Eugene Onegin on the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 Opening Night

Eugene Onegin on the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 Opening Night.

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Bask in the Warmth and Luxury of Intriguing Island and Seaside Destinations

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Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Are you ready for the calm leisure and reassuring warmth of an intriguing island or seaside destination? If so, one of the currently most popular spots is Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta. With a location just 16 miles to the north of Puerto Vallarta, the natural beauty of this favored resort area enhances top-tier accommodations, restaurants, activities and entertainment—and there is truly something enjoyable for everyone here. You can spend your days basking on the sunlit golden beaches of Banderas Bay, embark on an extensive tour of the neighboring Sierra Madre jungle, swim in sync with the dolphins, and then relax with a tall beverage while riding the gentle waves into a breathtaking sunset. The kids will have a great time in the water park with its spiraling slides, and the whole family will enjoy the sea lion shows.

You will delight in the all-inclusive amenities of the Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort. The outstanding beauty of this resort facility and its beaches is enhanced further by the rapt attentions of its highly experienced and gracious staff. At Villa La Estancia on Flamingo Beach you will enjoy the heights of genuine luxury along with excellent cuisine in a completely relaxed setting with gorgeous ocean and sunset views. You will marvel at the outstanding quality of fresh seafood in the healthiest of oceanside locations. Resort rooms are large and attractive, with spacious adjoining decks revealing more amazing scenic views. All accommodations have modern appointments and amenities, and the entire locale is surprisingly quiet and peaceful, even during busy holiday seasons.

While there, you’ll want to take in Sea Life Park Vallarta by way of the 10 water toboggans. Enjoy spectacular river rides and the elegant leisure of a game of golf at the Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Golf Course. While delighting in your stay in these superb resort accommodations stretching over greater than three miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, you will also enjoy the local average annual temperature of 25C (77F).The extensive marina development includes a 300-slip ultra-modern marina with luxurious condos for both residents and seasonal visitors. Nuevo Vallarta is also a winter residence for the Caguama. At one time on the endangered species list, it is now very carefully protected here by scientists, environmentalists, and eco-friendly visitors alike.

Asia’s Maldives

The Maldives (Maldive Island group), to the south of South Asia, is the smallest existing Asian country. Also having the smallest population count of all Asian countries, it has the earth’s lowest lying country terrain, with its topmost natural peak at 2.3 meters (7ft. 7 in.). Comprised of roughly 1,190 coral islands arranged in a double chain of 26 atolls, this island country stretches north-south across approximately 90,000 square kilometers (or 35,000 square miles). These atolls are formed of live coral reefs plus sand bars perched on top of a submarine ridge which inclines sharply upward from its origins deep within the Indian Ocean. Only by means of two clear passages close to the south end of this natural dual coral chain can ships safely navigate through the Maldives’ territorial waters in order to reach either side of the Indian Ocean.

A major commercial enterprise of the Maldives is its busy tuna fishery facilities. Actually, these lovely islands have an astonishing variety of sea life available, such as reef sharks, moray eels, and various types of rays including the Eagle ray, Stingray, Batfish and Barracuda. Coconut palms, as the celebrated national tree, enhance the beauty of each island.

Here the annual temperatures can vary from 24C (75F) to 33C (91F). Conveniently serving as a heat filter, the Indian Ocean gradually releases the tropical temperatures, providing a delightful and relaxing atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. The constant soothing ocean breezes also moderate humidity levels.

In Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives, Kanuhura offers a comprehensive water sports center for windsurfing, canoes and pedalos, along with planned excursions to the ultimate diving locations. Other available sports activities include squash, tennis, a fitness center and spa, along with a well-equipped kid’s club. You will also enjoy nearby attractive accommodations, bars, and restaurants serving both theme menus and fine Mediterranean cuisine. This island is roughly 1,000 meters in length and 200 meters in width—a unique treasure of true beauty and pure relaxation and enjoyment currently awaiting the arrival of you, your family, special guests and friends.

