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Artistic, Creative & Fun, Provincetown Is Always a Blast!

October 29, 2014 by  

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I loved Cape Cod’s Provincetown when I used to hang out there on summer weekends twenty years ago and I love it today. On a recent trip there over the summer, I discovered how little had changed over the years. Its history dates back to the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620 and the Mayflower Compact, no grave surprise give its strategic geographic location and the fact that it’s surrounded by water. As colorful and fun as ever, this heavily touristed town at the very tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, continues to actively throw parties, festivals and other cultural activities that draw the crowds. From the summer to the early fall, they have dozens of events, which range from a celebration of whales, a homemade boat race, WorldFest, the Sea Bike Trek and the Afterglow Alternative Performance Arts Festival to Grape Stomp, Tennessee Williams Festival, Castle Hill Annual Art Auction and the GLAD Summer party. LGBT: the town itself is known for its large gay and lesbian population and because of it, Provincetown continually attracts a fun crowd who seem to want to play hard. I love this about this Cape Cod…

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Learning Something New in Kansas City

October 27, 2014 by  

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Frequent travelers know about the major cities in the world and this is where they flock for the most part – Paris, London, Dublin, New York, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, Sydney, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Berlin…..but what about the lesser known gems that have a whole lotta culture but perhaps not the draw of a non-urban getaway that the allure of Canada or Patagonia’s natural beauty provides? And yet, in the serene wildwest, Kansas City has it’s fair share of natural beauty, from sunsets to architecture as is the case of these two beautiful shots of the Kansas City Mormon Temple. Rolling into Kansas City, you might just notice a quirky blend of a growing urban center with innovation and cultural activities you wouldn’t have expected ten or even five years ago. The city is changing and as it does, it gives a fresh new impression to the phrase America’s Midwest. Some of this is due to the fact that Kansas City has had a history of hosting industries others haven’t – like Minneapolis in that there’s a twin city thang going on between…

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Fun in Paris Design: Des Habits Tues & Guillaume Trontin

October 25, 2014 by  

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I discovered a fabulous designer in the Paris scene while I was meandering through the Marais over the summer. His name? Guillaume Trontin. His site? Des Habits Tues, where you can get an idea of his style. While he didn’t have his own shop yet as of mid-summer, he is actively participating in what Paris calls “pop up shops,” which is a shop or site that houses different designers depending on the day. I saw his clothing line at a small shop I’ve been to several times in the Marais over the years, off a little side street, but it’s not where you’ll find him if you venture to Paris. His site tells you where he’ll be showing his latest on particular dates. For example, he has shown at places like Boutique Ephemere on 38 rue des francs bourgeouis (closest metro is St. Paul) and Galerie Ste-Opportune at 1 place ste-opportune (closest metro is Chatelet). He has also shown at Galerie L11 on 11 rue letort (closest metro Jules Joffrin). Best way to describe his design? Fresh, fun and colorful. While fun is more the order of the day than elegant, he showed me a few…

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Canva On iPad For Creating Great Designs On The Go

October 21, 2014 by  

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Whether you are a social media professional or just a professional in any career -  graphics is an important part of presentations, events, group, online and meeting communications.  In the past expensive and complicated graphics software was needed to create and “size” graphics. I have been following and learning about social media from Guy Kawaski for years and recently he shared information about Canva as a great website to create graphics. I started using Canva for my social media and professional graphic projects and was thrilled at how easy it was for even people like me (graphically challenged).  I just received a press release that Canva is now available on the iPad, which makes it even easier to create graphics on the go!
“Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online. Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. 
 Key Features: “Design for…

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UBUNTU Music & Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall This Month

October 21, 2014 by  

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The Ubuntu Festival, which is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s rich musical heritage, launched on October 8, 2014 and runs through November 5 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. South Africa is a dizzying patchwork of cultures and languages with 11 official tongues, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. From this diversity emerges a dynamic and impassioned cultural life like none other on earth. Carnegie Hall salutes this vibrant nation with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. Roughly translating to mean “I am because you are,” ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, influencing recent moves of reconciliation and inclusion in South Africa that were fostered by the late Nelson Mandela. Dedicated to Mandela’s legacy, Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa’s vibrant musical culture. The festival also extends throughout New York City with events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, art exhibitions, and more. “In creating the Ubuntu festival, we were inspired by the cultural life of this incredibly diverse country,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director in a South Africa media…

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Over a Million Flood Toronto’s Streets For The Nuit Blanche Art Festival

October 21, 2014 by  

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Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival that takes place in various cities around the world, including Toronto.  It starts at sunset and finishes up at sunrise. Over one million people flood the streets and take in the various exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. This is what it looked like on Queen Street West this year.   Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands
  Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands   Over the years, the festival itself has been great and other years, boring. Last year, dry. This year, fun and inspiring. People enjoyed themselves and the energy was great.One of the exhibits that really made it for me was the Global Rainbow. Created by Yvette Mattern, it consists of a ‘high specification laser light projection beaming in parallel horizontal lines creating a natural perspective horizon arc simulating a natural rainbow arc with a trajectory of up to 60 km’. Impressive. It wasn’t projecting that far but it can be seen from virtually any point in downtown Toronto. Three people supervise the installation from the top of a parking lot in Kensington Market, about 2km NNW of…

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Idea Festival 2014 For Those Who Are Forever Curious

October 19, 2014 by  

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Imagine an eclectic conference in the heart of bourbon country that brings together thought leaders, big thinkers, educators, scientists, politicians, urban planners, technologists, authors, artists, students and musicians under one roof? And…that is not by all means an exhaustive list. Idea Festival is the one event that I’ve jumped on an airplane for every year, bound for Louisville Kentucky to make the time for a four day discussion on creativity and innovation. Last year’s event coverage will give you a taste of who they attract and while the focus may change slightly depending on who’s on the main stage, the mission remains the same: to Stay Curious. Hear from founder and the force behind Idea Festival Kris Kimel; a snippet from a video I shot a couple of years ago will demonstrate his passion for the event and why he started it.  Think of it as an intellectual playground in one of America’s most interesting southern cities where people celebrate ideas, creativity and transformational learning across multiple disciplines, including science, technology, design, education, philosophy, business and the arts. While not in any of these categories, Walgreen’s Chief Diversity Officer Steve

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Hrönn Marinósdóttir Chats About The Reykjavik International Film Festival

October 17, 2014 by  

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I recently sat down with Hrönn Marinósdóttir, the very busy Festival Director for the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). We talked about film in Iceland, the humble beginnings of RIFF, the obstacles the festival has faced, the unique ways film goers can watch a film here (it involves swimming pools and caves)and of course, where the festival goes from here. I thank Hrönn for taking time out of our day to spend some time. If you love venturing to off-the-beaten-path adventures sprinkled with culture, then RIFF is for you.


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