Last night, Pulitzer Prize-winner playwright and Abe Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner was awarded $100,000 as part of a joint “Creative Citizenship” Award from The Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation.
Giving a speech at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala last night at The Metropolitan Pavilion, Mr. Kushner humbly accepted the prize for his progressive–and somewhat controversial–voice in politics, religion, and theater, noting that he felt a little bit guilty since anytime he heard of anyone winning an award, he always felt a twinge of jealousy. Jokingly, Mr. Kushner gave an example of being aggrieved that Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman won the Nobel Prize this year for the discovery of quasicrystals. “I don’t even understand what quasicrystals are,” Mr. Kushner said. “But I still thought, ‘Aww, why didn’t I win?’”
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld’s mother doesn’t approve.
“Vy are they bothering you?” Mr. Wiesenfeld said on Friday afternoon, channeling her Yiddish. “Vhat they want from you? They don’t pay you. You sit there and they give you problems, aggravation, vhat do you need it for? Go home, see your daughter. Vhy are you sitting there until 8:30 Read More
Christine Quinn is putting the finishing touches on her list of committee assignments.
One of the questions is whether or not she’ll reappoint Charles Barron as chairperson of the higher education committee. (The display by his supporters during the hearing yesterday may give her some new excuses for stripping his chairmanship.)
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At a ground-breaking today for CUNY’s Fiterman Hall, which was destroyed in the World Trade Center attacks, Charles Barron got into a shouting match with CUNY trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, who was seated in the front row and objected to Mr. Barron’s charge that he had been disrespected by Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Scott Read More
Here’s video of Charles Barron at a groundbreaking ceremony earier this morning, responding to a critic in the crowd by yelling and, momentarily, walking away from the podium as if to confront the man physically.
The Post identifies the critic as Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a CUNY trustee.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended a dinner at the Grand Hyatt yesterday, predictably drawing a large protest and some presidential politicking.
Among the protesters was outspoken Jewish activist and former Pataki aide Jeff Wiesenfeld, who was saying that Obama finance director Penny Pritzker “owns this hotel,” and insisting that she donate the Read More
After months of delays, George Pataki sent the name of Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, his former Jewish liaison, to the Republican-controlled state Senate for reappointment as trustee to CUNY last Friday. And it went nowhere.
A spokeswoman for Senate Republicans, Lisa Black, blamed the hold-up on a technicality: Wiesenfeld’s name, she said, was sent too late Read More