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Jack Meyer
Jack Meyer is a PR Assistant at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York City. He is a graduate of Ursinus College.

Entries by Jack Meyer

All Aboard... The Post-College Commute

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 4:33 PM

Four minutes to catch my train... I'm stuck behind a school bus... trapped... in suburbia. Ahhh...

Since graduating college, I have been commuting from home into NYC by train. My hop, skip and jump across campus to class is no more. The 8:01am to Penn waits for no one. Neither...

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Really? We're Sitting With the Orchestra?! Beethoven's Fifth: From the Inside Out

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 7:18 PM

On the subway after work one night, Mathilde noticed a fellow passenger carrying a violin case. "Do you play?" she asked. "Yes, I'm on my way to an audition," he replied. A musician herself, Mathilde beamed at the thought of playing with an orchestra in New York City. "This stop...

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Happy Birthday, Diane Keaton!

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 3:37 PM

"I've done all kinds of things I said I wouldn't do, and of course, now I'm glad. Thrilled." - Diane Keaton

On January 5th, let's celebrate the birthday of the ever-talented, charming Diane Keaton.

Actor, producer, screenwriter and author Diane Keaton is undeniably one of the greatest actors...

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Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol!

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:50 PM

"In the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes." Andy Warhol's visionary tagline -- a ubiquitous reality in today's social media whirl. Photos are endlessly posted to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to visually chronicle "life." Yet, it was pop artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) whose outrageous...

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The Lightness of Being Anne Patterson

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Anne Patterson and I stepped into the darkened former Perry Street Theater. "Does your iPhone have a flashlight?" she asked. "Wait until you see the light and shadows," Anne beamed. She waved the point of light against one of her latest works, constructed of aluminum and steel. Light filtered through...

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Wander in Tandem: The Adventures of Alec & Liz

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:51 AM

"Come on, Alec, let's do it!" "Okay Liz, let's cash in our savings, pack our bags, and hit the road." Meet Alec and Liz, two NYC professionals who quit their jobs and tossed their armchair to the curb. Alec and Liz's current blog, Wander in Tandem, chronicles their...

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The Photographic Eye of Sarah Kaufman

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:59 PM

The voyeurism of photography / stolen moments / glimpses into other realities. With the click of a shutter, the photographer catches a moment in time, thereby capturing a desired subject. Sarah Kaufman focuses her lens on moments of quotidian experience. A Professor of Photography at Ursinus College, Kaufman explores the...

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A Valentine Homage To O'Keeffe And Stieglitz

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe was a 28 year old Wisconsin farm girl; Alfred Stieglitz was a 52 year old New York bon vivant. Stieglitz intimately photographed his muse throughout their tumultuous, erotically charged marriage. The inspired images are a testament to the power of artistic collaboration and the enduring flame of romance....

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Happy Birthday, Slim Aarons!

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Palm Beach - CZ! Capri - Marissa! Acapulco - Gloria! Only one photographer has captured the beau monde in all its secluded splendor: the legendary Slim Aarons. On October 29, we celebrate Mr. Aaron's 98th Birthday!

George Allen Aarons was born in Manhattan and raised by his grandparents in New...

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Beacon Art Creates Bronze for West Point

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, located in the bucolic seaside hamlet of Stone Harbor, NJ, is home to a diverse array of contemporary artwork. Gary Jacketti, a classically trained sculptor, founded Beacon Art in 2009. His latest masterpiece, Goodbye, is a tribute to US military families. Goodbye is scheduled to be...

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Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Pop on over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on June 14th to savor a sweet and salty mix of fresh and innovative New Music! Kettle Corn New Music (KCNM), founded by Alex Weiser, Chris Rogerson, Emily Cooley, Loren Loiacano, and Ryan Harper, features an eclectic variety of New...

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Click: Happy Birthday, Richard Avedon

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Dick Avery: "Holy Moses! You look fabulous! Look, stop. Stop!"
Jo Stockton: "I can't stop. Take the picture."
Dick Avery: "Stop!"
Jo Stockton: "I don't want to stop. I like it. Take the picture. Take the picture!"

Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in the memorable scene from...

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Buon Compleanno, Federico Fellini!

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Auguri, Maestro! Si, si; January 20th marks the birthday of the wild, wacky, wondrous Federico Fellini! Arguably Italy's greatest filmmaker, Fellini crafted kaleidoscopic dreamscapes worthy of MoMA exhibition, haunting tales of heartbreak and glorious meditations on meaning in the modern world. Post war Italian Neo-Realism influenced Fellini's early black and...

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(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 10:44 AM

It is often said pilgrims fall to their knees upon arrival at sacred destinations. An overwhelming feeling of spiritual humility coupled with the physical exhaustion of the traditionally long and arduous journey are certainly cause for collapse. While I am no religious pilgrim and have never completed any such journey,...

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The Gatekeepers of Renaissance Florence

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:17 PM

"Michelangelo?" "No, Draghi!" "Brunelleschi?" "No, Fratini!" "d'Este?" "No, Desii!" Sì, esatto: Firenze, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, boasts an array of talented contemporary artists producing striking, innovative works of art. Sculptor Oliviero Draghi, Architect/Illustrator Giorgio Fratini, Jewelry Designer Marla Desii, Architects Eleonora Neri and Elena Tarsi share a chic,...

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The Typist: A Film by Abraham Heisler

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:06 AM

The Typist, a delightful new short directed by independent filmmaker Abraham Heisler, has emerged from the typing pool! "The Typist" follows a dated young man through a single day's journey, and, ultimately, his self-discovery. Accompanied by his beloved Royal Typewriter, our bow tied wearing friend floats adrift in a sea...

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A Moveable Festa

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Jim deftly maneuvered the tiny Opel through the winding roads of Greve, a charming hamlet nestled in the rolling hills of the Chianti region of Toscana. I sat in the backseat marveling the lush landscape -- a myriad of terra cotta pots lining the roadway, endless blankets of violet uve...

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Gypsy Jazz, Jersey Style

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:21 PM

There is a scene in Jacques Tati's film Playtime (1967) in which the ceiling of a stuffy, upscale restaurant collapses around the guests. Amidst the debris, guests excitedly rearrange the furniture. A woman begins to play the piano. A man strums an acoustic guitar. Tati's Parisiens much prefer the carefree...

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Dial B for Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Showering with a Psycho? Pecked to death by lovebirds? Sending your wife on vacation -- in three different suitcases? Jack Meyer Presents: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock!

Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed over 50 films throughout his lifetime. August 13 marks the birthday of this virtuoso director. To honor Mr. Hitchcock, the...

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The Sound of Young Composers

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:57 PM

On Sunday evening, after grabbing a bite at Zabar's, my childhood friend Mike and I strolled towards Mannes College The New School for Music for a little night music. "Visionaries: A New Generation of Composers," presented by the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, was to be performed. Hosted by composer...

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