Religious treasures from Jerusalem glow at Met

Choir Books of the Franciscans of Bethlehem Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment Andrea di Bartolo (active in Siena and Venice, 1380–1429) and workshop Ca. 1401–4, Venice Terra Sancta Museum, Bibliotheca Custodialis, Jerusalem In presenting these massive and colorful books to the Franciscan community in Bethlehem, Henry IV of England (1367–1413) asked that they pray for the soul of his father. The friars’ daily routine followed a rhythm of communal prayer and singing, reflected in these volumes. The Prophet Isaiah, in a Letter H The prophet Isaiah stands outside the walls of Jerusalem, as the hymn proclaims: “Jerusalem, thy salvation cometh quickly; why art thou wasted with sorrow? . . . Fear not, for I will save thee

Choir Books of the Franciscans of Bethlehem Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment Andrea di Bartolo (active in Siena and Venice, 1380–1429) and workshop Ca. 1401–4, Venice Terra Sancta Museum, Bibliotheca Custodialis, Jerusalem In presenting these massive and colorful books to the Franciscan community in Bethlehem, Henry IV of England (1367–1413) asked that they pray for the soul of his father. The friars’ daily routine followed a rhythm of communal prayer and singing, reflected in these volumes. The Prophet Isaiah, in a Letter H The prophet Isaiah stands outside the walls of Jerusalem, as the hymn proclaims: “Jerusalem, thy salvation cometh quickly; why art thou wasted with sorrow? . . . Fear not, for I will save thee

Knight on Horseback, copper alloy, mid 13th Century from Lower Saxony, actually a vessel for washing hands (water is poured through the helmet and spills from the horse’s forelock) is included in an exhibition of the treasures of art and craft from Jerusalem during its heyday as a global religious center

Another item from the Met’s own collection, this chasse (box for relics shaped like a church) depicts Christ’s Crucifixion and Second Coming in copper and enamel (about 1180-90 from Limoges)

Religious treasure
Nearly fifty rich works of art and craft from medieval Jerusalem, the worldly focus of religion for Christians, Jews and Muslims over 1000-1400, have been borrowed from the city’s present religious communities to share the spotlight at the Met with 200 works in total that include tomb statuary, remarkable huge choir books from the Franciscans with the four line staff of the time (above), ornate boxes for relics, very fine large lamps, goblets, bracelets, wedding rings, maps, bottles, crosses, mats, pillar capitals, bibles and Qu’rans all mellowed in the glow of deep religiosity, in a unique collection where the sole vast gap is an imaginative one, the legendary Temple of the Mount destroyed by the Romans in AD70 which was never rebuilt but which lives on vividly in the memory of Jews today, and where the attached exhibition shop allows visitors to buy their own reminders of how religion inspires unmatchable art and artifacts, including carpets and colored glasses, and guides to all three religions which competed over Jerusalem then and since.


September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017

Exhibition Location:
The Tisch Galleries, Gallery 899
Press Preview:
Monday, September 19, 10:00 am–noon

Beginning around the year 1000, Jerusalem attained unprecedented significance as a location, destination, and symbol to people of diverse faiths from Iceland to India. Multiple competitive and complementary religious traditions, fueled by an almost universal preoccupation with the city, gave rise to one of the most creative periods in its history.

“A kind of Jerusalem fever gripped much of the world from about 1000 to 1400. Across three continents, thousands made their way to the Holy City—from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions alike. Generals and their armies fought over it. Merchants profited from it. Patrons, artists, pilgrims, poets, and scholars drew inspiration from it. Focusing their attention on this singular spot, they praised its magic, endowed its sacred buildings, and created luxury goods for residents and visitors. As a result, the Holy City shaped the art of this period in significant ways.”

Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, the landmark exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of this period. In these centuries, Jerusalem was home to more cultures, religions, and languages than ever before. Through times of peace as well as war, Jerusalem remained a constant source of inspiration that resulted in art of great beauty and fascinating complexity.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Religious treasures from Jerusalem glow at Met

Bronte and Triptych Match Genius at Morgan

Three Bronte sisters painted by their brother who took himself out of the image possibly in deference to their imaginative distinction, which far surpassed their looks

The power of imagination A striking portrait of the three Bronte sisters dominates this celebration of the seminal novel Jane Eyre and its author Charlotte, whose personal determination to be known forever as an author permeates the domestic adventures of her heroine as she breaks free from the confinement of standard expectations for women in 19th Century England to assert her individuality and independence to join Rochester in a marriage of equal spirits rather than bourgeois convenience, and the Morgan’s Christine Nelson has assembled a range of evocative curiosities from the Yorkshire rectory from which three literary geniuses sprang, including Charlotte’s laptop portable writing desk and a selection of the astonishing Lilliputian works they produced as children where the handwriting is often hand drawn imitation print font and in either form so microscopic that large round magnifying glasses are thoughtfully provided on the wall of the second floor exhibition space reached by the vertigo inducing glass walled Morgan elevator, but even with their use are still almost illegible, all of which contributes to the profound impression created here of the intensity of mental attention which being born into a secure but quiet provincial Victorian backwater was frustrated until it was turned inward towards the riches of imagination in poetry and prose uncovered in their unique family cooperative, which included a brother whose image in ghostly outline is still visible in the portrait he painted although he erased it apparently in deference to the group distinction of his three sisters, whose faces are captured without flattery and in their slightly popeyed intensity suggest that their lack of standard female charms may have helped them focus with such productivity on art, with Jane Eyre a peak reached by Charlotte six weeks after her initial effort The Professor was turned down, although Ms Nelson who has read that book vouches for it as “good but not Jane Eyre”, the latter being a work which she is now reading for the fifth time, she says, and “finding new qualities to admire in it” yet again. attendnyc-sep-8-16-charlotte-bronte

Please join us for a


featuring the exhibition
Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will

Thursday, September 8, 2016
10:00–11:30 AM

The curator will make remarks
and guide a walk-through of the gallery.
Coffee and tea served.



Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will
September 9, 2016 through January 2, 2017
New York, NY, August 17, 2016 — From the time Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre was first
published in 1847, readers have been drawn to the orphan protagonist who declared herself “a free human being with an independent will.” Like her famous fictional creation, Brontë herself took bold steps throughout her life to pursue personal and professional fulfillment. Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will, a new exhibition opening at the
Morgan Library & Museum on September 9, traces the writer’s life from imaginative teenager to reluctant governess to published poet and masterful novelist.

The exhibition celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of Brontë’s birth in 1816, and marks an historic collaboration between the Morgan, which holds one of the world’s most important collections of Brontë manuscripts and letters, and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, in Haworth, England, which will lend a variety of key items including the author’s earliest surviving miniature manuscript, her portable writing desk and paintbox, and a blue floral dress she wore in the 1850s. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a portion of the original manuscript of Jane Eyre, on loan from the British Library and being shown in the U.S. for the first time, open to the page on which Jane asserts her “independent will.” Also shown for the first time in America will be the only two life portraits of Brontë, on loan from London’s National Portrait Gallery.



Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece
September 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017
New York, NY, July 18, 2016 — Completed around 1470 in Bruges, Hans Memling’s extraordinary Triptych of Jan Crabbe was dismantled centuries ago and the parts were scattered.
The inner wings from the altarpiece are among the finest paintings owned by the Morgan Library & Museum, where they have long been on permanent view in museum founder Pierpont
Morgan’s study. Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece, opening on
September 2, reunites the Morgan panels with the other elements of the famous triptych: the central panel from the Musei Civici in Vicenza, Italy, and the outer wings from the
Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bronte and Triptych Match Genius at Morgan

Qualifying Week at US Open Tennis Offers Up Close Views of Stars In Action

Laura Robson into US Open qualifying rounds

Nobody can match the commercial success Sharapova has achieved but she was pretty good on court as well. She won 35 WTA titles including all four grand slams and achieved world rank no.1 status in 2005 and since then she has remained a top 5 player, though she has now been banned from play for the next two years for not noticing that a heart drug she was taking had been put on the black list.

Official Twitter of the US Open Tennis Championships | 2016 Dates: 8/29 – 9/11 | Terms of Use: |

Flushing Meadows, New York

The US Open, the biggest pro tennis event in the United States (and one of the four Grand Slam tournaments), returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park August 29–September 11. The free Qualifying week starts Aug 22 Mon. It’s a chance to see the sport’s heavyweights, like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, up close and qualifying newcomers as they practice for their upcoming battles for glory and prize money—the purse this year is a massive$3.3 million each for the singles winners.

One future star of the Open is the under-construction roof, which is slated to make weather delays and cancellations a thing of the past in 2016.

While any tennis fan is fairly certain to have a great time during a visit to the Open, we’ve put together six tips to help you make the most of your time at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

For tickets, visit

1. You can get in free or cheap.
It’s true. Though this is tennis at its highest level, you can still pay as little as $30–$35 (before fees) for an opening-night or early evening session ticket, or $10 for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 27. You can also attend—for free—the qualifying tournament (August 19ck–27), in which ambitious players battle for a berth in the main tournament, and practice day, August 28, when the stars hone their game in preparation for their moment in the spotlight.

In breaking news, the 2016 tournament CHECK brings one more big free attraction: on September 08, all doubles matches (including the men’s and women’s semifinals) cost nothing to watch in person.

