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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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#CulturedPeachy #MetMichelangelo #WhomYouKnow The Genius of Michelangelo Explored in Landmark Exhibition at The Met

Exhibition Dates:
November 13, 2017–February 12, 2018

Exhibition Location: 
The Met Fifth Avenue, The Tisch Galleries
Gallery 899, 2nd Floor

Featured Media:
Curator Dr. Carmen C. Bambach discusses the exhibition in this short film (video)

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 13, 2017, through February 12, 2018, will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 128 of his drawings, 3 of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, and his wood architectural model for a chapel vault. A substantial body of complementary works by his teachers, associates, pupils, and artists who were influenced by him or who worked in collaboration with him will also be displayed for comparison and context.

A towering genius in the history of Western art, Michelangelo was celebrated during his long life for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all of the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.

"This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to experience first-hand the unique genius of Michelangelo," said Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met. "The exhibition will display the magnificent beauty of Michelangelo's works in order to deepen our understanding of his creative process."
The exhibition is made possible by Morgan Stanley.

Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Dinah Seiver and Thomas E. Foster, Cathrin M. Stickney and Mark P. Gorenberg, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and the Mark Pigott KBE Family.
It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will bring together the largest group of original drawings by Michelangelo ever assembled for public display. Many of the drawings rank among the greatest works of draftsmanship produced. Extraordinary and rare international loans will include the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de'Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace.
Dr. Carmen C. Bambach, curator of the exhibition, commented: "This selection of more than 200 works will show that Michelangelo's imagery and drawings still speak with an arresting power today. Five hundred years seem to melt away in looking at his art." 

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will widen the conversation about the artist and present an extraordinary opportunity to see many works that are never displayed together. Drawing was the first thing Michelangelo turned to, whether he was creating a painting, a sculpture, or architecture, and it is what unified his career. He is a forceful draftsman and brings a sculptor's understanding and eye. We can see him thinking—almost having a conversation on the sheet of paper—and there is a sense of intimacy and immediacy, as if looking over his shoulder. The exhibition will give visitors an unmatched opportunity to enter the world of this absolute visionary in the history of art.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese (southeast of Florence), and died a wealthy and famous man, on February 18, 1564, in Rome. Although he spent the last 30 years of his life in Rome, his love was always for Florence, his patria (homeland), and all things Florentine. His art, his training, his methods, and his poetry were, to the last, rooted in Florentine culture. Michelangelo's longevity was extraordinary for a person of his time. Also exceptional for an artist of his era, five major biographies were written during his lifetime or soon after his death.

The exhibition will trace Michelangelo's life and career, beginning with his training as a teenager in the workshop of Ghirlandaio and his earliest painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487–88), and first known sculpture, Young Archer (ca. 1490). It will move on to the commission of his colossal marble sculpture David in 1501, the early planning of the Tomb of Pope Julius II, and the monumental project of painting The Last Judgment on the Sistine Ceiling. An entire gallery will be devoted to the Sistine Ceiling and will include Michelangelo's original studies for the project. 

Other sections will explore his portraiture and the beautiful finished drawings he created for close friends; his collaboration and friendship with Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo (1485/86–1547); and the drawings and poetry he created for the young nobleman Tommaso de'Cavalieri, whom he met in 1532 and who became a life-long friend. The artist's last decades in Rome are reflected in the last part of the exhibition and will include, in addition to architectural drawings, the enormous cartoon (full-scale drawing) he prepared for the Crucifixion of Saint Peter fresco in the Vatican Palace, as well as a rare three-dimensional model for the vault of a chapel. 

Said Dr. Bambach: "His creativity continued to be phenomenal until the end when he died at 88."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is indebted to the public and private collections that have graciously lent their treasured holdings to the exhibition, including The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Royal Collection and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor; the Gallerie degli Uffizi and Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence; the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Casa Buonarroti, Florence; the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples; the Albertina, Vienna; the British Museum, London; and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Fabbrica di San Pietro in Vaticano, Vatican City.

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer is organized by Dr. Carmen C. Bambach, Curator in The Met's Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue written by Dr. Bambach that will include essays by a team of leading Michelangelo scholars. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

The catalogue is made possible by the Drue E. Heinz Fund.
Additional support for the catalogue is provided by the Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung, Liechtenstein.

A variety of Education programs will accompany the exhibition, including Met Live Arts performances of La Dolce Morte, based on Michelangelo's love poetry, and Shostakovich, Michelangelo, and The Artistic Conscience.

La Dolce Morte is made possible by The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation.

A Sunday at The Met program on January 7, 2018 will explore the ideas and influences of Michelangelo's major works. Speakers will include Dr. Bambach and professors of art history Maria Ruvoldt, David Ekserdjian, and James Saslow.

An audio tour, part of the Museum's Audio Guide program, is available for rental ($7, $6 for
Members, $5 for children under 12).

The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The exhibition will be featured on, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via #MetMichelangelo.

Image 1: Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for the Three Labors of Hercules, ca. 1530. Red chalk, 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017,

Image 2; Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, Caprese 1475–1564. Rome. Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi, 1532. Drawing, black chalk. The British Museum, London.

Image 3: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome. Unfinished cartoon for a Madonna and Child, 1525-30. Black and red chalk, white gouache, brush and brown wash. Casa Buonarroti, Florence.


#DAYLIGHT #ChezPeachy #WhomYouKnow @FortyOneMadison #TheNewYorkTabletopShow : October 17-20, 2017 FortyOne Madison The New York Merchandise Mart

Two thumbs up for their flag!
We want to visit you more when we notice your appreciation for the USA.
 Thank you to FortyOne Madison, The New York Merchandise Mart for including us at The New York Tabletop Show!  Though we have been invited for many years, this is the first time we attended and we look forward to this discipline becoming more far involved in social media.  One of the many criteria we are interested in when considering a brand owner for review is their direct professional understanding of the value social media that has only increased over the past nine years we have been writing online.
Chez Peachy is honored to work with Belleek, our favorite brand in this realm for many years and we celebrated our 21,000th post with this brand.  Hot on their heels is Waterford...whom we were pleased to meet and has never been featured.  Of course we feature many brands outside of Ireland!  Enjoy 500 posts in Chez Peachy here please.
 At first glance and definitely not by review, here are some quick highlights of what we saw! 
 Sean Sweeney and Tom Brennan of Waterford

 Of course, Irish whiskey was served (mixed-not straight...if you own either of these brands we'd like to hear from you as we had not heard of them and did not have the option to try it straight...)

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Mover and Shaker Picture of the Week: Mover and Shaker Sal Scognamillo and Chazz Palminteri

Sal Scognamillo and Chazz Palminteri
Sal is a Mover and Shaker!
Sal is a Culinary King!



The Recording Academy™ has launched its 20th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Writing Competition co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition has been redesigned to focus greater attention on the winner. The program has also returned to the Recording Academy’s Membership & Industry Relations Department, where the program was initially created.

The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. A $10, 000 scholarship will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the runner-up. In addition, the winner will receive airfare and hotel accommodations for two and two tickets to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York onSunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The winner will also receive two tickets to other 60th GRAMMY® Week activities, including the prestigious annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event & Scholarship Presentation on Jan. 26, where the winning student will be recognized; MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute honoring Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26; and the GRAMMY Celebration®, the official GRAMMY Awards after-party.
The Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition is open to law students enrolled in ABA-approved law schools
Students must write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
For complete contest rules, visit; for further questions, email
Submissions must be received by Jan. 2, 2018 (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT)
Winners will be announced on Jan. 10, 2018

About The Recording Academy
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Wagamama Manhattan Fifth Avenue @wagamama_uk @wagamama_usa Inaugural Review Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

The winning team: Emma Woods, Customer Director; Xhezair Kasamaj, Head Chef; Faye O'Brien, star marketer of Wagamama America!
Chili Squid, one of the major highlights!
They may not be American but they sure have Firecrackers!  And, you can eat them...

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know...and you know this site is named after Peachy Deegan's 10th grade English class taught by Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin.  The reason why anyone in the USA takes English at all is because although we became independent 241 years ago (we're still paying for this as we have to wait for the British tv shows to get here...), the English won the war.  We love the UK and though we do have a wait list for restaurant owners in London and other major cities to be reviewed, we are pleased to announce that Wagamama is the first UK restaurant brand ever to be reviewed on Whom You Know.  Peachy Deegan first ate at the Wagamama in Canary Wharf in London, a long time ago.
This is Wagamama's first feature on Whom You Know, and the first global restaurant review and Peachy's second visit ever.  
Today, Wagamama spans 20 countries with more than 124 company-operated restaurants in the UK, 5 company-operated restaurants in Boston and Manhattan and 46 franchised restaurants, mainly in Europe and the Middle East.
The minute we got there we are pleased to see kindred spirits at work-they were cleaning their windows.  We love clean.  Wagamama is located at 210 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron area, and we have heard they also have opened a second Manhattan location, which we have not visited.
In the USA, they opened in Beantown first, and if you did not know Peachy at Boston College or in the Back Bay, you should know Beantown means BOSTON.  This particular Wagamama we visited on 5th Avenue opened in November 2016.
Wagamama was originally started in 1992 in Bloomsbury, London by Alan Yao and in 2007, it was acquired by a private equity firm whom we do not know but look forward to meeting as we understand they continue to be the owners today.  Perhaps many of our readers all around the world can see their Wagamama location on the map above!  Usually we only ever do one-of-a-kind restaurants, but because of the highly unique cuisine that we believe no one else in Manhattan is doing, and if they are, they are not doing it as well combined with these three key team members doing great work, Wagamama is the only international franchised restaurant of this size to be featured ever, and perhaps it is the first as we believe some restaurants we have reviewed will expand.
Wagamama's cuisine is 75% Japanese and 25% Korean, and 100% new to us and probably new to you too.  Believe it or not, though this is Japanese it is not sushi which also makes it entirely different as everything is cooked.
It is perfect on a day when you feel like you would like a change from all of your favorite Manhattan places, because this is is Manhattan where you can have it all when you want it and you always want to try something new.  We found the Wagamama menu to be particularly strong in small courses, and their menu calls them sides.  We believe you could also classify this section as small plates, appetizers...or sharing items.  We began with the Hirata Steamed Bun, under sides.  This is a Japanese bun, which is far smaller than the standard American cheeseburger bun.
It's smiling at you!
Two of them arrive in style and are called fluffy bao buns, served with Japanese mayonnaise (which we did not find too different from mayonnaise we usually eat) and cilantro; we ordered the Pork Belly and Panko Apple version.  The apple was crisp and terrific, and the pork had good flavor.
Next we tried the Gyoza.  We bet you don't know what that is either.  The menu explains everything to you so no need to fear: five filled dumplings with dipping sauce is what a gyoza is.
We tried the shrimp, which are called prawn in the UK and therefore prawn on the menu...but no matter where she is, Peachy Deegan is probably going to use the American words.  Even after living in Ireland for six months she sounded exactly the same when she got back to the USA.  These are crafted every day and have a nice crisp to them.
You can also have them steamed, and they are softer this way.  Pork and Water Chestnut inside are uniquely flavored.
Our favorite side by the distance of the Atlantic Ocean was the Chili Squid.  It sounded like it was fun, but it tasted even better.  We loved the diagonal cut presentation and Ms. Pretty Picky I Hardly Ever Like Unfamiliar Sauces loved the sauce.  The perfectly crisp fried squid is gracefully dusted with schichimi, served with a chili cilantro dipping sauce.  We surmise these will become habit-forming, so be on notice, you have been warned!  
Just as incredible as the Chili Squid is the Firecracker!
It is found under the Curry section of the menu, and we'd consider the Curry section to be entrees.  It is definitely the spiciest menu item we tried, and we loved it.  However, if you try it we suggest trying it at the end of your Wagamama culinary endeavors because it is so strong it will likely weaken your tastebuds to whatever you eat after it.  You can order this in a chicken version or a prawn (i.e. SHRIMP) version.  Someone here likes to try to have it all in life so they did honor her request (and even honoured it!) and you can see it in its combined shrimp/chicken glory in our visuals.  The fiery mix of snow peas, red and green peppers, onions and red hot chilies is served with white rice, sesame seeds, scallions shichimi and fresh lime.  We believe it would be especially fantastic on a gray cloudy day that is a bit chillier like today in Manhattan.  Note practically all days are like this in the UK and Ireland - and Americans like Peachy are shocked when those in the UK find a nice day to be when the sky is white...according to us, it is nice when the sky is blue!
Here is an aerial view, and this is totally what your dinner should be tonight.  It is gorgeous, colorful and delicious.  It will knock your socks off!
We are always looking for a traditional, classic green salad to be part of our meal.  The closest green component we found at Wagamama was the Wok-Fried Greens, which were robust and had laudable flavor.  One of our pals especially adores BROCCOLINI, so note that this has broccolini, not mere broccoli, and bok choy, stir fried in a wow-inducing garlic and soy sauce.
 If you like your curry more on the mild side, we'd encourage the delectable Katsu Curry, which we ordered the chicken version of (you could also choose vegetables).  The chicken was nicely coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs with rice and a bit of salad, and the curry sauce was in generous proportion dancing over the savory sensation.  This is the kind of dish that hits the spot.  
Emma's favorite dish is found under Teppanyaki: Teppan means griddle and yaki means fried.
Not only is the Wagamama menu clearly explained to daft Americans like Peachy Deegan (but not in a condescending way at all-we hope you have a sense of humor or HUMOUR) but also the Wagamama menu has a lot of depth, giving us many edible ambitions for future dates.  Under teppanyaki, the only section of a menu we've seen so labeled ever, there are five choices, and even sub-choices within these five.  The Emma Special is otherwise known as Yaki Soba and it is the chicken and shrimp (PRAWN) version.  Soba noodles are fragrant with egg, peppers, bean sprouts, white onion and scallions, garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and black and regular sesame seeds.
That might sound like a lot going on, but in the world according to Peachy's stomach, it is a magnificent combination that is not too little, not too much and ultimately just right.
P.S. Up with Cape Clear, Ireland!  We have been there, thanks very much @UCC and @BostonCollege and our dear dad.
We were impressed on our first American Wagamama visit and we look forward to seeing what they do next!  The British are coming!


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