A pizza oven for anywhere, an art exhibition takes off and a new hotel near SeaTac
The art exhibition takes off
A new exhibition at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown features more than a dozen works by Globe Travel correspondent Necee Regis. Flight Dreams, presented July 7-20, mixes images of jet aircraft and mapping systems to evoke answers and raise questions about travel, technology, personal desire and global connectivity. Regis combines a variety of materials in his recent work, including Hydrocal, Xerox transfers, ink and paint. During your visit to the gallery, don’t miss the concurrent exhibitions of incised clay drawings by Ellen LeBow, stitched mixed-media photos by Julie Levesque, and oil and wax paintings by Sean Thomas. Meet the artists at the opening on July 8 at 7 p.m. Free. 508-487-1052, www.ricepolakgallery.com.
Comfortable hotel near SeaTac Airport
Imagine a modern, affordable hotel near SeaTac International Airport, surrounded by trendy shops and restaurants, and one block from off-road trails for running, walking, and biking. The Interurban Seattle hotel in Tukwila is in the heart of several shopping areas – less than a 10-minute drive from SeaTac – while offering stunning views of Mount Rainier 80 km away and access to miles of paved off-road trails . It has 185 rooms (each with a super comfy chair and ottoman designed by the hotel owner), an indoor saline pool, a take-out espresso bar (Urban Roast) and a restaurant (Rendition) that serves classic Americans. cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist (don’t miss the fish tacos). The hotel’s Kids Takeover Interurban package includes daily breakfast for the family, free parking, accommodations, and a goody bag with a water gun, beach ball, and other pool toys. Fares start at $167. www.hotelinterurban.com.
Opening of the new Nordic Museum
Norway exhibits more than 6,500 works from antiquity to the present day in a new museum in Oslo. The National Museum of Norway has just opened on the port of Oslo, offering almost 90 exhibition halls, a large open-air roof terrace, cafes, a shop and an art library. The museum, the largest in the Nordic region, showcases Norway’s vast collection of art, architecture and design. its collection includes more than 400,000 objects ranging from medieval tapestries to contemporary works of art. One room is dedicated to Edvard Munch – best known for his painting ‘The Scream’ – while other rooms feature dresses worn by Norway’s two queens, 19th century landscape paintings and works by famous Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. Don’t miss the works of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. The building is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% (compared to current building standards) and has a beautiful facade clad in Norwegian slate. Admission: free under 17, $18 for 18 and over. www.nasjonalmuseet.no/en.
A pizza oven everywhere
Make pizzas at the beach, campsite, or vacation cabin with the new Pi Portable Pizza Oven from Solo Stove. The super cool stainless steel oven comes with a pizza stone and accessories that allow you to light it with propane or wood. Using the propane accessory, the oven heats up to 600 degrees in less than 10 minutes (use Solo Stove’s infrared thermometer to test the temperature). Turn the heat down a bit and use the stainless steel shovel to sauté a 12 inch pizza. Cooking time: about 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust; just be sure to rotate the pizza for even cooking. The pizza oven measures 20.5 inches in diameter and about 15 inches tall and weighs 30.5 pounds, which means it’s portable enough for easy transport. Pi only $469.99; Starter set $554.99 (wood only) or $729.99 (wood or gas accessories) includes oven, pizza cutter, peel and infrared thermometer; The $624.99 Essentials set includes an oven, pizza cutter, large shovel, spatula scoop, infrared thermometer, and lid. www.solostove.com.
A handlebar phone holder
Keep your phone handy and visible, whether you’re commuting around town or taking a long bike ride. The new Scosche Quick Release Handlebar Phone Mount attaches quickly and easily to your handlebars without any tools. Secure the jaw-shaped clamp to your handlebars using the easy-grip lever; rubber strips inside the clamp hold the mount in place on your handlebars (fits standard bars measuring 0.5 – 1.75 inches). Slip any phone up to 3.5 inches wide into the padded silicone holder and turn a knob to secure it in place. A ball joint and pivoting head let you orient the phone in landscape or portrait mode and adjust the angle so you can see. $34.99. www.scosche.com.
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