Related6 secrets of finding the best low cost flightsWe reveal our six savviest secrets, tried and tested by expert budget travellers, that will help you to find the best low cost flights. There are a few ways of finding low cost flights that everyone knows about – like using a flight comparison site such as Skyscanner, of course.…Transatlantic flight deals and what to expect when you fly low-cost long-haulMore and more airlines have started running cheap transatlantic flights from the UK to the US, Canada and Mexico – but are those prices just too good to be true? Make sure you get the best all-round deal by finding the cheapest long-haul flights out there and reading our short…Chic on the cheap: budget boutique hotelsChic on the cheap: budget boutique hotels Dear Skyscanner,New York is a place I’ve always wanted to go but I’m a bit short on funds so need to do it on a budget. Can you recommend a way to do the big apple without taking too much of a bite from my bank account?Toby, Bristol Dear Toby,New York is not a city break that comes cheap, or that’s what most of us think. However, if you’re really canny, do your research in advance, and get to know the public transport system, you can still see the Big Apple without feeling like you’re being short-changed.Once you’ve bagged yourself a bargain flights to New York on Skyscanner (be flexible with your dates and flight times and book well-ahead, check the price of two singles before you book a return, and also check out indirect flights), it’s time to book a hotel.Where to stayI’ve recommended a few budget hotels in New York in these pages before, so I won’t cover the ones I’ve done already – here are some others for under £100 a night…The trendy Lower East Side district is full of cafes and quirky shops as well as more affordable places to stay like the SoHotel, which costs from £95 a night.It’s a historic hotel dating back to the late 1700s and in a great spot for snooping around Little Italy and Chinatown by day or night. The elaborate decor may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s good fun and even a touch luxurious, amazing given the price.If you’d rather be in Midtown, check out Hotel Wolcott, which also costs around £95 a night and is a Beaux Arts beauty between Fifth Avenue and Broadway. It has a colourful history (read all about it on the hotel’s website), and is within walking distance of the Empire State Building – perfect for the first-time visitor to the city.If you want to see a different side to New York, particularly if you’ve been before, why not stay in Brooklyn where your dollar goes further. The Sofia Inn costs from £90 a night and is a classic Brooklyn brownstone building with lots of character. It’s also in a good spot for the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and Brooklyn Museum of Art.Where to shopIf vintage is your love, you’ve come to the right city. Head to Stella Dallas, where there are clothes and accessories going back to the 20s. Everything is in good condition and prices are mercifully not overly inflated, unlike some vintage stores in the city. It’s on Thompson Street in Greenwich Village.The clothes are brand new at Century 21, but you’ll still need to rummage at this discount store, which offers everything from Nike trainers Jil Sander dresses on five floors. Be prepared for a scramble, and go early to avoid the busiest periods. It’s worth it though for up to 75 per cent off. The shop is on Courtlandt Street, but there are also outlets in Brooklyn and Queens.What to doWalking costs nothing, and New York is a perfect walking city. One of my favourites (and everyone else’s) is Central Park – it’s big, leafy, and allows you to take a step back to admire the skyline, as well as playing out numerous scenes from your favourite Big Apple movies. Another great one is over Brooklyn Bridge, giving you a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from the iconic steel bridge, and a welcome cup of coffee or glass of wine in one of the Brooklyn’s characterful cafes or wine bars on the other side.Finally, there’s the High Line, a former freight train line through the Meatpacking District that has been restored into an elevated pathway flourishing with plants and art installations. It takes you under the contemporary Standard hotel and past the Chelsea Market, perfect for a cheap lunch or even some free tasters from the many enticing stallholders.If you want to hit the water for another great view of the city, hop on the Staten Island Ferry, which is free. The historic ferry service runs seven days a week, 24 hours a day and offers a great view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island if you can’t afford the ticket to see the famous monument up close.Most of the big museums in New York have a policy of offering a weekly window when admission is free, including the very popular Museum of Modern Art, which has Target Free Friday Nights from 4pm to 8pm. There’s also the Pay What you Wish window at the Guggenheim on Saturdays from 5.45pm to 7.45pm.Where to eatFor a quick lunch on the run, New York, together with a number of other US cities, is having a food truck moment – mobile food stalls that sell good quality fast food. There’s the unforgettable Big Gay Ice Cream Truck with outrageous additions to its ice cream creations, such as pumpkin butter and key lime curd, plus toppings such as toasted curried coconut to wasabi pea dust.For something a little more savoury, the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck is ever-popular and offer delicious flavours such as chicken and Thai basil with an Asian green side salad and even a chocolate-filled hot dumpling (beware spillages).This being New York, burgers are something of a speciality on the dining scene and you should try at least one if you’re a meat-eater. The best bargain, quality burgers are at fast food outlet,Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (check the website for the other four locations) – get there early to avoid the huge summer-time queues for the double cheeseburgers, finished with “concrete”, which is frozen custard that you top with hot fudge, banana or peanut butter… only in New York.For a sit-down affair, try a diner like Big Daddy’s, with its three New York locations, all with a movies diner feel – slide-in booths, formica tables and all-day breakfasts of pancake and waffles. The black and white cookie shake comes highly recommended, and the foot-long hot dogs are ever-popular.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
12. Go vintage shopping in the LX FactoryThe LX Factory is an old converted warehouse that’s been transformed into a hipsters playground. Find artisanal cold-brew coffee, hunt down a pair on Levi’s in the vintage shops or peruse their epic book collection in Ler Devagar.Opening Hours: 6am-4am dailyTickets: Free to enterAddress: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisbon RelatedThe best hotels in Lisbon for every budgetLooking for the best hotels in Lisbon? Want value for money and style? Here are the best accommodation in Portugal’s coastal capital, whether you’re a backpacker on a budget searching for a cheap hostel near the city centre, or a savvy shopper searching for a spa hotel close to the…Lisbon: weekend of the weekLisbon – Portugal’s sunny city5 best beach destinations for familiesSun, sea, sand and plenty of activities to keep the kids (and the adults!) entertained. We reveal the top 5 beach destinations for families. 