All that Basel’s is not only Art

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Art Basel Miami has become a necessary destination in the migration patterns of trendsetters, tastemakers and artists alike. What started off as a convention that catered to the likes of discoverable talent and art buyers has quickly evolved into a cultural marketplace of Art, Fashion, Music and posh parties in South Beach, Florida. As the convention still remains to be an integral function of the weekend, musicians and fashion designers have slowly taken stake in the art district of Wynwood in downtown Miami. With pop up stores, fashion shows and secret concerts that are only promoted by word of mouth this new aspect of Art Basel has captured international appeal and attention. Here are some highlights of Art Basel 2018.

Art Basel 2019 will occur between December 5 – 8, which is also the opening of the ATFASHION pop up store founded by fashion designer, and stylist known for creating the iconic visual moments in Sex & the City, Patricia Fields. ART FASHION, which will display and sell one of kind pieces of wearable art made by upcoming designers each with a story to tell. One of these designers is Valentina Perissi owner of DafneItaly. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in New York City, Dafne customizes premium Tuscan leather with original designs that are uniquely painted and sealed with a technique Valentina Perissi mastered while studying at the Art Institute of Florence. Each design is hand painted with the intent of evoking dynamic conversations pertaining to the beginning of life and the power of the female body. Dafne has a wide selection of wearable art pieces ranging from accessories to vintage leather jackets.

This unique collaboration will take place in a private gallery located in Miami’s Wynwood Design District throughout the month of December. Fashion warrior and creative designer of Dafne, will bring her vision and designs from New York City to Art Basel with 25 limited edition leather pieces. Taking inspiration from the illusive all Seeing Eye the collection embodies the freedom to fight for peace and equality.

For more information on Art Basel 2019

For more information on Patricia Fields ARTFASHION

For more information on Dafne

For more information on Valentina Perissi

The Golden Globe Nominations for film goes too…. (It’s way to early to announce but these are the stand out contenders.)

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As award season draws closer, the line up of film contenders becomes increasingly competitive. With some original screenplays, a fierce animated film sector and wonderful depictions of foreign language films, the current roster of potential winners are very diverse. Parasite is poised for some big nominations including screenplay, director and the foreign language categories. Knives Out has opened to great reviews and critical acclaim with an ensemble cast that is sure to make box office gold. Joker amidst tensions in its dark narrative is able to showcase the mastery and versatility of Joaquin Phoenix’s acting ability. Stepping into the acting categories Rene Zellweger’s performance as Judy Garland in Judy takes her into the lead for big wins and attention. Netflix’s The Irishman has captured massive buzz with Martin Scorcese’s genius as Director. Let’s also not forget an early contender in 2019, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell a family dramedy that brings members of an estranged family together to say goodbye in way that can only described as saying hello again. Then there is Taika Waititi’s charismatically original film of Jojo Rabbit, which is a coming of age film through a whimsical lens of a tragic holocaust time.

Animated tensions arise as Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 enter the race reinforcing the global love of Disney and its franchises. Will Idina Menzel get a second go around by having Let It Go? Or will Woody and friends charm us as we enter a new world of playing with toys.

More films to review and watch out for are The Lighthouse, Little Women, Pedro Almodovar’s Pride & Glory, Netflix’s Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach and the super fueled Ford v. Ferrari.

 

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You Oughta Know She’s Ambitious

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Life can feel like a Jagged Little Pill and the new musical on Broadway composed of Alanis Morissette’s songs makes it easier to swallow. Ambitious in its storytelling and pacing you get to bare witness to wonderful character development that touches on issues of dependency and acceptance. Diablo Cody brings the book to life with a tone of wit and cynicism that will usher you through the motions. The show has stand out performances by Lauren Patten and Derek Klena that will make you stand to your feet.

Overall you will not only sing along but you will go through the motions as the cast processes hard hitting issues that cover dependency, depression and loss. Alanis’s lyrics become a soothsayer for today’s millennial generation.

For more information and tickets go to Jagged Little Pill

 

An Original tale of Social Strata-Casting

Keon-kyo (Yeo-jeong Jo) in Parasite. Courtesy of NEON + CJ Entertainment

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An organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense. In Bong Joon-ho’s Korean film Parasite, the word is personified by the social distortion of the wealthy upper class and the people that work for them. A South Korean family struggles to make ends meet and needs to figure out a way to survive. Confined by the social hierarchy of culture, status, and education the Kim clan finds a way to climb to the top. The premise may sound predictable and one note but Bong Joon-ho captures the Kim clans hustle with such originality and wit that you will be thoroughly entertained.  Absurdity ensues frame by frame at such natural pace by the time the plot unfurls you’re left on the edge of your seat with such unforeseeable suspense. In a way its feels much like a slow pressure cooker, scene by scene as it casually lays the framework for the extremely high tensions that arise as the Kim clan climbs up the social ladder.

 

Parasite is a definitive award season contender as it excels in its screenplay, cinematography and editing.

For more information and showtimes check out Parasite