October 2019

Nothing Can Get in the Way of Patti Smith Performing ‘People Have the Power’

Who better to kick off the New Yorker Festival than Patti Smith, the platonic ideal of New York City condensed into a person? The woman entered to a standing ovation! In the hour-and-a-half conversation with New Yorker editor-in-chief and friend David Remnick that followed, the singer and writer read from her new memoir, Year of the Monkey (it’s about “70 percent” true), waxed about her favorite detective shows (she loves Idris Elba in Luther: “Talk about a guy!”), and told the story of meeting Trump in the ’70s (horrifyingly, “he brushed his eyebrows up straight”). And even if the event was just billed as a talk, an acoustic and electric guitar sat next to the two chairs, hinting at what the Godmother of Punk had in store.

Remnick had already coaxed acoustic performances of Smith’s “Pissing in a River” and Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” out of Smith before he asked Smith about the political life of her song “People Have the Power.” She explained how her late husband and co-writer, Fred Smith, would be proud of the song’s impact, and Remnick replied, “All right, well that’s our cue!” The audience applauded, and, Remnick didn’t spare Smith a second to think before he picked up his electric guitar. (Yes, the editor-in-chief of The New Yorker accompanied Patti Smith.) “Oh! You’re pulling out the big guns,” Smith said when she noticed he went electric.

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October 2019

The New Yorker Festival Has Been a Thing for as Long as David Remnick Has Been Editor

The brand reflects on how the event has evolved

David Remnick estimates he was in his job as editor in chief of The New Yorker for “five and a half minutes” (or so) when he was pitched the idea to start a festival around the brand.

The New Yorker’s Rhonda Sherman, who now directs the event, sketched out what a festival for the magazine would look like—to present The New Yorker in three dimensions—and it was “off to the races,” Remnick said.

The New Yorker Festival, now in its 20th iteration, will kick off Friday with presenting sponsor Land Rover, returning for its third consecutive year. “It brings the reader in closer contact and into the same room with The New Yorker, and the range of people we’ve had over the years gets better and better. It’s astonishing,” Remnick said.

This year, The New Yorker will have more than 50 events, including panels, live performances and master classes around New York. Guests booked for the event, which runs through Sunday, include Nancy Pelosi, Paul Rudd, Zadie Smith, Florence + the Machine, Sarah Silverman and Pete Buttigieg. Panel discussions are hosted by New Yorker staffers.

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October 2019

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The 2019 edition of the New Yorker Festival happens October 11 – 13 and the lineup, as always, features talks with and performances from folks from the world of the arts, media, politics and more. It’s the 20th edition of the festival and nothing looks too controversial this year.

Tickets to all New Yorker Festival events go on sale Tuesday, September 10 at 10 AM, with a magazine subscriber presale starting Monday (9/9) at 10 AM.

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September 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio Denounces Climate Change Deniers at Global Citizen Festival

Hosted by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, the annual festival, along with its partners and members of Congress, made commitments worth $1.6 billion.

Over 60,000 people piled into New York’s Central Park on Saturday night for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival to not only see performances by the likes of Queen + Adam Lambert and Pharrell Williams, but also hear from stars and activists about Global Citizen’s movement to end extreme poverty by 2030 and achieve the sustainable goals set forth by the United Nations.

Leonardo DiCaprio, a staunch environmental activist, took the stage to condemn the politicians who “have failed to live up to the promises” of the Paris Agreement, along with those who have responded to the recent Global Climate Strike by criticizing its leader, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

“Last Friday, young people led the world in strike. Millions of individuals did more than simply walk out of their schools and places of employment. They took a stand. They set an example of true leadership that our planet so desperately needs. These young people have said clearly, definitively and without fear, that the time for inaction is over,” said DiCaprio. “Yet, surprisingly, some have reacted to this movement with insulting tweets and negative talking points — individuals that seem to care more about profit and their own self-interests than about your own future. But we know that the climate youth movement is more important and crucial than at any time in human history.”

The actor added that the scientific community has made this clear, “and unless you live in alternate reality, there is no more time for denial.”

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September 2019

Thousands attend Global Citizen Festival in Central Park

Musicians and activists gathered to encourage people to join them in working to eradicate extreme poverty and tackle climate change.

More than 60,000 people packed Central Park on Saturday for the Global Citizen Festival, an annual event that mixes musical performances with activism aimed at ending poverty throughout the world by 2030.

Artists such as Queen, Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Pharell Williams and OneRepublic took the stage during the five-hour festival, which comes on the heels of the Global Climate Strike led by teen activist Greta Thunberg and the U.N. Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York.

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September 2019

Billie Eilish, Metallica, Lizzo, Many More to Perform at 10-Hour Global Citizen Festival

Billie Eilish, Metallica, Lizzo, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and many others will perform in a 10-hour, globally broadcast, multi-location concert on Sept. 26, 2020, as part of a year-long initiative titled, “Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream.” Created in partnership with advisory firm Teneo, the globally broadcasted event will span five continents, taking place in New York, Nigeria, and other countries to be announced in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

“The scale of this problem – helping get 736 million people out of extreme poverty – will take everyone’s participation,” Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said. “Our goal, to put it simply, is to engage every single person on the planet in this mission. To do so we must boldly and creatively reach global citizens where they are – in person, on television, on their phones, and online.”

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September 2019

4 winners and 4 losers that defined the 2019 US Open

The 2019 edition of the two weeks of tennis known as the US Open has come to an end. Champions were crowned: Canadian Bianca Andreescu vanquished Serena Williams and the women’s field, Rafael Nadal conquered the men’s side, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah were crowned men’s doubles champions, Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won women’s doubles, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles title.

But the official scores only tell one part of the story: who won the last match of the tournament.

These last two weeks brimmed with intrigue, drama, a hero named Coco, and even some good old villainy, thanks to a Russian young gun. While only one champion is crowned in each field of the tournament, a player doesn’t have to take home a title to be a winner. Likewise, not every player who doesn’t leave with one is a loser. (Not even the official champions are always heroes in fans’ eyes.)

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September 2019

Celebrities at the 2019 U.S. Open

There’s was much action in the stands as there was on the court for star spotters at the 2019 U.S. Open. Gigi Hadid and Alec Baldwin, among others, were photographed at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The nearly two-week tennis event wrapped up Sept. 8.

Here’s a look at celebs cheering on their favorite players.

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