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AL HIRSCHFELD, Guys and Dolls

BroadwayCon is pleased to announce that it will host a special Al Hirschfeld’s Broadway Treasures exhibition within the BroadwayCon Museum at BroadwayCon 2017. Featuring artwork from Al Hirschfeld’s storied career, this exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, New York. “We have never gathered together just a selection of Hirschfeld’s Broadway work for a show in New York,” says Al Hirschfeld Foundation Creative Director David Leopold. “The BroadwayCon Museum will have Hirschfeld’s Sondheim and the Gershwins along with Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, and Phantom of the Opera. Even Shakespeare gets into the act!”

AL HIRSCHFELD, Sondheim

The BroadwayCon Museum gives attendees the opportunity to get an up-close look at some of Broadway’s treasures. This specially curated exhibit is the only place to see pieces from some of Broadway’s favorite shows, past and present.

Additionally, BroadwayCon is pleased to announce a panel with the Foundation and artists who depict the theatre, Drawn to the Theatre: Whose Lines, Whose Colors, Who Draws Your Story?, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 4pm. The session will be moderated by David Leopold, Archivist, Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

For as long as there has been Broadway, there have been artists who’ve drawn productions and performers for the press and promotion. In the 20th Century, Al Hirschfeld’s drawings were such a big part of the Broadway experience that he has a theatre named for him. Learn from artists Squigs and Ken Fallin how they carry on the tradition in the 21st century in print and online.

 Squigs

Squigs’ illustrations have been seen regularly since 2010 as the Broadway Ink feature on Broadway.com. They have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s Untold Stories of Broadway series, and in promotional campaigns for Actors’ Equity Association (including their “Ask If It’s Equity” efforts and the cover of their centennial book Performance of the Century), Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, the Theatre World Awards, and theatrical productions in New York, London, and around the world. Squigs is also the co-creator, designer, and illustrator of The Lights of Broadway Show Cards™, trading cards for Broadway fans. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for many years, and now calls New York City his home. Learn more at squigsonline.com.

Ken Fallin

Ken Fallin began his career in 1983 by creating witty pen and ink Caricatures for the wildly successful satirical revue, ‘Forbidden Broadway”. These drawings were done as an homage to the great theatrical Caricaturist A Hirschfeld. So successful was this concept, that Ken designed artwork for the show’s phenomenal thirty year run.

Subsequently, Ken’s instantly recognizable, intricately detailed pen and ink celebrity portraits have been published internationally by Such diverse and distinguished publications as The Wall Street Journal, InStyle Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Politico.com, and Barron’s Magazine.

Ken has also produced stylish and eye catching art for major ad Campaigns, posters and Specially Commissioned Corporate gifts for presumably satisfied clients as HBO, Showtime, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera Company, American Express, Belvedere Vodka, CBS News, Walt Disney Productions, The Peter Norton Foundation, and Microsoft.

An animated TV commercial that Ken illustrated for CNBC’s Squawk Box” was nominated for an EMMY Award. Several original Ken Fallin posters are in the permanent poster Collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. A number of his original pen and ink drawings now hang in the venerable Players Club, and he regularly Contributes theatre drawings to BroadwayWorld.com

Private collectors of Ken’s work include Angela Lansbury, Bradley Cooper, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Frank Langella, Sir Patrick Stewart, Warren Buffett, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

 David Leopold organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist’s death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” His other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He is also the Picture Editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review magazine.

 

The mission of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation is to promote interest in the theater and dramatic arts by supporting not-for-profit museums, libraries, theaters and similar cultural institutions. The Foundation fulfills its mission by making grants to such organizations, by mounting exhibitions of Al Hirschfeld’s artworks at museums and other venues and by donating or lending Al Hirschfeld’s artworks to such organizations.

The Foundation maintains an extensive collection of Hirschfeld artworks and lends pieces to institutions all over the world. Papers from the first half-century of Hirschfeld’s career are held by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  The Harvard Theatre Collection holds the largest public collection of Hirschfeld art and ephemera. There are also significant holdings at the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. A database of all of his works can be found at AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.

