A Symphony for Lucerne

August 29, 2014 on 10:13 am | In Switzerland, Webbandstand | Comments Off

“A Symphony for Lucerne” is a Lucerne Festival project being run by the composer Tod Machover together with the people of Lucerne and its guests. Tod Machover is creating a symphony by and for Lucerne made up of sounds collected from the city. All listeners are involved in the composition process! Inspired by the sounds submitted, Tod Machover will compose a modern piece of music for classical orchestra. On September 5th 2015, the Symphony for Lucerne will be premiered by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under the direction of Matthias Pintscher.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone Returns to The Orleans Showroom

August 28, 2014 on 11:22 am | In comedy, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas— Comedian, actress, author, mother and cat-lover Paula Poundstone will return to The Orleans Showroom September 26-27, bringing her wry observational humor and a fresh stand-up act.

Poundstone spent the early ‘80s travelling the United States via public bus, honing her craft by performing at comedy clubs and open mic nights. She eventually landed in Los Angeles, where she stepped onto the national stage performing a stand-up comedy set on “Saturday Night Live” in 1984. Poundstone became the first woman to win a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO special, “Cats, Cops, and Stuff.” She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series.

Poundstone had a huge year in 1992, working as a political correspondent for The Tonight Show and becoming the first woman to perform at The White House Correspondents Dinner. Her success continued throughout the 1990s, with “The Paula Poundstone Show” on ABC, a second HBO Special “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard,” and appearances on several television shows including “Cybill” and “Science Court” and voice work on “Hercules” and “Home Movies.” In 2006, she appeared in a BRAVO comedy special, “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.” Poundstone is the recipient of an Emmy® Award for her field pieces on the PBS program “Life & Times” and most recently appeared in the television documentary “Why We Laugh: Funny Women.”

Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz program “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” where her impeccable timing is key to the show’s format. She has also appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and written several magazine articles, including five years of writing the back page column in “Mother Jones,” and has authored multiple books, including “There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say.” Her first comedy CD, “I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine,” was released in 2009. Her most recent comedy CD titled “I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” was released in 2013.

Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $19.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075 or visiting www.orleanscasino.com

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes 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 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 bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com , on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleanscasino), 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, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com

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Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts to Bring Blues and Soul to The Orleans Showroom

August 28, 2014 on 10:56 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

October 4-5

Las Vegas— Comedian, actor and blues musician Jim Belushi along with blues band The Sacred Hearts will bring laughs and soulful hits to the Orleans Showroom October 4 and 5.

Jim Belushi is known worldwide for making people laugh as a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” his long-running comedy series “According to Jim” and his many film appearances. In addition to his film and TV career, Belushi’s music career blossomed in 1995 when he joined forces with House of Blues regulars, The Sacred Hearts. Soon after, friend Dan Aykroyd asked Belushi to join him as part of the Blues Brothers. To get ready to play with the Blues Brothers, Belushi would crash rehearsals for The Sacred Hearts. He had so much fun performing with them, they eventually merged professionally and have been performing as Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts.

Belushi and The Sacred Hearts have played for many notable figures including Al Gore, former President Bill Clinton and former Governor of California Gray Davis. The band frequently headlines shows at the House of Blues venues, benefits and hundreds of corporate events.

The band’s first CD, “36 x 22 x 36,” was released in 1998 and delivers a Memphis rhythm & blues sound seasoned with a lot of soul. Additionally, the “According to Jim Soundtrack” was released in 2005, containing the music by Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts featured in fan favorite series episodes. Much of the show’s music was written and recorded by Belushi and bandmates Johnny Rubano and Tony Braunagel, who also made regular guest appearances on “According to Jim.”

Band members include guitarist J.J. Holiday, vocalist/trumpet player Johnny Rubano, bassist Larry Lee Lerma, composer and saxophonist Joe Sublett, vocalist Julie Delgado, drummer Tony Braunagel and trumpet player Darrell Leonard.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes 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 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 keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com. 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 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com

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Monterey Symphony’s 69th Season — The Colors of Music

August 28, 2014 on 10:55 am | In California, San Francisco, Webbandstand | Comments Off

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— The Colors of Music —

Honors the Vibrant Spectrum of Classical Music

Come celebrate The Colors of Music during the

Monterey Symphony’s 2014/15 Season

MONTEREY, CA — The 69th season of the Monterey Symphony will astound you with the caliber of its orchestra and internationally acclaimed guest artists. A brilliant range of classical performances will emerge across the canvas of the stages at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Monterey Symphony announced today that single tickets are now on sale! Season subscriptions are still available, including four-concert mini-subscriptions, and a three-concert FlexPass that allows you to choose concerts up to the day of the event subject to availability. Season subscribers are assured the best seats available, free ticket exchanges, and VIP privileges. Celebrate this colorful season with the Monterey Symphony, along with the 10th Anniversary of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman.

