RelatedBrexit: Travelling to the EU with a UK passportThere could be some important changes coming for UK citizens travelling to Europe. Here’s what we know so far to help you be prepared. Have you checked your passport? First things first – make sure you check your passport is still valid. That’s because in the event of a no-deal Brexit,…Top tips for peace of mind when you travelIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, then you’re hopefully in for an exciting year. But whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or you’re venturing off solo for the first time, we know that planning even the most longed-for holidays can bring its own anxieties. From insurance…Skyscanner’s essential packing listPacking for your next adventure is never easy. Hours are spent umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether you really need 17 tops for that one-week trip, before you arrive at the airport and realise you’ve left something vitally important… like your passport. Our packing list will help you get yourself organised,… 2. Thou shalt check in online as well as double-check airport informationThese days it’s the norm to check-in online before your trip, so make sure you do this as soon as you can and print off your boarding pass to avoid any airport delays. On the topic of airports – are you sure you are going to the right airport? For example, there are five London airports, so make sure it’s Gatwick not Heathrow you need to go to. When you’re en route, find out in advance which terminal you’re departing from to avoid that last minute moment of panic.To make your travel experience a bit easier, listen to Skyscanner’s podcast about airport annoyances and how to beat them3. Thou shalt label luggageAlways label your luggage. It’s a simple rule but many of us forget it and it’s a big helping hand to airline staff to ensure your baggage does not get lost. On the outward journey, don’t display your home address on the outside of the label, instead write down the address of your destination hotel, your flight details and have your home address on the inside. Include your email address and contact number in case your bag goes missing. Also take a photograph of your luggage in case you need to show this to anyone to help identify it if you lose it. It’s also a good idea to use something distinctive to label your bag – for example a colourful ribbon. Suitcases can look very similar and it’s easy to pick up someone else’s by mistake. 4. Thou shalt get travel insuranceIt may feel like an unnecessary expense – but the day you don’t buy it, you’ll need it! Don’t automatically go for the cheapest option, instead take the time to compare different companies, read reviews and the small print and consider an annual policy if you travel several times a year. Anything can happen when you go away – from lost lugagge to stolen money and cancelled flights, so it’s best to be safe than sorry. You’ll appreciate it the one day you do need it. 5. Thou shalt prepare for the journey homeYour full focus may be on the holiday itself, but don’t let the dream holiday have a dreary end by failing to prepare for the journey home. If you’ve driven to the airport – where are the car keys? More importantly where is your car parked and who’s got the parking ticket? Also where have you put your house keys? It’s a great idea to have a separate clear plastic ziplock bag in your hand luggage with all the items for your return journey home – so have all your keys in here as well as the parking ticket and a piece of paper with the car park information. On top of this – have some of your home currency – for example a few coins in case you need a trolley at the airport. 6. Thou shalt check for vaccination requirementsDon’t overlook the vaccinations and assume you had them all years ago. Certain vaccinations need a booster after a number of years, and there may be ones you’ve not had yet. There are certain countries that require vaccination certificates to travel so be sure to check vaccination requirements before you go on your trip. Also don’t forget to look into any other medications you may need for example – malaria tablets and you should always have a first aid kit with you.7. Thou shalt print off the name and address of the hotelThere’s nothing more frustrating than arriving in a new city, but being delayed en route to the hotel. Don’t assume the taxi driver will automatically know the address if you give him/her the name of the hotel. Instead, it’s always best to be prepared and have the full address of the hotel and a map too. Also print off your reservation voucher and the phone number of the hotel in case you need to get a local to speak to the hotel staff to get clearer directions. Find your ideal hotel with Skyscanner’s Hotels app8. Thou shalt get foreign currencyShop around before you leave to find the best rate. It’s a bad idea to get the money at the airport as the counters here often have the worst exchange rates. Instead look into ordering currency online or picking it up beforehand. Also try to have smaller denominations if possible so you are able to tip the taxi driver or porter if you are staying at a hotel. 