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PARADISE PLAZA

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT INAUGURATES PARADISE PLAZA

During Art Basel week 2017, the Miami Design District debuted the much anticipated Paradise Plaza, which doubled the Miami Design District’s retail and culinary offerings via the new open air piazza and extension of Paseo Ponti connecting Paradise Plaza to the existing Palm Court.  Paradise Plaza is Miami Design District’s latest multi-level urban park and retail plaza anchored by an iconic architectural structure designed by Johnston Marklee, as well as with works by renowned architectural firms FreelandBuck, Tolila+Gilliland, and MOS. Hosted by Craig Robins, guests of the celebration included Jeffrey Deitch, Curator; Sharon Johnston, Principal Architect and co-founder of Johnston Marklee; Sarah Arison, President of Arison Arts Foundation; Ronan Bouroullec, Designer; Urs Fischer, Artist; Nicholas Gilliland, Principal Architect and cofounder of Tolila + Gilliland; Gaston Tolila, Principal Architect and co-founder of Tolila + Gilliland; Daniel Toole, Architect; Andre Herrero, Principal, Architect of Charlap Hyman & Herrero; Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, Founder of Luminaire; Chad Oppenheim, Owner of Oppenheim Architecture and Design.

In addition to the debut of a number of pop-up exhibitions and art installations throughout the neighborhood, Paradise Plaza also hosted a number of pop-up Art Week pop-ups exhibitions including WWD, goop GIFT and Social Studies. Also housed in the plaza are recent retail openings including Creed, which opened their third U.S. boutique in Miami Design District alongside seventh generation perfumer, Erwin Creed, and Gucci whose Miami Design District location offers two location exclusive bags as part of the brand’s collaboration with artist Coco Capitan: a drawstring backpack and belt bag.

SOCIAL STUDIES AT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

On Wednesday, December 6, Baque Creative and the Miami Design District celebrated the launch of Social Studies Miami, a four day retail pop-up experience exclusively developed by Angelo Baque. Concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Social Studies featured an eclectic mix of innovative brands and collaborators including Virgil Abloh of Off White TM, Nike, Union Los Angeles, 032c Magazine, No Vacancy Inn, Some Ware, ELECTION REFORM!, Odwalla1221 and Awake NY, with a pop-up retail component and a series of education programs and curatorial workshops led by the creatives behind participating brands. Focusing on themes of tangibility and accessibility, the space was open to the public as a social and creative meeting place during Art Week.
To launch the event, renowned photographer and Social Studies collaborator, Shaniqwa Jarvis, was on hand to debut her eponymous publication, while close friend Zuri Marley treated guests to an extraordinary live performance. The self-titled book, the first published by Baque Creative Press, is designed by Stephen Serrato and includes a forward by Ryan McGinley.

CHROME HEARTS + BACCARAT, MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT CELEBRATE ART WEEK WITH THE MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT PALM COURT

Laurie Lynn Stark of Chrome Hearts + Craig Robins of DACRA hosted friends & family for an evening of music helmed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet with performances by Jesse Jo Stark and pianist Mary Anne Huntsman alongside the Symphony Orchestra. Starting the evening with a champagne reception at Chrome Hearts Miami to celebrate the opening of the exhibition this time, this place curated by Theo Niarchos with Laurie Lynn Stark & Matt DiGiacomo, guests including Jordan Barrett, Presley Gerber, Virgil Abloh, Elle Macpherson, Gloria Estefan, Theo Niarchos and David Adjaye progressed down to the nearby Palm Court for a live musical program ranging from Classical to Broadway to Rock ‘n Roll.

SPIDER MAN

The biggest Spider-Man story ever starts this March!

New York, NY—December 19, 2017—It’s the Spidey story that’s been ten years in the making, and one that will shake fans to their core – this March, Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen bring you the start of the biggest and most harrowing Spider-Man arc yet, with GO DOWN SWINGING!

Watch the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GO DOWN SWINGING teaser trailer now!

Take a moment to re-live one of the most epic rivalries in comic history, as Spider-Man faces off against his nemesis, the Green Goblin…but this story is about more than just Norman Osborn…

“The last time we saw the Green Goblin was in ‘Goblin Nation’ at the culmination of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN” says Spider-Editor Nick Lowe. “You’d almost think that was the biggest Green Goblin story Dan Slott had in him. You’d be wrong. And make sure you watch to the end of the trailer!”

To embed the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GO DOWN SWINGING teaser trailer on your site, please use the below embed code:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/O0MUvAyR5qg

 

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or simply chat with some of your favorite heroes with Marvel’s chatbot accessible through Twitter and Facebook

OSSIE DAVIS

Today marks the 100th birthday of author, actor, and activist, Ossie Davis. He was a champion for human rights and participated in meaningful acts throughout his lifetime with a specific focus on the transformation of lives.  Whether it was on a Broadway stage, the big screen or at a rally for civil rights, he remained engaged and committed to effect change. 

Throughout this year, we will celebrate and remember the work, words, and legacy of Ossie Davis.

Here are a few key moments from the life and legacy of

Ossie Davis

·      American film, television & Broadway actor, director, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.

·      Married legendary actress Ruby Dee in 1948. 

·      Master of Ceremony (along with his wife, Ruby Dee) for the 1963 March on Washington.

·      Noted and credited with furthering opportunities on stage and screen for subsequent generations of Black artists.

