Lord & Taylor Unveiled 2017 Holiday Windows, Presented By Hallmark Channel

Lord & Taylor unveiled its 80th annual world-famous holiday windows in New York on Thursday, November 9 with a magnificent event in collaboration with Hallmark Channel and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Following a performance by American country pop singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker, Lord & Taylor President Liz Rodbell joined the stage for the much-anticipated window reveal. Together, they introduced this year’s spectacular window theme of The Best And The Brightest to a bustling crowd.

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

Lord & Taylor Unveiled 2017 Holiday Windows, Presented By Hallmark Channel, with a performance by American country pop singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker (left). Lord & Taylor President Liz Rodbell (right) joined the stage for the much-anticipated window reveal.

The Lord & Taylor holiday windows are considered a gift to the city as the retailer never includes commercial products in its animated displays on Fifth Avenue. The windows are created by a team of nearly 75 craftsmen, artists, and engineers who have spent more than 35,000 hours refining every detail. In the days leading up to the unveiling, the vignettes are raised into the street-level windows on hydraulics—a unique feature of the 103-year-old landmarked building. The retailer introduced its first-ever animated holiday windows in 1937.

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

The Fifth Avenue windows have been transformed into a whimsical journey, as seen through the lens of enchanted snow globes, featuring over 60 variations throughout the display. Each of the five animated windows boasts a unique scene, including:

  • Arctic Adventures: Two polar bears meet for a celebratory high-five in an arctic scene
  • Christmas in the City: Starry holiday scene set against NYC skyscrapers
  • Holiday Circus: A vintage-style circus is conducted by the master of ceremonies
  • Santa’s Magic: A modern-day Santa looks into his globe
  • Winter Woodlands: A rabbit ventures toward a magical tree with woodland creatures
    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

    Lord & Taylor Unveils 2017 Holiday Windows With Performance By Jessie James Decker

Continue reading

Soprano Emily Birsan and Tenor Gregory Turay to Star in “La Traviata” at The Indianapolis Opera

Indianapolis Opera opens its “Season of Delights” with one of the most beloved operas of all time, “La Traviata.” No art form can surpass opera’s ability to present the passion and drama found in universal stories and “La Traviata” is a superb example of this. Verdi’s tale of desire, love, and redemption comes to the intimate Tarkington Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel November 17, 18, & 19.

Indianapolis Opera Logo

Indianapolis Opera Logo

Indianapolis Opera’s artistic vision is to present both traditional and contemporary operas that feature some of the best national and regional talent.

No opera express the transformative power of love more than “La Traviata.Violetta, a Parisian courtesan, transcends the haze of riches and excess by sacrificing herself to her true love. But it’s just not that easy, as the audience will witness. This particular opera is great for someone who has never been to opera and, of course, it will bring back memories and enjoyment for opera lovers who have seen it many times.

We are pleased and proud to welcome Indianapolis Opera back to the Tarkington,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. “Given our shared mission of bringing world-class performances to central Indiana audiences, this partnership is very important to us.

Soprano Emily Birsan, Rising Star with Lyric Opera of Chicago and critically acclaimed for her many prominent interpretations of concert and operatic repertoire, will appear as the lead, Violetta. Indy Opera also welcomes tenor Gregory Turay, Metropolitan Opera Veteran, who appears as Alfredo. Mr. Turay has sung leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of “Don Giovanni” and “Falstaff,” and with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Rodolpho in the world premiere of “A View from the Bridge.

“We are excited to have artists of this high caliber collaborating with our company,” said David Craig Starkey, Indianapolis Opera’s new General Director.Audiences will be moved by this production as they experience one of Verdi’s finest masterpieces in the intimate environment of the theatre.

All performances will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles to enhance the audience’s experience. Tickets are on sale through www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org.

San Francisco Ballet Announces Program Details for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, April 20-May 6, 2018

San Francisco Ballet, long recognized for pushing boundaries in dance, has announced the program order and select titles for Unbound: A Festival of New Works, from April 20-May 6, 2018. Unbound, an unprecedented festival of new works, celebrates the city’s spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Over 17 performances, Unbound will include 12 world premieres by international artists including David Dawson, Alonzo King, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cathy Marston, Trey McIntyre, Justin Peck, Arthur Pita, Dwight Rhoden, Myles Thatcher, Stanton Welch, and Christopher Wheeldon. The festival, comprised of four programs, will make San Francisco the epicenter of the dance world next spring.

San Francisco Ballet Miranda Silveira

San Francisco Ballet’s Miranda Silveira (© Erik Tomasson)

Program A opens on Friday, April 20 and will feature new works by Alonzo King, Christopher Wheeldon (entitled Bound©), and Justin Peck (entitled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming). Program B opens on Saturday, April 21 and features new works by Myles Thatcher, Cathy Marston (entitled Snowblind), and David Dawson (entitled Anima Animus). Program C opens on Tuesday, April 24 and will feature new works by Stanton Welch, Trey McIntyre (entitled Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem), and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Program D opens Thursday, April 26 and includes new works by Edwaard Liang (entitled The Infinite Ocean), Dwight Rhoden, and Arthur Pita.

The festival will also include ancillary programs such as a dance film series, a symposium, a series of community pop-up events, as well as a recently completed series of live streams.

As part of Unbound, SF Ballet is partnering with the San Francisco Dance Film Festival to produce four short dance films. Participating filmmakers and artists include filmmaker Kate Duhamel with choreographers Alonzo King and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; filmmaker Mark Kohr with choreographer Cathy Marston; and filmmaker Matthew McKee with choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

Also, in conjunction with Unbound, SF Ballet is presenting Boundless: A Symposium on Ballet’s Future, from April 27-29. The Symposium includes an opening roundtable hosted by critic Marina Harss and three panels: “Silicon Ballet:” Bringing Ballet and Technology Together On Stage, On Film, and Online; Ballet Unbound? The Aesthetics and Politics of Ballet in a Globalized World; and Boundless: Featuring New Voices in Ballet Choreography, Leadership, and Audiences. The panels will include an array of critics, academics, industry leaders, and artists.

Unbound Out of Bounds is a series of pop-ups that take place throughout the winter and next spring, in unexpected spaces throughout San Francisco. A full schedule will be announced soon.

A World of Adventure Awaits: Royal Caribbean Brings Together Bold Itineraries and Unrivaled Innovations for 2019-2020 Season

Cruise Line Inspires Adventure with Industry-Changing Ships Sailing to More Destinations than Ever

Royal Caribbean International‘s expanding global footprint is evident in the 2019-2020 deployment plans, thanks to having unparalleled product offerings in the Caribbean, four new ports of call in Europe, and the first-ever Quantum Class ship to visit the Alaskan frontier. Combined with newly transformed ships designed to offer an unmatched short Caribbean vacation, Royal Caribbean is offering more adventures than ever for guests of all ages.Royal_Caribbean_International_logo

More Ways to See the Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is changing the game when it comes to short Caribbean cruise vacation offerings. Newly modernized and purposefully redesigned with families in mind, two of the cruise line’s Voyager Class shipsMariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas – will sail 3- and 4-night itineraries to The Bahamas. Touting favorites unique to Royal Caribbean, and new features catering to emerging trends and traveler preferences, both ships will represent the best product in the industry offering short, weekend vacations to the Caribbean. Mariner will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, while Navigator will be based in Miami where guests will be welcomed through Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in PortMiami. Voyager Class changed the industry by introducing unexpected activities and adventures, including the rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and Royal Promenade. Together with some exciting new features, they will be perfect introductions for first-time guests and families, who are short on time, to experience the best of the Caribbean in a weekend.

Travelers from the Southwest also seeking short Caribbean getaways can take advantage of 4- and 5-night sailings on Enchantment of the Seas from Galveston, Texas to various destinations in Mexico, year-round. Short Caribbean itineraries will be available to book the week of Nov. 20, 2017. All itineraries will be available to book by Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members one day prior to the general opening date.

All four of the world’s largest cruise ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas – will set sail from Florida in 2019 through April 2020. Oasis of the Seas, the first ship in its class, will undergo a bow-to-stern transformation before homeporting at Royal Caribbean’s custom-built Terminal A at PortMiami for the fall and winter seasons, alongside her newest record-setting sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, which will be a year-round Miami resident. Continue reading

Disney x Kiehl’s Announces Holiday Collaboration To Provide 1,100,0000 Meals To Families In Need This Holiday Season

100% of Kiehl’s net profits of Holiday collection featuring Disney’s Mickey Mouse, up to $100,000, will help Kiehl’s donate up to $100,000 to Feeding America®.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 is proud to announce its collaboration with Disney this holiday season, for a collection featuring Mickey Mouse, one of the world’s most beloved luminaries.

100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $100,000, from the following products will benefit Feeding America:

Kiehls Since 1851 Mickey Charity Sets

Select items from the Disney x Kiehl’s collection will make up Kiehl’s 9th Annual Limited Edition Charitable Holiday Collection, and 100% of its net profits of this collection, up to $100,000, will benefit Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. This donation will help provide up to 1,100,000 meals to families this holiday.

Part of this one-of-a-kind -collaboration furthers the company’s support of organizations that work to help children and their families thrive: select items from the Disney x Kiehl’s collection will make up the 9th Annual Limited Edition Charitable Holiday Collection, and 100% of its net profits of this collection, up to $100,000, will benefit Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. This donation will help provide up to 1,100,000 meals* to families this holiday.

With a presence in all 50 states and Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, Feeding America‘s nationwide network of 200 member food banks support 60,000 food assistance programs, shelters, and meal sites. Each year, Feeding America’s network provides meals and resources to over 46 million people in the United States struggling with food insecurity, including nearly 12 million children. The Feeding America network secures and distributes 4 billion meals annually.

All products are available at Kiehl’s stores and Kiehls.com.

Ring in the New Year at the Iconic Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

Both Legendary New York Venues Will Host Grand New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ring in 2018 at New York’s most iconic venues in the sky. The Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor New York, NY 10112 USA, 212.632.5000) will both host grand New Year’s Eve celebrations from 65 floors above Times Square. Two amazing parties, for one special night.

Quintessential New York glamour finds its home at the iconic Rainbow Room. The New Year’s Eve Black Tie Bash offers a modern twist on old-world charm. The night will start with a cocktail hour boasting magnificent views, a premium open bar and passed canapes in The Gallery. Guests will then enter the famed Rainbow Room for an elegant four-course tasting menu, open bar, live entertainment and dancing on Rainbow Room’s historic rotating dance floor. Hank Lane’s Kevin Osbourne and his sensational eight-piece band will perform a wide variety of musical styles; from Sinatra and the Classic Rock sounds of the 1950’s & 1960’s to Motown, Disco, 1980’s, Hip Hop, right up to today’s contemporary hits. Tickets are $695 per person and black-tie attire is required.

BAR SIXTYFIVE

Ring in the New Year at the Iconic Rainbow Room and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room, Rainbow Room’s adjacent cocktail lounge, is an upscale hidden gem framed by awe-inspiring cityscapes. Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room will offer three different ticket options; Premium Ticket (General Admission), Elite VIP Table for up to 6 guests and the luxe Platinum Lounge for up to 20 guests. The Platinum Lounge, only available for one lucky party, grants exclusive access to the ultimate New Year’s Eve. This ticket option for 20 guests offers a VIP private suite, personal waitstaff, private dining and a prime view of the ball drop.

Premium Ticket (General Admission):

  • Champagne & Caviar Open Bar from 10:00PM to Midnight
  • Complimentary Passed Canapes
  • Live DJ Performances and Dancing
  • DJ Countdown to the New Year
  • Coat Check Provided

Festive cocktail attire is required. Tickets are $325.

Elite VIP Table for Up to Six (Limited Tables Available):

  • 6 Table Package VIP Tickets
  • One Bottle of from Spirits List
  • Two Bottles of Premium Champagne
  • Reserved Table with Nightclub Seating
  • Bottle Service & Mixers Provided at Table
  • Includes all General Admission Benefits
  • Priority VIP Line for Expedited Entry
  • Festive cocktail attire is required. Tables are $3,500.

Platinum Lounge for Up to 20:

  • 20 Platinum Lounge VIP Tickets
  • Exclusive, Private Suite
  • Prime View of the Ball Drop
  • Premium Open Bar with Dedicated Server
  • Five Bottles of Premium Champagne
  • Passed Canapes, Caviar and Raw Bar
  • Dessert Presentation
  • Includes all General Admission Benefits
  • Priority VIP Line for Expedited Entry
  • Festive cocktail attire is required. Lounge is $20,000.

Tickets for the Black Tie Bash at Rainbow Room and the New Year’s Eve Party at Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room are now available. All tickets exclude gratuity, tax and processing fees. For more information about Rainbow Room please visit www.rainbowroom.com.