Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Going, going; People/Places

Looking south along Park Avenue from 88th Street. 9:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Sunny, fair, and brisk; yesterday in New York.

Going, going; People/Places.
Yesterday’s calendar in New York had something for everyone. At Doubles, the private club, Dr. William Manger invited me to the National Hypertension Association’s annual fundraiser with architect Peter Pennoyer talking about his work and his new book, “Peter Pennoyer Architects” by Anne Walker. Proceeds from the event will benefit the VITAL (Values Initiative Teaching About Lifestyle) program which is taught in hundreds of classrooms across the country. The primary goal of VITAL is to educate young children about the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity – to prevent obesity which leads to hypertension and Diabetes.

Around Town Last Night. The Hetrick-Martin Institute held its 2010 Emery Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, honoring Marc Ecko, Arianna Huffington and Ryan Murphy. Wendy Williams emceed. Brayden McCarthy and Andrew Wingrove chaired.
One of the many invites from last night.
The American Folk Art Museum held their Fall Benefit Gala at the Tribeca Rooftop. Cooper Union held its 8th annual Urban Visionaries Award honoring Marina Abramovic, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Frank Gehry, Brian Green and Danny Meyer.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition was holding its 15th annual New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street honoring Debra Lee and Fern Mallis.

Over at Bowlmar Lanes, Young Friends
of Mount Sinai Medical Center held their Fall Fete.

An Evening to Benefit Best Buddies at MacKenzie-Childs on 14 West 57th Street.
Opening Night Performance of Steve Tyrell at Café Carlyle.
At MacKenzie-Childs on 14 West 57th Street, Anthony Shriver, Best Buddies Founder and Chairman, held An Evening to Benefit Best Buddies from 5:30 to 8.

While up at the Asia Society on Park and 70th, Shayne Doty, Vice President of Asia Society, along with Ann and Bill Nitze hosted a celebration to launch “Silent Splendour: Palaces of the Deccan 14th-19th Centuries."

And down at Bulgari on 57th and Fifth, Hale House Center held its Fall Fete beginning with cocktails, later moving to dinner at Le Caprice, hosted by Frederick Anderson, Alina Cho, Doug Hannant, Alexandra Lebenthal, Doris Meister and Veronica Trenk.

Over at the Mandarin Oriental Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory held its 5th Annual Double Helix Medals dinner honoring Evelyn Lauder for her efforts in founding the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; John Nash, Nobel Laureate who is the subject of the Oscar winning movie “A Beautiful Mind” and is the public face of schizophrenia, and Dr. Mary-Claire King, who discovered the first breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1. There was a special performance by the Coen Brothers film score composer and former Lab alum Carter Burwell. Among the guests were James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA, Tom Quick, Leonard Lauder, David Koch, John and Amy Phelan, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Phil Donohue. Dinner chairs were: Ron Howard, Dr. Henry Jarecki, David Koch, Dr. Larry Norton, Mr. and Mrs. John Phelan, Patricia Quick, Denise Rich and Andrew Solomon and John Habich Solomon.

There was a book party too for all you booklovers: Annette Tapert and Tina Brown, together with Phoenix House, hosted a “discussion” with author Bill Clegg of his new book Portrait of an Addict As A Young Man; A Memoir.

Meanwhile, up at the Café Carlyle, they held the Opening Night Performance of Steve Tyrell making his 6th holiday engagement, “I’ll Take Romance.” And down at Swifty’s – which was packed – DPC was having dinner with Ann Colton Nussbaum, whom he has known (and sung and danced with) since the First Grade back in our hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. Always a reason for a celebration. Dining nearby were Sydney and Stan Shuman, Dick Nye and Francesca Stanfill, Wendy Moonan and friends, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Gigi and Harry Benson, Mary McFadden.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music's "state of the art ruin," the Harvey Theater, was where this year's Next Wave Gala got underway.

There were several stars of the evening, and one didn't have to wander around the reception in the theater's lobby for long to discover that one of them was BAM's executive producer, Joe Melillo. Photos of Joe through the years flashed on the walls, and "JOE" license plates were found around the room, in honor of his 25th anniversary bringing talent from around the world to Brooklyn. BAM has launched a fund named after Joe to bring international talent "home."
Centerpieces at the pre-performance cocktail reception, In honor of Joe Melillo.
The decor for the dinner, at One Hanson Place, was done by Bella Meyer of FleursBella.
One Hanson Place, a former bank, now with condos above, is around the corner from BAM.
Once guests had settled in the theater, and listened to a few speeches (apparently the renovation of the bathrooms is something BAM folks are very excited about), it was on with the show: James Thiérée, Charlie Chaplin's grandson, performing "Raoul." (Think Lost-meets-Lost Prince-meets-Julie Taymor-meets-Charlie Chaplin-meets-contemporary dance.)

Thiérée, who has a son barely three months old, conjured up childhood fantasies such as controlling the volume of the crickets like a maestro, or living in a house of pipes-turned-instrument, or being surprised by puffy, fluffy large creatures that looked like koi fish and elephants. He also mimicked so many of Chaplin's moves, including the slow motion bit, the clock, climbing a ladder... he had the audience in stitches. There were dark sides too, as there often are at BAM. As Kate Levin, the city's cultural affairs commissioner, put it, she's seen many "weird" pieces at BAM, but they always have a "transforming" effect.
Andrea Lipsky-Karasz , David Offensend of the NYPL, and Barbara Hoffman, an arts lawyer who represents Maya Lin.
Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels. Joe Melillo and Mallory Factory, a BAM board member for 30 years.
Hannah, Adam, and Diane Max (Adam is a BAM vice chair).
Joe (the oldest) with his siblings, left to right, Camille Stevens, Janet Melillo, Gary Melillo, and Susan Basile.
Susan and Steven Felsher, Producers Council Chairs. Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Kate Levin.
Judith Fishman, Alan Fishman (BAM's chairman), Catherine Lebow, Seth Rosenberg, and Patricia Herlihy.
"Raoul"'s star is from France and here is an interesting fact noted by Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM's president: BAM is the largest presenter of French culture outside of France.

After the performance there was a Great Performances dinner (arugula, beef, risotto, chocolate mousse) at One Hanson Place, just named Best New Venue by Bizbash. One step inside and it was easy to see why: the former bank is like a cathedral. Joe's family and friends were actually seated around what looked like circular information or teller desks.
Karen Brooks Hopkins and Beth Rudin DeWoody.
Philip Glass.
Philippe Vergne, director of the Dia Foundation (which has just opened "Koo Jeong A, Constellation Congress," the artist’s first major project in New York.
Steve Sachs, center, of Time Warner, with Kenneth Fuchs and Susan McInerney.
The Melillos (of Guilford and Branford, CT) yucking it up for the camera.
The star of "Raoul," James Thiérrée, Charlie Chaplin's grandson, with his partner Judith Chemla.
It was here we caught up with the chairs of the event, Susan and Steven Felsher. "Every time we come to the shows, it's something stimulating and different," Susan said. "We've been coming for 30 years. It used to be there was no one here and now everyone is here."

More than 400 guests attended, raising $500,000.

— Amanda L. Gordon for NYSD
With the stage set for the Next Wave performance of James "Raoul," BAM's executive producer, Joe Mellillo, expresses gratitude.
Last week, atop Chelsea’s trendy Standard Hotel, in “The Room” (formerly known as the Boom Boom Room), surrounded by a magnificent view of metropolitan New York, New Jersey and Long Island -- rivaling that of the uptown Rainbow Room -- New Yorkers gathered for the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate “marriage equality” in the hopes that legislation legalizing Gay Marriage would soon be passed.

Mayor Bloomberg commented that when such states as Iowa, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Wisconsin have already passed Marriage Equality laws, it is indeed embarrassing that New York has not. He pledged to continue the fight.
New Yorkers For Marriage Equaity campaign featuring Julianne Moore.
Fran Drescher and Kenneth Cole also lent their voice to the cause.
Brian Ellner of the Human Rights Campaign, who passionately spearheaded this effort, spoke eloquently, noting that victory was close, and Andre Balazs, owner of the Standard, added his voice to the cause. Cornelia Guest – to whom I presented a vintage 1984 Photograph of Herself – hosted the evening.

The room was packed with well-wishing supporters. It certainly seems too long a time since this issue emerged in the 1960s, as part of the Civil Rights movement. Forty-plus years later, it is important that we move forward and pass Same-Sex Marriage legislation, assuring full freedom for all.

— Jill Lynne
Cornelia Guest and Andre Balazs. R. Couri Hay and Kate de Brienne.
CG and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Elise Overland and Andre Balazs. A.J. Sapolnick and Dr. Mark Kirby.
Ethan Hawke with wife, Ryan Shawhughes.
Jim Anderson and Jeffrey Locker. Meredith Dichter and Eever Kris Norman.
Fashionista Mimi Liebeskind with signature glasses. Bob Duffy.
Dr. Brian Saltzman, Steven Sunshine, Lesli Sunshine, Julie Campbell, and Edward Tricomi.
Standard Fashion "Girls" wearing Designer dresses. Shelly Bromfield, Fashion Consultant, with Model P. Taylor.
David Marshal. Victor G. Jeffreys II and Michelle Harper.
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