This street performer
was playing on pots, tin cans, paint buckets
and US Postal bins, he was cooking up a storm and gathered quite a crowd Sunday
October 11th , 2009 on 6th Ave & 55th Street.
Who knows what tomorrow might bring Carnegie Hall ??
Video by Gloria Cianelli
Wednesday October 7th 2010
2010 HOOTERS CALENDAR GIRLS were selected from over 20,000 Hooters Girls
Worldwide. At this event they signed their calendars and posed for photos. This
annual event is a celebration of one of pop cultures favorite icons: THE HOOTER
GIRLS. For retail info please visit us at :
Every year our
family of over 400 Hooters restaurants sends Hooters Calendars to our U.S.
troops overseas as part as part of a program called OPERATION CALENDAR DROP.
From Veteran's Day through holidays customers can purchase a calendar and write
a special message on it. Then Hooters will send these calendars to one of our
BRITTANY , LEANGELA, & SHANNON
STACY GRIGORIAN & SARAH HOOTS
CALENDAR GIRLS WITH JULIET CABRERA
LE ANGELA DAVIS
2010 CALENDAR GIRLS
BRITTANY TYLER, LE ANGELS DAVIS & FRIEND
PHOTOS BY LEONARDO DE VEGA
Join the Hispanic Federation
for Cocktails & Disco
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 6:30pm
Sony Plaza Atrium
550 Madison Avenue at 55th Street.
New York City
ABOUT THE EVENT -
Night of 1000 Friends is unique event which will benefit the Hispanic
Federation, who for almost 20 years, has provided invaluable support to Latino
children, families and seniors in need. Your gift will be extra special as it
will be matched 1:1 with our $100,000 challenge grant from RPA/Kellogg
Foundation. Your support will enable us to continue providing grants to our
network of nearly 100 Hispanic nonprofit organizations.
Indrani M. Franchini
Luis Miranda, Jr.
Carlos M. Morales
Ramon J. Pineda
Jorge E. Reynardus
Jose M. Rivera
Jose Rivera Alers
Nicholas E. Rodriguez
Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
Robert A. Abreu
Mario L. Baeza
Luis M. Balzac
Gilbert F. Casellas
Benny Omar Torres
Ricardo A. Venegas
Jose Zambrano L.
This one-of-a-kind fashion event is heralded as the
signature soiree for all fashion mavericks that adorn and adore animals! Created
in 1999 Paws For Style is the original and premiere pet fashion show destined to
raise money and awareness for animal rescue and remains one of the most talked
about annual animal charity events, with last year’s event generating over 200
million media impressions! We have confirmed Tom Gold of the New York City
Ballet with his dog, Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff and her pooch, and
the cast of the Broadway hit HAIR and their shaggy dogs will be letting it all
fly in the breeze this special evening! You will be joining an impressive list
of designers and celebrities that have donned the dogs in creative attire at
Paws For Style events in the past, including Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana,
Burberry, Chaiken, COACH, Randolph Duke, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsy Johnson, Donna
Karan, Todd Oldham, Alice Roi, Kate Spade, Vivienne Tam, Richard Tyler, Vera
Wang, and many more! Celebrity dog walkers have included Hayden Paniettiere,
Cornelia Guest, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Vanessa Trump, Thom Filicia and Jai
Rodriguez from Queer Eye, Paula Abdul, Hugh Hefner and the girls, Gabriel Byrne,
Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20, Vanessa Williams, Hilary Swank, Veronica Webb, and
a bevy of Ford Model beauties!
Paws for Style is a guaranteed “howling” good time for all designers,
celebrities, guests, and of course the canines that strut the catwalk! This year
is especially significant as we are celebrating our tenth amazing year in
joining forces with the fashion community to raise thousands of dollars
benefiting the Humane Society and ultimately helps deserving animals in need.
Yearly press coverage includes, Access Hollywood, E! Entertainment Tonight,
Extra, Today Show, Access Hollywood, People Magazine, The New York Times, Time
Magazine, In Style, CNN, Fox News and many other media outlets.
