Luxury automobiles

The name Ralph Lauren is associated with fashion and luxury goods. But the famous designer also is interested in autos, seeing cars as a form of “moving art.”

He has put together a new collection of some of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present for an exhibition titled “L’Art de l’Automobile,” showing at Paris’ Museum of Decorative Arts through Aug. 28. The collection includes models from Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and Ferrari.

The museum is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, with late closings at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is 9 euros.

For more on the exhibit, see the museum website,, or the exhibition website, http://ralphlaurencar

Beatles Festival

Organizers of the International Beatles Festival in Liverpool, England, say the event is not only for Beatles fans but also those of rock music in general. Many of the bands, which come from more than 20 countries, performing at this year’s festival play music from such favorites as The Who, Queen, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

The festival, scheduled for Aug. 24-30, features concerts, art exhibits, flea markets and record fairs, guest speakers, tours, Mersey cruises and the Beatles Convention. This year pays tribute to “the quiet one,” George Harrison.

In addition, the Mathew Street Music Festival, set for Aug. 28-29 in the city, features contemporary artists and has become a leading attraction on the summer music scene.

For those planning to attend, Cavern City Tours, which organizes the festival, offers five packages divided into “Albums.”

The two-night Aug. 28-29 “Red Album,” for example, runs from 188 to 245 pounds (about $304 to $397) per person, depending on level of accommodation. It includes entrance to the Beatles Convention and the Adelphi All Nighter at the Adelphi on Sunday, the Mathew Street Festival, the Fab Four Vegas Show, Pepperland in concert, Mark McGann in Leathers at the Cavern Club and entry to the Cavern Club for three days.

The four-night “Gold Anthology Album” is offered Aug. 26-29 and costs from 349 to 448 pounds. It includes all the offerings of the Red Album tour plus the Quarry Band Fete, Stevie Ricks Solo Years Show, Adelphi Beat Party, entry to the Cavern Club for five days, tickets to Alma de Cuba Fab Four Party, the Overtures at the Philharmonic Hall and Fridays Party at the Adelphi.

Tickets are also sold for individual events. Find details at

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