Gap, in Partnership with (RED), Launches Limited-Edition Collection of Utility Jackets Designed by International Street Artists

The Unisex Collection Available For Adults And Kids Launches In Conjunction With World Aids Day With Proceeds Benefitting The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Gap is continuing to commemorate (RED)’s 10th anniversary and its role as the founding apparel partner of the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver. In anticipation of World AIDS Day, on December 1, Gap will launch a collection of their iconic Utility Jackets featuring custom designs by six of the most renowned female street artists from around the world. The talented group of women is2000px-gap_logo-svg notable for their exciting, thought-provoking work and for creating awareness of contributions by women in street art.

The unisex styles for men and women was launched on November 29th, coinciding with Giving Tuesday, a day to give back and do good. A portion of proceeds of this collection will be donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, adding to the $10 million dollars that Gap has already contributed to the organization over the last 10 years.

The collection includes designs by Shiro, KASHINK, Kelsey Montague, FAITH XLVII and AIKO retailing for $198, as well as a special crochet jacket by Olek retailing for $298. Designs by Shiro and Kelsey Montague will also be offered in versions for boys and girls for $128.

Olek: Olek is a Polish-born street artist and activist whose preferred medium — crochet — captivates audiences all over the world. Inspired by everything from personal text messages to train travel, she believes that life and art are inseparable.

Shiro: Shiro is an internationally recognized graffiti artist from Japan. She loves music, people, and culture. Shiro travels by herself and paints walls all over the world.

KASHINK: KASHINK is an internationally recognized street artist and social activist from Paris. Her large-scale murals celebrate the beauty of human diversity.

Kelsey Montague: Kelsey Montague is an international street artist and coloring book author known for intricate pen-and-ink drawings and a thriving social media campaign that transforms her interactive public murals into living works of art.

FAITH XLVII: A prolific, internationally acclaimed South African visual artist, FAITH XLVII is known for her street paintings, which explore the human condition. Her work spans many mediums, from painting and printmaking to video.

AIKO: Since moving from her native Tokyo to NYC in the late 90’s, AIKO has become a well-respected contemporary artist in the international street art scene, where her feminine, Pop Art-inspired graffiti has a global following.

(RED) was founded in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, GAP, Lokai, MCM, NetJets, Salesforce, SAP, Starbucks, Telcel. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Alessi, ALEX AND ANI, Fatboy USA, Fresh, Girl Skateboards, Gretsch, HEAD, Le Creuset, Live Nation Entertainment, Moleskine, Mophie, Piaggio and Wolfnoir.

To date, (RED) has generated $360 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services. (RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org

Gap is thrilled to partner with these talented and visionary women who are each bringing their own creative aesthetic to our iconic utility jacket,” said Wendi Goldman, Gap executive vice president and chief product officer. “We worked closely with (RED) to select artists with diverse points of view who are creating meaningful work that inspires and empowers. Each jacket offers a unique expression that customers can wear with pride to show their commitment to (RED)‘s important mission.”

We are so grateful to these extraordinary artists for applying their limitless talent to further (RED)’s fight against AIDS,” said Deborah Dugan, (RED) chief executive officer. “This collaboration with Gap is truly unique and can’t fail to capture the imaginations of fashion fans this winter.”

Sarah Jessica Parker to Debut First Standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Boutique at MGM National Harbor

Sarah Jessica Parker will debut her first standalone boutique at the MGM National Harbor with the resort’s opening on December 8, 2016. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker will feature the designer’s chic collection of shoes, handbags, accessories and the SJP LBD little black dress line. The boutique will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. beginning December 9 and can be reached at 301-971-6094.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Debut First Standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Boutique at MGM National Harbor. (PRNewsFoto/MGM National Harbor)

An array of colorful shoes, handbags and accessories synonymous with the brand await at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. Also available will be the American-made SJP LBD, the brand’s latest collection of little black dresses. Accessories and handbags range from $30 to $695, shoes start at $240 and the SJP LBD collection will premiere at $395.

SJP was founded in February 2014 by Sarah Jessica Parker and partner George Malkemus III. The accessories collection stems from Sarah Jessica’s love for the single sole and vivid memories of New York City fashion in the latter part of the 70s. The collection showcases the brand’s theme of colors acting as neutrals and encourages women to take risks and break away from fashion rules they imagine.

Opening a standalone store has long been a dream we have been working towards and we feel truly privileged to be doing so with the expertise, guidance and support of our brilliant partners at MGM Resorts,” said Parker. “It’s been very exciting to have been involved in all steps of the process, from on-site construction visits to the actual layout and design of our boutique. I’m honored to be included in this massive undertaking and I’m very much looking forward to celebrating in December. Because perhaps then I will believe it’s real.

Bill Boasberg, general manager of MGM National Harbor, said “When curating our retail collection, we first and foremost wanted to align ourselves with a luxury brand that represents style, elegance and, most of all, fun. We know this boutique will appeal to a wide variety of women and we’re looking forward to inviting them in to discover their new favorite shoe, handbag or little black dress.

The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International portfolio, MGM National Harbor‘s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington‘s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia.

In addition to a shopping spree, MGM National Harbor guests are invited to enjoy the resort’s stunning amenities whether just for the day or as a weekend getaway. From restaurants created by the nation’s most celebrated chefs to a luxury suite collection and destination spa, the resort has a variety of offerings to entice even the most discerning of guests. Resort amenities include:

  • 308 rooms, including 74 premier suites
  • Restaurants from world-renowned chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and the Voltaggio Brothers, in addition to many other exciting culinary concepts
  • The Spa and Salon at MGM National Harbor
  • A 125,000-square-foot casino offering slots, table games and poker
  • Two nightlife venues with unrivaled cocktail programs
  • The MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection featuring artwork inspired by the Capital Region’s rich heritage

The 24-story resort will feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is scheduled to open December 8, 2016.

Now Accepting Reservations: The New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam Debuts This December

Fabulous New Features Enhance Award-Winning All-Villa Beachfront Resort In Vietnam’s Cultural Heartland, Soon To Be A Four Seasons Experience

One of Asia’s most celebrated beachfront resorts is about to become a Four Seasons, with a host of new features enhancing the luxury vacation experience. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam debuts on December 20, 2016, and reservations are now being accepted.

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The Resort

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The Resort Beach

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, rests on a tranquil 1-kilometre (half mile) stretch of Ha My Beach, just 11 kilometres (7 miles) north of the UNESCO city of Hoi An in Quang Nam province on Vietnam’s central coast. An ancient trading port, Hoi An had the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and even opened its own stoneware kilns in the 15th century to support the growing popularity of the Japanese tea ritual. Both Christianity and Buddhism found their way to Vietnam’s shores via Hoi An in the 17th century, and today its eclectic collection of some 87 pagodas, temples and communal houses, and 82 ancient tube-shaped houses – many located on original streets – stand testament to its vibrant ancient personality.

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Central Resort Pool Area

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Olympic-Size Pool

Da Nang, a modern burst of energy and increasing exuberance that lines the gleaming Han riverfront, lies 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) north of the Resort. Towering hotels, neon-lit bars and trendy restaurants now jostle for space on its once sleepy streets and the sparkling river is now criss-crossed by spectacular bridges (including an east and west connecting swing bridge and fire-breathing Dragon Bridge), yet some things remain as pristine as ever – namely the gorgeous 32-kilometre (20-mile) curl of Da Nang Beach.

The best is about to get even better as we unveil new features and experiences for our guests, all wrapped in the legendary service for which Four Seasons is known the world over,” says General Manager Anthony Gill, who has led the Resort team for four years. “Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai on Ha My beach is a special place, both a sanctuary and a playground for the culturally curious, beach lovers, active families, culinary connoisseurs and spiritual seekers.”

Guests of Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai will find refreshed villas, an enhanced beach program plus new beach bar, a new concept for its serene lagoon spa, and a new Vietnamese cooking academy. Families will especially enjoy the new family villas with special features for parents and children, and the new, fully supervised kids club loaded with indoor and outdoor fun.

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The Heart of the Earth Spa at the New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

In a beautiful setting perched over a lotus pond, The Heart of the Earth Spa is a haven of calm, connection and compassion. Inspired by renowned Vietnamese Zen master, scholar and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, the Spa centers on the awareness that we are not separate from the Earth but at one with her, and that by aligning with nature’s rhythms, we can improve harmony within ourselves and between humanity and the planet.

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Relaxation Area at The Heart of The Earth Spa

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Spa Relaxation Pavilion

All treatments feature crystal singing bowls tuned to 432 Hz. – the harmonic intonation of nature – plus simple focused breathing techniques to attune body and mind to the Earth’s heartbeat.

Showcasing the celebrated design of Paris-based Reda Amalou, the all-villa resort interprets the Vietnamese tradition of architecture as an art form. All 100 sumptuously appointed villas are thoughtfully positioned to optimize ocean views, beach breezes and phong thuy (feng shui) principles. A fine balance of indoor and outdoor spaces, contemporary artwork and local antiques incorporate characteristic Nam Hai highlights – including a raised central platform wrapped in gossamer netting complete with a padded divan, king-sized bed and bedside bathing area with a lacquered eggshell bath. Accommodations range from one-bedroom villas to five-bedroom luxury compounds. All have outdoor garden showers, and some have additional private grounds, a swimming pool and direct access to Ha My Beach.

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Villa Interior at New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

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Las Vegas Provides Seasonal Festivities For Holiday Visitors

Las Vegas is embracing winter and the spirit of the holidays, in its oversize way, this season. The destination will be decking halls, spreading holiday cheer and transforming into a winter wonderland for visitors looking to celebrate. As the ultimate destination to spend the holiday season, there is a plethora of holiday lights, outdoor festivities, activities and more for celebrators this year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in concert with the hotel properties on the Strip and beyond, has a full list of activities that will be sure to get you even more excited about the holiday season.Las Vegas Logo

MERRY AND BRIGHT

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The Christmas tree at the LINQ Promenade at 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. CREDIT: Bill Hughes/Las Vegas News Bureau

The LINQ Promenade debuted Winter PARQ with the lighting of a 35-foot holiday tree adorned with lights and ornaments on the Fountain Stage. Winter PARQ will feature a brand new holiday show, Lights at The LINQ, and live entertainment nightly to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. More than 2,000 lights syncopated to music will dazzle visitors with countless combinations of changing colors and varying intensities to create a uniquely dynamic visual experience. In addition to the festive fun, Winter PARQ will also have snow fall nightly. Visitors can enjoy the festivities nightly through Dec. 30.

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The Ice Rink At The Park, Monday, November 21, 2016. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes visitors to skate on over 4,200 square feet of real ice. Visitors are encouraged to warm up or roast s’mores by the fire, delight in light snow showers, enjoy seasonal treats and beverages with breathtaking views. On Mondays, skaters can catch two classic holiday movies on the resort’s digital marquee.

The world-famous Bellagio Conservatory will change the garden display the week of Nov. 27, highlighting a beautiful floral arrangement featuring the polar bear family and a 42-foot holiday tree embellished with twinkling lights and ornaments while a family of elves playfully decorate. New this year is a Bellagio-themed train station with two 10-foot trains adorned with 1,200 red and white roses while four animated toy soldiers stand guard. The resort will also decorate for the season with displays throughout the lobby and other public areas.

