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Circa 09 International Art Fair (April 16-20)

Posted on 31 July 2009 by GSV

Beginning on Thursday, April 16, the Puerto Rico Convention Center becomes the focal point of the art world when it opens its doors to Circa 09.  Celebrating its 4th edition, this international art fair has become one of the Caribbean/Central America region’s most important gatherings of artists, galleries, collectors, and aficionados.  Circa’s main goal is to offer an organized, intimate space for promoting modern/contemporary art while capitalizing on Puerto Rico’s rich and diverse surroundings, as well as its thriving art collection scene.

The main program features cutting-edge works from hundreds of up-and-coming artists presented by local and international galleries such as the Galería 356 (San Juan),  Walter Otero (San Juan), Samson Projects (Boston), Espacio Mínimo (Madrid), and LMAK Projects (NYC).  Solo exhibitions involving different mediums – painting, photography, video, installation, etc. – will also be featured, selected from an open call by event curators. Additionally, the Circa Labs located outside the main pavilion will host experimental gatherings from other artists.

For information about this year’s event, click here.

For a review of Circa’s 2008 edition by Walter Robinson of artnet magazine, click here.

For more information about the Puerto Rico Convention Center, click here.

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EyeTour Weekly Twitter Updates for August 2009

Posted on 31 July 2009 by EyeFred

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  • The Borinqueneers – A documentary on the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment http://tr.im/vKjb #
  • RT @BreakingNews: FLASH — WASHINGTON, D.C. — SONIA MARIA SOTOMAYOR CONFIRMED AS THE 111TH AND FIRST HISPANIC JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES. #
  • RT History: Judge Sotomayor confirmed 68-31. Watch Obama’s response live around 3:30 http://bit.ly/GOZOt (via @whitehouse) #
  • RT #whentwitterwasdown I was sunbathing at Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico: http://yfrog.com/5k6vj (via @ramcosca) #
  • RT Just signed a new show with Fox 14 episodes on everyday puertorican based on my book
    Puerto Rico True Flavors. (via @WiloBenet) #

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Buscan salvar la bioluminiscencia de La Parguera – Primerahora.com http://is.gd/1Y29F #

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EyeTour Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-06-29

Posted on 29 July 2009 by EyeFred

  • Ready for La Noche de San Juan? Head over to: http://bit.ly/Thdnc #
  • Puerto Rico’s Wilo Benet on Top Chef Masters tonite (Bravo TV, 10pm local time) – watch it from his new restaurant, Varita in Condado Plaza! #
  • Giving: Incomparable Beauty / Belleza sin comparacion – This place is awesome. I am born and raised on the islan… http://gsfn.us/t/8s4v #
  • @coqui2008 very much so! cant make out the horizon at ocean park… in reply to coqui2008 #
  • RT @Boriken: Last Day!!! Our giveaway ends today! Are you in? If not, go here! http://TwitPWR.com/boricuas/ #
  • New7Wonders: Get the New7Wonders iPhone App now! http://tr.im/pZcE (It’s free, haven’t downloaded yet, let me know if its cool!) #
  • @jeremyspouken Ahhh, well… at least it was free… Thanks for letting me know (I wonder why its bigger than 10MB…?)! in reply to jeremyspouken #
  • Alguien en el Festival de las Flores en Aibonito? Cómo está eso por allí? Fotos? #
  • El Yunque is currently fourth in the New7Wonders.com campaign for the New7 Wonders of Nature – but we are aiming for the top spot, so vote! #
  • Next Saturday July 4th – Festival de la Hamaca in San Sebastián #
  • @franklogic This http://bit.ly/xSj1I if you like fútbol. Also check concert schedule here: http://www.ticketpop.com/ (Ruben Blades!) in reply to franklogic #
  • @franklogic Information for smaller events will be easier to find nearer to the date. So check during July. in reply to franklogic #
  • Nuestros amigos de Rent The Bicyle en San Juan http://is.gd/1h6u5 (El Nuevo Día) #
  • RT @FunnyJoker: $10 says we never see La Toya again. #
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Switch off your lights tonight for Earth Hour!

Posted on 28 July 2009 by EyeFred

Tonight is Earth Hour which means that millions (hopefully 1 billion) of people around the world will be switching off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (local times).  The event’s organizers have done a fantastic job in spreading the word and getting people involved online.  Start off by visiting the official website and register so you can share your own videos, pictures, and blogs about the event.  There’s also a wide variety of download materials you can use to promote your participation in tonight’s Earth Hour 2009 event and get your family, friends, and co-workers involved! And of course, Earth Hour is on most major social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

EyeTour is joining the global community in this effort, in hopes of reaching the established goal of 1 billion Earth Hour participants around the world.  Events such as this one help promote preservation and a healthier, cleaner environment in which natural wonders such as Puerto Rico’s Laguna Grande, Las Cabezas de San Juan, and El Yunque National Forest are safe from harm.

Join us tonight for an hour and give our planet a breather!

From the Earth Hour Facebook Group:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one whole hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 100 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In 2009, at 8.30pm on March 28, we are asking people across the world to turn off their lights and join together in creating the vital conversation about the future of our precious planet. Earth Hour is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference.

It’s as simple as a flick of the switch. Join us for Earth Hour 2009.

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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh, it’s a kite!

Posted on 28 July 2009 by GSV

As spring turns into summer, and the skies begin to clear up, the time-honored tradition of kite flying returns to occupy open spaces all around Puerto Rico.  The most popular spot on the island for this type of activity is the wide, open field of El Morro.  The area around the historical landmark contains all the necessary conditions for successful kite flying in a picturesque setting: the sprawling green lawn, the unobstructed airspace (no power lines or aircraft), and the constant, unrelenting trade winds.  With these characteristics, it’s no wonder why kite flying in El Morro is something every Puerto Rican family tries at least once.  Picnics are commonplace with parents and children participating in the event; the terrain strewed with blankets, chairs and coolers, the sky dotted with simple or fantastical chiringas – as the flying objects are locally known.

Kite flying is such a beloved leisure activity that the National Park Service has an annual Kite Festival celebrating the tradition, as well as raising awareness about the environmental repercussions we can avoid by being mindful of our surroundings.  In fact, kite safety and etiquette are things you should familiarize yourself with before setting out.  With the knowledge at hand, you’ll be able to better enjoy the experience.

And what else do you need to enjoy the experience?  A kite, of course!  Kites are fairly simple to make right at home, so you can certainly turn your weekend into a full-fledged experience by making your own kite and proudly displaying your unique creation up in the sky.  You can also bring your own store-bought flying sensation or buy one from the numerous street vendors (or the local pharmacy or toy store) lining the streets around El Morro and the Plaza del Quinto CentenarioGayla is one of the most trusted brands for cheap yet incredibly sturdy and easy to assemble kites – and their classic designs like the ‘Baby Bat’ look great when displayed up above. Readily available in Old San Juan for less than five dollars, there is a lot of fun to be had on the cheap!

Kite-flying season runs ostensibly from mid-spring to late summer and isn’t just focused on El Morro.  Several other municipalities, like Fajardo and Lajas, celebrate the season with festivals of their own.

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World’s Best 10K 2009 Event Schedule / Itinerary

Posted on 27 July 2009 by EyeFred

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Friday February 27, 2009

Fitness Festival – Roberto Clemente Coliseum
Runner’s kit pick up
Runner’s Kit Pick-Up
Sports & Health Expo

San Juan Sports Festival

Saturday February 28, 2009

Fitness Festival – Roberto Clemente Coliseum
Runner’s Kit Pick-Up
Sports & Health Expo
Exercises

Special Olympics

Sunday March 1, 2009

Duathlon over the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge
Chalk Drawing Contest
Westernkids Mini Race
Wheelchair Race 
World’s Best 10K

To read more about the event, click here.

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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza

Posted on 27 July 2009 by GSV

After last year’s resounding success, Saborea Puerto Rico returns for a second helping as the Caribbean’s premiere culinary event.  The three-day festival runs from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th – at El Escambrón Beach near Old San Juan – and promises an extravagant gastronomic experience to delight even the most meticulous food enthusiast.   The festivities commence on Friday night with the Rums Of Puerto Rico Beach Soireé, a can’t-miss bash featuring an amazing assortment of cocktails and a menu created by chefs Bradford Thompson and Mario Ferro.

The Saborea Puerto Rico Village opens Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and encompasses the main activities within the event.  At Al Euro Demo Kitchen Theatre, renowned local and international chefs will delight onlookers with cooking presentations.  Among the personalities participating in the event are: Iron Chef Cat Cora, Executive Chef of Bon Appétit magazine; Michael Psilakis, Best New Chef of 2008 for Food & Wine magazine; world-famous chocolatier Jacques Torres, and acclaimed Puerto Rican chef, Wilo Benet.  To see who else will be presenting, click here.

Tastings, seminars and other demonstrations are spread out across two pavilions, where foodies will get a chance to try dishes and sample a wide variety of wines and spirits from some of Puerto Rico’s finest dining places.  Some of the establishments showcasing the flavors of Caribbean and World cuisine include Ajili-Mojili, Trois Cent Onze (311), Morton’s @ Caribe Hilton, Old Harbor Brewery, and many others.  For a complete list of restaurants and exhibitors, click here.

Not to be left out, the Saborea Kid’s Pavilion offers youngsters the opportunity to learn simple and fun recipes through cooking demonstrations and other exhibitions.

With the abundance of activities, a picturesque setting and the exquisite flavors of the cuisine, events such as Saborea are quickly making Puerto Rico the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

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EyeTour Weekly Twitter Updates for July 2009

Posted on 27 July 2009 by EyeFred

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  • “The Losers,” an action-adventure drama with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, begins principal photography this week in PR. #
  • Some more info about the DC comics-to-film adaptation, The Losers, filming in Puerto Rico http://is.gd/1FwTA #
  • @gabopagan Yes it is! Are you a fan? Haven’t had a chance to read it yet. in reply to gabopagan #
  • EL YUNQUE AN OFFICIAL FINALIST CANDIDATE
    Representing Puerto Rico in the final phase of the global campaign to elect the New7WondersofNature #
  • El Yunque entre las 28 maravillas naturales del mundo – El Nuevo Día http://is.gd/1GxvC #
  • Its raining… so stay in and vote for El Yunque in the final stage of the New7Wonders of Nature Campaign http://is.gd/1GFDR #
  • Filmed a spot for EyeTour.com in which the Governor of Puerto Rico welcomes visitors to the island. More soon! #
  • Second EyeTour #FF ever! @MSFlipper @LatISM @EddieOlmos (ADAMA!) @Reveal @foodnetpr @albizu @kolapse @earlhoward @gotopuertorico @SJMarriott #
  • RT Check this video out — Honeycomb Cow Fish at Playa Flamenco Reef, Culebra http://bit.ly/pA1UY (via @earlhoward) #

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EyeCandy: Taste of Rum Festival @ Old San Juan

Posted on 27 July 2009 by EyeFred

Get a glimpse of what the inaugural Taste of Rum Festival in Old San Juan had to offer: good food, lively music, great people, and the finest rums in the Caribbean. Also included are some awesome pictures from the High Flair Bartender Entertainment stage. Get started by clicking on the EyeCandy gallery below! To learn more about rum in Puerto Rico click here. To learn more about the Taste of Rum event click here.

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EyeTour Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-05-25

Posted on 25 July 2009 by EyeFred

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  • @Boriken WEEEEEEEPAAAAAAAAA! in reply to Boriken #
  • We are planning a DVD release of EyeTour video library so people can buy as memento and watch full-res on their television sets. Interested? #
  • I just joined the twittericans Twitter Group http://tgr.me/g/twittericans so stop by and see us. #twittericans #
  • Calle 13 in concert tonight at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. Watch it at home via live feed at 8pm! Details: http://lacalle13.com/ #
  • Hope you guys caught the Calle 13 concert online last night. If not, enjoy the video for their song, ‘La Perla’: http://bit.ly/Q9V3I #
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