Dr. Fredric Brandt was a pioneer and a visionary the field of cosmetic dermatology. As such, he was constantly called upon to provide his expertise in research, treatment and diagnosis regarding all issues of dermatology. Beyond this contribution to his field, Dr. Brandt published numerous professional papers, conducted in-depth industry-wide research programs, was a board-certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Dermatology, and held memberships in numerous prestigious organizations such as the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatology Foundation Leaders Society and the Florida Medical Association, among others.banner-biography2

Dr. Brandt’s love of skincare started at Sloan-Kettering where he specialized in the research and treatment of leukemia. There he dedicated his studies to using natural elements to fight against the growth of cancer. Green tea, vitamin A and vitamin C became studied treatments under Dr. Brandt’s expert eye, and would be the basis of his future skincare line. dr. brandt® skincare came to combine modern science with traditional Eastern botanicals; its custom formulations are created to achieve and maintain radiant, glowing skin regardless of age or condition.

Dr. Brandt saw himself as a physician, but also as an artist, as he helped patients achieve a younger visage through a variety of non-invasive procedures, many of which he pioneered or perfected himself.

With practices in both Miami and New York City, Dr. Brandt saw more than 40 patients a day. Patients relied on Dr. Brandt for the resolution of medical concerns, but also for his innovations in the realm of in-office procedures.

More importantly than all of that, he was also an incredibly nice and approachable man who was loved by his celebrity and society clients, as well as by non-celebrity patients and people from various walks of life. He is greatly missed.

It is with great pride then that dr. brandt skincare® announces the launch of The Dr. Brandt Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in partnership with The Miami Foundation, to commemorate and preserve the legacy of the company’s trailblazing founder. The Foundation’s first campaign, #plumpupthevolume, has been created to foster a national dialogue concerning issues of mental health and well-being; funding research for suicide prevention, raising awareness about depression and supporting programs that improve overall mental health and provide insight and support to individuals affected by mood disorders, and their families.dr-brandt-foundation

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), one person dies by suicide in the U.S. every 13 minutes, leading to more than 40,000 deaths a year. The AFSP’s core focus is to promote awareness, prevention, understanding and hope to reverse this upward trend and save lives. Working in conjunction with the AFSP, the Dr. Brandt Foundation will aid its efforts in research, education and advocacy.

Join In The Fight! Take part in the dr. Brandt® #plumpupthevolume campaign. This nationwide movement is a call-to-action platform that invites Instagrammers everywhere to share their enthusiasm for life and positive thoughts that can motivate others.3d-image

It’s Easy To Join: Take a photo or video of yourself holding a sign that reads “#plumpupthevolume”, tag or follow @drbrandt and post it on Instagram using the same hashtag. Then challenge friends and followers to do the same. For every person that accepts your challenge, dr. brandt skincare® will donate $1 dollar to the Dr. Brandt Foundation. The hashtag #plumpupthevolume calls on all Americans to ‘turn up the volume’ on issues around emotional health and well-being, and sheds new light on their causes, effects and treatments — offering both hope and help to those in need.

In keeping with the long-held interests of Dr. Brandt, the Foundation will also provide support in the following areas: organizations that work with young artists to enhance their skills and passion for the arts, research of skin diseases, and the Humane Society.

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The Culinary Institute Of America (CIA) At Copia Announces Establishment Of The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum

A museum honoring Charles E. “Chuck” Williams–the man who reshaped the way America cooks and the visionary behind Williams-Sonoma–will be the centerpiece of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia. Made possible by a generous gift from the Williams Estate, the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at the CIA at Copia will become a new attraction in the City of Napa for culinarians worldwide. The founder of Williams-Sonoma passed away on December 5, 2015 following his 100th birthday earlier in the year.

A museum honoring Charles E. “Chuck” Williams—the man who reshaped the way America cooks and the visionary behind Williams-Sonoma—will be the centerpiece of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia.

A museum honoring Charles E. “Chuck” Williams—the man who reshaped the way America cooks and the visionary behind Williams-Sonoma—will be the centerpiece of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia.

