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39th Annual Museum Mile Festival Takes Over Fifth Avenue, NYC June 13

June 5, 2017
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular places to visit during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world, takes place on Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 105 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities. Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offer entertainment and special activities inside.

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Kids make art and become the art during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to visit museums you might not otherwise see – I am always surprised.

Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night, depending upon how much time you spend enjoying the street entertainment.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the museums participating in the annual Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/)

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/  

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 628-6200, http://www.neuegalerie.org/.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 535-7710 http://www.metmuseum.org/.

Visit http://museummilefestival.org/ for more information, map, and schedule.

 

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2017 Kids Night on Broadway Shows Announced; Tix on Sale Dec 6

November 28, 2016
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The 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway will take place Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:30am © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY– The Broadway League announced today the shows participating in the 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:30am.

Kids’ Night on Broadway® is an annual event where kids 18 and under can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, activities, and more.

Participating 2017 shows to date (subject to change) include:

Aladdin, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, In Transit, August Wilson’s Jitney, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock the Musical, Significant Other, Waitress, and Wicked.  

“Kids’ Night on Broadway is growing up,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “This year we have a range of participating shows that will appeal to kids, teens, and their parents. Other League programs including the National High School Musical Theatre Awards and our new website BwayZone.com reiterate our dedication to educating all ages about how live theatre can engage and inspire.”

On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including post-show talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more events still to be announced! Many Times Square area eateries will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders, including free entrees for kids. Check  kidsnightonbroadway.com for participating restaurants.

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for specific dates and locations.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY®, a program of The Broadway League, is presented by The New York Times and is sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from Turnstyle and Westchester Family.

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Nassau County Museum of Art Exhibitions Celebrate Century of Photography’s Masters

November 4, 2016
Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936,  from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ( Gift of the Photo Guild) will be featured in NCMA’s “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos”, here captured when one of the original 8x10s was exhibited at New York Public Library (Karen Rubin, goingplacesnearandfar.com).

Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ( Gift of the Photo Guild) will be featured in NCMA’s “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos”, here captured when one of the original 8x10s was exhibited at New York Public Library (Karen Rubin, goingplacesnearandfar.com).

From November 19, 2016 to March 5, 2017, all of Nassau County Museum of Art’s galleries are devoted to the art of photography. On view in the Main Galleries on the first floor are two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, Michigan: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling and Light Works: 100 Years of Photos. On view in the Second Floor Galleries is New Photos: Long Island Collects, important photographic works of the last half century from private Long Island art collections.

Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling: Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs.

Light Works: 100 Years of Photos: From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000.

New Photos: Long Island Collectsfocuses on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day. Historically, photography has been used as a documentary medium to tell a story, Using the malleable medium of the photograph, artists have often enhanced or staged their works to convey a story, create emotion, or otherwise touch the viewer in a significant manner. This exhibition presents a survey of photographic works from private collectors. Among the artists included in New Photos: Long Island Collects are John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman, among many others.

The Museum is offering a variety of public programs to amplify the experience of visiting these three exhibitions. Two films are screening daily: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression and Cartier-Bresson’s Century. Three Brown Bag Lectures illuminate the art and the artists included in these exhibitions. Other public programs are inspired by the exhibitions: Sketching in the Galleries, and The River, a concert performed by the musical ensemble ETHEL. The Museum’s family programs from November 19 to March 5 similarly draw inspiration from the exhibitions: Neiman Marcus Family Sundays, February Break for Art and two Super Family Sunday offerings, Winter Wonderland and Merrynaking in a Gold Coast Mansion. For further information on these programs, visit the Museum’s website, nassaumuseum.org/events, after November 6.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Red Maple Market Café is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

 

38th Annual Museum Mile Festival, ‘Biggest Block Party in the World’ on New York City’s 5th Avenue, June 14

June 3, 2016
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Dancing in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during the Museum Mile Festival, New York City © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 38th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world takes place on Tuesday, June 14, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 104 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities..Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offering entertainment and special activities inside.

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night.