2. It’s not just tennis.
Even if you’re not a superfan (or if you’re attending with someone who’s not so into tennis), you can still be entertained by festivities at the Open.

This year’s iteration of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (again, that’s on August 27) is scheduled to include music from various unheard of contemporary names advancing the deterioration of pop music, plus interactive and entertaining tennis-related fun.

On opening night (August 29), the music will come courtesy of Josh Groban, so you’re covered if you prefer sensitive singer-songwriters to tennis players. If you love both, you’re really in luck.

Aside from the music and the kid-friendly fun, there’s plenty of overpriced food, which most everyone enjoys. Health destroying options include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart and even a Carnegie Deli outpost. Bargain seekers can hit the little vendor before the turnstiles, too, though security won’t let you enter with outside snacks.

3. Use public transit.
Best to just take the train, and that goes double on days when the Mets are playing at home.

4. Wear a hat, and apply plenty of sunscreen.

5. Know the rules.
Like all other big events, the US Open has a lengthy and slightly oppressive and irrational list of what is and is not allowed. Do yourself a favor and read upbefore arrival.

6. Embrace the side courts.
You don’t need a courtside ticket to get a great view—you just need to know where to look. If you buy a grounds pass, you’ll be able to see the pros at very close range on the numerous side courts (and at a fraction of the cost of a courtside seat in one of the stadiums, where the players are out of sight pygmies from the higher seats and the sounds are muffled whispers compared with the drama on TV, which is much the better bargain, sad to say, now that the smaller Louis Armstrong stadium has gone West.).

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Qualifying Week at US Open Tennis Offers Up Close Views of Stars In Action

Back With The Best: WKCR – Global Home of Jazz History Refurbished – Has Louis All Day Jul 4

Ultimate jazz radio on WKCR in NYC back on line for phones pads and PCs

Here you will find Louis all July 4, Bach 24/7 Christmas till New Year

Phil Schaap loquacious but knowledgeable presenter historian perseveres in place, has jazz shop on line

Treated with respect honor and full appreciation on WKCR, the great source himself

After 47 years the great jazz authority Phil Schaap is still talking a little too long but always informatively on WKCR, where you can hear the world’s best jazz through times past to the present, including whole days devoted to big names on their birthday. Bach gets his own 24/7 festival at Christmas till New Year’s Eve annually.

There was a six month long interruption of WKCR 89.9 FM on line perhaps because the Web site was being overhauled but now all is spic and span, though updating of program scheduling continues.

Jul 1 2016: Thank you for your patience and support during the past months with regard to the issue of our online stream. We are excited to announce that our broadcasts are once again accessible in the form of a live stream at WKCR.ORG. We have been in the process of making technical and logistical changes to improve your listening experience and to ensure that WKCR can have a sustainable and consistent online presence in the future. One of these changes involves our playlists, which are enhanced to continuously display track and artist information for content as it is being broadcast. This new feature will be allow us to record and share the details of our programs in a more dependable and accessible way. In addition, we have improved our audio quality, and our listener capacity is now unlimited.

We sincerely appreciate your dedication throughout this transition. If you have feedback on our new services, please feel free to contact the WKCR Executive Board at


The WKCR Board

Columbia University NY 10027 | Studio 212-854-9920 |

A phone call to the studio will often be picked up by the person such as a musical toned female student picking up slack in the early morning, who will say again what the LP you heard is and what it’s number is.

The other programming on WKCR is all on the same informed top level on a myriad subjects to interest those in academia and other explorers of culture in many forms.

WKCR-FM, Columbia University’s non-commercial student-run radio station, is dedicated to presenting a spectrum of alternative programming—traditional and art music, spoken arts, and original journalism. Granted its FCC license in 1941, WKCR is both steeped in tradition and committed to innovation. In the New York area, the station can be heard at 89.9 megacycles in FM; worldwide, it streams online.

WKCR-FM is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016! WKCR originated as the Columbia University Radio Club (CURC) in 1936 and our first official broadcast occurred on February 24th, 1941. A few months later, on October 10th, 1941, the CURC was granted its license from the Federal Communications Commission. WKCR celebrates 1941 as its founding year and February 24th as its birthday. Join us as we honor and look back on WKCR’s 75 years of broadcasting and radio throughout the remainder of 2015 and the year of 2016. Check our website for exclusive, rare, and special content unveiled for this remarkable milestone in WKCR’s history. Happy 75th Anniversary WKCR!

