Guggenheim Launches First Online Exhibition, Åzone Futures Market

Exhibition Extends with Physical Installation Åzone Terminal at Seaport Cultural District in Collaboration with Center for Architecture, Now Through December 31, 2015

Online Exhibition:

Installation: Åzone Terminal

Venue: 181 Front Street, between Fulton and John Streets

Dates: October 23-December 31, 2015

Hours: 11 am-8 pm, Tuesday-Sunday; 12-4 pm, Monday

Admission: Free

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has launched its first online exhibition, Åzone Futures Market, a web-based simulated stock market that explores the potential effects of a world increasingly shaped by emerging technologies. Audiences can access Åzone Futures Market online and can visit and engage with Åzone Terminal, a physical installation featuring interactive visualizations of the marketplace in the Seaport Culture District, a vibrant new cultural hub in Lower Manhattan.

Åzone Futures Market Screenshot of Basic Index Design: Studio Folder © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Åzone Futures Market. Screenshot of Basic Index
Design: Studio Folder, © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Åzone Terminal opened to the public at 6 pm on Friday, October 23, at 181 Front Street in the Seaport Culture District and is presented in collaboration with the Center for Architecture.

The exhibition concept grew out of a retreat on the Åland Islands off the coast of Finland organized as part of the Guggenheim Helsinki Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled exhibition last spring. It is the first program in what will be a sustained investigation by the museum into the intersection of architecture and new technologies.

Experimental in spirit and design, Åzone Futures Market invites audiences to learn about and take a position on technology-enabled futures that until recently were confined to prototypes or science fiction. Market participants receive 10,000 cåin (Å), the Åzone currency, to invest in futures on the simulated market conditioned by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, commercialized space travel, and genetic manipulation. Dynamic pricing based on supply and demand, crowd-sourced news feeds, and visual trend analyses provides users with the real-time information needed to make investment decisions.

Åzone Terminal Installation View: Åzone Terminal, October 23-December 31, 2015 Mechanical Terminal: Pietro Leoni Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Åzone Terminal
Installation View: Åzone Terminal, October 23-December 31, 2015
Mechanical Terminal: Pietro Leoni
Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

We need new cultural forms to make sense of the radical effects of technological change on our lives today. Åzone Futures Market experiments with the architecture of exhibitions, replacing a physical building with a digital platform, allowing visitors to become users, and enabling contributors to respond to an environment that will emerge over time,” said Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives.

Guggenheim curatorial staff are analyzing and interpreting market activity and will profile investors who make the greatest impact on the market in posts on the Åzone Futures Market blog. Artists, architects, and theorists will intervene in the market periodically after it has stabilized.


Åzone Futures Market is designed by Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual; Aaron Gillett; and Alice Longo); developed by Charles Broskoski, Hugo Liu, Dan Brewster, and Damon Zucconi; and built with Sound design is by Daniel Perlin, and Åzone Terminal’s mechanical terminal is by Pietro Leoni. Additional contributors are listed on the website.

Åzone Futures Market and Åzone Terminal are organized by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, with Ashley Mendelsohn, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and is supported by the Howard Hughes Corporation and the Center of Architecture.sisters_ver2_xlg

“JAMES White” Live From MoMA

With Appearances By Stars Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Abbott & Director Josh Mond

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone, ABC-TV) Hosts Co-Produced National Screening Series

The Museum of Modern Art will launch its eighth Contenders Screening Series on Nov. 10 with Christopher Abbott‘s James White and Peter Travers Q&A as part of the New York Film Critics Series.

Actres/Director Cynthia Nixon, star of Christopher Abbott's James White

Award-winning Actress/Director Cynthia Nixon, star of Christopher Abbott’s James White

The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), a premiere screening company, has partnered with the nation’s leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The evenings are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC’s Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of and WOR Radio. NYFCS offers screenings of movies before their theatrical release and presents interactive, big-screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers. www.nyfilmcriticsseries.comjames_white_xlg

The next NYFCS screening will be “James White”. The event will take place live in New York at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on November 10th, 2015 and will be seen throughout the country on November 17th 2015.

James White” is a coming-of-age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. It stars: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and Ron Livingston. The film is being released by Film Arcade.21794-moma-400x400

NYFCS® takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV or the Internet. The events, including interviews and interactive audience involvement, are HD Simulcast to 65 select major markets so that everyone throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments from major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theater. On a monthly basis, audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions hosted by Peter Travers. Each screening brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings to nationwide audiences. This is a comprehensive, industry-wide, marketing tool complete with robust media and in-theater assets to 400+ screens.

NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live, world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the U.S. NYFCS will entertain, educate, surprise and invigorate film-loving audiences across the nation.

The NYFCS® screening series has recently included guests & films such as: Oscar® Winners Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Francis McDormand, Juliette Binoche, and Shirley MacLaine. Movies such as: Gone Girl, And So It Goes (starring Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton) with a live visit by director Rob Reiner; Child Of God with live appearances by James Franco & Scott Haze; Hector And The Search For Happiness with star Simon Pegg and filmmaker Peter Chelsom on hand, What If with live appearances by stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan; Chef with filmmaker & star Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, Made, Swingers) in attendance; and Locke with live appearances by star Tom Hardy and writer / director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises & Dirty Pretty Things). Other gems screened at NYFCS® include: Nebraska, American Hustle, At Middleton and Breathe In.

Independent Theaters: The NYFCS® network of U.S. theaters are independent partners dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today.  

Screenshot from "James White" with Cynthia Nixon and

Screenshot from “James White” with Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott

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Chefs Predict Top Restaurant Menu Trends for 2016

National Restaurant Association Survey Shows Local Sourcing And Environmental Sustainability Remain Hot Trends

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2016.WhatsHot_TimesSq_1200x1200

Top 20 food trends for 2016:

Locally sourced meats and seafood

Chef-driven fast-casual concepts

Locally grown produce

Hyper-local sourcing

Natural ingredients/minimally processed food

Environmental sustainability

Healthful kids’ meals

New cuts of meat

Sustainable seafood

House-made/artisan ice cream

Ethnic condiments/spices

Authentic ethnic cuisine

Farm/estate branded items

Artisan butchery

Ancient grains

Ethnic-inspired breakfast items

Fresh/house-made sausage

House-made/artisan pickles

Food waste reduction/management

Street food/food trucks

For complete survey results, additional trends to watch, video and downloadable graphics, visit

True trends evolve over time, especially when it comes to lifestyle-based choices that extend into other areas of our everyday life,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the National Restaurant Association. “Chefs and restaurateurs are in tune with over-arching consumer trends when it comes to menu planning, but add their own twist of culinary creativity to drive those trends in new directions. No one has a better view into the window of the future of food trends than the culinary professionals who lead our industry.”

We are excited to see how foodservice establishments will incorporate these culinary trends for 2016,” said Thomas Macrina, CEC, CCA, AAC, national president, American Culinary Federation. “Chefs enjoy being creative and many of these trends give them the ability to do what they love: make fresh, delicious food for people to enjoy.”

The top trends in food also extend to the bar, with the hottest alcohol trends including locally produced and craft beer, wine and spirits.WhatsHot2016_Top5Alcohol_1200x1200

When asked which current food trend has grown the most over that last decade, 44 percent of the chefs surveyed said local sourcing. Looking forward, 41 percent said the trend that will grow the most in the next 10 years is environmental sustainability.

Menu items that gained in trendiness since last year’s survey include African flavors, authentic ethnic cuisine, ethnic condiments/spices, house-made/artisan soft drinks, Middle Eastern flavors and non-traditional liquors. Items that lost momentum include underutilized fish, kale salads, fresh beans/peas, gluten-free cuisine, quinoa and flower essence in cocktails.

While the National Restaurant Association‘s What’s Hot in 2016 chef survey highlights what’s trending on restaurant menus, additional analysis of survey results and respondents’ answers to the open-ended question “What will be the next hot menu trend” reveal a few more food ideas to keep an eye on in the next year:

Veggie-centric: When referring to center-of-the-plate items, that usually means proteins, but that may be changing. Fresh produce as the star of the plate is being championed by more restaurants and culinary professionals, who are serving up vegetable-centric meals that are often vegetarian without being advertised as such. And even when animal proteins are included in the dish, the veg is still the main attraction. Basically the opposite of television character Ron Swanson’s attitude toward veggies as “the food that my food eats.”

