News & Politics

Janet Gorzegno continues to explore richly evocative images combining the poetic and the mystical. Her work, on exhibit through June 14th, shows the recurring motif of these intimately-scaled gouache paintings as the human head, serene and stilled, as if caught between thought and action. These luminous images test the visual tension between abstraction – with its vivid geometries and colors – and naturalistic portrayal. They offer a visual metaphor for meditative states and the space of dreams.


I was watching CBS News this morning when they announced that experiments with blood transfusions was reversing aging in mice. Living here in peaceful, protected Anguilla, I watch TV daily to keep up with what's happening in the world. No longer shocked at the news of war, tornadoes, global”warming”, this came a pleasant surprise.


On May 15th Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising awareness and mission-critical funds for cures for digestive diseases. In the past five years alone, they have succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $40 million to help further CCFA’s mission. 80 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.


The biannual recycling event returns! Helping artists recycle together since 2010, Load OUT! is the ultimate free-for-all to find those one-of-a-kind pieces for your next production, installation, or moment of inspiration.


Environmentalists’ beef with the Keurig system is in the single-use, non-recyclable nature of the packaging, given the implications for our waste stream. The individual parts of a K-Cup (plastic, paper and foil) could theoretically be recycled on their own, but the combination is too small and messy for recycling facilities to be able to sort. So our only choice is to throw the whole K-Cup pack, lock stock and barrel, into the garbage.


You may have noted, as I did, that the press has been singularly unimpressed with Obama's gift to the Pope. The hand-crafted wooden, velvet-lined box containing seeds of plants growing on the White House property seemed, at best, inadequate. At worst... downright insulting!


TODAY remember the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire at the site, Washington Place and Greene Streets. From 12-1pm. You can find more information at www.rememberthetrianglefire.org.


Okay, perhaps I'm jealous.

Jane Fonda has been appearing on the media circuit to publicize her new book Being a Teen. A woman of admirable achievement, Jane has gone on to write a valuable book of advice for teens.


On St. Patrick’s Day, at TGIF Friday’s off Vanderbilt Avenue (47 East 42nd Street), the McManus breakfast will be held this year.

Aside from Jim McManus, head of the McManus Midtown Democratic Club, and his Chief of Staff Sing, you never know who you might meet. THIS is the year to make the trip. Last year, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Ray Kelly, Mike Bloomberg, among others, appeared to pay respects. This year, with Hilary starting to make her move and along with Bill, you never know who may stop in.


On Friday, March 7th see Charles Calomiris discuss his book, "Fragile by Design," a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrude into bank regulation. The book combines political history and economics to examine how coalitions of politicians, bankers and other interest groups form, why some endure while others are undermined and how they generate policies that determine who gets to be a banker, who has access to credit and who pays for bank bailouts and rescues.


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