Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Bra Ha Ha 2018 Charity Event

The 2018 Bra Ha Ha Charity Event  organized by Andrea Allen, a creative and fun event.

Artwork from the event below.

The Bra Ha Ha 2018 display of creative bra designs highlight of the event

One of the many fashionable guests attending the event , Danny Schwartzberg

Raffle ticket numbers called

Jazz musicians entertaining the guests

a few select bras

Host Andrea Allen welcomes guests
 Note:
 all artwork was drawn on the spot with a Samsung Galaxy Tab A by Elizabeth Williams

Monday, December 25, 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2017!

Christmas Tree inside (the former Marshall Fields now Macy's) Walnut Room, Chicago IL

The Walnut Room is the first restaurant in a department store and is the longest continuously running restaurant in the country. Opened in 1907, the room best known for its 45-foot tree during the holidays was originally known as the South Tea Room. It became known as the Walnut Room because of its circassian walnut paneling, and by 1937 the nickname stuck. A chicken pot pie dish that inspired the restaurant is still a mainstay on the menu.
Opened in 1907, the room best known for its 45-foot tree during the holidays was originally known as the South Tea Room. 


installing the tree in the Walnut Room 

More on the Walnut Room
https://chicago.curbed.com/2014/12/23/10008616/the-decadent-design-behind-the-walnut-room

Sunday, May 21, 2017

REVIEW Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz



Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz

Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own. 

On a Thursday evening a few months ago, a long line snaked along Seventh Avenue, outside the Village Vanguard, a cramped basement night club in Greenwich Village that jazz fans regard as a temple. The eight-thirty set was sold out, as were the ten-thirty set and nearly all the other shows that week. The people descending the club’s narrow steps had come to hear a twenty-seven-year-old singer named Cécile McLorin Salvant. In its sixty years as a jazz club, the Vanguard has headlined few women and fewer singers of either gender. But Salvant, virtually unknown two years earlier, had built an avid following, winning a Grammy and several awards from critics, who praised her singing as “singularly arresting” and “artistry of the highest class.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant performs at Jazz @ Lincoln Center




She and her trio—a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer, all men in their early thirties—emerged from the dressing lounge and took their places on a lit-up stage: the men in sharp suits, Salvant wearing a gold-colored Issey Miyake dress, enormous pink-framed glasses, and a wide, easy smile. She nodded to the crowd and took a few glances at the walls, which were crammed with photographs of jazz icons who had played there: Sonny Rollins cradling a tenor saxophone, Dexter Gordon gazing through a cloud of cigarette smoke, Charlie Haden plucking a bass with back-bent intensity. This was the first time Salvant had been booked at the club—for jazz musicians, a sign that they’d made it and a test of whether they’d go much farther. She seemed very happy to be there.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/22/cecile-mclorin-salvants-timeless-jazz

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NJSBA Convention 2017 Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law

Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law
THE WHOLE LAWYER TRACK
Lawyers in Transition CommitteeTwenty years ago, the only career transitions most lawyers made were due to discipline and retirement. Not so today. There is an evolving awareness and acceptance of the versatility of the law degree in a great many fields, including creative fields, previously thought to attract only non-lawyers. Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author ofLawyer Interrupted, Lemongrass Hope, and Secrets of Worry Dolls will discuss her own transition from a 13-year corporate litigation career - including a decade at Skadden Arps - to her career as a full-time novelist. She will share the pivotal lessons she learned and heeded from creative peers (and fellow interrupted lawyers) including celebrity designer, Jill Donovan and internationally renowned lego brick artist, Nathan Sawaya, among more.



Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Moderator/Speaker:
Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq., NJSBA Treasurer
Yonta Law LLC, New Brunswick

Featured Speaker:Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Speaker:Lauren E. Caesar, Esq., Co-Chair, Lawyers in Transition Committee 
Law Office of Lauren E. Caesar, LLC, Matawan

Monday, August 15, 2016

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island and its HOT!

Midst heat in the mid 90's and a heat index up to 105 New Yorkers reveled at the 20's inspired Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Tribeca Trib video link
 
The weather hearkened back to the days of Gatsby

" "The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer."" Great Gatsby

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of perhaps fifty friends and fans. The event, initially produced by the island, was handed over to Michael in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” It was at this time that St-Germain joined forces with The Lawn Party, delightfully whetting the whistles of fops and flappers with their refreshing summer cocktails.


Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra performed midst 94 degree temps that felt like 105!
-Bill Cunningham, The New York Times 2014
Flapper seated with umbrella, looking so cool, but it was so hot!

Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. August 13th and 14th  guests were invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

The New Jersey State Bar Convention Day Three: Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts

Judicial Independence at Stake: Examining the Intersection of Today's Political Climate and the Impartiality of the Courts Special Interest Track
After over a year of public hearings and study, the New Jersey State Bar Association's Task Force on Judicial Independence has released its recommendations about steps needed to preserve the judicial branch as a pillar of democracy. Now, an esteemed panel of judges, lawyers, scholars, legislators and journalists discuss whether changes can or should be made to address the incursion of the executive and legislative branches on the judicial branch of government.
Moderator: 
Ralph J. Lamparello, Esq., NJSBA Past President
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC, Secaucus

Panelists:
Hon. Dorothea O.C. Wefing, P.J.A.D. (ret.)
Castano Quigley, Fairfield
Hon. Maurice J. Gallipoli, A.J.S.C. (ret.)
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown
Hon. Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D. (ret.)
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (20th District)
Senator Kevin J. O'Toole (40th District)
Prof. Edward A. Hartnett, Richard J. Hughes Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law
Tom Moran
Editorial Page Editor, The Star-Ledger