Wednesday, April 6
Youth and Beauty
Ah, Karen Russell. Or, as the Swamplandia! author might render it, Karen Russell! Never has a young author provoked such envy since that little minx Freudenberger. (Is it a girl thing?) But back to Ms. Russell: The 29-year-old phenom was pegged as an under-40 author to watch on that queasiness-inducing New Yorker list last summer, and now it’s time to actually watch her–in a conversation with the novelist Kevin Brockmeier moderated by dreamy Granta editor John Freeman. Us, jealous? Why ever would you ask? … We’re all young once, of course. It used to be that all the hot things wanted to make movies. The old downtown gang is the subject of the new doc Blank City, opening today at the IFC Center. Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, among others, drop in to explain why they haven’t made a good flick since the 1980s.
Karen Russell, McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, 7 p.m.; Blank City at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, visit ifccenter.com for showtimes and tickets
Thursday, April 7
What do you get when your TV, the New York Philharmonic and Stephen Sondheim have a drunken threeway? A production of Sondheim’s Company starring Christina Hendricks, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert and Jon Cryer. (Charlie Sheen, alas, was busy rehearsing for his turn as Sweeney Todd.) Not everyone in the cast is a TV carpet-bagger: Patti Lupone gets the show-stopping “Ladies Who Lunch,” and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose plays Marta. It won’t be a walk in the park (with George) for the performers. Says Ms. Rose, “This feels plenty staged to me–with sweat running down the back of my neck! It’s not gonna be some cute little performance with a book in hand.” Thankfully, Ms. Rose assures us most of her co-stars have the requisite stage experience: “You don’t just jump into Sondheim. It’s like saying, ‘I’d love to do some crosswords. I’ll take the Times Sunday.'” Good luck, Mr. Colbert!
New York Philharmonic, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:30 p.m. (performances continue through Saturday), nyphil.org
Friday, April 8
Yale to the Chief
Boola-boola! It’s a Yalien invasion when the Ivy’s Glee Club celebrates its 150th anniversary with a concert at Carnegie Hall. Maybe it’s just an allergic reaction to New Haven, but boy, do these kids have spirit! So if you’re looking to meet a spouse who can bear you babies with a legacy advantage, this is the spot to be. We used to think glee clubs were dorky, but that was before a certain hit TV show came along. “I do watch Glee, but I think they’re more of a show choir than a glee club,” sniffed Emily Howell, club president. Duly noted–so yeah, still dorky! … One performer who doesn’t have a dorky bone in her body? Catherine Deneuve, that’s who. The Gallic stunner is celebrated tonight with a special screening of the new documentary Catherine Deneuve, belle et bien là, at the French Institute. Ms. Deneuve has been a star since the 1960s, and she’s still doing great work, as anyone who saw her smoke up a storm in A Christmas Tale can attest. The lady even made Repulsion attractive.
Yale Glee Club, Carnegie Hall, concert at 7:30 p.m., tickets at carnegiehall.org; Catherine Deneuve, Tinker Auditorium at French Institute, 22 East 60th Street, RSVP at email@example.com
Saturday, April 9
Hey, art world–enough with the white wine! It’s so damn civilized. If you really want to get those creative juices flowing, you need something a bit more festive (if not illegal!). How about beer? The RH Gallery’s latest installation-art piece, the Kunst Biergarten, is an indoor suds-haus inspired by the Munich-based artist Wolfgang Ellenrieder (how very Bavarian!), whose art is on view in the gallery. The Biergarten is meant to start a conversation about contemporary art, some of which one may need to be half-drunk to appreciate! The curators and critics invited were asked to submit possible conversation topics with their RSVP. Here’s a freebie from the Eight-Day Week: How many brews will it take before somebody stumbles into one of Mr. Ellenrieder’s gorgeous canvasses? Prost!
RH Gallery, 137 Duane Street, 5 p.m., invitation only
Sunday, April 10
Silence Is Golden
Want to pick up a Laurie Simmons print without getting out of your PJs? BAMart’s silent auction is quieter than most: Bidding for items by the likes of Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Cindy Sherman takes place largely online, making the charity ritual less like the game of sneaky one-upmanship we all know and love (watching people slink up to your coveted item is half the fun!) and more like the online auctions we’ve all been doing late at night for years, ending up with too many misshapen “vintage” cashmere sweaters in the bargain. Let your computer do the bidding for you and enjoy yourself at the reception, where Ms. Simmons and Carroll Dunham, honorary artist chairs of the auction, will sip cocktails and tell you about how very proud they are of filmmaker daughter Lena.
Peter Jay Sharp Building, Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby, 30 Lafayette Avenue (Brooklyn), cocktail reception 3-6 p.m., auction information at bam.org/auction
Monday, April 11
Colons and Canciones
Things could get a little awkward at tonight’s Ballet Hispanico spring gala, where perky-but-tough news diva Katie Couric is serving as the event’s cochair, and Dr. Jonathan LaPook will be on hand as a vice chair. (Other chairs of various types include Dr. Mehmet Oz, investor Roland Betts, former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack and Nora Ephron.) But back to awkward! Dr. LaPook–Couric completists will remember–was the same guy who gave the newscaster that famous on-air colonoscopy. The group will celebrate Ballet Hispanico’s 40th year and try not to giggle. … If you’re free for lunch (it’s Monday, live a little) drop in on the Matrix Awards, but be warned: Don’t take the red pill. If you do, you will discover the mind-bending truth: that the Matrix Awards have nothing whatsoever to do with Keanu Reeves. Instead, the ceremony honors women in communications. It will be hosted by the mistress of on-message and our new First Tablescaper Sandra Lee. Also: That irascible Rosie O’Donnell will present an award to her publicist, Cindi Berger. We’re betting on a Medal of Valor.
Ballet Hispanico Spring Gala, Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, cocktails at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:45 p.m., program to follow, call 212-362-6710 for tickets; Matrix Awards, Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, lunch begins at noon, tickets at nywici.org
Tuesday, April 12
Keith on Smiling
Keith Olbermann, you may recall, was a television announcer that yelled a lot, back when Howard Beale was on-trend. Then he left his gig to team up with Al Gore (a guy who never yelled enough). Mr. Olbermann’s new show on Current doesn’t start for a while, though, so he’s got time on his hands to tweet up a storm and moderate panels, like today’s Paley Center symposium on Ernie Kovacs, the pioneering television comedian who was actually Letterman back when Letterman was in rubber pants. Other panelists include comedian Robert Smigel of TV Funhouse and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog fame, and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In producer George Schlatter. Let’s hope Triumph shows up to hump Keith’s leg.
The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, 6:30 p.m., tickets at paleycenter.org
Wednesday, April 13
You know how Sandra Bullock was always the one you got when Julia Roberts was booked? That’s been the rep of Governor Deval Patrick: second-tier Barack Obama. How unfair! Anyway, Mr. Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts (hello? executive experience?), is publishing a memoir, A Reason To Believe, the title of which is a brazen refutation of the title of President Obama’s memoir, The Audacity of Hope. (You see, hard-nosed reason beats blind faith every time.) The governor is in New York today, where he’ll be meeting with well-wishers from the worlds of business and politics at-pass the mini-muffins!-a private breakfast. The gathering at Random House headquarters will be co-hosted by A Better Chance, the nonprofit organization that sent young Mr. Patrick to preparatory school. Money well spent, we’d say!
Random House, 1745 Broadway, 8 a.m., free books and breakfast for attendees, private event
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