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Sin City About To Go Dark

Sin City is about to go dark. In another bold move from the world's most iconic vodka, ABSOLUT(R) is encouraging consumers and bar/nightclub owners to save energy through a series of “Lights Out” parties, kicking off in Las Vegas this weekend in celebration of its ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM) campaign. Borne from the brand's “In An ABSOLUT World” advertising campaign, ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM) encourages consumers to reduce the effects of global warming by offering simple steps they can implement in their daily lives.

Lights Out Las Vegas

On June 21, the eve of summer solstice, ABSOLUT Vodka and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will turn off the lights at approximately 9:30 pm for 60 seconds during the Outernational Music Festival featuring Gnarls Barkley, Thievery Corporation and special guest Bebel Gilberto. Thievery Corporation will enact the first “Lights Out” moment on stage, as both towers and all marquees at Mandalay Bay, including all concert lights, shut down for one minute. Kicking off a series of “Lights Out” bar promotions across the country, Lights Out Las Vegas is a symbolic gesture to call attention to the vision that “In An ABSOLUT World” — if every consumer committed to turning off their lights, the effects of global warming could be reduced and the planet would literally be a cooler place.

“There is no better place than Las Vegas to see what could happen when the lights go out, and the Outernational Music Festival is the perfect forum for this symbolic gesture as we bring together two great musical acts, one of the biggest and best properties in Sin City and thousands of the coolest partygoers on the planet,” said Ian Crystal, Brand Director, ABSOLUT Spirits Company, Inc. “With many 'Lights Out' events to follow, ABSOLUT Vodka is taking the lead in the spirits industry to communicate environmental responsibility to consumers, which will hopefully inspire them to make simple changes in their daily lives.”

To help Las Vegas cool down, ABSOLUT is hosting a series of eco-friendly activities over the weekend:

— ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM) -branded Prius hybrid cars will offer safe, eco-friendly and complimentary rides to Mandalay Bay guests on June 21 following the concert.

— “Make a Statement” photo stations will be set up at the concert for guests to pledge their commitment to the environment and get a Global Cooling photo to commemorate this special night in Las Vegas.

— Live Earth, a partner in the Global Cooling initiative, will screen a series of short films during the concert's music breaks.

Lights Out On-Premise Promotions

Following Lights Out Las Vegas, ABSOLUT will continue its series of “Lights Out” parties in bars and nightclubs across the country from July through September. At these events, ABSOLUT will invite consumers to take an active role in their commitment to the environment by seeing first hand how alternative sources of energy can turn the lights out on global warming.

By visiting the Global Cooling stations during the bar promotions, consumers can compete to produce energy through human-powered generators and bicycles. At the end of the evening, ABSOLUT will turn the lights off at each participating venue for five minutes, which will reveal to bar patrons if they have generated enough “heat” to keep the party going. If enough energy is created, a six-foot replica of an ABSOLUT bottle will be fully lit — demonstrating their “cool” contribution to the lights out initiative.

Every Sip Makes a Statement

Part of the ABSOLUT Global Cooling campaign is the year-long “Every Sip Makes a Statement” promotion. The program encourages consumers at all touch points to get involved in Global Cooling by registering their ABSOLUT bottle or cocktail codes at www.absolut.com/GlobalCooling, where they have the opportunity to activate their eco-donation to one of three eco-charity partners. The charities selected were based on their creative solutions to making the Earth a “cooler place” and include the Environmental Media Association*, The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation(TM)* and The Ocean Foundation(TM)*. Throughout 2008, ABSOLUT will donate up to $500,000 to support these Global Cooling initiatives.

An ABSOLUT Approach to the Climate Crisis

ABSOLUT Vodka is the first company in the spirits industry to introduce carbon offsetting as part of its environmental work, and since 2003, has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent (per liter vodka). Today, ABSOLUT has one of the world's most energy efficient distilleries, decreasing its use of energy by 30 percent through a very high level of energy recovery and reducing its use of fossil fuel.

Every bottle of ABSOLUT VODKA is made of 100 percent concept cultivated wheat, which minimizes nitrogen leaching and reduces use of chemical pesticides. ABSOLUT strives to optimize its use of natural resources, and to choose eco-friendly alternatives as much as possible. As an example, the ABSOLUT bottle is made of 43 percent recycled glass. ABSOLUT is determined to continuously reduce packaging, increase the re-use of transport packaging and improve waste separation at source, and to find a market for waste products.

For more information on ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM), please visit www.absolut.com/GlobalCooling

About The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.

An official partner of Live Earth, The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc., a subsidiary of V&S Group, produces and markets ABSOLUT(R) VODKA, Level (TM) Vodka, FRIS(R) Vodka, Plymouth(TM) Gin and Cruzan(R) Rum. The Absolut Spirits Company focuses on reducing the impact on climate change, sustainable agriculture and optimizing use of natural resources as mandated by V&S Group. To view details on the company's efforts to combat global warming, visit www.vsgroup.com and click on “Corporate Responsibility/Environment.”

About Live Earth

Based in Los Angeles, Live Earth is an organization that seeks to leverage the power of music and integrated entertainment to combat climate change. On July 7, 2007, Live Earth held the largest global entertainment event in history, staging simultaneous concerts in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, as well as special broadcast events in Antarctica, Kyoto and Washington, DC. The day featured more than 150 musical acts — a mix of legendary artists like The Police, Genesis, Bon Jovi and Madonna with the latest headliners like Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson. Through TV, radio and the Internet, the concert reached an estimated two billion people.

