Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2019 Holiday Opening Night Gala Benefit Performance And Party Honors Philanthropist Elaine Wynn & The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation

One-Night-Only Program Will Include Two Merce Cunningham Centennial Solos and Special Performance to Memorialize Opera Great Jessye Norman

Celebration Launches Ailey’s Holiday Season at New York City Center, December 4 – January 5

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will launch a five-week holiday season on December 4 with a star-studded gala benefit performance at New York City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom. The special evening celebrates philanthropist Elaine Wynn and the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation. Wynn’s generous contributions have supported the creation of new works as well as the Elaine Wynn & Family Education Wing, which in 2017 added three floors – featuring four dance studios and two classrooms – to The Joan Weill Center for Dance, New York’s largest building dedicated to dance.

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The one-night only performance at 7pm will feature two Merce Cunningham Centennial Solos that were part of this year’s 100th anniversary celebration of his birth – marking the first time this landmark choreographer’s work will be seen on the Ailey stage – as well as a special excerpt of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Channels to honor and memorialize opera great Jessye Norman, set to her recorded performance of a Johannes Brahms lied – a 19th -century German art song. Following the inspiring finale of Revelations, performed with live music, prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy and politics will join Robert Battle and Ailey’s extraordinary dancers for a dinner/dance in the Hilton New York Grand Ballroom.

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will launch a five-week holiday season on December 4 with a star-studded gala benefit performance at New York City Center. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The event’s co-chairs are Emily & Len Blavatnik, Paulette Mullings Bradnock & Howard Bradnock, Melody Hobson & George Lucas, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach and Joan & Sandy Weill. Proceeds from the annual benefit will support the creation of new works, scholarships to The Ailey School, and Ailey’s educational programs for children.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Performed with Live Music. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Ailey’s holiday season features special programs such as an evening celebrating The Ailey School’s 50th Anniversary (December 10); a tribute performance for Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, which will highlight his extensive career of nearly five decades as he concludes his final season with the Company (December 22); and world premieres Greenwood (December 6), a powerful work by Donald Byrd that draws on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and Ode (December 10), offering a meditation on the beauty and fragility of life in a time of growing gun violence by Ailey dancer and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jacqueline Green. Photo by Andrew Eccles
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Kohl’s Reveals Five Days of Cyber Week Savings and Rewards Customers with Kohl’s Cash

  • Back by popular demand, five consecutive days of Cyber savings both in-store and on Kohls.com beginning Saturday, Nov. 30, including must-have doorbusters and new online deals each day
  • Sitewide savings of 20% off on Kohls.com purchases with promo code TWENTY4U and 20% off in-store purchases from Saturday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 4 (exclusions apply)
  • One-day Super Cyber Monday event returns on Monday, Dec. 2 with deep discounts and the opportunity to earn $15 for $50 Kohl’s Cash, a Kohl’s customer favorite
  • New this year, more days to earn Kohl’s Cash, including a one-day only $5, $10 or $15 Kohl’s Cash earn with every in-store purchase Saturday, Nov. 30 to kick off Cyber Week

Kohl’stoday announced it will bring back five consecutive days of Cyber Week savings offering customers 20% off in-store and Kohls.com purchases (exclusions apply), incredible doorbusters and new online deals each day beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 4. In addition, Kohl’s Super Cyber Monday Sale is back with deep discounts on the hottest gifts of the season and $15 for $50 Kohl’s Cash both in-store and online — a value customers can only get at Kohl’s. To top it all off, new this year, customers will discover more days to earn Kohl’s Cash, including the opportunity to earn $5, $10 or $15 Kohl’s Cash with every in-store purchase* for one day only, this Saturday, Nov. 30.

Five Exciting Days of Savings Only at Kohl’s

  • 20% Off Purchases: On top of great deals and new gifts at every turn, customers will receive 20% off their purchase when they shop in store or online at Kohls.com (with promo code TWENTY4U) from Saturday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 4. Details and Exclusions apply.
  • 2-Day Cyber Doorbusters: Kohl’s is kicking off Cyber Week with two days of Cyber doorbusters both in store and on Kohls.com beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 1. New doorbusters return on Tuesday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 4 to give customers even more incredible deals to close out the week. A sneak peek of doorbusters available for Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 include:
  • $299.99 Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright bagless vacuum. Offers and coupons do not apply.
  • $159.99 with 20% off coupon** Ninja Foodi 6.5-qt. Pressure cooker
  • $127.99 with 20% off coupon** BLACK+DECKER™ No Preheat toaster oven
  • $55.99 with 20% off coupon** + $20 mail-in rebate Sonicare Dual Handle gift set or Norelco Shaver 3700 gift set
  • $20-$60 off all Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches. Offers and coupons do not apply.
  • Super Cyber Monday Deals: For one day only, customers shopping in store and on Kohls.com will discover unbeatable savings on must-have gifts. And for those customers shopping online, Kohl’s will sweeten the deal by offering $10 off every $50 purchase sitewide. Details and Exclusions apply. A few of the great deals available on Cyber Monday include:
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Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch To Speak at National Press Club Dec. 9

