Create New Memories at the Hotel Lancaster in Paris Where Luxury Meets Elegant Glamor

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Located a mere stone’s throw from the Champs Elysées in the heart of the fashionable so-called Golden Triangle, the Hotel Lancaster radiates an intimate luxury. It is housed in a 19th century townhouse, which was recently fully refurbished, giving a contemporary twist to classic materials such as wood, leather and velvet, combining just-picked flowers with antiques, paintings and period furniture (including Louis XV and XVI) acquired by Emile Wolf, the legendary Swiss hotelier, who transformed the townhouse into a hotel in 1925.

At the Lancaster hotel customers are each welcomed as privileged guests, it has always done its very best to build its reputation around the exceptional quality of its service, the availability and discretion of its staff, and last, but by no means least, its warm and
friendly approach to customers.

The Lancaster recently achieved a one year of complete renovation of all the rooms, suites and corridors; The aim was to create refined and refreshed spaces that strengthened the origins of the hotel and paid tribute to the history that helped build the reputation of the Lancaster. The building which today houses the Lancaster was originally built in 1889 as a private townhouse by Mr. Santiago Drake del Castillo – who descended from Spanish nobility – who had acquired the premises 10 years earlier from the Prince and Princess de Hennin. In 1925 the building was sold to a Swiss hotelier, Emile Wolf, who decided to start a process of enlargement and transformation on the flat-house. Between 1925 and 1925 the four-floor townhouse became an eight-floor luxury hotel. During the period of conversion that took until 1930, Emile Wolf and his executive housekeeper, daughter of a highly reputed antique dealer, scoured the auction houses of Paris for furniture, antique clocks, paintings, chandeliers and other furnishing to equip and decorate the hotel. Until today the wealth of Louis XV and XVI furniture as well as the attention directed to the decoration details add an inimitable Parisian chic to the hotel.

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‘Terrasse du Lancaster’

With 43 rooms and 14 suites overlooking both the street and the courtyard, the property has a residential yet regal feel sure to refresh visitors coming in from the whirl of excitement of the Champs Elysées and neighboring attractions.

The newly decorated Lancaster hotel uses materials that are elegant, yet comfortable. Classic materials such as velvet, wood and leather are combined with more contemporary touches including nickel, one-way mirrors and glass. Fabrics with dimmed and faded patterns have been used in favor of solid colors so the woodwork of the dressers and bedside tables catches the eye. The modern additions are inspired by designs of the 1920s and 1930s with a strong Art Deco feel. Lighting fixtures play a key role in the Hotel’s decoration concept and white bed linen also plays a part in accentuating the unique decor. Chairs and armchairs have been reupholstered using more technical fabrics that upgrade the frames and emphasize the color combination chosen for each room: Parma pink, blue, bronze, and champagne.

The new corridors are lined with specially designed bronze-colored carpets with black borders. Designer Tai-Ping Maison wanted to create the illusion of a path of golden sand, leading from one room to the next, inviting guests to explore the different corners of the hotel.  Each door number is adorned with a fresh flower, cut from the hotel’s garden. This lovely touch is integral to the Lancaster’s identity which has always been associated with flowers.

These gems have been renovated, ensuring the timeless elegance and style of the hotel continues to greet guests today. The solid oak herringbone parquet, so typical of 19th century Parisian chic, has also been lovingly restored.

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Many famous and distinguished guests have paid a visit to the Hotel Lancaster over the years. A favorite haunt of the 1930s “A” list, Marlene Dietrich called it home for three years. No less than Russian artist Boris Pastoukhoff, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Robert Capa have all graced the hotel with their presence. More recently, Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodovar have chosen to make the hotel their Parisian pied-à-terre.

Its cosy yet glamorous vibe has no doubt had something to do with its attraction. Indeed, when guests cross the threshold, they leave the bustle of Paris behind them. They can unwind in the courtyard garden, whose lush plants from five different continents create an enchanting environment.

The delightfully intimate, understated and contemporary restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” is an exquisite one-Michelin-star restaurant. The inspired seasonal menu at La Table du Lancaster, crafted by Julien Roucheteau, highlights vivid and unforgettable flavors; the menu is declined around the origin of the product. “Colors and favors of the soil”, “From the river to the lake”, “Winds and tides”, “Pasturelands and farmyards” offer a walk through French land and the world.

Once guests walk through the elegant entrance to the hotel, they enter a calm and tranquil space, away from the bustle of Paris. In the ‘Terrasse du Lancaster’ as regulars call it, plants from five continents flourish – Australian palm trees are complimented by a Japanese-style flowerbed with pebbles, whilst oak trees and teak woodwork decking create a grounded, solid feel.  During the summer, the “Terrasse du Lancaster” is decorated with streamlined tables and chairs made of striking and unusual woods. With the soothing sounds of the fountain, guests can relax and escape from the flurry of activity at the Champs Élysées.

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Hotel Lancaster in Paris: Where Stylish Luxury Meets Glamour

Hotel Lancaster in Paris: Where Stylish Luxury Meets Glamour

Guests may also take advantage of the bar’s new gourmet match: a glass of superb wine the head sommelier has paired with delectables from Paris’s fine delicatessen Da Rosa.

Whatever they choose, guests are sure to leave Hotel Lancaster with memories of an unforgettable stay – one filled with grandeur and a touch of glamour.

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THE 18th ANNUAL ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM LINEUP

Rooftop Films has announced the feature film lineup for the 18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series presented by Industry City. This year’s series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings of the best in new, independent, and foreign films, each screened against the backdrop of New York’s stunning skyline. This year’s series kicks off at Industry City in Sunset Park with some of the most exciting new short films from around the world on Friday, May 16th, followed by a special sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre’s upcoming A24 release Obvious Child on Saturday, May 17th.

Brookfield Center

Brookfield Center

Old American Can Factory

Old American Can Factory

The 2014 Rooftop Films Summer Series continues through the summer, with screenings each week in a variety of exciting and picturesque outdoor locations and the full feature film slate includes documentaries about mushroom hunters in search of human connection (The Last Season), no-budget trailer park filmmakers (Giuseppe Makes A Movie), untouched corners of endangered rainforest (Forest Of The Dancing Spirits), and idiosyncratic jazz legends (The Case Of The Three-Sided Dream); bold, mind-bending fiction (R100, The Infinite Man, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night); and sneak previews of the most exciting festival hits of the year, including razor-sharp comedies(Obvious Child, The One I Love, Skeleton Twins, Appropriate Behavior, Ping Pong Summer, The Trip To Italy) and powerful independent dramas (10,000KM, Cold In July, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter). Additionally, Rooftop Films will be presenting the World Premiere of Adam Newport-Berra’s powerful feature film debut, Thanksgiving.

This is a tremendous year in independent cinema,” says Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films, “and I am particularly impressed by how many of the year’s breakthrough works are also tremendously entertaining films. Many of the films in this year’s Rooftop slate technically exist within the boundaries of traditional mainstream genres, but the brilliant ways in which the filmmakers explore and upend those categories make these films thrillingly engaging. It will be a fun summer on the roof.”

Industry City

Industry City

It is Rooftop Films’ goal with each event and each season to re-imagine their festival and reinvigorate their community. Therefore, with live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing new venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event. This summer, Rooftop Filims’ enhanced special screenings will include live performances by renowned musicians, mushroom hunting on the world’s largest rooftop soil farm, ping-pong tournaments, and drag performances.

All shows include live-music before the screenings and most include filmmaker Q&As and complementary after parties. The Summer Series will also include over 13 programs of short films, and there will be additional feature films and special events announced shortly. The full schedule including locations and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to Presenting Sponsor Industry City, Rooftop Films is also pleased to announce their Signature Sponsors: New Amsterdam Spirits who are generously sponsoring Rooftop’s famous after parties; Talenti Gelato, who will be providing gelato pops to guests at select events; and AT&T, who will continue to support Rooftop Films for a third straight year.

Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Feature Films Line-up

10,000KM (Long Distance) (Carlos Marques-Marcet | 99 min.) Special Sneak Preview

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend

Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan | 82 min.) Special Sneak Preview

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience. Continue reading

Blondie To Release 40th Anniversary Double-Disc Package–GREATEST HITS ALBUM PLUS A BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS– May 13, 2014

 2014 marks Blondie‘s 40th Anniversary as a band. In celebration of this amazing milestone, the bandwill release a special double-disc package entitled Blondie 4(0) Ever on May 13, 2014 via NOBLE ID/ESMG which will include an incredible collection of new songs entitled Ghosts of Download, and an album entitled Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, featuring brand new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. The iconic Andy Warhol “Debbie Harry” portrait is the cover art for the greatest hits album.

Blondie 4(0) Ever includes "Greatest Hits: Delux Redux" & "Ghosts of Download" (PRNewsFoto/Blondie)

Blondie 4(0) Ever includes “Greatest Hits: Delux Redux” & “Ghosts of Download” (PRNewsFoto/Blondie)

For the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date. As we look back at the band’s storied career, it makes Blondie’s current vibrancy that much more stunning as they enter their 40th year.

Undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie – pioneering frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx (who has been with the band since ’97), guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen – kicked off their 40th year in NYC’s Times Square for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. They followed this up with an electrifying performance on Super Bowl Boulevard ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII and buzzed-about performances at SXSW. Most recently Debbie Harry surprised Coachella crowds when she appeared during Arcade Fire‘s set to duet with Regine Chassagne on Blondie’s 1979 hit “Heart of Glass” and Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”Rolling Stone said: “Harry was totally badass, her glam charisma and luscious vocals a high point…” The performance set the blogosphere ablaze and was unanimously said to be one of the top moments from the festival. With a world tour in the works, there is no doubt that 2014 will continue to be a whirlwind anniversary celebration for Blondie.

The ever-prolific band began working on new material right after the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed LP Panic of Girls.  The result is their 10th studio album and most collaborative to date, Ghosts of Download, which promises to offer some of the most infectious and memorable songs of Blondie’s catalogue. Produced by Jeff Saltzman, it’s an exhilarating mix of dance-floor-ready sounds, with more than a little pop radio flavor stirred into it and a few surprises along the way.  “A Rose By Any Name,” is a cool electronic pulse of a duet for Harry and Beth Ditto of the Gossip. “Drag You Around” and “Backroom,” a sly tale of after-hours vampire group-groping, boast reggae grooves, while a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s infamous eighties anthem, “Relax,” is turned into a slow, echo-chambered secular prayer before morphing into a more familiar thumping acid-house beat. Other album guests include downtown New York City club fixture Miss Guy (on “Rave“), Columbian Cumbia/hip hop/R&B group Systema Solar (“Sugar on the Side“) and Oakland-based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas (“I Screwed up“).

Among the tracks on the Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits disc are the groundbreaking rock-disco hybrid “Heart of Glass,” the equally influential hip-hop fantasia “Rapture,” the stalker-love song “One Way Or Another” and the lilting calypso “The Tide Is High.” It’s a thrilling journey back to when Blondie pushed punk onto the dance floor and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring hits along the way.

Blondie 4(0) Ever Tracklisting:
Greatest Hits Album
    1. Heart of Glass
    2. Dreaming
    3. Tide Is High
    4. Maria
    5. Sunday Girl
    6. Hanging on the Telephone
    7. Rapture
    8. One Way or Another
    9. Call Me
    10. Atomic
    11. Rip Her to Shreds

Ghosts of Download
    1. Sugar on the Side
    2. Rave
    3. A Rose By Any Name
    4. I Want To Drag You Around
    5. Winter
    6. I Screwed Up
    7. Relax
    8. Take Me In The Night
    9. Make A Way
    10. Mile High
    11. Euphoria
    12. Take It Back
    13. Backroom

The album is available now to pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and Best Buy.Fans who pre-order the physical package through Amazon or Best Buy can choose amongst the Standard, Deluxe or Vinyl LP options. The Standard package (Amazon, Best Buy) is the 2-CD set. The Deluxe package (Amazon, Best Buy) includes the 2-CD set, a DVD of Blondie’s 1977 CBGB performance, a replica vintage poster and 5 postcards of Chris Stein photos. The Vinyl LP package includes both albums on vinyl plus a DVD of Blondie’s 1977 CBGB performance.

Fans who pre-order the digital album via iTunes and Amazon will receive three additional Ghosts of Download bonus tracks with the album. The iTunes pre-order also exclusively comes with an instant free download of the new song “I Want To Drag You Around.

2014 ‘Pictures of the Year’ Photo Exhibit Opens April 25, Only at the Newseum

Credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum

Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum

On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open “Pictures of the Year,” an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013 (and  the result of an ongoing partnership between the Newseum and POYi, which began in 2011 when the Newseum exhibited winners of the 2010 competition). The photos are a selection of the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 “Pictures of the Year” exhibit (see winners list here), which will be on display through Sept. 1, 2014.

Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth. Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance

Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth.
Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance

Visitors will see images from some of 2013’s biggest news stories, including the war in Syria and the Boston Marathon bombing, along with lighter moments such as Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipping over the wall of Boston’s Fenway Park as he tries to catch a grand slam during the American League Championship Series.

Magnus Wennman , Aftonbladet, "MERULLAH" Merullah is blind and lives with his family next to the Swedish military base in Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan. Every day, he listens when their heavy vehicles roll past. He feels the earth shaking. He would like to get to know them, but they stay behind their walls or passes by. - If they came here, I would tell my story for them about the goat and the lion. 2014, his neighbors, the foreign militaries, pack up and go home. What follows in their footsteps, no one knows.

Magnus Wennman , Aftonbladet, “MERULLAH”
Merullah is blind and lives with his family next to the Swedish military base in Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan.
Every day, he listens when their heavy vehicles roll past. He feels the earth shaking. He would like to get to know them, but they stay behind their walls or passes by.
– If they came here, I would tell my story for them about the goat and the lion.
2014, his neighbors, the foreign militaries, pack up and go home. What follows in their footsteps, no one knows.

The exhibit also features photographs taken by New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks moments after Islamist militants stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67 people in a four-day siege. The photos won first place in the POYi News Picture Story/Newspaper category, and on April 14, 2014, Hicks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for his photos of the attack.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Freelance, "The Kiss" In 2013, as nine additional states in the USA made gay marriage legal, it has become the civil rights issue of our time. The national conversation in the week leading up to the Super Bowl was fueled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver making homophobic comments and a player on the opposing team in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo showing support and bringing attention to marriage equality and anti-bullying. In a gay bar in San Francisco, the moment the 49ers won the NFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl two men kiss in celebration.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Freelance, “The Kiss”
In 2013, as nine additional states in the USA made gay marriage legal, it has become the civil rights issue of our time. The national conversation in the week leading up to the Super Bowl was fueled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver making homophobic comments and a player on the opposing team in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo showing support and bringing attention to marriage equality and anti-bullying. In a gay bar in San Francisco, the moment the 49ers won the NFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl two men kiss in celebration.

The mission of POYi is to extend the reach of photojournalists through educational public exhibitions and to engage citizens worldwide with great documentary photography. POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Through exhibitions and workshops, POYi serves those photojournalists who chronicle the news events, political trends and social issues facing our world. Now in its 71st year, POYi continues to recognize and promote excellence in photojournalism.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press Pablo Cesar Cano, right, lands a punch against Ashley Theophane in the eighth round during a welterweight fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press
Pablo Cesar Cano, right, lands a punch against Ashley Theophane in the eighth round during a welterweight fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

To kick off the new exhibit, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM,  award-winning photographers Barbara Davidson, Patrick Smith and Tyler Hicks will take part in Photo Day at the Newseum, offering professional advice to visitors and revealing the stories behind their photographs. Continue reading