3. Get animated at Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum)For something a little bit quirky and off the beaten track the Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum) is ideal. It tells the rich history of the old art form of puppetry and is perfect for theatre fans, adults and children alike. It is home to interesting collections of over 3000 puppets, masks, accessories and costumes from around the world including knights and princesses from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Daily puppet shows take place and there’s opportunities to play with some of the puppets and create your own puppet shows. Opening Hours: 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm, closed on MondaysTicket: €5 per personAddress: Rua da Esperança 146, 1200-660 Lisbon, Portugal 14. Go on a photo tour of AlfamaThe picture-perfect streets of Alfama are what your Instagram has been waiting for. Fado music leaks out of the small bars, English isn’t as common as it is in the centre, and there’s a new colour of building around every corner. Locals hang their washing from balcony to balcony as though decorating the narrow streets, and the locals sit out on the pavements, drinking cervejas and watching the walkers pass by. Make sure you take good walking shoes, as Alfama is all hills. Address: Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal Want some more ideas for a city break in Europe? Check these out:10 best things to do in Madrid: a local’s guideMake sure you try pimientos de padron, and take a stroll round the Palacio de Cristal.Things to do in Paris: a second timer’s guideNot just the Louvre and the Seine. Get further into Paris’ coffee culture and vintage markets.7 things to do in Dublin for under a fiverThe capital of the Emerald isle makes a surprisingly affordable city break!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 9. Find the best pastéis de nata in LisbonPasteis de nata (better known as egg custards or Portuguese tarts if you’re from the U.K) are what Lisbon runs on. There are 2 main competitors – Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata and Pasteis de Belém. Of course, Belém is a 20 minute tram ride away, but you can easily squeeze in a visit to Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata if you’re in the city. Wait outside for the bell to be rung before you enter. This signifies that they’ve just pulled a fresh baked tray out of the oven. Enjoy it with an espresso and plenty of icing sugar before going back for a second round. Opening Hours: 8am-12amTickets: €1.50 for one tartAddress: Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisbon 7. See where Portugal’s art is from in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a must for anyone with an interest in art and history, it is one of the most important arts destinations in Portugal. Located in Gulbenkian Park it consists of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Centro de Arte Moderna (CAM). The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian’s personal collection of Oriental, Islamic, Egyptian and European antiques, art, and rare treasures which were gifted to Lisbon upon his death. The CAM is dedicated to modern art and is home to over 9000 pieces of 20-21st century Portuguese and international artworks.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pmTickets: Gulbenkian Foundation Pass: €15Address: Av. Berna, Avenidas Novass 6. Visit Jerónimos MonasteryThe streets and hills of Lisbon are lined with architectural wonders from the Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical periods, and the Jerónimos Monastery built in the 1500s is a perfect example. You can wander around the grand monastery which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the majestic chapel, and lavishly decorated rooms with ornate stonework throughout. The National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is based in the West Wing. Tip: This is an incredibly popular attraction so there can be queues for tickets, to avoid this purchase a Lisbon card which lets you skip the queues or visit early in the morning and arrive at least 15 minutes before opening. Opening Hours: 10am-5pmTickets: €10Address: Praça do Império, Belem ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How to get to LisbonThere are direct flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol and London. It takes 2 hours to get to Lisbon from the United Kingdom. Once you arrive, there are public transport links as well as apps like Uber for reaching the centre of Lisbon. Search for cheap flights to LisbonWhere to stay on a city break in LisbonIf you’re looking for a hostel:Lisbon Calling offers stylish, affordable dorm rooms in an amazing location. It’s close to the Time Out Markets and the Cais do Sobre train station.If you’re looking for a hotel:Rent out your own central Serviced Apartment on the outskirts of Praca Do Municipio.If you’re looking for luxury:City break in style at Palacete Chafete del Rei – this used to be the home of an aristocratic family in the nineteenth century. Now, it can be your crashpad for the weekend. Search for hotels in Lisbon Looking for cheap flights to Lisbon? Search now 11. Marvel at Church of São RoqueSaint Roque was a doctor in the fourteenth century, later canonized for his ability to treat those suffering from the Plague. The Church was originally a shrine to Roque, housing one of his relics, but in the sixteenth century it became a meeting point for the Jesuit community. The financial aid from the group built the Church of São Roque into the opulent masterpiece you can visit today. Opening Hours: 9.30am-5pm. Closed on MondaysTickets: €2.50 to enter the Museum, no entrance fee for the ChurchAddress: Largo Trindade Coelho, 1200-470 Lisbon 8. Day trip to SintraMagical Sintra is just an hour’s train ride away from Lisbon, which makes it easy to visit the Pena Palace. The palace is a pink hued ninteenth century Romanticist castle, open to the public for tours of the palace terraces. Of course, you could just enjoy the exteriors from Pena Park too – this is where you can get photos like the one below.Opening Hours: Daily 10am-6pmTickets: €14 for adults, €12.50 for childrenAddress: Estrada da Pena, 2710-609 Sintra, Portugal 13. Find the best miradouros in Bairro AltoBairro Alto is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, and it’s where everyone (young and old) comes together for fado music, port wine, and the occasional party. Portas Largas is one of the oldest bars in the area, which used to be a fado house. This is also one of the best spots for finding miradouros – viewpoints where everyone comes together at sunset, to either sit, read a book, meet friends or start the night early! Address: Lisbon 1200-109, Portugal 15. Catch a tram from Praça do ComércioNo trip to Lisbon is complete without walking up Baixa Lisboa to Praça do Comércio. this used to be the commercial centre of trade in the sixteenth century, now it’s a popular meeting point for friends, street vendors and you can catch the famous Tram 28 here too. Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique 1, 1100-016 Lisbon ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Discover Belém TowerTorre de Belém was originally constructed in the sixteenth century to defend and protect Lisbon and Cascais. Belém, the neighbourhood around the tower, is where Lisbon’s royalty used to reside, and thus the Manueline style tower was built to protect them. The best views are on the outside of the tower, and if you’re here you should visit Pastéis de Nata too – they’re some of the best in the city.Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pmTickets: €6 to visit the tower alone, €12 if you are visiting the Monastery tooAddress: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon 4. Light up at the Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum)The Museu da Eletricidade is housed in the Tejo Power Station, a vibrant piece of architecture from Industrial Portugal. The power station supplied Lisbon with power until the 1970s and the main exhibition takes you through the thermoelectric process. There’s also solar power demonstrations, displays featuring famous scientists who explored the field of electricity, and many interactive experiments. Considered to be a cultural centre of Lisbon it plays host to a number of temporary exhibitions, events and workshops. Opening Hours: 10am-6pmTickets: FreeAddress: Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo, 1300-598 Lisbon Search for cheap flights to Lisbon1. Go underwater at Lisbon OceanariumLocated in ‘Parque das Nacoes’ the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in Europe with over 450 different species of marine life, and over 15,000 creatures in total. The focus is on the main tank which holds 5 million litres of water, this is surrounded by four smaller special habitat tanks replicating the natural habitats of the Indian, Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic Oceans. Marine life you can expect to see include sharks, stingrays, otters, sunfish, spider crabs, penguins, coral and a large variety of amphibians. Each impressive exhibit teaches a host of fascinating facts about sea life, promoting the conservation of nature. Opening Hours: 10am-8pm dailyTickets: €17 for both the Aquarium and temporary exhibition.Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisbon, Portugal 2. Have a royal day out at Castelo de São JorgeDating back to the sixth century, Castelo de São Jorge’s eighteen towers sit proudly above the city, an iconic part of the cityscape. This fortification has survived sieges, wars and an earthquake and now holds the title of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attraction. Visitors can learn more about the city’s colourful past in the castle’s museum that is situated in its former palace or they can visit the Tower of Ulysses that houses a Camera Obscura periscope to view sights around the city. After exploring the café head to The Casa do Leão Restaurant located in one of the wings of the castle, it offers dining with some of the best views of Lisbon. Opening Hours: 9am-6pmTickets: €8.50 per personAddress: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, which can be easily reached by the 28 Tram. 5. Listen to fado musicIf you want to experience something truly Portuguese, a traditional Fado bar is the place to go. Fado is traditional folk music from the 18th century that usually encompasses some sombre, emotive lyrics backed by a Portuguese guitar. Clube de Fado is one of the most well known fado bars in Lisbon with daily live fado shows, fado stars such as Miguel Capucho and Jose Fontes Rocha have performed here. Opening Hours: 8pm-2amAddress: Rua de São João da Praça 92 To find out more about this Portuguese tradition the Museu do Fado (Fado Museum) explores the history of Fado with audiovisual displays and exhibitions featuring instruments, clothing and press coverage. Live performances often take place in the museum cafe. Opening Hours: 10am-6pm, closed on MondaysEntry: €5Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro
Amalfi Coast, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCombining the allure of a 17th-century monastery with the amenities of a luxury hotel, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa offers guests a truly special retreat. The hotel and spa, set to open this May, has been fully restored, all while maintaining the structural integrity of the monastery it once was. With each of its 20 rooms overlooking the Bay of Salerno, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is sure to be one of the standout hotels on the Amalfi coastline.The location’s rich history follows you through the hotel doors and into your suite; each accommodation possesses a carefully selected antique discovered in, or nearby Santa Rosa. Historical photographs of the monastery and surrounding area also help give each room an exceptional sense of place. The unique architecture of the hotel allows for the near-seclusion of each room, allowing guests to decide the level of privacy they desire. For the ultimate stay, book the Sea View Penthouse situated on two levels. Here you’ll enjoy a large living and dining room with a fireplace, as well as a separate bar and walk-in wardrobe. If it’s a private terrace you’re after, book the Sea View Premium Suite or the Sea View Deluxe Terrace Suite.The hotel offers a world-class spa along with a lavish infinity pool. Other features include high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs and a variety of gardens where organically grown herbs and vegetables are harvested for the hotel’s own restaurant. Fresh seafood also contributes to the restaurant’s fine Italian cuisine. Guests may also dine outside on the hotel’s Grand Terrace, which showcases dazzling views of the Bay of Salerno as well as the surrounding landscape.www.monasterosantarosa.com
Rotorua, New Zealand – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineNow a stay at New Zealand’s award-winning Lake Okareka Lodge by Lebua near Rotorua has become more affordable. The world class ultra-luxurious lodge is now offering the option of individual suite bookings in addition to guests being able to book ‘exclusive use’ of the entire lakeside lodge complex.lebua Hotels & Resorts’ New Zealand country manager Diana Moore says ‘exclusive use’ bookings where a single party occupies the entire complex will continue to be prime business for the lodge. She said that concept differentiated Lake Okareka Lodge from most other properties and will always appeal to the lodge’s most discerning international guests – often prominent, wealthy people or celebrities who require absolute privacy, security and seclusion.“However travel operators have been pleading for other options to our ‘exclusive use’ booking policy for their clients, and we’re happy to accommodate those requests outside of our key peak periods.“As our lodge has just three luxury suites spread out over three levels, and a variety of lounge, dining, balcony, garden, beach and jetty areas available, guests will still enjoy plenty of personal space and privacy in and around the lodge.“And of course rates for individual suites are significantly lower than for ‘exclusive use’ bookings, with breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and five course gourmet dinners created by the lodge’s international chef all included.“Guests also have access to our full range of other services including private airport transfers, use of all recreation equipment, a fully equipped fitness studio, massage room and 24-hour butler service.”www.lebua.com
London, England – Luxury Swiss watch brand Hublot has been appointed the Official Watchmaker of Formula 1™ and as part of this multi-year agreement will produce a range of high tech, limited edition, luxury Formula 1™ watches and exploit the additional designation ‘Hublot – The Official Watch of Formula 1™’ on an exclusive and global basis.According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, Hublot has elevated itself to an unassailable position in Formula One motor racing by securing an agreement with the iconic brand itself. Formula 1™ epitomises cutting-edge technology, high performance, precision and international sporting glamour and this globally revered brand will now inspire a new generation of fabulous Hublot timepieces.Hublot is to initially mark its presence with the creation of a special watch in the form of the F1™ King, a restricted production run of a King Power model incorporating the famous F1™ logo in white gold, as well as a further Limited Edition Series in the colours and style of the most prestigious Grands Prix. A Hublot boutique will present its collections in the Formula One Paddock Club™ at several events and the company will run a guest hospitality programme throughout the F1™ season. The series of watches dedicated to Formula 1™ will be directly inspired by the world of F1™, combining the finest know-how and manufacturing processes at the cutting edge of research and high tech materials.Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot SA commented in the written statement: “I have always had great admiration for the exceptional and unique achievements of Bernie Ecclestone. Without him there would be no Formula 1: he created this global phenomenon’. I have also had a great deal of admiration for the drivers who are able to control these ultra-sophisticated racing machines down to the slightest movement, all at incredible speed. Nor should we forget the cradle of high technology that F1 represents. It’s such a delight to be here with Hublot today, so close to Bernie, the racing, the drivers, the cars, the high technology and the F1 Grand Prix in general. This is the start of a very special relationship.”Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group: “I have long had a keen interest in watches and the art of watchmaking and I am very pleased to be announcing this deal today. Hublot’s meteoric rise in the industry has been a very well managed achievement and I would like to congratulate Jean-Claude for this. There is an energy, creativity and dedication to perfection about Hublot which sits very well with us and I could not think of a better brand with which to begin a new chapter in Formula One’s enduring association with luxury watches.”For more information on Hublot visit Hublot.ch.
