The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Announces Impressive Honoree Lineup For 3rd Annual Voice Awards

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (www.gmcla.org), whose mission is to change hearts and minds through the power of music, announced an impressive lineup of honorees for the organizations 3rd annual Voice Awards to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA . Each year, GMCLA holds its annual Voice Awards gala and silent auction, a spectacular evening not only to raise funds for the charity’s work, but also to honor those members of the community who have used their voice to affect significant social change. The high-profile charity event will raise vital funds for GMCLA programs that encourage diversity and acceptance through the performing arts in schools across the United States.

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India’s Crown Prince Manvendra, the world’s first openly gay royal (Voice Humanitarian Award); Southern California business leaders and community activists Brian Pendleton & Chad Goldman (State Farm Good Neighbor Award); Uprising of Love (Voice Inspiration Award), a coalition raising international awareness about the violence faced by the worldwide LGBT community being represented by co-founder Bruce Cohen and Melissa Etheridge; and The Montgomery Family (Ally Voice Award), the subjects of the documentary Families Are Forever, which examines a Mormon family’s journey to accept their gay son, will each receive top honors throughout the evening.

The star-studded Voice Awards gala will take place at the Globe Theatre on the back lot of Universal Studios and will be an unforgettable night of music, food, spirit, honors, a silent auction and live performances from LiV, an R&B girl group in the tradition of TLC & Destiny’s Child; the cast of the new Broadway-bound musical Inappropriate; and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. This year’s celebration features presenters and special guests including three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Steve Young with his wife Barbara, Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, Olympic gold medalists Gary Hall Jr. and Greg Louganis, Tony winner Marissa WinokurBridegroom‘s Shane Bitney Crone, actress Sharon Lawrence and Army Captain Stephen Hill, with more to come.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce a remarkable line up of honorees and presenters for our 3rd annual Voice Awards presented by First Investors,” said Chris Verdugo, Executive Director of GMCLA.  “The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is on a mission to change hearts and minds around the world through the power of music.  The funds we raise through the Voice Awards will be immediately put to use.  They will power a range of programs including the Alive Music Project and the it gets better tour. These projects address bullying in schools across America by encouraging diversity and acceptance through the performing arts.”

The third annual Voice Awards Presenting Sponsor is First Investors, a Foresters Company. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, AT&T, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, State Farm, IAC and HBOEvent Co-Chairs are  Michael Pusnik and Stephen Macias Event Committee:  Diane Abbitt, Keith Anthony, Kayce Brown, Hon. Betsy Butler, Patrick Cullen, Sergio Davila Jr., Kevin DeKimpe, Ruben Diaz, Hon. John J. Duran, Ivan Estrada, Brian Eubanks, Jason Frazier, Joseph Hu, Ben Jehoshua, Peter Johnson, Andrea Krauss, Nick Kuefler, Ian Matthew Owens,  Brianne Pergola, Tristan Schukraft, Gary Turner and J.T. Williams

It’s a privilege to be the presenting sponsor for the GMCLA annual Voice Awards again in 2014. First Investors’ relationship with GMCLA is a natural fit as we both share a passion for service to the community. GMCLA is a fabulous organization deeply involved in the Los Angeles community and in promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance. These shared values inspire us to support the important mission of GMCLA,” added Forrest Strickland, Executive Vice President, Sales, First Investors Corporation.

Individual tickets for the Voice Awards are $300; VIP tickets are $400 and include a private reception on Friday, May 2nd with the Crown Prince and honorees.  Table sponsor packages are also available. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://voiceawards.gmcla.org/.

Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Preview: ‘TIME IS ILLMATIC’ TO RECEIVE CANDESCENT AWARD WITH TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE®

Candescent Films announced today a multi-year initiative with the Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent AwardCandescent Films produces and finances social issue films–as well as champion the passion projects of actors and filmmakers committed to raising awareness through film–and was founded in 2010 by creative producer Lilly Hartley. Upcoming releases of films the company supported include WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? starring Gael Garcia Bernal, FED UP, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, HBO’s PRIVATE VIOLENCE, E-TEAM, and MARMATO, as well as 1971 and ART AND CRAFT, both of which will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Candescent Films. Through compelling character-driven documentaries, Candescent Films aims to ignite conversation and create positive change.

This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows Nas in a scene from the documentary, "Time is Illmatic." The film, which follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic," will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The festival will run through April 27. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)

This image released by the Tribeca Film Festival shows Nas in a scene from the documentary, “Time is Illmatic.” The film, which follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, “Illmatic,” will open the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. The festival will run through April 27. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival)

Earlier films supported include QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, Javier Bardem’s SONS OF THE CLOUDS, GIDEON’S ARMY and AFTER TILLER both nominated for Spirit Awards, and LIKENESS starring Elle Fanning.

The Award’s inaugural recipient will be TIME IS ILLMATIC, which is opening this year’s Tribeca Film Festival®. The award is a grant given through the Tribeca Film Institute.

TIME IS ILLMATICfrom director/producer One9 and producer Erik Parker, delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.  TIME IS ILLMATIC examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

TIME IS ILLMATIC is a lyrical film that inspires us to overcome social and economic challenges and celebrates cultural history.   I am honored to support the heartbeat of this film through the Candescent Award.  Candescent’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute is exciting to me as they provide vital resources to emerging artists and the documentary community,” said Lilly Hartley.

As with all of our grantees, Tribeca Film Institute is honored to have had the great opportunity to work with TIME IS ILLMATIC throughout the film’s creative process – from giving it a Tribeca All Access grant for production in 2013, through choosing it for a Tribeca All Access Alumni grant for editing in 2014, to now with this Candescent Award to help get it to the finish line,” said Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute. “We are proud to be partnering with Candescent to support more important documentaries in the future.”

I want to thank the Tribeca Film Festival for supporting the film with the incredible platform they’ve built over the years,” Nas in a statement. “It’s an honor to premiere this film in my hometown,” says Nas. “I also want to thank One9 and Erik Parker for their persistence and hard work. Those guys and I come from the same place and era, which gives the doc an authenticity that is Tribeca_Film_Festival_Aboutimportant to me. We wanted this film to represent the real, from the storyline all the way down to the directors and producers.

The Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world.  Through grants and professional development programs for narrative, documentary and new media projects, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences.  The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century.  Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, the Institute administers programs to more than 30,000 students annually.

Erik Parker is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.  He served as Music and Senior Editors for The Source Magazine, Director of Content for music news site, SOHH.com, and Music Editor forVIBE Magazine. He has also written for XXLRollingStoneThe Village VoiceLatinaGlamour andMTV.com. Aside from his work as a print journalist, Parker has produced and hosted MTV Jams’ “The Parker Report,” a groundbreaking talk show that gathered hip-hop’s leading voices to discuss issues surrounding music, culture and politics.

One9 is an award winning multimedia artist, director, producer and editor. His clients included Google, PBS, Viacom, Sony Music, and several non-profit organizations. As an artist One9 was selected by Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York to create an original series of artwork presented to their selected music talent in 2013-2014.

Conde Nast Entertainment And Allure Launch New Digital Channel And Series

Allure’s Video Content Expands to Give Consumers More Insider Tips on Hair, Skin, Makeup, and More

Today, Allure, the beauty expert, launches its dedicated digital video channel, with four new original series featuring makeovers, expert beauty advice, and the inside stories behind the most memorable celebrity beauty looks. The channel extends the reach of Allure’s video library which includes the Backstage Beauty series of trend reports from fashion shows, behind-the-scenes of celebrity cover shoots, and beauty how-to’s.  The content will be widely distributed across all platforms including Allure’s video site on video.allure.com and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/Allure as well as through syndicated partnerships.

New series from Allure include:

Hair Tyrant with Ashley Javier

Ashley Javier operates an invitation-only salon where his customers agree to submit to his vision—and his brutal honesty.  In his show, Ashley gives women dramatic makeovers that push them out of their comfort zone for a fresh start. His roster of clients includes Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, artist Julian Schnabel, and socialite Lauren Bush Lauren.

Cassandra to the Rescue

Model Cassandra Bankson became a YouTube sensation after posting a video in which she removed all of her makeup to reveal her severe acne. In her series, Cassandra helps women with varying skin problems use makeup to help them prepare for a big event. In addition to being a talented self-taught makeup artist, Cassandra knows firsthand the emotional impact of having severe skin problems and the positive psychological impact of beautiful makeup.

Beauty Evolution

An extension of a classic, popular in-book franchise feature, Beauty Evolution delves into some of the best (and not-so-best) beauty looks of favorite celebrities, why they’re inspiring, and what lessons viewers can take from their missteps and successes.

Beauty Basics

A new take on the classic how-to, Beauty Basics features tips and techniques that teach women how to recreate popular hair and makeup looks on themselves.

Beauty is one of the fastest growing categories in video,” said Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure. “It is a great platform for a mix of entertainment and information. It is an important frontier for beauty and the audience is passionate, opinionated and involved.”

Allure launched in 1991 as the first and only magazine devoted to beauty. Today, Allure’s print audience is 6.4 million and its average monthly online audience is 2.8 million. Allure has a strong social media presence, tablet editions, mobile apps, content licensing, books, and special issues. Allure is published by Conde Nast.  Follow Allure at facebook.com/allure and @Allure_magazine on Twitter and Instagram.

In 2013, beauty-related videos on YouTube garnered 700 million views per month — a 133% increase from 2010′s average of 300 million views per month. Conde Nast Entertainment’s digital audience grew by 761% in unique visitors from 2012 to 2013.

The Allure digital channel brings to life the expertise, passion and loyalty that the brand has always shared with its consumers,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment. “Premium content for the beauty category’s engaged audiences is a key component of the continued growth of CNE’s digital network.”

Conde Nast creates the world’s best content for the world’s most influential audiences.  The company attracts more than 164 million consumers across its twenty industry-leading print and digital media brands:  Vogue,Vanity FairGlamourBridesSelfGQThe New YorkerConde Nast TravelerDetailsAllureArchitectural DigestBon AppetitEpicuriousWiredWLuckyGolf DigestGolf WorldTeen Vogue and Ars Technica.

The company launched Conde Nast Entertainment in 2011 to develop film, television and digital video programming.  Conde Nast also owns Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) and its portfolio of comprehensive fashion journalism brands:  WWD, Style.com, Footwear NewsNowManifestBeauty Inc.M and Fairchild Summits.

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Pepsi® Salutes Football’s International Heroes On And Off The Pitch in New Series of Short Films

Pepsi celebrates music and football proving that NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT with global launch of content set to run in 100 countries

2014 #FutbolNow superstar squad led by Leo Messi and music sensation Janelle Monae

First-ever interactive approach allows consumers to CREATE THEIR OWN NOW by unlocking additional content for a closer look into the lively streets of Rio

Pepsi® globally premiered the latest evolution of the brand’s 2014 football campaign – a new series of shorts and a TV commercial that celebrate football and music proving that “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.” The “NOW” creative is set to air in nearly 100 countries. Starring the impressive 2014 Pepsi all-star football lineup – Robin van PersieDavid LuizSergio RamosSergio AgueroJack Wilshere and four-time player of the year, Leo Messi – the spot fuses the world of football and music through extraordinary singer / songwriter / producer Janelle Monae as she performs an exclusive, fresh take of David Bowie’s iconic classic, “Heroes” – available today on iTunes worldwide.

Pepsi premiered its new global commercial and interactive film, "NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT," as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign. The creative features the #FutbolNow Pepsi superstar squad, including Leo Messi, pictured here in the creative.  (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Pepsi premiered its new global commercial and interactive film, “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT,” as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign. The creative features the #FutbolNow Pepsi superstar squad, including Leo Messi, pictured here in the creative. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

The “NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT” global commercial and interactive film are the latest pieces of exciting and engaging content to be released from Pepsi as part of its 2014 football campaign, which kicked off in January with the unveiling of its largest-ever, international football squad. It also follows the announcement of the brand’s creative art collection, “The Art of Football.” The yearlong campaign will continue to bring more experiences to fans throughout the year – bringing them closer to the game they love.

Pepsi(R) Celebrates "The Art of Football".  (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Pepsi(R) Celebrates “The Art of Football”. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Argentina Captain Leo Messi comments: “Pepsi celebrates the passion and energy of football fans. It is a mesmerizing anthem, uniting us all – on the street or on a pitch – in a celebration of the moment.”

The creative unfolds many surprises as it meanders through the streets of Rio and is told through the eyes of digital beat sensation, Stony – an everyday hero – proving that every day can become extraordinary when you live for now. With the instantly recognizable sound of the Pepsi can as the starting point, Stony takes fans through a colorful, rhythmic journey uniting football, music and art. The intertwined story ends with an electric culmination where Stony steps into an urban pitch filled with a crowd of fans united in a spontaneous moment of celebration.

Much like sports unite the world through friendly competition, Stony unites famous footballers, the city of Rio and Janelle with a simple beat to create a passion that is irresistible.

“I love everything the film stands for. To me, it is all about that extraordinary burst of courage and passion which can embolden everyday people in a moment of spontaneity, which is also the message of David Bowie’svenerable song,” said Monae. “I was honored to join Pepsi for this campaign and remind people that now more than ever, we can all be heroes.”

