Celebrate Christmas And Chinese New Year In The Exciting Garden City At Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Four Seasons Invites Guests To Stunning Holiday Celebrations, Perfect For Family And Friends To Gather And Make Memories

Christmas and Chinese New Year are important times of celebration across the Lion City. It is also a time when the city comes alive with numerous fun activities at many key attractions to rally young and young-at-heart together. One can revel in the spectacular Christmas light up and Christmas villages on Orchard Road just at the door step of Four Seasons Hotel Singaporeor feel the energy of colorful Chingay Parade during the Chinese New Year season that celebrates harmony in Singapore as well as with the city’s friends from abroad. Children below five years of age also enjoy complimentary dining when staying with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and kid-friendly amenities such as kid-sized bathrobes and bedroom slippers, a soft toy and age appropriate amenities.

Christmas in the City

Stay in the heart of the city just steps away from the excitement of the island’s longest Christmas street light-up, complete with photo booths, Christmas villages for fun games and great al fresco dining, as well as unbeatable year-end shopping sales in malls dressed up in the season’s best.

Make time to savour the delectable Christmas-inspired lunch and dinners at One-Ninety, a Modern Asian Brasserie at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore too. Tuck into entrées in a garden-like ambience and enjoy favourites such as traditional oven-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and grilled winter vegetables, and Asian-spiced glazed ham with lemongrass, pineapple raisin sauce among others; end with a decadent desserts such as tropical coconut mousse and calypso mango yule log, Valrhona chocolate pot de crème, assorted macarons and chocolate pralines all made in-house by the pastry brigade led by Pastry Chef Audrey Yee, a Four Seasons veteran and graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu School in London.

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Walker Art Center Presents Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival Opening Night Film

Evening Will Feature Live Music by Katy Vernon and PJ Harvey Film A Dog Called Money

The Sound Unseen Film+Music Festival (November 12 – 17, 2019) celebrates 20 years of film, music, and art in the Twin Cities. The opening night event includes a live music performance by Katy Vernon on the Walker Cinema Stage starting at 6:30 pm and a postshow reception in the main lobby. (Visit Sound Unseen for the full schedule of events and locations.)

Walker Arts Center logo (edited)

In the fall of 1999, Sound Unseen introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge “films-on-music” festival in Minneapolis. Formulated as a cultural organization dedicated to the role of film and music as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Its mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema, to bridge cultures, create and expand community, provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach through regular interaction with great films, filmmakers, musicians and artists.

The Sound Unseen Film+Music Festival logo

Since its inception, It has established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as a vital part of the regional cultural scene. Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, unique pop-up events, and special screenings including world and regional premieres.

Named “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” by Moviemaker Magazine in 2016, the “Best Winter Film Festival” by the Star Tribune 2012, and the “Best of the Fests 2010” from  Mpls/St Paul Magazine, Sound Unseen continues its tenure as the region’s premiere films-on-music festival. While bringing the best in documentaries, short films, and music videos it also showcases rare concert footage, interactive panels, and live music events. As part of its year-round presence, Sound Unseen offers a successful monthly screening series and special events throughout the Twin Cities. This diversity in content is one of the things that separates Sound Unseen from the typical outdoor mega concerts and film festivals.

Sound Unseen has received press coverage in all major local media including The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, Vita.mn, Secrets of the City, Walker Art blog, TC Daily Planet, Northland News, Growler Magazine, MinnPost; local radio stations The Current, KQRS, MPR, Radio K and television news including NBC, FOX, and CBS. National media mentions have included Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, USA Today, Music Film Web blog, The Playlist, and AIF Independent magazine of New York.

Screenshot from PJ Harvey Film A Dog Called Money, directed by Seamus Murphy

Alternative-music icon PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, was created through a unique process that blended travelogue, photography, performance art, and now a documentary feature. It began when Harvey, looking to develop a new set of politically tinged songs that would also evoke a tangible sense of place, decided to accompany award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Seamus Murphy as he travelled on assignments to war-torn regions in Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as to the poor, mostly black neighborhoods of Washington, DC. As Murphy filmed, Harvey personally interacted with the members of the different communities and wrote her impressions in a diary, crafting song lyrics and melodies based on the stories she uncovered. Back in London, Harvey and her band experimented with these new songs during a live sound installation called “Recording in Progress” at the distinguished Somerset House, generating an album’s worth of material entirely within a glass-walled recording studio, with members of the public invited to watch. Chronicling the entire project, and even including a handful of songs not on the final album, A Dog Called Money is Murphy’s inspiring, expressionistic document of this unprecedented collaborative experiment. 2019, Ireland/UK, DCP, 90 min. —Clinton McClung, Seattle International Film Festival

Sound Unseen Opening Night
Tuesday, November 12
Live Music: Katy Vernon, 6:30pm
Screening:
A Dog Called Money, 7pm
Walker Cinema, $20 ($15 Walker members, students, and seniors)

Co-presented with Sound Unseen.

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Return to Carnegie Hall, November 15-16

November 15 Concert Featuring Music Inspired by Rome Includes Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as Soloist

November 16 Features an All-Prokofiev Program

This November, Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall for two concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The first evening, on Friday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m., features music inspired by Rome, including Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre, written in 1829 as a bid for a Prix de Rome, with Perspectives artist mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; Bizet’s rarely performed symphonic poem Roma; and Respighi’s Pines of Rome, one of three symphonic poems written by the Italian composer about different aspects of the Eternal City. Maestro Muti and the Orchestra return on the following night, Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., with an all-Prokofiev program featuring selections from Romeo and Juliet and Symphony No. 3.

The concert on November 15 is part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and co-hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill, Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts include behind-the-scenes access to the artists and broadcast team, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra last performed at Carnegie Hall in February 2018. Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

This performance is also part of Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall with concerts and events throughout the 2019–2020 season that highlight her full range of vocal artistry, as well as her work as an educator. (For more information on upcoming Perspectives performances, please visit: www.carnegiehall.org/didonato.

Program Information

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
  • Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
  • Georges Bizet Roma
  • Hector Berlioz La Mort De Cléopâtre
  • Ottorino Respighi Pines Of Rome
  • Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
  • Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
  • Sergei Prokofiev Selections From Romeo And Juliet
  • Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 44

Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, when he became the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he had more than forty years of experience at the helm of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1968–80), the Philharmonia Orchestra (1973–82), The Philadelphia Orchestra (1980–92), and Teatro alla Scala (1986–2005).

Photo of Riccardo Muti by Todd Rosenberg Photography

Mr. Muti studied piano under Vincenzo Vitale at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in his hometown of Naples, graduating with distinction. After he won the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition—by unanimous vote of the jury—in Milan in 1967, his career developed quickly. In 1968, he became principal conductor of Florence’s Maggio Musicale, a position that he held until 1980.

Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct at the Salzburg Festival in Austria in 1971, and Mr. Muti has maintained a close relationship with the summer festival and with its great orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, for more than 45 years. When he conducted the orchestra’s 150th anniversary concert in 1992, he was presented with the Golden Ring, a special sign of esteem and affection, and in 2001, his outstanding artistic contributions to the orchestra were further recognized with the Otto Nicolai Gold Medal. He is also a recipient of a silver medal from the Salzburg Mozarteum for his contribution to the music of Mozart and the Golden Johann Strauss Award by the Johann Strauss Society of Vienna. He is an honorary member of Vienna’s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of the Friends of Music), the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Vienna State Opera.

Mr. Muti succeeded Otto Klemperer as chief conductor and music director of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in 1973, holding that position until 1982. From 1980 to 1992, he was music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and, in 1986, he became music director of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. During his 19-year tenure, Muti conducted operatic and symphonic repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, also leading hundreds of concerts with the Filarmonica della Scala and touring the world with both the opera company and the orchestra. His tenure as music director, the longest of any in La Scala’s history, culminated in the triumphant reopening of the restored opera house with Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta, originally commissioned for La Scala’s inaugural performance in 1778.

Riccardo Muti’s vast catalog of recordings, numbering in the hundreds, ranges from the traditional symphonic and operatic repertoires to contemporary works. He also has written three books, Verdi, l’italiano and Riccardo Muti: An Autobiography: First the Music, Then the Words, both of which have been published in several languages, as well as Infinity Between the Notes: My Journey Into Music, published May 2019 and available in Italian.

Chicago symphony orchestra logo

During his time with the CSO, Mr. Muti has won over audiences in greater Chicago and across the globe through his music making as well as his demonstrated commitment to sharing classical music. His first annual free concert as CSO music director attracted more than 25,000 people to Chicago’s Millennium Park. He regularly invites subscribers, students, seniors, and people of low incomes to attend, at no charge, his CSO rehearsals. Mr. Muti’s commitment to artistic excellence and to creating a strong bond between an orchestra and its communities continues to bring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to ever higher levels of achievement and renown.

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Coach To Debut As First Luxury Fashion Brand In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Editorial Credit: Coach / Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Coach and Macy’s today announce that the global fashion brand will debut as the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. The event will bring together two iconic American brands with a shared New York legacy via a new float set to debut in the annual holiday spectacle.

Coach Logo (PRNewsfoto/Coach)

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators lining up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s colleagues, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups, all spreading holiday cheer. Featuring fabulous floats and America’s best marching bands, the signature of the Parade continues to be the world-famous helium balloons.

Coach To Debut As First Luxury Fashion Brand In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Led by Coach’s mascot, the beloved dinosaur Rexy, the house’s glittering float will feature a carnival-style reimagining of New York City. Titled “Rexy in the City,” the float will boldly kick-off the holiday season with the house’s unique spirit of optimism, playfulness and inclusivity.

Designed and constructed by the artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, Coach’s ‘Rexy in the City’ float is a dazzling marvel of engineering, artistry, and animation that will bring a new level of whimsy to our Parade line-up this year,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “On Thanksgiving Day, Rexy, the fearless fashion dino will capture the imagination and hearts of millions as she makes her glittering way down the streets of Manhattan.

In addition to Coach‘s float debut in the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the partnership will also include an exclusive Rexy-themed collection featuring leathergoods, footwear, t-shirts and accessories, launching November 15 at select Macy’s stores nationwide and macys.com.

Unleashed by Coach creative director Stuart Vevers in 2015, Rexy has appeared in Coach collections ever since, as well as on the runway. Seen on Coach ready-to-wear worn by global face of Coach menswear Michael B. Jordan, Kate Moss, Selena Gomez, Zoe Kravitz and more, she is the symbol of the house’s playful spirit and courageous attitude. Her glittering float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be her biggest, boldest appearance to date.

Coach is a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories. Founded in 1941, Coach has a longstanding reputation built on quality craftsmanship and is defined by its confident New York style. The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third party distributors, as well as through coach.com. (Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR.)

As an iconic American brand, we are proud for Coach to be the first luxury fashion house to have a float in the 93-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Joshua Schulman, chief executive officer and brand president of Coach. “We can think of no better way to kick-off the holiday season than to participate in this great American tradition. This project not only underscores our important partnership with Macy’s, but also speaks to the future of the traditional wholesale business model, evolving from distribution into meaningful brand storytelling.

We are excited to see our valued and long-standing partnership with Coach extend to the world-famous line-up of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “As we kick-off the holiday season, the new float and Rexy-themed collection will be a great showcase for the Coach brand and promises to bring a dynamic new element to the Parade and must-have exclusive product to our stores.”

The 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in all time zones. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade.

Fall 2019 Culture Watch: National Museum of African American History and Culture Announces 2019 Fall Programming

Programming Launches With Talk on Museum’s Latest Book, “We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity”

Programming Lineup Features Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, Susan Rice, Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Treva Lindsay

To commemorate the upcoming Veterans Day and the centennial of World War I, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced a public program on the museum’s latest book, We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity, Thursday, Nov. 7. Guest curator Krewasky Salter will join Howard University Professor Greg Carr for a one-on-one discussion on the WWI experience told through the lens of African American soldiers, military families, women, anti-war advocates and public intellectuals who played a vital role in WWI and how they hoped to live out post-Civil War expectations of full citizenship upon returning home. The discussion is free and open to the public. More information about the book and the upcoming WWI exhibition is available on the museum’s website.

The book event is the highlight of an lively November programming schedule that also features a program on African American feminism with Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Treva Lindsay, an intimate conversation with former National Security Adviser to President Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and an interactive program on how economic and social inequities negatively affect the health of communities of color in the latest installment of the program series, A Seat at the Table.

All programs held in the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will stream live on the museum’s Ustream channel at ustream.tv.

November Programming

Lectures & Discussion: Is Womanist To Feminist As Purple Is To Lavender?: African American Women Writers and Scholars Discuss Feminism

Saturday, Nov. 2; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Oprah Winfrey Theater)

Inspired by Alice Walker’s expression on feminism, Is Womanist To Feminist As Purple Is To Lavender? African American Women Writers and Scholars Discuss Feminism refers to a quotation taken from her seminal anthology of essays, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose. In the piece, Walker gave name to the idea of the importance of theorizing feminism from an African American perspective. Through performance and discussion, the program will explore feminism and womanism in contemporary African American women’s intellectual and literary thought featuring Beverly Guy-Sheftall, a pioneering veteran of the field of African American feminism, and Treva Lindsey, a leading representative of the contemporary generation of feminist scholars. Before and after the discussion, two dynamic poetry performers, Holly Bass and Venus Thrash, will explore feminism creatively. The program will end with an audience Q&A and book signing. Admission is free; however, registration is required at https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

A Seat at the Table: Racial Disparities and Health

Sunday, Nov. 3; 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Heritage Hall)

The museum will host a thought-provoking conversation on racial disparities in health outcomes in this latest installment of the A Seat at the Table program series. Cindy George of Texas Medical Center’s TMC Pulse magazine will moderate a discussion between National Medical Association Director Martin Hamlette and University of Maryland Professor Craig Fryer about how economic and social inequities negatively impact the health outcomes of communities of color. After the presentation, audience participants will have the opportunity to share their stories and ideas on ways of improving their health and the health of their communities. A Seat at the Table is an interactive program for participants to consider challenging questions about race, identity and economic justice over a family-style meal. To purchase tickets and to learn about the latest installment of A Seat at the Table, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

Lectures & Discussion: We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity

Thursday, Nov. 7; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Oprah Winfrey Theater)

Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Ahead of Veterans Day, the museum will host a public program on the its latest book: We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity. Through essays and photos, the book tells the stories of how black soldiers fought a war abroad and came home to combat racial injustices in the United States. Copies of the book will be available in Heritage Hall. For ticket information and more details on the book event, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

Cinema at NMAAHC: WAVES

Sunday, Nov. 10; 2 p.m. (Oprah Winfrey Theater)

The museum will host a special screening of the movie Waves. The film, starring Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedge, is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida. Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. For ticket information and more details on the book event, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

Cultural Expressions: Mindful Eating for the Holiday

Wednesday, Nov. 13; 7 p.m. (Oprah Winfrey Theater)

To kick-off the holiday season, the museum will host a panel discussion on how we all can eat healthier during the holidays. With Thanksgiving around the corner, many Americans gather with friends and family to feast on good food. Foods enjoyed by African Americans traditionally represent an important cultural touchstone during the holidays. However, many dishes, while delicious, are not always the healthiest choices. In this program, nutritionists and food historians will discuss the history behind favorite holiday foods and how to adapt recipes using more healthful ingredients. For ticket information and more details on the book event, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

Birthright Citizens: A History of Race & Rights in Antebellum America

Saturday, Nov. 16; noon (Robert F. Smith Family History Center, Level 2)

Special guest Martha S. Jones will discuss how African Americans fought for their legal rights through the courts, conventions and the legislative process from her award-winning book Birthright Citizens: A History of Race & Rights in Antebellum America. With a focus on 19th-century Baltimore, Birthright Citizens uses archival records and new scholarly research to uncover how free blacks influenced the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. To register for the event, email familyhistorycenter@si.edu.

December Programming

Tough Love: Conversation Between Susan Rice and Lonnie G. Bunch III

Tuesday, Dec. 3; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Oprah Winfrey Theater)

Susan Rice, former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss her recently published memoir, Tough Love. Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III will be in conversation with Rice for an hour, focusing on the challenges that Rice faced while leading the National Security Agency during the Obama administration, along with pivotal moments in her storied career. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Smithsonian Enterprises. For ticket information and more details on the book event, visit https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/upcoming.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Discover Your Merry With What’s New This Holiday at Macy’s

Explore The Wonder Of The Season With New Brands, Experiences And Services To Make Shopping Easy In-Store And Online at macys.com

As The Holiday Gift Destination, Macy’s Offers A Festive Assortment Of The Perfect Gifts For The Whole Family

Macy’s Puts Holiday In The Palm Of Each Shopper’s Hand With Store Maps And Style Inspiration Directly From Its Award-Winning App

This year, Macy’s makes navigating holiday shopping even easier with a seasonally curated assortment of the best gifts in-store and online, brands that will deck the halls and keep guests happy, plus services to make picking out the perfect gift more convenient than ever. From finding a new fragrance or creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to using technology to refresh any space for entertaining, what’s new at Macy’s this holiday has everyone covered.

In-Store Exclusives

Take on the role of Santa and head into your local Macy’s for unique and custom experiences to make shopping for gifts fun and convenient.

Find the best gift in fashion, beauty, home and toys this holiday season at Macy’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Fragrance Bar

The holidays are the perfect time to gift a new scent, and Macy’s new Fragrance Bar allows customers to find their favorite. The Fragrance Bar’s interactive screens activate when shoppers engage with them by picking up a fragrance bottle, scent stick, or simply touching it. From there, customers can learn all about the selected fragrance, including scent notes, information about the perfumer and customer reviews, and each product has a QR code enabled for product purchase, allowing them to scan and pay through Macy’s mobile app, and pick up in-store. Visit Macy’s fragrance hub online to take a quiz to uncover your perfect scent match, learn about the newest scents of the season, and more.

Macy’s Fragrance Bar: Find the best gift in fashion, beauty, home and toys this holiday season at Macy’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

Create Your Own Jewelry

For the most luxe, one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season, visit stores to experience Macy’s newly launched “Create Your Own” jewelry program. Shoppers work with a Macy’s colleague to choose gemstones, diamonds, metals, shapes, settings and more via in-store tablets. Options for men and women include incredible engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and charms. Once the design is complete, the final, personalized piece will be delivered to the customer’s home or local store in seven days, making thoughtful gifting simple this holiday season.

Holiday Lane for Trim and Toys

Discover the wonder of the holidays by visiting Macy’s Holiday Lane Toy and Trim Pop-Ups, to shop a festive assortment of Christmas décor and toy gifts. These independent store fronts in select locations will make spirits bright by showcasing some of the season’s most popular toys, glistening ornaments and classic decorations, plus beautiful wreath adornments and lush garlands to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.

Additionally, customers can shop both trim and toys in more than 500 Macy’s stores across the country, featuring exclusive items from F.A.O. Schwarz, plus a well-rounded assortment from popular brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher Price®, Board Games, L.O.L. Dolls, PAW Patrol® and Lego®.

Virtual Reality in Furniture

Give yourself the ultimate seasonal splurge and purchase a new piece of furniture just in time for holiday entertaining. With Macy’s “See Your Space IRL” technology, shoppers can virtually see each piece in their home through the in-store VR experience. Now available in 140 stores nationwide, virtual reality technology allows customers to ensure that their purchase will elevate their next holiday gathering, whether they’re looking to buy a comfy couch for the whole family or an apartment-sized dining table. There are thousands of products to choose from, including new additions, such as rugs, upholstery and lighting. Starting mid-November, shoppers’ favorite Customize It feature will now be available in a VR experience. Choose from an assortment of different fabrics and colors to design a truly unique piece of furniture. Customers can also use their mobile device to visualize select furniture pieces in their space via augmented reality technology through Macy’s app and make a purchase from the convenience of their phone.

The Park at Herald Square

At Macy’s iconic 34th Street Flagship, customers can shop the re-imagined men’s store featuring new and exciting products, fashion-forward brands and a curated space highlighting trends called The Park, which completely refreshes every eight to 12 weeks. The newly unveiled 14,500 square foot main floor experience is a lifestyle hotspot for the fashion-conscious, urban customer to be inspired and discover new brands and fashion in a trendy, au courant setting.

Find the best gift in fashion, beauty, home and toys this holiday season at Macy’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts!

Whether you’re shopping for mom, dad or the one and only best friend, Macy’s selection of gift ideas takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect gift.

Find the best gift in fashion, beauty, home and toys this holiday season at Macy’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

New for the Home

Keep comfort and coziness top of mind this season with Hotel Collection’s new line, Hotel Collection Classic. Created exclusively for Macy’s, the new line was designed for the traditional customer looking for elevated luxury expressed in an authentic classic aesthetic. From rich jacquards and stunning velvets to beautiful embellishments, Classic offers timeless elegance for the home. The line has a range of pieces that will impress your holiday houseguests, including duvets, comforters, shams, coverlets, sheets, bed skirts and decorative pillows.

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Experience ‘Silent Night’ at The Spas at Mandarin Oriental on 11 December 2019

In our increasingly hectic and urbanised world, silence is a precious commodity, which is why The Spas at Mandarin Oriental are ‘turning down the volume’ once again with their annual offer of a night of silence in their spas worldwide on December 11, 2019.

The multi-award-winning Spas at Mandarin Oriental are havens for contemplation and discovery. Guided by the Group’s oriental heritage but influenced by local cultural diversity, Mandarin Oriental has created distinctive concepts with highly sophisticated spa offerings. Each Spa at Mandarin Oriental is designed to offer a complete holistic experience that goes well beyond simply delivering massages to tired bodies. Highly trained therapists are thoroughly educated to the Group’s own exacting standards, and all take pride in delivering a bespoke service to meet guests’ personal wellness needs.

Experience ‘Silent Night’ at The Spas at Mandarin Oriental on December 11, 2019

On Silent Night, all the Group’s spas will offer their normal treatment menu, but after 5pm there will be no talking and no music within the spa to instill a sense of peace and allow for individuals to experience contemplation and mindfulness. All communication will take place in a brief consultation at the beginning of the spa journey, before the guest changes into their robe.

A lot of the value of a spa experience comes from simply disconnecting from technology and experiencing time for yourself in silence,” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Spa Director for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “During this stressful time of the year, we want to create a space where people can press the pause button and have some time to think, meditate, or just take a break from being inundated with noise.

Guests are encouraged to come alone or to bring a loved one with whom they would like to share an experience of silent connection. This is also the perfect time to take advantage of the Group’s Digital Wellness initiative. This provides guests with access to a range of wellness advice and activities designed to help them disconnect from technology. Mandarin Oriental has developed a number of tips and guidelines that can help establish personal boundaries on the use of technology, clear mental chatter and establish a healthy, digitally balanced lifestyle.

For those who wish to immerse themselves more fully, a Digital Wellness Escape can be booked at all of the Group’s spas. This 1 hour 20-minute experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements.

Wellness experts agree that silence, and the absence of incessant digital noise, is key to our health and wellbeing,” said Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute. “What a perfect time of year to create an opportunity for people to experience disconnection, silence and stillness along with the health benefits that result. Mandarin Oriental’s Silent Night should become a model for all of us to practice throughout the year.”

Guests can also enjoy additional events in certain locations in honour of Silent Night, such as Silent Yoga in Bangkok, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Munich and Marrakech, Meditation Classes in Boston, Canouan, Macau and Hong Kong, or Singing Bowl therapies in Prague and Singapore. Mandarin Oriental Miami and Canouan will have massages on the beach to encourage guests to enjoy Silent Night outdoors and reconnect with nature.

For more information about ‘Silent Night’, and treatment reservations, visit www.mandarinoriental.com

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Library & Archives Celebrates Archival Collections Project With Neo Sound Event On November 7th

Event To Feature Interviews With Northeast Ohio Musicians And Photographer

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives celebrates its current project to process over 500 previously unavailable archival collections and make them available to the public with a special event on November 7that 7 p.m. EST. The event includes a panel discussion with NEO Sound donors and new archival display. The event is free with RSVP and takes place in the Fran and Jules Belkin Theatre in the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro campus (2809 Woodland Avenue).

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The National Archives grants program, carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), awarded a two-year grant to the Rock Hall to fund the accessibility of these historically important music resources. Included in the grant project are a number of collections related to NEO Sound, the Rock Hall’s local music preservation initiative.

Panelists include longtime musicians and Rock Hall donors Chris Butler (Waitresses, Tin Huey, 15 60 75) and Marky Ray (terrible parade, Death on a Stick, Death of Samantha, Jim Rose Circus, New Salem Witch Hunters), and photographer Dave Treat, who took some of the earliest images of the legendary Cleveland band the Dead Boys.

The evening will conclude with a reception in the Library & Archives reading room, where attendees can view a new archival display entitled “Local Music U Want: Northeast Ohio Punk and New Wave,” showcasing materials donated by the panelists and made available through the NHPRC grant. “Local Music U Want” focuses on the unique Northeast Ohio punk and new wave scenes of the 1970s and ‘80s, fueled by the changing post-industrial landscape of the “Rust Belt.” Unlike other music scenes in the U.S., Northeast Ohio punk and new wave primarily flew under the radar, allowing the music to evolve into something more avant-garde and exploratory. Featured in the exhibit are photos, stickers, flyers, cassette zines and other promotional materials from the Rock Hall’s NEO Sound collections on local bands the Dead Boys, Devo, New Salem Witch Hunters, Death of Samantha, the Waitresses, Pere Ubu, the Styrenes, Pagans, Tin Huey, and 15 60 75 (The Numbers Band).

The Library & Archives is the most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock & roll. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock & roll, its roots, and its impact on our society. Located in Cleveland, the Library & Archives is free and available for visits by fans, students, outside researchers and the general public. Scheduled appointments are necessary prior to visiting the L&A and can be made by calling 216-515-1956 or emailing library@rockhall.org.

Crystal Yacht Cruises Unveils 2022 and Q1 2023 Deployment for Award-Winning Crystal Esprit

With 55 sailings of enriching discovery, adventure and all-inclusive luxury, Crystal Yacht Cruises announced today the comprehensive roster of 2022 and early 2023 itineraries for Crystal Esprit. A number of new options punctuate the collection of regionally focused voyages, with dozens of seven- and eight-night options catering to busy travel schedules or easily combined into longer adventures. In addition to exploration of hubs of profound history, featured destinations also capitalize on the 62-guest Crystal Esprit’s adventurous spirit, with numerous locales that are ideal for active, outdoor pursuits. Featured are 11 new itineraries in the areas most popular among Crystal yachting guests, including five in the Greek Isles; four along the Amalfi Coast and French and Italian rivieras; the United Arab Emirates; and the Holy Land.

The scope of choices available to Crystal yacht guests in 2022 and into 2023 blends some of the world’s most famously captivating destinations with less visited spots, including harbors not accessible by larger vessels. We continue to listen to what our guests want most and are thrilled to add more voyages in those regions,” said Mark Spillane, Crystal Yacht Cruises’ director of sales and marketing. “Crystal Esprit was made for destinations like the Seychelles, the Italian Riviera, the islands of Greece and Cyprus and Capri – places ideal for exploring in the carefree atmosphere of a private yacht, with the exceptional onboard experience and service for which Crystal is celebrated.”

The Crystal Yacht Cruises experience is consistently lauded by travelers worldwide and was recently voted “Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Among the options for Crystal Yacht Cruises guests in 2022 and 2023’s first quarter are:

Exterior View of Crystal Esprit (Courtesy of Crystal Media Centre)

Intensive Greek Isles discoveries, with a dozen seven- and eight-night voyages to the ancient icons, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and white-washed seaside villages in Mykonos and Santorini in response to guest demand; a morning call to Delos, allowing guests to explore the UNESCO Site before most other visitors; Hydra and others, as well as Nydri/Lefkada and Parga on the western shores of the mainland. Select itineraries also feature calls to the Peloponnese region and Corinth Canal and Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in Kas, Kuşadasi, Bodrum and Kalkan;

Springtime Mediterranean riviera voyages for the first time in three years, with six-, seven- and eight-nights, highlighting the glamour and regal history with overnights in Nice, Monte Carlo, St-Tropez, Capri and Porto Venere, as well as calls to Cannes, Corsica, Marina di Carrara, Positano, Portofino and a maiden call to Otranto, the gateway to the baroque city of Lecce. At least one overnight on each itinerary allows deeper exploration beyond the ports and more time for guests to wander the famous coastlines at their leisure;

Crystal Esprit – Eden Island (Courtesy of Crystal Media Centre)
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World-Renowned Artist Jon Batiste and New Orleans-Based R&B and Hip-Hop Group Tank and The Bangas Join Diaspora Songs Program at Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 6

Musical Director Terence Blanchard Leads Exciting Evening Celebrating the Extraordinary Impact of African Music on Today’s Cultural Landscape

Carnegie Hall announced that pianist, vocalist, and television personality Jon Batiste and breakout New Orleans-based R&B and hip-hop group Tank and The Bangas will join Diaspora Songs on Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m., for a one-night-only multimedia performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Musical Director Terence Blanchard leads this dynamic program featuring his ensemble the E-Collective plus specials guests Vieux Farka Touré (vocals and guitar), Quiana Lynell (vocals), Joshuah Campbell (vocals), Carpenters United Choir, and RAREdancework. The evening shines a spotlight on the remarkably wide-ranging influence that African music has across multiple genres including gospel, blues, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more. Beyond music and dance, the performance will also feature unique video projection created for the occasion to bring this journey to life.

This concert is part of Angélique Kidjo’s Perspectives Series which takes audiences on a journey of African music and culture throughout the world. The residency kicked off on October 19 with a sold-out Zankel Hall performances by Benin International Musical. In addition to Diaspora Songs on December 6, upcoming events on the series include:

Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke brings a program inspired by African and traditional jazz to Zankel Hall on Friday, December 13 at 9:00 p.m. Loueke and his trio, along with special guest Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, honor Kidjo in a concert that both celebrates and reinvents many of her marvelous songs.

The series culminates on Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with a special concert marking both Kidjo’s 60th birthday and the anniversary of independence of her native Benin in addition to 16 other West African nations. For this momentous occasion, Kidjo will perform and is joined by a host of stellar guest artists to celebrate her remarkable musical career.

About the Artists
Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard has been named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist and composer, as well as the founder and director of jazz studies at UCLA from 1996 to 2016.

Terence Blanchard is one of today’s foremost jazz composers. Photo Credit: Nitin Vadukul/Courtesy of the artist

Blanchard, a veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, is a musical polymath who launched his solo career as a bandleader in the 1990s. Since then he has released 20 solo albums, composed more than 60 film scores, and received 10 major commissions. Among these works are two critically-acclaimed operas in jazz commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – Champion which debuted in 2013, as well as the recently premiered Fire Shut Up In My Bones based on the memoir by Charles Blow (Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times). Blanchard has also composed work for Broadway revivals, plays, dance performances, and for national orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In addition to Blanchard’s recent Oscar nod for the score for BlacKkKlansman, he also won his sixth Grammy for the haunting main theme from the film, “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil),” in the Best Instrumental Category. A recipient of the 2019 BMI Icon Award, Blanchard became a go-to composer for film beginning in the early 1990s, so much so that Entertainment Weekly called Blanchard “central to a general resurgence of jazz composition for film.” His credits include Lee classics Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, 25th Hour as well as Lee’s 2006 post-Katrina HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Some of Blanchard’s other film credits include Black or White starring Kevin Costner and directed by Mike Binder; the Kasi Lemmons’ films, Eve’s Bayou and the upcoming Harriet (opening November 1); George Lucas’ Red Tails; and Tim Story’s Barbershop.

His latest projects include his new album Live, featuring seven songs recorded live in concert with his current quintet, the E-Collective. The album is a powerful musical statement concerning painful American tragedies from the past and present, and addresses critical issues, among them the staggering cyclical epidemic of U.S. gun violence. The album is also an impassioned continuation of the band’s Grammy-nominated 2015 studio recording, Breathless, which includes a title track written with the “Eric Garner ‘I can’t breathe’ NYPD chokehold in mind,” says Blanchard.

Later this year Blanchard will also pay tribute to his mentor Art Blakey with the staging of “AB-Squared,” an evening of Blakey’s music. Blakey is also known for developing and nurturing the next generation of jazz voices – a practice that Blanchard follows closely.

An avid music educator, Blanchard served as artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (now named the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz) from 2000 to 2011. In this role, he presented masterclasses and worked with students in the areas of artistic development, arranging, composition and career counseling.

Jon Baptiste. photo by Neil Grabowsky / Montclair Film

Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Jon Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader, and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision, and exuberant charisma has garnered him the well-deserved title of “crowned prince of jazz.” Batiste is recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent, and dapper sense of style. Batiste effortlessly transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a hybrid of a harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique “social music” experiences all over the world, whether solo or with his band Stay Human.

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The Museum Of Modern Art Announces Publication On The History Of MoMA PS1

This long-awaited book captures the spirit of a legendary institution through the words of those who made it New York’s most vital venue for contemporary art.

This fall, The Museum of Modern Art will release the first publication on the history of MoMA PS1, which traces the institution’s evolution from the 1970s to today through interviews, ephemera, never-before-seen images, and an extensive exhibition history. Since 1976, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, has been a crucible for radical experimentation, engaging artists from a range of disciplines. Structured around interviews with Alanna Heiss, PS1’s founder and director of more than three decades, MoMA PS1: A History (published October 22, 2019) offers a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary history of New York’s premier venue for contemporary art. The publication also features contributions by artists and curators who have been closely associated with PS1—including James Turrell, R. H. Quaytman, Kevin Beasley, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and Martha Wilson—supplemented by excerpts from previously unpublished interviews from the 1970s and statements from numerous figures who helped shape the institution.

Batya Zamir, Airlines, Batya Zamir: Dance Performance, May 20–21, 1977. Courtesy Batya Zamir. Photo: Richard Van Buren.
P.S.1 1977 A Painting Show Lee Krasner: Lee Krasner, poster for A Painting Show, May 1–29, 1977. © 2019 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This publication was edited by Klaus Biesenbach, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and former director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Bettina Funke, art historian, editor, former head of publications for Documenta 13, and co-founder of The Leopard Press.

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BET Networks Announces Nominations and Co-Hosts for the BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards

Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Return As Hosts For The 2nd Year

Ceremony to Air Live for the First Time From the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 8 PM EST

Chris Brown Leads With 8 Nominations, Followed By Drake With 7 Nods And Beyoncé And Lizzo With 6 Each

Five-Time Grammy Award Winning Producer Duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Set To Receive The Legend Award

Billboard Gospel Artist Of The Last Decade, Yolanda Adams To Receive Fifth Annual Lady Of Soul Award

BET Networks has announced the hosts and nominees for the 2019 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration recognizes the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from both established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists. Taking place on November 17, 2019 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards will air LIVE on BET and BET HER at 8PM EST with a one-hour pre-show beginning at 7PM EST, and a post show directly after.

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Actor, singer and writer Tisha Campbell (Martin, My Wife & Kids, Last Man Standing, Outmatched) will once again join actor, singer, and writer Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris, The Neighborhood, The Last Black Man in San Francisco ) as host and co-producers of this year’s awards. The iconic best friend duo, both on the 90’s hit show Martin and in real-life, will return to the Soul Train Awards stage for the second time, bringing their dynamic comedy and infectious personalities to this year’s ceremony.

Tisha Campbell & Tichina Arnold Return As Hosts For The 2nd Year and and co-producers of this year’s awards.

Chris Brown leads the nominees for this year’s awards, receiving eight nominations including ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘Album/Mixtape of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriters Award’ for “No Guidance” and two nods in the ‘Best Dance Performance’ category. He is followed by Drake, who received seven nominations in categories including ‘Rhythm & Bars,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and two nods in the ‘Song of the Year’ category for “No Guidance” and “Girls Need Love Too Remix.”

Beyoncé and Lizzo have both received six nominations, each receiving nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ and ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award.’

Other nominees include Khalid with five nods, J. Cole who garnered four nominations, and H.E.R., Ari Lennox, and Summer Walker, each receiving three nominations.

Esteemed songwriting duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are set to be honored with the Legend Award at this year’s show, recognized for their contributions to R&B music with a career that’s produced more than 100 gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond albums. The pair have more Billboard Number Ones than any other songwriting and production team in history, working with artists such as Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, George Michael and Earth, Wind and Fire.

The fifth annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to five-time Grammy Award winning artist and Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Artist of the last decade Yolanda Adams. With her pioneering blend of modern gospel that infuses touches of R&B and jazz, Adams has continued to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape with her powerful voice across 13 powerful albums which have earned her numerous accolades, including the first American Music Award for Contemporary Gospel Artist and four Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances including special moments and appearances by some of the brightest stars in black culture and entertainment. The annual event is committed to showcasing Soul Train’s impact on arts of music and dance from the 70s to today.

Internationally, the “BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards” will simulcast on BET Africa on November 18, 2019, at 3:00AM CAT; BET UK on November 19, 2019, at 9PM GMT; and BET France and BET South Korea on November 20, 2019 at 8:45PM CET and 9:00PM KST, respectively.

Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will serve as Executive Producer for the BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards along with Jesse Collins and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards.

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An American Bistro and Bar Opens at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

This November, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC brings the best of classic American cuisine paired with an international flair to D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront with AMITY & COMMERCE an American Bistro and Bar.

AMITY & COMMERCE An American Bistro and Bar Opens at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

AMITY & COMMERCE is an inviting space that sets a vibrant tone with a variety of seating options ideal for conversing with friends and colleagues. An open kitchen adds to the festive atmosphere. Diners may choose to enjoy a seat at the 20’ wood-topped COMMERCE bar, one of the multiple communal tables, a standalone table in the AMITY dining room, or, weather permitting, on the adjacent patio.

AMITY & COMMERCE Chef de Cuisine Justin Houghtaling has created a menu that offers a contemporary twist on classic bistro fare. From Braised Veal Cheeks, Tamarind Glazed Angus Short Rib, to a white stew of Braised Veal en Croute, each dish features appealing ingredients with savory results. Curated signature dishes rotate daily to complement delicious modern mainstays on a menu that feels both bold and familiar.

Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen brings his international expertise and creativity to the gourmet breakfast pastry selection and a dessert menu that boasts Panna Cotta Raspberry Verrine, Rustic Apricot Custard Tart, and Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake.

Washington, D.C.’s culinary scene has greatly transformed since we opened over 15 years ago”, said Adriaan Radder, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. “We wanted to provide our guests, neighbors, and D.C. residents with an accessible modern American Bistro experience and the genuine hospitality that Mandarin Oriental is renowned for.”

The Bistro’s name, AMITY & COMMERCE, was inspired by a bit of American history. Given the hotel’s proximity to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the name pays homage to one of Jefferson’s most significant acts: the 1778 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and France which formalized a friendly alliance between the two nations. The phrase AMITY & COMMERCE captures the spirit of the treaty with the bistro serving as a location to gather for friendly interactions for business and cultural exchange.

Located just a stone’s throw from the District’s emerging Southwest Waterfront and the iconic Jefferson Memorial, AMITY & COMMERCE an American Bistro and Bar offers classic dishes with international flair and signature dishes rotating daily. Whether it’s beginning the day at the signature breakfast buffet or settling in with friends and colleagues for lunch or dinner, AMITY & COMMERCE provides an ideal meeting point.

AMITY & COMMERCE is open daily for breakfast 6:30 – 10:30 am (Mon – Fri) & 7 – 10:30am (Sat & Sun), lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner 5:30 – 10:30pm. Commerce Bar is open 5:30 – 10:30p.m. For reservations, please call +1 (202) 787 6148. For more information, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/amityandcommerce.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC exterior at night

Prominently placed along the Capital’s revitalised Southwest Waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. offers five-star luxury, refreshed guestrooms, and extensive facilities in a serene picturesque setting. Just a short walk from the Nation’s most cherished monuments, the hotel is also close to a number of exciting restaurants and attractions in the new District Wharf neighbourhood. The elegant retreat exudes a refined sense of style with beautifully designed rooms, spacious suites including the luxurious three-bedroom Presidential Suite, The Forbes Four-Star Spa, legendary service and exceptional restaurants.

Moma PS1 To Present First New York Exhibition Of Niki De Saint Phalle In Spring 2020

MoMA PS1 will present the first New York museum exhibition of the work of visionary feminist and activist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930‒2002). On view from April 5 to September 7, 2020, the exhibition will feature over 100 works created from the 1970s until the artist’s death, including sculptures, prints, drawings, jewelry, and archival material. Highlighting Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with key social and political issues, the exhibition will focus on works that she created to transform environments, individuals, and society.

Niki de Saint Phalle at Tarot Garden, Garavicchio, Italy, 1980s. Photographer unknown.

Niki de Saint Phalle was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France and raised in New York City. In 1948, at age 18, she married the writer Harry Matthews. They moved to Paris in 1952, and shortly thereafter Saint Phalle was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and began painting as a therapeutic activity. In the late 1950s, Saint Phalle met artist Jean Tinguely, an important collaborator whom she married in 1971. She was the only female member of the Nouveau Réalisme group with Tinguely, Arman, Christo, and Yves Klein, among others. In 1961, the first solo exhibition of Saint Phalle’s work was held at Galerie J, Paris. That same year, her work was included in the exhibition The Art of Assemblage at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Saint Phalle was the subject of a retrospective at the Ulm Museum, Germany, and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 1980, and at the Kunsthalle Bonn in 1992. In 1994, she moved to California, where she lived until her death in 2002.

Niki de Saint Phalle. What is now known was once only imagined. 1979. Offset print. © 2019 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION. Photo: NCAF Archives

Early in her career, Saint Phalle pushed against accepted artistic practices, creating work that used assemblage and performative modes of production. Collaboration was always central to her work, including several co-authored sculptures made with the artist Jean Tinguely. Beginning in the late 1960s, Saint Phalle starting making large-scale sculptures, which led to an expansion of her practice into architectural projects, sculpture gardens, books, prints, films, theater sets, clothing, jewelry, and, famously, her own perfume.

Niki de Saint Phalle. Book cover for AIDS, you can’t catch it holding hands. 1986. © 2019 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION. Photo: NCAF Archives

From this period forward, Saint Phalle also created a series of innovative works that reflect an ethos of collaboration and engagement with the politics of social space. Addressing subjects that ranged from women’s rights to climate change and HIV/AIDS awareness, Saint Phalle was often at the vanguard in addressing the social and political issues of her time. Her illustrated book, AIDS: You Can’t Catch It Holding Hands (1986), written in collaboration with Dr. Silvio Barandun, worked to destigmatize the disease and was translated into six languages.

Niki de Saint Phalle. Photo de la Hon repeinte. 1979. © 2019 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION. Photo: Katrin Baumann

Central to the exhibition is an examination of Saint Phalle’s large-scale outdoor sculptures and architectural projects, including three houses built for Rainer von Diez between 1969 and 1971; Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, a sculpture park in Escondido, CA; the monumental sculpture Le Cyclop in Milly-la-Forêt, France; Golem, a playground in Jerusalem; Noah’s Ark sculpture park in Jerusalem; and Le Dragon de Knokke, a children’s playhouse in Belgium.

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The Toy Insider Experts Reveal Top Holiday Toy Trends of 2019

Kids Will Be Asking for YouTube-Inspired Toy Lines, Compounds and Squishies, Glitz and Glam, Retro Toys and More This Holiday!

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today revealed the top eight trending toy themes of 2019, giving consumers an inside look at the hottest categories and hand-picked favorites that are sure to be bestsellers this holiday season.

The Toy Insider logo.

Thanks to the immense popularity of unboxing videos on YouTube, we’re seeing that the collectible craze is bigger than ever! So big, in fact, that we launched our first-ever 12 Under $12 list of the year’s tiny trending toys with an affordable price tag!” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, the Toy Insider. “We’re also seeing a resurgence in unplugged play, encouraging kids to nurture their creativity with screen-free toys and games or to get up and moving with cool rides that go way beyond bikes. Plus, toys packed with oozy, squishy, and smooshy fun show no signs of slowing down either.”

The Toy Insider unveiled its 14th annual holiday gift guide last month, highlighting the most-coveted toys that kids will have on their holiday wish lists this year. Featuring nearly 350 toys from more than 120 toy companies across its print and online versions, the Toy Insider‘s guide makes it easy for gift-givers to search for the perfect, age-appropriate gift for any child.

Schacht and her editorial team of toy experts have more than 75 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The team is well-versed in the hottest toys and trends through attendance at major toy industry trade shows and events, as well as frequent briefings with toy companies, retailers and analysts throughout the year. The independent organization reviews toys all year long to compile its annual holiday gift guide, along with its Hot 20, STEM 10 and brand-new 12 Under $12 lists. The Toy Insider highlights the year’s top toy trends based on retail sales and extensive research, helping consumers and gift-givers find the perfect holiday gifts for kids.

The Toy Insider’s 2019 Top Toy Trends:

As Seen on YouTube: Kids’ favorite YouTube stars are making their way to the toy box with their very own toy lines. Kids can get an IRL experience unboxing tons of fun surprises based on their favorite channels.
The Toy Insider’s Favorites: Tic Tac Toy XOXO Friends (Blip Toys), FGTeeV Giant TV (Bonkers Toys), Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe (Just Play), Ryan’s World 3.5-inch Ryan’s Racers (Jada Toys), Lamo Ninja Minifigures (Wicked Cool Toys), Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets (WowWee)

Ready to Ride: Scooters, balance bikes, go-karts, and more! Kids are riding in style this year in imaginative new ways. These toys encourage kids to get up and active and ready for adventure!
The Toy Insider’s Favorites: Rideamals Josie (Pacific Cycle), RealTree UTV (Dynacraft), Neon Ghost (Yvolution), Rockin Rider Legacy Grow-with-me Pony (Tek Nek Toys), Wave Catcher (Rollplay), Wild Ones (Razor), Fisher Price Bounce & Spin Puppy (Mattel), Playdate Sven (Jakks Pacific)

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Nordstrom Expands In New York City With Opening Of Flagship Store

Photo Credits: All Images photographed by Connie Zhou, Mo Daoud, and David Zheng (and provided by Nordstrom Inc. PR)

Nordstrom Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto)
Nordstrom NYC Level 1 – Handbags (Connie Zhou)

On October 24th, Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its first-ever flagship store for women and children in New York City. Located at 225 West 57th Street, across from the Nordstrom Men’s Store which launched in April 2018, the new store occupies the base of Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Customers can shop 320,000 square-feet of retail space across seven-levels in the heart of the city. Nordstrom NYC represents the biggest and best statement (as well as the biggest gamble) of what the brand has to offer.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Designer Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC – Comme des Garçons Shop (Connie Zhou)

As diverse as New York City itself, merchandise includes a curated offering across all categories. Customers can shop a comprehensive selection of apparel brands across a broad range of accessible and aspirational price points, including Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Vince, Ted Baker London, Madewell, Reformation and Topshop, complemented by an extensive selection of accessory brands like Longchamp, Chloe, Valentino, Fendi, Loewe, MCM, Coach and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Denim (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Wear (Connie Zhou)

Honoring its heritage in shoes dating back to 1901, Nordstrom NYC offers customers three shoe departments, including one entire floor dedicated to women’s shoes. The vast shoe selection will include Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose, Tory Burch, Birkenstock, UGG, Steve Madden, Nike and more.

Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes & Shoe Bar (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Shoes Conveyor Belt (Connie Zhou)

MERCHANDISE CONCEPTS

Nordstrom NYC Level 2 Christian Louboutin Pop-Up Shop featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women (Connie Zhou)

A testament to the ever-evolving nature of the New York City store, the first level will be home to a rotating series of installations, kicking off with a Christian Louboutin pop-up featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women, inspired by the Palais de la Porte Dorée Museum near Louboutin’s childhood home in Paris.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Fitting Room
Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Stylist’s Lounge (Connie Zhou)

True to its roots in shoes, Nordstrom is launching Perfect Pairs, an exclusive collaboration with 14 customer favorite brands, and a diverse group of NYC muses, bringing together the likes of Steve Madden with model Winnie Harlow; Cole Haan with poet and activist Cleo Wade; Nike with Tennis champion Maria Sharapova; Birkenstock with celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar; UGG with costume designer Patricia Field, and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 5 – Atrium (Connie Zhou)

Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects, also brings the unique Nordstrom offering to life, curating concepts within the flagship to create a sense of newness and discovery for customers.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Burberry Shop Concept Shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection (Connie Zhou)

Beginning with British fashion house Burberry, the exclusive Nordstrom concept shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, housed within a giant, immersive installation spanning five rooms, accented with wood paneled walls and raised theatre style seating, windows for visitors to illustrate or tag with graffiti, and a café featuring Nick Knight‘s Portrait of a Rose print throughout with a menu of British classics available to order.

Nordstrom NYC – Nordstrom x Nike – Level 1 (Mo Daoud)
Nordstrom NYC – Burberry Concept Space – Level 2 (David Zheng)

Kicking off fall with Nordstrom x Nike (NxN), Nordstrom has developed the ultimate women’s sneaker boutique with a distinctive view on style and sport. NxN is the place to find coveted Nike product with a curated selection of merchandise from the most compelling brands in fashion. To celebrate the opening, the shop will exclusively launch a Jordan Air Latitude 720 sneaker with Swarovski and the Nike by Olivia Kim capsule collection of sneakers and apparel, inspired by Kim’s NYC-experience during the 90s, launching in-store on October 31.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – SPACE featuring brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. (Connie Zhou)

The opening of the New York City flagship brings the exciting in-store curation of SPACE, a boutique featuring advanced and emerging designer collections selected by Olivia Kim from brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. Unique to the flagship, SPACE includes the first branded in-store shop from Acne Studios, and a one-of-a-kind Comme des Garçons shop designed with artist and furniture designer Marc Hundley.

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2019 Holiday Travel: Christmas Shopping, Dining and Accommodation Offers at Mandarin Oriental, Paris

To celebrate Christmas and New Year, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering a special accommodation package with the Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées. Available from 22 November 2019 to 8 January 2020, the Festive Shopping Season in Paris package includes a private session with a personal stylist, champagne and other treats for guests. The palace will be the place to be this party season, with festive menus and winter pop-up bar in its garden.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris Exterior Courtyard

Guests booking the Festive Shopping Season in Paris offer will receive spa credit, champagne, tasty Christmas treats and VIP shopping benefits at the Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées. The famous retailer recently opened a concept store on the ‘world’s most beautiful avenue’ offering the latest fashion, lifestyle and beauty collections created by an exciting selection of top designers, ranging from emerging talents to iconic luxury brands.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris Hotel Entrance

Priced from EUR 1,125 per night, the Festive Shopping Season in Paris package includes:

Mandarin Oriental, Paris Royale Suite

  • Luxurious accommodation in a guestroom or suite
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • A Spa credit of EUR 150 per stay
  • A bottle of champagne, seasonal treats and a scented candle from Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées offered in guests’ room upon arrival
  • Private session with a dedicated fashion stylist at the new Galeries Lafayette department store on the iconic Champs-Élysées. Also includes one-way transfer to the store, private shopping session in its ‘Speakeasy’ VIP lounge with champagne and French chocolates, and either a beauty treatment or wine tasting at the store, and hands-free shopping
Mandarin Oriental, Paris Cabochons Suite Terrace
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The Peninsula Hotels In Chicago, Beverly Hills And Manila Achieve World’s Best Hotel Bars Accolade From Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, has unveiled its Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars, naming Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago, The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Bar at The Peninsula Manila as three of only 45 bars around the world to earn the accolade. This comes on the heels of the Forbes Five-Star Awards announcement in February 2019, in which The Peninsula Hotels achieved Forbes Five-Star status across all ten of its hotels, resulting in The Peninsula Hotels being the first and only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible FTG rating for all its hotels.

An honour of this calibre is truly extraordinary, especially given the amount of hard work and meticulous attention our team collectively puts into each of these establishments,” said Carson Glover, Vice President of Brand Marketing & Communications at The Peninsula Hotels. “Every detail, from the design and ambiance to the unparalleled service, to the incredible food and drink offerings, is carefully curated to provide an exceptional and unforgettable guest experience.”

Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago

Z Bar Terrace at The Peninsula Chicago (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Located above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula Chicago’s recently-opened rooftop lounge, Z Bar, boasts expansive city views, an array of distinctive, globally-inspired cocktails, boldly-flavored food and the latest tunes from around the world. After being transported to The Peninsula Chicago’s rooftop terrace via dedicated elevators cloaked in lush forest artistry, guests can enjoy an expansive indoor-outdoor space including a rooftop terrace, the perfect place to experience a sophisticated take on Chicago’s rooftop scene.

