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Visit The New Museum

New Museum

Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.

The New Museum is devoted entirely to contemporary art from all over the world. Its exhibitions are often shocking, controversial, and they attract great criticism. But isn’t this what contemporary art is all about? The building of the New Museum, located on Bowery and Prince, is a contemporary art piece in itself. The Japanese architecture firm designed the building as a series of gigantic boxes, the museum’s galleries, placed on top of each other. It is truly a monument of contemporary art. Located in the Lower East side, where most buildings are old and poorly maintained, the building of the New Museum definitely stands and makes a strong statement – contemporary art exist, and it matters. The New Museum seems to reject everything that is bourgeois or old, making space for a new direction in art and culture – modernity.

This summer, the New Museum will present the first major New York museum exhibition of the work of Ellen Gallagher. Spanning the past twenty years, “Don’t Axe Me” will provide one of the first opportunities to thoroughly examine the complex formal and thematic concerns of one of the most significant artists to emerge since the mid-1990s. The title of the exhibition, “Don’t Axe Me,” evokes her radical approach to image, text, and surface—drawing equally from modernism, mass culture, and social history. This focused survey at the New Museum will run concurrently with Gallagher’s exhibition at the Tate Modern, London (May 2013).

Visit newmuseum.org 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.

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

Showplace Icon Movie Theater

Modern design and delectable dining converge with state-of-the-art cinematic technology for a feast of the senses. ShowPlace ICON Theatre is an entirely new technology for a feast of the senses. Relax and have a drink and a bite before, after, or even during the movie.*

*Guest can bring their cocktails and food into the VIP Premium Reserved section and enjoy their fare throughout the movie.


These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. The pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, before adding one final ingredient, a pinch of unique “know-how”, essential to the making of such a delicacy. Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavour.

With each new season, Ladurée pays tribute to its most famous creation by creating a new flavour.
The existing range of macarons is always the starting point when a new one is created, as the variety of colours is as important as the range of flavours and a vital part of their appeal.

Rosa Mexicano Brings Classic Mexican/Southwestern Cuisine to Atlanta

Playing a leading role in defining what was then a “new” cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano’s menu features a range of award-winning, signature dishes such as Guacamole en Molcajete, made in a traditional lava-rock mortar. it is prepared tableside and served with house made chips and warm corn tortillas.

Check out the website at rosamexicano.com/atlanta.

T- Shirt Deli

With gleaming white deli cases, rolls of perfectly waxed butcher paper, brightly colored stickers, and open-air wicker baskets, these are the ingredients in displaying our freshest selection of tees. They selected homegrown American Apparel brand shirts and started to stock as many font choices and colors as cheeses in a New York deli.

The city of Chicago is buzzing with the news of a t-shirt store with a whole new flavor. The T-Shirt Deli was picked as a “best one of a kind shop” by Frommer’s Guide to Chicago and has been featured in O Magazine.

Second-hand Fashion at Secondi

Tucked away on the second floor of a Starbucks on Connecticut Avenue, the tiny glass door to Secondi may be hard to find; however, if you did find the rabbit hole, you will fall into a brand new fashion paradise. Walk through the mysterious little door, up a narrow staircase, and you will be welcomed into a spacious fashion heaven with consigned apparel and accessories at a heavily discounted price.  There is definitely something here for everyone. Don’t feel sorry for your boyfriend or husband who is waiting – Secondi has a special couch just for them. Boys, hand over that credit card or move out of the way.

Shhh – the insider’s tip is that with the high inventory turnover rate, newly consigned goods are replenished every 15 minutes and after one month on the rack, unsold items gets a 20% discount and two months later, they will be 40% off the tagged price! Visit secondi.com for more information.


We Want You at RFK Stadium! – Join Olsen’s Army Now!

“How many trophies have you won..? How many trophies have you won..? Not a goddamn one!”