The Monterey Symphony’s 69th season opens in October 2014, with an exceptional multimedia performance of Disney FANTASIA – Live In Concert. Audiences will watch stunning footage from the animated film, while classical favorites, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, are performed live by the orchestra. The concert also represents a new collaboration for the Monterey Symphony with the Carmel International Film Festival, offering savings on the best in classical music and film through a joint, season subscription package.

As the season continues, the Monterey Symphony transports you to colorful cities in Spain, the United States, and France in November’s City Lights concert.

Trombonist Charlie Vernon from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra stars in Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout, a work inspired by Carl Sandburg’s Chicago poem; the young musicians of Youth Music Monterey County perform side-by-side with the orchestra in Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso, a Spanish work inspired by his Basque heritage; and concludes with Gershwin’s exuberant An American in Paris. The Spring 2015 repertoire blooms with Spanish pianist, Joaquin Achúcarro, in February, and Icelandic violinist, Judith Ingolfsson, in March. The fifth concert in April, Majestic Realm, alludes to the nostalgia felt for our homeland, with what is certain to be a spectacular performance by violist Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The season closes in May with a flamboyant, all orchestral grand finale, Invitation to Dance. Without question, The Colors of Music has something for everyone. (Schedule and details below)

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Monterey Symphony, Photo by DMT Imaging

The Facts:

· Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Sherwood Hall, Salinas

· Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$79 at Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea)

· Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture at the concert hall one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, visit: http://www.montereysymphony.org/?attachment_id=3832

· Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Share your love of classical music with fellow patrons over three-course dinners and hand-selected wines. Local restaurants that have hosted the Monterey Symphony Supper Club in the past include: Andre’s Bouchée, Il Fornaio, La Dolce Vita, Grasing’s, Gino’s, and Anton & Michel.

· To purchase tickets or a season subscription, call 831-646-8511 or visit http://www.montereysymphony.org/current-season/  for season details.

Max Bragado-Darman

Max Bragado-Darman, 10th Anniversary as Music Director and Conductor, Photo by DMT Imaging

2014/15 Season Schedule

Concert I: Disney FANTASIA – Live In Concert


· October 10, 11, 12, 2014

· Juan Felipe Molano, guest conductor

· The Monterey Symphony presents a kaleidoscopic presentation of Disney’s groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation: Disney FANTASIA – Live In Concert. Magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and FANTASIA 2000, including Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, will be performed while Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood musical favorites as you never have before! Excerpts from FANTASIA and FANTASIA 2000 (restored HD film clips with orchestra). Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library ©Disney.

· Sponsored by: Mr. William Smith, Individual donors through Monterey County GIVES!

· Media Partner & Sponsor: KSBW & Central Coast ABC

Concert II: City Lights

· November 21, 22, 23, 2014

· Lindberg’s Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout is the highlight of this concert, written specifically to show off Vernon’s amazing talent; but this concert offers a chance to hear Gershwin on the same program as Ravel and Debussy, who all borrow elements of jazz in their music. The prelude by Debussy is one of the most important works in the orchestral repertoire.

· Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

· Charlie Vernon, trombone

· Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso

featuring young musicians from Youth Music Monterey County

· Lindberg: Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout

featuring Charlie Vernon, trombonist from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

· Debussy: Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun

· Gershwin: An American in Paris

· Sponsored by: Peter and Jackie Henning

Concert III: Charismatic Glow

· February 20, 21, 22, 2015

· Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody is an immensely popular work, featuring the acclaimed talents of Achúcarro, and promises to be a performance not to miss. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 is considered by many to be one of the finest examples from the golden age of the symphony.

· Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

· Joaquin Achúcarro, piano

· Jiménez: Prelude to La Boda de Luis Alonso

· Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

featuring Joaquin Achúcarro, internationally acclaimed pianist from Spain

· Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Concert IV: Ethereal Skies

· March 20, 21, 22, 2015

· Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto will be spectacular with Ingolfsson and Maestro Max interpreting one of the most romantically beautiful violin concertos. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is a challenging work from one of history’s finest symphonic composers, and Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture is simply delightful.

· Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

· Judith Ingolfsson, violin

· Weber: Abu Hassan Overture

· Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

featuring Judith Ingolfsson, internationally acclaimed violinist from Iceland

· Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82

Concert V: Majestic Realm

· April 17, 18, 19, 2015

· William Walton was a master British composer whose works reflect a level of complexity in melody, meter, and form that enthralls both listeners and musicians alike. Johann Strauss, the Viennese waltz king, and Prokofiev, the Russian master, are also featured.

· Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

· Roberto Díaz, viola

· J. Strauss: Overture to the Gypsy Baron

· Walton: Concerto for Viola

featuring Roberto Díaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music

· Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Concert VI: Invitation to Dance

· May 15, 16, 17, 2015

· The work on this program that will surprise and thrill is the Ginastera, which may incline our audiences to not sit still…with encore appearances by Weber, Dvořák, and Rachmaninoff, featuring stylized dances of immense beauty and energy.

· Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

· Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

· Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

· Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1, 3, 8

· Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a

Contact the Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511 or email ticketing@montereysymphony.org to purchase tickets or for more information regarding discounted group, student and military rates.


The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater and Salinas’s Sherwood Hall, as well as youth education programs that include visits to classrooms by musicians and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for schoolchildren.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Todd Lueders Fund for the Arts of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Council of Monterey County, The S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site: www.montereysymphony.org

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Explore Jamaica’s Cultural Heritage

August 28, 2014 on 10:47 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Jamaica, Webbandstand | Comments Off

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA  – Travelers visiting Jamaica can explore the island’s rich cultural heritage during their next vacation. With its lush foliage, breathtaking scenery and wide range of historical attractions, visitors can make their next vacation an adventurous and memorable experience as they discover the distinct culture of the island.

“More and more visitors are looking to go beyond sun, sand and sea and explore the history and culture of a destination,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “With a diverse range of attractions available islandwide, we are eager to welcome those visitors to Jamaica who want to learn more about our rich cultural heritage, aptly referred to in our motto, Out of Many, One People.”

From the capital city, Kingston, to the tourism mecca of Montego Bay, tourists can take a cultural journey and discover the history of Jamaica through a sampling of these offerings.

Devon House, Kingston

Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion, built in 1891, was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. Furnished with a collection of 19th-century antiques from Jamaica and the Caribbean region, the house tells the tale of privileged West Indian society in the Victorian era. The ballroom still has the original English chandelier purchased by Stiebel for the room. Visitors to the historical site can go back in time with a tour of the Georgian-style great house.

Today, the old stables, kitchen and other buildings on the property host some of Jamaica’s finest restaurants, confectioneries and souvenir shops. Devon House I Scream, makers of Jamaica’s premier brand of ice cream, has its flagship store at the location, and has been named among National Geographic’s Top 10 Places to Eat Ice Cream. www.devonhousejamaica.com

Great Huts, Port Antonio

On a visit to Great Huts either for relaxation or for the cultural experience, guests will notice the hotel’s commitment to detail. The property embraces the local Jamaican culture and her African roots with enthusiasm. Throughout the resort, authentic crafted works of art made by Jamaican sculptors, woodcarvers, clay-potters and painters are on display. There’s a regular program of cultural activities in which interested persons can participate. All guests are invited to the Safari Deck Restaurant every Saturday night for its Cultural show, where they can enjoy a performance by the local dance group showcasing the African music, dance and drumming, brought over to Jamaica by the ancestors. www.greathuts.com

Montego Bay Cultural Centre

On a visit to the tourist capital, arts enthusiasts, won’t want to miss the Montego Bay Cultural Centre located in Sam Sharp Square. Formerly the Montego Bay Civic Centre, the facility which underwent major refurbishing, is now the site of a permanent art gallery. The centre also houses a museum, a space for the performing arts, a bistro, an artisan village and a gift shop.

Meet The People

What better way to learn about an island’s culture than through its people? The Meet the People program, organized by the Jamaica Tourist Board, allows visitors to be matched with Meet the People Ambassadors who share a common profession, hobby, or interest that will enhance their enjoyment of another side of Jamaica. Participants get to join in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, visiting a church, a school or farm, or conversing over a cup of Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee. Whatever the focus, these activities are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only the people can create. www.visitjamaica.com/feel-the-vibe/people/meet-the-people-program

For information about booking your next vacation to Jamaica, check out www.visitjamaica.com  or speak to your local travel specialist.

About Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/visitjamaica, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com

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San Francisco Venues Ready to Be Booked for Events

August 27, 2014 on 1:21 pm | In California, Festivals, San Francisco, Webbandstand | Comments Off

San Francisco has a bumper crop of new venues, debuting now and in the near future, with facilities perfectly suited to events of all sizes and types.

