In the world of DANCE
Many people recall the weekly television programs testifying to the innovation, determination and brilliance of a contemporary dance scene that exploded in the 1980's and 1990's.
Those video programs and all the raw footage is gathered in THE EYE ON DANCE LEGACY ARCHIVE CAMPAIGN which is preserving America's dance heritage.
Considered one of the single largest primary source archives on dance, EYE ON DANCE needs your help now to stop the videotape deterioration erasing the commentary and performances of bold artists who made a difference to our national dance heritage.

Many of the artists captured were artists with AIDS who are no longer living or documented elsewhere.
Your support is essential.

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EYE ON DANCE at 30: Le temps retrouvé
Read about EYE ON DANCE celebrating it's 30th Anniversary and appearance at the Dance on Camera Festival with a program on Pilobolus (1/28 at 6:30PM) and the 30th Anniversary Loop playback in the Furman Gallery.
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Matthew Gurewitsch
EYE ON DANCE in RaineMagazine
Life long supporter of the arts, Celia Ipiotis has led a fascinating career as creator and host of the critically acclaimed series Eye On Dance. With a body of work that spans over two decades, Eye On Dance featured artists from all genres of dance emphasizing the interconnectedness of each art form. To continue reading click Here.
In 1981 we explored the topic of American Vernacular dance with Loretta Abbott and Alfred Perryman. Shot on 1/2 inch reel-to-reel black and white video, this represents the 11th program in a series of close to 400 broadcast episodes. It's rare due to its age, and the beauty of Miss Loretta Abbott. Take a look at a singular team: Click Here
Click HERE to view an excerpt of Mel Tomlinson on EYE ON DANCE in 1987.
JoyceStream, a selection of full-length performances available weekly from artists and companies from current and past Joyce seasons, currently features two works by Cuban flamenco star Irene Rodriguez, available through May 15. That same day, Friday, May 15 at 7pm, The Joyce will begin streaming the Stephen Petronio Company performing its topical and provocative American Landscapes through May 22.

The Joyce Theater celebrates National Tap Dance Day with the artistic directors of the Tap Family Reunion, an annual program created to honor the special day which also marks the birthday of tap legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Streaming for 24-hours beginning at 5pm on Monday, May 25 will be Dormeshia’s critically acclaimed And Still You Must Swing, featuring performances by Dormeshia, Derick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, and Camille A. Brown.

In honor of visionary ballet master August Bournonville, The Joyce will stream two short films by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Signe Roderik. Beginning Friday, May 29 at 5pm, The Art of Silence will be available for streaming through Monday, June 1. This 27-minute film looks at character dance as a key element in classical story ballets, with leading Bournonville expert and Royal Danish Ballet dancer Morten Eggert as guide. In Danish with English subtitles.

From Monday, June 1 at 5pm through Thursday, June 4 at 10am, Roderik’s When I Dance will be available for streaming. Through the eyes of pre-teens Ella and Sylvester, two of the Royal Danish Ballet School's rising stars, the 35-minute When I Dance offers audiences an inside look at the world of ballet from a child's perspective. In Danish with English subtitles.
Computer near you
5/14 - 6/4

As a reminder: For the first time, the annual Batsheva Dancers Create event is going digital. Every year, dancers from both the Company and Young Ensemble have the opportunity to create and showcase their own works in two separate, self-produced evenings. This year, the two companies combine forces to bring you an incredible 10-day online festival that will include live performance, interactive performance, film, music, photography, and other visual art. Enjoy several exclusive world premieres that will be presented daily.
The Festival begins today at 11am EST and will continue through Sunday, May 24, with different content each day. We invite you to enjoy at The schedule is available here.
Tigertail: Alan Yang on Immigration and Sacrifice
Monday May 18 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm New York time
Participate in a conversation with Tigertail director Alan Yang on his critically acclaimed debut film and his perspectives on immigration, identity, and the American dream. Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning producer Janet Yang moderates.

Asia Society Presents 2020 Osborn Elliott Prize for Journalism on Asia Tuesday May 19 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am New York time
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Join us for a webcast conversation with Gerry Shih of The Washington Post, the 2020 winner of Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for his wide-ranging and penetrating coverage of China in the last year, and other high-profile panelists. Please note: This event is complimentary to members of the media and registration is required in advance in order to watch the limited webcast. Please register to

A Conversation With Managing Director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva
Tuesday May 19 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am New York time
Asia Society Policy Institute is delighted to host Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva for a discussion on the global economic ramifications of COVID-19. She will be joined in conversation with ASPI President Kevin Rudd. Please register to
5/18 - 24

Whether you're dancing for fun or working toward your fitness goals, we have a class for you! Join DTH for FREE, LIVE open classes: Monday – Saturday, 6:30-7:15pm EDT on our YouTube channel.
Mon. May 18 Tips and Advice for training en pointe by Karen Brown
Tue. May 19: Ballet Barre and basics Crystal Serrano
Wed. May 20 Ballet for everyone Amanda Smith
Thu. May 21 Bomba Liz Iturbe
Fri. May 22 Horton Technique Anthony Santos

5/18 - 22
Enjoy unprecedented access to the essential power of Graham. The Graham Zoom Workshop is taught by our incomparable Company dancers! Choose from 16 classes each week: Graham Basics, Intermediate, Advanced, Fast Advanced, Open Level Graham Repertory and GrahamCore Workout.
5/18 - 24
BAM launches DanceAfrica digitally with a series of public programs celebrating the nation’s largest African dance festival and its community, programs launch May 18.
Offerings include conversations with Abdel R. Salaam, Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, Mikki Shepard, DanceAfrica Elders, and more; online dance classes; streams of past performances; FilmAfrica; and other programs that bring the joy of DanceAfrica into audiences’ home.
Popular Brooklyn bazaar goes digital for the first time in 43 years highlighting 20+ small businesses through an online marketplace, May 14—June 15
May 15—June 15 DanceAfrica Digital Bazaar
May 18 Music and DanceAfrica with Baba Bradley Simmons and Foluso Alamide Mimy
May 20 Contemporary Dance and DanceAfrica with Rennie Harris, Jamel Gaines, and Ronald K. Brown
May 21 FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & African Film Festival, Inc.
May 22 Bantaba Hip-Hop Dance Class with James “Cricket” Colter
May 25 DanceAfrica, The Early Years with Mikki Shepard
May 26 DanceAfrica and The Council of Elders with Mamma Normadien Woolbright and Baba N’goma Woolbright
May 27 DanceAfrica and The Council of Elders with Mamma Lynette White-Mathews and Baba Bill (William) Mathews
May 28 FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & African Film Festival, Inc.
May 28 Education and DanceAfrica with Karen Thornton Daniels, Sabine LaFortune, Coco Killingsworth, and Abdel R. Salaam
May 29 Bantaba West African Dance Class with Karen Thornton Daniels and Farai Malianga
May 29 DanceAfrica Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow with Coco Killingsworth, Charmaine Warren, and Abdel R. Salaam
Bloomberg Philanthropies is the Season Sponsor
5/18 - 6/15
Dance On! An Evening with the Mark Morris Dance Group
Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm
Free The Dance Group will present four new videodances choreographed by Mark Morris in this event streamed online, also featuring a live question-and-answer session with Morris and Colin Fowler, MMDG Music Director.
Morris and Fowler rehearsed with the company from their homes using Zoom. They collaborated to edit together the music and videos of the 18 individual dancers to create short videodances.
Lonely Waltz - La Valse (Ravel)
Sunshine - "You Are My Sunshine" (recorded by Gene Autry)
Lonely Tango - Sports et divertissements (Satie)
Anger Dance - Anger Dance (Cowell)

Due to the disruption of the Coronavirus epidemic, Broadway, Off Broadway and the rest of the theater scene will be dark until producers determine it is safe to congregate in large numbers. Many of the companies are producing new, on-line programs and webcasting programs that cannot be seen in person.
Please take note and contribute when and where you can to help arts industry.
NYC Theaters
3/25 - 6/21
They're still going strong and mad as ever in a bluish, funnish way. The current program incorporates new tech visuals and puns on our ultra connected society. Highly physical, the wise-cracking show appeals to the young and all manner of age groups. In addition to the audience-loving shows, the members of Blue Man Group give back to their community with a project that focuses on youngsters using their imaginations. What a thought!
Astor Place Theater
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the creators of “South Park.” Directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Mismatched Mormon boys are sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get, features Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Nikki M. James, Rory O’Malley and Michael Potts. Try this hilarious, tuneful musical on for size.
For full review go to EYE ON THE ARTS
Eugene O'Neil Theatre
Michael Lavine (Broadway vocal coach, performer music director, and sheet music guru) is presenting a special Webinar Zoominar show : Broadway Songs about the Jewish Experience You May Not Know on May 19, 2020 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). This is a benefit for Moment, the magazine Elie Wiesel founded around 50 years ago.
Join Michael Lavine as he plays piano and introduces us to great Jewish Broadway songs. In addition to singing and playing there will be some fun recordings by Broadway performers:
May 22 - 8PM EST
? ? Nate Weida has written 13 musicals and his work has been performed across the city at The Atlantic, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, Judson Memorial Church, and Lincoln Center. He is a repeat collaborator on Salty Brine’s Living Record Collection (most recently with Led Zeppelin’s IV at Joe’s Pub.) He is currently developing In Corpo, a new musical co-written with The Assembly, which will premiere at Theatre Row in 2021.
On a MUSICAL note
Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition, a limited edition 60-CD set that includes all of Bernstein’s definitive symphonic recordings from 1953 to 1976 — 57 of them with the New York Philharmonic — has been released by Sony Classical in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death.
On the VISUAL front
All the arts institutions and galleries are closed in NYC, but they are alive and thriving on-line. Click on any of your favorite visual arts institutions and you will find an array of virtual tours.
The first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987), this exhibition includes nearly fifty paintings that reveal the American artist's vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time, Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career.
Curators Joseph D. Ketner and Sharon Matt Atkins will be on hand to answer questions.
Brooklyn Museum
At a news conference today at Helsinki City Hall, Mayor Jussi Pajunen and Deputy Mayor Tuula Haatainen announced that the City of Helsinki has commissioned the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct a concept and development study, exploring the possibility of creating a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland.
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, joined in making the announcement with the Mayor.
The study, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011, will explore topics including the possible mission and structure of an innovative, multidisciplinary art museum in Finland, the form that its exhibition and education programs might take, its prospective relationship with Helsinki’s existing visual arts institutions, the museum’s potential economic impact and the scope of the Guggenheim Foundation’s involvement in its operation. Beginning from a deep consideration of program and purpose, the study will seek to imagine what a museum of the 21st century might be.
Helsinki, Finland
The Whitney Museum of American Art is about to debut it's new space and exhibitions in the Meat Packing District. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building will add to the landscape already framed by the aerial High Line.
The opening exhibition reexamines the history of American art from 1900 to today. America Is Hard to See presents new perspectives on the Whitney’s collection, reflecting on art in the United States with more than 600 works by some 400 artists. The exhibition—its title taken from a Robert Frost poem that was also used by the filmmaker Emile de Antonio for one of his political documentaries—is the most extensive display to date of the Whitney’s collection.
Drawn from the Whitney’s holdings, America Is Hard to See examines the themes, ideas, beliefs, visions, and passions that have preoccupied and galvanized American artists over the past one hundred and fifteen years. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown will appear alongside familiar icons, in a conscious effort to challenge assumptions about the American art canon.
The Whitney is implementing innovative ways to relate to the larger community and artistic forms that blend mixed media into a personal song of contemporary life.
Installed throughout the building, America Is Hard to See is organized as a series of twenty-three “chapters”—sections that build on a particular theme through related artworks. Each chapter is named after a work of art that appears in that section of the show.
Whitney Museum
The Handwriting of Over 100 Major Artists, Authors, Composers, and Historical Figures Is Showcased.
Handwriting works magic: it transports us back to defining moments in history, creativity, and everyday life and connects us intimately with the people who marked the page. For nearly half a century, Brazilian author and publisher Pedro Corrêa do Lago has been assembling one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind, acquiring thousands of handwritten letters, manuscripts, and musical compositions as well as inscribed photographs, drawings, and documents.
The Morgan Library
6/1 - 9/16
BRUCE NAUMAN: Diasppearing Acts
Bruce Nauman has spent half a century inventing forms to convey both the moral hazards and the thrill of being alive. Employing a tremendous range of materials and working methods, he reveals how mutable experiences of time, space, movement, and language provide an unstable foundation for understanding our place in the world. For Nauman, both making and looking at art involve “doing things that you don’t particularly want to do, putting yourself in unfamiliar situations, following resistances to find out why you’re resisting.” At a time when the notion of truth feels increasingly under attack, his work compels viewers to relinquish the safety of the familiar, keeping us alert, ever vigilant, and wary of being seduced by easy answers.
Disappearing Acts traces what Nauman has called “withdrawal as an art form”—both literal and figurative incidents of removal, deflection, and concealment. Bodies are fragmented, centers are left empty, voices emanate from hidden speakers, and the artist sculpts himself in absentia, appearing only as negative space. The retrospective charts these forms of omission and loss across media and throughout the decades, following Nauman as he circles back to earlier concerns with new urgency. Presented in two complementary parts, at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, this is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work ever assembled.
1/1 - 2/18 or 2/25
Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden opens to the public, in a new exhibition that brings together a wide array of artistic expressions—paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and videos—featuring internationally acclaimed artists working throughout the Nordic region, that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art. Curated by Phillips Collection Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann, the exhibition features works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Mamma Andersson, Nathalie Djurberg, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jesper Just, Outi Pieski, Tal R, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter, and Torbjørn Rødland, and is drawn from a larger survey at The Phillips Collection in the fall of 2018 that resulted from a multi-year Nordic Cultural Initiative.
Scandinavia House
2/23 - 6/8
Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden opens to the public, in a new exhibition that brings together a wide array of artistic expressions—paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, films, and videos—featuring internationally acclaimed artists working throughout the Nordic region, that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art. Curated by Phillips Collection Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann, the exhibition features works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Mamma Andersson, Nathalie Djurberg, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jesper Just, Outi Pieski, Tal R, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter, and Torbjørn Rødland, and is drawn from a larger survey at The Phillips Collection in the fall of 2018 that resulted from a multi-year Nordic Cultural Initiative.
Scandinavia House
2/23 - 6/8
Show Experience, a fun-filled hour-long experience complete with an interactive puppet show, activities. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle's well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. His work has introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself.
The South Street Seaport Museum
11/29 - 12/29
On the BOOK shelf
Elizabeth Kendall excavated early parts of George Balanchine's history in Russia. Dedicated to understanding the inner-workings of this brilliant choreographer, Kendall taught herself Russian and stalked clues like an international sleuth. Years in the filed, Kendall unearthed a fascinating ballet dancer who shared Balanchine's early history in the dance studio and rehearsal room. Her nae was Lidia Ivanova, and according to Kendall, her impact on Balanchine was consequential.

Naturall, this book will draw many dance aficionados, but the subplot reads like a mystery novel. Bright, beautiful and immensely talented, Lidia loses her life while in a boat with two young men. The Russians have yet to solve this "cold" case and there are curious circumstances surrounding her demise.

An immensely readable book, you are memorably immersed in early 20th century Rusiian history, politics, and cultural eruptions.
Oxford Publishers

Artisan Books has released an absolutely splendid new book on baking sweet and savory breads, babkas, flatbreads, Challahs and more. Simple and clear language guides the cook through the recipes and the photographs by Con Poulos enhance your appetite. A perfect holiday gift.
For the review go HERE.
By Uri Scheft
Artisan Books
Looking for an exotic cookbook that infuses the reader with the recipes and sights of the Persian gulf? Then look no further than The Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid: A Cookbook's Travels Through: Armenia Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan. A fine pick for the holidays.
Go to review, click HERE
Naomi Duguid
Artisan Books
Simplifying the act of cooking sophisticated, but simple meals powers the new cookbook Food52: A New Way to Dinner--a playbook of recipes and strategies for the week ahead. Might sound like a football or basketball game plan, and in a way it is because chapters lay out food plans for the week.Now this might sound like assembly-line eating, but trust me, it's not. To stay out of the "cooking rut" one recipe gets several outfits like "Farro with Mustard Greenes, Almonds, Currants, and Shaved Cheese arrives as a main course one day and the next it becomes part of a ham and butter sandwich. For full review click HERE.

Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
Ten Speed Press
TASTE & TECHNIQUE: Holiday Book List
A lively description of culinary methods and timing takes the mystery out of the kitchen in this easily readable cookbook. Raised in a family of foodies, Ms. Pomeroy holds food in high regard, but also sees it as a daily event that climb great heights in flavor with small tweaks. A great selection for your bookshelf and kitchen counter. To read the full review click HERE.
Naomi Pomeroy with Jamie Feldmar
Ten Speed Press
WHO: M. Lamar, Casey Ledger, Vetch Poetry Journal
M. Lamar, a composer and multi-genre performance artist who works across opera, performance, video, sculpture and installation, presents his art book, Funeral Doom Spiritual published by RITA Books, Wednesday, March 15. The work of M. Lamar, twin brother of Laverne Cox, a star of Orange Is the New Black, has been presented at MoMa PS1, Merkin Hall and New Museum, among other venues.
NY Live Arts
3/15 - 17
"Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges by Con Chapman travels through the beautiful sound created by Hodges' alto sax. A favorite of Duke Ellington and so many other jazz musicians, Hodges spent time honing his tone. Traveling through the colorful era of large musical personalities, days and nights on the road and inspirational practice session, Chapman writes the first biography of a musicain at the heart of American jazz.
Oxford Publishing
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Exclusive, trendy or extravagant; brand, chain or designer – fashion in Frankfurt is a varied and multi-faceted world. All these styles come together in the shopping and leisure centre "MyZeil", which celebrates its 1st birthday on 26.02.2010.
The spectacular roof designed by Italian star architect Massimiliano Fuksas floods the centre with light and effortlessly spans its eight storeys, which are home to a cornucopia of familiar brands, regional suppliers and international labels.
The most recent new addition, and one that is drawing enormous attention, is the first Hollister shop in continental Europe which is attracting hordes of customers to the centre.
Now the Zeil is the perfect place to stroll, look at the shop windows and – if your legs tire – find a comfortable place to rest under one of the shady trees at the heart of the pedestrian zone. In the future, two new gastronomic pavilions will help to make the overall picture even more defined. The first has already opened and its name, "Weidenhof", harks back to the grandmother of the city's most famous son. Cornelia Schelhorn, later Goethe, ran one of the city's most exclusive inns close to where the Zeil is today and bearing the same name.
Frankfurt cuisine. The second pavilion at the eastern end of the pedestrian zone will have an international theme and is expected to open in the spring of this year.
A new traffic-free zone has been created at its western end with the closing of the Hauptwache square to vehicles.
Mohonk Mountain House located in New Paltz, NY helped to bring a spring back into the media’s step with The High Heeler and Man on the Go: Real Relief for Calves and Feet treatment. Using integrated massage techniques the treatment helps refresh your tired legs and feet. This all goes down smoothly in the midst of gorgeous grounds and ample activities, good food and wine.
New Paltz, NY
If you know anything about Maine, you know that their lobsters are king. Here's some news from The Cliff House Resort and Spa on Maine's dramatic south coast.

Go to EYE ON THE ARTS for full commentary.

