Friday, July 24, 2009

Flooded With Memories

We received a great response from the piece that Warren Adler wrote for us, My Most Memorable Professor. Many of you sent in your own memories which we are going to compile and post on this blog. Be sure to check back often as we bring you some of the best happenings, news and alumni profiles around. If you have a story to be told, would like to guest blog, or have any suggestions please email us at

Our congratulations to Louisa Huynh, CAS '03

Louisa Huynh has been named director of communications and business development at Dot VN, Inc. Ms. Huynh began her career as a journalist in the VTVNews department of Vietnam Television's International Channel, VTV4. While at VTV4, she hosted the first talk show ever to be aired on Vietnamese television conducted entirely in English. She also served as a consultant for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Ms. Huynh has also accumulated an expansive portfolio of emcee work. Some events in which she has hosted include a discussion with Bill Gates; the 2006 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit; a 2006 discussion with President Bill Clinton; and the 100 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leadership Forum. Dot VN, Inc. is an Internet and telecommunications company and the exclusive online global domain name registrar and provider of parking page marketing/advertising for the country of Vietnam.

We hope to have the chance to speak with Louisa soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Joy Seligsohn, WSC '48

We very much enjoy interviewing and featuring our many talented alumni on this blog and had the opportunity to spend some time talking with the delightful Joy Seligsohn. We hope you'll enjoy this video where Joy talks about her memories of NYU, her career and her thoughts on the acting profession.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

NYU Skirball Center Announces 09/10 Season

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 09/10 Season and there are some great performances lined up.

As previously announced The Public Theater's contemporary production of Shakespeare's Othello -- directed by Peter Sellers and featuring John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman -- will play the venue September 12-October 4. Another highlight will be the world premiere of Mabou Mines' Finn (March 4-7), a digital and live-action adventure based on the ancient Celtic legend of Finn McCool (Fionn macCumhaill).

Programming will also include Aziz Ansari with John Mulaney (October 8), Shingo Katori in Talk Like Singing (November 12-22), The Derek Trucks Band (December 10), Dance Gotham (January 8-10), Diane Birch (February 13), New York City Opera's VOX: Showcasing American Composers (April 30-May 1).

Family-friendly events will include A Special Family Show with They Might Be Giants (October 18), The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon (November 1), Darwin (March 13), Michael Moschen (April 17), and Nobody's Perfect (May 8).

The Skirball Center's "World Stage" series will feature the ninth annual Peking Opera Festival (October 31), Masters of Persian Music (February 18), New York Tango All-Stars (March 20), De Volta as Raizes: Back to our Roots (April 15), and The Conga Kings (May 15). In addition, the Center will present a public policy debate series, and a Tisch Dance Alumni Celebration.

So why not take a trip back to NYU and see a show at this wonderful on-campus venue. In New York City this summer? Stay tuned for posts giving you some ideas of great things to do in NYC from live theater to movies to restaurants. The city is your blank canvas but we'd like to add a little Violet to your masterpiece in the making.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grizzly Bear Announces New Tour Dates


By now, many of you have at least picked up on the Grizzly Bear buzz. This band consists of Daniel Rossen (CAS '04), Ed Droste (GAL '03), Chris Taylor (ED '04) and Christopher Bear (ED '04). Grizzly Bear recently announced a new series of North American tour dates in support of its highly-acclaimed new album, Veckatimest.

Prior to the start of the tour, the group will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday (July 16).

The itinerary for Grizzly Bear’s tour of North America follows:

July 19 - Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Music Festival)
August 30 - Brooklyn, NY (JELLY Pool Party)
September 26 - Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Theatre)
September 27 - Chicago, IL (Metro)
September 28 - Chicago, IL (Metro)
September 30 - Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
October 1 - Columbus, MO (Blue Note)
October 3 - Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Festival)
October 5 - Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
October 6 - Norfolk, VA (The NorVA)
October 7 - Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
October 8 - Boston, MA (Orpheum Theatre)
October 14 - Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre)
October 15 - Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)
October 16 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
October 18 - San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Music Festival)
October 20 - Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium)
October 21 - Solana Beach, CA (Belly Up Tavern)

We hope to get an interview with them in the near future!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft


With the upcoming release of the film Julie and Julia and because of our many alumni currently working in the culinary industry, we wanted to let you know about a wonderful new book that will teach even the novice cook pearls of kitchen wisdom.

