Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cinema, Dance, and Dessert

Marisa Tomei and producer Paul Parmar
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Eugenia Silva
Brian Linse and Jaid Barrymore
The Cinema Society hosted a special screening of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead from the Oscar-winning director Sidney Lumet (his 44th film). The film, hailed by critics as one of this year’s best pictures, is a crackling, riveting thriller about a robbery gone horribly awry. It boasts Oscar-worthy performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Ethan Hawke, all of whom were on hand for this starry night along with co-star Michael Shannon, and producers Paul Parmar, Michael Cerenzie, Brian Linse, and writer Kelly Masterson.

The evening’s host, Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir  welcomed a stellar crowd to the screening and after-party on the Roof of the Gramercy Park Hotel (Sagatiba sponsored the evening).
Bebe Neuwirth
Rachel Roy
Trilby Glover
Among those raving about the film were Sheryl Crow, Patricia Clarkson, Lauren Bacall, Julianna Margulies, Steve Guttenberg, Bebe Neuwirth, Danny Aiello, Heather Matarazzo, Milena Govich (“Law & Order”), Noah Bean (“Damages”), Trilby Glover (“Righteous Kill”), Jaid Barrymore, Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo, Hana Soukupova, Elettra Wiedemann, Rachel Roy, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, Daniel Benedict, Maggie Rizer, Doutzen Kroes, Eugenia Silva, Irina Pantaeva, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lynn Wyatt, Marjorie Gubelmann, Sante D’Orazio, Nur Khan, Dennis Basso, Olivia Palermo, Unik, Jessica Joffe, Vanessa von Bismarck, and THINKFilm Theatrical Head Mark Urman.
Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ira Sachs, Patricia Clarkson, and Andrew Saffir
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sidney Lumet
Sheryl Crow
Cynthia Rowley
Ethan Hawke
Hana Soukupova
Elettra Wiedemann
Doutzen Kroes
Lauren Bacall
Michael Shannon and producer Michael Cerenzie
Marjorie Gubelmann, Scott Currie, Dennis Basso, and Lynn Wyatt
Michael Shannon
Richie Notar and Nur Khan
Noah Bean
Enrique Palacios
Ben Widdicombe
Daniel Benedict and Jackie Astier
Irina Pantaeva
Julianna Margulies
Maggie Rizer
Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger
Marisa Tomei
Sante D'Orazio
Todd Meister
Caroline Murphy and Heather Matarazzo
Andrew Saffir and THINKFilm's Mark Urman
Richard and Sessa Johnson
Olivia Palermo
Milena Govich
Patricia Clarkson
Loving “Lost Desserts”

It’s fall, which means book parties. Rizzoli has been celebrating the publication of Gail Monaghan’s latest book, “Lost Desserts,” throughout the month. Earlier this month, the publisher hosted a book signing and party in its flagship 57th Street store. On November 14th, the interior designer Lisa Jackson helped host a party at her Lucca & Co. showroom, on East 61st Street.
Elizabeth Milch, Julia Felsenthal, Mia Simpson, Tess Monaghan, Kate Monaghan, and Eric Boman
Monaghan’s book brings together fancy finales from restaurants and institutions whose doors have been long closed. It also rescues other recipes from extinction, from famous chefs and families around the world. For more about Gail Monaghan, her cooking classes, and her book, see The Easygoing Epicure, which was recently featured here in NYSD Dining.
Sara Blaumberg and Jim Oliviera
Lauren Porcaro and Sarah Mangerson
Anna Fogg and Gabrielle Steele
Hamish Bowles, Eric Boman, and Peter Schlesinger
Amy Sokolov and Peter Burling
Ryan Jones and Jeff Caldwell
Michael Boodro, Carol Fertig, and Robert Pini
Allison Edwards and Jane Edwards
Kate Monaghan and Peter Schlesinger
Joshua Machet and Julie Schumacher
Galen Foulois
Irina Bereslavska
Ellen Nidy
Lance Thompson
Jack Cowell, Gail Monaghan, and Lisa Cowell
Noni Ames, Alex Kerry, and Charlton Ames
Janet Mavek and Wayne Nordberg
Tess Monaghan
Marcy Clark and René Melchor
Clare Potter and Christopher Spitzmiller
Lisa Jackson and Catherine Aaron
Gail Monaghan and Raul Barreneche
Gail Monaghan signing books and greeting guests
Alice Lee
Leslie Simitch
Ann Guité and Matt Nimetz
Sebastian Burd, Lydia Furuta, René Melchor, and José Santori
Virginia Hatley
Nicholas Manville
Jane Wong
Rusty and Moss Levenson
Martin Eyears and Jill Capobianco
Paul Fiorentino and Catherine Aaron
Jane Edwards and Ariel Zurofsky
Katy Dawtry and David Svanda
“I think you put a spell on us,” Wendy Perron, Editor-in-Chief of Dance Magazine said to Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, after a recent sold-out performance of his program “Three” at BAM. Batsheva was formed in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild. Naharin was appointed artistic director in 1990.

With 250 performances a year in the world’s most prestigious theaters and festivals, Batsheva is celebrated for its bold and innovative artistry. This acclamation has earned the compact, dynamic company the reputation of a leader on the global performing arts map. Batsheva has an international corps, made up of unique dancers from Israel and abroad. In fact, dancers are encouraged to affirm their distinct creative gifts as creators on their own.
“I take the week off from the UN when Batsheva comes to New York. Batsheva is the pinnacle of beauty and excellence; they are the real Ambassadors of Israel,” Dan Gillerman said before he introduced Executive Director Naomi Bloch Fortis who announced that Batsheva will be back in New York with Ohad Naharin’s “Kamuyot” at the Jewish Community Center on Amsterdam Avenue in March 2008.
The American Friends of Batsheva, especially 2007 Benefit Honorary Chairs Ambassador and Mrs. Dan Gillerman and Benefit Committee members Natalie Portman, Ralph Fiennes, Zubin Mehta, Gil Shiva, Nurit Kahane Haase and Werner Haase, Ellen and Jerome Stern, Liora and Menachem Sternberg, Judy Bernstein Bunzl and Nick Bunzl, Wendy and Harry Kantor, Dalia and Eli Hurvitz, Alain Coblence, Naomi and Maks Birnbach, David Braunschvig, Rhoda and Stanley Fischer, Nathan Hevrony, Gila and Chemi Peres, Sara and Professor Michael Sela, Limor Yoash and David Grin, and Yvonne and Barry Cohen, made sure that spell was felt in Manhattan as well. They hosted a spirited benefit dinner dance at The Pacha Club on West 46th Street.

International event guru, Michael Stern created an environment dubbed “Dance Bar Groove,” in which he transformed the space into a trendy cocktail zone.Chef & Co. created delicious trays of hors d'oeuvres and two buffet tables with an international cuisine. Among the fans and supporters celebrating: Judy and Norris Wolff, Hadassa and Meir Shani, Dafna and Jerry Cramer, Mira Sofer, Rita and Joshua Angel, Naomi Honminer, Leon Kalvaria, Tamar Sela, Michael Scharf, Diane and Stephan Volk, Angelica Berrie and Charles Bronfman, Suzi Winson, Nina and Walter Wiener Natalie Portman’s escort, model Nathan Bogle, Dean Stern, Jodi Kantor, Dwayne Resnick, Jason Grant, Karen Erickson, Robert Weil, Rivka Saker, Margaret Dictenberg and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Dalia and Eli Hurvitz
Robert Weil and Rivka Saker
There was a program led by Portman, who spoke in English and Hebrew. “I am here to welcome Batsheva to New York.” And, with a kiss on the cheek, she introduced Ambassador Gillerman.

After the program the dancers hit the parquet and turned the club into a dance bar, partnering and enticing guests to move and groove. The Dancers: Sharon Eyal (Batsheva’s House Choreographer), Yaniv Abraham, Daniel Agami, Nir Benita, Caroline Boussard, Anderson Braz, Matan David, Stefan Ferry, Shani Garfinkel, Talia Landa, Leo Lerus, Yaara Moses, Gili Navot, Rachael Osborne, Mami Shimazaki, Guy Shomroni, Gavriel Spitzer, Adi Zlatin, Erez Zohar, and Noa Zouk.
Nathan Bogle, Natalie Portman, and Ohad Naharin
Daniel and Janice Gillerman
Michael Stern and Dean Stern
Rachael Osborne, Leo Lerus, and Judy Bernstein
Arthur Weiner with Liora and Menachem Sternberg
Robert Weil, Alain Coblence, Shani Garfinkel, and Naomi Bloch Fortis
Tamar Sela and Tamar Gur
Batsheva Dancer
Gary and Dafna Cramer, Naomi Honminer, and Mira Sofer
Michael Scharf, Leon Kalvaria, Eli Hurvitz, and Stephan Volk
Batsheva Dancer
Jodi and Wendy Kantor
Karen Erickson, Roger Webster, and Margaret Dictenberg
Dwayne Resnick and Suzi Winson
Barry Cohen with Rita and Joshua Angel
Yvonne Cohen, Judy Wolff, and Walter Wiener
Earlier this month Bruno Jamais and Katherine M. Rothman hosted the 5th anniversary celebration of Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club. The restaurant was transformed into an art gallery for the evening featuring the works of famed French Artist Cyrille Margarit whose celebrity clients and subjects have included Russell Simmons, Ivana Trump, Madonna, and Bruce Willis.

All guests had the opportunity to enter a raffle featuring five luxury prizes including a $25,000 necklace courtesy of Suz Andreasen Couture, a $5,000 gift certificate to Bradford Rowley Portraits, David Yurman Cufflinks, a Cole Haan handbag, and a case of Chateau Guillaume Red Wine courtesy of Bruno Jamais Restaurant. $1,600 was raised through the raffle and 100% of all proceeds will benefit Riverkeeper, www.RiverKeeper.org. All guests left with goody bags from Parisian skincare company Sothys.
Among those attending were: Czech Republic Trade Commissioner Thomas Hart, Court TV Hollywood Heat Reporter Lynne White, Fox 5 Chief Meteorologist Nick Gregory, Arthur Bakal, Annabel Vartanian and Kristian Laliberte, Charles Huggins, Maiwenn and Steven Jauffrineau, Jay Friedlander, and Marlie Hall.
Bruno Jamais and Nick Gregory
Kristian Laliberte and Annabelle Vartanian
Bruno Jamais and Katherine Rothman
Lynne White and Nick Gregory
Jay Friedlander, Bruno Jamais, and Arthur Backal

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan.com (Cinema); Daniel Cappello (Lost Desserts).

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