Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ Lives Again

Deluxe Reissue Features Extensive Rare Bonus Material

Sticky Fingers,’ one of the most revered albums in the storied catalog of the legendary Rolling Stones, is set to enthrall a new generation of admirers. The 1971 classic — which captured the band at the absolute peak of their powers, on timeless tracks such as ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Bitch,’ ‘Sister Morphine‘ and ‘Dead Flowers‘ — will be reissued by Universal Music in a variety of formats worldwide on May 25 2015 (May 26 in North America).

Universal Music Enterprises - Sticky Fingers 2015 Packshot: Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue Released on May 26, 2015, (Original CD, Deluxe, Deluxe Edition Boxset, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset, Original LP, Deluxe Double LP Set, Deluxe Double LP Set-Limited Edition Spanish Cover, Digital Downloads) (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

Universal Music Enterprises – Sticky Fingers 2015 Packshot: Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ Reissue Released on May 26, 2015, (Original CD, Deluxe, Deluxe Edition Boxset, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset, Original LP, Deluxe Double LP Set, Deluxe Double LP Set-Limited Edition Spanish Cover, Digital Downloads) (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

STICKY FINGERS WILL BE REISSUED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS WORLDWIDE ON MAY 25/26, 2015

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STICKY FINGERS FORMATS:

Original CD
Remastered album with 12 page booklet.

Original LP
Remastered album on black heavyweight vinyl plus 12×12 insert.

Deluxe 2CD
Remastered album plus bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances with 24 page booklet.

Deluxe Edition Boxset
Remastered album, bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances plus DVD with 2 tracks from ‘Live At The Marquee’.
All housed in a presentation box with 72 page hardback picture book and 4 postcard set.

Super Deluxe Edition Boxset
Remastered album and bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances.
Plus ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out’ CD, a DVD featuring 2 tracks from ‘Live At The Marquee’ and 7″ vinyl with Brown Sugar and Wild Horses.
All housed in a presentation box with hardback book complete with real zip.
Plus print, poster, 4 postcard set and mini replica of band cut out.
The carefully put together 120 page limited edition book recounts the making of this classic Stones album with an extensive essay by Nick Kent, embellished with previously unpublished images of the band and lavishly illustrated with metallic gold ink throughout.

Deluxe Double LP Set
Remastered album and bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances on two black heavyweight vinyls’.
Housed in an outer wallet with real zip.

Deluxe Double LP Set – Limited Edition Spanish Cover (e-commerce only)
Remastered album and bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances on two black heavyweight vinyls.
Housed in an outer wallet with Spanish cover.

Standard Download
Remastered album.

Deluxe Download
Remastered album plus bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances. Fans who pre-order on iTunes will receive an instant download of previously unreleased track ‘Wild Horses Acoustic’.

Super Deluxe Download
Remastered album, bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances, plus ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out’ live tracks. Fans who pre-order on iTunes will receive an instant download of previously unreleased track ‘Wild Horses Acoustic’.

Sticky Fingers‘, produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, was recorded in the remote location of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. The band then reconvened, back home in the UK at both Jagger’s Stargroves country home (with the Rolling Stones Mobile) and Olympic Studios in London. ‘Sticky Fingers‘ was released shortly after the Stones became exiled in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking artwork in rock history by Andy Warhol with its famous working zip on the front cover. Recreated in the Super Deluxe and Double Vinyl Deluxe Editions of the new package.

On April 23, 1971, 504 days after that first session in Alabama, ‘Sticky Fingers‘ was released, cheered on by media and public alike. “It is the latest beautiful chapter in the continuing story of the greatest rock group in the world,” wrote Rolling Stone.

As the album hit the shops that spring, ‘Brown Sugar’ hit the charts, and by early May, ‘Sticky Fingers‘ had become the band’s sixth UK #1 LP. Its four-week reign was matched by its performance in the US, and it also raced to the top in Australia, Canada and through much of Europe. As the aura grew around this essential part of the Stones’ epic story, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and became one of their four titles in the top 100 of Rolling Stone‘s critics’ poll of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Sticky Fingers‘ has been repeatedly hailed as one of the Stones’ all-time great albums, capturing their trademark combination of swagger and tenderness in a superb collection. It continued the incredible outpouring of creative energy that had produced 1968’s ‘Beggars Banquet‘ and ‘Let It Bleed‘ in 1969. After ‘Sticky Fingers‘, the Stones’ relocation to the south of France led to the double album masterpiece ‘Exile On Main St.’ The highly acclaimed ‘Sticky Fingers‘ showcased the ever more inventive song writing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and formidable guitar licks from Mick Taylor.

The reissue arrives as The Rolling Stones continue to captivate audiences around the world with their stunning live performances. Last year’s 14 On Fire tour saw the band play for over a million fans and in 2015 the Stones will set out on a North American tour of stadiums and festivals. The Rolling Stones newly branded RS- ‘ZIP CODE’ Tour‘ will kick off in late May, see rollingstones.com for details.

The new editions of ‘Sticky Fingers‘ follow the worldwide critical and commercial success of the Stones’ two previous deluxe reissues, for ‘Exile‘ itself (which took the album back to No. 1 in the UK in 2010, 38 years after it first topped the chart) and the 1978 classic ‘Some Girls,’ repackaged in 2011.

As with those expanded releases, millions of Stones devotees will be hugely excited by not only the original album but the generous selection of previously unavailable material contained within the Deluxe and Super Deluxe formats. These include the alternative version of the chart-topping single ‘Brown Sugar‘ featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased interpretations of ‘Bitch,’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking‘ and ‘Dead Flowers‘; an acoustic take on the anthemic ‘Wild Horses‘, and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including ‘Honky Tonk Women‘ and ‘Midnight Rambler.’

The Super Deluxe edition will also house ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!‘ the 13-track audio recording of the Stones’ gig in Leeds in March 1971, shortly before their “exile” in France began. The set included versions of the just-completed ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Bitch‘ and ‘Dead Flowers,’ one of their many authentic forays into country music territory.

There’s also a chance to see two numbers from the band’s famous Marquee Club show of March 26, 1971. Other features of the Super Deluxe Edition include a beautiful 120 page hardback book complete with real zip, featuring new liner notes and many rare and unseen photographs from the era plus a print, postcard set and more.

The welcome reappearance of ‘Sticky Fingers’ will not only restate the pre-eminence of this album landmark, but add even greater distinction to perhaps the greatest catalogue in rock music.

Sticky Fingers is available to pre order now. Pre orders placed on iTunes for Deluxe and Super Deluxe versions will receive an instant download of a previously unreleased, acoustic version of ‘Wild Horses‘. The track is also available to download and stream. Watch the lyric video here.

Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman’s “Big Band” Painting

Annual Jazz Appreciation Celebration Includes Displays and Concerts

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of American History will launch the celebration with a special announcement of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation‘s donation of a $2.5 million endowment towards the expansion of jazz programming. Through its incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Smithsonian Big Jazz Painting 2004: Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman's "Big Band" Painting (PRNewsFoto/Smithsonian's National Museum of)

Smithsonian Big Jazz Painting 2004: Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman’s “Big Band” Painting (PRNewsFoto/Smithsonian’s National Museum of)

Artist LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) was best known for colorful paintings and illustrations that presented scenes of sports and entertainment. Among his work is a distinctive body of paintings of American jazz legends and music of the 1950s to 1960s. He established the LeRoy Neiman Foundation in 1986 and donated more than$20 million to art institutions, and his legacy continues with financial support to the museum’s jazz programming, including today’s donation.

In addition, the foundation is donating Neiman’s painting, “Big Band,” an epic jazz painting he considered as one of the greatest in his career. The painting is 9-by-13 feet and features 18 iconic jazz musicians, and it will be unveiled just inside of the museum’s Constitution Avenue entrance.

On the site of this new installation, the museum will develop the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe on the first floor of the museum by the Constitution Avenue entrance. Designed to be a permanent space to celebrate the museum’s jazz collections, visitors will be welcomed by Neiman’s “Big Band,” as they enter. A second phase of renovations, slated to open this fall, will include a newly redesigned interior and iconic jazz visuals from the museum’s jazz collections and JAM-related materials.

The museum will announce its new five-year plan for jazz programming, made possible by the Neiman Foundation gift, and the detailed calendar of jazz activities for April 2015, including a special performance in commemoration of Billy Strayhorn‘s centennial by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the museum’s big band in residence. The National Museum of American History is home to unparalleled jazz collections, including 100,000 pages of Ellington’s unpublished music, John Coltrane‘s saxophone, and Fitzgerald’s famous red dress. The 17-member SJMO, led by conductor and artistic director Charlie Young, explores the jazz masters who shaped the development of American jazz and defined is character.

As part of the JAM 2015 kickoff, the museum will also receive several other significant acquisitions, including the upright bass and archives of jazz musician and double bassist, Ray Brown, who is known for his work with Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and others. In addition, the museum will receive the complete collection of the prodigious jazz photographer, Duncan Schiedt, as well as a print of the iconic Ella in Flight poster, also by Neiman.

This year’s JAM includes an array of programs in venues around Washington, D.C., exploring the themes of “Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn’s Centennial” and risk-taking in jazz. Highlights include the March 31Are Americans Risk-Takers?” conversation featuring 2015 Latin Jazz Grammy-award winner Arturo O’Farrill and the April 11 concert “Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn’s Centennial” by the SJMO. To download the museum’s complete schedule of events for JAM, visit: www.smithsonianjazz.org

In addition to numerous free performances, visitors to the museum will also be able to view two rarely seen objects featured in the museum’s first-floor Artifact Walls near the Neiman painting: Gene Krupa‘s bass drum and Duke Ellington‘s Wurlitzer electric traveling piano.

In addition to the lead sponsor for JAM 2015, LeRoy Neiman Foundation, additional funding is provided through a generous annual donation by the Argus Fund and continued support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. JAM at the museum is supported by a diverse group of organizations, corporations and federal agencies through outreach, financial and in-kind support. The museum launched JAM in 2001 to pay tribute to jazz as a living and historic art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries.

Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works

SHOES.COM today announced its second original footwear and accessories line, Hardy Design Works, an collection which will be available exclusively on SHOES.COM and OnlineShoes.com. This announcement comes just four months after the company debuted its first original line of footwear and accessories, PIKA. This new line is perfect for every occasion, whether you’re looking for looking for fashionable styles for the resort or your next favorite pair of boardroom chic pumps. The line will expand with further new styles set to arrive for Fall 2015.

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works: An exclusive Line of Men's and Women's Shoes and Accessories (PRNewsFoto/SHOES.COM)

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works: An exclusive Line of Men’s and Women’s Shoes and Accessories (PRNewsFoto/SHOES.COM)

Roger Hardy and his wife, Jenny, created Hardy Design Works as a joint venture that blends their shared interests in fashion and style. With Jenny’s keen eye for trends and experience in the fashion industry and Roger’s e-commerce expertise, starting with footwear and expanding to bags and accessories came to them naturally. Dedicated to a vision of style that commands attention, Hardy Design Works is a luxury lifestyle brand inspired by forward-thinking design with a touch of heritage. With a passion for the smallest of details, Roger and Jenny work together to create beautifully constructed shoes, accessories and bags that convey confidence andbg-women-hero style. Alongside the trademark Hardy tartan and crest, which were inspired by Roger’s family history, clean design and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the brand. Offering a range of luxury products for the contemporary man and woman, these sophisticated styles are ideal for all social occasions. Released seasonally, each collection features a unique blend of classic styles, modern silhouettes and coveted materials.

