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nov 19 2014

The "Starry Night" Bike Path Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen!

What's your favorite painting? Hold that image in your mind for a sec, then imagine the brushstrokes, shapes, and colors brought to life—so you could actually walk right in. Whoa. Right?

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has brought my favorite painting to life in a unique way that melds contemporary technology with a masterpiece of 19th-century art: Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The Starry Night Bike Path, a winding half-mile in the city of Eindhoven that is illuminated by thousands of LED lights and special paint, interprets the swirling shapes and colors of Van Gogh's painting. I don't know about you, but for me the work of Van Gogh is highly personal—as if the artist, with his dramatic strokes and thick layers of paint, is reaching out to me across the years, teaching me a new way to see and feel. I'm psyched that a contemporary artist is attempting to transport an audience in a similar way. Roosegaarde has spoken enthusiastically about how the path, which opened to the public on November 13, makes a statement about technology and cultural history—and is also a popular spot for first dates. What's not to love?

nov 13 2014

Eat, Drink, and Laugh in L.A.! A Whole Week of Comedy Shows and Dinner Deals

Los Angeles

You can see a wide variety of L.A.'s comedy talent firsthand for 10 bucks and under.

(Steve Allen/Dreamstime.com)

No big Hollywood-star budgets and pricey nightclub bottle service here! Yes, you can experience the talent and cuisine the City of Angels offers (hello, Mexican food) for cheap. Follow the calendar below for seven days' worth of dining and live-comedy options in Los Angeles—all within walking distance of each other. Reserve your tickets ahead of time, and consider your funny bone tickled.

Monday

nov 06 2014

Is Taylor Swift the Right "Global Ambassador" for NYC?

(NYC & Company)

We're still getting our brains around the exciting—but somewhat counterintuitive—notion that pop star Taylor Swift was named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador. She'll be representing the "Welcome to New York" campaign, named after a hit song on her new album, 1989.

nov 04 2014

Great Getaways: Providence & Bristol

Waterfire in Providence, Rhode Island

Don't wait—there are only two more chances to see WaterFire Providence in 2014!

(Courtesy Nick Millard/GoProvidence)

Located about three hours from New York City, or about an hour south of Boston, lies Providence, Rhode Island, a city famous for it's food, tolerance, and WaterFire, a spectacle you truly have to see in order to fully understand its brilliance. A 30-minute drive from Providence, you'll find the lovely little seaside town of Bristol, a great getaway spot in its own right thanks to its quirky neighborhood shops, natural surroundings, and historic mansions you can visit. If you're looking for a great fall weekend getaway or a chance to explore a wonderful combination of foodie paradise, artsy city vibes, and historic seaside towns, Providence and Bristol are the perfect places to start.

Don't miss WaterFire in Providence

oct 15 2014

Do YOU Live in America's Coolest Small Town 2015?

How does a town get to be named Coolest by Budget Travel? Ask Berlin, Maryland, which topped our 2014 list. The folks in Berlin didn't fiddle around when it came to promoting their town's coolness on our nominations page, on social media—and they even wrote a song about their beautiful burgh!

(Courtesy Worcester County Tourism)

What does it feel like to live in America's Coolest Small Town? Ask the folks in Berlin, Maryland. In February, they topped our list, edging out Cazenovia, New York, and 13 other finalists to win the 2014 title. And they threw one heck of a victory party. (We know because we were there!)

oct 03 2014

5 Unforgettable Experiences in Seward, Alaska

Scenery in Seward, Alaska
(Courtesy Kae Lani Kennedy)

"Alaska Starts Here" is the motto of the small town of Seward, Alaska, located on the Kenai Peninsula. With a population of a little over 3,000 it seems like a bold claim, but this coastal community truly delivers, giving visitors the chance to experience all the nature, sports and excitement that Alaska has to offer.

Fishing

sep 29 2014

Surprise! These Are the World's Top Honeymoon Destinations

(Courtesy Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Wedding "party," indeed! Vegas, baby, Vegas is the most popular spot in the world to honeymoon, according to new data from Facebook—but it's not U.S. residents who are making it No. 1. International newlyweds most want to live it up in Sin City. That factoid and others were uncovered after the latest round of stat-crunching from the Facebook Data Team.

sep 24 2014

Get Ready for Free Museum Day!

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Visit the Children's Museum of Manhattan and more than 1,400 museums for free on Sept. 27th.

(Courtesy WalkingGeek/Flickr)

Museums all over the country will open their doors for free on Saturday, Sept. 27th, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine's tenth annual Museum Day Live!

While Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian museums are always open to the public, more than 1,400 other museums and cultural institutions around the country are following their lead, at least for one day. Here in New York, there are so many museums to choose from and admission can really add up. Choose from museums like the Children's Museum of Manhattan (normally $11 per person), the Fraunces Tavern Museum (normally $7 per person), The Museum of Arts and Design (normally $16 per person), and The Jewish Museum (normally $15 per person), among hundreds of others around the country.

sep 19 2014

Ahoy Matey! Check Out These Pirate Museums

Pirates of Nassau Museum

Visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum next time you travel to New Providence Island in the Bahamas.

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Have you ever wondered what it was like to sail the seven seas, pillage for gold doublooms and hunt for buried treasure? Pirate lore has captured the imagination of both children and adults for centuries, often a popular subject of literature and film. A number of pirate museums along the east coast of the United States—as well as one in the Bahamas—offer guests a rare opportunity to see the treasures left behind by the real pirates of the Caribbean. Just in time for International Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sept. 19th!), here are three of our favorite pirate museums.

sep 16 2014

Save Money on Off-Broadway Shows This Fall

Blue Man Group

See the Blue Man Group perform for less during Off Broadway Week in NYC Sept. 29 thru Oct. 12.

(Courtesy pixajen/Flickr)

You can save big on buzz-worthy Off-Broadway shows thanks to two-for-one ticket deals on select shows now thru Oct. 12th. Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. for shows during Off-Broadway Week Sept. 29th thru Oct. 12th.

Show options this year include Avenue Q (note: this show may feature puppets, but I assure you, it's NOT for youngsters), National Lampoon Presents Bayside! The Musical!—a musical Saved By The Bell parody—and 50 Shades! The Musical, based on the popular series by E.L. James. Additional offerings include Aire Frío, Barceló con Hielo, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Bedbugs, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, Found, Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, Gazillion Bubble Show!, Going Once Laughing Twice!, Here Lies Love, Hereafter Musical, iLuminate, Indian Ink, La Nena Se Casa, La Zapatera Prodigiosa, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, Lips Together Teeth Apart, Money Grubbin' Whores, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Olympics ÜberAlles, Pageant: The Musical, Perfect Crime, Scenes from a Marriage, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, Sistas: The Musical, Sleepy Hallow The Musical, Stalking the Bogeyman, Tail! Spin!, The Awesome 80s Prom, The Belle of Amherst, The Bullpen, The Fatal Weakness, Harlem Rens, The Jackie Mason Musical, The Killing of Sister George, The Money Shot, They Call Me Q, When January Feels Like Summer, and While I Yet Live.

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