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My favorite food festival in the whole world: Big Tex Choice Awards

I travel to learn about new cultures, see world famous sites —and most of all to experience new cuisines, I have been to a progressive dinner in Hong Kong that started on the heliport on top of the Peninsula Hotel,… (more)
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You can never be too thin or too rich or have too much Chocolate

The 2017 Dallas Chocolate Festival extravaganza, held in the heart of the Dallas Art District at the  Fashion Industry Gallery F.I.G. celebrates everything chocolate.  Guests are invited to meet artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process,… (more)
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Edinburgh Fringe: Psychological impact of modern technology on working class communities

The anxieties of 21st century working-class lives has become a major theme of theater. I saw two emotionally powerful plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. You can see such productions next August 4 to 28,… (more)
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Four centuries of struggle for freedom at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

If you care about theater and arts, you need to put the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on your travel plans. Every August, that Scottish city hosts the word’s largest arts festival. The next, August 4 to 28, 2017, is its 70th… (more)
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Edinburgh Fringe: Social and political dynamics of shutting down British coal mines

Theater at its best tells history. That is always the case at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. The next Fringe, August 4 to 28, 2017, features 30,000 performances of over 3,000 productions of drama, musical, and… (more)
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No ghosts at Terlingua Chili Cook-off

For years I had heard tales about the wild, “return to the old West” adventures enjoyed by friends (mostly men) attending the annual Terlingua chili cook-off.  Held in the legendary Terlingua Ghost Town in remote southwest Texas, the annual… (more)
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Trending in Dallas: Light shows using buildings as a canvas

I still remember when I first saw a light show on a building. I was visiting a friend in New York who lives on 34th street (the same street as the Empire State Building.) I loved laying in bed and… (more)
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Aurora: Tips on how to get to a Dallas party expecting 30,000 guests on October 16

You could say that when it rains, it pours. But this is not a story about the weather–even though we could use some rain. It is about two enormously popular events happening on the same night. Texans already know all… (more)
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Milwaukee Offers a Feast of Festivals and Fun

I had never been to Wisconsin until this year, but the state has now moved to the top of my list of favorite places to go during the hot Texas summer. Earlier this summer I visited Elkhart Lake, a beautiful… (more)
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35th Annual Heineken Regatta Weekend: Serious Fun with “Vitamin H”

The Heineken Regatta is a wonderful mix of serious sailors who love to party, and serious party-ers who love to sail. I met a team sailing a glorious 110′ schooner name Atravida who had sailed all the way up from… (more)
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Seaside Sipping: Atlantic City’s Wine Promenade

An out-of-state friend recently remarked to me that Atlantic City must be “dying” with all the recent casino closings. Well, it’s true the casino industry is taking a hit; but the city and its famed Boardwalk is not about to… (more)
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Politics & War at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Politics have animated theater since ancient times, presenting stories of war, brutality, government oppression, and national identity. These themes were powerfully represented in August at the 2014 Edinburgh Theater Festival Fringe which hosted performing arts groups from all over the… (more)
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My best Christmas Eve Ever

The evening started with the Chinese Lantern Festival ( a cross between Disneyland and Fireworks.)  The family friendly festival is an eight acre park of eye candy.  I loved watching the reactions of the children. And then… (more)
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Grab your knitting and your tackiest holiday sweater and bring them to Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love.

 Fresh off its success at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love, a solo one-act written and performed by Elaine Liner, makes its North Texas debut December 12-15 at the MCL Grand black… (more)
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The Joy of Southside on Lamar spreads out into the neighborhood

Living at Southside on Lamar is like having a festival in your house everyday. There are artists, musicians, photographers, writers, and more. For the first Lamar Street Festival, everyone enjoyed art, music, food, crafts, a kids zone and more. Everyone… (more)
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Avignon: Avant-Garde Performing Arts and Globalization

The best modern theater and dance is often about ideas. That was true in works at this year’s Avignon Theater Festival, held every July in the medieval city where Catholic Popes ruled from 1309 to 1377. Several performances I saw… (more)
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A summer in Nice brings together jazz, art and Woody Allen

The big Nice Jazz Festival has been drawing crowds to this gorgeous Riviera city since 1948. And on the day I visited, Woody Allen was in town. Was he was there to play his clarinet on one of the Festival’s… (more)
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Cannes is a gorgeous treat for visitors since mid-1800s

Walking along the Cannes beach in the afternoon, we had a clue about something special going to happen. Out in the sea, from large block structures in the Bay of Cannes, came strains of pop music. “Stand by me!” It… (more)
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81st Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

Join 140 of Orange County’s most renowned artists at The Festival of Arts, California’s Premier Fine Art Show, June 30 through August 31, 2013. As California’s longest running outdoor fine art show and one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed… (more)
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Semana Santa Festivals: Easter Week in Spain

In Spain, Easter week is celebrated with fervor. Day and night, the streets are filled with the beat of drums, masses of flowers, and the consummate art of religious sculpture, all combining to produce an emotionally charged atmosphere. Everybody, everywhere,… (more)
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To Market in Vienna this Easter

Children of all ages will delight in the tradition and entertainment in March at Vienna’s Easter Markets. Decorations, artistically decorated eggs, culinary treats, theater and music await. The Easter Market at Schönbrunn Palace is considered one of the most romantic… (more)
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Spring On and Off the Slopes in Colorado

With heavy doses of snowfall coating the state’s mountains, and more snowy months ahead, embrace the best of Colorado this spring.  Days filled with powder, sunshine, music, enticing food, festivals, races, rail jams and fireworks shows are sure to… (more)
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International Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa

Once a year in South Africa, the hottest Jazz Musicians from all over the world gather to play the coolest music that traces it roots back to the West African and Western… (more)
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The 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

New Zealand, a country synonymous with award-winning wines and renowned lamb, has also developed a discerning palate for wild grown, authentic “bush food”.  Experience this cuisine at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, an iconic gourmet extravaganza showcasing novel “bush tucker”… (more)
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Indian Food and Cultural Celebration – HAPPY HOLI

  Holi: The Festival of colors. An annual celebration of life with colors.An all day event featuring Live performances, DJs, Indian Percussion specials(DHOL), Indian Street food, Dancers, Hookahs, Holi Bonfire and lots of booths with little treasures. Sunday, March 24,… (more)
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Get Your Groove On — Mardi Gras Style

What better way to add some color and fun to the gray, gloomy days of winter than to join in Mardi Gras or Carnival festivities? This year Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday) falls on February 12th with many… (more)
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Eurochocolate Festival 2012 : Perugia, Italy

Chocolate…chocolat….cioccolate….schokolade…The appeal is universal. It is entirely possible to be seduced every which way by chocolate as this Italian city of Perugia  is transformed for the Eurochocolate Festival 2012. Eurochocolate was created in 1982 by Eugenio Guarducci, the current… (more)
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Dallas Video Festival starts by lighting up the sky

 Expanded Cinema World Premiere   The biggest canvas in Dallas – the four curved walls outside theOmni Hotel –  featured new video art works from media artists Kari Altmann, Frank Campagna, Tim Capper, Rebecca Carter, Brian … (more)