Live Earth's 24 hours of music across seven continents delivered a worldwide call to action and the solutions necessary to answer that call. With this maiden event, Live Earth has launched a multi-year campaign to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth is partnered with former Vice President and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and his Alliance for Climate Protection. Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, CEO of Control Room, the company that produced the concerts globally. For more information, please visit www.LiveEarth.org

*Please contact Sarah Bessette or Zlata Faerman for more information about the ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM) charity partners and how the donations will be used. For more information on the eco-charities, please see Addendum A (attached).


The ABSOLUT Global Cooling(TM) charities include:

— The Environmental Media Association – Linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness, EMA believes that through television, film and music, the entertainment community can affect change in a positive way. To reduce the number of plastic bags discarded into the environment, ABSOLUT is partnering with EMA to create stylish, reusable tote bags and inspire the use of tote bags for all shopping. These limited bags, designed by celebrities, will be available free of charge nationwide beginning in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Austin and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.ema-online.org

— The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation(TM) – The FTPF is dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit needy populations and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. In order to help directly offset carbon dioxide emissions, ABSOLUT is partnering with FTPF to plant fruit tree groves called “ABSOLUT Global Cooling Zones” in metropolitan areas with an emphasis towards those locations devastated by natural disasters. For more information, visit www.ftpf.org

— The Ocean Foundation(TM) – The Ocean Foundation's mission is to support, strengthen and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. Similar to planting trees on land, planting seagrass beds will help increase the rate at which near-shore coastal shelves sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Proceeds from ABSOLUT will go towards replanting coastal seagrass beds near Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston. For more information, visit www.oceanfdn.org

80,000 Steinway to Benefit Operation of Hope

World-renowned and groundbreaking concert pianist/composer Carter Larsen is selling his piano collection of twenty-five years to benefit the arts and humanities. Inaugurating the sale is his 1876 Steinway, representing the flagship to an unparalleled collection of the world's finest pianos. The 0,000 Steinway will be on display in the Burgundy Room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel June 23, 2008 and auctioned through eBay, CraigsList, and OperationofHope.org starting tomorrow. The composer will perform pieces created on this piano from his revolutionary Fantasia Suite at 2:00pm.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds go to Operation of Hope after a birthday wish to change his life, Larsen explains, "I wish to spread the fortune I have received. This is a spiritual decision and my responsibility to humanity." Operation of Hope is an international organization that provides free reconstructive surgeries to individuals in Zimbabwe and Ecuador for the past twenty years. PEOPLE will run an eight-page article on this amazing organization in coming weeks. http://www.operationofhope.org/.

Larsen's one of a kind, customized, 1876 Victorian Steinway commemorates the centennial of America with a stunning New York Vintage Brazilian Rosewood case in high-gloss, representing the quintessential instrument-a hybrid of romance, fantasy and high-tech German Steinway's Renner-action sound board and strings. The piano was exhibited in the 2003 Namm Show, displayed by Chateau at the Pacific Design Center during 2004 in Los Angeles, and played on by Pierce Brosnan and Sir Anthony Hopkins who came to the composer seeking musical advice. Larsen's Steinway celebrates the 300th anniversary of the piano and the 150th anniversary of Steinway.

Steinway's artist Carter Larsen says, "This piano goes beyond its credentials. It has been a magical piano inspiring a continuous flow of creativity." Larsen is renowned as a concert pianist in Europe with over four-hundred concerts to his credit; performances include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra as soloist with television appearances on BBC and PBS.

Larsen's pianos also have a legacy of twenty years of composition, writing for the major studios such as Fox, Paramount, PBS, BBC, and Discovery. He has composed music for over thirty prestigious films including Paramount's Star Trek, Nosferatu, Masterpiece Theatre, and the Mark of Zorro. The composer is currently scoring Martin Scorcese's new film, Something to Believe In, directed by Bonnie Palif.

Larsen is also offering a bonus to the buyer-a private performance of his magnum opus Fantasia Suite, created on his Steinway piano. "Carter Larsen's innovative artistry has universal appeal and promises to set the course for the next wave in contemporary music" says Omega Medina, ten year head of the classical Grammies, who will be present on the 23rd.

The composer just returned from a sensational tour introducing his music to China's thirty million pianists. "Fantasia Suite is about projecting and reflecting a brighter world," says Larsen whose sale will benefit nonprofits, organizations both nationally and internationally, as well as the arts and humanities. For more information visit http://www.carterlarsen.com/.

Entertaining Ideas For The Everyday Event-Goer

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Tilly and the Wall
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Now through Thursday, July 24, 2008
8:00 P.M. .50 Tilly and the Wall sprang out of Nowheresville, an
Omaha band of like-minded friends with pockets full of boy/girl
melodies..and a lot of pockets. Tilly and the Wall celebrates the
petulant,determined, feisty nature of youth.

