Driehaus Museum Announces 2016 Fall Exhibitions and Programs, Including Lectures, Travel Tours, Live Music and Murder Mystery

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum Exterior, Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff, © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 2014.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL., 60611, 312-482-8933, driehausmuseum.org) presents fascinating new lectures, tours, and more for the upcoming fall season. Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection. The Fall 2016 Offerings are as follows:

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Puck’s artists created colorful covers for every issue that depicted biting or whimsical commentary on current events. The March 26, 1902 issue features a humorous Easter scene by Louis M. Glackens (American, 1866-1933). Flagler Museum Archives.

Exhibition Lecture: With a Wink and a Nod: Puck Magazine and Humor in the Gilded Age (Thursday, September 8): Puck, a Gilded Age magazine published weekly from 1876 to 1918, helped transform American humor from tall tales to more urbane and literary humor through its bold cartoons. Join Ms. Trull, Assistant Curator at the Flagler Museum and lead curator of the exhibition, to learn more about the history of this groundbreaking magazine and its contributions to the advancement of American humor.

One-Day Travel Tour: The Historic Hegeler Carus Mansion (Saturdays, September 10 or 17): By popular demand, the Driehaus Museum’s next travel tour is heading back to LaSalle, Illinois to experience the magnificent Hegeler Carus mansion, the site of great historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion. Tour includes lunch and an additional stop at the historic 1856 antebellum Reddick Mansion & Gardens.

Music’s Golden Moments: Jazz Trio Featuring Eric Schneider (Friday, September 16): Mr. Eric Schneider, joined by Jeremy Kahn and Spider Salof, celebrate the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley in this special concert. Mirroring social values and cultural concerns through their music, the trio will provide a reflection of golden American moments with gems like, “Anything Goes,” and “I’ll be Seeing You.”

Samuel M. Nickerson pictured with his grandson, ca. 1900. Photo courtesy of Roland C. Nickerson.

Samuel M. Nickerson pictured with his grandson, ca. 1900. Photo courtesy of Roland C. Nickerson.

Nickerson Lecture Series: Gilded Age Interiors: Herter Brothers and the William H. Vanderbilt House (Thursday, September 22): Join Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as she chronicles the significant interiors designed by Herter Brothers for the William H. Vanderbilt mansion in New York City. Herter Brothers is one of three firms who designed the interiors of the Nickerson mansion.

European Mosaic: Presented by The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians (Monday, September 26): Celebrate the season with a journey into the expressive and melodic folk music of Eastern Europe. Brahms‘ monumental first piano quartet, with homage to Hungarian folk tunes, is a sweeping romantic work of symphonic proportions scaled for four virtuoso players. Guest soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams join Rembrandt to guide you along on a tuneful, emotional trek.

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The Drawing Room (with view of Parlor). Photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008. (2)

Exhibition Lecture: Mark Twain’s Journalistic Joking (Thursday, October 6): This lecture by Dr. Greenhill, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, explores the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age by focusing on the work of Mark Twain, more specifically “Italian without a Master,” which Twain wrote while in Italy in 1903 for publication in Harper’s Weekly.

Nickerson Lecture: Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age: George Schastey and the Nickerson Mansion (Thursday, October 13): This lecture by Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant at the Met, brings to light George A. Schastey‘s significant, yet little known cabinetmaking and decorating enterprise of the Gilded Age, along with Schastey’s career, clients, and role in outfitting the interiors of the Nickerson mansion. Continue reading

Biotherm Homme And David Beckham Open New Chapter Of Their Collaboration With New Skincare Campaign

Biotherm Homme, number one in premium men’s skincare1, presents Force Supreme: The Story of My Life the new film featuring David Beckham. The video, shot by acclaimed director Johan Renck, celebrates the legendary sportsman’s life story as told through his extraordinary body of ink.

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David Beckham for Biotherm Homme

Standing in for a generation of men who are traveling, working and living more throughout their 40s, Beckham remains a grooming icon and a role model. Beyond his 40s, his success story is still being written. And he decides how to best tell it in the new Biotherm Homme Force Supreme campaign. From cleansing to targeting the eye zone to hydrating: the Force Supreme range, with the all-new Force Supreme Life Essence, covers every step on the road to better, younger-looking skin.