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As if you needed another reason to visit the spectacular Sea Pines Resort, here's some more good news.
Hilton Head’s most celebrated leisure retreat – has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its world-class Beach Club by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED is a green building certification program recognizing best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must demonstrate they save money and resources as well as a positive impact on the health of occupants while promoting renewable, clean energy. The Sea Pines Resort is the first destination property in the Hilton Head area to receive this award.
The Sea Pines Beach Club’s green initiatives include proximity to public transportation, bicycle storage, protected native vegetation, optimized energy performance, storm water control, solar reflective indexing, water efficiency, use of recycled materials and regional materials.
"The Sea Pines Resort is proud to contribute to global green initiatives like LEED by designing ecologically sustainable structures for our home owners, members and guests to enjoy," says Steve Birdwell, President of The Sea Pines Resort.
The two-story 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club presents an inviting seaside atmosphere with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and distant Tybee Island. The facility provides year-round enjoyment for resort guests and property owners with an array of family-friendly amenities including dining, retail and special event space.
Hilton Head
A favorite location for many film and television producers, Vancouver's progressive culture embraced gay marriage long before it hit the law books in the United States. Low-keyed but animated, Vancouver prospers in the midst of a booming culinary scene, adventure tours, museums, galleries, plus performance festivals and the newly established craft brewing and winemaking industry. In fact, Vancouver boasts the largest number of artists among similar sized Canadian cities. Nature granted Vancouver great waterways and woodlands. For those who enjoy intellectual and sensual stimulation, Vancouver is worth a visit.
For those who love the days of luxury trains brimming with lavish meals and champagne, then you will be thrilled to hear that the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express embarks on a new route linking London and Paris with Berlin, with its iconic monuments of living history. Traveling in the beautifully restored art-deco carriages brings back the glamour of the roaring 20s, while enjoying all the amenities of a luxury train - such as elegant dining cars and personal stewards attending the sleeper cabins. Rates start from $3,490 per person each way, incl. meals.
For more information, go to the German Tourism web site.
Britain to Berlin
If you stay in the US this summer, there's lots going on the wine country of upstate NY. Surrounding Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes in Western New York, 23 artists in 16 studios are open to the public the first weekend of every October. Trail Riders enjoy amazing fall foliage while seeing where the magic of art happens! Along with amazing art, we have spectacular scenery, winding back roads, B&Bs and Inns, wineries, great restaurants, pastoral and wooded scenes--everything your readers are looking for in an autumn getaway weekend. From the galleries to the trees, your eyes will be filled with beauty.
What to expect: The Naples Open Studio Trail is a group of dynamic, innovative artists that invite the public into their studios to share their craft, demonstrate how they work, and create a better understanding of the arts. They work in oils, glass, ceramics, metal, wood, textiles, silk, and leather, and create paintings, sculpture, wearables, furniture, jewelry, housewares, etc. These artists typically sell their wares in galleries and craft fairs; during the Studio Trail weekend, purchases and commissions can be made directly with the artist. This free event occurs on the first weekend of every October. Visit for more information.
Canadaigua and Honeoye Lakes
It’s the Big Culinary Bang Theory of where America’s farm-to-table movement started. If you had no garden, no farm, no fishing, and no table – you died. No tip either. It all started here in Greater Williamsburg in 1607 (at least with the Colonists).
So it’s only appropriate that this sacred gastronomic land have a harvest festival, and it does: The Second Annual Williamsburg Harvest Festival. The festival, featuring more than 30 event at the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in Williamsburg, located on the James River. Now offering a special savings of 15% off all room rates during this celebration. There are even condos with a working fireplace (they build and light that for you).
To find out more about the Harvest Celebration, access
Hotels are getting into the culture business with poetry readings, small art exhibitions, sculpture gardens and now -- B&O PLAY and Ace Hotel have just announced a year-long partnership to be marked by a series of inventive and immersive sound events at the New York, London and Los Angeles Ace Hotel.
United by a desire to ignite meaningful moments, B&O PLAY and Ace Hotel are a natural match, utilizing their best in class creative direction and likeminded approaches to produce evocative experiences for culturally conscious individuals.
B & O and ACE Hotel
107 miles east of Los Angeles, lies a hidden Mediterranean Oasis in the heart of Palm Springs, California -- Korakia Pensione. It is a desirous getaway for those looking for a romantic getaway rather than an endless party. The resort features authentic Moroccan decor, unique, exquisitely appointed bungalows and villas, en-suite massages, a beautiful lounge pool, complimentary yoga mats in each room, and vintage books and board games in the library. Korakia has a strict no young children policy, so while you and your lover are enjoying one another's company, you won’t face a minute of disruption in this one-of-a-kind, peaceful hideaway.

One of the packages that might be particularly appealing is called the: Escape & Celebrate Package: Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an oversize bouquet of flowers. Once settled in, relax and indulge in a 50 minute couples massage. As the evening winds down enjoy a delicious candlelit dinner for two on a private terrace or another picturesque patio on the property. (Dinner provided by Le Vallauris: 1 appetizer and 1 Entrée per person.) Cap off the evening by watching a vintage film in the outdoor garden while sipping champagne underneath the desert sky. The perfect package to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary.
Average nightly rate: $229 - $359
Palm Springs, California