The extensive display of kitchen items collected within his lifetime will honor his legacy and ensure that culinary enthusiasts will always learn from and remember the history and traditions of our culinary heritage. The collection represents a rich heritage of the culinary arts from around the world and includes treasures from the 18th and 19th Century–a batterie de cuisine of copper cookware from 1890s France; ceramic and metal pudding, chocolate, and ice cream molds; and European and Early American baking and pastry equipment from the early 1900s. Among the nearly 4,000 artifacts are bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks. Additional items will be curated for temporary exhibits. The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia is expected to open in spring 2017.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

The Culinary Institute of America acquired the Copia property in November 2015 and is carrying forward the facility’s original goal of providing excellence in culinary education and food-based experiences to Napa Valley visitors when it reopens as the CIA at Copia in 2016.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world

Totaling more than 80,000 square feet, the Copia building features a 280-seat theater, two restaurant venues, a 100-seat demonstration kitchen and theater, a library, retail space, classrooms, and exhibition spaces. Situated next to the Oxbow Public Market on First Street in downtown Napa, the CIA at Copia will provide visitors to the burgeoning Oxbow district with an expanded array of food and wine offerings.

Chuck Williams introduced the culinary tools and equipment that were essential in transforming the art of cooking, eating, and entertaining in the American home,” says CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “We are delighted that this unique and wide-ranging collection will be on permanent display to the community at the CIA at Copia.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

The story began in 1952, when Williams took a three-month trip to Europe and Scandinavia with friends and saw what international cooks were using in their home kitchens. He loved collecting, and returned to Europe numerous times, scouring shops, restaurants, and factories for high-quality cookware and specialty foods he could introduce to cooks in the United States. In 1956, he opened his first cookware store in Sonoma which moved to San Francisco in 1958 at the urging of friends. Many of those items would become American kitchen classics, such as enameled cast-iron pots, Mauviel Copper Cookware, Apilco and Pillivuyt porcelains, tart tins, kugelhopfs, crêpe pans, the Cuisinart food processor, and balsamic vinegar.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia will feature nearly 4,000 artifacts including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks from around the world.

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Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board Promotes Winter Adventures with Giveaway

A Flurry of Activities Make Montgomery County, Pa., Ideal for a Cold Weather Escape

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is positioning winter as an ideal time to discover its plentiful adventures – both indoor and out. Key to the promotion is a prize pack of passes and gift certificates to guard against winter doldrums.6EECB2FB3FECC01C434E2CF418A3227E

When it snows in Montgomery County, our open spaces are beautiful and inviting,” says Mike Bowman, President and CEO of the VFTCB. “Our 60-plus miles of trails are ideal for cross-country skiing, or even just a brisk walk. We’ve got some great neighborhood sledding hills, as well as ice fishing at Green Lane Park and sleigh rides in Trappe. If people are seeking indoor activities, our theater scene is in full gear, both with movies and plays. Our museums, galleries and historical sites offer plenty of things to do and see. And our shopping is the best on the East Coast. We are the perfect anecdote to the wintertime blues.

The VFTCB website lists numerous opportunities for spending a winter getaway, including cozy restaurants where fireside dining is a great way to chase the chill. It is also a resource for the best accommodations in the area, ideal for creating a multi-day escape while nestled into a luxurious hotel or B&B.51849DC638DFA3C4DDCE935953101553

Our #MakeItMontco Winter marketing campaign centers around promoting all the great things to do here in Montgomery County all winter long, and we’re giving one lucky visitor an opportunity to experience the best of the best attractions we have here,” says Edward Harris, VFTCB Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “With Spring Mountain officially open again for ski season, we’re including four lift tickets along, with several other Montco prizes that you can enter to win at”

The #MakeItMontco Winter Weekend prize pack includes passes for a show at Act II Playhouse, overnight stays at hotels that include the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, boxes of Asher’s chocolates, a ride on the Colebrookdale Railroad, an outing on an authentic sleigh ride at Northern Star Farm (Trappe), lift tickets for skiing at Spring Mountain Adventures and a $500 gift card to King of Prussia Mall. The entry form is on the VFTCB website; the randomly drawn winner will be announced Presidents’ Day/Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13-15.

