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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

#NHLPeachy #PeachysPetPals #BarkAndreFurry @NHL #WhomYouKnow Exclusive Interview from Las Vegas with Bark Andre Furry @BarkAndreFurry @GoldenKnights Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know @GaroNazarianDDS #cosmopolitandental #loveyoursmile Happy 10th Birthday Bark Andre Furry!


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Those eyes… That smile… The face… Move over Elvis Impersonators, there’s a new star in Las Vegas! Bark-Andre Furry is the adorable nearly 10-year old Jack Russell Terrier (he has papers to prove it) who is fast becoming the 4-legged darling of Sin City. His persona name is a direct tribute to star Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-André Fleury, and the fans, team, and community have embraced him with open arms. This pup has walked the red carpet at the NHL awards, was awarded ESPN's "NHL Doggo of the Year - 2018", plus has taken center stage on various Las Vegas News stations and the NHL Network. Not only that, a plush toy in his honor is currently in development (Christmas is just around the corner!). 

The activity, fame, and social media around Bark keeps his owner (aka “Biped”), Rick Williams, on his toes. Rick says, “He’s a popular dog who loves people and being social. As any good parent would, I support him by devoting myself to his activities. While it takes time and energy, it’s totally worth it to see Bark and the people of Las Vegas so happy.” 

As a small pup (whelp date 8-15-08), Bark was brought to Las Vegas by a well-meaning couple as a companion for their young Jack Russell Terrier. Bark-Andre learned that life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re going to get. As with many sibling rivalries, the older dog didn’t take to the new family member, so Rick rescued him from the unhealthy situation. Intending to only foster the pup, Rick went to work to find him a new home. It didn’t take long for he and his dog, Hannah, to fall in love and adopt him. They named him Fenway Williams (Rick is Boston-born and a diehard Red Sox fan). Sister Hannah has since crossed the rainbow bridge, and the now-family of two are inseparable. He’s been lovingly cared for by Rick for 9.3 years now. 

The name Bark-André Furry came to him at the beginning of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL season. According to Fenway, “I watched every Golden Knights game on TV with my Dad and became kind of obsessed with the puck and sticks. The action and constant movement of the puck hooked me quick”. 

Now that Hockey Season is over (we’ll get them next year Vegas Golden Knights!), Bark-André has been busy with visits to the LVMPD 911 Dispatch Center, Sunrise Children’s Hospital pediatric ward, and attending most every community-rich event in his home town. 

What makes Bark so perfectly suited at being a four-legged ambassador is his breed. Jack Russell Terriers are extremely energetic with an inherent need to do a job. While some could view his single-digit “prick ear” as less than desirable, those who know him would beg to differ. This feature only helps to give him a quirky, adorable look and besides, nobody’s perfect, right? He is often mistaken for a Westie because he’s pure white with no spotting. You’ll occasionally find him napping on the sofa of his “dog cave” amongst the sports memorabilia and toy friends, but for the most part, Bark is ready to jump into the truck with head out the window, ready for his next Las Vegas adventure. 

Bark’s Facebook “About” page describes him as “a Vegas Golden Knights Fan, Singer of songs, and lover of life!”. So true Bark-André Furry, so very true.  We are absolutely thrilled to present Bark Andre Furry as our latest Peachy's Pet Pal!  Peachy Deegan interviewed Bark for Whom You Know.


​ Peachy Deegan:
What do you love most about Marc-Andre Fleury? 

Bark Andre Furry:
Marc-André as his friends call him, is a lover of life, enjoys the game of hockey, he’s quick with a smile, and never takes himself too seriously. He’s the Jack Russell Terrier of NHL goalies! 

Tell us why he might be your favorite player. 
There is no “might be” about it, Marc-André is my favorite player. He’s a leader among bipeds, and always seems happy. He reminds me of… me! 

Tell us about the times when you have met Marc-Andre please. 
I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting Marc-André one time, but it’s a day I’ll never forget. In the middle of our playoff run, he asked the Golden Knights to arrange our meeting after his wife noticed the picture of me on the NHL Instagram page sporting my Bark-André #29 sweater. During our 15-minute meeting we talked a little hockey (we had just swept the LA Kings in round-1) and shared a few laughs. He autographed my sweater and then I wished him well in round-2. 

Who are your other favorite Las Vegas Golden Knights and why? 
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Alex Tuch jump to mind because they’ve both have taken time to have their pictures taken with me. On that list would also be Deryk Engelland, for it was he that delivered the speech at our home-opener following the events of October 1, 2017. To this day, I can’t watch the video without tearing up. The Golden Knights provided light in our city’s darkest hour. 

What songs do you like to sing? 
I love to take songs and change the words to help rally our team. “Happy Days are Here Again”, “Mack-the-Knife”, “Sweet Caroline”, to name a few. I’m already working on songs for next season. 

Did you used to watch the Red Sox games and do you still watch them now? 
Used to? Still do, although with our run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I wasn’t able to watch many games until recently… except for Yankees/Red Sox games. My neighbor “Jeter the dog” and I get together during those games. We love a good rivalry. 

What do you love about the Red Sox and did you know Peachy is the only girl that wrote for Boston Baseball? 
Love for a team, as well as love for baseball, is generational. I love the Red Sox as my biped loves the Red Sox, as his biped (my grand-biped) loves the Red Sox, and so on. I enjoy any game that involves chasing after something or someone. When I found out that Peachy wrote for the Red Sox, my first reaction was to burst out in a chorus of #DirtyWater. I knew then that Peachy and I would be good friends. 

Have you been to Fenway Park and seen the Green Monster? 
I’ve never been to Fenway Park, my only encounter has been watching the Red Sox on television, and stories my biped has shared. As for the “Green Monster”, I do own a “Wally the Green Monster” plushie that I chew on from time-to-time. Does that count? 

What surprises you most about being a celebrity? 
People now recognize me without my uniform (it might be my ear that gives me away). Sometimes when I’m at the park or shopping at the Farmer’s Market with the biped, people will stop me to ask if I’m Bark-André and request a pawtograph. 

What do you enjoy most about being a celebrity? 
I don’t view myself as a celebrity, more of a dog about town. If I had to pick one thing it would be the treats! People are always offering to bake me cookies or bring me treats. The beef jerky is my favorite. 

How do you sign autographs? 
The biped had my pawprint digitized and then transferred to a self-inking stamp. It’s a huge time saver, since I lack an opposable thumb, and find it uncomfortable to have a pen taped to my leg. 

What should the world know about your biped, Rick? 
He’s kind and giving of his time. He accommodates my philanthropic endeavors and makes sure I’m always on time. 

Is he your agent or do you have an agent too? 
My agent? No. He’s best described as my companion, cook, and chauffeur. I don’t have an agent at this time, nor have I been approached. I don’t worry about such things. My time is best spent serving my community. 

What kinds of deals are you looking to negotiate? 
I’m currently working on producing a plush toy in my image, a percentage of sales to be given to animal charities. If I could, I’d like to be able to give back to the game of hockey to ensure that everyone that would like to play has the opportunity. 

What is your favorite moment in the history of hockey? 
Keep in mind that hockey history for me is only two-years old. Number one would be that day in June 2016 when the NHL granted Mr. Foley and the city of Las Vegas our franchise. Little did we know at the time how much this team would mean to the people of Las Vegas. 

What do you think will clinch the Stanley Cup for Las Vegas in future days? 
After speaking with Mr. Foley a few weeks back, I’m convinced that the Vegas Golden Knights will win the Cup within the next three years. It is Mr. Foley’s determination, and the determination and commitment of the entire organization to winning, that will bring the Stanley Cup to Las Vegas. 

Has dog food ever been eaten out of the Cup, and if Las Vegas wins it would you like to eat out of it or drink Champagne? 
During an interview with the NHL Network, it was pointed out to me that dog food has indeed been eaten from the Cup and that I might want to set my sights a little higher. If given the chance, I’d like to take it a step further (not Alex Ovechkin further) by taking a champagne bath in the cup! I doubt any NHL player has been able to bathe in the Cup. 

How many plastic flamingoes do you own and do you name them? 
I own one plastic flamingo, it resides in a house plant inside my dog-cave. 

If so what are their names? 
“Victoria el Flamenco” 

What was it like to win an ESPN award? 
In an article by Greg Wyshynski, ESPN, dated June 15, 2018 titled “The Alternative NHL Awards for 2017-18” I was honed to be named “Doggo of the Year”! While this might not get me elected to the NHL Hall of Fame, it was humbling to receive such recognition when considering some of the great hockey dogs that might have been chosen such as @OvieTheBulldog or @GustlTweets

Do you have any impersonators in life or on the internet? 
Impersonators no, at least none that I’m aware of. There are a few hockey dogs with similar names such as Marc-Andre Fleury, Bark Fleury, Bark Andrea Flirty. Given the popularity of Marc-André it’s not surprising, and if someone should choose to name their biped or pet after me, I would consider it a great honor. 

Are you going to be a Flamingo for Halloween? 
I’m usually tasked with handing out candy to the little bipeds that come to my door on Halloween. I suppose I could dress up this year, perhaps as Brad Marchand? I certainly have the tongue for it. 

Are the flamingoes of Las Vegas going to be you for Halloween? 
I’d like to think so, but our “Victory Flamingo” will be in St. Louis preparing for our game with the Blues on November 1. I doubt that Coach Gallant will allow her to go “trick-or-treating” the night before a big game. 

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 
Mark Twain wrote “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” I think about that a lot, and how with a bit of effort I can make someone’s day a little better. 

What are you proudest of and why? 
Through my activities and personal appearances, I have provided my biped the vehicle he’s needed to volunteer in our community. 

What is your favorite toy and why? 
Usually, it’s the one some little biped is holding at Golden Knights practice that I can’t have. But at home I have a “Chance NHL” stuffie (the Golden Knights mascot), and a vintage tennis ball that I’ve been slobbering on for years. 

What do you get in trouble for and why is that not fair? 
It’s not trouble so much as embarrassment for the biped. Due to my close proximity to the ground and my love of body lotion, I’m often found sampling lotion from random legs as I walk through a crowd. It draws some strange reactions from people as they jump to see who’s licking their legs. 

What do you take your sense of identity from? 
I have a painted piece of wood in my dog-cave with the words of the Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I like to think I make things, and life around me, a little bit better. 

What is your favorite place to be? 
Aside from my dog-cave, may favorite place to be is City National Arena, the practice facility of the Vegas Golden Knights. I love spending time with fellow Knights fans, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of a live sporting event. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 
I’ve been known to indulge in a Bowser Beer when socializing. On one such occasion, the Bowser Beer didn’t agree with the aperitif and I may, or may not have, used the purse of my bipeds’ friend to relieve my discomfort. 

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 
Hard question. I suppose Ricky Bobby, Bark likes to go fast! 

What has been your best athletic experience? 
Personally, I’m not much of an athlete. Unlike my Jack Russell Terrier counterparts, I don’t run fast, I don’t have much bounce, and I don’t enjoy exerting myself unless absolutely necessary. That being said, I do like to join in street hockey games with the little bipeds in the neighborhood. They play keep away from Bark, and I enjoy the company. 

If you could have dinner with any person or animal living or passed, who would it be and why? 
Living, Emmylou Harris. She’s been rescuing dogs in Nashville since 2004. Her organization, Bonaparte’s Retreat, rescues dog whose time has run out at local shelters, and who, without her help would be put down. Also, Bark would love to hear her sing in person! 

Passed, Moose the dog, aka “Eddie” on Fraiser. I like the cut of his jib, and I’m certain he could offer invaluable career advice. 

What should the world know about your canine pal, Sir Winston
Winston and I have been buddies for about three months; we met at a Golden Knights “send-off” party during round-1 of the playoffs. He loves doing tricks for people, and I believe he has a lot of potential to become a great hockey dog. I’ve taken him by the paw, and even introduced him to my tailor so he can get fitted for a custom jersey. He needs to look his best for our B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bowl) doggo cotillion we’re co-hosting in September, to help raise money for Las Vegas pets in need. 

What has been your best art or music experience? 
A few years back, my biped brought me on an adventure to see the Pacific Ocean (I had never seen the ocean). During that same trip to Los Angeles, he brought me along to see Melody Gardot at the Orpheum Theatre. We ended up second row, center stage, it was like she was singing just for me. I love me some Melody! 

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 
I came into this world knowing how to love, and to love unconditionally. That’s what I know, that’s what I do, that’s what I give. Nothing more. 

