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Louis Comfort Tiffany (18481933)
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By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN “Landscape with Hollyhocks” by Louis Comfort Tiffany
With Jessica Lauren Dorsi
Splurge Without Price Surge at H&M Store in Manhattan
By JESSICA L. DORSI
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
MANHATTAN — All of us have splurged on those timeless wardrobe pieces like a super soft cashmere sweater, a classic white blouse or the perfect pair of black pants, which, of course, can be justified as sound investments.
However, who wants to dish out the big bucks for an item of clothing that you can only wear for one year or even just one season? The current fashion trends shift so quickly now that by the time the looks from the magazines hit mainstream stores, they are already technically out of style.
Well, the new Swedish superstore H& M has arrived to solve this problem. Located in a prestigious section of Manhattan at 640 Fifth Avenue, one would never guess that the store supplied fun, stylish clothing at prices that seem more like Old Navy then Saks Fifth Avenue.
H& M, which originated in Scandinavia, now has more than 600 stores in 14 countries, including the twomonthold Man
The ethereal beauty of colored glass has always captured me – whether encased in the frameof achurch’sstainedglass window or a tiny bottle that sparkles like a jewel. This beauty can be attributed to Big Appleborn Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Instrumental in the art nouveau movement, Tiffany’s enthusiasm for American decorative arts originated from his father who established Tiffany & Co. Nevertheless, his influence andknowledgecamefrom one of England’s foremost artisans William Morris.
“Favrile,” a patented form of iridescent glass was created by Tiffany in 1880. This glass type representedhighqualitycraftsmanship and once he began experimenting with textures such as bubbles and varying thicknesses, Tiffany’s work became historical.
Although his lamps and handcrafted pieces were mass produced, each maintained Tiffany’s signature touch while preserving a low cost to the customer. He often charged only $1 to $1.50 for a butter plate or glass with his name on it.
Mentoring Experience Is Reciprocal For Azzara and Arlington In City Without Walls Program
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘American Skin 41 Shots’ Hits NY Cops Hard – Rightfully So
When New York City Police took the liberty to mortally wound Amadou Diallo with 41 gun shots in February of 1999, they never thought New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen would right write about it in a song.
“American Skin (41 Shots),” which includes lyrics like “Is it a gun?… Is it a knife?… Is this your life?” was performed on June 12 at Madison Square Garden without any special remarks before or after the performance of the controversial song.
While the mother of the 22yearold Diallo, Kadiatou Diallo, feels that the song commiserates with her son’s killing, the Patrolmen’s BenevolentAssociation asked officers to protest the concert at the Garden.
Although Springsteen adamantly denies that his song “Born in the USA” was not to be made into an anthem, it’s implications about liberty and freedom seem unusually significant here. Through protest and anger toward Springsteen’s rights to pen such lyrics, aren’t his own liberties being tested unfairly? Springsteen is outwardly making a statement with “American Skin,” open to only one interpretation here – the rage over the way Diallo was treated.
The Boss, backed by his Constitutional Rights, has every permission to take to any stage and sing this song. Given their rights to do so, if we can allow rage rockers to slander everything from God to female body parts, why censor Springsteen’s protest of a brutal, senseless crime?
WITH KERRIANNE SPELLMAN CORT
Take the Stage
Preheat outdoor grill for high. Using skewers for barbequing, slide on shrimp, pineapple, bacon, pepper pieces, mushrooms and tomatoes. Be sure to alternate the ingredients.
Inasmallbowl, mixsweetandsour saucewithsavedpineapple juice. Pour mixture over the kabobs.
Cook kabobs over grill for 34 minutes and baste with soft as often as possible.
Serves 20. 2 pounds medium, peeled shrimp
1 c. sweet and sour sauce 1/ 2 pound bacon, crisp and diced 1/ 2 pound cherry tomatoes 1 red bell pepper
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drained with juice re served 1/ 2 pound mushrooms,
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Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD – Before Westfield High School (WHS) student Jocelyn Arlington encountered town artist Francesca Azzara, she didn’t dabble in the genre of abstract art, but instead, stuck to life drawing.
