200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, throughout 2014
2014 marks several anniversaries in the Capital Region USA, the most monumental of which is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Baltimore is the birthplace of the American National Anthem and it was here in September 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, that Francis Scott Key penned the poem that became the USA’s National Anthem. Visitors to the Capital Region can experience The Battle of Caulk’s Field Bicentennial Re-enactment 2014(30-31 August) as well as the 1812 Fair and Re-enactment at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (21 – 22 June 2014) in Maryland; tour Fort McHenry, the star shaped fort which successfully defended the city of Baltimore against British invasion, and observe the massive flag which resides over the fort; learn about a young African American servant called Grace Wisher who worked on the flag at a major exhibit at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture from 17 May – 16 November 2014; finally, visitors can observe the original American flag currently on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Visitors can also drive the 100 mile Star-Spangled Banner Byway along the Chesapeake Bay and through historical locations significant to the War of 1812, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a number of events throughout Maryland from 6 September until 16 September 2014. For more information on events, visit www.starspangled200.com #starspangled200
50 years since the Beatles played in DC, 11 February 2014
The Beatles performed their first American Concert at The Washington Coliseum (a.k.a. Uline Arena) on February 11, 1964, two days after their triumphant performance on Ed Sullivan. On 11 February 2014, exactly 50 years from that day, this concert will be reenacted as exactly as possible at this historic site. In the audience that night were several personalities that went on to larger visibility, including former Vice President Al Gore. Proceeds of this re-enactment concert will go to The DC Preservation League. There will be an exhibit of Photographer Mike Mitchell’s iconic photos of the 1964 concert (he was an 18 year old freelancer at the time) and a short documentary (in the midst of being produced) to be shown before the concert which will include interviews with audience members and original photos. For more information visit, http://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones/2013/10/28/beatles-and-more-musical-history-uline-arena
400th Anniversary of Pocahontas’ Wedding to John Rolfe, 5 April 2014
The true love story which shaped American history will be marked by special programs and exhibits that explore the interaction between Indians and English Settlers. On 5 April 2014, visitors can experience a re-enactment of the wedding at the actual site where it occurred in Historic Jamestowne. For more information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org
70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014
The National D Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, will mark the occasion with a special ceremony including an honour guard, interactive veteran’s history stations, a reunion tent, USO show, guest speakers and more. The town of Bedford suffered more loses, per capita, on D-Day than any other locality in the United States and was chosen as the site of the National Memorial as emblematic of all U.S. communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day. For more information, visit www.dday.org/70th-anniversary-events
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opens on 1 May 2014
The much anticipated Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Hotel will offer 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, and more than 100,000 square feet of event space when it opens on 1 May 2014. Connected to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center by an underground concourse, the Marriott Marquis will be conveniently located near Penn Quarter and close to CityCenter DC and the Verizon Center. Property highlights include 54 breakout rooms, outdoor terraces, and retail and restaurant space. For more information, visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/wasco-washington-marriott-marquis
Opening Spring 2014: Upscale City Market at O Leads Evolution of Hip Luxury Suites
City Market at O is an upscale mixed-use development featuring restaurants and a new Cambria Suites. Located one block north of the Convention Center, the hotel will offer more than 182 all-suite rooms, a rooftop pool, and a terrace with sweeping city views. City Market at O will open in spring 2014. For more information, visit http://www.citymarketato.com
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center Launches Monthly Art Exhibits
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park have teamed up to present monthly art exhibits and Meet the Artist receptions. Launched in September 2013, the works of a new artist will be on display in the hotel’s main lobby each month. The exhibits will culminate with a Meet the Artist reception each month. For more information visit www.aloftbwi.com or www.Chesapeakearts.org
The Inn at Herrington Harbour Offers Seaplane Excursions
The Inn at Herrington Harbour has begun offering Seaplane excursions over the Chesapeake Bay. At a cost of $95 per person, the twenty-minute excursions are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Seaplane excursions will resume in summer 2014. For more information, visit www.offshorepix.com or www.herringtonharbour.com
