Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

 

Galleries are closed for Memorial Day Weekend but these shows are all up through June, some even July. If you’re going to be in NYC, check them out – they’re absolutely stellar!

Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery
519 West 19th Street (Garage Space)
Til June 24

This is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite galleries. I especially love the garage space where this show is installed. The space also served as the studio for Pettibon to create much of this work.

Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American high/low culture. His influences include the SoCal punk-rock scene of the late 1970s/80s and the DIY aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines of the movement.

Read on below for additional shows as well as photos of the work.

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Have You Ever Met A French Cheese You Didn’t Like? Me Neither…

Have You Ever Met A French Cheese You Didn’t Like? Me Neither…

 

Invited to a wine and cheese pairing event at the French Cheese Board in Soho last Monday. Wines were by Chateau des Bormettes (imported by Wineberry America).

Highlights of the event:

  • The Crottin de Chavignol goes exceptionally well with the Rose. So much so, I was compelled to make a goat cheese purchase at the event.
  • The French Cheese Board is a great resource to dial up your cheese expertise e.g. if you’re having a party and want some tips on putting together perfect cheese platters, this is your spot. Ask for Charles Duque (French Dairy Board).
  • They also offer classes. I’m going to take the Fromage 101 class from cheese monger, Mary Connolly, who I met at the event (pic above, lower right).
  • This is also going to become my go-to for cheese purchases (vs. trekking all the way to Trader Joe’s). Prices are exceptional – and quality is top-notch.
  • I met some very cool food bloggers and instagrammers – including chubbychinesegirleats. Follow her!!  She’s one more former blogger who now only instagrams (51K followers).

Very fun and informative event. Thank you Laura Baddish of the Baddish Group for the invite. And if any of you are looking for a venue for an intimate foodie/wine/cheese event, this might be your spot. Reach out to Laura for more info.

Pics of the event below.

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Pets REALLY are an extension of the friends and family circle

Pets REALLY are an extension of the friends and family circle

 

40% of pet owners are buying products from online retailers. Fascinating to see how ideas that went bust during the 90’s dotcom crash are back – bigger than ever.  Pets.com is the most recognized flop from that era. People loved the concept (and the sock puppet) but the shipping costs killed the business.

Now, however:

  • The Internet is the new “pet parent,” according to Packaged Facts’ U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2017-2018.
  • M&A activity since 2016 points to a structural remix of the pet market e.g. Mars bought VCA Inc., PetSmart bought Chewy.com, and Walmart bought Jet.com (which is big in pet supplies)
  • People are buying more pet products online and spending more of their pet product dollars online.

So how are traditional retailers competing?

  • Pet specialty stores are offering grooming, boarding, and training.
  • Supermarkets are increasing the size and scope of their pet care departments, sponsoring pet contests, running promotions with animal rescue groups and filling pet prescriptions.

Read on below for more pet biz trends from Rover.com, the online network for pet sitters and dog walkers.

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Changing Demographics: Major Shifts On the Horizon

Changing Demographics: Major Shifts On the Horizon

 

EXCELLENT study from the Pew Research Center showing how work, family and living arrangements are reshaping the lives of people in the United States and around the world.

Here are the highlights. More detailed info in link above.

Millennials will grow thru 2036

  • 80 million millennials (ages 18 to 35 in 2016) compared to 74 million Baby Boomers (ages 52 to 70).
  • More living with their parents than with a romantic partner (a historic first)
  • Fewer are married, homeowners or parents

Americans’ lives at home are changing

  • Only half are married down from 70% in 1950.
  • Cohabiting relationships rose 29% between 2007 and 2016, from 14 million to 18 million.
  • Cohabitation among those 50 and older increased by 75%
  • The “gray divorce” rate (50 and older) doubled between 1990 and 2015
  • A record number (61 million) are living in multigenerational households led by Asian and Hispanic populations.

Women may never make up half of the U.S. labor force

  • Women accounted for 47% of the U.S. labor force in 2015
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that will remain the peak participation rate until 2025 when it starts to taper off.
  • Women earned $0.83 for every $1 a man earned in 2015, up from $0.64 in 1980.
  • Among 25 to 34 year olds, women made 90% of what their male counterparts made.
  • Women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions.
  • Women make up 19% of the U.S. Congress; 8% of U.S. governors and 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs.

Read on below for more on immigration, birth rates and refugees.

