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Two funnies unite for a great cause, pretend it’s still the ‘Weeknd,’ or party with Flo Rida.


Take it step by step this Monday! New kids, a new restaurant, and an old movie… who ya gonna call?

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is dedicated to a continued exploration of Cuban heritage, art, music, flavors and traditions. The open-air setting, tropical ambiance, vintage décor, upbeat Latin music and Concept Chef/Partner, Guillermo Pernot’s delectable menu of ‘Nuevo Cubano’ dishes and traditional favorites, make all of our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.

City Hall Nightclub

City Hall is the premier live music venue that everyone is raving about in Denver. This music venue has hosted some of the best musical acts in the industry today. From The Game to Katy Perry, City Hall covers all musical genres. With a historical look and feel, this spacious venue makes room for some great music to bounce from open wall to open wall.

Brownstown Jazz classes up Bed-Stuy at Sankofa Aban

Imagine you are transported to a 1930s jazz venue listening to some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. Such an experience is only a subway ride away at Sankofa Aban in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Here is a place where you can listen to great musicians from the Bed-Stuy jazz scene, while enjoying a complementary fish fry dinner and some wine. Stick around late Friday or Saturday nights for Open Mic. night for the opportunity to perform with these great talents!

Get kooky & go crazy at the new Blue Man Group show! Bigger than EVER


Blue Man Group cannot be explained; it can only be experienced.

Blue Man Group is the interactive show that is continuously mesmerizing audiences. It’s a full sensory experience of performance art, music, comedy and multimedia theatrics. The men in blue are making a splash, literally.

Best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as “ground-breaking,” “hilarious,” “visually stunning” and “musically powerful.” These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. Blue Man Group is a unique performance piece incorporating many different ideas, such as science, technology, noise, liquid, innocence and plumbing.

The poncho section is the first four or five rows closest to the stage. Patrons in this area are given ponchos to wear, because sometimes materials splash the audience. These substances are washable, but we suggest that you do not wear anything that needs dry cleaning.

Now Playing at the Briar Street Theatre Located at 3133 North Halsted Chicago. Blue Man Group appeals to all ages, but children under five (5) years of age are not permitted. Click here for more information.

Find Pop Up Pianos All Over NYC!

Pop Up Pianos

This summer, from June 1st through June 16th, the Sing for Hope Pianos return to our city streets. In one of New York City’s most vibrant public art installations, 88 artist-designed pianos (one for each key on a piano) are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the 5 boroughs for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

Visual artists from Sing for Hope’s roster of over 1,000 Volunteer Artists and local community members were selected through an open application process and donate their time and talent to create this beautiful gift to our city: 88 unique and interactive piano artworks.

Once on the streets, neighborhood associations and community organizations serve as “piano buddies” and supervise each piano throughout the duration of the project, making sure they are protected from inclement weather. The Sing for Hope Pianos unite our city, as artists from all walks of life create daily spontaneous concerts and neighborhoods come together around the shared gift of music and art.

After their public residency, the pianos are donated to under-served local schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations, where Sing for Hope artists continue to bring the pianos to life year-round through classes, performances, and workshops.

Thanks to the generous support of Chobani, Inc the Sing for Hope Pianos are back in 2013 better than ever. The pairing is a well-suited partnership as the two like-minded, entrepreneurial organizations align in the mission to provide access to all – whether that access is rooted in the arts or good food.

To find a Sing for Hope piano near you visit singforhope.org.

Be On The Floor At The Cutting Room


The Cutting Room opened at 44 East 32nd Street in NYC in January of 2013, Compared to the old space, this “new” Cutting Room is bigger, with a better location and better food. The old one had a New York Rock ‘N Roll feel, and things have changed for the better. The Rock ‘N Roll feel is still here, but with a touch of a supper club ambiance.

There’s quality on every level, good food, good drinks, good entertainment, good sound. Check out the menu and the upcoming calander on the website at thecuttingroomnyc.com

Rooftop Fun At The Vertigo Sky Lounge

Vertigo Sky Lounge

Ranked in the Top 3 of Hotel Bar of the Year Awards 2012 by the Nightclub Bar Awards, soaring 26 stories above the city, Vertigo Sky Lounge is on top as Chicago’s premiere party lounge and bar.

The only year-round, indoor/outdoor lounge in Chicago, we feature live DJs nightly, an outdoor fire-pit for added ambiance, and in the colder Chicago winter months – the city’s only OUTDOOR ROOFTOP ICE BAR. Named 2009’s Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List, VSL is the ideal spot for one-of-a-kind special events or to turn it up for a night out with friends. You can start your night at VSL or better yet, make it your night.

Check out vertigoskylounge.com for more information.

Music lovers rejoyce! Dave’s Records: Vinyl utopia with NO CDs!

The sign on the door says it all- NO CD’s!! Never had ‘em!! Never Will!! Dave’s Records is totally devoted to vinyl.

Dave’s Records carry all speeds (33,45,even 78), all formats (7”, 10”, 12” single, EP , LP), and all styles (rock, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, house, disco, reggae, blues, folk, country, vocal, soundtracks, showdaves_recordstunes, classical, indie/alternative and every sub-genre you can imagine). If it’s on vinyl, it’s here now or it’s passed through the doors and in to someone’s crate. On any given day, there are at least 40,000 titles to choose from. Every day new titles freshen the racks. Dave’s Records sell both new and used. You’ll find both import and domestic new vinyl. You’ll find a wide assortment of new reissued vinyl. You’ll find out of print used vinyl that you’d thought was long gone. No matter what it is, you’re likely to find it in their bins. If you come to Chicago, check them out.


Bub City- the most fun BBQ, country music and whiskey in Chicago!


Country Music and BBQ at Bub City…Paradise for BBQ fans!

Bub City brings in rising stars from Nashville, Austin, and other places, to play on the stage, in Chicago. You might see someone you could only see in Nashville.

BubCityIt’s a casual atmosphere, where you can stop in for a beer, and some bar-b-que, and listen to some fine country music. Bub City is open late every night. On Tuesday they have Country Karaoke. You wont find a more lively, fun place in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Click here for more information.

Rock your socks off at the smash hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in
Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of Million Dollar Quartetrock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame… at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Click here for more information.


Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

From Grammy® Award-winning pop icon CYNDI LAUPER and four-time Tony Award® winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN comes the exhilarating new musical KINKY BOOTS, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner JERRY MITCHELL.

