'Spaceship' brings exhibit to Central Park

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‘Spaceship' brings exhibit to Central Park

A spaceship-like pavilion crammed with original artwork will land in New York's Central Park this fall. It's the latest stop in a worldwide advertising blitz by Chanel to pay homage to its iconic quilted handbag.

Renowned London architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned to create the 7,500-square-foot structure made of lightweight panels fitted like a jigsaw puzzle.

Organizers say the pavilion is like a handbag, “a completely portable and functional container.”

It will house works by 15 contemporary artists who were asked to use the classic handbag – first designed in 1955 – as a “jumping-off point” for their self-expression.

The exhibition, Mobile Art, was conceived by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. It will run Oct. 20 to Nov. 9.


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Civil Rights center set for downtown Atlanta

After two years of planning and fundraising, officials have announced the city's proposed $125 million civil and human rights museum will be built in downtown Atlanta's prime tourist zone.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights will be located between the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The announcement was made at the site by Doug Shipman, the center's executive director, with Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Coke donated the $10 million, 2.5-acre parcel near Centennial Olympic Park to the museum in October 2006.

The site was chosen over a location closer to The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change – located a few miles away in the same neighborhood as King's birthplace, the church where he preached and the tomb where he and his wife, Coretta, are buried. Martin Luther King III and Bernice King previously argued that the project should be located in that historic neighborhood.

The new museum is scheduled to break ground next year and will showcase the city's and state's contributions to human rights efforts around the world. Morehouse College's Martin Luther King Jr. Collection is expected to be the centerpiece of the project.

Organizers say it is expected to attract 800,000 visitors in its first year. Details:

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'Twas the month before Christmas …

Snowflakes arrive early in northern Alberta, and so does the holiday season, as The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge stages its annual “Christmas in November.” This two- or three-night getaway is highlighted by celebrity presentations themed to “Home for the Holidays,” with entertaining sessions on cuisine, crafts, decorating, mixology, gift-wrapping and more.

Rates start at $749 per person for the Nov. 7-9 and 14-16 weekends – with spots filling fast – and at $849 for the Nov. 3-6 and 10-13 midweek programs. Prices cover lodging, all meals and activities. Tax is extra. A shuttle between Jasper and either Edmonton or Calgary costs an additional $149 round-trip. Details: 888-270-8855;

Chicago Tribune