Notes on Cooking : A Short Guide to an Essential Craft is the new book written by Lauren Braun Costello and Russell Reich, with an afterword written by NYU alumna, Dorothy Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute and chairwoman emerita for life of the American Institute of Wine and Food.

Whether you are a novice cook, an expert chef or just someone interested in food you will no doubt have to add this wonderful guide to your collection. Devoid of any recipes, Notes on Cooking feeds us helpful tips in the form of notes. Here are some examples of what you will find in this delightful book:

1) Mise en place. Always.
Literally "put in place," mise en place might just as well mean "take time to save time."

Wash, peel, cut, measure, and select before you begin the cooking process. Set out each measured ingredient, ready to play its part. Don't get caught in the rush to start cooking. If you surge ahead, you'll just have to stop and take time to prepare what should have been mise en place in the first place---and you'll end up burning the sauce.

2) Command the heat.

"The chef's job," writes Daniel Boulud, "[is] to employ heat to transform ingredients...Whether it is extracting and re-absorbing juice in roasting, or braising and reducing, or sauteing then caramelizing-you are working the moisture in the food you are preparing; and then concentrating it, reintegrating it back into the ingredient. Heat, concentrate, reintegrate. No matter how you apply the heat, this is the transformational aspect of cuisine. How good your food is depends on how well you control this force of nature.

3) Cook bacon in a cold pan.

If you put cold bacon in a hot pan, its exterior might burn and blacken quickly, sealing in the fat you wish to release. Start with a cold pan to allow the bacon to come to temperature with the pan so that it renders its fat before browning.
Cooking bacon in a skillet, by the way, yields curly bacon; cooking it in an oven leaves the strips flat.

These are only three of the 217 notes found in this book and each one will provide you will useful knowledge whether it be about Produce, Meat, Wine & Spirits or Presentation. Cheers to kitchen creations! Bon App├ętit!

About the Authors:

Lauren Braun Costello
Lauren developed her craft in the kitchens and classrooms of some of the world’s most renowned chefs and as the owner and Executive Chef of Gotham Caterers in New York City. From her work as a recipe tester for the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking, to culinary producer for Pure & Simple with Michel Nischan, she now applies her culinary skills as a private chef, instructor, and as a food stylist for national television broadcasts including The Early Show on CBS, ABC’s The View, and CNN’s dLife. She received a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts with distinction from The French Culinary Institute and was awarded a Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship. Most recently she was seen on The View with Meryl Street and Amy Adams where she shared some of Julia Child's favorite recipes.

Russell Reich
Russel is a writer and creative director. He is the co-author with Frank Hauser of Notes on Directing.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Asema Ahmed (CAS '00) President of Magnolias Linens


If you've dined at The Plaza or The Pierre Hotel in New York City recently, you may have seen the magnificent work of Magnolias Linens. Magnolias was founded by three driven and uniquely creative women, Anjum Ahmed and her daughters, Asema Ahmed and Talaiya Mughal.

Magnolias Linens, LLC, has decorated hundreds of elite events with their unique linen
designs at a fraction of the normal cost, and has expanded into event accessories, furniture rentals, tent design, and more. Now managed by Asema Ahmed, Magnolias works closely with both event designers and individual clients to fashion original creations, and remains the only upscale event source in New York that rents custom-made party linens and accessories.

We had a chance to visit the Upper East Side Magnolias Linens location and speak with Asema.

For more information please visit the Magnolias Linens website.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Paolo Mastropietro (WSC '87) Appears on Ghost in My Head


Paolo Mastropietro appears on Ghost in My Head, Jill Hennessey's debut album. Rob Afuzo, who attended NYU and used to play for the hair metal band Skid Row, plays drums. Ms. Hennessey appeared on Law & Order and Crossing Jordan, and is married to Mr. Mastropietro. Ms. Hennessey told the Daily News that "Ghost in My Head is the title of the album, and it's really an account of me trying to deal with the loss of somebody, and really not wanting to deal with it and taking a walk around Washington Square Park at 4 in morning about four days before Christmas."