The Museum Of Modern Art’s Annual Armory Party To Feature A Live Performance By Orville Peck On March 4

The Museum of Modern Art will host the Armory Party, a benefit event with live music and DJs celebrating the opening of the Armory Show and Armory Arts Week, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a definitive cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century artworks. The evening reception, along with the daytime Early Access Preview at Piers 90 and 94, benefits MoMA’s exhibition programming.

The Armory Show returns in March 2020, marking its 26th year as New York’s leading fair for modern and contemporary art, and definitive cultural destination in the heart of Manhattan. Staged on Piers 90 and 94, the Armory Show features presentations by nearly 180 leading international galleries, sitespecific commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, the Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts.

The Armory Party at The Museum of Modern Art on March 6, 2019. Photo by Austin Donohue

The relationship between the Armory Show and MoMA dates back to 2001, the year in which the fair dedicated its opening day to the Museum and in which the Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Acquisition Fund at The Museum of Modern Art was founded. The Armory Party at MoMA was also first held in 2001 and continues to be a much-anticipated annual art event, reflective of the deep partnership between both institutions and their shared commitment to Armory Arts Week.

The Armory Party at The Museum of Modern Art on March 6, 2019. Photo by Austin Donohue

The 2020 Armory Party will feature an open bar, a live musical performance by Orville Peck, and DJ sets by Kitty Cash, Hank, and Mona. The event will run from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and features access to the second-floor Collection Galleries, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, and Haegue Yang: Handles. Party ticket purchase also includes select access to the Armory Show at Piers 90 and 94. VIP tickets feature a designated bar and lounge, early party access at 8:00 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres until 9:00 p.m., and exclusive access to Neri Oxman: Material Ecology.

Orville Peck to perform at the 2020 MoMA Armory Show Party. Photo courtesy of MoMA.

Orville Peck will perform a live set in the Museum’s Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. Described as country music’s newest outlaw, Peck performs in handmade, fringed masks—which obscure all but his ice-blue eyes and belie his deeply personal lyrics—and ornate Nudie suits that recall the golden age of country music. Since the March 2019 release of his self-produced debut album, Pony, on Sub Pop Records, the enigmatic singer-songwriter has been featured on NPR and in Billboard, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Uncut, the Fader, the Bluegrass Situation, and Vogue. The record draws from country music’s rich traditions, while Peck’s unique and haunting baritone weaves through 12 original songs.

This year’s event is hosted by the Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Continue reading

Nation’s Leading Wine Auction Supporting The Arts Celebrates 28 Years

The international wine community is invited to “open the bottle and start something” at the 28th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, held March 1821, 2020. More than 200 wineries and restaurants will come together to support the largest wine auction event in the United States benefiting the arts, boasting more than $32 million raised over the last 27 years.

Nation’s Leading Wine Auction Supporting The Arts Celebrates 28 Years. Photo Credit: CatMax Photography.

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta and the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. Proceeds generated by the Auction, which have amounted to more than $32 million over the last 27 years, provide a significant source of funding for the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships. The Auction also provides funds for dynamic youth education programs, which draw more than 65,000 schoolchildren to the High each year. For more information, visit www.highmuseumwine.org.

The Paddle Raise, celebrating 15 years in 2020, benefits the Museum’s Art Access program and has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception. These funds provide classroom resources to teachers and subsidized museum visits for more than 125,000 students of all ages each year.

The Museum’s continued connection to our community and the diverse programming we offer our visitors would not be possible without the outstanding support we receive through the Wine Auction,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director of the High. “I am excited to celebrate another year of this remarkable event and recognize the extraordinary generosity of our donors.

The Wine Auction gets bigger and better every year with more vintners and wine connoisseurs joining us to enjoy an exceptional experience,” said Steven Hargrove, Associate Director, Wine Auction and Special Events. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to Atlanta for this year’s events.”

The 2020 Wine Auction is co-chaired by Aarati Alexander and Burch Hanson, who have participated in the event for nearly 20 years combined.

The Special Guest of Honor for the 2020 Wine Auction is Dr. Madaiah Revana, owner of the Revana Wine Portfolio. Revana’s experience with agriculture began on his family’s farm outside of Bangalore, India, and has grown into a passion for wine. This appreciation has allowed him to travel the world to seek out exceptional vineyards and distinctive wines. Revana now owns three wineries in the United States and internationally: Revana Winery in Napa Valley, Calif.; Alexana Winery in Willamette Valley, Ore.; and Corazon Del Sol in Mendoza, Argentina.

