Live Out Loud held a festive benefit @ Clodagh for The Homecoming Project, a program that brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders back to their high schools to share their personal stories and life lessons with today’s students. Oscar winner Lance Black ("Milk") was on hand and answered questions about the documentary film about his experiences returning to his high school, which made a lasting impression on thousands of students which is inspiring other schools. Photography: Barry Gordin
Randie Levine-Miller presented DIVONIGHT, a splendid musical evening of only male vocalists, at The Friars Club. Some of the finest Broadway and Cabaret performers in the business including Frank Basile, Tom D’Angelo, Zero Mostel (aka Jim Brochu!), Martin Vidnovic, Len Cariou, John De Marco, Myles Savage, Sal Viviano and Paul Chamlin performed to an appreciative packed house. Randie not only hosted this terrific show, but added a little spice by singing as well. Look for more of these wonderful evenings, which Randie produces at The Friars Club.
Jamie deRoy & friends performed The OSCAR SHOW !!! at Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, on Sunday February 28 at 6pm. Jamie’s standout revue of Academy Award winning songs and movies has become a popular annual happening starring John McDaniel, Peter Sachon,Terri White, Gregg Edelmanm Christina Bianco, Bonnie Langford, Larry Gatlin and the incmparable Jame deRoy. The show was Directed by Barry Kleinbort and Musical Direction by Lanny Meyers. Photography: Barry Gordin
Edward Albee, a two time t, hosted an intimate private/cocktail party in his enormous art-filled loft dominated by 90-100 pieces of African art. They are displayed in dynamic juxtaposition with adventurous contemporary art that he has been accumulating for around five decades. Most of the pieces were not high priced when he acquired them and many were gifts from the artists themselves, but today several of the artists, like Chagall and Milton Avery are renowned. Early on the 80 year old playwight, who has won two Tonys and two Drama Desk Awards, developed an enthusiasm for African masks and sculpture in general, which began his journey.
Guild Hall of East Hampton held their 25th anniversary Lifetime Achievements Awards Dinner at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York. The annual event, a highlight of Guild Hall’s social season, honored film director Bob Balaban, playwright Marsha Norman and visual artist Richard Prince. Also recognized at the celebratory evening hosted by comedian Angela LaGreca were Susan and Alan Patricof for their leadership and philanthropic endeavors. Photography: Barry Gordin
LIVE OUT LOUD’S 1st Annual Fundraiser was held at the magnificent home of Bruce T. Sloane in East Hampton’s Grace Estate. Guests enjoyed cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous silent auction and dancing overlooking the water at a gorgeous sunset. The evening benefited LIVE OUT LOUD, a Non-Profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT professionals in their Community. Bravo! For more information: www.liveoutloud.info
Alan Alda and Joy Behar performed to a sold out audience at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor showcasing a very special evening of comedy and conversation. Alan Alda, actor, director, and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV series M*A*S*H joined Daytime Emmy Award-Winning comedian, writer, actress Joy Behar, a co-host of "The View" for a marvelous evening. These two sensations had everyone laughing the second they hit the stage at a special benefit to support Bay Street. Well done!
Jennifer Muller in partnership with Ross School presented "Twilight in the Garden of Hope," a marvelous program five dance excerpts from "Tub," "Path," Walking It Off," "Bench," and the glorious finale "Momentum." Fifteen dancers from Muller’s NYC based dance company, The Works, who routinely perform around the world, danced on the lawn of Rory Riggs’ Further Lane estate in East Hampton.
Special guest Van Jones, who serves as President Obama’s special advisor for Green Jobs, on the White House Council for Environmental Quality spoke to 120 quests at the Riverkeeper’s first annual Hamptons EcoSalon benefit hosted by Joan & George Hornig at their Water Mill Estate. The group including Lorraine Bracco, James Lipton and Karim Abdul Jabar were treated to a brief environmentally focused program led by ardent Riverkeeper supporter Christie Brinkley, Hudson Riverkeeper and President Alex Matthiessen.
The Ocean View Art Center and guest co-host ACA Galleries of New York presented a selective retrospective of Jan Sawka at the Principi Art Barn, 551 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Sawka, a renaissance man of our times was part of the Polish Poster “School” of the 1960’s and 70’s and was well known for his set designs for avant-garde theater of that era. In the mid-1980’s he established himself on the gallery scene of New York as well as continuing his set design work with renowned NYC theater companies. After 1991, he shifted his focus toward Asia collaborating with Japanese experts and turning his focus to multi-media projects.
Guild Hall Presented Private Lives Revealed: The Letters Of Noel Coward, a musical revue written and hosted by Barry Day and starring Steve Ross with Edward Hibbert, Dana Ivey and Stepfanie Morse in the newly renovated John Drew Theater.
Evidence Dance Company, presented the 6h Annual “ON OUR TOES” in the Hamptons, a benefit dance performance in Watermill at the home of Bernard H. Jackson & Joyce Mullins-Jackson. Emceed by Rene Syler the smashing afternoon featured Ron Brown and dancers from Evidence.