Other than Peachy's Pet Pals of course, what is your favorite WhomYouKnow.com column and what do you like about it? 
Movers and Shakers!  Niki J. Crawford is my favorite! I listen to her at home (she has a voice that makes my tail twitch), but I never knew that she grew up in a small town in Louisiana, and has even appeared in movies. It was great getting to know her. 

Have you been to Manhattan and if not what would you like to do if the NHL invites you to their offices on Sixth Avenue? 
I have not been to Manhattan, although the biped has visited two or three times. If invited, my first stop would be the NHL office to personally thank and take pictures with everyone at their offices. 

What else would you like to do in Manhattan? 
See a Broadway play, take a Hansom Cab ride, go to the top of the Empire State Building, etc. I’d also like the opportunity to poop in Central Park. While this might not seem like a big deal to a NYC pup, it would provide me bragging rights with my K-9 friends in Vegas and on Instagram. I’d also like to visit the William Secord Museum; word on the street is that they allow dogs to roam freely while viewing the art. 

What should everyone know about the City of Las Vegas? 
We are more than The Strip! Rent a car when you come to Las Vegas and explore. Within an hour you can be skiing on Mt Charleston (winter), boating on Lake Mead, touring the Hoover Dam, hiking Red Rock Canyon, or exploring the Valley of Fire State Park. 

What should everyone know about the Golden Knights? 
The organization is first rate from top to bottom. We have a team philosophy, with no one individual bigger than the team, and therefore all are accountable to the team. 

What can you tell us about your upcoming plush toy? 
It’s amazing! I just saw the prototypes and the resemblance is uncanny - right down to my funny ear! The hope is to have it available prior to the start of the 2018-19 NHL season, with a portion of sales being donated to local animal foundations. 

What do you have planned for your birthday on August 15th? 
It being my tenth birthday, a milestone for any dog, I hope to enjoy dinner out at my favorite restaurant Lazy Dogs (they have a dog menu), surrounded by all of my friends - both two and four legged. 

What are your future dreams and aspirations? 
Aside from bathing in the Stanley Cup, I’d like to meet the University of Georgia’s mascot “UGA”. I’d also like to see a cartoon version of me on a shirt! That would be cool! 

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 
I love throwing on my sweater and assuming the role of Bark-André Furry as much as I enjoy being Fenway. Like an actor playing a part, I’m able to differentiate between the two, and I love that I’m able to bring so many people such joy. 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 
I can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @BarkAndreFurry, Facebook at: www.facebook.com/barkandre or soon on my website: www.barkandrefurry.com

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#MovietimeInManhattan @TheAcademy #WhomYouKnow Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Linux Foundation Launch the Academy Software Foundation



Founding members include Animal Logic, Autodesk, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, DNEG, DreamWorks Animation, Epic Games, Foundry, Google Cloud, Intel, SideFX, The Walt Disney Studios, and Weta Digital


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Linux Foundation launched the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) to provide a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Linux Foundation for this vital initiative that fosters more innovation, more collaboration, more creativity among artists and engineers in our community,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “The Academy Software Foundation is core to the mission of our Academy: promoting the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”

“Open Source Software has enabled developers and engineers to create the amazing visual effects and animation that we see every day in the movies, on television and in video games,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “With the Academy Software Foundation, we are providing a home for this community of open source developers to collaborate and drive the next wave of innovation across the motion picture and broader media industries.”

The ASWF is the result of a two-year investigation by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council into the use of Open Source Software (OSS) across the motion picture industry. The survey found that more than 80% of the industry uses open source software, particularly for animation and visual effects. However, this widespread use of OSS has also created challenges including siloed development, managing multiple versions of OSS libraries (“versionitis”) and varying governance and licensing models that need to be addressed in order to ensure a healthy open source ecosystem.

“Developers and engineers across the industry are constantly working to find new ways to bring images to life, and open source enables them to start with a solid foundation while focusing on solving unique, creative challenges rather than reinventing the wheel,” said Rob Bredow, SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic and Member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, Open Source Investigation Committee. “We are very excited to launch the Academy Software Foundation and provide a home for open source developers to collaborate, regardless of where they work, and share best practices which we believe will drive innovation across the industry.”

ASWF Mission: The mission of the ASWF is to increase the quality and quantity of open source contributions bydeveloping a governance model, legal framework and community infrastructure that lowers the barrier to entry for developing and using open source software. Developers interested in learning more or contributing can sign up to join the mailing list at www.aswf.io/community.

