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On Point with the American Ballet Theatre's Liam Scarlett

On Point with the American Ballet Theatre's Liam Scarlett

Boyish British choreographer Liam Scarlett created Asphodel Meadows, his first major work—and sensational hit—for London’s Royal Ballet in 2010. Now the 27-year-old serves as the company’s artist-in-residence, and this fall mounts world premieres for New York’s American Ballet Theatre as well as the Royal. He spoke to T+L about the new ballets and his cultural agenda for the season.

Q: Tell us about your first piece for American Ballet Theatre.

A: It’s a chamber piece with four couples, debuting on the opening night of ABT’s 75th anniversary season. I’m looking forward to working with the exceptional Marcelo Gomes and the talented Misty Copeland and Sarah Lane (Oct. 22–Nov. 2).

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Hotel Commonwealth Unveils Punk-Themed “Rat” Suite

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The Rat. Besides having the single best name for a nightclub ever—short for The Rathskeller, which no one ever once called it—the cramped and dingy Kenmore Square dungeon known as “The Rat” was Boston’s most celebrated and notorious rock club, in an era when Boston had one of the nation’s great rock scenes. Between 1974 and 1997—from the protean days of punk through its latter-day revival—every band that mattered passed through that scuzzy, smoky basement: The Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Police, R.E.M., Husker Du, and local heroes like the Cars, Mission of Burma, and the Pixies. The club’s former owner recalls to the Boston Globe the subzero February night when Metallica played at the Rat—for six people.

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Fab Four: The Danish String Quartet

Fab Four: Danish String Quartet

With their shaggy corn-silk hair and seafarer beards, the strapping members of the Danish String Quartet could be mistaken for 21st-century Vikings. But unlike their marauding forebears, this supremely gifted group of thirtysomething Scandinavians—three Danes who met as schoolboys and a Norwegian cellist—is out to conquer the world through sheer musical charisma. Already hailed as one of the finest ensembles of their generation, and now in the middle of a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in New York City, the DSQ will continue to win over North American audiences this fall with a tour that includes Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver; New York City; and La Jolla and Santa Barbara, California. Oct. 10–Nov. 18.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Bittencourt / the Danish String Quartet

Expert Travel Tips from Mashable's Seth Rogin

Mashable's Seth Rogin

Seth Rogin, the chief revenue officer of Mashable, shares his business travel tips, from must-pack items to his favorite airport amenities.

Q: How often do you travel?

A: About one trip per week. My nephew Michael recently pointed out that I've flown enough miles to take three trips between Earth and the moon.

Q: What are your must-pack items?

A: I always have extra international plug converters and a solar phone charger. Power is power.

Q: Airport lounge amenity you can't live without?

A: Being connected is everything to me, so strong, reliable Wi-Fi is key.

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Napa Wine Endangered After Quake

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Earlier this week, an earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale rattled Napa Valley and its much-revered wine stores and vineyards. Some numbers:

It had been 25 years since such a quake had happened in the area; nearly 200 people were injured, though luckily no one was killed.

The 800 or so Napa wineries will be the hardest hit, with a potential economic loss of up to $1 billion. Some wineries saw dozens of collapsed barrels, with certain vinyards losing as much as half of their stock.

Napa Valley draws almost 3 million visitors annually, and generates over $1.4 billion through the wine industry.

For more numbers and details, check out Food & Wine here.

Photo courtesy of Alex Farnum

Floral Design Classes in Full Bloom at Hyatt Union Square New York

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Floral design superstar Michael Gaffney has cracked “the DaVinci Code of flower design,” and he’ll be the first one to say it. If you’ve have ever marveled at professional bouquets and wondered why your own arrangements look so disorderly, book a spot at the pop-up Floral Design Classes at Hyatt Union Square New York.

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Cinecittà World Theme Park Opens in Rome, Bringing the Magic of the Movies to the Public

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In The White Sheik, a 1952 film by the great Italian director Federico Fellini, a young newlywed wanders onto the set of her favorite television show. She watches, star struck, as actors parade through in elaborate costumes, getting ready to shoot a scene. Her feeling of awe is palpable, and familiar to many of us who have caught a glimpse of a favorite TV show or movie being filmed. 

