Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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Spearheads Philanthropic Initiatives with United Way
and Rewards Customers with Upgrades for Golden Anniversary
Logo for PEI's 50th anniversaryPerry Ellis International (PEI) announces a Makeover in Miami giveaway to celebrate its 50th anniversary and give thanks to its loyal customers. The global fashion house culminates its golden anniversary milestone year by rewarding customers this Holiday season and giving back to our communities. The prizewinner receives a Valentine's trip to Miami including airfare and hotel accommodations for two, a new wardrobe from Perry Ellis International's signature fashion brands, and a glamorous photo-shoot at its Miami studio featuring a fashion makeover by an expert stylist. The promotion kicks off on Dec. 20, 2017 and runs through Jan. 20, 2018. Enter online at this link or visit our stores located throughout the United States for rules and eligibility. Enter for a chance to win a fashion-filled trip, valued at $4,950 that includes:
A Makeover in Miami Giveaway! A Valentine's trip to Miami including airfare and hotel accommodations for two.

A fashion makeover with an expert stylist featuring a new wardrobe from Perry Ellis International and a glamorous photo-shoot at its Miami studio.

Enter online at this link or visit our stores located throughout the United States for rules and eligibility.
Fashioning a Fifty-Year Legacy . . .
"Our 50th anniversary is all about giving back to our customers and to the communities who contribute to the success of our fifty-year legacy," said Oscar Feldenkreis, the CEO and President of Perry Ellis International. "We chose to honor this important milestone by rewarding our loyal customers and demonstrating, in the spirit of the Holidays, our commitment to helping those who are among the most in need during this special time." Perry Ellis International will match donations up to $50,000 for disaster relief in partnership with United Way’s Operation Helping Hands. Clothing will also be donated to 50 families in need via the United Way.

In honor of this golden Anniversary year, everyone who registers by December 31, 2017 will automatically be upgraded to Gold Level status on the new Customer Rewards Loyalty Program recently announced for the Holidays. 

The revamped program offers point sharing accumulated across five brands. The participating brands include: Perry Ellis (Perry Perks), Original Penguin (Original Rewards), Cubavera (Good Life Rewards), Laundry by Shelli Segal (Laundry VIP) and Peony & Me (The Luxe List). The program is designed to reward consumers for each purchase and is free to join. There are two levels of the program: Silver status for consumers who earn less than 250 points annually and Gold status for consumers who earn more than 250 points annually through qualifying purchases. 
. . . Win a Makeover in Miami!
As part of its 50th anniversary awareness campaign to promote giving back to our communities, PEI has partnered with United Way's Operation Helping Hands to provide donations, food and resources to help families in need during this Holiday season. This philanthropic campaign is continually helping to rebuild lives in communities impacted by recent natural disasters, children and families who still need assistance now more than ever.

Perry Ellis will match every customer donation, up to $50,000, and will donate clothing to 50 needy families through United Way's Operation Helping Hands.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. The Giveaway begins at 12:00:01 a.m. EST on December 20, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 20, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules, visit Sponsor: Perry Ellis International, Miami, FL 33172.
About Perry Ellis International:
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and most recently Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear. Additional information on the Company is available at

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Shapes in art & science show that notions of “male” v “female” are blending

Author and Emmy Award-winner Lois Farfel Stark explains how trends like 3D imaging and architectural styles illustrate the depolarization of classic gender assumptions

You may have heard it before: Men think in lines; women think in circles.
This classic assumption comes out of historic gender expectations, when women’s work required the circular thinking of family systems and men’s work required the linear thinking of measured results in an industrialized age.
Was it ever true, and importantly, is it true in current times?
Emmy Award-winning documentarian and author Lois Farfel Stark says “No”, explaining, “gender roles are blending, resulting in an overall integrated thinking.”
Her proof: the shape of thinking itself.
“The division between thinking in lines or circles is blending. Both are required for today’s challenges. The complex tasks of our time -- climate change, global repercussions in both biological or computer viruses – require all human capabilities.”
Take the torus shape emerging in architecture, for example. A hotel in Huzhou Zhejiang Province, China, built as an upright ring, upending expectations. It holds opposites, together as one.
Today, 3-D imaging allows us to view phenomena such as weather systems from all sides, simultaneously. Surgeons can view the top and the underside of an organ at once.  Such 360 degree thinking shifts our thinking, dissolves the borders between circles and lines.
This is showing up in the workplace, too. Leaders at major companies are spearheading the shift from a corporate perspective. From Marissa Meyer’s cessation of Yahoo’s work from home policy to Satya Nadella assigning top executives at Microsoft to read up on how to lean into their soft-power, it is increasingly important for all leaders to be dynamic and capable of all shapes of thought and comportment.
As a culture, we still are catching up. We are working to undo gendered expectations and allow both men and women to be hero and heroine, sidekick and supporter, competitive and cooperative.
Check out Lois Farfel Stark's new book for more info!  The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times.

