New in Gay Calgary – Passport Magazine

Author: , October 27th, 2017

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Music is liquid architecture,” wrote Goethe. “Architecture is frozen music.” It’s a pithy, oft-quoted turn of phrase that makes intuitive sense. One needn’t read music, let alone study architecture, to understand that rhythm, structure, harmony, and precise detail amid sweeping grandeur are common elements of the two artforms.

Another common factor: unlike paintings and literature, which are largely passive, requiring us to approach their frames, to open their covers, music and architecture reach out in our direction, playing inevitable parts in our daily lives.

Until last year, North America had no major music museum with a building befitting its subject. Then came the opening of the spectacular and stirring Studio Bell, home of Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta (850 4th St. SE. Tel: 403-543-5115. It’s a deeply satisfying building to explore, seeming to unfold around you as you move through it. Like the best symphonies, it is at once majestically scaled and compellingly intimate.

What did we have before this? Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is, to me, Pei’s knock-off of his own Louvre Pyramid; it looks like an award-ceremony trophy, with none of music’s emotional resonance.

And while it might be argued that the Seattle edifice originally built as the Experience Music Project, Frank Gehry’s most garish major building, resembles a frozen chunk of 1970’s Moog synthesizer sounds, the design is untethered to any coherent vision. With no essential change to its appearance, the building was rechristened last year as the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP) and now houses a hodgepodge collection “spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, and video games.” Studio Bell is on another plane altogether.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Notchland Inn – Hart’s Location, New Hampshire

Author: , April 14th, 2017

Notchland Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

A comfortably elegant 1860s mansion on 100 forested acres. Fourteen spacious guest accommodations, individually appointed, all but one with woodburning fireplaces, some with Jacuzzis.

Romantic 5-course dinner, bountiful country breakfasts.

Secluded, yet near to all of Mount Washington Valley – a magical location.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ochenta y Dos, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Author: , August 29th, 2015

Ochenta y Dos

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ochenta y Dos is an urban B&B in the heart of the beautiful historic colonial city of Merida. Our Merida Bed and Breakfast is gay owned and operated, and the owners live on the premises. Our brand-new building has been built with close attention to historic design and preservation, along with smart home technology which makes it a truly unique boutique property in historic Merida.

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Out in Las Vegas

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Las Vegas from the High Roller

High Roller, LinQThis is our umpteenth trip to Las Vegas, but there’s something different this time. The recession is over, and the town is gearing up with a new growth spurt unlike any we’ve seen in 6 or 8 years. The theme? Everything old is new again.

Bally ConstructionThere’s so much new construction going on in Vegas right now, it’s hard to believe. From the new skyscrapers gracing City Center to the just-opened LinQ center – an outdoor pedestrian mall that straddles the gap between the Quad Hotel (formerly the Imperial – more on that later) and The Flamingo – to the brand-new Cromwell Casino, a luxury re-do of the creaky old Bill’s Casino at the heart of the strip, which was literally opening while we were here. It’s amazing to see how much is changing.

ZarkanaBut wait, there’s more! some of the older hotels are getting into the act too, including treasure Island, which is ripped out most of it’s waterfront “Pirates” area and is putting in new retail and restaurants right on the strip, including a Starbucks and a number of restaurants and other venues. Although from the looks of things, they should put some money into their interiors well – the old casino floor feels dark and dated.

View From BellagioThere’s also a new retail center being built in front of Bally’s, where that long people mover used to take you up to the casino from the strip. Right now it’s a big dirt lot, but expect this one by next year.

There’s been a real rush to build out to the Las Vegas Blvd. line – so much so that you can no longer even see some of the marque properties from the street – that’s the case with the Monte Carlo, which has been all but obliterated by a trashy street-side development. So much for the gorgeous upscale approach to the hotel’s front doors.

MastroSo far, most of the construction seems to be remodeling or infill, but we suspect it won’t be long before the new buildings start rising again.

Best guess – North of the strip, where there’s lots of open land and the projects were planned before but fell through, like the “Echelon” hotel next to Fashion Sow Mall.

So for this trip, we’ll share some of the new things we found in Vegas over the next week, including a few you shouldn’t miss.

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MD: What’s New to See and Do in Baltimore

Author: , January 20th, 2012

New Things to Do in BaltimoreGay Washingtonians know the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon, the Hippo and City Cafe. But it’s time to venture to other Baltimore neighborhoods — old and new — to find the latest additions to the city’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Within the past few years, the waterfront community of Harbor East has exploded with development, bringing a unique identity to the revived area complete with eateries, hotels and museums.

On Nov. 14, the luxurious $200 million Four Seasons Hotel officially opened in Harbor East, with breathtaking museum quality art and a Michael Mina restaurant, Wit and Wisdom.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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