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Need to Know: Lincoln Center, resort for dogs, King Kong attraction

Lincoln Center's architecture, and all that jazz

Just in time for spring, New York's iconic Lincoln Center has expanded its tour program. The art and architecture tour includes an in-depth examination of Lincoln Center's buildings and public spaces as well as the paintings, sculptures and prints on the property, by artists such as Marc Chagall and Jasper Johns. Foreign language tours are available in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. The Jazz at Lincoln Center tour features views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, and exploration of venues especially designed for the performance of jazz. Experienced guides lead the way, sharing facts about the center and interesting stories about all that goes on there, from the New York City Ballet to the Juilliard School. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $7 for children. Info: (212) 875-5350, http://www.lincolncenter.org

— Leslie Anne Wiggins

A barking good time

Does your dog ever drive you to drink? The Resort at Paws Up in Montana might have just the solution — a wine-tasting and tail-chasing weekend featuring a canine fashion show, training and wellness seminars, spa treatments and more. The all-inclusive Wine & Bitch event, April 23-25, includes a two-night, three-day stay in a luxury home. Prices for three (two adults, one dog) start at $1,825. The Resort at Paws Up offers 28 vacation homes on 37,000 acres of wilderness 30 miles northeast of Missoula. Info: (800) 473-0601 or visit

— Chris Erskine

Prepare for Kong

Director Peter Jackson and a team of filmmakers are putting the finishing touches on the new King Kong attraction coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in July. A behind-the-scenes peek inside a Playa Vista airplane hangar revealed a drive-through movie on a massive scale. When the attraction is relocated to the Hollywood theme park, trams will drive between twin 200-foot-long wrap-around screens inside a custom-built soundstage on the studio back-lot tour. During my preview, the best views were found in the last two tram cars, while the 3-D effects looked best in the second car. The first car offered the worst views, requiring tram riders to turn around to watch the action. The new King Kong attraction looks like a winner — the kind of awe-inspiring theme-park experience you can't find anywhere else. I can't wait to see the finished version.

— Brady MacDonald

Root 'n' sip

Folding chairs with shoulder straps for easy toting are nothing new. But the Portable Folding Spectator Sports Bench has two seats and a folding center panel containing two mesh beverage holders. A removable pouch has pockets for tickets, programs, sunglasses and other items. The polyester seats, each of which can handle up to 250 pounds, are supported by a lightweight aluminum frame. Folded, the spectator bench measures 24 by 18 by 5 inches thick; open, it's 41 by 12 by 17 inches high. It weighs 7 pounds and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. Keep it in your car for picnics and instant seating anywhere. Portable Folding Spectator Sports Bench (PNP-PSM-108) costs $45.94; (888) 436-3274,

— Judi Dash

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