Venue: Variety Playhouse
Tickets: 404-521-1786

Louvre Atlanta – The Louvre and the Ancient World
Museum Collections
Now through Sunday, September 7, 2008
Including more than 70 rare Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman
antiquities from the Louvre. Showcasing works dating from the third
millennium BC through the third century AD, the exhibition will
examine the rise of the museum and its collections under Napoleon..

Venue: High Museum of Art
Tickets: 404-733-HIGH

Hollonville Opry House
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Now through Saturday, November 29, 2008
Jamming and Stage Shows. Stage shows begin at 6:30 P.M. thru 10:30
P.M. and there is a good sound system Comfortable auditorium seats
250. Call or visit the website for more information
More information and directions

Venue: Hollonville Opry
Tickets: 770-228-4832

Party with the Possums
Festivals / Parades / Gatherings
Now through Friday, August 29, 2008
Beginning at dusk. Bring a flashlight. This is a ranger guided hike
to learn about nocturnal animals.
More information on this and other events at this state park

Venue: Red Top Mt.
Tickets: 770-975-4226

Country Megaticket: One Ticket for Several Concerts
Rock-and-Roll Concert
Now through Saturday, October 4, 2008
0.00-5.00 a package for shows featuring various country
stars: Tim McGraw, Country Fest, Montgomery Gentry and Toby Keith
and more. Call the amphitheatre for more information on this
specially priced concert series.

Venue: Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tickets: 404-249-6400
2002 Lakewood Way

Forever Plaid
Theater – Musical
Now through Sunday, June 29, 2008
Presented in association with Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer
Theater at Herren's. .00 This is the deliciously funny and very
charming story of "The Plaids", a singing group that was killed on
the way to their first big gig but revived for the concert.
More information, show times and directions

Venue: Theatrical Outfit
Tickets: 678.528.1500
The Balzer Theater at Herren's, the Home of Theatrical Outfit.

Medieval Times "Kids Eat FREE" promotion
Theater – Performance Art
Now through Sunday, July 6, 2008
"kids" attending a performance at the Georgia Castle are FREE when
accompanied by one full-paying adult. This is perfect timing for
guests as this will be one of the last opportunities for guests to
see the old production before the new one begins.
More information on this show and the new production

Venue: Medieval Times
Tickets: 1-888WEJOUST

Beauty and the Beast
Childrens Theater
Now through Saturday, June 28, 2008
Beauty has been forced to live with the beast in this classic
fairy tale. The Prince who has been changed into the Beast in the
first place grows under Beauty's subtle guidance from a raging
creature into a man who can be loved for himself. Free parking.

Venue: Kudzu Playhouse
Tickets: 770-594-1020
Roswell Town Center, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Full Radius Dance in "Sideshow"
Dance / Ballet
Now through Monday, July 7, 2008
Full Radius Dance presents a physically integrated (dancers with
and without disabilities)modern dance concert featuring the title
work (Sideshow) inspired by the traveling carnivals of "freaks and
human oddities."
More information on the show and directions

Venue: 7 Stages
Tickets: 404.523.7647
1105 Euclid Avenue NE

Mt. Music Series
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Now through Saturday, July 26, 2008
8:00 P.M
More information on this and other state park events

Venue: Red Top Mt. Park
Tickets: 770-975-4226

As You Like It
Now through Monday, August 11, 2008
Featuring Park Krausen as Rosalind and Daniel May as Orlando.
This rollicking comedy of gender-bending about the maladies and
delights of falling in love follows Rosalind, disguised as a boy
who teaches Orlando (object of her affection) how to woo.

Venue: Conant Peforming Arts Center
Tickets: 404-264-0020

Thunder Thursdays
Now through Thursday, August 7, 2008
6:00 P.M.

Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Tickets: 770-946-4211

Virtue Triumphs over Villany
Theater – Drama
Now through Sunday, July 27, 2008
This play is an old fashioned melodrama with an old fashioned girl,
Little Purity Peabody who does not suspect that she has no claim to
the Peabody name. An old fashioned villian, Silas Swindle, who is
pure evil but fate will most likely intervene for a happy ending.

Venue: Kudzu Playhouse
Tickets: 770-594-1020
Roswell Town Center, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Theater – Musical
Now through Saturday, June 28, 2008
Oklahoma! is a celebration of the American Spirit. It is set when
Oklahoma was still Indian Territory and the fierce rivalry between
local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background when a
farmer's daughter falls in love with a handsome cowboy named Curly.

Venue: Fabulous Fox Theatre
Tickets: 404-817-8700

The Merchant of Venice
Now through Saturday, August 2, 2008
This courtroom drama puts religion, justice, money and mercy on
trial..but the story is ultimately one of love-and what you are
willing to sacrifice in it's pursuit. Will Shylock succeed in
obtaining his pound of flesh or will mercy and love prevail?

Venue: Conant Peforming Arts Center
Tickets: 404-264-0020

Emmylou Harris
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Friday, June 27, 2008
A steady supporter of roots music and a skilled interpreter of
compelling songs, Emmylou Harris has also been associated with a
diverse and dazzling array of admiring collaborators from Bright
Eyes to Tammy Wynette and from Neil Young to Waylon Jennings.

Venue: Turner Stadium
Tickets: 404-249-6400

Beppe Gambetta
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Friday, June 27, 2008
Italian musician with a great sound. 8:30 P.M. .00

Venue: Red Light Cafe
Tickets: 404-874-7828
553 Amsterdam Ave.

