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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Intro to...Paris: Giverny - Monet's House

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5 TIPS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING GIVERNY, FRANCE: 

The Gardens and House of artist Claude Monet






View of the house from the Gardens (editorial use)

1. Visiting the Gardens is usually tourists' main objective. But try to visit the house. It helps to make the visit to Giverny complete. Buy a combo ticket and plan to stay in Giverny for the day. Finish up with the Musee des Impressionmisme down the street.



2. Visiting the house also makes you feel like you are getting to know Monet personally. Studying the art is one thing (always an insight to an artist's soul). See where he lived makes it intimate.



3. Even if you're not into art, you'll love the architecture and the era of the house. Monet loved Giverny and lived there from 1883 until he died in 1926. It seems as if the past and present are in the house at the same time, even almost 100 years later.



4. You may feel inspired to create. Monet helped to inspire the Giverny Colony of impressionist artists who started living there circa 1887. If you're a beginner, the gift shop will help you get started. You can also take home a little bit of Monet with you in many forms from socks to umbrellas.



5. The house and gardens were declared public in 1980 after extensive renovations and the creation of The Foundation Claude Monet. You can walk around on your own or take a guided tour.


The Gardens from the House: a view to be envied


For more information: The Foundation Claude Monet

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Live from NY: It's the SNL Exhibition


Saturday Night Live Exhibit Entrance
Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition

THIS EXHIBIT HAS CLOSED IN NYC, 
BUT ENJOY THE RETROSPECTIVE OF THE EVENT


There are not too many people who are not familiar with the phrase, "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night Live!" This line, usually within an opening sketch, starts one of the longest running comedy variety shows that is broadcast on NBC. Like many icons of American culture, it has amassed artifacts and generated interest amongst fans. The result: an exhibit, of course, presented by Premier Exhibitions

After purchasing a ticket, we got the red carpet treatment. A video introduced the series, the doors open and we were on on our way. 

SNL Exhibit Red Carpet
The Red Carpet to the SNL Exhibit


They started with the history of the show with the Lorne Michaels' desk and continues to introduce the Not Ready for Prime Time Players who entertained America starting in 1975. We smiled while reminiscing looking at photos of the late Gilda Radner, the late Jan Hooks, the late John Belushi, the late Phil Hartman and others.

The original Not Ready for Prime Time Players.

The famous staircase onto the set

The exhibit actually was a lot like the show: a planned, organized format that seemed improvised. It took you through the week of producing a show, starting with Monday and ending with Saturday. Along the way, we were introduced to writers, costumers, set constructors, directors, musicians, make-up artists, cue cards and of course, the talent in the form of actors, hosts and musical guests.

The board of the show's rundown.

"Video" table: imagine you're in the meeting of the staff as they prepare for the show.

One would expect original artifacts in the form of costumes, actual sets and props and the SNL exhibit did not fail to deliver. Scripts, mannequins wearing authentic costumes, a drafting table and the famous news desk were all on exhibit. We were allowed to take photos and immerse ourselves into the sets.

Set designs


Model of the television studio and set
Wayne's World
Wayne's World set, with the famous "Jaws" shark

Throughout the exhibit, there were monitors with clips of sketches: entire loops of clips throughout the tour.

After the tour of the gallery of costumes including outfits worn by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, racks of costumes, photos and the hundreds of musical guests, we entered a mock-up of the control room. We sat at the desk and became the director and heard how a live broadcast would be.

Control Room


After watching the countdown clock in the control room and the next thing we knew, we were in a facsimile of Studio 8H, watching an abbreviated 15 minute version of the show, with projections coming from all sides. As each area was showing its portion of the show, we also watched the other areas and saw how the stage crew was setting up for the next skit. 

"Studio 8H"
In a classy turn, fittingly, there was a wall of All Credited Crew and resume photos of all the cast, some you will know who rose to higher fame as a result of being a cast member, some you may have never heard of and some famous folks you have not have known were ever on the show. Although SNL tends to hire unknowns, some actors with previous notoriety have been cast.

Eddie Murphy's famous Buckwheat costume
We enjoyed taking our picture from the famous "Weekend Update" news desk with your favorite anchor superimposed in the shot.

We spent almost 3 hours there, reading every caption, looking every artifact and lingering at every monitor playing video clips. We even took a photo at the news desk with our choice of our favorite SNL anchor sitting in with us.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Intro...World of Coca-Cola

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World of Coca-Cola
World of Coca Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: WORLD OF COCA-COLA

After you have seen what Atlanta has to offer culturally and historically; after you have had your fill of either the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War and perhaps even Gone With The Wind, you will invariably find your way near Centennial Park and across to the exhibit/museum/greatest advertisement in the "person" of the World of Coca-Cola. 

John Pemberton statue
John Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola

1. If you have not been to Atlanta since 2006, you will learn that the museum is no longer near Underground Atlanta (a shopping and entertainment district that has seen better days). Obviously, moving the World of Coca-Cola has affected the economy of the Underground, with more tourists now staying in the Centennial Park area. For some reason, the old building is still there, overgrown with trees, seemingly decaying.

Former World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Underground
Former location, near the Atlanta Underground

2. The relocated museum is a tribute to Coca-Cola and its products of course, but it can also be seen as an extreme example of American capitalism, the power of advertising and it's influence throughout the world. 

Coca-Cola artifacts
All things Coca-Cola (registered trademark by The Coca-Cola Company)

3. But this is a fun place. The amount of memorabilia and artifacts is a history lesson in itself. Indeed, Coca-Cola is credited with our modern visual of Santa Claus. The popular artwork of the rotund, rosy-cheeked jolly fellow was immortalized largely based on Clement C. Moore's description in his poem " "Twas the Night Before Christmas," forever cementing the American personification of St. Nick (along with other previous illustrations). 

Illustration of the Coca-Cola Santa
Santa Claus, as imagined by Coca-Cola (registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company)

3. Coca-Cola presents a fair account of its history, it's influences, and even acknowledges its mistakes such as trying to change to formula of classic Coca-Cola. The company can be credited, along with Hallmark, McDonald's and Kodak, with changing the 1960's in-your-face style of television ads to the more artsy approach, (movie style cinematography, messages of peace, world love and family life). All of this is part of the museum, along with toys, clothing, and interactive exhibits.

Coca-Cola Polar Bear
Polar Bear, for your photo op (registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company)

4. There are what can be considered a few major highlights: the promise that you will see the vault where the original formula is kept, (that's all you see, the vault, not the formula, which is supposedly inside), a photo op with the Polar Bear character and, the room with all of the flavors and products of the world. At the end, before you exit through the obligatory gift shop where you can get your fill of all items Coca-Cola, you are given a small bottle of the famous classic formula. Drink the soda and save the bottle, since the bottling location is considered important, sort of like where your money is minted.

Photo of the Vault
The Vault

5. If you read every line, examine every artifact, and pass through every gallery, including the room where decades of television ads are screened, you will get your $16 worth and you can conceivably be there for hours. You can imagine on a rainy day the crowds that must be there. 

World of Coca Cola, 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia. 1-800-676-COKE.


BONUS FACT: There is a store in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida



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