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How to Celebrate Grand Central’s 100th Anniversary

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

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Grand Central, New York City’s iconic train terminal (remember it’s not a station) turns 100 this February. This beloved landmark on 42nd Street with its celestial ceiling and iconic clock is a little city within a city with shops, exhibits, and daily events—it’s also chockablock with places to dine. In fact, there are more than 35 eateries including the sprawling lower level food court serving everything from margarita pizza to Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. But there are also several fine dining restaurants within the 49-acre complex that you may not know about. So to celebrate its centennial, why not pick one (or a few), grab a seat, and watch the world go by.

Oyster Bar Restaurant

Of course, you can’t mention dining in Grand Central without talking about the Oyster Bar Restaurant on the lower level. Known for its beautiful vaulted off-white tiled ceilings, the cavernous cafeteria-style space hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1913 (it too celebrates its centennial next month). At lunchtime, join the throngs of office workers, shoppers, and tourists sitting at one of the various counters for a creamy bowl of New England clam chowder and a plate of East Coast oysters. If you have time for a more leisurely meal sit in the wood-paneled dining room with its red-and-white checkered tablecloths.

Cipriani Dolci

Located on the West Balcony and accessed most easily via Vanderbilt Avenue, this outpost of the glamorous (and pricey) Cipriani restaurant chain (Venice, Hong Kong, Miami, etc.) is bustling from lunch until late evening. Snag a seat at the bar and order the signature Bellini cocktail and take in the scene that includes businessmen in sharp suits and plenty of European accents. Diners should reserve along the balcony overlooking the main hall where you can watch busy commuters go by while tucking into plates of beef carpaccio and risotto alla primavera.

Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C.

Directly across from Cipriani Dolci, also on the West Balcony and stretching along the North Balcony, is this elegant steakhouse owned by the Glazier Group (which licenses the former Chicago Bulls superstar’s name). It’s definitely a hotspot to meet up with friends or co-workers for a beer or glass of wine before catching a Metro-North train back up to Westchester or Connecticut (and, yes, many a train has been known to be missed). In addition to filet mignon, New York strips, and bone-in ribeyes, the menu features Maine lobster along with crusted yellowfin tuna.

The Campbell Apartment

While this jewelbox cocktail lounge behind Cipriani Dolce doesn’t serve food (other than bar bites), it’s worth stopping in for a drink�€”it’s by far one of the most elegant interiors in New York City. Formerly, the office of 1920s tycoon John W. Campbell, it’s now a serene hideaway for harried commuters and in-the-know New Yorkers who unwind on couches and comfy armchairs with a dirty martini or a handcrafted cocktail amidst rich architectural detailing that includes a 25-foot high leaded glass window, a huge limestone fireplace, and an intricately painted beamed ceiling.

Photo credits: Grand Central Terminal via Shutterstock; Oyster Bar courtesy of Flickr/flickr4jazz

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Mandarin Oriental Opens in Guangzhou

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

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Within a grand mixed-use property with luxury shopping, office space, and cultural center, the 287-room Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou opened last week. The glitzy high-rise tower looms over Guangzhou, which is the capital (and largest city) of the Guangdong province in China.

Boasting the city’s largest hotel rooms, each designed by Tony Chi to reflect pairings like a straw headboards with gauzy platinum-hue pillows, and floor-to-ceiling windows to show off the view, along with spa-like bathrooms, there is also high design in the spa and restaurants. Merging Western and Chinese design, the results are rooftop gardens at Taikoo Hoi (the adjacent shopping center), a mezzanine-level lounge serving chocolate wontons (The Loft), and soothing colors at the Taikoo Lounge.

There are plenty of food and drink offerings within the hotel, such as afternoon tea and dim sum at the Taikoo Lounge; cigars and craft cocktails at The Loft; decadent pastries and hand-painted chocolates at The Mandarin Cake Shop; prime, locally sourced cuts of meat and organic seafood at Ebony; and contemporary Cantonese dishes matched with teas and wines at Jiang by Chef Fei. Many call Guangzhou the culinary capital of Southern China and this collection of offerings within the hotel is proof of that claim.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou’s six treatment rooms—plus three couple’s suites and a VIP suite—are accompanied by a sundeck (with massage pavilions), outdoor pool, fitness center, steam rooms, and a sauna.

