The Met Celebrates 400 Years of Religious Diversity With “Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven” This Fall

September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899

Beginning around the year 1000, Jerusalem attained unprecedented significance as a location, destination, and symbol to people of diverse faiths from Iceland to India. Multiple competitive and complementary religious traditions, fueled by an almost universal preoccupation with the city, gave rise to one of the most creative periods in its history.

Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, the landmark exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of this period. In these centuries, Jerusalem was home to more cultures, religions, and languages than ever before. Through times of peace as well as war, Jerusalem remained a constant source of inspiration that resulted in art of great beauty and fascinating complexity.

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven is the first exhibition to unravel the various cultural traditions and aesthetic strands that enriched and enlivened the medieval city. The exhibition will feature some 200 works of art from 60 lenders worldwide. More than four dozen key loans come from Jerusalem’s diverse religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls.

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The Virgin and Apostle Capital, Early 1170s, Limestone a. 24 7/16 × 28 3/8 × 13 3/8 in. (62 × 72 × 34 cm) b. 16 9/16 × 21 1/4 × 18 1/2 in., 355 lb. (42 × 54 × 47 cm, 161 kg) Terra Sancta Museum, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth. Image: © Marie-Armelle Beaulieu /Custodia Terræ Sanctæ

The exhibition represents a collaborative partnership between Barbara Drake Boehm, the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, and Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters and will examine six specific factors that made medieval Jerusalem an exceptional source of artistic inspiration:

The Pulse of Trade and Tourism: Often understood as the crossroads of the known world, Jerusalem was a thriving urban center, teeming with locals and tourists, new arrivals and long-timers, merchants and artists, soldiers and scholars. The exhibition will evoke the many wares of the marketplace, including ceramics produced locally and imported from as far away as China. Textiles on view will reconstruct the fashion sensibilities of Jerusalem’s residents, including, surprisingly perhaps, their predilection for printed cottons from the Indian subcontinent. The shared taste of the region’s wealthy inhabitants confounds efforts to distinguish the owners’ identities, let alone their ethnic or religious heritage. Jewels that are recognizably Islamic in technique correspond to contemporary descriptions of the trousseaux of Jewish brides. A remarkable gathering of Cross reliquaries speak to the links between Jerusalem and Europe.

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Chasse of Ambazac, From the Treasury of Grandmont, Limoges, ca. 1180 – 90; Gilded copper, champlevé enamel, rock crystal, semiprecious stones, faience, and glass H. 23⅛ in. (58.6 cm), W. 31⅛ in. (79 cm), D. 10¼ in. (26.2 cm) Mairie d ’Ambazac. Image: © Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Service de l’Inventaire et du Patrimoine Culturel (photograph by Philippe Rivière, 1993)

The Diversity of Peoples: Dozens of denominations and communities contributed to the artistic and spiritual richness of the city. The historical record surrounding medieval Jerusalem—a “city of foreigners”— includes both harmonious and dissonant voices from many lands: Persians, Turks, Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, Georgians, Ethiopians, Indians, and Europeans from each of the Abrahamic faith traditions passed in the narrow streets of the city—not much larger than midtown Manhattan. Visitors will be astonished, for example, by the numerous distinct alphabets and different languages of prayer. Exemplifying this will be Christian Gospel books in Arabic, Greek, Armenian, and Syriac, a Samaritan Bible in a distinctive Hebrew script, and the biblical book of Kings in Ge’ez, the language of Ethiopia, given by that land’s king to his community in Jerusalem. Continue reading

Make Every Meal Count This September: Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Choose From Nearly 15,000 Restaurants Helping To End Childhood Hunger In America

When We All Work Together, We Can Make Sure Kids Get The Healthy Food They Need.

No Kid Hungry Is A Campaign Of National Anti-Hunger Organization Share Our Strength.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.

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This September, people can make every meal count for kids simply by dining out. Nearly 15,000 restaurants across the country are offering customers major deals in exchange for simple donations to No Kid Hungry.

With thousands of eating options on the menu–from family diners and fast food empires, to fine dining and neighborhood joints–there’s a meal to match all tastes and budgets. And for every $1 donated, No Kid Hungry can feed a child 10 meals through on-the-ground programs and partnerships that connect kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.no-kid-hungry

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is the largest restaurant-led initiative to help end childhood hunger in America. Since its launch in 2008, restaurants have raised $37 million in support of No Kid Hungry to help ensure every kid gets a healthy meal, every day. It is nationally sponsored by Founding Partner National Restaurant Association, as well as ARYZTA (La Brea Bakery & Otis Spunkmeyer), Citi, Ecolab, OpenTable, and Smithfield.

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If there’s one thing chefs understand, it’s connecting people with food,” says Andrew Zimmern, creator and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel and chef ambassador for the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry initiative. “More importantly to me, as a father, I understand very well that hungry kids can’t learn, and kids who can’t learn can’t reach their best and brightest potential. I won’t stand by and see kids fall short on their futures when there is a solution at hand.”

The fundraising effort comes at a particularly important time for kids struggling with hunger: BACK TO SCHOOL. As children begin the 2016 school year, far too many are opening their textbooks on an empty stomach; only about half of kids who qualify for a free school lunch are also receiving breakfast–a critical meal for academic success. Research shows that when kids eat breakfast at school, attendance rates improve an average of 1.5 days more per school year, math test scores rise by 17.5 percent and kids are 20 percent more likely to graduate.

No Kid Hungry is working with a growing number of leaders in school districts, cities and states across the country to make breakfast part of the regular school day, which leads to increased participation, so all kids start their school day ready to learn.

This is ‘family style’ dining at its best,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit behind No Kid Hungry. “When people dine out at partnering restaurants during September, they are sharing their table with the 16 million children who can’t count on their next meal.

To find participating restaurants by zip code or state, visit NoKidHungry.org. Get social about your dine out experience by following @NoKidHungry on Facebook and Twitter, and share your story of how you made every meal count with #nokidhungry.

PhotoPlus Expo Announces First Annual “Your New York Minute” Photo Contest

Thousands of Dollars in Prizes including Nikon Cameras and NIKKOR Lenses to Grand Prize Winners

PhotoPlus Expo, the largest photography conference and expo in North America, has announced its first annual PhotoPlus Expo photo contest, “Your New York Minute.” Whether you’re a native New Yorker, or just a New Yorker at heart, you are eligible to enter the contest. All entries must have been taken in any of the city’s five boroughs Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more to qualify for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes and gear from official camera sponsor, Nikon. Deadline for entries is September 5th, 2016.ppe_contest_ppe_rotator

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

The “Your New York Minute” photo contest will be open to both professional and amateur photographers. Photos should be entered in the appropriate category based on where the photograph was taken. Two entrants will be awarded Grand Prize and will receive either a Nikon D500 or Nikon D7200 kit as part of their total prize package. All winning images will be on display during the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center from October 20-22, 2016 which welcomes more than 25,000 visitors from around the world each year.

We wanted to celebrate PhotoPlus Expo’s home city, and thought there was no better way to do that than with a contest that highlights each amazing part of it,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher of PDN, which hosts the annual PhotoPlus Expo. “Hundreds of great New York moments are captured with cameras and mobile devices each day. The contest is an opportunity for visitors and residents alike to share those special moments with us.

Contest Rules and Deadline

The call for submission is now open for the “Your New York Minute” photo contest. There will be a fee of $20 per professional entry and $15 per amateur entry for each photo entered into the contest, but contestants may enter as often as they would like. PHOTO+ members will receive a 30% discount for each photo entered and a portion of all fees will be donated to City Harvest Food Bank in New York City. There are no time restrictions as to when a photo was taken in New York, its outer boroughs, or Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more.

Contest Categories and Prizes

The “Your New York Minute” photo contest will consist of two Divisions: Professional and Amateur. Each Division will consist of six (6) categories: Bronx, Brooklyn Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and the other city islands including Roosevelt, Randalls, Liberty and more. First-Place winners in each category will qualify to become the Grand-Prize winner. At the judge’s discretion, honorable mentions may be selected in some or all categories, and will not qualify for prizes but will be included in a special exhibition at 2016 PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center.

Grand Prize Package (Pro Division) — $5,300 value

  • Nikon D500 16-80mm VR Lens Kit
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000
  • G-Technology rugged G-Drive with Thunderbolt
  • Full Conference Pass to PhotoPlus Expo (full access to seminars, classes, and Expo)
  • Whitewall.com Photo Under Acrylic Print
  • Tether Tools Tether Table Aero
  • Additional prizes will be included in this prize package

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Fall is “Couples Season” at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, the island’s celebrated Forbes Five Star Resort, has announced Couples Season 2016, set for September through November this year by offering guests who book a stay the best rates of the year, no resort fee, special pricing in the restaurants, spa and boutique shops, and many more complimentary activities. Add to this, guests who book the Resort’s popular Experience More package receive a Resort credit of up to USD 100 per night for rooms and USD 200 per night for suites that can be applied toward incidental charges, including services at The Spa and at three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s, DUO and Spago.

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The property is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities and for living in harmony with its environment and community. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Famer, the resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants–Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations–offering world-class activities with no Resort fee and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Experiences, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui Serenity Pool at Sunset (PRNewsFoto/Four Seasons Resort Maui)

September through November are special months at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The kids are back in school, the weather is perfect, and the staff provides a menu of complimentary amenities and services. During Couples Season, guests have access to both the best possible rates and to special features designed just for them,” says General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel.MAU_675_aspect4x5

Stand up paddling (SUP) yoga, cocktail classes, cooking demonstrations and other surprises are among the extra complimentary activities awaiting couples this season.MAU_683_aspect16x9MAU_857_aspect16x9

And because the Resort recognizes that every couple is unique, the award-winning concierge team can customize guest stays to meet the individual interests and needs of guests:

  • For indulgence, couples vacationing in Maui can enjoy poolside spa services while relaxing at one of the Resort’s 58 complimentary cabanas at the beautiful Fountain Pool or reserve one of the Missoni designer cabanas at the adults-only Serenity Pool.MAU_1533_aspect16x9
  • For adventure, there is everything from ocean outrigger canoe paddling to exploring Maui’s picturesque beauty aboard a helicopter, feeling the adrenaline rush of zip-lining or hiking Maui’s Bamboo Forest Pipiwai Trail, or mastering the art of spearfishing skills.
  • For romance, guests can luxuriate with couples massages in one of the Resort’s MAU_1171_aspect16x9oceanside authentic Hawaiian hales and enjoy the completely customised oceanfront Ultimate Dinner followed by an evening arm-in-arm stroll on Wailea Beach drinking in a starry sky. Live music nightly and weekly Aloha Receptions add to the feel.
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  • Savvy couples looking to maximise value during their Maui couples retreat will appreciate the guidance of the concierge team to learn about and take advantage of Resort features such as the self-guided tour of the curated Hawaiian-inspired art collection and the use of the Resort’s courtesy house car. The tennis courts are complimentary as are introductory scuba lessons and the use of snorkeling gear.  

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To make reservations for Couples Season and the Experience More package, call toll free (US/Canada) 1 800 334 MAUI (6284) or contact the Resort at reservations.mau@fourseasons.com.

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Famed Portraits Of Benjamin Franklin By Duplessis On View In Focus Exhibition At The Met

Exhibition Dates: August 22–November 28, 2016

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, European Paintings, Gallery 624, 2nd floor

Several works depicting the brilliant writer, inventor, politician, patriot, and statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), who has been the subject of hundreds of portraits, will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in a focused exhibition opening on August 22. The most famous of these was painted by Joseph Siffred Duplessis (1725–1802), Louis XVI’s official portraitist, after Franklin arrived in Paris in 1776 to seek French support for the American war of independence. Portraying Franklin in a red coat with a fur collar, and with an astonishingly elaborate frame decorated with his attributes, the oval painting was greatly admired when Duplessis exhibited it at the 1779 Paris Salon.

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Joseph Siffred Duplessis (French, Carpentras 1725–1802 Versailles). Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790). 1778. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931.

The painting, which has been in The Met collection for 85 years, will be a focal point of the installation Benjamin Franklin: Portraits by Duplessis, along with the preliminary pastel portrait of Franklin, a life study by Duplessis. The pastel, which is rarely exhibited and will be on loan from the New York Public Library, shows Franklin in the same pose as the painting but wearing a gray, collarless jacket and waistcoat. The image will be familiar to many: it is the same likeness that is replicated on the current one-hundred-dollar bill. The installation will also explore the processes of image transfer and replication in the 18th century.

Franklin arrived in Paris on December 21, 1776, as a commissioner of the American Continental Congress, and lived in nearby Passy until he returned to America in 1785. He the met's logopromoted the treaty of alliance between the fledgling nation and the government of Louis XVI that was signed on February 6, 1778. The American Revolutionary War was an enormously popular cause in France, where the elderly statesman’s simplicity of dress and manner were admired. The “Fur Collar Portrait,” or “VIR Portrait,” by Duplessis was commissioned by the entrepreneur Jacques Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont. The oval canvas, exhibited in the frame in which it is still displayed, became the object of extravagant praise. Versions from the artist’s workshop and by other hands were in demand and the portrait was replicated dozens of times. A fine replica by or after Duplessis, also belonging to The Met, is so close in design that the contours must have been transferred from the 1778 picture.

Franklin understood the importance of circulating his image and gave sittings to some half-dozen French artists, but he did not enjoy doing so. He did not wish to sit for the same painter twice, sending away in later years those who applied to him for an original and suggesting that they instead commission a copy. An X-radiograph of the “Fur Collar Portrait” reveals that Franklin’s coat was originally much simpler, with small buttons and a narrow collar. In this connection, the exhibition will draw attention to the Duplessis pastel portrait of Franklin that was given to the New York Public Library in 1896. For more than a century, the pastel has been conscientiously protected from damage due to overexposure to light and thus has rarely been exhibited. Traditionally, the pastel had been assigned to the early 1780s, but technical examination reveals that it dates to 1777 or early 1778 and is preliminary to the “Fur Collar Portrait“—its design precisely matches the composition revealed in the painting’s X-radiograph. Pastel is a portable medium, and Duplessis probably took his pastel crayons to Passy to set down the direct likeness of Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin: Portraits by Duplessis is organized by Katharine Baetjer, Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Met.

Visitorship of 6.7 Million Sets New Annual Attendance Record at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced that the Museum welcomed a record number of visitors—6.7 million—during the fiscal year that ended on June 30 (FY16). This is the highest number of visitors since The Met began tracking admission statistics more than 40 years ago. The total includes attendance at all three of the Museum’s locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and the new Met Breuer, which was launched in March to present modern and contemporary art-themed programming.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.the met's logo

Visitorship to The Met has now exceeded six million for the fifth consecutive year. The FY16 number was 400,000 higher than that of the previous year, due to an increase of approximately 200,000 visitors at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters combined; and attendance of 185,000 during the inaugural four months at The Met Breuer.

Mr. Campbell said: “We are thrilled that the public continues to respond so enthusiastically to the Met’s exhibitions, collections, and programs. Our audiences are local, national, and international, reflecting the depth and breadth of the extraordinary works of art in our galleries. We are delighted that our visitors have also embraced our expanded programming at The Met Breuer as an integral part of The Met experience. And they continue to take advantage of the groundbreaking resources in our ‘fourth space’—digital—in greater numbers than ever before.

The Met continues to be a popular destination for local visitors: 29% of the Museum’s visitors to The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters in FY16 came from the five boroughs of New York City, while 40% were from both New York City and the tri-state area. The Museum also continues to be New York’s most visited tourist attraction for domestic as well as international audiences—in FY16, international visitors from around 190 countries visited The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, accounting for 41% of visitors.

Exhibitions

Once again, exhibition attendance at The Met was strong over the course of the year. Twenty-one of the exhibitions on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in FY16 were visited by more than 100,000 visitors each, including Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (254,750); Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age (210,903); Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom (187,030); Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France (165,220); Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (which closed on July 17 with a total of 185,266); and Kongo: Power and Majesty (141,376).

Over half of the exhibitions that received more than 100,000 visitors were based on works of art from The Met’s own collection, among them: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from The Met Collection (247,833 visitors to date; on view through October 11); Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from The Met Collection (147,313); Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from The Met Collection (141,075); Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and The Met (140,697); A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection (133,572); and The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches (126,787).

Also contributing to the high attendance in FY16 were the final weeks of last summer’s popular exhibitions The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe (which closed November 1, 2015, and drew 483,208 visitors) and China: Through the Looking Glass (which closed September 7, 2015, and attracted 815,992 people).

Attendance was also particularly strong during the early weeks of The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), which opened April 19 and has had more than 340,000 visitors to date; and the spring Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which opened on May 5, 2016, and has had more than 540,000 visitors to date. Both of these exhibitions are still on view—Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is due to close on October 31, and the recently extended Manus x Machina will now close on September 5.

Attendance at The Met Breuer in its initial weeks—from March 1 through June 30, 2016—was strong at 185,000. The inaugural exhibitions there included Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible (on view through September 4) and Nasreen Mohamedi. At The Met Cloisters, the final 15 weeks of Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection took place in FY16, bringing the total attendance for the exhibition to 163,772.

Education and Public Programs

The Met continued to present its broad range of live arts, educational, and public programming throughout the year, for visitors of all ages and interests, from novices to experts, including students, teachers, families, artists, visitors with disabilities, scholars, and others from around the world. In FY16, The Met engaged 220,796 students and teachers in 6,325 school group visits and multi-session school experiences. More than 126,000 of the students and teachers were from public, private, and parochial schools across New York City’s five boroughs; 76,734 of these were from New York City public schools. The Met’s educator programs on integrating art into classroom teaching were attended by a total of 3,812 teachers and school leaders in FY16.

Digital Visitorship

The Met’s digital audience continues to expand. The Metropolitan Museum’s website (www.metmuseum.org) ended FY16 with a total of 32.5 million visits. The Met app, which launched in September 2014, was used nearly 1.9 million times in its first 21 months. The Museum’s Facebook account had more than 1.7 million followers (with a reach of 243 million people) in FY16, and its Twitter feed had 1.5 million followers (with tweets receiving 173 million impressions). The Met’s Webby Award-winning Instagram account had 1.4 million followers at the end of FY16. Continue reading

Columbia/Legacy Recordings Set to Release Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5.

3CD Set Features 2+ Hours of Previously Unreleased Studio Recordings from 1966-1968, Newly Mixed and Mastered in High Resolution Audio

Latest Volume of Acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Landmark Miles Smiles Album with In-Depth Access to Full Session Reels including Rehearsals, Partial and Alternate Takes, Studio Conversation & More

Available Everywhere Friday, October 21, 2016

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Columbia/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5 on Friday, October 21, 2016.(http://smarturl.it/MD_FreedomJazz_AMZN)

Sourced from original four-track analog session reels and master tapes transferred and mixed in high resolution at 24-bit/192 kHz, Miles Davis Quintet: Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol 5 offers a profound and intimate look at Miles’ creative process in the studio, providing insight into the bold new musical directions Davis and members of his quintet would take as the 1960s drew to a close.

A 3CD box set collection chronicling Miles’ musical evolution in the studio from 1966-1968 working with his “second great quintet,” the latest edition in Columbia/Legacy’s acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series provides an unprecedented look into the artist’s creative process, drawing on full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, extensive and fascinating studio conversation and more.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Miles Smiles, the groundbreaking second studio album from the Miles Davis Quintet–Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums)–this definitive new collection includes the master takes of performances which would appear on the Miles Smiles (1967), Nefertiti (1968) and Water Babies (recorded 1967, released 1976) albums alongside more than two hours worth of previously unreleased studio recordings from original sessions produced by Teo Macero (with the exception of “Fall,” produced by Howard A. Roberts). Continue reading

Columbia Records Announces Barry Gibb To Release First Solo Album Involving New Material ‘In The Now’ On October 7

Columbia Records has announced legendary Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/producer Barry Gibb will release his first solo album involving new material, In The Now, on October 7. Gibb’s first-ever album with the label is available for pre-order today. The surviving member of one of music’s most successful and revered bands, the Bee Gees, (formed with his brothers Robin and Maurice), Gibb has kept In The Now a family affair, writing all the songs with his sons Stephen and Ashley. (Pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon and receive the title track “In The Now” instantly.)

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Columbia Records Announces Legendary Singer/Songwriter/Producer Barry Gibb To Release First Solo Album Involving New Material ‘In The Now’ On October 7; Available For Pre-Order Today (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Produced by Gibb and co-producer John Merchant, In The Now is only the second solo effort of Gibb’s career and his first album of all new material since the Bee Gees final studio album in 2001. The new album is an impassioned solo effort that signals a welcome return of one of the most identifiable and versatile voices in the history of rock, pop, and R&B. The 12-track album was recorded in Miami with the same gathering of accomplished musicians Gibb assembled for his acclaimed 2014 solo tour.

In signing with Columbia Records for the first time in his career, Barry stated: “This is a new chapter in my life. I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony, so it’s a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people

As a record producer/songwriter, Gibb has been instrumental in creating milestones for other artists, ranging from Barbra Streisand‘s ‘Guilty‘ album to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers country record ‘Islands In The Stream‘ also, Diana Ross Eaten Alive featuring ‘Chain Reaction‘ as well as Dionne Warwick‘s ‘Heartbreaker‘ album.

Between Robin, Maurice and Andy, the Gibb brothers achieved 19 number one records on the Billboard charts including a phenomenal 6 in a row, equaling The Beatles record.

I will never forget my brothers; they will always be a part of everything I do. Our dream came true.

Barry returned to live performing in 2013-2014 with the Mythology Tour, celebrating the Bee Gees anthology release of the same name as a tribute to his three brothers. The acclaimed tour included shows in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and The U.S., garnering an outpouring of affection and critical praise from around the world.

For more information, please visit http://www.barrygibb.com/.

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Shows Preview: Kia STYLE360 Announces Star-Studded Designer Line Up, Schedule and Sponsors for New York Fashion Week September 12-15, 2016

Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, Kristin Cavallari and More To Strut Their Stuff On The Runways

Hollywood & fashion special event firm, A-list Communications has announced Kia STYLE360, its New York Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s Runway Previews September 12th – 15th, 2016. This season will mark the 12th annual year at New York Fashion Week, highlighting its signature formula of fashion week events among exciting ready-to-wear celebrity designer brands, musical performances, high fashion designer brands, and fashion-fan favorites each season.710cfe_52d61c2b734e4726b0e8bfeec1d5538b~mv2

Started in 2004, and then called “Style Lounge,” this modest fashion platform launched out of the gate as a stage for some of today’s leading fashion brand designers like Rodarte, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Fields, and Zaldy. Over the decade, and after a name change as well, STYLE360 New York Fashion Week has evolved into a launching pad for trending and celebrity designers such as Avril Lavigne, Daisy Fuentes, the Kardashians, and Kristin Cavallari to name a few. Likewise, fashion industry elite models who have graced STYLE360’s stages and venues includes Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell, Carol Alt, Tyson Beckford, Kendall Jenner and Jessica White, as well as countless celebrities including the Kardashians, Brooke Burke, Brittany Snow, Gerard Butler, Chris Noth, Tommy Hilfiger, Lauren Conrad, Rosario Dawson, and dozens more.

