A Movement Flight: One Night Only, Outstanding, Highly Recommend

A Movement Flight: One Night Only, Outstanding, Highly Recommend

Was introduced to Emily Schoen recently. She’s the Artistic Director and Choreographer of dance company, Schoen Movement.

She is doing a phenomenal piece at the Brooklyn Brewery, this coming Wednesday, Dec 14th. Tickets are $40 and based on what I saw Friday at rehearsal, it is going to be fantastic. I already have tickets. I encourage everyone with any interest in dance to check it out. And c’mon, dancers in a brewery?  Who wouldn’t want to check that out??

Besides Emily’s group, there are 2 other dance companies collaborating on Wednesday’s performance. LoudHoundMovement, with artistic director Brendan Duggan, also rehearsing on Friday. Big thumbs up for them as well.

Check it out if you can. I will be there and would love to see as many friends as possible.

Here’s a link to Emily’s site as well as a link to ticket info.

More pics below from the rehearsal as well as another short video.

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AUGMENTED HUMANITY: What is it, you ask?

AUGMENTED HUMANITY: What is it, you ask?

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“The next major milestone in IT, the fourth platform, will be defined by the ultimate step in proximity: The penetration of the human body and the integration of digital technologies with the human biosystem. This means: the fourth platform is us.”

 

H/T to investors.com and research firm IDC for providing their annual year-ahead tech predictions (not just for 2017 but for the next four years and beyond).

  • IDC predicts that by 2020, one-third of health and life sciences and consumer product companies will develop products that integrate third platform technologies with the human body.
  • The goal of the fourth platform is augmented humanity. That means implanted technology for augmented senses, augmented memory and cognition and other physiological improvements.
  • The fourth platform will be in the R&D and innovators stage until 2021, the early adopters stage from 2021 to 2026, and the early mainstream stage starting in 2026.

Read on below for more on the boom in AR, VR and digital butlers.

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3 Lessons On How Social Media Influences What We Do and Buy

3 Lessons On How Social Media Influences What We Do and Buy

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Last Monday, while I was catching up on Snapchat, this happened, in precisely this order:

  • I’m watching snaps from EdenEats who happens to be Eden Grinshpan, a NYC cooking personality. She and her husband are both adorable and fun to follow. They recently announced – on snap – that they are expecting their first child. Monday nite’s series of snaps included a visit to natal yoga followed by cravings for healthy food.
  • The next series of snaps has them at home unpacking take-out from Vanessa’s. I’ve never heard of this dumpling place even tho one of their 3 outlets is in my neighborhood. But man, those spicy wontons look delish (pic top right)!
  • I check out Vanessa’s on Foursquare – it gets a 9.1 rating – EXCELLENT
  • I add Vanessa’s to my calendar for my next available lunch – which happens to be last Wednesday.
  • Wednesday at lunch – in the pouring rain – I traipse down to 118A Eldridge Street and get an order of spicy wontons.
  • And oh my, were they ever hot and spicy! My mouth and throat were burning up (pic above is proof!).
  • Bottom Line: Wontons were delicious, I’m glad I discovered Vanessa’s – very authentic Chinese – but way too spicy for me.

Read on below for how EdenEats succeeded in getting me to try Vanessa’s Dumplings. And, more importantly, what the lessons are for brands looking to optimize social media.

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Soho Pop Ups Want You To Drop In For A Nap

Soho Pop Ups Want You To Drop In For A Nap

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Soho is currently ground zero for mattress companies and other sleep and wellness concepts. The most noteworthy are Casper’s Winter Pop Up and Thrive Global (Arianna Huffington’s new biz). Both have built out large, whimsical pop-up stores in prime Soho locations – and both will be up thru January.

Casper (106 Spring @ corner of Mercer) is the more fun and interesting of the two, in my opinion. They’ve literally built out a 5 bedroom house within the store – but it’s done in 3D drawing style – the only real items in the store are beds and doggie beds.  Casper’s creative director has a background in theater set design – which really comes in handy here.  They are also hosting fun events for the duration of the pop up including bedtime stories and bagel breakfasts. Big shout out to William Bookman for showing me around and filling me in on events!! Pics below.

Thrive Global (419 Broome Street) – on the other hand – has a much more extensive product range – they’ve partnered with 50 or more companies including Coco-Mat (a Greek-based mattress company with a gorgeous store on Mercer Street – the Greek connection runs strong with Arianna!). Other partner brands include Dermalogica, Quell Relief, Murad, Rebecca Minkoff, Restworks, S’well, and Zeel.  Note: I believe the Lionesque Group are the Pop Up Retail Architects behind Thrive.

Read on below on 2 more mattress companies I discovered on Mercer Street – one of which, Coco Mat, invites you to make an appointment to spend the nite in the store’s private bedroom to truly test out the mattresses.  Also below, photos of all the pop ups and mattress stores currently calling Soho Home.

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Awesome First Party of the Holiday Season: Here are my 5 keys to success!

Awesome First Party of the Holiday Season: Here are my 5 keys to success!

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My annual holiday party went down Friday nite and it was a HUGE success!

DETAILS: 30 guests, I do all the cooking and prep. No tree – I always want to get rid of it way earlier than the city allows! But I do like a festive vibe – so lots of lights and poinsettias.

Read on below for my 5 keys to success for hosting a great party. Also sharing pics – thanks Loreen Stevens and Cary Lawson for providing some great photos of the nite.

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Visiting NYC in December? 5 things not to be missed.

Visiting NYC in December? 5 things not to be missed.

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NYC in December is one of my favorite times of the year to be in Manhattan. I love the lights, the Christmas trees, the decorations – and I especially love having snow in the picture – but sadly, not in the forecast for this year!

Also, although NYC is always crowded, the December hustle and bustle is particularly fun and entertaining.

Here are the 5 things I would definitely recommend to all those visiting the city over the next month.

1. HOLIDAY STORE WINDOWS:

The Barney’s windows (660 Madison) are FANTASTIC. Standouts include those by Nick Cave, Rob Pruitt and Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel—the duo behind Antwerp-based artist collective Studio Job. There’s also a very funny, irreverent window by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of Comedy Central’s South Park. See photos below.

Read on below for more on the windows as well as other must-sees along 5th Avenue.

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