R. Couri Hay https://rcourihay.com creative public relations Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://rcourihay.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-241542_NEW-LOGO-FOR-R-COURI-HAY_1_061218-32x32.png R. Couri Hay https://rcourihay.com 32 32 The 1st Annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/the-1st-annual-hunter-mountain-film-festival/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:45:30 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4201 Hunter Mountain Film Festival Awards Gala The Hunter Mountain Film Festival (HMFF) recently took place in Hunter and Tannersville, NY and one of the highlights was the Gala Awards where the very best of the festival were honored. Anthoula Katsimatides (Actress...

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Hunter Mountain Film Festival Awards Gala

The Hunter Mountain Film Festival (HMFF) recently took place in Hunter and Tannersville, NY and one of the highlights was the Gala Awards where the very best of the festival were honored. Anthoula Katsimatides (Actress from CBS’s, FBI and producer of the HMFF Best Documentary winning Olympia) was the emcee of the event which saw Orange is the New Black’s Hunter Emery receive The Rising Star Award. Betty Aberlin, who is best known for her role as Lady Aberlin on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, received HMFF’s 1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Award for a career in the entertainment business spans over 50 years. The award was presented by Academy Award winner and Aberlin’s close friend, Melissa Leo. Actress, model and host Tatum Peacock was on hand to interview the night’s winners and guests including Hunter Emery, Kevin Kane (Actor, Netflix’s “Bonding”), Evan Leone (Actor, NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Jeremy Helm (Actor, Netflix’s “House of Cards”).

About Hunter Mountain Film Festival

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Betty Aberlin and Melissa Leo

The Hunter Mountain Film Festival collaborated with the Doctorow Center for the Arts and The Opheum Film and Performing Arts Center to showcased cinema from across the country. The three-day event also featured discussions from Hollywood insiders on an array of topics and current trends within the industry. Panelists included Heidi Eklund (Owner- Hudson Valley Casting), Wayne Pyle (Actor from HBO’s Succession), and Lisa Rosenbaum (Talent Agent-Andreadis Talent Agency). “HunterMountain Film Festival is for the serious filmmaker who wants to surround themselves with the Hudson Valley film community and what RecordOnline says is ‘Becoming Hollywood East’,“said panelist, Co-Director and Andreadis Talent Agency’s Michele Peacock.

The Producer Sessions

The Producers Sessions followed with Justin Ferrato (Editor- HBO Trailers and Behind The Scenes Featurettes, Game of Thrones),  Martin Rosete ( Remember Me, Money, Voice Over,  and  The Chain)  Ray Preziosi (Renowned cinematographer /Casino-title sequence, Family Secrets, Frog & Wombat) and Grammy Award Winner, Alan Douches (West West Side Music, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Horses: Patti Smith & Her Band-Documentary, and Time Can Break Your Heart) giving first-hand insight on all the happenings behind the lens.

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Tatum Peacock and Hunter Avery

World-Class screenings

After world-class screenings of A Bread Factory Part 1 and 2, which stars Tyne Daly, James Marsters and Janeane Garofalo was among the highlights of the festival. The screening of Walters Ride: The True Harley Davidson Story was a part of the festival’s Harley Davidson Kickoff Motorcycle Ride where bikers experienced the beauty of the Catskills as they rode from Woodstock Harley Davidson to the film festival venue and ending with a showing of the film, as well as an opportunity to see avant-garde horror film, White Knuckle. ​

View the full article in Social Life Magazine: https://sociallifemagazine.com/2019/05/30/hunter-mountain-film-festival/

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These Pride Month Food & Drink Deals Are Giving Back To The LGBTQ Community https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/these-pride-month-food-drink-deals-are-giving-back-to-the-lgbtq-community/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 20:55:16 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4191 Just Salad is not only sponsoring NYC Pride for the fourth year in a row, it’s also bringing back its Just Proud Salad. The salad combines a rainbow assortment of fresh...

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Just Salad is not only sponsoring NYC Pride for the fourth year in a row, it’s also bringing back its Just Proud Salad. The salad combines a rainbow assortment of fresh produce and $1 of every salad will benefit local LGBTQ organization in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Gainesville.

Read the full article on Refinery 29: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/05/234215/pride-food-drinks-brands-restaurant-specials-lgbt-support-2019

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72 Hours in Serbia https://rcourihay.com/columns/72-hours-in-serbia/ Thu, 30 May 2019 20:19:12 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4171 The post 72 Hours in Serbia appeared first on R. Couri Hay.

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Travel through Serbia in 72 hours with R. Couri Hay. R. Couri Hay,  a New York City-based publicist and founder of R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations. He started his career as one of the original contributing editors to Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and went on to write for a variety of publications including Travel Squire and Social Life. Travels with Couri takes you on an adventure to some of the most premier resorts and locations around the world. Follow along with Couri as he shares some tips, tricks, and recommendations when traveling. From floating bars in Jamaica to art galleries in Berlin, Travels with Couri will inspire you to travel the world and become immersed in new cultures. View the full Travel Squire Article here: https://travelsquire.com/72-hours-in-serbia/

Dusk to Dawn

There’s nothing like an invitation to a royal wedding to get you to Serbia – unless you just like to party; then, spending any weekend in Belgrade is worth the trip. From dusk to dawn the nightlife in the capital of Serbia sizzles, making it one of Europe’s premier see and be seen destinations. With dozens of edgy nightclubs on boats along the Danube in the Dorcol neighborhood, and on the Sava River in the Savamala district and the streets bursting with beautiful people and live music, the denizens of the night are flocking to this ancient city that has broken free from its past and is having a renaissance in music, art and design.

Add a plethora of historical sites and parks, as well as scenic views overlooking the rivers winding the town from the city’s walls, whose foundations date back to the 15th century, and you have something for everyone. You’ll relish exploring narrow cobblestone streets soaking up thousands of years of history (back to 6,200 BC), then sit and sip an exquisite coffee in one of the many quaint cafes. It’s a city you will love! And like Prague or Budapest you can do it in three days.

Royal Palace & White Palace

The royal wedding of Prince Philip, son of Serbia’s King Alexander, to Danica Marinković may be over, but happily, you can still visit Belgrade’s spectacular Royal Palace compound. There are guided tours every weekend from April through October. The two-hour tour includes the Royal and White Palaces, and professional guides talk about the history, art and culture of the region.

The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929 with private funds from His Majesty King Alexander I. Designed by architects Zivojin Nikolic and Nikolay Krassnoff of the Royal Academy, the Palace is surrounded with pergolas, terraces, swimming pools and pavilions. The compound offers magnificent views of the ridge of Dedinje Hill, Koshutnjak Forest, Topchider and Avala Mountain.

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The White Palace, where the royal wedding party was held, is a separate building in the compound. It was built later, during the 1930s, because the king wanted his children to have their own home when they came of age. Dignitaries from Queen Elizabeth to Richard Nixon are among the folks who have stayed at the palaces which are filled with paintings, objects d’art, a series of luxuriously appointed underground rooms, and a grand cinema.

The Fountain That Cries

“The fountain that cries,” a colorful copy of Bakhysarai Fountain from the Khan’s Palace in Crimea is tucked away in the palace and has an interesting story of love and loss. Legend has it that when King Alexander was seen crying over the death of his beloved, the Grand Duchess Tatiana, Tsar Nicholas II’s daughter, he commissioned a fountain that would cry for him.

It also served a practical purpose, keeping conversations in this room private, since you couldn’t eavesdrop on the monarch. The cliché “if these walls could talk,” rings true as both Josip Broz Tito and Slobodan Milošević, the prosecuted war criminal who was Yugoslavia’s president from 1997 – 2000, used the Royal Palace.

In the ceiling, you can see where Tito had all the symbols of the monarchy painted over, including the double-headed eagles, and replaced them with the red communist star. Crown Prince Alexander and his wife, Crown Princess Katherine, whom many in the country call King and Queen, live there today, although Serbia is not currently a constitutional monarchy.

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Where to Stay:

There are a lot of new hotels in Belgrade; among the best are Square Nine, the Metropol Palace, and the stylish Saint Ten, which has a chic lobby lounge.

Hotel Moskva

I opted to stay in the city’s iconic grand dame, the Hotel Moskva, which was built in 1906 and escaped being bombed by the Nazis because Hitler ordered it spared so he could use it to station his officers. The hotel reeks of history and old-world charm. Its roster of famous guests ranges from Albert Einstein, Luciano Pavarotti, Jack Nicholson, Kirk and Michael Douglas, Orson Welles, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro to Alfred Hitchcock. Although it has been thoroughly updated with all the modern bells and whistles, its pastry shop is the best in town; try the macaroons and the “Moskva Snit” cake that’s truly heavenly.

Indira Gandhi & Maxim Gorky Slept Here

All hotel rooms are not created equally here, so be sure and book a duplex suite if you’re traveling with a friend or expecting guests. I choose the Maxim Gorky Suite, named after the Russian writer, who stayed at the hotel. The other premium suite is named for another famous guest, Indira Gandhi. Hotel Moskva is smack in the center of town, giving you easy access to Belgrade’s main sights, as well as picturesque pedestrian streets lined with flowering baskets and intriguing shops.

Cafe Moskva

Café Moskva is one of the city’s most popular meeting spots and has a grand red lounge with seating both outdoors and in, its interior spaces with enormous windows facing the action outside. There is live piano music at breakfast, tea, and cocktails adding to the charm of this bustling cafe. It’s also just a great spot to refuel any time of the day, with prime people watching. Exuding old-world charm and refinement, this place is popular with locals as well as tourists. hotelmoskva.rs

Where to Eat: Belgrade’s Best Restaurants

Madera

One of the city’s top restaurants is Madera, which features local fare. Try the steak or the perch, and definitely order a sampling of appetizers that includes their fabulous foie gras and a red pepper puree dish that you’ll rave about. maderarestoran.com

Homa

Homa is an haute cuisine temple with a contemporary and casual vibe. The food here is adventurous and almost everything is accompanied by a sorbet or ice cream. The truffle and cheese balls filled with goat cheese and the Bouillabaisse with Adriatic fish were both memorable, as was the three-layered chocolate dessert served in their signature clay pot. homa.rs

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Ambar

Ambar is the place to sample Balkan cuisine. This chic spot presents traditional Balkan hospitality in a chic, sophisticated, minimalist setting. You can try different dishes from their sampling menu and sip traditional Serbian spirits called “rakias” on the terrace overlooking the Sava River. ambarrestaurant.com

What to Do in Belgrade:

Underground tunnels

Belgrade’s vast network of underground tunnels provides a fascinating look into the country’s past as a pawn of various empires, from the Romans to the Germans, who hid in the tunnels as WWII was coming to an end.

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Kalemegdan Park

Kalemegdan Park is Belgrade’s most important place, a vast green space filled with monuments and a fort perched on a cliff overlooking the junction of the Sava and Danube rivers. First settled thousands of years ago, the park is home to remnants of Serbia’s past, from a Roman well to an Ottoman tomb to the Kalemegdan Citadel, which was the site of over 100 battles over the centuries.

Not only a historic site, the park also has a zoo and an amusement park with a historic Ferris Wheel, perfect for kids, and there are sporting activities, cultural events, performances, and cafes.

Belgrade Fortress

Belgrade Fortress was founded by Celtics in the 3rd Century B.C., and for centuries, the city’s population lived solely within its walls. The fortress is, literally, the core of Belgrade, and the city’s long history was concentrated there until modern times. The Byzantines rebuilt the fortress around 535 A.D., and it suffered continuous destruction over the centuries – including damage inflicted during the First and Second World Wars.

Nowadays, the fortress functions as a major cultural and historical center, home to multiple archeological digs, museums, monuments and galleries, plus restaurants and gathering spaces for sports and concerts by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Moby, Green Day, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden and Interpol.  beogradskatvrdjava.co.rs

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Skadarlija District

The Skadarlija district is Belgrade’s bohemian quarter, home to poets, artists, writers and musicians. In fact, Skadarlija and Paris’s artsy Montmartre officially became sisters in 1978, attested to by commemorative plaques in both communities.

The atmospheric area, in Stari Grad, the old town, was originally packed with dens of ill repute that were eventually replaced by more respectable establishments. Today, the happening neighborhood boasts some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes, art galleries, antique shops and nightlife. Republic Square, Belgrade’s central plaza, is one of the city’s most popular gathering places for locals.

Museum of Yugoslavia & The Tito Museum

Belgrade is not flush with museums as other European cities, like Paris, London, or Rome, but this quirky and slightly disturbing museum dedicated to Yugoslavia’s Socialist era mainly contains artifacts on the life of Josip Broz Tito, the communist dictator from 1944 to 1980. muzej-jugoslavije.org

Millennium Tower

This magnificent tower dating from 1896 was built as a memorial in celebration of 1,000 years of Hungarian settlement in the region. Built on the ruins of a medieval fortress, the tower is unofficially known as “Janos Hunyadi Tower” after a Hungarian military figure who died there in 1456, over 400 years before the tower was built. Today, the tower houses a gallery hosting regular exhibitions, and the views of the city from the top are spectacular, particularly at sunset.

The Sava Temple

The Temple of Saint Sava is the world’s second largest Orthodox church, dominating Belgrade’s skyline. Built on the spot where St. Sava’s remains are believed to have been burned in 1595, the church’s history is unusual. Construction began in 1935 but Serbia’s tumultuous history got in the way of completion. Interruptions began during World War II, when Belgrade was bombed. The German army used the unfinished church for parking, and after the war, it was used as storage. Work on the temple finally resumed in 1985, and the main structure was mostly complete by 2004. Work on the interiors is still ongoing today.

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Social Safari: The Met Gala https://rcourihay.com/columns/social-safari/social-safari-the-met-gala/ Fri, 24 May 2019 13:58:06 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4109 The post Social Safari: The Met Gala appeared first on R. Couri Hay.

