RadioShack Invites Everyone to “Tech the Halls” This Christmas with Great Deals on Top Brands, New Protection Plan and Refreshed Stores

Customers Can Name Their Own Deal; Sales Start Online on Thanksgiving; Most Stores to Open Black Friday at 8 a.m.

As shoppers start thinking about how to deck their halls, RadioShack invites consumers to “Tech the Halls” this holiday season. From delivering great prices on the hottest tech brands, to rolling out a new product protection plan, and even giving consumers a chance to name their own deals, RadioShack intends to celebrate the creative spirit that CircleRkeeps the holiday season bright.

RadioShack continues to find ways to give consumers what they want:

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Black Friday deal seekers will find reasons to celebrate with great deals on top brands such as Kindle, Beats by Dr. Dre, SOL REPUBLIC and Samsung. RadioShack will give shoppers a chance to shop online Thanksgiving night to grab deals while most retail locations will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. And for Cyber Monday, RadioShack again will roll out “24 Deals in 24 Hours” that are all available online while quantities last.

 “Name Your Deal” Promotion: RadioShack is giving shoppers the power to name their own deals with an interactive application at www.radioshack.com/holiday where consumers can select the product and pricing, vote on and share the hot deals. On Nov. 27, consumers can redeem a limited number of coupon codes for “Name Your Deal” products at amazing prices.

—  Tech the Halls Idea Centers: Building on its heritage as a DIY destination and expert resource for tech know-how, RadioShack has created holiday Idea Centers in its stores, featuring easy-to-follow instructions cards for how to create some holiday fun using products from the surrounding shelves.

— New “It Happens” Protection Plan: New this year, RadioShack launched its new stress-free “It Happens” protection plan on Nov. 1 to protect holiday purchases against accidents and “it happens” moments. The plan protects products from accidental damage, and the simple claim process comes with same-day in-store instant replacement for many items, or a repair option for devices $300 or more.

Times Square Pop-Up Stores: Just in time for the holiday shopping season, two RadioShack pop-up stores will launch in Times Square. Stores will open this week and will offer interactive experiences and free charging stations. These locations will be open for a limited time in 2014 to showcase the reinvigorated brand and offer a great mix of products for holidays and for visitors who may pass through the “Crossroads of the World.”

RadioShack logo.  (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

RadioShack logo. (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

We’re excited to invite shoppers to experience the new RadioShack this holiday season and discover all the ways we can help them ‘Tech the Halls,'” said Jennifer Warren, chief marketing officer of RadioShack. “We’ve updated our stores and refreshed our merchandise to include even more from hot brands like SOL REPUBLIC, Beats by Dr. Dre, Skullcandy, Fitbit, Apple and Samsung.”

New Stores Popping Up in Times Square – And Beyond

To celebrate the official start of the holiday season, RadioShack will open two pop-up stores in New York’s Times Square later this week. Located at 1441 Broadway (41(st) & Broadway) and 1565 Broadway (inside the former Roxy Delicatessen) in Manhattan, the two limited-time only locations feature a special mix of top brands, great gifts and top tech for travelers. RadioShack plans the pop-up stores to remain open through New York’s hosting of “the big game” in February.

The new experience isn’t limited to the company’s pop-up stores, however; by the end of 2013 the company will have also made improvements to nearly all 4,300 U.S. stores. This includes more than 100 concept and brand statement stores, which feature bright, completely redesigned interiors and the new exterior signage featuring the new logo, which launched in July 2013. All of these improvements underscore the company’s strides toward reinvigorating its stores, revamping its product assortment and repositioning the brand. Continue reading

Salon/Sanctuary Concerts Presents Campbell Scott And Melissa Errico In “More Between Heaven And Earth”

SUNDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2013 | 8PM

FRAUNCES TAVERN, 54 PEARL STREET | NYC

TICKETS: $25 – $100

RSVP: +1 888. 718. 4253

SALON/SANCTUARY CONCERTS presents More Between Heaven and Earth starring Campbell Scott and Melissa Errico. Directed and with a script by Erica Gould, the site-specific music-theatre production will be staged on Sunday, 8 December 2013 at 8pm at Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street, the oldest structure in Manhattan, built in 1719.