9. Thou shalt remember the travel adaptorsYou’ve remembered your phone charger, but did you remember the travel adaptor? Ideally bring a couple and have one in your hand luggage and one in your checked luggage. If you do forget it, it’s a good idea to check with the hotel reception as they will often have a collection of chargers past visitors have left. Another tip – if your charger needs a USB port, sometimes flat screen TVs at hotels may have a spare port you can use.10. Thou shalt pack lightlyWe all have the urge to overpack, but do you really need so many pairs of shoes? A lighter suitcase means more room for shopping and less danger of airport stress when you’re charged extra for a heavy bag. You should always be prepared for the worst case scenario – i.e. the airline losing your luggage or someone taking it by mistake, so make sure you have a change of clothes and some essentials in your carry-on bag. Also – to check your bags aren’t over the weight limit, be sure to invest in some luggage scales to eliminate the guesswork. For more top travel tips, check out these 10 common travel problems and how to deal with themWant to make your flight experience more comfortable? Read these 10 ways to make Economy feel like First ClassReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map We’ve all had holiday nightmares before; whether it’s expired passports, getting lost on the way to the airport or forgetting to buy travel insurance. A stress-free holiday isn’t as hard to achieve as you may think, all you have to do is adhere to these important holiday commandments:1. Thou shalt check all travel documentsYou may have remembered your passport, but this doesn’t mean you’ve got the green light to travel. There are several important checks to carry out before embarking on any journey. Firstly, make sure your passport hasn’t expired, and if it is in date, be aware that some countries require you to have at least six months left before you need to renew it. Secondly, if your passport is in date, remember that certain places require at least two blank pages that they can stamp. Have you checked if the country you are travelling to has visa requirements? You may be refused entry if you don’t have a valid visa. Be sure to make copies (paper as well as digital that you email to yourself).
**Insurance policy prices will vary depending on provider, driver experience, and country of rental. RelatedCheap car hire dealsMany of us don’t always think about car hire when we go on holiday, but when there are such cheap deals available, why not rent a car so you can save money on taxis and explore that much more of your next holiday spot.Driving abroad: Top tips for 10 fly-drive destinationsSpeed limits, strange traffic signs, unique laws and handy driving tips: we bring you essential guides to driving abroad in 10 popular fly-drive holiday destinations.Stop being afraid and start travelling: Top tips for solo adventuresHave you always wanted to take that dream trip, but find yourself worrying about when to book, what to pack or not knowing the language? Forget your fears and check out our guide to taking the first brave steps into the world of independent travelling. Check prices for ‘hidden extras’ Find car hire deals How to get a better deal on car hire abroad Basically, the insurance company will pay your excess if anything goes wrong – like if the car is stolen or damaged. Always double check the terms and conditions of what you’re signing up for, and bring a copy of the policy with you so you know exactly what it covers and how to make a claim. If you can, try and return your car at the same time of day as you picked it up. Car hire companies count it as a full day if you drop it off later than you picked it up. So if you collect your car at 10am on Tuesday and bring it back at noon on Wednesday, you’ll be charged for two days even although you’re only using it for 26 hours. 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When you buy full coverage insurance from the car hire company, it can end up costing more than the vehicle itself. It’s cheaper to organise your own excess waiver insurance policy separately – it can cost as little as £40** per year for driving in Europe. Ready to start comparing? Search below to check out car hire prices for your next holiday Different car hire companies have different prices for extras – such as unlimited mileage, second drivers and insurance excess – so shop around a bit before booking. With Skyscanner you can compare it all on one page, so you don’t have to keep switching between browser tabs. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Be smart about your second driver If you don’t need a second driver for the whole holiday, it’s usually cheaper to just add them for a day or two. This is handy for the heavy driving days – like road trips or long journeys to and from the airport. Some companies offer a free second driver, so double check when making your booking. Browse deals from big car hire companies Sometimes it’s more expensive to pick up a car in the city centre than it is at the airport. As most places have express airport buses, it’s easy to get there to pick up your car. Rent in 24 hour blocks The most incredible European road trips for late summer Bring your own child car seat Remember to fuel up Feeling inspired? Search flights now There are some seriously amazing deals out there, but we reckon there’s always room for improvement. Here are a few quick and easy tips on how to save money on car hire abroad. The best fuel policy for all car hire companies is to return with a FULL tank. Full to Empty policies are bad value as you pay for a full tank, which you’re unlikely to use all of – we don’t recommend coasting into the airport on fumes. Research the nearest petrol station before you set off and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Car hire companies charge more than forecourt prices to top up the tank, so don’t skip the last step! Consider an annual excess waiver insurance policy 15 surprising driving laws: rules of the road revealed 9 of the best UK beaches you probably haven’t heard of *Car hire prices are based on Skyscanner search results at time of writing in June 2019. Get ready to plan your next road trip From exploring medieval castles to basking on hidden beaches, when you hire a car you really get more from your holiday. With lots of low-cost providers and great deals it won’t eat into your budget too much, either. It’s always worth double-checking the luggage policies, but most airlines let you bring a child car seat for free along with a pushchair. This doesn’t eat into your luggage allowance, so you can still pack your epic swimsuit collection. 