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HANUKKAH LIGHTS BY LIBESKIND

New York - The Jewish Museum in New York lights up for the holidays with a special exhibit of Hanukkah menorahs. This display, created by architect Daniel Libeskind, features a display of 40 Hanukkah lamps from the museum's collection. Libeskind uses his signature Line of Fire (a shape he has used in past projects, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin) to create a jagged crimson-coloured formation that bisects the gallery space and creates a provocative platform for the lamps. Quotations by Emily Dickinson and Jacques Derrida are written on the walls to accent the exhibit. Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind's Line of Fire runs until Jan. 30. www.thejewishmuseum.org

LAST-MINUTE POP-UP SHOPPING

London - Last-minute Christmas shoppers have until Dec. 19 to browse the eclectic collection of fine designs at the Temporium. With a window front overlooking swank Brompton Road, Knightsbridge's main retail drag, the temporary one-stop shop offers a unique selection of fashion, jewellery, ceramics and home wares made by British-based designers. Pick up a pair of Undergrowth Design's quirky ceramic salt and pepper shakers, some stylish Plumen energy-saving light bulbs, and a colourful silk scarf by textile designer Cristian Zuzunaga. If you miss out on the shopping action, don't fret. The Temporium plans to pop up in different locations across the city in 2011. www.dezeen.com/thetemporium TRUFFLE FEAST AT TRUFFLE FEST

Napa, Calif. - The world's most treasured fungi are celebrated at the inaugural Napa Truffle Festival. With a round-up of truffle scientists leading seminars about the principles of truffle cultivation, and an epicurean marketplace selling artisanal cheeses, olive oil, wine and black truffles from France, the event is highlighted by a six-course dinner made on Saturday by a kitchen full of Michelin-starred chefs. The menu includes soft farm egg with Burgundy truffle, duck pot au feu in a black truffle nage, and a dessert truffle served warm, cold or iced. www.napatrufflefestival.com

SOPHISTICATION COMES TO THE STRIP

Las Vegas - With an urban chic vibe, oversized suites that are more like apartments and an impressive collection of celebrity-chef led restaurants, The Cosmopolitan hotel is bringing a sense of big city sophistication to the Vegas strip. There are no musical fountains, replica Eiffel Towers or roller coasters in sight. The 2,995 rooms range in size from 730 square feet to more than 5,400 square feet and are outfitted with high-tech gadgetry that allows guests to preset lighting, music and temperature preferences with a remote control. The best suites in the house have an expansive wraparound terrace with views over the Vegas skyline. The hotel's 12 eateries include offshoots of Manhattan hot spots Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and Scarpetta. The hotel is scheduled to open next week. www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com



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