An element that always separates Kia STYLE360 shows from the usual fashion week clutter, are the high-profile musical performances each Season. Highlights from the past ten years include performances by Austin Mahone, Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, JoJo, Neon Trees, Cher Lloyd, Estelle and appearances by music legends like Richie Sambora, Slash, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Pete Wentz, Rick Ross and many more.

This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year with many renewing designer names as well as renewed title sponsor, Kia Motors (www.Kia.com). Kia returns this year to invite the fashion industry to discover the all-new 2017 Cadenza sedan with integrated activations, on-site car displays and a fleet of vehicles available to transport fashion editors, celebrities and VIPs to and from the fashion shows and events. The stunningly beautiful Cadenza improves upon all the elements that made its predecessor an award-winning success, boasting a precisely crafted cabin, cutting edge technology for connectivity and driver assistance, a stronger body structure, and powertrain enhancements for a more premium experience behind the wheel.

Events kick-off with entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN’s third successive show presenting their Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection with Ms. Williams taking the stage two days after New York’s U.S. Open Women’s Championship. The week wraps up with Kia STYLE360‘s third annual fashion event with celebrity, actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, who will present her new Emerald Duv Jewelry Collection, new shoe releases from her Chinese Laundry Collection as well as signed copies of her book “Balancing on Heels”.

This September’s line-up of fashion shows and festivities for Kia STYLE360 includes the following:

Monday, September 12th

3:00pm: HSN Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection Runway Show

7:30pm: Designer Fashion Runway Show TBA

9:00pm: KIA STYLE360 Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection by HSN After-party at Bagatelle NYC

Tuesday, September 13th

10:30am: Raul Penaranda Spring 2017 Momentum

3:00pm: Vipe Activewear Collection Fashion Show with Angela Simmons

7:30pm: Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva

Wednesday, September 14th

3:00pm: Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection

7:00pm: Row A Seat 4 Collection SS17 by Frontrow

Thursday, September 15th

7:00pm: Kia STYLE360 Hosts Kristin Cavallari Collections for Emerald Duv Jewelry & Chinese Laundry at Row NYC

All fashion shows will again be staged at the two-level Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street with special integrations including live streaming of shows, 360 degree virtual reality broadcasts, and Facebook live streams along with its usual parade of celebrity guests and musical performances to be announced closer to fashion week.

Other renewing sponsors generously supporting the September 2016 season includes Not Your Mother‘s hair care (www.nymbrands.com), who will style all fashion shows by lead hair stylist Michele Carrillo and her NYM branded professional-stylist team. Makeup partners, LimeLight by Alcone (www.limelightbyalcone.com) and MustaeV U.S.A., a prestigious Korean artistry make up brand (www.mustaevusa.com) are also renewed partners this season.

Official hotel and after-party partner for the third consecutive year is Row NYC conveniently located near the Kia STYLE360 fashion pavilion at 700 Eighth Avenue. The art-driven, New York-centric hotel will provide its elegant brand of hospitality and accommodations to celebrity and VIP guests as well as host the closing fashion event. Row NYC is also offering exclusive tickets to a Kia STYLE360 show (winners’ choice) and invitations to the closing event hosted at the hotel. (Details can be found at www.rownyc.com.)

Finally, award winning wine producer, Line 39 Wines (www.line39wines.com) by O’Neill Vintners and Distillers returns in an elevated presence to graciously pour its California Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir across all events.

New sponsors to the program this September include Eternal Water (www.eternalwater.com) who will keep guests hydrated and refreshed with its Pure and Pristine Artesian Water and its beautifully designed BPA free bottle which will be collected for recycling after each event. Additionally, OtterBox Products Inc. (www.otterbox.com) joins to present its line of fashionable, sleek smartphone cases to NYFW in the OtterBox Lounge and will debut some of the new looks across a couple runway shows. New York City hotspot and fashion model sanctuary Bagatelle, one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, will serve as official nightclub partner hosting Kia STYLE360’s intimate VIP event.

Kia STYLE360 also proudly welcomes ChapStick (www.chapstick.com) to its line-up of sponsors this season. ChapStick will help guests feel runway ready with new ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – which provides long-lasting moisture plus a hint of color from the experts in lip care.

For more information on this season’s designers, to get inside access, view runway trends, special promotional offers, and watch behind the scenes celebrity interviews as well as live streaming from the runway, please visit http://style360nyfw.com/. Twitter @NYFWSTYLE360 and Facebook @STYLE360. Official hashtag this season is #KiaSTYLE360NYFW. Continue reading

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) Announces 2016 Inductees

Bridging Photography’s Pioneering Past with its Fantastic Future, Ken Burns, Ernst Haas, Steve Jobs, John Knoll, Thomas Knoll, Annie Leibovitz, Graham Nash and Sebastião Salgado is to be inducted as part of the IPHF’s 50th anniversary celebration

The IPHF inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation and significant contribution to the art or science of photography.

The Induction and 50th Anniversary Celebration Event for the 2016 inductees will take place on October 28, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., the new home for the IPHF.

Today, in honor of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum‘s (IPHF) 50th anniversary and World Photo Day, the IPHF announced its 2016 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees. Eight photographers or photography industry visionaries that embody the spirit, artistry and innovation of modern photography have been selected for induction, including:

  • Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker
  • Ernst Haas, 20th century professional photographer
  • Steve Jobs, former Apple Inc. chairman and CEO and technology pioneer
  • John Knoll, co-creator of Adobe Photoshop
  • Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Adobe Photoshop
  • Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer
  • Graham Nash, creator of fine art digital printing, photographer and musician
  • Sebastião Salgado, documentary photographer and photojournalist

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (located in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, Missouri) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images.50th-Anniversary-Homepage-Graphic

The IPHF is the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors those who have had a significant impact on the evolution of photography. Past inductees to the Photography Hall of Fame include Ansel Adams, George Eastman, Edwin Land, Edward Steichen, and 65 other esteemed professionals.

About the 2016 inductees:

Ken Burns: Ken Burns is an acclaimed American documentary filmmaker. Among the many films he’s produced and directed are The Civil War, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson. His next project, scheduled for broadcast on PBS September 20, 2016, is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Burns’ films incorporate a distinct style of using archival photographs, panning across and zooming in on them to create a sense of motion that engages viewers. The style prompted Apple Inc. to create in their iMovie and Final Cut Pro programs the “Ken Burns Effect,” so users could achieve the same results Burns uses in his documentaries.

Ernst Haas: Ernst Haas (1921-1986) is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th Century, and considered one of the pioneers of color photography. In the 1950’s he began experimenting with Kodachrome color film and went on to become one of the premier color photographers of the decade. In 1953, Life featured his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City, the first time such a large color photo feature was published in the magazine. In 1962, a retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, photographing for Life, Vogue and Look, to name a few of many influential publications. Haas has continued to be the subject of museum exhibitions and publications such as “Ernst Haas, Color Photography” (1989), “Ernst Haas in Black and White“(1992) and “Color Correction” (2011).

Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs was an American inventor and entrepreneur who cofounded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company. Steve helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.

John Knoll: John Knoll is the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and co-creator of Adobe Photoshop. He also is the sole inventor of Knoll Light Factory, a digital lens flare generating software. Today Photoshop is the industry standard in digital photo editing, allowing photographers to digitally alter and manipulate photo files to create extraordinary images. John created Adobe Photoshop along with his brother Thomas, and together the Knoll brothers have revolutionized the photography industry and completely changed the way people create and edit images.

Thomas Knoll: Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who co-created Adobe Photoshop with his brother John. Knoll created the first core image processing routines for Photoshop in 1988, and when his brother saw them he encouraged Thomas to bundle them into one package. Since licensing Photoshop to Adobe in 1989, Thomas Knoll has continued to work for Adobe creating updates to Photoshop and Photoshop related products. His recent work includes the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop, the develop module for Adobe Lightroom, and the DNG file format.

Annie Leibovitz: Annie Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose bold use of colors and poses has become her trademark style. Leibovitz began her career as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine where she helped define the magazine’s look. She was the first woman to have a show at the National Portrait Gallery when her exhibition was shown in 1991. Some of her notable portraits include Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair, and a portrait series of Queen Elizabeth II. Continue reading

Better Homes And Gardens Magazine Unveils Sixth Annual September Stylemaker Issue

Cameron Diaz, Padma Lakshmi, and Jacques Pépin Featured in September 2016 Issue

Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), the leading lifestyle brand reaching 50 million consumers a month, today announced the release of its sixth annual Stylemaker issue, highlighting creative forces and tastemakers who influence the worlds of fashion, food, home design, and entertaining. The issue is available on newsstands now.

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2016 Better Homes and Gardens September Stylemaker Issue (PRNewsFoto/Better Homes and Gardens)

For the first time, seven of the BHG Stylemakers grace the issue’s cover in a striking gatefold image shot by renowned celebrity photographer Robert Trachtenberg. They join 22 other Stylemakers who shape the way we decorate, cook, garden, organize, dress, and celebrate.

We are thrilled to share our 29 trendsetters with our readers in our September Stylemaker issue,” says Better Homes and Gardens Editor-in-Chief Stephen Orr. “Our Stylemaker issue showcases creative ways our readers can infuse their lives with inspiring food, fashion, entertaining, and gardening ideas.”

To celebrate the issue, Better Homes and Gardens is hosting over 80 bloggers and tastemakers for a day of classes, workshops, and speakers on September 29 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Sponsors of the event include Crate and Barrel, Dunkin’ Donuts, thinkThin, and Triscuit.

The September 2016 issue is a celebration of style, creativity, and inspiration for all aspects of the home,” says Christine Guilfoyle, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. “Each year, this special issue elevates our readers’ and advertisers’ style inspiration.” Guilfoyle notes that the gatefold cover includes an organic integration of furniture products from lead sponsor Crate and Barrel.

The September issue also features fantastic recipes from celebrity chef Jacques Pépin, practical entertaining tips from Top Chef host and author Padma Lakshmi, and aging and wellness advice from movie star Cameron Diaz.

The 2016 BHG Stylemakers featured in this issue include:

Chris Benz –Creative Director for Bill Blass: Chris’s mix of furnishings, accessories, and art follows the new-meets-old trend of his newly renovated Brooklyn house—with some high-low mash-ups thrown in for good measure. “My style is bold, casual bricolage,” says Chris.”

Justina Blakeney – Designer, Author and creator of The Jungalow blog: This Los Angeles designer mixes fun patterns with boho-meets-tropical color choices. Her top advice for mixing patterns is simple: repetition. “I like to pick two or three colors and pull those into each piece,” she says.

Steve Woodward – President and Chief Merchant for Crate and Barrel:Clean, thoughtful, timeless design makes me happy,” the retail guru says. On watching trends, he adds. “I’m addicted to decorating shows, and I think you can learn a lot from them about your own personal style. Trends open your eyes to new possibilities.”

Grace Bonney – Design*Sponge Founder and Author: Her new book, In the Company of Women, brings together the collected wisdom, passion, heartache, and savvy of 100 women business owners, each of whom she thoughtfully interviewed and photographed in their work spaces. Continue reading

September is California Wine Month. Where Will You Be?

Raise a Glass to Harvest at More than 50 Winery Events Around the State

September is the time when California’s wine grape harvest is in full swing and the perfect time to experience the annual harvest season first hand. Visitors can experience the excitement of harvest during California Wine Month in September with more than 50 winery events and immersion experiences—from wine festivals and winemaking classes to winemaker dinners, VIP tastings and tours happening around the state.