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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., and NEW YORK– Montage Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Marquis Jet, the leader in private jet cards, as the luxury hotel management and development company’s private aviation partner.According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, “the partnership presents exclusive benefits for Montage guests as well as for Marquis Jet Card Owners.”“Montage formed this alliance with Marquis Jet, a pre-eminent brand that shares our commitment to quality and personalized service, to offer our guests a proven and versatile resource for their diverse private jet travel needs,” states Alan Fuerstman, founder & CEO, Montage Hotels & Resorts. “We serve discerning clientele who want the world’s best choices for business and leisure travel.”“Every day, Marquis Jet Card Owners have access to the unrivaled quality, safety and service of NetJets® that allows them to take control of their time and to maximize their lives,” says Ken Austin, president of Marquis Jet. “We are excited to form this partnership with Montage Hotels & Resorts and to give Montage guests and our Marquis Jet Card Owners special benefits at these incredible hotel locations. Utilizing the Marquis Jet Card is the ideal way for guests to visit Montage properties in a safe, easy and comfortable manner, saving precious time versus commercial travel options.”The Marquis Jet Card program provides access to the NetJets fleet through an exclusive alliance between the two companies. NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company (NYSE: BRKA), is the worldwide leader in fractional jet ownership. NetJets manages and operates the world’s largest and most diversified private jet fleet of more than 800 aircraft, staffs the most highly trained and experienced pilots, and has the commitment and the resources to be the safest and most secure private aviation company in the world.About Montage Hotels & ResortsMontage Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and resort management company founded in 2002 by Alan Fuerstman. Designed to serve affluent travelers and homeowners, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings that offer comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. Montage Laguna Beach, the company’s flagship oceanfront resort, opened in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California, in 2003. Montage Beverly Hills, the company’s second hotel, opened in Beverly Hills in 2008 and is the first Gold LEED certified hotel and residences in Southern California. Other properties under development include Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, scheduled to open in 2010, and an oceanfront resort and residences with championship golf course coming soon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. www.montagehotels.com.About Marquis JetMarquis Jet is the leader in private jet cards. Through its exclusive alliance with NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company (NYSE: BRKA), Marquis Jet provides the convenience, quality and safety of the world’s premier fractional aircraft ownership program 25 hours at a time. The Marquis Jet Card is available throughout North America, catering to businesses and individuals who desire access to the world’s best fleet and service. Business Traveler Magazine, Executive Travel Magazine, Robb Report and Flight International have recognized the Marquis Jet Card as the number one private jet card program. The Marquis Jet Card program is operated by NetJets Aviation, Inc. or NJI, Inc. under their respective FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificates. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at www.MarquisJet.com or call 1-866-JET-1400. Please refer to Marquis Program Documents for more complete details. Program flights operated by NetJets companies under their respective FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificates. Marquis Jet Card Owners acquire a sublease in a pre-paid NetJets fractional aircraft ownership interest. *Marquis Jet is an independent company not affiliated with NetJets and through its exclusive U.S. alliance sells the Marquis Jet Card.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – The Tuscany on GraceBay is looking to help couples ignite the flame or to rekindle the spark with little damage to the wallet. The luxury hotel is offering a deluxe romance getaway package just in time for Valentine’s Day.The five night/six day Fall in Love & Save package features lavish one-bedroom, one-bathroom oceanfront suites equipped with full gourmet kitchen, living/dining room and wrap-around screened patio. Special services and amenities include a private in-room 50-minute Swedish couple’s massage, daily continental breakfast, a complimentary bottle of champagne and box of chocolate upon arrival and roundtrip airport transfers. The package, a savings of 22%, is priced at $3,970, inclusive of tax and is valid from January 15 – April 30, 2009.www.thetuscanyresort.com
The Latest: Trump left ‘furious,’ with Bannon over new book WASHINGTON – The Latest on a new book about President Donald Trump (all times local):(backslash)(backslash)3:30 a.m.The White House says President Donald Trump was left feeling “furious” and “disgusted” after claims by his former top adviser Steve Bannon in a new book. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained Wednesday the book contained “outrageous” and “completely false claims against the president, his administration and his family.” The criticism was spurred by an unflattering book by Michael Wolff that paints Trump as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of the presidency.11:45 p.m.A lawyer for President Donald Trump is threatening legal action against former White House strategist Steve Bannon over what he calls “disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements” in a new book.Trump attorney Charles Harder has sent a letter to Bannon, saying the former Trump aide violated confidentiality agreements by speaking with reporter Michael Wolff for a book. The letter demands Bannon “cease and desist” any further disclosure of confidential information.In the book, Bannon is quoted as describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.”Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ABC News first reported the letter from Harder.___6:15 p.m.President Donald Trump is blasting his former chief strategist ahead of the release of a new, unflattering book.Trump says that when Steve Bannon was fired, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”The new book by Michael Wolff offers a series of explosive revelations and allegations. It paints Trump as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to old friends.Bannon is quoted as describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.”___2:05 p.m.Representatives for President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are pushing back against an explosive new book that, among other things, says Trump never expected to be elected and that his wife shed tears, but not of joy, on election night.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, is filled with “false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House.”Sanders continues, “Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy.”Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, says: “Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and, in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.”___1:25 p.m.President Donald Trump is blasting his former chief strategist ahead of the release of a new, unflattering book.Trump says in the statement Wednesday that when Bannon was fired, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”A new book by writer Michael Wolff offers a series of explosive revelations, including that Trump never expected to win the 2016 presidential race.An adaptation of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” published Wednesday in New York magazine says Trump believed his nomination would boost his brand and deliver “untold opportunities.”An excerpt published by The Guardian says Bannon described a Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” by The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2018 11:10 am PDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 1:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
LONDON – British theatre critics on Wednesday praised a new stage musical about the life of Tina Turner — one that also has the approval of the star herself.Turner was in the audience for the opening night of “Tina” at London’s Aldwych Theatre. After the show Tuesday, she joked that “I’ve found a replacement” in Adrienne Warren, who plays the brassy singer in the musical.The show charts Turner’s roots in small-town Tennessee, her musical apprenticeship alongside abusive husband Ike Turner and her solo breakthrough in the 1980s with hits such as “Private Dancer” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”With a script by American playwright Katori Hall, “Tina” is driven by powerhouse tunes and a performance by Warren that the Guardian newspaper called “simply astonishing.”The newspaper’s Michael BiIlington called the show “a heady celebration of triumph over adversity … (that) boasts a whirlwind performance by Adrienne Warren that left the audience, though not the star herself, breathless.”Warren, an American performer who was nominated for a Tony Award for “Shuffle Along” on Broadway, looks set to become a London stage star with a performance judged “stupendous” by The Independent newspaper.In the Daily Mail, Quentin Letts said Warren’s voice was a match for Turner’s, and “could reduce the very citadel of Jericho to rubble.”Critics also praised British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith for making Ike Turner a rounded character rather than a two-dimensional villain.The musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, one of the team behind the frothy stage and screen hit “Mamma Mia.” This is a much grittier tale that doesn’t flinch from depicting the violence Turner suffered — something some found an odd fit with the musical genre. Time Out critic Andrzej Lukowski wondered: “Is a feel-good jukebox musical the absolute best medium to tell a story about domestic abuse?The 78-year-old Turner, however, has given the show her blessing. Its message, she said as she joined the cast onstage for a curtain call, is that “it’s possible to turn poison into medicine.” by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 4:44 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, musician Tina Turner, left, poses for photographers with actress Adrienne Warren, who plays Tina Turner, during a photo call to promote the launch of the musical ‘Tina’, in London. British theater critics are praising a stage musical about the life of Tina Turner, and it also has the approval of the star herself. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File) Simply the best? UK critics praise Tina Turner stage musical
