Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Drinking With the Coravin Wine System and HOOCH


The Coravin Wine System.

HEADS UP: We're back – from outer space – and touch down to find you here with that stupefied look upon your face. Don't be petrified. We will be your guides ... As per usual, til 24 Dec., the elves at The Wright Wreport will introduce at least one or a series of products, items and brands that we believe are worthy of consideration as holiday gift(s). You will survive (the Yuletide season and beyond)!

BY VW

YOU
like to wind down from a long day at work or whatever you’ve been at with a glass of wine. Or you like to have a cocktail most days and/or evenings. Naturally, you drink responsibly.

A couple of interesting propositions for you: the Coravin Wine System and HOOCH.

HOOCH promises a cocktail a day.

The former preserves corked, still wines. The latter is a first-of-its kind app that for a fixed, monthly rate signs up users for a cocktail a day at more than 450 top bars and restaurants around the world from brunch to late night … More shortly

Visit https://www.coravin.com/ to learn more about Coravin and https://www.hooch.co/ to learn more about HOOCH.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Technology From MARS That Facilitates Ear-to-Ear Translation With Fewer Buds

MARS goes where ear buds have not gone before.

HEADS UP: We're back – from outer space – and touch down to find you here with that stupefied look upon your face. Don't be petrified. We will be your guides ... As per usual, til 24 Dec., the elves at The Wright Wreport will introduce at least one or a series of products, items and brands that we believe are worthy of consideration as holiday gift(s). You will survive (the Yuletide season and beyond)!

BY VW

BEFORE,
when Madeleine was speaking to Dumadi in French wearing ear buds he was hearing her wearing ear buds in Indonesian, the language he understands well because he doesn't speak a word of French beyond "bon jour."

This exchange via wireless ear buds has been made possible through the ear bud translation technology that has been emerging over the last year or so

Now, there is an improvement on that:  MARS wireless earbuds.Using Bluetooth-technology, MARS allows this exchange to take place, not using one pair of earbuds each, but one earbud each. That is, one ear bud per person.

The result of a collaboration of Korean Internet provider, Naver Corporation, and one of its subsidiaries, Line Corporation, and using Naver’s Papago AI (artificial intelligence) translation technology, MARS currently works in more than 10 languages, including English, French, Indonesian and Japanese. That number will eventually rise to more than 40 using Google Translate.

MARS ear buds are designed with a microphone inside which shuts out ambient noise. Another nifty feature of the ear buds is their Clova AI technology. This allows users to make phone calls, receive texts and listen to music using their voice.

MARS should be on the market in early 2018.

Visit and bookmark https://line.me/en-US/ to learn more about MARS.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Innovative, Interactive Mobilize Rescue Systems Teach Medical Basics in a Pinch Until the Calvary Arrives

The Mobilize Rescue Systems Compact kit is small enough to carry on your person.

HEADS UP: We're back – from outer space – and touch down to find you here with that stupefied look upon your face. Don't be petrified. We will be your guides ... As per usual, til 24 Dec., the elves at The Wright Wreport will introduce at least one or a series of products, items and brands that we believe are worthy of consideration as holiday gift(s). You will survive (the Yuletide season and beyond)!

BY VW

YOUR
partner suffers a nasty cut while carving the bird. An accident victim is suffering convulsions. A passerby passes out – right at your feet.

Of course, one of your first thoughts is to see what you can do – usually not much – until the paramedics arrive. This has been the normal protocol in emergency situations for time immemorial, but things have changed.

You, you, you and you now have the power to do more with the advent of products like the Mobilize Rescue Systems. Simply put, it is an interactive first-aid kit that can arm untrained bystanders with enough medical know-how and equipment to help someone in distress until the professionals arrive on the scene.

The Mobilize Rescue Systems Mobile kit.

Developed by a team of emergency response educators, military veterans, physicians and software developers, Mobilize Rescue Systems launched about a year ago.

It is an app-based, interactive first-aid kit that uses an algorithm to determine the most serious injury or injuries. Then, through prompts, it directs the user with step-by-step instructions on how to manage the emergency using corresponding, color-coded supplies in the first-aid kit. This latter element sets it head and shoulders above competitors.