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Charles James, Mick Jagger, Pope Francis, KAWS, Salonniere List, YAGP & Sleepover at the Museum

“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” Oscar Wilde

#MetCamp

Lady Gaga’s striptease from voluminous pink cape to retro black underwear, glittery fishnets, and platform boots commandeered the pink carpet for a visually arresting performance piece that took an unprecedented 16 minutes to execute. A posse of umbrella-wielding men in black provided the cover for her four costume changes that also included a black ball gown and a slinky pink column. Brilliant! Anna Wintour stood at the top of the museum’s stairs laughing and smiling in a display of sheer joy. When asked how anyone could follow Gaga, she quipped “Everyone should just go home!” Luckily for all of us they didn’t. The zany, campy parade of 550 stars and bright young things, in witty and wily haute couture, sashayed and vogued up the museum’s stairs, banked with greenery and festooned with thousands of pink roses, into Camp Met for three fabulous hours. The dress code was studied triviality, so there was lots of room for interpretation. Anna said “Tonight gives everyone a chance to express themselves; it’s about individuality and believing in who you are. I think everyone will have a lot of fun tonight.” The Vogue editor kept her signature sunglasses in her purse, as she made her glamorous entrance in a pink feathered cape over an intricately beaded blue, gold, and pink gown by Chanel, and she wore a diamond necklace that could choke a rhino. Why can’t the Oscars be this exciting?

Camp: Notes on Fashion

I walked through this year’s exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fash-ion, with two on-theme friends Oscar would have loved: flame-haired English designer Zandra Rhodes, who was my fiancé in the 80s, and Club Kid icon Richie Rich, who has a spectacular dress made of stuffed kittens in the show. The exhibition contains 250 objects, including paintings, hats, shoes, and dresses dating from the 17th century to the present. The explosive exhibition explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp” provided the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion. Why camp? Andrew Bolton, the Met’s curator in charge, explained: “Camp tends to come to the fore during moments of social and political instability — when our society is deeply polarized. Camp is by its very nature subversive.” What is camp? The historian Andrew Medhurst once said that ‘Trying to define camp is like attempting to sit in the corner of a circular room.’ Mark Booth’s Encyclopedia of Camp includes Alexander the Great, Coco Chanel, Leonardo da Vinci, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, Louis XVI, Michelangelo, John Singer Sargent, Elsa Schiaparelli, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Rupert Everett, who played Oscar Wilde in the film The Happy Prince, narrates the exhibition. In the show, Rupert’s voice intersects with Judy Garland’s camp anthem ‘Over the Rainbow.’ ” Bolton is responsible for the Met’s remarkable pink and gold catalog. See the show. Buy the book!

Designers, Dresses & Stars

Marc Jacobs, who came with Kate Moss, Rita Ora, and Lizzo, described camp with silent-screen-worthy gestures you can see on my Instagram @RCouriHay. “Camp is extra. It’s being who you are, your most affected, genuine, exaggerated, extra version of yourself and not caring about fitting in,” said Jacobs. Perfect! The gorgeous Gwen Stefani came with Moschino’s Jeremy Scott, who had so many pieces on the carpet he proclaimed himself “overwhelmed.” Scott dressed Gwen to kill by breeding Liberace with a Vegas showgirl. She said, “Jeremy put this together and I was, like, yes, I will wear that. I’m just so lucky to be here this year. I want to come every year; it’s only my third time being
here.” Jared Leto came in regal robes by his pal Gucci-designer Alessandro Michele, who
hosted the benefit along with Harry Styles (wearing in his first look a sheer top with a pearl earring), Serena Williams (in yellow Versace and sneakers) and Lady Gaga. Leto, channeling John the Baptist, carried his own head, which he handed to reporters saying, “You’ll get a better interview from him.” This was the best dodge of the night, n’est ce pas? Katie Perry came as a chandelier in an astounding feat of balance worthy of Cirque du Soleil. She told me “This weighs 40 pounds.” When I asked how long it took her to get ready she responded, “My whole life.” And this was before she donned a humongous hamburger suit for the after parties. The outfit was so difficult to maneuver in that she fell down on the dance floor and couldn’t get up. Celine Dion’s silver-fringed Oscar de la Renta number was a show stopper but when she tried to take a bite of Katie’s faux burger one wag said the super slim star “should eat a real one.” Gwyneth Paltrow came all buttoned up in buttercup yellow until the camera lights exposed her perky derrière. Kim Kardashian inspired Thierry Mugler to come out of retirement to make her skintight nude ensemble dripping with crystals resemble water. “He wanted me to look like I just came out of the ocean,” she said. “I can’t sit or pee, and I’m barely breathing.”

The Décor

The Met Ball is both exclusive and expensive, and Ms. Wintour, a Met trustee, approves every invitation. Tables cost $200K, with individual tickets at $35K; this year they raised a staggering $15 million. Over $200 million has been raised by the savvy Vogue editor since she took over the reins 21 years ago. This gala is a reflection of the luxury brands that support the Costume Institute. No expense is spared, but it is all underwritten, this year by Gucci and Condé Nast. The extravagant décor, produced by Raul Avila, was inspired by the over-the-top exuberance of the camp aesthetic. Four 25-foot tall pink flamingos, made of thousands of flowers, and with gold sequins covering their legs and beaks, greeted the guests in the Great Hall decorated with birds of paradise and ba-nana branches. Hand-painted sisal, stenciled with pink feathers, extended through the museum and up the steps, which were flanked by enormous feathers covering the walls, creating the illusion of wings. At the top, a wall of gold flowers served as a backdrop to the receiving line, where the hosts welcomed Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (she literally licked his face like an ice cream cone), Gal Gadot, Demi Moore, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Rockefeller, Salma Hayek, Emily Ratajkowski, Jennifer Lopez & A-Rod, John Galliano, and Zendaya in a Cinderella dress by Tommy Hilfiger that lit up on cue.

The Dinner

After seeing the exhibition, Sienna Miller, Bette Midler, Michael Kors, Sean Parker, Mark Ronson, Miuccia Prada, and Julianne Moore sipped Champagne in the Petrie Court. Dinner was served in the Temple of Dendur, where walls of tropical flowers and more flamingos set the exotic tone. Tables were covered with two shades of pink cloth and set with chargers printed with matching floral branches, painted glassware, bamboo flatware, and napkins embroidered with flamingos. Natural wood ballroom chairs were covered in cushions with six different flamingo-printed patterns. If that weren’t enough to put Emma Stone, Vera Wang, Jimmy Fallon, Amber Valletta, Joe Jonas, and Sophie Turner into sensory overdrive, the meal was. Courses included wines, tomatoes stuffed with green goddess pannacotta, served along-side a filet of beef with beet horse-radish cream, and haricots verts in citrus balsamic garnished with orange flowers. How much people actually ate is a good question. Olivier Cheng catered the dinner. I knew you’d want to know. A giant gianduja cake was sliced up for dessert. Flamingo-shaped cookies and espresso were given to everyone as they departed: fuel for the after parties. The fete at the Top of the Standard celebrated its 10th year of where to go, to see and be seen, in slightly less excessive expressions of yourself, except for Katie, who is in a class all her own.

