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Intimate Secrets of a Harlem Heights Mansion

June 27, 2013

By Marina Rybak

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My summer meanderings in Harlem, the hippest destination of savvy globetrotters, were long overdue. My stars were lining up. An enticing underpinnings exhibit lured me into the oldest New York residence just above Sugar Hill, The Morris-Jumel Mansion.

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Sylvan-TerraceI always wanted to teleport myself into another place and time in an instant.  I had my lucky break. I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I took a left turn from St. Nicholas Avenue up the stone steps to Sylvan Terrace on the edge of Washington Heights. For a split second I thought I was in the Artist’s Village of Alésia in Montparnasse. A few steps up the original cobblestones along 19th century raw houses, I was approaching Colonial America.

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On The Trail of A North Beach Living Legend ~ Carol Doda

June 20, 2013

By Marina Rybak

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“Who is Carol Doda?” – I asked when her name seemed to pop out of thin air in the fleeting chitchat with a friend. The revealing bits of her cultural “pedigree” were too irresistibly provocative to skip and pass by. I had to know more.

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Equipped with my inquisitive sleuthing skills, I embarked on the trail of the San Francisco homegrown, groundbreaking striptease artist who shook up the city in the 60’s, officially placing topless entertainment on the national map.

Claiming, “I am kind of shy”, Carol Doda was not a typical blond bombshell. A 19 year-old cocktail waitress and an aspiring actress turned lounge entertainer whipped up a revolution of sorts on the night of June 19, 1964 at the fabled … Read more

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Color Utopia of Pedro Almodóvar

June 13, 2013

By Marina Rybak

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“A Conversation with Pedro Almodóvar”, The New York Times event placed a spotlight on the world-famous, critically acclaimed film director. Times Talks coincides with the release of Almodóvar’s new comedy, “Los Amantes Pasageros” or English version “I’m So Excited” which opens June 28 in the US.

Known as the greatest Spanish filmmaker since the legendary surrealist Luis Buñuel, Almodóvar chiseled his own pedestal on the world art cinema stage with unique and unconventional film genre of his own. A master mixer on the verge of the absurd, Pedro Almodóvar’s emotional, old Hollywood inspired melodramas and “slightly serious” comedies are imbued with kinky satire and tragedy, laced with humor.

His storytelling, amplified with the soulful, sultry sounds from the Iberian Peninsula is a … Read more

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Femininity Unbound – Ellen von Unwerth at Staley-Wise

June 5, 2013

By Marina Rybak

The living is easy as the tip of the warmest season is coloring the horizon. But the summer time sizzle is at the boiling point and is spilling over at the Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho.

Playdate – a new exhibit by Ellen von Unwerth, an esteemed fashion photographer is on view through July 12.

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Steeped in the erotic razzmatazz, fetish and fashion fairyland, the juicy mostly black and white images provoke and slightly dishevel the viewer. There is plenty of “the fun in the sun” and the joy rides to go around in these titillating assembly of the pageantry in disguise, variations on the state of undress and the sprinkle of sexy lingerie.

Notably, since the 90’s Ellen von Unwerth created some … Read more

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Solar Flair ~ The Original Cannes Girl

May 23, 2013

By Marina Rybak

There are many hot places on the planet, yet during the month of May and this year from the 15th till the 26th the hottest spot of all is on the Côte d’Azur at Cannes. And to add to the temperature the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is followed by another “Glam” Slam event – tennis Roland Garros in Paris; unmistakably the French heat wave is on in full force!

The legendary celebration of the world cinema attracts broad public attention from all corners of the Earth. The highbrow screenings lure the audiences indoors, while the high-voltage “glamorama” of the open air sends the media and the adoring, loyal fans into the pleasurable, buzzing frenzy. For sixty-five years now, the brightest constellations of … Read more

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A Fan-Fair To Remember – Atelier Anne Hoguet

May 8, 2013

by Marina Rybak

I love Paris on any day, especially in May. When the chestnut trees are in bloom I feel so much at home there. I effortlessly blend into Parisian palette and melt in its shade in the pursuit of the hidden authentic treasures. I can still find few local sparklers, bypassing the signs of globalization, which burden the neighborhood color of any major city anywhere. 

The Musée de l’Éventail is such a gem, tucked away in the 10th arrondissement. It is a tiny private Fan Museum, located within the fan–making atelier, run by Anne Hoguet. She is the fourth generation Eventailliste or in plain English – fan maker. Anne is the only artisan in France who continues the rare ancient art of fan … Read more

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