Wine Institute Wine Month 2016 Infographic

A California Wine Month poster featuring the state’s wine regions and 138 American Viticultural Areas can be ordered at: www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth or by emailing communications@wineinstitute.org . (PRNewsFoto/Wine Institute)

This September marks the 12th annual California Wine Month, created by the Wine Institute to honor America’s top wine-producing state. “The celebration recognizes the contributions of vintners and growers to our state economy, culture and lifestyle,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute. “With an economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy, California wine is an important economic engine for our state and our nation. Our scenic wine regions draw visitors worldwide to enjoy California’s great wine, cuisine and attractions.

Here’s a complete listing by region of all the events. Visit discovercaliforniawines.com to view events by date and order a map of California wine regions and their 138 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). For great California wine and food road trip ideas click here. Event highlights include:

North Coast

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sept. 2-4 over Labor Day weekend has been named one of the “10 Best Wine & Food Events in the U.S.” As Sonoma County’s largest charity event, it brings together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. For three delicious, decadent days, guests can enjoy the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, as well as a wine auction, seminars, cooking demonstrations, vineyard tours and multiple winery parties.

Mendocino’s Annual Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting, Sept. 9-10 begins with a Pinot Noir Celebration on Sept. 9 with 25 wineries paired with culinary offerings, overlooking the ocean at Little River Inn. On Sept. 10, guests can stroll through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens at the Winesong Food & Wine Tasting, enjoying regional vintages, 50 food purveyors and music groups.

Lake County Wine Auction, Sept.17 at Cache Creek Vineyards in Clearlake Oaks. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and dancing under the stars while mingling with the county’s star winemakers.

2016 Sonoma Valley Crush, Sept. 16-18, where wine lovers can get their grape on. For three days, wineries will be offering a variety of harvest activities including grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, samples of just-pressed juice and grapes picked fresh off the vine. Guests can sip wine while it’s fermenting and chat with artisan winemakers about harvest.

Calistoga Wine Experience, Sept. 10 – Napa Valley boasts many fantastic events and immersion experiences, from barn bashes and winemaker tours to harvest balls. On Sept. 10, the Calistoga Wine Experience combines all the best features of Calistoga: delicious wines, culinary offerings and a spectacular harvest setting. Guests will taste wines from more than 35 Calistoga wineries, meet the owners and winemakers, enjoy appetizers and live jazz music.

Inland Valleys

Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration, Sept. 16 – Head to the beautiful Madera County foothills Sept. 16 for the Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration. This delectable event will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music. The Madera Vintners Association will also honor and award partners and associates that have influenced the local wine industry, the MVA and its winery members.

Lodi Grape Festival, Sept. 15-18, check out the lively Lodi Grape Festival for music, food, wine and even a circus! Sept. 16 join the festival’s Wine Cellar tasting experience where nine local wineries will be showcasing a variety of wines from floral Pinot Grigios to the region’s renowned peppery Zinfandels. Continue reading

PANDORA Jewelry Opens New Store at Westfield World Trade Center

PANDORA Joins The Lineup of 125 Stores Now Open in the Financial District

PANDORA Jewelry has officially opened its new flagship store in the Westfield World Trade Center, the new indoor retail space located under the Oculus structure of the transportation hub.

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets jewelry made from high-quality materials. Inspiring women to embrace their individuality and express their personal style, PANDORA’s stylish and feminine jewelry captures the unforgettable moments and personal values in life. PANDORA’s unique and detailed designs combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology are sold in more than 100 countries across six continents through approximately 8,900 points of sale, including more than 1,900 concept stores.

PANDORA Jewelry Westfield World Trade Center

PANDORA Jewelry Opens New Store at Westfield World Trade Center (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

The 1,109 square-foot New York City location features one-of-a-kind elements exclusive to the location, including a 368 suspended charm display showcasing PANDORA’s heritage. To celebrate the opening, the PANDORA Jewelry World Trade Center store will hold a grand opening celebration Friday, September 30Saturday, October 1. The event will feature a variety of celebratory activities, all are welcome to join.

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PANDORA Logo. (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA)

Lower Manhattan has become a huge attraction for global tourists and New York natives,” said Laurie McDonald, General Manager, PANDORA U.S.Given the unique location – surrounded by both iconic attractions, offices and popular Manhattan destinations – we see huge potential for this store.

PANDORA Jewelry Opens New Store

Laurie McDonald, General Manager, PANDORA Jewelry, U.S. Cuts Ribbon in Honor of PANDORA World Trade Center Grand Opening (PRNewsFoto/PANDORA Jewelry)

The new PANDORA Jewelry World Trade Center store is located at 185 Greenwich Street New York NY 10007 at South Concourse, Main Level C2. Hours of operation are Sunday 11 A.M. – 8 P.M., Monday-Saturday 10 A.M. – 9 P.M. For more information on PANDORA, visit http://www.pandora.net. Connect with PANDORA by using #PANDORAstyle and join in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Baume & Mercier Launches Limited Edition Timepieces at McCall’s Motorworks Revival to Celebrate Shelby® Cobra Car Racing Pioneers

August 17th marked the 25th Anniversary of McCall’s annual Motorworks Revival, which has become known as the kickoff party to the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, Drawing thousands to celebrate the finest in aviation and automotive interests.

The event also served as a platform for luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier to introduce four limited edition chronographs that pay homage to Shelby Cobra racecar drivers who competed behind the wheel of the famous Shelby Cobra CSX2128 in the early 1960’s.

Baume and Mercier racing watch

Baume & Mercier honored racecar drivers Dan Gurney (No. #15), Ken Miles (No. #50), Dave MacDonald (No. #97) and Allen Grant (No. #96) with a watch displaying their distinct racecar number as well as incorporating aesthetic elements of the Cobra 289 racecar. Only 15 of each of the four limited edition Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby(R) Cobra chronographs will be available worldwide (No. #15 shown here). For more information about Baume & Mercier, visit http://www.baume-et-mercier.com. (PRNewsFoto/Baume & Mercier)

Baume & Mercier honored racecar drivers Dan Gurney (No. #15), Ken Miles (No. #50), Dave MacDonald (No. #97) and Allen Grant (No. #96) with a watch displaying their distinct racecar number as well as incorporating aesthetic elements the Cobra 289 racecar. Only 15 of each of the four limited edition Legendary Driver Capeland Shelby® Cobra chronographs will be available worldwide. These tribute watches will retail for $4,850 and will be available in North America exclusively at Feldmar Watch Company in Los Angeles, CA and Ca D’Oro in Las Vegas, NV beginning in October 2016. Please contact the retailers directly if interested in additional information.

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Baume & Mercier logo. (PRNewsFoto/Baume & Mercier)

For fans of Baume & Mercier and/or Shelby Cobra, Baume & Mercier has a full Capeland Cobra collection inspired by the legendary racecars. Visit www.baume-et-mercier.com to view current timepieces and learn more about the brand’s ongoing partnership with Shelby Cobra.

Angry Orchard Launches a New Hard Cider in Select U.S. Markets, Nationally in Fall Variety Pack

Angry Orchard Launches a New Hard Cider in Select U.S. Markets, Nationally in Fall Variety Pack

Angry Orchard has announced the introduction of Easy Apple, the newest less sweet, easy-drinking cider. Easy Apple offers drinkers a refreshing hard cider option in the Angry Orchard core collection that’s both lower in calories and sessionable***. The cider will be introduced in 6-packs in select states beginning in August 2016, including: Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arkansas and Rhode Island. Easy Apple will also be available nationwide in the Angry Orchard Fall Orchard Sampler Variety Pack.

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Angry Orchard introduces Easy Apple hard cider: less sweet, madly refreshing. (PRNewsFoto/Angry Orchard)

Easy Apple (4.2% ABV) is crafted with a blend of culinary apples including Braeburn, Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith, and bittersweet apples like Bisquet, Dabinett, Frequin Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey. This less sweet, easy-to-drink hard cider is apple-forward in taste and unfiltered, leaving it with a slightly hazy appearance and a refreshingly dry finish.

With Easy Apple, drinkers will experience a hard cider that not only invokes references to traditional English dry ciders but also delivers a balanced flavor profile that will appeal to a wide range of drinkers, whether they’re fans of popular ciders like Angry Orchard’s flagship, Crisp Apple, or looking for a new easy-drinking alcoholic beverage to try. Easy Apple is less sweet, sessionable and refreshing, while delivering on the complexity of higher ABV ciders in terms of body and mouthfeel.

The hard cider industry has seen explosive growth over the past several years, as drinkers are embracing it as a refreshing, gluten free alternative to craft beer and wine. Cider has a long history in our country, dating back to colonial times, and it’s only recently we’re seeing people rediscovering it in droves. For more than 20 years, the cider makers at Angry Orchard have been experimenting with high quality ingredients and different techniques to help drinkers learn more about the American cider tradition.

Angry Orchard Easy Apple will be available in 6-packs in select markets starting in August 2016 for a suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99 (price varies per market). Easy Apple will also be available nationwide as part of the Fall Orchard Sampler, Angry Orchard’s seasonal variety pack 12-pack, beginning in August 2016.

(***The characteristic of an alcoholic drink (usually a pint of beer) which is suitable for a lengthy drinking session. Usually refering to beer with an ABV between 3.5 and 4 %. Used when a non-pajoritive word is required for a weak beer. – Urban Dictionary)

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Patrice Chéreau’s Acclaimed Staging of Elektra on PBS’s Great Performances at the Met

With Nina Stemme in the Title Role

To Be Aired Sunday, September 18 at 12 p.m. on PBS

Elektra, Richard Strauss’s blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge, comes to THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met. The opera, the final opera production by the legendary director Patrice Chéreau who died in 2013, airs Sunday, September 18 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.)

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Great Performances at the Met, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media. (PRNewsFoto/WNET New York Public Media)

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an extraordinary cast headed by Nina Stemme as the obsessed and bloodthirsty title character. Waltraud Meier sings her first Met performances of Klytämnestra, Elektra’s mother and the object of her fury, with Adrianne Pieczonka as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis; Eric Owens as her exiled brother, Orest; and German tenor Burkhard Ulrich, in his Met debut, as the corrupt monarch Aegisth.

Elektra was originally seen live in movie theaters on April 30 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in over 70 countries around the world. The Live in HD series has reached a record-breaking 20 million viewers since its inception in 2006.

Elektra premiered in Dresden in 1909. Shortly after conquering the opera world with his scandalous masterpiece Salome, Strauss turned to a recent adaptation of Sophocles’s “Electra” by Austrian author Hugo von Hofmannsthal for his next project. The drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power.

The resulting opera (World premiere: Court Opera, Dresden, 1909; Met premiere: December 3, 1932 with Artur Bodanzky conducting and Gertrude Kappel in the title role) is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology.

In the courtyard of the Palace of Mycenae, the servants are wondering whether Elektra will be grieving over her father, as is her daily ritual. Daughter of King Agamemnon and Klytämnestra, Elektra appears and locks herself up in her solitude straight away. The servants all criticize and mock her, except for one, who takes her defense.

By herself, Elektra remembers how Agamemnon was assassinated upon his return from Troy, slain with an axe by Klytämnestra and her lover, Aegisth. Devastated with grief, Elektra is obsessed with the revenge she intends to take together with her sister, Chrysothemis, and her brother, Orest. The latter grew up far away from the palace and Elektra is keenly waiting for him day after day.