Travel: Lonely Planet Names Where Travelers Should Be In 2016

Lonely Planet Names the Hottest New Travel Experiences of 2016

In a new collection released this week, Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company providing inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973, names 31 of the best new openings and attractions this year has to offer. New in Travel is a free ebook available at featuring 2016’s most exciting travel experiences from all over the world. Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has cultivated a dedicated traveler community and printed more than 130 million books in 13 different languages to most destinations on the planet.lgo

The travel experts at Lonely Planet scoured the globe to discover the latest, most cutting-edge experiences to create this year’s New in Travel list, now in its second year. The ebook encourages travelers to kick the year off right, providing the inspiration and information they need to choose their next vacation destination. Each attraction included has been recently opened or is due to open this year, giving ambitious travelers the opportunity to be among the first to be there and stay ahead of the travel curve. (FOMO alert)

Experiences vary from the extreme – zip-lining Cuba’s Valle de Viñales, deep sea diving in Singapore, volcano climbing in Nicaragua and jetting across Japan in a new bullet train – to the artistic – exploring indoor and outdoor art installations, openings and extensions, like London’s Tate Modern and the all-new Louvre Abu Dhabi. From the solemn – Albania’s ghost island and Guadeloupe’s slavery museum – to the silly – a Mamma Mia! restaurant in Stockholm and a Dr Seuss Museum in Massachusetts.

With attractions and adventures to appeal to every taste, New in Travel outlines where to go, when to go and why each of the 31 experiences made it on Lonely Planet’s radar this year.

Lonely Planet’s New in Travel Top 10 includes:

1. Nicaragua: Climb Nicaragua’s tallest active volcano – Center for Extreme Tourism, Chinandega – October 2015

2. Japan: Zoom along northern Japan’s new bullet train route – Hokkaidō Shinkansen – Spring 2016

3. Rwanda: Spot newly introduced lions in the Akagera National Park – Early 2016

4. St Helena, British Territories: Be among the first to fly to St Helena – Mid-2016

5. United Arab Emirates: Be awed by the brand-new Louvre Abu Dhabi – 2016

6. Italy: Walk on water at The Floating Piers art installation on Lake Iseo – June 2016

7. Panama: Experience an even bigger Panama Canal after a $5 billion expansion – April 2016

8. Australia: Glow among desert flowers in Australia’s spiritual heart at the Field of Light installation in Uluru – April 1 2016 – March 31 2017

9. USA: Scamper around the world’s first Dr Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts – June 2016

10. Indonesia: Luxuriate on Gili Meno’s island retreat, BASK – 2016

To learn more about what’s new in 2016, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 is now available on

The Lonely Planet ecosystem also includes digital and mobile apps, a comprehensive ebook portfolio, 12 international magazines, an award-winning website and over 8.5 million followers on social media.

Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce New Art Exhibition “Horst: Photographer of Style” at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

A comprehensive retrospective of German-born Horst P. Horst – who was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century and remains an important influence today – opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, on February 12, 2016, and runs until May 22. The exhibition is curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, and presents 250 photographic works spanning 60 years, including iconic images from his time as a Vogue photographer and lesser-known projects alongside rarely seen drawings, letters, films and couture gowns.

Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate 

Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in 1906 in Weissenfels, Germany and studied at Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule before travelling to Paris in 1930 to work as an apprentice to the architect Le Corbusier. He began his career as photographer under the guidance of George Hoyningen-Huene, working for Vogue from 1932 onwards. In 1939, Horst moved to New York and in 1943 he became an American citizen, joined the United States Army and changed his surname from Bohrmann to Horst. After the war, he built a house in Long Island, New York, and remained in America for the rest of his life. He died in Florida in 1999, at the age of 93.

Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Creatively, Horst traversed the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. The exhibition explores his collaborations and friendships with leading couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris; stars including Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth; and artists and designers such as Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank.

