Eastern Congo Initiative

The Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) was founded by big screen star, Boston-bred, Ben Affleck in March 2010 after he researched the war-ravaged regions humanitarian crisis through five trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The first U.S. based advocacy and grant making initiative is wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. EIC has bright visions of future abundant opportunities for economic and social development where a robust civil society will one day soon flourish.

As advocates on behalf of the people of Eastern Congo, EICs goal is to increase the quantity and quality of public and private funding that supports the communities and citizens of eastern Congo, providing local organizations and leaders with necessary resources to heal and sustain their communities. EIC also raises public awareness about the tremendous need in the region through highly targeted media and advocacy activities and drive policy change that increases the US government’s engagement in Congo.

For more information, visit www.easterncongo.org.

New York City Ballet's Fall Variety Show

Last Friday, we here at Joonbug were invited to the New York City Ballet’s fall premiere of “Year of the Rabbit.” As the second feature of a three-part variety show, the partner friendly piece was the second conducted by the NYC Ballet dancers fellow principal member, Justin Peck. And, it was a showstopper that concluded with countless encores and crowd wide bravos.

It was certain that the NYC Ballet dancers that weren’t dancing on Friday night, were likely in orchestra seating, cheering on their fellow company member turned choreographer. And, the rest in the crowd that weren’t former dancers, ballet lovers or regular show go’ers were in for a treat. Because, well, this was an experience to be enjoyed by all, a welcome riff from traditional ballet presentations to say the very least.

Wondering Around Watching

Brooklyn artist, Mike Perry’s recent endeavor, Wondering Around Watching (WAW) IS A 7k square foot creative wonderland nestled away amidst rows of former industrial spaces lining Dean St. in Crown Heights.

Conceived and designed by Perry, WAW doubles as both a free exhibition space and community free space for life-long art making. WAW is a revolutionary new concept in the way an art space interacts with the community. Eschewing a typical NYC gallery opening process Perry began with a concept that everything had to be community-oriented and free ...free entry, free refreshments, free classes, free workshops, free concerts, and all of it had to be available to people of all ages and abilities. After several months of preparation WAW opened on September 15th with over 500 people in attendance. Several successful community workshops followed the opening of the space and their second full exhibit titled Happy Accidents will be opening this Saturday, October 6th at 6pm.

Olivia Palermo Stays on Trend

As you'd suspect from any fashion it-girl, Olivia Palermo j’adores Dior. It’s always one of her Paris Fashion Week highlights, with the Spring/Summer 2013 show being no different, as Olivia shared on her blog before jetting to Africa.

We can't get enough of Olivia's navy Dior peplum dress, Giuseppe Zanotti navy pointed toe pumps, a furry clutched sized purse by Dior and sunglasses a la Westward Leaning.

Always in style, Olivia nailed the of-the-moment mixed fabric trend. We at Joonbug, love, love, love!

Switch Up Your Halloween Candy Rut

It’s not only that time of year to get costume hunting but candy gobbling and shopping too. The few kiddies in your East Village walk-up are bound to be knocking on your door come Halloween. And, instead of the same-old run of the mill sweet finds found at your local Walgreens like traditional candy corn, twix bars and Reeses peanut butter cups, how ‘bout you take a trip down memory lane, show the littles something fresh and swoop up this years seasonal sugary mix at Lower East Side’s, Economy Candy? Get your candy swagger on and check out Joonbug’s Top 5 Vintage Candy Picks to fill your buckets with this Halloween 2013:

Weekend Picks: Sip in the City Scape, Get Electric Santos Style & Guzzle Beers in Brooklyn

Hit the Roof

Temps are gradually on the frosty decline, so make sure to hit your favorite rooftop boite spots before they close for the season. On our list? The new Murray Hill meet’s midtown, Pod 39 Hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge. The two-story roof space of the micro-hotel, formerly in the landmarked Allerton House is all about being festive, with terra cotta columns and benches, Mexican tiled tables, and, best of all, specialty tequilas and cocktails by notable NY mixologists like also of East Villages’ Booker & Dax. Not to mention, the panoramic views and the soon to launch nosh menu will feature a handful of “April Bloomfield-style” tacos, made with things like pig ear and sweetbreads.

Top Adult Halloween Costumes of 2012
  1. Tan Mom
  2. A Teen Mom
  3. Honey Boo Boo Child
  4. The Sh*t Girls Say Guy
  5. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
  6. Michelle & Barack Obama
  7. Ann & Mitt Romney
  8. Kate Middleton & Prince William
  9. Snooki & Baby
  10. The Bat Shit Crazy, Bath Salt, Face-Eating Man
Team Veg!

6. Vegans save tons of water, literally.

Water fit for drinking is not a luxury – it is a necessity, and much of it is wasted through meat production. It takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Consider, too, that 60 percent of American waterways were polluted, and the major reason is animal agriculture. As vegan activist and actress Alicia Silverstone said in her book, The Kind Life, “One 16-ounce steak uses the amount of water you need for six months of showers! Holy cow!”

7. Factory farming is cruel.

Animal activist Bruce Freidrich summed up the realities of our farming situation perfectly: “The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems.

Saving the World One Bite at a Time

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein.

Looking to make a positive change in your diet? Go vegetarian, or better yet, vegan. It’s one of the most powerful ways to improve your life, health and wellbeing of other people, animals and the planet.

In the spirit of National Vegetarian Month, here is Part I of 10 reasons why going green (the veggie kind) is good for you:

  1. To Lengthen Your Life

An apple a day keeps the doctor away while following a plant based diet can lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease and obesity. A comprehensive China Health Project study found that people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risks of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases. And, a British study that tracked 6,000 vegetarians and 5,000 meat eaters for 12 years found that vegetarians were 40 percent less likely to die from cancer during that time and 20 percent less likely to die from other diseases. So much for the old-fashioned notion that we need meat to be healthy. Fact is, the opposite is true.

  1. A Healthier Heart