The biggest attraction in Helsingor, Denmark, is the Kronborg Castle, known to the rest of the world as Elsinore, known universally as the setting of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. While no one has spotted the ghosts of dead kings recently, a new museum has appeared out of the mist. Elsinore’s new Maritime Museum was designed by the architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. The glassy structure features a U-shaped dry dock laced with slanted floors and zigzag passageways that evoke ocean-rocked ships’ decks.
Maritime relics, from torpedoes to Lego pirate ships, mix with electronic maps and films that explore the romance of the sea, shipboard existence and trade, both centuries ago and today. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to run your own trade company, navigate by the stars and ink a sailor’s tattoo. Denmark has been actively adding museums of late. Copenhagen’s new Blue Planet aquarium is the largest in Northern Europe.
LAS VEGAS – Acknowledging its fast-growing reputation as one of Las Vegas’ most photogenic venues, the Neon Museum launched photo tours, special one-hour-long photo shoots in the Neon Boneyard, last fall. These sessions allow up to 12 individuals to have access to the Neon Boneyard for one hour. During that time, participants may shoot photographs for personal use from anywhere in the Boneyard, as long as they stay on the designated rock-lined paths. The next Neon Boneyard photo tour takes place Thursday, March 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., allowing photographers to capture images during the spectacular “golden hour” of twilight.
Examples of personal use include social media, personal (not commercial) websites and blogs, home décor, custom stationery and holiday cards. Photos taken during these photo tours may not be used to promote any business, for publication by media or sold to a third party.
To register for the March 6 photo tour, or to be alerted when future dates and times become available, send an email to email@example.com
The cost for Golden Hour Photo Tours is $75; Nevada residents, students, active military, veterans and seniors pay $60 with valid I.D.
ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment.
In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects.
Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit
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CRIME AUTHOR ELLEN POULSEN TO GIVE AUTHOR TALK, “THE AMERICAN GUN MOLL: FROM BONNIE PARKER TO VIRGINIA HILL,” AT THE MOB MUSEUM, SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 1 – 2 p.m.
Poulsen to Sign Copies of Her Books Friday, March 21, 1 – 5 p.m.
LAS VEGAS (February 2014) – On Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, Depression-era researcher, author and lecturer Ellen Poulsen will appear at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. She will be signing copies of her books, “Don’t Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang” and “The Case Against Lucky Luciano: New York’s Most Sensational Vice Trial” on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Museum gift shop and giving an Author’s Talk in the Museum’s historic courtroom on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.
About “Don’t Call Us Molls”
Buried under decades of stereotype and parody, the true history of the female companions of the Great Depression’s bank-robbing gang is uncovered. “Don’t Call Us Molls” carefully examines the legacy of the Dillinger women using eyewitness and descendants’ accounts as well as courtroom and prison records. This book explores the collective experience of these fugitives and offers a thoughtful commentary on past attitudes toward the marginalized women of the day – the lawbreakers, the informers and a lone female sheriff. FBI memos, court transcripts and never-before-published photos reveal the events experienced by women under siege, resurrecting historical figures and their private behavior. This history lays bare the personal lives of the wives and girlfriends of the public enemies of the 1930s and examines how their conflicting loyalties were challenged and exploited by the unrelenting pressure of the U.S. government to betray their men.
About “The Case Against Lucky Luciano”
In 1936, the New York trial of “Vice Czar” Lucky Luciano for the crime of compulsory prostitution resulted in his conviction. Luciano was the banner name for a trial that also included many co-defendants. Poulsen’s book addresses the other side of the Luciano trial, the story of the low-level street people who were brought into the trial to act as material witnesses. While Luciano’s fabled conviction and, later, pardon and deportation are widely remembered, little has been done to tell the story of the material witnesses and co-defendants. “The Case Against Lucky Luciano,” which received the Silver Medal for True Crime at the 2008 Independent Publishing (IPPY) Book Awards and was favorably reviewed in both Library Journal and ForeWord Magazine, tells the other parts of this story.