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Says Beckham, “I use Biotherm Homme Force Supreme serum to improve my skin. I also recently discovered the new Force Supreme Life Essence which is really a booster in the morning.”

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Force Supreme Life Essence, the new miracle skin essence formulated for men’s skin. The highest-dosed Life Plankton formula goes on as light as liquid to activate stronger skin. After cleansing, or shaving, put a few drops into the hands and pat across the face. Then hydrate as usual.

The French luxury skincare brand Biotherm (one of the brands in the L’Oréal Luxe portfolio) launched Biotherm Homme in 1985; which, for 30 years, has played a pioneering and innovative role in men’s skincare, creating solutions to respond to the specific needs of men’s skin, with products such as the breakthrough gel moisturizer Aquapower and the corrective anti-aging cream Force Supreme. The brand offers a complete range of over 80 advanced skincare solutions adapted to different skin types and concerns. They all share the power of aquatic ingredients, which ensure light and invigorating textures. 

1 Source Euromonitor International Limited: retail value, retail selling prices, 2014

Yosemite Hospitality Announces 2017 ‘Taste of Yosemite’ Culinary Series Lineup

Top Chefs From Around the Country Convene in Yosemite National Park for Cooking Demonstrations, Lively Receptions and Gourmet Dinners

Yosemite Hospitality, LLC. (a subsidiary of Aramark), has announced the lineup for the 2017 Taste of Yosemite Culinary Showcase. The celebrated Taste of Yosemite event will be held over a series of eight sessions from January 8 – February 2, 2017 at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel located in the heart of Yosemite National Park.

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The Taste of Yosemite is among the most prestigious culinary events in the country, bringing together acclaimed chefs from the nation’s top restaurants for a month-long series of cooking demonstrations, menu tastings and chef meet and greets at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel located in the heart of Yosemite National Park. (PRNewsFoto/Aramark)

In its first year as Yosemite National Park‘s authorized concessioner, Aramark’s Yosemite Hospitality is continuing a long tradition of hosting America’s most renowned chefs, preparing exceptional cuisine for guests, in one of America’s most beloved national parks.

The Taste of Yosemite is among the most prestigious culinary events in the country, bringing together acclaimed chefs from the nation’s top restaurants for a month-long series of cooking demonstrations, menu tastings and chef meet and greets. Each session culminates with a gala dinner prepared by the session’s headliner chefs in The Majestic Yosemite Hotel‘s elegant Dining Room.

2017 Taste of Yosemite Talent Lineup:

Session 1: January 8-11

  • Victor Scargle, COPIA, Napa, CA
  • Maria Hines, Tilth, Seattle, WA
  • Ryan Scott, Finn Town/Market & Rye, San Francisco, CA

Session 2: January 11-13

  • Jesse Cool, Flea Street Cafe, Menlo Park, CA
  • Levi Mezick, Harvest Table, St. Helena, CA
  • Elizabeth Falkner, Falk Yeah! Productions, New York, NY

Session 3: January 15-18

  • Dustin Valette, Valette, Healdsburg, CA
  • Kyle Itani, Hopscotch & Itani Ramen, Oakland, CA
  • Adam Mali, The Patio, Petaluma, CA (Restaurant scheduled to open fall 2016)

Session 4: January 18-20

  • Anita Lo, Annisa, New York, NY
  • Scott Youkilis, Loma Brewing Company, Los Gatos, CA
  • Gayle Pirie & Jon Clark, Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA

Session 5: January 22-25

  • Carrie & Rupert Blease, Lord Stanley, San Francisco, CA
  • Suzanne Goin, Lucques/Tavern/AOC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Evan Hanczor, Egg, Brooklyn, NY

Session 6: January 25-27

  • Amanda Frietag, Empire Diner, New York, NY
  • Tanya Holland, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland, CA
  • Ariane Duarte, Ariane Kitchen & Bar, Verona, NJ

Session 7: January 29-February 1

  • Peter Armellino, Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA
  • Kim Alter, Nightbird, San Francisco, CA
  • Josey Baker, Josey Baker Bread, San Francisco, CA

Session 8: February 1-3

  • Peter Rudolph, Madera, Menlo Park, CA
  • Sue Conley & Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery, San Francisco/Pt. Reyes, CA
  • Peter Chastain, Prima, Walnut Creek, CA

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Just In Time For The Spring/Summer 2017 Milan Fashion Week, Four Seasons Hotel Milano Launches “Taste & Shine” Breakfast Plus Express Beauty Care Program

While the agenda fills up with all kinds of appointments between shows and events, Four Seasons Hotel Milano has found the perfect recipe to survive the busy rhythm of Millan Fashion Week (September 21-27, 2016). Strategically located in the heart of the city’s fashion district, Four Seasons Hotel Milano is launching this new exclusive service on September 21, 2016 to ensure that their industry guests and others may maximize their time and enjoy a smooth Fashion Week.MIL_673_aspect16x9

The fashion favorite hotel in Milan, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers a soothing sanctuary into the city’s most vibrant shopping quarter. Within a short five minute walk, guests of the Hotel can have access to no less than 100 stores within the best brands of fashion, design and accessories.

Guests attending the Spring/Summer 2017 will have the opportunity to order a healthy breakfast with in-room express beauty care; in other words, enjoy morning delicacies while a Spa Specialist takes care of hair styling, express manicure or ready-to-go skincare.MAU_1013_aspect16x9

For the occasion, the Hotel has created in collaboration with Chef Vito Mollica, a dedicated Fashion Breakfast combining all the ingredients to boost up energy and hit the fashion shows from morning to night, with no fear.

Among the express beauty options, guests may choose the application of a nail polish that dries in just seven minutes, perfect to dress up quickly and run into an appointment without the risk of ruining the manicure; or a face mask by Sarah Chapman making the skin look immediately rested and radiant. And because Fashion Week involves a lot of walking on high heels, the Hotel also offers an express foot massage to ensure feet keep in shape until dawn.

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Woman receiving manicure

Taste & Shine Menu

In-room Fashion Breakfast with simultaneous beauty care

Service offered from 7:00 to 9:00 am daily; reservation required 24 hours in advance

Fashion Breakfast & Change of Polish

Choose a nail color to match the day’s outfit; shellac polish dries in seven minutes

7 minutes, EUR 70

Fashion Breakfast & Sodashi Eye Mask

Erase all signs of fatigue with the Sodashi eyes mask

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Fashion Breakfast & 3D Face Mask by Sarah Chapman

Bio cellulose mask that envelops the face like a second skin to instantly hydrate, soothe and plump

20 minutes, EUR 75

Fashion Breakfast & Foot Massage

Prepare feet for high heels with a foot massage that will stimulate the circulation to feel lighter and energised for the day

25 minutes, EUR 105

Fashion Breakfast & Express Blow Dry

A quick hair styling to start the day

25 minutes, EUR 190

To breathe in Fashion Week and spot the latest trends, there is nothing like the Hotel’s garden to enjoy anaperitivo or dine at La Veranda, where Chef Marco Veneruso celebrates the best of Italian cuisine. The Hotel’s architectural Spa designed by Patricia Urquiola in a converted historical cellar is the perfect place to swim and relax during frenetic Fashion Week.

J.Crew and Nordstrom Announce Partnership

The J.Crew Group, Inc. (jcrew.com) announces that Nordstrom will sell an edited assortment of the J.Crew Collection at select Nordstrom full-line stores and at www.Nordstrom.com beginning September 12th. The assortment will include women’s apparel, accessories and petites (online only).

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The women’s fall 2016 assortment will feature signature J.Crew styles, including iconic classics such as their famous Regent and Rhodes blazers, Italian cashmere, outerwear and their famous Martie pants, to name a few. The pieces will be merchandised and presented in the signature J.Crew way: pattern mixing (like prints with stripes), quirky styling and bright colors, with a fun assortment of accessories for the finishing touch.