Z Bar, The Peninsula Chicago (Photo Credit: www.forbes.com/)

The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Reminiscent of an elegant gentleman’s club, with beautiful California birch-paneled walls and gleaming brass details and sconces, The Club Bar offers guests premium drinks and gourmet small bites. Luxury leather chairs surround the crackling fireplace, creating an authentic yet timeless atmosphere. The Club Bar’s drink list includes rare single-malt whiskies, scotches, tequilas and cognacs, as well as a comprehensive selection of wines by the glass, along with the hotel’s private-label Keller The Peninsula Sonoma Pinot Noir.

The Club Bar, The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Photo Credit: www.forbes.com/)

The Bar at The Peninsula Manila

The Bar at The Peninsula Manila (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Just a few steps from Salon de Ning and a short walk from the famous Lobby, The Bar at The Peninsula Manila echoes the dimly lit bars of Cuba, and is the ideal setting to enjoy the signature Batangas Old Fashioned, or savor a malt whisky in an intimate space. The plush armchairs and leather couches encourage intimate conversation among guests. The Bar, boasting predominant colors of cobalt blue and dark brown, is inspired by the character of an old school gentleman who enjoys a flavorful cigar and a crisp drink.

Forbes Travel Guide’s The Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars recognizes 45 distinguished bars, across 13 countries, and represents hotel bars that performed exceptionally on standards related to the quality of their beverage programme, their presentation and their luxurious service.

Each hotel bar was meticulously inspected and scored using criteria such as elements of luxury standards, which reflect sumptuous comfort, choices and conveniences, including a special level of attention to details, and also food and beverage quality standards, which play an important part in the guest experience. Bars must also demonstrate the technical aptitude of their staff, such as their ability to listen to guests’ individual preferences and to deliver beverages at correct temperatures.

We’ve seen hotel bars evolve enormously in our 60-plus years of operating Forbes Travel Guide, hence the focus of our fourth Verified List,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Hotel bars are now destinations in their own right and have the ability to transform a hotel experience. We congratulate all of the bars on the list, which were vetted and verified based on the most rigorous standards. They not only scored highly, but also provided the most luxurious experience for hotel and local guests alike.

The Verified List throws a spotlight on amazing hotel bars in China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Istanbul and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit forbestravelguide.com.

Walker Art Center Presents: The Expressionist Figure: The Miriam And Erwin Kelen Collection Of Drawings

Zak Smith
Self-Portrait with a Bunch of Pictures Pinned to the Wall
2003
acrylic, metallic ink on plastic-coated paper
39 13/16 x 27 7/16 in.
Private collection
©Zak Smith

Celebrating the remarkable collection of drawings recently donated to the Walker Arts Center by longtime patrons Miriam and Erwin Kelen, The Expressionist Figure: The Miriam And Erwin Kelen Collection Of Drawings, explores the expressive potential of the human body. Richly varied in theme and style, the works on paper span more than a century of artistic experimentation. Featuring portraiture, social satire, erotica, and fantasy in mediums ranging from crayon, ink, and graphite to watercolor, pastel, and collage, the Kelens’ works are joined by a select group of related drawings and sculpture from the Walker’s current holdings. As a whole, The Expressionist Figure: The Miriam And Erwin Kelen Collection Of Drawings is not only a display of virtuoso artworks but also a testament to the pleasure of building a collection and the rewards of sharing it.

Joan Miró
Femme devant la lune (Woman in Front of the Moon)
1935
gouache, watercolor, India ink on paper
14 5/8 x 11 7/8 in.
Private collection
©Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris 2019

Among the artists in the exhibition are Max Beckmann, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas, Jim Denomie, Otto Dix, Marlene Dumas, Arshile Gorky, George Grosz, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Kerry James Marshall, Joan Miró, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Rowan Pope, Egon Schiele, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.

Christian Rohlfs
Kniender Akt (Kneeling Nude)
ca. 1916–18
watercolor, gouache on paper
19 3/8 x 16 in.
Private collection

The Expressionist Figure: The Miriam and Erwin Kelen Collection of Drawings, Curated by Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts, is on view November 17, 2019 through April 19, 2020.

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Dollywood’s 35th Anniversary Features “Budding” New Festival, Packed Calendar of Events

Park Celebrates Milestone In 2020 With Pre-K Child’s Imagination Season Pass, Return of Gazillion Bubbles Show

Dollywood commemorates its 35th anniversary season in 2020 with a gorgeous new festival, a calendar packed full of must-see events, and new and returning entertainment offerings featuring some of the greatest performers from around the world.

Every member of the family should have their 2020 Dollywood season pass early, because it’s going to be an anniversary celebration no one will want to miss.

Dollywood’s Mystery Mine Roll

Dollywood’s 35th Anniversary Season begins on March 14, 2020 with Festival of Nations (March 14-April 20). The epic stage production of Namaste India and Ole! headline the festival. Namaste India provides guests a journey across India via the myriad dance forms for which the country is known, and Ole!features the self-proclaimed “Gypsy Kings of Comedy.” Popular returning acts are Drumstruck, JigJam and the Invaders Steel Orchestra. International food favorites pair well with the diverse entertainment offerings for an escape around the world in the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood’s “budding” new event, the Flower & Food Festival (May 8-June 14), features brilliant splashes of spring color with numerous vibrant displays of expertly-manicured flowers and plants created by tremendously-talented horticulturists. This springtime event is blooming with fun and discovery around each corner thanks to a number of iconic displays.

Advertising photos for Dollywood Splash Country’s River Rush, a new water roller coaster. Photo by Steven Bridges http://www.stevenbridges.com

In partnership with the internationally-acclaimed Mosaicultures flower sculpting team, Dollywood creates living, larger-than-life sculptures including a butterfly umbrella, a depiction of Dolly Parton’s mother quilting the Coat of Many Colors, various animal scenes and beautiful environmental imaginations. Interactive displays also are found throughout the area. A stunning visual element greets guests on Showstreet, as hundreds of colorful umbrellas are suspended above the pathway creating a dazzling “Umbrella Sky.”

Dollywood’s Splash Country – The Cascades

In addition to the beautiful flowers and landscaping, a wide-selection of culinary creations that take inspiration from spring in the Smokies will delight guests’ taste buds. Featured items include spring beef over crispy potatoes, heirloom tomato and feta cheese galette, savory lime chicken legs over rice pilaf, and caprese skewers with a balsamic reduction. Refreshing specialty drink options include pink watermelon lemonade slushy, rose lemon spritzer and fresh violet slushy.

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The Holidays Officially Begin at Walmart

Retailer Announces Plans to Help Customers Get an Early Start on Holiday Shopping

Walmart prepares customers for six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas with early deals, new and expanded shopping services, more top gifts and fun in stores all season long

Walmart will help customers make the most of this year’s shortened holiday season by offering them more savings, more ways to shop, more top gifts to shop for and more fun in stores than ever before.

Customers count on Walmart for the best prices every day, and the holiday season is no exception. Our price leadership is strong, and growing, and we’re excited to deliver savings for all of our holiday shoppers,” said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “Saving our customers time is also paramount at this time of year, especially with fewer days to get ready for big family meals, parties and gift giving. We’re making sure this season is the easiest yet for our customers with nine tech-enabled ways to shop for everyone on their list – when and how they want.

More Savings: Early and Ongoing Deals Throughout the Season
Beginning Oct. 25 at midnight ET, Walmart is launching holiday savings – earlier than ever – with its Early Deals Drop on Walmart.com. Customers can get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping with deals on top items in electronics, gaming, toys, home and sporting goods while supplies last. Some top deals include the BouncePro 7-Foot My First Trampoline for $99 (a $25 savings), the Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Oil- Less Fryer for $39 (a $30 savings) and a VIZIO 55-inch Class M-Series Quantum 4K Ultra HDR Smart TV for $398 (a $100 savings).

Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Oil- Less Fryer
BouncePro 7-Foot My First Trampoline

Customers can continue to expect great savings from Walmart on their everyday shopping needs and gifts – both in stores and online – all season long. In addition, Walmart.com will offer Deal Drops throughout the season for extra savings on some of the hottest holiday items.

More Shopping Conveniences: Customers Have Nine Tech-Enabled Ways to Shop

Walmart is making it easier than ever for customers to shop for everyone on their list with the introduction of new features and expanded shopping services. This holiday season, the retailer is offering nine ways to shop – more than ever before – to help customers save time and money, including:

  • Gift Finder: New this year, customers can search for gifts on Walmart.com with Gift Finder, which provides gift options for 40 different types of gift recipients. Customers provide information based on the recipient and their price range and are served up personalized recommendations so they can choose the best gift for anyone on their list, even the hardest to shop for.
  • Scannable Toy Catalog: For the first time, customers with iOS devices can use their phones to shop for the hottest toys of the season right from the pages of Walmart’s seasonal toy catalog. Dropping Nov. 1, this new digitized experience lets customers scan and shop hundreds of toys, including more than 150 exclusives, through the Walmart app.
  • Free NextDay Delivery*: New this holiday season, customers can order from up to hundreds of thousands of eligible items and have them delivered to their house the very next day without a membership fee.
  • Expanded Check Out With Me: Check Out With Me is now available in all Walmart Supercenters, allowing customers to avoid lines at the register and check out with an associate right where they are shopping, like in Santaland in the garden center, the electronics department or near the registers.
  • Expanded DotCom Store: The DotCom Store, which is also now available in all Walmart Supercenters, lets customers work with associates to place an online order right from the store if the customer cannot find the item they’re shopping for. Items are then sent directly to the customer’s home or to their nearest Walmart store for Pickup.
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Ricky Martin, Roselyn Sánchez, and Paz Vega to Host the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®

The Biggest Night in Latin Music® to air live on the Univision Network Nov. 14 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central)

The Latin Recording Academy® today announced that three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™, and two-time GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin will host the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® alongside internationally renowned actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega. The 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 14 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). (A very limited number of tickets for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are still available for purchase at www.axs.com.)

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers.

Martin, who will host for the first time, has been a part of The Latin Recording Academy’s history since the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000, where he was nominated for two awards and delivered one of the most memorable performances to date. Sánchez joins as a host for the fourth time, after hosting the 16th, 17th, and 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. Vega will host the show for the first time.

Ricky Martin ( Image Courtesy of The Latin Recording Academy)

Ricky Martin is one of the leading international Latin multifaceted artists in the world beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and equal compassion for giving. One of the best-selling international and Latin artists of all time, Martin has sold more than 95 million albums and continues to perform to sold-out stadium and arena audiences throughout the world.