The Hardy Design Works Spring product line offers 23 styles for both men and women. The shoes and accessories are designed for consumers seeking the highest quality materials on a classic style featuring a modern silhouette. With a signature blue shoe sole and the Hardy family crest, styles available at launch include classic women’s pump the York ($110 retail), women’s gladiator sandal the Hoxton ($145 retail), and the croc-embossed men’s Ashford loafer ($145 retail).

Our SHOES.COM customers love fashion-forward shoes that are high quality while not breaking the bank. With the Hardy Design Works line, we can offer customers both – current, on-trend styles that feature the same quality found in much more expensive shoes,” said Roger Hardy, CEO of SHOES.COM.  “Similar to our approach developing PIKA, our first original product line, we focused not only on the aesthetic of the line and the look of each individual shoe, but also on the quality of materials. We want to produce high quality shoes that look great, and will provide a comfortable fit that will last for many seasons to come.”

To check out the newest Hardy Design Works styles, visit SHOES.COM or HardyDesignWorks.com

UNICEF Launches New Kid Power Program, Empowering American Youth to Get Active and Save Lives around the World

Using the World’s First “Wearable-for-Good,” Elementary School Students in Boston, Dallas and New York will Embark on a 30-Day Challenge with the Help of their Mayors, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, The Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the launch of UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative child health initiative that encourages elementary school-age kids in the United States to get physically active in order to help save the lives of their peers in developing countries. Kicking off in New York, Boston and Dallas in March 2015, the month-long initiative will leverage the power of technology together with movement-based curriculum and activities to promote fitness among American students. Kid Power will simultaneously help UNICEF—the world’s largest purchaser and distributor of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food—provide lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children around the world.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  (Top L-R) Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, Kimberly Chandler, president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and elementary school students at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF) *** Local Caption *** Tyson Chandler; Caryl Stern; Kimberly Chandler; Mike Rawlings

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: (Top L-R) Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, Kimberly Chandler, president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and elementary school students at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF) 

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  Elementary school students getting active with UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: Elementary school students getting active with UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF‘s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  Elementary school students getting active with (top L-R) president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, principal Linda Espericueta, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and Kimberly Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: Elementary school students getting active with (top L-R) president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, principal Linda Espericueta, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and Kimberly Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

 

UNICEF Kid Power is sponsored by the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and backed by Mayors Bill de Blasio (New York), Marty Walsh (Boston) and Mike Rawlings (Dallas), and supported by local sports teams and players including the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks. Over the course of the 30-day program, sports teams will encourage kids to stay active by cheering them on with classroom visits, recognizing the young philanthropists at home games and more.

Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of five globally. By putting children first, we believe we can reach a day when no child dies of a cause we know how to prevent,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern. “I can’t think of a better motivator for kids to get active than the fact that they’re helping save lives. We’re grateful to the cities of New York, Boston and Dallas, their sports teams and all the teachers, students and parents who are getting involved in helping malnourished children get the treatment they need to survive.”

Beginning in March, some 10,000 participating elementary school students will monitor their physical activity with UNICEF Kid Power fitness bands that displays the number of steps taken and number of points earned. Program supporters will convert students’ points into monetary donations toward the purchase of therapeutic food. A full day of physical activity—12,000 steps—will translate into five Kid Power Points. Every five Kid Power Points earned will convert to one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a specially-designed protein and vitamin-rich peanut paste that is used to save the lives of children with severe acute malnutrition, a deadly condition if left untreated.  The UNICEF Kid Power program also includes in-classroom curriculum and educational activities focused on childhood malnutrition.

Through UNICEF Kid Power, children are learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and, at the same time, how good it can feel to give back to others,” said UNICEF Ambassador and Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler. “I’m excited to be part of a program that’s bringing positive change not only to kids in Dallas and other U.S. cities, but to children in need all around the world.”

The three-city launch follows a successful four-week pilot program this past October in Sacramento, where nearly 900 students, teachers and teaching assistants at six schools tested the potential of UNICEF Kid Power with the support of the Sacramento Kings and Mayor Kevin Johnson. According to an assessment by independent evaluators, school kids engaged in the program were 55 percent more active than those not participating in the initiative. UNICEF Kid Power participants in Sacramento also earned enough therapeutic food packets for 473 severely malnourished children to complete a full course of treatment. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF aims to launch UNICEF Kid Power in additional cities in the Fall of 2015 and into 2016.

Severe acute malnutrition is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. Until recently, severely malnourished children had to receive medical care and a therapeutic diet in a hospital setting. With the recent advent of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, large numbers of children who are severely malnourished can be treated successfully in their communities, which has the potential to transform the lives of millions of malnourished children.

In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to fund innovative programs that support the rights of children worldwide, and now their generous support has allowed the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to pursue this 21st century approach to global citizenship. For more information on UNICEF Kid Power, please visit www.unicefkidpower.org.

The New JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black Offers a Super Premium Bean-to-Cup Experience

The JURA GIGA 5, the award-winning model that created a luxurious new super-premium niche in automatic coffee centers, is now available in sophisticated Piano Black.  With the power of two grinders, two heating systems and two pumps, this machine provides an unprecedented range of coffee specialties and can even produce two coffee specialties at once. Offering a bean-to-cup experience that’s freshly ground, never capsuled, the GIGA 5 is unsurpassed in performance, design and perfection. It is pre-programmed with an expanded menu of 12 barista coffee specialties, including Irish coffee, Pepresso, Mango Lassi and White Cool.  Step-by-step instructions and color images on the large TFT color display screen make it intuitive and easy to operate.  The user can also select from a variety of coffee classics, such as espresso, cappuccino and latte macchiato, prepared perfectly one or two cups at a time at the touch of one button, without moving the cup.

JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

The GIGA 5 stands out for its powerful combination of two high-performance ceramic disc grinders that adjust electronically for precise, consistent grinding.  Fast and quiet as a whisper, they are virtually wear-free.  Adjustable Venti Ports work harmoniously with the electronic ventilation system to keep the machine at its optimal temperature. The GIGA 5 also features JURA‘s fine foam technology, for finely steamed milk or textured form with a long-lasting feather-like consistency. JURA offers a variety of automatic coffee centers, with actual retail prices ranging from $799 to $5,599. For more information, visit www.jura.com.

 

28 CHINESE: Exhibition Explodes Narrow Perspectives of Contemporary Art in China

This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture in San Francisco will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition 28 Chinese offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.

Boat, 2012, by Zhu Jinshi (Chinese, b. 1954). Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. (c) Zhu Jinshi, (c) ARS, New York. (PRNewsFoto/Asian Art Museum)

Boat, 2012, by Zhu Jinshi (Chinese, b. 1954). Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. (c) Zhu Jinshi, (c) ARS, New York. (PRNewsFoto/Asian Art Museum)

28 Chinese is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of China Art Foundation, Gorretti and Lawrence Lui, Silicon Valley Bank, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, and Nordstrom.

28 Chinese is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of exploration and research by art collectors Don and Mera Rubell. Between 2001 and 2012, the Rubells conducted six research trips to China, where they visited 100 artists’ studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi’an. The Rubells acquired artworks from 28 artists in a multiplicity of mediums, from painting and installation to photography and new media. Organized by guest curator Allison Harding, the Asian Art Museum’s presentation will be the first exhibition on the West Coast for many of these artists.

While artworks in 28 Chinese are only a sample of all that Chinese contemporary art has to offer, they represent a few of the most notable Chinese artists working today, as identified by two preeminent art collectors. A highlight of the exhibition is Zhu Jinshi’s monumental installation, Boat, which is 12 meters long, made from 8,000 sheets of paper commonly used in Chinese calligraphy and painting. Visitors will notice row upon row of carefully stacked paper overlapping bamboo rods suspended from the ceiling with cotton thread. Another highlight is a large scale painting by Li Shurui from her Light series—works that reproduce the look and feel of light in different environments, from arctic landscapes to nightclubs. The exhibition also features Ai Weiwei’s Table with Two Legs (2008), Xu Zhen’s embroidered canvases, He Xiangyu’s installation Cola Project (2009–2010), Qiu Zhijie’s Tattoo-2, (2000) and a screening room featuring a wide range of new video works, including Huang Ran’s Blithe Tragedy (2011) and Fang Lu’s Lovers Are Artists (Part One) (2012).

The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking

Following the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of 28 Chinese, the exhibition will travel to the San Antonio Museum of Art (Sept. 5, 2015–Jan. 4, 2016). The exhibition premiered in Miami at the Rubell Family Collection on Dec. 4, 2013 and was on view through Aug. 1, 2014.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. From Feb. 26 through Oct. 8, 2015, hours are extended on Thursdays until 9 PM. Closed Mondays, as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. General Admission: FREE for museum members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), college students with ID, and youths (13–17). FREE for children under 12 and SFUSD students with ID. General admission on Thursdays after 5 PM is $5 for all visitors (except those under 12, SFUSD students, and museum members, who are always admitted FREE). General admission is FREE to all on Target First Free Sundays (the first Sunday of every month). A surcharge may apply for admission to special exhibitions.

37th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award Winners Announced in Washington, D.C.

Conference Photos Credit Deb Lindsey Photography

This past weekend, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the winners of its highly-coveted awards, including the IACP Cookbook Awards, Bert Greene Awards (The Bert Greene Awards were first presented in 1991 to honor excellence in food journalism. The awards were named after Bert Greene (1923-1988), a nationally renowned cooking teacher, cookbook author, and syndicated food

Award Certificate Logo

Award Certificate Logo

columnist), Digital Media Awards (which honor excellence and trendsetters in both traditional and emerging communications technologies, including culinary blogs, video, audio, and other digital forms), Historical Cookbook AwardIACP Food Photography AwardsFirst Book: Julia Child Award, Special Cookbook Awards, Culinary Classics Awards and the IACP Special Recognition Awards at its 37th annual conference centered on the theme “Culinary Communications.” IACP award recipients are chosen through an intense judging process, with winners being acknowledged as trailblazers in the global culinary community. The awards were hosted by chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and television personality Curtis Stone.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is an organization–where culinary professionals can gain the skills and connections to get good work and do it well– and is committed to excellence in all aspects of communication by the culinary industry, including journalism, publishing, digital media, visual media, marketing communications, and teaching. One of its greatest resource is its multi-faceted membership, which includes writers, bloggers, photographers, stylists, marketers, chefs, restaurateurs, nutritionists, and academics, as well as its culture of support and connectivity.

Circle logo_IACPlrgThe 2015 conference assembled culinary thought leaders to the eclectic food scene of Washington, D.C. Food media, cookbook authors, chefs, dietitians, food photographers, food marketers, food stylists, bloggers, culinary tourism experts, educators, and farmers gathered to connect, learn, and share their career and personal journeys in their collective love for food. This unique meeting of the food minds convenes annually providing unmatched educational sessions, culinary tours, cooking classes, and networking opportunities. (The 2016 IACP Conference is planned for Los Angeles from April 1-3, and a call for educational session proposals will be issued in the coming months.)

This year’s winners include cookbook authors Christopher Kostow (Cookbook of the Year, presented by Cuisinart) and Sean Brock (First Book: Julia Child Award, presented by KitchenAid) and popular print publications and websites such as Food & Wine Magazine, Fine Cooking Magazine, EatingWell, Bon Appétit, and Food52. (For a complete listing of all award winners, see below.)

IACP Conference - Sunday Cookbook and Media Awards were hosted by chef Curtis Stone. (Conference Photos Credit: Deb Lindsey Photography)

IACP Conference – Sunday Cookbook and Media Awards were hosted by chef Curtis Stone.

A highlight for this year’s conference has been celebrating Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday. A culinary pioneer and original founder of IACP, Jacques Pépin was honored by IACP with the event, “80 Cakes for Jacques Pépin,” which featured 80 birthday cakes contributed by some of the world’s leading chefs, tastemakers, and organizations. The cakes were then auctioned off to support IACP’s philanthropic arm, The Culinary Trust. More than $8,000 was raised for the trust, including a generous donation by Chef Andrés. Pastry Chef Jacques Torres prepared and served chef Pépin’s favorite “Jacques Torres Oreo Cake” for attendees, and numerous celebrity chefs and culinary luminaries shared toast after toast.

IACP Conference - Sunday Cookbook and Media awards: Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine Executive Food Editor, accepts multiple awards for the magazine including Publication of the Year.

IACP Conference – Sunday Cookbook and Media awards: Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine Executive Food Editor, accepts multiple awards for the magazine including Publication of the Year.

IACP Conference - Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Chefs toast Jacques Pepin who joined via Skype.

IACP Conference – Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Chefs toast Jacques Pepin who joined via Skype.

IACP Conference - Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Main display cake --Jacques Torres Oreo cake.

IACP Conference – Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Main display cake –Jacques Torres Oreo cake.

We’re excited to honor and celebrate our 2015 award winners – they represent the food and culinary community’s best in class,” said Meredith Deeds, Chief Executive Officer of IACP. “This year’s conference has been an overwhelming success with inspiring speakers, top-notch sessions, and a constant flow of festive events and activities including multiple toasts for Jacques Pépin’s 80(th) birthday with an ’80 Cakes’ party. Additionally, acclaimed chef and culinary innovator José Andrés provided a motivating keynote presentation on embracing good causes and making strides to improve food quality.” Continue reading

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW PRESENTS ART IN BLOOM

Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase an Art History Inspired Floral Spectacular In New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 – SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015

Art is presently sprouts from fabulous flora as the annual Macy’s Flower Show, returns to celebrate the renewal of spring. Blooming in dramatic fashion, the multicolored splendor takes root at five Macy’s flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, Center City in Philadelphia, State Street in Chicago, Downtown Minneapolis and Union Square in San Francisco. From now through Saturday, April 4, 2015, Art in2015FlowerShowLogo_ALL Bloom, the theme of this year’s spectacle, will take spectators into a multi-dimensional floral wonderland featuring incredibly landscaped gardens that celebrate the deep connection between art and nature.

For more than 65 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. Native to many different climates, the show features a host of flora blooming in unison, in a presentation that crosses ecological boundaries. Taking root in unexpected settings including store countertops, specially designed architecture and even full-scale auditorium presentations, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in unique fashion at each of the five locations nationwide. Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

“Lush foliage and beautifully designed gardens celebrating artistic styles and eras bring Art in Bloom to life for this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Enveloped by rich color and dramatic landscaping, spectators will be in for a breathtaking trip through art history as they step into our imaginative gardens,” said Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of Macy’s Flower Show.
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This year, the showcase begins as spectators are welcomed by a stunning re-interpretation of the famed David sculpture in a garden inspired by the Pop Art movement. Serving as the centerpiece of this avant garde floral exhibition, the Renaissance era sculpture will incorporate pixel mapping projection technology to bring David to the new millennium. From impressionism and cubism to abstract displays, various art styles will guide the landscaping of Macy’s Flower Show creating a one-of-a kind, striking floral tour de force.

In addition to serving as Macy’s official celebration for the start of the spring season, Macy’s Flower Show is also the prime setting for some of the nation’s most renowned floral and entertaining designers. These décor masters each bring to life a fan favorite – a rotating wonder called the “Bouquet of the Day.” These singular floral creations to be showcased in the New York, Chicago and San Francisco shows are out-of-this-world centerpieces that interpret the theme of the show through the lens of each designer’s unique aesthetic. The Macy’s Flower Show is also the perfect backdrop for two weeks of in-store special events including fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and special appearances.

New this year, the Macy’s Flower Show allows spectators to become floral artistes when they download the specially created Artista Impresso by JixiPix app. Available for iOS and Android devices, the Artista Impresso photo app transforms Flower Show snapshots into stroke filled impressionist masterpieces. Designed with the user in mind, Artista Impresso allows visitors to customize their image from a host of impressionist styles. The app will be available to purchase for 99 cents, for a limited time only during the Flower Show’s run. Artistes in training can find the link to download on macys.com/flowershow.

Macy’s glorious spring tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners JixiPix and Royal Caribbean International, the cruise line voted “Best in the Caribbean” and “Best Overall,” 12-years running by Travel Weekly. Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship will set sail from the New York area this November to the Caribbean where visitors can experience some of the flowers featured in Macy’s Flower Show in their natural habitats.  Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis is produced in partnership with Bachman’s. For additional information about these events contact the hotline at (212) 494-4495, or visitwww.macys.com/flowershow.

Bellagio Las Vegas Celebrates Japanese Culture with Vibrant Spring Conservatory Display and Art Installation by Renowned Sculptor Masatoshi Izumi

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

A burly turtle made of thousands of fresh-cut flowers rests next to an 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves.

The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites guests  and other visitors to Las Vegas to take a peaceful journey through the Japan’’s rich culture with its first Japanese-inspired display (a collaboration between Bellagio’s expert horticulture team and MGM Resorts International Event Productions with consultation from Master Gardener Kanji Nomura from Nagoya). Pairing the soothing aesthetics of Japan’s traditional gardens with Bellagio’s striking grandeur; the new display boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers and larger-than-life floral creations. Among the thousands of flowers, including fresh tulips, daffodils and snapdragons, guests will discover traditional bonsai trees nestled among recreations of some of Japan’s most iconic landmarks. Adding to the charming atmosphere, live musicians perform Japanese melodies on a floating platform. On view through May 11, the Japanese Garden will culminate with Golden Week, a national celebration in Japan recognizing several significant holidays including Constitution Day, Children’s Day and Greenery Day. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day.

The West Garden is a sacred scene featuring a 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. Resting on the shore of peaceful waters, the regal temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

A 26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple is elaborately arrayed in gold veneer featuring wood frames with traditional rice paper Shoji screens.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

Nestled among raked, golden sand, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

The Japanese-inspired garden boasts a vibrant collection of more than 82,000 flowers, including 12 types of tulips.

In the East Garden, guests are greeted by a towering, 18-foot-tall cherry blossom tree, gracefully adorned with 300 acrylic blossoms and leaves. At the foot of the tree, 75 live Koi fish enjoy the refreshing waters of a tranquil pond, while a cascading tsukubai waterfall flows from16 feet above. Two ornate floral topiaries showcase a combined 15,000 fresh-cut flowers: one, a majestic crane standing six feet tall and the other, a burly turtle stretching seven feet in length. These botanical animals enjoy shade offered by a colorful parade of 35 hand-painted parasols, each exquisitely decorated and suspended in midair.

Nestled among raked, golden sand in the South Garden, a traditional Japanese-inspired tea house invites guests to take in the splendor of the exhibit. Custom built using bamboo pieces, natural logs and mineral copper accents, the 12-foot-tall structure celebrates Japan’s ancient tradition of drinking tea.

In the North Bed, just steps from the tea house, is a hanging garden of Wisteria and Bougainvillea vines. Abstract stone art rests below, each representing different Japanese cultural icons such as Mount Fuji, the crane and turtle. Stone lanterns are placed within this serene setting, illuminating the garden and contributing to its reflective ambiance.

Springtime in Japan is truly breathtaking and we are excited to share this extraordinary cultural experience with our guests from around the world,” said Randy Morton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bellagio. “After traveling more than 5,000 miles to study gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto, our horticulture and design teams created a dynamic interpretation of Japan’s enchanting spring season, featuring many of the culture’s most recognizable elements.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Renowned Japanese stone sculptor Masatoshi Izumi stands with his A Gift From the Earth installation now featured at Bellagio.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Masatoshi Izumi’s A Gift From the Earth is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures – Wind, Fire, Water and Land – each representing one of Earth’s four elements.

Continuing the celebration of Japanese culture, the Bellagio has also unveils a striking new art installation handcrafted by renowned Japanese sculptor Masatoshi Izumi just outside of the hotel’s main entrance. The installation, A Gift From the Earth, is comprised of four distinct stone sculptures, Wind, Fire, Water and Land, each representing one of Earth’s four elements. Meticulously hand carved from basalt over the course of 18 months, each sculpture weighs between 17,000 and 27,000 pounds. Basalt, a form of lava that has cooled on the volcano’s surface, is frequently found in Japanese art as it represents the origins of the island nation.

Izumi was born into a family of stone carvers in Japan and began working on his own craft in 1953. His work celebrates harmony with nature by taking existing forms and altering them slightly to reveal an even more beautiful state. Izumi’s work has been showcased around the world in Japan, Taiwan, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas where “CACTUS Life – living with Earth” has been part of the iconic CityCenter Fine Art Collection since the hotel’s opening in 2009.

Art and culture are integral to the Bellagio experience, with original works throughout the resort, in addition to rotating exhibits at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of MGM Resorts Fine Art Collection. “The Izumi installation is a tremendous addition to this experience and is a beautiful representation of the authentic art forms within the Japanese culture.”

Celebrate the new season with PANDORA Jewelry and the Spring 2015 Collection featuring pieces inspired by nature. The affordable luxury brand blooms with elegant pieces paying tribute to the symbol of transformation: the butterfly.

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The collection consists of statement pieces that capture the ethereal movements of a butterfly in flight. The asymmetric, abstract butterfly statement ring and pendant necklace feature glittering micro-set cubic zirconia set in sterling silver, accentuating the beauty and sophistication of the butterfly. The necklace can be styled in three different lengths to accessorize any look.

Tiny, delicate butterfly studs with dazzling stones in sterling silver or 14K gold add a touch of simple elegance to any spring occasion. Complete the look with the Fluttering Butterflies charm added to a bangle bracelet; it is available in light-pink enamel or shimmering pave and features delicate cutout detail.

Spring calls for subtle sophistication when accessorizing an outfit. You can style your spring outfit with a bracelet or a necklace chain with the Sparkling Butterfly dangle charm in sterling silver or PANDORA Rose(TM), featuring 92 clear stones set in a whimsical rose-pink hue, perfectly capturing the spirit of spring. The Spring Collection is now available in stores. To locate an authorized retailer or view the entire collection, visit www.pandora.net.