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/Figure and Form: Recent Acquisition so the Permanent Collection (on view through Dec. 4). Also Antonio Lopez: Future Funk FashionJoiri Minaya: RedecodeSarah Zapata: Siempre X.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/ New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, through Aug. 14. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs  Cartoons from the “New Yorker (through Oct. 9). Also: Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City Is My MuseScenes from the South Bronx, 1976-82Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700 – 1860Activist New YorkGilded New York; and Timescapes (not to be missed)

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.orgIsaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur; on view through Aug. 7; Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, through Sept. 18. Also: Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes; Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional PortraitThe Television Project: Some of My Best FriendsCulture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey; for children, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum,   2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, www.cooperhewitt.org (Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses, on view through Aug. 21; Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood De Forest, through Oct. 10. Also: Cooper Hewitt Design TriennialThom Browne SelectsPixar: The Design of StoryEnergizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/ Moholy-Nagy: Future Present on view through Sept. 7. Also: But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa;

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 628-6200, www.neuegalerie.orgMunch and Expressionism closes June 13. invites attendees of the 2016 Museum Mile Festival to visit the second floor gallery where Gustav Klimt’s iconic portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) hangs on permanent display (the subject of the movie, “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren. This work is joined by a selection of landscape and portrait paintings by Klimt, and a display of Austrian decorative arts from the early twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 www.metmuseum.orgTurner’s Whaling Pictures is on through August 7) ; Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is on through Aug. 14. Also: The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), weather permitting; and P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.

Entertainment includes Justin Weber Yo Yo (83rd St); Cabaret performer, Kim David Smith (84th Street); Magic Brian (87 St); Daisy Doodle’s Parties, Magic, Face painting & Balloons! (88 St); Alsarah and the Nubatones (89th St); Miss 360 (90th St); Imagination Playground in the garden, and on the sidewalk, a design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story (91 St)’; Mariachi Band (92 St); a Sammie & Tudie’s Imagination Playhouse (93 St).; It’s Showtime NYC, music by DJ Mickey Perez spinning Afro Latin disco (104th St).

There will also be an array of outdoor family activities for Museum Mile Festival attendees: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will offer chalk drawing. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum entertainment will include Imagination Playground in the museum’s garden, and a sidewalk design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story.  Visitors to the Jewish Museum can create an abstract fabric design using stamps and drawing techniques inspired by imagery in the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist and the looks on view in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. El Museo del Barrio will offer art-making for the entire family.

See museummilefestival.org for more information, and http://museummilefestival.org/index.php/map-schedule/ for map and schedule.

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San Francisco’s Arts & Culture Scene is Bustling

April 16, 2015
The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the unexpected cultural treasures of San Francisco © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the unexpected cultural treasures of San Francisco © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Creative people have always been attracted to San Francisco, from the inventor of Levi’s blue jeans to the wizards of the latest tech startups to the creators of Burning Man.  Artists find the city’s atmosphere of innovation and freedom of expression irresistible, resulting in a diverse collection of remarkable museums, exhibitions and events that are equally irresistible to those who love the arts.

Here are some recent and upcoming developments in San Francisco’s arts and culture scene.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Art lovers (anyone interested in human rights) have only seven weeks left to see the works of world renowned artist Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz, the notorious prison turned national park in San Francisco Bay. @Large: Ai Weiwei on  Alcatraz, a site-specific exhibition of works, is on view through April 26, 2015.

The Chinese artist is internationally recognized both as a maker of potent and provocative art and as a passionate advocate for human rights and freedom of expression. His art and ideas find a compelling new context in this exhibition of large-scale sculpture, sound and mixed media created specifically for Alcatraz.

Ai’s sculpture, sound and mixed-media works occupy four locations in the former prison: the New Industries Building, A Block, the Hospital and the Dining Hall. With the exception of the Dining Hall, these spaces are usually off limits to the public, but all will be open throughout the run of this unprecedented exhibition.

The exhibition is included in the regular Alcatraz ticket prices.  Special guided @Large Night Tours will be offered on Thursday through Monday nights.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/ai-weiwei.aspx. In anticipation of high demand for @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz tickets, a limited number of seats on the Early Bird boat (departing Pier 33 at 8:45 a.m. seven days a week) will be set aside each day to accommodate exhibition visitors. These Early Bird tickets and tours may be reserved by contacting the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at 415-561-3021 or aiweiweialcatraz@parksconservancy.org,

For more information on ticket options, see http://www.parksconservancy.org/events/park-interp/ai-weiwei-alcatraz.html.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz is organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Art Along the Waterfront

San Francisco has long been a city committed to accessible art.  After experiencing Ai Weiwei’s work on Alcatraz, people will be ready to discover more public art and they will be in exactly the right place.  The Embarcadero is home to more than a dozen public art installations.  It’s hard to miss Cupid’s Span, the gigantic bow and arrow by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in Rincon Park.

