The Eight-Day Week: May 11-18

Wednesday, May 11

Fifteen Minutes, Extended

Warhol! The pop artist is the auteur of modern celebrity–but will people shell out for, you know, his art, when they can witness his legacy by flipping on E!? Of course, they will. That famous Self-Portrait in vivid red, the centerpiece of today’s Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, would look great over the fireplace. Also featured: Urs Fischer’s Untitled (Lamp/Bear), the giant stuffed teddy bear that’s been parked outside the Seagram building (take that, FAO Schwarz). There are tons more Untitleds at the auction–it’s almost as though the twentieth century was marked by both numbing anomie and the proliferation of individual viewpoints at the expense of the artist’s authority! Jeepers!–including pieces by Cindy Sherman, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, and Cy Twombly. Our bidding hand is Twombling with anticipation!

Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, viewing at Rockefeller Center from 10am-12pm today, auction of lots 1-66 begins at 7pm, lots 101-265 May 12 at 10am, call (212) 636-2050 for further information.

Thursday, May 12

Louvre It!

There simply aren’t enough cultural institutions in New York to accomodate every would-be art supporter. So New York tastemakers are looking even further east than Museum Mile–like, toward Paris. The American Friends of the Louvre gather at the house of Gerard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the U.N., for an evening of saying, “Euhhh, oui, bien sûr…” (The Ambassador’s personal chef is doing the catering–who’s ready for some snails?) We’ll be chatting up Ultra Violet, French performance artist and Warhol superstar about the work we picked up at the Christie’s auction; asking the talented Mr. Kipton Cronkite about his art enterprises, and pestering the ambassador to commit a few felonies for us (diplomatic immunity, and all that). 

Soiree Au Louvre, 740 Park Avenue, 8:30pm, visit for tickets.

Friday, May 13

Royal Engagement

Happy Friday the 13th! Perhaps you’ll get lucky at tonight’s Princes Ball and land yourself one of the four single royals visiting New York. No, Prince Harry’s not going to be there–sorry, ladies, duty calls! Crushing on a Swedish royal? Sorry, not your scene, we’re afraid. Actually, the four sons of Serbia’s Crown Prince Alexander will be masquerading tonight at Cipriani, looking for a Grace Kelly-type to spirit back to Belgrade. (The Serbians held the ball last year, too, but evidently none of New York’s finest ladies suited their fancy–though they hope, too, to raise money for Serbia’s neediest through Lifeline New York.) We’ve been bedazzling our mask for weeks–stay away from Prince Dimitri. He’s ours!

Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street, runs from 9:00pm-1:00am, information and tickets at

Saturday, May 14

Vox Popular

Yep, the Met is still performing Die Walkure–he (no longer quite so) fat lady keeps singing, but the much-discussed show goes on. Those looking for something new–and a tad more risky–are encouraged to drop in on the New York City Opera’s Vox 2011 festival, featuring a variety of experimental works, including Mary Shelley (sounds romantic!) and something called All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed. God bless the City Opera–someone needs to bring opera into the 19th century! 

Vox 2011 festival begins today at NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, at 1pm with a panel discussion (performances begin at 2:30pm), continues tomorrow at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street at 7:30 with drinks to follow, visit for tickets.

Sunday, May 15

Lears for Fears

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of King Lear has been widely praised–and rightly so. It’s pretty rare to see Shakespeare in New York without indulging a movie star’s vanity! (Are your ears burning, Al and Denzel?) For those who aren’t sated by the epic performance of Derek Jacobi as Lear, the Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt (recently the author of Shakespeare’s Freedom, a book we’ll read as soon as we finish Franzen’s Freedom) drops in from Harvard to explain the play to us. He’s talking “cultural poetics,” which reminds us of those literary theory classes we used to sleep through. But now we want to learn! What could be better than this? As the King himself says: “Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.”

BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Avenue (Brooklyn), 7pm, call (718) 636-4100 or email for tickets.

Monday, May 16

Deadline News

Never fear, Tina’s back from the wedding! And she’s tanned, rested and ready for other matters. The Newsweek/Daily Beast editor hosts tonight’s Deadline Club Awards Dinner, an annual fest thrown by the Society of Professional Journalists. No, it’s not the American Society of Magazine Awards–those were last week–nor last month’s Pulitzers (when did journalism awards season become as bloated as awards season-awards season?). The awards honor small papers as well as large ones, and plenty of magazines, too. Guess our nomination for Best Calendar Section got lost in the mail?… Meanwhile, the HBO movie Too Big to Fail gets a premiere too big to miss, with the likes of Paul Giamatti and Cynthia Nixon on hand to celebrate the film alongside “Dealbook’s” Andrew Ross Sorkin, whom we presume got a great deal for his book when HBO bought the rights. And to think that, in 2008, we feared the near-collapse of the global banking system would put an end to flashy Museum of Modern Art-hosted movie premieres….

Deadline Club Awards Dinner, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, wine reception at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm, visit for tickets and information; Too Big to Fail premiere, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, arrivals at 6pm and screening at 7pm, private event

Tuesday, May 17

Horsing Around

What has Tom Brokaw even been up to these last few years? The greatest chronicler of American generations moderated a Presidential debate memorable for the candidates blocking his TelePrompTer; he wrote some books your dad probably read; and he goes to parties! While nowhere near as social as his onetime NBC network-mate Katie Couric, Mr. Brokaw does host a few things that match the horsey, outdoorsy, masculine hauteur of a South Dakotan obsessed with the U.S. military. Tonight brings a Brokaw-hosted private screening of Buck, a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer. If anyone knows about soothing tones, it’s a former network news anchor!… Meanwhile, anyone who missed the legendary quadrilingual Simon de Pury as an auctioneer during the Phillips de Pury sale can catch him at the Free Arts NYC benefit–at which he’ll auction more, shall we say, affordable works by the likes of Terence Koh. The host committee includes power-pair Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict and art world superstar Yvonne Force Villareal–it wouldn’t be an art benefit without her!

Buck screening, Dolby Screening Room, 1350 Sixth Avenue, 7pm, cocktails to follow at Rue 57, 60 West 57th Street, private event; Free Arts NYC Benefit Auction, Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, VIP Auction 6pm, event from 7pm-10pm, visit for tickets and information.

Wednesday, May 18

The Graduates

As we go on, we remember… We’ve been out of school long enough to have forgotten that mortarboardy feeling of abject terror and unearned accomplishment attached to earning a Bachelors’ degree. And we don’t want to go back! But we might try to sneak into NYU’s graduation ceremony to get a glimpse of Bill Clinton, who’s delivering the graduation address and collecting an honorary degree in return. (Columbia’s commencement was yesterday, with NBC News veep Alexandra Wallace-Creed. Guess everything is cooler downtown!) If anyone asks what we’re doing there, we’ll tell them we’re there to see the Gallatin kid–you know, the one studying the semiotics of 1980s Brazilian teen cinema. Works everytime. It all goes down at Yankee Stadium–all the better to inculcate twentysomethings into the cold, characterless, corporate world they are entering!

Yankee Stadium, 1 East 161st Street (Bronx), arrivals begin at 9:45am, event runs from 11am-1pm, tickets available to NYU affiliates through :: @DPD_ The Eight-Day Week: May 11-18