The interactive film of the commercial provides an immersive viewing experience, with a series of original moments for fans to unlock. The “now” is put directly into the hands of the fan, unlocking additional interactive content to delve deeper into Stony’s tour through the streets of Rio – allowing them to create their own experience. The compelling, interactive escape offers twists and turns to the story of the footballers, Rio, Stony and Janelle and how their worlds sync up, all brought to life in an engaging, uniquely shareable way, with content vignettes including:

  • a Messi sighting, with a crowd excitably gathering around him
  • an impromptu Samba dance party
  • impressive tricks performed by some of the world’s greatest football talent
  • Stony making beats from the street
  • a signed ball from Ramos which fans can personalize and share
  • picture snapping with Stony and a beautiful girl as they explore the colorful city
  • an extended Janelle Monae performance of “Heroes”
  • “The Art of Football” documentary trailer, giving a look into the making-of the unique Pepsi art collection combining street art, photography and football
  • behind the scenes on-set in Rio

Kristin Patrick, Pepsi Global Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Beverage Group“We were inspired by the power and unity that sports and music bring to the world. Our content plan to capture this spirit celebrates the creative passion of footballers with music and how both of these awesome forces inspire us to LIVE FOR NOW. We have a long history of working with the world’s best football talent to create stunning creative that sparks conversations and creates indelible moments that engage and excite football fans all over the world. This year, we are giving fans a totally unique and immersive experience of their own – a personalized journey that combines iconic music, our stellar roster of football talent and the ability to create your own NOW – uniting Pepsi fans around the world in a celebration of sport, music, art and everyday moments.”

 

For more information on Pepsi and “Live For Now” visit www.Pepsi.com and follow the conversation online with#FutbolNow.

73rd Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board from almost 1,100 entries, comprise the best in electronic media for the year 2013. The Peabody statuettes will be formally presented on May 19 at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York CityIra Glass, host and producer of This American Life, which now boasts five Peabodys, will be the emcee. (See complete list of 2013 recipients below.)

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia's 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com.

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and http://www.peabodyawards.com.

recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, digital and broadcast journalism, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media.

 

The latest Peabody recipients include a pair of high-profile political melodramas, Netflix’s corrosive House of Cards and ABC’s juicy ScandalA Chef’s Life, a stereotype-cracking nonfiction serial about a farm-to-fork gourmet restaurant in North Carolina’s low country; Burka Avenger, an animated Pakistani series aimed at empowering girls; A Needed Response, a YouTube viral video created by two University of Oregon students that succinctly criticizes rape culture and champions r-e-s-p-e-c-t for women; and two distinctive probes of the dangers of brain injury in professional football, FRONTLINE‘s League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis and ESPN’s Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.

The quality of storytelling in electronic media continues to increase year-after-year, across platforms, producing organizations and nations,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the Peabody Awards. “The unprecedented number of awards we gave this year reflects this fact. There simply are a larger number of stories that deserve our attention as citizens and consumers. And what a wonderfully rich and satisfying set of stories we’ve called attention to this year!

International Peabody winners include the Philippines’ GMA Network for coverage of the assault and aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan); The Returned, an eerie, elegant supernatural drama from France; the realistic, compelling Danish political serial Borgen; and BBC World News’ in-depth reporting from Inside Syria’sWar.

Local Peabody recipients included  CBS-owned WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio for their peerless extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing dragnet; KING-TV in Seattle for its revelations about nuclear-waste leaks and mismanagement at a Hanford, Washington, storage facility; Nashville station WTVF-TV‘s reports about Tennessee officials’ involvement in shady business deals; and an exhaustive investigation of Louisiana political contributions – who gives, how much, and what does it buy – that combined the resources of New Orleans station WVUE-TVThe Times-Picayune and http://www.NOLA.com.

Other entertainment series honored included AMC’s Breaking Bad, which earned a second Peabody for its riveting final season; Netflix’s complex, character-driven prison drama Orange Is the New Black; Comedy Central’s racially shrewd sketch showcase Key & Peele; F/X’s The Bridge, an intense, cross-cultural crime drama set on and around the border between Texas and Mexico; and two distinctly different BBC America offerings: the naturalistic mystery Broadchurch and the wildly fanciful Orphan Black, a bioethical thriller about clones.

Web-based winners included Hollow (www.hollowdocumentary.com), an imaginative,  interactive site devoted to a struggling county in rural West Virginia, and A Short History of the Highrise (www.nytimes.com), a clever, highly visual tour of “vertical living.”

Issues of race and ethnicity were explored in several impressive recipients: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Latino Americans, both shown on PBS, traced the history and the ongoing influence of peoples whose presence here predates the forming of the United StatesKen Burns’ The Central Park Fivealso on PBS, revisited a infamous New York rape case that wrongly sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison. National Public Radio reporter Michelle Norris’ The Race Card Project used six-word summations of listeners’ thoughts about race as the basis of remarkably telling feature reports.

A trio of documentaries addressed difficulties facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities.This American Life‘s two-part Harper High School on radio and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School provide richly nuanced stories of students coping with challenges from child-rearing to gun violence. Best Kept Secret, also shown on PBS, took viewers inside a poor Newark school with an unexpectedly exemplary program for autistic and other special-needs students.

Culture and the arts were represented by such Peabody winners as TCM: The Story of Film, which combined a 15-part retrospective with telecasts of more than 100 classic movies, and Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a tuneful celebration of the influence of composers such as Irving BerlinOscar Hammerstein III and Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had a documentary all to himself as well: HBO’s Six by Sondheim, which combined his ruminations on composing with archival and fresh performances of some of his greatest songs. CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was recognized for its unique recipe for blending culinary and cultural reporting.

The rich array of documentary winners included HBO’s tender Life According to Sam, the story of a teenager dealing with an accelerated aging disease, and the cable network’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an frank report about a Catholic priest who abused more than 200 students at a Milwaukee school for the deaf.

Other documentary winners included The Law in These Parts, a POV film exploring the alternative legal systemIsrael developed for governing its occupied Palestinian territories, and three Independent Lens productions:How to Survive a Plague chronicled the crucial role AIDS activists and organizations like ACT UP played in saving lives and hobbling the epidemic. The House I Live In took stock of what we have to show for our 40-year “war” on drugs, and  The Invisible War assessed the shameful problem of rape in the U.S. military and why it persists.

A pair of documentaries from Al Jazeera America‘s Fault Lines series demonstrated its broad reach and aggressive journalism. Haiti in a Time of Cholera examined the epidemic that has erupted since the 2010 earthquake and underscored the likelihood that U.N. peacekeepers are the source. Made in Bangladesh found evidence of prominent American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of foreign subcontractors, practices that led to horrible tragedies like the clothing-factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people.

Awards in news included a personal citation to Tom Brokaw, author and former anchor of NBC Nightly News,and another to the current NBC team for In Plain Sight: Poverty in America, an ambitious multi-platform assessment of poverty’s many faces and forms today. A Peabody went to One-on-One with Assad, a CBS This Morning segment in which co-host Charlie Rose civilly but persistently pressed Syria’s president for explanations of his war against his own countrymen. And the public radio series Reveal was honored for The VA’s Opiate Overload, a shocking report about overdose deaths at Veterans Administration hospitals.   Continue reading

Tommy Bahama Announces 2014 “Collector’s Edition” Major League Baseball Shirt Featuring Jackie Robinson

Shirt #42 within the collection will be signed by the members of Robinson family and auctioned to benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Tommy Bahama and Major League Baseball Properties celebrate one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with the 2014 “Collector’s Edition” shirt featuring Jackie Robinson. The shirt is being released in time for Jackie Robinson Day, which is April 15th a date throughout Major League Baseball that pays tribute to Mr. Robinson and commemorates the first time he played for the MLB in 1947.

Tommy Bahama 2014 MLB Jackie Robinson "Collector's Edition" Shirt.  (PRNewsFoto/Tommy Bahama)

Tommy Bahama 2014 MLB Jackie Robinson “Collector’s Edition” Shirt. (PRNewsFoto/Tommy Bahama)

Jackie Robinson was not only one of the most influential players to have ever impacted our great game, but was an iconic American who left a lasting legacy within our history,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, and Major League Baseball. “Through working with the Robinson family, we are proud to give our fans the opportunity to recognize this great player in a truly unique fashion that only Tommy Bahama could provide.”

To celebrate the legendary ball player, Tommy Bahama has created a custom designed shirt with hand painted artwork that wraps around the entire shirt and features a vintage photo of Mr. Robinson in a classic Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Embroidered elements include Mr. Robinson’s retired number “42″ on the right sleeve and front, along with his signature and the Tommy Bahama logo on the back. It also features his career highlights printed on the back.  The shirt comes packaged inside a custom designed garment bag, with one of Mr. Robinson’s favorite quotes, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,” printed on it. Only a limited quantity of shirts will be produced and each one will be numbered.

Tommy Bahama is proud of our continuing work with Major League Baseball in honoring the baseball legends of our time,” said Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “With our 2014 ‘Collector’s Edition’ shirt, we pay tribute to the great Jackie Robinson. Our long-standing partnership with MLB gives us the opportunity to offer our customers exclusive apparel that represents the time-honored tradition of paying homage to our heroes.”

The Jackie Robinson “Collector’s Edition” shirt will retail for $250, and be available exclusively at www.tommybahama.com/JackieRobinson and select Tommy Bahama retail locations.

JEANRICHARD Launches Two New Arsenal Special Editions Timepieces at Baselworld 2014

Just a few weeks after announcing the cooperation as the Global Partner and Official Watch of the Arsenal (Premier League Football Club) from London, the Swiss watchmaker launched two JEANRICHARD for Arsenal time pieces at Baselworld 2014. At a press conference featuring Arsenal Legend Robert Pires as well as the Club’s CCO Tom Fox, a special Terrascope series and a limited edition Aeroscope  were revealed on 28 March 2014.

The first of the especially for Arsenal designed pieces is a unique version of the Terrascope watch, the ARSENAL TERRASCOPE SPECIAL EDITION. With its links to the concept of land and the earth, this model emphasises the players’ skills as displayed on football grounds, together with a team identity that is deeply rooted in their home turf.  Housed in a steel case, this watch is equipped with a “vertically satin-finished” grey dial illuminated by touches of red – the color of the club’s famous emblem The Arsenal logo, a cannon, is printed at 6 o’clock. This combination of style, performance and elegance recalls the Gunners’ distinctive style of play that has left its mark on many major football stadiums across the globe.

JEANRICHARD'S Arsenal FC Special Edition Terrascope.  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD’S Arsenal FC Special Edition Terrascope. (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

The second watch created for the Gunners is the ARSENAL AEROSCOPE LIMITED EDITION – numbered and consisting of just 250 watches worldwide. It catches the eye with its case in micro beaded and sand blasted black titanium, with its fully red dial and matching rubber strap. Its young, dynamic, characteristic look reflects the team’s flowing game and rapid passes, and all the power of the ball as it flies through the air. Its small seconds hand, at 3 o’clock, is moulded in the shape of the club’s iconic cannon. Its two chronograph push-pieces, counters and tachometric scale endorse the sporting spirit of a watch designed to share and measure every minute accurately during encounters when every second counts.

JEANRICHARD'S Limited Edition Arsenal FC Aeroscope, 250 pieces worldwide.  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD’S Limited Edition Arsenal FC Aeroscope, 250 pieces worldwide. (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

In 2003, JEANRICHARD was one of the first luxury watchmakers to support football at an international level,” says Pires. “On behalf of Arsenal, I am delighted to be here today with Tom Fox and the Club’s official watch partner to launch two exclusive watches in the Gunners’ colours. Time plays a crucial role in our sport and these stylish timepieces make it an even greater pleasure to savour every moment to the fullest – on and off the field.”

JEANRICHARD Managing Director Bruno Grande, Arsenal Legend Robert Pires and the club's CCO Tom Fox (from left).  (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

JEANRICHARD Managing Director Bruno Grande, Arsenal Legend Robert Pires and the club’s CCO Tom Fox (from left). (PRNewsFoto/JEANRICHARD)

Whether it is on the football field or in the field of watchmaking, team spirit, passionate enthusiasm and the will to win are values that are common to both Arsenal and JEANRICHARD,” adds Bruno Grande, the Swiss watchmakers Managing Director. “We share the same philosophy of life, based on a determination to take on a challenge, a belief in the dignity of hard work and the desire to go one step further each time. That is the reason why we have launched two watches to mark this emblematic partnership and to fully pay tribute to our common values and philosophy of life.”

Neiman Marcus Group Announces Organizational Changes

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. announced a series of organizational changes today merging the merchandising and planning organization for Neiman Marcus Stores and Neiman Marcus Online into a single team operating under the Neiman Marcus brand.  These changes will go into effect on April 14th.

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment (consisting primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores) and the Online segment. . The Online segment conducts direct to consumer operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names.

Jim Gold has been named President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Group and will lead an integrated merchant and planning team for Neiman Marcus Stores and Online. Mr. Gold joined the company in 1991.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Gold served as President of Specialty Retail, Neiman Marcus Group.

Reporting to Mr. Gold will be the following:

Gerald Barnes, Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Designer Sportswear, Couture and Furs.  Mr. Barnes will also serve as Neiman Marcus Online Strategy Director.

Jonathan Joselove, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Ladies Shoes, Handbags and Accessories.

Ann Stordahl, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Precious Jewelry, Designer Jewelry and Beauty.

Russ Patrick, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Men’s, Gift Galleries, Home and Horchow.

Lisa Kazor, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Designer II, Dress Collections, Contemporary Sportswear, Intimate Apparel, Children’s, Coats, CUSP, Neiman Marcus Ready-to-Wear and Flash Sales.

