Artist Ariana Grande to Headline 2015 NYC Pride’s Dance On The Pier

NYC Pride has announced that Ariana Grande will be the headliner at its 29th Dance on the Pier on Sunday, June 28 on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Tribeca. Grande joins legends including Cher, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson, all of whom have delivered unforgettable performances at the largest party of NYC Pride Week.

But before Grande takes the stage, nearly 10,000 attendees will dance to the beats of award-winning DJs Ralphi Rosario, The Cube Guys, and Wayne G. This year’s event will once again close with a fabulous fireworks display by Pyro Engineering, Inc.

Dance on the Pier is NYC Pride’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds support NYC Pride’s annual events—including the historic Rally and March—and allow the organization to provide more than $45,000 in grants to local LGBT community groups each year.

Limited VIP tickets and packages are still available. Attendees can max out their Pride experience by purchasing a bundle that includes tickets to NYC Pride’s Fantasy and VIP Rooftop Party events. Tickets to Dance on the Pier can be purchased now at


HGTV’S Hot New Renovation Competition Series ‘Beach Flip’ Debuts July 5

Teams Lucy Farmer & Daphney Masey, Melissa Llewellyn & Mahdi Alston, Nick Karakaian & Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, Martha Montross & Alex Borre; Hosts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Teams Lucy Farmer & Daphney Masey, Melissa Llewellyn & Mahdi Alston, Nick Karakaian & Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, Martha Montross & Alex Borre; Hosts David Bromstad, Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Outdated beachfront properties are transformed into hot commodities in HGTV’s newest renovation competition series, Beach Flip. Premiering on Sunday, July 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV and DIY Network stars Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict), Josh Temple (House Crashers) and David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) act as hosts, judges and mentors to four rival teams as they compete to renovate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated décor, loud wall colors and awkward layouts into spectacular properties in just eight weeks. The team with the highest increase in property value as determined by the region’s top appraisers wins the $50,000 grand prize and a spread in HGTV Magazine.
Beach Flip offers fans teams to root for, home improvement tips from our star experts Nicole Curtis, Josh Temple and David Bromstad, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a competition with an ocean view,” said Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network.”

David Bromstad (left), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip.  (Image courtesy of HGTV)

David Bromstad (left), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Josh Temple (right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip

Josh Temple (right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Nicole Curtis (far right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip

Nicole Curtis (far right), with contestants on HGTV’s Beach Flip. (Image courtesy of HGTV)

Armed with a $40,000 budget, the teams must manage their time and money to renovate their assigned two bedroom/two bathroom property from top to bottom. In addition, the teams vie to win additional funds by competing in weekly challenges, including a full kitchen reno, a complete living room redesign, a guest room makeover based on chosen inspirational pieces and the addition of a multifunctional office/den space.

In the season premiere, the contestants’ must renovate and redesign the master bedrooms. At the end of the challenge, mentor David Bromstad evaluates the overall look of the space, quality of the renovation and total value added through smart design decisions.

The talented teams in HGTV’s Beach Flip include: long-time sweethearts from Chicago, wealth management expert Martha Montross and experienced builder Alex Borre; long-distance couple, Melissa Llewellyn from Los Angeles and Mahdi Alston from Philadelphia, who are in the process of flipping their first house; married duo Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, the professional organizer, and Nick Karakaian, a handyman with a background in architecture, from Astoria, N.Y.; and longtime best friends Lucy Farmer, a designer, and Daphney Massey, a real estate agent, from Birmingham, Ala.

Each team has great ideas for how they want their spaces to look,” said Bromstad. “Time management is really going to determine the winner of these weekly challenges and that extra money for the renovation budget is a huge advantage.”

Fans also can learn more about the teams by visiting, as well as watch contestant interviews and behind-the-scenes outtakes with David Bromstad. In addition, online visitors can participate in weekly fan polls and even live tweet during the series premiere using #HGTVBeachFlip.

“Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Throughout his career, the celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) created exceptional portraits of artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends. As a group, these portraits—many of which were not commissioned—are often highly charged, intimate, witty, idiosyncratic, and more experimental than his formal portraiture. Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies, they are also records of relationships, influences, aspirations, and allegiances.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907. Oil on canvas; 28 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (71.4 x 56.5 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907. Oil on canvas; 28 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (71.4 x 56.5 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (June 30–October 4, 2015) brings together about ninety of the artist’s paintings and drawings of members of his impressive artistic circle. The individuals seen through Sargent’s eyes represent a range of leading figures in the creative arts of the time such as artists Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin, writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, and the actor Ellen Terry, among others. The exhibition features some of Sargent’s most celebrated full-length portraits (Dr. Pozzi at Home, Hammer Museum), his dazzling subject paintings created in the Italian countryside (Group with Parasols, The Middleton Family Collection), and brilliant watercolors (In the Generalife, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) alongside lesser-known portrait sketches of his intimate friends (Vernon Lee, 1881, Tate). The exhibition explores the friendships between Sargent and his artistic sitters, as well as the significance of these relationships to his life and art.

John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) In the Generalife, 1912 American,  Watercolor, wax crayon, and graphite on white wove paper; 14 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (37.5 x 45.4 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.8)

John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
In the Generalife, 1912
Watercolor, wax crayon, and graphite on white wove paper; 14 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (37.5 x 45.4 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 (15.142.8)

The exhibition is made possible by The Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund and is organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accompanied by a catalogue and an Audio Guide

THE YEAR’S BEST QUEER CINEMA AT FRAMELINE39: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

Frameline39: the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival has announced several highlights for this year’s renowned showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema. Frameline, the world’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival, will be held June 18-28, 2015 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland; with San Francisco screenings at the historic Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street), and Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (2966 College Avenue), and new this year, in Oakland at Landmark’s Piedmont Theatre (4186 Piedmont Avenue). The Festival showcases international imports from Kenya, Venezuela, Lithuania, Thailand, France, and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as local gems.


Frameline39: There’s No Place Like Here… the 39th San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival celebrates an exceptional experience that unites diverse communities across an ever evolving cinematic landscape for 11 days of innovative and socially relevant film. Commemorate legendary filmmakers, discover emerging talents, and join the inimitable community of festivalgoers that distinguish the world’s oldest and largest celebration of queer cinema. Frameline39 pays tribute to LGBTQ experiences through revelatory documentaries, captivating features, enchanting shorts, cinematic classics, and more.
With an expected attendance of 65,000, the 11 days of Frameline39 promises to draw film lovers, media artists, and LGBTQ communities from the Bay Area and all across the globe to discover the best in queer cinema. More than 30 countries will be represented, including Kenya, Venezuela, Lithuania, Thailand, France, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
I AM MICHAEL / DIR Justin Kelly / USA

Starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, director Justin Kelly’s much-talked-about drama I AM MICHAEL tells the controversial true story of Michael Glatze, a former San Francisco-based gay rights activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor.

SUMMER OF SANGAILE / DIR Alanté Kavaïté / Lithuania, France, Netherlands

Sangaile is a brooding teen trapped in a cage of adolescent fear and self-doubt when she meets vivacious, outgoing Auste at an aeronautics show. This is a sumptuously shot, subtly told story of the transformative power of first love.
OUT TO WIN / DIR Malcolm Ingram / USA, Canada


Featuring interviews with sports legends Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, and many others, this inspiring documentary from director Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar, Frameline30; Continental, Frameline37) takes a powerful look at the struggles and triumphs of LGBTQ athletes in pro sports and leaves everyone cheering.

BARE / DIR Natalia Leite / USA, Canada

Sarah is trapped in nowheresville Nevada when the worldly drifter Pepper blows into town and opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. But is Sarah being seduced by a wily user, or is she herself using Pepper to break free?

Established in 1986, the Frameline Award is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBTQ representation in film, television, or the media arts. The 2015 Frameline Award will honor queer documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz for his wide-ranging contributions in documenting LGBTQ figures and queer history. Frameline will also present the Bay Area premiere of Schwarz’s latest film, TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL.


From the earliest years of Hollywood,we, as movie (and television) viewers have had the pleasure of seeing (and lusting after) some of the sexiest men who ever lived. But none was more sexier than Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter. Following the rapturously received I Am Divine (Frameline37) and Vito (classic documentaries, in and of themselves), director Jeffrey Schwarz vibrantly recalls the rollercoaster life and career of formerly closeted 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter in this lively and fascinating documentary. Furthermore, at 84 years old, he’s still sex on a stick. (see a review of the documentary from SXSW here.) It’s a must-see documentary of a less-liberal time in Hollywood and America; and a cautionary tale for today’s Hollywood stars.

The Festival, will also host the following highly anticipated screenings:

54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT / DIR Mark Christopher / USA
After nearly 17 years, director Mark Christopher has re-cut his disco-driven romantic drama 54 into the glitterier, grittier, and gayer version he originally intended. Ryan Philippe stars as an opportunistic busboy ensnared in a bisexual love triangle with the coat-check girl (Salma Hayek) and the bartender (Breckin Meyer), all set against the backdrop of New York’s Studio 54 disco nightclub overseen by Steve Rubell (Mike Myers).

DO I SOUND GAY? / DIR David Thorpe / USA


Is there such a thing as a “gay voice”? Why do some people “sound gay” but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture—but also a trigger for anti-gay harassment? This light-hearted yet thought-provoking quest to understand “gay voice” explores these questions and more in revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, and George Takei.


LIZ IN SEPTEMBER / DIR Fina Torres / Venezuela
A tight-knit group of lesbian friends are enjoying their annual vacation on a beautiful Caribbean beach when Eva, a straight stranger, crashes the party. On a dare, the group’s heartbreaker Liz launches a seduction, with results that surprise them both. Continue reading

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with POV’s ‘Out in the Night’ on June 22

Four Young African-American Women, Sexually Harassed on a New York Street, Fight Back in ‘Out in the Night,’ Kicking Off POV’s 28th Season on PBS on Monday, June 22, 2015

Labeled a Gang of “Killer Lesbians,” Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Venice Brown and Terrain Dandridge  Tell Their Story For the First Time, Recalling Their Uphill Battle in the Courts of Law and Public Opinion

POV’s 28th season on PBS begins Monday, June 22 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) with blair dorosh-walther’s Out in the Night, which follows the lives of four African-American lesbians from Newark, N.J., as they face the charges and convictions for for defending themselves in an anti-LGBT attack.



In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Out in the Night opens with audio clips from police radio dispatches describing “officers fighting with gangs, Bloods and Crips” followed by a reference to “approximately five female blacks,” then to a “gentleman that was stabbed by . . . girls.” There were a number of inaccuracies in these dispatches, but the pictures they painted set the stage for the sensational story of four young women–Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Venice Brown and Terrain Dandridge–that followed.

 The so-called "New Jersey 4": Venice, Terrain, Patreese and Renata.

The so-called “New Jersey 4”: Venice, Terrain, Patreese and Renata. Photo Credit: Lyric Cabral


The film marks the first time that the women have told their side of the story. Two women are the film’s primary focus: Renata, a single mother of a 5-year-old son, and Patreese, a petite 4-foot-11-inch femme-identified poet. As they and their friends strolled beneath the neon lights of the Village in 2006, they were confronted by 28-year-old Dwayne Buckle, who was selling DVDs. “Let me get some of that,” he said to Patreese, pointing below her waist. When she told him she was gay, he threatened to force the women “straight” through rape. He threw a lit cigarette, yanked out a handful of Venice’s hair and began to choke Renata. Thinking one of her friends was “about to die,” Patreese pulled a knife from her purse and stabbed him. Strangers jumped in to defend the women and the fight escalated. The entire incident, captured by security cameras, lasted four minutes. When it was over, everyone walked away.

The women were immediately arrested, even though the footage shows many people were involved in the altercation and the officers said the man’s wound appeared to be minor. The seven women were charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder. Three pled guilty to avoid a trial and potentially lengthy prison time. Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain maintained their innocence and their right to self-defense.

A media frenzy followed. “The headline writers had a very good time,” says New York Post writer Laura Italiano about her paper’s “Attack of the Killer Lesbians” story. Other headlines included “Girls Gone Wilding” and “Man Is Stabbed in Attack After Admiring a Stranger.”

 filmmaker blair dorosh-walther (left)

filmmaker blair dorosh-walther (left). Photo Credit: Lyric Cabral

I wanted to understand why this man was considered, in the mainstream news media, as a potential suitor and not a threat,” says filmmaker blair dorosh-walther. “Why weren’t these women seen as survivors of violent, homophobic harassment? And why were a group of friends with no criminal records, who were not a gang, being charged as a gang?

People kept hearing ‘gang assault,’” says attorney Lori Cohen who, with Susan Tipograph, defended Renata at trial, “and it brings up an image in your head that doesn’t really apply here. . . . You see [the man] in the surveillance tape. He clearly was coming at them in an aggressive manner.” But, explains New York Police Department arresting officer Christopher O’Hare, “By law if three or more people are involved in beating someone, it’s a gang assault.

Out in the Night: A documentary film by blair dorosh-walther.  Image of Venice Brown. Photo Credit: Lyric Cabral

Out in the Night: A documentary film by blair dorosh-walther. Image of Venice Brown. Photo Credit: Lyric Cabral

Despite the man’s testimony at trial that the women came out of nowhere, that all he said was “hello” and that he was defenseless and terrified, Laura Italiano says, “Myself and other members of the press were getting a fuller picture of his views on the right of men to ogle women and shout out things as they walked by.”

In April 2007 the four women were found guilty. Two were sent to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, and two were sent to Albion Correctional Facility, 48 miles from the Canadian border. Continue reading

Ben & Jerry’s Activism Gets Serious to “SAVE OUR SWIRLED”

With the Paris Climate Summit looming in December of 2015, Ben & Jerry’s is meeting the issue of climate change head on with a global campaign to activate fans and citizens around the world. The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11 will be held in Paris, France at the Le Bourget from November 30 – December, 11 2015. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. This will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) since the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 11) since the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.


We live in a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly real; from melting ice caps to rampant forest fires, it can no longer be denied that man-made carbon pollution is affecting our fragile planet. The scientific evidence is settled; global warming is real and already impacting people around the world. The question now is, “What are we doing about it?

It is more urgent than ever that we all collectively take steps to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – and to do it in a way that equitably shares the burdens and risks of climate change among the nations of the world. Ultimately, we have to break the link between economic growth and development from natural resource extraction and depletion.

Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of fighting for climate justice and finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of our business. In 2002, the company launched a carbon offsets program for its Vermont manufacturing facilities. In 2007, they ran our first global warming advocacy campaign in partnership with the Dave Matthews Band. they’ve also invested early and often in efficiencies throughout their manufacturing facilities, supply chain, and Scoop Shops to increase energy efficiency and shrink their carbon footprint.

Nearly all businesses have greenhouse gas emissions associated with their operations, and that includes Ben & Jerry’s. they rely on agriculture for their main ingredients, especially dairy, as well as manufacturing to make the products, trucks to transport our finished products and freezers to keep the ice cream cold. Ben & Jerry’s know their carbon footprint, and are working throughout every operations to reduce it: working with their farmers to reduce methane emessions from farms, leading the change to a cleaner, greener freezer in the United States and building the Chunkinator at their Netherlands factory which helps power the factory from ice cream bi-products.

We also know what we’ve done is not nearly enough and we must do more. We make progress and report on this each year in our our Social and Environmental Assessment (SEAR) Report. Read more about the steps we’re taking to reduce our carbon footprint and our plan to get to 100% clean energy at all of their U.S. sites by 2020.

Join Avaaz, Ben & Jerry’s and millions of citizens from around the world who are calling on leaders of the developed nations and the United Nations to tackle climate change at the upcoming summit in Paris. The goal is for international leaders to work towards 100% Clean Energy by 2050. This ambitious goal is in line with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC’s) stated need for the elimination of all carbon pollution within the next 85 years. Learn more about the petition.


And what would a Ben & Jerry’s activism campaign be without a chunky, swirly, euphoric flavor of its own? Enter the new addition to the lineup: Save Our Swirled. With a bed of raspberry ice cream, swirled with rivers of marshmallow and raspberry, and white & dark fudge cone-shaped chunks, raising consciousness never tasted so good.

The new flavor is the latest and greatest contribution to the company’s Save Our Swirled campaign that is inspiring citizens across the globe to demand climate action. The international Save Our Swirled campaign kicked-off on the company’s Free Cone Day in April.

This campaign is as important as any we’ve ever undertaken at Ben & Jerry’s and the time to act is now. We’re beginning to see that we can make an impact,” said Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s. “Ben & Jerry’s has committed to dramatically reducing our own carbon footprint in an effort to help keep warming below 2 degrees. With the Paris climate summit approaching at the end of the year, we are asking our fans to join us in calling on leaders around the world to support the transition to 100% clean energy now,” Solheim added.


At scoop shops, events, truck tours, and now freezer cases all around the world, Ben & Jerry’s is encouraging fans to stand up and take action to support the transition to 100% clean energy. The company is promoting Avaaz’s worldwide petition to world leaders calling for a transition to 100% clean energy. Avaaz, an international organization with over 40 million members worldwide and one of the primary organizers of the People’s Climate March, has had more than 2 million signatures on the petition so far, and that’s just the beginning.

When you join Avaaz, you become an agent of change,” said Ben Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, “this issue is so important, people need to be willing to get into the streets.”

For more information about Ben & Jerry’s self-imposed carbon tax, or current climate justice campaign, visit

Save The Date: International Gay Pride Events for Summer 2015

As we enter the season of Pride celebrations around the world, there’s so much going on, you need a playbook to tell the players. The following is (an updated) schedule for the months of June, July and August of Pride marches, film festivals and other activities that will bring together millions and millions of gay men and women (and their friends, families and allies). Pride celebrations will be taking place all the way through to the next year, so some dates, times and venues are still being finalized. Either way, pack your bags, it can’t get any better than this. (“CSD” stands for Christopher Street Day, a common name for European Prides that honors the Stonewall Riots that took place on Christopher Street in New York City in 1969.)