This holiday season marks the last call for Crystal Cruises’ award-winning ships to Antarctica. Beginning in 2011, a proposed ban on the carriage of certain fuel oils on board will effectively prohibit the sailing of most passenger vessels in the Antarctic. Crystal Symphony’s December 20 Christmas/New Year cruise is the only time Crystal will be cruising the region in 2009 and 2010. The 19-day journey departs from Buenos Aires to Valparaíso with visits to several ports in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, including the breathtaking Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn.“There’s no more exciting destination to spend the holidays than Antarctica, among the snow and stunning wildlife,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Additionally, while Antarctica can offer a magical ‘white Christmas,’ it’s summer in South America, allowing guests to enjoy two beautiful seasons on the same itinerary.”Ashore, adventurous guests have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to King George Island and walk on Antarctica, take a helicopter to a humpback whale sanctuary, enjoy a 4 x 4 expedition to a King penguin colony, and trek the mountains of Chile.Completing the Crystal Holiday experience, Crystal Symphony will boast more than $100,000 of exquisite seasonal décor. Handcrafted ornaments, elaborately decorated trees and larger-than-life toy soldiers are among the ship’s holiday furnishings.Extravagant holiday dinners, parties and entertainment are planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, culminating in a black tie gala on New Year’s Eve. Clergy will be on board to conduct services. Also during the holidays, Crystal’s junior activities staff will be on hand to coordinate daily programming for children of all ages. Cruise fares start at $8,995 per person, double occupancy.crystalcruises.com
MIAMI, —The Yachts of Seabourn Destination Services Department has created over a hundred exceptional local activities and excursions, specifically designed to accommodate couples or small groups who opt for bundled Sail & Stay packages or stays at luxury hotels in cities where the intimate vessels begin or end their cruises.From a bicycle tour of Copenhagen’s vibrant art and design scene to a day spent cruising the islands of the Venice Lagoon on a private speedboat, Seabourn’s menu of private arrangements will provide participants with laughter, learning and thrilling memories to last a lifetime. Among the exceptional arrangements available are: *View ancient masterpieces of Chinese brush calligraphy in a Hong Kong museum, then learn from a master how to make your own. * Visit La Posta Vecchia, the beautiful villa of the late J. Paul Getty near Rome, for a hands-on cooking class from the resort chef and a sumptuous lunc * Spend an unforgettable day at a luxury lodge in the Central Andes above Valparaiso, either trekking or horseback riding among the spectacular peaks. * Traverse rolling desert dunes outside Dubai to a secluded encampment, for a Champagne feast fit for a sheikh, and a display of traditional Bedouin falconry.In Rome, do as the Romans do and enjoy the masterpieces in the Villa Borghese gallery, followed by a delicious picnic lunch in a pleasant corner of its gardens.www.seabourn.com
PARIS, FRANCE –Sixteen of the world’s most respected and talented grand chefs will come together in Paris to cook under one roof. And when the roof happens to be Le Grand Trianon in the magical Château de Versailles (in the Palace of Versailles), outside Paris, France, then it transforms a memorable event into a momentous occasion. This vision will turn into reality when the first Dinner of the Chefs is held on September 17, 2008.It will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to experience an evening of epicurean pleasures in the sheer, unadulterated luxury of Marie-Antoinette’s personal retreat, the haven of privacy given to her by Louis XVI in 1774.Only 60 guests are invited to enjoy this ultra-exclusive experience, a banquet of 15 courses in the Salon des Cotelle whose walls will be adorned with fabulous scenes by the eponymous 17th century painter Jean Cotelle.The Dinner of the Chefs will welcome 15 new creations and a selection of the rarest wines. The master chefs enlisted to recreate their finest dishes on the evening read like a “Who’s Who” in the world of haute, cuisine and all are celebrated in the Michelin red book.The net profit of this special event will be donated to the International Foundation for Research on Alzheimer Disease (www.fondationifrad.org), chaired by Dr. Olivier de Ladoucette, alongside their Good Will Ambassador Alain Delon.To compliment such sumptuous surroundings, the table will be provided by some of the greatest names in French design. They have secured the support of famous “Maisons des Arts de la Table” to give the best craftsmanship France can provide. Also lending its flair and expertise to the evening is a collaboration of some of the greatest hotels in the world: Le Bristol, The Crillon, Four Seasons Hotel George V, The Meurice, The Plaza Athenee and the Trianon Palace & Spa.On arrival at the airport in Paris, all guests will be taken in their own chauffeur-driven limousines to their luxury hotel and then on to the Château, where they will be greeted by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the chairperson of the Domaine de Versailles, and Pierre Arizzoli-Clementel, the Managing Director of Museum and Domaine de Versailles. An exclusive visit to the private estate of Queen Marie-Antoinette is then planned before a cocktail reception under the colonnades of the elegant courtyard. Beyond will be a view of the gardens, illuminated by thousands of candles, flickering in the twilight.As an additional special souvenir, ladies are being offered a specially commissioned Sèvres breakfast set—a magnificent replica of Marie-Antoinette’s porcelain mug and saucer. They will also receive an exclusive fragrance of Guerlain, in a monogrammed bottle.For the gentlemen, there will be an exclusive edition monogrammed case containing three very rare wines, a flask of vintage Hennessy Cognac and a lovely magnum of Dom Ruinart—a very special selection made by Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World 2007. They will also receive a limited edition “Dinner of the Chefs” apron embroidered in golden letters, from the renowned Bragard House.“As the creator of the Dinner of the Chefs I wanted to create something very special with a selection of the most talented chefs, something rare, dedicated to these magicians who have this power of enchanting our palate. Beyond experience, knowledge and knack, there resides in every Chef the soul of a poet where free spirit prevails over pure logic,” said René-Julien Praz, creator and executive producer, Dinner of the Chefs.