The Masonic in San Francisco
1111 California St.
3,300 capacity – Opens September 2014

Live Nation has announced the much-anticipated re-opening of the Masonic in San Francisco, following a multi-million dollar renovation project that has spanned the spring and summer of 2014. The Masonic will open its doors in September 2014 and feature a line-up this fall that includes Train, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The 1975, Old Crow Medicine Show, and others.

Located at the top of San Francisco’s historic Nob Hill, the Masonic’s re-opening will unveil a transformed space unlike any other of its size in the Bay Area. Renovations include a brand-new concert stage; state-of-the-art sound system tailored specifically to the room; VIP room for 300, with amazing views of Nob Hill, San Francisco, and the Bay; luxury VIP boxes with wait service and private restrooms, and a new general admission open floor with tiered levels, bringing the venue’s general admission capacity to 3,300.

The renovation of the Masonic marks a landmark transformation for the historic San Francisco venue. With the significant upgrades and updates, and the change from a fixed seat venue to a flexible, multi-tiered venue, the uses of the Masonic have expanded—general admission concerts, seated concerts, private receptions, meetings and classroom-style events, or private dinners with entertainment on stage. The new Masonic is now a prime venue for concerts and special events alike, in one of San Francisco’s premier neighborhoods, next door to some of the Bay Area’s greatest hotels and restaurants.

Additionally, in partnership with the Nob Hill Association, Live Nation and the Masons of California have contributed $100,000 to the renovation of the Huntington Park children’s playground, which will be the first of many contributions to come from both organizations towards the vitality of Huntington Park and the Nob Hill neighborhood.

For more information, visit http://sfmasonic.com . Booking contact: Tara Porter, 415-281-9227, SF.Events@LiveNation.com Media contact: Ashley Graham, 415-281-9203, AshleyGraham@LiveNation.com.

Levi’s® Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara
68,500 capacity – Booking for events now

Located south of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi’s® Stadium is one of the most technologically and environmentally advanced buildings in all of sports and entertainment with more than 110,000 square feet of unparalleled event space, offering premium amenities and distinct experiences. Featuring unique spaces that begin with ornate field-level clubs with direct views to the 50-yard line and literally top-out on the rooftop terrace and garden with unbelievable views of downtown San Jose and the foothills that border Silicon Valley, Levi’s® Stadium is currently accepting event bookings of almost any size.

For more information, visit www.levisstadium.com/venue-rentals/about/.  Booking contact: Sara Scher, 408-579-4413 specialevents@levisstadium.com . Media contact: Roger Hacker, 408-986-4890, roger.hacker@49ers.com

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal
Pier 27
60,000+ square feet – Opens October 2014

On Sept. 18, 2014, Crown Princess will be the inaugural ship call at the new James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. The terminal can accommodate vessels up to 1,200 feet long, carrying as many as 4,000 guests.

The structure, which was used as the venue for the 34th America’s Cup Village in 2013, will be adjacent to a new 2.5-acre public park known as Cruise Terminal Plaza.

On non-cruise days, the facility will be used for conferences, trade shows, and special events. It will have more than 60,000 square feet of shared-use space. Events for October 2014 and beyond are being booked now.

Pier 35, the existing cruise terminal, will also be available for special events in addition to being a secondary cruise terminal.

For information visit www.sfport.com . Event booking contact: John Oldenfendt, Metro Cruise Services, John.Metro@comcast.net . Media contact: Renée Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488, renee.martin@sfport.com.

Presidio Officers Club
50 Moraga Ave., The Presidio
2,955 square feet – Opens September 2014

The Presidio Officers’ Club is San Francisco’s most historic building, where military leaders once gathered with their colleagues and families. This remarkable venue has been transformed and will soon welcome new generations to experience and enjoy the magic of the park.

The beloved venue will feature two elegant event spaces for celebrations and meetings. The second-floor Ortega Ballroom, with 2,955 square feet, will be a premier celebration venue with stunning and expansive San Francisco Bay views, an outdoor deck, and high ceilings. Additionally, the outdoor Hardie Courtyard on the ground floor will be a perfect pre-event location.

The building will also be enlivened with a destination restaurant, performances and cultural events, and exhibits that illustrate the Presidio’s vital relationship to San Francisco and the world.

The venues in the Officers’ Club are taking bookings now for events as early as September, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.presidio.gov/venues/Pages/presidio-officers-club-venue.aspx . Booking contact: Presidio Event Venues, 415-561-5444, events@presidiotrust.gov . Media contact: Dana Polk, Presidio Trust, 415-561-2710, dpolk@presidiotrust.gov.

