“Nice Weather” Curated by David Salle at Skarstedt Upper East Side and Chelsea Galleries, February 25 – April 16, 2016


This is what it’s like at the end of the day./But soon the day will go away./Sunlight preoccupies the cross street./It and night soon will meet./Meanwhile, there is Central Park./Now the park is getting dark. – Frederick Seidel

Skarstedt will present Nice Weather, an exhibition of paintings curated by David Salle, at both its Upper East Side (20 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075, t: 212.737.2060, f: 212.737.4171, info@skarstedt.com @skarstedtgallery) and Chelsea (550 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011, t: 212.994.5200, f: 212.994.5212 info@skarstedt.com ) locations. Inspired by the title of Frederick Seidel’s poem, this exhibition brings together some of the strongest painters of the present day. Spanning two galleries, Nice Weather hosts a platform for conversation within a multigenerational group of artists, ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies, many of whom will be seen together for the first time.

Nice Weather Curated by David LaSalle

Image Credit: Photograph by Burton Kemp, reproduced with permission from Randy Kemp. Nice Weather © 2012 Frederick Seidel

Nice Weather includes Richard Aldrich, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, George Condo, Martha Diamond, Lucy Dodd, Carroll Dunham, Louise Fishman, Rashid Johnson, Alex Katz, Shawn Kuruneru, Chris Martin, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Gary Stephan, Blair Thurman, Patricia Treib, Rosemarie Trockel, Piotr Uklański, Charline von Heyl, Mary Weatherford, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters, and others.

Each work is concerned, to one degree or another, with the basic properties of painting: size, scale, surface, shape, color and gesture. Some of the paintings are also concerned with imagery, with how it can be presented and integrated with pure painting, but none of these artists are realists per se. Overall, there is an emphasis on structure and materiality. Many of the works are declarative; they make an immediate impact. Some are visually blunt; others are more lyrical. All have a strong sense of painting’s internal energy.

A few of the artists are not “painters” in the strict sense, but their inclusion here makes visual and material sense. The show communicates an aesthetic, which while difficult to name, examines the role of gesture, in all senses of that term, in painting. Whatever differences in starting premise or choice of media, the show examines how paintings talk to each other across stylistic orthodoxies – how they connect beneath the surface. Employing a variety of strategies, these works achieve a result that is neither exclusively figurative nor completely abstract, one that expresses an immediacy and engagement with materiality.

Although the painters here work toward different objectives, a point of intersection is an interest in making an “open” type painting, one in which more or less anything – including nothing at all – can happen, and does. These artists share a lack of dogma; their work is aware of, but not in the least constricted by, canons of the past. Embracing an overall “constructed”, or constructivist, approach, they generate a fresh image: not an image of the world, but a new image on its own terms. This exhibition does not attempt to be encyclopedic or all-inclusive of the best painters today; the show is a small sampling of the painters working now. The selection brings together painters whose work represents a fresh mind-set; they share some original quality – one without a name. The show affords an opportunity to see that this attitude is something realized by a diverse group of painters, with widely divergent points of origin.

Skarstedt Gallery was founded in 1994 by Per Skarstedt to mount historical exhibitions by Contemporary European and American artists that had become the core of his specialty in Sweden and New York in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The New York gallery’s program remains focused on artists of the late Twentieth Century whose work explores concepts such as representation, authorship, identity and sexual politics across a wide-range of media. Skarstedt’s unique relationships with artists allows it to present exhibitions both on the primary and secondary markets, creating a dialogue between the generations.

Skarstedt opened its London space at 23 Old Bond Street in 2012 with the inaugural exhibition “Andy Warhol: The American Indian.” Skarstedt London presents exhibitions and publications devoted to the gallery’s established area of expertise while also seeking to evolve and expand its focus and is committed to sharing both its aesthetic perspective and philosophical approach through high-quality exhibitions and collaborations with top international museums and private collections.

Skarstedt opened its Chelsea space at 550 W. 21st Street in May 2014 with the inaugural exhibition “Klein and Warhol: Fire and Oxidation Paintings.” The additional gallery space enables Skarstedt to expand on its core program of museum-quality, historically researched exhibitions from modern and contemporary masters.

