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samesky-lefrak2016samesky-ethicalshoppingsamesky-ringssamesky-menSuggesting that “we need to have a lot more gratitude” (for what we have) and greater consciousness for, and connection with, those who are making the things we buy, Francine LeFrak introduced Same Sky’s latest jewelry at an evening of ethical shopping on Wednesday.

Same Sky employees women who were victims of war and genocide in Rwanda, as well as female parolees in the US, to make their distinctive jewelry. Hundreds of women’s lives have been improved and transformed by the efforts of Francine and Same Sky, with none of the parolees returning to prison.

There is a Same Sky kiosk with their jewelry for sale this month at Newark airport, as well as online. Of special note are the new rings for women, and cuff links and wrist bands for men.

rockefellercentertree…with thy grace.”

Pence.JPGAs Trump/Pence prepare to take office, their backers believe a more truthful US government will emerge — and yet their unwillingness to provide safe-haven for Syrian refugees, made homeless by American intervention in that country, is a troubling sign.

cpj2016eThe Committee to Protect Journalists honored journalists from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador this evening with the International Press Freedom Awards.

This comes at a difficult time for journalism in America, with leading news organizations under fire for propagandizing and multiplying the dishonesty of America’s wars, BLM, and HRC’s candidacy, and for failing to predict the outcome of the election (perhaps intentionally in the hope of altering the outcome).

Having failed as propagandists and prognosticators, the question is what does the future hold for ‘journalism’ in America? — with journalism schools long ago giving up on balanced thinking in favor of activism. One graybeard we spoke with said “the situation is very f_cked-up.”

It might be some time before Americans normalize relations with major news organizations.

americanart4Rockwell at Sotheby’s

pilobolusdancetheaterpilobolus5Pilobolus Dance Theater brings its surrealist performance art to NYU’s Skirball Performing Arts Center, with shows through December 4, featuring two unique programs of American premieres and classic works.

picabiapicabia3picabia4“Of all those who have come to conquer America, Picabia is the only one who has done as did Cortez. He has burned his ship behind him. He does not protect himself with any shield. He has married America like a man who is not afraid of consequences. He has obtained results.” M. DeZayas, Camera Work, 1915

Photographs: Stephen Wise

tonyvaccaro-documentarytonyvaccaro-kissofliberationtonyvaccaro111116tonyvaccaro-pollocktonyvaccaro-cohenAfter sneaking a camera into WWII, and then becoming one of the truly great photographers of the 20th century, Tony Vaccaro, 93, is still going strong. A show of some of his iconic images is at the Monroe Gallery (508 W. 26th St. Loft 5G) through November 21, Tony Vaccaro: War, Peace, Beauty

A documentary on Mr. Vaccaro’s life and art, “Underfire,” premieres Nov. 14 on HBO.

Photographs: (Bottom two) – Jackson Pollock and Leonard Cohen

aaj2016-bushLauren Bush, founder of FEED Projects, with her mother Sharon at the New York Art, Antiques, and Jewelry Show. The show runs through November 13, at Pier 94. Especially worth checking out is the graffiti art by Crash and Mr. Brainwash at Art Link International.

salonad2016esalonad2016dsalonad2016aThe Salon Art & Design is at the Park Avenue Armory through November 14. This year’s show, with art and objects from 55 international galleries, includes works by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) at Ammann Galery and David Gill Gallery.

Photographs: Stephen Wise