Cher: Haven’t We Met?

Cher was the first to go to the Met Costume Institute gala nearly nude, in a sheer, sequined number by Bob Mackie, back in 1974. Kim K. wasn’t even born until 1980. I interviewed Cher as she came off the Met’s escalator, and when the lights from my TV cameras exposed every bit of her, l blurted out, “Are you nude under that dress?” “Does it matter?” she purred. I blushed. Cher returned this year to perform, and you really can’t get any campier then Cher singing “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe” in a series of outlandish get-ups that culminated in thigh-high black boots and see-through black lingerie that showed off her taut buns. That said when she belted out AB- BA’s camp anthem “Waterloo,” backed by a crew of eight, the room exploded. Harry Styles jumped up to dance wearing a big red bow wrapped around his neck while Tom Ford, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Zac Posen, and Elle Fanning sang along. Cher brought her ageless pizzazz to what is The Party of the Year. Who else would tell you these things?

Charles James, The Couture Secrets of Shape

The work of Charles James, America’s first couturier, who had his own blockbuster retrospective at the Met’s Costume Institute titled Charles James: Beyond Fashion in 2014, was lauded by his contemporaries Chanel, Dior, and Balenciaga for his elegant and avant-garde designs. The late designer was feted on both sides of the pond at book parties for Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape by his last assistant, friend, and heir, Homer Layne, and the German fashion scholar Dorothea Mink, with text by FIT’s museum director Valerie Steele, Paul Caranicas, Carolyn Roider, and yours truly. Another American-born designer, Rick Owens, who wrote the introduction for the book, available on Amazon, hosted a raucous reception and exhibition of James’s work after his own critically-acclaimed show in Paris, where he joyfully confessed, “I have knocked off a Charles James cocoon coat.” Owens said his show was inspired by both James and Kiss designer Larry LeGaspi. “It’s about sex where the woman is in control.” Pat Cleveland, a 1970s super model who worked with James was among those dancing surrounded by James’s acclaimed draw-ings and dresses pinned like butterflies on the walls.

The Pope Paints Domingo Zapata

Domingo Zapata was understandably nervous when meeting with Pope Francis, who appointed the Spanish-born artist an ambassador for Scholas Occurrentes, an organization that promotes arts education. “Relax, now I’ll paint on you,” the pontiff told him after the swearing in, and proceeded to paint a cross, a bird, and his signature on Zapata’s blue suit. The cross and bird topped with the papal autograph is Francis’s artistic signature. Last year he painted a similar image on a pane of glass, with Zapata. This year fellow artist Mr. Brainwash and Domingo worked together on a canvas. Zapata wrote “I am human” in Spanish on the canvas. Mr. Brainwash wrote his motto “Life is beautiful” and added a heart. The painting, titled El Inmigrante,” has an immigration theme and will be auctioned off to benefit Scholas Occurrentes. scholasocurrentes.org

New York Academy

of Art When the art collector and philanthropist Roni Willett con-gratulated the artist Kaws on his recent $15-million-sale at the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball, she added, “It would be a dream come true to own an original work of yours one day.” With that, Kaws took out a piece of paper and did a drawing for her. This event is one of the city’s top interactive events. Guests are invited to visit the onsite studios of over 100 students, who are all happy to talk about their work. Surreal-ist painter René Magritte was the theme of this year’s photo booth. It was festooned with umbrellas, bowler hats, and green apples for the attendees to pose with. Among the stars sipping Bollinger and Taittinger Champagne were Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber, Brooke Shields, Naomi Watts, Art Miami’s Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen and the organization’s president, David Kratz. nyaa.edu

Salonniere List

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, Hilary Geary Ross and her husband, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Audrey Gruss, gallerist Isabelle Bscher, Ste-ven Stoleman, and Jill Karg-man are among the New Yorkers named to the highly anticipated Salonniere List of America’s 100 Best Hosts by the nation’s leading website dedicated to the art of entertaining. The lists were inspired by society figures like Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, who created salons where good conversation about arts and letters was the star. Carla McDonald — the founder and a hostess in Austin and Nantucket — and her committee chose honorees from across the U.S., including interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell As-ton, Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Derek Blasberg, Ashley McDermott, Susan Gutfruend, Jean Shafiroff, Becca Carson Thrash, Lynn Wyatt and Oprah Winfrey. thesalonniere.com

Sleepover at the Museum

Writer and composer Karen LeFrak has been busy. First, she launched her new children’s book, Sleepover at the Museum, at the Museum of Natural History, which is the setting for her charming story. Guests included Blaine Trump, author Candace Bushnell, musician David Foster, and Janna Bullock. You can buy the book at penguinrandomhouse.com or on Amazon. Next up was the world premiere of LeFrak’s stunning composition “Nothing Left” set to a choreography by Juliano Nunes, at the Youth America Grand Prix Gala at Lincoln Center. This sexy world premiere of love and loss starred Boston Ballet’s Derek Dunn and Nunes. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Olga Smirnova brought down the house in the Dying Swan, accompanied by brilliant young concert pianist Micah McLaurin. In the mix were Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, Cicely Tyson, prima ballerina Irina Dvoroven-ko, Libbie Mugrabi, Yaz and Valentine Hernandez, Barbara Brandt, and YAGP founder and director Larissa Saveliev. The benefit gala “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow,” showcased young finalists of YAGP’s international ballet competitions and also featured the American premiere of a ballet set to music by The Rolling Stones. The organization has given out more than $4 million in scholarships and 450 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 80 top companies around the world. yagp.org

The Rolling Stones Ballet

Ballerina and choreographer Melanie Hamrick and her partner, Mick Jagger, celebrated their ballet Porte Rouge at two receptions in NYC, culminating in a drop-dead chic dinner at THE POOL, hosted by arts patron Marcella Guarino Hymowitz and NET-A-PORTER. Glamorous guests, whose names were written on the mirrored tabletop, included ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie and choreographer Alexei Ratman-sky, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, and skin-care mogul Peter Thom-as Roth. Hamrick said the ballet’s name was inspired by The Stones’ hit song “Paint It Black.” She also collaborated with the band’s lighting and costume designer on the piece. When Mick was asked who their two-year-old son, Deveraux, most resembled, he quipped, “It’s too early to tell.” The ballet had its world premiere at The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia and its American début at the Youth America Grand Prix’s 20th anniversary gala at the David H. Koch Theater. The company’s glamorous founder, Larissa Saveliev, commissioned the piece from Hamrick, and it will next be seen at American Ballet Theatre. instagram.com/melhamrick

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The Surprising Way You Should Be Cooking Your Steak Isn’t on a Grill https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/the-surprising-way-you-should-be-cooking-your-steak-isnt-on-a-grill/ Mon, 20 May 2019 19:38:53 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4081 Read the full Eat This, Not That article here: https://www.eatthis.com/best-way-cook-steak/ If you’re looking for a way to cook the perfect steak without having to go through the trouble of firing up...

