Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Different structures

Looking through the north bosque of bare winter trees in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 5:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017. It snowed yesterday in New York, starting in the early afternoon. A light snow, the kind where you could catch a few flakes on your glove and look at them up close to to see the miracle of their different structures.

The nabe yesterday afternoon.
A branch beginning to bud outside my window.
Although I didn’t do that. I didn’t have a lunch but had to run some errands. Outside it was just a kinda cold winter’s day, with some wet snow flaking floating through the air. Otherwise grey. The kind that makes you say to yourself out loud: “I’m depressed.” I did.

If I were to say that to a friend, I’d probably be asked: “why are you depressed?” And if I really truly were depressed, I might follow through with a detailed explanation. Mine was just the dead of winter, the neither- here-nor-there, like the lovely light snow that immediately dissolved on the pavements and roadways, just a reminder. Not a like a real Northeastern snowstorm. where it takes over the world outside, and you can feel like a kid again.

That’ll get you out of a depression for at least a few hours.

But alas, none of that. After taking the photo of the world outside my window, I asked myself what within my immediate realm could lift my spirits. Then I recalled Monday afternoon, seeing the branches of the tree outside my window, just beginning to sprout buds in the sun. They were early, compared to last year -- when I photographed them in their various stages of growth.

They made me think of the glories of Springtime just around the corner(ish); something wonderful to look forward to. Meanwhile, the “snow” was over by 4:30, and I got a close up of a branch beginning to bud outside my window. As well as the shot of the nabe late afternoon.

This has been Patricia Bosworth week in my life. Hers too, I am sure. I met her on Sunday night at Sette Mezzo when she was dining with Erica Jong and Ken Burrows, and her friend Douglas Schwalbe. Then Liz had a big column on Bosworth's new book on Monday's Diary.
Patricia Bosworth with her Sunday night dining partner Douglas Schwalbe (here they are in Italy).
Then on Monday night, Jill Krementz covered a book signing for Patricia at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, which we ran yesterday.

And then my friend Jesse Kornbluth, who went to the book party, wrote on his Headbutler.com site about the book.
Patti Bosworth photographed by Jill Krementz on Monday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
This is what you could rightfully call, no hyping, a money review:

“In the 1950s, Patricia Bosworth acted with the best, married the worst, and lost those she loved.” 

Patricia Bosworth and Albert Salmi in Howie on Broadway, 1959.
That’s the headline of the Los Angeles Times review of Patricia Bosworth’s memoir. It’s an eye-catcher — just as the function of the barker at the carnival is to get you into the tent, the function of a headline is to get you to read the review. And it’s accurate. Bosworth married a monster when she was an 18-year old freshman at Sarah Lawrence. When she was 20, her 18-year-old brother — and her best friend — killed himself. When she was 24, her father, a brilliant and celebrated lawyer who had spiraled into alcohol and drug addiction, fatally overdosed on his fifth suicide attempt.

But “The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan” isn’t just a memoir of ruin, survival and triumph. As the subtitle suggests, it’s actually two books in one. One is about perseverance and talent and raw courage — about art. The other is about love — really, about sex.

See what I mean? You order it yet?
Patricia with Tom Palumbo in a 1989 selfie.
Last week more than 200 people attended a private reception at the Neue Galerie in support of UN Women for Peace Association, and the non-profit's upcoming annual Awards Luncheon and 5th Annual March. Mika Brzezinski, Deborra-Lee Furness, Ronald Lauder were in attendance.

The evening began with cocktails and a private viewing of the Museum's galleries. Speakers included: Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (UNWPA's Board Chair); Barbara Winston (UNWPA's President); Michal Grayevsky (UNWFPA's Board of Advisors), and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC Television Host, Morning Joe).
Mika Brzezinski. Muna Rihani Al-Nasser.
Among the guests: Carole Haarmann Acunto, Karen Burke, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Marie Chatardová, Wendy Diamond, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Joanna Fisher, Olivia Flatto, Emily Frick, Andrew and Pamela Jacovides, Jana Jaffe, Elizabeth Kabler, Michele Gerber Klein, Sharon King Hoge, Patricia Kluge, Ronald Lauder, Daphne Merkin,  Lisa Niccolini, Ann Nitze, Jean Shafiroff, Stephanie Stokes, Marijcke Thomson (UNWFPA's Marches Co-Grand Marshall), Barbara Tober, Baroness von Langendorff, and Bruce Winston.

