“Not the next Ella or Sarah but the first Sophie Milman… she is one of a kind” — Los Angeles Times

Sophie Milman’s most-recent release, In the Moonlight, is a smoldering set of tunes, rich and enchanting, an incredible catalog of the versatility and restraint of Milman’s delivery. Her tone is pure silk, unraveling into some of the sweetest motifs I’ve heard in contemporary jazz in ages, all the while avoiding the pop clichés of which other, perhaps more famous, current jazz singers are often guilty.

Mostly, though, what sets Sophie apart from her contemporaries is that her singing is sincere. It isn’t simply saccharine, and the difference is evident. So Sorry, Milman’s cover of the rather delicious song made semi-famous by Feist, is hands down my favorite track from the record.

Curious yet? Milman comes to the Regattabar tonight for a performance that’s sure to be worth the trip, and then some. Details below.

SOPHIE MILMAN
November 16, 2011
Regattabar Boston
One Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA 02128
P | (617) 661-5000
7:30PM — $25
10:00PM — $22

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

 

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Aksyon presents, ‘Contemporary Haiti’, a fundraising Gala at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, featuring a headlining performance from Grammy-award winning Wyclef Jean, and a diverse group of superlative Haitian talent.

Aksyon was established to promote the richness of Haitian culture and highlight the innovation, artistry and works created by emerging Haitian artists and designers from the US and Haiti.

What: A special evening supporting Aksyonfeaturing:
– VIP Dinner Reception featuring Haitian fusion cuisine by celebrity chef Todd English
– Musical performance by Grammy-award and Haitian-American superstar – Wyclef Jean
– Artist Showcase- gorgeous, eye-popping, hand selected fashion, art and design from emerging Haitian artists and artisans
– After Party with Dancing and a Dessert Reception
– Online auction hosted by charitybuzz from Nov 10 – Dec 1 at www.charitybuzz.com/aksyon with incredible celebrity experiences, luxury travel and Haitian art
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011
7PM – MIDNIGHT
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston |
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

TICKETS (PER PERSON) | $500 VIP  & $250 Concert and After Party

For more information & to purchase tickets, contact:
AJ WILLIAMS
Creative Events
P |  (617) 778-5770
W | creativeeventsinc.com 

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Fashion & design powerhouse Hermes is  gettin’ bizzay: through the 22nd of November they are teaming up with some well-known contemporary Dee-zigners to produce ‘Petit h’, a line of accessories, gifts, and just plain coolness made from leftover materials.

Here’s to making recycling even greater than it already was. Hippy never sounded sooooooo good.

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A Brussels advertising agency uses an incendiary realization of Kafka’s metamorphoses to make a point: read more books.  Would this bring you to the bookstore or keep you away from it?

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Oscar de la Renta’s new flower-shaped ring brings you the best of both worlds: an on-trend accessory and a convenient way to deliver a much-needed spritz during that mid-day malaise. The scent? Oscar’s ever-flourishing Espirit d’Oscar fragrance, a spin-off from his signature scent released in 77’. And yes, you did spot it on his Spring/Summer 2012 runway… Not bad company to keep, I’d say.

You can claim your fragrance ring exclusively on Oscar’s Facebook.  The damage is $65 and comes with a refill.

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Don’t miss Samson Gallery’s current show by Mark Cooper, titled “More is More”.

The exhibit is an apotheosis of decades of work, spanning every tangible medium imaginable.  Walking in, the senses are hit as if by a freight train, each fragment of the work puncturing a different visceral moment of recognition.  Cooper works with sculpture, paint, and paper primarily, but his antic shapes are maggots in doll’s clothes, playful yet completely and compellingly unsettling.

There is something grossly honest about this work, like the first time a child looks at you in earnest and asks why people have to die.  The show runs through December 10th.

MARC COOPER
‘More is More’
Samson Gallery
450 Harrison Avenue / 29 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118
T | (617) 357-7177

 

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This bracelet evokes a post-apocalyptic city licked by neon flames, that or the jewelry all the bombshells in Tron wanted to be wearing but couldn’t afford.  The delicate form of the feathers offsets the futuristic angles and hard edges in the bracelet; thus creating a simple yet interesting contrast that could be worn day into night.

This cuff is a total conversation piece, and it could even function as a Rorschach test of sorts – if your new friend/suitor/business partner doesn’t see something exotic in the bracelet, they probably won’t be worth your precious time. Just saying.

GET IT HERE.

P.S. You should also check out the Noir blog

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H&M has done it again! Their prevailing record of reeling in prestigious guest designers is going strong in 2011, this time with a striking collaboration with Donatella Versace.

The inspiration? Iconic Versace designs and pieces from 1978 and onward.  Colorful silk and print dresses, leather studded pieces, costume jewelry, daring cuts and high heels are just a few of the quintessential-Versace characteristics we can look forward to for the womenswear collection.  Bold patterns abound.

The menswear collection will focus on refined, sharp tuxedo jackets. Shirts are–surprise, surprise–the flamboyant counterpoint, in bold colors and not-for-the-faint-of-heart prints. And the collection will also feature men’s accessories (which isn’t often the case with these high-profile collabs): studded belts and cuffs, lightweight scarves, and eye-catching shoes.

A small line of home items (patterned bedspreads and pillows) will also be included in the offering.

The collections will launch in 300 stores worldwide this November 19th 2011 and online.

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On November 1st, as part of the DANCE/DRAW exhibition at the ICA in Boston, Paul Chan and William Forsythe will be speaking in conversation with ICA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth.  The talk will explore the junction of performance and art, focusing on 21st century artists that have branched out from their specific medium.  The DANCE/DRAW show, which opened October 7th, is an interesting mélange of works in and of itself.  Here Molesworth is attempting to examine how the body leaves traces after movement, exploring performance, performance art, and more traditional physical arts, and how the interplay between these different dimensions of art has formed something a little more complex when one compares the corporeal verses the ethereal.

William Forsythe is a brilliant contemporary choreographer and dancer, known for being one of the first to re-envision classical ballet choreography, deconstructing said choreography’s structures and forms in extremely groundbreaking ways.  He is also acutely engaged in other forms of art-making, particular performance and multimedia work.

Paul Chan is a contemporary art genius out of New York, and truly embraces the contemporary interdisciplinarity of art-making, working primarily in multimedia but never limiting himself to one medium.  His work has been in many exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London and the New Museum in New York.  He is represented by Greene Neftali gallery in Manhattan.

Find out more about the talk and exhibition at the ICA’s website.

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