Charlie Price, played by Tony nominee Stark Sands, has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, portrayed by Billy Porter. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Featuring a sensational new score, knockout dancing and a spectacularly uplifting story, KINKY BOOTS is the must-see new musical that proves that sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out!

See it at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Visit kinkybootsthemusical.com for more information.

Enjoy Concerts at the Arboretum!


Visit the beautiful Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at the Dallas Arboretum.

Bring family, friends, favorite food and beverages and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of White Rock Lake. Voted Best Concert Venue by D Magazine, the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage hosts some of DFW’s best bands including Emerald City, Asleep at the Wheel, A Hard Night’s Day and many more.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Music at The Phillips Collection

Music has been a vital part of the Phillips’s cultural offerings since the museum opened in 1921.The flagship Sunday Concerts is the longest uninterrupted concert series in Washington, D.C., and has enriched the community since 1941, providing a platform for internationally acclaimed musicians and emerging artists at critical moments in their careers.

In partnership with embassies in Washington, the Phillips presents Leading European Composers, which introduces some of Europe’s finest talent to audiences in D.C. Each composer works directly with musicians of their choice, providing a unique dialogue between composer and performer.

Now in its second season our ensemble-in-residence, The Phillips Camerata, continues to carry the Phillips name and remarkable musical history into the concert circuit. Comprised of a flexible roster of leading instrumentalists from the D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York areas, the Camerata offers a range of performances each year under the artistic direction of Caroline Mousset. Click here for the schedule.

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach in Miami is the hidden jewel of South Beach, located at One Ocean Drive along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean amid swaying palms trees and warm sunny breezes. Nikki Beach Miami has established itself as the landmark nightclub and venue for ultimate private parties, large celebrations, and always lives up to its reputation as a South Beach Miami party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and visitors alike.

A clubbing evening…at home (or House Nightclub)

The kitchen...er bar, at House Nightclub

Those club promoters, what will they think of next. Well, it seems like next has already arrived and it’s called House Nightclub in the Wynwood neighborhood. The concept is just what it seems, a nightclub that looks and feels like…a house. A very modern, futuristic house.

Naturally, it’s housed in a former warehouse and although there are kitchens, showers and bedrooms within this club theme, for sure no clubgoers will be wearing robes and house slippers. They will however, grab their cocktails in the kitchens which will serve as bars, lounge on beds while sipping (or perhaps slammin’) their chosen concoctions and hang out in showers that double as VIP rooms. Promoters are calling it the “Ultimate House Party,” a cyber modulated world with holographic technology, 360 degree panoramic projections and 3D architectural mapping.

Check out details about House Nightclub in Wynwood at their website www.housenightclub.com

Club Dada: where cool music happens

Deep Ellum’s Club Dada is one of the best venue’s in Dallas to catch an indie show. They are one of the few music venues that has (mostly) held the fort down during Deep Ellum’s transitional period. They have a pretty good selection of beers on tap that’s always served with cool music and a cool atmosphere. It’s safe to say the folks at Club Dada are cool people. This is a great place to check out some of DFW’s best local talent or even an occasional poetry slam or old movie projected onto the wall. They also have an awesomely large patio with a stage.

New World Symphony: Classy new venue

The New World Symphony is known for presenting classical music with a few re-interpretations and now they’re presenting them in a brand new venue on Miami Beach. Just to see a master like Michael Tilson Thomas waving his conductor’s wand and leading this masterful group is exciting enough.

Now however, NWS has a new venue, the state-of-the-art New World Center designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry as well as an outdoor venue called Soundscape and designed by Dutch architectural firm West 8.

So now it’s even easier to catch a performance by this talented orchestra in a great outdoor setting on the 7,00o-square-foot projection wall in the 2.5 acre public park. Along with their regular performances they also host monthly special events including family days, solo spotlights and Pulse where they transform the already incredible indoor venue into a nightclub setting.

The New World Symphony’s New World Center is located at 500 17th St., Miami Beach, FL

The Stage: Live music adds to vibe here

The live music scene is abuzz in Miami and there’s no better area for a  hotspot like The Stage than the super cool hipster Design District. Housed in a spacious warehouse type venue, it’s wide open in here but at the same time intimate. Music lovers can sit or stand as close to the stage here as they like or relax on a comfy couch and take in the cool sounds that way.

The bar’s fully stocked here and is matching in its grandiose size after all  this place is 10,000-square-feet with a 200-square-foot stage. New Orleans was the inspiration for the design and performers include local favorite Joe Donato as well Atlanta’s Stokeswood and Arboles Libres.

The Stage is located at 170 NE 38 St., Miami, FL

Soundscape Park: Al fresco music in heart of South Beach

The New World Symphony has a new home and fantastic outdoor space where there performances can be viewed by the general public. Soundscape Park is in the heart of South Beach, between Lincoln Road and the Convention Center and Fillmore concert venue.

The space is a welcome addition to an area that was begging for such a wonderful spot to listen to music al fresco. Aside from being a great spot to sit and read or admire the wonder that is Miami Beach, it’s best known as a spot where the general public can sit and enjoy a live performance by the New World Symphony. That’s thanks to a screen that projects the performance to the Soundscape audience. It’s the perfect spot to bring a blanket, wine and cheese picnic and catch the spectacular musicians, led by award-winning Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Soundscape Park is located at 400 17 St., Miami Beach

There isn’t a bad seat in the house at the Meyerson Symphony Center

Dallas’ I.M. Pei is located downtown in the Dallas Arts District and is worth a looksee even if you don’t have tickets to one of their events. Due to the world-class acoustics of the concert hall at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The Meyerson is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony (DSO), the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. The DSO is the Meyerson’s primary tenant, presenting over 180 concerts a year. The Dallas Wind Symphony also upholds excellence in music and watching conductor Jerry Junkin is nearly as entertaining as the concerts.

Jazz at MOCA: Tunes under the night sky

Arturo Sandoval trumpet blaring at Jazz at MOCA

It’s a scene to behold in the heart of downtown North Miami on the last Friday of the month when the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts their monthly Jazz at MOCA event. It’s become the place to be and it’s no wonder, they get some stellar jazz musicians to play here.

First off, it’s just a nice event, people bring blankets, set up a nice picnic under the stars with wine and other goodies and settle in to watch performers play and sing their hearts out in their cool bandshell.