“The ultimate cultural ambassador, fine cuisine expresses in a universal manner the degree of perfection and refinement attained by a people. It is the very idea that we seek to convey to you through the Dinner of the Chefs. A never-before gastronomic experience, bringing together almost 40 Michelin stars in order to offer you the best works of these creators and, allow you to participate in the most important of all causes: research on Alzheimer Disease.”The Chefs:Yannick Alleno, Chef at Hotel Meurice – Paris: Yannick Alleno is one of those young chefs in their thirties who bring freshness and daring to their cooking. He apprenticed at such renowned hotels as the Lutétia, the Royal Monceau and the Sofitel Porte de Sèvres. The celebrated Escoffier competition opened the doors of Drouant to him. He remained there for five years before taking over at the restaurant of the Hôtel Scribe, thanks to the support of Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse d’Argent firmly in hand and two years of hard work later, he obtained a second Michelin star for the Scribe. Four years later he came to the Meurice, the prestigious restaurant on the rue de Rivioli for which he obtained a second star in 2004 and a third in 2007. After four years at the head of the Meurice, Yannick Alleno is clearly recognized as the new star of his generation. http://www.meuricehotel.com/restaurants_bars/chef.htmlJean-Pierre Biffi, Chef of Catering at Potel & Chabot – Paris: Jean-Pierre Biffi was born in an Italian family, at Mirande in the Gers region of France. It was his grandmother, an astounding cook famous for making the local middle class’s mouths water, who gave him the desire to wear the cook’s attire. In 1970, he discovered the wonders of “foie gras” with André Daguin. From 1972 to 1975, he studied in the cookery school of Toulouse. In 1975, he started in Paris at the famous Café de la Paix of the Grand Hotel Intercontinental, followed by the Hotel Bristol aside Jean-Paul Bonin. In 1980, he joined the Crillon Hotel, and for seven years, he was the right arm of the kitchen chef and was awarded the National Trophy of Cuisine during this assignment. In 1987, he became the chef and marketing director of Maxim’s restaurant, and then joined the caterer Potel & Chabot to manage the kitchens as organizer of international caliber receptions (New York, Prague, Budapest, Marrakech, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Venice, Singapore, and Dubai). His aim, beyond the recipe, is to find sources to astonish and surprise, working on the products and the dishes, but also on the staging, table decoration, lighting and music. http://www.poteletchabot.comMichel and Sebastien Bras, Chefs of Restaurant Bras – Laguiole: Michel Bras took his first steps towards becoming a professional cook by tending the stove in his mother’s kitchen at the family run hotel-restaurant, “Lou Mazuc.” Unlike most chefs who undergo an apprenticeship before setting out on their own, Michel was largely self-taught and created his own culinary world by drawing on the native tradition of his beloved Aubrac. Opened in 1992, Michel Bras’ restaurant is granted a three star rating by the Michelin Guide seven years later. Built in a very secluded venue, at the top of a hill, the Bras family estate is ingenuously molded in a wild landscape made of stone, greenery and light. Son Sebastien Bras, 36 years old, is also part of the team. “We get along very well, my father and I,” says Sebastien. “We do not fear or feel any generation gap. What my father did 20 years ago was very avant-garde and still is today, so we have a lot in common. A culinary symphony to be discovered with your five senses.” http://www.michel-bras.com/Eric Fréchon, Chef of Hotel Bristol – Paris: After a studious apprenticeship with Christian Constant at the Crillon Hotel, followed by restaurant Taillevent, Eric Fréchon completed his academic training at restaurant La Tour d’Argent. Originating from Normandy, Eric started his professional career by opening his own gastronomic bistro: La Verrière. This first experience was a success, but he was rapidly noticed and hired by the owners of Hotel Bristol. This is how he arrived at the head of the kitchens of this Palace in 1999, where he settled in perfectly and renewed the image of this great hotel. Attracting considerable attention, he was awarded the famous distinction of “Best Craftsman of France.” Innovative, ingenious and creative, Eric Fréchon conquered celebrity step by step and obtained the famous Michelin stars thanks to his beautifully classic and modern cuisine. The mouth to ear confirms this success story; his style gradually expresses itself through the marriage of great classic French dishes and the most bizarre mixtures. (so he says!) A liberty, an inventiveness and sheer mischief are the distinctive signs of a young chef who has the talent to propose the best products in order to transform as well as sublimate them. http://www.hotel-bristol.com/default.htmKen Hom, consultant chef to the Oriental Restaurant Group: Born in Arizona, Ken Hom became a brilliant student of art history. Between classes in Chicago, Ken made his cooking debut helping out on weekends at his uncle’s Chinese restaurant. To finance his studies, Ken gave cooking lessons that became so popular he was soon invited to join the famous Culinary Academy where he met some of the great American chefs. When BBC television searched for a Chinese chef to present a new program, Ken applied for the position and was immediately hired. An adept student of the fundamental principals of Yin and Yang, Ken Hom’s cooking is directly inspired by the ancient Far East philosophies that preach the harmony of body and soul. Ken has become a worldwide star and ambassador of contemporary Chinese cuisine.Marc Meneau, Restaurant L’Espérance – Vezelay: Born in Avalon, Marc Meneau entered the Hotellerie School at Strasbourg in the 1960s. He made a lightening debut, earning his first Michelin star in 1972, his second in 1976. Marc Meneau runs “l’Esperance” at Saint Père-sous-Vézelay, a magnificent bourgeois mansion that he bought in his home village, a place where elegance and refinement come together. Bearing the Relais & Château label, l’Esperance boasts two stars in the Michelin Red Guide and a 19/20 rating in Gault et Millau. In 1983 Marc Meneau was elected “Best Chef of the Year.” This child of the region prepares elaborately baroque cuisine, a knowing mixture of Burgundian bourgeois tradition and poetic license that flatters the senses. A man of great culture, he co-authored with Annie Caen, the “Gourmet Museum,” “Monastic Cuisine,” “Cuisine en Fête,” and “Cuisine and Painting.” http://www.marc-meneau-esperance.com/uk/navigation.htmChristophe Michalak, Chef Patisserie at the Plaza Athénée – Paris: The absolute star of pastry, the “Rambo” of chocolate, the “Bruce Lee” of floating islands, the “Casanova” of sugar, the “Wizard of Oz” of cream. He got involved by greediness for custard pies and at the age of 15, decided to become a patisserie. With perseverance, courage and will, he moved on with training courses and odd jobs in the greatest palaces in the world, passing through London, Brussels, Tokyo and New York. But it is in the cradle of refinement and fine Parisian taste that Michalak developed his art, at Fauchon followed by the famous Ladurée house. However, his true luxury is above all his talent. Michalak is a cake genius. While remaining faithful to his vow of simplicity by revisiting the great classics of patisserie, this undisputed artist however tries every single day to surprise us with his desserts where taste and beauty cannot be separated. In 2005, he won the Patisserie World Championship. His kid’s dream to become Superman did not work out, however, this eternal romantic has become the super hero with a white toque at the Plaza Athenée, the most fashionable palace of the City of Lights since 2000. http://www.plaza-athenee-paris.frJean-Louis Nomicos, Chef of Restaurant Lasserre – Paris: Born in Marseille, Jean-Louis Nomicos still remembers those grand Sunday lunches of his youth under the fig trees at his grandparents’ house. At the age of 16, Jean-Louis debuted at the restaurant ‘l’Oursinade.’ Then for five years, he studied under Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco. He moved to Paris and became head chef at La Grande Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne, and in 2001 he took up the relay at the restaurant Lasserre where he is executive chef. The choice of ingredients and their authenticity represent an essential first step for Jean Louis Nomicos who maintains close relations with his suppliers. He insures that his foie gras comes from les Landes, his fish from Carantec, his beef from Salers, his potatoes from Chez Clos, etc. His cuisine, which cleverly plays off the savors of the Mediterranean, is classical haute gastronomy but veritably contemporary. http://www.restaurant-lasserre.comAlain Passard, Restaurant L’Arpège – Paris: Philosopher in the art of observation, Philippe Legendre is the most zen of all chefs and insists on total silence in his kitchen in order to better concentrate. He demands total commitment to the “product” from his co-workers. That’s where things are born, he says. Each month he works with new ingredients with total precision: no room for error or for out-of-season results. If a produce is only at its best for a few days, it won’t stay on his menu any longer than that. By deciding to favor vegetables, even as he arrives at the summit – three stars in the Red Guide – Alain Passard embarks on a new path. http://www.alain-passard.com/Gerald Passedat, Chef at Le Petit Nice Passédat – Marseille: Born in 1960, son of Jean-Paul Passedat and grandson of Germain Passedat, cook at the restaurant le Petit Nice since 1917. Le Petit Nice was at the original La Villa Corinthe, perched on the rocks along the seaside, facing the Château d’If and Frioul Islands. He entered the restaurant school in Nice and learned the trade at Coq Hardi in Bougival, at the Bristol Hotel in Paris, at the Hotel de Crillon with JP Bonin, at Troisgros brother’s restaurant in Roanne and then at Guerard in the south west of France. In 1985, at 25 years old, he’s back with his father Jean-Paul in Marseilles (two Michelin stars in 1981) and successor to him. In 1999, Gerald met Ferran Adrià, the molecular cuisine inventor, and became fond of the idea. He gets supplies from the fishermen of Marseilles. His menu is made of 98% of fish and shellfish and 2% of meat, with a fondness for some of forgotten fish such as tub gurnard and red scorpion fish, others modest local fish such as the girelle, saran and mostelle. In 2008, heading 49 employees, he’s been granted with a Michelin third star. http://www.petitnice-passedat.com/Jean-François Piege, Restaurant Les Ambassadeurs Hôtel de Crillon: As a young boy, Jean-François Piège enjoyed snail hunting, mushroom picking and fishing, and started experiencing his taste buds within the marvelous territory of the Rhone valley. At the age of 14, he started with Jacques Manière, one of the inventors of the Nouvelle Cuisine, then he studied at the hotel school “to learn how to enjoy” before working in different restaurants “to learn how to do.” After working in the kitchens of the Elysée Palace, residence of the French president, during his military service, he continued with Alain Ducasse at both the restaurant Louis XV in Monte Carlo and at the Plaza Athenée in Paris. Since February 2004, Jean-François Piège manages a team of 25 persons at the Ambassadeurs, the restaurant of the Hotel Crillon on the Concorde Square. In his cooking book “Côté Crillon, côté maison” published by Flammarion, Jean-François Piège reveals his recipes such as the lobster snack, the boned young pigeon with foie gras, the sea bass with oyster tapioca. Even today, he can open any page of “La France à la Carte” from Gault et Millau and recite the recipe of the praline tart or the shellfish aspic. http://www.crillon.com/Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, Restaurant le Jardin des Sens – Montpellier: Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, identical twins and sons of wine-growers, decided before rejoining together, to live their passion for cuisine separately, therefore cumulating experience and culinary culture. Laurent Pourcel worked with Michel Bras and Alain Chapel, and Jacques worked with Michel Trama, Marc Meneau and Pierre Gagnaire. In 1988, they opened their restaurant Jardin des Sens after falling in love with a small end-of- the-century abandoned house, only minutes away from the centre of Montpellier. They transformed the decor giving it a resolutely modern atmosphere and sculpted a superb Mediterranean garden. In 1998, Michelin awarded the twins their third star. With the former patisserie of the Jardin des Sens, they created the Bakery of Sweet Savours and the Cuisine Workshop to welcome all cuisine amateurs. They opened the restaurant Senses and Savours in Japan, revived the restaurant Maison Blanche in Paris as well as launched a line of cutlery and table accessories. Their name is presently renowned in Bangkok, London and Barcelona: the Pourcel brothers delight us all over the world with their magnificent sensitive cuisine. www.jardindessens.comGordon Ramsay, chef of Restaurant Gordon Ramsey at Trianon Palace – Versailles: Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay’s first career break came while playing football for Oxford United. Three years later he had given up professional football and gone back to college to complete a course in hotel management. Once in London, Gordon joined Marco Pierre White in the early days of Harvey’s. After a couple of years he moved to Le Gavroche to work alongside Albert Roux. This was followed by three years of working in France, in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon. In October 1993, Gordon became chef of the newly opened Aubergine where he won two Michelin stars within three years of opening. In 1998 at the age of 31, Gordon set up his first owned restaurant, Gordon Ramsay. A year later, he opened Pétrus in St. James’s. Within seven months it had won a Michelin star. In June 2000 Gordon won “The Chef of the Year” Award at the Cateys. His restaurant Gordon Ramsay was voted the “Top Restaurant in the UK.” The fifth international restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, opened in October 2007 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Ireland. In November 2007, Gordon opened Maze Prague at the Hilton Old Town. Further international openings are planned for this year in Los Angeles, Paris and Amsterdam, and it will also be the year that Gordon opens a restaurant at the newly built Richard Rogers designed Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. http://www.gordonramsay.comGary Rhodes, Rhodes W1 – London: Gary was born in South London and began cooking as a teenager, preparing family meals while his mother was at work. His first job was a chef at the Amsterdam Hilton, where he began to experiment with nouvelle cuisine. Success was swift and Gary went on and retained his first Michelin Star, at just 26 years of age. His first foray into the world of T.V. was at the age of 27 in the “Hot Chefs” series and it wasn’t long before he was given his own program, which has made him a household name. Following his dream, Gary Rhodes cooked for Queen Elisabeth II, the Orient Express, Princess Diana, Jordan Formula One team, the British team at La Mans, and his beloved Manchester United. Famous and celebrated all over the country, in 2004 he opened his first Rhodes restaurant outside the UK at the stunning Calabash Hotel in Grenada, West Indies. Gary Rhodes’ legendary dedication to his craft and relentless pursuit of perfection has placed him firmly at the forefront of today’s culinary world. http://www.rhodesw1.comMichel Roth, Chef of the kitchens of the Paris Ritz Hotel: At 40-years-old, the quiet but cordial Michel Roth presides almightily over the destinies of the kitchens of the Paris Ritz Hotel. As long as he can remember, cooking has always fascinated him. From this true and pure passion for the art of gastronomy, he developed an authentic talent that over the years brought him to the summit of recognition. Regularly rewarded, this young chef cannot stop accumulating honors as he proudly represents his native Lorraine region. Taittinger award in 1985, Best Craftsman of France and Gold Bocuse awards in 1991, he adds final touches to his career at Ledoyen and Lasserre restaurants before taking over the management of the kitchens of the famous hotel located on Place Vendome in 2001. Surrounded by a team of 80 collaborators, Michel Roth is resolutely oriented towards the future by practicing a cuisine that concentrates on the power and the openness of savours, as well as privileging through a real artist talent represented with his dishes. When creativity combines with aestheticism, the enjoyment of the hosts of the Hotel Ritz is at its maximum. http://www.ritzparis.com/jump_to.asp?id_target=13121&id_lang=2Charlie Trotter, Charlie Trotter’s – Chicago: Charlie Trotter is definitely one of the most creative stars among the culinary world of the United States. Not willing to ride on its success, Charlie Trotter’s is continuously forging new directions and has been instrumental in establishing new standards of fine dining worldwide. His cuisine is recognized by a variety of prestigious national and international institutions. Wine Spectator named the restaurant “The Best Restaurant in the World for Wine & Food” and “America’s Best Restaurant.” In 2004, Chef Trotter was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his overall service to the community. http://www.charlietrotters.comAndreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the world 2007: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 Best Sommelier of Sweden; 2004 Best Sommelier of Europe (Trophée Ruinart); 2005 Wine international Sommelier Andreas Larsson is currently the best Sommelier of the world and the best Sommelier of Europe (Trophée Ruinart Meilleur Sommelier d’Europe 2004). Today, he is considered the leading sommelier and wine taster in Sweden and abroad. He has a special affinity for the classical French vineyards, the evolution in Spain, great Riesling, Sherry and Champagne. Andreas Larsson started his career as a chef in 1990 after graduating from restaurant school and worked active as a chef for several years. After some brief periods of combining the cuisine with playing jazz music he decided to focus more on his interest for wine and the world of beverages. After a lot of traveling and studying, Andreas got his sommelier diploma at “Restaurangakademien” in Stockholm 1999. Larsson works today for the restaurant PM&Vänner in Växjö. He is the consultant Sommelier for Asian Airlines. He is a lecturer at various sommelier educations in Scandinavia and a frequent contributor to various wine publications in Sweden and abroad. http://www.andreaslarsson.orgThe rate of this package is 22,000 Euros per person, which includes: ∑ Transfers at your arrival at one of the Paris airports and back ∑ Transfer to and from Versailles on September 17 ∑ The private recital at the Pavillon Français ∑ The Dinner of the Chefs ∑ The gifts The full pre-payment is requested for confirmation and is non-refundable.For more information contact Laurent Colsy, Project Manager, Lafayette Travel at + 33 (0) 155 047 979, + 33 (0) 682 653 915, email@example.com, or visit the dinner’s website at www.thedinnerofthechefs.com.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec have something to dance about.The former “Dancing with the Stars” partners have welcomed twins into the world.Johnson posted on Instagram that their “little angels” were born on Monday morning. The 41-year-old says she never thought her heart could feel so full.The couple had previously announced they were expecting a boy and a girl. They did not reveal their names.Herjavec is the father of three children from a previous marriage. The 55-year-old businessman appears on “Shark Tank.” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 3:42 am PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 4:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec welcome twins
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2018 8:10 am PDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aerosmith to launch residency in Las Vegas next year FILE – In this May 5, 2018 file photo, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The rock band announced Wednesday, Aug. 15, that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater, where Lady Gaga will launch her residency in December.(Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency.The rock band announced Wednesday that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater, where Lady Gaga will launch her residency in December.Aerosmith announced 18 shows for April, June and July. Tickets, priced from $75 to $750, go on sale Aug. 24.The Grammy-winning band, who released its self-titled debut in 1973, has hits like “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” ”Janie’s Got a Gun” and “Walk This Way.”They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, while Steven Tyler and Joe Perry made it into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.Aerosmith also includes Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford.