Strand Theater
1127 Market St.
285 seats + 120 seats – Opens Fall of 2014

Located in the revitalized Central Market Street corridor, The Strand Theater will feature a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater, and a café, and is a cutting-edge addition to A.C.T.’s theaters in San Francisco, which include The Geary Theater and The Costume Shop Theater, an intimate black-box performance space located near The Strand Theater. It originally opened in 1917 and has lived through various incarnations before being shuttered in 2003. The Strand Theater will open again in early 2015.

For more information, visit www.act-sf.org/home/about/press_room/strand_theater_asset_viewer.html . Booking Contact: Amy Hand, 415-439-2415, ahand@act-sf.org  Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, Charles Zukow Associates, 415-296-0677, kevink@charleszukow.com .

Nourse Theater
201-299 Hayes St
1,600 seats – Now available

Built in 1927, the Nourse Theater is a landmark venue located in the heart of San Francisco’s Performing Arts District. The hall has been closed to the public for more than 30 years. In 2012, City Arts & Lectures began a restoration project and has brought the theater back to public use.

The hall features excellent acoustics, a well-designed layout offering unobstructed views throughout the orchestra and balcony, and original architectural details.

City Arts & Lectures has refurbished the 1,600 seat hall, installing state of the art lighting and high quality sound equipment including Meyer speakers, new curtains, plush upholstered seats, newly decorated green room and dressing rooms.

For more information, visit http://www.cityarts.net/nourse . Booking and media contact: Holly Mulder-Wollan,415-563-2463, nourse@cityarts.net

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave.
900 seats – Targeted Re-opening September 2015

The Herbst Theatre is part of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, located across the street from City Hall on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. The theatre is decorated with eight grand murals, painted by Frank Brangwyn as commissioned works for San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Each set of two paintings represents one of the classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The 900-seat recital hall is targeted to re-open September 1, 2015 after completion of seismic retrofitting and upgrades.

For more information, visit http://sfwmpac.org/herbst/ht_renthall.html. Booking contact: Stephanie Smith, 415-621-6600, stephanie.smith@sfgov.org . Media contact: John Caldon, 415-554-6321, john.caldon@sfgov.org.

Warriors Arena
Mission Bay bordered by Third, 16th and South streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
Opening for 2018-19 season

The Golden State Warriors’ new arena will bring new heights to San Francisco’s cultural scene, providing a facility that can accommodate top-name musical acts, conventions, major cultural events and other sporting events. The addition of a sports and entertainment arena will allow San Francisco to attract large events such as national political conventions which have specific needs for seating capacity, contiguous space and sightlines.

For more information, visit www.nba.com/warriors/sf . Media contact: PJ Johnston, (415) 260-8417, PJ@PJcommunications.com

The Village
969 Market St.
17,000 square feet – Opened August 1

The Village is a 17,000 square foot event venue with more than 1,300 person capacity spread over three floors, ideal for conferences, product launches, activations, immersions and more. Offering leading edge embedded events solutions for immersive video mapping, interactive technologies and video production, the Village seeks to host and produce large scale influential events that create unique memorable experiences.

For more information, visit http://969market.com  Booking contact: go@969market.com  Media contact: Elaine Jennings, elaine@969market.com

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With some 1,500 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest membership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country. Tourism, San Francisco’s largest industry, generates in excess of $9.38 billion annually for the local economy and supports more than 76,800 jobs.

The San Francisco Travel business offices are located at One Front St., Suite 2900, San Francisco, CA 94111.

San Francisco Travel also operates the Visitor Information Center at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets. For more information, call 415-974-6900 or visit www.sanfrancisco.travel.

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Quirky Culinary Festivals Highlight History and Bounty of Coastal Louisiana

August 27, 2014 on 1:12 pm | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Festivals, The South, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLouisiana Coast, August 2014 – The Louisiana Coast is a region rich in history, culture and – perhaps most important for many travelers – food. With access to some of the best freshly caught seafood in the country, a large Cajun population and interesting historic culinary ties, it only makes sense that the coastal Louisiana parishes host a variety of diverse and memorable food festivals. Here’s a sampling of the region’s best fall and winter culinary events, each of which uniquely represents its parish’s heritage and agriculture.

St. Mary’s Parish celebrates Labor Day with Louisiana’s oldest state-chartered harvest festival, the Shrimp & Petroleum Festival. Now in it’s 79th year, this five-day extravaganza (August 28-September 1) of family entertainment includes live music, the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and water parade, arts and crafts, the crowning of the Festival King and Queen and, of course, lots of great food. In addition to shrimp prepared every way imaginable, the festival is also home to the annual Cajun Culinary Classic, a showcase of local homestyle cooking featuring delicious Cajun and Creole dishes. The festival began in 1936 and officially became the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in 1967, when the oil industry became firmly implanted in the local economy. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the state’s premiere festivals, winning statewide and national accolades. Time magazine described the festival as “…the best, the most unusual, the most down-home, the most moving and the most fun that the country has to offer.”