On the south side of the Bay Bridge, on the Embarcadero at Second and Townsend streets, is Mark DiSuvero’s Sea Change.   Seventy feet tall and weighing 10 tons, this elegant and kinetic sculpture serves as a gateway to the newly refurbished South Waterfront.

Some installations blend history and culture.  Between Piers 35 and 39, Roger Barr’s Skygate, a 26-foot-high mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture, is dedicated to the memory of Eric Hoffer (1903-1983), a longshoreman, poet and philosopher.

Many of the public art installations along the waterfront and throughout the city are part of the city’s civic art collection.  For a map of public art, visit www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/pubart-projects/2008/10/21/public-art-projects-map.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) More Than Doubling in Size

A major expansion is underway at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which has embodied bold vision and innovation from its founding in 1935 to the 1995 opening of its Mario Botta-designed building.

With more than 30,000 works, SFMOMA has built definitive collections in painting and  sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts, including significant examples of the art of the Bay Area and California. The SFMOMA collection is internationally recognized and continues to grow.

In 2016, SFMOMA will reinvent itself yet again by more than doubling its current capacity for the presentation of art, providing almost six times as much public space as the current building.

The centerpiece of SFMOMA’s expansion is the remarkable building design developed in collaboration with the architectural firm Snøhetta. The approximately 235,000-square-foot expansion will seamlessly join the existing building.

One of the catalysts for the expansion is the addition of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of contemporary art in the world.  Learn more at www.sfmoma.org.

Museum of the African Diaspora Reopens after $1.3 Million Renovation

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is one of the few museums in the world focused on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural art works of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures around the world.  The Museum is currently featuring “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett” through April 5, 2015.

MoAD reopened in December, 2014, after a $1.3 million renovation with added gallery space, a more open layout for the ground floor and lobby, a redesigned Museum store, and an upgrade to all of its technology including interactive iPad kiosks in the lobby and a new website.

MoAD recently was chosen as a Smithsonian Affiliate and now has access to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of 136 million artifacts for research, exhibits and programming.

Situated in the heart of the Yerba Buena Arts District, home of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MoAD is actively engaged in building a community that inspires, educates and connects people of all ages and backgrounds. MoAD seeks to build a deeper understanding of the African Diaspora through art, programs and events that cultivate wonder and excitement about the ways in which personal histories are connected. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.  To learn more, visit www.moadsf.org.

SFMOMA Partners with MoAD and the Oakland Museum of California

As part of SFMOMA’s On the Go series showcasing the museum’s collection at other cultural venues in the region, the Oakland Museum of California features “Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California” through April 12, 2015 and MoAD presents Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA, opening May 8.

Organized in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora, “Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA” considers how artists from the early 20th century to the present have negotiated a vast array of European, African and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait. Together, the works suggest that as people move between geographies, meanings drift, too.

“Fertile Ground” illuminates local histories and social forces that changed the face of art in — and beyond — the Golden State. Weaving together art and ephemera from the collections of the Oakland Museum of California and SFMOMA, the exhibition tells the stories of four creative communities at decisive moments in the history of California art: the circle of artists and influences from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco in the 1930s to the streetwise, uncompromisingly idealistic artists at the center of a vibrant new Mission scene that took root in the 1990s through the present.

For more information, visit http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events

The Bay Lights to Become Permanent in Time for Super Bowl 50 in 2016

San Francisco has become a national leader in light art.  No recent development underscores this more strongly than the news that The Bay Lights, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, will become a permanent icon on the city’s landscape.   Illuminate the Arts has successfully raised $4 million in private funds to pay for new equipment and re-installation.

Since its debut on March 5, 2013, the vertical cables of the Bay Bridge’s western span (also known as the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge) have come to life nightly with 25,000 LED lights “performing” in patterns created by light artist Leo Villareal.

The originally planned two-year installation of The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal will end on March 6, 2015 and the sculpture will be removed to allow Caltrans to perform maintenance on the bridge cables.

