News & Noteworthy (Week of June 21)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!

Wake Up Call Music Festival Goes Global: W Hotels is taking its music festival series around the world this fall. Wake Up Call will travel to Hollywood, Barcelona and Bali, with a different lineup in each city. Isis Briones reports for Billboard: “Instead of pitching tents and waiting in long lines to get into the venue, upgrade your musical adventure by booking tickets that will include accommodations and access to the hotel’s incredible lineup. … Marriott Rewards members will also have the chance to bid on the Wake-Up Call: The Complete Set List VIP package, which includes roundtrip airfare to all festivals, top accommodations, VIP meet and greets, and so much more.”

Adding Art as Part of a Doctor’s Education: A new program called Art & Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle “brings first- and second-year medical residents and attending physicians in the internal medicine and radiology departments to [Seattle Art Museum] to look at, discuss and create art, guided by SAM’s educators,” reports Jennifer Sokolowsky for The Seattle Times. One of the program’s goals is to build observational skills and empathy. Sokolowsky continues: “For the creators of the program, focusing on the arts — associated with the right-brain realm of emotion, empathy and intuition — helps to bring more humanity to medical training and contributes to more effective physician-patient interactions. This kind of training helps address the fact that modern medical education often focuses much more on the factual side of healing, rather than balancing that knowledge with the kind of intuition and empathy the best medical practitioners can bring.”

Broadway in Bryant Park Open-Air Lunch Hour Performances: It’s the perfect way to spend your summer lunch hour in the city: watching snippets of the best Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Running every Thursday from July 12 to August 16 at 11:00am, tourists and locals can catch musical numbers from shows including The Band’s Visit, Once on this Island, SpongeBob SquarePants, Waitress and more. New this year is Disney on Broadway presenting Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King.

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