They’ve hosted such greats as trumpet great Arturo Sandoval, local favorite Ira Sullivan and jazz vocalist Nicole Henry. Great trios and quintets perform too and they get the crowd clappin’ and foot tappin’. As an added bonus, the museum stays open late so jazz lovers can stroll through and see the exhibitions.

Electric Pickle: Wynwood’s underground party

Event though it’s upstairs in it’s home building, the Electric Pickle/Bolero Room is the underground party everyone wants to be at in the Wynwood area.

Wednesday to Saturday nights, the party’s on here. DJ’s A-Train, Mr. Brown and Sire Esq. are joined by special guests on Wednesday nights as they play a mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, classics and reggae. Stop Drop ‘N Roll Thursdays DJ Gran Torino and guests play rockabilly, swing, twang, blues and dance jazz. There’s no cover this night and drink are half price.

For Disco Machine Fridays it’s deep house soul, heavy funk boogie and classic dance floor faves and also featuring live acts and DJ’s and on Saturdays live acts, international DJ’s and half-priced drinks are part of Get Some Saturdays.

Electric Pickle is located at 2826 N. Miami Ave., 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.


The Magical Music of Disney

Mickey meets the Miami Symphony orchestra this season during a concert series ‘Golden Sounds of Hollywood’ series. The music performed will be from the Walt Disney Studio archives and will feature music from the classics to the recently released. The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami (1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables), and  8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach). An extra performance music lovers of all ages has been added to the concert series and will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Gusman Concert Hall.



Creperie Beau Monde/L’Etage: French Food, European Night Life

Off the beaten trail, and nestled in South Philadelphia this French sensation offers an experience unlike any other. A savory lunch or dinner at Creperie Beau Monde is something unique. From hearty buckwheat crepes to sweet crepes, mouthwatering salads to flavorful cheese plates Beau Monde is a foodies dream. The fresh vintage setting brings a feeling of France to the intersection of sixth and Bainbridge. On top (literally) of all of the wonder that is Beau Monde is L’Etage, where the French flare is illuminated into the night. There you can find a DJ pumping beats in a cozy cabaret setting well equipped with a dance floor.

If you are looking for a night of dinner and dancing or a memorable luncheon, Beau Monde/ L’Etage has it all under one roof. The Creperie is open Tues-Fri:12-12, Sat:10-11 and the cabaret upstairs runs Tue-Thu,Sun 7:30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 7:30pm-2am.

Insider’s Tips: L’Etage offers special nights for live cabaret, music, film and Djs.

Tigertail Productions: Culture of every kind

Veteran cultural group Tigertail Productions, headed up by legendary director Mary Luft, is presenting another season jam-packed with musical and theatrical performances as well as spoken word events.

They’ve been presenting passionate programs in performing and visual arts since 1979 and each year is better than the next. They’re known for pushing the envelope and bringing recognition to lesser-known artists who they feel deserve their time on stage.

Gracing this season’s calendar are Dutch jazz artists the Benjamin Herman Quartet, a variety of spoken word or “WordSpeak” events and workshops, blues legends Henry Gray & the Cats and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. The Jess Curtis Gravity Dance troupe, featuring dancers from France, Germany, Italy, England and the United States, is an interdisciplinary mixed ability performance. And Japanese couple Eiko & Koma present their provocative performance piece “Raven.”

Tigertail’s performances are held on Miami Beach, in Coral Gables and throughout Miami. Visit their web site for exact locations.

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Purdy Lounge: Surprisingly low-key on South Beach

A lounge is the last thing anyone going to party the weekend away on South Beach would put on their list of “must visit” hot spots, except when it comes to Purdy Lounge. This is a definite add-on.

Located a bit off the beaten path and marching to the beat of its own drummer, the mood at Purdy is the opposite of a high-energy, thumping nightclub. Here it’s all about board games, pool tables, lava lamps and best of all, reasonable drink prices. For patrons who still want a bit of that high-end SoBe atmosphere, they do have bottle service and a VIP area but for sure the “lounge” part of Purdy is where it’s at. Five deejays spin favorites that keep people singing along and dancing, it’s all about crowd pleasers here.

Reggae lovers should visit on Monday nights to hear live performances by Jean P. Jam, Thursdays ladies drink free 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and in true SoBe style, there’s a party on Sunday nights too called Chocolate Sundays with drink specials and house deejays rotating each week.

Purdy Lounge is located at 1811 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Purdy nightclub

Singing the Blues: House of Blues Hollywood

Though they may call it the House of Blues, you most likely won’t be singing them once you head on over. Since the House of Blues can be found in pretty much any large U.S. city, the 1994 opening of the Sunset Boulevard location had to be special.

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Even from the outside, the House of Blues on Sunset is covered in tin and looks like an old rock ‘n’ roll house situated on the boulevard. Filled with different works of art and elements of architecture, the House of Blues has become a great place to throw events in Los Angeles as well as listen to lives music from some of the greatest bands and performers.

With multiple bars, levels and rooms to roam, the House of Blues is pretty impressive, until you snag yourself a membership to the Foundation Room, where all bets are off. With prayer rooms, city views and fireplaces, the Foundation Room brings drinking, dining and listening to live music up a notch.

New Director, New Sound at LA Philharmonic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new director, 28 year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is already wowing A-list Californian crowds and reaching the top of the classical Billboard charts. Dudamel began his tenure in October and in his first concert, he received a standing ovation before he had even begun. He has an incredible energy and artistry that has made him one of the most sought-after conductors around the world. His work is so incredible that TIME magazine named him one of the most influential people of 2009.

Make sure to check out Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic. There are always a many different types of concerts performed year-round, from holiday themed performances to jazz bands to beautiful classical music, for every musical taste.

Beauty & Rock ‘n Roll at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is not only a concert venue, its unique geological formations make it one of nature’s wonders where the seating is carved from Colorado’s stunning red rocks.  Catch up on the history of the red rocks at the visitor’s center and discover ancient dinosaur trails in the surrounding area. And of course, check the event listings at Red Rocks where bands like The Fray perform for thousands. This is a unique venue for concerts under the stars as well as breathtaking, natural views.

2. Beethoven’s 9th at Grant Park Music Fest – August 14

To close the seventy-fifth season, Carlos Kalmar and the GPO take back the outdoors and are joined by Christopher Bell’s vastly under-appreciated Grant Park Chorus and soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis, tenor John McVeigh and bass Jason Grant in the monumental Beethoven Ninth Symphony. Those quiet sections will give traffic a chance to compete but by the time of the glorious finale, street noise won’t have a prayer against all of those forces blaring away and singing out about the brotherhood of man.


