Mexico’s Velas Resorts Unveils New Wedding Deals for 2016 & 2017

Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences for destination weddings, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned 26 AAA Diamond ratings and numerous other international awards. The resorts are Casa Velas, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course; Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all-suite resort located on 10 acres of oceanfront; and AAA Five Diamond Award recipients Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on the Banderas Bay and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, with both jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts offer a variety of venues and vistas for weddings of any size and generous wedding packages that include romantic extras such as an aromatherapy couples massage and candlelit dinners.


Wedding at The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on the Banderas Bay

Couples tying the knot at Mexico’s four “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All CompareVelas Resorts in 2016 and 2017 will enjoy a variety of new wedding promotions to ring in the new year, such as complimentary ceremonies, suite upgrades, weekday wedding savings and more. Promotions are valid at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, and Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya.


Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Those wishing to be wed at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit or adults-only Casa Velas will enjoy weekday savings and upgrades for weddings held Monday through Thursday. The weekday wedding special includes one complimentary suite for every eight suites booked; a symbolic wedding ceremony; suite upgrade for the newlyweds and their parents; reduced reception site fees; complimentary cocktail hour; and a special price on contracted wedding packages.


Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on the Banderas Bay wedding Package

Sister property the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast will treat couples to one complimentary suite for every 10 suites booked; upgraded suite for the bride and groom; a semi-private dinner at one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants; $50 USD spa credit per adult per night; certified wedding coordinator; personalized welcome VIP amenity; and personalized group check-in with a signature welcome beverage and three-minute back massage.


Mexico’s Velas Resorts Unveils New Wedding Deals for 2016 & 2017


Couples tying the knot at Mexico’s four “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts in 2016 and 2017 will enjoy a variety of new wedding promotions to ring in the new year.

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Art Exhibition: “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” at The (New) Met Breuer, March 18–September 4, 2016

Exhibition Location: The Met Breuer, 3rd and 4th floors, Madison Avenue and 75th Street

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible examines a subject that is critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished. Opening March 18, 2016, this landmark exhibition inaugurates The Met Breuer, ushering in a new phase for the Met’s expanded engagement with modern and contemporary art, presented in Marcel Breuer’s iconic building on Madison Avenue (formerly the home of The Whitney Museum of American Art). With over 190 works dating from the Renaissance to the present—nearly forty percent of which are drawn from the Museum’s collection, supplemented with major national and international loans—the exhibition demonstrates the type of groundbreaking show that can result when the Museum mines its vast collection and curatorial resources to present modern and contemporary art within a deep historical context.

Alice Neel (American, 1900–1984). James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965. Oil on canvas_ 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm). COMMA Foundation, Belgium. © The Estate of Alice Neel (1)

Alice Neel (American, 1900–1984). James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965. Oil on canvas_ 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm). COMMA Foundation, Belgium. © The Estate of Alice Neel

The exhibition examines the term “unfinished” across the visual arts in the broadest possible way; it includes works left incomplete by their makers, a result that often provides insight into the artists’ creative process, as well as works that engage a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended. Featured artists who explored such an aesthetic include some of history’s greatest practitioners, among them Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne, as well as modern and contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Lygia Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg, who have taken the unfinished in entirely new directions, alternately blurring the distinction between making and un-making, extending the boundaries of art into both space and time, and recruiting viewers to complete the objects they had begun.

Unfinished is a cornerstone of The Met Breuer’s inaugural program and a great example of the Met’s approach to presenting the art of today,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. “Stretching across history and geography, the exhibition is the result of a cross-departmental collaboration, drawing on the expertise of the Met’s outstanding faculty of curators. We hope the exhibition will inspire audiences to reconsider the artistic process as they connect to experiences shared by artists over centuries.”

Using works of art as well as the words of artists and critics as a guide, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible strives to answer four questions: When is a work of art finished? To what extent does an artist have latitude in making this decision? During which periods in the history of art since the Renaissance have artists experimented most boldly with the idea of the unfinished or non finito? What impact has this long trajectory had on modern and contemporary art?

