A New Home for Modern Independent Jewellery Designers Launches at VisibleInterest.com

Dewdrop Earrings, Liz Law, $72.00

Dewdrop Earrings, Liz Law, $72.00

VisibleInterest.com is a new US-based online boutique for handpicked modern jewellery from independent designers.

Visible Interest founder Sue Haxager ­Kunze is a former marketing executive who has always loved the clean and modern aesthetic in all art forms.

While intrigued by Etsy and the proliferation of similar open marketplaces as resources for jewellery from independent designers, the lack of curation, organization and consistency in being able to find her preferred modern aesthetic made shopping for independent jewellery online less than enjoyable

Unlike Etsy and other cluttered sites, Visible Interest touts a clean layout that reflects the aesthetic of the jewellery as a whole. In an online shopping world becoming increasingly overwhelming by choice, Visible Interest offers an aesthetically focused alternative that’s beautifully modern.

“I thought maybe there was a need for an aesthetically driven site. We’re not trying to be everything for everybody. Visible Interest is something that’s really for people who have a specific aesthetic.” explains Haxager Kunze.

North/South Ring, Woodrow, $175.00

North/South Ring, Woodrow, $175.00

Visible Interest is truly changing the way that independent jewellery designers enter the mainstream market. Doing business with department stores adds legitimacy but can be arduous. With Visible Interest, designers can reach consumers across the US without investing money or time into trunk shows or individual e-commerce sites.

The site only shows 20 pieces from each designer at any one time. This keeps shoppers from becoming overwhelmed by choice while also ensuring there are new styles to introduce from designers who might otherwise be unable to keep up with the demand of producing new collections every season.

All the designers are vetted before invited onto the site, so consumers know that whatever piece they choose is of exceptional quality from a craftsman jeweller.

VisibleInterest.com debuts with both fine and costume modern jewellery pieces, with prices starting from $45 for earrings from Los Angeles-­based designer Liz Law. While each of the 15 designers featured at launch possesses a unique style of their own, they all share a cohesive aesthetic that is sharp and very now.

The majority of pieces are handcrafted in the USA. VisibleInterest.com offers free ground shipping within the continental United States. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada are $15.00 flat rate, and international shipping is available and calculated at checkout.

To further explore, visit VisibleInterest.com and find the site on your favorite social media channels, including Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Burlesque Queen Tiger Rose Gears Up For EP Launch With Charity Single ‘Don’t Click’

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 14.59.37A highly intriguing and soulful Artist, Tiger Rose combines a vocal style that is warm, gritty and heartfelt with an aesthetic that mixes bohemian and burlesque sensibilities to create an audiovisual package that defies classification.’ – wrydryeye.blogspot.co.uk

Tiger Rose’s star is on the rise.

Leaving home at 16, this fascinating East London native trained as a professional ballerina in Germany. On her return to London, she discovered her natural gift for songwriting and straight away began committing her poetic vision to the page.

With her classic yet kooky look, she has also found success as a burlesque artist – performing at top venues such a Volupté and Madame Jojo’s.

This multi-talented artist certainly has a voice- rich, raw and gritty yet velvety and soulful. Indeed, you’ll wonder how such vocals could come from this dainty lady. Expect to hear much more from her, as Tiger is gearing up to release her first EP ‘Heat & Soul’

Ahead of this, she is currently promoting her single ‘Don’t Click’ and has been showcasing the release at venues in and around London. A percentage of all sales of the release will be going to charity.

Tiger will also  be performing at a Halloween fundraiser at Edmonton Green on the 31st of October. Find out more on Tiger’s Facebook page

Stream ‘Don’t Click’ here:  https://soundcloud.com/selena-music/the-tiger-rose-dont-click

Watch the video here:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4dFL7Z_jwk

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25 Artworks For 25 years: Street & Contemporary Artists Show Their Support For Rainforests