America’s Newest Luxury Resort, Salamander Resort and Spa, opens in Virginia
Salamander Resort and Spa is a 168-room luxury resort set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards. The hotel opened in August 2013 and is located in the storied village of Middleburg. The resort is owned by Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The resort features 25 acres of land dedicated to equestrian activities, a luxurious spa with private courtyard and infinity pool, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining overseen by award-winning DC Chef Todd Gray, a cooking studio, wine bar, and numerous conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a restored, century-old Stallion Barn.For more information, visit www.salamanderresort.com
CityCenter DC Opens in December 2013
CityCenter DC is a 10 acre urban hub mixing hotel space, condominiums, offices, restaurants, shops and more – all within walking distance to the convention center and two Metrorail stations. CityCenter DC is ideal for event activities, including dine-arounds and team-building. The New York Times called it a “modern-day Rockefeller Center.” CityCenter DC will open in phases beginning in December 2013. For more information, visit www.citycenterdc.com
Culinary and Winery News:
More Than 25 New Wineries to Open in Virginia in 2014
Virginia is known as the ‘state for lovers’, and is an award-wining wine region. 2014 will see more than 25 new wineries open bringing the total of wineries in Virginia to more than 250. The state is currently the fifth largest wine producing state in the United States, and Virginia wines continue to win top awards in world-wide competitions. For more information, visit www.virginiawine.org
‘A Flight You Can Look Forward To’ – Flight Wine Bar Opens in December 2013
Flight Wine Bar, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, is due to open in Washington, DC in December 2013. Bose and Amir will open with an approachable wine list featuring over 30 options by the glass including lesser known varietals and labels from around the world. A selection of domestic and international beers, boutique spirits and a weekly wine-based cocktail will also be on the menu. The 60-seat wine bar will also serve shareable plates designed to complement the diverse wine list. For more information, visit www.flightdc.com
Howard County Restaurant Boom Offers a Taste of the World
Howard County, a county located in the central part of Maryland, will welcome a number of exciting new restaurants in 2014 which will include flavours from all over the world. Restaurants include Facci Ristorante- authentic Italian cuisine featuring an imported wood burning pizza oven, Grille620- a modern twist on the American steakhouse, Highland Inn- a new dining experience with a focus on seasonal foods and purity of flavours, The Grille- featuring American and Mediterranean cuisine, White Oak Tavern- a tap house serving exquisite farm-to-table pub food, Xitomate Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar- Specializing in small plates of authentic Mexican cuisine with an immaculate collection of the finest Tequilas. For more information on Howard County, visit www.visithowardcounty.com
Attraction and Activity News:
Smithsonian Opens Newest Museum in 2015
The Smithsonian will open its newest museum in 2015, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015. On 18 November 2013, the first two artefacts arrived at the museum, including a railway train car made by the Pullman Company in 1922, which is currently under construction on the National Mall. For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu
Six Flags America Adds Two New Thrilling Rides for 2014
Six Flags America is adding two new rides in a brand new area of the amusement park that is conveniently located just outside of Washington, D.C. The new rides are the park’s ninth roller coaster, Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning coaster, and French Quarter Flyers, a family-friendly flying ride. Both attractions will be located in the festive new Mardi Gras section of the park. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/america
American Chestnut Land Trust Launches New Trail Offering Stunning Views of the Chesapeake Bay
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) has opened a new gateway to connect people to the 3,000-acre Parkers Creek Preserve in central Calvert County along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The new 4.5-mile section of trail connects Prince Frederick to ACLT’s existing north-side trails. The trail allows hikers to experience the full breadth of the Parkers Creek natural area by continuing to a new overlook platform the land trust built to provide wintertime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Parkers Creek. The full 6.1-mile trail is called “Prince Frederick to the Bay” or “PF2Bay” for short.
In addition to its two existing trailheads – one on the north side of Parkers Creek off Dares Beach Road and one on the south side of the creek off Scientists’ Cliffs Road – ACLT now welcomes visitors to its newest Prince Frederick trailhead that starts just off Main Street in Prince Frederick. Parking for the new trail as well as maps and the sign-in area are at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church. It is recommended that hikers leave one car at Double Oak Farm before hiking, and then take a second car to the Prince Frederick trailhead. The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. The trail is closed during deer firearms season for safety.
For more information, visit www.acltweb.org
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Launches ‘African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, and Beyond’ Exhibit Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond showcases the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from or was influenced by African Americans, including the important contributions of publishing executives at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. This special exhibit will embrace the totality of Black comics. With a significant focus on Black creators and their art, the exhibit will pull together experts, essayists, filmmakers and creators from inside and outside the world of comic books to fully explore the successes, triumphs, failures and expectations for the future of this vital component of our national fabric. The exhibit will run from 14 December 2013 – April 2014. For more information, visit www.geppismuseum.com and www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37284
B&O Railroad Museum Celebrates Black History Month in February 2014
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad’s line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. The exhibit runs from 1 February to 28 February 2013. For more information, visit www.borail.org
Chrysler Museum of Art Reopens and Celebrates 70 years of the Smokey Bear American Icon
The Chrysler Museum of Art, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is to reopen in April 2014 after an extensive renovation and expansion. Exhibits to mark the reopening will include 70 Years of Smokey Bear, the American icon whose motto is “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”. For more information, visit www.chrysler.org/exhibitions/70-years-of-smokey-bear / or www.chrysler.org
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Opens Multi-media Rock Spectacular
Opening in Spring 2014 at Busch Garden Williamsburg, Virginia, London Rocks takes visitors on a musical journey that explores the roots of rock-n-roll and transforms Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre into a rousing 25-minute live action and multi-media rock spectacular. The musical revue explores the powerful role that music plays in people’s lives. A team of more than 200 musical directors, designers, technicians and artists is taking on this ambitious Busch Gardens’ production. For more information, visit www.seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg
The Aquarium Adventure Park opens in Virginia Beach in Summer 2014.
Appealing to outdoor fun-seekers ages five years old and up, the Adventure Park, located on the campus of the Virginia Aquarium, will feature multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses. Activities at the park are forest-friendly, requiring only human power—no motors or machines. For more information, visit www.vbgov.com/news/Pages/selected.aspx?release=1671
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Opens Exhibition of Artworks from the Palace Museum, Beijing
A new exhibition, the Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 18 October 2014 – 11 January 2015 as part of collaboration with the Beijing Palace Museum, China’s largest art museum and the largest palace in the world. The exhibit will showcase more than 180 portraits, sculptures, textiles and unique artefacts from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Enhanced by 3-D virtual technology, the exhibit offers an immersive experience as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory. For more information, visitwww.nmaahc.si.edu
New Baltimore – DC Weekend Rail Service Launched on 7 December 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration is now offering a weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The trains will make nine Saturday round trips and six Sunday round trips between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington. The service is expected to be especially appealing to international travellers touching down at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County. About 45-percent of BWI’s business comes from the Washington region. For more information, visit www.mta.maryland.gov/marc-train
New Silver Line Metro Extension Connects DC to Surrounding Cities
The Silver Line Metro Extension (also known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project) is currently well underway. The new line will connect DC to surrounding cities including the retail mecca of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The line to Tyson’s Corner is expected to open in 2014; the line connecting Washington Dulles International Airport is expected to open in 2018. For more information, visit www.dullesmetro.com
DC Streetcars (trams) to Arrive in DC
DC Streetcars are expected to start service in early spring 2014 along H Street and Benning Road NE. For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com
Virginia Launches Jamestown Discovery Boat Ride
New in 2014 is Jamestown Discovery, a 90 minute boat tour on the beautiful James River that travels around the historic Jamestown Island. All tours are handicap accessible and offer a new view of the history and beauty of the river. A website is not available at present but for more information, visit their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/jamestowndiscoverytours
To find out more about the Capital Region USA, visit www.CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk
I think we all know that movies are great, and that one of the most important parts of enjoying a movie is how you view it. Watching a movie on an ancient cathode ray tube television like you had growing up will never hold up to having your own home theater, where you can watch whatever movies you want on a giant screen in your own home. If you are looking to expand your list of great TV and movies from home take a look at SaveOnTVDirect.com for special deals on new DirecTV subscriptions. Taking a special family trip or that special someone out for a movie is one thing, taking them out to one of these one of kind theaters is a truly unique experience.
1. Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse is relatively new, as far as world-famous theatres go. But its fame is well-deserved, not just because of its programming, but because of its rules. It aims to recreate a traditional cinematic experience, featuring strict rules that you can’t speak, text, or otherwise be obnoxious during the movie. The Drafthouse also has fantastic programming, and that certainly helps. It’s a favorite of top filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, and even Steven Spielberg.
Originally located in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse now has around a dozen locations around the United States, mostly focused on Texas and the Southeast.
2. Kino International
Located in Berlin, Germany, Kino International dates back to the East Germany days. Architecturally speaking, it’s a classic of the Cold War and Soviet-influenced socialist realism (it’s even on a street named for Karl Marx). That may make the building less beautiful than a classic Beaux Arts theatre in the United States, but it has a charm all its own, and the inside evokes the Jet Age as much as any Art Deco theater. It’s also a home for major premieres, especially for art house.
3. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
You’ve seen pictures of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, that’s for sure. At the moment, it’s called the TCL Chinese Theatre; before that it was Mann’s. But it’s always, and always will be, Grauman’s. It’s one of the older cinemas in the world, dating back to 1927. And it’s located in the heart of Hollywood, and it’s notable for that reason alone. It’s also the home of the famous handprints in stone of celebrities, actors, and directors, and the walk of stars is on the street just outside. What’s more, Grauman’s costs just a few dollars more than a normal movie ticket – as long as a red carpet premiere isn’t happening there at the moment.
4. The Arclight Cinerama Dome
Just a few blocks from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Arclight is one of the last of the great Cinerama Domes that were a never fulfilled promise of the future, as seen in the 1960s. The Arclight Cinerama Dome is one of the best screens in Los Angeles and the entire West Coast, and one of the largest. It’s an IMAX screen that isn’t an IMAX, and the sheer splendor and size of the Dome is worth experiencing, no matter what the Cinerama Dome is playing. It’s a classy and traditional cinematic experience that manages to be modern at the same time.
5. The Castro Theatre
The Castro in San Francisco is even older than Grauman’s – it dates back to 1922 – and it’s a unique combination of 1920s Beaux Arts style and Mexican-inspired quasi-religious architecture. It’s a veritable cathedral of cinema, inside and out. It’s decidedly old-fashioned, but guess what – sometimes that’s what you need to have a classic cinematic experience. A home theater goes a long way, but sometimes you want something just a little more magical.
Founded by the legendary John Houseman and current producing artistic director Margot Harley, the Acting Company has won Obie, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Tony.
George and Lennie are drifters with dreams of living off the “fat of the land.”
They arrive at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own farm. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man.
It is Lennie’s obsession with things soft and cuddly that make George cautious about who Lennie befriends.
George often promises to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” as a means of keeping him calm amidst distractions.
When the ranch boss’ wife is found dead in the barn, George is faced with a moral question:
Steinbeck’s stories about common people surviving uncommon tragedy and fate have captivated generations of readers around the world. George and Lennie will be etched in your memory forever.
Tickets to Of Mice and Men are $30-$40-$55 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu.
Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available. A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets.
The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Information about all of the season’s performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.
Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s longest-running performing arts venue. Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances each year.
The UNLV Performing Arts Center welcomes the New York Polyphony – four exceptional voices called “rich” and “natural” by National Public Radio – at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 4 in Artemus Ham Concert Hall. This dynamic group delivers refined musicianship, and a uniquely modern sensibility with a varied repertoire, ranging from medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works.
In 2011, New York Polyphony signed an exclusive recording contract with acclaimed record label BIS Records. endBeginning, their first album on BIS, was released in February and features rare and never-before recorded works from the Franco-Flemish Renaissance. Featured on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence and selected as ‘CD of the Week’ by Alex Ross (The Rest Is Noise), endBeginning received a 10 out of 10 rating by Classics Today and has amassed substantial critical acclaim.
