|On December 4th at a the Jane Hotel, The New Inquiry, BOMB Magazine, and ForYourArt hosted a marathon reading of Frederic Tuten’s visionary first novel, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, published in 1971.
Over 450 guests attended this five-hour festival, free and open to the public, bought together hundreds of participants, including some of America’s most notable artists, novelists, poets, musicians, and filmmakers, to read the full text of Tuten’s avant-garde masterwork. There was standing room only throughout the event. Both floors were packed, the lower ballroom and the mezzanine The Marathon Reading marks the finale of New Directions Publishing’s year-long celebration of their 75th Anniversary.
The Adventures of Mao on the Long March presents the most heroic episode of the Chinese Revolution as mythopoeic odyssey in a radically experimental narrative style that freely mixes fiction, fact, citation, and parody. This literary collage becomes part fable, part newsreel, part pamphlet, part Emerson, part Lichtenstein, and part Godard. While Mao is an icon for for the American literary avant-garde and contemporary visual art, the book’s experimentalism continues to resonate with new readers raised on the mash-up aesthetics of the Internet age.
|The Jane Ballroom.|
|Featured readers included: Linsey Abrams, Michael Almereyda, Kurt Andersen, Laurie Anderson, Jon Robin Baitz, Véronique Béghain, Ross Bleckner, Thomas Bolt, Cecily Brown, Lori Marie Carlson, Mary Ann Caws, Jerome Charyn, Clifford Chase, Michael Coffey, Lydia Davis, Mónica de la Torre, Jim Drummond, Deborah Eisenberg, Adam Ende, Barbara Epler, Francisco Goldman, Brad Gooch, Francine Gray, Adam Green, John Haskell, Amy Hempel, Oscar Hijuelos, A.M. Homes, Richard Howard, Dakota Jackson, Ben Janse, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bettina Korek, Anne Kreamer, Paul La Farge, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Douglas Light, Phillip Lopate, Karen Marta, Patricia Marx, J.W. McCormack, Edward Mendelson, Gregory R. Miller, Walter Mosley, Linda Norden, Sarah Paley, Robert Polito, Ernesto Quiñonez, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Dawn Raffel, Rachel Rosenfelt, David Salle, Grace Schulman, Wallace Shawn, Aurelie Sheehan, Geoffrey Smith, Iris Smyles, James Suffern, Betsy Sussler, Hannah Tennant-Moore, Lynne Tillman, James Traub, Lily Tuck, Edmund White, and Andrew Zornoza, with a special appearance by Chairman Mao from Pedro Reyes’ Baby Marx project.
The Adventures of Mao on the Long March Reading Marathon was sponsored by Google Places.
|Eric Fischl and April Gornick.|
|Francine du Plessix Gray.|
|Frederic Tuten Puppet by Pedro Reyes.|
|Kurt Andersen and Anne Kreamer.|
|Lydia Davis and Frederic Tuten.|
|Mary Ann Caws.|
|Monica de la Torre.|
|Paul La Farge.|
|Rachel Rosenfelt, Dustin Consentino, Sarah Williams, and Paul W. Morris.|
|The Santa Project Party & Auction benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, one of the largest health nonprofit organizations in the U.S., was held on Wednesday Dec. 7th at Harlem's Bier International.
Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party and Auction help fund special needs equipment requests and purchase holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in UCP of NYC's programs.
For the second year in a row, the event was hosted by supermodel & entrepreneur Camilla Barungi of Project Runway fame. The party was held at Chris Pollok and Ousmane Keita's hip Harlem Bier International, which in just one year has made it to the top of many the "must" lists in NYC.
|Javier Gomez, Isiah Whitlock, Camilla Barungi, and Mike Woods.|
|In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event drew celebrity guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway. VIPS attending the event included: Mike Woods, meteorologist & reporter of Fox 5’sGood Day New York; Isiah Whitlock, star of the film Cedar Rapids and the acclaimed series The Wire; Lauren LoGiudice, star of the film When Harry Tries to Marry; Jonathan D. Lovitz, host of the MTV/Logo series Set Up Squad; Javier Gomez, fine art photographer; Jose Salvador, Producer, Fox 5 News; Josh Folan, All My Children and star of two new films All God’s Creatures and the upcoming What Would Bear Do?; LaQuan Smith, acclaimed Fashion Designer; Sebastian La Cause, star of the upcoming film Premium Rush and the new series Hustling; Brian Keane, star of the films Bear City and Bear City 2; Elisa Jimenez, star of the hit series Project Runway; Aryn Cole, star of the upcoming movie Lorenzo and Monica; Patrick Hazlewood, model/entrepreneur; Richie Rich, fashion designer, Tony Hillery and Hans Bernier founders of Harlem Grown; Brandice Henderson of Harlem Fashion Row; Pierre Le Veaux and Michelina Mandarano, Goldman Sachs, Anthony Spagnolo, Principal, HOK, Kimberly Dowdell, Levien and Company, Erin Felker Bond, Esq, Associate Director for NYLS Center for Real Estate Studies; Alison Levy, Net-A-Porter; Moira Balseca, Jane Ferrone, Tamara Matos-Hernandez and Daniel Tobert of Columbia CP Clinic; Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President, UCP of NYC, and William D. White, Wm. White Associates LLC.
|Jasmine K. Le Veaux, Pierre Le Veaux, Michelina Mandarano, and Paul Giardina.|
|The Santa Party Host Committee included W. Scott Allen, Raj Capoor, MD, Calcie Cooper, Rich Daniel, Kimberly Dowdell, Matthew Foster, Laura Hickman, Brandice Henderson, Daniel Harrison, Janelle Jarvid, Gregory Garone, Susan Kosar, Alison Levy, Erin Kate McCarthy, Chantel Peters
Lauren Petrin, Shante Pumphrey, Michael Putis, Kelvin Sanders, Vincent Siasoco, MD, Logan Smalley, Kathleen Taylor, Nicole Westcott, and Marta Willgoose.
The event featured a silent auction with a range of luxury goods and services to bid on, including a deluxe two night stay at the SOHO Grand, tickets to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, gift certificates for noteworthy NYC restaurants, fashion items, electronics.
|Ousmane Keita, Camilla Barungi, and Chris Pollack.|
|UCP of NYC is one of America's most established charities helping children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City. UCP of NYC currently serves more than 14,000 individuals and family members through more than 75 comprehensive programs. The Mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
For more information on UCP of NYC or to donate to The Santa Project, please visit www.ucp.org .
|Chantel Peters and Janelle Jarvis.|
|Daniel Callot, Ron Roberts, Danielle Kayembe, and Hauke Gahrmann.|
|Brian Keane, Andrew Glaszek, and Sebastian LaCause.|
|Jonathan, D. Lovitz, Lauren LoGuidice, and Sebastian LeCause.|
|Bebe Ellison and Patrick Hazlewood.||Mina Daniel and Chris Pollok.|
|Katherine Minister, Kristina Buller, W. Scott Allen, and Alison Kwiatkowski.|
|Kimberly Dowdell, Ahkilah Johnson, Kira Pole, and Albert Kakudji.|
|LaQuan Smith, Camilla Barungi, and Jose Salvador.|
|Megan Tuite, Anna Misanvu, and Anthony Spagnolo.|
|Patricia Reindeers and Sonjja Baram.|
|Pauline Kim, Josh Folan, and Aryn Cole.|
|Prudence, Morgan, and Erin-Kate McCarthy.|
|Serena Colon, Dr. Vincent Siasoco, Lisa Orbegoso, and Wendy Stellato.|
|American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra held its annual Family Music Day on Sunday, December 11, 2011, featuring a talented group of performers, led by the amazing pianist Orli Shaham.
Over 200 children and adults enjoyed this sold-out event, held at Asia Society, which included interactive and educational music stations, an entertaining concert, followed by brunch and amusing activities. Celebrating the joy of classical music, multiple generations gathered for a most delightful and fun-filled morning! Funds raised from this event will benefit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s KeyNote Education and Outreach Program which brings classical music to over 29,000 school children in Israel each year.
|Orli Shaham with children at the "Compose It!" station.|
|Co-chairmen Abbe Serphos, Debra Peltz and Tricia Pantzer with pianist Orli Shaham (2nd from the left)|
|Family Music Day Co-Chairman Suzanne Doft.|
|Orli Shaham||Ballerina Ashley Talluto|
|Among those in attendance were Lauren and John Veronis, Alexandra and Clifford Gelb, Rochelle Hirsch, Pamela Sandler, Jordana and David Manzano, Suki Sandler, Marcie and Jordan Pantzer, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Debra Perelman, Natalie Katz, Amanda Gimble and Myron Glucksman, Aleida and Mark Hornfeld, Pamela Henes, Deena and Adam Shiff, Rochelle Hirsch, Danielle and Drew Anderman, Cynthia and Matthew Mark, Gervaise Gerstner, Danielle and Hayim Grant, Robyn Stonehill, Amy and James Haber, Tali and Adam Tantleff, and Tracy and Sander Gerber.
Many thanks to our Family Music Day Corporate and Foundation Sponsors Kirkland & Ellis and the Morty and Gloria Wolosoff Foundation, and our fantastic Co-Chairmen Suzanne and Jacob Doft, Tricia and Jason Pantzer, Debra and Harlan Peltz and Abbe and Michael Serphos.
|Photographs by Anniewatt.com  (Benson); Ali Winberry (AFIPO)|