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To tie in with the opening, Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has unveiled a discount: through April 13, 2013, pay from $338 a night with either of two packages: “The Second Night On Us” with a free second night and two hours of a shopping-concierge service or “Discover Mandarin Oriental” with a spa or restaurant credit.

Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

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Insider’s Guide to Whistler

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Just over 30 miles inland from Canada’s West Coast, Whistler Blackcomb ski resort towers above 8,171 acres of mountain terrain. Consistently ranked the number one ski resort in North America by a host of ski and travel publications like Ski Magazine, Whistler is Canada’s poshest peak. To stay like a king and play like a local, we’ve assembled our favorite mountaintop experiences to navigate the Canadian resort in style.

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The Mountains

Going to Whistler isn’t just about one peak experience, two side-by-side summits offer double trouble, connected by Peak 2 Peak, a world record-holding gondola hanging 1,427 feet above the valley floor. Runs ranging from beginner to black diamond coat the slopes with easy-going green cruisers to double black diamonds like Sudan Couloir, one of the steepest in-bound runs in the world according to Skiing Magazine. Though Whistler is better known, Blackcomb is just as developed. It takes three chairs alone just to reach the top, aptly called 7th Heaven, where locals “go to heaven and ski like hell.”

Insider Tip: When riding Peak 2 Peak, look out for two silver, glass-bottomed cabins to view the valley from a high-altitude angle.

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Après-Ski

The base of Whistler Mountain is the heart of the resort’s après-ski scene. Heating up around 3 pm, Whistler’s version of après isn’t just a one-beer affair, rather a multi-hour commitment (still in your ski gear, of course)! Catch the après action at the Glacier Lift Co., known simply as “GLC” to locals, or on the outdoor patio at The Longhorn Saloon. If sipping a cab merlot in front of a roaring fire is more your speed, visit the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. 

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Dine

The Bearfoot Bistro is Whistler’s most swish dining address—complete with a pianist tickling the ivories of a baby grand. Savor local fare like West Coast black cod prepared by celebrated chef Melissa Craig. For a frosty finish to your meal, order the nitro ice cream, a gastronomic dessert and show, mixed atop a custom-built trolley table-side.

Insider Tip: The restaurant’s owner broke the Guinness World Record in 2011 for sabering the most bottles of Champagne in under a minute. In an effort to pass on this Old World art, guests can channel their inner Napoleon too���simply ordering a bottle of Champagne means you get access to the restaurant’s 20,000-bottle wine cellar to whip off the top of your bubbly with a sword!

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Spa

While you’re gallivanting in the great outdoors it’s only logical to get in touch with your inner Canadian and spa in the wilderness. A tradition popular in Scandinavia and Eastern Canada, Scandinave Spa’s thermal bathing pools (some hot and some icy cold), eucalyptus steam, rosemary sauna, and heated relaxation rooms stimulate healing and cleanse the body. Intended to be completed in cycles of hot-cold-relax, Scandinave is as much an après-ski stop, as it is an all-day indulgence.

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Stay

If you want to stay at the foot of the hill, we recommend the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a Canadian castle-meets-chalet clad in cozy tones and wood accents throughout. If boutique hotels are more you bag, rest your head at the Nita Lake Lodge, nestled beside one of Whistler’s glacier-fed lakes���just a one-minute ride from the hill (via complimentary shuttle).

Photo credits: Whistler lifts courtesy of Trish Friesen; Whistler Apres-Ski courtesy of Flickr/kcxd; Bearfoot Bistro wine cellar courtesy of Bearfoot Bistro; Scandinave Spa courtesy of Trish Friesen; Nita Lake Lodge courtesy of Nita Lake Lodge

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EU Courts Rule on Passenger Care Law

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

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Passengers in Europe were handed a major victory this week related to accommodation in the case of severe weather. The rules in Europe, known as EC261/2004, are already some of the most generous in the world, mandating specific compensation levels for passengers in cases of flight delays or cancellations. The airlines have oft argued that certain major events should be considered above and beyond ordinary circumstances and therefore excluded from the mandatory payments to passengers. Once again, the airlines have lost when such a claim was taken to trial.

The case in question involved a traveler displaced by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. At that time much of the airspace over Europe was closed, preventing airlines from operating flights. A passenger filed a claim against Ryanair at the time, listing approximately $1500 in costs associated with food and lodging while waiting for their eventual travel home. Despite Ryanair’s claim that the volcanic eruption was more than they should be required to account for in their operations, the Court held them responsible.

As part of their ruling the Court specifically addressed the suggestion that the extraordinary situation is one of the main reasons the rule exists, “The provision of care to passengers is particularly important in the case of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ which persist over a long time and it is precisely in situations where the waiting period occasioned by the cancellation of a flight is particularly lengthy that it is is necessary to ensure that an air passenger can have access to essential goods and services throughout that period.”

This ruling essentially makes airlines in the EU insurance providers for travelers, providers who are not able to separately invoice passengers for such coverage and who cannot use “acts of god” as an exclusionary rider. Many travel insurance companies bowed out of providing coverage for their customers in 2010 using just that excuse. The coverage only covers actual costs for lodging and meals, not additional compensation for a delayed arrival, but it still can add significant costs to airlines’ bottom line.

While Ryanair has expressed displeasure with the ruling, suggesting that it will “materially increase the cost of flying across Europe and consumer airfares will increase as airlines will be obliged to recover the cost of these claims from their customers” it does appear that they will comply with the Court’s ruling and pay the claim.

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Asean urged to address human rights violations

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 31-01-2013

 

The protection of Asean’s ethnic and religious minorities must be “seriously addressed”, despite the bloc’s policy of non-interference in member states’ internal affairs, a representative from a regional human rights body said.

As Brunei chairs a five-day meeting in the capital for the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), Indonesia’s representative Rafendi Djamin said the body must adequately address human rights violations.

“Protection of religious and ethnic minorities has to be seriously discussed within the AICHR, no matter how sensitive the issue is,” he said, referring to the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

“When matters implicate several member states, this is when a regional approach is needed to address the challenges. That’s my personal position no matter how sensitive it is you have to discuss these matters,” Rafendi told The Brunei Times in an interview yesterday.

Established at a meeting between the 10 Asean leaders in October 2009, the AICHR was set up as a consultative body to promote regional co-operation on human rights. But human rights groups have characterised the AICHR as toothless and lacking the authority to investigate cases or prosecute human rights offenders.

Rafendi acknowledged that some clauses contained within the Asean Human Rights declaration “can be interpreted as a limitation of human rights” and that the commission was in the process of drafting “more binding” human rights laws.

“Asean cannot talk anymore that our human rights are only related to women and children’s rights. It’s very important that we have a very comprehensive standard of human rights stipulated in the declaration,” he said. “We have to make these accepted norms within our society.”

He added that the AICHR needed to engage more with civil society groups. “The level of discussion on human rights needs improvement; engaging more stakeholders civil society, experts, NGOs on human rights violations,” Rafendi said.

“There’s a lot to be improved, definitely. It’s not so fast but moving in the right direction.”

As Brunei takes the helm of Asean, Rafendi said he expected the country to deliver on a successful year for the body.

“Under the leadership of chair Brunei, I have a lot of expectations in terms of the delivery of the AICHR as a body for Asean and the people of Asean, bearing in mind the power and mandate that it has.”

Brunei has stated that carrying out AICHR’s activities will be a key priority under its stewardship.

Representatives from each Asean country met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah on Tuesday. Brunei’s representative to the AICHR is former minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Ahmad Hj Jumat.

“We’re happy that we met with him (Prince Mohamed, the chair of the AMM (Asean Ministerial Meeting). It’s a very good sign that Brunei sees the importance of the AICHR as a new body.”

“Human rights in this region can be a very sensitive issue. During the luncheon with the minister we were able to have an informal discussion about issues within Asean.”

 

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US gives more aid for those displaced in Rakhine State

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

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Ma Ying-jeou plans pension cuts to avert fiscal crisis

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Publication Date : ǿ-01-2013

 

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has unveiled draft plans to slash government pension spending and prevent Taiwan’s pension schemes from going bankrupt in the face of a relentlessly greying population.

Under the plan, retired civil servants will be able to draw 75 per cent of their salary each month, down from the current 95 per cent.

In addition, working civil servants will also be asked to contribute more to their retirement savings account while the government will pay less.

A much-criticised preferential interest rate ofಒ per cent for saving deposits of retired civil servants, teachers and military personnel will be halved.

Retirement age for civil servants, calculated by adding the length of service to age, will be pushed back from 85 to 90, although police, firemen, teachers and nurses will be exempted.

For the 9.8 million Taiwanese working in the private sector, their monthly pensions payouts will be slashed by 30 per cent beginning in the ninth year of retirement, but the government says this version could be replaced by another which exempts low-income workers from the cut.

