Wednesday, June 15
That elusive Gwyneth Paltrow—we don’t see her nearly enough! What has she been up to, exactly, since that Shakespeare in Love Oscar? Oh, well, there is the email newsletter, and the cookbook, and all those, um, unexpected music performances at awards shows, and the Glee appearance. But, as Iron Man 3 is probably years away, we plan to commune with Our Lady of Perpetual Overextension at this year’s Bent on Learning gala, an event to benefit yoga education in New York public schools, where she’s the honoree. While we can’t help wondering if the whole thing isn’t a Cathie Black innovation, we’re all for it! Kids could take a lesson in physical fitness from Gwynnie—and a lesson in home economics, and a lesson in choral singing, and a lesson in foreign languages…
Bent on Learning Benefit, cocktails at 7pm, dinner at 8pm, Urban Zen Center at Steven Weiss Studio, 705 Greenwich Street, visit bentonlearning.org or call (646) 926-5768 for tickets and information.
Thursday, June 16
It’s neither as ritzy as the New York Film Festival nor as DeNiro-approved as the Tribeca Film Festival—it’s BAMcinemaFest! Yes, that movie theater at which Brooklynites can see Woody Allen films without having to venture into Manhattan has a film festival of its very own. The BAM crowd opens the festivities with Weekend—and, sorry, fans of Godard’s Week End, it’s more American pomo than French New Wave. The film, which deals with a gay pickup that leads to an unexpected, lifelong connection (don’t they always?), is followed by the opening night party at BAM, at which attendees can make a few connections of their own (Greta Gerwig and Mamie Gummer are expected). Later in the run, BAMcinemaFest will feature a live performance by the legendary artiste Genesis P-Orridge on June 23 and a burlesque show to celebrate French director Mathieu Amalric’s Tournée on June 24. Eat it, Sundance.
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue (Brooklyn), arrivals at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm with cast and crew, party to follow, for tickets visit bam.org.
Friday, June 17
Back to the Hamptons! We don’t just hop the jitney for those big galas—every now and then, we want something more intimate. Tonight brings a private dinner party for designers and the people who love them, hosted by design P.R. company Viola!~ (yes, that’s actually how it is punctuated). Haute Hamptonite interior decorators Larry Laslo and Barclay Butera will be on hand to advise us just where to put the Adirondack chairs on our summer house’s lawn and how big the cabbage roses on the couch should be. The whole thing goes down at East Hampton’s Fresno restaurant—which by the end of the night may be totally rearranged by the designers in attendance. Can we get a side order of feng shui?
Fresno, 8 Fresno Place (East Hampton), private event.
Saturday, June 18
Barbara Cook. Wow! Somehow, while other Broadway babies of her generation have ossified into caricature (no names, please!), Ms. Cook’s still cookin’ with gas. The lady is indefatigable, and still popular! The singer had a huge crowd of friends and fans at her 80th birthday…and that was in 2007. Don’t worry, she’s not anywhere near tired, or retired! Tonight marks the closing of her latest cabaret act, the isn’t-it-ironically-titled “You Make Me Feel So Young,” at Feinstein’s. But don’t worry if you can’t snag a ticket—she’ll be around forever!… Meanwhile, Central Park gets rainbow-bedecked with the kick-off rally for LGBT Pride Week. The cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert are performing (drag, right?). The old-school Imperial Court, those pre-Gaga performance artists who show up wearing tiaras and crown jewels to raise awareness—and eyebrows—will be there too, sweating through their silks. We’ll be bursting with pride—and hoping for a spot of shade to stand under!
Barbara Cook’s “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, 8pm and 10:30pm, visit feinsteinsatloewsregency.com for tickets; LGBT Pride Rally, Rumsey Playfield Central Park, 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, 3pm, free to the public, visit nycpride.org for more information.
Sunday, June 19
Last thing we remember, bright young things like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst were trying to overturn the art-world orthodoxy. (We’re still catching up on the past 20 years.) But we’ll adjust—today, a next-gen bad-boy gets served a solo show at MoMA’s PS1, as beloved 20-something art darling Ryan Trecartin unveils “Any Ever,” his New York debut. The Texan artist has grafted together a series of seven films, then linked the films through “networked viewing rooms”—don’t get lost!—via common themes apparent to those willing to watch all seven films in their entirety. The trailer for the film series, available at PS1’s website, shows a series of young women (“working child actors,” says PS1) in slathered-on bronzer speaking in artificially high voices and complaining that their timeshares “feel like prison.” Honey, don’t we know it.
Ryan Trecartin’s “Any Ever” opens at PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City), open 12pm-6pm.
Monday, June 20
Law and Theater
Ever since Law and Order left the airwaves—and, no, dear, the short-lived Los Angeles spin-off wasn’t the same—we’ve missed seeing that dear old aquiline Sam Waterston in our living room. What will the bantamweight D.A. look like in the flesh? And can we cross-examine him? These questions and many more shall be answered as Mr. Waterston appears in a staged reading of The Old Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The play stars Mr. Waterston as a venerable art historian defending his scholarly virtue against the corruption of the marketplace in pre-Fascist Italy. And how’s this for backstory? Mr. Waterston’s antagonist, Lord Duveen, was a real-life gallery dealer who ended up feeding over 100 works to the Met. Doink-doink!
The Old Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 7pm, call (212) 570-3949 or vist the Museum’s Great Hall box office or metmuseum.org/tickets for tickets and information.
Tuesday, June 21
Apparently there’s no better way to raise money for the city’s hungry than by throwing a big foodie bash (ironic, isn’t it?). Tonight’s Summer in the City event for Generation Harvest (the young, upwardly mobile professionals’ version of City Harvest) at the Metropolitan Pavilion features chow from Da Silvano (the chef Silvano Marchetto will be there!), Serafina, Sushisamba Park and Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. (a favorite of both Grand Central Station habitués and anyone who loves misplaced articles). For those who like paying top-dollar for lowbrow food—and it is a bit thrilling!—there’ll be franks courtesy of Bark Hot Dogs and golden crust courtesy of Golden Krust. Be sure to skip lunch—it’s all-you-can-eat!
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, VIP Hour at 6:30pm, tasting and silent auction at 7:30pm, sold out.
Wednesday, June 22
Tattoos? The only body adornment we’re likely to try on is a nice pair of cufflinks—after all, we won’t be stuck with them at 80 once they fall out of fashion! For the downtown crowd interested in such things, though, the Wooster Street Social Club (run by a guy who has inked Anthony Bourdain and Helena Christiansen) hosts a private fête—and we hear downtown icon Grandmaster Flash may man the D.J. booth. Also: Master graffitist Shepard Fairey’s lent his distinctive color-block artwork to the walls… The city of Naples has seen better days—its mob scene has been depicted in print and on film as the greatest threat to Italian democracy this side of Berlusconi’s hormones. But John Turturro, taking a break from, well, selling out (there, we said it!), stars in a romantic musical about life in the city, entitled Passione, debuting today at Film Forum. Got to love Naples without the big piles of garbage!
Wooster Street Social Club, 43 Wooster Street, 7:30pm, private opening; Passione at Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, visit filmforum.org for times and tickets.