Bronx Museum of the Arts' kick off party for its Spring Gala
Dawn Palo
Regis Krampf and Beatrice Pei

Barbara Sussberg

Beatrice Pei and Michele Gerber Klein
The Bronx Museum of the Arts held a kick-off party for its big May 19th spring gala, this year dubbed Ave del Paraiso (Spanish for bird of Paradise, the flower). The gala, chaired by Michèle Gerber Klein and Simone Klabin has hired designer Wolfgang Thom, who is famous for his brilliance with flowers, to turn the museum into una noche fantastica.

According to Wolfgang’s plans “The focal point of the event will be a dramatic 9-foot sculpture of coral red articulated bamboo, out of which emerge a multitude of red Croton leaves, birds of paradise flowers and bright orange anthuriums. The staircases and windowsills will flicker with hundreds of orange and fuchsia votive candles and the tables will be set in hot pink shimmering crackle satin to create the ambiance of a sexy, tropical lounge party.” So, get ready!

Maggie Norris with Paulo and Simone Klabin
The benefit committee includes The Brazilian Ambassadress Flavia Gomes dos Santos, I.M. Pei’s son Didi Pei and his wife Beatrice, artist Andres Serrano, The Marlborough Gallery’s Janis Gardner Cecil, The Robert Miller Gallery’s Robert Peter Miller, Lisa and Jeffrey Tweedy, Alvin Valley, Patricia Cossutta, Henrique Faria, Elliott Bronstein, Marcia Grostein, Julia Herzberg, Cindy Kelly, Sophy Regelous and Miguel Ferrer, Alina Slonim, Enid McKenna Soifer, Ana Sokoloff, Ana Vilma Soler, Christian McPherson and Roger Webster. It’ll be a night of the tango, the samba and the bossa nova to throbbing Latin bands, and of course, disco dancing as well.

The art on display will feature Brazilians Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, Cuban Felix Gonzalez-Torres and, from the Colección Cisneros, Uruguayan Joaquín Torres Garcia.

The menu will be totally South American. Empanadas, croquettes de quejo, Bolivian chicken turnovers, shrimp with spicy avocado sauce, and baked snapper with cilantro sauce; passion fruit and guava mousse in chocolate cups, banana and caramel and flan tartlets, and coconut meringues.

Annina Nosei hosted the kick off party at her avant-garde gallery in Chelsea. Among those admiring the paintings in German husband and wife team Kocheisen + Hullmann’s show “Be Prepared to Stop” and Leemour Pelli’s show “From the Heart,” were: Allison Weiss, Paulo Klabin, Regis Krampf, Frederick Lembeck, Jason Grant, fashion designers Maggie Norris and Joe Cheng, Emma Snowden Jones, Rosana DeSoto, I-20 gallery’s Alice and Paul Judelson, Mercedes Helena Alvarez, Charles Cecil, Bob Sancho, Doug Rice, Mary Jane and Gibson Marcasano, art icon Colette, Night Magazine’s Anton Perich, Thomas Knapp, Pia Kazan, Kelechi Odu, Edgar Batista, John James, television’s Dr. Gilda Carle, Dawn Palo, Kayoko Akabori, Margaret Amato-Hayes, Richard Anderman, Claudia Calirman, Connie Connors, Jellon and Tiba Vieira, Sally Ditenhafer, Tom Dolby, Alex Duncan, Katherine Haims, Oratio Herzberg, Shalom and Rachel Kalnicki, Philip and Susan Kivitz, Beverly Michael, Kathryn and Mary O'Donnell, Kelechi Odu, Lee Fryd, Sebastian Piras, Dan Rodriguez, Anita Sarko, Chloe and Jeff Schoen, Arden and Leann Shelton, Susan Stedman, and Barbara Sussberg.

The May 19th gala is underwritten by Bloomberg, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and Montefiore Hospital. There will be buses to pick up and deliver guests to and from the Plaza Hotel and the corner of Madison and 86th Street.

Expected and invited revelers include: Mayor Bloomberg, Congressman José E. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr., State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson, State Assembly member Aurelia Greene and City Council Member Helen Foster; artists and designers: Peter Max, Narciso Rodriguez, Zang Toi, Richard Mishaan, Lisa Jackson, Randy Kemper, Tony Ingrao, Mario Buatta and Helena Lehane; and art lovers Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Peter Norton, Anna Bulgari, Clarissa Bronfman, Ashton Hawkins and Pilar Crespi. Tickets are still available; call Colleen Lehane: 718-681-6100, ext. 139. Olé!
John James and Allison Weiss

A walk through the Annina Nosei gallery
Collette and Joe Cheng

Simone Klabin, Michèle Gerber Klein, and Allison Weiss
Bob Sancho, Doug Rice, and Alice and Paul Judelson

Beatrice Pei and Olivia Georgia
Lee Fryd, Dr. Gilda Carle, and Janis Cecil

Alina Slonim, Mary Jane, and Gibson Marcasano
Leemour Pelli

Emma Snowden Jones and Janis Cecil

Collette and Annina Nosei

Photographs by Neil Rasmus/PMc



Celebrating 101 years of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC
Ed Gardner and Laura Parsons

Jeffrey A. Goldstein and Allan Luks

Kitty Linder with Ed and Arlyn Gardiner
Over 900 people gathered at the Waldorf=Astoria to celebrate 101 years of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC programs, which have transformed the lives of thousands of New York’s boys and girls.

The awards ceremony honored three individuals who are role models for the youth helped by Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC: America’s founder of youth mentoring: Sir Howard Stringer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Phylicia Rashad.

Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich
Sir Howard, recently in the headlines after the announcement of his milestone promotion to Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation in June 2005, received the Sidewalks of NY Achievement in Business Award. Mayor Bloomberg received the Sidewalks of NY Public Service Award, which was accepted by Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as Mayor Bloomberg had to remain in Europe for further negotiations over the Olympics. The Sidewalks Entertainment Award was presented to actress Phylicia Rashad. NFLer Lynn Swann was the master of ceremonies. The event raised more then $1.8 million.

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
(BigsNYC) has been creating programs to address the very latest issues (immigrant youth, racial tension, teen moms, 9/11, new legislation to protect children from abuse) and inspiring adults and corporations to immeasurably enrich a child’s life as well as their own by volunteering. BigsNYC is the first formalized mentoring program in the United States. Its case managers carefully screen adults who are interested in spending 6-10 hours a month with school-age children, primarily from single-parent families. Accepted volunteers are matched for a minimum period of one year. For more information, click here.
Terry Williams and Anne Ford

Luis Soto, Phylicia Rashad, and Jamal Singleton
Joe Roth and Julianne Moore

Tania Richardson and Samual L. Jackson
Allan and Karen Luks, Hon. Michael Corriero, and Mary Ellen Raftery

Arlyn Gardner, Linda Lee, and G.G. Michelson
Lauren Smith, Elizabeth King, and Sir Howard Stringer

Peter and Carol Holzer

Sir Howard Stringer and Lynn Swan



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 32nd Annual Patrons Gala
Neil Rudenstine and Katherine Hughes Del Tufo

Heidi Neuhoff, Ronnie Bauch, Zena Wiener, and Robert H. Bloom
 

Branford Marsalis
Last Thursday night at the Metropolitan Club, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra held their 32nd Annual Patrons Gala. It was a hot time for any chamber orchestra when Argentine Tango Master Pianist Pablo Ziegler joined Grammy award winning Branford Marsalis and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for an evening of Tango-Jazz Classical Fusion. Mr. Marsalis and his sax and Mr. Ziegler and his keyboard presented a steamy repertoire.

The program which began at 7:30 after an hour of cocktails in the club’s Grand Foyer, included Last Round by Osvaldo Golijov, Fugata, Imagenese 676, Oblivion and Fuga Y Misterio by Astor Piazzolla, Nostalgias by J.C. Cobian and El Empedrado and Milongueta by Mr. Ziegler.

Cocktails at the Metropolitan Club

Auctioneer Lorna Kelly
After the performance, at 8:30, there was dinner and an auction. Ambassador Raymond Loretan, Consul General of Switzerland was presented with the Orpheus Award in honor of his outstanding commitment to cultural unity through artistic accomplishment.

Honorary chairs were Michael and Zena Wiener and Mary White and Chris Flowers, with Gala co-chairs Lizabeth and Frank Newman, Heidi Neuhoff and Vicki Rosen-Solomon and Adam Solomon.
George and Joan Hornig

Heidi Neuhoff, Lizabeth Newman, Morton Swinsky, and Jack Silver
Charles Hamlin, Sarah Leibowitz, and Martin Leibowitz

Connie Steensma, Lizabeth Newman, and Heidi Neuhoff

Frank and Lizabeth Newman
Jared Zech and Hethre Faust

Joyce Carol Oates, Connie Steensma, Ebet Dudley, and Katherine Hughes Del Tufo

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra dinner

Photographs by Iris Chalit



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