National Gallery of Art Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Its Photography Collection with Three Major Exhibitions

In 2015, the National Gallery of Art will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its photography collection with three major exhibitions exemplifying the vitality, breadth, and history of the Gallery’s photography holdings. The celebration commences in the spring with two exhibitions—In Light of the Past: 25 Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art (May 3–July 26, 2015) and The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund (May 3–September 7, 2015). It concludes in the fall with Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts (November 1, 2015–February 28, 2016), a selection of gifts and acquisitions made in honor of this anniversary. In addition, a series of lectures and other programs highlighting the importance of photography at the Gallery will be presented throughout the year.

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Photograph by Vera Lutter, whose  most prominent works utilizes a room-sized camera obscura to capture large black and white negative images. The subject matter of her images varies greatly between urban centers, industrial landscapes, abandoned factories, and transit sites, such as shipyards, airports, and train stations. Many of her images present locations in and around New York, as well as several international venues.

 

 

The Collection got its start when, in 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe gave the Gallery an unparalleled collection of Alfred Stieglitz photographs. In December 1948, she was deciding where to place the largest and most significant collection of photographs by her late husband, the seminal American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, she visited the National Gallery of Art. She wrote to a friend a few days later, “Stieglitz worked for the recognition of photography as a fine art—the National Gallery means something in relation to that.” The following year, O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate laid the cornerstone for the photography collection at the museum by donating the “Key Set” of more than 1,600 Stieglitz photographs. It is the largest and most complete collection of his work in existence. The entire collection is documented in a two-volume publication Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set(2002) and will soon be accessible on the Gallery’s website.

And while the museum did not actively committed itself to collecting photography until 1990, under the stellar leadership of Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department, the collection has since expanded to nearly 14,000 American and European photographs, spanning from 1839 to the present, spanning the entire history of the medium, including a choice group by British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), the inventor of photography. Other 19th-century British photographers represented in the Gallery’s collection include Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), David Octavius Hill (1802–1870), Robert Adamson (1821–1848), Roger Fenton (1819–1869), and Peter Henry Emerson (1856–1936).

The Gallery also has exceptional examples by 19th-century French photographers, including Gustave Le Gray (1820–1884), Charles Nègre (1820–1880), Henri Le Secq (1818–1882), Édouard-Denis Baldus (1813–1889), and Charles Marville (1813–1879)—many of whom were trained as painters and brought highly refined aesthetic sensibilities to the new art of photography.

Nineteenth-century American photography is also well-represented in the collection with works by Albert Sands Southworth (1811–1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808–1901); Timothy O’Sullivan (1840–1882); Carleton Watkins (1829–1916); Eadward Muybridge (1830–1904), and William H. Rau (1855–1920), among many others.

Among the greatest strengths of the collection are large, often unparalleled groups of photographs by several major 20th-century American practitioners, including Paul Strand (1890–1976), Ansel Adams (1902–1984), Walker Evans (1903–1975), André Kertész (1894–1985), Ilse Bing (1899–1998), Frederick Sommer (1905–1999), Robert Frank (b. 1924), Harry Callahan (1912–1999), Irving Penn (1917–2009), Lee Friedlander (b. 1934), and Robert Adams (b. 1937). Modeled after the Stieglitz collection, each of these holdings includes works from throughout the photographers’ careers and illustrates all aspects of their contributions to the art of photography. Often formed with input from the photographers themselves, each of these collections frequently contain exceptionally rare works.

The Gallery has also established an international reputation for its photography exhibitions and publications. In the last 25 years, it has organized and mounted more than 40 shows, often award-winning, of both 19th- and 20th-century photography, most with highly acclaimed scholarly catalogs and many which have traveled both nationally and internationally. Among the most notable are: Garry Winogrand (2014); Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial (2013); Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (2013);The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875 (2010); Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans,” (2009); The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888–1978 (2008);Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860 (2007); Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945 (2007); Irving Penn: Platinum Prints (2005); André Kertész (2005); All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (2004); Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (2001); Harry Callahan (1996); Robert Frank: Moving Out (1994); Walker Evans: Subways and Streets (1991); and Paul Strand (1990).

In Light of the Past: 25 Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art (May 3–July 26, 2015) charts the evolution of photography from the birth of the medium in 1839 to 1990. Some 100 works will be drawn from the Gallery’s photography collection that have been acquired since its founding a quarter of a century ago, including stunning 19th-century works, turn-of-the-century pictorialist prints, examples of international photographic modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, the most influential mid-20th-century American photographers, and ending with the new directions photographers explored in the 1970s and 1980s, including color and conceptual work. The curators of this exhibition are Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, and Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund (May 3–September 13, 2015)

Representing the past in the present is one of photography’s essential characteristics, but its relationship to time is by no means straightforward. Each photograph contains multiple layers of time, including the instant of exposure, the moment of viewing, and the lapse in between. This exhibition explores work by contemporary photographers—such as Sally Mann (b. 1951), Vera Lutter (b. 1960), Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953), and Sophie Calle (b. 1953)—who investigate this rich subject and explore the complexity of time, memory, and history. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.

All of the featured works were recently acquired through the generosity of the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund. The curators of this exhibition are Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, and Andrea Nelson, assistant curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts (November 1, 2015–February 28, 2016)

This exhibition will feature a selection of photographs donated to the Gallery in honor of the 25th anniversary of the museum’s collection. Marking the culmination of a year-long celebration of photography at the museum, this exhibition brings together an exquisite group of gifts, ranging from experimental photographs made in the earliest years of the medium’s history to key works by major 20th-century figures, as well as contemporary pieces that examine the ways in which photography continues to shape our experience of the modern world.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication celebrating 25 years of photography at the National Gallery of Art.

The curators of this exhibition are Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, and Sarah Kennel, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

Each exhibition tells a concise and fascinating story about photography in general—and photography at the National Gallery of Art, specifically,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. “We start by charting the history of the medium and probing its relationship to time, memory, and history, and end with an abundant display of gifts given in honor of our celebrated collection and programs for photography.”

Anniversaries should be a time to celebrate, and to reflect on the past and contemplate the future,” said Greenough. “Our intention is to present some of the most significant and compelling photographs we have acquired over the years, which both chart the development of the medium and reveal the beauty and dynamic versatility of photography over its course of more than 175 years.”

Due to the fragility of photographs, which are subject to deterioration if exposed to light for extended periods of time, the greatest part of the collection is kept in storage. While dedicated photography galleries, opened in the West Building in 2004, have enabled the Gallery to highlight many works in the collection during the past decade, numerous photographs in this trio of exhibitions will be on public view for the first time at the Gallery.

(Students and other visitors may take advantage of the Gallery’s photograph study room—open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—to examine works not on view. To book an appointment, please call (202) 842-6144.)

 

 

 

Winter Films at National Gallery of Art Highlight Georgian Cinema, Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, Recent International Shorts, New Restorations, and More

Film still from Resistfilm by Pablo Marin, 2014, to be shown as part of the series Selections from Oberhausen, New International Shorts, program one, on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall. Image courtesy the artist

Film still from Resistfilm by Pablo Marin, 2014, to be shown as part of the series Selections from Oberhausen, New International Shorts, program one, on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall. Image courtesy the artist

This winter, the National Gallery of Art Film Program continues its collaboration with Washington-area institutions during the ongoing renovation of the East Building galleries, which temporarily impacts the availability of the Gallery’s auditorium. The season opens with Selections from Oberhausen (January 3–10), featuring recent work from one of the oldest and most prominent showcases for short cinema in the world. Each event is introduced by artist and programmer Sylvia Schedelbauer. Discovering Georgian Cinema (January 12–March 26), a retrospective survey of filmmaking (in 35 mm archival prints) from this distinctive cultural milieu with roots in antiquity, takes place at several Washington venues. The Georgian project was originally organized by curators from the Museum of Modern Art and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Washington is the only American venue other than New York and Berkeley. (Seating for all events is on a first-come, first-seated basis, unless otherwise noted. Doors open thirty minutes before show time. Whenever possible, works are presented in their original formats. Please note that the West Building Lecture Hall seats only 150 visitors.)

Films will be shown at:

American Film Institute, Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD)

American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater (McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW)

Embassy of France (4100 Reservoir Road NW)

Freer Gallery of Art (1050 Independence Avenue SW)

Goethe-Institut Washington (812 7th Street NW)

National Archives, McGowan Theater (7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW)

National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium (8th and F Streets NW)

National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall (7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW)

Film still from The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear by Tinatin Gurchiani, to be shown as part of the film series Discovering Georgian Cinema on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut. Image courtesy Icarus Films

Film still from The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear by Tinatin Gurchiani, to be shown as part of the film series Discovering Georgian Cinema on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut. Image courtesy Icarus Films

Film still from Hélio Oiticica by Cesar Oiticica Filho, 2012, to be shown as part of the series Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, on Friday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall.  Image courtesy Wide Management

Film still from Hélio Oiticica by Cesar Oiticica Filho, 2012, to be shown as part of the series Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, on Friday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall. Image courtesy Wide Management

Film still from Housemaids by Gabriel Mascaro, 2013, to be screened as part of the series Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, on Sunday, January 25, at 4:30 p.m. at American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building. Image courtesy Icarus Films

Film still from Housemaids by Gabriel Mascaro, 2013, to be screened as part of the series Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, on Sunday, January 25, at 4:30 p.m. at American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building. Image courtesy Icarus Films

Actress Fa´angase (Fa´angase Su´a-Filo) in a color photograph by Frances Hubbard Flaherty taken in Samoa during production of the silent film classic Moana by Robert Flaherty, 1926. Moana with Sound by Monica and Robert Flaherty, 1926-2014, to be shown on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the National Archives, McGowan Theater. Image courtesy 2K Digital Restoration Moana with Sound, The Robert and Frances Flaherty Study Center

Actress Fa´angase (Fa´angase Su´a-Filo) in a color photograph by Frances Hubbard Flaherty taken in Samoa during production of the silent film classic Moana by Robert Flaherty, 1926. Moana with Sound by Monica and Robert Flaherty, 1926-2014, to be shown on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the National Archives, McGowan Theater. Image courtesy 2K Digital Restoration Moana with Sound, The Robert and Frances Flaherty Study Center

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Gustave Caillebotte Exhibition Presents French Impressionist’s Most Important and Provocative Paintings Premieres at National Gallery of Art, Washington,

Fifty of the most important and beloved paintings of Paris and its environs by impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) will be the focus of the first major U.S. exhibition of the artist’s work in 20 years. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from June 28 through October 4, 2015, Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye will provide visitors with a better understanding of Caillebotte’s artistic character and the complexity of his contribution to modernist painting.

Gustave Caillebotte, The Pont de l’Europe, 1876, oil on canvas. 124.8 × 180.7 cm (49 1/8 × 71 1/8 in.). Collection: Association des Amis du Petit Palais, Geneva

Gustave Caillebotte, The Pont de l’Europe, 1876, oil on canvas. 124.8 × 180.7 cm (49 1/8 × 71 1/8 in.). Collection: Association des Amis du Petit Palais, Geneva

From spectacular images of the new public spaces designed under Napoleon III by his prefect Baron Haussmann to visual meditations on leisure-time activities in and around Paris, the works presented will be lent by private collections and a small number of institutions in Europe and the United States.

Organized thematically, the exhibition showcases Caillebotte’s fascination with the contemporary lifestyle of the Parisian bourgeoisie, from depictions of interior life, portraits, and still lifes, to urban street views and idyllic river scenes. Many of the works on view were completed between 1875 and 1885, the period in which Caillebotte was most involved with the impressionist movement.

Gustave Caillebotte, Young Man Playing the Piano, 1876, oil on canvas, 81 × 116 cm (31 7/8 × 45 11/16 in.), Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, Tokyo

Gustave Caillebotte, Young Man Playing the Piano, 1876, oil on canvas, 81 × 116 cm (31 7/8 × 45 11/16 in.), Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, Tokyo

Gustave Caillebotte, The Floor Scrapers, 1875, oil on canvas, 102 × 147 cm (40 3/16 × 57 7/8 in.), Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Gift of Caillebotte's heirs through the intermediary of Auguste Renoir, 1894

Gustave Caillebotte, The Floor Scrapers, 1875, oil on canvas, 102 × 147 cm (40 3/16 × 57 7/8 in.), Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Gift of Caillebotte’s heirs through the intermediary of Auguste Renoir, 1894

Caillebotte sought to depict contemporary home life in the French capital, such as interior vantage points and views from the inside looking out. The exhibition opens with scenes of work and play set in bourgeois interiors, including A Game of Bezique (1881, Louvre, Abu Dhabi), Young Man Playing the Piano (1876, Bridgestone Museum of Art), and his first important painting The Floor Scrapers (1875, Musée d’Orsay). Views from balconies of the new buildings that were part of Haussmann’s building project were of particular interest to Caillebotte, including The Rue Halévy, Seen from a Balcony (1878, Joan and Bernard Carl), a completely exterior view, and Interior, Woman at the Window (1880, Private Collection), a view from inside an apartment looking out.

