North Coast Hip Hop Improv

12 Jul 19
Best New York Comedy

I’m one of the finest ghostwriters in the country; my 20+ books include two New York Times bestsellers, a phenom megaseller that hit #16 on Amazon.com and has sold over 310,000 copies to date, and an interview book with legendary author Neil Gaiman that hit #240 on Amazon.com. I’ve also written five Dummies books and […]

11 Jul 19
Best New York Comedy

I’m one of the finest ghostwriters in the country; my 20+ books include two New York Times bestsellers, a phenom megaseller that hit #16 on Amazon.com and has sold over 310,000 copies to date, and an interview book with legendary author Neil Gaiman that hit #240 on Amazon.com. I’ve also written five Dummies books and […]

10 Jul 19
Best New York Comedy

I’m one of the finest ghostwriters in the country; my 20+ books include two New York Times bestsellers, a phenom megaseller that hit #16 on Amazon.com and has sold over 310,000 copies to date, and an interview book with legendary author Neil Gaiman that hit #240 on Amazon.com. I’ve also written five Dummies books and […]

09 Jul 19
Best New York Comedy

I’m one of the finest ghostwriters in the country; my 20+ books include two New York Times bestsellers, a phenom megaseller that hit #16 on Amazon.com and has sold over 310,000 copies to date, and an interview book with legendary author Neil Gaiman that hit #240 on Amazon.com. I’ve also written five Dummies books and […]

09 Jul 19
cravedfw

by Steven Doyle Today we begin what will be a series that checks in to various cities across the nation with a great history of tourism. Places to dine, great or boutique hotels across economic lines, and terrific sights that may be less traveled. We begin our travel series with Chicago, often thought of for […]

06 Jul 19
Best New York Comedy

I’m one of the finest ghostwriters in the country; my 20+ books include two New York Times bestsellers, a phenom megaseller that hit #16 on Amazon.com and has sold over 310,000 copies to date, and an interview book with legendary author Neil Gaiman that hit #240 on Amazon.com. I’ve also written five Dummies books and […]

05 Jul 19
Daily News
    Willow Geer as Viola and Max Lawrence as Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. (Courtesy photo by Ian Flanders)   There’s always something interesting to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show: A theatrical event with an original story by Todd Kreidler about the first moon landing and presented in a “lunar dome” at the Rose Bowl, preview 8 p.m. July 5. Opening night, 8 p.m. July 10. Other previews, 8 p.m. July 6; 2 and 5 p.m. July 7;  5 p.m. July 8; 8 p.m. July 9; and regular show, 8 p.m. July 11; dates through Aug. 11. Tickets $25 and up. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. apollo11show.com/ticket/ Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains: Easy walk to spot local birds, 8:30-10 a.m. July 6. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide. Leaving, on time, at the flagpole at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center (King Gillette Ranch), 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2301. bit.ly/2YoG7FO Ringo Starr and Peace & Love Birthday Celebration: Performances of Ringo’s songs, 11 a.m. July 7, followed by Ringo leading the assembled group in saying “peace and love” at noon. The 11th annual event asks fans, in any time zone, to say, think or post #peaceandlove at noon July 7. Check website for participating musicians. Capitol Records Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood. bit.ly/2YlvuUh 2019 Summer Restaurant dineL.A. Restaurant Week: Participating Los Angeles area restaurants offer prix fixe lunch/dinner, through July 12-26. Cost: lunch ($15-$35) and dinner ($29-$99). Tax and tip extra. Check website for the more than 400 participating restaurants. www.dinela.com AbilityFEST: AbilityFirst hosts an expo for children and adults with disabilities, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 13. Optional walk/stroll/roll in the early hours of the event. Event includes an adaptive rock climbing wall, carnival games and live entertainment. Free; register online. Charge for select attractions, games, food and drinks. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. www.abilityfirst.org/events Park After Dark – The Stars at Paramount Ranch: A park ranger discusses the property including the western town film site that was mostly destroyed in the Woolsey fire and a look at the summer night sky, 8-9 p.m. July 13. Bring a flashlight; wear sturdy shoes. Free. 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. 805-370-2301. bit.ly/2NcQ1cn Central Coast British Car Club Show: Display of British cars from 1930s to recent time, plus a celebration of the Triumph TR6, and also, an auto parts swap meet, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 14. Free admission. Harbor View Park, Channel Islands, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. www.channelislandsharbor.org; centralcoastbritishcarclub.com/   ART   Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery: “This Is America,” group show. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. July 5. Gallery hours: 5-8 p.m. Friday; 2-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Sept. 1. 22508 Sixth St., Newhall. www.santaclaritaartists.org San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center: “Artist Co-op 7 – Picture This,” group show. Opens, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. July 9. Reception, 4-7 p.m. July 14. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Aug. 3. 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. 818-697-5525. www.sfvacc.org Roslin Art Gallery: “artRising: Visions of Revolution,” group show. Opening reception, 7 p.m. July 11. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through July 31. 415 E. Broadway, Glendale. 818-241-0611. www.facebook.com/roslinartgallery/ California Art Club Show and Sale: “Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Miniatures,” group show from local members of the club, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 5. Reception, 1-3 p.m. July 13. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Exhibit runs through Aug. 30. Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center (King Gillette Ranch), 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 805-370-2301. Email: samo@wnpa.org. www.californiaartclub.org Sturt Haaga Gallery: “Carole Kim – Shine a Light,” opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Exhibit runs through Oct. 27. Admission $9; $6 seniors and students; $4 ages 5-12. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200. descansogardens.org   ONGOING ART   Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park: “City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs 2019 Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibit.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; closed on all official city holidays. Exhibit runs through July 14. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. lamag.org Radiant Space: “It Was All a Dream,” a group show by artists who were previously professional skateboarders. Gallery hours: noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through July 20. 1444 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Los Angeles. 323-522-4496. krismarkovich.com; www.michaeljonleonard.com; www.instagram.com/tbh805; www.instagram.com/oscarmeza; www.instagram.com/themuska; www.instagram.com/blikeme Studio Channel Islands Arts Center: “The Next Big Thing,” group show in all mediums including film, installation, performance, sound and video. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through July 20. SCI’s Blackboard Gallery, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 805-383-1368. www.studiochannelislands.org LAXART: “Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Relax Into the Invisible.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through July 27. 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. 323-871-4140. laxart.org/exhibitions/barbarastauffachersolomon Corey Helford Gallery: “Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary,” a group show of re-interpretations of Hello Kitty image (exhibit, in the Main Gallery, is in partnership with Sanrio). Also: “The London Police,” in Gallery Two, and “Art of Character,” by Andrew Brandou, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Jim McKenzie, Bennett Slater, in Gallery 3. Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Aug. 3. 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles. 310-287-2340. www.sanrio.com; www.coreyhelfordgallery.com Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles: “David Hammons” and “Guillermo Kuitca.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibits run through Aug. 11. 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles. 213-943-1620. www.hauserwirth.com Kohn Gallery: “María Berrío: A Cloud’s Roots.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs through Aug. 18. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. 323-461-3311. www.kohngallery.com Vintage Jewish Fashion Posters: A touring exhibit of 20th century photographs includes costumes, everyday dress, embroidery, an Israeli fashion brand and jewelry. Exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. Exhibit runs during business hours: July 5-10 at Woodland Hills Branch Library (22200 Ventura Blvd., 818-226-0017); Aug. 7-21 at Encino-Tarzana Branch Library (18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 818-343-1983). Check website for other locations through Sept. 11. bit.ly/2JGqSUf Brand Library & Art Center: Two exhibits: “Blind Courier,” group show on the theme of a person’s relationship to places in their city or neighborhood. Also, Homesĭtē Recipe Exchange,” a traveling art installation with public participation (Atrium Gallery). Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Exhibit runs through Aug. 23. 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. 818-548-2051. brandlibrary.org Kopeikin Gallery: “The Vision Board,” group show. Curator Elizabeth Valdez discusses the art during two gallery tours, noon July 20 and Aug. 10. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit runs through Aug. 29. 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-559-0800. Email: info@kopeikingallery.com. www.kopeikingallery.com   BOOKS   Nick Makrides: Signs “Sugar Rebels: Pipe for Your Life – More than 60 Recipes from Instagram’s Kween of Baking,” 7 p.m. July 8. Wristband. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-525-0270. bit.ly/2RzqVDa Lauren Kate: Question and answer session and book signing of “The Orphan’s Song,” 7 p.m. July 11. The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main St., Culver City. 424-603-4776. www.therippedbodicela.com Friends of the Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 13. 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills. 818-895-3650. bit.ly/2LwEcvf Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 13. 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716.  bit.ly/2FRWCDo Dark Delicacies: Brian Evenson signs “Song for the Unraveling of the World,” Philip Fracassi signs “Behold the Void,” Cody Goodfellow signs “Scum of the Earth” and “Unamerica,” Charles Stroup signs “Sexy Leper” and Fred Wiehe signs “The Collected Nightmares,” 4 p.m. July 13. 822 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. 818-556-6660. www.darkdel.com Mark Mardirossian: Signs “I Did It! From Iraq to Freedom: A True Story,” 11 a.m. July 14. Barnes & Noble, 731 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank. 818-558-1383. bit.ly/2YrWph9 Friends of the North Hollywood Regional Branch Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 20 and 1-4 p.m. July 21. 5211 Tujunga Ave. 818-766-7185. bit.ly/2KUJTUw; bit.ly/2J5Qfhp Friends of the Valley Plaza Branch Library used book sale: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20. 12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. 818-765-9251. bit.ly/2K3ZlwT Aliza Kelly: Signs “Starring You: A Guided Journey Through Astrology,” 2 p.m. July 20. Wristband. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-525-0270. bit.ly/2xsAril   COMEDY   Baby Wants Candy – Improvised Musical: 7:30 p.m. July 5. Tickets $12. Upright Citizens Brigade-Sunset, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2ZGbCvo Comedy a la Carte: A pop-up show, 7:30 p.m. July 8. Minimum age: PG13. Free with a food purchase from the restaurant. West Hills Pizza Co., 7543 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. comedyalc.com Cook County Social Club: Improv from Greg Hess, Brendan Jennings and Mark Raterman, all originally from Chicago, 11 p.m. July 8. Tickets $7. Upright Citizens Brigade-Franklin, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2Xlybc0 Live Standup Comedy on the Hill: Jason Love hosts the show with Steve Bruner, Jimmy Burns and Fritz Coleman, 8 p.m. July 13. Minimum age 18. Doors open, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12/$15 reserved in advance; $15 at the door. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 805-381-1246. www.hillcrestarts.com Steve Martin & Martin Short: Comedy plus music by the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko, 8 p.m. July 16. Tickets $59 and up. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. 844-524-7335. www.lagreektheatre.com   DANCE   The Royal Ballet: Kenneth MacMillan’s “Mayerling,” 7:30 p.m. July 5-6; 2 p.m. July 7. Minimum age: 12 (adult themes). Tickets $34 and up. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. bit.ly/2YszphG LA Dance Project: Choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s multimedia “Romeo & Juliet” dance with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suite, 8 p.m. July 16. The concert and dance performance also includes Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. Tickets $8 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 323-850-2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com; bit.ly/2Xlws6w   MOVIES   Thanks for the Memories! Celebrating Film, People and Glendale History: Adam Felber (NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”) hosts a fundraiser for the Alex Film Society and the Glendale Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. July 13. Evening includes a variety of films including cartoons, film clips, newsreels and silent shorts. Doors open, 6:30 p.m., for a viewing of vintage photos and live music by the Kenton Youngstrom Trio. Tickets $30. 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 818-243-2611. www.alextheatre.org/events Chesley Bonestell – A Brush with the Future: Southern California theatrical premiere of the 2018 documentary about the late astronomical artist (1888-1986) known as the “Father of Space Art,” 7:30 p.m. July 15 and 1 p.m. July 16. Tickets $16; $13 ages 62 and older and ages 11 and younger (July 15 show); $12; $9 ages 62 and older and ages 11 and younger (July 16 show). Laemmle Theatre’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. www.laemmle.com/films/45869   MUSEUM   Museum of Tolerance: New: “Davis Factor’s Faces of Hope: Portraits Celebrating Hope in the Face of Challenge,” sensitive photos of seriously ill children who are being helped by Chai Lifeline, through Aug. 19. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday. Admission $15.50; $12.50 ages 62 and older; $11.50 ages 5-18. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-553-8403. museumoftolerance.com The Getty Center: July 9: Two new exhibits: “Once. Again. Photographs in Series,” group show of contemporary and historical photos taking over time, and “Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story,” both through Nov. 10. Ongoing: “The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts,” through July 21. “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World,” through Aug. 18. “Bauhaus Beginnings,” architecture, art, design and philosophy of the early years of the German school of art and design, through Oct. 13.Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu   ONGOING MUSEUM   Annenberg Space for Photography: “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,” through Aug. 18. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Free admission. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. 213-403-3000. www.annenbergphotospace.org Autry Museum of the American West: “Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca,” through Jan. 5. “Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley,” through Jan. 5. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission $14; $10 ages 60 and over and students; $6 for 3-12. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. 323-667-2000. theautry.org California African American Museum: “Adia Millet: Breaking Patterns,” through Aug. 25. “Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective,” through Sept. 8. The museum has many programs after 5 p.m.; check the Programs section on the website. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking $12; $15 after 5 p.m. (cash only). 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (in Exposition Park). 213-744-7432. www.caamuseum.org California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks: “Kelly ‘RISK’ Graval: Solo Exhibition,” through Sept. 4. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Thursday; noon-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Oaks, second floor, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 805-405-5240. riskrock.com; www.cmato.org The Getty Villa: “Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri,” exhibit of artifacts discovered in the 1750s and some recent finds at the archaeological site, through Oct. 28. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday. Admission is free but a ticket is required for admission. Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu/visit Italian American Museum of Los Angeles: “Fantasy World: Italian Americans in Animation,” through Jan. 26. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Donation requested. 644 N. Main St., Los Angeles. 213-485-8432. www.iamla.org Japanese American National Museum: “At First Light: The Dawning of the Asian Pacific America,” multi-media exhibit on Asian Pacific American identity, through Oct. 20. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission $12; $6 seniors and students; free for ages 5 and younger. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 213-625-0414. janm.org Los Angeles County Museum of Art: “Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection,” through July 28. “Isaac Julien: Playtime,” through Aug. 11; “Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” through Sept. 2. “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China,” through Jan. 5. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $20; $16 ages 65 and older and students; free for ages 17 and younger. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6000. www.lacma.org Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: “Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide,” through Aug. 11. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. 323-651-3704. lamoth.org Museum of the San Fernando Valley: “50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the Moon Landing” and “Edgar Rice Burroughs and His Creation Tarzan,” “The Tuna Canyon Detention Station” and “Powerhouse Women of the San Fernando Valley.” Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 18860 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 818-347-9665. themuseumsfvnow.org Natural History Museum: “Antarctic Dinosaurs,” through Jan. 5. “Frozen in Time: Images of Antarctica,” photography exhibit by Diane Tuft, through Jan. 20.  Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Admission $14; $11 ages 62 and older and students; $6 online; $15; $12 ages 62 and older and students; $7 ages 3-12 (at the door). 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-763-3466. www.nhm.org Petersen Automotive Museum: “Electric Revolution,” the history of and current designs of custom-built and manufacturer electric motorcycles, through Jan. 19. “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” through March 15. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission $16 ages 18-61; $14 ages 62 and older; $11 ages 4-17. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-930-2277. www.petersen.org; www.petersen.org/hollywood Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum: “The World of da Vinci,” through Sept. 8. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $25; $22 ages 62 and older; $18 ages 11-17; $15 ages 3-10 (tickets through Sept. 8; includes “The World of da Vinci”). 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 805-577-4066. www.reaganfoundation.org Norton Simon Museum: “The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Painting from the Frick Collection,” paintings by François Boucher, Jean-Siméon Chardin and Jean-Baptiste Greuze, through Sept. 9. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Holiday special hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31. Closed on Christmas and Rose Parade Day. Admission $15; $12 ages 62 and older; free for ages 18 and younger. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org Skirball Cultural Center: “Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite” and “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich,” both through Sept. 1. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission $12; $9 seniors; $7 ages 2-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. skirball.org Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art: “Squeak Carnwath: How the Mind Works,” through July 28. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed on major holidays. Free admission. The museum is located at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4851. arts.pepperdine.edu/museum   MUSIC   Brand Library Plaza Series: Zetz Klezmer, 7 p.m. July 5. Upcoming: Kim Project, July 12; Orquesta Salsa Caliente, July 19; Scott Detweiler, July 26. Seating is first come, first served or bring a low-back chair or blanket for seating on grassy hillside. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. www.zetzklezmer.com; bit.ly/2KowsLf Elvis Presley tribute concerts: Tribute artist concerts by theme with Cote Deonath, Diogo Light and Ben Thompson: “Elvis Goes Hollywood,” 8 p.m. July 5; “Hot Vegas Nights,” 8 p.m. July 6; “Era of a King,” 8 p.m. July 7. Tickets $50-$75; $350 VIP weekend experience. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-508-4200. www.elportaltheatre.com Austin Jons & the Immortals: 11:55 p.m. July 5. Tickets $7. Universal Bar & Grill, 4093 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 661-713-8369. bit.ly/2NCVZDY; bit.ly/31I5JQf Cate Le Bon – Off the 405 at The Getty Center: The Getty’s outdoor summer music series continues with singer-songwriter-musician, 6 p.m. July 6. Free. Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. Upcoming: Lala Lala, July 27. Courtyard at the Getty, Getty Center Drive and North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300. www.catelebon.com; bit.ly/2wP1Ryy City of Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park: Wannabe, a tribute to Spice Girls, 7 p.m. July 6. Upcoming: Surf City Allstars, a tribute to the Beach Boys, July 13; Prussia, July 20; Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen; check website for concerts through Aug. 24. Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. 661-250-3787. santa-clarita.com/concerts NoHo Summer Nights: Concert begins with Cuñao, followed by Incendio, 8 p.m. July 6. Check website for upcoming emerging artists and headliners through August 3. Free. North Hollywood Recreation Center, near the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue (the center’s address: 11430 Chandler Blvd.). cunaomusic.com; incendioband.com; www.valleycultural.org Valley Jazz Club: Buzz Maddox Octet, 3-4 p.m. July 7. Tickets $10. Elks Lodge, 20925 Osborne St., Canoga Park. www.valleyjazzclub.com Tiny Porch Concerts: The Lonely Heartstring Band and Sparky & the Ancient Mariner, 5 p.m. July 7. Bring a low-back chair or a blanket for seating. Free. Upcoming: Alice Wallace, with Tanbark, 5 p.m. Aug. 4; Goodnight, Texas, with the Deltaz, 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center (King Gillette Ranch), 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. www.tinyporchconcerts.com; bit.ly/2X4RC3U City of Agoura Hills Concerts in the Park: DSB, tribute band to Journey, 6 p.m. July 7. Concert is followed by a patriotic laser show, 9 p.m. Free. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive. 818-597-7361. www.agourahillsrec.org; www.facebook.com/agourahillsrec; www.dsbband.com/events-2/ Hollywood & Highland Subaru Summer Jazz Nights: The five-week series begins with Huntertones, 7 p.m. July 9. Free; $14 includes reserved seat, cheese and fruit plate and two drink tickets for beer or wine (proceeds go to Project Angel Food). Central Courtyard (second level), 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-467-6412. bit.ly/2J7zXop Daniel Bennett Group – Sounds of Summer Outdoor Concert: 6:30 p.m. July 9. Free. Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-238-5620. www.danielbennettgroup.com; bit.ly/2Nubi1F Valley Ragtime Stomp: Amateur and professional musicians perform blues, boogie-woogie, stride and other vintage music, 1-4 p.m. July 13. Free. Paoli’s Restaurant, 21020 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Ron, 818-439-9048. Email: ragtimeron@gmail.com. www.youtube.com/valleyragtimestomp Concerts on the Green at Warner Park: Caris, 5:30 p.m., followed by Led Zepagain, on July 14. Free; $15 VIP seating; $25 VIP seating and parking (proceeds from VIP sales go to Valley Cultural Foundation). Upcoming: The McCartney Years, July 21; Queen Nation, July 28. Check website for emerging artists, headliners and dates through Aug. 18. 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. www.valleycultural.org Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen: 8:30 p.m. July 19 ($35) and  8:30 p.m. July 20 ($40). Doors open for dinner, 7 p.m. Dinner or two-drink minimum is required in addition to ticket purchase. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 323-466-2210. www.catalinajazzclub.com   MUSIC VENUES   Feinstein’s at Vitello’s: Kiki Ebsen, 8 p.m. July 5 ($25 and up); the Lineage Trio with Ken Peplowski, 8 p.m. July 6 ($20 and up); Triple Scale, 8 p.m. July 7 ($20 and up); Solomon Gottfried Quartet, 8 p.m. July 8 ($20); Angelo Velasquez Quartet, 8 p.m. July 9 ($20 and up); Josephine Beavers with the Ed Vodicka Trio, 8 p.m. July 10 ($20; Steve Waddington, a tribute to Neil Diamond, 8 p.m. July 11 ($20 and up). Doors open, 6:30 p.m. Plus two-item minimum ($20). Check website for upcoming performers. 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 818-769-0905. www.feinsteinsatvitellos.com Hollywood Bowl: Leon Bridges and Rhye, 8 p.m. July 5 ($16 and up); Chrissie Hynde, 8 p.m. July 6 ($17 and up); Reggae Night with Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Kabaka Pyramid and Third World, 7 p.m. July 7 ($15 and up); Cyndi Lauper, with Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, 8 p.m. July 12 ($14 and up) and 8 p.m. July 13 ($17 and up); Kristin Chenoweth and Thomas Wilkins conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. July 14 ($14 and up); Hugh Jackman, 8 p.m. July 19 ($39 and up) and 8 p.m. July 20 ($55 and up). All tickets have added fees. 2301 N. Highland Ave. 323-850-2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com The Canyon-Agoura Hills: DSB, a tribute to Journey, 9 p.m. July 5 ($19.50); Fast Times, the Ultimate 80s Tribute, 9 p.m. July 6 ($19.50); Micky Dolenz, 9 p.m. July 7 ($28); King of Hearts cd release party, 9 p.m. July 12 ($38). Ticket price listed is standing room only; table tickets require dinner purchase. Check website for opening acts, dinner options and reservations. 28912 Roadside Drive. 888-645-5006. www.wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, 8 p.m. July 6 ($66 and up, Kavli Theatre); Happy Together Tour 2019: the Buckinghams, the Classics IV, the Cowsills, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and the Turtles, 7:30 p.m. July 18 ($44 and up, Kavli); The Man in Black: Shawn Barker tribute to Johnny Cash, 7 p.m. July 21 ($40; $50, Scherr Forum Theatre); Jackie Evancho and the Conejo Arts Pops Orchestra, 7 p.m. Oct. 6 ($24 and up, Kavli); Benise: Fuego! Spirit of Spain, 8 p.m. Nov. 8 ($34 and up, Kavli); Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 ($42 and up, Kavli); the Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 ($61 and up, Kavli). 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. www.civicartsplaza.com Greek Theatre: Jon Bellion, 7 p.m. July 12 ($29.50 and up); Vulfpeck, 7 p.m. July 14 ($39.50 and up); 70s Soul Jam: The Chi-Lites, William Hart’s Delfonics, Heatwave, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and the Stylistics, 7:30 p.m. July 20 ($36 and up); Rodriguez y Gabriela, 8 p.m. July 23 ($33 and up); the Raconteurs, 8 p.m. July 26 ($35.50 and up); Chicago, 7:30 p.m. July 27 ($49 and up); Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies, 6:30 p.m. July 31 ($30 and up); Elvis Costello & the Imposters and Blondie, 7 p.m. Aug. 5 ($29.50 and up). 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. 844-524-7335. www.lagreektheatre.com Ford Theatres: Meshell Ndegeocello, 8 p.m. July 13 ($30 and up); Kinky, with Mexican Institute of Sound, 8 p.m. July 28 ($25 and up); the Bird and the Bee, 8 p.m. Aug. 2 ($29.50 and up). Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Los Angeles. 323-461-3673. www.fordtheatres.org Staples Center: Backstreet Boys, 8 p.m. Aug. 3 ($44.50 and up); Carrie Underwood, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 ($49.50 and up). 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. www.staplescenter.com   THEATER   Twelfth Night: Independent Shakespeare Co. presents the comedy, 7 p.m. July 5. Minimum age: call for advice. Bring a blanket or low beach chair for seating; a picnic; bug spray. No dogs. Show runs 7 p.m. July 6-7; 10-14; 17-21; dates through Sept. 1. Free/donations appreciated. Upcoming: “Pericles,” July 27-Aug. 30. Old Zoo area at Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Follow the hot pink signs to parking lot (there is an uphill walk to performance area). Check website for downloadable parking and directions. 818-710-6306. bit.ly/2NsyUDF; www.iscla.org/festival-2019 The Phantom of the Opera: The musical by Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe and  Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the 1910 novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, 8 p.m. July 5. Recommended for age 6 and older; no children ages 4 and younger. Show runs 2 and 8 p.m. July 6; 1 p.m. July 7. Tickets $42 and up. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-982-2787. bit.ly/2RNxtOH The Book of Mormon: The Tony Award winning musical comedy by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone about missionaries in Uganda, opens 7:30 p.m. July 9. Recommended for adults (explicit language). Show runs 7:30 p.m. July 10-11; 8 p.m. July 12; 2 and 8 p.m. July 13; 1 and 6:30 p.m. July 14. Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805-449-2787. bit.ly/2IKhn5o Rent: The rock musical by Jonathan Larson, a re-imagining of Puccini’s opera “La bohème,” 8 p.m. July 9. Recommended for ages 13 and up; no children ages 4 and younger. Show runs, 8 p.m. July 10-12; 2 and 8 p.m. July 13; 1 and 6:30 p.m. July 14. Tickets $63.25 and up. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 800-982-2787. bit.ly/2ZV3Eyw C.S. Lewis  Onstage – The Most Reluctant Convert: A one-man play written and performed by Max McLean about the author (“The Chronicles of Narnia” series) and Oxford University professor who went from being an atheist to believing in God, 7 p.m. July 11. Recommended for ages 13 and older; no children ages 4 and younger. Show runs 8 p.m. July 12; 4 and 8 p.m. July 13; 3 p.m. July 14; 7 p.m. July 17-18; 8 p.m. July 19; 4 and 8 p.m. July 20; 3 p.m. July 21. Tickets $35-$69. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 888-294-1733. cslewisonstage.com Lost – The Musical: Musical parody written by Steven Brandon and Steven Christopher Parker about the ABC television series, opens 8 p.m. July 15. Show runs 8 p.m. Monday through Sept. 23. Also, 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets $20; $25 VIP reserved seat. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. lostparody.brownpapertickets.com   ONGOING THEATER   Avenue Q: The 2004 Tony Award best musical by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, with unconcealed puppeteers, about young adults discovering that they are not as extraordinary as their parents led them to believe when they were children, 8 p.m. July 5-6; 2 p.m. July 7. Minimum age adults; adult language and puppetry nudity. Tickets $30; $25 seniors and students. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com Point of Extinction: A play by Cosette Ruesga and David Shecter, with songs by Laurie Grant, about people suddenly disabled due to fallout from a super volcano and a government plan to cure them, 8 p.m. July 5-6; 3 p.m. July 7. Actors from Theatre by the Blind and musicians with autism from Rex & Friends perform. A production by CRE Outreach, creoutreach.org Tickets $20; $15 seniors. The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. www.bluedoorculver.com/point-of-extinction Urban Death (for Kids): A family-friendly version of the cult horror show. Minimum age 10. Show runs 8:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday through July 13. Tickets $15. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-202-4120. zombiejoes.com A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi present the Tony Award winning musical by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, based on the 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” by Roy Horniman, about a man who schemes to inherit property from his newly-discovered wealthy family. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through July 14. Tickets $28; $24 seniors and students. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 805-583-7900. bit.ly/2Kd8lji Nine Winning One-Act Plays: The Group Rep presents a play festival with submissions from around the world. All nine plays are presented as one program. Show runs 4 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through July 14. Tickets $20; $17 seniors and students. Upstairs at the Group Rep at Lonny Chapman Theatre, second floor, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-763-5990. www.thegrouprep.com The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Kingsmen Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare’s comedy, with a late 1960s sitcom vibe. Festival grounds open 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and entertainment. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday through July 14. Tickets $25; $20 ages 62 and older; $15 for students with ID; free for ages 17 and younger. Check website for lawn box reservations and requirements; $90-$110. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-493-3452. kingsmenshakespeare.org At the Table: A play by Michael Perlman about friends who go on an annual weekend retreat – with no cell phones or internet allowed. Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through July 20. Tickets $34. Road Theatre Co., 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 818-761-8838. roadtheatre.org/event/at-the-table 12 Angry Jurors: West Valley Playhouse presents the play by Reginald Rose about a jury contemplating an “open-and-shut” murder trial – or is it? Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through July 21. Also, 8 p.m. July 11. No show on July 5. Tickets $30; $26 seniors and students. Westfield Promendade Mall, Erwin Street at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills (next to Maggiano’s restaurant). 818-884-1907. www.wvplayhouse.com Anne, A New Play: The play is based on “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, from a play by Jessica Durlacher and Leon de Winter that has been adapted by Nick Blaemire. Minimum age 8. Show runs 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday through July 22. Tickets $40; $25 ages 62 and older. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-772-2505. www.museumoftolerance.com Wait Until Dark: Loft Ensemble presents the 1966 play by Frederick Knott about a blind woman being menaced by drug dealers. Show runs 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday through July 28. Tickets $20. 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood. www.artful.ly/loftensemble Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: A play by Barra Grant about her relationship with her mother, Bess Myerson (Miss America 1945). Show runs 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 4. Tickets $40. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. 323-285-2078. missamericasuglydaughter.com Shame of Thrones – The Musical: Musical parody of HBO’s show “Game of Thrones.” Minimum age 12. Show runs 8 p.m. Monday through Aug. 9. Tickets $30; $36 for reserved seat in first three rows. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4188534 The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe: An immersive theater experience by Devon Armstrong and John Armstrong about the author and poet who died in 1849. Ticket holders follow the actors indoors and outdoors at the venue. Dress code: wear comfortable walking shoes. Show runs 7:30 p.m. July 5-7 and July 19-21; also, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 4 and 16-18. Tickets $35. Performances are held at Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. www.downtownrep.com; bit.ly/2Wrffs4 Albie Selznick’s Magic Monday: Selznick hosts a line-up of magicians every week, 8 p.m. Monday through Aug. 30. Pre-show entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. 310-586-1166. www.magicmondayla.com A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Show runs 4 p.m. July 7; 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22; 6 p.m. Sept. 2. Tickets $26/$42; $15/$25 ages 65 and older and students; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723. www.theatricum.com An Enemy of the People: The play by Henrik Ibsen, reset in the 1980s in South Carolina. Show runs 8 p.m. July 6, 14, 21 and 28; dates through Sept. 28. Tickets $26/$42; $15/$25 ages 65 and older and students; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723. www.theatricum.com Twelfth Night: William Shakespeare’s comedy. Show runs 4 p.m. July 6, 13 and 21; dates through Sept. 28. Tickets $26/$42; $15/$25 ages 65 and older and students; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723. www.theatricum.com Moby Dick – Rehearsed: A play by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Herman Melville. Show runs 8 p.m. July 7; 4 p.m. July 14 and 20; dates through Sept. 29. Tickets $26/$42; $15/$25 ages 65 and older and students; $10 ages 5-15. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 310-455-3723. www.theatricum.com   Submit calendar listings at least two weeks in advance to holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