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 14.08.33The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), the environmental charity that supports people living in and around the world’s rainforests, has announced the 25 artists contributing to its upcoming annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ public auction.
‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ online auction is a unique opportunity to get your hands on exclusive limited edition art, whilst supporting a great cause and marking 25 years of rainforest protection.
The auction will run from 12th to 23rd November and features limited-edition and one-of-a kind pieces from some of the UK’s most renowned street artists. Auction lots include a printed collage on reclaimed wood by Kid Acne, a one of a kind canvas of the Frank Sinatra’s Nightmare – ‘Vertigo Ava’ from Pure Evil, a Trafford Parsons artists proof, TRXTR spray paint and acrylic original on canvas, one of a kind Spray Enamel, Ink & Acrylic on Wood from Rowdy, limited edition Ben Allen and HUTCH prints, a very special sculpture from Ryan Callanan (aka RYCA) as well as a brand new print from Eelus.
In addition to street art, the auction features some of our most well known contemporary artists Tracy Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Dave White, Magnus Gjoen, Rob Wass, Adam Batchelor, Mark Hooley  and Justine Smith all with very special pieces up for the bidding!
And it’s not just the UK’s ‘best of’ that feature this year, the auction also includes some of the finest talent from around the globe with LA based Scottish painter Charlie Anderson, Mexican street artist Saner, US Street artist Gaia, Berlin-based Patrick Thomas and Norwegian street artists Dot Dot Dot and Martin Whatson.
The 25 artists taking part in this celebration of rainforests have all donated limited edition or one-of-a- kind pieces including canvas, prints, artists proofs, bespoke wooden box frames and even a storm trooper Buddha!  Offering art lovers and collectors the chance to make a real difference with a purchase that can help protect the forest home of remote communities and rare wildlife.
In addition to the art the ‘12 Days of Christmas Auction’ will feature hand-drawn and signed Christmas cards from celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Fry and many more, plus once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a day at Sting and Trudie’s countryside estate, tickets to watch filming of QI featuring RFUK Patron Stephen Fry or a personal tea blending session with the experts at Bettys in Harrogate.
All proceeds will go to the Rainforest Foundation UK, which has been protecting rainforests and supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest for 25 years, in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfil their rights to land, life and livelihood.
The auction is open to everyone through an RFUK pop-up shop on eBay, accessible via www.ebay.co.uk/12days.
Auction lots will be released from 12th November, with sneek previews and new additions announced through social media.
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‘An Awesome Line-Up': Our Music Recommendations – October Edition

The HQ is buzzing with pre-Issue-5-launch excitement. The fifth issue of After Nyne Magazine launches on the website http://www.afternynemagazine.co.uk on Nov 22nd. It’s the Art Issue, and it has an awesome line-up of features.

Speaking of awesome line-ups it’s music edit time again. These are the tracks we’ve been loving most in the past month. Don’t forget to tweet your thoughts on our choices at @AfterNyneHQ.

The Rentals – 1000 Seasons 

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 14.26.47The Rentals have signed to Polyvinyl Records and released their first full-length album in fifteen years, Lost In Alphaville, on August 25th (US) and September 21st (UK)

The album, which was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City, features Matt Sharp (ex-weezer), Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The album is produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals and has been mixed by D. Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z.)

Founded in 1995 by then weezer bassist Matt Sharp, The Rentals released their debut album, Return Of The Rentals, on Maverick Records and reached #6 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart with “Friends Of P.” The single’s stark, Eastern Bloc style, paired with its black and white video, embodied the group’s originality and independent spirit and became an instant MTV favourite.

The album’s unique approach of layering vintage synthesizers, distorted guitars, violins, violas and primal drums all saturated around male-female vocals singing simple pop melodies left its fingerprints all over the future of independent music.

Stream 1000 Seasons here 


Kate in the Kettle – Grow Down Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 14.30.30

Kate in the Kettle embraces old customs with new ideas, merging sounds from different places and weaving them into their own tune. Whilst drawing upon past folk music traditions, the songs written by Scottish singer and instrumentalist Kate Young are driven by her passion to cultivate public awareness connected to many environmental issues.  After their latest single ‘Green and Gold’ was released in May this year, Kate now turns her attention to releasing a new album called Swimmings Of The Head, on the 10th of October this year. The album title comes from a quote from the 16th century British herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper.

Kate Young combines her voice with her fiddle to make tapestries; music woven from different folk traditions with a base in Scottish fiddle playing and a strong environmental viewpoint that reflects a creative fire within this captivating and inspiring artist. Growing up near Edinburgh, her passion for her music has taken her to tour Europe and Australia as part of world music group ‘Ethno in Transit’; to performing alongside Mercury Award-nominee Eliza Carthy in the all-female fiddle-singers band ‘Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young’. She is now also a member of eclectic Brighton-based band, ‘Moulettes’.

Stream the beautiful single ‘Grown Down’ here 

Kate’s official website, with tour date information 

Son Little – The River 

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 14.33.46Little turned heads earlier in the year with the slowburn single “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” That single put Little on a lot of people’s radar, with NME calling the track “pure, heart-spilled-over-the-road soul”, and BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe putting Little in his top tracks of the month.

In light of the release of his EP Things I Forgot, Son Little takes his music to the streets of Europe. He will be supporting singer-songwriter Selah Sue and newly ANTI- signed soul artist Curtis Harding on a selection of their dates in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Son Little (as Aaron Livingston) was born in Los Angeles to a preacher and a teacher. He absorbed songs from dusty family records and learned saxophone and piano. A move to New York introduced him to hip-hop, basketball, art, and recreational substances. A move to Philly introduced him to the legendary Roots crew, he played music with them and they put his voice on an album. He also collaborated with renowned producer-musician RJD2.

He says he writes everywhere, every day, finding inspiration on the train, in a car, on the street, in the supermarket, with his children. Sometimes the ideas are fresh. Sometimes a tune comes from his past, a single spark. Nothing is off limits.

And now he has a chance to display the range and vision of his artistry, expertly demonstrating the threads that tie together the many strains of what we think of as “pop music.” From a Prince-like driving rock to a Curtis Mayfield sly groove, Son Little is an artist filled with all the internal mash-ups and contradictions that make American pop music great.

Stream The River here

Upcoming Tour Dates here 

Cambio Sun – Mad As They ComeScreen Shot 2014-10-28 at 14.40.31

We think is truly awesome. The track is lifted from the mini-album ‘Retisent’ and has been getting some wicked feedback. Ambient beat with a touch of guitar.

There’s nothing quite like it.

Hear it for yourselves - Stream Mad As They Come here

Cambio Sun on Facebook 

Raglans – White Lightning 

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 14.49.51‘White Lightning’ is the latest single taken from their debut album, which rocketed straight into No.5 in the Irish National Charts.

The single also follows a hectic summer of sell out appearances and packing out festival tents to capacity at the likes of Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, British Summer Time with The Libertines, Latitude, Independence, Redfest, Deershed, Camden Rocks to name but a few.

Since forming in 2010, the four-piece have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity, rising from a crowd pleasing, gig-opening favourite at Dublin’s Whelan’s hotspot to garnering widespread recognition across the UK, supporting the likes of The Courteeners and HAIM, and The Strypes.

Stream the video for White Lightning here 

Don’t forget, we always love to get your thought on our Music Edits. Get talking about them on Twitter @AfterNyneHQ

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Scandal, Gossip & Other Stories: Paula Rego & Honoré Daumier at the House of Illustration, Opens Nov 14th

Loving Bewick © Paula Rego courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

Loving Bewick © Paula Rego courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

On 14 November, Paula Rego / Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories will open at the House of Illustration, a show of works by two of illustration’s greatest storytellers.

This is the first time that the work of Paula Rego and Honoré Daumier has been shown together in the UK.

Honoré Daumier is one of the best known caricaturists of the nineteenth century, famed for his precise and witty observations of life in the Paris of his time.

Though it was his lithographs, produced in large quantities for the pages of La Caricature and Le Charivari that secured his fame, more recent public interest in his work has focused on his paintings and drawings.

This exhibition at House of Illustration sets out to redress the  balance, showing a selection of some of his 4,000 lithographs alongside the work of another great printmaker, the contemporary artist and co-curator of the exhibition,  Paula Rego.  Both artists have very powerfully harnessed the art of printmaking (in the form of lithographs and etchings) to bring their visions, stories and politics to a wider audience.

