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Florence Pugh in "Lady Macbeth." (Roadside Attractions via AP)

'Out, damn spot': 'Lady Macbeth' presents a moral vacuum amid 19th century decorum

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the new film "Lady Macbeth" is that it leaves the audience almost entirely unsure of whom to root for. If this sounds like a complaint, it is anything but, as William Oldroyd's film, based on a Russian play "Lady Macbeth of Mtsenskof" by Nikolai Leskov, translates the bloodletting of "the Scottish play" into an anti-tragedy of utter moral vacancy. Published July 18, 2017

(Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley)

A fresh pour: Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley wines offer complex taste profiles

California's Sonoma County certainly doesn't lack for wineries, and oenophiles are finding even more to love in the microclimate of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, where vintners are producing more and more complex vinos to add to the delicacy that is the Golden State's grape-based golden harvest. There are as many wines in Dry Creek Valley as there are ways to enjoy them, but here are a few to keep an eye out for. Published July 17, 2017

Idina Menzel.  (Warner Bros. Records)

Menzel's self-advice on giving the perfect performance: 'Let It Go'

Idina Menzel will be coming to the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore Tuesday evening, where the Tony-winning star of "Rent," "If/Then" and "Wicked" will perform tunes from her Broadway career, covers of other artists' songs as well as her megahit "Let It Go" from the Disney film "Frozen." Published July 17, 2017

In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

'Night of the Living Dead' director Romero dies at 77

George Romero, the filmmaker who made a cottage industry out of zombie films -- and all but defined the genre from its inception -- has died at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 77. Published July 16, 2017

Ryan Phillippe.  (Just Jared)

Father figure: 'Wish Upon' co-star Phillippe graduates to the adult horror role in new thriller

Time was when Ryan Phillippe played a teenager being stalked by a masked killer in the likes of 1997's "I Know What You Did Last Summer." But the actor, now 42 years old and with teenage children of his own, is at a point in life when he needed to "grow up" a bit in order to come back to the horror genre. "I think that's just the natural progression of things," Mr. Phillippe told The Washington Times of playing the father in the new horror romp "Wish Upon," opening Friday. Published July 13, 2017

Unleashing the potential of Drambuie

I freely admit, I didn't know much about Drambuie, so when I was entreated to test out some cocktails by D.C. brand ambassador Vance Henderson, I was intrigued to learn, well, anything about this beverage, whose name I only knew once via a "Simpsons" reference. Published July 12, 2017

Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Relax like a president at Congress Hall, the onetime vacation home of five former chief executives

She has hosted five presidents, all of whom came to Cape May, New Jersey, to escape the internecine screaming of Washington -- and all in the days before Twitter or even television could intrude upon a politician's seaside respite. Now celebrating its bicentennial, Congress Hall, on the absolute southernmost part of the Garden State, allows guests to "vacation like a president" in the year of the 45th chief executive's inauguration. Published July 11, 2017

Iggy Pop (left) and Joshua Homme in a scene from "American Valhalla."  (YouTube)

The end of Pop: Punk icon's final record, tour seen in 'American Valhalla'

Iggy Pop has declared he is done recording and touring, content to enjoy his golden years as punk's elder -- and somehow still-living -- elder statesman. The story of the recording of "Post Pop Depression," Mr. Pop's alleged swan song, is the subject of the new doc "American Valhalla," directed by Andreas Neumann and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme, who co-produced the album. Published July 10, 2017

This image taken from film provided by Amazon Studios/IFC Films shows Aziz in a scene from filmmaker Matthew Heineman's documentary, "City of Ghosts." The movie opens in New York on July 7, 2017. (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)

Islamic State terror tactics exposed by Syrian reporters in documentary 'City of Ghosts'

"I can't deal with anything without smoking cigarettes. First thing I need to do before an interview, I need to smoke a cigarette to be able to focus." Given the dangerous, courageous life he has led, it is not surprising to hear such words from Abdul-Aziz al-Hamza -- known as "Aziz" -- one of the subjects of Matthew Heineman's shocking, bracing new documentary "City of Ghosts." Published July 10, 2017

Comedian John Henson hosts the new gameshow "iWitness" on Fox.  (Twitter)

Former 'Talk Soup,' 'Wipeout' host Henson discusses new Fox gameshow 'iWitness'

John Henson is happy to take a trip down memory lane to discuss "Talk Soup," "Wipeout," his stand-up comedy career and various other hosting gigs from across the decades. In fact, memory and observation are the most important skills that contestants on his new gameshow, "iWitness" will be called upon to display when the show's test run on Fox commences Monday. Published July 9, 2017

(Celtic Whiskey Shop)

Ireland's first craft distillery gets into the gin game

Its name means "valley of two lakes" in Gaelic, and its label depicts St. Kevin, the sixth century monk who founded a monastery in the nearby glacial depression amid the Wicklow Mountains located south of Dublin. Glendalough is busy pouring its Wild Botanical Gin, a small-batch liquid that offers a truly botanical nose and a full taste that can be enjoyed neat, over rocks or even in a cocktail, as D.C. brand ambassador Brendan Crowley explained over drinks at Logan Tavern in Northwest. Published July 5, 2017

Colm Meaney (left) and Timothy Spall in a scene from "The Journey."  (The Irish Post)

Best of frenemies: New film 'The Journey' portrays events leading up to end of IRA hostilities

A fictionalized account of the Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) chief Ian Paisley's history-making travels is the basis for the new film "The Journey," opening Friday in the District. Timothy Spall ("Harry Potter," "Denial") portrays U.K. loyalist Paisley to Colm Meaney's ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") take on Sinn Fein leader McGuinness, who, in real life, had also been in the IRA. Published July 4, 2017

Kelvin Slush, Cocktails, Ren Fuller, Renata Fuller

Kelvin Slush Co. introduces frozen cocktail and slush mix

Brooklyn, New York-based Kelvin Slush Co. has launched its newest flavor, Frose, or "frozen rose." Made from organic peach and strawberry juices, Frose is the sixth in a series of flavors from the company that also includes citrus, pina colada, margarita, ginger and tea. Published July 4, 2017

(The Ivy Hotel)

The Ivy Baltimore provides world-class accommodation in the heart of Charm City

Opulence, thy name is Ivy. There is simply no place like Baltimore's Ivy Hotel, the luxurious -- and I do mean luxurious -- boutique hotel located in Charm City's historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. But a short drive from Washington, the Ivy offers a pampering that is unmatched anywhere in the capital corridor region. Published July 3, 2017