Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

Masquerades & Festivals in Venice

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing [and] painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” ~ Arbit Blatas

Venezia, also known as La Serenissima – The Most Serene, is the city that ironically floods twice a day with the rising water level and grand architecture of the sinking buildings, and was the heart of art and commerce during the Renaissance. Venice is home to many year-round festivals & masquerades.

Cheers to the new year with the Regata delle Befana – The Witches Race. Imagine a race in a boat with ONE oar with competitors dressed up as witches on the misty waters of the Grand Canal. Now that is a sport I would watch.

The famous Venice Carnival begins about two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday / Martedì Grasso). Experience the colorful masquerade balls & costume parties that took place in 18th century, beginning as a celebration of expression and wearing masks to hide the identity between social classes. Venice will explode with color, music, art, performance, dancing, and acrobatics. International costume & fashion designers will also present awards for the best masks of the Venetian Carnival.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”
~ Truman Capote

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art festival held every two years, on odd-numbered years. It begins in June and ends in November. Art, architecture, music, dance, theatre, and cinema all have exquisite exhibitions. The 54th Venice Biennale began on June 4th and will continue through November 27th, 2011. From the mediocre to the eccentric, the festival is an incomparable feast for the senses and art in all of its monstrosity and glory. In fact, there is so much to do that you may have a sensory overload.

The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica) is also a part of Venice Biennale, and is the oldest film festival in the world. This annual event occurs in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, with screenings held in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The coveted Golden Lion is awarded to the best film of the festival, and the Volpi Cup awarded to the best actor and actress. The 68th festival is scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 10th, 2011. Luci, Camera, Azione – Lights, Camera, Action!

If you are new to Venice, unmask the true beauty of this mysterious, charming city on our Hidden Venice Walking Tour. Leave the hordes of tourists behind, and discover the Venice of your dreams. And your trip is not complete without a romantic Gondola Serenade Tour – this tour also offers a dinner option of a delicious 4-course meal with drinks included at a local resturant. Venice Tours will make your trip to this famous lagoon a truly magical experience.

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O’er the far times, when many a subject land
Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, thron’d on her hundred isles.

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare’s art,
Had stamp’d her image in me, and even so,
Although I found her thus, we did not part;
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and a show….

~ Lord Byron

The Amazing Theatre of Epidaurus

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


Those who are deeply interested in the arts must go and see Epidaurus, the most famous theatre in ancient Greece.Whether you grew up with a strong arts appreciation or you are only a casual consumer, I would recommend you take the Epidaurus Tour from Athens Greece by way of Mycenae, which was once described as a “city rich in gold.” This is also where the Golden Mask of Agamemnon was unearthed.The tour will take you through the Lion Gate and up to Agamemnon’s Royal Palace in Mycenae.

You will begin your trip by driving along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, passing by the well-known Corinth Canal.Then you will continue on until you reach Mycenae, where you will receive a guided tour of the ruins which mark the destruction of the city. Mycenae is the most important archaeological site on the mainland and is located in the northeastern Peloponnese.It was once one of the major centers of Greek civilization and a military stronghold that covered much of the southeastern part of Greece.

Mycenae - Epidaurus Tour from Athens Greece

Mycenae – Epidaurus Tour from Athens Greece

During the afternoon you will visit Epidaurus, which is a favorite stopping point on the trip.This theatre is known for its incredible acoustics and its symmetry and beauty.In the theatre, it is said that you can hear unamplified spoken word no matter where in the 15,000 seats you sit.This is a testament to the sophistication of Greek technical knowledge which was way before its time.Take this tour and you will embark on a journey through history that is unlike any other.The historical and archaeological insights you will take away from this trip are priceless, and in my book this does a wonderful job of sharing a piece of history with us.

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See What’s in the Cards at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Looking for a fun activity that you can do with friends or loved ones at any time year-round? Visit Providence, Rhode Island and make a stop at the famous Foxwoods Resort Casino, the largest casino in the world.  Located just 45 minutes from the city of Providence in nearby Mashantucket, Connecticut, you are in for a trip that is not only fun but extremely convenient.

Among the amenities at Foxwoods, there are numerous slot machines, gaming tables, a state-of-the-art bingo hall, a poker room, and a Keno lounge.  The casino is in a continual growth process, so there may be something new to see and do every time you visit.  Currently, there are 24 restaurants to choose from in addition to several lounges where you can relax, dance it up, and have a drink.

If you are looking for top-notch entertainment, Foxwoods is a great place to go, and with their Cinetropolis, which includes the illustrious Fox Theatre, there is always something to see and hear.  Headlining shows, major sporting events, theatrical productions, and other live performances are available, with options to keep visitors of all ages amused and entertained for hours.

