WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD SFMOMA GOES HIGH-TECH San Franciscans are flocking to the new and improved San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in renovations, expansions and acquisitions. But its most high-tech feature is designed for the ears rather than the eyes. Developed with local startup company Detour, the new SFMOMA app is Silicon Valley’s answer to the humdrum audio tours of years past. Downloading the app to your iPhone—or one borrowed from the museum—gives visitors access to a number of entertaining GPS-driven, podcast-quality tours, often narrated by familiar or famous voices. (sfmoma.org) HORSING AROUND The South isn’t the only region with an affinity for horse races: Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Nov. 4-5. Located about a 30-minute drive from Los Angeles, the weekend will be as much about the food, fashion and celebrity spottings as it will be about the racing. (santaanita.com) GIANT PRESENCE After winning Food & Wine magazine’s best new chef award, Jason Vincent has recently entered into Chicago’s celebrated restaurant scene with his own eatery, Giant, in Logan Square. Promising simple yet dynamic Midwestern fare, Giant’s menu boasts options such as garlic buttermilk potatoes, pecan smoked baby back ribs, tomato sortallini with guanciale, basil, and pine nuts and yellow cake crepes served with hot fudge, ricotta cheese and cherries. The menu also features an impressive cocktail, wine and craft beer list. The interior of the restaurant is also of note, with a classic and bright layout fashioned by Chicago-based Siren Betty Design. (giantrestaurant.com) WALK(ER) THIS WAY On display through Dec. 31, the Walker Art Center’s multimedia exhibition “Less Than One” features works representing the 1960s to the present, created by 16 artists, including Jasper Johns and Charline von Heyl. Major acquisitions, including Adrian Piper’s “The Mythic Being: Sol’s Drawing #1-5” will be on display for the first time. (walkerart.org) NEED FOR SPEED For its 15th year, the biggest names in NASCAR will meet at Homestead-Miami Speedway to compete for three national titles during the Ford Championship Weekend. Taking place Nov. 18-20, highlights will include watching three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, who is set to retire, in one of the last races of his career. Other events, like guided garage tours, let fans get a behind-the-scenes look. But other nonrace related activities are also sure to take some of the limelight, including the pre-race concert before Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. In recent years, top artists like Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley have all taken to the stage. (homesteadmiamispeedway.com) HISTORIC HOUSTON From the 1884 Houston Cotton Exchange Building to the angular towers of the 1975 Pennzoil Place, downtown Houston is littered with architectural gems. To help plan a selfguided tour, A.J. Mistretta, director of public relations at Visit Houston, shares his favorite three historic spots in the area. “Folk Tales” by Charline von Heyl Julia Ideson Library “Named for the city’s first professional librarian, the Julia Ideson Library is a Spanish Renaissance-style building that dates back to the 1920s and now houses historic books and maps,” Mistretta says. “It was ... restored and reopened in 2011, offering a treasure trove of books, maps and other documents from Houston’s earliest days.” La Carafe “Located on historic Market Square on the north end of downtown, La Carafe is the oldest bar in Houston and is housed in one of the oldest structures: a quaint, narrow building lit mostly by candlelight,” Mistretta knowledgeably describes. “This bar is perfect for date night or for the start to a multistop evening.” Buffalo Bayou Cistern “The city’s first underground water reservoir is now one of Houston’s most interesting attractions,” Mistretta says of the cistern built in 1926, which contains dozens of concrete columns. “The most exciting part of this new space is that it … [will serve] as a blank canvas for light and sound artists to play off of [thanks to planned grant funding].” ARTISTIC REVELATIONS The eastern United States is a haven for art-lovers with plenty of world-renowned museums and galleries to choose from. This fall, establishments in the East will be showcasing exhibits on medieval recycling and Afghanistan-inspired art, along with displays dedicated to solo artists. THE MAGIC OF “MAD MEN” In November, publisher Taschen will release “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” a two-volume book series acting as a tribute to the “Mad Men” TV series. The first volume takes readers through all seven seasons, with stills and excerpts, while the second volume reveals the magic behind the show, including costume designs, notes from the writers’ room and extensive interviews with writers, directors, designers and more. (taschen.com) FALL FETES Autumn brings with it the spirit of celebration, as these global cities can attest. Whether raising a stein of ale in Munich or dancing under the moon in Hong Kong, one thing is certain: Fall is the time for festivities. Oktoberfest Munich This 16-day event celebrates all things beer. Festivities begin with the Brewer’s Parade, which ends at the festival meadow where waitresses dressed in dirndl serve Bavarian “liquid gold.” More than 6 million liters of beer will be consumed during this year’s events, which run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. (oktoberfest.de/en) Salon du Chocolat Paris Touted as the world’s largest chocolate festival, Salon du Chocolat gathers pastry chefs, chocolatiers and cocoa producers for chocolate- inspired activities. The event, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 at Porte de Versailles, even features a fashion show with designs made from, and inspired by, chocolate. (salonduchocolat.fr) Moon Festival Hong Kong Also known as the Mid- Autumn Festival, the annual Moon Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month— Sept. 15 this year. A time for family