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POST-GAZE'I-i'E, JANUARY 15, 2016 PAGE 9 iiiiil)! i~iiiii!iil )~ i~i~ b!] lngela Cornacchio ' ...... .......... Project Runway Season 15 finalist, Kelly Dempsey, and Tim Gunn opened up with an on stage sit down at the Massachusetts Women's Convention. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... Recently, Boston welcomed over 10,000 women for the Massachusetts Conference for Women in the Seaport District and Socially Scene was on site. In its 114 year, the Massachu- setts Conference for Women has been a gathering point for ambi- tious businesswomen looking to learn and hear inspiration from leaders in their industry. The conference has 50-plus spon- sors, and one of the largest is State Street Corporation, who also brings in hundreds of their female employees to attend. A new addition to the 2015 MA Conference for Women was an "Opening Night" kick-off event which featured Boston's own fashion designer and Proj- ect Runway Season 15 finalist, Kelly Dempsey, and Project Runway Host Tim Gunn for an on-stage sit-down about being a budding Boston legend as a self-taught designer. They also discussed the work, the politics and the future of fashion. The conference began the next morning at 7:30 am sharp with registration and network- ing. Each attendee was given a name tag, a goodie bag, and a schedule for the day. There were more opportunities than you can imagine available at the conference for businesswomen in any field. There were two keynote speaker sessions held. The morning session welcomed Tim Gunn along with Sophia Amoruso, author of Girl Boss, with a how-to on making it in the world of business as a strong and powerful woman. Gunn is known for his honest mentoring on the show Project Runway, and did his reputation justice when giving the ladies of Boston fashion a pointer or two on "stretch pants" as a state- ment gone wrong! Gunn and Amoruso are both very strong- willed and well-respected in their industries, and inspired women with their real-life ex- periences. The afternoon session in- cluded a multi-course lunch as the room filled with over 10,000 women, each with a named place setting. Leaders like our own Lieutenant Gover- nor Karen Polito took the stage to speak and inspire women to fight for their dreams through life and in the work place. The speaker session came to a close with Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker's television critic, interviewing Shonda Rhimes, writer and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy. The exclusive one-on-one sit-down had the la- dies laughing, taking notes and silent at times when Rhimes spoke of the diffcult/es of not only being a woman in such a prestigious position, but an African-American woman. Socially Scene was able to catch up with guest speaker, red-carpet dress designer Ke- mal Harris from House of Cards. It was the native Canadian's first time attending the confer- ence, and when asked about her experience she replied, "It is amazing! The large mass of women, the set up, the panelist experience was nice to be a part of. It was great to see women from all walks of life. I feel I learned something from each one I interacted with." When asked for what is on deck in 2016, Harris mentioned, "It's award season! The nominees for the SAGs and Golden Globes have come out, and as of now I will be styling Robin Wright and Carrie Brownstein for their red carpet looks." Beyond the amazingly suc- cessful speakers, there was a room filled with booths show- casing everything from banking to beauty. There were numerous repeating round table sessions with subject matter experts in areas such as social media, improving your L'mkedln Profile, making the sell, small busi- ness 101, and much more. You could catch speakers/authors at the book-signing tables who were grateful to be hon- ored, and humbled by the lengthy lines. The Massachusetts Confer- ence for Women has become a beacon of hope and inspiration for woman to mix, mingle and move their careers in the right direction. Year after year, the event grows and brings more success. For more information on this year's conference, pho- tos, interviews and speakers, or to sign up for next year, visit www. maconferencefonvomen. org. ArtsEmerson Remakes a Shakespeare Classic Twelfth Night January 20-30, 2016. ArtsEmerson gets the year going under the leadership of Polly Carl, David Dower, and David Howse, welcoming Shakespeare's much loved comedy ~bmlfth Night, produced by London's Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this fresh, antic remix of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, classical verse meets merry mayhem