|Asia Society kicked off Asia Week in New York City with an exciting new benefit on Tuesday, March 10, “A Celebration of Asia Week.” Tony-Award winning actor BD Wong served as Honorary Chair for the evening, which featured chic cocktail receptions, an elegant Collectors’ Dinner for Patrons and festive “Bangkok Nights” supper club with dancing for Young Patrons and music curated by DJ Serebe.
Guests were treated to special performances by the innovative jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa with guitar virtuoso Rez Abbasi and tabla star Dan Weiss, as well as Hao Jiang Tian, the world-renowned basso cantante and pioneer in the world of opera since the early 1990s.
All guests of the Celebration received a Golden Pass, an exclusive insider’s ticket to nearly 20 private gallery previews, curator-led tours, auction house viewings, lectures, and other exceptional events during Asia Week in New York City. Held March 11–20, Asia Week attracts top dealers and collectors of some of the most important Asian art on the market from around the globe.
Guests at the Celebration of Asia Week benefit included: Honorary Chair BD Wong, Co-chairs Janet Jacobs and Susan Shin and Young Patrons co-chairs Laura Begley, Ida Liu and Diana Sheng Hsu. Thai Consul General Piriya Khempon and his wife, Rattanprapa Disavantana attended. Also in attendance were: Princess Yang Chen of Sikkim, Betsy and Edward Cohen, Lois Collier, Scott Delman, Inger McCabe Elliot, Pam Gale, James Lebenthal, Pooneh Mohazzabi, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky, Janet Ross (Mrs. Arthur Ross), Paul Tagliabue, Vivienne Tam, Marie-Helene Weill, Wesley Wang, Ali Weinberg, Arden Wohl and Victoria Wyman. George Hu, Governor Pattersons’ Assistant for Asian Affairs attended and presented a proclamation of Asia Week from the Governor.
|Attire for the evening was Asian chic/national dress. The Asia Society’s Garden Court was transformed into a Bangkok Nights Supper Club, transporting guests with modern Thai décor including and cushion/lounge furniture: serpentine cushion benches, illuminated end tables and highboys (guests will be greeted in the lobby by an 84” round ottoman with leopard bottom and fuchsia top).
The atrium’s weeping podocarpus trees were festooned with hanging Thai tapestries, and luxurious woven Thai silk fabrics and masks were used as accent pieces throughout the space. The Thai-inspired cuisine included including green curry dishes, pad thai, green papaya with chili lime sauce. Guests also enjoyed Thai beer and Thai wines, made possible by referrals from The Tourist Authority of Thailand and Thai Consulate.
|Last Wednesday night over at Cipriani 42nd Street, Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education held its annual gala. They honored Robin Dubin Avram and Louis M. Dubin for the dedication to the arts in education; Sharon Dunn for her career in championing the arts in New York City public schools, and Martin E. Segal, Lincoln Center emeritus. Andy Rooney presented Mr. Segal wit his Doctorate of Imagination Award. The evening began with cocktails, followed by dinner with the awards and a performance by Los Lobos!|
|The Young Patrons Group of Save Venice held a benefit at Tod's that served as a kick-off for their upcoming March 27th annual Spring benefit at the Bowery Hotel. A percentage of proceeds from shopping that evening went to Save Venice.|
|The Cinema Society and Nextbook, together with The New York Observer and Grey Goose, hosted a screening of Defiance at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and the party which followed at the new Thompson LES Hotel.
The film, directed by Edward Zwick, is the true story of the courageous Bielski brothers, who led thousands of Jews to safety during World War II. Descendants of the Bielski brothers joined Zwick and the film’s stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and Alexa Davalos for this powerful evening. The hotel’s owner, Jason Pomeranc’s family knew the Bielski brothers, and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner’s grandmother and her father were also saved by the brothers.
|Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir welcomed a star-studded group to the screening including Naomi Watts, Marc Jacobs, Martha Stewart, Donna Karan, Tony Bennett, Leelee Sobieski, Marisa Berenson, Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Ellen Barkin, Jill Hennessy, Melora Hardin (“The Office”), Milena Govich (“Law & Order”), Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock”), Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), David Rasche (“Burn After Reading”), Ana Gasteyer, Olivia Thirlby, Heather Matarazzo, Joshua Bell, Emily Best (“Nurse Jackie”), Agyness Deyn, Tory Burch and Lyor Cohen, Ivanka Trump, Russell Simmons, Andre Balazs, Sante D’Orazio, Amy Sacco, Carson Kressley, Hana Soukupova, Irina Pantaeva, Larry Gagosian, Jay McInerney, Olivia Chantecaille, Mary-Alice Stephenson, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Zani Gugelmann, Rachel Roy, Nina Griscom, Christine Schwarzman, Ann Dexter-Jones, Marina Rust Connor, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Mick Rock, Amanda and Christopher Brooks, Rosanna Scotto, Eric and Kimberly Villency, Tiffany Dubin, Olivia Palermo, Yigal Azrouel, Dan Abrams, Dave Zinczenko, Bettina Zilkha, Nextbook Editor-in-Chief Alana Newhouse, Paramount Film Group President John Lesher, Clayton Frohman (who wrote the screenplay), James Newton Howard (composer), Pieter Jan Brugge (producer), Alisa Katz (producer) and Roland Tec (co-producer).|
|Photographs by Christopher London (Asia Society); PatrickMcMullan.com.|