Open 365 days a year, the VMFA shares its growing collection of African American art all year long. During Black History Month 2020, it’s great time to visit the collection and join the ongoing celebration of African American art, history, and culture.
TALK Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA, in conversation with Nell Draper-Winston Thu, Jan 30 | 6:30–7:30 pm, $8 (VMFA members $5), Leslie Cheek Theater
VMFA’s Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, curator of Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop, will provide an overview of the exhibition, which features photography by members of the Kamoinge Workshop, an artist collective founded in New York City in 1963. Nell Draper-Winston, sister of photographer Louis Draper, will join Dr. Eckhardt in conversation to discuss her brother’s photographs and his roots in Richmond.
OPEN STUDIO PLUS PERFORMANCE Grandma’s Hands Sun, Feb 2 | 1–4 pm, Free, no tickets required. Art Education Center. Performances in the Atrium 2 pm & 3 pm
Join others as they encounter generational lessons from two sisters with remarkable stories to share from the perspective of the African American South. Through song, stories, and signed poetry, we will learn how women have made an impact on culture through practices passed down from family matriarchs.
RVA Community Makers Art Activity Sun, Feb 2 | 1–4 pm, Free, no tickets required. Art Education Center
During Open Studio Plus Performance, celebrate family with Richmond artist Hamilton Glass and local African American photographers.
Take your digital family portraits onsite at VMFA to become part of a mixed-media public art collaboration. Glass will guide attendees in hands-on participation. You can also capture fun memories in the Family Portrait Photo Booth.
Extending the meaning of family to community, the project also brings together six local photographers—Regina Boone, Courtney Jones, Brian Palmer, Sandra Sellars, Ayasha Sledge, and James Wallace— who will create portraits of six selected community leaders.
FIRST FRIDAY Spirituals, Fri, Feb 7 | 6–8 pm, Free, no tickets required. Atrium
Welcome sopranos Lisa Edwards Burrs and Olletta Cheatham to the First Friday series with an evening of Spirituals. Lisa and Olletta will sing many powerful songs of the genre and explore their resonating impact on history.
DANCE PARTY VMFA After Hours: VMFA Is for Lovers Sat, Feb 15 | 7–11:30 pm, $45/person ($35 VMFA members). Museum wide
Join host Kelli Lemon for a night of art, music, dancing, and love after dark. Catch DJ Lonnie B on the spin in the Marble Hall. Enjoy Legacy Band performing live music in the Atrium. Experience the exhibitions Edward Hopper and the American Hotel and Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop.
All galleries will be open during this event to give you access to our diverse collections of art from around the world.
LIVE JAZZ, Dominion Energy Jazz Café: Jazz Around the Museum. Thu, Feb 13 | 6–9 pm, Free, no tickets required. Marble Hall
Back by popular demand! Who says a Jazz band can’t party, get down, and get funky? Led by saxophonist Robert “Bo” Bohannon, Klaxton Brown combines the old with the new, and will rock you steady all night long. Prepare to get Klaxtonized!
Named by Architectural Digest as one of the “15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season,” the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest, from February 29 to April 12. Themed “Sounds of Spring,” the spring festival showcases an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. Presented by IBERIABANK, Dallas Blooms features six majestic musical topiaries including a harp, guitar, saxophone, bass, violin and piano, some of which are eight feet in length—perfect for photos and social media posts.
Alan Walne, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Dallas Blooms marks that spring has arrived in the South! We invite the community to experience one of the country’s most colorful floral displays this spring where more than 250,000 people will visit this season.”
Each week showcases a different genre of music from Texas country to classical rock, including live bands each weekend. Dallas Arboretum‘s A Tasteful Place, a garden that celebrates growing, harvesting and preparing fresh food, also features classes in theme with each music genre.
Reopened for the spring, the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden features 17 indoor/outdoor galleries, 150 interactive science games, four plant labs at new times that vary daily and an abundance of themed adventures throughout the Dallas Blooms festival. The Children’s Adventure Garden is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For a full list of upcoming events and activities, visit www.dallasarboretum.org/childrensadventuregarden.
Throughout the week, there are special days and festivities including Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, BOGO Wednesdays and CC Young Senior Living Thursdays.
Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum president and CEO, added, “There is something for everyone at Dallas Blooms, and we’ve been told we have the largest display of tulips in a public garden outside of Holland. As the tulips bloom throughout the festival, the finale is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom along with the Japanese cherry trees, ushering in spring with vibrant color everywhere.”
The Entertainment Capital of the World to Offer Dazzling New Year’s Eve Experiences
Saying goodbye to another year, Las Vegas visitors can give 2019 a proper farewell with exciting New Year’s Eve events. The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas will ring in 2020 with astounding entertainment, pyrotechnic displays, mouthwatering culinary offerings and much more.
Raise a Glass with the Stars
Christina Aguilera will have guests saying “come on over” as she wraps up this leg of her “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience” residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31. Join the chanteuse for a special countdown to midnight at the Dec. 31 show.
One of the world’s greatest rock bands – Journey – will bring the crowd inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to their feet with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31.
Celebrate with Lady Gaga as she puts on three shows New Year’s Eve weekend at Park Theater inside Park MGM. The superstar will perform her famous pop hits during LADY GAGA ENIGMA Dec. 28 and 30. And close out the decade in style on Dec. 31 at LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO with stripped-down versions of those hits alongside music from the Great American Songbook.
Maroon 5 will bring their annual New Year’s Eve shows back to Mandalay Bay Events Center for the ninth consecutive year, Dec. 30 and 31.
Jam out with rock band The Offspring at the Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Dec. 30 and close out the year with an intimate performance by Puerto Rican superstar OZUNA on Dec. 31.
Straight up ring in the new year with Paula Abdul as she performs her greatest hits at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Dec. 31.
American reggae and dub band Stick Figure will ring in 2020 at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with a New Year’s Eve performance on Dec. 31.
Leave it all on the Dance Floor
Drai’s Nightclubat The Cromwellwill host a star-studded, four-day celebration to ring in 2020 from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, with performances from artists Trey Songz (Dec. 28), Meek Mill (Dec. 29), Gucci Mane (Dec. 30) and Future on New Year’s Eve.
Hakkasan Nightclubinside MGM Grand Hotel and Casinowill celebrate New Year’s Eve weekend in style with five days of stellar performances by DJ Shift (Dec. 27), Fergie DJ (Dec. 28), rapper DMX (Dec. 29), TIËSTO (Dec. 30) and Steve Aoki bringing it home on Dec. 31.
GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Drake continues his partnership with XS Nightclubat Encore Las Vegaswith a New Year’s weekend performance Dec. 30.
Chart-topping DJ duo The Chainsmokers will kick off the 2020 countdown on Dec. 31 at XS Nightclubat Encore Las Vegaswith hits like “Call You Mine” and “Something Just Like This.”
The expert mixologists at Top of the Strand, New York City’s iconic rooftop bar, have released their “12 Days of Cocktails,” a collection of jolly recipes that just may become everyone’s newest holiday tradition.
With nods to seasonal favorites that include the Grinch, a red-nosed reindeer and everyone’s least-liked relative from the classic movie “Home Alone”—plus a recipe sure to make St. Nick’s naughty list—the 12 Days of Cocktails are perfect for lighting up holiday parties and family gatherings or for warming up on those cold, snowy nights. For those who spend the holidays in the sun or by the pool, the cocktails can bring a welcome chill.
Top of the Strand rooftop bar—known for having one of the best views in NYC—is set like a jewel on the 21st floor of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. With its friendly atmosphere, dazzling views, handcrafted drinks and tasty light fare, Top of the Strand is one of New York City’s favorite rooftop bar.
December 14 – Winter Mule
Serve over ice in rocks glass with a sugar rim
1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron
3/4 oz. agave syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Top with ginger beer
Before serving, garnish with rosemary sprig and cranberries
December 15 – Rosemary Christmas
Do ahead: Smoked rosemary – place rosemary sprig on plate and use mini torch to light rosemary; place coupe glass over rosemary and leave for one minute.
Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/4 oz. Cynar (a flavorful artichoke liqueur available in most package stores)
3/4 oz. Aperol
Before serving, garnish with smoked rosemary
December 16 – Philly’s Naughty List
Do ahead: Simple syrup – in a medium saucepan combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass
2 oz. rye
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
6 dashes of tiki bitters (available at most package stores)
Before serving, garnish with pinch of ground nutmeg
The Comedy Writer and Iconic Blended Scotch Whisky Brand Have Created A Series of Merry Messages To Personalize Your Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gifts This Season
Award-winning actress Mindy Kaling and Johnnie Walker, the number one Scotch Whisky brand in the world, have teamed up this holiday season to bring maximum cheer. Using her comedic way with words, Mindy has created original holiday messages that can be engraved on bottles of the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label. (http://www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com)
One in every three spirits purchased in December is a gift1, so Johnnie Walker has enlisted Kaling to help gift-givers find the right words to say. With a message from Mindy, an engraved Blue Label bottle will certainly stand out from the rest. Choose from eight engravings by Mindy to customize your next gifted bottle of Blue:
Snow Much Fun, You Guys
From Your Whisky Elf
Damn, Someone Made The Nice List
Sip By The Fire (Or A Fire Gif)
The Sip That Keeps On Giving
(Recipient’s) Best Holiday Present
Peace, Joy & Whisky
I Love This For You, Happy Holidays
“Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the perfect gift for everyone who appreciates a rare whisky and a bold personality, like me! I love that you can engrave the bottle with a personal message, so every time someone pours a sip, they think of you. And for anyone short on words, I have you covered. I teamed up with Johnnie Walker to create a few, festive holiday messages of my own for you to engrave. Thank me later!” shared holiday enthusiast, Kaling.
Holiday shoppers can engrave complimentary messages from Kaling on Johnnie Walker Blue Label online at www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com and also at the Johnnie Walker Holiday Pop Up Powered by Giftagram, located in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in New York City. As the rarest and most exclusive offering in the Johnnie Walker portfolio, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an iconic whisky meant for celebrating all of life’s meaningful moments. A personalized engraving from Kaling transforms this already special bottle into a truly one-of-a-kind gift and as a little something extra to get shoppers in the holiday spirit, Kaling and Johnnie Walker are offering free shipping with code MINDY. Consumers must be of legal drinking age to participate.
For more information on Johnnie Walker, please visit www.johnniewalker.com and follow @JohnnieWalkerUS on Facebook and Twitter and @JohnnieWalker on Instagram.
1 Source: F20 AOP and Numerator Occasions Tracker – April 2018 thru January 2019
The Peninsula Hotels has announced a calendar of fun festive activities and experiences for all to enjoy this season, including bountiful brunches brimming with festive fare; celebratory cocktails crafted by on-site mixologists; gingerbread making classes led by each hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story-telling sessions of The Peninsula’s digital storybook for children ‘The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,’ available to download on a complimentary basis via Peninsula.com’s festive webpage.
Putting The Spice Back Into Life The hero and leading character of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight hanging within decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the ‘Stories from within the Tree’ chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled ‘Stories from the Tree’.
After kicking-off with ‘Stories from Under the Tree’ last year and closing with ‘Stories from the Tree Top’ next year, this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Adding a Scandinavian touch to the festivities, The Peninsula Hong Kong will welcome Santa Claus from Finland Santa Claus Village on December 11 at The Lobby as the Grande Dame joins hands with Finnair this winter. More collaboration will be announced by the end of December 2019 for a truly Nordic celebration.
In line with this, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with giant Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy. To prolong the festive joy throughout the season, the hotel mascot, The Peninsula Bear will appear at The Lobby, giving adorable surprises spontaneously to guests.
A Time Of Reflection Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six ‘Stories from the Tree’ characters will be available to purchase at each hotel in the form of tree decorations and pins, with US$5 from each purchase being donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong and Room to Read. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, an organization that grants one life-changing wishes for children aged between three and 17 with critical illnesses in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Room to Read, a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
In The Peninsula Hong Kong’s legendary lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover to present ‘Teas of Hope’ Afternoon Tea. Available now through to December 20 and December 27th to 30th 2019, the set is priced at HK$ 398* per person or HK$ 718* for two, and includes a festive pin. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to the above charities.
The Joy Of Festive Gastronomy The festive sounds of Rhythm and Harmony will also be a feature of the lobby, with the big band performing live each evening from December 24th to 31st. Guests can enjoy movie theme-tunes, bossa nova hits, and popular songs from the 70s and 80s. The nightly live entertainment of top performers will make this place the live lounge music capital of Hong Kong. Guests who enjoy a more traditional approach to Christmas are well catered for too, priced at HK$ 508* per person, the classic afternoon tea will be served in The Lobby from December 21stto 26th.
For lovers of classic Cantonese cuisine, there are few better places in Hong Kong to ring in the New Year than at Spring Moon. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st will see the Spring Moon Band performing a blend of Shanghai classic songs and American music, to celebrate ‘East meets West’. A festive lunch and dinner will also be available from December 24th and 25th.
French fine dining institution Gaddi’s offers the perfect Christmas Eve treat with a six-course festive dinner on December 24th created by Chef Albin Gobil, in addition to a four-course festive lunch and five-course dinner menu on Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy ‘new vintage’ music performed by the Gaddi’s band, which mixes 1940s jazz and classic pop in a roaring 20s-style adaptation.
Those with a penchant for the avant-garde can enjoy a Christmas meal created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez in Felix on December 25th, choosing between a three-course early seating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or a five-course dinner from 8:00 pm onwards. Those dining between 24 to 31 December will also be treated to live music each evening from 8:00 pm onwards.
Celebrate the holidays at Pop-In@Nordstrom with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, and discover hundreds of uncommon gifts to light up those who make life brighter. Featuring more than 100 exclusive items and 1,000+ gifts spanning home and health, travel and tech, and even presents for your friends on four legs, Happiness Is Pop-In@Nordstrom (Now through to January 5) has something for everyone on your list. The shop is up and running now in select Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop.
This season for holiday Pop-In@Nordstrom were expanded to additional Nordstrom locations. New stores are starred below:
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is delighted to announce a one-of-a-kind culinary collaboration with Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. From January 3 to 10, the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will showcase the creativity of Chef Vincenzo Guarino,Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como during two exclusive starred dinners at Mes’Lalla and an Italian week presenting a special menu available for guests at the Pool Garden restaurant.
Promoting authentic cuisine, acclaimed Chef Vincenzo Guarino has been awarded one Michelin star in 2019 for L˜Aria, the resort’s fine dining restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. This prestigious distinction confirms the great Chef’s talent in marrying high-quality ingredients, precise techniques and inspiring flavours and aromas to produce a multi-sensory experience that pays homage to traditional Mediterranean cuisine and brings it to life.
Vincenzo Guarino’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age. After attending culinary school, the Chef honed his skills at Michelin-starred establishments both in Italy and abroad. Over the course of his career, Vincenzo Guarino has worked alongside celebrated chefs such as Gualtiero Marchesi in Capri and, in 2019 Chef Guarino took on a new challenge as Executive Chef of the new Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como.
During this Italian week, diners can enjoy two exclusive dinners in the cosy atmosphere of the Mes’Lalla restaurant on January 3rd and 4th. The seabass and re-imagined eggplant parmigiana are just two of the delightful dishes on offer.
From January 5 to 10 , Lake Como will take over the Pool Garden restaurant and surprise guests with a varied menu offering Mediterranean delights such as the unmissable octopus “Alla Luciana” and the “Acquapazza” seabream.
Explore the Best Restaurants and Bars Around the World
50 Best, the brand behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars annual ranking and awards, announces the launch of 50 Best Discovery.
For 17 years, 50 Best has been compiling authoritative rankings based on the votes of its extensive international network of experts. Until today, 50 Best only revealed the restaurants and bars which received sufficient votes for them to be ranked. With the launch of 50 Best Discovery, the organization now provides a deeper, richer library for people to draw on for eating and drinking inspiration as they traverse the world.
50 Best Discovery is the world’s most exciting database for eating and drinking and operates as an unranked extension of the annual 50 Best rankings of restaurants and bars. The venues featured on 50 Best Discovery have all received votes from the experts who create the rankings of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, as well as Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The digital collection is compiled from the results of these five annual 50 Best rankings but extends far beyond the elite establishments celebrated in each list. The result is a more diverse range of expert-recommended restaurants and bars across the world, offering everything from emerging talent and local favourites through to fine dining and fine drinking establishments. To qualify, a restaurant or bar needs to receive a significant number of votes in the most recent round of polling for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or The World’s 50 Best Bars, or appear on one of our other annual rankings. Restaurants and bars cannot apply to be part of 50 Best Discovery.
50 Best Discovery gives discerning diners and drinkers the chance to explore restaurants and bars that have received votes from 50 Best experts across the world, featuring more than 1,600 reviews of venues in 75 countries. The library combines destinations from all the lists’ rankings and other far-flung locales to comprise a diverse and tempting range of restaurants and bars, empirically recommended by its Academy. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners, global gastronomes and regional cuisine specialists.
A new website features a powerful search engine, which allows users to search by city, town and region to find restaurants and bars in a destination they may be travelling to, or to look for a reliable new dining or drinking experience closer to home. Locations and reviews sit side by side to allow easy-to-navigate functionality with each entry displaying location, price, contact details, imagery and a bite-size profile.
Whether searching for the hottest back-street ramen bar in Tokyo, boundary-pushing fine dining in San Francisco, or the best martini in Madrid, 50 Best Discovery allows adventurous gourmets to explore hidden gems, secret spots and timeless classics, providing a unique itinerary for culinary and cocktail adventures.
William Drew, Director of Content for 50 Best, says: “This exciting new way to explore the world is completely guided by the recommendations from the 1,700-plus independent expert voters behind the 50 Best restaurant and bar rankings. Never before have the best local and international destinations in which to eat and drink been featured in one place, on one intuitive website. We are confident that it will become a go-to resource for anyone looking for a reliable gastronomic experience almost anywhere in the world.
“When The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was established in 2002, it started a journey that would see us showcase the very best places to eat and drink. Gastronomic tourism has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, evident in the rapid expansion of our social media followers to more than two million and the continued growth of our global events. For the first time, we are now able to offer a comprehensive library featuring a vast number of restaurants and bars. For food and drink lovers this is the ultimate map of the world; essential for planning gastronomic adventures.“
The 50 Best family includes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the #50BestTalks and 50 Best Explores series, all of which are owned and run by William Reed Business Media. Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world’s culinary landscape. The annual list of the world’s finest restaurants and bars provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique dining and drinking experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.
cities adorned with Christmas lights to beach resorts with glistening
Oriental Hotel Groupunveils
a variety of holiday escapes and festive offerings at its properties
worldwide. This year, Mandarin
will play its part in making each holiday moment a memorable one with
activities such as elegant festive dining with loved ones, beautiful
in-room holiday decor and magical holiday shopping experiences in
some of the greatest cities in the world.
sampling of this year’s global seasonal offerings can be found
below, together with an overview of additional Mandarin
Oriental festive experiences, all of which can be booked online at
Oriental, Taipei —
it may seem an unexpected holiday destination, Taipei’s cultural
Christmas markets and celebratory firework shows have made this a hot
spot for Christmas globetrotters. Mandarin Oriental, Taipei has
created a package centered around these indulgences by offering:
Classic Christmas treats including traditional Stollen, Christmas Wreath, and a luxurious Christmas hamper at the Mandarin Cake Shop; a “Winter Wonderland” Christmas-themed afternoon tea at The Jade Lounge, with a portion of proceeds donated to a remote Taiwanese aboriginal school
The perfect pampering for two with the Spa IndulgenceRoom Package which includes two 60-minute “Oriental Fusion” treatments and a special “me time” Essentials Gift Set
Price: From 13,500 TWD; more information can be found here
Ring in the new year with an appetite, as Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
has prepared a proper feast for its guests this holiday season:
specialty Toshikoshi Soba available via in-room dining and
traditionally eaten at midnight as well as a celebratory Japanese
Osechi breakfast served in the privacy of each guest’s own room,
as well as a buffet breakfast for up to two guests on December
From 186,999 JPY; more information can be found here
access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ unique exhibition Van
Cleef & Arpels: Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an
expert guide, which showcases a collection of more than 400 pieces
of some of the Maison’s most unique and beautiful creations
From 670 EUR; more information can be found here
Spending the holiday season in Paris is perfect for decadent treats,
bubbling champagne, and shopping bags aplenty. Mandarin Oriental,
Paris offers it all with a package made specifically for those
seeking their own Parisian holiday experience:
collaboration with Galeries
Lafayette Champs-Élysées, the
department store’s new concept store, the package offers guests a
VIP shopping experience in the ‘Speakeasy’ at the Galeries
Lafayette Champs Elysées with Champagne and French chocolates,
topped off with a beauty or wine experience in-store
round out the shopping experience, guests are invited to redeem a
credit at The
From 1,125 EUR; more information can be found here
Canouan Island, also known as the “Island of Tortoises,” offers
natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, tranquil seas and gentle breezes —
in other words, a perfect escape to unwind for the holidays. To honor
the festive season, Mandarin
offers a variety of unique on-property happenings centered around the
partnership with Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, guests can
witness the release of the critically endangered Hawksbill turtles
into the sea, a holiday tradition for the property
out over the warm, turquoise waters of Carenage Bay, guests can
enjoy a Canouan
with events such as guest chef-prepared dinners, sunset cruises,
sailing, star-gazing, and a glamorous New Year’s Eve gala dinner
to ring in 2020
those looking to enhance their wellness regimen, visiting Crystal
Sound Healer Khun Noom
will host daily introductory sessions to yoga and massage. Keeping
with the holistic approach of The
Noom can help alleviate many conditions, ranging from
colon-cleansing to mindfulness development
From $3,400 USD; more information can be found here.
