THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” WITH LIVE COMMENTARY EVENT

Special guests: director-co-writer Jared Hess and actor Jon Heder

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the indie comedy hit “Napoleon Dynamite” with writer-director Jared Hess and star Jon Heder participating in a live commentary screening and conversation on Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theatre on the LACMA campus.

The event is the second in the Academy’s “Live Commentary!” series, inaugurated last year with a screening of “The Princess Bride” with Jason Reitman and Rob Reiner. The format, a live version of commentaries typically included on DVDs and other recorded media, opens the door to illuminating anecdotes, behind-the-scenes details and filmmaker insights in real time.

In 2004, audiences all over the world were introduced to Preston, Idaho’s very own Napoleon Dynamite. With his flaming red curls, moon boots, illegal government ninja moves and irascible quips, he became an icon. The Academy is honored to welcome Napoleon Dynamite co-writer-director Jared Hess and Jon Heder, the actor who portrayed the film’s Tater Tot-obsessed protagonist. Together, Hess and Heder will offer a live commentary on their cult comedy classic as it screens, in honor of its tenth anniversary. Topics they may cover include online chat rooms, cage fighting, quad-runners, magical beasts, tetherball and the band Alphaville.

Monday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
TICKETS
$5 general admission$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets will be available Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m.

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amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS GALA RAISES A RECORD BREAKING $35 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND TO HELP FIND A CURE

EVENT SPONSORED BY WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT, BOLD FILMS, BVLGARI, MERCEDES-BENZ and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS raised a record $35 million last night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and BVLGARI.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Kellan Lutz attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Kellan Lutz attends amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

Sharon Stone was once again a Chair of the event, along with Harvey Weinstein, amfAR ambassador Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, BVLGARI Ambassador Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Carine Roitfeld, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin, amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview Entertainment COO Molly Conners.

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From Beijing To Belawan: Crystal Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Year With Comprehensive 2015 Asia Season

New Ports, Less Visited Locales and More Overnights Equal Deeper Exploration for Travelers

From untouched rainforests to a “Monkey Island”; from working cacao plantations to pristine R&R beaches; from two thousand-year-old temples to huge metropolises of fine dining, Asia is a continent of contrasts – to be highlighted during Crystal’s 2015 Asia cruise season.  Ten 12- and 13-day itineraries, plus five shortened “Getaways” of six- to seven-days, kick off the ultra-luxe line’s 25th year of sailing by cruising through Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia.  

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Crystal Cruises’s 2015 Asia itineraries collectively call in Ho Chi Minh City and Chan May, Vietnam; Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia; Surabaya, Bali, Semarang, Jakarta and Belawan, Indonesia; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Pusan, South Korea; Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan; Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sanya, Dalian, Xiamen, Yantai and Beijing, China; and Kochi, Osaka, Aomori, Otaru and Tokyo, Japan.

Highlights include:

—  Maiden calls to Belawan, Indonesia; Sanya, China; Kochi and Aomori, Japan;
—  Later evening stays in Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Chan May, Vietnam; Bali, Indonesia; Pusan, South Korea; Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan; and Singapore;
—  Culture/region-intensive itineraries, including two all-China cruises, with multiple overnights in the country’s major cities, and other voyages concentrating heavily on Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
—  At least two separate overnights offered on every cruise;
—  Calls to gems “less-visited” by the line, such as Yantai, China (Crystal’s first visit since 1996); Malacca City and Kota Kinabalu,
        Malaysia; and Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan;
—  Two-night stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon (formerly Burma);
—  A three-day pre-/post-cruise overnight land program to Beijing and the Great Wall, included with two March/April cruises

“The 2015 Asia voyages amount to one of our most immersive, wide-ranging seasons in the region in our 25-year history,” says Crystal President Edie Rodriguez.  “All travelers – those cruising Asia for the first time and those who have long loved visiting there – will find something new to broaden their perspectives on these ancient lands.

Until June 30, all-inclusive cruise fares for the 2015 Asia season start at $2,025/person, with up to $1,800/person in credits (for airfare) and savings if booked by June 30.

Illinois resident who had contact with Indiana MERS patient tests positive for MERS coronavirus

Ongoing investigation of the first imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States has identified evidence of apparent past MERS-CoV infection in an Illinois man who had close contact with the Indiana MERS patient.  The Illinois resident did not seek or require medical care. However, local health officials have monitored his health daily since May 3 as part of the investigation. At this time, the Illinois resident is reported to be feeling well.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is a virus that is new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of May 16, there have been 572 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS in 15 countries. Most of these people developed severe acute respiratory illness, with fever, cough, and shortness of breath; 173 people died. Officials do not know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment recommended for the virus.

The previously reported Indiana MERS patient is a U.S. resident who had traveled from Saudi Arabia and was admitted to an Indiana hospital on April 28; the patient was confirmed to have MERS on May 2, and has since been released from the hospital.

For the Illinois resident, laboratory test results showing apparent past MERS-CoV infection were reported late night on May 16. CDC officials explained that these laboratory test results are preliminary and suggest that the Illinois resident probably got the virus from the Indiana patient and the person’s body developed antibodies to fight the virus.  There are two main ways to determine if a person is or has been infected with MERS-CoV. We can collect a respiratory sample and use a test called PCR to determine if a person has active infection with the virus. Or we can do a blood test that looks for antibodies to MERS-CoV that would indicate a person had previously been infected with MERS-CoV.

This latest development does not change CDC’s current recommendations to prevent the spread of MERS,” said David Swerdlow, M.D., who is leading CDC’s MERS-CoV response. “It’s possible that as the investigation continues others may also test positive for MERS-CoV infection but not get sick.  Along with state and local health experts, CDC will investigate those initial cases and if new information is learned that requires us to change our prevention recommendations, we can do so.”

The Illinois resident has no recent history of travel outside the United States. He met with the Indiana patient on two occasions shortly before the patient was identified as having MERS-CoV infection.  As part of the MERS follow-up investigation, the local health department in Illinois contacted the Illinois resident on May 3. The health department first tested this person for active MERS-CoV infection on May 5. Those test results were negative. Public health officials are collecting blood samples from people who were identified as close contacts of the Indiana patient. On May 16, the test result was positive for the Illinois resident, showing that he has antibodies to MERS-CoV.

Reports of the first two confirmed imported cases of MERS in the United States – the first in Indiana on May 2, and the second in Florida on May 11 – have resulted in large-scale multistate investigations and responses aimed at minimizing the risk of spread of the virus.  As part of this effort, public health officials are reaching out to healthcare professionals, family members, and others who had close contact with the patients to provide guidance about monitoring their health and recommendations about when to see a healthcare provider for an evaluation. Public health officials also are working with airlines to identify and notify U.S. travelers who may have been exposed to the patient on any of the flights.  Efforts are now under way to identify, notify, test, and monitor close contacts of the Illinois resident.

All reported cases of MERS have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. In some instances, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

At this time, CDC’s recommendations to the public, travelers, and healthcare providers have not changed on the basis of this new information.

  • For the general public: While experts do not yet know exactly how this virus is spread, CDC routinely advises that people help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by taking everyday preventive actions like washing their hands often; avoiding touching their face with unwashed hands; avoiding contact with people who appear sick; and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • For travelers: CDC currently does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans.  If you are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip.  The CDC travel notice for MERS-CoV was upgraded to a level 2 alert. The travel notice advises people traveling to the Arabian Peninsula for health care work to follow CDC’s recommendations for infection control, and other travelers to the Arabian Peninsula to take general steps to protect their health.
  • Healthcare professionals should evaluate patients for MERS-CoV infection who have
    • (A) fever and pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome, and either
      • a history of travel from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula within 14 days before symptom onset, or
      • have had close contact with a symptomatic traveler who developed fever and acute respiratory illness (not necessarily pneumonia) within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, or
      • are part of a cluster of patients with severe acute respiratory illness of unknown etiology in which MERS-CoV is being evaluated;
    • (B) or anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of MERS while the person was ill, in consultation with state and local health departments.

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Signature Four Seasons Guest Service, Combined with the Magic of Disney and Amazing Resort Amenities, Ensures a One-of-a-Kind Experience at the New Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Italian native Fabrizio Schenardi to oversee the culinary operations of the Resort’s five innovative dining options

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group, in partnership with the Walt Disney, announced that reservations are now being taken for the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort and its proximity to the Walt Disney World® Resort. The property is set amid the palm-tree lined, gated Golden Oak community, a Disney-developed residential enclave of custom single family homes. Located in a lushly landscaped area with many mature trees, lakes and protected wetlands, the community serves as an oasis – close to all the action and entertainment nearby, yet with a feeling of seclusion. With views of the Magic Kingdom® Park nightly fireworks from the rooftop of Capa restaurant, an on-site character breakfast and Disney Planning Center, plus availability to offer In-Room Celebrations, the experience is nothing short of wondrous.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is now accepting reservations for August 3, 2014 and beyond. The extraordinary introductory offer is the Stay Longer- Third Night Free, providing guests with an extra day to explore all Orlando has to experience.

One of the distinguishing factors of Four Seasons is its renowned service culture. As such, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have approximately 1,000 team members on property, and to date, more than 70 have transferred to the Resort from various Four Seasons properties worldwide – from as far as the Serengeti in Africa and Sydney, Australia to as near as Palm Beach. Four Seasons hotels are known for creating personalized guest experiences that embrace the local surroundings. With a 23-acre (9.3 hectare) recreational paradise, and connectivity to Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will provide guests with a very special destination experience.

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The Disney Planning Center, conveniently located near the front desk on the lobby level, provides the perfect spot for guests to meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member and plan some wonderful details of their stay.  Guests can receive assistance with their ticket arrangements for the Disney theme parks and dining reservations at Disney restaurants. The Disney Planning Center is a one-stop central hub that seamlessly organizes a guest’s entire Disney experience – even supporting the planning process before guests walk in the door.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is excited to offer the “Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals” character breakfast, twice weekly at Ravello restaurant.  The buffet-style breakfast will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays, and also on Tuesdays during peak school break periods, and will feature a wonderful assortment of traditional breakfast offerings and an omelet station. A photographer will be available to capture the memories of the families with the stars of the breakfast, the always entertaining Goofy & Pals.

For guests who wish to host events incorporating Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with the Disney Event Group to offer access to events in some of the Disney parks. Events held at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can feature Disney décor, entertainment acts, character appearances, and more.

It’s always the little details that give a guest that over-the-top impression and special welcome, and one wayFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to “wow” guests is through In-Room Celebrations. The Resort will offer themed in-room welcome gifts, so that upon a guest’s arrival, a surprise can be waiting in their guestroom. The “Presenting Your Royal Princess” In-Room Celebration, for instance, includes a banner hanging outside the door of the room, a personalized royal princess proclamation, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a large pink box filled with princess treasures, including a tiara and magic wand. From princesses to pirates, there are several options of In-Room Celebrations available for Four Seasons guests.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Luxury motor coaches will transport guests every 30 minutes to the Magic Kingdom® Park and every hour to the additional parks. For guests who’d rather not wait, or who are visiting other area attractions, Four Seasons also will offer a fleet of white vehicles, available to rent for a small fee.

Due to the Resort’s special location and proximity to the Disney Theme Parks, guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can arrange to have park souvenirs delivered directly to the Resort, instead of carrying purchases around all day. Same day delivery is offered conveniently at all four of the Disney parks.

Due to the Golden Oak location within the Disney grounds, many areas of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort have a perfect vantage point for the night time spectaculars. All of the Park View Rooms offer a view of the Magic Kingdom® Park special fireworks displays. Select rooms offer views of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®. Guests can enjoy the show from the comfort of their furnished balcony. In addition, Capa restaurant on the 17th floor rooftop offers al fresco dining on the terrace, and views of these fireworks.

In addition, Fabrizio Schenardi has joined the opening team of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort as Executive Chef and will oversee the culinary operations for the Resort’s five on-property restaurants, plus in-room dining and catering culinary operations.

Schenardi is from Rivoli, Italy, and speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.  His expertise is in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Schenardi has worked for the Pelagia Trattoria at Tampa Hotel International Plaza; the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California; Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles, California; and numerous other fine properties around the world. He received his Culinary Arts Diploma from the Istituto Alberghiero Ravizza in Torino, Italy and lived in the Tampa area before joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as Executive Chef for Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will offer a variety of dining concepts, available to both Resort guests and local Orlando area residents. From a swanky rooftop steakhouse concept to a lakeside Southern rotisserie grill and an Italian pizza and pasta family style restaurant, there is something for everyone.

A true highlight of the Resort will be Capa, the 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar, featuring Spanish influenced cuisine in a romantic setting like no other.  Capa’s diverse offerings range from freshly shucked oysters and Florida seafood to incredible small plates and expertly grilled cuts. An open kitchen and wood-burning grill allow diners to get close to the action, while those dining on the outdoor terrace enjoy views of the nightly fireworks. Capa, Spanish for a matador’s red cape, is decorated in black and white with bold hues of crimson accenting the space.  An abstract painting conveying the movement of dust as it rises during the matador’s performance appears near the bar. Six traditional matador jackets flank the entrance to the private dining room, and a flowing red art installation travels across the ceiling, representing the flow of the matador’s cape. Capa, serving dinner only, will open in September 2014.

Named for the Italian seaside town situated above the Amalfi coast, modern Italian cuisine is the specialty at Ravello, the all-day dining restaurant at Four Seasons. Breakfast offerings include an omelet station and traditional breakfast favourites. Dinner offers fresh pizza and bread from the wood-burning oven, regionally influenced Italian specialties, and the open kitchen’s pasta bar. Ravello will offer a “Goofy & Pals” Disney Character Breakfast on Thursdays and Saturdays, and select Tuesdays during peak school break periods.

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Whether taking a break from hitting the greens, or seeking a serene retreat, Plancha will delight with its fresh, bold flavour Cuban-American cuisine.  Located at the Golf Clubhouse, Plancha – Cuban for grill – offers a picturesque lakeside setting.  Signature dishes such as the Cubana sandwich, empanadas and chorizo burger offer an authentic taste of Cuba, and vibrant cocktails from the Mojito to the Hemingway Daiquiri are sure to please.  Plancha will open in September 2014.

For guests on the go, Lickety-Split provides delicious quick bites throughout the day. Café lattes and breakfast pastries, savoury quick bites, gelato and more will be offered at the colorful Lickety Split.

Premium American barbecue dishes, fresh salads, frozen cocktails and mocktails, an extensive kids’ and teens’ menu with lots of healthy options: the Pool Bar & Grill offers a lively, fun and casual atmosphere. This smokehouse and rotisserie serves up pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, smoked brisket and house-made hot dogs and burgers with plenty of Southern charm.  Brightly painted picnic tables, teak floorboards, and whimsical lighting elements such as lanterns and stringed lights give the space a fun vibe.

For those looking for a day off from the parks, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had without setting foot off the Resort. A highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more. Family fun abounds, with activities including table tennis, bocce ball, beach volleyball, a rock climbing wall, and more all found at Explorer Island. The Hideout at Explorer Island is a separate freestanding building offering the latest gaming systems, and even an Italian gelateria. Additionally, The Mansion at Explorer Island is home to the Kids For All Seasons program, providing a complimentary kids camp for children ages 5 to 12 on a daily basis during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – a one-of-a-kind offering in central Florida.

While children are having a blast at Kids For All Seasons, moms and dads can enjoy relaxation at the 18-treatment room Spa, or unwind in the paradise of The Oasis adult pool, for ages 21 and up, featuring cabanas and poolside cocktail service. In addition, golfers will love the 18-hole golf course, newly redesigned by Tom Fazio, and tennis aficionados will enjoy the three Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics, matches and more offered in partnership with Peter Burwash International.  A spacious lakeside fitness centre is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a daily basis.

2nd Annual Women & Fashion FilmFest, Coming June 3-7th in New York City

The Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) returns to New York City for its 2nd edition. Part conference, part film festival, this 5-day event unites leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to empower women and girls, screen films by filmmakers and students, and features a fashion show of student designs.  WFF is partnering with LIM College, which will serve as the festival’s main venue.

Leading up to the 2nd Annual WFF is a roundtable discussion with Director James BelzerMichael Paladino of LIM College, and Paul Van Ravenstein among others. The discussion takes place on May 12th, 5.30pm,Bahr Che, 64 Cooper Square.

On June 3rd Phillip Bloch hosts WFF’s Red Carpet Opening Benefit at Gold Bar (289 Broome St., NYC). Starting at 6 pm, fashion designers will walk the red carpet with models in their designs. WFF will present its first Inspiration & Visionary Award to Sara Ziff, Founder of the Model Alliance. Honorary Hosts include Governor William PatersonCatherine MalandrinoStephen BurrowsTimothy Greenfield-Sanders,Nigel Barker, Supermodels Pat Cleveland, Sessilee Lopez, Grace Bol, Nykhor Paul and Candace Huffine.

WFF’14 panelists include former Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, Sundance Productions President Lauren Michalychshyn, Vimeo President Dae MellencampUS Weekly Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison, former Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance Whiteand Ovation Executive VP, Network Strategy Liz Janneman, discussing The Fashion Fund on Ovation. An Advance Preview Screening of Make it in America: Empowering Global Fashion, the latest documentary by James Belzer (The Tents) and premiere of The Civic Life Project’s Human Trafficking made by high schools girls are among film highlights.

In addition to our stellar lineup, I am excited about our new Girls Film Festival (GFF) and Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway (GEFR) aimed at inspiring girls and helping them develop skills and talents,” said WFF Executive Director Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, recently named U.S. Chair of MARITAGE, a UNITED NATIONS affiliated platform focused on empowering women and creating opportunities for women artisans.

On June 6th at LIM College (216 E45th St.), Sessilee Lopez, Nykhor Paul, Claudia Mason and Grace Bolwill discuss their philanthropic work inspiring teenage girls to focus on leadership in society. On June 7th at Yotel Hotel, GEFR, WFF concludes with educational workshops and a fashion show of designs by United Colors of Fashion, a nonprofit providing free fashion education to under-resourced youth.

Sponsors for the festival includes  LIM CollegeMARITAGE InternationalOvationSony Creative SoftwareMakeup ForeverTrue Model ManagementSandi Bass InternationalCompany AgendaRunway The Real WayGold BarSensation of HouseSmall Victory PressUnited Colors of FashionHarmonia HoldingsBeau Monde SocietyLumiere MagazineBrokennessBlack + BlackBahr CheBuilding BeatsFashionTVNetworkE.L.F.CircleSpark SummitThe Civic Life ProjectScenariosUSAFashionOneUnited Nations Association Film Festival

Summer Garden & Bar Opens Rockefeller Center’s Outdoor Dining Scene for the Summer Season

Rockefeller Center has a green new look for summer! 

The Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe opened on Saturday, May 10th, unveiling garden landscaping that sweeps across the famous plaza. In the famed space that houses the Rink at Rock Center in winter, a fresh summer design now creates a sunny al fresco oasis. It’s set with boxwood hedges and topiary, ficus trees, flowers, wicker and resin furniture, nautical umbrellas and comfortable fountain-side lounge seating. Looked over by the iconic Prometheus statue, there is a buzzing bar with communal tables, while quieter seats are placed along the outer rim of green hedges.

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

The restaurant, organized and operated by the Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com). Patina, a bicoastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, The Sea Grill, Brasserie 8 1/2, La Fonda Del Sol and Lincoln Ristorante, among others. On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times‘ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA, and catering and food service operations in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

The restaurant has launched a lineup of programming for 2014 that celebrates summer dining and socializing. The experience of breezy garden dining in an urban setting is one that New Yorkers have embraced for decades. Rockefeller Center, opened in 1939, has long held a place as a beloved escape from the stress of city life.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden (May 19)
Cult Brooklyn beers take over Rock Center for this ultimate beer-focused event. Brooklyn Brewery will co-host an evening of tastings – six brews will be poured – with a selection of beer-friendly dishes from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $45, reservations accepted online at www.SummerGardenBar.com.

World Cup Viewing Party (June 12-July 13)
What better way to celebrate the most-watched sporting event in the world than with Brazilian-themed food and drink specials at Rock Center’s outdoor bar? Every game will be aired live on brand new TVs mounted behind the bar.

Every day throughout the summer, Chef Prontelli sources the freshest seasonal produce for Summer Garden & Bar (complete menus are here). A 3-course prix-fixe is available for $41. Standout dishes include:

Shaved Artichoke and Mushroom Salad
Wild Arugula, Lemon Emulsion 15.

Grilled Marinated Summer Vegetable Plate
Asparagus, Summer Squash, Portobello Mushrooms, Toasted Red Quinoa, Chickpea Spread 24.

Tagliatelle Pasta
Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Smoked Bacon, Asparagus, “Corn Milk” 28.

RCC Chef’s Burger
DeBragga Black Angus Short-Rib & Chuck Blend, New York Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, House-Cured Pickles, Smoked Bacon Aioli, and Crispy Fries 21.

Tartufo Banana Split
Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramelized Banana, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce 13.

Summer Cocktails include the Summer Garden Rose Sangria and Ginger Basil “Negroni” at $14 each.