Melissa Errico and Campbell Scott

Melissa Errico and Campbell Scott

For tickets and more information about the performance, including a post-show dinner with the artists, go to  http://www.salonsanctuary.org, or call  1 888 718-4253

Campbell Scott plays Thomas Jefferson and Melissa Errico reprises her role as the stunning and trailblazing 18th century Italian singer, composer, and painter Maria Cosway in More Between Heaven and Earth, an original music-theatre work. Sparks flew between the widowed Jefferson and the recently married Maria Cosway when they met in Paris, and their passionate correspondence lasted for almost 40 years. More Between Heaven and Earth incorporates the text of that correspondence, music Maria and Jefferson heard together in Paris, and songs–sung by Errico–that Maria herself composed for Jefferson. Errico and Scott will be joined by soprano Jessica Gould, tenor Tony Boutté, and chamber orchestra for the environmentally staged performance, directed and with a script by Erica Gould and produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, to take place at the historic 18th century Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District. The oldest surviving structure in Manhattan, Fraunces Tavern housed the US Dept of Foreign Affairs when Jefferson was Secretary of State, and is the actual building where Jefferson wrote some of the letters used in the script.  The performance promises to be an exciting and intimate evening that brings to vivid life the passionate, moving, and star-crossed relationship of Jefferson and Cosway, the turbulence of the French Revolution, and Jefferson’s revolutionary views about the role of religion in American society. A treat for lovers of history, romance, politics, and music.

Musical selections include works by Corelli, Cosway, Duphly, Hewitt, and Sacchini, including arias and sinfonias from the 1786 Sacchini opera Dardanus. Never performed before in the United States, the editions of the opera used in this performance were prepared from the original 1786 score housed in the Weiner Music Library of Columbia University.

Campbell Scott’s New York Theatre work includes The Atheist, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Ah! Wilderness, Pericles, Measure For Measure, Hay Fever, The Real Thing, A Man For All Seasons, On The Bum. Regional Theatre: Our Town,Hamlet, Dead End, Miss Julie, Othello, School For Wives, Gillette.  His TV and Film includes Royal Pains, Damages, Six Degrees; Longtime Companion, The Sheltering Sky, Dying Young, Singles, Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle, The Spanish Prisoner, The Daytrippers, Roger Dodger, The Secret Lives Of Dentists, Duma, The Dying Gaul, and recently The Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2, and Still Mine; Big Night and Hamlet (also co-director); Final and Off The Map (as director); Company Retreat (writer and director).

Melissa Errico is currently shooting a recurring role on the new Cinemax series “The Knick” with Clive Owen, directed by Stephen Soderbergh which will air in 2014. This year, Melissa was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Clara in the critically acclaimed revival of “Passion” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. She has also been seen in guest starring roles on “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife.”  She has played leading ladies on Broadway in My Fair Lady, Dracula, White Christmas, Anna Karenina, Amour (Tony Award nomination for Best Actress), High Society and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara and Candida. Solo CDs include Blue Like That (EMI) and “Melissa Errico- Legrand Affair” conducted by Michel Legrand and produced by Phil Ramone. Melissa has an extensive musical history as a concert performer, and was seen this season at Symphony Space, Wolf Trap and The Tilles Center. She has three daughters, is married to Patrick McEnroe and lives in Little Italy, NYC. Visit  www.melissaerrico.com

Erica Gould‘s directing credits include the world premieres of Neil LaBute’s plays autobahn and Stand Up (with Mos Def), On Point: From Sword Fight to Pas de Deux, a new dance-theatre piece that she developed in collaboration with dancers from The New York City Ballet (Salon/Sanctuary), SpeakEasy by Rajiv Joseph, Theresa Rebeck, others (Joe’s Pub/Public Theater), the US premiere of Me Cago en Dios by Inigo Ramirez de Haro (La MaMa), Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMF), Dirty Paki Lingerie, which she developed with writer/solo performer Aizzah Fatima (Cherry Lane, 59E59, The Flea, Toronto, Edinburgh), and numerous productions of Shakespeare. Upcoming in 2014: her site-specific production of John Gay’s vicious, political comic masterpiece, The Beggar’s Opera. Erica is also a fight choreographer, and may be heard, along with Rick Sordelet, on the SDCF/American Theatre Wing Masters of the Stage podcast on Physical Staging and Fight Direction ( www.americantheatrewing.org). Continue reading