Travelers looking to sample the best of Cajun cooking should plan to attend the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff in Iberia Parish on October 10-12. This three-day event takes place on New Iberia’s historic Main Street, where approximately 100 teams vie for bragging rights to the best gumbo in the world. While the gumbo competition itself is on Sunday, the festivities begin on Friday with music and popular food items. On Saturday, bands play all day, downtown shops have deals, museums offer tours, and more than 40 food vendors serve up local Cajun and Creole foods such as jambalaya, étouffée, and boudin … but no gumbo. Sunday’s full attention goes to the gumbo, with the “gumbo police” making their rounds at 6 a.m. to sound the signal for the battle of the rouxs to begin. Guests are invited to sample dozens of gumbos, from traditional chicken, sausage and seafood gumbos, to more daring creations featuring alligator, rabbit, quail and duck.

Vermilion Parish lays claim to what has to be one of the most unique food festivals around: the Giant Omelette Celebration. This event, which takes place November 1-2, was born of an effort to bring the town Abbeville closer to its French heritage. According to legend, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they decided to rest for the night near the town of Bessieres, where Napoleon feasted on an omelette prepared by a local innkeeper. The dish was such a culinary delight that Napoleon ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a huge omelette for his army the next day. Each year during the celebration, a 5,000-egg “Omelette of Friendship” is made in front of the Vermilion Parish Courthouse, featuring such ingredients as bell peppers, onions, parsley, crawfish tails and Tabasco sauce. All attendees are invited to taste the omelette. Live entertainment, food vendors and other family-friendly activities round out the celebration.

In Coastal Louisiana, December ushers in citrus season, and the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival, held December 5-7, promotes the bounty of the community. Louisiana boasts hundreds of acres of citrus crops, which flourish here because of the absence of severe freezes. In Plaquemines, Louisiana’s southernmost parish, more land here is dedicated to citrus groves than anywhere else in the state. Among the most plentiful crops are navel oranges and satsumas, a tasty seedless citrus that’s also very easy to peel. Activities include orange peeling and duck calling contests, live music, a 5K run/walk, carnival rides, and helicopter rides.

In addition to these fun, food-centric festivals, the Louisiana coast also hosts a variety of other festivals celebrating everything from the American bald eagle to pirates to wildlife trapping. A list of top festivals on the Louisiana coast is available on www.visitlouisianacoast.com.

Collectively known as the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC), the coastal parishes of Louisiana promote natural, recreational and cultural experiences to residents of and visitors to these parishes. The LTCC is also an advocate for the sustainable development of coastal communities and protection of the area’s fragile wetlands.

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Dominican Republic Presidente Music Festival

August 27, 2014 on 12:58 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe festival is the country’s – and the Caribbean region’s – most important musical event will take place from October 3-5 in Santo Domingo’s Olympic Stadium.

Local artists also scheduled to participate are popular Merengue and Bachata favorites such as Miriam Cruz, Hector Acosta, Dominican-American Prince Royce, Alex Matos, Sexappeal, Yiyo Sarante, Chiquito Team Band and Anthony Santos.

Pop singer Bruno Mars has sold more than 64 million records and has received Grammy, Billboard and MTV Video Music awards.

Born in Honolulu, this singer-songwriter blends Reggae and Motown sounds to his productions.

The Mexican rock band Maná has won four Grammies, seven Latin Grammys, five MTV Video Latin America Music and nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, just to name a few.

Daddy Yankee, Puerto Rico’s top exponent of Reggaeton music, is considered to be one of the greatest Hispanic singers ever.

He alone took the Reggaeton beat to all corners of the world. In total, he has received 11 Billboard Latin Music and two MTV Video Music Awards.

Puerto Rican Salsa and romantic ballad singer Gilberto Santa Rosa has won numerous national and international awards, including the important Latin Grammy Awards.

Salsa singer Victor Manuel, also known for his romantic ballads, was born in New York City. To date he has produced 19 albums and won received ACE, Your Music and ASCAP awards.

Puerto Rican rock and rap fusion band Calle 13 has received an impressive 19 Grammy and two Grammy Latino Awards.

Duck Sauce is a popular American/Canadian DJ duo.

The “Festival Presidente” is by far one of the Caribbean’s most important popular music events and the Dominican Republic’s number one musical event.