Music Mixer
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Friday, June 27, 2008
8:30 P.M. Miss the music fest? Come and join the fun at the
music mixer.

Venue: Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Tickets: 404-249-7012
999 Peachtree Street, NE

Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright
Visual Exhibit
Now through Sunday, August 10, 2008
"Young Americans" is a portraiture project exploring the attitudes
and opinions of young Americans (18-25) toward their identity as
Americans. The themes explored in this exhibit will echo those of
the Civil Rights Era.

Venue: High Museum of Art
Tickets: 404-733-HIGH

Habersham Bank Homecoming Celebration
Festivals / Parades / Gatherings
Friday, June 27, 2008
The headliners of this fun event are none other than The Little
River Band. They are best known for his such as "Lonesom Loser"
"Cool Change" "Reminiscing" and "Lady". Located at 282 Historical
441 Hwy N in Cornelia. Fireworks will follow the show. 7:00 P.M.
More information and directions

Venue: Haverbsham Bank

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Beethoven's Best with Djan Lazie, 8:00 PM
www.vzwamp.com for ticket information

Venue: VZW Amphitheatre

Edwin McCain Band
Rock-and-Roll Concert
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Edwin McCain hails from Greenville, S.C. He and his band are true
road warriors having earned a reputation as a powerhouse act with
straight forward rock and beautiful ballads. His major hits include
"I'll Be." and "Solitude" (with Darius Rucker of Hootie & Blowfish.

Venue: Classic Chastain
Tickets: 404-733-5000

The Delfonics and the Cobb Symphony Orchestra
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Saturday, June 28, 2008
More information and summer schedule

Venue: Mable House Barnes
Tickets: 770-819-7765

Hotel Rwanda
Saturday, June 28, 2008
8:00 P.M. This is the true life story of Paul Rusesabagina, manager
of a luxury hotel who sheltered and saved Tutsi refugees. Don
Cheadle's commitment to fighting suffering in Darfur and his
advocacy for peace and justice began with this film.

Venue: Rich Auditorum at Woodruff Arts Center
Tickets: 404-733-4570

Ryan Cabrerra
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Saturday, June 28, 2008
8:30 P.M. .50 advance, .00 day of show. Guitarist, songwriter
and Texas native Ryan Cabrerra never planned on a career in music.
His hobby turned into a passion after hearing Dave Matthews. He
had some impressive help with co-producer Johnny Reznik.

Venue: Variety Playhouse
Tickets: 404-521-1786

Dukefest and Hazzard County Fair
Expos / Consumer Shows / Fairs
Saturday, June 28, 2008 through Sunday, June 29, 2008
See the General Lee and Bo and Luke Duke as well as other show

Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Tickets: 770-946-4211

REO Speedwagon with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rock-and-Roll Concert
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Venue: Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Tickets: 404-249-6400

Screen on the Green
Sunday, June 29,
Screen on the Green has moved locations and starts out the season
with "Jaws." Gates open at 6:00 P.M. and the film starts at dusk.
Picnic friendly but no pets, grills or umbrellas please. This is a
free event.

Venue: Centennial Olympic Park
Tickets: 404-733-5000

Colbie Caillet
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Sunday, June 29, 2008
8:00 P.M.

Venue: Variety Playhouse
Tickets: 404-521-1786

Georgia Author Book Bash
Films, Readings, & Other Literary Events
Sunday, June 29, 2008
4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. .00 Fifty area literary figures mix
with participants on the lawn. Ferril Sams and Emily Griffin are
two of the authors who will be at this interesting and informative

Venue: Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
Tickets: 404-249-7012
999 Peachtree Street, NE

Krishna Das
Musical Concert – Non Rock
Monday, June 30, 2008
8:00 P.M.

Venue: Variety Playhouse
Tickets: 404-521-1786


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Yves François and Rocambu Jazz at the Art Institute of Chicago

Yves François and Rocambu Jazz

Art Institute of Chicago · Chicago 

Yves François Courtesy Art Institute of ChicagoWhen: August 2, 2008 Price: Free with admission to the Art Institute Adult ; Child ; Child (12 and under) Free Phone:               312-443-3600         
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The Buzz — While Chicago feels the heat of August, listen to the appropriate tunes presented by the Art Institute of Chicago. With their retro Afro-Caribbean sound, Yves François and Rocambu Jazz represent a wide range of jazz from the African Diaspora. Surely an event to attract a diverse range of people, the short music concert will be a place for great conversation before and after. Take advantage and peruse the museum after you've let the soulful tunes into your heart. Official Event Website » 




John Mellencamp Announces First Farm Aid Music Festival In New England

Alongside farmers and food buyers at the Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Governor Deval Patrick welcomed Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp to New England as he announced Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic. The concert will take place on Sept. 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., marking the first time the organization will bring its annual benefit concert to the region.

“New England was built on the strength of independent family farmers,” said Mellencamp. “We can honor that independent spirit by joining Farm Aid to grow the movement that is changing the way all of America eats.”

Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic will feature headliners Willie Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, plus other top artists to be announced. The annual benefit concert will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will showcase the direct connection between who is growing our food and what we eat every day.

“We are proud to bring our annual Farm Aid concert to a region that has such strong agricultural roots and to the many people who love to eat the good food grown in New England,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together on the Farm Aid stage to celebrate and support family farmers.”

