Thursday, August 18, 2016

A bit of relief

Taking an afternoon break. 5:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, August 18, 2016. Not as hot, I am happy to write, yesterday in New York. Hot, yes, and humid-ish too, but definitely a bit of relief under blue and sunny skies and lots of massive clouds passing by.

I went down to Michael’s, a quieter Wednesday as we near the end of the summer season, two weeks to Labor Day. Except for the tourists you see in midtown – and the crowds, news trucks and cameras around Trump Tower – the city is quieter and will likely remain so until Labor Day which is a little more than two weeks away.

But holiday time or no, people have to work and Michael’s is an important restaurant in the city of media.  I was lunching with Judy and Peter Price. Judy was my boss, now many years ago when I worked as her Editor-in-Chief of Avenue magazine (which she founded in the mid-70s, and ran for 25 prosperous years until she sold it).  She then founded the National Jewelry Institute.
Judy presented with award by antiquaire Jacques Perrin for her contributions to French culture in a ceremony at the Musée Carnavalet. The museum on the rue de Sevigne is dedicated to the history of the city of Paris.
Coincidentally, Judy had had lunch last week with Kenny Lane and was talking about yesterday’s interview with Kenny on the NYSD by George Gurley. She told the story of Kenny on one of his trips to India where he had connected with a couple who were looking to buy jewelry. Kenny took them to one dealer who showed them a single diamond in a white coral setting that looked like enamel. They were told that the diamond had been designed and set for Shah Jahan in the 17th century for his cherished wife for whom he later built the Taj Mahal in his wife’s memory.

The dealer wanted $500. The couple was not interested but Kenny gladly bought it, and shoved it in his jacket pocket. Back in New York, he used is as a center of a keychain. One day when Cartier was having a special exhibition of Indian jewelry, Kenny lent the diamond for display.

One day Richard Burton came into the store and looking at the exhibit saw Kenny’s diamond and felt he must have it for Elizabeth. Kenny sold it at a price much greater than what he paid. Later, the Taj Mahal diamond became part of a larger necklace that Burton had bought for Taylor. After her death, the necklace with the diamond attached in the Indian fashion, sold for more than $10 million.

If you haven’t read George’s interview with Kenny Lane, it’s right there to be found on the homepage. It’s an extraordinary interview with an extraordinary man who came to New York from Detroit as a very young man and eventually met the world and created a business in costume jewelry which is still thriving.

Also in the crowd yesterday: Montel Williams and friends; Ted Hathaway; Eva Mohr; Tom Rogers of TIVO; Henry Schleiff of the Discovery Channel with Jeanne Piro; Andrew Stein with Chris Ruddy; Carol Smith of Harper's Bazaar; Michael Tannenbaum; Nick Verbitsky of United Stations; Michael Gross, who new book "Focus" ("the Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers"); Daniel Brand; Orrick Herrington, Loren Katzovitz of Guggenheim Partners; Matthew Pincus; Scott Marden; PR guru Susan Blond; publisher Jimmy Finkelstein; Michael Claes with Dwayne Doherty, Vice President of Communications for the Rockefeller Group; Neil Sosin.

Although it’s quiet in the big town right now,
out east, the denizens of the Hamptons have all kinds of events going around them. For example, last Saturday, August 13th, world-renowned avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director Laurie Anderson performed her Concert for Dogs at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton’s not-for-profit art garden, museum, and educational organization founded by Jack Lenor Larsen.
The extreme heat didn’t deter canines and their owners from the LongHouse amphitheater. Guests included LongHouse President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic, Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz, Ralph Gibson, ARF Board President Lisa McCarthy, Jane Rose, James Signorelli, Alison Mazzola and Sylvia Mazzola.

Cellist Rubin Kodheli joined Anderson for the performance, which drew howls and barks of delight from the audience.
Laurie Anderson.
The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) mobile was parked on site for the event with dogs for adoption, and expert ARF dog handlers accompanied adoption pups to the show. A share of the proceeds from the Concert for Dogs go to the ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons), a charity dedicated to providing for the welfare of animals on the South Fork of Long Island.

After the concert, pups and their owners cooled off with refreshments amongst the lush LongHouse grounds, which included artisanal dog treats from South Fork Pet Company and special dog ice-cream from The Bear & The Rat. This was the first time that dogs have been welcomed to LongHouse.
Veronica Leeanne, Princess Angelique Monet, Richard Lair, Patricia Sims, Dr. William Karesh, Dr. Scarlet Magda, Karina Voronich, and Paul Maucha.
The unique idea of a Concert for Dogs originated from a conversation eight years ago between performance artist and recipient of the LongHouse Award, Laurie Anderson, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Rhode Island School of Design. Anderson expressed her fantasy of playing before an audience of dogs and Ma incredulously responded, “Are you kidding? I have the same fantasy!” Anderson’s dream then took hold, and she has entertained canine crowds and their owners in Sydney, Australia, New York’s Times Square, and now LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.