Hailed as a “stunning tour through chant, polyphony and renaissance harmonies” (Minnesota Public Radio), their second CD Tudor City spent three weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s classical album chart. It has been featured on Danish Public Radio, American Public Radio and NPR’s All Things Considered.
NYP’s debut CD I sing the birth was released in 2007. The disc—an intimate meditation on the Christmas season—garnered unanimous praise. Gramophone Magazine named it “one of the season’s best”, BBC Music Magazine selected it as Editor’s Christmas Choice 2007, and Classic FM Magazine hailed it as “a disc for all seasons.”
Tickets to New York Polyphony are $35-$50-$75 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 895-ARTS (2787) or by visiting pac.unlv.edu
Student rush tickets are $13 each (not inclusive of the facilities fee), and available one hour prior to each event, based on availability and with valid student I.D. UNLV faculty and staff discounts also are available.
A $1.25 facilities fee, in addition to the ticket price, is charged on all Performing Arts Center tickets.
The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Information about all of the season’s performances can be found on the Performing Arts Center website, located at pac.unlv.edu.
Founded in 1976, the Performing Arts Center at UNLV is Southern Nevada’s longest-running performing arts venue.
Located on the north end of the UNLV campus, the PAC hosts a variety of performances each year.
With The Lion King already in residence at The Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Old Vic autumn season just about to launch following the theatre’s extensive refurbishment, The Bristol Hotel has created a couple of pre-theatre dining offers to entice audiences to stop off en route to the two venues, which are less than a five-minute walk away.
The River Grille is promoting “three courses for the price of two” from its table d’hote menu for all those who order between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, so the price per person is £19.95, instead of £24.95. The table d’hote menu offers four or five choices per course, including vegetarian dishes and lighter options, so customers don’t need to worry about falling asleep during the performance!
For those visiting from further afield, The Bristol Hotel has put together a Pre-Theatre Dinner Package, which includes overnight accommodation in a double room, a late afternoon/early evening two-course meal served from 5:30pm, a glass of bubbly and full buffet breakfast the following morning; free WiFi and use of the hotel’s gym come as standard, as does complimentary parking from 4pm Friday to 10am Monday and from 5.30pm to 9.30am during the week.
The cost of this Pre-Theatre Dinner Package starts at £139 per room per night and bookings are being taken up until 22 December 2012. For more details, please visit www.doylecollection.com/bristol or call 0117 923 0333.
Of course, guests don’t need to be going on to either The Bristol Hippodrome or the Bristol Old Vic to take advantage of these offers, they might just as easily be heading to events at any number of venues around town including Colston Hall, the Tobacco Factory or the cinema at the Watershed. Or they might simply like to eat early – particularly if they can enjoy a great value menu at the same time!
Notes for Editors
The Bristol Hotel is located in the heart of the city, between the historic cobbled Narrow Quay and elegant Queen Square, just a few minutes’ walk from major cultural landmarks such as The Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, Watershed, SS Great Britain and M Shed, as well as the fabulous new shopping district of Cabot Circus.
The Bristol Hotel has 187 rooms and suites, which are among the largest and most luxurious in the city. All of the rooms have been completely restyled, refurnished and re-equipped in the last few years, with the deluxe rooms and juniors suites having additional luxuries such as media hubs and Nespresso coffee machines.
The Bristol Hotel has an outstanding, self-contained Meetings and Events Centre with rooms for as few as six people or as many as 400. Executive boardrooms, large breakout rooms and an impressive main suite are all equipped with the latest technology and luxurious decorative touches.
The Bristol Hotel is housed in a distinctive 1960s building, recognised as a prime example of the Modern architectural movement.
Executive Head Chef Kai Taylor has more than 21 years’ experience of high standard cookery and management in the hotel business, having been Head Chef at prestigious hotels including Copthorne Hotels, Chiseldon House Hotel and Parklands Hotel.
