Barneys New York Returns to Downtown Manhattan With New Flagship Store at Historic Chelsea Location

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announced the completion of its new downtown flagship. The opening, earler this week, in Chelsea on 7th Avenue between 16th Street and 17th Street marks the return of the store to the same block that the company was founded on in 1923, and where it maintained an iconic presence through the late 1990’s.  The store will occupy almost an entire city block giving a new presence to the 7th Avenue streetscape, and offering a unique and timeless luxury shopping experience for downtown customers.

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Ground Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Ground Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Designed by award-winning New York-based architectural firm Steven Harris Architects, the new 55,000 square foot flagship, spanning five floors, will include men’s and women’s RTW, footwear, accessories, cosmetics, a Blind Barber barbershop, and a Freds restaurant, with a luxurious and modern aesthetic consistent with the Barneys New York brand.

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Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

While Barneys New York returns to its original roots, the architecture, technology, services and overall experience reflect the ever-evolving modern store it has become today.  State of the art technology and mobile applications enhance the selling experience; beauty and shopping services will cater to those who value time as a luxury; and the restaurant is a nod to Freds on Madison Avenue, but with a menu all its own that emphasizes drinks and small plates.  The Downtown flagship will carry the curated and discerning edit of merchandise for which Barneys New York is known, and will reflect a neighborhood luxury shopping experience.  Top designers such as Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent will be available, as well as XO “Exclusively Ours” brands such as Baraboux handbags, and fragrances from Douglas Little.  The Downtown flagship will also launch exclusive capsule collections from Valentino, Alexander Wang, Elder Statesman, and Sidney Garber, among others.  

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City Pictured: Dandy Wellington, Thelma Washington, and Evetta Petty with Ajak Deng. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/

“The opening of our new Downtown flagship is a unique homecoming for Barneys New York,” said Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee. “Born as a single brick and mortar location over 90 years ago, Barneys New York returns to the same New York City block as a modern 21st century retail force that will offer the downtown customer a unique and unprecedented customer experience.”

The thriving Madison Avenue flagship will maintain its presence as the largest Barneys New York store and, coupled with the smaller neighborhood stores in Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, further pays homage to the deep-routed relationship between Barneys and New York City.  To celebrate this longstanding bond, Barneys’ Spring 2016 campaign entitled “Our Town,” shot by Bruce Weber, aims to honor the way that New York City continues to inspire the brand as a whole. 

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Crêpe De Chine Jacket / REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Twill “Boxer” Shorts Pictured: Female construction workers Priscilla Gibson and Shantar Gibson with Ajak Deng. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/

The campaign features both portraits and short films highlighting iconic New Yorkers spanning from notable faces such as Bobby Cannavale, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, and Patti Smith, to local characters like iconic Italian restaurant Rao’s owner, Frank Pellegrino, and nightlife icon Ladyfag.  The images and films of “Our Town” depict New York through Weber’s eyes, and find the humanity, individuality, and soul of each eccentric character and location, truly showcasing the diversity and beauty of the city. 

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City Pictured: the Angulo brothers from The Wolfpack, from left: Makunda, Eddie, Bhavagan, and Narayana. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/ 

FLAGSHIP DESIGN
The Barneys New York team collaborated with award-winning New York-based architectural firm Steven Harris Architects on the Downtown flagship store, a continuation of the partnership with that began in early 2012 with renovations at the Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills locations.  Under the direction of founding architect Steven Harris and designer Lucien Rees Roberts, the Barneys New York flagships serve as a unique example of retail design for the residential visionaries.  Lalire March Architects serve as the Executive Architect on the project.  

“The store is completely unique compared to any other store downtown.  It is subtle but inordinately luxurious,”said Steven Harris.  “We wanted to create a calm and tranquil environment with a neutral, but richly varied color palate that truly highlights the merchandise.”

The exterior of the Downtown flagship store is defined by the 170 foot stainless steel marquee running along the 7th Avenue façade and wrapping the corner of 16th Street.  The striking store front provides ample space for Barneys’ world-renowned window displays, with two feature windows on 7th Avenue, and three additional windows providing views into the store. 

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

A central atrium with an exquisite spiral staircase provides views of the adjoining floors and encourages shoppers to discover the space.  The vast sculptural stair connects the lower Foundation level to the third floor, and serves as an ode to the store design of the original Barneys.  The atrium features glass with a custom abstract design of mirrored vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines inspired by Agnes Martin and Fred Sandback.