Besides his worldwide musical success, Martin is dedicated to the efforts of the Ricky Martin Foundation, an organization that advocates for the well-being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education, and health. After the catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, the Ricky Martin Foundation organized the Puerto Rico Relief Fund with an initial goal to raise $6 million in aid. To date, the fund has raised nearly $5 million. More than 50,000 donors have contributed, including individuals worldwide, celebrity endorsers, partnering organizations, and large corporations.

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On View Now: “Private Lives Public Spaces” at The Museum of Modern Art

“Professional pictures must appeal to mass interest and mass interest does not always embrace the things that ought to be known. On the other hand, the amateur has no necessity for appealing to mass interest. He is free to reproduce and record any action his fancy or fancy of a friend may dictate.”

— Hiram Percy Maxim, editor Amateur Cinema League, December 1926i

Home movies. Pierce family. USA. 1958-63. Digital preservation of 16mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art

Home movies are a form of personal filmmaking made to entertain intimate audiences of family and friends at private screenings. Since the introduction of small-gauge, portable cameras in 1922 heralded the unofficial birth of amateur moviemaking, the many thousands of reels of non-theatrical film shot by individuals around the world amounts to perhaps the largest body of work on film produced in the twentieth century. Commonly orphaned by those who made them, sold for stock footage and used as documentation, less attention has been given to what home movies represent as an alternative to theatrical film and what they share with the work of avant-garde filmmakers.

Home movies. Jarret family. USA. 1958-67. Digital preservation of Standard 8mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Galleries host Private Lives Public Spaces (October 21, 2019 – July 01, 2020), the Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of home movies and amateur films drawn exclusively from its collection. This gallery presentation of largely unseen, privately produced works will explore the connection between artist’s cinema, amateur movies, and family filmmaking since the 1923 introduction of small-gauge film stock heralded the unofficial birth of affordable home moviemaking. The Museum’s archival holdings of the genre represent a remarkable range of creativity by artists, celebrities, world travelers, and the public at large. This presentation of moving image work offers a renewed perspective on the creative strategies that amateur filmmaking shares with experimental and avant-garde cinema of the 20th century. In conjunction with the gallery installation, MoMA’s Department of Education will stage a Home Movie Day comprising three Library of Congress National Film Registry programs.

“Like the amateur still photographer, the amateur film-maker can devote himself to capturing the poetry and beauty of places and events and, since he is using a movie camera, he can explore the vast world of the beauty of movement.” — Maya Deren, “Amateur Versus Professional” Film Culture 1965iii

Home movies. Jarret family. USA. 1958-67. Digital preservation of Standard 8mm film. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Katie Trainor, Collections Manager, Peter Williamson, Preservation Officer, and Ashley Swinnerton, Collection Specialist, Department of Film

Featuring works dating from 1907 to 1996, Private Lives Public Spaces is the Museum’s first major exhibition of home movies and amateur films drawn exclusively from its collection. Democratic, personal, and unregulated, this “people’s cinema” is viewed as a precursor to social media, and MoMA’s installation is predicated on the expanded opportunities for display provided by digital media and the fresh appreciation that viewers bring to self-expression in present-day moving image culture.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Adds New Artistic Balloon From Famed Contemporary Artist Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Joins the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® With the Debut of the “Love Flies Up to the Sky” Balloon

Yayoi Kusama joins the Parade’s illustrious Blue Sky Gallery – a series of balloons which highlight inflatable artworks by some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists; the new high-flying art coincides with an exhibition of Kusama’s new work at the celebrated David Zwirner Gallery in New York City

This Thanksgiving, the world’s most renowned female contemporary artist will take her iconic art to new heights as Yayoi Kusama joins the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Kusama’s Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon will debut in the annual holiday spectacle in front of more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, as the latest entry in the Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites celebrated contemporary artists to contribute artworks to the high-flying lineup.

Photo Credits: Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, joins the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series of balloons designed by contemporary artists with the introduction of her creation “Love Flies Up to the Sky” this November. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her My Eternal Soul series of paintings–a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. The artist’s signature dots — which recur throughout her practice — also feature prominently in the Macy’s Parade balloon design.

In 2005, we began featuring inflatable artworks by the world’s most renowned contemporary artists in the Macy’s Parade lineup with the hope of bringing fine art to the masses and making it more accessible,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “This year the world’s most popular living female artist, the iconic Yayoi Kusama, joins the Parade’s acclaimed Blue Sky Gallery series of balloons, making these creations a collection of high-flying art worthy of museums around the world. We can’t wait for millions to enjoy the hypnotic, colorful and whimsical beauty of Love Flies Up to the Sky this Thanksgiving.”

Yayoi Kusama, the latest invited artist to light up the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Photo Credit: Yayoi Kusama

Contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan in 1929 and has been creating art for more than eight decades. During her lengthy career her work has transcended two of the most important art movements of the second half of the twentieth century: pop and minimalism. Today, she is the world’s best-selling female artist and holds the record for the highest price paid at auction for a work by a living female artist. According to a recent review of museum attendance by The Art Newspaper, she is also the world’s most popular artist. From 2012-2018, Yayoi Kusama had over 55 solo shows and exhibitions at more than 45 art institutions worldwide, covering more than 23 countries and breaking longtime attendance records. Over 6 million visitors have attended these exhibitions, many often waiting more than two hours to enter the exhibition and experience Kusama’s transformative work. The North American Tour of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which traveled from 2017-2019 to six institutions, had over 599,800 visitors.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: M∙A∙C Cosmetics Launches ‘Starring You’ Collection For 2019 Holiday Season

Collection Features 20 Products Across All Categories And 33 Gift Sets For Everyone On This Year’s Shopping List

This holiday, M·A·C Cosmetics plays with a classic symbol of the celebratory season with its Starring You Collection, taking the twinkling star in all-new directions – on packaging, in a glittering lineup of products and kits, and in dazzling new looks. More than just the inspiration behind shimmering hues, the star is YOU. A legendary lineup for eyes, lips and face encourages everyone to create, make a name for themselves and claim center stage.

LUCKY STARS LIP GLOSS KIT ($44 VALUE)

Upon working with the Starring You collection, the first word that came to my mind was ‘opulent,’” said Fatima Thomas, M·A·C Senior Artist. “The finishes are reflective, varying from moderate frost to high-beam metallic, and apply smoothly. The colour palette is sophisticated and urbane. After the predominantly fiery coppers and rusts of SS19, it’s refreshing to create looks with rich plums, pinots, irons and garnets laced with sparkle.

KISS OF STARS LIPSTICK / STARRING YOU

In the new collection, stars are born this holiday season. All-new glitter-coated Kiss Of Stars Lipstick serves subtle glam or full-on glitz with creamy, eye-catching shimmer in six shades. Newly returned Spellbinder Shadow is another must-have, with magnetically charged ionized pigments that cling to eye lids. Four deep velvety shades provide intense, dimensional color payoff. For Pro-worthy application, Thomas suggests starting with a layer of Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base, then spritzing Prep + Prime Fix + onto a brush loaded with Spellbinder Shadow before patting onto lids.

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MoMA 2020: Upcoming MoMA Exhibition Will Explore Political And Social Engagement And Radical Experimentation In Early 20th-Century Avant-Garde Art Movement

The Museum of Modern Art announced Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented, a major exhibition that will present the political engagement, fearless and groundbreaking visual experimentation, and utopian aspirations of artists in the early 20th century. On view in The Robert B. Menschel Galleries from May 10 through September 12, 2020, Engineer, Agitator, Constructor will showcase the activities of historical avant-gardes, including galvanizing works of Dada, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Futurism, and Russian Constructivism, and highlights such figures as Aleksandr Rodchenko, Lyubov Popova, John Heartfield, and Hannah Höch.

Drawn from the Museum’s outstanding holdings from this period, the exhibition will mark a recent acquisition of more than 300 works from the Merrill C. Berman Collection, one of the most significant collections of early 20th-century works on paper in private hands. Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented is organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA, and Adrian Sudhalter, Consulting Curator, with Jane Cavalier, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA.

Hannah Höch, German (1889–1978). Collage (Dada). c. 1922. Original collage: cut-and-pasted papers, printed papers, ink (postmark), and postage stamp on board, 9 3/4 × 13″ (24.8 × 33 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection

The historic acquisition in 2018 from the legendary Merrill C. Berman Collection transformed MoMA’s holdings of early 20th-century avant-garde art from Soviet Russia; Weimar Germany; the newly constituted Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia; the Netherlands; and Italy, securing the Museum’s position as the unmatched repository of art of this period. Containing both individual masterworks and rare contextual material, the Berman Collection at MoMA offers standout strength and unparalleled depth in its area. With its capacity to fill gaps and diversify modernism’s narratives, this acquisition is particularly urgent at this moment of the Museum’s expansion, offering exciting opportunities to share new and compelling stories, including those that are explicitly political, of the early 20th century.

John (born Helmut Herzfelde) Heartfield (German, 1891–1968). The Hand Has Five Fingers (5 Finger hat die Hand). 1928. Lithograph, 38 1/2 × 29 1/4″ (97.8 × 74.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Merrill C. Berman Collection
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Rebag Transforms the Resale Industry with Clair, the Universal Luxury Appraisal Index

The Luxury Handbag Authority Launches A Revolutionary Tool Designed To Instantly Reveal Your Handbag’s Current Resale Value

Rebag, the destination for buying and selling luxury handbags, has launched a revolutionary tool that instantly reveals the resale value of any bag that you’re eyeing, or already have in your closet: Clair by Rebag, the Comprehensive Luxury Appraisal Index for Resale.

ReBag logo

It’s hard to imagine ever falling out of love, but the reality is, we’ve all got unwanted baggage. Want to know the real value of your handbag? Just ask Clair.

The first of its kind, and five years in the making, Clair is a powerful proprietary software which allows Rebag to generate a highly accurate offer in an instant and empowers consumers to make the most of every luxury handbag purchase. Clair determines the value of any handbag across a list of more than 50 brands and 10,000 bags. It offers consumers an exact and fully automated price that Rebag is currently willing to pay to acquire that item.

With more and more consumers contemplating the resale value of their luxury purchases, we’ve created a taxonomy that provides a more transparent way for consumers to shop more wisely,” says Charles Gorra, Founder and CEO of Rebag. “We’ve spent years gathering data and analyzing the luxury handbag market. Clair is our way of sharing that knowledge with the world – and it’s only the beginning.”

In an industry where pricing is notoriously shrouded in mystery, Clair is an easy-to-use appraisal index as well as universal codes and condition grades to serve as a common pricing reference for resellers worldwide. This industry-wide framework lifts the opaque curtain currently on the handbag resale market, allowing consumers to make smart decisions on their purchases, know the value of their purchase upfront and view handbags as a new investment category. Clair was created for everyone, not just those who shop and sell at Rebag. The tool reduces the time it takes to normally receive a price quote, eliminating the friction and hesitation consumers often feel when it comes to resale.