The concert event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace.

“Bringing Farm Aid's unique concert event to New England creates an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the innovation and determination of the area's farmers,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “We're looking forward to a day filled with outstanding music and delicious food grown by these farmers from across the region.”

As part of its work to increase the affordability and availability of fresh, healthy foods, Farm Aid also announced its support for the collaborative initiative between the Food Project and the city of Boston to help more families shop at farmers markets by building infrastructure that allows market vendors to accept food stamps.

Since its beginning, Farm Aid has traveled the country, staging annual concerts and supporting local organizations working to strengthen family farms. Farm Aid builds the Good Food Movement by connecting people with family farmers who are increasing the supply of local, humanely raised, sustainable and organic food.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic will go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, or by calling (866) 448-7849.

Patrón Music in Motion Tour Hits DC

The Patrón Music in Motion tour is a high-energy summer party rolling on track from city to city stopping at some of the hottest concert events of the year, there will be a live music venue in Houston, which is probably going to be the best one. The tour is also a national fundraising effort to rebuild New Orleans and gives you the opportunity to get involved and win amazing prizes. Here's how it works. Simply select one of the two participating charities that have been selected by Patrón, set up a fundraising page through FirstGiving.org and get your friends and family to start donating. The more money you raise for these great charities, the greater the chance to win the experience of a lifetime, and in the end, make a difference to thousands of people in New Orleans. Prizes include an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2008 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, a red-carpet event at a New York City hotspot, an unforgettable ride for you and your friends aboard The Patrón Tequila Express to a great concert, and many more! So check out the prizes, view the train schedule and find out how you can attend some of the summer's most desired concert events. Get started with your fundraising efforts today and help rebuild New Orleans.

The Doobie Brothers, with Special Guest Three Dog Night, to Perform Mon, July 28

Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need around the world, announced that legendary rock bands The Doobie Brothers and Three Dog Night are performing a benefit concert for the non-profit organization in Las Vegas. The concert will be on Monday, July 28 at the Orleans Arena, with tickets currently available on www.orleansarena.com

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Doobie Brothers and Three Dog Night are coming together for one night in support of Soles4Souls,” said Wayne Elsey, CEO and Founder of Soles4Souls Inc. “We are proud to once again partner with the Orleans Arena in providing unique entertainment in Las Vegas,” he said.

The Doobie Brothers are known as one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s, releasing a number of gold and platinum albums in the United States. They created several classic rock staples, such as “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” and “China Grove.” Other famous hits include “Long Train Runnin,'” “Jesus Is Just Alright,” and “Takin' It to the Streets.”

Three Dog Night enjoyed unparalleled success during the early 1970s, as no other band had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. From 1969 to 1974, Three Dog Night was undoubtedly the most popular band in America: twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits and twelve straight gold LPs. By late 1975, they had sold nearly 50 million records. With mega-hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White” and “Shambala,” the group's eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating best-selling charts for years.

New York-based boho Magazine, the first-ever green fashion/lifestyle publication to be printed entirely on recycled paper with natural soy inks and no glossy finishes, is sponsoring the event.

Tickets are priced at $25.00, $42.50, $59.00, and are available on the Orleans Arena website: www.orleansarena.com . For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 1-888-234-2334.

About Soles4Souls

Nashville-based Soles4Souls(TM) facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.3 million pairs (or one pair every 23 seconds) to people in more than 60 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

About the Orleans Arena

The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility, located less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip is host to more than 200 events each year including family favorites Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; top concerts such as Black Eyed Peas, Brooks & Dunn, Jane's Addiction and Lynyrd Skynyrd; and a variety of sporting events including Las Vegas Wranglers, boxing and NCAA basketball.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Scores Big With Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Dallas audiences were abuzz last night in anticipation of hearing original compositions created by famed actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. No one in the full house crowd anticipated Hopkins himself taking the podium and leading the great Dallas Symphony Orchestra in an encore performance of his original work Schizoid Salsa.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, or Tony as he prefers to be called, was greeted by a rousing standing ovation last night as he made his first ever bows from the podium stage. The musicians greeted his performance with rambunctious stomping – the common sign of appreciation given by orchestra musicians to only the finest of conductors.

It was an absolute thrill to not only hear my work performed by such an incredible orchestra, but to actually lead them in a performance; a performance that included music that up until that point I had only heard in my imagination
I decided this was a rare occasion, and that I would regret the missed opportunity
“It was an absolute thrill to not only hear my work performed by such an incredible orchestra, but to actually lead them in a performance; a performance that included music that up until that point I had only heard in my imagination,” said Hopkins. “What a rush!”

Hopkins, originally slated to only briefly introduce his compositions and then take a seat in the audience, was asked to conduct one of his pieces during rehearsal. With the support of the DSO musicians, he decided to conduct during the performance as well. “I decided this was a rare occasion, and that I would regret the missed opportunity,” said Hopkins.

In addition to Schizoid Salsa, the program included The Masque of Time, a new original composition by Hopkins, and music he created for the films Slipstream and August, as well as other original compositions and pieces from some of his films written by others.