The Bay Lights will be re-installed in time to shine for Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.   Learn more at http://thebaylights.org/about/.

San Francisco Illuminated by Light Art

Two other temporary light art installations are drawing crowds:

Soma by the Flaming Lotus Girls at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero debuted at Burning Man in 2009 and has been organized by the Black Rock Arts Foundation.   It will be illuminated at 10 minutes after sunset until 2 a.m. nightly through July 2015.

On Treasure Island, Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane (2011) is on display on the Avenue of the Palms at the Great Lawn.  Though no end date has been announced, the installation is considered “temporary, until further notice.”  The 40-foot-tall sculpture’s lighting effects are on from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly.

Permanent light art pieces within the city’s 49 square miles include:

  •  Three Gems, by James Turrell (2005), de Young Museum, Osher Sculpture Garden, Golden Gate Park
  •  Skygarden, by James Turrell (2007), San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. at Mission Street
  •  Ocean Mirror with Fragments, by Jim Campbell (2007), Saunders Court, University of California, San Francisco, Koret Way
  •  Constellation, by Nayland W. Blake (1996), San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Civic Center
  •  Firefly, by Ned Kahn (2012), 525 Golden Gate Ave. at Polk Street, Civic Center
  •  Language of the Birds, by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2008), Intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenues, North Beach
  •  …and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea…(Caruso’s Dream), by Brian Gogginwith Dorka Keehn  (2014), 55 Ninth St., south of Market Street
  •  Bayview Rise, by Haddad-Drugan (2014), Pier 92, Bayview near Third Street and Cargo Way

At San Francisco International Airport, permanent light art installations include:

  •  Wind Portal, by Ned Kahn (2000), International Terminal between BART Station and AirTrain
  •  Four Sculptural Light Reflectors, by James Carpenter (2000), International Terminal, Main Hall, Level 3, Pre-Security
  •  Spirogyrate, by Eric Staller (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post-Security
  •  Sky, by Merge Conceptual Design (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post-Security
  •  Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor, by Vito Acconci (2000), International Terminal, A-G, Level 2, Pre-Security
  •  Ceiling Flood, by Keith Sonnier (1999), International Terminal, Boarding Area G, Level 2, Post-Security

Light-centric events and tours are currently being scheduled around the summer solstice, on June 21, 2015.  San Francisco Travel,  the city’s tourism marketing organization, is also planning the third annual IlluminateSF festival to celebrate these eclectic, electric installations in December 2015 and January 2016.

For more information on the light art installations and related events, visit www.illuminatesf.com

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 34 international cities on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. SFO offers upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow on www.twitter.com/flysfo and  www.facebook.com/flysfo.

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000.  The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround. 

 

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Film Festivals Flourish in San Diego

March 7, 2015

With more than a dozen specialty film festivals screening everything from horror to fashion, and from LGBT- to Hispanic-themed films, San Diego is emerging as a leading destination for film lovers.

Here is just a sampling of the many film festivals that can be found in San Diego throughout the year:

  • The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival takes place at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 in San Diego’s Mission Valley during March 12-22, 2015. The festival features screenings of short and feature length films from across Latin America and the U.S. by Latinos and about the Latino experience.
  • During May 20-23, 2015, visitors to San Diego can enjoy more than 25 international films, filmmaker presentations, surfboard shaping demos, live music, panels with surf legends and more at the San Diego Surf Film Festival. The festival takes place at Bird’s Surf Shed, a unique surf shop and surf-art gallery, located in San Diego’s North County.
  • FILMOUT San Diego returns May 29-31, 2015, to celebrate the year’s best LGBT films. In addition to film screenings, the festival features special appearances by filmmakers and actors. Screenings are held at the Observatory North Park, a historic theater in the heart of one of San Diego’s trendiest neighborhoods.
  • The 6th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival will be held on July 24, 2015, in the luxurious coastal community of La Jolla. Hundreds of fashion fans will attend to view films highlighting the world’s top fashion houses, designers and stylists.
  • The San Diego International Film Festival takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2015 in downtown San Diego. The largest of San Diego’s film events, this festival showcases the best in American and international full-length films, documentaries and short films, and features Q&A sessions with directors and guest appearances by well-known actors and film artists.
  • Just in time for Halloween, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival celebrates horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films. Held at the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Gym in North Park, the October festival features films ranging from psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even related genres like noir. October 2015 dates are still to be announced.
  • In September, the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival supports entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, screening more than 60 films from 38 countries at the AMN Healthcare Theater in Carmel Valley. The festival provides aspiring young filmmakers with an opportunity to communicate to an international community. Dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • In November, the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at the California State University San Marcos presents the San Diego American Indian Film Festival. The festival highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors and actors working through Indian Country. In addition to film viewings, the event includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening. Dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • Presented by the Pacific Arts Movement, the San Diego Asian Film Festival in November celebrates motion pictures, shorts and animation from Asian artists from around the world. The 10-day festival takes place at various venues around San Diego; dates for 2015 are still to be announced.
  • The annual San Diego Italian Film Festival showcases the best new Italian films ranging from engaging dramas and entertaining comedies to documentaries telling unique stories. The 2015 festival will take place at the historic La Paloma Theater in San Diego’s North County; dates are still to be announced.
  • The San Diego Black Film Festival spotlights African-American and African diaspora cinema. At the annual festival held in January, the San Diego Black Film Festival presents more than 100 films ranging from comedy and drama to documentaries, animation, shorts and more at downtown San Diego’s Reading Theater. Dates for 2016 are still to be announced.
  • The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases American and international feature films, documentaries and short films that explore the Jewish experience.  The festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in February 2015 with nearly 50 films screened at venues around the county. Dates for 2016 are still to be announced.

For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.

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London Hosts Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ Exhibit Among Cultural Happenings

February 21, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND — Fashion by the late, great Alexander McQueen and music from Grammy award winning Sam Smith are just two of the headline events attracting visitors to London in March 2015.

Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition which became one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s top 10 most visited exhibitions when it was shown in New York in 2011, comes to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this spring, from March 14 2015.

But it’s not the only McQueen exhibition in London this month. Visitors to Tate Britain can get a behind-the-scenes insight into the phenomenal fashion designer’s working process through Nick Waplinton’s candid photographs.

From haute couture to ‘Fashion on the Ration’, the Imperial War Museum documents wartime dress, while ‘Beard’, an exhibition by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank at Somerset House, proves that facial hair has gone beyond fashion to become an art form.

Four-time Grammy award winner Sam Smith plays intimate shows at the O2 Academy Brixton while other live music highlights include Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and American pop punk band All Time Low at Wembley Arena and ambient dance duo Underworld at Hammersmith Apollo.

There’s a who’s who of leading ladies on the London stage in March with Zoe Wanamaker in ‘Stevie’, Maureen Lipman playing opposite James Dreyfus in ‘Harvey’, Imelda Staunton leading the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of ‘Gypsy’ and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in an English National Opera production of ‘Sweeney Todd’.

Also new on the London stage this month, Stephen Mangan stars in Sam Holcroft’s dark comedy, Rules for Living, and Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie is in hit US comedy Buyer and Cellar at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

For a fun family day out there’s the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 15th March, or join former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne at The Big Write. Children aged 6 to 12 can immerse themselves in Punchdrunk’s theatrical journey ‘Against Captain’s Orders’ at the National Maritime Museum, and the ‘Shaun in the City’ trail places giant colorful sheep around town.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, March15, London has plenty of ways to show mum how much you appreciate her whether you want to treat her to a West End show or Afternoon Tea in Billingsgate Market.

For more information on these and other London events, go to LondonTown.com, where there is a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.
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4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival Features Q&As With Major Filmmakers; Catherine Martin is Honoree

October 16, 2014
Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann's wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year's GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann with Gold Coast Internatl Film Festival Director Regina Gil at the 2013 Long Island premiere. Luhrmann’s wife and artistic partner, Catherine Martin is being honored with this year’s GCIFF Artist of Distinction Award
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Tickets have just gone on sale for the 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), taking place from November 3-9, 2014, organized by the Gold Coast Arts Center, in Great Neck, in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, Long Island.

