The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best Of The Best Award Announces Eight Finalists

The 5th annual award nominees feature vehicles originating from five countries and produced over nearly four decades

The Peninsula today announced the eight nominees for its prestigious The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award, an accolade presented to the world’s most exceptional classic car. The selected vehicles were built by automakers from five different countries over a span of nearly 40 years, 1919 to 1958. The winning vehicle will be unveiled on 6 February 2020 at an award presentation at the famed The Peninsula Paris.

The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best Of The Best Award Announces Eight Finalists

Founded in 2015 by The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen, this year’s award brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the globe. The winner will be decided by a cohort of 25 judges ranging from automotive designers to some of the most recognized private collectors in the world including Peter Marino and Laurence Graff.

This award is truly a celebration of automotive excellence. Only eight vehicles are selected from the world’s most prestigious concours events to compete for the title of most exceptional classic car,” said Sir Michael Kadoorie. “These motorcars are works of art, each with a unique history and provenance. Our esteemed panel of judges have their work cut out this year due to the incredible field of contenders.”

The diverse nominees include vehicles built in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. This year’s nominees for The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award are as follows:

France:

  • 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé, coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi – Best of Show at the 2019 Salon Privé

Germany:

  • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahn-Kurier, coachwork by the Factory – Best of Show at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Italy:

  • 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder, coachwork by Scaglietti – Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic
  • 1950 Abarth 205 Berlinetta, coachwork by Vignale, design by Michelotti – Best of Show at the 2019 Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance

United Kingdom:

  • 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Foursome Coupe, coachwork by Freestone & Webb – Best of Show at the 2019 Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille
  • 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Skiff, coachwork by Barker – Best of Show at 2019 Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
  • 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Dual Cowl Tourer, coachwork by Gurney Nutting – Best of Show at 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

United States:

  • 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, coachwork by LeBaron – Best of Show at 2019 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

More details of the award can be found here.

Through a shared desire to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in 2015 with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen. Each founder shares a common passion and appreciation of fine motor cars, the preservation of their heritage and immaculate restoration projects. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together the concours circuits’ elite ‘Best of Show’ winners from around the globe.

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens New Exhibition, “We Return Fighting”

We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I” opens Friday, Dec. 13, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. On view until June 14, 2020, the exhibition examines the impact of the war on African American life 100 years since it ended.

Sailors reading, writing, and relaxing at the Red Cross Rest Room in New Orleans. National Archives (165-WW-127A-016)

Covering nearly 100 years of history, from 1865 to 1963, the exhibition is divided into three sections: Pre-War, During the War and Post-War. and explores the full range of African American participation in the war—from serving in segregated units as laborers and supply handlers in the United States and France to earning major military awards after fighting alongside the French in Europe. The exhibition goes beyond war history to show how that global conflict changed African American life, contributing to the birth of the Negro Renaissance and the Civil Rights and Labor Movements.

Seamstresses in New York City sewing puttees (spiral leggings worn by soldiers). National Archives (165-WW-585-11_34-3723M)
The Sub-Committee of Management and Counsel of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (1907-1908), January 1908. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles Hamilton Houston, J. and Dr. Rosemary Jagus.

Some 17 to 21 million soldiers and civilians died in what was the worst war in modern history,” said Spencer D. Crew, interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Empires fell, maps were redrawn and the lives of countless people were forever changed. For African Americans, the war tested the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. They went to war fighting for democracy abroad; they returned fighting for democracy at home.

Sheet music from the Cotton Club Parade, 1932. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi

African Americans returned to a segregated America where lynchings were on the rise and poor black sharecroppers were leaving the South in search of factory jobs in the North and the West. Those who were highly vocal with their protests became known as “The New Negro,” aggressively pursuing social justice and civil rights.

Distinguished Service Cross and ribbon issued to Lewis Broadus, Awarded 1906; issued 2006. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Lewis Broadus Family
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High Museum Of Art To Present First Magnum Live Lab Photography Residency And Exhibition In The United States

Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This spring, the High Museum of Art will be the first-ever U.S. venue for Live Lab, a photography residency and related exhibition organized in collaboration with the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos. Live Lab is designed to involve the community in the realization of a new body of photographs, which will be created over a two-week period in a “lab” at the Museum. The Atlanta project will feature American photographer Carolyn Drake and South African artists Lindokuhle Sobekwa and Mikhael Subotzky, whose projects all will explore themes relevant to the city.

High Museum logo

The process begins with a two-week–long “photographic jam session” (March 16–27, 2020) during which the photographers will use the High as their base of operations. They will travel into the city and metro area to shoot photographs, which they will then edit, make and sequence on site at the Museum. To render their creative process transparent, the photographers will open their workspace (located in the lobby of the High’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing) to the public at select times. The residency will culminate in a pop-up exhibition of the photographers’ work, on view in the Chambers lobby from March 28 through April 19, 2020.

Magnum Photos has hosted Live Labs in cities around the world, including London; Paris; Shenzhen, China; Kyoto, Japan; and most recently, Moscow.

We are honored that Magnum chose the High, and Atlanta, as its first U.S. host for Live Lab, and we are delighted to bring this project to the city,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “This collaboration is a testament to the strength of our photography department and our commitment to supporting the creation of new work and offering innovative ways for our audience to connect with their museum and the greater community. We can’t wait to see what the photographers create.

High Museum Of Art To Present First Magnum Live Lab Photography Residency And Exhibition In The United States

To help the artists learn more about Atlanta, the High provided them with a brief on the city, which touched on topics including its history, economy and position as the crossroads of the new South. The photographers are now in the process of developing their projects’ focus and scope.

We look forward to welcoming these incredible photographers to Atlanta and to lifting the veil on their creative process for our visitors,” said Gregory Harris, the High’s assistant curator of photography. “Ours is a vibrant yet complicated and ever-changing city. It will be thrilling to see Atlanta through the lenses of these artists.”

Carolyn Drake (born 1971) is a California native now based in the Bay Area. She studied media/culture and history in the 1990s at Brown University, where she became interested in approaches to documentary and the ways that history and reality are purposefully shaped and revised over time. She worked for multimedia companies in New York for many years but eventually left her office job to engage with the physical world through photography. Between 2007 and 2013, Drake traveled frequently to Central Asia from her base in Istanbul to work on two projects that became acclaimed photo books. “Two Rivers” explores the connections between ecology, culture and political power along the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. “Wild Pigeon” is an amalgam of photographs, drawings and embroideries she made in collaboration with Uyghur people in western China. Her latest book, “Knit Club,” will be published by TBW Books in the spring of 2020. Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, a World Press Photo award, a Magnum Emergency Fund grant and a Fulbright fellowship, among other awards. She became a Magnum nominee in 2015.

Lindokuhle Sobekwa (born 1995 in Katlehong, Johannesburg) came to photography in 2012 through his participation in the Of Soul and Joy Project, an educational program run in Thokoza, a township in southeastern Johannesburg. He went on to study with Bieke Depoorter, Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Thabiso Sekgala, Tjorven Bruyneel and Kutlwano Moagi. His early projects explore poverty and unemployment in the townships of South Africa as well as the growing nyaope drug crisis within them. His ongoing projects also address his own life—for example, his project “I Carry Her Photo with Me” examines his relationship with his sister, Ziyanda, who was estranged from her family when she died. In 2017, this project was selected by the Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice program for further development, and in 2018 Sobekwa received the Magnum Foundation Fund to continue his long–term project “Nyaope,” which has been selected for a residency at La Cité des Arts de la Réunion. Sobekwa became a Magnum nominee in 2018.

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Carnegie Hall Unveils Full Schedule of 70+ Events for its Beethoven Celebration in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth, January – June 2020

Carnegie Hall’s Largest-Ever Celebration of One Composer Features More Than 35 Events at the Hall with Internationally Renowned Artists Exploring the Revolutionary Composer’s Works and His Transformative Impact on Music

Plus, 35+ Events Citywide at Prestigious Partner Organizations Including Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Talks, and Poetry

As the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth approaches, Carnegie Hall announces a wider schedule of partner events by leading cultural institutions, complementing the Hall’s programming as part of its Beethoven Celebration which includes an unprecedented range of performances by renowned artists exploring the composer’s works and his transformative impact on music. The Beethoven Celebration presents one of the largest explorations of the great master’s music in our time and marks the largest-ever exploration of one composer by Carnegie Hall, with 86 works of music performed by more than 58 artists and ensembles in New York City and beyond from January through June 2020. Ticketing Information.

Beyond Carnegie Hall, public programming, performances, exhibitions, and events at partner organizations—leading cultural and academic institutions in New York City and beyond—highlight the many dimensions of the great music master. The more than 35 partner events range from music and dance to poetry, exhibitions, and talks, many of which have a contemporary slant. Together, the Beethoven Celebration features more than 70 programs, creating an extraordinary view of this revolutionary composer.

This rich series of events across New York City celebrates Beethoven’s unique place in the pantheon of the greatest artists in history as a composer whose music, perhaps more than any other, changed the course of Western classical music,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “Beethoven was audacious and absolutely fearless, a true revolutionary who never stopped challenging himself and who redefined every area of music that he touched. His music is timeless, and he continues to connect people worldwide with sounds that remain idealistic, compelling, fearsome, and personal. It’s no surprise that people around the globe continue to turn to his music to celebrate some of the most important turning points in history. We hope this opportunity to immerse ourselves in his music during this anniversary year will highlight the transformational impact he has had on culture, inspiring fresh perspectives on his life and work.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF BEETHOVEN CELEBRATION EVENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL

Anne-Sophie Mutter. Credit: Bastian Achard
Mitsuko Uchida. Credit: Justin Pumfrey / Decca

At Carnegie Hall, the Beethoven Celebration features more than 35 events including two complete symphony cycles, the complete piano sonatas and complete string quartets, chamber music, choral works, plus additional concerts and lectures as well as an ambitious global project that explores the themes found in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” led by Marin Alsop.

A highlight of the Beethoven Celebration—never before presented by Carnegie Hall in one season—are two complete symphony cycles, one in February 2020 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), performed on period instruments, and another in March and April 2020 by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, contrasting their two different interpretive perspectives on these pillars of the orchestral repertoire.

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma – Credit: Shane McCauley
Joyce DiDonato – Credit: © Simon Pauly

A key figure both in the early music revival and as a pioneer of historically informed performances, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads his internationally acclaimed early music ensemble ORR in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, along with the rarely-heard score for the ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus (February 19 at 8:00 p.m.). The six-day symphony cycle in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage continues with the Symphony Nos. 2 and No. 3, “Eroica” (February 20 at 8:00 p.m.); Symphony Nos. 4, and 5—with its famous opening motif—(February 21 at 8:00 p.m.); Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” and No. 7 (February 23 at 2:00 p.m.); and Symphony Nos. 8 and 9 (February 24 at 8:00 p.m.). The soloists for the Ninth Symphony include soprano Lucy Crowe, contralt Jess Dandy, tenor Ed Lyon, and bass Tareq Nazmi alongside The Monteverdi Choir. As a prelude to the cycle, Maestro Gardiner will be joined by distinguished Beethoven scholar William Kinderman for a discussion in Weill Recital Hall that illuminates Gardiner’s approach to these symphonic masterworks (February 18 at 7:00 p.m.). These Beethoven Celebration events comprise Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Perspectives series, which the celebrated conductor has curated for the 2019-20 season.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Credit: © Sim Canetty-Clarke


One of the most remarkable talents of his generation, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in the second complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies this season in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, beginning with Symphony Nos. 5 and 6, “Pastoral” (March 13 at 8:00 p.m.). The four-concert cycle continues with Symphony Nos. 2 and 3, “Eroica” (March 20 at 8:00 p.m.); Symphony Nos. 4, 7, and 8 (March 26 at 8:00 p.m.); and Symphony Nos. 1 and 9 (April 3 at 8:00 p.m.). The soloists for the Ninth Symphony include soprano Angel Blue, mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura, tenor Rolando Villazón, and baritone Quinn Kelsey alongside the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Maestro Nézet-Séguin also leads The MET Orchestra in a program that features virtuoso superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter in Beethoven’s groundbreaking Violin Concerto and Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F Major (June 12 at 8:00 p.m.). These five Beethoven Celebration performances are part of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s nine-concert Perspectives series this season.

Joerg Widmann. Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve
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Priscilla Presley Returns to Graceland to Host a Spring Edition of “Elegant Southern Style Weekend,” March 13 – 15, 2020

The unique event is in an inspirational weekend celebrating the food, fashion and design that have shaped the modern South. Ticket packages on-sale now.

This fall, Priscilla Presley returned to Graceland to host the first-ever Elegant Southern Style Weekend, a unique event commemorating everything people recognize and cherish about The American South. The inaugural celebration drew fans from around the world, and March 13 – 15, 2020, Presley, along with some of the South’s premier names in food, fashion and entertaining, will return for Elegant Southern Style: Spring Edition. The inspirational weekend will feature lively, one-of-a-kind parties, interactive hands-on workshops, delicious food, celebrity guests and more – all at one of the most elegant and iconic destinations in the world: the home of Elvis Presley.

I’m really excited to host our second Elegant Southern Style Weekend at Graceland,” stated Priscilla Presley. “The event this year was a huge success. The guests loved it and I loved interacting with them and sharing stories why Elvis always returned home, not only to Graceland, but Memphis and the South. Our amazing line-up of speakers and events covered so many topics in the interactive seminars and events. The weekend celebrated Southern food, décor and architecture, dinner parties, floral design, wine tastings, outdoor living and entertaining, fashion, a Southern dance party and so much more. We look forward to welcoming back those who attended our inaugural event, as well as welcoming new friends in March of next year.

During the weekend guests will have the opportunity to see, learn and do at multiple seminars hosted by Presley and special guests covering topics such as cooking, gardening, entertaining, travel and fashion that have shaped the modern South. The weekend also features food and cocktail tastings, crafting workshops, a gospel brunch and an exclusive dinner cruise with Presley along the mighty Mississippi River.

Special guests announced to date include event plannerTroy Williams; lifestyle expert Jim Norton; renowned chef Elizabeth Heiskell; award-winning florist and event planner Kevin Coble; award-winning chocolate and candy maker Rebecca Dinstuhl; travel and fashion blogger Alice Kerley; horticulture expert Lisa Lawhead; and host of Southern Living’s “Hey Y’all” digital series Ivy Odom. Additional guest speakers to be announced soon.

In addition to the events, guests will have the opportunity to tour Graceland Mansion, explore a full city block of Elvis-themed exhibits, shops and restaurants in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, the new Graceland Exhibition Center and can stay at The Guest House at Graceland, where most of the weekend’s events will be held, at a discounted rate by using this link: Elegant Southern Style.

Ticket packages and more information are available here.

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Monumental Poles Among First Art Placed In Denver Art Museum’s Northwest Coast And Alaska Native Galleries For Reopening In 2020

Re-imagined, Artist-Centered And Immersive Installation In Renovated Martin Building To Present Contemporary And Historical Art From Pacific Northwest And Alaska

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) team has completed the installation of its monumental Haida poles, marking the beginning of art installations for a redesigned and reinstalled Northwest Coast and Alaska Native gallery. The reimagined space will be among the first art galleries to reopen to the public in the initial phase of the renovated Lanny and Sharon Martin Building on June 6, 2020.

The DAM’s beloved Haida poles, frequently misattributed as “totem” poles, were the first items installed in the new space. Featured in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the largest is called the Land Otter Pole, and tells the story of a man who narrowly escaped capture by land otters after his canoe capsized. This pole was carved by Dwight Wallace in 1870.

The museum collaborated with descendants of the Wallace family in November 2019 to celebrate the placement of the poles in their new locations, which will enable museum visitors to walk around the poles and see carvings from all sides. The pole raising included singing, dancing and storytelling. Video from the event, as well as additional details and images, can be seen here. Engineering support to install the 22-and 29-foot poles, originally from the Kaigani Haida village of Sukkwan, Alaska, was provided by Demiurge LLC.

Installation of the Haida poles in the Denver Art Museum galleries, November 2019. Photo by Chris Schneider.

It was an honor to host Lee Wallace and his family here in Denver. From the start of planning, we aimed to approach this reinstallation with utmost respect and awareness for cultural protocols,” said John Lukavic, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts at the DAM. “The opportunity for our staff to participate in the raising ceremony will leave an indelible mark on us all. Visitors will now have the opportunity to get up close to the poles to see details and experience them in meaningful ways. You can now more easily see carved figures that relate to the stories on the poles, such as land otters, minks, human figures.”

The poles were the first pieces installed in more than 2,500 square feet of reimagined, immersive gallery space featuring works by Indigenous artists from the western coastal region of North America, stretching from Puget Sound to southeastern Alaska. Access to the galleries will be included in general museum admission.

Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Transformation mask, 1870. Wood, paint, and string; 15 x 12 x 24-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1951.228

The DAM is home to a world-renowned and comprehensive collection of American Indian arts. Works in the collection include objects created by artists from more than 250 Indigenous nations across the United States and Canada, and from artistic traditions within these cultures spanning the past 2000 years.

The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native art gallery on level 2 of the Martin Building is one of three new galleries that will be presented in the first phase of reopening following the museum’s multi-year, $150 million renovation and construction project. The DAM will reopen in phases, welcoming visitors to explore its unified campus starting next summer. The June 2020 phase will include three galleries, the new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center, the Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center and two dining options. The complete campus will be open at the end of 2021, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the iconic Gio Ponti-designed building.

We are excited to welcome our community back to their Denver Art Museum this summer to explore dynamic new galleries and spaces to get creative,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native collection is a gem in our global holdings. In collaboration with Native artists and community members, this new installation will share powerful stories and creative traditions from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.”

The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native gallery will continue the DAM’s approach of highlighting individual artists as creators, as well as demonstrating the ongoing continuum and traditions of Indigenous artists into present day. The reinstallation is led by John Lukavic, with major contributions by Assistant Curator Dakota Hoska and Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow Chris Patrello. The gallery includes several interpretive moments developed by Senior Interpretive Specialist Danielle St. Peter, design and graphics work from Fricker Studio of Colorado and McGinty Co., and video production by Steven Yazzie and Gillian Darling Kovanic.

Attributed to Cora Benson, Deinkul.at (Tlingit), Chilkat shirt, late 1800s. Dyed mountain goat wool and cedar bark; 52 (length) x 25-1/2 (width at bottom) in. Denver Art Museum: Purchase from Axel Rasmussen, 1936.297

Indigenous artists from the Northwest Coast are deeply connected to community and place,” Lukavic said. “Their artwork reflects connections between humans, the landscape and animals, as well as supernatural and ancestral beings. Artists from the region working today produce works that reinforce links to the past and at the same time push customary arts in new directions.”

The new Northwest Coast and Alaska Native art installation will build upon past successes of centering presentations and stories on artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore several spaces that highlight the systems of community and place that root the artists and their practice.

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Annenberg Space For Photography’s Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling Exhibition Opens In February 2020

Exhibit Showcases Iconic Images, Cover Shoots, and Behind-the-Scenes Moments from Vanity Fair

Today, the Annenberg Space for Photography, L.A.’s premier destination for photography, announces its next exhibition opening in February 2020Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling The Stars, the Parties, and the Powerbrokers. The photo exhibit, opening Oscar weekend, runs from February 8 July 26, 2020.

The Annenberg Space for Photography logo (PRNewsfoto/The Annenberg Space for Photography)

Curated by Vanity Fair‘s creative development editor David Friend and the magazine’s former director of photography Susan White, Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry’s major players from the last four decades. The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties, and the powerbrokers, through the distinctive lens of Vanity Fair – the most widely celebrated journalistic arbiter of Hollywood power and personality.

Documentarians, May 1998. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Lady Gaga & Mark Ronson, Vanity Fair Oscar Party, 2019 (Credit: Justin Bishop)
Latino Directors, November 2015, Photo: Jason Bell

With 130 photographs and more than 50 photographers, Hollywood Calling showcases Vanity Fair‘s vaunted portraitists, including the magazine’s principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Cristina de Middel, Ethan James Green, Erik Madigan Heck, Horst P. Horst, George Hurrell, Helmut Newton, Jackie Nickerson, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Lord Snowdon, Firooz Zahedi, and dozens more.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, Hollywood Issue 2019. Photo: Peter Hapak
Barry Jenkins, Hollywood Issue 2019. Photo: Peter Hapak
Alfonso Cuaron, Hollywood Issue 2019. Photo: Peter Hapak

The show features images of iconic celebrities in film/TV, comedy and more, including Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Lena Waithe, Lupita Nyong’o, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis, Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Jennifer Lawrence, and many more.

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston Introduces Forest Therapy Journey

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, the only Forbes Five-Star Spa in Massachusetts, is pleased to be the first Spa in the United States to offer Aromatherapy Associates new Forest Therapy Journey, inspired by the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku (aka Forest Bathing) which entails spending time in nature amongst the trees to improve overall well-being.

An intimately luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region. Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 of the city’s most spacious guestrooms and suites, exquisite meeting and event facilities and legendary personalized service. Hotel amenities include Massachusetts’ only holistic Five-Star awarded spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and our signature restaurant Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. A short 15-minute drive from Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of Boston’s chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston Introduces Forest Therapy Journey

The 1 hour 20-minute treatment provides similar mind and body calming benefits that one experiences when in a peaceful natural landscape. Through Forest Therapy®, Aromatherapy Associates new unique essential oil blend, guests will immediately feel restored from the stresses of modern day living. A cleansing guided meditation, followed by a deep, long massage, relieves restlessness and agitation. The treatment concludes with a grounding mud mask for the feet and a soothing scalp massage. Priced at USD 230 (Monday to Thursday) and USD 260 (Friday to Sunday).

The hand-crafted Forest Therapy® oil blend is fresh, clean and invigorating. It was created using a collection of nature’s most caring ingredients: evergreen Pink Pepper fruit native to the Peruvian Andes, uplifting Juniper Berry gathered from the mountainous regions of Macedonia, calming Mediterranean Cypress and cleansing Taiwanese Ho Wood. When blended, these ingredients work synergistically to form a fragrance that’s powerfully effective yet emotionally healing.

In addition to the treatment, which is available now, The Spa will also offer the Forest Therapy® Bath & Shower Oil and Wellness Mist.

For reservations or additional information, please email mobos-spa@mohg.com or call +1 (617) 535 8820.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago Partners with Acclaimed Chilean Vineyard to Debut “MO” Signature Wine Blends

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago is proud to partner with leading Franco-Chilean vineyard Lapostolle Chile to create two signature wines designed exclusively for the hotel. The two appropriately named wines—MO Carménère and MO Blanc—will make their official debut at the prestigious Descorchados Wine Fair, held at the hotel on December 19.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago Partners with Acclaimed Chilean Vineyard to Debut ‘MO’ Signature Wine Blends

The wine creation was the vision of Executive Chef Germán Ghelfi, who forged the partnership with the Lapostolle winemaking team, a renowned Franco-Chilean vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. Working in tandem with the vintners, Chef Ghelfi looked to develop blends that reflected Chilean ‘Wine Country’ while also providing a smooth finish to pair well with Mandarin Oriental’s excellent gastronomic quality. The Blanc, the more complex of the two, is created from the vineyard’s Semillon-Chilean varietal grapes, producing a dry, full-bodied white. The Carménère, often referred to as the preferred red of the Chilean people, has hints of warm spice and fruit, pairing perfectly with the more robust cuisine offered at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Senso.

The wine’s label was designed to showcase not only the Mandarin Oriental signature gold fan, but the distinctive bee-hive trellis found throughout the property. Each will be priced at approximately 25,000 CLP and can only be purchased at the hotel.

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago is in the heart of the city’s most important commercial and leisure district, known as Las Condes, home to two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theatres. It is also close to the exclusive residential neighborhood of Vitacura. The property comprises 310 guestrooms including 23 suites with commanding views of the city and the Andes Mountains, being ideal for a relaxing getaway. Its 25,000-square meter grounds contain a large iconic lagoon-style outdoor pool and landscaped gardens which provide a resort environment for guests. The hotel currently features two renowned restaurants, a renovated new lobby lounge and an English style bar as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include also a spa and a fitness center which are now under renovation.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 32 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

For more information about the wines or hotel offerings, please visit mandarinoriental.com/Santiago.

The Peninsula Hong Kong Reveals Calendar Of Festive Holiday Activities

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.

Six Festive Ornaments


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’.

A Digital Children Storybook

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.

Christmas Gifts and Kid: Sharing the joy at The Peninsula Hotels


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.

Gingerbread Making Class at The Peninsula Hotels


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.

The Lobby – Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea
The Lobby – Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea


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.

Festive Afternoon Tea

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.

Gaddi’s Christmas Eve – Brittany Lobster


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.

Felix New Year’s Eve – Grilled Toothfish Loin
Gaddi’s Chef de Cuisine Albin Gobil


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.

Felix Sunday Brunch Experience
Gaddi’s New Year’s Eve Menu – Pithivier


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.

Felix Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez
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Italian Week at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

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.

Chef Vincenzo Guarino

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.

Mes’Lalla Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

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.

Mes’Lalla Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

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.

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 50 Best Launches ’50 Best Discovery’, the World’s Most Exciting Gastronomic Map of More Than 1,600 Expert-approved Dining and Drinking Destinations

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 Logo

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.

To see more details on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit www.theworlds50best.com/the-academy/manifesto

To see more details on The World’s 50 Best Bars voting process,
visit www.worlds50bestbars.com/voting.php

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.

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection Is Now Available to the Public

More Than 10,000 Photographs Announced on Anniversary of Ailey’s Death and World AIDS Day

Ahead of World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s death (Dec. 1), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is making available the collection of more than 10,000 photographs chronicling the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1961 to 1994. The Jack Mitchell Photography of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Collection includes 8,288 black-and-white negatives, 2,106 color slides and transparencies, and 339 black-and-white prints depicting private photo sessions, repertory by Alvin Ailey and a wide range of choreographers and iconic solo performers.

Alvin Ailey with the Company in 1978. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

Jack Mitchell’s collection documents the dance company’s evolution while capturing the true idiosyncrasies and physicality of movement through still images. The photography showcases the innovative performances and groundbreaking artistry of Ailey, who shined a spotlight on the contributions and experiences of the African American heritage that inspired the racially diverse performances he presented that forever changed American dance and culture.

Marilyn Banks, Alvin Ailey, and Masazumi Chaya. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

Acquired in 2013, the entire digitized photography collection has been recently made available to the public online via the Smithsonian’s Online Virtual Archives. The collection is jointly owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

Masazumi Chaya. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

To have one photographer as talented as Jack Mitchell capture the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s history allows us to really witness the groundbreaking and historic nature of Alvin Ailey’s dance style and his vision for a dance company,” said Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “It’s particularly difficult to capture the essence of performing arts in photography, yet this collection showcases the ephemeral nature of the performances that made the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater so special to so many audiences around the world.”

Photo Credit: Portrait of Alvin Ailey with Judith Jamison, Linda Kent and Dudley Williams in dance studio. Photography by Jack Mitchell © Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Inc. and Smithsonian Institution, All rights reserved.

Mitchell’s photography vividly illustrates the evolution of Ailey’s principal dancers, notable performances and Ailey himself. The collection contains photographs of over 80 choreographed performances by Ailey, including his debut piece “Blues Suite” along with “The River” and “Revelations,” one of Ailey’s most popular and critically acclaimed pieces that tells the African American story from slavery to freedom and remains one the most beloved works of modern dance, acclaimed as a must-see and applauded by audiences around the world. The collection also features portraits of Judith Jamison, who was Ailey’s muse, most notably for the tour-de-force solo “Cry,” and who he entrusted to become artistic director before his death. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s other earliest and most revered dancers are featured, including Dudley Williams, Sylvia Waters, Masazumi Chaya and Donna Wood.

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka Debut Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Something For Everyone This Holiday Season and All with a Touch of Glamour

Use Code HOLIDAY30 for 30% off sitewide (Some Exclusions May Apply)

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, invites you to celebrate this holiday season with the legendary designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka‘s top picks for gift giving. You don’t have to be a famous fashion designer to exchange gifts like these two! Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful items and offers gifts for everyone on your list from under $50 to $595 MSRP. When ordering, use code HOLIDAY30 for a 30% off discount sitewide. (Some exclusions may apply. Offer only valid midnight PST Wednesday, Nov 27th until midnight PST Cyber Monday.)

Badgley Mischka’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide has no-fail items that are guaranteed to put smiles on all your hard-to-buy-for friends and family’s faces. There are glamorous options for all, whether it’s beautiful women’s jeweled shoes, which dress up any holiday outfit, to newly launched men’s shoes and stylish sneakers, to girls shoes, perfect the little ones on your list. The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

Men’s and women’s eyewear make a perfect stocking stuffer as well as Badgley Mischka’s latest colorful cashmere sweaters with beading and flower details to make any outfit; even your perfect pair of old jeans look dressed up. Choose to give your loved one the topper of a brightly colored winter coat, and she will thank you every time she heads out into the cold. And no need for extra tinsel when you give shimmering, festive Badgley Mischka jewelry to your favorite relative. For that extra special person on your list, surprise a loved one with a Badgley Mischka designed luggage collection and maybe pop in tickets to a favorite destination?

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Celebrated Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada to Design Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai’s First Christmas Tree

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai will celebrate its first festive season in style with an unconventional Christmas tree designed by fashion legend and one of Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fans, Kenzo Takada.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai – City Skyline

The city’s most desirable beachfront resort has teamed up with Kenzo Takada to bring an artistic flair to Dubai’s festive celebrations, taking inspiration from the city’s multifaceted character. Commenting on the collaboration, Kenzo Takada said: “I am thrilled to be invited by Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai to design its very first Christmas tree in a reinterpretation that combines tradition and modernity.

Kenzo Takada’s seven-metre high creative Christmas tree will be located in the outdoor area of the resort, with an unparalleled beachfront view. The official unveiling will take place on December 10th for both guests and residents to enjoy.

Werner Anzinger, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, said: “It is an honour to have our first Christmas tree designed by fashion icon and long-time Mandarin Oriental fan, Kenzo Takada, and we can’t wait to unveil this unique centrepiece that radiates the spirit of the holidays.

Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning advertising campaign, He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan, which launched in 2000, simply and elegantly connects the Group’s well recognised symbol – the fan – with international celebrities who regularly stay at the hotels and are true fans of Mandarin Oriental. Kenzo was photographed for the campaign in the Japanese garden of his apartment in Paris. When travelling, he loves staying with Mandarin Oriental, as the “quality and excellent service” never fails to impress him.

Kenzo has been decorated with numerous accolades for his services to the fashion industry, including an Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and a lifetime achievement award from the Fashion Editors’ Club of Japan.

Located in one of Dubai’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, the resort’s elegant rooms and suites offer an abundance of space, combining contemporary décor with guest-centric technology and staggering views. Its restaurants and bars are equally enticing with six first-rate venues including two signature restaurants. Combined with a state-of-the-art destination spa spread over 2,000 square metres, a fitness centre and a kids’ club, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is the most exciting new addition to the region’s luxury hotel scene. Its unrivalled location with easy access to both International airports means makes Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai the ideal location for both business and leisure travellers. It also holds the status of being the closest beachfront resort to both Downtown Dubai and the financial and business districts.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 32 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

Elvis’ 85th Birthday Will Be Celebrated Over Four Days at Graceland

Celebration Will Include Multiple Concerts and Parties, One-of-a-kind Tours, The Auction at Graceland and Events With Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling and Elvis’ TCB Band

Music fans from around the world will travel to Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in January to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s™ 85th birthday. Numerous events are scheduled for January 8-11, 2020, including the annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, The Auction at Graceland, an Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, a Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, plus the fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring TCB Band members James Burton, Glen Hardin and Ronnie Tutt, Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling. Many of the birthday celebration events will be held at The Guest House at Graceland™, the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort hotel located just steps from Graceland. For a complete day-by-day schedule and to purchase tickets visit Graceland.com.

Elvis Presley Graceland logo

The highlights of the four days of celebrations will be two concerts at the Soundstage at Graceland:

On Friday, January 10, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra brings their annual Elvis Pops Concert to Graceland. Musician and singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band join the orchestra for a special birthday salute featuring music from all facets of Elvis’ career. With performances featuring his greatest hits, movie songs and love ballads that will take you from Memphis to Las Vegas to Hawaii all in one evening.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Celebrates the Festive Season Around the Globe

From cities adorned with Christmas lights to beach resorts with glistening waters, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group unveils a variety of holiday escapes and festive offerings at its properties worldwide. This year, Mandarin Oriental 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.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Celebrates the Festive Season Around the Globe

A 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 www.mandarinoriental.com.