2015 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards presented by Lexus. The nominees were announced today during a breakfast at the James Beard House in New York City, hosted by Susan Ungaro, James Beard Foundation president; executive vice-president, Mitchell Davis; Emily Luchetti, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees; and John Washko, trustee and chair of the Awards committee. The 2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards For books published in English in 2014. Winners will be announced on April 24, 2015. The winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee will be announced on April 24, 2015.

Nominees in 59 categories were announced in the Foundation’s various awards programs, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Book, Broadcast and Journalism. In addition, previously announced special achievement award honorees were highlighted, including Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, Who’s Who, and the America’s Classics.

 

Multiple James Beard Award–winning TV host, author, and chef Alton Brown will host the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards presented by Lexus. The highly anticipated James Beard Awards ceremony and gala reception will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. On Friday, April 24, 2015, Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, will host the annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will be open to the public, and hand out awards for the Restaurant and Chef including America’s Classics and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

A native of Nashville, Hall’s food journey began at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, after returning from a trip throughout Europe that awakened her passion for food. Upon completing her culinary training, she went on to work as a sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington D.C. and later served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club. Hall’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and southern upbringing, both of which she has carried through to her artisan cookie company, Carla Hall Petite Cookies, as well as her restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, slated to open in New York City later this year.

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees are:

2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Winners will be announced on May 4, 2015

Outstanding Chef Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters Presented to a working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

Rising Star Chef of the Year Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Tanya Baker, Boarding House, Chicago

Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia

Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Washington, D.C.

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME

Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Jonathon Sawyer, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL

Erling Wu-Bower,

Nico Osteria, Chicago

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia

Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia

Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

 

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Justin Carlisle, Ardent, Milwaukee

Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, ME

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Marco Canora, Hearth

Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, Carbone

Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Anita Lo, Annisa

Ignacio Mattos, Estela

Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, PR

Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe, NM

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef

A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.

Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC

Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water Presented to a restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL

Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC

Per Se, NYC

The Spotted Pig, NYC

Outstanding Restaurateur

Presented to a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco (Michael Mina, RN74, Bourbon Steak, and others)

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen, and Cindy’s Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden, Serpico, and others)

Best New Restaurant Presented by True Refrigeration® – Presented to a restaurant opened in 2014 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Bâtard, NYC

Central Provisions, Portland, ME

Cosme, NYC

Parachute, Chicago

Petit Trois, Los Angeles

The Progress, San Francisco

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Outstanding Baker

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston

Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco

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NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND HIS JEWISH CONTEMPORARIES

Samuel Alschuler, a Jewish photographer lent Lincoln his own velvet-trimmed coat for this photo taken in Urbana, Illinois, on April 25, 1858, just as Lincoln would begin his Senate campaign against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln would again sit for Alschuler two years later, after he was elected president.

Samuel Alschuler, a Jewish photographer lent Lincoln his own velvet-trimmed coat for this photo taken in Urbana, Illinois, on April 25, 1858, just as Lincoln would begin his Senate campaign against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln would again sit for Alschuler two years later, after he was elected president.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the New-York Historical Society will present the exhibition Lincoln and the Jews, on view March 20 through June 7, 2015. Through several never-before-exhibited original writings by Lincoln and his Jewish contemporaries, the exhibition will bring to light Lincoln’s little-known relationship with the Jewish community and its lasting implications for Lincoln, for America, and for Jews. The exhibition is inspired by the publication of Lincoln and the Jews: A History (Thomas Dunne Books, March 2015), by Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, and Benjamin Shapell, founder of The Shapell Manuscript Foundation.

Lincoln’s close friend, Abraham Jonas, was a Jewish lawyer in Quincy, Illinois whom Lincoln first met in 1843. Jonas was a staunch supporter of Lincoln throughout their more than two decades of friendship. The correspondence between the two men demonstrates their personal, professional, and political closeness, and in 1860 Lincoln said of Jonas that he was “one of my most valued friends.”

Lincoln’s close friend, Abraham Jonas, was a Jewish lawyer in Quincy, Illinois whom Lincoln first met in 1843. Jonas was a staunch supporter of Lincoln throughout their more than two decades of friendship. The correspondence between the two men demonstrates their personal, professional, and political closeness, and in 1860 Lincoln said of Jonas that he was “one of my most valued friends.”

Abraham Jonas, a close friend of Lincoln's (a Jewish lawyer from Illinois), warns Lincoln of a plot to assassinate him before Inauguration Day. Jonas had sons living in the South, and he received word from them of the rumors to kill Lincoln. The warnings did not go unheeded: Lincoln was smuggled into Washington, arriving in the dead of night ten days before the Inauguration.

Abraham Jonas, a close friend of Lincoln’s (a Jewish lawyer from Illinois), warns Lincoln of a plot to assassinate him before Inauguration Day. Jonas had sons living in the South, and he received word from them of the rumors to kill Lincoln. The warnings did not go unheeded: Lincoln was smuggled into Washington, arriving in the dead of night ten days before the Inauguration.

Presented in collaboration with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, the exhibition will premiere at the New-York Historical Society before traveling to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Ann Meyerson, independent museum curator, under the leadership of Benjamin Shapell. Harold Holzer, the Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, serves as Chief Historical Advisor.

Lincoln and the Jews will illustrate how America changed as its Jewish population surged from 3,000 to 150,000, and how Abraham Lincoln, more than any of his predecessors, changed America in order to accelerate acceptance of Jews as part of the mosaic of American life. Showcasing more than 80 artifacts documenting the connection between Lincoln and Jews – including letters, official appointments, pardons, and personal notes, as well as Bibles, paintings and Judaica – Lincoln and the Jews will trace the events in Lincoln’s life through the lens of his Jewish friends, such as his fellow lawyer and politician Abraham Jonas and his enigmatic chiropodist (podiatrist) and confidant Issachar Zacharie, as well as Lincoln’s profound interest in and connection to the Old Testament. The exhibition will paint a portrait of a politician and president who worked for the inclusion of Jews as equals in America – a leader truly committed to “malice toward none.”

Painting titled: The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln, by Alonzo Chappel, 1868. Oil on canvas. This painting depicts President Lincoln on his deathbed surrounded by a large group of people including Robert Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, Henry Rathbone, Edwin Stanton, and Andrew Johnson. Artist and engraver John B. Bachelder of Washington, D.C., arranged for everyone who visited the dying president to have their photographs taken at Mathew Brady’s studio. From those images, Bachelder created a design for a monumental painting and hired Alonzo Chappel to complete the canvas: A Jewish doctor at Lincoln’s deathbed: Alonzo Chappel’s famous 1867 painting depicts the ten-by-fifteen-foot room in which Lincoln lay dying as large enough to be filled with almost as many doctors who later claimed to be there. Of the nine actually in attendance, Dr. Charles Liebermann, a Russian-born Jewish ophthalmologist and a leading Washington physician, is prominently featured here, gazing intently at the president. Lierbermann had attended at Lincoln’s deathbed throughout the nine-hour coma.

Painting titled: The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln, by Alonzo Chappel, 1868. Oil on canvas. This painting depicts President Lincoln on his deathbed surrounded by a large group of people including Robert Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, Henry Rathbone, Edwin Stanton, and Andrew Johnson. Artist and engraver John B. Bachelder of Washington, D.C., arranged for everyone who visited the dying president to have their photographs taken at Mathew Brady’s studio. From those images, Bachelder created a design for a monumental painting and hired Alonzo Chappel to complete the canvas: A Jewish doctor at Lincoln’s deathbed: Alonzo Chappel’s famous 1867 painting depicts the ten-by-fifteen-foot room in which Lincoln lay dying as large enough to be filled with almost as many doctors who later claimed to be there. Of the nine actually in attendance, Dr. Charles Liebermann, a Russian-born Jewish ophthalmologist and a leading Washington physician, is prominently featured here, gazing intently at the president. Lierbermann had attended at Lincoln’s deathbed throughout the nine-hour coma.

The exhibition is designed to move visitors chronologically through Lincoln’s life, beginning with items and documents from before his presidential inauguration and ending with his untimely death in 1865. Lincoln’s relationship with Abraham Jonas, a Jewish member of the Illinois State Legislature whom Lincoln called “one of my most valued friends,” will be explored in the show, with an 1860 letter on view from Jonas that warns of an assassination plot before Lincoln’s first inauguration, rumors of which Jonas learned from his extended family in the South. Also on display is the illustration of a Hebrew flag that Abraham Kohn, a leader of the Jewish community in Chicago, bestowed upon then-president-elect Lincoln shortly before his departure from Springfield for his inauguration in Washington. Quoting the Book of Joshua, it urged Lincoln to “Be strong and of a good courage… Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Lincoln often took unpopular stands in defense of Jews and Judaism, and the exhibition explores Lincoln’s two most important wartime interactions with the Jewish community. One was his role in amending the chaplaincy law so that Jews and other non-Christians might serve as chaplains; he also appointed the first-ever Jewish military chaplains in the United States. The other was his countermanding of General Ulysses S. Grant’s notorious General Orders No. 11 that expelled “Jews as a class” from the territory then under his command. Lincoln had the order revoked as soon as he learned of it, explaining that he did “not like to hear a class or nationality condemned on account of a few sinners.” Lincoln also supported the promotion and decoration of Jewish Civil War soldiers. On view in the exhibition will be dueling pistols presented to the Civil War hero Edward S. Salomon by the Citizens of Cook County, Illinois in 1867. Salomon led the so-called “Jewish Company” from Illinois and was commended for his battlefield bravery, exhibited at the Battle of Gettysburg and beyond.

Carte-de-visite of Issachar Zacharie. The Shapell Manuscript Collection

Carte-de-visite of Issachar Zacharie. The Shapell Manuscript Collection

Issachar Zacharie came highly recommended to treat Lincoln’s feet after shrewdly amassing a host of testimonials, mostly from leading politicians and generals. Yet Zacharie was not shy about requesting and accumulating more, even from the president, who, in the historic week that followed Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history, and the week in which Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet, wrote no less than three testimonials for the Jewish chiropodist. Lincoln attested to Zacharie’s skill in treating his feet, and in one, refers to “what plain people called backache,” alluding to his own humble origins and years of hard labor. Within months, Zacharie would become emissary to the Jewish community in Union-occupied New Orleans.

Issachar Zacharie came highly recommended to treat Lincoln’s feet after shrewdly amassing a host of testimonials, mostly from leading politicians and generals. Yet Zacharie was not shy about requesting and accumulating more, even from the president, who, in the historic week that followed Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history, and the week in which Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet, wrote no less than three testimonials for the Jewish chiropodist. Lincoln attested to Zacharie’s skill in treating his feet, and in one, refers to “what plain people called backache,” alluding to his own humble origins and years of hard labor. Within months, Zacharie would become emissary to the Jewish community in Union-occupied New Orleans.

