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Bai5 Presents FutureArt 2015

Supporting arts education for local youth, Bai Bubbles is hosting FutureArt 2015, an art show featuring five of New York's up-and-coming artists to present their brand new work and compete for a prize package. This show is a platform for these artists to collaborate with fellow creative minds to produce art that pushes themselves, as well as the spectators, emotionally and intellectually out of their standard expectations. Over a six week time frame the artists will have the opportunity to present their work through music, dance, spoken word, film, painting, and other forms of fine art at FutureArt 2015. They will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges alongside the event's audiences for a chance to win a one-year public relations contract with NY-based corporate communications firm Lawrence Blake Group Int'l., and a special performance tour sponsored by Flavorpill!

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Operation: Heal Our Heroes (HOH) Hosts First Ever Gala at Haus

The first annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes (HOH) was held last night in effort to raise awareness about the serious mental issues that affect veterans, such as the staggering cases of those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). One such case of which affected the founders, Everett Weston and Patrick Bolchoz, when a close mutual friend of theirs suffering from PTS took his own life.

The event was held at Haus in Tribeca, raising money for Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give an Hour and one of TIME's Most Influential People in 2012, spoke about the work being done by Give an Hour and highlighted her involvement in the documentary, The Runner & The Therapist, directed by multi Emmy award winning film producer, Charlie Stuart. After the film’s trailer played, America's Got Talent finalist and Sony Music recording artist, Emily West, performed a soulful rendition of Sia's "Chandelier" and concluded with an a cappella performance of "God Bless the U.S.A" in which the packed crowd joined her in singing.

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Weekend Picks: Big Brooklyn 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive at Verboten



Christmas time is all about spreading joy, love, and cheer. While we can think of a ton of different ways to do that, doing a little charity work is always at the top of our list, which is why we are more than happy to spread the word about Big Brooklyn's 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive celebration this week. The toy drive has been going on since November 14th, and will continue on through Monday, December 15th at the numerous drop-off locations spread throughout Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and DUMBO. As of December 1st, a few local bars and restaurants that have partnered with Big Brooklyn's Holiday Toy Drive have been offering free drinks to anyone and everyone who brings in a toy to donate, and on Thursday, December 11th, Big Brooklyn is hosting a celebratory party at Verboten with an open bar, appetizers, music, and raffle prizes for all donating patrons in attendance.

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‘Tis the Season to Give Back…with Salon Mario Russo


Salon Mario Russo
is not only prepared to make your hair look striking and lavish for trendy holiday festivities…the salon team is also ready to give back in merry spirit!

Each Thursday throughout the month of December at Salon Mario Russo, with the purchase of a blow-dry or updo service, in addition to presenting your hair stylist with your invitation to a holiday bash, Mario Russo and his salon team will donate a share of the profits from your service to Rosie’s Place.

Serving as the United States’ very first women’s shelter, Rosie’s Place continues to offer a caring and safe haven for homeless women. The shelter depends on donations by foundations, corporations and individuals. It is amazing that 86 cents of each and every dollar raised goes straight to the aid of women in need.

Time Out New York and Verboten Team Up to Honor World Aids Day

In honor of World AIDS Day today, Verboten is hosting a benefit concert tomorrow (December 2nd) with Audiofly and Nicola Zanatta. General admission tickets ($25) for two complimentary (Belvedere)Red drinks, or get one of 60 dinner tickets ($90) to enjoy a three-course pre-show spread from chef Chris McLaughlin. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the World AIDS Fund. Tickets are available here.

Made up of Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito, Audiofly’s 2005 EP ‘Release Yourself’ caught many ears, propelling the duo to a new level. Fairly quickly, the pair's groovy, melodic and undulating take on house music started to create a huge fan base in the press, in clubs, and in production, with uber-imprints Get Physical, Mood Music, Kickboxer and Renaissance calling on their talents.

NYC Foodies Gather for A Dose of Delectable Generosity at Chefs for Impact

Food lovers and philanthropists alike came together on Thursday, November 20th for the fourth annual Chefs for Impact fundraiser dinner, which helps to provide education to children in rural Africa. The fundraiser was held this year from 6pm-10pm at Studio 450 (450 West 31st St) and featured a spectacular multi-course gourmet menu, cocktail reception, live music, espresso bar, and both live and silent auctions featuring such items as vintage fashion pieces, restaurant vouchers, art, and tickets to a variety of entertainment options around the city.

Featured chefs included: Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie, Pierre Thiam, a leader in African-influenced cuisine and author of Yolele! Cookbook, Mark Henegan of Madiba Restaurant and soon-to-open Madiba Harlem, Gary King, of Peter’s, Peño Pierre-Louis of soon-to-open Naked Dog, and Eric Simeon, previously of Todd’s Mill, Picholine, and Aquavit. Desserts were provided by Pistache NYC, Gooey&Co, and Eileen's Special Cheesecake. The event also featured an espresso bar from Joe Coffee.

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Silver Hill Hospital's Annual Gala Dazzles

Silver Hill Hospital has history stretching back over 80 years as being one of the top tier psychiatric hospitals in America. Since it opened its doors in 1931, Silver Hill has continually striven to inspire hope and deliver effective and compassionate treatment to all of its patients be it through impatient, outpatient and residential therapy. This year, Silver Hill’s annual Gala was held at none other than Cipriani at 42nd St.

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Bleachers, Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson and More to Headline The Ally Coalition’s Talent Show

Founded by Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess of the band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff, The Ally Coalition is a charity dedicated to helping and providing support to organizations that help the LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday, December 12th at New World Stages­ (340 W 50th Street), Bleachers, Girls' Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson, funny lady Janeane Garofalo, Andrew McMahon are few of the names who are joining the cause and coming together for a night of laughter, music and raising awareness (and money towards) LGBTQ support.

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Champions of Rockaway's 2nd Annual Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser hosted by Scarlett Johansson

ScarJo and Jamie Foxx fans are going to love their pre-Thanksgiving weekend! In honor of Champions of Rockaway and Generous Giants' dedicated work to rebuilding and providing help to over 200 families still surviving through the damages of Hurricane Sandy, Scarlett Johansson and her brother, Hunter Johansson, will be hosting the evening's festivities on November 18th at Hudson Terrace. The evening will begin with a seated dinner, following, Jamie Foxx will lay out his chart-topping hits. An awards ceremony celebrating the City’s most distinguished leaders in disaster response and recovery will close the event. Proceeds from the event will support the work of both Giants of Generosity and Friends of Rockaway.

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Weekend Pick: Fancy Fest Benefit Party at Smiths Restaurant and Bar


There isn’t a better reason than a celebration for a good cause to open several bottles of champagne and put on your fanciest evening wear!

Thankfully, such an occasion is happening this Saturday at the Fancy Fest Benefit Party at Smiths Restaurant and Bar where you will be able to drink, eat, dance, and raise money for charity. Since these are a few of your favorite things, grab a few friends and buy your tickets for this fun event. All proceeds from this benefit will go to a foundation in honor of Zachary Possemato.