For more details, please visit the website: www.doylecollection.com/bristol
Theatre Breaks have offers on both theatre and non theatre packages for the October Half Term Break for families looking for a child-friendly getaway.
From The Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers to Ice Age Live and Tommy Steele in Scrooge there are a lot of new options for Half Term this year. Of course there is always The Lion King and Wicked and Warhorse and Madame Tussauds and the London Aquarium but it will be the new kids on the block that will be attracting most attention.
Simon Harding of St Albans Travel’s Theatre Breaks says “The Harry Potter Studio Tour has put Watford on the tourist map in a way that Elton John could have never hoped to do. It has been massive this year and we are expecting demand to continue into the colder months!” Especially as family rooms are in good supply around Watford – probably better than central London!
Tim Minchin’s Matilda wasn’t around this time last year either. The award winning show is such a hit with young and old a like that it will surely be high on the list for many people heading to London next half term.
Half term’s Wembley Arena show Ice Age Live “A Mammoth Adventure” uses flying, acrobatic ice skating, puppetry and film animation to bring together this perfect slice of family fun and entertainment.
With allocation for matinee performances on the Thursday and Saturday of half term and evening performances on the Thursday and Friday our Ice Age breaks can be taken with a range of accommodation including the nearby 3 star Quality Hotel Wembley where family rooms can take up to 2 adults and 2 children and breaks including tickets and hotel accommodation for a family of 4 (based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing) start at just £220.
For more Half Term Breaks Information Contact Simon Harding 0203 2871808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A new app is available for travelers in England’s Shakespeare country, from Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwickshire to Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. “Stratford & West Midlands: As You Like It,” by Alison Plummer, is an app for iPad, iPhoneand Android.
The app is designed to help plan trips through 170 entries with galleries of 1,895 images. The app features hotels, regional food and wine, micro-breweries and drives with classic carsfor hire. It also works for biking and walks as well as gardens and properties to view, including those in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It covers other authors as well as Shakespeare such as J.R.R. Tolkien with places that inspired characters for “The Hobbit,” the ancestral home of George Washington and more. The “Stratford & West Midlands: As You Like It” app sells for $3.99.
The Montague on the Gardens, a Georgian townhouse hotel around the corner from the British Museum in London, is offering a special in honor of an exhibition at the museum called “Shakespeare: staging the world.”
The exhibition provides an insight into the emerging role of London as a world city through the perspective of Shakespeare’s plays, using objects, digital media and performance. It includes great paintings, jewels, rare manuscripts and performances.
For people interested in seeing the exhibition, The Montague on the Gardens is offering a package called Celebrating William Shakespeare that includes two nights’ accommodations, full English breakfast daily, two tickets to the exhibition of “Shakespeare: staging the world” at the British Museum, and a Shakespeare cookbook. The package is priced from $330 per night (exclusive of VAT) double occupancy for a minimum of two nights, and is available until Nov. 25.
SHN Upcoming Shows Include “War Horse,” “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon”
Formerly known as Best of Broadway, the SHN Series brings Broadway to the Bay Area with a dynamic series at the SHN Orpheum, SHN Curran and SHN Golden Gate Theatres. Upcoming shows in order of performances are:
The London and Broadway’s smash hit, “War Horse” gallops into the SHN Curran Theatre, Aug. 2-26, 2012. The powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I, comes alive through life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life.
SHN’s just announced 2012-13 season includes:
Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to the SHN Orpheum Theatre, Nov. 1-Jan. 13, 2013 for the first time since its triumphant 43-week run here in 2004. Winner of six Tony Awards, “The Lion King” has been seen by more than 13.5 million people in more than 60 cities across North America.
“The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2012. Declared “the best musical of the century,” by The New York Times, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Parker and Stone are the creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is the co-creator of the hit musical comedy, “Avenue Q.”