Kingston Mines: Authentic Chicago Blues

kafel_ampRockin’ since 1968, mention Kingston Mines to most Windy City residents and they’ll most likely have a story for you, a memory or simply just a smile. This is why Chicago is known for the blues. It’s the oldest. It’s the biggest. It’s the winner of “Best Chicago Blues Bar” by the Chicago Music Awards for 13 running years.

Open 7 nights a week, Kingston Mines presents two stages of live music with killer sounds run from Kafel Amps, custom made amplifiers – a design of former Polish rock star, Jacek Kafel, who now resides in Chi-town.

Wear what you want, this isn’t a time to get fancy, you’ll probably spill rib sauce from Doc Rib’s amazing eats on your shirt anyway (and if you don’t you’re probably not enjoying them as you should).

As for the crowd, it is eclectic as is the place and ranges from 21 to 100. So come one, call all: eat, drink and be blue.

The Wonderous Wiltern Theatre

Ever since it opened in the 1930’s, the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles has been a popular entertainment venue for music lovers and band followers to gain an up close and personal performance from their favorite singers and celebs.Wiltern Pic

The beautiful theatre is best known for small acoustic performances where fans can buy tickets through LiveNation for prices cheaper than those at larger venues. Even though the theatre is on the smaller side, the Wiltern is never short on amazing performers, from Lily Allen to Taking Back Sunday. As the big name bands prepare to take the stage, prepare for at least a few cool opening bands to perform.

As venues such as Staples Center get overrun by people, parking and cheap popcorn, those are choosing to head to the Wiltern where it feels like home and is just as noisy as if the band was playing in your own living room.

Insider’s Tip: Though the ticket prices and small venue are definite perks of visiting the Wiltern, the theatre is infamously known for outrageous drink prices such as $16.00 beers and expensive parking in their accompanying structure. Those selling tickets at the box office will advise you to park on the street to avoid long exiting lines and expensive fees.

Cutler Majestic Theatre’s Historic Night on the Town

Since 1903, the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College has been providing year round cultural programs to both college students and visitors. The historic college located in the Theater District owns and operates the theater, which offers a wide-range of performances Picture 54that include opera (La Traviatta; Madama Butterfly), theater (Divas by Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus), dance (Stomp) and music (New England Conservatory). Inside, you will find beautiful murals painted by New York artist William de Leftwich Dodge, whose works can also be found on display at the Library of Congress and Boston Public Library.

The theater is listed in both the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, and has also earned the prominent status as a Boston Historic Landmark. Over the past few years, it underwent some renovations that were approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission.

The Majestic has both historically appropriate stage systems and the most modern technologies for stage and video productions, which is why it is known around town as being a 21st century theater inside a 19th century building.

Legendary Domingo Leads the Washington National Opera

Picture 7Absorb all Washington has to offer with an elegant evening at the Washington National Opera (WNO).  Founded in 1956 and recently bestowed with the distinction of “The National Opera” by Congress, WNO brings updated classics to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House stage.  Led by none other than operatic legend, Placido Domingo himself, WNO brings exceptional performances with standards envied by some of the top houses in the world.

Grab a ticket or two and make it a formal evening out at the infamously standing-room-only Kennedy Center Opera House for a truly unique Washington experience.  The world class company performs classic and contemporary pieces with an emphasis on Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi and Puccini.  Popular past performances include: The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Madama Butterfly (Puccini) and Rigoletto (Verdi).

Insider Tip: Although many patrons associate the opera with black tie attire, WNO audiences tend to lean towards business attire, with semi-formal and formal patrons intermixed throughout, so dress to impress as you like!

1. Wine and More at Toast of the Town May 24

Picture 26Taking place in one of the premier wine and food capitals of the world, the Toast of the Town wine tasting festival is the place to go for wine enthusiasts or those just looking for a good time. There are over 500 world-class wines for people to taste. There is also music paired with gourmet dishes from New York’s top restaurants. The festival is organized by WineEnthusiast.com, which means many of the knowledgeable editors and writers of the site will be mingling and wine-tasting with the crowd. From wine experts to novices, everyone here will be enjoying the spectacular evening.

2. Rock Out at Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival May 29-30

Picture 18Some of the most popular nightclubs and bars are located around the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield and serve as a testament to its central role for all that’s happening in Chicago’s trendy Lakeview neighborhood. With its reputation for nightlife, food, and music, it comes as no surprise that the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival is a reflection of the atmosphere and style that the neighborhood is famous for. The festival boasts some of the best local musical talents in the Midwest. This year, the bands include the Trippin Billies, Wedding Banned, Rock Candy and more. The festival also features arts, crafts, fashion, and a variety of food and drinks. It usually brings out a young crowd, so there will be plenty of partying and dancing here, too.

3. Party at Cinco De Mayo Festival May 1-2

Picture 10Celebrating Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862, this free festival takes place during one of Mexico’s most important holidays. The Cinco de Mayo festival is located along LA’s oldest street that was first settled by Mexican immigrants in the 1780s, and today attracts thousands to partake in traditional food, drinks, music, entertainment and art. There are plenty of twirling folklorico dancers, mariachi music and sizzling Mexican food to be found here. The vendors also offer a variety of authentic items and carnival rides and games. There are also community-service oriented booths and arts and crafts stations. This year, the headliner is still being kept a secret, but other groups that will be playing include Roncovacoco and La Santa Cecilia.

3. Rock Out With Denver Day of Rock May 29

Picture 12In just one day, catch 20 bands on four stages in downtown Denver. Each stage will feature local acts capped off with a national headliner. This year, the bands include Five For Fighting, Fishbone, the Aggrolites, the Romantics and the Fixx. Best part about the festival? It’s all free!

The rock festival is hosted by Concerts For Kids and geared towards a family setting with a variety of kids-oriented entertainment, like face paining, chalk drawings, Rock Band on Wii, a Skatelegends.com demo and more. Participating restaurants offer food and beverage specials to ROCKSTAR wristband holders and local businesses will be offering interactive stations near each stage.

Kimmel Center: All-Star on Avenue of the Arts

Picture 15To witness the finer side of performing arts, the Kimmel Center is the place to be in Center City. The Kimmel is operating multiple venues (the Academy of Music and Merriam Theater, along with its namesake venue The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts) on the Avenue of the Arts. There are not many places in the area where you could witness everything from Neko Case to Lyle Lovett to The Vienna Philharmonic.

The Academy of Music, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious theaters, showcases one of the most robust Broadway series outside of New York City. With offerings like Dream Girls and the revival of South Pacific, there is a show for every taste. The Kimmel Center’s in-house presenter hosts a variety of programming every year with some of the most respected and revered musicians, dancers and performers in the world. And for those who don’t like the commitment, there are informal free performances in the beautiful, expansive lobby every Friday night.

If you enjoy the art of a building as opposed to a performance, the Kimmel Center is one of the most famous designs from architectural designer Rafael Viñoly. The building is an entire city block of vaulted glass roof and makes any first-time visitor gasp in amazement.

Rock It Out at House of Blues

You’ve probably been to one before – Vegas, Boston, New Orleans – or another great city for live shows.  House of Blues has been established in Dallas for just a few short years, but the experience is just as amazing in your hometown.  Filled with eclectic décor and music memorabilia that will make your head spin, HOB has more to offer than you might realize at first glance.

Picture 19Concerts like Vampire Weekend and Aqua Teen Hunger Force draw the hipster crowd, and events like the famed Gospel Brunch entice groups of all ages to groove to soulful hymns and indulge in one of the most comprehensive buffets in the city.  Private parties can be arranged for groups of any size, and the ultra cool Foundation Room gives a VIP vibe to any special occasion.

If you’re just in the mood for a hot meal and laid-back atmosphere, the HOB restaurant serves up mouth-watering entrees like Blues Burgers and Salmon Jambalaya.  The next time you’re itching for hot music, traditional food and a happening spot to get your party on, forget about cutting loose at the House of Blues in any other city until you’ve given the Dallas location a try.

PBR Debauchery at The Barbary

l_fbfdcbe368bd87ee8d8e75d05b2717d9If you need to forget about your work week and that creep ex-boy/girlfriend that won’t stop calling you, The Barbary is your place for all night dancing, drinking and debauchery. The Barbary has some of the cheapest drinks in town ($2 PBRs are the Philly Special) and 6-nights a week it hosts some of the craziest dance parties you have ever experienced.

Monthly calendars are released on its MySpace page with events happening every night of the week. Sundays are Karaoke nights, Wednesdays are the Bouffant Bangouts featuring 50s and 60s music, and Mondays are the Indie Dance parties. The rest of the month is filled in with a satisfying variety of top-notch dance music. If you’re lucky to be in town, the DJ DeeJay “Madonna Michael Price” shows are a must.

And if you just can’t get in the mood without the disco ball, they have that covered, too.

2. National Easter Egg Hunt April 5

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 3.13.09 PMDating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that takes place on the White House Lawn. Families can come to hunt for and race Easter Eggs, while listening to stories and getting a visit from the Easter Bunny. Opened to children twelve and under, families can also enjoy sports, cooking classes, and live musical performances.

The theme for this year is “Ready, Set, Go!” promoting health and wellness. There are also wooden souvenir eggs available for online purchase, with each one expertly crafted and painted, as well as signed by the President and First Lady.

2. Glamorous Newport Beach Film Festival April 22-29

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 12.14.19 PMSet against the backdrop of beautiful Newport Beach, just a few blocks away from the spectacular Pacific coastline, the Newport Beach Film Festival annually hosts several premieres, galas, and yacht parties creating a film festival that is truly one of a kind.
And don’t forget that the Newport Film Festival offers attendees a rare opportunity to meet the directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers of some of the films.; they will share their work and provide a unique look from inside the industry during post-screenings Q&A sessions. Featuring over 350 international independent and studio film screenings, actor showcases, music and arts events, fashion shows, red carpet events and galas, this is a film festival that is not to be missed.

3. 12th Annual Boston College Arts Festival April 29

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 4.47.23 PMEvery year, the Boston College Arts Festival brings the community together to celebrate the arts.  This annual spring event, now in its 12th year, showcases over 1,000 student and faculty artists in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Join the over 16,000 art enthusiasts expected to attend the festival and participate in art demonstrations, enjoy music, dance and theater performances, browse through art exhibitions, listen to literary readings and view films. A staple of the festival every year, this year’s children’s activities include interactive arts and crafts, a story hour, and an instrument petting zoo with the Boston College band.

5. Spring Celebration & Easter Parade April 4

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 4.23.28 PMThe Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade is not your average Street Fair or holiday parade. With everything from roller-blading, cows, and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions, and beautiful classic and art cars, it’s a special event for the entire family.

The 19th annual event celebrates and showcases the diverse community of San Francisco and features some of Union Street’s best restaurants serving attendees in an outdoor bistro setting. A variety of children’s and family activities are the focus of the event and include: large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians.

It’s a Creative Whirlwind of Exposure at 111 Minna Gallery

Ask anyone where the latest in San Francisco cuisine, music, performance, Picture 11and most importantly art resides and they will tell you at the famously dynamic 111 Minna Gallery in SOMA.  Gallery by day and dance floor by night, this gallery changes every six weeks to embrace the latest in local, national, and international urban art.

With gallery space that easily converts itself into spaces for as little as 50 and up to 500 people, including the bar and dance floor, 111 Minna is the cities go-to for the hottest events.  And they’re here to showcase anything and everything in the world of art.  With Emily the Strange creator Rob Reiner’s exhibit, San Francisco’s Poet Laureate Diane DePrima readings, World-Renowned DJ Vinroc, and even the EAT street food pop-up restaurant every Monday night, nothing is off topic, too outlandish, or out of range for 111 Minna’s creative initiative.

Performance Art Is Defined At Lincoln Center

With a new fountain in place of the iconic plaza fountain, it seems that things are changing at Lincoln Center. Yet, one thing that has not changed for the 16.3-acre complex is its role as the world’s leading performing arts center. Home to 12 resident arts organizations and 26 amazing performance venues, Lincoln Center is the epitome of art and performance in New York City.

One of its most famous facilities is thePicture 33 magnificent 3,900-seat Metropolitan Opera House, which is the home stage of the world famous Metropolitan Opera and the annual Spring season of American Ballet Theatre. There is also the gorgeous Avery Fisher Hall, home stage of the New York Philharmonic, and the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

Lincoln Center puts on thousands of performances of music, opera, theater, dance, and multi-media every year by renowned artists from all over the globe. It has been home to ultra cool events like the MTV VMA’s and is the new home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Whether its orchestra concerts or authentic kabuki theater or opera performed with life-size puppets, Lincoln Center presents only the top of any and every kind of performance art.

Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater is South Beach’s Gem

The gem of South Beach performance spaces, the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, has had several name changes, but the quality of performers and the elegant, commanding presence of the space is everlasting. The grandiose theater is treasured by locals and the many performers who grace its stage.

So beloved is the Fillmore,Picture 11 it recently underwent a massive renovation to restore it to its original beauty, and added some modern touches that brought it into the 21st century. The exterior is all Art Deco, with geometric lines and blue pastel coloring. The interior, though, is a cross between 1920’s elegance and a modern club scene, like the ornate grand crystal chandeliers that are hued with purple lighting.

Any artist would want to grace such a majestic stage, and they do, from all genres and eras. Where else does legendary singer Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young,  indie rockers Arctic Monkeys, and comedian Chelsea Handler of the “Chelsea Lately” late night talk show appear in the same venue? It all comes together at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Gives Art With A Bam!

Picture BAMCommonly known as BAM, this leading arts venue does just that. With a Fort Greene district named after it, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is compromised of various venue that are more avant-garde and unique than the next. It’s the oldest continuously running performance art center that just keeps getting stronger, in 2008 it had a record-breaking attendance of 550,000!

The main building contains its major venue, the Howard Gilman Opera House. The theater, designed by the famous theater-architect company Herts &Tallant, contains 2,109 seats under its soaring ceiling and has seen legendary performances by Enrico Caruso and Vanessa Redgrave. There are also the BAM Rose Cinemas, where one screen shows classic movies and the other three show first-run and independent films. For night owls, there is the BAMcafé, a restaurant that offers free music performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Every exhibition, screening and performance is carefully chosen to further the BAM goal of the preeminent place for progressive art, and its popularity shows that it achieves its goal every night of the week!

BAM’s Harvey Theater, located a few streets away, is smaller and offers a different, more intimate experience, having originally been a traditional playhouse housing Shakespearean revivals, vaudeville reviews, and musicals. BAM also organizes multiple festivals, from DanceAfrica to BAMcinemaFEST, art exhibitions, and educational programs.

2. Best of SF at Switchboard Music Fest March 28

Want toPicture 20 hear the newest local artists from San Francisco? Be sure to check out the Switchboard Music Festival. Featuring musicians primarily based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the festival consists of an eight-hour marathon concert with big name artists as well as younger, less established groups with great potential. Much of the music is also focused on blurring the lines between genres. This festival is great for those who want to hear new and interesting music from up and coming local artists; its unpredictability makes the festival fresh. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite artist here.

2. Celebrate St. Paddy’s at Nat’l Shamrock Fest March 13

With 1Picture 140 stages, 40+ bands and DJ’s, and dozens of party areas, this is what you’ll find at the National Shamrock Fest, the largest Saint Paddy’s festival in the Mid-Atlantic Region. This day long street festival is full of live music, food, drinks and dozens of activities for all ages. To be more specific, there are carnival rides, games, strolling entertainers, Shamrock Pub Games, tons of beer trucks, dozens of craft vendors, and much more. This year, there will even be an attempt to break the world record of chest bumps at the festival to raise money against cancer. The music consists of Rock, Irish, Blues, Retro and Folk music. Come and join over 40,000 people at this fun festival.

3. Movies & Music at CIMMfest March 4-7

Picture 9Movies and music go hand in hand and the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival celebrates the partnership. Created by filmmakers and musicians, the CIMMfest (as it’s affectionately known) showcases cutting edge films, videos, exhibitions and concerts from all over the globe. It was a huge hit in its inaugural year last year, world premiering Camera War, Richard Bellia’s first US show and much more. This year, it’s destined to have even bigger special guests and better music and movies

4. BrAVA Philadelphia! Gala Concert March 31

The city oPicture 8f Philadelphia has produced some of the world’s most brilliant opera stars, thanks in large part to the Academy of Vocal Arts. Enjoy as many of them return to Philadelphia to celebrate AVA’s 75th Anniversary.

International superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads a lineup of AVA singers, including tenors James Valenti, who debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in March, Stephen Costello, winner of the 2009 Richard Tucker Prize, and Michael Fabiano, star of the feature film The Audition, plus many more great up-and-coming artists.  This star-studded event will be one of the most high quality performances of the year.

Chicago Mob History 101 at the Green Mill Jazz Lounge

If there’s one place in Chicago that oozes its quintessential jazzy charm that dangerously flirts with a heavy history of mafia, then the Green Mill Jazz Lounge is your place. Not having changed much since its opening in 1907 (yes, 1907), the place is dark, smoky (even still, post no-smoking laws somehow) and sexy.

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Back in the day the place had an outdoor dancing and drinking garden lit by lanterns, where people arrived by horse and buggy. The garden was complete with horse-hitching posts. It soon transpired to be a mobster hangout when some of Al Capone’s henchmen became part owners. So much drama went down here that Sinatra himself played a singer whose throat and  tongue were once slit in this club over good ol’ mobster issues. Alas, Sinatra had to spend some quality time for “research” at the Green Mill as well.

It survived prohibition as a speakeasy and the decor of that era remains. Today, you can catch killer jazz there any night of the week, Mondays being a favorite for the Patricia Barber quartet. It’s all about the music and history here so don’t get too glammed up unless you’re trying to live vicariously through its history by transporting yourself in an immersion of jazz notes, strong cocktails and a big black booth that maybe Capone himself sat in: in which case, you just may be able to pull it off.

No Boundaries in Miami Light Project’s Contemporary World

Picture 20There are no boundaries or limits when it comes to exploring the contemporary performance world, at least not for the Miami Light Project, who has spent the last two decades perfecting their craft and becoming Miami’s premier contemporary art forum. Searching for the most innovative form of expression in live performance, MLP is a place to discover groundbreaking local and global artists in music, dance and theatre.

The Miami Light Project taps into the beat of the city by offering hip hop acts and world music groups. The annual Here & Now Festival is a great place to see up and coming fresh acts, but don’t sweat it, there are special events year-round. Performances are at venues around the city, but mainly on South Beach and Downtown Miami.

4. Crash a Dock Party at the Dallas Boat Show Feb. 5-14

The Dallas Boat Show is back and jam packed with more than 40 exhibits to bring you Party Barges, Yachts, Cabin Cruisers, Powerboats, Jetskis, and even inflatable boats! Sounds liPicture 9ke a trip to the Gulf and after 10 fun-filled days at this event you’ll want to make that trip.

