Monday, August 23, 2010

Celebrating the Soul

Tanya Zuckerbrot, Katie Lee, Stacey Griffith, Elizabeth Cutler, Keri Glassman, Ingrid Skjong, Elisa Niemtzow
Tanya Zuckerbrot, Katie Lee, Stacey Griffith, Elizabeth Cutler, Keri Glassman, Ingrid Skjong, and Elisa Niemtzow
SoulCycle held its first ever wellness and nutrition event, a 60 minute motivating and informative panel followed by a Q&A session this past Thursday at SoulCycle in Bridgehampton.
Claire Rost, Samantha Stein, Deborah Gottlieb
Claire Rost, Samantha Stein, and Deborah Gottlieb
Jennifer Crawford, Regina MacDonald
Jennifer Crawford and Regina MacDonald
Alix Krinick, Liz Krinick
Alix and Liz Krinick
Claire Ingrassia, Lynn Ingrassia
Claire and Lynn Ingrassia
Tali Goldberg, Sierra Winter, Melissa Seidman
Tali Goldberg, Sierra Winter, and Melissa Seidman
Esther Peyron, Debbie Bard, Elizabeth Cutler
Esther Peyron, Debbie Bard, and Elizabeth Cutler
Sophie Thoerner, Ana Guimaraes, Spencer Petterson
Sophie Thoerner, Ana Guimaraes, and Spencer Petterson
Allyson Crice, Cindy Wagner
Allyson Crice and Cindy Wagner
Alison Hilton, Tara Lipton, Alexis Mintz
Alison Hilton, Tara Lipton, and Alexis Mintz
Stacy Helfstein, Jennifer Beerman
Stacy Helfstein and Jennifer Beerman
The weekend before last at the MacDowell Colony, the nation's leading artist residency program, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Jazz great Sonny Rollins was honored with the 2010 Edward MacDowell Medal. It was the 51st MacDowell medal awarded, and the first time that a jazz composer-performer was so honored at this distinguished artists' colony. MacDowell chairman Robert MacNeil gave his last Medal day speech on behalf of the Colony and presented Rollins with the medal. Rollins joins an impressive list of past recipients, including Leonard Bernstein, Alice Munro, I.M. Pei., Merce Cunningham, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

The award ceremony took place on The MacDowell Colony grounds, and was open to the public for the festivities and celebration. Robert MacNeil presented the award along with Carter Wiseman, president of the board, and Cheryl Young, executive director. MacDowell Fellow and pre-eminent jazz writer and critic Gary Giddins, this year’s presentation speaker, introduced Rollins and describe his life and work to the audience.
MacDowell Chairman Robert MacNeil, Medalist Sonny Rollins, presentation speaker and jazz critic Gary Giddins, MacDowell President Susan Davenport Austin, and MacDowell Executive Director Cheryl Young.
Called the “greatest living tenor saxophone player” by The New York Times, Rollins has had a profound impact on music. Born in 1930, he gravitated to the tenor saxophone in high school, inspired by the work of Coleman Hawkins. By the time he graduated, he was already working with such well-known musicians as Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, and Roy Haynes. In 1951, Rollins debuted with Prestige, the record label that produced his classics Worktime and Tenor Madness (with John Coltrane). Five years later, he went out on his own, ushering in a highly creative period that produced the records A Night at the Village Vanguard, Way Out West, and Freedom Suite.
The Fred Hersch Trio gives a free jazz concert under the Medal Day tent in honor of Sonny Rollins. Left to right: Colony Fellow Fred Hersch, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Eric.
Colony Fellow and jazz pianist Fred Hersch performs tunes associated with Sonny Rollins’s career in a tribute performance under the Medal Day tent.
MacDowell Chairman Robert MacNeil, who will retire from his leadership post on the Colony’s board of directors later this year, holds up a compilation of his past Medal Day speeches titled “Why Is This Important?” after delivery his last Medal Day speech on behalf of the Colony.
Sonny Rollins accepts the 2010 Edward MacDowell Medal at The MacDowell Colony.
MacDowell Colony Chairman Robert MacNeil and 2010 Edward MacDowell Medalist Sonny Rollins pose for a photo outside Savidge Library.
Left to right: Medalist Sonny Rollins, presentation speaker Gary Giddins, and Donna MacNeil (wife of Robert MacNeil) enjoy a picnic lunch after the Medal Day award ceremony.
Sonny Rollins signs an autograph for a fan after receiving the 2010 Edward MacDowell Medal
Heal the Bay held a celebration of Louis Vuitton's new Santa Monica location at the Annenberg Community Beach House, last Thursday evening.
Rachel Zoe
Sharon Lawrence
Sofia Vergara
Serena Williams
Brad Goreski
Cheryl Tiegs
Cameron Silver
Gabrielle Reece
Julia Jones
Kim Painter and Chad Lowe
Maria Bell
Dita Von Teese
Molly Sims
Kristen Bell
Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano
Zach Peck and Cheryl Tiegs
Eva Amurri and Maria Bell
Francesca Eastwood
Gillian Zinser
Liam Hemsworth
Roxane Mesquida
Meanwhile, down there deep in the heart of Texas, There was an evening of “Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman.” If you know Kinky Friedman, according to our friend Dr. Carolyn Farb, you know what to expect. If you don’t, well then, you in for a helluva wild ride.

There was a reading of the writings and anecdotes of Kinky covering myriad topics like “Big Hair For Jesus,” “You Can Lead a Politician to Water but You Can’t Make Him Think,” and “Strange Texas Laws.” There were also unforgettable songs such as “Marilyn and Joe” (Monroe and DiMaggio) and “Homo Erectus.”

Kinkyisms abound, such as: “Every artist should be ahead of his time and behind in his rent.” “Leap sideways before your karma runs over your dogma.” “The important things in life are not things.” The play is both poignant and hilarious and a journey into the mind of one of America’s most fascinating characters today.
Doneraki catered Kinky’s favorite Mexican fare for the evening — crispy tacos, beef and chicken empanadas, guacamole, margaritas and Arnold Palmers.
Kinky Friedman, Carolyn Farb, and Ted Swindley
Justin Doran, Adam Van Wagoner, and Tom Prior
Kirk Longmire and Troy Broussard
Kristy Phillips and Stewart Skloss
Melanie Clark and Pam Voegel
Tyler Moore and Mary Moore
Amy Hubble and John McCall
Kevin McCarthy and Sculptor David Graeve
Christine Sturgill and Dustin Sturgill
Justin Doran, Kinky Friedman, Tom Prior, and Adam Van Wagoner
Paul Brzezinski and David Burks
Dr. Alan Bentz and Sallymoon Benz
Paul Hope, MJ Emig, and Krissy Richmond
Little Jewford and Deborah Hanson
Don Hooper and Rachel Palmer
Justin Doran and Kinky Friedman's Reflection in Sunglasses
Jimmy Olguin and Susan Olguin
Photographs by (SoulCycle, Louis Vuitton); Joanna Eldredge Morrissey (MacDowell).
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