Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Celebrity Dinner Party>> Grammy Award Winning Jazz Vocalist, Kurt Elling & Pooch Hall of Ray Donovan


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In an intimate corner of Chicago's Third Coast Cafe, Grammy Award winning Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling and I chat about the spirituality of Jazz on the most recent episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party. We dish on being present, the discipline of art and life on the road. So grab a snack and settle in to hear (and watch!) from the cool cat himself! Click on the images above or click here to listen and watch! And check out my interviews with musician, Nicholas Barron, and gallery owner, Aron Packer.
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Have been having a great time hosting on Afterbuzz TV and this week was no exception! Pooch Hall, AKA Ray Donovan's "Daryll Donovan", sat down to give my co-hosts and I the low-down on the behind the scenes of Showtime's hit show on the most recent Aftershow. Click the images below to listen, watch and feel the Afterbuzz excitement!
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Call for Entries: Fellowship 18 International Photography Competition


Silver Eye Center for Photography

Fellowship 18

Call for Entries

November 13, 2017


International + Keystone Awards

Lucy Gallun
Assistant Curator
Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Publication Prize

Melissa Catanese
Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh)

Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a Call for Entries for Fellowship 18, our international photography competition. Now in its 18th year, this competition recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.

New this year, in addition to the International and Keystone Award winners, one Publication Prize winner will be awarded to an artist with an exceptional body of work. The Publication Prize awards a limited-edition print-run publication based on the winner’s submitted body of work co-published and distributed by Spaces Corners (Pittsburgh).

Award Categories + Prizes

  • Solo exhibition at Silver Eye, opening in summer 2018
  • $3,000 cash prize
Reserved for an artist living or working in the state of Pennsylvania
  • Spotlight exhibition at Silver Eye, opening in summer 2018
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Limited-edition print-run publication based on the winner's body of submitted work
  • Publication distribution by Spaces Corners in fall 2018
  • 25 artist copies of the publication
Up to five (5) Juror's Commendations will also be selected. All winners will be featured in an online gallery on Silver Eye's website and will include media outreach and promotion.

About the Jurors

International + Keystone Awards

Lucy Gallun

Assistant Curator
Department of Photography,
The Museum of Modern Art
New York
Lucy Gallun is Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has curated or co-curated several recent exhibitions at MoMA including Being: New Photography 2018 (upcoming); Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection (2017); Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (2016-17); Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 (2015-16); Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War (2015-16); and Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960–1971 (2015). Gallun is also co-editor of Photography at MoMA, a three-volume history of photography at the Museum. Prior to joining the Department of Photography at MoMA, Gallun was the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia, and she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (ISP). Gallun received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.Phil from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Publication Prize

Melissa Catanese

Spaces Corners
Melissa Catanese is an artist and bookseller based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photography bookshop, project space, and publishing house. Catanese has been editing from a vast collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter J. Cohen for some years, and is the author of Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012), Dangerous Women (2013), and Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch (2015). Her work has been included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, NoFound Photo Fair in Paris, and at institutions including Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco and Aperture Foundation in New York. Catanese has recently served as the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, as visiting lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin, and is faculty at Image Text at Ithaca College in New York.
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Sydney Paige: Helping Students Impacted By Hurricane Harvey


Helping Hurricane Harvey’s Young Victims
Sydney Paige Runs Backpack and School Supply Drive

The victims of Hurricane Harvey have lost so much: homes, cars, belongings. Right now, their immediate needs are food, water, and shelter, butin the coming days and weeks, they’ll need even more.

When schools are able to re-open, many children will be without pens, notebooks, backpacks and other school supplies. Sydney Paige has partnered with Roonga to change that by running a school supply and backpack drive. The goal is to provide 3,000 packs to Hurricane Harvey’s school age victims and their teachers.

The need is anticipated to be large. Low-income children make up more than 75% of the Houston Independent Public School District. Other districts in the area have similar economic conditions making it difficult for families to afford replacing basic school supplies lost in the hurricane.

A backpack and school supplies certainly won’t fill all the needs of child victims, but it’s a start. Letting children know people care can go a long way towards healing while going back to school can provide a small semblance of normalcy in a world that’s been turned upside down.

About Sydney Paige: Sydney Paige manufactures high-quality backpacks from eco-friendly materials: 100% cotton canvas, natural leather, nickel free hardware and recycled polyester. Its mission has always been to provide a backpack filled with supplies to a child in need for every backpack purchased.

About Roonga: Roonga partners with non-profits to provide the right quantities of necessary supplies to those who need them.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

BERMUDA TRIANGLE: The Nashville-Based Trio, Comprising Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari And Jesse Lafser

Run Kicks Off October 4 In Atlanta, GA
Tickets Go On Sale At Noon ET Today
NPR Music Premieres "Rosey," The First Track From The Nashville-Based Trio, Comprising Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari And Jesse Lafser

Bermuda Triangle     Photo Credit: Harvey Hale
On the heels of their debut performance in Nashville, Bermuda Triangle has announced a series of Southern shows. The trio - comprising Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser - will kick off the jaunt on October 4 at Terminal West in Atlanta. Special guests Thelma and the Sleaze will support on the first two dates and Music Band will open at the other three shows. See below for itinerary.Tickets go on sale today at noon ET. For ticket information, visit
Today, NPR Music premiered "Rosey," Bermuda Triangle's debut song. "Rosey," which features Lafser on lead vocals, is now up for streaming HERE.
In this feature, NPR neatly summed up the individual accomplishments of the band mates: "Brittany A. Howard, the main rule-breaker in Americana music's most exciting band of this century, the Alabama Shakes...[joins forces] with two of the most interesting voices currently making Nashville home. Hailing from St. Louis, Lafser has released two albums of lonesome tunes redolent of Jimmie Rodgers and Patsy Cline. one of the subtlest songwriters and bandleaders to hit the scene in a while, building intense moods in her memorable live sets."
Covering Bermuda Triangle's debut performance, Rolling Stone said the trio's chemistry "was clear from the first-applause-silencing note" and went on to observe, "The band featured Howard switching between plucking out gorgeous, nimble-fingered nylon-string guitar solos and holding down the low end on upright bass...with Mancari and Lafser trading off on banjo and acoustic guitar, accompanied by subtle beats from a drum machine on a pitch-perfect harmony-heavy set of blithe and breezy heartfelt folk tunes that filled the sweltering room with chill vibes." 
The artists have also been busy with their individual endeavors. Becca Mancari's debut album, Good Woman, is set for release on October 6. Jesse Lafser's follow-up to 2015's Raised On the Plains is due out in early 2018. Brittany Howard recently wrapped a series of headline and festival dates with Alabama Shakes.
Bermuda Triangle - Upcoming Tour Dates
10/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *        
10/5 - Birmingham, AL @ Iron City *                      
10/6 - Knoxville, TN @ Mill + Mine #        
10/8 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #          
10/9 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle #     
* Thelma and the Sleaze supporting
# Music Band supporting
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Johnny Depp Kentucky Farm & Katharine Hepburn Connecticut Mansion

 Johnny Depp's Kentucky farm auction and Katharine Hepburn's Connecticut mansion sale are featured this week at
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“Johnny Depp's Horse Farm Auction”
Johnny Depp has been trying to liquidate much of his extensive real estate holdings including a village in France and a series of Los Angeles penthouses. A Kentucky horse farm he has purchased twice is going to auction on September 15th.
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 and grew up surrounded by horse farms. Early in his movie career in 1995, Johnny bought the 41-acre farm for his mother Betty Sue Palmer. He sold the farm in 2001 but bought it back in 2005.
Depp’s farm near Lexington, Kentucky includes a 6,000-square-foot house, guest house/manager’s quarters, three barns, 15 stalls and ten paddocks. The main house consists of six bedrooms, seven baths, recently renovated kitchen and master bedroom, dining room and wet bar, family room and adjoining sun room. There is also a swimming pool and four-car garage.
The auction will be conducted by Halfhill Auction Group in Lexington, Kentucky. The original list price was $3.4 million, recently reduced to $2.9 million.
“Katharine Hepburn's Connecticut Home Sells”
Katharine Hepburn’s longtime home on Long Island Sound in Connecticut has recently sold for $11.5 million. The original shingle-style home was built for Hepburn’s parents in 1912 when Katharine was four years old, but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938 when Hepburn was already an academy-award winning actress. Katharine had the home rebuilt in 1940, returning to the home for holidays and summers and full time the last seven years of her life until her death at age 96 in 2003. In 2004, New York developer Frank Sciame purchased the property and did a complete renovation and update.
The estate is located in the Old Saybrook borough of Fenwick, a neighborhood of 83 homes established in the 1600s where the Long Island Sound meets the Connecticut River. With views of the home’s dock, private beach, protective jetties and the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, the home includes 15 nautically-inspired rooms in 8,368 square feet, six bedrooms, eight baths and seven fireplaces.  A nine-hole, links-style golf course and tennis courts are available to residents of the community. The listing agent was Colette Harron of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Essex, Connecticut.
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Yvette Mayorga | EXPO CHICAGO 2017 | Booth #166 (Chicago,IL.)


CHICAGO, IL. September 1, 2017 – Chicago Artists Coalition is proud to be participating in EXPO CHICAGO 2017 and featuring the solo presentation, High Maintenance (Art After Nov. 8, 2016) by Yvette Mayorga, BOLT Artist-in-Residence 2016-17.
Yvette Mayorga's work is informed by the politics of the U.S./Mexico border, the events that happen on it, and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it. Her work tackles issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes by using visual tropes of celebration. In High Maintenance (Art After Nov. 8. 2016), she constructs a dystopian vision of the American Dream through an immersive and multimedia experience that re-contextualizes American gendered toys that clash with Rococo-inspired architecture.
CAC's exhibiting artist Yvette Mayorga was selected by Janine Mileaf, Director of The Arts Club of Chicago.
Yvette Mayorga in dialogue with Janine Mileaf
Friday, September 15, 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Booth #166
For more information about the artist and booth presentation, click here.

Navy Pier, Festival Hall
600 E. Grand Ave
Contact: Teresa E. Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies
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Yvette Mayorga, Amerikkkan Landscape, 2017, Digital painting and collage

Chicago Artists Coalition: Building a Creative Marketplace.

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