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Now in its 59th year the Santa Barbara Symphony celebrated the ending of its Fantastique Season with a stunning program that included a memorable performance by Teag Reaves, Principal Horn for the Santa Barbara Symphony.


Maestro Nir Kabaretti and the symphony performed Golijov, (b. 1960) Sidereus, Mozart (1756-1791) Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 417, and Dvorak (1841-1904) Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

The new 60th season will welcome Paksy Plackis-Cheng as the incoming board president, and at a lively post-performance party a gift and warm thanks were extended to outgoing president Stefan Riesenfeld for this stellar and outstanding leadership.


"Music Behind the Music" which is hosted by Ramon Araiza was sponsored by Marlyn Bernard Bernstein. Subscription renewals are now being taken for the 60th Anniversary Symphony Season at www.thesymphony.org.      bc


                               Art and Culture in Germany

Avant-garde art fair dOCUMENTA(13) highlights Germany’s art and culture scene

Germany has become a magnet for the young, innovative, inspiring and aspiring artists, architects, designers and creators. International artists, architects, designers and musicians are flocking to Germany to be part of the creativity and cool events. The latest Quality Monitor survey of the German tourism industry shows that 52 per cent of travelers from abroad come to Germany because of its art and cultural scene. In fact, “Created in Germany” is the slogan for a new, young and creative side to Germany as a travel destination.

One of Germany’s top events this year, based in the town of Kassel, is the every-five-year dOCUMENTA(13), a pivotal feature of the global art scene and a showcase for international and contemporary art. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is using dOCUMENTA (13), which runs from 9 June to 16 September 2012, as an opportunity to train the spotlight on Germany as a land of art and culture. "Germany has a long tradition of art and culture, and dOCUMENTA(13) has established itself as the world's most important exhibition of contemporary art," explains Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB. "We are therefore aiming to encourage a culturally minded target group to visit Destination Germany."

dOCUMENTA has had various artistic directors since 1968 and they have all contributed fresh ideas. US author Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev will be at the helm in 2012. She was previously director and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin and has worked as an independent curator for various international exhibitions. She also made a name for herself as the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney.

‘Collapse and recovery' will be the central theme of the next dOCUMENTA. The idea came to Christov-Bakargiev on her trips around Kassel, which made it clear to her how severely the town had been damaged during the Second World War and how traumatized its residents must have been.

The first dOCUMENTA was held in the specially redesigned ruins of Kassel's art museum, the Fridericianum. Two venues were added for subsequent dOCUMENTA exhibitions, the Orangery and Bellevue Palace. The art show has since spilled out into the surrounding parkland and Kassel's entire town centre. Christov-Bakargiev has big plans for Karlsaue Park, where the works of 30 artists are to be displayed outdoors. The first piece, a tree sculpture by Giuseppe Penone, has been in place since 2010. It pays homage to the 7,000 oaks that Joseph Beuys once had planted throughout Kassel. However, most of the exhibits that visitors can look forward to remain a strict secret.

Kassel Marketing Office is offering various guided tours of dOCUMENTA's outdoor exhibits, the exhibition venues and Kassel itself. It can also recommend restaurants where visitors will be able to meet artists. Over the years dOCUMENTA has become the largest, most internationally respected exhibition of contemporary art. Held every five years and lasting for 100 days, it is also referred to as the 'museum of 100 days'.



Fracture: Daido Moriyama

Pavilion for Japanese Art, Level 3
April 7, 2012–July 31, 2012 

Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic of are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s experiments with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page. Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention.

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography with Takeji Iwaniya, a professional photographer of architecture and crafts. Moving to Tokyo in 1961, he assisted photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years and became familiar with the trenchant social critiques produced by photographer Shomei Tomatsu. He also drew inspiration from William Klein’s confrontational photographs of New York, Andy Warhol’s silkscreened multiples of newspaper images, and the writings of Jack Kerouac and Yukio Mishima.


Cherokee Nation opens new Cherokee National
Prison Museum with ribbon-cutting ceremony

To celebrate the grand opening, the Cherokee Nation is
providing free admission to the Museum throughout May

Cherokee Nation officials today opened the new Cherokee National Prison Museum highlighted by a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Deputy Principal Chief Joe Crittenden. The Cherokee National Prison Museum will allow visitors to experience the history of crime and punishment in the Cherokee Nation as well as reliving the infamous Cherokee outlaw stories.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum is now the third Cherokee Nation wholly owned and operated museum following the dedication of the John Ross Museum in October 2011 and the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in April 2010.

“It was more than 137 years ago that the Cherokee National Prison opened as the first correctional facility in Indian Territory,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “With today’s opening, we celebrate and preserve the history of our ancestors for our people, fellow Oklahomans and visitors to the great Cherokee Nation.”