This book will be released in February 6, 2018.

About Lois Farfel Stark:
Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author of the book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times (Greenleaf, 2017). The book was the focus of her September 2016 TEDx talk in Dallas. During her distinguished career with NBC News, she covered Abu Dhabi's catapult to the 20th century, the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, Cuba ten years after their revolution, the Israeli Air Force in the Six Day War, Northern Ireland during its time of religious conflict, and Liberia's social split. Independently, she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues.
Along with an Emmy, Lois is also the recipient of two CINE Gold awards, two Gold Awards from The International Film Festival of the Americas, the Matrix Award from Women In Communications, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the Silver Award from the Texas Broadcasting Association. She has served as a trustee for institutions in education, health, the arts, and public service, including Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater.  She lives in Houston.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Webinars: Powering the Gig Economy & Global Data Challenges

New- Photography gear solution!

  Photographers who want to minimize lugging gear around now have a great solution.  Cotton Carrier's new G3 line of camera harnesses and holsters.  The line is designed as a practical piece of equipment for photographers who want to carry everything in one convenient tote. A patented locking system holds up even the most strenuous activity to keep DSLR and mirrorless cameras close to the body and ready to shoot in just two seconds. Built strong with moving parts that can during any rugged activity, or even just everyday photography shoots.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Chicago Detours' Pedway Map Helps Chicagoans Avoid Winter Weather


Escape the Cold with the Chicago Pedway


"Chicago Detours Shares Free Pedway Map"
 As temperatures drop again, Chicago Detours encourages Chicagoans to download the free Chicago Pedway Map to navigate the system of passages that connect buildings in downtown Chicago. The top-rated tour company offers it for download on their website, and guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, which is offered seven days a week, receive professionally printed copies as a gift.

Executive Director Amanda Scotese had the map to designed to be user friendly. She found that guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour were intimidated to enter into unmarked doors, so the map elucidates where exactly entrances are to access the 40-block-long network of passages.

The two-page map, which is designed to be printed and folded into a sort of booklet versus viewed online, divides the extensive Pedway system into sections. It includes helpful details, such as the disparate open hours for different sections and tips on navigating the system.

Chicago Detours' Executive Director Amanda Scotese was featured on January 2, 2018 on WGN-TV's "Evening News." They ran a segment on the Chicago Pedway System. Scotese has been interviewed by various television stations to talk about the Pedway over the years.

Scotese originally designed the map in 2012 as a useful guide that would welcome people into using the system. While other maps of the Pedway exist, such as the city's version from early 2013, they do not outline where exactly to access the Pedway, which is one of the most confusing aspects of the system.

"I found from the guests on our Loop Interior Architecture Tour that lots of people are not nearly as nosy as I am!" Scotese explains, "While I am used to just walking into downtown places that I know are open to the public, like building lobbies, people who don't live or work in downtown Chicago may not so naturally step inside. By marking all stairways and entrances to buildings and passages that connect with the Pedway, our map explicitly delineates where people are permitted to enter buildings."

The Chicago Pedway system extends more than 40 blocks to connect close to 50 buildings, train stations and underground parking structures. More information about the Chicago Pedway System can be found on the Chicago Detours Blog

Chicago Detours is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded by Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during the several years she has worked as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with the travel company of Rick Steves. Scotese studied architecture, urbanism, and art history through her interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. The creative tour company blogs about Chicago architecture and history at
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One Day, One Night: An Awe-Inspiring Account Of Life At The Bottom Of The World

One Day, One Night: An Awe-Inspiring Account Of Life At The Bottom Of The World

 Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences.
In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day” of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night” of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment.
One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous.
Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole,” and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line,” which describes barren landscapes.
As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London. He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA.
One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards.
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Lexus, Mazola®, State Farm® and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Team Up with Telemundo for Creative In-Show Integrations

