Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres, making it the third-largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 metres deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres below sea level. Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, a popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems, it has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, Villa Carlotta. Many famous people have homes on the shores of Lake Como. One of its particularity is its characteristic "Y" shape, which forms the so-called "Larian Triangle", with the little town of Canzo as its capital. In 2014, The Huffington Post called it the most beautiful lake in the world for its microclimate and environment with prestigious villas and villages; the lake's name in Latin is Larius, Italianised as Lario, but this name is used. In guidebooks the lake may be variously referred to as Lake of Como, or Como Lake.
Its name comes from the city of Como, known to the Romans as Comum. While the city of Como is referred to as Como, the lake is never referred to by this name; this is not true of another lake in Italy, Lake Garda, where Garda may refer to either the town fronting the lake, or the lake. The lake is shaped much like an inverted letter "Y"; the northern branch begins at the town of Colico, while the towns of Como and Lecco sit at the ends of the southwestern and southeastern branches respectively. The small towns of Bellagio and Lierna are situated at the intersection of the three branches of the lake: a triangular boat service operates between them. Lake Como is fed by the Adda River, which enters the lake near Colico and flows out at Lecco; this geological conformation makes the southwestern branch a dead end, so Como, unlike Lecco, is flooded. The mountainous pre-alpine territory between the two southern arms of the lake is known as the Larian Triangle, or Triangolo lariano; the source of the river Lambro is here.
At the centre of the triangle, the town of Canzo is the seat of the Comunità montana del Triangolo lariano, an association of the 31 municipalities that represent the 71,000 inhabitants of the area. Lake Como weather is humid subtropical. In the winter, the lake helps to maintain a higher temperature in the surrounding region. Average daily temperatures range from about 3.7 °C in January to 23.4 °C in July, according to historical weather data from Como. Water temperatures can reach an average of 24 °C during the month of July. Snowfall is erratic and affects the higher elevations. Rainfall is lowest during the winter months; as a tourist destination, Lake Como is popular for its landscapes and spas. It is a venue for sailing and kitesurfing. In 1818 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Thomas Love Peacock: "This lake exceeds anything I beheld in beauty, with the exception of the arbutus islands of Killarney, it is long and narrow, has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests".
In the area surrounding Lake Como there are several farms which produce goods such as honey, olive oil, milk and salamis. Visitors can find lists of these farms and visit the farm itself in person to make their purchases. In 2018, both a fashion event of the Italian luxury label Dolce and Gabbana and a Netflix production starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler took place at Lake Como. Argegno is the studio village of watercolour artist Paul Wright, he is the author of the Italian Trilogy series of books. The first book'An Italian Home’ Settling by Lake Como published in 2011 ISBN 978-1-980522-64-5; the sequel is'An Italian Village.' A Perspective of Life Beside Lake Como ISBN 978-1-980566-46-5 and the third book is ‘Cats Do Eat Spaghetti’ Living with our Rescue Cats ISBN 978-1-5218-0313-4. The lake is well known for the attractive villas that have been built there since Roman times, when Pliny the Younger built the Comedia and the Tragedia resorts. Many villas on the lake shores have admirable gardens that benefit from the mild climate induced by the stabilising presence of 22.5 km³ of lake water and are fit to host tropical plants.
Villa Carlotta was built for the Milanese Marquis Giorgio Clerici in 1690 and occupies a site of over 7 ha at Tremezzo, facing the Bellagio peninsula. An Italian garden was laid out at the same time; the villa was sold to powerful banker and Napoleonic politician Giovanni Battista Sommariva. Stendhal was his guest in 1818, his visit is recalled at the start of La Chartreuse de Parme. In 1843 it was purchased by Princess Marianne of Nassau as a wedding present for her daughter Carlotta, after whom the villa is now named; the latter, together with her husband Georg II of Saxen-Meiningen, laid out the woodland landscape park in Romantic style. The villa today includes a museum of agricultural implements as well as important works of sculpture by Sommariva's friend Antonio Canova and by Luigi Acquisti. Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, was built in 1568 by a native of the town. In 1816–1817 the villa was home to Caroline of Brunswick, estranged wife of the Prince of Wales and shortly to become Queen Consort of King George IV of
Rolex SA is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded as Wilsdorf and Davis by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905, the company registered Rolex as the brand name of its watches in 1908 and became Rolex Watch Co. Ltd. in 1915. After World War I, the company moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in order to avoid heavy taxation from a recovering post-war Britain, in 1920 Hans Wilsdorf registered Montres Rolex SA in Geneva as the new company name which became Rolex SA in years. Since 1960, the company has been owned by a private family trust. Rolex SA and its subsidiary Montres Tudor SA design, manufacture and service wristwatches sold under the Rolex and Tudor brands. In 2018, Forbes ranked Rolex as the world's 71st most valuable brand; as of 2018, among the world's top ten most expensive watches sold at auctions, three are Rolex watches. In particular, Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona holds the title of the most expensive wristwatch and the second most expensive watch sold at auction, fetching 17.75 million US dollars in New York on October 26, 2017.