The ASWF Goals are to:
Provide a neutral forum to coordinate cross-project efforts, establish best practices and share resources across the motion picture and broader media industries.
Develop an open continuous integration (CI) and build infrastructure to enable reference builds from the community and alleviate issues caused by siloed development.
Provide individuals and organizations with a clear path for participation and code contribution.
Streamline development for build and runtime environments through the sharing of open source build configurations, scripts and recipes.
Provide better, more consistent licensing through a shared licensing template.

“In the last 25 years, software engineers have played an increasing role in the most successful movies of our time,” said David Morin, Project Lead for the Academy Open Source Investigation. “The Academy Software Foundation is set to provide funding, structure and infrastructure for the open source community, so that engineers can continue to collaborate and accelerate software development for moviemaking and other media for the next 25 years.”

For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit http://www.aswf.io/.

SIGGRAPH 2018

The ASWF will have a significant presence at SIGGRAPH 2018. Interested developers and engineers can learn more about the ASWF by attending the keynote session on Monday, August 13, from 2:00 - 3:15 pm PT by Rob Bredow, SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM, or following the keynote livestream on YouTube or Facebook.

Conference attendees are also invited to participate in the Academy Software Foundation Birds of a Feather (BoF) session on Tuesday, August 14, from 9:00 - 10:00 am PT in the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building, Room 11.

Academy Software Foundation Supporting Premier Partners

Founding members of the ASWF include: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Animal Logic, Autodesk, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, DNEG, DreamWorks Animation, Epic Games, Google Cloud, Intel, Walt Disney Studios, and Weta Digital at the Premier level, and Foundry and SideFX at the General level.

Animal Logic

"Animal Logic is proud to be an inaugural member of this industry initiative to support foundational software on which future innovations will be developed. Combined with our open-source contribution through AL_USDMaya, this signifies our commitment to giving back to the community that has provided us with so much.”
- Darin Grant, CTO, Animal Logic Group

Autodesk

“Autodesk understands and appreciates the diversity of our media and entertainment customer’s workflows and the critical role open source projects play in making them successful. We are very excited to collaborate with the Academy and The Linux Foundation to build this industry initiative to strengthen the projects and ecosystem we all rely on.”
- Guy Martin, director of Open Source, Autodesk

Blue Sky Studios

"Blue Sky Studios is thrilled to be a part of the Academy Software Foundation launch. Open source technologies give filmmakers the wonderful opportunity to collaborate and give back to the community. As a studio we are committed to making entertainment that means something to the world, and are excited when other filmmakers do the same. With the ASWF we have the opportunity to help each other in this goal: to create technology for ourselves and each other, so we can craft beautiful and compelling stories that make us all proud.”
- Hank Driskill, Chief Technology Officer, Blue Sky Studios

Cisco

“Cisco is joining the Academy Software Foundation to help fuel technology innovation in the creation and production of film and TV. Linux and OSS have become de facto standards across a wide number of industries, and we are realizing the distinct benefits for pre- and post-production as Hollywood and Silicon Valley continue to explore best practices for technology transfer.”
- Dave Ward, Senior Vice President, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco

DNEG

“Open source software projects have contributed significantly to the success and growth of the Visual Effects industry. DNEG recognises the importance of these projects in the service of our key goal: participating in the telling of inspiring and innovative stories through technology. As such we are delighted to support the ASWF and are excited by the prospect of collaborating on the software that will form the basis of the future of our industry.”
- Graham Jack, CTO, DNEG

DreamWorks Animation

"DreamWorks Animation is pleased to be a founding Premier member of the Academy Software Foundation. The formation of the Foundation underscores how vital open source technology is in the production industry, and how essential it is to future innovation and advancements. As an active open source contributor, and a dedicated consumer, we at DreamWorks Animation recognize the value of an oversight organization to ensure continued resources and momentum for software development."
- Andrew Pearce, VP of Global Technology, DreamWorks

Epic Games

"Epic Games is committed to providing a new generation of real-time technology for the film and television industry based on standard technology and practices. We are strong supporters of open source software and open platforms, and are thrilled to be part of the new Academy Software Foundation.”