Cinecittà World, a new theme park opened last month in Rome—a city rich in film history—aims to bring some movie magic to the public. Inspired by Cinecittà, the film studio that was once called Hollywood on the Tiber, it offers twenty attractions, eight film sets, and four theaters.

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Expert Travel Tips from the Founders of Yabu Pushelberg

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Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, founders of the design firm Yabu Pushelberg, share business travel tips, from their favorite carry-on bags to the lounge amenities they can't live without.

Q: How often do you travel?

GP: We're flying at least twice a week–sometimes more. At least once a month we're doing a five- or six-day international trek.

Q: What is your go-to travel app?

GY: Luxe City Guides app. It has cheeky and opinionated guides, featuring insider stuff in big cities from Beijing to Bangkok.

Q: What are your must-pack items?

GP: A sweater for the plane, comfortable sneakers, and my Mophie iPhone battery pack case.

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Air Passenger Fracas Serves Warning: Recline at Your Own Risk

Maybe you heard the story today from the AP. Male air passenger places a Knee Defender device on the seat back in front of him, preventing that seat from reclining. Female passenger in that seat objects. Flight attendant tells man to remove device, man refuses, woman complainant drenches the man with water. (Why oh why couldn’t it have been red wine?! Much better story that way.) Pilot diverts the Newark-Denver flight to Chicago, where the two offending parties are removed, but not arrested. We all know who is right and who is wrong in this tale. Right?

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Expert Travel Tips from NBC News' Katy Tur

Katy Tur

Katy Tur, a correspondent for NBC News, shares her business travel tips, from how to she survives red-eyes to her favorite airport terminal. 

Q: How often do you travel?

A: I'm gone at least a full four months of the year. In the news business, it's feast or famine. A slow cycle can keep you home for weeks. Then suddenly, something bubbles up and you're gone for months. In March, I packed for a week in London. It turned into a seven-week journey that took me to Italy, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Australia.

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Rover.com Presents Personalized Pet Sitting

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It’s National Dog Day, and what better news than a new dog-sitting service offered by Rover.com. With its recent acquisition of Sleepover Rover, the company launched Rover Premier this month. It connects dog-owners with vetted and approved sitters, fitted to your dog’s profile and specific needs. No more worrying if someone can handle your Great Dane, or will be patient with your Pekinese.

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Celebrate Spot for National Dog Day

How are you celebrating National Dog Day? Share photos of your traveling pup on social media and include the hashtag #TLDogs for a chance to be featured by Travel + Leisure.

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Road Trips Twitter Chat Tips

Best way to discover a destination? Jump in your car and get ready for an adventure. In our recent Road Trips Twitter chat, we asked experts for their advice and favorite memories. Here are a few highlights:

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Airplane Wi-Fi Just Got Better

Airplane Wi-Fi

It's easier than ever to stay connected in the air. Early next year, Gogo—offered on nine North American carriers, including Alaska, American/US Airways, United, and Delta—will increase bandwidth to a whopping 70-plus megabits per second (mbps) on 800 planes. It's the difference between surfing the Web and streaming an HD movie. Also on tap: an app for texting in flight. JetBlue has launched Fly-Fi, a proprietary 20-plus-mbps service (free; $9 per hour for streaming video) on part of its fleet; all A320's will be equipped by early 2015. On the international front, OnAir is available on airlines ranging from All Nippon to Etihad; Singapore Airlines is the latest to sign on, with Wi-Fi on its A340's, A380's, and Boeing 777-300ER's ($10 for 10 MB, or $12 per hour). British Airways recently joined up with Inmarsat, which plans to roll out Europe's first ground-based (as opposed to satellite) 4G broadband network by the end of 2016. Speeds will be in excess of 70 mbps.

Photo: iStockPhoto

Aer Lingus Launches New Business Class

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Aer Lingus is the latest airline to introduce a new-and-improved business class cabin, launching in 2015. And from what we can tell, the upgrades—and the fact that passengers will get pre-clearance from U.S. customs at Dublin Airport—will make it a solid option for travel across the pond. Here’s what you can expect:

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British Airways Launches 72-Hour Fare Hold

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Booking a flight but not quite ready to pull the trigger—and you’re worried the fare could go up the next day? We’re already big fans of Options Away, an app and website that allows you to lock in a specific airfare for up to 21 days by paying between $4 to $45. (Click here for a Q&A with the start-up’s co-founder Heidi Brown.) Now, as a result of customer feedback, British Airways has a similar option that lets flyers put flights on both BA and codeshare partner Iberia on hold for up to 72 hours for $10. Available now, the option shows up on the web page after you've selected your flights (look for the red box that says "Hold your flights and price"). Only one traveler’s name is required to hold flights, and seats can be held up to three weeks before departure. Note that some destinations are excluded; visit the website for the full list. 