This chant is often heard ringing throughout the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, home of the D.C. United. Obnoxious, you think? Well, as the proud winner of 12 domestic and international trophies, D.C. United is considered one of the most successful teams in US soccer history.

After a successful campaign last season, in which United qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2007, excitement is building for the upcoming season. The Black and Reds are looking to return to the playoffs again under third-year coach – Ben Olsen, a former United player.

This is the perfect season to join Olsen’s Army and become part of the dedicated and loyal fan base of D.C. United. With former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario and exciting players like Perry Kitchen, Joe Willis, and Chris Korb… gosh, these boys have never looked so good. The season starts on March 9. Click on dcunited.com for more information.


Where New York’s artists are socializing

thejaneThis gorgeous bar is surprisingly located in the lobby of a boutique hostel. The interior of the Jane Hotel Ballroom, looks like a smaller version of an old European chateau, with a gigantic fireplace, high ceilings, chandeliers, paintings, and antique furniture. Despite the majestic look of the place, the staff is very laid back, and the crowd young, diverse, and artsy. In a regular night at The Jane, you might meet a struggling artist from Brooklyn, sitting next to a best-selling author, or a famous actor. Located in the beautiful Greenwich Village, The Jane is known for being a good place to meet new, interesting people, in a marvelous, and unique environment

New York City Restaurant Week Winter 2011 NYC Winter Restaurant Week runs January 24-February 6, 2011

Twice a year, in January/February and June/July, there is a unique opportunity to experience some of New York City’s finest restaurants for a fraction of the usual price. Throughout the city, restaurants participate in “Restaurant Week” where they offer a three-course lunch for $24.07 (& some even offer dinner for $35). Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out a restaurant that may usually be out of your budget, or test some new restaurants with a little less financial risk. Check out my tips for enjoying Restaurant Week.


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.

New York Train Show

See New York City in a different way at the NY Holiday Train show at the New York Botanical Garden through Jan 9th. There’s a quarter-mile of track along 140 New York City landmarks including the original Yankee stadium, St. Patrick’s cathedral and even a new flight center at the JFK airport. Each structure is crafted from small dried plants! And for extra holiday spirit check out the Discovery Center for Gingerbread Adventures where you can learn about the plants that give life and spice to the season’s favorite edible people.



New Wing at MFA

Boston’s Museum of Fine Art welcomes a new wing with The Art of Americas wing, unveiled November 20th. The addition doubles the number of objects from the collection on view, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades. Ancient America, Native America, Colonial America and 20th century art through the 1970s are just some examples of the various timeframes that will be displayed throughout three levels. The museum will feature 53 new galleries- there’s even four behind-the-scenes galleries! Adjoining the new wing is the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro courtyard, a spectacular light-filled glass structure open to MFA visitors and for special events. And don’t forget the first Friday of every month is celebrated at the MFA with live music, a cash bar and a delicious tapas menu from 5:30-9:30 pm!


Hot for Haute Nightclub

If you are hot for exciting nightlife Picture 11and fashion inspired décor, you might want to make your way over to Haute nightclub, the newest edition to the West Hollywood clubbing scene. The reason everyone is buzzing about this new nightclub isn’t just its perfect location and stylish feel; it’s because Haute is the new epicenter for Hollywood events and will soon become the home to many celebs.

Located on Robertson Boulevard, Haute features drinks, dining, dancing and an unbelievable patio. This place caters to everyone, from the clubber to the lounger, and is making a big splash in the Los Angeles nightlife scene. If you are in the mood to bring a little class to your night out on the town, you might as well make it haute.

Arts on N Street Festival

August 7-8 and 14-15, 2010. Washington Convention Center. The Arts on N Festival is a new summer event in Washington DC sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to provide a free affordable art festival featuring work by District artists, organizations and local businesses.

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Have an Eco-Friendly Night’s Sleep at Element

Recent trends in lifestyle have been about elementsgreener spaces, relaxing environments, and soothing your spirit. Westin Hotel took note of this trend, and created the new line of Element Hotels. With a new Element open in Irving/Las Colinas by DFW airport, travelers and residents alike have a chance to try out this new hotel concept.