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Mens Third Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Mens Third Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

The new flagship’s ground level will highlight men’s and women’s leather goods and accessories, as well as women’s fine jewelry.  A volume of black nero marble, carefully placed between the exterior and interior, marks the entry and becomes a dramatic display wall for jewelry.  Mirror polished stainless steel clad columns, evocative of John McCracken‘s work, further open up the space, while hand rubbed brass accents add a level of warmth.  Biomorphic shaped tables made from granite and marble display a curated selection of leather goods and accessories.  Continue reading

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Graduate Studies and The Museum at FIT Celebrates “The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936–1958”

Gallery FIT, March 1 – April 2, 2016

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Graduate Studies, together with The Museum at FIT, present The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958, an exhibition that explores the dynamic collaboration among Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Carmel Snow, Fashion Editor Diana Vreeland, and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. For twenty-two years, this visionary trio transformed Harper’s Bazaar into the definitive American fashion magazine, with a point of view that was simultaneously fresh and sophisticated, intelligent and playful—what Snow memorably described as a publication for “welldressed women with well-dressed minds.”

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Model Bijou Barrington on location in Arizona. Photography by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, color proof, featured in Harper’s Bazaar, January 1942. Collection of The Museum at FIT, © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

This will mark the first time this important collaboration has been examined in an exhibition, and it anticipates Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958 is the first exhibition to focus on the interaction between these three individuals, highlighting collaboration as an essential component of the creative process. With their brilliant colors, arresting compositions, and faraway locales, the Louise Dahl-Wolfe photographs that comprise the heart of the exhibition convey an idea of fashion as a conduit to a more vivid existence.

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Model Betty Bridges in Tijuca, Brazil wearing a Claire McCardell swimsuit. Photography by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, color proof, featured in Harper’s Bazaar, May 1946. Collection of The Museum at FIT, © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

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Claire McCardell, swimsuit, 1946. Bathing suit in heathered grey wool jersey; high boat neck, long torso with fitted waist, “diaper” bottoms with high cut leg; LS metal zipper. Collection of The Museum at FIT. © The Museum at FIT.

Vreeland, Dahl-Wolfe, and Snow reinvigorated Harper’s Bazaar by combining their individual talents: Diana Vreeland’s imaginative, resourceful approach to her work, Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s ability to create photographic masterpieces in natural settings, and the forward-thinking attitude and creativity behind Carmel Snow’s “genius for picking other people of genius.”

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Model wearing the Mystère coat by Christian Dior in Paris at Malmaison. Photography by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, color proof, featured in Harper’s Bazaar, November 1947. Collection of The Museum at FIT, © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

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Christian Dior New York, coat, 1954. Black wool herringbone calf-length princess coat; V-neck vest front with shawl collar; front inverted pleats; stiffened underlining at hip Dress, sea green changeant silk, stylized shirtwaist, matching belt. Collection of The Museum at FIT. © The Museum at FIT.

The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936–1958 focuses on a pivotal time in the history of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Drawing from The Museum at FIT’s extensive collection of Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s color photographs—donated by the photographer herself—the exhibition highlights original photographs shown alongside nine garments by Christian Dior, Charles James, Mainbocher, Claire McCardell, and Carolyn Schnurer that exemplify the vast array of captivating styles featured in Harper’s Bazaar.

The exhibition opens with an embroidered, elephant-motif top by American designer Carolyn Schnurer. This piece epitomizes the designer’s whimsical sportswear, perfectly suited to an American woman’s lifestyle during the era. It is paired with a photograph of the same garment in an inverted color scheme that was featured in the December 1952 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The exhibition continues with sections dedicated to each of the three women, showcasing their individual contributions. Snow had a forward-thinking attitude, Vreeland took an imaginative approach to fashion styling, and Dahl-Wolfe explored advancements in color photography and pioneered on-location shooting in destinations such as Egypt and São Paulo. Their talents combined to make Harper’s Bazaar a definitive fashion magazine of the time.

