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Elan Band Showcase

Are you on the hunt for a great band for your wedding? Elan Artists is showcasing two of their bands this weekend in New York City. There is no better way to select a band than to hear them perform live.

I have not heard either band yet so I am hoping to attend both! Here is the information from Elan:

2 INCREDIBLE bands perform this Sunday 11/22 at 1PM and 4PM. Info below…

We are excited to present several New York’s hottest and top special event dance bands at a casual and fun showcase!

Our groups are hip, sophisticated, and have zero cheese factor. The bands are comprised of recording artist, concert caliber musicians – several with actually GRAMMY award winning players in the line ups! They personally customize each event to reflect your individual taste and needs.

Both bands play a variety from classics to contemporary. They stay away from cliche wedding music and stick to more hip and sophisticated selections. Basically…the music you and your guests love!

Preview The Source or our other groups at http://www.elanartists.com Hudson Project does not yet have materials.

The Hudson Project

Performed at Martha Stewart’s 15th Anniversary Party.

Sunday November 22nd, 2009
12:45PM arrive / 1PM start

Skyline Studios
500 West 36th Street & 11th Avenue (ground floor)
Please call Josh on his cell 646.753.2616 if you have any direction issues.


The Source Band

They have quickly become one of THE top bands in the country. Recent highlights include Preston Bailey events in Los Angeles and the Caribbean, an Obama Inaugural Ball, Washington Opera Gala, ISES Gala, and more…

Sunday November 22nd, 2009
3:45PM arrive / 4PM start

Showcase is prior to an actual event – and will only last about 30 minutes so please arrive between 3:45PM and 4PM at the latest.

Tribeca Rooftop

Physical Address
2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013
(between Hudson & Greenwich Street)
Come to 12th floor. Please call Josh on his cell 646.753.2616 if you have any direction issues.


If you wish to attend, please make sure to email us your date so we can confirm availability.

R.S.V.P. is requested but not required. Please email us at showcase@elanartists.com or call 888.800.3526 for question or more info.


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The Big Warm Up

Are you or your company looking for more ways to help those in need this holiday season? Here is a simple way to keep someone warm. There are 17 days left to donate.

Learn more by clicking on the link below.


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My “Thinking Beach” at Sunset

We all have ways and methods we use to spark creativity…but what do you do when you are completely stuck?

This is something I struggle with myself, but I do have some techniques that often help me:

I have a “beach” I call it my ” thinking beach”. It is a small private beach and only has parking for for about 10 cars. Especially at this time of year and through the winter it is a fabulous place to go to be at peace. Often just being there helps to clear my mind.

I also try to do things that are not in my normal routine – like taking in a baseball game

Fenway Park

I am a big Red Sox fan, but don’t often get the chance to head up to Fenway. This year I was able to take my son and nephew to a game and it was great to experience the fun through their eyes. They loved the game but I think they most enjoyed singing Sweet Caroline and doing the Wave!!!

Culinary Institute Greystone Campus

If you are really “Stuck”. Try taking a class in something you love. I once took a class at The CIA Greystone campus in Napa. Napa is one of my favorite places to visit, but actually taking a class was an amazing experience.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

If you are in the Metro New York area ….have you ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge? I even spent a year working in Brooklyn and never crossed the bridge by foot until this past May. Once over the bridge we went for ice cream here at the Factory – YUM. If you don’t want to walk back you can take the Water Taxi.

As creative service providers we often get stuck, but our clients do as well. They have very difficult decisions to make throughout the planning process of their weddings. It is not always the biggest decisions such as Dress or Venue that can make them “stuck” in the planning process. It is often such a small detail like a favor or song that block their ability to focus on the fun of planning. I have found for my clients some simple things such as taking a dance class as a couple or heading out for a “date night” where there is no talk of the wedding can be very beneficial.

I would love to know what you do to get “un-stuck”…………….

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Here is what we are loving right now: [ a mix of old and new ]

1. Joshua Radin – Today
2. Peter Gabriel – Book of Love
3. Bright Eyes- First Day of My Life
4. The Fray – Look after You
5. Phil Collins- Groovy Kind of Love
6. Nancy Falkow- Where Do I Start?
7. India Arie – Can I Walk with You?
8. Tanya Donelly – Manna
9. Van Morrison – Someone Like You
10. Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am

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Lelek Loves: Giving

I love to ‘give back’.  The idea of ‘giving back’ to your community or to communities you don’t even know, is often met with same attitude permiating life today – I’m too busy. I feel just the opposite: the busiest people are often the people who do the most for their communities, friends and families.  So as you run from work to the dry cleaners to home, turn your brain on and realize how you too can give back. 

Cathy, designer of Princess Bands, loves to give back too and has made it is for brides. If you make a purchase with Princess Bands, Cathy will donate 10% of the cost to the charity of your choice. How easy is that?
There is certainly no shortage of worthy causes and it is easier than ever to find a charity that matches your concerns and meets your standards. Check out Charity Navigator for smart giving practices http://www.charitynavigator.org/ and visit Global Giving to search by your interests and support grassroots projects http://www.globalgiving.com/ . 
Happy helping! 

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Secretary of The Arts

Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to
appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had
Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never
created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country
needs the arts–now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this
important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

You can find the petition here to sign.

….. thanks to karen zieff for forwarding this great message to me!

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Isn’t this a great ad featuring one of our favorite Simone Carvalli Dresses? We have so much fun with this dress in our Salon – it looks beautiful on so many girls and is deceivingly light as a feather [ well maybe not a feather] !

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