Gustave Caillebotte, Man at his Bath, 1884, oil on canvas, 144.8 × 114.3 cm (57 × 45 in.) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum purchase with funds by exchange from an Anonymous gift, Bequest of William A. Coolidge, Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection, and from the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund, Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin, Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Parkman Oliver-Eliza R. Oliver Fund, Sophie F. Friedman Fund, Robert M. Rosenberg Family Fund, and funds donated in honor of George T. M. Shackelford, Chair, Art of Europe, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art, 1996-2011

Gustave Caillebotte, Man at his Bath, 1884, oil on canvas, 144.8 × 114.3 cm (57 × 45 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum purchase with funds by exchange from an Anonymous gift, Bequest of William A. Coolidge, Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection, and from the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund, Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin, Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Parkman Oliver-Eliza R. Oliver Fund, Sophie F. Friedman Fund, Robert M. Rosenberg Family Fund, and funds donated in honor of George T. M. Shackelford, Chair, Art of Europe, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art, 1996-2011

Gustave Caillebotte, On the Pont de l’Europe, 1876-1877, oil on canvas, 105.7 × 130.8 cm (41 5/8 × 51 1/2 in.), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Gustave Caillebotte, On the Pont de l’Europe, 1876-1877, oil on canvas, 105.7 × 130.8 cm (41 5/8 × 51 1/2 in.), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Gustave Caillebotte, At a Café, 1880, oil on canvas, 156 × 114 cm (61 7/16 × 44 7/8 in.) Musée d'Orsay, Paris, on deposit at musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen

Gustave Caillebotte, At a Café, 1880, oil on canvas, 156 × 114 cm (61 7/16 × 44 7/8 in.)
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, on deposit at musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Paul Hugot, 1878, oil on canvas, 228.6 × 101.6 cm (90 × 40 in.), The Lewis Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Paul Hugot, 1878, oil on canvas, 228.6 × 101.6 cm (90 × 40 in.), The Lewis Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Richard Gallo, 1878, oil on canvas, 80 × 65 cm (31 1/2 × 25 9/16 in.), Private Collection, on loan to Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Richard Gallo, 1878, oil on canvas, 80 × 65 cm (31 1/2 × 25 9/16 in.), Private Collection, on loan to Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne

Street views of Paris as revitalized by Haussmann are Caillebotte’s most renowned works, including Paris Street, Rainy Day (1877, The Art Institute of Chicago) and The Pont de l’Europe(1876, Petit Palais, Geneva), both of which were included at the impressionist exhibition of 1877.

Two of Caillebotte’s most provocative works—Man at His Bath (1884, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and Nude on a Couch (1880, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts)—will be on view alongside individual portraits of the artist’s friends, such as Portrait of Eugéne Daufresne (1878, Private Collection) and Portrait of Richard Gallo (1881, Private Collection). Two rarely seen self-portraits from private collections are also included.

Caillebotte’s still-life paintings are potentially the most revelatory to visitors, from traditional images of dead birds and game (Game Birds and Lemons, 1883, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield), to decorated foodstuffs (Calf in a Butcher’s Shop, c. 1882, Private Collection) and commercial food presentations (Fruit Displayed on a Stand, c. 1881–1882, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). The exhibition concludes with a section on suburban pleasures. River scenes and landscape views—popular themes of the impressionists—include The Yerres, Effect of Rain (1875, Indiana University Art Museum) and Sunflowers, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers (c. 1885, Private Collection).

Gustave Caillebotte, Nude on a Couch, 1880, oil on canvas, 129.54 × 195.58 cm (51 × 77 in.)Lent by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The John R. Van Derlip Fund

Gustave Caillebotte, Nude on a Couch, 1880, oil on canvas, 129.54 × 195.58 cm (51 × 77 in.)Lent by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The John R. Van Derlip Fund

Gustave Caillebotte, Fruit Displayed on a Stand, c. 1881-1882, oil on canvas, 76.52 × 100.65 cm (30 1/8 × 39 5/8 in.), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin

Gustave Caillebotte, Game Birds and Lemons, 1883, oil on canvas, 50.8 × 81.3 cm (20 × 32 in.), Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, The James Philip Gray Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Game Birds and Lemons, 1883, oil on canvas, 50.8 × 81.3 cm (20 × 32 in.), Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, The James Philip Gray Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Yellow Roses in a Vase, 1882, oil on canvas, 53.34 × 45.72 cm (21 × 18 in.), Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Janet Kendall Forsythe

Gustave Caillebotte, Yellow Roses in a Vase, 1882, oil on canvas, 53.34 × 45.72 cm (21 × 18 in.), Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Janet Kendall Forsythe

Gustave Caillebotte, Still Life with Crayfish, 1880-1882, oil on canvas, 58 × 72 cm (22 13/16 × 28 3/8 in.. Private Collection, Europe

Gustave Caillebotte, Still Life with Crayfish, 1880-1882, oil on canvas, 58 × 72 cm (22 13/16 × 28 3/8 in.. Private Collection, Europe

He was a unique player in the impressionist movement and his work was out of public view for almost a century, remaining in private collections. Born into a wealthy Parisian upper middle-class family, Caillebotte obtained a law degree and was a veteran of the Franco-Prussian War. He joined Léon Bonnat’s studio and passed the entrance exam for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1873, but his participation was minimal.

He was attracted by the innovative spirit of the artists who were to become known as the impressionists. Originally invited by Edgar Degas to participate in the first impressionist exhibition in 1874, Caillebotte did not join the group until 1876, at Auguste Renoir’s invitation. Caillebotte was one of the regular participants in the group’s exhibitions (1877, 1879, 1880, and 1882), and he organized the 1877 presentation. Having inherited a large fortune from his parents, Caillebotte had no need to sell his own paintings and could focus on collecting the work of his artist-friends instead.

Gustave Caillebotte, The Fields, a Plain in Gennevilliers, Study in Yellow and Green, 1884 oil on canvas, 54 × 65 cm (21 1/4 × 25 9/16 in.), Collection of Frederic C. Hamilton, Bequest to the Denver Art Museum

Gustave Caillebotte, The Fields, a Plain in Gennevilliers, Study in Yellow and Green, 1884
oil on canvas, 54 × 65 cm (21 1/4 × 25 9/16 in.), Collection of Frederic C. Hamilton, Bequest to the Denver Art Museum

Gustave Caillebotte, The Rue Halévy, Seen from a Balcony, 1878. oil on canvas, 60 × 73.2 cm (23 5/8 × 28 13/16 in.). Joan and Bernard Carl, Washington DC

Gustave Caillebotte, The Rue Halévy, Seen from a Balcony, 1878. oil on canvas, 60 × 73.2 cm (23 5/8 × 28 13/16 in.). Joan and Bernard Carl, Washington DC

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Henri Cordier, 1883, oil on canvas, 65 × 81.5 cm (25 9/16 × 32 1/16 in.). Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Gift of Mrs. Henri Cordier, 1926

Gustave Caillebotte, Portrait of Henri Cordier, 1883, oil on canvas, 65 × 81.5 cm (25 9/16 × 32 1/16 in.). Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Gift of Mrs. Henri Cordier, 1926

Gustave Caillebotte, Richard Gallo and his Dog, 1884, oil on canvas 89 x 116 cm (35 1/16 x 45 11/16 in.). Private Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Richard Gallo and his Dog, 1884, oil on canvas 89 x 116 cm (35 1/16 x 45 11/16 in.). Private Collection

Gustave Caillebotte, Skiffs, 1877, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 116.2 cm (35 x 45 3/4 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Gustave Caillebotte, Skiffs, 1877, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 116.2 cm (35 x 45 3/4 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Although Gustave Caillebotte is widely recognized as the painter of a small number of iconic works—particularly The Pont de l’Europe and Paris Street, Rainy Day—and sometimes given more credit as a collector and supporter of the arts, his breadth or depth as a critical impressionist artist is not generally known by the American public. Continue reading

LG To Unveil First Mega-Capacity Refrigerator With Double Door-in-Door(TM) At CES 2015

LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to introduce its first double Door-in-Door Mega-Capacity Refrigerator (Model LPXS34886C) in 2015. The award-winning “door-in-door” concept pioneered by LG is among the highlights of cutting-edge refrigerator innovations to be unveiled at the 2015 International CES® in Las Vegas next week. (Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) can personally experience LG’s newest home appliances for themselves.)

LG Mega-Capacity Refrigerator with Double Door-in-Door(TM) (model LPXS34886C) (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics, Inc.)

LG Mega-Capacity Refrigerator with Double Door-in-Door(TM) (model LPXS34886C) (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics, Inc.)

LG Mega-Capacity Refrigerator with Double Door-in-Door(TM) (model LPXS34886C) (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics, Inc.)

LG Mega-Capacity Refrigerator with Double Door-in-Door(TM) (model LPXS34886C) (PRNewsFoto/LG Electronics, Inc.)

This new model, which is expected to be ENERGY STAR® certified, has two independent Door-in-Door(TM) compartments, giving you the ultimate in convenience — better organization and easy access — while maximizing conservation of cold air. The right Door-in-Door(TM) is accessible from both the outside with a simple push of a button as well as from the inside, making it easy to load with often-used items like snacks, drinks, lunches and more. The left Door-in-Door(TM) provides additional easy access storage space via a trigger on the bottom of the door. By utilizing LG’s innovative Door-in-Door(TM) feature without opening the entire refrigerator, cold air loss is reduced by up to 47 percent to help keep food fresh longer.(1)

Expertly crafted, the refrigerator also features contour processed, tempered glass that has been applied over curved glass. Black patterned finishing provides a stylish design that is both aesthetically pleasing and leaves the outside fingerprint and smudge resistant so it always looks its best. The refrigerator is also equipped with EasyLift Bins, which allows users to adjust the height of the internal compartments to accommodate large or oddly-shaped bottles.

The LG Mega-Capacity Door-in-Door((TM)) refrigerator also offers Smart Diagnosis(TM), which allows call center representatives to quickly diagnose problems over the phone. LG’s Smart Diagnosis(TM) smartphone app (2) even allows homeowners to record and analyze signals from the refrigerator for immediate advice on repair options.

LG Electronics, Inc.is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 82,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. Its subsidiary, LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company is a global leader in home appliances, air conditioning and air quality systems and works to create total solutions for the home with its industry leading core technologies (encompassing innovative and thoughtfully designed products, including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, built-in appliances, air conditioners, air purifiers and dehumidifiers).

1)  Percent reduction in exchange rate of air between opening the door-in-door compared to one French Door for 10 seconds. Results based on testing of comparable model with same LG(®) Door-in-Door(TM) design. Results may vary by models and the duration of time the door remains open.
(2)  Available only on Android smartphones.

 

Chrissy Teigen And Jack Guinness Star In UGG Australia’s Winter 2015 Campaign, Unveiling New Weatherproof, Waterproof and Water-Resistant Collection that Pairs Style with Function

The UGG® brand announced the debut of its Winter 2015 “This Is UGG.” brand marketing campaign starring supermodel Chrissy Teigen and DJ Jack Guinness. For the latest iteration of “This Is UGG.” – a campaign designed to develop an emotional connection with consumers that transcends any specific product – UGG took to the pristine snowcapped mountain peaks of Iceland for a breathtaking experiential journey to develop an emotional connection with the consumers to present our extensive winter product – a fashionable line that infuses the most innovative weatherproof, waterproof and water-resistant technologies. The multi-media, cross-channel campaign, which will run through February 1, 2015, will leverage this storytelling platform to illustrate how UGG products “Feels Like Nothing Else“.

In the spirit of “This is UGG.” Teigen and Guinness, who have catapulted themselves to notoriety by being “plugged in,” were asked to do just the opposite – unplug in order to reconnect to their experiences, environment and themselves. The campaign follows a story of meaningful moments that capture a feeling. From discovering local treasures to reflecting on a snow-topped glacier, Chrissy and Jack embrace their experiences and radiate emotion that mirrors what the UGG brand is all about — a comfort and ease that “Feels Like Nothing Else.”

