Charro Days Feb. 24 – March 3, 2013

Staged each February since 1938, Brownsville’s Charro Days is a weeklong, traditional Mexican “pachanga,” with parades, dances and a variety of fun events for the entire family. The 2013 edition is set for Feb. 24 – March 3.

Feb. 24 – March 3, 2013 will mark the 75th anniversary of Charro Days, the hugely popular “fiesta” staged in the border town of Brownsville each year. Although Charro Days has been around in its current format since 1938, it is rumored that the first “unofficial” Charro Days took place in the early to mid-1800s, when citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros, just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico, came together to celebrate a cooperative climate between the two nations.

The traditions of this “two-nation fiesta” continue today. Those in attendance at this year’s festival will have plenty of opportunity to “baile” as dances are scheduled for both weekends of the event. In addition, there will be a flour tortilla eating contest, folkloric dancing, a golf tournament, parades, and more.

In short, Charro Days is an festival that provides fun for the whole family. And, while you’re in town, don’t miss the chance to stop by the world famous Gladys Porter Zoo, tour historic Port Isabel, or hop over to sunny South Padre Island. But, be warned, once you get a taste of what South Texas has to offer, you may not want to leave.


Dallas International Boat Show February 4-6 and 9-13

Dallas International Boat Show Overview:

The Dallas Boat Show kicks off the first weekend of February. Running from February 4-6 and 9-13, the Dallas Boat Show features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars.

Being the largest boat show in North Texas, the Dallas Boat Show features an impressive display of boats, accessories, personal watercraft and fishing tackle, as well as informative seminars. The Dallas Boat Show covers a total of eight days – Friday through Sunday the first weekend of February and Wednesday through Sunday the second week of February.


Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show March 5 – 13, 2011

Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show 2011 – March 5 – 13, 2011: For those of you with a green thumb (which is so not me), definitely plan on heading over to the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. The show features over 100 exhibitors offering gardening products and services as well as numerous gardening seminars.

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Chicago Restaurant Week February 18 – 27, 2011

Chicago Restaurant Week is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of fine dining without breaking the bank, as over 130 restaurants throughout Chicago offer a 3-course prix-fixe meal at the same price.

Over 130 Chicago restaurants will be offering a 3-course prix-fixe meal for the same price — $22 for lunch, and $33/$44 for dinner. Beverages, tax, and tip not included. (subject to change)


Wednesdays through the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25

Don’t just drink wine…learn to taste it. With the help of an expert, savor a new selection from a featured winery each month. Join us in Bravo on the last Wednesday of every month for Winesdays.

$25 per person
Includes hors d’oeuvres and tasting of featured wines.

No reservations necessary.

For more information, please call Bravo at 617-369-3474.

A Festival of One-Act Plays February 10-13

A Festival of One-Act Plays
February 10-13
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall

Free to Wellesley, Babson, and Olin students with ID cards
$5 general admission
For times call the Upstage Box Office at 781-283-2220

Wellesley College Theatre:
Under the direction of the Department of Theatre Studies, performances feature cast members from the Wellesley College, Olin College, Babson College, and Boston theatre community.

The Department of Theatre Studies at Wellesley College provides students with the opportunity to explore the history and literature of the theatre, and then bring their knowledge from the classroom to a hands-on application of the craft.

The Department of Theatre Studies is delighted to welcome audiences to the newly renovated Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall for the 20102011 season.

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Julian Chang: Couture with a Miami flair

In a non-descript building along Biscayne Boulevard in Miami’s MiMo District or Upper East Side is the Julian Chang boutique/showroom. A native Peruvian who studied at Miami International University of Art & Design, the designer was a force to be reckoned with while still attending school.

His couture pieces quickly became the favorite of Miami’s elite crowd who turned to Chang for original designs during the height of party season which is pretty much year-round in Miami. He certainly does not pigeonhole himself to one style, cranking out eveningwear, contemporary women’s and ready-to-wear collections. He’s received honors from Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue en Espanol and MIFW.