The exhibition features works that fall into two categories. The first includes works of art that are literally unfinished—those whose completion was interrupted, usually because of an accident, such as the artist’s death. In some instances, notably Jan van Eyck’s Saint Barbara (1437), there is still debate about whether the artist meant the work to be a finished drawing, which would have been considered unusual at the time, or if it was meant to be a preparation for a painting. Because such works often leave visible the underlying skeleton and many changes normally effaced in the act of completion, they are prized for providing access to the artist’s thoughts, as well as to his or her working process.

The second category includes works that appear unfinished—open-ended, unresolved, imperfect—at the volition of the artist, such as Janine Antoni’s Lick and Lather (1993–1994). Antoni used a mold to create a series of self-portrait busts, half from chocolate and half from soap, fragile materials that tend to age quickly. After finishing the busts, she set to work unfinishing them, licking those in chocolate and bathing with those in soap, stopping once she had arrived at her distinctive physiognomy. Continue reading

Pepsi Paints the Bay Area Blue for Super Bowl 50

Sponsor Of The Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show Provides Unique Fan Experiences Around Biggest Pop Culture Moment Of The Year

Pepsi, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, unveiled activations the brand will execute around California’s Bay Area and across the country, to get consumers excited for Halftime and Super Bowl 50 leading up to the big game.

Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Janelle Monae

Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 commercial starring Janelle Monae celebrates the brand’s heritage in music (Credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Returning for the 14th consecutive year as the official soft drink partner of the NFL, Pepsi will bring a number of activations and content to the Bay Area in celebration of Super Bowl 50, including:

  • Pepsi Super Bowl Advertisement, “Joy of Dance”
  • Kola House at Pier 70
  • Pepsi and DIRECTV celebrate three nights at Pier 70
  • The Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award
  • Pepsi Helmets at NFL Experience
  • The Pepsi Fan Deck at Levi’s Stadium

PEPSI SUPER BOWL ADVERTISEMENT, the “Joy of Dance“: Starring R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 advertisement, which was released online earlier today, celebrates the brand’s heritage in music by paying homage to music greats past and present. The spot will also air during Super Bowl 50 on February 7.

Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Janelle Monae

Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 commercial starring Janelle Monae celebrates the brand’s heritage in music (Credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

KOLA HOUSE AT PIER 70: Pepsi will hold an exclusive preview of Kola House – a new experiential lounge and event space, launching its flagship in NYC’s Meatpacking District this spring. The centerpiece of Kola House is a full service Kola Bar – a place where guests will discover the origins, functionality and true flavor of the kola nut. Décor exhibited comes from a partnership between PepsiCo Design and interior design firm, Kravitz Design Inc. Music will be curated by Swizz Beatz and a live art installation from two legendary local San Francisco artists – Jeremy Fish and Sam Flores – will be displayed at the party. Pepsi will celebrate this first-of-its-kind space and inviting media to enjoy specialty elixirs designed by Kola House resident cocktail creator and flavor chemist Alex Ott, along artisanal bites inspired by the Flagship menu.

PEPSI PARTNERS WITH DIRECTV TO PROVIDE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE AT PIER 70: Pepsi and DIRECTV are joining forces in San Francisco to bring fans three unforgettable days of music, technology and art around the biggest sporting event of the year.

Pepsi and DIRECTV will provide fans with the ultimate experience at San Francisco’s Pier 70, when they host three nights of live concert performances featuring Dave Matthews Band (Thursday), Pharrell (Friday), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Saturday) and more. The innovative and premium space will be designed specifically for never-before-seen fan engagement and features state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience.

PEPSI ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Again this year, Pepsi will announce the NFL Rookie of the Year at the Pepsi Friday Night Live event on Friday, February 5 at Pier 70. The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2015 NFL season and the 2015 Rookie of the Year will be in attendance at the event to accept his award. Continue reading