Poulsen is a Depression-era crime researcher, author and lecturer. She has appeared on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel’s “Crime Wave,” the NYC Channel’s “Secrets of New York” as well as numerous television documentaries and radio broadcasts. First and foremost a Dillinger researcher, she meets the diverse interests of the typical “crime buff” by also speaking on topics related to organized crime in the 20th Century.
In addition to speaking in libraries and historical societies in her native New York metropolitan area, Poulsen has traveled to Chicago, St. Paul and Tucson to offer her slide show and lecture on the subject of molls, gangsters, the FBI and police history in regional events. She recently participated in an article on the subject of gangster memorabilia which appeared in The New York Times. Poulsen works as a freelance stenographic court reporter and holds a B.A. in English from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She writes articles and conducts interviews on the subject of criminal history for magazines such as “The Informer” and the now defunct “On the Spot.” Her work can also be found on the website www.americanmafia.com in an archived article, “People v. Good People: The Luciano Trial.” She maintains two websites devoted to her books: www.dillingerswomen.com and www.lucianotrial1936.com. Poulsen is currently researching and writing a true-crime biography, “Chasing Dillinger: Indiana’s Matt Leach Collides with the F.B.I.”
Poulsen’s book talk is free with the purchase of Museum admission. To purchase Museum tickets, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit http://themobmuseum.org/archives/category/events/.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/themobmuseum and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has recently released the second version of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, which features 10,000 newly uploaded and highly detailed images of the Dead Sea Scrolls and improved metadata, as well as information about a selection of ancient manuscripts, including the Temple Scroll, and the biblical books of Exodus and Samuel, among others. The Dead Sea Scrolls are on display at the “Shrine of the Book,” a specially designed building that stands as part of the permanent exhibition in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.
Peter Capaldi, Frank Skinner and Alan Cumming are among the celebrities joining forces in an inside guide to unlock some of the biggest stories in art
LONDON – 7 November, 2013 – ‘Unlock Art’ is an exciting new series of short films offering an imaginative, witty, and enriching introduction to the world of art. Created by Tate in partnership with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Unlock Art will feature eight short films that put art under the spotlight, with topics ranging from the history of the nude to humour, performance to pop art, presenting all the need-to-know facts. Bold in approach and rich in content, the film series was conceived to make visual art more accessible to a wider audience.
Each of the films in the Unlock Art series will be released on a monthly basis and presented by a high-profile personality from the world of entertainment. Presented by Frank Skinner, the first film in the series, ‘Unlock Art: Bringing Performance Art to Life’, was screened on October 15, 2013 as part of the Frieze VIP programme, at an event at Le Méridien Piccadilly.
Marc Sands, Director of Media and Audiences Tate, said, “Our goal is to promote public understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art. This series of films launched today will offer an entertaining, thought provoking yet witty approach to art. With an exciting roster of presenters, and the imaginative and creative content of the films, we want to connect people who might not have considered some of the subjects before with contemporary art.”
“We are delighted to grow our long-term partnership with Tate with this exciting initiative, which we hope will unlock the world of contemporary art to more people,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “Le Méridien is a forward-looking, design-led lifestyle brand and we aim to provide a new perspective to our guests through a curated approach to culture. The Unlock Art film series will help make art more accessible to the culturally curious in a warm, informal way with an occasional dash of humour.”
Le Méridien is committed to supporting emerging artists, and the relationship with Tate has its roots in Le Méridien’s Unlock Art™ programme, which offers guests complimentary access to forward-thinking cultural institutions around the world. These partnerships allow guests to explore a local, inspiring cultural experience, by presenting the Unlock Art room key. In London, Tate is the Unlock Art partner for Le Méridien Piccadilly.
Following the launch of the Unlock Art film series at Frieze London, Le Méridien and Tate will release one film per month, focusing on the following topics:
· Shopping (to be launched on 15 November)
· Women in Art
· Double Acts
· Audience poll
The audience vote will take place in January 2014.
For more information about the Unlock Art film series, please visit: http://www.lemeridien.com/filmseries.
