The Celiac Awareness Tour travels across the country to promote awareness of celiac disease and energize enthusiasm for gluten-free living. Each stop features presenters that range from medical experts who have studied celiac disease to vendors of gluten-free goods. Chefs' demonstrations exhibit recipes that don't contain gluten or Cracker Jacks prizes. Guests can also flit from booth to booth sampling gluten-free items from both local and national manufacturers and merchants, such as Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, Natural Nectar, Feel Good Foods, and Redwood Hill Farms.
Since 2009, the art show Art San Diego has introduced the public to its curated works of art, everything from site-specific projects made with the art show's current location in mind to new media works and film. It also hosts art talks and panel discussions and showcases emerging artists.
During the 2014 show, located at Balboa Park Activity Center, attendees view and interact with site-specific and performance works by international artists, interact with top museums "outside the museum walls," and take in exhibitions that showcase the thriving art culture of San Diego. Each show follows a common theme; for 2014 the theme is [ inter.play ], which explores the ways in which artists affect and reflect each other?s work and examines the response evoked by the attending audience.
Featured programs include Art Labs, which highlights projects by several leading San Diego?based art institutions, alternative spaces, and universities, and LaunchPad, which displays a site-specific exhibition of an emerging, unrepresented artist.
In the spirit of Miami's increasingly high profile in the art world, the Spectrum Miami art fair returns to Midtown for five days of fine art during Art Week. Fifty galleries and 50 juried studio artists display their latest pieces in Spectrum's gallery-style exhibition space, which showcases everything from the map-like geometries of Marcio Decker to the surreal, art-pop-flavored self-portraits of Nicole Furman. On a more subdued note come the Zhou Brothers, whose evocative and understated landscapes tread the line between abstract and down-to-earth.
It's not all contemporary works, either. Miniature bronze sculptures by Michelangelo will be on display, including a preliminary model of David and a sculpture of rival Leonardo Da Vinci wearing a dress. And those with a hunger for the very newest of the new in the art world can feast their eyes upon the Jackson Pollock-esque paintings of 6-year-old abstract-art prodigy Shorya Mahanot.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
City View Studio, a 2,000-square-foot event space on the fifth floor of downtown Cleveland's ArtCraft building, is a great place to watch the sun set over the city skyline. But at the events here, most visitors don't have time to look out the windows. They're usually too busy sampling new wine vintages at events like the Cleveland Wine Series, painting in BYOB Art After Dark classes, or mingling at events of their own design. The event space is available for rent and with its self-playing grand piano, is an ideal spot for a wedding, celebration, or for pulling the classic "haunted piano" prank on friends.