Chrissy Teigen in UGG Australia's Winter Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

Chrissy Teigen in UGG Australia’s Winter Campaign. (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

Teigen radiates an unexpected outgoing personality with a passion for adventure. For “This Is UGG.”, Chrissy unveils her most natural side, indulging in her interest for unique foods and beauty. In an exclusive video, “Soul Food,” she reflects on slowing down to appreciate life’s small moments: “Life goes by so quickly so it is really important to create time and space for yourself. Sometimes you have to think of your surroundings and how blessed you are: Close your eyes, take it all in and be in the moment. In Iceland we were surrounded by so much beauty and so much simplicity– it’s just food for the soul.” (See Chrissy Teigen, “Soul Food” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWVLbX7LjJo)

The “This Is UGG” winter journey shows an intimate side of Jack Guinness – one that reflects his personal interests and creative pursuits, out of the limelight. Jack barely has a moment for himself; those rare moments are like gold. As an accomplished DJ, one of Jack’s favorite things to do is spending time getting lost for hours in hidden record stores and finding little gems of sound that will make his sessions better. As a musician, avid reader, writer and art collector, before departing for Iceland Guinness spoke about his excitement for the “This Is UGG” campaign via an exclusive video featuring the UGG brand:

Iceland is a sublime place. There’s something so romantic and unique about Iceland; it’s rugged and magic. I want to meet the people, listen to the music that’s popular there, and learn about their culture. Does living in Iceland create a different outlook on life? An original aesthetic and way of looking at things? I want to drink and dance with the locals, and try and see the world through their eyes. It sounds cheesy but it’s true! I’m really, really excited… I’ll keep a diary while I’m out there, sometimes writing helps me share thoughts that would otherwise go unexpressed and be forgotten. I don’t just want to remember what I did, I want to remember how it made me feel.” – Jack Guinness. (See Jack Guinness, “On the Rocks” video here: http://youtu.be/H8XjyGWqOvg)

The new collection highlights fashion-forward weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof styles fit for blizzards, thunderstorms and everything in between. Updated classics with touches fit for the elements, including weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof technology, are joined for the men’s winter campaign.

Winter 2015 – Women’s collection highlights includes:
—  A contemporary take on a classic silhouette, the Emalie boot fuses waterproof leather with a water-repellent wool blend forming a protective cover for feet, while the Simmens boot incorporates a textured, water-resistant shaft and a soft, cozy lining to keep feet warm and comfortable.
—  Chartering bold new territory, sumptuous sheepskin is fixed to cuff the Patten’s water-resistant Silkee suede in rugged-riche style, while a luxurious, natural wool lining keeps feet warm and dry.
—  Renowned for its bar-raising blend of fashion and performance, the Adirondack Boot II features waterproof full-grain leather, cozy lining and cuffable suede shaft. And an UGG®-exclusive Vibram® outsole on the Adirondack Boot II stands up to snowy weather in style.

Winter 2015 – Men’s collection highlights:
—  Oiled suede complements the waterproof leather in the Munroe, creating a durable style with a contemporary feel. Fully lined in luxurious, natural wool, this rugged boot is cold weather rated to -4 degrees Fahrenheit and equipped with an exclusive Vibram® outsole.
—  The shorter iteration of the iconic classic, the Classic Mini Deco serves as a perfect alternative for warmer climates, elevated stylistically with sophisticated stitching at the heel counter. Showcasing all the characteristics of the Classic Collection, this boot keeps feet dry and comfortable with a moisture-wicking interior.
—  Crafted to handle the harshest winter elements, the men’s Butte pairs understated style with stay-dry technology. Cuffable, waterproof leather and nylon are finished with an exclusive Vibram® outsole and moisture-wicking lining to offer the warmth and dry comfort characteristic of classic UGG boots.

The UGG brand has demonstrated steady success in expanding its offering and developing strong product throughout the year including recent transitional footwear, as well as high fashion styles that incorporate high-tech weather features,” said Connie Rishwain, President of UGG. “We’ve called upon Chrissy Teigen and Jack Guinness to serve as our brand ambassadors for our Winter 2015 ‘This Is UGG.’ campaign to bring attention to our compelling weather designs that transcend what traditional weather products look like. These are beautiful, yet highly functional products that also deliver the luxury and comfort that the UGG brand is known for.”

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category. Foreign Language Film nominations for 2014 are being determined in two phases. The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 15.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and, for the first time, London.  They will spend Friday, January 9, through Sunday, January 11, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ART AND SCIENCES CELEBRATES COSTUME DESIGN WITH OSCAR® CLASSICS “TAXI DRIVER,” “ANNIE HALL,” “THE GODFATHER,” AND “MARY POPPINS”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences begins 2015 with two new screening series, Street Clothes: Contemporary Costuming in New Hollywood and Two Sides of a Costume Designer, in conjunction with the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition now on view.

Street Clothes: Contemporary Costuming in New Hollywood
Showcasing the groundbreaking urban American films of the late 1960s and 1970s, the Academy’s new Friday evening series will demonstrate how a designer’s work can be a key element in creating contemporary characters. The first five programs feature costumes designers Theoni V. Aldredge (“Network”), Ruth Morley (“Annie Hall”),Rosanna Norton (“Cisco Pike”), Ann Roth (“Klute”) and Albert Wolsky (“All That Jazz”).

January 9
Midnight Cowboy – 7:30 p.m.
Cisco Pike – 9:40 p.m.

January 16
Klute – 7:30 p.m.
Network – 9:40 p.m.

January 23
All That Jazz – 7:30 p.m.
Phantom of the Paradise – 9:50 p.m.

January 30
Taxi Driver – 7:30 p.m.
Uptight – 9:40 p.m.

February 6
Annie Hall – 7:30 p.m.
Fingers – 9:20 p.m.

Two Sides of a Costume Designer
The Academy’s new Saturday evening series demonstrates the remarkable creative range of many of cinema’s top designers over the decades. The series kicks off in January with four double features pairing impressive and varied achievements by designers working in multiple genres. The costume designers highlighted include Milena Canonero (“Barry Lyndon,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”), Anna Hill Johnstone (“East of Eden,” “The Godfather”), Theadora Van Runkle (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Godfather Part II”) and Tony Walton (“Fahrenheit 451,” “Mary Poppins”).

January 10
Fahrenheit 451 – 5 p.m.
Mary Poppins – 7:30 p.m.

January 17
East of Eden – 5 p.m.
The Godfather – 7:30 p.m.

January 24
Bonnie and Clyde – 5 p.m.
The Godfather Part II – 7:30 p.m.

January 31
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – 5 p.m.
Barry Lyndon – 7:30 p.m.

 

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

The countdown is on. 2015 is right around the corner and in the Entertainment Capital of the World, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. While Las Vegas has all the usual NYE suspects, why not consider some new ways to bring in the New Year, like eating 23-karat gold flecked lasagna or kicking off 2015 with Justin Timberlake? So, how should you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sin City? Here are 10 ideas:

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/MGM Resorts International)

10. Taste the decadence. Say adieu to 2014 at The Mirage with Portofino‘s White Diamond truffle and 23-karat gold flaked lasagna. The $100 “Diamond and Gold” Lasagna tantalizes taste buds with layers of pasta stuffed with porcini mushrooms, Iberico ham, Prosciutto di Parma, 24-month-aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, buffalo mozzarella and Kobe Bolognese. This luxurious creation is finished with foie gras-infused Alfredo sauce.

9. Dance the year away. If confetti blasts and partying like a rock star are more your style, check out the top headliners at the finest nightclubs in the world. Calvin Harris with Eva Shaw & Burns will headline a special New Year’s Eve set at Hakkasan at MGM Grand. Alesso will drop beats at LIGHT at Mandalay Bay and The Bank at Bellagio will feature an exclusive live performance by Trey Songz.

8. Party with Macklemore. If you’re donning your latest thrift shop finds this New Year’s Eve, 1OAK at The Mirage is the place to be, as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the stage to perform hits like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love.”

7. Go out with a bang. Fireworks light up the sky along Las Vegas Boulevard at midnight so it’s crucial to find a good vantage point well ahead of time. miX Lounge at Delano Las Vegas boasts an outdoor patio and floor-to-ceiling windows facing The Strip. You won’t miss a single burst with this epic view.

6. Catch the water works. Water and fire usually don’t play well together, but on New Year’s Eve on The Strip, it might be the best mash-up yet! Using dramatic music, water and light, The Fountains of Bellagio soar up to 460 feet in beautifully choreographed synchronization. With the glimmering fireworks in the background and the waterworks right in front of you, the combination makes for one stunning sight!

5. Pig out. Steak is so 2014; celebrate the start of 2015 at Monte Carlo’s Yusho with a whole pig’s head. Cooked for a full 24 hours and served with a plethora of Japanese fixings like stuffed buns, cabbage kimchi and bowls of ramen, this will be a New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t soon forget. Just be sure to order at least a full day in advance.

4. Paint the town gold.Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will transform into a golden wonderland, complete with elaborate gold-themed accents, lavish culinary selections, incredible cocktails and more. The masquerade-style affair encourages guests to welcome 2015 in an exuberant environment. The party continues with chart-toppers Maroon 5 as they take over the Mandalay Bay Events Center for two special performances December 30 and 31.

3. Beef up your new year. Ring in the New Year with the most indulgent burger experience on The Strip – the legendary FleurBurger 5000 from celebrated chef Hubert Keller of Fleur at Mandalay Bay. The foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware, imported from Italy. After the meal, Fleur will ship the glasses to your home along with a personal note from Chef Keller. All this decadence for the price of $5,000!

2. Cure your hangover. Hangovers are all too common come New Year’s Day. Luckily, Vegas has as many hangover cures as ways to incur said hangover. Developed by a group of experienced emergency room physicians, REVIV, located at The Underground at MGM Grand, features a wide range of intravenous and vitamin therapies to combat hangovers including three different types of IV therapies. If the “hair of the dog” cure is more your style, check out the Instagram-worthy Bloody Mary at Todd English P.U.B. inside The Shops at Crystals, where a cart is rolled tableside and guests select from an insane amount of garnishes including a bacon cheeseburger slider, a chicken wing, shrimp and a mini corn dog.

1. Put on your suit and tie. In Vegas, the party doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight. This year, continue your celebration of a fresh start, a new year and a new day with none other than Justin Timberlake, who will close out his 20/20 Experience World Tour January 1 and 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Maleficent”
“Noah”
“The Theory of Everything”

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

SiriusXM to Air Live Concerts from Across America to Ring In New Year

Performances by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and more. DJ Sets from Skrillex, Diplo, Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren

Special encore broadcasts of feature concerts broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM in 2014 including Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers, Young Jeezy, Black Keys, Cole Swindell and more

SiriusXM announced today that it will broadcast a diverse and extensive line-up of live concerts, DJ sets and special performances on New Year’s Eve. SiriusXM listeners will hear exclusive live broadcasts of concerts from across America with a wide-ranging lineup including Willie Nelson at ACL Live, in  Austin Texas (Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59); Phil Lesh from Capital Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23); Erasure from Terminal 5, New York (First Wave, channel 33), Southside Johnny from the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street, Channel 20) and Jam_ON, channel 29 will air a Widespread Panic performance from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SiriusXM’s New Year’s Eve lineup will also include live DJ sets by internationally-renowned DJs. SiriusXM listeners will hear Skrillex and Diplo from Madison Square Garden in New York City (BPM, channel 51), as well as Martin Garrix from Pier 36 in New York City (Electric Area, channel 52) and Armin van Buuren from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California (Electric Area, channel 52.)

Additionally, The Pulse, channel 15, will broadcast performances from the “Live in the Vineyard Concert” featuring performances by Meghan Trainor, Train, Matt Nathanson and others; and, on New Year’s Day, The Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast an Elton John concert from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on New Year’s Day.

Special encore presentations of an expansive lineup of exclusive concerts that were broadcast live on SiriusXM earlier in the year, including the Allman Brothers‘ final concert from the Beacon Theater in New York City (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); a Coldplay concert recorded at the Beacon Theater in New York City (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Black Keys from a private concert for SiriusXM listeners from the Mercy Lounge in Nashville (The Spectrum, channel 28); Alt Nation, channel 36 will broadcast Foo Fighters recent concert from Irving Plaza in New York City and a Foster The People concert from Music Hall in Brooklyn.  Listeners will hear a 1992 New Year’s Eve Pearl Jam performance at The Academy Theater in New York City (Pearl Jam Radio, channel 22), Young Jeezy from Echostage in Washington, DC (Hip Hop Nation, channel 44); Cole Swindell from the Exit In in Nashville (The Highway, channel 56);  Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators at Santos Party House in New York City, August Alsina from The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD (The Heat, channel 47); The Bar-Kays with Confunkshun and The Dazz Band from the Cannon Center  in Memphis (The Groove, channel 50), and In This Moment from Webster Hall in New York City (Octane, channel 37.)

Conde Nast Traveler Announces For The First Time Ever The Editors’ 100 Favorite Hotels In The World The 2015 Gold List: Redefined

Conde Nast Traveler has unveiled the newly reinvented Gold List.  For the first time ever, the 2015 Gold List was hand selected by Conde Nast Traveler editors, writers, and network of influencers. Consider this a response to the perennial question, “what are your favorite hotels in the world?”

A prerequisite for a Gold List property is a high standard of service, luxury, and beauty. Yet what earned each winner a spot on the list was the unforgettable special touches that bring a hotel’s ethos to life.  The housekeeper at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani who delivers a message to the tooth fairy after hearing a young guest has lost her tooth, the scent of lavender in the air at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, or the feeling of picking a mango from your balcony at Strawberry Hill in Jamaica.

“The result,” says Editor in Chief Pilar Guzman, “is a group-written love letter to the properties that inspire memories that linger long after we’ve left them. Like travel itself, the best hotel experiences often can’t be measured by a point system–they’re as ineffable as memory itself.”

The U.S. hotels on the 2015 Gold List are:
—  California
—  Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur
—  The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
—  Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles
—  Shutters on the Beach, Los Angeles
—  Sunset Tower Hotel, Los Angeles
—  Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai
—  Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego
—  Hotel Vitale, San Francisco
—  Florida
—  Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach
—  Hawaii
—  Halekulani, Oahu
—  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island
—  The Royal Hawaiian (A Luxury Collection Resort), Honolulu
—  Maine
—  Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
—  Missouri
—  Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
—  New York
—  ACE Hotel New York
—  Lafayette House, NYC
—  The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, NYC
—  The Mark, NYC
—  Trump SoHo, NYC
—  Rhode Island
—  Watch Hill Inn
—  Utah
—  Montage Deer Valley, Park City
—  Washington
—  Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

The 2015 Gold List is published in the January issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands December 23, 2014, and online at www.CNTraveler.com/reports/gold-list-2015

IC Real Tech to Unveil World’s First 720-Degree Immersive Video Camera at 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show

Viewed and navigated via today’s leading mobile devices, this dual-lens camera captures an unprecedented 720-degree immersive view; 360-degrees horizontally and 360-degrees vertically. Along with its proprietary software App, the camera delivers a 3D-like monitoring experience unlike anything ever achieved before in video monitoring

Recipient of 2015 CES Innovations Award in both Digital Imaging and SmartHome Categories

IC Real Tech, a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-advanced video surveillance solutions and a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, is tapping the 2015 ICES to show the world ALLIE – its 720-degree video monitoring camera. So revolutionary in its functionality, ALLIE (formerly called IC720) has already been named an honoree of the 2015 CES Innovations Awards in both the Digital Imaging and SmartHome categories. The camera can be experienced live at IC Real Tech’s ICES exhibit, located in the Sands Expo @ Tech West, booth #70223 from January 6 – 9, as well as the CES Unveiled press preview event taking place January 4th at Mandalay Bay.

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Pro 720-degree immersive video camera does the job of several security cameras. (Photo- Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Pro 720-degree immersive video camera does the job of several security cameras. (Photo- Business Wire)

ALLIE (pronounced all-ee, like “selfie”) is a dual-lens camera that gets placed on a countertop (or mounted to the ceiling) and easily connects to the Wi-Fi network. With an immersive field-of-view that’s 360-degrees horizontally and 360-degrees vertically, the camera — in conjunction with its integrated, proprietary software App — delivers an unprecedented remote-monitoring experience wherein the user can panoramically scan from floor-to-ceiling and completely around the camera itself — even zoom and freeze images – all in a smooth, unrestricted fashion without any blind spots or distortion.

Monitoring is achieved via any of a wide variety of wireless mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices and more. Recording is made possible via the camera’s integrated SD card (stores up to about 2 hours) as well as an optional cloud recording service that the company will offer.

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Home is for the DIY homeowner. (Photo - Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Home is for the DIY homeowner. (Photo – Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Play for the kids room. (Photo - Business Wire)

The IC Real Tech ALLIE Play for the kids room. (Photo – Business Wire)

For enhanced functionality into the SmartHome, incorporated are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular technologies, as well as proprietary video analytics, which make possible home automation control via such gestures as the wave of a user’s hand. Because ALLIE is a portable camera and has a built-in rechargeable battery, users can make immersive videos anywhere they want, for example sporting and musical events, family gatherings and so forth.

IC Real Tech is showcasing several different versions of ALLIE at the 2015 ICES: the 26-megapixel ALLIE Pro – a sleek-looking camera for the professional security market that takes the place of multiple security cameras; the ALLIE Home – an elegantly-designed camera for the DIY homeowner, and the ALLIE Play – a playful-looking version shaped like a rocket ship. The first of the models, the ALLIE Pro, is targeted to reach the market beginning March 2015 at an MSRP of $3,000. The ALLIE Home and ALLIE Play are targeted to reach the market later in 2015, and for under $500 MSRP each.

The immersive navigating experience, SmartHome features and portability all come together to make ALLIE a one-of-a-kind offering,” says IC Real Tech Senior VP of Retail IP Development and Sales Dominic Sharlette. “We are quite confident that it will quickly become the ‘go-to’ video monitoring choice for the DIY market.”

The Company provides its customers with superior video, installed at over 100,000 customer sites in over 10 countries around the world including such countries as Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Dubai, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, United States, among others. IC Real Tech also has unique strategic relationships with leading global firms such as Verizon, Qualcomm and others. The Company’s technology is ideally suited for and has been deployed for use in business enterprises, residences, public infrastructures, schools, military basis, airports, ports, rail networks, stadiums, retailers and casinos, as well as other applications.

2015 CES Mobile Keynote To Feature Top Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm

Startups Set To Shift to the Next Gear at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® announced that executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm will take part in a panel discussion regarding How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

The mobile keynote panel — scheduled for 1 PM Tuesday, January 6 in the Westgate  (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Theater — will feature top executives including Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux, Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors, Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips and Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. The panel discussion, moderated by CNBC’s co-host of “Squawk Alley” Jon Fortt, will explore how mobile will fundamentally change our definitions of categories like smart home, wearables, automotive and healthcare. The panel will also examine how innovators like Qualcomm, GM, Philips and Electrolux are at the forefront of these disruptive changes.

“Wireless and mobile devices are changing how we live, play and work as global ownership and usage of smartphones and tablets continues to grow,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We are thrilled to have these top leaders with us to discuss how mobile is disrupting and changing the way we live our lives.”

Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux. Brockmann is responsible for product related functions including research and development, design and sustainability. With more than 3,000 people at R&D and design centers worldwide, the organization is spearheading innovation in areas like modularization, energy efficiency and connectivity. Brockmann previously held a number of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group from 2001-2010. He then joined Electrolux as Head of R&D Major Appliances, and was appointed Group Chief Technology Officer in 2011. His earlier career includes management positions within Valeo Group, 1994–1999, and a position as Project Manager in Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2000–2001.

Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors. Abram is responsible for setting and implementing a global infotainment strategy for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhaul and Holden. Abram joined GM in January 2012, after serving as president and chief operating officer for Sonos, Inc., a wireless music system for homes. At Sonos, Abram headed up product management, worldwide sales and marketing, inventory, logistics and sales operations. From 1996 to 2007, Abram held a number of positions in business development, product management and engineering.  From 2005 to 2007, he was vice president and senior general manager, marketing for Sony Electronics, responsible for Sony’s television business in the US. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Sharp Electronics and Eastman Kodak.

Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips. Jeroen Tas has over 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in information technology. Previously he was the Group CIO of Royal Philips, leading IT worldwide to become a fundamental enabler of growth for Philips as a real-time, connected company through internet enabled services like the recently announced HealthSuite digital platform and device cloud services for third parties. He co-founded and served as President, COO and vice-chairman of the Board for MphasiS, an IT and Business Processing Outsourcing company. In the mid-nineties he led Citibank’s Tech Lab, Transaction technology Inc.

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. Mollenkopf began his career at Qualcomm as an engineer and for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors. Mollenkopf has held a variety of leadership positions including President & COO and President of QCT. As the leader of the Company’s chipset business, Mollenkopf launched the Companies 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.

Jon Fortt, Co-host, Squawk Alley, CNBC.  Fortt is co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

This keynote panel is part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include CBS Corp. president and CEO, Leslie Moonves, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at CESweb.org/Keynotes.

The 2015 International CES® will also spotlight startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage. Owned and produced by the CEA, the 2015 CES will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An anchor for the startup community at CES, the 2015 Eureka Park Marketplace will feature more than 375 exhibitors, 59 percent more than the 2014 CES. Presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers. Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.” No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business.”

The Startup Stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The Startup Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies. This destination in Eureka Park also features office hours, pitching and networking. View the full schedule at CESweb.org/StartupStage.

Watch ten of the most innovative startups in the world compete live on stage in the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES for the opportunity of a lifetime: to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel on Thursday, January 8.

TechCrunch is bringing the premiere startup launch competition, Hardware Battlefield, to CES on Thursday, January 8. Sixteen startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. The must-see competition can be watched live at the LVCC, Central Plaza, within TechCrunch’s broadcast tent.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will host an open call on January 8 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show. The open call will be held in section J of the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian starting at 8 AM. Floored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

Top Executives from Condé Nast, Disney, Fox, Google and McDonald’s to Join Brand Matters Keynote Panel at 2015 International CES®

MediaLink’s Wenda Harris Millard to host panel titled “Marketing in The Age of Convergence”

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that top executives from Condé Nast, Fox Networks Group, Google, McDonald’s, and The Walt Disney Co. will join the Brand Matters keynote at the 2015 International CES®. The executives will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO of MediaLink, immediately following an exclusive interview with CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves, hosted by Michael Kassan, chairman and CEO of MediaLink. The Brand Matters keynote and C Space at ARIA are CES programs specifically tailored for the advertising and marketing communities. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Brand Matters keynote is slated for 3 PM Wednesday, January 7 at the Westgate Theater. The keynote will highlight how the evolution of hardware and software enables more dynamic content creation and distribution. Top media and marketing leaders participating in the panel will include Jay Rasulo, Sr. EVP and CFO, The Walt Disney Co.; Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast; Randy Freer, president and COO, Fox Networks Group; Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google; and Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s USA.

“We are thrilled to have these leading marketing and media innovators joining us to discuss how technology is changing the way we do business and interact with consumers,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “These executives are fantastic additions to our Brand Matters keynote. We look forward to a dynamic discussion regarding the challenges of navigating, and the opportunities surrounding, the intersection of media, marketing, technology, and entertainment.”

Jay Rasulo, Sr. EVP and CFO, The Walt Disney Co. Rasulo oversees the company’s worldwide finance organization, corporate strategy and development, brand management, acquisitions, corporate alliances, investor relations, treasury and risk management activities, controller functions, information systems, corporate outreach, real estate and taxes. Mr. Rasulo began his current role on January 1, 2010. Mr. Rasulo has overseen a major expansion of Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, which culminated with the opening of Cars Landin 2012 and  the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland.  He led negotiations with the Chinese government for a new theme park in Shanghai. Mr. Rasulo joined Disney in 1986 as Director, Strategic Planning and Development, advancing to more senior positions and later became Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances. Mr. Rasulo has a degree in economics from Columbia University and both an MA in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast. Condé Nast is a premier media company renowned for producing the highest quality content for the world’s most influential audiences. Attracting more than 263 million consumers in 30 markets around the world, its industry-leading print, digital and video portfolio comprises some of the most iconic brands in media including Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired and The New Yorker, among others. Under the leadership of Mr. Sauerberg, Condé Nast has reached record profits, tripling its topline growth and exponentially expanding its content distribution. Mr. Sauerberg also served in a number of leadership roles at Fairchild Publications, Inc., including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sauerberg spent 18 years with The New York Times Company in senior finance and administrative roles in the newspaper and magazine divisions, culminating in his being named chief financial officer of The New York Times Magazine Group. Mr. Sauerberg holds an MBA from Mercer University and a BSBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas.

Randy Freer, president and COO, Fox Networks Group. In this role, Mr. Freer directly oversees revenue, distribution, and operations for the Fox Broadcasting Company as well as FNG’s 44 owned-and-operated and joint venture TV networks, video-on-demand and non-linear media platforms.  He is also responsible for rights acquisitions and team and league relationships on behalf of FOX Sports. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Freer served as Co-President and COO, FOX Sports Media Group, where he focused on growing and enhancing FOX Sports’ prestigious portfolio of league, conference, and team media rights.  In recent years, he oversaw the negotiations that led to new long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the USGA, as well as with the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences. He was instrumental in Fox’s landmark acquisition of the World Cup and helped found the company’s new national sports network, FOX Sports 1. Mr. Freer holds a BA in History and Business from St. John’s College.

Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google. Ms. Georgiadis leads the company’s commercial operations in the US, Canada and Latin America, which provide digital solutions to Google’s large and small clients. Previously, from 2009 to 2011, she was VP of Global Sales Operations with responsibility for driving Google’s global sales operations and strategies, global technology support teams, and new businesses in local and commerce. Prior to her current role, Ms. Georgiadis was the Chief Operating Officer of Groupon, Inc. and before that, she spent five years as Executive Vice President of Card Products and Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Financial Services, where she led a radical turnaround of business performance and revitalized its rewards leadership. Ms. Georgiadis has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s USA. As a member of the McDonald’s U.S. Leadership Team, Ms. Wahl plays an integral role in the development of the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning. She is responsible for leading, developing and overseeing execution of fully integrated marketing plans to drive and sustain long-term growth for McDonald’s USA, while expanding and strengthening partnerships externally and internally with franchisees, suppliers and agency partners. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Wahl was senior vice president and chief marketing officer of home builder, PulteGroup Inc. She joined PulteGroup following a long and successful history in the automotive industry with brands such as Lexus, Toyota and Ford. Ms. Wahl earned a MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master of International Studies from The Lauder Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College.

Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO, MediaLink. Ms. Millard is a renowned digital pioneer and media executive currently serving as President and COO at MediaLink, which guides leading media, marketing, technology and entertainment companies through an increasingly fragmented marketplace. Ms. Millard was previously Co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., chief sales officer at Yahoo!, president of Ziff Davis Internet, and a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as executive vice president. Ms. Millard holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Trinity College.

Since 2009, MediaLink has partnered with CEA to program and produce the Brand Matters Keynote, a part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at CESweb.org/Conference/Keynotes.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

CHANNING TATUM RETURNS TO LAUNCH “TEAM OSCAR®”

Winning Filmmakers to Appear on Oscars® Telecast

Channing Tatum, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the Academy today launched “Team Oscar” by inviting the next generation of filmmakers to create a short video and vie for the opportunity to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast.  Winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, live on ABC.

Team Oscar is open to U.S. citizens, ages 18 to 30 (in previous years entries were limited to college students only), and submissions are due by January 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. PT.  To enter, filmmakers must visit the Academy’s Facebook page, where they can submit a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.” Tatum will announce the Team Oscar winners in early 2015.

Producers Zadan and Meron, along with Tatum and the Academy, will select up to six winners who will be flown to Los Angeles by United Airlines, the official airline of the Academy, to participate in the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

We are thrilled to bring the Team Oscar competition back to the show for the third year, and that Channing Tatum will be our spokesperson and one of the judges,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We are very happy that the idea we initiated has turned into an annual tradition, and is now open to a wider range of filmmakers who are passionate about film and the moviemaking process.”

LAS VEGAS BREAKS TOURISM RECORD WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION VISITORS IN 2014

Tourism Industry Continues Growth in Las Vegas with New Hotels, Restaurants, Shows and Attractions Playing a Major Role

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced that Las Vegas reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40 million visitors for the first time. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of the year.  The previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.
The tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand, achieving ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record. Tourism has longed played a vital role in the economy of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley, generating more than $45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs. In addition, Las Vegas has seen an increase in direct international air service in 2014 with Canada and Mexico proving to be instrumental to visitation growth.

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of our resort partners, and the more than 40 million people who came to experience all the destination has to offer,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).  “Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again.”

To celebrate the 40 million visitor milestone, as only Las Vegas can, the destination created a series of priceless, ‘Only in Vegas’ experiences and surprised unsuspecting visitors with Las Vegas entertainers, including Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair, presenting the one-of-a-kind experiences.  The giveaway items included: incredible suite upgrades at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palms Las Vegas, dinner for four at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, thrill-seeking SkyJump experiences at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, VIP beauty makeovers at Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace and much more.

This holiday, Edible Arrangements has outdone itself by creating its largest Edible® fruit display yet–the Edible® Grand Collection, each containing more than 450 pieces of fruit decorating a base, standing at three feet by two feet and fit for a crowd. There are nine large fruit arrangements within the Edible® Grand Collection. Each arrangement contains enough for 150+ individuals and can be purchased plain or chocolate-dipped, offering party planners a mix of options. Options include the following:

The Majestic Love features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple hearts with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Magnificently Radiant features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple stars with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Field of Daisies features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh daisy-shaped pineapples with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

At parties–such as the many that are held this time of year–guests are drawn to a bright, beautiful centerpiece,” said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. “The Edible® Grand Collection features an awe-inspiring, show-stopping presentation for special events or any occasion that calls for something truly spectacular!

Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals, Receives WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Award

Bare Escentuals’s Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals, has been awarded the 2014 WWD Beauty Inc Visionary of the Year Award in recognition of how she redefined the norm for a beauty company and transformed Bare Escentuals into one of beauty’s biggest success stories ever. Through her trademark leadership style–including spearheading beauty’s first social brand–she trailblazed a new age of direct selling, pioneered unconventional marketing tactics, and invented the idea of community with her irrefutable bond with women around the globe.

Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals

Leslie Blodgett, Creator of bareMinerals

bareMinerals utilizes a distinctive marketing strategy and multi-channel distribution model to develop, market and sell cosmetics and skincare in 34 countries, with over 6,500 points of distribution, including more than 200 company-owned boutiques.

Hosted annually by the monthly publication renowned for being the leading trade journal covering fashion, beauty and retail news published by Penske Media Corporation, the WWD Beauty Inc Awards are a celebration of innovative ideas, initiatives, and products. The “Visionary of the Year Award,” in its fifth year since inception, is the cornerstone of the event and celebration of a forward-thinking leader for their exemplary leadership and significant contributions to the beauty industry.

WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Magazine Cover

WWD Beauty Inc 2014 Visionary of the Year Magazine Cover

Raised by a single mother with her siblings in Smithtown, NY, Blodgett’s passion for beauty developed at a young age. Attending FIT in New York City further fueled her passion for all things beauty and she soon found herself behind the cosmetic counter, an igniting incident in her career which would ultimately shape her singular leadership style at the helm of Bare Escentuals.

With a solid background in product development, including positions at Max Factor and Neutrogena, Blodgett joined Bare Escentuals as CEO in 1994. Launching bareMinerals the following year, Blodgett set out on her journey to educate women on the benefits of healthy makeup alternatives through unconventional marketing and selling tactics, a diverse distribution model, and spearheading a community-enabled approach.

In 2006, Blodgett took the company public in one of the largest cosmetic IPOs in the last decade. Just four years later, in 2010, Bare Escentuals was acquired by Shiseido, the Japan-based leading cosmetics company, for $1.7 billion making it one of the largest cosmetic mergers in history.

Throughout her remarkable and often chronicled journey, Blodgett has retained her trademark frankness and humor–in addition to her signature dance moves–developing a vibrant narrative and fanatic following in the process. Genuine to the core, Blodgett remains feverishly connected to women, a passionate figurehead at the heart of the community she created and the ultimate girlfriend who still keeps her customers on speed dial.

Blodgett accepted the award at the annual awards ceremony in New York City on December 11, 2014 saying, “I am beyond honored to receive this prestigious award and I am so proud to have devoted my life to this work. I love this industry. I love what it does for women. I love the people who make it happen: driven people, competitors, innovators who push through barriers and create delightful products, new technology and new ideas that create new realities. At the highest level, this is life-changing work. For the people we serve and also for us.

Pete Born, Executive Editor of Beauty for WWD, comments, “Leslie Blodgett is a pioneer in the beauty industry who ushered in the age of mineral makeup and envisioned the future concept of community based selling. She is a true visionary whose strategic insights of 17 years ago continue to reverberate today.”

 

Renee Fleming Hosts American Voices, a Performance Documentary Celebrating the Very Best in American Singing, on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Featuring stars from all musical genres, including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Renee Fleming, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens, and Dianne Reeves

The art of singing is center stage in our country’s popular culture: from Glee and 106 & Park to American Idol, The Voice, and Nashville, and even at sporting events and national ceremonies. This star-studded 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s weekend-long American Voices Festival, which was created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November of 2013. The special will air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.)

American Voices, a groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions, and symposia celebrating the rich diversity of American singing, took place November 22-24, 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Conceived and was hosted by world-renowned American singer Renée Fleming, American Voices brought together vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists to celebrate the

"Great Performances" logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

“Great Performances” logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

artistry, technique, and challenges of professional singing.

In American Voices with Renée Fleming, camera crews follow vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists as they gather at the Kennedy Center to celebrate, explore, and debate the legacy, landscape, and future of American singing.

“The festival explored, across a range of genres, the artistry, business, technology, pedagogy, and community of American singing,” said Fleming. “The idea of bringing a broad spectrum of singers together with some of most powerful music industry leaders was a dream come true for me.”

American Voices with Renée Fleming features highlights from the festival’s unique performances and educational events. During six master sessions, fledgling artists received personal one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr.Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater, andKim Burrell in gospel.

Joining these acclaimed artists for the genre-spanning festival centerpiece, the American Voices Concert, wereKurt Elling, Josh Groban, Norm Lewis, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

Throughout the weekend, three sessions programmed by Fleming on “Care of the Professional Voice,” “Trends in the Business and Technology of Popular Music,” and “Voice Training in the 21st Century” will be presented in the Kennedy Center Atrium, intended both for music professionals—including singers, vocal coaches, teachers, agents, producers, and doctors who treat singers—and for all fans of great singing.

American Voices with Renée Fleming is produced for the Kennedy Center by RadicalMedia, and directed byPaul Bozymowski; Justin Wilkes and Sara Enright are producers, with Renée Fleming, Garth Ross, Jon Kamen, and Joe Killian as executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Cadillac is the Presenting Sponsor for American Voices with Renée Fleming.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, and PBS.

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

Nominations Announced for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT)

Graff Diamonds Returns for Fifth Consecutive Year to Sponsor the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Green Room, Benefiting the SAG Foundation

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television
categories, as well as the SAG Awards® honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were
announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees.  (Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 8.)

Art Photo Credit: © 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

Art Photo Credit: © 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award® recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®. SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The Actor. Art Photo Credit: Mark Hill

The Actor. Art Photo Credit: Mark Hill

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) /5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards® can also be viewed live on the TNT and TBS websites, and also the Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps for iOS or Android (viewers must sign in using their TV service provider user name and password).

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Actress Debbie Reynolds  Art Photo Credit: Courtesy of Debbie Reynolds Studio

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Actress Debbie Reynolds
Art Photo Credit: Courtesy of Debbie Reynolds Studio

Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards® red carpet during the sagawards.tntdrama.com and
People.com live Red Carpet Pre-Show webcasts, which begin at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT). Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAGAFTRA.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards® are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAGAFTRA. Two nominating panels — one for television and one for film — each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official teller, mailed the nominations secret ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Voting was completed at noon on Monday, Dec. 8. Final voting information will be mailed via postcard on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to 111,228 eligible SAG-AFTRA members across the country, who may vote on all categories. Online voting is encouraged. In keeping with the SAG Awards®’ commitment to sustainable practices, paper ballots will be available only upon request, which must be made by Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. All votes must be received at Integrity Voting Systems by noon on Friday, Jan. 23. Results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened by the presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Jan. 25, 2015.

Graff Diamonds, synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world, is also returning for the fifth consecutive year to host the Screen Actors Guild Awards® Green Room.  To honor the charitable work of actors and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Graff Diamonds is once again supporting the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy and actor assistance programs with a generous donation. The SAG Awards Green Room offers an elegant, comfortable retreat in which SAG Awards presenters can await their moment on stage and privately review their awards ceremony scripts away from the activity of the SAG Awards showroom. Displays of Graff’s exquisite gemstones will again be the highlight in this year’s Green Room décor.

The name House of Graff symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence and the finest diamonds. Graff is involved in every stage of the jewelry making process – from the sourcing of each rough stone, right through to the cutting, polishing and final setting of each exquisite jewel. Throughout its rich history, Graff is said to have handled more diamonds of notable rarity and beauty than any other jeweler. Today, after more than five decades at the pinnacle of the luxury jewelry industry, Graff continues to push the boundaries of ever-greater innovation and excellence. For more information, visit graffdiamonds.com.