Sriracha = the new ketchup?: The red sauce in the bottle with the green top is ubiquitous, but just a few years ago, only Thai food enthusiasts were familiar with this condiment. Following in its popularity growth wake are a range of other condiments and spices from various global cuisines applied to anything and everything to create brand new flavor combinations. Chimichurri as a hamburger topping. Peri peri barbecue ribs. Za’atar spread on crostini. Raita with hot wings. You get the idea.

African flavors: International cuisines have become ingrained in our everyday diets, but despite featuring numerous distinct cuisines, Africa is still relatively under-explored when it comes to culinary experiences in the United States. Perhaps not for much longer, however. Berbere, harissa, dukkah, ras el hanout, tsire and other spice mixes and flavors are likely to gain wider use, as African flavors are a fast-growing trend.

Restaurant stores: “Grocerants” has been around for a few years now – grocery stores increasingly focusing on foodservice. We’re now starting to see restaurants adapting that idea by considering fresh food retail operations. If consumers want to eat where they shop for groceries, it’s reasonable to believe they also want to grocery shop where they eat. In fact, half of consumers say they would be interested in buying fresh, uncooked food items from restaurants (think items like steak, shrimp, bread and pasta of the same quality as served in the restaurant). Hybrid concepts like food halls and market restaurants are leading the way. Continue reading

This Holiday Season, Wellness® Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation Give the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets

For Each Wellness Product Sold On Chewy.Com, One Meal Will Be Donated To Pets In Need

Kicking off the season of giving, Wellness® Natural Pet Food (Healthy Food. Unconditional Love, Uncompromising Nutrition®) has teamed up with to raise food for pets in need through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation and its shelter partners. For each Wellness product sold on from now through December 15, Wellness Natural Pet Food will donate one dog or cat food meal to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to better the lives of shelter animals. And as an additional incentive, Wellness will donate two meals for every one product purchased through’s Autoship & Save auto replenishment program.

Wellness Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy FoundationGive the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

Wellness Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy FoundationGive the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

The donations are made possible through the WellPet Foundation, which allows Wellness to support organizations and activities that promote the power of natural nutrition and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles.

To give the gift of Wellness, pet parents who feed their dogs and cats natural recipes from Wellness can simultaneously help the three organizations donate up to 150,000 meals to the pets who need it most.

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation has made it their mission to improve the lives of shelter pets, and we see rehabilitation through nutrition as an important aspect of quality of life. We’re thrilled to be able to play a role in helping provide quality nutrition to these pets as they wait to be adopted,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, Senior Manager, Marketing Communications, for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

Wellness Logo (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

Wellness Logo (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which was recently launched by Animal Planet star Jackson Galaxy, focuses on programs that drive innovation, promotes improved shelter design and construction, and provides knowledge to inspire and empower animal advocates—improvements Galaxy believes will lead to higher adoption rates. Additionally, the organization awards shelters with monetary and food grants for immediate support.

Overpopulation in pet shelters is a serious issue, but there are gestures we can make to help ensure that these animals receive the proper nutrition they require,” said Galaxy. “We’re grateful for the continued support we receive from Wellness and this latest effort will help ensure a better quality of life for these cats and dogs in need.”

While many shelter pets are lucky enough to find their forever homes during the holidays, shelters are continually filling those empty cages by taking in new pets. Donations made possible by this initiative will help keep those pets happy and healthy by giving them the natural, balanced nutrition they need to support their overall wellbeing.

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Harajuku Lovers Brand Comes to Petco

Exciting New Designs, Including Playful And Design-Driven Apparel, Accessories, And Fun Toys, Available Now Online And At Petco Stores Nationwide Beginning November 8.

Petco today unveiled the upcoming arrival of Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani, a fun and fashionable pet line. This limited time collection is available now online at and will be available at Petco stores nationwide beginning this coming week. The new Harajuku Lovers collection features a design-driven assortment of dog products including toys, fashion accessories and apparel.

