Jamaica Tourist Board Pop Up On Canal Street

A taste of paradise on Canal Street

A taste of paradise on Canal Street

Jamaica is off the hurricane track, so drop into their pop up shop just off Canal street this week Thu thru Sun to sample Jamaican beer, light but pleasantly tasty, eat some patties, look over their cosmetic line and watch a fashion parade of unsuitably non tropical but NYC fashionable lengthy dresses with considerable tanned breast exposure, to the tune of DJNorie’s Anything Goes Live!!Promo Mix.

FEEL THE VIBE OF JAMAICA AT THE ISLAND’S POP UP SHOP IN NEW YORK
New Yorkers Invited to Explore Jamaica’s Culture and Enter to Win Daily Giveaways

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – September 12, 2017 – The Jamaica Tourist Board invites New Yorkers to experience the “sights, sounds and tastes” of Jamaica through the colorful and interactive Feel the Vibe Pop Up Shop in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. From Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24, the public can visit the shop at 393 Broadway, which will be transformed into an island paradise, complete with “beach” area to lounge. The Shop is open from 12 noon to 8 pm every day.

“The Jamaica Pop Up Shop will allow guests to Feel the Vibe of our island and fall in love with the destination before booking their vacation,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s Interim Director of Tourism. “We hope that at this interactive experience, New Yorkers can get a taste of what Jamaica has to offer through it its food, music, style and beauty.”

Throughout the 4-day period, Jamaica will be offering giveaways every day including dinners at Miss Lily’s, the celebrated Jamaican restaurant located in downtown Manhattan; Jamaica-themed gift baskets, and the grand prize of a trip to Jamaica for two.

An interactive experience is planned each day: Grace Foods Chef Ambassador will offer lunch-time cooking demonstrations; Golden Krust patties will be available each afternoon along with Grace Coconut Water and Juices during the Jamaica Patty Hour; each evening a fashion show set to music from Irie Jam Radio and LargeUp’s Dave “DJ Gravy” Susser will help transport visitors to Jamaica.

Known for its exquisite beaches where transparent turquoise waters meet the white sands, Jamaica is what fantasies are made of, and the fall and winter is the perfect time to make it a reality. Offering New Yorkers an escape during those months, Liberty Travel will be on site with exclusive specially priced packages to Jamaica.

For more information about Jamaica, or to plan your next vacation getaway, check out www.visitjamaica.com. Share on social using #FeeltheVibeJamaica.

About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2016. Also in 2016, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the tenth consecutive year. Jamaica was named the top three island in the world by TripAdvisor® in 2016. Additionally, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port; Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport; Club Mobay was named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge; Dolphin Cove was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; the Montego Bay Convention Center was named the Caribbean’s Leading Meeting & Conventions Center; and GO! Jamaica Travel was named the Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.

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Sep 15 Fri 9am-11am Rodin at The Met to Honor Centennial of His Death with Museum’s Historic Collection (Open Sep 16 Sun to Jan 15 Mon)

Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Orpheus and Eurydice, modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893, marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910

Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Orpheus and Eurydice, modeled probably before 1887, carved 1893, marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate its historic collection of the artist’s work in Rodin at The Met, opening September 16, 2017. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, will be displayed in the newly installed and refurbished Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800). The exhibition will feature iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met’s collection by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), will be presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
The extraordinary range of The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s work will be highlighted in an adjacent gallery (Gallery 809) with a selection of drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs of the master sculptor and his art. This focused presentation will introduce visitors to the evolution of Rodin’s draftsmanship and demonstrate the essential role of drawing in his practice. It will also address Rodin’s engagement with photographers, especially Edward Steichen (1879–1973), who served as a key intermediary in bringing Rodin’s drawings to New York.

Rodin at The Met begins a new chapter in the Museum’s long-standing engagement with Rodin. In 1912, The Met opened a gallery dedicated to Rodin’s sculptures and drawings—the first at the Museum devoted exclusively to the work of a living artist. Displayed in that gallery were almost 30 sculptures and, within a year, 14 drawings. During the late 20th century, the historic core of The Met’s Rodin collection was further enhanced by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor and their Foundation’s gifts of more than 30 sculptures, many of them from editions authorized by the artist and cast posthumously. Today, The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s art are among the largest and most distinguished in the United States. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to experience anew Rodin’s enduring artistic achievements.

Rodin at The Met is organized by Denise Allen, Curator in The Met’s Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints; and Alison Hokanson and Asher Ethan Miller, both Assistant Curators in the Department of European Paintings.

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Sep 12 2-4pm Tue (Talk 3pm) Breuer Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980

Anna Maria Maiolino, In-Out (Antropofagia) [In-Out (Antropophagy)], from Fotopoemação [Photopoemaction] series, 1973/74. Black and white analog photograph (Photo: Max Nauenberg). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino, In-Out (Antropofagia) [In-Out (Antropophagy)], from Fotopoemação [Photopoemaction] series, 1973/74. Black and white analog photograph (Photo: Max Nauenberg). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Anna Maria Maiolino

Delirious times demand delirious art, or so this exhibition will propose. The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval. Around the globe, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared. Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences. Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work. In the process, they destabilize space and perception, give form to extreme mental, emotional, and physical states, and derange otherwise logical structures and techniques. Delirious will explore the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.

Divided into four sections—– Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted—– this exhibition will showcase roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists, including Antonio Berni, Dara Birnbaum, Tony Conrad, Hanne Darboven, Dean Fleming, Nancy Grossman, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, Alfred Jensen, Yayoi Kusama, Sol LeWitt, Darcílio Lima, Lee Lozano, Anna Maria Maiolino, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Jim Nutt, Hélio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Abraham Palatnik, Howardena Pindell, Peter Saul, Mira Schendel, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Robert Smithson, Nancy Spero, Paul Thek, and Stan VanDerBeek. About a third of the exhibition will be drawn from The Met collection. Linked by a common distrust of reason, the featured works will alternately simulate and stimulate delirium, straining the limits of both legibility and intelligibility. Ultimately, the exhibition will ask if it is possible to understand a good deal of postwar art, even seemingly rational art, as an exercise in calculated lunacy.
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Sep 12 Tue 11.30 am-1.30 pm Felicity Huffman and Power Your Potential on Being Human Takes Guts at Park Lounge at Gansevoort, 420 Park Ave South at 29th

Desperate Housewives & American Crime Emmy-winning actress Felicity Huffman

Desperate Housewives & American Crime Emmy-winning actress Felicity Huffman

Being Human Takes Guts. Join Emmy-nominated actress in Desperate Housewives & American Crime Emmy-winning actress Felicity Huffman and other inspiring women at the Power Your Potential luncheon to talk about being gutsy at every stage in life. Learn facts about the power of a healthy gut and how it can help improve immune health, mood, memory and more.
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Jul 28 Fri Noon Molly Barnes Presents Bruce Richards

Review: Sporadic humor by Bruce Richards, provocateur
by Sharon Mizota
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-bruce-richards-at-jack-rutberg-fine-arts-20141013-story.html
Bruce Richards’ humorous observations take form at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
I like an art world in-joke as much as the next aesthete, and Bruce Richards’ brand of humor is more accessible and irreverent than most.

The New York artist with roots in the SoCal art scene of the 1970s has stuck to a resolutely representational, often surreal strategy that deflates the grandeur of art history and, somewhat less successfully, history itself.

Paintings and sculptures dating mostly from the last decade but going back to the 1980s comprise a large, if uneven exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

Particularly funny are paintings like “Darwinian Theory” from 2007, which simply juxtaposes the Venus of Willendorf — a voluptuous prehistoric statuette — with a voluptuous Jeff Koons balloon dog.

I also enjoyed the casts and paintings of the modesty fig leaf installed on a cast of Michelangelo’s David when Queen Victoria received it as a gift. The leaf is both prudish and slyly suggestive.

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Jul 27 Thu Molly Barnes Presents Linda Stein

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(Brooklyn Musueum) Linda Stein is a sculptor living and working in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York. Her work has been permeated by the concept of protection for the past three decades. The body of work created in this period is at the center of her current traveling exhibition The Power to Protect: Sculpture of Linda Stein. Through her Excavation series of the 1980s, the Blades series of the 1990s, and her current Knights series, Stein’s work has shifted from the abstract to take on the figurative form of an androgynous or female torso, representing strength and protection.

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Jul 24 Met 10am-noon Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714), the leading painter in the 1680s in viceregal Mexico, was also one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world. The magnificent centerpiece of the exhibition Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque, opening July 25 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is his earliest masterpiece, a monumental painting that has never been exhibited outside its place of origin. Newly conserved, this 28-foot-tall work will span two floors at The Met. Ten additional works, most of which have never been shown in the United States, reveal his technical mastery and unique artistic vision. A highlight is Villalpando’s recently discovered Adoration of the Magi, on loan from Fordham University.

Exhibition Dates: July 25–October 15, 2017
Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor and Floor 1,
Robert Lehman Wing, Galleries 955 and 963

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714) emerged in the 1680s not only as the leading painter in viceregal Mexico, but also as one of the most innovative and accomplished artists in the entire Spanish world. Opening July 25 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque features his earliest masterpiece, a monumental painting depicting the biblical accounts of Moses and the brazen serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus that was painted in 1683 for a chapel in Puebla Cathedral. Newly conserved, this 28-foot-tall canvas has never been exhibited outside its place of origin. Ten additional works, most of which have never been shown in the United States, will also be exhibited. Highlights include Villalpando’s recently discovered Adoration of the Magi, on loan from Fordham University, and The Holy Name of Mary, from the Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe.

Born in Mexico City around mid-century, Cristóbal de Villalpando may have begun his career in the workshop of Baltasar de Echave Rioja (1632–1682). Villalpando’s rise to prominence coincided with the death of Echave Rioja in 1682, just one year before Villalpando painted his ambitious Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus. Villalpando was celebrated in his lifetime, rewarded with prestigious commissions, and honored as an officer of the Mexico City painters’ guild.

Exhibition Overview

 Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus (detail), 1683. Oil on Canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana, Secretaría de Cultura, Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción, Puebla, Mexico

Cristóbal de Villalpando (ca. 1649–1714). Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus (detail), 1683. Oil on Canvas. Col. Propiedad de la Nación Mexicana, Secretaría de Cultura, Dirección General de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural Acervo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción, Puebla, Mexico

The exhibition begins with Villalpando’s masterful Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus, which was painted to decorate a chapel in Puebla Cathedral that was dedicated to a miracle-working image of Christ at the Column. In wealth and importance, Puebla Cathedral was second only to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, for whose sacristy Villalpando also painted three monumental canvases.

This painting—the first in a series of important ecclesiastical commissions—marks a breakthrough in Villalpando’s work, in terms of its grand scale and its audacious conception and execution. He signed it Villalpando inventor, an inscription that distinguishes the artist’s intellectual achievement from his manual skill and asserts his professional status as the learned practitioner of a noble art.

In a bold and erudite arrangement, Villalpando juxtaposed the Old Testament story of Moses and the brazen serpent with the New Testament account of the Transfiguration—an unprecedented pairing of subjects. The two biblical events are staged within a single, continuous sacred landscape that encompasses the wilderness of Exodus and the holy mounts of Calvary and Tabor. Life-size figures of every age and gender, clothed and nude and in an astounding variety of poses and attitudes, populate the composition. The painting’s lower half features the story of Moses making and using the image of the brazen serpent according to God’s instructions to heal Israelites bitten by poisonous serpents. This episode provides a scriptural precedent for the making and use of images in worship, while also affirming the importance of art and artists. The upper half of the composition represents the transfiguration of Jesus’s corporeal body into light, a scene that demanded nothing less than the materialization of light in paint, which Villalpando attained through shimmering color and fluid brushwork.

Ten additional paintings by Villalpando will demonstrate his intense striving as an inventor; his great originality and skill; his ability to convey complex subject matter; and his capacity to envision the divine.

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Jul 20 Thu Met Breuer Exhibition Illuminating the Career of Italian Architect and Designer Ettore Sottsass (Jul 21 Fri–Oct 8 Sun)

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. The exhibition at The Met Breuer, Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical, opening July 21, will reevaluate Sottsass’s career in a presentation of his key works in a range of media—including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. The exhibition will present Sottsass’s work in dialogue with ancient and contemporaneous objects that influenced his practice. This juxtaposition will offer new insight into his designs, situating him within a broader design discourse.

Perhaps best known for his work with the design collective Memphis in the 1980s, Sottsass’s work evolved over the course of his career from modernism to postmodernism. Born in Innsbruck, Austria and educated in Turin, Italy, Sottsass established his studio in Milan in 1947. In his early career, he designed iconic works that reflected a functional and rationalist approach, especially as Olivetti’s design consultant in the creation of the Elea 9003 mainframe computer (1958) and numerous machines and furnishing systems. By the 1960s, Sottsass began to move away from his own modernist beginnings in favor of qualities beyond the functional: he created objects imbued with symbolism, emotional appeal, and global and historical references. Moreover, he infused modern design with a sensitivity for the human condition that many at the time felt modernism largely ignored. The shift in his ideology coincided with a broadening of influences gained through travel to the United States, where he worked briefly in the designer George Nelson’s office, and, especially, to India in 1961, as reflected in the works Ceramics of Darkness (1963) and Tantric Ceramics (1968).

 Ettore Sottsass, "Carlton" Room Divider, 1981. Wood, plastic laminate. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997. © Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass, “Carlton” Room Divider, 1981. Wood, plastic laminate. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997. © Ettore Sottsass

The exhibition at The Met Breuer will highlight landmark projects, including 5 of the original industrial ceramic totems that comprised the Menhir, Ziggurat, Stupas, Hydrants, and Gas Pumps (1965-66) project displayed at the Galleria Sperone in 1967; the iconoclastic and minimalist “Superboxes” (begun 1966); and the “Environment”—a system of modular cabinets for MoMA’s 1972 exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Designed as a conceptual prototype/provocation in the 1970s spirit of questioning social norms, the “Environment” proposes liberation from traditional architectural structures and the social values associated with home ownership in favor of an open-source shared domestic utility catering to a more nomadic or communal existence. This sequence of visionary projects introduced many of the concepts, materials, and techniques that informed the founding of Memphis in 1981.

Sottsass and a small international group of like-minded designers called themselves Memphis in a nod to the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” the ancient capital of Egypt, and the modern city in Tennessee. The collective produced furnishings that were a radical departure from accepted design conventions by reinterpreting design’s basic elements: function, form, material, surface, and color. The totemic “Carleton” Room Divider from 1981 is an outstanding example; its visually disjointed form is antithetical to neatly ordered conventional bookcases. Sottsass justified the odd angles by claiming that books never stand straight anyway. Like Memphis, “Carleton” self-consciously embodies pop and vernacular references that play with perceptions of high and low-veneered in cheap plastic laminates like those used on countertops of 1950s American diners but constructed using very fine cabinetmaking techniques. While marketed and priced beyond the reach of average consumers, the example demonstrates Memphis’s insistence on a designer’s creativity and agency to determine the final product, a value that today contributes to the blurring of the art and design markets and the rise of “collectible design.”

“Masters,” the final section of the exhibition, will present selections of Sottsass’s lesser-known late work in dialogue with pieces by four important 20th-century artists and designers: Piet Mondrian, Jean Michel Frank, Gio Ponti, and Shiro Kuramata. Sottsass’s writings, which often reference the objects that influenced him, appear throughout the exhibition. The inclusion of Frank’s Low table (1983) and a few examples of Sottsass-influenced contemporary design serve as formal comparisons that elucidate basic design and aesthetic principles and how Sottsass diverged from them to become a true design radical.
Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical is organized by Christian Larsen, Associate Curator of Modern Design and Decorative Arts in The Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

In celebration of the exhibition, The Met Store will offer an assortment of limited edition items designed by Sottsass, members of Memphis, and contemporary artists inspired by Memphis, including furniture and home gifts.

Education programs will include a Sunday at The Met on Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm, featuring the design icon and co-founder of the design firm IDEO, David Kelley, on Sottsass. There will also be Family Tours at The Met Breuer, in conjunction with the exhibition, on Saturday, August 12, at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The exhibition will be featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #Sottsass and #MetBreuer.

Exhibition Dates:
July 21–October 8, 2017
Exhibition Location:
The Met Breuer, Floor 3

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Exhibition Illuminating the Career of Italian Architect and Designer Ettore Sottsass to Open July 21 at The Met Breuer

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Jul 12 Wed-13 Thu CE Week-Showstoppers-GetgeekedNY at The Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W 18 St

CE Week 2017 – What’s in store …
Once again this year, CE Week has partnered with getgeeked New York and ShowStoppers to create the tech industry’s only “B2E” (business-to-everyone) event. Participating companies can set up once at the Metropolitan Pavilion and meet with the press, industry attendees, influencers, and enthusiasts over the course of two carefully curated days.

Attendees will see hundreds of amazing new products from tech’s biggest brands and hottest startups on the show floor. They can attend conference sessions featuring tech industry thought leaders, check out exciting special events like the Young Innovators To Watch Awards, take advantage of show specials in the getgeeked Shopping Zone, and lots more.

One Location. Two Days. Three Events.
For over 10 years, CE Week has been where the tech industry goes to lay the foundation for success in the second half of the year, but this year it will deliver participating companies more ROI than any other tech industry event.

That’s because CE Week has partnered with getgeeked New York and ShowStoppers to deliver exhibitors all the audiences they need to engage to be successful in the second half of 2017 at one event.

Whether a company signs up with CE Week, getgeeked New York, or ShowStoppers, all CE Week exhibitors are invited to participate in all three events at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Midtown Manhattan on July 12th and 13th.

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Jun 25 Sun-27 Tues Summer Fancy Food Show Largest Yet, With Classics New and Old, Italy in Lead

Taste cornucopia
One of the great celebrations of summer in NYC is the Fancy Food Show, where if the weather is fine the attendees are well dressed and an upbeat party mood prevails as for example this year when 180,000 special concoctions of tasty food and drinks were offered by more than 2,550 exhibitors from 55 countries, thus quite beyond any one human’s ability to sample more than a fraction, but we stepped up to the mark nonetheless and using serendipity as a guide found some very notable choices, none of them winners of one of the many show awards but in our opinion including many newcomers deserving of gold medals for their inspired achievement in creativity and flavor and ones which we hope will be taken up by distributors who are increasingly clogged by sheer numbers but still feel they have a real duty to introduce the best to the huge American market:

Navitas Organics’ Brooke Golden

At Navitas Organics Brooke Golden from Novato Ca. offered various powders from their range of ‘essential superfoods’ which to make smoothies possibly including every plant phytochemical, protein, probiotic, enzyme and vitamin under the sun either in their Vanilla and Greens blend or in individual packets such as their Peruvian organic cacao powder to pure goji berries from China, with her card bearing the motto “Live Life Positive”, who seemed to benefit from the company herself having been with Navitas for three years but admitted she had an unfair start by being obviously in the pink of health from the start so couldn’t say if the powders had made any actual difference to the way she felt, but she had found it very useful to have a smoothie after a heavy night in the morning before going in to work, and if you want to join her the powders are on the shelves of Whole Foods.

Natalie Morse, marketing manager of Chosen Foods

Chosen Foods of San Diego presented a magnificent lineup of five or six jars of Mayo made from their own supplies of 100 pure avocado oil from Mexico of which they are the world’s biggest supplier and supply 85% of the avocado used in the US by other brands that simply use it as an ingredient under their own label and charge double the price, but their own is available at retail at $7.99 TO $9.99 FOR 12 fluid ounces though not yet at Whole Foods, so you can buy it direct and thus not only pay less but also be sure that it hasn’t been adulterated with lower quality seed oil in an industry which is as much liable to fraud as the more famous case of olive oil, and using avocado oil will have the further advantages of a smoke or burn level of 500 degrees compared to extra virgin olive oil of 320 degrees and thirdly of not masking the taste of what is being fried, as became clear when we tried the jar of Wasabi Mayo, which clearly would be perfect on a nice steak, and as Peggy Fyffi and later Natali Morse of Chosen Food marketing recounted, made it understandable how the company started seven years ago at first struggling until it won a place in Costco and became the biggest in the industry and one in 2016 that used 15 million avocados including sending 30 to 40 truckloads of oil to retail serving for example Spectrum in Whole Foods here in NY which charges double for the same oil, none of it GMO by the way, avocados are not at risk for GMO but dressings with other ingredients of course are, Natalie assuring us that Chosen Foods is very careful to avoid such adulteration, maintaining that quality partly through her assiduous use of PubMed to check scientific publications all as part of Chosen Foods commitment to ethical values of such as transparency and personal respect.

Spyros Nastopoulos of <strong>Greek Family Farm of Magnisia</strong>,

Spyros Nastopoulos of Greek Family Farm of Magnisia,

Spyros Nastopoulos of Greek Family Farm of Magnisia, central Greece, offered the Greek ‘Great Flavors’ Campaign feta from his 3000 sheep either pure or mixed in as one fifth of sheep/cow cheese (Naxos Graviera with its superior taste award in 2015 from the Brussels International Taste and Quality Institute produced by the Naxos Union of Agricultural Cooperatives) together with straight cow, and after a conversation outlining its PDO (Protected Destination of Origin) labeling produced a pure feta package from his cabinet without any label at all covered with real herbs, perhaps oregano, tarragon, and thyme, all of which cheeses without exception had that special feel of purity and access to inherent taste that marks a cheese unprocessed by anything but Nature herself, suggesting that there is nothing better in feta from Greece or anywhere else if that is your criterion, and making it fit that in contributing this achievement to human welfare, including with any luck the land on this side of the Atlantic, if deserved distribution is achieved here, the energetically entrepreneurial Spyros went on to bemoan the state of Greece where the present government is failing to lead the nation out of its excess of welfare unproductivity because in his view it shares the same unwillingness to risk loss of its own sinecures and now he employs 65 people in his expanding export operation yet finds young Greeks often refusing his offer of 800 Euros a month to join in because they prefer to live off their grandpa’s pension and go drinking at night, even though he agrees that this state should actually be the end point of civilization sooner or later if we are ever going to get the burden of excessive growth off the shoulders of the planet, although one admits that the language barrier may have prevented him from realizing that his production of Feta perfection leads to that conclusion if it becomes generalized, and his success in starting his farm with his two cousins in 2000 when they were all in their twenties benefited from hard work and luck, just as the Greek New York mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis said, and he believes in that as the key to success plus choose a job you love and have a vision, and it is such a pity that the young of Greece don’t realise this, although other problems of Greece he mentions are the tendency for the well educated to leave for other lands, and the bad philosophy which leads people to shortchange tourists so they never come back.

Coconut Collaborative with James Averdieck

Arriving at the surprisingly short British row of booths we found the Coconut Collaborative with James Averdieck and Katherine Tyler showing off a novel replacement for yogurt with his Indonesian coconut oil based ultra smooooth little desserts mixing his mild coconut cream combining juice and flesh with flavors in chocolate or lemon or (best) mango and passion fruit that completely dominate the result which therefore has none of the imagined drawbacks of dairy, though Averdieck one of the brains behind the start up and its principle of substituting the health virtues of coconut oil over dairy seemed somewhat winded by the previous week’s American Heart Association meta review of 100 scientific papers since the 1950’s advising that getting rid of saturated fats for mono and polyunsatured fats can reduce heart risk by nearly a third, as much as statin drugs, and since coconut oil contains 82% saturated fat and it can raise bad LDL cholesterol as much as butter, the popular press is now headlining reports with “Forget coconut oil” and similar, rather overlooking the fact that butter and other animal fat long supposed to be heart threats have now been largely redeemed of late with the new-old view of labeling too much sugar as the universal diet villain, not to mention with saturated fat recognized as one the basic building blocks of the nervous system and coconut oil a star performer in building immunity by directly knocking out viruses, such as even the supposedly harmful HIV.

Along the way Olivia Hope-Hawkins of the The Buttermilk Kitchen proffered Crumbly Salted Caramel Fudge and other ways of living dangerously for those who may be aware that English fudge is over 3/4 sugar but are unable to resist its siren call because its lack of restraint in that particular allows it to achieve a peak of perfection not otherwise available to rivals for the top prize such as Polish fudge, even though a hit may be comparable to risking cocaine addiction and at the very least should be followed assiduous toothbrush use including the top surface of the tongue, but if this is done there is certainly nothing like it.

Across from both these standouts in the Brit gallery Alexandra Chamberlain and Julian Dyer of Pots and Co purveyed high quality desserts for the start up desk jockey or time short homebody or stressed air traveler who can have delivered a four star restaurant kitchen crafted dessert in a small but beautiful ceramic ‘pot’ useful around the house for baking or nuts later, and meeting the very highest standards in taste and ingredients for chocolate mavens.

Perdinci from Tuscany now in Florida for the finest possible Tuscany salami, period. Incomparable.
Bradburys Cheese and Chris Chisnall for their White Stilton which those with a liking for soft cheese will rate perfection, pure and simple.
Rebel Kitchen with Rachel Curley and its Coconut drinks, pure or flavored, pink with antioxidants, said to be $2.99 at Fairway, not too bad at all.
Nutribug cricket protein from David Binns, where one kilo of powder is the yield from 10,000 roasted crickets (with oil removed the taste is minimal, he assured us, but we are glad that circumstances so far have not forced us to confirm this).
A major advance on popcorn, Rooted’s popped lotus flower seeds, where popcorn meets quinoa, served by Arun Shroff, who proved that novelty in snacks can still be a long leap forward into fun and satisfaction.
The supreme Polish Wedel chocolate from Warsaw, unchanged by the Korean investors who have taken over the company who at least use the original factory to make it preserved in its original form in the capital, via Christopher Kolodko, Brooklyn Imports, whose sample bars and boxes showed us that nothing can taste as good for you as Wedel milk chocolate with walnuts.
Enrique de Chelminski of Gourmet Fields and chocolate from Costa Rican cacao turned out so good that even 100% pure cacao is perfectly palatable, without a trace of bitterness.

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Jun 20 Tues 8pm Sparkling Polish Gem at Soho International Film Fest: The Eccentrics (On the Sunny Side of the Street)

Freedom through music
An unobtrusive comedy much better than the simple description in the Soho International Film Festival program at Village East Cinema at 2nd Ave and 12th st, The Eccentrics: On the Sunny Side of the Street is an intelligent mix of amusing social commentary, spy mystery, and political satire which is also a fine philosophical celebration of upbeat, soulful swing as a come together refuge from antisocial politics, in this case the wooden and dangerous absurdities of Communism in the fifties in beleaguered Poland.

This accomplished film is a delicate, many petaled rose of good humor, satirical intelligence and unexpected takes on what would be in lesser hands a straightforward tale, but after a brief slow start when the underlying deadly seriousness of the Polish war and postwar experience is quickly established, every scene features a skilfully provocative script by Wlodzimierz Kowalewski (it’s his original novel) and effortlessly deadpan acting by all.

A wholly interesting and amusing standout shouldn’t be blushing unseen on the festival program at Village East Cinema (189 2nd Avenue), where it will be run once at 8pm-10pm on Tuesday, June 20, and we advise anyone with a taste for worldly wit and emotional teasing of the most sophisticated yet pointed kind, the highest achievement in this line of Polish comedy that has been seen in Manhattan for years, should make sure to catch it.

For that will be the only chance here to catch what is the current cap from 2015 to director Janusz Majewski’s body of work which is widely admired in Poland and abroad. The Eccentrics unreels a saga where almost every scene is a pleasing turn and interesting surprise, from the unexpected bonding of official and suspect just returned from London exile over a piano which leads to the suspiciously easy recruitment of good players for his big band renditions of American Patrol and many other top tunes, to the romantic denouement where the uphill seduction by our hero of his personally challenging lead singer (“I won’t tell! – the less you know the more you’ll care!” is her reply to his post success inquiry as to her past life) crumbles catastrophically, revealing that it is political machinations behind the scenes which fill the story with intriguing off kilter interruptions.

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Jun 14 Wed 6-8pm Susan Eley Art Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art Here

Iranian Art Here
Many of the 200,000 Iranians in the region arrived at Susan Eley’s increasingly prominent brownstone gallery on West 90 last evening and they networked with a gusto that filled the spaces of her two up-one-flight rooms and corridor with well dressed bodies and loud conversation so visitors from other ethnic groups generally had a hard time getting an unrestricted view of the great variety of paintings and photographs of contemporary Iranian art on the walls which were not blocked by handsome young dark stubbled faces or young curves clad in bright colors but the great range of works gathered by distinguished gallerina Eley was the keynote of the interesting art which they were ignoring, from the rose flowered scarf through which the figure of a woman could be discerned hung in pride of place above the fireplace, a photograph by black bearded Hossein Fatemi whose 2013 series advancing the image of Iranian culture beyond the crude simplicities of Washington politics has been featured in the Times under the heading “Virtual Truth”, through two exquisite classically styled paintings, to the crude but charmingly evocative work hanging over the spicy snack nuts in the back alcove, a painting of a modestly beaming suitor holding flowers, which was being revisited by a lady from the previous evening, when Eley had gathered a smarter crowd who might be more likely to be potential buyers, who said that the painting spoke to her and she had to come again to take a second look, and when we left young Iranians were still arriving including at the foot of the stairs the short but articulate coffee expert Goli who is working at the Heavenly Rest Cafe for now after cutting short her translation of a book about coffee and moving on from Sweden to the US having decided it was the place to be despite the arrival of the new inhabitant of the Oval Office who might have discouraged a less intrepid young literata, and planning to go with her girl friend to the Philharmonic concert in Central Park afterwards like so many on this warm but cloudless summer evening.

Mina by Hossein Fatemi from Veiled Truth series (2013) Archival inkjet print 35×35 in

Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art
June 14 – August 30, 2017

Beyond the Ban is a group exhibition showcasing the work of leading Iranian artists based in the United States. It features painting, photography and prints by such luminaries as Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Nahid Hagigat, Shoja Azari, Shahram Karimi, Jason Noushin, Afshin Naghouni, Nazanin Noroozi, Raha Raissnia and Hossein Fatemi.

American Art has thrived through the contribution of its immigrants. Beyond the Ban celebrates this dynamic tradition of diversity in American art by showcasing the stunning contributions of one of the immigrant groups targeted by President Trump’s travel ban.

Proceeds will benefit the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a non-profit based in New York City. The exhibit demonstrates the rich stylistic and thematic variety of art being produced today by the vibrant community of Iranian artists living in the US.

Beyond the Ban
Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 14, 6-8pm at Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90St Floor 2
www.susaneleyfineart.com
917-952-7641

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Jun 13 Tue 4pm-7pm 120 Park Avenue Bloomberg’s Government’s “Building the Economy of the Future: Central Europe in a Post-Brexit World

Hungary charms investors
Hungary in the person of Budapest architecture professor Erno Rubik came up with the most famous technotoy of all time in 1974, since when 350 million plus copies of the impossible Cube have been sold, and the much visited country is now advertising its receptivity to investors who are keen to foster the next work of genius in Budapest or alternative cities in the provinces of a land far from the sights of ISIS, where haircuts and lunches are still well below New York prices and where IBM has been present for 80 years, and now shares Ustream achievements with founder Gyula Feher, who says “our only lack is thinking big” and proceeded to think big himself and lead Ustream’s lab in Budapest “which can compete with anyone” into engineering what promises to be a major advance in scooping data from audiovisual on the Web far more efficiently than humans, while David Wiernik from Israel the co-founder of NVN Kft says “we came for the cost and people” but found government officials will phone every week to find out how they can be of help, in fact they have already legislated away taxes on startup revenue, and after giving up selling in China where his software was so popular there were illegal copies on every street corner, he pivoted to autos and won a 30% jump in sales with Toyota adoption in 2010 and now plans to be out in front of cybersecuring the navigation which will steer the autonomous driving that is now being tested at a government center, and which is now the focus of his thousand software engineers in Budapest, and Miklos Santa a partner at Ernst and Young agreed that government support and credits was helpful but emphasized another advantage was security, as shown by his tale of one company that chose a different location but two years later hurried to Hungary after finding that their auto software ‘traveled’ out of their control rather too quickly, all of which added up to numerous pluses for Hungary over other nations for investors though no actual measures were cited, and one left out of the reckoning might be the sense of undisturbed civilization which its residents project at least in the person of the Consul General Ferenc Kumin, who awarded a prize to IBM named for the Chain Bridge which connects the two halves of the city and which therefore celebrated the bridge IBM has built between the US and Hungary in investing in its future, achieving a total of 6000 jobs with 400 added this year, in the same spirit of amicable hospitality that imbued the networking party hosted afterwards with Hungarian wines and beers and chocolates in red heart shaped covers fueling a storm of conversation backed up by canapes and shrimp on sticks which vanished as fast as they could be served.

Left in the lurch, or free to forge ahead?

Left in the lurch, or free to forge ahead?

Bloomberg’s Government’s “Building the Economy of the Future: Central Europe in a Post-Brexit World”
June 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm EST

On Tuesday, June 13, Bloomberg Government will host an invitation only-event sponsored by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency and the Hungarian Consulate with top investors, government and business leaders and innovative entrepreneurs to examine the challenges and opportunities as countries in Central and Eastern Europe respond to Brexit and other geopolitical and economic realities while transforming their economy from one reliant on low-cost manufacturing to one increasingly powered by technology and high-value products and services.

Our program will take a deep dive on how industry and markets are viewing opportunities in the region post-Brexit and examine the impact of restrictions to the flow of skilled EU workers to Britain. Will talent head east? How viable are the innovation hubs that are rapidly developing in the region?

Speakers include:
– Karan Bhatia, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric
– Robert Esik, President, Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency
– Gyula Feher, Co-Founder and CTO, Ustream, an IBM Company
– Ferenc Kumin, Consul General, Hungary
– Levente Magyar, State Secretary for Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
– Kevin A. Murray, Managing Director and CEO, Central Europe, Citibank
– Miklos Santa, Partner, Eastern European Business Group, Global Tax Desks, Ernst & Young
– David Wiernik, Co-Founder and President, NavNGo

When: Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm EST
Where: Bloomberg L.P., 120 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10017

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Jun 12 Mon 10am-Noon Met – Bamboo Art of Japan, Abbey Collection, The Sackler Wing Galleries (Jun 13-Feb 4 18)

Bamboo art and time
Fast growing, enduring, and pliable when treated bamboo is the preferred food of pandas who live on its shoots, part of the daily life of East Asia for two millennia (the Chinese and Japanese characters for bamboo are incorporated in a thousand others including flute, writing brush, box and basket) and the malleable material of patient and dedicated artists in a five hundred year tradition in Japan that is still going strong, combining the abstract qualities of fine art and the hands on satisfaction of usefully transforming Nature, as well as symbolizing longevity, strength and hardiness, and this revelatory show is an outstanding selection of what has resulted over the last two centuries, from flower vases and boxes and shapes in the form of a cicada and other representations of nature to splendidly woven bowls and wave forms and even a huge spiralling wave rising over the entrance to the exhibition ordered from a current master (Tanabe Chikuunsai IV), all of it imbued with the timeless quality of extended and careful attention and construction taking as long as a year or more, starting with the initial personal choice of wood from the north, middle or south of Japan, which runs accordingly from hard to soft, and including here seventy one choice works promised the Met by Diane and Arthur Abbey, collectors who became fascinated by bamboo art in 1999, and will now transform the Met’s holdings of this art form which started with Edward Moore designer at Tiffany who in 1891 gave the museum nearly eighty bamboo baskets as well as other Japanese craft work, and the unfolding of these exquisite forms in the spacious low lit Sackler Wing galleries under the kindly gaze of tall Buddhist statues is informed by a very well illustrated magazine format monograph by curator Monika Bincsik which celebrates the emergence of this art form to world attention in the last forty years.

