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  • Apollo Announces Host and Talent for 2011 Spring Gala Honoring Stevie Wonder

    STEVIE WONDER TO BE HONORED AT THE APOLLO THEATER’S 2011 ANNUAL SPRING GALA BENEFIT

    CONCERT AND AWARDS CEREMONY

    MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

     

    SINBAD TO HOST; SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY WYCLEF JEAN,

    YOLANDA ADAMS, MELANIE FIONA AND RAPHAEL SAADIQ

     

    BENEFIT SUPPORTS THE LEGENDARY NON-PROFIT THEATER’S

    EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


    HARLEM, NY – June 6, 2011 – The Apollo Theater today announced the complete lineup for its sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert honoring cultural icon Stevie Wonder, who will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. The Benefit supports the preservation of the non-profit Theater’s unparalleled legacy, its current initiatives for emerging artists, and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.

     

    Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Schaffer, and Chick Corea, as well as other surprise guests, will perform during this special evening dedicated to Mr. Wonder’s legacy as an artist and philanthropist. The program will be hosted by celebrated comedian and former host of Showtime at the Apollo, Sinbad.

     

    “I am proud to be hosting this outstanding evening honoring two ‘Wonders of the World’: the great Stevie Wonder and the legendary Apollo Theater,” said Sinbad.  “In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn’t a person in my time up to now that didn’t want to be Stevie Wonder. Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the years—as well as hosting Showtime at the Apollo for two years—were milestones in my life.” 

     

    Stevie Wonder joins other iconic performers in the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame—musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo—including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.  Each Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street in Harlem.

     

    Additionally, The Apollo will present cosmetics giant Revlon with its Corporate Award, accepted by Chairman, Ronald O. Perelman, in recognition of Revlon’s support  of the Apollo. Philanthropist and arts supporter Reginald Van Lee will receive The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award, named in honor of one of New York City’s legendary leaders and a champion of Harlem and its cultural institutions.

     

    Produced by Ron Weisner for Ron Weisner Entertainment with events management services provided by JKS Events, the benefit concert will be under the musical direction of Ray Chew, whose credits include Musical Director for American Idol, NBC’s The Singing Bee, Showtime at the Apollo as well as the Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night show.  Following the performance, the event will conclude with the Apollo Supper Club—a stylish lounge atmosphere created by David Monn featuring spectacular gourmet creations prepared by Great Performances.  The world renowned DJ D-Nice will provide music for late-night dancing.

     

    About Stevie Wonder

    Celebrated American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist Stevie Wonder has had a long association with the Apollo Theater, appearing for the first time in 1962 when he was 12 years old. At that time, he was called “Little Stevie Wonder,” and was already touring as a professional act (and was the only “child act”) as part of Berry Gordy’s “Motown Revue,” a road show featuring top acts from the Motown Label.  Stevie played a major role in the show since he could sing, play harmonica, organ, congas and drums, which led to him being called a “wonder child.”  Other notable Apollo appearances include the “Save the Apollo Concert” in the 1980s and sold out solo concerts in 2005. 

     

    The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award is named for Percy E. Sutton, a distinguished community leader, entrepreneur, and long-time advocate for Harlem, and is a testament to his longstanding relationship and devotion to the Apollo and the City of New York. Mr. Sutton was Manhattan borough president for three terms, and at the time, was New York State’s highest ranking African-American elected official. After retiring from politics, he built a media empire, founding the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation in 1971, which became the second largest black owned radio broadcasting company in the United States. In 1981, Mr. Sutton purchased the world famous Apollo Theater and made pivotal contributions toward the efforts to revitalize and restore the Apollo. Percy E. Sutton graduated from Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee Institute, and Hampton Institute. After serving as an intelligence officer in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen, he earned a law degree from Brooklyn College and became one of America’s best-known lawyers, fighting for civil rights and representing many African-American activists, including Malcolm X. Mr. Sutton has received many honors, including the renaming of the 125th Street Manhattanville Post Office and Fifth Avenue from 124th to 142nd Street in his name.

     

    About the Apollo Theater

    The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions.  The Apollo was one of the first theaters in New York, and the country, to fully integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations in the audience, as well as headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues of similar size and resources.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

     

    The Apollo's annual season is made possible by lead support from The Coca-Cola Company, the Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Reggie Van Lee, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.  Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council; with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State funding from Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council for the Arts. Visit www.apollotheater.orgto learn more.

     Apollo Theater - 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY10027

    Tickets for the 2011 Spring Gala and after-party are on sale now. To purchase benefit tickets to the event or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., email ApolloSpringGala@jksevents.com  or call 212-380-8946.






