October 24, 2014 on 2:15 pm | In Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Fall is the perfect season to visit Bilbao and experience the city in its most important cultural moment. During the month of October the galleries of Bilbao Art District open the season and new exhibits premiere at the Guggenheim, Fine Arts Museum, and the Alhóndiga.

Hotel Miró is strategically located between The Fine Arts and Guggenheim Museums, at the heart of what is now known as the Bilbao Arts District.

After the success in Madrid´s Thyssen Museum, Hyperrealism 1967-2013 arrives at the Fine Arts Museum on Oct. 7th. The exhibit features great American artists such as Richard Estes or Chuck Close, and other contemporary artists from Europe. Also during this period one can visit The Prado Museum and the contemporary artists. 50 works by 24 artists of different generations and styles, who have established an intimate dialogue with works at the Prado Museum.

The Guggenheim Museum inaugurates the season with The Art of our time, Masterpieces of the Guggenheim Collections, exhibit which celebrates twenty years of collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. One can admire works by Oteiza, Chilllida, Serra or Kiefer.

Another cultural space which is acquiring importance is the Alhóndiga, the antique wine warehouse reformed by Phillippe Starck. This space proposes the exhibit “The contract” as well as a well-rounded programme which includes cinema, conferences and performances.

Bilbao Art District, which represents the art galleries and museums of the city, opens the season the weekend of the 17th and 18th October, featuring vernissages, musical performances, and more events.

Hotel Miró is the perfect accommodation for art lovers, not only because of its ideal location in front of the Guggenheim, but also because of the important collection of contemporary photography of nearly 50 pieces featuring national and international artists. A unique collection which started at the hotel´s opening and grows yearly.

About Hotel Miró

Located in front of the famous Guggenheim Museum, the 50-room boutique hotel designed by fashion designer Antonio Miró is in the city´s golden mile. An urban oasis where guests feel like home in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere, with a familiar yet very professional service.

Pau Guardans is responsible for the management of the hotel, well known Hotelier creator of other urban luxury hotels like Hotel Único Madrid and Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona.



-10 off the best available rate

-Breakfast Buffet

-1 ticket per person to Guggenheim or Fine Arts Museum

-Free Courtesy Bar

-Wifi and access to Fitness center

Rates: from 90 €/night (VAT included)

Contact Details

Hotel Miró

Alameda Mazarredo, 77. Bilbao. SPAIN

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Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

October 24, 2014 on 2:14 pm | In Beachbooker, Fashions, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Dame Zandra Rhodes Joins Forces With Malaysian Brand Karyaneka To Launch Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

Tourism Malaysia is pleased to announce this year’s second Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, taking place from the 12–17 November 2014. The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend (KLFW), which will take place at the National Visual Art Gallery, has been organised in conjunction with the 1Malaysia Year-End Sale 2014 and will feature a cross-label collaboration between renowned British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE and Malaysia brand, Karyaneka.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with Karyaneka, a Malaysian government agency promoting the use of local handicraft produced by Malaysian craftsmen, to create a capsule collection using Malaysian ethnic fabrics, which will then be transformed into the designer’s distinctive daywear and evening wear. Other labels showing at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend include leading department stores, online shopping channels, children’s premium labels, accessories labels and leading local brand Lord’s Tailor.

Kuala Lumpur has previously been ranked as the world’s fourth best shopping city (after New York, Tokyo and London) by global news network CNN. Following Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, the 1Malaysia Year End Sale will be ending 2014 with a bang. Shoppers attending the sale can expect an exciting line-up of fashion-related events, entertainment and nationwide shopping promotions, taking place at shopping malls across the city.

Guests looking to visit Kuala Lumpur during this period can stay for seven nights at the JW Marriott from £1,175 per person including return economy class direct flights, return private airport transfers and seven nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room. To book this package, please contact Cleveland Collection on 020 7843 3531 or visit For more information on Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend please visit:

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A World Of Art With Cox & Kings

October 24, 2014 on 2:11 pm | In Adventure Travel, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Cox & Kings continues as the appointed travel partner for The Royal Academy of Arts for 2015 and has created its most extensive collection to date. With 35 expert-led art tours to 28 countries in five continents, there are nine new tours for 2015, including a tour to Ireland for the first time. The tours aim to appeal to the enthusiast and expert alike, enriching the understanding of often complex subjects. All tours are open to anyone with a passion for the arts and are carefully designed by Cox & Kings’ experts in conjunction with the accompanying lecturers.

