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June 2018
Features
Film Highlights: Greenwich International Film Festival 2018, Greenwich, CT, USA
Performances
Greenwich International Film Festival 2018 (GIFF) The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) held annually in Greenwich, Connecticut is a 4-day renowned festival of films that takes place at the beginning of June. Celebrating its fourth anniversary in 2018, the female-founded festival brought an incredible selection of 49 films, panel discussions, Q & A with cast and crews of the films, its prestigious Changemaker Gala honoring actress and activist Ashley Judd and Duncan Edwards, Waterside School Executive Director, Opening Night Party with a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill, and so much more. Luxury Experience shares some of the many film highlights.
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OKO, Westport, CT, USA
Restaurants
Seared Sea Scallop - OKO Westport CT Fashionable Westport, Connecticut just got even more fashionable with Chef Brian Lewis' new restaurant, OKO, housed in the former Vigilant Firehouse. Cool industrial chic, clean lines, exposed brick and two large arched windows overlooking Wilton Road give the restaurant an airy yet intimate ambience to complement Chef Brian Lewis' Japanese-inspired menu. Attractive presentations followed by inspired palate-pleasing combinations make the dining experience most memorable. Attention to detail from the front-of-the-house staff complement the seamless efforts from the open kitchen. Bon Appetit!
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Joe Knows Fish - Taking The Intimidation Out of Cooking Seafood by Joe Gurrera
Gastronomy
Joe Knows Fish photo by Bill Milne Love to eat seafood but are afraid of cooking it at home? Joe Knows Fish - Taking The Intimidation Out of Cooking Seafood by Joe Gurrera is the perfect cookbook to guide you from purchasing, prepping, and preparing. Passionate about seafood, Joe Gurrera, owner of Citarella Fine Foods shares his knowledge in an approachable, humorous style with recipes that include step-by-step instructions and before and after inspiring photos that will have you cooking seafood with confidence and ease. Joe Gurerra graciously shares two recipes from Joe Knows Fish - Taking The Intimidation Out of Cooking Seafood to tempt your palate, Spaghetti Vongole and Fried Flounder. Bon Appetit!
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Flyin' West, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Performances
Westport Playhouse -  Flyin. West - Welch, Bradford, Mathis by Crosegg Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage is a masterful triumph of a play at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. Artfully directed by Seret Scott, the exceptionally talented cast of Brittany Bradford, Michael Chenevert, Nikiya Mathis, Edward O'Blenis, Brenda Pressley, and Keona Welch provide memorable portrayals of the multi-layered characters to complement playwright Pearl Cleage's inspired storytelling. Bravo! The play runs until June 16,2018.
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Dana Fuchs at The Warehouse at FTC, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Dana Fuchs - photo by Luxury Experience Dedicated Blues fans, Luxury Experience has followed the multi-talented singer, songwriter, Blues Rocker Dana Fuchs' career since 2011, and with each year, each tour, and each subsequent album, Dana Fuchs just keeps getting better, or as Dana said, "It's not how you start, it's how you end." Dana Fuchs and her band rocked The Warehouse at FTC in Fairfield, Connecticut, the first night of her new album Love Lives On release tour. As always, Dana Fuchs and her band gave as good as it gets enchanting long-time fans and making new ones.
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Giselle by Dada Masilo/The Dance Factory at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Dada Masilo -  Giselle Dada Masilo's reimagined version of Giselle was a brilliant triumph of a success at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Award-winning South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo and The Dance Factory gave a modern, contemporary dance twist to the classic ballet, resulting in a deeper, richer, more intense and powerful interpretation to the theme of love, betrayal, and the supernatural. Bravo!
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Dana Fuchs - Love Lives On
Music Scene

Dana Fuchs - Love Lives On Singer, Songwriter, Blues Rocker Dana Fuchs has a killer new album out, Love Lives On, released on her own record label, Get Along Records. The 13-track release is Dana Fuchs at her best, a heady mix of songs that hit you hard, songs that caress and give you hope, and emotionally charged lyrics that will leave you crying, laughing, and hitting the replay button to relive the magic of Dana Fuchs - Love Lives On.

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Dana Fuchs - Interview
Music Scene
Dana Fuchs The Queen of Blues Rock Dana Fuchs took time to speak with Luxury Experience about her new release, Love Lives On, her own record label, Get Along Records, and life in general. Since her debut album in 2003, Dana Fuchs keeps on growing as an artist and always keeps audiences and listeners delightfully surprised.