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If you’re looking for a way to cook the perfect steak without having to go through the trouble of firing up the grill in the backyard, the reverse sear may be your new go-to method. We called on Josh Tanner, the chef and director of online butcher shop New York Prime Beef, for the lowdown on the best way to cook a steak that doesn’t involve a grill.

What is the best way you should cook your steak?

We have heard the reverse sear is an unrivaled way to cook the perfect steak, and Tanner, a steak connoisseur, agrees.

“Reverse sear is becoming more and more popular, as it gives a much greater margin of error in cooking steaks, particularly larger cuts because the timing of the cooking process is much less important,” says Tanner. “Basically, no more charred steaks with raw middles.”

What about the reverse sear enables the steak to achieve optimal flavor and texture?

When you think of a seared piece of meat, you likely think of tender, pink meat with a crisp, darkened crust. To achieve this look using the reverse sear method, you start cooking the steak ideally in the oven at a low temperature and then tossing it onto a sizzling cast iron skillet to finish it off before serving.

“By starting the cooking process at a lower temperature, you can ensure that the entire steak is cooked evenly through to the exact level of doneness you’re looking for, before searing for the perfect crust,” says Tanner.

How can you reverse sear a steak at home?

Tanner provides a step-by-step guide to the perfect reverse sear steak.

  1. Make sure to start with a well-rested steak, at least 30-60 minutes out of the refrigerator, so it has fully come to room temperature.
  2. If using an oven, 220 degrees Fahrenheit is a good temperature for a consistent cook.
  3. Use a meat thermometer to monitor internal temperature and pull out when the steak measures 15 degrees Fahrenheit below the desired finishing temperature, which is 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare.
  4. In a heavy, hot skillet with a bit of butter, sear the steak on each side until well browned and the internal temperature rises to 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare.
  5. Let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Note: in between steps one and two, be sure to season the steak with whatever spices, herbs, and marinades if you have yet to do so already.

Now, it’s time to cut into that tender yet caramelized steak. You’ll see why a reverse sear is the perfect way to serve a steak!

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Stride Arts opens in New York City May 17, 2019 https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/stride-arts-opens-in-new-york-city-may-17-2019/ Mon, 20 May 2019 19:10:04 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4077 View the full article in Art Daily News International here: https://www.artdailynewsinternational.com/2019/05/stride-arts-opens-in-new-york-city-may.html Stride Arts, a brand-new art and exhibition space in the heart of Manhattan specializing in modern and contemporary art, opened...

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Stride Arts, a brand-new art and exhibition space in the heart of Manhattan specializing in modern and contemporary art, opened its doors Friday, May 17th, 2019. The gallery will present some of today’s most notable and passionate emerging and established artists; as well as offer a wide variety of ownership options to art aficionados.

Founded and directed by Angel Zhang, the innovative space will be open Monday through Friday 9:30am to 6:30 p.m. and by appointment. In addition to the main gallery space – which features warm hardwood floors, full windows, and a stage – there are several conference rooms and various showrooms.

Stride Arts offers a multitude of services to artists and art collectors, providing a multi-functional platform with studio space, marketing, business strategic advice, and promotion for artists through a unique, appealing programming; as well as personal, business, and institutional services to collectors; including negotiating the sale of the works, as well as providing rental service where art aficionados of all types can benefit from their team of specialists who will curate work that can be rotated regularly and is available at affordable prices.

For their first exhibition, a group show, the featured artists included:

Peter Andrew Jeschke “Paj” | Clovercroft, NH

Chu Okoli | Houston, TX

Dominick Anthony Dejesus | New York, NY

Kerstin A. Roolfs | New Yor, NY

Kate Thomas | New York, NY

Xin Song |  New York, NY

John Shorb | New Yor, NY

Novorozhkin (Jarema Khrushch) | Chicago, IL

Nancy Lange | New York, NY

Jingxing Yan & Xiangdong Chen | New York, NY | Scheduled to have a solo show at the gallery in mid-June

Angel Zhang has a background as an investor in the arts and as a supporter of emerging artists. She is the Founder and CEO of a commercial, industrial, and digital printer manufacturer in China with offices across the country and internationally; a prolific collector, and an investor in several galleries across China; where she helped several famous Chinese artists establish their careers. Zhang moved to New York City over a decade ago and divides her time between her Manhattan and Long Island homes.

About the gallery:

Located in the heart of New York City’s Museum Mile, Stride Arts shares access to the most abundant resources of the NYC arts community. With 3500 square feet of prime exhibition space and the world famous Fifth Avenue and Central Park as their backdrop, the area offers a unique cultural and geographical advantage. The exhibition layout is bold and simple with warm hardwood floors, full windows, studio lighting and shade systems, state-of-the-art background wall, and a video wall. The gallery values professionalism, artistry, and originality; with an emphasis on client satisfaction. They rent and sell beautiful works of art, as their team of specialists provides expertise in the fields of art marketing and e-commerce to support artists, designers, and business organizations.

Their services include:

Art Leasing: The gallery rents and sells beautiful works of art to people and businesses all over the world. A tastefully decorated space makes a special statement, and Stride Arts believes being surrounded by magnificent art improves workplace morale and productivity.

Rotation Services: E- Commerce, Tracking & Reporting System | Professional Curation | Connecting Businesses &Organizations to Art and Artists | Transparent Pricing, Framing Packaging & Shipping | Lease to Buy on Favorable Terms

Perfect venue: Show Room | Event Space | Conference Room: Whether you are an individual or an organization, are planning a business event or an academic seminar, if you need a perfect venue space, contact Stride Arts; perfect for exhibiting your work and products, meeting interesting and talented people, and achieving your creative and entrepreneurial vision.

Artists’ Home:  Stride encourages promotes, and collaborates with today’s most vital and passionate artists. A multifunctional platform allows them to show their appreciation of high art and effectively introduce vibrant artwork to the public.

For more information contact:

Stride Arts

1110 2nd Avenue

(58th St. and 2nd Ave.)

Suite 200

New York, New York.

info@stridearts.com

1-917-656-6698 www.stridearts.com

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Half Moon Jamaica https://rcourihay.com/columns/travels-with-couri/travel-to-half-moon-jamaica-the-royals-favorite-hotel/ Mon, 20 May 2019 13:26:00 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4048 Discover Half Moon, the luxury resort in Jamaica with R. Couri Hay. R. Couri Hay, a New York City-based publicist and founder of R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations. He...

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Discover Half Moon, the luxury resort in Jamaica with R. Couri Hay. R. Couri Hay, a New York City-based publicist and founder of R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations. He started his career as one of the original contributing editors to Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and went on to write for a variety of publications including Travel Squire and Social Life. Travels with Couri takes you on an adventure to some of the most premier resorts and locations around the world. Follow along with Couri as he shares some tips, tricks, and recommendations when traveling. From floating bars in Jamaica to art galleries in Berlin, Travels with Couri will inspire you to travel the world and become immersed in new cultures.

