LondonTown.com: Chinese New Year in London in 2014

Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people expected to take part in the celebrations across the capital on Sunday 2nd February 2014 and if you’re one of them you can book one of the many London hotels on offer and stay in the city overnight.

This year, the Year of the Horse, Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31st January and the main London celebrations take place on the Sunday following, 2nd February 2014, with a number of free activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square .

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, Thursday 30th January 2014, the London Eye, the UK ‘s most popular paid for visitor attraction, will be lit up red and gold to celebrate the Year of the Horse and will be holding a special Chinese New Year event with traditional Chinese acts including Chinese opera singers and martial artists performing from 5.30pm.

On Sunday 2nd February 2014 the annual parade led by the Lucky Money God begins at 10am at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue before arriving at its final destination in Chinatown.

Chinatown itself is always at the centre of the Chinese New Year party in London with traditional craft stalls and food stands outside restaurants, lion dancing and, for the first time, the Chinese Community Centre will also be staging a mini festival in Horse & Dolphin Yard.

Trafalgar Square is a hub of entertainment for Chinese New Year; having been officially opened at 12 noon on Sunday 2nd February with speeches from special guests, there will be free music and performances on the main stage including a special variety show from the Little Red Flower Art Troupe, a group of talented children from Nanjing, China.

Madame Tussauds in London welcomes the wax figures of Chinese martial arts masters Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, who will travel from Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong and Shanghai to welcome in the Chinese New Year. The famous figures take up residence on Friday 31st January but the biggest celebration will be on Saturday 1st February when lion dancers perform and the historic building will be lit up in lucky red.

The British Film Institute is marking the Chinese New Year with a season of films from 3rd to 21st February by Feng Xiaogang, a man often compared with Steven Spielberg, and arguably the most successful filmmaker in China today.

London’s first ever Baijiu Cocktail Week kicks off on 31st January 2014 coinciding with Chinese New Year and carries on until 13th February with special Chinese cocktails created by Marlowe Harris, head barman from the Evans & Peel Detective Agency, available to sample at seven bars across London.

Many London restaurants will be celebrating Chinese New Year with special menus – you won’t have to go further than Chinatown to enjoy authentic Chinese cooking. But if you want to push the boat out go for renowned London restaurants like Hutong, Hakasan, China Tang at the Dorchester, or Min Jiang, the Chinese restaurant which occupies the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens.

For more information on these and other special event celebrating Chinese New Year in London go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets, information on restaurants, bars and cafes as well as all the major attractions is provided.

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LondonTown.com: Butterflies brighten up the Natural History Museum this spring

Tickets are now on sale for  Sensational Butterflies, an interactive exhibition at the Natural History Museum that allows visitors to wander among hundreds of beautiful free-flying creatures. The family friendly exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington for a sixth year (3rd April – 14th September), housed in a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the museum’s east lawn. The exhibition explores the life cycle of one of nature’s most fascinating creatures – from crawling caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. It is one of the most popular annual features of the Natural History Museum’s programme and tickets cost £5.50. For more on this and other events at the museum, see LondonTown.com, which is the best website for information on London events, exhibitions, hotels, restaurants and bars.

At Sensational Butterflies, visitors get the chance to through the butterfly house where they can spot caterpillar eggs waiting to hatch and get close to silk-like chrysalises in which caterpillars will be undergoing metamorphosis. There will also be the spectacular sight of being surrounded by hundreds of adult butterflies and moths, including species from all over the globe. The enclosure therefore offers a captivating insight into the science behind these colourful creatures and their unique life cycle. Visitors can then visit the Natural History Museum proper, where they can see world-class collections of plants, animals and minerals, including state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs, the legendary skeleton of a diplodocus and the lifesize model of a blue whale. For more on this and other events at the Natural History Museum, see LondonTown.com for the latest news and updates.

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Action Territory Announces New Laser Tag Arena and Laser Tag Birthday Party Deal With Free Birthday Party Invitations! Serving Milwaukee and Kenosha, Chicago

Laser tag arena for a party, or just to play! 

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Book your party for ten or more Saturdays 1pm – 5:30pm for a limited time and receive 1 game of laser tag, 80 video arcade tokens, One slice of cheese Pizza And One Small Soda, per person, -2 hours of table time in party room, and party assistant. Plus laser tag birthday party invitations. Party room decorations, plates napkins are included too! Plus, Action Territory Will do the cleanup after wards! $9.99 per person

Noted for the area’s best birthday party, Join Action Territory’s birthday party club free and receive special privileges and specials on your birthday. Just logon Action Territory Dot com

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Friday’s Noon-4pm Unlimited Indoor wrist band is $5 includes laser tag, bumper cars, The Heist laser conquest.

