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James Franco cuddled with a kitty in Shubert Alley Saturday afternoon. “I’m a cat person,” he admitted, looking enamored of the adorable kitten he held gingerly. Franco co-hosted Broadway Barks, the annual pet adoption event that took place in the alley between 44th and 45 Streets in the heart of the theater district. Later Franco stroked a portly Shih Tzu while Jessie Mueller, the Tony winner for “Beautiful – The Carol King Musical,” sang “Chains of Love” surrounded by fluffy puppies.
The ubiquitous actor-writer-director-artist-professor, took a break from his starring role in “Of Mice and Men” to co-host the annual pet adoption event with theater legend Bernadette Peters, who founded the event with Mary Tyler Moore. And he did his hosting duties for the doggie/cat event with more energy and passion than when he hosted the Oscars with Anne Hathaway a few years back.
This was the 16th-anniversary of the organization, which has been successful in finding homes for rescue and shelter pets, most with very sad stories. This event attracts the hottest stars on Broadway, who cajole and plead with the crowd to take home a worthy pet.
Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, a big animal lover, who has a scene in “Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill” with an adorable mini-mix rescue pup, created major excitement when she made an appearance between her two shows. “How do you even do that?” Franco asked awed of the Broadway star. He meant how do you win that many Tonys.
It takes a lot to upstage the popular McDonald, but an adorable mutt with a sad story of being abandoned by his hard-hearted owner did just that.
The festivities began at 3 p.m. where all the adoptable dogs and cats were available for a meet and greet. Then from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Broadway celebrities took to the stage to introduce the adoptable animals from the various shelters and to encourage the audience to fill out application papers.
The Broadway stars who cuddled, cooed and smooched with the adoptable cuties included Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie (“Bullets Over Broadway”), Norm Lewis (“The Phantom of the Opera”), Danny Burstein, Linda Emond (“Cabaret”), Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful- The Carole King Musical”), Sarah Greene (“The Cripple of Inishmaan”), Bebe Neuwirth, Jim Norton (“Of Mice and Men”), Will Swenson ("Les Miserables”), Andy Karl and Margo Seibert (“Rocky”).
Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome all contemporary art enthusiasts, dealers and collectors... it's time for Berlin's largest art fair, on its 8th go-round this fall. Once again, more than 100 international galleries, projects and artists will present their most innovative and promising works, Berliner Liste, takes place this September 8 - 11, 2011.
Berliner Liste covers a broad spectrum ranging from contemporary sculpture, painting, drawing to installation, video art, performance and photography.
If last year's 13,000 international guests are any indication, you can expect it to be big, at least that much so. Over the past years, Berliner Liste has expanded its photography section, which was also a resounding success, and 2011 will be no exception; Berliner Liste will again present exhibitors who exclusively show photography.
More than 100 promising international galleries, projects and artists from 23 countries will show their most innovative and sophisticated works. The fair has exhibition spaces from 10 sqm to 100 sqm for galleries, art projects and individual artists. The wide range of booth sizes is done so that especially young gallery owners and individual artists can initiate their first fair participation and offer access to international collectors and journalists.
For more established art dealers and galleries there are new options for more choice and flexibility in design of the fair spaces.
Located in the centre of Berlin, the fair will be host to more than 13.000 international visitors, with over 400 journalists. It presents the opportunity to make new contacts, international networking, establish a professional public presence plus support and advice in meeting international collectors and making sales.
The 8th edition of Berlin's largest art fair takes place in the big halls of the TRAFO Berlin. TRAFO is an unique location that provides more than 7000sqm exhibition space. Located in an impressive former power plant, TRAFO will give all participating galleries, artists and projects enough space to present their works in an extraordinary architectural surrounding.
In addition to the regular viewing hours, there is a First Choice viewing on Sept 7, 3 pm. The opening night is Sept 7, 2011, 6 pm to 11 pm
.Subway: U8 Heinrich-Heine-Strasse
Rapid Transit: S3, S5, S7, S75 Jannowitzbruecke
For more information, in English or in German, visit: http://www.berliner-liste.org/
September 8 - 11, 2011TRAFO BerlinKöpenicker Straße 70
David Krut Projects is pleased to present HandPrint Portraits, Johannesburg, a solo exhibition of recent photographs by South African-born artist Gary Schneider. Schneider has been making HandPrint portraits since 1996, but has never before had a show solely devoted to this work. This exhibition marks the first time Schneider has explored a particular community outside of his family and friends.
In July 2011, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, presented a survey of Schneider's work; it was his first exhibition in South Africa. While in Johannesburg, Schneider set up a small darkroom at Wits University Art School where he made over 50 HandPrints of artists and other members of the creative community. This New York exhibition presents a small selection of these portraits, including large-scale handprints of Senzeni Marasela, Jo Ractliffe, William Kentridge, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Frank Malaba and David Goldblatt. In December 2011, Schneider will return to South Africa to continue this typological exploration in Cape Town.
"These photographs, made without a camera, are sweat and heat imprints into film emulsion. I consider handprint portraits to be as expressive as any of a face, more private, and possibly more revealing. They do not reveal race and, often, neither gender nor age. I borrow the imprint technique from the caves of Lascaux, (the earliest know examples of self identification) the 'Shroud of Turin', Marcel Duchamp's 'Female Fig Leaf,' Yves Klein's body prints, Jasper John's 'Studies for Skin', and 19th century Spirit Photography."
For gallery hours and further information, go to http://www.davidkrut.com/dknyindex.html.
HandPrint Portraits, JohannesburgSeptember 8 - October 22, 2011
David Krut Projects, New York Gallery526 W 26th St, #816New York, NY 10001
A multimedia affair that captures the plight of the Burmese people
Friar's Club57 East 55th StreetNew York, NY
Monday September 19, 20117:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Open Bar and Dinner Served
Please RSVP at http://BurmaCaptured.eventbrite.com by September 1st.
To learn more about Burma Relief review our brochure.
Burma Relief Brochure
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