Wendy Diamond, Animal Fair’s Chief Pet Officer and the creator of the event
said, “We don’t promote dogs dressed up everyday and toted around as
accessories, but we do approve keeping them warm, protected from the sun and on
occasion dress up for charity!” We would be truly appreciative if you would
partner with one of our stellar sponsors, like Swarovski, and donate an outfit
to a celebrity “dog walker” along with a matching dog outfit! After the benefit,
when everyone’s dogs are barking, the celebrity dog walkers’ outfits from the
event will then be auctioned off on Ebay benefiting the Humane Society! The Paws
For Style event annually supports the Humane Society’s dedication to providing
food, shelter and medical attention for animals in their hospital and adoption
center. To visit animal fairs web site click on the following link.
Since 1904, the Humane Society of New York has been a presence in New York City,
reaching out to animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes.
Today its hospital, its spay and neuter programs and The Vladimir Horowitz and
Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center are currently a vital resource, seven
days a week, for over 33,000 dogs and cats annually, and their numbers continue
to grow. The cost of caring is high and, for the Society, help is made possible
entirely by its own fund raising efforts, including the charitable gifts of
people who value, and choose to support its mission. The NYHS can be reached at
Countess & Prince
Lola Super Star
Sarah, Regina, & Countess
Photos by Leonardo DeVega
Annual New York City Marines
New York Athletic Club
June 30th 2009
Recreating a 1920 Mess Night Dinner in London Attended by Winston Churchill
Historically Accurate Feast & Rousing Cheer.
Mess Night is a Marine Corps tradition dating from the 1500's that
civilians ever experience, "Mess Nights" encompass a cocktail hour, an
opulent feast, and a range of $1-and-up fines for violating guidelines of
the mess, which all guests are informed of at the onset (chewing gum,
swearing and discussing politics, shop, money or religion among them). All
fines are cheerfully donated to the featured charities.
recreation of a mess night held Saturday, the 20th of March, 1920
at Oddenino’s Imperial Restaurant on London’s Regent Street. That dinner
featured such classic dishes as “Poule au Pot Alexandra” and the famous
“Culotte de Bœuf Imperial.” It was attended by Sir Winston Churchill, a
veteran of the division with which he had fought in World War I and which
was honored at the dinner. Oddenino’s Imperial Restaurant operated for
almost 50 years as one of London’s “poshest” restaurants.
for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and theNational
Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. Guests announced in the coming weeks.
York City boasts one of the nation’s largest populations of active-duty,
former and friends of the Marines. The NYC Marines is a New York nonprofit
organization and the first of its kind dedicated to synergizing and
coordinating the numerous Marine Corps interests in the New York City area.
A cocktail reception was held in honor of Latin
Grammy-winning flautist Nestor Torres, whose most recent release, Nouveau
Latino, flaunts his expertise at amalgamating salsa
and jazz.. Named the "Ambassador of Good Will"
at this year's Puerto Rican
Day Parade, Nestor's ample discography and commitment to youth education
his deep-rooted appreciation of his lineage.
Nestor Torres: Facts & Career Highlights
Regular featured guest at the "Salsa Meets Jazz At The Village Gate " series in
Collaborations: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Chris
Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws, Arturo Sandoval, Michel Camilo, Paquito D' Rivera,
Perez, and David Sanchez,
Jazz Festivals: Capitol Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festivals; in Los Angeles and in
NYC with Eddie Palmieri; Aspen Snowmass; Maui; Heineken in Puerto Rico and
Republic; Sedona; Atlanta.... among many others.
Recordings to date (14): Colombia En Charanga , Afro Charanga Volume 2, No Me
Provoques, Morning Ride, Dance of the Phoenix , Burning Whispers, Talk To Me
, Treasures Of The Heart, Canciones Primeras, This Side Of Paradise, My Latin
Sin Palabras (Without Words),Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace', and
Grammys: His Latin-jazz composition "Luna Latina" (from Treasures of the Heart)
was nominated in 2000 for a Latin Grammy as well as his CD My Latin Soul in
In 2001, he won a Latin Grammy for his CD This Side of Paradise. Nouveau Latino
was nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz Category.
Two Honorary Doctorate degrees - one in 1994 from Barry University and the other
in 2000 from Carlos Albizu University - for his commitment to youth education
cultural exchange as an Ambassador of Peace and Culture.