The horticulture team at Wynn Las Vegas will also transform the resort into a winter wonderland spectacle with five distinct fantasy villages, with 33 beautifully embellished holiday trees, thousands of poinsettias in shades of ivory and gold and seasonal lighting displayed throughout the resort.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will be getting in the spirit with students from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Choir performing classic favorites in the Sky Lobby from Dec. 19-22. Patrons can indulge in an assortment of holiday sweets and tea at the Nutcracker Tea at The Tea Lounge from Dec. 1 – Jan. 4. Visitors can also partake in Sips with a Master Sommelier – Year End Bubbles, More Than Just Champagne for a chance to blind taste sparkling wines for a unique holiday celebration.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

It will be a December to Remember at the equally world-famous Neon Museum, where a vast collection of restored neon signs resides. The Museum will host a holiday celebration with ornament-making, photo opps with Santa, hot chocolate and caroling by the Las Vegas Academy choir in the colorfully illuminated Neon Museum Boneyard. Part of the City of Las Vegas Cultural Corridor‘s holiday festivities, December to Remember will take place Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show: “Glittering Lights,” Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Las Vegas’ largest holiday drive-thru light show. Featuring more than 3 million lights throughout a 2.5 mile course that intertwines with the speedway, Glittering Lights has been a beloved holiday tradition for 16 years. Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 7. Continue reading

Hotels and Accommodations: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Opens The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

For The Distinctive Art Deco Hotel, A New Era Begins After 90 Years Of Moving History

Extending the reach of Sheraton Grand, a new premium classification for the brand, the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (a brand of Marriott International) has launched the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane after a several million pounds extensive renovation and redesign of the 303 rooms. The comprehensive renovation also comprised of work on the public spaces, including the famous The Palm Lounge3_mh_logo_blk-1 Court, the Ballroom* and the opulent foyer Silver Gallery.

The interior architects of MKV Design are responsible for the extensive renovation project, in collaboration with the Sheraton Global Designteam, combining the history of the building and its impressive location opposite the Green Park with modern, stylish elements and details. The profound renovation was followed by the redesign to the Sheraton Grand, the premium classification of the Sheraton brand for hotels characterized by particularly attractive locations, exclusive design, excellent service and outstanding customer experiences. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is the first hotel in London to meet this exquisite portfolio of currently 35 Sheraton Hotels worldwide.

As one of the global travel hubs, London is a crucial market for Sheraton, the internationally most widely-used brand of Marriott International. That’s why we should be one of our flagships, “said McGuinness, senior vice president and global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. “The Sheraton Grand Park Lane London and its extravagant refurbishment gives the Sheraton brand a very special glow and serves as a great model for the transformation we are striving for the brand.

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Since its heyday as the first choice for personalities of society, public life and the aristocracy, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has maintained the tradition of bringing people together in the heart of the Mayfair District. The design concept builds on the Art Deco heritage and this social influence, creating a wealth of spaces and an interior in which business and leisure can be easily combined. The 303 rooms have been completely redesigned in an elegant and luxurious style, breathing the spirit of Art Deco. 43 newly created Sheraton Club rooms and suites offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge, a private retreat where guests can enjoy breakfast, drinks and snacks during the day, as well as an afternoon tea in the style of The Palm Court , While in the evening, a varied selection of drinks and canapés are offered. For business travelers, this category also includes the use of a private conference room in the Sheraton® Club Lounge, which can accommodate up to eight people.

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Grand Suite Living Room – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bathroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bedroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

The 21 suites of the hotel have been redesigned in such a way that the indoor space is optimally utilized and the view outside on the laubbowers of the Green Park can be enjoyed to the fullest. Many suites can now be connected to neighboring suites, so that large families and groups can get enough space. The Grand Suite of the hotel is a commitment to luxury and opulence and includes a representative entrance area, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as various living and dining areas. The rooms are interconnected with double-width sliding doors, so the Grand Suite can be opened to a single spacious room.

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Sheraton Hotel & Resorts – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Art Deco Suite (Photo: Business Wire)

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Renovated Park View Suite at The Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The new design of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane marks a milestone for Sheraton in the United Kingdom,” says Even Frydenberg, Chief Operations and Franchise Support Officer Europe, Marriott International. “Thanks to a successful collaboration with Sir Richard Sutton Limited, this newly refurbished hotel represents the grand category of the brand and is a strategically immensely important home for the Sheraton portfolio.”

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The renovation brought forth modern meeting places for city dwellers and world travelers alike. The prestigious The Palm Court Lounge, with its elegant furnishings and a magnificent stained glass roof, is the perfect backdrop for meetings in an aesthetic and lively atmosphere. Following the tradition of the Grand Hotel lounges of the 1920s and 30s, here breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, a special menu called serving and Paired , Sheratons creative culinary offerings, the small dishes and delicious bar snacks excellently combined with premium wines and local craft beers.

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Mercante Restaurant, Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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Create Holiday Magic in the Caribbean and Mexico with The Ritz-Carlton

For those looking to make “the most wonderful time of the year” even more special, the Caribbean and Mexico hotels and resorts of The Ritz-Carlton offer an array of invitingly festive experiences. With brand-new offerings such as a frankincense and myrrh manicure/pedicure, story time and s’mores by a beachside fire pit, and a romantic holiday hike for two – as well as tried-and-true traditions – travelers have many enticing options for enjoying the season with The Ritz-Carlton luxury hotels and resorts in Aruba, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas.

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Palm trees decorated with Christmas garland night (Image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton)

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There may not be snow in Aruba, but there is plenty of sand along the stunning, divi-divi-tree-dotted beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. The luxury beach resort has alluring, holiday-themed treatments at The Ritz-Carlton spa, including a Cranberry Pomegranate Body Treatment or Pumpkin Spice Hydrating Facial, as well as an Organic Cinnamon Manicure or Organic Peppermint Pedicure. For guests looking for the ultimate mashup of relaxation, poolside spa treatments include foot massages, cold-stone back massages, and foot scrubs with Moroccan oil. Families who escape to the resort for the holidays can experience an island-style winter with a “sandman” competition on the beach for kids on December 24, or can explore their creativity with a cookie-decorating competition. On December 25, holiday art studio or gingerbread house decorating experiences offer guests a way to express their seasonal spirit.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
In the truest spirit of the Christmas holiday, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, welcome and witness Santa arriving in the hotel’s atrium – including snow falling gently from the ninth floor to the fourth floor. Festive music and holiday treats will be on hand as Santa mixes and mingles with all the girls and boys who come to see him. Younger guests can also tap into their inner pastry-chef-to-be with gingerbread baking and decorating, and enjoy the fruits of their labors with iced cookies when the event is finished.trc-primary-small-blk3-rgb-tn

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Area residents and hotel guests are warmly invited to celebrate Festive Season at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, enjoying treasured events which include Christmas feasts, the delightful traditions of Gingerbread Man Tea and Yule Log Making, and a fabulous New Year’s Eve Ball capped by fireworks.

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
In Puerto Rico, where the holiday spirit sizzles like the island’s famed enchanted rhythms and flavors, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan features a beautiful and large Christmas tree decorated with hand-painted masterpieces from the youngest guests. On December 28, a family barbecue on the beach offer ladies and gentlemen an evening that pairs al-fresco island culinary delights with ultra-relaxing, warm ocean breezes and a shimmering, starry sky. Culminating the festive spirit of the season is the “Cirque del Caribe” experience on December 31, where guests can ring in the New Year in Caribbean style, with live entertainment, high-energy carnival performances, a sumptuous buffet and fine cocktails – while younger guests can explore a playful corner with fun activities and a magician.
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Interiors and Design: Herman Miller Broadens Consumer Reach with New York City Retail Store

Opening Of Physical Retail In North America Part Of The Company’s Multi-Channel Consumer Strategy

Global design manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. announced the opening of a Herman Miller-branded retail store anchoring the company’s New York City flagship. Open to the public as of Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the store occupies 6,000 SF on the ground and second floors of Herman Miller’s multi-level presence at 251 Park Avenue South (251 Park Avenue South at 20th Street, www.hermanmiller.com/new-york-city-flagship 212.318.3977, Open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.) in Manhattan. The store is part of Herman Miller‘s transformation into a premium lifestyle company, and will offer consumers the opportunity to connect with Herman Miller through a new channel. Herman Miller has had a physical store in Tokyo since December 2010, and launched online stores to serve customers in India and the United Kingdom earlier in 2016.288476logo-1

We’ve made great progress with a consumer strategy that allows us to engage with the communities we serve across multiple channels and touch points,” said Chief Executive Officer Brian Walker. “In addition to growing the Design Within Reach studio footprint and our global e-commerce platform, having our own physical retail presence in a major U.S. market will further cement Herman Miller’s position as a premium lifestyle brand with unrivaled multi-channel capabilities. Our goal is to create fans, not customers, and this store will connect us with new fans in a tangible way.

Located in the retail hub where Union Square, Gramercy, and Flatiron meet, the new store is designed to appeal to the high concentration of design-driven consumers that made this market a top choice when Herman Miller began exploring locations for expanding its retail presence. The tri-state area consistently ranks highest for Herman Miller’s consumer sales, proving George Nelson’s assertion in 1948 that “there is a market for good design.” Nelson, who served as Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 until 1972, strongly believed that if the company made good things, people would buy them.

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Herman Miller Opens New York City Flagship Store – Photo credit Nicholas Calcott. (PRNewsFoto/Herman Miller, Inc.)

The distinctive in-store experience was inspired by another Herman Miller partner, Charles Eames, who said the role of the designer is that of a “very good, thoughtful host.” The new store’s floorplan is laid out as a modern home, with rooms that demonstrate problem-solving designs for living, working, dining, socializing, and sleeping. The display and inventory blend current and vintage Herman Miller furniture, lighting, and accessories with a curated set of complementary products from likeminded vendors and skilled artisans from around the world. These include rugs from Danskina and Breuckelen Berber, kitchen and tabletop items from Deborah Ehrlich, pillows and bags from Maharam, accessories by Doug Johnston, Knotwork, Carl Aubock, and Helen Levi, and Nelson Bubble Lamps along with lighting from Wastberg, Noguchi, and Michael Anastassiades. (Through seasonal programming and merchandising, the two-story retail space will demonstrate the many interpretations of modern living supported by Herman Miller.)

Consumers throughout the United States can also shop with Herman Miller online at www.store.hermanmiller.com, which has been operating since October 2010.

In addition to the new store, 251 Park Avenue South houses commercial showrooms for Herman Miller and Geiger, and corporate office space for Maharam, Design Within Reach, and Geiger, all Herman Miller owned companies. In total, Herman Miller occupies eight floors, equaling almost half of the 120K SF building.

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services. Headquartered in West Michigan, the global company has relied on innovative design for over 100 years to solve problems for people wherever they work, live, learn, and heal. Herman Miller’s designs are part of museum collections worldwide, and the company is a past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution‘s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Known and respected for its leadership in corporate social responsibility, Herman Miller has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past 12 years, and has earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation‘s top rating in its Corporate Equality Index for the past nine years. In fiscal 2016, the company generated $2.26 billion in revenue and employed nearly 8,000 people worldwide.

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Budweiser Kicks Off The Holiday Season In Spirit With A New Holiday Look

Budweiser Continues to Lead the Way in Design and Innovation, Adding a Limited Edition Holiday Bottle to its Roster

To celebrate the 140th holiday season of America’s No.1 full-flavored lager, Budweiser is launching newly designed limited-edition holiday packaging, spreading holiday cheer nationwide. Debuting this month, the seasonally relevant packaging is designed to creatively reflect Budweiser’s traditional festive holiday spirit.

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Budweiser Kicks off the Holiday Season with a Limited Edition Holiday Bottle (PRNewsFoto/Budweiser)

Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser stays true to the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.

Designed in partnership with Jones Knowles Ritchie New York, the all-red, tonal look is inspired by the brand’s longstanding history of decorating its 12 US breweries for the holidays. The seasonal aluminum bottles highlight the brand’s strongest equities, specifically the colors of red and white – which fit right in with the holiday season.

Budweiser continues to lead the way in design and packaging innovation, with the past year giving life to some of the brand’s boldest and most unique offerings. Starting in 2015 with the launch of the brand’s new visual identity, Budweiser rolled out redesigned cans and bottles to reflect the detail exemplary of brewing America’s No. 1 full-flavored lager.

In 2016, Budweiser took cues from culture to inspire new packaging looks, leading to its boldest patriotic packaging move ever with the launch of the America can followed by the Torch bottle just in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At Budweiser, we have a long-standing tradition of decorating our local breweries across this country during the holidays,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president from Budweiser. “This season, we want to extend the holiday cheer with our limited-edition bottles and toast to a bright new year!

Budweiser’s America packaging run ends this month, making way for the next season of Budweiser traditions, including the debut of holiday packaging. The limited-edition festive bottle will be available through the holiday season.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Art of Shaving Launches New Fragrance Collection

The Collection of Five New Fragrances Pays Homage to Barbering Traditions and Essential Oils

The Art of Shaving has released a new fragrance collection to celebrate the brand’s 20th Anniversary. Barbering experts partnered with world class perfumers to craft a range of distinct scents that are at once modern, yet nostalgic. Inspired by the grand heritage of Barbering and the final touch of every time-honored barber chair shave – the finishing spritz of a scented tonic, the collection brings home the perfect finish to the perfect shave and any grooming ritual.new_taos_monogram_black_highres

As all of the brand’s products have been for the past 20 year, these five fragrances were created using the finest natural essential oils, sourced and meticulously blended using the highest quality techniques. Each scent was carefully assembled to harmoniously link every note for a full and expressive accord.

Essential oil aromas are a critical part of elevating the grooming experience from an act to a cherished ritual. Our new cologne collection is the ultimate expression of these aromas and the perfect finishing touch for The Art of Shaving man”, says Todd Brisky, The Art of Shaving CEO. “Each fragrance in the collection has been designed with craft and care to have a distinct personality. I don’t expect you to ‘like’ all five, but I’m sure there will be one or two you ‘love’ and that is how you should feel about your fragrance.”

The Collection Consists Of Five Fragrances:

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The Art of Shaving Launches New Fragrance Collection (Photo: Business Wire)

  • SANDALWOOD & CYPRESS – A classic and sophisticated aroma with a nostalgic undertone. This handcrafted fragrance combines masculine, woody Sandalwood with aromatic, bright Cypress to develop a signature fragrance wearable from day to night.
  • OUD SUEDE – A traditional, intense fragrance derived from rare Middle Eastern Oud wood. The rich, dark aromatic resin is distilled over time to develop its unique, fragrant quality unmatched in nature. Balanced with earthy Cypriol, the combination of these two natural elements creates a deep woody, amber sensuality with skin-like warmth.
  • VETIVER CITRON – A luminous citrus with bittersweet undertones. Earthy Vetiver is lifted by the fresh simplicity of cold pressed Grapefruit. Finished with a subtly, spicy heart note, this refined fragrance complements any grooming routine.
  • GREEN LAVENDER – An herbaceous floral for the modern gentleman, carefully crafted to effortlessly blend aromatic, tranquil lavender with the fresh, green notes of rosemary and peppermint.
  • CORIANDER & CARDAMOM – A nod to Middle Eastern aromatic barber traditions. A fresh twist on a traditionally warm and spicy scent. Inspired by fresh tonics from ancient spices, Coriander and Cardamom are subtly balanced with basil, lavender, sage and blackcurrant. The result – a crisp green with spicy wood and pepper facets.

Each 100ml fragrance is sold individually for $100 ($125 for “Oud Suede”). Each 30ml fragrance is sold individually for $60 ($75 for “Oud Suede”) and available at The Art of Shaving stores and on www.theartofshaving.com.

Greatest Expansion In Graceland History, “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” Opens March 2-5, 2017 with Grand Opening Celebration Events

State-Of-The-Art Entertainment Complex To Feature New Elvis Presley Career Museum, Automobile Museum, Performance Soundstage, Pop Culture Exhibits, Restaurants And Retail

Tickets Now On Sale For Opening Weekend Through The Rest Of 2017

New, Exclusive “ULTIMATE Vip” Tour Experience Also Debuts In March 2017

Elvis Presley’s Graceland® announced the official opening date for its new, $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment complex, now named Elvis Presley’s Memphis™, which is currently under construction across the street from Graceland Mansion. March 2-5, 2017 will be the Grand Opening Celebration Weekend, as Graceland welcomes visitors from around the world to its largest and most significant expansion since first opening to the public in 1982.

For over 30 years, our fans and visitors have loved the Graceland experience, but our facilities haven’t enabled us to share much more than a small piece of the story,” stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner, Graceland Holdings, LLC.Now with ‘Elvis Presley’s Memphis,’ you will be able to truly experience all that Memphis offered Elvis, walk through the streets in his footsteps, see what he saw, feel what he felt, live the life of ‘the king.’ No one lived life bigger than Elvis — now is the opportunity to truly experience it for yourself.

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland® announced the official opening date for its new, $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment complex, now named “Elvis Presley’s Memphis™”, which is currently under construction across the street from Graceland Mansion. (Photo: Business Wire)

Elvis Presley’s Memphis is Phase 2 of the planned Graceland expansion and development. Combined with the $92 million Phase 1 project, The Guest House at Graceland 450-room resort hotel, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. is investing a total of $137 million in the Whitehaven community of Memphis to further enhance the Memphis and Graceland experience for visitors from around the world. Inspired by Elvis’ personal style and the iconic Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland opened on October 27, 2016 and is the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years. The resort hotel, which is situated just steps from Graceland Mansion, features 430 guest rooms and 20 specialty suites with design and décor supervised by Priscilla Presley. The hotel also features two full-service restaurants, a lobby bar, a 464-seat theater, outdoor pool and conference, event and catering facilities. (The resort recently received the AAA Four Diamond rating, joining the exclusive ranks of top hotels and resorts in the country.)elvis_presleys_memphis_graceland_final_logo_v1

The opening four days of Elvis Presley’s Memphis will feature major celebration events each day, including live concerts that will celebrate Elvis’ incredible life and career, and honor Memphis’ rich musical legacy across genres, including Blues, Rockabilly, R&B, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The largest entertainment complex of its kind, and exponentially bigger than Graceland’s current visitor center, Elvis Presley’s Memphis will enable music fans, pop culture enthusiasts and Memphis visitors to follow the path that Elvis took, surround themselves with the things that he loved, and experience the sights and sounds of the city that inspired him. Guests will fully immerse themselves in his life and career like never before — his roots, his influences and his artistry.

While the acclaimed Graceland Mansion tour will continue to present the personal and family side of Elvis’ life, Elvis Presley’s Memphis will tell the rest of the story, exploring the beginning of the incredible music and pop culture explosion that all started here in Memphis, with the greatest entertainer of all time.

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Making Spirits Bright At Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Bahrain’s Luxury Resort Destination Welcomes Families And Friends With A Curated Selection Of Dining And Entertainment

The holiday season at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is destined to be an unforgettable experience. Take a festive getaway and enjoy countless ways to eat, drink and be merry in Bahrain’s one and only private island as it offer a lineup of special holiday experiences. With a lineup of special holiday dining and entertainment created with legendary Four Seasons finesse, the Hotel offers something merry for everyone.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

For a complete schedule of holiday festivities at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, click here. Highlights include:

The Magical Festive Décor of the Urban Resort

Hotel guests and Spa members are invited to join the Hotel team for a spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with traditional carols, cookies and festive refreshments.

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To convey a true Christmas spirit, the lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colours of gold, complete with a contemporary Christmas tree and holiday-inspired floral arrangements. A gingerbread creation made by Executive Pastry Chef Imad Boukli will be a spectacular and mouthwatering addition.

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  • The holiday decor will be in place from December 5, 2016 through January 7, 2017.

Sweet Treats from the Kitchens of Four Seasons at the Christmas Market

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From homemade chocolate truffles to gingerbread cookies and soldiers, Christmas fruit cake and mince pie, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. To offer guests a head start on festive season planning, the Hotel opens its popular Christmas Market in its lobby. Traditional festive items such as holiday cookies, honey-glazed turkey-to-go and the signature yule log cake will treat the family to something special straight from the kitchens at Four Seasons.

  • Christmas Market welcomes guests from December 5, 2016 to January 3, 2017, every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

It’s Festive Tea Time!

Throughout the festive season, guests will enjoy a daily afternoon tea featuring a host of seasonal treats including mouthwatering honey-glazed turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches, as well as freshly baked gingerbread spiced cookies.

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  • Festive Afternoon Tea is served from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017 every afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Bay View Lounge and is priced at BHD 15 per person or BHD 28 for two people.

Holly Jolly Christmas for the Little Ones

The Kids For All Seasons Complimentary Kids Camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm on weekends, has an array of organised activities planned for Hotel guests throughout the festive season with special focus on the Bahrain National Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. From candy hunts on the outdoor lawn to balloon art, face painting, making festive accessories, writing letters to Santa and cookie decorating along with gingerbread house building, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.

Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

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Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

Younger guests are in for a night of fantastic fun at the Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Party all night long with cool activities including a fashion show, New Year’s mask making, arts and crafts, a beauty session and costume making.

  • December 31st from 9:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Complimentary for hotel guests, spa members and guests of Bahrain Bay Kitchen

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Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Unearths Stories of Life and the Afterlife in Early China

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty

Like the Roman Empire, China’s Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) forged one of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and its elite had it all: unbridled luxury, technical innovations and courtly romance. On Feb. 17, 2017 the Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (200 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102, http://www.asianart.org) unveils Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty, an original exhibition of more than 100 dazzling works recently unearthed from the coastal heartland of classical Chinese culture. Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty is organized by the Asian Art Museum and the Nanjing Museum.

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青銅編鐘 盱眙大雲山1號墓出土 西漢早期。 南京博物院版權所有。 Bell set, unearthed from Tomb 1, Dayun Mountain, Xuyi, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Bells: bronze; stands: lacquer and silver. Nanjing Museum. Photograph © Nanjing Museum.