  • Disney Gay DaysGay Days Orlando, the first weekend in June each year, attracts 170,000+ from around the world to the central Florida area, be one of the attendees. The next Gay Days Orlando celebrating its 25th Anniversary will be held June 2-8, 2015 at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World.  As always, Pool Parties, Expo and more. Orlando, FL June 2-8, 2015
  • TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival  The TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, for/by transgender people & their allies. TranScreen shows a wide range of transgender themed films and art. Works that dare challenge and engage with our societies’ views on gender and other issues that intersect with transgender experiences such as identity, race, age, ability, nationality or tradition. YOU + US = TranScreen because it can’t happen without YOU, the audience and the filmmakers. Amsterdam June 3-6, 2015
  • Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage25th anniversary year. Freiburg, Germany; June 3-7, 2015
  • Vienna Fetish SpringLMC Vienna hosts Austria’s main annual Fetish event “Vienna Fetish Spring” at its club  “HARD ON Vienna.” During these 5 days, LMC welcomes not only local fetish enthusiasts but also a large number of international guests. Vienna, Austria; June 3-7, 2015
  • Capital Pride – In 2015 we celebrate 40 Years of Pride in the Nation’s Capital, and we’ve come a long way baby! In 1975, Capital Pride was a one-day block party for a few hundred people. We are now a nonprofit organization that produces one of the largest LGBTA pride celebrations in North America. Washington, DC June 3-14, 2015
  • DC Latino Pride – 2015 celebrate la quinceñera, 15 years of existence as DC Latino Pride celebrate 3 amazing events put on by members of the LGBTQ Latino community. DC Latino Pride is presented by the Latino GLBT History Project in partnership with ¡Empodérate! of La Clínica del Pueblo. This year’s multi-day DC Latino Pride celebration includes exceptional events to celebrate the history, identities, cultural diversity, and health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Latinas and Latinos.Washington DC; June 4, 2015
  • SAY IT LOUD! BLACK & LATINO GAY PRIDE Albany, NY; Jun 4-6, 2015
  • CSD InnsbruckInnsbruck, Austria June 4-7, 2015
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival  – In its 25th continuous year, the HRFF is one of the longest-running and well-respected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festivals in the country. The festival has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawai’i-based filmmakers. The HRFF has an excellent reputation in the film festival community and has been the venue for both U.S. and world film premieres. Honolulu, HI June 4-7, 2015
  • PridefestPrideFest Milwaukee is the most dynamic pride festival featuring the largest LGBT music showcase in North America. Milwaukee, WI; June 5-7, 2015
  • One Magical WeekendOne Magical Weekend during Gay Disney – One of the largest LGBT Events in the World! Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and EpcotOrlando, FL; June 5-7, 2015
  • Ola Girls – The “OlaGirls” festival goes Calpe 2015 for the first time at the start. 2014 was supposed to take place in Sitges, the small town and gay stronghold near Barcelona but found that there was enough there for “gays” and stood across. With Calpe enterprising organizers have now found a suitable place that not only welcomes a lesbian festival, but also actively supported. L-MAG Calpe has so could convince the commission at a location directly on site in September, nothing of a nasty bed stronghold even if it is located near the tourist-strongholds Alicante and Benidorm. Although the small town lives to 80 percent from the year-round tourism, but is anything but a “shooter” with cheap Alkbars, food stalls and Tourischließfächern. Click here for more stylish and moderate. Well-being, soak up the sun and enjoying holiday is announced in Calpe. Just the right ingredients for a great weekend with hundreds of lesbians. “OlaGirls” differs mainly in its target group of the other festivals. It is particularly addressed lesbians over 35. Of course, there will be parties and concerts, but no club and concert-marathon. The varied cultural program is more concerned with exchange, getting to know, Culinary and culture. Addressed are also couples with children or single mothers, for whom it will also give Offers and especially child care. “OlaGirls”, will focus on a peaceful break in a modern infrastructure that is tailored to the needs of lesbians who have arrived in life and who want to take a small, warm and sensual break. That the festival held on the first weekend in June, is another plus, because then the weather on the Costa Blanca is already wonderfully summery, but the season has not started yet. For transfers from Alicante Airport to Calpe will of course also be provided. Calpe, Spain; June 5-7, 2015


  • Sonoma County Pride – It is a diverse group throughout Sonoma County who speak as one unified voice to accomplish their goals while promoting Russian River or other Sonoma County LGBT tourist areas. While putting on a fun and successful Pride Parade and Celebration is of course a top priority, they are also taking the lead on a broader vision working with other community groups and local governments addressing LGBT issues. This year’s Pride theme is Equality Everywhere. Guerneville, CA; June 5-7, 2015
  • Indy Pride FestivalIndy’s annual LGBT Festival, Parade and Week of Events. Indianapolis, IN; June 5-13, 2015
  • Winnipeg Pride – Surrounded by records of LGBTTQ* history at the Manitoba Gay & Lesbian Archives, Pride Winnipeg revealed the 2015 Parade & Festival Theme to be ‘Evolution.’ The theme focuses on the evolution of human rights through education, with a primary focus on LGBTTQ* rights and freedoms. Winnepeg, Manitoba; June 5-14, 2015
  • Edmonton GLBT Pride Festival – Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980, and has grown from a small celebration of 75 people who enjoyed a baseball game followed by a campfire. Events added in the past 29 years have included rallies and fairs, poetry readings, art shows, picnics, croquet tournaments, baseball games, a film festival, the parade and Celebration on the Square. Edmonton, AB; June 5-14, 2015
  • Pittsburgh PridePittsburgh Pride is the premier LGBT community festival in Pennsylvania, featuring the Pride March, PrideFest and other events in June and is sponsored by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA; June 5-14, 2015
  • Boston PrideBoston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections. Boston, MA June 5-14, 2015
  • Aarhus Pride Aarhus Pride is a celebration of diversity in Denmark’s second-largest city, also known as the “City of Smiles.” The purpose of Aarhus Pride is to contribute to the respect and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (also known as LGBT people). Aarhus, Denmark; June 6, 2015
  • Oxford PrideOxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life in Oxfordshire. The events supporting or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBT issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment. Oxford, England; June 6, 2015
  • Joplin Missouri Pridefest – Pridefest is an annual event hosted by Joplin Pride to celebrate diversity. It is a festival where members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community gather together and enjoy each others company and partake in activities such as drag entertainment, educational talks, and retail entertainment from local vendors in the local community. Pridefest is a family friendly event open to every member of the community so they may enjoy the activities as well as their children in a diverse and tolerant atmosphere. Joplin, MO; June 6, 2015
  • Respect Gaymes – On Saturday the 6th June 2015 the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Berlin-Brandenburg (LSVD) in Berlin Jahn Sports Park present the Respect Gaymes. Under the motto “Show respect for gays and lesbians,” the sports and cultural event for prejudice and discrimination-free co place already for the eighth Time this year. Around 700 athletes can have fun at the soccer and beach volleyball tournaments. Visitors can take part in rap and graffiti workshops, the Breakdance Battle or the other competitions cheer or live music on the main stage listening. For the first time this year there will be a tournament at the trendy sport Jugger. In the Action Area of the SV Empor is also present with basketball, chess and weightlifting have many sports activities. Another highlight will be like every year the VIP soccer tournament that pits personalities from politics, culture and the gay and lesbian community against each other. Berlin, Germany; June 6, 2015
  • TLVFest, Tel-Aviv International LGBT Film Festival – TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival is a unique annual event taking place each June at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and the Tel Aviv LGBT Community Center. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society. Tel Aviv, Isreal June 6-15, 2015
  • East Central Minnesota PrideEast Central Minnesota Pride is the yearly celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) residents of East Central Minnesota. It is just one of two prides held in a rural community in the U.S. The celebration is held during the first weekend of June at Voyageur Park in Pine City, Minn. Pine City, MN June 7, 2015
  • Southern HiBearnation (Vic) – Kicking off from the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June, VicBears Southern Hibearnation brings together bears and their buddies from all over the planet for the largest and friendliest bear FUNdraising event in the South! June 7-14, 2015
  • Saskatoon Pride – The Saskatoon Pride Festival, hosted by the Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), is an annual week-long festival providing an accessible space in which to celebrate queerness, fostering community pride, and raising awareness of queer culture within the larger community. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada); June 7-14, 2015
  • Tel Aviv Gay Pride – Tel-Aviv is quickly making a name for itself as one of the top Gay destinations in the world. The extravagant and lavish Pride Week takes place annually at the beginning of the summer, when the sun shines brightly on the Tel Aviv shores. Tel Aviv, Israel; June 7-14, 2015
  • Brooklyn Pride – Over the years, Brooklyn Pride has grown to become the largest and most prominent organization serving Brooklyn’s LGBT community. Although Brooklyn Pride’s primary mission is to produce the borough’s annual pride events, the organization actively works to bring pride year round to every Brooklyn neighborhood. Brooklyn, NY; June 8-13, 2015
  • Korea Queer FestivalKorea Queer Festival has been the biggest LGBT cultural event in Korea since 2000. The organizer KQCF holds various events including Pride Parade, after parties, Korea Queer Film Festival and exhibitions. Seoul, Korea; June 9-21, 2015
  • Key West PrideFest – Key West celebrated its first Pride 35 years ago with a simple march up Duval St. This first Pride March included gay and straight men and women, friends, family members, locals, and visitors who decided they wanted to send a message to the world about how a community could live…together. Integration, acceptance, and inclusion have been a way of life in Key West for decades. Celebrate Pride on a tropical island where our official motto is “One Human Family.” Key West, FL; June 10-14, 2015
  • Tirana PrideTirana Pride 2015 will be a day of solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people who because of the historical discrimination encounter many difficulties in their lives. While in the last several years our country has made great legal and social progress towards the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity, the low visibility of LGBT people remains an obstacle to their acceptance in Albanian society. Tirana, Albania; June 11, 2015
  • Kingston Pride – Kingston (Canada), like any other city, has a significant Gay population. They work in all sorts of organizations; in Businesses, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Hospitals, Prisons, the Police service, the Military and, of course, the City of Kingston. Despite recent legislation many *LGBTTIQQ2SA people in Kingston live in fear of discrimination and prejudice. Kingston Pride is the opportunity to confront that fear, to gather as a community and to be out and proud to ourselves, and to those around us. We really are everywhere. * Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies Kingston, Ontario June 11-14, 2015
  • LA PrideChristopher Street West Association, Inc. is a non-profit service organization within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community, composed of volunteers committed to the goals of human rights, education, outreach, and better understanding within our community, as well as the non-LGBT community. To further these goals, Christopher Street West brings together the skills, talents, and visions of our diverse community to produce the annual Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration in West Hollywood. The celebration is a unifying force that provides the resources to promote and accomplish these goals. Los Angeles, CA June 12-14, 2015
  • Gay Pride Rockland – In early 1999, VCS tested the idea of developing a gay pride event with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community members, local shop keepers, religious leaders, non-profit agencies and elected officials. From the onset, we shared that our mission would be to affirm the dignity of all LGBT people, their families, friends, and allies who live in every hamlet, village and town in Rockland County. And at the same time, we wanted to transform the stereotypes that adversely impact the LGBT community. Nyack, NY; June 12-14, 2015
  • Capital City Pride – The theme for Pridefest 2015 is “Back to the Heart”.  Back to the heart of the true meaning of PRIDE the promotion of equality, recognition that all lives matter and a celebration of self-acceptance.  CCP started over 30 years ago, in the HEV, and we are excited to bring it back home. Des Moines, IA; June 12-14, 2015
  • Into Paradise, Park Queer Pride Festival – For the second time the “Gay Pride Festival Park” – the only mixed music and party festival for gays and lesbians and their supporters – in the Lüneburger Heide, between Hamburg and Hannover.  Very early are the organizers of Cologne with the announcement the first Acts: ’80s pop star Kim Wilde (a few years ago the lesbian masses to “L-Beach” delighted) with band will be our guest and dance act Cascada from Bonn who the Euro Vision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö was ranked 21. The extensive and densely forested amusement park with a capacity for 3,500 overnight guests offers bungalows and even houseboats and tree houses for two to eight persons or groups of twelve from 224 euros for three nights with six people in the bungalow. Lüneburger Heide, Germany; June 12-15, 2015
  • Shanghai Pride – The first ShanghaiPRIDE came into being with a bang in 2009, thanks to the tireless commitment of a small group of volunteers. Their hope was, and still remains, that ShanghaiPRIDE can raise the awareness and visibility of the LGBT community in China and thereby increase acceptance and tolerance. Shanghai, China; June 12-21, 2015
  • Albuquerque Pride – New Mexico is the only state that has both Hate Crimes and Human Rights legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. New Mexicans are accepting of diversity but being aware of your environment and taking appropriate precautions after a day at Pride are advised. Albuquerque, NM; June 13, 2015
  • OutSpokane Rainbow Festival – Annual parade through the streets of downtown Spokane the second Saturday in June. Spokane, WA; June 13, 2015
  • Long Island Pride Parade -For the past two years, Long Island PrideFest has been the highlight of the year for Long Island’s GLBT community. From 1:00pm to 6:00pm, PrideFest rocks Heckscher Park with all-day live entertainment from top performers and local talent.PrideFest has something for all 15,000+ participants annually: enjoy a beer and wine garden, a VIP Lounge, a health pavilion, information booths, activities for children and families, delicious food, and much more. Long Island, NY; June 13, 2015
  • Athens PrideThe first Athens Pride was held to 2005. The non-profit organization Pride Festival Athens – Athens Pride was founded in 2006. It is the largest LGBT event in the region and one of the most dynamically developing Prides in Europe. The major event held every June in the central square of Athens, thousands of visitors (estimated at 20,000 in 2014) have the opportunity this morning to visit the booths of dozens of organizations, but also slow to enjoy the artistic program, thus participating in one of the better off party in town! To πρώτο Athens Pride έλαβε χώρα to 2005. Η αστική μη κερδοσκοπική εταιρεία Φεστιβάλ Υπερηφάνειας Αθήνας – Athens Pride ιδρύθηκε το 2006. Είναι το μεγαλύτερο LGBT εκδήλωση στην ευρύτερη περιοχή και ένα από τα δυναμικότερα αναπτυσσόμενα Prides στην Ευρώπη. Στη μεγάλη εκδήλωση που διοργανώνεται κάθε Ιούνιο σε κεντρική πλατεία της Αθήνας, χιλιάδες επισκέπτες (υπολογίζονται στους 20.000 το 2014) έχουν την ευκαιρία το πρωί να επισκεφτούν τα περίπτερα δεκάδων οργανώσεων, αλλά και το βραδύ να απολαμβάνουν το καλλιτεχνικό πρόγραμμα, συμμετέχοντας έτσι σε ένα από τα καλύτερα ανοιχτά πάρτυ της πόλης! Athens, Greece; June 13, 2015
  • Warsaw Pride – The next Equality Parade is set to march the streets of Warsaw on 13th of June 2015! We will have many surprises and attractions in store for you.  As usual, the Parade will highlight the demands of national, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities  as well as disabled people. Warsaw, Poland; June 13, 2015
  • Zagreb Pride – Gay Pride Parade in Zagreb Pride is the most important annual protest, demonstration and public political gathering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and queer people. Zagreb, Croatia; June 13, 2015
  • Wuppertal PrideSince 2010, hosted and organized the club Wupper Pride eV a Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Wuppertal. This year’s CSD will be held at the Town Hall square in Barmen. Wuppertal, Germany; June 13, 2015
  • Portland Pride Festival – Come celebrate Oregon & SW Washington’s LGBTQ and allied communities with 200 community groups, non-profits and businesses, local edibles and beverages, as well as chart-topping & local artists on the SoundStage from Noon until 6pm! Portland, OR; June 13-14, 2015
  • Blackpool PrideBlackpool, England; June 13-14, 2015
  • Philly Pride – The gay pride organization for Philadelphia. Organizer of PrideDay (the LGBT Parade and Festival), OutFest (the National Coming Out Day Block Party), and other LGBT Events  Philadelphia, PA; June 14, 2015
  • Zürich Pride“Now more than ever!” was the motto of the 2014 Pride. With this, Zurich Pride Festival stated that – apart from having accomplished a lot so far – there’s still more to do in terms of equality for lesbians, gays and transgenders (LGBT). In 2015, we’ll pick up the thread. While there are people questioning the limits or borders of equality for LGBT, we say: there are none. We demand all rights equal to those of heterosexuals. Not only do we want to be tolerated by society, but be accepted and be on par with it. We want “Equality without borders.” Zürich, Switzerland; June 14-21, 2015
  • Euro Pride 2015 – EuroPride is one of Europe’s main LGBT events and this year it ill be hosted by Riga, Latvia, coinciding with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  This EuroPride marks a historic occasion as the first EuroPride to be held in a post-Soviet country on the EU’s Eastern border with Russia. This year’s event provides an invaluable opportunity to draw pan-European attention to LGBT and human rights in the region. Riga, Latvia; June 15-21, 2015
  • Queen City Pride – The Queen City Pride Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer) community of Regina and the greater region of South Saskatchewan. The festival features a series of events, organized by Regina Pride and other community organizations, that focus on highlighting our culture, history, achievements, and struggles. Every event strives to educate, entertain, and inform participants on our sexual and gender diverse community. The Queen City Pride Festival takes place during the month June, along with Prince Albert Pride, Saskatoon Pride, Moose Jaw Pride, and Swift Current Pride. These festivals take place during Saskatchewan’s “Pride Month”, as proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan each year. Regina, SK; June 15-21, 2015
  • OKC Pride – Following a full week of nightly events, OKC Pride weekend consists of a free outdoor concert and Block Party on Friday, June 19, the OKC Pride Arts Festival on June 20-21 and culminates with the OKC Pride Parade on Sunday, June 21. Please get involved, volunteer, donate, register for the festival, enter the parade or just plan to join us for a great time. Our theme for OKC Pride 2015 is “Together, Equal, Proud” and represents the unity we have between the LGBT community and its supporters, the respect and need for equality for everyone, and the pride we have in the history and individuality of this wonderful community. OKC Pride 2015 looks to be the biggest and best Pride event in our history. Make sure you are a part of it! Oklahoma City, OK; June 15-21, 2015
  • Vienna Gay Pride – the country’s biggest event of the lesbian, gay and transgender community. Vienna, Austria; June 16-21, 2015
  • PORTLAND BLACK PRIDE – Portland Black Pride is part of a national movement and celebration that unites and celebrates culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Portland, OR; Jun 17-21, 2015
  • Provincetown International Film Festival – The defining honor of the Festival is its “Filmmaker on the Edge Award,” honoring outstanding achievement, innovation, and vision in film making and given to a film artist whose admirable body of work pushes the boundaries of the medium. Filmmakers honored with this award represent the breadth and scope of independent film making – as well as the Festival’s continued relevance and importance to the industry’s leading innovators:New Art Cinema. Provincetown, MA June 17-21, 2015
  • Gay Pride Sitges – The gay village by the sea is the epicenter of Sitges Pride, hosting 5 days of concerts, t-dances, fashion shows and more. 5,000+ people gather each evening to celebrate into the night. Sitges, Spain; June 18-22, 2015
  • Frameline – San Francisco International LGBT Festival – Frameline, the world’s largest LGBT media arts nonprofit organization, is proud to produce the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. San Francisco, CA Jun 18-28, 2015
  • Pride Barcelona – Ten days of diversity with lots of activities as theatre, cinema, conferences, sport, commerce, leisure and more that will end the last weekend of June. Barcelona, Spain; June 18-28, 2015
  • CineSLAM – Vermont’s LGBT Short Films Festival Brattleboro, VT; June 19, 2015
  • Gay Days ArizonaGay Days Arizona will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona and will include multiple fun-filled events for the LGBT community. “We are committed to bring the Southwest LGBT and ally communities an event they will not soon forget. With our hotel partner The Saguaro we will have offerings to please the appetite of the Arizona locals as well as travelers from around the world. Each day will bring new surprises and exciting events to our attendees such as daily pool parties, nightclub style events, and much more.” Scottsdale, AZ; June 19-21, 2015
  • Bisbee Pride Bisbee Pride was formed in 2005 when a small group began discussing how to bring people to town in the summer.  What started as a small group of LGBT people has grown into a Pride Festival that draws hundreds of people from around the Country. Bisbee was the first town in Arizona to pass Civil Union ordinance. Bisbee, AZ; June 19-21, 2015
  • Columbus Pride – Central Ohio’s Annual Festival and Parade for the LGBTA Community. Columbus, OH; June 19-21, 2015
  • New Orleans PrideNew Orleans Pride fully embraces the message of visibility of all communities in our mission to celebrate and promote history along with future prosperity of not only the New Orleans area, but the entire Gulf Coast Region. We are using public awareness and education about the LGBT community as a way to combat “phobias” and discrimination. These programs, seminars, and events leading up to, and during Pride weekend, are meant to include individuals from all walks of life.  New Orleans Pride’s objectives are to create an atmosphere in the Gulf Coast Region, where everyone can feel comfortable, safe and respected. New Orleans Pride is creating unity in all communities, bringing together the straight and homosexual communities. New Orleans, LA; June 19-21, 2015
  • Capital City Pride – Celebrate 25 years of LGBT PRIDE in the greater Olympia area. Olympia, WA; June 19-21, 2015
  • Gay Wine Weekend – Come Out In The Vineyard at GAY WINE WEEKEND 2015, a weekend of wine & celebration in California Wine Country – Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance & Gay Wine Auction benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Sonoma & Napa Valleys, CA; June 19-21, 2015
  • Pride Toronto – A ten day event, Pride Week is one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people. An award winning festival, Pride Week is one of only eight officially designated City of Toronto “Signature Events”, is recognized as one of the “Top 50 Festivals in Ontario” by Festivals and Events Ontario, was awarded the “Best Festival in Canada” award by the Canadian Special Event Industry two years in a row and received the “Best Arts & Culture Event” award for 2011. Toronto, ON; June 19-28, 2015
  • North Brooklyn PrideWilliamsburg – North Brooklyn PRIDE Fest is the community’s first Pride event, raising awareness for LGBTQ youth in need and celebrating diversity. Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY; June 20, 2015
  • Lyon PrideAssociation against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It organizesevery year in Lyon walking Pride Lesbian, Fun, Bi and Trans. Association de lutte contre les discriminations liées à l’orientation sexuelle et à l’identité de genre. Elle organise chaque année à Lyon la marche des Fiertés Lesbiennes, Gaies, Bi et Trans. Lyon, France; June 20, 2015
  • Toulouse Pride – The march 2015 will take place June 20, 2015 at 14h. It will start at 14h Place du Capitole. La marche 2015 aura lieu le 20 juin 2015 à 14h. Elle débutera à 14h Place du Capitole. Toulouse, France; June 20, 2015
  • RI Pridefest & ParadeRhode Island PrideFest & Illuminated Night Parade. Providence, RI; June 20, 2015
  • Salisbury PrideSalisbury Pride, Inc. builds safe inclusive communities in Rowan County and the surrounding areas with an emphasis on acceptance and valuing individuals of all sexual orientations or gender identities by: providing opportunities for positive visibility in and around the community; providing a safe environment that permits the expression of diverse perspectives; and education for the purpose of cultivating harmony within the community. Salisbury, North Carolina; June 20, 2015
  • York Pride – Under the banner of ‘Raise your Rainbow’, York Pride has again teamed up with Benenden, health & well-being provider and major York employer, to make the 2015 York Pride the most visible and celebratory yet. York, England; June 20, 2015
  • Fantasypride – All popular highlights of Fantasypride as ColognePride – Opening, Wet T-shirt contest, cabaret, great evening show and open-end party, of course it again. Also, of course, all the popular attractions of Phantasialand. Brühl (bei Köln), Germany; June 20, 2015
  • Stadtfest BerlinGay Pride will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 25,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Words, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups. Along with dozens of information booths and market stalls, there will be a varied range of culinary treats. And on both days of the festival, there will be five high-energy performance venues – June 20-21, 2015
  • Denver PrideFest – Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Denver PrideFest is now the fourth largest pride festival, and seventh largest pride parade in the United States. Denver, CO; June 20-21, 2015
  • Columbus Urban Pride provides a series of social and educational events that celebrate racial diversity within the the LGBTQ community. Columbus, OH; Jun 20-21, 2015
  • Chicago Pride 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade & Pride WeekendChicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade – The two-day festival takes place along Chicago’s famed Halsted strip on June 20-21. The parade takes place over a four-mile route on Sunday, June 28. Chicago, IL; June 20-28, 2015
  • Cologne CSD – Right in the heart of Cologne the big CSD festival takes place. Three stages offer entertainment and information from Friday 6pm until Sunday late night. The line-up is diverse – you’ll find something for every mood and every taste. Apart from the line-up details on these pages you can find information about “Candlelight against oblivion”, a truly remarkable event taking place at the main stage on Saturday at 10pm. Cologne, Germany; Jun 20 – Jul 5, 2015
  • Folsom Street East – serving the leather/fetish/kink community, the LGBT community and New York City at large. The biggest annual event is the Folsom Street East Street Festival, the largest outdoor fetish street festival on the eastern coast, which brings thousands of sexy kinksters out onto the streets of New York City on a summer afternoon to celebrate sexual diversity and expression. With your support, Folsom Street East has donated more than $250,000 since the first street fair in 1997 to local community organizations. New York, NY; June 21, 2015
  • Pride Houston – For more than 36 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBT community in Houston. Houston, TX; June 21-28, 2015
  • NYC  Pride Heritage of Pride hosts New York City’s Pride events in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement. NYC, NY June 21-28, 2015
  • Harlem Pride – Our mission is to advocate for, educate, promote, and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBT individuals, organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community. We adopted the use of “Same-gender-loving”, or “SGL” to be inclusive of the identities of members of our Harlem community. It is a term coined for African American use by activist Cleo Manago, and is a description for homosexuals and bisexuals, particularly in the African American community. It emerged in the early 1990s as a culturally affirming African American homosexual/bisexual identity. Harlem, NYC; June 21-28, 2015
  • St. Pete Pride – With more than 300 exhibitors, multiple stages, and attendance of more than 20,000 people, the Festival has something for everyone. There’s exhibits like the HCA Hospital Health & Wellness Pavilion, the St Pete Art Mash and a whole cast of music performers. Admission is free, but donations for support can be given at the information booths at either entrance to the Festival. St. Petersburg, FL; June 24-28, 2015
  • SOUTH CAROLINA BLACK PRIDE – Celebrating 10 years of South Carolina Black Pride. This year’s theme is ‘Primetime 4 Black Pride – 10 years of Standing in our Truth.’ Columbia, SC; June 24-28, 2015
  • “Christopher Street Day” auf der SpreeCSD ON THE SPREE is unique Berlin tradition: Sightseeing Tour and “demonstration” on the water combine with fun and culture made ​​within the CSD week a contribution to the rich spectrum of gay and lesbian clubs and big city life. CSD ON THE SPREE always takes place on Thursday before the Parade weekend. June 25, 2015
  • Baltimore Pride – The Baltimore Pride Celebration is a program of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 1977, whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies, through programs, services and resources. Baltimore, MD; June 25-26, 2015
  • Nashville PrideNashville Pride’s mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and culture in Middle Tennessee. Nashville, TN; June 25-26, 2015
  • Valhall Fetish WeekendSLM Oslo is a fetish club for gay and bisexual men who like leather, rubber and uniforms etc. The club is located in the central parts of Oslo, a few hundred meters off “Karl Johans gate.” Oslo, Norway; Jun 25-27, 2015
  • Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival OUT HERE NOW: The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival will celebrate its 16th season this year. Kansas City June 25 – Jul 2, 2015
  • Hampton Roads Pride – Hampton Roads Pride has become the only such organization in the United States to put on a Boat Parade, underlining our connections with the maritime history of our port cities. This vibrant energy has dovetailed nicely with unfolding events: the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in October 2011 and Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s decision in the marriage equality cases in March 2014 come first to mind here. Accordingly, there is much more to be proud of than ever before both locally and nationally. Norfolk, VA; Jun 26-27, 2015
  • Pride Barcelona – 10 days of diversity with lots of activities as theatre, cinema, conferences, sport, commerce, leisure and more. Barcelona, Spain; June 26-28, 2015
  • Cincinnati Pride – The mission of Cincinnati Pride is to provide the Greater Cincinnati LGBT community and our allies a forum celebrating and affirming our individuality and importance to the Greater Cincinnati area by giving expression to our community’s rich history and diversity and renewing our dedication to promoting acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Cincinnati, OH; June 27, 2015
  • Christopher Street Day Parade BerlinEurope’s biggest Lesbian-Gay City Festival in the traditional gay district of Berlin around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. June 27, 2015
  • Dublin Pride – The Dublin LGBT Pride Festival is an annual series of events which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) life in Dublin, Ireland. It is the largest LGBTQ pride festival in the Republic of Ireland. The festival culminates in a pride parade which is held in June. The event has grown from a one-day event in 1983 to a ten-day festival celebrating LGBT culture in Ireland with an expanded arts, social and cultural content. Dublin, Ireland; June 27, 2015
  • Pride in London – 2014 saw London’s biggest ever Pride Parade when 30,000 people danced, marched, drove and rollerskated their way through the heart of the capital. Throughout June the award-winning #freedomto social media and advertising campaign took the Pride message to millions of people across London and far beyond. London, UK; June 27, 2015
  • Marche des Fiertés (Gay Pride Paris) – L’Inter-LGBT organise la Marche des Fiertés lesbiennes, gaies, bi et trans (LGBT), le Printemps des assoces et d’autres interventions publiques ; elle participe au dialogue politique et social; elle soutient des projets interassociatifs et favorise à la fois la visibilité des associations LGBT et l’émergence d’une stratégie collective. The Inter-LGBT organizing the Pride March of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), the Spring assoces and other public interventions; she participated in the political and social dialogue; it supports interassociatifs projects and promotes both the visibility of LGBT organizations and the emergence of a collective strategy. Paris, France June 27, 2015
  • East Side Pride – Kick off the Pride Season at the site of the historic Stonewall Festival. East Side Pride offers a chance to take in the work of local artisans and learn more about community groups doing important work in and with the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver. Look forward to acoustic performances by local bands and serenades by some of the East Side’s top drag performers.Grandview Park, like all of Vancouver’s parks, is completely accessible. Shade tenting will be provided beside cement pathways for those with mobility issues. ASL interpreters and a signing area will be provided by the B.C. Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf. East Side Pride is a sober event. Vancouver; June 27, 2015
  • Santa Fe Pride (Pride on the Plaza) Santa Fe, NM; June 27, 2015
  • Twin Cities PrideTwin Cities Pride brings the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. We create events that are open and inviting to everyone in the community, providing a safe environment in which individuals feel free to celebrate their relationships. Minneapolis, MN; June 27-28, 2015
  • San Francisco Pride – With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. Equality without Exception – The event theme for the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade (2015). San Francisco, CA; June 27-28, 2015
  • Seattle PrideFest PrideFest 2015 is on Sunday, June 28 2015 at the Seattle Center. And returning Saturday June 27 is PrideFest Capitol Hill & Family Day. Seattle, WA; June 27-28, 2015
  • Surrey Pride Festival – Surrey Pride is committed to expanding and being more inclusive in the GLBTQ Community and working with other organizations towards all inclusive PRIDE with events throughout the year and during the Festival at Holland Park. Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; June 28, 2015
  • Victoria Pride – The Victoria Pride Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our community’s history, courage, diversity and future. Victoria, BC; June 28 – July 5, 2015
  • Festival MIX MILANO di Cinema Gaylesbico e Queer Culture – Teatro Strehler, Largo Greppi, 1 Milan, Italy – Milan, Italy June 29 – Jul 5, 2015
  • Fribourg PrideFribourg, Switzerland; 2016

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Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) announces the winners for the 2015 CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, the industry’s highest honor, at its annual ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, hosted by Aisha Tyler. Now in its 21st year, the CEW Beauty Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year. New this year was the addition of the Hair Tools category, which showcase tools that aid the preparation and styling of hair, such as blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, brushes and other like products.


The  finalists were voted on in 33 award categories by CEW members, more than 6,000 beauty industry executives and professionals from 1,700 companies; and the winners were selected from the finalists by the CEW Board of Governors and a select group of industry experts.

The CEW Beauty Awards are different from all other awards in our industry because it is the only award selected by beauty insiders, those who know products best and can determine what is really exceptional,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “These finalists [and ultimate winners] represent the most innovative products, selected by CEW experts for shoppers to use as a guide to find beauty’s best.”

The winners are:

Acne Treatment
Estée Lauder Clear Difference Targeted Blemish Treatment

Anti-Aging Mass
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Anti-Aging Prestige
Shiseido Cosmetics America Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Bath and Body Mass
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Bath and Body Prestige
Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Beauty Balm

Cleanser and Scrub
GLAMGLOW Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment

Eco Beauty Products
COOLA Suncare COOLA Suncare Marula | Pure Beauty Oil Marula | Pure Beauty Oil

Eye Mass Product
FLOWER Eye 2 Eye Eye Marker & Volumizing Mascara

Eye Product Prestige
Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

Eye Treatment Mass
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

Eye Treatment Prestige
Shiseido Cosmetics America Benefiance Wrinkleresist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

Face Product Mass
Laneige BB Cushion

Face Product Prestige
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer

Hair Coloring Product
L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue

Hair Shampoo/Hair Conditioner
Living Proof Curl Conditioning Wash

Hair Style/Hair Care
Living Proof Instant Texture Mist

Hair Tools
T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Barrel Styling Wand

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist at The Whitney Museum of American Art

The most eye-opening take-away I got from attending the preview of (both) the new Whitney Museum of American Art in downtown Manhattan (99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014, (212) 570-3600, and the inaugural exhibit, America is Hard to See, is, as much as I love art (and how much I have read on the subject over the years), it was astonishing how much I DID NOT know.

We all know Jackson Pollack, but how much do we know about his wife, Lee Krasner, an accomplished artist in her own right whose own career often was seriously compromised by her role as supportive wife to Pollock, arguably the one of the most significant postwar American painter, as well as by the male-dominated art world? We know Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Georgia O’Keefe, but we should also know more about Arthur Dove, Imogene Cunningham, Florine Stettheimer, James Daugherty, Eldzier Cortor, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Eva Hesse, Lari Pitmman, and Nam June Park, and so many others, all among the 400 artists represented in more than 600 works of arts in “America is Hard to See“.

The Whitney Museum of American Art was borne out of sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s advocacy on behalf of living American artists. At the beginning of the twentieth century, artists with new ideas found it nearly impossible to exhibit or sell their work in the United States. Recognizing the obstacles these artists faced, Mrs. Whitney began purchasing and showing their work, thereby becoming the leading patron of American art from 1907 until her death in 1942.

In 1914, Mrs. Whitney established The Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, where she presented exhibitions by living American artists whose work had been disregarded by the traditional

Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981)

Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981)

academies. By 1929 she had assembled a collection of more than 500 works, which she offered with an endowment to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When the offer was refused, she set up her own museum, one with a new and radically different mandate: to focus exclusively on the art and artists of this country. The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1930, and opened in 1931 on West Eighth Street in Greenwich Village.

Since its inception in 1931, the Whitney has championed American art and artists by assembling a rich permanent collection and featuring a rigorous and varied schedule of exhibition programs, which is why the upcoming exhibition, Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, (October 2, 2015–January 17, 2016) is so important. It introduces us to yet another artist we should know and whose work defined the life and times in America.

 Archibald J. Motley Jr., Blues, (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Blues, (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 36 x 42 inches (91.4 x 106.7 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald Motley was one of the most important figures associated with the Harlem Renaissance (although he never lived in Harlem) and is best known as both a master colorist and a radical interpreter of urban culture.First shown at the Nasher Museum at Duke University in early 2014 and organized and curated by Professor Richard J. Powell (John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University), Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is the first full-scale survey of his paintings in two decades, featuring mesmerizing portraits and vibrant cultural scenes painted between 1919 to 1961. The installation at the Whitney Museum will be overseen by Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Barbecue, (detail), c. 1934. Oil on canvas, 39 x 44 inches (99.1 x 111.76 cm). Collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Barbecue, (detail), c. 1934. Oil on canvas, 39 x 44 inches (99.1 x 111.76 cm). Collection of the Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

 Archibald J. Motley Jr., Tongues (Holy Rollers), (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 29.25 x 36.125 inches (74.3 x 91.8 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Tongues (Holy Rollers), (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 29.25 x 36.125 inches (74.3 x 91.8 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

The exhibition will offer an unprecedented opportunity to carefully examine Motley’s dynamic depictions of modern life in his home town, Chicago, as well as in Jazz Age Paris and Mexico. Specifically, it will highlight his unique use of both expressionism and social realism and will resituate this underexposed artist within a broader, art historical context. The exhibition will be presented in the sky-lit eighth floor galleries of the new Whitney during its inaugural year.

Motley is one of the most significant yet least visible 20th-century artists, despite the broad appeal of his paintings. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections; few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work. With a survey that spans 40 years, Archibald Motley introduces the artist’s canvases of riotous color to wider audiences and reveals his continued impact on art history.

According to Powell in a previous interview, ” There was a major retrospective of Archibald Motley that was done in the early 1990s by the Chicago Historical Society, now known as the Chicago History Museum. Why are we looking at him again? The show that was done in 1991 was a broad introduction to his art and career. It was less focused and broad and general. I had a chance to see that show and enjoyed it immensely. But as we have moved beyond that moment and into the 21st century and as we have moved into the era of post-modernism, particularly that category post-black, I really felt that it would be worth revisiting Archibald Motley to look more critically at his work, to investigate his wry sense of humor, his use of irony in his paintings, his interrogations of issues around race and identity.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Mending Socks, 1924. Oil on canvas, 43.875 x 40 inches (111.4 x 101.6 cm). Collection of the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Burton Emmett Collection, 58.1.2801. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Mending Socks, 1924. Oil on canvas, 43.875 x 40 inches (111.4 x 101.6 cm). Collection of the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Burton Emmett Collection, 58.1.2801. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald John Motley, Junior (September 2, 1891, New Orleans, Louisiana – January 16, 1981, Chicago, Illinois) was an American painter. He studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1910s and is most famous for his colorful chronicling of the African-American experience during the 1920s and 1930s, and considered one of the major contributors to the Harlem Renaissance.

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Black Belt, (detail), 1934. Oil on canvas, 33 x 40.5 inches (83.8 x 102.9 cm). Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Black Belt, (detail), 1934. Oil on canvas, 33 x 40.5 inches (83.8 x 102.9 cm). Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Unlike many other Harlem Renaissance artists, Archibald Motley, Jr. never lived in Harlem—-he was born in New Orleans and spent the majority of his life in Chicago. His was the only black family in a fairly affluent, white, European neighborhood. His social class enabled him to have the benefit of classical training at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was awarded the Harmon Foundation Award in 1928, and then became the first African-American to have a one-man exhibit in New York City. He sold twenty-two out of the twenty-six exhibited paintings–an impressive feat for an emerging black artist.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Self-Portrait (Myself at Work), 1933. Oil on canvas, 57.125 x 45.25 inches (145.1 x 114.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Self-Portrait (Myself at Work), 1933. Oil on canvas, 57.125 x 45.25 inches (145.1 x 114.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

In 1927 he had applied for a Guggenheim Fellowship and was denied, but he reapplied and won the fellowship in 1929. He studied in France for a year, and chose not to extend his fellowship another six months. While many contemporary artists looked back to Africa for inspiration, Motley was inspired by the great Renaissance masters available at the Louvre. He found in the artwork there a formal sophistication and maturity that could give depth to his own work, particularly in the Dutch painters and the genre images of Delacroix, Hals, and Rembrandt. Motley’s portraits take the conventions of the Western tradition and update them–allowing for black bodies, specifically black female bodies, a space in a history that had traditionally excluded them.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Brown Girl After the Bath, 1931. Oil on canvas, 48.25 x 36 inches (122.6 x 91.4 cm). Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2007.015. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Brown Girl After the Bath, 1931. Oil on canvas, 48.25 x 36 inches (122.6 x 91.4 cm). Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2007.015. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., The Octoroon Girl, 1925. Oil on canvas, 38 x 30.25 inches (96.5 x 76.8 cm). Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, New York. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald J. Motley Jr., The Octoroon Girl, 1925. Oil on canvas, 38 x 30.25 inches (96.5 x 76.8 cm). Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, New York. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Motley was incredibly interested in skin tone, and did numerous portraits documenting women of varying blood quantities (“octoroon,” “quadroon,” “mulatto”). These portraits celebrate skin tone as something diverse, inclusive, and pluralistic. The also demonstrate an understanding that these categorizations become synonymous with public identity and influence one’s opportunities in life. It is often difficult if not impossible to tell what kind of racial mixture the subject has without referring to the title. These physical markers of blackness, then, are unstable and unreliable, and Motley exposed that difference.

As Powell later reiterated, “Motley [was] very attuned to the racial politics of his time. He knows that African Americans during this time struggled around issues of class and race and identity and that he can get a rise out of audiences and viewers when he explores a range of subjects that might be viewed by some people as stereotypic. He is consciously doing this. He is willfully doing this to get people to engage with the work, but also ultimately to move beyond a simplistic representation or a simplistic sense of what black people should or shouldn’t look like. He wants to mix things up to make you come to terms with the richness of the subject as it is represented from one painting to another.” Continue reading

See U Next Tuesday: “Blowing Boogie Bugle Man From Company G”

To get you started on your holiday weekend festivities, I present Allison Lane’s Parody of the Andrews Sisters Classic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B”.  Enjoy and have a good weekend. (

And the original from The Andrews Sisters, from the 1941 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film, “Buck Privates”.


The Whitney Museum of American Art Announces New Expansion of its Leadership Team

Appoints Donna De Salvo to New Position of Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, and Scott Rothkopf to Deputy Director for Programs and Chief Curator

Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, today announced that the Museum is expanding its leadership team by appointing Donna De Salvo to the new position of Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, and Scott Rothkopf to Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, effective July 1, 2015. The move is designed to bolster the Whitney’s leadership in response to the recent growth of the Museum, the ever-widening programming opportunities available in its new building, and in anticipation of the greater role the Museum expects to play on the internationally art front.

In her new role, Donna De Salvo, who has served as the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs since 2006, will help lead the Museum’s efforts to define and communicate an expanded and more complex understanding of American art and artists in contemporary culture globally. In addition to organizing exhibitions, De Salvo will encourage greater visibility for the Whitney through programs, professional exchanges,

Donna De Salvo, the new Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Donna De Salvo, the new Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art

and institutional development. De Salvo will also be involved in long-term strategic planning for the institution.

In addition to leading the curatorial team for the Whitney’s inaugural collection display America Is Hard to See, Miss De Salvo has curated Full House: The Whitney’s Collection at 75 (2006) and Robert Irwin: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977) (2013). Among the exhibitions she has co-curated are Sinister Pop (2012–13, with Scott Rothkopf), Signs & Symbols (2012, with Jane Panetta), Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE (2007–08, with Ann Goldstein) and Roni Horn aka Roni Horn (2009–10, with Carter Foster and Mark Godfrey). With Linda Norden, she co-curated Course of Empire: Paintings by Ed Ruscha for the United States Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, an exhibition that was also presented at the Whitney (2005–06).

Prior to working at the Whitney, De Salvo served for five years as a Senior Curator at Tate Modern, London, where she curated such exhibitions such as Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970 (2005); Marsyas (Anish Kapoor’s 2003 work commissioned by Tate Modern for its Turbine Hall); and Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (2001). Among the exhibitions she has curated at other institutions are Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955–1962 (MOCA Los Angeles, 1992–93), Staging Surrealism (Wexner Center for the Arts, 1997–98), and A Museum Looks at Itself: Mapping Past and Present at the Parrish Art Museum (Parrish Art Museum, 1992).

From 1981 to 1986, De Salvo was a curator at the Dia Art Foundation, where she worked closely with several of its artists, including John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. A noted expert on the work of Warhol, she was Adjunct Curator for the Andy Warhol Museum and was curator of Andy Warhol: Disaster Paintings, 1963 (Dia Art Foundation, 1986), Andy Warhol: Hand-Painted Images, 1960–62 (Dia Art Foundation, 1987), “Success is a Job in New York”: The early art and business of Andy Warhol (Grey Art Gallery, 1989), and a retrospective of the artist’s work at Tate Modern (2002). She is currently developing a thematic retrospective of Warhol’s work to be presented at the Whitney in 2018.

She has written catalogues and essays and lectured on a wide range of modern and contemporary artists, including Barbara Bloom, Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, William Eggleston, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Wade Guyton, Ray Johnson, Anish Kapoor, Per Kirkeby, Barbara Kruger, Giorgio Morandi, Barnett Newman, Chris Ofili, Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Cy Twombly, Mark Wallinger, and Gillian Wearing. A recipient of the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award from the College Art Association, she has participated in many international juries and review panels and has taught at the curatorial studies programs at Bard College and The Royal College of Art.

Donna De Salvo stated, “I am delighted to be entrusted with the responsibilities of this new position to carry forward our work and to further enhance and extend what American art means on a world stage. I believe we have created a framework, both architecturally and programmatically, that provides endless possibilities in future. I am especially excited by the prospect of working together with Scott Rothkopf in his new role and on our expanded mission for the Museum.”

Scott Rothkopf, presently Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, joined the Whitney as Curator in 2009. In his new role, he will oversee the curatorial department and exhibition activities, direct the growth and display of the collection, and shape the Whitney’s programmatic vision. Taking advantage of the Museum’s new and greatly increased indoor and outdoor spaces, he will oversee expanded visual,

Scott Rothkopf, The Whitney's new  Deputy Director for Programs and Chief Curator

Scott Rothkopf, The Whitney’s new Deputy Director for Programs and Chief Curator

performing, and media arts offerings as well as continue to organize exhibitions himself.

Rothkopf most recently served on the curatorial team responsible for the Whitney’s inaugural collection display America Is Hard to See. At the Whitney he has also curated Mary Heilmann: Sunset (2015), Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (2014), Sinister Pop (2012–13, with Donna De Salvo),Wade Guyton OS (2012–13), Glenn Ligon: AMERICA (2011), Singular Visions (2010, with Dana Miller), and Whitney on Site: Guyton\Walker (2010).

Prior to joining the Whitney, Rothkopf served as Senior Editor of Artforum International from 2004 through 2009, where he was a frequent contributor of feature reviews and essays. He began his curatorial career at the Harvard University Art Museums, organizing Mel Bochner: Photographs, 1966–1969 (2002) and Huyghe + Corbusier: Harvard Project (2004, with Linda Norden). He also served as a contributing curator to the Biennale de Lyon in 2007, for a project with Guyton.

Rothkopf has published widely on the work of contemporary artists, including Paul Chan, Diller and Scofidio, Carroll Dunham, Katharina Fritsch, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Josiah McElheny, Takashi Murakami, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Paul Thek, Kelley Walker, T. J. Wilcox, Terry Winters, and Karen Kilimnik, who was the subject of his 2007 book, Period Eye: Karen Kilimnik’s Fancy Pictures, co-authored with Meredith Martin. He also served as editor of Yourself in the World (2011), a volume of the collected writings and interviews of Glenn Ligon.

Rothkopf is a member of the board of trustees of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and has been a visiting critic at Hunter College, Yale University’s School of Art, and the University of Southern California, among many others. He has served on numerous juries, including those of the Deste Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University.

Rothkopf stated, “The Whitney has long been known as the artists’ museum, a reputation that captures our intimate and profound commitment to artists and their work. In our new home we will further develop our venturesome approach to challenging exhibitions, collection displays, and an innovative performance program, as well as create new connections among them. It is a great honor to be chosen to take this project forward and to expand on the extraordinary accomplishments of Donna De Salvo.”

In announcing the new positions, Weinberg stated, “The Whitney is poised to take on greater challenges and growing its leadership is essential to extending the Museum’s reach. No one is better prepared to take on the important work of redefining the Whitney’s role on the international stage than Donna De Salvo, whose experience, insight, and innovative thinking have been central to our move downtown. As can be seen in the presentation of the Whitney’s collection in our new home, led brilliantly by Donna, we are exploring as never before the layered, nuanced, and changing meanings of the term ‘American art’ within contemporary global culture. In her new role, Donna will build on that experimentation and thinking.

Scott Rothkopf has brought a singular combination of scholarship, critical acumen, and curatorial talent to the Whitney,” Weinberg continued. “His achievements over the past half-dozen years have been remarkable; his vision, inventiveness, and leadership abilities are manifest. We’re proud to welcome him as our new Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, charged with overseeing all facets of the Museum’s curatorial program. Scott’s enthusiasm, energy, and passion for the Whitney’s mission—with living artists at its core—make him the perfect choice to expand and enrich our curatorial offerings at this historic turning point for the Whitney. We are particularly grateful to our trustee Nancy Crown and her husband Steve for so generously endowing this position.



See Dance Differently at The 2015 (21st Annual) Fire Island Dance Festival

Make your plans now to attend Fire Island’s most anticipated event of the season. The Fire Island Dance Festival  (July 17-19, 2015, Fire Island Pines, NY) has wowed audiences for 20 years with an eclectic mix of famed and fast-rising dancers from Broadway to Ballet performing on a stunning waterfront stage with the Great South Bay as a backdrop. During the festival’s 20 years, 48 new works have had their world premieres at Fire Island Dance Festival.

To date, Fire Island Dance Festival supporters have raised $3.8 million for the most vulnerable among us, helping to ensure that they receive lifesaving medications and health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

This year’s line of performers includes:

American Ballet Theatre, presenting in-demand choreographer Liam Scarlett’s intimate “With a Chance of Rain,” featuring principal dancers Isabella Bolyston and Cory Stearns.

• Aszure Barton & Artists, a collective of visual, sound and performing artists evoking the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder through her adventurous choreography.

The Bang Group, negotiating the perilous and hysterical results of David Parker and  Jeffrey Kazin wearing neck-to-toe Velcro suits in “Slapstuck.”

Jon Bond & Joaquim de Santana, members of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, exploring gravity-defying movement with fluidity and intensity.

Ashley Bouder & Amar Ramasar, principal dancers with New York City Ballet, creating an intriguing juxtaposition onstage with powerhouse precision and infectious enthusiasm.

• Dorrance Dance, honoring tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context by pushing the boundaries of tap rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually.

• Marcelo Gomes, a Brazilian-born principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, and violinist Charles Yang,
combining Gomes’ own irresistibly charismatic choreography with Yang’s explosive playing in Paganini.

On the Town, one of America’s classic musical comedies currently playing at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre, showcases “Lonely Town Pas de Deux,” choreographed by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse, inspired by Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, and featuring Kristine Covillo and Stephen Hanna

Parsons Dance, hailed as “one of the hottest tickets in contemporary American dance,” performing Trey McIntyre’s “Hymn” which premiered at Fire Island Dance Festival in 2007.

• Sonya Tayeh, nominated for an Emmy Award for her choreography on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, premiering a duet showcasing her bold, unrelenting style of contemporary jazz.

Tickets start at only $125 and include open bar. Tickets available at or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Funds raised by DRA are distributed through Broadway Cares to AIDS and family-service organizations nationwide and to the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund.


Photo: Film still of Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, 1971-72, 16mm, color, sound, 5 mins.

Photo: Film still of Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, 1971-72, 16mm, color, sound, 5 mins.

From May 22 to June 13, 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program presents S/N, curated by the ISP’s 2014–15 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows Alex Fleming, Anya Komar, and Blair Murphy. The exhibition takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York. S/N, an abbreviation for signal-to-noise ratio, refers to the relation between a message and the background noise emanating from the materials and environments it traverses. An exhibition of diverse practices including video, performance, conceptual writing, and music, S/N examines the material complexities of sound as a force that both allows and frustrates communication. While the works on view employ various media, they all interrogate the historical and political contexts of audibility: how, where, and when something can be heard.

S/N features works by Sonia Boyce and Ain Bailey, Cammisa Buerhaus, James Coleman, Manon de Boer, Joan La Barbara, Tracie Morris, Vanessa Place, Steve Reinke, Lis Rhodes, SCRAAATCH, Masha Tupitsyn, Ultra-red, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Jackie Wang. The exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 pm, and Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is free. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 22, from 5 to 8 pm. The opening will include a performance of Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Sonata No. 6 performed by Cheryl Seltzer of Continuum Ensemble, which will take place promptly at 6 pm in The Kitchen theater.


Galina Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonata No. 6 performed by Cheryl Seltzer of Continuum Ensemble
The Kitchen theater, 512 West 19th Street
Friday, May 22, 6 pm
Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served

Composed in 1988, Piano Sonata No. 6 is one of Galina Ustvolskaya’s most challenging compositions. The score consists largely of tone clusters and demands the performer aggressively strike the instrument, thereby speaking to the turbulence and violence at the end of the Soviet era.

Winner of the prestigious Siemens international prize for distinguished service to music and four ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming, New York-based CONTINUUM — directed by Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs — is now in its 43rd season.

After a CONTINUUM concert the New York Times wrote, “Simply put, there is no musical organization in New York that produces more intellectually enticing or more viscerally satisfying programs than Continuum… Year after year, its explorations in 20th-century repertory prove to be not only unusual and unexpected but also important and enduring… This ensemble has a long history of acting in behalf of composers whom others discover years or decades later.”

CONTINUUM‘s name embodies the philosophy that new music and old form an unbroken tradition. Aiming to expand the audience for recent music, it has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, at colleges and community series throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, in 25 tours to Europe, ten to Asia, and five to Latin America. In 2008 Continuum made its sixth visit to Mongolia‘s Roaring Hooves festival, and in recent seasons has appeared at festivals in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

CBS-TV, educational television, National Public Radio, the Voice of America, and European networks have broadcast CONTINUUM events. CONTINUUM has made 17 portrait recordings for diverse labels. Its concert programs embrace the entire range of music from 20th-century classics such as Ives, Joplin and Webern, to today’s composers from all over the world.

Ultra-red: Introduction to Collective Listening
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Saturday, May 23
12–3 pm

Sound collective Ultra-red will lead a sound walk and workshop based on its work Protocols for the Wojnarowicz Object, or What Is the Sound of Building Up and Tearing Down? (2012). Participants will gather at The Kitchen at 12 pm for a short introduction, followed by a sound walk down the west side of Manhattan. After the sound walk, participants will return to The Kitchen for a discussion of their experiences during the walk.

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Friday, June 5
4–6 pm

SCRAAATCH performs SCRAAATCH No. 9, part of a series of collaborative performance works. Combining live sound processing and performative notation, the duo develops an intricate physical and aural choreography, exploring the difficulties of mediated communication and exchange.

Avital Ronell, Vanessa Place, Kyoo Lee: Last—Words?
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Saturday, June 6
6:308:30 pm

What does it mean to speak of one’s own death? And how does one hear what is spoken? Avital Ronell, professor of German, Comparative Literature, and English at NYU, will address the death penalty and the recorded speech of executed prisoners. Artist and criminal defense attorney Vanessa Place will perform Botched Execution (2015), an extension of her Last Words (2014–ongoing). Included in the exhibition, Last Words is a recording of the artist’s voice reading the last statements of inmates executed in Texas since 1982. Kyoo Lee, philosopher, theorist, and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, will respond and moderate the conversation.

Jay Sanders and Charles Bernstein in Conversation
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Thursday, June 11
6–8 pm

Whitney curator Jay Sanders and poet Charles Bernstein will discuss their work in, on, and around sound, performance, installation, dance, poetry, theater, poetics, curating, editing, essay writing, and teaching. They will also reflect on their previous collaboration curating the 2001 exhibition Poetry Plastique at the Marianne Boesky Gallery.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and The Kitchen. Curatorial Participants of the ISP are designated as Helena Rubinstein Fellows in recognition of the long standing support of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation. Support for the Independent Study Program is provided by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, The Capital Group Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Whitney Contemporaries through their annual Art Party Benefit. Endowment support is provided by Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation.

H&M To Open Monumental Store In New York City’s Herald Square

On May 20th, H&M, will open its Herald Center flagship, which will become its largest H&M store in the world at noon with a special performance by music icon John Legend. One of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the world, Herald Center is located at the southwest corner of 34th Street where Broadway and Avenue of the Americas converge. The store will be the 13th location in Manhattan, and will become a fashion destination for the millions of New Yorkers and international visitors who pass through Herald Square.

Rendering of H&M Herald Center (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

Rendering of H&M Herald Center (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

Rendering of H&M Herald Center (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

Rendering of H&M Herald Center (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

The store located at 1 Herald Center in Manhattan, New York 10001. New York City has the largest concentration of H&M stores in the country, employing over 1,900 people. The store can be reached by phone at 212-564-3836. Store hours will be Monday through Thursday 9am-10pm, Friday through Saturday 9am-11pm, and Sunday10am to 9pm.

The new store has a custom illuminated store front that wraps around 33rd Street, 34th Street and 6th Avenue. Measuring approximately 63,000 square feet, the store will showcase all of the H&M including H&M’s Home Collection and a special shoe department for ladies and men. It will include four floors of H&M fashion for the entire family including ladies and men’s collections, H&M Sport, H&M Mama, cosmetics and H&M’s children’s collection. Unique store details will include a custom-designed 35 ft. modern glass facade with LCD screen, mirror and terrazzo tile details, as well as an approximately 30 ft. high atrium on the second level. The store will also feature two main street entrances.

The U.S. continues to be one of H&M’s most important expansion markets since its first store opened on New York’s Fifth Avenue thirteen years ago. The Herald Center Flagship is the third flagship to be opened in New York City in the past two years, resulting in the creation of almost 900 new jobs. Now offering U.S. consumers access to quality fashions at the best prices through 361 locations across the country and through Shop Online, H&M is delighted to continue its expansion in its first U.S. city.

To celebrate opening day, Grammy- and Academy-Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend will perform and cut the ribbon and twenty lucky winners will be chosen at random for a meet and greet. In addition, H&M Herald Center will have several exciting giveaways, including Access to Fashion Passes to the first 1,000 shoppers, valued from $10 to $1,000.

H&M customers can help close the sustainability loop in fashion by donating old pieces of clothing. Any customer who donates on opening morning will receive a voucher for 20% off their next purchase for each bag of donated clothing. To kick off the recycling program opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at 12:00 pm will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the voucher.

H&M To Launches Beauty Collection this Fall

H&M Launches Beauty Collection this Fall (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

H&M Launches Beauty Collection this Fall (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

H&M has announced the arrival of its first full range beauty collection. The launch will kick off in stores this fall, with an assortment of makeup as well as haircare, body care and beauty tools. Fashion will play a major role, as it is at the heart of the range, with an ever-evolving makeup selection that focuses on seasonal looks, ideas and colors. Over 700 beautifully packaged makeup products will be introduced within the launch, followed by seasonal drops of new and limited-edition color collections. The new line, which will replace existing beauty products at H&M, will also include two subsidiary collections: a premium beauty line and a Conscious assortment of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.

H&M Launches Beauty Collection this Fall (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

H&M Launches Beauty Collection this Fall (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

The launch comes at a time when makeup is more important than ever as an expression of personal style, whether the look is natural, classic or fashion-forward. There will be new, dedicated beauty areas within the stores to help customers experiment with trends and develop a look that’s all their own.

The products will be available in over 900 stores worldwide and online at


National Geographic and TOMS Partner to Promote Awareness of Big Cats

National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, and TOMS, the One for One® shoes and accessories company, have partnered to support National Geographic’s big cats conservation efforts. Big cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other big cats) in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate and may disappear altogether within our lifetime. Africa’s Lion Population Has declined 90% in the last 75 years,  Cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75% of their range, and there are more Tigers in captivity than there are in the Wild.

Snow Leopard. Photograph by Michael Nichols

Snow Leopard. Photograph by Michael Nichols

Big cats worldwide are all under threat—for many populations, local extinctions are imminent. As few as 3,000 tigers, 7,500 snow leopards, 10,000 cheetahs and 30,000 lions likely remain in the wild. More humans populate the planet than ever before, encroaching further and further into previously natural areas. When human and big cat populations collide, the big cats typically lose. Dwindling big cat populations in the face of rapid human expansion have led us to a critical time in the history of these species. Before we can reach a natural balance and look to restoring lost wild lands for big cats, we must first stop the rapid decline of these ecologically important top predators from their natural habitats. The Big Cats Initiative seeks and funds programs to save these majestic animals in their natural habitats.

In response, National Geographic, with filmmakers, conservationists, and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, launched the Big Cats Initiative, in 2009, a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation and education projects combined with an accompanying Cause an Uproar global public-awareness campaign designed to reverse this decline through on-the-ground conservation and education projects.

The threats of wire-snare poaching, trophy hunting, and illegal bush-meat trade are destroying populations of lions and other big cats. The Big Cats Initiative grantees combat these threats on the ground in Africa, Asia, and other areas with large populations of big cats under the threat of extinction. Their activities include: team patrols to prevent lion snaring, testing lion carcasses for signs of poison, anti-poaching team patrols and medical treatment for snared lions.

Vatari, anti-poaching patrol member, showing animal snare, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Vatari, anti-poaching patrol member, showing animal snare, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. Photography by Gerry Ellis/Linden Pictures

Wire poaching snares set for the commercial bush-meat trade can frequently injure or kill lions that accidentally set the snares off. The Lion Anti-Snaring Team targets areas of high risk or use by lions and studies snaring patterns. The team tranquilizes snared lions and gives them medical treatment before releasing them. The team’s actions have rescued a large part of the local lion population from serious injury or death.

A major cause of big cat decline is retaliatory killing, which occurs when farmers and herders take revenge on big cats for attacking their livestock. In recent years, the big cats’ natural prey species have vanished. Without enough native prey to survive, the big cats turn to livestock—especially unprotected livestock—for food. Big Cats Initiative grantees are working to promote coexistence between local pastoralists and big cats by reducing the amount of human-wildlife conflict with these activities: training local villagers to be conflict officers, building and improving protective livestock corrals, using tourism as an incentive to raise income and offset livestock losses, placing tracking collars on big cats that work as a warning system for villagers, using guard dogs to protect livestock herds and relocating problem animals from conflict areas

photograph by Jonathan Torgovnik

The Warrior Watch is the first program in northern Kenya to actively involve warriors in wildlife conservation. The overall goal of Warrior Watch is to promote human–predator coexistence, reduce human–wildlife conflict, build capacity, and increase awareness of the importance of wildlife to the local area by engaging Samburu men in the process. photograph by Jonathan Torgovnik

Relatively few people in farming or herding communities around the world value the presence of carnivore species, but the successful conservation of big cats depends on the cooperation of these communities. Big Cats Initiative grantees help communities gain an increased understanding and appreciation of carnivore species. They also promote the use of sustainable management practices, including nonlethal carnivore control, to facilitate coexistence. Their activities on the ground include: conservation workshops, big cat movie nights and education and medical care for children and adults

National Geographic collaborates with multiple local and international NGOs, corporations, local community groups, and individuals on this effort. Partners include the African People and Wildlife Fund, the Anne Kent Taylor Fund, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Duke University, Ewaso Lions Project, the Global Tiger Initiative, Great Plains Conservation, Oxford University’s WildCRU, Panthera Ruaha Carnivore Project, and Zambia Carnivores Program, among others.

The new special-edition line with TOMS has been created to promote awareness of this critical issue. Together, they will develop the TOMS and National Geographic Big Cats Collection, a special-edition line of footwear, sunglasses and a backpack inspired by National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. Each design in the TOMS and National Geographic Big Cats Collection will feature National Geographic branding and imagery from the Society’s image archive. (National Geographic’s net proceeds support its nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, education and cultural preservation.) The collection will be available this fall at TOMS retail locations,

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Our Big Cats Initiative is one of the cornerstones of National Geographic’s work in animal conservation and wildlife protection,” said Krista Newberry, senior vice president of Licensing, North America, for National Geographic. “We are pleased to partner with TOMS to raise awareness of big cats and to further our commitment to protecting these majestic creatures for generations to come.”

The story of TOMS remains one of the most inspirational told. In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®.

Realizing that One for One could serve other global needs, Blake launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee.

The most recent TOMS give is tied into the TOMS Bag Collection, which launched in early 2015 and helps to provide safe births to mothers and babies in need through skilled birth attendant training and birth kits.

I am excited to announce our partnership with National Geographic as part of the TOMS Animal Initiative. It’s been a dream of mine to work with big cats and this incredible organization. I look forward to sharing the new collection and continuing our journey together to drive awareness,” said Heather Mycoskie, TOMS chief animal lover.

To find out more about the Big Cats Initiative’s work to stop the decline of lions, leopards, tigers and other big cats, visit

Rooftop Films Announces Schedule, Venues, and Ticket Sales for 19th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series


Rooftop Films is proud to announce its Opening Weekend, Features and select highlights of the 19th annual Rooftop Films Summer Series. This year’s series will feature over 40 outdoor screenings in 19 spectacular venues, with huge crowds, live music, special enhancements and the best in new, independent films from around the world.

Rooftop Films is a is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, teaching filmmaking to young people, and renting low-cost equipment to artists and non-profits. At Rooftop Films, they bring underground movies outdoors.

Rooftop Films Industry City

Rooftop Films Industry City

The Rooftop Films 2015 Summer Series of “Underground Movies Outdoors,” will run every weekend from May 29-August 22. Programming for the 2015 Summer Series includes feature-length films and programs of shorts, all new, all independent. Most of the feature films are either New York, US or World Premieres. Most screenings will include a filmmaker Q & A. Films represent a diverse range of documentaries, fiction, drama, comedy animation and more. We couple films with venues, and connect artists with audiences so that each event is unique and memorable.

Rooftop Films Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

Rooftop Films Brookfield Place. Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

The Series kick things off on Friday, May 29th, at the principal venue, Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with some of the greatest new short films from around the world. The event will include the New York premiere of David Sandberg’s highly anticipated and hilarious short film, Kung Fury, which raised $630,000 on Kickstarter and the trailer for which has racked up more than 10,000,000 views online. The following night, Saturday, May 30th, it moves to the roof of The Old American Can Factory, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to present Bob Byington’s charming off-beat comedy, 7 Chinese Brothers, starring Jason Schwartzman as an irrepressible man-child attempting to pull his life together and win over his boss at the Quick-Lube. David Sandberg will be in attendance opening night, Bob Byington and Jason Schwartzman will be in attendance on May 30th, and both evenings will feature live music before each screening and a post-screening after party, featuring Signature Sponsor New Amsterdam Spirits. Tickets for both events are on sale now at Rooftop Films members are admitted free of charge. Memberships are available at

Rooftop Films - The Old American Can Factory.  Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films – The Old American Can Factory. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

It will continue throughout the summer with screenings each week in a variety of stellar outdoor locations. With live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event.

Rooftop Films Summer Series. Photo Credit: Dillon DeWaters

Rooftop Films Summer Series. Photo Credit: Dillon DeWaters

The full feature film slate includes exceptional fiction films, such as Sean Baker’s warm-hearted yet riotously entertaining Tangerine; Trey Shults’ powerful SXSW-winning Krisha; Frank V. Ross’ delicately personal Bloomin’ Mud Shuffle; Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s bone-chilling psychological thriller Goodnight Mommy; and many more fantastic films, including Zachary Treitz’ Rooftop Films Edgeworx grantee Men Go To Battle, Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire, and more.

The Series will also highlight powerful, innovative and invigorating documentaries. This year’s slate includes non-fiction discoveries from all across the world: Crystal Moselle’s critically acclaimed The Wolfpack; Khalik Allah’s ground-breaking Field Niggas; Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s wildly entertaining Finders Keepers; Jason ZeldesRomeo is Bleeding; Hao Zhou’s The Chinese Mayor; Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken’s Divine Location; and many more great docs, including Welcome to Leith, Kings of the Wind and Electric Queens, Spartacus and Cassandra, and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, just to name a few.

Rooftop Films Brooklyn Grange. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films Brooklyn Grange. Photo Credit: Irwin Seow

Rooftop Films Socrates Sculpture Park

Rooftop Films Socrates Sculpture Park

This summer, new editions of signature themed short film programs will return, including two Romantic Shorts screenings, a New York Non-Fiction program, two showcases of groundbreaking animation, and many big thrillers, comedies, docs and dramas in small packages.

This year’s series also includes a number of special events and partnerships including the annual South by South West – SXSW Weekend, a Sundance Short Film program, a Swedish Focus in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute, a presentation of The Skin Deep’s {The And} interactive event, and more special screenings to be announced soon.

All shows include live-music before the screenings and most include filmmaker Q&As and complementary after parties. The Summer Series will also include more than 13 programs of short films, and there will be additional feature films and special events announced shortly.

Friday, May 29th
On the Rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street, Sunset Park
This is What We Mean by Short Films
OPENING NIGHT! Rooftop launches our 19th year with spectacular short films about cinematic escapes.
FILMS: All Your Favorite Shows! (Danny Madden); La Nuit Américaine d’Angélique (Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet & Joris Clerté); Actor Seeks Role (Michael Tyburski); Butter Ya’Self (Julian Petschek); The Land (Erin Davis); Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! (Christian Larrave); Kung Fury (David Sandberg); Thank Ewe (Keith Wilson).

Saturday, May 30th
Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Gowanus
7 Chinese Brothers (Bob Byington)
Bob Byington’s latest hangdog comedy, starring Jason Schwartzman and his trusty sidekick, Arrow.


Thursday, June 4th – (FREE SHOW)
Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
Sundance Film Festival Shorts
Highlights from Sundance 2015 include wild, weird and wonderful short films.
FILMS: Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis); The Face of Ukraine (Kitty Green); Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane); Mynarski Death Plummet (Matthew Rankin); Volta (Stella Kyriakopoulos); Pop-Up Porno: m4m (Stephen Dunn); Mulignans (Shaka King); Myrna the Monster (Ian Samuels); Storm Hits Jacket (Paul Cabon).

Friday, June 5th
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Spartacus & Cassandra (Ioanis Nuguet)
An intimate cinematic portrait of two Roma children forced to become their parents’ parents.


Saturday, June 6th
Industry City, Sunset Park
The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle)
Brothers locked away from society find a window to the outside through their love of film. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


Wednesday, June 10th
Solar One, Kips Bay
Desperate Measures: Short, Spellbinding Mysteries
Uncanny short films about images that burn into our minds and stain our brains.
FILMS: Nugget (Sara Salovaara); Gun Shy (Sam Goetz); The Breath (Fabian Kaiser); Teeth (Tom Brown & Daniel Gray); Slope Park (Dudi Dorham); Sea Devil (Dean Marcial & Brett Potter); Unicorn (Grace Nayoon Rhee); A Million Miles Away (Jennifer Reeder).

Friday, June 12th
Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker)
Aryan militants invade a small North Dakota town. The town fights back.


Saturday, June 13th
Industry City, Sunset Park
Love Comes Later: Romantic Short Films
These strangely funny, lovingly sexy, romantic short films are sure to turn you on (to something).
FILMS: My Baby 8L3W (Neozoon); Bottom Feeders (Matt Reynolds); Pop-Up Porno: m4f (Stephen Dunn); SMILF (Frankie Shaw); Brontosaurus (Robert Putka); Prends Moi (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette & André Turpin); Heartless (Nara Normande & Tião); Serenity (Jack Dunphy); Cutaway (Kazik Radwanski); Pop-Up Porno: f4m (Stephen Dunn); AND A SECRET SNEAK PREVIEW FILM. Continue reading



FilmBuff in partnership with VICE Media announced today the upcoming release of PRINCE (PRINS), the feature debut from acclaimed Dutch music video director Sam de JongPRINCE first debuted at the 2015 Berlinale, where it received an honorary mention for the coveted Crystal Bear for Best First Feature.  Produced by 100% Halal, PRINCE will be available in North America in theaters and all major VOD (Video On Demand) platforms starting August 14th, 2015. The deal was negotiated by Sam Scupp of FilmBuff and Charlotte Mickie of Mongrel International on behalf of the filmmakers.


PRINCE will be available in North America in select theaters and all major VOD platforms including Amazon Instant Video, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Google Play, iTunes, Sony PlayStation Store, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Vudu and Xbox Video.

PRINCE follows 17-year-old Ayoub, played by newcomer Ayoub Elasri, on his journey into manhood while vying for the love of the neighborhood beauty Laura (Sigrid ten Napel), and the respect of the local tough-guy gang. Although Ayoub dreams of getting the girl and the neighborhood crown, he has little to show for his aspirations until he meets Lamborghini-driving Kalpa, played by Dutch rapper Freddy Tratlehner, local kingpin and alleged sociopath, who turns Ayoub into the talk of the town.

PRINCE is a very dear and personal project,” says director Sam de Jong.  “We shot the film only one mile away from where I grew up – in a very specific social environment.  For the project to cross borders and travel the world is a dream come true.  I hope U.S audiences learn something about urban Dutch life and struggles and additionally discover that we are all struggling with the same issues in the western world.”

PRINCE was hailed by critics’ following its debut at the 2015 Berlinale’s Generation 14Plus section.  Screen International praised, “Its stylistic brio makes PRINCE a live wire!” while The Hollywood Reporter raved that the film is “distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions,” and that it has a “quirky spirit that makes it easy to enjoy.”

This is the second partnership between FilmBuff and VICE Media, as the two previously worked together to release All This Mayhem in 2014. The company distributes compelling video and films across all media, with a focus on the digital space. FilmBuff’s deep relationships within the creative community provide access to cutting-edge content that consistently informs, entertains and inspires audiences around the world.

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with VICE again and we are honored to be working with such a talented filmmaking team” says FilmBuff’’s Sam Scupp. “PRINCE is a very special film – it’s wild and hip and utterly heartfelt at its core.

VICE’s Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai says, “PRINCE heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in cinema, writer / director Sam de Jong, and we couldn’t be more excited that people are going to have the opportunity to discover him. His movie mixes teen comedy, freaky surrealism and super emotional drama in a world that feels totally natural — like its own mini-universe. He’s going to be blowing people’s minds for a long time.”

I am so proud of the film, of Sam and the team who worked so hard to make this film possible,” says Gijs Kerbosch, Producer at 100% Halal.  “Working side by side with our friends at VICE was a great experience, and we are super excited that we have joined forces with FilmBuff to release the film in North America.”

PRINCE is produced by Gijs Kerbosch, Roel Oude Nijhuis, and Gijs Determeijer of 100% Halal and by VICE Media (Fishing Without Nets, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, All This Mayhem). The focus of teh company is to create purely creative work through documentaries, fiction, commercials, photography and music videos. In 2014, they released three documentaries (selected at Hotdocs and Locarno 2014), produced two short fiction films (selected at Berlinale 2014), over 35 commercial shoots, over 100 photo shoots and have worked with clients such as ADIDAS, EA GAMES, HEINEKEN, FOX SPORTS, CONVERSE, CITIZEN and NIKE. Today, 100% Halal represents a steady group of 20 directors and photographers for commercial work (most renowned are JOHAN KRAMER, KAREN ROSETZSKY), and is surrounded by a large group of creative people, connected to people and networks all over the world.

VICE is a global youth media company and content creation studio. Launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, VICE now operates out of 36 countries, and has expanded into a multimedia network, including the world’s premier source for original online video, VICE.COM; an international network of digital channels; an award winning television & feature film production studio including an Emmy-Winning HBO Show, the Sundance Award winning film FISHING WITHOUT NETS and a overall film partnership with 20th Century Fox; a magazine; a record label; and a book-publishing division.

The feature production arm of VICE Media, VICE’s feature film division is a curated slate of visionary and culturally focused films blurring the lines of documentary and narrative fiction. With numerous projects in development and production,  new and emerging talent is given a voice in independent film, affording audiences a fresh perspective and stories they can’t get anywhere else.




In conjunction with the opening of its new building in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art reaffirms its commitment to young and emerging artists with an ongoing series dedicated to presenting their debut solo exhibitions in the United States. To inaugurate this new initiative, the Museum has announced that three young artists, Jared Madere (b. 1986), Rachel Rose (b. 1986), and Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983), will receive their first one-person exhibitions in the country over the next year. Since its founding in 1930, the Whitney has had a long and consistent engagement with living artists, often presenting work early in their careers in the Breuer building’s Lobby Gallery or at the Museum’s former Altria satellite branch (1983–2008). With this new emerging series, the Museum builds upon its legacy of introducing upcoming artists to a broader public. In addition, the artists will work closely with the Whitney’s curatorial staff, and will be invited to fully explore the flexible nature of the exhibition spaces in the Museum’s dynamic new building.

Associate curator Christopher Y. Lew, who is organizing all three shows, stated, “The Whitney has had a long tradition of supporting emerging artists which goes back to the Lobby Gallery exhibitions at the Breuer building in the late 1960s. We want to provide a platform for emerging artists at this crucial point in their careers and present to a broad audience the many kinds of new art being made today.

The three emerging artists to receive their first U.S. solo exhibitions follow:

Jared Madere
October 16, 2015–January 3, 2016

newspaper, wigs, flowers, blood, toilet, frozen peas, chair, coat hanger; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery. image courtesy Le Magasin Grenoble

Jared Madere (b. 1986), Untitled (detail), 2015. newspaper, wigs, flowers, blood, toilet, frozen peas, chair, coat hanger; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery. image courtesy Le Magasin Grenoble

Jared Madere (b. 1986), who is based in New York, will create a new installation in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the first floor, which is free to the public. Madere primarily creates installation-based works featuring disparate materials such as salt, flowers, foodstuffs, and plastic tarps that are assembled and aggregated in a manner that insists on their material connections to society, economics, industry, and human emotion. For Madere, the meanings and associations of objects are never stripped away—floral arrangements can point to longing or sadness and a burnt coat is imbued with isolation and dejection. Madere has participated in numerous exhibitions at venues including David Lewis, New York; Bortolami Gallery, New York; Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France; and he is also the founder of Bed-Stuy Love Affair, an artist-run gallery focused on emerging art.

Rachel Rose
October 30, 2015–February 7, 2016

Rachel Rose (b. 1986), still from A Minute Ago, 2014. HD video, 8:43 min. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London

Rachel Rose (b. 1986), still from A Minute Ago, 2014. HD video, 8:43 min. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London

Based in New York, Rachel Rose (b. 1986) is known for her striking video installations that deftly merge moving images and sound with nuanced environments. Her video and installations address how we define mortality and her subjects range from zoos and a robotics perception lab, to Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the American Revolutionary War and 19th century park design. She anchors these sites in a range of perspectives on death—from our vulnerability to catastrophe to the impact of history on our lifespan. She investigates specific sites and ideas by connecting them to broader, related subject matter. Rose’s presentation in the Whitney’s fifth-floor Kaufman Gallery will physically engage with the architecture of the Museum’s new Renzo Piano–designed building. Using her own footage and found material, Rose addresses the ubiquity of images and how it generates meaning in contemporary society. Rachel Rose lives and works in New York. In addition to her forthcoming solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, she will helm solo shows at Castello di Rivoli, Frieze London,  and The Aspen Art Museum.

Sophia Al-Maria
Summer 2016

Sophia Al Maria (b. 1983), still from Between Distant Bodies, 2013. Video Installation on 2 cuboglass TVs. Courtesy the artist and The Third Line

Sophia Al Maria (b. 1983), still from Between Distant Bodies, 2013. Video Installation on 2 cuboglass TVs. Courtesy the artist and The Third Line

Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker who studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Al Marie is part of an emerging generation of international artists who are mining the intersections of technology, culture, and identity. Her primary interests are around the isolation of individuals via technology and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry and the erasure of history and the blinding approach of a future no one is ready for. She explores these ideas with certain guidebooks and ideas including but not limited to, Zizek’s The Desert of the Unreal, As-Sufi’s Islamic Book of the Dead, as well as imagery from Islamic eschatology, post humanism and the global mythos of Science Fiction.

In 2016, she will premiere a new video at the Whitney, inspired by the Gruen Transfer, a phenomenon in which a controlled environment—combined with visual and auditory stimuli—is used to distract and manipulate consumers. Her work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, the New Museum in New York, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Five Dials, Triple Canopy and Bidoun. Her first solo exhibition, Virgin with a Memory, was presented at Cornerhouse, Manchester, in 2014 and her memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth, was published by Harper Perennial in 2012.  She currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar.



Extraordinary People Seek New Beginnings in the 2015 season of PBS’s POV

Down But Not Out: Extraordinary People Seek New Beginnings In the 28th Season of POV, Beginning Monday, June 22, 2015 on PBS

Documentaries Spotlight Passionate Individuals Who Transform Themselves And Their Communities

Vince Lombardi famously said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” The 15 compelling films in the new season of PBS’s award-winning documentary series POV (Point of View) introduce extraordinarily strong and determined individuals. Subjects including an artist jailed for speaking freely and members of the Syrian resistance willing to lose their lives exhibit incredible resilience when, time and again, they fight to get back on their feet.

The 28th season of POV begins on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS and continues through the fall. POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary showcase and the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Photo Credit

Photo Credit: American Documentary, Inc.

This summer, POV films take viewers into the lives of characters on the front lines of current events. The season launches with Out in the Night, a powerful documentary about four African-American lesbians who stand their ground as they face law enforcement, the criminal justice system and media bias after being accused of gang assault. The Tribeca award-winner Point and Shoot tracks a young man from Baltimore as he drops into the middle of the Libyan Revolution, while the Sundance award-winning Return to Homs witnesses the transformation of peaceful Syrian protesters into armed insurgents. In Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, the Chinese government’s attempt to silence the titular artist only serves to give him a stronger voice.

Closer to home, The Overnighters reveals the toll taken on a small town at the center of a modern-day gold rush, where thousands of workers seek a fresh start in the North Dakota oil fields. The theme of new beginnings continues in Tough Love, where persistent parents navigate the legal system and Child Protective Services, battling to regain custody of their children.

This year’s films feature strong individuals viewers won’t easily forget,” said POV Executive Producer Chris White. “Intimate and urgent, these are the stories of our times. We are proud to present a slate of films that challenge, enlighten and inspire.

Three special presentations slated for the fall explore how art shapes identity, and will be paired with other arts-related PBS programs. In the Oscar®-nominated Cutie and the Boxer, two visual artists depict themselves, each other and their embattled 40-year marriage in their work, and in Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, the Chinese government’s attempt to silence the titular artist only serves to give him a stronger voice. In Art and Craft, an art forger is so expert that he blurs the line between original and copy–and perhaps between himself and the masters whose work he reproduces.

“This year’s films feature strong individuals viewers won’t easily forget,” said POV Executive Producer Chris White. “Intimate and urgent, these are the stories of our times. We are proud to present a slate of films that challenge, enlighten and inspire.”

POV 2015 Schedule (All programs air Mondays at 10 p.m. unless otherwise indicated; check local listings):

June 22: Out in the Night by blair dorosh-walther

In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four–Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain–maintained their innocence. The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

June 29: The Overnighters by Jesse Moss

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation’s objections and neighbors’ fears. When opposition to the “overnighters” reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences. A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, The Overnighters tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

July 6: Tough Love by Stephanie Wang-Breal

What makes a good parent? How do you prove you are responsible after you’ve been deemed unfit? Having lost custody of their children to Child Protective Services, two parents–one in New York City and one in Seattle–fight to win back the trust of the courts and reunite their families in Stephanie Wang-Breal‘s moving film. Acknowledging their past parenting mistakes due to poverty, poor choices and addiction, both Hannah and Patrick contend with a complex bureaucracy to prove they deserve a second chance. A co-production of ITVS.A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

July 13: Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program in Beijing, illuminating a process that, while stern, may help set a standard as the wider world comes to grips with the devastating consequences of excessive Internet use. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

July 20: Return to Homs by Talal Derki

War changes people, including 19-year-old Basset Saroot, who went from star goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team to peaceful advocate for Arab Spring reforms to armed insurgent. Return to Homs, which focuses on Basset and his ragtag group’s transformation and struggles, is a heart-stopping, often wrenching study of the brutal war President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has waged against the Syrian people–a war fought mostly out of camera range that has produced epic heroism and tragedy. Winner of Sundance’s 2014 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, this is an unprecedented view inside a conflict that many accuse the world of overlooking. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.

July 27: Tea Time by Maite Alberdi

Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five Chilean women, ritual centers on a monthly gathering that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. Tea Time is a charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped the well-heeled participants commemorate life’s joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death. A celebration of the small things that help us endure, Tea Time, filmed over five years, illuminates a beautiful paradox: As familiar worlds slip away, friendships grow ever stronger and more profound. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.Official Selection of the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Aug. 3: Beats of the Antonov by hajooj kuka

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them. Winner, Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Aug. 10: Encore Presentation — When I Walk by Jason DaSilva

Jason DaSilva was 25 and a rising filmmaker when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and inspired to film this forthright–and surprisingly uplifting–look at his new life. He searches for a cure, yet a different miracle comes his way. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with CAAM. Continue reading

Macy’s Welcomes Back “American Icons” This Summer

Macy’s offers fashion from America’s favorite brands, early summer events and a partnership with Got Your 6 in support of America’s veterans

From May 13 to July 4, share photos using #AmericanSelfie for a chance to be included
in the national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®

Macy’s announces the return of “American Icons,” launching this week in celebration of America‘s Independence Day (July 4th) and the American landscape, the people, places and things that make this country great. The campaign will kick off with #AmericanSelfie, a social media initiative inspiring customers to share photos of what America means to them, as well as fashions from celebrated designers and icons, in-store events and a special program in support of America’s veterans.

(Image courtesy of Macy's)

(Image courtesy of Macy’s)

American Icons is a meaningful program that offers Macy’s a chance to connect with our customers in celebration of our great country,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “With #AmericanSelfie, they can show us why they love America while supporting Got Your 6, a nonprofit organization that serves to empower veterans and strengthen communities. We are also rolling out the latest fashion from the country’s most beloved brands and hosting fun summertime events to make this year’s tribute to America more special than ever.”

From now to July 4, Macy’s is inviting customers to use #AmericanSelfie to share their favorite “selfie” photos that capture the faces, places and things they love on Instagram and Twitter, to show people nationwide what they enjoy most about this country. In support of America’s military veterans, with each use of #AmericanSelfie, macys_on_black_se_8540Macy’s will donate $1, up to $250,000, to Got Your 6, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our returning service members make America stronger. Plus, #AmericanSelfie will be part of Macy’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show, the nation’s largest Independence Day display telecast nationally on NBC.

Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners and believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. The organization also knows that most veterans leave the military seeking new challenges, and the campaign ensures that there are opportunities for them to continue their service.

In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing a pilot’s rear as the six o’clock position. It is now a ubiquitous term in the military that highlights the loyalty and cooperation found in military culture. The Got Your 6 campaign chose this term, because it is emblematic of the many skills that veterans bring back into their communities when they return home.

Through entertainment industry partners, Got Your 6 works to normalize the depictions of veterans on film and television to dispel common myths about the veteran population. Through nonprofit and government partners, Got Your 6 likewise ensures successful veteran reintegration and empowers veterans to lead here at home. Together, Got Your 6 and its partners are shifting public perceptions so that veterans’ leadership and skills are recognized and utilized at home to strengthen communities.

Each year, around a quarter-million service members exit the military and re-enter civilian life. It is essential that Americans see the potential for veterans to strengthen our communities. Got Your 6 works to ensure that veterans return home to be seen as leaders and civic assets. For the past decade, our country has framed “veteran reintegration” as a major societal problem or struggle. On the contrary, Got Your 6 believes that it is crucial for Americans to see veteran reintegration as an opportunity, because veterans are uniquely suited to solve some of our nation’s most difficult challenges.

The average American has little first-hand connection to the military and often believes that, in general, veterans are much more likely than civilians to experience unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, and various other issues. These notions are largely misconceptions. They paint a picture of veterans as “broken.” As a result, veterans often say they feel more pity than respect from the civilian population. When veterans fail to successfully reintegrate back into American society, it is often because their communities do not expect them to succeed or excel. Got Your 6 believes that if the country does not call upon returning veterans, then we will miss out on a generation of leaders.

Macy’s is continuing its partnership with Got Your 6 to help empower military veterans and families to make America stronger. In addition to the contribution made through the #AmericanSelfie initiative, Macy’s will host “Got Your 6 Saturday” on May 16, when customers can give $3 at any register and receive a savings pass, with 100 percent of the purchase price donated to Got Your 6. With this pass, shoppers will receive a 25 percent discount all day on purchases, exclusions and restrictions apply. Beyond “Got Your 6 Saturday,” Macy’s shoppers can still support America’s veterans from May 17 through May 25 by giving $3 for a 15 percent/20 percent discount savings pass to drive additional donations to Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners.

Star-Studded Fashion
Macy’s has lined up an all-star cast of brands to offer shoppers the most covetable clothing and accessories – just in time for the warm weather season. Macy’s customers will be treated to collections by Calvin Klein, I.N.C. International Concepts, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Martha Stewart Collection, Locker Room Lids, Thalía Sodi, Ryan Seacrest Distinction and the lovable characters from PEANUTS®, among others, for the hottest trends in fashion all summer long. This year’s talent and brands will be featured in the new print, digital and in-store American Icons advertising campaign, as well as a 112-page direct mail book of curated merchandise, also available at


Set against the ultra-modern backdrop of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Calvin Klein continues its tradition of cutting-edge, minimal designs. Featuring sleek silhouettes and a black-and-white color palette, the range is crisp and contemporary. Spring’s athletic vibe manifests in a dynamic way with moto-jackets and slide sandals, allowing for both fit and function.


I.N.C. International Concepts celebrates 30 years of fashion-forward designs, and has tapped world-renowned models Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry to lead the festivities. For women, the collection boasts eclecticism, featuring prints, colors, and details like fringe that give off a worldly vibe. For men, lightweight blazers, printed wovens and fitted jeans comprise a collection that emanates relaxed sophistication.


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With a landmark Art Deco hotel in the heart of South Beach as a backdrop, the Thalía Sodi collection for American Icons exudes energy and excitement. Just in time for hot summer nights, Thalía Sodi offers customers a bold, vibrant collection of clothing, jewelry and footwear that is simply head-turning. Figure-flattering and feminine, the collection’s dresses and separates make women feel confident and beautiful. The use of bright colors and vivid prints reflects the vivacity of Thalía, and the use of gold throughout the statement footwear and jewelry highlight the glamour and opulence of the range.


Ryan Seacrest


Ryan Seacrest has proven to be a media powerhouse in broadcast and radio, all while impeccably dressed. Through his eponymous line, Seacrest brings the same polish and sophistication to men throughout the country. The Ryan Seacrest Distinction collection for American Icons features tailored suits, sport coats, trousers and shirting that are bold and clean. Ties, cufflinks and pocket squares provide the perfect finishing touches, creating undeniably stylish looks perfect for any occasion. Continue reading


Macy’s Latest Spot Features an Original Performance by Heidi Klum, Directed by Rankin


INC International Concepts unveils its first TV commercial starring Heidi Klum as part of the brand’s “30 Years of INC” celebration and national advertising campaign. The commercial will debut on national broadcast networks starting May 13, 2015.

Based on her long-standing relationship with INC, Klum came to the campaign with a strong, hands-on vision for the creative direction of the spot and worked with Macy’s to assemble a team of renowned creative partners, including longtime collaborator Rankin. In addition to recording the vocals, a rock’n’roll inspired tribute to INC’s 30th, she commissioned Ian Love to write and produce the track.

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Behind the scenes with Heidi Klum as she shot the the first TV commercial as part of INC International Concepts’ “30 Years of INC” campaign. The spot stars brand ambassador Klum, who hit the studio to record the vocals for commercial’s music, an original rock-n-roll inspired version of “Happy Birthday.” The commercial was directed by Klum’s longtime friend and acclaimed photographer Rankin. In the ad, she’s wearing pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 INC 30th Anniversary Collection.

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Behind the scenes with Heidi Klum as she shot the the first TV commercial as part of INC International Concepts’ “30 Years of INC” campaign. The spot stars brand ambassador Klum, who hit the studio to record the vocals for commercial’s music, an original rock-n-roll inspired version of “Happy Birthday.” The commercial was directed by Klum’s longtime friend and acclaimed photographer Rankin. In the ad, she’s wearing pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 INC 30th Anniversary Collection.

Ms. Klum was also instrumental in  choosing the trio of looks that she’s seen wearing throughout the spot, including a white body-conscious dress, gold lace jacket, and striking black jumpsuit. All these looks (and others) are part of INC International Concepts’ Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, available exclusively at Macy’s stores and online at

The commercial follows the brand’s announcement of its year-long “30 Years of INC” campaign starring Klum and Gabriel Aubry, which includes national print, digital/online, in-store and outdoor components. As part of this commemorative year, INC unveiled a luxe retrospective book in March 2015 and will launch an anniversary capsule collection in September 2015.

INC was founded in 1985 as a men’s brand originally called C.O.D. (Clothes On Delivery). But due to a legal issue, the name had to be changed, and INC International Concepts was born. The rest, as they say, is history—thirty great years of history that has seen the emergence of an international lifestyle brand and Macy’s has spent the last three decades creating unforgettable collections for women, men and the home. Klum previously starred in a TV commercial for INC, shot by Bob Giraldi, in 1997. She also appeared in a print campaign for INC in 1999, and has worked with the brand through her role as host of Project Runway.

Says Klum, “Since we’re celebrating INC’s 30th Birthday, we wanted this commercial to feel like a party. I love to sing, so recording my own version of ‘Happy Birthday’ felt like a natural part of the creative process. I had a blast dancing around on set. I’ve worked with Rankin for over 10 years, and he really knows how to bring out the best in me.

Absolut Unveils Latest Iteration of Absolut Nights Campaign with Inspiring Short Film Featuring Empire of the Sun and Launch of New Limited Edition Bottle

Absolut celebrates the latest iteration of Absolut Nights – the next step of the brand’s Transform Todaycampaign – dedicated to inspiring consumers to push nightlife conventions beyond their limits. A short film featuring a never-before-heard track from electronic music duo, Empire of the Sun, leads the campaign by showcasing real experiences of Absolut nightlife. Inspiring consumers to reinvent their own night out, Absolut has launched Absolut Spark, a new limited edition illuminated bottle.

At Absolut, we believe in a world where there’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ night out, ” said Joao Rozario, VP of Marketing, Absolut. “By infusing the unexpected into the ordinary, Absolut Nights aims to inspire nightlife lovers to use the night as their canvas to explore what the future of nightlife looks like. ”

Absolut Nights was launched with a global series of one-of-a-kind events (in New York, Sao Paolo, Berlin and Johannesburg) that use the night as a creative canvas, inviting audiences to play inside unique artistic experiences. Over the course of four weeks, Absolut collaborated with artists (Vita Motus, Charles Gadeken, Studio XO and Marianna Krawczyk) that are pushing the boundaries of their field and worked with them to transform one element of the night at each event – Light, Dance Floor, Style and Persona. Each event featured a different artist who reimagined a traditional nightlife convention – from over-sized, inside-out disco ball to pyrotechnic-triggering dance floors – to create a collective rush of adrenaline for event attendees. The result was four unique events, which pushed the boundaries for what partiers should expect from a night out.

The experiences were filmed by Grammy-winning director Melina Matsoukas, who honed an expertise of capturing live events by working with the world’s top musicians. The film content invites viewers inside the incredible world of Absolut Nights, showcasing how the individual artists transformed the night in ways no one has ever have imagined before.

In Johannesburg, Absolut collaborated with Charlie Gadeken, the fire artist responsible for many of Burning Man’s most awe-inspiring kinetic sculptures, allowing 200 Johannesburg partiers to play inside this unique artistic experience. In a once-in-a-life-time opportunity, Gadeken’s custom art installation captured the energy of the night and the crowd by transforming it into a pyrotechnical frenzy, triggered by the audience movement.

In a remote desert location, a mirrored cube was flanked with row after row of pyrotechnics. When the guests start dancing inside the cube, the fireworks reflected and heightened the energy of the experience. As the night reached a fever pitch, explosions created a shimmering shape and the unique landscape was engulfed in smoke, sparks and color. From inside the cube, the audience experienced the beauty of pandemonium that they helped to create.

Absolut Nights: Sao Paulo

Absolut Nights: Sao Paulo

Absolut Nights: Sao Paulo

Absolut Nights: Sao Paulo

In Sao Paulo, Absolut invited seventy-five partiers to become someone else for just one night. Upon entering the Victor Hugo mansion, attendees of this one-night-only artistic experience were given a new identity, complete with a persona, a story, and a handmade costume customized for each character. Created in collaboration with acclaimed videogame writer Marianne Krawczyk, the experience transformed her skill of creating interactive environments by bringing one to life as an immersive environment in which the greatest partiers in history converge at a party for the ages.

Partygoers wore bespoke outfits made with fabrics embedded with lasers and mirrors which were wirelessly controlled from a central server, so they could choreograph and synchronize the lasers. Wearable technology allowed guests to be integral part of the artistic experience, breaking free of their expectations of a night out.

Partygoers wore bespoke outfits made with fabrics embedded with lasers and mirrors which were wirelessly controlled from a central server, so they could choreograph and synchronize the lasers. Wearable technology allowed guests to be integral part of the artistic experience, breaking free of their expectations of a night out.


Absolut Nights: Berlin

Absolut Nights: Berlin

In Berlin, Absolut combined high fashion and high tech in the jungle with laser couture (created by Studio XO) and joined forces with the fashion/technology designers to offer a transformational and interactive nightlife experience at Kraftwerk, the iconic representation of Berlin’s industrial history, giving the city a never before seen collaborative celebration. As the third event in the global Absolut Nights series, Absolut invited 200 Berliners to play inside a unique artistic experience created at the intersection of nightlife and nature.  Continue reading

The Museum at FIT Explores “Global Fashion Capitals”

Fashion & Textile History Gallery, June 2 – November 14, 2015
All photographs © The Museum at FIT
The globalization of fashion has given rise to new fashion cities that now annually host hundreds of fashion weeks around the world. Each city’s cultural identity and particular economic, political, and social circumstances combine to elevate its designers to international attention. Global Fashion Capitals explores the history of the established fashion capitals, Paris, New York, Milan, and London, and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities (including Tokyo, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin, St. Petersburg/Moscow, Madrid, Sydney/Melbourne, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Istanbul and Mumbai).
A fashion capital is a city which has a major influence on international fashion trends and in which the design, production and retailing of fashion products – plus events such as fashion weeks, awards and trade fairs – generate significant economic output. The cities considered the Big Four fashion capitals of the world are: London, Paris, Milan and New York.
Fashion capitals usually have a broad mix of business, financial, entertainment, cultural and leisure activities and are internationally recognised for having a unique and strong identity. It has also been noted that the status of a fashion capital has become increasingly linked to a city’s domestic and international profile. Fashion capitals are also likely be part of a wider design scene, with design schools, fashion magazines and a local market of affluent consumers.
The exhibition (at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001-5992) opens with a digital style map that geographically locates the fashion capitals and showcases their latest runway and street style photographs. Global Fashion Capitals continues city-by-city, starting with Paris, the birthplace of haute couture, represented by designs from Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, and the emerging couturier, Bouchra Jarrar.

Fashion has always existed at the crossroads of art and consumerism and never more so than in today’s society. The way we perceive our desires, bodies, and eras shapes fashion every season, as it shapes us. Paris fashion is at the center of it all. The French were the first to make an industry out of fashion, not just dress-making, and they have been exporting their style since the 17th century which is frankly before most of the world had even realized what fashion was. It all kicked off in the 17th century when the association of France with fashion and style was initiated by, surprise surprise, Louis XIV’s court.

The House of Worth, Cape, Circa 1890. Paris. Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Arden. 69.160.9 Hip-length cape in cream lace with wide neckline border of black silk velvet; trimmed with black silk chenille bobble tassels

The House of Worth, Cape, Circa 1890. Paris. Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Arden. 69.160.9
Hip-length cape in cream lace with wide neckline border of black silk velvet; trimmed with black silk chenille bobble tassels

The House of Worth, Cape, Circa 1890. Paris. Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Arden. 69.160.9 Hip-length cape in cream lace with wide neckline border of black silk velvet; trimmed with black silk chenille bobble tassels

The House of Worth, Cape, Circa 1890. Paris. Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Arden. 69.160.9
Hip-length cape in cream lace with wide neckline border of black silk velvet; trimmed with black silk chenille bobble tassels

The Sun King made it his business to be at the center of all that was beautiful in the world so the luxury goods industry in France became a royal commodity. The creation of the fashion press in the 1670s catapulted French fashion into the spotlight and the notions of different fashion “seasons” and the changing of styles became available to a bigger audience. Louis XIV himself was responsible for starting the trend for outrageous wigs of curled hair. The king was going bald so he over-compensated and the rest of the court followed suit.

Balenciaga , Cocktail dress , 1959, Paris. Gift of Kay Kerr Uebel. 75.170.1_20050512_01 Short evening dress in chartreuse ribbed silk with black chinÈ r; with bateau neckline; bubble skirt on hip yoke; and attached black satin ribbon tie; separate coordinating black satin ribbon sash

Balenciaga , Cocktail dress , 1959, Paris. Gift of Kay Kerr Uebel. 75.170.1_20050512_01
Short evening dress in chartreuse ribbed silk with black chinÈ r; with bateau neckline; bubble skirt on hip yoke; and attached black satin ribbon tie; separate coordinating black satin ribbon sash

In fact, he moved the needle towards extravagant fashion even more so because of his wigs. The French Royal court turned into a farcical game of one-upmanship where fashion was concerned – Whose wig is the tallest? Whose skirt is the widest and most covered in tiny bows? In Paris fashion big was the rage. This was most evident in the french movie, Ridicule, the 1996 French film set in the 18th century at the decadent court of Versailles, where social status can rise and fall based on one’s ability to mete out witty insults and avoid ridicule oneself, as well as one’s ability to be the most preening peacock in the room. The story also examines the social injustices of late 18th century France, in showing the corruption and callousness of the aristocrats.

The rebels were, of course, very quick to change all this and went very fast towards the opposite direction — what before had been of a baroque, almost decadent, excess, now everything was simple — as per the ideas of the era and also because hygiene had improved wonders by now and people had to buy more fabric to have at least one piece of clothing to wear while they cleaned the other one. And then the 1800s came and department stores were opened, giving a boost to Paris fashion. Instead of courtiers, France now had the bourgeoisie and, as the driving force that made the economy move from hand to hand (as in, they could actually move money around), French fashion found its way into society.

It wasn’t long until the couturier (designer) was born. It is, of course, as usually with designers, a controversial statement, but a man from England named Charles Frederick Worth is more or less accepted into the popular vernacular as the man who totally dominated the industry. He was the first to be considered a designer and not just a dressmaker – he invented the fashion show and the fashion label as a status symbol. He went on to become so successful and respected, in fact, that he earned the final say on whatever their customers were going to wear, regardless of their opinion. He also came up with the idea of actually sketching the design before producing an expensive sample garment. He was hailed as a genius for that.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the French fashion industry exploded (Vogue was founded in 1892) and Jacques Doucet and Madeline Vionnet founded fashion houses. They were influenced by Art Nouveau and Orientalist trends and so finally women were “liberated” from corsets and heavy petticoats and instead wore their whimsical designs with flowing bias-cut dresses. In 1925 a little known designer called Coco Chanel first came into prominence and revolutionized Paris fashion and then the world’s.

In 1947, the world’s attention was on Paris once more as Christian Dior unveiled his “New Look” – the clinched in waists contrasted with majestic busts and full skirts delighted the post-war clientele in its femininity. Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain both opened fashion houses soon after and Paris was the center of the world again.

The 1960s saw the Parisian youth becoming disillusioned with French fashion, (apparently too elegant and elaborate) favoring instead the casual style seen in London. In 1966, Yves Saint Laurent put Paris in the spotlight again with his a prêt-à-porter (“ready to wear”) line which made fashion accessible to the masses. In fact, even though Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin pushed fashion towards the future, creating bold shapes they always had to stay under YSL’s shadow. He was undoubtedly king of the latter part of the century. He pioneered the tuxedo suit for women, seducing everyone with his androgynous style and Left Bank beatnik chic.***

The New York section begins with a circa 1938 iridescent evening gown by Nettie Rosenstein and ends with Alexander Wang’s sporty spring/summer 2015 neon orange dress. New York also includes styles by Claire McCardell, Halston, and Ralph Lauren.
Nettie Rosenstein, Evening dress, Circa 1938, New York, Gift of Gloria Carr de Veynac. 76.32.1

Nettie Rosenstein, Evening dress, Circa 1938, New York, Gift of Gloria Carr de Veynac. 76.32.1

Claire McCardell, Dress, 1954, New York . Gift of Sally Kirkland. 76.33.34_20080425_01 Sleeveless dress in beige muslin with black windowpane check; fitted midriff panel; calf-length flared skirt; wide wrap & tie sash

Claire McCardell, Dress, 1954, New York . Gift of Sally Kirkland. 76.33.34_20080425_01
Sleeveless dress in beige muslin with black windowpane check; fitted midriff panel; calf-length flared skirt; wide wrap & tie sash

Milan claimed its place as Italy’s fashion capital during the 1970s. Milan has established a long history within the fields of fashion, textiles and design in general. Throughout the late 19th century, the Lombard capital was a major production centre, benefitting from its status as one of the country’s salient economic and industrial powerhouses. Milanese fashion, despite taking inspiration from the leading Parisian couture of the time, developed its own approach, which was by nature devoted to sobriety, simplicity and the quality of the fabric. Throughout the 20th century, the city expanded its role as a fashion centre, with a number of rising designers contributing to Milan’s image as a stylistic capital. Following this development, Milan emerged in the 1970s and 1980s as one of the world’s pre-eminent trendsetters, maintaining this stint well into the 1990s and 2000s and culminating with its entrenchment as one of the “big four” global fashion capitals. As of today, Milan is especially renowned for its role within the prêt-à-porter category of fashion.

Milan’s fashion history has evolved greatly throughout the years. Milan began as a center of fashion in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as in Venice and Florence, the making of luxury goods was an industry of such importance that in the 16th century the city gave its name to the English word “milaner” or “millaner”, meaning fine wares like jewellery, cloth, hats and luxury apparel. By the 19th century, a later variant, “millinery”, had come to mean one who made or sold hats.

In the mid-19th century cheaper silk began to be imported from Asia and the pest phylloxera damaged silk and wine production. More land was subsequently given over to industrialisation. Textile production was followed by metal and mechanical and furniture manufacture. In 1865, the first major department store in the country opened in Milan by the Bocconi brothers (which was called Alle Città d’Italia and later in 1921 became La Rinascente). This was regarded as a novelty at the time with regards to retailing in Italy. Though, traditionally, artisans would sell the items they made directly or to small stores, the opening of these new department stores modernized the distributions of clothes in the city.

In the 1880s and late 19th century, the Milanese style was partially inspired by French fashion, which at the time was still dominant in terms of influence, yet adapted according to local tastes; this included a generally somber and simple style, which was moderate in terms of decoration and ornamentation, and put an emphasis on the quality of tailoring and the different fabrics and textiles. The general Milanese interest in styling was reflected in the number of fashion magazines which circulated in the city at the time, as well as the fact that the people were ready to follow trends; nevertheless, the Milanese style was relatively traditional. The city had several tailors and seamstresses which in 1881 amounted to 249 and in 1886 to 383 (which were listed in guides).

In this period, the city was one of the biggest industrial powerhouses in Italy, and had a diversified fashion and clothing economy which was mainly based on small workshops rather than large companies (highlighted in an 1881 census). The importance of this industry continued in the city into the early 20th century, where 42,711 out of 175,871 workers were in the clothing sector in 1911.
However, in the 1970s, Milan’s fashion image became more glamorous, and as Florentine designs were deemed to be “very formal and expensive”, the city became a more popular shopping destination, with numerous boutiques which sold both elegant and everyday clothes. Milanese designs were known for their practicality and simple elegance, and became more popular and affordable than Florentine and Parisian designs. The city became one of the main capitals for ready-to-wear female and male fashion in the 1970s.  Milan started to become an internationally successful and famous fashion capital towards the late-1980s and early 1990s.
Milan has been home to numerous fashion designers, including Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferrè,Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Miuccia Prada, Mariuccia Mandelli alias Krizia, Antonio Marras, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Franco Moschino, Gimmo Etro, Mila Schön, Nicola Trussardi, Ottavio Missoni, Donatella Versace, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Giuseppe Zanotti in addition to Fausto Puglisi, Francesco Scognamiglio, Alessandra Facchinetti, Gabriele Colangelo, Simonetta Ravizza, Stella Jean and Marco De Vincenzo, just to name a few younger designers.
Prada , Ensemble , Fall 2007, Milan, Gift of Prada, 2007.20.1 Coat with black textured wool blazer fringed with plastic strips, stitched to orange fleece skirt with rust pile hem band; red silk ribknit toeless stockings; black satin shoes with hardware buckle, high curved heel and back covered in taupe satin

Prada , Ensemble , Fall 2007, Milan, Gift of Prada, 2007.20.1
Coat with black textured wool blazer fringed with plastic strips, stitched to orange fleece skirt with rust pile hem band; red silk ribknit toeless stockings; black satin shoes with hardware buckle, high curved heel and back covered in taupe satin

Most of the major Italian fashion houses and labels are based in Milan, even though many of them were founded in other cities. They include: Armani, Bottega Veneta, Canali, Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Etro, Iceberg, Les Copains, Marni, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler, Frankie Morello, Moschino, MSGM, N°21, Prada, Fausto Puglisi, Tod’s, Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Zagliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, and the eyewear company Luxottica.
Christopher Kane, Dress, Fall 2014, London, Museum Purchase, 2015.15.1

Christopher Kane, Dress, Fall 2014, London, Museum Purchase, 2015.15.1

Christopher Kane, Dress, Fall 2014, London, Museum Purchase, 2015.15.1

Christopher Kane, Dress, Fall 2014, London, Museum Purchase, 2015.15.1

London captured international attention with “youthquake” fashions during the 1960s. Provocative designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen established London as a creative fashion hub during the decades since.


When selecting which emerging fashion capitals to include in the exhibition, the curators considered a number of indicators to show that a city’s fashion scene is growing. All the featured cities are home to forward-thinking designers who have achieved domestic success and attracted international interest. They also hold fashion weeks attended by international press and fashion buyers.



Several factors drive the development of a city’s fashion scene—politics, economics, and government support among them. For example, Johannesburg fashion blossomed during the post-apartheid era, led by designers such as Nkhensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie. Current events in Ukraine have ignited the creativity of designers such as Anton Belinskiy, who staged a photoshoot amid Kiev’s street protests.
China’s economic growth over the last decade created consumer demand for international fashion, developing into support for successful domestic designers, such as Shanghai’s Masha Ma. Nigeria’s economy, the largest in Africa, supports Lagos’ developing fashion industry and the growing international reach of brands like Maki Oh and Lisa Folwaiyo. The governments of Copenhagen and Seoul actively fund and promote their fashion industries.
On October 13, 2015, The Museum at FIT, in conjunction with CUNY Graduate Center, will host a one day symposium on the topic of global fashion capitals. The morning session will take place on the FIT campus and will consist of a student fair, where visitors can interact with members of the international fashion community. The morning will also include a fashion show featuring five designers from emerging fashion capitals and a panel discussion moderated by MFIT curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way. The afternoon session will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, details to follow.
Global Fashion Capitals is organized by Ariele Elia, assistant curator of costume and textiles, and Elizabeth Way, curatorial assistant, The Museum at FIT.

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DEWAR’S® Scratches Its Way To A Smooth And Flavorful New Scotch

For the first time in the brand’s history, Dewar’s® borrows a tradition from its bourbon counterparts – scratching the barrels after charring –  to create a unique, new liquid: Dewar’s Scratched CaskDewar’s Scratched Cask is a blend of up to 40 carefully selected single malt and single grain whiskies left to mature in oak casks at the brand’s home in Scotland for a minimum of four years. At that point, instead of bottling the blend, the mature liquid is married in handcrafted American oak casks, selected by master blender Stephanie Macleod. These barrels,



bourbon and virgin oak, are heavily charred and then lightly scratched at the char layer to alter the flavor of the whisky. The liquid is then left to blend and breathe for additional months, a production process called finishing.

The result is surprisingly smooth with a flavorful finish.

We are thrilled to continue to push the envelope in Scotch and create a bridge from one whiskey category to the other,” said Dan Pilas, VP and Brand Managing Director, Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky Portfolio. “Dewar’s Scratched Cask is not a hybrid, but different technique that combines the best of Scotch whisky and American whiskey know-how to create a new liquid that is smooth from start to finish.

Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, DEWAR’S has grown from a small wine and spirits merchant shop in Scotland, to one of the largest Scotch whisky brands in the world.  Best known for its iconic DEWAR’S White Label, the top selling blended Scotch whisky in the USA, it has expanded its family to create a portfolio of premium and super premium whiskies including DEWAR’S 12 Year Old, DEWAR’S 15 Year Old, DEWAR’S 18 Year Old and the exclusive DEWAR’S Signature. These whiskies are crafted using the DEWAR’S oak marrying ageing process. Pioneered by DEWAR’S in 1899, it involves returning the hand-crafted blend to vintage oak casks for further maturation. The result is a smoother taste with a long, lingering finish; a taste that wins medals and applause, making DEWAR’S the world’s most awarded Scotch.

Dewar’s Scratched Cask signature serves include “Scratch and Soda,” as well as variations on classic cocktails like the Rob Roy or Old Fashioned. This limited release will be available as of May 2015 while supplies last, and will retail for $25.99 at select luxury liquor retailers nationwide.



National Geographic Studios Presents ‘ROBOTS 3D’ Narrated by Simon Pegg as ‘RoboThespian’

New Giant Screen Film Looks at World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Humanoid Robots

There are millions of astonishing robots in existence — and innovators at the forefront of the robot revolution are taking robotics to the next level with the new generation of these awe-inspiring machines: humanoid robots that can work like us, play like us, learn and even look like us. This summer, a new giant screen film experience from National Geographic Studios will give audiences an inside look at how hard it is to mimic what we humans can do as well as what it means to be a humanoid. ROBOTS 3D (a 40-minute large-format film that explores the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humanoid cognition and human-robot interaction as well as exciting developments in cloud robotics) premieres in giant screen, IMAX® and digital 3D cinemas around the United States and worldwide beginning June 5, 2015.


ROBOTS 3D gives audiences a fascinating and exciting look at what makes us human, how far machines must go to look and act like us and how humanoids are already changing our world. Addressing technological and philosophical questions with clarity and humor, the film provides a glimpse into a future in which man and machine forge an increasingly sophisticated relationship.

In ROBOTS 3D, host and narrator RoboThespian — an android voiced by actor, comedian and filmmaker Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”; “Shaun of the Dead”) — takes audiences on a lively tour of the world to meet a dozen of the most remarkable robots in Europe, Japan and the United States. From Robonaut, the first space robot handyman, to robot butlers and home-helper humanoids to eerily human-looking androids to search-and-rescue robots, the film showcases the latest cutting-edge efforts — as well as the challenges — driving roboticists, engineers and scientists around the globe to new breakthroughs.

With RoboThespian as a guide, the film highlights the featured aptitudes of each robot. Among the humanoids that ROBOTS 3D introduces to audiences are:

  • “HRP-2”: Designed to study locomotion, this bipedal bot can crawl and walk.
  • “ASIMO”: Honda’s famed humanoid can jump and run up to 5 mph.
  • “ATLAS”: This 6-foot, 330-pound, search-and-rescue robot navigates rough terrain.
  • “COMAN”: Just try to knock down this small headless wonder with the flexible joints.
  • “HERB THE BUTLER”: Thanks to this helper, we may never have to clear the table or do dishes again.
  • “ROBONAUT”: NASA’s space handyman helps astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • “CHIMP”: This humanoid “sees” by using laser light and sending out pulses that bounce back, like a bat uses echolocation.
  • “JUSTIN”: You will definitely want this robot on your team. It has a 90 percent accuracy rate for catching balls.
  • “iCUB”: This adorable robot is designed to look like a child and to learn like one.
  • “PR-2”: This robot could tie shoes and fold laundry because of its ability to recognize shapes and manipulate soft and flexible materials.
  • ANDROIDS: The human face has over 40 muscles to express emotions like fear, anger, surprise, happiness — and these androids seem capable of these emotions, too.
  • “NAO”: This small humanoid used for education is a huge favorite with kids everywhere.

Directed by Mike Slee (“Flight of the Butterflies”; “Bugs!”) and produced by Jini Dürr (“Mysteries of the Unseen World”; “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”), ROBOTS 3D provides rare access to labs where researchers are putting robots through their paces, striving to replicate human capabilities such as mobility, locomotion and dexterity, using sensory data and visual perception. Getting a machine to move or think like a human, or to sense, plan and act, is no easy feat. Given the complexities and capabilities of the human brain, hands, feet and face alone — not to mention the number of muscles and joints — robot researchers have their work cut out for them in developing humanoids that won’t just achieve human potential, but could one day surpass it.

This film will really open people’s eyes and make them think about how amazing these machines are, how amazing human beings are and how complicated it is to make a machine that can do what we do,” said Slee.

ROBOTS 3D not only gives remarkable insight into what is currently going on in
robotics labs around the world and the extraordinary leaps that have been made in the field, but also highlights the complexities of human ability,” added Dürr.

ROBOTS 3D will captivate on every level,” said Brooke Runnette, president of National Geographic Studios. “Dazzling visuals and a tremendously entertaining story filled with real scientific adventure and technological innovation are all wrapped up in the eye-popping giant screen package.”

ROBOTS 3D also travels to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the intense two-day competition to test how robots might deal with disasters, staged by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a response to Japan’s 2011 Fukushima earthquake. The competition tested rival all-purpose rescue robots’ abilities to perform tasks such as driving, walking on rough terrain, clearing debris, opening doors, using a power tool and turning a safety valve, all during catastrophic conditions.

An original production from Day’s End Pictures for National Geographic Studios, ROBOTS 3D was produced in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Symantec is an educational outreach partner, while the National 4-H Council and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are promotional partners for the film. Executive producers are Brooke Runnette and Lisa Truitt. Sean MacLeod Phillips is director of photography.

The National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling and has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry.

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NYC Pride Unveils ‘Complete the Dream’ as 2015 Theme and Announces 2015 Grand Marshalls

Heritage of Pride, the organizers of NYC Pride has announced its 2015 theme, “Complete the Dream” with the release of theme artwork and brand elements for June’s celebrations. NYC Pride organizes some of the world’s largest and most prominent LGBT pride events, including: the March, the Rally, PrideFest, Family Movie Night, and iconic dances on Manhattan’s West Side piers. In selecting “Complete the Dream” as its 2015 theme, the organization endeavors to honor not only the dreams of LGBT people, but also the dreams of all people seeking liberation from injustice. Further, the theme is a reminder that the LGBT community’s fight is not over until all LGBT people, including youth, transgender people, and LGBT people of color, are shown full dignity and respect under the law and in society.


LGBT Pride as an annual event began in New York in 1970 on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In 2015, more than 1.7 million people are expected to participate in NYC Pride’s official slate of events, which take place from June 21 to June 28.

Our 2015 theme highlights how close we are coming to our dream of full LGBT equality and liberation,” said Maryanne Roberto, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “In fact, one facet of that dream—full legal recognition of marriage equality in the US—could be made real by the United States Supreme Court in the days before we step off down Fifth Avenue.”

The week’s events include the following:

June 23rd – Make your way to Family Movie Night this year for a special showing of Disney’s Finding NemoFamily Movie Night is moving to an even bigger location for 2015, Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 (Cross the highway at 24th or 22nd Street and West-side Highway), where you can enjoy a family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. Seating, blankets, and tasty treats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is FREE for everyone to attend.

June 26thThe Rally. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park and followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. 2013 marked the opening of the official Pride events on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26.

Scene from the 2014  New York City Pride March

Scene from the 2014 New York City Pride March

June 27thVIP Rooftop PartyNYC Pride and Brian Rafferty proudly present the 5th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party. Dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year, which will feature 4 INCREDIBLE DJs (DJ Ben Baker, DJ Saul Ruiz, DJ Grind, DJ Cindel3 INCREDIBLE LEVELS: Hudson Terrace Rooftop, Indoor Salon, Outdoor Terrace and Open Bar featuring Reyka Vodka, Milagro Tequila, Hendricks | 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is the official Saturday event of NYC Pride, the largest Pride week in the nation.

June 27thTeaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is NYC Pride’s exclusive event for women. After over a decade of “rocking women’s worlds,” the  pwers-that-be are refreshing the event and introducing tons of exciting new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride! Many of the details are still being finalized.

Edie Windsor at the 2014  New York City Pride March. Photo Credit: from David Studinski (NYC Pride)

Edie Windsor at the 2014 New York City Pride March. Photo Credit: from David Studinski (NYC Pride)

June 27th – WE PARTY PRESENTED BY MASTERBEAT.  Masterbeat will once again present the official Saturday night event of NYC Pride with WE Party: University.  Come party with over 3000 of the hottest men from around the world as once again, the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom is transformed into NYC’s biggest mega-club with 6 points of thundering line array concert sound, mega-watt full color lasers, hundreds of intelligent moving lights and the signature production that has made Masterbeat events famous around the world.

The theme this year is “University” as Hammerstein is transformed into a venue dedicated to higher learning. You won’t mind a session of summer school with these school jocks and coaches, bad teachers, hot cheerleaders, academic professors and legendary dancers direct from Spain.   Assisting with your education will be international superstar DJ’s Sagi Kariv (Tel Aviv) and Micky Friedmann (Berlin) spinning the beats on campus.

Come get your degree at WE Party University.   Bachelors and Master’s Degree Tuition available now.  This is going to be one school where you won’t mind won’t mind staying at after class.   Detention anyone? (Saturday, June 27th 2015, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave)

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June 28th – PRIDEFEST.  PrideFest, which will be going into its 22nd year in 2015, is the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, corporate sponsors, community leaders and area business owners. PrideFest is the perfect place to stop to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat or score some great Pride gear. And the best part is, attendance is totally FREE! So be sure and round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest. (Sunday, June 28th, 2015, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Hudson St. btwn Abingdon Sq. & W. 14th St.)

June 28th – The MARCH. The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2014, the March was joined by over 325 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 55 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

2014 Grand Marshal  Broadway, film, and television actor Jonathan Groff

2014 Grand Marshal Broadway, film, and television actor Jonathan Groff

June 28th – THE DANCE ON THE PIER. COME AND DANCE INTO THE NIGHT. NYC Pride is returning to Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26 in Tribeca with extended hours (3:00 PM – 10:00 Pm). Dance on the Pier, now in its 29th year, will again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and its LGBT nonprofit grant winners. This year they are continuing to bring the biggest and best talent from around the world (including DJ The Cute Guys, DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Wayne G.). The event will once again close with the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson River. All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. There are several packages available including General Admission ( includes entry into the space), VIP admissionUltra-Premium VIP Bottle PackageAll-Access NYC Pride Weekend PassNon-Alcoholic Drink PackageBud Light Drink Package (includes five Bud Light drink tickets. Does NOT include entry into the event), and the Spirit Drink Package (includes five spirit drink tickets. Spirits include: Reyka Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Monkey Shoulder Whisky. Does NOT include entry into the event). Tickets sold at or at the following ticket vendors: Village Apothecary – 346 Bleeker Street and Delphinium Home – 353 West 47th Street .  Continue reading

L’Oreal Paris and Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) Unveil It’s THAT Worth It To Me Campaign

Celebrity Spokespeople Eva Longoria, Aimee Mullins, Skin Cancer Survivor Diane Keaton and L’Oreal Paris Communications Executive Danielle Macaluso Join L’Oreal Paris to Ignite a Movement Inspiring Women to Donate 15 Social Media Seconds and Share Why It’s THAT Worth It(TM) to Protect Their Skin, Their Beauty and Their Life.

Currently melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of the most common cancers in women under 401 years old in the United States. The first line of defense in helping to reduce the risk of developing melanoma is by wearing broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF protection. L’Oréal Paris, a leading global beauty brand, and Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the leading private funder of melanoma research, announced today the launch of It’s THAT Worth It To Me. This social media campaign encourages women to donate 15 social media seconds by sharing why SPF protection or using sunless tanner is worth it to protect their skin, their beauty and their life. For every social share, L’Oréal Paris will donate $1 to MRA to fund the L’Oréal Paris – MRA Team Science Award Research Grant, up to $250,000 in 2015.

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This campaign is part of a three-year collaboration that began in May 2013 when L’Oréal Paris committed to donate over $750,000 to fund a team research grant with MRA, called the L’Oréal Paris-MRA Team Science Award. The L’Oréal Paris-MRA Team Science Award is led by internationally renowned cancer researcher Dr. Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc., at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Herlyn and his team are conducting research to explore the role of 16 variant genes as co-drivers in melanoma susceptibility, development and progression. The goal of the research is to help scientists better understand how to treat melanoma to develop improved treatments and a cure for melanoma.

From now through Labor Day on September 7th, people can participate in the campaign by following three steps:

  1. Create a 15 second video or photo sharing with their social community why SPF protection or using sunless tanner is worth it.
  2. Share the video or photo via Insta-video/Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter with hashtag #ItsTHATWorthIt
  3. Get your social media community involved to further spread the word by tagging three friends in your post.

We are incredibly proud to support Melanoma Research Alliance. The progress MRA has made in eight years to fund melanoma research and advance treatments is remarkable and unparalleled,” said Karen T. Fondu, President of L’Oréal Paris. “Through the It’s THAT Worth It to Me social campaign our goal is to make women realize that taking the extra fifteen seconds to apply SPF protection is worth it to protect their skin, beauty and their life.”


$1 from U.S. sales of these select L’Oréal Paris products from now through December 31st, 2015 will fund the L’Oréal Paris – MRA Team Science Award Research Grant, up to $250,000 in 2015


Additionally, $1 from U.S. sales of select L’Oréal Paris products from now through December 31st, 2015 will fund the L’Oréal Paris – MRA Team Science Award Research Grant, up to $250,000 in 2015, including: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion SPF 50, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Liquid Silky Sheer Face Lotion SPF 50+, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Alcohol-Free Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray SPF 50+, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum, L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist, L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream SPF 15, L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Day Cream SPF 30 and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming SPF 30 Day Lotion.

A series of celebrity public service announcements and Donate 15 social videos will feature influencers – including Eva Longoria, Aimee Mullins, Skin Cancer Survivor Diane Keaton and L’Oréal Paris Communications Executive and melanoma survivor Danielle Macaluso – telling their own personal stories of why SPF protection is worth it to drive melanoma and skin cancer awareness and encourage others to help spread the word.

MRA is a public charity formed in 2007 under the auspices of the Milken Institute, with the generous founding support of Debra and Leon Black. Debra Black serves as Chair of MRA and is a melanoma survivor. MRA has dedicated more than $60 million to research seeking to better prevent, diagnose, and treat melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Due to the ongoing support of its founders, 100% of every dollar MRA raises goes to support its melanoma research program. The organization is poised to build on recent momentum in the field, accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and translation in order to eliminate suffering and death due to melanoma. MRA’s ability to fund wide-ranging research in melanoma is amplified by unique multi-faceted collaborations and partnerships with individuals, private foundations, and corporations. For more information, please visit

L’Oréal Paris’ commitment to supporting groundbreaking research and rallying women to stop melanoma from taking more lives is both incredibly inspiring and unprecedented,” said Black.

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Introducing La Nuit Trésor by Lancôme

Twenty five years ago, Lancôme introduced Trésor, a beloved fragrance inspired by the enduring power of love. Translated as “treasure,”Trésor was created to embody life’s most precious moments. Grounded in the rose, the enduring symbol of love, beauty, and femininity, this unmistakable floral experience has become a priceless member of the maison Lancôme family of fragrances.


Inspired by the original Trésor, new La Nuit Trésor captures the essence of a black crystal rose swathed in black vanilla.


Over the intervening years, the Trésor fragrance family evolved with new additions—Trésor Midnight Rose, Trésor in Love, and most recently, Trésor Lumineuse. Now, in honor of the scent’s quarter century anniversary, celebrated perfumers Amandine Marie and Christophe Raynaud have re-imagined the legendary fragrance as a modern aphrodisiac, La Nuit Trésor, formulated to envelop wearers in the sensual, addictive mystique of night. Inspired by the original Trésor, new La Nuit Trésor captures the essence of a black crystal rose swathed in black vanilla.

Starting with a crystalline rose—the essence of Trésor—the perfumers has envisioned a new 21st century love potion. Adding a heady dose of luxurious vanilla leather, the result, much like love itself, is an addictive universal experience designed for women of all ages. A mysterious adornment whose power grows petal by petal, its creators treated the rose like a diamond set in a case of wild vanilla leather. Like a gem, they refined each of the flower’s fragrance facets to create sparkling contrasts and bright edges, elevating the composition to set smooth sensual notes against sharp green facets reminiscent of a rose’s thorns. With a 24-hour hold, designed for the most sublime diffusion, La Nuit Trésor can be worn from day into night.

In this all new interpretation of the enduring beauty of Trésor, La Nuit Trésor takes the classically recognizable composition and gives it a unique new signature. Irresistible and precious, this irresistibly sensual scent represents a delicious yet refined masterpiece of mouth-watering desire and include:

  • Rose Oxide: The queen of flowers and symbol of absolute love, the rose beats at the heart of every Trésor creation. This newest composition is full of glittering vibrancy reminiscent of a starry night sky.
  • Vanilla Tahitensis Orchid: Perfumery’s own black gold. Prized as the most luxurious of all vanillas, this bewitching, noble ingredient brings the reinvented classic scent into the heady realm of night.
  • Praline: Intensified to perfumery’s highest dose, this addictive element creates mouth-watering gourmand appeal.
  • Natural Incense: Often used in the most luxurious niche perfumes, this sensual note creates a halo of mystery to add to the intoxicating nigh-time effect.
  • Lychee Accord: Perfectly blended to deliver an effusively luminous, refreshingly zesty note.
  • Chypre Blend: Created from Papyrus—a little known ingredient that evokes the Trésor original classic leather facet—alongside Patchouli to deliver a refined, modern, new signature element. 
  • Sandalwood Accord: A vibrant wooded accord articulated with musk and rich, modern wood notes like derambren, cedramber, and boisambrene.

Inspired by luxury glass-making and high-end jewelry, the Trésor bottle has evolved with time while still retaining its essential structure. With La Nuit Trésor, Lancôme has heightened the traditional pyramid shape to a fine point, leaving the gleaming bottle and its luminous violet contents to rest alluringly to one side.

La Nuit Trésor  Eau De Parfum, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancô, 1 oz. ($62), 1.7 oz. ($80), 2.5 oz. ($100)

Le Nuit Trésor Body Lotion, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancô, 6.7 oz. ($46)

Le Nuit Trésor Shower Gel, Available exclusively at Dillard’s and on Lancô, 6.7 oz ($46)