The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s time classic musical masterpiece, “Anything Goes,” comes to the SHN Curran Theatre Jan. 8-Feb. 3, 2013. The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy unfolds on board the S.S. American on a trans-Atlantic crossing and features hits songs such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”
The spellbinding “Wicked, returns home to the Bay Area again to the Orpheum Theatre Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 2013. The untold story of the witches of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, “Wicked” tells the unforgettable story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz — one born with emerald-green skin who is smart and misunderstood and the other who is conventionally beautiful, ambitions and “very, very popular” as one of the show’s signature songs confirms.
For ticket information visit www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415-551-2075, email@example.com.
San Francisco Jazz Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 30 Concerts Aug. 25-Dec. 7, 2012;
SFJAZZ Center Opens on Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2013
The San Francisco Jazz Festival will run Aug. 25-Dec. 7, 2012, present 30 concerts celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary. Festival highlights include Brecker Brothers Reunion Band with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Dave Weckl Sept.28; “Miles Smiles” with Robben Ford, Kenny Garrett, Joey DeFrancesco, Wallace Roney and Omar Hakim Sept. 29; Sonny Rollins on Sept. 30, Gilberto Gil Oct. 2; Branford Marsalis, solo, at Grace Cathedral Oct. 5; Marcus Miler Oct. 11; Robert Glasper Experiment Nov.1; Ornette Coleman Nov.9; Buika Nov. 16; and Arturo Sandoval Dec. 1. SFJAZZ is nearing the completion of the new SFJAZZ Center, the first stand-alone performance and education center dedicated to jazz. Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the center will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21 2013. Located at 205 Franklin St. in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Civic Center performing arts district. For information, visit sfjazz.org or call 866-920-5299. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Symphony Enters Second 100 Years Sept. 5, 2012
The San Francisco Symphony’s 101st season opens Sept. 5, 2012 with two weeks of concerts of Russian and German masterworks led by conductor Semyon Bychkov. Joining Bychkov and the Orchestra is violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The second week of concerts, beginning Sept.12, is devoted to performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.”
In its Opening Gala concert on Sept.19, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads violinist Joshua Bell and the Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Chausson’s “Poème,” selections from Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Ravel’s “Boléro.”The orchestra’s 101st season highlights include explorations of music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and enhanced concert experiences around Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” by Thomas. He will also conduct the SFS in the first concert performances by an orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s complete “West Side Story.” The orchestra will perform two world premieres, three U.S. premieres, three West Coast premieres and 13 San Francisco Symphony premieres and also inaugurates the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in January 2013. Soprano Renée Fleming and pianist András Schiff will perform in Project San Francisco residencies. In addition to Zuckerman, distinguished guests include Joshua Bell, Julia Fischer, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Marc-André Hamelin, Gil Shaham, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, David Robertson, Vasily Petrenko and Marek Janowski, with debuts by Vladimir Jurowski, Jaap van Zweden, Juraj Valcuha, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Michael Fabiano and The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble. The Great Performers Series will feature concerts by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra plus recitals by Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renée Fleming with Susan Graham, and Matthias Goerne with Christoph Eschenbach. Details are available at www.sfsymphony.org or call 415-864-6000. Media contact: Public Relations, 415-503-5474, email@example.com
San Francisco Opera Opens 2012-13 Season Sept. 7, 2012
Repertory Season Includes Three World Premiere Commissions
The San Francisco Opera Company’s 2012–13 repertory season includes three world premiere commissions slated for 2013 by Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison (“The Secret Garden”), Mark Adamo (“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”), and Tobias Picker and J.D. McClatchy (“Dolores Claiborne”). The Company’s 90th season opens Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 with a gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The Opera Ball, the Company’s celebrated signature benefit event, will precede the opening night performance at the historic War Memorial Opera House. In addition to “Rigoletto,” which features two international casts of singers, San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 season offers Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto gem “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (“TheCapulets and the Montagues”); the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” commissioned and produced by San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia; Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”; Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” interpreted by two casts of widely acclaimed singers; Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (“The Tales of Hoffmann”); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “ Cosi fan tutte;” the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” and the world premiere of Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s “The Secret Garden,“ a co-production with Cal Performances. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. For information visit www.sfopera.com or call 415-864-3330. Media contact: Robin Freeman, 415-565-6451, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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