The 2020 Special Guest Chef is Vivian Howard, owner of Chef & the Farmer, Boiler Room and Benny’s Big Time in North Carolina as well as owner of Handy & Hot bakery delivery service and author of “Deep Run Roots” cookbook. Howard was recognized as the South’s Best Chef of 2019 by Southern Living.

Continue reading

The Peninsula Hong Kong Reveals Calendar Of Festive Holiday Activities

The Peninsula Hotels has announced a calendar of fun festive activities and experiences for all to enjoy this season, including bountiful brunches brimming with festive fare; celebratory cocktails crafted by on-site mixologists; gingerbread making classes led by each hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story-telling sessions of The Peninsula’s digital storybook for children ‘The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,’ available to download on a complimentary basis via Peninsula.com’s festive webpage.

Six Festive Ornaments


Putting The Spice Back Into Life
The hero and leading character of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight hanging within decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the ‘Stories from within the Tree’ chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled ‘Stories from the Tree’.

A Digital Children Storybook

After kicking-off with ‘Stories from Under the Tree’ last year and closing with ‘Stories from the Tree Top’ next year, this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Adding a Scandinavian touch to the festivities, The Peninsula Hong Kong will welcome Santa Claus from Finland Santa Claus Village on December 11 at The Lobby as the Grande Dame joins hands with Finnair this winter. More collaboration will be announced by the end of December 2019 for a truly Nordic celebration.

Christmas Gifts and Kid: Sharing the joy at The Peninsula Hotels


In line with this, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with giant Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy. To prolong the festive joy throughout the season, the hotel mascot, The Peninsula Bear will appear at The Lobby, giving adorable surprises spontaneously to guests.

Gingerbread Making Class at The Peninsula Hotels


A Time Of Reflection
Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six ‘Stories from the Tree’ characters will be available to purchase at each hotel in the form of tree decorations and pins, with US$5 from each purchase being donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong and Room to Read. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, an organization that grants one life-changing wishes for children aged between three and 17 with critical illnesses in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Room to Read, a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

The Lobby – Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea
The Lobby – Teas of Hope Afternoon Tea


In The Peninsula Hong Kong’s legendary lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover to present ‘Teas of Hope’ Afternoon Tea. Available now through to December 20 and December 27th to 30th 2019, the set is priced at HK$ 398* per person or HK$ 718* for two, and includes a festive pin. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to the above charities.

Festive Afternoon Tea

The Joy Of Festive Gastronomy
The festive sounds of Rhythm and Harmony will also be a feature of the lobby, with the big band performing live each evening from December 24th to 31st. Guests can enjoy movie theme-tunes, bossa nova hits, and popular songs from the 70s and 80s. The nightly live entertainment of top performers will make this place the live lounge music capital of Hong Kong. Guests who enjoy a more traditional approach to Christmas are well catered for too, priced at HK$ 508* per person, the classic afternoon tea will be served in The Lobby from December 21stto 26th.

Gaddi’s Christmas Eve – Brittany Lobster


For lovers of classic Cantonese cuisine, there are few better places in Hong Kong to ring in the New Year than at Spring Moon. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st will see the Spring Moon Band performing a blend of Shanghai classic songs and American music, to celebrate ‘East meets West’. A festive lunch and dinner will also be available from December 24th and 25th.

Felix New Year’s Eve – Grilled Toothfish Loin
Gaddi’s Chef de Cuisine Albin Gobil


French fine dining institution Gaddi’s offers the perfect Christmas Eve treat with a six-course festive dinner on December 24th created by Chef Albin Gobil, in addition to a four-course festive lunch and five-course dinner menu on Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy ‘new vintage’ music performed by the Gaddi’s band, which mixes 1940s jazz and classic pop in a roaring 20s-style adaptation.

Felix Sunday Brunch Experience
Gaddi’s New Year’s Eve Menu – Pithivier


Those with a penchant for the avant-garde can enjoy a Christmas meal created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez in Felix on December 25th, choosing between a three-course early seating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or a five-course dinner from 8:00 pm onwards. Those dining between 24 to 31 December will also be treated to live music each evening from 8:00 pm onwards.

Felix Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez
Continue reading

Nordstrom Introduces Best Gift Ever! At Nordstrom NYC

The Ultimate Destination For Unique Holiday Gifts Curated By Olivia Kim And Special Celebrity Guests

This Holiday season, Nordstrom presents Best Gift Ever!, a singular gift shop at Nordstrom NYC featuring unique and bespoke gifts curated by Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects at Nordstrom. Best Gift Ever! is the shopping destination for everyone on your gift list. With prices ranging from $5 stocking stuffers to a $9,500 custom Rolex to a $27,000 African safari, the shop includes a wide array of gifts including art, collectibles, stationery, fashion accessories and apparel,jewelry, ceramics, apothecary and fragrance, tech, toys, experiences and much more.

The Best Gift Ever! shop was designed and built in collaboration with USM Modular Furniture, founded by legendary Swiss architect Fritz Haller
and will be live throughout the holiday season through to Sunday, December 29th on the first level of Nordstrom NYC with a selection of products also available to shop online at Nordstrom.com.

To help bring the shop to life, Kim enlisted a group of special curators to share their gifting picks and donate personal, pre-owned items to the shop. Featured curators include Mary J Blige, Grace Coddington, Barbie Ferreira, Bill Nye, RuPaul, Amy & David Sedaris, and Chloë Sevigny. Each curator developed a list of hand-picked gifting recommendationsfor customers to browse. Customers will also have the chance to shop one-of-a-kind gifts, like an illustration that David Sedaris hung in his office; a set of Steiff stuffed cats from Grace Coddington’s personal collection; earrings worn by Mary J. Blige on tour; one of Bill Nye’s signature bow ties from his closet; an afternoon tea with Chloë Sevigny, as well as other unique items, special to each curator.

The Best Gift Ever! Shop at Nordstrom NYC

Proceeds from these one-of-a-kind gifts will benefit New York City based charitable organizations supported by Nordstrom, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Caran d’Ache Color Pencil Set (Grace Coddington)
Capresso Electric Tea Kettle (RuPaul)

In addition to Olivia Kim sharing her own personal curation, she has invited a group of friends to compliment the offering with their own favorite items, including a blend of notable New Yorkers and industry tastemakerssuch as creative director Jen Brill, stylist Mel Ottenberg, designer Simone Rocha, and DJ Stretch Armstrong.

Lagos Diamond Color Necklace (Mary J Blige)
One-of-a-kind Ashley Williams Tiara (Olivia Kim)

The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time and we wanted to make holiday gifting fun for all. The curators that we have brought together are a diverse group of talented people that I have long admired, each with a distinct personality and eye – their pooled creativity has truly made this a unique shop,” says Kim. “This is our first holiday season at Nordstrom NYC and we wanted to create a shopping experience that stands out. We are so excited to introduce some of our friends to our customers and give them the rare opportunity to treat themselves and their loved ones to these meaningful, one of a kind items. We hope that everyone who visits the shop will walk away with that perfect, unexpected gift that inspires a sense of surprise and discovery.”

Continue reading

First-Ever Rosé Experience Brings Indulgence and Pinkalicious Vibes to Greater Fort Lauderdale

Proceeds Benefitting AutoNation’s DRV PNK Initiative, February 8-9, 2020

The Seaglass Group, together with AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz, has announced the launch of its Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience (SEAGLASS), taking place February 8-9, 2020, on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

SEAGLASS is a first-of-its-kind event immersing guests in a rosé experience second to none, benefitting AutoNation’s DRV PNK initiative which has raised more than $20 million for cancer research and treatment. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, the inaugural event will showcase the world’s finest rosé wines with perfectly paired culinary options throughout the weekend.

SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience is a first-of-its-kind two-day event immersing guests in a rosé experience second to none– set on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach — and benefiting the AutoNation #DrivePink initiative with proceeds going to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

Rosé is more than another wine; it’s a lifestyle,” said SEAGLASS co-founder Carlos Suarez, who also serves as publisher for Venice Magazine. “Greater Fort Lauderdale’s coastal environment, luxury lifestyles and year-round ocean breeze create the perfect canvas for this immersive rosé experience.”