Half Moon Jamaica

 

The Royals’ favorite Jamaican hotel

 Prince Harry went on a charm offensive while staying at the Half Moon resort in Jamaica.  Although he was on an official visit to the island nation, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee his stay at  Half Moon also provided him with a few days’ breaks from his Royal duties. The approachable Prince delighted his butler, cook, and housekeeper tending his five-bedroom oceanfront villa, shaking hands and posing for photos with the staff members.

“Prince Harry was informal and fun to be around, and he seemed to enjoy his time here,”  confided his cook, Denise Graham. She whipped up traditional Jamaican fare including smoked jerk chicken and saltfish with green bananas for the ginger prince. “He was very complimentary to myself and the rest of the villa staff and told me he would love to come back.”

Harry’s grandparents, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip have been repeating guests at Half Moon as has his father, Prince Charles, and stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The media has dubbed Half Moon “The Royals’ favorite Jamaican hotel.”

Jackie and President John F Kennedy

 Though Jamaica is a former English colony, it’s not only the British Royals who have graced this lush tropical paradise near Montego Bay. Monaco’s late Prince Rainier and his daughter, Princess Caroline, have also stayed on the 400-acre property, and American “royals” Jacqueline and John F.  Kennedy spent time here before his inauguration as president.

Eerily, Jackie Kennedy wrote out a handwritten will while at the resort; a copy hangs in the lobby.

 Hollywood loves Half Moon

 It’s not only heads of state that enjoy Half Moon’s lush gardens, 11 tennis courts, 54 swimming pools, myriad water sports, a world-class spa, spectacular 18 holes, par-72 championship Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course, and equestrian center – riding a horse along the beach and into the water is magical!  Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Sir Richard Branson, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent have all stayed here. Stevie Wonder had just left and while I was there, country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and their three kids were taking a relaxing break from their year-long tour.

Hospitality starts at the airport

It’s only 3½ hours from New York to the soft breezes and warm waters of Montego Bay, and the Half Moon resort has a welcoming lounge inside the small airport, your first sign of the Caribbean hospitality to come.

Our driver, Perry, one of Jamaica’s authentic characters, whisked us to the Half Moon, ten minutes from the airport. I highly recommend booking Perry to take you around in his comfortable, air-conditioned, white Lincoln Town Car – he can tell you where to go and what to see. (876) 899-4308

We enter through the resort’s elegant iron gates; at the end of the drive is a Greek temple-like portico with imposing Corinthian columns, a touch of colonial-era grandeur. Once in the lobby, there are majestic views of the water from the Great House – the vast property boasts two miles of private beachfront. From the terrace, you see the crescent-shaped white sand beach for which the hotel is named.

Founded by 17 Families

Half Moon was founded in 1954 when seventeen families who purchased 35 acres of land on the half-moon-shaped bay. These pillars of the industry including Harvey Firestone Jr. of the tire company, Richard S. Reynolds Sr. of Reynolds Metals and Mrs. Laurance Armour of Armour Packing vacationed on Jamaica’s north coast and decided join forces to create a winter escape of their own. The original resort consisted of 17 cottages and 30 hotel rooms.

The Half Moon has grown over the years, now boasting 400 acres, 210 rooms and suites, 31 private villas, and a staff of over 800. It is still owned by some descendants of the original group.

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Ten of the original cottages, known as the West Cottages, are still in use today, and they are the place to stay if you can score one. Some of the cottages have pianos and their own pools.

My favorite, Cottage #1 sits at the end of the main beach, offering ultimate privacy and a shady palm grove, which was perfect when you’ve had enough sun.

These cottages are set far enough away so that they are quiet, yet the resort’s restaurants and bars are an easy walk away. The oceanfront junior suites are another great option, and if you’re bringing children, you can book an adjoining room.

The rooms in the suites are expansive, with generous indoor and outdoor seating areas with panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean. Bathrooms are enormous, great for the whole family, and my four-poster bed added a touch of old school island charm.

If you’re traveling with a large extended family, Cottage 7 is a great option, with six bedrooms. Just steps from the water, you can hear the waves lapping at the beach at night.

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Luxurious, spacious suites and villas

Rooms, suites and villas at Half Moon are very spacious, the smallest room is a 350 square feet, and suites are as large as 1900 square feet. All have outdoor space, patios or terraces, and many feature private pools.

Dining

You do not need to leave the Half Moon grounds to satisfy any hunger pangs, with multiple restaurants, and cafes on the property. You don’t even have to leave your room, as private dining is available – and you can create the ultimate romantic, intimate dining experience for two at any of the resort’s many dreamy locations, including an over-water gazebo, secluded beaches, or your own balcony or patio. Pop the question or fall in love all over again as the candlelight flickers in the gentle trade winds.

Sugar Mill restaurant

 Sugar Mill is not only Half Moon’s signature restaurant, it is one of the top fine dining spots in all of Jamaica. Yes, the Royals have eaten at this award-winning place. Located on a historic former sugar plantation, chef Christopher Golding uses locally sourced ingredients and island flavors and spices for a modern spin on Jamaican cuisine.

A walk through the lush gardens, past a waterwheel, still operational, that was once used to mill the sugarcane, brings you to the newly renovated space. Specialties include a kebab of jerk sausage, pork, beef, and shrimp flamed with rum at the table, and yam risotto, the yam substituting for rice.

We loved our meal of cornbread with olive spread, fresh grouper that melted in your mouth, and the Wagyu striploin, a signature dish.

Seagrape Terrace

Seagrape Terrace is outdoor dining at its finest. Sample a wide selection of international cuisine with breathtaking views of the sea. With the fabulous weather, this spot is ideal at any time of day, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served. They also offer internationally themed buffets, and there’s entertainment in the evenings.

Il Giardino

Authentic Italian cuisine in Jamaica? Yes, thanks to affable chef Cosimo Riccardi, who hails from Naples. Riccardi uses seasonal local ingredients and natural herbs from the Half Moon garden in classic dishes from southern Italy. Pastas are made fresh, in-house, and you can enjoy your meal al fresco, or inside, in air-conditioned comfort.

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It’s always fun to go out and explore other restaurants, I suggest the Houseboat Grill in Montego Bay. You arrive by raft to this charming boat where Steve McQueen lived while filming the movie Papillion in 1973. During a Jamaican music festival, this boat served as a lounge for the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, Sting, The Grateful Dead, and the B-52s.

Dress casually, and be sure and ask to be seated upstairs with a view of the bay and the twinkling lights of the city. Start with the spicy pepper shrimp and, if it’s in season, try the lobster. End with the decadent molten chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream. You can work it off at Half Moon’s Gym. Thehouseboatgrill.com

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Half Moon’s Fern Tree Spa, the largest in the Caribbean, is a world unto itself with its own glamorous pool and waterfall where you can have lunch in between your treatments. Try the signature Fern Tree Remedy, a 90-minute treatment package that ends with a refreshing rum body splash and a shot of carrot juice. Fern Tree’s list of treatments extends for 29 pages, so rest assured you can be pampered all day long.

