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The Louvre Expands to Lens, France

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Beginning December 4, 2012, over 200 of the Louvre’s works will be on display in the museum’s new satellite in Lens, a northern city in the Pas-de-Calais department, Picardie.  The collection will remain in the museum, Galerie des Temps, for several years.

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Psychics! The Newest Trend in Art

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No, this isn’t part of a gypsy-laden renaissance fair. London’s The Tate Modern recently opened its doors to six psychics for the opening weekend of Undercurrent, a festival at the new The Tanks gallery running through August 27th. Images of crystal balls and large warts may fill your head, but according The Guardian, the trained fortunetellers' accessories and setting are much less theatrical; they sat in plain wooden booths inviting museum-goers to interact. 

The art exhibit was part of Jon Fawcett’s EIR installation piece, which opened the 11-day-long show. Undercurrent’s remaining exhibits include Touch and Vision, which blasts museum-goers with music and records the effects, and Tweet Me Up!, a spontaneous photography collaboration via proverbial social media outlets. The combination of off-the-wall acts is something no one could foretell. Well, no one but the psychics that is.

Kelsi Maree Borland is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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Mozart Takes Wing at New York’s Lincoln Center

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Mostly Mozart, the 46-year-old summer festival at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is in full swing and more vibrant than ever.  Significantly, this year’s edition marks the tenth anniversary season of French conductor Louis Langrée as music director who, along with Jane Moss, artistic director, has been responsible for revitalizing Mostly Mozart, in particular, its heartbeat, the festival orchestra. He's credited with raising its playing standards and adding inventive programming that features soloists, both established and debut artists, period instrument bands, and contemporary music ensembles.

Year to year, the mix may include dance, sound installations, film, video.  This year, Mostly Mozart takes up the theme of birds, “the originators of song and an inspiration for countless composers,” according to Moss, as a point of departure for a range of programming.  Indeed, in the age of twitter, birdsong may never sound as pure.  T+L spoke with Louis Langrée earlier in the season during a stopover in New York en route to Paris about Mostly Mozart, a conductor’s role, American audiences, and why the festival remains popular with travelers and New Yorkers alike.

Q: What are your thoughts on your 10th anniversary? 

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Get Your Tickets: 2nd Annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar

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How do you explore the world in a single weekend, without ever stepping foot on a plane? By showing up at the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar, of course! This September marks the second year we’re hosting this multi-cultural event, and we’re inviting you all to attend. What can you expect? Regional food prepared by top chefs; cultural performances; shopping; and a lot of interactive experiences.

The weekend-long event takes place at NYC’s Lexington Armory, 9/28–9/30; as you make your way through each installation, you’ll feel like you’re being transported from region to region…but without the jetlag! Take a look at the official site for even more information, and to purchase your tickets, just visit Ticketmaster. Hope to see you there!

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 Joshua Pramis is the social media editor for Travel + Leisure and is looking forward to the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

The Arts Invade Aix-en-Provence

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Few places are as evocative as Provence in the summer and among its many festivals, two claim special distinction: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie.

The Aix-en-Provence Festival, which runs through the end of July, presents new opera productions of established repertoire, neglected works, and premieres—all within the span of a month.

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TODAY Show: Affordable "Olympic" Vacations

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Want to experience the 2012 Summer Olympic Games without traveling to London? T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares five fun sports-themed vacations that are also easy on the wallet.

Bebel Gilberto at Brasil Summerfest in Central Park

Bossa nova diva Bebel Gilberto loves Caipirinha cocktails, sexy Narciso Rodriguez gowns, and remote Brazilian beaches. Born in Manhattan and raised in Rio, the singer-songwriter frequently bops between the two. This Saturday, July 21, she headlines a free concert 3-7 p.m.on Central Park's SummerStage to kick off Brasil Summerfest, a week-long festival celebrating the newest generation of Latin American musicians. Gilberto, who contributed a track to Red Hot + Rio, will perform favorites like Bob Marley’s “The Sun is Shining."

Gilberto tells T+L where she cools off during summer tour breaks:

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Get Your Tickets Now: The 2nd Annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar

If you love travel then you, like me, you probably wish you could just drop everything and travel the world. But that’s probably a little unrealistic. But there’s a way you can experience the world, all from a single destination: New York City. Starting today, you can buy tickets to the 2nd Annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar. We’ll be taking over the Lexington Armory and transforming it into a celebration of the world’s destinations, people, and brands.

What can you expect? Interactive installations showing the sights, tastes, and experiences of the world; live music and performances; food, wine, and spirits; and, of course, shopping. (If you need further convincing, just click play on the video above and you'll get a taste of what exactly you'll get.)

So if you’ll be in NYC—or just need an excuse to book a flight!—reserve your tickets and come celebrate the world with us! I’ll see you there!

2010-hs-josh-pramis.jpgJoshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

NYC Partners with American Express and Foursquare for Restaurant Week

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If you’re lucky enough to live in New York City—or happen to be visiting between July 16 and August 10, 2012—there’s an extra reason to dine around town: NYC Restaurant Week. Those who want to experience some of Gotham’s most popular restaurants at deeply discounted prices ($24 lunch; $35 dinner) have an opportunity to save even more on fondue and gougère at Artisanal Fromagerie, smoked brisket at Hill Country, and Harold Dieterle’s Thai creations at Kin Shop.

In celebration of 20 delicious years of Restaurant Week (which has actually grown to three weeks), American Express is working with the City of New York and social media phenom Foursquare to make dining out even more attractive. (As if we needed an excuse!) When you sync your American Express card with Foursquare and check into participating restaurants, you will automatically get an additional $5 off the bill of $24 or more. For details and to register, go to sync.americanexpress.com/foursquare. Bon appetite!

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Celebrate the Fourth (And More) in Denmark


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Ninety-seven thousand five-hundred tickets, 200 bands, nine days—it’s not too late to check out Northern Europe’s largest culture and music event of the year: the Roskilde Festival, located 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark

This year’s agenda includes everything from social gaming and pingpong to art from Berlin-based urban activists and graffiti artists to a giant slumber party (last year, 50,000 tents were pitched), and, of course, music.  Approximately 200 international bands–including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Cure, Jack White, Mew, and Wiz Khalifa–will rock the Festival’s eight stages.

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