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The Garage Sale Luxury Auction House Where Buying A Home Is Always An Event

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

The excitement from the casually elegant crowd is as palpable as the panoramic lake and mountain views from the home that surrounds them. “Three million!” shouts the auctioneer in his audacious singsong chant – his words spilling over one another in increasing crescendo, inciting bidders and guests alike. This is no ‘cattle rattle’ although the Stetson-hatted ringmaster does reflect a Western …

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Home Away From Home: Celebrity Home Rentals

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

When Seth Rogen, Steven Spielberg or Channing Tatum are on location, what celebrity digs do they call home? When Calgary-based film production co-ordinator, Kim Goddard-Rains was asked to scout 25 luxury properties from which character, Hugh Glass, aka Leonardo DiCapprio, shooting The Revenant in Calgary, would select a celebrity home rental accommodation, she worked day and night from a long list of requirements. “It’s an …

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Annabel Stanley – Living Art Vine Cane & Willow Sculptor

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

With coiled legs pointed to the sky, the woman’s torso is an intricate weave of serpentine branches and tendrils, gracefully positioned in a supported shoulder headstand. The abstract figure is part of the newest sculptural collection entitled Yoga, in which Kelowna artist, Annabel Stanley gives fresh willow and vine canes – literally – a second life. “I actually practiced the poses in front of …

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Woman In Gold: Portrait of a Lost Era

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Sixty years after the portrait was stolen by the Nazis, Woman In Gold  brings to life the real events leading to a decade-long battle for restitution The film, Woman In Gold is a fascinating glimpse into twentieth century Viennese society; a fairytale life that encompassed the most accomplished Viennese Jewish glitterati later decimated by the Nazis. Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele-Bloch- …

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Josh Epstein – From Shakespeare’s ‘Bard On The Beach’ to Film Producer, He’s A Man For All Seasons

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

A musical chameleon with piercing blue eyes, Josh Epstein is taking a lunch break from rehearsals for very different roles in two modern interpretations of Shakespearian plays: The Comedy of Errors in Victorian/futuristic ‘Steampunk style’ (directed by Scott Bellis) and Love’s Labour’s Lost, (directed by Daryl Cloran,) set in the musical Jazz Age of 1920’s Chicago. Both are part of the current 26th season of Bard …

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Iris Apfel: An Ageless Inspiration for Style and Creativity

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

When Iris Apfel was a young woman from Queens, New York starting out in the fashion industry, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store, took her aside. She said, “‘You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.’ ” Apfel, now 93 and still a dynamo, is the …

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Jan Kath International Carpet Designer Inspires Israeli Gili Ungar’s ‘Home Styling’

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Like a time traveler flying back and forth straddling ancient cultures German carpet designer, Jan Kath has captured the best of all worlds as a “couturier for floors.” Playing with long established hand-knotted techniques with reverence to bygone motifs, he skews rules of composition and color to create contemporary carpets that are so striking you might prefer to hang them …

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Nancy Spielberg Goes ‘Above And Beyond’ In Her Hot Doc Chronicling The Birth Of IDF

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Would you risk everything – your future, your citizenship, even your life – to help a brother in need? So begins filmmaker/producer Nancy Spielberg’s fascinating feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen, members of Machal ‘volunteers from abroad’ who smuggled planes out of the U.S. and Britain to fight in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. In 2011, Spielberg had just finished executive producing the documentary Elusive Justice: …

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Carey Melnichuk – Vancouver’s Best Known Secret Location

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

A modern Alice need not fall through the rabbit hole in order to discover a Secret Location that embraces a delightfully playful “nothing is quite what it seems” lifestyle experience. That’s because founder and designer, Vancouver’s Carey Melnichuk has created the first Concept Store in Canada, melding fashion and food to entice all the senses (happily, with a less haphazzard …

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A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Looks Back: Jeanne Beker Launches Parents’ Memoir, Joy Runs Deeper

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Looking back on the childhoods of our parents is often a double-edged sword; sweetness can be tinged with great suffering, which affects us even into adulthood. On the other hand, it often gives us a greater understanding and insight into how our own characters were shaped. Media personality, Jeanne Beker, new Style Editor at The Shopping Channel,  best known for her ground-breaking …