The Arts

Must-see MoMa: Highlights of New York’s Museum of Modern Art

September 5, 2016

Vibrant art of MoMa. Photo: Gus Powell/ Museum of Modern Art

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (known as MoMa) contains one of the world’s finest collections of modern art. In addition to its stellar permanent collection, MoMa presents temporary exhibitions (often one of the hottest tickets in NYC), and special events. But with six floors of galleries and thousands of works, navigating the vast museum can be challenging. So here is a concise guide to MoMa and it must-see artworks.

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Destinations, The Arts

Samba! The sound of Rio de Janeiro

July 27, 2016
Samba Rio de Janeiro

Samba pervades many aspects of Rio’s culture. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Samba is the national music of Brazil – and the quintessential sound of Rio de Janeiro. Both a musical genre and type of dance, samba has inspired festivals, food, fashion and visual arts. With its propulsive rhythm and voluptuous dance moves, samba is among of the world’s most popular music. Where better to experience authentic samba than its birthplace, Rio de Janeiro?

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Rio de Janeiro: Savor Carioca Culture

July 21, 2016
Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

A “maravilhosa” sight: the beach of Ipanema. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Rio de Janeiro is known for it spectacular natural beauty, but the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) is also home to a rich local culture. Cariocas, as the people of Rio are known, have developed a culture that reflects their character – diverse, sensual, vibrant and reveling in the pleasures of life. Superb food, art, design and, of course, music and dance are elements of Rio’s distinct carioca culture.

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Destinations, The Arts

Dresden: Opulent City of Music

June 12, 2016
Dresden, Germany

In beautiful Dresden, there’s music in the air. Photo: Geolina163 via Wikipedia CC

Dresden, the enchanting city on the River Elbe, has long been a center of exceptional music. Home to superb musical ensembles, world-renowned opera, numerous music festivals and prestigious music academies, Dresden has drawn music lovers for centuries. You may have even heard of a few…like Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Schumann and Strauss. With its abundant roster of concerts and events, Dresden offers an embarrassment of musical riches.

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Culinary Culture

California’s Lodi Wine Region

May 19, 2016
Lodi, CA Vineyard

One of the many vineyards surrounding Lodi. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Exploring Northern California’s Wine Country is a quintessential pleasure in the Golden State. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are justly renowned and favorite destinations of wine enthusiasts. But they’ve become so popular they’re sometimes quite crowded; the roads clogged with traffic and tastings rooms packed with tour groups. Fortunately for wine lovers there is a superb alternative that is convenient, yet still rural and relaxed – the Lodi Wine region. In fact, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Lodi the Wine Region of the Year for 2015.

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