In 1862, just as he was preparing to deliver the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet, Lincoln was treated by podiatrist Issachar Zacharie, who soon became a close confidant. Lincoln entrusted Zacharie with several secret missions, even sending him to New Orleans to promote pro-Union sentiments among his Jewish “countrymen.” Zacharie also worked to win Jewish voters to Lincoln’s side in the 1864 election. In return, when Savannah was restored to the Union, he sought Lincoln’s permission to visit his family there. In a remarkable 1865 letter bluntly titled “About Jews,” which is on view in the exhibition, Lincoln instructed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to grant passage for Zacharie. He also ordered a hearing for a dismissed Jewish provost marshall (head of the military police) whom, he wrote, “has suffered for us & served us well.” In an era when anti-Semitism was commonplace, Lincoln openly sided with these Jews, against the advice of his Secretary of War. Continue reading

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES LEGENDARY PORTRAITIST IN THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY: THE ART OF AL HIRSCHFELD

Laurel and Hardy Ink, watercolor, collage wallpaper sample, and photograph, 1928 Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Laurel and Hardy
Ink, watercolor, collage wallpaper sample, and photograph, 1928
Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Acclaimed portraitist Al Hirschfeld (1903–2003) immortalized celebrities and Broadway productions with his iconic linear calligraphic drawings for nine decades, establishing himself as one of the most important contemporary portrait artists. This spring, the New-York Historical Society will present The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld, on view from May 22 through October 12, 2015, honoring the renowned portraitist whose work documented the performing arts in the 20th century. Organized by Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and guest curated by David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, the exhibition will feature more than 100 original drawings, from the artist’s early work for Hollywood studios to his last drawings for The New York Times.

2000 Academy Award Nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress [Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me, Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Allen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, Ed Harris in Pollock, Geoffrey Rush in Quills, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, Joan Allen in The Contender, Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls, Juliette Binoche in Chocolat], 2001 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

2000 Academy Award Nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress [Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me, Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Allen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, Ed Harris in Pollock, Geoffrey Rush in Quills, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, Joan Allen in The Contender, Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls, Juliette Binoche in Chocolat], 2001
Ink on board. Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Self portrait, 1985 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Self portrait, 1985, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ella Fitzgerald, 1993 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ella Fitzgerald, 1993, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Known by many as “the Line King,” Al Hirschfeld was widely considered one of the most important figures in contemporary drawing and caricature. Celebrities considered it an honor to be “Hirschfelded” and his drawings brought the energy and exuberance of Broadway to the page. The exhibition will feature classic portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Carol Channing, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Fonda and Ringo Starr, as well as cast drawings from such landmark productions as Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and The Glass Menagerie. Also on view will be selections from the artist’s sketchbooks, ephemera, and related videos.

Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha, 1977 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha, 1977, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Visitors to The Hirschfeld Century will explore the artist’s career chronologically, beginning with his pre-caricature days at Selznick Pictures in the early 1920s to his last works in theater, film, television, music and dance in 2002. A video showing Hirschfeld’s working process, from inception to completion, will also be on view.

Among the highlights is a 1928 drawing for MGM depicting the fledgling comedy team Laurel and Hardy in a bed with a brightly colored blanket, ingeniously made from a collage of wallpaper samples. An image of actress Ruby Keeler from No, No Nanette (1971) captures the wild energy of the 60-year old actress in her comeback role, enthusiastically tap dancing with arms and legs a-blur. Portraits of more recent stage legends like Jerry Orbach (in 42nd Street, 1980) and Sandra Bernhard (in I’m Still Here… Damn It!, 1998) evoke their big personalities with sparing lines.

Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street, 1980 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street, 1980, Ink on board, Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Sandra Bernhard in I’m Still Here...Damn It!, 1998 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Sandra Bernhard in I’m Still Here…Damn It!, 1998, Ink on board. Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ruby Keeler in No, No Nanette, 1971 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ruby Keeler in No, No Nanette, 1971, Ink on board
Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Nina’s Revenge, 1966 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Nina’s Revenge, 1966, Ink on board
Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

When his daughter Nina was born in late 1945, Hirschfeld began to hide her name in the designs of his drawings, creating a hide-and-seek game for his viewers that Hirschfeld called “a national insanity.” Visitors to the exhibition can continue the search, but might initially be stumped by Nina’s Revenge (1966)–until they realize that her curly hair and folds of her clothes contain her proud parents’ names (“Al” and “Dolly”). Continue reading

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary with Spectacular Venues in Downtown Manhattan

Opening Night Gala at Cipriani Wall Street and Industry Invitational at the Newly Opened Pier A Harbor House, May 16-19, 2015

New Team Takes the Reins of the Four-Day Festival to Amplify Its Offerings and Engage the Wider Hospitality Sector and Beyond

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC), New York’s legendary multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture, today announces its move downtown with new festival venues as it prepares to celebrate its sixth anniversary. The much-anticipated Opening Night Gala (usually held at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue) will be held at the iconic Cipriani Wall Street on Saturday, May 16, 2015 and the trade-oriented, Industry Invitational will take place Monday, May 18 in the newly opened Pier A Harbor House overlooking New York Harbor in Battery Park. (Tickets will go on sale soon at www.manhattancocktailclassic.com.)

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Part festival, part fete, part conference, part cocktail party, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC) is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With a wide range of events– parties, pairings, dinners, dances, workshops, lectures, tiki-tours and bar crawls–spread across four days and multiple boroughs, the MCC offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event” and is produced by Cocktail Classic Productions LLC. Most of these events and activities are conceptualized and organized independently by brands, both large and small, as well as craft bartenders and cocktail luminaries. Ticket prices vary by event, but typically range from $25 to $295.

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening night Gala at The New York Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2013. Photography Credit: Gabi Porter

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening night Gala at The New York Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2013. Photography Credit: Gabi Porter

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra entertain guests in the Bartos Forum. Photography Credit: Filip Wolak

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra entertain guests in the Bartos Forum. Photography Credit: Filip Wolak

Located at 55 Wall St., The stunning Greek Revival masterpiece with its facade embellished by 12 towering ionic granite pillars will be transformed into New York’s most glamorous and exciting cocktail party for thousands of revelers. Built between 1836 and 1842, it originally housed the Merchants Exchange, the U.S. Customs House and National City Bank. Its Grand Ballroom is opulently designed and crowned by a vast dome. The building’s terraces overlooking Wall Street, its bi-level restaurant and library will also be devoted to the Gala. And for the first time ever, the Cipriani Club, a secret subterranean level complete with a barber shop, billiards room and screening room, will be open to gala attendees as part of the festive evening.

Leo Robitschek pours a classic Negroni at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Night Gala Photography Credit: Virginia Rollison

Leo Robitschek pours a classic Negroni at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Night Gala Photography Credit: Virginia Rollison

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THE ACADEMY EXPLORES ROBOTS, SCIENCE AND SUPERHEROES WITH “DECONSTRUCTING BIG HERO 6”

“Listen up! Use those big brains of yours to think your way around the problem! Look for a new angle!” –Hiro Hamada

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will examine the creative leaps and technical innovations that went into crafting “Big Hero 6,” this year’s Oscar® winner for Best Animated Feature Film, on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212) in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Academy governor Bill Kroyer. With special guests: directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli, visual effects supervisor Kyle Odermatt, head of animation Zach Parrish and director of cinematography lighting Adolph Lusinsky.

Big Hero 6 tells the story of fourteen-year-old science prodigy Hiro, who spends his time developing fighting robots for underground competitions until his older brother introduces him to an eccentric group of young inventors. When the talented misfits band together to fight a dangerous villain, they gain an unlikely ally: a gentle healthcare bot named Baymax.

When I was a kid, I loved Marvel comics. While working onWinnie the Pooh, I asked John Lasseter if I could explore the Marvel world for inspiration for my next film. I was encouraged to explore the Marvel vaults and one of the projects I found was calledBig Hero 6. I’d never heard of it, but I liked the title and its Japanese influences.” –Big Hero 6 director Don Hall

The filmmaking team, led by directors Hall and Williams and producer Conli, steered the Marvel source material in different directions while emphasizing that technology and intelligence are the “superpowers” of the story’s heroes. Research into the cutting edge of robot technology, particularly the soft robotics being developed at Carnegie Mellon University, led to the evolution of the film’s lovable healthcare android Baymax as well as Hiro’s microbots. The film’s animation team studied robots, human babies and a variety of animals to help refine Baymax’s awkward but appealing style of movement, finding their greatest inspiration in the waddle of baby penguins.

The creation of the film’s world was equally inventive and groundbreaking in the creative and technical realms. The team chose to set their emotional yet action-packed story in the hybrid city of “San Fransokyo,” incorporating Japanese elements into an unusually detailed and geographically precise reimagining of contemporary San Francisco. To bring this novel setting to cinematic life they incorporated state-of-the-art animation and computing technologies, making use of a cloud-based, 55,000-core supercomputer that was physically located in four separate geographic sites.

Disney’s brand-new Hyperion rendering system, a breakthrough in simulating complex and realistic lighting in computer animation, allowed “digital scouting” of an imaginary city with 83,000 buildings, 260,000 trees, 215,000 street lamps (of six different styles) and 100,000 vehicles. Meanwhile, the filmmakers used Denizen software to populate their story with approximately 700,000 distinct people, including 6,000 featured in the opening shot alone.

The evening will include film sequences and “making-of” clips alongside presentations and panel discussions highlighting the movie’s production process. The program will examine the creative and technical challenges of crafting this thrilling yet heartwarming hit.

Tickets: $5 general admission/$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

Hop into Spring with the Build-A-Bear Workshop Easter Collection

Build-A-BearWorkshop® is celebrating the arrival of spring with its 2015 Easter Collection, which features an assortment of customizable furry friends with unique personalization options, from sounds to accessories. The entire collection is available both in stores (at approximately 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Mexico) and online through April 5.

Build-A-Bear's 2015 Easter Collection features an assortment of customizable furry friends with unique personalization options, from sounds to accessories. Bright Blooms Bunny, Chocolate Bunny and Marshmallow Bunny are available fully accessorized or can be customized by gift givers. (PRNewsFoto/Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.)

Build-A-Bear’s 2015 Easter Collection features an assortment of customizable furry friends with unique personalization options, from sounds to accessories. Bright Blooms Bunny, Chocolate Bunny and Marshmallow Bunny are available fully accessorized or can be customized by gift givers. (PRNewsFoto/Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.)

Build-A-Bear‘s bunnies — starring Bright Blooms Bunny, Chocolate Bunny and Marshmallow Bunny — are available fully accessorized or custom-made with a variety of accessories, such as miniature Easter baskets, bouquets and even bunny ears headbands. These 16-inch furry friends start at $18 and can be further personalized with a Build-A-Sound® message, which guests can record in-store or over the phone.

For something more compact, but just as cute for Easter baskets, the Build-A-Bear Buddies® line has ready-made options for quick pick-up in-store or online. Starting at $10, customers can choose from the Rainbow Daisies Bunny; Pink, Purple, Blue or Yellow Spring Chick; or Lovey Lamb. The Buddies collection even has their own, specially sized clothing and accessories to fit their miniature scale, from “Hoppy Easter” T-shirts to Easter egg and bunny costumes. In addition, for the first time, Build-A-Bear is also offering full-sized children’s Easter baskets that can be embroidered with a child’s name or special message for an extra personal touch. The children’s baskets match the mini baskets for Easter furry friends to extend play fun and gifting options.

