Summer Festivals Celebrate Art and Music in the SOUTH OF FRANCE

Dov Rudnick explores the colorful seasonal festivals of Languedoc-Roussillon and finds a magical mosaic of history, culture and contemporary arts Before we even touched ground in the south of France, as I peered out the window of our plane, I was struck by a sense of wonder and magic of the region. It was the sight of the famous Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, couched neatly in the rolling … [Read more...]

SLIDESHOW: Brazilian Carnaval Seduces Los Angeles

Brazilian Nites DancersClub Nokia, located in the multibillion dollar entertainment complex known as LA Live, was transformed into a Sambodrome as sensuous Samba dancers draped in feathers, sequins and little else; top Brasilian musicians and singers; and a near-capacity crowd of party-goers turned Downtown LA into a non-step festa. wandermelon's Eric Hiss was on hand to capture images (and drink … [Read more...]

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival Celebration Continues

No city in the world throws a party like Rio de Janeiro. The famous Carnival celebration lures nearly half a million visitors to Rio every year to watch the samba schools compete with elaborate floats, skimpy costumes, and pulsating samba moves. This year the Unidos da Tijuca samba school won the top prize by performing “It’s a Secret!” featuring a dancing impersonator of the late pop singer … [Read more...]