Last nights world premiere of music by Anthony Hopkins is just another example of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to showcasing modern works. In addition to works by Hopkins, during the 2008-2009 season the DSO will premiere three major pieces. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 – A Day in History received its world premiere in September, followed by the DSO co-commissioned premiere of Bright Sheng’s Harp Concerto featuring Yolanda Kondonassis. Alexander Raskatov’s Violin Concerto will receive its world premiere in April, with DSO Concertmaster Emanuel Borok as soloist. Past major world premieres have included works by Roberto Sierra, Augusta Read Thomas, George Tsontakis, Lowell Liebermann and many more.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra proudly presented An Evening of Music with Anthony Hopkins & the DSO – A World Premiere Friday, October 17, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this event ranged from $35 to $75.

Jimmy Smits to Host 'A Capitol Fourth'

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits returns to host the biggest and brightest birthday party in the country, A Capitol Fourth, featuring for the first time ever, Barry Manilow, who will both open and close the concert broadcast with a stirring medley of hits and patriotic classics along with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
He will be joined by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, international pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning cast of Jersey Boys, multi Grammy Award-nominee Michael Feinstein and acclaimed classical pianist Andrew von Oeyen. This star-studded cast will light up the stage on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol for the 29th annual A Capitol Fourth celebration featuring unrivaled musical performances with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of America's prince of pops Erich Kunzel.
As a special treat for the entire family, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the SESAME STREET gang will be on hand to celebrate America's 233rd birthday.
The Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites as well as iconic songs that we all know and love from this breakthrough children's television series that is celebrating 40 years of fun and learning.
The multi-award winning A Capitol Fourth, featuring the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, will be broadcast live in high definition and commercial free on PBS Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.
The skyline of the nation's capital will come alive with vibrant and booming pyrotechnics, set against silhouettes of national landmarks the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. A Capitol Fourth will capture this stunning fireworks display from every vantage point with eighteen TV cameras stationed around the city — including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. Capping off the show will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now A Capitol Fourth tradition. Also participating in the event will be The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, The U.S. Army “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Commented Smits, “I am honored to be asked once again to host this year's special party to celebrate our great country's birthday… and what a 'guest list!' The music itself embraces so many genres — we've got pop, we've got classical and we've got soul. Throw in an anniversary celebration of Sesame Street, topped off with the biggest fireworks display around and we've got quite a show!”
For A Capitol Fourth executive producer Jerry Colbert and producer Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television's most prestigious entertainment awards shows. This includes Emmy award-winning producer Walter C. Miller, American's leading director and producer of live programs including the Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards; award-winning director Paul Miller whose credits include the Country Music Awards and Saturday Night Live; and veteran television writer Jon Macks, whose credits include the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C.
For more than 25 years, Capital Concerts has produced the two major patriotic events at the U.S. Capitol. In 1981, Colbert presented the first PBS Fourth of July telecast with the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists performing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. In 1990, he introduced the National Memorial Day Concert. Since then, both holiday specials have been honored with over 80 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator's Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writer's Guild of America Award.
A Capitol Fourth 2009 is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.

"Roar for a Cure" Carnival & Family Fun Day

 The Max Cure Foundation — a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund pediatric cancer causes — announced today its first charity benefit, the first annual "Roar for a Cure" Carnival and family fun day, to take place on Saturday, August 22, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, August 23) on the grounds of the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club, 175 Daniels Hole Road, East Hampton, N.Y. The outdoor event will have fun-filled activities for adults and kids of all ages. Highlights include: games; inflatables from https://jumpersnrentals.com/phoenix/; prizes; food and beverages; raffles; auctions; face painting; balloon artists; gift bags; celebrity guests (to be announced); a live performance by pop music sensation Push Play; and more.

Push Play, one of the hottest new music groups in the area who consistently pack venues, will preview songs from "Found," their forthcoming album.

Tickets to the "Roar for a Cure" Carnival may be purchased in advance through The Max Cure Foundation website (www.maxcurefoundation.org) or by phone: 631-949-4160. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, dedicated to researching pediatric cancers, improving treatments and finding cures that will save children's lives; The T.J. Martell Foundation, for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research; and Katy's Courage Fund, which financially assists in the care of 10-year-old Katy Stewart from Sag Harbor, N.Y., as she and her family battle her rare form of liver cancer.

"On behalf of my son Max, my family and The Max Cure Foundation, we are thrilled to announce our first benefit event, the 'Roar for a Cure' Carnival and family fun day," said David Plotkin, president of The Max Cure Foundation. "It is certain to be an exciting and memorable afternoon that will be benefiting three very worthwhile causes."

A "Family Package" admits a family of four for $200; adult tickets are $100 each. The admission price includes unlimited food and drinks, all carnival activities, the Push Play concert and parking. A significant portion of the ticket price and event contributions will be tax deductible. Additional information about the event is available at The Max Cure Foundation website (www.maxcurefoundation.org).

The "Roar for a Cure" Carnival brings together the efforts of two New York-area families valiantly fighting pediatric cancer, the Plotkins and the Stewarts. Six-year-old Max Plotkin, from Manhattan and Amagansett, is the inspiration behind both The Max Cure Foundation and The Max Cure Fund. Diagnosed with an extremely rare form of B-cell Lymphoma two years ago, Max continues to hold his cancer at bay with strength beyond his years. Ten-year-old Katy Stewart, from Sag Harbor, learned that she has a rare and potentially lethal form of liver cancer earlier this year. Both children are receiving care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


The Max Cure Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose mission is to fund pediatric cancer causes. The Foundation was established by the Plotkin family in honor of Maxwell Grant Plotkin, who, in May 2007 at age four, was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of B-cell Lymphoma and continues to bravely fight his disease and inspire others to rise above adversity. For more information about The Max Cure Foundation, go to: www.maxcurefoundation.org.


