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Katy Perry Collaborates with Pokémon for P25 Music

The Pokémon Company International officially launches celebrations today for Pokémon’s landmark 25th anniversary. As an iconic video game and entertainment franchise beloved by millions of fans of all ages around the world, Pokémon has been bringing people together since its launch in 1996. In 2021, Pokémon will continue that tradition by aligning with another universal unifying force music. Headlined by pop icon Katy Perry, the star-studded program created in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, accompanies fan-focused activations celebrating 25 years of Pokémon across the franchise’s portfolio of video games, mobile apps, animation, merchandise and more. To help fans kick off this celebration, a live-action video, uniquely highlighting moments in the brand’s 25-year history and a journey through the  Pokémon world’s many regions, can be viewed beginning today on the official  Pokémon YouTube channel here.

Global Music Celebration: P25 Music

Every party needs a great playlist. To celebrate 25 years, The Pokémon Company International is teaming up with UMG through their brands strategies division, Universal Music Group for Brands, to make 2021 the biggest Pokémon party in history and everyone is invited.  Pokémon is working with some of the biggest names in music, from rising artists to award-winning global superstars, for the program, titled P25 Music. Pop icon Katy Perry was revealed today as a premier collaborator in the massive, yearlong music campaign.

Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO. I’ve even visited the Pokémon Café, in Japan while on tour! It is an honor to be chosen to help celebrate a franchise that has given me so much joy in the last 25 years, and to be able to watch it evolve in the ways its provided that kind of electric joy for the kids in my life and around the world said Katy Perry.

In Katy Perry, we see a kindred spirit to Pokémon, whose world is bright, fun and uplifting; said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing at The Pokémon Company International. Katy is a wonderful ambassador to help us celebrate 25 years of Pokémon, and we can’t wait for music fans everywhere to experience the exciting collaborations we have planned; We are honored to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon and the significant cultural impact this beloved franchise continues to have around the world. Working together, we have developed dynamic year-round programming involving artists from across UMG’s labels because what better way to create a global celebration than through the power of music; said LJ Gutierrez, General Manager, UMGB.

Details about Katy Perry’s participation, additional artist surprises and more about the P25 Music program will be announced throughout the year.

25 Years of Adventures: A Journey Through the Pokémon World

Since the first video games launched in 1996, the franchise has explored a new region in the Pokémon world with the introduction of each core series game. In 2021, The Pokémon Company International will invite fans to relive their journeys through each of these regions in a yearlong program, beginning with the most recently discovered Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield and ending with the classic Kanto region from the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games. Beginning today, fans can visit a new website that will serve as the hub for this and all fan celebration activities as they are announced throughout the year, located here.

Anniversary Partners: Celebratory Programs and Merchandise

Pokémon adventures are always better with friends, so The Pokémon Company International is teaming up with other iconic brands to help fans celebrate the journey throughout the year with unique promotions and merchandise. Collaborations in the brand’s 25th anniversary year include programs from Build-A-Bear Workshop, General Mills, Levi’s, McDonald’s and more. Fans can also look forward to even more special merchandise tied to the anniversary celebrations from licensees including Jazwares, Scholastic, Mattel, Funko, PowerA, and The Wand Company. Additional partners and the ways they will celebrate the anniversary will be announced throughout the year.

Special Collections: The Pokémon Trading Card Game & Pokémon Center

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a cornerstone of the brand, and fans can look forward to special 25th anniversary-themed collections of the Pokémon TCG later in 2021. In the meantime, fans will soon be able to collect oversize cards featuring Pikachu and beloved first partner Pokémon from the various regions featured in the franchise-spanning retrospective. Fans can also expect 25th anniversary-themed products from Pokémon Center, the premier destination for official, high-quality Pokémon merchandise in the US and Canada. To kick off the celebrations on Pokémon Center, fans will be able to preorder the limited-edition 25th anniversary-themed skateboard by industry craftsman Bear Walker starting Jan. 19.

More Celebrations Across the World of Pokémon

The details revealed today are a glimpse into what the world can expect from Pokémon in 2021. With 25th anniversary-related activations planned for Pokémon animation, Pokémon video games, mobile games including Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters EX, and more big announcements from the franchise, fans have a year full of new journeys ahead.

Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Fundraising Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Gilda’s Club x The Yellow Cab Project

Nov. 12, the Gilda’s Club NYC will host their annual gala, honoring Giovanni Caforio (M.D. Bristol Myers Squibb) and Emma Stone (Actress and Gilda’s Club NYC Ambassador), virtually.

As part of this year’s Gilda’s Club NYC fundraising, Remembering Marco will participate in the virtual auction launched on Nov. 5 with The Yellow Cab Project. The Yellow Cab Project is part of Remembering Marco, a charity initiative started by Annalisa Menin in 2013 to raise funds in memory of her husband, Marco Omiccioli.

Annalisa Menin, an Italian entrepreneur and writer who was originally from Venice, Italy, built her name with her first publishing project “My Last Year in New York,” a blog that then became a book.

It was dedicated to her husband, Marco Omiccioli, who died prematurely at the age of 33 from cancer in Nov. of 2013.

The Yellow Cab Project started when Annalisa stopped in front of the Kendra Scott window in SoHo, located at the intersection of Spring and Greene Streets. Along with jewelry and beautiful handbags, there were a few die-cast model yellow cabs being used as props, a tribute to the city of New York.

Annalisa went inside to ask what would happen to all those models once the window was emptied. Once she discovered that they would be thrown away, she thought, “Oh, no! I want them!”

Two weeks later, she went home in a real life version of those models, driven by a lovely gentleman with a white, cloud-shaped beard. She carried eight boxes containing as many cabs.

Annalisa created The Yellow Cab Project in 2020. It involved five international artists, designers and creatives, giving them the opportunity to “contaminate” the die-cast model cabs in their own way. The five artists were Warø, Jon Koon, Iena Cruz, Marco Gallotta and Clint Henderson.

To remember Marco in this very eventful year, Annalisa chose to support Gilda’s Club NYC. She strongly believes in their mission to “support, educate, and empower cancer patients and their families.”

This year, Gilda’s Club is turning 25 years old, and they will celebrate this important milestone with a virtual gala Nov. 12. It is the perfect occasion for the die-cast models, now precious objects of beauty and art, to be donated and auctioned, raising funds for Gilda’s Club NYC and its community from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16.

“We are so excited to have these one-of-a-kind yellow taxis included in our 25th Anniversary milestone event to benefit our cancer patients and families and are grateful for this generous collaboration with Annalisa and the remembering Marco Omiccioli Charity Initiative,” said Lily Safani, CEO of Gilda’s Club.

In these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilda’s Club NYC, the cancer support organization founded in memory of Saturday Night Live comedienne, Gilda Radner, transitioned their free cancer support program to a virtual program. They will continue to provide essential support services to cancer patients who are among some of the most vulnerable in this pandemic.

Members have expressed sincere gratitude for their quick transition to virtual programming. Due to the increased demand for this program and an affected donor base, they need additional funds to serve their current and growing community.

Annalisa personally experienced how important it is for grieving individuals to have a support system, especially in a city like New York, where many are far away from loved ones. She joined one of the bereavement group at Gilda’s Club NYC in 2013 after her husband Marco passed away, and it helped her tremendously.

You can find more information about Gilda’s Club by clicking right here.

Shania Twain – The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition

International icon Shania Twain, the best-selling female country artist of all-time in the US, announced the 25th anniversary of her GRAMMY-winning breakthrough album with The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition, on Good Morning America August 14 during their “Summer Concert Series.” Watch the performances below.

Available now, via Mercury Nashville/UMG Recordings, Inc., the Diamond Edition contains a newly remastered version of the genre-busting, multi-platinum album.  The Diamond Edition also includes previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, and mixes that trace the evolution of an album that changed the way country music sounded. The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition will be available in two- and three-CD configurations, with the remastered album available in LP and Limited-Edition color variant LP versions, as well.

Listen or pre-order The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition now HERE. Pre-order The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition now and receive the “Any Man Of Mine” digital EP, which includes the remastered album track, the Live From Las Vegas version, and the Shania Vocal Mix.

The three-CD box set contains 16 previously unreleased tracks, including five live performances recorded in December 2019 during Twain’s residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, and an entire “Shania Vocal Mix” containing early takes of 11 songs from nearly a year before the album’s release. In addition to the five Las Vegas performances, the “Live & Remixed” disc, available on both the two- and three-CD editions, features two tracks recorded in September 1998 at Dallas’ Reunion Arena for the Shania: Live DVD that also was carried on DirecTV; and nine remixes that show how Twain and producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, continued to adapt her sound as she began to cross into pop and international markets – and even into dance clubs.

Eight of the 12 songs from The Woman in Me appeared on Billboard’s country singles chart, with four – “Any Man of Mine,” “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know” – reaching No. 1. “Any Man of Mine” also gave Twain her first Top 40 crossover hit. The Woman in Me spent 29 weeks atop the country albums chart and was 1995’s best-selling country album. It won a GRAMMY for Best Country Album in 1996 and later was ranked No. 8 on CMT’s list of 40 Greatest Country Albums.

The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition is accompanied by a 48-page booklet containing liner notes from Twain, a 3,000-word essay written by renowned pop-culture journalist Eve Barlow, and photographs from John Derek, Albert Sanchez, Mark Tucker, Bo Derek, and Alexander E. Harbaugh.

The Woman in Me, Twain’s second album, debuted at No. 65 on the Billboard country chart in February 1995, entering the Billboard 200 three weeks later at 197. The album continued to climb steadily, finally hitting No. 1 on the country chart in July, the same week “Any Man of Mine”became Twain’s first chart-topping country single. By that point, the album was already gold; by the end of 1995, it had sold 4 million copies, making it the year’s top-selling country album. In 1996, it passed Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits to become the best-selling album by a female country artist (a title Twain’s 1997 follow-up, Come on Over, would claim in 1999). The Woman in Me reached Diamond status for shipments of 10 million copies in 1997, then 12 million in 2000. It has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide.

Twain has sold 48 million albums in the US, making her the sixth best-selling female artist in the country, and 100 million albums worldwide. She is the only female artist to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association for shipments of 10 million units.

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SHANIA TWAIN – THE WOMAN IN ME – DIAMOND EDITION TRACK LISTS

LP / LIMITED-EDITION LP

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore) (Side A)

2.     Any Man Of Mine (Side A)

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (Side A)

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! (Side A)

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) (Side A)

6.     Is There Life After Love? (Side A)

7.     If It Don’t Take Two (Side B)

8.     You Win My Love (Side B)

9.     Raining On Our Love (Side B)

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out (Side B)

11.  No One Needs To Know (Side B)

12.  God Bless The Child (Side B)

2CD

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     Any Man Of Mine

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

6.     Is There Life After Love?

7.     If It Don’t Take Two

8.     You Win My Love

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

11.  No One Needs To Know

12.  God Bless The Child

LIVE & REMIXED

1.     You Win My Love [Live From Las Vegas]

2.     No One Needs To Know [Live From Las Vegas]

3.     Any Man of Mine [Live From Las Vegas]

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Live From Las Vegas]

5.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live From Las Vegas]

6.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Dance Mix]

7.     Any Man Of Mine [Alternate Mix – Without Steel Guitar]

8.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) [International Acoustic Version – Without Steel Guitar]

9.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Dance Mix]

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Mutt Lange Mix]

11.  You Win My Love [Mutt Lange Mix]

12.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Country Version]

13.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Without Banjo]

14.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live/DirecTV Mix]

15.  Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is/The Woman In Me/You’ve Got A Way [Medley – Live/DirecTVMix]

3CD

THE WOMAN IN ME – REMASTERED ALBUM

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     Any Man Of Mine

3.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

4.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

5.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

6.     Is There Life After Love?

7.     If It Don’t Take Two

8.     You Win My Love

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

11.  No One Needs To Know

12.  God Bless The Child

LIVE & REMIXED

1.     You Win My Love [Live From Las Vegas]

2.     No One Needs To Know [Live From Las Vegas]

3.     Any Man of Mine [Live From Las Vegas]

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Live From Las Vegas]

5.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live From Las Vegas]

6.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under [Dance Mix]

7.     Any Man Of Mine [Alternate Mix – Without Steel Guitar]

8.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You) [International Acoustic Version – Without Steel Guitar]

9.     (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Dance Mix]

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Mutt Lange Mix]

11.  You Win My Love [Mutt Lange Mix]

12.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Country Version]

13.  God Bless The Child [Single Mix – Without Banjo]

14.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here! [Live/DirecTV Mix]

15.  Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is/The Woman In Me/You’ve Got A Way [Medley – Live/DirecTVMix]

THE WOMAN IN ME – SHANIA VOCAL MIX

1.     Home Ain’t Where His Heart Is (Anymore)

2.     The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)

3.     No One Needs To Know

4.     Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

5.     Is There Life After Love?

6.     If It Don’t Take Two

7.     You Win My Love

8.     Any Man Of Mine

9.     Raining On Our Love

10.  (If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!

