Weekly US agenda: Grammys and Westminster Kennel show

This week, toy and dog shows pick the best while music gets honored at the Grammy Awards.

 

108th Toy Fair 2011
February 13- 16
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City, New York

One of the largest annual toy fairs, the Toy Fair New York attracts over 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees and is home to around 7,000 new product launches each year. The event is also home to the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards; billed as the "Oscars of the toy industry," these awards honor the most outstanding new products in 12 categories and crown one the overall toy of the year. Though the event attracts fewer visitors than the Nuremberg event, the Toy Fair New York, where Barbie first appeared, is widely respected and the TOTY awards are generally recognized as the industry standard.
http://www.toyassociation.org


53rd Grammy Awards

February 13
Los Angeles, California

This celebrated award for musical artists is voted on by the recording industry, covering a wide spectrum of genres, from classical and jazz to pop, rock, hip-hop, country and Latin. The Grammys televised live event features performances by nominees. The top awards crossing all genres are Album of the Year, Record of the year for the best song, Song of the Year to the writer/composer and Best New Artist. Other music awards include the AMA and People's Choice which fans vote for. The UK equivalent is the Brit Awards.
www.grammy.com


135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

February 14-15
New York, New York

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second longest-running sports event in the US, judges 2,500 purebred dogs for the Best in Show championship of hounds, toys, terriers, sporting and non-sporting breeds. The sold-out shows are held at New York City's Madison Square Garden and telecast live on USA Network, with highlights streamed on the web. The most important of the American dog shows, including the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving, and the equivalent, Crufts in Birmingham, England, the largest, most prestigious in the world with 22,973 dogs on display. http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org

Mardi Gras
February 25-March 8
New Orleans, Louisiana

While much of the world celebrates Carnival, the tradition of Mardi Gras takes over
the streets of New Orleans. The partying before Lent, begins with parades of floats
around the French Quarter, decorated by club members who dress in elaborate costumes with masks and toss beads, masks, and trinkets to spectators on the route. At night these clubs, from Rex to Bacchus and Excalibur, host gala balls. Local Zydeco and Dixieland music abounds with the fun leading up to Fat Tuesday, March 8.
http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/

10th South Beach Wine & Food Festival
February 24-27
Miami Beach, Florida

A four-day feast for foodies and wine connoisseurs on Miami's South Beach with celebrity chefs and vintners conducting tastings, workshops and demonstrations. Presented by the Food Network, participants include Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart, Chef Ming Tsai hosts Dim Sum & Disco and Domaines Barons de Rothschild is offered by the Baron. The television network throws another fest in October in New York. Similar culinary events also occur in New Orleans, Aspen, Vancouver, and Washington DC.
http://2011.sobefest.com/

 

83rd Academy Awards
February 27, 5:30 pm PT
Hollywood, California

The iconic Oscars ceremony is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honor excellence in films and its professionals. The oldest and most revered film awards show is televised live from the Kodak Theatre in more than 200 countries and viewed by up to 55 million. Voting consists of industry peers for categories from acting to documentaries, with the ultimate prize for Best Picture. The BAFTAs are Britain's equivalent. The Spirit Independent Awards, scheduled the day before, are mounted as an alternative to pay tribute to less mainstream Hollywood fare.
http://www.oscars.org


TED2011

February 28 - March 4, 2011
Long Beach, California

TED, an acronym for Technology Entertainment Design, brings together scientific pioneers, visionaries, musicians and provocateurs from around the world for its famous 18-minute talks. Presentations feature tech demos, video and TEDUniversity sessions. The program extends into evening art exhibits and comedy. Since 1990, the gatherings have continued to grow, extending to a TEDGlobal in a different country annually. Since 2007, talks are online for free and have been viewed 290 million times.
http://www.TED.com

 

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Marketing Executive / Digital Marketing Executive

    COMPETITIVE: Guru Careers: A Marketing / Digital Marketing Executive (CRM, Eve...

    Recruitment Genius: Receptionist / Sales / Customer Service Assistant

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: The role is likely to be 4on 4 off, days and ...

    Ashdown Group: Print Designer - High Wycombe - Permanent £28K

    £25000 - £28000 per annum + 24 days holiday, bonus, etc.: Ashdown Group: Print...

    Recruitment Genius: Business Travel Consultant

    £20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...

    Day In a Page

    Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

    Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

    But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

    Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
    Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

    Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

    Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
    Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

    Britain's 24-hour culture

    With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
    Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

    The addictive nature of Diplomacy

    Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
    Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

    Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

    Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
    8 best children's clocks

    Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

    Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
    Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

    After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
    Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

    How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

    Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
    Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

    'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

    In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
    Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

    The Arab Spring reversed

    Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
    King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

    Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

    Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
    Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

    Who is Oliver Bonas?

    It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
    Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

    Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

    However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
    60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

    60 years of Scalextric

    Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones