Daddy Yankee's  "Mundial" 


Daddy Yankee's  new Album "Mundial"

      Listening Party presented by CoorsLight.

Club Quo, NYC

December 1, 2009






Nerolisa and the Quo hostesses


 Elvira Franco



Club Quo girls

Club Quo Ladies


Photos by Leonardo de Vega




Only in New York!!!

featuring Reggie Washington "The Drummer"

    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





The Hooters


Calendar Girls

Wednesday October 7th 2010

      The 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 troops overseas.

Hooter Girls









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


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.


Leonardo De Vega & Mario L. Baeza

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2009 Benefit Committee

Peter Fine
Indrani M. Franchini
Lino Garcia
Alfredo Galvan
Allen Gomez
Les Goodstein
Carolyn Malinsky
Luis Miranda, Jr.
Carlos M. Morales
Ricardo Oquendo
Ramon J. Pineda
Jorge E. Reynardus
Jose M. Rivera
Jose Rivera Alers
Andres Rodriguez
Nicholas E. Rodriguez
Ruben Rodriguez
Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
Rossana Rosado
Robert A. Abreu
Mario L. Baeza
Luis M. Balzac
Manuel Bellod
Gilbert F. Casellas
Cesar Conde
Roy Cosme
Rafael Fantauzzi
Arminda Figueroa

Cristina Schwarz
Alex Serrano
Benny Omar Torres
Jason Torres
Theresa Torres
Ricardo A. Venegas
Howard Watts
Wayne Winborne
Steven Wolfe
Jose Zambrano L.

<< To Make a Donation visit Hispanic Federeation website Click Here >>



Paws for Styles

July 27th, 2009

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;212.752.4842 or;


Countess & Prince Laurn Ivserky Lola Super Star
Doggie Couture Linda Wells Sarah, Regina, & Countess
Doggie Couture Susan Korwin Volunteer
  Susan Traub  

     Photos by Leonardo DeVega



  "Mess Night"  Benefit

Annual New York City Marines

at the New York Athletic Club

June 30th 2009


Recreating a 1920 Mess Night Dinner in London Attended by Winston Churchill

 A Historically Accurate Feast & Rousing Cheer.

               Mess Night is a Marine Corps tradition dating from the 1500's that few 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. “Mess Night ’09 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.   

                              To raise funds for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and  the National Foundation for Facial  Reconstruction. Guests announced in the coming weeks.

                   New 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. See

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Circle Line presents Carnival Day

June 20th 2009

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A cocktail reception to honor latin grammy-award winner

Nestor Torres

Friday, June 12, 2009


 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 reflects
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 Botti,
Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws, Arturo Sandoval, Michel Camilo, Paquito D' Rivera, Danilo
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 Dominican
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 Soul,
Sin Palabras (Without Words),Dances, Prayers & Meditations For Peace', and 'Nouveau Latino'.

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 2002.
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 and
cultural exchange as an Ambassador of Peace and Culture.
For more information and media coverage, please contact:
Porfirio Piña -


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 curtain rose last night celebrating the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre's Four Decades of Arts & Entertainment & Honoree Miriam Colón Valle, Founder and Artistic Director. It 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 much more.

The PRTT's 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 Juliá

 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.

 Hispanic 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.


Ms. Merel Julia

 Various media 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.


Cover Aritist: Alvaro                                                Sonia Braga & Miriam Colon Valle

 About:   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






Hooter's Calendar 2009

Hooters celebrated 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

Manhattan available 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

David Blaine Dive of Death 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)

David Blaine

Dvid Blaine and Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer












Circle Line Sightseeing





Iconic 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 

"Circle Line 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 Cruises

Sailing since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises at 42"d Street 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 the 2007 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 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,,, 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 shows.

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Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Bedingfield & adoring fans

 The Mayor Bloomberg



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Broadway Barks

Times Square on June 12th


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. 

Nathan Lane and his adoptable pooch.

Laura Bell Bundy and Bruiser of Legally Blonde on Broadway

Joel Gray with his adoptable pooch.

Mario Lopez greets fan Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth

Mario Lopez


Photos by Iris Zimmerman









Central Park Conservancy's Taste of Summer Benefit

June 4, 2008

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.

 Tipper and Al Gore 

Photos by Iris Zimmerman


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

Photos by Gloria Cianelli                








Riesling & Co. Tasting 2008
This Event holds the top producers and the first to taste the exceptional 2007 vintage from Germany, as well as Alsace and Austria.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
1:00-5:00 p.m. Trade and Media Only
6:00-9:00 p.m. Consumer Tasting Event
Tribeca Rooftop
2 Debrosses Street, New York City
For More Information  about this event,
please email

Campaign financed with aid from
the European Union and the Deutscher Weinfonds


Riesling & Co. Tasting 2008

An unparalleled tasting experience  welcomes top winemakers from Germany, as well as Austria and Alsace. Experience over 200 wines from the exceptional 2007 vintage.





HeartShare at the Marriott

on April 8, 2008


Alicia Minshew & honoree Cameron Mathis

Alicia Minshew ,Vanessa Mathison, & JillL Zarson  of All My Children

Lorraine Bracco

Gandolfini, Bracco& Sirico

Close up of Gandolfini, Bracco& Sirico

Photos by Bettina Cirone








The New Directors

at the The Museum of Modern Art

March 27, 2008


Courtney Hunt with Gang Shinde Melissa Leo with Michael Barker
Lance Hammer Heather Rea


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









Jane Seymour Art Expo

February 29th 2008

Jane 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 it.

 Photos and Article by Bettina Cirone  





The Richard-Ginori Collection : 



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 extraordinary designs."

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








Frommer's glamorous Party

At The Argentine Consulate

December 12, 2007

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Lions Live Free

Wednesday November 14, 2007

The National Arts Club

Text Box:  


Gina (artist) and Antony Antony and David Sugar ecthed Lion
Tom Hill Antony and Issac

Pictures by Clair Pienaar



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 community.

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.





November 9 2007




Playing his passion

Music is the soul of the world

Bechstien Piano

207 West 58th Street


Yovanne Pierre and Stuart Grant on bass 

Yovanne Pierre & Friends

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

Roberto Vidal......Cong

Joe Hertenstien ..... Drums




Pictures and video by Gloria Cianelli














Courage in Jounalism



Bob Woodruff

Caroline Kennedy and Lydia Cacho

 October 2007

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 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.