The Cherokee National Prison was the only penitentiary building in Indian Territory from 1875 to 1901. It housed sentenced and accused prisoners from throughout the territory. Built of sandstone rock, the prison was made to hold the most hardened and dangerous prisoners. The interpretive site and museum shows visitors how law and order operated in Indian Territory. The historic site features a working blacksmith area and reconstructed gallows.

Guests to the Cherokee National Prison Museum will experience an interactive kiosk to learn the stories of notorious Cherokees and how some were perceived as outlaws in the Cherokee Nation, while others were revered as patriots; spin the “wheel of justice” and learn what punishments were doled out for various crimes; and attempt to lift a genuine ball and chain while imagining the burden of carrying it for a prison sentence.

In addition, visitors will learn the story of legendary Ned Christie, falsely accused of murdering U.S. Deputy Daniel Maples in May 1887, through an audio interpretation of his last stand inside his fort against U.S. Marshals; engage in a searchable database of Indian Territory’s most notorious outlaws; and review an authentic copy of The New York Times featuring a story of infamous Cherokee outlaw Henry Starr.

The Cherokee Nation includes the 14-county area in northeastern Oklahoma that spans 7,000-square miles. The elements of the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program center on the cultural, historical, natural and recreational resources of the Cherokee Nation. The program was created to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Cherokee people.

Preservation of cultural and heritage sites is a top priority for the Cherokee Nation. The 1844 Cherokee Supreme Court building – the oldest government building still standing in Oklahoma - was restored and opened as the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum featuring exhibits in three historic aspects including the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language with a variety of historical items including photos, stories, objects and furniture.

The John Ross Museum highlights the life and leadership of the great Cherokee leader. Established in a former rural school, the museum also highlights the surrounding community and local interests. A short walk east will take visitors to Ross Cemetery, resting place of John Ross, numerous high-ranking leaders of the Cherokee Nation and survivors of the Trail of Tears.

Restoration of the Cherokee National Capitol Building is set to begin in spring 2013. Built in 1870, the historic building currently houses the judicial branch of the Cherokee Nation and anchors Cherokee Capitol Square in downtown Tahlequah. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The new Cherokee National Prison Museum is a welcome addition to the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism’s wide array of cultural tours, historic sites, museums and special events.

Also launched on May 1, the new Cherokee Compass tour program presents adventures in every direction. The booklet highlights Cherokee experiences while guiding visitors through the history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. The booklet provides admission to the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, the John Ross Museum and the Cherokee Heritage Center. Guests receive a stamp in their Cherokee Compass booklet at each destination and can redeem it for a free T-shirt. A Junior Cherokee Compass is also available for children.

Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism also offers Group Tours of 10 or more that can be built into daytrips, weekend getaways or weeklong excursions filled with culture, exploration, food and fun. The four historically authentic cultural group tours feature a wide-range of interesting locations and inspiring cultural sites that include the Cherokee History Tour, the Will Rogers History Tour, the Civil War History Tour and the Cherokee Old Settler Tour.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum is located at 124 E. Choctaw St., Tahlequah, OK 74464. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is adults $5, seniors $3, students $3, and children under 5 free.

For ticketing and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, call (877) 779-6977 or visit CherokeeTourismOK.com.



Today Oxford Street launched a Great British Fashion Flag Showcase with 147 union flags including 10 dedicated fashion flags to celebrate Great British Fashion, ahead of the HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 36 days’ time. 

The first UK destination to kick start Jubilee celebrations, Oxford Street’s Great British Fashion Flag Showcase sailed high above the iconic fashion flagships, representing 147 years of fashion for the world famous high street, will be seen by an excess of 12 million shoppers from more than 200 countries for six weeks only as Jubilee mania takes the hold across the globe. The flags, 12 foot in height will be the first of 500 union flags across London’s West End’s including Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly. 

At a ceremonial unveiling supported by the British Fashion Council and the UK Government's GREAT campaign which promotes Britain to the world, fashion royalty Jasmine Guinness was joined by the John Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, Harold Tillman, Chair of the British Fashion Council and Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, Chairman of New West End Company to launch the Great British Fashion Flag Showcase to the world. 

British Fashion contributes over £21 billion a year to the UK economy and supports some 816,000 million jobs. The uniqueness of the Great British Fashion industry, as showcased on Oxford Street, comes from its abundance of home-grown craftsmanship and design and is illustrated in Oxford Street’s Great British Fashion Flag Showcase.

The 147 fashion flag showcase will stretch across one and half miles of over 70 high street, premium and luxury fashion brands. It all started taking shape on Oxford Street in 1864 when the street went through a radical remodelling to form a modern high street with early retailers including shoemakers and haberdashers. 

Move the clock forward 147 years, Oxford Street has become a world recognised fashion homeland. With over 200 British fashion brands, many using British manufacturing skills, Oxford Street employs over 50,000 style experts, cultivates the design skills of over 2,000 fashion alumni and welcomes over 100 million visitors spending £4.9billion annually.

