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NYC Celebrates Furry octoBEARfeast

Photo: Dick Mitchell,  Model: Gio  Photo: Dick Mitchell,  Model: Gio

Before winter hibernation, New York City bears are having a ball, and you’re invited to flaunt your PETA-approved fur for a good cause.   For the first time, the city’s LGBT Community Center (commonly called “the Center”) is expanding their popular gay bear dance party, Fur Ball, into octoBEARfest:  “a week-long celebration of everything furry.”

The Fuzzy Wuzzy festivities kick off with sustenance.  On Monday, October 1, the boys will celebrate Bear-BQ at Bone Lick Park restaurant with $3 shots and drafts, $3.50 margaritas, and 35¢ wings.  Tuesday brings the Bears & Beers fundraising dinner, with unlimited food and drinks and optional VIP bourbon tasting, at 508 Gastrobrewery.

To help you find the perfect napping partner after all that food, the Center will host Bear Bating on Thursday, October 4, a speed-dating event for bears and their admirers; and then the big daddy event of the week, Fur Ball on Saturday, October 6.

Headlined by DJ Corey Craig,  Fur Ball’s estimated  900 guests will take over every floor of the Center, with two dance floors, go-go-bears, and an outdoor garden.  And more importantly, all proceeds benefit the Center, whose programs range from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings, to offering youth, recovery and wellness programs.

So let your hair down, wear your God-given fur out, and celebrate for a Grrrrrrreat cause.

Visit the Center’s octoBEARfest website for tickets and additional information.

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Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival

Amsterdam’s Milkshake is bringing all the boys and girls to the Westerpark yard on Sunday, July 22.

Under the tag line, “For boys who love girls who love girls who love boys who love boys…” the inaugural Milkshake Festival will present five stages, featuring music, dancing, performance art, and an all-out celebration of Amsterdam’s liberal character.

As stated on their website, the outdoor festival will promote a strict “Free Love & Tolerance” policy, inviting everyone to be themselves:  “Life is a party thanks to the great diversity of skin colors, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms… Thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, travo, black or white: people are the salt of the earth and this is what we celebrate!”

So check your attitude at the gate, and take a big gulp of Amsterdam’s thick, frothy, all-welcoming blend.  Confused?  Don’t worry, they can teach you, but they’ll have to charge… an entrance fee of 32.50 euros (about $40).

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NYC: Dance Under the Influence

New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is once again celebrating the marriage of visual art and dance with the 2nd season of “Dance Under the Influence.”

MAD explores the point at which craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today.  Now, “Dance Under the Influence” is highlighting the artistry behind movement.

“MAD is a very hands-on museum. One reason why it wanted to do this series is because I would be presenting real live dancers and choreographers, who would be able to explain their process after the performance,” explains Valerie Gladstone, guest-curator of the series.

This season’s audiences can expect a diverse program including flamenco, tap, ballet, Indian classical dance, and postmodern contemporary dance—each with post-performance discussions.

Get your tickets early: this season’s first installment sold out both nights.  The next “Dance Under the Influence” performance on March 30 and 31 at 7:30pm will feature Ailey II, Jonah Bokaer, Holley Farmer, Jared Grimes and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, among others. Tickets are $20 ($12 for MAD members and students).

For more information and to purchase tickets visit madmuseum.org

(Image courtesy of Stephen Petronio, photographed by Sarah Silver)

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Pittsburgh Goes Dutch

Dance Works Rotterdam/André Gingras

The arts in Pittsburgh are enjoying the Dutch touch in 2012. As the birthplace of pop art giant Andy Warhol, modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson, Pittsburgh is no stranger to artistic innovation.  This year the city is collaborating with more than 75 Dutch artists to present the Distinctly Dutch Festival, through May 20.

One of the greatest concentration of Dutch artists to be seen this year—anywhere—the Distinctly Dutch Festival will showcase the dance, theatre, music, visual art, film and literature of the Netherlands.  This three-month, interdisciplinary cultural festival will offer something for everyone: dance premieres by Jiří Kylián & Michael Schumacher and Dance Works Rotterdam/ André Gingras, multi-media theatrical performances by PIPS:lab, and concerts including Dutch Women of Jazz and the percussive rhythms of Drums United, among many others…

To learn more, read the IQ article published in Out Traveler.

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Winter Party Heats Up Miami

Winter Party Beach Party

Get a tan this winter.  From February 29 to March 5, Miami heats up the season with the 10,000-guest, six-day Winter Party Festival.    This year’s events range from cocktail soirees to cultural outings to—yes—parties, parties, and more parties.

And as if you needed another reason to head south, Winter Party is produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which donates the majority of net proceeds to The Miami Foundation and the Task Force’s national efforts to “build power, take action and create change for the LGBT community.”

Once again, the Surfcomber is serving as the host hotel, though this year’s guests can expect some delightful surprises.  In December, the Surfcomber officially reopened as a member of the Kimpton Hotels brand, following a multi-million dollar renovation.   Kimpton Hotels are always inclusive and sassy, and now they are inviting you to party on South Beach.

This year, the official events begin on Wednesday and continue beyond the weekend.  Two of my favorite, not-to-be-missed events are the Under One Sun Pool Party at the Surfcomber Hotel and, of course, the main event: the Winter Party Beach Party, grooving on the South Beach sand to the beats of DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

For a list of all Winter Party events and passes, visit their website at winterparty.com.

