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One Kings Lane Tabletop Finds

Hosting new sales every day, the décor site has tons of springtime entertaining essentials.

April 30, 2013

Spring in New York is high time for balcony, backyard, and rooftop entertaining. And the new spring/summer collection from curated flash sale site One Kings Lane has everything you need to freshen up your outdoor space for a fun, colorful dinner party or get together. From bright red Moroccan tumblers to classic mint julep cups, the site is chock-full of tabletop items that make for the perfect focal point to design your event around. "I love to have fun when I’m entertaining outdoors,” says One Kings Lane co-founder Susan Feldman. “I can do more with color, be more whimsical, and create an entirely new ambience as the day moves into the evening hours.”

In addition to the silverware, textiles, and other tabletop accents that can be found at One Kings Lane, Feldman points out a few other elements of a memorable fête. For lighting, she suggests an abundance of tiny votives and a few oversize glass hurricanes with pillar candles. She also emphasizes the importance of a centerpiece, like a potted outdoor plant, and bold accents such as printed pillows and dinner napkins, both of which can be found at One Kings Lane. While new sales are added daily, you can shop some of the above items (and much more, including vintage) on the site now.   

—Simona Rabinovitch


Get Ready for Taste of Tribeca and LUCKYRICE

Plus: The New York Culinary Experience and a Tuscan guest chef dinner at The Four Seasons Restaurant.

April 30, 2013

A dish from last year's New York Culinary Experience

Whether it’s pristine slices of sushi or steaming bowls of hand-pulled noodles, New York offers a top-notch array of Asian cuisine. But only during the annual LUCKYRICE festival do so many chefs from restaurants across the globe gather to put the spotlight on Asian food. The range of dinners and tastings include everything from a cocktail feast with Morimoto to a dumpling party with Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese. This year’s festival runs May 1-5. Tickets start at $50, venues vary. [Tickets]

Taste of Tribeca 2013 will gather the neighborhood’s best restaurants on May 18 for a smorgasbord affair. In addition, a cocktail and small bites kick-off will be held at Macao Trading on May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the May 18 event start at $40 and tickets for the kick-off are $75. 311 Church St., 212-431-8750 [Tickets]

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Anita Lo, Jonathan Benno—you may have dined at their restaurants, but you’ve likely never worked alongside them in the kitchen. At The New York Culinary Experience (May 4-5), home cooks can join 30 renowned chefs for a full day of cooking, eating, and drinking at the International Culinary Center. For example, Jacques Torres will teach you to decorate a cake in one session, while Cesare Casella will instruct on rolling out the perfect pasta dough in another. Individual tickets are $1,395. 462 Broadway, 646-314-4413 [Tickets]

The Four Seasons Restaurant’s Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder have tapped Dario Cecchini—aka the Mick Jagger of butchers—for a one-night-only dinner on May 7 at 7 p.m. Hailing from Tuscany, Cecchini will prepare his personal favorite dishes, along with pours from some of the best winemakers in Chianti Classico. Tickets are $250. 99 East 52nd St., 212-754-9494; RSVP 212-754-9494 or sonia@fourseasonsrestaurant.com

—Bao Ong


Martial Raysse in a Dark New Light

A new exhibit culls works from the French Pop artist’s early years.

April 29, 2013

A new Martial Raysse exhibition removes the Pop art veil that's usually associated with the artist by digging into his archives. Showing at Luxembourg & Dayan from May 11 through July 13, “Martial Raysse: 1960-1974,” features the French artist's assemblages, paintings, sculptures, and experimental films.

While certain aesthetic references remain true to the Pop art genre (like the appropriation of iconic images from advertising, media, and other works of art), Raysse, unlike his optimistic Pop art contemporaries, focused more on the dark side of society and humanity. The themes explored in this latest exhibit include female beauty and poetry, with some works drawn from Raysse’s 1974 Paris exhibition, “Coco Mato,” which featured naive, paper-mâché sculptures made from found objects like string, feathers, and clothespins.

Like many creative revolutionaries working and living in the New York and Paris of the 1960s—an era when shifting politics and workers' movements were intensely affecting not only government and society, but the cultural zeitgeist and the spirit of art created at that time—Raysse saw a major disconnect between the forces of humanity and society. Frustrated and certainly not fooled by what he perceived as the falseness of highbrow culture and its values, he returned to Paris in 1968 to join the École des Beaux-Arts protestors and help make their posters. “One must push this falseness to its limit,” he declared at the time. “Bad taste is the dream of too much wanted beauty.”