Chrysothemis interrupts Elektra, who is caught up in her thoughts, and warns her that Klytämnestra and Aegisth have decided to lock her up in a tower. Chrysothemis asks her sister to renounce vengeance and let life take over again. Elektra rejects the idea with disdain. Continue reading

Bon Appétit Reveals The Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2016

Bon Appetit September 2016 Cover

Bon Appetit, September 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Bon Appetit)

With the release of its September issue, Bon Appétit has unveiled its annual Hot 10 list, crowning the ten best new restaurants in America. Taking the top spot is Atlanta’s Staplehouse, a fully non-profit restaurant built by a devoted family with the support of a community that helped them overcome countless obstacles. Joining past winners like Washington D.C.’s Rose’s Luxury and San Francisco’s AL’s Place, Staplehouse raises the bar with a delicious take on New American cuisine and the inclusion of The Giving Kitchen, a charity created to support restaurant workers in need.

The Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2016 are:

1. Staplehouse (Atlanta, GA)

2. Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.)

3. Lord Stanley (San Francisco, CA)

4. Morcilla (Pittsburgh, PA)

5. Baroo (Los Angeles, CA)

6. South Philly Barbacoa (Philadelphia, PA)

7. Oberlin (Providence, RI)

8. Wildair (New York, NY)

9. Buxton Hall (Asheville, NC)

10. N7 (New Orleans, LA)

It’s a grind, but a fun one,” says deputy editor Andrew Knowlton, who traveled with senior editor Julia Kramer over 5,700 miles to more than 40 cities in search of the restaurants that are defining the way we eat in 2016. “We had more real contenders this year than ever before,” says Knowlton.

No other publication dedicates the time, research, and calorie count that Bon Appétit puts into its best new restaurants list. Spanning September’s entire 46-page feature well, this ode to the American restaurant showcases the energy and distinctive characteristics of each winner with vibrant design, original photography, rigorously tested recipes, and ambitious storytelling.

The September issue is the one we look forward to the most,” says Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport. “This year, we are adding a huge, immersive online element, which will noticeably elevate the experience for our audience.”

For more on the Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2016, check out the full feature on www.bonappetit.com/hot10, where stories will run through September with essays, recipes, and exclusive video features.

Annenberg Space For Photography Presents IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, September 24, 2016 – February 26, 2017

First Exhibition of World-Renowned Photographer’s Full List Series Portraits and Debut of The Trans List, Intimate Portraits of Transgender Pioneers

On September 24, 2016, the Annenberg Space for Photography (2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067) brings together for the first time all 151 photographs in IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits. In addition, the series’ latest installment, The Trans List, will premiere 40 intimate and revealing photographs of members of the transgender community. The Trans List will also debut as an HBO Documentary Film on December 5th, 2016. The never previously exhibited collection of The Trans List portraits will be on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography beside Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ existing images from The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List and The Out List. The List series offers a refreshing and deeply engaging look into race, gender, class, sexuality and ethnicity in America. This exhibition runs through February 2017.Annenberg Space For Photography logo

The List Project began over 10 years ago with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. “I was shooting her portrait for Margaret Garner, an opera for which she had written the libretto,” said Greenfield-Sanders. “During lunch we discussed the extraordinary number of black divas who auditioned for the production. ‘Timothy,’ she said, ‘You should shoot portraits of black divas for a book. I’ll write the text.'”

From there, the idea blossomed into multiple HBO Documentary Films and what is now a collection that spans 151 interviews and photography portraits, eight documentaries, four books, thirteen solo museum exhibitions, two museum catalogs and an educational initiative reaching countless schools and universities. It is unlike any project in media today: riveting, entertaining, and educating people of all ages on multiple platforms, as it humanizes the world in which we live.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, and it creates a new paradigm in the world of photography.

A great portrait does so much more than merely capture its subject,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “It gives us a glimpse into the subject’s humanity, sometimes even a window into the soul. That’s what Timothy Greenfield-Sanders achieves through his extraordinary photographic eye, and I’m delighted that he has turned his lens and his wonderful talent toward the trans community with The Trans List. These stirring and engaging portraits explore the very notion of what separates us and what unites us—how gender and sexuality shape us and define us as people. It’s a highly compelling look at a long-ignored community, and it is truly great art at the same time. To engage and enlighten and astonish, as these photographs do, is the very purpose of the Annenberg Space, and I’m pleased that we’re able to debut this new work.”

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Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ entire “The List” series will be on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography. (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is known for his strikingly intimate portraits of world leaders and major cultural figures. From presidents to porn stars, artists to Oscar winners, Greenfield-Sanders’ work defines a certain cultural photographic canon of our time. His portraits can be found in numerous museum collections; both the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston own limited editions sets of Art World, his 1999 collection of 700 portraits of artists, dealers, collectors and critics. In 2012, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. exhibited all fifty large-scale images from The Black List series. Greenfield-Sanders has produced and directed eleven documentary films to date. He won a Grammy Award for his 1998 film Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart and a NAACP Spirit Award in 2009 for The Black List: Volume 1 (HBO). In 2015, he received the Pratt Legend Award. His recent films include the Sundance premiered doc About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (HBO), The Out List (HBO) and The Women’s List (PBS’ American Masters). Books of Greenfield-Sanders’ work have been published by Atria, Skira, Powerhouse, Bulfinch and Fotofolio.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York and his M.F.A. from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

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Cole Haan Announces Global Flagship Store Opening At Westfield World Trade Center

Cole Haan Joins the World Trade Center Community with a New Design Concept Store

Cole Haan, the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand and retailer, announces the opening of its newest global flagship at Westfield World Trade Center. Located at the World Trade Center‘s Oculus (located at 185 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007), the store features a series of rooms, which is inspired by a residential layout that showcases the brand’s new innovative lifestyle products. This marks the first Northeast location to open with the new Cole Haan store design concept, second in North America following Dallas NorthPark

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The Oculus of the World Trade Center is the 21st Century Grand Central Station,” said Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. “To be a part of a space that holds significant meaning to New Yorkers and the world is incredible for Cole Haan.

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Cole Haan at Westfield World Trade (PRNewsFoto/Cole Haan)

Natural light will filter throughout the space, creating an inviting shopping experience only to be matched by the décor. Each room will have unique finishes of black, white, grey, with hints of navy, brass and hot-rolled steel. A neutral color palette incorporates a blend of traditional and modern design aesthetic with a large scale marble mosaic pattern in the front foyer and herringbone wood floors and paneling throughout. The rooms will also feature custom lighting, millwork and fixtures to highlight the full expression of merchandise including men’s and women’s footwear, apparel, handbags and accessories.

The Oculus is modeled after an image of a child releasing a dove,” explains David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan. “For us to be able to have a place that is so infused with meaning in the lives of every single human being in this city is an honor beyond imagination,” he continued.

To coincide with the opening, Cole Haan will make Uber easily available via the Cole Haan store locator page. With this feature, customers can request an Uber to take them directly to the store by simply pressing the Uber button on the store page. There will also be an option to utilize UberRUSH to deliver products purchased from the store to anywhere in New York City. Customers can receive delivery alerts and track their package in real time. Additionally, the store will execute more than half of all transactions on Mobile POS, which will assist with making the checkout process seamless and expeditious.

Cole Haan continues to expand its store fleet globally,” added Michael Prince, Cole Haan President and Chief Operating Officer. “This location will be our most prominent new global flagship and will serve as a calling card to the rest of the world. As we continue our global expansion, this store will introduce millions to the Cole Haan brand and lifestyle. It will be our most technically advanced store to-date. With the added convenience of UberRUSH and the elimination of a traditional cash wrap, our team is able to focus solely on our customers’ experience,” he concluded. Continue reading

Lexus Taps Fashion Designer Zang Toi For Couture Auto Show Apparel

Lexus Product Specialists to Wear Custom Couture Wardrobe from the “Zang Toi Collection for Lexus” during the 2016/2017 Auto Show Season.

Today Lexus announced the Zang Toi Collection for Lexus, a partnership with globally renowned fashion designer Zang Toi, who will be creating an all-new wardrobe for Lexus auto show product specialists. The Collection will blend the worlds of high-fashion and luxury vehicles, drawing on the attention to detail and craftsmanship that is a signature of both the fashion designer and the car brand.

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Fashion designer, Zang Toi, with the final look of his Fall 2016 Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

The couture apparel will be debuted in September at the Miami Auto Show, with the press day looks debuting in January at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Mr. Toi’s collection will feature four custom looks, making Lexus the only brand on the auto show floor with a wardrobe created and handmade for each product specialist for a perfect look and fit. Refined craftsmanship will be conveyed through details such as hand pick stitching on jacket lapels, hand beading and embroidery on each garment.

The Lexus brand stands for unrivaled luxury and an unrelenting approach to perfection and craftsmanship,” said Mr. Toi. “I wanted to instill a sense of haute-couture that is unique to fashion but is a natural complement to the style and expressiveness already embodied by Lexus vehicles. To have the opportunity to create fashion in a traditionally automotive space was an exhilarating challenge.

Mr. Toi has personally fit the team members. Items, all of which will be made in New York, will include a hand loomed knit dress with handmade lace from Lyon, France, and a knit “alphabet” sweater with the Lexus “L” hand beaded and embroidered. The collection will be rounded out with classic styles, such as a sharply cut jacket with contrast grey sleeves and standup lapel accents.

We admire Zang Toi’s inspired approach to unique and visionary details,” said Brian Bolain, General Manager of Marketing at Lexus. “We are thrilled to be bringing his style, which so perfectly fits with the refinement of our vehicles, to the North American auto show circuit.”

For more information visit http://www.lexus.com

Sixteenth Annual Tribeca Film Festival, Presented By AT&T, Announces Call For Submissions And 2017 Dates, April 19 – April 30

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced that the sixteenth edition will be held April 19– April 30, 2017 in New York City. Additionally, the Festival will also expand its areas of submissions from feature films, short films, and experiential storytelling (Storyscapes) program, to include submissions across all of the programming areas of the Festival. Creators can submit work to debut at the Festival’s industry leading Virtual Arcade (virtual reality, 360 films, and augmented reality), the highly successful television section (episodic storytelling, anticipated premieres, and independent pilots), and N.O.W. program (new online work, stories created specifically for the online space).Tribeca Film Festival 2017 dates main image

The Festival will also continue its Tribeca X Award, launched last year, with a call for submissions for branded storytelling, looking for the best creative collaborations at the intersection of entertainment and brands.

“Tribeca is a forward thinking storytelling festival and we have been supporting work that goes beyond the big screen for many years. As the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community and new distribution models emerge we feel it is the right time to expand and support artists on these growing platforms in a broader way,” said Festival Director Genna Terranova.

As one of the premiere festivals supporting female storytelling Tribeca will continue to encourage female filmmakers through The Nora Ephron Prize which began four years ago and annually awards $25,000 to a female filmmaker whose work embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron.

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Also announced was the promotion of Cara Cusumano to Director of Programming who began working at Tribeca in 2008. In her new role she will be responsible for spearheading the feature film and TV programming. She will work alongside EVP Paula Weinstein, Festival Director Genna Terranova, Artistic Director Frederic Boyer, and VP of shorts Sharon Badal, and the programming team: Liza Domnitz (features and online work), Loren Hammonds (virtual reality and features), Ian Hollander (features), Ben Thompson (shorts), and Tribeca Film Institute’s Ingrid Kopp (Storyscapes) and Opeyemi Olukemi (interactive).

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

  • September 6, 2016: SUBMISSIONS OPEN.
  • October 19, 2016: EARLY DEADLINE for feature and short films, TV and episodic storytelling, and new online work.
  • November 23, 2016: OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE A for feature films, TV and episodic storytelling, and new online work.
  • December 2, 2016: OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE B for short films and all experiential storytelling.
  • December 14, 2016: LATE ENTRY DEADLINE for feature length world-premiere films only and TV and episodic work.
  • January 13, 2017: EARLY DEADLINE for Tribeca X award.
  • February 15, 2017: OFFICIAL DEADLINE for Tribeca X award.

