The Week presented the Grand Classics screening of “Memories of Underdevelopment” hosted by Gael Garcia Bernal, sponsored by INC.
Leslie Stevens and Gael Garcia Bernal
Daniel Benedict, Allison Luyten, Melissa Gelman, Melanie Charlton, and Andrew Saffir
Spring and art were in the air last week, with a Grand Classics screening down at Soho House and a collection of recent works by Frank Stella uptown at the Jacobson Howard Gallery.

Gael Garcia Bernal
Thursday evening Grand Classics and Indyssey Entertainment heads Katrina Pavlos, Vanessa Wingate, and Andrew Saffir welcomed a glamorous crowd for a screening of “Memorias del Subdesarrollo” sponsored by INC’s new men’s collection. A Cuban film made in 1968, it was chosen by guest host Gael Garcia Bernal – who burned up the screen in 2001’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien.” Onscreen and off, he is (as they say on the street) smokin’ hot.

The film details the grim realities of life in a desperately poor society under the thumb of a ruthless dictator. Bernal explained beforehand that although the film takes place in Cuba, it resonated with all Latin Americans from Mexico to Argentina and beyond.

Between screenings, mojitos were served to Marjorie Gubelmann Raein, Nadja Swarovski, Daniel Benedict, Bettina Zilkha, Helen and Tim Schifter, Rena Sindi, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Vanessa von Bismarck, Daniel Benedict, Phoebe Gubelmann, Tantivy Gubelmann, Allison Luyten, Melanie Charlton, Annie Churchill, Alex Chantecaille, Zani Gugelmann, Jessie Della Femina, Leslie Stevens, Sessa von Rechthofen, Kim Heirston, Jeffrey Slonim, Antony Todd, Miguel Forbes and dozens of other chic young things.

Rena Sindi
Every enthusiastically social person in the room wanted to discuss recent news that last call may soon happen sooner – at 1AM instead of 4 – due to an increase in noise complaints. Forced outside, smokers who’ve already had a couple of cocktails seem to complain more volubly than sober ones. While it’s great not smelling like a bar in the morning, it’s also great to raise a glass until nearly dawn.

Afterwards, my Gucci pumps and I became the first beings ever to depart Soho House via crosstown bus – we all needed our beauty rest before Friday morning’s opening at Jacobson Howard on 76th Street. The crowd was smaller but every bit as high-minded – and all were impressed by the work. The three-dimensional cast aluminum wall pieces are reminiscent of the brightly-colored work Stella produced in the 80’s and 90’s, minus the color. But their sharp geometry brings to mind the black and white of the groundbreaking protractor series. Inspired by a visit to the Neolithic sites in Anatolia, the wall sculptures are all mounted on rings, allowing them to be rotated 360 degrees. You can check them out until March 13 – do ask for a demonstration.

— daphne
L. to r.: Valesca Guerrand-Hermes; Katrina Pavlos, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Vanessa Wingate; INC's Laura Sarasua, Gael Garcia Bernal, and INC's Nancy Slavin.
Alex Chantecaille
Katrina Pavlos, Daniel Benedict, and Annie Churchill
Tantivy Gubelmann and Lyndsay Powers
Kari Talley and Phoebe Gubelmann
Daniel Benedict, Marjorie Gubelmann, and Andrew Saffir
Jessie Della Femina
Jeffrey Slonim and Pam Taylor
Kim Heirston
L. to r.: Zani Gugelmann; Vanessa von Bismarck and Bettina Zilkha; Tico Mugrabi, Rena Sindi, and Helen and Tim Schifter.

Photographs by Richard Orjis/PMc

“An Evening of Music From Guys and Dolls” at the Sheraton to benefit Iris Cantor Women's Health Center at at the Weill Cornell Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital
Hubert Huber and Susan Lucci
Andrew Siedel and Iris Cantor
Joseph Abboud
Yue Sai-Kan and Iris Cantor
Lyn Paulsin, Richard Torence, Anne Newton, and Marshell Yaeger
Mrs. Percopo, Larry Kaiser, and Anna Gary
Jeanne Hee Chang and John Anthony
Hal Buell, Cyma Rubin, Bruno DiCostanzo, and Brenda Vemich
Susan Crowe and Tony Bennett
Tom Leonardis, Keith Harris, Gordana Rashovkah, Erik Batt, and Dan Marsili
Richard and Susan Winston
Tony Spinosa and Dey Ostling
Joel Bell and Marife Hernandez
Amanda Green and Phyllis Newman
Tracey Baran, Tom Kearns, and Heather Prendergast
Dennis Basso, Caroline Hirsch, and Andrew Fox
Robert and Rachel Danes with Stan Herman
Tony Bennett, Iris Cantor, and Dr. Herbert Pardes
L. to r.: John Ventimiglia and Tony Bennett; Laura Benanti; John Desiderio and Iris Cantor.
L. to r.: Denise and Larry Wohl; Alicia Park, Tony Bennett, Iris Cantor, Myrna Manners, and Maria Masciotti.
Joyce Menschel, Ellen Marcus, and Alice Ryan
Ken Billington, Cema Rubin, and Jeff Markowitz
Wayne Scherzer and Kel Christofferson
Mary Testa and and Cyma Rubin
Vanessa Williams and Iris Cantor

On to the show ...
Marisa Tomei
Whoopi Goldberg and Mary Testa performing "Take Back Your Mink" with the Hot Box Girls
Susan Lucci with the gals
Broadway Guys and Dolls
Performing "Fugue for Tin Horns"
Vanessa Williams, Mary Testa, Whoppi Goldberg, and Susan Lucci close out the show ...

Photographs by Rob Rich


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