Oriental, New York—
New York City embodies the holiday spirit with prominent window
decorations and the
larger-than-life Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.
After running around from various attractions all day long, enjoy a
bit of relaxation at Mandarin Oriental, New York with the following
Central Park-facing suite filled with holiday decor including an
impressively decorated Christmas tree. Guests can also enjoy treats
such as hot chocolate with Grand Marnier, sugar cookies, candy
canes, cake lollipops, a gingerbread house and Stollen Cake, all
From $2,125 USD; more information can be found here.
rates quoted are subject to availability, service charge and relevant
local tax. For further information and reservations, please visit:
Drink and Be Merry with These Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Cocktails
holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year, but
sometimes entertaining can lead to more stress and mess than fun and
festivities. A little organization and planning, such as having a
well-stocked home bar and a few simple beverage recipes on hand, will
help to take the pressure out of the season and keep gatherings merry
mixologist Julia Momose, owner and Bar Director of the
celebrated Chicago bar Kumiko, knows a thing or two about
creating crowd-pleasing cocktails and spirit-free beverages that are
sure to delight family and friends during the holiday season. Momose
believes that cocktail making should be fun, rather than
intimidating, and that being prepared for holidays with a few basic
bar ingredients, like honey, can set the stage for effortless holiday
Momose has been in the service industry for close to 15 years,
starting her career as a student in Japan. When she moved to America
for university, she continued to work in the service industry,
training in all facets of hospitality. Currently she resides in
Chicago, where she worked as the head bartender at GreenRiver
Restaurant and Bar
in Chicago. During her time there, GreenRiver was awarded its first
Michelin star. In 2017, Momose partnered with the team at Oriole
in Chicago to open a bar based on the philosophy of a thoughtful
experience filled with deep appreciation and understanding of
craftmanship. Momose’s newest venture is Kumiko,
based on her Japanese heritage and a meticulous appreciation for
details, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. It offers a
unique perspective on the notion of a bar, through a remarkable
experience of dining and drinking. Time
Kumiko on its
2019 list of World’s Greatest Places and
included it as a nominee on its 2019
America’s Best New Restaurants List.
favors the ease of honey to achieve well-balanced holiday beverages
and has partnered with the National Honey Board to share how
she incorporates it while entertaining at home and at Kumiko. Because
the flavor of honey is affected by the floral source that the bees
have foraged, there are more than 300 varietals of honey in the US
alone. The nuanced flavors of different honey varietals not only add
to its versatility, but also pair well with different spirits and are
the secret to many of Momose’s favorite cocktail and spirit-free
the lightness of a clover varietal to the richness of buckwheat,
honey brings a wide range of flavors that complete any beverage,”
said Momose. “Honey is in constant use at Kumiko, and at home
too. This holiday season, I’ll be experimenting with honey varietals
to create special drinks that will be sure to be crowd-pleasers at
inspire stress-free cheer this holiday season, Momose is sharing some
of her favorite honey-based beverages:
orange blossom honey with cold brew coffee and gin, Momose creates a
For a festive brunch bar, she recommends setting up several honey
varietals with an assortment of single-origin cold brew coffees,
gin, and tonic, and allowing guests to pick and choose their coffee
and honey for a customized experience.
create her own spin on a holiday season favorite, a hot toddy,
Momose combines honey, chamomile and spices in a soothin Spiced
Honey Toddy that
is not only easy to make, but is also warm and soothing on a chilly
hit with Momose’s family and friends during the festive season, The
Berries and Bees combines
honey, blackberries and whisky for a warming, uplifting cocktail
that can be quickly made day or night.
honey, yuzu juice and ginger beer creates a refreshing beverage that
will ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed.
addition to her recipes, Momose offers tips to easily create
crowd-pleasing beverages during the holiday season and beyond:
the perfect cocktail is about balancing three critical elements:
While balancing sweet with bitter or sweet with acid is a critical
element to drink making, so is finding ingredients that provide a
pleasant texture and roundness.
because you never know who may happen to drop by during the
holidays. Having a well-stocked bar at home will ensure that you
have the ingredients you need to create a well-balanced beverage.
The must-haves for any bar include:
varietals of honey – including wildflower,
– help to offset the intensity of the spirit and add flavor to the
can be combined with mixers like sodas, tonic water and bitters to
create a beverage that feels special.
are easy to keep on hand and make great garnishes to put the
finishing touch on a cocktail.
making a spirit-free, it is all about layering flavors.
Instead of using a traditional simple syrup made with granulated
sugar, experiment with honey, which is naturally sweeter than sugar,
and provides flavor and richness.
more information about how Momose uses just a drizzle of honey in her
favorite beverages, visit www.honey.com.
National Honey Board (NHB) is
an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate
consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products
through research, marketing and promotional programs. The Board’s
work, funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, is
designed to increase the awareness and usage of honey by consumers,
the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. The
ten-member-Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture,
represents producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing
cooperative. For more information, visit www.honey.com.
Get a head start on select savings with Macy’s Black Friday Preview beginning in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21
Doorbusters begin on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with Black Friday deals continuing through Saturday, Nov. 30 in-store and on macys.com
Plus, find the best Cyber Monday savings in-store and online from Sunday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 2 with Daily Deals continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7
the holidays this year withMacy’s
and the best Black Friday and Cyber Week specials on the hottest
items of the season. From buzz-worthy gifts for everyone on the list
to amazing deals on fashion for the whole family, fine jewelry, tech,
beauty and home, the ultimate one-stop shop for holiday gifting has
a broad assortment of offers across favorite brands, these
limited-time deals will begin in stores and online on Thursday,
Nov. 21 with a special Black Friday preview and carry
through Cyber Week (Sunday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 7).
Be sure not to miss the unbelievable selection of doorbuster items,
with major savings or free after mail-in rebate.*
Friday and Cyber Week mark the true start of holiday shopping for
many of our customers,” said John Harper, Macy’s chief stores
officer. “Macy’s is pleased to offer the very best gifts and
holiday entertaining must-haves at unbelievable prices with multiple
days to save. Our curated assortment of deals, both in-store and
online, are sure to help shoppers find the perfect gift at the best
price this season.”
For shoppers looking to get a head start on saving, Macy’s Black Friday preview will offer a selection of Black Friday Doorbusters from Thursday, Nov. 21 through Tuesday, Nov. 26 including:
to 60 percent off outerwear for the family
percent off Effy jewelry
to 65 percent off select Damask and Hotel Collection for the home
women’s Charter Club cashmere sweaters
percent off Carter’s and First Impressions
Begin the savings with doorbusters on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and kick off Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day with most stores open at 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. Store hours vary by location. Go to macys.com and click on stores to find local information. Customers can shop online all day from the comfort of their couch at macys.com and on Macy’s mobile app. For more information on Black Friday and Cyber Week deals, store hours and shipping, visit www.macys.com/blackfriday.
a sneak peek at some of the great deals available on Black Friday,
while supplies last:
Him, Her and Home
diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more
percent off select dresses
percent off select designer brands
and under Family Pajamas
small kitchen appliances after $12 mail-in rebate
select suits, sport coats and overcoats for him
Charter Club cashmere sweaters
percent off select women’s designer coats
percent off select boots and shoes for her
percent off select men’s loungewear
percent off select designer handbags
percent off select kids’ styles
select kids’ puffer jackets
percent off select diamond studs and earrings
select MAC lipsticks
$100-$200 off select Dyson vacuums
men’s or women’s five-piece fragrance box
beauty products from brands like Clinique, Too Faced, Benefit, Urban
Decay, and more
Nespresso bundle machines
percent off select barware and dinnerware
select Created for Macy’s 1200-thread count sheet sets in queen or
at Macy’s, the always-changing, narrative-driven concept
store inside 36 Macy’s locations nationwide, kicks off the holiday
season with the launch of its latest theme: “Home
for the Holidays.” As an editorial-inspired, living
gift-guide, the concept showcases gifting options within home-themed
environments. Up and running through December 31, “Home
for the Holidays STORY” offers a one-stop destination
for everyone on your holiday list as shoppers explore stylized spaces
that correspond to different gift recipients. Featuring more than 900
gifts from 200 small businesses, including items for foodies, lovers
of travel, glam treats, tech and DIY kits, pet accessories and more,
STORY at Macy’s is the home base for a wonderland of
presents to explore and discover this holiday season.
is a retail concept that changes every few months to bring a new
narrative experience to life through curated merchandise and event
programming. The ever-changing experience began in 2010 in New York
City, where STORY operated as an
independent small business for seven years and pioneered a retail as
media business model that changed every eight weeks to open a new
theme while engaging brands as sponsors for each themed story. Macy’s
acquired STORY in 2018 and its founder, Rachel
Shechtman, now serves as Macy’s brand experience
officer. STORY relaunched in spring of 2019 as STORY
at Macy’s. (Visit www.macys.com/STORY
for more information.)
“This is our first ‘Home for the Holidays’ installation at our new home inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide,” noted Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s brand experience officer. “For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting! Our special event programming will bring the magic of the season to life helping shoppers enhance their holiday celebrations.”
section of the ultimate holiday home features merchandise that speaks
to a number of recipients. For the person who has everything,
shoppers will discoverfood-themed
finds, party and entertaining
gifts, whimsical games,
as well as travel, office, and pet accessories. For someone who
deserves to treat themselves, it’s all about glam
and comfort gifts. Cozy up with cold weather must-haves
from Echo, candles from illume,
and super-soft cashmere socks from iLux,
all housed inside a warm and woodsy space. For someone especially
hard to shop for, “Home for the Holidays
STORY” offers the perfect gifts from grooming kits
to tech items and rock music-inspired collectibles, and
even a cocktail kit from Brooklyn’s Hella Bitters. And
finally, for someone little and bright on your list, customers can
discover great space and science-themed gifts, DIY
kits and animal plush toys.