Never before seen in the United States, these outstandingly crafted royal burial goods survived over 2,000 years underground. Together, they reveal how the early Han courts sought to glorify their statures in this life and in the next one: by creating delicate jade body suits sewn with gold threads, exquisitely decorated coffins, ingenious “smokeless” lamps, silver and bronze banquet utensils and ritual bell sets that still ring.

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玉棺 徐州獅子山楚王墓出土 西漢早期。徐州博物館版權所有。 Coffin, unearthed from the Tomb of the King of Chu, Shizi Mountain, Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Jade, wood, and lacquer. Xuzhou Museum. Photograph © Xuzhou Museum.

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磬器座 盱眙大雲山1號墓出土 西漢早期。 南京博物院版權所有。 Pair of stands for musical chimes, unearthed from Tomb 1, Dayun Mountain, Xuyi, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Gilt bronze. Nanjing Museum. Photograph © Nanjing Museum.

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跽坐女陶俑 徐州北洞山楚王墓出土 西漢早期。徐州博物館版權所有。 Kneeling female figurine, unearthed from the Tomb of the King of Chu, Beidong Mountain, Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Earthenware. Xuzhou Museum. Photograph © Xuzhou Museum.

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Dancer figurine, unearthed from the Tomb of the King of Chu, Tuolan Mountain, Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Earthenware. Xuzhou Museum.

In addition to luxuries, royals surrounded themselves with domestic wares that surprise us with their intimate portrait of private life during the Han dynasty,” says the museum’s newly appointed curator for Chinese art, Fan Zhang. “We have everything from a large silver basin for taking baths, to a working stone latrine with an armrest, to a boldly designed ceramic urinal — we even have two hollow bronze phalluses that could be used.”

Tomb Treasures exposes the lifestyles and private pleasures of the Han nobility. Coming four years after the wildly popular Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, Tomb Treasures features even newer finds from Jiangsu province, near present-day Shanghai, telling a rich story of early China through these rare artworks and artifacts. The exhibition will be organized into three thematic areas:

  • Everlasting Happiness Without End (長樂未央): Luxurious life and palatial entertainment. Learn more about daily life, meals, and pastimes of the Han elites and experience the music and dance of the court.
  • Eternal Life Without Limit (長生無極): Worship of jade and search for immortality. Enter a tomb-like atmosphere to explore ancient ideas about the afterlife.
  • Enduring Remembrance Without Fail (長毋相忘): Private life and intimacy at the court. Uncover long-lost love affairs and explore secrets from the innermost chambers of men and women fascinated by pleasure.

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    銅祖 盱眙大雲山1號墓出土 西漢早期。南京博物院版權所有。 Phallus, unearthed from Tomb 1, Dayun Mountain, Xuyi, Jiangsu. Western Han period (206 BCE–9 CE), 2nd century BCE. Bronze. Nanjing Museum. Photograph © Nanjing Museum.

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Eva Longoria to Host 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting & Marc Anthony Added to Star-Studded Lineup

Lighting Ceremony Takes Place December 1, Televised On Hallmark Channel December 5 (7 P.M. ET/PT)

Eva Longoria will host the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and Marc Anthony, Afro Blue, and the Airmen of Note will join Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, James Taylor, The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood in performing a collection of holiday favorites.NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

Taking place on Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service Centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of discovery and stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be televised exclusively on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5.

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announces Nominees For 2017 Induction

Fans Can Officially Cast Their Vote For 2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 are: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur and Yes.

Nominees are on the ballot for the first time include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur. Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur became eligible for nomination this year.

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To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

Selected Biographies

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Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, OR MORE POPULARLY KNOWN AS ELO, WERE FORMED IN BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND IN 1970 WHEN JEFF LYNNE AND ROY WOOD, MEMBERS OF THE MOVE, HAD THE VISION TO START A NEW PROJECT THAT WOULD CREATE MODERN ROCK AND POP SONGS WITH CLASSICAL OVERTONES.

Joined by fellow Move member Bev Bevan, their mission was clear – to pick up where the Beatles left off and carry the torch. And they did just that. Their first single “10538 Overture,” released in 1972, is an unabashed homage to the Beatles, a heavily orchestrated psychedelic gem that sounded like their musical answer to “I Am The Walrus.” Roy Wood left ELO later that year, leaving Lynne as the band’s sole creative force, and he took them to both creative and commercial heights. Their fourth album Eldorado, A Symphony, a concept record about a daydreamer, yielded their first US top 10 single “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and became the band’s first gold album. The two albums that followed produced four top 20 hits – “Evil Woman,” “Strange Magic,” “Livin’ Thing” and “Telephone Line” – that are all still classic rock radio mainstays. Their next album was their most ambitious yet, the multi-platinum selling double LP Out Of The Blue, that featured three more hit singles, including the ever popular “Mr. Blue Sky,” and a grandiose tour highlighted by the now famous spaceship stage complete with fog machines and laser displays that made ELO a must-see concert. All told, ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide and between 1972 and 1986, Jeff Lynne wrote and produced twenty-six Top 40 hits in the UK and twenty in the US. Their legacy is still growing and their success continues today, with Jeff Lynne’s ELO selling out huge shows around the world, and their timeless songs have become staples for music fans of all generations. John Lennon once famously referred to the band as “sons of the Beatles,” but more than 40 years later, it is clear that ELO have carved out their own unique place in rock history.

Selected discography: “10538 Overture,” No Answer (1971) ● “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head,” Eldorado, A Symphony (1974) ● “Evil Woman,” “Strange Magic,” Face The Music (1975) ● “Livin’ Thing,” “Telephone Line,” A New World Record (1976) ● “Turn To Stone,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” Out Of The Blue (1977) ● “Don’t Bring Me Down,” Discovery (1979)

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The J. Geils Band

THOSE WHO KNOW THE J. GEILS BAND ONLY FOR THEIR MTV ERA HITS (“LOVE STINKS,” “CENTERFOLD,” “FREEZE FRAME”) DON’T KNOW THE J. GEILS BAND.

During the long years between the demise of the Butterfield Blues Band and Mitch Ryder’s Detroit Wheels and the rise of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Tom Petty, the J. Geils Band kept alive a joyful and very American brand of R&B-based rock and roll.

Led by Jerome Geils’ blues guitar and Magic Dick’s virtuoso harp, the bedrock rhythm of bassist Danny Klein and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd, keyboard player/composer Seth Justman, and the inexhaustible Peter Wolf up front, Geils was a party band with heart, brains and a wide range of styles – from deep blues (“Serve You Right To Suffer”) to soul (“Looking For A Love”), doo-wop (“I Do”) and funk (“Flame Thrower”). The band could write a country song so convincing it was covered by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris (“Cry One More Time”) and even came up with the first U.S. reggae hit (“Give It To Me”). With 1977’s Monkey Island and 1978’s Sanctuary the bad boys from Boston explored darker themes before going for a streamlined, radio-friendly sound with Love Stinks (1980) and Freeze Frame (1981), which hit number one on both the U.S. singles and album charts. Shortly after that, the band broke up. They put in fifteen years of hard work. They went out on top.

Selected discography: “Hard Drivin’ Man,” “Homework,” “First I Look At The Purse,” The J. Geils Band (1970) • “Looking For A Love,” “Cry One More Time,” The Morning After (1971) • Full House (Live) (1972) • “Give It To Me,” “Southside Shuffle,” “Houseparty,” Bloodshot, Ladies Invited (1973) • “Must Of Got Lost,” “Detroit Breakdown,” Nightmares… (1974) • “Love-Itis,” Hotline (1975) • “Where Did Our Love Go,” Blow Your Face Out (Live) (1976) • “Surrender,” Monkey Island (1977) • “One Last Kiss,” Sanctuary (1978) • Love Stinks (1980) • “Centerfold,” Freeze-Frame (1981)

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Chaka Khan, 2017 nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Image courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

CHAKA KHAN (BORN YVETTE STEVENS IN CHICAGO) CAME TO PROMINENCE WITH THE INNOVATIVE FUNK/ROCK GROUP RUFUS IN THE 1970S. AT A TIME WHEN AUDIENCES FOR ROCK AND SOUL WERE SPLITTING INTO DIFFERENT CAMPS, KHAN’S VOICE REPRESENTED THE RACIAL AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION AT THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL.

With her incredible vocal range and mastery of dynamics, Khan has recorded durable and powerful music through four decades. Rufus recorded several excellent albums and had a long run of hits. She broke out on her own in 1978 with Ashford & Simpson’s “I’m Every Woman,” where she successfully mixed rock and disco. She continued to master the rhythms of every era from rock to funk to hip hop. Throughout her career, Khan has also showcased her jazz roots on albums like Echoes Of An Era (1982). Her finest solo album, 1984’s I Feel For You, was a creative and exciting mix of funk, synth dance rhythms and hip hop on Prince’s title track and the stunning ballad “Through The Fire.” And she has remained one of the most prolific and eclectic singers around, covering songbook standards and soul classics to equal acclaim and earning the 2008 Grammy for best R&B album with Funk This. Few stars offer such convincing proof that in rock and roll, grit and grace can co-exist harmoniously.

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Chic

CHIC’S FOUNDING PARTNERSHIP CONSISTED OF SONGWRITER-PRODUCER-GUITARIST NILE RODGERS AND BASSIST BERNARD EDWARDS (1952-1996), ABETTED BY FUTURE POWER STATION DRUMMER TONY THOMPSON (1954-2003). THEY RESCUED DISCO IN 1977 WITH A COMBINATION OF GROOVE, SOUL AND DISTINCTLY NEW YORK CITY STUDIO SMARTS.

Rodgers’ chopping rhythm guitar alongside Edwards’ deft bass lines were the perfect counterpart to melodic arrangements with their two female vocalists Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean Wright (replaced by Luci Martin).

Out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the Number One “Le Freak” and Number One “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Singles Of All Time”) made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ‘band’ – of the late 70s. Their music also extended disco’s tenure at a critical moment, as hip-hop (and later in the 80s, new jack swing) began to take the stage.

Over the years, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples: “Good Times” has been checked everywhere from “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Rodgers and Edwards followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars. Under Rodgers’ leadership, Chic has continued to tour, releasing live performances of its shows in Japan and Amsterdam.

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Depeche Mode

HOW DOES ANY BAND REMAIN AT THE CUTTING EDGE FOR OVER THREE DECADES?

Depeche Mode have spent their long and unique career exploring new realms of postpunk, electronic textures and futuristic industrial sounds, with one of the all-time charismatic frontmen in Dave Gahan and a songwriting legend in Martin Gore.

