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This week on the web, we've uncovered the high-brow, the avant-garde and the just plain weird... Here's what's happening in a few of our favourite destinations around the world.
New York: The Met's Summer in HD
The Metropolitan Opera in New York will be screening ten Live in HD productions in Lincoln Center Plaza in a free ten-day festival starting tomorrow, Saturday 27th August. Anna Netrebko stars in Donizetti's Don Pasquale to kick things off, followed by Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Don Carlo and John Adam's groundbreaking 1987 work Nixon in China. No tickets are required so just turn up. More than 3,000 seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
London: The Museum of Everything at Selfridges
Primrose Hill's Museum of Everything will be collaborating with London's best and brightest department store Selfridges to stage a 15,000 sq foot exhibition in the store's Ultralounge, which will be the largest in its history. According to Londonist, in addition to this internal space, the collaboration will also occupy every one of the famous store's windows. We're not exactly sure what to expect, but we certainly like the sound of ceramic oven-baked cameras and vast flying cities as outlined in the museum's somewhat vague exhibition description. It starts next Friday, 2nd September, but rumour has it that the windows will be unveiled today.
Sydney: Lego Models Take Over
Keep an eye out across Sydney, as two of the city's best loved attractions, the Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World are invaded by oversized LEGO creations, as part of the ongoing LEGO On The Loose exhibition. The aquarium is hosting a giant LEGO neptune and Moby Dick, and an enormous great white shark built to scale, while the Wildlife World houses a giant cowboy and horse, a huge collection of Australian animals including a boxing kangaroo and a lineup of characters from Aussie history. It's one of the largest LEGO collections ever staged, so get down to Darling Harbour for some family fun.
Toyko's Reptile Café
We're already fans of Tokyo's cat cafés where apartment-dwelling, feline-deprived folk can go and hang out with a coffee and a kitty of a morning, but now the trend has taken a sideways turn, with Yokohama Subtropical Tea delighting its patrons with a variety of reptiles and amphibians, newts and tortoises, all available for a... cuddle. According to inventorspot.com, many visitors are women who love nothing more than to discuss all things reptilian, and some of them have been known to loiter with the lizards for up to five hours. Japan, we love you.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.