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The Traveling Cup of Love

              Our #TravelingCupOfLove has visited some pretty awesome places so far, but as the wise men themselves said, we all, “get by with a little help from our friends.” In this big ol’ world, he’s got a lot left to see! If you are traveling somewhere over the course of this holiday season, and our little cup has not yet been there, he wants to go with you! Take him along, and you could a) have a really awesome adventure & b) win an Aeropress coffee brewer. Here’s what to do to enter: 1. When you stop by the shop to grab your pre-travel coffee, ask your barista for an extra cup. 2. Then, Sharpie in your destination of choice, go on an adventure, and have a little photo shoot! 3. Post your photo on Instagram in similar fashion to the examples above, tagging #TravellingCupOfLove & @Birchcoffee.     We will be re-posting your adventures on our feed throughout the next month and a half, so be sure and keep tabs on his whereabouts. Entries must be received by midnight, 2014, and the winner will be announced on New Year’s Day! We look forward to seeing all of your amazing ventures, and are excited to spread a ton of love this holiday season with your help!  ...

Artist In Residence: Jasmine

Birch on the Upper West Side has got a new artist residing in house! Her name is Jasmine, and she is currently a senior Lighting TD at Blue Sky Studios.  Her lighting credits include Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ghost Town, and The Nanny Diaries. Jasmine holds a BA in Economics/Art History  from Vassar College and received her MS in Digital Imaging and Design from NYU.  After grad school, she began working in the field of 3D medical visualization and moved onto vfx/commercial work for the following seven years before moving into feature animated film work at Blue Sky Studios, where she currently works. In her spare time, Jasmine also enjoys bunnies, capturing life through photography and creating things! We also happen to know she enjoys a flat white every now and again… You can have a preview of her work here: http://jasminek.com & then come on over and see the Heaven & Earth series showing in the shop until...

Artist Spotlight: Justin Anselmi!

You may know Justin. He’s our everything guy, and is pretty awesome. Not only does he make mornings the greatest time of day with the prettiest lattes in town, but he also acts. Like we said, he kind of rocks. He is currently in a show with our neighbors at The Ivy Theatre Company, just over on 28th St, called The Feminism of a Soft Merlot  written by Micheline Auger, directed by Audrey Alford. Go see it and Justin will probably sign your program afterwards. Dreams do come true, see? The company is dedicated to dynamic storytelling that explores the human condition in a visceral way, and is working with Funny… Sheesh Productions in a space sharing partnership to promote artistic union and collaboration within the New York City independent theatre scene.   The play asks what sexual empowerment and intimacy is in the age of online porn, dating, and pop culture.     The cast features: Diana Oh, Lauren Dortch Crozier, Patrick Daniel Smith, and Justin Anselmi.   Performance Dates for The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched): Saturday, May 24, 9PM|Sunday, May 25, 7PM|Wednesday, May, 28 8PM|Friday, May 30, 9PM |Saturday, May 31, 7PM|Sunday, June 1st, 3PM|Thursday, June 5, 8PM|Friday, June 6, 8PM|Saturday, June 7, 8PM|Saturday, June 14, 9PM|Sunday, June 15, 3PM|Tuesday, June 17, 8PM|Wednesday, 18, 8PM|Thursday, 19, 8PM|Saturday, 21, 7PM|Sunday, June 22, 7PM. Single tickets: $18.00. Students & Seniors: $15.00. http://ivytheatre.brownpapertickets.com/ For group rates, please contact Audrey Alford at ivytheatre@gmail.com. All media inquiries in reference to The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), please contact Susanne Pinedo, Publicist,...

#travelingcupoflove

Friends! This long, dark winter has left the beloved Birch Cup itching to step outside and sight see. So far, it has made its way though Central Park, Grand Central, The Met Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, and a few other pretty awesome places around New York City. Know that it may be a small cup, but has big dreams of travel, so stay tuned. There will be some exciting adventures in store. Keep tabs on the whereabouts of this cup of love by following us on Instagram! All trips are documented under #travellingcupoflove and...

August Artist in Residence Erika Kapin

Erika Kapin believes that music and art have the power to cause joy, inspiration, healing and insight. She uses both music and visual art as ways to bring more of these elements into the world. Raised in Washington state,Erika began her formal training in photography at Bellevue Community College in 1999. Moving to NYC in 2005, by 2008 she began an association with the Chair and the Maiden gallery where her photographs have been featured the group shows “Preview” and “ArtLive”(2008/2009) as well as in her solo exhibitions “One and the Same” and “Stolen Moments.”Additionally, Erika’s photography has appeared on several album releases including Jane Ira Bloom’s WingWalker, Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo Live, and Aaron Shragge/Akim Funk Buddah’s Shaku-Box. An interview with Kapin and selected images from her “One and the Same” collection were featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Fine Arts Magazine. Work from the “Stolen Moments” collection is featured in the May 2010 issue of the Camera Obscura blog. Erika is the photographer for The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Plastic Portraits is a project that seeks to explore our relationship with plastics. People in this world interact with plastics on a daily basis. From single-use, disposable items, to medical and technological equipment that many of us find essential to our lives, plastic is so integrated that we often use and interact with it without being aware of it. By photographing different people with the plastics they use daily, this project opens the door to thoughtfulness and discussion around the plastics of our lives. It raises awareness of the ubiquitous presence plastic has in our...