Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gifts to the community

Looking south across Sheep Meadow in Central Park. 4:45 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017. A sunny day, yesterday in New York, with temperatures in the mid-60s, dropping to the mid-40s by late evening. Spring is really beginning to show itself. The cherry trees are out on the islands along Park Avenue to cheer the season on. JH stopped to smell the roses (well, the tulips) ...
The Cherry trees along Park Avenue ...
And the newly bloomed Eastern Redbuds in Central Park ...
Last night at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House held its annual benefit. This Upper East Side organization, started in 1894, is an extraordinary gift to the community. It is all-inclusive with its programs to all ages, providing much needed services as well as providing hundreds of meals everyday to its “members.” It’s a real miracle on East Seventieth Street.
This benefit draws a big crowd (500 this year) many of whom are Upper East Siders and even neighbors. The theme of this year’s was “All That Glitters” and they honored Geoffrey Bradfield and John Manice for their Outstanding Leadership and Support. The main attraction is the designer tables. That’s where you see the All That Glitters. They are all amazing. You can’t turn from one of them without taking it all in first. That’s the fun of it, too.

I got some photos of a few of them. But we’ll have more on the great evening on Friday’s Diary.
The crowd taking in the tables before dinner.
On monday night at Cipriani, Dee and Paul Sorvino and their friends Mykalai and Veronica Kontilai co-hosted a dinner for the Sorvinos’ "Pinot, Pasta and Parties" cookbook.

This is no ordinary cookbook. The Sorvinos love to cook and they love to entertain, making their guests happy with home cooked meals that they prepare with ease and pleasure.  Paul told the guests Monday night that a lot of the recipes (there are more than 80) are Neapolitan originals, many of which have never been published before. It’s Italian through and through, from Meatballs to Marinara with classic sauces and even Paul’s pizza dough and Italian popcorn.
Besides the recipes and menus, the book is full of stories about the authors and their lives. Paul began his acting career in a kindergarten play when he was five — “I remember my lines to this day: ‘I am Paul. Paul oatmeal. True of heart and true of soul, put me in your breakfast bowl.’” 

Click to order "Pinot, Pasta and Parties."
Paul is also a singer of opera, if you didn’t know. In the book he tells the story of his mother’s talent and how she was offered a scholarship at Juilliard. Although her parents, who were wealthy Italians, did not like the idea. Nevertheless when she grew up, she became a music teacher, so the boy Paul grew up with music all around him all the time.

He still takes lessons to this day, and Monday night after explaining to us that the word “marinara” means sailor boy in Italian, he sang an aria about a marinara. He then sang another famous area: “'O Sole Mio.” The entire restaurant roared with applause and cheering when he finished. It was that kind of a night, and probably a taste of what it is like to be a guest at the Sorvinos dinners at home.

It should be mentioned that besides his musical, culinary and famous acting talents, Paul is also an internationally known sculptor.

At table Monday night: Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, Paul Haggis, Hill Harper, Steve Schirripa, Elettra Wiedemann, Carol Alt, Richard Kind, Alexandra Agoston and Chris Colls, Gretta Monahan and Ricky Paull Goldin, Debbie Bancroft, Kiera Chaplin, Genevieve Barker, Jake Davies, Alex Lundqvist, Bettina Zilkha Jerry Della Femina and Judy Licht, Lisa Ramos, Audrey Blondin, Camilla Olsson, Jackie Astier, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Jennifer Creel, Alejandra Cicognani, Zachary Weiss, and Emma Downey.
Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino at Cipriani on Monday night.
More talent revealed. Two weeks ago on Thursday, at the Howard Greenberg Gallery at 41 East 57th Street, there was a reception for an exhibition of the photographs of Judy Glickman Lauder.

The exhibition, which runs through May 20th, Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Glickman Lauder, features the artist’s recent work, subtle and poetic self-portraits and abstractions in dreamlike settings and distilled urban landscapes.

Over the past five years, Glickman Lauder has worked using only natural light to capture reflections and shadows that become abstractions often including self-portraits that are slightly hidden, some revealed only upon closer examination.
The large prints are drenched in color, with intricate patterns and intriguing perspectives. The series represents a transition for the photographer: “My work in color has sent me in another direction — one of exploration and of introspection,” she notes.

Glickman Lauder, whose career began in the 1970s, is best known for black-and-white images relating to the Holocaust over several decades, and the exhibition also includes a selection. Her work from travels to Cuba in 2003 are also on view. Her photography, which has been exhibited extensively at more than 150 major museums and galleries, will be seen this fall in the Jewish Museum’s Masterpieces & Curiosities: Theresienstadt Bracelet exhibition.
Guests moving through the exhibition.
She is represented in more than 300 private collections nationally and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art; The Jewish Museum, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; Denver Art Museum; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Mrs. Lauder also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Museum of Art and is a member of both the Getty Museum Photographs Council in Los Angeles and the Photographic Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 
Howard Greenberg, Adam Weinberg, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Leonard Lauder.
Joining the artist and her husband Leonard Lauder at the opening were Adam Weinberg, Richard Armstrong, Darius Himes, Howard Greenberg, Magda and Edward Bleier, Mary Lentz, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Marigay McKee, Bill Ford, Carol Friedman, Russ Titelman, Zmira Zilkha, Carole Englander, Eva Virsik, Toshi Shimara, Linda Carter, Peter Kunhardt, Jr., Sophie Coumantaros, Blair and Ronald Weintraub, Donald and Vera Blinken, Andrew Frackman, Nicolette Donen, Vince Aletti, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Constance Spahn, Kevin Conley, Jo Carole Lauder, Barbara Tober, Myra Biblowit, Joan and George Schiele, Eva Virsik, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Claudia Gould, Claudia Nahson, Emily Braun, Susan Silver, John Demsey, Deborah Krulewitch.
Claudia Gould, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Claudia Nahson.
Larry Leeds, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Maurice Sonnenberg.
Linda Carter and Paula Root.
Judy Glickman Lauder and Emily Braun.
Susan Silver, John Demsey, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Deborah Krulewitch.
Elaine Wolfensohn, Ellery Gordon, and Alice Momm.
Barbara Tober taking in the exhibtion.
Toshi Shimara, Eva Virsik, and Judy Glickman Lauder.
Judy Glickman Lauder and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans.
Patrick McMullan setting up the shot of Judy Glickman Lauder, Howard Greenberg, Deborah Norville, and Karl Wellner.

Photographs by Leah Rae Zimmerman (Lauder)

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