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ABBA Museum Opens May 7 in Stockholm

The ABBA Museum opens May 7 in Stockholm, open daily 10 am – 8 pm, admission is SEK 195 (USD 30). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXen8hXdceo The museum website has a fun Do You Know the Lyrics feature. In September the museum will launch Mamma Mia! The Party: Welcome to the world’s only official Mamma Mia! party. The show is co-produced…

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100-foot, 50-ton Great Wall woodcarving: Shanghai Wangjia Root Carving Museum

100-feet long, 50 tons, 4 camphor trees from Myanmar, 20 artists toiling 4 years: the Great Wall at the Wangjia Root Carving Museum in Songjiang, Shanghai. Shanghai Daily reported (subscription required) on the unveiling of this massive work while I was in Shanghai, so I made a weekend outing to the showroom. Songjiang is a…

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges, the museum that Walmart built. Alice Walton’s collection and Walmart’s support of free general admission to the public have created an art oasis in a town most visited by fly in, fly out businesspeople. Crystal Bridges is an architectural gem, its walkways provide enlivening views of the museum and its natural surroundings. The…

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NYtick: Allen Ginsberg East Village self-guided walking tour and exhibition

NYU’s Grey Art Gallery’s Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg exhibition runs Jan 15-Apr 6. There are a number of companion programs, and a free East Village Self-Guided Walking Tour. The Beat thing has enduring fascination for many, though is quite beyond my ken. The walking tour is a great way to explore the…

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Louvre has a coal miner’s daughter: new Louvre-Lens

The Louvre has spawned its first offshoot in northern French mining town Lens. Louvre-Lens opened December 12. The Atlantic discusses its chances to replicate the ‘Bilbao Effect,’ the Guardian has a nice video, and Time echoes The Atlantic in covering local hopes to lift an economically depressed region. The Gallery of Time is marches through…

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Designing 007 exhibition now in Toronto, and the classic 007 travel guide, Thrilling Cities

Celebrate Skyfall in style. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is now at the Toronto International Film Festival, running through January 2, following its run in London, which The Economist covered in From Britain With Love. Ian Fleming penned several nonfiction works, including Thrilling Cities, a 1963 guide to 13 flashy world cities. I…

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Free entry to over 1,500 Smithsonian-affiliated museums on Sept 29

Museum Day is September 29 and over 1,500 Smithsonian-affiliated museums open their doors for free. The official website has a handy Find a Museum tool. Browsing the list for my home state (not my current resident state by force conjugal) I see many museums of which I was previously unaware. Free entry is a good motivation…

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Penn Museum Maya 2012 Lords of Time – be well informed about looming doomsday

Maya 2012 Lords of Time opens at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia May 5 as part of the 30th annual Maya Weekend. The weekend is a full slate of lectures and activities; tickets are still available. Organizers cavalierly predict that the world will be around to see the planned end of the exhibit’s run on…

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RapidRequest: Two days in Cardiff, Wales

Reader V.M. writes: If you found yourself in Cardiff, Wales and had two free days on your hands, what would you do? BTW, I love corgis. The Rapid Traveler has not been to Wales, though has previously waded through 700-pages of tongue-gyrating words in A History of Wales by John Davies. Researching a city for…

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