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Archives: April 2009

New Shepard Fairey Posters Go On Sale Today

Shepard Fairey collaborated with Ernesto Yerena to create two new posters in support of immigration reform. 450 screenprint editions of the posters will go on sale at Cimarrones.org at noon today. The posters are $45 each, and all proceeds go to the May Day marches and immigration reform organizations.

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Conde Nast Would Like Its Employees to Know About Swine Flu

cionde04.30.09.jpgPublishing super power Conde Nast axed 85 employees earlier this week and might not be done, but its Human Resources department wants its remaining employees to stay informed about Swine Flu. Per an email just sent to the entire company:

From: Conde Nast Human Resources
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 9:57 AM
To: Conde Nast Publications-All
Subject: Swine Flu Update

Given recent news reports on swine flu, you may have questions or concerns about how it can affect you, your family and colleagues. Human Resources, in partnership with our Security and Travel Services departments, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when necessary. In the meantime, the following links provide important information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Questions & Answers

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

Key Facts

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm

Mega-Downsizing at Newspaper Association of America

naalogo.jpgAccording to their website, the Newspaper Association of America is a “nonprofit organization representing the $47 billion newspaper industry and more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.” It can’t bode well for the newspaper industry that yesterday NAA laid off half its staff and announced that they would no longer publish a print edition of their magazine Presstime.

On the upside, NAA President John Sturm said the association hopes to reduce member dues.

Editor & Publisher has more details on the downsizing.

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WNYC Debuts Live Broadcasts in The Greene Space With Lou Reed Concert

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Photo credit: Scott Ellison Smith

On Tuesday afternoon, we were lucky enough to catch a live performance of Soundcheck with John Schaefer at WNYC‘s new downtown performance space, The Greene Space. The show — featuring a discussion between the host, Santi “Santigold” White, Lou Reed, and Mary Rowell from the string quartet Ethel — and performances from the latter two artists — was the first live broadcast in the room’s history. It kicked off a 10-day festival celebrating the new venue, which got a nice write-up in The New York Times last week. Additional live radio shows in the near future include The Brian Lehrer Show (with guest Paul Krugman) and The Leonard Lopate Show.

The Greene Space, which is located at street level on the corner of Varick and Charlton Sts., is a multimedia space that includes video cameras, LCD screens, and room for a live audience. Programs can be streamed live on the Web, as well as shown via video feed.

During the discussion portion — you can hear the audio on WNYC’s Web site — the host and guests debated whether the downtown art scene was dead. All agreed that there were a couple places in Manhattan where the art scene is still alive (notably The Stone on Avenue C), but most of it has moved to Brooklyn.

At one point, Schaefer posited that this wasn’t a new occurrence. “Didn’t the Village Voice declare it dead in like 1978?,” he asked. Reed, who was appropriately sporting a Coney Island t-shirt, drew laughs with his answer: “They can’t even sell the Village Voice. Who cares what they say? That’s why they have to give it away.”

To end the show, Reed played his song, “Juliet Had Romeo.” He seemed to take a punk rocker’s glee in using a couple of choice four-letter words. WNYC’s producers used the delay to blip them. Everyone went home happy.

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Photo credit: Matthew Arnold

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Lunch: Happy Birthday, Cathie Black!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We missed Evander Holyfield by a day, but there was plenty of action to keep our attention in Michael’s jam-packed dining room today. Between the surprise birthday party for Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black on Table One, a smattering of fashionistas, and the bumper crop of beauty industry bigwigs holding court here and there, I suspect there was a fair share of business being done between bites of Cobb Salad. I noticed another interesting trend from my usual perch at the bar: This crowd really likes their cocktails. “For some reason, we are doing a lot of different drinks today,” said my friend Melinda, the bartender. Besides serving up some Shirley Temples, Melinda poured Pernod, Bellinis and Danish Murrays (That’s Aquavit and Bloody Mary mix). One diner who sat down promptly at noon ordered a Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks straight away. It beats iced tea, I guess. Bottoms up!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black celebrating with a table full of media mavens (and plenty of presents!), including Harper’s Bazaar publisher Valerie Salembier and power players Jeannette Chang (long time, no see!), Michael Clinton, Ellen Levine and Donna Lagani.

2. Peter Brown, Paige Peterson and a handsome young gent.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and George Stevens. I was thrilled to see the mayor at his regular perch after his recent trip to Austin, where he’s joined the board of his alma mater, the University of Texas. (He got both his law and journalism degrees there.) Joe was staying with his good pal Lance Armstrong, who, he told me, will be competing in this year’s Tour de France and saddling up for the major ‘Tour’ race in Italy. Lance has completely “bounced back” from his shattered collarbone, reports Joe. Just thought you’d like to know…

4. Leonard Lauder and two well-dressed gals we didn’t recognize …

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Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Newspapers, bloat behind Portfolio‘s demise?- FishbowlNY
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  • Bloggers Meet In Meat Space

    At yesterday evening’s Mediabistro party, your FBLA editors met the charming Ed Padgett, who writes the Los Angeles Times Pressmens 20 Year Club blog. Of course we took pictures. We love to take pictures.

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    Pandora Young, Ed Padgett and Tina Dupuy

    Sadly we don’t have any pictures of the Gavin Newsom fundraiser being held right next door to our little soiree. Mediabistro partygoer George Ducker tried to charm his way in, but was told firmly at the door, “No press!”

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