Complimentary nutritious breakfast is a stress-free way to start your day, or should you choose to work in your room, there are paper recycling bins in each. (Not to mention recycled materials in carpets and low VOC interior paints, which everyone can feel good about.) Full-sized, energy efficient appliances are available for making a quick snack or preparing your own meal. Bathrooms are environmentally friendly as well; rain shower heads with shower wand helps conserve water. You won’t find wasted plastic mini-bottles of shampoo and conditioner  either-those are dispensed in the shower to cut down on clutter and increase the eco-friendly nature. The Element Hotel is full of forward thinking ideas that help you sleep better at night, both literally and figuratively.

Posh and Indulgent at Barclay Prime

When you order a cut of beef at most steakhouses, the server just asks, “baked potato or mashed?” but when the server at Barclay Prime also gives you a selection of German and Japanese knives in order to cut your prime beef, you know you’re getting a unique and glamorous twist on the traditional steakhouse. Picture 45

Set inside the chic 1929 Barclay building in Rittenhouse Square, this new Stephen Starr masterpiece is as aged and rich as the top quality NY strip being served. Before diving in to your meal, have a martini- Mad Men style- in the mahogany, 1960’s boutique-inspired bar. After, indulge with traditional steakhouse favorites, from every cut of beef imaginable to decadent a la carte sides such as truffle mac & cheese. Yummy seafood is offered for the less carnivorous ones, along with some contemporary American treats- the Kobe Beef Sliders being a favorite. If indulgence and luxury is what you’re seeking for the evening, you will find this posh spot completely worth the trip!

So Chic And So Good: Terzo Piano at the AIC

When the Modern Wing of the AIC unveiled in 2009, it gave the already gigantic museum an additional whopping 65,000 square feet of modern galleries designed by Renzo Piano. Thankfully, Chicago also got a restaurant out of it: Terzo Piano. Those who don’t have time to do the museum can still enjoy the fresher-than-fresh offerings from the restaurant as well as its striking views of Millennium Park and Chi-town skyline.Picture 6

With salads so fresh you wonder where the garden is, delectable flatbreads and entrees, taste anything they offer and you’ll realize Chef Tony Mantuano (of Spiaggia) can do no wrong! And after your main course, it’s simply a must that you indulge in the cava di stagionatura or the authentic cheese cave. Fresh picks of cheese from neighboring masters in Wisconsin and imported delights from around the globe are the perfect way to finish your extended lunch or dinner.

As for the decor, think Modern Wing baby. Just as the wing was designed, so was the restaurant. Stark, clean white is complemented by earth accents of subtle metal and wood: so chic and so, so good.

Sleek Grand Opening of Le Meridien

Picture 46What’s black and white and red all over? Philadelphia’s Le Meridien, of course! This sleek spot in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district is a new product from the luxurious Le Meridien hotels. This hot and posh hotel group has over 120 hotels in 50 different countries, so if anyone knows hotels, it’s these guys. In keeping with its worldwide tradition of upscale accommodations, Le Meridien has 10 stories of stylish rooms, a Grand Ballroom fit for weddings and meetings looking over Philadelphia’s magestic City Hall, and a chic bar and brasserie, Amuse, which offers traditional French bistro fare.

All the comfort, plus the award-winning concierge staff will guarantee that you have a great stay while in Philadelphia. Even though the place has it all, if you ever do happen to want to leave, it is less than a block away from the Convention Center and other Philly sightseeing to satisfy every need.

WWII Memorial is DC’s Newest for the World’s Greatest War

When you think of the word “memorial” in Washington D.C., the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorial. Well, it’s time to add the brand new World War II Memorial to the must-see list. With 56 granite columns split between two half-circles framing the Rainbow Pool and its fountains, this beautiful memorial honors the service of 16 million members of the Armed Forces and the 405,399 American casualties during WWII.