Before Ms. Azzara met Jocelyn, she hadn’t witnessed such vitality and expressiveness in a young artist.
However, when the City Without Walls ArtReach Program brought these two artists together through the fourmonthlong mentoring program, creative sparks flew and both artists’ perspectives and techniques were enhanced.
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Ms. Azzara told The Westfield Leader and The Times of Scotch Plains and Fanwood that when they partnered in the beginning of March, she “wanted Jocelyn to feel she could come to me with any ideas.”
“I didn’t want it to be an intimidating partnership,” she shared. “There should be complete freedom.”
For Jocelyn, whose hectic schedule already includes school, a job, babysitting and dance classes, learning from Ms. Azzara was “a prime opportunity” for her.
While some artists who favor diverging genres and techniques might clash in such a relationship, Ms. Azzara and Jocelyn’s growth was reciprocal.
“City Without Walls promotes emerging and unknown artists,” explained Ms. Azzara. The ArtReach Program, which once included only students from Newark, was just extended this year to pupils in surrounding communities, thanks to funding by the New Jersey State on the Arts.
This opportunity allowed Ms. Azzara, who is a member of City Without Walls, to find a student to mentor and advise in the Westfield school district. Annora Conway, Jocelyn’s Art Teacher for three years, immediately suggested her.
“I know Francesca is more involved in the abstract whereas I like to do more life drawing,” Jocelyn pointed out. “She also taught me how to use more paint and watercolor.”
In her piece for ArtReach’s “Exhibition VIII,” a culmination of the mentorship, Jocelyn chose to create a 3foot by 2foot by 6inch deep abstract selfportrait which includes diverse objects such as speakers piped with music, a red curtain, a collage of photos, and a
checkered design. “She (Ms. Azzara) taught me how important it is to put yourself into your artwork,” said Jocelyn, adding that the precise placement of the checkered motif was guided by Ms. Azzara.
Displaying her journal of intriSultry
and Sizzling: Paper Mill’s Pippin
Makes Audience Beg for More
By KERRIANNE SPELLMAN CORT
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
MILLBURN -For the last show of an extremely successful season, Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn is staging a completely revamped and updated version of the 1970s smash Broadway hit, Pippin.
Paper Mill Playhouse is a professional theater offering six diverse productions each year, including both revivals of old favorites and world premieres of new material.
This version of Pippin
is not a revival of the original piece, but a reconceived and contemporary rendition of the medieval musical tale. Roger O. Hirson, author, and Stephen Schwartz, awardwinning composer/ lyricist, were very involved with this production and Rob Ashford provided brandnew choreography, creating a stunning interpretation of the Bob Fosse original.
The initial production of Pippin
opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on October 23, 1972. The Fosse creation won five Tony Awards and starred Ben Vereen, John Rubenstein and Jill Clayburgh.
Pippin became one of the longest running musicals of the 1970s, giving 1,944 performances.
The remarkable music of Mr. Schwartz is evident throughout the musical play, with such recognizable songs as “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky” and “Spread a Little Sunshine.” Mr. Schwartz is one of
the greatest living composers of our time. He has graced the theater community and the world with exceptional shows such as
Godspell, The Baker’s Wife and
One of his more recent musical compositions, Children of Eden,
had its premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse and became the first Paper Mill show to be recorded as a cast
album on RCA Victor. Mr. Schwartz’s work in animated film garnered him three Oscars for
Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt.
This new version of Pippin at the Paper Mill Playhouse is virtually flawless, with a stellar cast, outrageous choreography and stunning special effects. This bold, sexy production may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is exciting and daring, and well worth the price of admission.
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Jocelyn Arlington and Francesca Azzara
Courtesy of Paper Mill Playhouse
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Coming Next Week:
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