Literally illustrating this point are Raysse’s recreations of famous paintings with his own dark interpretation; intended, in part, to make us question our cultural values, and see the falseness with which we behold certain emblems of high culture. As such, his Made in Japan series appropriated masterpieces by Ingres, Cranach, Gérard, and Tintoretto. He twisted and degraded these iconic images using techniques of photo-montage, assemblage, and lots of neon. His experimental films, made primarily in the late 1960s, also reflect this spirit. Five of these works are part of Martial Raysse: 1960-1974. (One of them is named Jesus Cola.) As for “Coco Mato,” it's the Italian term for magic mushrooms. 64 East 77th St., 212-452-4646

—Simona Rabinovitch


Sandra Lee Hosts World’s Largest Bake Sale

A national campaign to bring back the bake sale and end childhood hunger kicks off in NYC.

April 29, 2013

Sandra Lee will host the World's Largest Bake Sale in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall this Wednesday

In partnership with Kmart and Shop Your Way, Food Network star and longtime supporter of Share Our Strength Sandra Lee is kicking off a national campaign to bring back the community bake sale—starting on May 1 in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Dubbed the World’s Largest Bake Sale, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Vanderbilt Hall, with treats from more than 30 area restaurants and celebrity co-hosts including Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Dylan Lauren, Rosanna Scotto, and more.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and the Food Bank for New York City. Those interested in more than just sweets can bid on auction items donated by celebrity chairs, as well as a custom bake sale stand designed by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Ty Pennington.

In addition to raising much-needed funds to help end childhood hunger, the NYC bake sale will headline a larger initiative online and in communities across the country. Through May 31, Kmart will donate $1 to Share Our Strength’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry for every associated Facebook post, Tweet, or Sandra Lee recipe card share. And through October 31, you can register to host your own bake sale to benefit the cause. But first, we recommend picking up Lee’s new cookbook, Every Dish Delivers, which will be free to the first 100 shoppers at this Wednesday’s World’s Largest Bake Sale.   



5 Fragrant Spring Candles

A luxury candle is the very best way to ready your home for spring.

April 29, 2013

There’s nothing like a gorgeous boutique candle to brighten up an abode for spring. Set the mood for a dinner party or quiet night at home with one of these luxurious springtime candles. Some of them are so beautiful, they're almost works of art. Plus, they make fantastic Mother's Day gifts.  


Derby Day Mint Julep Recipes

Three tried and true recipes for a classic or creative julep.

April 26, 2013

Gotham Bar and Grill Mint Julep 

Planning a Kentucky Derby party this May 4? Treat your guests to a modern variation on the always-refreshing mint julep. Traditionally prepared with bourbon, sugar, fresh mint, and water, the mint julep has been a Kentucky Derby favorite for almost a century. Whether you’re thirsty for a classic julep or something more creative, these recipes will put you in a Kentucky state of mind. 

Classic Mint Julep
By Eric Zillier, Gotham Bar and Grill

2 ounces bourbon (try Black Maple Hill Small Batch)
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 sprigs mint

Muddle two sprigs of mint with simple syrup in a julep glass. Fill cup three-quarters full with crushed ice, add bourbon, and stir. Extra crushed ice and mint sprig garnish.

Jamaican Julep
By Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban, The Third Man  

1 3/4 ounces rum (try Appelton Estate 12 Year)  
3/4 ounce Cynar
1/4 ounce cane syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Handful of mint

Add all ingredients to a glass and lightly muddle in a julep cup. Add crushed ice, stir, and mound with more crushed ice. Mint sprig garnish.

The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback
Courtesy of Bulleit Bourbon

1 1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
1/2 ounces organic brown sugar
1/4 ounce peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 ounces soda water
1 lemon or lime twist

Muddle ginger and brown sugar until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add a dash of soda to finish dissolving the sugar and stir in bourbon. Finish with ice, soda to taste, and a lemon or lime twist.