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Action Territory has the newest Laser Tag technology & light show with state of the art multi-sensitive vests and an expanded arena. Experience extreme fun in our mysterious, smoke-filled black-light arena, all new in 2014.

Choose to play in teams and defend your base target, or play individually against all the players. America’s Action Territory provides spectacular experience for all ages with a new interactive laser light show, multicolored strobe effects, fog and an amazing sound system for the ultimate player experience. Fun and safe for the whole family to enjoy. Sport birthday party place.

Action Territory isn’t just for kids. Adults love the action too. Americas favorite family fun center offers adult birthday party ideas from teen parties to senior birthday parties. The Action Eatery features todays most favorite beers, wines and frozen drink specials perfect to cool any adult on a hot day. Bring your laptop and plan a lunch off site or work party mini vacation, with free WIFI, free parking and free admission your company only pays to play. Hold a meeting or family get-together in the eatery area with a pizza for four special that includes their famous breadsticks and a pitcher of soda. Add a pitcher of beer for a small added charge.

Attractions Everyone Will Love
Indoor attractions are open year-round. Laser tag, bumper cars, video game arcade, with token system and a huge, redemption center, kid-friendly concession restaurant and bar, The Heist Laser Maze Conquest, and Ballocity – a huge two-story city of balls for the little guy. Plus, seasonal attractions, go karts, paintball, batting cages, miniature golf course, water park attractions water wars and bumper boats. Action Territory birthday parties have something for everyone.

Plan a party, or group or come alone, America’s Action Territory is a short car ride from Chicago and Milwaukee – perfect for a fun day with your friends and family or fieldtrip with your classmates. Feel free to logon for more information and join the facebook for more managers specials. Info AT ActionTerritory DOT com 12345 75th Street Kenosha, WI 53140 ~ P: 262 857-7000 be sure to watch Action Territory video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu7g9AHbF8g
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LondonTown.com: Legendary London boat prepares for new adventure

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the world’s only remaining tea clipper and a major London landmark, will open a brand new performance space in its lower hold on Wednesday, 29 th January. The lower hold once stored precious cargo of tea and wool, but in the evenings it will be transformed into a unique 85-seat theatre. The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will launch this month with a fantastic programme featuring major stars such as Alan Davies, Griff Rhys-Jones and Ross Noble. The Cutty Sark is located in the heart of Greenwich’s World Heritage Centre, making it a great place for tourists to visit. Hotels in the area can be found at LondonTown.com, the London website which promises to find the latest and best deals on London hotel room rates in London.

The Cutty Sark reopened after a major refurbishment in April 2012, and is now preparing for the latest stage in its reinvention. First built as a tea clipper, transporting tea from Indian to Britain in 1869, this three-masted clipper is the last of its kind still in existence. Visitors can walk along the decks following in the footsteps of the merchant seaman who sailed her over a century ago, or they can explore the hold where the valuable cargo was stored and even walk beneath the ship – suspended in mid-air – to get an idea of its scale and elegance.

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will ensure the Cutty Sark also has a vibrant life during the evening. The tea chests in the hold will be moved aside, allowing the central section to transform into a theatre, welcoming a host of renowned performers for cabaret, comedy, music, lectures and theatrical performances.

“Our aspiration is that the development of Cutty Sark as a flexible theatre space will enable us to reach out to new audiences who can discover the ship in a whole new way” says Richard Doughty, Director of Cutty Sark, who wishes for the Cutty Sark to become a unique new venue in the heart of Greenwich and London. For more information on performances at the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, see LondonTown.com.

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iCadenza And APAP Present Innovative Panel On Relationships Between Musicians, Managers, And Presenters

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters and iCadenza present a ground-breaking interactive panel discussion and workshop at APAP|NYC 2014 Annual Conference, the largest annual gathering of performing arts professionals in the world.

“The Blueprint: What Managers, Artists and Presenters Want in the 21st Century,” is a forum/workshop led by iCadenza and a panel of industry experts. Managers, presenters, and artists will come together to:
• Demystify the process of artist management and artist selection by venues
• Discuss proper business and negotiation etiquette
• Learn how to understand the 21st century audience

Using the design thinking methods pioneered at IDEO and Stanford University, forum participants will create new norms for the relationship between managers, artists, and presenters of the millennial generation, to result in more innovative and collaborative practices that will propel the performing arts into the future. The ultimate goal of the forum is to develop a process for how this collaboration can lead the industry to provide more unique and meaningful experiences for audiences, debunking the traditional roles and stereotypes of managers, artists, and presenters and presenting alternatives for forging stronger relationships among the three.