ASIA PACIFIC

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei — Although 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 Indulgence Room 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

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo – Ring in the new year with an appetite, as Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo has prepared a proper feast for its guests this holiday season:

  • A 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 31, 2019
  • Price: From 186,999 JPY; more information can be found here

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

Mandarin Oriental, Milan — The most magical time to visit Milan is when the Galleria is full of lights, and travellers can feast their eyes on the commanding Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree. To extend the celebration, Mandarin Oriental, Milan offers:

  • A scrumptious breakfast for two served daily in-room or in the warm setting of Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Courtesy 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
  • Price: From 670 EUR; more information can be found here

Mandarin Oriental, Paris — 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:

  • In 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
  • To round out the shopping experience, guests are invited to redeem a credit at The Spa
  • Price: From 1,125 EUR; more information can be found here

AMERICAS

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan – 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 Oriental, Canouan offers a variety of unique on-property happenings centered around the holidays:

  • In 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
  • Looking out over the warm, turquoise waters of Carenage Bay, guests can enjoy a  Canouan Tropical Wonderland complete 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
  • For 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 Spa, Kuhn Noom can help alleviate many conditions, ranging from colon-cleansing to mindfulness development
  • Price: From $3,400 USD; more information can be found here.

Mandarin 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 holiday offer:

  • A 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 available in-room
  • Price From $2,125 USD; more information can be found here.

All rates quoted are subject to availability, service charge and relevant local tax. For further information and reservations, please visit: www.mandarinoriental.com.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Presents Countryside, The Future, an AMO / Rem Koolhaas Exhibition Opening February 2020

Exhibition to Examine Radical Changes Transforming the Surface of the World beyond Cities

From February 20 through summer 2020 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Countryside, The Future, an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). A unique exhibition for the Guggenheim rotunda, Countryside, The Future will explore radical changes in the vast nonurban areas of Earth with an immersive installation premised on original research. The project extends investigative work already underway by AMO, Koolhaas, and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi.

Rem Koolhaas; Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Samir Bantal, Director of AMO.
Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2019.

In the past decades, I have noticed that while much of our energies and intelligence have been focused on the urban areas of the world—under the influence of global warming, the market economy, American tech companies, African and European initiatives, Chinese politics, and other forces—the countryside has changed almost beyond recognition,” stated Koolhaas. “The story of this transformation is largely untold, and it is particularly meaningful for AMO to present it in one of the world’s great museums in one of the world’s densest cities.

RIGIDITY ENABLES FRIVOLITY
The frivolity of urban life has necessitated the organization, abstraction, and automation of the countryside at a vast and unprecedented scale.
Left: Mishka Henner, Feedlots, 2013. Right: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 2018. Photo: Luca Locatelli

Rem Koolhaas (b. 1944, Rotterdam) founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. His 1995 book S,M,L,XL, summarizes the work of OMA in “a novel about architecture.” In 2001 Koolhaas published with his students two volumes of the Harvard Project on the CityThe Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping and Great Leap Forward, and in 2011 Project Japan: Metabolism Talks looked back at the Metabolism movement. His built work includes the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015), the headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing (2012), Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin (2003). Koolhaas designed the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas, open from 2001 to 2008, and, in 1978, The Sparkling Metropolis, an exhibition on the top ramp of the rotunda of the Guggenheim in New York. Current projects include the Qatar Foundation headquarters, Qatar National Library, Taipei Performing Arts Center, a new building for Axel Springer in Berlin, and the Factory in Manchester. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University and in 2014 was the director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled Fundamentals.

NEW NATURE
Highly artificial and sterile environments are employed to create the ideal organic specimen. Today’s glass houses contain all the essential ingredients of life but none of the redundancies: sun, soil, and water are emulated, optimized, and finally automated. Photo: Pieternel van Velden
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Edible Masterpieces: The Most Coveted Menu Items From Four Seasons, And Where To Find Them

Spotlighting Iconic, Well-Loved And Highly Shareable “Masterdishes” From Around The World

After a record-setting year in cuisine, boasting 27 Michelin stars at 18 dining establishments worldwide, Four Seasons is spotlighting its Masterdishes – the most coveted, shareable and iconic menu items from all over the world to guests, followers and locals alike. Ranging from newly conceived creations to recreated classics, these Insta-ready dishes and drinks showcase flavour mastery, passion and technique, and are as distinct as the restaurants and bars where they originate and the artisans who created them.

Every Friday from November 22 until December 27, 2019 on Instagram, Four Seasons will be spotlighting a selection of Masterdishes via @FourSeasons and #FSMasterdish. With the festive period fast approaching, culinary enthusiasts are invited to experience Masterdish creations for themselves at Four Seasons restaurants and bars or digitally through the dedicated hashtag.

Four Seasons is home to some of the very best restaurants and bars in the world,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations. “With Masterdish we are placing our most iconic dishes centre stage, celebrating the passion and artistry that are at the root of everything we do.”

Restaurants and bars are the heartbeat of Four Seasons hotels, offering communities inviting spaces to gather, connect and dine. Read on to explore the very first global sampling of standout creations and beloved signature dishes from Four Seasons restaurants and bars worldwide. Travel to Geneva, Mexico City, Seoul and Vail, among other culinary destinations as Four Seasons explores some of the most buzzworthy creations to date.

Food fans should stay tuned for more Masterdishes as they are unveiled by following @FourSeasons and #FSMasterdish.

A Feast for the Eyes and Taste Buds

White Millefeuille

White Millefeuille, La Dame de Pic London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Its first broadcast appearance on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals launched Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s take on the classic “thousand leaves” dessert to social media stardom. Crack into its pristine façade to expose layers of crispy triple-folded puff pastry, Tahitian vanilla cream and jasmine jelly. A sheet of royal icing covers the delicacy for added crunch, while dollops of voatsiperifery pepper-infused milk foam flank either side. The dazzling dessert fuses purity, lightness and surprise, easily earning the title of most Instagrammed dish in the two Michelin star restaurant.

Roasted Scampi Surrounded by Chef’s Garden

Roasted Scampi Surrounded by Chef’s Garden, Il Lago, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

In this complex piece of culinary art, 35 different vegetables are featured in various preparations, inspired by memories of Chef Massimiliano Sena’s childhood on Italy’s Sorrento Coast. The vibrant plate features roast scampi served in its own bisque surrounded by a garden of seasonal produce and topped with a squid ink tuile. Within the first hour of its social media debut, Sena’s star dish generated incredible intrigue, garnering more than 100k views on Instagram and encouraging eager tasters to visit Michelin-starred Il Lago to see and taste the work of art first hand.

Spaghetti with Ham, Ceps and Black Truffle

Spaghetti with Ham, Ceps and Black Truffle, Le Cinq, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

One of the most sought-after menu items at three Michelin star restaurant Le Cinq, Chef Christian Le Squer’s luxurious take on a much-loved classic never fails to impress. Profiled on France’s Top Chef and online in French Vogue, a dedicated @fsgeorgevparis Instagram story achieved more than 12.5k views, while a post on @lecinqparis earned the most-liked photo of the year. Perfectly al dente noodles are tossed in butter and parmesan and carefully laid out side by side to form the walls of a rectangle. Inside, ham, truffles and cep mushrooms are glazed in jus and drizzled with truffled cream. Topped with a thin parmesan crust and adorned with gold leaf, this rich, savoury and tender architectural masterpiece is served throughout the year and is a “must-try before you die” for Parisians and international travellers alike.

Steam, Smoke and Flames

Haute Chocolate

Haute Chocolate, Pastry Chef Andrew Schweska, The Remedy Bar and Flame Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail

Recently voted one of the world’s best hot chocolates by Travel + Leisure, a video of its epic marshmallow drop amassed the highest number of organic views on Four Seasons Instagram channel in 2018. At any given time, someone is eagerly taking a slow-motion capture of the suspenseful splash in Vail’s The Remedy Bar, Flame Restaurant or in the comfort of their guest room or private retreat. Piping hot Valrhona chocolate, heavy cream and steamed whole milk are churned tableside and poured over a hand-made dark chocolate lattice, resulting in a perfectly-timed marshmallow plummet and pillowy landing. First featured by Forbes more than seven years ago, it remains one of the most popular items on the menu at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, a must-visit après ski destination.

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2019 Holiday Travel: New, Record-Setting “Mile High Tree” Anchors Denver’s Mile High Holidays Festivities

Denver’s Newest Holiday Attraction – A 110-Foot Digital Tree – Amplifies The Excitement Around The City’s Seasonal Blockbuster Exhibitions, Events And Performing Arts

This year, along with hundreds of holiday traditions and festivities, The Mile High City will feature two brand-new lighting attractions illuminating downtown, making the city look and feel more festive than ever. The Mile High Tree – the tallest digital tree in North America – will feature pre-programmed LED light shows choreographed to multicultural holiday music; and Night Lights Denver – an outdoor projection mapping installation featuring local artists – will also light up the city skyline.

VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau logo. (PRNewsFoto/VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau)

These new attractions complement the already robust programming that makes up Denver’s Mile High Holidays. There are also world-class exhibitions, like Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature and The Science Behind Pixar, at the city’s museums; innovative and immersive performing arts like Camp Christmas and movies with the Colorado Symphony; and plenty of local gifts to be found in neighborhoods, galleries, boutique shops and marketplaces.

Below are just a few experiences to be found during Mile High Holidays. For more information on how to spend a night or a long weekend in Denver, and to take advantage of holiday hotel deals starting at $99, visit www.MileHighHolidays.com.

Blockbuster Exhibitions

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, through February 2, 2020

The Denver Art Museum is the sole U.S. venue for the most comprehensive exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition features more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked. In connection with Denver Art Museum, several hotels have created VIP packages that include untimed, skip-the-line tickets, which allow access to the exhibition even if the date is sold out to the general public; these packages can be found at https://monetindenver.com.

The Science Behind Pixar, through April 5, 2020

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 50 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studio’s production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits, through April 12, 2020

Visitors will be put to the test as they jump, fly, dive, climb and explore some of the riskiest activities in the world at this Denver Museum of Nature & Science exhibition. Physical, multimedia and creative challenges place guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes and their passions such as wingsuit flying, ice and rock climbing, parkour, and free diving. Amid exhilarating speeds, breathtaking heights, and profound depths, the stories of these passionate athletes will leave visitors inspired to push their own personal limits.

Beer Here! Brewing the West, through August 9, 2020

Explore Colorado’s brewing industry from the saloons of the Gold Rush through Prohibition to today’s booming craft beer scene at History Colorado Center‘s Beer Here! Brewing the West. Learn about the Centennial State’s brewing past, present and future through historical artifacts, interactive elements and more.

Holiday Performing Arts

Celebrate the Theater, Music and Dance in Denver

Camp Christmas, November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The newest indoor immersive installation from Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Camp Christmas, will feature mesmerizing displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Performed at Stanley Marketplace, Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly experience.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, November 23-24

Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, performed at Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take audience members on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of a New Year.

The Nutcracker, November 30 – December 29

Children and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet‘s 58th annual production of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker, held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and featuring unforgettable characters, classic choreography, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, December 3-8

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns to the Buell Theatre in Denver to steal Christmas after a blockbuster debut in 2014. More than 2.5 million theatre-goers across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind them of the true meaning of the holiday season.

Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert, November 29; Love Actually in Concert, December 6

A holiday classic, Home Alone will feature renowned composer John Williams‘ charming and delightful score performed live by the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall as the film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher Concert Hall. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the whole family.

Love Actually is the ultimate romantic holiday comedy. Featuring an all-star cast, the film will take audiences on a tour of love’s delightful twists and turns. The score will be performed by the Colorado Symphony and conductor Christopher Dragon.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, December 7-22

For 28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been blending dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like no other. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover, celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around the world.

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour, December 8

The celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing group, Celtic Woman, will be coupled with the Colorado Symphony in Denver’s stop of The Best of Christmas Tour. The performance at Boettcher Concert Hall will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, December 13-14

The one and only Moscow Ballet will present the Great Russian Nutcracker at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. Featuring world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

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RH Introduces RH Ski House

Inspired by the World’s Epic Alpine Destinations, New Concept Debuts with Dedicated Source Book Showcasing Distinctive New Collections by Acclaimed Global Designers

RH Ski House Cover 2019 (Photo: Business Wire)

RH announced today the unveiling of RH Ski House, a curated concept inspired by the world’s epic alpine destinations that presents over 60 new collections reflecting the brand’s distinctive point of view on mountain living. Aspen to Sun Valley, Tahoe to Taos, Courchevel to Cortina, RH Ski House is defined by a rustic yet refined aesthetic with modern and contemporary influences, and debuts with a dedicated print and digital Source Book, which can be viewed at RHSkiHouse.com.

RH Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman commented, “Whether you ski, or just enjoy being in the mountains or snow, RH Ski House was designed to make anyone feel warm, comfortable, and relaxed. It’s a collection that is the result of curating the best people, products, ideas, and inspiration we’ve come across, then carefully integrating each, where the whole becomes more valuable than the parts.

RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE OVIEDO SHEEPSKIN CHAISE (Photo: Business Wire)

A collection of furniture, lighting, textiles and décor is the result of the brand’s creative partnerships with a select group of internationally renowned designers. Evoking dramatic winter snowscapes, sculptural shapes and luxe natural materials layer with rich organic texture, warm earthen hues and stunning statement pieces.

RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE YETI SHEEPSKIN COLLECTION SECTIONAL BY TIMOTHY OULTON (Photo- Business Wire)
RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE YETI SHEEPSKIN COLLECTION BED BY TIMOTHY OULTON (Photo Business Wire)
RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE YETI SHEEPSKIN COLLECTION ARMCHAIR BY TIMOTHY OULTON (Photo: Business Wire)

The Yeti collection by Timothy Oulton (London) introduces bold silhouettes wrapped in sumptuous, long-haired New Zealand sheepskin for ultimate, sink-in comfort, showcased in oversized sofas and sectionals, as well as the Yeti Sheepskin Armchair, Yeti Sheepskin Bed, Adele Sheepskin Dining Chair and Oviedo Sheepskin Chaise.

Spanning living, dining and bedroom, The Reclaimed Rustic European Oak collection byTheo Eichholtz (Amsterdam) celebrates the organic beauty of solid oak timbers from decades-old buildings with contemporary lines that allow the wood’s timeworn character to take center stage. The Dutch designer also debuts Rigby Reclaimed Rustic Oak coffee, console and side tables where unfinished, rough-sawn slabs appear to float on streamlined metal bases.

RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE DAVOS OAK COLLECTION BY NICHOLAS AND HARRISON CONDOS (Photo: Business Wire)
RH SKI HOUSE 2019 INTRODUCES THE DAVOS OAK COLLECTION CANOPY BED BY NICHOLAS AND HARRISON CONDOS (Photo: Business Wire)
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Culture Watch: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Announces Short List for the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

Six artists have been short-listed for the Hugo Boss Prize 2020, the biennial award for significant achievement in contemporary art. The short list is selected by a panel of international curators and critics in recognition of artists whose work is transforming the field. Since its inception in 1996, the prize has consistently functioned as a platform for the most relevant and influential art of the present, and has become a cornerstone of the Guggenheim’s contemporary programming.

On the occasion of the thirteenth Hugo Boss Prize, I’m delighted to announce the finalists for the 2020 cycle,” said Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and jury chair. “After a rigorous examination of today’s artistic landscape, the jury identified a group of artists whose practices are beacons of cultural impact. While diverse in their approaches and themes, they each exemplify the spirit of experimentation and innovation that the prize has always championed.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York logo

The Hugo Boss Prize recognizes the achievements of both emerging and established artists, and sets no restrictions in terms of age, gender, nationality, or medium. The winner, who will receive a $100,000 honorarium, will be announced in the fall of 2020 and will present a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in spring 2021.

Since its inception in 1996, the Hugo Boss Prize has been awarded to twelve influential contemporary artists: American artist Matthew Barney (1996); Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (1998); Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč (2000); French artist Pierre Huyghe (2002); Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004); English artist Tacita Dean (2006); Palestinian artist Emily Jacir (2008); German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010); Danish artist Danh Vo (2012); American artist Paul Chan (2014); American artist Anicka Yi (2016); and American artist Simone Leigh (2018). The related exhibitions have constituted some of the most compelling presentations in the museum’s history.

Previous finalists include Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Cai Guo-Qiang, Stan Douglas, and Yasumasa Morimura in 1996; Huang Yong Ping, William Kentridge, Lee Bul, Pipilotti Rist, and Lorna Simpson in 1998; Vito Acconci, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Tom Friedman, Barry Le Va, and Tunga in 2000; Francis Alÿs, Olafur Eliasson, Hachiya Kazuhiko, Koo Jeong-A, and Anri Sala in 2002; Franz Ackermann, Rivane Neuenschwander, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Simon Starling, and Yang Fudong in 2004; Allora & Calzadilla, John Bock, Damián Ortega, Aïda Ruilova, and Tino Sehgal in 2006; Christoph Büchel, Patty Chang, Sam Durant, Joachim Koester, and Roman Signer in 2008; Cao Fei, Roman Ondák,Walid Raad, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul in 2010; Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie, Monika Sosnowska, and Tris Vonna-Michell in 2012; Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl in 2014; Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens, and Wael Shawky in 2016; and Bouchra Khalili, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang in 2018.

The following artists are finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2020:

  • Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971, Isfahan, Iran)
  • Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Elias Sime (b. 1968, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948, Santiago, Chile)
  • Adrián Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina)

The Hugo Boss Prize is our most prestigious engagement in the field of arts,” said Mark Langer, CEO and Chairman of HUGO BOSS AG. “We are excited about this diverse and distinguished short list for 2020 and looking forward to the announcement of the winner next fall.

HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2020 SHORT LIST

Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971, Isfahan, Iran) lives and works in Berlin. In an oeuvre that probes the boundaries between the decorative, the utilitarian, and the art object, Baghramian has illuminated new possibilities for sculpture. The artist’s disarming biomorphic forms, made with a range of materials including steel, silicon, resin, and leather, elicit various unexpected art-historical and sociopolitical references, reimagining the workings of the body, gender, and public and private space.

Nairy Baghramian, Stay Downers: Nerd, Fidgety Philip, Dripper, Truant, Backrower and Grubby Urchin, 2017. Various media, dimensions variable
Installation view: Déformation Professionnelle, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2017–18. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Timo Ohler

Baghramian’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions such as Privileged Points, Mudam Luxembourg—Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (2019), Breathing Spell (Un respire), Palacio de Cristal del Retiro, Madrid (2018); Déformation Professionnelle, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (2016); Nairy Baghramian: Scruff of the Neck (Supplements), Zurich Art Prize, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2016); Hand Me Down, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); Fluffing the Pillows, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass. (2013), and Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2012); and Class Reunion, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012).

Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, Va.) lives and works in New York. Working at the intersection of sculpture, installation, and performance, Beasley constructs revelatory formal and sonic experiences. In works that embed found objects in substances such as resin, foam, and tar, or incorporate unconventionally manipulated audio equipment, he amplifies the cultural resonances of his materials to excavate personal and shared histories of class, race, and institutional power.

Kevin Beasley, Your face is / is not enough, 2016. Performance view: Liverpool Biennial, July 14, 2018. © Kevin Beasley. Photo: Pete Carr, courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

Beasley has presented and performed in solo exhibitions such as ASSEMBLY, The Kitchen, New York (2019); a view of a landscape, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); Kevin Beasley, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2018); Movement V: Ballroom, CounterCurrent Festival, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston (2017); Hammer Projects: Kevin Beasley, Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2017); Rubbings, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia (2017); and inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2016).

Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, N.Y.) lives and works in New York. Her large-format photographs channel vernacular, art-historical, and documentary traditions within the medium, in compositions that valorize black diasporic culture. Picturing individuals she encounters over the course of her everyday life within carefully staged domestic settings, Lawson choreographs every nuance of scenery, lighting, and pose to create tableaux that powerfully evoke the agency of her subjects.

Deana Lawson, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014. Pigment print
35 x 44.125 inches (88.9 x 112.1 cm). © Deana Lawson, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

Lawson’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions including Deana Lawson, Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (2019); Deana Lawson: Planes, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Deana Lawson, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2018); Deana Lawson, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017); Deana Lawson, The Art Institute of Chicago (2015); and Corporeal, Light Work, Syracuse, N.Y. (2009).

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week is Almost Here

More Deals of the Day and Deeper Discounts Than Ever Before on Buzzworthy Holiday Gifts Across Every Department

Kicking off this Friday, November 22, Amazon’s Black Friday deals week will offer new deals all day, every day from fashion to toys, home, electronics, Amazon Devices and more

Save up to 40% on toys from LEGO, Barbie, Hot Wheels and more; up to 50% on Lands’ End clothing and accessories; $40 off the Echo Show 5; deep discounts on brands including Adidas, KitchenAid, L’Oreal Paris and more; plus exclusive deals from Amazon Brands, Amazon Music, Audible and more

Amazon today shared a sneak peek of top deals for its Black Friday Deals Week, which will offer customers new deals all day, every day totaling thousands of amazing deals across every category, plus more Deals of the Day and deeper discounts than ever before. Starting this Friday, November 22 through November 29 (Black Friday), customers can shop thousands of incredible deals on this year’s most popular gifts, new and trending finds, holiday essentials, and more, across toys, electronics, fashion, beauty, kitchen, home, Amazon Devices and more. All of Amazon’s Black Friday deals can be found by visiting amazon.com/blackfriday or on the Amazon App. Customers can also shop on smile.amazon.com/blackfriday to find the same amazing deals and Amazon shopping experience, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice.

On top of the wide selection of deals and discounts available throughout Amazon’s week of Black Friday deals, customers can also take advantage of select one-time-only, amazing deals from top-tier and most-loved brands across electronics, home, fashion, toys and more, all at jaw-dropping prices. These deals are expected to sell out, with new one-time only deals launching throughout the day on November 28 (Thanksgiving), November 29 (Black Friday) and December 2 (Cyber Monday).

Whether customers are getting a head start on their gift lists, readying their homes for family festivities or grocery shopping for holiday feasts, Amazon makes the holidays easier than ever with top deals and low prices. In fact, according to a recent Profitero study, Amazon prices were found to be 20% cheaper on average than other online retailers.

