Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A busy Monday night in New York

The full cast takes their bows on stage at City Center to celebrate Career Transition for Dancers 30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee. 8:40 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  More beautiful weather yesterday in New York, and a little warmer, with temperatures in mid-evening in the 70s.

It was a busy Monday night in New York. It is also UN Week with heads of state attending from all over the world, including President Xi Jinping of China,  President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Obama. UN Week to New Yorkers means all kind of traffic gridlocks because many blocks were closed off in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, last night the Frick Collection hosted their annual Autumn Dinner. This is a black tie occasion with dinner served in the main galleries of the collection. They honored Sidney R. Knafel, a longtime contributor to the Frick and a member of the Board of Trustees since June 2013.
The table settings at the Frick.
Down at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library at 42nd and Fifth, in the Celeste Bartos Forum, there was a 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Schomburg was established in1925 with the purchase of the Arturo Schomburg private library in Brooklyn. This established the New York Public Library’s division of Negro literature, History and Prints which is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard and West 135th Street.
Clockwise from top left: Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation; Professor Elizabeth Alexander, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University; Norman Lear; Franklin Thomas, lawyer, former head of the Ford Foundation and currently head of The Study Group; and Vernon Jordan.
They honored the Ford Foundation and celebrated Schomburg Medal recipients poet, essayist and teacher Elizabeth Alexander; Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation, Vernon Jordan, Norman Lear, and Franklin A. Thomas.
Anthony Marx, President of the New York Public Library, opening the evening, recognizing the Ford Foundation for its nearly half century of support of the Schomburg, as well as the recipients of the inaugural Schomburg Medal.
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, telling the guests that most important was their financial support of the Schomburg. A check, a credit card, any amount would be very helpful to the cause. Walker, who has had a brilliant career in the world of non-profits and philanthropy, is one of the most popular figures in the New York community. Personally, I think he would make a great mayor of the city. He is kind, empathic, friendly, clever, sharp and very well liked with a wide-range of friends, and an enthusiasm for getting things done and helping people make the most of their lives —as he as done for himself.
The Celeste Bartos Forum set for dinner; while guests were waiting for the main course to be served.
While over at City Center on West 55th Street, Career Transition for Dancers was hosting its  30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee – A Star Studded Retrospective honoring Shirley MacLaine – and performance (including over 80 dancers!) followed by supper “with the Stars” at the Hilton New York. JH attended the performance and got a snapshot of the "extraordinary" evening ...
Outside City Center. 6:55 PM.
Inside the 2,257-seat theater.
Tap by Jason Samuel Smith.
Jazz Roots Dance Company.
National Dance Institute ...
Host Cynthia Gregory introducing Career Transition for Dancers' Awardees ...
Misty Widelitz ...
Andrew Faas of the Faas Foundation ...
and Irene and Fred Shen.
ABT's Misty Copeland and violinist Charles Yang in" Paganini."
New York City Ballet dancer Robert Fairchild in "Ballin' The Jack," choreographed by Gene Kelly.
New York Song and Dance Company.
Bebe Neuwirth in "All That Jazz" from Chicago.
The evening was produced and directed by Ann Marie Deangelo.
Nina Loory introducing Bebe Neuwirth and Brian Stokes Mitchell, who announced the merging of the Actors' Fund and CTFD.
Ballet Tech's Kids Dance.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones introducing 2015 Rolex Dance Award recipient Shirley MacLaine.
The one and only Shirley MacLaine, who captured the very essence of what makes dancers unique and lovable; and why they deserve our support and appreciation.
Arthur Murray Dance Center closing out the spectacular show.

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