Martha Stewart to Debut Fashion, Skin Care, Garden and Gourmet Food Collections on QVC.com

Live Beautifully With QVC and Martha Stewart

Make your world a more beautiful place this fall with the help of QVC and Martha Stewart. The Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author have long dedicated her career to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives. And now she is bringing that devotion to her signature QVC collection, spanning multiple categories including fashion, skin care, garden and food, all inspired by her impeccable taste and incomparable passion. Stewart made her QVC debut on August 13 with “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” cookbook.

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Live a more beautiful, functional and meaningful life with a new QVC collection from America’s most trusted lifestyle expert

We were blown away by the tremendous response to Martha’s cookbook, which sold out in its first airing,” said Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for QVC. “Our customers welcomed Martha back with open arms, and we can’t wait to impress them with Martha’s full product assortment. At QVC, we are constantly striving to bring our customers not only the newest and most innovative items but products that are designed to solve everyday problems and make life easier. Martha shares this philosophy and has worked with us to develop a collection that will truly inspire people to live more beautifully, in all aspects of their lives.”

QVC viewers and Martha Stewart fans can tune in to QVC® on September 7 during “Inspired Style® – Live from New York City” at 10 PM (ET) for a first look at select items from Stewart’s fashion collection, and check back on September 25 for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Fashion” at 6 PM (ET), featuring items ranging from knit and woven tops to denim essentials, designed for easy, everyday living. On September 19 at 10 AM (ET), Stewart will unveil all the tools and tips needed to beautify any backyard or outdoor space in the first “Martha Stewart – Garden” show.

To assist with holiday meal planning and preparation, She will return to QVC on October 18 with the Today’s Special Value®, scheduled to debut at midnight (ET). Each day, QVC picks one special item it believes shoppers will love and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day. Tune in at midnight (ET) and 7 PM (ET) on October 18 for “Martha Stewart – Gourmet Food“, featuring an assortment of gourmet foods and decadent confections. “Mario Badescu Skin Care with Martha Stewart“, a collaboration with Mario Badescu, is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 9 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET) on Beauty iQ.

Working in new product categories and with QVC—a multi-platform, multi-network shopping experience—has been very exciting,” said Stewart. “I have developed signature collections that reflect my passion for beautiful living and I look forward to expanding our product offerings.

Martha Stewart is the author of 89 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

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Interiors and Design: Herman Miller Broadens Consumer Reach with New York City Retail Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Joy of Giving This Holiday Season With Magnificent Gifts From Macy’s

From Fashion And Tech To Home Goods And Stocking Stuffers, Macy’s Wide Assortment Makes Holiday Shopping A Breeze.

Plus Extra Help Is Always Available From The Gift Specialists At My Stylist@Macy’s

The holiday season is a celebration of happiness that brings loved ones together, and Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make family, friends, and all those near-and-dear feel special. Whether it’s the runway show-obsessed fashionista, the diehard athlete, the tech fanatic, or the master chef, Macy’s has an abundance of items at every price point sure to warm the hearts of those who mean the most.macyslogo-1

No [other] time of [the] year inspires the sentiments of love, caring and generosity quite like the holiday season,” said Kathy Hilt, Senior Vice President of My Stylist@Macy’s. “This year, we’ve truly topped ourselves with the most unique assortment of gifts for every person on your list. Plus, if you need a little help, Macy’s dedicated gift specialists at My Stylist@Macy’s make picking the perfect present easier than ever.”

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; I.N.C. International Concepts Slippers, $39.50. (Photo: Business Wire)

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With a roster of top brands and celebrated designers, Macy’s is the ultimate destination for items to elevate that special someone’s wardrobe this holiday season. For her, handbags, shoes, jewelry and always-on-trend athleisure items will inspire pure joy. Jewel-embellished slip-ons from MICHAEL Michael Kors are chic, sporty and rendered in luxe velvet, applying the must-have fabric of the season in a unique and unexpected way. A signature Mickey Mouse wristlet in a bright hue from Coach is whimsical, practical and stylish, while a funnel neck hoodie and tights from Nike, or Calvin Klein Performance logo joggers and sweaters can take her from yoga to brunch with flair. Give her the gift of both comfort and glamour with a pair of fabulous faux fur-trimmed glitter moccasins from I.N.C. International Concepts.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com; Kenneth Cole Reaction Wallets, $48 each. (Photo: Business Wire)

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For him, a velvet sport coat from Alfani immediately adds panache to any look. Pair the coat with bar III slim trousers and a tie for a more formal approach, or layer with jeans and loafers or boots for a look that is relaxed, yet polished and urbane. Polarized aviators from Ray-Ban are a classic, but undeniably sleek and stylish way to protect his eyes from the sun, and a zipper slim billfold wallet from Kenneth Cole Reaction is an excellent way to update a staple he uses every day.

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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season at Macy’s stores and on macys.com: YSL mon paris parfum spray, $122

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Beauty and grooming are the finishing touches, and Macy’s has a wide array of fabulous products that are sure to delight. The Impulse Beauty artistry palette and 9-piece brush set allows her to experiment with countless looks in an awe-inspiring number of colors and shades. For him, Kiehl’s 4-piece Hydration Hits set gives the oft-coveted gift of smooth and healthy skin. Continue reading

Grandin Road Halloween Comes to Life in Pop-Up Shop at Macy’s Herald Square for a Stylish Hallow’s Eve

The Wickedly Wonderful Concept Shop Brings Consumers into the Grandin Road Halloween World through Inspiring Design and Spooky Surprises

Grandin Road, a retailer of home décor products featuring inspired design, casts a fashionable spell on shoppers as it launches its newest retail experience to celebrate the Halloween season. Grandin Road will bring its first-ever retail concept store to Macy’s in the heart of Herald Square, a store known for bringing holidays to life. Complete with magical, mysterious accessories and enchantingly elegant décor, the retail space is designed to inspire, spook and entertain Macy’s visitors throughout the months of September and October. The Grandin Road Shop at Macy’s Herald Square will bewitch customers now through Halloween on October 31st, inspiring consumers to create their own personalized Halloween tableaus, with styles ranging from elegant to fresh, chic to ghoulish, and just down right chilling.

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Grandin Road Halloween Concept Shop Entrance at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. (PRNewsFoto/Grandin Road)

The 1,400 square foot pop-up on the main floor will be Macy’s first Halloween concept shop, immediately greeting customers as they enter the store’s 7th Avenue and 34th Street entrance. The Grandin Road Halloween at Macy’s Herald Square pop-up experience includes two fashion windows that showcase the dramatic décor of the shop to passersby and continues inside of the store with four sophisticated vignettes: “Frightfully Fun,” “Bewitching,” “Halloween Glam” and “Macabre and Mystical“. The invitation – with a wink – to customers is, ‘Enter if you dare!

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Grandin Road Halloween Concept Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City, (PRNewsFoto/Grandin Road)

To us, and millions of Americans, Halloween is not just a holiday – it’s a lifestyle,” said Jennifer Reeves, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing at Grandin Road. “Our concept will bring the holiday to life with a witch’s brew of sight, sound, movement and lighting effects. It will be a sophisticated and fashion-forward display that – for the first time – gives customers the opportunity to see, hear, and touch Grandin Road’s one-of-a-kind Halloween décor.”

The store will give fans of the catalog and online retailer a “touch and feel” experience of the brand’s collection, which includes over 250 unique designs. The Halloween enthusiast will swoon over a selection of Chrome Skeletons and Designer Pumpkins, in addition to a variety of its well-known animatronic props, including Haunted Typewriters channeling messages from another realm and life-like Crawling Monster Hands. Fans will also have the option to shop exclusive items available for purchase only at Macy’s Herald Square, such as Halloween-themed bar and serveware, artisan-crafted skeleton figures and the ability to buy fan-favorites such as Eyeball Orbs and Window Crasher Ghosts individually for the first time. Product prices range from $3.00 – $1,299.macyslogo

Macy’s Herald Square is one of the most dynamic retail environments in New York City, and one of the most exciting selling spaces to launch a first-ever Halloween concept shop,” said Patti Lee, General Manager of Macy’s Herald Square. “We are beyond thrilled to be welcoming such a holiday fan favorite as Grandin Road to our store, and creating a unique experience for our customers that brings the best of department store and online shopping together. For the person who loves the ghoulish glam of Halloween, the Grandin Road shop at Macy’s Herald Square is the must-shop destination this year.”747653

The success of Grandin Road‘s Halloween line has been developing steadily for over a decade, with the brand’s clever and aspirational designs striking a chord with a growing specialty consumer market. Once only a single day of costumes and trick-or-treating, Halloween has expanded to a full season of ghoulish fun and spooky fantasy that people of all ages enjoy through celebrations, parties and home entertaining. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2015, Americans spent $6.9 billion celebrating Halloween, with $1.9 billion spent on decorations alone. Last year, 49 million Americans were predicted to attend or host a Halloween party.

Halloween is not only about candy and haunted houses. It’s also about decorating for that wickedly wonderful party!” said Lauren Sullivan, Marketing Director at Grandin Road. “We love to celebrate, and Halloween gives us another opportunity to bring decorations and unexpected twists into the homes of our consumers.”

For more information shoppers can call MyStylist, Macy’s complimentary personal shopping service at (212) 494-4181 or visit www.grandinroad.com/macys.

“Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale” Coming to Movie Theaters in Spring of 2017 for Nationwide First-run Release

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“Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale” Key Visual

Sword Art Online, the mega anime hit that has sold 16.7 million copies worldwide, will come back as an animated feature with a brand new original story by author, Reki Kawahara. Based on the wildly popular light novels published in Kadokawa’s Dengeki Bunko, Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale is set to be released nationwide in spring of 2017. Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.

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Preview still Image from “Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale” Coming to Movie Theaters in Spring of 2017

The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. In 2022, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) is released. With the NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds. On November 6, 10,000 players log into the SAO’s mainframe cyberspace for the first time and discover that they are unable to log-out. They quickly discover from Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of SAO and NerveGear, they must reach the 100th floor of the game’s castle and defeat the final boss if they wish to be free. Those who suffer in-game destruction or remove the NerveGear out-of-game will result in their real-life deaths.

One of the players, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya, is one of the 1,000 beta testers in the game’s previous closed beta. With the advantage of previous VR gaming experience and a drive to protect other beta testers from discrimination he isolates himself from the greater group and plays the game alone, bearing the mantle of “beater”, or “beta cheater”. As the players progress through the game Kirito eventually befriends a young girl named Asuna Yūki, forming a relationship with and later marrying her in-game. After the duo discover the identity of Kayaba’s program Heathcliff in SAO, who was discovered to be the leader of the guild Asuna joined in, they confront and destroy him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game.

In the real world, Kirito discovers that 300 SAO players, including Asuna, remain trapped in their NerveGear. Several months later, he is informed by Agil, another SAO survivor, that a figure similar to Asuna was spotted on a giant tree (known as “The World Tree”) in another VRMMORPG cyberspace called Alfheim Online (ALO). Assisted in-game by his cousin Suguha “Leafa” Kirigaya and Yui, a navigation pixie, he quickly learns that the trapped players in ALO are part of an evil plan conceived by Nobuyuki Sugō to perform illegal experiments on their minds. The ultimate goal is to perfect mind-control for financial gain and to subjugate Asuna, whom he intends to marry in the real world, to assume control of her family’s corporation. Kirito eventually stops the experiment and rescues the remaining 300 SAO players, foiling Sugō’s plans. Before leaving ALO to see Asuna, Kayaba, who has uploaded his mind to the Internet using an experimental and destructively high-power version of NerveGear at the cost of his life, entrusts Kirito with The Seed – a package program designed to create virtual worlds. Kirito eventually reunites with Asuna in the real world and The Seed is released onto the Internet, reviving the VRMMO industry.

Soon after, at the prompting of a government official investigating strange occurrences in VR, Kirito takes on a job to investigate a series of murders involving another VRMMORPG called Gun Gale Online (GGO), the AmuSphere (the successor of the NerveGear), and a player called Death Gun. Aided by a female player named Shino “Sinon” Asada, he participates in a gunfight tournament called the Bullet of Bullets (BoB) and discovers the truth behind the murders, which originated with a player who participated in player-killing in SAO. Through his and Sinon’s efforts, two suspects are captured, though the third suspect, Johnny Black, escapes.

Kirito is later recruited to assist in testing an experimental FullDive machine, Soul Translator (STL), which has an interface that is far more realistic and complex than the previous machine he had played to help develop an artificial intelligence for the Ministry of Defense (MOD) named A.L.I.C.E. He tests the STL by entering a Virtual Reality cyberspace created with The Seed package, named UnderWorld (UW). In the UW, the flow of time proceeds a thousand times faster than in the real world, and Kirito’s memories of what happens inside are restricted. However, Black critically injures Kirito with suxamethonium chloride but the MOD recovers Kirito and places him back into the STL to preserve his mind while attempts are made to save him. Continue reading

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces “Shakespeare 400 Chicago,” The Largest Global Celebration Of Playwright’s 400-Year Legacy In 2016

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, Executive Director Criss Henderson, and leaders of the City’s cultural institutions today to announce Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to make Chicago their stage. Anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy, Shakespeare 400 Chicago is making “no small plans.”Shakespeare 400 Chicago logo

Chicago will take center stage in 2016, as more than 1,000 local and international artists will create a global celebration of Shakespeare like no other in the world,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “During this landmark year, Shakespeare will be alive on our stages, in our schools and across our neighborhoods. The power of our world-class cultural institutions uniting behind one theme serves to amplify Chicago’s role as a global destination for cultural tourism.”

Spearheaded by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong Quadricentennial festival will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to the City through 850 events exploring how Shakespeare’s words continue to live in Chicago and throughout the world’s great theater, dance, literature, music, cuisine and spectacle.

 Shanghai Peking Opera’s The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan based on Hamlet, featured at the Harris Theater of Music and Dance as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by EFE/Leopoldo Smith Murillo.

Shanghai Peking Opera’s The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan based on Hamlet, featured at the Harris Theater of Music and Dance as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by EFE/Leopoldo Smith Murillo.

With leading support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a diverse array of work across artistic disciplines will highlight Shakespeare’s timeless inspiration of playwrights, painters and poets, composers and choreographers. Among the more than 60 Chicago institutions joining Chicago Shakespeare in offering performances, events and exhibitions are: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Mariachi Project, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Libraries, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Illinois Humanities, Joffrey Ballet, Logan Center for the Arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Negaunee Music Institute, Newberry Library and WTTW.

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of The Merchant of Venice, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of The Merchant of Venice, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Highlights from Chicago partners include: Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Charles Gounod‘s soaring Romeo and Juliet; Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Riccardo Muti culminates his cycle of Verdi‘s Shakespeare operas with Falstaff; Art Institute of Chicago highlights Shakespeare-inspired visual art in a special exhibition; Chicago chefs and restaurateurs, including Rick Bayless, Alpana Singh and Ryan McCaskey, will create a culinary “Complete Works” in restaurants across the city; and Newberry Library’s “Creating Shakespeare” exhibition will bring together treasures from the British Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library alongside the Newberry’s own renowned Shakespeare collection.

 Back from L to R: Jackson Doran (Cassio), GQ (Iago), JQ (Loco Vito) and Postell Pringle (Othello) in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Othello: The Remix, featured as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Back from L to R: Jackson Doran (Cassio), GQ (Iago), JQ (Loco Vito) and Postell Pringle (Othello) in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Othello: The Remix, featured as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago in 2016. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Chicago Shakespeare‘s centerpiece of the celebration is Barbara Gaines’ electrifying six-play history cycle, Tug of War, including Edward III, Henry V, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, and Richard III. Two action-packed dramas in the spring and fall of 2016 trace the rise and fall of kings—and the uncommon courage of common men.

Belarus Free Theatre’s King Lear, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo by Nicolai Khalezin.

Belarus Free Theatre’s King Lear, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo by Nicolai Khalezin.

 The company of the Company Theatre of Mumbai’s Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Twelfth Night, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo courtesy of Company Theatre.

The company of the Company Theatre of Mumbai’s Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Twelfth Night, featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago. Photo courtesy of Company Theatre.

Chicago Shakespeare has been honored to serve as a cultural ambassador for our city—importing astonishing work from around the world and exporting our work to leading international festivals,” reflected CST Executive Director Criss Henderson. “Shakespeare 400 Chicago deepens our role as a global theater reflective of our global city—and demonstrates how Shakespeare’s timeless words continue to inspire artists across disciplines and across cultures.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Riccardo Muti culminates his cycle of Verdi's Shakespeare operas with Falstaff.  featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Riccardo Muti culminates his cycle of Verdi’s Shakespeare operas with Falstaff. featured at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.

International artists participating in Shakespeare 400 Chicago will hail from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and beyond. International highlights include: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre‘s The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce at Chicago Shakespeare; Shanghai Peking Opera‘s The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan (based on Hamlet) and the Hamburg Ballet‘s Othello at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance; (In)Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare from Forced Entertainment at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Also, the Cheek by Jowl/Pushkin Theatre of Moscow production of Declan Donnellan‘s Measure for Measure; Belarus Free Theatre‘s King Lear; National Theatre Studio‘s Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, written by and starring Paterson Joseph; The Company Theatre of Mumbai‘s Hindi translation of Twelfth NightPiya Behrupiya; Songs of Lear from Poland’s Song of the Goat; and Filter and the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s music-infused Twelfth Night—all at Chicago Shakespeare. Continue reading

Golden Door Spa Named #1 Destination Spa by Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine In 2015 World’s Best Awards

Golden Door Spa, 2015 "World's Best Destination Spa" award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World's Best Awards issue (Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine)

Golden Door Spa, 2015 “World’s Best Destination Spa” award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World’s Best Awards issue (Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure magazine)

Golden Door (777 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, California 92069) recently received the 2015 “World’s Best Destination Spa” award from Travel + Leisure Magazine in their annual World’s Best Awards issue. The property, inspired by traditional ryokan inns in Japan, provides guests with an all-encompassing spa experience characterized by Asian influences, like a Watsu water therapy pool and Reiki chakra-balancing massages. The Golden Door experience empowers each guest to achieve a healthy mind, body and spirit. Guests relax, restore and refresh on a journey focused on personalized fitness, spa and nutrition programs, thoughtfully designed to meet the specific goals and needs of each individual.

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Golden Door. (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door Properties, LLC)

Every year, the publication invites readers to rate travel categories such as airlines, cities, cruise ships, hotels, etc. In the category of destination spa, readers rated five characteristics–accommodations/facilities, treatments, service, food and value–in which Golden Door scored 98.33 out of 100 points.

We are so pleased and humbled to be recognized with this award,” said Kathy Van Ness, Golden travel-leisureDoor General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. “We thank our loyal guests for their support and our dedicated employees who make this magic happen every day. During the past several years, we have worked hard to make improvements for our guests, including a $15 million renovation of the facilities and upgrades to the guest rooms.”

Located in a serene coastal valley between San Diego and Los Angeles, Golden Door provides seven-day stays for a maximum of 40 guests, each in a private room, with a ratio of four staff members to each guest. With a nod to busy individuals, the spa recently added three- and four-day-stay options. Guests are encouraged to pursue a healthy mind, body and spirit with a focus on fitness, spa and nutrition programs, all personalized to meet the goals and needs of each individual.

In addition to a complete range of daily and optional spa services, Golden Door offers hiking and mountain-biking trails, a 2000-square-foot equipment gym, two swimming pools and a therapy pool, three group exercise studios, a Pilates studio, cycling room and tennis court.
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The 600-acre property features mature Japanese gardens, bamboo forest, woodlands, mountains and citrus, avocado and olive groves. The culinary gardens and orchards, which are organically and bio-intensively farmed, provide a large portion of healthy garden-to-table meals for guests. With more than 30 miles of hiking and walking trails, mountains to climb, vistas to discover and a bamboo forest that gives voice to the wind, guests are surrounded by breathtaking beauty that nurtures the soul.

During the past year, the spa has expanded its retail products, which until now were available only onsite and online. On September 1, Golden Door opens two retail kiosks, one at Westfield Century City and one at Westfield UTC in San Diego. These first off-site kiosks will feature selected products from the Artisan Food, Skin Care and Jewelry lines. Gift certificates for visits to the 2015 World’s Best Destination Spa also are available.

Perhaps the most innovative and far-reaching endeavor is Golden Door Foundation, established in 2013. The spa’s philosophy of helping to transform lives extends beyond those of guests to select local, national and international charities. As a show of support to those involved in making the world a more loving, more humane and more peaceful place, Golden Door pledges 100 percent of net profits from the resort to select charities that make a difference in the lives of children.