In addition to steam rooms and saunas, you can take private treatments in tranquil tropical gardens, an outdoor yoga pavilion, a meditation labyrinth, and overwater bungalows, which are rare in this part of the world. You can indulge while listening to water lapping gently instead of piped-in music.

 Championship Golf

 Half Moon’s golf course is stellar, named one of the best in the Caribbean, Designed in 1964 by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., and updated by Roger Rulewich in 2005, it is home to many official PGA tournaments, including the European PGA Senior tour and the Jamaica Open.

The challenging course is beloved by golf enthusiasts, and also offers grassed practice greens, putting greens, a clubhouse, pro shop, and a snack bar that serves lunch.

Bring the kids

Half Moon treats kids like VIPs, and the resort has a Children’s Village for ages 3 to 12 to play, learn and make friends.

Professional nannies are on staff, and activities are supervised by trained, certified, coordinators affiliated with a Penn State University child-care program. You can choose from half-day, full-day, and 3 and 4-day packages, snacks and lunch are included. During the summer when school is out, Half Moon runs a day camp to keep the little ones entertained.

Equestrian Center, with ponies for kids

And there are pony rides! Half Moon’s acclaimed equestrian center includes a pony park where children age six and under can safely learn to ride under supervision. Kids also love the rabbits, goats and donkeys in the park.

For grownups, there are horseback riding options for all skill levels. Novices can try the “rookies roundup,” private lessons are on offer, as well as riding, jumping and polo. Most popular ride on the beach, at a slow pace, guided by trainers, so even beginners can do it. And people rave about the “Turf & Surf” ride, which includes swimming in the sea with the horses. It’s suitable for adults and children over 10 years, but some riding experience is necessary.

Mixing tradition with modernity

While classic Anglo-Caribbean architecture, luxurious rooms and impeccable service have been Half Moon signatures since day one, the resort is looking to the future, having just undergone a $75 million renovation and extension in time for the opening of the 2018 season in November and its 65th anniversary in February 2019.

The extensive upgrades include three new restaurants, including a vegan café, new bars, an elegant new entrance to the grounds, an adults-only pool, an expanded beachfront with a natural swimming cove, and 57 new suites, rooms and cottages. The new lobby, designated The Great House, will be the vibrant heart of the resort.

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Greenwood Great House

History buffs will want to go to Greenwood, Great house that was owned by the family of the poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Built in 1780, this plantation house was unscathed during slave rebellions, and remains largely intact today, with authentic furnishings and rare objects. You’ll find the original library, artwork, and a collection of rare musical instruments, some of which the tour guide will play for you.

Bob and Anne Betton bought Greenwood in 1975 and restored it over the years. I asked Mrs. Betton why she took on this huge project, and she replied simply, “I liked it.“ Sadly, she assured me, “There are no ghosts here.” This house has a 360-degree view of the horizon, and from the veranda, you can literally see the curve of the earth.

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 A sail on the stunning FreeStyle catamaran was a highlight of our trip. Jamaica Watersports offers cruises for fishing, snorkeling or just dancing and relaxing on deck while you sail the clear blue Caribbean. Arnold Schwarzenegger read a book during his five-hour spin, while Whoopi Goldberg smoked a spliff during her sail. It’s all good, man.

The wind is strongest from 11am to 3 pm, or take a sunset cruise with a good bottle of Taittinger. Half Moon will take care of everything. jamaicawatersports.com +1 876 381 3229

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Stride Arts Opens in New York City https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/stride-arts-opens-in-new-york-city/ Fri, 17 May 2019 19:56:09 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4067 View the full article in Social Life Magazine here: https://sociallifemagazine.com/2019/05/16/stride-arts-opens-in-new-york-city/ Stride Arts is a brand-new art and exhibition space in the heart of Manhattan that will open on Friday, May 17....

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Founded by, and under the direction of, Angel Zhang, will be open 9:30am – 6:30pm, Monday through Friday and by appointment. In addition to the main gallery space, which features warm hardwood floors, full windows, and a stage, there are several conference rooms and various showrooms.

Stride Arts exhibition space represented by R. Couri Hay Creative Public RelationsStride Arts will offer a multitude of services to artists and their art collectors. For artists, they provide a multifunctional platform with studio space, marketing, and business strategic advice, and promotion through unique and appealing programming. For collectors – personal, business and institutional, they will negotiate the sale of the work as well as providing rental services, where art aficionados of all types can benefit from their team of specialists who will curate work, available at affordable prices that can be regularly rotated. ​

 

Stride Arts specializes in working with modern and contemporary art, and for their first exhibition, a group show, they will present work from featured artists including, Peter Andrew Jeschke “Paj”, Clovercroft, New Hampshire, Chu Okoli, Houston, TX, Dominick Anthony Dejesus, New York, Kerstin A. Roolfs, New York, Kate Thomas, New York, Xin Song, New York, John Shorb, New York, Novorozhkin (Jarema Khrushch) Chicago, Nancy Langer, New York, Jingxing Yan, and Xiangdong Chen, New York, who will hold a solo show at the gallery space in mid-June.

 

Angel Zhang has a background as an investor in the arts and as a supporter of emerging artists. Angel is the Founder and CEO of a commercial, industrial and digital printer manufacturer in China that has offices across the country and internationally. She is a prolific collector and an investor in several galleries across China, where she helped several famous Chinese artists to establish their careers. Angel moved to New York City more than a decade ago and now splits her time between her homes in Manhattan and Long Island.​

 

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Bustle: Is Walnut Scrub Really Bad For Your Skin? Here’s The Truth Behind The Controversial Skin Care Product https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/bustle-is-walnut-scrub-really-bad-for-your-skin-heres-the-truth-behind-the-controversial-skin-care-product/ Fri, 17 May 2019 19:39:51 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4072 View the full Bustle article here: https://www.bustle.com/p/is-walnut-scrub-really-bad-for-your-skin-heres-the-truth-behind-the-controversial-skin-care-product-17890468 On May 10, Kylie Jenner announced Kylie Skin, her new eponymous skincare line. However, only 24 hours later, the line was already causing controversy....

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On May 10, Kylie Jenner announced Kylie Skin, her new eponymous skincare line. However, only 24 hours later, the line was already causing controversy. One of the products in the line is Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub, an exfoliating cleanser made with, well, walnuts — an ingredient that sparked a lawsuit in 2016 because of claims that it was damaging to the skin. All of this has potential Kylie Skin customers wondering: Are walnut scrubs really bad for you?

Before you head to the Kylie Skin website to pick up the scrub, let’s look at some of the facts about physical exfoliators and what may or may not actually be bad for your face. Bustle reached out to Kylie Skin for comment on the safety of the Walnut Scrub.