- Marc Petit, General Manager, Unreal Engine Enterprise at Epic Games

Google Cloud

“Google Cloud is excited to be a Premier member of the Academy Software Foundation and to help contribute to the open source standards for industry software. Our core belief in an open platform for cloud users echoes the sentiments of the VFX industry and we look forward to collaborating on projects that will benefit all users.”
- Todd Prives, Product Manager, Google Cloud

Intel Corporation

“As a founding member of the Academy Software Foundation, Intel will join a vibrant community of studios, and software and hardware technology leaders to spur developer innovations and enable top-quality motion picture content that is better, faster and less expensive to make. Intel’s just announced Intel® Rendering Framework including software libraries Embree and OSPRay, and the new OpenImageDenoise library, can be used by ASWF members to develop compelling motion pictures and visual effects with all the benefits of open source solutions on Intel® architecture-based systems.”
- Lynn Comp, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Visual Cloud Division, Intel Corporation

The Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios

“The creation of the Academy Software Foundation is an important and exciting step for the motion picture industry. By increasing collaboration within our industry, it allows all of us to pool our efforts on common foundational technologies, drive new standards for interoperability and increase the pace of innovation.”
- Nick Cannon, Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Weta Digital

“We are proud to help establish the Academy Software Foundation as a Founding member. Thoughtful curation and dedicated financial commitment to open source platforms and standards is vital for our industry as we mature. The pace of innovation in visual effects is supported by a reliable platform of technology contributions by many companies and groups. The Academy Software Foundation will provide a unique collaboration environment that marries the interests of all parties and ensures the industry’s history of experimentation and creativity will continue well into the future.”
- Joe Letteri, Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

#TerrificTakeout #PeachysPicks #PeachyDeegan #Tamarind #WhomYouKnow #Manhattan @ManhattanPeachy A Peachy's Pick Since 2012, Tamarind by Avtar Walia Summer 2018 #Best #Indian #Restaurant in #Manhattan Right Now Says Whom You Know! #LobsterMasala We Love You!

Founder and Owner of Tamarind, Avtar Walia with Awahdi Murgh
 Lobster Masala, Peachy's favorite!
 
 It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we know Avtar Walia, fantastic creator of Tamarind, which started as a restaurant January 31, 2001 (great things start in January!) in the Flatiron District, and in Tribeca, the one and only location now, open since 2010.
His first Manhattan restaurant opened in 1986, and we find Tamarind to be the best and most competitive Indian restaurant in Manhattan right now.  We were incredibly impressed with their performance this summer.
The minute Peachy walked in the door, she was warmly greeted by Avtar and of course the super festive elephants.  We love elephants! 
Tamarind has been a Peachy's Pick Since 2012:
Note if a review is published and we do not indicate the restaurant is a Peachy's Pick, it is because we have not worked with them long enough to be convinced of their level of excellence.  
 
 The minute we were seated, we were brought water and lemon vertically sliced, even more essential on a hot summer day when we are more thirsty than usual.  Attention to detail is mastered at Tamarind and everyone here cares about everything and we have noticed.  They are truly committed to quality at every turn.
 
If you have been reading, you know that Peachy is interested in eating salads, salads and more salads right now.  Especially on sweltering days, salads can be the absolute highlight of a meal when everything else can be too hot to enjoy. 
 We began with Tamarind's Jalpari.  Note the commitment to aesthetics at Tamarind in dish presentation with this in particular and throughout the entire review.  Tamarind has class and style.  Peachy is pretty shrimpy in terms of height and her tastes also adore the shrimp noun (as well as the former adjective.)  Superlatively seared basil shrimp highlight the Jalpari along with bean and radish sprouts, pea shoots and microgreens.  Honey and ginger dressing is on the side for Ms. Super Picky; let's be honest.  Peachy is more than pretty picky.
 Another smashing salad we enjoyed is the Koshimbir.  This successfully combines beans, baby corn, lettuce, scallions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, mustard seeds, curry leaves and lentil fritter.  It is a beacon of nutrition and refreshment!  There is a third salad available but it has goat cheese and Peachy is not a goat cheese enthusiast.  If you are, you are sure to love it.
 
 Often Peachy orders things that are green because she likes to eat her favorite color and because most of the time green means healthy as well.  You will also love the Hara Bhara Kabab!  Everything is translated on the menu, believe us.  Peachy does not speak Indian either however the food nouns are making an impression on her edible vocabulary.  Spinach patties, paneer (this is cheese), garam masala (spice) and red chili are medium spicy and just delicious.  Tamarind knows how to combine properly and they are happy to tune the spiciness to your personal taste-ask when you order of course. 
 Three of the most perfect scallops we have eaten this summer have been at Tamarind (otherwise they were at Jubilee!)  as an appetizer.  They are incredible: pan-seared with tumeric, garam masala, poppy seeds and lemon juice.  The Bay Scallops are exceptionally fresh and sourced from California.  Not overdone and not underdone, these scallops are perfect.
 We have had the She Crab Soup before, and we wanted to check for consistency.  This originally was created by Raji Jallepalli, and if you are thinking a she crab is how Peachy's behavior is during a bad dinner review by not Tamarind, you are wrong.
She Crab is a species of crab from the East Coast of the USA: Maine and Massachusetts.
Watch the soup being poured in in action on the lemon, right in front of you.
We love this presentation!
 
 
 
 
 The she crab meat is beautiful and a most summery flavor you can savor.  Curry leaves and root vegetables round it out and some coconut rum accentuates the liquid party!  You must try it and say a little prayer for Raji while you eat it.  We did not know her but clearly from this taste, she was a smart cookie.
 An amuse bouche was the onion fritter with raspberry chili sauce and cashew nuts, hitting on some of our most favorite flavors.  The amuse bouche changes daily at Tamarind.
 Resting upon a fine banana leaf, Lasuni Gobi, a special the day we visited (Lucky Peachy!) is sure to impress immensely.  This battered cauliflower is a staple of many Indian menus, but few do it as well as Tamarind, who craft it with corn flour and white flour and deep fry it to perfection.  Peachy does not eat many fried foods, but she eats this fried food.
It is magically spicy and boasts a sublime kick.
DRUMROLL PLEASE.  
 LOBSTER MASALA! 
TA DAAAAAAAAAA!
 
 
 
 It is just as gorgeous as it is delicious.  Everyone has had Chicken Tikka Masala and that is Peachy's go-to-standard of Indian food, however, that was until she knew of such a thing as Lobster Masala, which is infinitely better, at Tamarind.  
Lobster Masala is the Chanel little black dress of this menu, and we think Bronwyn will know what we mean.  It waltzes in creamy tomato sauce, cashew nuts (our favorite), onions, garlic and shiitake mushrooms and is is our FAVORITE.  It goes without saying that bien sur the lobster is fresh.
There is chicken at Indian restaurants, and then there is Awahdi Murgh at Tamarind.
 Avtar suggested this:
Baked chicken breast is lightly rubbed with nutmeg and garam masala and teams up with a minced chicken yogurt sauce with mushrooms, spinach, and cheese to result in an immensely enjoyable top-notch chicken dish.   We liked it but we liked the seafood more this visit.
  Avtar pointed out that if we love that lobster, we should try the Malai Halibut and he was right! Here's another total winner.  In case you are into awards, you should know this was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2004 USA Fish Dish Awards.
 Halibut is extraordinarily seasoned with mace, cardamom, coconut and ginger sauce that amalgamates to the ultimately compelling fish dish that will brighten up your summer with flair!  Also, you should know that of all of the Indian restaurants in New York, Tamarind has the best wine list by a marathon, not a mile.
 
 Next, Peachy had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb and its creamy onion sauce was white as snow!  But seriously, the Masala Gosht will convince you you do in fact like lamb when you are eating it at Tamarind.  California lamb is perfectly tender and flavorful with whole crushed spices, red wine and shiitake mushrooms and is a compelling entree any season.
 Up until this point, though Peachy was heavily seasoned with all of the spicy foods, she was not on fire.  Believe it or not, what did put her on fire was the brussel sprouts!  Beware if you also have wimpy Irish taste buds, these are super powerful.   
 But, once she was on fire, Peachy quite enjoyed it.  Kalaikkose Pirattal is its proper name, and brussel sprouts are joined by curry leaves in full force, dessicated coconut and tamilian spices.  We do not remember seeing any other Indian restaurant do brussel sprouts and we applaud this rendition!  We were starting to get bored of the typical sauteed in bacon and garlic.  You can not be bored with anything on the Tamarind menu as it is highly unique and excellent.
 Meet Murgh Malai Kebab!  It's an appetizer.  Chicken is marinated for 24 hours in hung yogurt (meaning water strained, concentrated), coriander, cream cheese and carrom seeds resulting in a landmark performance by a medium as ordinary as chicken. 
 