Clair by Rebag makes it possible to instantly check the value of luxury handbags in three easy steps: through the Rebag website or app, navigate to the Clair portal to select the handbag’s brand, model, style, and size, then tell Clair a bit more about the color and condition, and it will instantly generate your handbag’s resale value.

Receiving an appraisal from Clair doesn’t lock consumers in to buy or sell through Rebag; in fact, it only opens more possibilities. Once customers have seen the future of their handbag, they can decide to hold onto the investment for posterity, consign it, sell/trade it in through Rebag or even buy more of them – the options are endless.

Clair by Rebag wilas officially unveiled on October 24th and is accessible for all consumers via the mobile app or website. For more information on Clair by Rebag visit www.rebag.com/clair.

Holiday Travel 2019: Make This Holiday Season Unforgettable at The Pfister Hotel and Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel

The Marcus Hotels & Resorts Hosts Something For Everyone At This Year’s Can’t-Miss Festivities

Soon the banisters of the AAA Four Diamond Pfister Hotel and the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center (509 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, (414) 271-7250) will be adorned with tinsel and evergreen boughs as the festive spirit of the holiday season returns to treasured Milwaukee traditions and celebrations. Guests from near and far have the opportunity to experience a variety of classic holiday merriment, as well as new and creative events to ring in this special time of year.

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The Pfister Hotel, located in Milwaukee, Wis., was recently recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers in the 2019 edition of Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards***. More than 125 years old, the iconic hotel is known for its gracious service, timeless elegance and the finest in exceptional hospitality. As Milwaukee’s distinguished luxury hotel, The Pfister has created many exceptional programs, including an internationally recognized Artist-in-Residence program now in its 11th year, Pfister “Narrator” program that chronicles the daily life and spirt of the hotel, and its cherished Afternoon Tea, featuring its very own Tea Butler. The Pfister is also home to the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. This is the third consecutive year the property has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

Top “Can’t Miss” Holiday Events at The Pfister Hotel:

All is Bright: The Annual Pfister Hotel Tree Lighting CeremonyFriday, November 29, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (official lighting at 5:30 p.m.)

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  • The annual tree lighting ceremony in the lobby of The Pfister Hotel is one of Milwaukee’s most beloved and anticipated traditions. Featuring an 18-foot, LED-lit holiday tree, the jolly event includes complimentary hot cocoa, tasty holiday treats, music, and more. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos. Guests are encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole. The tree lighting ceremony will take place promptly at 5:30 p.m.; the other activities continue until 6:30 p.m. To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will collect non-perishable food items for Hunger Task Force, and encourages guests to bring donation items. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.
  • Pfister Holiday MarketplaceSaturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Experience and enjoy the majestic holiday ambiance of The Pfister Hotel Lobby while shopping for gifts created by over 60 local artists and vendors. Curated by the talented Renee Bebaeu, The Pfister Holiday Marketplace is the ideal place to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, all while taking in the sights and sounds of local art and music. Located in The Pfister Lobby, entry into the marketplace is free.
  • Breakfast With SantaSaturdays and Sundays, December 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21, 22, 2019 | Two times available each day, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., as well as 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Back by popular demand, The Pfister Breakfast Buffet with Santa is a holiday tradition that creates lifelong memories for the entire family. Guests have the opportunity to share a festive breakfast spread with Santa and his elves in the festive Pfister ballroom. In addition to photos with Santa, which are highly encouraged, each child will receive a special gift and will be able to make crafts while penning a hand-written letter to Santa. Smaller seating groups for each date will ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience. For reservations call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $49 Adults, $29 Children 3-10 years-old, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). Credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.

To learn more about these Pfister holiday events, visit: https://www.thepfisterhotel.com/events

More Holiday Experiences at The Pfister

Afternoon Tea at The Pfister
Friday through Sunday Weekly until May 3, 2020 | Seating available at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 2:00 p.m.
As winter rolls in, cozy up with tea at The Pfister’s beloved 23rd floor lounge, Blu. Guests will enjoy a spectacular view of the city and tableside tea blending, presented in all-silver service by the one and only Pfister Tea Butler. Enjoy learning about each tea’s origin, unique flavors, effects on mood and health, as well as blending options and perfect pairings. House-made traditional sandwiches and pastries are also served. Afternoon Tea at The Pfister sells out quickly, so make your reservation today. For reservations, call 414.935.5950 or email CustomerCare@marcushotels.com. Reservations and credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.

Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch at The Pfister Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Dine in the breathtaking atmosphere of the Pfister Grand Ballroom, the perfect setting for your family’s elegant and cheerful Thanksgiving celebration. Indulge in an array of fresh seafood on sculpted ice, a harvest of fresh salads and starters, an Artisan Wisconsin cheese station, freshly baked treats from the Grand Pastry table and chefs preparing organic eggs, pastas and succulently carved meats on site, not to mention all the traditional trimmings. Guests can extend the holiday experience with an overnight stay on Wednesday, November 27 or Thursday, November 28 for a special rate of $109 per night plus tax with the purchase of brunch. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $69 Adults, $27 Children 3-10 years-old, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). Credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.

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MoMA Announces Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist And The Avantgarde—From Signac To Matisse And Beyond, An Exhibition Highlighting Fénéon’s Role In The Development Of Modern Art, In Spring 2020

Exhibition Brings Together Some 150 Works That the Forward-Looking Art Critic, Dealer, and Collector Championed, Admired, and Collected

The Museum of Modern Art announces Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond, the first exhibition devoted to the influential French art critic, editor, publisher, dealer, and collector Félix Fénéon (1861–1944), on view from March 22 through July 25, 2020. Though largely unknown today and always discreetly behind the scenes in his own era, Fénéon played a key role in the careers of leading artists from Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, each of whom is featured prominently in the exhibition. Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond traces Fénéon’s career through approximately 150 works that highlight his initiatives to help artists via his reviews, exhibitions, and acquisitions; his commitment to anarchism; his literary engagements; and his contributions to the recognition of non-Western art. Bringing together a selection of major works that Fénéon admired, championed, and collected, alongside contemporary letters, documents, and photographs, the exhibition underscores the tremendous impact he had on the development of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Paul Signac. Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890. 1890. Oil on canvas. 29 x 36 1/2″ (73.5 x 92.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, 1991. Photo by Paige Knight. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Paul Signac’s Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1890) – an icon of Neo-Impressionism and a masterpiece in MoMA‘s collection. In this dramatic portrait, Signac pays homage to Fénéon’s distinctive profile and goatee, dandyish attire, and generous but enigmatic personality. The spiral patterns in the background set into motion the scientific color theories that Signac and the Neo-Impressionists used to develop the technique of Pointillism, which involved applying tiny dabs of color that mix in the eye of the viewer. It was a young Fénéon who had coined the term “Neo-Impressionism” a few years earlier, in 1886, to recognize the new style pioneered by Seurat and Signac. Over the next five decades, he would continue to be their most ardent, lifelong champion.

Henri Matisse. Interior with a Young Girl (Girl Reading). Paris 1905–06. Oil on canvas. 28 5/8 x 23 1/2″ (72.7 x 59.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, 1991. Photo by Paige Knight. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The exhibition unfolds across several galleries organized as distinct chapters in Fénéon’s multifaceted career. While working as a clerk in the War Office in Paris, Fénéon was secretly active in anarchist circles, and after the bombing of a Parisian restaurant in 1894 he was arrested, imprisoned, and tried on suspicion of conspiracy. Paintings, photographs, and prints will attest to the tumult of the period and the anarchist fervor within the artistic and literary circles in which Fénéon moved. After his acquittal, Fénéon worked as editor-in-chief of La Revue Blanche, a leading journal of art, literature, and politics. He became a champion of the artists most closely allied with the publication, including Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and Félix Vallotton, who were known as the Nabis. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Vallotton’s Félix Fénéon at La Revue Blanche (1896), a luminous canvas depicting the revered editor hunched over a stack of manuscripts he is editing by lamplight.

Georges-Pierre Seurat. Study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”. 1884. Oil on canvas. 27 3/4 x 41″ (70.5 x 104.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951
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Nordstrom Partners With Good+Foundation To Help New York City Families In Need

Company Is Halfway To Meeting Its Pledge Goal Of $5M To Support Various Community Organizations

On the eve of the company opening its newest flagship store in New York City (57th Street and Broadway), Nordstrom is proud to announce its continued commitment to supporting the local New York City community through its new partnership with Good+Foundation, a leading nonprofit that works to dismantle multi-generational poverty by pairing donations of goods with innovative services to help low-income families.

Last year, Nordstrom announced its commitment to give $5 million dollars to the community of New York City by the end of 2020 through a combination of enterprise investments and grants. Good+Foundation is the newest addition to the portfolio, receiving a community grant of $250,000 to support programmatic work across all five boroughs of New York. This work will include helping deliver essential items like cribs, diapers and strollers as well as providing access to family services like job training, couples counseling and parenting classes with the long term goal of creating a healthier, safer environment for parents and children. Nordstrom will also be supporting the foundation through its 2019 NYC in-store holiday campaign and more.

We believe one of our most important responsibilities as a company is giving back to the diverse communities where we live and work,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores. “As we celebrate the opening of Nordstrom NYC, our Manhattan Flagship store, we are thrilled to be partnering with Good+Foundation to help improve the lives of thousands of local children and families.”

Founded in 2001 in New York City, Good+Foundation partners with approximately 75 innovative anti-poverty programs in the country, including 30 partners across all five boroughs. The organization’s goal is to incentivize parental enrollment and participation in programs like job training, anger management, healthy relationships and addressing trauma to improve the outcome for families. With an annual donation of over $7 million worth of products, Good+Foundation has earned a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year as well as accreditation by the Better Business Bureau‘sWise Giving Alliance for transparency, efficiency and operations.

Good+Foundation is proud to be part of the philanthropic investment Nordstrom is making to New York City,” says Jessica Seinfeld, Good+Foundation president and founder. “Nordstrom is committed to improving the lives of children and families, and through this partnership, thousands more fathers and mothers will receive essential goods like strollers, car seats, diapers and clothes when they achieve milestones like getting a GED or completing a parenting class.

Each year, Nordstrom donates millions of dollars to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada, with the majority of giving focused on organizations and programs that empower youth, support children and care for families. In 2018, Nordstrom supported more than 600 organizations and $12M in the communities where the company does business. Additional information on Nordstrom’s charitable giving efforts can be found at NordstromCares.com.