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS PREVIEW:

The deals included below – and many more – will be available on various dates and times between November 22 and November 29 (Black Friday), while supplies last, at amazon.com/blackfriday, on the Amazon App, or by simply asking “Alexa, what are my deals.”

Amazon Devices

Amazon Brands

  • Save up to 50% on men’s and women’s clothing from Amazon Brands, including Amazon Essentials, Goodthreads, Daily Ritual, and The Drop
  • Save up to 30% on bedding & bath for the family from AmazonBasics, Stone & Beam and Rivet
  • Save up to 30% on furniture from Rivet and Stone & Beam
  • Save up to 30% on office furniture and supplies from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 30% on phone accessories from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 30% on kitchen electrics and housewares from AmazonBasics & Stone & Beam
  • Save up to 30% on luggage and travel from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 25% on food and beverages from Amazon brands, including AmazonFresh, Happy Belly and Wickedly Prime
  • Save 25% on household supplies and personal care from Solimo
  • Save up to 15% on beauty, vitamins, and supplements from Amazon brands including Belei and Revly

Fashion

  • Save up to 35% on Herschel backpacks, wallets, hip packs, and more
  • Save up to 50% on Oakley & Ray-Ban sunglasses
  • Save up to 30% on Calvin Klein underwear
  • Save up to 35% on the newest Fossil smartwatches
  • Save up to 35% on adidas shoes, clothing, and accessories for the family
  • Save up to 40% on Levi’s for the family
  • Save up to 50% on Lands’ End clothing and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on Tommy Hilfiger clothing
  • Save up to 50% on top watch brands including Daniel Wellington, Movado, and more
  • Save up to 40% on Under Armour for the family
  • Save up to 30% on men’s dress shirts
  • Save up to 30% on Izod clothing
  • Save up to 50% on Samsonite and American Tourister luggage
  • Save 35% on 14K gold diamond stud earrings
  • Electronics
  • Save on Samsung, Sony, and LG TVs
  • Save on Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10
  • Save up to 45% on streaming devices and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on select Nintendo Switch Software
  • Save up to 33% on select Nintendo Joy-Con
  • Save on Canon and Nikon cameras
  • Save on Headphones from Bose, Sony and other top brands
  • Save on Nintendo Switch Console with Digital Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Save on Xbox One
  • Save on PC gaming laptops, desktops, monitors, components, and accessories
  • Save up to 33% on PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB bundle
  • Save on Oculus Rift S
  • Save on Garmin smart watches
  • Save 30% on select cell phone cases
  • Save on Klipsch speakers
  • Save on Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds
  • Save up to 35% on select iOttie Car Mount Phone Holders
  • Save on Garmin Forerunner 235 and DriveSmart
  • Save up to 40% on Corsair gaming products and accessories
  • Save up to 45% on Netgear products
  • Save 40% on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
  • Save up to 50% on Brother printers
  • Save up to 60% on HP Deskjet 2622
  • Save $30 on HP Sprocket 2nd Edition
  • Save 30% on MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen
  • Save $50 off Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019
  • Save over 70% on new Norton 360 Premium
  • Save on Kodak and Polaroid photo printers
  • Save on SanDisk and WD
  • Receive a $10 Gift Card with purchase of TurboTax Software

Toys

  • Save 15% on L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco Bigger Surprise (Amazon Exclusive)
  • Save 40% on the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon
  • Save 40% on tricycles and the 3-in-1 Wagon from Radio Flyer
  • Save 40% on the KidKraft Cinderella Royal Dream House
  • Save 40% on the Little Tikes Bake n’ Grow Kitchen
  • Save up to 30% on select strategy games
  • Save up to 30% on Glitter Girls fashion dolls and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on Barbie, Hot Wheels and more from Mattel
  • Save up to 30% on select party games

Household, Kitchen and Home Furnishings

  • Save up to 30% on SodaStream sparkling water makers
  • Save on Hamilton Beach
  • Save up to 35% on Vitamix
  • Save on Nespresso
  • Save on Dash Appliances
  • Save up to 44% on KitchenAid
  • Save on Instant Pot
  • Save on Conitgo Water bottles, Food Saver and Rubbermaid food containers
  • Save up to 25% on select mattresses
  • Save on Ashley Mattresses
  • Save up to 48% on Degrees of Comfort weighted blankets
  • Save up to 15% on Bissell Lifestyle 220
  • Save up to 19% on Bissell SpotClean Pro
  • Save on Casper Sleep Soft and Supima Cotton Sheet
  • Save up to 37% on Bissell Icon Pet Stick
  • Save up to 41% on Ecovacs N79S
  • Save up to 36% off Ecovacs Deebot 661
  • Save up to 26% Bissell Crosswave
  • Save up to 19% on Bissell SpotClean Pro
  • Save up to 22% on Bissell MyAir
  • Save up to 20% on Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuums
  • Save on AIRMEGA 400S The Smarter App Ena
  • Save on Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Protect Waterproof Mattress Protector
  • Save up to 15% on Bissell Lifestyle 220
  • Save on TEMPUR Adapt Plus Cooling Topper
  • Eureka NEN110A Whirlwind Bagless Canister
  • Save on Sunbeam Cordless or Corded Iron
  • Save up to 50% on Simplisafe 12-Piece Security System
  • Save up to 20% on Kidde products
  • Save up to 30% on Hunter ceiling fans
  • Save up to 30% on DeWalt tools
  • Save up to 30% on select SKIL tools
  • Save up to 25% on BLACK+DECKER drill kit
  • Save up to 15% on Opal Countertop Nugget Icemaker
  • Save 15% on NewAir Dual Zone Beverage Cooler

Smart Home

  • Save on Chamberlain MyQ Garage Hub at $17.98
  • Save on iRobot Roomba 960 at $399.00
  • Save on iRobot Roomba 675 at $199.99
  • Save on the new LG 82″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV at $1,699.99
  • Save up to $79.90 on Arlo Technologies products
  • Save on Shark IQ Robotic Vacuum at $399.99
  • Save over 30% on Netgear wifi & routers
  • Save $200 on Sony Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos and Wireless Subwoofer
  • Save up to 39% on ecobee SmartThermostat and Switch bundle

Lawn & Garden

  • Save up to 35% on holiday live plants
  • Save on the Sun Joe SPX4000-PRO Pressure Washer
  • Save 35% on Greenworks 80V outdoor power tools
  • Save up to 30% on Keter Cool Bar & more
  • Save up to 35% on fire pits and patio heaters

Audible, Music, Video & Books

  • Audible: Between November 25 and 27, new members receive a bonus $15 Amazon credit and continue to save 53% on the first three months of an Audible membership at $6.95 a month. Additional offers to be announced through the holiday season.
  • For a limited time, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get the best holiday deal in Amazon Music’s history – four months of the premium streaming tier for just $0.99, to enjoy unlimited access to more than 50 million songs, ad-free.
  • With purchase of select Echo devices, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers in the US, UK, Germany and Japan will also receive four months of the premium, ad-free streaming tier for free.
  • Prime Video: Between November 29 and December 5, Prime members can enjoy 50% off to rent or buy on new release movies.
  • The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, Prime Video’s first foray into the holiday special space, will premiere globally on Friday, November 29. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will also be accompanied by an official soundtrack available on Amazon Music and other DSPs beginning November 29. Learn more at amazon.com/kaceychristmas.
  • Get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free – Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, popular magazines and thousands of books with Audible narration. Offer valid for new subscribers only.
  • Get $10 back in eBook credit when you spend $30 on eBooks (activation required).
  • Save up to 80% on select Kindle best-selling books
  • Save up to 50% on Popular Children Books

Pets

  • Save 33% on Furbo Treat Tossing Wifi Pet Camera
  • Save up 35% on Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Kit
  • Save up to 30% on Frontline Oral Defense Daily Dental Chews
  • Save up to 15% on Nutramax products for dogs and cats
  • Save 30% on PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
  • Save 30% on select Greenies dog treats
  • Save 30% on Temptations cat treats
  • Save 30% on Cesar gourmet dog food

Sports & Outdoors

  • Save up to 40% on the adidas Diablo duffel bag
  • Save up to 35% on select Columbia outerwear, apparel, and shoes
  • Save up to 25% on Thule backpacks and luggage
  • Save more than 25% on golf training aids, including Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
  • Save up to 25% on Osprey packs & accessories
  • Save up to 20% on best sellers from Coleman
  • Save up to 30% on fishing gear from Abu Garcia, Berkley, Penn, Ugly Stik, and more
  • Save up to 15% on stand up paddle boards from Serenelife
  • Save up to 30% on hunting essentials from Plano Synergy
  • Save up to 15% on Marcy exercise equipment
  • Save on the Bowflex Max Trainer M7
  • Save on Bushnell golf products, including rangefinders, GPS, and watches
  • Save 20% or more on Segway electric scooters and personal transporters
  • Save 20% on Huffy adult and kids bikes
  • Save on Callaway golf balls, headwear, and golf bags
  • Save on JOOLA table tennis tables and more
  • Save more than 15% on select GoSports favorites, including wood premium cornhole set, giant wooden toppling tower, and more

Beauty

  • Save up to 45% on Philips Sonicare appliances and brush heads
  • Save up to 40% on Aquaphor, NIVEA, and Eucerin
  • Save 30% on Panasonic electric razor for men
  • Save 20% on L’Oreal Paris brow stylist definers
  • Save up to 40% on professional and luxury beauty skin care, cosmetics, fragrance, hair and more
  • Save up to 33% on select luxury beauty devices and accessories

Health and Personal Care

  • Save up to 50% on 23andMe DNA tests
  • Save up to $60 on select Fitbit items
  • Save up to 30% on select nutrition and wellness items
  • Save 15% on Body Fortress whey protein powder
  • Save 30% or more on Duracell batteries
  • Save $70 on AncestryHealth Core™ Health + Genetic Ethnicity Test

Automotive

  • Save on Hella Sharptone Twin Horn Kits
  • Save on Camco Yellow Fasten Leveling Blocks

Amazon Payments and Gift Cards

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Cardmembers and Amazon Prime Store Cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership will receive 15% Back on Electronics bestsellers on Amazon.com from now through December 22. They’ll also receive 10% Back on select Amazon devices valid November 28 to December 2 only.

Small Businesses on Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad

  • Save 20% or more on Amazon Handmade products from around the world – shop deal and the gift guide at www.amazon.com/handmadegiftguide.
  • Save up to 35% on top selling iOttie Wireless accessories
  • Save on Dash appliances
  • Save up to 35% on select party games for grown-ups including Exploding Kittens
  • Save up to 44% on Geekee True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
  • Save 15% or more on select LuminAID Solar phone chargers and lanterns

Grocery

  • Save 25% or more on select Jack Link’s beef jerky
  • Save up to 30% on select Victor Allen’s coffee packs
  • Save 15% on select TAZO K-Cup pods
  • Save 20% on select Soylent meal replacement shakes and protein bars
  • Save 35% on Tea Forte tea gifts for the holiday season

Whole Foods Market

  • Amazon and Whole Foods Market are offering special savings on organic and classic turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. All customers can choose from select organic ($3.49/lb) and classic turkeys ($2.49/lb), and Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99/lb for organic and $1.99/lb for classic). The offer is valid until November 28, while supplies last. Prime members can also receive exclusive deals on organic jewel sweet potatoes ($1.29/lb), organic cranberries ($2.69/12-oz bag), and Bonafide frozen broths and soups (35% off).

