Christmas and New Year celebrations are on offer at the glamorous
Oriental Jumeira, Dubaithis
festive season. A majestic canopy of frost-white lights and other
seasonal decorations will create the perfect festive atmosphere for
guests to enjoy a series of activities and culinary treats at the
resort over the holidays.
a merry holiday gathering, Noor
will be available starting
featuring a delectable array of scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and
other tasty bites.
decorated Christmas cakes, petit gâteaux, gingerbread houses and
panettones will be available at The
Mandarin Cake Shop.
Guests can spoil loved ones by gifting them an elegantly wrapped
packed with Christmas biscuits, chocolates, Panettone and other
mouth-watering seasonal delicacies.
Christmas menus will be offered at the resort’s highly acclaimed restaurants on December 24 and 25, including an extravagant buffet of international festive favorites at The Bay, the relaxed brasserie-style restaurant with two terraces overlooking the beach. On Christmas Day, Santa will delight children by making a special appearance at the restaurant to bring them gifts.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President
David Rubin announced this week that Oscar®-nominated producer
Lynette Howell Taylor and producer Stephanie Allain
will produce the 92nd Oscars®. It will be their first
involvement with the Oscars.
Taylor earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination for “A Star Is
Born” (2018). She has produced more than 20 movies in the last
15 years, including “The Accountant,” “Captain Fantastic,”
“Big Eyes,” “The Place beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine”
and “Half Nelson.” Her television credits include the HBO
limited series “I Know This Much Is True.” Howell Taylor
is the founder of 51 Entertainment, a filmmaker-driven
champion for diverse voices in cinema, Allain is best known for
launching the careers of directors John Singleton, Robert
Rodriguez, Craig Brewer, Sanaa Hamri and Justin Simien.
Her film and television credits include “Hustle & Flow”
and “Dear White People.” Allain’s company, Homegrown
Pictures, produces content by and about women and people of
color. She served as director of the Los Angeles Film Festival,
is a founding ambassador of ReFrame, and serves on the Board
of Women in Film.
combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will bring
dynamism and excitement to the 92nd Oscars show,” said Rubin.
“Their vast production experience ranges from groundbreaking
independent film to global blockbuster. We look forward to
collaborating with them to bring an unforgettable Oscars event to
movie fans around the world.”
have both watched the Oscars for as long as we can remember, and to
be given the opportunity to produce the show is a dream,” said
Howell Taylor and Allain. “It’s an honor and a thrill to join
forces to deliver an entertaining show that celebrates the artistry
of this year’s best films.”
“How thrilling to have both Lynette and Stephanie leading our Oscars production team,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “I have every confidence that they will deliver a high-caliber performance.”
“We have our first win this Oscars season and it’s having Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain produce our biggest live event of the year,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Lynette and Stephanie have impeccable taste, are at the top of their field, and have such a distinct and wonderful way of captivating audiences with storytelling that is compelling, creative and filled with superstars. We can’t wait to see their imagination come to life on the grandest, most coveted stage in Hollywood.”
92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at
the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®
in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television
Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225
countries and territories worldwide.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a major loan exhibition devoted to the work of one of the greatest artists of our time: Gerhard Richter (German, born Dresden 1932), during the celebratory 150th year of its founding. On view at The Met Breuer from March 4 through July 5, 2020, Gerhard Richter: Painting After All (Floors 3 & 4) will span the artist’s six decade-long preoccupation with the twin modes of painterly naturalism and chromatic abstraction, in relation to photographic and other representational iconographies.
Comprising over 100 works from a prolific career—encompassing paintings, glass sculptures, prints, and photographs—the exhibition will present an incisive cut through Richter’s entire body of works. Significant early works will be brought into visual dialogue with recent ones that share a singular engagement with postwar avant-garde art practices, particularly his investigations into the ongoing formal and conceptual possibilities of painting. This is evident through his often-simultaneous production of both abstract and figurative compositions, the chromatic and conceptual nuances of gray across different media, and his interpretations of landscape and portraiture. Interwoven throughout the show will be works that testify to Richter’s long reckoning with history, as well as his exploration of photography’s relationship to realism and its mediation of memory.
exhibition will be the first major exhibition in the United States on
the work of Gerhard Richter in nearly twenty years. Gerhard
Richter: Painting After All will feature several iconic works
such as Uncle Rudi (1965), Betty (1977), and September
(2005), and will also highlight many lesser-known works such as his
series of monoprints from 1957 titled Elbe. Galleries devoted
to single series including the twelve paintings entitled Forest
(1995), will provide an immersive experience. Finally, two new
glass works Gray Mirrors (4 Parts) (2018) and House of
Cards (5Panes) (2020) will be exhibited for the first time.
equal importance, Gerhard Richter: Painting After
All will highlight two important recent series by the artist that
will serve as significant points of departure for the exhibition:
Birkenau (2014) andCage (2006),
both of which will be exhibited in the United States for the first
time. Richter’s encounter with the only known photographs taken by
prisoners inside the Nazi concentration camp led to the creation of
the Birkenau series. The four paintings speak to
Richter’s belief in painting as a powerful means to address the
complex and often-difficult legacies of both personal and civic
history. The six Cage paintings are key to
understanding his lifelong preoccupation with abstraction through a
different lens. In homage to the American composer and philosopher
John Cage, whose innovative compositional techniques used
chance as a way to ”imitate nature,” Richter’s
meticulous multi-layered paintings are based on similar principles of
its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to the
Museum of Contemporary Art (August 14, 2020–January 19,
Classes are Part of Carnegie Hall’s Series of Artist Training Workshops and Provides Unique Opportunity for Rising Artists to Train with Black Thought, Developing Artistry, Examining Technical Skills, and Exploring the History of Hip-Hop
MCs Invited to Apply by December 6; Applications Now Open Online
announced that legendary hip-hop artist Black
lead a free workshop for rising and professional MCs, ages 18-35,
3-5, 2020 as
part of the Hall’s ongoing series of artist training workshops and
master classes for young professional musicians.
Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI)
creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment
to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s
mission of making great music accessible to as many people as
possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists,
WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages,
nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music
to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part
of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate
creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all
levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal
connections to music.
the multi-day master class, The
front man will mentor up to 10 MCs in sessions focusing on lyricism,
flow, style, and delivery while also exploring the history of
will offer private coaching to equip participants with tangible
exercises to improve their overall artistry, enabling them to hone
their technical abilities and continue to craft their individual
sounds. The workshop will also provide participants with invaluable
insight into his remarkable career of more than two decades,
providing opportunities to reflect on how the musicians can also
achieve and sustain excellence as an artist. Applications for the
Hall’s first-ever professional training workshop focused on
now available online
must submitted by December 6, 2019.
Trotter, aka Black Thought, is an American rap artist and
MC for the Philadelphia-based hip-hop group, The Roots.
Trotter, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove, is
widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content
and his sharply live performances. The four-time Grammy Award winning
artist – along with his band The Roots – are a staple in
late-night television, starring as the house band for NBC’s Tonight
Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
an influencer and innovator in the music industry for more than two
decades, the rap lyricist has collaborated with numerous
industry-leading artists. Trotter also served as a co-producer on the
Grammy Award-winning original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton.
recently, Black Thought and Questlove of the Roots executive produced
a new documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook
America, which launched on AMC in the fall of 2019 under
their production company, Two One Five Entertainment.
Additionally, Trotter’s fluidity as a performer can also be seen in
his on-screen roles; most recently, he co-starred in HBO’s The
of Thought: A Hip-Hop Master Class Featuring Black Thought”
will culminate with a final showcase, open to the public, hosted by
Black Thought and featuring the up-and-coming MCs who have trained
with him during the workshop. The performance will take place on
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weill
Music Room in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing.
Tickets for the public showcase, priced at $20, will go on sale
on the rise are given valuable access to world-class performers and
composers through free workshops and master classes for young
professional musicians (ages 18-35), created by Carnegie Hall’s
Weill Music Institute (WMI). Participants are selected after
responding to an open call for auditions. These up-and coming
musicians receive personal coaching and mentoring from leading
artists, helping them to reach their artistic and professional goals.
Previous workshops and master classes presented by WMI have featured
Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Zakir Hussain,
Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Paquito d’Rivera,
and more celebrated artists across multiple genres.
In addition to the Black Thought master classes, other upcoming workshops and master classes this season include SongStudio, an innovative new workshop for singers and pianists hosted annually by legendary soprano Renée Fleming, now in its second year (January 13-20, 2020); the Kristian Bezuidenhout Beethoven Sonata Workshop (April 3, 2020); and master classes for young opera singers hosted each year by renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (April 6-8, 2020). In addition to these offerings, special opportunities are available for vocalists and other young musicians. (Additional information and online applications are available at carnegiehall.org/en/education/young-musicians/workshops.)
Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original
research and is committed to giving back to its community and the
field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources
and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts
organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than 600,000 people
each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and
international partnerships, in New York City schools and community
settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes more than half a
million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s
Link Up music education program for students in grades 3
through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over
115 orchestras in the US from Alaska to Puerto Rico, as well as
internationally in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.
For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/education
support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice
Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E.
Charitable Foundation. Workshops and master classes are made
possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.
Rent the Runway Drop-Off Box to be available in nearly 30 Nordstrom locations
the Runway, Inc., the company that has pioneered apparel rental
as an indispensable utility and powers women to feel their best every
day, and leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. has
announced a multi-pronged partnership across stores, inventory
innovation and product development.
in 2009 with a vision to build the world’s first living closet, RTR
–by enabling women to rent, versus buy, clothing– believes that
women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion. RTR offers
apparel, accessories and home decor from over 650 designer partners
and has built in-house proprietary technology and a one-of-a-kind
reverse logistics operation. RTR has five retail stores of the future
and employs nearly 1,800 people, all of whom have equalized benefits
across the organization, 93% of whom are female and/or non-white,
with 80% of leaders who are women.
November 18, the RTR Drop-Off Box Network will expand
from five to 29 Nordstrom locations where RTR customers can
seamlessly return their rentals. RTR members can return items in
Nordstrom stores as well as access exclusive Nordstrom services like
styling services, gift-wrapping and more, just in time for the
holiday season. Recognizing this is the busiest season of the year,
Nordstrom and Rent the Runway are working together to deliver
convenience and service where customers can return, shop and access
Nordstrom’s unique services, all in one location.
received great feedback from our customers about the convenience of
the Rent the Runway Drop-Off Boxes in our Los Angeles area Nordstrom
locations and are excited to offer the service to customers in cities
like San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and more,” said Jamie
Nordstrom, president, Nordstrom stores. “The expansion of our
partnership helps us better serve our customers through innovation
around products and experiences.”
further innovate around the future of inventory, Nordstrom will
become an RTR Platform partner, contributing inventory to the
RTR ecosystem to extend the lifecycle of Nordstrom products.
Additionally, Nordstrom and Rent the Runway are studying
opportunities to empower customers’ shopping experience by creating
exclusive product available for both purchase and rental.
are thrilled to be expanding our partnership with Nordstrom, the
company known and respected for their unparalleled commitment to
deliver world-class service and experiences. We have seen a massive
consumer behavior shift unfold over the past several years, with our
community now relying on Rent the Runway as a near daily utility. As
our business has grown, we’ve seen unparalleled demand for physical
experiences including the convenience of Drop-Off Boxes,” said
Jenn Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway.