Wednesday, April 18, 2012

All the world's a stage

The entire cast of Jim Henson’s Musical World as part of the Weill Music Institute’s Family Concert.
On Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Stern Auditiorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presented Jim Henson’s Musical World, two Carnegie Hall Family Concerts featuring The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. Written by Craig Shemin and hosted by renowned puppeteer John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Sesame Street), these two performances celebrate the whimsical music and magical world of puppetry created by Jim Henson more than 50 years ago.

Both concerts featured performances by the dynamic Essential Voices USA led by director Judith Clurman, with additional special guests to include: Alison Bartlett, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Nitya Vidyasagar, Tony-Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Saturday Night Live alumna Rachel Dratch, puppeteers Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Karen Prell, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and singer/songwriter Paul Williams. Pre-concert activities took place one hour before each performance and were free to all ticket holders. Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are recommended for ages 5–10.
Saturday Night Live Alum Rachel Dratch, host John Tartaglia, and New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke
Gonzo, Kermit, Fozzie, and John Tartaglia
Following the 3:30 p.m. performance, the Notables, Carnegie Hall’s young patrons hosted the Third Annual Notables Family Party in Carnegie Hall's Rohatyn Room featuring dinner, crafts, cookie-decorating, face-painting, balloons, and other Muppet®-themed activities for children.

Brooke Shields
served as the event’s Honorary Chair alongside co-chairs Caroline Rocco Dennis, Christin Barringer Rueger, Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji, Lyss Stern, Amy Tarr, and Mary Wible Vertin.

All proceeds raised from the Third Annual Notables Family Party will directly support the music education and community programs of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
Notables Family Party Honorary Chair Brooke Shields
Jimmy and Luca Zankel
: Lyss Stern, June Ambrose, and Mary Wible Vertin
Victoria Li, Dushy and Indira Roman, Kim Hastie and guests
Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson with Notables Family Party Co-chairs Mary Wible Vertin, Lyss Stern, Brooke Shields, Amy Tarr, Caroline Rocco Dennis, Christin Rueger, and Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji
Guests getting photos taken and printed by Photo Op
Faces by Derrick
Muppet cookie-decorating
Guests enjoy Twisted Balloons
This past Monday at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, the junior committee for the El Museo del Barrio 2012 gala hosted a private viewing of Hernan Bas, "Occult Contemporary." The 19th annual gala is set to take place May 17th, 2012 and will honor renowned fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, philanthropist and El Museo trustee Yaz Hernández and corporate visionary Bacardi USA. The private gallery viewing welcomed the gala's junior committee as well as honorees Yaz Hernández and gala chairs Nina Garcia, Alex Gonzalez and Sarah Wolfe.
Other guests included Audra Acensio, Margarita Aguilar, Werner Federico Ahlers, Tatyana Miron Ahlers, Fabiola Arias, Hernan Bas, Jane Bloomingdale, Bethanie Brady, Christian Cota, Jessica De La Espriella, Ashley Dodgen-McCormick, Teresita Fernandez, Alex Gonzalez, Amanda Hearst, Valentin Hernandez Jr., Flavia Kelson, Rachel Lehmann, Pamela and Arturo Lopez Martin, Karla M. Martinez, David Maupin, Luisana Mendoza, Maria Luisa Mendoza, Angel Otero, PJ Pascual, Aura Reinhardt, Brian Reyes, Gabriel Rivera-Barraza, Liana Ryan, Jesus Torres, and Alexis Zambrano.
Carlos Campos, PJ Pascual, Valentin Hernandez Jr., Alexis Zambrano, Carolina Crews, Karla Martinez, Flavia Kelson, and Gabriel Rivera-Barraza
El Museo del Barrio, New York's leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes 230,000 visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo's wide-ranging collections and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.
Sarika Rastogi
Liliana Cavendish and Tony Bechara
Tony Bechara, Narciso Rodriguez, and Yaz Hernandez
Taylor Weiland and Mercedes Fernandez
Margarita Aguilar and Susan Delvalle
Bethanie Brady and Angel Otero
Patrick Fields
Whitney Wolfe and Carolina Crews
Carlos Campos
Rebecca O'Neill, Valentin Hernandez, and Alexandra Pappas
Alexis Zambrano and Gabriel Rivera-Barraza
Last Wednesday night over at Christie’s, BID to Save the Earth held its third annual Green Auction and raised $600,000 for the cause. “The Opportunity to Sail Aboard Hemisphere,” which is the world’s largest luxury sailing catamaran, was won for $150,000.
David Rockefeller, Susan Rockefeller, Grace Potter, Glenn Close, and David Shaw
Julie Gilhart, Jo Champa, Susan Rockefeller, and Marjorie Harris
Steve Kilcullen, Angela Kilcullen, Juli Dershewitz, and Michael Dershewitz
Lydia Fenet, Grace Potter, Graydon Carter, and Anna Scott Carter
It was a New York celebrity night, sipping cocktails listening to a special performance by Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnalists, people watching and bidding up the lots.
Amanda Hearst
Sharon and Lauren Bush
Adrian Garzon
Coralie Charriol
Peter Glatzer and Maya Albanese
Gail Tobias, Susan Rockefeller, and Sam Tobias
Julie Gilhart and Harlan Bratcher
Grace Potter
Maggy Frances Schultz, Hannah Bronfman, and Hassan Pierre
Coco Rocha
Monica Chang
Almudena Fernandez and Maria Giron
Kate de Brienne
Van Muller and Polina Margasova
Maria Giron, Keith Addis, and Cindy Davis
Bunta and Minako Inoue
Janie Chase
Angela Martini and Perri Arenas
Shirley Ephraim
Summer Osterman
Suzanne Weinstock and Andrew Nodell
James Reginato, Mark Tevins, and Lionel Geneste
Melissa Seligmann and Fran Kaya
Robert Cochran, Marcia Mishaan, and Suzanne Cochran
Denise Richards and Richard Turley
Olivia Chantecaille and Adelina Wong Ettelson
Douglas Blonsky and Terri Coppersmith
Kristin Studeman and Melissa Berkelhammer
Bronson Van Wyck, Kate Schelter, and Chris Schumacher
Anna Safir, Bronson Van Wyck, and Eleanora Kennedy
Meri Miller and Karen Boyer
Emma Grady and Bonnie Morrison
Lana Smith and Polina Proshkina
Jenny Turner, Marla Goldwasser, Blair Clarke, and Kelly Padden
Laura Bowling
Mark Tevis, Angela Lindvall, and Lionel Geneste
Also last Wednesday, WIN (Women in Need) held its annual gala luncheon over at the Waldorf, and brought a lot of the local dynamos and movers and shakers.

They honored Martha Nelson, the Editorial Director of Time, Inc. Ms. Nelson was for many years the force behind the very profitable PEOPLE  magazine. That kind of success in the publishing world breeds moguls yet she has conducted herself rather diffidently in terms of public persona. I don’t know her, not sure I’ve ever met her, but sitting at that table in Michael’s as I often do, watching the media world pass-by, Ms. Nelson does not advertise herself -- although no doubt she is noticed by her confreres and peers.
Anna Quindlen, Bonnie Stone, Kayce Freed Jennings, Karin Sadove, Leila Maw Straus, Monica Rich Kosann, and Karen Harvey
Jackie Mayfield, Joan Steinberg, Alice van Cleese, Leila Maw Straus, Adrienne Cleere, Jeanne Linnes, and Mickey Straus
Bettina Zilkha, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Sarah Arison, Peter Lydon, Susan Fales Hill, and Felicia Taylor
I have a feeling she’s like some of those other women editors (not all of them, mind you: there are exceptions) who just do their job as well as they can muster. And get on with it. Helen Gurley Brown was like that. They assume that if they get the job, their job is to do their best. Martha Nelson proves that one.

The luncheon brought out a lot of the fashionable and fashion-related and publishing/media related luminosity about town. This isn’t networking, this is the networkers’ world. Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, Whatever, can’t beat this kind of New York event. Then again not everyone is invited. Or can afford to attend.  But it’s a good cause.
Bonnie Stone, Diane Sawyer, and Martha Nelson
Cindy Weber Cleary, Hal Rubenstein, and Charla Lawhon
Alissa Heumann and Jessica Sciacchitano
Leila Maw Straus, Karin Sadove, Monica Rich Kosann, Kayce Freed Jennings, and Anna Quindlen
Teri Agins and Bill McComb
Cindy Weber-Cleary, Martha Nelson, and Hal Rubenstein
Esther Armah
Thia Breen, Karyn Lerner, and Laurie Dowley
Monica Rich Kosann and Ginny Hershey Lambert
Shirin von Wulfen and Frederic Fekkai
Holly Greenwald and Ellen Newhouse
Steve Sadove, Georgia Frasch, and Ron Frasch
Cathie Black, David Daniel, and Dr. Joyce Brown
Michael Clinton, Jaqui Lividini, Jim Hardy, and Anne Hardy
Josie Natori and Ray Kelly
Chris Foster, David Mon, and Veronica Kelly
Josie Natori, Calvin Tsao, and Annabel Tollman
Alex Sudder, Cardaja Murray, and Cody Joseph
Kerry Pieri, Lola Mendez, Kelly Framel, and Erin Framel
Dr. Lisa Airan, Jamie Tisch, and Jennifer Zuccarini
Danielle Kosann, Monica Rich Kosann, and Laura Kosann
Susan Fales-Hill and Sarah Arison
Annabel Tollman, Frederic Fekkai, and Shirin von Wulffen
Last Thursday night the ASPCA held its annual Bergh Ball at the Plaza. Some of the celebrity guests brought their pets. The ASPCA also brought a few future pets – those who need to be adopted. This is a very successful night in New York and its organizers and patrons have worked hard to make it that. Simon Cowell was the honoree although he came only via video.

The last time I went to the Bergh Ball was two years ago, also at the Plaza. As I was moving around talking to people and taking photos, a woman walked by carrying a black and white shih-tzu of then undetermined (to me) age. The dog was resting comfortably, as if luxuriously in the woman’s arms. The dog reminded me of another shih-tzu who lived with me for ten years, before he died. Buster. I’ve written about him on these pages. A little angel.
Michele Gradin, Margo Nederlander, Arriana Boardman, Isaac Mizrahi, Lauran Zambelli Barket, Linda Lambert, and Kim White
For that reason I decided on the spur of the moment to tell the woman that I would adopt the dog. She. Her. Jenny, her name. They took my name. She was eight or nine. I don’t know what her background was, only that she had had some serious health issues that were being cleared up by the doctors at the ASPCA. Somebody had her for a long time and then threw her away.

Jenny wasn’t ready to come  home for a few more weeks. They were focusing on her healing. She is also almost blind.
Laura Zambelli Barket, Kim WHite, Margo Nederlander, Michele Gradin, and Linda Lambert
When she first came to her new home she was not greeted with enthusiasm by Missy who is Madame in her house. Missy, who is charming and vivacious and sweet and cute and cuddly, also can be like Joan Crawford in “The Women” when it comes to another female living under her roof. She’s not that bad; I exaggerate because it is human comedy and drama and makes me laugh. But she kinda “bitchy.” (“Who me?” wags the tail.)

However, Jenny was naturally alienated anyway. Wherever she had been before (and she had numerous tumors on her teats which had been removed by the ASPCA — she healed well), she was not used to friendliness of any kind. The first few weeks she would only sleep in one spot near my desk, facing the wall. She wouldn’t eat anything unless she saw the other dogs eating it. At night I’d bring her into the bedroom but as soon as I put on the bed, she’d jump off and return to her bed.

One of the great things about adopting a dog or a cat is you get to see the rewards of TLC. Rewards for the dog or cat and even bigger rewards for you, What are they? You feel good many times. You get the pleasure of expressing care and affection, the likes of which we often take for granted with those around us; and as time passes, you learn what unconditional love is and what it can return. These dogs and cats also teach you patience, which is a hard lesson in life, maybe especially city life. Not to mention laughter.
Lucy Suarez, Ben Lambert, Linda Lambert, Albert Behler, and Lillian Lake
Jenny sleeps on the bed every night now. She has for more than a year. She sleeps on a dog bed by my chair during the day. Last Christmas Blair Sabol gave me one of those fake fur throws that Dennis Basso sells so successfully on QVC. Lots of times Missy sleeps right next to her. (She’s an angel when she’s asleep.)

She’s not easy to walk compared to the other two, especially Madame who has places to go and pea-spots to sniff, and Byron her humble servant and besotted admirer. Jenny doesn’t mind. She’s got Madame number anyway and like all smart girls she knows how to ignore it. We’ve been housemates for two years in June and she wags her tail a lot and is always by the kitchen door (along with Madame/Missy) whenever they hear me moving around.

This is why I love the Bergh Ball and its origins, and the ASPCA and its work and care, and why I’m always reluctant to go. I can’t adopt another under the circumstances. You can though.
Laura Zambelli Barket
Ed Sayres (President of the ASPCA) and Michelle Sayres
Isaac Mizrahi
Wendy Diamond
Ellen Ward Scarborough, Chuck Scarborough, and Bunny Williams
Star Jones
Linda and Ben Lambert
Chris Nirschel
John Rosselli and Bunny Williams
Lake Bell and Scott Cambell
Kate Gascoyne, Kim White, and Melanie Wambold
Matthew and Jacqueline Stroyman
Dixon and Arriana Boardman
Enzo Capua and Felicia Taylor
Catherine Malandrino
Clay Floren, Melanie Lazenby, Alvin Valley, and Tinsley Mortimer
Melissa Foss, Christopher Handley, and Tinsley Mortimer
Deborah Norville and Carl Wellner
Margo and Charlene Nederlander
Veronica Beard, Allison Aston, and Muffie Potter Aston
Barbara and Peter Regna
Photographs by (Christie's, WIN, ASPCA); (Barrio); Richard Termine (Carnegie Hall).
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