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Sarah Dunant, Doyenne of Historical Fiction, Captures Life In 16th Century Jewish Ghetto of Venice

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Sarah Dunant is intoxicated with the past – the Renaissance specifically. The British writer who began her career in broadcasting at the BBC and writing crime thrillers, is so beguiling that anyone who thinks history is boring,  must go and hear her speak at the 2015 Vancouver Writers Fest. You’ll never look at 16th century history and art in the …

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A Spectacular $350-Million Wood Pagoda Design By Herzog & de Meuron Unveiled for New Vancouver Art Gallery

In Design, Newsby Laura

Like an immense cantileverd square wooden Pagoda in the sky, the 230-foot-tall, seven-floor design for the new downtown Vancouver Art Gallery, may change Vancouver’s nickname as ‘the city of glass’, forever. Following an international competition, Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron, recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, was selected in April 2014 for the new Vancouver Art Gallery project. …

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Executive Chef David Hawksworth & Hawksworth Restaurant: Cutting Edge Design is as Dazzling as the Food

In Design, Food & Wine, Newsby Laura

Hawksworth Restaurant is an homage to a bygone era where food, service and cutting edge design converge to create an unparalleled sensory experience. Billie Holiday’s soothing vocals create the vibe. Gazing up at the Art Deco-inspired gilded rosettes strewn across rich chocolate mahogany and marble interiors of The Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver, Canada, it’s difficult to imagine Executive Chef David …

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“Living a lie is not a life” is the underlying thread in two films with Jewish protagonists at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

In Arts, Newsby Laura

Director, Atom Egoyan is on stage and visibly moved by the standing ovation he is receiving from a packed house at The Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver. And that’s before his film, Remember has even started! Screened as part of VIFF’s Canadian Images Showcase, Remember stars iconic Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer as Zev Guttman. A nursing home resident with periodic dementia, …

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Searching for La Dolce Vita? Experience Gold Medal Plates Supporting Olympic Athletes

In Food & Wine, News, Travelby Laura

“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, ‘Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. It’s the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of the rigorous two-day, Gold Medal …

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Photographer, David Burdeny’s “A Bright Future,” Spectacular Architecture & Art Inside Moscow to St. Petersburg Metro Stations

In Arts, Design, Newsby Laura

Steep, descending escalators lead down 74 meters at the deepest point, to a cavernous underground that is one of Moscow’s hidden treasures. Suddenly one enters what looks to be a turn-of-the century theatre, so opulent that you expect to see Vaslav Nijinsky of the Ballet Russe, leap from behind one of the towering Art Deco arches. Instead, blasé Muscovites check …

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A Modern Twist On The Biblical Sukkah, Brings A New Dimension To Public Art

In Design, Newsby Laura

High atop a building’s roof in Tel Aviv, ephemeral pavilions resemble a colony of high-tech shelters for ‘glamping’ enthusiasts. On the other side of the world, multi-hued, vertically suspended canvas panels, like Joseph’s coat of many colors, create a shelter that’s a contemporary riff on the Bedouin nomadic tent. Another structure is a serpentine nest of braided rope that looks like the …

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Chef Vikram Vij – The Raja of Restauranteurs

In Food & Wine, Newsby Laura

Chef Vikram Vij is charming the birds from the air and the fish from the sea. Dressed in a burgundy kurti tunic, tight black slacks, sockless in leather slippers, bejeweled fingers moving constantly to emphasize a point; his blue eyes behind stylish black horn-rims are as beguiling and distinctive as his success story. Perhaps the unusual colour is only a …

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From Sleepless In Seattle To Sleeping Underwater Near Dubai, Floating Homes Are Making Waves As An Alternative Lifestyle

In Design, Newsby Laura

Imagine exploring the emerald waters of the warm Arabian Gulf, where diverse coral reef ecosystems of purple sea anemones and beckoning sponges hide vibrant clownfish and steely moray eels. A sea turtle swims nonchalantly by your floor to ceiling glass walls – an underwater panorama viewed from your master bedroom and Jacuzzi bathtub! Welcome to The Floating Seahorse. 42 luxurious, floating …

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Accessories, Apparel Designer & Social Media Maven, Rebecca Minkoff Connects Design With Smart Dressing

In Culture & Style, Newsby Laura

It’s In The Bag Once upon a time there was a very creative little girl in San Diego, California, who wanted a very pretty dress. Her exceedingly smart Mother said no to the purchase, but taught her daughter to sew instead. When they moved to Florida, Mom even paid for advanced sewing and design classes for her when her daughter …