Home for the Holidays is also about how we spend time together – so drop by for pop-up card making sessions and ornament crafting. Tired from shopping? Pop in for a workshop or art class where the staff will be customizing gifts for everyone on your list – yourself included. If you’re gearing up to host family friends this season, join us to discover how to take your tablescape up a notch with napkin ring customization, decorating tips, ceramic bowl customization, and cookie decorating classes for mini-makers. This season, it’s all happening at Home for the Holidays – so remember to RSVP and get on our nice email list for updates and more.
would the holidays be without sweet treats? STORY
at Macy’s has joined forces with Kellogg’s Rice
Krispies Treats, a favorite in homes across the country for
generations. “We are excited about bringing our brands to life
in new contexts and occasions. When the opportunity to be a part of
STORY’s Home for the Holidays installation at Macy’s came up, it
seemed perfect for Rice Krispies Treats, to further spread our
message of love through holiday events,” shared Gail Horwood,
chief marketing officer Kellogg North America. In all 36 STORY at
Macy’s locations, customers will be able to take a break from
shopping and decorate their own holiday Rice Krispies Treats
to gift to friends or enjoy at their own family celebrations.
STORY at Macy’s flagship location inside Macy’s Herald Square
in New York City, the wonder of the holidays will be celebrated with
a larger-than-life experience, created with designer David Stark.
“For the flagship location, we wanted to give shoppers the
ultimate home experience and introduce them to our friends who’ve
been part of STORY holidays year after year – David Stark designed
our amazing flagship environment, artist Darcy Miller will bring our
NYC section to life with original art and will host special events,
and Iris Apfel is back by popular demand to sell jewelry from her
personal collection,” added Shechtman.
Walker Arts Center’s
Walker Moving Image program in November features Sound
Unseen Opening Night Screening and Live Music, Mark
Jenkin‘s Bait, Nietzchka Keene‘s The Juniper
Tree, the Annual British Arrows Awards and More. (The
Walker Arts Center is located at 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 7pm
Walker Cinema, $10 ($8
Walker members, students, seniors)
shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark
a timely and funny, yet poignant new film that gets to the heart of a
community facing unwelcome change.”—British
Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has
re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a
wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away
for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the
picturesque harbor. As his struggle to restore the family to their
traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and
locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
filmmaker Mark Jenkin made his surprising 2018 breakthrough
experimental drama entirely with a hand-cranked Bolex camera on 16mm,
black-and-white film that he processed by hand. Jenkin portrays life
in an unnamed fishing village in Cornwall with unique depth and
beauty. A Brexit-era portrait, rooted in the local culture and
community of the southwestern United Kingdom, shows how marginalized
places are facing up to a changing world in this hand crafted
monochrome expression of a life under threat. 2018, UK, DCP, 89 min.
—Mark Jenkin/The Festival Agency
Juniper Tree Wednesday,
November 6 and Friday November 8 at 7pm
Saturday, November 9 at
Walker Cinema $10 ($8 Walker members, students
Students are free at Wednesday’s screening
ambitious, and genuinely poetic.”
unsung talent in her lifetime, director, professor and Fulbright
scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature The
Juniper Tree is
loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and
stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. The film premiered
to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 and led
Keene to further direct Heroine
of Hell (1996)
starring Catherine Keener and Barefoot
to Jerusalem (2008),
the latter completed after her tragically early death in 2004.
in medieval Iceland, The
Juniper Tree follows
Margit (Björk in a riveting performance) and her older sister Katla
as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for
witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection a handsome widower and his
resentful young son, the sisters help form an impromptu family unit
that’s soon strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed
entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in
spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, The
Juniper Tree is
a deeply atmospheric film—evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day
of Wrath and
Ingmar Bergman’s The
filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary
experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny
and its attendant tragedies, The
Juniper Tree is
a major rediscovery for art house audiences. 1990, 4K DCP, 78 min.
new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and
magnetic soundtrack was made by the Wisconsin Center for Film &
Theater Research and the Film Foundation, with funding provided by
the George Lucas Family Foundation.
tickets for students are available at the box office one hour before
Wednesday night’s screening.
Unseen Opening Night
Tuesday, November 12
Katy Vernon, 6:30pm
Dog Called Money, 7pm
reception in the main lobby
Walker Cinema, $20 ($15 Walker
members, students, and seniors) Sound
Unseen Film+Music Festival 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.
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
of the leading US distributors of international and independent
Releasing celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special event at
the Walker. The company will be exhibiting a series of 30 short films
shot around the world on iPhones. Join Strand copresident Marcus Hu
and one of Strand’s celebrated filmmakers, Gregg Araki, for a
screening of this eclectic compilation.
involved in the project include Andrew Ahn, Karim Aïnouz, Fatih
Akin, Catherine Breillat, Roddy Bogawa, Alain Gomis, Alain Guiraudie,
Christophe Honoré, Jon Jost, Bruce LaBruce, Lynn Hershman Leeson,
Rithy Panh, João Pedro Rodrigues, Ira Sachs, James Schamus, A. B.
Shawky, John Waters, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. More filmmakers
to be announced shortly.
the past 30 years, Strand has cultivated relationships with auteurs,
producers, and sales agents by closely collaborating with them on the
presentation of their films in the US marketplace. Having released
over 400 films since 1989, the company has maintained an exceptional
group of globally recognized filmmakers, making it one of the longest
running independent distributors in the United States.
tickets are available at the Main Lobby desk from 5 pm.
Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Friday
November 22 at 7 pm; Saturday, November 23 at 2 pm
“Cinema is a way to create an
alternate universe, and other lives.” —Apichatpong
award-winning, hypnotic tale is an homage to Thailand and the
mystical power of cinema. While Uncle Boonmee spends his final days
surrounded by loved ones in the countryside, the ghosts of his wife
and long-lost son appear. The fluid tale follows the family as they
trek through the jungle to a mysterious hilltop cave. 2010,
UK/Thailand/France/Germany/Spain, 35mm, in Thai and French with
English subtitles, 114 min.
print is part of a generous donation of 35mm feature films by Strand
Releasing to the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.
tickets are available at the Main Lobby desk one hour before the
the UK’s most innovative and daring commercials from the creative
world of British advertising. One of our most popular traditions,
back for the 33rd year, the British Arrows showcases an eclectic mix
of riveting mini-dramas, high-tech extravaganzas, wacky comedy, and
vital public service announcements.
fill up quickly. Tickets go on sale to members Tuesday, October 15,
and to the general public Tuesday, October 29; available at
Get More: Join
the Walker as a new member and receive two free tickets to the
or call 612.375.7655.
in 2012, the enhanced 21st-century Walker Cinema is one of the
best places to view film in the country. Cinema programs are often
presented in combination with guest filmmakers through premieres and
series that include the Walker Dialogues & Retrospectives,
Filmmakers-in-Conversation, and Cinema of Urgency. Dive
deeper at Crosscuts, where you’ll find in-depth articles,
interviews, and videos about the moving images you love.
S’more flights, mountaintop yoga under the winter sun, new downtown hotel and art hubs with long-range views and “Downton Abbey” at Biltmore
overlooked and underrated, winter in Asheville,
N.C., is a bit of a secret in a Blue Ridge Mountain city
world-famous for fall color and lush summer adventure. Mostly
moderate winter weather means Asheville’s Art Deco Downtown
remains walkable and cozy with picture-perfect long-range views of
snowy peaks, romantic restaurants and easy access to hiking and
walking trails. This winter brings a mix of cozy new offerings
including wellness experiences to beat the winter blues, a new
downtown hotel with expansive views and luxury wellness amenities,
“Downton Abbey” costumes and life-sized set
recreations at The Biltmore, beverages to warm the soul and
new cultural offerings to tuck into.
panoramic views, the best rates of the year and last-minute travel
deals from an array of mountaintop retreats and inviting B&Bs—some
offering private hot tubs overlooking the surrounding peaks and
valleys, fireplaces in epic locales and the chance to see nationally
traveling bands in intimate music venues. Find out more at
HOTEL WITH EXPANSIVE VIEWS & SERENITY-THEMED AMENITIES
opened, the Kimpton Hotel Arras has added a new icon and
four-star luxury property to Asheville’s famed Art Deco
skyline. In addition to a completely new Art Deco façade for
Asheville’s tallest building, the 128-room hotel offers grand views
of the surrounding mountains and an extensive food focus with two
restaurants by local chef Peter Pollay—Bargello, a
Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, and District 42, a more
casual spot with outdoor seating, small bites and hand-crafted
cocktails. The hotel also offers an artisanal serenity cart,
available upon request for guest room delivery, filled with
everything from books by Asheville authors to lavender sachets and
evening cordials. Wellness amenities also include a massage room and
ABBEY” AT BILTMORE
the heels of the hit
Abbey: The Exhibition arrives
at America’s Largest Home on Nov.
with set recreations and artifacts, more than 50 of the show’s
costumes and exclusive multimedia elements. Housed at Biltmore‘s
locations, the exhibition will run through April
and will highlight the parallels between the show, the movie and
Biltmore’s Vanderbilt family, friends and staff. (More
Check out the enlightening new Tea
and Tarot offering
Asheville Wellness Tours
that includes an educational, traditional Chinese tea experience and
a group tarot reading at one of Asheville’s coziest tea houses.
Your Spirit on Top of a Mountain:
is offering the Yoga
on the Mountain Hike
this winter. Make your way through the forest and then warm your
spirit with yoga under the winter sun. Enjoy a peaceful mountain,
crisp fresh air and long-range views along the way.
Fire Pits & Mountain Views:
Rooftop Bar Tours
offer a guided tour to some of Asheville’s most scenic spots. Winter
means gorgeous sunset views, crystal clear vistas of the surrounding
mountains, hot toddies and fire pits.
ART MUSEUM JOINS ARRAY OF FRESH, IMMERSIVE CULTURAL ADVENTURES
Inside & Out:
reopens this November with a new state-of-the-art building that
features education facilities, an art library, a lecture and
performance space, a new ArtPLAYce for families and children and the
addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and café with views of
downtown architecture and the surrounding mountains. The opening
exhibition “Appalachia Now!” is a survey of contemporary
art in Southern Appalachia, highlighting 50 emerging artists from the
NEW Cultural Experiences Downtown:
of Asheville’s most beloved festivals now has a brick-and-mortar
location downtown. Opening to the public this winter, LEAF
Global Arts Center
will be a cornerstone in the continued rebirth of the city’s
historical African-American business district,
The Center will offer educational experiences for guests rooted in
music, art, community and culture inclusivity via a mini-theater and
global immersion room using virtual reality, unique musical
instruments and a stage for performances and interactive artist
this November, The
Center for Craft
is expanding with The
National Craft Innovation Hub,
including new public galleries featuring local and national makers,
lecture space, classrooms and a co-working space, cementing
Asheville’s reputation as a force in the nation’s fine art and maker
scene. To celebrate the reopening, the “Craft
Futures 2099” exhibition showcases
10 local and national artists and their craft objects of the future,
an exploration of what’s been and what’s to come in the world of
craft. The exhibition runs until February
Center for Craft galleries
are free and open to the public.