Series Premieres Sunday, January 14 at 8 p.m. /7c on Telemundo
  Telemundo today announced the integrated sponsors of the highly-anticipated first season of "MasterChef Latino," a new, Spanish-language version of the Emmy Award-winning MasterChef franchise. Lexus, Mazola, State Farm and Universal Pictures have signed on among other sponsors of the prestigious, international reality culinary competition, a format that comes to U.S. Hispanic television for the first time in 2018. Hosted by Mexican TV star Aracely Arámbula, this Spanish-language version brings the culture, food and flavors of Latin American countries with a diverse representation of participants who love to cook and can create anything from delicious Texan enchiladas and California fish tacos, to Puerto Rican mofongo, among others. A group of aspiring chefs will put their culinary skills to the test to compete for the grand cash prize of $100,000 dollars and the title of the first-ever "MasterChef Latino" in the U.S.

"We're excited to work with advertisers, across multiple categories, who see the value in reaching Hispanic consumers in Spanish-language television to help drive their business forward," said Laura Molen, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal. "'MasterChef Latino' is a great new offering for marketers to reach Telemundo’s valuable, young audience and effectively engage viewers, as our engagement research proves that Telemundo's viewers can increase brand love by as much as +31% for these brands. Also, cooking is an important cultural pillar to the Hispanic audience, specifically with Telemundo viewers, as they are 81% more likely than the general population to claim the kitchen as the most important room in the house."

will showcase the prestige and performance of their LX SUV while transporting the contestants to the "MasterChef Latino" kitchen for their challenges. As the contestants ride to the kitchen, they will reminisce about their experience in the competition and highlight elements of the luxury vehicle.

oil will be integrated into a Mystery Box challenge where the brand will be one of the ingredients to create a healthy dish aligning to Heart Health Month in February. In addition, on Telemundo's Emmy Award-winning morning show, "Un Nuevo Día," Chef James will use heart-healthy Mazola to create an original recipe in a custom cooking segment aligned to MasterChef Latino.

State Farm
will have branding throughout the entire season with a focus on providing safety tips dedicated to educating viewers on how to be safe in the kitchen while cooking. Within the first integration, State Farm will be thematically integrated into a team challenge where contestants must prepare a meal for the Fire Department, EMT's and First Responders who came to the aid of Floridians during Hurricane Irma. During the final integration on finale night, the contestants will reflect on their journey and sacrifices with guidance and advice from State Farm. In addition, viewers can tune in to a Facebook Live featuring one of the eliminated contestants as they reflect on their MasterChef Latino journey.

Universal Pictures 
will tease the highly anticipated final chapter of the "Fifty Shades" franchise, "Fifty Shades Freed," by integrating into an entire episode of "MasterChef Latino," featuring never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film. During a series of challenges throughout the episode, contestants will be tasked with preparing meals themed and inspired by "Fifty Shades Freed," in theaters February 9.

During the "MasterChef Latino" competition on Telemundo, viewers will get to see 14 participants competing in challenges and overcoming the various culinary tests. Finalists will have to show they are the best and prove to the three judges – distinguished Chefs Benito Molina, Claudia Sandoval and Ennio Carota – why they deserve to win the competition, fulfilling his or her dream of becoming the first "MasterChef Latino" of the United States.

Viewers can find more on "MasterChef Latino" on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV.

"MasterChef Latino" is a Endemol Shine Boomdog production for Telemundo.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo Internacional, Telemundo International Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; Telemundo International Studios, a production unit focused on creating high-end short form, scripted formats for international markets; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY >> David Yarrow "Wild Encounters" HELD OVER THRU FEBRUARY 23!!! (Chicago, IL.)

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Thru February 23, 2018


For those of you who missed David Yarrow's WILD ENCOUNTERS exhibition at
Hilton|Asmus Contemporary, you will have the chance to see these powerful images up close and personal through February 23rd. We have extended the show for the next six weeks by popular demand! 

David Yarrow's "Wild Encounters" has been the most successful show in the history of our gallery!   Half the show sold out within the first two days and many more of David's editions have sold out within the last two months never to be available again.  
Last November, David spent two weeks in Chicago photographing one of his favorite   cities.  The result was two magnificent images of a grey wolf in the heart of the Riverwalk that we will receive very soon.  Please watch out for our announcement and information about the latest releases.  Call or email at any time with questions at 312.852.8200 or

In the meantime, we welcome you to stop by within the next few weeks to see WILD ENCOUNTERS.  Click here for more information.




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