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(CNN) – Looking to make a break for it for the 4th of July holiday weekend or another long summer weekend? The options are endless — you just need to decide if it’s a USA road trip you’re after or a hop-skip-jump over the Atlantic. The warm weather travel season officially kicked off Memorial Day weekend, but statistics from AAA indicate that more Americans travel later in the summer: Last year, for example, 41.3 million Americans traveled around Memorial Day, while a projected 46.9 million traveled around Independence Day. Most Americans opt for a road trip, according to AAA, but ambitious travelers needn’t rule out Canada or even parts of Europe. CNN rounded up seven possibilities, ranging from a couple of less-trodden international destinations to a few slightly under-the-radar US spots and some in between. All have one thing in common: They’re perfect for a mini summer escape on July 4th weekend or later in the summer. Big Sur, California Nearly two years after landslides shut down a section of California’s historic Highway 1 and closed off Big Sur to travelers, visitors are back to revel in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the mystical expanse of California shoreline. Located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, travelers come here to get away. The area enjoys a remoteness not easy to come by these days: Cell reception is spotty at best, and the nearest big grocery store is at least an hour’s drive away. While they’re cut off from the rest of the world, visitors can take in the panoramas of the rugged coasts and witness the dramatic, crashing waves of the Pacific from nearly every vantage point. Also worth checking out is Bixby Creek Bridge, a stunning piece of architecture, and the hiking trails and coastal beaches of Garrapata State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Natural Preserve. Big Sur has rustic and luxurious hotels, from the sustainable accommodations at the modest but comfortable Glen Oaks Big Sur to the posh, celebrity-favorite Post Ranch Inn. A treatment in the spa, set in the middle of the forest, is the icing on the cake. Garrapata State Park, 34500 CA-1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, +1 831 624 4909 Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, 52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur ,CA 93920, +1 831 667 1112 Point Lobos State Natural Preserve, 58 Riley Ranch Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, +1 831 624 4909 Glen Oaks, 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, +1 831 667 2105 Post Ranch Inn, 47900 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, +1 831 667 2200 Buffalo, New York As soon as summer hits, this city on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York comes alive. Happy to shed its winter coat in favor of blue skies and outdoor seating at many a restaurant and bar along Elmwood Avenue, just north of downtown, Buffalo soars in summer. Architecture buffs will find no shortage of areas to explore. From the Tudor mansions around Delaware Park to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin House and a little further afoot, Graycliff, overlooking the lake, the city teems with majestic architectural works. Both Lloyd Wright buildings offer tours of the properties’ meticulously restored interiors and expansive grounds. Cap off the Wright tours with a visit to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where a collection of modern and contemporary art awaits. Those wanting a dose of art in the form of poetry or outdoor installations (courtesy of students from SUNY Buffalo) should head straight to Silo City, a historic grain elevator complex refashioned as a cultural community, complete with a food and drink venue. And on that note: Travelers whose primary motivation is eating and drinking are in good hands. While you can’t go far without finding excellent chicken wings (they were birthed here, after all), relative newcomers Black Sheep and Dobutsu deserve attention, too. Finally, if your long weekend should extend to a Tuesday, you won’t want to miss Larkin Square’s food truck lineup. Nosh on something from Ted’s (footlong with onion rings) or Lloyd (braised beef taco) while you listen to free live music. For a truly special stay, reserve a room at Hotel Henry, another of the city’s architectural masterpieces. Delaware Park, 83 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214, +1 716 838 1249 Darwin D. Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214, +1 877 377 3858 Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby, NY 14047, +1 716 947 9217 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222, +1 716 882 8700 Silo City, 105 Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203 Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St., Buffalo, NY 14213, +1 716 884 1100 Dobutsu, 500 Seneca St., Suite 119, Buffalo, NY 14204, +1 716 322 6004 Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14210, +1 716 362 2665 Hotel Henry, 444 Forest Ave., Buffalo, NY 14213, +1 716 882 1970 Champagne, France The birthplace of the bubbly and a UNESCO World Heritage site, France’s Champagne region is just 45 minutes from Paris by train. It has long been popular with day-trippers, but there’s plenty to entice travelers into a multiday stay. Oenophiles can visit some of the 450 Champagne producers and cooperatives for tastings and tours. From the highly reputable Moet & Chandon and to under-the-radar Henriet-Bazin, there’s something to satisfy every type of sipper. But it’s not a lost cause for teetotalers; history buffs can visit Reims Cathedral, an imposing medieval Roman Catholic site dating back to the 13th century. Fitness fanatics, meanwhile, can take advantage of the long stretches of uncrowded roads for scenic bike rides and runs. A hot air balloon ride, a boat ride down the Marne River or horseback riding through the valley are also on offer here. Then there are the restaurants, worth a trip in and of themselves. One of the hottest tables is the three-Michelin starred L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims, which serves creative French cuisine using seasonal produce. For the spendy set, the new Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is the “it” place to stay. Built like a contemporary amphitheater with 49 chic rooms, the property boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant Le Royal, a sprawling spa, a bar with more than 200 bottles of Champagne and a fleet of electric bikes for guests. Moet & Chandon, 20 avenue de Champagne, 51200, Epernay, France, +33 3 26 51 20 20 Henriet-Bazin, 9 rue des Mises, 51380 Villers-Marmery, France, +33 03 26 84 07 79 L’Assiette Champenoise, 40 avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, 51430 Tinqueux, France, +33 0 3 26 84 64 64 Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, 9 rue de la republique, 51160 Champillon, France, +33 3 26 52 87 11 Cotswolds, England At close to 800 square miles, the Cotswolds, a less than three-hour drive from London, is sprawling, but visitors can still tackle at least a small part of it on a short getaway. The