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Model Jean Patchett in Alhambra, Granada Spain wearing a Givenchy ensemble. Photography by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, color proof, featured in Harper’s Bazaar, June 1953. Collection of The Museum at FIT, © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

The impact of the women’s collaborative process is demonstrated through a series of photographs and documents. On display are personal letters between Snow and model Mary Jane Russell describing a memorable fashion editorial from the Paris collections of 1951. Behind-the-scenes photographs and outtakes document the famous 1942 Arizona desert photo shoot at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pauson house—styled by Vreeland—during which she stepped in front of the camera after model Bijou Barrington fell ill from heat stroke. Continue reading

Hamilton’s America: PBS’s Great Performances to Air Behind-The-Scene’s Documentary on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Blockbuster Hit, Hamilton

A Behind-the-Scenes Look At Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Musical Hamilton Coming to GREAT PERFORMANCES in Fall 2016 as Part of PBS Arts

Produced by Radical Media, The Performance Documentary Features Scenes From “Hamilton” And Interviews With Key Thinkers And Artists

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour that it will air HAMILTON’S AMERICA, a feature film documentary providing intimate access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the blockbuster hit musical Hamilton. A contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical based on the life of United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, HAMILTON’S AMERICA will come to GREAT PERFORMANCES in the fall 2016, and will be a highlight of PBS’s Arts programming.

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Hamilton The Musical Official Broadway Poster

Hamilton was a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become the architect of modern finance and one of the nation’s most vital authors, but his story was cut short by scandal and untimely tragedy. He was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr, and his contributions to modern society have largely been forgotten by today’s general public.

Today, Hamilton’s fan club is vocal and growing, and at the center of it is Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy®-winning composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Screenshot from Hamilton! The musical

Hamilton opened on Broadway on August 6, 2015 to rave reviews and unprecedented advance ticket sales. The show is redefining how audiences learn about history–a history rife with issues as relevant today as they were during Hamilton’s era.

Based on Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

HAMILTON’S AMERICA is being produced by Academy Award® and Emmy®-Winning producers Radical Media (What Happened Miss Simone?, Keith Richards:Under The Influence, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams for PBS).  The documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York.  Audiences will sit with Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom. They’ll take a trip to Virginia with Chris Jackson – the African-American actor who portrays George Washington – and watch him place a wreath on Washington’s grave, as he discusses the difficulty of grappling with our founders’ legacy of slavery.  Back in New York, Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. – who plays Aaron Burr – visit the Museum of American Finance to get their hands on some 19th-century dueling pistols and stage a quick re-enactment.

PBS is thrilled to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this sensational—and sold out—Broadway musical,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS.  “With this level of access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team, PBS continues to live up to our mission of giving viewers a backstage pass and a front row seat to the arts.” 

Since we presented ‘In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams’ in 2009, we’ve been taken by Lin-Manuel’s unique talents and we’re honored to collaborate with him again on ‘Hamilton’s America’,” said David Horn, Executive Producer, “Great Performances.”  “The film will offer audiences a fascinating point of view as we witness first-hand Lin’s inspiration and creative process, as well as the lasting impact of Alexander Hamilton on our society today.”

On behalf of the entire Hamilton cast and creative team, many of whom are In The Heights alumni, we are overjoyed to be returning to PBS in partnership with RadicalMedia with this project,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator, writer and star of Hamilton.  We invited filmmaker Alex Horwitz into ‘the room where it happened’ a few years ago, and he’s captured parts of this journey no one has seen.  We can’t wait to share it, thanks to PBS.”

Produced by Radical Media in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET and PBSHAMILTON’S AMERICA is directed by Alex Horwitz and produced by Nicole Pusateri, with Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Jeffrey Seller and Lin-Manuel Miranda as executive producers. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

GREAT PERFORMANCES is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Rosalind P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Lenore Hecht Foundation, and PBS. 

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

EXPRESS Unveils Spring/Summer 2016 “EXPRESS YOURSELF” Campaign Lensed By Photographer Duo Inez and Vinoodh

EXPRESS, Inc. today announced its Spring 2016 Campaign, “EXPRESS YOURSELF,” starring high-profile model Natasha Poly. Shot on location at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, by Inez and Vinoodh, the campaign debutsmFebruary 2016. (Click here to view campaign video.)

Inez and Vinoodh delivers a fresh, leading-edge approach to the Express Spring 2016 Campaign, capturing the essence of the EXPRESS girl—effortlessly stylish, sexy and confident. Celebrated for their visionary artistic collaboration, Inez and Vinoodh are well-known for their creative magazine covers, noteworthy advertising campaigns and distinctive music videos, which consistently fuses art with fashion.

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EXPRESS Unveils Spring 2016 “EXPRESS YOURSELF” Campaign (PRNewsFoto/Express, Inc.)

We know our customer loves to express herself and that fashion plays an important role in how she achieves her individual style,” said Elizabeth Crystal, Chief Marketing Officer at EXPRESS. “Inez and Vinoodh evoke a dynamic spirit in their images, and we love how they captured Natasha’s innate beauty and playful side.”  

The EXPRESS girl is young, cool, confident and a lot of fun. She dances through life, thrilled at where she is and for what lies ahead,” said Inez and Vinoodh. “We wanted our images to be expressive, revealing a loving-life kind of enthusiasm and a cool sense of style.

In the “EXPRESS YOURSELF” campaign, Natasha Poly brings the season’s must-have trends to life, featuring sexy cutouts, boudoir-inspired silhouettes and soft romantic pieces accented with lace and suede. Comprised of casual day or evening party looks, the EXPRESS Spring Collection offers of-the-moment fashion for the EXPRESS customer.

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EXPRESS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS)

Customers can get in on behind-the-scenes action by following @ExpressRunway on Instagram, @ExpressLife on Twitter, @Express on Snapchat and www.Facebook.com/EXPRESS #ExpressLife.

Chrissy Teigen and TRESemmé® Join Forces to Launch the Beauty-Full Volume Collection

TRESemmé has teamed up with model and television host (and now cookbook author) Chrissy Teigen to introduce a revolutionary reverse-wash system, Beauty-Full Volume. Teigen will make her TRESemmé debut in a series of humorous videos on the brand’s YouTube channel that showcase the common compromise women inevitably make when trying to achieve volume: hair looks great, but too often feels crunchy, stiff or sticky – definitely not touchable. Thanks to this collection, women will no longer need to sacrifice softness for stiffness or lift for limp locks.

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TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection

The TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection is the only haircare system specifically formulated to work together, in reverse, and provide a salon-quality solution to achieving soft, voluminous hair. The first step in the system is the Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner – formulated with Fiber Polishing technology – to smooth hair, followed by the Shampoo to wash away weight (by removing excess conditioner) for everyday volume. Formulated with Fleximax Volumizers, the collection’s styling range includes a Hair Maximizer and Mousse. Additionally, the Beauty-Full Volume Hairspray has an ultra-fine spray to maintain the hair’s natural movement and softness for flexible hold with a professional finish.

Teigen partnered with TRESemmé because the collection resonates with her own struggle to get touchable volume. “I’m photographed all the time, and while my hair might look great in pictures, it doesn’t always feel great – we’re talking ‘Crispy Teigen.’ I’m so glad I no longer have to compromise to get hair with great lift that I actually want to run my fingers through,” says Teigen. “I’m thrilled to be teaming up with a brand that’s getting people to re-think their hair washing routine and encouraging them to reverse it up. This collection is a game changer!

The campaign with Teigen is supported with a robust marketing program across print and digital. Additionally, the brand will extend the campaign’s reach by partnering with digital influencers who will be chronicling their reverse wash journey through a series of videos on their YouTube channels and in paid media.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Chrissy Teigen to help spread the word of TRESemmé’s revolutionary new Beauty-Full Volume haircare range,” says Rob Candelino, Vice President of Marketing for Unilever’s Haircare business. “Volume is the #1 haircare need in America and now, with this unique reverse wash system, we are very proud to help women achieve gorgeous volume that looks and feels great.

As the Official Haircare Sponsor of New York Fashion Week (Fall/Winter 2016) for the sixteenth consecutive season, where Teigen was on-site with the brand as part of the sponsorship, TRESemmé also incorporated the Beauty-Full Volume Collection into its Salon and Lounge at Moynihan Station, and through hair looks at sponsored runway shows. In addition, TRESemmé debuted this collection via a voluminous hair look at the Mara Hoffman autumn/winter 2016 presentation on Saturday, February 13th.

TRESemmé Beauty- Full Volume Collection is available at food, drug and mass market retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $4.99.