as two worlds collide. Olivia's uptight, puritanical household is undone by Sir Toby's drunken tomfoolery, while the hopeless romantic Orsino is upended by a cross- dressing, gender-bending love triangle. Built on a mischievous imagination and a garage band sound, this Twelfth Night takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the madness of love in one of the most inventive and accessible Shakespeare produc- tions in recent years. The ArtsEmerson always presents a great on-stage show, and 2016 is starting off right with the performances of Twelfth Night at the Emerson/ Paramount Main stage, located at 559 Washington Street, in Boston. Tickets can be pur- chased by calling 617-824-8400 or online at www.artsemerson. org. Cyber Arts Feature ... Bos- ton Cyber Arts starts off 2016 with a'new addition to their gallery, Pan Verdadero (True Bread), an 8-channel sound in- stallation containing two video projections. The exhibition focuses on los pregoneros, the street vendors of Cuba. True Bread recon- structs the sonic environment of urban Cuba that emerged following the recent liberaliza- tion of policies toward small businesses. The installation's loudspeakers present voices of pregoneros and incorporates minimal sound design to evoke the antiphony of the ancient phenomenon of street vendors calling out to attract business. Each pregonero performs a highly personal chant with a sense of spontaneity that is ab- sent from the formulaic music and commentary that domi- nates the island's airwaves. ArtsEmerson will kick off 2016 in style with the Shakespeare classic, Twelfth Night beginning January 20t~. (Photo by} singers, Celia Cruz or Mayito Rivera. Neil Leonard is a composer, saxophonist and interdisciplin- ary artist. His work ranges from solo concerts for saxophone and live electronics, to works for orchestra, audio/video instal- lation and sound for dance, theater and performance. His performance of his com- positions have been featured by Carnegie Hall, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Musicacustica (Beijing), International Comput- er Music Convention (Montreal), Tel Aviv Biennial for New Mu- sic, Moscow Autumn, Audito- rium Parco della Music (Rome), Museo Riena Sofia (Madrid), Panama Jazz Festival, and Jazz Plaza International Festival (Ha- vana). He has collaborated with Juan Blanco, Richard Devine, Bill Frisell, Phill Niblock, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, and Amnon Wolman. Leonard composed the music for Relatives by Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong which was featured by the Whitney Biennial and the ICA, Bos- ton. Leonard's work with vi- sual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons spans twenty- five years. Their collaborative performance, film, video and installations .were featured by the Havana Bienal, 49th and 55th Venice Biennale, and Mu- seum of Modem Art (NYC), and purchased by the National Gal- lery of Canada and presented by Dakar Biennial. Leonard is the Artistic Di- rector of Berklee College of Music's Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. He is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and is a Research Affiliate at MIT's program in Art, Culture and Technology. This in-depth edition to the Boston Cyber Arts is a must see and available from January 164 through February 284. Between the education and the music, you will leave fulfilled. The Bos- ton Cyber Arts is located at 141 Green Street in Jamaica Plain. For more information, visit www. bostoncyberarts, org, or call 617-522-6710. Boston Ballet Returns ... in 2016 with Onegin, on stage from February 25th through March 6th. This tragic tale of unrequited love is based on Alexander Pushkin's celebrated verse- novel. Legendary choreographer John Cranko brings the mas- terpiece of Russian literature to life with brilliant dancing, lavish sets and costumes, and the .incomparable music of Tchaikovsky. Eugene Onegin, a cynical young aristocrat from St. Peters- burg, is invited by his friend Lensky to join him in the coun- try for a birthday party. The celebration is for Tatiana, the younger sister of Lensky's fian- c6e Olga. Naive and filled with romantic fantasies, Tatiana falls desperately in love with the brooding and elegant visi- tor and impulsively writes him a passionate letter. Irritated by what he regards as her adoles- cent outburst, Onegin cruelly (Continued on Page 13) Vendors chant self-made prod- ! uct slogans and carry wares in homemade carts. Products and , services include masonry skills, [ Matt o Gallo flowers, baked goods, produce, ] mattress springs and gold put- ] chasing. 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