Madonna loses battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter NEW YORK, N.Y. – Pop star Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.Last year, a judge ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull the items from its impending rock ‘n’ roll-themed auction after the Material Girl sought an emergency court order.In a decision revealed Monday, the judge dismissed the case on grounds the statute of limitations to recover the items had passed.The auction house told The New York Times it had done due diligence on the items and was confident Madonna had no claim.The company says the auction will be in July.Starting bid for the Tupac letter is $100,000.___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 5:58 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, Madonna performs on stage during the Women’s March rally, in Washington. Madonna has lost her battle to prevent an auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair. In a decision revealed Monday, April 23, 2018, a judge dismissed the case on grounds the statute of limitations to recover the items had passed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Pierre Audi’s journey from Lebanon to Aix-en-Provence This 2015 photo released by the Dutch National Opera shows opera director and arts programmer Pierre Audi, who is wrapping up a 30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera to take charge of the month-long Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected summer music festivals. (Sarah Wong/Dutch National Opera via AP) Aix marks the spot where Pierre Audi is planting his next flag in a lifelong crusade for innovation and diversity in the performing arts, passions that trace back to his boyhood in Lebanon.The celebrated opera director and arts programmer, wrapping up a 30-year tenure at the Dutch National Opera, is taking charge of the monthlong Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected summer music festivals.What’s more, he’s also keeping his job as artistic director of New York’s Park Avenue Armory and also undertaking some high-profile directing assignments, starting with Wagner’s “Parsifal” to open this year’s Munich Opera Festival.Some might think this demanding schedule would pull him in conflicting directions, but Audi doesn’t see it that way.“I know my journey must sound bizarre to people. They think I’m either a lunatic or a charlatan,” Audi said in an interview at his third-floor office in the Armory recently. “But for me, I don’t regard it as many things. It’s all one stream.”That “stream” is a dedication to the performing arts, with an emphasis on risk-taking and combining diverse forms and cultural influences to attract new audiences.He began doing that in 1980 when — fresh from studying history at Oxford — he founded the Almeida Theatre in London in a decaying Victorian-era library and lecture hall. Audi staged festivals of avant-garde plays and music, transforming the space into one of the city’s most respected venues — and in the process helping turn the rundown Islington neighbourhood into one of London’s priciest.“The only mistake I made was I never bought a flat near the theatre, which I now regret,” Audi said.The idea of working in an unconventional space came naturally to Audi because growing up in Lebanon, where he lived until his family moved to Paris and then London, “there was no theatre, no place to do anything.“So I saw a lot of things in Roman ruins, open-air antiquities,” he said. “They framed the performance, they were the decor. So for me that is sufficient. If you have a slice of history the audience can dream in that framework.”That’s one reason he took the job at the Armory, where the 55,000-square-foot drill hall can be reconfigured to fit just about any presentation. “Again, it’s a salvage space,” he said, “which in its nakedness can frame a play, a dance, an opera, a concert without additions but by managing the space.”The “Parsifal” production, starring tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and soprano Nina Stemme as Kundry, will be in a more conventional venue at the National Theater, home of the Bavarian State Opera. This marks the second time Audi has directed Wagner’s last work, and he came to the project in a roundabout way.The company’s intendant, Nikolaus Bachler, had commissioned artist Georg Baselitz to design the sets, “and it was almost impossible to find a director willing to take on someone else’s idea,” Audi said. He agreed because of his friendship with Baselitz.“I don’t need to do ‘my’ ‘Parsifal.’ I need to serve Georg’s vision,” he said. He declined to discuss in detail what that vision is other than to say it’s “quite a minimalistic production with abstract sets. He wants it to be very mysterious … but exactly how it will be articulated in terms of light and action is something we will find out at the end of June,” when it opens.Audi’s first “Parsifal” offered a bleak ending, but he won’t be repeating himself. “I think in this version I won’t make the chorus die,” he said with a smile.He’ll also direct an opera by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag based on Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” for Milan’s La Scala in November. And he’ll return to his old company in Amsterdam for a production in June 2019 of parts of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seven-opera cycle “Licht.” That staging, spread over three evenings, will take place not in the opera house but in a circular industrial building.Audi said he has no plans to direct operas at Aix, but he will be “commissioning a lot of new works, fostering new talent and transmitting a love of the arts to a new generation,” things his predecessor, Bernard Foccroulle, has made a priority during his 20 years in charge. Foccroulle remains in place through the 2018 season, and Audi will announce plans for the future on July 6.One project especially dear to his heart is the festival’s Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, which brings together promising musicians from countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, including his native Lebanon.