And, they even do an amazing cappuccino! 
Peachy cannot pretend to be this happy. She is a terrible actress and people should know how they are doing from her level of enthusiasm on the review as she does not fake it.
She is as happy as she is here at Tamarind, or she is not.  Maybe Avtar has a new Facebook picture now!  His current one is also terrific.

Tamarind continues to be Highly Recommended.
Go visit the highly coveted Lobster Masala!




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#FashionAlert #WhomYouKnow @museumatFIT @narcisostudio 2018 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion: Narciso Rodriguez Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners

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The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT will honor Narciso Rodriguez with its 2018 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The luncheon benefits The Museum at FIT (MFIT), New York’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of fashion. As has become tradition, the award ceremony and luncheon herald the arrival of fall New York Fashion Week. This year’s luncheon will be co-chaired by Angela Dotson and Jean Shafiroff.

Narciso Rodriguez was chosen for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by a distinguished advisory committee chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, that includes Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue; Ken Downing, fashion director at Neiman Marcus; Linda Fargo, senior vice president of fashion and store presentation director at Bergdorf Goodman;Nicole Fischelis, executive consultant at Fashion*Art*Forecasting; Akiko Fukai, director emerita at Kyoto Costume Institute; Pamela Golbin, curator of 20th-century fashion, Musée des Arts Décoratifs; Kamie Lightburn, chairperson of the Couture Council Board; Julie Macklowe, president of the Couture Council Board; Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT; Suzy Menkes, journalist and fashion critic at Vogue; Caroline Milbank, fashion historian and author; and Hal Rubenstein, style author and founder of the website The Happy Grownup.

“I am honored to have my work recognized with the prestigious Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion — and especially upon the anniversary of my 20th year in business,” said Rodriguez. “The importance of The Museum at FIT lies in its focus on nurturing the next generation of designers and preserving our cultural and intellectual past for the enrichment of all.” 

“We are extremely pleased to honor Narciso Rodriguez, whose timeless, flawlessly tailored, and elegant collections have kept him at the forefront of American fashion for 20 years,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT.

Narciso Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost fashion designers. He made his mark on some of the world’s leading fashion houses before launching his eponymous label in 1997. The recipient of many accolades and a three-time winner of a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award, Rodriguez has also been named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine, and received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, for which he was honored at the White House. A favorite among celebrities, he has dressed leading actors and actresses such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron, Claire Danes, Rachel Weisz, Julianna Margulies, and Jessica Alba. In 2008, Rodriguez became part of American history when First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress from his collection to celebrate the election of President Barack Obama. This year, Rodriguez will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the CFDA.

“If anyone ever deserved the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, it is Narciso Rodriguez,” said Dr. Valerie Steele. “His sublime artistry in cut and draping are placed in the service of a pure and seductive vision of the human body.”


ABOUT THE COUTURE COUNCIL LUNCHEON:
The Couture Council luncheon will begin with cocktails on the David H. Koch Theater terrace. Guests will then be ushered into the theater’s promenade for a three-course luncheon, catered by Olivier Cheng. Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck will design the flowers.Past recipients of the Couture Council Award include Thom Browne (2017), Albert Kriemler (2016), Manolo Blahnik (2015), Carolina Herrera(2014), Michael Kors (2013), Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and Ralph Rucci (2006). In 2008, Giorgio Armani received a special award for Global Fashion Leadership.

Tickets for the Couture Council luncheon honoring Narciso Rodriguez are priced as follows:

Fashion Icon Table at $50,000 (top seating for a table of 10)
Haute Couture Table at $25,000 (premium seating for a table of 10)
Couture Table at $15,000 (superior seating for a table of 10)
Haute Couture Ticket at $2,500 
Couture Ticket at $1,500 

To purchase luncheon tickets, please contact Vicki Guranowski at (212) 217-4105 or fax (212) 594-9206, or email Victoria_Guranowski@fitnyc.edu.

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