BroadwayCon is theatre’s answer to comic-con, tailor made for fans. From January 27–29, 2017, join some of Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators from classic and current shows as we gather at the incomparable Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theatre. BroadwayCon 2017 will feature panels, performances, interviews, workshops, singalongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. Past panels have included previews from upcoming Broadway shows, conversations with the casts and creatives of this season’s hits, and discussions featuring the industry’s top producers and designers, not to mention the giant Opening Ceremony, the nighttime concerts, and the dance parties. BroadwayCon is produced by Mischief Management and Playbill. The BroadwayCon Artistic Director of Headline Programming is David Alpert.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Hampton Fine Art Fair

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The 18th annual Hampton Fine Art Fair featured a record 150 select galleries, and best-in-class sponsors, reaching 20 countries. Emerging artists and galleries – provided collectors and people looking to redecorate their home treasures for every sensibility and price point. 70,000 sq. ft. featured the Pollock and de Kooning Luxury Pavilions, the fair was located just minutes from downtown Southampton Village. The show took place from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. Over 10,000 expected guests over the four days the show also benefited Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum.

This year, HFAF recognized esteemed local artists into the 2024 Hamptons Artists Hall of Fame. Artists Herman Cherry and Connie Fox, sculptors Bill Tarr and Bill King and tapestry artisan Amy Zerner were honored. The 2024 Spotlight artists are Lucy Cookson, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Olivier Messas, Ben Miller, Milly Ristvedt and Veronica Ruiz Velasco. In addition, Judaic artist Libby Klein  presented her one-of-a-kind Royal Family Tree, with everyone spotlighted from the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to Princes Harry and William. The trees can be customized and feature a gold leaf for each member of the family. She will also showcase works embodying the beauty of Israel.

My favorites were Dagaro Ella Marco Olivier Sculptures from Charlotte, NC. Renowned artist, Marco Olivier blends resin and bronze, with exceptional craftsmanship and emotive storytelling.

Felix Semper, is a visionary artist who defies conventional artistic boundaries and astounds audiences with his incredible talents and achievements. With a mastery of sculpture, Semper’s works transcend traditional static forms, as he brilliantly combines elements of flexibility and motion into his creations. His innovative technique of creating intricate, lifelike sculptures out of thousands of individually stacked and glued sheets of paper has garnered international recognition and admiration.

Reilly Haney @DetentionArt hand writes every word from what ever he is working on. So you see the Spiderman poster but underneath is all the words. Haney is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran who turned a hobby into a career by creating Calligrammer. “Everything you are seeing on the print is his actual handwriting. His pieces were truly impressive

And the fun people you meet and go with make the show all that more exciting and interesting. This was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Ilene Smith Sichel, Brigitte Segura, Neil Saltzman and Roger Sichel

 

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca

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In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”

Salem-Aubrey-Carini

Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Bryan McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd

Carini

335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer. This Saturday they will host their annual Summer Gala to raise funds. The event on  July 13, is from 6:30 to 11:30 PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Beside oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and an auction, followed by an after-party beach bonfire and s’mores. 

The foundation will honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill, signed into law, expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing to include 3-D Mammography. 

Part of the way they will raise money is to auction off denim jackets painted by famous artists. Three of the artists are friends of T2C and we want to highlight their work as well as give you insight on how to bid for a really good cause.

Shani and her jacket

First up is Shani Grosz. Her denim jacket combines fashion and Shani’s passion for painting she created a fantasy hand painted garden themed denim jacket trimmed with a lace bustle for drama and sprinkled with Swarovski crystals . All created with a magical vibe and a theme quote painted in the back of the jacket that reads “ the darkest Nights produce the brightest stars. “ … with the theme that women going through tough times such as cancer treatments are the true bright shining stars.

Shani is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, and has established herself as an important and internationally recognized designer with over two decades as the President and Designer of SHANI Collection. She has won many prestigious design awards for her well executed vision of “Wearable Art”. Over the years, she has dressed various celebrities, news anchors, Broadway stars, television personalities and developed numerous wardrobes for both film and TV and as a teacher within the Designer Critic Program at FIT, Shani works closely at developing up and coming talent. Shani designs for the modern woman, celebrating her multi-faceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong.

