Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves at The Museum of Modern Art

November 25, 2013–February 17, 2014

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

Ten Thousand Waves (2010) is an immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors’ movement through the space. The original inspiration for the recently acquired, 50-minute moving image installation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest England.

Isaac Julien. Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves). 2010. Endura Ultra photograph I, 180 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Isaac Julien. Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves). 2010. Endura Ultra photograph I, 180 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Julien poetically interweaves contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths—including the fable of the goddess Mazu (played here by Maggie Cheung), which comes from the Fujian Province, from where the Morecambe Bay workers originated. In one section, the Tale of Yishan Island, Julien recounts the story of 16th-century fishermen lost and imperiled at sea. Central to the legend is the sea goddess figure who leads the fishermen to safety. In a preceding section, shot at the Shanghai Film Studios, actress Zhao Tao takes part in a re-enactment of the classic 1930s Chinese film The Goddess. Additional collaborators include calligrapher Gong Fagen, the film and video artist Yang Fudong, cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi and poet Wang Ping from whom Julien commissioned “Small Boats”, a poem that is recited in Ten Thousand Waves.

Isaac Julien. Ten Thousand Waves. 2010. Installation view, Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Nine-screen installation, 35mm film transferred to High Definition 9.2 surround sound, 49’ 41”.  Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph: Peter Haroldt

Isaac Julien. Ten Thousand Waves. 2010. Installation view, Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Nine-screen installation, 35mm film transferred to High Definition 9.2 surround sound, 49’ 41”. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph: Peter Haroldt

The installation is staged on the streets of both modern and old Shanghai, and includes music and sounds that fuse Eastern and Western traditions. The installation’s sound structure is as immersive as its sequenced images, with contributions from, among others, London-based musician Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra, and an original score by Spanish contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear.

London-based Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. After graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1984, he came to prominence with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston, a poetic exploration of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Informed by his film background, Julien’s gallery installations form fractured narratives that reflect a critical thinking about race, globalization, and representation. In 2008 MoMA MoMA_Logocoproduced Julien’s film Derek (2008), a filmic biography of the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.

Ten Thousand Waves was conceived and created over four years. In a reflection of the movement of people across continents, audiences move freely around the Marron Atrium with the ability to watch from whatever vantage points they choose.

It was organized by Sabine Breitwieser, former Chief Curator (until January 31, 2013), with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, major support for the exhibition is provided by Leila and Mickey Straus. Additional funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

Holiday 2013: Be Well-Equipped For Holiday Food Preparation

Kitchen knife experts recommend five knives for the holidays And Other Ultimate Kitchen Tools for Holiday Entertaining

The season for chopping, slicing and dicing is almost upon us and with that thought in mind, the experts at CUTCO Cutlery advise that you have the right tools for the upcoming holiday cooking frenzy.

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays.    (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

From creating multi-course holiday dinners to simple finger foods for cocktail parties, these five knives are holiday essentials,” said Kathleen Donovan, senior public relations coordinator for CUTCO. “Having them on hand and making sure they’re sharp will help make food preparation run more smoothly.”

The following are essential tools for preparing your Thanksgiving, Christmas and other meals. These knives were selected by CUTCO’s culinary advisory board and its fans on Facebook as the most essential for the holidays:
Paring knives for trimming vegetables and meat, peeling and cleaning potatoes, and sectioning citrus fruit.
Chef knives or santoku knives (an Asian-inspired knife) for chopping and mincing onions and celery for the stuffing, cubing hearty squash and cutting other veggies.
— A bread knife for slicing warm breads and rolls for the dinner table, and slicing crusty baguettes for appetizers.
— A carving knife for disjointing turkey legs, carving the turkey and slicing ham.
— A cheese knife for creating a party platter of cheese, salami and tomatoes.

