|For the next three weeks, all birthday parties you attend or hear about will be for Leos. Being a Leo myself (having celebrated my birthday this past Saturday) I will refrain from describing the Leo personality and character and rely on the web site astrology-online.com.
Leos birth sign runs between July 23rd and August 22nd. Traditional Leo traits are as follows: “Generous, warmhearted, creative and enthusiastic, broad-minded and expansive, faithful and loving ....” “On the Dark Side,” astrology-online.com adds, are also the following traits: “Pompous and patronizing, bossy and interfering, dogmatic and intolerant.” Nice, huh? Make ya wanna run right out and hook up with a Leo. Not.
Most Leos, however, prefer to define themselves (to themselves anyway) by the “generous, warmhearted, creative, etc.” stuff and forget the pomposity. Or ignore it.
The sign of Leo is ruled by the Sun which more or less means that Leos like to think of themselves as the source of heat and light in the lives of their loved ones (and maybe even their unloved ones). Another sign of Leo is the Cowardly Lion played so perfectly and articulately by Bert Lahr in “The Wizard of Oz.”
|However, all that considered, I’ve noticed that there are all kinds of Leos. My birthday is also shared by Mick Jagger. I always wished I could dance like Mick Jagger. For years I thought it was very cool. Although I must admit now it looks a ridiculous. Just a mite. Especially when performed by me. Jagger and I also share birthday with GB. Shaw. I wish I could write like Shaw. And Carl Jung. I wish I could think like Karl Jung. And Stanley Kubrick. I wish I could see like Stanley Kubrick. And Dame Helen Mirren.
Today’s Party Pictures includes the birthday celebrations of Leos Lisa Anastos who co-hosted a party with another Leo, Hunt Slonem, and some more pictures from the party at Bungalow 8 last week for Rufus Albemarle who not only celebrated his birthday but also is planning on returning to the UK to live.
|The Saturday before last, out in East the LongHouse Reserve hosted a Summer Gala on their 16-acre grounds, honoring two distinguished contributors to the arts: Post-Minimalist artist Martin Puryear and Storm King Art Center Chairman, President and Co-Founder H. Peter Stern.
Martin Puryear received the LongHouse Medal of 2008 and H. Peter Stern received the first LongHouse Art Leadership Award.
LongHouse is currently highlighting Puryear’s work, following a recent major exhibition of his sculptures at MoMA, which chronicled the evolution of his 30-year-to-date career. Puryear’s unique influences, range from his interest in Native American history to Scandinavian woodcarving. Primarily through wood, the artist exemplifies the beauty of manual skill and traditional building methods.
“Both Stern and Puryear share with LongHouse a great dedication to communicate the relationship between art and nature,” said Jack Lenor Larsen, LongHouse Reserve founder and renowned textile designer.
More than 350 guests attended. This year’s theme focused on organic beauty, which translates into art installations without bounds, a feast of earthy American flavors and décor that stems largely from the LongHouse’s own natural resources.
Guests enjoyed wines from Kluge Estate and were introduced to Vineyard Estates at Kluge Winery by owners Patricia Kluge and Bill Moses.
Benefit committee members who made the evening possible included: Edward Albee, Jan Cowles, Adelaide de Menil, Helen W. Drutt English, Bill T. Jones, Mark and Elizabeth Levine, Dorothy Lichtenstein, David and Renee McKee, Robert Menschel, Stephanie Odegard, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and Robert Wilson.
A notable new art installation of Wild Horses of Sable Island by Roberto Dutesco dazzled guests who had a chance to wander the LongHouse Reserve’s impressive grounds, which will also feature permanent works executed by such artists as Yoko Ono, Miquel Barceló and Dale Chihuly. During cocktails Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company performed a special dance.
During dinner Christie’s auctioneer, George McNelly enticed guests with a live auction featuring many exciting opportunities to experience art, including important works donated by Miguel Barceló, Dale Chihuly, Martin Puryear, Bryan Hunt and Toshiko Takaezu.
|All proceeds from the Summer Gala will support the LongHouse Reserve, whose gallery, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, unite art and nature, aesthetics and spirit. LongHouse strives to build upon its strong belief that the arts are central to living wholly and creatively.
Through its gallery, arboretum, sculpture gardens and programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with a strong conviction that the arts are central to living wholly and creatively. LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the gallery and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Takaezu, and bronzes by Barceló, Voulkos, Benglis and de Kooning. Works by Ossorio, Claus Bury, Yoko Ono, Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a Fly's Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol Lewitt add interesting scale and dimension.
Open days for members and the public are 2 to 5 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, from April 26 through October 11 (Columbus Day weekend)
July and August - Wednesday through Saturday 2-5 pm. www.longhouse.org
|Last Wednesday night there was an “Art Crawl for Obama” here in New York involving several art galleries including Galerie Lelong, Mary Ryan Gallery, Pace Prints, Matthew Marks Gallery, Charles Cowles, Max Protetch, with a host of art experts on hand to talk about the works with the visitors. At the end of the evening, between 8 and 9:30, there was an afterparty at the Maya Stendahl Gallery at 545 West 20 Street, with Harry Stendhal hosting.|
|Top industry leaders paid tribute to Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and Cary Sherman, president of RIAA, at UJA-Federation of New York’s 2008 Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon at the Pierre.
Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, who was celebrating the one-year anniversary of her platinum-selling debut album Coco, performed hits “Realize” and “Bubbly” at the philanthropic event that makes innovative music programs available for New York’s underprivileged youth.
Among those honoring Bainwol and Sherman were industry titans Edgar Bronfman Jr., Lyor Cohen, Fred Davis, Julie Greenwald, Zach Horowitz, Craig Kallman, Kevin Liles, Avery Lipman, Monte Lipman, Neil Portnow, L.A. Reid, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz and Charles Goldstuck.
The world’s largest local philanthropy, UJA-Federation of New York strengthens community and helps 1.4 million people in New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, as well as 3 million in Israel and 60 other countries. Funds raised by UJA-Federation sustain the activities of more than 100 health, human-service, educational, and community agencies. Every day, these community-based organizations provide a multitude of services that improve and enhance people’s lives.
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