AQUA ART MIAMI Announces 2013 Exhibitors for Its First Edition Presented BY ART MIAMI during Art Week

NINTH FAIR AT AQUA HOTEL TO HOST 46 INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES AND PROJECTS

Aqua Art Miami (www.aquaartmiami.com) is pleased to announce its roster of confirmed exhibitors and curated projects for Miami Art Week, when the popular contemporary art fair runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 8, 2013. Its inaugural edition as part of the Art Miami family will retain the fair’s dynamic programming and intimate atmosphere, while providing audiences and exhibitors with the expanded amenities and infrastructure that have become signatures of Art Miami and CONTEXT.

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Aqua Art Miami’s ninth consecutive installment continues this tradition, maintaining the fair’s signature relaxed vibe and spirited energy while attracting increasingly distinguished galleries. The 2013 edition will feature 46 international exhibitors showing a wide range of high-quality emerging art by artists working in all media from painting, photography and works on paper to sculpture, installation, video and multimedia art.

Since 2005, Aqua has established itself among the top fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week, recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid-career artists. This curatorial commitment is complemented by the unique art fair setting of a classic Art Deco hotel on South Beach with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, charming courtyard. These surroundings have become a favorite gathering spot during the busy week to acquire work, exchange ideas, and discover new artists. Its close proximity to Art Basel Miami Beach has also helped make Aqua Art Miami one of the venues most attended by collectors, artists, curators, critics and the art-loving public. Continuous shuttle service will connect Aqua Art Miami and the nearby Art Basel Miami Beach to Art Miami and CONTEXT in the Wynwood Arts District.

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

 

2013 PARTICIPATING GALLERIES includes:

Antonio Colombo Gallery | Milan Artêria | Bromont, QC ArtSlant | Los Angeles AWOL Gallery | Toronto Being 3 Gallery | Beijing Cancio Contemporary | Miami Charlie James Gallery | Los Angeles Coagula Curatorial | Los Angeles Contemporary Art and Editions | Millburn, NJ Ellie S. Jo|Korea Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design | Atlanta Everything is art! | Moscow Galeria Casa Cuadrad | Bogota galerie bruno massa | Paris Galerie Michael | Beverly Hills galerie juliane hundertmark | Berlin Gallery 300 | Santa Rosa, CA Gallery at Gray’s | Cleveland Get This! | Atlanta Ghostprint Gallery | Richmond Hamiltonian | Washington DC Hoffman LaChance Contemporary | St. Louis Island Press | St. Louis j fergeson gallery | Farmville, VA Jack Geary Contemporary | New York JAG Modern | Philadelphia K. Imperial Fine Art | San Francisco Lonsdale Gallery | Toronto LOOC Art | Bedford Hills, NY Lyons Wier Music & Audiophile Plus | New York Mark Miller Gallery | New York Mayer Fine Art | Norfolk McCaig-Welles | Brooklyn Monkey Town | New York Morton Fine Art | Washington DC Pele Prints | St. Louis Perihelion Arts | Phoenix Portrait Society Gallery | Milwaukee Projects Gallery | Miami Prole Drift | Seattle Rice Polak Gallery | Provincetown Robert Fontaine Gallery | Miami Robert Henry Contemporary | Brooklyn Shulamit Gallery | Los Angeles Toomey Tourell Fine Art | San Francisco VICTORI CONTEMPORARY | New York Whitespace | Atlanta William Baczek Fine Arts | Northampton, MA

Aqua has consistently delivered a strong roster of galleries featuring artists of the highest caliber. Returning visitors and the collectors new to Aqua will enjoy a diverse mix of established galleries and young exhibitors new to Miami Art Week,” said Jennifer Jacobs, Director of Aqua Art Miami. “Our affiliation with Art Miami will take this new chapter of Aqua to the next level, underscoring our commitment to furthering the fair’s artistic vision while expanding our capacity to shine an even greater spotlight on our galleries and artists, strengthening Aqua Art Miami’s position as one of the must-see destinations during Art Week.” Continue reading

WHITE by Vera Wang Gown Graces the Cover of O, The Oprah Magazine’s December 2013 Favorite Things Issue

The cover of the December 2013 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine features a custom WHITE by Vera Wang gown, inspired by a style from the Fall 2013 collection.

O, The Oprah winfrey magazine

Ms. Winfrey wears the striking off-the-shoulder, quarter sleeve gown in Valentina, a vibrant red, featuring a fit-and-flare silhouette with a draped bodice and embellished skirt with organza and tulle flanges.  The custom dress boasts a dramatic 15-foot train adorned with 165 delicate rosettes. A halter neckline style is currently available for purchase exclusively at David’s Bridal and www.DavidsBridal.com. Priced at $1,348, the gown is available in size 0-14 in three colors: Valentina, available by special request, Ivory, and Ebony a limited edition color available at select David’s Bridal stores and www.DavidsBridal.com during the month of December.

A classic silhouette with modern detailing, the gown is perfectly suited for bridal as well as other formal occasions.

I’m honored and thrilled to have a gown from the WHITE by Vera Wang collection worn by Oprah on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine,” said Vera Wang. “WHITE by Vera Wang has always been about sharing my creative vision and designs with women everywhere, and I’m excited that this now includes Oprah, a true icon of our generation.”

The complete Fall 2013 WHITE by Vera Wang collection is comprised of eight new styles all priced between $728-1,348. Additionally, bridesmaid dresses and accessories are available in over 250 David’s Bridal stores in North America, at nine Canadian locations and on www.DavidsBridal.com.

The Vera Wang Group designs, markets and distributes collections of women’s ready-to-wear, cocktail attire and bridal. Vera Wang Licensing LLC, the licensing division of the company, has selectively granted licenses for the manufacture and distribution of fragrance and beauty-related products (Coty Prestige, Inc.), eyewear (The Kenmark Group), china, crystal, silver and gifts (WWRD), Vera Wang footwear (Brown Shoe Company), fine papers (Crane & Co.), bedding (Revman International) and flowers (FTD). In addition, Vera Wang on Weddings was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2001. In 2007, the company partnered with Kohl’s to introduce Simply Vera Vera Wang, a lifestyle collection. In Spring 2011, Vera Wang launched her highly anticipated inaugural collection for David’s Bridal, WHITE by Vera Wang, which brings the acclaimed Vera Wang aesthetic to a new set of brides. In Fall 2011, Vera Wang partnered with Zale Corporation to introduce Vera Wang LOVE, an exclusive collection of diamond engagement rings, wedding bands and solitaire jewelry. In 2012, Vera Wang introduced an exclusive collection of rental tuxedos for Men’s Wearhouse. For more information on Vera Wang, please visit the company’s website at www.verawang.com.

Kipling to Launch #MyKiplingBag Tour in New York City

This November, experience the whimsical world of Kipling at the brand’s first pop-up in New York City. It all starts with #MyKiplingBag.

Beginning with a ceremonial “unzipping,” Kipling invites you on an immersive, interactive journey through #MyKiplingBag from November 12th to 14th. Over the course of three days, a fully branded pop-up space will be filled with playful activities like complimentary on-site monogramming, surprise performances, transformative makeup vanities, visual sensationalism, bountiful bites, and crowd-sourced inspiration. Imaginative, individualized experiences like comedic personality readings are bound to stimulate the senses – and create a truly “out of the bag” adventure.