Alfred Davis and his brother-in-law Hans Wilsdorf founded Wilsdorf and Davis, the company that would become Rolex S. A. in London, England in 1905. Wilsdorf and Davis' main commercial activity at the time involved importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in watch cases made by Dennison and others; these early wristwatches were sold to many jewellers, who put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback. In 1908, Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex", which became the brand name of watches from Wilsdorf and Davis, opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Wilsdorf wanted his watch brand's name to be pronounceable in any language, he thought that the name "Rolex" was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It is pronounceable in many languages and, as all its upper-case letters have the same size and can be written symmetrically, it was short enough to fit on the face of a watch.
In 1914, Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch a Class A precision certificate, a distinction granted to marine chronometers. In November 1915, the company changed its name to Rolex Watch Co. Ltd. After World War I, Hans Wilsdorf left England in 1919 due to heavy post-war taxes levied on luxury imports, as well as to the high cost driven by exporting duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases; as a result, Wilsdorf moved the company to Geneva, where the company's name was changed to Montres Rolex S. A. in 1920, to Rolex S. A in years. Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a private trust, in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company's income would go to charity. Wilsdorf passed away in 1960, since the trust has owned and run Rolex SA. In December 2008, following the abrupt departure of Chief Executive Patrick Heiniger for "personal reasons", Rolex SA denied that it had lost 1 billion Swiss francs invested with Bernard Madoff, the American asset manager who pleaded guilty to an £30 billion worldwide Ponzi scheme fraud.
The company announced Heiniger's death on March 5, 2013. Rolex SA is owned by the private Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, registered as a charity and does not pay corporate income taxes. In 2011, a spokesman for Rolex declined to provide evidence regarding the amount of charitable donations made by the Wilsdorf Foundation. In Geneva where the company is based, it is said to have gifted, among many things, two housing buildings to social institutions of Geneva. According to the 2017 Brand Z report, the brand value is estimated $8.053 billion. Rolex watches continue to have a reputation as status symbols, it produces more than 800,000 timepieces each year. Rolex SA offers products under the Tudor brands. Montres Tudor has designed and marketed Tudor watches since 6 March 1946. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf conceived of the Tudor Watch Company to create a product for authorized Rolex dealers to sell that offered the reliability and dependability of a Rolex, but at a lower price; the number of Rolex watches was limited by the rate that they could produce in-house Rolex movements, thus Tudor watches were equipped with off-the-shelf movements while using similar quality cases and bracelets.
Tudor watches have been manufactured by Montres Tudor SA using movements supplied by ETA SA. Since 2015, Tudor has begun to manufacture watches with in-house movements; the first model introduced with a in-house movement was the Tudor North Flag. Following this, updated versions of the Tudor Pelagos and Tudor Heritage Black Bay have been fitted with an in-house caliber. Tudor watches are marketed and sold in most countries around the world including the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, some countries in Europe including the UK, South Asia, the Middle East and countries in South America Brazil and Venezuela. Montres Tudor SA discontinued sales of Tudor-branded watches in the United States in 2004, but Tudor returned to the United States market in the summer of 2013 and to the UK in 2014. One of Rolex's company slogans is "A Crown for Every Achievement". Rolex produced mechanical watches, but it has participated in the development of the original quartz watch movements. Although Rolex has made few quartz models for its Oyster line, the company's engineers were instrumental in design and implementation
Okada Manila is a casino resort and hotel complex located on the Entertainment City gaming strip in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment was granted a license to operate a casino within the Entertainment City in 2008. In June 2016, the casino complex named as Manila Bay Resorts was re-branded as Okada Manila; the facility is intended to be used by Okada to compete with casinos in Macau and to position Metro Manila as a regional and international destination. The casino was set to open in November 2016 but the opening was delayed due to worse-than-expected weather conditions; the casino complex was opened for "preview" on December 21, 2016 and commenced operations as a casino in December 30, 2016. The Fountain, was opened on March 31, 2017 to invited guests. On the next day, the casino opened the attraction to the general public. Okada Manila occupies an area of 45 hectares of the Entertainment City 26,410.77 square metres allotted to gaming. The hotel building of Okada Manila is composed of the Pearl and Coral Wings with each wing having 15 floors to be connected by two sky bridges.
