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          The Exclusive Event Will Feature New York City’s

    Finest Restaurants and Designers


    New York, NY (March 8, 2011) – DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS  tour will run concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show from Thursday, March 17th through Monday, March 21st. The tour will launch with “COCKTAILS BY DESIGN” on Thursday, March 17th from 6pm to 10pm located at Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th Street in New York City.  COCKTAILS BY DESIGN will bring together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, food, interior design, and architecture to create and celebrate spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.

    For just $150.00 a ticket, guests will be able to view the amazing design installations while sampling culinary treats paired with delicious wine and cocktails from EFFEN Vodka. The menu for the evening will be provided by New York’s top restaurants including: Estiatorio Milos, Murray’s Cheese, ilili, Buddakan, Kittichai, Bar Boulud, North Square and Spice Market. Guests also have their choice of delicious menu items from one of NYC’s leading caterers, Canard, Inc., such as white truffle arancini, mini tacos stuffed with roast duck and mango-onion salsa and cracklings, and ahi tuna with cilantro cream.

    “DIFFA is delighted to have such amazing designers and restaurants participating in DINING BY DESIGN’s kick-off event, COCKTAILS BY DESIGN,” said David Sheppard, Executive Director of DIFFA. “Their contributions bring us one step closer in the fight against AIDS and we could not be happier with the wonderful support we have received.”

    In addition to the installations from renowned designers, DINING BY DESIGN will once again feature the Student Design Initiative. Participating design schools include: Fashion Institute of Technology with mentor Preston Bailey, Pratt Institute with mentor Alfredo Paredes, and New York School of Interior Design with mentor Philip Gorrivan. Design mentors guide their student team through the creative process from conception to execution, working within a strict budget.  The goal of the Student Design Initiative is to give the next generation of great designers the rare opportunity to work with some of the best design veterans in the business and participate in one of the industry’s most anticipated events.


    Sponsors include EFFEN Vodka, Benjamin Moore, United Airlines, Merchandise Mart Properties, and the New York Design Center. Media sponsors include Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Manhattan magazine and ABC-7.

    The schedule of events for DINING BY DESIGN New York is as follows:

    Thursday, March 17 6PM-10PM
    Designers and guests mingle at Pier 94 during this dazzling preview of the amazing design installations, while sampling treats from NYC’s top restaurants paired with delicious wine and cocktails. Tickets are available for $150 per person.

    Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20th; 10AM-6PM Daily
    Explore the latest in design trends as you view the amazing installations and shop the silent auction.

    Monday, March 21; 6:30PM-11:00PM
    Cocktails and table hopping are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner accompanied by dancing and a silent auction loaded with hospitality experiences and luxury items.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.diffa.org or call 212-727-3100.

    About DIFFA

    DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.  For more than 26 years, DIFFA has been one of the country’s largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.

    For more information visit diffa.org.

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  • Siudy Between Worlds A Flamenco Dance Fantasy To benefit AID FOR AIDS Intl.

    On March 10, 2011, a special Off-Broadway performance of “Siudy: Between Worlds,” will be
    held to benefit AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI). The “Flamenco fantasia,” will be have a
    special benefit performance at the New World Theatre in New York City, and will explore a
    whole new form of storytelling, combining the raw emotion of Flamenco and urban dance, with a
    powerful percussive beat.

    Pioneering dancer and choreographer, Siudy Garrido, brings together her dance troupe of 22
    dancers and drummers from around the world to tell the tale of a future where water is scarce and
    desperate tribes battle over dwindling natural resources. Directed by four-time Grammy Nominee
    Pablo Croce.

    AFAI’s collaboration with Siudy Between Worlds is the first in a new series of cultural
    performances aimed at expanding AFAI’s fundraising and city-wide outreach.

    When: Thursday, March 10, 2011
    Curtains rise at 8:30 pm
    VIP Cocktail reception to follow the performance *

    Where: New World Stages
    340 West 50th Street (between 8 and 9 Ave)
    New York, NY 10019

    Tickets: Performance only $100 donation
    Performance & VIP Party $200 donation
    *VIP Party Celebrate with cast and supporters after the performance.
    Open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

    To buy tickets call: Eduardo Guzman 212-337-8043, ext 335 or visit

    AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to
    improving the quality of life of people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHAs) in Latin America and
    the Caribbean as well as immigrants to the United States of America. We work to empower
    PLWHAs, their caregivers, and the community at large by providing access to treatment and
    medication, health education, HIV prevention strategies and advocacy and by promoting
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  • The Levi’s® Brand Is Named the #1 Jeans Brand by GoodGuide

    SAN FRANCISCO (February 22, 2011)The Levi’s® brand announced it has been ranked first in the denim category by GoodGuide, an independent website that provides consumers with expert ratings and information about the health, environmental and social impact of products and companies. The original denim brand as well as the Dockers® brand, both ranked as one of the top five apparel brands overall, with a score of 7.4 out of 10.

    Today GoodGuide launched its first-ever rating system for apparel companies, assessing 118 brands on a number of key metrics including overall environmental efforts, sustainable material use, integration of lifecycle approach to product design, management of supply chain, restricted substance program, and vigilance in monitoring manufacturers and working conditions, among other things.

    “We don’t have nutrition labels on clothing yet, but GoodGuide is the first independent company to give consumers data to make informed comparisons about the clothes they purchase,” said Michael Kobori, Vice President of Social and Environmental Sustainability for Levi Strauss & Co. “We believe that increased transparency is the best way to empower consumers to support brands that are creating products in a thoughtful way.”

    To view GoodGuide.com's comprehensive rating on apparel brands, please visit http://www.goodguide.com/categories/277459-apparel.

    For more than two decades, Levi Strauss & Co. has been a leader on social and environmental issues. The company was the first apparel company to establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct (Terms of Engagement) for manufacturing suppliers, setting standards and addressing the important issues of child labor, forced labor, disciplinary practices, working hours, wages and benefits, freedom of association, discrimination as well as health and safety. In the fall of 2010, LS&Co, along with H&M, led a global ban on the practice of sandblasting in the retail industry, a practice that when done incorrectly, can cause serious health issues for workers.

    LS&Co.’s commitment to environmental leadership remains a priority. The company was the first to establish environmental requirements for suppliers, guidelines on water quality, and restrictions on the substances that can be used to make its clothes. To determine where even greater environmental improvements could be made, the company studied every stage in the life cycle of a typical pair of Levi’s® 501® jeans and discovered that the largest water impact comes from the cotton growing process and through the laundry habits of consumers after they leave our stores. As a company, LS&Co. is making strides in these key areas – from supporting more sustainable ways to grow cotton to monitoring how suppliers use water in the manufacturing process.

    Most recently, the Levi’s® brand unveiled the “Care Tag for Our Planet” campaign, changing the global product care tags in Levi’s® jeans to include instructions about ways consumers can reduce the environmental impact of their clothes by washing less, washing in cold water, line drying and donating to Goodwill™ when no longer needed. Last month, the Levi’s® brand furthered its environmental efforts by launching Water

    About the Levi’s® brand

    The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeanswear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style. For more information about the Levi’s® brand, its products and stores, please visit www.levi.com.

    About the Dockers® brand

    The Dockers® brand has embodied the spirit of khaki for more than twenty years. Quality? Always. Authenticity? Check. Dockers® makes khakis that do their job so you can do yours. They’re talking good-looking pants in a full range of fits, and the essential goods to go with them, for men and women. No compromises in quality. Just versatile, essential style. Day to night. Monday to Sunday. In over forty countries around the world. Wearing the pants has never looked so good. For information on the Dockers® brand and its products visit www.Dockers.com.

    About Levi Strauss & Co.

    Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear.  The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and DenizenTMbrands.  Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and franchised and company-owned stores.  As of November 28, 2010, the company operated 470 stores within 27 countries.  Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2010 net revenues were $4.4 billion.  For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

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  • Project Runway’ Star Debuts Fall Collection in Coveted 9 PM Opening Night Slot

    EDGE Magazine Celebrates Start of Third Year by
    Sponsoring Designer Irina Shabayeva at Lincoln Center Event

    ‘Project Runway’ Star Debuts Fall Collection in Coveted 9 PM Opening Night Slot

    (New York, NY — February 22, 2011)   Who said the magazine business is dying? Among a handful of thriving regional publications is New Jersey-based EDGE Magazine, which started turning heads when it burst onto the scene in 2009—and made a major statement in the fashion world as the presenting sponsor of Irina Shabayeva’s Fall Collection at Lincoln Center in New York.

    EDGE secured the key 9:00 pm slot on Opening Night of Fashion Week presented by Mercedes-Benz for Shabayeva, whose work first won acclaim on Project Runway a year and a half ago. The celebration moved downtown to the James Hotel, where the 29-year-old designer was feted at an after-party held at celebrity chef David Burke’s rooftop nightclub, Jimmy’s.

    “What EDGE magazine has accomplished in two years is frankly astonishing,” says Shabayeva. “It’s an honor to be associated with a publication that connects with its readers the way EDGE does—and which brings fashion to their doorstep.”

    The relationship between magazine and designer began in the summer of 2010. HBO True Blood star Rutina Wesley offered to model fashion for EDGE and fell in love with one of Shabayeva’s dresses. The stunning shot made the cover of EDGE and triggered a surge of interest in the magazine—in New Jersey and online, where the EDGE web site (edgemagonline.com) quadrupled its hits overnight.

    EDGE is a smart, sexy suburban lifestyle magazine with a circulation of 80,000, primarily in Central New Jersey. The glossy oversized publication hits newsstands six times a year and features an eclectic mix of feature editorial, arts, food, travel, health & wellness stories and celebrity interviews (ranging from NBC’s Brian Williams to soul diva Gloria Gaynor to fashion icon Norma Kamali). In two years its page count has doubled, to 100.

    EDGE distinguished itself in a challenging marketplace by shooting its own fashion each issue. According to managing editor Mark Stewart, it’s a gamble that has obviously paid off.

    “Our investment in fashion has made people take a serious look at everything we do,” he explains. “What they find is consistently surprising and challenging ideas, sometimes with a raised eyebrow, sometimes with a knowing wink, but always with an EDGE

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    REVIEW by James Andrew of Style Music TV

    Tonight, I went to see a show called "The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Town Hall.

    I have not been to Jim's show at Birdlands before, so I'm not sure what to
    expect. But I have been to shows done by Scott Siegel, and they're always

    Upon entering town hall, I saw a jazz trio setup on stage, and I was immediately
    thinking, this is going to be good: I love powerful Broadway songs, and also
    love smooth jazzy songs. Turns out this show has both, and then some !!!

    At the end of the show, the first feeling I have about it is:
    this show lives up to its name. It definitely is one of the best around.
    It has powerful Broadway style singing, it has smooth sweet jazzy vocals, it
    also has humor, comedian singing, dancing,... simply put, this show is full of
    variety and surprises.

    Jim, with the help of Billy (who is on piano, and the musical director), hosts
    the show. They introduce the performers, and they also sing a couple pieces.
    Below are some highlights of the show:

    Lisa has a unique, sassy, jazzy voice.

    Jenna also has a nice voice, and a delightful performance with her band and
    chorus setup.

    Karen, singing a song by Andrew Gerle, has the sweetest voice of the night in my
    humble opinion. Don't get me wrong, most performers on stage tonight are simply
    amazing, so to have the sweetest voice... (that means I'm searching online
    looking to buy her CD while writing this review... I already checked the CD
    sales desk at town hall, they didn't carry her CD...)

    Next singer that gives me a powerful impression is Natalie. She has a deep,
    powerful vocal, yet she makes it look so effortless.

    Marilyn Maye, two words to describe her performance: Standing Ovation !!!

    And not to be outdone by the ladies, Larry's song give us a very cozy, refined

    On the other hand, William is a present surprise !! His presentation of the song
    "turn me on", and jamming with Billy on stage definitely marks one of the
    highlights in the show.

    With all these great singers, we have to have duets.

    Lucie and Hilary both did duet with Billy. The word "harmony" comes to mind
    when listening to duet pieces.

    On the contrary, Christopher's stalker song and Sally's Viagra song is funny,
    and yet they showed their level of power and control to be able to perform these
    tough pieces flawlessly.

    If we talk about funny, I guess when "Miranda Sings" sings her "think of me",
    its one of a kind.

    And just when you think you have seen it all, here comes another surprise:
    singing and dancing.
    Hinton's singing along with Mark Stuart's dancing is just perfect combo.

    and last but not least, we also have a few violin and saxophone performances.
    From Dave to Aaron, I guess the Dueling Fiddlers leave the deepest mark with
    Lady Gaga's song.

    And not to be outdone, this show finishes with its last performance by the one
    and only Liza Minnelli.

    To sum it up, I leave town hall with a smile on my face. I think I will visit
    birdlands to check out Jim's show. And I'm even more looking forward to the
    next show produced by Scott !! Scott's name is now a "quality seal" in my
    book. Highly Recommended if you're a Broadway music lover !!

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