JivaDance7JivaDance1Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance perform Mayura: Blue Peacock at the Chen Dance Center September 18-20, 2014.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

NYAAJS2NYAAJS2014bNYAAJS2014The New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is at the Park Avenue Armory through September 21, 2014.

UNPrayerService2014jUNPrayerService2014eOn a day that saw the U.S. continuing to act as the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘free’ world, with unilateral strikes in Iraq, members of the United Nations gathered for a Prayer Service — ahead of the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

The annual service, held 9/15 at the Church of the Holy Family in NYC, included His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Sam Kutesa (top photo), President-elect of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly.

With the UN project increasingly in tatters, undermined by the disordered aspirations of key member states along with a worldwide ‘rights’ revolution that is frequently unhinged from truth, Mr. Ban is turning to various faith communities (not the faithless faithful but the truly faithful of all religions), as the last best hope to save the world.

Sadly many in the Christian community, including clergy, have bowed to Americanism and are among the faithless faithful (mob) rather than the truly faithful (flock).

Would that we could hear the words of the Savior: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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ManaContemporary2014fManaContemporary2014aManaContemporary2014g (2)Mana Contemporary, the Jersey City, NJ arts destination, is holding a public opening this Sunday Sept. 14 (1-7PM) for Francesco Clemente, George Condo, Chuck Connelly, Julio Galan & Daniel Lezama in the Pellizzi Family Collections.

Shuttle service is available from 450 W.15th St. RSVP here.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ZachHorn-KidsTheseDays“My drawings are about my life, my memories, my messed-up psychology. I don’t plan them out. There is no order. the hardest part is not to filter. I have to trust that every stupid, off-beat, taboo idea bubbled up for a reason. I think it’s healthier for the drawings (and definitely therapeutic for me) to let it all out on the page. In the past they have called this inner voice, the muse, the subconscious, or the lizard brain. It’s all the same thing, trusting that little goblin in my head.” Zach Horn

New drawings by Zach Horn at Rare Art Properties, Inc., NYC, through Oct 9.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

NoMenDuring the Reign of Terror in France (1793-4) a French Royalist, Mallet Du Pin, is reported to have said: “There are no longer any men in France, there are only events.”

Today in the United States the same could be said — with one addition: “There are no longer any men in the U.S., there are only events and brands.”

In the recent case of Ray Rice, the NFL player involved in domestic violence, we see the “NFL” brand and the “NOW” brand (National Organization for Women) more concerned with their brands than with the persons involved. The result is comic book justice, driven by mobs, as the Justice League swings into action. “Rice has to go!” “Godell has to go!” “Assad has to go!”

If the National Organization for Women were truly coherent in their activism against domestic violence, they would also be working to end abortions. Over 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year — the worst kind of domestic violence — with victims all around.

FashionWeek09-14mFashionWeek09-14gFashionWeek0914ePhotographs: Stephen Wise

 

Kobrand2014Kobrand-MasiKobrand, the American wine and spirits importer, is touring the U.S. this month with their Italian wine portfolio.

Our favorites from a recent tasting:

from Piedmont — Michele Chiarlo Le Marne, Gavi DOCG 2013 ($19.99); Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo DOCG 2010 ($106.99).

from Veneto — Masi Agricola Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2010 ($63.99); Masi Agricola Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2007 ($84.99).

from Tuscany — Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, Toscana IGT 2012 (56.99); Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Bolgheri, Sassicaia DOC 2011 ($234.99).

CaptainAmerica2014UncleSam1900UK1941The rhetoric and actions of NATO members last week, with respect to Ukraine and Russia, calls to mind the immaturity and wickedness of previous generation’s leaders, seeking to advance British and American imperialism.

In the top cartoon, from 1900, Uncle Sam writes again and again: “In times of peace prepare for war.”

In the bottom cartoon a British old lady asks a British soldier: “Is it true Hitler’s going to invade us with five million men?” To which the Home Guard replies: “I hope so, Missus. If he doesn’t I think I shall have to pop over and fetch him.”

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