Founded in 1987, Belgian brand Kipling crafts lightweight, modern handbags, accessories, and luggage for every woman (and man), at every age. Through innovative and contemporary design, Kipling combines form and functionality with style and flare, creating the perfect accessory for an active life.

Kipling established itself as a global accessory brand by embodying a youthful spirit and pioneering the use of ultra-light crinkle nylon in bold colors and patterns. Through a commitment to long-lasting quality and function, Kipling continues to offer a fresh take on style year after year.

Designed in Antwerp and New York City, Kipling is truly at home in the world. As a distinctive, universal brand, Kipling is distributed in 80 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the United States. With 250 branded stores, 450 shop-in-shops, and over 4,000 multi-brand stores and customized websites Kipling logoworldwide, Kipling remains the go-to accessory brand for the adventures of everyday life.

Kathy Hines, VP of Marketing for Kipling North America, comments that: “When something makes us laugh or smile or wink, we often say ‘that is so Kipling’. We are excited to bring that to life in a very fun and literal way.”

Through these experiential, participative encounters, Kipling will celebrate each individual’s special connection to his or her Kipling bag and the introduction of the brand’s Monogram Collection on www.kipling-usa.com. Launching this holiday season, consumers will be able to take personalization to the next level – all with the click of a button.

The excitement continues into the digital space with colorful content central to #MyKiplingBag shared across all platforms by guests at the event. Fans of the brand nationwide will have the opportunity to participate in a #MyKiplingBag sweepstakes. Tune in to @KiplingUSA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more.

President of Kipling North America Julie Dimperio comments: “We have learned that when consumers know us, they love us. We are giving them a chance to interact with us in three key markets.”Following the New York pop-up, hop on a plane down to Hawaii for a night of luau fun or hitch a ride to Miami for a festive Latin breakfast full of flare because Kipling will be taking the party south come December. No matter the city, it’s bound to be a wildly quirky and fabulously fun time.

Lands’ End Standardizes Free Shipping in Time for Holiday Shopping

Lands’ End Adds Free Shipping on Purchases over $50 to Its Long List of Unbelievable Customer Offerings

Lands’ End has announced it will be offering free shipping to all customers on purchases over $50 as part of its standard customer offerings. U.S. customers will also have the option to upgrade to 2-day UPS shipping for only $5, a competitive offering in the marketplace.

Lands' End.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

At Lands’ End we are very in tune with our customers and are always listening to their wants, needs and frustrations,” said Edgar Huber CEO and President of Lands’ End. “Based on our research, we learned that the cost of shipping is very important to our customers and decided to make the necessary changes to ensure we are providing our customers with the exceptional customer service they have come to expect.”

Previously, Lands’ End only offered free shipping on purchases over $50 as part of yearly promotions, and customers were required to enter a code in order to redeem the discount. Not only will customers now save money on shipping, but the site has also been updated to simplify the checkout experience. Customers will no longer have to enter a promotion code, and shipping preferences can be easily selected.  Additionally, the $5 upgrade to 2-day shipping provides expedited shipping to customers at an unbelievable value.

This also marks the beginning of Lands’ End’s annual Friends and Family sale, offering 30% off site-wide through November 12.

Customer service is engrained in our company culture, and we are proud to add another service to our portfolio of customer offerings,” said Huber.

Lands’ End customer care specialists are available 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and are all based in Wisconsin.  Lands’ End also makes in-person returns easy by allowing customers to return online purchases and gifts free of charge at any Sears store nationwide or by simply using the Easy Return shipping label in the packaging for a low, flat fee.

This holiday season especially, Lands’ End customers are able to check off their shopping list with ease. Customers in the continental U.S. can order by Thursday, December 19 for delivery of in-stock items at standard shipping and handling by Christmas.  Procrastinators can order in-stock items by Sunday, December 22 and have them delivered in time for Christmas for a $15 upgrade charge. Additionally, monogrammed items only add an additional 2-3 days to the delivery time and start at just $6, and all pants are hemmed free of charge to a customer’s desired length. In-stock monogrammed or hemmed items will make tree time when ordered by Wednesday, December 18 with standard shipping. www.landsend.com/