Follow @LeMeridien on Twitter and @LeMeridienHotels on Instagram using #UnlockArt
Amsterdam, already known for such quirky attractions as the Cat Museum and the Cathedral in the Attic, is adding yet another unusual museum to its collection. The Red Light Secrets Museum explores the allure of the dark side of the city’s world famous Red Light district, which sells sex as most cities sell clothing, in store windows. The shop-window prostitutes have become an attraction in their own right, luring many a tourist gawker who has no intention of hooking up.
The museum explores the entirety of the industry, including all of those other workers such as cleaning ladies who also toil in the houses. A sense of authenticity resides in the fact the museum itself is a former brothel and the assignation rooms represented don’t so much replicate the scene as preserve it. A hologram of a beckoning prostitute greets visitors as they enter the museum.
The museum also tells the history of Amsterdam’s prostitution, which got a booming beginning when the 16th century city was at the center of the maritime world with its enormous fleet of merchant ships. A perpetual crowd of sailors coming into the waterfront stimulated the trade. In 2000, Dutch tolerance for prostitution led to legalization throughout the country. The “Red Light Secrets” Museum is open daily from noon to midnight and admission costs €7.50.
Tate Modern’s major exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954.
It brings together around 120 works, many seen together for the first time, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works. The exhibition opens at Tate Modern on 17 April 2014.
Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (1869 – 1954) is one of the leading figures of modern art and one of the most significant colourists of all time. A draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter, his unparalleled cut-outs are among the most significant of any artist’s late works. In a career spanning over half a century, Matisse made a large body of work of which the cut-outs are a brilliant final chapter in his long career. Matisse’s first cut-outs were made between 1943 and 1947 and were collected together in Jazz 1947 (Pompidou, Paris), a book of 20 plates. Copies, published by Teriade and featuring a text hand-written by Matisse, will be shown alongside the original cut-outs. This will be the first time that the Jazz maquettes and the book have been shown together outside of France.
Other major cut-outs in the exhibition include Tate’s The Snail 1953, its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 (MoMA, New York) and Large Composition with Masks 1953 (National Gallery of Art, Washington). A photograph of Matisse’s studio reveals that these works were initially conceived as a unified whole, and this is the first time these three large-scale works will have been together since they were made in Matisse’s studio. The show will include the largest number of Matisse’s Blue Nudes ever exhibited together, including the most significant of the group Blue Nude I 1952 (Beyeler Foundation, Basel). The works illustrate Matisse’s renewed interest in the figure. When ill health prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make maquettes for commissions, from books and stained glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. In the cut-outs, outlines take on sculptural form and painted sheets of paper are infused with the luminosity of stained glass. Using colour, Matisse evokes the convulsive surface of water and the lushness of vegetation. The result reflected both a renewed commitment to form and colour and an inventiveness freshly directed to the status of the work of art.
Signing to Take Place Friday, March 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at Bosses and Bulbs,
Saturday, March 8, 1 – 5 p.m. at The Mob Museum
LAS VEGAS (– On Friday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 8 from 1 to 5 p.m., author and historian Su Kim Chung, head, special collections public services, UNLV, will sign copies of her popular book, “Las Vegas Then and Now,” now in its second edition. Friday’s signing takes place at Bosses and Bulbs at the Container Park and Saturday’s will be at The Mob Museum.
Las Vegas’ reputation as Sin City has attracted millions of tourists in the seven decades since gaming was legalized in Nevada, and continues to reign as the entertainment showplace of the nation. Pairing historical photographs of the town with specially commissioned views of the same scenes today, Chung’s all-new edition of “Las Vegas Then and Now” provides the reader with an intriguing look into the history of the town that has become a cultural icon.
Chung is a native of Fresno, Calif. She studied European history at California State University, Fresno, and obtained her M.A. in 1995. After earning her MLIS from the University of California she moved to Las Vegas to work as the manuscripts librarian in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her primary duty was the identification, selection, and acquisition of archival collections that document the history and culture of Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada region. Today, she is head, special collections public services, UNLV.
There is no charge for either book signing event. To purchase Museum tickets, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit http://themobmuseum.org/archives/category/events/
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers.
Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit www.themobmuseum.org
Connect on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/themobmuseum and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.
In addition to its impressive collection of original artworks by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí, St. Pete/Clearwater’s iconic Dalí Museum will host a new exhibit showcasing the works of Andy Warhol until 27 April 2014.
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Warhol was a leading figure in the pop art movement whose works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that was rife in the 1960s.
Entitled ‘Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.’, the unique exhibit will include approximately 35 paintings, 20 drawings, 50 photographs and a selection of films by the American artist, on loan from The Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania. Photos of and by Warhol will be displayed as well as portraits of artists and celebrities that he worked with, including a vibrant blue silkscreen of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
A special film installation in the form of a simulated Warhol screen-test will provide visitors with their ’15 minutes of fame’, enabling them to capture, save and share a minute-long film of themselves online.
“It’s important for the Dalí Museum to present works from other artists, especially those that relate to Salvador Dalí like Andy Warhol,” said Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director of the Dalí Museum.
“Both artists were fascinated by the culture of their time which provided great inspiration for their works, and both were adept at experimenting with new forms and bringing new media into their art, such as video. Dalí in fact is featured in one of Warhol’s famous screen-test films, which will be part of the new exhibit,” he continued.
Entry to the exhibit is included in the admission price for the Dali Museum which costs £12.80 ($21) per adult. Concessions are available for students, children and seniors over 65 years old.
Occupying a prime position on downtown St. Pete’s sunny waterfront, the Dalí Museum houses a 2,000-piece permanent collection, the largest outside of Spain, featuring eight of his so-called masterworks, nearly 100 oil paintings, over 100 watercolours and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures, and objets d’art. The museum building is a masterpiece in its own right that embodies Dali’s inimitable imagination – a free-form geodesic dome comprising 1,062 triangular shaped glass panels, it’s the only structure of its kind in North America.
The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard in St. Pete/Clearwater, a sun-drenched peninsula on Florida’s West Coast, boasting an annual average of 361 days of sunshine and 35 miles of white-sand beaches. Just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, the destination’s blend of beautiful beaches, world-class culture and a semi-tropical climate makes it the perfect destination for families, couples and singles.
For more information on the Dalí Museum, please visit www.thedali.org To find out more about St. Pete/Clearwater, please visit www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
Tours to Include Little-Known and Surprising Facts about the City’s Most Illustrious Females
LAS VEGAS (March 2014) – March is National Women’s History Month. To honor the occasion, the Neon Museum is updating its regularly scheduled Neon Boneyard tours to include notable facts about Las Vegas’ most interesting and influential women. Now, visitors will hear not only about the history of neon signage in Las Vegas and the various hotels, developers and entertainers associated with them, but also additional information spotlighting the contributions of Las Vegas’ female city founders, business owners and politicians.
Examples of historic female figures to be featured on Neon Boneyard tours include:
At the Golden Nugget “1905” sign, which commemorates the year Las Vegas was founded, hear how Helen J. Stewart’s sale of her ranch to William A. Clark, proved instrumental in the establishment of Las Vegas. Stewart was the city’s first postmaster, first woman elected to the school board and first woman to serve on a jury.
At the Moulin Rouge sign, learn how trailblazing woman sign designer Betty Willis made significant contributions to Las Vegas’ visual landscape. (She would go on eventually to design the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign currently on the Las Vegas Strip.)
The Neon Museum is open seven days a week. Its La Concha visitors’ center is open daily 30 minutes before the first tour of the day and closes 30 minutes after the last tour departs. Tours are available daily throughout March beginning at 10 a.m. Daytime tours of the Neon Museum are $18; night tours are $25. Special reduced rates are available for Nevada residents, seniors, students, active-duty military and veterans with valid I.D. For more information about the museum, to see the most current available tour times and to book your tour, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366. Walk-up visitors without an advance booking may not be able to join a tour due to limited capacity.
ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org
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