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Photo courtesy of John McKenna / Alamy

Eat a Healthy Breakfast While Traveling

Eating Healthy While Traveling

We asked Bonnie Taub Dix, a New York City–based registered dietitian and author of Read It Before You Eat It, how to start your day the healthy way.

Continental:

Choice of pastry, bagel, or toast with butter and preserves; orange or grapefruit juice; coffee or tea.

"Carb-heavy breakfasts will give you a burst of energy–followed by the desire for a nap. Go for whole-grain toast, but ditch the butter and preserves and use nut butter instead. (No, that doesn't mean Nutella!) I travel with packets from Justin's. Juice is a good source of nutrients if it's made from 100 percent fruit."

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The Best New Swiss Beauty Products

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T+L editors’ latest obsession: Switzerland’s heritage skin-care brands—and their new products for fall.

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How to Exercise in Your Hotel Room

Four quick but effective exercises from fitness guru Josh Holland, of New York's Core Club.

Stationary Chair Step-Up

1. Stationary Chair Step-Up

Plant right foot on a stable seat and step up, lifting your left knee into a slight bend. Repeat for one minute, then switch sides.

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Best Beaches on Earth Video

Travelers who love nothing more than to put their toes in the sand will want to visit these four beaches in destinations from Florida to the Galápagos.

Seaside Beach, Seaside, Florida

Pastel wood-paneled houses border the dunes on picture-perfect Seaside Beach, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. You’ll spend your day by the water, followed by a ride on a cruiser bike and a family-friendly seafood dinner in town.

For more Travel + Leisure videos, click here.

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End of Summer Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, August 26

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Summer isn't over yet! Find out about the best end of season getaways and travel tips in our End of Summer Travel Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 26th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Director of Editorial Product Development, Peter Frank, @pfrank1

The Panelists:

Travel Channel, @travelchannel

Fodor's Travel, @fodorstravel

Coastal Living, @coastalliving

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, @SI_Swimsuit

MJ Day, SI Swimsuit Editor, @MJ_Day

Adam Goldberg, @LifeWorthEating

WeddingWire, @WeddingWire

HotelTonight, @HotelTonight

Hopper, @hopper

Dogfish Head Brewery, @dogfishbeer

gogobot, @gogobot

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

L.A.'s Classic Movie Theaters Take a Curtain Call

L.A.'s Classic Movie Theaters Take a Curtain Call

A string of Golden Era theaters in downtown Los Angeles are taking a second bow. The Ace Hotel acquired the Gothic-Deco United Artists Theater, renaming it the Theatre at Ace Hotel and cleaning the murals commissioned by previous owners Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Acts on the eclectic bill range from the L.A. Dance Project (Oct. 24–26) to Glaswegian folksters Belle & Sebastian (Oct. 6). Two blocks north, a thorough renovation of the Globe Theatre is giving new life to the Beaux-Arts vaudeville palace as a venue for everything from concerts to film premieres. And the once-tawdry Regent Theater is now a multiuse performance space that includes an Italian gastropub and a cocktail bar with a vintage-vinyl soundtrack.

Photo courtesy of SPENCER LOWELL

Q+A with Celeb Hairstylist Serge Normant

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As one of the industry’s most sought-after stylists, Serge Normant is the ultimate globetrotter—a shoot in Paris one day; overseeing his New York City salons the next. The man behind Hollywood's most luxurious locks (he’s styled the likes of Julia Roberts, Reece Witherspoon, Gisele Bündchen, and more) sits down with T+L’s Katie James to reveal his tips and tricks for mastering summer hair—at home and abroad.

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What the Ebola Outbreak Means for Travelers—Updated

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As new cases of Ebola continue to be reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—plus two each in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (the first outside of West Africa)—travel bans are increasing through the continent, implemented by both international airlines and local African governments. Here is what you need to know now.