DISCOVER THE SEASON’S HOTTEST GIFTS

Customers can also shop Amazon’s biggest-ever selection of curated gift guides and exclusive storefronts this year, which offer gifting inspiration and more:

MORE WAYS TO SHOP

In addition to amazon.com/blackfriday, customers can shop Amazon’s week of Black Friday deals in the following ways:

Amazon.com in Spanish: Customers can visit Amazon.com/espanol or use the Amazon App to shop, browse and search for millions of products, view their carts, and place orders in Spanish.

  • Amazon App: The Amazon App allows customers to conveniently shop for their holiday needs – anytime and anywhere – and never miss a great deal. Customers can use the Watch a Deal feature to “Watch a Lightning Deal” and receive a notification on their mobile phone when the deal is about to start. Additionally, first time app users have an opportunity to save big this holiday. New customers will receive $10 the first time they sign-in to the Amazon App and an additional $15 when they make their first purchase on the app.
  • Alexa Shopping: Customers can add to their Amazon wish list with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, add headphones to my wish list” and track packages and confirm your delivery date with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”
  • Amazon Business: Save big when shopping for work with deals on everything you need for your business. Find deals on supplies for the office holiday party, employee and client gifts, and items for community donation drives. Stock up for the new year with savings on the business essentials you need. Visit amazon.com/holidayforbusiness, For more information and to sign up for a free business account, visit amazon.com/business.
  • Amazon Books: Whether customers want to discover a new book for the holidays, test-drive a device, or purchase Amazon Gift Cards, Amazon Books offers gifts for everyone. To find the store nearest you visit: www.amazon.com/stores.
  • Amazon 4-star: Designed around Amazon.com customers, Amazon 4-star stores feature products that are 4 stars and above, top sellers, new and trending, and most popular from top categories including devices, consumer electronics, toys, games, books, kitchen, and home. To find the store nearest you visit: www.amazon.com/stores.
  • Amazon Live: Watch Amazon Live’s shoppable Black Friday livestream throughout the day on November 29 for demonstrations on top deal products and cameo appearances from celebrities you love. Tune in starting at 4am PST by visiting www.amazon.com/live.
  • Treasure Truck: Discover great gifts you never thought of on Treasure Truck. Opt-in by texting ‘TRUCK’ to 24193 and receive notifications for same-day offers – order the item and pick up at the truck the same day. This Black Friday, gift givers who act fast will find an incredible deal on a holiday-must-have tech item on the truck in select cities, while supplies last.
  • Whole Foods Market: Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of in-store items. Additionally, Prime members in thousands of cities and towns can shop their local Whole Foods Market store using Amazon.com or the Amazon App.
  • Woot! offers daily deals on customers’ favorite brands and free shipping for Prime members. Visit woot.com from November 24 through November 29 or download the Woot! App for great deals.

GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND BEYOND

Amazon is committed to making holiday giving and giving back easier than ever.

  • AmazonSmile: To jump right into holiday shopping and support your favorite charitable organization at the same time, simply visit smile.amazon.com/blackfriday. By starting with smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same Amazon experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice.
  • Charity Lists: Charity Lists give charitable organizations an easy way to create wish lists of products needed, while providing a convenient way for customers to donate these essential items directly to the causes. Customers are able to contribute items that are truly critical, to charities they care about, no matter how big or small. Customers can shop thousands of Charity Lists by visiting smile.amazon.com/charitylists, with new charities joining all the time.
  • ( RED) Shopathon: For the third year, Amazon is teaming up with (RED), the charitable organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, to fight AIDS. Amazon is providing customers a single destination to shop more than 150 (RED) products, including the exclusive (RED) edition of the all-new Echo, which will be available for a limited time. For every all-new Echo (RED) edition sold, Amazon will donate $10 to the Global Fund. Plus, customers interested in donating to support (RED)’s fight can do so on any Echo device by simply asking, “Alexa, donate to (RED).” (RED) products will be available starting today at amazon.com/red.

HOLIDAY DELIVERY MADE EASY

In addition to free delivery on more than 100 million items for all Amazon customers, Amazon has expanded its fast, free, and convenient delivery options for Prime members and customers this holiday season:

  • Fast and Reliable One-Day and Same-Day Delivery. Throughout the season, Prime members in the U.S. can shop a selection of over 10 million items for Prime Free One-Day Delivery and millions of items available for Same-Day Delivery in 46 major metropolitan areas. Not a Prime member yet? Join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
  • Ultrafast and FREE grocery delivery: Now Prime members get free and fast grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market. Selection includes a variety of products for all your holiday needs, from meat to seafood, produce, snacks, and household essentials, with options for fast one- and two-hour delivery windows. Prime members who live in one of the more than 2,000 cities and towns where grocery delivery is available can request an invitation to shop Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods Market delivery. Learn more at amazon.com/grocery.
  • Pickup and delivery on your terms: This holiday season, customers can pick up their packages at a number of Amazon Hub locations including thousands of in-store staffed Counter pickup points across the U.S. within Rite Aid, GNC and Stage stores, as well as at Health Mart independent pharmacies. Additionally, tens of millions of products can be easily and conveniently delivered to 900 cities and towns across the country via Locker or Locker+. To find an Amazon Hub location, visit amazon.com/Hub. In addition, Prime members in 50 U.S. cities and surrounding areas can also enjoy secure, convenient package delivery with Key by Amazon (amazon.com/key).

Profitero Study Methodology

Each day, Profitero monitors prices and other data on more than 450 million product pages at more than 8,000 online retailers. For this study, Profitero analyzed daily prices collected from July 8, 2019 to September 30, 2019 across 19 leading online retailers. Categories analyzed included Appliances, Baby, Beauty, Electronics, Grocery, Home Furniture, Household Supplies, Music & CDs, Office Supplies, Pet Supplies, Sports & Outdoors, Tools & Home Improvement, Toys & Games, and Video Games. The study only compares prices collected on the same day, with both retailers in-stock. Amazon prices reflect 1P only on Amazon.com, exclusive of Fresh and Prime Now. The other retailer online prices studied could reflect promoted prices, but exclude coupons, other discounts that require additional shopper action, or special prices available through retailer-specific programs such as Target REDcard.

Holiday Travel: Experience Seaside Festive Celebrations at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Lavish Christmas and New Year celebrations are on offer at the glamorous beachfront Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai this festive season. A majestic canopy of frost-white lights and other seasonal decorations will create the perfect festive atmosphere for guests to enjoy a series of activities and culinary treats at the resort over the holidays.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai – City Skyline
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai – Hotel Lobby

For a merry holiday gathering, Noor Lounge’s Festive Afternoon Tea will be available starting December 5, featuring a delectable array of scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and other tasty bites.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Cake Shop
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Luxury Spa Daybed
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Pool Cabana

Beautifully decorated Christmas cakes, petit gâteaux, gingerbread houses and panettones will be available at The Mandarin Cake Shop. Guests can spoil loved ones by gifting them an elegantly wrapped Festive Hamper packed with Christmas biscuits, chocolates, Panettone and other mouth-watering seasonal delicacies.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai – The Bay Fine Dining Restaurant

Christmas menus will be offered at the resort’s highly acclaimed restaurants on December 24 and 25, including an extravagant buffet of international festive favorites at The Bay, the relaxed brasserie-style restaurant with two terraces overlooking the beach. On Christmas Day, Santa will delight children by making a special appearance at the restaurant to bring them gifts.

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“What Is Love?” Burberry Reveals Festive Holiday Campaign

Burberry‘s festive 2019 holiday campaign is out. To mark his first holiday campaign for the fashion house, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci has assembled a cast of global talent to celebrate the notion of togetherness, union, hope and love.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry

The entire cast includes Alexis Chaparro, Arah Clarke, Ava Valentine, Blanket, Bodhi Horton, Boychild, Carla Bruni, Casper Chatfield, Cassius Varghese, Cecilia Chancellor, Christian Guzman, Dahely Nunez, Daisy Middleton, Elis Moaven, Fran Summers, Hector Polio, Howard Griffiths, Ikram Abdi Omar, Jacob Guerra, Jaeda Sherman, Jose Polio, Keith Summers, Kristians Jakovlevs, Lea T, Leissy De La Cruz, Louis Chatfield, Mahmood, Marina Morena, Noah Carlos, Noah Landes, Regina Limon Vega, Reia Zhing Cheong, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sasha Pivovarova, Shay, Valentin Bedford, Wu Tsang, Yoo Ah-in, Zhou Dongyu

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

‘I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season. It’s one of my favorite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house,” states Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Ikram Abdi Omar in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The campaign centres around a film of the cast dancing to the soundtrack of ‘What Is Love?‘ by Deee-Lite and is shot by renowned photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry. Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!” says Mert and Alas. “My favourite Christmas memory is when we were preparing a Christmas dinner and the oven literally blew up! I burnt my lashes and of course we had no turkey. Disappointing, but it was a funny night!

And the cast itself seems to have had a fun and memorable time as well.

Carla Bruni (above) in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

CARLA BRUNI: “I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together. I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert & Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future. My most precious festive memory is a Christmas Eve in a castle completely buried in snow in Touraine.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
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Experience An Award-Winning Chef’s Table Experience With The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon’s Newest Culinary Star, Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour by Chef Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong (1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) is one of that city’s most beloved Chinese restaurants. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Michelin-starred destination has delighted diners with exquisite cuisines served in a stunning art deco-inspired setting. Joining Spring Moon as the new Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef is Lam Yuk Ming. An admired culinary maestro, Chef Lam’s two-decade long career has seen him helm the kitchens at iconic Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. Most recently, Lam’s imaginative cooking philosophy earned a Michelin star at Macau’s top Cantonese restaurant.

At Spring Moon, Lam promises diners a delicate balance of tradition and innovation by placing the spotlight on authenticity and seasonality. An uncompromising stance on only using the freshest ingredients underpins Lam’s winning combination of classic Cantonese cooking styles and contemporary presentations to highlight their inherent flavors. Each carefully crafted dish is elevated to an art form, marrying striking aesthetics with a nuanced layering of tastes and textures.

This season, guests are invited to experience Lam’s world-class culinary expertise with the Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour. Designed to offer an interactive, behind-the-scenes perspective, the Chef’s Table offers over 30 choices of Cantonese creations for guests to choose 6 or 8 courses from it. Then the discovery begins, as diners accompany Lam to one of Hong Kong’s famed wet markets in Kowloon City; where the chef will guide guests through the art of spotting and selecting the very best ingredients. With its engaging experiences and delectable cuisines by Chef Lam Yuk Ming, the Spring Moon Chef’s Table promises a truly unforgettable dinner date. Based on the day’s market visit, Lam will create an entirely bespoke menu for each Chef’s Table, taking into account each individual guest’s own preferences.

