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Dreamscape Virtual Reality Experience

Live out the fantasy of free-flying at the newly launched Dreamscape “DreamWorks Dragons Flight Academy.” This new immersive virtual reality interactive experience is now at the Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, and Dallas’ famed NorthPark Center. Dreamscape VR destinations will soon be in Columbus, Ohio and the New York/New Jersey metro area later this year and into 2020. This thrilling storytelling experience is ideal for a birthday, date night or family fun activity. Inspired by DreamWorks Animation‘s critically acclaimed film trilogy – “How to Train Your Dragon”, this interactive experience allows eight VR participants a reserved time to experience the...

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Uplifting American Ballet Theatre

Each December, the American Ballet Theatre celebrates the end of the year with their annual ABT Gala. It’s held in Southern California inside the luxury Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Attendees enjoy a multiple course dinner with wine pairings, while watching intimate dance programs by many of the world-renowned artists of American Ballet Theatre, including Principal Dancers, including Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, and Devon Teuscher, along with 17 other dancers performing in full costume. Principal Dancer James Whiteside was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening event on Dec. 16, 2019. Not only is...

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Luxe Art by 47 Artisans at Japan House Los Angeles

When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states. Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors...

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Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort – Jazz. Swim. Spa.

Weekends at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa begin on Friday nights with glasses of complimentary sangria and light bites during the weekly ‘Hello Weekend Reception’. Guests gather outside overlooking the Las Brisas pool and golf course to transform into a relaxing vacation vibe. Prime time to visit the The Westin Mission Hills is from November 2019 through March 2020, when the resort hosts world-class jazz talent once a month during Grooves @ The Westin concerts. Kickoff of the first concert is the weekend of Friday, Nov. 22 with musical guests Ron King and vocalist Barbara Morrison. King...

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Last Tango in Paris: Napoléon’s Tomb

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”~ Napoléon Bonaparte “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life!” a smallish man in a white raincoat proclaimed loudly as he exited the domed church at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Moments before, this man stood trembling with excitement and removed his cap out of respect as he gazed for a long time at an ornate marble tomb. It was June 23rd, 1940; just three days after the French capital had become German-occupied territory. The following day during his official sightseeing city tour,...

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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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British Pantomime: Will Americans Love It, Too?

Pantomime is as much a part of Britain’s time-honored Christmas traditions as plum pudding, mince pies or the fairy atop the tree. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine an English Christmas without a performance of Cinderella, Puss in Boots or Jack and the Beanstalk going on in theaters throughout the commonwealth. Without exception, from the West End of London to remote regional towns, people of all ages go the theater to slip back for a few hours into the magic of childhood. They hiss and boo at a giant, clap for Tinkerbell and join in the chorus of...

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Small Town Vibes And The Bonds Of Family In Black Mountain, North Carolina

About 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina is a little gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Black Mountain. Voted ‘Best Small Town In Western North Carolina,’ Black Mountain is famous for its art, crafts, music, and beautiful scenery. But the area is special to me for more personal reasons. Black Mountain (and the unincorporated town of Ridgecrest) is where my maternal grandparents lived for a significant portion of their lives. Our visit this past weekend was a bittersweet one; we were meeting to pay tribute to my grandmother at her memorial service, as she passed away this...

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71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball

This weekend the Television Academy is hosting the 71st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. After the televised award show, the stars and guests will walk on a long red carpet to one of Hollywood’s largest dinner party. Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions have created a gorgeous “Brilliance in Motion” theme for the Governors Ball inside the L.A. Live Event space. The multi-layered design dazzles in red, coral, magenta and eggplant colors. On tables and throughout the event, Kevin Lee and his floral team from L.A. Premier enhance the dining and lounge areas with thousands of blooms in four different...

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Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

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Hollywood Lifestyle: The Fundamentals of Achieving a Celebrity Look

You see celebs all the time on TV and social media. It’s very rare that you catch them on an “off day” where they’re not looking their best but they’re also human just like everyone else so you can rest assured in knowing that they didn’t always have their “celebrity look” and most of them still wouldn’t have their “celebrity look” without their glam squad. In fact, without their glam squad, they’d look just like everyday people! The thing about celebrities is that they are constantly in front of the camera, so they always have to be “camera-ready,” meaning...

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Agatha Christie’s English Riviera

On the south coast of Devon, in that part of Britain known as the English Riviera, stands the picturesque town of Torquay, a stylish resort with a bustling waterfront and a scenic palm-lined promenade. Human history here goes back half a million years, as evidenced by the startling discoveries of prehistoric tools and other remains found in Kent’s Cavern. And though records of settled human occupation date back to the 11th century, Torquay didn’t become a winter health resort for another 800 years. Princess Victoria (who later became Queen Victoria) visited Torquay in 1890, enhancing the town’s reputation as...

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