Petco today unveiled the upcoming arrival of Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani. Exciting new designs, including playful and design-driven apparel, accessories, and fun toys, available now online at and at Petco stores nationwide beginning November 8. (PRNewsFoto/Petco)

Petco today unveiled the upcoming arrival of Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani. Exciting new designs, including playful and design-driven apparel, accessories, and fun toys, available now online at and at Petco stores nationwide beginning November 8. (PRNewsFoto/Petco)

The Harajuku Lovers brand was founded in 2005 by Grammy winning musician and fashion designer and entrepreneur Gwen Stefanie and is known for and is much loved for its playful and pop art inspired designs. Always notable for her often-photographed personal style, Gwen’s lifelong admiration of Japanese street fashion and youth culture inspired her Harajuku Lovers fashion and accessories line.

I have had so much fun working on the Harajuku Lovers pet accessories collection,” said Stefani. “It’s playful, modern, and super kawaii. I couldn’t be happier with how well it turned out.”

The Harajuku Lovers Pet Collection was designed by Stefani and ranges in price from $5 to $20. The line features more than 30 trend-forward products, such as the cozy Union Jack Sweater (adorable!), colorful Doughnut Toy, fashionable black and white Checkers Socks and a snazzy Fedora Hat. There’s even a Shoe Chew Toy for owners with pets who loves chewing on their favorite footwear. From playful apparel to emoji-inspired toys, there is something to fit every dog’s style.

Petco (PRNewsFoto/Petco)

Petco (PRNewsFoto/Petco)

For pet parents who want to give their dogs a full Harajuku makeover and truly bring the line to life, Petco’s grooming salons will also offer a Harajuku Lovers Spa Package featuring custom shampoo and conditioner, fashion “pawlish” and fashionable accessories from the Harajuku Lovers pet collection.

We know that pet parents love expressing their own personal style through their pets,” said Jen Loesch, VP of Merchandising for Petco. “Gwen’s colorful, fashion-forward and fun aesthetic makes her the perfect collaborator to bring this unique Harajuku Lovers collection to fashionista pet lovers in our stores, grooming salons and online.

Pet parents are encouraged to share their Harajuku Lovers pet makeovers online using the hashtag #HarajukuLovers. For more information, visit,, and

Wynn Las Vegas Announces Intrigue, a New Nightlife Concept Opening April 28, 2016

Wynn Las Vegas announced the newest concept in nightlife, Intrigue, last night during a reveal at Tryst Nightclub‘s “Final Affair” industry party. Intrigue will open in the space currently occupied by Tryst on Apr. 28, 2016, which marks also Wynn Las Vegas’ 11th anniversary. Tryst closes tonight, after a successful 10-year run.

For video of last night’s reveal, with sound from Sean Christie, please visit:

Wynn Las Vegas Announces Intrigue, a New Nightlife Concept Opening April 28, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

Wynn Las Vegas Announces Intrigue, a New Nightlife Concept Opening April 28, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

The current market is dominated by the DJ phenomenon,” said Sean Christie, VP of operations at Wynn Las Vegas.While the current nightlife options at Wynn continue to enjoy the success of EDM, there is an audience who wants an alternative nightlife experience. Wynn was the first in Las Vegas to embrace the DJ phenomenon at Encore Beach Club, XS and Surrender and will again usher in a unique concept with Intrigue while providing the highest level of luxury and service that customers expect from the resort.

Wynn Las Vegas Announces Intrigue, a New Nightlife Concept Opening April 28, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

Wynn Las Vegas Announces Intrigue, a New Nightlife Concept Opening April 28, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

Intrigue will feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound designed by award-winning John Lyons Systems throughout the spectacular 14,000-square-foot venue, which will accommodate up to 1,200 patrons. Guests will enjoy contemporary party music that will cross over many different genres creating a high-energy dancing environment. A new glass enclosed patio will allow year-round views to the venue’s dramatic waterfall and spectacular pyrotechnics show. Additionally, a 1,200-square-foot private club within the club will be a social media free zone, allowing guests the ultimate in privacy.

Additional announcements are forthcoming. Visit for the latest information and follow @IntrigueVegas on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.