Founded 29 years ago by artistic director Joan Myers Brown, the exuberant Philadelphia Dance Company- aka Philadanco – is a widely touring African-American repertory company. Hailed as one of America’s foremost dance ensembles, Philadanco exhibits an unparalleled energy and superior technical ability. Performing the works of distinguished choreographers such as Talley Beatty, Gene Hill Sagan, Blondell Cummings, Donald Byrd and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the company combines adventurous choreography and bright new talent to illuminate the black experience through rhythm and movement.
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The ghost of Vegas Past is conjured up easily at the Clark County Museum, where a street of restored historical local buildings will be dressed up with over one million lights in the name of the holidays. While strolling among the beautiful old homes, slathered to the rafters in period holiday finery, you can drop some cash at the Museum Guild’s craft and bake sale, enjoy roving carollers or take a sleigh ride, all while the kids sit with Santa and design their own make-and-take ornaments. Live music will set the scene.
The recent renovation of the magnificent Café Florianihof has done nothing to detract from its original minimalist beauty – all embossed wood panelling, parquet floor and Jugendstil lamps. On the contrary, the place has been given a new lease of life with the superbly presented Italian-inspired cooking of Marcos Ruhl. The menu changes weekly with five main courses as well as the staples associated with Viennese cuisine. On a walk round Vienna’s stately eighth district, the Florianihof is great spot to rest your weary legs, catch up with the international press, check your e-mail, enjoy a fine cup of coffee or have a memorable meal.
Should you find yourself cursing the paucity of bridges across the Grand Canal, head for a traghetto. One of Venice’s best-kept secrets, these gondolas, stripped of their gaudy livery to accommodate a dozen swaying locals, traverse the city’s main waterway at seven strategic points. Pay no more than L.700 a head and hold on tight – locals stand up for the ride and you risk a telling off from the oarsman if you try to take a seat.
Winner of five Tony Awards, the story of the doomed liner was turned into a huge Broadway smash in 1997. With great special effects, this haunting musical weaves the epic tale of the courage and cowardice, the lives and loves of Titanic’s crew. This national touring production has amazing costumes and a set comprising of illuminated portholes, a deck that tilts and lightning that runs the colour spectrum and is a visual wonder.
It’s an interesting concept, this. A whole bunch of crime scene photographs from the 1950s pulled together to form an exhibition of a very distinctive artistic nature. The police photographers who arrived at the scene had to capture the mood, freeze the clues and imagine the best way to frame the scene for future investigative work. Their efforts, dislocated now from the detective’s notes and court reports, convey the turmoil that confronted them when they entered an ordinary place that hadbeen the scene of extraordinary, horrible deeds.
This broad programme of more than 20 videos, documentaries and films attempts to paint a picture of modern China and the sweeping changes that are underway there. The focus is not only social (the changing role of women and the coming out of homosexuals, for instance) – there’s also an exploration of the current state of dance, theatre, visual art and multimedia. The subtitles are in English.