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2018 Julia Child Award Winners Too Hot Tamales – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

When Los Angeles based celebrity chefs, television personalities, cookbook authors and philanthropists Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger learned that they were receiving the 2018 Julia Child Award, they were thrilled. A distinguished panel from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts awarded these two chefs. They are not only the first women to receive this honor, but also the first chef team to be acknowledged by this prestigious non-profit organization. The Foundation will be presenting their award on November 1, 2018 in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at a gala event...

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Cher’s Original Mansion

Beyond her unique contralto vocals and risque stage costumes, Cher’s less heralded but equal talent is her exquisite taste in creating elegant homes with plush rusticity.  For years these homes have graced the pages of the architectural and decor authority Architectural Digest with her style of pristine white furniture against antique wood beams and textured stucco with a touch of Moroccan influence, which catapulted into the look so replicated today.  This, her first serious home after her divorce from Sonny Bono, which she designed and built in Beverly Hills in 1980, was a testament to her new found success...

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Rozvadov – The Spiritual Home Of Poker

No one can be sure when gambling first started. It is just known that the ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Chinese have played games of chance for centuries. In China, evidence has been found of gambling dating back as far as 2300 BC, and in Egypt, dice dating back to 1500 BC have been discovered. Most gambling took place covertly in gambling dens or in the back rooms of saloons, and there was not anywhere designated for this pastime until 1638. Then the local council in Venice opened a building for trouble-free gambling during the carnival season. The...

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Art in Asia

All over Asia, from Bangkok to Taipei, it’s onward and upward with the arts as hotels deepen channels between their guests’ accommodation and their access to art.Today, hotels are investing big money in art galleries and collections along with dispatching guests into the environs with art experts. Here are some hotels that are rewriting the rules of engagement between their guests and the local art scene. The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam The Reverie Saigon came onto the scene in 2015 as Vietnam’s most lavish hotel. Boasting interiors by some of the biggest names in design from Italy, the hotel has...

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James Picard: “The Dark & The Wounded” Paints Hope

James Picard, a mixed media and experiential artist, sculptor, documentary filmmaker and humanitarian screened his multi-award (15+) winning documentary short, The Dark & The Wounded. May 14th, at the Cannes Film Festival (2018), The Buzz of the Day at Cannes confirmed that Picard’s film has captured many hearts at the 71st festival, billing it as “the sleeper hit of the festival.” While James Picard’s name and his artwork are not familiar to many, they will be very soon. His work already has caught the attention of collectors worldwide and hangs in many museums next to art by some of...

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An Insider’s Guide to Art Fairs

By Jeremy Larner Art fairs have seen a tremendous boon over the past decade. Taking place throughout the year, and on every side of the globe, they attract a sophisticated and discerning crowd. Art fairs are an extension of any gallery’s program and often set the pace, tastes, and prices for the upcoming year. The art fair movement is in part occurring due to a shift in the demographics of art collectors, as we’re seeing a younger and wider range of art collectors become the faces of the art scene. These Cultural Experiences Are Entering Travelers’ Must-See Lists Attending...

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Shakira’s Miami Beach Home for Sale

Never a dull moment for pop superstar and TV’s “The Voice” judge, Shakira. Seen in Miami in March – possibly checking out the chic renovation plan on her Miami Beach residence, back to Spain which she considers her home base, and two days after putting her Miami Beach estate on the market, off to Hamburg, Germany to kick off her El Dorado world tour, family and team in tow. In August she will bring the tour to America – Chicago the first stop. Shakira lives in Barcelona with her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué and their two sons. Now 41, she...

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Sofitel New York showcases iconic art of Broadway in Fraver Art Gallery

In celebration of the Tony Awards, Sofitel New York today unveiled a transformation of its lobby into the Fraver Art Gallery. Through June 30, theatergoers and art lovers alike can view works by theater poster legend Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo. As the Official Hotel Partner for the 2018 Tony Awards, Sofitel New York curated 36 of Fraver’s most iconic posters to display in the gallery – all of which were designed for Tony Award-winning and/or -nominated productions on Broadway. Selecting the works was no small feat as Fraver has created over 300 pieces for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international productions throughout his career. “Through the...

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Wojciech Fangor Exhibition at Heather James Fine Art New York

A new addition to the Upper East Side gallery scene, Heather James Fine Art New York, located at 42 East 75th Street, will present its inaugural exhibition, Wojciech Fangor: The Early 1960s, April 19 – June 30, 2018. This is the first solo exhibition in the U.S. in more than 25 years of paintings by Wojciech Fangor (1922-2015), one of Poland’s preeminent Post-War abstract artists. In 1970, Fangor was the first Polish artist to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. The exhibition, curated by Polish art historian Patryk P. Tomaszewski, will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay...

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You See Your First Broadway Show

A trip to New York City isn’t complete without going to the theater. For your first Broadway show, you might be wondering about all the details. How do you get a good deal on tickets? Do people dress up? Thanks to the expertise from the folks at TopView NYC, a sightseeing company in New York,  we’ve answered all your questions to help make your first Broadway show a smooth and enjoyable experience. Save on Tickets To get the best deal, plan ahead and use a variety of techniques to research prices before you purchase tickets. Hit shows often hold...

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London’s Afternoon Teas: A Feast for the Eyes

For me, a proper afternoon English tea is the perfect meal: properly brewed tea, a good selection of sandwiches and freshly baked scones with double Devonshire cream, some lemon curd and preserves. I haven’t found too many places that serve the perfect tea this side of the Atlantic. (The Palm Court at New York’s Plaza Hotel does a beautiful tea, but unfortunately it’s priced at $75–more if you add a glass of champagne.) However, the city London is a movable feast for tea lovers, and there are delectable teas in every price range and to suit every taste. London’s Afternoon...

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The Edgewater Announces New Pearl Jam Suite and Revamped Beatles Suite

Celebrating “The Year of Roll ‘n’ Roll” The Edgewater, the iconic Noble House Hotel and the only over-the-water hotel in Seattle, has announced today the addition of a new, luxurious suite paying tribute to legendary Seattle-based band, Pearl Jam. Additionally, the hotel is also revamping its famous Beatles Suite having hosted the band in its heyday and being widely known for the famous image of the band fishing out of a window at the hotel. The Edgewater has also created a comprehensive music program as an ode to the hotel’s distinct music history. The foundation of the music program focuses on...

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