It's an eclectic mix -- Jimi Hendrix and Jasper Johns, Elvis Presley and Pablo Picasso. Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP) is using space in its Frank Gehry-designed museum for art that has nothing to do with its rock 'n' roll mission. DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein showcases 28 works from the collection of the museum's billionaire owner, Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen. The show, which runs through Sept. 24, marks the first time Allen has shown the works to the public.
The exhibit gathers a remarkable assortment of masterpieces from artists spanning styles and eras. Curator Paul Hayes Tucker has used pairings to draw comparisons between pieces, connecting works by Willem de Kooning and Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Eric Fischl, and Nan Goldin and Paul C?zanne.
For $33, you get admission to the intimate gallery where DoubleTake is housed, access to the EMP, where you can learn what it's like to be a rock star, and a pass to the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame, which is in the same building. If you only have time for the art, you can get into DoubleTake for $8 (emplive.org).
For anyone who thinks desserts should come by the suitcase-full, B&G Cookie Co. has a sweet idea. Its chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and other homebaked goodies are packed in miniature brown valises, complete with pink ribbon wrapping and luggage tags with the recipient's name and address. The packaging and contents are the products of sisters Beverly Griffith and Grace Evans, who started baking together as teenagers at a San Diego restaurant 20 years ago. They offer six travel-themed packages, including the "Overnighter," one valise with six cookies or brownies for $18, and "To the Moon," three stacked valises holding 36 goodies for $108 (bandgcookie.com).
You're about to jet off to Aruba when your boss reels you back into the office for an assignment that can't wait. Your vacation might be ruined, but you don't have to take a financial hit. A new travel insurance plan from Access America covers people who have to scrap a getaway because of work. The BizPack option, at $19 per adult, is an add-on to Access America's comprehensive travel insurance policies, which run 5% to 8% of a trip's cost and cover cancellation for such reasons as injury or severe weather. You must purchase the policy within two weeks after paying your initial trip deposit. If a merger, emergency, or a mandatory call to work scotches your plans, get a note from your boss and Access America will issue a check for whatever trip costs aren't refundable.