This year, the festival is honoring four-time Academy Award-winning Production and Costume Designer (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!) Catherine Martin with the Gold Coast International Film Festival Artist of Distinction Award, at the Opening Night Gala, taking place at Leonard’s Palazzo 555 in Great Neck on Monday November 3. Also being honored is President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman, who will accept the Man of the Year Award; and Marie Cecile Flageul & Jonathan Cohen (the graffiti artist known as Meres One, who was the curator of 5 Pointz in Queens) who will receive the Art & Activism Award.

Screenings and events at this year’s festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

MONDAY NOVEMBER 3

Opening Night Gala – November 3, 2014

Leonard’s (On Northern Blvd in Great Neck, 6 pm)
Among the notables attending: Catherine Martin (4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design) will be accepting our Artist of Distinction Award, Meres One (famed graffiti artist) will be accepting our Arts Activism Award

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4

Charlie Mantle
Long Island University CW Post Campus, film starts at 7pm
Q&A with the filmmaker Fred Carpenter and the stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy. 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5

Burn
Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7pm
An amazing documentary about firefighters from Detroit produced by Denis Leary’s company.
Q&A with one of the producers (Jim Serpico – from Long Island) and Kristin Thorne from ABC News.

 The Embrace of Aging
Soundview Cinema Port Washington, film starts at 6:30pm
A masterful, inspiring, captivating portrayal of the female aging process where great minds of medicine and science come together with touching human interest stories from Okinawa to Jackson Hole.
Q&A after the film with Keith Famie (director) and a panel of NSLIJ experts.    

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6

Andrew & Wendy
Gold Coast Arts Center, film starts at 1:00pm
The remarkable and moving story of a professional classical guitarist, whose life was saved by music and who gives back in an unforgettable way.
Featuring a Q&A and performance by the film’s subjects. 

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Soundview Cinema in Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
The world premiere of a documentary about playwright August Wilson (some call him America’s Shakespeare).  Q&A guests include: Tony winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago Hudson and Sam Pollard (Film Director/Producer) and Darryl Ford-Williams (Exec. Producer)
Moderator is Julie Wilson (WNET/Thirteen, Exec. Producer, Documentaries & Development)

The Wonders – November 6, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 7:30pm
This wildly original film tells the story of a bartender/artist/slacker who gets mixed up in Jerusalem’s criminal underground. A box office hit in Israel, THE WONDERS combines mystery, comedy, psychological thriller, political intrigue, and romance to create a unique and compelling movie. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with Dean Movshovitz (Director of Film & Media; Consulate General of Israel).

 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7

Beside Still Water – November 7, 2014
Bow Tie Roslyn, 8:30pm
In this Big Chill for Generation Y, a group of childhood friends comes together for the last time a the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames, and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. Directorial debut from award-winning actor Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars). Q&A with producer after the film.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8

Above and Beyond – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 2:00pm
A fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah, ABOVE AND BEYOND is the true story of Jewish-American pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers turned the tide of the war, preventing the annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth. Produced by Nancy Spielberg.

Mudbloods – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 5:30pm
Quidditch, the sport that thrilled in the wizard world of Harry Potter, leaps off the pages and into the real world in this highly entertaining documentary of the sport’s very real life in the collegiate league. The dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined, until now. Parents, please note there is some strong language in this film.  Q&A with members of area college Quidditch teams! (we could drop this Q&A)

Zero Motivation – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 7:30pm
Winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for 12 Israeli Film Academy Awards, ZERO MOTIVATION is a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. Q&A with director Talya Lavie, who will be accepting the first Gold Coast International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Award and Nancy Gerstman, co-President of Zeitgeist Films.

You Must Be Joking – November 8, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 8:00pm
Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for standup comedy. Q&A with film’s star and co-writer Sas Goldberg

Cold Eyes – November 8, 2014
Bow Tie Manhasset, film starts at 7:00pm
In this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed thrill ride, a new recruit of an elite police unit races against time as she hunts down an organization responsible for a series of bold, explosive robberies. This smart, innovative thriller will show you why South Korean film is giving Hollywood a run for its money.
Q&A after the film with Goran Topalovic (Exec. Dir. NY Asian Film Festival) and Euny Hong (Journalist & Author of The Birth of South Korean Cool)

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9

The Dove Flyer – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 12:30pm
A coming-of-age story set amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s, where a 16-year-old caught in the middle of conflicting attitudes must make a difficult decision that will change his family’s destiny. Q&A after the film with Maurice Shohet, President of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq.

When the Garden Was Eden – November 9, 2014
Bow Tie Great Neck, film starts at 4:00pm
Actor and tried-and-true New Yorker Michael Rapaport delivers an unabashed love letter to the Knicks with this fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days. In the late ’60s, basketball was the city’s forgotten sport. Enter an unlikely band of scrappy team players, many of them future hall-of-famers, who would transform the team into one of the NBA’s most dazzling squads. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Q&A with NY Times sportswriter Harvey Araton.

Silenced – November 9, 2014
Soundview Port Washington, film starts at 3:30pm
This important documentary chronicles the incredible personal journeys of two US government whistleblowers—Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, who first revealed waterboarding as a CIA practice—and the price they paid. Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Post screening Q&A with film’s director James Spione.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – November 9, 2014
Soundview Cinemas, film starts at 4:00pm
In tribute to the late, great Joan Rivers, we are delighted to bring back this excellent documentary that welcomes viewers into the legendary icon’s comedic process and private dramas, as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. Followed by a Q&A with comedians and those who knew Joan, celebrating her comedic legacy.

Closing Night Awards Party – November 9, 2014
Gold Coast Arts Center – approx. 6pm
The Party will be at the Arts Center where the exhibit from the National Basketball Hall of Fame will be on display (including the NBA trophy!)

For more information and a complete festival line up visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org or follow on Twitter @goldcoastfilm for Festival updates.

See also:

Tickets on sale for Gold Coast Intl Film Festival; Catherine Martin is honoree

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4-Star Villa le Barone, Chianti, Italy, Features Wine-Tasting & Cooking Lessons

July 31, 2014
The charming 28-room hotel Villa le Barone is set amongst the timeless landscape of Chianti, and has been in the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century.

The charming 28-room hotel Villa le Barone is set amongst the timeless landscape of Chianti, and has been in the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century.

Villa le Barone, the four-star luxury hotel in Panzano, Chianti, in the heart of Italy’s scenic region of Tuscany, offers guests the chance to enjoy a day of wine tasting and cooking lessons while vacationing in one of the most glorious and scenic regions of Tuscany.

What better place to enjoy a Chianti wine than in Italy’s own Chianti Region? Villa le Barone offers a memorable “Gastronomia Toscana” (Enjoy Wines and Tuscan Gastronomy) package which includes a welcome bottle of Prosecco and fresh flowers in the guestroom, an itinerary with or without a driver to explore the Chianti region, a large buffet breakfast, Tuscan dinner and a complimentary bottle of Chianti Classico or a free bottle of local grown extra virgin olive oil (agroqualità) as well as an option to take a local cooking class.

“When Villa le Barone was a farm at the beginning of the 20th century, it produced Vin Santo, and the grapes were hung in what is now the Garden House,” explains Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, proprietor and descendent of the generation of family who have owned the historic hotel since the 1600s. “The traditional dessert wine possesses a beautiful amber color and touched with a lovely smell of dried fruit, apricot, honey and acacia flowers.”

“A good meal in Tuscany concludes with Vin Santo (Holy Wine) and Cantucci (sweet almond cookies) and is quite a treat,” adds Corso Aloisi de Larderel, co-proprietor of the 28-room historic villa. “Dinner under the chandeliers of our restaurant or on the terrace of our hotel is the right time to dip the cantucci into the Vin Santo in the Tuscan tradition.”

Set in the heart of Tuscany, between the historic cities of Siena and Florence, Chianti is noted for its wine, food, landscape, culture, and its inspiration for poets and painters, with its rolling hills of vineyards, olive trees, woods, farmhouses, and castles. Individual churches are surrounded by dark cypresses and impressive monuments throughout the quaint villages of the area.

From July 15- August 31, 2014 and October 1 – October 13, 2014, the Villa le Barone’s Gastronomy di Tuscany (Enjoy Wines and Tuscan Gastronomy package) ranges from €960 (approximately $US 1,305/$CA 1,340) for a classic room to €1160 (approximately $US 1,580/$CA 1,680) for a Historic Room or Junior Suite, for two people for three nights.

From September 1-30, 2014, prices range from €1000 (approximately $1,360) for a classic room, to €1210 (approximately $1,645) for a historic room or junior suite for two persons for three nights.

The cooking course is an additional €100 Euros (approximately $136) and includes two hours with a Tuscan cook, a souvenir apron and the meal that you have actually prepared to enjoy. Car and driver for a day trip through Chianti is an additional €380 (approximately $517).

Rich History

Villa Le Barone was built as a tower in the middle ages and was the seat of a Baronetcy, hence the name “Le Barone.” During the Renaissance, the tower was torn down and converted to a Villa, surrounded by its agricultural estate, where the renowned Della Robbia family spent summers.

After the World War I, Marchesa Maria Bianca Viviani Della Robbia managed Villa le Barone as a wine and olive oil estate. Maria Bianca was the granddaughter of François de Larderel, a French 18th century industrialist, who discovered and developed the use of geothermal energy in Tuscany.

Marie Bianca’s daughter, Duchess Franca Visconti, converted the Villa into a charming boutique hotel, keeping the refined and elegant atmosphere of a private house, while offering all the contemporary comforts and amenities.  Villa le Barone is now the property of Duchess Franca Visconti’s heirs, whom you will meet when you stay at Villa le Barone.

The charming 28-room hotel Villa le Barone is set amongst the timeless landscape of Chianti, and has been in the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century. The swimming pool, tennis court, fitness trail, fitness room and terraces are set amongst large rose gardens, with views over the surrounding countryside, olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti Classico. In the old winery, the restaurant serves traditional Tuscan food and of course, the world-renowned local Chianti wines.

For more information about the “Gastronomia Toscana” (Enjoy Wines and Tuscan Gastronomy package) or to simply learn more about the local wines in the area, to book a reservation, or to learn more about the variety of recreational activities one can enjoy at Villa le Barone, visit www.villalebarone.com.

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New Walking Tour Explores Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace

July 24, 2014

Context, organizer of critically acclaimed walking tours, expands its program in Vienna with Gilded Ambition: a Tour of Schönbrunn Palace, a walk within the spectacular interiors of the Habsburgs’ summer residence and a close consideration of the interwoven history of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Built at the end of the 17th century by Emperor Leopold I, Schönbrunn Palace is situated within an expanse of glorious gardens, and home to almost 1500 exquisitely preserved rooms, many of which are open to the public. The palace provides a unique platform for understanding a complex history, and exploring the lives and loves of a long line of Habsburg monarchs. Each room is adorned with ancient artwork and fine furnishings that reveal an intricate and compelling storyline about those who lived there.

Gilded Ambition guides visitors through the lives of successive Habsburg monarchs, uncovering narratives and provoking discussion and consideration of this hugely influential family. Led by a local expert, the 2.5-hour walking seminar goes beyond standard show-and-tell tours, to instill a deeper understanding of the complex narratives and geopolitical influences revealed by the palace and its interior.

The tour also connects the past with the present, revealing how the Habsburgs’ legacy, as manifest in Schönbrunn Palace, continues to speak to modern day Vienna, its culture, its people and their outlook.

“Schönbrunn Palace is Austria’s most popular tourist attraction, yet we wanted to create a unique way to experience it.” says Natalie Holmes, Context’s Central Europe manager and co-creator of the tour. “The tour joins the dots between this magnificent monument, its complex historical significance, and its modern-day legacy.”

Gilded Ambition: a Tour of Schönbrunn Palace lasts 2 1/2 hours and is available daily. Group walks cost €65 per person, plus €14.50 (adult), €8.50 (child 6-18) for palace entry. Private tours cost €280 per party. As with all Context walking seminars, groups are led by a credentialed expert and limited to six (6) people maximum.

Founded by National Geographic writer Paul Bennett and designer Lani Bevacqua, Context Travel, which is based in Philadelphia, is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes, who organize and lead walking seminars in twenty-four (24) world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Istanbul, Athens, Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Kyoto. A certified B Corporation, Context Travel was named one of the fastest growing American companies in 2011 by Inc Magazine. Travel + Leisure has called Context one of the top European tour companies for its innovative approach to travel and the depth of its programs. To learn more about Context, visit the website at: www.contexttravel.com.

See also:

On the Danube Bike Trail: Seeing Vienna by Bike and slideshow

Jewish Heritage Preserved in Vienna, Austria and slideshow

 

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