For Your Consideration: The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery March 2016 Programs

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the American People’s Museum; and there’s always something happening there to engage people and broaden their appreciation for art in all its forms. Most of the programs mentioned below is free to the public and very much worth attending.Smithsonian Logo


Smithsonian American Art Museum March Programs

March 1 – Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

March 2 – Lunder Behind the Scenes:

Irving Penn Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:30pm

Join John Jacob, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, for a tour of the exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty. Jacob highlights some of the recent gifts to the museum from the Penn Foundation, including those Penn made during a 1940 road trip through the American South.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in G Street Lobby

Tickets: None

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118128890

March 3 – Luce Unplugged: Color Palette

Hear a set from local band Color Palette inspired by a work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Luce staff will discuss the artwork selected by the band; libations and small snacks will be available for purchase from a cash bar. Presented with D.C. Music Download.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: Free; walk-in

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118153226

March 8 – Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches as well as the thousands of objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, then spend time sketching in our workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. Repeats weekly.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet at the Luce Foundation Center information desk

Tickets: None

March 9 – Lunder Behind the Scenes

Learn how museum conservators use science, art history, and skilled hands to preserve objects from our collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Group size is limited. Program repeats weekly.
Meet at the Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Third-floor Mezzanine

Yoga in Luce

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6-7:30pm

Bring your mat and relax with this new vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Reflect on a work in the Luce Center and enjoy a one hour session led by a credentialed instructor.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: $10; Pre-register online.

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Lime-A-Rita Celebrates National Margarita Day With The Launch Of New “Fiesta Ready” Campaign

Company Also Expands Family with Introduction of “Splash,” A Refreshing and Lighter Tasting, Easy To Drink Margarita Option

Lime-A-Rita is gearing up for National Margarita Day on Monday, Feb. 22 with the launch of “Fiesta Ready,” the most significant advertising and marketing campaign since the Lime-A-Rita brand launched in 2012. “Fiesta Ready” focuses on celebrating “margarita moments” – those special moments when a margarita can change everyday occasions in truly unexpected ways.

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Lime-A-Rita Logo (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

The “Fiesta Ready” campaign will bring the party to consumers during moments they least expect it, but need it the most. From the end of a long workday, to a busy commute, to the middle seat of a packed flight, Lime-A-Rita is going all out to surprise and delight consumers in 2016. The first of five commercials – created by FCB Chicago – debuted during the GRAMMYs telecast on Monday, Feb.15. In addition to TV, the brand will unveil billboards, train wraps, elevator TV, heated bus shelters and innovative media partnerships throughout the year.

On Monday, Feb 22, Lime-A-Rita will help New York City consumers celebrate National Margarita Day with a surprise event that will show-up unexpectedly at the end of the workday.

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Lime-A-Rita Splash 6-pack (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

The excitement doesn’t end there for Lime-A-Rita. The brand is thrilled to introduce Lime-A-Rita Splash – a refreshing new take on the traditional margarita. Lime-A-Rita Splash will allow consumers to treat themselves and indulge in “margarita moments” more often. Splash provides consumers with a variety of choices and taste experiences for any occasion.

When it launched in 2012, Lime-A-Rita shook up the Flavored Malt Beverage category, and has proven to be one of the most successful innovations within the beer industry, to-date,” said Mallika Monteiro, senior director of Lime-A-Rita. “With the introduction of Splash, Lime-A-Rita continues to reinvent the category as a convenient cocktail solution that helps our consumers extend the weekend, and treat themselves to a margarita whenever they choose.”

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Straw-Ber-Rita Splash 6-pack (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

Lime-A-Rita Splash will launch with a disruptive 360 degree campaign inclusive of TV, out-of-home advertising and new partnerships. Splash will officially be in stores beginning on Monday, March 7, and will be available in six-pack, 12 oz. glass bottles. Splash is a 4% alc/vol flavored malt beverage that’s as easy to drink as it is delicious. The two inaugural flavors will be Lime-A-Rita Splash and Straw-Ber-Rita Splash.