Mana Island, Fiji

In the Fijian language, Mana means magic, and the intriguing ambiance and allure of this unique island resort are truly magical in every aspect. For the high-spirited traveler, there are plenty of adventures and thrills. And for those seeking the ultimate in quiet, calm, peaceful relaxation, these qualities are also equally available on Mana.

As you cruise amidst the beautiful Mamanuca Islands near the coastline of Denarau in the South Pacific, enjoy your quiet entry to Mana through the lagoon. The island is now a large, attractive resort including three beach areas on pristine, sparkling waters; an abundance of lush palm trees providing well-shaded lounging areas; and extensive modern poolside settings. The lagoon side offers snorkeling and various other water sport activities. Or, if you’re in the mood for quiet relaxation, try the North Beach for its peacefulness and breathtaking views. Later, enjoy sunbathing on gorgeous Sunset Beach. Do it all, or choose to do nothing at all. Whatever your fancy, you’ll find it and have a delightful time here.

Mana has two excellent main restaurants, South Beach Restaurant and Mamanuca Restaurant. At South Beach you can sample haute fusion cuisine, and Mamanuca has Al Fresco style dining along with spectacular ocean views.

You’ll be delighted at the large variety of activities available to you at this unusual island resort. Water sports include snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, swimming and diving. There are culture shows on the island each day which last until evening, when the nightly entertainment begins. Through taking part in the activities of the kid’s club, children will learn about Fijian history and culture while making new friends and having a great time.

Mana even offers six different designs of accommodations to visitors. So you can choose the one that best suits your stylistic tastes, practical needs and personal preferences. For couples and newlyweds, there are the modern Honeymoon bures with their own private beach areas. The spacious, duplex Oceanfront suites are decorated with handsome blends of ultra-modern and traditional décor. The Island bures are constructed of timber in Plantation Style and surrounded by tropical gardens.

For the adventurous visitor, Mana offers its celebrated ride in the Yellow Submarine amidst a spectacular array of stunning coral formations and tropical marine life. Then, if you dare, view the splendor and beauty of the Mamanuca Islands as you soar to startling heights, kept aloft by a single or tandem parasail.

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Winter Travel Excursions — Top-Rated Skiing Destinations

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World-famous for their expansive, challenging ski slopes and top quality lodges, the rugged ranges of the western states in the USA are ever-popular among both professional and amateur skiers. Whether you are joining friends for a December weekend getaway ski excursion or taking the family on a winter holiday week’s vacation, the majestic ski slopes in the Rockies or ranges of the Sierra Nevada or Olympic mountains offer the very best quality skiing experience and accommodations, often at surprisingly low prices.

At great destinations like Vail, Aspen, Sun Valley and Lake Tahoe, you will find the ultimate in fine skiing terrain and amenities. You’ll delight in the steep chutes and lengthy groomers. You’ll bask in the shiny, dry clouds of airborne snow powder as you glide down the breathtakingly beautiful slopes. Whether skiing or snowboarding, you and your family, or you and that special girl or guy friend can choose from a variety of silken smooth slopes or the best of bumpy rides.

The well-known destination of Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado offers the marvelous benefit of four separate skiing spots in one—Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. This spectacular resort area, stretching over more than 5,300 acres, includes myriad great opportunities for enjoying excellent food, shopping and entertainment. As a thrilling, all-encompassing winter sports resort, Aspen/Snowmass has much to offer for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels and is favored by many experts and pros.

Sun Valley, Idaho, is known as a low-key ski resort of the finest quality. Here you can enjoy the highly celebrated ski and boarding slopes, Baldy and Dollar. Many professional and celebrity skiers rate Baldy as the overall best ski mountain in the US. Dollar is considered by many skiing enthusiasts to be a great starting place for beginners, with its gently inclined slopes. Of course, staying at the famous Sun Valley Lodge, a favorite of numerous celebrities, is an additional treat.

Eastern States’ Best Ski Resorts in the US

Popular ski resorts in the northeastern region of the United States are New England’s famed Stowe and Killington, both in the state of Vermont. Stowe, now a classic skiing location, has enjoyed much popularity for the last 70+ years. Its steep, well-groomed slopes are both a challenge and a joy for fast, skillful downhill skiing. In addition, Stowe Mountain Resort’s Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak provide excellent quality skiing for all ages and levels of skill. This gorgeous mountain resort is also well-known for its cross-country skiing and romantic ambiance.

Killington offers skiers an amazing expanse of 200 runs and 33 lifts, extending over seven different mountains. Known also for its high-spirited nightlife, this exciting winter sports arena is the largest in the eastern US.

Europe’s Most Popular Fine Quality Ski Resorts

One of the most popular high quality ski resorts in Europe is France’s Les Arcs. Located in the French Alps just 110 km from Chambery airport, this very fashionable resort complex was designed and built in the late 1960s. It offers an attractive display of mountainside apartments along with “state-of-the-art” snow sports facilities. The astounding beauty of Les Arcs is further enhanced by such conveniences as covered walkways and doorstep skiing. The resort also boasts a famed flying kilometer speed skiing course on which outstanding world records have been accomplished.

There are four “Arcs,” at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 meters. Arc 1600 is now the family resort, while 1800 is home to the major facilities and nightlife. Arc 2000 is best known for its comprehensive modern gym and general sports center, and Arc 1950, Le Village, is the stylish resort complex where modern creature comforts and elite quality service take precedence.

One of the largest skiing areas in the world, Les Arcs is linked to Villaroger and Vallandry. A short train ride will take you to Bourg Saint Maurice and to La Rosière, which has a link to La Thuile in Italy. By means of the Savoie Olympic Pass you can also enjoy Val d’Isère and Tignes in the Espace Killy (named for the great French skier, Jean Claude Killy).

Val d’Isère was first made famous by Jean Claude Killy and is now a favorite of many skiers worldwide. Its high altitude provides year-round snow and excellent skiing conditions. The area’s terrain, which seems limitless, hosts 90 ski lifts. In 2004, the resort became home to the prestigious Alpine Ski World Championship.

If skiing is your passion, or just a sports skill you’ve been wanting to learn and haven’t yet tried, why not choose from the best ski resorts in the world for this year’s winter vacation? You can find plenty of great destinations and travel deals to suit your own schedule, and traveling before or after major holidays can give you great discounts!

Just click the icons/links below and enter your point of departure and travel dates to start enjoying your choice of winter wonderlands on skis this season. Believe it or not, there are still an abundance of amazing travel steals and deals waiting just for you.   Bon Voyage!

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Orfeo Ed Euridice at the MET

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This Metropolitan Opera season’s staging of the highly acclaimed 2007 Mark Morris production of Christoph Willibald von Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” gives close attention to creative aspects of the 1762 version first presented in Vienna. Emphasizing the magnificent poetry of librettist Ranieri de’ Calzabigi partnered and merged with the bold originality, imaginative invention, revolutionary impact and pure beauty of Gluck’s composition, it possesses continuously prevailing influence, even on new operas today. In this opera, we experience a sincerely dramatic performance in which the music complements and celebrates the poetry, the narrative and the emotional forces affecting the characters. When written, “Orfeo ed Euridice” incorporated three major distinctive qualities then quite unconventional to opera structure and performance—simplicity, veracity and naturalness. Crisp-edged, folk-related melodies took the place of elaborate ornamentation and coloratura. Enhanced psychological character exploration was introduced. The choir or chorus was allowed new and emboldened parameters, and the concepts of orchestration broadened.

During the course of this opera, Euridice dies twice. However, due to the artful ingenuity of her husband, the Thracian musician Orfeo, plus divine duality of intervention by multiple gods, she is saved, unlike the tragedy of her demise according to classical Greek mythology. In this outstanding Met Opera production, Stephanie Blythe brings dramatic versatility, unlimited emotional insight and heights of pure vocal excellence to the role of Orfeo, one of the treasured parts in the mezzo-soprano repertory. As Euridice, soprano Danielle de Niese reveals an astute, inherent understanding of the music of this opera’s original era, as well as a fresh vocal interpretation and admirable delivery of its unconventional structures and poetic nuances. Soprano Ying Huang, as Amor, God of Love, is an exceptionally agile and able guide—dramatically, interpretatively and vocally. The chorus and dancers intermingle and enforce the continuity of the opera’s unhindered flow of emotional, yet dignified simplicity. Joshua Greene adds authentic beauty with artistic definition on the harpsichord, and Conductor Kazem Abdullah lends expert control to balances of traditional, unconventional and ever-evolving interpretation and understanding of the opera’s music, poetry, narrative, and drama.

In Act I, as Orfeo mourns the loss of Euridice, promising to rescue her from Hades as he sings in grief, “Chiamo il mio ben cosi” (in which each verse is interposed with dramatic recitatives, avoiding any use of the da capo aria). Amor consoles and encourages him. Cautioning Orfeo not to speak to his wife, look at her or even hold her hand until they successfully return from Hell, she declares that love can overcome all. As Act II begins, Orfeo is startled by the Furies as they sing about a dog with three heads, Cerberus, nearby Hades. Then, Orfeo’s own beautiful song impresses them, and they let him pass by. Orfeo reaches Elysium, singing of its beauty and solitude, but he does not find Euridice. Blindfolded, she is shown to him by the gods. Orfeo follows Amor’s instructions carefully while leading Euridice from the Elysian fields. In Act III, Euridice asks Orfeo questions as they leave Hades and wants him to embrace her. When he neither responds nor looks at her, she feels rejected, admitting that she would prefer remaining dead in Hades. As Orfeo turns toward her to answer, she dies. Orfeo’s plaintive lament (as a rondo), “Che farò senza Euridice?” (What is life to me without thee…?) expresses his anguish. Orfeo then attempts suicide in order to join her in death, but Amor stops him. Then, bringing Euridice back to life, Amor reunites the couple as the Shepherds chorus sings and dances in celebration of love’s triumph over death.

Gluck (1714-1787) gained recognition as a leading composer of operas laying the foundation for a new operatic structure, style and presentation. As a German composer born in Bohemia, he composed at least 45 operas, choosing subjects and plots with dramatic simplicity as related to comprehendible human emotional reactions. Although his compositions are not outstanding technically, his ability to reveal psychological nuances through music by which the listener (and opera viewer) can quickly understand the dramatic truths portrayed is empowering in its ongoing effects. After almost 150 years of revision and development, “Orfeo ed Euridice” still possess unquestionably strong abilities to charm and intrigue audiences.

In the 1774 Paris version of the opera, Gluck (aided by librettist Pierre-Louis Moline), created a new version, “Orphée et Eurydice” in which the role of Orpheus was changed from castrato to high tenor, as the French never used castrati in opera. Then, in the 19th Century, Hector Berlioz wrote a version to combine Gluck’s two existing ones. In Berlioz’s day, the part of Orpheus was usually performed by a female alto or a male tenor. Recent modern recordings and stage productions of the opera’s Vienna version have featured countertenors.

The current Met production of “Orfeo ed Eurdice”, further enhanced by the stylish, professional expertise of Isaac Mizrahi’s costume design, James Ingalls’ stage lighting and Allen Moyer’s sets, celebrates the longevity of this Gluck opera with the added dynamics and creative insight of unparalleled modern artistic brilliance.