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  • THE LEVI’S® BRAND INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE MEN’S COMMUTER CYCLING PRODUCTS

    The Levi’s® 511™ Commuter Skinny and Trucker Jacket for

    Cyclists Hits Stores This Week

    SAN FRANCISCO (JULY 11, 2011) – The Levi’s® brand is proud to introduce Commuter by Levi’s® – clothing designed and optimized specifically for the needs of the urban commuter cyclist.  Arriving in select Levi’s® Stores this week, the 511™ and Trucker Commuter products integrate an array of features that address cyclists performance, convenience, safety, mobility and protection needs while maintaining the durability and classic styling that people expect from the Levi’s® brand.  The launch of these products builds upon the Levi’s® brand’s commitment to innovation while tying back to the new global ‘Go Forth’ campaign which is a rally cry to create positive change in the world. 

    Erik Joule, senior vice president of Levi’s® Men’s Merchandising & Design says, “This product was born from innovation, classic American style and a personal passion for cycling – it’s about designing product for people who ride bikes, by people who ride bikes.  We knew that our jeans were already being worn by urban cyclists across the country, including our own designers.  We listened to what they wanted and created a product with performance traits for biking that also functions as daily street wear.”

    Built around the 511™ Skinny Jean, the Levi’s® brand’s most popular skinny fit for men, the 511™ Commuter features fabric and construction upgrades that increase mobility and durability, while protecting cyclists from the potential hazards of their daily commute.  The 511™ Commuter comes in two styles – a full length and cropped version – and both denim and non-denim fabrics.  The series also includes a Commuter version of the classic Levi’s® Trucker Jacket, an iconic work wear style that was first introduced in 1962 and has now been updated for the modern worker who demands performance and style on and off the road. 

    All Commuter by Levi’s® products blend form and function by utilizing the most cutting-edge performance apparel technologies.  The Levi’s® brand partnered with Swiss-based Schoeller Technologies AG to be the first to introduce NanoSphere® treatment into denim fabrication.  NanoSphere® technology makes denim fabric water resistant, dirt repellant and more durable. 

    The Levi’s® brand also consulted with technology-expert Clariant, a global supplier of specialty effects for textile, in order to implement the invisible but powerful technology that makes Commuter by Levi’s® clothing so unique.  All Commuter products feature Sanitized™ hygiene function, which provides protection against odors for long-lasting freshness and comfort, and 3M Scotchlite™ which subtly integrates 300,000 candle watt reflectivity into key areas of the garments. 

    In addition to these performance technologies, the Levi’s® brand also leveraged its own insights and superior construction techniques to make their new cycling products more commuter-friendly.  Both the Commuter by Levi’s® Trucker Jacket and the 511™ Commuter Skinny feature just the right amount of stretch to increase mobility while maintaining their signature fit.  The 511™ Commuter Skinny also features a raised back yolk that minimizes lower back gap, a reinforced crotch gusset that protects against ripping in this high stress area, double back layer pockets, a U-lock storage system and fabric reinforcements throughout.  The Trucker has extra utility pockets and modifications to the sleeves, cuffs and tail that enable more comfortable movement while cycling.

    “As an avid cyclist myself, I am confident this line has all of the key cycling-specific performance features cyclists value, but haven’t been able to find in other lifestyle clothing options,” added Joule.

    Commuter by Levi’s® clothing can be found at select independent bike shops in major metro cities as well as select Levi’s® Stores and at www.levi.com beginning this July. The line will also be available in select Urban Outfitters beginning in August.  The 511™ Commuter Skinny and 511™ Commuter Cropped Skinny retail for $78 and the Commuter Trucker Jacket retails for $128.To coincide with the introduction of the new Commuter by Levi’s® collection, the Levi’s® brand is partnering with Urban Outfitters  to launch the “Get in the Saddle” bike shop tour. The bike shop will go to where cyclists are and create temporary resource centers around the country complete with a bicycle tuning center, a custom commuter tailoring shop and a bicycle photo-booth. The tour kicks off in early August in New York City and ends in Portland in late September with stops in major cities along the way.

    Commuter by Levi’s® 511™ Skinny product features:

    · Utility waist band – specially designed for u-lock storage

    · Higher back rise – providing additional coverage when riding

    · NanoSphere® Technology – applied to make fabric water resistant, dirt repellant and durable

    · 3M Reflectivity – 3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Tape on interior cuff offers high level of visibility

    · Sanitized® built-in hygiene function – for long-lasting protection against odors

    · Reinforced Fabric – in crotch, back pockets and belt loop for durability

    · Performance Stretch Fabric – more stretchable for added mobility and comfort


    Commuter by Levi’s® Trucker Jacket product features:

    · NanoSphere® Technology - water resistant, dirt repellant, durable and protective

    · 3M Reflectivity – 3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Tape integrated on waistband adjusters and concealed for off the bike utility

    · Sanitized® built-in hygiene function – for long-lasting protection against odors

    · iPod front pocket – for modern convenience

    · Slight Drop tail – provides additional coverage

    · Touring Pockets – easy to reach rear storage with low-profile pockets

    · Accordion Sleeves – additional fabric that expands when in the riding stance for increased mobility

    · Angled front pockets – for easy access in all modes

    · Elongated cuffs – covers partial hand when riding


    ABOUT THE LEVI’S® BRAND

    The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool.  Since their invention by Levi Strauss & Co. 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.  This 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, visit www.levi.com.

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  • Gossip Girl's Kelly Rutherford Attends Shop Italy NYC Launch

    Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford attended the VIP launch celebration for ITC’s Shop Italy NYC at Centre 548 in Chelsea on Tuesday night.  Surrounded by all things Italian, the actress, who spoke at the event’s press reception about her love of Italian fashion, wore an olive-colored dress by her favorite designer, announcing, “Thank goodness Gossip Girl got picked up for a fifth season so I can continue buying Bruno Cucinelli clothes!” After her speech, Kelly posed for photos and mingled with guests as they sipped cocktails courtesy of iconic Italian brand MARTINI.


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  • “The Tragedy of Tupac" A Theatrical Production by Angeli Kakade

     

    The Tradegey of Tupac Shakur or Who Shot Me? opened with an impressive two sold out shows at the Triad Theater September 13th, the late rapper’s 15th death anniversary.  The play is a 90-minute snap shot of Tupac Shakur’s life from a child witnessing his mother’s involvement in the Black Panther Party to the fateful night he was shot.  It is part comedy, part drama, and a fairly accurate portrayal of his aggressive personality and knack for pushing the lyrical boundaries; which subsequently led to his first record deal and ultimately to him becoming one of the greatest rappers of all time.

     

    Co- playwrights George Carroll and Christina Tyler are quite brilliant in their story telling and manage to capture Tupac’s sharp wit, quick temper, and emotional under layer.

    Actor Damian Bailey manages to make the job of bringing Tupac Shakur to life seem effortless. It also doesn’t hurt he shares a remarkable resemblance to the late rapper.

     

    The Tragedy of Tupac Shakur or Who Shot Me? has just signed on additional dates at New York City’s Triad Theater for November.

     

    Ticketing Info: www.brownpapertickets.com

     

    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tragedy-of-Tupac-A-Theatrical-Production/162245277166684

     

    The Triad Theater

    158 West 72nd Street

    New York, NY 10023-3320

    (212) 362-2590 

     

    Show dates and Times:

     

    Nov 2nd at 7pm and 9 pm

    Nov 3rd at 7pm and 9 pm

     

    "This play is either gonna be a moment or a movement!"

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  • Since1910.com Launches 100 Day Tacori Jewelry Giveaway

                                                          

     

    Since1910.com Launches 100 Day Tacori Jewelry Giveaway in Honor of 100th Anniversary

     

    Grand Prize is 1 Carat Tacori Engagement Ring

     

    New York, NY- February 1, 2010: In honor of their 100th Anniversary, Since1910.com announced today a 100 day contest, where customers can enter to win a piece of Tacori jewelry everyday from now through May 1st. One grand prize winner will receive a 1 carat diamond Tacori Engagement ring, valued at $7,500. Four 2nd place winners will be given an 18k925 necklace, valued at $1,500 and 95 3rd place winners will be awarded Tacori jelly bean earrings, a $125 value.  

     

    In order to be eligible for the giveaway, participants must “Like” Since1910.com’s Facebook page and post a note to explain why they should be a winner. Winners will be selected after all entries are accepted through May 1st. From May 1st to August 1st, one winner will be announced every day.  The 1 carat Tacori Engagement Ring winner will be will be announced on August 1.

     

    “As a 4th generation family member, I’m proud to celebrate our 100th Anniversary by launching this unique contest and giving back to our customers,” President Michael Gross stated today. “We’re excited to communicate with our clients through Facebook and look forward to hearing everyone’s responses in the coming months.” 

     

    To view the official contest rules visit Since1910.com.

    About Since1910.com

     

    Since1910.com, is a family owned, fifth generation couture retail jewelry business, established in downtown Brooklyn, New York in the year 1910. The original store was named H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers, which it still maintains 10 decades later. Now located in downtown Garden City, Long Island, there are currently 3 generations working together at Since1910.com. Michael Gross is 4th generation family member and President. Brad Gross is 5th generation family member and Vice President. Helene Gross is 3rd generation and treasurer.

    Since1910.com is an platinum Tacori retailer in addition to being an authorized dealer of several bridal designers including Scott Kay, Martin Flyer, Henri Daussi, Vatche, ArtCarved, Simon G and more. 

    Since1910.com is a member of the prestigious AGS (American Gem Society) and adheres to their strict guidelines of business practices and professionalism. Since 1910.com is also members of the GIA, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, The Retail Jewelers of America, The New York State Jewelers Association and the Better Business Bureau.


     





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