Surfcomber Hotel

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PIFA Builds Puentes/Bridges

An infusion of Latin flavor is spicing up the Paris-inspired Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) on April 29. “Puentes/Bridges” features the collaboration of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Intercultural Journeys with the student musicians of Artistas y Musicos Latino-Americanos (AMLA), an organization dedicated to teaching and inspiring Latin music and dance throughout the Philadelphia area. Presented at Taller Puertorriqueño, “Puentes/Bridges” features Ricardo Morales, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal clarinetist, along with the renowned Udi Bar-David on cello and Rolando Morales-Matos on percussion, accompanied by AMLA’s jazz quintet.

Known as the Corazón Cultural del Barrio (Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia), Taller Puertorriqueño has gone from a grassroots, Puerto Rican graphic arts community center to a world-class institution that celebrates the arts of Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean. This unique PIFA event provides an opportunity to stroll through their galleries before grooving to the free concert at 8p.m.

A little art, a little music, a little dancing… a whole lot of Latin flavor!

Click here for further event details, follow the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information, and stay tuned to Traveling IQ for continued coverage, with PIFA’s support.

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PIFA: App(lause)

And we’re off!

Last week, the spark of innovation, creativity and collaboration ignited the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) at the Kimmel Center with gravity-defying aerials by Grounded Aerial, a gala performance of Pulcinella by the Pennsylvania Ballet, and an 81-foot, 6,000-light-bulb replica of the Eiffel Tower.

With over 1,500 artists and 135 events through May 1, how ever will you manage your month of world-class culture?

Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.

The Official PIFA iPhone/Android  App allows you to:
• Search by date, genre, collaborator or venue for all PIFA events
• Search for events/venues near you using GPS capability
• View @PIFAPhilly tweets to stay up-to-date on PIFA news
• Save events for which you plan on purchasing tickets and add them to your calendar
• Take photos and videos of your own art and upload them straight from your phone using the PIFA app.

Visit the  App Stores of  iPhone or Android to download, and let the PIFA app guide you to the new artistic movement of our generation.

For more information follow the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned to Traveling IQ for continued coverage, with PIFA’s support

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IQ in The New York Times: 5 Days Off

Amsterdam thumps to an electronic beat as the 5 Days Off festival presents D.J.’s and live bands exploring all areas of electronic music, from March 2 to 6.

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times by clicking on the picture below:

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PIFA: Paris… Philly

Photo courtesy of PIFA

How can one decade affect the course of history?  More than a century later, the arts—music, theatre, visual, dance, design—borne in Paris between 1910 and 1920 inspire a new art movement across the Atlantic.  From April 7 to May 1, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), introduced to Traveling IQ readers last week, draws on the collaboration, creativity and innovation of this artistically essential decade.

Nowhere are these principles more evident than in the tornado of talent known as the Ballets Russes.  By 1910, less than one year into its infancy, the Ballets Russes in Paris was preparing to launch some of the greatest artists of the past century.  In the eye of the storm, stood the company’s director, Serge Diaghilev, often called “the greatest theater producer who ever lived,” for his ability to recruit the most exciting artists of the time.  Imagine a company that can commission the music of Stravinsky, Ravel and Strauss, to be choreographed by Nijinsky, Balanchine and Massine, with sets and costumes designed by Picasso, Matisse and Chanel.

Inspired by the wave of collaboration and creativity rolling through Paris throughout this decade, PIFA welcomes a modern generation of artists to create a new cultural revolution.  “One hundred years ago, Paris was the epicenter of creativity,” says festival executive director J. Edward Cambron.  “What happened during that time shaped how we defined the arts throughout the 20th century, and now, Philadelphia’s cultural community is poised to fuel the same spirit of ingenious creativity.”

Stay tuned as Traveling IQ explores the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1, with PIFA’s support.

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NYC Goes MAD for Dance

Jennifer Muller, Photo by Paula Lobo

Artists find inspiration in many things.  Among them… other art. On February 9, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) celebrates the marriage of visual art and dance by unveiling its first dance series, “Dance:  Under the Influence.”

MAD explores the point at which craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today.  Now, “Under the Influence” adds a new artistic collaboration to the intersection, highlighting choreographers who are inspired by the visual arts.    The program is guest-curated by arts writer, editor and George Balanchine biographer, Valerie Gladstone.

“MAD is a very hands-on museum.  They are very interested in process,” explains Valerie.  “Part of their attraction to this project is presenting something in the museum that is alive.  Most things in a museum are inanimate.  MAD is interested in exploring beyond that, and bringing new audiences to the museum.”

And when the audiences do arrive, they can expect a diverse experience of dance. “Under the Influence” is showcasing new performances at every show, ranging from flamenco to tap, from classical ballet to contemporary styles—some are excerpts from the companies’ repertories, while others are original work.

The series premieres on February 9 at 7:00pm, with performances by Jennifer Muller, Heidi Latsky and Ballet Hispanico, and continues one Wednesday a month through May 18, 2011.  Tickets are $18 ($15 for MAD members).

Who knew a night under the influence could be so culturally enriching?  To learn more details, visit the program’s  website.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York

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