·      Eulogized Malcolm X, supported Martin Luther King, Jr. and  A. Philip Randolph, and was mentored by Paul Roberson and W.E.B. DuBois. 

·      Attended Howard University (DC) for 3 years after which he pursued a writing career and studied drama. Mr. Davis received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Howard University in 1973.

·      The United Negro College Fund manages the Ossie Davis Scholars Program.

·      Mr. Davis received many honors and citations, including the N.Y. Urban League Frederick Douglass Award, the NAACP Image Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a Grammy. In December 2004, Mr. Davis and Ms. Dee were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

 

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STEVEN VAN ZANDT

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS

WITH VERY SPECIAL NEW SINGLE OUT TODAY

 

LEGENDARY ARTIST UNWRAPS ALL-NEW RENDITION OF THE RAMONES’ CLASSIC,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT)”

 

EPIC “SOULFIRE TOUR 2017” CULMINATES WITH TWO HOMECOMING CONCERTS,

SET FOR BROOKLYN, NY’S BROOKLYN BOWL (DECEMBER 20th)

AND RED BANK, NJ’S COUNT BASIE THEATRE (DECEMBER 23RD)

 

VAN ZANDT TO APPEAR ON WTF WITH MARC MARON DECEMBER 18

Los Angeles – December 15, 2017 – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are celebrating the season with a very special holiday single. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight),” is out today, Friday, December 15th, at all digital music retailers and streaming services: https://UMe.lnk.to/LittleStevenMerryChristmas

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” sees Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to The Ramones’ Yuletide classic, written by Joey Ramone and first found on the B-side to the 1987 single, “I Wanna Live.” The new rendition – arranged and produced by Stevie Van Zandt – was recorded by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul two weeks ago during soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands in the midst of their extraordinary “Soulfire Tour 2017,” capturing all the spirit and energy of the 15-piece rock ‘n’ soul revue at the very peak of their formidable onstage power.

Rolling Stone debuted the track and said it “sounds much grander in Van Zandt’s hands,” adding, he “created a Wall of Sound with glockenspiel, chimes, string, organ and sleigh bells, a vocal chorus and saxophone.” Listen at Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-little-stevens-cover-of-ramones-merry-christmas-w513808

“This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive,” Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. “I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing.”

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – who recently rocked NPR’s World Music Café with an exclusive interview and three-song live set – will wrap up the “Soulfire Tour 2017” with a pair of holiday homecoming concerts, set for Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 20th) and Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre (December 23rd). For ticket availability and exclusive VIP packages, please visit littlesteven.com.

The “Soulfire Tour 2017” of course marked the acclaimed release of Little Steven’s sensational new solo album, SOULFIRE, available now via Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe. The album is available as CD, digital download, and 180-gram black vinyl, the latter presented as a double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with the music on Sides 1-3 and a unique etching of Little Steven on Side 4.

SOULFIRE is Stevie Van Zandt’s first solo album in close to two decades and without question his purest and most uniquely personal artistic statement thus far. The album sees the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revisiting songs that span the length of his career as artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter, focusing directly on the hugely influential “soul horns-meet-rock ‘n’ roll guitars” approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ classic first three albums.

SOULFIRE has quickly drawn rapturous applause from fans and critics alike, with Rolling Stone declaring, “Rock’s ultimate sideman reclaims the Jersey Shore sound he helped invent.” “Cynicism, irony and cultivated hip detachment have taken their toll on rock ‘n’ roll,” raved USA Today. “With SOULFIRE, Van Zandt aims to blow all that out and lead listeners back to its more passionate essence.” “It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and revelatory contemporary blue-eyed soul recording,” enthused American Songwriter.  “The appropriately titled SOULFIRE is a tough, tight and clearly inspired project as well as a most welcome return from the musical shadows for Steven Van Zandt.” SOULFIRE “hearkens back to Van Zandt’s classic first solo album of gritty, greasy, horn-accented ‘60s-style rock and soul,” noted Billboard, while Paste proclaimed, “Rockier than Motown or the Sound of Philadelphia, this a joyous invitation to live and love.”

SOULFIRE was arranged and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City, co-produced and recorded by GRAMMY® Award-winner Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Stephen Colbert) and co-produced and music directed by guitarist Marc Ribler. The album was mixed and mastered by Van Zandt’s career-long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams), and Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone).

Little Steven Van Zandt is of course known around the world for his utterly personal songwriting and an ambitious adventurousness that has fueled much of his creative output these past two decades. In addition to his ongoing role as a touring and recording member of The E Street Band, he has also expanded his artistic parameters to include landmark work as an actor on The Sopranos and Lilyhammer as well as host, historian, and rock ‘n’ roll advocate on Sirius XM’s one-and-only “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” (not to mention creator of Sirius XM’s long-running “Outlaw Country” format). Van Zandt has also expanding his musical boundaries to include composing the score for all three seasons of Lilyhammer and additional work as producer and songwriter, lending his distinctive craft to records from an array of international garage rockers.

Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul made their long-awaited live return last October at London’s BluesFest 2016. Van Zandt and the band also crossed the Atlantic this fall for a hugely successful European leg of the “Soulfire Tour 2017,” with multiple stops in England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, highlighted by Paul McCartney sitting in to perform “I Saw Her Standing There” in London, and then the band performing a lunchtime show at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

For more, please visit:

littlesteven.com

facebook.com/LittleStevenVanZandt

twitter.com/StevieVanZandt