CULTURE CLUB
Sounds of Color Art Exhibition

Last week, artist Steven Colucci debuted his new scarf collection, as well as "Sounds of Color" paintings at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. The exhibit was displayed alongside Andy Warhol sketches and was debuted while Shea serenaded guests with festive Christmas tunes. Colucci has been working with The American Cancer Society, as well as the Quogue Wildlife Refuge to raise awareness and funds during the holiday season, and therefore all proceeds from the event benefitted these two organizations.

PRIMP IT
NAR'S Andy Warhol Collection

Funk up your look this fall with the highly anticipated NARS Collection inspired by Andy Warhol. The packaging alone would be of enough interest for some to go out and purchase this collection. Once the outer packaging is open, there's an actual self-portait of Andy Warhol on the actual eye-shadow palette (talk about uber cool). There's also an eye and cheek palette inspired by Debbie Harry!

We had the chance to sift and sample through the collection and the colors are really saturated. As most of us beauty lovers are aware, NARS collections are typically limited edition, so if the Warhol collection sounds like something you can't live without, get to your local Sephora soon!

CULTURE CLUB
New Art Exhibits Worth the Coin

Culture encompasses more than the ubiquitous salacity of the evening. Enveloped within this complex institution are the finer arts—various mediums striving for expression in myriad form. As perhaps the most subjective element in human culture, Art’s multifaceted allure rests upon its ability to resonate in some and not others.

Therefore, any reporting of New York’s diverse art scene is incomplete without an equally versatile offering. In light of that, here are 5 recently (or soon to be) opened art exhibits occurring throughout the city.

CULTURE CLUB
Your Guide to NYC's Art in December

As New York's bigwig art dealers flock to Miami for Art Basel, it's the perfect week to avoid the snobs and discover some new culture clubs. And while the South Beach crowd might be raving about Andy Warhol's 50 year-old paintings of cats (no seriously, this one will fetch upwards of $30,000), we like to think of our tastes as more three dimensional. Especially this month: whether styrofoam, craft paper, or performance art in boiler rooms, the city's experimental set is offering more than mere sketches. Here's your monthly planner.

HAPPENINGS
Cynthia Rowley & Bloomingdale’s Benefit for Children's Museum of the Arts

We're big fans of Cynthia Rowley, beautiful clothes, killer handbags --what's not to love? To top it off, Cynthia cares, which only adds to our revere for her. So when we heard she was teaming with Bloomingdale's for a benefit for Children's Museum of the Arts, to support the school's community outreach programs, we were thrilled! Great shopping, beautiful art, and a great cause? Sold!

From October 24 through November 2 , a series of events will kick off. The events will include artworks to be featured in CMA’s Art Auction 2011 (Nov. 2). And when we say art, we mean legit art by Andy Warhol, Cecily Brown, William Quigley, Yoko Ono, James Nares and 95 other artists! And if that wasn't enough to entice you, Cynthia Rowley will be having an exclusive in-store trunk show of her Fall 2011 Collection from Wednesday, October 26 to Saturday, October 29 during normal store hours. Additionally, the designer’s original fashion sketches will also be available for purchase, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support CMA.

The debut party will be hosted at Bloomingdale’s SoHo (504 Broadway)on Wednesday, October 26, 6-8pm. Meet Cynthia and shop the night away as 10% of the sales will go to support Children’s Museum of the Arts.

THE VELVET ROPE
LIV: Sander Kleinenberg Album Release w/ Dom Perignon Tribute To Andy Warhol Saturday Sept 25th

Celebrate Sander Kleinenberg’s album release at LIV Saturdays while sipping bottles of Dom Perignon amidst an ultra good looking and trendy model-like crowd. The night of Saturday September 25, Dom Perignon will pay tribute to Andy Warhol, a legend among American Pop Artists. Doors open at 11.

ALTHEA HARPER
Fashion Group International LA's "The Designer and The Muse" Fashion Week Kick-Off Party

Designers of reputation and those somewhat lesser known, were present at Fashion Group International's, ‘The Designer and The Muse' fashion week kick- off party, at the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA last Wednesday.

The theme of the party took its inspiration from creative partnerships, such as that of Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, with each designer taking to the red carpet, accompanied by a celebrity, friend, or as in the case of a few, themselves as muses.

ANDY WARHOL
Gardner Museum After Hours


In case you don't already know, artists are weird. They do strange things with paint (see: Jackson Pollock or Pablo Picasso), they think a lot about existence (see: Albert Camus), and sometimes they cut off their appendages (see: Vincent Van Gogh). But for all their peculiarities, they also know how to throw a party (see: Andy Warhol).

Tonight, while most of Boston will be recuperating from last night's festivites, the artsy folks at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be celebrating the vernal equinox in style with their monthly installment of Gardner After Hours. An evening of art, live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, this after-hours party is complete with intelligent conversation, stunning art, and an ethereal atmosphere, not to mention those tiny finger foods that go so well with a glass of wine, or possibly the "Madame Gautreau," a specialty cocktail from the museum's Courtside Bar. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the museum transforms, offering attendees the opportunity not only to view the collection of Boston's most famous patron of the arts, but also to revel in the history of the museum while enjoying the musical performances held in its much-loved courtyard.

Tickets are just $12 for the general public and $5 if you happen to carry a student ID. They can be purchased online at www.gardnermuseum.org/afterhours/ or at the museum. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.

ALL AMERICAN REJECTS
Interview: DJs Claudine DeSola and Micprobes Talk Music and Fashion

After 10 years of booking the hottest DJs for the hundreds of parties and events she has planned, Claudine DeSola's passion for music has manifested in an extraordinary way. We are lucky enough to host Claudine DeSola's first DJ Performance at Joonbug's Fashion Week Gala, this Saturday, February 13th. There, she will present her fashion inspired playlist, which she comprised by asking top designers such as YEOHLEE and Adam Lippes, what music sparks their creativity when designing their collection. Claudine's exclusive 30 minute set called "Inspiration Played" will appear on www.caravangirl.com and www.joonbug.com after its premiere at Joonbug's Fashion Week Party.

ANDY WARHOL
Bananas, Bands, and Library Cards

Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule, members of the pioneering New York City art band The Velvet Underground, will be reuniting for a public appearance at the New York Public Library on December 8. The influential musicians will not be joining together for yet another band reformulation, but they will be key speakers in a panel discussion with rock journalist David Fricke to discuss their music and influence in the budding art scene that germinated from New York during the sixties.

The band forum, a part of the “LIVE from the NYPL” series, is a response to growing interest in the group by way of the release of the new book, The Velvet Underground: New York Art. The book contains a rare collection of handwritten music and lyrics by Reed, unseen performance photographs, underground press clippings, and posters and cover art by Andy Warhol, the group’s manager/producer during their early years.