The glass facade of the building has a gold color representing the hue of Manila Bay's sunset, is one of the casino's key themes. The US$2.4 billion phase one of the casino project includes 993 hotel rooms. More than 3,000 electronic gaming machines and 500 table games were planned to be installed in the casino complex. Included in Okada Manila's amenities are The Retreat Spa, a full-service wellness center that offers luxury spa services. There is an allotted 8,409 square metres shopping area within the casino resort. A large central fountain, dubbed as "The Fountain" is the centerpiece of the casino resort complex spanning 37,464 square meters and costs US$30 million; the Fountain is dubbed as the largest multicolor dancing fountain in the world. The US$30 million fountain was designed by Los Angeles-based firm, WET Designs who designed the fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas; the design was inspired from the "festive traditions of the Philippines", the sampaguita. The dancing fountain has 739 water nozzles which includes underwater robots which are proprietary of WET, 2,611 colored lights and 23 speakers.
The Fountain at Okada Manila is the largest dancing fountain in the Philippines. Measuring 37,464 square meters, the Okada Manila fountain is smaller than The Dubai Fountain at the Burj Khalifa Lake in the United Arab Emirates; the Garden is a lush open space overlooking Manila bay. It occupies more than 30,000 square meters of manicured greenery and features five reflective ponds covering over 3,000 square meters; the Garden serves as a relaxation area for guests, as well as a venue for celebrations and special events. Okada Manila hosts Cove Manila, an events venue covering an area of 9,000 square meters which acts as an indoor beach club during the day and a night club at night; the nightclub host the country's first six-ring kinetic chandelier which can produce 10,000 kinetic and visual effects. The venue is enclosed in a column-free 30 meters UV-protected glass dome; the venue has a swim-up bar, a butterfly-shaped pool, 29 cabanas, each with private hot tubs. Cove Manila opened to the public with DJ Steve Aoki headlining the event.
The venue hosted an event prior to its opening, the after-party event for Miss Universe 2016, held on January 2017. Gambling in Metro Manila
The Star-Spangled Banner
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from the Defence of Fort M'Henry, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large U. S. flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U. S. victory. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "To Anacreon in Heaven", with various lyrics, was popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it soon became a well-known U. S. patriotic song. With a range of 19 semitones, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is sung today.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, by U. S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, signed by President Herbert Hoover. Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of U. S. officialdom. "Hail, Columbia" served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. "My Country,'Tis of Thee", whose melody is identical to "God Save the Queen", the United Kingdom's national anthem served as a de facto national anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent U. S. wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them "America the Beautiful", which itself was being considered before 1931, as a candidate to become the national anthem of the United States. On September 3, 1814, following the Burning of Washington and the Raid on Alexandria, Francis Scott Key and John Stuart Skinner set sail from Baltimore aboard the ship HMS Minden, flying a flag of truce on a mission approved by President James Madison.
Their objective was to secure an exchange of prisoners, one of whom was Dr. William Beanes, the elderly and popular town physician of Upper Marlboro and a friend of Key's, captured in his home. Beanes was accused of aiding the arrest of British soldiers. Key and Skinner boarded the British flagship HMS Tonnant on September 7 and spoke with Major General Robert Ross and Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane over dinner while the two officers discussed war plans. At first and Cochrane refused to release Beanes but relented after Key and Skinner showed them letters written by wounded British prisoners praising Beanes and other Americans for their kind treatment; because Key and Skinner had heard details of the plans for the attack on Baltimore, they were held captive until after the battle, first aboard HMS Surprise and back on HMS Minden. After the bombardment, certain British gunboats attempted to slip past the fort and effect a landing in a cove to the west of it, but they were turned away by fire from nearby Fort Covington, the city's last line of defense.