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J.Crew Group‘s Madewell has successfully been partnering with Nordstrom since 2015. Based on the strong customer response, Madewell expanded into 20 new locations in July and is now available at a total of 76 Nordstrom locations and at Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom is the only store to sell J.Crew and Madewell products outside of their own retail stores in the United States.

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The 16 Nordstrom store locations where the women’s assortment will be carried are:

Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)

Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)

Washington Square (Tigard, Ore.)

Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)

Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Ill.)

Somerset Collection (Troy, Mich.)

Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)

Houston Galleria (Houston, Texas)

Barton Creek Square (Austin, Texas)

Domain Northside (Austin, Texas – opening September 30th)

Tysons Corner Center, (McLean, Va.)

The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, Pa.)

South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, Calif.)

The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)

The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville, Tenn.)

We know our customers love J.Crew and we’re excited to be offering this coveted brand in our stores and online. Partnering with quality brands like J.Crew that have exclusive distribution is part of our long-term strategic agenda,” said Pete Nordstrom, co-president.

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And while the release did not address potential cannibalization from J.Crew retail stores within the vicinity of these locations, Millard Drexler, J.Crew’s chairman and CEO, had the following to say: “This was an easy decision. Nordstrom is the perfect partner because we both share the same high standards of customer service and store experience. Additionally, we are known for exceptional design, quality and style, which we know will appeal to the Nordstrom customer.

Now Accepting Reservations: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla Unveils Special Offers for Fall/Winter 2016

Be Among The First to Experience The Newest Four Seasons in The Caribbean When It Re-opens This October

Just when things start to get chilly further north, one of the Caribbean’s finest beachfront resorts will reopen with a new name and a new attitude. Debuting this October, the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is extending several limited-time offers to welcome sunseekers to the beautiful island of Anguilla, and introduces new features and experiences to those who already know it well.

Aerial View of the new  Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Aerial View of the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Visiting Anguilla means enjoying its natural beauty, its beaches, its infinite ways to explore the brilliant blue waters, and basking in the island’s laid-back, low-key spirit. Friendly Anguillians generously share their cuisine and culture, from a passion for dominoes and boat racing to the vibrant music scene and colorful Caribbean festivals. So a list of Things-to-Do in Anguilla is less about going places and more about being there.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla General Manager Ilse Harley

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla General Manager Ilse Harley

Here in Anguilla, the warmth comes not just from the sun, but from the people who call the island home,” says General Manager Ilse Harley, who has just relocated here with her young family. “It will be our pleasure to extend the friendly welcome we’ve received to our first guests, and in the spirit of celebration, we’re offering some very special introductory packages.”

With a range of accommodations from garden-view guest rooms to five-bedroom beachfront villas with private pools, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla offers 98 sleek and spacious guest rooms and suites, 4 townhouses, 33 residences and 31 villas – 80% with views of the Caribbean Sea. The wide selection of multi-bedroom accommodations makes the Resort perfect for families, while couples love the sense of romantic seclusion in options like the Rooftop Studio.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla – Sunset Pool

While there, you can ease back and embrace the beauty of Anguilla from a large, furnished sun deck, most with private plunge pool. All accommodations include marble bathrooms with a deep soaking tub and oversized shower.

THE RESIDENCES: The Residences, including the Three-Bedroom Penthouse, Three-Bedroom Ocean-View Residences, Two-Bedroom Ocean-View Residence, and One-Bedroom Ocean-View Residence, range between 131 and 342 square meters (1,407 and 3,679 square feet), making them ideal for up to eight guests. Each is designed with a kitchen, comfortable living and dining areas, and one or more amply furnished sun decks. Bathrooms in the three-bedroom Penthouse feature outdoor showers.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla – Villa Accommodations