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Peter Agostini — Artist of Exquisite Influence

ImageThe June showing of Peter Agostini’s sculpture at the Salander-O’Reilly Gallery on East 79th Street in Manhattan brings a true master’s touch of creative genius to this Spring and Summer’s New York Art Gallery scene. With its vivid, image-provoking title of “Mid-Life Crisis,” this uniquely characteristic and diverse collection of the artist’s work exhibits the highest definitive qualities of major schools and styles in the rich, complex history of World Art.

Entering the gallery, the viewer is greeted by the silken surface and steely force of the “Swell,” made of hydrocal in 1965. One of a series of “Swells,” this amazing landmark in modern sculptural achievement at once defies and re-defines accepted and proven laws of physics in its seductive intrigue of tied inner tube forms contained to near bursting, threatening absolute explosive elegance – pure, pristine dynamite grace. Within this piece, Eastern Asian full-form and fluidity meet Western power-packed compression, and align.

Nearby, another well-known smaller sculpture entitled “Squeeze” (1964) is a plaster replica of the artist’s strong, sensitive hands kneading tight-skinned tubular forms into lifelike, billowing, breathing flesh. Its classic Italian form in American Pop Art medium give this piece unbounded limits as a powerful merging of style, form and period – a sculpture of true significance within the history of international art. – The artist’s index finger playfully arching above the work-in-process questions any challenge to Peter Agostini’s valid place as a Founding Father and true genius in the history and development of Modern Art.

Another “Swell” in hydrocal (c. 1965) exudes an uncanny feeling of feather lightness in flight, its ballooning, bulbous dimensions defying both weight and gravity. Its rope-lined seams of stretching, barely controlled power with fabric-like pleats beneath the rope-ties lend a sheer suggestion of draping to this otherwise naked revelation of exaggerated form. The tightly encased volumetric magnitude is similar to that found in many large, heavy-based and massive Buddha figures of Indian, Ceylonese and Chinese sculpture from the 5th and 6th Centuries A.D., as well as in stone figures and fragments from the Mayan ruins of Mexico.

The terra cotta “Untitled Head” (1972), a gentle-featured, expansive, cloud-boulder sits stalwart, unconcerned of its peculiar duality of full, rounded, yet fractured forms. Its fragmented skull and nose in no way detract from its large, round baby-doll eyes and full, plush lips. The overall fullness and depth of the features are classical, but the eyes are shallow – almost drawn – as in Abstract Expressionism. And the endearing vertical line through the eye is unmistakably theatrical French and Art Nouveau. – Agostini came close to discarding this piece when it broke and fragmented during its kiln firing, but was persuaded to keep it because of the artistic strength and validity of its altered state.

Immortalized in bronze, the “Old Apollo” (1976) with its bony, yet muscular torso and sparse, thinning legs – its powerful, yet gnarly hands and feet – possesses a quiet, knowing countenance of incorrigible patience and acceptance of longevity. The elderly god stands watchful, fearless in his linear definition of aging grace. With back of right hand resting easily on right hip, he exhibits the uncanny relaxed, open-handed, languid strength so beautifully recognized in the male figures of Michelangelo.

“Butterfly” in plaster (1959) has a rare quality of sophisticated buoyancy and weightlessness – a new-born nymph taking flight, emerging from its satin pillow cocoon in a graceful curving twist of upward spiraling transformation. Within this piece live the exquisite convergence of classic Renaissance form, Rococo richness of style, and Pop Art conception and material. The artist’s characteristic signature of “Agostini” nonchalantly carved in subtle, low-relief in large and small capitalized print in the sculpture’s soft-pillow base emphasize even further this vibrant combination of period and world style.

The amazing sculptural triptych display of bronze horses: “Walking Horse” (1971), “Galloping Horse” (1969), and “Flying Horse” (1939) all embody a pure, uninhibited and joyful outrageousness in their yogic postures and near-impossible dance-flight moves. The subtle nuances of their smooth classical forms combined with their dashing flare and dauntless unfurling of elegance enable them to soar above any pedestal or reproach.
With each face carefully defined by the free, casual, but exacting touch of the artist, the four plaster “Figure” sculptures are definitive of feminine beauty and liquidity of form. Their flowing, graceful lines and rough-surface modeling are proudly indicative examples of the joining together of Renaissance, Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism.

The exquisite and outstanding exhibition of Agostini’s sculpture at the Salander-O’Reilly Gallery in Manhattan will run until the end of June, and Peter Agostini’s brilliant influence and significance in the field of American and World Art will continue throughout the endurance of history.

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A Haven for Creative Artists–The Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia

The Greenbrier Valley in southeastern West Virginia, home to old-time mountaineers, middle-class business folks, lawyers, academicians, and people of rather high net worth in search of some peace and quiet in the pure mountain air—is a place of simple, rare beauty enhancing a unique atmosphere and lifestyle. For this reason, it is also a haven for creative artists. Writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, and makers of crafts from the U.S. as well as abroad come to experience the poignancy, joy, laughter, and sorrow reflected in the local folklore, rustic art, and mountain music. Even the wild animals in mountainous woodland areas seem mesmerized by the breathtaking colors of hazy sunrise and brilliant sunset mixed with the vibrant hues of the countryside terrain.

Just a few years ago, a visit to the county schools was a truly unique experience. The student population was made up of town kids, kids from farms throughout the county, and the children of families who had lived sparse, but enduring existences in sometimes isolated mountain regions for many years. Mountaineer customs were different. Mountain language was fun, but it took some getting used to, and much was never explained or left unsaid. But, those shy, silent children had much to tell. One current local resident, now a teacher in her fifties, remembers being somewhat in awe of one quiet, wide-eyed boy who told of his family’s home being part wooden house with a red-dirt floor, and part cave. Yet, his older brother had recently installed a color TV set, a modern convenience still considered a luxury item by many. The teacher, then a schoolgirl, was jealous at the time, since her family still had a black-and-white TV at home…. Now the schools are large and consolidated, with a quality of sophistication both inherent and acquired.

In years past, the railroads were always very important to the area. With regular and frequent stops at the Victorian style wooden stations in White Sulphur Springs and Ronceverte, the next valley towns near Lewisburg, they carried lumber, coal, cattle, produce, and passengers en route to neighboring or distant locations. Residents say it was always comforting to hear the train whistle, slightly muted in the misted night air, and much fun to get to take a trip in the jostling, clacking passenger cars. Last year, some visitors took Amtrak from White Sulphur to New York, and while waiting at the station for the train to arrive, they observed a group of well-dressed guests at the Greenbrier Hotel who were happily out on the tracks placing nickels and quarters on the open rails, so the incoming train could flatten the coins into pendants. The worried onlookers’ main concern was that the train would flatten the guests, instead, but they all scurried back to the platform and safety, just in time.

Brave souls once flew in small commercial planes, or even two-or-four-seaters, taking off from the small airport near White Sulphur and the Greenbrier Hotel. The only problem there was that on foggy, snowy, or ice-coated days, they might not make it over the first mountain ridge; and incoming planes often passed-up landing, heading on to the next available landing field. Old-timers tell tales of the first airplane owners in the area. Often farmers or landowners with strong curiosity about piloting a plane, but completely untrained, they eagerly purchased planes. Requesting directions and general flying instructions, they proceeded to pilot the planes, flying toward home—or at least what they perceived to be home. Needless to say, some of them finally got there by another means of transportation, and much later than expected. However, well-wishing neighbors often left lanterns burning outside well into the night, hoping to bring each fledgling pilot down to earth safely. Now, the modern Greenbrier Valley Airport near Lewisburg has capacity for large commercial jets, as well as small, two-engine models. No one pilots without a legitimate license, but the fog and ice can still impede progress over the first mountain ridge on snowy winter days. As a result, sometimes the best of airborne navigators decide that this side of the mountain looks good enough, change their plans, and stay home.