For those who like to navigate the great outdoors until it's time to hit a pub, the Wilderness Ireland wants to seduce you into adventurous vacations linked to guided tours.
Hiking the Ring of Kerry Mrountains: Hikers summit some of Ireland’s highest peaks in Killarney National Park, Corrán Tuathail and Mount Brandon, and take lost pilgrimage paths along the sea cliff’s edge to white sandy beaches. Travelers uncover the legend of Cú Chulainn and the giant as they explore the stories of the Dingle Peninsula. Evenings are enjoyed in cozy inns with traditional live music and the finest local fare.
Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo: Following in the footsteps of Saint Patrick, hikers will conquer three of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland. Guests explore the spectacular mountain and bog wilderness of Connemara, home to Ireland’s only true fjord, Killary Harbour. Watching wild dolphins play in the nearby surf makes the Mayo Coastal Trek one of Ireland’s most memorable.
For more information about Wilderness Ireland, visit:
Experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Bauhaus era. For the first time, the Bauhaus Committee is allowing visitors to tour further Bauhaus buildings listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to the architectural sites already included in 1996, the Bundesschule of the General German Trade Union Confederation in Bernau, as well as five arcades in Dessau-Rosslau are now added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The exterior of the Bauhaus Memorial Bundesschule Bernau, north of Berlin, is open to the public all year round. Visits of the interiors are possible through guided tours, organized by the Association baudenkmal bundesschule bernau e.V., and visitors can tour the Dessau-Törten settlement.
Detailed information on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany is available online at About the GNTB
Do not fear, you will be able to pay for tours, buy jewelry, eat and drink in the fragrant evenings, because your money is not tied to Greek banks, and Greece is welcoming, wholeheartedly, tourists to this gorgeous, if very dramatic, country.
?he Ministry for Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism would like to inform visitors to Greece that capital controls introduced by the Greek Government do not apply to those wishing to withdraw money from an ATM or carry out any other type of transaction using credit or debit cards issued abroad. Moreover, the Ministry does not expect any inconvenience in visitor’s every day holiday experience, neither in the islands nor in mainland Greece, as there are adequate fuel supplies, products and services.
Greece continues to offer the highest quality of tourism services to its visitors, who have ranked Greece as one of the best destinations worldwide. The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mrs Elena Kountoura, said that Greece still is and will always be a favourite destination for vacationers. Visitors currently in Greece as well as those planning to visit Greece will not be affected by the latest developments and they continue to enjoy their holidays in Greece without any concerns whatsoever.
For those who travel, you already know that Amsterdam is a glitter with galleries and art museums, but this exhibition adds luster to the already culturally invigorated city.
Rare Roman treasures in the Netherlands for the first time
Exhibition Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream in De Nieuwe Kerk
In the autumn of 2015 unique art treasures will be visiting De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam for the exhibition Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream. Art Treasures from the Eternal City. Loaned by institutions such as the Vatican Museums these will illustrate one of the most fascinating themes from antiquity: the transformation of Rome in the fourth century AD from a multi-religious imperial capital full of temples with colossal statues of the emperor into the centre of papal power dominated by churches with crosses. Christianity’s evolution in a relatively short time from a small faith community into the dominant religion, of crucial influence on the development of the Western world, is an astonishing success story. A rapid change in its fortunes that can largely be attributed to a single person: Emperor Constantine the Great.
De Nieuwe Kerk will present precious artefacts never previously displayed in the Netherlands. Among the pieces coming to Amsterdam is the renowned fourth-century marble sculpture of The Good Shepherd, a masterpiece from the Vatican Museums, plus Roman mosaics, frescoes, sarcophaguses, sculptures, gold glasses, paintings and the iconic right hand from one of the colossal statues of Constantine in the Capitoline Museums. The exhibition has been created in a collaboration between Professor Eric Moormann, Professor Sible de Blaauw and three renowned museums in Rome: the Capitoline Museums, the National Roman Museum and the Vatican Museums. It will also include an exceptional loan from St Peter’s Basilica.
Historic hotels add a level of intimacy to any vacation. Not your usual one decoration fits all type of hotel or motel, these lodgings exude personality.
Historic Hotels of America has launched a new Super Site in time for planning summer travel. Follow your American Dreams and choose from a variety of different vacation ideas, including family getaways, road trips, national parks and lands, culinary destinations, urban adventures, and more. With over 260 historic hotels across the United States from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, there is sure to be an affordable dream destination for everyone.
Need a travel-inspired playlist? Check out these Road Trips Songs. Want to salute our freedom? Book a historic hotel then visit these five national monuments. Feeling hungry? Scope out the best BBQ joints, bourbon trails and wine country by perusing the site’s culinary adventures.
When visiting the American Dreams Super Site homepage, a number of navigational tools help travelers peruse the site’s many inspirations.The main navigation: The site is divided into six content sections — Family Vacations, Road Trips, Heritage & Culture, Culinary Destinations and Urban Adventures — with each of these pages showcasing article thumbnails. When a consumer clicks on the image, they navigate to that feature story. These stories include hotel advertorials, which solely feature participating hotels, and topical editorials, which highlight select destinations based on editorial content.
Of special interest might be the culinary route:Culinary Destinations for spirits, wine, food, festivals and trails throughout the country. From food festivals to fine dining, from Sonoma’s Wine Country to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Historic Hotels of America tips its glass to these culinary destinations. Interested in the latest vintages in the heart of Napa Valley? Nestled into the heart of Napa Valley, the Napa River Inn stands out as an upscale boutique hotel. The inn adjoins the historic Napa Mill, which offers dining, shopping and 7,300 square feet of outdoor reception space in the Riverbend Performance Plaza for wine-induced celebrations.
United States
For those of you with a bit of an intellectually adventurous spirit, there are some delightful new options for your vacation in Antwerp. It's been annoucned that "DIVA" is a new tourist attraction to open in the historic heart of Antwerp. DIVA provides the ultimate diamond experience. The visitor will be immersed in the world of diamonds during a 45-minute highlights tour with 5 topics (Wunderkammer, diamond-cutting workshop, gigantic terrestrial globe, World Fairs with a virtual fitting room and the world of organized crime and forgery). The experience continues in DIVA’s ‘escape room’, a 60 minute challenge, where the only way to escape is by solving riddles and finding objects. What is not clear is whether of not diamonds are for purchase. But even it not, they can be admired.
In one of the most gorgeous historic cities, comes the Bruges Triennale opening (May 5). That's where artists, architects and scientists are invited to formulate answers to crises in the liquid society, working closely with inhabitants and visitors. By means of cooperative creative processes. Bruges Triënnial 2018 creates opportunities for new encounters between a diverse range of city users. Even without this event, the city provides plenty of eye-catching architecture and sights of visual beauty.
For those who are into adventure and conservation, this might be the trip for you:
Prolific conservationist Diana Beresford-Kroeger goes to all lengths to get the message of loving our planet to the world. She has chosen Adventure Canada as her latest vessel, travelling from Canada back to her roots on the Ireland Circumnavigation to spread knowledge from ancient Celtic wisdom to using botany and biochemistry to combat climate change. Adventure Canada has just confirmed the partnership between Irish-born internationally renowned botanist, biochemist, and author, who will sail alongside guests on the new Ireland Circumnavigation.
Beresford-Kroeger brings with her a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources of knowledge. She is known for her ability to bridge the gap between scientific complexities and the understanding of the general public. This is an excellent match for Adventure Canada, a company that advocates for positive change through knowledge transfer direct from local communities to the guests aboard each expedition.
6/9 - 20
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY will host its10th Annual “Plattepalooza” Family Fall festival. This annual event, which is held every year on the Saturday of the Columbus Weekend, has become the largest event of the mountain’s non-winter season.
“Plattepalooza” is a celebration of all things fall and draws a variety of people, from festival-goers young and old to skiers, families, and friends of the mountain for a fun day of activities in celebration of the true spirit of the season.
Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY
CULINARY tastings

Greek chef Yianni Baxevanis gives a lift to new Greek eaterie.
Now open
mark Thomas Amadei and Andrew Glassberg partner in this tweaked comfort food with a dash of style including Reuben fritters and cheeseburger spring rolls.
54 Prince Street
Never too many burgers and a multitude of guises, that's what Jason Hennings, owner of EU, is banking on with his new venture.
540 East Fifth Street at Avenue B
Roasted pig sandwiches and crispy potatotes for these uncertain times owned by Sara Jenkins.
110 East 7th Street (First Ave.)
Victorian style brings breakfast and lunch with an English flair from chef April Bloomfield.
20 W. 29 Street
For those meals where a young, well constructed Chardonny does the trick, take a looka t Los vascos Chardonnay and Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.
Francis Garcia and Sal Basille joined Williame Gallagher for this rib-sticking home grown food in an intimate setting.
Roast beef is the ticket particularly "This Way" sandwich which adds onions and Cheez Whiz to its roast beef. No one said it was calorie free.
149 First Ave (Ninth Street)
Even though the ancient Greeks worshipped the wine God Dionysus, Greek wines retain a low profile considering their high value. Summertime finds Greeks basking on shores of Aegean eating fresh fish and drinking a bright, sauvignon blanc like the Moscofilero featured at Domain Spiropoulos. Flowery but not sweet, the white wine forms a fine complement to fish and vegetables.

Another wine unique to Greece, Retsina (Domaine Vassilou/Nemeion Estate), invokes a fragrance of pine trees and can quench one’s thirst in the midst of steamy day along with some tasty appetizer of octopus.

As for reds, again at Domaine Spiropoulos Prfyros 2006, G’aia Estate 2006 (Agirgitiko), and Domaine Harlaftis Reserve Nemea 2001 and then there's the full-bodied, complex but smoothe Hgemon Grand reserve 2004 plus a lighter, but tasty Tempranillo 2006 by Ktima Pavlidis.
Athenee Importers Road Show

Old maps flank the dark wood walls with vittles by Brian Murphy including pork potpie, lobster roll and more.
103 Greenwich Ave. at 12 Street
In the heart of the Village comes another Paris bistro, all rustic ambiance and charm. Chef Jody Williams offers up omelets, frites, chicken meatballs and chocolate mousse.
42 Grove Street
America's favorite desert comes to NYC via Loas Angeles.
780 Lexington at 60th
One of my favorite restaurants just sent off a mini satellite of it's fresh, seasonal food to the park. The "green" food cart has sandwiches, soups and salads that are as fresh as they come along with healthy and very tasty juices and sorbets.
Central Park at 64th
More and more heads the High Line way including this new 40 seat spot that offers sandwiches , bruschettas, bar snacks, wine and beer. Self-serve.
The High Line
If you are a fan of Portuguese bread-- I love those plump, sweet English Muffins myself--then head over to Midtown for a tast of cornmeal bread, Broa ($4); Pao de forma (white loaf) ($6.50); pao de Deus buns with coconut garnish ($3.50) and pao de bico ($ .35 & .65), small pointy baguettes ($1.50).
214 East 52 Street
Rustic fare from Asturias in northern Spain along with their tasty cider from the barrel, brought to us by Seamus Mullen.
359 6th Ave and Washington Place
Jennifer Gavin and Shane Covey and Kary Goosby opened a barnboard and brick oyster bar complete with beer and wine. Can't wait for the martinis and oysters.
95 First Ave at East 6th
What fun -- NYC got a souvlaki taverna that offers up the favorite Greek street food, shredded lamb with garlic yogurt in a pita bread and a side of chips.Owners Abby Sierros and Pavlos Sierros and Kostas Plagos--they all sound Greek to me-- offer up the delectable plates along with pork and chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, Greek burgers (very moist) along with an unconventional Ouzo soda (tastes like Ouzo without making you go blind if you drink too much.)
116 Stanton Street at Essex
Josh Capon offers juicy burgers, steaks and many other 'feel-good" dishes.
25 W. Houston (Green Street)
Noodles made with organic flour are served with toppings like Peing duck breast and leg, lobster and scallops with mushrooms and truffles, mutton sausage with liver, and brisket with tripe. And don't forget the roasted marrow bone with wasabi and celery root.
55 Bond at Lafayette
Local grain movement leaders, Cayuga Pure Organics near Ithaca, NY sell breads made with their grains and baked by Orwasher's bakery in Manhattan. The Otis Stout Bread is made from three kinds of starters, including one using spent grains from Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn, It's rich earthy flavor is particularly good toasted and as a sandwich bread.
Available at Union Square Market on Wed. Fri & Sat., Columbia University on Sundays; Inwood and Brooklyn, Sat.
Union Square Market
If you like that dark European bread head over for some thick bread pretzels, dark breads, flatbreads, pastries and other rustic items.
137 Seventh Ave. & 185 Orchard Street
Sara Jenkins enlarges her wildly popular roast-pig sandwich shop, Porchetta, but this time it's all about pasta. Tuscan Lasagna, macaroni with ragu and slow-cooked chicken are on the menu.
21-23 East Seventh Street at 3rd Ave.
Joe Ng dices up his stuff with saffron soup dumplings and Peking duck sliders.
529 Hudson at Charles Street
Many of the restaurants use their bread, and if you don't have it, look at the owner, Mike Lahey's bread book. This new place offers breads, bread-based disches, beer and wine a couple of doors down from his pizzaria (recipes for pizza dough in his book).
236 Ninth Ave at 25th Street
Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's fish restaurant returns.
1196 Broadway
Masaharu Morimoto blends Japanese and American comfort foods in onion grain soup dumpling, Morimoto bone marrow and chicken pot pie. Yum.
310 Church St. at Walker
Crisp Halibut poached in olive oil and creamy potato salad--fried sweetbreads with briased fennel on a smear of pureed raisins. Burrata with braised celery. All the food gets paired with the main event--cocktails.
162 Avenue A at 10th Street
Diced maitake mushrooms and taro. japanese cuisine, but steep prices. Good suschi. Layered yuba pouch.Peking-style duck and steamed buns.
105 East 9th (Fourth Ave)
Here's some news on a popular wine, Bill Dillian's 2010 Semillon is composed of 100% Semillion. It was harvested 10/07/10 and was released March 2011.
Whole clusters of grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless stell at 58 degrees. The fermentation lasts 20 days.
At first blush, the wine offers floral and pear aromatics, but it reels in a crisp acidity and smooth structure.
Drink with shrimp, scallops, fish, sushi, and Tahi Food. Additional ideas include Manchego and Brie cheese, salads and light pastas.
Vill Dillian's
White Wines
Winter whites are coming your way. They round off appetizers, cheese and dessert options as well as poultry, pasta, fish and vegetarian options. Easy on the pocketbook, most selections are under $20.
Lucien Albrecht Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010 srp $19.99
Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2010 srp $19.99
Morro Bay Chardonnay 2010 srp $10.99
Les Petits Grains Muscat St. Jean de Minervois srp $13.99
Les Clos de Paulilles Banyuls Rimage 2008 srp $19.99
Chateau de Cosse 2008 srp $24.99

