Show & Tell (No. 9)

The Personal Stories of Objects

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time: Stories begin at 7 PM / Bar opens at 5 PM for happy hour

Location: Lily’s at Roger Smith Hotel

Cost: Free and open to the public

Click here to RSVP to Danika Druttman or call (212) 339-2092

On this intimate evening, four carefully curated storytellers are invited to
 present an object that has an extraordinary personal story attached to it. The selected participants hail from a broad spectrum of professional disciplines, and their chosen objects represent equally diverse fields of interests and experiences.


Sam Saunders


Sam Saunders was rubbish at a lot of things in his 20s, including acting, finance, private investigating and delivering auto parts. Then he found advertising.

Since then, he’s worked at a lot of shops including M&C Saatchi, Wong Doody Weiner and SS+K where he was the Executive Creative Director. He then started his own NYC-based agency and then very happily sold that in 2015 to consult and work on entrepreneurial pursuits with the venture arm of his business.

Today, Sam is the Chief Creative Officer and founder of booze brand Cangria, charity Hopeland, BUMP, and yet-to-be-launched book series Unholy Bibles, while he consults to Apple, Diageo, Liquid Asset and ad agencies the world over. He’s judged One Show twice, did three talks at the Cannes Lions in 2015 and two more in 2016. He lives and works in New York.

Dawn Landes


Dawn Landes is a Kentucky born singer-songwriter now living in Brooklyn, NY. She has released multiple albums and her songs have been featured in commercials, popular films and TV shows (The Good Wife, House). Her 2015 album Bluebird was voted IMA Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year and features guest appearances by Norah Jones and others. Landes tours internationally and has performed with The Boston Pops, NYC Ballet and recently at TED. She is currently at work on music and lyrics for ROW, a new musical written in collaboration with Daniel Goldstein about the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Julia Longoria


Julia Longoria is an eternal Miami-an who found a home in Brooklyn. She works as a radio producer and reporter at WNYC Radio, where she likes to tell stories that find delight in traditionally boring places. She produces pieces for the newsroom and the long form podcast Only Human, and her reports have aired on NPR’s Planet Money, Marketplace, and PRI’s The World. She got her start in this line of work as a wallflower at family gatherings, where her Cuban-American relatives would tell story after story about the family’s move across the Florida Straits.

Alasdair Nichol


Alasdair Nichol is one of the owners of Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house, and serves as Vice Chairman as well as head of the fine art department. One of the most recognizable faces of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, Mr. Nichol has appraised paintings and drawings on the long-running series since its third season. Mr. Nichol joined Freeman’s in 1999 and is now the Vice Chairman, having established the Fine Art department as a significant force in the art market.  Mr. Nichol has lectured extensively in both the United States and the United Kingdom at universities, art schools, societies and private clubs on a variety of subjects ranging from the Art Market to the Pennsylvania Impressionists and Scottish Art. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nichol originally trained as a painter in Aberdeen and then Belfast where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1984. Along with thirty other young artists he was selected to represent the UK in an international exhibition and his work was shown in London, France and Germany.  In 1985 he embarked on his career in the auction world with Phillips in Edinburgh before moving to their sale rooms in Glasgow and London prior to becoming the Head of the Fine Art department in New York.  Mr. Nichol has wielded the gavel at countless charity auctions raising millions for numerous worthwhile causes including the LaGuardia High School of Music Art and Performing Arts, National Trust for Scotland, and Leave Out Violence New York.

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