This event was made possible in part by four-legged supporters Raleigh, Spencer, and Shelley Slifka.
Laurie Anderson, Jane Rose, Cindy Sherman, and Ralph Gibson.
Sylvia Mazzola, Alison Mazzola, and Jim Signorelli. Robin Cofer and Eileen Kornreich.
Annie Leibovitz, Jane Rose, and Ruby Tuesday.
Laurie Anderson and Jack Lenor Larsen.
Matko Tomicic, Laurie Anderson, and Dianne Benson.
Sandra Powers, Zoe Kamitses, Lisa McCarthy, Scott Howe, and Susan Burk.
Diane Mancer, Jamie Forrester, Nancy Buscemi, Mark Watson, Michele Forrester, Scott Howe, and Barbara Medlin.
Also, that same day, August 13th, more than 2,500 attended the East Hampton Library's 12th Annual Authors Night benefit—one of the nation’s premier literary events.

Authors Night Honorary Founding Chair Alec Baldwin was joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Christie Brinkley, Robert Caro, Dick Cavett, Mary Higgins Clark, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eric Ripert, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who headlined the list of 100 authors who signed their newest books for attendees.
The Author's Night tent.
Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and had the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books, and have them personally inscribed.

Following the cocktail party book-signing event, guests were hosted at private dinners featuring guest authors throughout East Hampton. Authors Night raised more than $300,000 for the East Hampton Library. The funds raised will be used for essential programs and services at the Library throughout the next year.
Under the tent.
Participating authors included: Louis Begley, Tom Clavin, Scott Cowen, Delia Ephron, Florence Fabricant, Ina Garten, Paul Goldberger, Michael Gross, Ally Hilfiger, Amb. Christopher R. Hill, Katherine Holabird, Erica Jong, Fern Mallis, Matt Marinovich, William Norwich, Chris Pavone, Wade Rouse, Garth Stein, Michael Weiss, Marianne Williamson, and Vincente Wolf.  
Vincente Wolf.
Billy Norwich.
Fern Mallis.
Ashley Prentice Norton.
Kate Betts and Louis Begley.
Jeffrey Lyons.
Eric Ripert and Jay McInerney.
Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mary Higgins Clark.
Christie Brinkley. Ally Hilfiger.
Ina Garten.
Robert Caro.
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill.
Alec Baldwin and Dick Cavett.
East Hampton Library Director Dennis Fabiszak and Dr. Ruth.
Erica Jong.
And on Wednesday, August 10th, the Special Olympics Leadership Council raised more than $100,000 for local athletes of Special Olympics New York at its 10th Annual Summer Social Gala at Marquee.

More than 500 of Manhattan’s supporters gathered from 8 to 11 p.m. where they honored Fox News’ The Five’s Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Fox and Friend’s co-host, Ainsley Earhardt. Special guests included the world’s first model with Down Syndrome, Madeline Stuart, singer Meredith O’Connor, and electronic violinist Timothee Lovelock.

All proceeds, including the silent auction, directly benefit the 67,172 athletes of Special Olympics New York. This was an amazing night for an amazing cause!
Max Dorne, Adam Merino, James Tang, Taylor Burns, Meredith O'Connor, Madeline Stuart, Ainsley Earhardt, and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ainsley Earhardt, Madeline Stuart, and Meredith O'Connor.
Jean-Paul Charvet, Betsy Whalen, Nicole Nieves, Patrick Hunter, Charlotte Ward, George Rudovic, Michele Del Terzo, and Andrea Castro.
Nicole Nieves, Chad McLean, Michele Del Terzo, and Mike Hernandez.
Paul Mayhugh and Daniel Michelson.
Meredith O'Connor and Veronica Leeanne.
Obi Emeka, Sonja Washington, Ija Emeka, Nikki Brown, and Emeka Ezugwu.
Lauren Sherwin Danny Christov, and Cely Collado.
Lauren Golden, Anthony Hasan, and Nicole Saunders.
Jason Levine, Sara Hyman, and Steven Maiman.
Jennifer Greenberg and Gregory Zannitto.
Ainsley Earhardt, Mike Bub Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Andrea Castro, Patrick Hunter, Michele Del Terzo, and Nicole Nieves.
Taylor Burns, Ainsley Earhardt, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Madeline Stuart, Meredith O'Connor, Max Dorne, Ben Dorne, James Tang, Adam Merino, and Kaitlin Brennan.

Photographs by Richard Lewin & Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images (Author's Night); Patrick McMullan (ARF & Special Olympics)

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