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst found inspiration from many sources, including ancient Classical architecture, the Bauhaus ideals of modern design and Surrealist art. His elegant black and white studies from the 1930s show his mastery of light and shade. The advent of color film enabled a fresh approach and Horst went on to create more than 90 Vogue covers and countless pages in vivid color. A selection of 25 large color photographs, newly printed from the original transparencies from the Condé Nast Archive, demonstrate Horst’s exceptional skill as a colorist. These prints feature Horst’s favorite models from the 1940s and 50s, such as Carmen Dell’Orefice, Muriel Maxwell and Dorian Leigh, and are shown together with preparatory sketches, which have never previously been exhibited.

Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

The exhibition also reveals little-known aspects of Horst’s work: nude studies, travel photographs from the Middle East and patterns created from natural forms. The creative process behind some of his most famous photographs, such as the Mainbocher Corset, is revealed through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and cameras.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Horst photographed some of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious homes for House and Garden and Vogue under the editorship of his friend Diana Vreeland. A three-sided projection and interactive screens presents these colorful studies. Among the most memorable are the Art Deco apartment of Karl Lagerfeld, the three lavish dwellings of Yves Saint Laurent and the Roman palazzo of artist Cy Twombly.

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May 1941 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May 1941 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

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British Customs Honors Steve McQueen As The Father Of The Motorcycle Lifestyle In Their Legends Series Celebrating Motorcycle Greats.

Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

As in everything else, the motorcycle community has changed. As the decades passed, the heritage of motorcycling was packed away, and has been largely forgotten with time. Now, the history of motorcycling is all but forgotten by the vast majority of the motorcycle community. The only place where the legends of motorcycling exist are in long forgotten archives that were never digitized, and knowledge of both these archives and the figures documented within them fade by the day.

Until now. British Customs is a Southern California-based lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts. They are known for making the highest quality factory-spec bolt-on parts that only require common tools and minimal technical knowledge to install. With any of their parts upgrades, the average rider can completely customize his or her motorcycle in a weekend.

Steve McQueen with Bud Ekins

Steve McQueen with Bud Ekins.  (Image Courtesy of British Customs)

More importantly, British Customs is revitalizing the lost heritage of motorcycling by connecting with the remaining legends that built the motorcycle culture as we now know it and sharing their stories with the riders of today. The company has established on their blog an authoritative database composed of numerous interviews, profiles, histories, and more on the racers, races, machines, designers, tuners, events, personalities, and more that collectively built the heritage of motorcycling. They is calling this the Legends Series.

To help motorcyclists get their own piece of history, British Customs has released multiple custom motorcycles built in collaboration with many of these living legends as well as parts developed with their input. These include the Triumphant built with Eddie Mulder, the Sonny Nutter Tribute built with Sonny Nutter, the British Customs X Mule Motorcycles Tracker Classic, the Spirit of Gyronaut with the heirs of the original Gyronaut X-1 team, Drage Pipes, Slash Cut TT Exhaust, Pro Builder Series Mule Motorcycles parts, the Stainless Steel Collection, and many more.

Steve McQueen Image Courtesy of British Customs

Steve McQueen (Image Courtesy of British Customs)

British Customs has also added a researched and connected piece to their archives on the man who arguably made the motorcycle lifestyle: Steve McQueen.

The late actor Steve McQueen is the man largely responsible for creating the motorcycle lifestyle as it is now known. Before him, motorcycling was typically thought of as an outlaws-only type deal and was generally frowned upon. After him, it was the pinnacle of cool.

McQueen was born in Indiana in 1930, and had a troubled youth. He was mostly raised on his great uncle’s farm in Missouri before he moved to Los Angeles with his mother when he was 12. He became involved with gangs and spent time at the California Junior Boys Republic reform school, which he later in life credited for helping him get back on a straighter path.

McQueen joined the Marines and spent significant time in the brig for numerous offenses, but was promoted to Honor Guard after he helped rescue five fellow shipmates who went overboard into the Arctic Sea after hitting a sandbar. He was honorably discharged in 1950, and then spent several years drifting around the country on a motorcycle. During these years he also took up acting, and his tough-but-good-at-heart personality made him one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood over the next decade.