“We can’t just sit back and continue to make Western opera as if the rest of the society hasn’t moved,” he said. “A lot of these countries need to express sometimes very painful messages. Music and poetry can be a powerful vehicle.”Audi, 60, will continue to make his home in Amsterdam, where his two young children are in school. But he said he decided to accept the Aix assignment because “I’ve always been fascinated by festivals,” where “there is no routine, instead there are surprises.”“The great thing about Aix is that it’s a risk-taking festival,” he said, “and there is no such thing as a festival without risks.” by Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 5:23 am PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Sister-in-law says producing Houston doc hit close to home NEW YORK, N.Y. – Whitney Houston’s mother had no clue about allegations that her son and superstar daughter were molested as children until the making of the new documentary “Whitney,” says the film’s executive producer.Patricia Houston, the sister-in-law of Whitney, is responsible for getting the film, out Friday, to screen. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, “Whitney” paints an intimate portrait of the Grammy-winning pop queen and movie star through interviews with her brothers, her mother, friends, and behind-the-scenes footage. Houston’s regal image over the decades was eroded by erratic behaviour due to her drug use; she died in 2012, on the eve of the Grammys, after being discovered unresponsive in a hotel bathtub. She was 48.It’s the second documentary on Houston: “Whitney: Can I Be Me” was released earlier this year.Patricia Houston, wife of Gary Garland-Houston, said it was difficult making “Whitney” because it hit so close to home — and because she was the one who had to tell Cissy Houston not only that there were abuse allegations, but they would be in the film.“It was deeply a revelation for her. You think about her, and it being a bit overbearing for her to hear — and her kids not telling her. That’s pretty tough to have to deal with,” said Houston.Dee Dee Warwick, the niece of Cissy Houston and sister to Dionne Warwick, was the alleged abuser. The alleged incidents took place when Gary and Whitney were between the ages of 7 and 9 and Cissy was touring. Warwick, who was 18 years older than Whitney Houston, died in 2008.The documentary suggests that the sexual abuse endured by the children was a significant contributor to their struggles with drugs as adults.“I don’t think you can explain anyone’s life from one particular event that’s happened to them. But I think that it’s certainly fair to say that it’s maybe, in my opinion, the major contributor to Whitney’s unhappiness,” MacDonald said. “That and the fact that she never talked about it, and that nobody in the family talked about this and clearly it happened as you’d learned in the film.”MacDonald says the secrets in Houston’s life took their toll on the Grammy-winning singer. He cites a clip in the film shot in the mid-2000s that shows her in conflict.“I think there’s an amazing piece of home movie footage in the film, which was from the early 2000s where Whitney is sort of really looking despairing. … she’s talking to herself, really going, ‘Nippy calling Whitney. Whitney calling Nippy.’ And Nippy was her sort of nickname that everybody close to her knew her as Nippy. And Nippy was the real her, as it were, the intimate her. Whitney was the persona,” Macdonald said.“I think what you see in that home movie clip is this confusion that she has. I think it got progressively worse as she got older. The confusion between what’s the real me, and what’s not the real me. And obviously, the drugs didn’t help with that,” Macdonald said. FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Cissy Houston, mother of the late singer Whitney Houston, performs with the New Hope Baptist Choir during the grand opening of the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J. “Whitney” executive producer Patricia Houston had to tell her mother in-law Cissy Houston that the allegations that her daughter and son were molested would be in an upcoming documentary. The film is out Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2018 10:28 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A bestselling author and Newsweek correspondent has a book coming out on President Donald Trump and the women in his life.Gallery Books announced Thursday that Nina Burleigh’s “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women” will be published Oct. 16. Burleigh, Newsweek’s national political correspondent, will draw on investigative journalism and feminist analysis, according to Gallery Books. She will write about Trump’s mother, his three wives, his sisters, daughters and female employees. She will also write about the more than a dozen women who have alleged harassment or other sexual misconduct — allegations he has denied.Burleigh’s previous books include “The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox” and “Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt.”