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Chef and Music Freak Andrew Carmellini on what Makes a Great Restaurant Soundtrack

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Beware the “shuffle” button! I create playlists for all my restaurants. Maybe I’m a control freak, but I love the process. If I have 100 things to do, “Make soundtracks” is the one I’ll jump to first. (Right after “Test these four pasta recipes.”) At each place, it’s the same list every night, in order. So I know it’s 9:45 when Broken Bells comes on at the Dutch ($$$). Playlists are a progression—you want the music to unfold throughout the night, in terms of genres, BPM (beats per minute), the mood you set.

When the restaurant’s full, you shouldn’t really “hear” the music. You’ll know it’s there, but it won’t take over. Then again, if the room is too quiet—you hear waitstaff gossiping, glasses being cleaned—that’s distracting as well. Music fills that sonic space. It actually helps you focus on your conversation. But no 14-minute cuts! It’s annoying when a song is droning on and on while you’re waiting for dessert. You need a fresh track every three to four minutes.

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Argentina Launches Travel Magazine

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Argentina’s tourism board recently launched a glossy publication called Che. No, it’s not a tome dedicated to the country’s famous revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It is a cultural magazine titled after the Argentine colloquial term “che” (which loosely translates to “hey”) commonly used in Latin America to refer to all things Argentine. Its pages feature the best art, music, gastronomy, events, and travel experiences from the country’s 24 provinces. Through colorful photography and engaging storytelling, Che inspires visitors to journey beyond the borders of Buenos Aires and discover a country that’s richly diverse in landscapes, customs and cuisine. The bimonthly magazine is published in English, Spanish and Portuguese and travelers can download issues to their tablets by visiting Argentina.travel or getting the free app at Android and Apple stores.

Nora Walsh is Travel + Leisure's Latin America correspondent.


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Man Stranded at the Airport Films Viral Celine Dion Video

What do you do when you're stranded overnight at the airport? That's the question Richard Dunn asked when he found himself alone at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport.

The answer he came up with has since gone viral: Using his phone to create a lip-synced music video to Celine Dion's 1996 hit "All By Myself."

Even better? The songstress saw the video and responded with a video of her own, inviting Dunn back to Las Vegas so he wouldn't have to be alone.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

Spring For Music Plays Final Notes

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This year marked the end of Spring for Music, the annual, week-long series of performances by visiting North American orchestras at Carnegie Hall—New York cultural life will be a poorer without it. 

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Q&A With A True Gentleman, Bryce Pinkham

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Bryce Pinkham was recently nominated for a Tony Award as best actor in a musical for his role as the charming and scheming Monty Navarro in A Gentelman's Guide to Love and Murder, unquestionably the best, funniest and wittiest, original musical on Broadway this season. Pinkham talks to T+L about the demands of giving eight performances a week and travels that range from Madagascar to Japan to the Middle East.

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Colorado Symphony Unveils ‘Classical Cannabis’ Series To Bring Younger Audience

In an attempt to garner more interest in Denver's Colorado Symphony Orchestra, it will be performing a series of fundraising concerts entitled, “Classically Cannabis” and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Daily Transporter: New Orleans

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Book your flight and designate some shoes to sacrifice to the mud gods: the schedule for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 25-May 4) is online. (A final revision—granting Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band a longer set—was made late last week.)

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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Swing into Spring with the Savannah Music Festival

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There are many reasons to visit Savannah, Georgia: its historic architecture, delicious food, and hospitality. If you are a golfer, Hilton Head Island and its courses are only an hour away.   But now, while an endless winter keeps its grip on the Northeast, there may be no better reason to visit the gracious city where spring is in full bloom, than the Savannah Music Festival.

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Classical Music Comes to Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is rightly admired for its rich cultural life—art museums, theaters, summer opera as well as the annual May Festival, devoted to choral music.  It also has one of the country’s leading symphony orchestras and in one of the biggest gets in the classical music world appointed Louis Langrée as its new music director. 

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Celebrate The Beatles' 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today one of the biggest pop acts in history touched down at John F. Kennedy Airport for the first time. They were whisked into a press conference at the Pan American Airlines International Arrivals building, as dubious journalists tried to figure out if these guys were for real, and 4,000 adoring fans waited outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of the new British band, The Beatles.

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