Picture 12As the only 20th century war honored on the National Mall, it has plenty of interesting things to see, many of which are full of symbolism and beauty. The granite columns symbolize the unity of the 48 states (at the time of the war), seven federal territories and Washington D.C. during WWII. Two 43-foot tall pavilions honor American victory on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts.

Away from the bright and bustling area and around the Rainbow Pool is a solemn wall of 4,048 Gold Stars, where each star pays tribute to 100 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. There are also areas where dozens of battle names and military campaign designations are carved into stone. The memorial also offers several hidden treasures, such as the famous “Kilroy was here” graffiti.

Visitors can search the WWII Registry, a computerized database that honors Americans from the war. There are also daily tours, as well as more in-depth walking and bicycle tours that visit other areas as well.

Royal Treatment at the Ritz-Carlton Denver

Opening in 2008, the Ritz-Carlton Denver is the newest kid on the block—and boy, is he rich. Befitting one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hotel chains, this downtown accommodation lavishes its guests with every amenity imaginable. Nearly half of the 200 rooms are suites, but even the “basic”Picture 11 accommodations—purportedly the largest in the city—boast featherbeds and Frette robes, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

Meanwhile, if you need to whip your body back into shape after an extravagant meal at Elway’s Steakhouse, the health club is equipped with everything from a basketball court to a climbing wall, while the spa offers such specialized treatments as a Thai herbal poultice and a four-hand massage.

Rocker Jamie Jo Harris Parties at The Wall

The newest lifetime member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is also an It Girl on the Miami social scene. Jamie Jo Harris is one part rock-chic jewelry designer, one part Kylie Minogue-esque singer-songwriter, so when she wants to let loose, it’s always on a dance floor, and more often than not it’s at W South Beach’s new hotspot The Wall.

Jamie Jo told citybuzz that if you’re Picture 33looking for a “great ‘in spot,'” then Wall is one of the elite places to go in Miami. Describing it as “very fresh and chic,” this lounge/club just opened in 2009 and is as sleek a club as the W is a hotel. Outfitted in a gold and black theme and refreshingly high ceilings covered with gold copper mesh, Wall sets the stage for a glamorous night of dancing and bottle service. The dance floor is nearly as spacious as the airy ceiling levels. The ever changing lights of purples, reds and greens against the wall is an added bonus to get you in the mood for a serious night of partying to hip hop and Top 40 mixes. If you’re lucky, you might even catch Jamie Jo behind the DJ booth, spinning the killer mix that has everyone dancing.

As one of the newest nightclubs on SoBe and with VIP events happening every week, Wall’s velvet rope is one of the hardest- and best- to get through.

*** Jamie Jo Harris is a singer-songwriter and founder of jewelry line, Belle Coeur. Jamie Jo’s latest album, In Violet, features the hit single “U Turn Me On,” featuring none other than legendary vocalist Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

Gold Room is New and On Fire

Picture 17Before the law ended the good times at the Gold Club, the infamous strip club that scored national headlines, everybody who was anybody was there, and that’s exactly the vibe that the Gold Room resurrects. Still in the exact location that ironically boasted a church after its closing, there’s plenty of prayer-worthy, vintage inspired debauchery on the menu- sans strippers.

Taking its current inspiration from New York and Las Vegas, the Gold Room, with its sexy, dark velvet décor, aims to deliver the ultimate “ultra lounge” experience, even allowing VIPs to look down on the action from the window-encased second floor. It boasts a one of a kind champagne bar and an expansive signature cocktail menu to cure the most luxurious of palates. And, for entertainment, it’s not unusual to catch an aerialist with minimal golden clothing and dancers, outfitted in golden, vintage ensembles with flaming torches, on Saturday nights.

