Chicago Company has Holiday Wear for Everyone

Greeting card company Hallmark’s recent snafu replacing the word ‘gay’ with the word ‘fun’ on a holiday sweater ornament (a mess of their own making, if ever there was one) has prompted Chicago-IL based Rocco Shirts to produce three holiday sweatshirts ($24.99 each), featuring the traditional ‘gay’ apparel as well as sweatshirts with ‘straight’ and ‘bi’.  The original Christmas Carol of course featured the words “Don we now our gay apparel.”

We’ve got something for everyone,” said Bernie DiMeo, Founder/Owner of Rocco Shirts.  DiMeo also called Hallmark’s move “ridiculous” and said that “political correctness in this country has run more than amok.”

I’m surprised the anti-smoking lobby hasn’t gone off on Frosty and his corn cob pipe,” DiMeo said adding “darn it, now I gave them the idea.”

Rocco Shirts hopes its sweatshirts sell well along with other non-traditional shirts including “Dear Santa, Define Nice“, “You Can Jingle My Bells Anytime” and “Merry Christmas to My First Wife.” I also like their t-shirts (“Bite me“, “Irish Today, Hungover Tomorrow” and “I Love My Rotten Ungrateful Children“)

DiMeo said that by having straight, gay and bi sweatshirts his company has increased its target market substantially. “I don’t think we left anyone out,” he said.

I don’t think so, either. For more information go to www.roccoshirts.com.

Maidenform Introduces Comfort Devotion Full Fit Collection

Maidenform (www.maidenform.com), the iconic intimate apparel brand, extends its legendary Comfort Devotion collection to women of all shapes and sizes with the launch of the Full Fit collection. Aiming to create styles that deliver true comfort for all women, Maidenform’s new collection of bras in extended sizes feature innovative technology and superior ultra-soft fabrications at every touch point for an incredible look and feel.

Maidenform Comfort Devotion Full Fit Collection.  (PRNewsFoto/Maidenform)

Maidenform Comfort Devotion Full Fit Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Maidenform)

The Maidenform Full Fit collection was designed to support the curves of full-figured women while simultaneously offering superior comfort and style. Heightened wings, cushioned strap technology and super soft wire casings provide the coverage, support and containment a full-figure woman needs. Delicate feminine details of lace embellishments, two-tone coloring and ticking bows add a sexy and luxurious appearance to the collection while built-up leotard backs, embedded slings and plush fabrications enhance the comfort and support inside and out.

The Comfort Devotion Full Fit collection launched this month and features four bra styles including Tailored Foam: Sizes 36-40C and 34-40D-DD; Custom Lift Embellished Foam: Sizes 36-40C, 34-40D-DD; Tailored with Molded Cups: Sizes 36-42C-D, 34-40DD-DDD; and Embellished with Molded Cups: Sizes 36-42C-D, 34-40DD-DDD. All styles are offered in a variety of basic and fashion colors including Black, White, Latte Lift, Camera Red and Sangria.

As a style expert, I believe it’s my job to empower women by giving them the right foundation to celebrate and decorate their curves,” said Mary Alice Stephenson, style and beauty expert. “Thanks to Maidenform’s new Comfort Devotion Full Fit collection, I can finally say I found bras that will comfortably fit a fuller figure without having to sacrifice style. I can now help women create a fashionable, sexy and sleek silhouette no matter their size.”

An intimate apparel leader since1921, Maidenform offers comfortable, stylish and innovative bras, panties and shapewear to women with an active lifestyle, a sense of style, and an appreciation for the way they look. Maidenform products may be found in leading department stores and national chain stores and direct to consumers via outlet stores and websites.

Playboy Magazine Releases Special Glow In The Dark Cover For Its December Holiday Issue

Playboy's 2013 Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun helps light up the holidays with the magazine's special glow in the dark December cover. Copyright: This photo may only be used in connection with this particular story about Playboy's December issue glow in the dark cover.  (PRNewsFoto/Playboy)

Playboy’s 2013 Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun helps light up the holidays with the magazine’s special glow in the dark December cover. Copyright: This photo may only be used in connection with this particular story about Playboy’s December issue glow in the dark cover. (PRNewsFoto/Playboy)

Playboy is giving readers a special holiday surprise this year by publishing its first-ever, glow in the dark cover as part of the magazine’s December issue (on newsstands, Friday, November 15, 2013).

This Collectible keepsake edition cover (shot by photographer Tony Kelly) is available on newsstands only, and features a pair of seductive legs sliding down a chimney at night.  Parts of the cover will illuminate in the dark, revealing the famous Rabbit Head logo as a constellation in the sky, once readers briefly hold it under a bright light. The glow in the dark effect is the result of a special UV varnish applied to the magazine’s cover.  Copies of Playboy’s December Holiday issue will be on-sale through mid-December.

We wanted to treat our readers to something they couldn’t get from their tablet or social media,” said Playboy’s Editorial Director Jimmy Jellinek. “When’s the last time you had a little good old-fashioned fun in the dark?”

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Launches AnimalVision

New Interactive Platform Provides 24/7 Window into SeaWorld’s Animal Habitats

For nearly five decades SeaWorld® has connected guests to the natural world through innovative animal habitats and inspiring shows. With the launch of AnimalVision(TM), 24/7, on-habitat cameras stream footage to customized interactive websites, allowing visitors to create a connection right from the comfort of home at www.AnimalVision.com . Animal habitat cameras have proven to be popular for SeaWorld and animal fans alike. In 2012 during a six-week partnership with Discovery Channel, fans across the country spent an astounding 1.5 million hours watching penguins in SeaWorld San Diego Penguin Encounter® via a streaming camera feed.

For nearly five decades SeaWorld(R) has connected guests to the natural world through innovative animal habitats and inspiring shows. With the launch of AnimalVision(TM), 24/7, on-habitat cameras stream footage to customized interactive websites, allowing visitors to create a connection right from the comfort of home at www.AnimalVision.com.  (PRNewsFoto/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

For nearly five decades SeaWorld(R) has connected guests to the natural world through innovative animal habitats and inspiring shows. With the launch of AnimalVision(TM), 24/7, on-habitat cameras stream footage to customized interactive websites, allowing visitors to create a connection right from the comfort of home at http://www.AnimalVision.com. (PRNewsFoto/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

Fans can enjoy the antics of Antarctic penguins racing through the water or waddling around their icy habitat; see a school of stingrays gliding past their screen, or check out sea turtles, some of the ocean’s most graceful animals.

AnimalVision allows our guests and fans to deepen their connection with animals. For some guests, being able to see these remarkable animals at the park and then continuing that voyage of exploration at home serves as a reminder about the important role we all play in helping these animals. For those planning a park visit, seeing our animals up-close will get families excited about visiting in person,” said Anne Fischer, director of interactive marketing for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Building on that success, AnimalVision provides animal camera fans with an interactive experience that goes beyond simply watching the animals demonstrating their natural behaviors. The new platform will feature:

— Video web portal designed to be viewed from any computer, smartphone or tablet

— The ability to take, share and save photos of their favorite video moment

— Live Twitter feeds share comments with other AnimalVision viewers and interactive “ask the experts” sessions with animal trainers and zoological staff

— Education and conservation information and facts about each featured species

— Downloadable games

— Additional animal species will be showcased in the near future

Each of the six cameras is high definition for the best viewing experience possible, including multiple viewpoints of the habitats. The cameras at SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin(TM), show four different species of penguins both in the water and up on the ice. At Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark® in San Antonio, more than 200 stingrays and tropical fish including various species of angel, tang and butterfly fish are seen from shallow and deep underwater viewpoints. Turtle Reef® at SeaWorld San Diego features more than 40 threatened green sea turtles ranging in age from four to 50 years old with a view of the 280,000-gallon aquarium they call home.

 

Mending Kids International Honors Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Nick Simmons And Sophie Simmons At Annual Gala

Mel Gibson, Simon Baker, Nia Peeples, Dorothy Lucey and Harvey Levin Participate in Awards Ceremony

Mending Kids International (MKI) celebrated its heroes at the WINGS AROUND THE WORLD – AFRICAN SAFARI GALA honoring Gene Simmons and his family – Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Nick Simmons and Sophie Simmons — with the MEND Humanitarian Award for their support of MKI (www.mendingkids.org) and their other philanthropic efforts.  The award was presented by Mel Gibson, a long-standing supporter of the non-profit that provides free life-changing surgeries to children throughout the world. Mel Gibson, who has joined several international missions, said, “Going on a mission is like a reset button on your soul.”

Mel Gibson presented the Mending Kids International Humanitarian Award to Gene Simmons and his family. They helped to raise $700,000 for life-altering surgeries. (PRNewsFoto/Mending Kids International)

Mel Gibson presented the Mending Kids International Humanitarian Award to Gene Simmons and his family. They helped to raise $700,000 for life-altering surgeries. (PRNewsFoto/Mending Kids International)

MKI has dramatically changed the lives of over 1,200 children in 54 countries on several continents including Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Hometown Missions in the United States. The critical surgeries provided by MKI have opened the door to healthy and promising futures for children who otherwise would not be treated due to lack of medical or financial resources. MKI also offers training and research to assist communities in creating self-sustaining surgical programs.

In his acceptance speech, Gene spoke of his own difficult childhood, raised in Israel in a bullet-ridden house. He recalled his mother’s excitement when they received a CARE box one day; it wasn’t about the contents, it was about knowing that someone cared and they weren’t alone – it gave them hope. When they moved to America, speaking no English, they were embraced by what he calls “the greatest place on the planet.”  He continued, “Not every child is born with everything intact. I don’t have the right NOT to give back and neither do you. Some mother somewhere is crying her heart out because her child can’t have what we have in this country and we can change that.” He went on to praise his wife and children for doing their part to make this a better world, Shannon by raising “two of the best people I know who feel a spirit of service for their fellow man,” and Nick and Sophie for their little-known good work. Sophie has lived in seven countries where she worked in orphanages before building her own center for abused children in Surrey, British Columbia, appropriately named Sophie’s Place (http://cdfbc.ca/Sophies-Place/).

Also honored were Sydney McDonnell, who has hosted 13 MKI children and nurtured them before, during and after their surgeries; she was presented with the HOPE Award by Simon Baker. Mike Takac, VP of Domestic Sales at Warner Bros., received the LOVE Award for his corporate support, which was presented by Harvey Levin.  A teen award presented to three remarkable young people who serve their community and MKI was presented by Nia Peeples. Other celebrities in attendance included Christopher Atkins, Iron Chef’s Mark Dacascos, Greg Louganis, Dominic Scott Kay and performances by Dawnn Lewis, who sang the most appropriate self-penned song, “Take the Pain Away,” and the Dembrebrah West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. David Ruprecht (“Supermarket Sweepstakes“) did a terrific job auctioning donations for life-altering surgeries with Gene Simmons and Mel Gibson at the top of the donors list. Collectively, the two will be responsible for 305 children’s vital surgeries. It is estimated that the evening raised over $800,000.

The charity is sustained by private and corporate donations. 92% of every dollar received goes directly towards helping children. Some of the sponsors that made the Gala possible include Deloitte, Warner Bros., Montrose Travel, Transparent Media Company, Ethiopian Airlines, Hubert’s Lemonade, Zing Vodka, Alice’s Traveling Tea Party, Jade Phoenix, cab.corp wine merchants, Hint water, Rock & Brews, Solar Rain, Skin Again, DJ Charles Feelgood, and more.

The Kimbell Art Museum Unveils Newest Acquisition: A Luminous Pavilion By Renowned Architect Renzo Piano, November 27, 2013

The Kimbell Art Museum also announces JPMorgan Chase as the Renzo Piano Pavilion Inaugural Season presenting sponsor.

Photos by Robert LaPrelle and Robert Polidori and Provided by The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

There are now two museum buildings, not one, at the Kimbell Art Museum (www.kimbellart.org, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107) in Fort Worth, Texas. A light-filled concrete and glass pavilion designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano opens Wednesday, November 27, across the lawn from the Museum’s original home, Louis I. Kahn’s modernist icon of 1972.

South view, Renzo Piano Pavilion and Louis Kahn Building, October 2013. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Robert LaPrelle

South view, Renzo Piano Pavilion and Louis Kahn Building, October 2013. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Robert LaPrelle

Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates, the Piano Pavilion is located 65 yards to the west of Kahn’s signature cycloid-vaulted museum. The two museum landmarks in turn occupy the heart of the Culture District of Fort Worth, whose seven museums are visited by more than two million people a year and include the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Renzo Piano is the acclaimed designer of Europe’s tallest building, The Shard in London, and a number of other of the world’s most beloved buildings and museums in such cities as Paris, Amsterdam, Bern, New Caledonia, Venice, Oslo, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco and Boston.

The new building consists of two connected structures. The first and more prominent is a pavilion that faces and to some degree mirrors the Kahn building. Here, on a tripartite facade, robust concrete walls flank a recessed entrance bay of glass. The pavilion houses a large lobby in the center, with exhibition galleries to either side, all naturally lit from an elaborately engineered roof. In the galleries, Renzo Piano has striven for an even more exquisite light quality than he has achieved before: the roof system incorporates aluminum louvers, glass, solar cells, wood beams, and stretched fabric scrims. The north and south walls of the pavilion are glass, with colonnades outside to support the beams and roof, which overhang generously for shade.

From the lobby, visitors may enter either of the galleries to the sides or go straight ahead, through a glass passageway, into the building’s second structure. In contrast to the front structure, this half of the building is self-effacing from the outside, covered by a grassy roof open to the public for recreational activities. It contains a third gallery that is not top-lit and is therefore suitable for especially light-sensitive works, as well as the auditorium, library, and education center. The double-height auditorium is on axis with the entrance, permitting a view through various spaces and layers of glass—from the front door to the glass wall and light well behind the auditorium stage. Visible from the lobby of the Kahn building, this becomes the main axis of the new Kimbell Art Museum complex, emphasizing Piano’s themes of transparency and openness.

The Kimbell Art Foundation, which owns and operates the Kimbell Art Museum, was established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimbell, together with Kay’s sister and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Carter. Early on, the Foundation collected mostly British and French portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries. By the time Mr. Kimbell died in April 1964, the collection had grown to 260 paintings and 86 other works of art, including such singular paintings as Hals’s Rommel-Pot Player, Gainsborough’s Portrait of a Woman, Vigée Le Brun’s Self-Portrait, and Leighton’s Portrait of May Sartoris. Motivated by his wish “to encourage art in Fort Worth and Texas,” Mr. Kimbell left his estate to the Foundation, charging it with the creation of a museum. Mr. Kimbell had made clear his desire that the future museum be “of the first class,” and to further that aim, within a week of his death, his widow, Velma, contributed her share of the community property to the Foundation. Continue reading