Pooches get props! Some New Yorkers we know -we’re not naming names -were eerily unmoved when the Twin Towers were attacked and thousands of people died, and only broke down when they heard reports about the rescue dogs, with their little mittens, who helped look for survivors among the rubble …. Tonight, the fur flies as two- count ‘em, two ! -benefits go head-to-head to help the pooches. The USA cable network throws a “Tea and Biscuits” party and silent auction for the National Association for Search & Rescue Dogs , while the Bide-A-Wee folks have their own gala dinner dance to honor the rescue animals. Advantages of the USA event: The hosts are the mutt-
like Matthew Modine (actor-turned-socialite) and Peter Gallagher (eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows ), the venue is the American Park Restaurant in Battery Park (nice boost for the area)-and if we plug it hard enough, the USA network bigwigs might let us into their “special box” at the U.S. Open this year.
[Bide-A-Wee Have a Heart Gala Dinner Dance, the Pierre, Fifth Avenue and 61st Street, 6:30 p.m. reception, dinner to follow, 532-6395; Tea and Biscuits, American Park Restaurant, 1 Battery Park Plaza, 7:30 p.m., by invitation only, 917-351-8600.]
Galalternatives! Turn it on for the leathery media poobahs at the Museum of Television and Radio’s gala, whose Channel 13–esque theme is “New York on Television and Radio.” “We have some TV types coming,” said a publicist. “Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue, Paula Zahn , Phylicia Rashad and, you know, Regis and Joy! ” You could also put on a red frock and join social fixtures Sloan Barnett, Whitney Fairchild, Aerin Lauder et al. at a Valentine’s Day – themed cocktail reception thrown by Cartier for the chairpeople of the Bronx Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball . N.B.: We checked with the Garden, and it seems like the actual Ball-canceled for decorum’s sake after Sept. 11-may be back on ! Stay tuned … if you can stand it!
[Museum of Television and Radio gala, Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom, 301 Park Avenue, 6:30 p.m., 621-6753; cocktail reception honoring the New York Botanical Garden's Winter Wonderland Ball chairpeople, Cartier Boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue, 7 p.m., by invitation only, 940-4249.]
Book-party putsch ? So what if Marty Peretz sold a portion of the proudly liberal New Republic to a couple of scary Republicans -we still have The Nation , bless it! Today their Washington correspondent, John Nichols , lays out some pita and hummus to celebrate his new book, Jews for Buchanan , about all the things that went terribly wrong in the 2000 Presidential election. Meanwhile, a few blocks south, former television producer Paul Greenberg celebrates his debut novel, Leaving Katya , which he wrote after going through one of those “Russian phases” that seems to afflict a lot of Ivy League undergraduate males -those who don’t undergo an “Asian phase,” that is …. Bonus somewhat dirty excerpt: “The more I undressed her, the more foreign Katya seemed.”
[ Jews for Buchanan book party, Fez, 380 Lafayette Street, 6:30 p.m., by invitation only, 629-8081; Leaving Katya book party, at the firehouse of Downtown Community Television, 87 Lafayette Street, by invitation only, 7 p.m., 366-2425.]
Murdoch’s mayhem ! We hear the little clomp-clomp-clomp of models’ feet : It must be Fashion Week, the time when the city turns into one big high school -Spence, to be exact! … Tonight Lachlan Murdoch (Rupert’s spawn) and his wife, Sarah, throw a big-yet-exclusive party to celebrate the first issue of New York Post Fashion – can you feel the momentum? … Meanwhile, Yoni’s Pink Party! But wait – who is Yoni ? We made a few calls and found him: Yoni’s a 23-year-old Tel Aviv native and Dalton/New York University grad who has interned for Calvin Klein , modeled for Nan Goldin and been in Interview magazine. Here’s what Yoni told us about Fashion Week: “I think Fashion Week is cool, but I think that Fashion Week has kind of alienated itself from the culture of the city ; I think it’s too pretentious.” Yoni on his fête tonight: “The scene is very anything goes . You know, boys with boys, boys with girls, girls with girls, boys with boys who wanna be girls. You can wear pink Helmut Lang or pink Gucci or pink anything .”
[ New York Post Fashion party, Mercer, 99 Prince Street, 7 p.m., by invitation only, 228-5555; Yoni's Pink Party, Spa, 76 East 13th Street, 10 p.m., tell them you're on Yoni's list for free admission, 388-1060.]
Bagels with Bloomie! The new Mayor cuts the proverbial ribbon on Fashion Week with a breakfast reception benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ; afterward, there will be a preview of toy Mercedes-Benzes designed by famous people like Courteney Cox Arquette and Drew Barrymore (not Lizzie Grubman ?)-an inane promotional event, perhaps, but also a handy hint to Mr. Bloomberg to stop acting like he’s such a “man of the people” by taking the subway and just get in a car, for goodness’ sake. The last thing we need, after all, is the Mayor stuck in a stalled No. 6 train while trouble is happening aboveground ….
