Raf Simons to Be Honored by American Folk Art Museum

SIMONS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS QUILTS: Raf Simons, chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, Inc., will be honored by the American Folk Art Museum at its annual benefit gala on Oct. 2.
AFAM will recognize Simons specifically for his work with American quilts at Calvin Klein. Since joining the company in 2016, the Belgian-born Simons has incorporated quilts into the visual language of the brand, infusing the brand with his take on Americana. Quilts have appeared in the collections, advertising campaigns, and most recently in a design project with Cassina at Design Miami/Basel.

A Calvin Klein vintage quilt. 
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Some of Simons’ quilts have been embroidered with phrases such as “Made in New York City,” and “Designed in America.” A collection of vintage American quilts — all sourced by Simons and the Calvin Klein Home team — hangs in the Madison Avenue flagship store among installations designed by Sterling Ruby.
“Raf Simons is one of the world’s most influential designers, and his focus on American quilts shines a light on a potent art form that the American Folk Art Museum has long collected, exhibited and championed,” said Monty Blanchard, president of the board of trustees, American Folk Art Museum.  “AFAM has one of the world’s

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In Search of the Folk Daoists of North China

In Search of the Folk Daoists of North China


The living practice of Daoist ritual is still only a small part of Daoist studies. Most of this work focuses on the southeast, with the vast area of north China often assumed to be a tabula rasa for local lay liturgical traditions. This book, based on fieldwork, challenges this assumption. With case studies on parts of Hebei, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces, Stephen Jones describes ritual sequences within funerals and temple fairs, offering details on occupational hereditary lay Daoists, temple-dwelling priests, and even amateur ritual groups. Stressing performance, Jones observes the changing ritual scene in this poor countryside, both since the 1980s and through all the tribulations of twentieth-century warfare and political campaigns. The whole vocabulary of north Chinese Daoists differs significantly from that of the southeast, which has so far dominated our image. Largely unstudied by scholars of religion, folk Daoist ritual in north China has been a constant theme of music scholars within China. Stephen Jones places lay Daoists within the wider context of folk religious practices – including those of lay Buddhists, sectarians, and spirit mediums. This book opens up a new field for scholars of religion, ritual, music, and modern Chinese society.

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Folk Rock Albums by American Artists (Music Guide): Arrogance Albums, Blackmore’s Night Albums, Bob Dylan Albums, Broadside Electric Albums

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New – Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (music and lyrics not included). Pages: 295. Chapters: Arrogance albums, Blackmore’s Night albums, Bob Dylan albums, Broadside Electric albums, Buffalo Springfield albums, Carole King albums, Crosby & Nash albums, Daniel Johnston albums, Don McLean albums, Edie Brickell albums, Fred Neil albums, Gene Clark albums, Grateful Dead albums, Harry Chapin albu

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Heys® Canada Folk 26″” Spinner Luggage 26″”

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Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 50 Years Since Bob Dylan Went Electric

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — This year’s Newport Folk Festival plans to pay tribute to the moment when Bob Dylan made rock history by going electric 50 years ago.

The festival, noted for introducing performers who later became big stars, will have a secret lineup of musicians billed as ’65 Revisited. Festival producer Jay Sweet said on Tuesday that nearly a dozen contemporary musicians are included in an “all-star lineup,” but the audience won’t know who they are until they take the stage to close the festival with a “massive” set celebrating Dylan’s 1965 performance.

Dylan first appeared at Newport as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963. His three-song electric set two years later — including “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Maggie’s Farm” — is widely viewed as one of the most pivotal moments in rock ‘n’ roll history. It marked Dylan’s break with the folk movement and spurred others to go electric as well.

The Fender Stratocaster guitar Dylan played in the performance sold at auction in 2013 for nearly $ 1 million, the highest price paid for a guitar at auction.

Dylan is not playing at this year’s festival, although Sweet said he’s invited to play every year. If there’s any year Dylan wouldn’t come, it’s Sweet’s guess it would probably be this one.

“Having him back would be the least Newport way to celebrate it,” he said.

Dylan last played Newport in 2002.

“Trying to recreate that moment is a fool’s errand,” Sweet said. “We’re about the future, not about reliving the past.”

But Sweet said without that moment, when Dylan struck out a new path for music, the Newport Folk Festival probably would not be celebrating its 56th anniversary this year.

“Every once in a while, you have to acknowledge, that allowed us to be here,” he said.

The festival runs July 24-26. Tickets are sold out for the last two days, but a few are available for the first day. Other headliners include Roger Waters and The Decemberists.

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British Fashion Folk Play April Fool’s Jokes

FOOL’S GOLD: Who can resist April Fool’s Day hijinks? Certainly not British brands and retailers, who were peppering Twitter, Instagram and social media with jokes on Wednesday morning.
Selfridges tweeted a “breaking news” story that Jeremy Piven — star of the British TV series “Mr. Selfridge” — had been named the store’s chief executive officer, while Browns touted a new book of selfies by Joan Burstein. The store’s press release shows Burstein happily posing with a selfie stick in hand in front of the store.
Hunter, meanwhile, posted an image of a pug wearing little black rubber boots on its four paws, and the strapline, “Discover the original dog boot, a new style coming soon for spring-summer 2015.”
Asos posted a photo of a man sporting a clip-in hair bun urging boys to “Get the look without the hassle: Introducing the clip-in man bun!”
Ted Baker Instagrammed an image of a green kitten heel with a caption, “With the touch of an app, adjust the heel height via your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection.”

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Sister Megan Rice: The Outlaw Nun Turned Folk Hero

The world watched with intrigue this week as no-nukes nun Megan Rice, 84, was sent to the slammer—sentenced to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear-defense facility, spray painting it with peace signs and splashing it with human blood. When guards confronted Rice (along with her two male accomplices) back in 2012, she began singing and then offered him food. And on Tuesday, while being sentenced in federal court in Knoxville, she asked the judge for even more time behind bars. “Please have no leniency with me,” she said. “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me.”
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