For more information and media coverage, please contact:
Porfirio Piña - email@example.com
Nestor Torres is a flautist who does nouveau Latino
fusion music. He fuses classical Bach and Judy Garland favorites with with
Latino dance music and salsa all on his lone flute.
Photo and caption by Bettina Cirone
THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATRE CELEBRATES
FOUR DECADES OF ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
IT UNVEILS A NEW FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE
YORK, NY, DECEMBER 11, 2008
rose last night celebrating the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre's Four Decades of
Arts & Entertainment & Honoree Miriam Colón Valle, Founder and Artistic
was a major moment in theatrical history. The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre -
the leading venue and an historical theatre institution for the Puerto Rican and
Latino community - celebrated and officially unveiled an all time new and
exciting fundraising initiative, the"With Just $1" campaign. This spectacular
event, held at the Midtown Loft on Fifth Avenue, was the place to be seen, a
star-studded event with talents present including,Sonia Braga, Renoly Santiago,
Caridad De La Luz (La Bruja), Ronny Merced and Sonido
Honoree Miriam Colón Valle
Ideal with Musical
Director Gilberto Suarez, Jazz Singer Karen Taylor, Luis Antonio Ramos and Jose
Alberto "El Canario". With over Four Decades of public service in bringing
theatre to the barrios, the plazas and the parks of New York, the PRTT has
received many awards, including multiple ACE Hispanic Critic Awards, the HOLA
Latino Actor Awards, Obies, and the New York State Governor's Art Award, to
name just a few. The main fundraising goal at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
is an ambitious endeavor to help raise contributions for their art and passion
through the use of the dollar bill. Every dollar donated to the "With Just $1"
campaign is earmarked for the theatre and its programs. All donations will help
develop a young artist's imagination, help light up a path to greatness, and so
campaign will continue to stimulate support and awareness in the community with
various stellar invitations, print advertisements, email campaign blasts and
online donor contributions at their official homepage
Carmen Cruz, the
theatre's Board of Directors Chair, said that this campaign will help raise
awareness with those who love the arts and that through "With Just $1 Dollar"
they can continue to light up the future of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.
"We believe the
"With Just $1" campaign is both a cost effective and realistic program that
matches our long-term goals. With the repeated support, as little as one dollar,
our goal is to have as many donors participate as possible. We owe a great debt
of gratitude and thanks to all the people and companies who organized and shaped
this event from day one.
Framed picture of; Miriam Colon Valle &Raúl
Support for the
evening was wonderful as several components and tributes came together,
including a tribute to the legendary Actor and Artist Raúl Juliá with a photo
collage of his stage performances and many great accomplishments. Raúl Juliá
helped form the PRTT and served as an artistic advisor during the company's
early years. The PRTT professional training program now bears his name.
Federation President Lillian Rodriguez noted "The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
is one of the legacy-building artistic institutions for this city. This is why
the Hispanic Federation felt so strongly about getting involved to raise
awareness and provide support. I am so honored to be associated with the theatre
and all of the great artistic work in the community". Many of the Latino artists
on hand participated in Public Service Announcements that will air throughout
the New York area to drum up support and create increased interest in the PRTT
and its offerings.
partners also pledged their support through donations, providing equipment and
assisting in the production of media materials. Additionally, with the outreach
and support from the community, everyone will have a chance to contribute their
donations towards the "With Just $1" campaign and set this fundraising
initiative in the right direction. With sponsorships from the Hispanic
Federation, La Voz Hispana, GOYA Foods, CVTV Channel 34, The Rums of Puerto
Rico, HudsonRealty Capital, and other major organizations, the PRTT will
continue to march on through these tough economic times. This event was
conceived over the past months in an unprecedented collaboration of various top
leading community, marketing and communications firms,such as: Latin2Latin
Marketing + Communications, ACT-e Marketing, and the Hispanic Federation,
Pistolera Pictures, Parlante Inc., Raúl Morales Creative, Salon Santa Cruz,
Urban Latino Media, Sean Lee, Pedro Najera and William Osario.
Sonia Braga & Miriam Colon Valle
The mission of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre is to educate and acquaint the
general public with important contributions by Latino/Hispanic playwrights, and
produce truly bilingual professional theatre. Join some of the PRTT's most
famous performers and contributors as they come back home to help celebrate Four
Decades of success!
Collection of Fine Art
Welcome to Mark
Gallery, specialists in fine contemporary art, and representing a distinguished
group of national and international artists at work today. Offering an
exceptional selection of paintings, mixed media, photography and sculptures, our
art encompasses a diversity of styles and themes.
Located in the heart of downtown Englewood, New Jersey,
in an ideal setting, the gallery is poised to provide quality exhibitions and
personalized art services. Check us online at
their 25th Anniversary,
at the Manhattan
restaurant celebrating 11 years in the Big Apple.
and the Hooters
Swimsuit Calendar turns 23 with the 2009 edition,
so we have lots of
good reasons to celebrate!
There were Hooters
Swimsuit Calendar Girls in
for interviews in NYC
left to right: Cover girl 2009 Stephanie
Bellknap of Orlando, Fl, Adrean Butler of Portland,Oregon
Nicole Ciglar, of Clearwater, Fl, LeAngela Davis, of Columbia, Ohio, Sara Hoots,
of Selma, Tx, Vanessa Ferbeyre of Miami, Fl, Jennifer Bartlett of Chicago, Il,
Christina Perez of Staten Island, NY
:Photos by Bettina Cirone
David Blaine Hangs Out in Central Park
This morning, magician David Blaine begins the Dive of
Death, his latest endurance challenge in Central Park's Wollman Rink.
Blaine will hang upside down without a safety net for
60 hours and end his challenge with a heart-stopping plunge at 10:45 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 24th.
During his mid-air suspension, Blaine will be able to move around over the
Wollman Rink and lower himself for upside-down interactions with fans. He will
go without food, but pull himself up occasionally to drink liquids and restore
circulation. Stop by to say hello and watch him dangle.
Val Kilmer (forever Batman)
Dvid Blaine and Val Kilmer
CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES TO LAUNCH
63 YEAR HISTORY
New York City Tour Company to Celebrate Circle Line Manhattan's Arrival with
a Star-Studded Naming Ceremony on September 17
Whoopi Goldberg to Act as Godmother
New York, NY (August 13, 2008)
– Circle line Sightseeing Cruises
at 42nd St,
operator of New
York City's most famous boat ride, will celebrate a red letter day a. September 17 when it welcomes the
Circle Line Manhattan, the first new addition to the company's
historic fleet. The vessel will be welcomed via a star-studded naming ceremony,
with Whoopi Goldberg as godmother.
The Circle Line
Manhattan will offer upgraded
amenities while maintaining the iconic Circle Line silhouette that has become as
famous as the New York City skyline. Holding 600 passengers and made entirely of
steel, the 165-foot vessel represents a modern version of a very traditional and
functional vessel design. Those wishing to see pictures of the ship's
construction can find them on Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises website at www.circleline42.com
Sightseeing Cruises has seen a lot. Our iconic company has survived 10 New York City mayors, celebrated 28 World
Series championships and born witness to an
ever-evolving New York skyline," said Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Vice
President and General Manager Andreas Sappok. "This September 17, Circle
Line Sightseeing Cruises will create its own
piece of New York City history when it welcomes the first new vessel to
its fleet. The Circle Line Manhattan will
provide passengers with added comfort and style as they witness future
histories created in "this great city."
About Circle Line Sightseeing
Sailing since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises at 42"dStreet has hosted more than 60 million passengers in New York City. Owned and
operated by New York Cruise Lines, Inc., Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is New York's oldest and
largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special function
cruises. Residents and tourists can choose from five different leisurely tours
including a three-hour Full Island Cruise, a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise,
75-minute Liberty Cruise, two-hour twilight Harbor Lights Cruise or a 30-minute
thriller boat ride aboard The Beast, coupled with convenient schedules to
accommodate guests needs, state-of-the-art vessels, first class service and
attentive crews. Cruises are not only designed to provide the best viewing
opportunities, but to also be informative, comfortable and entertaining as well.
Today, the company is recognized as one of the most famous boat rides in the
entire world and is one of the oldest 42nd Street landmarks.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is not affiliated with Circle Line Downtown.
Statue of Liberty Video
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It is time to "Believe In Now" as the NFL
ushers in its 89th season with a giant celebration
in its special free pregame event, "NFL Opening
Kickoff 2008 Presented by EA Sports." Thursday,
Sept. 4 in New York City's Columbus Circle.Usher,
Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield will perform
with activities beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET in the
NFL's seventh annual football and music festival.
America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions featuring
New York Giants will be shown to fans in
Columbus Circle to kick off the Thursday
event.Portions of the pregame broadcast will air
live on NFL Network, will be streamed on NFL.com and
will be available via NFL Mobile Live only from
Sprint. The Thursday concert leads into the season
opener between the
New York Giants and the
Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium (NBC,
NFL.com, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports,
7:00 p.m. ET). NBC will air concert highlights as
part of the one-hour "NFL/NBC Fall Preview" on
Friday, Sept. 5 at 9:00 p.m. Stars from hit NBC
shows are scheduled to appear at the Thursday
concert event. The performances and appearances are
part of the celebration to kick off the 2008 season
and to honor the Super Bowl champion New York
Giants. This is the fifth consecutive year the NFL
has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the
opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in
primetime. NFL Opening Kickoff 2008 is an NFL
Network Production and will be executive produced
and directed by White Cherry Entertainment, one of
the producers of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime
Former "Dancing with the Stars" star and current dancer on
Broadway's "A Chorus Line" Sexy Mario Lopez attended Dog and Cat
Adopt-A-Thon Broadway Bark 10th Anniversary.
Lane and his adoptable pooch.
Bell Bundy and Bruiser of Legally Blonde on Broadway
with his adoptable pooch.
greets fan Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth
Photos by Iris Zimmerman
June 4, 2008
THE HOTTEST SEASON IN
Celebrated with a taste of the most succulent treats from New York’s favorite
restaurants at the Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer benefit at the
Naumburg Bandshell . Presented by Miraval Living Condominium, a luxury
spa-themed condominium, Taste of Summer featured a night of sampling the City’s
best dining and wines; dancing under the stars; and a silent auction showcasing
beauty and vacation packages, jewelry and accessories.
and Al Gore
Photos by Iris
Guests at the event tempted their palates with tasting plates from over 35 of
New York’s top restaurants. VIP guests were treated to the mega-watt cuisine and
style of critically acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The exclusive VIP Café offered tastings from all six of his New York restaurants
– Jean Georges, JoJo, Vong, Perry St, Spice Market and Mercer Kitchen.
Now in its 13th year, Taste of Summer raises more than $500,000 for the
Conservancy’s ongoing care and preservation efforts in Central Park
Campaign financed with
the European Union and the Deutscher Weinfonds
Riesling & Co. Tasting
An unparalleled tasting
experience welcomes top winemakers from Germany, as
well as Austria and Alsace. Experience over 200 wines from
the exceptional 2007 vintage.
on April 8, 2008
Alicia Minshew & honoree
Alicia Minshew ,Vanessa
Mathison, & JillL Zarson of All My Children
Gandolfini, Bracco& Sirico
Close up of Gandolfini, Bracco& Sirico
Photos by Bettina Cirone
at the The Museum of Modern Art
March 27, 2008
with Gang Shinde
Melissa Leo with Michael
The New Directors/New Films 2008 opened on Wednesday
3/27/08 at The Museum of Modern Art with Director Courtney Hunt’s 97 minute
edge-of-seat, heart-stopping Frozen River, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for
Drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film is set around an important
episode in the lives of two female characters who become unlikely partners in a
dangerous illegal enterprise at the New York State-Canada border where they must
drive over a perilous frozen river to collect and drop off illegal aliens.
Melissa Leo is compelling in an alternately tough and maternal leading role with
very harsh lighting that refuses to flatter her natural rough hewn beauty. Misty
Upman, who plays a Native American Indian widow, lives in a trailer, eeking out
her living in a Bingo parlor. Neither of these women project people you want to
encounter or confront until the film’s story unfolds and opens their
vulnerability and innate goodness.
The after party at MOMA included first time director of Ballast, Lance Hammer
and other directors, writers and cast members of the films being shown this
year. The buffet consisted of breads, several unique dips, crudités, guava,
quince and cheeses. These treats and the open bar appeared to keep everyone in
an upbeat mood.
Photos and article by Bettina Cirone
February 29th 2008
Seymour under her self portrait and her red flower created for the upcoming
China Olympic Games. She is wearing a diamond necklace she designed of two open
hearts that resemble the outline of a swan. Her Mom, who passed away this year,
had always advised her to keep her heart open so that no one could ever break
Photos and Article by Bettina Cirone
160 EXCEPTIONAL PIECES ON VIEW AT
THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE
FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 18, 2008
New York, NY --- February 12, 2008 - The rarest of Italian porcelains, ceramics,
wax, terra cotta and plaster pieces, which once graced the palaces and premiere
estates of Europe, can now be viewed in an exhibit at The Italian Cultural
Institute of New York. The exhibit, entitled Richard-Ginori 1737 - 1937, was
curated by Renato Miracco, who took the helm of the Italian Cultural Institute
as its Director in November 2007, Olivia Rucellai from Museo di Doccia and
Roberto Giovanelli, new President of Museo di Doccia. The exhibition design is
by architect Antonio P.Saracino, hailed by "Art News" magazine as a trendsetter
for the year 2007. These extraordinarily rare pieces were produced over the last
300 years by Richard-Ginori, Italy's leading creator of porcelains and one of
the oldest manufacturers of such ceramics in Europe. This collection of rare
Florentine objects has never before left Italy, only recently making a first
ever appearance in the United States, beginning the inaugural leg of a U.S. tour
this past December in Washington, D.C.
"For hundreds of years Italy's ceramics and porcelains have set the standard for
style, design and culture among the aristocratic classes throughout Europe,"
explained Dr. Miracco, the exhibit's curator. He added, "Now we hope that by
sharing these truly exceptional and rare pieces, we can open a new window on the
past to a younger generation by sharing the pleasures and influence of these
The exhibit is vast, some 160 pieces, and diverse, featuring cultural and
functional objects such as teapots, vases, ice-cream holders, pieces for the
dining table, the bathroom, lamps, candlesticks, figurines and even soap dishes
dating from the first pieces of the 18th century to the 1937 designs by Gio`
Ponti . The pieces, which will be on display in New York from February 20
through March 18, are in the second stop of a year-long exhibition that will
include Boston, Chicago and several other cities in the United States, at the
end of which they will return to their permanent home in the oldest factory
museum in Italy, the Manifattura di Doccia Museum located near Florence.
The Richard-Ginori company was founded by Marchese Carlo Ginori in 1735. It
produced pieces of rare beauty for their design elements and outstanding
craftsmanship. These hand painted pieces benefited from the wealth of student
painters in Italy who found steady work finishing these pieces destined to grace
the homes of Europe's wealthiest families, ruling classes, and various
monarchies. These unique pieces were noted for the expression of Italian
artistry, landscape and culture which were prominent features of their designs.
In 1864 the idea of organizing, documenting and preserving the story of the
Manufactory was realized by Lorenzo Ginori Lisci and the factory museum was
established. Shortly thereafter, in 1896, Ginori merged with the Milanese
Ceramic Company (Richard) and Richard-Ginori was born.
The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public weekdays, Monday to Friday,
from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16 from 11am to 5pm.
The Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets. For
information call 212-879-4242 ext 330 or online at www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/IIC_Newyork.
A unique conservation model has proven
successful in preventing local lion
extinction in Kenya, East Africa!
Richard Bonham, Tom Hill, and the conservation team of 01 Donyo Wuas Trust (ODWT)
have helped halt the imminent and virtually certain extinction of lions in a
critical sector of the
Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of southeastern Kenya, one of the world's most
cherished natural places. This breakthrough has been accomplished in close collaboration with the local Maasai
Rural Africa is currently experiencing a turbulent time and the lion is
disappearing quickly. Less than 25,000 remain alive today in all of Africa.
Ever-expanding human populations seeking a higher standard of living, shrinking
habitats, and vanishing wildlife corridors are perpetuating a precipitous
decline in all of Africa's wildlife. By way of well-deserved monetary
incentives, through compensation for
economic loss - and efforts to reduce
human-wildlife conflict before it occurs -
the ODWT's conservation model
has demonstrated a hopeful way forward -
across much of rural Africa -
for successful cohabitation of livestock owners and endangered
predators, most particularly, the African lion.
The unprecedented form and degree of collaboration presently being experienced
between ODWT, a local conservation
trust, and the Mbirikani Maasai, a local pastoralist community, has not only
transformed the attitudes and behavior of a proud and traditional people in
favor of wildlife conservation, it has stopped the killing of lions before it is too late! Now it can be truly
said that no one wants to hear the lion's last roar! However, having proven
their case, the ODWT and the Maasai people of Amboseli-Tsavo need your help to
carry on and expand upon their inspiring success.
Artists create images and pictures that can leap barriers of politics, culture,
and economics. One looks into the
eyes of a lion and is forever changed. Art can make history and artists
-with your support- can make lions live free in Africa for many,
many years to come! The artists' works in the
Lions Live Free exhibition will be
auctioned live on November 14th. The National Arts Club will also be honoring
two key Maasai community leaders who
have travelled to New York from Kenya with Tom Hill for this special occasion. They
will receive the Lions Roar Award for having been essential in helping the ODWT
achieve its mission.
YOVANNE PIERRE's recital last Friday was
spectacular he truly is a virtuoso. The audience was in love with this talented
handsome man. I know we will hear more from him in the near future, his CD with
all his beautiful classical jazz will come out soon.
Yovanne Pierre ....... Piano
Joe Hertenstien ..... Drums
Pictures and video by Gloria Cianelli
Caroline Kennedy and Lydia
Courage in Journalism awards to some of the most dedicated and remarkably
courageous women on the Planet took place at a luncheon at The Waldorf Astoria
in late October. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg who once worked for The Daily News
presented Mexican Journalist, 43 year old Lydia Cacho with her Courage in
Journalism award. When in the streets, Cacho was told to keep quiet and look
pretty, but her Mother advised her to “never negotiate my dignity in order to
live in apparent freedom, as millions of Mexicans do.” She became a journalist
20 years ago, and revealed that Mexico is the most dangerous place to be a
journalist only second to Iraq. Fearful reporters resort to self censorship
because nearly 30 Mexican journalists have been killed in the past 5 years .
Attacks are more vicious when the journalists are women. She says:“Mexico has an
evil mask. To the outside world we seem evolved and democratic, but on the
inside corruption and impunity are winning the battle.” But fortunately for the
young victims of pedophiles, not with the unsilenceable Cacho around, who took
her case to the Supreme Court after the Governor of Pueblo arrested her. A year
later, she won her freedom. Nonetheless, the corrupt Governor who had her
arrested has still refused to leave office. The sex predators of over 200
children, many of whom were made pregnant by their fathers, are gradually being
brought to justice, and a pedophile ring leader is now in jail. As a result of
her winning her case in Supreme Court, ”journalists will no longer face prison
sentences for telling the truth.” After having left the podium, in private,
Cacho wept on her husband’s shoulder. Four female Iraqi journalists broke down
in tears after their presentation by wounded journalist Bob Woodruff, himself
recovering from critical physical injuries he sustained in Iraq. Their grief was
surely compounded due to a very recent (October 23rd) NY Times report about
another missing female colleague journalist whose driver was found dead.
Woodruff, despite the plastic piece the size of a small coconut shell attached
to his head to replace his missing skull, looks as youthful and handsome as
ever. On November 7th he is organizing a fundraiser in New York for American
soldiers in Iraq that will be chaired by President Bush and Bill Clinton, with
Caroline Hirsch, of Caroline’s Comedy Club. The event called Stand Up For Heroes
is expected to raise over one million dollars. For more info, go to
nycomedyfestival.com Charlene Hunter Gault spoke emotionally about the beautiful
26 year old Ethiopian journalist Serkalem Fasil , who was imprisoned after
defending her rights while she was pregnant . She was unable to leave Ethiopia
to receive her award which was presented by Soledad O’Brien. Fasil had been
arrested for genocide and treason for her articles criticizing government
actions. She gave birth to her son, prematurely, while in prison.
Angeline Jolie and Meg Ryan were among the presenters at a second Courage in
Journalism selection of awardees on October 30th in Beverly Hills.
“These women shine a light into the darkest corners of this globe…they do work
that is noble and necessary that most women and men refuse to do. These are
women in the media who risk their lives.”
Please credit Bettina Cirone for reporting and photographing this story.