IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW LA, THINK AGAIN...
BY SARA DARLING
The brainchild of American contemporary artist, photographer and publisher James Stanford's coffee table book, 'Street Art Las Vegas' documents the unseen talent of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. .
Featuring works by well-known streets artists, including Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, D*face and Retna, it epitomises the underground art of LA.
The image of Motel Las Vegas (above) is by photographer and art historian Dr Fred Sigman; Showcasing the rise and fall of Las Vegas’ iconic roadside motels, which are integral part of American history and a reflection on America’s love of travelling by car. It also celebrates the architectural skyline of LA, which has influenced today's mega-resorts.
Compass of the Ephemeral is from a series of photographs by Will Roger, cultural co-founder of Burning Man; One of the most iconic places on earth, this image showcases his aerial and drone photography for the first time. Roger’s photographs chronicle the ever-changing cityscape and transformation of Black Rock City, home to Burning Man and one of the harshest climates in the continental US.
The docu-photography books trace the history of Black Rock City from a few thousand people to the growing metropolis of over 70,000 citizens today, and how varied and eclectic it actually is.
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THE ITALIANS KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT FOOD - WHAT MORE EXCUSE TO HEAD TO VENICE?
BY SARA DARLING
With the five-star Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort, living up to its chic Italian reputation of class and sophistication, there is a new pop up summer menu and a room revamp to entice you this summer.
Ever since the hotel opened in 1908, it has attracted the in-crowd who love the old school elegance and charm, so why not join them?
The Bistrot del Mare Lionello Cera, is a hidden treasure and provides a tranquil atmosphere away from the hectic streets of the city; With a reputation as one of the exclusive resorts for celebrities, actors, models and A listers who flock to Venice for the Film Festival in September, the hotel's terrace is lined with white cabanas, and is one of the most exclusive bathing establishments in the world.
The new summer menu specialises in traditional local cuisine including which errs on the fishy side- using products from the lagoon; Expect Risotto di Gò, Lemon, Sea Bream Carpaccio, Steamed Sea Bass and Venetian dish Fritto Misto; The Award winning chef will also offer a ‘meaty’ option on the menu to include a refined selection of local organic cuts.
Along with a fresh menu, the hotel has launched a range of renovated rooms which have merged modern design with Gothic and Renaissance inspiration.
With stunning views, and a choice of pools, the terrace is the ideal spot to watch the sunset enjoying an aperitivo and Venetian cicchetti - the typical local finger food, if you like a relaxed and classy break, the Hotel Excelsior Venezia is a must.
For further information visit: www.hotelexcelsiorvenezia.com
Room rates in July/August start from €370 based on two people sharing a standard double and including breakfast.