Each year, UN Women for Peace Association honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls. This year's honorees are Mrs. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcukva (Executive Director, UN Women); Deborra-Lee Furness (Co-Founder, HOPELAND);  Loreen Arbus (Loreen Arbus and The Loreen Arbus Foundation/The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation); David Batstone (President & Co-Founder, Not For Sale); and Dayle Haddon (Founder & CEO, WomenOne).
Olivia Flatto, Beatrice Pei, Stephanie Stokes, Barbara Winston, Charlene Haroche, Marijcke Thomson, Deborra-Lee Furness, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Xin Fu.
The annual Awards Luncheon will be held at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, March 10 in celebration of International Women's Day and will kick-off the celebrations for UNWFPA's march. 

UNWFPA invites you to participate in the 5th Annual March to Empower Women and to End Violence Against Women and Girls which will start at noon on Sunday, March 12th at Dag Hammaerskjold Plaza. President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, and his wife, Marijcke Thomson, have committed to being the Marches' Grand Marshals. Stand united with UNWFPA to End Violence Against Women, because, as yo uall well know, women's rights are human rights.  
Dayle Haddon, Mika Brzezinski, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Michal Grayevsky, and Barbara Winston.
UN Women for Peace Association seeks to promote and advance the goals of UN agencies that provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational and empowerment programs under the banner of a global peace building process. All of the proceeds go directly to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which aims to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services and programs to those affected by violence, and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on such violence.
Ann Nitze, Emily Frick, Harold Braun, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Ute Braun.
Louis Perlman and Julie Vacca. Michal Grayevsky, Barbara Winston, and Robin Kramer.
Barbara Winston, Marijcke Thomson, Dayle Haddon, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser.
Julie Vacca, Sana H. Sabbagh, and Liliana Cavendish. Dayle Haddon and Barbara Tober.
Daphne Merkin and Richard Johnson.
Jeremie Lahmi, Julia Lahmi, and Dan Lahmi.
Patricia Kluge and Bill Moses.
Michele Gerber Klein. Marijcke Thomson and Deborra-Lee Furness.
Ronald Lauder.
Sahar and Nawaf Salam.
Karen Burke and Loreen Arbus. Xin Fu and Beatrice Pei.
Shari Rollins, Bill Todt, Joanna Fisher, and Lisa Niccolini.
Ari Shapiro, Dan Rosenstein, Wendy Diamond, Brooke Milstein, and Yehuda Gurwitz.
While this past Saturday in the City of Brotherly Love, they held the 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball, Philadelphia's premier annual white-tie gala, celebrating the Academy of Music's iconic building's 160th birthday. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra along with special guest Martin Short, dazzled attendees during the concert.

It was a spectacular evening of music, dining, and dancing. The white-tie event began with an Open House reception before the Anniversary Concert at the Academy of Music. The Ball including dinner and dancing to the music of six bands followed at the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel.

Proceeds contribute to the restoration and preservation of The Academy of Music, a national historic landmark.
Academy Ball co-chair Harry Hill and his wife Louise with Philadelphia Orchestra vice-president Matthew Loden and Nancy and Michael Valucci.
Flo Celender wearing a Juan Carlos Pinera was the "Belle of the Ball". Academy Ball co-chair Georgiana Noll and her husband Eric.
Ayanna Haskin, David Alexander Jenkins, Nadia Patric, and Stuart Naiberg.
Ryan Kaysen and Katie Clemm wearing Jovani. Elisabeth Cooke, Molly Rouse Terlevich, and Clarissa Pugh.
Carl Wittig, Anabel and Ellie Lewis, Tom Kane, and Joanna McNeil Lewis.
Brandon Morrison and Stacey Kracher. Regina Tuchinsky and Alexander Mason Hankin.
David Burnett, Vincent Curran, Kali Curran, William and Jennifer Wermuth, Phil Hahn, and Lindsay and Ian Petropoulos.
Justin Jeffers and Kristin Detterline. Mark Nicoletti and his daughters Megan, Francesca, and Sophia.
Saby Bose, Jessica Annas, Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and Chris Annas.
Dr. Nina Radcliff, Stephanie Phelps, Eileen Xu, and Angie Eileen. Ian Michael Crumm, Alisa Frederico, and Mike Jerrick.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (UN) & Susan Scovill (Academy of Music).

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