Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Permanent Transience

Walking the Bridle Path. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Cooler day and evening, yesterday in New York. Beautiful early autumn weather, with occasional rains forecast over the next couple of days.

I did watch the “Debate” last night on CNN.com. I had been nervous about watching for no specific reason except anticipation of the unknown. In many ways there was nothing unknown about it. It was interesting to listen to, and in the first half hour I found myself laughing – not at either individual – but because there was a quality of a sitcom about the situation. Mrs. Clinton’s reactions to Mr. Trump’s remarks reminded me of Audrey Meadows when she played Alice Kramden. There will be two more of these debating events. I wouldn’t be surprised if the anticipation of them doesn’t garner the same intense interest.

Both here in the city as well as out east, the autumn season is underway. Out in Bridgehampton, BOMB Magazine and the Parrish Art Museum hosted a reading at artist Toni Ross’s large-scale installation, “Permanent Transience” on the grounds of Marders Garden Center on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton.

BOMB editor Betsy Sussler welcomed a standing room only crowd that included Parrish director Terrie Sultan. Bob Morris recalled mentor Edward Albee before reading a new meditation on his youth.  Jacqueline Weld read from her spirited biography of Peggy Guggenheim. Greg Hedberg described his recent discoveries about Degas. Candace Bushnell performed an a cappella reading from a new story -- the hilarious escapades of the daughter of an over-sexed reality star. Betsy Sussler closed the afternoon from a not yet published family saga.  Local Sweet'tauk Lemonade was served.
Bob Morris
Toni Ross, Ron Kaplan, Candace Bushnell, Corinne Erni, and Ursula Scherrer
Mona Hoppe and Victoria Herbert
Betsy Sussler, Toni Ross, Jacqueline Weld, and Anne Eisenhower Flottl
David and Sheila McLean
Dr. Gregory Hedberg and Margaret Hedberg
Fern Mallis, Bob Morris, and Candace Bushnell
Ivana Lowell
Jacqueline Weld with Wolfgang and Anne Eisenhower Flottl
Ron Kaplan and Toni Ross
Terrie Sultan and Christopher French
Tony Piazza
Last Wednesday night at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic celebrated the opening of its 175th Anniversary Season with a gala with a concert at David Geffen Hall with Alan Gilbert conducting. The program opened with John Corigliano's STOMP, followed by George Gershwin's Concerto in F, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, FROM THE NEW WORLD.
New York Philharmonic Opening Gala Concert
Jazz pianist Aaron Diehl performs Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F
Composer John Corigliano takes a bow following the New York Premiere of his piece STOMP for Orchestra
Toos N. and Hira Daruvala Vice Chairman Peter W. May and his wife Leni
Ben Vereen Gala Co-Chairs Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang
Mary J. Wallach and Carol D. Schaefer Mike Woods
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien and his wife, Rosie Jowitt Lola Kirke
Kate and Gary W. Parr
175th Anniversary Chair and Gala Co-Chair Daisy M. Soros Emilia Saint-Amand
Charles and Carol D. Schaefer, Didi Schafer, and Board Chairman Oscar S. Schafer
Thomas F. Widmann, Angela Chen, Allyson Tang, Shirley Young, and Simona and Claudio Zampa
Josh Groban, Bernadette Peters, Lola Kirke, and Michael Urie
Amanda Brainerd and Stephanie Sirota Joshua Lehrer and Producer Jeffrey Seller
Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons
Decor was provided by Van Vliet & Trap
Henry Kravis and Marie-Josée Kravis Gala Underwriters Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach
New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan with Opening Gala Concert soloist Aaron Diehl
Gala Co-Chairs Kristen and Alexander Klabin Music Director Alan Gilbert and his wife Kajsa William-Olsson
Karen LeFrak and Itzhak Perlman
Harold Mitchell AC and Honey Kurtz
Also the same night down at Cipriani Wall Street, Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and musical guests gathered and sipped Disaronno cocktails at Cipriani Wall Street for the honoring of Martin Scorsese with this year’s Friars Club Icon Award. Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Wilde, Jonah Hill, Sasha Baron Cohen and Vincent Piazza were among those attending to pay tribute to Scorsese, who became one of only seven recipients of the award. The Friar’s award was created specifically to acknowledge an individual whose work has made a global impact on the entertainment industry; and is/was widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers. Scorsese is that man.
Larry King, Jerry Lewis, and Friars Club Icon Award recipient Martin Scorsese
Upon receiving the award, Scorsese was presented with a limited edition bottle of Disaronno Riserva. Guests enjoyed toasting to the director.

Leo DiCaprio decided to go all out while honoring Scorsese, bidding $30k on a bracelet and watch combo worn by Victoria Beckham – the auctioneer egged the star up his bid by remarking that his initial bid was sad and only “the cost of half of one of his [DiCaprio’s] lines in a movie!”
Martin Scorsese and Jerry Lewis
Olivia Wilde honored Mr. Scorsese in an endearing speech, where she pitched him new female roles, one of which was Uber drivers, mimicking his film, “Taxi Drivers” in the most loving way.

Those who could not attend, such as Cate Blanchett, Tom Cruise and Jodie Foster made a tribute video for Scorsese, each sharing a personal message and story. Brett Ratner in his speech shared a story about how Scorsese answered questions for a class at NYU for which the professor gave him a D.
Jonah Hill, Brett Ratner, and and Leonardo DiCaprio
Sacha Baron Cohen and Brett Ratner
Jerry Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio
Anthony Anderson

Photographs by Julie Skarratt (NY Philharmonic); Richard Lewin (Parrish); David Alan Kogut (Friars Club)

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