Panelists include Jeremy Byrd (Director of Production for Performing Arts Fort Worth), artistic director Andrew Cyr, conductor Jonathan Tessero, harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Quinton Morris, violinist and member of the award-winning Aeolus Quartet Rachel Shapiro, Greg Kastelman (Booking Coordinator at Cadenza Artists), and Lindsay Kratz (Artist Representative at Baylin Artists).

The workshop will take place on Friday, January 10th from 9am to noon in the Beekman Parlor on the second floor of the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10019), and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration information is available at:
http://www.apapconferencenyc.com/content.asp?id=2337&iwpID=46486a3ef101436a3ef2996

iCadenza is a fast-growing arts consulting firm based in Los Angeles, offering career resources to emerging and established musicians. iCadenza has presented workshops at the Opera America Conference, the Chamber America Conference and the Arts Northwest Booking Conference, to name a few. The company’s mission is to empower musicians in the 21st century by teaching and instilling entrepreneurial principles into the pursuit of a performance career. iCadenza offers consulting for individuals, ensembles, and non-profit organizations, as well as workshops, online courses, and editing and design services.www.icadenza.com.

The champion for the performing arts sector since 1957, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) supports and educates today’s and tomorrow’s performing arts leaders. APAP is dedicated to making the arts vibrant, sustainable, and accessible, and to moving the industry forward. “We help connect artists to audiences.” – Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO. For more information on the annual conference, visitwww.apapnyc.org. For more information on APAP membership, visit www.apap365.org. Follow APAP at @APAP365 and #APAPNYC.

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essensu holistic skincare Brings Fresh Organic Skincare—Via Small Batch Production—to GBK’s Golden Globes Gift Lounge

essensu holistic skincare (http://www.essensu.com) will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions in honor of the 2014 Golden Globe Nominees and Presenters. There, its Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Face & Eye Cream will be gifted to select members of the press and media visiting The Artisan Group® exhibit. The Golden Globes Gift Lounge will take place January 10-11, 2014 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California.

essensu’s Tami Abiuso, owner/founder, decided an appropriate choice to gift was its Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Cream as its a customer top rated pick, has received endless rave reviews, and has a large following of loyal customers who claim they, “can’t live without it.”

Steal Youth Organic Age Defense Face & Eye Cream is priced at $29.50 and is available to order at www.essensu.com.

essensu holistic skincare products all utilize small batch, which ensures ‘fresh for you’ skincare products with the highest level of active ingredients. Only the finest natural, botanical ingredients and cosmeceuticals selected from around the globe are used to create its luxurious, holistic, botanical skincare. This production method, as Tami describes, enables us to, “bring the garden to luxury, holistic skincare.”

Tami is proud to be the owner of an indie beauty company. This enables them to respond quickly to the newest released active ingredients and incorporate them into the formulas and products they produce. This way, she says, “our customers are receiving the most up to date products to help prevent premature skin aging, solve skin care issues, and keep skin healthy and radiant, through the use of natural botanical actives.”

Always taking the health and wellness of their customer’s skin seriously, and formulating holistic products designed to nourish, and nurture skin, essensu’s products never contain mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, paraffin, parabens, phthalates, artificial
dyes or coloring, sulfates, cheap fillers, or harsh chemicals.

“We also offer custom formulations and scent requests,” notes Tami. “We are able to customize around special needs and allergies, and are happy to formulate additional gluten-free products upon request. Most products are also available unscented for those with fragrance sensitivities or for those who prefer no fragrance, in addition, we offer many vegan friendly products, and many of our formulas can be modified to accommodate a vegan ingredient preference.”

essensu believes natural, holistic products are just as important for babies, young children, and pets. Their Dirty Dog line includes organic grooming products for dogs, including an exclusive dry powder shampoo formula dogs and owners love. essensu organic baby, offers gentle, organic, unscented products designed for baby’s delicate skin.

Tami resides in Monroe County, New York.

An active member of The Artisan Group, she has collaborated with the organization to bring her popular Lavender Pumpkin Aloe Vera Botanical Body Wash to the attention of Selena Gomez as part of a specially prepared gift bag given to the singer, her band and crew after the November 6, 2013 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles. essensu’s Pumpkin Spice Refreshing Room Spray was also included in The Artisan Group’s charity gift bag for The Joyful Child Foundation in October 2013. A Per Amore’ Aromatherapy Perfume Locket was also gifted to actress Stephanie Drapeau last spring as part of a specially prepared gift bag given to the actress.

To learn more about essensu holistic skincare, visit www.essensu.com and contact Tami Abiuso by email. Become a fan on Facebook (essensu holistic skincare), Twitter (@essensu) and Pinterest (essensu). Follow their beauty blog, Beauty Talk Magazine (www.beautytalkmagazine.com). Shop for essensu holistic skincare at www.essensu.com, and www.essensu.net.

For more information about The Artisan Group, visit theartisangroup.org.

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