In the early 60s, he was out riding the streets of Hollywood when he saw some off-road bikers ripping up the hills around the area. He was so impressed by their skill and how much fun it looked like they were having that he went and bought a Triumph 500 cc bike the next day from Bud Ekins’ shop in Hollywood.

Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins in a motorcycle race

Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins in a motorcycle race. (Image Courtesy of British Customs)

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Guillermo Del Toro, John Krasinski, Ang Lee Join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Announce Oscars® Nominations

Global Live Stream Available At Oscars.Org/Live

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, director, writer and producer Guillermo del Toro, actor John Krasinski and Academy-Award-winnng director Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, January 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.)87th (1)

del Toro may be best known for “The Devil’s Backbone,” the “Hellboy” films, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay, and “Crimson Peak.” He also is the creator of the television series “The Strain.”

Krasinski’s role in the Emmy®-winning series “The Office” catapulted him into the public eye in 2005. His feature credits include Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” and “Promised Land,” which he also co-wrote and produced. He directed and stars in “The Hollars,” premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Lee, a two-time Oscar winner, directed and produced the 2000 Best Foreign Language FilmCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and earned Directing Oscars for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.” His latest film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” is currently in post-production.

At 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.

The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered. The event will be broadcast and streamed live on

The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Lands’ End Launches Blue Oxford Campaign to Help Raise Funds for The Prostate Cancer Foundation

Lands’ End Declares January 13 Blue Oxford Day

Lands’ End is launching the Blue Oxford campaign, an initiative created to help raise awareness and support for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to fund promising research and help educate men and their families about this common cancer that affects an estimated one in seven men annually. The Blue Oxford campaign is a unique way to help further support the PCF’s mission to accelerate the world’s most promising prostate cancer research for better treatments and cures.

In keeping with our tradition of meaningful support, we are proud to partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as empower our customers to get involved for themselves or a loved one. I believe that through the Blue Oxford campaign, we will raise awareness while providing support to PCF’s mission to help find the best treatments and ultimately, a cure for prostate cancer,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO, Lands’ End.

Lands’ End has declared January 13, 2016 BLUE OXFORD DAY as a day to wear a Classic Blue No Iron Pinpoint Oxford Shirt (or a blue oxford shirt you already own) in support and solidarity of the fathers, grandfathers, husbands, brothers, sons and uncles that are prostate cancer survivors. Additionally, January 13 through February 13, simply purchase a light blue or light French blue No Iron Pinpoint Oxford Shirt and Lands’ End will donate 10 percent to the Prostate Cancer Foundation with a minimum donation of $25,000.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $634 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries, with PCF advocating for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. As such, its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.

We are grateful for our partnership with Lands’ End and their support of our mission to save lives,” said Jonathan W. Simons, MD, president and CEO of PCF. “We are confident that the Blue Oxford campaign will empower men to take early action against this disease to ensure a long healthy life.

To learn more about the Blue Oxford campaign, please visit For more information about prostate cancer, including news and the latest treatment information, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s website at

The Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco Announces List of Exhibitions For Its 50th Anniversary Year In 2016

Centerpiece Exhibition is Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From The National Palace Museum, Taipei Featuring Rare Imperial Masterpieces, Including Celebrated “Meat-shaped Stone,” Make Their U.S. Debut at the Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco.

The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, San Francisco (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) announced that it will mount an unprecedented exhibition of imperial Chinese masterworks from The National Palace Museum, Taipeimarking the first time that many of these historical treasures, including the iconic jasper stone carved into the shape of a pork belly, will be exhibited in North America. Opening on June 17, 2016, Emperor’s Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is the flagship exhibition of the Museums 50th anniversary year, which launches in 2016 with a robust series of exhibitions and programs that will advance the Museums mission of cross-cultural education and exchange.920x920

On Feb. 26, the museum will open Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts, an exhibition of 74 striking artworks from the Islamic world, which tells the stories of a writer in 16th-century Mughal India, a painter in 17th-century Safavid Iran and a patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey.