To further ensure a seamless customer experience, John Koryl has been named President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Online, Neiman Marcus Group.  In his expanded role, Mr. Koryl will be responsible for Neiman Marcus store operations and sales, eCommerce Domestic and International operations and sales, Site Merchandising, Site Optimization and Customer Care.  Mr. Koryl joined the company in 2011.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Koryl served as President, Neiman Marcus Onlineneiman_marcus_logo

Reporting to Mr. Koryl will be Neva Hall, Executive Vice President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Lindy Rawlinson, Senior Vice President, eCommerce.

Mr. Gold and Mr. Koryl will continue to report to Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO.  Joshua Schulman will now report to Karen Katz in his role as President, Bergdorf Goodman.

“Over the years the way our customers shop our stores and websites has changed, and will continue to change with the increasing popularity and convenience of smart phones and tablets.  Our customers do not differentiate between channels and now neither will we.  These changes allow us to operate as one, single, Neiman Marcus brand, ” said Katz.  ” John and Jim are proven leaders who will take the Neiman Marcus brand to the next level of growth and service for our customers.”

As part of this reorganization, the Divisional Merchandise Manager positions will become Omni-channel.  The current buying roles will remain the same, with buyers solely focused on one channel.

Exclusive Monaco Grand Prix Experiences Set Crystal Cruises Guests In The Heart Of Monte Carlo’s Fast Lane

Spring Mediterranean Cruise Offers VIP Access to Elite Riviera Race (Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/crystalcruises)

Spring Mediterranean Cruise Offers VIP Access to Elite Riviera Race (Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/crystalcruises)

Crystal Cruises is unveiling its own royal treatment for the 72ndannual Monaco Grand Prix, via two different posh and intimate Crystal Adventures – to be offered during Crystal Serenity‘s 12-day luxury Mediterranean cruise, departing May 18 from Venice to Barcelona.  Thanks to a May 25 shipboard overnight in Monte Carlo, guests can celebrate one of the world’s most prestigious races from day to dawn, via prime grandstand seats in the heart of the action during the day and a new Boutique Adventure, possibly hob-knobbing with the winners at a VIP F1 party all night.

 

Spring Mediterranean Cruise Offers VIP Access to Elite Riviera Race (Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/crystalcruises)

Spring Mediterranean Cruise Offers VIP Access to Elite Riviera Race (Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/crystalcruises)

Exclusive Grandstand Experience: Cheer with Formula 1 fans from around the world, in a prime grandstand location near the roaring start/finish line and extra Crystal touches to enhance guests’ comfort, including catered lunch, cushioned seating, ear protection, souvenir mementos, hosts providing commentary while guiding guests to the race, and staff nearby to assist throughout the day.

VIP Nightclubbing at the Amber Lounge (Boutique Adventure): Crystal will have a limited number of VIP tables with flowing Dom Perignon and dancing until 6 am (plus luxury transportation all night) at F1′s exclusive after-party, where drivers, celebrities and royalty often gather post-race.

From a Crystal Adventure that captures the interests of racing enthusiasts to a Boutique Adventure that excites those seeking intimate VIP experiences, we’ve crafted ‘bucket list’ options that offer unique perspectives of, and access to, the glamour and pageantry of this World Class event,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs.

With additional overnights in Venice and Barcelona, Crystal’s only 2014 call to Kotor, Montenegro, and additional calls to Italy’s Sicily/Taormina, Sorrento, Rome/Civitavecchia, and Florence/Livorno, the itinerary offers time in both the Mediterranean’s post popular port cities and Southern Europe’s more hidden gems.

Until April 30, all-inclusive “Book Now” fares begin at $4,155/person, with Grand Prix Adventures starting at$959/person. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com.

La Mar by Gastón Acurio Opens at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

 Mandarin Oriental, Miami And Lan Airlines Celebrate The Opening Of La Mar By Gastón Acurio With A Culinary Adventure Trip Giveaway

Mandarin Oriental, Miami and celebrity chef Gastón Acurio has officially opened La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Five-Star city resort.  Contemporary in design and with a prominent waterfront location, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Miami features 326 elegant guest rooms and suites – offering dramatic views of the bay and the Miami skyline.  Amenities include two high-energy restaurants, M-Bar – a dynamic cocktail lounge and martini bar, an award-winning tri-level spa, Oasis Beach Club, the luxury boutique Shanghai Tang and extensive meeting and business facilities.

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Considered ‘the ambassador of Peruvian cuisine,’ Acurio continues to gain culinary acclaim with his unique restaurants which rank among the best in the world. The opening of La Mar by Gastón Acurio in Miami marks the third Acurio restaurant in the U.S., following sister concepts La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco and Tanta in Chicago.

At La Mar, guests can enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor waterfront seating with three lively bars providing distinctive culinary experiences. La Mar Executive Chef Diego Oka provides a personal look into the creation of authentic Peruvian dishes ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood Ceviche. Having worked alongside Acurio for more than a decade, Chef Oka introduces an eclectic menu offering small plates such asNikei, Peruvian nigiri; Anticucho Grill items; and tapas-style Piqueos. Large plates include a selection of Peruvian Specialties and pan-fried rice calledArroces.

“We are extremely excited to introduce the spirit of Peruvian food culture to the vibrant city of Miami,” says Chef Gastón Acurio. “Our new La Mar by Gastón Acurio restaurant pays tribute to the sea with a beautiful waterfront location and the freshest local seafood on the menu.”

The dedicated Ceviche and Anticucho bars invite guests to journey through La Mar’s celebrated menu. Ceviches and Tiraditos utilize the cooking technique of curing fish through acidic juices and are presented in 15 different dishes priced from USD 9 to USD 29.

Creations range from the Clásico with fluke, cilantro, aji limo, red onions, choclo and leche de tigre to the Bachiche with scallops, avocado, and garlic-truffle leche de tigre.

The culinary journey continues with Anticuchos, a popular Peruvian street food. Priced from USD 9 to USD 30, Anticuchos are reinvented with varieties of Wagyu, Free Range Chicken, Octopus, Whole Jumbo Prawn and a vegetarian option ofPeruvian Asparagus.

A selection of Causa dishes, mashed potato dumplings topped with seafood, are served four different ways to include the Nikei (rocoto causa with tuna tartare); Cangrejo (beet causa with crab); Escabeche (potato with crispy snapper) and Olivo (potato with octopus tartare). Peruvian Specialties range in price from USD 19 to USD 49 and highlight the cuisine’s rich Japanese influences with dishes like Lomo Saltado, a traditional beef dish with stir fried potatoes, red onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, cilantro, aji amarillo and rice, andWhole Fish Nikei, the catch-of-the-day, prepared with Peruvian Japanese spicy sauce, bok choy and white chaufa broccoli rice.

La Mar’s comprehensive cocktail menu includes a list of Peruvian Classics, featuring cocktails infused with pisco, a South American grape brandy, and La Mar Classics, offering iconic cocktails with a Peruvian twist. These signature drinks cost USD 13 each.

In celebration of La Mar’s opening, Mandarin Oriental, Miami has partnered withLAN Airlines in the The Culinary Adventure Trip Giveaway Sweepstake/Giveaway. The giveaway will award one winner VIP dining experiences at celebrity chef Gastón Acurio’s restaurants in Miami and Lima, Peru, which is home to the original La Mar Cebicheria. The prize includes premium business class tickets onboard LAN Airlines from Miami to Lima.

The Culinary Adventure Trip Giveaway winner will start the journey in Miami and receive:

  • Dinner for two at La Mar by Gastón Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
  • Two round-trip tickets on LAN Airlines from Miami to Lima in Premium Business class
  • Lunch for two at La Mar Cebicheria in Lima, Peru

More details can be found by visiting www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/culinary-adventure-giveaway. To enter, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/culinary-adventure-giveaway and complete the online submission form. Entries will be accepted until April 24, 2014.

 Devine Color Introduces a Curated Collection Of Interior Paints and Coordinated Self-Adhesive Wallpapers

To help homeowners tackle smaller DIY decorating projects with style and ease, Devine Color has created a new collection of 12 beautiful, trend-proof interior paint colors, offered – for the first time ever – alongside a selection of six coordinated, self-adhesive wallpapers. The new paint collection and Devine Color wallpapers are available nationwide at Target stores.

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Devine Color is known for its artistic color sense, rich, creamy texture and carefully edited palette of 200+ luminous hues. Creative director Gretchen Schauffler mixes each by hand to create custom blends that stand the test of time and equates the new palette to a party, “where each hue’s personality pairs well with others and enhances the atmosphere”. In addition to its well-edited color range, the line also features smart sizes, including 8-ounce samples and new 2.5 liter cans that make purchasing the right paint quantities for accent walls, trim makeovers, furniture refurbishment and craft projects economical and stress free.

We wanted to create a range of amazing neutrals and accent colors with enough depth to work with each other and the existing decor in any home,” said Schauffler. “To achieve that, we mix colors and undertones by hand until we achieve a custom color that feels utterly inspired for everyone. You don’t need 20 pinks when you have a pink strong enough to stand up to the rest of the rainbow.

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Such is the case with Devine Blossom, which Schauffler describes as a “mom’s dream pink“. Devine Primrose, a bold poppy red, is a chameleon with both blue and orange undertones. At the cooler end of the color spectrum, Schauffler wanted modern options with retro appeal. “Blues are tending toward turquoise and mint,” she said, “but those can be overwhelming or icy.” Devine Pond offers a dip in tropical waters, andDevine Horizon is a spa-like blue with a hint of green. A warm, rich navy, Devine Compass, points to a summer night sky.

Devine Twig and Devine Mirage offer cool neutral options that become the perfect foil for other colors. Warmer neutrals include rich, cocoa-colored Devine Buck and Devine Lightning, a creamy white with red undertones. Thanks to their complexity, these four hues are able to pair in unexpected ways with all of the collection’s other colors.

The line also proves that neutral need not be white or beige. Three stunningly subtle colors in the line can be used without fear of clashing with a room’s decor or fighting other accents: Devine Starlight is a dusky mid-range purple, Devine Firefly is a creamy, sunny light yellow, and Schauffler calls Devine Meadow a dream green. “Green can go institutional. We wanted Devine Meadow to be effortless, with a mix of yellow and blue undertones that feel natural and earthy.” Continue reading

New Music From Michael Jackson Out On Epic Records May 13

On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the late Michael Jackson.  The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album.  XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

XSCAPE-Long Awaited New Music From Michael Jackson Out on Epic Records May 13.  (PRNewsFoto/Epic Records)

XSCAPE-Long Awaited New Music From Michael Jackson Out on Epic Records May 13. (PRNewsFoto/Epic Records)

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity.  It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process.  He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them.   This is true of the new project.    Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, “Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.

For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPEstandard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 Announced the 17 artworks to be Presented within the Encounters Sector of its Second Edition in Hong Kong

Dedicated to showing large-scale sculptural installations and performances, the sector will feature work by Miyanaga Aiko, Rebecca Baumann, Marta Chilindron, Gu Wenda, Lee Wen, Michael Lin, Tobias Rehberger, Shen Shaomin, Kishio Suga, Sun Xun, Atelier Van Lieshout, Wang Jianwei, Morgan Wong, Xu Qu, Yang Xinguang, Yeesookyung and Yu Cheng- Ta. Encounters is again curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The second edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, whose lead partner is UBS, will showcase 245 of the world’s leading galleries across four sectors. 50 percent of the exhibitors have spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, underscoring Art Basel’s commitment to the region. While the main sector, Galleries, will present premier established galleries from across the world, Insights is dedicated to presenting precise contextual and thematic presentations by many important artists from the art scene in Asia. The Discoveries sector will provide a platform for younger galleries and Encounters will show large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world.

Encounters will show work presented by leading international galleries with exhibition spaces in Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. The artworks vary in scale, with some reaching over nine meters in height and others taking up over 60 square meters of exhibition space. Punctuating the Galleries sector, Encounters will be displayed on four sixteen-meter wide boulevards, sited on both exhibition floors.

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Cecilia de Torres, Marta Chilindron, Cube 48 Orange, 2014, Courtesy of Marta Chilindron and Cecilia de Torres, New York

Cecilia de Torres (New York) will present ‘Cube 48 Orange’, 2014 by Argentinean artist Marta Chilindron (*1951). Spanning 60 square meters of exhibition space, the sculpture hinges together like an accordion that when folded and closed forms a perfect cube. Visitors can unfold the cube, transforming the piece from its original, stable geometric form into a labyrinthine space.

Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei) will present ‘The Letters (Live Performance)’, 2014 by Taiwanese artist Yu Cheng-Ta (*1983). During live performances art fair visitors will read out spam emails about advance-fee fraud schemes sent to the artist’s email account. All performances will be recorded and played between performances.

Eslite Gallery (Taipei) will show ‘Point’, 2014 by Taiwanese artist Michael Lin (*1964). The sculptural work consists of a grandstand with an illuminated rotating sign at the top. The seating area becomes a place to view from and a place to be viewed, a stage and a catalyst for social interaction.

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Galerie Krinzinger, Atelier Van Lieshout, The Burghers, 2013, Courtesy of the artistm, Galerie Krinzinger and GRIMM Gallery

Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) collaborates with Grimm (Amsterdam) in showcasing ‘The Burghers’, 2013 by Atelier Van Lieshout from the Netherlands (founded 1995). The fiberglass sculpture is inspired by Rodin’s famous work ‘Les Bourgeois de Calais’, 1895.

Galerie Urs Meile (Beijing and Lucerne) and neugerriemschneider (Berlin) show ‘Homeaway’, 2014 by German artist Tobias Rehberger (*1966). The work will be a re- creation and appropriation of Bar Oppenheimer, a bar in Frankfurt which the artist frequents. Made entirely out of unglazed, open-pored bone china, the bar will consist of walls, shelves, a counter with overhead structure and lights, and traditional Chinese stools.

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Gallery Exit, Yang Xinguang, Blue, 2013, Gallery Exit and the artist

Gallery Exit (Hong Kong) will present ‘Blue’, 2013, a series of 13 sculptures created by Chinese artist Yang Xinguang (*1980). By molding and crumpling aluminum-zinc coated, corrugated blue iron sheets, Yang Xinguang evokes a post-industrial depot of metal reliefs and glossy car shells.

Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong) will present United Nations: Man & Space’, 1999-2000 by Chinese artist Gu Wenda (*1955). An ongoing project, Gu utilizes human hair collected from around the world, creating monumental installations.

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iPreciation (Singapore) will present ‘Ping Pong Go-Round’, 1998 by Singaporean artist Lee Wen (*1957). As opposed to traditional ping-pong, the table takes the shape of a donut, enabling games with numerous players. Continue reading

PANDORA’s New Spring Collection Pops with Pretty Pastels

Celebrate the femininity of spring by adding to or starting your PANDORA collection. Inspired by the runway and color trends for 2014, PANDORA’s new spring collection radiates the warmth of the season with a palette of soft pastels — from light pink to luscious lavender.

Spring’s ladylike pastel trend is at your fingertips with PANDORA’s gorgeous new sterling silver cocktail rings. White and lavender-hued cubic zirconia stones are facet-cut and set inside a halo of shimmering stones on the new statement rings. Frame the glamorous rings with new eternity bands, featuring square, princess-cut stones in pink, purple and white. Give your wrist a subtle pop of color with the limited edition soft pink and lavender multi-strand bracelets with a sterling silver clasp, the newest additions to the PANDORA Moments collection.

The new spring pieces start at $35 in sterling silver. To view the new pieces or locate an authorized PANDORA retailer, visit http://www.pandora.net.

 

 

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

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Kmart, the top corporate partner for March of Dimes Foundation, launches its unprecedented fourth decade of fundraising support for the cause, kicking off its 2014 campaign with new ways to donate, and rewards for giving for Shop Your Way members. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs and is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines, and Actavis.

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

Now through June 21, 2014, donors can contribute in-store at any Kmart and online via a link at kmart.com/marchofdimes, with 100 percent of funds raised benefitting the March of Dimes.

New this year, Kmart rewards its Shop Your Way members who donate in-store with a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying in-store or online merchandise purchase.* Also new this year, Kmart introduced a collectible puppy figurine, available in-store or online for $5, with $1 from each sale being donated to the March of Dimes**.

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Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

Kmart Kicks Off Fourth Decade of March of Dimes® Fundraising Support

As the number one March for Babies sponsor, Kmart and its associates and customers are truly dedicated to the health of America’s moms and babies,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Thanks to their efforts, the March of Dimes is able to fund research major breakthroughs, like surfactant therapy, to save the lives and the health of premature babies.”

During the last three decades, Kmart has raised $114 million to help advance the critical work being done by the March of Dimes on behalf of newborns. This year also marks Kmart’s 22nd year as a national sponsor for the annual March for Babies® walks, which will take place this spring in 700 communities across the country.  Continue reading

Bond No. 9 New York Breaks New Ground with Bond No. 9: Hudson Yards

At Bond No. 9 New York, an edgy downtown perfumery committed to designing artisanal scented evocations of the neighborhoods and streets of New York, they’ve long been on a dedicated mission to map the entire City of New York with scents.  Broadway … Park Avenue … Wall Street … Chinatown: those are some of the iconic streets and neighborhoods (and fragrances) that have been a part of their portfolio of eaux de parfum. The company has also also created fragrances that celebrate of-the-moment hotspots, like Bleecker Street, Madison Square Park, and Brooklyn and the city’s parks and squares–Gramercy Park, Central Park, Bryant Park, Washington Square, et al.

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But for spring 2014, Bond No. 9 New York has outdone themselves by choosing to highlight a New York neighbourhood that has yet to be created: The Hudson Yards. Bordering on Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, and presently under construction, the Hudson Yards is being transformed from what was once a gritty parking lot for the trains (that feed Pennsylvania Station) into an honest-to-goodness future-world featuring a network of sleek, slim skyline-altering buildings soaring into westernmost Midtown’s air space, a mini-metropolis of ultra-modern apartment buildings, accompanied, a complex of offices, cultural venues, a luxury hotel, shops and markets; a self-contained boulevard, a subway station (for the extended No. 7 line–so you know for sure you’re still in New York), and a ferry terminal.

Hudson Yards, the scent, is a luminous bouquet of dewy petals piled upon petals.  It starts with lush, attention-grabbingtop notes of lily of the valley, mingled with fresh and innocent freesia and piquant pink peppercorns. It smoothly transits into its middle-range notes of  a dewy floral of peony buds and Bulgarian rose–made even more intoxicating with the addition of wine-like lychee.  The enduring base notes–woody-citrusy orange flower, iris absolute, and white musk–serve to keep Hudson Yards afloat.

The bottle of contemporary, near-neon, iridescent chartreuse shimmers, as the glass surface is laser-etched with an overall network pattern of the Bond No. 9 circular signature token.  Held up to the light, it reveals almost lace-like glimmerings of transparency.  And around the neck, to remind you of the petal-like composition of the scent, rests a ripening cloth flower blossom, in matching chartreuse.

Bond No. 9: Hudson Yards arrives on counter April 1, 2014 (100ml, $285; 50ml, $200; body silk, $135; candle, $115; liquid silk, $95; refillable pocket spray, $95) and online at www.bondno9.com.

Tony- And Grammy-Winner Billy Porter To Host Live Out Loud’s Thirteenth Annual Young Trailblazers Gala On April 28

Acclaimed Star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies and Help Celebrate Five of New York’s Most Inspiring Young Leaders

Billy Porter will headline the thirteenth annual Trailblazers Benefit Gala hosted by Live Out Loud, an nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and empowering LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community.  On Monday, April 28, Porter will join more than 500 leaders in business, arts, politics, and more, to honor individuals that have made a positive impact among the LGBT youth community and recognize several remarkable young LGBT leaders with college scholarships.  Proceeds of the event will go toward furthering educational programming for LGBTQ youth.

Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community. By providing youth with opportunities to interact with adults who understand the realities of living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community, Live Out Loud helps young people to achieve academic success, healthy relationships, rewarding careers, and a fulfilling life. Live Out Loud forges these crucial connections through innovative, hands-on initiatives that include: bringing positive LGBTQ role models into classrooms and schools; bringing LGBTQ youth into workplaces to meet LGBTQ professionals from all walks of life; and providing financial and mentoring support to young scholars and leaders.

It will be my great pleasure to shine the spotlight on perseverance and the potential these young leaders have to find their own voices in this world,” noted Porter, whose artistic talents are equaled only by his passionate support for LGBTQ rights.  “I celebrate Live Out Loud for their important work and will be proud to stand among them at this gala, and continue to stand for the power of equality.

Porter is a Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director from Pittsburgh, PA. As a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records and his sophomore album, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE, on Sh-K-Boom Records. Billy’s Back on Broadway, Porter’s highly anticipated debut on Concord Records, is scheduled for release April 8, 2014. Porter currently stars as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical.  Porter is also a graduate of The Professional Program In Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam.

He will be joined this year by Gala Chairs Tim AllenEugene Rabinovich and Chuck JamesHonorary Chairs include Lea DeLariaMichael UrieJordan Roth & Richie JacksonKim & Lexi StolzBD Wong,David HallbergClodaghDaryl Roth and The Honorable Christine Quinn.   Honorees include Ariel Foxman, editor at InStyle Magazine and Playwright, Terrance McNally.

The LGBT community continues to change public opinion and we have seen dramatic changes made in the past several years – including, and importantly, last year’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and the great many states that are debating the legalization of same-sex marriage,” said Leo Preziosi, Jr., founder and executive director of Live Out Loud. “Together, we must all focus on what’s possible – on what the world can and one day will look like for LGBTQ youth.  That is why we enable adult members of our community to reach out to the younger generation and play an active role in their lives to show them that they are valued and that their dreams can be realized.”

In the tradition of Live Out Loud‘s commitment to energize and enable LGBTQ youth to live the life of their dreams, five college-bound high school seniors from the NY Tri-state area will be awarded $5,000 scholarships at the event for their demonstrated outstanding leadership.

Live Out Loud helps LGBTQ students in New York City and the tri-state area by connecting them with role models and leaders in the LGBT community who are passionate about their life’s work and committed to sharing their stories, insight and advice with the next generation.  Among Live Out Loud‘s many hallmark programs is a partnership with international ad agency Deutsch Inc. called “Gay It Forward“, a groundbreaking PSA campaign for one of their signature programs, The Homecoming Project, which brings successful LGBT adults back to their high schools to share their stories with current students.

Sponsors of the Thirteenth Annual Young Trailblazers Gala include: Bank of America Merrill Lynch,Bloomingdale’s, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Inc., Carolina Herrera, Coach, Donny Deutsch, Abraham & Golda FoxmanAriel Foxman, Fund in the Sun, Helmut Lang, IPG, Johnson & Johnson, Nancy & Howard MarksMax Mara, Mindspark, Neiman Marcus, PwC, Daryl and Steven Roth Foundation, Theory, Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Homegoods, Tory Burch, and Viacom.

Tickets start at $250, and multiple sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information, contact Kristine Bruch at 212-228-7446 or visit www.liveoutloud.info.

 

KIPS BAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB UNVEILS STAR-STUDDED ROSTER OF LEADING DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS FOR 42ND ANNUAL DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE

Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology.  This event began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children.  Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world. The Show House receives as many as 15,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $19 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

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Twenty-two of the United States most celebrated interior designers and architects will participate in this year’s 42nd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House hosted by New York’s most prominent youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. In a span of just eight weeks, each designer will transform a distinct space of Manhattan’s iconic Villard Mansion at 457 Madison Avenue, The Mansion on Madison.

Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged.  Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization.

Hand-selected by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee, this year’s designers will revive the historic interiors of the famed building, which was originally the north wing of the famous Villard House. Today, The Mansion on Madison sits adjacent to luxury hotel, The New York Palace, and is connected by a grand courtyard. Together, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House will offer visitors to the hotel unique packages and limited edition offerings throughout the month of May.

The New York Palace, a luxury midtown hotel on the corner of 50th & Madison, recently completed a $140 million redesign in the fall of 2013. The renovation transformed the property’s premier rooms and suites in The Towers, a hotel-within-a-hotel. Additional upgrades included new lobbies, specialty suites and six new restaurants and bars – two of which are helmed by renowned Chef Michel Richard. With 909 rooms and suites, The Palace is known for unparalleled splendor, spectacular views, spacious rooms and exquisite service. Located across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and only steps from Rockefeller Center — the hotel’s world-renowned courtyard incorporates motifs from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals and has served as the entranceway to the historic Mansion on Madison since 1882. The New York Palace gracefully blends the landmark Mansion on Madison with a contemporary 55-story tower.

We are honored to invite such an illustrious team of designers and architects this year to transform one of the nation’s most legendary mansions and pay tribute to its rich history,” said Bunny Williams, celebrated interior designer and this year’s Show House Chair. “With this extraordinary team, we are confident that we will surpass this year’s fund-raising goal for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to further enhance after-school and enrichment programs for both our region and the nation’s youth.”

An estimated 20,000 people are expected to tour the finished Show House which serves as the non-profit organization’s premier fundraiser. The house will be open to the public seven days a week, May 1 through May 29.

The 22 Designers Announced are:

Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd.

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband and wife duo behind Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd., create utterly chic yet comfortable rooms adored by fashion designers and media moguls alike. Carrier and Company interiors nod toward understatement – distilling rooms to their essence.  They are as confident, distinctive, and comfortable as they are restrained and timeless.  Each project reflects the personalities and style of the client, yet each possess the quintessential Carrier and Company qualities of comfort and style, achieved through tailored details and editing. Clients include such luminaries as Anna Wintour – Vogue, Bob Pittman, Jane Rosenthal, Catie and Donald Marron, Jay Fielden – Town and Country, Jessica Seinfeld, and Jason Wu.  Carrier and Company is listed Architectural Digest’s Top 100 since 2012, and Elle Décor’s “A List” since 2013. Current projects include private residences in New York City, Southampton, Shelter Island, New Canaan, Greenwich, and Salisbury, CT.

Christopher Peacock

Christopher Peacock counts more than 30 years’ experience as a professional designer, having begun designing fitted cabinetry in London in 1979.  Synonymous with the finest quality and service, along with elegant and understated designs, his work has graced many of the world’s most luxurious private estates and residential developments.  Whether it is a Kitchen, Library, Master Bathroom, or a simple Laundry Room; his attention to detail and practical design follow through the entire process.  Christopher’s work includes many high profile clients from the world of arts, sports, and business, including several rooms of cabinetry for President William J. Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Proprietary hardware provides jewelry-like finishing to the furniture, and the exceptional joinery and material selections ensure that beauty is not only skin deep.

Cullman & Kravis Inc.

Ellie Cullman founded Cullman and Kravis 30 years ago. Since 2000, Ellie has been listed in the definitive “AD 100” Architectural Digest’s designated best designers and architects. Additionally, she was included in the AD list of “The Deans of American Design” in January 2005, and was the recipient of the “Stars of Design” award at NYC’s D&D building in October 2009.  Along with longtime colleague, Tracey Pruzan, Ellie is the coauthor of “Decorating Master Class: The Cullman Kravis Way” (NY: Harry Abrams, 2008) and “The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis” (NY: Monacelli Press, 2013.) She chairs a variety of antique shows; such as the Metro Show, the Park Avenue Antiques Show, and the American Patrons Committee for Masterpiece in London.

Darryl Carter Inc.

Darryl Carter, a lawyer by training, made an unorthodox career change after his home was highlighted in Rizzoli’s book, Private Washington, and featured on the cover of Metropolitan Home in 1997. With more than a decade of commissions behind him, Darryl’s design is identified by its unusual dexterity and unique sense of person and place.  While none of his commissions are the same, his work has a discernable hand and is a study in contrasts.  His design vocabulary honors the classical elements of the past and present: balancing the modern with the antique, the simple with the ornate — tailored bespoke environments. Darryl has collaborated with several iconic American companies in the design of furniture and home furnishings; from a line of paint with Benjamin Moore to lighting with the Urban Electric Company. In 2008 he published his first book, The New Traditional, which continues to be embraced.  Darryl’s second book, The Collected Home, (Clarkson Potter) launched in late 2012, which was in tandem with the opening his first retail boutique in Washington, DC.

Edward Lobrano Interior Design, Inc.

After a successful career in real estate development, management and syndication, and after working as senior designer for such firms as Bunny Williams Inc., David Anthony Easton and the Wiseman Group in San Francisco, Edward Lobrano Interior Design was established in 1997 to provide high-end design and development services to discerning clients.  The company’s experience extends into areas of commercial and hospitality including having completed several country clubs; The Dye Preserve in Jupiter Florida won the award as one of the five best new clubhouses in America the year it was completed.  Having lived and worked on the West Coast for 10 years Edward Lobrano’s experience extends to all parts of the United States and abroad and there is no project on or off shore that the company is not able to understand and complete.

Ingrao Inc.

With over 30 years’ experience in architecture and interior design, Tony Ingrao has become one of the preeminent designers in the country, sought after by the financial and social elite of New York and beyond. Since his education at Rhode Island School of Design followed by a thirteen year period of living in Paris, Tony Ingrao’s firm has continually grown, reaching a team of 40 of architects and designers. Ingrao’s Creative Director Randy Kemper, who joined in 1998 after a career as a fashion designer, has been collaborating with Tony within the interiors division for 15 years. Kemper started his professional life as a fashion designer in Paris under Hubert de Givenchy. Together the two designers went on to create homes for Jack Welch, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern, Donny Deutsch and Kim Cattrall as well as America’s financial power brokers and real estate moguls and continues to design the most prestigious of penthouses in New York. From sculptural and modern to sophisticated classics to artistic handcrafted statements, Ingrao and Kemper’s work is dynamic, livable and unique, while invariably a showcase for the rarest antiques and the finest art to highlight the home as a whole.

John Douglas Eason Interiors

John Douglas Eason is a New York based interior designer with more than twenty years’ experience decorating homes in New York City and its surrounding communities. His sophisticated urban sensibility is tempered by his foundational years working in Greenwich Connecticut’s grand homes. From Manhattan pied-à-terre’s to country estates as far-flung as Texas, John’s serene and smoky interiors are curated for the cultured but also built for living. As a designer, John’s full service approach focuses on channeling his clients’ aesthetic interests through his trained and skillful eye in order to create well edited rooms that exude a handsome glamour, while remaining structured and functional. His attention to clients’ needs has resulted in more than just stylish rooms; it has nurtured relationships that have lasted through the decades.

Juan Montoya Design

A truly original thinker, Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period. Initially labeled a minimalist, his work has evolved dramatically since he first came to public attention. The great diversity found in Juan Montoya’s work notwithstanding, it is possible to trace elements that constitute the Montoya look in all his interiors. The exquisite juxtaposition of textures, colors and volumes, together with thoughtful attention to shadows, scale  and spatial quality, result in interiors that exude refinement and elegant simplicity. Through the careful placement of objects, that often reflect his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the qualities of a room.

Kirsten Kelli, LLC

Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford are both sisters and artistic collaborators who tackle each project with a fresh and uncomplicated vision. As interior designers they combine contemporary and classical elements to create incredibly livable and aesthetically beautiful spaces with a sense of the unexpected. In 2003, the sisters opened MADISON Dallas, a store filled with tasteful findings from around the world, and most often, from New York City’s renowned Madison Avenue. Understanding the importance of comfort, luxury and the art of living well, the intentionally curated items available at MADISON are perfectly suited to meet the needs for gifting, decorating and beyond. Kirsten Kelli’s modern, classic style has been featured in several home decor publications including Architectural Digest, Veranda and House Beautiful Magazine.

Mark Hampton LLC

Under owner and designer Alexa Hampton’s direction, the world famous firm Mark Hampton LLC has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Hampton’s work is classic, traditional and eclectic. Her involvement in design goes far past her position as President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Institute for Classical Architecture. She was one of the three inaugural designers who launched Gilt Groupe’s Gilt Home Design Boutiques, serves on the design board of MyDeco.com and was the only ever female cast member of “This Old House” and was a co-host of PBS’ “Find.” Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and regional shelter and design magazines.

Markham Roberts Inc.

Markham Roberts, a New York based interior designer, known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, brings a modern approach to classic design.  Having trained with Mark Hampton before opening his own firm in 1997, Markham takes on a wide variety of projects across the country.  Markham and his work have appeared in Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country and The New York Times.  Markham was named to the 2014 AD100 list of preeminent architects and designers.  A monograph of Markham’s work, Decorating: The Way I See It, is due out in September from The Vendome Press.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors.  Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4,000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and many more.  Currently his projects are featured in 10 coffee table books.  Martyn’s first book exclusively covering his work was released by Rizzoli last year.  ‘Live, Love, & Decorate’ gives us a window into the glamorous world of Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, featuring his dramatic spaces and exquisite eye for detail. Martyn’s A-List clientele includes Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Aaron Sorkin, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguilera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Rebecca Romijn, Felicity Huffman and William H Macy, both executive offices at Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios, Patti La Belle, Loree Rodkin, Cheryl Tiegs and many others.

Matthew Quinn

As one of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design, Matthew Quinn has worked around the world providing his clients with original, memorable spaces. Through residential, commercial, multiunit, and hospitality projects brought to him by the world’s top architects and interior designers, Matthew increases the design and functionality of kitchens and baths. Matthew observes the environments, lifestyles, and desires of his clients to inform his custom design solutions.  His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience. Function is amply addressed, but so are aesthetics and comfort. Matthew is a principal in Atlanta based Retrofit Ventures and Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio. He is also the founder of the Matthew Quinn Collection, a new showroom concept in luxury kitchen, bath, and architectural hardware that blends the best product available today with Matthew’s own expanding lines of kitchen, bath, and closet products.

Mendelson Group, Inc.

Mendelson Group was incorporated in 2003 by its principal, Gideon Mendelson. A graduate of both Columbia University with a degree in Architecture and The New York School of Interior Design, Gideon brings a classically based, yet fresh and modern aesthetic to his projects. Focusing efforts on interior architecture and decoration, Mendelson Group’s goal is to create functional, comfortable spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also timeless in design, youthful and energetic. While the firm’s projects are diverse in both scope and design, a single principle remains constant: from the initial consultation, through architectural and decorative planning, to construction and installation, the client’s satisfaction is the first priority.

Meyer Davis Studio, Inc.

Meyer Davis is a New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis, the firm has established itself at the forefront of the nation’s luxury residential and commercial design practices, having completed over 150 projects to date. Meyer Davis has worked their charm on such prestigious hotels as Paramount in New York City, and the upcoming W Lakeshore in Chicago. Recent restaurant projects include Loews Regency Bar & Grill and Harlow (winner of an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award) in New York City, as well as King & Duke and St. Cecilia in Atlanta. The studio is also responsible for designing Oscar de la Renta boutiques worldwide, and numerous luxury homes across the country.

ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates)

ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates) is an internationally recognized interior design firm whose expertise ranges from the development of interior architectural spaces to the design of the most detailed decorative elements, as well as the procurement of furniture, art and accessories. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy opened his own practice in 1987, after 12 years as Design Principal at Gensler Associates. In 1990, he was joined by the firm’s other principals, David Todd Oldroyd and Greg Stewart. All three have strong architecture and art backgrounds, bringing a clean, focused approach to both contemporary and traditional design projects.The principals are assisted by fifteen architects and designers, all of whom have experience developing solutions to the most technically and aesthetically demanding projects. The firm’s size allows the principals to be intimately involved with every project. ODADA has been published in periodicals around the world, including House Beautiful, Veranda, Interiors, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The New York Times, Objekt and Maison Française.

Robin Sacks Decorative Painting

Robin Sacks studied painting at the Tyler School of Art and founded Robin Sacks Decorative Painting in 1996 to provide custom crafted surfaces for any interior or architectural project. Ms. Sacks combines innovation with tradition to create a full range of decorative finishes, which encompass faux finishing, gilding, plasters, murals and mixed media.

SPAN Architecture

SPAN Architecture brings together a diverse array of experiences and interests as practitioners, teachers, artists and theorists.  Karen Stonely, Peter Pelsinski and  Jean-Gabriel Neukomm are registered architects and began collaboration in 1998.  Their award-winning work combines thoughtful and inventive conceptual design with technological innovation and creative material application.  Above all else, SPAN shares a deep appreciation and reverence for architecture that guides their pursuit of creating superlative work.

Vicente Wolf Associates

A world-renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf has been named one of the ten most influential designers in the United States by House Beautiful and has been inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine. Wolf has been at the top of the Manhattan design industry for over 35 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity.

Villalobos Desio

Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio studied at the New York School of Interior Design where, after obtaining their degrees, they decided to open their design firm in New York City. Alberto, whose nationality is Colombian, and Mercedes who is Italian, wanted to combine the eclectic and international sense of aesthetic acquired from their diverse cultural backgrounds, travels and education. Their successful partnership is driven by the fact that they seamlessly integrate their uniquely different viewpoints thereby maximizing their creativity. The result was the creation of Villalobos Desio, an emerging firm that has been commissioned to design homes in the U.S. and Europe for a discerning group of international clientele. Villalobos Desio is known for successfully mixing new pieces, antiques and contemporary art; their aesthetic is inspired by a wide range of cultural influences. In creating an environment, they tell a story that complements the backgrounds of their clients.

William T. Georgis Architect

William T. Georgis Architect has designed and completed numerous residential, institutional, and commercial projects in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. These include new houses in Southampton, New York, the Bahamas, Montana, La Jolla, California, many New York City townhouses, a pied‐a‐terre for a South American couple at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, the Tiffany Gallery at the Museum of the City of New York, Casa Lever restaurant in Manhattan, the interiors of a Gulfstream G650 jet, and the renovation of the public spaces of the landmarked Lever House in New York City. In addition he has completed the design of Manhattan condominium projects at 350 West Broadway and 530 Park Avenue, and completed designs for the Gramercy Park Hotel.  In 1999, 2007, 2010, and 2013 he was included in the AD 100, Architectural Digest’s international guide to the top one hundred architects and interior designers.

Young Huh, LLC

Young Huh is principal and founder of Young Huh Interiors, a full service design firm specializing in residential and commercial interiors.   With impeccable attention to detail, Young’s projects are conceived and tailored to fit each client’s personality and needs. Her philosophy is that each client has a unique point-of-view and her role is to transform that vision into reality while elevating it to its greatest potential. Well-versed in art and design history, yet with an ever vigilant eye on the popular pulse, Young incorporates ideas and styles from an expansive range of sources to create timeless design known for its classic proportions and eclectic, chic styling. Fluent in a wide range of styles from historic to contemporary, her interiors reflect her love of art and artisans, materials and textures.

For more information, please visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org. Guests can reserve accommodations online at www.newyorkpalace.com or contact reservations at 1-800-NY-PALACE (1-800-697-2522).

 

42nd ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE TO TRANSFORM NEW YORK’S HISTORIC VILLARD MANSION IN SHOW HOUSE FIRST

Iconic New York Landmark to Host World’s Most Established Show House Event and Renowned Interior Designers to Benefit Local Youth Organization

In its forty-second year, the internationally- recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House hosted by New York’s most prominent youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, will make an unprecedented venue shift this spring as it takes over Manhattan’s quintessential mansion at 457 Madison Avenue, The Mansion on Madison.

Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s most luxurious shopping district, the famed building which was originally the north wing of the famous Villard House, is connected by a grand courtyard to adjacent luxury hotel, The New York Palace. This spring, the gilded-era mansion will invite the world’s leading interior designers to revive its historic interiors before opening to the public for one month beginning Thursday, May 1.

We’re honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the splendor and elegance of a long-standing icon of old New York, and invite the world into one of the nation’s most legendary landmarks to raise funds for New York’s youth,” said Show House Chair and celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams.

Designed and built by architecture firm McKim, Mead & White in 1884 on the Southeast corner of 51st Street and Madison Avenue, the Renaissance-inspired Villard Houses were constructed by Henry Villard, President of the Northern Pacific Railway, to serve as six private yet connected brownstones. Renovated in 2011, the six-story and 26,190 square-foot Mansion on Madison boasts a grand staircase, landmarked hallways with marble floors, 16-foot high ceilings with elegant moldings, multiple Italian marble fireplaces, and a carved paneled room with barrel-vaulted ceilings.

Rooted in history, the opulence of The Mansion on Madison speaks for itself. Until now, a venue of this scale is one that no show house has ever dreamt of taking on,” said James Druckman, President and CEO of the New York Design Center, and President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “We’re excited to elevate this year’s show house to an untapped level and offer unique amenities through our partnership with The New York Palace.”

Proceeds from the Decorator Show House, which attracts an estimated 15,000 visitors each year, benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 11,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx.

“This year’s Show House represents a marriage of two great New York institutions – the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, and The Mansion on Madison on the property of the New York Palace,” said David Chase, General Manager of The New York Palace. “There’s no organization more respected that we’d rather partner with than the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to fuse together a historic and modern New York.

2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Schedule (Unless otherwise noted, the following events will be held at The Mansion on Madison):

Tuesday, April 22 – Annual President’s Dinner; Cipriani 42nd Street; 7- 10pm
Thursday, April 24Wednesday, April 30 – press days held weekdays only by appointment only; please contact Susan Magrino Agency to schedule
Wednesday, April 30 – Opening Night Cocktails, 6-9 pm
Thursday, May 1 – Thursday, May 29 – Show House open to the public Monday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday until 8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 5pm; Tickets to tour the Show House are $35

For more information, please visit  www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

THE RITTENHOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW SPA, HEALTH CLUB AND SALON: FIRST OF ITS KIND IN PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia’s Largest Beauty & Wellness Destination to Feature Exceptional Personalized Service & Innovative Offerings, Opening Late Summer 2014

The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia’s most renowned luxury hotel overlooking Rittenhouse Square, is excited to announce its new Spa, Health Club and Salon, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, scheduled to open at the prestigious hotel in late summer 2014. Boasting nearly 15,000 square feet dedicated to beauty, health and wellness, the destination offers discerning guests and Philadelphia locals an exclusive and innovative array of services, creating a truly unique luxury experience.

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The Rittenhouse is an independent luxury hotel that has received the prestigious Five Diamond award for more than 20 years. This distinguished landmark hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and considered Philadelphia’s most desired address. Opened in 1989, The Rittenhouse is ideally situated on Philadelphia’s famed Rittenhouse Square, within walking distance to the heart of the business district and premier shopping corridor. Additionally, the hotel affords easy access to the Philadelphia Convention Center and all of the City’s numerous arts, cultural, dining and entertainment venues.

This opening marks the culminating phase of the iconic hotel’s multi-million dollar revitalization that Hersha Hospitality Trust implemented upon purchase in 2012. Additional enhancements include five spectacular Park Suites, newly decorated event spaces, beautifully appointed guestrooms and lobby, and enhanced food and beverage offerings such as the exquisite Mary Cassatt Tea Room and the sophisticated new Library Bar.

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque is poised to be the most stunning facility of its kind in Philadelphia, with a whimsical design aesthetic inspired by haute fashion collections and the latest offerings. Philadelphia-based BLT Architects, best known for its work on the Cira Centre, Suburban Station and The Union League, served as the project architect. The firm has been an integral part of The Rittenhouse’s recent series of enhancements.

For 25 years, The Rittenhouse has catered to the sophisticated, urban traveler, putting the best of Philadelphia at their fingertips,” said General Manager Reg Archambault. “The spectacular new Spa, Club and Salon will perfectly complement the hotel’s recent improvements, allowing The Rittenhouse to continue offering our loyal guests an unmatched Philadelphia experience, and one that is both residential and luxurious in nature.”

Inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection, the design of the 5,000 square foot Spa features a baroque palette with a modern voice. A blend of luxurious materials, including black stone and glass, lends to a seductive and relaxing atmosphere. Featuring eight modern treatment rooms, a couple’s treatment room and Philadelphia’s first-ever Spa Suite, the Spa will carry only the finest and most advanced treatments and skin care products such as Tata Harper and Natura Bissé,
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The jewel of the Spa is the deluxe Spa Suite, the first of its kind in Philadelphia, providing an intimate spa experience for couples and small groups. For groups of up to eight guests, the suite features a dressing area, bathroom, rain showers, two treatment beds, and cocktail offerings – ideal for couples, weddings, bridal showers or bachelorette parties. The comprehensive menu includes custom massage, facials and skin care, waxing and nail services, as well as a unique collection of packages curated for specific needs of brides, grooms, wedding parties, bachelorettes, corporate guests and event planners. Visitors to the Spa receive exclusive access to the Club’s magnificent new locker rooms, sauna and steam rooms and the indoor swimming pool that leads to an expansive outdoor deck and lounge. Cuisine options from the award winning kitchen of Lacroix, The Rittenhouse’s Four Diamond restaurant are also available. Continue reading

Longines Launches Five New Collections at Baselworld 2014: Longines Elegant Collection, 1954-2014 Conquest Heritage, Longines Equestrian Lépine, Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph Single Push-Piece and Longines Heritage 1935.

From its earliest days, Longines has always focused on elegance. This quality can be found not only in its products but also in communication with the now famous slogan “Elegance is an attitude“. It is therefore no surprise that the brand now launches Longines Elegant Collection, which includes models are the perfect embodiment of classic design and typical of Longines watches pure lines. Available in three sizes, and with self-winding mechanical movements, these watches offer a wide choice of areas, each having its own definition of elegance.

The Longines Elegant Collection is the perfect embodiment of the classical design and sleek lines typical of Longines timepieces. With a diameter of 25.50, this model in steel and rose gold cap is set with 52 diamonds and displays a white mother-of-pearl dial with diamond indices. It is fitted with the self-winding mechanical movement L595.

The Longines Elegant Collection is the perfect embodiment of the classical design and sleek lines typical of Longines timepieces. With a diameter of 25.50, this model in steel and rose gold cap is set with 52 diamonds and displays a white mother-of-pearl dial with diamond indices. It is fitted with the self-winding mechanical movement L595.

This year, Longines celebrated the 60th anniversary of the filing of the patent for its brand “Conquest“. To commemorate this occasion, the Swiss watch company launched its Conquest Heritage 1954-2014, a selection based directly on the first watches watches Conquest. Available in steel, yellow gold or rose gold, these models, released in limited editions, hold the same areas made famous by the name “Conquest” to the general public.And just like the original versions of these commemorative box room is decorated with a gold medallion and enamel, the “seal of quality gold Longines”.

This year, Longines celebrates the 60th anniversary of the filing of the patent for its "Conquest" brand. To mark this occasion, the Swiss watch company is launching its Conquest Heritage 1954-2014. With a diameter of 35 mm, this model in rose gold displays a sunray silver dial with pink applied indices. Fitted with the mechanical calibre L633, it indicates the hours, the minutes and the seconds. The caseback is screwed down and decorated with a gold and enamel medallion representing a constellation. This timepiece is numbered and limited to 60 pieces.

This year, Longines celebrates the 60th anniversary of the filing of the patent for its “Conquest” brand. To mark this occasion, the Swiss watch company is launching its Conquest Heritage 1954-2014. With a diameter of 35 mm, this model in rose gold displays a sunray silver dial with pink applied indices. Fitted with the mechanical calibre L633, it indicates the hours, the minutes and the seconds. The caseback is screwed down and decorated with a gold and enamel medallion representing a constellation. This timepiece is numbered and limited to 60 pieces.

Longines celebrates the year of the horse with an exceptional creation, a pocket watch rose gold whose rear lid is decorated with a horse jumping. This model is a new edition of a metal pocket watch dating from 1927 that is currently exhibited at the Longines Museum. With the name of Longines Equestrian Lépine, this new product is a tribute to a noble animal that has fascinated man since time immemorial. Awe and proud horse incorporates elegance and prestige and performance – two of the core values ​​of the Swiss watch brand known for its logo of a winged hourglass.

With a diameter of 49.50 mm, this new model is fitted with a manually wound L506 calibre and shows the hours and minutes, as well as having a small seconds at 6 o'clock. Its white dial features a railway track minute-ring, large painted black Arabic numerals and a second minute-ring with red numerals. Pink Breguet hands complete the harmony of the dial while the sides and the bow are finely worked in imitation of the original model. The back cover is decorated with a stamped out horse motif and opens to reveal a solid case back.

With a diameter of 49.50 mm, this new model is fitted with a manually wound L506 calibre and shows the hours and minutes, as well as having a small seconds at 6 o’clock. Its white dial features a railway track minute-ring, large painted black Arabic numerals and a second minute-ring with red numerals. Pink Breguet hands complete the harmony of the dial while the sides and the bow are finely worked in imitation of the original model. The back cover is decorated with a stamped out horse motif and opens to reveal a solid case back.

The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph models take their inspiration from the rich history of the brand logo with the winged hourglass. Fitted with an exclusive Longines movement, remember the first chronograph wrist watches created by the brand. These models are found in three different versions, in steel or rose gold. Its white areas are adorned with black numbers and a red twelve harmoniously matching with the blue hands. The fluted crown, which is inserted in the switch, complete the traditional design aesthetic of these watches.

The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph models take their inspiration from the first chronograph wristwatches developed by Longines in 1913. This steel model is fitted with the L788 calibre, a column-wheel single push-piece chronograph movement developed by ETA exclusively for Longines. With its 40 mm diameter, its case is fitted with moving lugs. The white dial features black Roman numerals and a red "XII", a small seconds at 9 o'clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock. The date aperture is situated at 6 o'clock. Blued hands harmoniously complete this timepiece, which comes with a brown alligator strap.

The Longines Column-Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph models take their inspiration from the first chronograph wristwatches developed by Longines in 1913. This steel model is fitted with the L788 calibre, a column-wheel single push-piece chronograph movement developed by ETA exclusively for Longines. With its 40 mm diameter, its case is fitted with moving lugs. The white dial features black Roman numerals and a red “XII”, a small seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The date aperture is situated at 6 o’clock. Blued hands harmoniously complete this timepiece, which comes with a brown alligator strap.

The Longines Heritage 1935 model is based on a clock originally created for pilots, but became very popular among the general public. With its steel sphere shaped pad and fluted crown, this model has an original look that evokes the clock on which it is based. As typical of watches for use in aviation, matt black dial is decorated with large white and covered with Super-LumiNova ® Arabic numerals.

The Longines Heritage 1935 is based on a timepiece originally created for aviators but which went on to prove highly popular among the general public. Its cushion-shaped steel case has a diameter of 42 mm and houses the automatic calibre L615. The matt black dial displays white Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova® as well as a small second and the date at 6 o’clock. The watch is fitted with a black alligator strap.

The Longines Heritage 1935 is based on a timepiece originally created for aviators but which went on to prove highly popular among the general public. Its cushion-shaped steel case has a diameter of 42 mm and houses the automatic calibre L615. The matt black dial displays white Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova® as well as a small second and the date at 6 o’clock. The watch is fitted with a black alligator strap.

TOM CRUISE, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and HUGH JACKMAN RECEIVE HONORARY AWARDS AT THE 19th ANNUAL JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS IN LONDON, ENGLAND

OTHER AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE: EMMA THOMPSON; JAMES MCAVOY; MARGOT ROBBIE; SIMON PEGG; SALLY HAWKINS; MICHAEL FASSBENDER

The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the cinema-going public, were honored at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards. Film fans from the UK and around the world selected their cinema highlights for the awards, which honour blockbusters, independent filmmaking and home-grown British films and were once again held at Grosvenor House, a JW

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Jameson Empire Awards logo

Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair District.

To celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Empire cover-star Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike. Acknowledging his stellar career to date, the magazine highlighted his outstanding work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire. The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was bestowed to action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger who was honored for his performances in a host of action movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall.

Two other special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award. Pegg joins a list of previous winners that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film in what was to be an outstanding evening for British filmmaking talent. James McAvoy and Emma Thompson took the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress presented by Max Factor awards and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was awarded Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4. In addition, Oscar® and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins received the award for Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine. Joining Hawkins in the new supporting actor categories – introduced this year to acknowledge the extensive breadth actors shortlisted by readers – was Michael Fassbender who won the Best Supporting Actor presented by The National Lottery award for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

 

Arnold attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Arnold  Schwarzennegger attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Actors new to our screens were honoured in the Newcomer categories with Margot Robbie collecting the award for Best Female Newcomer presented by Max Factor for her exceptional performance in The Wolf of Wall Street while Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer presented by Tresor Paris for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson’s epic sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film presented by MediCinema.


Another film scooping multiple awards was Gravity for which director Alfonso Cuarón triumphed in the Best Director category and which received the prestigious Best Film accolade, presented by Sky Movies.

As previously announced, British director Paul Greengrass also received the Empire Inspiration Award, presented by Mazda Motors UK, for his work on the Bourne trilogy and recent commercial and critical success Captain Phillips.

The Jameson Empire Awards continue to recognise the diverse tastes of cinema-goers, with awards dedicated to popular genres including Best Horror which went to The Conjuring, and Best Thriller presented by Quaglino’s awarded to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

The five budding filmmakers in the running to win the Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds Amateur Short Film Competition also attended the event. To be in with a chance of winning, filmmakers were required to submit a 60 second remake of their favourite film. Spanning Oscar winners, to Indies, and romance to thrillers, the wide array of entries becomes more impressive every year. The five finalists and their entries are; Leigh Lahav from Israel (Gravity), Michael Hall from the UK (Gravity in 2D), Ramil Karipov from Russia (Paranormal Activity: Bad Realtor), David Smith from the UK (There Will Be Blood) and Joao Carrilho from Portugal (Vertigo). A panel made up of Directors, Ben Wheatley and Jon S. Baird, and fellow film buffs, Edith Bowman, Alex Zane and Empire Magazine’s Editor, Mark Dinning, chose the five finalists. Continue reading

PANDORA Jewelry Adds New Charms to Major League Baseball Themed Collection

Just in time for Opening Day, PANDORA adds an additional MLB charm to the collection of two existing MLB charms, to offer women other options to celebrate their favorite teams all year round. PANDORA Jewelry has introduced a new MLB-themed PANDORA charm representing the League’s 30 MLB clubs (is available at select authorized retailers,  www.pandora.net or www.MLB.com). The new MLB themed charm will feature logos of each of the 30 MLB Clubs engraved on

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PANDORA Jewelry Adds New Charms to Major League Baseball Themed Collection. (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

PANDORA’s sterling silver Baseball charm.

PANDORA and MLB originally announced their relationship back in October 2013, and released Pau Amarelo, yellow, wood charms, and sterling silver dangle charms engraved with each of the 30 MLB Club Team logos.

“With the launch of our first round of PANDORA MLB themed charms, we received a countless number of positive responses from our retail partners and consumers, as this has been a long time request,” said Beth Moeri, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, PANDORA Americas.  “We know women sports enthusiasts are just as passionate as men, and they continuously look for fashionable ways to dress up for games and cheer for their favorite teams – we’re thrilled to offer another assortment of charms for our consumers to choose from and style their bracelets.”

“We couldn’t be happier to continue to grow our great relationship with PANDORA Jewelry and offer our female fans another fashionable option to support their favorite team just in time for Opening Day,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties.  “The MLB-themed collection that Pandora introduced in October was its first professional sports themed collection, so to see successes with such a highly recognizable, respected and sought after brand is truly thrilling.”

 

METHOD CELEBRATES LIFE’S MESSY MOMENTS IN BREAKTHROUGH BRAND CAMPAIGN

 Method,  a pioneer of premium planet-friendly and design-driven home, fabric and personal care products, has launched a new integrated campaign celebrating life’s messy moments through a romantic comedy-style series of TV and online ads, content and social media programs. Through the story arc of two characters, key milestones in a relationship unfold and relatable messes come to life through Method’s unique style. The colorful campaign is centered on the idea that there’s an entertaining story behind every mess, and every mess deserves a clean, happy ending. The campaign, while integrated across multiple channels, is Method’s first significant foray into online advertising to better reach the people who love Method where they live and shop online. The ads will run from March 24 – June 7 in top US markets including San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Denver, Portland, Boston, and Philadelphia. 
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Formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients, Method cleaners get rid of dirt without doing harm to people, creatures or the planet. Today, Method can be found in more than 40,000 retail locations throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Major national retailers include Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers and Kroger.
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Our campaign is grounded in a universal human truth that people’s lives are messy,” said Alison Worthington, Method’s Chief Marketing Officer. “As with all great storytelling, we aimed to create tension by bringing these truths to life in a beautiful, aspirational setting inspired by the breakthrough color, design and wit of our brand. Continuing in the tradition of the challenger brand that we are, these are not your typical soap product demo ads.”
This new content is an evolution of the brand’s ‘Clean Happy’ mantra to demonstrate Method’s promise to provide a better cleaning experience through fragrance, design and health. Leaning into the insight that people are often introduced to Method at key milestones in their lives, the campaign is built around real-life moments. From the couple’s first meeting, to a dinner incident with the in-laws, to a flying meatball at mealtime, the audience is invited to follow the journey of Charles and Francine as their love story progresses.
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Our story is about opposites attracted to one another,” said Tommy Means, Mekanism founder and Executive Creative Director. “Francine is charming, stylish, impulsive and a bit of a mess not unlike Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Charles on the other hand is clean and orderly. Telling the Method story through the eyes of this odd couple falling for each other is something everyone can relate to.”
To seed the campaign on Facebook, Method is hosting a photo contest called the Clean Happy Awards, asking fans to submit their best pet, kid, and party messes.
Method partnered with the creative agency Mekanism to create and produce the content which includes a mix of TV and online ads and a 60-second movie trailer style video. Method’s digital agency of record, Essence, developed and executed its media plan, television media buy, and website redesign. To view the campaign ads and learn more, visit methodhome.com/cleanhappy.

Teva Spring 2014 Originals Collection Launch Celebrates the Modern Day Adventurous Spirit

After a long winter, it’s finally sandal season. Teva®(a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation) welcomes the spring season by celebrating the adventurous spirit with the global launch of a new integrated marketing campaign supporting its iconic Originals Collection.
Teva Spring 2014 Original Universal Collection

Teva Spring 2014 Original Universal Collection

The brand’s campaign will focus on a combination of experiential, digital and social activations that consumers will be able to engage with on their own terms. For starters, to stoke the excitement for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – of which Teva is a sponsor – the brand will host a conversation with fans around how to get #Ready2Roo, sharing tips on music festival fashion and camping. Starting April 1 on Bonnaroo’s website, The Fountain, fans will be able to share fun photos, along with helpful “hacks” for ways to have the best possible experience at the festival. The brand’s promotions and targeted influencer outreach will make The Fountain the go-to spot for pre-festival excitement. Likewise, Teva will sponsor additional curated discussions around perennial summer themes, such as festivals and travel, through partnerships with premier outlets like Refinery29 and Complex Media.  Plans for this highly integrated social and digital media strategy are being carried out in partnership with the brand’s new agency, Heat, out of San Francisco.

Teva Spring 2014 Mens Original Universal

Teva Spring 2014 Mens Original Universal

The brand’s campaign will focus on a combination of experiential, digital and social activations that consumers will be able to engage with on their own terms. For starters, to stoke the excitement for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – of which Teva is a sponsor – the brand will host a conversation with fans around how to get #Ready2Roo. Starting April 1 on Bonnaroo’s website, The Fountain, fans will be able to share fun photos, along with helpful “hacks” for ways to have the best possible experience at the festival. The brand’s promotions and targeted influencer outreach will make The Fountain the go-to spot for pre-festival excitement. Likewise, Teva will sponsor additional curated discussions around perennial summer themes, such as festivals and travel, through partnerships with premier outlets like Refinery29 and Complex Media.  Plans for this highly integrated social and digital media strategy are being carried out in partnership with the brand’s new agency, Heat, out of San Francisco.

Teva Spring 2014 Women's Original Universal

Teva Spring 2014 Women’s Original Universal

These platforms will not only allow a two-way conversation with consumers, they’ll enable consumers to embrace the adventurous spirit within themselves,” says, Lucas Martinez, Originals Marketing Manager. “Through promotions with experiential prizes – from VIP trips to summer festivals to life changing excursions around the world – Teva will facilitate and encourage adventure and spontaneity within its community.”

Kicking off the conversations, on April 2nd, Teva will host a special media invite-only evening at STORY, a progressive, gallery-styled retail space in New York City. Guests will have an opportunity to engage with the collection in three unique landscapes, creating their own #OriginalStyle, and they’ll get a first peek at some of the coming exclusive collaborations set for release later this summer. Contact tevapr@deckers.com for more information.

The Original Collection, including the new Original Sandal and Original Universal in this season’s hottest pantones, is available now at www.teva.com and at retailers nationwide including DSW and Nordstrom.

Tribeca Film Festival 2014: ALEC BALDWIN SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK

COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK will premiere as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Alec Baldwin has signed on as executive producer for the highly anticipated and controversial documentary COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK making its world premiere on April 27, 2014 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.  This is Mr. Baldwin’s latest film having recently produced ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.

The cast includes Barney Frank, Jim Ready, Hank Paulson, Mike Barnicle, Lance Black, Nancy Pelosi, Alan Simpson, Eliot Spitzer, Steve Elmendorf, Norm Ornstein, Spencer Bachus, Bethany McLean, Bill Press, Hastings Wyman, Charlie Halpern, Mike Oxley, Neil Barofsky, Maxine Waters, Jim Segel.

Baldwin says, “Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine. His legacy in Congress–and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman–is important for our country.”

In 2009, Baldwin also stated: “Many Americans today forget that the role of the legislative branch is to make laws. The laws that stop abuses of power. The laws that enable men to live free. The people we send to the Hill today, what passes for leadership in America now, are easier to identify as partisan assassins, like the ruffian on a hockey team. You are more clear about what they are against, as opposed to for. Barney Frank is, perhaps, one of the best examples of what a great legislator is today. Set aside your view of the policies themselves and keep your eye on who gets things done. On who sets out to do something ambitious and gets close.”

Directors and Producers Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler add: “Mr. Baldwin is a pleasure to work with and we are very fortunate to have him on board as we launch the film.

COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK is directed and produced by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.  In addition to Baldwin, other Executive Producers include Geralyn Dreyfous and Jamie Wolf and will premiere at the SVA Theater (333 W 23rd Street) on Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 pm.

International Center of Photography Announces 2014 Infinity Awards Winners

Jürgen Schadeberg Recognized for Lifetime Achievement
Event Co-Chairs: Renee Harbers Liddell, Bob Jeffrey, and Marjorie Rosen

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2014 Infinity Awards including Jürgen Schadeberg, who will receive the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.

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Infinity Awards 2013 © Image Singuliere

 

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more
than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational facilities and archive.

The Infinity Awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in the field of photography. The awards are also ICP’s largest annual fundraiser and support all of ICP’s programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach.

Since 1985, the annual ICP Infinity Awards have recognized major contributions and emerging talent in the fields of photojournalism, art, fashion photography, and publishing. Past winners include Berenice Abbott, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roy DeCarava, Elliott Erwitt, Harold Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, David Goldblatt, Ruth Gruber, André Kertész, William Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Alexander Liberman, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Daidō Moriyama, John G. Morris, Gordon Parks, Marc Riboud, Malick Sidibé, and Ai Weiwei.

More than 500 prominent individuals from the art, business, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, and photography worlds are present to celebrate leading photography professionals and demonstrate their commitment to creative expression and artistic
achievement.

“It is with great joy that we honor this remarkable pool of talent,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “This year’s recipients have each made significant contributions to the field of photography and the powerful way in which the image is viewed and interpreted around the world.”

THE 2014 RECIPIENTS  are:
Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement: Jürgen Schadeberg
Art: James Welling
Fashion: Steven Klein
Photojournalism: Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock
Publication: “Holy Bible” Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, MACK/AMC, 2013
Young Photographer: Samuel A. James

Jürgen Schadeberg is a German-born South African photographer, editor, curator, and teacher known for his depictions of Apartheid, particularly his iconic images of Nelson Mandela. He has been featured in several ICP exhibitions, most recently Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.

James Welling is an artist whose diverse photographic production has been tremendously influential. Making both representational and abstract work, Welling has brought an important experimental sensibility to photography. His work is featured in our spring exhibition What Is a Photograph? Welling is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Steven Klein makes provocative, boundary-defying fashion photographs and video collaborations. His repertoire ranges across subjects and includes suburban outcasts, improbable lovers, gorgeous loafers, and aging beauties, all seen through an imagination that is beguiling, erotic, wicked, and darkly humorous. He was featured in the 2009 ICP exhibition Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now, which presented innovative contemporary fashion photography.

The 2014 recipient selection committee includes Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York; Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London; and Carol Squiers, Curator, ICP. This year’s nominators include Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director, Robert B. Menschel Media Center, Syracuse University; Stacey Clarkson, Photo Editor, Harper’s Magazine; Daphne Angles, Head of European Picture Desk, New York Times/Paris; W.M. (Bill) Hunt, photography consultant and collector, New York; Betti-Sue Hertz, Chief Curator, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Mitra Abbaspour, Associate Curator, MOMA, New York; and Michiko Kasahara, Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Tokyo. The Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement honoree is selected by the ICP Board of Trustees and senior staff.

THE 2014 INFINITY AWARDS
Monday, April 28, 2014
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Individual tickets and tables are available for the 2014 Infinity Awards. Purchase them online or contact Mari Martinez at 212.857.0042 or infinity@icp.org

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Because Of Them We Can™ — Inspirational Photo Campaign Advocates the Self-Esteem of All Children as the New Civil Rights Movement

Because Of Them We Can(TM) Launches New Initiative to Uplift the Value in All Hues Beginning With Their Images to Commemorate Women’s History Month.

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Founded by social activist, photographer, wife and mother of two, Eunique Jones Gibson, the Because Of Them We Can campaign originally started out as a Black History Month project in February 2013 and has since evolved into a 365-page self published coffee table book, as well as dream journals, calendars, t-shirts and more. To date, Eunique has received numerous accolades for her work including being named one of the White House’s Champions Of Change. In addition, the Because Of Them We Can campaign has drawn support from the likes of Kerry Washington, Soledad O’Brien, Janelle Monae, Common, Tom Joyner, Russell Simmons, Kevin Hart, and many others.

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The Because of Them We Can campaign was inspired by my own two sons and the desire to create imagery for them and children like them that would refute stereotypes and build their self-esteem by connecting them to heroes past and present who have and continue to pave the way,” says Because Of Them We Can creator Eunique Jones Gibson. “There is a battle going on in each neighborhood, school and home and it is for the self-esteem of our young people.  Our goal is to create a banner of excellence for all children to live by. There are numerous issues that divide us, however, wouldn’t it be great if we worked together to inundate children all over the world with these messages of excellence, accomplishment and responsibility.”

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After traveling the country engaging parents and capturing images of over 650 children in less than a year, Eunique is not finished yet. The mom-preneur has made it her mission to depict heroes and heroines that every child, of every hue, can relate to beginning with new images to commemorate Women’s History Month.

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In commemoration of Women’s History Month and as part of their ongoing commitment to provide children of all backgrounds a platform to learn their diverse and rich heritage, Because Of Them We Can announces its expansion by honoring women of achievement such as Susan B. Anthony, Hillary Clinton, Janet Reno, Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and many others.  By releasing a series of images of children depicting these iconic women, past and present, the campaign’s goal is to introduce young people of all hues to examples of excellence, while building their self-esteem along the way and teaching them that greatness also exists within them.

For more information on Because Of Them We Can, visit www.becauseofthemwecan.com or follow the campaign on Facebook or instagram at @becauseofthem.

Art and Life Intersect in New Season of POV, Beginning Monday, June 23, 2014 on PBS

 

Watch Films from POV Alumni at Tribeca and Full Frame this April

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This season on PBS’s award-winning POV (Point of View) documentary series, art becomes a major player that imitates, intimidates, heals and transforms the lives of individuals and communities.

The 27th season of POV begins on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS and continues weekly through Sept. 22. The season, featuring 13 new independent nonfiction films and an encore broadcast, concludes with a special presentation in fall 2014.

In When I Walk, a young up-and-coming filmmaker discovers he has multiple sclerosis. To cope, he decides to use the art of filmmaking to look at his new reality. In the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing, a group of unrepentant Indonesian mass murderers re-enact their crimes in a surreal performance that mimics the Hollywood movies they grew up with — and shocks a nation. And inThe Genius of Marian, a mother’s watercolors help a daughter suffering with Alzheimer’s grasp family memories.

The art of politics is also on display — in Koch, a history of the life and times of New York City’s former mayor Ed Koch that is as rollicking and unconventional as the man himself, in American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, about a fiery activist who urges today’s movers and shakers to think in entirely new ways, and in Getting Back to Abnormal, in which a New Orleans politician prone to putting her foot in her mouth gets an education in street smarts and the city’s wildly divergent cultures.

POV recently announced a collaboration with The New York Times to premiere new documentaries on the organizations’ websites. The first film, The Men of Atalissa by Dan Barry and Kassie Bracken, produced by The New York Times, can be seen on www.pbs.org/pov and www.nytimes.com. In addition, POV will renew its media partnership with New York flagship public radio station WNYC.

“Documentaries no longer exist on the cultural margins; they have become an essential tool in how we explore and experience the world,” said POV Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry. “The work produced by these filmmakers is remarkable and important, engaging, daring and entertaining. And, it’s exciting to see how audiences celebrate and embrace these stories.”

“POV programs take you on a journey, whether traveling alongside a politician, a person grappling with a debilitating illness or an individual in love for the first time,” said POV Co-Executive Producer Cynthia López. “As always, POV films deliver a emotional punch with superbly crafted storytelling. This season promises to be a powerful rollercoaster ride.”

POV 2014 Schedule (All programs air Mondays at 10 p.m. unless otherwise indicated; check local listings):

June 23: When I Walk by Jason DaSilva

Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.

June 30: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs by Grace Lee

Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Winner, Audience Award, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

July 7: My Way to Olympia by Niko von Glasow

Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker? Unfortunately — or fortunately for anyone seeking an insightful and funny documentary — this filmmaker frankly hates sports and thinks the games are “a stupid idea.” Born with severely shortened arms, von Glasow serves as an endearing guide to London’s Paralympics competition in My Way to Olympia. As he meets a one-handed Norwegian table tennis player, the Rwandan sitting volleyball team, an American archer without arms and a Greek paraplegic boccia player, his own stereotypes about disability and sports get delightfully punctured. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

July 14: Getting Back to Abnormal by Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler

What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for Getting Back to Abnormal, a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.

July 21: Dance for Me by Katrine Philp

Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. Dance for Me is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.

Airing with Dance for Me is the StoryCorps animated short Bryan and Mike Wilmoth by The Rauch Brothers. Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. He talks to his brother Mike about what it was like to reconnect years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay. Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

July 28: Fallen City by Zhao Qi

In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Zhao Qi offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS International.

Aug. 4: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story by Nadine Pequeneza

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

Aug. 11: Encore presentation: Neurotypical by Adam Larsen

Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.

Aug. 18: A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel

A World Not Ours is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees. Now a Danish resident, director Mahdi Fleifel grew up in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, established in 1948 as a temporary refuge for exiled Palestinians. Today, the camp houses 70,000 people and is the hometown of generations of Palestinians. The filmmaker’s childhood memories are surprisingly warm and humorous, a testament to the resilience of the community. Yet his yearly visits reveal the increasing desperation of family and friends who remain trapped in psychological as well as political limbo. Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Aug. 25: Big Men by Rachel Boynton

Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer film the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Sept. 1: After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas — and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions,After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Sept. 8: The Genius of Marian by Banker White and Anna Fitch

The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam’s adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer’s herself and died in 2001.

POV is preempted on Sept. 15 and returns the following week.

Sept. 22: Koch by Neil Barsky

New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky’s Koch recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city’s fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era — fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Koch finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013) — still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.

In fall 2014 POV presents a special broadcast (date and time to be announced):

Fall 2014: The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer

Nominated for an Academy Award®, The Act of Killing is as dreamlike and terrifying as anything that Werner Herzog (one of the executive producers) could imagine. This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they’ve done. Winner, 2014 BAFTA Film Award, Best Documentary.

POV 2014 At-a-Glance (All programs air Mondays at 10 p.m.; check local listings.)

June 23 When I Walk

June 30 American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

July 7 My Way to Olympia

July 14 Getting Back to Abnormal

July 21 Dance for Me

July 28 Fallen City

Aug. 4 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

Aug. 11 Neurotypical (Encore)

Aug. 18 A World Not Ours

Aug. 25 Big Men

Sept. 1 After Tiller

Sept. 8 The Genius of Marian

Sept. 22 Koch

Fall 2014 (Date/time TBA) The Act of Killing

Great new films from POV alumni will screen in the coming weeks at the Tribeca Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Filmmakers include Marshall Curry - Racing Dreams (POV 2012), If a Tree Falls (POV 2011), Street Fight (POV 2005); Jesse Moss - Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story (POV 2004); Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly - The Way We Get By (POV 2009); and Stephanie Wang-Breal - Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy (POV 2010).

Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry
At first glance, Matthew VanDyke—a shy, Baltimore native with a sheltered upbringing and a tormenting OCD diagnosis—is the last person you’d imagine on the front lines of the 2011 Libyan revolution. But, after Matthew graduated college and escaped the U.S. for ‘a crash course in manhood,’ a winding path leads him just there. Motorcycling across North Africa and the Middle East spending time as an embedded journalist in Iraq, Matthew lands in Libya forming an unexpected kinship with a group of young men who transform his life. Matthew joins his friends in the rebel army against Gaddafi, taking up arms (and a camera); along the way, he is captured and held in solitary confinement for six terrifying months. Academy Award®-nominated director Marshall Curry brilliantly captures Matthew’s remarkable story. (Description from Tribeca Film Festival)
Tribeca Film Festival – New York, NY – April 19, 21, 23, 24

The Overnighters by Jesse Moss
After hydraulic fracturing uncovers a rich oil field in North Dakota, a small conservative town is tested as hordes of unemployed men chasing the “American Dream” pour into its borders. Desperate men, often running from their past, find compassion and refuge in the form of a local pastor. Providing his church and even his own home as shelter to the visitors, he exposes himself, and by extension the town, to unfamiliar pressures that test the true limits of the commandment “Love Thy Neighbor.” The more responsibility he shoulders, the more everything threatens to come crumbling down. With unfettered access to the citizens of Williston, documentarian Jesse Moss crafts a smoldering film about dualities in this provocative modern-day parable that challenges the very fabric of our society. (Description from Tribeca Film Festival)
Tribeca Film Festival – New York, NY – April 22, 23

Beneath the Harvest Sky by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
Stand By Me for the next generation of boys becoming men, writer-directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky shares the intimate journey—both metaphorical and literal—of two Maine teenagers. Frustrated and restless, best friends Dominic and Casper are making plans to escape their small town to start new lives in Boston. In order to get the money, Dominic spends the summer harvesting potatoes while Casper becomes involved in the family business—smuggling drugs over the Canadian border. The divergent paths of the two boys, both trapped in different ways, will change their friendship forever. An authentic portrayal of adolescent frustration, with stellar performances from Emory Cohen and Callan McAuliffe, culminates in a heartbreaking coming-of-age drama not to be missed. (Description from Tribeca Film Festival)
Tribeca Film Festival – New York, NY – April 18, 24, 26, 27

Tough Love by Stephanie Wang-Breal
Both Hannah, in New York City, and Patrick, in Seattle, have lost custody of their children. After Hannah was reported for neglect, her two kids were removed from her home by the Administration for Children’s Services and placed with their paternal grandmother. Patrick lost his daughter to a foster family after a struggle with substance abuse. Both parents love their children deeply and are desperate to get them back. Tough Love takes us through the challenges and victories of Patrick and Hannah’s attempts to be reunited with their kids by proving to the child welfare system that they have learned from their mistakes and deserve a second chance. Through vérité footage, intimate access to sessions at family treatment court, and interviews with foster parents and case workers, we came to undestand the tangle of bureaucracy and economic realities that make it so difficult for parents—however reformed and determined—to get their kids back home. (Description from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival)
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – Durham, NC – April 5

Art and Craft by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
Mark Landis is perhaps the most prolific art forger the U.S. has ever seen. He’s duped curators throughout the nation with precise imitations from Matisse to Picasso, curiously never asking for money, but instead donating his counterfeits free of charge. After 30 years of conning the art industry, Landis is first discovered by Matthew Leininger, a registrar from Cincinnati, who has since dedicated years to tracking the man who hoodwinked him, in search of answers. But Landis’ motivations are far more layered than simple deception. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, there’s a question if he even knows that he is being deceptive at all. Through a richly complex lens, Art and Craft delicately balances a portrait of an outsider living with mental illness and the universal desire to be a part of a community. (Description from Tribeca Film Festival)
Tribeca Film Festival — New York, NY — April 17, 19, 23, 26

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Opera Lights Up Sydney Harbour

Hiromi Omura as Cio-Cio-San for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Madama Butterfly. Photo credit Vincent Bousserez, courtesy Opera Australia

Hiromi Omura as Cio-Cio-San for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Madama Butterfly. Photo credit Vincent Bousserez, courtesy Opera Australia

Sydney Harbour sparkles as the 3rd annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (21 March - 13 April, Tickets AU$79-$350 ) opens with its spectacular water-top stage playing host to a new production of Madama Butterfly (http://opera.org.au/whatson/events/operaonsydneyharbour). Under the stars and on the water’s edge, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the city’s grandest cultural event. Unique to Sydney, this world-class event is like no other, turning the iconic Sydney skyline into an operatic backdrop for a nightly audience of 3,000.

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Jayden Lai as Sorrow

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly and Jayden Lai as Sorrow. Photo credit James Morgan

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Michael Honeyman as Sharpless

Anna Yun as Suzuki, Michael Honeyman as Sharpless Photo credit James Morgan

Michael Honeyman as Sharpless and Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton

Michael Honeyman as Sharpless and Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton. Photo credit James Morgan

Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly

Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly. Photo credit James Morgan

Complete with luxury seating, fine dining in the tree tops and breathtaking staging, this is an opera experience like no other. The scale and design of the staging is huge and spectacular - Madama Butterflyfeatures an open-air stage 44 x 29m, a giant sun and moon rising from the Harbour, a Japanese bamboo forest and nightly fireworks.

A cast of 60 artists hail from 11 different countries including Japan, Korea, RussiaSiberiaAustralia and Spain, with two casts alternating performances, led by Hiromi Omura (Japan) and Hyeseoung Kwon (South Korea)in the title role. It takes 626 cast, crew, musicians and production staff to stage the show and a full orchestra plays live beneath the stage.

Madama Butterfly arrives

Madama Butterfly arrives. Photo credit James Morgan

The Sun Begins to Rise on Sydney Harbour

The Sun Begins to Rise on Sydney Harbour. Photo credit James Morgan

The Wedding

The Wedding. Photo credit James Morgan

This striking new production of Madama Butterfly is led by Spanish creative team La Fura dels Baus, including Director Alex Olle, Set Designer Alfons Flores and Costume Designer Lluc Castells.

 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour began in 2012, as part of Opera Australia‘s goal to make opera more accessible. It’s quickly become one of the most popular cultural events ever staged in Australia, winning many awards and attracting new audiences. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is supported by Destination NSW as part of the NSW Government tourism and events strategy, together with the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Hyeseoung Kwon, Director Àlex Ollé and Hiromi Omura. Photo credit Ben Symons

Hyeseoung Kwon, Director Àlex Ollé and Hiromi Omura. Photo credit Ben Symons

Sydney is unrivalled in Australia in its capacity to stage exclusive events that have the whole world tuning in. Destination NSW has been at the forefront in creating and winning world-class events that put Sydney on the global front page. These events deliver in excess of 6 million visitors to Sydney every year, and generate spending by those visitors of around AU$6.4 billion