But that’s not all the news from the Lime-A-Rita family. The year ahead will be full of exciting flavor launches including but not limited to Water-Melon-Rita, a new seasonal summer flavor plus a variety of additional flavors that will be introduced throughout the year catered to select markets.

For more information on Lime-A-Rita and Lime-A-Rita Splash, visit www.limearita.com or follow the conversation on social media with #MargaReady.

Margarita Season Kicks Off with National Margarita Day on February 22nd

el Jimador Tequila Celebrates National Margarita Day With New Survey

While we all “love” chocolate and flowers, February is now the most wonderful time of year for another reason: ’tis the season for margaritas! In fact, margarita season officially kicks off on February 22nd with National Margarita Day.

But wait…margaritas in February? Well, if you are like the 64 percent of millennials who drink margaritas outside of the summer season, according to a survey* commissioned by el Jimador Tequila, the No. 1 selling 100 percent agave tequila in Mexico – then this is the best news since the invention of the blender.

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Celebrate National Margarita Day on Feb. 22 with el Jimador tequila (PRNewsFoto/el Jimador Tequila)

So, before you salt the rim of your next glass, take a look at some of the unique ways millennials will be celebrating National Margarita Day and Margarita Season this year.

A Case of the Mondays?

Though we all can get the Monday blues, it doesn’t have to be that way. Only 13 percent of survey respondents said they would drink a margarita on Monday. Too many are missing out! Today’s the perfect day to start a new Monday tradition – Margarita Mondays.

Don’t Be a Two Percenter – Try Something New!

Remember when margaritas came in two varieties – with or without salt? Yeah, we just yawned too. Millennials nowadays are interested in trying new flavors to keep their taste buds guessing, with 84 percent of survey respondents proclaiming their interest in trying new types of margaritas. On the other hand, 2 percent of respondents said they will ONLY stick to classic margaritas, which is 2 percent too many in our opinion. But what do we know? We’re only the margarita experts.

Sweet vs. Spicy

Spicy flavors have been on the rise with millennials, with ingredients seemingly never hot enough. However, when it comes to unconventional ingredients in margaritas, champagne and black raspberry made the top of the list, crowning “sweet” the winner of this round. Surprisingly, spicy ingredients such as jalapeños and sriracha ranked lower on the list. Lucky for you, margaritas don’t play favorites! Have a sweet tooth? The Korbelrita is your calling. Feeling spicy? A Habanero margarita might just light your taste buds.

Slice of Pizza, Meet Slice of Lime

Mexican cuisine and a margarita – a pairing made in taste bud heaven. But have you ever thought to pair a margarita with a hot slice of pizza? Already ahead of the game, millennials are doing the “newest thing” and experimenting with different cuisine pairings. In fact, when asked what unconventional foods they would pair with a margarita, the number one answer was pizza.

Margarita for the Goal!

Aside from a Mexican restaurant, 32 percent of survey respondents listed sports bars as their top place to drink a margarita. So when you are out with the crew watching the next big soccer match, skip the beer and opt for a refreshing ‘rita.

Now that you’re ready to plan your celebration for National Margarita Day, try these out-of-the-box recipes from el Jimador Tequila. Continue reading

HIV and AIDS in The United States: Numbers Rising for Young Men, Ages 13-24

HIV-Related Risk Behaviors Among Male High School Students Who Had Sexual Contact with Males — 17 Large Urban School Districts, United States, 2009–2013

Laura Kann, PhD1; Emily O’Malley Olsen, MSPH1; Steve Kinchen1; Elana Morris, MPH2; Richard J. Wolitski, PhD3 (Corresponding author: Laura Kann, lkk1@cdc.gov, 404-718-8132.)

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) dated February 19th, it was reported that young persons aged 13–24 years accounted for an estimated 22% of all new diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States in 2014. Most new HIV diagnoses among youths occur among males who have sex with males (MSM). Among all MSM, young black MSM accounted for the largest number of new HIV diagnoses in 2014 (1).CDC logo

To determine whether the prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors among black male high school students who had sexual contact with males differed from the prevalence among white and Hispanic male students who had sexual contact with males, potentially contributing to the racial/ethnic disparities in new HIV diagnoses, CDC analyzed data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys conducted by 17 large urban school districts during 2009–2013. Although other studies have examined HIV-related risk behaviors among MSM (2,3), less is known about MSM aged <18 years. Black male students who had sexual contact with males had a lower or similar prevalence of most HIV-related risk behaviors than did white and Hispanic male students who had sexual contact with males. These findings highlight the need to increase access to effective HIV prevention strategies for all young MSM.

Data from 32 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys conducted by 17 large urban school districts* during 2009–2013 were combined. In each survey in each district, a two-stage cluster sample design was used to produce representative samples of public school† students in grades 9–12. In the first sampling stage, in four of the districts, schools with any of grades 9–12 were sampled with the probability of selection proportional to school enrollment size; in the remaining 13 districts, all schools with any of grades 9–12 were sampled.

In the second sampling stage, in 16 districts, classes from either a required subject (e.g., English or social studies) or a required period (e.g., homeroom or second period) were sampled randomly and all students in the sampled classes were eligible to participate. In one district all students were eligible to participate. School response rates ranged from 84% to 100%, student response rates ranged from 66% to 90%, overall response rates§ ranged from 66% to 90%, and total sample sizes ranged from 1,013 to 11,887. Data from each survey were weighted to provide large urban school district–level estimates, and statistical software was used to account for the complex sample designs during analysis. Data are presented for non-Hispanic black (black), non-Hispanic white (white), and Hispanic male students only. Pairwise t-tests were used to determine statistically significant (p<0.05) differences among subgroups.

Survey procedures were designed to protect students’ privacy by allowing anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration. Students completed the self-administered questionnaire during one class period and recorded their responses directly on a computer-scannable booklet or answer sheet. Each district’s questionnaire included the following question to ascertain the sex of the respondent’s sexual contacts: “During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact?” No definition was provided for sexual contact. The four possible response options were, “I have never had sexual contact”; “females”; “males”; and “females and males.” This report describes 17 risk behaviors related directly or indirectly to HIV transmission among male students in grades 9–12 who indicated they had sexual contact with only males or with both males and females (i.e., male students who had sexual contact with males). Specifically, two questions measuring alcohol use, 10 questions measuring other drug use, and five questions measuring sexual behaviors related to HIV infection were used in the analysis.¶ The final combined data set contained 1,681 records from male students who had sexual contact with males. Reflecting the urbanicity of the sample, 13.6% of the male students who had sexual contact with males were white, 40.6% were black, and 45.8% were Hispanic.

Among male students who had sexual contact with males, black students had a significantly lower prevalence than white students of drinking five or more drinks of alcohol in a row (22.9% versus 38.0%); and ever using inhalants (21.5% versus 35.0%), heroin (16.5% versus 29.1%), ecstasy (19.6% versus 40.0%), or prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription (31.4% versus 47.8%); and drinking alcohol or using drugs before last sexual intercourse (32.6% versus 72.6%) (Table). Black students also had a significantly lower prevalence than Hispanic students of drinking five or more drinks of alcohol in a row (22.9% versus 34.5%) and ever using cocaine (17.9% versus 29.3%), inhalants (21.5% versus 32.9%), methamphetamines (18.1% versus 28.7%), ecstasy (19.6% versus 32.1%), or steroids without a doctor’s prescription (14.9% versus 25.6%).

However, among male students who had sexual contact with males, black students had a significantly higher prevalence than white students of ever having had sexual intercourse (89.1% versus 67.4%) and using a condom during last sexual intercourse (among sexually active students) (47.4% versus 25.2%); black students also had a higher prevalence than Hispanic students of ever having sexual intercourse (89.1% versus 79.2%). No other statistically significant differences in risk behaviors were identified between black male students who had sexual contact with males and white and Hispanic male students who had sexual contact with males.


Black MSM are disproportionally affected by HIV infection. In 2014, the estimated number of new HIV diagnoses among MSM aged 13–24 years was 4,398 among blacks, 1,834 among Hispanics, and 1,366 among whites (1). Although risk behaviors are necessary for HIV transmission, the findings in this report do not provide evidence that differences in HIV-related risk behaviors alone are driving the higher numbers of HIV diagnoses among young black MSM compared with young Hispanic and white MSM. Indeed, black male students who had sexual contact with males in this report often had a lower prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors.

Other explanations besides differences in HIV-related risk behaviors might help explain differences in HIV diagnoses by race/ethnicity among MSM (24). Key among these are higher prevalence of HIV, undiagnosed HIV infection, and other sexually transmitted infections among black MSM compared with MSM of other races/ethnicities. Because black MSM are more likely to have sex partners of the same race, black MSM are at greater risk for HIV infection within their sexual networks. In addition, black MSM who are infected with HIV are less likely to have health insurance, adhere to antiretroviral treatment, and have suppressed HIV viral load. These risks are compounded by social determinants of health associated with increased risk and poorer health outcomes that include higher rates of unemployment and incarceration and lower incomes and educational attainment. Continue reading

New Photography Commission Captures Grandeur of Cunard’s Iconic Offices in UK and North America

Renowned Architectural Photographer Paul Ward to Display Unique Work on Flagship Queen Mary 2

Cunard’s former office buildings in Britain and North America are to become an integral part of the fleet’s flagship Queen Mary 2 during her major 2016 refit. Queen Mary 2’s major 25-day refit will see all Princess and Queens Grills Suites and all Britannia Club staterooms, together with more than half of balcony staterooms redesigned. Fresh design schemes and fine details will pay tribute to the original Queen Mary’s iconic art deco heritage while keeping this grand ocean liner at the forefront of luxury. During her time in dry dock, Queen Mary 2 will also receive a wide range of upgrades, including the addition of 30 new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms and 15 Britannia Single staterooms.


The Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916, now part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey. Photo Credit: Paul Ward

The Cunard Buildings in Liverpool, New York and Southampton will each be featured in a specially-commissioned set of images that will be displayed in the ship’s suites and staterooms when she re-enters service following her three-week refit next June.


The Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916, now part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey. Photo Credit: Paul Ward


Behind the images is renowned UK architectural photographer,
Paul Ward, who accepted the Cunard commission and spent a month researching, visiting and photographing the buildings.


The Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916, now part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey. Photo Credit: Paul Ward

Ward’s work started in December 2015 at the Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916. It remained the global focal point of Cunard operations until 1967 and in 2004 became part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey.


the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway, with the entrance lobby and first-floor ticketing office designated a New York City Landmark in 1995. Photo Credit: Paul Ward


the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway, which is highly noted for its architectural significance and grandeur, with the entrance lobby and first-floor ticketing office designated a New York City Landmark in 1995.

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88th Oscars® Production Team Announced

Oscar Telecast Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 28, on ABC.tune-in

This year, Glenn Weiss makes his Oscar® telecast debut as Director. Weiss has directed numerous televised events, including 15 Tony Awards® shows, for which he has garnered three directing Emmys®. Other directing credits include the “38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,“Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,”Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.

Supervising Producer Michael Seligman has more than 300 major television events to his credit and has earned 13 Emmy nominations, including 11 for his work on Oscar telecasts. Seligman’s other producing credits include “The American Giving Awards,” “America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre,” “Stand Up to Cancer” and “Return to the Titanic…Live!”

The 88th Oscars brings three new consulting producers to the telecast: Cindy Hauser, Nicolle Yaron and Chris Pizzi.

Hauser is the Screens and Content Producer. She will be overseeing the creation of several on-screen visuals, including the In Memoriam segment. For more than a decade, Hauser has worked in graphics and visual displays as well as produced several high-profile live events. Her credits include “YouTube Play” at the Guggenheim Museum, “YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center” and “Google Engage” events in Dublin and Singapore.

Yaron makes her Oscar debut as the Element Producer and will be coordinating with the Academy on social media. Her credits include “The Voice,” for which she received an Emmy Award as a senior supervising producer. Yaron most recently served as an executive producer on the series “Rising Star” and “World’s Funniest.” Her other credits include the “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “People’s Choice Awards” and the “MTV Movie Awards.”

Pizzi, this year’s Insert Producer, will be working with Lori Margules, who is the consulting producer on nomination packages. Pizzi is a three-time Sports Emmy-winning producer for NFL, PGA and NASCAR studio shows for FOX Sports. His credits include “Riggle’s Picks” on “FOX NFL Sunday” and a variety of commercials for FOX Sports. Margules’ credits include previous Oscar telecasts as well as the “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Golden Globe Arrivals Special,” “NAACP Image Awards,” “BET Awards” and “Billboard Music Awards.” Continue reading

TOYS“R”US® And Save The Children Launch Fundraising Campaign To Help Kids In Need #PLAYWITHPURPOSE

15.5 Million U.S. Children Live in Poverty; Many Lack Playtime in Their Daily Lives

10 Minutes of Play Improves Children’s Performance

Play Enhances the Progress of Early Development by 34%

Toys“R”Us® has announced the launch of its brand-new ‘Play With Purpose’ fundraising and awareness campaign in partnership with Save the Children – the leading nonprofit working to ensure every U.S. child is healthy, safe and learning. Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our collective future. In the United States and around the world, their work give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, the organization change the course of their future and ours.

US Programs: Early Childhood Development

Early Steps to School Success Program Taholah School District: Early Steps to School Success Program Taholah School District: 18 month-old son Rodney plays with a puzzle. He was attending a ESSS program session with program coordinator, Alyssa Johnston and his mother 21-year-old Tonya.

Together, Toys“R”Us and Save the Children are embarking on a mission to provide some of the 15.5 million youth living in impoverished regions of the United States with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives; a factor proven critical in children’s emotional, physical and cognitive development and future growth.


Now through April 17, customers can make cash donations at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store, or online at Toysrus.com/PlayWithPurpose to help bring learning through play to kids in need.

For more than a decade Toys“R”Us and Save the Children have partnered to bring awareness and much-needed funding to children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Financial support totaling more than $7.6 million – including donations from customers, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund – has helped the organization provide thousands of blankets to babies in impoverished regions in the U.S., benefited Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and offered critical assistance during times of crises.

US Programs: West Virginia

Wednesday October 15th, 2015, West Virginia: Two-year-old Pauline practices her motor skills with Tonya Bonecutter, Save the Children Early Steps for School Success Coordinator during an at home session. Family Featured in “A Path Appears”

South Carolina: US Programs

Monday October 20th, 2014 Barnwell, South Carolina: Pre-school students at the Aiken/ Barnwell Regional Head Start program are supported by Save the Children through it’s Early Steps for School Success program (ESSS). Barnwell Primary Early Childhood Coordinator Dorthy Dukes reads with 4-year-olds (L-R) Taraji Mack, Sanora Brown and Tynsley Moore.

The company’s Play With Purpose campaign is designed to support Save the Children’s early childhood development programs – Early Steps to School Success, Literacy/Healthy Choices and the SummerBoost Initiative – which help children in some of America’s most underprivileged areas thrive. To further assist families involved in the Early Steps program, a targeted approach to enhancing school readiness for children ages 0-5, Toys“R”Us will provide Save the Children with “play packs” filled with toys that build key skills and encourage socialization, along with informational materials to educate parents on the benefits of engaging with children during play.

US Programs: Early Steps to School Success

Tuesday September 16th, 2014, Kentucky: Elliot, age 2 is enrolled in Save the Children’s . Early Steps to School Success program in Kentucky. Elliot likes to play with magnetic letters. So Mom made this entire activity on the wall in kitchen – letters and pictures. Elliott matches the letter he’s holding to the one on wall. His mom, Emily says the letter and Elliott repeats. Loves it! Emily has learned lots of ways to encourage Elliott’s early learning, including reading books, counting, stacking, playing with letters, pointing to pictures, communicating with him all the time, etc. She loves Save the Children’s program, especially the books.

