Monday, October 27, 2014

Boston Ballet's Swan Lake

Boston Ballet will mark the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s interpretation of Swan Lake this Thursday, October 30. The classic story of Odette, a princess-turned-swan, was originally composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875. Through his intricate, yet dramatic touch, Nissinen will resurrect the famed ballet through spellbinding moves, enchanting sets and mystical costumes by designer Robert Perdziola.

“Swan Lake is one of the greatest ballets of all time, set to a score that is celebrated throughout the world,” said Nissinen in a press release. “After a six year hiatus, I am so excited to bring this exquisite classic back to Boston with a fresh look.”

This will be my first time experiencing Swan Lake on stage; and if you’re a lover of art, sound and style like I am, you know this magic is not to be missed. I've been waiting for this ballet's debut since August when company ballerinas sauntered into the Boston Public Garden wearing Swan Lake costumes. In an effort to promote Nissinen’s new production, the team re-created a photo shoot from the 1970s where dancers first posed on swan boats in costume.

Photo courtesy of the Harvard Archives featuring former Boston Ballet dancers
Durine Alinova and Clyde Nantais from the 1970s

Photo courtesy of the Harvard Archives featuring former Boston Ballet dancers
Durine Alinova and Clyde Nantais from the 1970s

Boston Public Garden :: August 2014
Todd Lee Photography 

Boston Public Garden :: August 2014
Todd Lee Photography 

Boston Ballet is also celebrating Halloween with a masquerade night this Friday. Guests are invited to wear chic black and white attire and don a complimentary Swan Lake mask (available at the theatre) to complete their masquerade look. Guests are also encouraged to snap festive photos (in the lobby) and post their images on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BBSwanLake for a chance to win tickets to a performance in spring 2015. 

Swan Lake runs through Sunday, November 16 at the Boston Opera House. Click here to purchase tickets. See you at the theatre, darling!

Admission to Swan Lake is courtesy of Boston Ballet.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cat Town Cafe :: First Permanent Cat Cafe in the United States

Le Café des Chats, Paris

Last Sunday, the Boston Globe published two beautiful pieces about cat cafes. I was one of the writers asked to contribute a story about my visit to one of the most purrfect places in Paris (well, at least in my opinion), Le Café des Chats. If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you know just how much I adored my visit in April. An afternoon sitting with cats and savoring Champagne is all an American girl in Paris could ask for. Well, perhaps some Chanel and Hermès wouldn't hurt either. You can read all about Le Café des Chats here.

Cat cafes first took flight in Asia more than a decade ago. Today, the excitement can be found in European cities such as Madrid, Munich and Vienna. With restaurant health and safety codes more stringent in this country, the feline and food concept hasn't fully clawed its way to completion – although the craze could be coming to a city near you. And if you happen to live in Oakland, CA this tailspinning theory is set to come true tomorrow (October 25) with the grand opening of Cat Town Café – the first permanent cat cafe in the United States. 

Ann Dunn, founder of Cat Town – an Oakland non-profit that has been rescuing at-risk shelter cats since 2011, has been committed to finding both foster and forever homes for felines who don’t necessarily fare well in a caged environment. Together with her business partner, Adam Myatt, the duo transformed a 2,200 square foot space into a cafe and isolated “cat zone.” Visitors can purchase food from the cafe and then enter the "cat zone" where they'll be able to interact with the cats available for adoption.

"We’re not trying to be a regular cafe or restaurant. We’re an adoption center with cafe elements," Dunn said. "These cats would otherwise be sitting in tiny cages, but now they can roam freely while waiting for a permanent home."

Cat Town Café will brew beverages from Bicycle Coffee Company and sell bagels, sandwiches and cat shaped macaroons from other local purveyors. And for those of you looking for an extra pep in your step, there's catnip tea for people and for cats. Meow! Once in the designated "cat zone," patrons can purchase dry treats for their new feline friends. Meow! Meow! 

Cat Town Café is located at 2869 Broadway (at 29th Street) in Oakland. The cafe will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. The "cat zone" will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Now, more importantlywhen will Mr. Chat and I be traveling to California???

Cat Town Café, Oakland
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