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Celebrating the Work of a 100-Year-Old Illustrator

It should be a grand old time tomorrow night at the Museum of the City of New York. That’s because among those expected for the McCauley “Mac” Conner exhibit opening night party is the man himself, age 100.

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From the exhibit notes:

Conner grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry.

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Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

Fifty Reasons to Love John Waters

JohnWatersLincolnCenterBeginning tonight with Female Trouble and ending September 14 with Cry-Baby, Film Society Lincoln Center is paying tribute to an American original via “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?

If Waters so chooses, FishbowlNY can take 50 more years. Partly because it will mean that we are treated to many more interviews like this one, in the New York Times, by Melena Ryzik. Here’s the 68-year-old Waters on the halo of the Lincoln Center event:

The retrospective is “the first time I can say I’m really being honored without irony,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s like being alive at your funeral. I’m not going to get anything better.”

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Bronx Documentary Center to Host James Foley Fundraiser

The Bronx Documentary Center had a long history with the late James Foley. The slain journalist attended the organization’s Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) class and became a good friend there to many.

He also, through the center, took an active role in helping the family of Anton Hammerl, a South African freelance photographer who was killed in Libya in 2011. From a blog post by center director Mike Kamber:

James took the initiative to raise money for Hammerl’s family. The result: $135,000 for Anton’s childrens’ education and care. Many lament terrible events; James took action to make the world a better place… James changed the world in positive ways and was an immeasurably braver and more decent man than those who took his life.

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Jill Abramson Added to NYC Re/code Event

Right after Labor Day, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson will make her first non-commencement-address stage appearance since being booted from the Grey Lady. As part of a Thursday September 4 Re/code Code/Media series event.

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From co-producer Peter Kafka’s note:

You may not be familiar with [Meredith] Valiando Rojas. But there’s a good chance your kids have been to one of her shows, or want to go: she’s the CEO of DigiTour, the Live Nation for the Web video generation, which puts on sold-out concerts featuring YouTube and Vine stars. And if that seems odd to you, that’s just fine with her: Ryan Seacrest and Conde Nast’s Advance Publications are already believers.

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NYC Celebrity Dentist Fundraises More Art

DrGauseCharitableDentistryAs Princess Gabbara reminds in a recent ebony.com item, the idea of Dr. Lee Gause selling curated art to underwrite dental care for the uninsured makes perfect sense:

Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.

Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.

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Condé Nast Underwrites Bruce Weber Exhibition

DetroitBruceWeberAhead of tomorrow’s official opening of Detroit – Bruce Weber, the famed photographer was joined by Anna Wintour and a “phalanx of impeccably coiffed Condé Nast officials” for a special media day preview. From Detroit Free Press staff writer Mark Stryker‘s report;

Detroit Institute of Arts officials declined to say how much money Condé Nast contributed to the exhibition, but [museum] chief operating officer Annmarie Erickson called it “substantial.”

The images in the show were drawn mostly from two extended trips that Weber made to Detroit on assignment, the first in 2006 for an expansive W magazine spread with model Kate Moss and the second last year for an ad campaign for Shinola.

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MoMA’s First Curated App Belongs to Björk

ShutterstockBjorkAcademyAwardsUSA Today Nashville correspondent Brian Mansfield got the jump on some exciting cultural news. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is planning a full-scale retrospective of Icelandic disruptor Björk for March 7-June 7, 2015.

And that’s not all:

In conjunction with the exhibition, Björk and her One Little Indian record label are giving her Biophilia App, created for the 2011 release of her album of the same name, to MoMA. It will be the first app in the museum’s digital collection.

We can already sense fashion bloggers salivating over the prospect of a this-time-next-year launch party appearance by the semi-silent “J” one. Should be a great exhibit.

[Photo of Björk at 2000 Academy Awards: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com]

Mets Hosts Tech Meetup

Thunder11LogoUpper West Side tech PR firm Thunder 11 has figured out a great way to put across its overall message. Help organize and co-sponsor a panel discussion ahead of an MLB inter-league contest.

What’s more, they were able to cleverly pair the event with a game involving the team that made the term “moneyball” famous. From today’s announcement:

On June 24, the New York Mets, before facing the Oakland A’s at Citi Field, will host a panel discussion featuring some of the city’s most prominent technology companies to discuss how data and digital drives both business and baseball.

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Reason Magazine Hosts ‘Thank You for Vaping’

The folks at Reason magazine sure know how to turn a municipal matter into a good time.

ShutterstockECigarettePer the Eventbrite invite, the outlet will be counting down the final hours before Tuesday’s NYC ban of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, clubs and public places with condensation style:

We invite you to taunt the prohibitionists: Listen to prominent critics of e-cig regulation, listen to music from a live DJ and carry on vaping after midnight to flaunt your disregard for the nanny state!

Featuring, at 9.30 pm, Bill Godshall, director of Smoke Free Pennsylvania, in interview with journalist and Willpower co-author John Tierney, followed by Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium. Guest commentators will also include Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch, along with his co-host of The Independents, Kmele Foster.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Guarantees the BAFTA New York ‘Fun’

[Editor's note - 02/16/14: Full video of the conversation has now been posted. It's available here.]

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESSBenedict Cumberbatch earned his first BAFTA nomination in 2005 for portraying Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking. He’s added three more since then and on Thursday, at The Standard High Line, he will be in a sense returning the favor(s).

Cumberbatch is the first participant in the newly launched New York leg of BAFTA’s “In Conversation” series. The event is also being married into The Standard chain’s “Standard Talks” initiative and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg:

“I am thrilled to be kick-starting this series of informal conversations with British talent for BAFTA New York and The Standard team,” said Cumberbatch. “The association with BAFTA is a great honor.”

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