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Back With The Best: WKCR – Global Home of Jazz History Refurbished – Has Louis All Day Jul 4

Chocolate In Danger? Let’s See at Upcoming Gargantuan Smorgasbord of Javits Summer Fancy Food Show

Where it all begins: Ivory Coast chocolate beans dampened for 180,000 ton shortfall – Chocolate lovers will visit Summer Fancy Food Show to be reassured by offerings in market now touching $30 billion, or will they? (workers drying cocoa beans in the village of Goin Debe in August 2015 from Reuters, Luc Gnago)

Vast array of new concoctions, combinations, ingredients to eat, drink and assess

With American chocolate soothing our anxieties at the rate of $30 billion a year visitors to the Summer Fancy Food Show at Javits can explore the endless varieties of this essential food now available amid the Javits display of more than 180,000 alternative ways of feeding your face and your business with tasty tidbits and quaffs of all kinds which might have to serve as alternatives if the Ivory Coast rainy season impacts the market with its 180,000 ton shortfall, but few will notice the additional challenge – this gargantuan show offers a whole universe of novel approaches to preparation of food and drink ever more tilted to organic and vegan which would literally take three weeks for any one taster to work through entirely. Are chickpeas the latest core ingredient fad? What new and perhaps unlikely mixtures have been dreamed up this year? Which deserve to stick?

First indications are given by the SOFI Awards winners and finalists listed at the Specialty Food Association page which include the following winners: pickled brussel sprouts, Hungarian goathorn peppers, ginger hemp granola, Bijou goat cheese, honeyed chocolate, smoked honey whiskey sour, salted caramelized fig spread, sea salt and vanilla goat milk caramels, pimento sauce with preserved lemon, organic cocoa coconut butter, bourbon matured maple syrup, Belize drinking chocolate, ripe mango sorbetto, radish, parsnip and apricot ravioli, Austrian pumpkin seed oil, North African chermoula dressing, pumpkin seed salsa, hickory smoked spicy candied bacon, coconut snacks, Parmesan snacks, balsamic nectar vinegar.

The Specialty Food Association which awards the SOFIs is the engine behind the Summer Fancy Food Show. The Show, established in 1954, is now the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. The Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, owns and produces the show. Today the Association has 3,200+ member companies worldwide. The Fancy Food Show has helped launch such brands as Popchips, Honest Tea, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonewall Kitchen, Walker’s Shortbread, Tate’s Bake Shop, ZICO Coconut Water and Vermont Creamery.
Dates: June 26 – 28, 2016
Location: Javits Center, New York
Total Square Footage: 363,000
Number of Exhibiting Companies: 2,670
Number of Attendees Expected: 25,000
Partner Country: Tunisia

From New York to Hawaii to Louisiana to Maine, more than 1,370 U.S. specialty food companies will present the latest chocolate, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, jams, salsas, tea and other products. New York boasts the largest state presence with more than 267 food companies, followed by California, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts and Florida.

is the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show’s partner country sponsor. Some 40 food companies will present Tunisian olive oil, pasta, dates, biscuits, confections, spicy harissa,
candies, jam, tuna and organic products in a special pavilion. There will be chef demonstrations and tastings each day throughout the show.

The largest international pavilions are from Italy, Spain, China, France, Canada and Turkey. International newcomers include pavilions from Latvia, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Denmark and Lithuania. Taiwan is back after a long absence

Registered attendees include Whole Foods, Kroger, Formaggio Kitchen, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, UNFI, KeHE and Southern Season. Others signed up include Dean & DeLuca, Barnes & Noble College, Zingerman’s, Marriott, and thousands of buyers from local specialty food markets.

49 Industry Newcomers
The “New Brands on the Shelf” pavilion will feature 49 up-and-coming specialty food producers who are Specialty Food Association Member Candidates. They will showcase dozens of niche and artisanal specialties including air-popped sorghum snacks, chocolate chip hummus, dairy-free coconut-based ice cream, matzo chips, and savory yogurt snacks. The tabletop displays are located on Level 1, behind 3400 Aisle.

Here are the hours of SFFS16 in NYC, June 26-28. 2016 which will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers, and 2,550 exhibitors:
Sunday, June 26, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Monday, June 27, 2016: Show Open 10am – 5pm*
Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Show Open 10am – 4pm*
* North Hall opens at 9:30 am each show day.

The SOFI awards

The 2016 sofi Awards winners include flavors of North Africa, Southern Italy, and virtually every region of the U.S. Pumpkin seeds, honey, and bacon make several appearances on the list of winners and finalists. The latest vegan darling, aquafaba, or chickpea water, made the list, as did chicken fat and coconut sugar.

Since 1972, the sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its members. From mouthwatering sauces to delectable desserts to savory snacks, the 2016 honorees were chosen from a record 3,200 entries by a national panel of culinary experts in a blind tasting. Those that reach the level of sofi Winner and Finalist serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best of what specialty food has to offer.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Chocolate In Danger? Let’s See at Upcoming Gargantuan Smorgasbord of Javits Summer Fancy Food Show