—Simona Rabinovitch


What We're Reading

James Franco on The Director, a love letter to The Wonder Years' Winnie Cooper…

April 26, 2013

Hello, James Franco. The actor, director, artist, author, and who can keep track has produced a documentary for Gucci that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Blackbook’s Natalie Alcada blogs about the film, complete with a glimpse of its trailer. [Blackbook]

The New Yorker's Mike Spies writes a beautiful piece pledging his eternal love to Winnie Cooper, the fictional girl next door character from the 1987 television series The Wonder Years, which was set in “Nixon's America,” and which somehow elevated to art the daily grind of life. [The New Yorker]

Smells like… Alexander Skarsgard? The New York Times Style section has a great little piece on “actors who moonlight as fragrance spokespeople,” penned by Bee Shyuan Chang [The New York Times

Ever heard of “affluenza?” According to New York Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell, New York has a bad case of the bug (which is basically keeping up with the Jones’), and it’s driving our cost of living sky-high. [The New York Times

Vulture has a great interview with The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann, who popped up at Vanity Fair's opening party for the Tribeca Film Festival, writes Jennifer Vineyard. [Vulture

—Simona Rabinovitch


Dispatch: From Boston to Blue Book

After a harrowing day in Boston, Jeffrey Slonim hurries back to NYC for a jam-packed week of events.

April 25, 2013

Monday last week, Dispatches unofficially covered the Boston Marathon, standing on the sidelines about 400 yards from the finish line posting photos on Twitter. Fortunately, my wife (who ran her third Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 37 minutes that day) is speedy and we were beyond blessed to miss the sadly gruesome scene of mayhem and tragedy that occurred only some 30 minutes after she’d finished. We were on the subway exactly one stop from the bombsite when the explosions occurred. As our train was somberly evacuated, we hurried up the stairs and eventually out of town. The New York skyline has never looked so welcoming as it did that day.

Vanity Fair Hosts Tribeca Film Festival Opening Party
On Tuesday, I still had the jitters at the Vanity Fair fête for the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse. (I even pointed out a pile of unsecured bags of garbage across the street to security.) Chef Thomas Keller did a group photo on the stairs out front before the event with his formidable cooking staff. “Great place to have a party,” mentioned co-host Graydon Carter, who resembles a founding father with his halo of fluffy gray hair. “Honored to do it with Bob [De Niro] and Ronald [Lauder]. I have no idea what Thomas Keller has cooked, but he’s got the best [hors d'oeuvres] in the world.”

On her way inside, Whoopi Goldberg spoke about her film festival entry, a documentary on Moms Mabley. “She was this amazing female standup comic who was black,” noted Goldberg. “For 40 years, she was the only female standup in the country.”

Also spotted: Robert De Niro, Drew Nieporent, Tory Burch, Evan Rachel Wood, and Carolina Herrera. 

Stars Support Marriage Equality, Elton John Performs at the Hot Pink Party
The next night, Calvin Klein Collection and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted an intimate yet powerful event for Americans for Marriage Equality at the Calvin Klein flagship store on Madison. “It’s an issue that’s very dear to me,” offered Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, wearing Calvin Klein and standing beside fiancé Justin Mikita. “We’re getting married in July here in New York City, because that’s where it’s legal. We’d love to do it in California, the state we live in, but we’re taking our business elsewhere.”

“The HRC has a lot of power in the conversation right now,” Neil Patrick Harris assured Dispatches. “There is a long way to go to marriage equality,” added Harris’ partner David Burtka, “but hopefully supporting events like this will give even more traction.”

That same night, The Hot Pink Party for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) was held at the Waldorf Astoria, where Sir Elton John performed and Elizabeth Hurley (who revealed that she’ll soon return to the big screen in a film with Gerard Depardieu) wore a sexy gown by Blumarine. “Evelyn Lauder was a force of nature,” said Michael Kors about his late friend who championed BCRF. "What she did with her life is so major . . . and this event proves that it is going strong.”

Tiffany Blue Book Ball Blings It 
On Thursday, Tiffany hosted its elegantly well-funded Blue Book Ball in the skating rink at Rockefeller Center—but this was no average skating party. The entire sunken plaza was transformed into a giant Art Deco ballroom, with custom Deco-inspired décor (specially designed furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting), a Moët Champagne tower, and a buffet brimming with lobster and filet. 

Gwyneth Paltrow, who appeared thinner, blonder, and more beautiful than ever, said she was wearing a Ralph Lauren dress chosen by her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman. “I love the butterfly,” she said, giving a nod to her seriously bejeweled pin.

“This is all Tiffany,” admitted Sarah Jessica Parker on her way inside. “And you, too, can have it at midnight, when I am stripped of it. I’m not to leave the premises [with it].”

"I’m wearing Reem Acra,” said Kate Hudson before downing Tic Tacs. And Carey Mulligan, star of the new Gatsby film, said that she was wearing Victoria Beckham. “I got an opportunity to wear a lot of Tiffany jewelry in Gatsby,” she said, “so I feel very lucky.”

Bronx High School of Science Fêtes 75 Years, Reese Witherspoon Steps Out After Arrest
On Friday, like everyone else, Dispatches was glued to coverage of the manhunt for the two alleged Boston marathon bombers. Nonetheless, switching gears yet again, on Saturday it was back to the Waldorf for the 75th Anniversary Gala for The Bronx High School of Science. E.L. Doctorow said he found his four years at Bronx Science, “very stressful,” especially when it came to trigonometry. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau recalled having had a crush on the present principal, Valerie Reidy, when she was his biology teacher in the ’80s.  

After an incident on Friday in which Reese Witherspoon was arrested by Atlanta police for allegedly interfering with the arrest of husband Jim Toth, nabbed for a possible DUI, the couple still showed for the Cinema Society- and FIJI Water-sponsored debut of Witherspoon’s latest film, Mud, at MoMA.

Understandably, Witherspoon wasn’t chatty. But Matthew McConaughey, there with spouse Camila Alves, said that not showering to look like a guy living on the Mississippi for the role was “like being a kid again.” Other challenges? They actually shot on the Mississippi. “There are snakes everywhere,” claimed director Jeff Nichols. “Cottonmouths. We all got snake boots.”

During the screening, McConaughey, Alves, Toth, and Witherspoon snuck off to dinner. As one might expect, however, only McConaughey and Alves turned up at the Harlow for the afterfête.         

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Weekend Recommender: April 25-28

DJ series at Hakkasan, Summer's Different at La MaMa, and Steve Coleman at The Stone.

April 25, 2013


Summer's Different at La MaMa
April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., April 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Gender identity, transformation, and three generations of family are among the themes of acclaimed choreographer Tamar Rogoff's new show, Summer's Different, opening tonight at East Village experimental theater La MaMa tonight. Running through May 12, the theater is set up in a unique way that creates a sense of real intimacy—100 single seats, in one row, encircle the stage. Tickets are $25. 74A East 4th St., 212-475-7710

Thursday Night DJ Series at Hakkasan
April 25, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Enjoy specialty cocktails, great food, and music tonight (and every Thursday) in Hakkasan's swanky Ling Ling Lounge. Behind the decks tonight is DJ Alex Lauterstein, whose upbeat lounge-style sound has made him a regular at such hotspots as The Standard's Boom Boom Room. 311 West 43rd St., 212-776-1818

Steve Coleman and Five Elements at The Stone
April 25 to 28 at  8 and 10 p.m.
Jazz composer and saxophonist Steve Coleman plays, along with his band, at not-for-profit artist space The Stone this weekend. But don't be fooled by the artsy aesthetic, Coleman is a wonderful and accomplished musician, whose new album,“Functional Arrhythmias,” is out now on Pi Recordings. Spicing things up, each night of the gig features a different assemblage of musicians he's worked with. Tickets are $15-$20. Avenue C and 2nd St.; 212-473-0043

—Simona Rabinovitch


Montblanc Teams with UNICEF

A new collection will raise at least $1.5 million to help build and fund schools across the globe.

April 24, 2013

With ten percent of sales benefiting UNICEF education programs around the world, Montblanc’s new Signature For Good collection proves that the pen is as mighty as ever. Available through March 2014, the limited edition range includes writing instruments, leather goods, and jewelry, all symbolically designed with a “brick by brick” theme representing UNICEF’s aims to build schools and stamp out illiteracy.

The collection's highlights include a specially designed version of the popular Meisterstück. The black, precious resin writing instrument, available in fountain pen, rollerball, and ballpoint versions, in both Classique and LeGrand styles, has a blue sapphire set (a nod to UNICEF’s blue logo) in its cap top ring. The sapphire also appears on the collection's bangles, key rings, and cufflinks—which are made with onyx and stainless steel. Equally luxurious is the Italian full-grain printed calfskin leather used to make Signature For Good's handcrafted leather wallets, cardholders, and notebooks.

Certainly, Montblanc's relationship to the culture of writing and history within this realm conspire to make the brand an ideal partner for UNICEF's educational initiatives—which Montblanc has supported since 2004. This collaboration will raise at least $1.5 million to fund schools in Africa and Asia, as well as educational programs in Latin America. And considering that, according to Montblanc International CEO Lutz Bethge, some 61 million children worldwide are not enrolled in school, Signature For Good is indeed a cause worth writing about.

—Simona Rabinovitch

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