It is with great pleasure that GRAFF returns for the fifth consecutive year as the Official Jeweler of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  We are proud to support the vital work of the SAG Foundation and join them in distributing one of the industry’s most esteemed honors,” said Henri Bargurdjian, President and Chief Executive Officer, GRAFF Americas.  “Just as the SAG Awards recognize and celebrate the collaborative nature of the entertainment industry, we, too, pride ourselves on our effort as a whole in sourcing, designing and creating the world’s most fabulous jewels.  It is due to this mutual appreciation of excellence that our sponsorship of the SAG Awards Green Room is a perfect fit.

The Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation will be hosted for the 19th consecutive year by PEOPLE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – “THE IMITATION GAME” (The Weinstein Company)

JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – “NIGHTCRAWLER” (Open Road Films)

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)

REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – “THE JUDGE” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)

EDWARD NORTON / Mike – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)

J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH” (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Vegas Uncork’d By Bon Appetit Heats Up The Las Vegas Strip With The World’s Best Chefs, Sommeliers And Mixologists, April 23-26

Taking place earlier than ever before, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns April 23-26, 2015 to ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. A few of the headliners include chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay, Julian Serrano, Francois Payard, Masa Takayama, Michael Mina, and Guy Savoy. Presented by returning sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred® the festival is in its ninth year.

Tickets are on sale now for perennial favorites such as the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and the returning Chef’s Counter: All-vubba_logo2014Star Feast at ARIA, as well as a handful of new events, including Prime Time with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his signature Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio; An Italian Brunch at Lago in Julian Serrano‘s soon-to-open Lago at Bellagio; and In HELL’S KITCHEN with Gordon Ramsay at Caesars Palace.

This year the festival adds a new dimension by incorporating the partnership between Bon Appetit and Bravo Media to put the winner of the network’s newest TV show, Best New Restaurant, in the spotlight at the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace. Best New Restaurant will chronicle chefs from 16 restaurants across the country as they are challenged with a variety of tasks testing their overall performance, the strength of their staff, and the clarity of their concept.

Gordon Ramsay chats with guests at A Scot's Tale Master Series Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace during Vegas Uncork'd 2014

Chef Michael Mina at the Chef's Counter event at the Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 10, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork'd by bon appŽtit)

Chef Michael Mina at the Chef’s Counter event at the Vegas Uncork’d in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 10, 2014.(Photo by Isaac Brekken for Vegas Uncork’d by bon appŽtit)

Additionally, Chase Sapphire Preferred returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. Chase Sapphire cardholders will enjoy reserved tickets to coveted events and have exclusive access to interactive experiences with chefs, including an intimate Spanish brunch with acclaimed chef Julian Serrano and an opportunity to mingle with chefs inside the Chase Sapphire Preferred VIP lounge atop the Neptune pool at Caesar’s Palace Garden of the Gods during the Grand Tasting.

Select events on sale now include:
New and notable:

  • Prime Time with Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Bellagio), Thursday, April 23: Celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invites you to experience steakhouse dining at its finest during this exclusive dinner event. The lakeside patio of Prime Steakhouse sets the stage for an elegant evening and offers magnificent views of The Fountains of Bellagio. Guests will be treated to a special four-course dinner showcasing various cuts of beef served by Jean-Georges himself with premier wine pairings.
  • Decadent Delights with Master Chocolatier François Payard (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 23: Experience French fare at its finest at Master Chocolatier François Payard’s award-winning pâtisserie. Guests can expect first-class service and all the elegance of an authentic Parisian bistro as they delight in a selection of sweet and savory canapés and one-of-a-kind chocolate creations paired with premiere wines.
  • In HELL’S KITCHEN with Gordon Ramsay (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 25: Think you can take the heat in Gordon Ramsay’sHELL’S KITCHEN? Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to witness what it’s like to be a contestant on your favorite TV competition show! During this high-energy event, guests will be divided into red and blue teams—and get to experience the action of HELL’S KITCHEN as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up one of his signature dishes during an exciting live cooking demo. All red and blue team participants will enjoy a corresponding dinner along with Ramsay andHELL’S KITCHEN winning chefs Christina Wilson and Scott Commings. HELL’S KITCHEN airs on FOX and is produced by ITV Studios America.
  • An Italian Brunch at Lago (Bellagio), Sunday, April 26: Be one of the first to experience the new restaurant from award-winning chef Julian Serrano. Opening in spring 2015, Lago will offer a new take on social dining with a menu of creative Italian small plates and an innovative cocktail and wine program. Guests can savor a selection of Serrano’s signature dishes and a build-your-own cocktail bar during this elegant seated lunch. Snag a special seat on the spacious outdoor patio with exquisite views of The Fountains of Bellagio.
  • Beer and The Beast (Bellagio), Sunday, April 26: Get ready for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Renowned for his commitment to using sustainable and organically raised products, Sensi Executive Chef Royden Ellamar will take head-to-tail cooking to the extreme during this carnivore’s dream dinner. Large platters of whole-cooked animals, including pig and goat, will be presented throughout the extraordinary meat-filled meal, to be enjoyed with a selection of craft brews.
  • Celebrity Chef Brunch: A French Affair at BARDOT Brasserie (ARIA), Sunday, April 26: Enjoy classic French fare at Michael Mina’s new restaurant, BARDOT Brasserie, a nod to Hemingway’s Paris. An all-star roster of internationally celebrated chefs: Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Philippe Maury, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano will serve up a bountiful brunch featuring classic French dishes paired with world-class French wines—all while taking in the sultry sounds of a live French jazz band.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 10:  A general view of the Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 10: A general view of the Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit’s Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 08:  The world's top chefs, seen at the Bellagio spraying Mionetto Prosecco, tour the Las Vegas Strip in an open-topped bus marking the opening of the eighth annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit culinary festival, featuring chefs from Aria, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand and The Venetian on May 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 08: The world’s top chefs, seen at the Bellagio spraying Mionetto Prosecco, tour the Las Vegas Strip in an open-topped bus marking the opening of the eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit culinary festival, featuring chefs from Aria, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand and The Venetian on May 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit)

Returning favorites:

  • Beef & Bourbon Dinner at Old Homestead (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 23: The Master Series Dinner with Greg and Marc Sherry is back by popular demand, but this year he’s created a stellar lineup of steakhouse-style dishes to be paired with specialty bourbons. Don’t miss your chance to experience the best aged and hand-selected meats accompanied by exclusive and rare bourbon selections during a seated dinner at this iconic American steakhouse.
  • Chefs’ Counter: All-Star Feast (ARIA), Thursday, April 23: Kick off the weekend in true Vegas-style—with ARIA’s stellar lineup of A-list celebrity chefs! Mingle with culinary superstars Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Shawn McClain as they take over The Buffet at ARIA and put their gourmet spin on self-service style dining. Celebrate the start of Vegas Uncork’d with unlimited champagne and award-winning specialties from world-renowned chefs.
  • Grand Tasting (Caesars Palace), Friday, April 24: Are you ready for the ultimate culinary indulgence? Enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. Step into the luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace to experience the best of the best—with more than 50 award-winning chefs, free-flowing wines, and spirits from around the world. INSIDER TIP: Beat the crowd with an Early Access ticket! You’ll get exclusive early admission to sample the freshest dishes and drinks from your favorite chefs and top mixologists.
  • Indulge and Imbibe: A Hakkasan Wine & Food Experience (MGM Grand), Saturday, April 25: A one-of-a-kind culinary experience awaits at Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant beginning with a six-course dinner featuring the restaurant’s globally acclaimed menu. Prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon and his team of highly skilled wok and dim sum chefs, guests will be led on a journey though the art of modern Cantonese cooking coupled with exquisite wines as selected by Group Head of Wine, Christine Parkinson, the world renowned curator of Hakkasan’s award-winning wine program. Parkinson will host the affair and guide guests through the unique Hakkasan wine selection process where they will feel like a master sommelier for the evening.
  • Mix Master: Pour Like a Pro (ARIA), Saturday, April 25: Break out your best bartending skills during this fun-filled, interactive cocktail competition and seminar. Before the high-energy throwdown, participants will get creative inspiration as they watch master mixology expert Craig Schoettler shake up ARIA’s signature drinks. Then, contestants will break up into teams, choose from a selection of fresh market ingredients, and compete against fellow participants to see who can mix up the best original cocktail. The winning team will score a grand prize and have their drink featured on the menu.
  • Little Italy From City To Strip: Rao’s Italian Brunch with The Pellegrinos (Caesars Palace), Sunday, April 26: Say ciao to an afternoon affair at Rao’s where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Southern Italy. Join Frank Pellegrino, Jr. for a special multicourse feast featuring all the favorite family recipes, authentic specialties, refreshing specialty cocktails and non-stop entertainment that comes with a traditional Italian Sunday brunch.
  • Third Annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge: The competition returns this year with two Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students battling it out as sous chefs alongside celebrity chefs for scholarship funds, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred. More information to follow.

This is truly the only weekend each year when world class chefs gather in one destination to host intimate dinners where they push culinary innovation and mix and mingle with their fans and peers,” says Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit editor in chief.

Las Vegas continues to prove itself as one of the most dynamic culinary destinations in the world,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “Our partnership with Bon Appetit raises the bar even higher by providing the once-in-a-lifetime experience to be up close with culinary masterminds.”

More events and chefs will be announced in the coming weeks, including details about the expanded Master Series Dinner program, which will stretch across multiple properties throughout the weekend. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.VegasUncorked.com.

323 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week. To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.  Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 79 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 87th Oscars®. During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips.  Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category.  The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.  A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film. To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film.  A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Opportunity” from “Annie”
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
“Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes”
“Immortals” from “Big Hero 6”
“The Apology Song” from “The Book of Life”
“I Love You Too Much” from “The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls Song” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Quattro Sabatino” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Ryan’s Song” from “Boyhood”
“Split The Difference” from “Boyhood”
“No Fate Awaits Me” from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”
“Brave Souls” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“You Got Me” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“All Our Endless Love” from “Endless Love”
“Let Me In” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Not About Angels” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Until The End” from “Garnet’s Gold”
“It Just Takes A Moment” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Last Stop Paris” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Ordinary Human” from “The Giver”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Find A Way” from “The Good Lie”
“Color The World” from “The Hero of Color City”
“The Last Goodbye” from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Chariots” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Follow Me” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Something To Shoot For” from “Hot Guys with Guns”
“For The Dancing And The Dreaming” from “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Afreen” from “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”
“Heart Like Yours” from “If I Stay”
“I Never Wanted To Go” from “If I Stay”
“Mind” from “If I Stay”
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
“Call Me When You Find Yourself” from “Life Inside Out”
“Coming Back To You” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“The Life Of An Actress” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“Sister Rust” from “Lucy”
“You Fooled Me” from “Merchants of Doubt”
“Million Dollar Dream” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“Spreading The Word/Makhna” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“We Could Be Kings” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“A Million Ways To Die” from “A Million Ways to Die in the West”
“Way Back When” from “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“America For Me” from “A Most Violent Year”
“I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Something So Right” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“We’re Doing A Sequel” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Mercy Is” from “Noah”
“Seeds” from “Occupy the Farm”
“Grant My Freedom” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“The One I Wrote For You” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“Hal” from “Only Lovers Left Alive”
“Shine” from “Paddington”
“Still I Fly” from “Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Batucada Familia” from “Rio 2”
“Beautiful Creatures” from “Rio 2”
“Poisonous Love” from “Rio 2”
“What Is Love” from “Rio 2”
“Over Your Shoulder” from “Rudderless”
“Sing Along” from “Rudderless”
“Stay With You” from “Rudderless”
“Everyone Hides” from “St. Vincent”
“Why Why Why” from “St. Vincent”
“Glory” from “Selma”
“The Morning” from “A Small Section of the World”
“Special” from “Special”
“Gimme Some” from “#Stuck”
“The Only Thing” from “Third Person”
“Battle Cry” from “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“Miracles” from “Unbroken”
“Summer Nights” from “Under the Electric Sky”
“We Will Not Go” from “Virunga”
“Heavenly Father” from “Wish I Was Here”
“So Now What” from “Wish I Was Here”
“Long Braid” from “Work Weather Wife”
“Moon” from “Work Weather Wife”

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

114 ORIGINAL SCORES IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 114 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars®. To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.  Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer
“Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer
“Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer
“At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer
“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Bears,” George Fenton, composer
“Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer
“Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer
“Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer
“The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers
“The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer
“Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer
“Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer
“Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer
“The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Michael Giacchino, composer
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,” Son Lux, composer
“Divergent,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
“Dolphin Tale 2,” Rachel Portman, composer
“Dracula Untold,” Ramin Djawadi, composer
“Draft Day,” John Debney, composer
“The Drop,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
“Earth to Echo,” Joseph Trapanese, composer
“Edge of Tomorrow,” Christophe Beck, composer
“Endless Love,” Christophe Beck and Jake Monaco, composers
“The Equalizer,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
“The Fault in Our Stars,” Mike Mogis, composer
“Finding Vivian Maier,” J. Ralph, composer
“Fury,” Steven Price, composer
“Garnet’s Gold,” J. Ralph, composer
“Girl on a Bicycle,” Craig Richey, composer
“The Giver,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Godzilla,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Gone Girl,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
“The Good Lie,” Martin Léon, composer
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“The Great Flood,” Bill Frisell, composer
“Hercules,” Fernando Velázquez, composer
“The Hero of Color City,” Zoë Poledouris-Roché and Angel Roché, Jr., composers
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Howard Shore, composer
“The Homesman,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Horrible Bosses 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” John Powell, composer
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” James Newton Howard, composer
“I Origins,” Will Bates and Phil Mossman, composers
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Inherent Vice,” Jonny Greenwood, composer
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer, composer
“The Interview,” Henry Jackman, composer
“Into the Storm,” Brian Tyler, composer
“Jal,” Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh, composers
“The Judge,” Thomas Newman, composer
“Kill the Messenger,” Nathan Johnson, composer
“Kochadaiiyaan,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” Toby Chu, composer
“The Lego Movie,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
“The Liberator,” Gustavo Dudamel, composer
“Life Itself,” Joshua Abrams, composer
“Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” Pat Metheny, composer
“Lucy,” Eric Serra, composer
“Maleficent,” James Newton Howard, composer
“The Maze Runner,” John Paesano, composer
“Merchants of Doubt,” Mark Adler, composer
“Million Dollar Arm,” A.R. Rahman, composer
“A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Joel McNeely, composer
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” Danny Elfman, composer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon, composer
“The Monuments Men,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“A Most Violent Year,” Alex Ebert, composer
“My Old Lady,” Mark Orton, composer
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” Alan Silvestri, composer
“Nightcrawler,” James Newton Howard, composer
“No God, No Master,” Nuno Malo, composer
“Noah,” Clint Mansell, composer
“Non-Stop,” John Ottman, composer
“The One I Love,” Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, composers
“Ouija,” Anton Sanko, composer
“Paddington,” Nick Urata, composer
“Penguins of Madagascar,” Lorne Balfe, composer
“Pompeii,” Clinton Shorter, composer
“The Purge: Anarchy,” Nathan Whitehead, composer
“The Railway Man,” David Hirschfelder, composer
“Red Army,” Christophe Beck and Leo Birenberg, composers
“Ride Along,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
“Rocks in My Pockets,” Kristian Sensini, composer
“Rosewater,” Howard Shore, composer
“St. Vincent,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
“The Salt of the Earth,” Laurent Petitgand, composer
“Selma,” Jason Moran, composer
“The Signal,” Nima Fakhrara, composer
“Snowpiercer,” Marco Beltrami, composer
“Song of the Sea,” Bruno Coulais, composer
“Still Alice,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” Joe Hisaishi, composer
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Brian Tyler, composer
“That Awkward Moment,” David Torn, composer
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
“This Is Where I Leave You,” Michael Giacchino, composer
“300: Rise of an Empire,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
“Tracks,” Garth Stevenson, composer
“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
“22 Jump Street,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
“Unbroken,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
“Under the Skin,” Mica Levi, composer
“Virunga,” Patrick Jonsson, composer
“Visitors,” Philip Glass, composer
“A Walk among the Tombstones,” Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer
“Walking with the Enemy,” Timothy Williams, composer
“Wild Tales,” Gustavo Santaolalla, composer
“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” John Ottman, composer

A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements.  The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

PANDORA Jewelry’s New Disney-Themed Collection Celebrates Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse turn on the charm this season, as part of PANDORA Jewelry‘s new Disney-themed collection. The original assortment of hand-finished jewelry, released in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, includes charms inspired by the iconic silhouettes, patterns and colors of Disney’s most iconic couple. Sterling silver Mickey and Minnie icon dangles accented with black and red enamel celebrate Disney’s classic designs. Wear the charms on your favorite PANDORA bracelet, or style the charms as pendants on necklace chains of varying lengths to celebrate your love of Disney.

Disney’s eternal sweethearts are celebrated on a sterling silver “Minnie and Mickey Kiss” heart-shaped charm featuring red and black enamel designs, with engraved Walt Disney script expressing “Believe in Magic.” The Mickey and Minnie double-heart sterling silver dangle with six bezel-set black crystals and red enamel commemorates the pair’s courtship, which has been going strong since they first debuted together onscreen in 1928.

Mickey and Minnie sparkle on sterling silver clips encrusted with clear and red cubic zirconia. A sterling silver clear pave charm with intricate cutouts and a spacer set with 24 clear crystals are inspired by Mickey’s instantly recognizable silhouette. The charms add whimsical style to PANDORA‘s layered leather bracelets, sterling silver bangles or multi-strand color cords.

The initial launch of PANDORA‘s co-branded Disney jewelry collection includes 25 charms, which are currently sold at PANDORA concept stores throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean. Sterling silver pieces from the new collection start at $35. To discover the Disney jewelry collection from PANDORA, visit PANDORA.net.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tuesday, December 9 on the CBS Television Network

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier will perform on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. World-famous Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Elsa Hosk, Lindsay Ellingson and more will be a part of the show, which films in London for the first time, and merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

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Also in the special, Supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will wear the 2014 Dream Angels Fantasy Bras designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by Mouawad. Valued at $2 million each, the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras include accompanying body pieces of fine gemstones. Inspired by the Dream Angels Demi silhouette, these bras are handset with rubies, diamonds, blue and light blue sapphires strung together with 18K gold. Each bra is adorned with over 16,000 of the precious gems. This is the first time two Victoria’s Secret Angels have been chosen to wear the coveted Fantasy Bras.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Stand Mixer Gifts From KitchenAid

With new juicer and food processor attachments, stylish ceramic bowls and three new colors, the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer offers endless culinary possibilities and makes for a great gift this holiday season.  Further details about the products listed below can be found at www.kitchenaid.com/stand-mixers.

Stand Mixer Attachments
These new attachments mimic the performance and capabilities of the brand’s countertop appliances, while taking up a fraction of the space. The new juicer and sauce attachment features a 2-in-1 feed tube capable of accommodating a variety of fruits and vegetables. A stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, and then processes them at a low speed. The attachment includes a low pulp, high pulp and sauce screen. Suggested retail price for the juicer and sauce attachment is $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The new food processor attachment for the stand mixer features the brand’s exclusive ExactSlice(TM) System, which adjusts slice thickness using an external lever. A 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube eliminates the need for extensive food prep beforehand. The base model comes with a reversible shredding, julienne and slicing discs, while the premium model includes a new commercial-style dicing kit. The base and premium food processor attachments are available for $179.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

As with all KitchenAid® stand mixer attachments, these new attachments fit into the multi-purpose hub of all stand mixer models and are powered by the stand mixer motor.

Ceramic Bowls
New colorful ceramic bowls for the brand’s 5-quart stand mixers offer cooks a new way to personalize their stand mixers. These bowls – available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate – feature a convenient pouring spout and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls carry a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

New Colors
KitchenAid is debuting three new colors for the brand’s iconic stand mixer. Sea Glass adds a playful touch to any neutral kitchen space with its captivating hue and luminous glossy finish. The Sea Glass Artisan® Design Series stand mixer is currently available for $459.99.  The Artisan® Series Bordeaux stand mixer offers a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous, and adds a rich, luxurious touch to the countertop. It is available at a suggested retail price of $429.99. Lavender is a soothing shade of pastel purple that brings a soft, fresh element to any kitchen space, pairing especially well with white or stainless steel appliances. The Lavender stand mixer is available for $429.99.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit KitchenAid.com.

* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Postal Service Launches ‘Magical’ Mailbox Holiday Experience

Capitalizing on advancements in smartphone technology, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new mobile marketing campaign that has transformed its approximately 156,271 blue mail collection boxes across the country into a holiday mobile experience using augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Whether you’re walking down a busy city street or a main street in a small town, you can find one of our iconic blue boxes all across the country,” said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing and sales officer for the Postal Service.  “Instead of just dropping off mail, smartphone users can use our USPS AR app to transform these boxes into a unique and interactive experience during the holidays.”

Starting today through the end of the year, smartphone users can experience the magical mailbox, by simply downloading the “USPS AR” app and using it to scan a nearby blue mail collection box.  The innovative use of augmented reality will feature fun activations like flashing holiday lights or dancing animated penguins, followed by prompts to order free shipping boxes or stamps.

The Postal Service has been promoting augmented reality as a way for marketers to add a digital component to direct mail campaigns to generate a greater return on investment.

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“Mobile technology is enhancing physical mail in some pretty remarkable ways,” said Manabe. “Augmented reality, QR codes, and one-click buying technology are changing the way consumers interact with major brands. That’s why the Postal Service has launched a multi-channel advertising campaign this holiday to reach consumers of all ages.”

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new features every few days so customers will have a different experience when they use the app to scan the blue collection boxes.

To promote this new mobile experience along with key holiday shipping and mailing dates, the Postal Service has sent a direct mail piece to every U.S. household this week.  The direct mail piece includes instructions on how to download and use the “USPS AR” app to experience the magic.

This mailer is one part of a holiday advertising campaign by the Postal Service ranging from direct mail to television and print advertisements, to social media and digital promotion.

“Our holiday marketing effort will be built around the idea that the Postal Service has been planning all year for this season and we are prepared to deliver the holidays for America,” said Manabe. “Our advertising goal is to attract new consumer and business customers and provide assurance for our customers that they can depend on our affordable and reliable service to deliver their mail and packages during this season.”

Download the USPS AR app  at Google Play or iTunes App Store

New York City invests $3.5 million in Apparel Manufacturing Facility

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball, Manufacture New York, and Salmar Properties Announce New Fashion Design and Manufacturing Hub in Brooklyn

City Investment of $3.5 Million Will Support Local Apparel Manufacturing, Emerging Fashion Designers and the Creation of Quality Jobs

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Kyle Kimball, Manufacture New York CEO Bob Bland and Salmar Properties Co-Founder Marvin Schein yesterday announced the creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles + Wearable Tech, an innovative fashion manufacturing and design hub in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Located at the privately-operated Liberty View Industrial Plaza, the Manufacturing Innovation Hub will occupy 160,000 square feet to provide research, design, development, and manufacturing resources for New York’s emerging designers and apparel manufacturers. The City of New York, via NYCEDC, will invest $3.5 million through its Industrial Modernization Initiative (IMOD) to allow for the fit-out, modernization, and subdivision of the currently-vacant space. Deputy Mayor Glen, NYCEDC President Kimball, Manufacture New York CEO Bland and Salmar Properties’ Marvin Schein were joined at the announcement by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Martin J. Golden, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and others.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

We are focused on making investments that are going to spur innovation, create good jobs and keep New York City competitive,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “Fashion and manufacturing aren’t just legacy industries, they are rapidly evolving parts of our economy that are adapting new technologies and changing every day. Here in Sunset Park, working with our private sector partners, we’re ensuring companies at the cutting edge of these industries can grow and innovate right here in New York City.”

The creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub represents the nexus of our efforts to support two key elements of the City’s economy—the manufacturing sector and the fashion industry—and to develop Sunset Park as a hotbed of innovative business,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “We are committed to ensuring sustainable growth in these traditional industries, and connecting New York City businesses and people to the space, resources and opportunity they need to succeed in a 21st century economy.”

The creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub represents the City’s commitment to supporting the fashion and manufacturing sectors, key traditional New York City industries, by encouraging innovation and partnership between the public and private sectors. In addition to furthering the City’s status as a global fashion capital and providing much-needed affordable industrial space, the Hub also marks the continued development of Sunset Park as an innovation cluster, where a diverse mix of manufacturing businesses are locating and growing—often by leveraging advanced technologies in their operations. Approximately 300 jobs in 20-30 businesses, including designers, manufacturers and related industries, are anticipated to be housed at the facility.

The Hub will include:

  • A workforce development center to help train skilled workers who can earn good-paying jobs
  • A research and development center to help develop new fashion and wearable technology capabilities
  • A small-run factory specializing in sample making
  • A design accelerator to create an educated pipeline of fashion and manufacturing talent
  • Incubator space containing 12 private studios, classroom space, conference rooms, a computer lab, an industrial sewing room, storage, and work areas for 50 designers

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub will also be the new headquarters of Manufacture New York, which is relocating from elsewhere within Liberty View Industrial Plaza. Previously, Manufacture New York operated a pilot fashion incubator in Manhattan’s Garment Center.

Thanks to the tireless support of City Hall, NYCEDC, and local elected leaders, New York’s fashion manufacturers will have access to world class industrial space and infrastructure at prices they can afford,” said Manufacture New York Founder and CEO Bob Bland. “We will work inclusively with established fashion industry veterans, non-profit and community partners, educational institutions, and the incredibly diverse community of emerging designers and local manufacturers to lay the foundation for tremendous change in our industry. We believe that creating a comprehensive system of mentorship, training and support, while working together to solve 21st century problems in our supply chains and the fashion ecosystem, will bring long-term, sustainable growth to the New York City economy.”

Salmar Properties, owner of Liberty View Industrial Plaza, is proud to be a part of the growth and retention of jobs in the New York City fashion industry,” said Salmar Properties Co-Founder Marvin Schein. “Salmar Properties has invested close to $100 million in a complete renovation of the former Federal Building #2.  Liberty View is now the most modern/high tech industrial facility in the City and serves as the transformative building in Sunset Park. Our vision is to promote job creation in New York and to develop Liberty View as the new hub for the City’s fashion industry that is being squeezed out of Manhattan by high rents and lack of space.”

Manufacture New York, who will operate the Hub, is a Brooklyn-based company that facilitates fashion manufacturing in New York City.  It seeks to reawaken and rebuild the fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. Its Workforce Development Center, in collaboration with the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, will provide opportunities for both entry-level and advanced technical career pathways in a range of apparel-related sectors, with 50 designers receiving training and product development assistance in the Manufacturing Innovation Hub’s incubator space.

Liberty View Industrial Plaza is a 1.1 million square foot, 8-story industrial building along the Sunset Park waterfront. Formerly known as Federal Building #2, in 2011 the property was transferred to the City, with critical support from U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, after more than a decade of vacancy. The building was subsequently leased via a competitive RFP process to Salmar Properties, who has since completed significant renovations to the facility, including a new roof, windows, façade, and utilities. The majority of current tenants engage in light manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub builds upon the City’s suite of fashion initiatives, including the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, a public-private program designed to support and promote growth of small businesses in the City’s fashion and manufacturing sectors, as well as seed funding for the CFDA Fashion Incubator, professional mentorship in design and fashion management, and networking and educational programs. The City’s fashion industry accounts for nearly 6 percent of the city’s workforce, paying $10.9 billion in wages, and generating nearly $2 billion in tax revenue annually. New York City’s wholesale fashion market is one of the world’s largest, attracting more than 500,000 visitors per year to its trade shows, showrooms and fashion shows. Overall, the industry garners more than $18 billion in retail sales, $72 billion in wholesale sales, and $8 billion in manufacturing sales annually. The city’s semi-annual Fashion Weeks draw approximately 232,000 attendees to more than 500 shows, creating a total economic impact of $887 million.

This collaborative effort between NYCEDC, Manufacture New York and Salmar Properties will allow small business manufacturers such as Johnny’s Fashion Studio to expand for growth,” said Joann Kim, co-owner of local manufacturer Johnny’s Fashion Studio.  “It will provide us with opportunity to invest in technology that makes for faster pattern making and cutting, train skilled labor to provide the highest quality in sewing, educate young pattern makers to become masters, and provide services closer than ever to target prices of young designers without the pressure of paying premium rent.”

Being a part of Manufacture New York is being a part of something bigger than me and my line,” said Brennan Manuel, founder and designer of local fashion brand 6AM Clothing. “There is a lot of grey area in the fashion industry and it is imperative for up-and-coming designers to be part of a community of likeminded pioneers such as Manufacture New York. I believe that Manufacture New York is the future of the fashion industry in this country, and the Manufacturing Innovation Hub will be a tremendous benefit to New York City.”

We are thrilled to know that our city and Manufacture New York have finally finalized the long awaited project of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Sunset Park Brooklyn,” said Chung Yu, Chief Financial Officer of local manufacturer MCM Enterprise. “With increasing rent, the high cost of manufacturing and a forever diminishing work force, the fashion industry in America has been on life support for over a decade. This program will benefit many domestic fashion manufacturers and designers.  It will finally give manufacturers and designers a chance to be more competitive with the rest of the world. We are grateful someone is finally doing something to help our industry’s future generations by providing the necessary resources to grow and produce more jobs. We appreciate the great work and will support this great cause.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing center that will enable NYC manufacturers to thrive and expand their current businesses,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This facility will bring a much needed creative and industrial hub for designers, manufacturers, and tech innovators that will reinvigorate local communities and create new jobs.

I’m proud to support the renewal of this formerly abandoned warehouse, finding new uses for the facility and creating economic opportunity along the way,” said United States Representative Nydia M. Velázquez.This fashion incubator and factory will draw talent and small manufacturers, while creating well-paying local jobs. This project is another example of how Sunset Park’s waterfront can once again be a beehive of economic activity.

I am thrilled with the continuing redevelopment and enhancement of this major manufacturing development,” said United States Representative Jerrold Nadler. “For over the last thirteen years, community stakeholders, Representative Velazquez, and myself, worked tirelessly to save this former federal building for manufacturing jobs, and today, is another great day as the City announces funding to subdivide and modernize 160,000 square feet of space for small fashion manufacturers. I congratulate Mayor de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Glen on their commitment to manufacturing and industrial jobs, and am pleased to have been a long-time supporter of this project.”

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub is an exciting 21st Century public/private partnership that will further develop the City’s commitment to the ever maturing fashion manufacturing sector,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “In what is currently dormant space, there will be an eruption of the fashion industry – creating a modern Garment District here in Brooklyn. Entrepreneurs will have access to research, design, development, and manufacturing resources that will streamline their process.

The announcement of available—and accessible—space for fashion manufacturing in Sunset Park is great news for our community,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “Our City is one that is no stranger to the power of fashion and manufacturing as strongholds of culture, employment, and resources for our communities. The City Council’s historic partnership with NYCEDC and with private industrial owners allow New York City to be attractive to business sectors that create good local jobs, and help to incentivize the growth of local economies. This is a welcome step toward the revitalization of our City’s industrial character.”

“I am very excited by this investment by the City of New York in the future of Liberty View, Sunset Park, and all of Brooklyn manufacturing!” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.  “Reviving our industrial base will strengthen our economy and offer new opportunities for our citizens in this economic sector. Thank you, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation!

New York City was the heart of manufacturing in our country at one time, and through efforts in the City, State, and the private sector, we are once again making gains,” said State Senator Martin J. Golden. “By eliminating the manufacturer’s tax in April, we are making our city and state more business friendly.  Opening up a fashion incubator and 110,000 square feet of manufacturing space is not only good for Brooklyn, it’s good for New York City, and it’s good for the fashion industry. This vital industry has been growing exponentially in Brooklyn, and we are happy to have new neighbors. I look forward to continuing to work with the City to help expand manufacturing inside the City of New York.

I welcome the new Manufacturing Innovation Hub to Sunset Park’s Liberty View Industrial Plaza,” said State Assemblyman Félix Ortiz. “Sunset Park is a destination community quickly becoming one of the hottest places to do business in New York City. This is another major step forward for our community, a place where businesses, residences and visitors make out city a better place.”

We need to make sure we are protecting manufacturing and creating opportunities for growth,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “The City needs to stand up for its manufacturing spaces — new and old — and these kinds of investments are an important indication that we will.

IMOD was created in partnership with the New York City Council to encourage the continued growth of the manufacturing sector by incentivizing private industrial owners to transform underutilized assets into space designed to support small businesses, which typically employ approximately one to 10 people, occupy less than 5,000 square feet, and comprise the fastest-growing element of the City’s industrial ecosystem. These companies often are too small for industrial floorplates on the market, so NYCEDC issued a Request for Proposals seeking transformative projects to address this gap. NYCEDC jointly selected Manufacture New York and Salmar Properties, which operates Liberty View Industrial Plaza, to undertake this project. The $3.5 million investment from the City directly supports the 110,000 square feet dedicated to job-intensive active manufacturing use. A total of $8 million is available through IMOD, with future allocations to be determined.

 

Wilt Chamberlain Scores US Postal Service Stamp(s) of Approval: Extra Tall Limited Edition Forever Stamps Highlight Philadelphia and Los Angeles Careers

The icon whose dominance literally changed the rules of basketball returns to center court Friday to receive a stamping ovation when he becomes the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first player to be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp.

NBA players Julius Erving and Wali Jones will be among those dedicating the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps at halftime when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Oklahoma City Thunder (tip-off at 7 p.m.). A video of Chamberlain’s accomplishments will highlight the ceremony. All 50 million stamps, available nationwide today and can be pre-ordered now.

“When it came to determining the first NBA player to be honored on a stamp, Wilt Chamberlain was a slam dunk,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Tom Marshall. At 7ft. 1 in., ‘the Big Dipper’s’ physical stature, athleticism and talent helped him to dominate the NBA and to put an indelible mark on the NBA record books. We decided to portray his dominance on the court with wilt-1two towering Forever stamps depicting Wilt in the uniforms of two of the NBA teams for which he played. Each are twice the size of the original Forever Stamp — the Liberty Bell. And what better place to dedicate Wilt’s stamps than his hometown — the City of Brotherly Love.”

Starting at the 7 p.m. tipoff and throughout the game, current and past NBA players will participate in a “Twitter Huddle” –- an online chat using the hashtag #WiltStamp that will include a trivia quiz.

A special dedication ceremony will take place at the Mass Mutual Center during the University of Mass. vs. Florida Gulf Coast Game Dec. 7 in Springfield, MA. Another ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., Dec. 10 at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School. Many of Chamberlain’s former teammates are planning to attend.

In addition to Erving and Jones joining Marshall in the dedication ceremony will be Chamberlain’s sisters Barbara Lewis and Selina Gross; 76ers Ambassador of Basketball World B. Free; Philadelphia Sports Hall of Famer and sports radio personality Sonny Hill; and, 76ers Director of Statistical Information Harvey Pollack, who holds the distinction as the only individual working for the NBA since its inaugural 1946-47 season. Pollack also kept score during Chamberlain’s 1962 record-breaking 100 point game. He also made the sign Chamberlain held in the famous post-game photo.

The halftime ceremony will feature a special tribute video and stamp unveiling using the team’s state-of-the-art court projection system. Throughout the night, the Sixers will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Chamberlain with videos during breaks  in play. Tickets to the game are available to the public online at Sixers.com, by phone at 215-339-7676 and in person at the box office.

Wilt’s Stamps in a League of His Own
The stamps, just over 2 inches tall each, are a third to twice the size of a typical commemorative stamp height. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA superstar. One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform; the other is based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. The word “Wilt” is featured in either the top right or left corner of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps.

As a center, Chamberlain dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. He led his teams to two NBA championships and in 1962, scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.

The Big Dipper’s Legacy
Born Aug. 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Chamberlain excelled in track and field, but basketball eventually became his sport of choice. By the time he was 10, Chamberlain was six feet tall. He was nearly unstoppable at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School, scoring more than 2,200 total points, a Pennsylvania record. People began calling him “Wilt the Stilt,” and “The Big Dipper,” possibly because his height sometimes wilt-2forced him to dip under doorways. He preferred the latter nickname.

He attended the University of Kansas where he averaged 29.9 points and 18.3 rebounds per game before turning pro in 1958. Chamberlain spent a season with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Philadelphia Warriors.

During his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors, he averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds per game to win both the league’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards. Chamberlain led the NBA in scoring his first seven seasons, and on March 2, 1962, during a game against the New York Knicks in Hershey, PA, scored an NBA record 100 points — a monumental feat that has not been matched since.

The Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962, and in 1965 Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1966–67, Chamberlain led the 76ers to an NBA record 68 regular-season wins and an NBA title.

In 1968, Philadelphia traded Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers. His winning ways continued in L.A. In 1971–72, he led the Lakers to a stellar 69–13 regular-season record — the best regular-season mark in NBA history — and an NBA title. L.A. won the championship that year, defeating the Knicks in five games in the NBA finals. Chamberlain, who was nursing a broken bone in his hand, captured the series MVP Award. Like the
’66–’67 76ers, the ’71–’72 Lakers are still considered one of the best NBA teams of all time.

When the 13-time NBA All-Star retired in 1973, he held a record number of NBA records, including most total points (31,419), average points per game (30.1), total rebounds (23,924) and rebounds per game (22.9). He won the NBA MVP Award four times (1960, 1966–68), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary season, Chamberlain was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History.

The Wilt Chamberlain Limited Edition Forever stamps, available in sheets of 18 stamps, will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Retail Manager
Philadelphia Metropolitan District
3190 South 70th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19153-3244

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2015.

Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online atusps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

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