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.
A spirited revival of the light hearted musical Dames at Sea opened at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday August 15. Directed smartly by Ray Roderick the evening is a campy delight that is sure to keep audiences laughing with glee. The gifted ensemble performs the broad style of the 1968 award winning show with an abandoned merriment that is a joy to behold. Every member of the talented cast sings beautifully and they execute Shea Sullivan’s dynamic choreography with energetic enthusiasm.
The ART of FASHION in the HAMPTONS, a stylish installation inspired by Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof, celebrated the design trends of Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Elie Tahari, and Vera Wang at Guild Hall. The international luminaries all showed up for a fabulous evening of high style at the 2009 Summer Gala sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. The dinner afterwards at the magnificent estate of Tony Igrao and Randy Kemper featured music by Peter Duchin and his Orchestra, as well as a live auction with the renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury Photography: Barry Gordin
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters launched its 25th anniversary season with the world premiere of A LifetimeBurning by Cusi Cram directed by Pam MacKinnon and featuring Jennifer Westfeldt, Christina Kirk, Raul Castillo and Isabel Keating. Cram’s imaginative new play is the first in a season of three new works that celebrate the female playwright. The story about a privileged woman who writes a false memoir for a hefty advance is billed as a dark comedy and will run through Saturday September 5th, 2009. Tickets are available at Ticket Central by calling 212- 279-4200 or online @ www.ticketcentral.com