White Sulphur Springs hosts the Greenbrier Hotel with its healing natural springs water; golf, tennis, and horseback riding facilities; cool rolling grounds; and tall, overhanging maples, oaks, and evergreens. These lush trees bow and lean close in the breeze—a tease to the curious newcomer, full of questions and wishing the trees could talk. The Greenbrier now sports a growing community of elegant, luxurious new homes on the well-landscaped site of its former golf course, while just a hillside or two away, you can find a cozy, well-seasoned log cabin, a bit worn, but still in use. On the front porch is an elderly, white-haired man playing banjo with his small great-granddaughter beside him, strumming the strings of a cherry wood dulcimer. Meanwhile, from the distant interstate you hear faint, persistent rhythms of rock music and modern country songs drifting out from the open windows of passing cars. Adding to the atmosphere, local residents declare that even the Greenbrier Ghost from centuries past comes forward in time to make current appearances for delighted (and spooked) audiences at the Greenbrier Valley Theater productions.
Yes, the Greenbrier Valley and its residents have a unique creativity of their own— embracing the past, present, and future in a single breathtaking view, gesture, smile, word, or glance, extending a warm welcome to greet and entreat you. For, after all, an enchanted visiting creative artist could become a productive artist in residence—and the persistent, playful whisper of the wind wafting softly through the trees may just succeed in persuading you so.

By Ellen Gilmer

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Pizzazz Mime – Dance Group Performance

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2010

To: Whom It May Concern
From: Crystal Clear Artforms, New York, NY, USA

Crystal Clear Artforms of New York, NY, USA, is pleased to announce this month’s performance of the Pizzazz Mime – Dance Group to be presented at the Winter Garden in downtown Manhattan from Tuesday, October 12 through Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

The uniquely innovative and highly entertaining Pizzazz Mimes have enjoyed a productive and busy travel and performing schedule throughout the US and Europe since the summer of 2005, when a small group of professional dancers and mimes from both the modern American and traditional European schools joined talents to form the ensemble and present their first collaborative work on the stage. Since then, this versatile group has grown in numbers as well as distinctive quality and character of performance, and their most popular stage pieces include Syncopated Staircase, Wing-side Follies, and Dosie Dough.

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The Widespread Influence of Today’s Entertainment Reviews

Entertainment reviews are some of the most widely read and sought after articles being written and published today. Whether on the Internet or in newspapers, journals, popular magazines or mail order advertising, everyone wants to get the scoop on the latest theater event. And there’s something for everybody among current entertainment reviews. If your favorite form of entertainment is the theater or musical plays, you’ll find an abundance of interesting and informative comments, blog posts, and syndicated articles about any musical now on the stage—no matter how small or remote that stage may be. And theatrical performances in all major urban and suburban community theaters and performing arts centers are sure to be covered by all forms and styles of entertainment reviews.

Or, maybe your venue of preference is a jazz club set, night club act, dance theater or classical concert hall—or a rock concert on stage or in a stadium. To be sure, any and all of these generate multiple entertainment reviews in all areas of the media. It’s reassuring, too, to know that if you should miss an article or blog in your favorite newspaper or magazine concerning a performance you’ve just seen, you can most likely find a copy of the same article on the Internet, even weeks or months later. For, entertainment reviews and blogs published or posted on the Web have a wonderful timeless and undated quality, especially since you can read the old ones right alongside the latest for valuable contrasts and reference.

And, one of the best things about today’s entertainment reviews is that they may be written by people of all different ages, backgrounds and perspectives, making them all the more interesting and inspiring to read. From children and teenagers posting to student Internet blogs, to college students contributing to arts and performance newsletters, to members of the press, scholars and professional writers revealing their knowledge, expertise and opinions on television, radio, on the Web and in all forms of written journalism—many more highly rated and fascinating entertainment reviews than you and I will ever see, hear or read are produced each day. So, let’s accept the challenge and catch as many as we can—today, tomorrow, or even next year.

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