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Ricardo Bacelar - Sebastiana
Music Scene
Ricardo Bacelar - SebastianaBrazilian Jazz pianist, composer Ricardo Bacelar brings exciting rhythms and a host of talented musicians to his latest project, Ricardo Bacelar - Sebastiana. This sumptuous 15-track release brings together the creative talent of Brazilian, American, Venezuelan, Cuban, Columbian, and Argentine musicians and singers to create a release that is as tasty and satisfying as a bowl of Brazilian feijoada with its delicious mélange of instrumental compositions, and songs sung in English and in Portuguese.
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Ecstatic Music Festival - Clockworks and Songs of Mourning, Merkin Concert Hall - NYC, USA
Performances
Patrick Zimmerli - on Saxophone - photo by Luxury Experience We attended the Ecstatic Music Festival® presented by Kaufman Music Center, where we had the pleasure of experiencing two musical works, Clockworks & Songs of Mourning, the fourth in a series of nine programs. The works featured the avant-garde/modern Jazz and pop music of Patrick Zimmerli, Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini, John Hollenbeck, Carla Kihledst and Jeremy Flower. The Ecstatic Music Festival® is a series of 9 concerts from January 27 until April 26, 2018.
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Moscow Festival Ballet in Giselle at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA
Performances
Moscow Festival Ballet - Giselle - Alexander and Daev 2014 The Moscow Festival Ballet in Giselle at the  Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University "where creativity and culture come to life" in Fairfield, Connecticut was a spectacular evening of classic ballet. Giselle was first performed in 1841 by the Ballet de Théâtre de l'Académie de Musique, and the Moscow Festival Ballet provided a gorgeous, classic interpretation of one of ballet's finest dances.
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Ally Venable Band - Puppet Show
Music Scene
Ally Venable Band -  Puppet Show Blues Rocker singer songwriter musician Ally Venable shows a maturity and talent beyond her nineteen years writing all of the music for her 10-track release, Ally Venable Band - Puppet Show released on the Connor Ray Music label. Joined by band members Elijah Owings on drums, and Bobby Wallace on bass, and special guests Gary Hoey, Lance Lopez, Eric Steckel, and Steve Krase, the release is outstanding and makes the Ally Venable Band one to watch.
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Mike Zito - First Class Life
Music Scene
Mike Zito - First Class LifeMike Zito - First Class Life released on the Ruf Records label is a masterful release for Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Zito .Joined by Lewis Stephens, Matthew Johnson, Terry Dry, and Bernard Allison, the 11-track release showcases Mike Zito's rich story telling lyrics, the talent of the musicians, and has enough chops to keep you repeatedly hitting the replay button. The release hits stores on May11, 2018.
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New York Botanical Garden - The Orchid Show 2018
Destinations
Asian Corsage Orchid Cymbidium - photo by Luxury Experience Every spring we eagerly look forward to attending The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York as a celebration of the season. For 2018, The Orchid Show, an annual tradition at the New York Botanical Garden for the past 16 years, features Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost, who has created spectacular large-scale installations that are a feast for the senses. The Orchid Show 2018 runs until April 22, 2018.
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Romeo - Juliet Couture Fall Winter 2018
Fashion Scene
Romeo Juliet Couture - Fall Winter 2018 Design - photo by Luxury ExperienceDesigner David Shamouelian rocked the runway with his Romeo + Juliet Couture Fall Winter 2018 Collection presented by Style Fashion Week at the stylish Cipriani 42nd Street® in New York City. Founded in 1999, Romeo + Juliet Couture focuses on contemporary, trendy clothing for women who want quality with a chic and sexy edginess and attitude and has long been favored by chic celebrities. For his Fall Winter 2018 collection Designer David Shamouelian took inspiration from the 1970s to create standout fun pieces. Luxury Experience brings you the exciting industry insider experience of being at the show in advance of what will be in the stores.
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Carmen Marc Valvo Fall Winter 2018 Bridal
Fashion Scene
Carmen Marc Valvo - Bridal Fall Winter 2018 - photo by Luxury Experience Here come the brides! Once again, Designer Carmen Marc Valvo excited the imagination with his stunning Carmen Marc Valvo Bridal Fall Winter 2018 collection. Luxury Experience is pleased to provide you with the experience of being at the Carmen Marc Valvo New York Runway Show presented by Style Fashion Week at Cipriani 42nd Street® in New York City in February 2018, by showing you some of the exceptional collection highlights.
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Catskill Distilling Company - The Art and Science 
Liquor Cabinet
Edward Nesta, Debra Argen - Catskill Distilling Company - Whiskey Barrels - photo by Luxury Experience When New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act in 2008, the Catskills got another reason to celebrate when the Catskill Distilling Company opened its doors in 2010 in Bethel, New York, and if the name Bethel seems familiar, it was the home of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival. We took a drive to the Catskill Distilling Company to take a tour and taste their award-winning product line of  The Most Righteous New York State Bourbon Whiskey, Catskill Straight Rye Whiskey, Fearless Straight Wheat Whiskey, The One And Only Buckwheat, Wicked White Whiskey, Curious Gin, Peace Vodka, and Bosco Monte Vecchio Grappa.
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