The Mobilize Rescue Systems is based on the standard emergency care guidelines and can be used in a variety of emergencies, including CPR, allergic reactions, severe bleeding, cardiac arrest and chest trauma.

Among the supplies, depending on the kit: First-aid Guide, Sterile Conforming Stretch Gauze, Burn Cream Packets and Instant Glucose. The kit has been put through its paces by various safety experts and professionals and has not come up wanting. That’s a good thing, considering what’s at stake, including the pricetag.

Currently, there are three Mobile Rescue Systems kits: a 15-pound Comprehensive ($2199)
and 10-pound Mobile ($1750) that come with an embedded iPad. The one-pound Compact ($180) works with smartphones.

The latter, small enough to fit comfortably in a bag or large pocket, currently has only eight supplies: SOF-T Wide Tourniquet, Emergency Trauma Dressing, QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing, Hyfin Chest Seal, CPR Face Shields with bite block, Emergency Space Mylar Blanket, Trauma Shears and Nitrile Gloves. The larger kits have 30, including all of the aformentioned.

The Mobilize Rescue Systems Comprehensive kit.

A brand representative with whom I spoke at the recent Luxury Technology Show in New York, where the kits were on display, acknowledged the shortcoming and said it is being addressed.

Still, with its limited supplies, the Compact kit is a handy piece of equipment to have on hand if someone falls down and breaks his or her crown.

Visit http://www.mobilizerescue.com/ to learn more about the Mobilize Rescue Systems.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: In 'The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette,' Brenda Braxton Tells Show Business Types How to Act

In "The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette," Brenda Braxton dispenses advice about how performers should act backstage.

HEADS UP: We're back – from outer space – and touch down to find you here with that stupefied look upon your face. Don't be petrified. We will be your guides ... As per usual, til 24 Dec., the elves at The Wright Wreport will introduce at least one or a series of products, items and brands that we believe are worthy of consideration as holiday gift(s).  You will survive (the Yuletide season and beyond)!

BY TAMARA BECK

"IF
a project is due at noon, have it ready at 11:30 if possible."

"Don't be afraid to admit what you don't know and ask questions."

"Once again, gratitude goes a long way. A smile and a “please” and “thank you” should not be a thing of the past."


You want a successful career in the theater, or show business in general. However, you take your behavioral cues from the divas of reality TV. To be a star, you believe that you should be a brat. Your sense of entitlement is colossal.

You, my friend, are on an express train toward Nobodyville, that is unless you get your hands on a copy of Brenda Braxton's "The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette." And heed the aforementioned wisdom and more (common sense stuff, actually) as if your career depends on it, which it does.

The Broadway star, who got her break in 1976 when she was cast in "Guys and Dolls," will help you reset your manners meter. Good manners, she says, work best for you backstage just as they do in life. She should know.

A poster of Brenda Braxton as Velma in "Chicago."

BB has gone on to star in such shows as the long-running Broadway musical, "Chicago," in which she played Velma as well as a member of the chorus. Her work in "Smokey Joe's Cafe garnered her a Best Actress Tony nomination. The New York native has also choreographed for several productions of "Dreamgirls."

"You just never know when the question might come up, 'Can someone stand in for so-and-so?' " "You'll be able to raise your hand and say, 'I know those lines',"that is, if you've learned those lines.

"The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette" grew out of backstage conversations over the years between BB and young performers seeking advice about longevity in the industry.

Visit https:/www.brendabraxton.com/new-books/ to learn more about "The Little Black Book of Backstage Etiquette," including purchase information. The book is also available on Amazon.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

In the Classroom of Prof. Johnny Leggs, 'Latin History for Morons' Is Delivered With Light, Heat and a Lotta Heart

John Leguizamo proves that he is a graphic artist in "Latin History for Morons." Photos by Matthew Murphy.

BY TAMARA BECK

YOU
paid your ticket, and honestly, it's on par with what Dr. X has been charging for your 50-minute hour.

The question is whether John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons, at Studio 54 in an extended run through 25 Feb. 2018, is your therapy or his? Either way, your 100 minutes give you more than your fair share of entertainment and food-for-thought.

As is his wont, JL sprinkles intimate details amid quips and dance routines. He boasts, as is also his wont, of his street cred with something like a diffident bravado. He is a charmer.