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the newly appointed 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, will speak at the National Press Club as part of its Headliners speaker series Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Bunch will be in conversation with Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, president of the National Press Club, to discuss his vision for the Smithsonian and his new book, A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian. (Michael Barnes/Smithsonian Institution Archives)

Bunch, who assumed the position of Secretary in June, oversees the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo. He was the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and previously held positions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and National Air and Space Museum.

Bunch will sign copies of A Fool’s Errand, which chronicles his experience creating a national museum that was a decade in the making. Preordered books will be available for pickup at the event. Attendees will also be able to purchase books at the door.

The event will be held in the club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant at 529 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., and will include a light breakfast. Tickets cost $5 for members of the National Press Club, $10 for the general public and are available for purchase on the club’s website. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection Is Now Available to the Public

More Than 10,000 Photographs Announced on Anniversary of Ailey’s Death and World AIDS Day

Ahead of World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s death (Dec. 1), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is making available the collection of more than 10,000 photographs chronicling the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1961 to 1994. The Jack Mitchell Photography of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Collection includes 8,288 black-and-white negatives, 2,106 color slides and transparencies, and 339 black-and-white prints depicting private photo sessions, repertory by Alvin Ailey and a wide range of choreographers and iconic solo performers.

Alvin Ailey with the Company in 1978. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

Jack Mitchell’s collection documents the dance company’s evolution while capturing the true idiosyncrasies and physicality of movement through still images. The photography showcases the innovative performances and groundbreaking artistry of Ailey, who shined a spotlight on the contributions and experiences of the African American heritage that inspired the racially diverse performances he presented that forever changed American dance and culture.

Marilyn Banks, Alvin Ailey, and Masazumi Chaya. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

Acquired in 2013, the entire digitized photography collection has been recently made available to the public online via the Smithsonian’s Online Virtual Archives. The collection is jointly owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

Masazumi Chaya. Photo by Jack Mitchell. (©) Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution

To have one photographer as talented as Jack Mitchell capture the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s history allows us to really witness the groundbreaking and historic nature of Alvin Ailey’s dance style and his vision for a dance company,” said Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “It’s particularly difficult to capture the essence of performing arts in photography, yet this collection showcases the ephemeral nature of the performances that made the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater so special to so many audiences around the world.”

Photo Credit: Portrait of Alvin Ailey with Judith Jamison, Linda Kent and Dudley Williams in dance studio. Photography by Jack Mitchell © Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Inc. and Smithsonian Institution, All rights reserved.

Mitchell’s photography vividly illustrates the evolution of Ailey’s principal dancers, notable performances and Ailey himself. The collection contains photographs of over 80 choreographed performances by Ailey, including his debut piece “Blues Suite” along with “The River” and “Revelations,” one of Ailey’s most popular and critically acclaimed pieces that tells the African American story from slavery to freedom and remains one the most beloved works of modern dance, acclaimed as a must-see and applauded by audiences around the world. The collection also features portraits of Judith Jamison, who was Ailey’s muse, most notably for the tour-de-force solo “Cry,” and who he entrusted to become artistic director before his death. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s other earliest and most revered dancers are featured, including Dudley Williams, Sylvia Waters, Masazumi Chaya and Donna Wood.

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SFMOMA Announces First Large-Scale Exhibition of David Park in More Than 30 Years

Pioneer of Bay Area Figurative Art Is Celebrated with Career Retrospective of Approximately 125 Works

David Park: A Retrospective, April 11–September 7, 2020

At the age of 38, in late 1949 or early 1950, artist David Park (1911–1960) filled his Ford with as many of his Abstract Expressionist canvases it could fit and abandoned them at the city dump. The work he made next shocked the Bay Area art world. At a moment when serious American painting was dominated by abstraction, Park emphatically reintroduced the figure into his practice and began painting “pictures,” as he called them—a radical decision that led to the development of the Bay Area Figurative Art movement. On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from April 11 to September 7, 2020, David Park: A Retrospective will be the first major exhibition of Park’s work in three decades and the first to examine the full arc of his extraordinary career.

