Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring arrives tomorrow

Looking up towards the Empire State Building from 34th Street and 6th Avenue. 5:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013. It turned very cold yesterday afternoon, with an icy wind whipping off the river and then about 5 o’clock, it started to snow. It was the kind of weather that makes New Yorkers decide to stay in (if they can). The cabbies had their hands full with the slippery roads. Spring arrives tomorrow.
East End Avenue and 83rd Street looking south at 5 PM.
4:45 PM.
West End and Riverside. 5:30 PM.
West End Avenue, 7 PM.
East End Avenue looking north and south at 10:15 PM.
The Easter Bunny unfazed by last night's snow, holds forth with his eggs in the window of Lexington Gardens on 73rd and Lex.
Despite all that, the social calendar was heavy with big events. At the Pershing Square Signature Center, Isabella Rossellini and Venetian Heritage hosted a benefit performance of “Caro Federico” performed live by Ed Norton and Diane Lane, followed by a gala dinner.

Up at the Paley Center on West 52nd Street next to “21,” there was a Marvin Hamlish event, “What I Did For Love: The Music and Life of Marvin Hamlisch." The evening was originally conceived and planned by Mr. Hamlisch in the days just before he died, as a retrospective of his work. The tribute included performances, rarely seen footage, and personal recollections of working with the man as well as his impact on media particularly in television and film. Among those attending were Steven Soderbergh, Tom Brokaw, John Lithgow, Klea Blackhurst, Malcolm Gets, Donna McKechnie, Marissa McGowan, Blair Hamilton, Rupert Holmes and J. Mark McVey.

Down at the Pierre, Castle Connolly held its annual National Physician of the Year Awards.

Then over at the Asia Society on Park Avenue and 70th, they were celebrating Asia Week and hosting An Evening to Benefit the Asia Society. Dinner and dancing. Jason Wu was Honorary Chair.

Catching Up.
Last Thursday night, Patricia Soussloff, President of the Partnership with Children Board of Directors, Margaret Crotty and Marie Stewart welcomed designers and committee members to the home of interior designer Paula Caravelli, for a kick-off for its upcoming Gala at 583 Park on April 16th.

Co-chair Fredrick Anderson of the Douglas Hannant Collection, Maggie Norris, Roderick Shade, Gail Green, Edward Lobrano, Michael Tavano, Thomas Burak, DeBare Saunders and Ronald Mayne shared themes for the decorative tables they’re each creating for the Partnership with Children Gala.

For more than a century, Partnership with Children has worked to help children growing up in poverty to succeed academically, emotionally and socially. The organization is a proud partner with the New York Department of Education, Robin Hood, the United Way and other generous funders.  For more information on Partnership with Children, visit www.partnershipwithchildren.org.
Ronald Mayne, Margaret Crotty, and DeBare Sauders Paula Caravelli and Patti Soussloff
Margaret Crotty, Frederick Anderson, and Patti Soussloff Roderick Shade, Marie Stewart, and Maggie Norris
Thomas Burak, Roderick Shade, and Michael Tavano Stefan Zellmer and Andy Sousslof
Last Saturday night artist Paige Peterson hosted a wedding at her Central Park West apartment for celebrity photographer Marc Raboy, who married Keith Henry of the College Board. Among the guests were Keith's daughter Robyn Henry, Broadway actress and director Donna Drake and TV producer Rob Dauber. Also in attendance via Skype were two of Paige and Marc's oldest and dearest friends — Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill from their home in Palm Springs. Paige and Marc have been friends ever since he photographed her as a young actress.

