Thursday, November 10, 2016

Full calendar traffic jam

Wednesday, 1 PM, Fifth Avenue at the west side of 56th Street, across from Trump Tower.
Thursday, November 10, 2016. Rainy, bleak autumn weather here in New York the day after the election, with temps in the 50s.

Full Calendar. On my way to lunch at Michael’s, Fifth Avenue at 57th Street was a traffic jam. Very large sanitation trucks were parked bumper to bumper on the east side of the blocks from in front of Tiffany and the Trump Tower and south onto the next block. I was told they were put there the night of the day before when Hillary Clinton was staying at the Peninsula Hotel on election night.
56th Street and Fifth Avenue looking west. The street is open but the same block on the other side of the avenue was closed. The crowd extended south for a half block.
There were crowds on both sides of the avenue and scores of policemen along with metal barriers keeping two lanes of the road open for traffic as closing the blocks east and west of 56th Street at Fifth Avenue. There were people taking photos of the Trump Tower as well as tourists milling about. I passed a man and a woman tugging on and arguing over an American flag on the corner by the Harry Winston store, with the man telling the woman she could not burn the flag. Later in the evening there were news reports of someone burning the flag.
Tuesday afternoon, when I came out of Sant Ambroeus where I'd had lunch with Diana Picasso, I saw this art set up on the corner of 78th and Madison. As I was talking to the artist Roberto Corrias, this lady with the Trump sweater and hat came along on her bicycle (and recognizing me) insisted that I didn't vote for Trump. I told her that my vote was my business. She continued to insist that I didn't. So we changed the conversation when I introduced her to Mr. Corrrias and I took their picture. Everyone was happy.
Last night at the Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine held their annual “Cabaret” dinner dance with 1000 guests attending. This was a streamlined gala with brief remarks by Augustine Choi MD of Weill Cornell Medicine and Steven Corwin MD, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, followed by a short video of the Mobile Stroke Unit (Saving lives Through Early Intervention), followed by a delicious dinner and dessert and then a special performance by Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld was a big hit with his 25-minute standup.
I was a guest of Charlotte Ford who has been a dedicated supporter and board member of the hospital for the past 35 years. I include a page from the program book taken out by her sister Anne because it articulates Charlotte’s dedication as well as the great special relationship the sisters share ...
Charlotte was one of the co-chairs for the evening along with Helen and Bob Appel, Renee and Robert Belfer, Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Peter and Mary Kalikow, and Ann and Andrew Tisch. They raised more than $3 million.

Rewind. Monday night’s Library Lions gala. The annual affair took place in the recently refurbish Rose Main Reading Room where they honored the 2016 Lions – Harry Belafonte, Hilary Mantel, Javier Marias, Peggy Noonan, and Colm Toibin. After the cocktail reception, and guests were seated for dinner, Jessye Norman appeared to thrill the guests performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Climb Every Mountain ... Ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, Till You find your dream ... from “The Sound of Music,” and You’ll Never Walk Alone from “Carousel.”
A view of the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building set for the guests of the 2016 Library Lions Dinner this past Monday night.
A close up of the table set with the first course: Poached Quail Eggs and Caviar on Artichoke, Lemon Mousseline and Cucumbrer Salad.
A vew of the room with guests seated.
Miss Norman was followed by the traditional Library Lions procession and medal presentation by the Library president Tony Marx, followed by dinner. And after the dessert and coffee there were book signings by this year’s Lions in the Astor Hall gallery at the Library entrance.
Jessye Norman
Tony Marx
Peggy Noonan
Harry Belafonte
Colm Toibin.
Patricia Duff, Richard Cohen, and Princess Firyal
Kathy and Billy Rayner Frankie Fitzgerald
Tom Wolfe
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter Elyse and Michael Newhouse
Tony Marx, Roxana Robinson, and Louis Begley
Zadie Smith, Henry Louis Gates, and Joan Hardy Clark
Ryan Shawhughes and Ethan Hawke Susan Cheever
Hilary Mantel
Carolyn Maloney Sherry Bronfman Ivana Lowell
Renata Adler
Caroline Herrera, Princess Firyal of Jordan, and Gil Shiva
Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise Salman Rushdie and Gin Boswick
Lionel Tiger
Walter Mosley and Louis Begley
Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney
Marie Brenner and Ernie Pomerantz
Christine and Stephen Schwarzman Lally Weymouth and Joe Cohen
Ray and Veronica Kelly
Vincent Piazza and Revell Schulte Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera
Carey Malone, Blaine Trump,Steve Simon, Desiree Gruber, and Kyle MacLachlan
Chuck Schumer and Louise Grunwald
Wait; there’s more. Last Wednesday, a week, The Museum of the Moving Image honored Warren Beatty at their annual gala, held this year at 583 Park Avenue. Our friend Jesse Kornbluth of HeadButler.com was there, and this is his report:

Warren Beatty is 79. He’s got his hair, but it’s gray, and his face is lined. Can it be? Does even Peter Pan grow old? 

Not so fast. For his new film, the soon-to-be-everywhere “Rules Don’t Apply,” Beatty wrote the script, produced and directed the movie, and plays Howard Hughes. (Who else has done that? Orson Welles.)
Warren Beatty, Alden Ehrenreich, Lee Grant, and Mandy Patinkin
That’s a huge commitment of energy, and it’s far from unique — he’s been the life force behind some of the greater films of the last half century: “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Shampoo” and “Reds.” What better year for the Museum of the Moving Image to pay tribute to Beatty? 

As the writer of the event, I’m tasked with helping the presenters and honoree with their remarks. A week before the event, I had a call with Beatty. I didn’t need to say that it’s been 18 years since his last film (“Bulworth”). I did mention that, on-screen and off, he’s a famously slow talker. 
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening Linda Janklow, John McEnroe, and Patty Smyth
BEATTY: Well, how long should I speak?

ME: Ten minutes, fifteen with the pauses. 

A silence followed. 

At the tribute, after the expected hemming and hawing, Beatty hit his marks.  But it was the presenters --- Annette Bening, Robert Benton, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Barry Diller, Lee Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Oliver Platt and Paul Sorvino --- who elevated Beatty to a Lord of Cinema.
Barry Diller and Warren Beatty
Benton told the story of Beatty, on his knees, begging Jack Warner to keep “Bonnie and Clyde” in theaters. Diller, recalling his early days in the mailroom at William Morris, told of being assigned to show Beatty a movie, screwing it up, expecting scorn --- and getting a lifelong friendship. Lee Grant shared what it was like to perform oral sex with Beatty under a blanket in “Shampoo.” And after Mandy Patinkin traced the presence of children in Beatty’s films, he suggested that Beatty’s family --- his 25 year marriage to Bening and their four children --- was his greatest work of art.

After that, what could Beatty say but “The way you talk about me ... let me put it this way: I like it.” 

Mandy Patinkin’s observation, I thought, was the most astute of the evening, mostly because it was exactly what I twigged after seeing “Rules Don’t Apply.” The film is set in the 1950s, with Beatty playing an aging Howard Hughes who’s operating in the suburbs of sanity.  But it’s not really about Hughes, Beatty says --- it’s about sexual repression and hypocrisy in the 1950s (and, if you consider recent events in politics, 2016). 
Robert Benton, Linda Janklow, and Warren Beatty
Sorry, Warren, but I vote with Mandy. “Rules” looks like an old-fashioned Hollywood movie, glossy and pretty, but in the 30 years since Beatty started thinking about this film, his life changed dramatically. Near the end, there’s a scene I won’t spoil, but I read it as Beatty/Hughes looking into his future: a lonely old age, dying in his own arms. That’s the future Beatty has been spared, and I flashed that “Rules” has morphed into a love letter to his wife --- and if you can’t cheer and weep for a late-life love story, really, friends, what will it take for you to reach for the Kleenex?
Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose
Peggy Siegal and Cindy Adams
Chuck Close and Linda Janklow
Anna Baryshnikov and Diana DiMenna Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Jamie Alter Lynton, Michael Lynton, Linda Janklow, Angela Janklow, and Jeff Stein
Gina Gershon and Elizabeth Callender Angela Janklow
Warren Beatty with Coralie Charriol Paul and friends
And finally, tonight, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) they are holding the “Breaking The Rules Gala” honoring Diana Widmaier Picasso and holding the New York City Premiere performance of Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham’s Rules of the Game with original score by Pharrell Williams, arranged and co-composed by David Campbell.  The performance will be followed by a Champagne dinner at the Lepercq Space at BAM. Michele Gerber Klein is the Gala Committee Chair.

Rules of the Gamewill also be performed on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th.

Photographs by BFA & Mary Hilliard (NYPL); Patrick McMullan (MMI)

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