Monday nights are hip-hop cool with producer/music exec Jermaine Dupri typically doing a stint in the DJ booth. LeBron James and Sean “Diddy” Combs have dipped in then but others like Lenny Kravitz, Fred Schneider of the B52s, The Black Eyed Peas’s will.i.am and even Ms. “Tardy for the Party” herself, Kim Zolciak of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame, have popped in on other nights.

This time around, everything that glitters is golden.

Sophisticated Revelry at Josephine

For a night of swanky partying, be sure to hit Josephine – one of the newer hot spots on the K Street club scene.  Opened in February 2008, josephine2Josephine is a favorite amongst exclusive club goers and the international party crowd with its chic décor and pulsating beats.

Travel to a different world within the District as you step inside this little slice of nightlife heaven, with vibrant, damask-printed columns and plush, custom-designed furniture vignettes, perfect for table service (a popular choice amongst regulars).

For a more intimate setting within the club, spend some time catching up over cocktails in the Gold Room – a smaller portion of the space, complete with an oversized gilded bar and trendy mirrored cocktail tables.

With exclusive DJ’s and some serious tunes, even the most conservative Washingtonians can’t help but dance beneath sparkling chandeliers to hip mash-ups, throbbing house music and rhythmic hip-hop beats. A crowd that’s dressed to the nines floods the dance floor until 3am on most weekend nights, so come prepared for a very chic dance party.

Insider Tip: Like most DC hotspots, Josephine operates with a guest list (and a discerning eye for fashionable guests) so be prepared for a hefty cover if you’re not on it.  Plan ahead and sign up on their website prior to arriving.  If you sign up before 9 PM, your name will be valid for the list that evening from 10pm – 11pm.

Recharge Your Battery at Fairmont Battery Wharf

With a vibrant harbor front and just steps to the North End, Boston’s Battery Wharf area has been completely revitalized, which is no wonder why the Fairmont chose to open its second location here. With a more intimate hotel- just 150 guestrooms to its 383-room Copley Plaza sister property- you certainly can’t compete with the waterfront views.

Picture 28Each room at the Fairmont Battery Wharf is spacious and includes all modern amenities such as iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions and IP telephones. Last year, the hotel opened Fairmont Gold here for those seeking more personalized service. A Fairmont Gold room features access to its own lounge, which offers complimentary continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres as well as an honor bar for cocktails.

Whether you come for a romantic getaway or weekend escape, the only thing you’ll be left wondering is whether the hotel or location is better.

Chow Down in Style at Mr. Chow

Picture 7No matter where a Mr. Chow restaurant opens, it instantly becomes a spot where everyone must go, especially celebrities. In Miami – in South Beach’s swanky W Hotel no less- Mr. Chow is brimming with elegance and style.

The Asian food here has to be called cuisine, because of offerings like fresh steamed sea bass filet and fresh lobster noodles – lobster tails sauteed in ginger sauce served on a bed of  handmade noodles. The flair and creativity with which the dishes are prepared is unequaled and so stands the reputation of this hot bed of Beijing-inspired yummy. Don’t come looking for honey chicken, General Tsao’s or special fried rice here, it’s non-existent.

Investigate DC’s Hot, New Museum: The Newseum

So you think you follow the news?  Think again. Inside a modern glass exterior, accented with a marble wall inscribed with the First Amendment, the impressive, newly renovated Newseum houses seven levels (and five centuries) of raw, groundbreaking, life-changing, history-making news – a little more than your typical history class or nightly news channel could ever offer!

The information “mecca” not only houses some of the most interesting news-related artifacts, images and technologies of our time, but it’s also extremely interactive making it the hottest new museum.  Try your hand at rnewseum2eporting and sit in the hot seat in the NBC News Interactive Newsroom.  For even more excitement, grab a seat (and some 3-D glasses!) at the I-Witness, a 4-D Time Travel Adventure, where visitors literally travel back in time with note-worthy journalists as they report on the most influential events in the history of news.

Other must-see exhibits include the Berlin Wall Gallery, the Pulitzer Prize Photograph Gallery (one of the most comprehensive collections of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos ever assembled), the emotional 9/11 Gallery and the G-Men & Journalists Gallery (an exhibit of the FBI’s relationship with the media, complete with the Unabomber’s actual cabin).

The most significant aspect of the museum, however, may be the museum’s objective of effectively bridging the gap between the media and the public – lending a sense of mutual understanding and purpose through visual, oral and written stories of time.

Insider Tip: Reflect on a moving experience by taking a trip up to the Hank Greenspun Terrace rooftop for arguably the best view of Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington’s “Main Street”) and the U.S. Capitol in the city.

Parx Casino: New and Xclusive

Parx Casino just opened outside of Philadelphia and showcases the futuristic side of gambling, replacing traditional tables with e-tables for all your favorite games.Picture 12

Parx is a meld of the City of Brotherly Love and classic casino. For events, it showcases local celebrities like famous radio host Jerry Blavat and up and coming DJs.

Parx also houses one of Philly’s favorite restaurants Chickies & Petes (crab fries, please!). C&P’s who just upped the anty on fun by allowing guests to reserve private rooms in the restaurant for groups to partake in play2, the “interactive sports bar.” Private rooms are stocked with your favorite video games for xbox, Wii and more so you can play, watch the game, and feel right at home.

From high rollers who get access to an “xclusive” gaming area to the bachelor/bachelorette destination you’ve been looking for, Parx covers the gamut for the area’s hottest casino. If you’re not into the 3,300 slots of gambling, head over to 360 – Parx’s club that features DJs, live entertainment, dancing, drinking and other shenanigans.

Aloft Hotel: Loft-Inspired Luxury

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to live in a downtown loft, a stay at the Aloft Hotel just might satisfy your curiosity. Nine foot tall ceilings and exposed original columns in the historic building give off an urban feel, but with a major dose of luxury; Bliss spa products, dreamy platform beds, and 42 inch televisions roPicture 6und out the rooms.

If you’d like to get your sweat or swim on, a fully-equipped fitness center and salt water heated pool are at your disposal. If exploring downtown Dallas is on your to-do list, simply walk out the front doors and you’re on your way. The hotel is literally steps from City Hall, the Dallas Convention Center, and numerous bars and restaurants.

Staying inside the hotel can prove to be just as exciting with the WXYZ bar located in the center of the modern-chic lobby. With rooms starting below $110 per night, you can experience the big city life at its finest with only a small dent in your pocketbook.

54 Mint Wine Bar’s Italian Charm

SOMA’s new 54 Mint Wine Bar is technically a three-in-one punch of vineria (wine bar), ristorante, and alimentari (food store), but really it’s all imported deliciousness. As the only distributor of some of its Italian fine wines to the straight-from-Italy sheep’s milk cheese and handmade Italian plates, 54 Mint serves up an authentic Italian meal that tastes even better coming from the hand of the heavily accented servers.

This hotspot is the work of native Umbrian owners Alberto Avalle (of NYC’s Il Buco fame) and Claudio Ricciolini- and 54 Mint can’t be a better ode to their homeland. Even the famous Umbrian olive oil is sprinkled into nearly every dish and is even displayed beautifully for customers to buy.

During good weather, make sure to hit up the patio for some great people watching in the trendy SOMA district.

W Hotel is Wicked Cool

Looking for the newest, coolest and hippest place to stay in Boston? The W Hotel has it all covered. From high tech modern amenities to a lively lobby “living room” that resembles a disco after dark, the W is already making a name for itself in the city.

Picture 10The all glass hotel, located smack dab in the Theater District directly across the street from the Citi Performing Arts Center, opened in November with 123 private residences if you can’t resist the urge to ever leave. The rooms here are spacious and modern with floor to ceiling windows, flat screen TVs and a docking station for MP3 players.

The underground bar, Descent, is popular with a younger crowd, while an older crowd flocks to W Lounge where you can also play a board game or check your email with the free high speed Internet access.

Be sure to book a reservation early at the popular casual restaurant, Market, as there are often long waits. If you’re looking to work off the calories you put on last night, head over to the on-site fitness center Sweat, or relax with a massage at Bliss, New York’s hottest spa, which finally made its Boston debut.

The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Has It All


The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel is a world of modern sophistication in the epicenter of Atlanta’s music and artistic scene. Discover a sense of arrival as you mingle with friends or co-workers in our inviting Atlanta luxury hotel lobby, showcasing an alluring fireplace, a floating 442-gallon salt water aquarium and dramatic backlit onyx ceiling and wall. The boutique Midtown Atlanta hotel is home to one of midtowns great dining experiences, Briza Restaurant, and local hotspot Rooftop 866. With its central location, this luxury hotel is steps from Georgia Tech, Piedmont Park and surrounded by attractions, restaurants and nightlife. The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown is among the premier hotels in Midtown Atlanta offering charming ballrooms and outdoor Terrace Space, accented by seating areas, cabanas and inspiring views ideal for intimate weddings or elegant affairs.

It’s SL If You Know Where To Go

Out with the old, in with the new. In New York nightlife, that means goodbye Britney fave Lotus, hello super-hot Simyone Lounge. What was once the VIP section (floor) of the Chelsea favorite Lotus is now an entire club that is so VIP it goes by its initialsPicture 9. Brought to you by the masters of meatpacking nightlife, EMM Group of Tenjune fortune, SL has all the same management, killer music, and strict doormen that make a club du jour a hot staple in New York City.

This highly anticipated re-opening has thus far lived up to its buzz. Opening during New York’s favorite holiday season, a.k.a. Fashion Week, SL brought in leggy models and the admiration of the hard-to-please New York Times. Since then both young and Hollywood have been making this their nightlife home, from the cast members of Gossip Girl to the likes of Demi Moore and Mickey Rourke.

If you’re one of the beautiful few that makes it past the door, the basement club is pure energy. At the front is a narrow bar/lounge (lounge is a term used very lightly, meaning bottle-service tables with large, leather couches) that opens up into a full-on standing room only club complete with rainbow disco balls and world-renowned DJ’s spinning techno, classic rock, top 40, and hip hop all in one night.

A Land with Anything but Waste: Wasteland Clothing

Whether it’s vintage or brand new, Wasteland has become a go-to shopping spot for fashion addicts, celebrity stylists and those looking for a good deal.

Though the racks of Wasteland can be filled with expensive vintage pieces ranging from Louboutin heels to Chanel bags, the store is also filled with clothing that was sold to the store by fellow Angelinos and can be very reasonably priced.

Selling to Wasteland is pretty similar to other consignment stores except for the fact that they are probably pickier. Their buying guide can be found online from what designers they are looking for to different trends and seasonal picks.

What makes Wasteland unlike other Los Angeles stores is that it takes away the “digging” you would probably do in other vintage stores. All the clothes are uniquely and thoughtfully purchased from sellers and can include vintage and new pieces. Wasteland will also come to your home to purchase large collections of vintage accessories and apparel.

One man’s treasures ends up at Wasteland.

John Paul Getty Museum of Art

LA’s newest museum is no ordinary experience. It starts with a 5 minute tram ride up to one of the mPicture 11ost valuable pieces of land in Los Angeles, a ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains, just above Brentwood. There your greeted with 16,000 tons of limestone, which make up the stunning facade of the John Paul Getty Museum of Art.
Designed by architect Richard Myer, the Getty is a source of pride for LA today, but it is surprising in exists at all. Surrounding communities put the architect through a 13 year fight over the design. The Getty specialty is 17th and 18th century decorative art, but you’ll also find sculptures, paintings, and illuminating manuscripts. Admission is free and the museum is open everyday, except Monday.