AND THE AWARD GOES TO… After the holiday season comes the award season, and this year glamour and creativity will continue to reign supreme as these touted ceremonies draw major star power. GOLDEN GLOBES JAN. 7, 2018; BEVERLY HILTON Kicking off award season is the Golden Globes. In its 75th year, the ceremony will once again celebrate the best of TV and film with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and industry elite. (goldenglobes.com) SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD JAN. 21, 2018; SHRINE AUDITORIUM Exclusively honoring performers, this event presents accolades to individual performances and also recognizes the work of entire ensembles. The awards celebrate the collaborative art of acting. (sagawards.org) ACADEMY AWARDS MARCH 4, 2018; DOLBY THEATRE The high point of awards season, the 90th annual Academy Awards will celebrate the finest in motion pictures with an elegant and entertaining ceremony that is a mix of old Hollywood glamour and modern movie magic. (oscars.org) 109TH NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE AND RING OF LIGHTS Dec. 13-17; Newport Beach, California Each year, the stunning homes of Newport Harbor are illuminated by the shining lights of yachts decorated with holiday adornments. Over a five-day period, eager spectators watch as up to 100 boats cruise the bay in this Southern California tradition. Some of the best views are conveniently located at fine dining restaurants along the waterfront such as The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar or the Lighthouse Bayview Café, so attendees can indulge in a delicious dinner while delighting in the holiday boat parade. (christmasboatparade.com) SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Jan. 18-28, 2018; Park City, Utah, and surrounding areas Park City’s winter wonderland will once again be the backdrop for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Each year, the industry’s best and brightest independent filmmakers descend upon the quaint ski town to partake in a week of parties, awards and, of course, screenings of the year’s most exciting and poignant films. The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization started by one of the industry’s true icons, Robert Redford, in 1981 to provide a space for artists in film, theater and new media to create and thrive. Over the past three decades, the festival has introduced global audiences to groundbreaking work like “The Big Sick,” “Boyhood,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and many more. In past years, its reputation has drawn nearly 50,000 attendees to the city, making it the largest independent film festival in the U.S. In 2018, the festival will continue to connect audiences with the impressive filmmakers who are pushing industry boundaries and creating bold new works. (sundance.org) ARTISTIC HAPPENINGS Across the United States, the nation’s largest and most celebrated galleries and museums are showcasing new acquisitions by established and burgeoning artists alike. “SOUTH COAST PLAZA” Today, South Coast Plaza is known as a hub for luxury and style, but the center’s humble beginnings highlight what makes it a truly special place. What began as lima bean farmland has grown into the largest shopping destination on the West Coast and a cosmopolitan culture center for the thriving area of Orange County, California. A new retrospective book published by Assouline celebrates the center’s 50 years of evolution and traces the heritage of this incredible landmark as it transformed into an unparalleled commercial and cultural icon attracting more than 20 million people every year.
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