Though Jenner’s new walnut scrub has opened up the conversation about physical exfoliators again, she and her new brand are far from the only one that offers a scrub of this kind. Well-known skincare brand Ole Henriksen also has a walnut scrub and affordable drugstore brand e.l.f. Cosmetics has one, too. Then, there are similar physical exfoliators like St. Ives’ walnut-containing apricot scrub.

With so many physical exfoliators containing walnut already on the market, they can’t be that bad right? Bustle has reached out to the aforementioned brands for comment on the safety of their scrubs, but as of press time has only heard back from e.l.f. who had no one available to offer commentary at the time. The question remains, and it may be a bit more complicated than you may think.

You can trace the walnut scrub reputation back to a lawsuit filed against St. Ives in 2016. Two women filed suit against St. Ives’ parent company Unilever alleging that the walnut shells used in the scrub lead to inflammation of the skin which in turns leads to early aging. Ultimately, the lawsuit was dismissed due to the plaintiffs’ inability to prove their claims. However, with Jenner’s releases of the walnut scrub, Twitter users were quick to recall the lawsuit and claims that the product was bad for your skin.

Dr. Kenneth Mark reviews Kylie Skincare on Bustle with R. Couri Hay Creative Public RelationsAccording to Ryan Christopher, Global Director of Education for COSMEDIX — a brand that uses both physical and naturally-occurring chemical exfoliants in their products — nearly all manual exfoliators are guilty of this. He explains, “The truth is that all granular exfoliating ingredients help to smooth the surface of the skin by ‘scraping’ and possibly ‘scratching’ the outermost protective layer of the skin.”

But that doesn’t mean all forms of physical exfoliators are bad. The trick to manual exfoliation is to find a more gentle ingredient — either something super fine, naturally occurring, or created from a face-safe substance like oil.

“Not all physical scrubs are bad, just look for something less aggressive,” Christopher says. He recommends products including poppy and date seeds, or beads made of hardened oil like jojoba.

Dr. Janelle Vega, co-founder of Bia Life, explains that the more round a particle is, the more gentle it will be for your skin. With products that contain walnut shells, the particles can be more abrasive, especially for sensitive skin.

Dr. Vega says via email, “Walnut scrubs can be abrasive especially if you have sensitive skin or open areas because the edges can be jagged — unlike some scrubs that are sugar based that have a more rounded edge.”

She goes on to say that you should be especially careful if you’re also using a chemical exfoliator like an AHA or retinol, as these can make your skin even more prone to irritation from a scrub.

“As a dermatologist who has formulated his own skin products, walnuts is one of the last ingredients I would include.”

“Why make up a scrub where up to 1% of the population is allergic? Especially when there are not significant benefits to walnut versus so many other known safe and more effective ingredients,” Dr. Mark tells Bustle via email. “Besides being directly allergic to walnut, there are many others (25-40%) who are allergic to one of the most common allergens, pollen, for example, that develop a cross-reactive allergy to walnuts as well. As a dermatologist who has formulated his own skin products, walnuts is one of the last ingredients I would include.”

Dr. Marks does go on to explain that you should just make sure that you aren’t sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients in a scrub.

Ultimately, skin care experts seem wary of Jenner’s new product — especially before testing it out themselves. Factors such as how finely milled the walnut powder is, how sensitive your skin is, and what allergies you have all play into your reaction to a manual exfoliator. At the end of the day, spot testing on your skin is always a good idea — especially with an ingredient that has such an infamous reputation.

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Anthoula Katsimatides: Warrior Without a Cause https://rcourihay.com/recent-press/anthoula-katsimatides-warrior-without-a-cause/ Thu, 16 May 2019 19:43:52 +0000 https://rcourihay.com/?p=4060 View the full Social Life Magazine Article here: https://sociallifemagazine.com/2019/05/15/anthoula-katsimatidis-warrior-without-a-cause/ A New York Moment Just eight months into her acting studies, Anthoula Katsimatides landed a role with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee...

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Just eight months into her acting studies, Anthoula Katsimatides landed a role with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee in “Taking Woodstock.” “I was like, well, this isn’t that hard. I was only doing this for eight months, and I got a job. What are people complaining about?” she laughs. Katsimatides quickly realized it was beginner’s luck, largely due to her Greek heritage – she’d met a Jewish casting director and they bonded over the similarities between their cultures. The woman had just cast a Greek-American, Demetri Martin, to play a Jewish character. “She said, ‘You could play his sister! I don’t know if you have any talent, but here are the sides, come back in a week and let me see what you do.’ It was crazy. It was a total New York moment.”

Michelle Pfeiffer, De Niro, Fonda

There have been more pinch-me moments in the ten years since, working on projects with directors like Barry Levinson and Luc Besson, and actors Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Fonda and Rose Byrne. “It’s hard for me to even acknowledge that. “Katsimatides says. “Maybe it’s the Greek in me pushing myself too much, but, I have been blessed, and I am grateful.”

TV roles on HBO, CBS & NBC

A writer, producer and voice-over artist as well as an actor, she’s recently had roles on HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” CBS’ “FBI” and NBC’s “Manifest,” and “Blacklist” and will also be appearing in an upcoming Marvel series on Netflix in 2019. She knows that being an actor is not easy; competition is fierce, the work is not steady, but Katsimatides is not afraid of a challenge.

Teacher, NY civil servant, tragedy

A New York native, Katsimatides started out as a high-school teacher and took some time off after her brother’s suicide. She then entered politics, as an aide to Governor Pataki of NY State. “It was fascinating because I got to meet all these different kinds of people. It was a great job.”

Katsimatides lost another brother in the 9/11 terror attacks, and was appointed to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, working with other grieving families. “It was a very, very tumultuous time, and I suffered my own loss.” As a favor, she agreed to appear in a friend’s Greek-language community theater play in Astoria. She loved it and started taking acting classes.

United Solo Theatre Festival

Anthoula developed a solo show titled “Warrior Without a Cause” in which she portrays 10 different characters. “In astrology, my Dharma type is a warrior, and nothing is more fitting than that. I’m totally a freaking warrior,” Katsimatides says. With sold out performances at various solo theatre festivals and an award for best autobiographical script by the United Solo Theatre Festival, she plans to tour with it, and is exploring venues in L.A. and in Greece.

Olympia Dukakis documentary

Katsimatides is a producer on “Olympia,” a documentary about the Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis from director Harry Mavromichalis. “Over the course of six years, I’ve sort of been the cheerleader for this production. It’s something I feel passionate about. Olympia is a force to be reckoned with.” At a premiere at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, the audience gave the doc a standing ovation.

First Annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival

Katsimatides will be hosting the first annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival (HMFF) Gala Awards, at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort in Hunter, New York on May 18th. HMFF, in partnership with Doctorow Center for the Arts and Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center, will provide a one of a kind film celebration through an interactive mountain adventure in beautiful Upstate New York from Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18. The weekend will also include film screenings, Q&A sessions, mixers as well as industry panels featuring directors, producers, casting directors, talent agents and actors discussing current trends and various topics in today’s film market. anthoula.com

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