The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, is dedicated to researching pediatric cancers, improving treatments and finding cures that will save children's lives. The primary mission of The Max Cure Fund is to raise $5 million to underwrite the establishment of a research laboratory at MSKCC in the Department of Pediatrics. The lab will be devoted to researching, treating and curing childhood cancers. The Max Cure Fund was established in June 2007 by the Plotkin family, in honor of Maxwell Grant Plotkin, who was diagnosed with cancer on May 2, 2007 — one day before his fourth birthday. Eight days later, they learned Max's cancer was an extremely rare form of B-Cell Lymphoma. It is every parent's worst nightmare. Max's cancer was so rare that doctors at MSKCC, one of the premier cancer treatment facilities in the world, had never seen it before. To complicate matters, it wasn't a straight-forward case. The cancer had spread and the oncologists were blunt. Without the proper immediate treatment, the consequences would be devastating. Without delay, Max started a two-year protocol of intense chemotherapy at MSKCC, where he continues in its care and where Max's family founded The Max Cure Fund. The Max Cure Fund For Pediatric Cancer Research has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars towards its goal and has been honored by organizations including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. For more information about The Max Cure Fund, visit: www.maxcurefund.org.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to prevention, patient care, research and education in cancer. Its scientists and clinicians generate innovative approaches to better understand, diagnose and treat cancer. Its specialists are leaders in biomedical research and in translating the latest research to advance the standard of cancer care worldwide. For more information, go to: www.mskcc.org.


Katy Stewart is ten years old and lives with her family in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She is the daughter of two Eastern Long Island educators — Jim, a teacher and wrestling, soccer and tennis coach at East Hampton High School; and Brigid, assistant principal at Montauk Public School. Their lives were forever changed on the night of April 3, 2009, when Katy awoke at a slumber party with excruciating stomach pains. She was raced to the emergency room at Southampton Hospital. By late morning, she and her family were on their way to Stony Brook Hospital where she had a CAT scan. The scan revealed a tumor on her liver. Biopsy results were reported one week later — the tumor was malignant. She had Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer. Katy is currently undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she is courageously fighting her cancer. The mission of Katy's Courage Fund is to assist the Stewart family with their financial needs while caring for Katy as the family and Katy jointly battle this potentially lethal disease.


The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues, in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is dedicated to raising funds for the innovative initial and ongoing research for improved treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $225 million dollars for research through a variety of events including concerts, gala awards dinners, family day activities, golf tournaments, wine dinners, and walk-a-thons. Research facilities funded by the foundation include T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Cancer Center and The Mayo Clinic. This year marks the 34th anniversary for the T.J. Martell Foundation. For more information on T.J. Martell Foundation events or the foundation in general, please view: www.TJMartellFoundation.org.


Pop rock band Push Play, from Long Island, N.Y., is quickly becoming one of the music industry's most sought-after talents. Push Play's online presence and their recent U.S. tour stops have brought them fervent fans throughout the country. The band's colorful edge has made them a household name in the New York area, where they routinely sell out their shows. Push Play have been featured in publications including The New York Times, Newsday, Tiger Beat, J-14 and Pop Star! magazine and have appeared on MTV's TRL and in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They have performed in concert with Miley Cyrus and alongside such groups as No Doubt and Fall Out Boy. Their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/pushplayrox) has received over five million plays and as many profile views to date and their first single off their new album Midnight Romeo is already playing on national radio. Push Play's next album, Found, is due out in late September 2009. 

Two Day Fashion Extravaganza Oct 1 & 2

This October 1 & 2, 2009, the Motor City will transform into Fashion City, as Fashion In Detroit – a two-day fashion show extravaganza to rival other Fashion Weeks around the U.S. – makes its debut in a tented, high-end setting at the Detroit Zoo, in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Created by Project Runway's Joe Faris, of Birmingham, the Fashion In Detroit executive committee is made up of Detroit's heaviest hitters in fashion, beauty and event management: Leslie Ann Pilling, nationally renowned designer and president of Presence II Productions and Leslie Ann Pilling Design, Rino, owner of FIGO salon, Karen Buscemi, editor of StyleLine magazine, Lians, international fashion photographer and co-owner of LM Studios, and K'Kio Hardin, international designer/art director.

"My purpose for spearheading this event is to put a fashion spotlight on Detroit and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Detroit fashion community," says Faris, who will show two of his lines at the event.

The two-day event will include 12 fashion shows by premier designers, a VIP private reception, an Afterglow bash with top-name rock concert and "Made In Michigan" product displays. Each day's admission ticket includes six fashion shows, gift bags, a souvenir guidebook/lookbook and other fun surprises.

Situated between the dates of New York Fashion Week and LA Fashion Week, Fashion In Detroit will feature top models showcasing the best designs of Spring 2010 on a 60-foot runway in a spacious tent with VIP seating, risers and standing room for 500 guests. StyleLine's Karen Buscemi will host the event, with music by some of the hottest artists from Detroit.