As if all this wasn’t enough, Foxwoods offers the best in retail shopping.  Brands like Puma, Bose, Chanel, and Cartier can be found all along Foxwoods’ shopping concourse in a wide range of specialty shops that are at your disposal.

Book your trip to Foxwoods today at and, as an added bonus, you will receive a Casino Bonus worth $30.00, courtesy of the casino – not a bad head start!

A Musical Cornucopia in Myrtle Beach

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Music aficionados will not want to miss the chance to see all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.  A show that should be tops on your list is the Good Vibrations Show.  Featuring music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, this production is a music extravaganza.  Filled with elaborate costumes and vibrant stage lighting, it will certainly give you a night to remember.  The talent is staggering, with top performers from the Carolina Opry headlining.  Mixed in with the music and dance is a smattering of old school comedy, the kind you grew up with or raised your kids with.

Children will be entertained and adults will be captivated by the sheer talent that is on display.  Whether you remember these times fondly or are interested in getting to know them for the first time ever, this show is a definite must.

If you are excited about reliving your youth or are just yearning to be nostalgic for a bit, go and see thisshow.  It runs from February to October so there is just enough time to book your spot now for the upcoming season at

Norfolk, a City Rich with History and Natural Beauty

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Norfolk, Virginia is a city steeped in history.  Officially founded in 1682, the area started out as the Upper and Lower Norfolk Counties, the latter eventually becoming what we know today as Norfolk.  It was incorporated in 1705 but became a casualty by the later part of the century, having burned down during the Revolutionary War.  It was, of course, rebuilt and remains alive and well today.

Here are a few interesting facts about Norfolk and the surrounding vicinity to get you acquainted with the area and its history:

Lay of the Land: The city of Norfolk is comprised of 66 square miles of land, including 7 miles of Chesapeake Bay beachfront.  Much of the land is dedicated to residential neighborhoods, and as of July of 2007, 235,747 residents call Norfolk home.  In the immediate area, Norfolk is second only to Virginia Beach in population.

Climate: The average temperatures place Norfolk in the humid subtropical category.  The area tends to enjoy milder winters and hot, humid summers.  Although snow falls every winter, the average for the year is only 7 inches.

Natural Beauty: The area has been designated as a Tree City, since it is surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, and it also houses the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  The luxurious landscape is just one of the attributes that add to the city’s incredible charm.

Military Background: Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world and serves as the headquarters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Art & Culture: Norfolk has become a cultural center, housing several major performing arts companies, yearly festivals, and parades.  To awaken the art lover in you, visit one of the area’s fine museums located in nearby Williamsburg and Newport News.  You can choose whether you would prefer a more historical attraction like Colonial Williamsburg or one devoted to wildlife.

A Day at the Theatre: If you are in the mood for something to get your heart pumping, attend a show at the Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Virginia Beach.  Now in its twelfth year, they are pros at keeping the audience involved and entertained throughout the performance.  You will laugh at the hijinks that ensue as the gang tries to make sense of the clues that surface, which will hopefully lead them (and you) to the ultimate conclusion of whodunit.  For those closer to the Williamsburg area, you will not be left out in the cold.  You can also jump on the murder mystery bandwagon, as there is a Mystery Dinner Playhouse waiting for you as well.

Travel: Norfolk is in an optimal location, giving you easy access to seven local cities.  The Seven Cities of Hampton Roads, located in the southeast portion of Virginia, are composed of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

Keep tuned in to for up to date information on the tours and shows going on in the area.

Entertaining Dinner Shows Across the Globe

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Everyone needs something fun and entertaining to do during their vacation evenings.Many venture off to experience the city’s nightlife while others simply enjoy a nice dinner out and head to bed earlier to be ready for the next day’s activities.One thing that everyone seems to enjoy is a thrilling dinner show.

Dinner shows can be appreciated by people of all ages with all sorts of interests.Wherever you plan on vacationing, you can see if there is a dinner show near you on the Dinner Shows’ website to take your group out for an evening full of fun!

One of the most popular locations with hundreds of dinner shows is Branson, Missouri.This is a great place to have some fun on a riverboat, in a theater, or any other fun venue.Aboard the Branson Belle Riverboat, you can enjoy an elegant cruise, delicious food and non-stop entertainment.

Additionally, you can watch western classics during one of the many Chuckwagon shows that are performed in cities all over the U.S.

Another great location for a dining show is Nashville, Tennessee.Like Branson, this city is full of great shows that everyone in the family will love.For a blast from the past, the Cowboy Town Wild West Show & Campfire Supper is a great choice.The General Jackson Dinner Cruise & Show is another great opportunity.The showboat will float along the Cumberland River providing you with an excellent meal and even better Broadway style performances.