THE VILLAS: Three-, Four- and Five-bedroom villas (Five-Bedroom Beachfront Villa, Four-Bedroom Beachfront Villa, Four-Bedroom Oceanfront Villa, Four-Bedroom Blufftop Villa and The Three-Bedroom Beachfront Villa), situated near the water’s edge on the beach or bluffs, range from 180 to 309 square meters (1,938 to 3,331 square feet) and comfortably house up to 12 guests. A gourmet kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and an infinity pool with a deck and whirlpool are among the luxurious design features.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla – RoofTop Suites Accommodations

Ocean-View Rooftop Studio Suites feature a long, open floor plan spanning 70 square meters (750 square feet), as well as a custom-designed four-poster king bed. The modern marble bathroom boasts double sinks, a deep soaking tub and an oversized walk-in shower. Outside, a spiral staircase from the balcony leads to a spacious rooftop sundeck where guests can enjoy the ocean view from a private plunge pool or two chaises lounges.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla – Guest Room Accommodations

Enjoy dedicated living and sleeping spaces in the property’s One-Bedroom Ocean-View Suites. Unwind in the chic living room, complete with a sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table. A discrete kitchenette lets you make a cup of coffee or prepare snacks for the family. The spacious bathroom centers around a custom-designed four-poster king bed and leads to the suite’s outdoor balcony, where a private plunge pool, two chaises lounges. and a majestic ocean view await.

The Four Seasons Executive One-Bedroom Ocean-View Suite offers dedicated living and sleeping areas. Unwind in the comfortable living room, complete with a sofa, two armchairs, flat-screen TV and dining table for four. A discrete kitchenette lets you prepare food and beverages. The suite’s ocean-view balcony boasts a private plunge pool and two chaises lounges.

Enjoy dedicated living and sleeping spaces in the Two-Bedroom Ocean-View Suites. Unwind in the chic living room, complete with a sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table. The two spacious bedrooms boast custom-designed furniture with ocean views, as well as private marble bathrooms.

Dip into your private plunge pool on the outdoor sundeck of your Ocean-View Studio Room. Starting from 486 square feet (45 square meters), Studio Rooms are an airy oasis, complete with custom-designed bedroom furniture and a marble bathroom featuring double sinks, a deep soaking tub and an oversized walk-in shower. Continue reading

Baxter of California Launches New Men’s Grooming Video Series

Baxter of California, the Los Angeles-based men’s grooming company announced that they will launch a new educational video series that addresses the many personal care questions men have in a humorous and witty way. Titled “WTF,” the series will initially include 10 videos that cover a variety of topics, that are then answered with the same satire and hyperbole that it’s “tongue in cheek” name would suggest.

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The first video in the series debuted on August 24th and officially kicked off “WTF Wednesdays.” The first video, which stars Comedian Justin Martindale (who has written for the legendary Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police,) answered the question “What is the difference between anti-perspirant and deodorant?

Each week following, Baxter of California will release a new video in the series on their YouTube channel and social media networks. The WTF Video Series will also feature Tobias Jelinek, who most recently appeared as the lead agent in the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as comedian Karl Hess and actor Jay Ali.

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Screenshot from the first episode of Baxter’s of California’s new WTF Video Series, a new educational video series that addresses the many personal care questions men have in a humorous and witty way.

Baxter of California is on a mission to innovate how men get educated on grooming. We know our core consumer, the Millennial man, resonates with content that entertains him as well as provides factual and relevant information. We are excited to release our groundbreaking “WTF Video Series” as a testament to Baxter of California becoming the prominent resource for all things grooming,” said Nathan Puksta, Head of Baxter of California and Baxter Finley Barber & Shop.

In addition to the WTF Video Series, Baxter of California will launch BAXTERPEDIA™, an online destination that will house answers to common grooming questions via videos, blog posts, glossary of terms, and much more. Set to debut mid-September, BAXTERPEDIA™ will allow customers access to existing content, as well as the opportunity to submit their own questions and be a part of Baxter of California’s content development

Founded in 1965, Baxter of California was one of the first companies to seriously address men’s grooming needs. Its innovative products for men are available at lifestyle stores, apothecaries, better barber shops and online at baxterofcalifornia.com, as well as at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop in Los Angeles, which features classic barbering services alongside a selected collection of men’s grooming products.