Cheap white wine and guys in Hugo Boss suits sucking in their stomachs? Yep, th e National Magazine Awards are handed out today at a boozy lunch at the Waldorf-Astoria; lots of grumbling about blogs in the bog. Meanwhile, who says there’s no future for a guy who designed the “Models Suck” T-shirt? Shawn Regruto enters the Tribeca Film Festival with his first feature , Point & Shoot , which tells the story of a fashion photographer named Shawn and his complicated love affair with model Athena Curry. The usual suspects abound: future Estonian E.U. representative and chess marvel Carmen Kass (left), shutterbug Patrick McMullan , designer Betsey Johnson et al. Of course it probably didn’t hurt that one of the movie’s producers is Jamie Patricof , whose aunt happens to be the festival’s head honcho, Jane Rosenthal . Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
[39th Annual National Magazine Awards, Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., by invitation only; Point&Shoot gala premiere, Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, 9:15 p.m., by invitation only.]
Mother’s Day is three days away , but the city is bursting with brainy broads today. First, wolf down some waffles at the “Celebrating Women” breakfast hosted by Candice Bergen (who should play Martha Stewart in the movie). Tennis genius Billie Jean King , former Texas governor Ann Richards and Liz (“I looooved The Alamo !”) Smith give out over a million dollars in grants to local chicas . Then, when you get hungry for lunch, traipse to Tavern on the Green for a “Women Who Care” luncheon to benefit the fight against cerebral palsy. Diane Sawyer and Helen Gurley Brown help hand out prizes to women who’ve distinguished themselves professionally or privately (seems Melania Knauss did both, so why isn’t she getting a prize?). Meanwhile, mid-masthead Vogue editors slip into the latest spring schmatte (bright colors, homeless-chic) for “Where Fashion Meets Art,” an arty fashion scrum spread out over 29 Madison Avenue blocks (45 boutiques throw simultaneous receptions, everyone gets drunk , someone makes a scene at Dolce & Gabbana … ). Everyone congeals at the big granite Whitney Museum for a splashy after-party with a high sylph contingent: Kim Cattrall , Deborah Norville , Gillian Hearst Shaw , Cornelia Guest and accessoreiress Elisabeth Keiselstein-Cord . Speaking of cords , tighten the ones on your bustier and head downtown, where Lisa Wood Shapiro will read to you from her mammary memoir, How My Breasts Saved the World . “It’s Curb Your Enthusiasm meets motherhood,” she told us, modestly, from Cobble Hill. “I just thought I had it all together. I dressed well as a pregnant woman , and I know this makes no sense, but I thought, ‘This mom thing-I’m going to be a natural. I can’t wait to get back to work!’ But I was completely floored and sucker-punched by the learning curve-no pun intended.” A former TV producer, the 34-year-old now writes full time while caring for a 3-year-old daughter and a year-old baby boy. She told us she was about to go to Barneys -guess hubby pulls down some Big Daddy bucks!-to buy some new lingerie and added, “The hospital handout said to soothe engorged breasts with chilled cabbage leaves.”
[Celebrating Women breakfast, Hilton Hotel, 1335 Sixth Avenue, 7:30 to 9 a.m., 212-414-4342, ext. 15; Women Who Care luncheon, Tavern on the Green, Central Park West at 67th Street, 11 a.m., 212-683-6700, ext. 205; Where Fashion Meets Art, Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th streets, 6 to 9 p.m., after-party at Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 9 p.m. to midnight, 212-671-5305, http://www.whitney.org; How My Breasts Saved the World , Barnes and Noble, 396 Avenue of the Americas, 7:30 p.m., 212-674-8780.]
The movie Mel Gibson doesn’t want you to see: Sister Rose’s Passion , a documentary about a Catholic nun, Sister Rose Thering , who helped convince the Second Vatican Council to repudiate charges of deicide against the Jewish people, is screened tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. (P.S.: Sister Rose is still kickin’, as a distinguished professor emerita at Seton Hall University.) If you’re one of those guys in your mid-30’s who collects comic books and keeps a Game Boy under your bed , curl up in the cool darkness of Film Forum (the thinking person’s Angelika) for a screening of the original Godzilla . At Webster Hall (Mecca for underage college girls and the overage Hoboken men who lust after them), the man Liv Tyler called “Dad” until she was 12- Todd Rundgren -bangs the drum with the Liars.
[ Sister Rose’s Passion , 9:30 p.m., UA Battery Park Stadium 11, 102 North End Avenue; Godzilla , Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, call 212-727-8110 for show times; Todd Rundgren and the Liars, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 8 p.m., 212-353-1600.]
Aggressive moms set their strollers on “four-wheel cry” and roll past the Crafts on Columbus tchotchke fair. Or, if you like it raw, learn how to prepare ceviche, sashimi and other still-wigglin’ seafood in a class taught by Daniel Angerer , the executive chef at fresh. (uncapitalized AND always ends in a period, if you can believe it). Here’s what Mr. Angerer told us: “It’s always important to have a trusted source for freshness. My menu for tomorrow is always decided at the end of the day, when I talk to fisherman and see what they’ve brought in. Hence the name ‘fresh.’! How can you do really fresh food when your menu doesn’t change all year round? Everything has its seasons. Right now it’s Alaskan king salmon . Soon it’ll be beautiful, gigantic tuna!”
[Crafts on Columbus, Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st streets, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 212-866-2239; Cooking class, fresh., 105 Reade Street, noon to 3 p.m., 212-727-2220.]
‘Tis Mother’s Day, that holiday when some moms go on and on about how long they were in labor even when you were adopted …. There’s a Mother’s Day Festival in midtown, which will be exactly the same as yesterday’s fair, but with more strollers and doting dads. Keep an eye out for our city reporter, who likes to strap on his “man papoose” to tote his tyke around. At Makor -the Upper West Side’s naughty answer to the 92nd Street Y-there’s a Mother’s Day Jazz Luncheon. “Seating extremely limited,” reads the invite, and you know what that means: laps !
[Mother’s Day Festival, Lexington Avenue at 42nd through 57th streets, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 212-809-4900; Mother’s Day Jazz Luncheon, Makor, 35 West 67th Street, 1 to 3 p.m., 212-415-5452.]
Before another silly summer gets under way, this town is still swooning with smarties . Vagina Monologue ster Eve Ensler and Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi volunteer their work to be read by saucer-eyed Iranian temptress Shohreh Aghdashloo (below) and the just plain great Swoosie Kurtz aspartofthe P.E.N.Foreign Exchanges program. Skip down theroadtothe Fifth Annual Dramatists Guild Fund Gala Dinner , hosted by Time style and designs editor Kate Betts and playwright Wendy Wasserstein . Or catch the tail end of Helly Nahmad’s gallery opening of a new Kandinsky exhibit: Sounds of Colours . Pop some Schoenberg in your iPod and everything will fall into place.
[P.E.N. Foreign Exchanges, featuring Eve Ensler and Azar Nafisi, the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, 7 p.m., 212-334-1660, ext. 111; Dramatists Guild Fund Gala Dinner, Hudson Theater, Millennium Broadway, 145 West 45th Street, 7 p.m., by invitation only; Sounds of Colours , Helly Nahmad Gallery, 975 Madison Avenue, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., by invitation only.]
Now that The New York Times has finally discovered South Park -and heartily congratulated itself for doing so-come see Chef (a.k.a. Isaac Hayes ) as he croons at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill tonight. For those who can’t stand the heat , the Chelsea Art Museum has model Shalom Harlow , rocker Moby , actor Liev Schreiber (in absentia) and a gaggle of hip young things hosting a benefit for The Kitchen . Liev won’t make it : He’s blissfully stuck in Prague, where he’s preparing to direct the movie version of Everything Is Illuminated . If you’re never making it downtown , head up to the 92nd Street Y for the GiftofGameforGirls ,where Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug , Olympic heptathelete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and WNBA All-Star Teresa (The Spoon) Weatherspoon hang out with sports psychologists and nutrition consultants to raise money for the Y’s Youth Athlete Scholarship Fund.
[50th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, 6:30 p.m., 212-255-8455; Take Off!, The Kitchen’s Junior Council Launch, Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, 8 to 11 p.m., 212-255-5793, ext. 29; the Gift of Game for Girls, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 6:45 p.m., by invitation only.]
Esquire ‘s Papa Smurf, David Granger , has hired a new Smurfette to serve as fashion director. His name is Nick Sullivan, and tonight Mr. Granger-still glowing from all those Ellie nominations-throws a welcome affair in the slick penthouse of the Hotel Gansevoort. Watch for senior editor A.J. Jacobs to do his lewd “Banana Man” dance . Meanwhile, every time we start to feel good about ourselves , we interview someone like 28-year-old Dustin Thomason , who graduated from Harvard in ’98 after winning the Hoopes Prize for undergraduate writing, and then went on to receive his M.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia. Now he’s co-written a book called The Rule of Four . Plot: Two Princeton seniors decipher the Hypnerotomachia ‘s riddles, uncover its secrets, endanger their lives and still have time to hit the eating clubs! So what is this Hypner -business anyway? “It’s a text that was published in 1498 or ’99, written in seven different languages and contains a bunch of illustrations, ” Mr. Thomason told us. “It’s a very ethereal, dreamy text about a man’s journey as he seeks the woman that he’s in love with, and his obsession with nature and architecture. There are racy parts, too-like at one point, he’s actually having sex with a building.” Tonight, Mr. Thomason reads from the book with his co-writer and childhood best friend, Ian Caldwell, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton. “Our senior year of college, Ian and I had the notion to try to write a thriller mixing history and the present day,” said Mr. Thomason. “Then we learned about the Hypnerotomachia , and it sounded like the perfect subject. This was back when Ian was taking a Princeton seminar called ‘Renaissance Art, Science and Magic.'” Gotta love the Ivy League.
[ Esquire party, Hotel Gansevoort, penthouse, 18 Ninth Avenue, 7 to 10 p.m., by invitation only; The Rule of Four reading, the Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue, 6 p.m., 212-831-3554.]