Sultry and tropical it was not, but guests taking refuge at The Bowery Hotel on Wednesday evening were transported to warmer climes for The African Rainforest Conservancy’s 23rd Annual Artists for Africa Benefit. Shindigger dined at the table of executive director Whitney Larkin, who helped champion the effort of raising funds for grassroots community development Read More
Into Thin Heir
On December 16, 2013, New Yorkers attended the 8th Annual Charity Ball to benefit Charity Water.
It was an eclectic bunch (including Princess Beatrice of York, David Lauren and Tony Hawk) that turned up to lug 40 lbs. jerry canisters of water across a 64ft. Waterwalk runway at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn’s Navy Read More
Fulfilling his father’s dream, comedian Nick Kocher went on a family trip up Mount Kilimanjaro. One of them almost didn’t make it down. Read More
I was working at a luxury lifestyle magazine when the Red Rooster opened in January 2011 on Lenox and 125th. Soon after, the magazine’s editor, a small orange jabberwocky besotted with wealth, burst into my cubicle in a state of extreme excitement. “I’m obsessed. Completely obsessed,” he said in a marble-mouthed grumble. “Finally, a reason to go to Harlem. I love it!”
It’s not every day that you discover a makeshift organic fruit and cider farmer’s market stand outside a fashion show. But that’s precisely what had been constructed outside Skylight at Moynihan Station at EDUN’s spring 2013 runway presentation this past Saturday afternoon. Breezy Hill Orchards of Staatsburg, New York was stocked with the dozens of varietals of pears and apples freshly picked. Before the show, sweaty fashion editors, stylists and buyers could take a refreshing sip of apple cider. It was a smart pairing considering that Edun, which was founded by Ali Hewson and U2’s Bono, works with African manufacturers to give them an economic boost. Naturally the majority of attendees beelined it to their seats, but The Observer gulped down a bottle before the show.
It’s amazing what a few years in the Rhodesian army will do to a man’s reputation.
“If the world was ending, I would head straight for Peter Godwin,” said André Bishop, the artistic director at Lincoln Center Theater.
Mr. Bishop recalled an episode during a holiday in Mexico when the car he was in with Read More
Michael Apted’s 49 Up continues and possibly concludes the most remarkable chronicle of a slice of humanity in the history of cinema. This is to say that I cannot possibly imagine what more Mr. Apted can glean from people he has known since their childhoods without venturing too deeply into the morbid realms of intimations Read More
Ryan Fleck’s Half Nelson, from a screenplay by Mr. Fleck and Anna Boden, plunges us into an inner-city junior high school in Brooklyn, with all its Marxian-dialectical rhetoric blazing away at the comparatively timid, superintendent-mandated civil-rights curriculum. At least, this is the pedagogical approach of Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling), the school’s parlor-pink, crack-addicted white instructor. Read More
The March Harper’s carries a piece by Celia Farber, who has written about AIDS—and HIV denialists such as Peter Duesberg—for 20 years. Says today’s New York Times: Ms. Farber says that neither she nor Harper’s endorse Dr. Duesberg’s position, but that she is simply reporting on an unpopular view. “People can’t distinguish, it Read More
Sorry to harp on this, but another point on the claim in the Times this morning that the Bloomberg campaign targeted not traditional demographics but “thought-based” groups:
Which thought-based group, exactly, was the target of a widely mailed flyer, colored in the green, yellow, and red associated with Africa, that was headed by Read More