Dinner Shows offers many types of entertainment so you can pick and choose which one best fits your interests.Additional locations include Atlanta, Orlando, Richmond, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hawaii and many, many more!

Each of the shows listed on Dinner Shows’ website,, are extremely popular so if you find one that strikes your fancy, reserve it soon as they sell out quickly.

Spellbinding Shows in Branson

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Branson, Missouri is a performing arts dream, and when you visit the area you will be dying to get in on thesix-show1 fun.  With over 150 shows to choose from, there is sure to be something to meet every interest.  Branson houses over 40 stages and draws an impressive number of tourists every year.  It is best known for its dazzling theatrics and vibrant stage productions which continue to entertain the masses from one season to the next.

Music is the medium of choice for much of the Branson area, with performances in virtually every musical genre.  Shows feature a variety of musical influences including blues, Motown, rock and roll, gospel, country, bluegrass, Broadway showtunes, and more.  Some visitors may prefer to take in a magic or comedy show, and when you are in Branson you can do it all!

shoji-tabuchi2One of the most popular shows in the Branson area is the Shoji Tabuchi Show.  Led by Shoji himself, the show introduces you to his family of avid performers, including his wife Dorothy and daughter Christina.  Shoji has also hand-picked each band member and each has one or more professional degrees in music.  Those with a background in the arts know that this is not always the case.  Dorothy oversees the dancing and, along with the help of a renowned choreographer, she has put together an impressive display that will both entertain and amaze you.  The show provides all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show while staying close to its wholesome and family-friendly roots.  That’s right; this is a show that you AND your kids will enjoy.

A combination of music and comedy, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show is one of the many events in the area that has drawn a large crowd year after year since 1959.  The show is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, making it the first to ever come to Branson.  Starting with four brothers in the Mabe family, it had a humble beginning with the performers entertaining from the Branson lakefront.  Since its start, four family generations have participated in the show which spans across six decades.  Today, a cast of talented singers, musicians, entertainers, and comedians work together to present to the audience a demonstration of music and comedy at its very best.

Along with its wide array of theatrical performances, Branson also attracts many solo performers who visit baldknobbers2for limited engagements throughout the year.  In November, for example, you can catch a concert by Amy Grant, best known for her Contemporary Christian and popular music which she has performed from the 1970s to present.  Also appearing is Bobby Vinton, a successful rock singer most recognized for his works in the 1960s and 1970s.

Get Away to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

If enjoying a theatrical performance is your thing, Myrtle Beach is the place to be.  Known as a major tourist destination, Myrtle Beach welcomes over 10 million visitors a year.  You may recognize it as somewhere to go for a mild winter, but it is also home to some of the most entertaining productions as well. 

At Christmastime, you can get tickets for the Carolina Opry Christmas Special, which is one of the most popular Christmas productions in the south.  The show is a balanced mixture of comedy and holiday-themed music paired with dancing and Christmas-inspired set decoration.   It is, not surprisingly, attended by arts enthusiasts from near and far.  The musical score includes pop, rock ‘n roll, country, and Broadway hits that you have grown to know and love over the years.

For a taste of the theatre the rest of the year, check out the Good Vibrations Show.  Featuring music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, this show is sure to delight and entertain you.  If you are ready to feel nostalgic and groove to the tunes of the Righteous Brothers, Don McLean, the Beach Boys, and more, this is the show for you.  Both the Christmas and Good Vibrations shows are presented by entertainer and entrepreneur Calvin Gilmore and are equally entertaining for adults and children.

If you are looking for fun of the spooky variety, take the Ghost Walking Tour or attend the Ghost Show in Myrtle Beach.  The walking tour, led by entertaining and knowledgeable guides, takes you on a moonlit adventure through the swamps of Gauses Inlet which are said to be haunted.  This tour is family-friendly but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The Ghost Show brings to life stories from the most haunted place on earth, the South Carolina coast.  Some of the characters you will meet include Blackbeard, the most famous pirate; Alice Flagg, one of the most well-known ghosts in the area; and the famous ghost of the Gray Man.  Natural disasters and intricately woven tales of the Grand Strand are depicted throughout the show, which is based on historical fact.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Myrtle Beach, there is something that is sure to meet your interests and time constraints.  Visit for the best in Myrtle Beach activities and tours.

Historic Athens, Greece

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Athens, Greece is one of the world’s oldest cities, with a recorded history dating back over 3,000 years.It is also the capital and largest city in Greece.Today, Athens is one of the leading business centres in the European Union and this year has been ranked the 32nd richest city in one study.Many famous philosophers and artists were born in this historic city, including Socrates, Sophocles, and Pericles.It is also considered the birthplace of democracy because of its impact on culture and politics during the 4th and 5th centuries BC.