Depeche Mode burst from the U.K. town of Basildon in 1981 with the New Romantic synth-blast of Speak And Spell, as tunesmith Vince Clarke brought his sense of pop classicism to the dance floor in hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Dreaming Of Me.” When Clarke left the group (to make inventive records with his groups Yaz and Erasure), Gore stepped up to become one of his generation’s most influential songwriters, with his own black-leather blend of existential despair, erotic kink, political bite and sly wit. Depeche Mode built a diehard cult – and helped invent the goth subculture – with groundbreaking hits like “Master And Servant” (1985), “Stripped” (1986), “A Question Of Lust” (1986) and “Never Let Me Down Again” (1987) – while their electro reboot of “Route 66” showed off their wry take on the R&B verities. Black Celebration (1986) and Music For The Masses (1987) led to Depeche Mode’s masterwork Violator (1990), blending ominous synths with rock guitar for classics like “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy The Silence.” Their newfound flair for the blues exploded in the goth-grunge swamp gospel of 1993’s Songs Of Faith And Devotion (“Walking In My Shoes”), as well as, recent global hits like Playing The Angel (2005) and Delta Machine (2013).

Depeche Mode have kept evolving through the Nineties and beyond, remaining a legendarily fearsome live act across the planet, with a foot in the underground and another in the club – but always with an eye on the future.

Selected discography: “Dreaming Of Me,” Speak And Spell (1981) ● “People Are People,” Some Great Reward (1984) ● Black Celebration (1986) ● “Personal Jesus,” Violator (1990) ● Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993) ● Sounds Of The Universe (2009) ● Delta Machine (2013) Continue reading

Toys”R”Us® To Start Its Cyber Week On Saturday

Retailer Kicks Off Cyber Week Earlier than Ever, Offering Week-Long Savings, Daily Surprise Offers Online and, for the First Time Ever, In-Store Deals on Cyber MondayToysRUs Logo

Shoppers can prepare for a hefty second helping of savings after the deals and discounts Toys”R”Us® is dishing out this Thanksgiving Weekend. The specialty toy and baby products retailer today announced it will kick off Cyber Week early on Saturday, November 26ensuring the holidays will be merry and bright for its customers. Thousands of “cyber” deals will be available on Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com all week long with more than 100 top savings available for the first time in the company’s brick-and-mortar stores exclusively on Cyber Monday. Toys”R”Us is helping customers save on the season’s must-have gifts whenever, wherever and however they want to shop this holiday season.Toys R Us Cyber Week

Before consumers recover from the frenzy of Black Friday, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us® will set the stage for its biggest Cyber Monday ever, offering 15% off any regular priced item site-wide on Sunday, November 27 (online only; exclusions apply). What’s more, savvy-savers can return to Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com to get $10 off any purchase of $100 or more on Monday, November 28 (online only; exclusions apply).

We want customers to know that the savings don’t end on Black Friday. Between our value offerings and industry-leading assortment, there is no reason to shop anywhere else for toy and baby gift-giving needs this season,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. As we pave the way for a massive Cyber Monday event, we’re offering customers major savings all week long – whether they want to shop online or in-store – on the best of baby products from Graco and Fisher-Price to hot toys from NERF and Barbie.

Shoppers Get a Head Start on Thousands of Savings

Cyber Week is starting early and lasting longer, amplified only by new surprise deals launching each day. Below are select discounts available online on Saturday, November 26 at Toysrus.com and extending in store beginning on Sunday, November 27 through Saturday, December 3, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • 75% OFF LeapFrog LeapTV- Sale $14.99 (Regularly priced $59.99)
  • SAVE $40 on Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo– Sale $19.99 (Regularly priced ($59.99)
  • 50% OFF Zoomer ChomplingzSale $19.99 (Regularly priced $39.99)
  • 50% OFF FurReal Friends Baby Cuddles My Giggle Monkey– Sale $9.99 (Regularly priced $19.99)
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  • SAVE $50 ON ALL LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs (Regularly priced $79.99-$89.99)
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Serving Up Big Cyber Savings on Top Baby Products

Expectant and new parents can conveniently click their way to savings from home or on-the-go during Cyber Week. Following are select deals valid only on Babiesrus.com beginning on Saturday, November 26 through Tuesday, November 29, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • 50% OFF selected Ju-Ju-Be diapers bags & accessories
  • Up to 30% OFF top brands of baby gear including Graco, Fisher-Price, Chicco, Baby Trend, Baby Einstein, Zobo, Safety 1st, 4moms, Britax, Baby Jogger
  • 25% OFF ALL Dutailier gliders & ottomans
  • 25% OFF ALL Dr. Brown’s 3-pk bottles & gift sets
  • 20% OFF Huggies value boxes of diapers regularly priced $42.99-$45.99
  • 15% OFF ALL regular-priced cribs (Use promo code CRIBSAVE15 at checkout)
  • 25-60% OFF ALL clothing, shoes and accessories (beginning 11/27; some exclusions apply)

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2016 Black Friday Report: Walmart Delivers Deals, Availability and Simplicity on Black Friday

Walmart issued the following statement on how the company delivered on its Black Friday plans for customers. The retailer also unveiled top products purchased on Black Friday and how customers shopped that day in stores and online.wmt_h_r_4c_highres

This Black Friday, we promised customers great deals, more availability of those items, an integrated offering with Walmart.com and the simple shopping experience our customers have come to expect from Walmart. I am proud to say that we’ve delivered on all fronts,” said Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S.Our customers were particularly excited about the new technologies we offered this year. In addition to picking up Black Friday favorites like televisions and toys, they flocked to our stores for drones, virtual reality products and hoverboards.

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Happy Walmart customer reacts to receiving a Hatchimal, one of the season’s hottest toys. (Photo: Business Wire)

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Fun Facts and Stats:

  • The week kicked off with customers visiting stores in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to grocery shop. This Thanksgiving, Walmart sold 150 million pounds of turkey and ham. Throughout the month of November, the retailer also sold more than six pies per second with the most popular pies being pumpkin and the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie.
  • Black Friday is about offering great deals in stores and online. At midnight ET on Thanksgiving Day, customers started shopping on Walmart.com and the Walmart app. Thanksgiving Day was once again one of the top online shopping days of the year.
  • Then, at 6 p.m. the retailer kicked off the company’s Black Friday event in stores across the country. Millions of customers went home with the items they wanted. Top sellers included televisions, cookware, video games and systems, drones, toys and pajamas for the whole family.
  • More than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com during the retailer’s Black Friday event was driven by mobile.
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It is not over. Walmart’s Cyber Week began at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25, and will continue with thousands of online specials every day throughout the week.

We will continue to focus on offering great prices on great products across the whole store and on Walmart.com for the rest of the holiday season,” Bratspies added.

2016 Black Friday Report: Target Reports Strong Start to Black Friday in Stores and Record-Breaking Online Sales

Savings To Continue With New Discounts And Unprecedented 15 Percent Off Two-Day Sale In Stores And Online This Sunday And Monday

Target Corporation today reported a strong start to the holiday shopping season. Millions of guests visited Target stores across the country and www.Target.com, which had its biggest day ever and experienced double-digit growth, to save on Black Friday deals, including the retailer’s lowest prices ever on select items.

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Target Holiday Black Friday 2016 (Image courtesy of Target)

Shopping at Target has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for millions of our guests, and we’re thrilled at the response we’ve seen this year. We had a record-breaking day on Target.com and traffic to our stores was strong,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, who greeted shoppers at the Jersey City Target store in N.J. on Thanksgiving and who rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of Kids Day earlier this morning. “This year, we doubled down on offering guests an incredible assortment at outstanding prices. Based on early results, it’s clear that our deals are cutting through. We expect this momentum to continue throughout the weekend and into next week as we offer Target’s guests a truly unprecedented opportunity to save 15 percent off nearly everything online and in our stores this Sunday and Monday.”

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Target Holiday Black Friday 2016 (Image courtesy of Target Corporation)

Black Friday Pre-Sale and Thanksgiving Day Shopping

On Wednesday, guests started their shopping early with Target’s Black Friday pre-sale on Target.com. New this year, Target’s guests could take advantage of pre-sale deals in stores via Cartwheel, resulting in the biggest day ever for new users of the popular savings app. Early on Thursday morning, the savings continued as Target offered guests access to nearly all of its Black Friday doorbuster deals on Target.com. Target.com had a record-breaking day, with traffic and sales eclipsing 2015 Cyber Monday, driven largely by doorbusters in electronics. Target also saw an increase in guests shopping via mobile, contributing to more than 60 percent of the retailer’s online sales. Top performing Black Friday deals at Target include:

  • TVs were a top seller, with more than 3,200 TVs sold every minute in the first hour of store opening.
  • Apple products were among the most popular deals, with guests taking advantage of savings on the iPad Air 2, iPad Pro and Apple Watch Series 1.
  • Popular gaming systems included Xbox One S and PlayStation 4. Target sold half a million video games within the first hour of store opening.
  • Wearables saw a 50 percent sales increase, including the Fitbit Charge HR.
  • Top-selling toys included LEGO, NERF, Our Generation and the Jetson V6 Hoverboard, which sold out in minutes on Target.com.

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  • Target sold five times more wireless headphones this Black Friday compared to last year, including the popular Powerbeats Wireless In-Ear Headphone 2.
  • Robotic vacuums, including the Hoover Quest 700 Robotic Vacuum, generated 10 times the sales compared to last year.
  • Sales for family sleepwear were nearly double compared to last year, driven by a 30 percent off savings plus an additional 15 percent off in stores with Cartwheel.
  • And, the 3-foot stuffed bear for $10, a surprise hit from last year, sold out quickly in stores across the country.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: New Inspiring Holiday Gifts From illy For Passionate Coffee Lovers

Give the gift of inspiration to passionate coffee lovers and fashion enthusiasts this holiday season by sharing extraordinary illy coffees and accessories including the new Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection and illy Heritage Collection cup sets.illy-logo

The Trieste-based Italian roaster is serving up its newest gift guide for the holidays, hand selected to create extraordinary coffee moments to delight each person on your list. The illy Holiday Gift Guide for 2016 includes many new items including the X9 Anodized iperEspresso capsule machine in NEW colors – Deep Red and Silver/Black, an exclusive illy Art Collection cup set in collaboration with fashion house Emilio Pucci, crystal espresso cups with etched coffee flower design, the new Extra Dark Roast blend, and a six espresso cup set celebrating the storied illy logo, and more.

