World Scene

Experience life’s little luxuries.

BY DONALD CHARLES RICHARDSON

Courtesy of Eduardo Patino

BALLET BECOMES YOU

Ballet Hispanico is the foremost Latino dance company in the United States. This dazzling young group of wonderfully talented dancers, with a repertoire of over 100 works, creates a brilliant theatrical experience performed to sold-out audiences in America, Europe and South America. “We combine the artistry, technique and physicality of the dancers and imbue ballet with contemporary and Spanish dance,” explains artistic director Eduardo Vilaro. “It’s the passion of the Latino world.” In 2015, Ballet Hispanico will be appearing across the country in cities including Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. To get the insider experience, sign on as a Patron: you’ll meet the dancers, watch rehearsals and even travel with the company.

ROYAL RETREAT

Near the markets and not far from the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, secluded on a quiet, narrow street, a modest door opens to an elaborate atrium lined with balconies in rich wood. A former 19th-century palace, the Riad Ayadina is a mixture of light and shadows, cozy nooks and open spaces. The three rooms and six suites have four-poster beds (strewn with rose petals to celebrate your arrival) and copper baths. There’s a swimming pool, hot tub and a spa offering massages, facials and a traditional Moroccan Hammam bath. The charming French owner oversees accommodations and personally arranges the lavish menus. Have breakfast on the roof terrace with views over the old city into the mountains, and dine by candlelight on a three-course fusion of French and Moroccan cuisine in your own private courtyard.

NEED A LIFT?

Davos, Switzerland is the highest city in Europe, home to the amazing Parsenn Mountain (a favorite of freestylers and snowboarders), and
nearby, the new InterContinental Davos. This opulent hotel with a unique golden egg design by Oikos has spacious rooms, each with a balcony overlooking Davos and the mountains. There are three restaurants (at the Capricorn, an alpine brasserie, culinary director Alex Kroll has created a surprisingly delicious hay soup, featuring a Champagne/white wine base and hay grown at or above 2,000 meters). The Alpine Spa uses La Prairie products and indigenous herbs. And after a day on the slopes, the hotel will bring tired skiers home in a horse-drawn carriage that serves warm mulled wine.

THE MUSIC GOES ON AND ON

In 2015, New York City’s legendary Duplex Cabaret Theatre will be celebrating its 65th year. Here, where stars such as Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers and KT Sullivan honed their skills, the legacy of superb nightly entertainment continues with well-known cabaret performers as well as unique first time acts taking the stage. “The Duplex has always been a place of beginnings,” says program director Thomas Honeck. “We love helping newcomers get their start in New York City, as well as providing a home for award-winning composers and singers.” The Duplex starts its celebration this New Year’s Eve with a show by the great Natalie Douglas, who’s returning to the Greenwich Village club after performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Café Carlyle and a critically acclaimed show in London. Life is a cabaret.

THIS DESK IS YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

If you work hard at your desk, it might be time to choose one that works as hard as you do. Incorporating the principle that human beings feel better when they move around periodically, the Stir Kinetic Desk can “learn” your habits and remind you when it’s time to change positions. It can be programmed with your standing and sitting height preferences (a simple double tap will move it up or down), and can even sense and track your standing time and the calories burned while you’re on your feet. Plus it’s WiFi and Bluetooth enabled. Now sit. Good desk.

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