reunions; friends and relatives come together to observe the full moon, celebrate, dance and eat mooncakes, a type of pastry. (discoverhongkong.com) GLOBAL RUNWAY Every fall, the international editions of Vogue host Fashion’s Night Out in dozens of cities around the world. A celebration of big name fashion, Japan’s event will take place Sept. 10 in Tokyo and Oct. 19 and 20 in Osaka. The annual event is a must-attend occasion for the veritable who’s who of Japan’s fashion scene, including celebrities, international designers and Vogue editors. Participating stores present unique collaborations with local artists and designers as well as food and disc jockeys playing music. But with this many fashion-obsessed guests, the coolest looks might be seen on the clientele. FEAST PORTLAND More than 40 food events will be held across the city of Portland, Ore., from Sept. 15-18 as part of Feast Portland—one of the best food festivals in the West. From culinary classes and Drink Tank tasting panels to exclusive chef collaborations, there’s no shortage of events for visiting foodies. (feastportland.com) SANDWICH INVITATIONAL SEPT. 15 Fourteen chefs will compete to see who can make the best sandwich, with guests doing the tasting and judging (and enjoying of various libations). This year’s contestants include Portland favorites like Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen and Rich Meyer of the Trifecta Tavern and Bakery. GRAND TASTING SEPT. 16 With more than 80 artisans, craft breweries, winemakers and sponsors, Friday’s Grand Tasting is the festival’s largest event for sampling the fare. This year, it will feature dozens of winemakers from Oregon alone, including Angel Vine and North Valley Vineyards. NIGHT MARKET SEPT. 16 Thousands of guests will embark on an epic food journey from Mexico to Madrid thanks to the night market— its theme this year is playful Latin cooking. Chefs from Portland and beyond will serve up delicious, creative street food next to the Willamette River at the Zidell Yards, under twinkling lights in the shadow of Ross Island Bridge. ON THE HOUSE IN CHICAGO Historical and architectural gems throughout Chicago will open their doors to the public for two days, Oct. 15-16, during the sixth annual Open House Chicago. The event gives the public exclusive access to hundreds of buildings, including what are normally restricted areas of mansions, factories, private clubs, cultural institutions and more. (openhousechicago.org) NEW REGAL THEATER Though the Chicago Regal Foundation is working to reopen the doors of Chicago’s beloved New Regal Theater, for now, the Moorish revival-style building is still closed to the public. Designed by architect John Eberson, the theater opened in 1927 as the Avalon. Since then, the venue has hosted notable cultural figures such as Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Billie Holiday and even President Barack Obama. COLUMBIA YACHT CLUB Originally built as an icebreaking railway and passenger ferry in 1947, the MV Abegweit measures 372 feet in length and houses the Columbia Yacht Club on Lake Michigan, off the shores of downtown Chicago. THE ROOKERY Famous for the iron oriel staircase that winds down from the 12th floor to the second floor, The Rookery building was designed by architect John Root and completed in 1888. Today, it’s considered one of Chicago’s first and most beautiful skyscrapers. SOUTHERN CANVASES For the entire month of October, Nashville transforms into a cultural mecca, hosting nearly 1,000 events spanning theater, art, music, film, fashion and more in what is the largest annual celebration of art and culture in the region: Artober. Here are three signature events. (artobernashville.com) A MODERN MOZART OCT. 6-8 Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera “Don Giovanni” is still one of the most popular in the world. Directed by John Hoomes, the comedic drama will take the audience on the fictional exploits of seducer Don Giovanni. PROKOFIEV’S FIFTH SYMPHONY OCT. 7-8 Conductor Vinay Parameswaran will make his Classical Series debut as the Nashville Symphony performs Prokofiev’s famed Symphony No. 5 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The audience will also be treated to Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by Conrad Tao, and Gabriella Smith’s “Tumblebird Contrails,” which mimics natural sounds like birds and ocean waves. SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS OCT. 14-16 The 28th annual Southern Festival of Books will bring 200 authors from around the nation together for one huge celebration, featuring writers from all genres including fiction, poetry and biography. THE JOY OF JOYCE Irish author James Joyce might be best known for “Ulysses,” but his first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” was one of the most popular books of the year when it was published 100 years ago, in late 1916, and established Joyce as a leading figure in literature. Here are some Joyce-inspired items to celebrate the esteemed writer. DRINK LIKE JOYCE “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” can be considered a heavy read. Lighten the psychological load with a glass of Irish whiskey. Redbreast’s 21 Year Old variety is one of the best and can be used in a James Joyce cocktail, which is traditionally made with vermouth, triple sec and—of course—Irish whiskey. (singlepotstill.com) 100 YEARS OF “A PORTRAIT” Penguin Random House is celebrating 100 years of “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” with a special centennial edition. This Penguin Classics deluxe edition includes an introduction by famed contemporary author Karl Ove Knausgaard. (penguinrandomhouse.com) THE MUSIC OF JOYCE A singer who played the piano and guitar, Joyce is known for incorporating music into his books. Some of the most wellknown songs are featured in a CD set called “Music from the Works of James Joyce,” including Sir John Stevenson’s song “Oft in the Stilly Night,” featured in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” (james-joyce-music.com)
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