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JAZZ LEGENDS: CHARLIE PARKER TRIBUTE
Celebrating its 20th year, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking place at various New York City venues during the next couple of weeks. Some events are free, some aren't, but all aim to pay homage to the saxophonist known as Bird as well as the larger jazz scene he grew out of. The Sugar Hill Quartet performs 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Whole...Read more »
VietJetAir decided its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang should be something special. For most travelers, that might mean an extra pack of peanuts, perhaps a heavier-than-normal pour of orange juice. For VietJet flyers, special translated to a bikini-clad dance performance.
Unfortunately for the new airline, Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration lobbed a fine for the in-cabin...Read more »
On Aug. 12, Discovery Channel's Shark Week turns 25. That's a lot of celebratory years for the pit bulls of the sea, a whole lot of education and giving of mad props to the gilled guys that terrify and fascinate us.
But does it all feel just a little two-dimensional? If so, take that crazy excitement for the great white, tiger, blue, hammerhead and all their brethren into the real world with...Read more »
The Caribbean's St. Martin is idyllic, yes, but it's also a bit of an anomaly. At just 54 square miles, it's one of the smaller sea islands to be divided in two: the French Saint Martin, to the north, and Dutch Saint Maarten.
The remainder of this geography lesson is probably best had in person, and a deal from the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is perhaps an excuse to fill...Read more »
TICKETS FOR “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”
If you want to sit in the audience of “SNL,” it's absolutely free, but you can only apply for tickets one month out of the year. And this is your month. Tickets for the 2012-2013 season are awarded via a lottery system, with recipients getting a pair of tickets. Get your name in the system by sending an email to email@example.com by Aug....Read more »
Sometimes, it seems as if JetBlue runs deals just to give its sales team a fun assignment. Regardless, the Fall Shipping and Handling Sale results in some great deals, so let's focus on that.
With fares available only at jetblue.com (take that, Orbitz and co.), one-way bargains from New York include:
- $44 to Burlington, Vt. - $70 to Portland, Ore. - $89 to Orlando, Fla. - $139 to Bermuda...Read more »
Surfers and wannabes alike, brush off your beach-speak and get ready: The Surf with a Legend package at California's Montage Laguna Beach includes plenty of wave time with two greats.
Participants will hit the waves with Pat O'Connell, a competitive surfer who was featured in “The Endless Summer,” and Jon Rose, a professional surfer and the founder of the eco-minded Waves for Water; the two...Read more »
INTREPID SUMMER MOVIE SERIES How's this for a backdrop to an outdoor film: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Two films remain in the free summer series, with “Jurassic Park” Friday and “The Goonies” Aug. 17. Seating is limited, and you'll want to bring a chair or blanket. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the film beginning at sunset. Check intrepidmuseum.org if the sky looks scary;...Read more »
I can understand why Newark Liberty International Airport has hired an avatar to help with customer service: Travelers tend to be quite rude. I would bet there are many service reps out there who wish they were akin to holograms, able to provide automated responses and nothing more.
Not-so-cleverly named Libby debuted in all her two-dimensional glory Friday at Newark, and she's expected to...Read more »
Because it's my hometown, Pittsburgh is a required destination on the annual itinerary. Still, every time I visit, as I did last weekend, I am reminded how much there is to do in the under-the-radar town.
Though far west in the Keystone State, a trip to Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike clocks under seven hours from Brooklyn. This is a good enough distance to wash off the workweek,...Read more »