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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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New Anthology Takes Aims at Progressive Rock Haters

We love the title of Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell‘s new anthology Yes Is The Answer. That’s because the “Yes” doubles as the name of a top band from the progressive era this collection of essays wholeheartedly defends.

Joining Weingarten and Cornell Thursday June 13 at Skylight Books in Los Feliz for a 7:30 p.m. reading-signing event will be contributors John Albert (former member of the bands Christian Death, Bad Religion), James Greer and Margaret Wappler. From Weingarten’s book intro:

The haters weren’t all wrong, of course. Prog was ridiculous. But never underestimate a young boy’s finely honed sense of irony. We loved some of this stuff precisely because it was overblown. It’s kind of like when Evel Knievel jumped over thirty cars – you mean, he did that? We would laugh at some passages, marvel at others – it was all part of the ongoing conversation about Prog.

And yes, it was pretentious. That’s why we liked Prog Rock; it strived for something beyond what we were hearing on AM radio. We didn’t give a damn about rock’s first principles, all that three chords and the truth business; give us Prog Rock’s grandeur, its mushy mysticism, its blissed-out mystery.

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Mediabistro Alum at Book Soup This Friday

Once in a while, we like to toot the Mediabistro horn. Especially when a local LA event doubles as a testimonial for the value of our educational offerings.

This Friday at Book Soup, Tiffany Hawk – an alumnus of Mediabistro’s Travel Writing Bootcamp (pictured) – will be reading from her new novel Love Me Anyway and doing a Q&A. She’s not serving coffee, tea or soda anymore, but she will be more than happy to sign your copy of her darkly comedic look at what it’s like to work for a commercial airline. From Friday’s event description:

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry, with all its glamour, loneliness and ever-present temptations. We’ll talk books, airplanes and travel. Come armed with every question you’ve ever wanted to ask your flight attendant. Enjoy wine and airline-style snacks while supplies last.

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Gloriously Bad Indie Drama The Room Turns Ten

At the stroke of midnight tonight, director-star Tommy Wiseau and co-star Greg Sestero will be at the first of two special weekend showings of The Room at Landmark’s Regent Theatre in Westwood. To goose the crowd and to celebrate ten years of baffling cinematic triumph.

The Room regularly screens at the Regent, but tonight and Saturday’s showing will be extra special. If you had told the movie’s earliest reviewers and fans back in 2003 that the film would become a west coast 21st century equivalent to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, they would have laughed heartily.

Just how much of a cottage industry has The Room become? Well, around the ten-and-a-half-year mark, Sestero will be releasing a book about his experiences titled The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. He co-wrote the tome with veteran LA journalist Tom Bissell.

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