“For the past 20 years, the population has been ageing at an increasing pace while birth rates have plunged, people are paying less, retiring earlier and collecting more.

“The pension system has become a heavy burden on our country’s coffers,” Ma, 62, said at a press conference yesterday. He was accompanied by Premier Sean Chen, Parliament speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Kuan Chung, who oversees the 700,000-strong civil service.

“The state of our pension system is like a bomb whose fuse is burning shorter and shorter,” the President added.

As it stands, said Ma, the separate pension schemes for civil servants and private sector workers will go bust in 2019 and 2031 respectively.

The former is estimated to have potential debts of NT$7.9 trillion (US$267 billion) and the latter, NT$6 trillion (US$203 billion).

If the reform plan is passed, said Ma, “we will all get less money but my administration guarantees that we and our children will not have to worry for 30 years”.

The government has been warning of a demographic time bomb due to Taiwanese reluctance to bear children even as average lifespan has stretched to 82 years for women.

Taiwan’s aging index, or the number of people aged 65 and above for every 100 young people aged 15 and below, now stands at 76.2. In comparison, South Korea – which Taiwan sees as its main economic competitor – has an index of 68.75, Singapore’s is 52.94, the United States’ is 65 and China, 56.25.

Ma’s initiative, which the government says was finalised after more than 120 public forums participated by 11,000 people, was seen as a “brave” if flawed plan by the government-friendly United Daily News.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party said civil servants, the bedrock of ruling Kuomintang support, would remain unfairly favoured. The party is drafting its own reform plan.

Wang said a final bill would likely be sent to the legislature for review in April.

 

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Nikkei logs best January gain in 15 years, financials lead

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Japan’s Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday, posting its best January in 15 years as gains in the banking sector lifted sentiment, offsetting gloomy earnings from such bellwether companies like Nintendo Co.

The Nikkei ended up 0.2 percent at a new 33-month high of 11,ፊ.66 points and posted a 7.2 percent gain this month, its strongest January performance since 1998 after rallying 22.9 percent in 2012.

Analysts said that global cyclical companies such as exporters may continue to disappoint the market with gloomy earnings for the Oct-Dec period. They also said they do not have overly high expectations most exporters would immediately gain from the recently weak yen and raise their full-year forecasts.


Jan 31
Man throws himself, ex-girlfriend into path of oncoming train Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 20-year-old man in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, after he allegedly attempted to murder his ex-girlfriend by dragging her with him into the path of a moving train. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
Osaka sex club busted, detained Filipina hostesses Osaka prefectural police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a club manager who had detained a number of Filipina hostesses to supply sexual services on improper licensing charges. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan ǿ
Porn actress among 11 arrested in Kabukicho strip club bust Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday the bust of Shinjuku strip club strip club Kabukicho TS Music for public indecency. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 31
Manga cannibalism sparks censorship fury in Japan An exhibition of paintings showing cannibalism and dismemberment is stirring a debate on art censorship in Japan, the home of violent manga comics.
Aida Makoto’s work at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum last night provoked protests from a Japanese organization called People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence. (Bloomberg )
Jan 30
Sex-club interview ruse ends in arrest for illegal porn sale The adult video (AV) genre known as fuzoku no mensetsu (or sex-industry interview) features women being given “trial” runs by the proprietor of an adult-entertainment club. Evening tabloid Tokyo Sports (Jan. 28) reports on one enterprising former Ground Self-Defense Force member who posed as such a proprietor in order to produce porn productions composed of the proceedings. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 29
Ex-Ground SDF member busted for selling uncensored, homemade porn Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week arrested a former Ground Self-Defense Force member for selling uncensored pornographic discs on an auction site. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 29
4 Fukushima girls struck, injured by car Four primary school girls were injured when a car apparently skidded on an icy road and hit them while they were walking to school in Fukushima on Monday morning, police said. (Yomiuri )
Jan 28
17 ‘relaxation’ establishments raided; 76 high school girls in custody Police in Tokyo on Sunday conducted simultaneous raids on 17 establishments in Tokyo for using high school girls to perform “relaxation services.” Police said 115 girls aged between 16 and 22 were taken out of the establishments. Of those, 76 were younger than 18 and were taken into custody, according to a TBS report on Monday. (Japan Today )
Jan Ǽ
2 elderly people die after falling from roofs while clearing snow Two elderly people died after falling from the roofs of their homes while clearing snow in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture. (Japan Today )

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Olympic judo coach to quit over beating claims

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Japan’s national women’s judo head coach said Thursday he would resign, the day after allegations emerged he had beaten his athletes with wooden swords.