[Tent at Bryant Park, 41st Street and Broadway, 9:15 a.m., by invitation only, 917-351-8613.]
Diddy or Deco? Um, excuse me, girlfriends , we thought it was called “Fashion Week,” not “Fashion Week end “? … Today’s show of shows is Sean (P. Diddy) Combs’ fall men’s-wear collection (which reminds us: Is there a scientific explanation why alpha females like Jennifer Lopez and Cindy Crawford eschew “edgy” alpha males like Mr. Combs and Richard Gere to marry backup dancers and bartenders ?) Alternatively, ladies, don a turban (we dare you) for the Art Deco Society’s “Deco Heart” benefit, or just show up in some baggy, frayed chinos for the New York Road Runners’ “Club Night” (positively swarming with secret swingers ).
[Sean John, Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street, 8 p.m., by invitation only, 206-7447; Deco Hearts, La Belle Epoque, 827 Broadway, 7 p.m., 679-DECO; New York Road Runners' Club Night, Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue, 6 p.m., cocktails, awards and dinner to follow, 423-2284.]
Lizzie Grubman alert! The image-rehabilitation effort of the publicity princess continues apace …. She and her actress pal Tara Reid bounce-bounce -bounce onto the committee of a wholesome mid-morning basketball tournament in Chelsea that benefits Jacob’s Cure , a foundation for research into Canavan disease, a genetic brain disorder ….
[Jacob's Cure basketball tournament, Basketball City, Pier 63, 12th Avenue at 23rd Street, 11 a.m., 914-673-2796.]
Monday in the park with Marc? Nope! Marc Jacobs failed to get a park permit so his show will be at the Armory at Lexington Avenue and 27th Street. In the “girl power” category, there’s Betsey Johnson (wacky pigtailed lady), Carolina Herrera (neat freak, likes polka dots) and Cynthia Steffe , whom we didn’t really have a “handle” on, so we called her and she said: “There are a few things going on with fall-it’s very textural, it’s very rich, it’s very, very feminine. A little bit longer skirt. And a lot of lace inside; outside, appliqués inserted-it’s a lot of fun. Right now what I’m working on has sort of a Spanish flair on it, sort of tango-esque, very sexy, very hot.” ¡Olé! Anything else? “Last year, corduroy was very strong; this year, I think it’s going to still be extremely strong, even stronger. “
[All shows by invitation only: Cynthia Steffe, the Theater, Bryant Park, noon, 403-6229; Carolina Herrera, 501 Seventh Avenue, 17th floor, 1 p.m., fax 242-8415; Betsey Johnson, 498 Seventh Avenue, Showroom, 21st floor, 2 p.m., fax 625-1970; Marc Jacobs, Lexington Avenue and 27th Street, 9 p.m., fax 590-5101.]
Chinese New Year: It’s the Year of the Horse-and no, Vogue editors, we’re not talkin’ jodphurs …. Terrence Cheng, director of corporate Web-site marketing for rapidly shrinking Random House Inc ., is celebrating the New Year and his new novel, Sons of Heaven , inspired by the Tiananmen Square massacre, with authentic Chinese appetizers ( burp ) uptown. Bonus dirty excerpt! ” Elsie knelt before me and …. “
[Someone's fancy Central Park West apartment, 6 p.m., by invitation only, 207-7470.]
Eighties revival watch: Kenneth Cole (nice Westchester boy who married into the Cuomo family and made his fortune with clunky, late-80’s shoes that refuse to clomp away-not in that order) and Midnight Oil (Aussie band with big bald guy best known for its 1987 hit, “Beds Are Burning”) co-host the grand opening of another W New York hotel, plunking down in 100 percent Disneyfied Times Square, former home of the fleabag mattress. Oh, sure, there are fashion shows today, too-but by this point we’re frankly sick of the whole spectacle.
[1567 Broadway at 47th Street, 9 p.m., by invitation only, 659-3567.]
Props for pooches, part 2: The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show came and went yesterday (rent the peerless Christopher Guest mockumentary Best in Show for a primer) …. Today, a brigade’s worth of fisherman sweaters and walking sticks strides over to The Dog Show: Canines in English and American Literature , an exhibition of first editions, manuscripts and other archival records of the “literary dog” …. Photographer William Wegman , the Weimeraner obsessive, opens the festivities tonight with a few words. The collection includes Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles , Virginia Woolf’s Flush , Teddy Roosevelt’s Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter – what, no Think Thinner, Snoopy ?
[N.Y.U. Bobst Library, Fales Collection, third floor, 70 Washington Square South, 6:30 p.m., 998-2596.]