As well as their great understanding of, and their shared commitment to, the power of the drawn image, there are many similarities in their graphic work. Separated by more than a century, both artists are acute observers of the human condition and of human comedy. Daumier’s work as a caricaturist, featuring satirical critiques of the French monarchy, was considered seditious enough to earn him a six-month prison sentence. Rego’s images offer a subversive, and sometimes shocking, take on the familiar.

This is the second major exhibition to open at House of Illustration, the UK’s only gallery devoted to celebrating all forms of illustration, which opened in King’s Cross in July 2014.

Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration, says:

‘Both Rego and Daumier mastered the technique of printmaking and recognise its power as a democratic art – by creating multiple images, printmaking enables their work to be circulated widely and effect change. We are delighted to host the works of such great artists at House of Illustration with an exhibition which reaffirms the importance of illustration as the sister art of painting and sculpture.’

The exhibition has been organised in association with the Fundação D. Luís I, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (Cascais) and Marlborough Fine Art (London).

Paula Rego/Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and other Stories

14 November 2014 – 22 March 2015

Entry: £7/£5/£4 adults/concessions/children


House of Illustration,

2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH


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Hogarth Masterpieces Under Threat, Says Queen’s Former Doctor As 250th Anniversary Looms

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 16.00.11Yesterday, on the 250th anniversary of William Hogarth’s death, Sir Marcus Setchell, former surgeon-gynaecologist to the Queen, who we interviewed for After Nyne Meets in June, warned of the impending threat to Barts hospital’s priceless works of art by the acclaimed English painter.

The life-size canvasses are threatened by plans for a proposed new counselling centre to be built on the side of the Grade I-listed North Wing of Barts Hospital. The eighteenth century North Wing, designed by the heralded British architect, James Gibbs, is home to the Great Hall and a grand staircase, whose walls the paintings adorn.

Should the development go ahead, they will preclude plans to renovate the Georgian architectural masterpiece and secure its legacy for years to come. Instead, the Friends of The Great Hall of Barts are calling for the Maggie’s counselling centre to be moved a few yards away, so that both restoration work and plans for the counselling centre can go ahead.

Commenting on the threat, Sir Marcus Setchell, who oversaw the birth of Prince George, said:

“The threat facing these magnificent heritage icons is very real. The North Wing, designed by the famed British architect, James Gibbs, is home to unique Hogarth masterpieces depicting scenes of charity and healing that will be at risk of decline, deterioration and decay, if construction of the proposed Maggie’s centre, designed by the controversial American architect, Steven Holl goes ahead as planned. It will prevent implementation of approved plans by Hopkins Architects for essential improvements to the North Wing, such as statutory fire escape measures, disabled access, lifts and staircases to improve circulation of people and goods.

“The Maggie’s plan also impedes the necessary addition of modern toilets, cloakrooms and catering facilities; facilities which are essential if the building is to retain its long-term viability. Without these improvement works, the Great Hall, North Wing, will fall into decline. The building will be unable to meet statutory requirements to become a financially self-supporting heritage site, managed by a separate body, to preserve this unique cultural, medical, aesthetic and historical site and its fabulous paintings and archive collection.

“In co-operation with the NHS Trust, Barts Charity, the Medical School, the Board of Governors of the Voluntary Hospital of St Bartholomew and others, we aim to see a Heritage Trust established at the earliest opportunity. Major fundraising will then be required to complete the development of the Heritage Site well before the celebration of the 900th anniversary of St Bartholomew’s in 2023.”

“It’s disheartening to see the debate about the two proposals reduced to an either/or decision. Under our plans, Barts could have both a Great Hall that is no longer a burden on the NHS and a Maggie’s Centre with its helpful counselling services, in an attractive garden setting at a lesser cost.  The Friends of Barts Great Hall are continuing to work with Maggie’s, the NHS and the City of London to arrive at a satisfactory outcome for all without the need for judicial review.

The high profile campaign to have the proposed counselling centre moved to an alternative location 20 yards away has won widespread support from a host of celebrity endorsers, including Edward Fox OBE, Joanna David, Phyllida Law, Greg Wise, Robert Fox, Lady Penny Mortimer and Dame Eileen Atkins. It has also won support from notable historians and art experts alike, including David Starkey, Marcus Binney, Sir Simon Jenkins and Professor Deborah Swallow, Director of London’ s Courtauld Gallery.


