New Orleans: Touring Around During the 2016 Film Festival


  New Orleans is such a culturally rich city. It’s no wonder its citizens love, support and attend the New Orleans Film Festival. Take their lead. Plan a vacation around NOFF and you can watch world premiere movies, scout out up-and-coming filmmakers and take advantage of all the fun activities the city has to offer. […]

Toronto Comes Alive During 2016 International Film Festival


There are film festivals all over the world. Few however, take over an entire city and engage locals and visitors on the level of the Toronto International Film Festival. An estimated 480,000 filmgoers attend screenings, eyeball celebrities and scout out the up-and-coming filmmakers at TIFF.   As participants take in the festivities, they tour the […]

Richmond, VA: Dining and Dashing Around the 2016 Jazz Festival

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  The seventh annual Richmond Jazz Festival ran from August 11th to the 14th, in venues around town and culminated at the lush 100-acre Maymont Park with a two-day outdoor fest. Musicians like Herbie Hancock, Stephanie Mills, The Roots and Diane Schuur thrilled music fans. And when festival goers weren’t lapping up the music they […]

Music Lovers Gather at the 2016 Richmond Jazz Festival

1. Al Jarreau at the 2016 Richmond Jazz Festival

On a hot mid-August summer weekend in Richmond, Virginia, thousands of music lovers gathered for the seventh annual Richmond Jazz Festival. They picnicked, socialized and strolled around the verdant lawns of the vast, 100-acre Maymont estate, splitting their time between three concert stages that were filled with world-class musicians: Herbie Hancock, Stephanie Mills, Arrested Development, […]

San Francisco: Dining, Daytrippin’ and Jazz

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The annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a perfect reason to come to The City by the Bay. It’s also a great time to explore some cool leisure activities around town and the Bay Area too. Groove to Roy Ayers, Los Van Van and Fourplay at night. By day enjoy cool neighborhoods, hot restaurants, fascinating […]

The 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival Hits a Cool Vibe

Roy Ayers performs at the 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival by Dwight Brown

  For years San Francisco has been the West Coast playground and refuge of jazz musicians. Since 2013, those artists have had a permanent home at the SFJAZZ Center, the first-ever standalone structure in the country dedicated to jazz. Think of it as a cool opera house, where the beats get funky, the music is […]

The Beach Towns of Northern Miami

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Vacation bliss has spread from South Beach, the old standby, to northern neighborhoods. Above 90th Street and Collins Avenue, it’s less traveled, adult friendly and minus what those locals call “the chaos of South Beach.” There are two distinct neighborhoods that are worth a visit: 1. Bal Harbour, home to the chic Bal Harbour Shops, […]

Miami: Sleeping, Dining and Playing Around


All it takes is one arctic blast of cold winter air to make travelers dream of warm weather. If your thoughts are turning to Miami, Florida, you’re not alone. As Miami continues to evolve it offers more choices to more travelers. (Read full article on