Submissions rules and regulations and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival are now available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212-941-2305.Tribeca Film Festival 2017 VR instagram

Miami Beach Chefs Spice it Up for Two Month Foodfest

From August through the end of September, restaurants across Miami Beach will once again host the popular Miami Spice promotion, offering three course, signature dishes by world renowned chefs to residents and visitors at super affordable prices: Lunch $23 and Dinner $39. It is one of the most anticipated times of the year, giving restaurant guests the opportunity to partake in their tried and true favorites or be a bit more adventurous and try some of the more daring and exciting meals on the menu. During Miami Spice, there is something for everyone.Miami Spice

The entire city looks forward to Miami Spice,” notes Peggy Benua, Chair, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “Chefs in this city are bold tastemakers who aren’t afraid to bring their audacious vision to the kitchen and the table with dishes like crab toast, wahoo taradito and mushroom fricassee among many others. This year, diners will have no lack of choice, flavor or portions to suit their tastes.

It’s going to be a fun month of food as Miami Beach’s most innovative chefs roll out their inimitable and distinctive selections for discerning diners. And they’re not holding back on creativity; restaurant-goers can expect to sample a range of incredible ingredients and flavors including green hummus, garlic chimichurri, roast beets, sage butter with sausage, braised greens with lemon-rosemary vinaigrette and Balsamic strawberries with pistachio crumble among many other savory and sweet plates. (See the list of participating restaurant here.) 

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Michael Pirolo, head chef of Miami Beach’s Macchialina says, “I am looking forward to Miami Spice this year. We’ve become known for offering all of our signature dishes [during Miami Spice] so you can look forward to more of our creamy polenta this year on our Spice menu.

Looking to spice it up? Then check out these restaurants and their chefs as they present some of their out-of-this-world dishes during Miami Spice and check out the Miami Spice website for a full list of participating restaurants.

SWEET LIBERTY

Located in the Collins Park area of Miami Beach, Sweet Liberty is the creation of award-winning bartenders John Lermayer and Dan Binkiewicz along with restaurateur David Martinez. Recently named the Best New American Bar at the annual Spirited Awards, this is a surefire option for world-class cocktails and creative American food.

Try the: Watermelon gazpacho appetizer, Crunchy green salad and Skirt Steak with terragon bernaise

THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS

This playful restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck brings to life one of the most popular culinary experiences in the city. Helmed by James Beard award-Winning chef José Andrés, the bar and lounge also offer $1 oysters during weeknight oyster hour, a live DJ Tuesday to Friday nights, and happy hour specials during the week.

Try the: Tomato Heirloom salad, braised lamb shank with lemon preserve risotto and the crepes with sautéed apples flambé and rum

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Top chef mentor and judge, Tom Colicchio, joined the already robust roster of celebrity chefs in Miami Beach with the opening of Beachcraft in 2015. The farm-to-table concept brings guests into an open kitchen where locally caught fish, home-made pastas, and organic ingredients are featured on the menu.

Try the: Chicken liver toast appetizer, roasted fish with braised greens and the house made donut with key lime curd and toasted meringue

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Macchialina has been a local Miami Beach favorite for 4 years with its casual neighborhood vibe and bold seasonally-inspired cuisine. Chef Pirolo is the most starred chef in Miami and continues to garner praise among critics with his soulful yet sophisticated Italian fare.

Try the: Sausage ragu appetizer, the spaghetti pomodoro and the vanilla panna cotta with pistachio crumble

The Food Channel’s Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition Returns

Anne Burrell And Rachael Ray Whip Brand-New Roster Of Cooking-Challenged Stars Into Culinary Shape.

Eight-Episode Special Series Premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm

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Mentors Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell with the contestants on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition – (left to right) Kenya Moore, John Henson, Barbara Eden, Loni Love, Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray, Tommy Davidson, Mindy Cohn, Matt Dallas, Nicole Sullivan, and Mike Sorrentino as seen on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, Season 9.

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition is back for a second helping with food masters Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray each leading a team of celebrity cooking disasters through an intense culinary boot camp where the most improved cook wins $50,000 for their charity, as well as bragging rights for their team leader. The celebrity recruits are: Mindy Cohn, Matt Dallas, Tommy Davidson, Barbara Eden, John Henson, Loni Love, Kenya Moore, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Nicole Sullivan. (Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition is produced by Optomen Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.)

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) and the winner is named during the season finale on Wednesday, November 2nd at 9pm.

In the first episode, Burrell and Ray assess the skill of the recruits by having each celebrity cook a dish using some unique ingredients from Hollywood gift swag bags. Then, the recruits are taught to prepare a post-party simple steak and eggs dish, which proves to be much harder than expected for these clueless cooks. After each mentor pick teams, one celebrity is sent back to Tinsel Town and the recruits learn that boot camp is no walk down the red carpet. Upcoming episodes feature Oktoberfest-themed beer and sausage challenges, a Halloween Bloody Mary battle and the return of trivia game Family Food. Guests include last season’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition winner Jenni “Jwoww” Farley and runner-up Kendra Wilkinson, television personality Sara Gore and Cooking Channel’s Laura Vitale.

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Mentors Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell pose, as seen on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Season 9.

With Anne and Rachael at the helm of this star-studded cooking boot camp, the competition is fierce and the laughs are non-stop,” said Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. “The celebrities enter as comical kitchen disasters, and watching them gain culinary confidence is entertaining and ultimately inspiring.”

Viewers can watch hilarious exclusive video starring the celebs, see highlights, get culinary tips, vote for their favorite recruits and more at www.FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks.

 

 

The Entertainment Community Unites For onePULSE: A Benefit For Orlando In Hollywood, CA

Notable Industry Names, Companies and Luminaries Partner for August 19th Event to Honor and Remember the Victims of Orlando Shooting Tragedy

Proceeds Raised from the Event will Benefit the onePULSE Foundation and the National Compassion Fund to Serve Those Affected by the Tragedy and Build a Permanent Memorial

In a powerful show of collaboration and support, leading names, artists and businesses in the entertainment community are teaming up in an event to honor as well as raise much needed funds for the victims of the Orlando tragedy. onePULSE: A Benefit for Orlando is a unique partnership effort to raise in support of onePULSE Foundation (www.onePULSEFoundation.org), the official 501(c)(3) entity incorporated by the owners of the Pulse Nightclub._Gggkm18

For over twelve years, Pulse was a destination that welcomed everyone and embraced the LGBTQ community. It had been a place immersed in joy and music, and one that united Orlando’s diverse communities. Founded by Barbara Poma and Ron Legler in the memory of Barbara’s late brother, John, who passed away in 1991, the name Pulse was chosen to keep his pulse beating on. Pulse Nightclub in turn became the heartbeat of Orlando and the spiritual home of the LGBTQ community.

On June 12th, 2016 Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy took 49 lives, and injured 53 others, and left a deep wound in both the Orlando community and around the world.

The genesis of Pulse Nightclub began with honoring the heart and vibrant spirit of my late brother many years ago, but at this moment we have an even greater call to action,” said Poma. “With the help of some incredibly generous partners, we are grateful to lean on the platform that the industry provides to spread love and support to those affected by this tragedy. I am awed by how quickly so many individuals have come together in a common cause. Our goal is to create a true family community. No amount of hate can destroy that bond. We will heal together.”CoyGnz9XYAAvdsj

The August 19th event will be held at the recently launched NeueHouse Hollywood, aligning artists, activists, and survivors in a program that honors those taken by the tragedy with tributes to the heroes and victims of the Orlando shooting.

The diverse presentation from the Hollywood community will include Poma and will feature an exclusive video that interviews both survivors and families of the victims, some of whom will be in attendance at the event, along with a special video message from President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.

The evening is supported by many leading names in the industry, and the onePULSE Foundation will raise additional funds through their generous donations. Via partners CharityBuzz, Prizeo and Omaze, those who want to support the initiative beyond the text to donate campaign can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences donated by supporters who include Mark Cuban, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Cyndi Lauper, Sir Richard Branson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, LP, Robbie Rogers and many others.

Entertainment industry leaders supporting the benfit and the foundation include Virgin Produced, iHeartMedia, Universal, private work collective for creative entrepreneurs NeueHouse Hollywood and the City of Los Angeles which have also lent their support to the campaign. In support of the initiative, Virgin America guests will soon be able to donate inflight by going to the shop: make a difference section of the RED ® in-flight entertainment system as well.

All proceeds raised through individual donors, corporate sponsorship – and via the text PULSE to 91999 donation campaign – will benefit the onePULSE Foundation, whose mission is to provide assistance to victims of the attack at Pulse Nightclub and build a permanent memorial at the Pulse Nightclub site. Through the end of 2016, ninety percent of monies raised through this campaign will be granted to the National Compassion Fund*** (www.nationalcompassionfund.org), developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime, and designated to support those affected by the June 12th tragedy. The remaining proceeds from the event and campaign will contribute to the creation of a permanent memorial at the existing site of Pulse Nightclub, providing a sanctuary of hope dedicated to the lives affected and taken by the tragedy in Orlando, FL.

The horror of this attack on the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities prompted the generosity of people from around the world. We are honored to serve as steward of these funds and ensure that we receive in the name of victims is distributed directly to them,” said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

We look forward to collaborating with all those who support this mission so that this is a unified effort, made possible not by one person but by and for everyone who wants to help,” added Poma.

For more information on how to join or support the onePULSE coalition as an individual or business, please visit: www.onepulsefoundation.org.

***The National Compassion Fund, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #30-0022798 and Florida Registration #CH21962, California Registration #11015), provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime, such as a shooting or terrorist attack. It serves donors by honoring their intent and crime victims by distributing donations directly to them, in a fair and transparent way and has been developed in partnership with victims and family members from past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and 9/11. The National Compassion Fund (The Fund).

Donald J. Pliner Returns To Footwear Industry Launching “From the Mountains of Italy” and “From the Beaches of Spain”, the Femme and Homme Collections

Following the year-long completion of a non-complete clause (after having sold his company), iconic footwear designer Donald J. Pliner has returned to the industry as the designer for “From the Mountains of Italy” and “From the Beaches of Spain,” the Femme and Homme Collections. The collections were presented to the media and retailers in early August 2016 during FFANY at his stunning new Penthouse Showroom at 14 East 60th Street in New York and will also be showcased at FN PLATFORM in Las Vegas. This marks the first time in over 27 years that he finds himself as an independent designer, away from the eponymous label Donald J Pliner™ he founded in 1989.

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Everything I design revolves around the two most important classes I took in design school – Anatomy and Portraiture. Anatomy for the comfort and Portraiture to keep the eye engaged. This has long been my signature style. It’s simply the way I think,” says Pliner. “Colors and materials come first, then the designs, but most important exceptionally comfortable fashion.”

Pliner personally designed the two new collections, spending the last month directing and overseeing the creation of every style first hand in Italy and Spain. Each style is meticulously and expertly beaded, embroidered, and embellished by hand onto the lavish uppers of haircalf, white ostrich, silk and mesh elastic prints, crocodile embossed calfskin, nappa and vachetta leathers, black and pearled patents, and washed suedes. All colors and materials within the collections are seamlessly coordinated in a palette of saturated colors, distinctive prints and bold embroidered designs.

Femme collectionsFrom the Mountains of Italy” and “From the Beaches of Spain” include sneakers, smoking slippers, chic slides, footbed sandals, madras wrapped wedges, kitten heels, mules, and stacked platforms.

Homme collectionsFrom the Mountains of Italy” and “From the Beaches of Spain” showcase sneakers, smoking slippers, monk straps, oxfords, Chelsea boots, loafers, drivers, and espadrilles. The vast array of styles across the collections are brimming with comfort features ideal for walking such as extra cushioned insoles, rocker bottoms, and rubber soles.

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Penthouse Showroom: “From the Mountains of Italy” & “From the Beaches of Spain” Femme and Homme Collections (PRNewsFoto/Donald J. Pliner)

“From jeans to tuxedo dressing.”: The quality of detail and the uniqueness of designs in these collections are of a level normally only found in bespoke footwear. The collections offer exceptional craftsmanship and luxury comfort with price ranging from $250 to $475 rsp.

In other news, Castanea Partners (Owners of DJP Holdings, LLC) is suing Pliner to stop him from launching his new footwear collections. DJP Holdings, LLC filed a lawsuit against Pliner and his wife Lisa Pliner, trying to keep them from proceeding with his new collections.

In 2011, Pliner sold a majority stake in his namesake brand to a private equity firm, Castanea Partners. At the time the new partners recognized that his “talents and abilities” were “unique” and that they were “integral to the success of the company.” After the sale, Pliner remained as Creative Director for the brand. In the following years, however, it became apparent that the new majority partners and the newly appointed management had a different vision for the brand than its founder.

Last year, Pliner stepped down as its Creative Director when he realized that he could no longer identify with the direction the brand was taking. “It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I have decided to leave the company I founded,” said Pliner in a 2015 statement, announcing his departure.

Regarding the new legal action initiated against him by the owners of the namesake brand he founded, designer Donald J. Pliner says: “I am sad and disappointed by this news. In an effort not to publicly harm the brand and the value of the company I founded and in which I hold a minority interest, I did not seek a public confrontation. Instead, I fully complied with my contract obligations after the one-year non-compete period. I just launched two new collections meant to present my vision, craftsmanship, and personalized attention to the public. The only explanation I have is that this must be a misguided attempt to prevent the launch of my new collections. I am delighted to return to my passion of designing, and feel the same joy and excitement for my two new collections that I felt 27 years ago when I founded a brand I believed in. With all of my heart, I want to thank my wife Lisa, daughter Starr (can you believe she just turned 12), my family, my friends, my team, my longstanding buyers who have expressed their support and encouragement, and most of all – my fans for all of your excitement and warm reception. You keep me young and keep my passion alive. In my heart, I am hopeful that Donald J Pliner™ (the brand) and the designer Donald J. Pliner can find a way to co-exist and be one again.

Fall 2016 Art Preview: The Philadelphia Museum of Art Announces Full Slate of Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Exhibitions

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130) is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition. The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount at the northwest end of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum administers collections containing over 227,000 objects including major holdings of European, American and Asian origin. The various classes of artwork include sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor and decorative arts.Philadelphia Museum of Art logo

The Museum administers several annexes including the Rodin Museum, also located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, which is located across the street just north of the main building. The Perelman Building, which opened in 2007, houses more than 150,000 prints, drawings and photographs, along with 30,000 costume and textile pieces, and over 1,000 modern and contemporary design objects including furniture, ceramics and glasswork. The museum also administers the historic colonial-era houses of Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove, both located in Fairmount Park.

The full slate of exhibitions scheduled for the upcoming year will feature classic furniture from an historical Philadelphia home, the re-opening of the newly renovated South Asia Galleries, a major show highlighting works from Mexico’s greatest Modernist artists and a newly acquired work by the acclaimed Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat.

Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House

September 3, 2016–January 1, 2017

Curators: Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts; Peggy Olley, Associate Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork

Location: Lynne and Harold Honickman Gallery and Muriel and Philip Berman Gallery

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Sideboard, 1808 designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, (Purchased with the gift [by exchange] of Mrs. Alex Simpson, Jr., and A. Carson Simpson, and with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Raley and various donors, 1986-126-3) Photograph by Gavin Ashworth, New York

This exhibition will showcase a set of furniture designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and made in Philadelphia in 1808 for the home of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln, which stood at the southeast corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. The Museum’s ten surviving pieces of furniture from the Walns’ original set will be shown in a new light, after a comprehensive five-year curatorial study and conservation treatment. It will highlight the team of makers—the designer (Latrobe), the builder (John Aitken), the painter (George Bridport), and the upholsterer (John Rea) who ushered a new style of classical art into American interiors. The Walns’ drawing rooms and their furniture provided a setting imitating the art and culture of ancient Greece. The exhibition considers Latrobe’s groundbreaking “klismos” chair design and will reveal the London-trained Bridport as a visionary who translated Latrobe’s design for the walls into classical designs for the painted furniture and whose work is represented today only by the surviving Waln furniture. Through the use of large-scale computer renderings and various other interactive elements, visitors will be able to explore the way the house’s two drawing rooms were furnished and how their settings interacted with the rest of the house and the gardens, which were also designed by Latrobe. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.

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Furniture Grouping: Side Chairs, Sideboard, Card Table, and Sofa, 1808, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Photograph by Gavin Ashworth, New York

Support for this exhibition is provided by The Richard C. von Hess Foundation and The Laura and William C. Buck Endowment for Exhibitions, as well as Linda H. Kaufman, Stiles Tuttle Colwill, Kathy and Ted Fenberger, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, Boo and Morris Stroud, and other generous donors. The publication is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Conservation support was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Richard C. von Hess Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Fall 2016 Art Preview: Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Curators: Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will premiere an ambitious new project this fall by Bruce Nauman. Since the 1960s, Nauman’s work has questioned the very nature of what constitutes art and being an artist, probed the possibilities of the body as subject and tool for performance, and explored the relationship between language and meaning. A pioneer of performance art, durational practices, and time-based media, Nauman has established a conceptually rigorous approach across sculpture, sound, installation, film, and video that continues to inspire younger generations of artists working in these forms today.

The installation takes as its point of departure his seminal video work Walk with Contrapposto of 1968, in which the artist performed an exaggerated walk along a tall narrow corridor that he had built in order to stage the action. Nauman’s new work, which is titled Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, consists of seven large scale video projections with sound in an installation specifically scaled for two galleries in the Museum on the occasion of its premiere. In each of the projections, Nauman is seen from two viewpoints walking in contrapposto, his image rendered both in positive and negative, and at times fragmented and stacked in two horizontal strata.

(For additional information, please go to https://fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/fall-2016-art-preview-bruce-nauman-contrapposto-studies-i-through-vii-at-the-philadelphia-museum-of-art/)

New South Asia Art Galleries, Re-opening October 2, 2016

Curator: Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art

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Indra, Lord of Storms and King of the Gods’ Realm, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, c. 1200, Mercury-gilded copper alloy with spinel rubies, rock crystal, and turquoise, 15 7/8 × 9 3/4 × 8 1/2 inches (40.3 × 24.8 × 21.6 cm), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stella Kramrisch Collection (1994-148-596)

The Museum undertook a comprehensive transformation of the galleries dedicated to its outstanding collection of art from the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayan regions. It updated the physical gallery space and re-imagined how the masterworks tell their stories. The overarching purpose was to inspire curiosity, to ignite emotion, and to deepen visitor engagement with the art and cultures of South Asia.

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Amara Beah (The Immortal Marriage) Shiva and his wife Parvati at home in the Himalayas, c. 1700-1725, Mankot, Himachal Pradesh, (Pahari region) India, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Image: 9 × 6 1/8 inches (22.9 × 15.6 cm) Sheet: 11 3/8 × 8 9/16 inches (28.9 × 21.7 cm), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stella Kramrisch Collection (1994-148-509)

The Museum’s exceptional collection of art from the Indian subcontinent gained prominence in 1919, with the donation of a South Indian temple hall, making Philadelphia the only place outside Asia where a visitor could experience the sculpted figures and architecture unique to the temples of India. Dr. Stella Kramrisch (1896–1993), one of the twentieth century’s preeminent historians of India’s art, built the Museum’s South Asian collections, expanding them to include a full range of sculptures, paintings, textiles, and folk arts from across the subcontinent along with masterpieces of Buddhist art from Tibet. She donated over one thousand works of art. In recent decades, all aspects of the collection have been further enriched by important gifts and acquisitions including, notably, the bequest of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak’s extensive collection of Indian “miniature” paintings in 2004.

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Tara, Goddess of Compassion, 18th-19th century, Made in Dolon Nor, Duolun County, Chahar Province, Inner Mongolia, China, Gilded bronze, Approximately: 45 x 38 x 26 inches (114.3 x 96.5 x 66 cm), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of John T. Morris (1911-98)

The re-installation of the Museum’s galleries of South Asian Art was made possible by the Estate of Phyllis T. Ballinger, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hersha, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Gupta Family Foundation Ujala, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and The McLean Contributionship. Additional funds were contributed by Steve and Gretchen Burke, Sailesh and Manidipa Chowdhury, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kimelman, Mr. and Mrs. Shantanu RoyChowdhury, Pamela and Ajay Raju, the Jones Wajahat Family, Drs. Julia A. and Eugene P. Ericksen, Ira Brind and Stacey Spector, Lyn M. Ross, Andrea Baldeck M.D., Shanta and Sumana Ghosh, Dr. Krishna Lahiri, David and Jean Yost, and other generous donors.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950

October 25, 2016–January 6, 2017

Curators: Matthew Affron, The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Mark A. Castro, Project Assistant Curator, European Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Dafe Cruz Porchini, Postdoctoral Researcher, Colegio de México, Mexico City and Renalto González Mello, Director of the Institute for Aesthetic Investigation, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Location: Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries

Self Portrait on the Border between Mexico and the United States of America, 1932 (oil on tin)

Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932, by Frida Kahlo (Colección Maria y Manuel Reyero, New York) © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in partnership with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, will present a landmark exhibition that takes a new and long overdue look at an extraordinary moment in the history of Mexican art. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be seen in the United States in more than seven decades and will feature an extraordinary range of images, from portable murals and large and small paintings to prints and photographs, books and broadsheets. Some of the finest works by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, including Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, will be presented, along with works that show the broader panorama of Mexican art during this period, as well as the historical context in which the visual arts played an important role. In this country, Paint the Revolution, will be seen only in Philadelphia before traveling to Mexico City in 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in English and Spanish.

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Liberation of the Peon, 1931, by Diego Rivera (Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris, 1943-46-1) © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Paint the Revolution is co-organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. Bank of America is the National Sponsor. In Philadelphia, the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, PECO, Christie’s, Bimbo Bakeries USA, The Mexican Society of Philadelphia in honor of Henry Clifford, and The Annenberg Foundation for Major Exhibitions, with additional support from Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, Martha Hamilton Morris and I. Wistar Morris III, G. Theodore and Nancie Burkett, an anonymous donor, and other generous donors.

MEX Image 10 - Dance in Tehuantepec

Dance in Tehuantepec, 1928, by Diego Rivera (Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr. Collection) © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The accompanying catalogue in English and Spanish is made possible by the Mary Street Jenkins Foundation. The English language edition is additionally supported by the Davenport Family Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Exhibition travel courtesy of American Airlines

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Fall 2016 Art Preview: Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Curators: Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Erica F. Battle, The John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will premiere an ambitious new project this fall by Bruce Nauman. Since the 1960s, Nauman’s work has questioned the very nature of what constitutes art and being an artist, probed the possibilities of the body as subject and tool for performance, and explored the relationship between language and meaning. A pioneer of performance art, durational practices, and time-based media, Nauman has established a conceptually rigorous approach across sculpture, sound, installation, film, and video that continues to inspire younger generations of artists working in these forms today.

Working in sculpture, film and video, installation, performance, and sound, Bruce Nauman is one of the most influential artists of his generation. He was born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of California, Davis. After graduate school, Nauman occupied a storefront studio in the space of an old grocery store in San Francisco. There, an old neon beer sign served as inspiration for Nauman’s celebrated neon, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, which became a major acquisition by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007. Nauman’s first solo debut in New York was at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1968, and his first major museum survey was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972. In 1994, Nauman’s traveling retrospective and catalogue raisonné were organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Following the presentation of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens at the official U.S. entry to the 53rd Venice Biennale, Nauman’s two new sound works produced in concert with that project, Days and Giorni, had their United States premiere at the Museum in 2009. (The artist lives in New Mexico with his wife, the artist Susan Rothenberg.)

The installation takes as its point of departure his seminal video work Walk with Contrapposto of 1968, in which the artist performed an exaggerated walk along a tall narrow corridor that he had built in order to stage the action. Nauman’s new work, which is titled Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, consists of seven large scale video projections with sound in an installation specifically scaled for two galleries in the Museum on the occasion of its premiere. In each of the projections, Nauman is seen from two viewpoints walking in contrapposto, his image rendered both in positive and negative, and at times fragmented and stacked in two horizontal strata.

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Video still from Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, 2016, Bruce Nauman, Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York, ©Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Contrapposto translates as “counterpose” from the Italian and refers to a pose that first appeared in Greek classical sculpture to introduce dynamism into the representation of the figure. Nauman’s original appropriation of the pose in motion in 1968 questioned the boundaries between performance and sculpture through the relatively new medium of video. In 2016, he transforms his original gesture by exposing it to digital manipulation and recombination, which give the appearance of his body alternatively coming together and disintegrating while remaining the stable focus of the composition. The soundtrack of each projection captures the multiplicity of the artist’s movements, which are seen both forwards and backwards, compounding the relationship between the aural and the visual experience of his action. Through the combined effects of Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, Nauman dwells on the history and possibility of representation while elliptically referencing his own biography.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “Part of what is extraordinary in Nauman’s work is his ability to choreograph with space, movement and sound. The monumental nature of this new work offers an all-encompassing experience that commands our attention and underscores the Museum’s committment to presenting the most exciting art of our time.

Basualdo added: ”This new work by Nauman is both a video installation and an amazing sound composition. That he has used a foundational moment in the history of Western sculpture to create a rich field of interrelated references, across media as well as time, is a testimony to his status as one of the most important artists working today.”

The installation builds upon the Museum’s deep commitment to the artist. In 2009, the Museum organized a three-site exhibition of his work representing the United States in the 53rd Venice Biennale of 2009 that garnered the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Following the premiere of Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, the Museum will dedicate one of its permanent collection galleries to a long-term presentation of select works by Nauman.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Daniel W. Dietrich II Fund for Excellence in Contemporary Art, and by Isabel and Agustín Coppel

Concurrent Exhibition: The Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York, which has represented the artist since 1975, will present a complementary new work by Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, i through vii, from September 10 until October 29. Consisting of seven projections with sound, the work reverses the direction of the artist’s movements in Contrapposto Studies, I through VII as well as the sequence of the individual projections.

Olga Launches Flirty Line, A Sexy Intimates Collection Available In Expanded Size Range

New Collection Provides Stylish, Supportive Bras to More Women in the Brand’s Largest Size Range Offering Ever

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Olga, a subsidiary company of PVH Corp. and a leading intimate apparel brand for curvy and fuller-busted women, introduces OlgaFlirty, a collection of bras and panties featuring sexy details like lace and plunging necklines. The collection includes four bra styles – a balconette, deep plunge, deep plunge with lace and an unlined underwire – along with a coordinating panty.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui Invites Guests to Dream Bigger with Highly Customizable Unforgettable Experiences

New Exclusive Series Connects Guests to the Best of Maui and Beyond, With Personalization Top of Mind.

Responding to the ever-increasing demand for personalized experiential travel, Four Seasons Resort Maui has just announced the Unforgettable Experiences collection. Each experience was born out of the creativity of the Resort’s Guest Experience and Concierge teams, who have been tailor-making experiences like these for discerning guests for years. The collection of Unforgettable Experiences serves as starter ideas for the next guest seeking an out-of-the-box and over-the-top way to experience the island.

Our staff is comprised of the most seasoned, resourceful hospitality experts in Hawaii,” says General Manager of the luxury resort on Maui, Jean Claude Wietzel.At a time when the vast majority of resorts are outsourcing their concierge services to third-party vendors, our in-house concierge team remains dedicated to delivering incredible Maui experiences for our discerning guests.”

Here are the Unforgettable Experiences available for customization so far:MAU_1405_aspect16x9

  • Kona Coffee Helicopter Tour – Kona coffee has earned the respect of coffee aficionados worldwide. Four Seasons Maui invites guests to immerse themselves in this uniquely Hawaiian culture of coffee by traveling to Maui’s neighbor island via private Paradise Helicopters charter, where they will land on a Big Island coffee estate for an exclusive owner-led farm-to-cup tour and brunch. The flight back is half the fun, as guests soar above active lava flows and majestic sea cliffs.

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  • Maui Photo Adventure—Four Seasons Maui guests travel deeper alongside professional fine art photographer Daniel Sullivan.  Sullivan, who specializes in documenting vanishing cultures, has recently published a photo book that immortalizes Maui’s legendary King’s Highway. Guests will find themselves far off the beaten path, as Sullivan shares not only his knowledge of the intricate culture and landscape of Maui, but photography tips along the way, in this tour perfectly suited for photography novices and professionals alike.

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    The award-winning Serenity Pool at The Four Seasons Resort Maui.

  • Serenity Pool After Hours – Among the World’s Best Hotel Pools reported by Condé Nast Traveler and one of Robb Report’s Best of the Best resort swimming pools, the Serenity Pool is now available for guests seeking a truly enchanted evening. As fire pits blaze and lights from neighboring islands twinkle in the distance, the Resort’s most coveted spot becomes a private oasis after nightfall. The night is highly customizable, starting with personally prepared multi-course dinner by Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst created for guests via private consultation.

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    Serenity Pool After Hours

  • Whale Watch Photo Excursion (seasonal: December-May) – Join Four Seasons Resort Maui artists-in-residence, underwater photography duo Dan and John Cesere, on an incomparable whale watching excursion. The Cesere Brothers are two of Maui’s leading whale experts, as they are part of the Keiki Kohola humpback whale research team that is dedicated to preserving Maui’s waters. Whether guests want to dive into the tricks of underwater photography or just learn from the brothers aboard, the Maui whale watching photo adventure will be one-of-a-kind. (Tours do not include underwater photography of humpback whales, but focus on Maui’s other plentiful and vibrant marine life.)

This is just the beginning,” explains Guest Experience Manager Shermaine Rodrigues, who manages the Resort’s top-tiered suite guests.Building personalized Unforgettable Experiences has become part of our day-to-day here—for my team and the Concierge team.  It’s gratifying to be able to show off a part of the island or the Resort in a way that resonates with each guest individually.”

To customize an Unforgettable Experience in Maui, contact the Resort’s on-site concierge team.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art to Present Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950, Most Comprehensive Exhibition of Mexican Modern Art in the United States in 70 Years

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Paint the Revolution Will Travel to the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, in 2017.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 is co-organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.

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Optic Parable, 1931, by Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Philadelphia Museum of Art: 125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, © Colette Urbajte/Asosciacion Manuel Alvarez Bravo

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, (215) 763-8100), in partnership with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, will present a landmark exhibition that takes a new and long overdue look at an extraordinary moment in the history of Mexican art. Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (October 25, 2016–January 6, 2017, Location: Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, Philadelphia Museum of Art) will explore the rich and fascinating story of a period of remarkable change. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Mexican modernism to be seen in the United States in more than seven decades and will feature an extraordinary range of images, from portable murals and large and small paintings to prints and photographs, books and broadsheets. In this country, Paint the Revolution, will be seen only in Philadelphia before traveling to Mexico City in 2017.

Self Portrait on the Border between Mexico and the United States of America, 1932 (oil on tin)

Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932, by Frida Kahlo (Colección Maria y Manuel Reyero, New York) © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Museum’s rich collections of Mexican art have served as the inspiration for Paint the Revolution.T he Museum’s holdings in this field are among the most important in the United States. They range from pre-Columbian sculptures to colonial-era paintings and ceramics and to such twentieth-century masterpieces as Self-Portrait with Popocatépetl (1928) by Dr. Atl, Three Nudes (1930) by Julio Castellanos, Bicycle Race (1938) by Antonio Ruiz, War (1939) by David Alfaro Siqueiros, The Mad Dog (1943) by Rufino Tamayo, and two portable frescoes – Liberation of the Peon and Sugar Cane (both from 1931) – by Diego Rivera. The Museum also houses a significant number of works on paper from this period, including drawings and photographs as well as an extensive collection of prints, many of which were featured in the 2006 exhibition Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920 to 1950.

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Homage to the Indian Race, 1952, by Rufino Tamayo (Acervo CONACULTA–INBA, Museo de Arte Moderno)

The exhibition takes its title from an essay called “Paint the Revolution” by the American novelist John Dos Passos who traveled to Mexico City in 1926-27 and witnessed the murals created by Diego Rivera that celebrate the ideals of the Mexican Revolution. In order to represent Mexican muralism and share with visitors masterpieces by Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros, the exhibition will present in digital form three important murals created by these three artists—often called los tres grandes (the three great ones)—in Mexico and the United States.

This exhibition is curated by a team of specialists including Matthew Affron, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art; Mark A. Castro, Project Assistant Curator, European Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Dafne Cruz Porchini, Postdoctoral Researcher, Colegio de México, Mexico City; and Renato González Mello, Director of the Institute for Aesthetic Investigation, National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Barricade, 1931, by José Clemente Orozco (Museum of Modern Art, New York: Given anonymously, 468.1937) © José Clemente Orozco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico

Matthew Affron stated: Paint the Revolution will touch on all aspects of modern art in Mexico. Though the mural painting tradition remains that country’s best-known contribution to modernism in the visual arts, it is part of a much broader story. Artists were innovating in every possible medium, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Their work cut across all classifications, from the epic to the lyric. Visitors to the exhibition will find many surprises.”

Paint the Revolution spans four momentous decades. It will begin by surveying modern art in Mexico City during the revolutionary decade of the 1910s, clearly demonstrating that while many artists engaged with international avant-garde styles, such as Impressionism, Symbolism, and Cubism, they also infused their work with facets of ancient and modern Mexican culture. The exhibition will also explore the artistic experimentation and social idealism of the early post-Revolutionary period, when painters rallied to support the government’s program of national reconstruction and there was growing international recognition of Mexico’s cultural importance. It will also consider the principal avant-garde groups—such as the Stridentists and the Contemporaries—active in Mexico City during this period who pursued alternative directions in post-revolutionary culture, turning away from folkloric and historical subjects and focusing on themes of modern urban life.

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The Epic of American Civilization (detail), 1932–34, by José Clemente Orozco (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College), © Jose Clemente Orozco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City

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Mexico City, 1949, by Juan O’Gorman (Acervo CONACULTA–INBA, Museo de Arte Moderno), © Juan O’Gorman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City

In the 1920s and 1930s the development of a vibrant support network and a robust market for modern art in the United States drew Mexican artists northward. The exhibition will follow a number of Mexican painters during their American sojourns, highlighting images with both Mexican and U.S. themes, and focusing on works that dramatized the encounter between south and north, between Hispano- and Anglo-America. Paint the Revolution will conclude with the renewal of socially and politically oriented art in Mexico from the mid-1930s through the aftermath of the Second World War. Continue reading