Brewery Blends National Park History and Maker Culture:
Set in the buildings that once housed young forestry workers of the
New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps,
Beer Co.’s Forestry Camp Restaurant and Bar
just opened, offering beer, wine and coffee and highlighting local
makers, from bakers to artists to musicians. James Beard
chef and owner of Cucina
leads the food program.
Academy” Pairs Drinks, Food & Live Music:
This newly opened venture from Charlie
(Sovereign Remedies), Asheville
features cocktails, champagne and brandy menus, a small food program
and live music. The iconic downtown building, built in 1913, was
home to the Asheville Beauty Academy in the 1950s and more recently
a beloved jazz and blues bar.
New downtown brewery DSSOLVR
opens this November with beer offerings fit for the pickiest of beer
enthusiasts to the most casual of light beer drinkers, as well as
their own mead, wine, cider and cold-brew coffee.
known for ice cream sandwiches and their gourmet takes on
after-school snacks like moon pies and zebra cakes, is making winter
a little warmer with s’more flights. Think house-made marshmallows,
scratch-made graham crackers, dark chocolate and toppings in a
variety of rotating flavors.
Teas Infuse Local Flavors:
working with a dozen local and regional farms, is warming up spirits
this winter with their Snow
(utilizing French Broad Chocolate cacao nibs), Winter
(a blend of white tea, Fraser Fir, wintergreen, peppermint, birch
bark and yarrow flower) and Nutcracker
tea, cinnamon, hickory nuts and vanilla bean).
Views: Take in stunning panoramic views of the surrounding
mountains while on a winter hike. Multiple trailhead access points
remain open all year long on the Blue Ridge Parkway and
across Pisgah National Forest. Find your perfect winter trail
with Explore Asheville‘s NEW Asheville Hike Finder,
where you can sort by difficulty, distance from Asheville and
features like waterfalls or views.
Deals: Winter offers the best rates of the year for travel deals
+ fewer crowds. Cozy travel packages include wellness opportunities
and other winter adventures. Find more at
Fever: Asheville’s array of mountaintop retreats and inviting
B&Bs offers private hot tubs overlooking the surrounding peaks
and valleys, candlelight dinners and the opportunity to get away
from it all.
Season for Music: Deep-seated bluegrass roots harmonize with new
talent and innovative sounds in Asheville. In winter many nationally
traveling local bands come home to the region to play shows and pop
in to jam sessions.
with a View: From rooftops to cozy spots to imbibe, Asheville’s
trend of fireplaces accompanied by spectacular vistas of downtown
architecture and mountain scenery is highlighted at venues like
Capella on 9 at the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown and
Hemingway’s Cuba at Cambria Downtown Asheville. Other
hot spots with epic fireplace offerings: Omni Grove Park Inn,
Pillar Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown and
Wicked Weed Brewing.
winter events in Asheville include: The Big Crafty
(December), showcasing handmade art from hundreds of local artists;
The Fringe Arts Festival (January), an innovative series of
boundary-pushing arts performances; Big Band Dance Weekend
(January) at the Omni Grove Park Inn; and Asheville
Restaurant Week (January). Find more winter events at
New Co-branded Products Will Be Added to Current Assortment of Premium Cocktail Mixes, Salts and Gift Sets
Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc., portfolio
of brands, announced today the launch of new premium glassware, bar
tools and entertaining accessories in partnership with Casamigos,
the award-winning, ultra-premium Tequila and Mezcal brand. The
new products are the latest additions to the co-branded collaboration
that launched earlier this summer with premium cocktail mixes, salts
and gift set.
Tequila and Mezcal was founded by longtime friends George
Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Discovery Land Company CEO &
founder Michael Meldman. Launched in 2013, these small batch,
ultra-premium tequilas are made from the finest hand-selected 100%
Blue Weber agaves grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of
Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years. Casamigos
Blanco Tequila, rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a
long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila, aged 7 months
in the finest American oak barrels, is soft, slightly oaky with a
medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Añejo Tequila, aged
14 months in the finest American oak barrels, has a beautiful pure
and refined complex aroma with a lingering smooth finish.
in 2018, Casamigos Mezcal, made in Oaxaca, Mexico with 100%
Espadín Agaves, rests up to 2 months and is balanced, and
elegant with delicate notes of smoke leading to a long silky finish.
Casamigos bar tools, coasters and cocktail tray are designed
to reflect the Casamigos aesthetic. The collection is crafted from
hand-stitched leather with graphic embossing, gunmetal-iron finishes
and rustic wood detailing. Each piece is made with thoughtful detail,
including a cocktail tray that comes with a removable marble slab,
and glassware crafted out hand cut, machine-blown glass with sleek
Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal co-founderRande Gerber, who
took a very hands-on approach to the project, the collaboration felt
natural: “Design is very personal for me. I wanted to create a
line of glassware and bar tools that I would want to use and feel
good in your hand. Everything from the shaker to the coasters are
what I want at my bar.”
exclusive, co-branded cocktail mixes have quickly become best-sellers
and the new additions to our assortment help our customers craft the
perfect Casamigos cocktail,” said Williams Sonoma President,
Ryan Ross. “I know our customers and fans of Casamigos will
enjoy our collaboration on glassware, bar tools and entertaining
pieces as much as I do.”
Casamigos for Williams Sonoma collection includes:
Double Old Fashioned Glass, $14.95 each
Highball Glass, $16.95 each
Margarita Glass, $19.95 each
Shot Glass, $9.95 each
Shaker, $49.95 each
Bar Tool Set, $99.95 each
Bar Tool Set with Shaker, $149.95 each
Coasters Set of Four with Holder, $59.95 each
Ice Bucket, $149.95 each
Pitcher, $99.95 each
Tray, $149.95 each
addition to the launch of the new bar tools, glassware and
entertaining pieces, Williams Sonoma and Casamigos recently unveiled
a new Pumpkin Spice seasonal cocktail mix. The Fall flavor is
the latest addition to the co-branded cocktail mixes which include
Ginger Lime Mule, Grapefruit Orange Paloma, Signature
Margarita and Blackberry Basil Smash. The premium cocktail
mixes are handcrafted in small batches and designed to be enjoyed
simply by adding Casamigos Tequila or Mezcal and ice. Each mix is
25.4 fl. oz. (approx. 8 servings) and retails for $18.95 each.
Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal has garnered the highest accolades from the spirit industry’s most well-respected authority figures. The Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal family is available throughout the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and expanding worldwide. Casamigos Tequila 40% Alc./Vol. Casamigos Mezcal, 40% Alc./Vol. For more information please visit http://www.casamigos.com. Follow us on social media @casamigos. ENJOY RESPONSIBLY Imported by Casamigos Spirits Company, Manhasset, NY.
Special appearances by Grammy winners Jesse & Joy, musical talent Amara La Negra, Buzzfeed’s Curly Velasquez, Grammy nominated Los Rakas, and comedian and actor Cheech Marin
Local art displays featuring artists, David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, and Salvadorian art
Stitch Lab and Macy’s introducing Latinx brands at select stores
Macy’s will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, highlighting the creation of unity through art, music and fashion. During the month-long celebration, Macy’s will host free events around the country to celebrate how visual art, music and fashion by Latinx producers can create harmony across different cultures and communities.
is thrilled to provide a platform for Latinx musicians, artists and
designers, as well as our own colleagues, to shine at our stores
nationwide,” said Shawn Outler,
Macy’s chief diversity officer. “We
are proud to support the work and influence of these leaders in the
Hispanic community – bringing individuals together to honor their
culture with pride.”
Cheech Marin, Mexican-American comedian, actor and one of the world’s largest collectors of Chicano art, will visit Macy’s Victoria Gardens on September 18 to discuss the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. The center is scheduled to open in 2021 in collaboration with the Riverside Art Museum.
At Macy’s Valley Fair on September 28, Latin Hip-Hop duo and Panamanian cousins, Los Rakas, will perform hits that led to their 2017 Grammy nomination. The duo will take guests on a cultural journey through their music.
Star of Love & Hip-Hop: Miami, Amara La Negra, will appear in New York City at Macy’s Herald Square on October 10, performing her top hits. The Afro-Latina from Miami, FL, and born to Dominican parents, is a musical powerhouse to all.
Mexican siblings, composers, musicians, and social activists, Jesse & Joy, will perform at Macy’s Dadeland on October 12 and Macy’s Memorial City on October 13.
Macy’s locations in Florida, Illinois, and California, including Macy’s Victoria Gardens, Macy’s Baldwin Hills, Macy’s Pembroke Lakes, and Macy’s Gurnee Mills stores, will honor unity through unique forms of local Hispanic art. Local artists David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard will be featured at Macy’s Pembroke Lakes.
Macy’s and Stitch Lab are uniting forces to promote emerging Latinx brands across the United States by showcasing four talented designers from Latin America exclusively at The Market @ Macy’s. Josefina by Vero Solis and Quote Me will be available at Macy’s Century City and Macy’s Fashion Show Mall, and PETRA and Demasiado will be available at Macy’s Lenox Square and Macy’s North Star Mall for the months of September and October. The Market @ Macy’s is a full-service marketplace that offers shoppers the chance to discover new products, services, and activations each month in a boutique setting.
Macy’s is dedicated to making life shine brighter through service to our customers, colleagues, and communities. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Macy’s will provide a total of $40,000 in grants to organizations that support education through scholarships and enlightening school programs.
Current partners, who are helping with the grant distribution, are the Hispanic Federation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and LULAC. The Hispanic Federation aims to provide parents and children alike with the tools to succeed in the education system. The Hispanic Scholarship fund empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a high education, while providing scholarship and support to as many students as possible. LULAC, League of United Latin American Citizens, is the oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the United States and focuses on the advancement of the Hispanic population in the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Month events will be held at the following stores:
Victoria Gardens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6
p.m. Chicano Art with Cheech Marin
Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.
honoring Salvadorian culture with Curly Velasquez and Salvies Who
Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA) – Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
celebrating through music with bilingual Hip-Hop duo Los Rakas
Pembroke Lakes (Miami) – Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. with Miami
artists David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard
Herald Square (New York City) – Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
celebrating through music with Dominican-American Artist Amara La
Gurnee Mills (Chicago) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. celebrating
art and music for families
Dadeland (Miami) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. celebrating through
music with Mexican Pop Duo Jesse & Joy
Santa Ana Mainplace (Santa Ana, CA) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.
embracing style with best-selling author and expert Erika De La Cruz
Memorial City (Houston) – Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. celebrating
through music with Mexican American Pop Duo Jesse & Joy
additional information on Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month
festivities and special guests, please visit www.macys.com/celebrate.
