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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2016 PAGE 9 bg /lngela Cornacchio Local fashion designer Kelly Dempsey took over Apple Boston for an interactive session on how technology gives a helping hand in her design process. (Photo by Danatarr.net} Socially Scene Reviewed ... Recently, fashion met up with technology at the Boylston Street Apple store, where local designer and Project Runway fi- nalist Kelly Dempsey and fanny pack specialist gave a tutorial on how she uses Apple products in creation of her designs. Apple Boston was the place to be for RackAddik fans and fanny pack followers as the creator of it all, Kelly Dempsey, made her way home from her busy New York City styling to host an interactive session on how technology is giving a help- ing hand in her latest design methods. The celebrity guest appear- ance started off with her giving fans insight into her back- ground in the fashion industry. With so much success, it was most certainly a surprise to find out she has no formal education in fashion. She is a self-taught seamstress with style, and has worked her way to the top slinging sandwiches in a local sub shop right here at home in Massachusetts. She continued on about her time with the hit series Project Runway. She gave in-depth de- tails on her experience with the challenges. But no matter how hard things got, the designer drama or politics, she knew what she wanted and never gave up. With all the hard work, Dempsey was also able to list all her accomplishments from the show, making it to the final four and showing a collection at NYC Fashion Week. She also re- ceived a hefty cash prize for be- ing the designer to win the most challenges on the show during Project Runway Season 14. From there, Dempsey dove right into the technology-based demonstration with her Mac laptop hooked up to the mas- sive store desktop, all acces- sible from her Apple IPhone. As most anything in this day and age, fashion design also has an "app" for creations and dally use. Dempsey walked her fans Saturday, June 4th (Rain date: Sunday, June 5th) 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Waltham Common VENDORS (food & non) Proceeds support Scholarships and local charities. Hosted by: Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 (Waltham) of the Order Sons of Italy For more information, contact: Carol @ 508-855-0124 or rmlmixed@gmail.com www. rmlmixed.org/Festa and hopeful future designers through the options of creating a garment from start to finish. The selections seemed endless as she displayed everything from choosing a neckline to skirt length, or from simply putting in measurements from a customer for a custom piece to forming her own unique patterns. The evening ended with a question and answer session and her fanny pack fans were able to get a personal photo with the designer. Kelly Dempsey is a local lady who took hold of her passion in design, taught herself, and is making her way in the fashion industry with her RackAddik brand. Dempsey's 2016 spring collection will be released in the upcoming weeks, her fanny pack stock will be replenished and all can be purchased at www.rack addict.com. A Beat Night of Dedication ... On Wednesday, April 13% the Beat Brasserie will present a tribute to iconic American blues guitarist and singer Albert King with cuisine, libations, and live entertainment. Part of the 131ues Legend Series, Boston guitarist and vocalist Ricky "King" Rus- sell will take the stage for an evening of performance dedi- cated to the beloved musician from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Albert King, known as "The Velvet Bulldozer" by many, was a powerful and influential force in the American Blues world. Recognized as one of the "Three Kings of Blues Guitar," along with B.B King and Fred- die King, Albert was famed for his string-bending style and his soulful vocals. His single =Born Under a Bad Sign" from 1969 is widely regarded as a timeless staple of Blues. King Russell will take the stage for a night celebrating Albert and his work. Russell, one of the blues' most seasoned performers and brightest tal- ents, will honor the life and the influence of King through a passionate tribute performance. In these days of sampled and computer-generated music, it will be refreshing to hear music the way it is meant to be played, honestly and with soul[ While enjoying the music, guests are welcome to a full dinner with selections such as Shrimp & Grits with tomato and fennel, Bison Bolognese with pappardelle pasta and shaved parmesan, and a Baby Back Pork Rib Dinner with sweet chili sauce, whipped potatoes and slaw. Pair the meal with one of the 36 artisanal American wines on tap from the Beat's state-of- the-art tap system, including exclusive selections such as the Stephen Ross Chardonnay or the Dancing Coyote Petite Sirah "Clarksburg." What a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening -- classic soulful music with a refreshing glass of wine and Beat Brasserie will dedicate an evening to Albert King in part of the Blues Legend Series. (Photo by deeprootsmag.com) a tasty treat to compliment it all! There is no cover charge for this event. The Beat Bras- serie is located at 13 Brattle Street in Cambridge. For more information or reservations, call 617-499-0001 or visit www. beatbrasserie.com. Wine by the Water ... The fourth annual wine festival re- turns to Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard Thursday, May 124, through Sunday, Mayl5t~, with a lineup of culinary and wine events that will wow foodies across the nation. Kicking off on Thursday, May 12~, the fourth annual Martha's Vineyard Wine Fest will create a culinary paradise on the is- land. It's a four-day.lsland-wide celebration of wine and food at local homes and businesses, as well as cocktail competitions, beer challenges, and a Grand Tasting event with samplings from hundreds of wineries, breweries, and local Martha's Vineyard restaurants. The focus of the festival, "a love for local food and wines," brings together a group of chefs from the island, as well as the New England area, including: Matt O'Neill of The Blue Ox in Lynn, former ESPN's Cooking Coach, and most recently fea- tured on the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay; Dan Whalen of the popular food blog, The Food in My Beard and cook- book author of Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Coak- book; Christopher Viaud, pri- vate and sous chef in Boston, formerly of Deuxave Restaurant & Bar and more[ The Grand Tasting event takes place on the property of the Kelley House, ideally located just steps from the waterfront in quaint Edgartown on Mar- tha's Vineyard, bringing classic Vineyard charm since 1742 to guests. Wineries at the event include: Rombauer Vineyards, Merriam Vineyards, Frog's Leap, Sterling Vineyards, Caymus Vineyard; and more are sure to make a surprise appearance. The lure of settling in for din- ner at a private home in one of the most coveted addresses on the island with a delicious wine to accompany it is irresistible. Visit www.themvwinefestival. corn for tickets, directions and to view photos of the beautiful scenery. Boston Calling is Back ... The lineup has been released for its seventh edition, taking place Friday, May 27t~, through Sunday, May 29% at Boston's historic City Hall Plaza at One City Hall Square, Boston. As always, the May 27th lineup is exciting and diverse as it crosses genres in pop, electronic, R&B, and rock, bringing four 2016 Grammy nominees to Boston. More than any other year, headliners for this year's Boston Calling come from all corners of the globe, and will no doubt create an in- ternational dance party. There's Australian pop pow- erhouse Sia, notably marking one of only two U.S. shows cur- renfly booked this year; English electronic brother duo and 2016 =Best Dance/Electronic Album" Grammy nominee Disclosure; and Swedish icon Robyn. The lineup is carefully created to spotlight some of the world's (Continued on Page 13)