In addition to creating a sensational fashion event, the FID executive committee wants to help make a difference for Michigan. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a local charity, plus a grant will be presented to one local fashion designer. Recognition will also be given to one person who has made a difference in the Detroit fashion community, with a donation in his or her name presented to the Detroit Zoo.

For more information, to learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities or to see the updated designer list, visit www.fashionindetroit.com, call 248.723.9770 or email info@fashionindetroit.com

Dutch to Invade NYC

NY400 Ambassador Eric Niehe,  NYC & Company CEO and New York City NY400 Chair George Fertitta and Deputy Mayor of the City of Amsterdam Carolien Gehrels today announced details of a global celebration, “NY400 Week.”  They invited residents of the Netherlands and the United States to visit each other during the celebrations commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival to New York City.

NY400 Week will take place September 8-13 and will include a visit by HRH the Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, a variety of events, exhibits, outdoor activities and performances across the five boroughs including, direct from Holland, the New Island Festival.  The week’s events culminate in the first-ever Harbor Day on September 13, which commemorates New York City’s Dutch roots and vibrant waterfront.  To encourage increased travel between the Netherlands and New York City this year, a special airfare promotion in partnership with Continental Airlines offering 400 Euros round-trip fare from Amsterdam to New York City from September 1 through December 17 was announced.


“As we celebrate this momentous anniversary and the strong historical ties between New York City and the Dutch, we are extremely proud to highlight the significant influence of the Dutch in both the deep-rooted history and vibrant future of New York City,” said NY400 Ambassador Eric Niehe. 


“The NY400 Week celebrations give people one more reason to visit New York City in September and throughout the rest of this year,” said George Fertitta.  “New York City is as vibrant as ever, and with a renewed focus on our waterfront throughout the five boroughs, these festivities which will culminate in the first-ever Harbor Day and provide an even greater incentive for Dutch visitors to travel to New York City.  We believe the new fare from Continental Airlines will give Dutch visitors even more reason to visit New York City this year.”


“There are many similarities that The Netherlands – and Amsterdam in particular –  share with our New York City friends, including a high regard for freedom, open-mindedness, optimism and tolerance, as well as a great appreciation for creativity, innovation, design and diversity and we are pleased to observe these mutual traits,” said Deputy Mayor Carolien Gehrels.


On September 8, the NY400 Week begins with a welcome ceremony aboard the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum attended by HRH the Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

On September 9,
the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, a tribute to the NY400 celebration designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Amsterdam, will be unveiled downtown at The Battery in Lower Manhattan and presented as a gift by The Netherlands Government to New York City in November 2009.


On September 13, New York City’s first-ever Harbor Day will feature events and activities across the five boroughs including a flotilla sail along the Hudson River, as well free bike rental and ferry rides to encourage New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy the City’s waterfront districts in Manhattan and Brooklyn and on Governors Island.  Harbor Day will become an annual event to recognize and appreciate the progress New York City has made in reclaiming its waterfront and opening harbor parks and greenways, as well as in creating sustainable developments that improve habitats and preserve resources for future generations. 


Additional activities that week include the opening of the Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will run from September 9–November 29 featuring one of the 17th-century Dutch artist’s most-admired paintings on loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.  Also kicking off for the first time during NY400 Week, the New Island Festival will travel from Holland to New York City's Governors Island.  The festival will take place from September 10–13 and from September 17–20, featuring concerts, renowned DJ sets, avant-garde theatre, performance art and visual arts, performed by more than 100 Dutch artists.  Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture, takes place on Governors Island from September 11-20.


Supporting the landmark anniversary year, Continental Airlines today announced that it will offer a special fare of 400 Euros, plus taxes and fees of up to 70 Euros, for return economy flights from Amsterdam to New York, and a fare of 1609 Euros, plus taxes, fees and surcharges of up to 250 Euros, for round-trip BusinessFirst travel.  The fares, which will be available and valid for U.S.-bound travel from September 1 through October 31, 2009 with return travel through December 17, 2009, are subject to availability and tax/surcharge and exchange-rate fluctuations. Restrictions and conditions apply. Fares from New York to Amsterdam will be $400 (U.S.dollars) for roundtrip economy, and $1,853 (U.S. dollars) for roundtrip BusinessFirst travel, for the same period, not including taxes, fees and surcharges.  (Fares quoted do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9.00, September 11th Security Fee of $5.00 and International taxes and fees of up to $85.)


"As New York City's leading airline, Continental is pleased to offer these special promotional fares for travel this fall from Amsterdam to New York City," said Holden Shannon, Senior Vice President for Global Real Estate for Continental Airlines.  "This 400th anniversary year is an excellent time to re-discover New York."


Last year New York City welcomed a record 241,000 visitors from the Netherlands, surpassing the record 181,000 visitors in 2007.  New York City is the number one destination for Dutch travelers to the U.S.  The Dutch market represented more than $455 million in spending power in 2008, up from $328 million in 2007.


NY400 is the result of an initiative by the Dutch Government in close co-operation with Dutch local and provincial authorities, with New York City and New York State, and with active participation of a great number of organizations from the private, cultural and not-for-profit sectors.