Many events are planned throughout the week including: fishing, boat safety trivia, scavenger hunt, etc. For your entertainment, music artists Austin Allsup, Mike Ryan, and Stars Go Dim will be playing during the show and at the Dock Party at Lost Cove Bar.

Don’t miss the Dock Party on the 10th, when 13 restaurants will be added to the mix to bring you delicious food and wine, while special guest TV and Radio personality Brian Doty presents the live auction. There will be a silent auction as well. Children will be entertained and educated at Kids Cove. It’s more than just boats at the Dallas Boat Show.

4. Noise Pop’s All Things Indie Feb. 23 – Mar. 1

Picture 12February only comes once a year, but in San Fran, indie fests are a regular occurrence. A film festival, craft fair, and music conference all meshed into one, Noise Pop is the ultimate indie fest. In the past, this festival has brought exposure to emerging artists including the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, and more. With a reputation like this, it’s not a surprise bands from all over the country make themselves available to play at this festival. Music for any taste can be found here, from the folk sounds of Martha Wainwright to the traditional pop rock of Dear and the Headlights to the String Quartet that accompanies soloist Josh Ritter.

New to the festival this year, “The Art of Noise Pop – A Retrospective of Festival Posters, Photos and Design” featuring past photographs, posters, and art works by well-known artists will be on view. Of course, there will be films upon films upon films to view throughout the week. Gear up for the ultimate hipster fest: Noise Pop.

5. Westword Artopia Massive Block Party Feb. 20

Dave Chappelle’s block party has nothing on Westword Artopia 2010 five block party! With art, fashion, music and theater performances mixed with the very necessPicture 11ary food and drink, it will most definitely be a big soiree. This night of artistic celebration will feature the likes of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Flashbulb Fires and Flamenco Denver.

Artopia will span five top Denver venues including City Hall, Vinyl, Mo’s, Bar Standard and the Living Room. Check out the scene at anyone of these and see what tickles your fancy. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event giving you access to over 20 music performances and 25 other attractions, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local charity. Not too shabby!

2. Hear Best of the Best at Chicago Music Awards 1/24/10

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The 29th Annual Chicago Music Awards will honor the depth and diversity of the city’s and the country’s music scene, both past and present, in a wonderful event at the Alhambra Palace. Stars like Kanye West and the Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Rawls and Buddy Guy have been honored in past years.
For 2010, the roster ranges from the amazing vocalist Etta James to Bruce Korosa, a true polka legend. Dinner will be offered to attendees at 4PM, followed by the red carpet appearances of the honorees at 5:30PM and an amazing show at 7PM.  The CMAs are hosted by Martin’s International Culture, a not-for-profit organization founded by Ephraim Martin, and dedicated to the celebration of Chicago’s incredible musical heritage.

3. Celebrate MLK, Jr with Star Studded Concert 1/17/10

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Reflect on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 27th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert. With music and dance, this touching tribute celebrates a nationwide spirit of change.  This year’s concert will star American Idol winner and Grammy Nominee Ruben Studdard.  The concert will also show historic film footage from the 1960’s to reflect on the civil rights movement.

3. Get Wow’d at the WOW Dance Festival 1/14-1/31/10

Picture 9Now in its tenth year, the Women on the Way Festival (WOW) celebrates the diversity and variety of San Francisco performers. But there’s a catch: the performers are only female.

Three venues over three weeks rotate from dance to theater to music to comedy, all of which are done by talented female artists. Sexy, talented, and innovative, these performances are always entertaining.

Black and Read and Funky All Over

Picture 10If Tattered Cover is Denver’s 800-lb. gorilla, Black and Read is its bespectacled bookworm burrowing into the local literary underground. Granted, new and used books in dizzying array—or disarray, as the case may be—aren’t the half of it: indie music buffs browse the aisles for obscure recordings on vinyl, while fanatical gamers (are there any other kind?) gather to gab about the latest releases with employees who are, of course, almost comically knowledgeable about the inventory, be it MMPORGs or 1980s SoCal punk. Owner Danny Graul, for his part, is a true cinephile, and it shows in his selection of film texts.

Ultimately, Black and Read is less about finding any purchase in particular than about losing yourself in the search.

Avenue of the Arts: A Stretch of Culture Across Philly

The Avenue of the Arts runs through the heart of Philadelphia on Broad Street, the city’s widest and busiest street. To say that this area is saturated with culture is an understatement- museums, theaters, restaurants, perfPicture 7orming arts venues, universities, you name it, it’s there. The Avenue is a great place to visit because it’s easy to get to (lots of parking garages on the Avenue as well as accessible public transportation) and is always bustling with foot traffic.

The busiest and most affluent area of the Avenue is on South Broad, starting from Philly’s beautiful City Hall to Lombard Street, where you will find many of the city’s major theaters like the Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre, and Wilma Theater. When meandering down the Avenue, you can stop along the way and catch the building tours at many of the venues. Be sure to look on the Avenue of the Arts website for a listing of all the shows happening at all venues!

Take advantage of all that there is to do- and see- on this beautiful Avenue in the heart of Philadelphia.

Apache Cafe: Safe Haven for the Outspoken

CAFEArt Mondays. Wednesday Jam Session. Weekly Open Mics. All of these are the norm for Atlanta’s Apache Cafe. Guests can come in mostly any day of the week and express themselves in many forms of art: spoken, writing or by song. Located in the heart of downtown, Apache Cafe opens its doors to those that walk to a different beat, music.

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the talents of others instead of taking the mainstage, be sure to try the menu specials: Bermuda Tacos and Salmon Cakes paired with the Ultimate Apple Martini. Who knows, after a few martinis you may become more daring!

Apache Cafe features unique nightly performances as well as seasonal events to get you in the mood for any upcoming holiday. Whether your passion is poetry, song or performing, the Apache Cafe has something to entice all of the above.

The Majestic Theatre: Where Vaudeville Took Flight

Picture 17Places like Hollywood and New York are known for their legendary theater houses, but with the Majestic Theatre, Dallas has a goldmine of entertainment theatre that lives up to its grand name. On April 11, 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened its doors during the Vaudeville era, hosting a variety of now legendary acts from Houdini to Mae West and Bob Hope.  As Vaudeville began to fade and the era of “talking pictures” emerged, the Majestic Theatre began hosting movie premieres. And not to be outdone with its past, the Majestic hosted stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck and John Wayne.  The Big Bands featuring Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington continued the tradition of live entertainment at the Majestic.