Pasternak Distributors
Back FortynWest
Casual fare featuring local items, cassoulets and a fireplace upstairs.
70 Prince Street
Beach dreams abound with the lobster galore.
269 w. 23
Fatty Cue
Rabbit, ham, heritage pork, squash and such wild fare. Chef Dan Ross-Leutwler does the trick.
50 Carmine near Bedford
For the clavier Italian cuisine by Michael Toscano, head this way.
24 Minetta Lane
Step Hose Mdtown
Beef eaters rejoice for another branch of the venerable steak house. Steak potatoes, great drinks and multi-layered chocolate cake adorns the rest.
15w. 44th
The Linc
Casual fare at Jonathan Lemon's place.
650 W. 42 street
Red Hook Winery
If you are fan of New York wines, head to the Red Hook WInery for tastings of Finger Lake and Long Island wines. The two men responsible for tastings are Robert Foley and Abe Schoener. Because the bottles can run around $30 per bottle-- like the 2010 Vipolze SK Reserve--tasting before purchasing is recommended.
Pier 41 Van Dyk
If you ever had any questions about Prosecco…. Valdo president Pierluigi Bolla would be the man with the answers. Over the past decade he spearheaded and helped build the brand and upgrade public appreciation of sparkling wine from Italy.
A glass of bubbly usually appears at every reception. People hold their long, delicate stemware and sip on the elegant sparkling wine. Question is – what is everyone drinking? These days, the festive drink- of-choice is typically the Italian Prosecco. Once while in Venice, I asked for a waiter for a glass of water. He smiled and said, “I will bring you a glass of Venetian water” and promptly returned with a tall, thin glass of Prosecco. Yes, the Italians love their sparkling wine, but so do Americans.
One important aspect of Prosecco is its versatility. According to Bolla and his astute winemaker Gino Cini, Prosecco is no longer relegated to opera and theater intermissions because it pairs wonderfully with appetizers, entrees and desserts. A good overall choice is Oro Puro “Pure Gold”-- to quote Pasternak Distributors “Oro Puro, DOCG or translated "Pure Gold" is the pure expression of the unique DOCG terroir in Valdobiaddene.”
There is a white wine on the horizon that is capable of upending your choices for summer wines and it is the Oenosophist White that is composed of Wauvignon Blanc 55%, Ugni Blanc 30%, Semillon 15% and 100% delicious. Aged in French and AMerican oak barrels for 3.5 months and in the bottle for 6 months, it features a distinctively clean palate balanced on a full body and earthy fragrances. Completely drinkable alone or with food, this engaging wine could be your next "favorite" white.
Greek Wine
A neat new idea pairing dark chocolate and cheese as an appetizier: ChocoMaker’s Dark Chocolate Wedge makes your cheese board a little sweeter. It’s deliciously versatile and can be paired with cheese, fresh fruit, nuts, and both sweet and savory crackers. Refrigerate and serve. ChocoMaker’s Dark Chocolate Wedge makes entertaining effortless.
ChocoMaker, Inc.
If you have never eaten Greek Feta cheese, then you haven't eaten Feta cheese. A new push is behind the distribution of Dodoni, the world’s leading producer of Greek PDO Feta Cheese, made from sheep and goat milk of the Epirus region of Greece. Dodoni is also recognized for its Goat Cheese, Kefalograviera, Kefalotyri, and Dry Myzithra. Before you buy another blanc "domestic" feta, spark up your taste buds with the real thing--Dodoni.
Arthur Schuman, Inc.
Summer brings with it a special thirst for refreshing wines that travel to picnics or grace casual dinner parties. A few options to consider include a real find for $12.99--La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc 2013. Breezy and flavorful, it couples easily with appetizers, salads and light meals. Not as fruity as other Sauvignon Blancs on the lines of the bright, flowery Dashwood 2013 ($14.99) or Los Vascos 2013 ($13.99), also very good options pasta dishes and cheese plates. For a fuller, deeper flavoer, Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013 ($24.99) will not disappoint.
Pasternak Wine

Those who are fans of the deep, large bouquet inherent in cabernet sauvignons will be please to learn that Lot 606 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingon just got one of those big "nods" as the "Big Cab." The wine is known for its open knit, complex, lively and energetic flavors. And the best news, it costs $29.00. A consideration for the upcoming holidays.
Napa Valley

The much-anticipated La Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie will cement Lyon’s status as a mecca for food lovers the world over. Part museum, part sensory experience, part anthropological study, the Cité explores the most fundamental experience of humankind—preparing, cultivating, gathering around, and eating food. It is housed in the Grand Hotel Dieu, still a hospital only 20 years ago.
The new Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie is located beneath the dome of those four wards in the oldest part of the Grand Hotel Dieu (17th century). The Cité not only represents a journey through the pleasures of the table, but will also explore the related themes of health, well-being, and the renowned French concept of art de vivre. With its mission to address issues of healthy eating and good food, the International City of Gastronomy is both preserving and fulfilling the Grand Hôtel-Dieu’s prime historical objective.
Lyon, France

