Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC

The Colors of Her Heart is a spell binding, dance-theatre-multimedia production, choreographed and directed by Mallika Sarabhai, that uses the haunting lyrics of British musician Samia Malik with the creativity visual imagery and story creating skills of Yadavan ChandranOn the stage, six women tell their poignant stories bringing awareness into the issue of gender inequality. 

What do all women across the world share as experiences? Whatever the color of their skins, whatever their language and culture, the single identity that leads to their exploitation and violence against them is their gender. With songs in Urdu and English, and stories that are both personal and universal, the heartful composition draws you into the world of women and their lives, dwelling on their experiences of vulnerabilitylove, pain, rejection, discrimination and violation. 

The ballet shifts between powerfully spoken monologues as accounts of the performers, group and solo dances, emotive pieces, even a ghazal that come together rhythmically with the bilingual live music by Samia Malik. The pieces reflect upon the common thread that binds all women, bringing together not just the stories of six women, but the pains, travails and victories of women of all nations. The Colors of Her Heart plays at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre on 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. Continue reading “Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC”

The excitement of the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction is coming to Toronto 

BARRETT-JACKSON TO SHOWCASE UNIQUE COLLECTION AT 2019 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW

For nearly half a century, car enthusiasts have turned to Barrett-Jackson to get their hands on some of the finest collector cars on the road.

Widely regarded as a barometer on the collector car industry, Barrett-Jackson’s auctions have evolved into automotive lifestyle events where thousands of people flock for a glimpse at some of the world’s most sought after, unique and valuable cars. At the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and Wheels.ca, Barrett-Jackson will be showcasing a sample of some of the most prized cars in collections from across Canada, plus — for the first time in Canada — some of the most prized muscle cars from the personal collection of Craig Jackson himself.

“Most car enthusiasts are aware of the Barrett-Jackson brand and the incredible vehicles that have crossed their famous auction stage,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “This feature will bring the excitement of the auction stage to the AutoShow and celebrate some of the most savvy collectors from our own backyard.”

To be located on the 100 level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre across from the popular Auto Exotica feature, the Barrett-Jackson collection will feature up to 10 prized muscle cars.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson is a global leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. It specializes in providing products and services to the astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. Continue reading “The excitement of the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction is coming to Toronto “

Cocktails, Wine and Food: A Fine Gourmet Mix at the 6ix!

–Lachman Balani

The 6ix, as Toronto is known, has come alive again for four glorious days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The annual gourmet food and wine expo is back from Nov 22-25! Sip and savour your way through international gourmet cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting-edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and so much more!

Many experts are in town to tell you all about how to be a connoisseur in manna and libations divine.

Jeremy Parsons, famed culinary mixologist, kicked off the event showing off his prowess in mixing cocktails. He gave the public a taste of his superb version of Canada’s famous “Caesar’s” made with vodka and Clamato juice and smoked in an infuser designed by him.

He then treated the attendees to an amazing sous-vide margarita, tequila blended with pineapple and other citrus fruits. All his impressive cocktails are in his new book “Invite: Cocktails, Canapés, Company! “

Following his incredible presentation, Christopher Waters, renowned wine connoisseur, wowed the crowd with four incredible wines. Starting off with a de jour rosé bubbly for the festive season, he continued with a white, then onto two reds, explaining the intricacies of the wines to the glowing and happy faces of the appreciative participants.

There are tutored tasting programs and complimentary cooking demonstrations by celebrity guests all day long. Continue reading “Cocktails, Wine and Food: A Fine Gourmet Mix at the 6ix!”

Gold Burgers and Chinese Lanterns Bring the Shine to 140th CNE

By N. Balani

Over the top food creations are a major attraction at The Ex.  “Every year we have this little competition that goes on between the various chefs and concessions on site,” says the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or The EX) CEO Virginia Ludy. “It never ceases to amaze me what they come up with.”

This year, after much deliberation, the big winner is the 24k gold-foil wrapped burger by Bacon Nation in the food building, which is fit for a King or Queen! Of course it comes with a hefty price tag at $100 for the larger version. If that does not suit your pocket then there is a smaller version at $24.95. Each is covered in edible 24-karat gold foil and is certainly a status symbol to be seen on social media delicately nibbling away at it!

Other food novelties include kimchi hotdogs and the very popular Big Pickle Tornado – a hotdog in a tortilla garnished with a pickle, cheese sauce and bacon. More intrepid foodies can go for the chocolate banana steakclair- a giant éclair stuffed with steak, banana, whipped cream, cheese and chocolate sauce.

The EX marks the beginning of the end of summer and is the quintessential outing for most Canadian families. It is all about the crowning creations of food, the rides and mid-way for the kids, the music concerts, the dog-show and craft stalls. Continue reading “Gold Burgers and Chinese Lanterns Bring the Shine to 140th CNE”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals updates to Beatles exhibit

Prominent new additions highlight exhibit

Including piano used to write iconic songs like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and more

CLEVELAND – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces updates and new additions to its exhibit celebrating the musical and cultural contributions of the Beatles.

In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Fab Four greatly expanded rock & roll’s musical and lyrical boundaries. Today, the group’s music is as popular as ever and is regularly being discovered by new generations of fans.

New additions highlight the exhibit’s update, including an Archibald Ramsden upright piano. In 1963, Paul McCartney moved in with his girlfriend Jane Asher at her parents’ home in central London and lived there for three years. This piano was located in the basement music room of that house and was where Lennon and McCartney composed some of their most iconic songs on the piano, such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “And I Love Her,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Other items featured in the exhibit include: