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  • Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting to be shown live Dec 3, 2014 10:30 AM
    The heart of Manhattan will soon be ablaze with 45,000 LED lights gracing an 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday evening, the air will reverberate with the voices of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars for the nationwide live broadcast. Tens of thousands of people are expected to stand behind police barricades to watch the annual spectacle. Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center tree has represented Christmas in New York City. The lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 7 p.m. The Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will be on display through Jan. 7.

     
  • Frida Kahlo’s garden to be re-imagined in N.Y. Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” which will open May 16 and run through Nov. 1. The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City in more than 25 years will reflect the bright colors and textures of Kahlo’s portraits and still lifes.

     
  • Relics from ‘Wonder Years’ given to Smithsonian Dec 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kevin Arnold’s green New York Jets jacket that he always wore in “The Wonder Years” is becoming a piece of history along with other items from the popular TV show. Fred Savage, who played Arnold, his mother and other cast members from the show donated costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show Tuesday to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

     
  • Developers look to create underground NYC park Dec 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line’s success are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world’s first underground park. The project would occupy a 116-year-old abandoned trolley terminal below the Lower East Side that’s been used for storage since 1948.

     
  • On the road: Treat the family to dinner and a 'Nutcracker' Nov 29, 2014 6:30 AM
    Completely “wow” a young ballet fan with tickets to the Joffrey Ballet's 17th annual Nutcracker Family Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 7, at Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua. Christmas is coming early to the Spirit of Chicago as families are welcome aboard for a Saturday of seasonal fun on the Santa Lunch Cruise on Dec. 13.

     
  • 5 free things in suburban Maryland just outside D.C. Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    For visitors who've already checked off Washington, D.C.'s museums and monuments, the Maryland suburbs have much to offer on their own: lively downtowns, parks, historic sites and attractions connected to government agencies, like a NASA visitors center and a museum where you can see the bullet that killed Abe Lincoln. Best of all, many are free.

     
  • Black Friday-CyberMonday deals for travelers Nov 25, 2014 6:01 AM
    Planning a trip? Check out deals being offered by the travel industry as part of Black Friday and CyberMonday promotions. But do your homework, cautions Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s. “I think they’re a mix when it comes to travel,” she said. “I’ve seen a number of excellent deals over the years, but just as many — if not more — silly promotions."

     
  • ‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks Nov 24, 2014 11:41 AM
    Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and home-brew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says shining shoes as a kid in the barrooms of South Boston helped prepare him to host “Booze Traveler,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Monday on the Travel Channel.

     
  • Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment Nov 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days. They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun — real life fun.

     
  • Anger over bag fee, legroom cut surprises JetBlue Nov 23, 2014 7:41 AM
    JetBlue Airways Corp. executives weren’t surprised at investors’ embrace of a new bag-check fee and additional seats on planes. What they didn’t expect was the harsh response from travelers.

     
  • Gifts for travelers, from bags to gadgets Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    What’s the best travel bag out there? What’s the must-have gadget for travelers? AP Travel asked seven people who travel for a living — from Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler to the CEOs of Norwegian Cruise Line and Marriott hotels — what they can’t leave home without. Their answers may be of interest if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for people who love to travel — or if you want to treat yourself.

     
  • On the road: Santa and swag on the Mag Mile Nov 22, 2014 7:19 AM
    If you're looking for things to do close to home, try the Magnificent Mile & Santa Offer that combines shopping and hotel stays downtown or a quick trip to a Michigan winery that includes cookie decorating.

     
  • For video games, a trek to more exotic locales Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    At the beginning of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod in Seoul, South Korea. The interactive medium has long built digital playgrounds based on real-world locales. However, recent technological leaps, as well as an endless string of games set in ubiquitous locations like New York and Los Angeles, have motivated developers of some of the year’s biggest games to boldly go where they haven’t before.

     
  • NYC tour guide license test: It’s no Facebook quiz Nov 21, 2014 6:01 AM
    How well do you know New York City? I’m not just talking Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge. Do you know where Jackie O lived and how to reach the Bronx Zoo by subway? Do you know the difference between Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant? This is no Facebook quiz. These questions are from the ultimate test of New York knowledge: the city’s test to license sightseeing guides.

     
  • Kenya’s celebrity chef bases fine dining on African culture Nov 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    One delicious bite at a time, Kiran Jethwa is trying to show the world that there’s more to Africa than poverty, war and safaris. Jethwa is what many in the Western world consider unlikely — a celebrity chef from Africa. But through two high-end Nairobi restaurants and a Fox International television series, he is using the continent’s extraordinary produce and unique culinary traditions to open the minds and change the palates of curious tourists, urbane Kenyans and bush tribesmen alike.

     
  • Disney to help New York theatergoers with tickets Nov 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Disney is giving an early Christmas present to theatergoers in New York — the gift of flexibility. Disney Theatrical Productions is letting ticketholders to its Broadway shows — “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” — the chance to switch the dates they see the musicals for any reason as long as it’s done two hours before the performance.

     
  • Denver assembles sparkling show of Cartier jewels Nov 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than 250 jewels, timepieces and other luxury accessories crafted by Paris-based jeweler Cartier are now on display as part of an exclusive show at the Denver Art Museum. “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” shows how Cartier’s creations both mirrored changes in society and helped pioneer styles through wars, the growing independence of women and interest in designs from beyond the West.

     
  • A first timer's experience at Bayreuth, Glyndebourne opera festivals Nov 16, 2014 6:30 AM
    A first-timer compares two of the most exclusive opera festivals in Europe: the Bayreuth Festival in Germany dedicated exclusively to the works of Wagner and the more diverse Glyndebourne Festival in the United Kingdom, which almost always features at least one Mozart opera on the bill.

     
  • On the road: Bring the family for holidays in Lake Geneva Nov 15, 2014 10:38 AM
    Christmas in the Country, courtesy of the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, gives you five weeks of festive events to get you into that gentle holiday state of mind with 2 million holiday lights, music, festive food, family fun and interactive displays throughout the resort. Play in tournaments, meet characters from Star Wars to Moshi Monsters, and so much more at the 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Why not treat yourself and a friend to Chicago's Original Brewery Tour for a pre-holiday outing on the Chicago Brew Bus?

     
  • South will never forget Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ Nov 15, 2014 6:41 PM
    On Nov. 16, 1864, Sherman watched his army pull out of Atlanta, the Southern commercial hub he’d captured two months earlier, a tremendous morale boost for the North that helped ensure Abraham Lincoln’s re-election on Nov. 8.“Behind us lay Atlanta, smoldering and in ruins,” Sherman wrote, recalling the sights and sounds as his great march began: “the gun barrels glistening in the sun, the white-topped wagons stretching away to the south.”

     
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