Los Angeles-based Richard Holland, 62, is the grand prize winner of George R.R. Martin’s charity fundraiser. He and his wife will fly out to Santa Fe, N.M., to meet the “Game of Thrones” fantasy writer.
“Game of Thrones” fan Richard Holland was sitting in one of his over-water bungalows in Bora Bora when he found out he’d won the grand prize for George R.R. Martin’s charity fundraiser.
The Prizeo campaign, which raised $502,549 in support of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, will fly Holland and his wife, Seiko, out to Santa Fe, N.M., for dinner and a helicopter ride with the fantasy writer.
While workouts used to offer cardio in one class and strength in the weight room, many exercisers now want a fitness class that meets all their major needs, says Nasario Mejia, Crunch’s vice president of personal training.
At a recent class at Crunch’s Union Square location in New York, Robbert Boekema watched people squat, step and jump their way through the Transformer with Disq routine. “Look how they are laughing,” Mr. Boekema said, smiling. “But tomorrow they cannot walk.”
After a decade of muscular dominance, feature-packed sports watches and complication-laden wrist trophies are being put aside in favor of simpler models. Think sleek and elegant timepieces that are smaller than a sundial, and can be operated without a Ph.D.
"I think elegant dress watches are at the moment coming through a very strong revival," said Alexander Schmiedt, managing director of watches at Montblanc. "You had a time until 2007, 2008, where [a watch] couldn’t be bigger. The bigger, the louder, the better. And now we are back to a lot of classic, refined and slim [timepieces]." Mr. Schmiedt reported that Montblanc’s Star Classique line, which made its debut, in 2012, as an even more minimal version of the 1997 Classique series, was one of the brand’s most successful launches since it began making watches 17 years ago.
As filming gets under way for season 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” select members of the cast—along with George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—answered questions at Comic-Con.
Remarks on eye-gouging and male nudity aside, the panel—which also included Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Pedro Pascal—shared some revealing details (including season 5′s new cast, plus a blooper reel) about the upcoming seasons and books. Martin also revealed that he won’t write an episode for season 5 in order to focus on writing “The Winds of Winter.”
Men are finding some relief in the unlined and partially lined suits and sport coats that fashion labels are increasingly bringing to the U.S. market. Most are boardroom-appropriate.
At Ermenegildo Zegna stores, unlined and half-lined suits and sport coats are ubiquitous for summer. Brunello Cucinelli, the high-end Italian brand known for cashmere leisure wear, launched a line of suits earlier this year in which almost all the jackets are half-lined. (Half-lining usually spans just the shoulder and upper back of the jacket.) J.Crew added a partially lined rumple-resistant wool suit to its Ludlow men’s suit line this past spring called The Ludlow Traveler.
Tucked into concert halls and hidden in plain sight across the Lincoln Center campus is a modern-art collection worthy of a museum.
But many visitors walk right past these gems. The collection includes 41 paintings and sculptures by modern masters such as Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder. Eleven underwent conservation during the recently completed $1.2 billion renovation of the performing-arts institution’s 16-acre campus.
Read about the collection and see more photos here. Photos by Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal.
In the hospitality industry, “F&B” is shorthand for “food & beverage.” At W Hotels, Sarah Doyle, director of global brand management at the division, says it is B&F: “because beverage comes before food.”
Specialty cocktails are integral to the W brand, which now counts 44 hotels world-wide, Ms. Doyle says. The bar area is typically prominently located in the hotel’s lobby, which is known as the “heart of the house.” Each property develops its own menu of specialty cocktails tailored to local tastes and interests. We look at the best-selling specialty cocktails at five properties world-wide.
Rob Davis, the winemaker at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., plans his workouts to the growing season of the vineyard.
"I go from being in the best shape of my life, to working the vines for two months, and then mother nature tells me to be dormant. There’s less light come November, December, and January and I can use that time to recover," he says. "I’ll occasionally run at noon or go for a swim, but I won’t start training again until maybe March.
WSJ’s Speakeasy has the exclusive premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s video “Mission Statement,” wrapping up an eight-day string of video releases.
The song, from Yankovic’s new album“Mandatory Fun,” is in the style of“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills & Nash. The song features Yankovic harmonizing with himself on lyrics constructed of corporate jargon, like “operationalize our strategies” and “leverage our core competencies,” while the animated whiteboard video depicts a live-action hand that is drawing illustrations to go with the words.
Most 4-year-olds going to visit their grandparents in Florida while away the flight kicking the seat in front of them. Matt Aucoin spent the trip composing “Cloud Symphony.”
Now 24, Matthew Aucoin has become one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music. He also is one of the most ambitious, setting himself the goal of transforming opera into something other than musical spinach for a new generation. Read more.