Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

Nov 01, 15 Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

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Admirers of modern art and Greek classic art will be pleased to hear that Phoenix Ancient Art and the Helly Nahmad Gallery are joining together to exhibit for the first time the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico with original Greek and Roman antiquities. Under the leadership of brothers Ali and Hicham Aboutam, Phoenix Ancient Art will present classic Greek and Roman antiquities, all sourced from private collections, at the Helly Nahmad Gallery. This prominent New York gallery specializes in major twentieth century artists such as Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky and de Chirico, whose work is the focal point of this upcoming show. The goal of the exhibit is to elucidate the enormous impact classical Greek and Roman art has had on the styles and statements of modern art and artists. Greek-born Italian master Giorgio de Chirico is most famous for his connection with the Surrealists of the early twentieth century, but he made a shift in style during the 1920s. The paintings from that period of change include a series which was frequently misunderstood, depicting deserted valleys with scattered classical ruins; majestic horses in windblown landscapes; figurative representations of Greek gods and philosophers; and gladiators in full armor suits. Juxtaposing these paintings with the genuine Greek ancient art is a brilliant way to see the incredible influence this body of art has had on the artists of modernity. Apropos to this theme, the exhibit, which is opening on November 4th and running until December 23rd, is called Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity, referring to the Greek goddess who was the mother to the Muses, and the embodiment of memory personified. The myth of Mnemosyne tells us that without her there would be no memory, no history, and therefore mankind would be void of the motivation and inspiration to create works of art, or to be creative at all. In addition the exhibit hopes to inspire us to understand and take seriously the unique and crucial role the past has played in the world of today,...

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Brooklyn Celebrates Books: 2015

Sep 16, 15 Brooklyn Celebrates Books: 2015

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It has been ten years since Brooklyn launched its week-long festival of books, books and more books, with this year’s installment commencing on Sunday, September 20 at 10am. However, a week is simply not enough to get in all the great activities, so there will be unofficial events taking place all this week as a lead up to the actual festival itself. Wednesday, September 16: Saul Williams, CNN’s “poet laureate of hip-hop” is having a book launch at the Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street; 7pm-9pm. Thursday, September 17: “Big Bang Theory’s” adorable doctor of astrophysics, has written a book in real life. Kunal Nayyar will talk about his new book “Yes My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You” at Barns & Noble at Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, Manhattan, at 7pm. Friday, September 18: Brooklyn Indie Party, a place to rub elbows and share a toast with some of Brooklyn’s most literary residents. Johnny Temple will be the DJ at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street at 7:30pm. Saturday, September 19: The Brooklyn Public Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza will play host to an interpretive reading of “Alice in Wonderland” on the 150th anniversary of this classic children’s book. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America will be in costume to take on the beloved characters who attended the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. 11am. On Sunday the real Brooklyn Book Festival begins. For more information go to the Festival’s official web...

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Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

Jul 13, 15 Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

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A Manhattan federal judge ruled in favor of Araceli King, saying that she was harassed by Time Warner Cable in an illegal manner. According to the law suit brought by Irving, Texas resident King, Time Warner Cable continuously left messages on her cell phone via robot to the tune of 153 automated calls in less than a year. The communications company was looking for a former customer, Luiz Perez, who at one time had King’s number, but no longer did. King informed Time Warner of their mistake, making it as clear as possible during a seven-minute discussion she had with an employee of Time Warner, to no avail. After the discussion the automated phone calls continued unabated, totaling 74 additional calls after King’s suit to end them. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein awarded King triple damages totaling $229,000 in total, or $1,500 per call. Hellerstein said that a “responsible business” would have tried harder to find Perez. Especially after March 2014, when King had already sued Time Warner, the judge said it was “incredible” to believe that Time Warner did not know she objected, which is their claim. Time Warner Cable claims it is not liable under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act since it believed it was calling Perez, who did agree to the calls. The TCP Act was enacted to limit robocall and telemarketing abuses. The automated calls made to King were part of an “interactive voice response” system that calls late-paying customers automatically. “Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system,” Hellerstein wrote. He added that the last 74 calls made by TWC to King were “particularly egregious violations of the TCPA and indicate that TWC simply did not take this lawsuit seriously.” A trial has been set for July 27. Spokeswoman for the New York based TWC, Susan Leepson said that the company is...

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Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

May 18, 15 Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

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In order for Lindsay Lohan to avoid about 6 months in jail for reckless driving, she will need to spend 115 hours doing community service before May 28 comes around. Lucky for the children at the Duffield Children’s Center in Fort Greene, Lohan started clocking those hours last Wednesday, bringing warm smiles to many of the children’s faces. Lohan was supposed to begin her hours on Tuesday, but for reasons that are not entirely clear she did not show up that day, but she did arrive first thing Wednesday morning. There is speculation that Lohan was trying her best to avoid the paparazzi, and even sent conflicting messages about what state in the US she was in on Monday. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s dad, is not worried about his daughter’s tardiness. “I don’t care what anyone else says. She’s back and she’s started with the process. She’ll get it done,” he said. Moms whose children Lohan will be caring for do not seem to be worried about Lohan’s irresponsible driving. One mom of twin girls, age 5, is accepting of Lohan in the Center. “It’s not a real big issue. People make mistakes. It’s not really a big concern for me,” she said. “If she’s going to interact with the kids, maybe she should talk about the positives of her negative situation,” said another mom of a 3-year-old Duffield student. “Everybody has their ups and downs and we all do things to get ourselves in...

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Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

Feb 02, 15 Organizations that Offer Support with Illness or Aging

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Navigating one’s way through an illness, or the difficulties of aging can be a daunting process. Luckily there are several organizations that exist to offer a helping hand through the complexities of confronting illness. Brooklyn-based Refuah Resources, headed by Rabbi Shuky Berman with Jack Lefkowitz co-chairing the board, specializes in making referrals, offering support, and acting as an advocate for patients and their families. Utilizing their excellent working relationships with highly regarded physicians and preeminent medical centers all over the world, Refuah Resources can truly make a life changing difference for the people that turn to them. Team Continuum is a unique organization which provides support for those with cancer and their families. There are several ways in which this support is delivered: Their Patient/Family Assistance Program pays the non-medical bills, such as rent, mortgage, car, gas, and more when there is a need. There is a Toys for Kids Program; and a program that helps improve communication between caregivers and patients through Narrative Workshops which use narrative medicine. Team Continuum raises money through having athletes participate in endurance events such as marathons. As the population in the US continues to age, organizations that help seniors will play an increasingly important role supporting the elderly. One such organization is BenefitsCheckUp. A free service of the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp helps those over 55 years old find the federal and local benefits available which could save them money. There are many more similar organizations helping people get through what can be one of the most difficult challenges life has to...

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