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Still have a landline? Why So Risk Averse?

Still have a landline? Why So Risk Averse?

Photo Credit: Panumas Nikomkhai / iStockphoto

 

For the first time in 100 years, most U.S. homes do not have a landline phone.

  • Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a majority (50.8%) of U.S. households are now mobile-only.
  • Landline acceptance is associated statistically with risk aversion.
  • Mobile-only people are far more likely to drink and smoke too much e.g. 29% of Americans without landlines binge-drink alcohol, but only 18% with landlines do.

Read on below for 2 more tech trends to consider.

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PSFK 2017 Innovation With Purpose: 5 of the Most Inspiring Speakers

PSFK 2017 Innovation With Purpose: 5 of the Most Inspiring Speakers

Source: PSFK

 

So many great speakers at this year’s event – from many different industries and all parts of the world.

  • The one I missed seeing is the one I hear was most inspiring: Coss Marte, CEO and Founder of ConBody. He’s an ex-con (former drug kingpin in my neighborhood!) who totally turned his life around through fitness. But I did see him at the Sak’s Wellery last week doing a bootcamp training session. He also has a TED Talk that I am going to check out based on the rave reviews he got at PSFK.

Here, are the 5 speakers that I did see – all absolutely stellar:

Jan Chipchase, Anthropologist & Author of The Field Study Handbook

  • He calls himself a Cultural Clairvoyant but I think he’s like the Anthony Bourdain of Insights.
  • He, and a small team, travel to godforsaken parts of the world to live in tandem with the people they’re studying.
  • These untapped, edge-of-grid markets range from Afghanistan to villages in China without running water or addresses.
  • Clients include corporations, non-profits and governments.
  • Very impressively, he just did a kickstarter for his new book, The Field Study Handbook. His intention was to raise $25K. He raised $250K in 9 days. Well done, sir!!

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Highs and Lows of the Week: The Lows Have The Edge Unfortunately

Highs and Lows of the Week: The Lows Have The Edge Unfortunately

 

Was planning to do a new post series for Sundays around the “most notable thing of the week.” Of course, I envisioned it to be about something amazing. And indeed I do want to touch on last Wednesday’s sail around NY Harbor which was one of the most glorious things I have done in a long while.

  • A group of us booked the Sunset Sail on the Shearwater, a classic Newport-style schooner built in 1929.
  • We drank wine and noshed on baguettes with foie gras (brought over from Toulouse by my friend’s mom). It was a magnificent night out on the water.
  • The boat seats 43 people and you book online.  It’s $45 for the sunset sail (but they have a wide variety of options including brunch and wine and cheese tasting). HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Now onto my major fumble of the week – perhaps that should be a series? I’ve written before about how excited I was to do an interview at the annual PSFK conference. Well it happened and I was gobsmacked by how utterly terrible I was. And I’m still not clear as to why I let it happen.

  • I had done a similar interview previously – and did a killer job of it, my client rated it a 10.
  • And it’s not like this was my first rodeo. I’ve done hundreds of keynotes and major speaking events.
  • How I messed up so badly this week is beyond me. But since this is probably something at least a few of us have experienced, I’m going to do a hindsight review of what went wrong and what I need to do in the future to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Read on below.

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Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

 

  • Got a look at the new mural by Fumero at the soon-to-be-opened Black Tap on Ludlow Street. Perfect collaboration. For those of you not familiar with Black Tap, they are famous (or infamous) for their outrageous and totally instagram-worthy $15 milkshakes (see photos here).
  • Another major mural started this week at the corner of Allen and Rivington Streets. It’s by LA-based kaNO kid Studio. His clients include Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers and Hasbro.
  • The kaNO project is sponsored by the new owners of the Allen Street Hotel in partnership with LISA (Little Italy Street Art) Project.
  • Two other recent examples include the Shepard Fairey mural at Daniel Humm’s new fast casual place, Made Nice, in NYC and the fabulous ESPO mural inside the La Colombe flagship cafe and roastery in Philadelphia’s Fishtown district.
  • And one final note on street art and its place in the world. This week a Jean-Michel Basquiat piece sold at auction for $110 Million – the highest price ever paid for an American artist. And the highest price ever for a work of art made after 1980.

See pics below of Fumero for Black Tap, the Allen Street Hotel/ kaNO kid mural, Shepard Fairey for Made Nice and the outstanding ESPO piece.

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