Honma Hideaki. Flowing Pattern, 2014. Japanese timber bamboo, dwarf bamboo, and rattan. Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey

Honma Hideaki. Flowing Pattern, 2014. Japanese timber bamboo, dwarf bamboo, and rattan. Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey

A spectacular loan exhibition devoted to masterworks of Japanese bamboo art—including award-winning works by six artists who were designated as Living National Treasures—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning June 13. Featuring more than 90 works dating from the late 19th century to the present, Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection will explore the refined beauty and technical sophistication of Japanese bamboo, which has been little known in the West until recent years. Opening with a monumental bamboo sculpture by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (b. 1973)—a site-specific installation created for The Met—the exhibition will highlight key stages in the modern history of Japanese bamboo art while introducing the main lineages of bamboo masters and showing the emergence of a contemporary bamboo art. The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection is one of the finest assemblages of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture in private hands. The majority of the works have never before been presented to the public, and more than 70 are recent promised gifts to The Met.

The exhibition is made possible by Diane and Arthur Abbey.
For hundreds of years, simple, everyday utensils as well as refined bamboo vessels were made according to local traditions and techniques passed down from generation to generation. It was not until the end of the 19th century that bamboo craftsmanship began to be recognized as one of the traditional Japanese decorative arts, and later as an art form.

Organized broadly by three geographical production areas—Kansai, Kanto, and Kyushu—the exhibition will feature masterworks by pioneer bamboo artists of the Meiji (1868–1912) and Taisho (1912–1926) periods as well as later masters such as Iizuka Rokansai, who created innovative works that became the foundation for contemporary bamboo art. The show will also feature pieces by modern bamboo artists. The works will be augmented by a selection of paintings and decorative arts exploring related themes, such as the four seasons, floral compositions (ikebana), and the tea ceremony.

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Jun 7 Wed 7.30pm HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC and discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung at Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium Bway 62/63

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

Bullseye shorts make even makers cry

On the huge screen in the David Rubenstein Atrium two shorts on Iraq offered with thunderous sound track brief but arrow-penetrating glimpses of the on-the-ground reality of Iraq, first with Taking Back Iraq dynamic coverage of troops advancing towards the Isis held city Mosul through a nearby town, where a two day old horrid corpse lies with rotting empty rib cage (and enough hair that the Iraq militia commander takes off his cap to expose his own shining baldness and joke “He should give it to me!”), and a vast machine is dragged from underground where it had carved an extensive tunnel network behind the front line, and this exciting glimpse of war was followed by The Lost Generation, where the boldly challenging Isobel Yeung investigates the whole as yet untalked of catastrophe of a huge new generation of Iraqi teens more numerous than adults now who have no job or life role except as fodder for the ongoing religious war between Sunni and Shia with no end in sight, with irresponsible mullahs urging them towards death without compunction (Isobel Yeung asks one whether he is right to sit on his throne in comfort and keep his sons by him while he sends others’ sons to die) and one 14 year old sobbing on the grave of one of his many lost friends that he would willingly have gone instead, and showing the camera his phone with images of severed heads of the enemy he keeps to make himself feel better while expecting death sooner or later himself, and admitting that for all his commitment to his local religious cause he wishes he lived somewhere else where he could have a decent normal life, and from the audience afterwards an ex CBS researcher brought up the question of the age old conflict felt by journalists who cover vulnerable people by asking the panel made up of the producer and editor and supervising producer of The Lost Generation if they too suffered the guilt she had later felt in having to leave behind the subjects they had exploited without rescue or recompense, and David McDougall the producer of The Lost Generation said yes but that the journalistic line of objectivity and uninvolvement had to be respected in doing the work, and that bonding with the subject and wanting to do something for them was an occupational hazard about which nothing could be done, and in conversation afterwards both the skillful and notably well informed and thoughtful editor of The Lost Generation Joe Langford, and Beverly Chase the supervising editor at VICE on HBO, who produces this series for Friday nights aimed at informing youth in the US about major issues, both admitted that they frequently have shed tears for their subjects but again, there was nothing to be done, objectivity had to be maintained, though Beverly allowed that our suggestion that an independent foundation might be set up to take referrals might have potential.

HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
“Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” is hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung.

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30PM
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

The city of Mosul has been central in the war to defeat Islamic State. Last October, a U.S. supported coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish troops announced a long-awaited offensive to retake the city. In the latest episode of HBO’s VICE, correspondent Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. Then, with Islamic State seemingly on the verge of defeat in Iraq country, the question of what happens next is far from certain. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq, with one of the youngest populations of any country in the world to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth. Watch the trailer here.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, moderated by VICE’s Beverly Chase. Please note: Seating is limited and first come first served.

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Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30PM

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