The museum’s second spring exhibition is China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps. The exhibition will showcases two rare and monumental 17th-century maps, including A Complete Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World, created by Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and his Chinese colleagues at the Ming court in 1602.

In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, the museum exhibit 50 artworks that together reveal the unique physical and symbolic aspects of gold in Hidden Gold: Mining Its Meaning in Asian Art.

Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
Through Feb. 7, 2016
Japan’s opening to international trade in the 1850s after centuries of self-imposed isolation set off a craze for all things Japanese among European and North American collectors, artists and designers. The phenomenon, dubbed japonisme by French writers, radically altered the course of Western art in the modern era. The Asian Art Museum delves into this sweeping development in the traveling exhibition Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists. The exhibition features more than 170 works of paintings, prints, furniture and decorative arts drawn from the acclaimed collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It traces the West’s growing interest in Japan, the collecting of Japanese objects, and the exploration of Japanese subject matter and styles. The works shown represent most of the major artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with masterpieces by the great impressionist and post-impressionist painters Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin and Claude Monet, among others. Western paintings, prints and other objects are juxtaposed throughout the exhibition with artworks by celebrated Japanese masters including Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Katsushika Hokusai. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Now Through Aug. 14, 2016
Where is the line between history and mythology? In Extracted, artist Ranu Mukherjee eclipses the boundaries between the two, placing them in the same universe through colorful, collage-like video, textiles and works on paper. Drawing inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the museum’s expansive collection, Mukherjee invites you into otherworldly landscapes inhabited by miners, a Chinese goddess with a leopard tail and tiger teeth, and other fantastical beings. Through its countless layers—image over image, fact mingled with fiction—Extracted creates tension between history and myth. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
Feb. 26May 8, 2016
An international loan exhibition of Islamic art organized in collaboration with the
Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity at imperial courts. The exhibition spans a geographic range from the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean Sea and dates from the 16th to the 18th century—a period marked by the global movement of ideas and technologies and increased interaction among various cultural and religious communities. Pearls on a String is organized into three vignettes, each pivoting around a main protagonist in three different centuries and in three empires of the Islamic world. Through 74 exquisite artworks, Pearls on String tells the stories of a writer in 16th-century Mughal India, a painter in 17th-century Safavid Iran, and a patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey. Organized by the Walters Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum. Accompanied by a catalogue.

China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps
March 4May 8, 2016
China at the Center showcases two rare 17th-century maps, including A Complete Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World, created by Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and his Chinese colleagues at the Ming court in 1602. Monumental in size (roughly 5 feet by 12 feet), and called the “impossible black tulip” because of its rarity, the map will be presented in China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps. On loan from the James Ford Bell Trust, the Ricci map is one of six complete copies in the world today and the oldest known Chinese map to depict the Americas. Ferdinand Verbiest, another Jesuit, made his 1674 A Complete Map of the World for the Chinese court. On loan from the Library of Congress, this copy of the Verbiest map has never been exhibited. These two maps are among the earliest, rarest and largest woodblock-printed maps to survive from the period. Both maps tell captivating stories about the world of the 17th century and illustrate how Europe and Asia exchanged new ideas about geography, astronomy and the natural sciences. Organized by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the University of San Francisco. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
April 29–Oct. 23, 2016
Featuring nearly 20 objects, most from the museum’s collection, Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea showcases the significance of Korean mother-of-pearl lacquer wares, highlighting aspects of their aesthetics, creation, use and conservation. It will be the first in-depth exhibition in the United States to explore this remarkable subject matter. Organized by the Asian Art Museum.
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Sundance Institute Announces Films In Competition And Next For 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Offering a first look at the year ahead in independent film, culture and new ideas, The Sundance Institute announced the 65 films selected for the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Films that have premiered in these sections include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station,Whiplash, Blackfish, The September Issue, The Cove, An Education, Animal Kingdom, Precious, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Obvious Child, Tangerine and Escape from Tomorrow.Announcement1_C

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “From diverse backgrounds, places and perspectives, these independent artists are united by the power of their stories and vision. Their films will soon launch onto the global stage, beginning their journeys through our culture. A new year in independent film will start right here—on the mountain—in January.”

