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, newyork@waterhousedodd.com) 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.

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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: http://www.waterhousedodd.com/exhibitions/keever_solo_show

For more information or to purchase pieces from the exhibit, please contact: newyork@waterhousedodd.com 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 marchofdimes.com/ny or nacersano.orgFor more information and reservations, contact Amy Handler ahandler@marchofdimes.com 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

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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.

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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 SeaWorld.com/OfficialRules.  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 www.seaworld.com/celebration.

BEGIN AGAIN TO CLOSE THE 2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ON APRIL 26th

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.

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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

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 http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets, 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 www.tribecafilm.com.

2014 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

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.

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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