Free Friday: Italian Tastings and Light Show

Posted at 7:40 AM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 12:50:55-04

Each week we tell viewers what they can get for free. This week’s free list: 1) Free tastings from Centro Vinoteca 2) Light Installation at the World Financial Center

Come join the guys at Centro Vinoteca, located on Barrow Street in Manhattan, where they would like to invite and welcome the PIX 11 viewers on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 between 4pm and 6pm to enjoy free samples of some of their customers’ favorite and very appetizing dishes.

Centro Vinoteca is an elegant and romantic bar and restaurant (perfect for Valentine’s Day!) with a classic yet modern Italian cuisine.

They are offering PIX 11 viewers free samples of:

Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates – with gorgonzola
Zucchini Parmesan Fritters – with spicy tomato sauce
Paccheri ala Norma – fresh tomato sauce, eggplant, basil & ricotta salata
Tagliolini Agnello e Caprino – braised lamb ragu & goat cheese
Pranna Cotta con Aceto Balsamico – Pudding Style
Semifreddo al Torrone – almond, pistachio, hazelnut, chocolate sauce chocolate bread pudding w/vanilla gelato and chocolate sauce

Centro Vinoteca
74 Seventh Ave. South (at Barrow Street)
New York, NY 10014
Tel.: 212-367-7470
Restaurant Hours:

Mon.-Thur., 12pm-11 pm;
Fri.,12 pm-12 am;
Sat.,11 am-12am;
Sun.,11am-11 pm


What:        Light Cycles, an Arts Brookfield commissioned light installation by acclaimed artist and theater designer Anne Militello
Where:     Brookfield Place World Financial Center, Winter Garden and Plaza (220 Vesey Street between West Street & North End
Presenter:     Arts Brookfield
When:      January 22 through March 30, 2013; sunset to midnight daily

Cost:         FREE – No tickets or reservations required


Specially commissioned by Arts Brookfield, “Light Cycles” will create
stunning color and light experience in legendary downtown New York City venue
from January 22 through March 30

A dazzling light installation commissioned by Arts Brookfield will transform the high reaches of Brookfield Place World Financial Center Winter Garden into a kaleidoscope of color and light on winter evenings starting on January 22nd.

Created by internationally acclaimed lighting artist and veteran theater designer Anne Militello, Light Cycles will feature strands of mirrored discs embedded with LED lights suspended from the ten-story pavilion’s glass-vaulted ceiling. From January 22nd through March 30th, the discs will float above the venue’s iconic palm trees enchanting visitors to the Winter Garden and the adjacent outdoor Plaza.

Each evening after sunset, the LED panels on the discs will turn on for the exhibition’s nightly display. Drawing inspiration from the rich variety of color shifts seen in natural phenomena, Militello will be on-site for two weeks in January to program new compositions of shifting movements and patterns which will be stored and then replayed throughout the remainder of the exhibition. Viewers looking into the atrium from the World Financial Center Plaza will be treated to an array of jewel tones – sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst, and citrine – evoking the twinkling of multi-colored stars or an aurora borealis against the glass curtain wall.

“Anne Militello’s breathtaking Light Cycles will create a completely special and unforgettable experience for audiences who visit the Winter Garden and Plaza,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “It promises to be absolutely mesmerizing and needs to be seen to be fully experienced.”

Anne Militello has created permanent art and architectural lighting designs around the world, including the critically acclaimed façade of the New 42nd Street Studios Building in Times Square. Her creations can also be seen atop the Four Points Sheraton in midtown, across the façade and windows of the New York Historical Society, and at the Missoni Boutique on Madison Avenue, where her large window art installation was the centerpiece of a BBC documentary about her work. A longtime collaborator with writer/director Sam Shepard, she has designed scores of plays off and on Broadway, earning an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence. She worked with director David Lynch to create the controversial Industrial Symphony No.1 at BAM, and designed international concert tours for Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, KD Lang, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, among others. She recently lit Lincoln Center Festival’s tribute concert to Curtis Mayfield at Avery Fisher Hall. The founder of Vortex Lighting in Los Angeles, she is the head of the lighting design program at the California Institute of Arts.

The Light Cycles exhibition continues Arts Brookfield’s growing status as one of New York City’s leading presenters of free visual arts. The winter 2013 season includes two additional commissioned projects: Field Guide to a Metropolis, a mural by internationally acclaimed artist Amy Kao, and Desert Air, an exhibition of large-scale photographs of remote environments by award-winning photographer George Steinmetz.