WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD of the moment: central/northeast SPIRIT OF NEW YORK In any discussion of the recent small-batch distillery boom, the Empire State’s booze-infused landscape is unparalleled. Here’s a look at some of New York’s top-shelf bottles. Some are only available in New York, giving spirit enthusiasts one more reason to travel this season. TRY: Orange County Distillery WHY: Two men, John Glebocki and Bryan Ensall, run the entire show, from growing corn and sugar beets to getting the product into bottles. TRY: Tuthilltown Spirits WHY: A range of products are made with a farm-to-bottle philosophy. Apples for vodka are picked 5 miles away; corn for whiskey is grown down the road. TRY: Cacao Prieto WHY: This company makes both liquor and chocolate; naturally, it also mixes the two in the unique, awardwinning Don Rafael Cacao Rum and Don Rafael Cacao Liqueur. TRY: King’s County Distillery WHY: Bourbon made from organic New York corn and malted barley from the U.K. won awards from the American Distilling Institute from 2012 to 2014. TRY: Greenhook Ginsmiths WHY: Bold, highrating gins characterize this Brooklyn-based distillery, which uses vacuum distillation to preserve botanical flavors. impressions A Chicago Landmark Home to some of the world’s most iconic structures, Chicago gets its own biennial dedicated to architecture in 2015. Launching Oct. 3 and running through Jan. 3, 2016, the event, titled “The State of the Art of Architecture,” will explore the cultural practice of architecture that pervades everyday life, encompassing a range of exhibitions and full-scale installations. Aiming to compete with the likes of biennials in Venice, Italy, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will host 60 participants from around the world and boasts a star-studded advisory board, which includes names like Elizabeth Diller and Frank Gehry. PAINTING THE CITY In the 1980s, Philadelphia established Mural Arts as part of its Anti-Graffiti Network, to channel the energy of graffiti writers into constructive public artworks. The Mural Arts Program has since expanded into its own organization and, in October, hosts the month-long event, “Open Source.” Artists from across the world will land in the city to create public art as part of a host of festivities. Jane Golden, executive director of the program, discusses the organization and event with Montage Magazine. MONTAGE MAGAZINE: How has the Mural Arts Program’s approach to graffiti benefited the community? JANE GOLDEN: We created a program that was really responsive to [artists’] needs and gifts, [and] have seen art become a tool and a catalyst for social change in neighborhoods that had been decimated by graffiti and crime. MM: How has community perception of public art changed since the program’s beginnings? JG: We have artists who are internationally known coming. ... People feel a real pride for the work and we have a waiting list of people who want art on their buildings. What started as an anti-graffiti movement has become a public art initiative that values art for public change as well as art for what it is. MM: What are you most looking forward to with “Open Source”? JG: There will be things for art lovers and families, tours, discussions, curator Q-and-A’s and parties. It will be cerebral, fun and inspiring. I’m looking forward to doing something ambitious that will have a longstanding and sustainable influence on the future. “Open Source” is so complex. ... It’s dealing with serious issues that cities globally are facing. I’m proud that Philadelphia is able to do this. I feel we’re in the right place at the right time. impressions| of the moment: south THE SUITE LIFE As renowned opera and ballet companies begin their seasons, another major form of autumn entertainment, professional sports, kicks off another year. At many of these events, spectating takes a decidedly upscale turn with luxury suites equipped with a number of perks that make an exciting outing even more enjoyable. From themed decor and some of the most coveted views of the field to gourmet food and access to exclusive clubs, these suite options are changing the way people think of a day at the ballpark. Here are a few of the South’s venues that score points with executive-level spectators. FIELD DAY AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, boasts boxes that are set into the field, offering an unbeatable vantage point to see every play. In addition to in-suite catering and VIP parking, field-level suite guests also get access to the Field Club, which players walk through during introductions. (attstadium.com) CATCHING FLIES Atlanta’s Turner Field welcomes fans to root for the Braves in suites with private balcony seating and restrooms, high-definition televisions and Wi-Fi. A dedicated suite concierge also is at-bat to handle all requests. Options are available for the entire year or single games. (braves.com/suites) HOT SHOTS Access to the Patrón Platinum Club is just one reason to indulge in a luxury suite at Bridgestone Arena, where Nashville’s professional hockey team, the Predators, play. Head to the venue early to dine at one of the club’s chef’s tables, or grab a drink at the martini bar. (bridgestonearena.com) DAY BY DESIGN Miami’s Design District has seen exponential growth in recent years. Headed by development company, Dacra, and L Real Estate, an affiliate of Louis Vuitton parent company LVMH, the project is in its third phase, expected to be completed in 2016. Montage Magazine outlines a perfect day in the district (already home to hip restaurants, shops and art) in three easy steps. 1.Adventure in art. Head to the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space to view the latest exhibit and catch a lecture or workshop. 2.Reinvent your look. En Avance carries fashionable men’s and women’s styles, shoes and accessories from fresh names like Smythe, Veronica Beard and Sacai. 3.Dine elegantly. James Beard Awardwinning chef, Michael Schwartz, leads the team at The Cypress Room. Make a reservation to enjoy upscale American cuisine and barrel-aged cocktails. Impressions| of the moment: west LOCAL TALENT Curators know there’s a special connection between a city and its artists. Like a mirror, regional art reflects its society in a way that not only captures the voice of a generation but simultaneously connects it to an overarching narrative on the fabric of time. Here is a sampling of the museums proudly displaying the work of their neighbors—both contemporary and past—offering viewers a unique glance into community culture. NEW MEXICAN GEM Though Georgia O’Keeffe lived in many regions during her lifetime, the artist made New Mexico her permanent home. Exhibiting at the New Mexico Museum of Art with more than 50 paintings and works on paper, “O’Keeffe in Process” spans the artist’s life, from student portraits to pictures inspired by the state. See the collection from Sept. 11 to Jan. 17, 2016. (nmartmuseum.org) SURREAL IN COLORADO Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center showcases local painters by juxtaposing their work with a 20th-century master’s. The first portion of the exhibit runs Oct. 24 to Jan. 3, 2016, with a juried show of Colorado Springs surrealists. Nov. 7 sees the addition of works from René Magritte, the artist known for pieces such as “The Son of Man.” Magritte’s pieces will show through Feb. 7, 2016 for an extended glance into surrealism. (csfineartscenter.org) CULTURAL CROSSROADS Performances from legendary names and dazzling theatrics are on the lineup for the fall season at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Here are a few of the must-see acts coming to the Beverly Hills cultural flagship. (thewallis.org) TWYLA THARP: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Oct. 1-3 Celebrating 50 years since her first dance, Twyla Tharp presents two new ballets, including a piece set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” “THE UGLY DUCKLING” Oct. 10-18 Previously seen on “America’s Got Talent,” Lightwire Theater brings a classic fable to life with electroluminescent puppetry. The theatrical light show will delight guests of all ages. IN CELEBRATION OF FRANK SINATRA’S 100TH BIRTHDAY Nov. 13-14 Honoring Frank Sinatra’s prolific career, the Wallis dedicates a weekend to a selection of movies featuring Ol’ Blue Eyes. DRESSED-UP DOUGHNUTS Artisanal doughnut bakeries are putting a new spin on a casual breakfast favorite. Maple twists and powdered jelly doughnuts take a backseat to flavors like chocolate ganache, Cointreau creme brulee and even country ham and eggs. Here are some of the West’s top doughnut destinations: BLUE STAR DONUTS Based in Portland, Blue Star Donuts opens a California location in Venice this September. Selections change daily, but all of the sweets are made from scratch daily using dough that requires 18 hours to complete. The bakery also offers a variety of vegan-friendly options like pistachio cake with raspberry hibiscus. Grab a Stumptown coffee or Steven Smith tea to wash down any of the creative treats. (bluestardonuts.com) SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS Inventive daily flavors like Madagascar Vanilla Twist and seasonal options with fresh ingredients pair perfectly with the shop’s custom coffee blends and sodas made in-house. The creation of chef Brooke Desprez and Sumter and Chilin Pendergrast, the beautiful bakery is a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. The original location, in Orange County, Calif., will welcome a sister shop in Santa Monica in late 2015. (sidecardoughnuts.com) DYNAMO DONUT + COFFEE This San Francisco shop and kiosk was founded by Sarah Spearin, who uses organic ingredients to capture the tastes of the season in her confections. Maple bacon is a star menu item, but even the classic chocolate doughnut gets a twist with specialty glazes like star anise and cocoa, raspberry and black pepper, and rose water and lemon. (dynamodonut.com) Impressions| of the moment: world PERSONAL PARADISE What does your idea of an island paradise look like? Does it include sandy beaches, lush plant life, an ultra-modern floating home with docks and swimming pools? Amillarah Private Islands asks the same questions of its clients, only to turn their dreams into a reality floating in the sea. Launched in 2015, the business allows buyers to decide the shape and size of their islands, and select the landscape and amenities. The company has a number of major projects already in the works, such as a plan to scatter 10 new pieces of land in a lagoon in the Maldives. Another 30 will grace Miami’s waterscape, each with private boat services, butlers and staff to service the islands’ guests and facilities. Amillarah boasts that the structures will all be self-sufficient, safe from changing sea levels and have no negative impact on the surrounding environment. Furthermore, the business has partnered with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to investigate the influences of the structures in order to create the best underwater design. ETERNAL STYLE Luxury book publisher Assouline has been immortalizing cultural icons since its beginnings over 20 years ago. This fall, the company pays homage to fashion icons with beautifully crafted new releases to enhance any fashion or book enthusiast’s library. •See Rome through the eyes of creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli in “VALENTINO: MIRABILIA ROMAE.” Explore the Eternal City and the visionaries’ processes with a look at the directors’ inspiration boards and paper patterns that have resulted in some of the fashion house’s most memorable collections. •Credited for putting Italy on the menswear map, Gaetano Savini created cutting-edge styles that continue to inspire runways today. In “GAETANO SAVINI, THE MAN WHO WAS BRIONI,” learn about the man behind the Brioni luxury brand, his movement-defining work and far-reaching influence. •As a signifier of transition from the Old World to the New, jewelry that was created and worn during the Renaissance represents more than meets the eye, and has inspired and fascinated designers and historians for its symbolism and power. Immerse yourself in the period’s aesthetics with “JEWELS OF THE RENAISSANCE” which includes stunning images and in-depth explanations of ornamentation worn by both men and women. THE REEL MEXICO Now in its fourth year, Los Cabos International Film Festival (taking place this year Nov. 11-15) has provided a tremendous platform for Mexican cinema to interface with the world. The event has shown dynamic growth in its short history, attracting filmmakers, industry professionals and fans for a competition that awards the largest cash prize of any other festival in Latin America. The 2015 theme is “Come and see what the neighbors are doing,” which highlights the event’s focus on films from Mexico, the United States and Canada. The festival’s influence continues to expand with partnerships involving the Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project and Latin American film services group Labodigital. In addition to attending premiers and parties, and mingling with actors and directors, attendees have the opportunity to experience the best of the Los Cabos area, including its famous beaches, exciting nightlife and cultural attractions. Tickets for the Los Cabos International Film Festival will be available in September. (cabosfilmfestival.com)
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