2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF TRIBECA TALKS® SERIES FEATURING CONVERSATIONS WITH TOP FILMMAKERS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS

ACCLAIMED TRIBECA TALKS: DIRECTORS SERIES PANELS INCLUDE ONE-0N-ONE CONVERSATIONS WITH CHRISTOPHER NOLAN & BENNETT MILLER, GEORGE LUCAS & STEPHEN COLBERT, CARY FUKUNAGA & JAMES SCHAMUS, AND BRAD BIRD & JANEANE GAROFALO; ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS INCLUDE HARVEY WEINSTEIN, GUS VAN SANT, AMY SCHUMER, COURTNEY LOVE, CATHERINE MARTIN, CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, AND MORE

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, has announced its lineup for the 2015 Tribeca Talks® Series., which will feature conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, Christiane Amanpour, and more. The Tribeca Talks panels and events will run during the 14th edition of TFF, taking place April 15–26.

TFF also announced four additional feature documentary films that will screen during the Festival as part of the tff_min_300Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series: the world premieres of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap and The Diplomat, and the New York premieres of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Misery Loves Comedy. Two advance premieres of new episodes from the anticipated Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” one short film, Les Bosquets, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s retrospective screening of Good Will Hunting round out the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series. Tribeca Talks: After the Movie events give audiences the opportunity to watch a film and then listen to a related conversation with filmmakers and industry experts.

This year’s Tribeca Talks series offers unique opportunities to hear from some of the top storytellers in the world about filmmaking, film distribution, and media consumption. Programs include the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures” where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation; “Tribeca Talks: Master Class” conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process; “Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen, hosted by Barnes & Noble” which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special “Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Conversations” which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, and previously announced “Tribeca Talks Imagination powered by the Hatchery” events featuring discussions with tech thought leaders. (Panelists and moderators are subject to change. For the most updated schedule, visit www.tribecafilm.com)

Listed by category, the 2015 Tribeca Talks events are:

“Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures” will include intimate conversations with:

  • Director and writer Christopher Nolan will review his boundary-pushing work and how he creates entire worlds and realities from his imagination with director Bennett Miller.
  • Legendary director George Lucas discusses his career as a filmmaker, including his work on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, with Stephen Colbert.
  • Acclaimed TV and film director Cary Fukunaga will explore the elements of creating award-winning works for both the big and small screens with writer and producer James Schamus.
  • Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brad Bird (Ratatouille; The Incredibles; Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol) will discuss how he has succeeded in creating both animated and live-action films with Janeane Garofalo.

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2015 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees Announced

The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards — given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America –will take place on Monday, June 1 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art. The annual event “recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement“. Nominations for each award category are submitted by The CFDA Fashion Awards Guild, an invitation only network comprised of top fashion retailers, journalists, stylists, influencers and the 450+ member designers of the CFDA.  The nominees, as well as recipients of the honorary awards are ratified by the CFDA Board of Directors. The final votes will be tabulated by Ernst & Young LLP, the official accounting firm of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards. This year’s Nominees (and Honorees) are :

  • WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR –  Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.
  • MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone, Thom Browne, Tim Coppens, and Tom Ford
  • ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – Alexander Wang, Irene Neuwirth, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, and Tabitha Simmons
  • SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR – Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Rosie Assoulin and Ryan Roche
  • SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air, Alex Orley, Matthew Orley and Samantha Orley for Orley, and Ariel and Shimon Ovadia for Ovadia & Sons
  • SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN – Paul Andrew, Eva Zuckerman for Eva Fehren, and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel
  • GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (underwritten by Geoffrey Beene Gives Back®) – Betsey Johnson
  • INTERNATIONAL AWARD Maria Grazia Chiuriand Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino
  • THE FOUNDER’S AWARD IN HONOR OF ELEANOR LAMBERT – Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, Inc.
  • THE MEDIA AWARD IN HONOR OF EUGENIA SHEPPARD – will be given to Instagram
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE – to be announced at a later date
  • FASHION ICON AWARD – to be announced at at later date

Of course, the list of nominees–as usual– is packed with the names of former winners, even some who has won as recent as last year (Joseph Altazurra for Altuzarra and Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School to name just a couple). In fact, every nominee in the Womenswear Designer of the Year category has been nominated multiple times and all has been previous winners of the award in the past. This was also the case in the 1980’s and 1990s when the yearly list of nominees were essentially the same people (Calvin, Ralph, Michael (Kors), Carolina, Anne Klein, Donna, Perry, etal) won, with nary a newcomer in sight. Much like the Academy Awards (this and every year), there will be no major surprises in store when the winners are announced on June 1st. And giving an award to Instagram is puzzling on its face, if not downright a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. I smell the handwork of Anna Wintour here, who used the cover of her September 2014 issue to celebrate the “Insta-Girls”, the top 12 models of the moment. The vampire squid of the fashion world has struck again.

 

LIVE FROM NEW YORK!: IT’S OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL®

TFF’s 14th Edition to open on April 15 with the world premiere of “Saturday Night Live” documentary in celebration of the iconic show’s 40th Anniversary

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced that the world premiere of the documentary Live From New York!, will open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 15. “Saturday Night Live” has been reflecting and influencing the American story for 40 years. Live From New Yorkexplores the show’s early years, an experiment that began with a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. Archival footage is interwoven with stolen moments and exclusive commentary from “SNL” legends, journalists, hosts, crew and others influenced by the comedy giant. LivFrom New York! captures what has enabled “SNL” to continually refresh itself over nearly 800 episodes and keep America laughing for 40 years.  Live From New York! is directed by Tribeca alum Bao Nguyen and produced by JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker. Tickets for the TFF 2015 Opening Night Gala go on sale on March 23 at tribecafilm.com/festival. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15 to April 26.

Photograph by Mary Ellen Matthews

Photograph by Mary Ellen Matthews

“’SNL’s’ contribution to the arts and to pop culture has been—and continues to be—groundbreaking (for most of its existence), and Live From New York! offers an inside look at the show’s inimitable ability to both reflect and impact American news, history and culture,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.This is the story of a creative journey from pilot to institution and a tribute to the moments that kept us laughing and talking long after the episodes aired. We are excited to welcome Bao Nguyen back to Tribeca to open our 14thtff_min_300 Festival with the world premiere of Live From New York!.”

After 40 years, the timing just felt right,” said Lorne Michaels.

The selection of Live from New York! to open the 14th Tribeca Film Festival is personally gratifying to me on several levels. Having hosted SNL three times, and guested on several occasions, I speak from a first-hand experience about “SNL’s” rightful place in our culture as well as a welcome addition to our Festival,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

“’Saturday Night Live’ is such a revered institution and we really wanted to make a film that reflected its significance not just to the American comedic tradition but also to American culture and society,” said director Bao Nguyen. “I want to thank Lorne Michaels for allowing us to film in the storied halls of Studio 8H.   I’d also like to thank JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker for trusting me with their creative vision. Finally, I can’t thank Tribeca enough for all their support. We couldn’t dream of a better place to world premiere Live From New York! than at New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival.

MONTY PYTHON CAST TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL AT 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL®

International Premiere of the new Python documentary MONTY PYTHON -THE MEANING OF LIVE and Special Screenings of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN, and MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE to play at TFF April 24-26

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, has announced a special celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail including a special screening of the film and the international premiere of the documentary Monty Python – The Meaning of Live directed by Roger Graef tff_min_300and James Rogan. In honor of the anniversary the Festival will also host special screenings of classic Python films Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. The five surviving members of the legendary comedy group, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, will come together for the special presentation of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, which will screen on Friday April 24 at The Beacon Theatre. Tickets to the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail go on sale on March 23 at www.tribecafilm.com. The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 15-26 in downtown Manhattan

Continuing its celebration of the Pythons, the Festival will debut Monty Python – The Meaning of Live. Directed by Graef and Rogan, this feature-length documentary offers unprecedented access to the preparations and staging of the Pythons’ 2014 reunion shows at The O2 in London and gives a fascinating insight into the personalities, relationships, and circumstances that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon. Dive into the history of Monty Python on stage and discover the genesis of some of its most well-known pieces, as they prepare for their final live show. The documentary will premiere on Saturday, April 25, Monty Python’s Life of Brian will screen on April 25, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life on April 26. Each film presentation will be followed by a Q&A with some of the members of Monty Python.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python re-creates England of 932 A.D in their first film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When King Arthur enlists Knights to join his Round Table, they are inspired by God to go on a quest for the Holy Grail that is constantly interrupted by all manner of challenges.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones perform on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Palin;Terry Gilliam;Eric Idle;John Cleese;Terry Jones

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones perform on the closing night of ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Palin;Terry Gilliam;Eric Idle;John Cleese;Terry Jones

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones perform on the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Palin;Terry Gilliam;Eric Idle;John Cleese;Terry Jones

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Jones perform on the closing night of ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Palin;Terry Gilliam;Eric Idle;John Cleese;Terry Jones

Monty Python – The Meaning of Live, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan (UK) – International Premiere, documentary.  While perhaps best known for its eminently quotable films, Monty Python has performed its signature, surreal humor in live shows since the group’s earliest days. Dive into the history of Monty Python’s on stage and the genesis of some of its most well-known pieces as they prepare for their last-ever live shows at The O2, London in July 2014. Monty Python – the Meaning of Live is a hilarious and illuminating survey of what is takes to bring Monty Python to the stage.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python delivers an anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical with their second film. Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in the stable next door, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the
promised messiah.

Monty Python's Meaning of Life - Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones) Maitre D? (John Cleese)

Monty Python’s Meaning of Life – Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones) Maitre D? (John Cleese)

Monty Python's Meaning of Life - Every Sperm is Sacred Ensemble

Monty Python’s Meaning of Life – Every Sperm is Sacred Ensemble

Monty Python's Meaning of Life - Headmaster (John Cleese)

Monty Python’s Meaning of Life – Headmaster (John Cleese)

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, directed by Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam (UK) – Special Screening. Monty Python examines birth, life, death and fish in their third, final, and probably most tasteless yet funniest feature film that finally reveals The Meaning of Life. Continue reading

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON CHOOSES JOAN SMALLS AS ITS STYLE AMBASSADOR

United Colors of Benetton has chosen Joan Smalls, icon and one of the today’s top working model, as its muse and style ambassador for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign. Not just a testimonial, but a true “style ambassador”, Smalls is a “highly talented and successful woman who reflects the perfect Benetton way of life – Italian style, that mixes fashion and practicality to which always enhances a woman’s personality“.

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United Colors of Benetton has chosen Joan Smalls, icon and one of the today’s top model working today, as its muse and style ambassador for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign

 

Joan Smalls, a 25 years old, Puerto Rican, began her career in fashion in 2007. Since then she has walked the runways for the most celebrated designers and fashion houses, featured on the most prestigious magazine covers and appeared in highly popular music videos. Already among the world’s top ten models, in March 2014 Joan topped models.com’s ranking of the 50 most sought-after models.

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The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign images were shot in New York by American photographer Cass Bird

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The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign images were shot in New York by American photographer Cass Bird

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The Spring/Summer 2015 campaign images were shot in New York by American photographer Cass Bird

 

The United Colors Of Benetton spring/summer 2015 collection celebrates “Italian Style”: with flirty separates reflective of a ‘Roman Holiday’, also paying tribute to the Italian zest for dressing well that Benetton has exported all over the world for more than forty years. From now through to May the campaign will feature Smalls, in four different stories showcasing the new collection. The United Colors of Benetton pieces chosen by the model become something as unique and desirable as she is. Wardrobes will be revived with stylish, quality pieces at competitive price points for the modern day woman.    Continue reading

H&M Expands Relationship with David Beckham to Create “Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham” Collection

H&M announced an expansion of its long-term relationship with the sporting and style icon David Beckham. For Spring 2015, Beckham has chosen his favorite menswear pieces from the Modern Essentials collection at H&M, to create Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham. This new collaboration is a natural evolution of David’s relationship with H&M, following the unprecedented success of David Beckham BodywearModern Essentials selected by David Beckham focuses on the important key pieces of the season, each updating a men’s classic in fresh fabrics, colours and fits for spring 2015. Key pieces include a linen bomber jacket; a white chalk-washed denim jacket; a car coat; a sharp linen blazer; a city-slick polo shirt and the perfect poplin white shirt.

Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham will be celebrated with a campaign shot by the famous film director Marc Forster. David Beckham has also created a new bodywear spring collection for H&M. Both collections was launched in stores and online worldwide on March 5.

I am thrilled to continue and extend my collaboration with H&M by selecting my favourite pieces from this spring’s Modern Essentials collection. Each piece is a new wardrobe classic that will update every man’s spring wardrobe with great style. Marc Forster is one of my favourite directors – I can’t wait to reveal the new campaign with H&M,” says Beckham.

Meanwhile, Beckham continues with a new Bodywear collection for Spring/Summer 2015 including the perfect loungewear pieces; Henleys, raglan-sleeved shirts, crewnecks and a jersey vest. The collection is centred around navy blue, grey melange and broken white, with accents of orange red. Stripes appear as either trims or across whole garments to add a new classic twist. The collection is supported by a brand new print campaign, featuring David wearing selected looks from the David Beckham Bodywear Collection, exclusively available at H&M.

Daniel H. Weiss Named Next President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

OUTGOING PRESIDENT EMILY KERNAN RAFFERTY NAMED PRESIDENT EMERITA OF THE MUSEUM

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Daniel H. Weiss, an innovative executive and accomplished art historian serving currently as president of Haverford College, will be the next President of the Museum. He will succeed Emily Kernan Rafferty, who will retire from the Met on March 31 after 10 years in the post, and nearly 40 at the institution. Dr. Weiss’ appointment was announced by Daniel Brodsky, Chairman of the Board, and Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO.

Photo Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Don Pollard

Photo Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Don Pollard

Dr. Weiss, who was formally elected to the Museum presidency at today’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, was chosen after an extensive national search overseen by a special committee of the board. He will assume his new post at the Metropolitan this summer, following the end of the current semester at Haverford.

In his new role, Dr. Weiss will serve as chief operating officer of the Museum, reporting to Director and CEO Campbell and serving as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. As President, he will have direct leadership responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the institution, and will oversee 1,500 employees in all areas of museum administration: facilities and construction, development and membership, finance and investments, information technology, legal affairs, visitor services, human resources, marketing and external relations, merchandising (the Met shops), and government relations. The Museum currently has more than 2,200 full- and part-time employees overall, an operating budget of more than $300 million, and an endowment of approximately $3 billion. Last year, the Museum attracted 6.2 million visitors to its main building and The Cloisters, and more than 40 million visits to its website.

The Board search committee for presidential selection included: Daniel Brodsky, chairman; Candace K. Beinecke, Russell L. Carson, Richard L. Chilton, Jr., Blair Effron, Jeffrey W. Greenberg, Hamilton E. James, Bonnie Sacerdote, Andrew M. Saul, Lulu C. Wang, and Shelby White, with Henry B. Schacht serving in an advisory capacity and Director Thomas P. Campbell ex officio.

Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Campbell joined in expressing their deep appreciation to outgoing President Emily Rafferty, who assumed the Museum presidency on January 15, 2005: “To the entire staff of this institution—from curators and administrators to guards and maintainers—Emily Rafferty has been not only a highly effective leader, but a beloved champion of the institution and of its greatest asset: the men and women who work here. By rising in the ranks over a career spanning four decades, she became and remains a symbol of the opportunity that awaits all the gifted and committed individuals who might launch careers of their own here in the future. Emily has been a remarkable president, colleague, and friend, and we thank her profoundly for her truly historic service to the Met.” Chairman Brodsky and Director Campbell announced that in an unprecedented move, the Board has named Ms. Rafferty President Emerita, effective April 1.

Daniel H. Weiss, who was born in Newark, N.J., and raised on Long Island, earned his B.A. in psychology with a concentration in art history at George Washington University in 1979; his M.A. with concentrations in Medieval and Modern Art from Johns Hopkins University in 1982; his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management in 1985; and in 1992 his Ph.D. from Hopkins, with concentrations in Western Medieval and Byzantine Art and a minor in Classical Greek Art and Architecture.

He began his career as museum shops manager at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, and later served as an associate, then a senior associate, at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in New York.

After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Weiss became an assistant professor of art history at Johns Hopkins’ Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, rising over a decade-long academic career there to associate professor (1996), full professor (1999), chair of the History of Art Department (1998-2001), and Dean of the Faculty (2001-2002). From 2002-2005 Dr. Weiss was James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, overseeing 2,700 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, and 300 faculty in 23 departments.

From 2005-2013 Dr. Weiss served as President and Professor of Art History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he worked to increase the size of the permanent faculty by more than 10%, developed revised curricula, introduced new interdisciplinary programs, and created innovative alliances with the city of Easton. During his tenure, Lafayette became the only college in the nation to receive a collaborative grant from the NEA under its Urban Arts initiative program.

In 2013, Dr. Weiss became president of Haverford, where he has worked to maintain the school’s nearly 200-year-long commitment to a student-centered and ethical learning environment. During his tenure, Dr. Weiss led the effort to prepare a comprehensive strategic plan, and secure the funds to support new interdisciplinary initiatives and major renovations to the library, new facilities for biology, psychology, and music, as well as a new center for visual culture, arts, and media. A professor of Independent College Programs and an affiliated professor in the history of art at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Weiss has taught courses on liberal arts colleges and the history of art.

During his academic career, Dr. Weiss has published widely, delivered many public lectures, organized and served on conferences and symposia, and earned a number of fellowships and grants. He was, for example, a Junior Fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies in 1991-92, an NEH fellow in 1996, and the recipient of a College Art Association Millard Meiss publication subsidy for his 1998 book, Art and Crusade in the Age of Saint Louis (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Continue reading

Nordstrom & Piece & Co. Launch Capsule Collection with Eight Top Brands to Support Women Worldwide

This spring, Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Founded in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. is committed to ending global poverty by providing sustainable employment opportunities to female artisans. Wright wanted to help women artisans create a marketplace for their products, and in turn create sustainable employment for themselves. Soon she began to make connections with brands that were looking for authentic alternatives to factory-produced fabrics and accessories and today, the handmade textiles she helps source – ikat, block print, tie-dye – are sought-after for their one-of-a-kind prints, bold colors and interesting textures. Piece & Co. was born. To date, Piece & Co. has created thousands of jobs for women in more than 30 countries by connecting their craft with brands who serve a global marketplace of conscious consumers. With one brand’s order, between 75 and 100 artisans can be employed for up to three months. By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands are able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co.

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

 

Launching today, the capsule collection brings to life the work of women artisans around the world through unique, stylish pieces from eight incredible brands – Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch. Each brand worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their pieces – dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags. The collection will be available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com (nordstrom.com/pieceandco).

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

In the collection, customers will find classic silhouettes revisited in global patterns and colors, including:

–    DVF‘s iconic wrap dress, this time made with hand-printed indigo batik, an ancient fabric printing technique that incorporates wax resist and dye.
–    Alice + Olivia‘s A-line dress in an artisan-made bold blue and white loom-woven fabric, made in a weaving cooperative in India.
–    Rebecca Minkoff‘s ‘Mini MAC’ cross-body in cognac leather accented with backstrap loom fabric, an ancient weave technique from Vietnam.
–    Tory Burch‘s crackle printed canvas separates made of hand-painted fabric from Zambia.
–    The Honest Company‘s nursing scarves made from hand-woven stripe and chambray designs and silk-screen printed fabrics from Maheshwar and Jodhpur, India.
–    Theory‘s tunics and city shorts in fatigue and block prints from India that are created using a hand-carved wooden stamp.
–    Current/Elliott‘s prep school shirts in black & white ikat or floral block prints made in India.
–    Joie‘s blue and white ikat on casual summer staples: jumper, shorts and a sleeveless dress.

What excites us most about this collaboration with Piece & Co. is how each of the brands really embraced the idea that the clothing they’re designing can truly make a difference,” said Tricia Smith, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, Women’s Apparel at Nordstrom. “It’s been inspiring to see how all of the brands have enjoyed creating their items with these beautiful fabrics and how they’ve now been incorporated into their spring collections.

When you invest in a woman, you invest in her family and community, too,” said Wright. “On average, women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families. This includes putting healthy food on the table, paying for their children to go school, or buying healthcare. And our artisans are no different. When we employ one artisan woman, we impact many. Pretty amazing things happen when women from around the world come together. I’m excited for the possibilities that this collaboration with Nordstrom and these fantastic brands brings.”

Pantone Color Institute Announces 2016 Color Trends for Home Furnishings and Interior Design

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 highlights nine directional color palettes with innovative themes and forward-thinking style

At the  International Home & Housewares Show 2015,  The Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a multi-faceted trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

  • Unambiguous colors, including shades that are plumbed from natural sources such as warm rosy clay and sheepskin beige, give us Natural Forms.
  • Dichotomy reinforces the concept that opposites do and can attract as silver metallic, sunny yellow and bright cobalt blue combine with calmer versions of the hues.
  • Pastel-focused Ephemera blends delicate shades of wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow.
  • Lineage is a palette where shades of navy, black, tan and regimental green co-mingle with touches of brighter colors.
  • Soft Focus reveals subtle and/or muted colors, sometimes being described as “smoky” and always versatile.
  • In the French language, Bijoux means “jewelry” – a fitting title for this palette that gleams with drama and intensity across many jewel tones.
  • Merriment is full of joyful shades including vibrant greens and yellows contrasted with pinks and oranges.
  • Capricious color combinations with vacation-destination blues and blue-greens create Footloose – a palette that supports the idea of throwing off the constricting scheduling of everyday life and simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
  • Mixed Bag is an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints, with exciting and unique colors like pirate black and mandarin red as well as violet and florid orange.

Products in colors from the nine palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 is presently on display through tomorrow in the PANTONE ColorWatch Display located in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home and Housewares Show. Colors from PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will also be highlighted in two presentations at the show given by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016 ($350 for One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 ($450 for a One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 color kit ($550 for a One year subscription) and PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016/plastic standards ($750) are available immediately at www.pantone.com/viewhome2016.

