National AIDS Memorial Honors Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for Three Decades of Courageous Leadership in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS

San Francisco’s Congresswoman, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, joined hundreds of volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial for a community volunteer workday to commemorate her 30 years in Congress. Since her first days in Washington D.C., she has been a leader, champion, and hero on the issue of HIV/AIDS and her avid support of the LGBT community.

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(L-R) John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial, joins Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as she presents a special certificate of recognition to the National AIDS Memorial gardener Ali McCarthy at the National AIDS Memorial, San Francisco, Calif.(Photo Credit: Melvin Morris)

During the morning activities, Congresswoman Pelosi joined volunteers as they planted flowers, new shrubs, and a tree, in addition to helping maintain the grounds of the Nation’s AIDS Memorial. The event also marked a significant milestone for the National AIDS Memorial as it has surpassed 200,000 hours given by community volunteers to create and maintain the 10-acre living memorial.

For the past thirty years, Congresswoman Pelosi has worked courageously to advance the issue of HIV/AIDS, supporting major funding, research, and programs that have been critically important to the advancements and improvement of the quality of life for those living with the disease. In 1996 she successfully spearheaded the passage of legislation that was signed by President Bill Clinton designating San Francisco’s AIDS Memorial Grove, as a National Memorial.

image005Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and long-time volunteer Tom Jensen plant a new magnolia tree near the main entrance of the National AIDS Memorial on Bowling Green Drive, San Francisco, Calif., to commemorate her 30 years in Congress. (Photo Credit: Melvin Morris)

Thirty years ago our community was ravaged by AIDS and with the leadership of Congresswoman Pelosi we came together here in this grove to heal and remember our lost friends and loved ones,” said John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial. “Her courage to stand-up and fight for our community paved the way for this memorial. Without her leadership, is memorial would not be possible. We are forever grateful for her tireless spirit, love and willingness to fight for our cause.

Congresswoman Pelosi has faithfully commemorated her milestone years in Congress by volunteering at the Grove. She has volunteered on many other occasions over the years, often bringing her family and grandchildren to be a regular part of the Grove’s Community Volunteer Workdays.

Since the first Workday in 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, California State Assembly Member David Chiu, California State Senator Scott Wiener join Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at the NationalAIDS Memorial, San Francisco Calif., for a community workday to commemorate her 30 years in Congress. Also included –Mike Shriver, Chair, National AIDS Memorial, John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial. (Photo Credit: Melvin Morris)

The National AIDS Memorial is not just a place for where we come and remember those we’ve lost, it is a place where people from around the country, around the world, can come together to remember their lives, to hope and continue working tirelessly until we find a cure,” said Congresswoman Pelosi. “This sacred ground honors all who have been touched by HIV/AIDS but more importantly, it forever keeps their spirit, their love and their stories with us and so future generations never forget. This grove inspires us to keep fighting in their memory and for what’s right.”

For more information visit www.aidsmemorial.org, follow on Facebook @NationalAIDSMemorial or @AIDS_Memorial on Twitter.

Sony Classical Releases Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection

14-CD Box Set Featuring Recordings From The Past Twenty Years, Available August 18, 2017

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award-winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years. The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music, and concert pieces.

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The repertoire in this career-spanning edition includes Bell’s 2008 recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (for which Bell has served since 2011 as Music Director), the 2014 Bach release, also with the ASMF, and two of Joshua’s most popular albums Romance of the Violin and Voice of the Violin, where the violinist regales us with arrangements from Monteverdi, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Bellini to Dvořák, Debussy and Orff.

Other highlights from the collection include British composer  Nicholas Maw‘s Grammy® Award-winning Violin Concerto , a work written for Bell in 1993, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington, conductor; The Red Violin Concerto based on themes from John Corigliano‘s score to the film The Red Violin, with the Philharmonia Orchestra London  and Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Bernstein‘s cherished West Side Story Suite, also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and David Zinman.

Rounding out this boxed set are Bell’s recordings of treasured masterpieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Ravel, and Sibelius accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Salzburg Camerata  with Sir Roger Norrington and Bell’s close friends and regular chamber music partners, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. Bell is also featured as Music Director in riveting performances of Beethoven‘s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visitwww.sonymusicmasterworks.com/.

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Tequila Avión And Waterford Partner To Launch The “Avión Collection” Crystal Sipping Decanter Gift Set

Tequila Avión, Voted World’s Best Tasting Tequila, has partnered with Waterford, renowned for the finest quality crystal, to create the Avión Collection, a limited-edition, luxury decanter gift set. The collection includes both a fine crystal decanter and a pair of crystal rocks glasses. The exclusive set was designed to provide tequila enthusiasts with a truly elevated sipping experience, helping aficionados enjoy the full aromas and flavors of this exemplary spirit.

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Waterford Avión Collection Crystal Sipping Decanter Gift Set

The true tequila aficionado is a growing group that is as informed as their counterparts in whiskey or wine these days,” said Martin Williams, Senior Marketing Manager of Tequila Avión. “We have certainly witnessed an increase in the number of people sipping tequila either neat or on ice. You really understand the amazing aromas & complex flavors when you let high quality tequila stand-alone vs. mixing. In partnering with Waterford for the Avión Collection, we set out to provide consumers with a specially designed glass and decanter that allows one to fully appreciate the rich sensorial experience of Tequila Avión.”

Drawing inspiration from Avión’s single source Rare Blue Weber Agave the raw ingredient that’s so critical to the quality and taste of Avión, the decanter and glasses were designed to resemble a freshly harvested agave “pina,” the heart of the agave plant. The iconic wings of the Avión “flying agave” are also evident in the opulent cuts of the crystal. The Avión Collection is accompanied by a 750ml bottle of award-winning Avión Añejo tequila and enclosed in a striking custom black box.

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Waterford Avión Collection Crystal Sipping Decanter Gift Set

The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants’ Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to “create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home.” Today more than two hundred years later Waterford has the finest quality crystal sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world and the reputation for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality has transcended the intervening centuries. To recognise an authentic piece of Waterford, each piece of Waterford is watermarked with the word “Waterford”, a signature indicating the name of the finest crystal in the world. Waterford is making the everyday extraordinary by bringing people together through celebrations and social gatherings. Waterford was acquired by Fiskars Corporation in 2015 and is now part of Fiskars Living.

Waterford is renowned for craftsmanship and innovation and it has been a great pleasure to collaborate with Tequila Avión; as their philosophy of elevating tequila to an art and excellence in taste has cemented a natural partnership,” said Howard Hyde Global Marketing Director, Waterford. “The Avión Collection decanter and glass has been thoughtfully designed with a slightly bulbous base, which tapers at the top, to allow for a more focused tasting experience; releasing the roasted agave aroma of the tequila as you sip. The ritual of pouring a glass of Avión neat or with the accompaniment of water or ice is further enhanced by the tactile cuts within the crystal creating the perfect grip to the luxurious weight of the Waterford decanter and glass.”

The Avión Collection is available at ReserveBar.com for $399.

“Calder: Hypermobility” at The Whitney Museum of American Art

In the early 1930s, Alexander Calder invented an entirely new mode of art, the mobile— a kinetic form of sculpture in which carefully balanced components manifest their own unique systems of movement. These works operate in highly sophisticated ways, ranging from gentle rotations to uncanny gestures, and at times, trigger unpredictable percussive sounds.

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Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Dancers and Sphere (maquette for 1939 New York World’s Fair) set in motion in Calder’s “small shop” New York City storefront studio, 1938. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Herbert Matter, courtesy Calder Foundation, New York

Calder: Hypermobility (June 9 – October 6, 2017) focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work, which encompasses major examples of Calder’s work including early motor-driven abstractions, sound-generating Gongs, and standing and hanging mobiles. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance and the theatrical stage. Influenced in part by the artist’s fascination and engagement with choreography, Calder’s sculptures contain an embedded performativity that is reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.

In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, the exhibition will feature an expansive series of performances and events, including a number of episodic, one-time demonstrations of rarely seen works, as well as new commissions, which will bring contemporary artists into dialogue with Calder’s innovations and illuminate the many ways in which his art continues to challenge and inform new generations.

The exhibition is organized by Jay Sanders, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance, with Greta Hartenstein, senior curatorial assistant, and Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant.

Major support for Calder: Hypermobility is provided by the Dalio Foundation, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, and the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. Generous Support is provided by Irma and Norman Braman, the Fisher Family, Norman and Melissa Selby, and Michelle Smith. Additional support is provided by the Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation.

Newport Mansions to Host Pierre Cardin Retrospective Exhibition

Pierre Cardin Visits the Newport Mansions This Summer to Host Runway Show Introducing a Retrospective Exhibition of His Work by The Preservation Society of Newport County

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin will personally host a fashion runway show at The Breakers this June, providing a spectacular introduction to a new fashion exhibition highlighting his most iconic work that will be on display at Rosecliff, another iconic Newport Mansion, through the end of 2017.

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1983, the year he is made Knight of the Legion of Honour and and is decorated as “Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres” (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Trudy Coxe, CEO & Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, said, “We are honored by Mr. Cardin’s support of the Preservation Society in this amazing way, and especially that he will personally travel to Newport from Paris to be with us in June. As perhaps the world’s most iconic fashion designer, it is only appropriate that his fashions will be featured in two of the world’s most iconic historic properties, The Breakers and Rosecliff.”PierreCardinBanner (1)

Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation, will open in the exhibition gallery at Rosecliff on May 27, featuring 42 original pieces from Mr. Cardin’s private archives that document and celebrate his prolific career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring/summer collection.

Located at 548 Bellevue Avenue, this beautiful house was completed in 1902 for Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Architect Stanford White modeled the house after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Rosecliff was the setting for many spectacular Newport parties. More recently it has been used as a setting for several Hollywood movies, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad, and 27 Dresses.

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin, 1990 (courtesy Archives Pierre Cardin)

Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) is a product of immediate post-WW II possibilities and his designs continue to reflect his engagement with a changing world. Beginning with his haute couture work with Christian Dior in 1946, he helped develop the ‘New Look’ that would forever change mid-twentieth-century fashions. Just four years later Cardin founded his own company, and in 1959, broke with tradition by presenting a ready-to-wear women’s collection. This was a tremendous feat given that custom-fitted clothing for wealthy patrons ruled the great Parisian fashion houses at this time. Cardin was a pioneer in making high fashion accessible to a larger audience. Continue reading

Wilshire + Cooper Introduces Sustainable Fashion for Infants With Moon Monsters

Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Wilshire & Cooper has Introduced the Belgian childrenswear label, Moon Monsters, an innovative collection of eco-friendly apparel and accessories made for the little rebels amongst us.

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Extensive Range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

With a primary focus on both quality and sustainability, Moon Monsters provides an eclectic mix of designs for little boys and girls made solely from 100% organic cotton. Not only is organic cotton a natural fiber that is much softer than conventional cotton, but it is also much better for your baby’s skin, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies, as it does not need to be treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides. Organic cotton also provides a much higher level of clothing quality as it naturally lasts longer and can be washed more easily, providing further benefits for both your wallet and the environment.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

From rompers, playsuits, leggings, and pajamas to tops, sleeping bags, bibs and blankets, each style throughout the collection, many of which are gender neutral, showcases a chic, minimalistic aesthetic that incorporates adorable one-of-a-kind prints handmade by the label’s designers.

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Moon Monsters, an extensive range of European Designs Made from 100% Organic Cotton is Available Now at Wilshire & Cooper

Moon Monsters will only ever use fibers, ink, and material that has been produced in an eco-friendly process, safety tested, and certified by European laws, allowing consumers to be confident in their purchase knowing that the brand will always offer the best in loveable and sustainable items for their little loved ones.

Retailing from $20 to $62, Moon Monsters is available now at www.wilshireandcooper.com.

Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper

Launched on Monday, April 17th, Wilshire & Cooper, a curated online shopping destination for children’s designer clothing and accessories, will offer a curated one-stop-shop for unique and beautifully crafted kidswear labels from around the world at the click of a button.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

The full list of brands available in April includes Paul Smith Junior, Little Marc Jacobs, Oh My Kidswear, Moon Monsters, Little Lord and Lady, Lucky No. 7, Sol De Mayo, Lali Kids, Martine Charlotte, Little Fox, Margherita Kids, Marin + Morgan, Cartel Kids, Hannah and Tiff, Me Oui, Elks and Angels, Boys by Mark, Siaomimi, Mummy Moon, Bibiana La Lia, Radicool Kids and Lycorne. Retailing from $24-$350 USD, all collections will be available for shipping worldwide.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Whether in search of luxe designs inspired by the runways of Paris, playful statement pieces or imaginative casualwear, Wilshire & Cooper is the destination for an eclectic mix of exquisitely made contemporary kidswear brands. From widely coveted labels like Paul Smith Junior and Little Marc Jacobs to distinctive eco-friendly designs, accessories handcrafted in Spain, and specialty items made from Australian sheepskin wool, each brand has been hand selected to provide customers with a diverse selection of the latest in children’s fashion.

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Announcing The Launch Of Wilshire & Cooper (Courtesy of Wilshire & Cooper)

Each season, Wilshire & Cooper will offer the finest assortment of charming, fanciful styles for little boys and girls age newborn to 12 years including dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories in a mixture of whimsical patterns, fabrications, and silhouettes.