region’s beauty — think fields of meadows full of blooming daffodils and dozens of quintessential Jane Austen-era villages with stone houses shining underneath the sun — is especially vibrant in summer. Days can be spent in the region exploring some of the historic houses such as Berkeley Castle and Blenheim Palace, built in the 18th century and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Outdoor pursuits — long, meandering walks from one village to the next, biking along the country roads, fishing, golfing and horseback riding — add to the area’s allure. Cheltenham, one of the largest cities in the Cotswolds, is full of diversions, too. The minimetropolis is known for its photograph-worthy Regency era architecture, dating back to the early 19th century and distinguished by elegant looking buildings with white stucco facades. And, it’s home to buzzy restaurants and festivals, including ones for science and literature. The region’s accommodation scene, which once included mainly stuffy, formal hotels, has gotten hip in recent years. The Wild Rabbit, a modern inn in Chipping Norton with an excellent restaurant to boot, is one example. Bolderfacers, including Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, favor Soho Farmhouse, a 100-acre estate in Oxfordshire. Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, 13 9PJ, United Kingdom, +44 01453 810303 Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom, +44 1993 810530 The Wild Rabbit, Church Street, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YA, United Kingdom, +44 01608 658389 Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4JS, United Kingdom, +44 01608 691 000 Providence, Rhode Island Providence’s flourishing arts and culinary scenes are nearly on par with major urban areas around the world. Over the past decade, the city’s downtown has been transformed into an open-air museum with murals and sculptures. One example is WaterFire, a multisensory art installation composed of a series of more than 80 bonfires that seem to float in the three rivers flowing through the city. This showpiece will burn bright on July 20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Performance art is also a draw: The Providence Fringe Festival, running from July 21 to 28, features performances by emerging and established artists. The lineup includes everything from improv comedy to variety shows with music and drag. Then there’s the culinary scene. The popular Providence Restaurant Weeks, where diners can enjoy three-course affordable meals at otherwise pricey restaurants, runs from July 7 to 20. But visitors will eat well no matter when they visit. Waterman Grille, set on the Blackstone River and serving French influenced cuisine with New England produce, is one of the most coveted reservations in town and for good reason: The cocktail list is creative, and the steaks, cooked on a wood-fired grill, are a standout. WaterFire, 4 N Main St., Providence, RI 02903, +1 401 273 1155 The Providence Fringe Festival, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence, RI 02909, +1 401 400 7100 Providence Restaurant Weeks, Downtown Providence, RI 02903, +1 401 456 2000 Waterman Grille, 4 Richmond Square, Providence, RI 02906, +1 401 521 9229 St. Michaels, Maryland Only a 90-minute drive or 45-minute boat ride from the nation’s capital, the historic seaside town of St. Michaels is home to picturesque landscapes, rich heritage and waterside adventures. Known as “the town that fooled the British” during the War of 1812 when it faked a blackout to prevent an attack, it’s an ideal getaway for anyone interested in sailing, golf, history and seafood. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is among the top attractions. Visitors can learn about the region’s history and culture by exploring its 12 exhibition buildings, checking out the fleet of historical boats and taking a narrated cruise highlighting life on the Eastern Shore. Exploring the charming downtown filled with antique shops and seafood restaurants such as The Crab Claw, famous for its crab clusters, is another way to while away the afternoon. The microdistillery Lyon Distilling Co., which produces an impressive range of rums, is also worth checking out. To stay, there are plenty of family-run bed and breakfasts. For luxury seekers, the winning choice is Inn at Perry Cabin. Home to a prestigious fleet of vintage sailboats, golf course, a spa and a restaurant serving regional cuisine, it’s a retreat in and of itself, and no one will blame you if you choose not to venture far from the property. The Crab Claw, 304 Burns St., St. Michaels, MD 21663, +1 410 745 2900 Lyon Distilling Co., 605 S. Talbot St. #6, St. Michaels, MD 21663, +1 443 333 9181 Inn at Perry Cabin, 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels, MD 21663, +1 888 805 8885 Toronto, Canada Canada’s largest city is a global entertainment and cultural hub worthy of serious attention. Centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Montreal, the metropolis is a 90-minute flight for much of the US and Canadian population. It’s known for its diversity — more than 50% of the residents were born outside the country — and this shows up in the city’s events, restaurants and shops. Featuring more than 30 festivals in July and August alone, including ones for jazz, Caribbean culture, beer and local cuisine, summer is a prime time to appreciate what Toronto has to offer. Outdoor pursuits aren’t usually the first thing people think of when they hear big city, but Toronto’s strong in this category. Visitors can bike or hike in Rouge Park, the country’s only urban national park, and canoe around the Toronto Islands. Thrill seekers shouldn’t miss the attraction called EdgeWalk, a 30-minute walk outside and 116 stories above the city on a five-foot long ledge atop the iconic CN Tower. The markets (we recommend Kensington Market, Gerrard India Bazaar and Evergreen Brick Works), selling everything from handmade goods by local artisans and antiques to spices and craft beers on tap, are another draw. Hotel-wise, the Kimpton Saint George and St. Regis (the brand’s only property in Canada), both downtown, are the newest additions to the lineup of the town’s many luxury properties. EdgeWalk, CN Tower 290 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada, +1 416 86 86937 Kimpton Saint George, 280 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8, Canada, +1 888 563 2004 St. Regis, 325 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5H 4G3, Canada, +1 416 306 5800 – Stacey Lastoe contributed additional reporting to this story.
28 Jun 19
Best New York Comedy

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