The Web, itself a source for entertainment, is also the best resource for every other form of entertainment. No other tool can locate a movie, TV show, game, musical composition, or commentary upon request, and also deliver it to you, possibly in real time, on your personal computer screen. Knowing how to locate what you want is key: the findingDulcinea Entertainment Web Guide will tell you how to go, where to go, and what you’ll find there.
You know the feeling. All of a sudden, you’ve got some free time, and you don’t how to fill it. You’d like to do something fun with the kids, have a cultural experience, go crazy at a concert, or just catch a movie. Whatever your craving is, when the mood strikes you, you need information fast. Below, you’ll find a combination of links to other sites and specialized findingDulcinea Web Guides that will ensure you always know what’s going on, wherever you are.
- The online version of your local paper probably has an entertainment or arts and culture section that can help you stay abreast of upcoming events in your area.
- The findingDulcinea Movie Web Guide has the resources you need to stay updated on what’s coming to theaters with reviews, showtimes, and info on getting tickets. Explore the guide and become an armchair expert, or grab your coat and head to the theater.
- The findingDulcinea Music Web Guide provides links to sites that sell music tickets online and additional sites with information about upcoming concerts. Visit sections that link to news and reviews. All genres of music are included.
- The findingDulcinea Theater Web Guide directs you to reviews, databases, and theaters all over the country. Buy tickets to a Broadway show or research a whole season at the repertory theater one town over.
- The findingDulcinea Fine Art Web Guide can help you research and locate galleries in the United States and around the world. Learn about openings, research artists, or find a particular painting you’re interested in. Discover the work you can’t find in museums.
For general activities and festivals …
is a travel and entertainment solutions site, but it also lists events and goings-on around the world. Use the search fields at the upper left of the homepage to find events by country or city. In addition to providing this database, Whatsonwhen produces content that travel agents, airlines, hotels, and tour groups can use to enhance their Web sites.
is a hub for information about festivals in the United States and around the world. Search for festivals by area or by interest. This site provides contact information for the festivals as well as brief descriptions and admission costs, links to their Web sites, times, and location info.
Festivals and Events
lists festival names, dates, and very brief descriptions of what will be going on, along with estimated attendance and usually contact phone numbers. The downside of this site is that there aren’t links to festival Web sites.
only covers eight cities, but if you’re interested in one of them, expect to learn everything entertaining that’s going on in it through features, news, and listings.
For movies …
is the online version of the famous phone service for booking movie tickets. Search for films by title, find out what’s playing in your neighborhood, and buy tickets for selected theaters via MovieTickets.com. Also on offer are reviews, articles, and DVD information. Because it’s an AOL site, you can use AOL Instant Messenger to send pages from the site directly to other AIM users.
deals primarily with movie listings and ticketing. When you’re browsing theaters, icons indicate whether it’s possible to print tickets at home, pick them up at the theater, or both. You’ll also find movie and video information, articles, movie guides, and user reviews.
provides a wealth of information that includes showtimes and listings, as well as reviews, movie guides, DVD information, and so on. The site links to MovieTickets.com for ticket purchases.
For music concerts …
provides a search box so you can find live music and buy tickets to upcoming shows. Search by area, venue, artist, or date.
contains concert tour information, industry news, ticket sales, and band contact information. The best way to see what music is coming to your area is to search by “City Schedule,” from the drop-down box in the upper left corner, then enter your city into the box below.
is a free plug-in for iTunes that searches through your music and lets you know when concerts and shows of interest are coming to your area.
For theater …
is a site from the League of American Theatres and Producers that lists all the Broadway shows currently on tour. Select “Shows” or “Cities” from the column on the left and find out what’s playing in a theater near you.
provides information about shows and tickets for theaters all over the country. Use the box at the top of the screen to search for theaters by region, and you’ll get a list of venues divided by state and city. Set up an ATW account to get news updates about your local theaters when you log in.
is the official site of the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations and can help you find theaters in most towns all over America as well as many international locations. Simply select from the list of cities on the right side of the screen, and you’ll be reconnected to either a tourism site or a site that sells tickets for theaters in the area. A few cities may render dead links, but there is reliable information for most locations.
sells tickets and provides information for Broadway shows, some off-Broadway shows, and some shows in London. This site also has theater news, reviews, and actor interviews, as well as hotel and theater packages and gift certificates.
For museums and galleries …
Museums in the USA
allows you to sort museums by name, state, or museum type; or use the keyword search feature to find a museum that covers your favorite topic. The “Top Sites” feature links to some of the most interesting and interactive museum Web sites online.
The Association of Children’s Museums
has an index of U.S. children’s museums by state, but you can also find children’s museums around the world. Join ACM to access other resources, including a message board and member discounts.
For literary events …
Barnes & Noble
offers more than 100,000 events per year. Search through them online by location or by author name.
, another large bookstore chain, also lists its in-store events online and offers a keyword search that allows you to specify events within the next week, two weeks, or month. To refine your search by location, you must do a zip code search for the nearest Borders store and add it to a personal list of stores near you.
The Library of Congress
’s Center for the Book lists upcoming book fairs and festivals all over the world, complete with contact information and links to the events’ Web sites.
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