Wednesday, May 15, 2019

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, May 18-19, 2019, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

By E. Joyce Glasgow

The ninth annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival will take place on May 18 and 19, 2019, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., NYC

Although it is called a Vegetarian food festival, it has become primarily a Vegan festival, reflecting the changes in the times and people's diets, just in the nine short years since its beginnings, as many Vegetarians and others have moved towards completely removing all animal products from their diets, including dairy and eggs.

There will be over ninety exhibitors, including food vendors, food and drink sampling, Vegan skin care products, animal advocacy organizations, environmental organizations and other non-profits. Food available ranges from gourmet, Vegan nut cheeses and chocolates, to Vegan "comfort" food.

There will be a Keynote speakers' stage, a chef demonstration stage and a "Mind/Body Zone", where attendees can take Yoga, Pilates and Meditation classes.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, (photo courtesy of the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival)

Don't miss Dr Gabriel Cousens, who will be speaking twice on Sunday, May 19, on "Holistic Veganism" and "Shakitpat Meditation".  Dr. Cousens is a wise, thorough and engaging speaker with over forty five years of working in physical, mental and spiritual healing. He is the author of thirteen books on health, healing and spirit and is a Columbia University trained medical doctor, practicing holistically, including extensive training and practice in homeopathy, Aryuveda, acupunture, meditation and is a psychiatrist, family therapist and an ordained Rabbi. Dr. Cousens is a Renaissance Man in the field of healing. He has successfully helped many people cure themselves of type two Diabetes and other diseases at his retreat center "Tree of Life" in Patagonia, Arizona, in the past, and now, in his next phase, dedicated to working one and one with private clients from around the world.

There are numerous, experienced and eclectic Vegan speakers and chefs participating.
Go to to see a complete list of speakers, panels, subject matter, chefs and exhibitors for this very popular, annual, two day festival.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fridge Art Fair Returns to the Nu Hotel, "Fridge Does Frida", Brooklyn, New York, April 30th-May 5th, 2019

Photo credits: E. Joyce Glasgow,

The Fridge Art Fair New York 2019 returns to the Nu Hotel, 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn New York, April 30th through May 5th, 2019. Visit for details.This year's theme is "Fridge does Frida", in honor of the Frida Kahlo exhibit running concurrently at the Brooklyn Art Museum. The Fridge was founded by painter, Eric Ginsburg, who produces it each year in Miami and New York City. Over thirty five independent artists will display their work, in all mediums, in the Nu Hotel lobby and other areas of the building. This is a fun, funky and casual art fair where one can just sit down, have something to eat or drink in the lobby bar and just enjoy hanging out and being surrounded by colorful and lively art and conversation. The "Fridge", "TEFAF", "Other", "Moniker", "Superfine!" and "Frieze" Art Fairs all take place during this first week of May, 2019 in New York City. Photos from last year's Fridge Art Fair NYC, 2018 at the Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, follow below.
A portion of the Nu Hotel lobby, the front window, filled with art by Anais Laurent and others. Fridge Art Fair 2018

American painter and author, Anais Laurent, traveled from her home in Avignon, France to display her artwork at the Fridge Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY, 2018. Here she is taking advantage of a balmy spring day to do some painting out of doors, during the show. She combines luscious inks and watercolors to create fluid, intuitive abstract paintings. Fridge artist, Dylan Green is seen drawing in the background at another outdoor table.

Eric Ginsberg, (L.) painter, founder and curator of the Fridge Art Shows in New York and Miami is pictured here with artist and art curator, Natalie Fisk, (R.) for the Nu Hotel, Brooklyn NY, where the Fridge Art Fair 2018 was held and where the 2019 Fridge returns to. The Nu Hotel also engages local artists to create murals and other art year round for their hotel rooms and lobby. The hotel's changing art on display is an integral and intimate part of the character of this small, casual boutique hotel.
Artist and Fridge founder , Eric Ginsburg, is known for his dog and cat portraits, which capture the sweet spirits of their subjects.
Ginsberg also captures the playful and whimsical nature of dogs and cats in his free and bold approach to painting.
In celebration of David Bowie, as the Fridge NYC 2018 theme, a duo of guitar and violin performed Bowie's music amongst the paintings one evening. The violinist also works at the hotel when he is not playing music.
Artist, Amanda Acosta, Co-Curator of the Fridge Art Fair, NY 2018, relaxing and enjoying the show, in the Nu Hotel lobby bar. 
Colorful acrylic paintings on canvas, by E. Joyce Glasgow, capturing themes inspired by Nature, at Fridge Fair NYC 2018
View of the lobby and visitors and artists relaxing amongst the paintings, Fridge NYC 2018.
Another view of the lobby and the many, varied, stylistically unique paintings around the room, Fridge NYC 2018
A piece by a Brazilian artist, who lives in Brooklyn NY at the Fridge NYC 2018

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Preview: globalFEST NYC 2019, January 6th, 2019, Copacabana, New York City

Preview: GlobalFEST NYC 2019, Copacabana, January 6th, 2019.

By E. Joyce Glasgow

Twelve world music groups will take to three stages at the Copacabana in New York City, on January 6th, 2019, for the annual globalFEST, showcasing and celebrating the variety, diversity, excitement and joy of musical performances from around the globe.
Many of the groups chosen this year sound exciting. I am especially interested in hearing the following acts.

Classically trained tenor vocalist, Jeremy Dutcher, reinvents traditional songs of his indigenous people, the Wolastoqiyik, of New Brunswick, Eastern Canada, with drama, passion and power.

Debashashish Battacharya plays the Hindustani slide guitar inspired by Hawaiian lap steel guitar, which was popularized in India in the 1940's by Hawaiian master lap steel guitarist, teacher and instrument maker, Tau Moe,

Ukrainian women's ensemble, Dakh Daughters are very theatrical, intense and performance art oriented in their songs, utilizing makeup. costumes and props in a cabaret style performance that feels chamber like, including string instruments; cello, violin and two double basses.

Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider. Herrera is a fiery, powerful, hypnotic and sensual Mexican vocalist and songwriter, accompanied by the passionate, adventurous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider and percussion.

This year's offerings include:
Amythyst Kiah (Tennessee/USA): "Southern gothic, alt-country blues"-globalFEST
B.C.U.C. - Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa): "Defiant and hypnotic Soweto sounds"-          globalFEST
CHA WA (New Orleans/USA): "New Orleans brass driving Mardi Gras Indian funk "-globalFEST
Debashish Bhattacharya (India):"Calcutta’s innovative slide guitar master "-globalFEST
Jeremy Dutcher (Tobique/Canada): "Reinvented indigenous Wolastoqiyik songs"- globalFEST                            
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider (Mexico/USA): "Innovative string quartet and lush vocals"-                       globalFEST
Orquesta Akok├ín (Cuba/USA): "Powerhouse Cuban son supergroup"-globalFEST 
47SOUL (Palestine/United Kingdom): "Electro dabke from the Palestinian diaspora"-globalFEST 
Combo Chimbita (Colombia/USA): "Psychedelic cumbia-inflected tropical futurism"-globalFEST               
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine): "Kyiv’s underground punk cabaret"- globalFEST
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/Senegal/Germany): "Afrofuturist global bass"- globalFEST                         
Zouk Machine (Guadeloupe/France): "The grande dame of French-Antillean zouk"-globalFEST