Marc has photographed many of the greats, including Arnaz, and her mother, Lucille Ball, as well as Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Patti LaBelle, Frank Sinatra, Phyllis Diller, Candace Bergen, Harry Belafonte, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, Rosie O'Donnell, Kevin Bacon, Jessica Tandy -- just to name a few. Pianist David Lewis accompanied the happy couple on their walk down the aisle. And then the singing began “I Do, I Do” ...
The married couple: Marc Raboy and Keith Henry. The hostess, Paige Peterson, with Marc Raboy.
Last Friday evening, Asia Week New York held their kick-off reception at the Guggenheim Museum. In just a few years, Asia Week New York has become a much-anticipated event for international collectors, curators, and scholars who converge in New York to partake in a non-stop week of auctions sales, lectures and gallery exhibitions, presented by a record-breaking 43 galleries, from Australia, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the U.S. This is an excellent opportunity to see an astonishing array of the rarest and finest Asian examples of porcelain, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, books, bronzes, prints, photographs, and jades from China, Japan, Korea, India the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia.
Asia Week New York Street banner
Among the guests were: Henry Howard-Sneyd, Richard Armstrong, Alexandra Munroe, Joan Mirviss, Jiyoung Koo, James Lally, Carol Conover, Tina Zonars, Fausta and John Eskenazi, Bernard Wald, Robert and Sharon Blumenfield, Helen and James Lally, Gilles Beguin, Kit Luce, Harry and Ellen Eisenberg, Annysa Ng, Suneet Kapoor, Beatrice Chang, Martha Sutherland, Carlo Cristi, Katherine Martin, Karen Wender, Keum Ja Kang, Peter Kang, Liu Dan, Erik and Cornelia Thomsen, Claire and Michael Chu, Lesley Kehoe, Byron Kehoe, Shao Wang, Michael and Lisa Hughes, Dr. Robert Bigler, Prahlad Bubbar, Eric Zetterquist, Oliver Forge, Brendan Lynch, Jonathan Tucker, Prahlad Bubbar, Nancy Berliner, Sue Ollemans, Walter Arader, Deepanjana Klein, Ruth and Richard Dickes, Bill Griswold, Chris Malstead, Harry and Ellen Eisenberg, Jennifer Castler, Karsten Tietz, Marsha Vargas Handley, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Dessa Goddard, Machiko and Koichiro Kurita, Carole Davenport, Jonathan Heath, Erik and Allison Schiess, Jay Xu, Dr. Young Yang Chung, Zola Nyumbuu, Howard Wei, Paola Altari, Shawn Gassemi, Hiroshi Yanagi, Nayef Homsi, Kathleen Doyle, Kathy and Paul Bissinger, Robert Levine, Vijay Anand, Mary Ann Rogers, Tomaso and Gerolamo Vigorelli, George and Katherine Fan, David Joralemon, Vince Joralemon, Thomas Bachmann, Gabriel Eckenstein, David Franklin, August Napoli, Joe Earle, Erica and Lark Mason, Alice Chin, Leiko Coyle, Younghye Hwang, Calli and Bob McCaw, Mary Wallach, Vyna St. Phard, Corinne and Chuck Plumhoff, Maureen Footer, Patrice Lovato, Victoria Shaw-Williams, Peter Yeoh, Noemie Bonnet, Sarah Callaghan, Margaret Tao, Marilyn White, and Megan Quitoni.
Henry Howard-Sneyd, Joan Mirviss, Carol Conover, Tina Zonars, James Lally, Jiyoung Koo, Michael Hughes, Katherine Martin, and Suneet Kapoor
Bruce Maclaren, Dessa Goddard, Christina Prescott Walker, and Tao Wang
Dessa Goddard, Robert Blumenfield, Sharon Blumenfield , Jennifer Casler, and Jiyoung Koo
Henry Howard-Sneyd, Suzanne Valenstein, and Jeffrey Stamen
Jiyoung Koo and Carol Conover
Noemie Bonnet, Shao Wang, Margaret Tao, and Martha Sutherland
Henry and Ellen Eisenberg
Lark and Erica Mason
Byron and Lesley Kehoe , and Calli and Bob McCaw
Beatrice Chang and Li Hui Sheng
Hiroshi Yanagi, Darielle Mason, and Jonathan Tucker
Sachiko Hori with Koichiro and Machiko Kurita
Oliver Forge, Susan Ollemans, and Brendan Lynch
David Swetzoff, Gabriel Eckenstein, and Thomas Bachmann
Ruth and Richard Dickes
Greg Emetaz and Katya Blumenberg
Kit Luce and Hiromi Kinoshita
Henry Howard-Sneyd, Marjorie Williams, Joan Mirviss, and August Napoli
David Joralemon, Vince Joralemon, and Eric Zetterquist
Katya Blumenberg , Erick Schiess, Allison Schiess, and Greg Emetaz
Evelyne Eskenazi, Fausta Eskenazi, John Eskenazi, and Alexandra Munroe
Bill Griswold, Chris Malstead, Helen Lally, and James Lally
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Erik and Cornelia Thomsen
Victoria Shaw Williamson and Louis Webre
Maureen Footer, Kathleen Doyle, Lark Mason, and Patrice Lovato
Tomaso and Gerolamo Vigorelli
Gilles Beguin and Christophe Hiroco
Howard Wei and Paola D'Alatri
Harish Patel, Suneet Kapoor, and Vijay Anand
Chiu Ti Jansen and Alice Chin
Liu Dan and Alexandra Munroe
Karen Wender and Nancy Berliner
Also the weekend before last, way over in Jodhpur, India, His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur inaugurated his new philanthropic initiative, the Jodhpur One World Retreat.

Celebrating ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ the three-day Retreat brought together world leaders, thought leaders and luminaries in science, neurology, business, culture, music, art, and philanthropy to raise awareness of the Indian Head Injury Foundation (“IHIF”), in association with the Brain Trauma Foundation (“BTF”) based in the USA.

The Maharaja established the IHIF after his son, Prince Yuvraj Shivraj Singh, sustained a serious head injury while playing polo in 2005. It was then that his Highness became acutely aware of the enormous problem with treating head injuries in India - more than 200,000 lives are lost every year and over 1.6 million people suffer from serious head injuries.

IHIF's mission is to build a comprehensive system for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. It fulfills its mission through education, emergency medical services, and rehabilitation, providing information on life saving medical protocols throughout India.

The weekend was kicked off with a champagne reception at the foot of the majestic Fort Mehrangarh, followed by the inauguration of Olafur Eliasson's "The Little Sun" exhibition curated by Christine Starkman of the Houston Museum of Fine Art. The Maharaja then led a scenic trek up the historic Fort, which was lined with local music and dance vignettes. Cocktails and canapés were served at the apex overlooking the “Blue City” on one side, and a big courtyard on the other, awash in multi-colored lighting that was also the stage for a panoramic rhapsody and dance: "Nari - Celebrating The Indian Woman.”

The show was a beautiful fusion of 5000 years of civilization into one grand evening of pageantry, music, song and dance. The Retreat celebrated the mind and culture of India through yoga and music, including an unprecedented, intimate, private performance by Sting on the front lawn of the Umaid Bhawan Palace against a backdrop of the Palace awash in panoply of light.
His Highness with his son Yuvraj Shivraj Singh
Cricket Chamption Sachin Tendulkar
Noting the importance of IHIF’s work, Sting invoked and inspired all to support IHIF’s mission. The Retreat also explored the concept of the beautiful mind through a series of events. Speakers such as Dr. Raj K. Narayan (who oversees all neurosurgery programs at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in the USA), Dr. Nagendra (former space scientist at NASA, who established Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation) and Nigel Osborne (MBE, FRCM, British composer, educationalist and aid worker who serves as Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh engaged the audience to think about all aspects of the mind, from the physical to the mental and spiritual.

Guests included HRH The Maharaha of Jodhpur, HRH The Maharani Hemlata Raje, HRH The Prince Yuvraj Shivraj Singh, Sting, Trudie Styler, HRH The Prince Andrew (Duke of York), Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York), Princess Eugenie, HRH Princess Sheika Hussah Sabah, Ambassador Faroukh Younes, UK Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott, Reliance's Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Honda Hero's Pawan Munjal, actress Dia Mirza, Suhel Seth, Gemima Khan, India's beloved cricket champion Sachin Tendulkar, Taj Hotel Group’s Raymond Bickson, Queenie Dody and from New York, actor/film maker Fisher Stevens, Meera Gandhi, Susan Shin and Rishi Shah.
Actress Priyana Bose and Rishi Shaw
Meera Gandhi with Maharaja gah Sing of Jodhpur
Sting and Trudie Styler with friends
Thanks to the support of the TAJ Hotel Group and BMW, guests were transported throughout the Retreat in sleek, top of the line BMWs and enjoyed accommodations at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, the Taj Hari Hotel, and the independently owned, new modern luxury hotel -- the RAAS.

For more information on the IHIF, visit www.indianheadinjuryfoundation.org and www.braintrauma.org.
HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York
Phillipe Von Sahr, President, BMW India with a friend
Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar
Susan Shin and Lisa Wilson

Photographs by AnnieWatt.com (Asia Week)

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