Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JERROLD NADLER: PRESIDENT'S BUDGET IS ABSURD

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CONGRESS AT WORK
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Jerrold Nadler



Jerrold Nadler Speaks -- Several weeks ago, the White House released the president’s budget, a document outlining the administration’s spending priorities for our nation. As many of us expected, it was absurd; full of disastrous cuts that will harm everyday Americans. But I cannot say that I am surprised, the budget simply reflected the policies and priorities the Administration has been advocating for since Day 1.


As an example of what I believe are some of the president's proposed draconian cuts, the budget eliminates Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which help families stay in safe, affordable housing and supports programs such as Meals on Wheels, which provides food to the sick and elderly. The budget also cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which works to ensure we have clean air to breathe and water to drink.


Furthermore, the budget ramps-up military spending in a show of force that doesn't make our country any safer and may well provoke friend and foe alike. It makes devastatingly unrealistic cuts to the State Department — including removing the Special Envoy position dedicated to monitoring antisemitism around the globe — which would cripple our diplomatic efforts to prevent and solve conflicts peacefully.


Congress should oppose this absurd budget, which doesn’t even achieve the House Majority's long-stated goal of deficit reduction, but does threaten the lives of every single American. 


JEAN SHAFIROFF ATTENDS FASHION INSTITUTE FETE

Jean Shafiroff




Spotted: Philanthropist and Socialite Jean Shafiroff wearing B. Michael Couture at the 2017 Fashion Institute of Technology Award Dinner 2017


Last week the Fashion Institute of America honored Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy's at its Annual Dinner in New York City. Over 1000 guests attended the event which was held at the Marriot Marquis, including FIT President, Joyce Brown and fashion icons and celebrities including Ryan Seacrest, Anna Wintour, Ralph Lauren, David Lauren, Vera Wang, Jean Shafiroff and B. Michael. Over $4.5 Million was raised to benefit FIT's Educational Development Fund and the Terry Luncgren Center for Retailing at the Unvitersity of Arizona. For more information on FIT go to www.fitnyc.edu


  Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CONDOLA RASHAD @ SDC FOUNDATION "MR ABBOTT"

Condola Rashad



Chirlane McCray And Kenny Leon




Condola Rashad looked stunning and is pure fashion at the SDC Foundation's "Mr. Abbott" Award Honoring Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon at espace 635 last night in New York City.


THE EXTENDED MAX'S KANSAS CITY 1976 & BEYOND

Max's Kansas City CD Cover Photo




Max's Kansas City is the legendary New York City nightclub that became the focal point for the city's hip artistic community from the late 60's until the early 80's. In its initial period, it was famously often populated by Andy Warhol's Factory crowd, and played host to new artists such as the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, the Stooges, Bruce Springsteen and countless others. It became a base for jet-setters, glam rockers and celebs, until the scene faded and it shut its doors at the end of 1974.



Reopened in 1975 under new management, Peter Crowley was hired as music director. The new young bands he booked helped spawn, in tandem with CBGBs, the New York City punk scene. In 1976 Peter compiled a studio album of acts associated with the club, Max's Kansas City 1976, to help promote the club. It featured the first released recordings of Suicide, The Fast and Warhol-era veteran Wayne County, whose title-track gave a roll-call of many of the famous acts who'd regularly performed there.



Now the original album is reissued as Max's Kansas City 1976 & Beyond, greatly extended to 40 tracks on a double-CD and a selection of 25 tracks on a double-LP. As well as the aforementioned Suicide, Fast and Wayne County, the new extended album features the New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and Sid Vicious amongst many others. It includes many previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Compiled by Peter Crowley, who also contributes notes detailing the history of the album. Writer, musician and Max's scenester Jimi LaLumia provides historical overview sleeve-notes along with biographies of the artists in a 20-page booklet.



Jimi LaLumia writes:



"Max's Kansas City 1976 as an expanded edition two record vinyl and double CD collection, celebrates the historic first compilation of recordings by bands that were making big noise in New York City, and, thanks to a hyper active UK music press, around the world in a pre internet, truly underground manner. Melody Maker, a British music weekly, was especially keen on the post Velvet Underground / New York Dolls / Alice Cooper / Iggy & The Stooges scene that was inspiring the most unusual creatures to want to be in bands.



The Max's album was my go to album for months; finally, tracks from Wayne County, Cherry Vanilla, and The Fast... Not to mention Suicide and Pere Ubu. I got introduced to Harry Toledo and the John Collins band: I won't go into all the details here, because I wrote extensive detailed liner notes for the Jungle Records UK re issue coming in May, with additional notes from Peter Crowley, which are worth the price of the album, not to mention all the added extra tracks, so I'll simply say that if you think you know everything about the late 70's downtown scene, some additional reading material and bonus tracks are headed your way."



This item can be pre-ordered via MVD Shop or on Amazon


'LET IT FALL' LOS ANGELES 1982-1992 DOCUMENTARY

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A FILM BY JOHN RIDLEY
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LET IT FALL





Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992 will be released in theaters April 21. The feature documentary takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.



Produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions, a broadcast length version of the documentary will air on Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising.



LET IT FALL delves beyond the conflicts between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans. 



Ridley won an Oscar® for writing “12 Years a Slave” and is the creator, director, and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime,” which is currently airing Season Three. His limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, and Babou Ceesay co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature for Showtime and Sky Atlantic will premiere April 16 on Showtime.



A team of veteran ABC News journalists join Ridley in the production of LET IT FALL, led by producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has been honored for her work on documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events with multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow, and Emmy Awards. This is the first theatrical production for Condon, as well as ABC News.



LET IT FALL is written and directed by John Ridley. Produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Ridley. Co-producer is Melia Patria and producer is Fatima Curry. Editing is by Colin Rich and cinematography by Sam Painter and Ben McCoy. Original score by Mark Isham.



ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS


ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” ABC’s “Madoff,” the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly-owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is senior vice president of Lincoln Square Productions.



RT: 145 min / Not Yet Rated

Monday, March 27, 2017

CHRIS EVANS TALKS CANDID TO E! NEWS ABOUT 'GIFTED'

Chris Evans




E! NEWS -- Chris Evans' plan to be a dad one day isn't the only thing he revealed to E! News when we sat down with him last week to talk about his new movie Gifted.



Here are five more things we learned about the hunky actor that ya gotta know.



1. Young Love: Evans said he had at least three celebrity crushes when he was a kid. "Elisabeth Shue from Adventures of Babysitting and Karate Kid!...Lori Loughlin was a big one. Come on, who didn't love Lori Loughlin? She hasn't aged at all. Sandra Bullock was a big one too...like when I was like in seventh or eight grade."



2. Song & Dance: Evans not only knows how to tap dance (just ask any of his co-stars, who frequently comment on his awesome dancing skills), but he'd love to star in a musical. "I'm looking to find one," he said, adding, "I love Gene Kelly, he was great. Wouldn't it be great to do a [Gene Kelly] biopic or something like that?"



Or Guys & Dolls! "That would be great, too," Evans said. "I did that in high school."



3. Be Our Guest: Evans hasn't seen the new Beauty and the Beast yet, but he will. "I am a Disney buff," said Evans.



4. It's Elementary: Evans' favorite subject in school was math. "I probably didn't like English too much," he said. "I hate spelling and grammar." (He stars in Gifted as a boat mechanic who is raising his six-year-old math prodigy niece.)



5. Super Power: Evans' official reign as Captain America is set to end after the third and fourth Avengers movies. "After that my contract is done so it's out of my hands," he said. However, he may not be ready to put down that shield: "I have been doing this for so long, it's tough to think about not doing it. For almost a decade now there has always been one around the corner. I would be open to it. I love playing that guy."



Gifted is in theaters on April 12.




WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE @ TRISKELION ARTS

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee




Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater, presents Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - Butoh for Waste Prevention: Reducing Coffee Trash in New York at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $16 and are available at HERE.



Vangeline Theater seeks to increase environmental awareness in New York and nationally, resulting in a positive impact on our ecosystem. As a key component of this initiative, Vangeline Theater will remount an evening-length Butoh performance piece, for a total of three performances, and the final show will coincide with Earth Day on April 22, 2017.



Wake Up and Smell the Coffee utilizes the intensity of the art form Butohto convey a serious problem: the environmental repercussions of non-recyclable waste. The tradition and techniques of Butoh are rooted in an art form that has the power to bring us back to our humanity and become closer to the Earth through meditative and hypnotic movement motifs. This includes uncomfortable truths we need to face, such as confronting the "garbage," or grotesque parts of our society. The performers will literally dance through garbage; a set made of collected unsalvageable coffee cups. This initiative will serve to increase environmental awareness in New York City through dance and have a tangible impact on our ecosystem.



Currently, Americans are responsible for a staggering 58% of the paper cup consumption in the world. NYC counts 212 Starbucks, 454 Dunkin Donuts, and 974 other coffee shops for a total of 1,700 coffee shops within the five boroughs. This results in a daily mountain of non-recyclable coffee cup trash, which, for the most part, ends-up in a landfill. There are 4100 coffee shops in the Tri-State area alone, which represents an estimated 14 million cups that New Yorkers will generate over the next 10 years. The paper cups used at coffee shops across NYC are laminated with a plastic resin, polyethylene, which helps keep beverages warm and prevents leaking but also prevents the cup from being recycled. Once in a landfill, the paper begins to decompose, releasing methane, a greenhouse gas with 23 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. This issue is directly linked to the threat of global warming. 



Wake Up and Smell the Coffee originally premiered at Triskelion Arts in 2015. It included a set made of 1500 used, disposable coffee cups, illustrating the extensive amount of non-recyclable waste generated by society. Since that performance, the state of waste in New York hasn't changed for the better, so a revised and amplified 2017 version, now featuring New York Butoh star Vangeline backed by a company of nine members from Vangeline Theater, will expand the reach of the work's message with new choreography, performance elements, and panel discussions with environmental scientists such as Paul Bartlett, Environmental Services Consultant and scholar in residence at St. Peter's University.The show will inspire audience members to make a positive lifestyle change. Vangeline Theater will partner with the public education program GreeNYC, and will have audiences sign pledge forms online. Programs will be printed on recycled materials. Sustainable, bpa free, recycled & recyclable durable mugs will be available at each performance to encourage the discontinuation of buying and disposing coffee cups.



ABOUT VANGELINE THEATER



Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is Artistic Director of The Vangeline Theater Inc., an all-female dance company that she founded in 2002. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century.


Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The mission of Vangeline Theater is to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. Vangeline Theater was selected as a finalist for the Creative Climate Awards in NYC in 2016.


The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines; and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. Vangeline Theater aims to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action. Vangeline's Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records' Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX, and is featured in a major motion picture "The Letter" with James Franco and Winona Ryder, as well as on CNN's Great Big Story. She is currently in collaboration with Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding and Japanese musician Yuka C. Honda on the project Virgin Writes.


ABOUT TRISKELION ARTS 



Triskelion Arts houses five lovely rehearsal studios, one of which is a the fully-equipped black-box performance space, the Muriel Schulman Theater, and one of which is the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater. The original space, in heart of Williamsburg at 118 N. 11th Street, opened in 2000 where it thrived for nearly 15 years before its recent relocation to a two-story, stand-alone, treelined corner in Greenpoint. Triskelion offers affordable rehearsal, class and performance space to hundreds of working artists and hosts a full roster of shows and classes. The Triskelion Arts Presents program presents full-length or half-evening-length work of over 50 select artists and companies every year. Additionally, Triskelion's annual festivals feature the work of over 75 choreographers, clowns, comics, and film makers. The organization is grateful for past or current support from Dance Theater Workshop, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, the Brooklyn Arts Council/JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council


 Photo Courtesy Of: Michelle Tabnick Communications

Friday, March 24, 2017

HENRY SEGERSTROM CELEBRATED @ CARNEGIE HALL

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Rita Cosby



Anton Segerstrom With Terry J. Lundgren




Henry Segerstrom, philanthropist and visionary developer of California’s South Coast Plaza was celebrated at Carnegie Hall by a VIP gathering of philanthropists, cultural dignitaries, filmmakers, performing artists, and leaders of global fashion brands. Macy’s CEO and Chairman Terry J. Lundgren offered welcoming remarks on behalf of Elizabeth Segerstrom, the glamorous and gracious hostess of the event honoring the life of her husband, who passed away in 2015. Lundgren also introduced world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming who sang a Puccini aria followed by a beautiful and emotionally affecting “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which Fleming knew to be Segerstrom’s favorite from her long friendship with the family.

Anton Segerstrom With Renee Fleming And Elizabeth Segerstrom




Angela Lauren
Guests included H.E. Nassir and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Charles Askegard, Prosper Assouline, Michele Ateyeh, Yanna Avis, Laurie Bodor, Ashley Bouder, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Cece Cord, Rita Cosby, Tom Costello, Drew Damman, Tiffany Dubin, Maxim and Irina Dvorovenko, Lanessa Elrod, Chip Fisher, Olivia Flatto, Christopher Forbes, Francine LeFrak & Rick Friedberg, Michele Gerber Klein, Delphine and Guillaume Gesquiere, Michael Gould, Catherine Hall, Maria Hall Brown, Catharine Hamilton, Gregory & Margaret Hedberg, John Buffalo Mailer, Kevin McKenzie, Chris Minev, Aldo Moschini, Lami Oladipo, Daniel Paltridge, Cole Rumbaugh, Andy Russell, Dame Jillian Sackler, Anton Segerstrom, Stephanie Stokes, Timothy and Susan Straider, Ty Woodson and Judy Zankel.



The evening began with the New York premiere of a PBS film about Segerstrom’s life screened at the Directors Guild of America Theater, introduced by its producer Maria Hall-Brown. The documentary tells the story of how Segerstrom and his family developed their Orange County lima bean fields and dairy farm into South Coast Plaza, the luxury shopping center in Orange County celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Fern Mallis With Michael Gould And Sarah Moss



Renee Fleming
The film “Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” which premieres on New York’s public television stations on Friday, March 31 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and Sunday, April 2 at 10 p.m. on WLIW21, includes recent recollections and archival footage of many of world-renowned men and women who knew Segerstrom as a business partner, patron of the arts and architecture, luxury retail innovator, and friend. They include Cesar Pelli, Isamu Noguchi, Misty Copeland, Bruce Nordstrom, Valery Gergiev, Frank Gehry, Michael Gould, Rudolf Nureyev, and Peter Walker, and many others. The retail and fashion leaders in the audience have some of their brands’ most profitable stores among the 250 boutiques at the destination retail center, which Lundgren called “the best in the country” and enjoys annual revenue of more than $1.8 billion. The NYC arts world admires the Segerstroms for their support of cultural institutions like Carnegie Hall and American Ballet Theater, as well as the world-renowned performing arts center that bears the Segerstrom name. Henry Segerstrom served on the board of Carnegie Hall, as well as many other New York-based corporate and cultural boards. He was awarded the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence 2010.

Lucia Hwong Gordon



Henry Segerstrom and the Segerstrom family donated gifts of land and significant funding first to South Coast Repertory Theater, the first arts organization based on what would evolve to become Segerstrom Center for the Arts. SCR won which later won the Tony Award for best repertory theater and commissioned and premiered plays that later played on Broadway, including “Three Days of Rain,” “Vietgone,” “The Beard of Avon” and Pulitzer Prize winner “Wit.”



The RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall debuted in 2006 by presenting Wagner’s Ring Cycle in its entirety. TheMariinsky Theater production included the Kirov Opera, Orchestra and Ballet in residence in Orange County, and featured Placido Domingo singing Siegmund in "Die Walkuere."



And in March 2017, Segerstrom Hall featured the world premiere of ABT’s “Whipped Cream.” The new ballet choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky that features stunning set and costume design by pop-surrealist visionary Mark Ryden will have it’s New York debuts May 20 as part of ABT’s 2017 Spring Gala on Monday, May 22. Elizabeth Segerstrom, who is often in New York at the Central Park apartment she shared with her husband Henry, is a chair of the event, as she was for ABT’s 75th anniversary gala in 2015. To learn more: henrysegerstrom.com


REAL ESTATE: MICHAEL JACKSON'S NEVERLAND 4 SALE

Suzanne Somers



“Suzanne Somers' Palm Springs Compound”



Actress Suzanne Somers and her TV-host husband, Alan Hamel, have created an earthy, and at the same time, glamorous estate which is now on the market at $35 million. Modeled after L’oustau De Baumaniere in Provence, France, the compound is on 73 acres and set into the side of a craggy mountainside in Palm Springs. There are five buildings with 8,826 square feet of living space designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey. Included are an outdoor amphitheater, meditation garden, dance floor, pool, spa, hiking trails and natural waterfall. Much of the home’s furnishings collected by Suzanne and Alan in their world travels are included in the sale. Scott Lyle of Teles Properties is the listing agent.



“Created Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago”

Lemon Hill



In Palm Beach, architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed fabulous mansions including President Trump’s Southern White House, Mar-a-Lago, which he originally designed for heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s. Carefully constructed using old-world crafters, many of his homes are more important today than they were when originally built. He also designed the Florida Governor’s Mansion and Shangri La - Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii.



One of Wyeth’s homes, Lemon Hill, has just come on the market. Built in 1939 and tucked away on 2.24 private tropical acres at the end of a canal leading into the Florida Intracoastal Waterway, the two-story main house at 6,206 square feet has four bedrooms, six baths, large formal rooms with high ceilings and fireplaces, a cypress-paneled library that opens to the pool terrace and a large kitchen and breakfast room to service a large family or for entertaining. Between the main house, guest house, pool house and maid’s quarters, there are a total of seven bedrooms and twelve baths. A private dock has the capacity to house a large yacht and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the water. Co-listing agents are Keith Neff and Quisqueya Neff of Sotheby’s International Realty.



“Michael Jackson's Neverland Is a Bargain”


Michael Jackson's Neverland



It might not be a bargain but Michael Jackson’s Neverland, sans Michael’s menagerie of animals and carnival rides, is now much more affordable. First put on the market in 2015 with an asking price of $100 million, it has been relisted at $67 million for its 2,700 acres, lakeside mansion, sports courts, guest houses and famous floral clock.



Designed in 1982 by Robert Altevers, the main house at 12,000 square feet has rooms of large scale containing formal rooms, fireplaces, a comfortable but commercially functioning eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors from an 18th-century French villa, six bedrooms including a master suite complex on two levels with fireplace in sitting room, two large baths and cedar walk-in closets, one with a hidden safe room. There is a four-bedroom guesthouse, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a free-form swimming pool, large covered barbecue area, basketball court, tennis court, 50-seat movie theater with private balcony and stage, and a four-acre lake with waterfall. The new listing agent is Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International.



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KIERNAN SHIPKA DOES NYC SELFIES WITH HER FANS

Kiernan Shipka




Kiernan Shipka was spotted on the streets of New York City yesterday. The nice star posed for selfies with her fans who braved the cold weather to see her. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men.