Shani

To know Shani is to know that she is a girl’s girl, so it’s only logical that her designs are about feeling free and comfortable in your skin. Shani’s designs are like the perfect little black dress –something every woman needs in her wardrobe that she can always count on to let her look her best. Her dresses are available at www.shanicollection.com. Please follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/shanidress.official.

To bid on Shani’s and the other artist were highlighting read more tomorrow.

On February 15, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarded $363,000 in grants to further its mission of assisting people being treated for breast cancer. The funding advances the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where no patients are turned away for lack of insurance, as well as its local satellite locations and Ellen’s Well, a psychosocial support program for patients. Grants were also awarded to members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership to support bilingual outreach, social support, and breast care education for women without ready access to health care.

This year, funds raised will go toward acquiring a cutting-edge tomosynthesis mammography machine at the center, providing breast screenings and diagnostic procedures, allocating Ellen’s Well micro-grants for transportation and social services, supporting the Phillips Family Cancer Care Summit and paying a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, and an oncology nurse patient navigator at Ellen’s Well.

For more information visit ellenhermanson.org.

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A Magical Oasis is Blooming Right Under Rockefeller Center

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Those sweltering days of summer, just got a whole lot better in Manhattan. If you go to the rink at Rockefeller Center, go through the gift store out the other door and turn left a new immersive art experience magically awaits called BLOOM: The Secret Wonders of New York’s Forgotten Eden.

As lore has it 200 years ago, the land was home to Elgin Gardens. Did you know Elgin Botanic Garden, flourished on the same land in the first decade of the 1800s. Under the care of the garden’s visionary founder, botanist and physician Dr. David Hosack, a collection of more than 2,000 plant species from around the world grew across 20 acres, as author Victoria Johnson describes in her book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. Fruit trees, medicinal plants, flowers, and a 200-foot-long glass conservatory, like a biophilic jewel box, housed tropical and desert plants.

A digital avatar of Mother Earth greets you as the staff dressed as fairies,  mushrooms and botanical creatures guides your journey. This space is great for kids of all-ages, but also adults. It is the perfect way to indulge your inner child and escape the rat race for serenity.

As you enter the “Gates of New York’s Eden,” you see a gentler time when New York was immersed in natural beauty. I sat there as the stress rolled off my shoulders and a calm embraced me and my guest. The state-of-the-art sound and light experiences and events. Allows for creativity.

After relaxing and soaking up the scenery, we headed to the “The Mycelium Underground” to start our journey as a seed.

As you germinate there are soft sculpture rooms to crawl in and out of Each has captivating  video installations, complete with Bose soundscapes. Learning has never been so much fun.

Roger’s loved the “Mushroom Forest” but failed to bounce on this wonderful trampoline that allows you to pounce off the fungi’s larger than life spaces.

I loved “The Conservatory” my herbal concoction as well as sparkling libations from Chandon Garden Spritz were delightful. The botanical wisdom, and the delicious snacks from The Alchemist’s Kitchen, had me happy for the rest of the day. I will be visiting their store soon. By the way they have happy hour here and I highly recommend it. These drinks were more than just satisfying.

Bloom Garden is a flowering garden to relax under a digital sky in an Instagram-worthy floral ball pit. There’s even a digital tablet interface where you can watch your imaginary creations come to life through an AI-responsive digital cloud.

Wander down a passageway emanating the playful essence of a sunbeam, designed by the artistic duo Children of the Light, titled Transito.

Finally, end the journey in a botanist’s workshop and pick up custom wildflower seed packets to take back to the present time. Guests can capture memories in an AR photobooth or create a floral keepsake before bidding Mother Earth farewell.

In addition to the exhibit, BLOOM will host weekly events including a garden-themed concert series, floral workshops, yoga sessions, meditation classes, and kids programming.

HERO is the brainchild of MATTE Projects.

BLOOM: The Secret Wonders of New York’s Forgotten Eden” opens on Wednesday, May 15. See it Monday through Friday, noon-8pm, and Saturday, 10am-8pm, with special hours will be announced surrounding upcoming programming. Tickets are $35 for general admission during the week, $45 for general admission on the weekend and for special weeknight programming. To visit at night, tickets are $40. Find BLOOM at 15 West 49th Street on the Rink Level of Rockefeller Center.

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