Tuesday, March 23, 2010

All About Me (and the rest of New York)

Dame Edna, Celeste Holm, Judge Judy, Michael Feinstein, Valerie Simpson, Elaine Stritch, Judith Light, Dave Koz, Nick Ashford, and Gloria Reuben
Last Thursday night at Henry Miller’s Theatre Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) and Michael Feinstein opened their new Broadway show, All About Me.
Dame Edna
Michael Feinstein
Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein
Staged by Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and co-written by Dame Edna, Mr. Feinstein and Christopher Durang, it was a smash on opening night.
Harriet Halloway
Jonathan and Laurie Tisch
Dickie Moore and Jane Powell
Celeste Holm and Frank Basile
Laura Savini and Jimmy Webb
Kathleen Marshall and Joel Grey
Judith Light and Dave Koz
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
Patrick Wetzel
LuAnn de Lesseps and Jacques Azoulay
Leba and Neil Sedaka
Aubrey Reuben
Elvis Costello and Diana Krall
Liza Minnelli
Elaine Stritch
Lucy Prebble
Judge Judy Sheindlin and Barbara Walters
Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford
Jim Dale
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Robert Osbourne
Andrea Martin
Karen Ziemba
Penny Fuller and friend
Casey Nicholaw
Asia Week New York got off to a great start on Friday evening when The Asian Art Dealers New York, a group of international Asian specialists from the France, Italy, England, Japan and the United States, held their kick-off reception honoring The Rubin Museum of Art, and its Co-Founders Donald Rubin and Shelley Rubin.

The Rubin Museum of Art is the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western World with over 2,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, textiles, ritual objects and prints from the 2nd century to the 20th century (www.rmanyc.org).
Arnold Lieberman, Joan Mirviss, Shelley Rubin, Donald Rubin, Jiyoung Koo, and Ramesh Kapoor
For fifteen years, international collectors and museum curators descend on New York for a week of non-stop exhibitions, auctions, lectures and receptions. This past week-end thirty-one AADNY galleries and private dealers, held open houses to kick off Asia Week.

This is an excellent opportunity to see the full scope of ancient through contemporary works of art from China, India, Nepal, Tibet, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea that are on view for the first time. It’s also a chance to meet many by-appointment only private dealers who open their doors to the public this week.
Jiyoung Koo, Joan Mirviss, Catherine Sweeney Singer, Marilyn White, and Margi Gristina
Brook Mason, Wendy Moonan,Jason Steuber, Jiyoung Koo, Suzanne Charle
Among those in the crowd were Donald Rubin and Shelley Rubin, Mary McFadden, Gregory Speck, Frank and Victoria Wyman, John and Fausta Eskenazi, Conor Mahoney, Edith Dicconson, Carlton Rochell, Joan Mirviss, Jiyoung Koo, James Lally, Arnold Lieberman, Leiko Coyle, Christian Deydier, William and Catherine Sweeney Singer, Brendan Lynch, Carol Conover, Karen and Leon Wender, Marie Helene Weill, Mr. and Mrs. Hirsohi Yanagi, Giuseppe and Daniel Eskenazi, Pierre Durand, Michael McCormick, Andrew Chait, and Hedy Hartman.
Joan Mirviss, Catherine Sweeney Singer, Wendy Moonan, and Suzanne Charle
Leiko Coyle and Sarah Cook
Sophia Takal and Kate Sheil
Ravi Akhoury, Ginny Akhoury, Donald Rubin, and Joan Mirviss
Ramesh Kapoor and Arnold Lieberman
Asian Art
Christian Deydier and Raphael Harve
Brendon Lynch, Martine Lerner, and Andre Kahane
Margaret Tao, Yi Fawn Lee, and Dessa Godeart Bonhams
Joseph Gerena, Marge Levin, and Frederick Schultz
Margi Gristina, Edith Dicconson, Conor Mahony, and Dora Wong
Liz Knight, Michael McCormick, Alison Bradley, and Go Sugimoto
Margrite Scholten, Rene Scholten, and Jiyoung Koo
Karen Wender, Joan Mirviss, and Leon Wender
Ravi Akhoury, Ginny Akhoury, and Navin Kumar
Laurie Barnes and Martha Sutherland
Edward Wilkinson and Theresa McCullough
Joan Mirviss and Edith Dicconson
Carol Conover and Jim Lally
Gregory Speck, Mary McFadden, Frank Wyman, and Victoria Wyman
Dora Wong, Henry Howad-Sneyd, Laurie Barnes, and Matthew Edlund
Li-Shuan Chen and James Lally
Navin Kumar and Trice Able
Conor Mahoney, Justena Kavanagh, Noah Kupferman, and Tina Kavanagh
Shelley and Donald Rubin
Tim McHenry
John Berwald and Debbie Slacks
Num Stubbe, Ornan Rotem, and Joan Mirviss
Gabrielle Lurie, Sam Lurie, John Eskenazi, and Fausta Eskenazi
Jiyoung Koo, Joan Mirviss, William Singer, and Catherine Sweeney Singer
Margaret Tao, John Eskenazi, and Joan Mirviss
Lois Robins and Andrew Zaro hosted a discussion featuring Sam Waterston benefitting Oceana, at private residence here last Monday night.
Lois Robbins, Sam Waterston, and Susan Cohn Rockefeller
Harlan Bratcher, Susan Cohn Rockefeller, and Toby Usnik
Andrew Sharpless
Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox
Rodney Hilton Brown
Angel Chang and Joanna Spilker
Harlan Bratcher, Michele Oka Doner, and Jim Simon
Deborah Buck, Keith Addis, Susan Cohn Rockefeller, and Chris Buck
Angela and Steve Kilcullen
Gilles Mendel was celebrated by The French Institute/Alliance Française (FIAF). The evening began with an interview of Mendel by Fashion Television news commentator and Harper’s Bazaar editor-at-large Mary Alice Stephenson in FIAF’s plush auditorium.

Paris-bred Gilles Mendel, heir apparent and head designer of J. Mendel talked about the reinvention of this fifth-generation, family-owned luxury brand. J. Mendel that was founded in 1870 by his grandfather in Paris.
The Interview: Mary Alice Stephenson and Gilles Mendel
Mendel spoke about the similarities and differences between French mode and American style. It was the first of three Talks on this topic organized by the French fashion writer Pascale Richard.

The other two in the series feature Tommy Hilfiger, speaking about the intriguing business of creating an international fashion brand and Marc Jacobs discussing the evolution of fashion designers into stars and the relationship between fashion and Hollywood.
The celebratory evening continued with a dinner hosted by fashion writer Michèle Gerber Klein. Guests included FIAF director Marie-Monique Steckel, Anne Caruso, Laureen Goodman, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Larry Creel, Susan and Michael Sokol, Amanda Ross, Dana Gers, Eduard Pesch, Juliette Longuet and Blair Clarke.

The maestro regaled the table with amusing an amusing story about getting Celine Dion’s dress altered at the last minute before her appearance at the Oscars. He was especially excited about a new commission to create costumes for the New York City Ballet. “So beautiful!” he exclaimed happily, “just like dressing little dolls.”
Eric Abio
Eduard Pesch
Karim Tabet and Ann Caruso
Carley Leach and Benjamin Hay
Gilles Mendel and Marie Monique Steckel
Amanda Ross
Larry Creel and Mary Alice Stephenson
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Michèle Gerber Klein
Jacke Cohen and Max Hulme
Laureen Goodman and Dana Gers
Mary Alice Stephenson
Michael and Susan Sokol
Robert Schmecker and Stephanie Murg

Photographs by Rob Rich (All About Me & Rubin Museum of Art)

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