The lecturers are with the group throughout the tour, making themselves available for informal discussions as well as occasional evening lectures and site-talks, which supplement those given by the local guides. In addition, many tours include access to artworks not normally accessible to the general public, or talks by curators of local exhibitions. For example, a highlight on the 5-day tour to Rome, departing 20 May and 28 October is an exclusive and private out-of-hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Lecturers will often also take guests into additional places relevant to the tour that are not included in the itinerary.

The tours below are a selection of the new art treasure tours departing in 2015:

Ireland: Georgian Dublin & Country Houses – 6 days from £1,495 per person

26-31 July 2015 with Roger White

Transformed in the Georgian period, the small walled medieval city was expanded with spacious squares lined by handsome townhouses and grand public buildings. Focusing on the period’s achievements in architecture, planning and decoration, Roger White has arranged special access into Trinity College to see the Dining Hall, Chapel and Examinations Hall, which all have fine Georgian interiors and are closed to the general public, and private access into Ely House, which has interiors dating back to the 1770′s and has an unusual staircase.

Netherlands: Golden Age to Modern Minimalism – 5 days from £1,795 per person

18-22 October 2015 and 24-28 April 2016 with Thomas Abbott

Renowned for the sumptuous art of the Golden Age, the Netherlands also boasts many recent interesting artworks. Thomas Abbott will guide guests through the country’s art history from the 17th century up until the 20th century. Highlights include a visit to the Mauritshuis, which reopened this year after extensive renovations, a private guided tour of the Slot Zeist palace, and a tour of the Keukenhof tulip gardens (April tour only).

Greece: Journey through the Ancient World – 10 days from £2,395 per person

21-30 November 2015 and 14-23 May 2016 with Dr Stephen Kershaw

Steeped in mythology and history, Greece’s past is evident in the well preserved sites and monuments found throughout the country. Focusing on the classical highlights of the mainland, Stephen Kershaw will accompany guests to sites including Delphi, Mycenae and Olympia. Through his own contacts, a special introduction has been arranged at the Delphi museum with the antiquities inspector as well as a private meeting with the abbott at Hosios Loukas monastery.

St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces – 6 days from £1,445 per person

22-27 February, 10-15 May, 20-25 September & 21-26 February 2016 with Dr Colin Bailey

One of the most majestic and compelling cities in the world, St Petersburg is mostly unchanged since the 18th and 19th centuries. Colin Bailey will take guests to the new Faberge Museum as well as early access to the renowned Hermitage before it opens to the public. A highlight of the tour includes a visit to Catherine’s Palace to see the Amber Room and learn about its restoration and watch amber being worked in the newly opened workshop.

Music tours with Daniel Snowman

Munich: Music & Art in Bavaria – 16-20 November from £2,145 per person

Vienna: Imperial City of Art & Music – 17-21 September from £1,995 per person

Both tours take in the art highlights of each city as well as backstage tours and tickets to musical performances. Daniel Snowman is the BBC’s chief producer of radio features and documentaries and has led over 50 music tours to the cultural capitals of Europe.

All tours include international flights, transfers, sightseeing escorted by English-speaking guides, accommodation with breakfast daily and other meals as specified and are accompanied throughout by an expert lecturer.

For the full range of tours please visit

Cox & Kings pays a fee to the Royal Academy for every booking on the arts tours programme and any booking on any Cox & Kings holiday from a Friend of the Royal Academy, which contributes to the work of the Royal Academy and specifically its Learning Department.

For more information, please contact Katie Parsons on 020 7808 5694 or email

RESERVATIONS: 020 7873 5000 /

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R&B Crooner Bobby Brooks Wilson Comes to Sam’s Town Live! on December 5‏

October 24, 2014 on 2:09 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS – R&B and soul singer Bobby Brooks Wilson will perform at Sam’s Town Live! on Friday, December 5.

Wilson first made waves in the entertainment community for his remarkable impression of legendary Jackie Wilson – later to find out that the man he emulated ontage was his father. Wilson got his start in a talent show performing the James Ingram classic, “Just Once,” and became a regular at karaoke bars. After an impressive performance of the Motown classic “My Girl,” Peter Hernandez of Peter and the Love Notes approached Wilson and invited him to perform with the Hernandez family, including Hernandez’s son, Bruno Mars.

During a Hernandez family performance, 1960s rocker Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders recognized Wilson’s talents and likeness as similar to those Jackie Wilson, and later recommended him to perform as Jackie Wilson in an impersonator show in Las Vegas. As his profile for impersonation grew, more and more industry professionals recognized him as a dead ringer for Jackie Wilson, down to his signature laugh; a blood test later confirmed they were father and son.

Today, Wilson performs impressions besides Wilson, including Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Little Richard. His album “It’s About Time” was released in 2012 and includes soulful covers of Jackie Wilson’s “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” and Otis Redding’s “I’ve been Loving You Too Long,” among others.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 plus taxes and convenience fees and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling # or visiting

About Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
Located at 5111 Boulder Highway, Sam’s Town offers more than eight restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and the beautiful indoor atrium Mystic Falls Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 29 table games, more than 2,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge, poker room and race and sports book.

For more information visit , on Facebook ( , and Twitter (@samstownlv ). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

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LV Phil Great European Mastery Concert Nov. 22‏

October 24, 2014 on 2:07 pm | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or

October 23, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic will present its second Masterworks Series performance, “Great European Mastery,” on Saturday, November 22nd, in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30PM. The program will feature Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, and Brahms First Symphony. The concert will be conducted by Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, Danail Rachev. Tickets are priced from $26 to $96 and are available from The Smith Center box office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from

The evening will open with Weber’s Overture to the English opera, Oberon. The story tells the tale of a fairy king and queen who will not speak to each other until two faithful lovers, shipwrecked and captured by pirates, have been found. The overture was composed in traditional sonata form and highlights the horns and woodwinds. Following the overture, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring guest pianist, Markus Groh. Although the work was not performed publicly for almost 30 years after its premiere, the concerto is frequently performed today and is considered an integral work in the piano concerto repertoire. The orchestra will conclude the concert with Brahm’s popular Symphony No. 1. This will be the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s first time performing this symphony, which is known for its technicality, emotion and beautiful melody.

Rachev will present a pre-concert conversation in Reynolds Hall at 6:45PM which is open to all ticketholders. Rachev is in his fourth season as Music Director and Conductor for the Eugene Symphony. Prior to his current position, he was Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 2008 – 2010 and the Dallas Symphony from 2005 – 2008. He was the first Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony where he studied with Michael Tilson Thomas from 2002 – 2003. Rachev was born in Bulgaria and trained at the State Musical Academy in Sofia, receiving degrees in orchestral and choral conducting. He moved to the United States to study at the Peabody Conservatory on a full scholarship, graduating in 2001.

Groh has performed with symphonies all over the world including New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Beijing, and St. Petersburg. He made recent debuts with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Orchestra. He is much admired for his interpretations of Franz Liszt and received “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone Magazine for his all-Liszt CD. Born in Southern Germany, Groh gained worldwide attention at age 25 when he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels.


The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers four ticket price levels: $96, $66, $46 and $26. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required.) Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount off the ticket price. Group sales are available by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic at 702.462.2009.

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Corroboree Sydney

October 24, 2014 on 9:15 am | In Australia, Festivals, New South Wales, Sydney, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Corroboree Sydney, held from 20-30 November, will return with over 100 artists performing during an eleven day program, inviting people of all ages and cultures to come, create and celebrate. Highlights include the Gurung Parade, marking the start of the festival with a procession of 3,000 school children and the Firelight Ceremony where Elders light a flame that burns throughout the festival. Festival favourites include the Black Arts Markets, which showcases the works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and Homeground, a free two-day outdoor live music event at the Sydney Opera House. The iconic Bangarra Dance Theatre will also perform their 25th anniversary show at the festival.

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Thailand’s annual Loy Krathong Festivities

October 24, 2014 on 9:14 am | In Asia, Festivals, Thailand, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand’s annual Loy Krathong festival is just around the corner, and this year, three Amari properties, Amari Boulevard Bangkok, Amari Vogue Krabi and Amari Phuket, are offering special packages to give guests a chance to join in the beautiful celebration.

Loy Krathong is celebrated during the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, this year falling on 7 November. Although there are many schools of thought as to why this is celebrated, today, it is believed that releasing the intricately decorated “krathong” is a way to show respect to the water spirits and is a symbolic releasing of negative energy and bad luck. For this occasion, friends, families and couples gather to make their own “krathong”, traditionally constructed using a banana tree trunk as the base and then adorning it with flowers, candles and incense. With a float in hand, each will head to a river, stream or pond to make a wish and release the “krathong”, illuminating the rivers and streams with millions of the candles twinkling under the moonlight.

Whether heading to the city of Bangkok or planning a stay at the beach, guests can join in this unique celebration with a stay at Amari Boulevard Bangkok, Amari Vogue Krabi or Amari Phuket.

Amari Boulevard Bangkok’s Loy Krathong Package includes a two-night stay in a superior room with breakfast and welcome fruits and flowers upon arrival. On Loy Krathong night, guests will dine al fresco at the hotel’s Season Restaurant, after which they will be given a complimentary “krathong” that they can release either at the hotel’s pool or to take to join in the local festivities at one the city’s rivers. The package is valid for stays from 1 to 10 November 2014, with prices starting at 8,600 THB, excluding taxes and service charge. For more information, please visit

The Loy Kratong package at Amari Phuket includes a three-night stay in a superior ocean view room. On Loy Krathong evening, the hotel’s beachside restaurant, Rim Talay, will host a special Thai buffet dinner along with a special traditional performance. The package also includes a 20% discount on treatments at the Breeze Spa. To give guests a little time to sleep in after the fun, the package gives a guaranteed late check out until 16:00 and free airport transfers. The package is valid for stays from 4 to 9 November 2014, with the prices starting at 17,744 THB, excluding taxes and service charge. For more information, please visit

At Amari Vogue Krabi, the Loy Krathong Package includes a three-night stay in a deluxe room along with a 20% discount on treatments at the Breeze Spa. Celebrate the occasion with a special dinner on Loy Krathong night at the hotel’s beachside restaurant Bellini, which includes a free “krathong” for guests to release on the water and make a wish. The package is valid for stays from 4 to 9 November 2014, with prices starting at 22,500 THB, excluding taxes and service charge. For more information, please visit

About Amari

Amari is the centrepiece of the ONYX portfolio of hospitality brands reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia. Amari’s network of properties spans Thailand and beyond, from scenic seaside locations to vibrant urban settings, including Doha, Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi and Hua Hin. Visit

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Pei Modern opens in Sydney

October 24, 2014 on 9:08 am | In Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Pei Modern is now open at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Pei Modern is headed up by Matt Germanchis, who has worked alongside Mark Best at Pei Modern in Melbourne and is joined by restaurant manager Tara Sullivan as well as award-winning sommelier Annette Lacey.

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Picasso and Spanish Modernity

October 24, 2014 on 8:52 am | In Italy, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFlorence, Palazzo Strozzi 20 September 2014–25 January 2015

Untill the 25 january Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting a major new event devoted to one of 20th century painting’s greatest masters, Pablo Picasso. An extraordinary exhibition of works from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid

Picasso and Spanish Modernity has put together a broad selection of works by the great master, from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, in an attempt to stimulate a reflection on his influence on every aspect of art in the 20th century, and on his interaction with such leading Spanish artists as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, María Blanchard and Julio González.

The exhibition comprises some ninety works by Picasso and other artists, ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing, engraving and even a film by José Val del Omar, thanks to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s synergistic cooperation with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. The works of art on display include such celebrated masterpieces as Woman’s Head (1910), Portrait of Dora Maar (1939) and The Painter and the Model (1963) by Picasso, Siurana, the Path (1917) and Figure and Bird in the Night (1945) by Miró and Dalí’s Arlequin (1927), along with Picasso’s drawings, engravings and preparatory paintings for his huge masterpiece Guernica (1937), none of which have been displayed outside Spain in such vast numbers before now.

Curated by Eugenio Carmona (Professor of Art History at Malaga University, a member of the Patronatos del Museos Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and of the Comisión Andaluza de Museos), the exhibition covers the years 1910 to 1963, exploring the relationship between Art and Culture and establishing the elements that comprised that plastic transformation – and also subsequent plastic transformations – of artistic awareness in Spain’s cultural diversity through shared styles or common, coinciding and interacting aesthetic denominators and plastic interests.

The Temptations at The Orleans Showroom.

October 23, 2014 on 3:42 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Iconic Motown Group The Temptations Return to The Orleans Showroom November 29-30

LAS VEGAS—Motown legends The Temptations return to The Orleans Showroom with their celebrated Motown sound November 29 and 30.

Selling tens of millions of albums with more than 50 years of smash hits and sold-out performances, The Temptations pioneered popular music. An essential component of Barry Gordy’s original Motown machine, The Temptations began their musical career in Detroit in the early ‘60s. In 1964, they scored their first major hit with the Smokey Robinson-penned and produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”

A cavalcade of hits followed, including “My Girl,” “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”

When the ‘60s and ‘70s turned political, The Temptations got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music with such hits as “Runaway Child,” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next To You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack.” The Temptations’ explosion continued in the ‘80s with their appearance on “Motown 25” in 1983, and into the ‘90s with a 1998 Emmy Award-winning NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s early days and rise to fame. In 2012, the group performed on “Dancing with the Stars” as part of Motown Week.

Beyond their extraordinary singing and distinct harmonies, The Temptations became known for their smooth choreography and distinctive look. “The Temptation Walk” became the staple of American style, flair, flash and class. The lineup includes original member Otis Williams, joined by Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $34.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans offers more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has more than 1,800 guest rooms and a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally,

The Orleans includes a poker room, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at, on Facebook ( ), and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

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