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Photography Reimagined: “Nomad: Two Worlds”

Fellow Aussies Hugh Jackman and photographer Russell James collaborate on a multimedia art project.

December 01, 2011

Inspired by the Prime Minister of Australia’s 2008 apology to his country’s indigenous tribes, fashion photographer (and native Aussie) Russell James set out to create a collaborative art project that would raise awareness for marginalized communities and neglected artists all over the world.

His new exhibit, “Nomad: Two Worlds,” consists of photographs he’s taken of famous faces like Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and Hugh Jackman, which are then printed and embellished by indigenous artists Nathan Mundraby and Clifton Bieundurry. The images represent a celebration of aboriginal culture and its hope to reconcile traditions with a modern world. “Every picture in the collection tells part of a story… of the clash of ancient civilizations with the modern world,” says James. “Whether it’s a person, the ocean, a rock—each photo I take represents something I have seen in the subject, thought about or learned because of it. And each collaborating artist’s creative contribution furthers that story.”

Not only are Mundraby and Bieundurry talented visual artists, they are also musicians. In celebration of the exhibit, fellow Aussie Jackman has invited both men to perform alongside him in his new Broadway show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, which is currently showing at the Broadhurst Theater through January 1. Fellow indigenous vocalist Olive Knight joins them.

“Nomad: Two Worlds,” which is free and open to the public, opens December 8 at the CATM Chelsea Gallery. In collaboration with many supporters such as The Clinton Global Initiative, Sir Richard Branson, and the Australian Government, James has taken the project one step further with The Nomad Two Worlds Foundation, which will benefit artists and projects from indigenous communities. “Nomad: Two Worlds” continues through January 8.

—jessica ferri


Corkbuzz Pops its Top in Union Square

A new wine studio from a master sommelier offers delectable food and wine pairings.

November 30, 2011

Last night Union Square welcomed the brainchild of sommelier Laura Maniec: Corkbuzz, a wine bar, wine school and event space. The bar is open for business, and registration for classes will begin in January. Open seven nights a week, the bar will feature a menu of food and drink pairings, including thick-cut fries filled with house-made brandade (salt cod and olive oil) served with Champagne, papardelle with a duck braise and orange gremolata served with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and crispy Kumamoto oysters in scallion pancake batter served with a Muscadet. Maniec and partner Frank Vafier went to designer Chris Sheffield (Bill's Bar and Burger, Marquee) to create a homey California vibe inside the 2,000 square-foot space, which houses a glass-enclosed wine cellar. Two classrooms (which accommodate 25 people) can also be reserved for private events. For seasoned connoisseurs or beginners, Corkbuzz is sure to be a lively addition for neighborhood wine lovers.

—Jessica Ferri
photograph courtesy of Focus Lighting


Custom-Made Holiday Cards from Pinhole Press

Turn favorite photos into beautiful greeting cards.

November 30, 2011

Spread your holiday cheer the old-fashioned way this year with beautiful holiday greeting cards from Pinhole Press—a user-friendly website that allows you to upload photographs into a template of your choosing to create personalized cards, calendars, labels, magnets, and scrapbooks. With more than 48 festive templates, the holiday greeting cards are especially adorable. The bonus? Pinhole Press is committed to sustainable printing—the paper is made using Green-E certified wind-generated electricity.

—jessica ferri


Gift of the Day: Ballet-Inspired Earrings

A standout gift from Jamie Wolf’s whimsical new collection inspired by beloved ballets.

November 29, 2011

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of her eponymous jewelry line, Jamie Wolf created a Signature Collection benefiting the New York City Ballet, where she danced for nearly a decade. Each piece in the collection is inspired by a famous ballet and 50 percent of proceeds will be donated to the New York City Ballet. These 18k gold vine earrings with diamonds ($5,300) were inspired by Sleeping Beauty and are a perfect representation of Wolf’s ballerina aesthete—feminine, fluid, and timeless.

See all of Gotham's 2011 Gifts of the Day here.

—April Walloga


Floral Find: Amy Merrick Flowers & Styling

A local florist produces beautiful arrangements for holiday events and beyond.

November 29, 2011

Floral and botanical stylist Amy Merrick, former designer at Brooklyn florist Saipua, has ventured out on her own. Based in Brooklyn, Merrick provides floral services for weddings, parties, and other events all along the East Coast. See examples of her work—she draws inspiration from natural landscapes and loves to work with locally-sourced materials—on her blog. For additional information, contact Merrick at amy@amymerrick.com.

—jessica ferri


Stingray Leather Jewelry from Collette Ishiyama

Unique pieces in a unique material from Collette Ishiyama.

November 29, 2011

Emerald City necklace ($200) by Collette Ishiyama

The jewelry in Collette Ishiyama's Art Deco–inspired debut collection called Emerald City is made of bronze and sparkling, special stingray leather. The necklace here ($200), named for the collection, makes for a stellar gift and a memorable conversation piece. Find this unique collection at boutiques including A Man and a Woman, Love, Adorned and other New York boutiques.

—jessica ferri


Gift of the Day: Ping-Pong Paddles à la DVF

A cheeky red ping-pong paddle set for stylish gamers.

November 28, 2011

Thanks to the success of Susan Sarandon’s ping-pong social club, Spin New York, table tennis is all the rage—even First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan. By the looks of this DVF Ping-Pong Paddle Set ($95), Diane von Furstenberg is no stranger to the game either. The lipstick-red paddles and signature DVF chain-link print handles make the set a natural fit for gamers who like to coordinate gear to garb.

See all of Gotham's 2011 Gifts of the Day here.



Cocktail Lounge Lani Kai Welcomes a New Chef

Chef Sawako Okochi introduces a delicious new menu at this Soho tiki bar.

November 28, 2011

Sawako Okochi
With the addition of executive chef Sawako Okochi, Julie Reiner—owner of Soho cocktail lounge Lani Kai—hopes her bar will be transformed into a top neighborhood restaurant that also serves amazing cocktails. From the looks of the new menu by Okochi (who was formerly sous chef at Annisa), that wish seems to be well within reach. The updated pupu platter gives a choice of four small plates such as crab wontons or okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake), and larger plates include short ribs ($24) or wild striped bass ($26). Top things off with a Hawaiian-inspired cocktail like the Tia Mia (mezcal, rum, orange liqueur) to put an official stamp on a tropical-themed night. 525 Broome St., 646-596-8778

—jessica ferri
photograph by laura lostetter


Lady Gaga’s Holiday Workshop at Barney’s

Shop Gaga’s world at Barney’s New York.

November 25, 2011

Inside Gaga's Holiday Workshop

In collaboration with Barney’s New York Lady Gaga has launched Gaga’s Holiday Workshop, a collection of accessories, treats, and other gift ideas for the holidays. Last night Gaga herself was present (with Blake Lively and other celebrities) to open the workshop wing, which looks like something straight out of a Tim Burton film. Whether it’s a Swarovski tea cup ($695), a crystal necklace by Erickson Beamon ($1,530), or a chocolate Alexander McQueen shoe ($95), you are sure to find a singular gift for the Gaga fans in your life.

—jessica ferri


The Morgan Library Marks the Bicentennial of Charles Dickens

See the first edition of A Christmas Carol and much more to celebrate 200 years of Dickens.

November 25, 2011

Every year the Morgan Library & Museum celebrates the holidays by displaying the manuscript and first edition of Charles Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol. But this year, in honor of his 200th birthday, visitors will see the expanded exhibition “Charles Dickens at 200,” which includes A Christmas Carol and Dickens’s lesser-known Christmas-inspired books. Christmas was the writer’s favorite holiday, and after the success of A Christmas Carol he went on to write four novellas about the yuletide: The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848). The exhibition also includes Dickens’s early novel The Pickwick Papers, and a number of objects related to his books such as a sketch of Ebenezer Scrooge.

—jessica ferri

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