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Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Summer Sounds

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Dave Koz is bringing saxy back. The Grammy®-nominated saxophonist is everywhere this summer, taking his smooth jazz sounds on the road, across the seas, and to the top of the charts.

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Inside The East With Filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

Jun 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The East is an engaging eco-terrorism espionage thriller that has everything going for it: a fantastic cast, thought-provoking script, and most importantly, a beating heart at the core. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij wrote the film together (in which Marling stars and Batmanglij directs), using their own experiences and societal concerns to drive the mystery towards its conclusion. Full of poetry and nuance, The East imbues our societal breakdown with hope just as much as they do with accountability, forcing us to question the world we complacently live in.... Read More

Stories of Old Hollywood: Behind the Scenes With Legendary Photographer Sid Avery

Jun 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The late Sid Avery was a famous American photographer who is best known for capturing rare moments of Hollywood's biggest stars during the Golden Age. Avery had the uncanny knack of getting those around him to relax and open up, capturing a side to famous names like James Dean, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor that no one had seen before. In a world before pushy paparazzi, the lives of celebrities were kept behind closed doors, making it a big deal when someone was allowed in.... Read More

Tyler Shields Raffles Photo and Raises Money for Tornado Torn Oklahoma Families

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Popular photographer Tyler Shields always has a new project on the horizon, oftentimes making headlines for being controversial, but this time he's using his star power for a good cause. Two days after the Oklahoma tornado left many devastated last month, with at least 91 killed and countless homes destroyed, Shields decided to take a drive to Moore to seek out humanity's enduring spirit. The photographic results of his trip are being raffled off to benefit the American Red Cross Oklahoma Tornado Relief on CrowdRise.... Read More

Charley Akers' Photo-Illustrative Art Exhibit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Jun 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Laguna Niguel has long been known as an artistic community and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is paying tribute to history with a new Photo-Illustrative Exhibit by Palm Springs-based artist Charley Akers.... Read More

Don't Miss These 10 Standouts From Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest film event you could ever hope to attend, from the lineup to the parties, and is now officially underway. Year after year Cannes brings us some of the most exciting films being made by unique and interesting filmmakers. If you're lucky enough to be attending this year — or waiting at home for distribution — you're probably so wrapped up in the hype of each film that it may be hard to figure out what you really shouldn't miss. To help with the confusion, here's my list of the best and hottest films at Cannes this year.... Read More

Naked Portrait of Bea Arthur May Collect Millions at Auction

May 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you grew up on The Golden Girls and worshipped Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, this auction item may be for you — or it may horrify you. Christie's will be auctioning off John Currin's 1991 painting, Bea Arthur Naked, in their Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale tonight in New York. In case the title isn't obvious enough for you, yes, she's naked. We cropped the main image for sensitive eyes but if you want to see the full picture, scroll down.... Read More

Jet Art Group Makes Masterpiece Using $10 Million Learjet Engine "Paintbrush"

May 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

In celebration of the pioneering aviation company’s 50th anniversary, Flexjet has partnered with New York-based Jet Art Group to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using a Learjet engine as a $10 million dollar "paintbrush."... Read More

Vocalist Mario Frangoulis is "the Sex and the Symphony" of Concert Halls

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

Award-winning operatic tenor Mario Frangoulis will once again grace us with his presence this spring on the highly anticipated concert tour for his new album “Beautiful Things.” The gifted vocalist kicks off the North American tour May 11th in Pasadena, California where he will share his “Beautiful Things” in emotionally powerful songs so true to his being. “You have to express the hopes of your soul, and that’s what my music is about,” explains Frangoulis in a recent interview. “That is the number one thing I do.”... Read More

Hollywood's Latest Darling: How Carey Mulligan Rose to Fame

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Starring as Daisy Buchanan may be throwing Carey Mulligan in the spotlight but the British actress has been deserving of the attention for years, playing one standout role after another. Whether you've been a fan of hers since you first saw her in 2005's Pride & Prejudice (where she played Kitty Bennet to Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet) or since you saw her in 2009's An Education, it doesn't really matter because once The Great Gatsby is released, everyone is going to be claiming love dating years back.... Read More

Hôtel de Crillon Makes Way for Remodel With $7.5 Million Auction

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On April 18, Paris' luxurious Hôtel de Crillon rounded up their most prized possessions and showcased them to the public. The five-day auction featured 3,500 lots that included historic furniture, 2,000 bottles of wine and many once-in-a-lifetime treasures, clearing the way for the upcoming two-year renovation planned for the hotel and new spa. During the course of the week, the hotel made profits of 5.7 million Euros (approx. $7.5M) with over half the sales taking place online.... Read More

The Story Behind The Great Gatsby Film Adaptations: Then and Now

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  2 Comments

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness…"


F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is possibly America's finest literary offering, chronicling the "Jazz Age" in a way that's both indicting and glamorous. Fitzgerald presents the 1920's through a soaring economy with bootleggers making a killing from prohibition and consumers creating an underground world of excess. Considering this was after WWI, it should be no surprise that the public overcompensated, turning their shock and fear to extravagant showmanship.... Read More

Architect Richard Meier Sells Collages With Penthouse Purchase

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has created one of the most luxurious residential buildings in Tel Aviv, Israel.... Read More

Sofitel New York Offers French Style in The Big Apple

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Sofitel, a French brand, has taken quiet but sure steps to elevate itself from business stopover to luxury standby over the past few years…and it’s worked. Once upon a time it may have been the European businessman’s home-away-from-home, but over time it’s become a true luxury bastion…and in no property is that more apparent than the heart of Manhattan.... Read More

The Opulent Eye's Inaugural New York Sale Generates Over $4Mil

Apr 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Famous auction house Christie's presented the inaugural sale of The Opulent Eye collection in New York on April 18. This collection filled 350 lots and was comprised of 19th century furniture, sculpture, and porcelain art pieces, raking in a sales total (including buyer's premium) of $4,050,062. Over 60 of the lots were from the estates of Dr. Milton and Marilyn Myers, featuring works by François Linke, Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley, with the top selling item being a large Roman micromosaic tabletop with a mahogany base ($231,750).... Read More

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