In 1973 the Majestic Theatre went dark after the final showing of the film, Live and Let Die, but when it re-opened in 1983, it was upgraded to the elite list on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the Majestic Theatre serves as a beautiful old-era theatre house, with extravagantly engraved and decorated balconies, plush red seats, and grand box seats, and is home to performing acts as diverse as Menopause the Musical to Dallas Black Theatre performances to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

Vagabond’s Rivaling South Beach Hotspots

The party never ends at high-energy nightclub Vagabond in what used to be sVagabond1leepy Downtown Miami. Now it’s an area rivaling South Beach in late night dancing. Lines usually wrap around the place with clubbers waiting to enter and take in an atmosphere that changes nightly.

At Vagabond, there’s something for all types of music lovers. The indie band Surfer Blood may take the stage one night and the next it’s a group of hip hop performers. Things get artsy during Stone Groove night with jazz, blues, soul and spoken word taking over the space. This spot that’s housed in Downtown’s up and coming Park West region (there are galleries popping up around the area as well), is a feast for the eyes both inside its doors and out, with the towering high rises playing backdrop.

Illuminate Yourself at Lumen

Meatpacking district in Chicago. Confused? Chi-town also has a meatpacking district and it happens to be at the cusp of the fastlane. Known as Fulton Market, this ‘hood is opening up hot little numbers each and every month. Whether it’s the bistro-du-jour or a great new lounge, this neighborhood is a bouncin’.

One of the newer favorites is the contemporary lounge-slash-dance space, Lumen. With 5,000 square feet of space, Lumen describes itself as “a visual indulgence for the eyes,” so too is the crowd that adorns it. Those there to chill and those there to dance all have one thing in common: they’re dressed to impress.

The 3-D sound system and accompanying uber-technologically advanced light system at Lumen is enough to transport guests to a true escape. The sound? Depending on the night you’ll find your regular hot-list for Chicago party-goers: jazz, chill-lounge and deep house.

As for the social elixir of life to keep you going whilst there? Choose amongst their chic list of cocktails all bearing the name of a different locale: Tahiti, Casablanca, Geneva. Havana, and Milan.

There isn’t a drink called “Meat-packer” – yet.

1. Miami Art Basel: Most Important Art Show 12/3-12/6/09

The Art Basel Miami Beach is deemed the most important art show in the United States as well as a cultural and social highlight for all the Americas. That is quite a description to live up to, but year after year this art show does.

As a sister to the world’s most important art show, Switzerland Art Basel, Miami Beach brings it all: top galleries, special exhibitions, parties, and crossover events from the worlds of music, film, architecture and design. With so much going on and so many quality works of art on display, it is no wonder The Art Basel Miami Beach is a favorite meeting place for the international art world.

Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center Music Gala

Steppin’ Out is not only the largest non-profit music fest in the region, it is also one of the premiere social events for Bostonians. This gala was conceived to pay homage to the city’s jazz history and the clubs that nurtured its great musicians. This year Steppin’ Out will feature eight themed club environments for the incredible local musicians and national headliners.

Isaac Mizrahi’s Radio City Inspiration

Issac Mizrahi is a fashion designer with a fabulously loud personality, but his “most inspiring place” in New York is a traditional staple of New York culture: Radio City Music Hall.  Thousands will flock to its doors in the upcoming months for the world famous Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular show, but Mizrahi thinks the architecture says it all. Mirazhi says Radio City, not some other famous New York skyscraper, epitomizes the 1930’s art deco architecture and its beauty is truly inspiring. But Mizrahi does love a good Rockette show like the rest of us, having once been in talks to design their costumes!

** Isaac Mizrahi the Chief Director of Liz Claiborne and television host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.” Mizrahi has been awarded 4 prestigious CFDA fashion awards and is credited for revolutionizing the fashion industry with his partnership with Target. Beyond fashion, Mizrahi is an accomplished author, performed in a one-man, off-Broadway production, and has appeared in motion pictures and television shows including “Sex & the City.” Mirazhi was born in Brooklyn and resides near Washington Square Park.

Golf to Horseback Riding at Rock Creek Park

Picture 14Located in the heart of D.C., Rock Creek Park is not your average run-of-the-mill park. There is much more to do than just your usual stroll or picnic: play 18-holes at the Rock Creek Golf Course; swing a racket at the tennis courts; rollerblade or bike; rent a kayak, canoe or even a small sailboat at the boat center.

Want something more unique? Take a horseback riding lesson on the 13 miles of wide, dirt and gravel bridle trails in the northern section of the park.

But for those who just want to relax, this national park is great for that as well. Beautiful trees, fields, wild animals (coyotes!), and the serene sights and sounds of Rock Creek make a perfect setting for a hike on one of the many paths. You can even have a cell phone tour in specific areas. Just call the number and listen to a park ranger give a two-minute narration on various aspects of the park.

It’s Paradise at the Crimson Lounge

People looking to paint the town red won’t have to search too hard in the Windy City. Such sought after DJs like Samantha Ronson have been known to spin at this lounge where a sultry setting and creative cocktails create a nocturnal paradise for party goers. Glowing crimson mirrors and globally inspired accents are icing on the cake at this exotic venue that promises adventure.

Live Irish Entertainment Nightly at The Burren

There are so many great Irish pubs in Boston but when you step outside the city, the options seem to get fewer. The Burren in Somerville is a great place to check out some live Irish music and get some fish and chips while washing it down with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. The pub features live traditional Irish entertainment seven nights a week. Named after a great rocky expanse in Ireland’s County Clare, The Burren here captures the mythical nature of its namesake with a rich old world feel. Open since January 1996, the pub was founded on a dream shared by two young Irish musicians, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. Tommy and Louise began playing together nearly 10 years earlier. Today, the pub serves more than 20 beers on draft, an intimate bar, and private room where wedding receptions have taken place. Visit burren.com for the schedule, menu and information.

Insider’s Tip: On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a brunch menu available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which features a full Irish breakfast.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is where to go to experience contemporary culture. You’ll find painting, sculpture, music and performances by local, national and international artists. Check their schedule—they’re famous for their artist talks and innovative presentations involving audience participation.

The Center is currently closed for renovation, but will be re-opening on October 19, 2013. Visit the website at thecontemporary.org for more information about events during the summer, and the grand re-opening!