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Old-World Charm With Just Enough Twist: The Britannia Rules In The Heart of Kensington

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.15.56Welcoming guests for nearly 200 years, the historic Britannia in the heart of Kensington has recently reopened as a beautiful, contemporary British local with a stunning new look. A stone’s throw from Kensington High Street and oozing old world charm with a 21st century twist, the pub boasts a new seasonal menu of British classics and a little outdoor seating area, as well as two new stylish first floor private dining rooms.

Behind the pretty façade, expect shooting lodge-esque plaids, wood panelling, vintage prints and fresh flowers throughout. Grab a pint of real ale in the cosy main bar at the front of the pub, complete with leather Chesterfield-style sofas and armchairs, antlers lining the walls and an open fireplace. Alternatively, head up the spiral staircase to the first floor bar, which doubles as a private events space – brush up on your prime ministers from the old school-style gilded lists on the blue panelled walls. On warmer evenings, enjoy a gin and tonic in the charmingly decorated alleyway under twinkling fairy lights, just off the main dining area.

For a more formal dining experience, move through to the light-filled conservatory. Watch the action from the theatre-style kitchen and indulge in the new British menu celebrating the best seasonal ingredients. Start things off with potted Morecombe Bay shrimp with sourdough toast; a classic omelette Arnold Bennett; or a broad bean, Jersey Royal, watercress and goat’s curd salad.Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.16.12

For main course, don’t miss slow-roasted pork belly, braised fennel and apple, cyder sauce and crackling; pan fried Anglesey sea bass, samphire and clams with lemon butter sauce; or the comforting chicken, ham hock and leek pie. Meat lovers should opt for the 8oz Angus rib-eye steak, confit tomatoes, onion rings, beef-dripping chips and béarnaise sauce, whilst pub classics include The Britannia Burger with cheddar cheese, pickles, ale onions, kechonnaise and fries; and ale-battered haddock, triple cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.

Desserts are a highlight: try the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream or plum crumble with custard.

Drinks-wise, the pub offers an enviable range of the finest craft and premium beers as well as Young’s award winning cask ales and a strong list of wines from around the globe. A range of thirst-quenching long drinks using premium spirits such as Sipsmith gin and Fever Tree tonic is also available.

Events at The Britannia

If it’s a private event, the first floor rooms (named Monty and Willow after the Queen’s beloved corgis) are the perfect areas for entertaining – whether it’s a birthday party, business meeting or wedding reception. Separated by sliding doors, the two rooms can be combined to create one large space, boasting a bar and full AV facilities cleverly hidden behind the wood panels. Available for groups of up to 60, this is the ideal option for all occasions.

Serving the local community since 1834, The Britannia continues its legacy as a local to love. Combining contemporary country retreat charm, a brilliant British menu, enviable events space and delightful service, this is a pub that is fit to reign supreme.

The Britannia,

1 Allen St, London W8 6UX

020 7937 6905




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New York’s New Museum Appoints Leading Editor, Critic & Curator Joseph Grima as Director of IDEAS CITY

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 13.02.39Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum last week announced the appointment of Joseph Grima as Director of IDEAS CITY—the institution’s high-profile ideas festival that explores the future of cities with culture as a driving force. Through conferences, workshops, commissions, projects, and exhibitions, IDEAS CITY is a collaborative, civic, and creative enterprise that investigates key issues, proposes solutions, and seeds concrete actions. IDEAS CITY builds on the New Museum’s mission of “New Art, New Ideas” by expanding the Museum beyond its walls into the civic realm.

As Director of IDEAS CITY, Grima will oversee the project and develop a blueprint for its growth over the coming years. When IDEAS CITY began in 2011, there were few conferences on urban futures and none sponsored by a museum. During its relatively short life span, IDEAS CITY has grown into a unique and robust platform that addresses some of the key challenges and opportunities facing cities around the world today, with the belief that art and culture are essential to their future vitality. Partnering with like-minded cities that believe culture is fundamental to urban growth and innovation, the initiative has been taken global over the past two years with IDEAS CITY: Istanbul and IDEAS CITY: São Paulo in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The next IDEAS CITY Festival will take place in New York in late May 2015.

