Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tricks, treats, and tales

The Library Cubs get in the Halloween Spirit with Harry from Cyberchase.
Co-Chair Vicky Ward and her crime fighting duo with Harry from Cyberchase
Last Saturday morning over at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the Library Cubs held its Books & Boo! Halloween Party for the little ones.

It’s a great event for the kids with lotsa tricks, treats, and scary stories.

The Library Cubs Program supports the 87 branch libraries in the New York Public Library system. The Cubs program promotes the importance of reading and the use of libraries.

For an annual $1000 membership, there are a series of intimate events held exclusively for the Library Cubs throughout the year. Books and Boo! is just one of them.

Among those attending last Saturday with their little ones were Kate Spade, Lea Carpenter Brokaw, Amanda Benchley, Pamela Murphy, Hannah McFarland, Gretchen Rubin, and Katie Michel.
Trustee Timothy Barakett and Michele Barakett with a sweet kitty cat
Co-Chair Gretchen Rubin and committee member Nancy Donahoe
explore the Forbidden stacks with their trick or treaters
Committee Member Gault Neiderhoffer, Trustee Mahnaz Ispahani, and Committee Member Kathryn Tucker
Jesse Shefferman and Little Red Riding Hood
Alexander Mishkin and Jennifer Newstead enjoy the party with their brave dinosaur and charming lady bug
Kate Spade and her favorite bumblebee
This past Monday at the Friars Club, The Edmont Society held the Edmont Society Affair, a benefit for readers and writers. Guests were treated to a special performance by Common and Maya Angelou with Suheir Hammad, followed by a dinner at The Oak Room at 10 Central Park West.

Among the guests attending were Maggie Betts, Chris Botti, Vanessa Carlton, Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Sloane Crosley, D-Nice, Cea DuVall, Selita Ebanks, Jamie Johnson, Kelly Klein, Talib Kwell, Victor Kubicek, Jared Kushner, Stephanie LaCava, Bennett Miller, Elvis Mitchell, Serena Williams, and Francine Prose.
Aaron Yoo and Julio DePietro
Tarajia Morrell, LeeLee Sobieski, and Victor Kubicek
Common and Maya Angelou
Eric Grabois, Sofia Joelsson, Anna Sherrill, and Joseph Kubicek
Gabe Luci and Jaime Jiminez
Georgia Tapert, Francine Prose, and Stephanie La Cava
Emmanuelle Chiriqui and Fabiola Beracasa
Georgia Tapert, Stephanie La Cava, and Francine Prose
Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek, Elise Overland, Hope Atherton, and Jamie Johnson
Nate Lowman and Leo Fitzpatrick
Hope Atherton and Jamie Johnson
Amos Poe, Elise Overland, and Hope Atherton
Megan Marrin
Suheir Hammad
Yigal Azrouel
Amee Mullins and Devohn Walker
Melissa Berkelhammer
Jane Molten and Elise Overland
Victor Kubicek and Sam Worthington
Voula Duval, Carol Radziwill, and Amy Berg
Jesse Williams
Jordana Spiro
Kimball Hastings
Maggie Betts
Graham Black and Vanessa Carlton
Brooke Gahan
Race Willard and Jackie Lann
Jackie Lann, Derek Anderson, and Saunte Lowe
Rebecca Guinness and Meredith Darrow
Rory Guinness, Rebecca Guinness, and Victor Kubicek
Derek Anderson, Toneya Nowikovsky, and Common
Sam Worthington, Natalie Mark, and Derek Anderson
Two weeks ago, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra celebrated the Opening Night of its 2008-09 Carnegie Hall season. The festive evening began with cocktails in the Rose Museum and a dinner in The Rohatyn Room at Carnegie Hall, followed by a concert with guest artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. There was a champagne reception in the Rohatyn Room with Orpheus board members, musicians, and Mr. Thibaudet immediately following the performance.

The program, presented by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, included the world premiere of composer Paul Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's Opening Night Concert.
A self-governing organization, Orpheus was founded in 1972 by cellist Julian Fifer and a group of fellow musicians, who aspired to perform diverse orchestral repertoire using chamber music ensemble techniques. Today, Orpheus continues this philosophy, performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership roles for each work.

To learn more about the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, visit
John and Cindy Whitehead with Rick and Kate Lannamann
Ramaa Raghavan and friend
Graham Parker, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Richard Lannamann
Mrs. and Mr. Cameron Bruekner with Laurie Brueckner
Traci Fenton
Connie Steensma, Paul Moravec, and Lizabeth Newman
Christine Hong with a Young Orpheus member
Connie Steensma, Ronnie Bauch, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Richard Prins
Yuka Fujita with Nancy and Alan Brenner
Jean Yves Thibaudet and Charles Hamlen
Graham Parker and Richard Lannamann and friends
Sanford and Sandra Warshawsky with Patricia and Edward Falkenberg
Paul Moravec, Jean Yves Thibaudet, and friend
Alan Kay and Paul Moravec
Josh Peterson and Christina Lopes
Also on Monday night the lights were bright on Broadway when the curtain went up at the Hudson Theater. Marvin Hamlisch headlined Broadway Salutes ... Arts Horizons 30th Anniversary Gala. In the 30 year history of bringing arts education programs to more than 7 million public school children in the tri-state area, October 27th marked Arts Horizons first-ever benefit gala.  

The organization’s founder, John Devol, once played trumpet in the pit orchestra of A Chorus Line, and Monday night couldn’t have been more fitting that the “singularly sensational.” Mr. Hamlisch was honored with the “Paul Newman Artist of the Year Award” for his lifetime contribution to music and the Broadway Theatre. 
Suzanne de Passe and Marilyn Crawford
Marvin Hamlisch and Diane Passage
The evening had spectacular performances ranging from African drums and Brazilian Dance to Classical opera.  But it was Marvin’s performance that stole the show!  Karen Ziemba and J. Mark McVey sang along to Mr. Hamlisch’s piano accompaniment, bringing the crowd to its feet. Charles Grodin had the audience laughing throughout the entire evening. Larry King called in to deliver a live message of congratulations to Arts Horizons and the evening’s honorees.

The gala’s other honorees included CEO of Primetime Omnimedia, L. Marilyn Crawford and Commerce Bank executive Peter Meyer.  Entertainment executive, Suzanne de Passe made a heartfelt speech and presented the “Celeste Holm Woman of the Year Award” to her dear friend L. Marilyn Crawford. Rita Cosby presented Peter Meyer with his well-earned “LeRoy Neiman Humanitarian of the Year Award” for his philanthropic work. 
Rita Cosby
Charles Grodin
Celeste Holm
Cheri Kaufman, L. Marilyn Crawford, and Antonia Makkos
Dr. Ruth and Charles Oakley
Margo and John Catsimitidis
Bonnie Evans
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Karen Ziemba singing