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illy Extra Dark Roast

It’s not often a new roast is introduced from illy, known for its scientific and artful approach to all things coffee. This illy Extra Dark roast is a bolder approach to its world renowned blend of 100% Arabica from the best coffee growers around the world. The intense aroma of illy Extra Dark Roast offers enticing notes of toasted bread, caramel and a finish of dark chocolate. Available in illy’s iconic pressurized 250g can optimized to ensure freshness and with optimal grind for at-home drip coffee and French Press preparations. Price: $15 for a 250g can

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The “cup with a cult following” has released a special crystal addition of its sought after cups. Illy, known for its unparalleled commitment to quality, has designed a cup using Luxion – the cutting-edge crystal glass made from the purest raw materials. With a translucent appearance, it’s easy to admire the simplistic beauty of coffee including the frosted coffee flower etchings that evoke thoughts of nature and the journey from bean to cup. These cups fulfill every coffee-lover’s dream, transforming a cup of espresso into an extraordinary, experience. Price: $55 set of two espresso cups in gift box

illy X9 Iperespresso Machine

illy introduces its X9 iperEspresso capsule machine in new colors Deep Red and Silver Black. Sleek and modern in its elliptical shape and annodized finish, the X9 delivers the exceptional taste of illy’s unique blend of aromatic, smooth and balanced coffee with a single touch. Iconically designed with form and functionality in mind, the espresso machine features an aluminum body and chrome-finish top that makes a stunning addition to any kitchen. Price: $279 – Available in chrome, deep red, and silver black

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Sip, savor and be inspired. The Florentine-based fashion brand and the Trieste-based coffee company have partnered to create a special collection of cups. Part of illy’s revered Art Collection, the cups draw inspiration from 6 of Emilio Pucci’s “Cities of the World” exclusive, hand-drawn scarf prints depicting scenes from global metropolises, including one designed by the Marquis Emilio Pucci in 1957. The Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection features six different prints portraying illustrations of Florence, Rome, Milan, New York, London, and Paris. illy Art Collection cups are signed and numbered, and are available in limited quantities. Price: Espresso cups -$150 set of six Mugs – $55 set of two/Cappuccino cups – $175 set of six, coming late 2016 Continue reading

10 Live Action Shorts Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)
  • Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)
  • “Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)
  • La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)
  • Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)
  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)
  • Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)
  • Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)
  • The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.86thOscars_Logo

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

 

$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers, Including The 10th Anniversary Of Piaget Producers Award

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On Ifc, Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET

Get Ready For The Most Eventful Awards Seasons Yet, Starting Now. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards. The Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and fi_spiritawards_primary_logopromote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

Now more than ever, the voices of independent artists play a critically important role in our culture,” said Welsh. “The films we celebrate at this year’s Spirit Awards embody the diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision that we champion all year long.”

Moonlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast (Director: Barry Jenkins Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders ). The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

2017 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

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Best Feature (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

  • American Honey (Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg)
  • Chronic (Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana)
  • Jackie (Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell)
  • Manchester by the Sea (Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh)
  • Moonlight (Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski)

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)

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  • The Childhood of a Leader (Director: Brady Corbet Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major)
  • The Fits (Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer Producer: Lisa Kjerulff)
  • Other People (Director: Chris Kelly Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott)
  • Swiss Army Man (Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang)
  • The Witch (Director: Robert Eggers Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira)

John Cassavetes Award – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Free In Deed (Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel)
  • Hunter Gatherer (Writer/Director: Josh Locy Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman)
  • Lovesong (Writer/Director: So Yong Kim Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac)
  • Nakom (Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu Producer: Giovanni Ximénez)
  • Spa Night (Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas)

Best Director

  • Andrea Arnold American Honey
  • Barry Jenkins Moonlight
  • Pablo Larraín Jackie
  • Jeff Nichols Loving
  • Kelly Reichardt Certain Women

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  • Barry Jenkins Story By Tarell Alvin McCraneyMoonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills 20th Century Women
  • Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias Little Men
  • Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water

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  • Robert Eggers The Witch
  • Chris Kelly Other People
  • Adam Mansbach Barry
  • Stella Meghie Jean of the Joneses
  • Craig Shilowich Christine

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  • Ava Berkofsky Free In Deed
  • Lol Crawley The Childhood of a Leader
  • Zach Kuperstein The Eyes of My Mother
  • James Laxton Moonlight
  • Robbie Ryan American Honey

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  • Matthew Hannam Swiss Army Man
  • Jennifer Lame Manchester by the Sea
  • Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders Moonlight
  • Jake Roberts Hell or High Water
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda Jackie

Best Female Lead

  • Annette Bening 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert Elle
  • Sasha Lane American Honey
  • Ruth Negga Loving
  • Natalie Portman Jackie

Best Male Lead

  • Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
  • David Harewood Free In Deed
  • Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic
  • Jesse Plemons Other People
  • Tim Roth Chronic

Best Supporting Female

  • Edwina Findley Free In Deed
  • Paulina Garcia Little Men
  • Lily Gladstone Certain Women
  • Riley Keough American Honey
  • Molly Shannon Other People

Best Supporting Male

  • Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash
  • Ben Foster Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
  • Shia LaBeouf American Honey
  • Craig Robinson Morris from America

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  • 13th (Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish)
  • Cameraperson (Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson Producer: Marilyn Ness)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Director/Producer: Raoul Peck Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck)
  • O.J.: Made in America (Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow)
  • Sonita (Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Producer: Gerd Haag)
  • Under the Sun (Director: Vitaly Mansky Producer: Natalya Manskaya)

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The Whitney Installs 142 New Works From Its Collection In Its Portrait Exhibition

Portraits are one of the richest veins of the Whitney’s collection, thanks to the Museum’s longstanding commitment to the figurative tradition, championed by its founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

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New Addition to The Whitney’s ongoing exhibition, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection: Shirin Neshat (b. 1957), Unveiling, 1993, from the series Women of Allah, 1993–97. Gelatin silver print with ink, 59 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (151.8 × 101 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2000.267 © Shirin Neshat; courtesy Gladstone Gallery, N.Y. and Brussels

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection features 230 works made from 1903 to 2016 by an extraordinary range of some 170 artists, more than half of whom are living. The works included in this exhibition propose diverse and often unconventional ways of representing an individual. Many artists reconsider the pursuit of external likeness—portraiture’s usual objective—within formal or conceptual explorations or reject it altogether. Through their varied takes on the portrait, the artists in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection demonstrate the vitality of this enduring genre, which serves as a compelling lens through which to view some of the most important social and artistic developments of the past century.

Floor Six of the exhibition predominantly focuses on art since 1960, while Floor Seven includes works from the first half of the twentieth century alongside more contemporary offerings.

Over the past two months, 142 new works have been installed in the exhibition, allowing the inclusion of many artists not on view when the first phase of the show debuted last spring. Organized in eleven thematic sections on two floors of the Museum, with works in all media installed side by side, the exhibition is considerably transformed from its initial installation and will remain on view through February 12, 2017.

Artists newly added to the exhibition include Cory Arcangel, Anne Collier, Grace Hartigan, Josh Kline, Kerry James Marshall, Shirin Neshat, Martha Rosler, Alison Saar, Lucas Samaras, Collier Schorr, John Sonsini, and Jonas Wood, while other artists, including Jasper Johns, Catherine Opie, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol are represented by different works than before. Many iconic works from the collection by such artists as Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, and Georgia O’Keeffe, remain on view. (See complete list of included artists on whitney.org.)

Human Interest is curated by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, and Dana Miller, former Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Permanent Collection, with Mia Curran, former curatorial assistant; Jennie Goldstein, assistant curator; and Sasha Nicholas, consulting curator.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Receives Gift of Five Sculptures from Cy Twombly Foundation

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, 215-763-8100) announced the acquisition of five major sculptures by Cy Twombly, one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century. This generous gift of the Cy Twombly Foundation will make these works, which were initially selected for exhibition at the Museum in 2011 by the artist himself, a permanent part of the Museum’s collection.

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Rotalla, Zurich, 1990. , Cy Twombly, American, 1928 – 2011, Bronze, 27 15/16 x 26 3/4 x 19 11/16 inches, Base (pedestal): 41 × 34 × 27 inches. © Cy Twombly Foundation

The Philadelphia Museum of Art contains one of the country’s most important collections of Cy Twombly’s works. In 1989, the Philadelphia Museum of Art became the first public institution in the United States to devote a room to the permanent display of Twombly’s art with Fifty Days at Iliam. From April 2012 until March 2016, a selection of six sculptures, including the five works recently given to the Museum, was placed on view in the Atrium Gallery of Perelman Building.

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Anabasis (Bronze), 2011., Cy Twombly, American, 1928 ‑ 2011. Bronze, 46 1/16 x 19 1/8 x 19 5/16 inches, Base (pedestal): 39 × 26 1/4 × 26 inches. © Cy Twombly Foundation.

These bronzes including Untitled, Rome, 1980; Rotalla, Zurich, 1990; Untitled, Rome, 1997; Victory, conceived 1987, cast 2005; and Anabasis (Bronze), 2011, were chosen by Twombly because they complemented his masterful Fifty Days at Iliam, 1978, a suite of 10 monumental canvases that the Museum acquired in 1989. Varied in size and shape, with richly textured surfaces, these works, although fundamentally abstract, are informed by a classical sensibility and clearly reflect the artist’s sustained engagement with the art of the ancient world. On November 19, 2016, the sculptures will be placed on view in galleries 184 and 185, alongside related loans and works by Twombly from the collection.

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Untitled, Rome, 1997. Cy Twombly, American, 1928 ‑ 2011. Bronze, 32 1/2 x 29 1/8 x 13 3/8 inches, Base (pedestal): 38 × 36 × 20 1/2 inches. © Cy Twombly Foundation

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “The Museum is deeply grateful to the Cy Twombly Foundation for this extraordinary gift. Like the artist’s Fifty Days at Iliam, this remarkable group of sculptures evokes the timeless themes sounded in Homer’s account of the Trojan War and offers a profound meditation on both classical history and the nature of modernity. They represent an enormously important addition to our holdings of work by this great artist, who is a key figure in the history of contemporary art. They will be united with a sixth sculpture by the artist, which is a promised gift of Keith L. and Katherine Sachs, and two important paintings from the bequest of Daniel Dietrich.”

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Untitled, Rome, 1980. Cy Twombly, American, 1928 ‑ 2011. Bronze, 15 3/16 x 16 9/16 x 7 5/16 inches, Base (pedestal): 42 × 34 × 27 inches, Base (small platform): 3 1/2 × 16 × 21 1/4 inches. © Cy Twombly Foundation

Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, said: “For more than 25 years our Museum has dedicated a gallery to the display of Twombly’s work. The generous gift of this extraordinary group of sculptures deepens even further the strong connection between Philadelphia and the work of an artist whose influence and legacy are more than ever strong and alive.”

Cy Twombly (1928–2011) was born in Lexington, Virginia. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1947-49), Art Students League, New York (1950-51), and Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1951-52). He lived much of his later life in Rome.

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Victory, Conceived 1987, cast 2005. Cy Twombly, American, 1928 ‑ 2011. Patinated bronze, 12 feet 1 inches × 35 inches × 13 1/2 inches, Base (platform): 4 1/2 × 60 × 37 inches. © Cy Twombly Foundation

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Discover Seven Days In The Serengeti With Four Seasons Safari Lodge

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, See The Big Cats Of Serengeti And Float Across The African Sky On A Hot Air Balloon Safari With An Itinerary Designed For Unforgettable Moments

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has launched a new week-long itinerary for guests to explore all that the world-famous wildlife region has to offer, while also allowing an optimum amount of time to relax at the Lodge for the perfect balance to the adrenaline of adventure.

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Seven Days in the Serengeti comprises a number of varied game drives from the centrally located safari lodge, from taking in the game viewing close to the Lodge to a day trip to the Ngorongoro Crater and learning the history of the Maasai paintings at Gong Rock in the vast grasslands of the Moru Kopjes area. The itinerary complements full day drives with shorter excursions to ensure guests have leisure time between the excursions and that there is opportunity to see wildlife in a varied number of regions of the Park.

Further to the game drive excursions, the seven day itinerary also includes the chance to soar over the Serengeti Plains on a sunrise hot air balloon safari and to discover nature step by step in a guided walking safari.

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The excitement of a safari vacation is shared by all who visit this region, yet due to the nature of the early morning starts and long drives, it can be hard to find the balance of seeing everything that you wish to see, while still having some time to simply enjoy being on vacation and to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings,” explains Martin Cody, General Manager of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

What this itinerary offers is the opportunity to experience as many spectacular wildlife sightings as possible from our central Serengeti location, while maximizing on quality relaxation time. The Lodge has such a variety of leisure activities to be enjoyed and many of our guests simply wish to spend an afternoon by our infinity pool overlooking the animal watering hole, to rejuvenate at the Spa or to learn about the wildlife they have seen in our interactive Discovery Centre.

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With the seasonal movements of the Great Migration, Seven Days in the Serengeti is tailored to propose the best wildlife sightings depending on the time of year guests are visiting the Lodge. There is also flexibility to amend the order or location of any excursion to suit guest requests and personal guidance on each individual itinerary is offered by one of the Lodge’s on-site reservations specialists, who will customize the itinerary according to preferences and time of stay.

Rates at Four Seasons Safari Lodge start from USD 1,000 for two adults sharing, inclusive of full board. National Park Fee is not included.

Enovation Brands, Inc. Announces the Launch of Gemma di Luna

Italian-centric Importer Adds a Premium Sparkling Moscato in Stand Out Bottle to Their Inimitable Portfolio of Innovative Brands

Enovation Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of Gemma di Luna Moscato to its product line-up. Gemma di Luna embodies the company’s mission to deliver distinctively original, high quality products in equally creative packaging.

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Enovation Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Gemma di Luna Premium Sparkling Moscato to their inimitable portfolio of innovative brands. (PRNewsFoto/Enovation Brands, Inc.)

Gemma di Luna is a premium Italian sparkling wine intended to elevate the Moscato experience. The wine is crafted from premium Moscato grapes grown in Italy’s Piemonte region and boasts a fuller effervescence than the gentle frizzante style typical of moscato for a fully sparkling or “spumante” quality. The wine displays a lovely straw color and an intense, yet delicate bouquet with juicy grape notes and the luscious fresh fruit flavors of nectarine, peach and apple balanced by a vibrant acidity. Winemakers Walter Zuccotto and Michela Bandinelli worked together to create a Sparkling Moscato of superior quality, and at 7.5% ABV, Gemma di Luna also satisfies the growing consumer trend towards lower alcohol choices.

The Gemma di Luna bottle reflects the creativity and quality of the wine inside. The distinctive teal bottle is adorned with a pearl white label and capsule enhanced with a laser foil effect reminiscent of pavé diamonds.

Gemma di Luna represents and delivers on the dedication of Enovation Brands to create, differentiate and innovate for today’s adventurous consumer,” said Lisa Schuster, National Marketing Director. “We will continue to meet their insatiable appetite for discovery, break down barriers and biases in the wine space and unabashedly meet this need head on with relevant, story driven, purposeful products like Gemma di Luna.

The marketing campaign behind Gemma di Luna presents the wine as “Italy’s New Gem” and stems from the meaning of the brand name, “Gem of the Moon“. The color scheme and sparkling aspect of the packaging are reflected across the marketing mix. Social media will inspire and engage consumers with the call to create and share their “Gemma Moments“, while a targeted events platform will engage the bridal and special events communities from both a consumer and trade perspective.logo_GEMMA DI LUNA

Gemma di Luna is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $16.99. For U.S. sales and distribution inquiries, please contact 305-794-4668 or info@enovationbrands.com. More info is available at www.gemmadiluna.wine.

(Enovation Brands, Inc. is the U.S. importer of VOGA Italia, Luna Di Luna, Lady Lola, Ca’ Montini, Farmers of Wine and other Enoitalia SpA brands. Headquartered in Aventura, FL, Enovation Brands is directed by industry veterans Giovanni Pecora, Alberto Pecora, SVP of Sales & Marketing David Lazarus and National Marketing Director Lisa Schuster.)

Epicurious Launches the Ultimate Wine Collection for Home Cooks and Foodies

Epicurious, the pioneering digital food brand and one of the most trusted voices in food, has announced a new collection of custom designed wines for culinary and wine enthusiasts alike.

For twenty years, we’ve been the place where real home cooks go to be inspired. So, we made a wine to inspire you. A wine for people who cook, love great ingredients, and want to make sure their wine works just as well in their wine glass as it does in their pan sauce,” said Eric Gillin, Executive Director of Epicurious. “It’s the first wine designed to go kitchen to table.

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Epicurious Launches the Ultimate Wine Collection for Home Cooks and Foodies (PRNewsFoto/Epicurious Wine)

Epicurious is known for connecting a community of home cooks together around a virtual table to share their passion for food. As part of the wine creation process, Epicurious Senior Editor Matt Duckor and Food Director Rhoda Boone voyaged to Sonoma, California to assist in blending these two new premium wines with award-winning winemaker Linda Trotta of AW Direct. In conjunction with the wine’s development and release, Epicurious will create unique recipes featuring these new wines, food and wine pairings, and more.

The Epicurious team has partnered with Wines That Rock, the lifestyle wine company behind Rolling Stones Wine Club, Turner Classic Movies Wine Club, as well as retail brands including Downton Abbey Wines, Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, and classic Rock ‘n’ Roll-influenced wines for the Grateful Dead. Continue reading

World AIDS Day 2016: A Public Dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial

Community Leaders, Activists, Donors, And Elected Officials To Gather At Seventh Avenue & Greenwich Avenue On December 1, 2016

On World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1), advocates and members of the HIV/AIDS communities will come together to remember those lost to AIDS, to honor the lives of those living with HIV, and to hold the vision for an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York.

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The New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors and representatives, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health, and the END AIDS NY 2020 Coalition have joined forces to host a public dedication of the newly completed New York City AIDS Memorial. The event opens to press at 10:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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Artist rendition of the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle.

The Memorial is the primary feature of a new public park, the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle. The park sits between Seventh Avenue, Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood and is the culmination of five years of planning and development. The Memorial project was launched in 2011 by Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn to recognize and preserve the history of the AIDS crisis through the creation of a memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded heroically to the crisis and continue to work towards the end of AIDS today. More than $6 million has been raised for the design, construction and maintenance of the Memorial, which has benefited from the generosity of many notable contributors, including world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer.

This World AIDS Day program will be emceed by Tony Award-winning performer Billy Porter. The program will feature a formal dedication by the New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors, words from elected officials, a memorial reading of names, a poetry reading by Kamilah Aisha Moon, and a performance by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Representatives from the State and City Health Departments will also speak.

END AIDS NY 2020 is a statewide coalition of over 70 organizations and individuals committed to seeing an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York through initiatives that expand access to testing, treatment, prevention, as well as housing and other vital services. We have the power to reduce annual new HIV infections from roughly 3,000 to under 750 and eliminate HIV/ AIDS-related deaths by the year 2020. The coalition has been working together on policy and also has joined forces for a New York-wide World AIDS Day event for the past two years at the Apollo Theater.

For more information or to contribute to the New York City AIDS Memorial, visit www.nycaidsmemorial.org.

HSN and Naked Brand Group Partner to Launch “Comfortably You”

New Sleepwear, Loungewear and Intimates Collection Available Exclusively on HSN January 2017

Entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN (Home Shopping Network) announced it has partnered with Comfortably You, LLC to launch an exclusive sleepwear, loungewear, and intimates lifestyle collection, Comfortably You™, on HSN on January 26, 2017. ()

Created for the modern woman looking for comfortable and fashionable styles that can be worn both in the bedroom and around the home, the debut Comfortably You™ collection will feature eight sleepwear and casual wear styles including a robe set, night gown and t-shirt, and separates including a bralette, yoga pants, and jacket. All styles will be available exclusively on HSN in an assortment of solid colors and prints in sizes ranging from XS – 3XL, all priced under $60.00. Designed and manufactured by Hochman and her team at Naked, the collection will feature a proprietary “caressa” fabric to provide the ultimate soft feeling with easy garment care that drapes beautifully around any silhouette.naked-logo

Comfortably You, LLC is led by renowned sleepwear designer Carole Hochman and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Naked Brand Group, Inc., an innovative inner fashion and lifestyle brand. Carole Hochman has been creating sleepwear and intimate apparel for more than 30 years and served as the Chief Creative Officer of the Carole Hochman Design Group until her departure in 2013. Under Hochman’s leadership, Carole Hochman Design Group manufactured Carole Hochman brand sleepwear, loungewear and daywear, plus numerous other licensed sleepwear collections including Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jockey, Donna Karan, Tommy Bahama, and Betsey Johnson. Hochman joined Naked as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Creative Officer, and Chairwoman in 2014, where she is focused on developing intimate apparel, sleepwear, and loungewear designed to meet the lifestyle and taste of today’s woman.

Women today are looking for clothing that fits their lifestyles, yet provides a superior level of comfort. Our new collection offers women unmatched comfort and style with unique details, on-trend colors, and modern prints that set these pieces apart from the ordinary and expected,” said Hochman. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with HSN on the Comfortably You™ brand and in bringing consumers the choices, variety, and elevated sleepwear experience they desire with the comfort they deserve.”

With over 30 years of design experience, Carole’s expertise within this category will lend itself well to our customers, who value and trust the knowledge of established industry leaders,” said Vanessa Dusold, SVP Merchandising, Apparel and Accessories, HSN. “We’re pleased to introduce our customers to this exclusive new line of sleepwear, loungewear and intimates.”

Naked was founded on one basic desire–to create a new standard for how products worn close to the skin fit, feel, and function. Naked’s women’s and men’s collections are available at www.wearnaked.com, and the company has a growing retail footprint for its innovative and luxurious innerwear products in some of the leading online and department stores in North America including Nordstrom, Blo.omingdale’s, Dillard’s, Soma, Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon.com, www.BareNecessities.com, and more. Naked is now headquartered in New York City and plans to expand in the future into other apparel and product categories that can exemplify the mission of the brand, such as activewear, swimwear, sportswear. and more. http://www.nakedbrands.com/

Cut Lounge By Wolfgang Puck Opens At Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

Former Sidebar Space Opens With New Look, New Menu And New Executive Culinary And Beverage Team

Chef Wolfgang Puck has launched CUT Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience in the space formerly occupied by sidebar adjacent to the flagship location of his contemporary steak restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. In tandem with the opening, Puck announces a new executive culinary and beverage team, leading the charge for both CUT and CUT Lounge.

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Wolfgang Puck, has launched CUT Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.

Together, Wolfgang, Corporate Executive Chef/Partner Lee Hefter and Head Chef Ari Rosenson have named Hilary Henderson as Chef de Cuisine, and Angela Tong as Pastry Chef. Both women have long histories working for the Wolfgang Puck family. Most recently, Chef Tong worked under the direction of Spago Beverly Hills Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett, while Chef Henderson has worked alongside Chef Ari as Sous Chef of CUT Beverly Hills, in addition to several other roles within the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining collection. Rounding out the new team is Terence Leavey who joins CUT as Beverage Director, having previously worked under Phillip Dunn at Spago Beverly Hills as a sommelier.