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, Chairman of New West End Company, says: “The eyes of the world will be on London this June as we embark on one of the biggest summers in modern British history. We wanted to be sure the West End, starting today with Oxford Street, paid a huge tribute to such a momentous occasion by celebrating its credentials as the world’s leading fashion destination.”

The Right Honorable David Cameron MP, Prime Minister says: “As the UK gears up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, there's no better time to celebrate the best that Britain has to offer. Contributing over £2 billion to the UK economy, with world - renowned fashion designers, fantastic shopping and distinctive style our fashion industry exemplifies British creativity, passion and entrepreneurship”

The 10 Hero Fashion Flags which were installed by designers Piggots, to give a flavour of what makes Oxford Street a national asset. From 1st May Oxford Street shoppers will be able to find out the full meaning behind the flags at http://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/


As part of Paris' grand project of revitalizing the docks of the Seine, La Cité de la Mode et du Design, an incredible new space devoted to fashion, culture and design, opened April 13, 2012. Aiming to promote global creativity, the unique contemporary space houses restaurants, cafes, designer boutiques, event space for cultural events, a concert venue, nightclub, and the Institut Français de la Mode fashion and management school. Situated directly on the banks of the Seine between the Gare d'Austerlitz and BNF, this former warehouse space has undergone a bold architectural transformation by French and New Zealand architects Dominique Jakob and Brendan Macfarlane, responsible for the trendy Georges restaurant at the Centre Pompidou.

New foodie destinations in the grand cultural space include Le Baron, the first rooftop nightclub in Paris, Cafe Praline, an Italian tea salon where coffee and hot chocolate are made with antique machines, and Moon Roof, a rooftop space that acts as a modern bistro, lounge, and venue for stand-up shows and live music.

Beginning April 13 is an exhibition showcasing famous designer Cristóbal Balenciaga’s heritage, life story and fashion, called “Cristóbal Balenciago, Collectionneur de Modes” running through October 2012. The exhibit, hosted by the Musée Galliera, which is currently closed for construction, showcases over 70 costumes and clothing items, plus 40 coats and dresses, all created between 1937 and 1968. Photographs, accessories and sketches by the designer are also on display.

An upcoming hotspot in the Cité de la Mode et du Design is Wanderlust cultural space, set to open May 30 by Savoir Faire Group, who are behind the popular clubs Social Club and David Lynch’s exclusive Silencio. This unique space will house an 80-seat open-air cinema, a nightclub, an outdoor bar, terrace (the largest in Paris), an indoor and outdoor restaurant run by Benjamin Darnaud, performances and exhibitions. The space aims to combine art and fashion with entertainment, music, cinema and cuisine. Set to be open in the summer from Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6am, this new destination will host weekly electronic concerts, weekend yoga classes followed by brunch, flea markets and more.

See the Cite de La Mode et du design illustrated through video: www.paris-docks-en-seine.fr



 At a ceremony taking place at the American Museum of Natural History last night, the CLIO Awards, one of the world's most recognized awards competitions honoring excellence in advertising, design and communications, celebrated the work of winning agencies from around the world. Winners received Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze statues in 11 different media such as Film, Interactive and Print. The complete list of 2012 CLIO Award winners in all categories is available at: http://www.clioawards.com/catalog/2012/2012_winners/ .

The night's big winner was Ogilvy & Mather, which was named as Network of the Year, with Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Tham Khai Meng accepting the award on the agency's behalf. Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of BBDO New York David Lubars accepted the Agency of the Year honor. President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Jon Browning and Executive Director of Marketing Product and Communication, VW Passenger Cars at Volkswagen AG Luca de Meo took the stage to accept Volkswagen's Advertiser of the Year Award. Smuggler was honored as Production Company of the Year.\ Wieden+Kennedy London received the CLIO Hall of Fame Award.

The ceremony, hosted by comedy icon Joan Rivers, paid tribute to CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award winner Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather India, for his prolific, three decades-spanning career. Often feted as "the godfather of Indian advertising" by peers, Pandey was also the recipient of the 2010 Advertising Agencies Association of India Lifetime Achievement Award. Pandey was presented the award by Ogilvy & Mather Chairman Shelly Lazarus.

"I feel very honored to be receiving the CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award. I'm mostly grateful to the 1.2 billion people in India who like my work and made it possible for it to get noticed internationally," said Pandey. "I share this award with them."

Photographer Annie Leibovitz and chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain received honorary CLIO Awards for their outstanding bodies of work and creative contributions to their respective industries.

The CLIO Awards is one of the world's most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and communications. The CLIO Awards has maintained its original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture. At the same time, the CLIO Awards remains focused on evolving with the industry in order to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work. To this day, CLIO's iconic statue is the most widely recognized and coveted symbol of the industry's creative accomplishments.

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