11.  Leaving Is The Only Way Out

360 Magazine, Stars in the House, Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley

“Star Trek: Voyager” 25th Anniversary

Star Trek: Voyager will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a cast reunion on Stars in the House

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will co-host May 26th at 8 PM EST in support of the Actors Fund.

NEW YORK (May 19, 2020)Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today that the cast of “Star Trek: Voyager” will reunite LIVE on “Stars In The House” on Tuesday, May 26th at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com. Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Roxann Dawson (B’Elanna Torres), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), and Garrett Wang(Harry Kim) are coming together to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary and to support The Actors Fund.  Fans tuning in will be able to interact with the Voyager crew in real-time as they recall favorite memories of their journey from the Delta Quadrant, and can donate to The Actors Fund for the chance to have their names read on air. And of course, like all episodes of “Stars in the House” – there will be LIVE music!

“This reunion will be both gratifying and novel: we are all alive, we are all congenial, and we are all still actors!” said Kate Mulgrew.

“I am delighted that the entire cast of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ will beam in for a 25th Anniversary Reunion panel on Stars in the House to benefit The Actors Fund,” said Robert Picardo. “Hope you’ll join us Tuesday, May 26th at 8 PM EST and support this important cause with a donation at the moment in time it will mean the most.”

“Star Trek: Voyager” joins the incredible lineup of casts that Seth and James have brought together to sing, share stories, and raise funds to help entertainment professionals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; including current TV favorites “One Day At A Time,” “The Flash,” “Barry,” “Young Sheldon,” and “This Is Us;” along with reunions featuring the casts of “Melrose Place,” “White Collar,” “SMASH,”  “Frasier,” “Glee,” “Desperate Housewives,” “SCTV,” “Difficult People,” “Taxi,” and more. Celebrity guests like Jason Alexander, Sean Hayes, Chita Rivera, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, Jeremy Jordan, Randy Rainbow, Judith Light, Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Peyton List, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, and Annette Bening are just some of the stars who have joined since the first show on March 16th.  And often Seth and James remind their guests how important it is to keep in touch with loved ones during this social distancing and suddenly a surprise guest will pop up like Jon Hamm, Erik McCormack, John Lithgow, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Jessie Mueller, Iain Armitage, Rosie O’Donnell, and Andrew Lloyd Webber!

As the creators and executive producers of “Stars In The House,” Seth and James bring a masterful combination of music, storytelling, and community to each episode, ensuring that the show goes on in viewers’ homes even while performance venues across the world are closed.

“Stars In The House” airs new episodes daily at 2 PM and 8 PM on its YouTube channel and starsinthehouse.com. For more information and to see upcoming guests, please visit starsinthehouse.com and follow @StarsInTheHouse, Seth (@SethRudetsky), and James (@JamesWesleyNYC) on Twitter and Instagram.

About Stars in the House

“Stars in the House,” which officially kicked off on March 16th, is a daily series that features stars of stage and screen singing or performing plays live (from home!) to promote support for The Actors Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Joining Seth and James for the shows is Dr. Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News. Visit starsinthehouse.com to donate to The Actors Fund, watch previous episodes, learn about upcoming guests, and more.

Since the first show, “Stars in the House” has raised more than $305,000 to benefit The Actors Fund – and continues to do so thanks to a generous donation from the Berlanti Family Foundation.

In addition to its regular twice-a-day streaming and ability for viewers to watch it on their own time, “Stars in the House” has teamed up with SiriusXM. SiriusXM is the exclusive audio broadcasting partner delivering the show to listeners daily on Volume (channel 106) and On Broadway (channel 72). SiriusXM subscribers can catch “Stars in the House” weekday mornings at 9:00 a.m. ET on Volume channel 106, with favorite program excerpts airing throughout the day on SiriusXM’s On Broadway channel 72. Listeners can also follow Seth on Seth Speaks and Seth’s Big Fat Broadway, two regularly scheduled programs that air on SiriusXM’s On Broadway channel and his brand-new podcast “Seth Rudetsky’s Back To School” where he interviews celebrities like Tina Fey and Allison Janney to find out hilarious and moving stories from their high school years. “Stars in the House” will air commercial-free on SiriusXM. The program is available to subscribers nationwide on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen on-demand on the SiriusXM app, and at home on a variety of connected devices. For more info to activate your streaming access or to sign up for a trial subscription, go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome.

About the Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

The Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program has been able to distribute more than $11 million to more than 9,300 professionals in the performing arts and entertainment community who have been impacted by the coronavirus. This has helped people in financial crisis pay for basic living expenses such as essential medications, rent, food, utilities, and other needs.

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has temporarily transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To make a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, visit actorsfund.org/donate.

About Seth Rudetsky

Seth moved to New York in 1988 and started volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver, which brings meals to people with AIDS all across the city. He is decidedly not skilled at cooking and soon decided his talents could be better used elsewhere. At a holiday party in 1992, he connected with Hearts and Voices, an organization that brings live weekly performances to hospitalized people with AIDS. He started volunteering for them and has been a mainstay at many hospitals since 1992: Rivington House, Roosevelt Island Hospital, the prison ward at St. Clare’s Hospital and since 2005, he’s been playing the piano/booking singers at the Cardinal Cooke AIDS ward. Broadway folks love volunteering to sing and Seth’s patients have been serenaded by the likes of Audra MacDonald, Tituss Burgess and Betty Buckley! In 1998, Seth was asked to write the opening number for The Easter Bonnet Competition, which is the big spring fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He did that for many years and then began hosting the Gypsy Of The Year Competition, which is the BC/EFA fall fundraiser (and resulted in him sharing a dressing room with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman!).

In 2001, he produced and conducted “Dreamgirls” starring Heather Headley, Audra McDonald and Lillias White, the first fall concert for The Actors Fund, which was recorded on Nonesuch Records and raised almost $1 million for The Fund. He then did “Funny Girl” with Idina Menzel and Jane Krakowski, “Chess” with Adam Pascal and Josh Groban, “Hair” with Jennifer Hudson (Ghostlight Records, Grammy nomination), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” with Terrence Mann and Jennifer Hudson and “On The Twentieth Century” with Marin Mazzie and Kathleen Turner. He also starred opposite Sutton Foster in The Actors Fund production of “They’re Playing Our Song” and hosted and played piano for an array of divas for their 2009 Nothing Like A Dame concert with Betty Buckley, Stephanie J. Block, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara and Bebe Neuwirth.

He is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM Radio and recently co-wrote and co-starred in “Disaster!” on Broadway, which was co-produced by his husband, James. He was also a co-producer on the Broadway for Orlando recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and Voices for the Voiceless, he and his husband’s annual foster care event on Broadway.

As a writer, he was nominated for three Emmy awards for comedy writing on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and is the author of “My Awesome Awful Popularity Plan” and “The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek” (published by Random House), a young adult series about a teenaged gay kid named Justin Goldblatt, who’s obsessed with theater and sports a Jewfro.

In response to concerns that marginalized people would suffer after 2016’s presidential election, along with his husband James, Seth conceived and hosted a concert series called Concert for America. The first concert was held at The Town Hall in New York, New York January 20, 2017.

Concert For America features brilliant, inspiring performances by films stars like Rosie Perez, TV stars like Piper Perabo, comedians like Caroline Rhea, recording artists like Melissa Manchester, Broadway stars like Brian Stokes Mitchell and legendary icons like Chita Rivera and Barry Manilow.

About James Wesley

In 2015, after devastating cuts were imposed on the only two foster care organizations working with older children and youth in New York City, James conceived and co-produced Voices for the Voiceless on Broadway starring Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Megan Hilty, Antwone Fisher, Charlene Tilton, Caroline Rhea, Darren Criss, Alec Mapa, Kate Shindle, and Eden Espinosa. It shined a spotlight on foster care in a unique and entertaining way, combining celebrity, music, and everyday people sharing their stories. The concert raised $500,000 for You Gotta Believe! and the Council on Adoptable Children.

The following year, the concert returned to Broadway, starring Chita Rivera, Rosie Perez, Stephanie Mills, Gloria Gaynor, Liz Callaway, and Sherri Saum, among many others.

In response to concerns that marginalized people would suffer after 2016’s presidential election, James produced and hosted a concert series called Concert for America. The first concert was held at The Town Hall in New York, New York January 20, 2017. Over the course of the series, entertainment’s biggest stars generously lent their voices to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health, and environmental protection.

As a writer, he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, “Unbroken Circle”, starring Eve Plumb and Tony nominees Anika Larsen and Jennifer Simard. He also wrote “Art and Science”, a comedy-drama dealing with the generational differences between two gay men. It starred Tony nominees Tony Sheldon and John Tartaglia.

James was also proud to be one of the lead producers on Broadway of his husband’s musical, “Disaster!”

James and Seth are the proud recipients of the National Leadership Award from the LGBTQ Task Force for their work on Broadway for Orlando’s What the World Needs Now is Love.

En Avance x Maison Francis Kurkdjian Collaborative Concept Opening

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, luxury fashion and lifestyle store En Avance, a pioneer in Miami’s Design District founded by Karen Quinones, hosts the first Maison Francis Kurkdjian store-within-a-store in the United States. The new collaborative concept opened on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Paradise Plaza – 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 129 Miami, FL 33137 in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design and architecture. To commemorate this silver milestone and new partnership, over 160 longtime friends of the brand came to celebrate and support this meaningful new juncture.

“What an amazing way to ring in my 25th year and celebrate this amazing collaborative concept with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I’m really proud of the beautiful Store we created together,” said Karen Quinones, founder of En Avance.

En Avance and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, an iconic French luxury fragrance house co-founded by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and its President & CEO Marc Chaya, share a portion of the space designed by Forall Studio in Paris who created perfectly the chic elegance of Maison Francis Kurkdijan Paris Boutique. En Avance is a chic loft type retail environment with beautiful white concrete floors and an exclusive repertoire of magical themed Fornasetti wallpaper panels that are at once iconic and covetable. The edited selection of designer fashion, accessories and home decor is displayed on metal racks and white lacquer Calligaris furniture. Free floating dressing rooms draped with custom red velvet curtains added a hint of drama to the architectural design of the space. Guests sipped on Moet Champagne Minis and enjoyed first hand looks of styles curated by owner Karen Quinones who has provided a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe.

“It was such a nice way for Francis & me  to celebrate the opening of our first boutique in the United States in collaboration with Karen & En Avance! The party was all about friendship, beauty and good vibes,” exclaimed Marc Chaya, Co-founder & CEO of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Notable Attendees: Louis Aguirre, Barbara Becker, Tracy Mourning, Sam Robin, Gabrielle Union, Veronica Webb

About En Avance

Celebrating its milestone 25th year, En Avance, established in 1993, has been a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe. With its innovative, timeless, luxurious, yet functional sense of style, owner Karen Quinones carefully selects, curates and features new young talent and established designers also stocking sustainable fashion and beauty brands. Along with clothing, En Avance features exquisite fine jewelry, luxury lingerie, books, French ceramics and also exclusively presents Fornasetti’s furniture, objects and decorations adding a fresh and whimsical mix to her curation.Being the first multi-brand boutique to come to the Miami Design District in 2006, En Avance continues to be a destination at the forefront in the ever evolving industry.

About Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian was born in 2009 from the encounter between Francis Kurkdjian, a renowned master-perfumer with scores of successful creations to his name, and Marc Chaya, ex Ernst & Young advisory partner. Together, they fulfil their desire for a sensual, generous and multi-facetted landscape of free expression, creating a new emblem of French know-how and lifestyle. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has since developed into a key player in the luxury fragrance market with presence in nearly 500 ultra-selective retail locations in more than 40 countries. The Maison Francis Kurkdjian collection is sketched like a fragrance wardrobe, with myriad of facets of emotions. Designed in the tradition of luxury French perfumery, it advocates nevertheless a contemporary vision of the art of creating and wearing perfume. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has been a member of Comité Colbert since January 2016.