Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Alegba and Carlos Pinto - Music & Art Carnaval

He does Haitian roots music, 
plays percussion and Reggae Bass.
Alegba and his associates brought their brand of Carnaval, cabaret to Capitale on the Bowery. The celebration, Michael Capponi's 40th Birthday and
 JACMEL, "Haiti Then, Now and Future" an Art Benefit.

Capitale on the Bowery.

Alegba commissioned muralist, Juan Carlos Pinto to create giant masks, for the Carnaval event.

Juan Carlos, assembled a team of artists, they make art individually and collaboratively.
The team created six huge colorful animal masks.
The Masks were light enough to dance.
 Alegba & friends dance troupe in the Green Room.

Meanwhile on the main floor of Capitale a Silent Auction was taking place.

The Silent Auction was to Benefit Haitian Relief Fund. 

Lashonda carried and danced with a mask.

King Basil, on the Grand promenade onto the Dance floor of Capitale.

Robin Thompson participated in the Dance festivities.

Alegba on the dance floor, 
playing percussion and leading the troupe.
Alegba and friends, Haitian Roots Music, 
for all occasions. 917 204 8754 

Lashonda and Juan Carlos Pinto.

Juan Carlos Pinto,
painter, muralist, aka the "Metro-card Artist", 
will participate in a group show on June 1st.
The exhibition's at CRE8, 56 Bogart street,
in Brooklyn, 6-9pm.
"carlos pinto" <>

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Asian Art Piers - Fables & Theatreality

Asian Art Piers dishes up Fables & Theatreality.
A duo exhibition featuring works by Zheng Hongxiang and Mu Lei.
April 26th through June 9th 2012.

As an artist born in China, in the 1980's Zheng takes an intellectual and imaginative model for understanding and interpreting the contemporary society
in all it's aspects. His work offers an in depth look at the existential paradox and
explores the dichotomy and dynamics between the inividual and society.

The overall color palette is based on scarlet red and variations of greys,
                exuding a mixed sense of both tension and passion.

                                                            Mu Lei

Born in China in 1984, Mu Lei represents a generation growing up in under the
ever increased influence of western consumerism. His artistic approach stands out as a departure from the cultural attitude of his predecessors in prior art movements. 

In the diptych Bad Girl, the female protagonist assumes the role of a stylishly polished yet blaséyoung woman. Between her delicate full lush lips a slim cigarette of which three puffs of Chinese lucky clouds slowly twirl upwards.
Annoyed or disturbed about the coexistence of the mirror self.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thorn Tree Project, A Benefit for Samburu Tribe.

Designers, photograpers, artists and New Yorkers, came out to support
Clodagh Design, Tucker Robins, Jane Nueman and Daniel Aubry for the 10th
Year Anniversary of the Thorn Tree Project. The aim of the project is to raise money and awareness, for the Samburu Tribe in Kenya.

New York merchants, artists and the patrons, graciously donated works,
clothing, food and wine for the Silent Auction, which took place at Skylight
Studios, 500 West 36th street, NYC, on May 3rd, 2012.

                   Great deals were to be found of all shapes and sizes.

Clodagh asked guests to buy generously for the project.

Clothing Designer, Rebecca Minkoff and Clodagh.

Jane Nueman of Thorn Tree Project.

Daniel Aubry and Tucker Robins selling Camels, which go to the Tribe.
 Camels give 8 times more milk than a cow, a 25 kilo bag of Unimix that will feed one child breakfast every day for a whole year, or maybe a desk, mosquito net or set of reading books. And this year you can choose a student to sponsor through high school at one fortieth of the cost in NY.

Volunteers donated their time and energy for the event.

Items made by the tribe were also for sale and on display.

The Unimix woman sold bags of ready mix Cornsoy cereal.

Clodagh auctioned her consulting services as well.

Chloe Pang of The Hat Shop, came by to say hello.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Vinitaly Tour 2012

Vinitaly Tour 2012, opened May 2nd in NYC. amid clouds and drizzling rain.
The reknown wine tour did not disappoint the attendees at the Tribeca Rooftop.
The Tour debuted on March 24th in Verona, Italy, landed in Chicago April 30th.

It showcases one hundred of Italy's finest wines, with winemakers on hand. The prestigious international initiative originates from the collaboration between Wine Spectator, the world's leading authority on wine and Vinitaly, the largest wine and spirits fair in the world.


Ed Lowry, District Manager at Metro NY.

A family owned vineyard estate and winery in Brunello
region of Tuscany, Castello Banfi's dedication to excellence
in all aspects has won the approval of aficionados the world over.

Sandra Krut Brand Director.

My particular favorite Red's were:
Centine Toscana 2009 ( every day wine $9-$11 Bottles 75cl ),
Belnevo Proprietor's Reserve ($28), Banfi- Brunello di Montalcino 2007 ( $65 ),
Poggio Alle Mura 2006 ($125), Casa Vinicola Sartori- Corte Bra 2006 ($35-$40),
Sartori Amarone 2008 (40-$45), Agricola San Felice -Reserva-Il Grigio 2008 ($24-$26),
Castello Di Ama-Chianti Classico($230).

Marco Bianco, Sales Representative,
Martin Scott Wines LTD.

Gabe Bettio, Entoria Wine Imports.

My favorite White wine was the Cormons Friulano Cantino Pradottori. 

Robert Bartolomucci, Vice President,
Italian Wine Growers Inc.

Lucio Caputo, President of Italian Wine and Food Institute.

Olga Bussinello, Consortio Valpolicella.

Other Red's: Cesari Amorone della Valpolacella Classico, ($80),
Amorone della Valpolacella Classico ($70),
Bosan Amorone 2004 ($110)