The Iconic Spirits Brand and Famed Actor Will Take Over A House Party for one lucky Winner, Bringing Holiday Spirit, Fashionable Ugly Sweaters and a Larger-Than-Life Snow Globe
It isn’t a holiday party until you add CaptainMorgan (Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.)and Adam Devine, so this season, they’re hitting up (er, crashing) one lucky house party for the person with the most holiday cheer. But before they set off on this merry adventure, they must identify someone who conveys the Captain’s sense of fun and they’re turning to Captain Morgan fans for help.
Adult party throwers (21 years and older) may write in to tell Captain Morgan and Devine why they need to “crash” their house party by following and commenting on the Captain Morgan brand’s Instagram account,@CaptainMorganUSA, and using the hashtag #CaptainsNightInContest.
“With all the house parties happening this season, I challenge all my festive fans to give us the best reasons for coming to their holiday soiree because I’ve got my ugly sweater and frosted cookies ready,” said Devine. “I don’t know where the evening will take us, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one helluva night in.”
Captain Morgan and Devine will then select a winner and transform one holiday house party into the ultimate “Captain’s Night In,” with bright lights on the outside, holiday sweaters galore, a life-sized snow globe and more.
“Throughout the holidays, we know people enjoy fun times with friends right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Linda Bethea, Vice President of Captain Morgan.”Whether they’re competing for the ugliest holiday outfit or playing yuletide games, holiday party goers are staying in to enjoy the evening responsibly. So, it’s only fitting that we deploy Adam to bring fun to these festivities in a way that only Captain Morgan can for those hosting the best holiday house party.”
Don’thave an ugly sweater yet? The Captain’s got you covered. Head to the CaptainMorgan online store to get all the sweaters, onesies and jumpsuits you need for an epic night in. There’s even a Captain Morgan body pillow for those needing some extra holiday love this season. We can’t forget that with every holiday celebration comes great responsibility. So, when raising a glass, always do so in moderation—the Captain is always watching!
Full contest rules and regulations can be found here, no purchase necessary 21 and older.
Happy holidays from Captain Morgan, may all your house parties be merry and bright!
Brandwide Cookie Cocktails menu debuts at select Omni properties across the country
OmniHotels & Resorts announces CookieCocktails, the latest rendition of the brand’s month-long OmniOriginals culinaryseries. Tasty treats will spread holiday cheer at properties across the country and will highlight favorite cookie-turned-cocktail recipes from select brand chefs. Guests can enjoy surprising, creative libations with tastes from cinnamon and chocolate to bourbon and amaretto.
OmniHotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants, and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits.
“The holiday season is known for good friends, family, and food, so we decided to take a twist on tradition and make our favorite holiday cookies into crafty cocktails making for unexpected palate pleasers,” said Devin Burns, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels& Resorts. “Our chefs whipped up the cocktails using recipes from childhood cookie favorites they used to bake with their families during the holiday season.”
Flavorful, fun and aesthetically pleasing cocktails will be available at participating properties and will include the following (See full recipes below):
Cinnamon Churro Leche: Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila and the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are shaken with milk
Chocolate Crinkle Surprise: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is joined by chocolate syrup, milk and the rich flavor of toasted almonds
Sugar Cookie Cocktail: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla, and agave nectar are shaken together with milk
Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon meets the flavors of butter pecan and maple with just a touch of black walnut bitters
Orange Spice Amaretto: Mount Gay Black Barrel, Disaronno Amaretto, orange juice, and a cookie butter syrup are shaken with Constant Comment orange spice tea
Sparkling Kolaczki Bellini: This sparkling cocktail blends Absolut Elyx with a touch of elderflower liqueur, peach puree and orange bitters then topped with Moet & Chandon Brut
Cinnamon Churro Leche
oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.
Chocolate Crinkle Surprise
oz Jack Daniels Black Label
oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
of powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Strain into rimmed glass. Top with a mound of shaved chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Sugar Cookie Cocktail
oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
oz Disaronno Amaretto
oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
oz Agave Syrup
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into green sprinkle rimmed martini glass. Garnish with nonpareil colored swirl and serve.
Maple Bourbon Pecan Old Fashioned
oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
Monin Maple Spice Syrup
dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters
all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into
caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.
Orange Spice Amaretto
oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
oz Disaronno Amaretto
oz Orange juice
oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into iced Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, cloves, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick then serve.
Sparkling Peach Kolaczki
oz St. Germain
oz Peach puree
dashes Orange bitters
oz Moet & Chandon Brut
Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into sugared champagne flute and serve.
“We want to surprise our guests and show all of the different ways that you can take a tradition and make your own personal twist on it,” added Burns.
Omni is also committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates.OmniHotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.
Celebrated Tradition Returns for a Fourth Holiday Season
Patrón Tequila is raising the bar this holiday season with the introduction of the 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle. The fourth in a series of collectible releases, the large size-bottle is inspired by Mexico’s rich tradition and history of intricate glass craftsmanship.
The Patron Spirits Company (PRNewsfoto/Patrón Tequila)
The showpiece bottle is decorated with an intersecting white and green ribbon design and has a stunning metallic stopper, engraved with the signature Patrón bee. Each bottle features a distinct metal label and is packaged in an attractive and convenient gift bag to ease gift giving.
“With 33 percent more tequila than our standard size bottle, the 2018 Limited Edition 1 Liter offers a unique gifting option for those who appreciate high-quality luxury spirits,” said Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Tequila. “Every year the limited edition bottle is a fan favorite that incorporates the best in quality, craftsmanship, design, and gift giving functionality from Patrón.“
Inside this limited edition bottle, every drop of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila is handcrafted in small batches from the highest quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, distilled and bottled at the Hacienda Patrón in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.
The 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle is perfect for gifting and creating an array of seasonal cocktails, from the effervescent, “Ruby Spritzer” (made with Patrón Silver tequila, sparkling apple cider, pomegranate juice and a dash of Angostura bitters) to the fruity “Buckcherry“, (combining Patrón Silver tequila, sweet vermouth, cherry preserves and fresh lemon juice). For more holiday cocktail recipes, visit Patrón’s Cocktail Lab, where you’ll have access to hundreds of cocktail recipes and information on the full Patrón Tequila portfolio.
The 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle is available at fine spirits and liquor retailers across the country for the suggested retail price of $69.99 beginning this month. For more information, please visit www.patrontequila.com.
This holiday season, Nordstrom wants to make shopping fun with Gifts That Do Good, Gifts That Inspire, and innovative services that help make the holidays completely stress-free in-store and online. The marketing campaign was produced by Nordstrom and directed and photographed by Theo Wenner, who has worked on original campaigns for Chanel, Chloe, and Topshop/Topman, as well as editorials for Vogue and Rolling Stone. The cast includes Guinevere Van Seenus, who began her modeling career walking a Nordstrom fashion show as a teenager, as well as longtime Nordstrom customer and model Jan De Villeneuve, who has been gracing runways for over 50 years.
NORDSTROM LOGO (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
The campaign includes a colorful, cheerful video that will run on Nordstrom.comand on the retailer’s social and digital platforms, print and out of home. A national TV commercial will launch on November 5.
Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in O: The Oprah Winfrey magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
GIFTS THAT DO GOOD
Giving back feels good any time of year, but particularly during the holidays. From gift cards that give back, to gifts that do good, Nordstrom is making it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect gift.
Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in InStyle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Harpers Bazaar magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
Gift Card Give Back– Nordstrom donates 1% of all gift card sales to nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada. This year alone, the company has donated over $7.5 million to more than 600 organizations.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™– In partnership with its customers, Nordstrom is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ (CMNH) to make a difference in the lives of children. Now through December 24, Nordstrom invites customers to support CMNH through the purchase of $10 giving cards at any Nordstrom full-line store in the U.S. and Canada. All donations will stay local to the community in which they were given, including 55 network hospitals in regions with Nordstrom stores. The donations will fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care for children and their families across the U.S. and Canada.
Nordstrom Signature– Nordstrom is introducing a new cashmere collection featuring beautiful designs for women, men, and children. Select products within the collection are produced in factories where Nordstrom has partnered withBSR’s HERprojectto implement workplace training programs on topics like health, finance, and gender equality. Since 2007, Nordstrom has partnered with BSR to launch worker empowerment programs in 27 factories around the world, reaching more than 18,000 workers.
Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Elle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Marie Claire magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)
Treasure & Bond– Nordstrom donates 2.5% of net sales from this exclusive, private-label brand to programs that empower young people to make a difference in their community. To date, the company has donated $2.5 million. This year, Treasure & Bond is supporting WECharity, which provides educators and students with curriculum and educational resources that help them gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing social issues and provides the tools necessary to take action and make an impact. Treasure & Bond features laid-back wardrobe staples with an Americana aesthetic for women, men, children, as well as home, a new category that launched this year.
GIFTS THAT INSPIRE
Nordstrom aims to be THE destination for unique holiday gifts at a range of price points, from a chic Topshop faux fur shoulder bag for $48 to showstopping Gucci boots for $1,790, including emerging brands and exclusive items.
November 27 – Treasure & Bond Patterned Pullover
November 28 – Monica Vinader Havana Mini Friendship Bracelet
November 29 – Sant and Abel Santa Pajamas
Daily Drops – Beginning November 27 through December 18, Nordstrom will release exclusive, limited products each day called ‘Daily Drops,’ to create a sense of discovery in-store and online throughout the shopping season. Products will be added to Nordstrom.com/holidaygiftsat 6:00am PST, as well as on the @Nordstrom Instagram. ‘Daily Drops’ will feature exciting, new-to-market items and styles from brands like Something Navy, Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Tilbury, Rothy’s, Treasure & Bond, Le Labo, Sant & Abel, Hugo Boss x Jeremyville, and Rag & Bone x Mickey.
Gift Guides – Based on top-demanded categories and search terms by Nordstrom customers, the company is introducing a persona-based gift guide featuring curated and unique ideas for 11 customer personalities. Examples include The Tech Collector, The Luxe Lover, The Traveler, The Witty One, and theDo-Gooder, among others, and can be found on Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts.
Fingerlings Hugs, PJ Masks, Harry Potter Wands, Ryan ToysReview, K’NEX Thrill Rides, & 3Doodler Hexbug Set Top the Toy Insider’s Hot 20, Top Tech 12, and STEM 10 Lists
The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2018 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and other innovative technologies) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun).
The Toy Insider’s 2018 holiday gift guide appeared in the November issue of Family Circlemagazine, which hit the newsstands on Oct. 9. An extended guide also appeared online at www.thetoyinsider.com. This year’s print guide features more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers, and an additional 170 toys can be found online, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total.
These hand-picked items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.
“The incredible variety of toys we reviewed for this year’s holiday gift guide shows that toy makers are working hard to create more innovative and magical toys than ever before,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “This year’s guide includes tons of fun collectibles, interactive craft kits, creative plush and more that are sure to bring smiles when they are unwrapped this holiday!“
In Honor of LGBTQ Pride month and Inclusivity for all, SMIRNOFF Vodka Pledges to Donate an Additional One Million Dollars to the Human Rights Campaign in Support of the LGBTQ Community
This Sunday, SMIRNOFF™ vodka continues its decades of support for the LGBTQ community by partnering with Queer Eye television personality, hairdresser, web series star and podcaster, Jonathan Van Ness, to bring love in all its forms to life at the NYC Pride March. From dancing in the streets with SMIRNOFF drag queens to self-love selfies to strutting alongside marchers up Fifth Avenue, Van Ness will join the brand at the 2018 Pride March to encourage people everywhere to show their support for equality and love of all kinds.
“SMIRNOFF is all about inclusivity and democratizing fun times for everyone, which totally speaks to me as a member of the LGBTQ community,” said Van Ness. “I could not be more excited to join SMIRNOFF for this year’s New York City Pride March. It truly is the ultimate celebration of love and equality for all, and once you add SMIRNOFF into the mix it becomes one big, fabulous, inclusive party. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!“
SMIRNOFF’s Pride March celebration is meant to showcase that Pride comes in all different flavors, shapes, and colors. To celebrate PRIDE loud and proud, SMIRNOFF will have a large presence in this Sunday’s New York City Pride March. The brand has proudly participated in the parade since 2013, but is prepared to make this the biggest year yet with an over-the-top float, that is bold and inspiring, just like the LGBTQ community, in celebration of love in all its forms and “Pride in Every Flavor.” In addition to Jonathan van Hess as its host, the brand will also host 200 marchers, electrifying special guests will be performing along the parade route to get the crowd excited and engaged. In addition to New York City, SMIRNOFF is excited to bring its celebration of “Pride in Every Flavor” to Pride Marches in San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego and more.
SMIRNOFF ‘Love Wins’ bottles
SMIRNOFF originally launched its “Love Wins” campaign in May 2017 with its limited-edition “Love Wins” bottle packaging for SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka. Now, in 2018, the “Love Wins” bottles are back and are available nationwide for a limited time. Inside each bottle is the iconic SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka, triple distilled and ten-times filtered, from the world’s most awarded name in vodka in the last ten years. As a brand that has supported the LGBTQ community for several decades, and was honored alongside DIAGEO with the prestigious 2018 Corporate Equality Award by the HRC this past February, SMIRNOFF is proud to continue to support love in all its forms.
SMIRNOFF’s redesigned 2018 “Love Wins” bottles feature the newly updated, special-edition bottle packaging, which highlights 34 real LGBTQ couples from across the United States. Each couple featured on the 2018 packaging submitted their photos through the brand’s website last year for a chance to be a part of the SMIRNOFF “Love Wins” campaign. Jessica & Whitney from Alabama, whose story began with a simple Facebook message, and Jeremy and Wutichai from Washington, D.C., who met while volunteering for the Peace Corps in Thailand, are just some of the real couples featured on the new bottles currently on shelves across the United States. Every SMIRNOFF “Love Wins” bottle is unique, with a different set of photographs that display real love and real people, along with its iridescent rainbow aesthetic and LGBTQ SMIRNOFF logo.
SMIRNOFF’s Ad Creative
In addition to the brand’s partnership with Van Ness, SMIRNOFF has also announced an increased commitment to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), with a pledge to donate $1 for every SMIRNOFF “Love Wins” bottle made to the HRC for a minimum of one million dollars over three years, starting in 2019. These funds will go towards supporting local HRC events to drive awareness of the fight for LGBTQ equality and help empower those who are leading that fight for equality in HRC’s 32 volunteer-led local steering committees in communities across the country.Continue reading →
Released Without Cask Information Or Tasting Notes, The Glenlivet Code Challenges Consumers To “Unlock The Taste” Through An Immersive Digital Experience
The Glenlivet® takes whisky enthusiasts on a journey of discovery, while also putting their single malt knowledge to the test with the U.S. launch of limited-edition The Glenlivet Code, a mysterious single malt introduced without cask information or tasting notes. Inspired by the iconic British Code breakers, the latest innovation is a unique combination of flavors that will measure the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker by entering a digital tasting experience where they will be challenged to “Unlock the Taste” of the mystery whisky.
The Glenlivet Code Logo (PRNewsfoto/Pernod Ricard USA)
“With The Glenlivet Code, we had a unique opportunity to create a whisky that has never been crafted before, using new casks and techniques to push the boundaries of what people expect from The Glenlivet,” said Master Distiller, Alan Winchester. “This year’s limited edition is a labyrinth of flavors that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker and we’re excited to invite consumers worldwide to take on the ultimate challenge by unlocking its mystery taste. The interactive experience will allow whisky enthusiasts at all levels to build their knowledge of the category while also developing a deeper understanding of The Glenlivet.“
The Glenlivet Code Bottle (PRNewsfoto/Pernod Ricard USA)
The global launch for The Glenlivet Code is supported by the innovative digital campaign to cement The Glenlivet’s role as the definitive Speyside single malt, renowned for its heritage as an authority within the single malts category. Maintaining this exceptional quality that The Glenlivet is famed for, The Glenlivet Code embodies the brand’s smooth and fruity tasting notes with some additional twists to unlock. The mystery whisky is crafted from specially selected casks to produce a new, never-before created single malt scotch whisky.
To begin the decoding challenge, consumers are invited to scan a code on the back of The Glenlivet Code bottle carton using the Shazam app to enter a virtual underground room. There, they will be greeted by a hologram of Winchester, who will challenge them to decode the taste of the liquid by selecting four aromas for the nose and four flavors for the palate from several possible combinations.
After decoding the flavors of the new whisky, participants will be given a score which they can post on their social channels to see how they rank against their peers. The official tasting notes will be revealed at the end of the year to give consumers the time to discover and enjoy the liquid themselves.
“The unveiling of The Glenlivet Code follows the launch of our latest global campaign, ‘The Definitive Whisky, The Glenlivet,’ which celebrates the unwavering pursuit of our founder, George Smith, to create The Definitive Speyside single malt,” said Patrick Caulfield, Brand Director, The Glenlivet, Pernod Ricard USA. “We continue to follow in our founder’s footsteps by acting as a visionary within the category. The Glenlivet Code is our latest example of brand innovation within our portfolio and aims to build consumer knowledge of the single malt category while also developing a deeper understanding of The Glenlivet’s award-winning taste.”
The Glenlivet Code will be available at U.S. retailers from the end of April 2018 at a suggested retail price of $120 a bottle. Consumers can log onto www.TheGlenlivet.com to find out more about the digital experience and share their experience on social media using #TheGlenlivetCode.
This spring, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents a series of talks, performances, and workshops in conjunction with its exhibitions Between the Waters, Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, Nick Mauss: Transmissions, and Zoe Leonard: Survey. These public programs offer opportunities to engage with artists and scholars to consider the questions and themes explored in each exhibition.
Over five years, Zoe Leonard sewed together skins of fruit to create Strange Fruit (1992–1997). Leonard chose not to preserve the resulting work, intending for its decay to be on view. On the occasion of the work’s appearance for the first time since 2001 in Zoe Leonard: Survey, a range of voices will reflect on Strange Fruit and its multiple historical inflections, its relevance and resonance today, and its very specific material existence. Speakers include writer, AIDS activist, and film- and videomaker Gregg Bordowitz; conceptual, interdisciplinary, transgender artist Jonah Groeneboer; interdisciplinary artist Katherine Hubbard; writer and scholar Fred Moten; artist Cameron Rowland; and conservator of contemporary art Christian Scheidemann. Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, moderates the conversation.
Ticketsare required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors, plus Museum admission; free for members).
A Chilling Make Believe: Alexis Rockman on Grant Wood
Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm
This talk by artist Alexis Rockman examines the romanticized and ambivalent view of a pre-industrial rural world depicted in Grant Wood’s landscape paintings. Situating Wood in a tradition of American art in which national identity depends on a personal visual vocabulary, Rockman shares his longstanding engagement with Wood through paintings that mix contemporary dread and hope for our ecological future.
Ticketsare required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors).
Demian DinéYazhi’: An Infected Sunset
Friday, April 20, 7 pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Between the Waters, Demian DinéYazhi’ reads selections from his poem, An Infected Sunset. This long-form descriptive prose poem is a reflection on queer sex, survival, death politics, indigenous identity, environmental injustice, and the importance of honoring community. The evening begins with a performance by Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache).
Free with Museum admission during Pay-As-You-Wish Fridays. Advanced registrationrequired.
Badlands Unlimited presents What is Cryptocurrency?
Friday, April 27, 6:30 pm
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and other cryptocurrencies claim to hold the potential to revolutionize the very nature of global economics by decentralizing how money and value are exchanged. This program explores the basics of crypto: its history, technology, and current application in the field of finance and beyond. Maya Binyam and Grayson Earle, co-founders of Bail Bloc, a cryptocurrency app that seeks a real-world exchange value against bail, also lead a conversation about what crypto can be for artists and writers.
Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors).
Transmissions: Nick Maussin conversation with Elena Filipovic, Jennifer Homans, and Elisabeth Sussman
Friday, May 4, 6:30 pm
In conjunction with Nick Mauss: Transmissions, this roundtable conversation explores the genesis of the exhibition through multiple circuits of inquiry and dialogue, how the interdependence of dance and art histories can be exhibited, and what challenges are brought up in the presentation of ephemeral, time-based, collaborative works. Addressing some of the counter-histories proposed by Transmissions, this conversation emphasizes exhibition-making as an artistic form. Mauss speaks with Elena Filipovic, director and curator, Kunsthalle Basel, Jennifer Homans, founder and director, The Center for Ballet in the Arts at NYU, and Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography and co-curator of Nick Mauss: Transmissions, each of whom has worked closely with the artist. This program is organized in collaboration with The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.
A Star-Studded Celebration The Parade will include a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.
The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.
The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani (Photo: Business Wire)
Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Stefani will warm up the audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC.
After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.
On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.
As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.
Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.
The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.
One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.
For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach debuts the first North American World of Nobu, an exclusive culinary journey with world-renowned Chef and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa and his global team of 40 Nobu executive chefs. With 38 Nobu Restaurants across five continents and a collection of luxury Nobu Hotels, Nobu Matsuhisa infuses his love of food and travel through the experiences he curates. This epicurean event, taking place Dec. 13 – 15, will allow guests to indulge and savor the flavors of talented Nobu chefs from around the world while mixing and mingling with the culinary best of the best.
