Monday, March 5, 2007

Monday's Lineup

Megan Fairchild at the Premiere Commission Gala Evening
America's top interior designers will transform a Beaux Arts Upper East Side classic mansion at 14 East 82nd Street into a trend-setting tour de force for the 35th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House opening April 24, 2007, benefiting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.  The show house will be open for five weeks and close May 22.  It will again be accompanied by the on-site shop where the design savvy can find great bargains donated by designers, boutiques and furniture houses.

Chaired by Mrs. W. Ward Carey, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House raises over $1 million annually for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club which provides essential after-school and enrichment programs for more than 13,000 young people between the ages 6 and 18.   The show house attracts more than 10,000 visitors during its five-week run. 

The designers donate their time, talent furniture and decorative objects; other components of their designs are given by outside vendors and suppliers.  Electrolux, Benjamin Moore and Merchandise Mart are this year's major sponsors. 

The 2007 Show House Designers* include:

Amy Lau for Amy Lau Design, Inc.
Randall Beale and Carl Lana for Beale-Lana Interior Design
Christopher Peacock for Christopher Peacock Cabinetry
Etienne Coffinier & Ed Ku for Coffinier Ku Design, Ltd.
David Barrett for David Barrett Inc.
Jamie Drake for Drake Design Associates
Eric Cohler for Eric Cohler Design Inc.
Eve Robinson for Eve Robinson    Associates
Mariette Himes Gomez & Brooke Gomez for Gomez Associates
Patricia Healing & Daniel Barsanti for Healing Barsanti, Inc.
James Rixner for James Rixner Inc.
Jed Johnson Associates Designers:  Arthur Dunnam, Christine Cain, Andy Clark and Robert Kirkland for Jed Johnson Home
Noel Jeffrey for The Jeffrey Design Group, Inc.
Wayne Nathan & Carol Egan for Nathan Egan Interiors
Scott Salvator for Scott Salvator, Inc.
Stephen Miller Siegel for Stephen Miller Siegel Architects
Victoria Imperioli for Victoria Imperioli Design
Cheryl Terrace for Vital Design Ltd.
Arthur Dunnam and Scott Salvatore
Charlotte Moss, Pat Carey, and Dennis Sculley
Charlotte Moss and Gary Crain
Amy Lau
Billy Norwich
Butch and his pops
Brooke Gomez
Cator Sparks and Amy Lau
Etienne Coffinier, Jen and Jeff Cordover, and Ed Ku
Dennis Sculley and Mario Buatta
Daniel Quintero, Richard Ridge, Gary Crain, and Roderick Denault
Jeff Cordover, Richard Ridge, Gary Crain, and Roderick Denault
Daniel Barsanti
Doug Wilson
Jason Oliver Nixon
Ed Ku, Elaine Griffin, and Etienne Coffinier
Renee Lucas and friend
Jamie Drake, Roderick Shade, and Stephen Siegel
Gary Crain and Stephen Siegel
Kelly Graham, John Barman, and Jen and Jeff Cordover
Louise Tanis and friend
Joan McGivern, Charlotte Moss, and Mario Buatta
Robert Couturier
Naz, Jamie Drake, and Tom Lampson
Stephen Elrod and Jamie Drake
Pat Carey, Joan McGivern, and Mario Buatta
Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan
Daniel Barsanti and friends
James Rixner, and Pat Carey, and Richard Ridge
Jared Flynn, Christopher Hyland, and Seth Pariser
Dishing Decorators
The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), a privately-funded foundation dedicated to furthering human embryonic stem cell research to advance the search for cures of the major diseases of our time, held a cocktail reception last Tuesday at the home of Richard Feigen, a member of NYSCF's Leadership Council. 
Mr. Feigen was joined by NYSCF CEO and Co-Founders Susan Solomon and Mary Elizabeth Bunzel.  Speakers included Dr. Robin Goland, founder and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center and a member of the NYSCF Medical Advisory Board, and NYSCF Scientific Advisor Dr. Kevin Eggan, an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and a 2006 MacArthur Fellow. 
Founded in 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is a privately-funded foundation dedicated to furthering human embryonic stem cell research to advance the search for cures of the major diseases of our time. The foundation opened its first privately-funded laboratory in March 2006 to serve as a “safe haven” where scientists from academic medical centers in the New York area and throughout the East Coast can conduct advanced human embryonic stem cell research free of the federal restrictions that limit the scope of government-supported work. The organization's missions are: to support scientists engaged in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), through grants, fellowships and symposia; to educate the public about the importance and potential benefits of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT); and to establish new collaborative, state-of-the-art research facilities supported entirely with private funds and directly focused on curing disease.
Linda Stein, Janet Felleman, and Juliette Janssens
Nancy Elghanayan, Jodie Eastman, and Susan Solomon
Kevin Eggan, Susan Solomon, Richard Feigen, Isabelle Harnoncourt, and Mary Elizbateh Bunzel
Richard Feigen and Paul Goldberger
Janet Felleman and Nancy Elghanayan
Michael Kramer and Susan Solomon
Michael Kramer, Mary Elizabeth Bunzel, and Skip Stein
Susan Solomon, Wendy Belzberg, and Lisa Liman
Jodie Eastman and Mary Elizabeth Bunzel
Marilyn Breslow, Dr. Kevin Eggan, Jan Breslow, and Carol Einiger
Linda Stein, Susan Solomon, and Michael Kramer
Geoffrey Houget, Annalu Ponti, and Isabelle Harnoncourt
Last Monday night at the Pace-Wildenstein's downtown gallery, Premiere Commission hosted a gala benefit evening that combined art, music and dance and featured acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston, New York City Ballet stars Charles Askegard, Megan Fairchild, Jenifer Ringer, Sterling Hyltin, Tyler Angle, Robert Fairchild and the sculpture of Corban Walker. The performance included solo works of Chopin, Debussy, and Scriabin performed by Levingston as well as an exquisite ballet set to Brahms' intermezzi and waltzes choreographed by Eliot Feld called Intermezzo No. 1. The organization also presented a world premiere by the young choreographer Peter Quanz set to music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Milton Babbitt called "A Waltzer in the House." In the new work, a young lady (portrayed by the beautiful Megan Fairchild) discovers a very big, but very cute, mouse in her house (performed by the elegant Charles Askegard) and, falling in love with him, finally tames him.  When the 99 year-old eminent composer Elliot Carter found out about the new ballet, he came to hear his younger colleague's work (Milton Babbitt is only 90), Mr. Quanz, who choreographed a large ballet for ABT in 2005, is now working on a new ballet with Mr. Carter.   