Ryuji Sonoda said that in the wake of the allegations it would be “difficult” for him to stay as coach, a position that sees him training Olympic athletes.

On Wednesday, it was widely reported that a 15-strong group of judokas, including some who took part in the London Olympics, had complained to the Japanese Olympic Committee that they had been physically abused.

They said they were beaten with thick bamboo swords, like those used in the Japanese martial art of kendo, and were slapped by their coaches.


Jan 31
Man throws himself, ex-girlfriend into path of oncoming train Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 20-year-old man in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, after he allegedly attempted to murder his ex-girlfriend by dragging her with him into the path of a moving train. (Japan Today )
Jan 31
Osaka sex club busted, detained Filipina hostesses Osaka prefectural police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a club manager who had detained a number of Filipina hostesses to supply sexual services on improper licensing charges. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 31
Porn actress among 11 arrested in Kabukicho strip club bust Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday the bust of Shinjuku strip club strip club Kabukicho TS Music for public indecency. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 31
Manga cannibalism sparks censorship fury in Japan An exhibition of paintings showing cannibalism and dismemberment is stirring a debate on art censorship in Japan, the home of violent manga comics.
Aida Makoto’s work at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum last night provoked protests from a Japanese organization called People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence. (Bloomberg )
Jan 30
Sex-club interview ruse ends in arrest for illegal porn sale The adult video (AV) genre known as fuzoku no mensetsu (or sex-industry interview) features women being given “trial” runs by the proprietor of an adult-entertainment club. Evening tabloid Tokyo Sports (Jan. 28) reports on one enterprising former Ground Self-Defense Force member who posed as such a proprietor in order to produce porn productions composed of the proceedings. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 29
Ex-Ground SDF member busted for selling uncensored, homemade porn Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week arrested a former Ground Self-Defense Force member for selling uncensored pornographic discs on an auction site. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jan 29
4 Fukushima girls struck, injured by car Four primary school girls were injured when a car apparently skidded on an icy road and hit them while they were walking to school in Fukushima on Monday morning, police said. (Yomiuri )
Jan 28
17 ‘relaxation’ establishments raided; 76 high school girls in custody Police in Tokyo on Sunday conducted simultaneous raids on 17 establishments in Tokyo for using high school girls to perform “relaxation services.” Police said 115 girls aged between 16 and 22 were taken out of the establishments. Of those, 76 were younger than 18 and were taken into custody, according to a TBS report on Monday. (Japan Today )
Jan 28
2 elderly people die after falling from roofs while clearing snow Two elderly people died after falling from the roofs of their homes while clearing snow in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture. (Japan Today )

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Andy Warhol Comes to Vegas

Posted on 31 January 2013 by admin

Pop Art is about to take over Las Vegas when the new Andy Warhol exhibit opens at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art on Feb. 8. Dubbed “Warhol Out West,” the exhibit celebrates his exploration of the worlds of artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement colliding.

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The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Warhol’s hometown, partnered with the Bellagio on an exhibition that includes 59 paintings, sculptures, photographs, screen prints, and wallpaper. Exhibits include Warhol’s 1960s Pop paintings of celebrities and consumer products; the 1980s advertisement series; the beloved “Double Elvis” painting; and his rarely seen “Cowboys and Indians” series. Look for pieces depicting everything from Liz Taylor and a Campbell’s Soup can to a Brillo Box and Geronimo.

This year marks what would have been Warhol’s 85th birthday, coming two weeks after the opening on Feb. 22. The exhibit will be the only comprehensive Warhol exhibition in the United States outside of the museum in Pittsburgh. This is also the first time the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art collaborated with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, providing the gallery with the opportunity to exhibit the breadth of Warhol’s work

“Warhol Out West” will be on view through Oct. 27, 2013. Tickets are $16 for general admission; $13 for Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older; and $11 for students, teachers, and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets and information are available by calling 702-693-7ᘧ or 1-877-957-9777, or online. Audio tours are included in the price of admission and complimentary docent tours are available daily at 2 pm.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open daily 10 am to 8 pm. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes before closing.

Photo Credits: Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup II: Tomato-Beef Noodle O’s, 1969, Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Cowboys and Indians: Geronimo, 1986 (detail), Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh ©񎧜 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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