Hosted by Venice magazine, SEAGLASS highlights the community of Greater Fort Lauderdale creating an immersive atmosphere that celebrates the best in wine, art, music and fashion. The rosé paradise will deliver luxurious stops at every turn, unlimited pours of the finest wines, Instagram-worthy moments and rosé-themed activities.

We are thrilled to be title sponsors of this incredibly luxurious event. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the renaissance underway in Fort Lauderdale while raising funds and awareness for critical cancer research,” said AutoNation Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Marc Cannon. “Through this fantastic partnership we’ll be directing all funds raised for DRV PNK to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge- supporting cancer research and treatment right here in South Florida!

We are creating a sanctuary for rosé lovers and experientialists alike,” added SEAGLASS co-founder Trevor Fried. “Fort Lauderdale deserves the splendor of what the SEAGLASS experience will deliver.

Tickets are on sale now for the SEAGLASS | A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience at www.seaglassexperience.com where guests can choose from the full all-inclusive Rosé Experience ticket at $150/per day. Discerning guests who seek further exclusivity can opt for the VIP Cabana Experience, priced at $5,000/per day.

For more information, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit seaglassexperience.com and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater logo

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters Solomon Dumas.
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
Continue reading

A Decade of Care: Hanes Launches 10th National Sock Drive to Help the Homeless; Tops 3 Million Donated Pairs

America’s No. 1 basic apparel brand marks 10 years of bringing comfort to those living without shelter by donating more than 250,000 pairs of socks to agencies fighting homelessness in all 50 states

Hanes will also donate a pair of socks for every order placed in December on the brand’s e-commerce site, Hanes.com

Small gifts often have the most meaning.

For the millions of people living homeless, a clean pair of socks is often described as “the gift of humanity.” Hanes, America’s No. 1 basic apparel, underwear and sock brand, is partnering with organizations fighting homelessness nationwide to deliver comfort to those who need it most through the Hanes National Sock Drive. The Hanes National Sock Drive is part of Hanes for Good, the corporate responsibility program of Hanes’ parent company, HanesBrands. Hanes, America’s No. 1 apparel brand, is a leading brand of intimate apparel, underwear, sleepwear, socks and casual apparel. Hanes products can be found at leading retailers nationwide and online direct to consumers at www.Hanes.com.

This year, the brand is marking 10 years of helping provide care and compassion during this year’s drive by:

  • Donating more than 250,000 pairs of socks directly to organizations fighting homelessness in all 50 states, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Hanes has provided more than 3 million pairs of socks – one of the most requested items by relief agencies – to help the homeless.
  • Giving an additional pair of socks for every order of any apparel placed in December on Hanes.com. Socks will be provided to local homeless shelters.
  • Partnering with Rainier Fruit Company for its secondPears for Pairs” campaign, which is currently running in United Supermarkets, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, and Lunds & Byerlys stores. From late September through January, Rainier is donating a portion of the proceeds from bulk and bagged pear sales to theHanes National Sock Drive. In 2018, the Pears for Pairs campaign resulted in 20,000 pairs of socks being donated to five nonprofits.
  • Offering consumers the opportunity to participate directly in the program by visiting www.hanes.com/donate to gift socks ($1), women’s underwear ($1), men’s underwear ($1.50) and bras ($6) that will be distributed in needed styles and sizes.
  • Continuing its 10-year collaboration with Invisible People and its founder, Mark Horvath, to help raise awareness about homelessness. Invisible People uses innovative storytelling, educational resources and advocacy to help change how the public views homelessness and those living homeless in the United States and abroad.

Most of us take basic apparel for granted, but we know a new, clean pair of socks can mean a lot to those experiencing homelessness,” said Sidney Falken, chief branding officer, HanesBrands. “We are committed to bringing a little comfort to those who need it most – and it is incredibly gratifying to have others, including many individuals across the country, join us in this effort.”

More than 100 agencies, including The Salvation Army Bell Shelter (Bell, California), Homeward Bound (Asheville, North Carolina) and Compassion Outreach Ministries (Columbus, Ohio), have received sock donations from Hanes.

America’s No. 1 basic apparel brand is marking 10 years of the Hanes National Sock Drive and its partnership with Invisible People and its founder, Mark Horvath, bringing comfort to those who need it most and raising awareness about homelessness. Photographed by Jennifer Leahy Photography. (Photo: Business Wire)
Continue reading