Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eye of the Tiger

Brad Fleischer, Glenn Davis, Ravjiv Joseph, Robin Williams, Moises Kaufman, and Arian Moayed at the opening night of Robin William's Broadway debut in BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO.
Chess-in-the-Schools (CIS) hosted their 2011 Benefit Celebration presenting their College Bound Partnership Awards to Castle Harlan, Inc. and Ramapo for Children.

Both organizations are avid supporters of CIS and the College Bound Program, which provided scholarships to all CIS college bound seniors. The annual benefit hosted over 200 friends of CIS and raised 1.2 million to benefit their programs.
Allison Stewart, co-anchor of PBS' "Need to Know," with College Bound Senior presenting award to Camp Ramapo for Children and Castle Harlan, Inc.
Chess-in-the-Schools, a NYC nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among students in inner New York City, Title 1, public schools through the game of chess. There are more than 50 elementary and middle schools in New York City participating in this program, which means over 13,000 students will learn to play chess in the 2010-2011 school year.

Since Chess-in-the-School was founded in 1986, more than 500,000 children have been taught the game of chess.
Lewis Cullman and several guests play a round of chess
Simon Harris, a member of The Knight's Council, with members of The Associates
Steven R. DeLott, Senior Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a supporter of CIS, with guests
Chess-in-the-Schools' chess instructors
Chess-in-the-Schools college bound senior takes a break to pose for the camera
Last Thursday night was the opening of Robin Williams' Broadway debut in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
Curtain Call for opening night
Trudie Styler and Sting
Billy and Janice Crystal
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider
Tyne Daly
Grace Hightower
Tamara Tunie
Necar Zadegan
Susan Sarandon
Brian d'Arcy James
Ben McKenzie
Kevin Mccollum and Lanette Perry
John Glover and Brynn Thayer
Lin-Manuel and Vanessa Miranda
Hrach Titizian
Elaine Joyce and Neil Simon
Mercedes Ruehl
Also last Thursday night at Sperone-Westwater at 257 Bowery they held the opening reception for Malcolm Morley's Rules of Engagement ...
Isabella Rossellini
Amanda Burden, Angela Westwater, and Barry X Ball
Lida Morley and Malcolm Morley
Greg Lefevre, Light Blackman, and Jon D'Orazio
Gene Debartolo, Harold Streitman, and Stephen Henderson
Eric Fischl and Malcolm Morley
Also last Thursday night at the Barrow Street Theater, they debuted Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a new comedy written by (and starring) Mr. Birbiglia.
Mike Birbiglia and Seth Meyers
Mike Birbiglia and Nasim Pedrad
Seth Meyers
John Mulaney
Nathan Lane
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), hosted a special black tie dinner earlier last month to celebrate the opening of its first permanent home, the new DiMenna Center for Classical Music. The official opening was the day before on March 8th. The dinner provided the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Orchestra’s generous supporters.

The evening featured an intimate performance by the orchestra and acclaimed violinist Christian Tetzlaff, followed by dinner and dancing to waltzes. The center is named for Joe and Diana DiMenna, who were honored for their leadership and dedication to Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Other notable attendees included OSL Chairman Norman S. Benzaquen, Jonathan Rose, Art Samberg, and Judy Zankel.
The official ribbon-cutting at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
The DiMenna Center's Mary Flagler Cary Hall, décor by David Monn
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff plays with Orchestra of St. Luke's
The opening of the DiMenna Center marks a new chapter for OSL which has served New York’s audiences for the past 36 years. In addition to serving as St. Luke’s creative and administrative home, it also will provide a vital new rehearsal and recording resource in New York for local and touring musicians. 

The dinner followed a series of opening festivities including: a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a special performance by Orchestra of St. Luke’s with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the world premiere of involuntary, a fanfare commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture's Hugh Hardy
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Edward Ames and Jane Sokolow
Orchestra of St. Luke's Trustee Janet Seidler, Orchestra of St. Luke's President and Executive Director Katy Clark, and Elaine Ward
Carmela Rea and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture's Geoff Lynch
New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Diana DiMenna, Joe DiMenna, and Orchestra of St. Luke's President and Executive Director Katy Clark
Baryshnikov Arts Center Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov and Orchestra of St. Luke's Co-Founder and President Emeritus Marianne Lockwood
Gil Ricotta, Andrea Niedziela and Orchestra of St. Luke's V. P. of Finance and Operations Zev Greenfield
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble flautist Elizabeth Mann
Orchestra of St. Luke's Trustee Bill Watt
Orchestra of St. Luke's Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen and Judy Zankel
Deirdre and Larry Bader
Barbara Feldon
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and conductor Patrick Summers
Robert and Jean Ashton (center) and their daughters Katherine and Emily
Joe DiMenna
Mark Sylvestri and Orchestra of St. Luke's Trustee Kristen Barbato
New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin
Carol Grossman and Orchestra of St. Luke's President and Executive Director Katy Clark
Joe DiMenna and Baryshnikov Arts Center Artistic Director, Mikhail Baryshnikov
Janet Wallach, Bob Menschel, and Marianne Lockwood
Jonathan Rose and Bill Rhoads
Last Tuesday night, more than 400 gathered at Gotham Hall to toast Bentley Meeker, world-renowned lighting expert who was celebrating the publication of his book Light X Design, a stunning visual collection of his work.

Bentley, who is a hail-fellow-well-met kind of guy was also celebrating 20 years of unrivaled experience in his field. His vast portfolio of work ranges from the simple yet notable events, to elaborate weddings, large-scale private events, and galas for such clients as Kanye West, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Robert DeNiro, and the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. His new book features case studies of work by the inimitable lighting design guru, detailing two decades of glamorous and sublime illuminations. Notable examples include P. Diddy's 40th birthday party, and the weddings of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones and Melissa Rivers’ iconic winter wedding. 
Among those attending were stylist Patricia Field, Jay McInerney, Elena Brower, Cassandra Seidenfeld, R. Couri Hay, Michele Gerber Klein, Harriette Rose Katz, Elaine Sargent, and Dr. Shawn Sadri. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Thomas Preti Caterers displayed on floating plexiglass buffet tables, which hung from the ceiling and music by DJ Louie Vega.
Bentley Meeker
Michel Gerber Klein
Patricia Field
Elena Brower, Bentley Meeker, and Mr. Ormonde
Shawn Sadri DMD
Cassandra Seidenfeld and Jeremiah Silva
R. Couri Hay and Bentley Meeker
Cassandra Seidenfeld, Bentley Meeker, and Patricia Field
Jay McInerney

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