MEDIA matters
Salma Hayek will appear at the Film Society for an informal chat in the Amphitheater about her latest project, the animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, on which she served as a producer and lent her voice. Based on the book of the title (which has sold over 100 million copies in 40 languages since its publication in 1923), the film, opening August 7, intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry with stunning animated sequences by Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of other award-winning animators from around the world. Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is set in a Mediterranean seaside village where Kamila (Hayek) cleans house for the exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. The trio embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home—but first they must evade the authorities who fear that Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.
Elinor Bunin Monroe Theater
Jody Lee Lipes' new documentary BALLET 422 offers audiences a rare peek into the highly guarded world of professional ballet as it follows the creation of a single production from first rehearsal through world premiere.
When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create the only new ballet of the company's 2013 winter season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new ballet. BALLET 422 is an intimate, unembellished cinéma vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
The film shows how this dance form, inspired by slave ancestors, and born of African Americans during the jazz era, has inspired and unified cultures all over the world and become a universal language of its own. It features dancers from all corners of the globe taping and talking about the importance of this unique art form to themselves personally and to their communities.
TAP WORLD is an award-winning feature-length documentary starring the most cutting-edge tap dancers from across the globe. This documentary follows leaders of the art form who are shaping the community around them, their personal stories of inspiration, struggle, and triumph. For the first time, tap dancers of all ages were encouraged to share their individual journey through tap dance to be included in the film. Over 115 submissions were received from more than a dozen countries. The most compelling were chosen and weaved into the film alongside some of the Masters of Tap. The enthusiasm and support for this project clearly exemplifies the global growth appreciation and passion for Tap Dance.
Directed by Dean Hargrove.
The first feature-length documentary to explore the history and lasting cultural impact of the Black Panther Party. The rise and fall of the Black Panther Party during the 1960s and beyond is a uniquely American story of a growing pride in black culture, and more militant demands for justice and racial equality, with a cast of larger-than-life personalities including: Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver, and Fred Hampton. Director Stanley Nelson masterfully assembles rare archival footage that contextualizes the history of the Panthers—begun in response to racism and police brutality. Surviving members of the organization are interviewed alongside retired police officers, FBI informants, journalists, and others—all of whom reflect back in great detail on the events that defined the Panthers’ turbulent late ‘60s era.
Film Forum
A powerful movie about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, it features some of the greatest music stars of our time. The film stars Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo, Taboo, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Slash, Taylor Hawkins, Robert Trujillo, and many more.
Won the Sundance Film festival’s World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.
Film Forum
7/26 - 8/8
Christopher Munch’s boldly original debut, THE HOURS AND TIMES (1992), is a fictional account of what might have happened in April 1963, when John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein traveled to Barcelona for an extended weekend getaway. In the four days they spend together, the suave Epstein (played by David Angus) and the provocative Lennon (Ian Hart in his first starring role) reflect on their lives, both private and professional, as they explore the unique bond they share. Munch’s sparse and intimate narrative, captured with exquisite black-and-white cinematography, is a thoughtful meditation on friendship and sexuality, crafted around a brief moment in the lives of two extremely well-known pop figures.
Quad Cinema
This award-winning film is produced by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), and co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from low-income communities in Brazil with the support of UNICEF, the film follows Sócrates—played with bravura by newcomer Christian Malheiros—a 15-year-old on the margins living on São Paulo's coast who must survive on his own after his mother's sudden death. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point.
Cinema Village
Special Events will feature Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club Encore, an extended version of his portrait of the eponymous Harlem nightclub where legendary black musicians like Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington performed for an exclusively white clientele. Coppola recovered lost negatives to restore sound, image, and the film’s intended length, and will appear in person for a Q&A.
Special Events also includes a Screenwriting Master Class with Olivier Assayas, a fixture of the New York Film Festival, who will discuss the process of adapting real events into creative fictions, such as his newest film, Wasp Network, playing in this year’s Main Slate.
Walter Reade Theater
9/27 - 10/13
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories. On North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, a young Indigenous artist and carver undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch - to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art : a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Lee Mingwei prepares to launch Sonic Blossom - a “transformative gift” of song.
Quad Cinema
Intelligent, hard moving jazz ensemble mixes saxophonist Strickland's compositions with the likes of Bjork and Stevie Wonder. Includes Ben Williams, bassist and E.J. Strickland, drummer.
Strick Muzik
Joel Frahm saxophonist and Bruce Katz Hammond B3 player jazzes up soulful sounds on this catchy release paying tribute to Aretha Franklin. Not surprisingly, Anat Cohen and Oded Lev-Ari serve as Executive Producers.
Anzic Records
As summer approaches, you might have forgotten about some great releases. Perfect for mindful relaxation, and one of the best is bassist, Charlie Haden's "Sophisticated Ladies." Top vocalists join this award winning musician including Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ruth Cameron, Renee Fleming and Diana Krall. Yup--from pop to opera and jazz. The combo features Haden (bass) Alan Broadbent (piano/orchestra string arrangements), Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone), and Rodney Green (drums). Take a listen.
This live 2010 recording of the 25th anniversary of Cameron Mackintosh's production will e part of the Broadway revival.
First Night Records
It happened one night, thirty years ago, EYE ON DANCE began broadcasting smart and spicy conversations about all forms of dance to thousands of households week in and week out. In the process, EYE ON DANCE created a bold, living diary of one of the least documented and most invigorating American art forms.

Today the award-winning archive boasts a wealth of irreplaceable content including thousands of original videotaped conversations and performances, reams of hand written research, photographs, publications and associated items. Compounding the solidly researched archive's educational appeal, a substantial portion (40%) of the EYE ON DANCE archive, documents artists of color, artists with AIDS and under-recognized players not chronicled elsewhere. This breathtaking account of our dance heritage will slip away if we do not raise the funds required for the archive's urgent-care and restoration.

Our plan is to complete the processing of all the archival elements and open access to educators, students and the public.
Long regarded as "one of the liveliest and most intelligent programs on the arts" (The New York Times), we invite you to please make a tax-deductible donation of any size to continue the important work of the EYE ON DANCE Archive Legacy Project Warm regards,

Celia Ipiotis

Direct tax-deductible donations to: EYE ON DANCE
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This year's event will honor Paradigm Talent Agency's Head of Global Music Marty Diamond and ING Americas with Gerald Walker, CEO. Guests will enjoy special performances by internationally renownedsinger-songwriters Sara Bareilles, David Gray and Janelle Monáe in an intimate concert setting.
City Parks Foundation is proud to honor Marty Diamond with its "SummerStage Icon" Award at this year's Gala, for his long-standing support of the performing arts and festivals like SummerStage and for bringing world-class artists to perform for New York City audiences at SummerStage concerts. City Parks Foundation is also proud to honor ING Americas with Gerald Walker, CEO, with the "People and Parks" Award for helping transform New York City green spaces into dynamic and active community assets.
An unforgettable night of interactive glass performances mix with cocktails, a taco bar complete with Venetian-style taco holders, and silent auction while guests observe molten glass sculpted in real time!
The evening will feature masterful performances by two stars from Netflix's hit glassblowing show Blown Away, Deborah Czeresko and Momoko Schafer.
In addition to her own body of work that pushes the boundaries of glass, Czeresko has partnered with artists ranging from Robert Rauschenberg and Kiki Smith to Misha Kahn and Katie Stout to create groundbreaking works. Schafer works to break down the social barriers around galleries and fine art while promoting an educational dialogue around taboo human behavior.
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Urban Glass Brooklyn
Enjoy an evening of festive food + drink, entertainment, and live + silent auctions celebrating Japan Society’s arts + culture programming!
Bash Chair Joseph R. Perella
VIP Dinner* With Special Guests David Bouley · Philip Glass · Shohei Shigematsu Hiroshi Sugimoto · Julie Taymor · Basil Twist
Live Installations, Performances + Projections By Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya featuring the LEIMAY Ensemble
Japan Society
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that three-time Tony award recipient and Golden Globe winning actress Bernadette Peters will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for her outstanding artistry and exemplary philanthropic give-back.
The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cameron, Glenn Close, Tim Daly, Dick Van Dyke, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Cicely Tyson, Denzel Washington. T
Plaza Hotel

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