|Santa with children at Doubles.|
|It was a miracle on 59th Street as Santa Claus arrived at Doubles to collect lists from New York’s little boys and girls. He looked at the lists, checked them twice and told the kiddies if they were naughty or nice.
Guests were treated to photos with the jolly one and feasted on Doubles famous mac and cheese, chicken, tasty chocolate desserts, and handfuls upon handfuls of jellybeans.
Donned in their best red and green ensembles children took to the dance floor, singing along to Christmas tunes as well as some of their High School Musical and Miley Cyrus favorites. Following a spirited game of ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ the youngsters and the parents headed home, but not before each receiving stuffed animals from Kris Kringle himself.
|The Tisch School of the Arts held its annual fund-raising gala at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Broadway, film, and television stars – Alec Baldwin '94 (30 Rock); Elaine Stritch (At Liberty); Joel Coen '78 and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men); Tina Fey (30 Rock) Rainn Wilson '89 (The Office); Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU); Laura Benanti (Gypsy); Raúl Esparza '92 (Speed the Plow), and SNL Cast Members Kenan Thompson, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Will Forte – as well as hundreds of celebrities, faculty, alumni, and supporters attended.
Baldwin, along with Maurice Kanbar, Iris Cantor, Zelda Fichandler were honored for their achievements and philanthropy in the arts. Ms. Fichandler, who was unable to attend, was honored with a moving tribute by her former students – including Danny Pino '00 (Cold Case) and Manoel Felciano '04 (Sweeney Todd) – who saluted her extraordinary career in the way she taught them – by performing.
|Rainn Wilson summed up the importance of Tisch, saying that if it weren’t for the school and the scholarship he received, he would not be an actor. The audience burst into applause. In his acceptance speech, Alec Baldwin, echoed similar sentiments and recalled fondly his work at Tisch and how it profoundly influenced his life.
Other highlights included Raúl Esparza’s compelling rendition of "Finishing the Hat" from "Sunday in the Park with George," Laura Benanti wowing the house with "Let Me Entertain You" from "Gypsy,” and Elaine Stritch's show-stopping performance and impromptu repartee with Alec Baldwin.
After the performance, guests – including Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Andrew and Ann Tisch, and Tony Bennett – enjoyed the Red Carpet party and dinner in the Atrium and The Allen Room overlooking Central Park. Hosts for the evening included Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell and Gala co-chairs Patrice Auld ’77 and Rosemarie Di Lorenzo. Dean’s Council members Chris Columbus '80 and Lorne Michaels served as Honorary Co-Chairs. Proceeds from the evening will be used for student scholarships and other student needs at the Tisch School.
|The holiday spirit came alive last week at Doubles with the Associates Committee “A Glittering Night,” at the chic club downstairs in the Sherry Netherland Hotel. Wendy Carduner brought the season to life with strings of lights, festive tress, and other yuletide decorations. Guests packed the club enjoying cocktails, dinner, dancing, and the chance to celebrate the holidays with friends new and old.
Co-Chairs for the evening included Heather Sargent, Alatia Bradley, Claudia Overstrom, Annabelle Fowlkes, Mary Van Pelt and Mark Gilbertson. Others spotted taking to the dance floor and dressed to glitter were: Cherie Alcoff and Jeff Larson, Jody and P.A. Howard, Amy and Bobby Gianos, Gayle and Mark London, Marnie and Steve Malley, Caroline and Chris West, Tana and Bill Dye, Guy Harley, Grange Johnson, Ashley Wolfe, Michel Witmer and Dr. Dino Rivera, Alex Overstrom, Sloan McClure, Carol and Bruce Harding, Blakely and Trey Griggs, Alison Minton, Kathleen Giordano, Martha and John Glass, Whitley Bouma and David Herbert, Lara Glazier, Kelly Mallon, along with numerous other festive revelers.
|With the Awards season soon upon us, two two time Oscar winners, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are back in the race with a new film they are starring in together – Last Chance Harvey, a charming and poignant film from director Joel Hopkins which opened Christmas Day. Both Hoffman and Thompson have been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor and Best Actress. Just before picture opened, the Cinema Society, co-hosting with Piaget, screened it for their celebrity-studded guest list.
Both stars attended the screening and joined Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir at the party afterwards at the Hudson Hotel. Among the attendees were co-star Richard Schiff, Ang Lee, Lisa Kudrow, Marc Jacobs, Bart Freundlich, Christopher McDonald, Susan Stroman, Cheyenne Jackson, Bebe Neuwirth, Caroline Rhea, Ben Shenkman, Esai Morales, William Sadler, Richard Kind, Zach Galligan, Alicia Witt, David Alan Basche (The Starter Wife), Emily Best (Nurse Jackie), Ivana Trump, Camille Grammer, Nacho Figueras, Yigal Azrouel, Fern Mallis, Irina Pantaeva, Sam Shaffer, Ben Pundole, Olivia Palermo, Daniel Benedict, Denise Hale, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Michael and Eleanora Kennedy, Bettina Zilkha, producers Tim Perell and Nicola Usborne, and Piaget President North America Larry Boland.
|Earlier this month, The Collegiate Chorale presented an Opening Night Benefit at Carnegie Hall in memory of the late Chorale director Robert Bass. The evening began with a performance of the Verdi Requiem led by conductor Daniele Callegari, starring soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, tenor Ramón Vargas, and bass Ain Anger. Following the concert Mr. Callegari and all four soloists joined the guests in the Rohatyn Room for a benefit dinner. The Benefit for The Collegiate Chorale supports its New York Season and education programs for New York City schools.
The Collegiate Chorale, among New York’s foremost vocal ensembles, was founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, and achieved national and international prominence under the leadership of Music Director Bass. The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists. In the Summer of 2007, The Chorale performed for the third consecutive season at Switzerland’s Verbier Music Festival, where Mr. Bass conducted the ensemble in Orff’s Carmina Burana. In July 2008, The Chorale toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.
|Hunter College hosted its annual Holiday Party on stage at The Kaye Playhouse ...|
|Photographs by Cutty McGill (Doubles); PatrickMcMullan.com (Cinema Society).|