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YALE’S NEW GALLERIES AND MASTERPIECES

Yale University Art Gallery celebrates the completion of a multi-year renovation and expansion with a ribbon-cutting Dec. 12 at noon at the New Haven campus. The $135 million project has boosted exhibition space by nearly one-third, now offering nearly 70,000 square feet of space in three buildings. Wander through galleries devoted to African, Asian, and Pre-Columbian art, which are located in the 1953 modernist building designed by Louis Kahn, and the galleries of ancient, European, and contemporary art, in the Old Yale Art Gallery. See more than 1,100 new acquisitions, including African terra-cotta figures, Greco-Roman coins, medals from the American Revolution, and marble portraits of Marcus Aurelius and Plato dating more than 1,700 years. Free admission.  203-432-0600, www.artgallery.yale.edu  

CRUISE INTO THE NEW YEAR

Welcome the new year aboard the Odyssey or the Spirit of Boston in Boston Harbor, where you will have clear views of the city’s dazzling fireworks display and skyline. The special New Year’s Eve cruises, run by Entertainment Cruises Boston, feature dinner, dancing, and a midnight toast. The Spirit of Boston will have a DJ on board, while the Odyssey features live music by The Mark Greel Band. The cruises run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., but you can start boarding at 8 p.m. Prices run $129.90 (Spirit of Boston) to $159.90 (Odyssey) per person.  866-211-3807, www.entertainmentcruises.com  

APP THAT TUNES IN TO YOUR TASTES

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Use the new Nara Mobile 1.0 app to find great places to eat

in 25 cities across North America. Then, over time, watch the app “learn” your food preferences so it can offer a more tailored list of restaurant suggestions that better suit your tastes and style. When you sign up for a free Nara account, you are asked to answer questions about a picture, and choose two

favorite restaurants listed in Nara’s directory. In Pandora fashion, you then give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the app’s recommendations, helping refine your favorites. The app,

created by MIT scientists, works on Apple and Android

devices. Make reservations through the OpenTable feature. www.nara.me

The new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in northern Colorado.

Tim O'Hara

The new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in northern Colorado.

HANDS-ON FUN AT COLORADO MUSEUM

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Learn how to play electric drums and a theremin, see live black-footed ferrets, walk around a 42-foot-long plesiosaur, and stand inside a blustery tornado chamber at the new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery an hour north of Denver. The innovative museum includes thought-provoking hands-on exhibits and displays of old artifacts, from a 1904 Edison home phonograph to a massive ancient bison. The 360-degree digital dome takes you on virtual adventures deep in the Grand Canyon and far out in space. Adults $9.50, students and seniors $7, children ages 3-12 $6, under 2 and members free. 970-221-6738, www.fcmod.org  

The D Las Vegas

NEW HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

Find the world’s largest video screen on Fremont Street and look down: Here you will find the D Las Vegas, an affordable new hotel with 624 rooms and 14 luxury suites. Rooms have iPod docking stations, pillow-top mattresses, and free Internet. The D has the only American Coney Island restaurant outside of Michigan, and two high-energy bars. The hotel’s facade, made up of hundreds of feet of LED signs and 40 giant flat-screen TVs, displays a dazzling lightshow created by Cirque du Soleil visionary Roger Parent. Weekday/weekend rates: $39/$99 for a standard room, $99/$259 for a suite.
702-388-2400,
www.thed.com  

Magellan

A FULL-FEATURED GPS

Make some room in your travel bag for the Magellan RoadMate 9250T-LMB. This Bluetooth-compatible GPS has a 7-inch touch screen, voice command calling, preloaded AAA TourBook information, and a SafeTexting feature, which lets you respond to a text in a couple of taps with a predetermined message. The device can even warn you about red light and speed cameras, tell you where to find the closest open parking garage, and be used with a wireless backup camera (sold separately). Another feature guides you using landmarks, like “in 200 feet, turn left at the Dunkin’ Donuts.” Navigate anywhere in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. $229.99.
800-707-9971,
www.magellangps.com  

YOUR SHOW’S ON THE ROAD

Keep yourself and the kids entertained when traveling with PlayLater, software that lets you record movies, TV shows, sports games, and other programs onto your PC, and then view them without needing Internet access. If you miss the Celtics because of meetings, for instance, record the game on your computer using PlayLater’s DVR features, download the recording to your tablet or smartphone, and then catch it later on the plane. Install the software on your laptop or home computer, and record programs from Hulu, Netflix, major news networks, Disney, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Food Network, and many other channels. PlayLater works on most Android and Apple devices, and PCs. Current special: $14.99 per year.  www.playlater.tv

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