Grima is a leading editor, critic, and curator of architecture, design, and urban issues. From 2007 to 2010, he was Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, where he expanded international programming and supported experimental projects in both art and architecture. In 2011, he was named Editor of Domus and built a significant online presence for this leading architecture and design magazine. Grima was co-curator of the first Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012 and will be co-commissioner of the first US architecture biennial, scheduled to take place in Chicago in October 2015. He is the author of several books, including Instant Asia: Fast Forward through the Architecture of a Changing Continent (Skira, Milan, 2008), a critical overview of work by young and emerging architecture students in Asia, and has published essays and articles in a number of journals and magazines, including AD, Abitare, Domus, Tank, Urban China, and Volume. He is also the founder of Space Caviar, a design and research collaborative based in his hometown of Genoa, Italy.

“We are delighted that Grima will join the stellar team at the New Museum to lead IDEAS CITY to its next phase. Grima has been part of IDEAS CITY since its inception, as an advisor, participant, moderator, and, in 2013, guest curator of the seminal design exhibition ‘Adhocracy,‘ which he adapted for the New Museum from its original presentation at the Istanbul Design Biennial. His future-forward attitude and international breadth of knowledge will help take IDEAS CITY to the next level,” said Lisa Phillips.

Grima expressed, “It’s an honor to take the helm of IDEAS CITY, an initiative that I have admired for its ability to mobilize entire cities to rethink the value of art and culture in the urban realm. Culture itself is a form of social innovation, and the IDEAS CITY platform is poised to deliberate, instigate, and ask questions about the future needs of our cities. At its inception, IDEAS CITY proposed a new and innovative model for investigating the role of culture in city-making, and we will continue to develop new approaches to address the extraordinary opportunities and challenges facing cities in the twenty-first century.”

Grima, who will begin November 1, will report to New Museum Director, Lisa Phillips, and Deputy Director, Karen Wong, the cofounders of IDEAS CITY. He will work closely with the core IDEAS CITY team at the New Museum that includes Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, and Corinne Erni, Project Manager, who have helped shape, guide, and develop the program over the past four years. He will also work in collaboration with the IDEAS CITY partners and Executive Committee: Rosalie Genevro, Director, the Architectural League of New York; Bob Holman, Founder and Proprietor, Bowery Poetry Club; Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acting Dean, School of Architecture, Cooper Union; Brett Littman, Director, the Drawing Center; and Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director and Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture.

The theme for the next IDEAS CITY: NY in late May 2015 is Invisible City, and the full program will be announced in early 2015.

In 2011, IDEAS CITY was founded by the New Museum, which invited a group of partners from downtown cultural, civic, and educational organizations to join in its organization. The first Festival took place over several days and included conferences, workshops, and a street fair that brought over fifty thousand people to the Bowery neighborhood.

In 2012, IDEAS CITY held its first global conference in Istanbul. In 2013, IDEAS CITY was reprised in New York City and explored the theme of “Untapped Capital.” That same year, a second global conference was held in São Paulo. IDEAS CITY keynote addresses have been given by Amanda Burden, Joi Ito, Rem Koolhaas, Jaron Lanier, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Antanas Mockus. IDEAS CITY’s signature Mayoral Panels have included Manuel Díaz (Miami, FL), Sergio Fajardo (Medellín, Colombia), Christophe Girard (Paris), Jim Gray (Lexington, KY), and Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA).


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Free Audio Broadcast: New York’s 92Y Presents Actor Michael Sheen in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, Oct 26

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 12.07.22In celebration of Dylan Thomas’s centennial, actor Michael Sheen directs and stars in a reading of Thomas’s beloved “play for voices,” Under Milk Wood, on Sunday, Oct. 26 at New York’s 92nd Street Y, on the same stage where the work premiered in 1953.

The live audio broadcast will stream on www.92y.org/dylanthomas at 3 pm EST and simultaneously on www.bbc.co.uk/radiowales at 8 pm GMT, bringing together Dylan Thomas fans from New York to Wales and all around the globe (see the schedule below).

Dylan Thomas made his American debut at 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in 1950 – and he famously premiered Under Milk Wood on its stage on May 14, 1953. There is only one recording of that performance (excerpted here), with Thomas himself in the cast. From 1950-53, Thomas read at 92Y a total of 12 times.

For Sheen, who is Welsh and well known for his roles in Frost/Nixon, The Queen and Masters of Sex, among others, this is a unique opportunity. “It’s a real honor and an absolute thrill to be able to perform Under Milk Wood in this very special year and on the stage that it first found its voice,” he said. “And the live radio broadcast is an opportunity to celebrate him and his work in both New York—a city that became so important to Dylan—and, at the same time, in Wales, his inspiration and home.”

In addition to directing, Sheen reads the part of “First Voice,” the play’s narrator and a part Thomas himself read in the 1953 premiere. The all-Welsh cast also features actress Kate Burton, whose parents, Sybil Williams and Richard Burton, participated in the first BBC radio recording of Under Milk Wood in 1954—just two months after Thomas’s tragic death in New York. Burton also starred in the 1972 film adaptation of Under Milk Wood.

“It is very meaningful for me to be participating in this event as my parents were in the original recording,” said Burton. “I am very proud to be Welsh and to carry on the family tradition.”

The cast also includes the actors Karl Johnson, Mark Lewis Jones, Francine Morgan, and Matthew Aubrey. WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station, will offer an encore broadcast and webcast on Sunday, November 2, from 8-10 pm (EST) in on 93.9 FM, AM 820 in New York, and via live webstream on www.wnyc.org.

Now celebrating its 140th Anniversary, 92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives. 92Y harnesses the power of arts and ideas to enrich and change lives, and is reimagining the community center with initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, launched by 92Y in 2012. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization, 92Y embraces its Jewish heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

Under Milk Wood – Livecast Schedule

In the US:

3 pm EST

2 pm CST

12 pm PST

In the UK:


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Doing Halloween in Style With The Cuckoo Club

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 15.22.10Over the years The Cuckoo Club has shown the high-end club scene how to throw a Halloween party.

In keeping with tradition, the Cuckoo family will open this year’s Halloween Week, with US DJ and house icon, Kerri Chandler on Wednesday 29th October.

Sworn to secrecy, the full program is set to be revealed throughout the week as the elegant and clandestine two-floor nightclub will announce an impressive line-up of international DJs to perform and showcase their latest tracks exclusively to The Cuckoo Club’s friends and family.

Last year saw The Martinez Brothers take to the decks as the entire 5,000 square feet venue was transformed from the ghost train entrance through the haunted house down into the magical ultraviolet forest, taking their guests on an unforgettable trip.

Down the darks alleys of Swallow Street, this night-life institution will again create a world of wickedness and debauchery as the whole team is painted in full SPX make up and dressed by their very own in-house stylist. Professional film set designers will create a bewitching scene throughout with a distinctively different ambiance on each of the two floors.

Fancy dress is at the heart of The Cuckoo Club’s pioneering philosophy and previous Halloween events have played upon interactive themes such as Toffs vs Trailer Trash, Rock vs Hip Hop, and Alice Cooper vs Alice In Wonderland, all reflecting the club’s hedonistic late night crowd and eclectic music policy.


A Halloween Week at The Cuckoo Club

Wednesday 29th October – Saturday 1st November 2014
10.30pm – Late

The Cuckoo Club
Swallow Street,

T: +44 (0)207 287 4300
E: info@thecuckooclub.com
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Kelly Smith Reviews

Writing's your game? Reviewing great books is mine! Here to tell you all about great books, talk about life and maybe even refer some music...


DOLLS is "sultry, sulky fairy-tale smut;" indie Synthpop from London, UK. Kiss Kiss.



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Winner of the... Women of the Year Enterprise award. Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Food Blog. Marie Claire Woman At The Top award. Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Award. YMCA Courage & Inspiration Award. Red Magazine's Red Hot Women Award. #17 Independent On Sundays Pink List 2013. And the 100m race when I was about, seven...


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