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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 Page 9 by flilda 54/. Morrill Thorunn Zimmermann, "Fast" Freddy, and Bianca de la Garza, left to right, smile for the camera at the "Denim After Dark" benefit for Youk's Hits for Kids. (Photo by Kristen Daly) The National Jean Com- pany in Newton recently hosted a "fashionable fund- raiser" to support Youk's Hits for Kids, a charity created by Boston Red Sox third base- man Kevin Youkilis and ded- icated to improving the health ~d well being of children ..... The exclusive "Denim Af- ter Dark" cocktail reception and party was hosted by WCVB=TV's Bianca de la Garza and MIX 104. l's "Fast" Freddy. The event featured an Ugly Jeans Contest, signa- ture Dark Denim drinks by Stoli, exclusive Red Sox raf- fles, amazing swag bags -- and shopping, with a portion of the evening's proceeds go- ing directly to the charity. The benefit was organized and executed by Milton resi- dent Kristen Daly, Vice Pres- ident of The Goodwin Group PR Company of Walpole. Among the guests were Eileen Cakouros, Kara Crow- ley, Anne Gatnick, Liz Krzywda, Rebecca Mitchell, Kim O'Loughlin, Kerri Pelo- quin, Julie Ritchie, Danielle Slate, Catharine Uyenoyama and Thorunn Zimmermann, to name a very few. For more information about Youk's Hits for Kids, visit ....... OPERA America, the national service organiza- tion for opera, is pleased to announce details of "Opera Conference 2011 -- Opera Entrepreneurship: Building on Tradition," to be held from May 7 to 11. Co-hosted by Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, this largest gathering of opera profes- sionals in North America ~!1, conyene in ~Boston's Theater District. Anticipated highlights of the conference include the Opening Keynote Address by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab; a tour of the Lab led by Tod Math- over, composer of "Death and the Powers," one of the year's most noteworthy new operas; the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase; the New Works Sampler in the American Repertory The- ater Underground Cabaret, OBERON, hosted by Ameri- can Repertory Theater Artis- tic Director Diane Paulus, one of the most important stage directors working in theater and opera today; the Co-Production Market- place; and performances of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Boston Lyric Opera and Donizetti's "Maria Padilla" by Opera Boston. Capitalizing on the unique educational and cultural resources of Boston, Opera Conference 2011 will also feature a special Artist Weekend, with sessions on musical entrepreneur- Real Estate Mcrtt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will host a fund- raising awards dinner to benefit Old Sturbridge Vil- lage on Tuesday, May 17 at the Village. For informa- tion, call 508-347-0210 or visit (Photo courtesy of OSV) ship and strategic planning for artists. In addition to these ses- sions, members of Opera Europa and Opera Canada will join OPERA America Inemb~s in aB internii~- tional forum on global chal- lenges and opportunities in the world of opera. "We are delighted to hold Opera Conference 2011 for the first time in Boston, a culturally rich city with an opera ecology that is flourish- ing on many levels," stated OPERA America President and CEO Marc A. Scorca. "Boston Lyric Opera is incredibly honored to c0-h0st Opera Conference 2011 with our colleagues at Opera Boston and the numerous other organizations here in Boston," said Esther Nelson, Boston Lyric Opera's Gen- eral & Artistic Director. "We look forward to showcas- ing Boston's thriving opera scene and reinforcing the vitality of the art form on a national stage." "We want to extend a warm welcome to confer- ence attendees from around the world. There is nothing quite like Boston in the spring, and we look forward to seeing our colleagues at the opera," said Opera Bos- ton General Director Lesley Koenig. In addition to Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, 25 other Boston-area arts institutions will join the two companies in welcoming the national opera commu- nity to the conference. Boston's vibrant arts com- munity, world-renowned I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Enjoying the "Denim After Dark" benefit are, left to right, Kim O'Loughlin, Catharine Uyenoyama and Rebecca Mitchell. (Photo by Kristen Daly) educational environment and rich history make, it a fitting venue for this gathering. For more information, including a detailed sched- u!~ of events, or to registe~ visit the conference website at conference. ....... Documentary film- maker Ken Burns will present award-winning actor Sam Waterston with the fourth annual "Ken Burns Lifetime Achieve- ment Award" at a fund- raising dinner to benefit Old Sturbridge Village set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the living history museum. Seating is lim- ited and reservations are required. For reservations and more information, con- tact, 508-347-0210 or visit Although he is best known for his role as D.A. Jack McCoy on NBC's "Law & Order," ~erston is one of the industry's most versa- tile actors, winning Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as an Academy Award nomi- nation for his role as a jour- nalist in the 1984 film "The Killing Fields." Waterston portrayed Abraham Lincoln in the Tony Award-winning play, "Abe Lincoln in Illi- nois," in Gore Vidal's mini- series, "Lincoln," and he voiced the role of Lincoln in Ken Burns's acclaimed doc- umentary, "The Civil War," which was recently rebroad- cast on PBS to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of that war. ~ Burns, whose many other documentaries include the PBS series "Baseball," "The War," and "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," made his very first film about Old Sturbridge Village as a college student in 1975, dur- ing which he used the now- famous "Ken Burns effect" -- a panning technique -- for the first time. Burns is currently producing and directing a number of projects, including the much-anticipated PBS series "Prohibition," set to debut in the fall of 2011. The "Ken Burns Lifetime Achievement Award" is pre- sented jointly with Old Sturbridge Village each year to an individual who has made a significant impact on the arts through projects related to history. Last year's award was given to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential his- torian Doris Kearns Good- win, and the 2009 award went to actress Laura Linney in recognition of her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO series "John Adams." Old Sturbridge (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM www.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTO GRAPHY.COM i