___Online:https://www.ninaburleigh.com/ New book to focus on women in Donald Trump’s life This cover image released by Gallery Books shows “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women,” by Nina Burleigh. Burleigh’s book will be published Oct. 16. (Gallery Books via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2018 5:32 am PDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2019 9:04 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Game of Thrones takes over Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS — A special show of the world-famous fountains at the Bellagio casino-resort based on the TV phenomenon “Game of Thrones” debuted Sunday.The show features streaming jets forming the show’s iconic throne and crown as well as fire-breathing dragons projected on the rising water.The 3 1/2-minute spectacle left a crowd of onlookers cheering. Its debut came two weeks ahead of the scheduled premiere of the HBO fantasy series’ eighth season.The show is choreographed to a score incorporating the series’ recognizable theme song and ends when one of the colossal beasts lights up the lake along the Las Vegas Strip in a blaze of pyrotechnics.The special show will run nightly until April 13.Composer Ramin Djawadi says it will get people pumped for the final season.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNORegina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
Author finds community with book on young daughter’s death AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This July 9, 2019 photo shows Jayson Greene, left, and his wife Stacy at their home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Jayson’s book, “Once More We Saw Stars,” is a non-fiction narrative of grief and acceptance following the sudden death of their 2-year-old daughter, Greta. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW YORK — Jayson and Stacy Greene speak of grief matter-of-factly and calmly, as it’s something they’ve come to know intimately since the tragic death of their 2-year-old daughter, Greta, in 2015.“I wouldn’t say that the work is complete because I don’t think it ever is when you’re grieving,” Stacy Greene said.Greta was sitting outside on a bench with her grandmother in New York’s Upper West Side when she was struck by a falling piece of a windowsill. She was rushed to the emergency room where she died.As an editor at online music magazine Pitchfork, writing was a natural outlet for Jayson Greene. “I always wanted to write a book,” he said, but he didn’t know the first one would be so personal. What started as journal entries turned into something more six months after Greta’s death.“Once More We Saw Stars” is a memoir about the aftermath of their daughter’s death and the experience of coping with grief.While the death of a young child is a dark and difficult journey to take a reader on, Greene says it was important to him that the reader felt safe.“If I’m going to write a book about this, I need it to be bearable and readable without being false or untrue in some way,” he said.He took inspiration from Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” and Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” for their ability to provide a “window” into the world of death and “tell the truth without sort of howling it at you.”“I think that there were books I opened up where I didn’t feel safe with the narrator,” Greene said. “I’m stepping into this person’s wound rather than into their story, and it felt dangerous in a way that I was careful to avoid.”Since the book’s publication in May, the couple have been moved by the outpouring of support from readers.“We’ve heard from lots of people, particularly people who’ve lost children, who’ve said, ‘Thank you for articulating what it was that I was feeling,’ and that’s an incredible thing,” Greene said.He said the book has also provided them with a sense of community.“I feel like the book has been sort of this beautiful extension where people have reached out that are this extended part of this community that we would have never otherwise reached,” Stacy Greene said. “I’ve been grateful that we’ve had these connections to these readers who are fellow bereaved people or people who are in some way connected to the grief that we experienced.”One person they heard from after the book release was a particular surprise— the parent of a child who received one of Greta’s organs.“Because our story was in the news, they were very aware that they were receiving one of Greta’s organs and the person actually reached out to us to let us know that their child was alive because of Greta,” Stacy Greene said.“That was such a closed circle in a way that we never would have imagined,” Jayson Greene said.Since the book’s publication, they say their lives have changed, but in many ways, they haven’t. On the night of the book release, their 3-year-old son, Harrison, threw a temper tantrum.“Before we’re leaving like, you know, again, it’s this book about our family and the beauty and Harrison just throws the world’s biggest tantrum,” Greene says with a laugh. “And Stacy’s putting on makeup and she looks, and he’s screaming, and she’s like, ‘Cherish every moment.’”The tantrum ended, but Greene says that life is “just as real as it was before.”They still have to juggle with school out for the summer, and they still make “the same mistakes,” like letting Harrison stay up too late.But what has changed is the way they talk about Greta.“Before the book published, what we had to tell people about Greta was something so awful: Our daughter died. She died meaninglessly and violently in an accident. She was 2,” Greene said. “And now what I say is, ‘I wrote a book about my daughter. It’s called ‘Once More We Saw Stars.’”If readers of his memoir take away anything, he hopes that it is this: “It’s possible to live your life, not just survive, but to live. It was possible for us, it is possible.”Ragan Clark, The Associated Press by Ragan Clark, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2019 10:54 am PDT