Thursday, June 28, 2007

Celebrating Authors and the Arts

Sir Harold Evans, Stephen Schiff, and Lois Cahall
Tom Freston, Tina Brown, and Harvey Weinstein
Sir Harold Evans, Sir Howard Stringer, and Tina Brown
There was a book party (one of many) for Tina Brown and her new bestselling book “The Diana Chronicles” about the short and tragic life of Britain’s most famous royal since Queen Victoria.

The author and her husband Sir Harry Evans are so entrenched in the New York media world that any party involving them will bring out the most golden of media hordes.

The book, they say (I haven’t read it yet), is a page-turner, can’t-put-down-able, and will leave you in tears at the end. Meanwhile, at the book party, it was all smiles and laughter.

I haven’t seen pictures of Tina Brown grinning this broadly ... ever! It looks like she’s really really happy, and well she ought to be after this achievement.
Barry Diller, Ray Kelly, and Tina Brown
David Weston and Les Moonves
Sir Howard Stringer, Tina Brown, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg
John Sykes and Jeffrey Leeds
Barry Diller and Peter Brown
Charlie Rose
Bette Midler and John Lauren
Donald and Sue Newhouse
Debbie Bancroft
Nicholas Wapshott and Louise Nicholson
Felicia Taylor
Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett and Isaac Mizrahi
Lally Weymouth
Peggy Northrop and Sandra Lee
Julie Chen and Les Moonves
Rob Wiesenthal and Peggy Siegal
Ken Auletta, Nicholas Coleridge, and John Lauren
Ray Kelly, Tina Brown, and Leonard Lauder
The Rubin Museum of Art held an intimate cocktail reception at its headquarters at 150 West 17th Street, serving as a kickoff for the first annual Ninerivers Gala.

The Gala will celebrate the Rubin Museum’s third anniversary. Honorary chairs include William F. Baker, H.E. Ambassador Sald T. Jawad of Afghanistan, Bob Kerrey, William H. Luers, Mr. Daw Penjo of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Matthieu Ricard, Susan Sarandon, Diane von Furstenberg and Elie Wiesel. Event co-chairs are Shelly Rubin, Harvey Sigelbaum and Kathy Sloane.
Eileen Schwab and Ravi Akhoury
Helen Abbott, Harold Wolchok, and Marleen Kassel
John Duffy and Donald Rubin
Aria Das and Jaswant Lalwani
Tim McHenry
Harvey Sigelbaum and John Duffy
Jerilyn Caprio, Marilena Christodoulou, Gabriel Caprio, and Harvey Sigelbaum
Donald Rubin with Sam Botero and Emery von Sztankoczy
Gene Smith and Richard Lanier
Madhu Goel and Devaraj Southworth
Shelley and Donald Rubin
Ardent  dance fans came in from The Hamptons or drove down from Connecticut for Patricia Kennedy and Rolex USA CEO Allen Brill’s annual kickoff luncheon for the Career Transition for Dancers Jubilee Gala. The event was held at Sardi’s where they announced this year’s honorees and the always extraordinary lineup of participating artists in what has become the dance event of the year.

American Ballet Theater Board Member Anka Palitz and The Jerome Robbins Foundation are this year’s honorees.The Honorary chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Donna McKechnie, Kevin McKechnie, Jane Powell, Ann Reinking,Chita Rivera & Ethan Steifel. The 22nd Anniversary Chairs are Patricia J. Kennedy and AllenBrill.  Gala Chairs are Yolanda Santos Garza & Peg Ranieri.  Vice Chairs are Mercedes Ellington, Alexander Dube, Allen Greenberg, Victoria Herbert, Greg Kriser, Floria V. Lasky, Daniel Stern, Helene Alexopoulos Warrick & Laura Zeckendorf. Artistic Chair is Ann Marie DeAngelo. The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chair is Ann Van Ness; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert and Journal Chairs are David Goldring and Michael Weiskopf. Also in attendance were Carol Lieberman, Laurence Krashes, Chris Pennington, Cynthia Fischer and Georg Jensen president Larry Barkley.

Once again ROLEX is the presenting sponsor for the gala “DANCE ROCKS! An Electrifying Evening Of Entertainment” Career Transition For Dancers’, 22nd Anniversary Jubilee takes place on Monday, October 29, 2007 at New York City Center. For one night only it will be an entertaining, electrifying evening of dance set to music through the decades, from the 50’s to hip hop. With the eclectic fusion of dance and live contemporary music, “Dance Rocks!” will attract theatergoers as well as nostalgia seekers of all generations for an evening of pulsating entertainment.  The Gala will be the entertainment-dance event of the new season.

The spectacular evening will feature appearances and special performances by and artists from American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Co., Atlanta Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Charlotte d'Amboise, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Dancing Wheels, DP ONE, Miguel Frasconi, Joffrey Ballet, KR3T's, Melissa Manchester, New York City Ballet,  Elizabeth Parkinson, Parsons Dance Company, Keith Roberts, John Selya, Jason Samuels Smith, Mr. Wiggles, Wylliams Henry Dance Theater  plus more Stars and surprises.   Since its founding in 1985 Career Transition For Dancers with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has helped over 3,300 professional dancers identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. 
Carla Uzel and Niko Elmaah
Eric Lewis and Patricia Kennedy
Ann Van Ness and Caroline Lieberman
Laura Zeckendorf, Mercedes Ellington, Janice Becker, Anka Palitz, and Ann Van Ness
Edward Callaghan, Co-Chair Patricia Kennedy, and John Wegorzewski
Verdura’s Ward and Judith Landrigan
Floria Lasky and Chris Pennington
Dawn Terlizza, Michelle Clemack, and Melissa Brannan
Patricia Kennedy, Edward Callaghan, and Caroline Lieberman
CTFD President Cynthia Fischer and Mercedes Ellington
Alex Dube and Michele Riggi
George Jensen President Larry Barkley
Cynthia Fisher and Helena Alexopolis
Lawrence B. Benenson and Patricia Kennedy
Cynthia Gregory, Anka Palitz, Ann Marie De Angelo, and Caroline Lieberman
Patricia Kennedy and Donald Bryandt
Stone Phillips, Nick Gregory, former N.Y. Giant linebacker Harry Carson, former "Bachelor" and New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer, former NFL cornerback Jeremy Lincoln were among those joining Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, and event co-chairs Kevin and Susan Murray on the fairways in support of autism awareness and research at the Autism Speaks’ Ninth Annual N.Y. Celebrity Golf Challenge on Monday, June 18th at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. 
Bob and Suzanne Wright co-founded Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization, two years ago after their grandson was diagnosed with autism.  Kevin and Susan Murray are strong supporters of raising awareness and funding for autism and have co-chaired this event for the past nine years. 
Jack Ford, Kevin Murray, and Alan Kalter
Harry Carson
Bob Wright and Stone Phillips
Richard Kind
Gregg Bello
Jesse Palmer and Susan Murray
Joe Kernen and Kevin Murray
Nick Gregory
Kevin Murray and Otis Livingston
Don Criqui
Jeremy Lincoln and Susan Murray

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