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Abby Tegnelia

Las Vegas's Top 6 New Restaurants Are Worth A Trip To Sin City

Abby Tegnelia | February 11, 2016 | Fifty
If you love to eat well and keep procrastinating over a trip to Las Vegas to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, the time to go is now. An impressive coterie of restaurants has opened up in the past few months.
Adam Levin

8 Scams That Could Ruin Your Vacation

Adam Levin | February 11, 2016 | Travel
Your vacation is supposed to be a time to unwind. Unfortunately, there are thieves who make a living off your relaxation -- waiting for your guard to be down.
JoAnna Niles

10 Museums in the U.S. Focused on African American History

JoAnna Niles | February 10, 2016 | Black Voices
Black History Month or African American History month is a celebration of African American's role in the U.S. Though most of it was done involuntarily, our blood, sweat, tears and lives literally built this country.
Rick Steves

A Cuban Reality Tour

Rick Steves | February 10, 2016 | Travel
When traveling in Central America, I like to have the help of guides from Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), which offers what I call "Reality Tours." These tours connect travelers with locals in government and non-governmental organizations to sort out confusing issues of the day by...
Dane Steele Green

Tags, You're It // Luxury Electronic Luggage

Dane Steele Green | February 10, 2016 | Travel
Luxury-minded travelers will already know the Rimowa name; easily identified by its "grooved" outer housing, the company is one of the most reputable luggage manufacturers on the market. But unlike it's competitors, this is one old kid (est. 1937) on the block embracing all things new.
Nicholas Kralev

Airlines Wake Up to Benefits of Mileage Redemption for Unsold Seats

Nicholas Kralev | February 10, 2016 | Travel
There are few more frustrating aspects of being loyal to an airline or a global alliance than the inability to redeem the miles you've worked hard to earn for what are known as award flights. There is, however, something even worse: Airlines choosing to send out flights with empty seats...
Architectural Digest

The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World

Architectural Digest | February 10, 2016 | Travel
By Elizabeth Stamp for Architectural Digest. Photo: Carol Sachs With Valentine's Day just around the corner, AD surveys the most romantic restaurants from England to India. Clos Maggiore, London (above) A truly romantic evening should pull out...
Rick Steves

Imagine a Park Where Everyone Is Online

Rick Steves | February 10, 2016 | Travel
As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!
BRIDES

7 Last Minute Valentine's Day Getaways In The U.S.

BRIDES | February 10, 2016 | Travel
by Katie James, BRIDES Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lanai With Valentine's Day fast approaching, there's no better time to book a last-minute getaway at one of America's most romantic hotels and resorts. To help you get there, we've rounded up some...
SmarterTravel

What to Pack if You're Traveling to a Zika Virus Zone

SmarterTravel | February 10, 2016 | Travel
The mosquito-borne Zika Virus continues to spread across Central and South America, as well as Mexico. The biggest risk is to pregnant women, because the virus is believed to cause birth defects. But for those who aren't pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it can still cause a...
Travelzoo

How to Find the Best Souvenir on Vacation

Travelzoo | February 10, 2016 | Travel
I love a good snow globe, magnet or shot glass just as much as the next person, but it's become my mission on vacation to find a souvenir that really embodies the destination and my experience there.
George Hobica

Alfred Hitchcock Loved St. Moritz And I Can See Why

George Hobica | February 10, 2016 | Travel
A film begins with establishment shots of mountain scenery and downhill skiing. It's 1934 and we are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, an Alpine resort town that the English upper classes have only recently been convinced is as attractive in winter as it is in summer.
Ioana Budeanu

Invisible Places - the story behind the image

Ioana Budeanu | February 10, 2016 | Travel
All photos by Vlad Semen #InvisiblePlaces is a series of stories about what I've felt in some very popular destinations. My photographer - Vlad Semen - and me travel around the world and explore what is behind the image. The...
Good Hotel Guide

Top Five Most Beautiful Hotels in Scotland

Good Hotel Guide | February 10, 2016 | Travel
It's hard to find somewhere more beautiful than Scotland. From its lochs and highlands to the historic cities, it's easy to see why it's inspired stories and movies alike.
Dave Parfitt

Travel with Teens: Universal Orlando Offers Flexibility and Freedom

Dave Parfitt | February 10, 2016 | Travel
Family travel with teens presents different challenges than when the kids were younger. Teen travelers want to be more active, involved, and independent than their toddler-selves. With the proper planning and destination, it's definitely still possible to plan a family adventure with teens that everyone will enjoy. I recently surprised...
Greig Santos-Buch

Here's How Travel Will Make You Smarter

Greig Santos-Buch | February 10, 2016 | Travel
This post was originally published on Winederlusting.com. When we say travel makes you "smarter," we don't mean you're all of a sudden going to become a genius. (If that happens, let us know in the comments.) But...
Ed Gillespie

Antarctica Pole to Soul Part 5

Ed Gillespie | February 10, 2016 | Travel
Escape to Patagonia This is frontier land. The enormous expanse of Patagonia, over a million square kilometers, has always held mystery. From huge dinosaur skeletons, giant sloths and colossal people to Chatwin's creatively licentious meanderings,...
Taylor Dibbert

Sri Lanka: Why There's Always a Next Time

Taylor Dibbert | February 10, 2016 | Travel
Before I know it we're wheels up at Dulles International Airport and I'm looking forward to visiting the Middle East (airport style) yet again. One day, I will actually travel to Doha or Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Amman and see something besides an airport. Maybe I'll do that on...
Kathleen Peddicord

The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

Kathleen Peddicord | February 10, 2016 | Fifty
One of Panama's greatest assets is its beachfront. This is a little country with two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands ... meaning lots of different beaches. Here are my top picks, depending on your agenda, based on more than 15 years of scouting in this country.
Alexandra Villarreal

A Night Out in Madrid: "Cabaret" in Spanish

Alexandra Villarreal | February 10, 2016 | Travel
The cast of Cabaret. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the Teatro Rialto, home to the Kit Kat Klub. We have no troubles here -- except for inopportune casting, but we'll get to that later. Life is beautiful. The sets are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful. Indeed, the very thing we lack is a grit that can make even the beautiful ugly. Madrid's Spanish production of Cabaret is a cute attempt at the bawdy classic, innocent in its emptiness. The show's pitfalls seem paradoxical in a post-Franco Spain, where exhibitionism, sexuality, and pornography mark every corner. But it's true: Cabaret requires a deviance that penetrates deep, and Teatro Rialto's ensemble seems intent on barely scraping the surface. Of course, it's interesting to see Cabaret realized in a different language, one that -- at least in general esteem -- holds a lot more romance than English and German combined. However, because the narrative remains unaltered, the change in tongues mandates impeccable acting for the likes of Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw, both of whom are direct manifestations of their national, anglo cultures. And then there are the larger symbolisms of Cabaret, so relevant to our increasingly hostile and polarized global identity and so poignant when delivered with care. On the eve of Nazi Germany, not everything can be beautiful, and the Kit Kat Klub represents all that is good and bad about Berlin in one slice of life. It is nationalistic songs turned frigid and frightening, sex gone stiff, and ignorance with a less than blissful result. These are the stakes of Cabaret -- much higher than your average happy-go-lucky sing-along -- and they must be respected to do Joe Masteroff's book justice. Sadly, at the theater on Gran Vía, a perfectly crafted recipe of celebrity, talent, and decadence doesn't add up to emotional impact. Castaño singing the titular song from Cabaret. The main issue comes from our leading lady -- Cristina Castaño -- who plays Sally. Castaño is wonderfully talented, with a booming voice that would suit most any musical, but Sally is not the part for her. She is much too sensual, too sure of herself. What makes Sally so captivating is that beneath her bubbly appeal is crippling insecurity and anxiety; after all, behind every sex symbol is a backstory. Sally is manic, distressed, desperate, fickle, damaged. She's lovably, annoyingly, starkly so, and she makes even the hottest mess seem together in comparison. Emma Stone as Sally Bowles. Castaño is much too tidy as Sally. She's a siren, but that's all. Her character isn't the 19-year-old girl lost in a Wonderland of tumultuous nights and regretful days; instead, she's a developed, self-assured woman. It seems rational for her to move in with Cliff, rational for her to fall in love, and rational for her to have an abortion and stay in Berlin. Every decision is based in logic, the antithesis of Sally's drive. And because of this rationality, the character loses her few shocking words of wisdom, which blend in with her banter. Soto in Cabaret's opening number. The Master of Ceremonies doesn't help, either. As the Emcee, Edu Soto is tasked with carrying the show. He owns the stage and may do whatever he likes with it. In return, it is his job to make us laugh, but also he must horrify us, over and over, in moments of (dis)quiet. Soto does neither. His audience rarely chuckles along with him, and his one-dimensional performance lends little to gawk at. He is a clown. A clown, with a painted face and gimmicks, but nothing else. Joel Grey as the Emcee. Contrast that with Alan Cumming, who brought the Emcee into the 21st century, and you notice what Soto is missing. When Cumming portrays the Host, he is sweet and slimy, charming and demonic. He's like a creature you study from afar, constructing his story from only the few crumbs of information sketched onto his face. He embodies your wildest, most titillating fantasies and your most abhorred nightmares. This is what Soto needs to learn: to be a phantom instead of a jester. Alan Cumming in "Willkommen." Nevertheless, some of the actors do merit recognition. Marta Ribera's Fräulein Schneider is especially noteworthy. Ribera was awarded the Gran Vía Prize for musical theater because of her own interpretation of Sally eight years ago, so she's very familiar with Cabaret. Yes, she's young for Schneider, but that doesn't matter. She brings urgency and vulnerability to the cynical old woman, and if anyone in the cast captures the horrific conditions of pre-World War II Germany, it is her and Enrique R. Del Portal, who does a convincing Herr Schultz. Still, they cannot make up for what else is missing. As the curtain closed, my seatmate turned to me and remarked that he thought the show was too political. This took me aback -- art can never be too political, just as politics can never be too artful, and if we are to look at the political, it should be through something as evocative as art. No, the problem was that this version of Cabaret is not political enough -- it craves the immediacy that politics has. It does not send us into a rage. It does not make us clutch our gut, cringing. It does not force tears out of our ducts, and it does not make us think about our own ignorance with anger and shame. And so, the show is good. But it is not...
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