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Best Concerts of Fall 2014

Berlin Philharmonic

New York City
The Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle perform at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 1–6;) before participating in director Peter Sellars’s visionary staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 7–8).

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Expert Travel Tips from Twitter's Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes, Twitter's head of global brands, shares her business travel tips, from how she fights jet-lag to her go-to app.

Q: How often do you travel?

A: Between 50% and 60% of my time is on the road.

Q: What is your go-to travel app?

A: American Airlines app. I've checked into many a flight as I'm speeding to the airport. (Disclaimer: I'm usually in the back of a cab and not driving when I'm checking in via my phone)

Q: What are your must-pack items?

A: A charger for my Mac, an international converter, workout clothes, a pair of heels, and a good dress. And I'm always packing a few extra super chargers for my phone. As long as I've got power, I can figure the rest out.

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Sean MacPherson Defines What Makes a Hotel Cool

Sean MacPherson Defines What Makes a Hotel Cool

The best hotels have human fingerprints.
I don’t need to like the person’s style, but I want to feel their presence and a sense of place. The Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus, in Arles, France, is so French, but it also has a strong Spanish influence that reflects the owner’s quirky taste: a vintage bar and furniture mixed with bullfighting memorabilia and Peter Lindbergh photographs. At the Saint Cecilia, in Austin, Texas, you feel Liz Lambert’s heartbeat throughout the hotel. The mini-bar, for example, has personal choices such as salted-caramel galettes, prosciutto, and Mexican Coke.

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5 London Cocktail Bars to Try Now

5 London Cocktail Bars to Try Now

Much like its patchwork of neighborhoods, the city’s drinking culture offers something for every taste. Here, five new haunts that define the nightlife scene right now.

The Whip, Mayfair

The Vibe: A Kentucky Derby theme sets a fanciful mood: racing-green-striped walls, equestrian knickknacks (riding crop; horse paintings), and vintage furniture upholstered with jockey silks.

Who Goes: Burberry-clad bankers and tony Mayfair residents; expat Triple Crown fans.

What to Order: A julep, of course. The Whip, made with rhubarb vodka and dry gin from the owner’s distillery, is served in a pewter tin.

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Fall 2014's Must-See Art and Architecture Openings

Fall 2014's Must-See Art Openings

Art

New York City

"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrates the gift of an unparalleled collection of works by Picasso, Braque, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger, each of whom propelled Modernism in unique artistic directions. Oct. 20–Feb. 16.

Boston

The Spanish master Francisco Goya’s aristocrats, children, witches, and madmen are the subject of a landmark exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, with more than 160 paintings, prints, and drawings. Oct. 12–​Jan. 19.

Chicago

Ziggy Stardust gets the art-historical treatment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in “David Bowie Is,” devoted to the glam rock icon and featuring costumes, stage sets, and video installations. Sept. 23–Jan. 4.

Architecture

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, imbued the new Aspen Art Museum with his trademark ingenuity, including a striking basket-weave wood façade and a rooftop sculpture garden.

The Inbursa Aquarium, in Mexico City, is Latin America’s largest, with four subterranean levels housing more than 5,000 species. The structure by Fernando Romero abuts the architect’s Museo Soumaya and David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex. Plaza Carso.

Opera was invented in Florence, but only now does the city have a venue dedicated to the genre. The new marble-clad Opera di Firenze complex has a state-of-the-art theater and concert hall, close to the centro storico.

In Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront neighborhood Barra de Tijuca, Christian de Portzamparc’s sweeping Cidade das Artes brings together an art gallery, chamber-music hall, and 1,250-seat auditorium.

Photo courtesy of David Alexander Arnold

Top Family Travel Tips from the Experts

Family Travel

I'm just back from a trip to Italy and like every long adventure with toddlers, it was a schizophrenic mix of life-could-never-be-better moments and how-am-I-going-to-get-through-this hell. There was Sebastian's meltdown at Heathrow because I wouldn't buy him the really big Paddington bear (thank god for the Terminal 5 play area); the relentless "I want milk" requests while driving through the milkless rolling hills of Tuscany; and the constant sticky faces and stained shirts from twice-daily gelato injections (Italian napkins just don't do the job). In anticipation of my next family excursion, I reached out to the pros for some tips on how to make the journey smoother. Here, my favorites:

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