During the rainy night, Key had witnessed the bombardment and observed that the fort's smaller "storm flag" continued to fly, but once the shell and Congreve rocket barrage had stopped, he would not know how the battle had turned out until dawn. On the morning of September 14, the storm flag had been lowered and the larger flag had been raised. During the bombardment, HMS Terror and HMS Meteor provided some of the "bombs bursting in air". Key was inspired by the U. S. victory and the sight of the large U. S. flag flying triumphantly above the fort. This flag, with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, had been made by Mary Young Pickersgill together with other workers in her home on Baltimore's Pratt Street; the flag came to be known as the Star-Spangled Banner and is today on display in the National Museum of American History, a treasure of the Smithsonian Institution. It was restored in 1914 by Amelia Fowler, again in 1998 as part of an ongoing conservation program. Aboard the ship the next day, Key wrote a poem on the back of a letter.
At twilight on September 16, he and Skinner were released in Baltimore. He completed the poem at the Indian Queen Hotel, where he was staying, titled it "Defence of Fort M'Henry", it was first published nationally in The Analectic Magazine. Much of the idea of the poem, including the flag imagery and some of the wording, is derived from an earlier song by Key set to the tune of "The Anacreontic Song"; the song, known as "When the Warrior Returns", was written in honor of Stephen Decatur and Charles Stewart on their return from the First Barbary War. Absent elaboration by Francis Scott Key prior to his death in 1843, some have speculated in modern times about the meaning of phrases or verses. According to British historian Robin Blackburn, the words "the hireling and slave" allude to the thousands of ex-slaves in the British ranks organised as the Corps of Colonial Marines, liberated by the British and demanded to be placed in the battle line "where they might expect to meet their former masters."
Professor Mark Clague, a professor of musicology at the University of Michigan, argues that the "middle two verses of Key's lyric vilify the British enemy in the War of 1812" and "in no way glorifies or celebrates slavery." Clague writes that "For Key... the British mercenaries were scoundrels and the Colonial Marines were traitors who threatened to spark a national insurrection." This harshly anti-British nature of Verse 3 led to its omission in sheet music in World War I, when the British and the U. S. were allies. Responding to the assertion of writer
Paradise is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Clark County, United States, adjacent to the city of Las Vegas. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous unincorporated community in Nevada; as an unincorporated town, it is governed by the Clark County Commission with input from the Paradise Town Advisory Board. Paradise was formed on December 8, 1950. Paradise contains the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Paradise contains most tourist attractions excluding downtown. Despite this, the name Paradise remains unknown because all of the ZIP Codes serving Paradise are assigned the default place name "Las Vegas"; the southern part of the Las Vegas Valley was referred to as Paradise Valley as early as 1910, owing to a high water table that made the land fertile for farming. County commissioners established a Paradise school district in 1914. In 1950, mayor Ernie Cragin of Las Vegas, looking to fund an ambitious building agenda and pay down the city's rising debt, sought to expand the city's tax base by annexing the Las Vegas Strip, unincorporated territory.
A group of casino executives, led by Gus Greenbaum of the Flamingo, lobbied the county commissioners for town status, which would prevent the city from annexing the land without the commission's approval. The commission voted to create the unincorporated town of Paradise on December 8, 1950; the town encompassed a strip one mile wide and four miles long, from the southern city limits of Las Vegas to just south of the Flamingo. The town board consisted of five casino managers, chaired by Greenbaum. A month after its establishment, the town was expanded to include the residential areas of Paradise Valley, giving it a total area of 54 square miles. Paradise was split into two parts, Paradise Town A and Paradise Town B. In 1953, Town A was renamed as Winchester, Town B became known as Paradise. In 1975, Nevada enacted a law. Before it could take effect, the bill was struck down as unconstitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court. According to the United States Census Bureau, the census-designated place of Paradise has a total area of 46.7 square miles, all of it land.
At the census of 2010, there were 223,167 people residing in Paradise. The racial makeup was 59.8% White, 8.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 9.5% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, 5.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino races made up 31.2% of the population, 46.3% of the population was non-Hispanic White. As of the census of 2000, there were 186,070 people, 77,209 households, 43,314 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 3,947.3 people per square mile. There were 85,398 housing units at an average density of 1,811.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 72.51% White, 6.59% African American, 0.77% Native American, 6.52% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 8.37% from other races, 4.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.47% of the population. There were 77,209 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.9% were non-families.
31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,376, the median income for a family was $46,578. Males had a median income of $31,412 versus $25,898 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $21,258. 11.8% of the population and 8.1% of families were below the poverty line. 15.3% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. At about 225,000 people, if Paradise were to be an incorporated city it would be the fourth or fifth largest city in the state, after Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.
Akhob by James Turrell The Art of Richard MacDonald Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Bliss Dance Chihuly Art Gallery Las Vegas Little Theater Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra Martin Lawrence Galleries Nevada Ballet Theatre P3 Art Studio National Atomic Testing Museum Liberace Museum Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art T-Mobile Arena MSG Sphere Las Vegas The Clark County School District serves Paradise as well as all of Clark County. The township is home to the University of Las Vegas. Paradise is home to Las Vegas's first major league sports team, the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, which began play in the 2017–18 season at T-Mobile Arena; the number of professional sports teams will grow to two in 2020 when the soon-to-be-constructed Las Vegas Stadium will feature the relocated Raiders of the National Football League, along with the UNLV Rebels football program. The Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA started playing at Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2018. Since 2004, the Las Vegas Summer League, organized by the National Basketball Association, is played in the Thomas & Mack Center and in the Cox Pavilion.
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O (Cirque du Soleil)
O is a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian circus and entertainment company. The show has been in permanent residence at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, United States, since October 1998. O, whose name is pronounced the same way as eau, the French word for "water", takes place in, around and above a 1.5-million-US-gallon pool of water, featuring water acts such as synchronized swimming as well as aerial and ground acts. The O theatre, designed to resemble a 14th-century European opera house, has 1,800 seats, thus allowing the performance to be watched by 3,600 people a night since the performance plays twice in a given day designed to meet the special demands of the show. O was inspired by the "infinity and elegance of water's pure form," which pays tribute to the beauty of the theater. A group of 150 stage technicians assist in the production of the show, the cast of, 85 performers: international acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers; some of them are former Olympic athletes.
Since late October 2010, Cirque du Soleil has offered backstage tours of the O theatre. The experience allows visitors to see the backstage wings, training rooms, costume workshop, break area, underwater lighting area, go up to a catwalk into the sound and lighting booths. Not every experience will be the same as the tour is conducted around a "regular day", so performers may or may not be training, rehearsing, or working out; as of early 2011, O has grossed over a billion dollars since the show opening in 1998. O has received many awards, including the following: Entertainment Design Award, best production show, 1998 Las Vegas Review-Journal, best production show, 1999-2006 THEA, live show category, 1999 Prix Italia, creativity in high definition, 2009, for the documentary FlowO had its 8,000th performance on 20 July 2015; the show has a cast of 85 acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers performing in and above a 1.5 million-gallon pool. When maintenance needs to be performed, the pool is drained in about 12 hours to the Bellagio Lake, causing the lake's water level to rise 1 inch.
The pool is kept at 88 °F and has an underwater speaker system and regulators that allow performers to breathe underwater. Every member of the cast is scuba-certified; the underwater stage lift was produced by Handling Specialty. In order for the platform stage to rise and fall in the water without a wake, the rubber surface of the stage is perforated. Cold air vents under each seat help control the theatre temperature for the audience; the goal is to maintain two temperature zones in the theatre: the stage is kept at a higher temperature of 84°F, while the audience area is kept at a lower temperature of 72°F. A mesh false ceiling allows warm moist air to escape out of the top of the theater. To minimize damage to the musical instruments, the musicians play from glass enclosures in the theater; some of the musical instruments used in the show are more than 100 years old. The unique string instrument heard in the soundtrack of O is an erhu, a traditional Chinese bowed string instrument. To maintain a fresh look on the performers, some performers have multiple sets of costumes so they may reappear dry despite having been in the water.
Some of the costumes only have a lifespan of 20 shows due to the bromide and chlorine in the water. Some additional facts about the show include these below; some of the props function like the umbrella that Le Vieux rides on the water. There are 15 technicians underwater during the show, performing various tasks such as artist handling and props manipulation; the horses that the Comets ride in the show weigh 900 pounds. The clown house weighs over 7,000 pounds. Hanging 49 feet above the stage, the carousel and téléphérique carries tons of equipment as well as performers during the show. Most of the props that are used during the show are driven by the Performers who ride them. For instance, the carousel horses have a small propeller underneath their tails; the cast of O includes many unique characters. Guifà: A young Sicilian boy whose curiosity and quest for adventure transport him into the magical realm of O. Eugen: The guide and the guardian of the theatre; as his character journeys from dark to white, he embodies the cyclical aspects of life where everything old becomes new again.
Le Travesti: He is a dancer wearing the clothes of a wicked woman. Comets: Clad in red jackets and white hair, the Comets soar through the air on silks, they accompany the principal characters as they make their entrances and exits and provide assistance during some acts. Le Voleur Masqué: He is a masked character with many faces who plays with fire. L'Allume: He is a pyromaniac, seen set on fire. Les Zèbres: The zebras add a touch of playfulness throughout the show and perform in the Cadre act; the youngest of the flock is called The Little Zebra Le Joueur d'Orgue de Barbarie: A gentle giant, always ready to be helpful. Aurora: An artist who has captured the interest of Giufà, he catches sight of her in the prologue, pursues her whenever he sees her, finds her again in the epilogue. La Petite Danseuse: A dancer following the song of the barrel organ. Le Waiter: Rubber man and dancer; the Mermaids: The watchers of the mystical waters. Represents the malevolent side of the water; the Dryads: Beautiful and kind creatures, always smiling while they swim.
The Sirens: The watchers from the depths of the waters. Represents the beneficent side of the water. Les Mariés: Lost and abandoned, the bride is searching for something --
Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine founded in 1920. Its principal subject is interior design, rather than architecture more generally; the magazine is published by Condé Nast, which publishes international editions of Architectural Digest in China, Germany, Spain and Latin America. Architectural Digest is aimed at an affluent and style-conscious readership, is subtitled "The International Design Authority"; the magazine releases the annual AD100 list, which recognizes the most influential interior designers and architects around the world. A quarterly trade directory called The Architectural Digest: A Pictorial Digest of California's Best Architecture, the magazine was launched in 1920 by John Coke Brasfield. Brasfield, born in Tennessee, moved to southern California in the early 1900s, where he founded the John C. Brasfield Publishing Corporation in Los Angeles. Interiors and exteriors of residences were featured in the magazine, along with floor plans. By 1963, the magazine's subtitle had been altered to A Pictorial Digest of Outstanding Architecture, Interior Design, Landscaping, it began publishing on a bimonthly schedule.
In 1965, The Architectural Digest and its publishing company were purchased by Cleon T. Knapp, the magazine's "jack-of-all-trades" and Brasfield's grandson. Knapp son of Brasfield's daughter Sarah "Sally" Brasfield Knapp, who served, at various times, as the magazine's editor in chief, managing editor, associate publisher; the magazine's subtitle was altered to The Quality Guide to Home Decorating Ideas in 1966, was changed again, in 1971, to The Connoisseur's Magazine of Fine Interior Design, in 1976 to The International Magazine of Fine Interior Design. The John C. Brasfield Publishing Company was renamed Knapp Communications Corporation in 1977. Condé Nast Publications purchased Architectural Digest, as well as its sister publication Bon Appétit, from Knapp in 1993. In 2011 the Chinese version of the magazine, AD China, was launched; the magazine is published in other countries, including Germany, France, United States and Spain. John C. Brasfield, 1920–1960 Bradley Little 1960–1965. Cleon T. Knapp, 1965–1974 Paige Rense, 1975–2010.
Margaret Russell, 2010–2016 Amy Astley, 2016–presentSince the 2010 change in leadership, the magazine has seen a shift towards featuring lighter, more open interiors, brighter photography, a modern graphic style. Official website Official website