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays.  (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

If you’re on a budget and just beginning a quality knife collection, the chef’s knife and paring knife will get you through all your holiday prep,” said Barbara Seelig-Brown, cookbook author and host of the PBS show Stress Free Cooking. Continue reading

Halloween 2013: Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash October 25, 26, 27 and 31st, 2013 at the Miami Seaquarium

Little ghosts and goblins get set for big fun at Miami’s biggest kid-friendly Halloween Extravaganza – Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash returning for its 19th year on October 25 – 27 and 31st, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m to the Miami Seaquarium ( www.miamiseaquarium.com).  A 50% discount on day or evening Monster Splash admission is available until October 22 at www.miamiseaquarium.com/monstersplash.

With more ghoulish treats and ghostly fun than ever before, this year’s event features trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet

Miami Seaquarium Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Miami Seaquarium Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Tooth Station; kiddie rides and bounce houses at the Little Monsters Play Area; the Monsters in the Mangrove Haunted Walk; Flipper’s Dance Party and the only place in Miami to enjoy Halloween themed marine animal shows.  Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash is a safe Halloween alternative for kids and their families.

Halloween themed marine animal shows to give guests a fright during Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash includes a daytime Superheroes Killer Whale Show, Flipper’sThrills and Chills, Finding Nemo sea lion show along with the splashy fun of the Swashbuckling Pirate Top Deck Dolphin Show.

Admission for the Daytime Splash is regular park admission which is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). Special admission price for the Nighttime Bash is only $24.95 plus tax after 5:00 p.m. for adults, and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years) after 5:00 p.m. For more information on Miami Seaquarium, please call 305-361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.

Miami Seaquarium, a privately owned company, is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education.

The Votes are In: Conde Nast Traveler Readers Name Wynn Las Vegas and Encore the Number One Resort in Las Vegas

TOP DISTINCTION AWARDED FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have been voted  “Best Resort in Las Vegas” in the 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. A record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. Over a million votes were cast for more than 16,000 properties around the world to determine the world’s best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines and airlines. Wynn excelled in the Top 10 Hotels in Las Vegas, securing no. 1 in this category.

Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious

Wynn Las Vegas logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

Wynn Las Vegas logo. (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 15 restaurants, a nightclub, spa and salon, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, opened on December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features a 2,034 all-suite hotel, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 6 restaurants, 2 night clubs, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.

The 12,000 members of our Wynn family are so focused on creating memorable experiences for our guests, it’s truly gratifying to all of us to be recognized by frequent and sophisticated travelers,” said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. “Making our guests happy is what we enjoy doing every day.”

Readers rated the resort’s dining options, location, overall design, rooms, service, and activities/facilities. Wynn and Encore scored an overall rating of 92.2. Survey participants praised the resort’s “outstanding rooms” noting, that the “suites are meticulous about every detail” and that “the hotel has amazing facilities.” For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, visit http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Launches Special Treatment Line with Natura Bissé

The mandarin oriental, San Francisco

The Mandarin oriental, San Francisco

The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco (www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco) is delighted to announce its partnership with Spanish skincare company, NATURA BISSÉ and unveil new treatments at the hotel’s award-winning spa beginning November 18, 2013. Each quintessential beauty treatment focuses on facials and body treatments to regenerate and energize the skin.

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The 158-room Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is located in the heart of the city and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the bay and beyond from the top 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building, 345 California Center. Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment during its 25th Anniversary year with the addition of Brasserie S&P restaurant and bar, and an 8,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center, the hotel is consistently ranked among the world’s top hotels by leading authorities. Features include Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ 2013 and Readers Choice Awards 2012 ‘Top 25 Hotels in N. California’, Institutional Investor’s ‘World’s Best Hotels 2012’, Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Hotels’ Awards 2011, U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Hotels in the USA’, and is one of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report’s 2011 ‘Top 20 City Hotels in the World’.

NATURA BISSÉ www.naturabisse.es founded in 1979 by Ricardo Fisas Mulleras, is a prestigious Spanish luxury skincare company. A leader in research, development and innovation, NATURA BISSÉ’s formulas are created with the maximum concentration of cutting-edge, highly effective, active ingredients and is the International choice of A-list celebrities, their stylists and make-up artists, with a wealth of the world’s most beautiful and photographed women using the products as part of their secret beauty. Continue reading

New Yacht, Cheoy Lee’s Alpha Series Express- The 87′ Express Sportbridge, to Debut at Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show:

Cheoy Lee’s www.cheoylee.com Alpha Series Express Yacht  www.cl-alpha.com line adds a new 87 Express Sportbridge, debuting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 31-November 4 at Face Dock 6, Bahia Mar.

The 87′ Express Sportbridge’s open cockpit resembles the sleek Alpha 76′ Express Flybridge Yacht, providing versatile options for navigation and passenger pleasure. The dual platform hull configuration, created by Michael Peters Yacht Design, melds Cheoy Lee’s history of building high-speed transports with Peters’ expertise in designing race boats and

Alpha logo. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

Alpha logo. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

luxury yachts. The first aerodynamic and powerful Alpha 76 Express earned the prestigious 2012 World Yachts Trophy in Cannes.

Peters compares yacht design to a beautiful woman.  People may agree she is beautiful without pinpointing her qualities.  “It is the designer’s job to know why a yacht is beautiful.  The hull and deck lines must work together harmoniously–combining proportion, detail and form. Cheoy Lee gave us a free hand in design and did a beautiful job of execution.”

The exterior flows into the Luiz de Basto-designed interior, adding international, contemporary styling and clean, functional lines. De Basto’s megayacht work and preference for luxurious wood, leather, marble and glass, complement the building expertise of Cheoy Lee.  “It is difficult to find workmanship of this caliber in yachts of this size,” he says, “We wanted to establish the Alpha brand in an upscale position and Cheoy Lee embraced the idea. The custom sliding glass doors open completely, offering seamless flow from the salon, bar and galley to the aft deck–even the floor pattern integrates the formal interior and open space.”

Cheoy Lee's Alpha Series Express Yacht. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

Cheoy Lee’s Alpha Series Express Yacht. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

On the aft deck lounge, spacious facing settees offer socializing and sunning space; an awning retracts into the pilothouse roof, providing weather or sun protection. Twin stairs lead from the aft deck to the swim platform and garage that can house a 10′ tender; above is an optional hot tub–or with cushions, a sun pad. A port staircase flows up to the flybridge with an unobstructed view where pilot and passengers enjoy the sizable exterior lounge and forward settee.

Four state rooms with en suite heads and showers offer luxurious comfort and privacy. The full-beam master has a king size bed, lounging space, walk-in closet, vanity, walk-in shower and double sinks.   A queen VIP stateroom, also forward, complements a queen guest cabin to port and a twin cabin to starboard, all lushly furnished, providing unusual spaciousness and storage.

Easily accessible crew quarters boast the same luxurious appointments and lead directly to the engine room which houses impeccably rigged mechanical fixtures, all conveniently accessed for service. Performance is key to this yacht, powered with C-32 Caterpillar 1900 hp ACERTS; 30+ knots is expected given the powerful pedigree of the Alpha 87 hull.

The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach Collection – Legendary Hotel’s Evolving Visual Art Collection with Art from James Turrell, Ai WeiWei and Tracey Emin, Among Others

A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience.  A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guest rooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges including three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants 6fa6b84f08610848eb51cdcef53b7e86Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues including the world-famous LIV Nightclub; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas and sun loungers; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes.

Since opening in 1954, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has been an icon of Miami style and design, and a revered architectural landmark in the city.  Following a $1 billion renovation and expansion in 2008, the hotel, under the direction of Jacquelyn Soffer, has since cultivated a world-class visual arts collection that will debut a commissioned piece from British artist Tracey Emin during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. In the coming month, the program will be formally unveiled as The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Designed to attract, entertain and educate its guests, Art Basel Miami Beachwill also provide global recognition of Fontainebleau’s brand as an innovative force in the visual arts.

Soffer is a natural fit to spearhead The Art of Fontainebleau. Her expertise in bringing unique installations to the public is evident through her work at the nearby Aventura Mall.  Soffer is a principal of Turnberry Associates, a company with holdings that include both Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Aventura Mall. Recognizing the positive impact that art has on the community, Aventura Mall embarked on a cultural initiative named Turnberry for the Arts, led by Soffer. Combining contemporary art and education, Turnberry for the Arts features works throughout the mall by renowned international and South Florida artists in a variety of mediums. On display are installations by Louise Bourgeois, Donald Baechler, Gary Hume, Julian Opie, Jorge Pardo, Jaume Plensa, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Arsham, Tom Otterness and Friends With You.

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Bringing her expertise, personal relationships and a passion for contemporary art to her role at Fontainebleau, Soffer has curated the resort’s multi-million dollar collection with work that is unique, original and site-specific. With care and attention paid to the integration of each piece into the resort’s total architecture and design, The Art of Fontainebleau Collection is defined by a select number of world-class visual artists and thinkers, each with a significant impact on the look and feel of Fontainebleau.

The opportunity to build an art collection within a space that is itself a work of art is incredibly rewarding.  The resort provides such an iconic backdrop that I wanted to make sure the art didn’t upstage the environment and at the same time, that the design of the hotel didn’t take away from the impact of the art,” noted Soffer. “I also wanted to give Fontainebleau’s global guests and Miami locals the chance to see some of the foremost talents of contemporary art at every turn during their visit,” continued Soffer.

The Art of Fontainebleau Collection includes more than 20 pieces, with the next acquisition to debut in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. Fontainebleau along with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to create new limited-edition works to commemorate her first U.S. museum exhibition Tracey Emin: Angel Without You. The items, which include a limited-edition beach towel, flip-flop sandals and T-shirt, will be available for purchase at the MOCA Shop and at Fontainebleau Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach week in December.  In addition, to celebrate the collaboration, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has acquired the neon work I Followed You to The Sun, (2013) by Emin for installation at the resort.

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel's evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work "I Followed You to The Sun," (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach.  (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel’s evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work “I Followed You to The Sun,” (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

The resort is currently developing a booklet with a self-guided tour for The Art of Fontainebleau Collection. It will include the details of each work, their location in the resort and significance to the property to educate guests on Fontainebleau’s collection. Highlights of Fontainebleau’s permanent artists and works on display include: Continue reading

Ergobaby Introduces the Ergonomic 4-Position Baby Carrier

The Patent Pending Ergobaby 360 Carrier Offers the Best in Comfort and Convenience

Ergobaby® www.ergobaby.com, the award-winning designer of premium ergonomic baby carriers, announces the launch of the patent pending 360 Carrier which offers parents the convenience of four carry positions, including an ergonomic forward facing position, while maintaining the highest standards in ergonomic design to ensure safety and comfort for both baby and parent.

Founded in 2003, Ergobaby and its award-winning carriers were born out of the desire for mobility and comfort for both RGB-ERGOBABY-LOGO-with-TMparent and baby, allowing parents to carry their baby from birth to toddler. Ergobaby now offers a broad range of innovative baby carriers, strollers, car seats, and related products to help meet the needs of today’s parents and enable an active parenting lifestyle.  In 2011, Ergobaby acquired Orbit Baby, Inc., a producer and marketer of a premium line of stroller travel systems, including car seats, strollers and bassinets that are interchangeable using a patented hub ring, and continues to design and market these products under the Orbit Baby name. Ergobaby is headquartered in Los Angeles and is sold in more than 650 retailers and webshops in the United States and internationally in about 50 countries internationally.

The Ergobaby 360 Carrier’s innovative design features a structured bucket seat to support baby in an ergonomic seated position and maintain ideal hip and spine positioning.  The revolutionary carrier seat is designed with an adjustable width to ensure comfort for baby and healthy hip positioning in all four carry positions. The carrier features a convertible back support and adjustable hood, as well as a newly designed waistband that is comfortable for parents and designed to be worn in variable positions on the waist to ensure that baby is always at a kissable carrying height. The highlight of the 360 Carrier is the option of wearing your baby forward facing, as well as front inward, back, and hip for the ultimate in flexibility.

Parents kept asking for a carrier with an option for forward facing. We have been working to find a way to do that while ensuring an ergonomic position for baby and a comfortable experience for both parent and child,” says Karin Frost, founder of Ergobaby. “Ergobaby is now celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Over the years our carriers have evolved while staying true to our design principles. With the new 360 Carrier we are excited to celebrate another innovation, a truly ergonomic 4-position carrier.”

The Ergobaby 360 Carrier is available in two colors: Black and Grey and will be available at www.ergobaby.com, as well as select retailers and specialty boutiques nationwide, spring of 2014. For more on Ergobaby, please visit: www.ergobaby.com and www.orbitbaby.com.

Kerry Washington, Robbie Rogers Co-Chairs for the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards-Los Angeles presented by Target and Wells Fargo

OPENLY GAY RECORD ARTIST, SONGWRITER & YOUTUBE SENSATION STEVE GRAND TO PERFORM HIS HIT SINGLE “ALL AMERICAN BOY” AT GLSEN RESPECT AWARDS – LOS ANGELES

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, AWARD-WINNING JOHN BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR TO OPEN GALA DINNER

CALIFORNIA STUDENT LAILA AL-SHAMMA NAMED 2013 GLSEN STUDENT ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY AT&T

GLSEN, The (National) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), announced that Emmy-nominated, award-winning actress Kerry Washington, star of the hit ABC-TV series Scandal and feature films Django Unchained and Ray, and openly gay LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles presented by Target and Wells Fargo, to take place at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, October 18, 2013.  This year, GLSEN will honor leading global, award-winning entertainment company Lionsgate (Chairman’s Award); Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Lifetime Achievement Award); Emmy/Golden Globe award-winning actor Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak (Inspiration Award); and 11th grade student Laila Al-Shamma of Carlsbad, California (2013 Student Advocate of the Year).

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In addition, openly gay songwriter, recording artist and YouTube sensation Steve Grand will perform his hit single, “All American Boy“. The internationally-recognized, award-winning John Burroughs High School show choir will open the annual gala, performing a special version of the song “One More Time,” which was written by Academy Award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose) and featured in the movies “Sing” and “Sarafina.” Both will be on hand to support GLSEN’s impactful anti-bullying efforts in K-12 schools nationwide.

GLSEN’s Student Advocate of the Year honors an outstanding young person whose efforts have helped ensure a safe learning environment for all students — and have served as a voice of change in their school and community.

Laila is an inspiring example of how students can positively change their school community for generations to come,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “Laila has demonstrated outstanding leadership at her school and community, which is precisely what we seek to honor in the GLSEN Student Advocate of the Year. She has a promising future ahead and I am confident her leadership will continue to inspire those around her.”

“I’m so honored to represent GLSEN as its Student Advocate of the Year,” said honoree Laila Al-Shamma. “This award inspires me and my peers to keep moving forward and help others create safe schools for all LGBTQ youth. Thank you to GLSEN for the encouragement and support you give to students like me across the country.”

A half-Iraqi and one quarter Hispanic lesbian teen, Laila joined her high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) when she was a freshman. She quickly became a part of the student club’s leadership resulting in her successful coordination of GLSEN’s Day of Silence and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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With help from her GSA, Laila later went on to spearhead a Safe Space Campaign designed to engage school personnel about the importance of safe spaces for LGBT students at school. Educators were offered a packet of information and asked to display a Safe Space sticker in their classroom. Laila will soon begin making presentations about the campaign to both middle schools in her school district. Continue reading

Artworks for Healing: 50 Established and Emerging LA Artists Create Original Works To End Abuse

A Window Between Worlds (www.awbw.org, AWBW), in collaboration with 50 established and emerging Los Angeles artists, presents Artworks for Healing , an elegant and heartfelt gala on October 26, 2013, from 7-10 pm, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. A Window Between Worlds is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and children recover a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become “a window between worlds” for survivors taking steps to change their lives.

Artworks for Healing Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/A Window Between Worlds)

Artworks for Healing Logo. (PRNewsFoto/A Window Between Worlds)

Artworks for Healing is the signature fundraising event for A Window Between Worlds’ art programs and socially engaged art projects, which give voice to survivors of domestic violence. The evening will feature more than 50 exceptional original works created by Los Angeles-based artists including Yolanda Gonzales, Nina Jun, and Margaret Lazzari, exhibited anonymously for purchase.

Yolanda Gonzalez was born into a family whose artistic heritage dates back to 1877. Her world is one of curiosity, demonstrating her love of people and their surroundings. Gonzalez studied at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design after winning a painting competition that awarded her a scholarship to the prestigious school. This led her to Self- Help Graphics, an involvement that lasted for years and resulted in her being sent to Spain and Scotland as a representative for exhibitions in those countries. Over the years, she has exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, throughout Europe, and in South Africa. In 1998, she was an artist in residence in Ginza, Japan followed by a similar stint in Assisi, Italy during 1999. Among the many museums that have shown her work are the Armand Hammer Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum and the Diego Rivera Museum in Mexico City. Throughout the years Gonzalez has taught at Inner City Arts, Para Los Ninos, Plaza de La Raza, Crenshaw Christian Center, and MOCA.

I CAN WE CAN Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/A Window Between Worlds)

I CAN WE CAN Logo. (PRNewsFoto/A Window Between Worlds)

Nina Jun was born in Seoul and received an MFA in Sculpture from California State University of Long Beach in 2001. Her multiple bodies of work span from sculpture and site-specific installations, to ceramics and video arts.  In 2007, Nina was selected by Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art as one of fifty women artists in their survey of arts by women artists for a 26-year retrospective covering the decades since the rise of the feminist art movement: she exhibited her ceramic/video installation at the Multiple Vantage Points show in Los Angeles. For her ceramic installation works, she had been twice invited by NCECA (National Council for Education of Ceramic Arts), for its conventions in Portland, OR and Kansas City, MO. Continue reading

Swarovski Collaborates With Top Designers to Create Magical Children’s Wear

petitePARADE Sparkles With Crystalline Clothing for Kids

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: A model walks the at the Junior Gaultier Couture preview during the Swarovski at petiteParade NY Kids Fashion Week in Collaboration with VOGUEbambini on October 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for petiteParade)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: A model walks the at the Junior Gaultier Couture preview during the Swarovski at petiteParade NY Kids Fashion Week in Collaboration with VOGUEbambini on October 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for petiteParade)

Swarovski, the world leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, generated huge excitement at petitePARADE with an exclusive new Spring/Summer 2014 capsule collection for children in collaboration with  Vogue Bambini  and a select group of designers. Created exclusively for petitePARADE’s sparkling runway show in New York City  on  October 5, it perfectly demonstrated the fairytale quality that crystal adds to children’s wear. Perfectly on-trend and exquisitely made, the distinctive vision behind the designers’ beautiful creations brought to life Swarovski’s belief that even youngsters should have the opportunity to enjoy a crystallized lifestyle.

Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2014 partnership with eighteen international brands took the audience on a journey of imaginative whimsy enhanced with rainbow-bright crystal embellishment. Designers who participated included Little Marc Jacobs , RUUM, Junior Gaultier, Milly NY, Baby CZ, Roberto Cavalli Junior , Lili Gaufrette, Mischka Aoki , Nina Kids Shoes, Pale Cloud, Pituchinhu’s, Salsa, Simonetta, Tartine et Chocolat, T-Shirt T-Shops, Ooh! La, La! Couture, BabyDoll by Dorian Ho, and IKKS Junior. With Swarovski’s entire assortment made according to its patented ADVANCED CRYSTAL lead-free* formula, never has there been a better time to showcase the magical power of crystal on clothing for children.

* Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009 % lead or less.

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Celebrates 50 Fantastic Golden Years with a Host of Special Offerings and a Red Carpet Event

Photographs by George Apostolidis

In celebration of “50 Fantastic Years,” The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will host a red carpet event on October 17, 2013. Notable guests will attend from Hong Kong and around the world, including a number of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s international celebrity fans. Guests will include Helen Mirren, Maggie Cheung, Bryan Ferry, David Tang, Frederick Forsyth, Caterina Murino, Vivienne Tam, Karen Mok, Darcy Bussell, Olivier Krug, Pierre Gagnaire, Michelle Reis, Hins Cheung, Michelle Wai, Ray Lui, Ankie Beilke, Moses Chan, Aimee Chan and Peter Lam as well as other celebrities, local socialites, leading politicians and influencers. The star-studded gala will feature several special events, including live performances by Bryan Ferry and Karen Mok. The evening will also include a charity auction led by the President of Christie’s Asia, François Curiel, which will raise monies for The Hong Kong Red Cross, MINDSET and Hong Kong Cancer Fund. The gala will take place in the hotel’s elegant lobby and mezzanine floor, and will include a large 3D spectacle projection over the 26-story façade of the hotel and many other delightful surprises.

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The 50th anniversary is a special milestone in the history of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which has been part of the social fabric of Hong Kong since opening in 1963. “The Mandarin,” as it is often referred to by locals, has been embraced by royalty, heads of state, celebrities, leaders of finance and industry—and by its sophisticated guests from all over the world. When the hotel completed its renovation in 2006, the hotel was completely transformed, but was careful to preserve its much-loved character and soul. In a city that is changing so rapidly, the long-standing history and heritage of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is one of its greatest assets – which make this celebration so special.

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - Exterior View at night

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Exterior View at night

And as the year draws to a close The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will offer guests a festive Golden celebration leading into early 2014:

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS

Steaming mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, children’s ballet performances, a visit from Santa Claus and a festive chamber choir — these are the elements that will make it the perfect place to celebrate the festive season. Also, award-winning restaurants, luxurious rooms and legendary service, along with a magical array of decorations, will create a treasured experience. For more information, please view our Festive Celebrations brochure, or call +852 2820 4202.

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FESTIVE STAYS

Celebrate in style and enjoy a luxurious stay with loved ones, friends or family by booking one of the Festive Family Celebration or Golden Celebration accommodation packages. For information or reservations please call +852 2820 4202 or email mohkg-reservations@mohg.com.

FESTIVE DINING AT MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS

Michelin-starred chefs have created a range of tempting menus at each of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and bars. Try innovative French cuisine at Pierre, traditional dishes with a contemporary twist at Mandarin Grill or Cantonese specialties at Man Wah. Also, Café Causette, Clipper Lounge and the Connaught Room provide the ideal setting when celebrating with the family. For more information, please view the Festive Celebrations brochure, or call us at +852 2825 4828, or email mohkg-restaurants@mohg.com.

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - Clipper Lounge

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Clipper Lounge

FESTIVE HAMPERS

If you are not sure what to give a loved one this festive season, then the celebrated Christmas Hampers are the perfect option. These distinctive and renowned hampers brim with tasty, festive goodies from The Mandarin Cake Shop. Alternatively, guests can select one of the luxurious hampers from The Mandarin Spa that provides a calming, restorative air to the busy season. For information or reservations please call +852 2825 4008 or email mohkg-cakeshop@mohg.com or download the Hamper Order Form. Continue reading