Beginning with an artistic tea ceremony by Spring Moon’s resident tea master, also a certificated National Tea Artist, a series of table-side presentations offers thrilling performances for Chef’s Table guests. Flaming drunken Kuruma prawn creates a fiery, tantalising spectacle pairing the natural sweetness of prawns with rose liquor and Chinese herbs. A tricky choice follows between two exquisite creations – Poached sea conch in Cordyceps soup or poached spotted garoupa in chicken soup – with the seafood simmered at the table for ultimate tenderness. The thrills continue with a hands-on dim sum making class in the Spring Moon kitchen.

With a dedicated tea counter featuring over 25 selected Chinese teas, Spring Moon’s selection adds to its traditional Cantonese culinary experience with expert tea pairing by the restaurants highly trained tea masters. The tea counter also features The Peninsula’s collection of over 200 miniature Chinese clay teapots, including designs based on Chinese legends and inspired by elements of nature.

In the opulent setting of Spring Moon, Chef Lam will prepare a selection of signature dishes. Highlights such as Pan-fried bird nest with crab meat and egg white (HK$380*), Fried Australia lamb fillet with Sichuan pepper (HK$360*) and Pan-fried chicken fillet stuffed with minced shrimp and crab roe sauce (HK$660*) marry Chef Lam’s expert Cantonese cooking skills with a passionate culinary imagination.

The large collection of porcelain on display throughout the restaurant consists of reproductions of Chinese items (Ming and Qing Dynasties) and 18th Century French Royal Family and Portuguese armorial pieces, together with Chinese export porcelain from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Spring Moon’s Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour is priced at HK$ 3,388* (6 courses) and HK$ 4,388* (8 courses) per person, including Chinese tea pairing. The wet market tour supplement is priced at HK$ 2,680* per person. Chef Table seats a minimum of four guests and maximum of six guests. Only one Chef’s Table Experience is available daily from Monday to Sunday, with a required advanced reservation of at least three days.

For enquiries, please contact Spring Moon on +852 2696 6760 or email springmoonphk@peninsula.com.

Saks Fifth Avenue Reveals Details Of Holiday Window Concept Inspired By Disney’s “Frozen 2”

Holiday Window Unveiling to Include Live Performance by Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2”

Saks Fifth Avenue today reveals additional details of their holiday collaboration with Disney. The two brands will come together to delight shoppers this holiday season with dazzling “Frozen 2”-inspired windows, exclusive product and a one-of-a-kind in-store experience.

(PRNewsfoto/Saks Fifth Avenue)

The holiday season is an important moment for Saks and gives us an opportunity to stretch our imagination,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “Each year we look for ways to entertain our customers and connect on an emotional level through meaningful experiences. Our collaboration with Disney is the perfect way to capture the joy of this time of year and we look forward to bringing this one-of-a-kind concept to all stores across the country and our digital platforms.”

Saks will debut its holiday windows on Monday, November 25 and continue its long-standing tradition of holding a spectacular holiday show in the middle of Fifth Avenue. The epic unveiling event will include a musical performance by Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) of a song from the “Frozen 2” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, along with a song from her upcoming holiday album, “Christmas: A Season of Love.” The production will also include a 10-story-tall theatrical light show and entertainment from a 50-person choir, along with a flurry of Disney entertainers. The event will be livestreamed on Saks.com/Holiday and Disney.com.

DISNEY’S “FROZEN 2”-INSPIRED WINDOWS

Inspired by Disney’s “Frozen 2,” Saks’s center six windows of the flagship store will bring scenes from the film to life. The displays will depict Elsa and Anna’s extraordinary journey to discover truths about their past while encountering the four spirits of nature. Adored characters Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven will also appear throughout the vignettes as they champion the sisters along the way.

HOLIDAY WINDOWS

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday 2019 Light Show Rendering

Saturated color, texture and cavernous landscapes inform the overall composition of the remaining windows that wrap the building. Theatrical lighting in bold hues illuminate the landscapes and create a surreal environment—a perfect backdrop for mannequins dressed in over-the-top designer fashion.

Saks Fifth Avenue x Disney’s Frozen 2 Window Sketch

Also featured is Ferrero Rocher® premium chocolate. The two corner windows of the store will display the brand’s signature pyramids made of fine hazelnut chocolates delicately wrapped in gold foil.

DISNEY’S FROZEN 2 ENCHANTED FOREST EXPERIENCE AT SAKS

Disney’s Frozen 2 Enchanted Forest Experience at Saks will be an immersive, wonder-filled experience that will offer visitors the chance to be transported to the spectacular world of “Frozen 2” and experience Anna and Elsa’s journey through the enchanted forest, encountering the four spirits of nature and other beloved characters along the way. Located on the ninth floor of the New York flagship store, the activation will run from Tuesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 24. Tickets are $5 each (+ taxes and fees) and Saks will donate $5 from the sale of each ticket to New York-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at Saks.com/Frozen2.

SAKS X DISNEY FROZEN 2 PRODUCT

Currently, special “Frozen 2”-inspired fashion, accessories and giftable items are available at all U.S. Saks stores and on Saks.com. Created in collaboration with designers like Roberto Coin, Converse and S’well, shoppers can purchase product inspired by the beautiful imagery and elements from the film. Exclusive to Saks are “Frozen 2” limited-edition Elsa and Anna dolls. Designed by Disney store artists, the dolls will awaken a new spirit of adventure in Disney fans and collectors alike.

GIFT GIVING & SERVICES

Saks Fifth Avenue 2019 Holiday Book Cover
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Customers can find Saks’s ultimate guide to exclusive gifts and designer delights within the 120-page Holiday Book, featuring Idina Menzel on the cover. Available now in stores and on Saks.com.
  • Holiday Concierge: For the holiday season, Saks offers a dedicated digital concierge to assist customers with all of their gift-giving needs, including, shipping, delivery, or simply finding that perfect present. Customers may access the holiday concierge 24/7 on Saks.com/Locations/Services beginning on November 15.
  • Holiday Gift Guide Chatbot: Available on Facebook Messenger beginning on November 15, the Holiday Gift Guide Chatbot curates the perfect gift recommendations from Saks.com based on the user’s needs. To access, visit Saks Fifth Avenue’s Facebook page and click “Send Message.
  • Fifth Avenue Club: Customers can make an appointment with the Fifth Avenue Club (FAC), located at select Saks stores, and work with an expert Style Advisor to find everything from gifts for loved ones, to a must-have holiday look. Throughout the holiday season, the FAC will also offer gift wrapping and assistance with shipping.
  • The International Lounge: Shoppers from abroad can visit the International Lounge, which offers a multi-lingual concierge to assist with service needs including luggage and coat storage, package pick-up and more.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney welcome viewers to connect via their social media channels, listed below, and to follow #SaksHoliday and #SaksxDisneyFrozen2 for insider access.

TheMet150 Celebration: Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 Exhibition to Present a Disruptive Timeline of Fashion History

Costume Institute Benefit on May 4 with Co-Chairs Nicolas Ghesquière, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Anna Wintour

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced that The Costume Institute’s Spring 2020 Exhibition will be About Time: Fashion and Duration, on view from May 7 through September 7, 2020 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in The Met Fifth Avenue’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, it will trace more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disruptive timeline, as part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition. Michael Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Hours, which was inspired by Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, will write a new short story for the exhibition catalogue that reflects on the concept of duration.

Surreal, David Bailey (British, born 1938), 1980; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © David Bailey

The exhibition will feature approximately 160 examples of women’s fashion dating from 1870—the year of The Met’s founding and the start of a decade that witnessed the development of a standardized time system—to the present. The majority of objects in the show will come from The Costume Institute’s collection, including gifts made as part of The Met’s 2020 Collections Initiative in celebration of the Museum’s 150th anniversary.

A linear chronology of fashion comprised predominantly of ensembles in black will run through the exhibition reflecting the progressive timescale of modernity, and bringing into focus the fast, fleeting rhythm of fashion. Unlike traditional chronologies, which reduce the history of fashion to a limited number of decade-defining silhouettes, this timeline will be presented as a ceaseless continuum that is more complete and comprehensive in scope. Interrupting this timeline will be a series of counter-chronologies composed of predominantly white ensembles that pre-date or post-date those in black, but relate to one another through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration. For example, a black silk faille princess-line dress from the late 1870s will be paired with an Alexander McQueenBumster” skirt from 1995, and a black silk velvet bustle ensemble from the mid-1880s will be juxtaposed with a Comme des GarçonsBody Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body” dress from 1997.

The Clock, Sarah Moon (French, born 1941), 1999; Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo © Sarah Moon

The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability.

This exhibition will consider the ephemeral nature of fashion, employing flashbacks and fast-forwards to reveal how it can be both linear and cyclical,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “As such, the show will present a nuanced continuum of fashion over the Museum’s 150-year history.”

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Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The Holidays

Centered in the city’s prime shopping district, popular parade routes and seasonal celebrations, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is the perfect place for guests to wrap themselves in holiday spirit. Let the expert concierge team help plan a festive winter getaway or staycation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The 2019 Holidays. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Festive Feasts and Seasonal Surprises at YEW

With Restaurant Chef Evan Morgan and Executive Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar at the helm, YEW seafood + bar is serving up special holiday menus with no shortage of decadent dishes and special events this season. The YEW team is excited to begin prepping pristine holiday meals so guests can focus on enjoying the company of loved ones. With seasonal cocktails, culinary surprises and effortless group dining packages, YEW is the perfect gathering place this holiday season.

Skyview of Vancouver. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Lobby. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Upscale Christmas Menus

YEW’s three-course Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24, 2019 will be one to remember with butter-poached lobster, roasted duck breast and short rib pappardelle mains to choose from, priced at CAD 110 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

The epic Christmas Day Brunch Buffet returns on December 25, 2019, and guests can dive into a decadent spread of pastries, seafood raw bar, carvery station, seasonal sweets and more savoury surprises for CAD 105 for adults (CAD 50 for kids). Later on, diners can savour in holiday classics such as chestnut stuffed turkey or a bounty of seafood options for a three-course Christmas Day Dinner, priced at CAD 115 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Call 604 692 4939 or click here to make a Christmas reservation.

Unforgettable New Year’s Celebrations

Whether it’s a family affair or a date night with dancing, YEW has several New Year’s options for guests to enjoy on December 31, 2019.

Diners at the Early New Year’s Eve Dinner can begin their four-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to decadent dishes such as sea urchin risotto with scallops for CAD 100 per adult. Children can dine for CAD 50, which includes a special hot chocolate, poured tableside. Groups of 12 or more adult guests for this early seating may also be eligible to receive complimentary dinner for children under five and valet for two cars. For full details on group bookings, call 604 609 5480.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

For those heading out later, celebrate New Year’s at YEW with a lavish dinner, dancing and a fabulous array of champagne offerings. The Late New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration is CAD 160, with limited space available.

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

New Year’s reservations are filling up quickly, so call 604 692 4939 or click here to save a seat at the table.

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Lobby (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Exterior Facade (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan