Athena Magazine

Fashion, lifestyle, passions

Museum At FIT: Isabel Toledo July 17, 2009

Note: Best known for her inaugural day suit on display at this show, Isabel Toledo is a designer’s designer. Read more about her show at FIT and her story here.

newtoledo1aIsabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
June 17 through September 26, 2009

The Cuban-born fashion designer Isabel Toledo is often described as “a designer’s designer.” Although she is little known to the general public, her work is greatly admired by members of the fashion community. As the late fashion journalist Amy Spindler once wrote, “Only great designers can dispense with themes and theatrics and let the work speak instead. Ms. Toledo does just that, letting fashion itself be the theme.”  Learn more …

 

Long live the British tabs

amyI spent a lot of time sitting in a doctor’s office today, reading trashy celeb/fashion tabloids from across the Pond, and they really do put our tabs to shame. See for yourself at HeatWorld.com, with headlines like: “Amy and Blake are officially divorced. Phew.” Get more British trash tab here.

 

Presenting Mitzi TV July 12, 2009

If there’s one blog I like to read consistently, it’s the saucy author Mitzi Szereto’s. Here, Mitzi steps in to the third dimension with her new Mitzi TV and ventures into Central London to meet up with the Westminster Morris Men, a team of Morris Dancers who do a lot more than shake their booty. This London expat lass is bawdy funny. Visit her blog here or view on YouTube below. Join Mitzi’s Facebook fan page here.

 

Fix furniture nicks in a flash July 6, 2009

guardsmanI’ve been moving a lot lately, as I transition from an apartment into a house, and the moving invariably involves a lot of stressing about furniture protection. It seems that no matter what you do, something always gets nicked, particularly nice wood pieces. I may be the last to know, but I recently discovered a cool repair trick. Guardsman makes a nick repair magic marker in all shades of brown, plus black and even white. It’s the coolest—you just color in the knick with a marker that matches your wood (test on a hidden area first.). Voila, stress gone and many dollars saved in refinishing costs. Buy Guardsman markers here ($5 for a multicolored 3-pack) or at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.

 

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood: Storytelling NYC Style July 3, 2009

steigtopnavMr. Beller’s Neighborhood began publishing in the Spring of 2000 and has so far published over a thousand pieces of original writing. In 2002 it was nominated for a Webby Award in the Print and Zine category. That same year, a collection of selected pieces from the site appeared in book form,
Before and After: Stories from New York. Another anthology is in the works.

Illo by Elisha CooperThe site combines a magazine with a map. It uses the external, familiar landscape of New York City as a way of organizing the wildly internal, often unfamiliar emotional landscapes of the city dweller. Visit Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

For a funny tale by Rick Rofihe of anderbo.com, click here.

 

Safer Sex in the City Fundraiser June 21, 2009

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My good friend Jessica is working passionately on this fundraiser and speaks emotionally about the way that ASCNYC has helped turned lives around. If you can’t attend, please consider donating an auction item for this very worthy cause.

On June 25, join celebrity host NYC drag legend Flotilla DeBarge,Vivid Girl Savanna Samson, dance-pop singer Reina, superstar DJ, Vic Latino, and many more special guests for the summer’s sexiest fundraiser, promoting safer sex in the age of AIDS. Pamela Anderson, Joy Behar, Margaret Cho, Linda Eder, Ellie Krieger, Robert LaFosse, & Gloria Ruben have joined forces with ASC as part of this year’s benefit committee. The star-studded event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Duvet, 45 Wests 21st Street, New York City. For more info, click here.

NYC’s Museum of Sex will showcase a curated sampler of the museum’s renowned collection on human sexuality. Fun-filled, uninhibited presentations will spotlight ASC’s innovative safer-sex education and HIV risk reduction programs.  Guests can bid on fabulous silent auction items.

For sponsorship, silent-auction donations, or tickets, contact Brooke Brailey at 212-645-0875, x303 or brooke@ascnyc.org.

AIDS Service Center NYC (ASC) is a community based non-profit at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS and the effort to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to HIV prevention, services, and treatment. For more information about AIDS Service Center NYC visit www.ascnyc.org.

General Tickets: $100
VIP Tickets: $250
Buy-A-Bed”: $2,500 (6 VIPs, Champagne Lounge & Exclusive Celebrity Experience

Click here for ticket info!

 

DJ Gregory: Walking the PGA tour one step at a time June 16, 2009

djWhether you play golf or not, here’s a story of unbeatable inspiration:

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/video?id=3696478

 

A play named Mother June 8, 2009

motherMy friend Andrew is producing a play called “Mother.” Just the title alone is intriguing enough to make it worth attending, but there’s also a special preview price. Here’s the info:

Please join us for the world premiere of MOTHER by Lisa Ebersole. Directed by Andrew Grosso and produced by Andrew Cahill; starring BUCK HENRY and HOLLAND TAYLOR Lisa Ebersole, Haskell King, David Rosenblatt. Discounted $20 preview tickets are available July 8, 9, 10, 11 @ 8pm through this link or call 212-352-0255, discount code – FBOOK. Performances continue July 13–August 1, Monday & Wednesday-Saturday @ 8pm. Tickets are $25 through this link or call 212-352-0255

 

What about Moose? May 30, 2009

 

Moose!

Moose!

I don’t live in Chicago, but I have a dog there. I sponsor “Moose” at Chicago Canine Rescue and every month I send $35 to provide him with food and toys. He’s been in this wonderful rescue shelter for about 4 months, maybe longer, and for the life of me I can’t understand why he hasn’t been fostered or adopted. Sure, he gets really excited when someone new shows up—wouldn’t you? But just because a dog gets excited in a new situation, that doesn’t mean he’s like that 24/7. My own retriever, who is beside himself  when company visits, can barely muster a yawn for me, his boring old mom. If I did live in Chicago, I would certainly adopt Moose (living in Chicago is a requirement for the shelter). You may not live there either, but, like me, you can sponsor a pet. Visit Moose here.  Learn more about Chicago Canine Rescue here.

 

The Who – Athena May 25, 2009

Who knew we had an ode to Athena magazine?