Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts | Une Petit Soiree in New York City Previewing what will come soon to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (April 7th. – May 1st.). Tonight we enjoy a very nice evening by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and PIFA – Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts organization, for the presentation of the upcoming month of the Arts to take place at this fantastic city. A festival to celebrate the quality, breadth and diversity of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural resources. The promoters say they will have something for everyone, and they mean it: LGBT Artists, Happening and More will perform and expose during this non-stop month of art.

Philadelphia continues its longstanding love affair with all things French, and this year goes over the top with too main events both themed around Paris. The Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 6 – 13h) and the first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (April 7th – May 1st).

Join the Moment. Over 135 Events, 1500 Artists, One Festival. Join for a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity. Featuring events, performances and creative experiences form Philadelphia and around the world. A convergence of art, ideas and inspiration that hasn’t been seen since a century ago in Paris.  The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Grounded Aerial, Les Nubians, Sharp Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Campagnie Trans Expresse, Questlove among many other will gather during this 25 days of celebration to Art. LGBT representation by Fete du Soir, Raving Beauty, A Lyric Opera Made by Two and PIFA Leadership.

One hundred years ago, artists from around the globe converged on Paris and changed how we make and experience art. In 2011 Philadelphia will celebrate that incredible era with a festival created and presented by the region’s outstanding artists and institutions, often in collaboration with artists from France and other countries. (Video above is just a modest presentation of the performance the Grounded Aerial will do during the festival).
The Kimmel Center lobby will undergo a Parisian transformation for this occasion, featuring an 85 ft. replica of the Eiffel Tower, a Bistro Cafe, and nightly live performances. Plus, a colorful street fair will fill six blocks of the Avenue of the Arts with music, crafts, food and a stunning finale featuring 18 performers suspended from an exquisite musical chandelier, high above the crowd.
Meryl Levitz – President & CEO Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, took a moment to introduced us to all the wonders that Philadelphia has to offer as a destination for any and every type of traveller. I will check this personally soon, since I will be coming to Philly to review Hotels and Restaurants previous to the festival to share with you all and give you the inside scoop on where to stay, where to eat and what to do when coming for the festival. So stay tuned. !!!!

(*) The perfect Weekend Gateway to enjoy art, gastronomy and many more things that are awaiting for you in Philadelphia. For further information on Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, purchase of Tickets and Package bookings including Train+Hotel+Festival, please feel free to contact me at or by phone at (646) 460-6045. Carlos
Now, as most of you that already know me or follow my blog might know by now, I was not going to hold back and avoid the center of attention. So I decided to try the Aerial Classes by Grounded Aerial, and show everyone in the room my former passion for gymnastics. Sorry but I could not help it.

You know you have to do what you have to do in this world to promote yourself and get your message through, or at least that is what I thought. It is amazing what two, …. ok ok three glasses of red wine do to your body and inhibitions. CM

DOME Hotel – Bariloche, Argentina

DOME Hotel, rustic boutique mountain hotel ( San Carlos de Bariloche, FREY Mountain Refuge, Catedral Mountain ). I was amazed by this hotel, not only by the obvious breathtaking views… but by the unique of its concept. A rustic mountain themed hotel/tent located on the stream of the lagoon of FREY Refuge.

After walking for almost 4 hours from the base of Catedral Mountain to the top at FREY Refuge, you would never expect or believe to find a hotel there. Well YES there it is…. !!! And on my next trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, be assured that I expect to spend a night there, enjoying the clear sky views and bonding with the local people.

Prices are very low, including diner and breakfast. Bookings in advance are EXTREMELY suggested, since at the moment there is only one tent available. Plans to add extra rooms are in the near future. For bookings do not hesitate to contact me.

Teatro Colon Buenos Aires

Tonight I have experienced one of the best wonders of the city of Buenos Aires, the Teatro COLON. Consider to be one of the top theaters in the world and the one with the best acoustics in South America. Last 2008 the Teatro Colon celebrated its 100 years. The Teatro Colon, reopened its doors only a few month ago, bringing the sexy, chic and cultural allure back to the city of Buenos Aires.
Invited by the CVB of Tourism Buenos Aires, we enjoyed a fantastic performance of MANON. I have to share with you all that this, is one of those things you do in life, that fills and warms your heart. The play started around 08.30PM till 12AM, with three intermissions, where you may gather with everyone else at the VIZNO Lounge for a crispy glass of Espumante. It was truly an experience that brought me back to the beloved Belle Epoque of Argentina. I felt transported into the past, to what Argentina, Buenos Aires and our society in general used to be and should still be today.
The Teatro Colon, has recently reopened, after over 3 years of being closed for refurbishment. Some may agree or not with this BUT one thing is fact… the Teatro COLON is breathtaking, and believe me I have been around this world many times and things like this are hard to find. So if you plan to visit Buenos Aires, please do not miss the opportunity to visit and live this experience. There are options for all types of budget, so do not feel intimidated and check the official website of Teatro Colon (here).

Here, a few videos I want to share with all of you that I took on my visit last August 13th. I was lucky enough to get one of the private balconies, with panoramic views of the stage and the whole main room. The done is impressive, and has incripted the name of some of the most important composers in the world.

The DOME is of an extreme beauty. (318 square meters). The original paintings were by Marcelo Jambon, but they  were replaced over the year to the actual paintings by Raul Soldi.

Please once again if you plan to visit Buenos Aries, this is a MUST DO and SEE attraction of Buenos Aires, that will let you experience the true soul of the Argentinean Belle Epoque. If you need help booking your ticket, please do not hesitate to contact me. (Email)

(*) Check the FULL Photo Album by Carlos Melia @ Teatro Colon

FORTIN Leather and Polo Boots store Mar del Plata

FORTIN Leather and Polo Boots store Mar del Plata • if Bangkok is the best place for suits, and Buenos Aires for Leather Jackets….  Mar del Plata is the one when it comes to Leather Shoes and Polo Boots. FORTIN Leather is THE place to buy the most amazing Argentinean leather hand crafted boots made using the old traditional techniques. But also, is a MUST SEE and DO spot of Mar del Plata to learn and watch their artisans work and make wonders with this sexy and chic material.
Enrique, my guide, took me through the process of creating a POLO Boot. It is quite and exciting experience to see how their artisans work and the time and effort they put into crafting this pieces that in a way I would also call Rural ART.
If you are visiting MDQ – Mar del Plata – and you wish to get your own boots or shoes done, they will get them ready from the scratch just in a few days. International and Regional shipping available upon request.
Fortin Mar del Plata ( click here ) has crafted leather garments for international and local celebrities worldwide, among those are Felipe Junot, Catherine Denueve, Chelsea Clinton among many others…. (see a short list handed to me in by one of the artisans)…
The whole process of creating a POLO Boot takes not less than over 10 steps and 10 days. The start choosing and cutting the leather piece by piece, sewing them together… and from there till the end. All hand made by this great artist that have made this their way of life and passion.
Are you into LEATHER… ? If yes then Fortin Cueros, one of the many reason to visit MAR DEL PLATA. Crafting leather garments and boots since 1944.

Isabel B. de Ferari Favorite BAR in Buenos Aires

Isaberl B. de Ferrari, known among its regulars as ISABEL is my new and favorite bar in the city of Buenos Aires. Door to door with the famous and trendy Casa Cruz Restaurant in the up and always coming neighborhood of Palermo SOHO. ( Uriarte 1664 )
A mix between decadent, exclusive, trendy and chic would define this bar, where I would risk to say has a 80% straight / 20% gay crowd, but where the general rule is don’t ask don’t tell…. and the key is to have fun and mingle. Anyhow the rumors are that Thursdays are ranking high on guys night out, if you know what I mean.
No cover fees. Great drinks with, to my preference , a bit of a complicated but original system, that will have you buying your Drink Tokens at the main entrance with the concierge of the bar. Average drink rates around USD 15.
Pre Dance for many, parking place for others…. nevertheless a great spot to begin your night with friends, open to interact with locals and internationals. If you, like me, try to avoid the late nights out, but still enjoy a drink with funky Disco Remix and cool crowd, then Isabel is a MUST SEE and DO of Buenos Aires’ night . CM


THE HIGH LINE  |  New York, United States  | For your next visit to New York city, please take note not to forget to explore the HIGH LINE, a  NEW must see landmark of Manhattan. Locate in the heart of Chelsea and overseeing the stream of the Hudson River, home of the brand new and hip Standard Hotel. Jump in and walk-through from 21 st. and 09th Ave. to the own epicenter of the Meatpacking District. The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily during the winter months. Last entrance to the park is at 9:45 PM.

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.
When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.
Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs. For more information ( ) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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