Julian Chang is located at 6665 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL


Newman Center for the Performing Arts: Eclectic, Electric Entertainment

Three theaters in one, the University of Denver’s year-round performing arts venue isn’t just for students. Indeed, entertainers of all stripes—local, national, and international; emerging and established—make touring stops here. In any given academic season, enthusiasts can catch the acts of flamenco and ballet troupes; concerts by chamber orchestras, jazz ensembles, and a capella groups; and even spoken-word pieces and lectures by authors and professors as well as performers. Among the big names gracing the marquee of late: the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill Frisell, and Joyce Carol Oates. Insider’s tip: the Newman Center is only a couple of miles away from Old South Pearl; south Denver’s Restaurant Row is your best bet for dinner before the show.


Monty’s in the Grove: Waterfront nightlife party

The make-up of Coconut Grove has changed over the years going from hippie, granola, birkenstock in the 60s and 70s to an area to cruise in your car and party the night away from the 80s into the present although the scene has quieted down a bit. One place though that’s stood the test of time and is still a great place to party is Monty’s in the Grove.

This waterfront party spot is always a great place to stop in for cocktails, maybe a nibble and definitely some dancing. The deejays here are always playing the latest hits and live bands play here regularly too. The bayview from the giant open-air tiki hut here is unbeatable, it’s Miami all the way. And the boats and yachts that call the dockside home are just as enticing.

Monty’s in the Grove is located at 2550 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

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Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian: Easy, breezy and chic

No matter how crowded South Beach gets, there’s always a cool poolside lounge to hang at that makes being in Miami well…tres cool. The Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach is one of those places. It’s elegant with the classy touches that people visiting Miami Beach have come to expect.

As always too, it’s a multiple-space experience here so everyone can find a great spot of their own. For an outdoor experience there’s plush red velvet seating with matching red and white designed carpet and a killer view of Biscayne Bay with Downtown Miami’s skyline as a back drop. Inside is the Lobby Bar and Lounge, a feast for the eyes in a different sense with a black winding spiral staircase and silent bell light fixtures designed by Marcel Wanders. The specialty cocktails, made with exotic and local ingredients as well as the live Latin and Spanish guitar players complete the experience.

The Mondrian South Beach is located at 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL


Art Center/South Florida: Watch artists at work

What makes the Art Center/South Florida so unique is that aside from being such a great place to view local art it’s actually a working studio where artists rent space and create their work. Besides making it the perfect excuse to stroll up and down Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, not that any excuses should be needed for doing that, it’s a great way to experience the craft of creating art first-hand.

Big names in the South Florida art community, like Carlos Betancourt, Robert Chambers, David Rohn, Michele Oka Doner and others, have displayed their work here and the exhibitions include public art commissions, performance and video art, multi-media works as well as more traditional paintings and drawings.

Art Center/South Florida is located at924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL


Area Stage: Edgy, provocative theater

Husband and wife team John Rodaz and Maria Banda-Rodaz have made the success of Area Stage their labor of love and the laboring continues. Long considered the place to see edgy, provocative live theater, the Rodaz team haven’t lost their thirst for bringing theater lovers what they want, an experience that leaves them wanting more.

Just look at their titles “Confessions of  a Jewish Shiksa Dancing on Hitler’s Grave” about the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors who’s raised Catholic and the trouble that ensues when she reveals her true identity. And like this, there are plenty others being presented here. The Rodaz’ refuse to stop pushing the envelope to bring the best they can to their audience.

Area Stage is located at 1560 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL


Sky Zone Boston: Jump to Great Heights


You’ve made the resolution (again) to get in shape but this year that dream can become a reality by jumping off those extra pounds. Sky Zone Boston recently opened to soaring heights with the first indoor trampoline park in Boston. There are more than 10,000 square feet of trampoline courts that can accommodate up to 95 people. Choose from an open jump, 3D dodgeball or fitness classes. This just may be the best way to ease into the first of the year by getting in shape with low impact exercises. Visit for more information.


Newseum Blends High-Tech With Historical.

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.

The Newseum is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfill its mission of educating the public about the value of a free press in a free society and telling the stories of the world’s important events in unique and engaging ways.

The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museumgoers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Click here for more information.