The performance was followed by a dinner and auction at Bottino. The 150 guests included Agnes Gund, Chuck Close, Justine and Jeff Koons,  Anne Bass and Julian Lethbridge, Marnie Pillsbury, Candace Bushnell and Charles Askegard, Andrea and Marc Glimcher, Carmen Dell 'Orefice, Gabriella de Ferrari, Susanna Fiennes, Justin Rockefeller, Augusta Gross and Leslie Samuels, Susana Duncan, Pauline de Grunne Cohen, Charles Rockefeller and Katherine Johnstone, Paul Beirne, Mauro and Francesca Maccioni, Victoria and Michael Kempner, Dane Neller, Brandon Fradd, Angela Chen, Corban Walker,  Barbara Hemmerle Gollust and Keith Gollust, Marjorie Loeb, Ketty and Francois Maisonrouge , Amanda Haynes-Dale, Arlene Cooper, Peter Quanz, Judith Hoffman, Ann Hohenhaus and Philip Fox, Peter Kellner and Martha Noel, George McNeely, Marguerite Nouge-Sans, John Stevenson, Alisa and Charles Thorne, Sasha Alexandre Tcherevkoff, William H. Wright II, Jourdan Arpelle-Ziegler and Henry Steinway Ziegler,  Marshall Allan and Karen LaGatta, and Stephen Zuillig. The event raised over $200,000 for the organization.

Premiere Commission is a non-profit foundation that has sponsored the premieres and commissions of over thirty new works of art and music by some of today's most talented figures. In 2003, The Washington Post named Premiere's concert of sixteen new works for string quartet  “Best Classical Event of the Year”. In 2004, the organization sponsored the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom'sNew York Lights and honored Premiere founding benefactor David Rockefeller on his 90th birthday with the commission of Philip Glass's acclaimed A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close.
Drew Stroud and Bruce Levingston
Dan Nuxoll and Jamila Qazi
Bruce Levingston and Barbara Hemmerle Gollust
Paul Beirne, Bruce Levingston, and Charles Askegard
Carmen Dell'Orifice
Charles Askegard and Candace Bushnell
Megan Fairchild and Charles Askegard in "A Waltzer in the House"
Bruce Levingston, Elliot Carter, and Peter Quanz
RChuck Close
Agnes Gund and Bruce Levingston
Tyler Angle and Bruce Levingston
Andrea Glimcher, Justin Rockefeller, Jeff Koons, and Justine Wheeler Koons
Mayor Richard Daley and Bunky Cushing
Chicago's Bunky Cushing invited Mayor Richard M. Daley to attend his annual St. Valentine's Day Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago as a campaign gesture and a special surprise for the 67 ladies attending.

Among the guests: Hazel Barr, Nancy Limley, Megan McKinney, Zareada Gowenlock, Wendy Wood-Prince Sherman, Gretchen Jordan, Bonnie Deutsch, Mary Ann Murphy, Linda Heister, Pernice Pink and Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas.

In his short remarks, Mayor Daley thanked the ladies for their tireless dedication and contribution to the city's charitable and cultural institutions. Everyone was thrilled to meet and be photographed with the Mayor who spent forty-five minutes at the party and talked to every guest individually.
Jannie Pearlman and Yvette Cusack
Linda Heister and Biba Roesch
Lori Daneils, Sara Swift, and Cathy Bell
Zarada Gowenlock
Heather Weright, Noren Ungaretti, and Bonnie Deutsch
Gretchen Jordan, Rebecca Besser, and Mary Ann Murphy
Hazal Barr and Nancy Limley
Mayor Richard Daley and Bunky

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan & Lisa Ackerman (Premiere); Joan Hackett (Bunky).