For the 2016 Festival, 120 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 48 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 12,793 submissions, including 4,081 feature-length films and 8,712 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,972 were from the U.S. and 2,109 were international. 98 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres. The Midnight films have been announced and more films will be announced soon; watch

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “At a time when big-budget blockbusters and free online content are ubiquitous, independent filmmakers continue to be extraordinarily creative, artful and inventive. Our mission remains to amplify these voices from outside the mainstream at the Festival and, through our year-round filmmaker Labs, programs and events, to celebrate their truly independent passion and spirit.”

The Sundance Film Festival® has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Whiplash, Brooklyn, Twenty Feet from Stardom, Life Itself, The Cove, The End of the Tour, Blackfish, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Super Size Me, Dope, Little Miss Sunshine, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite. The New Frontier Initiative, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2016, has showcased groundbreaking media works by artists and creative technologists including Chris Milk, Doug Aitken, Palmer Luckey, Klip Collective and Nonny de la Peña. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®.

The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency Labs for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Fueled by wild creativity, fresh perspectives and a deep understanding of the craft of storytelling, independent film is evolving. Our Festival continues to show that film has the power to inspire, challenge and surprise audiences in new ways.”


Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

As You Are Director, Miles Joris Peyrafitte )Photo Credit: YouthFX)

As You Are Director, Miles Joris Peyrafitte )Photo Credit: YouthFX)

As You Are: Credit: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg (Photo Credit: Caleb Heymann)

As You Are: Credit: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg (Photo Credit: Caleb Heymann)

As You Are / U.S.A. (Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Screenwriters: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Madison Harrison) — As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere

The Birth of a Nation / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nate Parker) — Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. World Premiere

Christine / U.S.A. (Director: Antonio Campos, Screenwriter: Craig Shilowich) — In 1974, a female TV news reporter aims for high standards in life and love in Sarasota, Florida. Missing her mark is not an option. This story is based on true events. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia, Tracy Letts, J. Smith-Cameron. World Premiere

Equity / U.S.A. (Director: Meera Menon, Screenwriter: Amy Fox) — A female investment banker, fighting to get a promotion at her competitive Wall Street firm, leads a controversial tech IPO in the post-financial-crisis world, where regulations are tight but pressure to bring in big money remains high. Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner. World Premiere

The Free World / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jason Lew) — Following his release from a brutal stretch in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, Mo is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. When his world collides with Doris, a mysterious woman with a violent past, he decides to risk his newfound freedom to keep her in his life. Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang, Waleed Zuaiter. World Premiere

Goat / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts) — Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy pledges his brother’s fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests both the boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Cast: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Virginia Gardner, Danny Flaherty, Austin Lyon. World Premiere

The Intervention / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Clea DuVall) — A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Clea DuVall, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Schwartz. World Premiere

Joshy / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena) — Josh treats what would have been his bachelor party as an opportunity to reconnect with his friends. Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate. World Premiere

Lovesong / U.S.A. (Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray) — Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Cast: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette. World Premiere

Morris from America / U.S.A., Germany (Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) — Thirteen-year-old Morris, a hip-hop loving American, moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his father. In this completely foreign land, he falls in love with a local girl, befriends his German tutor-turned-confidant, and attempts to navigate the unique trials and tribulations of adolescence. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał, Levin Henning. World Premiere

Other People / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Chris Kelly) — A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.” Cast: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Zach Woods, June Squibb. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM ****

Southside With You / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Richard Tanne) — Southside With You is a chronicle of the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side. Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway. World Premiere

Spa Night / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Ahn) — A young Korean-American man works to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles. Cast: Joe Seo, Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho, Tae Song, Ho Young Chung, Linda Han. World Premiere****

Swiss Army Man / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan) — Hank, a hopeless man stranded in the wild, discovers a mysterious dead body. Together the two embark on an epic journey to get home. As Hank realizes the body is the key to his survival, this once-suicidal man is forced to convince a dead body that life is worth living. Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. World Premiere Continue reading