Athens Sightseeing Tour in Greece

Athens Sightseeing Tour in Greece



The most famous architectural work in Athens is the Parthenon, a temple of Greek goddess Athena, which was built in the 5th century BC on the Acropolis.There are many ways to tour this great city and see this and other well-known pieces of art and architecture.You can see Athens by bus or boat, by day and by night.There are full-day tours of Delphi that depart from Athens and pass through Levadia and Arachova on their way to the archaeological site of Delphi which is positioned at the foot of the mountain Parnos.Or, for a longer look at the area, you can take a 2-day trip from Athens to Mycenae with a featured stop at Epidaurus, a small city at the Saronic Gulf that is known for its famous theatre and incredible acoustics.

To see the site of the first modern-day Olympic Games which took place in 1896, take the 4-hour Athens and Acropolis Sightseeing Tour in Greece, which combines the modern and classical sights into one informative trip.On this journey you will see the Panathenian Stadium where the Olympics took place in addition to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which is dedicated to the father of the gods.The highlight of the tour, of course, is the trip to the Acropolis and the world-famous Parthenon.

Branson Show Guide – A Directory of Shows in Missouri

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

There are so many shows in Branson, it is hard to find time to fit them all into your vacation.  For this reason, Branson Shows developed a show schedule that helps with planning your trip.

Here is a list in alphabetical order of shows in Branson, with links to additional information and ticketing:

14 Karat Country Show
2 O’Clock Rocks Show
50′s At The Hop Show
Acrobats of China Show
Amazing Pets Show
America’s Favorite Finalists Show
Back in The Saddle Show
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show
Bart Rockett Comedy Show
Bob Nelson Comedy Show
Bobby Vinton and The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Branson Blues Late Night Show
Branson Country USA Friday Night Live Radio Show
Breakfast with Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell
Brett Family Singers Morning Show
Broadway The Star-Spangled Celebration - Summer Special
Buck Trent Morning Show - With Breakfast - With Lunch
Celebrate America Show
Circle B Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Dinner Show
Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express Show
Club 57 Bob Anderson Dinner Show - with 57 Heaven
Comedy Jamboree Show
Country Tonite Show
Crossties Hometown Bluegrass Show
Dalena Ditto Show
Daniel O’Donnell Show
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show
Doug Gabriel Show
Dueling Elvis Contest
Dutton Family Show
Elvis and The Superstars Show
Elvis in the Morning Show
Freddy Hamilton Show
Good Morning Branson Variety Music Show
Grand Jubilee Show
Hamner Barber Variety Show
Hank and Patsy Together Again Show
Hits of the 60′s Show
Hughes Brothers Dinner Show - Without Dinner
Island Fire Show and Luau Buffet
Jazz and Dixieland Breakfast Show
Jim Stafford Show
Joe Diffie Show
Joe Green Show
Joey Riley Comedy Revue
John Denver and Country Music Legends Tribute Show
John Tweed Show
John Wayne and America’s Yodeling Sweetheart Show
Justin Flom’s Magic Parlor Show
Kirby Van Burch Beyond Belief Magic Show
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Evening Show - Morning Show
Legends in Concert Show - Summer Special
Liverpool Legends Ultimate Beatles Experience
Loretta Lynn Tribute Show
Magnificent 7 Show - With Dinner
Mickey Gilley Show
Moe Bandy Show
Music Makes the World Go Round Show
New’s Country Show
Ozark Mountain Jubilee Show
Paul Harris Live Show
Rankin Brothers Show
Red Hot and Blue Show
Red Skelton Tribute Show
Redhead Express Evening Show - Midday Show
Redneckers Good Morning Ozarks Show
Ricky Boen and Texas Mud Show
Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, and Paul Revere & The Raiders Show
Roy Rogers Jr. and The High Riders Show
Shake Rattle and Stroll Evening Show
Shoji Tabuchi Show - Summer Special
SIX Dinner Show - With Dinner
Smoke on The Mountain Show
Son of The Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Spirit of The Dance Show - Summer Special
Sunday Gospel Jubilee Show
Tall Timber Lumberjack Dinner Show
The Branson Divas ShowWith Lunch
The Elvis Experience Show
The Haygoods Show
The Oak Ridge Boys Show
The Original Stars of American Bandstand Show
The Promise Show
The Shephard of The Hills Outdoor Drama
The World Famous Platters Show
Tillis Family Reunion Show
Turkey Creek Opry Show
Twelve Irish Tenors Show - Summer Special
Yakov Smirnoff Show

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