The 2015 Carnival celebrations in the north coast city of Puerto Plata are scheduled to begin on Saturday, January 24 with the crowning of the celebration’s “King Momo.” The kick off will take place at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina & Casino in the coastal town of Cofresi, outside of Puerto Plata the north coast’s most important city…
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Galleries, arts organizations, musicians, poets, artists, restaurants, performers and more are to present an islandwide celebration of creativity Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28-30.
Art! Key West! showcases three days of artistry throughout historic Old Town Key West. Attendees can enjoy gallery openings, street mural painting, theatrical performances, a culinary demonstration, studio and cultural tours, a unique sand art competition, pop-up appearances around town by the massive inflatable sculptures known as “Giants in the City” and much more.
The festival begins the day after Thanksgiving with a “Black Friday” Fine Art Fair featuring creations by more than 15 galleries and artists on the pier at the Westin Key West Resort, 245 Front St. Among the all-day event’s other attractions, some held on the Westin Pier and some on the adjoining Custom House Museum property, are a private VIP brunch, canine couture fashion show, art bike cruise-in and nonstop musical performances.
Saturday’s schedule features multiple gallery openings and VIP events. Standouts include street mural painting for kids and adults with acclaimed local artist Rick Worth and his creative cohorts from The Studios of Key West, to take place on the harbor walk of the Ocean Key Resort, 0 Duval St. Also planned are performances by Key West’s eclectic Fringe Theatre and Waterfront Playhouse actors and a culinary demonstration at the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds St.
The Casa Marina is the setting for the intriguing International Sand Art Competition as well. Staged by Key West’s Sand-Isle, the challenge brings together six renowned sand sculptors from around the world, who will compete throughout the weekend to craft the best and most crowd-pleasing creations.
Among Sunday’s planned highlights are behind-the-scenes tours of Key West artists’ studios, cultural tours of museums and historic attractions and an outdoor artisan market at The Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton St. A favorite event for its creativity and lively atmosphere, the artisan market features colorful displays of local art, crafts and specialty products.
Overall, art-loving attendees can explore and enjoy more than 50 events during the three days of artistry in Old Town Key West. While most are free to the public, art lovers can purchase VIP tickets that allow admission to festival events with cover charges.
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Moments with Charleston Photography Tours
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
-Karl Lagerfeld, head designer & creative director of Chanel and Fendi
CHARLESTON, S.C., – Wild Dunes Resort, a Destination Hotel, is capturing the irreplaceable vacation moments and scenic treasures of Charleston through the lens of its guests with a variety of newly introduced Charleston Photography Tours.
Led by award-winning professional photographer Tiffany Briley, Wild Dunes Resort is offering three distinct photography tours for beginners and experts alike that range from discovering historic downtown Charleston to capturing the breathtaking backdrop of the Resort’s from seascapes to marshlands to century old oaks and more. Participants are educated, equipped and inspired to shoot the essence of the Lowcountry and learn the art of image storytelling.
· Discover Charleston Package: Designed for a variety of levels, the photographic guide escorts the group to capture the charm and grace of Charleston from cobblestone streets to waterfront parks to secret gardens adorned with ornate ironwork. This tour is four hours long and runs daily.
· Budding Photographer Tour #NoFilterNeeded: Pre-teens and teens are led on a photographic adventure throughout the resort to document their favorite vacation moments from wildlife encounters, to moments with friends and family; to picturesque landscapes using a traditional camera or smartphone. In the age of social media, teens can share their photographic art in real time with friends back home-tag it! This tour is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m.
· The Dunes Package: This package is perfect for guests wishing to stay on property and seize the serene beauty of Wild Dunes Resort’s seascapes, marshland, trails and more. Participants learn the basic functions of a camera, the art of composition and how to capture an invaluable moment with a photograph. This tour lasts 2-3 hours; times vary.
· Charleston & Beyond Package: This ultimate photography tour spans two days and hosts participants in Charleston and its nearby sites. Photographers of all levels will expand their knowledge and passion for this art while shooting both well known and “secret” local spots. The tour is two days long (20 hours) and is offered daily.
Additionally, each tour can be upgraded to include a signature commemorative photo that is professionally printed with exceptional detail and beautiful luminescence.
Accommodations start at $135 from now through February, $229 from March through May and $289 from May through Labor Day. For more information or to book accommodations, please call 888-778-1876 or visit www.wilddunes.com
-Best of Both Worlds-
Driving distance to downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort offers the “best of both worlds” for guests, pairing a beach getaway with the tremendous offerings of historic Charleston. While on property, families can enjoy the resort’s abundance of amenities including 36 holes of championship golf, 17 tennis courts, watersports, spa services, resort-wide pools and delicious dining options. Guests can also take advantage of the many offerings of downtown Charleston including historic
walking tours, carriage tours, shopping on King St., the Historic Charleston Market, plantation experiences and a year-round calendar of festivals and events.
ABOUT WILD DUNES RESORT, A DESTINATION HOTEL:
Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and The Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
ABOUT DESINATION HOTELS
Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 125 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com . Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels
The fourth year of Opera on Sydney Harbour is set to be the biggest yet with the season extended to a month. The show features the full Opera Australia Chorus on stage together with international singers, and a magnificent live orchestra beneath! Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida will run from 27 March to 26 April 2015. Ticket prices start at $79 and travel packages from destinations around Australia and New Zealand, are available now on Wotif.com.
Audiences will love the entire opera-themed experience of Opera on Sydney Harbour, with its comfortable harbour-side seating, wide range of on-site dining and drinking options, magnificent harbour views and lavish, fully staged opera featuring nightly fireworks. The stunning “Platinum Lounge” – a pop up dining room and bar set amongst the tree tops – will again offer fine dining before the show, as well as drinks and desserts at interval. Dinner and show packages will be available with variable components that may include 3-course dinner, interval drinks and program plus performance.
Sydney-siders can arrive at the site by Water Taxi for the most glamorous night out. Pick up points will again be around Sydney Harbour, dropping guests at Boy Charlton Pool, just metres from the entrance to Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Visitors to Sydney can choose a travel package to suit them, from Wotif.com who are offering a range of options to suit budgets and requirements. Choose your hotel standard, your seat reserve and more to tailor-make an Aida package to suit. These are available from destinations across Australia and New Zealand.
Director Gale Edwards (who received rapturous acclaim for Opera on Sydney Harbour: Carmen in 2013) and Designer Mark Thompson are now well into the creative process for the event, working on concept, set and costume designs that will bring this magnificent story to life in this unique setting.
The water-top stage is unlike any other in Australia, and is built especially for this now-annual event. It is almost two and a half times larger than any indoor theatre stage in the country, visible from 360 degrees (great sneak peaks for ferry travellers!). With no backstage areas, wings or rigs, and utilizing a very steep slope – to ensure premium visibility for all guests – it presents a mighty task for designer Mark Thompson.
“The real challenge for a production on this scale”, he says, “is to retain the private and intimate exchanges in the love scenes, while saturating the senses during the famous Triumphal March, and wrenching as much emotion as possible from the finale!” With a wealth of experience gleaned from designing over 60 major theatrical productions and work for many major events including Sydney’s NYE celebrations, he is sure to deliver a spectacle that packs a punch emotionally and aesthetically!
The Aida cast includes African American soprano Latonia Moore as the captured Aida in a foreign land. Ms Moore is a regular performer at The Met in New York, and has performed the title role of Aida to vast acclaim across the globe (including Sydney Opera House in 2012). Alternating in the role is Italian soprano Daria Masiero, who is well known to Sydney audiences from her performances at the Sydney Opera House in recent years.
Model-turned-soprano Milijana Nikolic, who dazzled in the role of Carmen in 2013, will make a welcome return to the water-top stage in the role of Princess Amneris. Helpmann Award-winning singer Jacqueline Dark alternates in the role, bringing her own unique depth and dynamism to the character. Sharing a magnetic stage presence, Ms Nikolic and Ms Dark will bring heightened drama to the love triangle at the centre of Aida.
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said “Aida is the ultimate grand opera, and we hope this spectacular new production designed for this unique outdoor setting will delight more visitors than ever in 2015. There is simply no better way to experience this harbour side city!”
Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida runs 27 March to 26 April 2015
Adult tickets from $79 (fees may apply)
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200 / www.opera.org.au
Travel Packages: www.wotif.com/packages/aida
Performances at 7.30pm
Tuesday to Sunday
27 March to 26 April 2015
Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney
Site opens at 5pm for pre-performance drinks and dining
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.
CULTURE BY DESIGN
-10 off the best available rate
-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)
Alameda Mazarredo, 77. Bilbao. SPAIN
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 www.clevelandcollection.co.uk. For more information on Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend please visit: http://www.klfashionweekend.com/
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 www.coxandkings.co.uk/ra
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RESERVATIONS: 020 7873 5000 / www.coxandkings.co.uk
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 www.samstownlv.com
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 www.samstownlv.com , on Facebook (www.facebook.com/samstownlv) , 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 www.boydgaming.com
Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or www.lvphil.org
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 www.lvphil.org
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 lvphil.org. 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.
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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