by Terry Tang, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 8:18 am PDT This image released by ABC shows Marsai Martin, from left, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson in a scene from “black-ish.” In the episode airing on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dre, played by Anderson, and Bow, played by Ross, are furious after Diane, played by Martin, isn’t lit properly in her class photo. The episode outlines the history of colorism in depth while injecting some humor. (Ron Tom/ABC via AP) Colorism reveals many shades of prejudice in Hollywood AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has ignited a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the colour of a person’s skin, but the shade.“Colorism,” the idea that light-skinned minorities are given more privilege than their darker-skinned peers, is a centuries-old concept that many insiders say remains pervasive in the entertainment industry. The instant reckoning of social media has brought prominence to the issue and on Tuesday the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” known for not shying from heavier topics, confronted it.In the episode “Black Like Us,” parents Dre and Bow (played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) are appalled when they see that daughter Diane (Marsai Martin) appears darker in her poorly lit classroom photo. Their outrage sparks a tense conversation within the family.“We felt that this was the year to just put it on our shoulders and see what we can do and hope at the very least we can get people to talk about it openly,” said co-showrunner Kenny Smith.Executive producer Peter Saji wrote the episode. A light-skinned, mixed-race man, Saji drew from his own experiences as well as research.“There is a light-skinned privilege that I never really wanted to admit I felt or experienced. I sort of grew up ‘Oh, we’re all black. We all experience the same struggle,’” he said.More often when movies and television shows ignite conversations about colorism, it’s unintentional.In 2016, a furor erupted over a trailer showing actress Zoe Saldana portraying singer and activist Nina Simone. Saldana’s skin was darkened and she wore a prosthetic nose.When images from “Ralph Breaks the Internet” came out last year, it appeared Princess Tiana, Disney’s first black princess, had a lighter complexion and sharper features. Anika Noni Rose, who voices Tiana, met with animators and spoke about how important it was that dark-skinned girls see themselves represented. The studio also consulted the civil rights group Color of Change.“They had to spend some real money to actually fix this. They recognized the problem, they listened and they worked to change it,” said Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson.The issue isn’t unique to black people. In India’s Bollywood film industry, the starring roles tend to go to lighter-skinned actors, many of whom endorse products promoting fairer skin.The movie “Crazy Rich Asians” left some Asian-Americans disappointed by a lack of brown or dark-skinned actors.Meanwhile, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron received praise for casting Yalitza Aparicio in the lead role of an indigenous maid. The character is more at the forefront than her lighter-skinned Mexican employer.For African-Americans, bias toward lighter-skinned people dates back to slavery. Skin complexion sometimes determined what type of jobs slaves were assigned or if, post-slavery, they were worthy of receiving an education. In later decades, universities, fraternities and other institutions were known for using the “brown paper bag” test: Those with skin lighter than the bag were in.“It’s part of white supremacy, or holding up whiteness over other backgrounds,” Robinson said. “It has deep implications, historical implications in the black community from beauty standards to professional opportunities to how families have treated one another.”The problem also exists within the music industry. Mathew Knowles, who managed daughters Beyonce and Solange and Destiny’s Child, said it’s no accident that most of the recent top-selling black artists are lighter-skinned like Mariah Carey and Rihanna. He said Beyonce often got opportunities that darker-skinned artists probably wouldn’t.“There’s another 400 that are of a darker complexion … that didn’t get a chance at Top 40 radio,” Knowles said. “They got pigeonholed that they were black and in the ‘black division,’ and they got pigeonholed in just R&B, black radio stations.”Knowles, himself darker skinned, said his own mother instilled in him that darker skinned women were less desirable. It’s a perception that he thinks is starting to shift.“We have to have social courage to speak up about this stuff and stop being quiet about it,” Knowles said. “The only way we change is to be uncomfortable and truthful about our feelings and beliefs.”That is a strategy that “black-ish” co-showrunner Smith also agrees with.“With anything it’s always best to have a truthful conversation,” Smith said.___Online: https://abc.go.com/shows/blackish____Follow Terry Tang on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ttangAPTerry Tang, The Associated Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 9:03 am PDT Books about masculinity, energy projects among Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalists AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Books about the state of masculinity, a young boy’s immigration story and clashes between industry and environmentalism have been nominated for the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.The Writers’ Trust of Canada named five finalists Wednesday vying for the award honouring a literary non-fiction book on politics.Rachel Giese, the editorial director of LGBTQ publication Xtra, is in the running for “Boys: What It Means to Become a Man,” (Patrick Crean Editions) which explores how societal expectations of manhood can shape boys’ development.Edmonton high school student Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is nominated for “Homes: A Refugee Story” (Freehand Books), alongside English teacher Winnie Yeung, who helped recount his journey of growing up in Iraq and Syria and escaping a war zone to build a new life in Canada.New Brunswick reporter Jacques Poitras earned a nod for “Pipe Dreams: The Fight for Canada’s Energy Future” (Viking Canada) about the ill-fated Energy East pipeline proposal.Victoria-based journalist Sarah Cox is also a contender for “Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro” (On Point Press) about the controversial construction of a third dam on the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C.Rounding out the short list is Harley Rustad, a features editor at The Walrus, for “Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees” (House of Anansi Press) about a 20-storey Douglas fir on Vancouver Island that survived a clearcut by the logging industry.This year’s winner will be announced at an Ottawa gala on May 15.The Canadian Press
June 2, 2006 Part of the Construction team works on a storage shed for the ceramic bell production. The crew, made up of staff, volunteers and workshop participants, discuss details. Part of the Construction team works on a storage shed for the ceramic bell production. The crew, made up of staff, volunteers and workshop participants, discuss details. [Photo Credit: Daniel Manjarres & text: sa] Crew leader Angus explains what needs to be done to get level walls, ankered into the slab with rebar. The door frame was installed first and the block walls built up around it. [Photo Credit: Daniel Manjarres & text: sa] Concrete is mixed. It is poured into some parts of the wall, where set with rebar, it will provide additional stability. This report will continue. [Photo Credit: Daniel Manjarres & text: sa]
May 9, 2014This report is to continue with the siltcasting signage project from the last post. Modular concrete blocks are used to form a supporting structure for the newly-cast concrete sign panels. Construction volunteer Daniel Wagner is trimming off a block with masonry saw to prepare for the final assembly.[photos by Lily Ericsson, text by Tee]Daniel and construction volunteer Liam Walsh are preparing for the fourth course to complete the block stem wall.Both signs are incorporated into the block wall and temporarily held with two-by-fours and bar clamps. The signs were sealed with clear protective coatings. The silt texture on the sign gives distinct character to otherwise mandane structure. New directional signage awaits visitors.