Witnessing a child’s face light up during playtime is a truly awesome moment. What’s more, play can help children unlock developmental skills, instill confidence and enhance imagination – the building blocks to success,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. To know that millions of children living in poverty do not have access to play – whether due to limited family resources or knowledge about the importance of play – is heartbreaking. Together with Save the Children, and with the support of our team members and customers nationwide, we will strive to ensure all kids are provided opportunities to play with purpose.Save the Children logo

Families Face the Facts, Embrace Play and See Results 
Through the good work of
Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and field representatives, underprivileged families from Washington to South Carolina are able to reap the benefits of hands-on involvement, as they embrace unstructured playtime in their homes. Statistics serving as the foundation of this campaign include:
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GREY GOOSE® Unveils 2016 Film Awards Season Cocktail Collection Inspired by This Year’s Film Themes

GREY GOOSE unveiled the 2016 GREY GOOSE Film Awards Season Cocktail Collection in celebration of those who defy expectations to achieve the extraordinary in film. Each year, GREY GOOSE has created scene-stealing cocktails to toast the world’s best in film during the February Film Awards Season.

Every aspect of the creation of GREY GOOSE® is focused on crafting vodka of unmatched quality. The creation of GREY GOOSE begins with the very best ingredients from France – soft winter wheat from the Picardie region, le grenier à blé (the breadbasket of France) and spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue, in the Cognac Arrondissement (Region), that is naturally filtered through limestone. A unique distillation process brings out the naturally superior characteristics of these ingredients.

From field-to-bottle, the expertise of the GREY GOOSE Maître de Chai (Cellar Master), François Thibault, ensures an unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste to the connoisseur palate. The GREY GOOSE portfolio is comprised of GREY GOOSE Vodka, GREY GOOSE La Poire, GREY GOOSE L’Orange, GREY GOOSE Le Citron, GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir, GREY GOOSE Le Melon Flavoured Vodkas, GREY GOOSE VX Spirit Drink and GREY GOOSE Interpreted by Ducasse toasted wheat vodka www.greygoose.com.

Created by master mixologist and GREY GOOSE Ambassador Joe McCanta, the cocktail collection pays homage to five dominating themes present across this year’s most acclaimed movies: ‘Love Conquers All‘, ‘Female Empowerment‘, ‘Escape‘, ‘Revenge‘ and ‘The Big Idea‘ using each expression from the House of GREY GOOSE: GREY GOOSE Original, GREY GOOSE L’Orange, GREY GOOSE Le Citron, GREY GOOSE La Poire and GREY GOOSE VX spirit drink.

The five cocktails – GREY GOOSE L’Amour, GREY GOOSE Femme Confidante, GREY GOOSE Le Rêve and GREY GOOSE Bitter Revenge – will be joined ‘on the red carpet’ by GREY GOOSE’s ultimate celebratory cocktail, the GREY GOOSE Le Fizz, plus the GREY GOOSE VX Martini Exceptionnelle cocktail featuring the masterfully mixed spirit drink GREY GOOSE VX, an exceptional blend of GREY GOOSE vodka finished with a hint of precious cognac.

The GREY GOOSE Film Awards Season Cocktail Collection will be served at high profile GREY GOOSE supported pre-celebrations and post-film awards after-parties in February 2016.

GREY GOOSE® Unveils 2016 Film Awards Season Cocktails

GREY GOOSE® Unveils 2016 Film Awards Season Cocktails: GREY GOOSE® L’Amour (CNW Group/GREY GOOSE®)


Inspired by ‘Love Conquers All‘: A soft and elegant combination of GREY GOOSE Le Citron, peach, lemon and ginger. Delicate rose notes imbue this intriguing drink with a fragile beauty.


1oz GREY GOOSE Le Citron

1.5oz peach nectar

1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice

1 ginger slice

1 dash of grapefruit bitters

METHOD: Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with a rose petal.

GREY GOOSE® Unveils 2016 Film Awards Season Cocktails

GREY GOOSE® Unveils 2016 Film Awards Season Cocktails: GREY GOOSE® Femme Confidante (CNW Group/GREY GOOSE®)


Inspired by ‘Female Empowerment

This aromatic twist on the classic Marlene Dietrich cocktail, inspired by the Hollywood legend, features GREY GOOSE L’Orange, Grand Marnier and Lady Grey Tea.


1oz GREY GOOSE L’Orange

3/4oz cold Lady Grey tea sourced from the Rare Tea Company

1/4oz Grand Marnier

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 dash of Peychauds bitters

METHOD: Stir and strain into a coupe glass and garnish with both a lemon AND orange peel. Continue reading