Friday, October 29, 2010

People We Love: Esperanza Spalding

25-year-old American jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding and her towering upright bass are touring Europe right now and causing a sensation! Not only are the music critics amazed by the sheer talent, but all abuzz about what to expect next from such a young artist! You can catch her in Paris, November 8, 2010 at the Théâtre de l’Atelier.

Esperanza began playing violin at age 5, but soon followed with oboe, clarinet, piano, guitar and bass, all the while playing classical music by ear and composing! At 15 she had her first gig as a conductor. Enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at age 16, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny and at 20 became the youngest teacher there in the history of the school.

Her first album, “Junjo”, came out in 2005, and was well received in the US; but in 2008, Esperanza began making a name for herself in Europe with her CD “Esperanza”, clearly defining her jazz aesthetic and featuring songs in both English and Spanish.

Her latest CD, “Chamber Music Society” is a MUST, where she truly becomes one with her instrument and pushes the limits with an incredible duet with one of her own idols, Brazilian guitarist, Milton Nascimento.

If you miss her in Paris, you can join the rest of us in our wait for the highly anticipated “Radio Music Society” CD, due out in spring 2011.

Here’s a clip from PBS’ Austin City Limits,  where Esperanza performed live in Austin, Texas in February 2010.

Watch the full episode. See more Austin City Limits.

Esperanza Spalding
November 8, 2010 – 8:30 pm
Théâtre de l’Atelier
1 Place Charles Dullin
75018 Paris, France
01 46 06 49 24

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holiday Shopping Card – Oct. 29th to Nov. 7th, 2010

Save 20% with your
Holiday Shopping Card!

October 29th – November 7th, 2010*
Support the American Cancer Society

Save 20% on any item in our gallery
when you shop with your Holiday Shopping Card*.
Cards available in our gallery ($50), valid at all participating Austin merchants from October 29th to November 7th. Card proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

This is a perfect time to get your holiday shopping off to an early start,
and shop for a good cause.
Support the American Cancer Society today.

*Fine art excluded.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Austin Film Festival 2010

What perfect weather for another festival right? Austin couldn’t be more desirable right now as the venue for the 17th Annual Film Festival and Conference which opens today. 

The Film Festival runs Oct. 21st – 28th, while the Conference runs Oct. 21st – 24th.

The first festival of its kind, the Austin Film Festival gathers industry professionals, aspiring filmmakers, screenwriters and film lovers for a week of interactive conference panels, film screenings, parties and networking creating an intimate and casual setting for attendees and panelists to discuss their craft.
An outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films awaits the more than 25,000 movie-goers that will attend the screenings at this event. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers.

Click here to see the full film schedule.

Ron Howard

“I haven’t been to that many festivals. I go to a couple of big ones that serve as film markets around the world. This one is really about creativity, about trying to help people find their voice. You sense it. There’s a spirit of camaraderie that’s palpable. And it’s fun,” says Director Ron Howard about the Austin Film Festival.

Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” screens Oct. 27th at the Paramount

The Conference boats an eclectic blend of speakers, events and panels,  presenting a career-altering experience for aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. It provides unparalleled access to A-list producers, studio executives, agents and managers, as well as professional screenwriters and filmmakers. More than 80 panels, roundtables and meet and greets will address current trends, new developments in media, inspiring film events,  film production on a budget, business development and core elements of screenwriting and filmmaking.

Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper star in “Casino Jack”, screening Oct. 28th at the Paramount

“The Austin Film Festival actually manages to perfectly embody the spirit of the city which hosts it. Edgy yet mellow. Intelligent yet accessible. Cool yet completely geeky. In short, one of the best professional experiences of my career.” – Damon Lindelof, co-creator “LOST,” producer STAR TREK.

Michelle Williams stars in “Blue Valentine” screening Oct. 22nd at the Paramount.

Join the festival October 21-28, 2010 and be the first to see all of the great movies everyone will be talking about next year!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Palais Lascaris

Testimony to Genovese baroque architecture, the aristocratic Palais Lascaris in Nice, France was built in the mid-17th century for the Counts Lascaris-Vintimille, under whose tutelage it belonged until 1802.  The City of Nice purchased it in 1942 in very poor condition and in 1946 designated the building an Historical Monument. It has since been transformed into a museum well worth visiting should you find yourself on the French Riviera.

Bed chamber ceiling fresco – The Abduction of Psyche.

Nestled in the heart of Nice’s Old Town on Rue Droite, the Palais Lascaris is home to the municipal museum of “popular art and traditions”. Although its architects are unknown, its style is Genovese baroque. Major renovations did not begin until 1963 but were completed in 1970 when it was officially opened to the public.

Foyer staircase of the Palais Lascaris.
Ceiling fresco of Venus and Adonis

Its opulent façade, large windows and balconies with marble balusters draw you into a foyer where a monumental staircase winds upward, surrounded by frescoes and luxuriously decorated salons on each floor. Flemish tapestries, statues, furniture dating from the 17th and 18th centuries as well as faiences from the same era embellish the residence. The third, “noble” floor, so-called due to the apartments situated there, boasts its original ceiling frescoes dating from the 17th century. The statues and the rococo décor of the salons were added in the 18th century.

Bed chamber on the “noble” floor of the Palais.

17th century painted doors and tile floors.

18th century furniture.
“Le Banquet” Flemish tapestry.

Chapel ceiling fresco – Wisdom defies Time and Death.

The Palais is also home to a beautiful collection of antique musical instruments, some of which are on permanent display.  In 2009, the Groupe Axa presented the Palais Lascaris with an exceptional gift – the Gaveau-Erard-Pleyel foundation. The elements of this foundation, put together by three of the biggest names in European musical instrument manufacturing, consist of instruments, books, letters, engravings, tools, illustration, photos and more, all of which tell an elaborate story of the history of the piano and the harp from the 18th century until the mid 20th century in France and all of Europe.

Naderman harp, c. 1780.

The exhibit will be on display in the Palais Lascaris from October 20, 2010 to April 2011.

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