Water Music Festival 2013 Celebrates Legendary American Composers, Oct. 11 & 12, on Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

The Water Music Festival brings top talent and music to the watery setting of the Long Beach Peninsula each October. This year, the Festival makes a marked departure from chamber music to feature celebrated American composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.

Founded in 1984, Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing fine and affordable musical entertainment to the Long Beach Peninsula. From its inception, beach, marshlands, riverbanks and wetlands have set the tone for the Water Music Festival. Now in its 29th season, Water Music recognizes emerging talent with its Young Artist program and also presents these annual events: Music in the Gardens (July), Jazz & Oysters (August) and Tuba Christmas (December).

With its mix of sensational restaurants, local seafood, ocean-view lodging, colorful festivals, unique museums and

The TangleTown Trio will perform a selection of Broadway show tunes during the Water Music Festival

The TangleTown Trio will perform a selection of Broadway show tunes during the Water Music Festival

attractions, landmark lighthouses, fine art galleries, meandering trails, birding spots, state and national parks, and, above all, its spacious, white-sand beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing coastal destinations. Located approximately two hours from Portland (Oregon) and three from Seattle (Washington), the Long Beach Peninsula is bordered by the Columbia River, Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The 2013 Water Music Festival is tuning in to familiar music this year with the theme “Celebrating American Composers”. Featuring compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more, Water Music Festival will present three inspired musical events at three unique, enchanting and intimate venues on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, on Washington State’s scenic Long Beach Peninsula.

Intrigued by the superb artistry and much-loved repertoire of early to mid-20th century American composers, we decided to expand Water Music beyond chamber music to include classic Broadway show tunes and jazz orchestra arrangements by American greats,” said Diane Marshall, event coordinator. “Water Music Festival continues to bring world-class talent to the Long Beach Peninsula in order to share great music with our community and visitors.”

On Friday, Oct. 11, at 7PM, Ilwaco’s historic Inn at Harbour Village will be the venue for the North Coast Chorale, performing numbers by Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, and the jazz ensemble – the Greta Matassa Quartet – who will pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the music of beloved American songbook jazz composers. The evening will start with a half-hour social including no-host bar and complimentary fruit and cheese buffet. The venue is ADA accessible. Tickets are $25 each.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon, at the landmark Oysterville Church (on the National Registry of Historic Places), Social Insecurity – a national award-winning barbershop quartet – will offer an all-American, a cappella concert. Tickets are $20 each.

A peaceful air of history surrounds the Oysterville Church in what was the early county seat of  Pacific County.   bill wagner photo. 8-02

A peaceful air of history surrounds the Oysterville Church in what was the early county seat of Pacific County. bill wagner photo. 8-02

Also on Saturday, at 6PM, the spectacular, private Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse estate will be the setting for Water Music Festival’s finale concert. The evening will start with wine and beer offerings at a no-host bar and a complimentary selection of tasty hors d’oeuvres. Later, the lively and talented TangleTown Trio (piano, violin and voice) will entertain with a selection of Broadway show tunes by the likes of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and various other American composers. Tickets are $30 each. Tickets for all events can be purchased online at http://watermusicfestival.com/tickets/.

For more information, call 360.665.4466 or email info@watermusicfestival.com. For event and destination information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access http://www.funbeach.com.

Caption: The TangleTown Trio will perform a selection of Broadway show tunes during the Water Music Festival, Oct. 11 and 12, on the Long Beach Peninsula.

 

Museum of the City of New York Extends Popular Micro-Unit Exhibition, “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers”

Launches Contest to Win $1,000 Transformable Furniture Piece

Making Room has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions we’ve launched in recent years,” – Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.

The Museum of the City of New York is extending its popular exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Making RoomYorkers – complete with a fully built “micro-unit” – to September 15th due to popular demand. Organized in conjunction with Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), Making Room was due to close its doors Labor Day weekend. But in August, the exhibition continued to draw throngs of visitors from the region, country and around the globe.

Making Room has proven to be one of the most popular exhibitions we’ve launched in recent years. People are attracted to our fully furnished apartment with transformable furniture, offering insights into how design will re-shape the future of the city’s housing stock,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.

The exhibition examines how New York City’s changing social, economic, and cultural lives, especially the rise of single adults, are re-shaping urban households, and presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs. Making Room features proposals to provide new housing options for a 21st century population (including shared housing for single adults and modified homes for extended families), a look at real-life examples pioneered in other cities around the world, and innovative designs submitted to New York City’s adAPT competition, which enticed developer/architect teams to design buildings of micro-units for small households, meaning one- to two-people.

Making Room originated with the launch of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC report that projected an increase of one million residents by 2030. CHPC began to examine how our current population is being accommodated and revealed that New York’s residential stock and related codes no longer match the needs of its changing population. Today, almost half of the New York City population is single, a shift that is radically reshaping housing needs.

Already a third of all households are a single person living alone and the rest of the single population are staying with family for longer or sharing with unrelated adults in a variety of informal, and often illegal and unsafe, arrangements. The reality is that only 18 percent of the city’s housing is occupied by a nuclear family, defined as two parents and children under 25. Meanwhile, small apartments (less than 400 square feet) are prohibited in many areas of the city, and it remains illegal for more than three unrelated adults living together. As a result, single-parent families, immigrants, the elderly and recent graduates, among other groups, struggle to adapt themselves to housing designed for a previous generation. Continue reading

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Presents the Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita–1990, at the de Young Museum

I always visit Bulgari because it is the most important museum of contemporary art.”
Andy Warhol

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is pleased to announce The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950–1990, an exhibition of approximately 150 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweler over four decades. This exclusive exhibition will highlight jewelry that defined a pivotal period in Italian design, and will include many pieces from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor. The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 will be on display at the de Young Museum (de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 deyoungmuseum.org, 415-750-3600) from September 21, 2013 through February 17, 2014.

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The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 continues the Fine Arts Museums’ strong track record of exhibitions highlighting the work of decisive figures and movements in the world of fashion and design including: Cartier in America, Balenciaga and Spain, Yves Saint Laurent and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, among others. Works in the exhibition also include those from the 1970s and 80s, a particularly innovative period for the jeweler and one influenced by Pop Art and other contemporary trends.

 

Bulgari. Necklace, 1961 – Platinum with emeralds and diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

Bulgari. Necklace, 1961 – Platinum with emeralds and diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

 

Bulgari "bib" necklace in gold with cabochon emeralds, amethysts, turquoise and diamonds, ca 1965.  (PRNewsFoto/Bulgari)

Bulgari “bib” necklace in gold with cabochon emeralds, amethysts, turquoise and diamonds, ca 1965. (PRNewsFoto/Bulgari)

 

Bulgari. Sautoir, 1969 – Platinum with sapphires and diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

Bulgari. Sautoir, 1969 – Platinum with sapphires and diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

 

Bulgari’s successful cultivation of prominent patrons and movie stars like Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, and perhaps most notably, Elizabeth Taylor, has long been a key aspect of the jeweler’s reputation. To help explore the cultural context in which these objects were made, the exhibition will include innovative uses of sketches, photographs, and other archival materials that help to reveal a fascinating intersection of celebrity, design, and fine craftsmanship.

Today part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop and progressively imposed itself with its magnificent jewelry creations, emblems of Italian excellence. Bulgari notably began to create its own trademark in jewelry in the 1960s by embracing boldly-colored combinations of gemstones, use of heavy gold, and forms derived from Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. The company helped to develop a look that would come to be known as the “Italian school” of jewelry design. Pieces in the exhibition display the jeweler’s eclectic creativity and invention during this period.

Bulgari. ‘Melone’ evening bag, ca. 1972 – Gold and burnished steel with diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

Bulgari. ‘Melone’ evening bag, ca. 1972 – Gold and burnished steel with diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

Bulgari. ‘Parentesi’ parure, ca. 1982 – Gold with diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

Bulgari. ‘Parentesi’ parure, ca. 1982 – Gold with diamonds. Courtesy of de Young Museum

International success made the Company evolve into its current dimension as a global and diversified player in the luxury market, with a store network in the most exclusive shopping areas worldwide and a portfolio of products and services ranging from jewels and watches to accessories, perfumes and hotels.

The hard-edged designs of the 1970s included a whole range based on the Stars-and-Stripes motif, while in the 1980s the Parentesi collection had a smoother, modular, almost architectural presence; both show how the jeweler could lead in new directions with a strong sense of design,” said Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Continue reading

New York Architecture and Design Festival, Archtober, Hits Stride in its Third Year with Expanded Offerings

Archtober grows and shines an even brighter spotlight on New York City, as the third annual edition of the city’s official architecture & design festival offers new programs, shows, events. 31 days of citywide Archtober design festival: 150 programs in 50-plus venues.

Archtober (ärk’t!b!r) ( http://www.Archtober.org) the official New York City’s Architecture and Design Month – is a collaborative grassroots initiative between the city’s leading cultural institutions and professional organizations that raises public awareness of architecture and design in everyday life. The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober. Record attendance and involvement are projected for the growing festival, with more than 150 curated programs. Daily tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions will celebrate the lasting civic and international impact of the richness of the city’s built environment. The full calendar of offerings is available at http://www.archtober.org/calendar.

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Taking place during October, the annual month-long festival of architecture includes films, lectures, family activities, programs, exhibitions and more. “The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city and globally,” says Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 president of AIA New York and principal of architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. “Building on the first two years, Archtober 2013 will shine a spotlight on what makes New York great: its unparalleled architecture, outstanding design professionals, and global influence.”

With 31 days of events, tours and exhibits in more than 50 venues, Archtober includes programs at the Center for Architecture, including a new exhibition opening October 1 on American architects behind the biggest building projects in Asia, called Practical Utopias. Other city institutions hosting major Archtober programs include the Guggenheim Museum,Archtober_Logo_620 the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, a fledgling cultural venue.

Archtober 2013 Highlights include:

October 1: The exhibition Practical Utopias opens at the Center for Architecture, on global urbanism and recent design in five Asian cities (curator: Jonathan D. Solomon).

October 3: Dekton by Cosentino presents new concepts by seven emerging New York firms with the opening of Surface Innovation: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces.

October 7: The future of urban housing is subject of discussion at the Center for Architecture as part of its 10th anniversary and World Architecture Day.

October 16: The Architecture and Design Film Festival opens, at Tribeca Cinemas. Continue reading

Kith Manhattan Launches Limited Edition Modern Vice X Cloth Surgeon Phython Chukka Boot

Modern Vice x Cloth  Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice and Cloth Surgeon have teamed up to create this python skin chukka boots for Fall/Winter 2013 (http://shop.kithnyc.com/products/copy-of-modern-vice-x-cloth-surgeon-python-chukka-white), featuring an all python upper in a clean black on a classic chukka silhouette. Luxury designer footwear brand Modern Vice makes its mark at Kith stores with a specialty python Chukka, re-done by bespoke product maker Cloth Surgeon. These Kith exclusive Modern Vice chukkas feature an all python upper with a Vibram outsole with Goodyear welting beneath for durability and lasting use. Soft leather lining is added to the shoe for comfort and comes finished off with matching colored waxed laces. Limited pairs are now available exclusively at Kith Manhattan and www.KithNYC.com for $798 USD.

Modern Vice x Cloth  Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth  Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth  Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth  Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

Modern Vice x Cloth Surgeon Python Chukka, Available Kith Manhattan

First Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival Debuts in Detroit Sept. 21

Burlesque performers from around the world are slated to perform at inaugural festival. Advanced tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Some people think that burlesque is just one kind of entertainment, but this festival will help audiences to discover dozens of different genres of this art form

Acclaimed performers from around the world will come together on September 21, 2013 for the first annual Michigan Burlesque Festival. A wide variety of burlesque entertainment will grace the stage at Detroit’s Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery (715 E. Milwaukee St. Detroit, MI 48202) including: acrobatics, trapeze, silks, chains, hula hooping, traditional striptease, vocal numbers, veil fan dancing, bawdy comedy and more.

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Some people think that burlesque is just one kind of entertainment, but this festival will help audiences to discover a dozen different genres of this art form,” said Valencia Starling, co-owner of Fancy Pants Arts and Entertainment, and producer of the festival. “This will be a fantastic event to sample burlesque in all of its’ forms and examine what suits your personal taste.”

Headliners for the evening include The Weird Sisters Circus aerial troupe (http://xosarah.com/weirdsisters), Cleveland’s burlesque queen Bella Sin (http://bellasin.weebly.com), and Detroit’s very own Lushes LaMoan. Host for the evening will be the delectable and vibrant Foxy Tann and DJ Shane Bang will be providing audible pleasures. In addition to the star-studded line-up, the Tangent Gallery will be booming throughout the night, lined with artists and merchants displaying and selling their crafts, apparel, sweet treats and more.

The First Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival is produced by Fancy Pants Arts & Entertainment (http://fancypantsa2.com) of Ann Arbor. Sponsors for the event are Vault of Midnight, Underground Sounds, The GetUp, Montabahn Pasties, Treat Dreams, Rock the Booth, Fantasy Attic Costumes, www.FancyFeather.com, Noir Leather, Nice Shirt and Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes.

Advanced tickets ($15 advanced/day of show or $20 for VIP) are available via Brown Paper Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/440311. http://www.facebook.com/MichiganBurlesqueFestival

New Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Explores Three Centuries of The Worldwide Textile Trade

September 16, 2013–January 5, 2014

Exhibition Location: The Tisch Galleries, second floor

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 is the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the 16th to the early 19th century through the medium of textiles and highlight an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective.

While previous studies have focused on this story from the viewpoint of trade, Interwoven Globe is the first exhibition to GLOBE ExhPage2 (1)explore it as a history of design—and to approach it from a perspective that emphasizes the beauty and sophistication of these often overlooked objects. It will explore the interrelationship of textiles, commerce, and taste from the Age of Discovery to the 19th century.

From India and its renowned, ancient mastery of painted and dyed cotton to the sumptuous silks of China and Japan, Turkey and Iran, the paths of influence are traced westward to Europe and the Americas. Beginning in the 16th century, the golden age of European maritime navigation in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade, causing a breathtaking variety of textiles in a multiplicity of designs and techniques to travel across the globe.  Textiles, which often acted as direct currency for spices and other goods, made their way from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually to the west to North and South America. Trade textiles blended the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all of the cultures that produced them, resulting in objects that are both intrinsically beautiful and historically fascinating. Shaped by an emerging worldwide visual culture, the resulting fashion for the “exotic” in textiles, as well as in other goods and art forms, gave rise to what can be recognized as the first truly global style.

Many of the textiles that will be on display in Interwoven Globe have rarely or never been on public view, usually due to their cross-cultural nature, which make them a challenge to fit comfortably in the permanent galleries of a single curatorial department. The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to examine the beauty and sophistication of these objects from around the world and engage visitors who are interested in a wide range of topics, such as fashion, textile production, technology, history, and design.

The exhibition will be divided into nine galleries, some organized by geography and others by theme. It will begin with the Portuguese maritime expansion and the new textile trade they developed with China and India. Portuguese merchants recognized the superior skills of the Chinese and Indian textile workers and introduced them to European imagery so that they could create products that could be sold to a European market. Continue reading