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A new Rough CUT menu and expanded beverage offering take center stage at the new bar and lounge. Guests can look forward to a new collection of shaken, stirred and straight-up cocktails, as well as a list of wine and spirits including an extensive selection of rare whiskies from Scotland, Japan and beyond. Soon, a vintage Negroni cart will be found strolling the floor serving custom and classic versions of the signature cocktail tableside. The new Rough CUTs menu ranges from seafood forward dishes such as the crispy kataifi wrapped prawns with garlic chili ponzu and shaved bonito to an Alaskan king crab and Santa Barbara uni “cocktail” on avocado toast. Various meat-centric options including a chicken liver “pastrami” with black bread and honey mustard, and a curry beef puff with Yukon gold potato, sweet onions and nonya curry are also available. Guests can also look forward to a variety of CUT favorites such as the American wagyu steak skewers, truffle grilled cheese and bone marrow toast with oxtail marmalade, as well as a selection of larger, entrée-sized options from a second menu coined “CUT Originals.”

Wolfgang and his wife Gelila Assefa Puck joined forces with Waldo Fernandez of Waldo’s Designs to re-imagine the former sidebar. With seating for more than 60 guests, CUT Lounge now speaks to a new generation of clientele, creating a warm and sophisticated environment. Guests enter the bar and lounge through two oversized steel and glass doors that create a sense of intimacy and allow for seclusion from the busy Hotel lobby. A neutral palette of beige, browns and greys accent the mid-century modern furnishings and finishes throughout the space. Visitors are welcome to relax on one of the various couches or chairs located throughout the lounge or grab a stool at the newly refinished bar. The mix of modern furniture and accent pieces adds a contemporary twist to the space, while maintaining the sophistication and timelessness of the storied Hotel.

CUT is open 6:00–10:00 pm Monday–Thursday, 6:00–11:00 pm Friday, 5:30–11:00 pm Saturday, and closed Sunday. CUT Lounge is open 5:00 pm – 1:30 am Monday–Saturday and is closed Sunday. For reservations at CUT or CUT Lounge call 310 276 8500 or visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.

Travel: National Geographic Travel Announces 2017 Best of the World List

Annual List Features 21 Must-See Destinations For 2017

National Geographic Traveler magazine announced its annual Best of the World list, which highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017. The destinations were all chosen by the Traveler editors and fall into one of three categories- Cities, Nature, or Culture. The full list can be found in the December/January 2017 issue of Traveler magazine, available on newsstands nationwide starting November 29, and online now at www.NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017.

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To learn more about each destination, visit: www.NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017

This special issue takes readers on a globe-spinning journey to 21 of the world’s best destinations,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “We think this year’s list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel. This list is all about exploration and discovery. It’s not just about where to go, but why to go now and how to make 2017 a year of enlightenment through travel.”

The 2017 Best of the World destinations are (in alphabetical order):

  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA

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    Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico: Jacks and diver at the Baja California National Marine Parks, Mexico

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    Banff National Park

    Banff, Alberta, Canada: Happiness is a sunrise, a hammock, and the stilled translucence of Moraine Lake. (Image courtesy of National Geographic Traveler)

  • Banff, Alberta, Canada

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    Canton Uri, Switzerland: In Switzerland’s Canton Uri, the Désalpe festival marks the cattle’s annual autumn descent from summer mountain pastures.

  • Canton Uri, Switzerland
  • Cartagena, Colombia

    A tigress and her young cub relaxing near the cave she was born in- it's also the place she chose to have her first litter.

    Central India’s National Parks: In the protection of India’s Bandhavgarh National Park, this tigress gave birth to three cubs. A tigress and her young cub relaxing near the cave she was born in- it’s also the place she chose to have her first litter.

  • Central India’s National Parks

    The final destination of Delicacy

    Chengdu, China: Cooks in downtown Chengdu keep busy preparing some of Sichuan’s famed specialties: hot-and-sour rice noodles and steamed dumplings.

  • Chengdu, China
  • Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
  • Ecuador’s Cloud Forests
  • Finland
  • Georgia, USA
  • Guadeloupe Islands

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    Hamburg, Germany: Historic warehouses in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt district are best viewed on a canal cruise.

  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Kauai, Hawaii, USA

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    Madrid, Spain: Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía exhibits the work of contemporary artists such as Japanese art star Yayoi Kusama.

  • Madrid, Spain

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    Malta: An angler tries his luck in one of Valletta’s many inlets fronted by honey-hued stone buildings. (Image courtesy of National Geographic Traveler)

  • Malta
  • Marrakech, Morocco

    The State History Museum and the Kazan Cathedal in the Red Square

    Moscow: The State History Museum and the Kazan Cathedal in the Red Square (Image courtesy of National Geographic Traveler magazine)

  • Moscow, Russia

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    Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea Natives

  • Papua New Guinea

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    Seoul: Bukchon Hanok Village is a slice of tradition in high-tech Seoul.

  • Seoul, Korea

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    Via Dinarica, Western Balkans: A hiker stands on the peak of Matorac in the Dinaric Alps of central Bosnia and Herzegovina, along a section of the Balkans’ 1,200-mile Via Dinarica trail.

  • Via Dinarica, Western Balkans

To learn more about each destination, visit: www.NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017 Continue reading

2016 Holiday Entertaining: Stella Artois Inspires Others To ‘Host One to Remember’ This Holiday With The Help Of Hostess Extraordinaire Chrissy Teigen

Share How You’re Infusing Your Personal Style Into The Season With @StellaArtois and #HostOneToRemember.

Stella Artois continues its “Host One to Remember” campaign this season by inspiring consumers to put their own personal touch on entertaining during the holidays. The multi-faceted, season-long holiday campaign launches this month with a series of unique events, innovative collaborations and a new national advertising campaign. Drawing on the brand’s Belgian heritage, Stella Artois has collaborated with a team of extraordinary hosts, including model, TV host and The New York Times bestselling cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, to encourage consumers to put their own personal touch on holiday entertaining this year.Stella Artois Logo

Stella Artois was originally named after a star and crafted as a holiday gift for the people of Leuven, Belgium, so holiday hosting isn’t new for Stella Artois; it’s who we are,” said Harry Lewis, vice president, Stella Artois. “This season, we’re celebrating our Belgian origins and encouraging others to bring their own passion and personal style to holiday hosting to create special moments that will last forever.

Stella Artois Leaves Its Mark with a New Take on Holiday Hosting

A continuation of the brand’s successful “Host One to Remember” summer platform, the holiday campaign celebrates timeless hosting moments, re-imagined for the winter season. To share the story of its own Belgian beginnings and legacy of hosting, Stella Artois revealed a series of new creative components this season including out-of-home, digital, print and a set of :15 and :30 television ads. To bring the brand’s holiday hosting origins to life during this special time of year, the new spot showcases Stella Artois’ founder and master brewer struggling to deliver his first batch of beer on a snowy Christmas Eve in Leuven, until he gets some help from a herd of reindeer.

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Stella Artois is further encouraging people to put their personal touch on hosting during the holidays through a series of partnerships, as well as online and off-premise activations that inspire others to “Host One to Remember”.

  • Inspired Gifting: Stella Artois has launched two new limited-edition gift packs this year – one featuring Stella Artois classic European-style lager and another with Stella Artois Cidre – making sophisticated gifting easier than ever. Designed to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones, both packs are available at retailers nationwide and through e-commerce delivery partners Drizly and Minibar in New York City.
  • Immersive Shopping Experiences: For the second year in a row, Stella Artois has partnered with Gilt to provide hosting and gift guide recommendations in real-time through the Gilt app and website, and through their premium holiday lounge in their New York City flagship store, Saks Off 5th. The brand’s legacy will be brought to life in a series of 12 hosted events as shoppers are offered a perfectly poured Stella Artois, premium gift wrapping services and custom engraved limited edition holiday chalices. Consumers outside of New York City will be able to redeem a complimentary gift with purchase holiday chalice when they shop the gift guides (restrictions apply).
  • Telling an Unexpected Holiday Story: Stella Artois is utilizing digital platforms to inspire others to host in new settings and styles – including an immersive consumer experience through an interactive Instagram story that allows users to craft their own Stella Artois Cidre Berry Hot Toddy cocktail right in-feed.
  • A Stella Artois Take on Holiday Cocktail Menus: Stella Artois tapped notable mixologists and chefs from across the country to create original cocktail recipes featuring Stella Artois Cidre, as well as unique holiday food pairings that are perfect for impressing guests while entertaining at home – such as a Stella Artois Cidre Sangria Punch paired with Spanish charcuterie, or the Stella Artois Cidre Coconut Spice Cocktail designed to complement the flavors of spicier dishes.

Borrowing from that same heritage, Stella Artois will put a modern day twist on an old Belgian tradition, the “King’s Feast” – a celebration of Belgium’s unique culture observed every year on November 15th. Stella Artois has collaborated with a few notable hosts to help bring the “King’s Feast” to the U.S. for the first time, and treat guests to a sophisticated holiday feast hosted by queen of the kitchen Chrissy Teigen and master of contemporary Belgian cuisine and former Stella Artois brand ambassador, Bart Vandaele.

When I think about hosting a party to remember, the first thing that comes to mind is food – especially during the holidays,” said Teigen. “I love putting my own spin on traditional dishes when I’m cooking for friends and family – and I always include Stella Artois as the perfect addition for ultimate holiday fun!

In celebration of the campaign, Teigen and Chef Vandaele will share how they are putting their personal touch on the holiday season – including the creation of a modern day “King’s Feast” menu designed to complement the flavor profile of Stella Artois. Teigen will unveil an original recipe for her own take on Belgian mussels with Thai flavors, Chrissy’s Spicy Mussels with Stella Artois, alongside Chef Vandaele’s twist on Belgium’s Classic Beef Stew, Stella Artois King’s Feast Carbonnade a la Flamande, both made with the iconic Stella Artois lager.

Elevate Your Holiday Festivities With Cocktails With The Perfect Food And Cocktail Pairings, Courtesy of Stella Artois.

Inspired Holiday Cocktails from Stella Artois

Stella Artois Cidre Coconut Spice (Serves four)

The Stella Artois Cidre Coconut Spice pairs well with distinct spicy dishes where the refreshing frothiness of this cocktail would cool down the heat and refresh for the next bite.” – Michael Gulotta, MOPHO, New Orleans, LA

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The Stella Artois Cidre Coconut Spice by Chef Michael Gulotta of MOPHO in New Orleans, LA. (Photo credit: Kristjan Veski for Stella Artois)

For The Cocktail:

  • 3 inch finger of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 8 slices fresh jalapeno
  • 1/2 of a fresh green apple, sliced into wedges
  • 1 1/2teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 3 ounces agave syrup
  • 6 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 12-ounce bottles Stella Artois Cidre

To Garnish:

  • 4 peels of orange
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Orange blossom water

Directions:

In a blender combine all ingredients except for the Stella Artois Cidre. Blend on high until the coconut milk is whipped and frothy. Fill four highball glasses with ice and pour the frothed coconut milk over until it fills the glass two thirds of the way. Fill the glasses the rest of the way with Stella Artois Cidre until it just crests the lip of the glass. Finish each cocktail with two drops of orange blossom water, a twist of orange peel, and a leaf of basil slapped between the hands to release flavor. Continue reading