Featuring approximately 127 works displayed chronologically and ranging from the artist’s early social realist paintings from the 1930s to his final works on paper from 1960, David Park: A Retrospective is organized by SFMOMA and curated by Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA. The first galleries of the exhibition reveal a restless artist, in the first decades of his career, deftly moving from style to style in search of a distinctive voice that culminate in a rare group of surviving abstractions from the late 1940s. At the heart of the presentation will be a rich selection of the 1950s Bay Area Figurative canvases for which Park is best known.

David Park, Kids on Bikes, 1950; Myron Kunin Collection; © Estate of David Park; courtesy Natalie Park Schutz, Helen Park Bigelow, and Hackett Mill, San Francisco

I can’t think of any artist who could wield a loaded brush quite like David Park,” said Bishop. “He was a profoundly gifted artist who had two great loves: paint and people. Toward the end of his life, his fascination with the potential of his medium coupled with his appreciation for the human figure led to a group of canvases in which the universal humanity of his subjects comes pulsing through in the most powerful way.”

Though his art training was minimal enough that he was essentially self-taught, Park was a natural draftsman and his gift for rendering the human form was established in early childhood. After moving from his native Boston to California at the age of 17, Park lived for most of his adult life in the Bay Area. He became a beloved and highly influential teacher at both the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and the University of California, Berkeley, and he was at the center of a vibrant community of Bay Area artists including Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Wonner and others.

David Park, Four Men, 1958; Whitney Museum of American Art, purchase, with funds from an anonymous donor; © Estate of David Park; courtesy Natalie Park Schutz, Helen Park Bigelow, and Hackett Mill, San Francisco

In the spring of 1951, Diebenkorn saw an image of Park’s Kids on Bikes (1950) for the first time and remarked, “My God, what’s happened to David?” In the early 1950s, figurative painting in the United States was perceived as either old-fashioned or better suited for propaganda than the avant-garde. Park described his skepticism of abstraction as more personal than dismissive of the Abstract Expressionist movement as a whole. He noted in 1952, “I believe the best painting America has produced is in the current non-objective direction. However, I often miss the sting that I believe a more descriptive reference to some fixed subject can make. Quite often even the very fine non-objective canvases seem to me to be so visually beautiful that I find them insufficiently troublesome, not personal enough.” As Bishop notes in the catalogue, by “some fixed subject” Park really meant people.

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka Debut Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Something For Everyone This Holiday Season and All with a Touch of Glamour

Use Code HOLIDAY30 for 30% off sitewide (Some Exclusions May Apply)

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, invites you to celebrate this holiday season with the legendary designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka‘s top picks for gift giving. You don’t have to be a famous fashion designer to exchange gifts like these two! Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful items and offers gifts for everyone on your list from under $50 to $595 MSRP. When ordering, use code HOLIDAY30 for a 30% off discount sitewide. (Some exclusions may apply. Offer only valid midnight PST Wednesday, Nov 27th until midnight PST Cyber Monday.)

Badgley Mischka’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide has no-fail items that are guaranteed to put smiles on all your hard-to-buy-for friends and family’s faces. There are glamorous options for all, whether it’s beautiful women’s jeweled shoes, which dress up any holiday outfit, to newly launched men’s shoes and stylish sneakers, to girls shoes, perfect the little ones on your list. The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

Men’s and women’s eyewear make a perfect stocking stuffer as well as Badgley Mischka’s latest colorful cashmere sweaters with beading and flower details to make any outfit; even your perfect pair of old jeans look dressed up. Choose to give your loved one the topper of a brightly colored winter coat, and she will thank you every time she heads out into the cold. And no need for extra tinsel when you give shimmering, festive Badgley Mischka jewelry to your favorite relative. For that extra special person on your list, surprise a loved one with a Badgley Mischka designed luggage collection and maybe pop in tickets to a favorite destination?

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2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Nintendo Download: Soar and Explore With Dragons Galore

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Switch – Arcade Archives IN THE HUNT screenshot

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • EarthNight EarthNight is a painting brought to life and a love letter to classic arcade games. Dragons have taken over the Earth. Humanity has fled to space. You must help Stanley and Sydney skydive back to Earth while careening across the backs of massive snake-like dragons as they soar high above the planet, all while an original chiptune soundtrack pounds away in the background. Every moment is intense and layered with intricacy. EarthNight will be available on Dec. 3.
Nintendo Switch Electronic SuperJoy screenshot

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo Switch – Deathtrap Dungeon Trilogy screenshot

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch – Amazing Brick Breaker screenshot

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop, which offers a variety of options for the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Nintendo Switch – Decay of Logos screenshot
Nintendo Switch – Earth Night screenshot
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