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach (PRNewsfoto/Nobu Hotel Miami Beach)
World of Nobu kicks off on December 13 with an invite-only interactive experience, “Nobu Through the Decades,” that takes VIPs on a journey through Chef Nobu’s culinary career showcasing dishes from the beginning of the restaurateur’s time. This event is followed by “One Night Stand” on December 14, a private dining experience curated by Chef Nobu and Chef Thomas Buckley. Exclusively sold to a pre-selected list of 8 patrons at $2,000 per ticket, “One Night Stand” begins with a customized sushi bar treatment, followed by main course and dessert served in Nobu Restaurant’s private Teppan room.
The two-day culinary journey wraps up with a grand finale event, “Taste of Nobu,” on December 15. An extravagant evening of canapés, sake, and champagne, each Nobu chef will take culinary enthusiasts around the globe and represent their city in a private tasting table complete with unique bites. A silent auction featuring signed Chef Nobu items, a private Nobu dinner experiences and more will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Taste of Nobu” ticket options include general admission, and a VIP option boasting early access to the event along with an exclusive after-party at Malibu Farm.
Epicureans who desire the full Nobu experience complete with pristine ocean views and luxurious Japanese-inspired suites can take advantage of the World Of Nobu staycation package offering 30% off a 1-night stay at Nobu Hotel, complete with two general admission tickets to Friday’s “Taste of Nobu” event.
Expertly designed by the world-renowned interior designer, David Rockwell, the flagship Nobu Hotel Miami Beach seamlessly merges modern Miami architecture with a creative interpretation of legendary Japanese chef, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, evoking a tranquil Japanese beach house. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the property features 206 guest rooms; a signature Nobu Restaurant and Bar, Malibu Farm, a farm-to-table restaurant concept coming in fall 2017, 70,000 square feet of re-energized meeting and event space, a sprawling wellness spa and fitness center with over 18 treatment rooms and four sparkling pools. Nobu Hotel guests will enjoy a VIP entrance to the exclusive Nobu Pool and Lounge with oceanfront views – coming fall 2017.
Nobu, the world renowned Japanese restaurant recognized for pioneering a
new-style Japanese cuisine, started as a business partnership in 1994 between Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners: actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, and restaurateur Drew Nieporent.
Nobu restaurants, simultaneously a visual and culinary delight, continue to receive unprecedented praise and rave reviews from publications such as the New York Times, the Zagat Surveys, and the Michelin Guides. The restaurants’ popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovation in traditional Japanese cooking. Originating in New York as the flagship restaurant, the Nobu brand is now an empire that spans across five continents, with international locations in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Milan, the Bahamas, Melbourne, Dubai, Cape Town, Moscow, Mexico City, Budapest, Perth, Monte Carlo, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Doha, Marbella, Ibiza, and the seasonal Montenegro and national locations in Las Vegas, Malibu, Miami Beach, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Lana’I, Newport Beach, Palo Alto and Washington D.C. The global Nobu enterprise recently expanded to include the first-ever Nobu Hotels in Las Vegas, Manila, Miami, Malibu, and London, with anticipation for an exciting line of luxury hotels to follow.
World of Nobu will take place at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fla. 33140, and tickets are now on sale. For more information, to purchase your ticket, or book your stay, please visit Nobuedenroc.com/world-of-nobu or call 305-531-0000. For additional information on the Nobu Restaurants, please visit www.noburestaurants.com.
All Will Take Over Louisville for One Weekend Only on September 23rd & 24th 2017
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FEATURING: The Finest Kentucky Bourbons Curated by Top Bourbon Experts, One-Of-A-Kind Creations From Louisville and The Country’s Most Celebrated Chefs & Beyond
PERFORMANCES BY: Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Joe Bonamassa, Band of Horses, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers and More
Danny Wimmer Presents is thrilled to announce the official headliners and the first phase of musicians, chefs, food and beverage experiences for BOURBON & BEYOND, its bold, new, bourbon-inspired festival taking place for the first time on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.
BOURBON & BEYOND will be an incredible all-in-one bourbon, food, and entertainment destination that honors the rich history of bourbon that is so deeply rooted in the heart of Kentucky. All together BOURBON & BEYOND is a celebration of craftsmanship, soul, and spirit.
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Recognized for his monumental music festivals, Danny Wimmer‘s newest venture moves above and beyond music. Together with best-selling author and acclaimed bourbon authority, Fred Minnick, and nationally-celebrated Louisville chef, Edward Lee, Danny Wimmer Presents blends the best elements of a bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into one all-encompassing celebration in honor of the soul and spirit of Kentucky. BOURBON & BEYOND will be an enriching weekend featuring the best bourbons, master distillers, national and local chefs, bartenders, musicians, and many other artisans.
THE BOURBON LINEUP:
The festival will showcase over 50 of the best Kentucky bourbons curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee, and Chris Cosentino. Festivalgoers will get the chance to dive deep into the Kentucky bourbon experience through several exciting facets like:
The Big Bourbon Bar: A 20,000-square-foot bar featuring delicious bourbon cocktails presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The Hunter’s Club: A bourbon hound’s dream come true with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons.
The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage: A behind-the-scenes look at how coopers craft the oak barrels used to age bourbon.
The Distillery: An interactive experience to discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.
Bourbon Workshops: Access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.
2017 BOURBON & BEYOND Festival Official Line Up (PRNewsfoto/BOURBON & BEYOND)
In addition to the many incredible Kentucky bourbon experiences, BOURBON & BEYOND will partner with renowned local chefs and over 20 beloved Louisville restaurants to deliver one-of-a-kind delectable creations. The first round of participating restaurants includes Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, Boss Hog’s BBQ, Doc Crow’s, Gospel Bird, Seviche, The Manhattan Exchange, Whiskey Dry and much more to be announced in the coming months.
Guests will be able to eat, drink, and party at The Big Easy Boil presented by Southern Comfort, Tiki Barrel Bar, Funk & Soul & BBQ. BOURBON & BEYOND will also offer Incredible Feasts, one-of-a-kind communal dining experiences including The Chicks & Champs Gospel Brunch and the exclusive B&B Supper Club featuring Tom Colicchio. Chefs appearing throughout the weekend include Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Jose Salazar, Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas, Anthony Falco, and others.
World-class musical performances will further amplify this distinctive festival experience. With two main music stages, festival-goers will enjoy music from the following lineup of artists: Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, Bluegrass favorites curated by The Bluegrass Situation, and more.
More announcements, including bourbons, bluegrass, additional chefs, and restaurants will be coming soon.
Budweiser Continues to Lead the Way in Design and Innovation, Adding a Limited Edition Holiday Bottle to its Roster
To celebrate the 140th holiday season of America’s No.1 full-flavored lager,Budweiseris launching newly designed limited-edition holiday packaging, spreading holiday cheer nationwide. Debuting this month, the seasonally relevant packaging is designed to creatively reflect Budweiser’s traditional festive holiday spirit.
Budweiser Kicks off the Holiday Season with a Limited Edition Holiday Bottle (PRNewsFoto/Budweiser)
Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founderAdolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser stays true to the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character.
Designed in partnership with Jones Knowles Ritchie New York, the all-red, tonal look is inspired by the brand’s longstanding history of decorating its 12 US breweries for the holidays. The seasonal aluminum bottles highlight the brand’s strongest equities, specifically the colors of red and white – which fit right in with the holiday season.
Budweiser continues to lead the way in design and packaging innovation, with the past year giving life to some of the brand’s boldest and most unique offerings. Starting in 2015 with the launch of the brand’s new visual identity, Budweiser rolled out redesigned cans and bottles to reflect the detail exemplary of brewing America’s No. 1 full-flavored lager.
In 2016, Budweiser took cues from culture to inspire new packaging looks, leading to its boldest patriotic packaging move ever with the launch of the America can followed by the Torch bottle just in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“At Budweiser, we have a long-standing tradition of decorating our local breweries across this country during the holidays,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president from Budweiser. “This season, we want to extend the holiday cheer with our limited-edition bottles and toast to a bright new year!“
Budweiser’s America packaging run ends this month, making way for the next season of Budweiser traditions, including the debut of holiday packaging. The limited-edition festive bottle will be available through the holiday season.
“This Land Is Your Land, This Land Was Made For You And Me”
“This Land Is Your Land,” the iconic song and rallying cry for American unification penned by Woodie Guthrie, is at the heart of Johnnie Walker’s new Keep Walking America campaign. After what was undeniably the most racially divisive presidential election in recent history, it’s safe to say that we all need to remember and get back to celebrating what America should stand for, not what this election represented to the eyes of the world—and our fellow Americans.
Johnnie Walker celebrates cultural progress and diversity in America with new campaign Keep Walking America (Photo: Merie Weismiller Wallace).
For more than 200 years, Johnnie Walker has inspired the world with stories of personal progress and Keep Walking America is another powerful collection of stories reflecting the countless achievements, unwavering optimism and tireless progression of the great people who call America home.
The new 360 marketing campaign, which premiered nationally on November 7th with a 60-second TV spot created by Anomaly and directed by Chris Sargent of Anonymous Content, celebrates the cultural progress and diversity that represents the fabric of America today. The lyrics of “This Land Is Your Land,” read in both English and Spanish, serve as the campaign’s anthem. The meaning behind the lyrics powerfully communicate the core message that America has always been and should always remain an inclusive nation, built on values that celebrate and reward people from all colors and creeds. The film was shot over two weeks and features real storylines of progress from Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Montana, New Orleans, Baltimore, New York and Washington DC.
Johnnie Walker celebrates cultural progress and diversity in America with new campaign Keep Walking America (Photo: Merie Weismiller Wallace).
The message of Keep Walking America is supported by a variety of initiatives on a national and global level, each calling for a united, more open-minded society that can be a catalyst for progress and positive change. The brand recently traveled to Brownsville, Texas, a U.S.-Mexico border town, with celebrated actor, director and activist Wilmer Valderrama, to spotlight the rich community of cross-cultural Americans living in proximity to the border and to hear their personal stories of progress. This initiative mirrors recent global work from Colombia, which shared a message of unification during the ongoing peace treaty negotiations, and the brand’s Ode to Lesvos storyline, a deeply moving film series that sheds light on a community in Greece that has shown heroism and humanity during the Syrian refugee crisis.
The ‘Scottish Affair’ cocktail crafted using Johnnie Walker Black Label developed by Gabe Orta, National Ambassador of new mixology-focused program Flavors of America (Photo: Shannon Sturg
Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker North America stated, “We are extremely honored to continue taking a pioneering role in culture by championing and celebrating progress. Keep Walking America brings to life stories of cultural progress and diversity, and we hope this campaign inspires people to come together for a better future.”Continue reading →