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



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, 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.


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

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



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.


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 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 Guests can reserve accommodations online at or contact reservations at 1-800-NY-PALACE (1-800-697-2522).



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.



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

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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.



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,
among others.

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.



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

Jameson Empire Awards logo

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, or The new MLB themed charm will feature logos of each of the 30 MLB Clubs engraved on

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

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,  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. 
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.
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.
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

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 for more information.

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


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.

Infinity Awards 2013 © Image Singuliere

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

“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.”

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.

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

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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 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


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 and 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 ( 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

World First Solo Show For Kim Keever ‘Underwater’ Abstracts Opens At Waterhouse & Dodd, New York

K2 Abstract 861, 30x29, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

K2 Abstract 861, 30×29, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

Startling and beautiful photographic images, generated by releasing and exploding paint pigment in a 200 gallon water tank, are to feature in a one-man show at the prestigious Waterhouse & Dodd‘s Upper East Side gallery in Manhattan (958 Madison Ave, 3F, New York, NY 10021, +1 212 717 9100, from 2nd April to 6th May.  Created by leading New York artist Kim Keever, the ‘Kim Keever: Abstracts‘ exhibition represents a world first showcase for the latest series of photographs created by the artist in his New York studio. This is work so beautiful, it demands the widest possible audience.

Keever Abstract 5494c, 20x20, 40x40, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

Keever Abstract 5494c, 20×20, 40×40, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

Kim Keever has developed a unique process through which he creates photographs that capture the explosions of color and form resulting from the release of paint pigments into his huge studio water tank. Having originally studied thermal engineering and worked with NASA, he combines his knowledge of science with his artwork, thus allowing him to understand better the properties of the materials he is working with.  His work is part of the permanent collections in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art,Brooklyn; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia and others.   He currently lives and works in New York City.

I’ve always lived near the water, whether it was the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Chicago or New York City.  There’s a peaceful attraction to the flat rippling surface and the mysteries below. Once I started taking photographs of constructed landscapes submerged in water in a 200-gallon aquarium, I realized I had found my signature work as an artist,” he said.

Keever recently dispensed with the landscape elements altogether and started working only with colored paint pigment dropped into the water and photographing the event.   “It is a very freeing process.  I can explore color and form like never before, albeit through random events since I have very little control once the paint starts moving.   Aside from the continued use of water in a tank surrounded by lights, I have reached a simplified culmination of the process,” he said.

Existing collectors and new converts alike will find this show compelling viewing; Keever’s work is unique. His earlier landscapes are at first glance redolent of the Hudson River School and are more structured, while the new abstract images, with the paint dispersing through the water more randomly, are more colorful and modern,” said Ray Waterhouse, principal of Waterhouse & Dodd.  “And they are so affordable, starting at around$3,000.

K2 Abstract 98c, 32x40, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

K2 Abstract 98c, 32×40, 2013 (Courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd, New York)

Private View: Tuesday, April 1, 6-8pm, by invitation only
Exhibition: April 2 – May 6
Opening Hours:  Monday – Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-5

Exhibition Website:

For more information or to purchase pieces from the exhibit, please contact: or +1 212 717 9100

March Of Dimes Launches First Annual Spirit Of Beauty Luncheon

Sarah Brown, Mally Roncal, and Jacquie Tractenberg to be Honored

March of Dimes New York Division announced today it will host the first Annual Spirit of Beauty Luncheon on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 12 noon to 2pm, at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City.

The event will honor Sarah Brown, Beauty Director, Vogue; Mally Roncal, President and Founder, Mally Beauty; and Jacquie Tractenberg, President, Tractenberg & Co. Claudia Lucas, Merchandising Director for Beauty, QVC; hair care and style legend, John Frieda; and beauty entrepreneur, Gail Federici will present the Spirit of Beauty awards. Sponsors for the event are Conde NastCoty Inc.International Flavors & FragrancesHearst MagazinesL’Oreal USA, and Shiseido Cosmetics.

For 39 years, the March of Dimes Beauty Ball® had the distinction of being one of the most highly anticipated social events in the cosmetic and fashion publishing industries; raising over $35 million to support the organization. This year, in keeping with industry changes, the event is being presented as a networking luncheon.

As Vogue’s Beauty Director, Sarah Brown oversees all beauty content for the magazine. She assigns, edits, and writes stories on everything from runway trends, makeup, skin care, hair, and fragrance to dermatology and spa escapes, collaborating with some of the industry’s finest writers. Brown has been at Vogue for thirteen years, joining as Beauty Editor and moving into the Director role a year and a half later. In addition to her editorial work, Brown has contributed to philanthropic initiatives like Seventh on Sale, Fashion’s Night Out, and the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. This is her first collaboration with March of Dimes NY Division.

Mally Roncal, President and Founder of Mally Beauty, is a world-renowned makeup artist. She has traveled the globe doing makeup for some of the most well known faces in the world, including Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Teri Hatcher, Celine Dion, Lee Ann Womack, Ashlee Simpson, Angelina Jolie, and Heidi Klum. Mally has shared her advice in the pages of top magazines and on shows like Oprah, TheToday ShowRachael Ray, and The View. Mally’s collection includes over 1,000 products, which reflect her philosophy that the things that make you different make you beautiful, and she dedicates every day of her life to helping women celebrate their unique beauty.

Public Relations Executive Jacquie Tractenberg established her namesake firm, Tractenberg & Co. in New York City in 1999. A former editorial employee at the New York Times and Mademoiselle, she brings an insider understanding of modern editorial needs to every aspect of her public relations work. Tractenberg leads a full-service, boutique style public relations and social media agency that delivers in-depth, high-quality services to beauty, fashion, and lifestyle clients worldwide. Her firm generates a well-rounded portfolio of personality-driven profiles; ensuring that every brand’s story is told from a complete 360-degree perspective.

Funds raised at this year’s Spirit of Beauty Luncheon will help March of Dimes continue the important work it is doing to end prematurity and help give every baby a healthy start in life.

With the support of a stellar line-up of business leaders and industry giants, the inaugural Spirit of Beauty Luncheon promises to be the next great chapter in the storied history of an extraordinary event,” said Shelly Siegel, Executive Director, March of Dimes NY Division. “The success and triumph of the Beauty Ball® is an inspiration to us, as we move forward with this new and exciting industry event.”

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit or nacersano.orgFor more information and reservations, contact Amy Handler or 212.500.1801.

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration is a Sea of Surprises: Eighteen-month celebration kicks off on March 21, 2014 at all Three SeaWorld Parks


The original SeaWorld® Park opened its gates for the first time in March 1964 on Mission Bay in San Diego; and since then, SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with animals.  Today SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment(TM) launches a multi-park celebration to commemorate a key event in the company’s history. During SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration visitors will be invited to take part in the excitement through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and “The SeaWorld Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day. SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration features a Sea of Surprises(TM) throughout an 18-month celebration highlighting some of the most memorable SeaWorld experiences in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.


SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Sea of Surprises(TM) Highlights includes:
SeaWorld San Diego will celebrate 50 years by completely transforming the park’s arrival experience. Explorer’s Reef(TM) will open in March for the celebration kick-off, and immediately immerse park guests into an undersea oasis. From the moment they enter the park, guests can connect with the sea through multiple touch pools featuring shark pups, rays, skates and delicate little cleaner fish.

SeaWorld is known for amazing entertainment and each park will have something new for the 50th celebration. Kicking off on March 21, Park pathways will come to life with spontaneous entertainment. “Bubble Blowout” is sure to be a guest favorite with a fantastical vehicle creating bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Engaging performances with sea-inspired costumes and props will pop up at unexpected moments to surprise guests throughout the day, like “Splash Dance” and the “Sea Street Band.”

— Starting this summer, new shows offer guests the chance to celebrate the longer park hours. “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night” is a nighttime Shamu Show debuting at all three SeaWorld parks.  The high energy show will include new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. SeaWorld San Antonio will also launch a new 50(th)-Celebration-themed ski show for the summer season.

SeaWorld's 50th celebration is a Sea of Surprises.  (PRNewsFoto/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

SeaWorld’s 50th celebration is a Sea of Surprises. (PRNewsFoto/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

—  The “SeaWorld® Surprise Squad” will roam the SeaWorld parks on a daily basis giving away prizes and special gifts, including exclusive access to rides, behind-the-scenes experiences, Shamu-themed merchandise, reserved show seating and more.*

home-ticket (1)—  SeaWorld guests are often greeted by an animal ambassador, many of whom were orphaned or injured in the wild and given a second chance thanks to the SeaWorld Rescue Team. As part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, there will be more surprise encounters with animal ambassadors throughout the day. A pair of Magellanic penguins, a lemur, or even a parade of flamingos could surprise guests at any moment at all three SeaWorld locations.

— To showcase SeaWorld’s commitment to the environment and passion for protecting the ocean, a series of giant sea life sculptures will be displayed throughout the parks. SeaWorld commissioned environmental art group The Washed Ashore Project for a collection of larger-than-life sea-themed sculptures – many weighing more than half a ton. The material used to create these pieces comes from the billions of pounds of garbage- mostly plastics – that wind up in our oceans. These amazing works of art point to the urgent need to protect marine animals from such dangers and preserve their ocean habitats.

— As part of its continuing commitment to new technology that enhances the guest experience, SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration will include new ways for fans to connect to the parks and each other though digital devices. The parks will be launching a variety of enhancements, from interactive apps that provide fun new ways to experience the park to new games and video content.

* SeaWorld® Surprise Squad: No purchase or park visit necessary. Open to park visitors and to legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 9/7/15. For Official Rules, how to enter by mail, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit Guest Services or  Sponsor: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., 9205 SouthPark Loop, Suite 400 Orlando, FL 32189.

For more information and continuing news about SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration and the Sea of Surprises, visit


The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced that John Carney’s comedy, Begin Again (formerly Can A Song Save Your Life?), starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Adam Levine, will close the 13th edition on Saturday, April 26th at BMCC Tribeca PAC.


From writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company in July.


MARK RUFFALO and KEIRA KNIGHTLEY star in BEGIN AGAIN, formerly known as CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Adam Levine, which will close the 13th edition on Saturday, April 26th at BMCC Tribeca PAC.

“We close our festival with Tribeca alum John Carney’s Begin Again. This beautiful music infused New York story encompasses the spirit of Tribeca where music, film and performance play such a key part of this year’s program,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “To be able to work with our neighbor and dear friend Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company to bring this film to U.S. audiences for the first time is a bonus for our entire community.”

Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights. That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its U.S. premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival,” said John Carney.

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16-27, 2014. Tickets for the Festival will be $17.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $9.00 for all late night and weekday matinee screenings. Advance selection ticket packages and passes are now on sale for American Express Card Members, and go on sale Monday, March 10 for the general public. All advance selection packages and passes can be purchased online at, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 8 for American Express Card Members, Sunday, April 13 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 14 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea at 260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village VII at 66 3rd Avenue. The 2014 Festival will continue offering ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at


The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced its lineup of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres. The selections were curated from 3,074 submissions. The 2014 program includes shorts from 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


The shorts will be presented in 9 thematic programs —5 narrative, 3 documentary, and 1 experimental. Last year’s popular genre-specific program returns this year as “Totally Twisted” with some added unusual comedies.

The Festival will screen the recent 2014 Academy Award®-winning Live Action Short,Helium. Edoardo Ponti, the 2013 winner of Tribeca’s Best Narrative Short film, The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, returns to Tribeca to world premiere Human Voice,featuring a powerful performance by Sophia Loren and cinematography by Academy Award®-winner, Rodrigo Prieto. Ponti is among a number of returning filmmakers including Steve James, Bill Morrison, Anita Thacher, and Ondi Timonor. The lineup also features performances by Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jon Huertas (Castle), Seamus Dever (Castle), and voiceovers by Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.

Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short Awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® provided the film complies with the Academy rules.

We had a lot of fun programming the strange brew of comedy and creepiness in our late-night program, and we’re always looking to try something new in bringing short films to our audience,” said Sharon Badal, Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives, “This year our popular New York Shorts program is comprised entirely of world premiere documentary shorts, so it, too, has a different flavor than in years past.”

A list of the short film selections within the nine programs is as follows:

AFTER WORDS – documentary program
These short documentaries are at times political, occasionally provocative, and always personal, reflecting the past and illuminating the present. Once a year, Duke Phillips and his crew of Colorado ranchers rounds up 2,000 wild buffalo as part of a unique conservation effort to preserve this endangered animal and the rich landscape it inhabits inDuke and the Buffalo. In a small Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines as an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile in Nae Pasaran. When young filmmaker Alexandra embeds surveillance cameras in her kitchen to capture a decade long affliction of unconscious nighttime eating episodes, her image of self is turned inside-out in Nocturnity. In The Next Parta double-amputee Army Bomb Tech and his wife grapple with his injuries amidst unexpected events. In a small American town in the state of Georgia, a good citizen is an armed citizen In Guns We Trust. Four decades after one of the world’s most notorious crimes, a Manson Family member breaks her silence to reveal how a series of choices led to ultimate destruction in Life After Manson.

  • Duke and the Buffalo, directed and written by Alfredo Alcantara and Josh Chertoff. (USA) – World Premiere.
  • Nae Pasaran, directed by Felipe Bustos Sierra. (Scotland) – North American Premiere.
  • Nocturnity, directed and written by Alexandra Liveris. (USA) – World Premiere.
  • The Next Part, directed and written by Erin Sanger. (USA) – World Premiere.
  • In Guns We Trust, directed and written by Nicolas Lévesque. (Canada) – U.S. Premiere.
  • Life After Manson, directed and written by Olivia Klaus. (USA) – World Premiere. Continue reading

2014 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary and Announces This Year’s Top Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Tequila and More


The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world’s premier spirits competition. Today, Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) announces 37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists171 Tried & True Awards(SM) and 89 Great Values ( The Challenge, celebrating its fifth anniversary, was held in New York on March 10-14; and, for the second consecutive year, a perfect 100 point score was given by multiple panels to a whiskey: Redbreast 21 Years Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

The back of house team that keeps Ultimate Spirits Challenge running smoothly – (L to R) Steve Fette, team leader Leo DeGroff, Zachary Overman, Luis Guzman, Dave Roochvarg and Sean Kenyon

The back of house team that keeps Ultimate Spirits Challenge running smoothly – (L to R) Steve Fette, team leader Leo DeGroff, Zachary Overman, Luis Guzman, Dave Roochvarg and Sean Kenyon

The judges for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014 – back row, L to R: Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) partner and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, UBC partner David Talbot, Steve Olson, UBC partner Sue Woodley, Dan Nicolaescu, UBC partner and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Dave Wondrich, Jim Meehan; front row, L to R: James Conley, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, Tad Carducci, Andy Seymour, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dale DeGroff

The judges for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014 – back row, L to R: Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) partner and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, UBC partner David Talbot, Steve Olson, UBC partner Sue Woodley, Dan Nicolaescu, UBC partner and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Dave Wondrich, Jim Meehan; front row, L to R: James Conley, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, Tad Carducci, Andy Seymour, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dale DeGroff

Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. Based on exacting standards, expert judges and rigorous methodology, UBC endeavors to raise the standards of spirits and wine evaluation and supplies ratings and accolades designed to help companies build their brands with buyers, both industry and consumer. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, David Talbot and Sean Ludford.

Bottles as far as the eye can see! Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Bottles as far as the eye can see! Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Interest in Ultimate Spirits Challenge has never been greater,” says Ultimate Spirits Challenge founder F. Paul Pacult. “Companies [now] enter because they want brands to be evaluated against their peers by the world’s best judges. USC provides the most trusted, sought after testimonials that help distillers and importers build their brands.”

This year, USC introduces the Tried & True Award(SM) to recognize brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered USC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this year’s Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.

Jacques Bezuidenhout judging for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Jacques Bezuidenhout judging for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A flight of spirits ready to be handed out to judges at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A flight of spirits ready to be handed out to judges at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

All products entered are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry’s most renowned judges that include award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. This year’s judges were: USC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Judging Co-Chairman Sean LudfordJacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW and David Wondrich.


All spirits rated 85 points and higher receive their own page showing current award results, downloadable score icons, tasting notes and bottle image. USC results will be promoted via the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide to be published in the October issue of The Beverage Media Group‘s top 15 U.S. markets, reaching more than 70,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers.

For a complete list of results visit
Luxardo Aperitivo
Unflavored: Absolut
Flavored: Belvedere Lemon Tea
Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)
Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)
Rum: Don Q Gran Anejo (Tried & True Award)
Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue
Flavored Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored
Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced
Sagatiba Velha
Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Reposado: Blue Nectar
Anejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Extra Anejo: Herradura Seleccion Suprema (Tried & True Award)
Del Maguey Iberico
American: Wild Turkey Forgiven
Kentucky Straight Bourbon: George T. Stagg
Rye: Bulleit 95 Small Batch
Blended: Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old
Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
Blended Malt: Big Peat
Blended: Ballantine’s 17 Years Old
Single Malt: Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old
Alberta Premium Dark Horse
Nikka Coffey Grain
Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac
Calvados: Pere Magloire 20 Years Old
Cognac: Delamain Pale & Dry
Grappa: Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino
Pisco: KAPPA (Tried & True Award)
Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez
American Brandy: Osocalis Heritage
Pineau des Charentes: Jean Fillioux Vieux
Cointreau (Tried & True Award)
Maurin Dry
iichiko Frasco


New Advertising Campaign Celebrates the Women’s Spring Collection and the Spirit of the Season.

Today marks the first day of the season, and spring is already in full bloom at Lands’ End, who has launched the Lands’ End “How to Spring” campaign, showcasing how fun and fashionable it is to add bright colors, graphic prints and floral patterns with a few perfect pieces from the women’s spring collection.  The print and online advertising campaign, created in partnership with stylist Alex White and photographer Craig McDean, captures the energy and vibrancy of the Lands’ End line.  In celebration of spring, Lands’ End is kicking off a “How to Spring” sweepstakes, offering people the chance to win a $1,000 spring shopping spree.

Lands' End How To Spring.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End How To Spring. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

Our spring collection is fresh, modern and relevant and is bursting with new styles that were created in the spirit of the Lands’ End customer’s busy lifestyle,” said Edgar Huber, chief executive officer and president of Lands’ End.  “Whether it is our floral ponté dress, no iron pinpoint shirt, Drifter™ sweater or swim tee, all these versatile items can be mixed and matched to perfectly fit any moment of the day.”

Advertising and branding agency, AR New York, partnered with Lands’ End to conceptualize and bring “How to Spring” to life. “We took cues from the collection itself and the beautiful, fresh nature of spring,” says David Israel, executive creative director at AR New York. “We created a fully integrated campaign called “How to Spring” that offers a platform for today’s modern woman to find inspiration and style in this season’s collection.”

Consumers can play the instant win game at or the Lands’ End Facebook page from March 20 – April 20, 2014, for a chance to win a prize every day, plus a chance to win a $1,000 Lands’ End shopping spree! They simply enter their email address or connect with Facebook to get started.  Then, they select their favorite pre-populated outfit and press the “spin” button.  If the outfit on all three tumblers matches the outfit that the user curated, they instantly win a $1,000, $50 or $25 gift card. 

EXPRESS and Robin Thicke open the Retailer’s Largest Store in the Chain in Times Square, NY – Customers Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening

EXPRESS, Inc. announces the opening of its largest location in New York City’s Times Square (EXPRESS TIMES SQUARE STORE, 1552 & 1560 Broadway [Corner of Broadway & 46th Street], New York, NY 10036. Phone: 646-448-8376, Store Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. EST). The globally expanding retailer will celebrate the store’s grand opening on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. with a live performance by Robin Thicke.



It’s EXPRESS on steroids,” said Michael Weiss, the chairman and chief executive officer of EXPRESS. “This is an elevated presentation where the homes for each category are much more defined. Our billboard, with 9,000 square feet of LED, is the biggest and highest-definition billboard in the whole of Times Square. You know nobody whispers in Times Square; they shout. And if you’re going to shout, you’d better be the loudest.”

The Times Square store is located in the landmark I. Miller building distinguished by its marbled frame and statues of iconic actresses including Marilyn Miller and Mary Pickford. With over 28,000 square feet, the impressive location embraces the fast-paced and tech-savvy mindset of New York City with imagery boxes, LED walls and screens, interactive iPads, mobile points of sale, and on-site charging stations to enhance the shopping experience.

Robin Thicke to Perform at EXPRESS Times Square Grand Opening Event.  (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

Robin Thicke to Perform at EXPRESS Times Square Grand Opening Event. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

Divided into three levels of women’s and men’s collections, the store marks the brand’s grandest location to-date with a design concept that elevates the brand’s current high-fashion runway layout. Design elements include French limestone floors, white brick walls, Carrera marble fixtures, crystal chandeliers, glass vitrines housing noteworthy trends and two expansive escalators to transport visitors among the three floors.

To complement the bright lights of Broadway, the high-profile store boasts three larger-than-life imagery light boxes, providing a visually fashion forward backdrop as visitors ride the escalator to the second floor.

Robin Thicke will kick-off the retailer’s grand opening event with a live performance on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. which will live stream on the EXPRESS billboards outside the store. The four hour event will then feature a mobile-based “scratch and win” sweepstakes in which all event attendees are awarded a prize, ranging from Express GiftCards and merchandise, to packages from event partners Wine Awesomeness, Uber, Night Hotel and Pippin. Select EXPRESS NEXT loyalty members will receive a golden ticket granting them a meet and greet with Robin Thicke and early access into the store to shop.


Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Celebrate the femininity of spring by adding to or starting your PANDORA collection 

PANDORA brings the joy and promise of spring to life with its new collection of hand-finished jewelry, featuring delicate Butterflies, blooming flowers, and pretty pastels, as well as delightful new charms to celebrate special pastimes.


Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Intricate butterflies spread their wings across classic jewelry styles in the new PANDORA collection. From dangles and clips, to rings and earrings, the butterfly motif stands out as a symbol of spring and renewal. Pavé charms are re-imagined with multi-colored patterns, sparkling butterfly shapes and floral openwork designs.

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

White enamel daisies are in bloom on new sterling silver charms, rings and earrings. Offset the pretty floral trend by wearing the dainty charms on a braided leather bracelet. Rings with a single daisy or an arrangement of three flowers can be combined for a statement ring look.

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Echoing the colors of the runway, PANDORA’s palette of purple, lavender and light pink puts a fresh spin on timeless designs. Faceted glass dangles in three shades coordinate with drop earrings and add grown-up elegance to a springtime look. Light blue, pink and white Murano glass charms catch the light with butterfly and daisy motifs. Commemorate favorite pastimes with the sterling silver artist’s palette, speckled with six colorful zirconia paint dots, or the sterling silver volleyball, lacrosse, equestrian or bicycle charms. Four-legged friends are immortalized with the sterling silver paw prints heart and the “I love my dog” bone, made from sterling silver and cubic zirconia. Celebrate international adventures with a sterling silver and red enamel Chinese lantern and a sterling silver London postcard, or show American pride with a red, white and blue enamel U.S. map.

PANDORA’s collection of stackable rings is also updated for spring with thin, sterling silver eternity bands sparkling with colored cubic zirconia. The delicate rings can be worn together or stacked with rings from PANDORA’s existing collection. The new spring pieces start at $35 in sterling silver. To view the new pieces or locate an authorized PANDORA retailer, visit

Darkness at Caesars Entertainment Resorts and Casinos Illuminates Concerns About Climate Change During 2014 Earth Hour

On March 29, 2014 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., local time all Caesars Entertainment’s resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour for the sixth consecutive year to bring awareness to one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns – climate change. Guests and employees will be encouraged to turn off all non-essential interior lighting, while the resorts’ lit exteriors and marquees are shut off for the hour. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries in a collective statement of concern about climate change.

Caesars’ annual participation in this event is one of many ways we strive to uphold the principles outlined in our Code of Commitment and support the communities in which we are privileged to operate. We are encouraging both employees and guests to keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive by making a habit of turning off unnecessary lights and personal equipment when it is not in use, both at work or at home.” – Gwen Migita, VP of Corporate Sustainability & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment.

According to the Energy Information Administration, world energy consumption will grow 56 percent by 2040. Caesars recognizes that the problems facing the planet demand real action today and that awareness of these issues is critical for change. Earth Hour is one of the company’s many initiatives comprising its larger sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, and serves as a visual representation of their commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

Every year, Caesars and its nearly 70,000 employees engage in environmental programs and sustainable business practices that provide tangible low-carbon solutions to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all resorts and casinos. As a result of grassroots programs implemented by a dedicated team at each location, Caesars has succeeded in achieving:

  • Reduced energy use 19 percent per air-conditioned square foot from 2007 through 2012 although the company has grown organically.
  • Overall U.S. waste diversion of 24 percent (34 of our domestic properties).
  • Reduced carbon footprint by 11.4 percent from 2007 through 2012 at absolute levels.
  • Reduced water usage by 7 percent on a square foot basis since 2008 (baseline year).
  • Invested nearly $70 million on energy conservation projects since 2004.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports that 39.67 million tourists came to Las Vegas in 2013. The powering down of nine Caesars resorts in Las Vegas has the ability to impact thousands of daily visitors with its statement on environmental action. The company’s latest development in Las Vegas, The LINQ, consists of three large, highly lit structures that will play a starring role in this year’s event. From the pedestrian-only street within The LINQ, guests will have the best view of Earth Hour festivities and the rare black out of the country’s brightest city.

Located at the heart of the strip, The LINQ is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the Las Vegas High Roller. Impacting the Vegas skyline at 550 feet tall and with more than 2,000 LED lights, the High Roller will create a striking effect as it powers down for Earth Hour. Special displays are set to appear on The LINQ’s 130-ft tall three-sided marquee, and the High Roller will shine an electric blue to commemorate the day before both go dark. The Vortex, a visually stunning architectural element intricately embedded with LED-lights on top of The Quad Resort & Casino will also power off along with the multiple venues and marquees within The LINQ.

Caesars has been a leader in promoting Earth Hour, encouraging other casinos and businesses in the region to participate. Seeing the lights go off in America’s brightest city every year is a reminder of our movement towards becoming a more environmentally and socially sustainable Las Vegas, as well as all the work we have yet to do to make a real impact on climate change in our community and as a planet.” – Tom Perrigo, Chief Sustainability Officer at City of Las Vegas


Season highlights include new productions of Carmen with the National Symphony Orchestra, Giulio Cesare, and a double bill of Les mamelles de Tirésias and Le pauvre matelot

Wolf Trap Opera welcomes American bass-baritone Eric Owens as its first Artist in Residence 


Wolf Trap Opera (WTO), a top residency program for emerging opera professionals, announces its 2014 season and complete roster of Filene Young Artists and Studio Artists. Established in 1971, Wolf Trap Opera continues to earn national and international recognition for its mission to discover and encourage outstanding emerging talent in the opera field and serve singers of exceptional achievement and potential who are ready to make the transition to full-time professional careers. In addition to the young professional singers, the company also features the work of emerging designers, directors, and conductors and provides opportunities for aspiring stage managers, administrators, coaches, and technical theatre professionals.

The 2014 season offerings include a production of Bizet’s dramatic masterpiece Carmen, alongside the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grant Gershon and directed by Tara Faircloth; Handel’s most popular Baroque opera Giulio Cesare, conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber; and a rare pairing of two short French operas, Milhaud’sLe pauvre matelot and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Matthew Ozawa.


This year, WTO announces internationally renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens as its first Artist in Residence. An alumnus of Wolf Trap’s Filene Young Artist program, the Grammy Award-winning Owens has carved a unique place in the opera world as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. He appears regularly at the Met, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Owens will work privately with WTO artists as a coach and mentor and will appear in public educational forums, including master classes and panel discussions.

My time at Wolf Trap Opera, to this day, continues to be two of the best summers of my life, if not the very best!” stated Eric Owens. “Wolf Trap’s Filene Young Artist residency was then, as it is now, the most coveted summer program into which any aspiring young singer can be accepted. I am honored and thrilled to be part of the 2014 Filene Young Artists’ experience by being the first Wolf Trap Opera Artist in Residence.”

This season, Wolf Trap Opera is producing an expanded range of programs to showcase some of the country’s most talented young singers—a new production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Filene Center, the return of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and a rare pairing of two short French operas new to Wolf Trap,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “We are proud to welcome alumnus Eric Owens as Wolf Trap Opera’s first Artist in Residence, strengthening our commitment to educate and train our exceptionally gifted young artists at a critical time in their careers.

The 2014 roster comprises 17 Filene Young Artists and 16 Studio Artists chosen from a record 1,082 applicants from around the world. These artists were chosen from 591 singers heard during a nationwide audition tour in New York, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia), Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston.

The 2014 opera season:

Bizet’s Carmen, a mesmerizing drama of love, lust, and jealousy, is one of the world’s most popular operas. Its many memorable arias include the sultry “Habanera, the passionate “Flower Song,” and the popular “Song of the Toreador.” Grant Gershon from the Los Angeles Opera returns to the Filene Center on July 25 to conduct, Tara Faircloth directs, and S. Katy Tuckercreates the larger-than-life video projected above the stage.

At The Barns, Handel’s Giulio Cesare will return for the first time since 1995 for three performances on June 27 and 29 and July 1. This operatic tale of love, lust, and ambition focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC, where he encounters the exotic Cleopatra. Giulio Cesare will be conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber.

The Barns at Wolf Trap Exterior

The Barns at Wolf Trap Exterior

The Barns at Wolf Trap

The Barns at Wolf Trap

On August 8, 10, and 16 at The Barns at Wolf Trap, WTO will perform a French double bill of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot, conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Matthew Ozawa. This unusual pairing contrasts a gripping household drama with a fast-paced surrealist farce. While the subject matter might be worlds apart, the two pieces are connected by the shared musical language of Les Six.

Also at the Filene Center, WTO partners with The Philadelphia Orchestra in its first Wolf Trap appearance in over a decade in a program that features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Conducted by Bramwell Tovey, the June 28 concert features WTO soloists: soprano Tracy Coxmezzo-soprano Virginie Verreztenor Robert Watson, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

In addition, Filene Young Artists will perform intimate recitals at The Barns of Wolf Trap and in the community, including a performance with Grammy Award-winning pianist and vocal coach, Steven Blier; Aria Jukebox, an interactive showcase of opera highlights; and two separate Vocal Colors recitals, in partnership with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., which creates a fusion of visual art and music.

Meet the Singers:

Eric Jurenas, countertenor

Eric Jurenas, countertenor

The 2014 roster features 17 Filene Young Artists, who will star in principal and supporting roles. These Filene Young Artists represent 2.4% of the applicant pool and come from nine states and four countries. Among the artists are returning sopranos Mireille AsselinTracy Coxand Ying Fang; mezzo-sopranos Maya Lahyani and Carolyn Sproule; baritone Norman Garrett; and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green. Newcomers to the program are soprano Melinda Whittingtonmezzo-sopranos Renée Rapier and Virginie Verrez; countertenors John Holiday, Jr. and Eric Jurenas; tenors Kevin Ray and Robert Watson; baritones Joo Won Kang and Tobias Greenhalgh; and bass-baritone Jeongcheol Cha.   Continue reading

Wolf Trap Announces First Of Summer 2014 Performances

All Artists photographs Courtesy of Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces the first set of performances for its highly anticipated 2014 Summer Season. As America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap celebrates all genres of music in its 16-week summer season, welcoming all with a priority on accessibility and affordability.


In this 30th anniversary year of the rebirth of the Filene Center following devastating fires—a process that saw the community band together to support the arts—we are proud to welcome the greatest names across the spectrum of music, including Lionel Richie, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Josh Groban,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Whether you’re a fan of symphonic music, opera, R&B, or rock, every music lover can celebrate Wolf Trap this summer.”

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September.


The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year-’round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes and grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg Business Week’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers Metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group.

Wolf Trap’s second summer show announcement will follow on April 17, 2014. All shows are at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA (unless otherwise noted).

Full chronological listing of all 2014 shows announced to date follows:

May, 2014

Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion
With Garrison Keillor and Special Guests
In association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM
Friday, May 23 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 5:45 pm
The nation’s favorite radio host leads an ensemble cast through his radio variety show featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

Under the Streetlamp
Gentleman’s Rule
Friday, May 30 at 8 pm
Slick dance moves and tight harmonies from the retro-inspired Jersey Boys quartet and an eight-man a cappella powerhouse produced by the founder of Straight No Chaser.

June, 2014

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Friday–Sunday, June 6–8 at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 at 2 pm
“Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

Trey McIntyre Project
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 pm
In its final D.C. performance, this inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s glam-rock stylings.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rudgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette
Thursday, June 12 at 8 pm
Celebrate an era of rock ‘n’ roll virtuosos from The Beatles, Santana, Journey, Toto, and more! In a review of the 50-year anniversary Beatles tribute concert, The New York Times wrote, “The celebration, like that ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ a half-century ago, belonged to the Beatles themselves. First was Mr. Starr: bounding onstage to sing Carl Perkins’s ‘Matchbox,’ settling in at the drums to play and sing the Shirelles’ ‘Boys’ and finishing with a jolly ‘Yellow Submarine.’ They were still having fun.” Continue reading

36th Annual IACP Award Winners Announced in Chicago

Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards, IACP’s Cookbook Awards have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing and to expand the public’s awareness of culinary literature.

On Saturday, March 15, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) unveiled the 2014 winners of its highly-anticipated awards, including the IACP Cookbook Awards, Bert Greene Awards, Digital Media Awards, and the IACP Awards, at its 36th annual conference focused on the theme “Connections.” Selected through an intense judging system, the IACP award recipients are recognized as the global leaders of the culinary community.

International Association of Culinary Professionals.  (PRNewsFoto/IACP)

International Association of Culinary Professionals. (PRNewsFoto/IACP)

The 2014 conference brought a diverse group of IACP members to food-centric Chicago, including food media, cookbook authors, dietitians, chefs, food photographers, food marketers, food stylists, bloggers, culinary tourism experts, educators, and farmers.

Founded in 1978, IACP connects culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed. IACP boasts members from more than two dozen countries and serves as the leading forum for culinary professionals from all backgrounds. The only culinary organization of its kind, IACP is a crossroads where everyone can meet to share experiences and expertise, in ways that lead to unparalleled growth and learning.

IACP’s annual conference is a one-of-a-kind meeting where the world’s foremost food and beverage minds convene for unrivaled educational experiences and knowledge sharing to create connections with people, places, and information through shared experiences such as culinary tours, cooking classes, as well as lectures and discussions. The 2015 IACP conference is planned for Washington, D.C., March 27-30, and a call for educational session proposals will be issued in the coming months.

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Matt Lee & Ted Lee (Clarkson Potter)

Baking: Savory or Sweet
The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer (Random House)

Beverage/ Reference/ Technical
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, Second Edition by Andrew F. Smith (Oxford University Press)

Chefs and Restaurants
The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin (Random House)

Children, Youth and Family

CHOP CHOP: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family by Sally Sampson (Simon & Schuster)

The Chelsea Market Cookbook: 100 Recipes from New York’s Premier Indoor Food Hall by Michael Phillips with Rick Rodgers
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Culinary History
Cuisine & Empire: Cooking in World History by Rachel Laudan (University of California Press)

Culinary Travel
The Perfect Meal by John Baxter (HarperCollins Publishers)

First Book
Stone Edge Farm Cookbook by John McReynolds (Stone Edge Farm)

Food Matters
Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle (Rodale)
Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson (Hachette Book Group)

Keepers by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion (Rodale)

Health & Special Diet
Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom by Deborah Madison (Ten Speed Press)

Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way by Oretta Zanini De Vita & Maureen B. Fant (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Literary Food Writing
One Souffle at a Time by Anne Willan and Amy Friedman (St. Martin’s Press)

I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes by Daniel Humm & Will Guidara (Francesco Tonelli, photographer) (Ten Speed Press)

Professional Kitchens
Elements of Dessert by Francisco Migoya and the Culinary Institute of America (Wiley) Continue reading