International visitors staying at popular resorts in Punta Cana, La Romana and the Samana Peninsula can join in the celebration, due to the same and modern highways that can bring them into Santo Domingo in just a few hours.

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Procigar Festival 2015 in Dominican Republic

August 27, 2014 on 12:56 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Procigar Festival organizers recently announced that registration for the 2015 event is now underway.

Each year the festival brings together representatives from the national and international communities, as well as cigar lovers from all over the world.

The festival will take place at Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts, and in Santiago, also known as the “Cigar Capital of the World.”

The Festival gives visitors the possibility of visiting some of the world’s top tobacco and cigar-producing factories where many of the world’s famous cigars are manufactured.

Participants will also enjoy, during the Festival celebration, the best the Dominican Republic has to offer in music, cultural events and hospitality.

The Procigar Festival also features a golf tournament at the famous Teeth of the Dog golf course in Casa de Campo.

To date, this golf course is included on the list of the world’s top 100 courses.

The program also includes day trips to the incredibly beautiful Damajagua Lagoons in Puerto Plata, on the country’s north coast.

A trip to the lagoons will take the visitors on an incredible ecotourism journey, and a true delight for hikers.

Another attraction is a full-day catamaran excursion, also in Puerto Plata, as well as seminars, poker tournaments, and merengue dance lessons.

The festival brings together writers from some of the world’s most important cigar-related magazines, such as: Cigar Aficionado, Smoke & Smokeshop, Tobacconist, Cigar Magazine, European Cigar Journal, Cigar Clan, Cigar Report, Cigar Ambassador, L’Amateur Du Cigarre, La Boutique de El Fumador, Epicur and Florida Cigar Snob.

The Dominican Republic is the world’s largest exporter of cigars and 80% of the world’s cigar production comes from the cigar fields and factories situated in and around the city of Santiago.

Delta Airlines, the official airline of the Procigar Festival, is offering 5-10% discounts to participants. For more information: www.procigar.org.

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare starts Sept 7‏ in Los Angeles

August 27, 2014 on 12:54 pm | In California, Los Angeles, Webbandstand | Comments Off

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, inaugurates its 2014-2015 REVOLUTIONary season with The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Directed by Timothy Douglas in his ANW debut, the show opens on Saturday, September 13 and runs through Saturday, November 22, 2014. This will be the third production of The Tempest for A Noise Within, which also mounted the play in 1993 and 2006; going against the grain in true revolutionary form, Prospero will be cast with a woman in the role, ANW favorite Deborah Strang.

Shakespeare’s final major work, The Tempest occupies an in-between world that straddles the fine line between the ethereal (magic, fairies, and hybrid humans) and the real (love, freedom, and the power of nature). The Tempest tells the tragicomic tale of Prospero, The Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, who are marooned on an island due to the machinations of Prospero’s brother, Antonio. When Antonio’s ship is run aground by a massive storm, he and his comrades must navigate an isle rife with spirits and temptation. It is a morality tale about the rulers and the ruled, and how those roles can shift over time.

“The playwright places the estranged relationship between a parent and child right at the center of the story. In this production we’ll be ‘making flesh’ the female-essenced aspect of authentic parenting through the performance of Deborah Strang,” says director Douglas. “After just two rehearsals, I can sense the tension and authority she brings to this role; these are qualities that I think will touch, even mesmerize, the audience.”

Written in 1610-11, The Tempest is said to be Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatre – driven home by Prospero’s famous final speech, in which he drowns his book of magic in the sea. The revolution here is at once political and personal; and the theme of the ruling classes vs. the ruled makes the play utterly topical.

The cast features Deborah Strang* as Prospero, Alison Elliott as Miranda, Kimberleigh Aarn* as Ariel, and Esteban Andres Cruz* as Caliban. * Denotes member of Actors’ Equity

Single ticket prices for The Tempest start at $40. Contact the A Noise Within box office in person, via phone at 626-356-3100, or online at www.ANoiseWithin.org for updated pricing and seat availability.

Timothy Douglas directed the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect for Silk Road Rising (Jeff Award: Best New Work), off-Broadway’s BRONTE: A Portrait of Charlotte, and the world premiere of August Wilson’s Radio Golf for Yale Repertory Theatre. He is currently an Associate Artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (The Trip to Bountiful, Clybourne Park, The North Pool), and served as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville for three seasons where he directed numerous productions including three Humana premieres, and as a Director in Residence (Mellon Foundation Fellow) at Center Theatre Group. Timothy has directed over 100 projects for, ACT, Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Playmakers Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Downstage (NZ), National Theatre (Norway), Milwaukee Rep (artistic associate), and many others. He is also a Linklater voice instructor and served on the faculties of ACT, USC and Emerson College. He has a MFA in acting from Yale.

Deborah Strang (Prospero, The Tempest), ANW Resident Artist. With ANW: Dorine, Tartuffe / Lola, Come Back Little Sheba; Gower/Ensemble in Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Lady Bountiful in The Beaux’ Stratagem; Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath; Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol; Emmy in The Doctor’s Dilemma; Alcandre in The Illusion; Maria in Twelfth Night; Old Woman in The Chairs; Miss Havisham in Great Expectations; Bessie in Awake and Sing!; and also in Richard III, Noises Off, Ghosts, Hamlet, The Night of the Iguana, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Touch of the Poet, Ubu Roi, Picnic, Mourning Becomes Electra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hollywood Bowl, The Matchmaker, The Price, O Pioneers!, The Cherry Orchard, Bus Stop, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Misanthrope, The Taming of the Shrew, Heartbreak House, The Little Foxes, Another Part of The Forest, The Threepenny Opera, The Glass Menagerie. Film/TV: Body of Proof, The Newsroom, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Eagle Eye, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Cold Case, Close to Home, Numb3rs, Kiss the Girls, Things to Do in Denver, The X-Files, Deep Space 9.

This engagement of The Tempest includes a symposium on Sept 10 at 7:30 PM (symposium starts at 6:00pm, play at 7:30pm) by Miranda Johnson-Haddad, who will discuss the play prior to that evening’s performance. There will also be post-performance conversations with the artists of The Tempest on Oct 3 at 8 PM, Oct 26 at 2 PM and Nov 7 at 8 PM. A Pay What You Can performance takes place on Thursday, Sept 11 at 7:30 PM.

A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107.

A Noise Within’s 2014-2015 season

Informed by the climate of social and economic upheaval in which we live, the season’s theme—reflected in a kaleidoscopic palette of plays—is REVOLUTION. After The Tempest, the season continues with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Sept 21-Nov 22, 2014), followed by The Dance of Death by August Strindberg (Oct 12- Nov 23, 2014) in a new version by Conor McPherson (West Coast premiere). A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens returns for a third season (December 5-23, 2014). Spring productions: The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht (Feb 15-May 2, 2015), is followed by the West Coast premiere of Figaro by Charles Morey, freely adapted from Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais (March 1- May 10, 2015) and concludes with Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (March 22- May 8, 2015).

The company’s 2014-15 season is made possible in part by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, and reaches the public through media sponsorships by 89.3 KPCC FM and Pasadena Weekly.

About A Noise Within

A Noise Within, founded in 1991, is among the country’s pre-eminent presenters of classical theatre and is the leading presenter of these plays in Southern California. The company’s mission is to produce world-class performances of the great works of drama in rotating repertory with a resident company; to educate and inspire the public through programs that foster an understanding and appreciation of history’s great plays and playwrights; and to train the next generation of classical theatre artists.

Originally based in a former Masonic Temple in Glendale, the company moved to its present home—a building of architectural distinction designed by Edward Durrell Stone of Kennedy Center fame—in 2011. Helmed by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who hold MFAs from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within delivers a seven-show repertory season and a wide range of educational programs to diverse audiences from Los Angeles County and well beyond. Voted “Best Theatre” by readers of both Time Out Los Angeles and Pasadena Weekly, A Noise Within is indeed “California’s Home for the Classics.”

Calendar Listing: The Tempest
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107


Sunday, Sept 7, 2 PM
Wednesday, Sept 10, 7:30 PM (Symposium at 6:30 PM)
Thursday, Sept 11, 7:30 PM
Friday, Sept 12, 8 PM
Saturday, Sept 13, 8 PM (Opening)
Sunday, Sept 14, 2 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 8 PM (Conversations)
Saturday, Oct 4, 2PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2 and 7 PM (Conversations at 2 PM)
Saturday, Nov 1, 2 and 8 PM
Thursday, Nov 6, 7:30 PM
Friday, Nov 7, 8 PM (Conversations)
Sunday, Nov 16, 2 and 7 PM
Thursday, Nov 20, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 22, 8PM

Tickets and information:
Website: www.anoisewithin.org; Phone: 626-356-3100 ex 1
Prices: Single Tickets from $40; Student Rush with i.d. an hour before performance $20.00
Groups (10 or more): Adults from $25.00; Students from $18.00
Pay What You Can Performance: Thursday, Sept 11 at 7:30 PM. Pay What You Can tickets go on sale at the box office window the day of the performance, starting at 2pm, and are sold on a cash-only basis based on availability; limit of two tickets per person.

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