Director Tony Taccone could have tightened the pace a touch, but JL's observations are clever and wide-ranging: from the current sexual harassment charges pouring out of Hollywood, to politics, to centuries of oppression of Latinos.

Rachel Hauck's classroom set centers on a large blackboard on which JL imparts the Latin history (Add graphic artist to his resume, which already includes stage star, screen actor and author).

The artist has a catholic (with a small "c" – look it up) knowledge of the world, hence "Latin History for Morons" is quite illuminating.

It is also heartfelt and heartwarming.

Visit https://www.latinhistorybroadway.com to learn the more about "Latin History for Morons."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Revisiting an Incident That Went Down Some 30 Years Ago in an Opera … On a Mission to Help Kids Pull Themselves Together … Food for Thought and Consumption From The Hort

From "Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined" at the Whitney Museum of American Art: Pregnant, 2017. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper, 74 1/2 x 42 in. ©Toyin Ojih Odutola. Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

OCTOBER

THE leaves are turning colors and life is rolling at a good clip. A Nigerian-born artists makes waves in New York City. In Miami Beach, all manner of sounds reverberate at the REVOLT music conference.

An opera about a hateful incident in the City of Brotherly Love turns up at the Apollo Theater. On the film festival circuit: investigative works, international emerging artists, and writers getting their due.

1-7 Oct.

LIFESTYLE. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 6 Oct. Mission Be 2017 Gratitude Gala. The evening will feature live music, performers,dancing as well as a live and silent auction and more. Mission Be is dedicated to helping students manage stress and regulate their emotions. Captain Bill’s Restaurant & Catering. 122 Ocean Ave. Bay Shore, NY. http://www.bit.ly/2g05LQh

MUSIC. 8 p.m. 6-7 Oct. We Shall Not Be Moved. The opera, having its New York premiere at the Apollo Theater, is based on the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. The incident resulted in 11 deaths and the destruction of numerous rowhouses. It is composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain and features choreography by Bill T. Jones.. Apollo Theater, 253 125th St. New York. http://www.apollotheater.org/moved/ www.chelseafilm.org/

8-14 Oct.


MUSIC. 12-15 Oct. REVOLT RMC 2017 Music Conference. The festival from Sean Combs’ new REVOLT TV music cable networks features four days of panels, performances, auditions and more about making it in the music business. Nobu Eden Roc Hotel & Resort, 4525 Collins Ave.. Miami Beach, FL. http://www.revoltmusicconference.com/

15-21 Oct.



FILM. 19-22 Oct. 5th Chelsea Film Festival. The latest iteration of the international film festival that spotlights the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors has a new entry this year. Billed as a “pre-celebration of the Chelsea-based festival is the “Women in Power” program on Wednesday, 18 Oct. It is an invite-only, half-day conference,co-partnered by The Hollywood Reporter.
The topic on the table: “Women in Leadership Positions: How Did They Make it To The Top?” … Screenings, Q&As, discussions and industry mixers will predominate once the festival commences in earnest. Various locations in and around the Chelsea neighborhood. New York. http://www.chelseafilm.org/


FILM. 19-22 Oct. Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival. Now in its third year, this festival is presented by 100Reporters, an investigative news group. The festival spotlights compelling investigative films, plus features panels and symposiums for journalists and visual storytellers. The opening film is “One of Us,” from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. It follows three people who made the decision to leave Hasidic Judaism. Other films include "The Rape of Recy Taylor. Various locations. Washington, D.C. http://www.doubleexposurefestival.com/

ART. 20 Oct. Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined. Billed as the artist’s first solo museum exhibit in New York, “Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined” at the Whitney Museum of American Art is a series of fictional portraits that chronicle the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. Themes include identity, authenticity and representation. Odutola is Nigerian-born and Alabama-rasied. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. New York. http:// www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/ToyinOjihOdutola

22 Oct. and beyond


ART. Through 23 Oct. Calder: Hypermobility. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents an exhibition of some of Alexander Calder's most extraordinary mobile sculptures. These works are given space to achieve the range of motions and sounds intended by their creator. The exhibit is accompanied by talks, concerts, film screenings and performances. Whiney Museum of American Art, New York. http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/CalderHypermobility

FOOD. Noon-2 p.m. 24 Oct. Annual Fall Luncheon. “Putting Good Food on the Table” is the theme of this year’s annual fundraiser of The Horticultural Society of New York. Huguette Hersch is to receive the Award of Excellence. Culinary honorees include Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson (The Cecil, Minton’s Harlem). One of the main goals of “The Hort” is to “sustain the vital connection between people and plants.” The Metropolitan Club. 1 East 60th St. New York. http://www.thehort.org/luncheon/

FILM. 26-29 Oct. Austin Film Festival and Writer’s Conference. What sets this film festival apart from most is that it includes a writers conference. Whether one is writing from the movies, TV, theater or online, s/he is celebrated at this festival. Various locations. Austin, Texas. http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/festival-and-conference-aff/conference/

Friday, July 21, 2017

Over the Top and Overflowing With Laughs, 'Girls Trip' Is a Getaway That You Don't Want to Miss

The Flossy Posse is wigged out: Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall. Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures.

BY VW

FOUR
college friends – five years estranged – reunite when they journey to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

During the stay of the "Flossy Posse" in The Big Easy all manner of fun, good times, hijinks, old hurts, perceived new betrayals and doom are in play.

In a nutshell, that is the premise of "Girls Trip," which opens today in U.S. theaters. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee from a screenplay by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, the comedy stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.

To be clear, "Girls Trip" is puerile, gross, tasteless and vulgar. It has marked undertones of "Weekend at Bernie's," “Entourage," "Sex in the City" as well as numerous, nameless comedy films aimed at the funny bones and libidos of males 12 to 25. Except, these are women. Black women. Thankfully, with divergent personalities, giving viewers four very different variations of black womanhood. As it should be, since there are myriad iterations.

More important, "Girls Trip" is funny and occasionally tender and touching. It also boasts some entertaining archival concert footage featuring Mariah Carey, Bel Biv Devoe and other acts. There are also a number of cameos, including P. Diddy and chef Carla Hall Mostly, “Girl’s Trip” is funny. Very funny.

Providing most of the laughs is TH. Clearly, she is the designated comic relief. And as Dina, girlfriend brings it in spades in every, well-intentioned, laser-focused, expletive-filled rant. She steals the film. Lest viewers are confused, be advised that comedic acting is difficult; considerably more than dramatic acting. TH is utterly believable as a woman plagued by anger-management problems.

All four are troubled in their own way and doing what they have to do to get through it. Sasha (QL), once a respected journalist, has sunk into the muck and mire of bossip (black folk gossip). Lisa (JPS), serially distrustful of men, has moved herself and her two children in with her mother, spending far too much of her time smothering rather than mothering.

Ryan (RH), who is becoming increasingly successful as a self-help author by declaring to women that they can have it all, has far less than that herself. Including Mr. Right For Her.

On this trip they are to get away from their troubles. And when they do, they go all in. In fact, they let it rip, from bungee-cording (exquisitely tasteless) in the French Quarter, to triple-teaming an interloper during a cooking segment (fun), to going on an absinthe-fueled tear (side splittingly funny) to kicking butt during a dance-off in a nightclub (riotous). The Flossy Posse is in da house, y'all!

Toasting with drinks spiked with way too much absinthe.

Hanging over all of these contretemps, however, like a family of ominous storm clouds, is the threat of a scandal involving Ryan. It has the potential to destroy her marriage and her fledgling empire. This bombshell can potentially tear asunder the Flossy Posse.

It is in these spaces – when disaster is sharpening its poisonous arrows – that the comedy in "Girls Trip" gives way to drama. Usually, in this sort of comedy, the drama is outside of too much, utterly over the top, fully unbelievable.

Here, it is very natural; organic. As when Sasha and Ryan have a belated confrontation in the lobby of their hotel after all four women have a battle royale with each other. Lisa and Dina quit the lobby in high dungeon, leaving Sasha and Ryan alone. It’s a reckoning.

All that fun can wear a girl out.

This exchange will resonate resoundingly with any woman with long-term female friends. Your heart and all your superb wishes go out to them both.

Naturally, “Girls Trip” has a happy ending. And the real exploration is the fun-filled journey getting there.

”Girl’s Trip is rated R. Visit http://www.girlstripmovie.com/ to learn more about the film.
 
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