Backstage at Madison Square Garden’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit, a double-amputee veteran waited with his mother, as he prepared to go onstage to fulfill his—and probably many other people’s—lifelong dream of playing backup for Bruce Springsteen. Nearby stood a 76-year-old man with one eye clouded over with a diabetic cataract. That man approached the veteran and said, “What happened to you?”
“I lost them in the war,” the young man replied, referring to his lower legs.
The old man fixed his good eye on the veteran and patted him twice—thump, thump!—on the thigh. “Oh yeah, you lost them?” he grinned. “Well, where did you put them?”
A moment of silence passed. And then another. And then the man’s mother began to laugh.
As we sloshed, caked with snow flurries, into the Mandarin Oriental for the 2012 Phoenix House Fashion award dinner last Wednesday evening, we couldn’t determine whether it was the way-too-early winter outside, the Sandy-forced relocation or the early start after an endless election season, but at first glance, things looked a bit quiet. (In retrospect, we appreciated the venue upgrade, considering it was originally slated to take place at Pier 60.)
“Well there’s Linda Fargo, at least …” we uttered to a weary-eyed publicist as she sashayed passed us in a crisp black sheath dress, before we sauntered downstairs to cocktail hour.
Below, on the 35th floor, the considerably more lively and notable fashion crowd imbibed, heedless of the blizzard-like winds that howled without mercy on the commoners struggling to get around Columbus Circle.
With the exception of Glenda Bailey, this didn’t feel like a typical fashion event; nay, it was considerably more corporate—a bit cliquey, but not necessarily in a bad way. Dashing executives (well mostly dashing) in flamboyant tailored suits sipped scotch and red wine, while a more demure population of women squawked about recent highs and lows.
The second half of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival slate was revealed today, with Spotlight screenings of Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York (her follow-up to 2 Days in Paris, costarring Chris Rock), Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken With Plums, and Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in the story of the invention Read More
That we-don’t-know-what-to-call-it Broadway play starring Chris Rock (the Tony announcers called it The Mother With the Hat, which is an apt descriptor of Queen Elizabeth if not a brazenly funny drama about drug addiction, recouped its investment, as was announced today. The presence of Mr. Rock surely helped (or–did they? Plenty of superstars don’t Read More
Two major A-list stars open movies this weekend, but judging from the product, you’ll probably want to see Toy Story 3 again. Here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Knight & Day
What’s the story: We know Hollywood loves remakes, but was it really necessary to take another swing at Killers so soon after Read More
In mid-October, about three weeks to go before election night, Barack Obama found himself in the classy old Metropolitan Club on 66th Street with a group of his top New York fund-raisers.
He told them there was “extraordinary expertise” in the room. “Who knows?” he said. “There might be some of you Read More
Former Life Magazine managing editor Bill Shapiro sent the above cover of the magazine from September 2004 (left) to Jim Romenesko’s blog as a nod to Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whom many have noted resembles Tina Fey.
Media Mob was just struck by how similar Ms. Fey’s pose is to the Read More
Reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle missed two flights out of Ohio last night and failed to get to a Manhattan fund-raiser for Congressional candidate Kevin Powell of Brooklyn.
The clip above shows Powell earlier in the evening, before the announcement about Chappelle, continuing to criticize incumbent Representative Ed Towns for what Powell thinks Read More
In this clip, Chris Rock introduces Barack Obama—the candidate for “progressive people that are not scared,” Mr. Rock says, who “want to be on the right side of history, because you’ll be real embarrassed if he won and you wasn’t down with it.” The comedian adds that the “smart” senator from Illinois, who he Read More
Here’s a completely earnest Chris Rock doing a robo-call call for Barack Obama.
The calls will cover New York State and target 500,000 to 600,000 voters between the ages of 18 and 35, according to the campaign.
During the call, Rock says, “For the first time in my life, I’m inspired by Read More