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Movers & Shakers 2018 | January 31

Movers & Shakers 2018
January 31, 2018 | 7–9:30 pm

$50 Advance | $60 Door
21+ | ID Required
Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts

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Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) brings back Movers & Shakers, a delicious fundraiser hosting Boston’s hottest restaurants and caterers for a spirited competition to create a cocktail worthy of being called a work of art. Vote for your favorite creative cocktail and bite-sized masterpiece, and a panel of luminary judges will award the culinary crown. Good for the soul and the stomach, proceeds from Movers & Shakers benefit BCA programs that nurture artists, engage audiences and provide dynamic artistic experiences all year long.

Featuring luminary judges Oliver Mak of Bodega, Mikko Nissinen of Boston Ballet, Lydia Shire of Scampo and Lecolion Washington of Community Music Center of Boston.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Be Our Guest Inc.
John Ryan Productions, Inc

Also featuring artwork by:
Tim McCool

Photo by Melissa Blackall PhotographyPhoto by Melissa Blackall Photography

Get to know the judges:

Oliver MakOliver Mak, aka DJ Gucci Vuitton As one of the three founding members of Bodega & Boston Art Book Fair, DJ Gucci Vuitton’s creative ventures include industrial design, products, award winning art curation and party rocking.

Deejaying on the East Coast in the loft party scene since 2002, Gucci Vuitton’s genre blending style has seen him share the stage with acts ranging from the Clipse to Dirty Projectors. Fashion and art events have also been a large part of Gucci Vuitton’s schedule as he’s earned sponsorships and ad campaigns with Uniqlo, Bushmills and Puma.

Gucci Vuitton was nominated for Best DJ in 2008 by the Boston Music Awards and now serves on the nomination committee. He was also named in the Hypebeast 100 in 2015 and 2016.

For the MFA, Gucci Vuitton brings an all-vinyl set of classics from all genres united by soul. | Instagram: djguccivuitton

Mikko NissinenMikko Nissenen was appointed Artistic Director of Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet School in 2001. Nissinen began his dance training at age ten with The Finnish National Ballet School, and launched his professional dance career at age 15 with The Finnish National Ballet. He continued his studies at The Kirov Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia, graduating in 1980. Nissinen went on to dance with Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. His vast repertoire ranged from classical to contemporary works, and he danced with many different companies and partners for numerous international galas as a guest artist.

Nissinen directed the Marin Ballet in San Rafael, California from 1996–1998, and Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada from 1998–2001, also serving as Alberta Ballet’s Executive Director from 1999–2000. Under Nissinen’s leadership, Alberta Ballet’s global visibility, national stature, performance schedule and touring were increased. As Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, Nissinen has defined the Company’s image, cultivating a dynamic collection of classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoire, ranging from full length classical ballets, to masterworks by George Balanchine, to new works and world premieres by some of the finest contemporary choreographers today.

This three-part balance has established the Company as one of the leading dance organizations in America, acclaimed for its excellence, artistic innovation and versatility. Under Nissinen’s regime The Boston Globe called Boston Ballet’s transformation one of the “biggest arts stories of the decade.”

For Boston Ballet, Nissinen has choreographed Raymonda Act III (2006), Swan Lake (2004) and the Company has performed his The Nutcracker since 2004. His award winning production was re-envisioned and re-choreographed in 2012, receiving critical acclaim. In 2014 Nissinen introduced a brand new production of Swan Lake that was hailed as “luminous” by the Wall Street Journal.

Nissinen serves as Artistic Director of Boston Ballet School, the largest ballet school in North America and Education and Community Initiatives, and he served as Executive Director of Boston Ballet in 2008 for a year and a half. He was a fellow at the 2002 Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is an advisory board member of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and the recipient of the Finlandia Foundation’s 2008 Arts and Letters Award, Boston’s Guide for the Arts 2009 Ambassador for the Arts Award and the 2007 United Nations Association of Greater Boston Leadership Award. His broad knowledge of dance, its history, and arts organization business leadership make him a popular presenter at conferences and universities worldwide.

Lydia ShireA powerful creative force, Lydia Shire’s passion for excellence and culinary talent is evident in all that she does.

Born in Brookline, MA, and raised by artist parents, Shire grew up learning the importance of bringing quality to everything you do in life. At age four, Shire was peeling garlic alongside her father as he cut out recipes from The New York Times. Her first professional position was slicing paté and opening oysters as the “salad girl” at Boston’s revered Maison Robert. In 1971, Shire attended London’s Cordon Bleu Cooking School, after which she returned to Maison Robert but this time as a line cook. Three years later, in 1974, Shire became the head chef of this prestigious dining room.

Throughout the 70s, Shire made her mark in Boston’s most respected restaurants: Harvest, Café Plaza at The Copley Plaza Hotel and Parker’s at the Parker House Hotel. In 1982, she opened Seasons at the Bostonian Hotel with Jasper White. The restaurant and the chefs quickly became nationally recognized for culinary “excellence” and “daring”—two words that still embody Shire today. The James Beard Foundation awarded Shire the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” award in 1984. In the fall of 1986, Shire was asked to open the new Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This move made Shire the first female Executive Chef in the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Company to open a luxury property. A few years later, the sun and glamour of California could not sway Shire from her ultimate dream of opening her own restaurant in Boston and in 1989, she returned to Boston and launched BIBA (“Back in Boston Again”).

In 1992, the James Beard Foundation honored Shire as “America’s Best Chef—Northeast.” That same year, Food & Wine reported that Shire was “One of America’s Top Ten Chefs.” After opening Pignoli, a robust Italian bistro in Park Plaza, to rave reviews in 1994, Shire earned the prestigious Ivy Award by Restaurants & Institutions magazine, and the James Beard Foundation again acknowledged Shire, this time nominated as “One of America’s Top Five Chefs” in 1996.

In 2001, Shire sent a shock through Boston’s culinary scene as she dared to take over the city’s venerable Locke-Ober. Again, she made history as the chef and owner of an institution that had prohibited women from its dining room for 97 years. Shire restored the restaurant’s opulence and grand tradition of fine American and European cuisine.

In 2003, Shire impressed Bostonians once more with her reincarnation of BIBA, transforming it into Excelsior, a bold, contemporary eatery with a glass elevator shaft that houses wines in the center of the dramatic space. Four years later, in 2007, Shire opened Blue Sky in the beloved York Beach, ME. Here, a true Maine setting and New England menu allows Shire to showcase her obsession with lobster, with nine unique dishes on the dinner menu featuring the crustacean.

Shire launched her sixth culinary destination, Scampo, the dynamic first floor restaurant in Boston’s Liberty Hotel, in 2008. Recognized that year by Esquire magazine as one of the “Best New Restaurants” in America, Scampo defies tradition with its Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders and inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East. During the summer of 2010, Shire opened the internationally eclectic Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood which was also recognized by Esquire magazine as “Best New Restaurant” in 2011. The same year, Shire also was named amongst “The Top 10 Most Badass Women Chefs in America” by The Daily Meal.

Shire’s kitchens have been a training ground for some of the city’s finest culinary talent, such as Jody Adams, Dante de Magistris, Gordon Hamersley, Amanda Lydon and Susan Regis. An avid collector, Shire’s zest for life is fueled by her love of travel and her eye for quality. She has logged thousands of miles traveling the world, bringing to her home and restaurants additions to her collections of copper, silver, antique children’s clothes and photography. Her collection of culinary relics includes doll size antique stoves, a brass pie crimper and miniature waffle iron. Shire lives in Weston, MA, with her husband, Uriel Pineda.

Lecolion WashingtonAs a classically-trained bassoonist, Lecolion Washington won multiple orchestral auditions and competitions. He served as a bassoon professor for 15 years at the University of Missouri and the University of Memphis where he was tenured at the age of 33. He also served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa from 2006-2013 where he performed with distinguished faculty from all over the world including principal players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra and the National Symphony. His CD entitled Legacy: Music for Bassoon by African-American Composers was released on the Albany Records label to much acclaim. Washington received an MPower Artist Grant from the Sphinx Organization whose support allowed him to embark on a global concert in cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Linz, and Zurich.

In addition to his performance career, Lecolion Washington has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change. He was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis, TN. The PRIZM Ensemble is organization whose mission is to build a diverse community through chamber music education, youth development, and performance. Under his leadership, PRIZM created community engagement and youth development programs such as the OMusic Project (a music program in a neighborhood in Memphis called Orange Mound, the first African-American neighborhood to be built by African Americans), the PRIZM in the Schools Program, and the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival (where he was founder and director). Washington also served as the Director of In-School Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) where he led a team that created and implemented teaching artist programs that reached approximately 4000 Memphis youth weekly. In 2015, he was named by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the Top 40 Under 40, and in September 2017, he began his tenure as Executive Director of the Community Music Center of Boston. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin, the Manhattan School of Music, and Southern Methodist University.