Give Yourself The Gift of a Digital Detox Retreat at The Villa at Grace Santorini

This spring season, Grace Santorini (in-season dates: 20 April 2015 – 31 October 2015) is introducing a Digital Detox Retreat at the hotel’s premier luxury suite, “The Villa”, encouraging guests to switch off from the outside world, helping to recharge the mind, body and soul.

The retreat will allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the luxury of The Villa, the pinnacle of Grace Santorini’s boutique accommodation. Located above the world-famous Caldera and in a prime position to enjoy the iconic Santorini sunsets, The Villa is the perfect sanctuary for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity.

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The 400 m² self-contained suite benefits from its own heated swimming pool and extensive double-level terraces for relaxation, be it guided mediation or sunbathing, ensuring the perfect blend of seclusion and indulgence, as well as offering two en-suite bedrooms, a private spa with steam bath, heated plunge pool and treatment room, kitchen with a private chef on request and a personal concierge.

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The Villa Personal Chef

The Villa Personal Chef (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

On arrival at The Villa, guests will have the option to surrender their digital devices for the duration of their stay, and all electronics will be removed from The Villa at the guest’s request. This unique three-day experience is ideal for those looking to relax and reflect in beautiful surroundings and includes:

— Three nights’ accommodation at The Villa at Grace Santorini

— Welcome reception with a healthy selection of light bites and detox juices prepared and served by the chef in The Villa’s private kitchen

— Healthy breakfast and lunch each day prepared by The Villa’s private chef, from a specialist Mediterranean detox menu including dishes such as traditional Greek “Gemista” with quinoa, fresh fish baked in a salt crust, Santorinian fava and strawberry salad with consommé

— Daily yoga classes on The Villa’s terrace overlooking the Caldera

— Daily meditation sessions

— A Grace Royal spa treatment for each guest (90 minutes), to be enjoyed in The Villa’s private spa treatment room

— Digital Detox amenities (relaxation books, paints, paper, easel, digital detox notepad and pencil)

Further touches include specialist wellness dining menus including detox juice blends, as well as a selection of books on mindfulness and relaxation, an easel with a sketch pad and water colours which guests can take with them upon departure.

The Grace Hotels (www.gracehotels.com) is an award-winning luxury hotel group that offers sanctuary and quality for discerning guests in the world’s most sought after resorts and cities. Each hotel is a wholly authentic expression of its locality allowing guests to enjoy a true immersion in local culture with an experience incorporating both tradition and modernity. Gastronomy is an integral part of all hotels, with menus showcasing the finest local ingredients combined with international touches. The company’s hotels have attracted critical acclaim since the first opened in Greece’s Cyclades Islands in 2007. The group is undergoing a period of significant expansion–opening soon: Grace Marrakech (Morocco), The White Barn Grace (United States), Grace St. Moritz (Switzerland), La Dolfina Grace (Argentina), Grace Kalamata, and Grace Kea (Greece)–and will soon have a present on five continents.

Prices start from €2460 per person for three nights, based on 4 guest occupancy. For booking enquiries please email res.santorini@gracehotels.com or call +30 22860 21300.

 

KitchenAid Energizes 2015 International Home and Housewares with Launch of New Products

KITCHENAID® PRECISE HEAT MIXING BOWL SIMPLIFIES TRICKY AND TRADITIONAL COOKING TECHNIQUES

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With New Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Whether looking for more ways to eat healthfully or fresh ideas for exploring culinary creativity, the new Spiralizer Attachment for the iconic and versatile KitchenAid® Stand Mixer is destined to become “go to” gear for adventurous home cooks.

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer: Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid® Spiralizer Attachment includes five blades and offers nine combinations of spiralizing, slicing, peeling and coring. A fine spiral blade creates a thin noodle-like strand, similar to spaghetti, for using vegetables as a healthier alternative to flour based pasta, while a medium blade quickly and easily spiralizes potatoes for casseroles or zucchini for soups. Separate slicing blades can be used for creating spirals of fresh fruits or vegetables with little to no cores, such as sweet potatoes, or those with larger cores, including apples and pears. By using a combination of accessories, the attachment can perform several functions at once, including peeling, slicing and coring most fruits and vegetables. The spiralizer features durable metal construction and a storage case for convenient organization of both the unit and its dishwasher-safe accessories.  Available in June at a suggested retail price of $129.99, it is the first spiralizer to take advantage of the power and hands-free operation of a stand mixer.

KitchenAid announced the addition of a new Precise Heat Mixing Bowl that can be used as a traditional stand-alone slow cooker or with the brand’s iconic Stand Mixer to mix, knead, whip, stir and remove the guesswork from heating even the trickiest temperature-sensitive ingredients. It is the first product from KitchenAid to serve double duty as both a stand-alone countertop appliance and Stand Mixer accessory. Simply select a temperature ranging from 70 – 220° Fahrenheit based on two degree increments, and the bowl will maintain the selected temperature for up to 10 hours. A digital display shows the temperature and provides a timer for up to 10 hours. The glass lid gives cooks a clear view for monitoring the progress of dishes.

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl - Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl – Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl - Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl – Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

In addition to maintaining precise temperatures, the mixing bowl comes with a flex edge beater, wire whip and dough hook to keep dishes such as soups and stews, risottos and sauces consistently mixed and evenly cooked under low heat. The mixing bowls will be available in April in two different sizes – one that will fit all Tilt-Head Model
Stand Mixers, and one that will fit select 5- and 6-quart Bowl-Lift Model Stand Mixers, and the 7 quart Pro
Line® Series Stand Mixer. The mixing bowl can also be used as a standalone unit. Suggested retail price
for each mixing bowl is $329.99.

KitchenAid Launches Magnetic Drive Blender And New Business Unit

In a move that could prove transformative for the fast-growing premium blender category, KitchenAid has introduced a first-of-its-kind Magnetic Drive Blender for home use (at the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show (in Chicago, Ill.) and launched a newly formed global business unit that will focus entirely on blenders. The new KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, dubbed Torrent(TM), uses an interlocking magnetic drive system, instead of a traditional coupler mechanism, to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

The new blender uses magnets to secure the pitcher to the motorized base and drive the blades, resulting in an easy front-load, slide-in design. Helpful pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies take the guesswork out of blending and remove the need to constantly monitor the blender. Features also include variable speed controls and a pulse setting for added flexibility in a range of blending tasks.

A thoughtfully located ingredient feed on the top of the blender allows for the addition of ingredients at any point during the blending process, while an intuitive Intelli-Speed® Control system automatically optimizes blade speed to efficiently complete blending tasks like crushing ice or pureeing vegetables.

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) blender features a powerful 1.8HP motor capable of tackling homemade nut butters and icy drinks. It also incorporates the brand’s exclusive Diamond Blending System with patented stainless steel blades and a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. All high performance KitchenAid blenders, including Torrent(TM), will be assembled at the brand’s Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which is expanding to accommodate growth in the brand’s global 2015_show_logo_dates_HiRessmall appliance business.

We wanted to launch the new business unit with a product that had never before been available for consumer use,” says Kay Oswald, global business unit director for KitchenAid Blenders. “Thoughtful marketing partnerships coupled with a blender offering unprecedented performance will ensure that KitchenAid becomes a leader in the premium blender category.”

The blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use compared to traditional models,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “The ability to add ingredients, select a program button and walk away make this product an incredible game-changer for the home blending experience. With its sleek design and wide array of blending tasks, the Torrent(TM) blender was designed to be a versatile statement piece for the kitchen counter

 

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) Blender will be available this April in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

 

The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

 

MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading

KitchenAid® Craft Coffee Line Brings The Coffeeshop Experience Into Home Kitchens

New Stand Mixer Color Dazzles at International Home + Housewares Show 2015

KitchenAid continues to bring the coffee house experience into the home with three new additions to its Craft Coffee portfolio: the Siphon Coffee Brewer, Precision Press Coffee Maker and Burr Grinder. Inspired by the careful technique and precision of baristas, the brand’s newly expanded line of brewers offers a range of craft brewing methods celebrated within coffee house culture. Beginning with the Pour Over Coffee Brewer and Pro Line® Series Espresso Maker and the forthcoming new products, consumers can bring a range of barista techniques that deliver nuanced flavors, aromas and expert consistency of a high-end craft coffee house into their kitchens.The new additions to the line were formally introduced at the 2015 International Home and 2015_show_logo_dates_HiResHousewares Show, presently happening in in Chicago, Ill.

Available now, the KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer– having earned a Home Brewer Certification from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which enforces some of the country’s toughest guidelines on home coffee brewing equipment– emulates the technique of an expert barista with a pre-infusion stage that pours just enough water to wet the coffee grounds, then pauses long enough to allow the fresh coffee to “exhale” before the final brewing stage. This technique creates the “bloom” that marks a great cup of pour over coffee, without the need to watch, wait and hover over the cup.

The brewer also boasts a carefully designed shower head that fully saturates the fresh grounds, and an intermittent brewing cycle that mimics the natural pauses in a handmade pour over brew. In addition, it features multiple brewing temperature settings calibrated for both light and dark roast coffees, and an adjustable cup setting that optimizes the brew for different batch sizes.

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso - Empire Red

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso Maker – Empire Red

French press is a popular coffee brewing technique known for resulting in rich, full bodied flavor,” notes Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “The features built into this new coffee maker help optimize flavor without requiring the skills or tools of a barista.”

The forthcoming KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer,  available in Onyx Black, Silver and Slate, reimagines the theater of classic vacuum pot brewers with modern engineering, simple setup and fewer parts, combining the richness of total-immersion brewing methods with the clean flavor profile of filter-brewed coffee, all without the need for an actual filter.  The new KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer features vacuum technology that fully immerses the grounds in water to create a more complex flavor profile. The new brewer uses vapor pressure to create a vacuum and draw hot water from the carafe, up through a stainless steel siphon tube, and into the upper brew unit. Here, the grounds are fully immersed and evenly saturated with hot water, extracting the coffee’s full range of flavors. When the brewing temperature is reached, the heat turns off and vacuum is lost, causing the freshly brewed coffee to stream down through a reusable stainless steel mesh filter and empty back into the carafe.

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer - Onyx Black

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer – Onyx Black

The brewer is constructed of premium glass with stainless steel accents. An included reusable stainless steel filter is simple to clean and eliminates the waste disposable filters create. A strong magnetic interlock system secures the top and bottom carafes together to ensure a tight seal for brewing, while a dual-purpose lid sits on top of the unit during brewing and can then be conveniently attached to the carafe for pouring. An angled cleaning brush makes the unit easy to clean between uses.

Making siphon-brewed coffee by hand is a complicated process requiring precise timing and frequent temperature adjustments over an open flame,” said Robinson. “Our new brewer eliminates this tedious process with simple setup and fewer parts, while maintaining the unmistakable flavors of siphon-brewed coffee. Despite its ease of use, the brewer provides coffee lovers with a rich sensory experience. Watching the brew method, enjoying its complex aromas and tasting the end product make for a very satisfying ritual.Continue reading