For more information and to connect with TRESemmé, please visit:

YouTube: www.YouTube.com/TRESemme

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/TRESemme @TRESemme #reverseyourroutine

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TRESemme

Instagram: @TRESemme

Pinterest: www.Pinterest.com/TRESemme

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The African Diaspora International Film Festival Celebrates An International Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month From An International Perspective In The Spirit Of The International Decade For People Of African Descent (2015 – 2024).adiff

From February 26 to 28, 2016 The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will celebrate Black History Month from an international perspective in the spirit of the International Decade For People Of African Descent (2015 – 2024) at Teachers College, Columbia University ( 525 West 120th Street – 263 Macy & Cowin Center. Train 1 to 116th Street. Free street parking Saturday and Sunday).

Black History Month is today celebrated in the USA, the UK, Canada and Germany. So, this is a global celebration!” explains Dr. Reinaldo B. Spech, Co-Director of ADIFF.

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“Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World” by Annette von Wangenheim

The Opening Program of ADIFF’s Celebration of Black History Month will feature three short and medium length films: “Sons of Benkos” by Lucas Silva which shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over generations while exploring the presence of African culture in ColombiaJosephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World” by Annette von Wangenheima tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the twentieth century and “Ancestral Land” by Mary Ferreira about the Gullah Geechee peoples, descendants of African slaves in South Carolina and Georgia, and the struggle they are facing to hold on to their land and culture. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with Martina Donlon, United Nations Representative of the International Decade For People of African Descent, Mary Ferreira, UN TV producer of “Ancestral Land” and Dr. Spech. This free program will end with a reception.

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“Jacques Roumain: Passion For A Country” by Arnold Antonin

On Saturday, February 27, ADIFF will spotlight the history of the Caribbean with a special focus on Haiti and Jamaica. “Jacques Roumain: Passion For A Country” by Arnold Antonin is an exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. The two parts historic drama “Toussaint Louverture” by Philippe Niang is a portrait of the man who used his military genius and political acumen to lead the first successful slave uprising that led to the independence of Haiti. 

Filmed over a decade in Jamaica and the UK, “The Price of Memory” follows a group of Rastafarians who petitioned Queen Elizabeth II for slavery reparations on her last visit to Jamaica, and the lawsuit that followed. Director Karen Marks Mafundikwa will be available for a Q&A after the screening. “Time and Judgment” by Menelik Shabazz narrates the tribulations and successes of people of African descent in and out of Africa and offers an overview and a critical political analysis of four hundred years of the Black Liberation Movement. Continue reading

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Continues Upgrade of Its Signature Miami Beach Event for Its 15th Anniversary

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF®) is celebrating its 15th anniversary February 24 – 28, 2016, and continues to expand upon upgrades to its signature Miami Beach event. The Festival’s signature white tents are home to the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations taking place Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, and are flanked by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Art Deco cityscape spanning between 10th Street & 13th Street on Ocean Drive.fnd_sobewff-2016-logo.jpg.rend.snigalleryslide

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.DSC_0192-f0d4202c69ee9985bd441ff74f737a93

SOBEWFF® made significant strides last year to refresh its landmark event, including key advancements such as adding more seating and shaded areas, music and DJs, offering a free park-n-ride system from Downtown Miami, and the introduction of Culinary Captains representing cohorts of restaurants from various neighborhoods throughout South Florida.

Guests will continue to see those upgrades reflected for the Festival’s 15th anniversary later this month, plus enjoy seeing fresh faces, returning fan-favorites and unique experiences on the KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstration stages. This year’s schedule includes:

  • José Andrés
  • Rick Bayless
  • Valerie Bertinelli
  • Anne Burrell
  • David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris
  • Giada De Laurentiis
  • Tyler Florence
  • Duff Goldman
  • Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Robert Irvine
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • Natalie Morales
  • Masaharu Morimoto
  • Tia Mowry
  • Rachael Ray
  • Aarón Sánchez
  • Rev Run & Justine Simmons
  • Michael Symon
  • Tiffani Thiessen
  • Buddy Valastro
  • Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Andrew Zimmern

On Saturday, February 27The New York Times’ Food Editor Sam Sifton will moderate a culinary conversation with Nigella Lawson and Guy Fieri will host an interactive game titled Boiling Point with players Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Jose Garces, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian. Plus, don’t miss the chance to connect with your favorite personalities during Book Signings with @TwitterFood during the weekend! Continue reading