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January 18, 2011 

Museum Opens!

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We didn’t publish yesterday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but we went to the grand re-opening of The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Saturday as the $67 million renovation and expansion finally revealed itself to an eager public.

David Schwartz

We snapped chief curator David Schwartz, who buzzed about the new shows that will be playing for the next six weeks; he then ushered in newcomers to see one of his favorite films, Duck Soup.

Rochelle Slovin

The museum’s director Rochelle Slovin was busy herding the crowds that kept coming in waves. The lines filled the lobby and were around the corner, but everyone agreed it was worth the wait. The building is terrific and the exhibits fascinating.

Artist Kora Van Den Buckle

Artist Kora Van Den Buckle from Montreal stands in front of her co-created art piece, Work Space Unlimited in the third floor Real Time Unreal exhibit. In this piece, the viewer enters into a simulated image that begins to move with them. A theme of the 3D exhibit is to create a new form of interactive art. Artists use video gaming engines, film techniques, and videography to express their ideas.


Living Proof!

Kaptinik Productions president Neil Totton

We joined the Living Proof 2 benefit concert as it kicked off at The Ritz Sunday night honoring the lives of gay teen suicides that began occurring in October. Its founder, Kaptinik Productions president Neil Totton, sang and MC’d the entire night. He said the idea for the concerts came after attending a vigil for suicide victims and its name came from one of his musical heroes, Sylvester.

Suicide activist Esmeralda Williamson-Noble here with husband Hugh

The concert raised money and awareness for the Trevor Project and Live Out Loud, two foundations supporting gay youth. Suicide activist Esmeralda Williamson-Noble here with husband Hugh, gave a short speech that brought some to tears. Her 20-year-old son, Andrew Williamson-Noble, committed suicide a year ago when he jumped from the 10th floor of Bobst, NYU's main library.

Loud’s Founder Leo Preziosi, Jr. with Beyonce’s drummer Nikki Glaspie and singer Mykal Kilgore

We snapped Live out Loud founder Leo Preziosi, Jr. with Beyonce’s drummer Nikki Glaspie and singer Mykal Kilgore, whose rendition of Someday We’ll be Free had people shouting, break-dancing, and salsa dancing long after the song was over.

Living Proof crew

At the end of the concert filled with Broadway singers, spoken word, and runway walks, the Living Proof crew got on stage and gave thanks as the donation bowl filled to the brim. They are putting on a NY Soul Sensation contest at the end of this month and an event for the Crime Victims Center in April.


Super Russell!

Russell Simmons with model Katie Rost.

We saw Russell Simmons in DC, as he travels around the country to promote his new book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, in which he describes his path to success and what readers can do to get there. We snapped him with long-time friend, model Katie Rost. He tells us the book, released two weeks ago, is a more thorough guide than his previous one; it explains how to achieve positive results through meditation, prayer, and making you a “more conscious giver.” He thinks people should look inside for the strength to follow their dreams.


Achille Tako and Caitlin Byrnes contributed to this issue.

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